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Republicans should really focus on the IRS tea party targeting scandal and put Benghazi on the back burner. Look, Benghazi should have been a major scandal. But it wasn’t. And to borrow a phrase, what difference – at this point – does it make?

They fucked up and people died. Then they crassly lied about it so they could win an election. Then they lied about lying about it. And not a lot of people really cared. While it is true that they were lying about what precipitated the deaths of several Americans, it’s not like they wanted that to happen. They were just lying after the fact of the colossal, deadly fuck-up.

I don’t mean to dismiss the malfeasance here. Putting on my best Samuel Jackson voice, I hope they burn in hell. News Flash: The Obama administration lies about shit and doesn’t care if people die.

Film at eleven.

Benghazi was mostly incompetence, covered up by lies. The IRS … now there’s something you can sink your teeth into. That is flat out corruption. That is the willful use of the power of the state to stifle the opposition. That’s pretty plainly totalitarian. Lois Lerner could be frog-marched to prison. AWESOME. And this Elijah Cummings angle is pretty promising too.

What are we expecting in the Benghazi investigation? To find out that Susan Rice lied? OF COURSE SHE FUCKING LIED! And water is wet, and bears shit in the woods.

On the other hand, folks going to fucking jail? Sign me up for that.

I ask this (1) as somebody who has a strong dislike for Mike Huckabee, and (2) rhetorically, as he committed no real offense.

The supposed transgression was so subtle that David Gregory could not express it with any precision when questioning Rand Paul on Meet the Press, choosing only to play the clip, and then ask, “Is this helpful?”

Not satisfied with Senator Paul’s response, Gregory followed up, “My question, about whether you think it’s appropriate for the party, key figures in the party, to be talking about women, women’s health, women’s bodies, and the role of the federal government related to those things?”

Whoa, whoa, WHOA!  So Republicans are not even allowed to broach the subject of the federal role in matters of women’s heath?!?  When did this rule go into effect?

So there’s this highly controversial –frankly, unconstitutional on many dimensions– federal mandate forcing all Americans into insurance policies that, in part, pay for abortifacient drugs regardless of their religious (or secular) objections, and Republicans are just not supposed to express any opinions on the absurdity of the matter.

Yeah, that makes all the sense in the world.

I defend Huckabee in this despite my strong dislike for him.  He’s not particularly conservative from a fiscal perspective, and has no qualms about launching demagogic attacks on those darned greedy Wall Street folks who have the nerve to call him out on it.  Perhaps more important to the issue at hand, he’s a complete hypocrite, having signed a sort of birth control coverage mandate as Governor.

But in the context of recent events, he has committed no crime except to use the word “libido” in a sentence that was more than six words long, and thus impossible for a journalist to parse.  Ace and Allah have taken a stab at why his suggestions concerning women’s libidos, even though he was attributing the thought to the Democrats, betrayed a judgmental attitude about recreational sex.  There is almost something to this, but Huck continued, “…because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government…”  A more complete reading of the sentence diminishes this interpretation.

I think, having been caught with their pants down, the media has determined to find some fault with what was said.  What you’re seeing here is a bunch of wagon-circling and butt covering.

[Related post: My send-up of the Sandra Fluke controversy from March of 2012.]

Icky

Posted: December 21, 2013 by socklessjoe in Ewww - taste this!, Liberal Fascism, News, Op/Sped, Queerblogging

The dust-up over a certain reality TV personality’s recent comments about sexual mores reminded me of something that has irritated me for some time about the Celebrate Diversity crowd, and a minor revelation I once had while watching a Will and Grace re-run.

But first, a minor detour. Back in 2002, not too long after college, I was living in the DC area working in what I would consider my first “real” job — something that didn’t involve bussing restaurant tables or making inordinate amounts of photocopies. Rather suddenly, I found myself in need of a new place to live. I ended up finding an ad for a cheap, metro-accessible place. The ad said “gay friendly”. Hmmm, not my ideal choice. But I needed new digs pronto, and it was cheap! As it turns out, it was three gay dudes living in a house, and I was the odd straight guy. Little wonder that I ended up watching a re-run of Will and Grace.

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A little dose of reality.

Some are talking about a generational rejection of the liberal agenda. Call me unconvinced.

Latest RCP average of the generic congressional vote.

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If the manifest failure of the namesake project of the liberal god-king Obama is not enough to get Republicans better than parity with Democrats, doesn’t that mean we’re still screwed?

[Reference reading: Hot Air, Mediaite, Douthat @ NYT]

This tweet wins teh Internets:

Also, right now I just don’t want to think about a universe where Terry McAuliffe wins a state-wide election.

Virginia, I am sooooo disappointed in you.

Somehow this guy finds new and interesting ways to make me hate him even more, almost every single day.

Shutdown Theatre has surpassed the ridiculous and is well into the ludicrous/plaid.

The open-air Vietnam memorial is now (sorta) closed.

Private businesses in national park areas are being cordoned off despite having never been closed during previous shutdowns.

And in an especially bold move, Obama has closed the fucking ocean. (See also, AoS mothership).

Wow.  Just wow.

I’m seeing stray reports that GOP House members are talking about shifting from the continuing resolution to the debt ceiling.  While I appreciate the never-say-die sentiment, this makes zero sense.

The debt ceiling is a bigger bomb than the CR.  If the Vichy Republicans are unwilling to have a little ol’ government shutdown over the CR, they will absolutely shit their pants at the prospect of hitting the debt ceiling.

It ain’t happening.  The CR is the only way we’re going to get any significant concessions.

The “War Fatigue” Meme

Posted: September 4, 2013 by socklessjoe in Fun With Media, News

I heard “war fatigue” probably ten times or so on the evening news tonight. The problem with this subtle piece of propaganda is that it blames the populace for their unwillingness to support Obama.

You see, it’s not that Obama’s plan to bomb Syria is a bad idea, it’s just that you poor stupid bastards are too war weary to appreciate the infinite wisdom of the plan.

The press is fawning over Obama’s supposedly revealing and honest remarks about race, the most extensive of his Presidency we’re told.

On its face, this is classic Clintonesque triangulation.  But upon closer inspection, it seems Obama has recently invented a novel technique in American politics.  Obama’s twist on this classic triangulation is to simultaneously occupy two angles of that triangle.

For those of us with a memory longer than that of a goldfish, we recall that the administration has been active in the racial instigation surrounding the Zimmerman trial, and has even spent small amounts of public money promoting anti-Zimmerman hate rallies.  The main culprit in the administration’s persecution is Attorney General Eric Holder, who refuses to allow George Zimmerman to even get his gun back following his acquittal. Eric Holder’s continued employment is Exhibit-A that the administration is not being honest about racial politics.

The Left’s actions in the Zimmerman case can only be viewed as self-promotion and perpetuation of the professionally aggrieved, the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons of the world.  Few following the legalities of the case expected a guilty verdict, and serious claims of prosecutorial misconduct have been leveled.  The “black community” was set up for disappointment, sold a bill of goods that was unlikely to be delivered.  One almost feels bad for those who were led to believe Zimmerman’s acquittal was unthinkable in a just society when in fact the acquittal was quite likely.  Many knowledgeable commentators have noted that the case should never have been brought for lack of evidence.

Sadly, it seems the lapdog media will not only allow this blatant hypocrisy to continue, but will laud it.

It’s a ready-made Drudge headline. In reference to the recent IRS scandal, Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer said, “The law is irrelevant“.

The utterance launched numerous tweets and re-tweets, and, predictably, a backlash against an out-of-context quote.

Let me charitably re-phrase what Pfeiffer was probably trying to say — That, regardless of the whether the IRS actions were technically illegal, they were definitely wrong, and the Obama administration will be working to rectify the problem.

That’s about as generous as I can be.  But it’s still a problematic and revealing statement.  The administration’s broad strategy is to direct the media away from inquiries about illegality.  You know, because it almost certainly was illegal.

These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.