May 14, 2013

After Over Five Years of Fawning, Politico Pair Writes That ‘D.C. Turns on Obama’

Imagine that. Politico has a very negative story on our second-term president.

After over five years during which the online publication has engaged in virtual non-stop fawning over the wonders of Barack Obama — going all the way back to shortly after its founding in January 2007, when Ben Smith found someone who described him as “frighteningly coherent” — Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei tonight employed adjectives and described personality traits of their beloved “44″ and those surrounding hime which just about anyone with eyes, meaning everyone except all too many members of the establishment press and those who have been deceived by them, has recognized for a long, long time (bolds are mine):

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AP’s Yost Cuts Holder Undeserved Slack in DOJ’s Power-Abusing Phone Records Seizure

In a disptach early this evening, the Associated Press’s Pete Yost, perhaps signaling his employer’s intent to remain the journalistic lapdog known as the Administration’s Press, accepted at face value Attorney General Eric Holder’s claim, while defending his department’s actions, to have played no role in its wide-ranging subpoena of two months of AP phone records involving 20 cellular, personal and business lines used by over 100 wire service reporters and editors. Yost also did not address whether DOJ received judicial approval for its fishing expedition, a question the AP’s Mark Sherman identified last night as unresolved.

It apparently hasn’t occurred to Yost that if an Attorney General is aware that his underlings are about to engage in blatant, First Amendment-chilling prosecutorial overreach and intimidation — a characterization the reporter himself made clear is shared by critics of all political stripes — merely removing oneself from the case is a completely insufficient reaction. Instead, the AG is duty-bound to order it not to happen, and to remove anyone who chooses to defy his order. If the AG supports what his people have done, then he’s responsible for the results and fallout. That’s how being the boss is supposed to work. Excerpts from Yost’s report follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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Obama dismissed talk of ‘tyranny’ at OSU commencement just days before two textbook examples appeared

Did Obama know they were coming?

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This column went up with minor editing at Watchdog.org earlier this aftenoon.

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Was President Barack Obama preparing the nation for the recent series of scandals when he spoke May 5 during graduation ceremonies at The Ohio State University?

Included in Obama’s speech was a remark which, in hindsight, seems oddly prescient:

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 doing their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.

Obama’s admonition to “reject these voices” warning of tyranny directly contradicts a famous statement made by Ronald Reagan several times during his long career as a commentator and politician: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

Many people, perhaps including the President, either forget or haven’t learned that one of the definitions of “tyranny” — in fact, the first one listed at Dictionary.com — doesn’t require a pervasively oppressive government as a precondition for its existence. Instead, “tyranny” is defined as “arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.”

In that sense, it been shown beyond doubt during the past several days that Obama’s own administration has carried out tyrannical activities unprecedented in the 237-year history of the American experiment to which he referred.
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Anecdote of the Day

Filed under: Activism,Quotes, Etc. of the Day,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:59 am

You take your humor and joy where you can these days.

This anecdote was relayed to me in an email on the obviously very serious topic of IRS harassment of Tea Party, conservative, and other groups:

There is a TEA Party Group in Ohio that told the IRS that they had a book club. The IRS demanded that they tell them every book their book club read and provide a book report on each book! (I am not kidding. You can not make this up!)

The woman with the group told me that she sent them the actual books and told them to read them themselves! You go girl!

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (051413)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Pope canonizes hundreds of Italian martyrs

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

May 12, 2013 / 01:30 pm

Pope Francis on Sunday canonized hundreds of fifteenth century Italian martyrs who died rather than renounce their Christian faith.

“The martyrs’ faithfulness even unto death and the proclamation of the Gospel are rooted in the love of God that has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit,” said Pope Francis during the May 12 canonization Mass at the Vatican.

He saw in their lives an inspiration for victims of persecution today.

“Let us ask God to sustain those many Christians who, in these times and in many parts of the world, right now, still suffer violence, and give them the courage and fidelity to respond to evil with good,” the Pope said.

In 1480, Turkish invaders beheaded Antonio Primaldo and his hundreds of companions in the far southeastern Italian town of Otranto after they refused to give up their faith.

Pope Francis compared Antonio Primaldo to the first Christian martyr, Saint Stephen, who is described in the Acts of the Apostles as “a man full of the Holy Spirit.”

“This means he was full of the love of God, that his whole person, his whole life was animated by the Spirit of the risen Christ, so as to follow Jesus with total fidelity, even unto to the gift of self,” he said.

He said St. Antonio Primaldo and companions found their strength “in faith, which allows us to see beyond the limits of our human eyes, beyond the boundaries of earthly life, to contemplate the heavens opened and the living Christ at the right hand of the Father.” …

Go here for the rest of the story, which includes the canonization of two additional saints.