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IRONY OF GOVERNMENT

Once in a while we just have to stand back in awe of the stupidity and
irony of the government.

The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, is proud to be distributing the greatest amount of free
Meals and Food Stamps ever – 46 million people now receive Food
Stamps.

The National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the
Interior, instructs us “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.” Their stated
reason for the policy is because “The animals will grow dependent on
handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”

Thus ends today’s lesson in government stupidity and irony.

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Who’s to Blame?

IRS… Benghazi… AP… the scandals are mounting in D.C.

Who’s to blame?

Well, if you use the standards that federal prosecutors apply to corporations, the president would be held legally responsible for any wrongdoing by federal workers—whether he knew what they were doing or not.
Like Sergeant Shultz from “Hogan’s Heroes,” President Obama insists that he knew nothing about the IRS targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups. He only learned about it from media coverage of the Treasury’s Inspector General Report.

Similarly, he knew nothing about the Justice Department’s subpoena of phone records of AP reporters and editors.

As for Benghazi, we now know that his subordinates in the White House and the State Department edited the talking points that misled the public about what happened on September 11, 2012 although we still don’t know who in the line of command nixed any attempt to rescue Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans under attack by terrorists.

Let’s suppose he’s telling the truth: The president had no idea of what his subordinates were up to in any of these instances. How, then, could he be held legally responsible for what happened?
If Mr. Obama were CEO of a corporation rather than commander-in-chief, the Justice Department would certainly hold him accountable.

For years, DOJ has used a responsible corporate officer doctrine to prosecute business owners and corporate officers for crimes committed by their subordinates—even when the bosses had no knowledge of, much less involvement in, the criminal conduct.

To convict a business executive, all the Justice Department has to do is prove that (1) an employee did something illegal on the job and (b) the executive was above that employee in the corporate organizational chart.

The President’s own Food and Drug Administration revised its regulatory procedures manual in 2011 to make it clear that a corporate officer can be criminally liable “without proof that the corporate official acted with intent or even negligence, and even if such corporate official did not have any actual knowledge of, or participation in, the specific offense.” The key is whether the “official had the authority to correct or prevent the violation.”

President Obama may well have been clueless that Eric Holder’s Justice Department had secretly seized AP phone records, or that IRS officials were slow-walking tax-exemption applications from conservative organizations that (according to the IG Report) had “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names, “criticize how the country is being run,” or were “educating on the constitution and bill of rights.”

But the President is legally the head of the executive branch. In the federal government’s organization chart, he is above everyone at State, Justice, and the IRS. He and his immediate subordinates, the cabinet secretaries, are responsible for the actions of all those in the departments they supervise and the policies those employees follow. The enforcement and regulatory policies of the executive branch are, in fact, the special purview of the President, and he has “the authority to correct or prevent” the conduct that occurred.

So should the same rules apply to the government that apply to American businesses? If the Justice Department believes that corporate officers and managers can be held responsible for their employees’ misdeeds–even when they knew nothing about them–shouldn’t a cabinet secretary or the President be held responsible for their employees’ misdeeds?

We won’t argue that the most senior federal officials in the executive branch should be held legally responsible for the actions of people not under their direct control. But the same rule should apply to corporate officers being prosecuted by the federal government. It is a sad day when the government holds itself to a much lower standard of responsibility than it applies to everyone else.

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The Belief

The belief — it is perhaps more accurate to describe it as an article of conservative faith than a “belief” — in many conservative quarters is that President Obama is exactly a man of his word. His stated objective is to transform America — and that is exactly what he and his liberal allies on Capitol Hill and in the media are all about.

It is no accident that the other day in the New York Times, as the nation awaited news on a fiscal cliff deal, Georgetown law professor Louis Michael Seidman took to the op-ed pages of America’s liberal bible to say:

As the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions.

You read that right. A liberal professor of constitutional law regards the Constitution — the very document then-State Senator Obama once derided as a document of “negative rights”, as “downright evil.” This is, of course, along the same line of thought as expressed by no less than liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who told Egyptians last year that she wouldn’t recommend the U.S. Constitution as a guide to establishing an Egyptian democracy. And don’t forget this gem, also from the Times, which has Washington University of St. Louis professor David Law doing a study on the Constitution that compares it to “Windows 3.1” Meaning: antiquated. Out of date. Irrelevant.

There are conservatives aplenty who see anything and everything Obama does as part and parcel of a long-term strategy to not simply “transform” America but to irrevocably make it a country that was never imagined in the wildest imaginings of its founding fathers.

A nation where Americans are gradually confronted with a reality that strips them over time of their most fundamental rights, leading them step-by-step to life in a country that has been deliberately, willfully bankrupted, riven by class and racial warfare.

Say again, to update, there are conservatives who believe when you do business with Barack Obama you keep in mind that he and his liberal allies are operating with, to use Reagan’s words, “a different set of standards.”

They believe the President has no intention of cutting spending, and has every intention of reserving unto himself the right to ignore and evade when not undercutting the Constitution. And if, along the way, he can stiff Israel and allow Iran to get nuclear weapons — thus further diminishing America’s role in the world — he will do that as well. All with America’s best interests at heart, he will insist.

At this moment, it seems that conservatives may know neither President Obama’s mind — or their own.

The clock ticks.

It’s time — past time — to fight.

Exerpts from
American Spectator”
Jeffrey Lord, a former Reagan White House political director and author.

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Who Is It?


Barack Obama met with the Queen of England . He asked her,”Your Majesty, how do you run such
an efficient government? Are there any tips you can give to me?”


“Well,” said the Queen, “the most important thing is to surround your-self with intelligent
people.”


Obama frowned, and then asked, “But how do I know the people around me are really intelligent?”


The Queen took a sip of tea. “Oh, that’s easy; you just ask them
to answer an intelligent riddle.” The Queen pushed a button on her
intercom. “Please send Tony Blair in here, would you?” The former Prime
Minister,Tony Blair, walked into the room and said, “Yes, your Majesty?” The Queen smiled
and said, “Answer this question please, Tony: Your mother and father have a child. It is not
your brother and it is not your
sister. Who is it?”


Without pausing for a moment, Tony Blair answered, “That would be me.”
“Yes! Very good,” said the Queen.


Obama went back home to ask Joe Biden, his vice president, the same
question. “Joe, answer this for me. Your mother and your father have
a child. It’s not your brother and it’s not your sister. Who is it?”


“I’m not sure,” said Biden. “Let me get back to you on that one…” He
went to his advisors and asked every one, but none could give him an
answer. Finally, he ended up in the men’s room and recognized Colin
Powell’s shoes in the next stall. Biden asked Powell, “Colin, can you
answer this for me? Your mother and father have a child and it’s not
your brother or your sister. Who is it?”


Colin Powell yelled back, “That’s easy, it’s me!”


Biden smiled, and said, “Thanks!” Then, he went back to speak with
Obama. “Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle.
It’s Colin Powell!”


Obama got up, stomped over to Biden, and angrily yelled into his face,
“No, you idiot! It’s Tony Blair!” AND THAT, MY FRIENDS, IS THE LEVEL OF
INTELLIGENCE OF THIS ADMINISTRATION!

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Have A Nice Day!

This is something to think about when negative people are doing their
best to rain on your parade. So remember this story the next time someone
who knows nothing and cares less tries to make your life miserable.

A woman was at her hairdresser’s getting her hair styled for a trip to
Rome with her husband.. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who
responded:

“Rome ? Why would anyone want to go there? It’s crowded and dirty..
You’re crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?”

“We’re taking Continental,” was the reply. “We got a great rate!”

“Continental?” exclaimed the hairdresser.. “That’s a terrible airline.
Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they’re always
late. So, where are you staying in Rome?”

“We’ll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome’sTiber River called
Teste.”

“Don’t go any further. I know that place. Everybody thinks its gonna be
something special and exclusive, but it’s really a dump.”

“We’re going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope.”

“That’s rich,” laughed the hairdresser. You and a million other people
trying to see him. He’ll look the size of an ant.

Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You’re going to need it.”

A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo. The hairdresser
asked her about her trip to Rome.

“It was wonderful,” explained the woman, “not only were we on time in one
of Continental’s brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped
us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a
handsome 28-year-old steward who waited on me hand and foot.

And the hotel was great! They’d just finished a $5 million remodeling
job, and now it’s a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were
overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner’s suite at no
extra charge!”

“Well, “muttered the hairdresser, “that’s all well and good, but I know you
didn’t get to see the Pope.”

“Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss
Guard tapped me on the shoulder, and explained that the Pope likes to meet
some of the visitors, and if I’d be so kind as to step into his private
room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me.

Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook
my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me.”

“Oh, really! What’d he say?”

He said: “Who the f**k did your hair?”

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Hava A Nice Day!

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Obama Off the Deep End

 

by Floyd and Mary Beth Brown

Townhall.com

A recent analysis by Roger Simon of PJTV Media maintains that Obama is showing signs of mental illness. A wide variety of commentators have observed that Obama displays severe narcissism. Obama is conceited, and he is demonstrating a serious disassociation from reality.

A recent case in point was Obama’s bizarre and meandering 17-minute, 2,500-word answer to the simple question about how he could justify raising taxes for ObamaCare during a recession when citizens are already overtaxed. Obama’s wildly inappropriate answer left the audience stunned and led commentator Charles Krauthammer to mockingly say, "I don’t know why you are so surprised. It’s only nine times the length of the Gettysburg address, and after all Lincoln was answering an easier question, the higher purpose of the union and the soldiers who fell in battle." This lapse of delusion occurred in front of a friendly audience. Overall, Barack Obama seems to be slipping into a slightly more delusional state these days.

On Monday, following his embarrassing answer on Saturday, Obama stopped by the Washington Nationals home opener to loft an effeminate toss toward home plate constituting the ceremonial first pitch. After this display, Obama was mucking it up in the press booth talking about his love of the Chicago White Sox. The announcers asked Obama which players he supported growing up a White Sox fan. After hemming and hawing for about 30 seconds, Obama responded that he grew up in Hawaii and was actually an A’s fan. Again, he avoided mentioning any players by name. Obama seems to believe that he can say whatever he wants, and not reap the consequences or be forced to defend his empty assertions. Obama behaves in a manner so disconnected from reality that he is shocked when someone has the audacity to question him. Obama acts like his word is infallible.

In March of last year Obama was on "60 Minutes" with Steve Kroft. Throughout the interview as Kroft questioned about the economic downturn and people losing their life savings, Obama just kept laughing. A one point CBS’s Kroft stopped him and asked, "Are you punch drunk?" How will the American people react to seeing their president laugh off their predicament? Obama’s inappropriate laughter clearly demonstrated he has lost touch with the pain that people are feeling.

Obama portrays himself as the larger-than-life figure towering above the political fray. At the summit when Obama was pushing his healthcare package through Congress, he attempted to act as if he were the chief arbiter of truth. With petty insults, he slapped down what the Republicans proposed and audaciously claimed his was a "bipartisan bill." Obama distorts the truth with such frequency that one must start to question if Obama even realizes he is lying or is so disassociated from the truth that he believes what he says.

A further example of Obama’s delusions of grandeur occurred when he gave himself a "good solid B plus." Believing that his presidency was an above average success when America is hurting is absurd. Obama went so far as to claim that he would give himself an "A" once healthcare was passed. Obama is not living in the same reality as the rest of us.

As Charles Krauthammer wrote, "Not that Obama considers himself divine. (He sees himself as merely messianic, or, at worst, apostolic.) But he does position himself as hovering above mere mortals, mere country, to gaze benignly upon the darkling plain beneath him where ignorant armies clash by night, blind to the common humanity that only he can see."

Obama sees himself as the greatest man to be president in all time. He truly believes it when he said "we are the ones we have been waiting for," and "this is the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and the planet began to heal." He believes that he can do anything he pleases and the people will love him for it. Obama plans to radically transform this country and go down in history as, in his mind, the greatest ever. Obama is clearly disconnected from reality.

Obama is, according to Newt Gingrich, "potentially the most dangerous (president), because he so completely misunderstands reality." Gingrich was referring to Obama’s inept and weak stance on missile defense amongst other things. Even Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that Obama is an amateur; so much for wowing the world. Obama lives in an alternate universe where he treats our friends poorly and expects our enemies to change and become our friends. Here’s hoping that the voters help to connect this president back to reality in November.

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