Jason Hayes

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The man-child is at it again

Childish attacks like this on anyone who has a reasonable disagreement with the President’s policies are why it is impossible to take anything Mr. Obama says seriously.

There are the people on his side on the Iran deal, President Barack Obama said Monday evening. Then there are “the crazies.”

The man is a walking contradiction, demanding “civility in politics” and then acting in the most uncivil and unprofessional manner at every turn. It is not possible to work with a person whose life is so full of cognitive dissonance, but who still demands complete fealty to his every whim, as this President does.

You either march in lock step with the man or you are castigated as “crazy,” “racist,” or you’re described as being in league with Iranian hardliners. The man acts like a petulant child who can’t be seen as serious on any reasonable level.

Exposing this Administration’s Immigration Enforcement failures

This is a frightening 8 minute long expose on this Administration’s deliberate negligence and gross legal malfeasance in the area of immigration enforcement.

To forestall complaints and charges that I am anti-immigrant, this post is not an attack on immigration in any way. My wife is a LEGAL immigrant to this great nation. Furthermore, I support the broadening and radical simplification of the immigration system to allow more people to enter this country.

What this post and Sen. Cruz’s video are opposing is the wanton disregard of basic immigration laws and the willing role this (and previous) administrations have played in turning a blind eye to the need for controlling this nation’s borders.

Obomzie jumps …

After listening to the President’s National Prayer Breakfast speech where he lamely tried to find any way possible that he could point a finger of blame at Christianity instead of keeping his attention focused firmly on the islamist terrorists that make up Daesh (aka ISIS), I was struck by the notion that I had seen someone attempt to pull an equally lame stunt as a means of trying to remain relevant.

It took me a few minutes, but then I remembered back in 1977 a once promising TV show was running out of ideas and struggled to find a way to keep viewers interested. To keep the story moving along, the writers had one of the key characters accept a challenge from the “California Kid.” As a result, Aurthur Herbert threw on his leather jacket, strapped on the skis, and little Opie Cunningham fired up the ski boat. Little did they know they would ensure the end of their hit show soon after while also creating one of the Interwebz most enduring memes.

So I took a few minutes and whipped up a commemorative graphic for the President’s big speech.

Obomizie jumps the sharkBy reaching back over 900 years into history to find something (anything!!!) with which he could tar the Christian faith (and conveniently ignoring the fact that the Crusades were undertaken as a defensive reaction against 400+ years of Muslim aggression across the Middle East, Asia, and Europe), our President latched on to that same tenuous grip on relevancy that the Fonz had as he entered the water and jumped the shark.

Thank you, Mr. President for confirming to one and all your complete lack of connection with the real world.

To steal a quote from your 2008 debate with Mitt Romney, “the 11th Century is now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.”


Thug Rules

Nate Beeler’s (unfortunately) very accurate portrayal of the Obama administration’s “three branches of government.”
Thug Rules

Video #5 of Gruber mocking Obamacare concerns

The unbridled arrogance of Obamacare architect, Jonathan Gruber, clearly knows no bounds.

If you dare to express concerns about the “Affordable Care Act,” you are nothing more than a small, noisy child in Gruber’s mind. His words indicate a seething contempt for you and your perceived inability to comprehend the nuanced import of the legislation, or to express an intelligent argument against it.

It doesn’t matter what your abilities, education, experience, or background might be. Even “a former senior policy adviser in the White House” can be quickly dismissed as an “adolescent” by this towering intellect, who has been made wealthy by the very tax dollars to which you juveniles so desperately (and ignorantly) cling.

The President’s harshest critic

You won’t hear these arguments from the mainstream media, so you should listen to President Obama as he becomes his own best critic on the issue of whether or not he should unilaterally move to grant amnesty for illegal aliens in the U.S.

“I am not a dictator, I’m the President.”

Great question

Brent Bozell asks a simple, but very pertinent question. That is, “at what point will the news media decide that that the IRS scandal is news?” How much more obvious does it need to get that something is rotten in the state of DC before the media takes part?

Cover up of a cover up is absolutely accurate because the media spent dozens of hours of nightly news covering the Bush TX ANG story. However, they are so thoroughly in the tank for the Obama administration that they can’t even be bothered to cover their own polls when those polls show a strong majority of Americans find fault with the President’s foreign policy.

Q1 GDP numbers even worse that we thought

Seriously people, I am wondering how much worse it has to get before we can plainly state that the Obama administration–with its Keynesian sycophants, heavy-handed regulation, anti-energy, tax-and-spend policies–has completely botched the job?

The U.S. economy may have contracted more than previously thought during the first three months of 2014, private economists said Wednesday based on new health care-sector data from the government.

Some analysts said economic output may have contracted at a 2% pace in the first quarter. That would be its worst performance since the recession. …

J.P. Morgan Chase economist Daniel Silver and Pierpont Securities economist Stephen Stanley both cautioned that it’s not clear exactly how the Commerce Department will adjust GDP to account for the new health-care services data.

But they and other analysts downgraded their estimates for the first quarter based on the new survey, as well as other recently released data. Mr. Silver predicted GDP declined at a 1.6% pace in the first three months of the year. Mr. Stanley predicted contraction at a 2% pace. Macroeconomic Advisers also estimated GDP shrank at a 2% pace.

Amazing to watch the depths to which Carney will sink to protect this administration

I’m consistently amazed at Carney’s near complete lack of conscience. The man is one of the most adept and unrepentant liars that I have ever heard. I’m more than a little sick at heart to think of how his children will be impacted by his unrestrained deceit.

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?

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

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.

On the handling of scandals


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.


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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.