July 13th, 2013
By Barry Secrest
That smirk from Holder pretty much says it all....Did anyone catch the irony in the title, by the way?
When the Huffington Post, among numerous other media outlets, runs one of those softball "powder-puff" articles, oftentimes these examples can prove stunningly revealing with regard to the current state of the free media in America.
Herein "lies" one of those articles, along with our measured response seeking to both clarify and interpret the overall content of the actual meaning.
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department will be restricted from labeling a journalist as a criminal co-conspirator in seeking a search warrant to gain access to reporting materials under new media guidelines issued on Friday.
“The Department of Justice is firmly committed to ensuring our nation’s security, and protecting the American people, while at the same time safeguarding the freedom of the press," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. "These revised guidelines will help ensure the proper balance is struck when pursuing investigations into unauthorized disclosures."
Refocus Notes: Er...so like, wasn't it Holder who broke the rules in the first place? Holder, who signed the initial orders, acts as if he is stepping in to heroically stop his "other self" from ever doing this again....can you say "Schizophrenic?"
These days what we should probably be wondering is whether or not El Magnifico (Obama) will be choosing to immediately enforce these new "directives," or to waive the pending enforcement aspect until, perhaps, 2016 or later....
Holder also indicated the administration's ongoing support for media shield legislation, saying there were "additional protections that only Congress can provide." Holder said he looked forward to "working with leaders from both parties to achieve this goal, and am grateful to all of the journalists, free speech advocates, experts, and Administration leaders who have come together in recent weeks -- in good faith, and with mutual respect -- to guide and inform the changes we announce today.”
Refocus Notes: Well, now that's probably the first time a "firestorm of raising unholy hell" has ever been described as "coming together in good faith and mutual respect."
However, and once again, remember that Obama is referring to "enforcement," which both begins and ends within the executive ranks of the government, not Congress. It would be synonymous with advising everyone to whom you have personally prescribed a directive, in which you plan to limit what your left hand will be doing via your right hand's power and authority, provided your right hand goes along with the overall limitations.
What a fool believes....
The updated guidelines, expected to take effect almost immediately, are the result of a review undertaken by Holder at the direction of President Barack Obama.
Refocus Notes: Keyword here-- "expected" and "almost" as in: " Based upon the expected age of the galaxy which spans tens of billions of years and within the cycle of ages relative to earth years, our sun is almost ready to burn itself out, which should occur in about 2 billion years."
Simply put, their version of the truth differs widely from accepted convention....
The Justice Department came under fire in mid-May for secretly obtaining the emails of Fox News reporter James Rosen in 2009. Prosecutors implied they were investigating Rosen, allowing federal authorities to obtain his emails without his knowledge. Holder signed off on treating Rosen as a co-conspirator in the case, but he later expressed regret for that action.
Refocus Notes: True to at least a "tittle-point," one should suppose, only Holder was mortified after being caught for the deed he initially performed via an prevaricatively remarkable set of denials, however Holder's mortification grew exponentially when he was confirmed via verified recording as having lied to Congress, yet again.
This, after having been caught lying to Congress the "first" time in 2012, which resulted in his being held in "Contempt of Congress".....so, regret is a very kind and explicitly genteel way to put it...at best.
The Associated Press revealed in May that the DOJ had obtained phone records for 20 lines used by editors and reporters there, during an investigation that followed a 2012 story describing a CIA-thwarted terrorist plot in Yemen. That action was authorized by Deputy Attorney General James Cole.
Refocus Notes: This part of the story is not exactly even a version remotely resembling anything even near to the truth...revisionism, anyone? First of all, Attorney General Holder "had" to approve such a far-reaching and provocative warrant to search one of the largest US based free media organizations in the world.
However, with regard to the leak and what actually happened , senior analyst Stephen Jin-Woo Kim gave an opinion to Rosen that pretty much everyone already knew and even held about North Korea, missiles, and the Obama Regime's response.
U.S. intelligence officials have warned President Obama and other senior American officials that North Korea intends to respond to the passage of a U.N. Security Council resolution this week — condemning the communist country for its recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests — with another nuclear test, FOX News has learned.
What’s more, Pyongyang’s next nuclear detonation is but one of four planned actions the Central Intelligence Agency has learned, through sources inside North Korea, that the regime of Kim Jong-Il intends to take — but not announce — once the Security Council resolution is officially passed, likely on Friday.
Refocus Notes: Sheez, anyone in the know on North Korea could have reached that particular conclusion, while bearing in mind that this piece of intel really doesn't give away anything. The more probable reason for going after Kim was due primarily to the fact that Kim had the unmitigated gall to be talking to a reporter at Fox News.
Investigators did not notify the AP to request the phone records before obtaining them, a break with protocol in dealings between the government and the press. Gary Pruitt, chief executive of the AP, called the sweeping seizure “unconstitutional.”
Refocus Notes: That last word pretty much describes Obama's entire tenure as President.
Under the new policy, news organizations will be given advance notice when investigators seek access to news-gathering materials, except in situations where the attorney general determines that "for compelling reasons, advance notice and negotiations would pose a clear and substantial threat to the integrity of the investigation, risk grave harm to national security, or present an imminent risk of death or serious bodily harm."
Refocus Notes: the DOJ giveth and the DOJ taketh away...so, what was the DOJ's original premise in investigating Rosen? (See paragraph directly above)...confused yet?
Indeed, the entire reason for obtaining the original search warrant in the first place was for the very same set of circumstances described above that supposedly existed in the Rosen-Kim case, as determined by the Attorney General.
In other words, this is all nothing if not gobbledygook.
That determination will be made after consulting members of a newly created News Media Review Committee, which will include senior DOJ officials who are not directly involved in the investigations and who have relevant expertise and experience in media matters.
Refocus Notes: Ah yes...an internal commission of select senior personnel established to conduct oversite or "police itself." In the corporate world this is known as a "Board of Directors" that answers to....the "Chairman of the Board," who in this case is...wait for it....Eric Holder, alas.
That should work just peachy-keen! Boy, don't you feel better now about all of this? Gee, we must have been crazy thinking that something could be amiss at the DOJ. So...in other words, nothing has changed, just move along...nothing to see here.
Hitler had one of these inner circle boards, too, by the way, ostensibly called "The Devil's Disciples"
The DOJ’s tactics in dealing with the AP and Fox News journalists drew criticism from members of the media and free-speech advocates, some of whom viewed the measures as essentially criminalizing journalism. The revelations, and ensuing coverage, shed more light on the Obama administration’s aggressive andunprecedented use of the Espionage Act in prosecuting current and former government officials for leaking to journalists.
Refocus Notes: Yeah, we in the Conservative media have been pointing this at for, what, about five whole years, now? A bit late to the party for the Axis Press, and "no," this media epiphany won't last very long, at all.
In a May speech amid the media firestorm, President Obama said he was “troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable” and announced plans for Holder to gather news organizations and present a review of the guidelines on July 12.
Refocus Notes: Oh, for Heaven's sake....Obama's picture is located next to the words "Troubled and troubling" in the dictionary. This Huffpost writer simply must be on some kind of mind-altering drug, not to qualify Obama's past rather pathetic record in "holding government accountable."
The Holder-media meetings were not without their own controversy, as several news organizations, including the AP, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, CNN and Fox News declined invitations because of the DOJ’s wish to hold the meetings off the record. Several outlets, including The Washington Post, Politico and ABC News, accepted the ground rules, which were later loosened to allow participants to broadly discuss what had transpired.
Refocus Notes: Wow! "Not without their own controversy" to put it mildy. The DOJ holds a big media party and only the also-rans show up.
But, how generous of the Statist Elites in government to actually allow open discussion....hope the media didn't say anything "troubling."
Obama and Holder met Friday in the Oval Office and the president accepted the guidelines, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters in his regular briefing.
Refocus Notes: To be sure, El Presidente' spent several searing milli-seconds in painful consideration of these "new guidelines" which he probably dreamed up himself in order to figure out how to best mitigate the PR damage without actually changing anything.
After the report's release, White House spokesman Matt Lehrich said the president "appreciates the Justice Department’s work to revise their guidelines, and he believes this report is an important step towards finding the balance between dealing with dangerous leaks of classified national security information and protecting the rights of journalists to freely gather and report the news."
Refocus Notes: Indeed, now it's just a matter of painstakingly reviewing NSA tapes, rather than fetching those pesky wiretap warrants from a FISA board of Judges; whom, by the way, are selected by....wait for it...the President himself....*sigh*
"He also continues to believe that Congress should quickly pass media shield legislation and looks forward to working with them to do so," Lehrich added.
Refocus Notes: No doubt, this particular bill will be attached to yet another attempt to repeal the 22nd amendment...
July 3rd, 2013
By Barry Secrest
Sometimes being right is not necessarily a good thing, and right about now is one of those "sometimes."
For instance, the twists and turns of information coming out about Benghazi, which most Conservatives have been questioning since the 9/11/12 attack, have now proven that those of us who had the gall to question are, as of now, officially vindicated.
Even many within the Liberal media are saying that our protestations have been proven valid.
Benghazi: White House and State Department Caught in Web of Conspiracy over Re-edited Emails & Talking Points
But it doesn't end there....
With virtually the entire continent of European nations now meaningfully furious at the Obama Regime in particular, but America in general, over the NSA's eavesdropping dragnet into EU government officials offices, in addition to everyone else's private effects on the planet, G.W. Bush is now, rather amazingly, looking like the greatest international uniter since Franklin Roosevelt.
The IRS targeting of Conservatives, proven true, the Justice Department's having illegally pulled phone records of virtually the entire staff of the Associated Press reporters while searching for "a leak." The IRS also sending the personal information of Conservative groups to a private left-wing site called propublica, all of this essentially meaning that everything this website has always been about has now been vindicated, and in spades, for five very long years.
Then there's the debacle of Obamacare and its ruinous effect on the US economy, which is now being felt in virtually every corner of every industry in one way or another. Even the Unions are back-peddling away from Obama's Frankenstein monster ill- health plan, while the GOP continues to pathetically navel-gaze as to what it all might mean to their party identification impetus.
But, now the establishment apparatchiks in both the Democrat and Republican parties are trying to further dilute the few remaining US jobs available, by giving them to illegal Mexican immigrants by way of granting them amnesty, ostensibly "so that they can pay their taxes," when in fact, we have word from the Inspector General's office that perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars in tax refunds are even now being sent to illegals at "single addresses" peppered across the land.
Unfortunately, it only gets worse from there, because these single addresses were apparently home to as many as 24,000 aliens, all living within the same abode:
Obama Slush Fund Found? IRS Mailed $ 46 Million in Tax Refunds To 24,000 Illegals all "At One Address"
The IRS sent more than $46 million in tax refunds to 23,994 “unauthorized” alien workers who all listed the same address in Atlanta, Ga., in 2011, according to an audit report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).
The TIGTA audit report, published last year at the request of members of Congress, revealed 10 addresses in the U.S. that were issued anywhere from 1,846 to 23,994 tax refunds each. Four of those 10 addresses were located in Atlanta. CNSNews.com breaks down the report: The IRS sent 11,284 refunds worth a combined $2,164,976 to unauthorized alien workers at a second Atlanta address; 3,608 worth $2,691,448 to a third; and 2,386 worth $1,232,943 to a fourth.
Someone needs to call the Guinness Book of World Records.....
However, this is but one of many things that we strongly warned America of years ago, and to only some obvious avail, along with a great many others within the Conservative media.
If in fact we were to stretch all the way back into our Conservative Refocus archives, we would find so many staggering elements that have turned out to be true, it would absolutely boggle the mind of even a Liberal. The book "A Perfect Liberal Storm" is loaded down with many of the predictions that we warily surmised would come to pass, and slowly but surely, they are happening even now.
Unfortunately, ladies and gentlemen, what started as a "storm" has now evolved into "chaos," which has easily disaffected every single American, and even much of the world.
The Global Warming Hoax? Proven to be just that, a hoax, as President Obama has once again ramped up his climate change rhetoric. Despite the renewed cultish climate change zeal from the left, we found that as the US and much of the northern hemisphere moved into late-spring, most of the country still shivered in some of the coldest spring weather anyone can remember.
Even headed into June, the east coast shivered under highs only in the 50's with lows in the 40's, as winter storms marched across the Midwest, while the Cult of Climate change continued to rant like madmen selling poisoned snake oil. In fact, as summer weather finally began to make itself known across America, the typical rise in temperatures sparked an outburst in climate change rhetoric from none other than the usual suspects, that being climate change "researchers" and a large number of mainstream media reporters:
"An intense heatwave is taking place over the western US this weekend. The US National Weather Service is calling the heat "scorching", and has issued excessive heat warnings over much of the southwestern US. Many areas are expected to experience record temperatures."
But that's not even the beginning of our deflated outrage....
Looking Back in Time
In fact, the first article published on our site, and included in our book, spoke to the Media's "holographic reality" when it comes to Obama's now laughably titled "Affordable Healthcare Act," which was eventually passed by every legislative trick in the book, and then some, but only to our extreme amazement.
"Anything but Affordable" should have been the act's more accurately titled legislation. At the time, we were amazed that a bill was written, which actually exceeded the Bible's length by at least half at over 2,500 pages. Little did we know that the accompanying regulations on paper would reach a height of well over seven feet and 20,000 pages making Obamacare a Statist perversion of mythic proportion rather than legislation.
The second article spoke of the disastrous Wrecking Ball of "Debt, Diversity and Doubt" that would soon find our shores due to the Obama regime's extreme agenda. In that particular article we laid down how stealth inflation would be the wildcard in the stimulus and the racked up debt, and demi- inflation, which has largely remained hidden according to the government, but has raged in ways both seen and felt while not recorded. Even now, inflation continues to be denied with fuel prices, food and virtually anything required of the living spinning out of control as portions dramatically shrink. We spoke of the Left-Wing stimulus spending spree becoming a "US version of Godzilla rampaging through our cities" while five years later many of those same cities now teeter on the extreme edge of both chaos and failure.
The third article spoke of freedom of speech and how Political correctness soon would insinuate virtually every fiber of US being, to which we quoted this:
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. C. S. Lewis
But the tyranny, we would later understand, was just finding its rein...
The fourth article dealt with the dissection of Liberal journalism and the ACORN debacle, which fraudulently aided the President's 2008 victory. Later, in May of 2010, ACORN was formally disbanded, and yet the President's victory was never questioned. Consequently, Obama repeated his 2008 election victory in 2012 with many of the same techniques, yet sponsored by our own US government this time around.
The fifth article dealt with Obama's penchant for formulating monumental unintended policy redirections. The President had now become the Celebrity in Chief rather than the leader of the free world. We further pointed out that, despite the lies particular to Obamacare, we already had medical care for the poor and disadvantaged through Medicaid and that the President was throwing out the baby with bathwater in order to entirely remake the US healthcare system, and boy, were we ever right, as Obamacare's ruinous installation would eventually prove.
In fact, even then, we were able to accurately point out exactly what happened with regard to the 2008 meltdown, and only shortly thereafter-- it went like this:
How did all of this happen, again?
A) The populace’s dissatisfaction with the costly war effort led by a Republican president over these many years, coupled with a Democratic takeover of Congress in January 2007.
B) The loss of control by conservatives on the spending purse strings, coupled with a Democratic push many years ago, as well as the 2007-2008's Government relaxation of safety nets in lending procedures.
C) Corporate "off balance book" transparent mortgage derivatives going bad as a result of declining mortgage performance, coupled with a lack of regulatory foresight.
D) Unprecedented over-purchase of bad mortgages by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which caused both entities to go in receivership and control by the Federal Government--all of which resulted in the 2008 meltdown.
E) The illusion that this was all Republican-based, which caused the populace to shift to the Democrats in subsequent elections.
F) The Mainstream Media's natural disdain for all things "not Liberal," refusing to properly vet candidates on their true positions, unless of course, they are Conservative.
And that was our view in late 2009, subsequently proven true, by news item after news item, and even a number of books written on the subject.
But then a new and even more alarming paradigm of discouragement began enveloping the nation. The very thing that had made the United States the wealthiest and most benevolently powerful nation to ever exist, saturated in freedom and Liberty, was being repeatedly attacked. Free market Capitalism was under concerted attack by Obama, the media, and many in the political left. The economy was continually sputtering while the millionaire President and his millionaire Congressional leaders were hypocritically attacking the nation's private millionaires.
We described this phenomenon as "overcompensation" for shortcomings or excesses of the very thing that these people secretly hold so dear. We were right. Since that time in 2009 Obama's net worth has soared from $ 1-3 million in 2007 to $12.2 million in 2013. Same for Harry Reid, who in 2007 was worth only $1.5 million. Today Reid is worth $ 5 million. Pelosi? In 2007 Nancy Pelosi was worth $ 18.7 million, today she is worth $ 35.5 million.
How is it that while most of America suffered hits of up to 50% of their combined net worths, our political leadership doubled their net worths even while villifying these same individuals who lost so much? Occupy that Wall Street Protestors and the media, but whatever you do, please don't ask "why" because that could really obliterate your extraordinarily flawed world view and we can't have that, now can we?
As we move through these articles in sequence, it becomes almost an introduction to what Obama's 8-year agenda would be all about and then it happened.....
On Late October of 2009, the Obama regime would broadside Fox News for using "smoke and mirrors" and reporting the news "from a certain perspective"--that not being the President's perspective even while a dynamic duo of first-tier Obama staffers would pledge their admiration for one of the worst communist leader murderers in world history. Anita Dunn, announced in a graduation ceremony that Mao Tse Tung was one of her favorite political philosophers. In addition, Ron Bloom, who was the "Manufacturing Czar," indicated that he agreed with Mao that "political power comes largely from the barrel of a gun." The former Premier of China being a mass murderer of more than anywhere from 34 million to 71 million people whom dissented with him.
No wonder they want our guns.
It was also at this time that the President began to cancel the dealerships of now government-controlled GM and Chrysler under the pretense of saving money, while basing the cancellations largely on political affiliation and the quashing of dissension. A practice straight out of the Marxist Saul Alinsky rule book "Rules for radicals," it should be noted.
But, even as the President was bringing full crony power to play in an effort to punish those who politically disagree, The Tea Party was reaching its apex of political power, and that simply would not do. As the government controllers began swinging the IRS at their avowed enemies like a vengeful scythe, many would later be wondering "Where is the Tea Party?"
In 2013 we finally found out:
Almost to the day of one year prior to the 2010 elections, we published the article aptly titled article " The Return of the True Conservative." The mainstream media was now referring to the Tea Party as a colossal "non-event" while the "unholy Trinity of Obama, Reid and Pelosi continually used the US Constitution as a trampoline" and the hi-information voters had seen enough. The Tea Party surged into credibility as a bona fide movement and nothing would ever be the same. Indeed, The Tea Party had become an idea to which America's true faithful subscribed and a thing we championed from the start. This idea was grounded in its philosophy towards the precepts of Constitutional adherence, complete disavowal of all things redistributional, and individual freedom and determination.
The Republican Party Establishment resultantly quaked in abject terror while the Democrats shrieked in alarmed dismay. Meanwhile the Obama regime began looking for ways, with the help of certain Republican establishment officials, to somehow weaken this idea that threatened the status-quo unlike anything had since Ronald Reagan. But by the time their strategy was in full play, it would be too late. The 2010 off-year elections would see state after state transform into a Conservative takeover of epic proportions, the likes of which had not been seen in over 75 years, if not US history.
The Tea Party, Ladies and Gentlemen with impediments mostly removed, is even now roaring back to renewed life.
A Global Warming Meltdown
Heading into 2010, we published a very popular article titled "A Global Warming Meltdown" referring to the cultish crowd of Warmers as being nothing if not a gaggle of "avaricious Chicken Littles." We went on to describe a full range of hoaxes that had occurred in the last 50 years with nothing to show for them but new taxes, expensive non-fixes, and wealth redistributed to but a precious few, as a result, while hacked IPCC emails proved a penetrated hoax of unprecedented scale.
Fast forward to 2013 and as a result, we can see that we have a new set of bitter-clingers, being those who cling to these lies still, despite all evidence to the contrary as the natural solar cycles have produced a temperature drop now of about three degrees, on average.
However, even after the damning revelations regarding the hacked and proven false IPCC research findings, the UN and the Obama regime stubbornly clung to their ideas, and to this day. Even while the global warming shepherd cultists have lost nearly all of their flock, and most of their legislative agenda. Meanwhile, the Obama EPA has continued to institute draconian rules outside of legislative process.
Now, why is that?
Also, in December 19th of 2009, we published a lambasting refutation to Ellen Goodman's Liberal rant :
titled "Facts Are Stubborn Things" in which we spoke of a number of things, but to include the Obamacare "Death Panels and jail-time," which Goodman had earlier lambasted as both completely false and ridiculous.
Goodman retired only weeks after our scathing column went haywire, announcing on Dec. 28th; a "cool" concidence, to say the least. Unfortunately, however, we now find that virtually everything we ranted about in that particular article, have now long since been proven true.
Also moving into 2010, we authored an article titled "The Newest Endangered Species: Al Gore's credibility on Global Warming," which meaningfully exploited Gore's vulnerability to the truth.
Only 12 months later Gore's world could be seen as crumbling all around him, and for all of the reasons we had postulated over a full year earlier.
Our 21st article would explicitly detail a "Constitutional Onslaught and the Peril of Unchecked Power" in which we detailed a wholeness of illegalities as set forth within the Affordable Healthcare Act:
The simple fact is that the act of living by a citizen in this nation should not then include a fine against said Citizen in the event that his or her health should diminish to the point of being a financial burden to society due to the lack of the financial instrument that is a health insurance policy.
If indeed various financial burdens, in whatever form they might take, impairs a Society--as in the case of health costs--then I would submit that anyone who might require financial assistance from the Government in the form of welfare and other such financial considerations then has now also become the selfsame burden upon Society as the individual who has failed to purchase insurance coverage. By this reasoning, we now can see where this legislation is so terribly unjudicial.
The Nadir of Redistributional Obamanomics
As we watch Obama's five year mission slowly unfold we can see the cracks in his ideology now becoming fissures
For instance, who sets the range of judgment with regard to who may or may not be a financial burden upon society and who is worthy of public gift? The ones who fail without trying seem to be of greater value and uppermost significance than those who seemingly fail while trying. The government, in an a most amazing display of duplicity, then tenders its judgment based upon its own complex but arbitrarily drawn lines, as to who receives a benefit and who receives a penalty.
The Producers are thusly punished and the Takers are unjustly rewarded.
While one who's hard won gifts to the government may be subject to extreme penalty for not fully giving enough, another who receives an equal amount from the treasury, is held without disregard and even rewarded for their idleness.
This, ladies and gentleman, is not justice, it is a rather unfairly drawn judgment by busybody bureaucrats, at best and it is the keystone of the Obama Regime across virtually every policy.
In the first month of 2010 we published an article which spoke to "Renewal of Expiration." Within that particular article we described how the policies and procedures which had ill-fatedly been put into play, even then, would eventually turn America's Obama years into a decade of expiration. Now, in 2013 most of America finds itself searching for both the hope and the change that was promised, while not fully understanding that it had already arrived.
The highly touted hope was not inclined to the aspirations of the people but rather it was the hope of an age-old methodology being meaningfully fulfilled. The promised change spoke not to improving lives with the widely lain fruits of prosperity but rather to the equal dispensation of misery to a nation deemed worthy of its penalty.
The truly frightening thing, however, is in the seeing of those events that seem to be just over the next horizon. We are, indeed, living in the most dangerous of times....
"But what a fool believes ... he sees
No wise man has the power to reason away
What seems ... to be
Is always better than nothing
There's nothing at all
~What a fool believes
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June 24th, 2013
It's no longer a secret, at least not for most of our regular readers, that whenever we elect to refute former Bush Speechwriter and Tea Party-hating, faux- Republican centrist Michael Gerson, due to some particularly inane piece of opinionated shrapnel, Gerson will virtually always be proven as completely clueless and inexorably in error, only a little later on down the timeline, and to our "anti-intellectual" profit, or so it would seem.
This, more often than not proves many of us to be prophetically if not unfairly gifted with that rare mental ability more often referred to as common sense, which Gerson apparently failed to secure while in his formative years, which were most likely miserable, come to think of it
Too bad El Magnifico can't figure out a way to redistribute common sense, as well to needful folks such as Gerson, except that it would most likely prove profoundly self-defeating for "The One." However, it has, indeed, almost become a sort of phenomenon with the ongoing fight between Gerson and hardcore Conservative-think.
Surprised by Islamist Republic
Take for instance the piece Gerson wrote about the leftwardly vaunted Arab spring when it began its swirling march across the Mid-eastern world. Gerson, in irritated response to un-believing Conservatives, wrote a column titled "Surprised by Freedom" which sought to actually criticize we Conservatives for our extremely cautious stance at what Gerson called a "democratic transformation" sweeping the Mideast (in a Muslimated Maelstrom). This, even while Gerson's prior two years had been spent reviling the Tea Party as if it were the most menacing thing to happen since the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
You see, while the highly naive and critically thinking-challenged Gerson thought that a slew of mini-Americas would be popping up like Hookah-Stands once the democratic fires took hold in the Mideast, our more conservative notions were unfortunately tainted by an increasingly rare thing known as knowledge tempered by dour experience.
Our "extreme Right-Wing" contraindications prefaced the fact that, with an obvious lack of a true civil society, coupled with a populace dedicated to the the Muslim-Islamist traditions of Sharia law, what would be more apt to happen would be the intensification of an Israel-hating conjoinment of extremist Islamic Republics largely dedicated to the notions of both hate and existential loathing for the entire western world.
This described state of existence is often referred to as a Caliphate.
Fast-forward to the present and what do you see?
Downstream in time, we now have an Egypt with an Islamists oligarchy which systemically despises Israel and the US, an Iran with power unparalleled throughout the Mideast world after Bush's hawkingly moderated misadventures at Iraqi-nation building, or even that same country, Iraq, now teetering into civil war with Shiites and Sunni Muslims at each other's throats. Ditto with Syria, in a civil war with more 100,000 dead.
Nevermind Africa, increasingly consumed by eagerly bloodletting Islamists...I could go on and on; however, the consummated fact that ultimately remains is "we were right" and "Gerson was "wrong, as per the usual."
The fortunate thing might be that the Sunni's and the Shiite Muslims are so busy killing each other that they have, at least temporarily, forgotten their overall beef with the rest of the world. So, what should we in the US, as the leader of "the free world," do while our once and future extremist enemies are fighting each other to death?
The answer can be found in that last sentence above, as in "Free World." Let them die-- and at their own hands--it's what they seem to want--especially if it's what they truly seem to live for anyway; who are we to interfere in their most favorite pastime? We have our Superbowl, let them have their self-induced "Superkill." Wouldn't anything else go against the rudiments of natural selection in a vast panoply of ways?
We Conservatives can sometimes be pro-choice, too, and more often than most might think.
And so it is with Gerson's most recent effort at moderated hubris within the beltway, titled, " Some on the Right Going too Far in NSA Critism"--as if Gerson is the final determinant of that which goes too far in government criticism? He probably thinks so.
Gerson begins by stating that "A number of libertarians and conservative populists have found data collection by the National Security Agency(NSA) to be the final confirmation of their worst fears about Barack Obama and modern government. It is an attempt, according to Ron Paul, to “deliberately destroy the Constitution.” To radio talk show host Mark Levin, it reveals “the elements of a police state.” To Rush Limbaugh, it is part of a “coup d’etat” by the Obama “regime.”
Please note Gerson's inital embarking of the word "populists," first of all, which in this usage is inner Beltway code for "the pitchfork and torch crowd." To them it's nothing if not simply an impetus for heartland Americans to get all wee-wee'd up over something appealing chiefly, if not solely, to the unwashed masses. As for most of us, there is no doubt that these efforts by the Obama regime, coupled with an unwieldingly growing intelligence apparatus over the last seven years, have been nothing if not a vast overreach of ecliptic proportions for a country dedicated to the principles of Freedom and Liberty.
Gerson continues: "All the scandals are really part of one big scandal. For Levin, it encompasses abuses by the Internal Revenue Service, the collection of DNA by policemen, Obamacare’s centralization of medical records and the use of domestic drones. “The Transportation Department, people forget, has proposed black boxes in all of our automobiles to track how they function,” Levin adds."
Here, Gerson points out Conservative Hero Mark Levin's protestations of Big Brother overreach, as if Levin has completely lost his mind, while Gerson fails, rather spectacularly, at pointing out why Levin should not feel this way. Is it possible that Gerson has drunk so much Beltway Kool-aid that he pathetically fails to see Levin's agonizingly clear points? Gerson essentially crowns Levin's arguments as King, simply by laying them out unassailed, thereby illustrating Gerson's extraordinary lack of caution when Big Gov's bough is about ready to break under the massive weight of security overcompensation.
But rather than stop and elucidate, Gerson skips to Rush Limbaugh's assertions by stating:
"Limbaugh presents a similar list, demonstrating what he calls “the totalitarian nature or the authoritarian nature of this administration,” and homes in on the NSA revelations: “The main question is, why is such a gigantic surveillance operation even necessary? What is really going on here? Who is the enemy? The tea party, we know, is an enemy of the administration. We know that conservative Republicans — and I could give you names — are enemies of this administration.”
Here again, Limbaugh's bolstering arguments, as directly following Levin's, seem powerful beyond any effort to principally refute. So what exactly does Gerson have up his frilly little metrosexual sleeve?
Gerson, now, begins to assert his inerudite argument:
Let me stipulate that the IRS targeting of tea party groups is deeply disturbing andEric Holder’s Justice Department is politicized, swaggering and incompetent. Distrust of government is deep in the American DNA, and the Obama administration has often managed to justify it.
Ewww....that hurt, Michael. Please, oh please, don't penetrate the nadir of our ideas with your flacidly impotent misfire of an argument.....Um, Okay so like, is there anything else, Mr. Gerson, that you might have by way of making your point?
Thank Goodness...maybe...Gerson clumsily fondles forward:
But asserting that U.S. intelligence agencies are part of a conspiracy that somehow includes a national gun registry, drone surveillance and Lois Lerner crosses a line. It is one thing to oppose the policies of the administration; it is another to call for resistance against a “regime” and a “police state.” It is the difference between skepticism about government and hatred for government. And it raises the question: How is it even possible to love such an Amerika?
Ouch! Gerson actually sounds like Keith Olbermann, or even Chris Matthews, now, heaven help us all.
But neither Rush nor Levin, in fact, have ever stated anything with regard to an actual armed resistance, which Gerson disingenuously implies. In fact, where in the hell is that coming from, exactly? Both of those professional opinionists are waaay too smart for that, and Gerson needs to stop mesmerizing in front of MSNBC and CNN if he yet believes such prattle, which he probably doesn't.
But I do have the answer to this question, and Gerson, you're not going to like it one iota.
Obama's "The One" (At least on the "Enemies" Question)
In fact, Gerson is actually dropping into the Beltway-speak mode of the leftwardly mobile Moderates in perpetrating an untruth stealthily contrived. Gerson links his entire argument against our Conservative Icons on the word "enemies," while forgetting that it was none other than Obama himself who first authored the use of the word "enemies" to simultaneously describe and dismiss his political opposition in one fell swoop as indicated by the following USA Today article:
In an interview with Univision radio, Obama urged Hispanic votes for Democrats, and said: "If Latinos sit out the election instead of, 'we're going to punish our enemies and we're going to reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us' -- if they don't see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it's going to be harder."
But then why not foment an untruth? The master Regime has taught its hanger's-on ominously well over the past five years, it would seem.
Gerson continues, albeit clumsily:
This distinction between opposition and resistance is illustrated in attitudes toward the leaker Edward Snowden. If our country is being run by a regime, then those who expose its machinations are heroes, as some on the right have called Snowden. If the U.S. government is a fallible institution doing its best to protect citizens from terrorist violence, then a libertarian loner who reveals classified material (including U.S. cyberwarfare plans) and bolts for a communist country might be viewed in a different light.
Gerson Makes a Point...
It's not just some on the Right, Mr. Gerson, who find the culmination of a Regime both jealous in power and willing to do anything to secure it for the ages as dangerous at best. Its members of our open society and even our governing institutions located on both the far left and the far right and even points all in between, except perhaps, for those located squarely within the mushy center of American politi-think. Indeed, hardly anyone is comfortable with the levels of government "Peeping Tom-foolery" that we have all been subjected to, as clearly indicated by a recent Rasmussen poll:
Bad News for Big Gov in Poll: Americans No Longer Trust Government, 82% of Voters Tracking IRS Scandal
The Rasmussen poll clearly stated that a majority of Americans did not at all like the intrusions of the NSA, the IRS and Obamacare, so what does that tell you Gerson? Is someone governing against the will of the People, perhaps, and if so, doesn't that make an administration that has morphed into a classical uber-controlling government Regime?
After the IRS revelations, the Benghazi roadblocks, thousands upon thousands of redacted DOJ emails, an FBI that has yet to even begin a true investigation into the IRS debauchery, an NSA that has admitted, now, that any NSA analyst can listen to a phone call without a court order, or even a Congresswoman who brags on Obama's incredible intelligence database for democrat Machine campaigning that the history of the world has never seen:
Don't you actually pay attention to anything that's actually happening in the US, Mr. Gerson? Or is it that the world is now your oyster, in deference to all else, Sir?
Gerson now goes on to chum the water into a shark-ridden froth:
Some libertarians and populist conservatives are not merely attacking Obama; they are slandering U.S. intelligence services. There is no evidence, or even a serious allegation, that the NSA has made political use of data it has gathered. This is not a rogue operation. The NSA, with the permission of a court and under the supervision of Congress, built a searchable digital database. Listening in on phone calls still requires a warrant, based on probable cause.
Mr. Gerson, now to be sure, we understand that you believe everything your President and government tells you, despite all evidence to the contrary. Your misplaced loyalty might be construed as admirable in Communist China and certainly in North Korea. However, here in Amerika, esse quam videri still rules the day, which means to be rather than to seem.
A thing you most obviously struggle with on a daily basis, Sir.
It's a granted that your OZ-like dreamworld has you at the end of the yellow brick road awaiting a miracle from the Wizard, and yet, alas, that miracle, we hate to advise you, will not be forthcoming in the near or even distant future. In fact, we were told, just the other day, by none other than the NSA itself, after revelations by a Liberal Congressman, that the NSA can and does listen to domestic phone calls without a court order:
The Hill Report: NSA admits listening to phone calls without a warrant
(This refutation is like taking candy from a baby, for Heaven's sake)....Gerson deflatedly presses in:
The continuity of anti-terrorism efforts across two administrations, with the bipartisan support of congressional leaders, is an achievement, not a scandal. The introduction of extreme political polarization into this debate could be debilitating. “Do I want somebody in charge of this kind of surveillance,”asks Limbaugh, “who doesn’t like this country as it’s founded?” Partisans on the left will make the same case against the next Republican president. In these charges and countercharges, the objective security requirements of the country could get lost — until the next major terrorist attack.
Indeed, that "next attack" being the Boston Marathon Bombing, which both killed and or blew the smithereens out of a score of innocent bystanders.
Yep, that intelligence worked so damn well no one could even tell it was there, BECAUSE IT WASN'T!
Good God, Gerson, have you no cerebral reckoning whatsoever, man? The reason the NSA is casting a world-wide dragnet is simply because they refuse to single out and profile the Islamic extremists that are trying to destroy us, it's just that simple. In fact, we recently also received word from FBI Director Mueller that a mosque which was started by a now-jailed Islamic terrorist, was the same one in which the Chechen bomber brothers attended for some time. The FBI did reach out to the Mosque, but only within their Muslim outreach program, for Heaven's sake.
But oh, they will both profile and interrogate the Tea Party organizers at the drop of a tri-foil hat.
Then, Neo-Conservative Gerson goes on to comically try to instruct us that standing in defense of the Constitution's Fourth amendment is somehow not a Conservative argument:
This type of conservative argument is not recognizably conservative. Traditional conservatism recognizes the balancing of principles — in this case, security and privacy — rather than elevating a single ideal into an absolute. That balance may need occasional readjustment, based on shifting circumstances. But this requires prudence, not the breathless exaggeration of threats for political purposes.
"Elevating A single idea into an absolute?" Excuse us but it's not an idea, it's Constitutional law--read it again for the first time:
US Constitution IVth Amendment
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
How could this possibly not be extraordinarily clear?
Balance of Terror
For Heaven's sake, Gerson, US Defense Hawks are supposed to be oriented towards the enemy at the gate, not America's Civil Society, you nit- wit. Why is this so terribly difficult for so many people, especially the pundits, to fathom? But the interesting thing is simply how we of the Constitutional Conservative mindset have now naturally morphed from being National Security Hawks before to Domestic Rattlesnakes now, in trying to defend the people's Civil Rights, despite threats still gathering from without like stormclouds on the horizon.
As Conservatives, and at first in this five-year debacle, it seemed a natural defining principle in working towards maintaining the balance of power supposedly endemic to our government itself. That balance of power has now, however, morphed into a balance of terror, authored by our benevolent Big Brother in the form of an all-seeing, all-powerful, see something say something Statist Dystopia.
The truly Conservative argument all along has been in defense of the founding principles of Liberty versus Tyranny, Freedom versus Security, the State versus the individual, the Bill of Rights as antidote to an all-powerful government. This is nothing if not a civil liberties matter, if anything. The "breathless exaggeration" which Gerson speaks of is, in fact, starkly embedded throughout the words of his own column.
Gerson concludes with these words of extraordinarily misplaced anti-wisdom:
And larger things are at stake. Questioning the legitimacy of our government is the poisoning of patriotism. It is offensive for the same reasons it was offensive when elements of the left, in the 1960s and 1970s, talked of the American “regime.” Because it distorts the United States into something unrecognizable in order to advance a partisan ideology. Because this is still the “last best hope of earth,” not a police state. Because Americans have fought and died for this country, and to turn on it in this way is noxious. It is dishonest. And it is dishonorable.
So, what is our ultimate take on Gerson's final comical foray into patriotic zeal?
"Blah, blah, blah"....Gerson, seriously, you remind us of one of those old, ultra-fat, white guys trying to wear a Superman outfit at a Halloween party. No matter how many pads you try to stuff in your statist argument for muscle, you still look like a pasty, Pillsbury dough boy wearing a costume that looks pathetically ridiculous on you.
Journalism 101 states that it's our job to question those in power, especially when such power is obviously being abused , a thing Gerson obviously must have lost somewhere along the way. The Fourth Estate has truly become directionally bewildered in its worship of Big Goverment, this we all know except for Gerson, it seems.
But with regard to NSA whistleblower Snowden, it was the Federal Government ironically committing espionage on its own citizens; easvesdropping, spying, snooping into our personal effects, not Snowden, who simply told us what the Bureaucrats were up to. Why is this so difficult for pundits like Gerson and many others to fathom? It all seems quite simple to me, no matter where Snowden finally ends up and it would all seem even simpler to the Founders of this nation, make no mistake.
So, a bit of advise might obviously be in order for Mr. Gerson:
Just leave the Patriot games to those who are true Patriots....Sir.
June 21st, 2013
In a radio interview with Glenn Beck, Rep. Steve King has indicated that a Democrat strategist has described to him the fact that the Obama Regime:
"knew what websites and what communications the political competition" (Republicans) were going to".
Rep. King further has indicated that there was a massive amount of information available to the Democrats with regard to an overall intimidation strategy, especially with regard to Conservative candidates.
King asserted that there was an amazing amount of personal data, ostensibly including websites visited and emails intercepted, that the Democrat campaign strategists knew about Republican candidates during the most recent election cycle.
Could this particular Democrat strategist have been talking about the federal Government's capability of being able either track, eavesdrop or intercept anyone's digital data or phone conversations ?
According to Beck, in a related story, Rep. Mike Lee has indicated that Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, who shocked even fellow Conservative Judges with his Obamacare decision, may have been pressured by undue influences which could have ultimately allowed the Affordable Health Care Act to stand, despite clear indications previously by the Judge that seemed to indicate Robert's disdain of a Federal Government Healthcare mandate.
While many of the establishment might scoff at such rumors, we do know that officials at the IRS forwarded confidential Republican donor lists which were taken directly from the IRS data files and sent to various left-Wing media sites such a Propublica, so that Liberal strategists could publicly research, harass and embarrass Conservatives on various politically Liberal websites.
However, in addition to these facts, there is one piece of audio in existence which has confounded certain members of the media on whether or not national intelligence on US citizens has been shared with the Democrat campaign machines.
The following clip or link is a recording of Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters telling an interviewer of a massive database that Obama has available on every single individual in the United States:
"The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life."
"That's going to be very, very powerful," Rep. Waters said. "That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it's never been done before and whoever runs for President on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that."
"They're going to go down with that database and the concerns of those people because they can't get around it. And he's [President Obama] been very smart. It's very powerful what he's leaving in place."
Was Rep. Waters referring to the same database that US intelligence has put together at the NSA?
We already know that the IRS illegally shared confidential data, is the NSA considered above the law also?
In a related posting from The Blaze, a former NSA analyst has publically disclosed that Administrations of the past have routinely used data on political opposition to include lawmakers, Ambassadors, Top military officials and others.
“They went after–and I know this because I had my hands literally on the paperwork for these sort of things–they went after high-ranking military officers; they went after members of Congress, both Senate and the House, especially on the intelligence committees and on the armed services committees and some of the–and judicial,” Tice told Peter B. Collins on Boiling Frog Post News.
He went on: “But they went after other ones, too. They went after lawyers and law firms. All kinds of–heaps of lawyers and law firms. They went after judges. One of the judges is now sitting on the Supreme Court that I had his wiretap information in my hand. Two are former FISA court judges. They went after State Department officials. They went after people in the executive service that were part of the White House–their own people.”
But the mystery doesn't end there, in fact, it seems to intensify, as we have also had yet another journalist die of what could only be described as under bizarre circumstances. Michael Hastings, who wrote a piece for the Rolling Stone which eventually forced General Stanley McChrystal's resignation, died of extreme causes in what seems an almost impossible auto accident.
The following article clip tells a story that is difficult to somehow ascribe to just an ordinary single-car accident:
A witness said his car “suddenly jackknifed” before crossing the median and hitting a tree, causing a ferocious explosion that reportedly threw the engine block of the brand new Mercedes Hastings was driving 30 or 40 yards from the car."
“It sounded like a bomb went off in the middle of the night,” another witness told the TV station. “The house shook, my windows were rattling.”
Last article? "Why Democrats Love to Spy on Americans"
We were later to learn that Hastings had contacted Wikileaks only hours before his death and indicated that the FBI had opened an investigation into him:
WikiLeaks says journalist Michael Hastings, 33, killed in a fiery crash early Tuesday morning after his Mercedes plowed into a tree near the corners of Melrose and Highland Avenues, had contacted the organization hours earlier to say he was the subject of an FBI investigation.
The tweet, issued Wednesday to WikiLeaks' 1.9 million followers, reads, "Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him."
The journalism community has poured forth with expressions of shock and deep sadness since news of Hastings' sudden and dramatic death rippled across social media Tuesday.
Lastly there was this stunning news item that we all pretty much knew anyway....remember what Obama said only a week or so ago?
'Nobody is listening to your telephone calls'~Barack Obama
Someone apparently is, Mr. President:
Rut-Roh! Did Someone just lie, yet again?.....
So there you have it, this week in a nutshell, aside from all of the amnesty desperation that we should simply be leaving alone, at least until the border is secure. But....It's the ongoing five-year mission--transforming America--from "Change We Can Believe in" to "Change We Simply Cannot Believe."
Next main article up at Conservative Refocus:
A Rebuttal to Rino columnist Michael Gerson on Conservatives and the NSA scandal......Gerson is the guy who can never quite seem to get anything right--publishing later this weekend.
Related at CR
The following are more interesting bits of related news that have put most of us into conjectorial hyperdrive in simply trying to keep up with this increasingly tangled mess:
Related News Articles at Conservative Refocus
Another Journalist Dies after Exposing Big Gov Extremes: Michael Hastings Mercedes "Jack-Knifed" on LA Freeway
Tea Party Terrorist Attacks? DHS Runs Terrorism Drill Against US Tea Party Militiamen Instead of Islamists
Bad News for Big Gov in Poll: Americans No Longer Trust Government, 82% of Voters Tracking IRS Scandal