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A friend in D.C. with whom I was having a conversation remarked on the timing of our discourse with words to the effect of: “It’s a hot time in the old town tonight.” The headlines are definitely interesting: Benghazi, the IRS selective investigation of conservatives, plus a whole host of other issues — any of which would be front-page news by itself — are jockeying for a position above the fold.

It’s that crowded; almost like the planets were lining up. The ancients had a word for this kind of alignment of celestial objects: disaster – meaning “ill-starred.” The headlines look like The Onion on steroids:

“A Saudi man was arrested at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after federal agents said he lied about why he was traveling with a pressure cooker, according to a court documents filed Monday.” — Reuters.

“FBI surrounds house of Saudi student after sightings of him with pressure cooker pot.” — Daily Mail

Obama calls controversy over Benghazi talking points a “sideshow” — L.A. Times

“Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell found guilty of murdering three babies” — Chicago Tribune

“‘You don’t want the IRS ever being perceived to be biased and anything less than neutral in terms of how they operate,’ said President Obama.” — Politico.

The Onion, except they’re real.

And then there’s the big one about the wholesale seizure of an entire news agency’s phone records by the administration to find a leak:

The Justice Department used a secret subpoena to obtain two months of phone records for Associated Press reporters and editors without notifying the news organization, a senior department official tells NBC News, saying the step was necessary to avoid “a substantial threat to the integrity” of an ongoing leak investigation.

Yep, it’s a hot time in the old town tonight. So my first reaction in the conversation was to wonder whether these were “emergent events,” or just happenstance. ”Emergent events”: a fancy way of saying that several different elements have come together in an unexpected way and now the whole shebang is going critical, like a reactor running out of control. The alternative is to posit coincidence and simply believe fate conspired to release six months’ worth of scandals in the same week.

Fortunately, we won’t have to speculate for long. If this malevolent alignment of stars is the karma all coming together, then the next few weeks will feature an increasing spate of these things. Like a building in the process of collapse, first one beam goes, then two, then three, and before you know it the whole tower is gone. That will be noticeable, even in the glittering and impressive District of Columbia. If it’s coincidence, then after this big spurt of news, the Washington Post will go back to reporting local crime.

There’s a good chance it’s emergent for the simple reason that it is difficult to think it is the handiwork of Republicans.

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More scandals may be in the pipe. There's a pretty serious one brewing right now at the EPA that is very similar to the IRS one in which progressive groups have been privileged over others. There's another brewing at the Department of Labor that's rooted in pet programs of the White House. These have been quietly simmering, as opposed to Fast and Furious and Benghazi which have been openly simmering. What's happened this past week is the heat on the Obama administration has been kicked up a notch. Somewhere a flash point does exist, and we are closer to it now than ever before. We might not hit it, but we may, then stuff burns. Keep an eye out for the proverbial rats fleeing the ship.

Will it lead to impeachment? Most probably not. That's way, way out there. More likely it will lead to a hamstringing of Obama politically and also a political setback for the Democrats. That's probably as it should be, actually. These problems of corruption may have begun to fruit under Obama, but he ultimately is not their author. He's more their gardener.

Back in the 1990's you would have been hard pressed to find any conservative organization in DC that wasn't being audited or investigated by the IRS. All the Clintonites had to do to counter the accusations was to claim this was all crazy talk from the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, and that was that. But now proof has come that such things are true. So the ball has moved in the right direction somewhat in this regard.

Some have indicated here that in many cases the culture leading the bureaus and agencies needs no direct orders from the Party Central. They to some degree have become autonomous political agents on the side of statists. Ah, too true! This harkens back to the old "Shadow Warrior" debate we used to have here at Belmont not long ago. The fact is Senator McCarthy of old was right in spirit on at least one account. Creatures in the government who seek to undermine the American way of life with a thousand cuts do exist, and with surprising prominence.

Are all the White House's claims that they were ignorant of so much, at the IRS, at Justice, at State, at CIA truly credible? Hell no. For one thing, the IRS demanded to know what political policies were discussed by the organizations they were investigating, which is a straight up blinking neon tell. That's a cross domain inquiry, it has nothing to do with tax, finance and money. There was a political mind on a fishing expedition behind that inquiry. Further, it is verified, self-confessed even, that the IRS gave progressive groups opposition intel due to these inquiries.

The whole shebang is a flat-out, dead to rights, indicator that the organs of the US Government have become highly politicized. Today's trend started with the Clintons, whose first act was "fire the lawyers, and install 'our' people.' It's 'Our People' all over the government. Travel Gate writ large. But, even before the Clintons, this started with Gramsci. We are witnessing the fruits of the long march through the institutions, the intentional corruption of them by the left.

Red Diaper Baby, Barack, is simply soldiering down that line. Being a Gonnabe, he's at once the worst choice the left could have made for themselves. He's bound to screw it up. Wiser one must be like Otto Von Bismarck lamenting the Kaiser who's bound to blow up the world over the Balkans.

As it is, I checked the weather in Washington, DC for this week. It's raining shoes, with more to follow in the forecast. This MUST happen. Few Americans realize the states, but we are nearing a very important inflection point in American politics right now. A new paradigm must emerge, and soon. I'm talking paradigm shift, away from The Usual Suspect (business as usual in Washington). Gotta happen.

If it doesn't, if the parlor games on Capitol Hill hold sway, we are staring at bleakness, caprice, diminishment.
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“You don’t want the IRS ever being perceived to be biased and anything less than neutral in terms of how they operate,’ said President Obama”

In other words, “damn amateurs got caught!” That won’t happen again. But sure as the day is long they have been targeting Republicans and other political enemies as well. As the Stasi learned patience and the slow drip of tyranny is the most effective, the most corrosive, and the easiest to deny. Government hate must not only be couched in rhetorical good but must be subtle in its application.

The pending immigration bill is 3700 pages long and has nearly 360 waivers and wiggle words that can be evoked by the corrupt bureaucrat. In other words, it says one thing but has the key to implement the exact opposite. Law is becoming a cypher that can be incanted by the elite to mean whatever it was they meant and held against the commoner in any manner seen fit.

The confluence of disaster has only barely kept pace with the daily outrageous decree. It is not a sudden cognizance of duty that animates the press but the sure and constant drum of national hubris at the top. Their cup over floweth.

“The insiders are discovering that something’s not quite right any more…” and it is the ‘insiders’ that are the problem. There is good reason that DC has become the bustling center of US commerce. They have collectively sucked the marrow from the bone of the US economy and are basking in the loot like 40 thieves rolling in mountains of gold. The solution to a government that has cast adrift from its purpose of representing the people is to form a political unity that is grounded in the people. That group is the Tea Party and it stands to reason that the IRS does not act alone. The people are a threat to the hubris of the “business as usual” crowd in DC.

The Republican Party no longer represents the interests of business in America. You cannot be loyal to an opposition that has ruined small business in America while representing Joe the Plumber. The Republicans have chosen sides and they have chosen poorly. Long live the Tea Party.
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re: "We're at the stage where the administration is forced to blame underlings and the underlings feel the heat of criminal prosecution. They aren't going down to save this Chicago street-gang. Successful conspiracies require all conspirators to "hold tight." -
dlsada


The Justice Department will never prosecute. The President will never authorize an independent prosecutor. The GOP has ran from every and any scandal in this Administration's 5 year history, including the "elephant in the room", the President's very eligibility to hold office. In the face of blatant fraud and criminal conduct, across multiple government departments, the GOP has mostly just "tut tut'd" and "sighed heavilty".

The GOP Congress WILL NEVER initiate articles of Impeachment, and the Democrat held Senate would never ratify an Impeachment in any case.

The President and his Administration are untouchable. He knows it. The Democrats know it. I think the Democrats are secretly laughing, knowing that no matter how many whistle blowers appear, the Democrats will be able to successfully "spin" the scandals into "Republican outrages and overreach" by the 2014 elections. The Democrats in private are considering their 2014 electoral prospects much improved.

Oh, does this analysis sound a little nuts? Then again, readdress: Who will prosecute the IRS law breakers, the Administration's "die in place" decision on Benghazi for dozens of Americans trapped there last year (as luck had it, "only" four died). The Justice Department, the Treasury Department, the IG's in all Federal Agencies, all Federal Prosecutors, Flag and General rank military leaders, they are 100% politicized and ethically compromised.

There will be a lot of noise, a few papers written, some GS5 may be "fired" (but secretly reassigned to a GS12 position elsewhere), but NO ONE WILL SEE JUSTICE, much less jail time.

I cannot fathom a scenario in which, for example, a Deputy A.G. would turn on Holder, or Holder in Obama, or Reid or Pelosi, allowing impeachment of Obama.

Game, set, match. It's over folks. That's the reality of it.

O.S..
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If these scandals are truly the beginning of the end for Obama (which I doubt), it's only because the media's tired of telling us about Obama's rise to greatness, and now wants to tell the story of his downfall.
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Totally off topic but of interest to many at Belmont Club:

The Kepler spacecraft has been discovering new planets orbiting other stars. When launched, Kepler had 4 momentum wheels for precision aiming. Three of the wheels were actually used with the fourth wheel kept as a backup. One of the wheels failed early in the mission resulting in the backup wheel coming on-line. Today, a second wheel failed thus effectively ending Kepler's prime mission. Most of the planets known by the human race were discovered by Kepler. Kepler's failure represents a major setback for planetary science. Refer to:

http://spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=44034
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The following is the link to Kepler's planet catalog:

http://kepler.nasa.gov/Mission/discoveries/
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He doesn't know a damn thing about his job or administration but he's a freakin' genius on such weighty topics as NCAA basketball; the latest on Beyonce and Jay-Z; The Daily Show, The View. American Idol or the Super Bowl halftime show. He knows how to “slow jam the news” with Jimmy Fallon. He's up on "The Avengers" superheroes and has a handle on the Kardashians. Everything relevant to the job of POTUS, however, is beyond his pay grade. Obama is the "Oprah" of politics.
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If one were to collect video of all his appearances and omit the few political items, it would run for hours if not days! A lightweight celeb not unlike the Kardashians.
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Why is the comments tool returning inactive HTML coding when people put in URLs? Was this a failed attempt to fix the inert URLs issue?
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Obama's defenders are trying to isolate Obama from the scandals by claiming he had no direct connection to any of them.

Henry II: "Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?" No direct connection there either.
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Has anybody seen this?

"Axelrod: Government ‘So Vast,‘ Obama Can't Know About Wrongdoing"

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/348346/scarborough-goes-axelrod-spinning-ap-tapping-%E2%80%98save-somebody-else-buy-that%E2%80%99

No Duh, Axelrod! If that's the case, then what is the solution?
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RIGHT! He can't! And that's one big reason for small government. If it gets "vast" enough no one has control of it, and certainly not We The People.

I recall hearing about a small town in eastern Oklahoma that had a new public library built using Federal funds. People complained that it had no bathrooms. Well, it turns out that it had bathrooms, but some FeralCrat decided that separate male and female bathrooms constituted discrimination on the basis of sex, and the town leaders decided that they were not ready for coed bathrooms, and locked them, unmarked.

When contacted the local House Rep replied that he was sorry, that they could pass the laws but could not control how every bureaucrat implemented them. RIGHT! And that's the reason we should neither have such laws nor have the Feral Govt paying for small town libraries. Let them keep their money, pay for it themselves - or not - and fire all the Crats telling them how they have to pee!
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Obama has been engaging in significant political misconduct from the very beginning of his administration. This comes as no surprise to the members of Belmont Club. However up until now, because Obama was the Magic Negro, the MSM was prepared to ignore all misconduct and only repeat the liberal narrative.

Some invisible "line in the sand" has been crossed and the MSM feels betrayed.

Maybe it was the Nixon style tactics directed towards the Associated Press? Maybe it was the realization that Obama was lying to the media over the Benghazi betrayal?

Something has caused the editors of the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC and other key members of the socialist elite to be pissed off with the Messiah.

What angers me as an American is these so called "Gate Keepers" of the MSM had given Obama Carte Blanc without justification. Now for their own private reasons they're pissed off and everything is different.

Behold the real political power in America !
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O/T.
Ref signal/noise.
What about increasing the noise?
aschmitz@proliteracy.org
These people know better. IMO, it's a program to increase noise and provide reason to insist that caution is islamophobic.
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As others have mentioned, the only thing New about the IRS scandal is that they have admitted it this time.

Back in the 90's this same kind of thing was alledged, and against indivduals and not just groups. Herman Cain and Rush Limbaugh were audited, apparently based just on what they said about Bill Clinton and his policies.
And aside from that, the statistics on who got audited were compelling.

The Congress got the GAO to do a study and the result was a report that said nothing was wrong. That was hardly a surprise to me - I only very rarely have seen the GAO say anything intelligent. But as soon as Slick Willie went out the door two IRS supervisors came out and said that there was targeting of conservatives. They testified before Congress, and, as usual, exactly squat happened.

As I said, what is different this time? Is Benghazi causing some rats to give up their berths on the ship?
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geez, who are the morons messing the the programming here, past a link and it induces the html then displays it as plaintext?
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Formerly I could use my own name,
Formerly I commented here,
Now I play at another game,
Where the air is fresh and clear.

Teenage girls and twitterface,
Apparently took over at PJM,
Petticoats and cheap fake lace,
Seems mostly what impresses them.
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Welcome to the new and "improved" PJM comment system. They said we'll get used to it, but for me it doesn't seem to be happening. What seems to be happening instead is that I hardly ever leave a comment on this website anymore. Links, however you insert them, are displayed as plain text. No HTML whatever is allowed. If you want to emphasize a word or indicate a quotation, just regress to the methods you used in email in the early 90s when many email systems didn't even fully support richtext yet. Writing a comment any longer than 6 lines becomes a headache, as in the 3rd paragraph you have to scroll endlessly to recheck your first paragraph. But maybe that's what this comment system was aiming to achieve -- just write short, simple, comments with no links, references or quotations, then maybe PJMedia will become as popular as Tweeter, right?
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Yeah, and "My Account" simply opens the page you're on again. Apparently the Obamaites aren't the only ones into "control". After this much time and this many complaints, it's more than glitches or incompetence. Anybody listening there, PJM?
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Oh, I know already, I was one of the bigger blabbermouths, before.

But just today when I posted a simple link, and this blog package automagically wrapped it in fancy HTML like it was going to be displayed properly, then instead it dumps it as plain text with the added HTML as decoration? Wassup with that?

Did it do that before? Might be the first time I bothered to provide a link since this stupid new interface showed up.
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And you notice how the number of comments has dropped, even here on BC. This thread isn't bad, but before the new system, even with a 4-post limit per person, we'd generally get over 100 comments on most threads.
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I agree- this new comment "system" is GIGO.
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It is as if the new PJM "masters" want to limit the scope and reach of PJM. Why? The "Roll Call" of related sites have disappeared from the right-hand column in sites that had them, such as BC here, as if to put PJM into splendid isolation. Note also that Newsmax seems to be a "partner," if not the new "owner" of PJM. Another thing I noted is the fewr updates from "Tatler." The whole inbred, insecure notion of trying to keep people on one's own site to the detriment of the purpose of the Internet is a common stupidity among site owners and managers. Is Newsmax trying to "kill" PJM?
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Suddenly I'm all nostalgic for Haldeman, Erlichman, Mitchell, and Dean.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK8Iowe83-A
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