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Obama:  The Law Giver
Obama Giveth — and — Obama Taketh Away
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
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All this time I have been laboring under the false impression that the Congress was constitutionally assigned the duty of making and changing (amending) law(s) for the country.

Silly me!  I am SO embarrassed!  Just shows how dumb a poor ole swamp rat like yours truly can actually be, I suppose.

Anyway, Mr. Obama has set me straight on that.  He has shown me that HE has the power to make law, and change law, and enforce law or — choose NOT to enforce law — as HE chooses.

Why, Mr. Obama has changed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) some 19 or 20 times now (For more on Obama’s changes to Obamacare visit politifact.com at: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/sep/25/tom-graves/rep-graves-says-obama-has-changed-aca-19-times/ ) all without any aid from the national legislature — the Congress.

All things considered, one must ask WHY we even have a Congress?  Couldn’t we save major bucks by just dissolving the Congress and have done with it?   I mean, heck, we’ve got Obama — The Law Giver as our President!  What need have we of a Congress?

With Obama it is all give and take.  He gives — AND — he takes.  The man refuses to acknowledge his limitations under the constitution. He just ignores it in part or in whole — as the notion strikes him.

This is not just wrong, gentle reader, this is ILLEGAL.

Playing fast and loose with the US Constitution, under normal circumstances, would get one placed UNDER the jailhouse!  No longer.

But these are not normal times.  We live now in a “post constitution era” in America. We find ourselves in the short-lived period between freedom and slavery.  Once a nation begins a slide into slavery the pace quickens and doesn’t take very long to find an entire people clasped in the bonds of involuntary servitude.

I find it ironic that Obama, a black man,  is so intent on leading his people, white and black, into tyranny induced slavery in America.  There’s something just plain vulgar about that.

The Obama administration is proving to be more corrupt that the Grant, the Harding, or the Nixon administrations.  I was not around for the first two, but I lived every minute of the Nixon administration  and I can tell you the American people never sensed a threat to their freedom from Nixon as they do from Obama.

When Nixon’s party, the Republican Party,  realized the enormity of his misdeeds, they quickly formed a committee and paid Nixon a visit and read him the riot act.  They told him, flat out, that he was going to be impeached and the Congress WOULD find him guilty and he WOULD be removed from office in disgrace, unless, he resigned — and resigned immediately.  Nixon resigned and managed by doing so to save SOME face and enough dignity to gracefully exit the White House while staff and a few members of his administration stood clustered near the helicopter LZ looking on in tears.

It was a trying time for the republic, but we survived and the constitution proved, once again, its value and worth as a foundation document and the protector of freedom.

On December 31st, 2012, the non-partisan Judicial Watch released its annual “Most Corrupt Politicians in Washington List.” On that list were:  President Obama and key members of his Democrat cabinet like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, disgraced Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, and UN Ambassador Susan Rice.  They were among the top ten names on the list.  That was last year.  We can hardly wait for this years list to be released.  Judicial Watch is a public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption.  You may see the entire list at: http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-announces-list-of-washingtons-ten-most-wanted-corrupt-politicians-for-2012/

Let’s see.  Right now, Americans are attempting to deal with a host of Obama administration scandals:  The NSA scandal, the IRS Scandal, the Navy Seal scandal, the Benghazi scandal,  and the Fast and Furious Scandal.

Then there is Obamacare. 

Obama and his minions have trashed the constitution.  Mr. Obama claims to be a constitutional scholar, indeed, taught constitutional law in college.  Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years!  Seems to me that with that sort of background he should know better!

In an article at Front Page Magazine, Arnold Ahlert says the following:  “Perhaps the most contemptible effort in that regard is President Obama’s transparently unconstitutional effort to suspend various parts of the Affordable Healthcare Act. How Americans feel about that piece of legislation is irrelevant. What’s relevant is that Congress passed the law, including the part that calls for its implementation beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, and the president signed it. There is no Constitutional way the president can simply choose to ignore sections of a law he doesn’t like, or go around Congress completely when they won’t kowtow to his agenda.

Yet that’s precisely what Obama and other administration officials have done. In 2012, the president unilaterally decreed that the same DREAM Act rejected by Congress 18 months earlier would be implemented for the children of illegal aliens. He also gutted part of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, in clear violation of the statute. Obama is still ignoring a ruling by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and federal appeals courts in D.C. and Philadelphia, all of whom ruled his “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were unconstitutional.” —  SOURCE:  http://www.frontpagemag.com/2013/arnold-ahlert/just-how-corrupt-is-the-obama-administration/   (We strongly recommend you read this article in its entirety.)

Let’s cut to the chase. There is a serious shortage of intestinal fortitude in Congress today.  There is a palpable lack of guts within the ranks of the GOP in the House of Representatives.  A Bill of Impeachment ought to be introduced, voted on, and passed in the House ASAP. 

Having said that, please understand that I am not so foolish as to believe that the US Senate, controlled by the President’s own party The Democratic Party) , therefore by Obama, himself, will find him guilty.  But this administration’s corruption needs to be documented, publicly, and made a part of the historical record of the country for future generations.  With the phalanx of protection the Mainstream Media has thrown up around their president, the ONLY way that will happen is — through impeachment.

In the meantime, things in America are only going to get worse.

Every time Obama gets away with a violation of the constitution, it emboldens him, it becomes easier for him to so it again and again.  I am concerned Congress has already waited too long. I suspect many in Congress fear an uprising of civil unrest (riots) among the black population of the country should they impeach Obama.  Then so be it.  NOTHING should get in the way of doing the RIGHT thing. 

Impeaching Obama IS the right thing to do. The rape of the constitution must be ended.

J. D. Longstreet

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When The Cat’s Away — The Mice Will Play
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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Step back.  Take a look at the world today.  It’s an unmitigated MESS!

China and Japan, Russia and Syria, Russia and the Ukraine, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Israel and the so-called Palestinians,  South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Mali, and the Pacific Rim countries,  North Korea, the Philippines, and sundry other places that escape my memory at the moment.

THIS is what “leading from behind” has wrought.  THIS is Obama’s foreign policy — no foreign policy. 

Oh, there’s more to come.  As soon as US troops leave Afghanistan, the Taliban will move right back in with great shedding of blood.  Iran will soon have a nuclear bomb, (unless Israel intervenes) as will several other Middle Eastern countries.

South of us, well, South America is keeping a low profile — and that worries me.  Look for Argentina to take another shot at snatching the Falkland Islands from Great Britain — again.

Brazil is on its best behavior these days getting all gussied-up up for the Football World Cup coming up in June.  Venezuela has its own internal problems (so far) trying to imitate Cuba or the old Soviet Union and managing to provide the hemisphere with some tragic humor.

There’s not much coming out of our neighbors to the south these days mainly because the Obama administration seems to have simply written them off, which means the Mainstream Media in the US has no interest in anything happening below Brownsville, Texas, or Key West, Florida.

Oh.  About Obama’s “pivot” to the Pacific Rim? Well, it now appears he has abandoned it. Could it be that has emboldened China to stretch out across the South China Sea and confront  Japan over the Senkaku Islands? I hope SOMEONE has made our President aware that we have a binding treaty with Japan to protect them should they be attacked.  No ifs, ands, or buts about it. 

According to the “Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security” between the United States and Japan, the US is committed  to protecting Japan against an enemy’s attack.  Judging from the Japanese government’s recent consideration toward reevaluating their “no nukes” stance, something tells me the Japanese are worried about Obama’s steadfastness in so far as his standing by America’s treaty obligations with them.

I’ve been around since the tail end of the Great Depression and, frankly, I don’t remember the US being this disengaged globally, well, EVER!

One of the consequences of voluntary isolation for a country is that that country loses any influence it might have on world events. 

Nature abhors a vacuum.  Something will fill it.  Russia and China have stepped up and are aggressively filling the void left when Obama took the US into full retreat from the world.  The US has less and less influence around the globe as each day passes.  We are seeing the results of that lack of influence all over the world today.   It is likely to get much worse.

Our President is a joke to foreign governments.   Obama is not what the remainder of the world considers “reliable.”  See, they’re ahead of America’s own citizens in arriving at that precisely correct conclusion.

Consider this from Max Boot at commentarymagazine.com: “Moreover, Americans aren’t happy with Obama’s foreign policy in general: “Forty-nine percent disapproved of Mr. Obama’s foreign policy efforts, up 10 points since early June, and 40 percent approved. The president’s negative rating on foreign policy has grown among Americans of all political stripes, with disapproval up 8 points among Democrats, 10 points among Republicans and 13 points among independents.” 

Mr. Boot goes on to say:  “What the public perceives–the same thing that much of the world perceives–is that Obama is weak and vacillating, deliberative but indecisive.”  — SOURCE:  http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2013/09/25/obamas-confused-foreign-policy/

Consider this from the May/June 2012 issue of Foreign Affairs. (http://www.foreignaffairs.com/):  “When Obama was sworn into office in January 2009, he had already developed an activist vision of his foreign policy destiny. He would refurbish the United States’ image abroad, especially in the Muslim world; end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; offer an outstretched hand to Iran; “reset” relations with Russia as a step toward ridding the world of nuclear weapons; elicit Chinese cooperation on regional and global issues; and make peace in the Middle East. By his own account, Obama sought nothing less than to bend history’s arc in the direction of justice and a more peaceful, stable world.” SOURCE:  http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/137516/martin-indyk-kenneth-lieberthal-and-michael-e-ohanlon/scoring-obamas-foreign-policy

Those of us who live in the real world had serious misgivings about his grasp of real world politics as soon as we learned of his pie-in-the-sky attitude toward the world situation.  In fact, it frightened old hands at foreign affairs and shocked even more.  It seemed his naivete knew no bounds.   It has turned out that that assessment was nearer to the mark than even we knew at the time.

The recent Obama imbroglio in Syria leads many, yours truly included, into believing Obama has no definitive foreign policy.  He just makes it up as he goes! 

One has to wonder how our traditional allies feel about this seeming lackadaisical attitude toward American leadership in the world.   One such ally, Israel, now knows, with a high degree of certainty, they cannot depend upon America as long as Obama is in the Oval Office.  How must Great Britain, France, Germany, Australia, Canada, et al, feel  about any dependence upon America these days?

All one is required to do to see the justification in our query is simply observe the mess the world is in today.

Those of us who have been around the block a few times understand the importance and the necessity of remaining involved, of having some skin in the game.  It wasn’t nice. It wasn’t comfortable,  and often it has cost us in blood, sweat, tears and treasure — but it was — and remains — tactically and strategically a necessity even if Obama can’t (or won’t) see it.

As the title to this piece says:  “When the cat’s away, the mice will play.”    Silly me!  I just assumed everyone would understand that the RATS would also slink from the shadows and contribute to the madness and mayhem, as well.

It’s past time for the big cat to come home!

© J. D. Longstreet

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PUBLISHED APRIL 2009

Neo-Pagans Rule! America Creates God In Her Own Image!
By: J. D. Longstreet

************************As socialism wraps it’s cold, icy, fingers around freedom’s throat in America, many Americans have slowly come to the realization that the socialist takeover of America did not happen overnight. There were plenty of warning signs over the past few decades. As I think back, the most obvious of the “warning signs” was/is the so-called “Green Movement.”

Those who follow the Green Movement, the acolytes of the Global Warming “religion,” are easily identified by their unbridled compulsion to bow down to the false idols of science, to socialist politics, and, let us not forget… M O N E Y! You find them everywhere these days. Turn on a TV and there they are straining to burden you with a guilt trip about the damage YOU have done to the planet and how YOU must atone for your wickedness in order to be redeemed from your sins against the “Earth Mother.”

Go to church, and there they are, often in the pulpits, railing about YOUR sins NOT against God, but your sins against the Earth, the climate, the Polar bears, etc, etc.

In America’s schools YOUR children are being indoctrinated in the world’s newest religion and they are instructed to act as missionaries taking the message of the new salvation back home to their parents and family and friends and neighbors. They are made to sit through propaganda movies by Nobel Prize winners which scare the living daylights out of them and help mold those malleable mental crucibles into warriors of the LEFT armed with lies, deceit, and more propaganda.

Spreading the Green Gospel ain’t easy. If the Greenies get them at birth, and all the way through 16 to 20 years in our public education system, they are lost. The Green cult has got them… unless there is an “Intervention.”
Our politicians sold out, longs ago, to the greenies. They preach energy independence and then refuse to allow America to become energy independent by using the oil and coal we have right here beneath American soil or under American waters or in the rocks that litter some of America’s landscape. And now we have a President absolutely committed to the green religion. The man can be forgiven some of his folly for if you dig a little past his carefully crafted veneer you will find him not as intelligent as you have been led to believe.

Back to the new OLD religion. (That was not a mis-print, or an editorial screw-up.) See, that’s what this new Green religion is… O L D! It is out and out paganism. The first time I heard a minister preaching on the merits of environmentalism from the pulpit, I nearly burst out laughing! The man was obviously educated beyond his abilities! There was a man, supposedly a man of God, speaking from a sacred spot in a building set aside for the worship of God, endorsing paganism which, itself, is the world’s OLDEST religion! I ask you, how is it possible for any reasonably educated individual NOT to recognize the Green Movement for what it is… pure Paganism, the worship of Gaia, the “earth mother, or “Mother Earth”.

Many believe that paganism died after Constantine in the third century. Not so! It DID recede but the practice of paganism continued in the jungles of Africa and right here in what we now call America, and even in Europe where the practice went, for all intents and purposes, underground. Paganism has survived into the 21st century. Not much about it has changed except the name by which it is known today…. environmentalism. It is the worship of the earth. It is the deification of the planet and raising it up above that which Christians and Jews refer to as God, Jehovah, and Yahweh. It is, for Christians and Jews, a violation of the First Commandment: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

Today, as I scribble this little rant onto the electronic paper in front of me, it is “Earth Day.” It is a day set aside for the pagan worship of the earth, or Gaia. I sincerely hope you did not take part in any of the ridiculous ceremonies planned for Earth Day.

Even now, as I write this, I envision modern day Americans bowing down to trees and rocks and rivers and oceans paying homage to Gaia the “earth mother”. How utterly disgusting it is to see grown men and women make complete fools of themselves in pagan worship services on this day. What makes it truly disturbing is that these same men and women who, on this Wednesday, bow down to the idols of a false god, a pagan god, Gaia, will rush to church or temple or synagogue on Saturday, or Sunday, and keep a straight face while they go through the motions of worshiping the creator of all that is:  seen and unseen!

Yes, the pagans are back from the fringes of society and the shadows of civilization to take advantage of mankind’s deep yearning for something to worship that he, or she, can see and hold and touch and pay tribute to in order to, somehow, redeem himself/herself from whatever his/her, darkest fears happen to be. They call it environmentalism, but those of us who recognize it for what it is call it by its real name… paganism.

In America today, it is important to understand the link between paganism and socialism. Here in America we now have a socialist government, as does much of the rest of the world. Here’s the link…socialism is the incubator and the nursery for paganism.

You see, America is now in it’s “Post-Christian Era.”  We are no longer a Christian nation. America, today, is, at best, a Socialist/Pagan nation.

 

There is a price America must pay for her failure to live into her promise, to live up to her role as the leader of the world. Make no mistake, America forsook her leadership role and joined the mob. If you have been surprised at the rapidity with which America has crumbled, then you have not been paying attention. Stand-by, for the worst is yet to come. We are only at the cusp of the troubles and tribulations this nation must yet suffer.

Already, today, I chafe under the yoke of socialism. The knowledge that the burden is only going to grow heavier makes the chafing even worse. Watching America desperately seeking redemption through the pagan worship of the earth, this oldest of old religions, it occurred to me that, at least here in America, we have finally succeeded in creating God in our own image… and it is an abomination!

J. D. Longstreet

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Crooked labs, agencies and prosecutors

EPA Nifongs and Beales prosecute US hydrocarbons, jobs, living standards and health

Paul Driessen

Former Durham, NC district attorney Mike Nifong was disbarred for withholding evidence from the defense and lying to the court in the trumped-up Duke lacrosse team rape case. Ex-Boston crime lab technician Annie Dookhan was prosecuted for faking test results and contaminating drug samples, to get accused dealers convicted. In both cases, charges against their victims were dismissed or are under review.

So how should we handle federal officials who’ve become unethical researchers and prosecutors – determined to get convictions, basing their cases on esoteric circumstantial evidence, allowing tainted and fraudulent evidence, hiding exculpatory information, rewriting the law, and denying defense counsel the right to cross-examine adverse witnesses or present their case? 

 

As the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow explains in its amicus curiae brief to the US Supreme Court, that’s what Environmental Protection Agency regulators have been doing with global warming. They’re pulling every dirty prosecutorial trick in the book, to convict fossil fuels, carbon dioxide, and America’s economy and living standards of “endangering” the public welfare. 

 

Since 2009, EPA regulators have shown a single-minded determination to slash hydrocarbon use, drive up the price of energy, and impose huge costs on companies, industries and an economy struggling to stay afloat and retain jobs. They want to control CO2 emissions from vehicles, electrical generating plants, and eventually the sources of nearly everything we make, grow, ship, eat and do. The damage to our livelihoods, liberties, living standards, legal system, health, welfare and life spans will be enormous.

The devious dealings have continued under new EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who has pronounced that there is “no more urgent threat to public health than climate change.” Now it appears the mendacious malfeasance is even worse than previously thought. 

 

Newly released emails reveal that Ms. McCarthy was “very excited” in 2010 to “finally get the opportunity to work with” Mr. John Beale, who for several years was the senior EPA policy advisor helping Ms. McCarthy and her Office of Air and Radiation develop and implement tough air quality and climate regulations. When he wasn’t off on one of his Walter Mitty undercover CIA capers, that is.

Beale was just convicted of defrauding taxpayers out of $1 million in salaries and expenses for extended vacations that he took while claiming to be a high level intelligence operative. His attorney says he had a “dysfunctional need to engage in excessively reckless, risky behavior” and “manipulate those around him through the fabrication of grandiose narratives.”

It defies belief to suppose his dysfunctions and fabrications did not extend to his official EPA roles of devising agency air pollution and climate policies, then cherry picking reports and manipulating research to justify them. The criminal fraud for which Beale will serve 32 months in prison and repay $1.4 million is outrageous. The fraud on our economy, democracy and people’s lives is far more costly and despicable. Even worse, their regulatory fraud is a pervasive problem throughout EPA.

The Constitution specifies that the Executive Branch has no authority to engage in lawmaking, but must faithfully execute the laws as written – and not as regulators might wish the laws had been written, to advance their preferred policy agendas. EPA has violated these most fundamental rules, ignoring inconvenient statutory language, and devising and enforcing other provisions out of whole cloth.

Between 1989 and 2010, Congress considered and rejected some 692 bills addressing various aspects of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. So President Obama’s EPA simply imposed carbon dioxide controls by executive fiat, using “prevention of significant deterioration” and “new source performance standards” to create new authority over coal-fired electrical generating plants. It then unilaterally changed precise statutory emission standards from 250 tons per year to 100,000 tpy – to avoid the public backlash that would come if it began regulating and shutting down all the natural gas generators, refineries, cement kilns, factories, paper mills, shopping malls, apartment and office buildings, hospitals, schools and even large homes that emit more than 250 tons of carbon dioxide per year. Those job-killing rules can come later, when radical environmentalists sue radical regulators, to enforce the statutory requirement.

In circumventing Congress, rewriting laws and ignoring the “separation of powers” doctrine, EPA accomplished an unprecedented power grab over the energy that fuels our economy and makes our jobs, living standards and civil rights progress possible. It also flouted clear NEPA, Clean Air Act and other statutory mandates that EPA protect the health, welfare and environmental quality of all Americans.

The agency remains fixated on the speculative impacts of sea levels, storms, droughts and other manifestations of allegedly “dangerous manmade climate change.” As CFACT’s amicus brief explains, it completely ignores the increasingly adverse effects that its boiler MACT, carbon dioxide and 1,900 other Obama-era EPA regulations are having on companies, jobs, families, entire industries and communities – and thus people’s physical, mental and emotional well-being.

As breadwinners are laid off or reduced to part-time status, families are unable to heat and cool their homes properly, pay bills, rent or mortgage, buy clothing and medicines, or take vacations. Increasing numbers of families deplete their savings and are made homeless. Being unable to find or keep a job erodes self-worth, self-confidence and psychological well-being. The stress of being unemployed, or involuntarily holding multiple lower-paying part-time jobs, means reduced nutrition, sleep deprivation, increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, higher incidences of depression and alcohol, drug, spousal and child abuse, more suicides and generally lower life expectancies.

It means the regulations are far worse than the harms they supposedly redress. For EPA to ignore this simple reality is illegal and unconscionable. For it to do so based on fraudulent science is outrageous. 

 

The agency’s position hardly reflected genuine climate science in 2009, when EPA decreed that carbon dioxide endangers human health and welfare. Since then, Earth’s temperature and weather events have refused to cooperate with EPA’s dire predictions. But the agency’s views and decisions remain etched in stone, leaving the agency on the extreme fringe of alarmist opinion, insisting that its views are supported by IPCC predictions that are increasingly discredited by Climategate revelations, investigations into IPCC practices, the Beale scandal and even an exhaustive report by one of EPA’s own analysts. 

 

When presented 37-year EPA veteran Alan Carlin’s analysis, his supervisor tried to suppress the paper and refused to forward it to the EPA group preparing the final report that would guide the endangerment decision. The supervisor told him: “The administrator and administration has [sic] decided to move forward on endangerment, and your comments do not help the legal or policy case for this decision.” 

 

Finally, even full compliance with EPA’s destructive regulations would achieve zero benefits, because emissions from China, India and other rapidly developing countries will continue increasing total atmospheric GHG levels – and because climate change is driven primarily by natural forces, not CO2.

For all these reasons, EPA’s carbon dioxide “endangerment” decision must be reversed; its stationary source regulations must be scrapped; and the agency must be required to fully evaluate the consistently adverse effects of its regulatory edicts on human health, welfare and environmental quality. If the Supreme Court fails to do so, the House and Senate must reassert their Constitutional roles.

Otherwise the United States will steadily fall behind its international competitors. The health and well-being of Americans will increasingly suffer. And the Legislative and Judicial Branches will become mere bystanders to an unelected, unaccountable, agenda-driven Executive Branch.

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Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death.

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Reporters Hit a White House Stone Wall

By Alan Caruba

Obama’s promise to lead an open and transparent administration has become an “albatross” according to a Dec 24 Politico.com analysis by Josh Gerstein. As Obama’s fifth year in office wraps up, much of the Washington and nation’s press corps is very unhappy.

With the exception of those who depend on Fox, ABC radio, the Wall Street Journal, and other conservative outlets, too many of the consumers of news are blissfully unaware of the liberal, rubber stamp product they are receiving. It is the complete betrayal of those whom the press is supposed to serve.

They did not report the truth about Obamacare. They have not reported the truth about Obama’s failed foreign affairs policies, including the attack on Benghazi. They have largely ignored other scandals. Obama’s new economic “inequality” lies are right out of the Communist Manifesto. The result, however, was his reelection in 2012 and millions of cancelled health plans.

All administrations have sought to control the information—the message—that reaches the public, but the Obama administration has gone to greater lengths than previous ones. In particular, its public affairs offices (PAOs) have become obstacles to press access.

Writing in the Dec 17 edition of Editor & Publisher the newspaper trade magazine, Jim Dickinson said, “Over two hours at the National Press Club a few months ago, the truth finally hit me. Journalism has done it to itself, the ‘it’ being the surrender of our First Amendment-protected responsibility to tell the people what their government is really, actually doing—as opposed to what the government tells us it wants the people to know.”

The panel to which Dickerson was referring was entitled “Government Public Affairs Offices: More Hindrance Than Help?”  He wrote that “Public affairs offices increasingly require that reporters conduct all interviews through the press office. U.S. Departments and agencies often mandate that their employees only talk to reporters through official channels and with communications staff present.”

Not only do government employees know that this means their job can be on the line, but as I noted in October, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act signed into law in November 2012 in reality puts whistleblowers at risk of going to jail.

Reporters find that the leaks from whistleblowers and routine information from government employees are drying up. Ironically, the actions of former NSA employee Edward Snowden and U.S. Army corporal Bradley Manning exposed more information than the administration wanted anyone to know. Manning went to jail and Snowden has found asylum in Russia. Both said they acted in the public interest; a public being told that the NSA’s acquisition of data on every phone call is being done to protect them.

The problem is manifest in efforts under the Freedom of Information Act to secure feedback from government agencies. Politico’s Gerstein pointed out the availability of government records under FOIA often results in requests routinely lingering for years “and often end up producing a ream of blacked-out text.”  News is expected to be timely and delaying access to public records negates that.

What has been and is reported these days are the lies for which the Obama administration has become famous.

The administration has called the scandals of the first term “phony” and a recent Sixty Minutes interview with Susan Rice, now the national security advisor to Obama, dismissed the Benghazi cover-up as “false.” It was Rice who went on five Sunday news shows to spread the lies about the attack—on the anniversary of 9/11—having  been caused by a video no one had ever seen. That earned her a promotion!

The daily White House press briefing has become increasingly heated and, when the President gave a press conference before leaving on a Christmas vacation, he was asked if 2013 had been the worst year to date for him. He obliquely acknowledged what everyone knows, but denied he pays any attention to polls, something every President of the modern era has always done.

The mainstream press has learned that, in return for having published the White House “party line” throughout its first term, that it would tap their phones and accuse a Fox News reporter of being an “accomplice” for releasing information it wanted to keep secret.

Its use of public information offices to thwart or control what news is released, its increased use of “official” White House photos, its widespread failure to respond to Freedom of Information requests, and its use of social media and organizations allied with the White House to advertise and spread its message all add up to a highly manipulative effort to influence the public.

The good news is that the Internet has become a major source of news and analysis available to everyone. As traditional print newspapers suffer decline due to the loss of advertising revenue and the younger generation’s preference for electronic access to the news, the scope of news has expanded to sources beyond government control.

A secretive and deceptive Obama administration is suffering from an abundance and availability of the TRUTH. Too bad that too many journalists have not been active contributors.

© Alan Caruba, 2013

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Sounding Brass And Tinkling Cymbal
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” (St. Paul in a letter to the Christian church at Corinth)

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The crowd was roaring.  The lone man in his impeccable tan colored uniform would step forward toward the lectern, then pause and let his eyes wander over the thousands of up turned faces — all staring at him, waiting for him to speak. And they waited — and they waited.

The man at the lectern made no effort to speak.  He just stood there, almost motionless, and didn’t say a word.

A wave of anxiety, nervousness, began to sweep through the crowd of expectant listeners. The noise level began to recede.  Soon the roar of the crowd was gone completely.  The crowd became quiet and motionless, a reflection of the man they had come expecting to hear speak.

A full sixty seconds would expire before that man would take the one remaining step to the lectern,  and begin speaking.

At first he spoke softly forcing his audience to strain to hear his words. Quickly they were leaning forward, heads cocked, hands cupped behind ears in rapt attention, desperately seeking to hear every word, every syllable, every breath, and lay claim to the wisdom his words would impart.

Then little by little he would increase the volume of his voice until finally he was shouting and gesticulating in a near maniacal manner.  His audience was worked up to a fever pitch ready and willing to do his bidding, no matter the consequences.

Those of you reading this now, if you are near my age, know exactly of whom I speak — Adolf Hitler.   He was a master at oratory.  He was a master actor. He was a master at manipulating his fellowman.  He was a master at dealing death and destruction. He was a master at destroying nations — and — nearly destroyed the world.

Watching a film clip of one of his speeches today sends chills racing up and down my spine.  It is as though just the sound of his voice invokes evil.

He was, quite likely, the greatest orator of the 20th century.

Here in the 21st century, we have another great orator.  He, too has to power to move his listeners to act while disregarding consequences.  He, too, has worshipers — some who even refer to him as “Lord and Master.”

His Name is Barack Hussein Obama.  And he is President of the United States of America.  And he scares the hell out of me! 

If you look at the faces in one of Hitler’s crowds and compare them to the faces in Obama’s crowds, you will see the same worship of their speaker.  But look closely.  Look at the eyes.  Do you see it?  Do you see the vacant, “the lights are on, but nobody’s home” look reflected in those eyes?  It’s the look that makes those tiny little hairs on the back of your neck tingle and stand up.  That’s primal fear, honed to perfection by our ancestors while they still lived in caves.

Trust it. It is telling you:  “Something is dreadfully wrong.”

If you could look BEHIND those blank stares, I feel certain you would see something else, too. Raw fear.  It’s the sane part of the human mind fighting to regain control.  Worshipers always fear — and eventually begin to question.

Given a choice, I will not listen to an Obama speech.   I get the same feeling I would get if told the Battle of Armageddon had begun. Bells and whistles begin going off in the Amygdala of my brain, the part of the brain that controls one’s “flight or fight” reaction.  That’s our caveman ancestors banging on our door in the middle of the night yelling “FIRE!”

Be afraid.  Be very afraid.  No mere mortal should have that kind of power over his fellow human beings.  It is too easily misused.  It is raw power — and it is corruptible.

Obama’s speeches are chilling to me … almost malevolent.  It’s as though he is using his voice, his tsunami of words, to misdirect the gaze of his worshipers away from all that is not right with America toward a utopian facade of an America that, in reality, does not exist — and never will.

Encouraging worshipers is never a good idea for mere mortals.  As we said above, worshipers will eventually begin to ask questions.  Sooner or later they will ask the RIGHT question and receive the true answer.  At which point the “worshipee” is in deep trouble.  That mindless crowd can turn on a dime and produce pitchforks and torches that light the night in hate and violence — all directed at the one who deceived them. History is replete with records of just such behavior played out time and again.  The fate of Benito Mussolini springs instantly to mind.

Often less is, indeed, more.  My father was a man of few words.  As a result, when he spoke, the family listened. We knew that even though he did not speak often, when he did — it was important — and usually well thought out.  When he had finished, he had finished.  No force on earth could change his mind.  I admired that, growing up as a lad, and I still do.

As I have grown older I have noticed that my world has been slowing down while the world around me has shifted into hyper drive.  The voices I hear from the hyper drive world now are loud, reverberating, penetrating, harsh, crude, insistent, and aggravating. And I am continuing to learn how to shut them out and listen for that “still, small, voice” of authority (1 Kings 19:11-13 — The Old Testament) asking:  “What are YOU doing here, J. D.?”

It would seem that we have not yet learned that the answer is not carried upon the waves of loud flowery oratory regaling us,  and misdirecting us, with all the right “answers” to all our problems.  Instead, it is within moments of quiet introspection when the still small voice is heard — just above a whisper — but with the gravitas of endless universes.

© J. D. Longstreet

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The Hidden Pubic Option in Obamacare!

Government-run Insurance companies still in Obamacare Law!

A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

The reasons to repeal Obamacare continuing to pile up as more and more facts are revealed by those willing to spend the time necessary to dig through the over 2000 page law.

Now we learn that Obama lied to America about the Public Option (government-run health Insurance companies) being dropped from ObamaCare.  It was NOT dropped.  It is STILL in the law — only hidden.  Look for yourself.  Look in Section 1334, pages 97-100, of the new health care law.  If you feel as if you have been screwed –that’s because you have!

 Do yourself a favor and read the Washington Examiner editorial entitled: “Public option is alive and well, but hidden.”  You will find it at: http://washingtonexaminer.com/public-option-is-alive-and-well-but-hidden/article/43006

Americans still want ObamaCare repealed. As more and more of the duplicity in the law, and surrounding the law, and the continuous flow of lies from the White House and the Democrat/socialists in Congress concerning this law raise the ire of Americans there is good reason to hope for a REAL change in November of 2014 at the polls.

Americans have been lied to over and over and over by the Obama Regime and his courtesans in the Congress.  It never seems to stop. There is a constant stream of lies from the left — especially concerning the ObamaCare Law.

What is the Obama Administration trying so desperately to cover up?  What else is going on behind the closed doors in the White House and the West Wing and yes, in the Congress?  Like children caught with their hands in the cookie jar, they are lying to try to save face.

We have news for them.  It is TOO LATE.  The carefully woven curtain behind which the truth has been hidden is being shredded daily.  Their pains-takingly molded façade is cracking and crumbling and falling away revealing the bones amid the corruption within what has been exposed as nothing more than a whited sepulcher.

The taint of socialism is everywhere in our government today.  America is dying a slow agonizing death from the killer of nations — the political cancer we know as socialism. It is eating away the core of our country.

The worst is yet to come.  I know it is not popular to say that, at least in public, but a few of us are convinced that America has not yet seen the worst of this financial crisis.  In fact, a handful of us actually believe we are at the threshold of a global economic collapse, which will lead to the collapse of entire national governments around the globe.  There is absolutely no way America can dodge this bullet. The American economic system is so interwoven with the economic systems of the other nations of the world that when one nation’s system fails — America takes a hit. How many hits can American withstand before our system collapses as well?  In her weakened condition, the answer I’d say is — not many.

The European economy is only treading water today and will be circling the drain tomorrow.  The impact on America’s economy when Europe fails will be incalculable.  

I cannot shake the feeling that America is being set up – set up to fail.  ObamaCare is only one part of the plan to weaken America and make her citizens so dependent upon government that when the American collapse comes, we will flock to whatever those in power offer as a means of survival. That which I expect them to offer, finally, is – Global Governance. 

With an extremely important election just 11 months away, the democrat/socialists are pulling out all the stops to buy time and to create a mirage of “Recovery.”  They know they face a political massacre at the polls in November of 2014 and they are trying, with all their might, to salvage as much of their power as they can.

Don’t believe them.  Consider all the lies from the Obama Administration over the year just ending. If they will lie to Americans about the Public Option being taken out of the ObamaCare Law, then  what else have they been lying to us about all along?  Maybe the answer would be shorter if the question was: What have they NOT been lying about! 

REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER! Take your rage to the polls and throw the bums out next November.

© J. D. Longstreet

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Merry Christmas!

Posted: December 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

America Survives Another Year
Annus Horribilis
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

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Well, we have made another year without a complete meltdown.  Nevertheless, we are growing closer.   As every day passes we draw nearer that apocalyptic terminus.

We have reached the final few days of the year and it is customary, sort of, for folks to look back over all the bad and unusual things that occurred in the twelve months just ending.  But, honestly, I don’t want to drag them up again.  They were difficult enough to handle the first time through, so why punish ourselves, right?

If anything, 2013 established, beyond doubt, that Mr. Obama is intent upon presiding over a nation in  decline — and he insists on increasing the rate of acceleration of said declination.

But that doesn’t touch the lies, the deceit, the scandals, the abuse of power by the Executive Office, nor the assumption of dictatorial powers by the Chief Executive and on, and on, and on.  And I haven’t even mentioned OBAMACAREyet

In fact, I’d like to look ahead.  I’m the sort who anticipates darn near everything.  I’m just wired that way.  No apologies for it.  I rather like to act in advance of an anticipated problem and to deal with it ahead of time and/or before it becomes a menace in one fashion or another.

Peeling back the layers of the future is most certainly a job for the clairvoyants, the fortune tellers and such.  I am neither.  No.  I’m more of what you might call — a worrier.    So believe me when I tell you I am mightily worried about next year, about 2014.

The US is currently reeling from the onslaught of socialism/communism led by our socialist-in-chief, B. H. Obama.  Mr. Obama is, at this writing, in the lovely state of Hawaii where, frankly, I wish he’d stay, sending us his resignation as a Christmas gift to the nation. 

Two things:  One — Mr. Obama does not share our low opinion of himself.  And second — Vice President Joe Biden is waiting in the wings to become President should Mr Obama step down.  (Yeah, it’s sorta like a double feature horror movie special at the local cinema, right?  Egads!)

Moving right along …

That socialism/communism thing, in the guise of health insurance for everyone, will still be with us next year.  Like an infection deep inside it will continue to destroy the tissue of America and will, over time, murder the country.

The problems with the roll out of Obamacare were just petty “stuff” compared to that which is coming in the close and distant future.  Those of you who have not turned your hand to insuring yourself under our new law are in for a bone rattling shock.  If you have an attorney on retainer, I suggest assigning him/her the job of signing you up to Obamacare — and paying him a bonus if he succeeds.

Small business owners who, up to now, have provided health insurance for their employees are going to learn they simply cannot afford it any longer and the millions of employees of small businesses in America are going to find themselves without insurance and then they, too,will be dealing with Obamacare.

It’s going to get downright ugly. 

Repeal of Obamacare will not happen in 2014.  We’ll have to have another election before there is even a possibility of a repeal of Obamacare. That election is coming up next November.

The President must take another shot at immigration reform or, as I like to call it — amnesty for illegal aliens. The democrats understand that with passage of immigration reform, they will secure, for themselves, the reins of government in the US for generations to come.

Oh, there is much, much, more but it’s just too depressing to touch on it.

One thing, however.  I can’t shake the feeling that the US will find itself engulfed in another Vietnam type quagmire, this time on the African continent, sometime in 2014.  We have troops fighting little brush fire wars in various places in Africa now.  It is not outside the realm of possibility that one of those brush fires will flare up into a huge conflagration without the American public even being aware that American warriors are bleeding and dying in the jungles of that mysterious land.  Too, I would be less than honest if I did not tell you that I have no idea why we are spending our blood and treasure on such a hopeless cause as saving Africa.  Only Africa can save Africa.   Our efforts on the dark continent are almost as hopeless as bringing peace between the Israelis and the so-called Palestinians. Oh.  by the way, that, too, will fail in 2014.

One is drawn to ask if America is in Africa fighting indigenous insurrectionists, or, are we actually establishing forward bases from which to attack Al-Qaeda in Africa?  If the latter, I must wonder what happened to the Al-Qaeda Mr. Obama suggested to the nation was through, kaput? 

As we chart our course for 2014, I suggest we would be wise to take a back-azimuth off 2013.  For, if my suspicions are anywhere near correct, we are in for a replay of 2013 — at least until November. 

© J. D. Longstreet

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Obama Must Be Forced to Resign

By Alan Caruba

A December 17 Reuters article was titled, “Obama’s Current Approval Rating Is The Ugliest Since Nixon.”

 

“President Barack Obama is ending his fifth year in office with the lowest approval ratings at this point in the presidency since President Richard Nixon, according to a new Washington Post/ABC poll released Tuesday.”

 

Nixon was forced to resign on April 22, 1974 after two long years that followed the revelations about Watergate, a break-in of the Democratic Party offices in Washington, DC. The backlash against the horrors of Obamacare, concerns about the “deal” with Iran, and a succession of scandals from Fast and Furious to Benghazi, have raised fear and anger over his judgment, competence, and behavior in office.

 

Having lived through the years that led to Nixon’s resignation, I am seeing the same national resistance that Obama’s five years in office have led to. Nixon was never a “popular” President, widely seen as “Tricky Dick”, but like Obama, he was twice elected to the office. His Vice President, Gerald Ford, who assumed the presidency was defeated by Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, and, four years later, an unhappy electorate defeated Carter and elected Ronald Reagan who would serve two terms. Even the popular Bill Clinton faced impeachment.

 

Not since the days of the Great Depression in the 1930s have Americans endured an economy that has failed to overcome slow growth despite Obama’s full first term in office and another year in his second term.

 

Ignoring the central role of a free market prolongs bad economic conditions and high taxation to maintain an ever-expanding central government led to big problems for European nations and promises the same—or worse—for the U.S.
When you add in the increased debt imposed in Obama’s first term you are looking at the road to ruin. Blaming “millionaires and billionaires” or “income inequality” is the very essence of communism. It is a rejection of our capitalistic economic system.

 

Financial ruin for America is embedded in its huge debt, its deficits, and its multi-trillions of dollars in unfunded debt that already insolvent Social Security and Medicare programs represent. And Medicare was looted to fund Obamacare!

 

The destruction of our healthcare system, one sixth of the nation’s economy, is widely regarded as a disaster and it bears the President’s name. Passed late at night prior to Christmas in 2009 and signed into law by Barack Obama, Obamacare is distinguished by the lies the President told all Americans about their right to keep their healthcare insurance plans, retain their personal physicians, and see their costs reduced. It has done the opposite and it is impossible to believe the President did not know this would occur.

 

The nation has reached a point when the President must be told to resign.

 

Whether a Congress, also held in extraordinary low esteem, can or will do this is unknown. While I have said in the past that Obama cannot be removed by impeachment, I now believe that if the House would initiate impeachment proceedings that in itself would focus public attention, for example, on the President’s excessive use of executive orders to by-pass Congress and his unconstitutional altering–tweaking–of the Obamacare law.
His first term was filled with scandals that included using the IRS for political gain. His role in dragging down the nation’s international position as an exemplar and protector of freedom has made the world less safe. These and other issues need a review and discussion that would not occur in the mainstream press in any other way.

 

This isn’t about a President who authorized a break-in. This is about a President who is a current and future threat to the Constitution, the nation’s military strength, and the restoration of its economy.
This is about a President who can use existing laws to declare martial law based on a manufactured crisis. Existing law would permit him to seize control of all aspects of life in America.

 

The nation’s mainstream print and broadcast media is showing signs of disillusionment, but not enough to abandon a President they have supported with deliberately biased reporting.

 

Complicating a demand for his resignation is a divided Republican Party whose elites have rejected the Tea Party movement that has already elected a number of members to Congress. Many find little to differentiate the GOP from the Democratic Party, but there are differences and the House of Representatives is proof of that.

 

Many Americans sense that the nation is at a very dangerous point.

 

Dramatic action is needed. A demand for Obama’s resignation via petitions and other measures is needed to save America from the worst President ever elected to that office.

Editor’s note: In the Daily Caller.com, an interview with Rep. Amash (R-MI) reveals his comparable concern about the powers Obama is asserting for the executive office. It’s worth viewing the video.
http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/21/amash-obama-is-setting-the-stage-for-something-very-dangerous-in-the-future-video/

© Alan Caruba, 2013
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