Here’s a good article about how the Obama Administration (including the State Department) has tried to get around FOIA requests.
“…the Obama White House has turned stonewalling into an art form. A favorite tactic is to ignore or string out the requests. That’s what State did in Mrs. Clinton’s case, claiming it simply couldn’t get around to issuing her emails until next year…”
Well, that’s surprising. No, not really.
Remember back when President Obama procured the release of a solder that had been captive by the Taliban for years? Army Sgt Bowe Burgdhal who was held captive by the Taliban was released in exchange for 5 Taliban solders from the Gitmo detention center. President even held a press conference to proudly show the American people that we do not leave solders behind.
Well, flash forward to today and we see that the Army is officially charging Sergeant Burgdhal with desertion.
So, we release 5 murderous creeps out into the wild of the Mid East just so we can charge a solder with Desertion. This just highlights how inept this administration is. How much harm will these 5 cause now?
National Review has more on this story.
Sometimes, the Obama’s act as if they are still candidates for the Whitehouse, despite 6 years in the office as the President of the United States. One of those moments happened recently. I recently talked about Boko Haram, the slime ball terrorist who took over 250 school girls to sell on the sex black market because “Western Education” is evil, or so he thinks. The First Lady had a picture of her with the hash tag #BringBackOurGirls on a piece of paper she was holding. Lot’s of people praised Michelle for this act, and of course lot’s of people criticized it. Just search for “Hashtag Diplomacy” and you’ll see what I mean.
Using social media is a great way to bring attention to issues to public attention or for public shaming. If the general public doesn’t know about something, getting famous people to throw a hashtag out there so that people start using it is a great way to show the leaders of the country that it’s a topic that people care about. Of course, the leaders typically will jump on the bandwagon and do nothing about it (case in point, President Obama and the coddling of the “99 percenters”). It’s typically a tactic that you use to try to pressure someone to do something either by giving the perception of large numbers or shame.
Let’s make sure that we understand what’s going on here. School girls, in a third world country are kidnapped by a terrorist group who’s name can loosely be translated as “western education is sinful”. Given that, there is obviously an aversion there to anything western. Maybe I’m grasping at straws here, but my guess that would include things like oh twitter, or facebook, or the internet. So, when Michelle Obama and others use Hashtags to try to shame this group into letting the girls go, maybe they don’t care. That’s assuming that they even get word on the fact that people are using hashtags against them.
So, what does it mean when the wife of the person who sits in what is supposed to be the most powerful position in the world uses a hashtag? Well, it might as well have read something like this…
What is sad about Michelle Obama using a Hashtag is that it directly points to the failure of her husband’s Foreign Policy. Sure, it was Hillary who refused to put this group on the terror list, but she’s an employee of President Obama who has the ultimate responsibility. But with the great orator giving speech after speech after speech, we’re kind of tired of hearing him talk (and wow, does that guy like to hear himself speak). Now, to be completely fair, President Obama has reportedly sent US Military officials to Nigeria to help out, which I hope means some serious justice for the girls and we can find them quickly.
Back in 2008, then Candidate Barack Obama made a lot of statements about President Bush. Even though President Bush wasn’t campaigning, he still pounded and pounded. There’s many comments that Barack Obama won against John McCain by running against President Bush.
The problem with that is the he’s become, in many ways, exactly what he criticized President Bush as being. Here’s a prime example. In 2008, in a townhall meeting in Pennsylvania he made the claim that President Bush was trying to expand the powers of the Executive Branch. Claiming that he took the constitution very seriously. I’ve posted the video here.
What’s interesting, and very timely is that Senator Ted Cruz released yesterday a list of abuses of Executive Powers. Doing more than what the then candidate Barack Obama criticized President Bush for doing. Here’s just a few to wet your whistle from the Daily Caller article which you can see the full sourced list at:
1. “Obama implemented portions of the DREAM Act by executive action”
2. “Ended some terror asylum restrictions”
3. “Recognized same sex marriage in Utah despite a Supreme Court stay on a court order allowing the institution”
4. “Illegally revealed the existence of sealed indictments in the Benghazi investigation”
5. “Illegally delayed Obamacare verification of eligibility for healthcare subsidies”
6. “Ordered Boeing to fire 1,000 employees in South Carolina and shut down a new factory because it was non-union”
7. “Terminated the pensions of 20,000 non-union Delphi employees in the GM bankruptcy.”
8. “Government agencies are engaging in ‘Operation Choke Point,’ where the government asks banks to ‘choke off’ access to financial services for customers engaging in conduct the Administration does not like—such as ‘ammunition sales.’”
Not only did he get elected deriding abuse of Executive Powers, he’s taken it to new levels. If the people who voted for Obama because of statements like this read this list and actually follow the sources, they really ought to feel cheated. I know I do, and I didn’t even vote for the man.
UPDATE: You can see Senator Cruz’s list here.
This is an excellent speech.
Not sure why, but this didn’t get published, so publishing now.
My previous post about President Obama being fast with gun control data reminded me of another occurance of his knack of being deceptive with data. If you remember back when he was being critisized for his creative methods of blocking new drilling for oil he kept on quoting a statistic that “The United States holds only 2% of the planet’s proven oil reserves”. This is something that he uses to suggest that the US just doesn’t have that much oil in the ground and drilling would be a waste of time and money. That’s what he wants people to assume. Because most people don’t know what “proven oil reserves” means it’s not a huge stretch for people to make that jump.
Well, the Institute for Energy Research put out an article about this deception (emphasis added).
According to President Obama, the United States contains only 2 percent of the planet’s proven oil reserves, Of course, he’s right — to a point. In classic fashion, he’s using a technicality to skirt the facts and keep the myth of energy scarcity alive. The reality is that the U.S. has enough recoverable oil for the next 200 years, despite only having 2 percent of the world’s current proven oil reserves.
And the technicality that he’s using?
Proven oil reserves are not all of our oil resources—not even close. In fact, proved reserves represent a tiny portion of our total oil resources. Proven (or proved) oil reserves are reserves that have already been discovered, typically through actual exploration or drilling, and which can be recovered economically.
Read the article for more details about what the proven oil reserves really means. Ultimately, we’ve had only 2% pretty much all of the time.