Tell me one of these politicians up here who doesn’t minimize their taxes. Tell me a chief financial officer you would hire if he didn’t try to minimize your taxes legally. Tell me what Apple’s done that’s illegal.
Yesterday, two “suspected Muslim fanatics” attacked a soldier wearing a tee-shirt for a veteran’s aid society in the street a short distance from the Royal Artillery Barracks in London after knocking him down with their car. Using a meat cleaver and knives they attempted to behead and evicerate the man in in the street, then hung around to be filmed by locals while decrying the deaths of people in “their country” — in this case, most likely referring to Afghanistan — despite the perpetrators being black (so, not Afghan; the one attacker has Nigerian parents…where the UK is not currently at war) and having English accents (again…not Afghan.)
We swear by the Almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone. We must fight them as they fight us, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth… I apologize that women had to witness this today, but in our land our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government. They don’t care about you. Do you think David Cameron’s going to get caught in the street when we start busting our guns? Do you think the politicians are going to die? No, it’s going to be the average guy, like you.
The response from the security services of the United Kingdom are proving the man right: MI5 was aware of the perpetrators, and had deemed them a threat not requiring “immediate intervention.” Now in the wake of the attack in which the men not only were screaming the traditional “Allah, hua akbar”, but admitted the religious motivation on camera, Scotland Yard’s police commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, rolled out this doozy:
We understand concern about the motivation and we will work tirelessly to uncover why this occurred and who was responsible. I understand people want answers, but I must stress we are in the early stages of investigations.
Hey, Sir Bernie — I know you’re a law enforcement “professional” and all, but here’s a hint — the guys stuck around to posture for cameras and told you it was jihad, then one was apprehended on his way to Somalia to join al-Shahaab. Mystery bloody solved.
Nevertheless, Her Majesty’s Government leaped into action and had a meeting. That led to Prime Minister David Cameron telling Britons,
The people who did this were trying to divide us. They should know something like this will only bring us together and make us stronger…One of the best ways of defeating terrorism is to go about our normal lives.
Nice platitude. I know ignoring a person trying to kill me has worked wonders in the past. A stiff upper lip isn’t going to help you while you exsanguinate.
Reaction to the murder has showed the dysfunctional nature of British society — from the woman with the pram that walked by the murder victim and ranting jihadi without expression (shades of Kitty Genovese…google it) to the 48 year-old woman that dressed down the cleaver-wielding killer (why is this woman not running Scotland Yard — which had to wait 20 minutes to respond while they unlocked the arms locker in Whitehall)…
to the “hey, whaddaya gonna do?” quality of official response. The only people that bothered to protest the obvious act of religiously-motivated terror were 100 or so members of the English Defense League, who — while raving racist and culturalist nuts — might just have a point about the danger of a lax asylum and immigration policy that favors folks that want to kill you.
Don’t worry, though — HMG has a plan to keep you all safe: ban people wearing uniforms! Here’s the short, brutal truth: When you cannot have your own military in uniform in your nation for fear of incite violence from immigrants to your country, you’ve lost your culture and country.
The safety of the tyrant is better guarded by the goodwill of the citizens than by the spears of a bodyguard…
– in reference to the Corinthian tyrant, Cypselus.
All the guns in the world won’t protect a man or government if they abuse the people for too long.
…they eject you from their meetings. This is democracy in New Jersey: do what we want, say what we want, or we’ll punish you.
And just in case you thought they were applauding his ejection…
They were continuing to turf people out after they “cut off debate” over their gun bills:
This is your police state at work. Don’t agree with what they are doing to you? They shut down debate and sic the police on you. And as far as they are concerned, “You can’t stop government…” But don’t worry there, Mr. and Mrs. Jersey Shore…I’m sure they won’t be coming for you in the future…
Now, if only the Republicans could stop viewing this through a partisan lens and start seeing this through a legal or ideological one — to whit, this isn’t a bunch of incompetents who screwed up…well, it is a bunch of incompetents, but they had every intent of acting illegally, unethically, and unconstitutionally because that’s who they are.
This is the perfect chance to rail against statism, but I wouldn’t hold your breath to be seeing any of your elected officials making a real effort to shut down the IRS and institute a simple, fair, flat tax; they won’t be hitting Holder with a “contempt of Congress” citation for his “forgetfulness” over the AP scandal; and they won’t be impeaching the president for his twice-now-ruled unconstitutional recess appointments, his illegal running of guns to Mexico and Honduras.
But it’s nice to see our would-be aristocrats twist a bit.
Whence does [the State] draw those resources that it is urged to dispense by way of benefits to individuals? Is it not from the individuals themselves? How, then, can these resources be increased by passing through the hands of a parasitic and voracious intermediary?
Oh, Nelly, she’s havin’ the vapors! 52 media groups protested the Department of Justice’s wide-ranging seizures of telephone records on Associated Press reporters in an effort to find the source of a leak on a counterterrorist operation. Apparently, they’re doubly worried that the DoJ didn’t inform them they were the subject of an investigation until a year later. Imagine how much freer we’d be if the media had been this interested in any of the other abuses of power that the administration has pursued these past five years.
Already, the administration is in “lying our asses off” mode, with Eric “Pinnochio” Holder claim he “doesn’t know” how many orders for data seizures he signed. That brings up a few interesting problems: 1) Incompetence — Holder wasn’t smart enough to pull the information before going out to flap his yap on the matter, 2) Arrogance — Holder didn’t feel he needed to have that information…after all, the media’s been covering up for the Chicago gang for five years, why stop now? (Answer: Because sycophants don’t like to be scorned by the object of their adulation.) or 3) HE’S LYING. Maybe because they actually did much worse and they’re trying to stave off discovery of wiretaps or other surveillance techniques used, or maybe because the administration is so used to prevarication it now comes naturally, or maybe because what they did wasn’t exactly legal…
Let’s turn to the US Attorney’s Manual 9-13.400 (News Media Subpoenas; Subpoenas for Telephone Toll Records of News Media; Interrogation, Arrest, or Criminal Charging of Members of the News Media) to see a few things you should know about subpoenaing evidence, Mr. Holder:
Section 50.10(g)(1): “should be as narrowly drawn as possible; it should be directed at relevant information regarding a limited subject matter and should cover a reasonably limited time period.”
Sections 50.10(b) and 50.10(g)(1): This requires you to take all investigative steps before a wiretap or draw of confidential records can be subpoenaed. “We couldn’t get any one to talk, judge. Can we have a wiretap?” “Well, sure, Eric — just don’t forget to invite me to the next swanky White House dinner!)
Section 50.10(d): This is the part where you are required to tell the person they are under investigation unless it would “pose a substantial threat to the integrity of the investigation.”
Man, the hits keep comin’, don’t they? It’s getting hard to keep track of all the scandals the administration has running…
First there was Operation Gunrunner (that’s Fast & Furious out of Arizona, Castaway out of Florida) where the government allowed straw purchasers to buy guns and take them to Mexico, and actively sold guns and military hardware in Honduras. The administration threatened whistleblowers, tried to slough responsibility on middle management when it was obviously run out of the White House, and lied actively about the purpose of the mission.
Next up, Benghazi. Here rank incompetence and naive idealism led to an attack on our embassy in Cairo on 9/11 last year, as well as the consulate in Benghazi in Libya. Informed of an attack on the embassy at 5pm, the president then disappeared off the grid for the rest of the night to allow the State Department, Central Intelligence Agency, and AFRICOM to “ass up the AO” for the duration. With minimal security (it was supposedly going to be handled by locals…Islamists), the consulate was overrun. The ambassador fled to a secondary location that said Islamists had outed to the rioters and he was tortured and killed. No attempt was made to rescue them and when members of AFRICOM looked to disobey orders and send a rescue mission against orders to stand down, were relieved of duty.
The president’s response? Blame the idiocy on a YouTube video for a week. Then they threatened the whistleblowers, staged conveniently timed scandals that ousted those who would not play ball, tried to slough responsibility off on middle management when the fiasco was staged by Foggy Bottom (and specifically the Secretary of State), which wanted to believe that, in helping the Libyan rebels, the Obama administration was now widely respected and loved by the Arab Street. This event broke the narrative, and the level of narcissism in the current regime is so high that this couldn’t be allowed to happen.
Apparently, no one explained to them that the event is usually less damning than the cover-up. And there’s no question that the administration has been covering up their gross negligence in the case of Benghazi. Or to paraphrase Democrats who opposed the Iraq War (while Bush was running it, that is), “People died, Obama Lied.”
This past week, we found out that the Democrats, and specifically the White House, used the Internal Revenue Service to target conservative and libertarian political groups with audits that damaged their ability to raise money, and that they were browbeating the organizations for their donor lists. (Oh, don’t forget those dangerous pro-Israel Jewish groups.) But don’t worry! The Max Bacchus, the head of the Senate Finance Committee (and the man that first suggested the IRS be used in this blatantly illegal manner), is heading up the investigation into the scandal! I’m sure we can expect a completely impartial, truthful examination of this illegal activity. I’m wracking my brain…what does this remind me of…? Oh, right: Watergate, where a sitting president used the power of his office unethically and used a government agency (CIA) to spy on his political opponents.
And this weekend, we found out that the Department of Justice secretly grabbed two months of telephone records from 200 reporters from the Associated Press in an attempt to find out who leaked this:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaida’s affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, The Associated Press has learned.
The plot involved an upgrade of the underwear bomb that failed to detonate aboard a jetliner over Detroit on Christmas 2009. This new bomb was also designed to be used in a passenger’s underwear, but this time al-Qaida developed a more refined detonation system, U.S. officials said.
The FBI is examining the latest bomb to see whether it could have passed through airport security and brought down an airplane, officials said. They said the device did not contain metal, meaning it probably could have passed through an airport metal detector. But it was not clear whether new body scanners used in many airports would have detected it.
The AP wasn’t informed of the investigation until a year after the 7 May, 2012 story. Expect to watch reporters, who were perfectly content to ignore the above big stories for years, lose their minds over having been the target of the same government malfeasance the rest of us have had to worry about for the last five years. Now, who is at the center of two of these major scandals..? Eric Holder, the protege of the last truly-awful, unethical Attorney General, Janet “Man Hands” Reno — expect to see someone’s head on a pike soon, unless the administration can buy off their sycophants in the media.
I wonder why people might be feeling disillusioned and angry with the way the country’s being run..?
…and should. First published on his website, the aging Progressive talking head laments the end of dialogue and the rise of disillusionment and anger in the United States, citing the Fairleigh Dickinson poll that showed about 30% of the population think an armed revolt will be necessary to protect their rights.
“Have we lost our minds?” cries the antique PBS “journalist” who for years has spread the Progressive ideals that have caused people to start arming to the teeth in anticipation that “experts” like Moyers will finally make that last push to control our lives through big government intervention. “Paranoia and just plain meanness.”
Why would the people be paranoid? Could it be the recent push for gun control that dovetailed with hearings on using drones to spy on or kill American citizens inside the United States — a scenario that the Attorney General wouldn’t call unconstitutional or illegal until pushed to the wall? Could it be the passage of the NDAA and the ability to make anyone a “terrorist” with the right policy letter from an administration security “expert”, and with that lose their right to due process, a speedy trial by their peers? Could it be that the president used the IRS to lock up the monies of conservative political groups ahead of the 2012 election — a crime easily on par with using CIA assets to spy on the opposing party? (Watergate.) What about the militarization of the police around the nation and the constant increases in surveillance?
Why would we worry about that?
Moyers does manage to figure out that crony capitalism — the corruption of Washington politicians by big monied interests — is partly to blame, but doesn’t quite get past his Vietnam-era socialist bullshit of the “gap between rich and poor” causing anger. That’s not it, Billy; it’s that both parties, and especially your beloved Obama, have been robbing us blind to support irresponsible banks and businesses that should have been allowed to go bust. The companies cannot rob the people without the complicity of the government that Progressives like Moyers so love to tout as the solution to every problem.
But a violent uprising, with all the bloodshed and chaos that would follow? Armed revolt is when people are so desperate they kill and are killed. Who would wash the blood from the streets, restore order after the chaos and bury the dead? Have we lost our minds?
Why would they be that desperate? Could it be that in addition to the elements above, they see no representation of their views from the would-be aristocrats in government and their sycophantic crew of courtiers (that would be the media, Mr. Moyers…you.) They lie to us, the media passes on the lie unquestioningly because of their political allegiance to a faction, to the point of covering rank incompetence or worse in Benghazi, with Fast & Furious, with the misuse of civil assets to gain political gain? How about the open cheating in the electoral process by both parties this past season?
Who would wash the blood from the streets, restore order…? The same people that always do; the folks caught in the middle between those who want their freedom, and those that wish to deny them the same.
There is an alternative to force, blood, and suffering. It’s called democracy…If Congress and the White House are crooked and out of touch, come Election Day, you make sure they lose.
Great sentiment, Billy, but when the president uses the IRS to lock up the ability of the opposition to organize and speak against him, when the opposition party’s elitist kleptocracy changes the rules of the game to keep spoilers out and lies openly about who won primaries…democracy doesn’t work.
Perhaps, had you been willing to leave people to their lives without meddling at every turn in what we eat, drink, smoke; who we screw; how we make our money and how much we keep; stopped playing games with our energy supply over bogus climate fearmongering; didn’t intrude on how we educate our kids…well, maybe people would have finally had enough of it.
Moyers and other unhappy, arrogant, meddlesome folks push relentlessly against people, attempting to make them and society “better.” They don’t like being told “no” — that’s mean-spirited. They don’t like being called on their actions and intentions — that’s paranoia. And, like most bullies, when you finally raise your dukes, they cry for parlay to retreat, regroup, and retool their endless message of approbation. T
You keep pushing. People are going to throw down.
Nothing gets the government more riled up that wasting money (Chortle! Just kidding!), or at least very visible and embarrassing wastes of money that can be turned into political hay for the news cycle. In this case, the
thieves lawmakers of the House Homeland Security Committee came down super-extra hard on the Transport Security Agency for spending $800,000 a year to store the “safe…kinda” Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) X-ray machines they bought without testing when the agency was looking to peep under your clothes and irradiate you at the same time.
Finding that groping people was much more empowering for the blueshirts in the airport, and intrusive, demeaning, and/or terrifying for travelers, the ATIs have been sitting DOA in a FLF (federal leased facility. They don’t use this acronym but should, since I just made it up.) And darn it, that’s wasteful! Not the fact they bought a bunch of crap they can’t use…that they would store it in an $800,000/year facility instead of really adding insult to the injury of misspent taxes by letting it rust out in the back of some TSA facility.
So be of good cheer, America! Even if the lawmakers don’t care about the violation of your privacy and dignity, despite the fact they ignore the rampant theft of traveler’s property by federal (now unionized!) employees who can’t catch 3/4s of the weapons at a recent airport test (compared to 20% failure of private security), they really really care that the TSA is wasting your money.
Because, dammit, they could find ways to waste that money even more egregiously. Just give ‘em a chance!