Jason Hayes

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CNN’s Don Lemon: “Because he’s black”

Very revealing to get a glimpse into the mind of at least one journalist, CNN’s Don Lemon.

I have to say that I would never criticize (or withhold criticism of) the President “because he’s black.” I would, however, criticize a President if he proposed and carried out policies that damaged the country, the Constitution, etc.

It is truly sad to see a self-professed journalist who would censor or alter his stories about anyone based on the color of that person’s skin. It speaks volumes about who Don Lemon is and what he believes to hear him admit that he does do that though.

As a “reporter,” Don Lemon also needs to work on his research and investigation skills a bit more. It is both laughable and naive to say that President Obama has put up with more criticism than previous Presidents, given the love affair that the media has had with him, and outright political aid and cover that they have provided for him throughout his Presidency.

Anyone who lived through the 80′s knows that Reagan was absolutely savaged by the media on a daily basis for his entire 8 years. Anyone remember stories about how he was trying to start World War III, how about Iran-Contra?

President Clinton and President HW Bush were both criticized heavily. Anyone remember the Monica Lewinsky issue, Ron Brown, “Bimbo eruptions”? Does anyone else remember “Read my lips, no new taxes” or “P-O-T-A-T-O-E”?

President GW Bush was routinely called “Bush-Hitler”. There were novels written about how people wanted to attack and injure – even murder – President Bush. The media just covered that as “art.” President Bush even had entire stories simply made up about him – Anyone recall Dan Rather’s hit piece and falsified memos re: the Texas ANG just days before the 2004 election? How about “Bush lied and people died,” or “WMDs? How about “Mission Accomplished,” or “Heckuva job Brownie,” “Harriet Miers”?

Again, Don Lemon’s research skills are obviously lacking and he openly admits that he alters stories based on the color of the subject’s skin. Tell me again why he is still working at CNN?

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Not the law of the land

“[S]hould Congress, under the pretext of executing its powers, pass laws for the accomplishment of objects not entrusted to the government, such [acts are] not the law of the land.”

–John Marshall, McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819

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Trey Gowdy on IRS scandal

Difficult to say who is better in this video – Trey Gowdy or Jay Sekulow.

This investigation MUST HAVE an independent special prosecutor appointed. The possibility of corruption and scandal here is inescapable and, if the charges of corruption are found to be true—despite the President’s confident assertion that there is “not a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS—it would be far worse than Watergate or Iran Contra.

This situation needs to be properly and fully investigated.

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On the handling of scandals

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No further comment necessary.

Update: Apparently I was wrong. Bernard Goldberg‘s thoughts on this are worth reading.

It’s good to know that President Obama’s most loyal followers – the so-called mainstream media – have their priorities straight.  As reported by the (conservative) Media Research Center:
“In less than 24 hours, the big three networks have devoted 17 times more coverage to a traffic scandal involving Chris Christie than they’ve allowed in the last six months to Barack Obama’s Internal Revenue Service controversy. Since the story broke on Wednesday that aides to the New Jersey governor punished a local mayor’s lack of endorsement with a massive traffic jam, ABC, CBS and NBC have responded with 34 minutes and 28 seconds of coverage. Since July 1, these same networks managed a scant two minutes and eight seconds for the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups.”
Read the full article and consider the media’s stunning hypocrisy on this issue.

I am also consistently amazed that various “isms” are considered appropriate and funny when viewed from the political left. From the ‘in’ group at MSNBC laughing at Mitt Romney’s African-American grandson, to this cartoon depicting a grossly over-inflated Chris Christie sitting on a bridge and blocking traffic. To the political left, it is all funny and open for attack because it attacks an ostensibly conservative politician.

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However, a similar cartoon that targeted a physical disability, weight issues, sexual orientation, religious views, etc. of a left-wing politician would be loudly and universally condemned throughout the media as proof of the inhumanity and insensitivity of the political right.

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Mr. Jarvis – you are an embarrassment to all Park Rangers

As a former backcountry ranger, I am ashamed of men like National Park Service (NPS) Director Jarvis, and the NPS personnel who barred access to national parks during the government shutdown.

In the video that I’ve included below, Rep. Trey Gowdy nails a key issue with the park closures. Gowdy asks why the NPS allowed Occupy protestors to “descend on McPherson Square” for over 100 days without so much as a peep, and certainly not a citation, closure sign, or barricade in sight. From October 2011, to February 2012 Occupy protestors defecated on police cars and vandalized public and private property; there were regular reports of robberies, rapes, and assaults in the Occupy camps. However, for more than three months NPS personnel did almost nothing to bar or remove their impromptu edifices and camps.

In contrast, on the very day that President Obama ordered the government shutdown, NPS Director Jarvis (or people in his organization) gave the orders to “make life as difficult for people” as they could. Jarvis ordered the “barrycades” rushed out and began threatening 90-year old WWII veterans with fines and legal action for even approaching the WWII memorial in DC.

It’s bad enough that Rangers played along with the closure orders and barred access to our national parks for the average, taxpaying citizen. Now I am fully aware that bureaucrats hate to hear this, but the citizens who were barred from parks across the country do pay the ranger’s salaries and pay—every day—for the maintenance and upkeep of those parks. Despite this reality, taxpayers were still ordered to stay out of national parks.

It is much worse, however, for park rangers and for people like Mr. Jarvis to bar access to veterans who (as Rep. Trey Gowdy notes in the video below) helped build the monuments they were trying to visit. The reality is that those veterans not only paid for the parks with their taxes, they paid for them with their sweat, their tears, their blood, and their lives. The veterans own those monuments in a way that few others can understand, and Mr. Jarvis’ and NPS personnels’ attempts to “barrycade” them is a disgusting and indecent affront.

If this video and Mr. Jarvis’ responses don’t make your blood boil, it’s time for you to wake up and begin to take part. For those who watch this video and still refuse to wake up or who might actually think Mr. Jarvis was justified, go back to your reality TV and your government check, I’m beginning to believe you’re not worth the effort anymore.

“If ye love wealth better than liberty,
the tranquility of servitude
better than the animating contest of freedom,
go home from us in peace.
We ask not your counsels or your arms.
Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains set lightly upon you,
and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”
— Samuel Adams

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Truly embarrassing

I’m sad to see thatMs. Obama is actually this small and petty.

FLOTUS Twitter fail

As the COTR asked, does she actually believe that the American people will miss her tweets? Are there people who seriously sit around, waiting for her to send out whatever fleeting thought that passes through her head? Will those people somehow suffer from a lack of FLOTUS?

This is an nothing more than an embarrassing and pathetic political stunt.

Ms. Obama is just using Alinsky tactics #5, #8, #9, #10, #11, and #13 in a lamentable ploy to pretend that the government shutdown keeps her from reaching the little people.

This BizPac Review post describes the horrors of FLOTUS’ life under a government shut down. During the shut down 16—Yes, you read that right sixteen—of her personal assistants have been furloughed. I don’t even think Hillary could muster up the cojones to hire sixteen personal assistants.

First lady Michelle Obama had some bad news for her Twitter followers after the government shutdown on Tuesday: Her tweeting will be limited.

Nearly three-quarters of the White House staff will be on furlough during the shutdown, according to The Hill. American Overlook said that number includes 16 assistants to the first lady.

Imagine that, the poor dear has to make due without her sixteen personal assistants (and her Twitter account). The HORRORS! She’s almost been lowered to living like the rest of us peasants across the country—except for the obvious fact that she still lives in a taxpayer funded mansion, still enjoys several multi-million dollar vacations each year, has a personal chef to cook her meals and snacks, … Yeah, other than that, she’s really suffering from this shutdown.

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What? Whaaat? ABC WH reporter asks Carney a real question …

First time in a loooong time that I have seen a White House reporter actually press Jay Carney like this. Amazing.

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Purposes merely personal

“It is too true, however disgraceful it may be to human nature, that the nations in general will make war whenever they have a prospect of getting anything by it, nay that absolute monarchs, will often make war when their nations are to get nothing by it, but for purposes and objects merely personal.”

–John Jay, Federalist No. 4, 1787

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Ann Coulter has become Miley Cyrus

Bernard Goldberg nails it in his recent editorial, “How Ann Coulter Became Miley Cyrus.”

It’s clear that Ann has effectively confirmed her “jumped the shark” status when she thinks she can pretend to innocently refer to the President, not once, not twice, but (incredibly) three times in one interview as a “monkey.” (A term she very well knows has been a treasured verbal epithet of brain dead racists throughout the ages.)

Ann Coulter was on television plugging an old book that just came out in paperback and a new one coming out next month. So Ann did what Ann always does to drum up business. She came up with something outrageous to say that would get the buzz going.

She went on Sean Hannity’s TV show and decided the best way to create some noise would be to call the first black president of the United States of America … a monkey. …

Ann Coulter is the Miley Cyrus of political commentary. Miley tried to shock us with her sex act on national TV. She wanted everyone over 25 to gasp and be outraged. Instead we yawned and said she’s pathetic. Anyone who tries that hard to shock is automatically boring. Take note, Ann.

It’s time for Ann to step it back a whole lot. Maybe in doing so, she could regain a touch of credibility.

I get that it’s a free country – even free enough for racist morons to spew their garbage – even free enough for Ann to pretend that she didn’t mean to call the first African-American President a “monkey” (three times). I get that she’s trying to sell books. I get that she’s trying to be edgy.

I get it, but honestly, I’m tired of all the edgy, wild, libertine souls among us trying to shock and offend as a means of proving how liberated, or new, or different they are from all the other squares out there. That sort of thing worked for James Dean in the 50′s. It worked for Elvis in the 60′s. It worked for the Sex Pistols in the 70′s. It worked for Boy George in the ’80′s. It even worked for Jaye Davidson and Madonna in the ’90′s. It’s getting old now, and it’s pathetic to see people like Ann, Lindsay, and Miley duke it out for the wild-child title belt today.

The sad thing is that Ann’s boorish behavior only distracts from the fact that Putin did completely outmaneuver President Obama by publicly claiming to have brokered a deal with Syria to address the oversight and disposal of their chemical weapons.

Of course our mainstream media will pull a hamstring struggling to build a story that the entire world somehow suddenly fell under the sway of the President and was forced by the sheer power of his personality, Nobel Peace Prize, and the threat of his Clinton-esque “just lob a few cruise missiles at it” style of foreign diplomacy to step in. The reality is, however, that to the rest of the world President Obama came away from this situation looking like a bumbling weakling and a fool.

Everyone else on the planet can see that Putin took charge in this situation, while Mr. Obama just fumbled around claiming he wouldn’t help Al-Qaeda by helping Al-Qaeda and trying to lay the blame for yet another diplomatic failure on Congress, the world, President Bush, … anyone at all, except for himself.

Our President is turning our foreign policy into a complete joke and rather than addressing that in a head on, honest fashion, Ann somehow manages to verbally twerk the situation into something even more pathetic.

I’m just hoping now that Jimmy Kimmel will step into the picture with a fire extinguisher and let us know that the whole thing was a hoax.

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Trey Gowdy questioning Former IRS Commissioner Shulman

Trey Gowdy is rocking the questioning in this video.

Former IRS Commissioner Shulman demonstrates clearly that he is at the (very) best a completely incompetent moron and at worst was criminally negligent in the performance of his duties at the IRS.

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No ordinary scandal

Peggy Noonan‘s latest WSJ blog post is a blistering attack on the Obama administration’s use of the IRS as a bludgeon to intimidate, censor, and silence political opponents. It is an essential read for anyone interested in policy and politics.

The IRS scandal has two parts. The first is the obviously deliberate and targeted abuse, harassment and attempted suppression of conservative groups. The second is the auditing of the taxes of political activists. …

This is not about the usual partisan slugfest. This is about the integrity of our system of government and our ability to trust, which is to say our ability to function.

Check it out.

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Axelrod has (accidentally) sided with the Tea Party

This video is classic Chicago-style politics. Pass the buck, blame someone else, don’t look behind the curtain, just focus on the spin and everything will be fine.

Sad thing for David Axelrod is that he apparently doesn’t even realize he has just given the Libertarians and the Tea Party their winning 2014 election soundbite. Watch the video; you’ll see.

Yes, you did just hear Axelrod argue that that President Obama can’t possibly be to blame for the IRS scandal (and by logical extension – Benghazi, Fast & Furious, the Justice Department seizing two months of AP phone records, the brewing EPA scandal, etc., etc., etc.) because the government is “so vast” that it is impossible to track what happens in these diverse and sundry bureaucracies.

“So vast” were his words – e’nuf said.

But for those who might have missed the obvious … THAT”S THE WHOLE POINT!!! That’s exactly why supporters of limited government are pushing to have all of this addressed, taxes cut, the bureaucracy limited. Government has passed the point of accountability and effective, efficient, Constitutional service to “we the people.” By Axelrod’s own admission government has become a massive, gaping hole, where responsibility and accountability go to die – along with multiple trillions of our tax dollars.

When pro-big government socialists like Axelrod are openly admitting government is “so vast” that no one can know what it is doing, it really is time to cut budgets on a massive scale.

Via Chicks on the Right

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A seismic shift in the burden of proof from “tinfoil behatted” to the government

I posted yesterday about the gross miscarriages of justice by the “Justice” Department, the IRS, and the State Department. (Of course, I forgot to include the even more overt criminal acts carried out by the Justice Department as part of their Fast and Furious scandal where the federal government effectively supplied thousands of firearms to drug cartels. Those firearms were then directly involved in the death of US Border Guard, Brian Terry and hundreds of Mexican citizens.)

Today we are learning that the EPA routinely played politics in their handling of fee waivers for environmental groups and politically conservative groups. The Competitive Enterprise Institute noted today that,

It’s not just the IRS that treats groups on the right differently from the rest. According to documents obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency is in on it too.

Public records produced by EPA in response to a lawsuit filed by CEI under the Freedom of Information Act illustrate a pattern of making it far more difficult for limited-government groups – in particular those who argue for more freedom and less EPA – to access public records. …

EPA routinely grants … fee waivers to its favored left-wing groups who demand a more intrusive and powerful EPA, but systematically denies waivers for groups on the right, according to research compiled by CEI Senior Fellow Christopher Horner, author of “The Liberal War on Transparency.”

In a review of letters granting or denying fee waivers granted at the “initial determination” stage from January 2012 to this Spring, Horner found green groups, such as the National Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and EarthJustice, had their fees waived in 75 out of 82 cases. Meanwhile, EPA effectively or expressly denied Horner’s request for fee waivers in 14 of 15 FOIA requests over this same time.

It seems that many of the federal government bureaucracies are now infested with career employees who feel quite comfortable playing political games with citizens and taxpayers. The actions of these government employees necessarily lead reasonable people to believe that government is working hand in glove with left-wing political and environmental groups to further so-called progressive world views.

When even John Stewart is saying that the partisan, corrupt, and possibly even criminal behavior of these government employees is encouraging the very anti-government mindset that so many progressives have derided as lunatic fringe, you know that it is well past time for Congress to step in and clear up this mess.

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Investigations, firings, fines/loss of pensions, and jail time need to become real possibilities for government employees and managers that refuse to follow the Constitution, legislation, and regulations.

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Justice Department seizes AP phone records

I don’t care who you are, who you voted for, what you believe … etc. When you start adding these reports together, it’s time for reasonable people to start asking some serious questions about what is going on in our federal government.

The IRS has admitted to targeting conservative non-profits, and now this article indicates that the IRS may have released the unapproved applications from conservative groups to Propublica, a generally left-leaning news organization. Propublica admits to having published redacted examples of those applications.

Furthermore, the Obama administration abandoned consulate staff in Benghazi and then repeatedly edited their reports and talking points about the Benghazi attack for several weeks, prompting House investigations into their actions. Those investigations are ongoing, while the Obama administration claims they are politically motivated “circus.

To top off the questionable performance of this current administration, we learned today that the Justice Department secretly collected two months of phone records for more than 20 separate Associated Press telephone lines last year.

The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.

The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, for general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and for the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP. It was not clear if the records also included incoming calls or the duration of the calls.

In all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown, but more than 100 journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted, on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.

Of course no one should miss the sick irony of this all coming to light a short time after the President told Ohio State students that they should “reject the voices” that warn of government tyranny.

Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices.

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Rep. Andy Harris questions head of CDC over vaccination cuts

This testimony from the head of the CDC demonstrates clearly how brazenly this White House and senior administration officials will use the health and welfare of children to advance their political goals.

In his questions to the head of the CDC, Rep. Andy Harris demonstrates that President Obama’s suggested budget projected spending cuts in the CDC’s 317 program of over $58 million. The CDC believed that, despite those cuts, they would be able to maintain current levels of vaccination. However, cuts of $30 million, brought on by sequestration-based spending limitations, caused CDC officials to state that they would have to cease providing vaccinations to over 2,000 children in the state of Maryland.

I’ll restate in simpler language so the math-deficient among us can understand. The CDC says it could weather a $58 million cut, if President Obama was the one making the cut. However, since the Obama administration wants to reinforce the idea that sequestration cuts are the Republican’s fault and that they are going make the sequestration as painful as possible for the average person on the street, Obama administration employees in the CDC were willing to let $30 million in sequestration cuts decimate Maryland’s vaccination program.

So, which side is playing politics with the health of children?

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Mercatus looks at mandatory spending levels

This graphic should give even the most ardent supporter of expanded government spending pause.

Mandatory spending is set to eat up 82% of the federal budget in the next few decades. Discretionary spending will (of course) then shrink to only 18%.

If we don’t get this under control immediately, we’re in for a massive, system-wide collapse.

Growth in entitlements means less money for budgets

Click here to read the full Mercatus Center article.

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Tom Brokaw critiques Biden’s debate performance

When even the Obama sycophants at MSNBC are critiquing Biden’s performance in the debate, you know he did a substandard job.

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They’re laughing at Stephanie Cutter

Stephanie, honestly … When even the Obama sycophants at MSNBC are laughing at your talking points, you know you’re in serious trouble.

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Obama’s new campaign slogans

Conan O’Brien recently tried to help the Obama campaign by trying out a few new campaign slogans.

Via IMAO

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Milton Friedman: the Pencil

Milton Friedman provides a market-based clarification of the muddle that Barack Obama’s “If you’ve got a business. you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen” comment has caused.

While Obama clearly sees the “someone” in his comment as people operating under the dictates and guidance of government overseers, Friedman makes it clear that it is really rational self-interest and market forces that motivate people to create, produce, and market products like the pencil.

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