Worse than Nixon…

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.

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The Curse of The Inept Administration

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.

Hashtag Diplomacy has no place in the White House

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…

#ineffectual

Hashtag Diplomacy in the Whitehouse

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.

Obama’s changing view on Executive Power

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.

Obama deflects yet once again.

President Obama really hasn’t been doing so well.  We’re watching Obamacare train wreck happen right before our eyes.  We know more is to come and nothing is being done.  He’s presided over some of the most egregious examples of political retribution in US History.  His lack of leadership can be directly tied to the increase of Muslim Extremest groups such as Al Qaeda in the middle east.  Yet he’s quick to comment and create division in issues where the Federal Government has no business.  There’s so many examples of these that Senator Rand Paul created a list.  It’s because of all of this that his approval ratings are generously low. Yet, to President Obama, it’s because he’s black.

In an article posted on the New Yorker’s web site he’s quoted as saying:

“There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black president”

I’m sure there are a very few who are shallow enough to base their disapproval on the President’s actions on his race.  Of course, as the President acknowledges, his generous approval numbers are also heavily padded by the fact that he is black:

“Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black president”

So, all he’s done is attempt rather weakly to deflect why the American public thinks he’s done a horrible job.  Instead of being a true leader and taking ownership of his administrations failures, he uses the Democrats standby:  Create racial divisions by playing the race card where there’s no or very little impact of racism.  In fact, as we have seen, Mitt Romney had more of a challenge overcoming the fact that he is Mormon than Obama had with the fact that he’s Black.  We’ve seen this time and time again from Democrats.  It’s just unfortunate that we see it from the most powerful office in the nation.  This just makes him a sore winner.

There’s reason why people call Obama a disgrace to the office of the President of the United States, and this is a perfect example.

Obama and deceptive data

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.

Gun control advocates don’t care for truth

Let me be as blunt as possible.  Gun control advocates are liars, they only want to instill fear and want to move quickly while emotions run high.  Why?  First, it’s easy to ram through sweeping changes to our constitutionally protected rights while emotions are high.  Second, because the longer it takes, the more people come to their senses and realize exactly what I just said.

Recently President Obama gave a speech in which he talked about gun control.  Of course, he cited some study saying that 40% of gun purchases are purchases made without background checks.  He’s obviously targeting Gun show and private sales as the source of all our problems.  There’s just one problem, he’s lying.

John Lott at the National Review Online lays it out quite well:

Actually, the number reported was a bit lower, 36 percent, and as we will see the true number of guns “sold” without check is closer to 10 percent. More important, the number comes from a 251-person survey on gun sales two decades ago, early in the Clinton administration. More than three-quarters of the survey covered sales before the Brady Act instituted mandatory federal background checks on February 28, 1994. In addition, guns are not sold in the same way today that they were sold two decades ago.

So, not only is the President lying, but he’s using a 20 year old survey which some of the sales included sales before mandatory federal background checks.  Now, that’s not just being careless, that’s straight out deception.  Lott concludes that the actual number of sales of guns are more in the single digits.  Read the full article to understand why and to get access to the actual survey and get the numbers yourself.

“But wait!” you say?  “What about the effectiveness of background checks?  Obama said that they were wildly effective!”  Well, that’s more of a wild mischaracterization of the facts (or lie).  Here’s another interesting tidbit from the article:

Obama made many other false statements during his talk. He asserted that “over the last 14 years [background checks] kept 1.5 million of the wrong people from getting their hands on a gun.” But these were only “initial denials,” not people prevented from buying guns.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms dropped over 94 percent of those “initial denials” after just preliminary reviews. Virtually all the remaining cases were dropped after further investigation by ATF field offices or the Department of Justice. Few of these “initial denials,” 62 people or about 0.1 percent, involved strong enough evidence to be consideration for prosecution. Just 13 pleaded guilty or were convicted.

So, from 1.5 million wrong people getting their hands on guns to 13.  Yeah, that’s crazy off there Prez.  Basically his whole argument for increased background checks is based on 20 year old surveys and mischaracterization of the facts.  Democrats love to fly lose with their facts.

Be careful when emotions are high.  Remember that the Liberals and Democrats will tend to “not waste a disaster”.

Obama’s Hubris

“The god-king has betrayed a fatal flaw: Hubris.”

This is a quote from the fantastic movie 300 when Xerxes under-estimates the Spartans and sends his best warriors to their death.  But what does this have to do with Obama?

If you recall, everyone pretty much agrees that Obama didn’t do so well in the first debate with Mitt Romney.  In fact, there’s people who I never thought I hear criticism of Obama come out of their mouth that had plenty to say.  But, what did Obama think?  Well, the British paper The Daily Mail has found that Obama actually thought he won.

“When President Barack Obama stepped off the stage in Denver last week the 60 million Americans watching the debate against Mitt Romney already knew it had been a disaster for him.

But what nobody knew, until now, was that Obama believed he had actually won.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2215173/Obama-believed-beaten-Romney-Denver-debate-ignoring-advice-aides.html#ixzz28vKSL7Cc

He really, honestly believed he won.  Not only is he out of touch with what the economy, and international concerns, he’s out of touch with what the American Public thinks how he’s doing.

The reason that’s given to us for Obama not doing well is very revealing:

“The Democrat said that Obama’s inner circle was dismayed at the ‘disaster’ and that he believed the central problem was that the President was so disdainful of Romney that he didn’t believe he needed to engage with him.”

Disdainful.  As in consider as beneath oneself.

dis·dain (dis-deyn)

tr.v. 

1. To regard or treat with haughty contempt; despise.
2. To consider or reject as beneath oneself.
n.

A feeling or show of contempt and aloofness; scorn.

In deed, what is a President of the United States doing considering someone who has served as a successful governor to a very liberal state as beneath him?  The very man who thinks he can (and I believe he will) do better than Obama at restoring America to it’s former strength and Obama thinks that he doesn’t need even consider his criticisms.   This is just one example of how Obama treats those who do not follow him lock-step.  Even moderate Democrats have felt his disdain.  And people believe that the partisan politics in DC are all the result of Republicans?

People need to wake up.  Obama isn’t on their side, he’s a Politician and a King.  And to some people, he’s a god-king.  He needs to be voted out of office!

Barack Obama: The New Casiodorus Rex

Who is Casiodorus Rex?  Well, he was the King of a land besieged by a dragon by the name of Vermithrax in the movie Dragonslayer.  In short, there was a lottery to give a sacrifice to Vermithrax so that it wouldn’t lay siege to the land.  The Princess was picked, the King hired a sorcerer to kill the dragon and when it was all done and said, the King then proclaimed himself “Casiodorus Rex, Dragonslayer”, taking credit for killing the dragon.

During all the hype for Obama in this election cycle many pundits and media organizations have created lists of Obama’s accomplishments.  Of course the accomplishment of the killing of Bin Laden is predominantly placed on just about every list.  However, I think that he’s actually getting too much credit for this.  In fact, I think he and everyone who want’s Obama to get re-elected should strike this from their list of accomplishments.  Here’s why.

Obama had almost nothing to do with the mission.  It’s very doubtful that he had any say in the planning, organization of, or even the choice of teams.  He may have given the final approval on the mission details and even the final go ahead for before the point of no return.  But in reality there were thousands of man hours behind the effort to capture or kill Bin Laden.  From the CIA opperatives on the ground to the desk jockeys in various nondescript buildings.  There’s many of the small people who worked at the direction of policies created by George W. Bush that brought us the information that eventually led us to the name of the courier to Bin Laden.

Obama taking credit for this accomplishment is like a corporate executive taking full credit and getting the bonuses with out giving any to people below him.  It’s like a King taking credit for the wonderful work of the citizens of his kingdom.  It’s like Casiodorus Rex in the movie Dragonslayer who took credit for the people who rightfully killed the dragon.  Obama is the new Casiodorus Rex.