Bumped: The VA Scandal is Primarily the Fault of the Partisan, Bureaucracy-Protecting Press

Check out a Democrat Congressman tearing Shinseki and, indirectly (and a bit directly) Obama, at Hot Air.


Nobody Is Angrier Than I Am

...about what happened in Your Mouth.

-- Barack Obama, as reported by Hollowpoint

...

Yet another new scandal which Obama -- perhaps the most passive and reactive president in history -- did nothing to avert, and now wishes to do nothing to solve it, except to let the bureaucracy work through its routine processes.

He claims to have an extraordinary level of anger about each new scandal, and yet then orders the bureaucracy to engage in ordinary CYA procedures in response to each.

Is not extraordinary interest usually matched by extraordinary actions?

Always he says the same things:

1. He's "mad. Or "angry." Or "madder than hell." Or even "apopleptic." Obama vows he's much, much angrier than you are -- "no one is angrier than I am" -- despite having no appearances of actual anger. Rather like a very controlled, uptight WASP Hulk.

2 He vows to "get to the bottom of this." He says this in a way to suggest that he, personally, will be getting to the bottom of this. Of course he doesn't. Within a week he's playing golf and parcheesi with the White House motor pool.

3. Despite pronouncing this newest scandal extraordinary, he then demands that we... allow the routine, ordinary Bureaucratic Process to fix everything.

"Putting something in the process" is standard Bureaucratic jargon meaning that "nothing is being done and go f*** yourself raw."

At no point does he ever captain some kind of serious investigation. He continues doing what he always does -- playing golf, fundraising, giving partisan speeches about trivial matters.

In fact, after his obligatory hemming about how goshdarn "angry" he is, he and his minions work extraordinarily hard to change the subject and distract the public, which is dumb and easily distracted, and also distract the press, which is even dumber and even more easily distracted, with some Very Important Twitter Meme that the White House Communication shop came up with 30 minutes ago.

Why does he do this?

Because he's permitted to this, by a protective partisan press.

I am not nearly as smart as Ezra Klein, who is apparently blogging about the "Green Lantern" Presidency today, but let me speculate that bureaucracies respond to Heat, which then causes them to rouse themselves out of their usual clock-watching check-cashing torpors so that they are forced to put Routine Bureaucratic Process to the side, rouse themselves into a bout of serious work, and focus on fixing serious deficiency.

Heat -- pressure, criticism, angry phone calls, Press inquiries -- is a vital eternal stimulus to any bureaucracy, as any bureaucracy, left to its own devices, will do what any self-interested guild will do, which is focus entirely on its own interests and focus little or not at all on the public interest.

The priorities of a bureaucracy -- not that bullshit you see in its mission statement, which is for public consumption, bait for the rubes -- are very similar to the biological imperatives of living organism.

In order of priority, the biological imperatives of the Bureaucratic Collective Life Form are as follows:

1. Protect our phony-baloney jobs.

All organisms' highest priority is survival. And fold into this other self-interested survival-like goals: raises, comforts.

There's an important sub-priority here:

1. a. Protect the Phony-Baloney Jobs of Our Fellow Government Workers.

This is crucial. The more the worst government worker can get away with without losing his job, the more the average government worker can get away with without losing his job.

All guilds and unions are devoted to protecting the jobs of their worst performing members.

All bureaucrats have a secret guild interest in permitting the worst, laziest, most useless, most misbehaving government workers to keep their jobs (so long as allowing them to keep their jobs does not threaten other jobs -- that is, so long as the bad bureaucrat is not so notoriously awful that he jeopardizes all other Phony Baloney jobs by remaining on the payroll).

In addition, once someone loses their Phony Baloney job at the government, they may begin ratting on those in the bureaucracy also doing their Phony Baloney jobs very poorly; every fired government worker is thus a potential Snitch Threat to other government workers.

For that reason, bureaucrats will work hard to keep other bureaucrats on the payroll, ensuring their continued loyalty to the Guild of Phony Baloney Jobs.

Government workers prioritize imperative 1 and 1.a. to the highest degree possible while still observing imperative 2...

2. Do as little work as possible.

Note that here I'm not actually attacking the bureaucracy for being lazy-- most organisms are hard-coded to do as little work as possible. They store up energy for the coming time they'll have to face off against a brontosaurus or somethin'. "Doing as little work as possible" can also be called, more charitably, a strong impulse towards efficient allocation of the precious resource of stored energy in the form of fat.

But the point is, left to its own devices, any bureaucracy will, of course, do as little as possible while still achieving its most important priority, Protecting Our Phony Baloney Jobs.

Meanwhile, they also have an imperative to increase the scope and grandeur of the jobs they're doing as poorly as possible:

3. Expand turf, power, and responsibilities.

Note that this conflicts directly with Priority 2, Doing as Little Work as Possible. You would think that someone who wants to Do As Little Work As Possible would shy away from taking on greater power and responsibility. But they don't.

Higher organisms, while lazy, are also keenly egotistical, and farm social status based on how many other organisms they dominate and boss around every day.

If you boss no one around, you're a peon; if you boss a couple of people around, you're a low-level manager; if you boss a bunch of people around, you're a mid-level manager; and if you boss a real mess of people around, you're a genuine Boss.

Government bureaucracies are warped on this score due to the excessive nature of modern governmental power: While a peon at, say, Domino's pizza cannot expand his social status much while he's still a peon -- there's no one at Domino's he can boss around, as he's low-man on the totem pole -- a government peon can boss people around. Namely, ordinary citizens and corporations.

Due to the inherent nature of the modern, dysfunctional political system, in which The Government has power over everything, people who can't rise from the level of peon in the bureaucratic system can nevertheless boss the hell out of people outside the bureaucratic system.

And they do. Witness the IRS scandal.

But because Priority 2, Do As Little Work As Possible is superior to Priority 3, Expand Turf, Power, and Responsibility, this means that the bureaucratic impulse is to gather as much power as possible... and then wield it negligently, because negligence takes less work than diligence.

Their imperative isn't to gather as much power as possible and then work harder in exercising it, after all. Their imperative remains: Do As Little Work As Possible. Even with an increased realm of responsibility.

Incidentally, while Imperative 3 seems to conflict with Imperative 2, it actually supports it. After all, the more responsibility and power you have, the more critical you are, and thus, the harder to fire you are.

If you do shitty work in a minor job, you can get fired. If you do shitty work at a Super Important Mission-Critical Job, you get... well, they assign you more interns and assistants to help you manage your super-important load.

Like any biological organism, a Bureaucracy will act according to its own internal imperatives. Cornstalks do not grow in straight lines for ease of the farmer's collection out of their own volition: Cornstalks must be made to grow this way.

The only way to compel a Bureaucracy to serve others rather than itself is to apply external force. A force I'm calling "Heat."

If a bureaucracy gets too arrogant and cruel in dominating citizens and companies, you must apply Heat to it to get it to retreat.

If a bureaucracy is doing too little work, you must apply Heat to it to get the workers to actually start working.

You have to threaten to fire them, for example. You have to let them know that they are about to lose their most important priority -- Protecting Our Phony-Baloney jobs.

Heat can be applied by the president and his lesser ministers, and if the president and his lesser ministers are themselves unwilling to apply heat, then heat can be applied by the press or the public.

But to make bureaucracies function at any degree of acceptable efficiency, heat must be applied from some external source.

Obama is determined to apply no heat himself. Obama is not just the embodiment of the government, as most presidents are; Obama is by, of, and for The Government.

The Government, and not The People, are his actual constituency, government workers, and those people who are, essentially, government employees, in the sense that it is the government and not some third-party private company that pays them their bi-weekly "wages."

Essentially everyone who is on government welfare, from the poorest street-person to the richest crony capitalist looking for another $100 million jolt of government funding, is a Government Employee.

Obama thus will never apply external heat to the bureaucracy, as he is not external to the bureaucracy. He is actually just a very high profile Government Worker, and, like most Government Workers, is keenly interested in Priority 1.a.: Protecting the Phony Baloney Jobs of Other Government Workers.

Obama, being the Ultimate Governmental Failure, has a vested interest in ensuring that other governmental failures are viewed benignly and handled in a charitable fashion.

Now in any normal period of history, were the president himself unwilling to exercise one of his primary duties of riding herd on the bureaucracy and making certain that it serves the public to the extent possible (after first serving itself, of course), the Press would step in and begin applying Heat to both the President and the Bureaucracy.

The Press would begin applying Heat to the President, to force him to protect his own Phony Baloney Job -- and he would protect his own Phony Baloney Job by threatening the Phony Baloney Jobs of those working under him unless they started doing their Phony Baloney Jobs at a more professional, more diligent Phony Baloney level.

But the press won't do this. The press is, of course, extremely protective of Obama personally -- they don't want to criticize him, ever. They all voted for him -- 90% of them voted for him -- and they did so passionately.

Furthermore, the press is keenly interested in advancing Obama's agenda -- and Obama's agenda is, in a single word, "Government." Obama has an interest in defending the government from every allegation lodged against it, and claiming "Nothing to See Here, Folks," at every new corpse it creates, whether due to Fast and Furious or negligence in base security at Benghazi; the press as adopted this "Defend the Bureaucracy At All Costs" as its own cause.

The press may now tut-tut at the VA bureaucracy, acting ruthlessly in their own bureaucratic interests while actually killing veterans through malicious paperwork, but who gave the Bureaucracy this idea that they could get away with murder with no consequences to their Phony Baloney Jobs at all?

Well, Obama did, of course, as the first actor, and then Holder and the rest of the Imperial Praetorian; but next came the media Palace Guard, backing up Obama on his decision that no matter what the fiasco, no matter how deadly the incompetency of the government or how viciously tyrannical its petty ministers treated the citizenry, no Heat whatsoever would be applied to the Bureaucracy, but rather that it would continue to be permitted to "work through the bureaucratic process" and investigate itself internally and so forth.

Obama empowered the Bureaucracy as a first matter, but then the press eagerly agreed with him that it was Racist to demand consequences for what would be firing offenses in any other industry other than Government.

Just last week came the story that an Inspector General charged with investigating EPA misbehavior was complaining that the EPA was not complying with his requests for documents, thus preventing him from doing his job.

Where the hell is the media Heat on this story? For God's sake, an Inspector General is trying to probe bureaucracy malfeasance and incompetency and the bureaucracy is telling him "Go f*** yourself and have a nice day."

And the media gives it a couple of paragraphs.

Is it any wonder the EPA thinks it can get away with this? What actual consequences will they face for doing so?

What's the worst that could happen? Well, if the press kicks up a minor fuss as they did when the Justice Department began bugging reporters, the bureaucracy will be ordered to investigate itself.

Yeahp. Eric Holder is now forced to investigate himself. I'm sure that'll put the fear of God into him.

The ultimate prosecutorial chess match: Eric Holder vs. Eric Holder. Can Eric Holder create a cover-up so great that even he cannot penetrate it?

Answer: Yes.

So what consequences are there, really?

None. Obama has told the bureaucracy that almost nothing they do (or fail to do) will ever threaten their highest priority, 1. Protect Our Phony Baloney Jobs, leaving them as free as the air to Live Life to the Bureaucratic Fullest.

And each time Obama has told them this, the press has seconded him: Aye aye, Captain. Make it so.

Every organism will reach an equilibrium with the habitat in which it exists. The press loves Government, and particularly big-spending progressive/socialist government, but by refusing to apply the slightest amount of Heat to the bureaucratic organism, they are encouraging it to follow its most self-serving, citizen-harming impulses.

The press, by loving the Government too much, is essentially causing the Government to fail. By wishing it to succeed too much -- and covering up all its manifest failures -- they have caused it to fail misbehave even more spectacularly.

The press is not a "Watchdog of Government." It is a License for Government.

Government is not the Washington press corps' beat; Government is the Washington press corps' Cause.

Posted by: Ace at 08:43 PM




Comments

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1 Screw 'em. They can find their own way to the new thread.

Posted by: Chad Henderson - Cock Jockey at May 21, 2014 04:02 PM (eEBON)

2 Frickin' sock. I'll go tell 'em.

Posted by: Countrysquire at May 21, 2014 04:03 PM (eEBON)

3 It appears the press has chosen sides here

Posted by: Country Sam at May 21, 2014 04:03 PM (W6iIX)

4 #SoMadYouGuys

Posted by: Gristle Encased Head at May 21, 2014 04:04 PM (+lsX1)

5 Gov. Lapetomane would be proud.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at May 21, 2014 04:04 PM (gOoFi)

6 Seriously guys, all this stuff can't be good for Braka's blood pressure.

Posted by: huerfano at May 21, 2014 04:04 PM (bAGA/)

7 I think the SCOAMF is high.

Posted by: Carol at May 21, 2014 04:04 PM (gjOCp)

8 Communism works!

Posted by: Cicero Kid at May 21, 2014 04:05 PM (Fp7JI)

9 Boy that's a good argument for small government conservatism. Excellent. To bad we will never here it on any major media market, cause let's face it, our politicians and pundits suck.

Posted by: lowandslow at May 21, 2014 04:05 PM (IV4od)

10 Bullshit and Pucky,
This VA debacle has been going on for at least 20 years..
I saw the horrors in Napa California 2o effen years ago...
Now everybody is a Johnny come lately ..
Oh the shock the dismay..
Eat me bitches!!!!!

Posted by: 7 Days in May at May 21, 2014 04:05 PM (5V+Di)

11 #YouShouldSeeHowRedWithAngerIAm

Posted by: Gristle Encased Head at May 21, 2014 04:06 PM (+lsX1)

12 up next, govt funding for media outlets that are going broke cuz nobody watches their cruddy programs or reads their 'stink-sandwich' as BHO would say

Posted by: Country Sam at May 21, 2014 04:06 PM (W6iIX)

13 Ace, your last sentence summed it up perfectly!

Posted by: Carol at May 21, 2014 04:06 PM (gjOCp)

14 He's "mad. Or "angry." Or "madder than hell." Or even "apopleptic." Obama vows he's much, much angrier than you are
-- "no one is angrier than I am" -- despite having no appearances of
actual anger. Rather like a very controlled, uptight WASP Hulk.



The families of those dead vets may be a teensy weensy bit angrier.


Posted by: EC at May 21, 2014 04:06 PM (GQ8sn)

15 The Limbaugh Theorem is obviously in play here, as always, but there's always enough plausible deniability, no matter what the subject. It's baked in the cake, and there's never quite enough of a smoking gun for the media to pursue. Assholes.

Posted by: Countrysquire at May 21, 2014 04:06 PM (eEBON)

16 This whole load of partisan Koch BS is soooo unimportant, what is important is my free birth control and my well adoration by fawning airheads.

Posted by: Sandra Fluke at May 21, 2014 04:06 PM (Xn1Id)

17 Rather like a very controlled, uptight WASP Hulk.

With the slims.

Posted by: HR at May 21, 2014 04:06 PM (ZKzrr)

18 Same shit, different day from the Obama Administration. I hate that I'm pretty much inured to it. Which is probably part of their whole plan anyway.

Posted by: DangerGirl, who is tiwed of pwaying the game at May 21, 2014 04:06 PM (GrtrJ)

19 Man, that is a lot of words.

Good words though. I'll have to print this out and read it in full later.

It's not the Moron way, but...

Posted by: Citizen X at May 21, 2014 04:06 PM (7ObY1)

20 Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a malignant traitor.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at May 21, 2014 04:06 PM (PYAXX)

21 VA budget has tripled since the last wars began. It, like all government bureaucracies churn out bureaucrats much better than they provide services. The services part of the VA should be done by private companies, not the government.

More cancer of big government and government doing what it shouldn't do.

Posted by: LoneStarHeeb at May 21, 2014 04:07 PM (BZAd3)

22 The press has been the enemy since FDR was President.

Posted by: Vic at May 21, 2014 04:07 PM (T2V/1)

23 The entire Obungle Presidency is the fault of the press.

Posted by: --- at May 21, 2014 04:07 PM (MMC8r)

24
Gov. Lapetomane would be proud.
Posted by: Ricardo Kill at May 21, 2014 04:04 PM


I dunno....I didn't see even one 'harumph' up there.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at May 21, 2014 04:07 PM (knoK7)

25 #MyAngerWouldFrightenYouIfYouWereHere

Posted by: Gristle Encased Head at May 21, 2014 04:08 PM (+lsX1)

26 not that bullshit you see in its mission statement,

____

Our DCM's mission statement (Deputy Commander, Maintenance, for those at home):

"If you fuck up, I will end you."

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:08 PM (x3YFz)

27 I am super-serial angriester mad and really, really upsettier about this VA deal. What? Shit, tee time.

Posted by: Barry the Concernedest at May 21, 2014 04:09 PM (gOoFi)

28 #NewWorldRecordForAnger

Posted by: Gristle Encased Head at May 21, 2014 04:09 PM (+lsX1)

29 Movie review?

Posted by: Driftless Area Dougal at May 21, 2014 04:09 PM (1/4XQ)

30 The last few times I have seen the donkey in chief speak, I would swear he is on some kind of benzo, anti anxiety med. i can see it in his eyes.

He had me pissed this morning. he spent 2 minutes talking about the current problem and 10 minutes telling everyone how much he has done for Vets.

What an asshole.

Posted by: The Jackhole at May 21, 2014 04:09 PM (6/J77)

31 Most of us have been taught that if you ignore a problem that it will not go away, yet the regime and their partners in the media prove this to be wrong with every scandal.

Posted by: Countrysquire at May 21, 2014 04:09 PM (eEBON)

32 looks like alot of micro-aggression and triggers in the future.

Posted by: Country Sam at May 21, 2014 04:10 PM (W6iIX)

33
"If you fuck up, I will end you."

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:08 PM (x3YFz)


Same thing I told my stepkids when I married their mother.

Posted by: EC at May 21, 2014 04:10 PM (GQ8sn)

34 Bring back the spoils system.
It's more honest and we'll at least get our people in there occasionally.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at May 21, 2014 04:10 PM (ZPrif)

35 So, I guess Ace hated this movie.


Posted by: Grampa Jimbo at May 21, 2014 04:10 PM (V70Uh)

36 The smiley multiracial co-anchors with really nice hair are the bulwark of our freedoms and they hold the powerful accountable!


They told me so just last night during a 15 second promo between an ad for hemorroid cream and the most emotional conclusion of #RealityTVshow ever!

Posted by: Jaws at May 21, 2014 04:10 PM (eKZp1)

37 he's low-man on the totem pole

Um. Microaggressions make me go on warpath.

Posted by: Big Chief Indian Studies at May 21, 2014 04:10 PM (MMC8r)

38 "I dunno....I didn't see even one 'harumph' up there."


Yeah, you're right. Not a single one. This board better watch it's ass!

Posted by: Gov LaPetomane at May 21, 2014 04:10 PM (gOoFi)

39 Now if there was some weed or pole to smoke that mutt would have his lips all over it..

Posted by: 7 Days in May at May 21, 2014 04:10 PM (5V+Di)

40 Obama is not really a President, he just plays one on TV.

Posted by: Roy at May 21, 2014 04:10 PM (VndSC)

41 Thanks, Vic!
I wondered when the press turned one night. I thought they started with Kennedy & keeping all his affairs secret.

I have to go outside!

Posted by: Carol at May 21, 2014 04:11 PM (gjOCp)

42 Rush had an audio compilation of Obama's response to almost every scandal and they were basically all the same

Posted by: Country Sam at May 21, 2014 04:12 PM (W6iIX)

43 @ 40 good summation professor..

Posted by: 7 Days in May at May 21, 2014 04:12 PM (5V+Di)

44 The senior Senator from the great state of Arizona, John McCain seems to have a good idea in the V.A. vouchers. The care-givers at V.A. facilities, many of whom are caring and excellent, will have no problem transitioning to the new regime. Vets won't have to wait so long for appointments. And the Dem.-Commie political party will be deprived of automatic contributions.
Fookin' McCain, even!

Posted by: Driftless Area Dougal at May 21, 2014 04:12 PM (1/4XQ)

45 I see Ace's coke dealer finally got back to him.

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at May 21, 2014 04:12 PM (pgQxn)

46
He had me pissed this morning. he spent 2 minutes talking about the current problem and 10 minutes telling everyone how much he has done for Vets.


It came on the radio and I listened for a few minutes. It was the same catch-phrases, the same management-seminar speak he says every damn time.

Posted by: --- at May 21, 2014 04:12 PM (MMC8r)

47 You know... a real Conservative Party could parlay this entire presidency- from the GM debacle into "cash for clunkers", all the way up through ObamaCare, Benghazi, and the VA scandal- into the best argument for limited, Constitutional-based government in nearly 100 years (Go, Silent Cal!).

Of course, we don't have one of those.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at May 21, 2014 04:13 PM (PYAXX)

48 "I'm really mad about this uhh.......VA thing but before I went to the news conference I had to do something really important, like uhhh-tweeze my nose hairs. I always care very deeply about every scandal I know nothing about but I just notice those pesky nose hairs about 15 minutes before I have to have a news conference."

Posted by: Branco Bama at May 21, 2014 04:13 PM (XyM/Y)

49 What's more awesome is that government bureaucrats make more money than people in the private sector.

Posted by: Dr Spank at May 21, 2014 04:13 PM (5UteM)

50 Obama is not really a President, he just plays one on TV.
Posted by: Roy at May 21, 2014 04:10 PM (VndSC)


almost, he does what Valerie Jarret and his woo...er, wife say to do

Posted by: Country Sam at May 21, 2014 04:14 PM (W6iIX)

51 There's going to be a reckoning, and it won't be pretty.

Posted by: Fritz at May 21, 2014 04:14 PM (3wLHY)

52 Nice ace.

Didn't someone mention that only ONE person lost their job because of the dreaded "Sequester".

The press only wants to be invited to the parties. It's party central in DC. Grown ups have left town, so let's all get drunk and fuck.

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 04:14 PM (0FSuD)

53
Boo! Boo! Now the USSC has issued a stay on the execution. What nonsense!

Posted by: Hot Pug! at May 21, 2014 04:14 PM (lDnfQ)

54 The press, by loving the Government too much, is essentially causing the Government to fail.

I think you've left behind your argument here Ace.

The government's intent, as you note, is NOT to administer whatever services it is charged with in an effective manner - but to grow itself.

In this regard the Government may be killing veterans, destroying the economy, and suppressing political speech but this doesn't mean it is failing at its goal.

Posted by: 18-1 at May 21, 2014 04:14 PM (M3hAT)

55
Remember everyone, the worlddisappoints Obama, Obama does not disappoint the world.

That is all.

Posted by: Registered Voter at May 21, 2014 04:14 PM (V29Vi)

56 Good post Ace. I actually watched TFG's speech and checked off the same points you brought up. Predictable. But he is so very incompetent that after the whole ckecklist he went into a spiel about how effective he has been helping veterans, alternating with the dog ate my homework, it wasn't my fault it was like that when I got here and even though it never happened I'm going to make sure it never happens again.
I also noticed that he used the term "invested in our veterans" and realized it is not just a buzzword for the Public meaning spending more tax money, no, it is a possesive term. He owns the veterans so he invests in them. Like a sick dog or a garage that needs painting.

Please SMOD...Please.

Posted by: Daybrother at May 21, 2014 04:14 PM (KRE4Q)

57 Same thing I told my stepkids when I married their mother.

Posted by: EC at May 21, 2014 04:10 PM (GQ8sn)

Not to demerit your parenting skillz at all, but we were pushing quick turns of 2 fighter wings and 3 heavy wings.

no room for error.

Ya know how in a hospital, during surgery, every item brought into the room is accounted for? Same same with aircraft maintenance.

1 bolt unaccounted for and you shut down the entire flightline. That means no air support, nothing lands or takes off until that bolt is found.

Woe unto he who lost the bolt.

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:14 PM (x3YFz)

58 I came. I saw. I got even with whitey.

Posted by: Barry O at May 21, 2014 04:14 PM (gOoFi)

59
ZARDOZ !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: The Jackhole at May 21, 2014 04:15 PM (6/J77)

60 I'd note ace, that #3 is not totally in conflict with #2.

Expanding power in a way "protects" your phony baloney jobs by giving you a larger domain to justify said job.

So in a sense it's a bit self reinforcing.

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) (No Really!) at May 21, 2014 04:15 PM (HDwDg)

61 Nothing will change until the MSM sponsors are hit in their pocketbooks.

Posted by: BEL-Now with more apathy at May 21, 2014 04:15 PM (f7mRy)

62
I've no doubt that the scoamf will focus on VA scandal just like he focused on jobs and the economy.

Posted by: YIKES! at May 21, 2014 04:16 PM (mETGQ)

63 We will be Rid of Captain Incompetent in a couple of years, but that metastasizing tumor of federal bureaucracy isn't going anywhere, ever, unless we force them to shut down.

Posted by: Guy next Door at May 21, 2014 04:16 PM (UvVhq)

64 Some Poobah of RINO, soundbitten on Rush, was saying the V.A. needs a bi-partisan approach to spending even more money.
Find your own link.
Wtf with these nebbishes?

Posted by: Driftless Area Dougal at May 21, 2014 04:16 PM (1/4XQ)

65 FOD walks... ahhh the good old days.

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:16 PM (x3YFz)

66 There's going to be a reckoning, and it won't be pretty.
***
At this point I am far more worried there will not be one. That this is as good as it will get for a long, long time.

To paraphrase Orwell, the future is Obama and his ilk stomping a high heel in our faces, forever.

Posted by: 18-1 at May 21, 2014 04:17 PM (M3hAT)

67 I couldn't help but notice the rather sharp distinction between what Ace describes as "work" (insofar as gubmint employees see their duty) and what is considered "work" by everyone else in the private sector.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at May 21, 2014 04:17 PM (0HooB)

68 Obama Stages of Outrage:

1) I just read about this this morning

2) Uh NO ONE is MADDER than me!

3) *If* there was malfeasance heads will roll

4) I'm gonna let the person who allowed this OUTRAGE to investigate themselves

5) This is in fact a PHONY scandal and I am done pretending these concerns are anything other than a partisan attack

6) Ok, yes mistakes were made but DUDE it was like uh two years ago


Fuck you media

Posted by: Miguel Ambivalence@sven10077 at May 21, 2014 04:17 PM (+O/9F)

69 I work for my local government and I can attest that if it wasn't for the two little old ladies who comprise the "Alliance for Good Government" and who not only show up to every Council meeting to public rail against the Counc about whatever their cause du jour is, but also call, email and write every council member, the mayor, the department heads, etc. with their complaints and inquires on our progress, half the stuff we do would not get done.

Posted by: Dancing Queen at May 21, 2014 04:18 PM (pYtuJ)

70 Does this guillotine make my ass look fat?

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:18 PM (x3YFz)

71 At this point I am far more worried there will not be one. That this is as good as it will get for a long, long time.

If nothing else, there will be a Randian shutdown. All the producers will have *no choice* but to stop producing.

And then the lights will go out.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at May 21, 2014 04:18 PM (PYAXX)

72 Well stated ace.We are doomed.

Posted by: steevy at May 21, 2014 04:18 PM (zqvg6)

73 The only real way to get Heat is to elect a Republican preezy. Suddenly like magic the press wakes up and finds all sorts of public ills like homeless people, 3 people in DC without a gubmint job, or inner city poverty.

It's magic, I tell you.

Posted by: GnuBreed at May 21, 2014 04:18 PM (wNF3N)

74 New Statesmen reviews A Troublesome Inheritance

Steve Sailer @Steve_Sailer
New Statesman: Thinking Jews good at capitalism is racism, thinking Finns violent when drunk is science http://bit.ly/1nqX7SY

Posted by: Costanza Defense at May 21, 2014 04:18 PM (ZPrif)

75 Posted by: Miguel Ambivalence@sven10077 at May 21, 2014 04:17 PM (+O/9F

I said it on twitter, but this sounded exactly like the IRS speech:

"I'm mad, this shouldn't have happened. It appears to be an isolated incident. We'll wait for the investigation."

And it's now been followed up by a SQUIRREL!

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) (No Really!) at May 21, 2014 04:18 PM (HDwDg)

76 Our gubmint' managed the VA so well, why not hand over ALL of our health care needs to them, by crackey!

Posted by: Cicero Kid, ignorant hick at May 21, 2014 04:18 PM (Fp7JI)

77
"Doing as little work as possible" can also be called, more charitably, a strong impulse towards efficient allocation of the precious resource of stored energy in the form of fat.

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Brilliant. This not only explains the size of American teens and twenty somethings, but also encapsulates the reason behind the large heads of government employees.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at May 21, 2014 04:18 PM (eoeps)

78 Excellent, ace.

Posted by: Null at May 21, 2014 04:19 PM (xjpRj)

79 Didn't watch or listen. Did TFG say anything about putting his boot on the neck of whoever is responsible? Any talk of kicking someone's ass?

Posted by: Countrysquire at May 21, 2014 04:19 PM (eEBON)

80 This Presentdent has never been accountable to anyone, for anything.

Chances are very good that when Mooch told him that she was pregnant, his first instinct was to tell her how mad he was, and that the system needs time to find out if any actual fuckin' had taken place. And if the perp was found, the appropriate actions would be taken.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 21, 2014 04:19 PM (vvtMz)

81 I've no doubt that the scoamf will focus on VA scandal just like he focused on jobs and the economy.
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Hey, Barry focuses on jobs every night. And damn put he knows how to create some create ones.

Posted by: Reggie Love at May 21, 2014 04:19 PM (M3hAT)

82 Has he gotten to the bottom of Benghazi yet?

'Cause he said he was focused on finding the killers and bringing them to justice.

And they were so terrified by Obama's quest for justice that one of them sat down for an interview w/the NYT at a corner café.
And they're still free 18months later.....

Posted by: Lizzy at May 21, 2014 04:19 PM (NqxPA)

83 Isn't "no one is angrier than I am" a d*ck thing to say? Angrier than the families of the patients left to die? Really? If we had a real media or real opposition party, someone would call him on that: "No Mr. President, I can think of a lot of people who are angrier. [List of names.] What you're actuallyangry about is being called on the carpet by your bosses, the American people, for being incompetent and your job."

Posted by: Bud Norton at May 21, 2014 04:19 PM (6cOMd)

84 Not to demerit your parenting skillz at all, but we were pushing quick turns of 2 fighter wings and 3 heavy wings.



no room for error.



Ya know how in a hospital, during surgery, every item brought into
the room is accounted for? Same same with aircraft maintenance.



1 bolt unaccounted for and you shut down the entire flightline.
That means no air support, nothing lands or takes off until that bolt is
found.



Woe unto he who lost the bolt.




You know how when someone doesn't clean their room, eat all their vegetables, finish their homework, or brush their teeth before bed? Yeah, I lock their shit down until it's done.



Then I tell them the story of what a new alpha male lion does to the former alpha male's cubs when he enters the pride.



Posted by: EC at May 21, 2014 04:20 PM (GQ8sn)

85 @44

...and the first Retardlican Presidential candidate to float the idea on the campaign trail will be savaged by the left, the press (BIRM), as well as his own Retardlican primary opponents as being coldly insensitive, uncaring, and unpatriotic. Hell, it'd be downright Kochtastic!

Posted by: Jaws at May 21, 2014 04:20 PM (eKZp1)

86 I've no doubt that the scoamf will focus on VA scandal just like he focused on jobs and the economy.

So you're saying that the VA is the current Alderaan?

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at May 21, 2014 04:20 PM (PYAXX)

87 "Our gubmint' managed the VA so well, why not hand over ALL of our health care needs to them, by crackey!"



Well...yeah. Canada is awesome I hear.

Posted by: Average Liberal at May 21, 2014 04:20 PM (gOoFi)

88 My teenagers are more conscientious than that

Posted by: thunderb at May 21, 2014 04:20 PM (u6KyX)

89 I think the government is doing a hell of a job.



Hail Satan.

Posted by: Lucien Greaves at May 21, 2014 04:20 PM (5UteM)

90 61
Nothing will change until the MSM sponsors are hit in their pocketbooks.


Posted by: BEL-Now with more apathy at May 21, 2014 04:15 PM (f7mRy)

Good luck with that. All sponsors want are numbers. LIV's buy shit and they buy into stupid commercials. Win Win, stupid shows, aka network programing, attract LIV's that buy stupid shit.
It's the American way. Want a nice Chevy Cruz cheap?

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 04:21 PM (0FSuD)

91 "Cause he said he was focused on finding the killers and bringing them to justice."


OJ, is that you?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at May 21, 2014 04:21 PM (gOoFi)

92 If nothing else, there will be a Randian shutdown. All the producers will have *no choice* but to stop producing.
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Obama currently seems to believe that if it happens on his watch it will merely be another crises that he can put to good use.

Posted by: 18-1 at May 21, 2014 04:21 PM (M3hAT)

93 VA Healthcare system is so wonderful, I think the House, Senate and the Chief Executive should be placed under that HealthCare plan.

Come on Barky, sit right here next to me on this bench while we wait to see the Doctor.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 21, 2014 04:21 PM (vvtMz)

94 Hey Allen, the Tea Party won, the GOP has moved rightward. We can trust McConnell and Cornyn now, no need for the hicks, er, teatards, er, more conservative members to run insurgent campaigns.

Don't you read the sidebar?

I must admit to a little endzone dancing last night on Twitter. When I called the TP folks cro-mags and traitors who need to shut the hell up and get in line, I meant it with love and happiness.

Posted by: Rino McRinoson at May 21, 2014 04:21 PM (Q3tFF)

95 ....and now that it's in the "investigation" phase he can no longer comment on it. Ever again, because it will continue to be "investigated" until he leaves office. So, sorry you guys.

Posted by: Lizzy at May 21, 2014 04:21 PM (NqxPA)

96 Dear Fellow Morons, I have to get ready for work, and I apologize for this o/t post:
Rabinovich, Abraham. "From 'Futuristic Whimsy' to Naval Reality", Naval History, v. 28, n. 3 (June 2014), pp. 40-47. Missile boats, and Styx v. Gabriel dueling in the Med. Fascinating!
It's behind a pay wall online.
http://preview.tinyurl.com/p7kkdol

Posted by: Driftless Area Dougal at May 21, 2014 04:22 PM (1/4XQ)

97 So those 80 Marines will prolly come up bupkiss on finding #OurGirls and Obama will do a bit on one of his TV appearances where he's looking under the cushions in the Oval Office, going "Not here!" and then behind the couch "Not here!" and everybody in the MSM will chuckle about how funny that was.

Posted by: Bigby's Wagging Finger at May 21, 2014 04:23 PM (3ZtZW)

98 Don't worry. 2 1/2 more years and Hillary! will fix everything.

Posted by: Damiano at May 21, 2014 04:23 PM (j0wOO)

99 We could solve the VA mess in two steps:

1) for a given procedure, find out what the highest reimbursement rate is in the private insurance market.

2)Veterans will then be given health care wherein the reimbursement rate to doctors/hospitals is 10% higher than the aforementioned highest private market reimbursement rate.

By virtue of having a higher rate, vets go to the front of the line at any hospital. Cost are trimmed by dramatically cutting bureaucratic overhead, as all one needs to do is calculate the reimbursement rates on a yearly basis and process the paperwork.

Posted by: taylork at May 21, 2014 04:23 PM (i1B3X)

100 83 Posted by: Bud Norton at May 21, 2014 04:19 PM (6cOMd)

The guy is a 5 alarm passive-aggressive narcissist...

He is a better speech writer than his speech writers...

a better Israeli than Ariel Fucking Sharon

and a bigger victim of the VA than the goddamned dead Vets....

so yeah he actually psychologically DOES believe that he is angrier than the dead's survivors.

Fuck him

Posted by: Miguel Ambivalence@sven10077 at May 21, 2014 04:23 PM (+O/9F)

101 92If nothing else, there will be a Randian shutdown. All the producers will have *no choice* but to stop producing.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

As long as some asshole in our party doesn't shut it down to try to stop Obamacare.

Posted by: The GOPe at May 21, 2014 04:23 PM (eEBON)

102 You know zippy's mad when he looked like he did when Joe Wilson yelled, "You lie".

Posted by: Hadoop at May 21, 2014 04:23 PM (Ph479)

103
and...gotta go

peece out bruddas

Posted by: Bigby's Wagging Finger at May 21, 2014 04:23 PM (3ZtZW)

104 Our gubmint' managed the VA so well, why not hand over ALL of our health care needs to them, by crackey!

Posted by: Cicero Kid, ignorant hick at May 21, 2014 04:18 PM (Fp7JI)

Uh... you saw, I'm assuming, the "biosurveillance" push.

linky: http://www.govhealthit.com/news/white-house-order-puts-hhs-charge-biosurveillance-efforts

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:23 PM (x3YFz)

105 Its not Obama's fault that the VA, like everything else in the world, just disappoints Obama.

Posted by: Mallamutt, RINO President for Life at May 21, 2014 04:24 PM (OWjjx)

106 78 Excellent, ace.

Posted by: Null at May 21, 2014 04:19 PM (xjpRj)



Come for the weasel, stay for the content!

Posted by: Cicero Kid, ignorant hick at May 21, 2014 04:24 PM (Fp7JI)

107 Ace is right about the press being the motivator in the form of "heat" to force the powers that be to clean up their act.

However (and this is a big However), regardless of how much heat is brought and who wants to get things moving more effectively, the judicial branch will stop them dead in their tracks.

Federal employees are systemically lazy and incompetent because they have civil service laws that protect them.

They can't be fired. They can only be paid and promoted.

Ted Cruz, on his best day, can't make the wheels of government work without changing this.

Posted by: jwest at May 21, 2014 04:25 PM (u2a4R)

108 Which priority is "militarize every agency"?

Posted by: Frumious Bandersnatch at May 21, 2014 04:25 PM (JtwS4)

109 90 61
Nothing will change until the MSM sponsors are hit in their pocketbooks


Like GM and an army of Union goons?

Posted by: Cicero Kid, ignorant hick at May 21, 2014 04:25 PM (Fp7JI)

110 >>>The only real way to get Heat is to elect a Republican preezy. Suddenly like magic the press wakes up and finds all sorts of public ills like homeless people, 3 people in DC without a gubmint job, or inner city poverty.

It's magic, I tell you.


...

yup.

Posted by: ace at May 21, 2014 04:26 PM (/FnUH)

111 "Expand turf, power, and responsibilities."This actually serves priority 1 and priority 2. After all, who fires the boss? No one, that's who. Is there ever any danger of Donald Trump firing himself in the board room? The boss works when he feels like it. The boss wants to take the day off? Who are you to question, peon!You need to step up and do his work, as well as your own.
But having served a bearocracy, I can tell you the real problem - perspective. They have no way of distinguising between things that are important, and things that are made to seem important, but really aren't. In the VA case, the important thing was the health care of the vets. But what was made to seem important was the phoney baloney stats and paperwork, and grading, etc.

Posted by: Luke Vader at May 21, 2014 04:26 PM (sta+V)

112 "Because he's permitted to (do) this, by a protective partisan press."

I never expected that the tongues of the press would do anything other than (a) obediently revoice pre-agreed official talking points, and (b) provide rim jobs upon command to The Lightworker.

Glenn Reynolds snarks that the media today are "Democratic operatives with bylines" as though this is some new revelation. Hey, prof? They've been that for a century and more.

So I have suffered absolutely no disillusionment regarding the press. Might as well get angry with a possum for eating stinky trash out of the can and making a mess.

What has been sharply and painfully disillusioning has been watching the ostensible "opposition party" constantly give up and roll over and quit. Or, on the rare occasions that they get confrontational, bungling the job.

Posted by: torquewrench at May 21, 2014 04:26 PM (noWW6)

113 Those marines are going to another Mogadishu. Even if those girls are found, if they have been raped I am not sure their families will want them back. This is stupid

Posted by: thunderb at May 21, 2014 04:26 PM (u6KyX)

114 And every once and a while someone from the press outfits that can't pay their bills starts squawking about a bailout. Becasue they think they are a vital service.

Posted by: sniffybigtoe at May 21, 2014 04:27 PM (+tiVk)

115 >>>Expanding power in a way "protects" your phony baloney jobs by giving you a larger domain to justify said job.

So in a sense it's a bit self reinforcing.

...

Right! Actually I intended to write that, but it was already monstrously long and this is only my second post by 4 pm, so, I just published.

Posted by: ace at May 21, 2014 04:27 PM (/FnUH)

116 It'd be nice if the Republicans started a meme:

"One out of every ten federal workers should be fired."

Never--just like the Dems--ever say anything more specific than that.

Posted by: RoyalOil at May 21, 2014 04:27 PM (VjL9S)

117 The ony people Obama has fired are whistleblowers (like w/Fast and Furious) and that guy who mocked him on twitter.
Usually, the perps who keep quiet get *promoted* for keeping him protected.

Even those two State Dept. fall guys who were supposedly let go were really just given time off and then returned to their jobs (maybe even got better jobs - can't remember).

Posted by: Lizzy at May 21, 2014 04:28 PM (NqxPA)

118 Back OT


Abolish government worker unions.

Posted by: thunderb at May 21, 2014 04:28 PM (u6KyX)

119 Come for the weasel, stay for the content!





Posted by: Cicero Kid, ignorant hick at May 21, 2014 04:24 PM (Fp7JI)

Hey, you talking about me? I am a Pine Marten, not a Weasel.

Posted by: John McCain at May 21, 2014 04:28 PM (0FSuD)

120 Those marines are going to another Mogadishu. Even if those girls are found, if they have been raped I am not sure their families will want them back. This is stupid

Posted by: thunderb at May 21, 2014 04:26 PM (u6KyX)

I feel for those kids. Absolutely.

But: Not our fight.

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:28 PM (x3YFz)

121 I'm getting too old for this.

If Gutierrez (whatshisname) or Dean were republicans and we had a republican president the media would be screaming for answers; do you agree with, care to comment on yada yada.

So the GOP takes the senate, and the white house and the liberal left goes nuts! A feeding frenzies like we haven's seen since the anti war protests of fifty years ago.

If someone were to ask Obama about these recent comments he would side step, dissemble, change the subject, or attack a republican or even the media person asking the question. But the result would be that Obama would not repudiate those comments, would not be associated with those comments, and if pressed would find a way to agree with the implication in the question that he should claim those comments were not his belief while at the same time leaving his loyal party faithful believing that they were his belief.

Posted by: Old Man Smith at May 21, 2014 04:28 PM (sl1UH)

122 "They can't be fired. They can only be paid and promoted."


Sometimes we play musical chairs!


Posted by: Teachers are government workers, too! at May 21, 2014 04:28 PM (Fp7JI)

123 " I am a Pine Marten, not a Weasel."

I'm pretty sure you're both.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at May 21, 2014 04:28 PM (gOoFi)

124 Hey. At least the guy singlehandely reversed global warming. And the bin Laden thing. Yeah.

Posted by: akula51 at May 21, 2014 04:29 PM (A5QAb)

125 "Even if those girls are found, if they have been raped I am not sure their families will want them back."

The Christian families will.
And, most likely, the Christian families would want any Muslim girls freed, and possibly take care of them if need be.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 21, 2014 04:29 PM (vvtMz)

126 Abolish government worker unions.

Posted by: thunderb at May 21, 2014 04:28 PM (u6KyX)

At this point, that's like saying abolish wind.

Too many on the dole.

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:29 PM (x3YFz)

127 There's going to be a reckoning, and it won't be pretty.

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I have read that the ownership of weapons in private hands in the United States is now equal to the 4th or 5th largest military in the world. There has been an extraordinary and unprecedented arming since 2008. A passive society indifferent to individual rights 200 years after its birth via an armed rebellion does not do that.
I would add that no society in recorded history has survived long after complete and total surveillance has been instituted. It destroyed every Country that tried it.

Posted by: Daybrother at May 21, 2014 04:30 PM (PMwVR)

128 I'm not so sure.

Posted by: thunderb at May 21, 2014 04:30 PM (u6KyX)

129 Next thing you know, some idiot is gonna say this would make a great campaign issue.

Sheesh. Get a grip people.

Posted by: The GOP Consultancy (for a cut of the ad buy, we'll get you the independents) at May 21, 2014 04:30 PM (1mtKP)

130 Posted by: ace at May 21, 2014 04:27 PM (/FnUH)


And here I thought I had a novel idea .

Well then, let's just say I'm your NSA agent and I stole it off your desktop.

Actually the idea comes from experience, IRBs are essential bureaucratic enterprises, and they're always trying to expand their power. It's a way to keep themselves employed basically. Now I may agree that some areas they find themselves in should have a form of external oversight, but that doesn't excuse the way they simply usurped said oversight (by declaring their control over it.)

Government enterprises are essentially the same (and seeing as IRBs are a product of government decree, that makes a bit of sense.)

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) (No Really!) at May 21, 2014 04:30 PM (HDwDg)

131 113
Those marines are going to another Mogadishu. Even if those girls are
found, if they have been raped I am not sure their families will want
them back. This is stupid

Posted by: thunderb at May 21, 2014 04:26 PM (u6KyX)

Worse than that. It is a senseless jester that could be fatal to some of our Marines.

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 04:30 PM (0FSuD)

132 The first black President was not going to be a failure. The media was simply not going to allow it. Did not fit the meme.

And neither will the first woman POTUS unless, well, she's a Republican. They will destroy her.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at May 21, 2014 04:31 PM (gOoFi)

133 126 Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:29 PM (x3YFz)

Critical mass has been reached...

impact is imminent even if a slow glide approach....

the ONLY reason I give a fuck about taking back the Senate is for posterity...

I think the nation doesn't have 20 years left.

Posted by: Miguel Ambivalence@sven10077 at May 21, 2014 04:31 PM (+O/9F)

134 'Course, that'd require that the Republicans are interested in reducing the size, scope and reach of the federal government.

They are not.

Posted by: RoyalOil at May 21, 2014 04:31 PM (VjL9S)

135 No one is angrier than I am about my lunch being late.

Posted by: Barack Obama at May 21, 2014 04:31 PM (1CroS)

136 Its not just religious its cultural. Think sabine women

Posted by: thunderb at May 21, 2014 04:31 PM (u6KyX)

137 MFM: We're totally non-partisan. Unlike that evil right wing Faux News!!!

Posted by: TheQuietMan at May 21, 2014 04:31 PM (1Jaio)

138
I have read that the ownership of weapons in private hands in the United States is now equal to the 4th or 5th largest military in the world. There has been an extraordinary and unprecedented arming since 2008. A passive society indifferent to individual rights 200 years after its birth via an armed rebellion does not do that.

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People have a pretty good idea what is coming.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at May 21, 2014 04:31 PM (eoeps)

139 #ThisAngerWouldBeRecklessInALessCapablePresident #Bush #AllOtherPresidents

Posted by: Gristle Encased Head at May 21, 2014 04:31 PM (+lsX1)

140 "It is a senseless jester "


Yes, we are talking about Obama here.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at May 21, 2014 04:31 PM (gOoFi)

141 Nip Sip,
I don't want a Chevy Cruz, but I do want Ted Cruz!

I didn't watch it because I keep saying I'm going outside, Cruz did a great job questioning IRS agent today.

Posted by: Carol at May 21, 2014 04:32 PM (gjOCp)

142 The IG story is in the same trash bin as the story of poor IG investigating Kevin Johnson that was slandered and illegally fired by Obama.

Posted by: Burt Toste at May 21, 2014 04:32 PM (zPJUa)

143 Nothing will change until the MSM sponsors are hit in their pocketbooks


I'm not dissing your assessment, but with the current Cable TV business model, I don't think it works that way any more. CNN's viewership is pretty much unsustainable in the free market, as are most of the lesser networks. They get their money from the big pool of cable subscribers and will always have that, which is why the networks send in lobbyists with briefcases full of cash to fight against a la carte subscriptions.

I could, of course, be wrong, since I'm not in the industry (or any industry).

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at May 21, 2014 04:33 PM (0HooB)

144 I'm madder than hell my NCAA bracketology had more misses than hits.

Posted by: Barack Obama at May 21, 2014 04:33 PM (1CroS)

145 "So those 80 Marines will prolly come up bupkiss on finding #OurGirls and
Obama will do a bit on one of his TV appearances where he's looking
under the cushions in the Oval Office, going 'Not here!' and then behind
the couch 'Not here!'"

You do realize that a filmed bit with the President looking around behind the Oval Office curtains and chairs for missing stuff has been done, correct?

By George W. Bush. Who was "looking everywhere" for the missing Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

A piece that the Bush White House put together for the fucking Nerd Prom, a.k.a. the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

I saw that and my heart just fell out of my chest. That, at a time when there was already a huge tidal wave of voter anger building up regarding the war. I shook my head and said,

"This Bush clown is completely screwing the pooch. This administration is going to leave office with rock bottom approval ratings, the public reputation of the Republican Party will be wrecked for years, and we're guaranteed to get some completely crazy Democrat as a successor thanks to him."

And here we are. Precisely as predicted.

Posted by: torquewrench at May 21, 2014 04:33 PM (noWW6)

146 2. Do as little work as possible.

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As a (local) government worker, let me expand on this for a moment. When you work for the government you have to deal with a large number of intelligence and sanity challenged people. Generally speaking, I've found I am more likely to b criticized for what I do do than for what I don't do. For example, someone is arrested on a $50,000 warrant. Baring extraordinary circumstances, the smart move for me to accept that amount rather than to ask to increase it or to agree to decrease it. if I believe the defendant when he says he will never love tap his girl friend again, agree to lower the bond, and he kills her, I'm on the hook. If he bonds at whatever the warrant was set for and kills her, then it's the courts fault for setting a high enough bond. There is a real incentive in government to avoid as much responsibility as possible by doing as little as possible.

P.S. There is a devastating portion of the novel Atlas Shrugged about the goal being to avoid responsibility concerning a train full of passengers who are going to be suffocated. When I read that, I thought, boy, I kinda resemble that remark. I do strive to do the right thing, however, rather than the easy thing. Sometimes I'm right, sometimes I'm wrong.

Posted by: WalrusRex at May 21, 2014 04:33 PM (XUKZU)

147 U.S. Forces are now #hangingchad

Posted by: Roy at May 21, 2014 04:33 PM (VndSC)

148 U.S. Forces are now #hangingchad

Posted by: Roy at May 21, 2014 04:33 PM (VndSC)

149
I have read that the ownership of weapons in private hands in the United States is now equal to the 4th or 5th largest military in the world. There has been an extraordinary and unprecedented arming since 2008. A passive society indifferent to individual rights 200 years after its birth via an armed rebellion does not do that.
I would add that no society in recorded history has survived long after complete and total surveillance has been instituted. It destroyed every Country that tried it.

Posted by: Daybrother at May 21, 2014 04:30 PM (PMwVR)

I'd guess most hordelings have enough firepower to resist for two weeks, TTPs notwithstanding.

This isn't a civil war fight like lines of confederates against lines of northerners.

It'd be asymmetric and ugly, and bloody, and let's pray it never happens.

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:33 PM (x3YFz)

150 12
up next, govt funding for media outlets that are going broke cuz nobody
watches their cruddy programs or reads their 'stink-sandwich' as BHO
would say

Posted by: Country Sam
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I've been predicting that for a while now.

While there is a federal provision against propaganda (that Obaaama is the first to openly flaunt), there is nothing preventing a city from selling bonds to "loan" money to local paper.

That's what's going to happen if they run out of rich leftists like Bezos and Carlos Slim.

Posted by: RoyalOil at May 21, 2014 04:34 PM (VjL9S)

151 There was chart here, maybe a month-six weeks ago, demonstrating that with even a tiny audience that MSNBC was remaining viable. Anybody?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at May 21, 2014 04:34 PM (gOoFi)

152 What is this? A movie review or something? Storms off in a huff.

Posted by: dfbaskwill at May 21, 2014 04:34 PM (zllbf)

153 What has been sharply and painfully disillusioning has been watching the ostensible "opposition party" constantly give up and roll over and quit
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Opposition party? That's rather harsh isn't it? We want Barry to succeed as much as our friends across the aisle do...

Posted by: John Boehner at May 21, 2014 04:34 PM (M3hAT)

154 >>>The press is not a "Watchdog of Government." It is a License for Government.
...

It's irrefutable that the press is an immense part of the problem.

However, their role is the last line of defense. Certainly the press has unparalleled power to report on and thus influence events, the Constitution gave us 3 equal branches of government to provide direct checks and balances on one another.

Enough with the excuses that "Republicans only control 1/2 of 1/3 of the government". How many hearings have there been and what substantive action has been taken? Even on the easy stuff?

The House has full, independent authority to arrest Lois Learner and put her on trial. They have CHOSEN not to. The only thing we get out of them is token, angry YouTube clips that they can use for campaign ads in conservative districts.

Boehner, as Speaker, could command massive press coverage of all of these issues singlehandledly, plus coordinate a large scale media blitz amongst the party as a whole. He has done absolutely nothing, other than support each and ever one of Obama's actions; often going so far and to mock and scold everyone who suggests he should do otherwise.

Posted by: Damiano at May 21, 2014 04:34 PM (j0wOO)

155 Furious. I'm simply furious. Who left the dirt on my 3-iron?

Posted by: Barack Obama at May 21, 2014 04:34 PM (1CroS)

156 At this point I am far more worried there will not be one. That this is as good as it will get for a long, long time.

Posted by: 18-1 at May 21, 2014 04:17 PM (M3hAT)

There will be a reckoning, but not the one you want.

Posted by: The soon-to-be-worthless dollar at May 21, 2014 04:34 PM (36Rjy)

157 Roy, report to the barrel.

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 04:34 PM (0FSuD)

158 I was wrong, headline is Cruz grills FBI investigator over IRS. I said I didn't watch it. It's at The Right Scoop. Sorry, I'm having issues here with Mac & can't do tiny URL on iPad. I lack coordination.

Posted by: Carol at May 21, 2014 04:35 PM (gjOCp)

159 No one is angrier than me for my girl friend getting punched in the nose.

Posted by: WalrusRex at May 21, 2014 04:35 PM (XUKZU)

160 149 Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:33 PM (x3YFz)

I spent part of last weekend explaining the application of FM 3-24 to the Suntrust boycott movement.

The fight is winnable red or blue case but the first 21 days are going to be vital.

Posted by: Miguel Ambivalence@sven10077 at May 21, 2014 04:35 PM (+O/9F)

161 73 The only real way to get Heat is to elect a Republican preezy. Suddenly like magic the press wakes up and finds all sorts of public ills like homeless people, 3 people in DC without a gubmint job, or inner city poverty.

It's magic, I tell you.
Posted by: GnuBreed at May 21, 2014 04:18 PM (wNF3N)
---------------------
And THAT is the very best argument for a GOPreezy --- because even if they are left of center, at least the MSM will watch them.

True, the MSM will make mountains out of molehills or even invent things out of whole cloth, but better they should do that in opposition to our rulers than in slobbering defense of them.

Posted by: Margarita, who'd rather have a donut at May 21, 2014 04:35 PM (dfYL9)

162 I'm glad the president is warning Boko Haram that US commandos are coming, on a secret mission. That's world class presidentin' right there.

Posted by: Dr Spank at May 21, 2014 04:35 PM (5UteM)

163 Who hid my cigs? I'm going to get to the bottom of this.

Posted by: Barack Obama at May 21, 2014 04:36 PM (1CroS)

164 I spent part of last weekend explaining the application of FM 3-24 to the Suntrust boycott movement.

The fight is winnable red or blue case but the first 21 days are going to be vital.

Posted by: Miguel Ambivalence@sven10077 at May 21, 2014 04:35 PM (+O/9F)

Yes.

And no we don't talk about it here.

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:36 PM (x3YFz)

165 Excellent diagnosis.

Now, what are we going to do about it? How do we lay the axe to the ROOT of this tree?

Posted by: Beverly at May 21, 2014 04:36 PM (LRTg6)

166 Fantastic post, Ace.

Posted by: Lauren at May 21, 2014 04:37 PM (ejehg)

167 " That's world class presidentin' right there."


Thank you. I'm going to top that off with a #meanyfaces and #poopyheads.

Posted by: Barry O. at May 21, 2014 04:38 PM (gOoFi)

168 @150 RoyalOil

Doubt it. They will levee a "tax" like they do in the rest of Europe. People are forced to pay a tax to keep certain state channels (ie. BBC) on the air even though no one watches them.

We take your money and broadcast leftwing propaganda at your expense.

Posted by: Buckeye Abroad at May 21, 2014 04:38 PM (6M6Od)

169 Bravo, Ace, bravo.

Posted by: barack obama, prez at May 21, 2014 04:38 PM (A98Xu)

170 You'd be amazed at the arsenal I amassed diving on the bottom the the local lake. Clumsy morons, I suppose.

Of course, I lost all the weapons when the boat sank on the way back to shore...

Posted by: shredded chi at May 21, 2014 04:38 PM (DeRoy)

171 Stupid sock.

Posted by: seem legit at May 21, 2014 04:38 PM (A98Xu)

172
I have read that the ownership of weapons in private hands in the United States is now equal to the 4th or 5th largest military in the world.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

In December 1941, Norman Corwin's "We Hold These Truths" radio special was broadcast nationwide in celebration of the Bill of Rights. Many major movie and radio stars participated in the broadcast, going through the ten amendments one by one, explaining what they meant and why they were there.

Want to guess the reason they gave for the 2nd Amendment?

Posted by: The GOPe at May 21, 2014 04:39 PM (eEBON)

173 thank you everybody !

Posted by: ace at May 21, 2014 04:39 PM (/FnUH)

174 Damn sock!

Posted by: Countrysquire at May 21, 2014 04:39 PM (eEBON)

175 Ted Cruz and the latest Obama Judicial Appointment.
I forget the details, doesn't matter. Oh, drones or something.

Passed the Senate 52 votes in favor - whatever.

Posted by: Old Man Smith at May 21, 2014 04:39 PM (sl1UH)

176 Brush up on your Sun Tzu and Clausewitz. Yer going to need it.

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:39 PM (x3YFz)

177 ", I lost all the weapons when the boat sank on the way back to shore..."


It's always fucking something isn't it. Same happened to me. Pitty.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at May 21, 2014 04:39 PM (gOoFi)

178 Eating some beef jerky. Bad farts guaranteed tonight!

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 04:39 PM (0FSuD)

179 This post should win a Tony.

Posted by: Dr Spank at May 21, 2014 04:39 PM (5UteM)

180 #ItWouldBeLiterallyImpossibleToOverstateMyAmountOfAnger

Posted by: Gristle Encased Head at May 21, 2014 04:39 PM (+lsX1)

181 ---@ 23-
---'The entire obungle presidency fault of the press.' Not entirely true. He is the creature of the left, bred and designed to destroy America, and civilization. The press just bowed down from the outset. When he made his speech at the demonrat convention way back in 04, and the press practically sucked all the skin off his ogran, I told Mrs. E 'that guy is going to finagle his way into the white house, and not as a a lawn jockey'.

Posted by: Erowmero at May 21, 2014 04:40 PM (go5uR)

182 Shoot - I was supposed to quote Daybrother & T9 @170, but it didn't work.

Posted by: shredded chi at May 21, 2014 04:40 PM (DeRoy)

183 OK, who interrupted my afternoon nap? Or, for that matter, my morning one? This won't stand.

Posted by: Barack Obama at May 21, 2014 04:40 PM (1CroS)

184 He's "mad. Or "angry." Or "madder than hell." Or even "apopleptic."

Dunno about Obama, but that sure as hell describes me for the last five years.

Posted by: rickl at May 21, 2014 04:40 PM (zoehZ)

185 "I'd guess most hordelings have enough firepower to resist for two weeks, TTPs notwithstanding.

This isn't a civil war fight like lines of confederates against lines of northerners.

It'd be asymmetric and ugly, and bloody, and let's pray it never happens."

Little VIA came home from school, looked at the two new spam cans and asked if I was gonna open them.
"Nope, they're sealed, and will stay fresh for a long time."

His unusual response?
"Good. We have em if we need em"

Besides family, I got three Moron families within fighting distance to get to, then it's outside the two hour travel distance till the first two weeks go by.

I figure that about 70 percent of the casualties will occur within that time period.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 21, 2014 04:40 PM (vvtMz)

186
Has he gotten to the bottom of Benghazi yet?

'Cause he said he was focused on finding the killers and bringing them to justice.


He's waiting for OJ to get out of jail so they can team up and find the real killers.

Posted by: Frumious Bandersnatch at May 21, 2014 04:40 PM (JtwS4)

187 177
", I lost all the weapons when the boat sank on the way back to shore..."





It's always fucking something isn't it. Same happened to me. Pitty.


Yes, yes, we all know about the terrible canoe accident.

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 04:40 PM (0FSuD)

188 164 Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:36 PM (x3YFz)

The thing is I *am* speaking of a relatively bloodless application, people forget "insurgency/CoIn" applies to every activist tantrum from Shutdown Theater to the killing fields....

Some ~50ish woman was up in Todd Kincannon's grille because he was explaining that since SunTrust caved she would be better served writing a thank you letter to the President of the bank than "punishing them anyway."

So I explained about the concept of no better friend no worse enemy to her repeatedly.

Posted by: Miguel Ambivalence@sven10077 at May 21, 2014 04:40 PM (+O/9F)

189 BTW, Obama hasn't had a face-to-face meeting with Shitsucki (did I spell that correctly?) of the V.A. in the past two years. (Story at Weasel Zippers)

Posted by: andycanuck at May 21, 2014 04:41 PM (GsmA5)

190 Nobody is angrier than me about what happened in your mouth.

Before jumping to any conclusions, please allow the investigation I have ordered to take its course. Until that time I will be unable to respond to questions regarding this ongoing investigation.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at May 21, 2014 04:41 PM (SY2Kh)

191 "He's waiting for OJ to get out of jail so they can team up and find the real killers. "


Gumbel to Gumbel

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at May 21, 2014 04:42 PM (gOoFi)

192 O/T

Pelosi caves and appoints five democrats to Benghazi committee.

Crazy Black guy Cumming appointed. This should be fun

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 04:42 PM (0FSuD)

193 I lost all the weapons when the boat sank on the way back to shore..."


It's always fucking something isn't it. Same happened to me. Pitty.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at May 21, 2014 04:39 PM (gOoFi)

I was casting for trout in that reservoir, then lost my balance and the Diasy BB gun just went right over the side.

All I have now is fishhooks and regret.

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:42 PM (x3YFz)

194 Busted. You're right Mr. Ace, I just don't give a shit. So sue me.

Posted by: Angry Obama at May 21, 2014 04:43 PM (wAQA5)

195 We must ruin this administration. But no one will for fear of being called racist.

I read it weeks ago & I can't remember which senator told Nixon he must resign.

Some brave dem has to do it. Biden is an idiot, but I do not think he hated the US. Captain Bullshit certainly does.

Posted by: Carol at May 21, 2014 04:43 PM (gjOCp)

196
The press is practicing the soft bigotry of low expectations for Prez Notta McDo-nothing.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at May 21, 2014 04:43 PM (hJauc)

197 192 All the better to sabotage it.

Posted by: steevy at May 21, 2014 04:43 PM (zqvg6)

198 Thanks, Ace.

Posted by: George Tirebiter at May 21, 2014 04:44 PM (91kn2)

199 Does the most articulate president ever actually use the word mad--as in "I'm madder than anybody"?

Really, I was taught in elementary school that mad and angry were not synonyms. I was also taught that mad is a synonym for insane, which, come to think of it, also fits.

Posted by: northernlurker at May 21, 2014 04:45 PM (Xmw9g)

200 "Oh Porterhouse, look at the wax build up on these shoes I want that wax stripped off there, then I want them creamed and buffed with a fine chamois, and I want them now. Chop chop."

In other words, I'm PISSED!!!

Posted by: Judge Elihu Smails at May 21, 2014 04:46 PM (gXRIG)

201 i put hollowpoint's mouth joke at the head of the post.

Posted by: ace at May 21, 2014 04:46 PM (/FnUH)

202 T9

Video of your boating accident

http://tinyurl.com/ko5sgx5

Just in case no-one believes you.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 21, 2014 04:46 PM (vvtMz)

203 More O/T

Eagles want player that graduate from college!

I guess their playbook must be written in English not Ebonics?


http://tinyurl.com/m8xet8h

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 04:46 PM (0FSuD)

204 Why can't he do symbolic firings?

Is it because of unions, and thus he doesn't dare?

I have to believe its that.

And if you fire someone, they might tell all.

Posted by: sexypig at May 21, 2014 04:46 PM (dZQh7)

205 #HadToStopTweetingForAMinuteDueToDangerousLevelsOfAnger #DontGetMeStarted #ThisStuffReallyChapsMyHide

Posted by: Gristle Encased Head at May 21, 2014 04:47 PM (+lsX1)

206 "I read it weeks ago and I can't remember which senator told Nixon he must resign."

Barry Goldwater.

Posted by: torquewrench at May 21, 2014 04:47 PM (noWW6)

207 Hail Satan.
Posted by: Lucien Greaves at May 21, 2014 04:20 PM (5UteM) ......Thank you. Thank you. Now as I have said before...

Posted by: Angry Obama at May 21, 2014 04:47 PM (wAQA5)

208 Does the most articulate president ever actually use the word mad--as in "I'm madder than anybody"?

u mad, bro?

Posted by: Barry SCOAMF at May 21, 2014 04:47 PM (ZKzrr)

209 Dennis Miller had Luke Rosiak from the Washington Examiner on his radio show yesterday He investigated another ridiculous government deal.

Short version, an agency was created to encourage government workers to give to charity, they now do nothing (literally some don't show up for six months and get paid) and instead cost the taxpayers money. It's a head scratcher.

http://tinyurl.com/nwkevkm

Posted by: seem legit at May 21, 2014 04:47 PM (A98Xu)

210 201
i put hollowpoint's mouth joke at the head of the post.





Posted by: ace


Classy.

Posted by: Dr Spank at May 21, 2014 04:48 PM (5UteM)

211 The thing is I *am* speaking of a relatively bloodless application, people forget "insurgency/CoIn" applies to every activist tantrum from Shutdown Theater to the killing fields....

Posted by: Miguel Ambivalence@sven10077 at May 21, 2014 04:40 PM (+O/9F)

Shooting never fixes a political problem, it just delays it until someone smart figures it out.

I never want to pick up a rifle again and point it at anyone. That's a road you don't want to go down.

The cancer eating our nation isn't going to be solved by putting rounds downrange or killing people. It's a war of ideology, and we're losing, and losing badly.

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:48 PM (x3YFz)

212 BTW, Obama hasn't had a face-to-face meeting with Shitsucki (did I spell that correctly?) of the V.A. in the past two years. (Story at Weasel Zippers)
Posted by: andycanuck at May 21, 2014 04:41 PM (GsmA5)

No surprise. He hasn't had a single meeting with the majority of his Cabinet in 6 years.

Despite his whole "focused like a laser on the economy" BS, he almost never meets with anyone having anything to do with the economy.

Someone did a factual comparison and showed that he's had more meetings with Beyonce, Jay Z, Oprah, and George Clooney individually than anyone in his Cabinet. That's official White House meetings, mind you, not including when he goes to their parties and fundraisers.

Posted by: Damiano at May 21, 2014 04:48 PM (j0wOO)

213 That was so great I read it twice.

I walked in on the TV this morning the second Barky said "Commander in Chief". Luckily the remote was about 6 inches closer than a coffee cup.

Whatever it took to turn it off NOW...

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at May 21, 2014 04:48 PM (pgQxn)

214 "perhaps the most passive and reactive president in history""New Narrative on Obama is That He is "Epically Incompetent"
As applied to the historic job description of the Presidency there is some truth to these statements. But it misses that Obama is the current head of an Inner Democratic Party that has insidious longer-term goals. Obama has been neither passive nor incompetent at advancing these goals. He's not just a worse Jimmy Carter, who at heart I believe was still patriotic. Obama's pathology is a thousand times more savage and more terrifying.

Posted by: Ignoramus at May 21, 2014 04:49 PM (EPEqj)

215 Great post, Ace!

We are slaves right now, to the Government Guilds.

It's outrageous that they're borrowing money to pay their bloated salary...and charging it to our kids.

Posted by: wheatie at May 21, 2014 04:49 PM (/Xh68)

216 The problem is that we all know the media is at the root of so much of our decline, but none of us know what to do about it.

Posted by: Countrysquire at May 21, 2014 04:49 PM (eEBON)

217 #RememberThatThisIsSpartaGuyThatsHowAngryIAmTimes1000

Posted by: Gristle Encased Head at May 21, 2014 04:50 PM (+lsX1)

218 by "scandal" the reference is publicity (corruption aside)

Kill the messenger to prevent transparency.

Bad "Truth Ministry" propagandogs, biting the corrupt hand that fed them. Free Press? Off with their heads.

Exposing the naked emperor is considered bad form when what's revealed is airbrushed. But seeing the CinC, Administration, Congressional thieves, Joint Chiefs and VA administrators as the grifters and pirates they ARE? Verboten!

SEE NO EVIL STFU

"The only hope you have is to accept the fact that you're already dead." Band of Brothers

Better the scoundrels who cause the conflicts (and profit wildly) than those ordered to death for failing to read the writing on the wall. Daniel 5


Posted by: panzernashorn at May 21, 2014 04:50 PM (gmrH5)

219 I'm a disaster when it comes to actually governing. It can't be said enough.

Posted by: Prez'nit 404 at May 21, 2014 04:50 PM (Dwehj)

220 Gaylord Focker in Being There: Eight Years Watching the World Blow Up in 3D and IMAX...

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 21, 2014 04:50 PM (ayPF8)

221 When I worked in DC the company I worked for had to interface with a federal network. One weekend one computer went down and Federal IT said big deal, we'll get to it next week. Well, one guy switched the computer with another that worked and got his work done over the weekend. Wrong move. Boss got chewed out by Federal IT people with contract threatened and the worker had his access fucked with endlessly by the Feds until he finally quit a couple of months later because he couldn't do his job.

Top. Men.

Posted by: Daybrother at May 21, 2014 04:50 PM (n9lbh)

222 214 Yep.

Posted by: steevy at May 21, 2014 04:50 PM (zqvg6)

223 Barry spends most of his time blogging like us, except he's over with the KOS Kids.

His sock is dickhead, not too obvious, with just the right amount of creed.

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 04:50 PM (0FSuD)

224 Is this true; That Obama was on the Veterans affairs committee when he was a Senator?

Since Obama rarely worked as a Senator that doesn't mean much but you'd think he would at least be mildly interested.

Posted by: seem legit at May 21, 2014 04:50 PM (A98Xu)

225 Obama is angry alright, not because the VA couldn't treat all the vets in a timely fashion, but angry because the story is making news and he has to deal with it.

Posted by: Old Man Smith at May 21, 2014 04:51 PM (sl1UH)

226
Boo! Boo! Now the USSC has issued a stay on the execution. What nonsense!


I say its a tax.

Posted by: --- at May 21, 2014 04:51 PM (MMC8r)

227 "I read it weeks ago and I can't remember which senator told Nixon he must resign."


I read Steny Hoyer's statement about why he decided to be on the Benghazi committee and for a moment I thought maybe at least one donk had seen the light. His statement was, "We shouldn't leave the field without having our people there." I thought he was talking about the victims but no, he was talking his donk co-conspirators who might be embarrassed if the truth comes out.

Posted by: WalrusRex at May 21, 2014 04:51 PM (XUKZU)

228 I'm angry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtCOhtmuzlk


Posted by: Bertram Cabot Jr. at May 21, 2014 04:51 PM (RGBsB)

229 Ace has perfectly described the characteristics of a government that has gotten far too large and intrusive.

It could be properly called a leech, one that could kill its host if not stopped.

Some enterprising group of folks could, if they chose to, gain some political capital by pointing out what actually happens to and with their tax dollars. They might possibly win some elections by doing so and start to do the right thing by dismantling this behemoth.

But, much like the question "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?" the world may never know.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at May 21, 2014 04:51 PM (0HooB)

230 How many times do I have to tell you I am Commander-In-Chief?

Posted by: Angry Obama at May 21, 2014 04:51 PM (wAQA5)

231 I don't know. Should I get the chia pet determined Obama pose or the regular pose?

Posted by: Hello it's me Donna and I know nuthink! at May 21, 2014 04:51 PM (9+ccr)

232 you'd think he would at least be mildly interested.

Posted by: seem legit at May 21, 2014 04:50 PM (A98Xu)

you might think that.

If you thought that you'd be wrong.

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:52 PM (x3YFz)

233 "Shooting never fixes a political problem, it just delays it until someone smart figures it out. I never want to pick up a rifle again and point it at anyone. That's a road you don't want to go down."

Said it before, will no doubt have occasion to say it again:

The USA is no longer a viable proposition.

America is coming apart. Not "will" or "might" come apart. Those are past.

We are basically down to two options. Option A is to gently take it apart in a reasonably peaceable and orderly manner, with hopefully minimal or no bloodshed, a "Velvet Divorce". Option B is the horribly violent shitrain, Civil War Two.

I'm all in for Option A, thanks.

Posted by: torquewrench at May 21, 2014 04:52 PM (noWW6)

234 Sometimes putting on a human suit over my smirking sociopathic face is necessary to keep the piggies from squealing too much

Posted by: Barack O'Hannibal at May 21, 2014 04:52 PM (dvRYt)

235 Wait was Ace's post really a metaphorical movie review of Godzilla?

Posted by: Daybrother at May 21, 2014 04:52 PM (3hDIR)

236 Hey, this prezdin'tn is hard. How 'bout I get a mulligan?

Posted by: Prez Camacho at May 21, 2014 04:53 PM (gXRIG)

237 Is this true; That Obama was on the Veterans affairs committee when he was a Senator?

-
Well, yes, in the same way that Mooch actually worked her sinecure.

Posted by: WalrusRex at May 21, 2014 04:53 PM (XUKZU)

238 #BelieveMeYouDontWantToBeOnTheReceivingEndOfThisLevelOfPureRage

Posted by: Gristle Encased Head at May 21, 2014 04:53 PM (+lsX1)

239 Woot- I'm somebody now!

Seriously though, good analysis, ace.

There's little accountability in part because there's so little incentive to hold individuals accountable. In the private sector an employee who performs poorly costs the employer money.

In government? Fuck it- losing employees means losing headcount which in turn means losing power. And hey- it's free money anyways.

Add in civil service protections and you have a bureaucracy that exists for its own sake.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at May 21, 2014 04:53 PM (SY2Kh)

240 In the end, all fault lies with the MFM. But for their willing deceits and agitprop since at least the 40's, this country would be rocking and rolling beyond belief. The Great Society, War on Poverty, loss in Vietnam, DOE, ERA etc., failed schools, declining morals, War on Christianity, academic madness, loss of property and liberties, Jimmah Carter, Clinton and now Barkey are all children born of the media's agenda driven willing corruption and malfeasance. A pox on their houses.

Posted by: eureka! at May 21, 2014 04:53 PM (0hbne)

241 President PartTime

Posted by: --- at May 21, 2014 04:53 PM (MMC8r)

242 @211 tangonin

"Shooting never fixes a political problem, it just delays it until someone smart figures it out."


Cough.

Posted by: Southern land owners circa 1865. at May 21, 2014 04:53 PM (6M6Od)

243 Ace, I just copied and pasted your post into a text document, and counted the word: 2,424.

Top magazines like National Geographic and Vanity Fair pay $2/word.

At that rate, you just earned almost $5,000.

Or that is, you would have earned $5,000 for writing that screed if you were a "progressive."

Actually, if you were a progressive, the creed would have been worse written and make no logical point. For which you still would have been paid $5,000.

That is the state of opinion journalism today.

Posted by: zombie at May 21, 2014 04:54 PM (mizYg)

244 Well said (and said and said), ace.

Posted by: Jenny Hates Her Phone at May 21, 2014 04:54 PM (sdseW)

245 Option B is the horribly violent shitrain, Civil War Two.

I'm all in for Option A, thanks.

Posted by: torquewrench at May 21, 2014 04:52 PM (noWW6)

has anything I've ever said here led you to believe that I'm not completely prepared for "B?"

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:54 PM (x3YFz)

246 It's safe for the press to criticize Obama now. He could rape young boys on the White House balcony every day from now until January 2017 and no one will lift a finger to get him out of office.

On the other hand, the press is busy paving the way for the "I told ya so!! Second Change to Vote for Experience" Hillary! 2016 campaign.

Posted by: Damiano at May 21, 2014 04:54 PM (j0wOO)

247 This thread has really tripped my triggers.

Posted by: Prez'nit 404 at May 21, 2014 04:54 PM (Dwehj)

248 "Well, yes, in the same way that Mooch actually worked her sinecure."


Senator Present.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at May 21, 2014 04:54 PM (gOoFi)

249 O/T

Talk about government fail. French order new trains and they are made too big for the train platforms.

Not making this up. WSJ maybe fire walled.


http://tinyurl.com/mr3r3a6

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 04:55 PM (0FSuD)

250 When Pelosi was in charge of the House, you rarely ever saw what the House Minority Leader had to say about pretty much anything. It's like the minority party didn't even exist.

Yet they are more than happy to report any brain fart concoction she has to say now that she is minority leader. She gets more press time than Boehner.

Oh, and one other phenomenon you see in gubmint is the mad scramble at the end of the fiscal year to spend any remaining budgets. Because if you don't spend that money, why, people might get the idea that you could do with less from time to time.

And that just won't do, now will it?

Posted by: GnuBreed at May 21, 2014 04:55 PM (wNF3N)

251 I didn't like the movie either.

Posted by: Insomniac at May 21, 2014 04:55 PM (mx5oN)

252 This is brilliant.


And terribly depressing.


But brilliant.

Posted by: alexthechick - Raaaaawwwwwrrr at May 21, 2014 04:55 PM (mf5HN)

253 The press will never cover Obama's failures as failures, because they're really the press's failures.

Posted by: --- at May 21, 2014 04:56 PM (MMC8r)

254 "When I worked in DC the company I worked for had to interface with a
federal network. One weekend one computer went down and Federal IT said
big deal, we'll get to it next week. Well, one guy switched the computer
with another that worked and got his work done over the weekend. Wrong
move."

It's even better now that Federal IT have outsourced a metric shit-ton of what should be their own in-house capabilities to big consultancies with lobbyists.

There are huge sections of the Navy network which _by contract_ cannot be even so much as touched by actual naval personnel, down to ridiculous things like changing peripherals, because HP bought themselves (cough) were awarded (cough) an absolutely comprehensive IT support contract for the Navy.

Posted by: torquewrench at May 21, 2014 04:56 PM (noWW6)

255 I'm not getting the Ezra Klein is a smart dood thing that Fournier seems to think he is. Isn't Klein the dbag who said the Constitution was like a hundred years old and antiquated?

Posted by: Hadoop at May 21, 2014 04:56 PM (Ph479)

256 We should be grateful that our King cares enough to get angry.

He could easily delegate this emotion to a designated Department Head.

It must be exhausting for him.
So the fact that he gets angry himself, shows how much he really does care about us.

Posted by: wheatie at May 21, 2014 04:56 PM (/Xh68)

257 To clarify "Heat" is the only thing that allows people to distinguish between what is important and what is bullshit about their jobs. In private enterprise the heat is constant and supplied by the customer. In goverment...?
Also, a lot of people only work as hard as their boss. That is to say, the boss sets the pace. If he is focused, intense, hard working, guess what? Everyone around him will be too. If, on the other hand, he is Captain bullshit, all hat, no cattle, then well....we get what we have now.

Posted by: Luke Vader at May 21, 2014 04:56 PM (sta+V)

258 "WSJ maybe fire walled."

Just give us the headline, Google has the firewall penetrated.

Posted by: Old Man Smith at May 21, 2014 04:57 PM (sl1UH)

259 Obama claims to have an extraordinary level of anger about each new scandal, "I feel your rage."

Really?

He brings his wet noodle to a gun fight. "In your face" like a spaghetti western all you can eat contest.

Meet "Unforgiven" and take that entitlement-"deserve" to a whole 'nutha level.

Cloisture Obama in a VA hospital for a week with no contact from his cheerleaders. Get Bozo off his drugs of choice. Hell, an Indy flick with poetic justice, PLEEEZE.

Posted by: panzernashorn at May 21, 2014 04:57 PM (gmrH5)

260 It's infuriating that all of this was predicted, by us (those paying attention) long before he was elected the first time.

We had to suck it up to cries of racism, but there was very little that wasn't obvious.

All closed records
Those that knew him at Harvard said he never produced.
The nasty church he belonged to for 22 years.
His commie mentors from Hawaii.
His Presidential kick off in Bill F'ing Ayer's house.
His scheming Chicago political roots.
His complete ineptitude as a Senator.
His descriptions as a lazy "professor."
His dumbass books.

Posted by: seem legit at May 21, 2014 04:57 PM (A98Xu)

261 "I, uh... found out about what happened in your mouth when, um, I read about it in the newspapers..."

[three months later]

"I don't think America cares about what happened in your so-called 'mouth'."

Posted by: shoutingboy at May 21, 2014 04:57 PM (TtMRo)

262 The little furry guy is the best in the business when he gets wound up. Nice job Ace.

Posted by: Mr. Dave at May 21, 2014 04:57 PM (kezRh)

263 If President Stompy Foot really wanted to solve the VA problem, he could sign an Executive Order this afternoon requiring the VA to cease its list-making, and provide appointments to see MDs within two weeks of an eligible veteran's request for an appointment.

But he won't. Because he does not want to solve this problem. He does not give a damn about veterans and active military.

Posted by: Michael Haz at May 21, 2014 04:57 PM (Dq+NC)

264 He could easily delegate this emotion to a designated Department Head.

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Or hire a Mad Czar.

Posted by: WalrusRex at May 21, 2014 04:58 PM (XUKZU)

265 >>> Within a week he's playing golf and parcheesi with the White House motor pool.

Oh, he's not even doing that. He's letting them sit in a shed and twiddle their thumbs while he plays golf, like they are The Help, there to be used and dismissed at his whim, and not their own "4th branch" of the govt.

I cannot believe they are satisfied with occasional preezy pats on the head and the chance to hang with celebs sometimes at Nerd Prom. It's embarrassing. What is it called when you are a whore, but you are so dumb that you don't even demand payment for your services?

Oh and afternoon Horde!

Posted by: LizLem at May 21, 2014 04:58 PM (yRwC8)

266 With all this talk about Bammy being pissed off, isn't that playing right into the "Angry Black Man" stereotype?

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at May 21, 2014 04:58 PM (vvtMz)

267 I'm all in for Option A, thanks.

Posted by: torquewrench

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I'm with you. Don't see any future in sitting in the dark, scared, angry, not sleeping.
But it takes just a few people pushed too far with nothing to lose to start a fire. Especially when someone is poking them in the chest year after year.

Posted by: Daybrother at May 21, 2014 04:58 PM (cJcp+)

268 @258

Mind the Gap: New French Trains Too Wide for Many Platforms
WSJ

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 04:58 PM (0FSuD)

269 What difference does it make now?

Posted by: Your mouth.. at May 21, 2014 04:58 PM (gXRIG)

270 211 Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:48 PM (x3YFz)

We're not losing we have our "leaders" throwing the game on purpose b/c they're afraid of DNC operatives with bylines.

I don't want violence, but I do want a national divorce or mass exodus.

Posted by: Miguel Ambivalence@sven10077 at May 21, 2014 04:59 PM (+O/9F)

271 OT:

The only western state in the top ten of foreclures -

http://shar.es/Vq5zJ

Nevada.

I'm gonna go out on a limb here...

Koch brothers.

Posted by: LoneStarHeeb at May 21, 2014 04:59 PM (BZAd3)

272 When Pelosi was in charge of the House, you rarely ever saw what the House Minority Leader had to say about pretty much anything. It's like the minority party didn't even exist.

Yet they are more than happy to report any brain fart concoction she has to say now that she is minority leader. She gets more press time than Boehner.


Noticed that too. Every day she is popping up with something to say. Who is putting a mic in front of her face at all times?

Posted by: nevadaette at May 21, 2014 04:59 PM (UdicD)

273 Or hire a Mad Czar.

Whom he will always be Madder than.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit at May 21, 2014 05:00 PM (0HooB)

274 Obama was so angry about the VA, he stopped at a white house shills kid's baseball game for a little PR and an embarrassing throw to the plate.

Because NOTHING says anger like a little league game.

Nope, no meetings, no firings, no chairs through the White House windows, but definitely had time for a pitch at a little league game.

Posted by: seem legit at May 21, 2014 05:00 PM (A98Xu)

275 If everyone has enough to eat and the power stays on things can unravel in a reasonable fashion.
It's really not up to the citizens.

Posted by: Daybrother at May 21, 2014 05:00 PM (w8zeF)

276 Mon cheux-cheux est grand!

Posted by: Joseph Bidet, Village L'idiot at May 21, 2014 05:01 PM (MMC8r)

277 His dumbass books.

I started reading one of his books. I think it was "Audacity of Hope", and it was horrible. After about 20 pages, I really didn't need to read anymore.

Posted by: Hadoop at May 21, 2014 05:01 PM (Ph479)

278 All this anger is exhausting.

I have decided to create the Department of Presidential Anger to be angry on my behalf.

Posted by: King Barky at May 21, 2014 05:01 PM (/Xh68)

279 "has anything I've ever said here led you to believe that I'm not completely prepared for 'B?'"

Not at all.

What I am riffing on, rather, is your comment about how pointing rifles at people is something best avoided if possible.

And, since we're now down to what I term Option A and Option B, the corollary is that Option B will entail a whole lot more than merely pointing rifles.

So the time has come for Americans of good character to start seriously thinking about how to implement Option A instead. Which will certainly involve a lot of pointing of fingers, rather than rifles, even if done perfectly. I can live with that.

Posted by: torquewrench at May 21, 2014 05:02 PM (noWW6)

280 Wasn't he madder than hell about that whole fake IRS scandal, which he also found out about in the papers?

He's just taunting us.

Posted by: --- at May 21, 2014 05:02 PM (MMC8r)

281 I believe the press is conflicted on the VA scandal.

The NYT changed the online headline and story. It went from "Obama Faces New Test in Mismanagement at Veterans Hospital" to "VA Accusations Aggravate Woes of White House".

The rewritten story then became about Republican accusations, when they removed critical sections which spoke about Obama's "apparent lack of awareness". I'm sure the phone call from the White House was less than pleasant.

Since the press' #1 priority is to protect the march to communism, it's just a matter of when is it most strategic to throw their failure of a deity under the bus. Enacting single payer is much more important to them than their disposable spokesmodel Obama.

They have two options:

1. Hush it up like all the prior scandals, and hope the sheep don't notice.

2. Make a big deal of it causing the administration to actually fire some people and at least pretend to revamp the bueaucracy, then trumpet all the wonderful effective changes made at the VA (whether it's true or not). This has the additional benefit of setting the stage for Hillary 2016, via blaming everything from 2008 to present on Obama. Of course that would have to be done very carefully so as not to appear racist.

Posted by: YourMomKeepsTexting at May 21, 2014 05:03 PM (pdkmC)

282 I will permit anger to be expressed on my behalf.

Now silence, peasant, as I prepare for this putt.

Posted by: Lord Barcus The Magnificent at May 21, 2014 05:03 PM (gXRIG)

283
Millions flee Michelle O's 'healthy' lunches...

When I read this I have this vision of all the little kids screaming and running for their lives in The Birds. lol

Posted by: Hot Pug! at May 21, 2014 05:03 PM (lDnfQ)

284 I'm so distraught and angry that I forgot the drop rule from the cartpath.
Anyone?

Posted by: King Putt at May 21, 2014 05:04 PM (gXRIG)

285 Obama is all-powerful when it comes to executive orders, but he can't do anything about any scandals (IRS, VA, etc). Funny that.

Posted by: Aslan's Girl at May 21, 2014 05:04 PM (KL49F)

286 Thank you, Torquewrench! It was Goldwater, of course you answered me.

I didn't know much about him. One Saturday there was a Reagan speech here & it was from 1964.

I searched for Reagan's speech about Socialized Medicine & couldn't find it. That led me to look up info on Goldwater.

No one could have won against LBJ in 1964, the memory of JFK was still too fresh in people's mind.

I think that's why establishment never wants a conservative, because Goldwater lost. Am I right?

Posted by: Carol at May 21, 2014 05:04 PM (gjOCp)

287
>>they assign you more interns and assistants to help you manage your super-important load.
...
...
No load is more important than mine, because I am Commander-In-Chief. Now excuse me, the breakfast burrito is calling. Interns! To the Royal Water Closet!

Posted by: Angry Obama at May 21, 2014 05:04 PM (wAQA5)

288 Isn't it odd how Democrat Presidents who are supposed to be so much smarter than you or me never have the slightest idea what's going on around them?

The buck never got here!

Posted by: cool arrow at May 21, 2014 05:04 PM (7XKHI)

289 Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 04:48 PM (x3YFz

History seems to show that we always lose at about this point in a civilization's development.

And then bad shit happens to varying degrees.

And then we start winning again.

And the cycle continues.

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) (No Really!) at May 21, 2014 05:04 PM (HDwDg)

290 "When Pelosi was in charge of the House, you rarely ever saw what the
House Minority Leader had to say about pretty much anything. It's like
the minority party didn't even exist. Yet they are more than happy to report any brain fart concoction she
has to say now that she is minority leader. She gets more press time
than Boehner."

When Pelosi was Speaker, she moved her SF congressional offices into huge and grandiose new digs, and hired a bunch of people commensurate with her "increased responsibilities".

She's not Speaker any longer. She still has the giant palatial offices and a ton of underlings in comfortably compensated payola positions.

Boehner hasn't done shit to rein this in.

Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party.

Posted by: torquewrench at May 21, 2014 05:04 PM (noWW6)

291 268
Yep, comes right up. They will have to 'trim' the platforms.

Does anyone realize that reducing the size of the platform to accommodate the larger coaches increases the gap between coach and platform when the old cars roll in?

They'll have to get engineering to design an automated platform extension to close the gap to the old cars lest anyone fall through the opening while automatically retracting for the wider rolling stock. Of course the device will have to be intelligent, or it will have to be operated by a dedicated union employee.

IF it's operated by an employee, he or she will have to be trained in it's operation, and that will require a whole 'nother support staff.

Posted by: Old Man Smith at May 21, 2014 05:05 PM (sl1UH)

292 There's a lot of Heat on the interwebs today.

Ron Fournier burned a stack of Ezra Klein's old panties, and Peter Suderman and Jonathan Tobin got medieval on the JEF at Commentary.

But those guys are campfires for toasting marshmallows compared to the incinerator Ace cut loose.

Again, thanks Ace.

Now, it's time for us to go fix this shit.

Posted by: George Tirebiter at May 21, 2014 05:05 PM (91kn2)

293 270
We're not losing we have our "leaders" throwing the game on purpose b/c they're afraid of DNC operatives with bylines.

I don't want violence, but I do want a national divorce or mass exodus.

Posted by: Miguel Ambivalence@sven10077 at May 21, 2014 04:59 PM (+O/9F)


It's pretty clear that both parties of the Permanent Governing Class consider *us* to be their real enemy.

I'm fine with a divorce too, but I can't see how this won't lead to bloodshed, one way or another.

Posted by: rickl at May 21, 2014 05:05 PM (zoehZ)

294 Woe! Woe is us!

There, there. All better now.

Posted by: White House Woes at May 21, 2014 05:06 PM (gXRIG)

295 I demand to know who is in charge here!

Posted by: Barky O'Genius at May 21, 2014 05:06 PM (RjEEc)

296 I think that's why establishment never wants a conservative, because Goldwater lost. Am I right?

Posted by: Carol at May 21, 2014 05:04 PM (gjOCp)

No.Goldwater had planned to run against Kennedy, an honest liberal, not the scumbag LBJ.LBJ had TX locked up and lied his way to victory. A Kennedy v Goldwater was winnable for Goldwater.

People not from that time do not remember Kennedy was a horrible president until he was killed and everything was wonderful.
He got nothing accomplished and he had the Bay of Pigs around his neck.

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 05:07 PM (0FSuD)

297 Time for a new campaign slogan for BO:


"President Obama: Solving Your Complex Problems . . . WITH HIS MIND!"

Posted by: Sharkman at May 21, 2014 05:07 PM (TM1p8)

298 History Shows Again and Again

Posted by: How Nature Shows up The Folly of Men at May 21, 2014 05:08 PM (gXRIG)

299 OT:

The only western state in the top ten of foreclures -

http://shar.es/Vq5zJ

Nevada.

=
Granted, Nevada's bad news. But what data sources can omit CA foreclosures from top ten? As if all foreclosures that were going to happen already happened in California. They're so progressive. Squatters tilting the stats?

Posted by: panzernashorn at May 21, 2014 05:08 PM (gmrH5)

300 285 Obama is all-powerful when it comes to executive orders, but he can't do anything about any scandals (IRS, VA, etc). Funny that.
Posted by: Aslan's Girl at May 21, 2014 05:04 PM (KL49F)

Good call.

Posted by: seem legit at May 21, 2014 05:08 PM (A98Xu)

301 273 0r hire a Mad Czar.


Whom he will always be Madder than.Posted by BackwardsBoy

"People who don't think shouldn't talk."


Posted by: The Mad Putter at May 21, 2014 05:08 PM (yRwC8)

302 Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 05:07 PM (0FSuD)

The establishment never wants a conservative because the levers of power are fun to play with.

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) (No Really!) at May 21, 2014 05:09 PM (HDwDg)

303 It is so hard to keep up with who and what I am supposed to be Angry about.

I really do need someone to manageall thisAnger for me.

There is no Royal Anger Manager?
Well I must appoint one!

Posted by: King Barky at May 21, 2014 05:09 PM (/Xh68)

304 Don't worry


The press will rally around the idea that it's time for someone with Washington experience to put their arms around the behemoth

Are you ready for Hillary

Posted by: Thunderb at May 21, 2014 05:09 PM (zOTsN)

305 Today's Presidential Anger Level: ORANGE

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at May 21, 2014 05:09 PM (RjEEc)

306 They poke The Eagle.

poke poke poke like little cowards.

Up to this point The Eagle just ruffles feathers.

But. Patience only goes so far.

We want a nice, peaceful outcome, but I don't think they want that, and they really don't understand the impending wrath of continuing down the path they've chosen.

I'm old. But not that old. I've led troops. I have (insert gear breakdown here), enough to kit a 10 man squad.

We won't fight face-to-face. Asymmetric. we'll hit you where it hurts and where you're weak.

Not a threat. But don't push the citizenry.

"biosurveillance"

Yeah. HHS It's coming right back at you.

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 05:09 PM (x3YFz)

307

I think TFG is just finding out that movies are not real.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at May 21, 2014 05:10 PM (IXrOn)

308 The name calling -- "un-American," "oil barons," "multizillionaires" -- seems meant to rally fundraising for his party, but we wondered how many people in Reid's own state would know who the Koch brothers are. So we went to Las Vegas, where, as it turns out, barely anyone did.

Posted by: Koch Brothers at May 21, 2014 05:10 PM (e8kgV)

309 Millions flee Michelle O's 'healthy' lunches...

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"Healthy lunches"? Is that a euphemism like "resettlement in the east?"

Posted by: WalrusRex at May 21, 2014 05:10 PM (XUKZU)

310 Sure. A guy goes to get some lunch and groceries and suddenly the place gets all Contenty.

Posted by: garrett at May 21, 2014 05:11 PM (DwP37)

311 So..
The President of the United States has anger issues and no one noticed?

Posted by: Old Man Smith at May 21, 2014 05:12 PM (sl1UH)

312 0r hire a Mad Czar.


Whom he will always be Madder than.Posted by BackwardsBoy

"People who don't think shouldn't talk."

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They'd better start warming up now because when one of those alien criminals kills someone he's going to be supermad.

Posted by: WalrusRex at May 21, 2014 05:13 PM (XUKZU)

313 People not from that time do not remember Kennedy was a horrible president until he was killed and everything was wonderful.
He got nothing accomplished and he had the Bay of Pigs around his neck.

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 05:07 PM (0FSuD)

Thanks Nip Sip.

I was a baby and know that Kennedy was ill prepared for the presidency & his father bought it for him, in Chicago with help from Daley.

Posted by: Carol at May 21, 2014 05:13 PM (gjOCp)

314 Goldwater was a strange bird. Stranger as he got older.

Born half Jewish and rich, family owned department store chain, he was mostly a libertarian . Voted against the civil rights law of 1964, rightfully so, because he believed in property rights.

I worked my ass off for him.

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 05:13 PM (0FSuD)

315 Ace, your last sentence summed it up perfectly


Thanks, Carol.

...and to think I was going to skim all of that.

Posted by: garrett at May 21, 2014 05:13 PM (DwP37)

316 I believe the press is conflicted on the VA scandal.

The NYT changed the online headline and story. It went from "Obama Faces New Test in Mismanagement at Veterans Hospital" to "VA Accusations Aggravate Woes of White House".


Yep- he's always the victim of circumstances beyond his control. Funny how powerless the head of the executive branch is over the executive branch.

Surely some of the blame must lie with unnamed White House staffers. Somehow all those memos directed at the White House never reach his desk, forcing him to learn of malfeasance in his administration from the media.

Bo the dog is going to be in big trouble when they find out how he keeps managing to eat all those memos when nobody is looking.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at May 21, 2014 05:14 PM (SY2Kh)

317 This Obamacare travesty really infuriates me.

Posted by: Barky O'Genius at May 21, 2014 05:14 PM (RjEEc)

318 Arizona Senators Flake and McCain are outraged, too...that they have to delaypimping for Shamnesty and undermining conservatives while they tend to this. Of course, they could have been doing their jobs, maybe spending time in the Phoenix VA facility, tending to their constituents. But that's beneath these masters of foreign policy, national security, and corporate cronyism. Well done again, Arizona electorate!

Posted by: Born Free at May 21, 2014 05:14 PM (xL8Hf)

319 Over at HA there is a video of TFG today & underneath it one from a CNN reporter not very happy with TFG!

If we can get a few more to turn, that would be a miracle.

Posted by: Carol at May 21, 2014 05:14 PM (gjOCp)

320 When Pelosi was Speaker, she moved her SF congressional offices into huge and grandiose new digs, and hired a bunch of people commensurate with her "increased responsibilities".

Posted by: torquewrench


Remember how the first thing she did when installed as Speaker was order a military plane and fly to Syria to "engage" Assad? Bush State department begged her not to fuck with foreign affairs.
She is batshit crazy as well as corrupt and has never once been called on it.
Treated like an elder stateswoman by the MFM.

Posted by: Daybrother at May 21, 2014 05:15 PM (WAM8R)

321
btw, the pic below of the weasel, along with the caption "I'm Mad As Hell," would be epically cute.

Posted by: Soothsayer of The Righteous And Harmonious Fists (491 days left) at May 21, 2014 05:15 PM (kgXbV)

322 They will just turn to Hillary



Posted by: Thunderb at May 21, 2014 05:16 PM (zOTsN)

323 Surely some of the blame must lie with unnamed White House staffers. Somehow all those memos directed at the White House never reach his desk, forcing him to learn of malfeasance in his administration from the media.

Assuming this were *actually* true, all of those "unnamed White House staffers" would have been fired 3 years ago (at the latest) and replaced with new ones.

Of course, we know this isn't what's really going on- and so does the Media. They just like to push that idea because it makes it easier for them to cover for the SCOAMT.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at May 21, 2014 05:16 PM (PYAXX)

324 Time for a new campaign slogan for BO:

?

lame duck has no feathers, "like water off a duck's back" kaput

Let Obama face Impeachment; convict and remove him. Strip him of wealth and professional license to practice law ANYWHERE in the USA. No love lost.

Posted by: panzernashorn at May 21, 2014 05:16 PM (gmrH5)

325 "They will just turn to Hillary "


Yeah they because she's accomplished so much....



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Vagina!

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at May 21, 2014 05:17 PM (gOoFi)

326 Let Obama face Impeachment; convict and remove him.

Do not taunt happy fun alex AllenG.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at May 21, 2014 05:17 PM (PYAXX)

327 People not from that time do not remember Kennedy was a horrible president until he was killed and everything was wonderful.
He got nothing accomplished and he had the Bay of Pigs around his neck.

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 05:07 PM (0FSuD)
************************************

Word. I'm not old enough to remember myself, but as my dad always says: The best thing to happen to the Kennedys was JFK getting shot because that suddenly transformed him into a saint and established his entire kin as political "giants" no matter how stupid they were or how many women they killed.

Posted by: Dancing Queen at May 21, 2014 05:18 PM (FDGeg)

328 After Obama's meeting with Shinseki the howling mad mob of democrats in congress demand Shinseki's resignation.

over on The Corner.

Obama couldn't do it himself, Shinseki wouldn't offer it. Obama needs protests in the street and in the media to make the decision for him and give him cover.

Posted by: Old Man Smith at May 21, 2014 05:19 PM (sl1UH)

329 Assuming this were *actually* true, all of those "unnamed White House staffers" would have been fired 3 years ago (at the latest) and replaced with new ones.

I was joking of course, but I'm not so sure. Would you want to be the staffer who kept trying to interrupt Obama's golf outings and power naps with trivialities like a few dead vets or IRS shenanigans against your enemies?

Part of me thinks Obama is telling the truth when he says he knew nothing about what was happening in his own administration. He's above actual "governing". He has people for that.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at May 21, 2014 05:21 PM (SY2Kh)

330 Hollowpoint gettin the shout out.

Posted by: Golfman in NC at May 21, 2014 05:22 PM (/djtm)

331 Ironically, the mainstream press is itself employed by the government. Forget for a minute the revolving door between "reporter" and "press secretary." And let's also skip incestuous relationships like the one at CBS News.

If you watch regular TV today, you'll notice how much of the programming is in fact subsidized by the Ad Council, a group that matches government marketing dollars (for such vital functions as controlling what kids eat, when to exercise, buckle your seat belt, stop bullying, etc., etc., etc.) to broadcast networks.

Heck, Obamacare ads probably earned the big 3 half a billion in government cheese.

The networks are dying off faster than reform could save them. But, hey, in a just world we'd abolish the Ad Council, and make sure anybody whose media employer received government cheese had to wait five years to take any sort of job with the Feds.

I can dream.

Posted by: Some Guy at May 21, 2014 05:22 PM (u7xDk)

332 It dawned on me that I have not seen Captain Hate on here lately. Did the commissars get him?

Posted by: Mr. Dave at May 21, 2014 05:22 PM (kezRh)

333 Posted by: Old Man Smith at May 21, 2014 05:19 PM (sl1UH)

I think you've got it wrong. Obama (or maybe Jaret) is trying to balance two competing interests.

On the one hand, he needs someone the mob will accept to be thrown to said mob. He needs the mob satisfied that he "did something."

On the other hand, he doesn't want to throw to many of his administration officials (especially the ones closer to him) under the bus, because the only thing keeping them silent is their proximity to power. If too many of them realize exactly how fickle their Dear Reader is, then he'll start getting mass defections- and whistle-blowing- to the point that neither the Press nor the Congressional Democrats will even be able to pretend not to notice.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at May 21, 2014 05:22 PM (PYAXX)

334 A Nihilistic society quickly degenerates to merely the war of all against all.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at May 21, 2014 05:22 PM (9W+0f)

335 Reason and thought have no place. It's all about emotions. Angry Obama. Frustrated Obama. Snarky Obama. Gleeful Obama.

Posted by: Grampa Jimbo at May 21, 2014 05:23 PM (V70Uh)

336 Would you want to be the staffer who kept trying to interrupt Obama's golf outings and power naps with trivialities like a few dead vets or IRS shenanigans against your enemies?

Hmmm...

SCOAMT as the Queen of Hearts. You may have a point.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at May 21, 2014 05:23 PM (PYAXX)

337 I keep having problems when I post from my Mac but it is okay when I use iPad.

Posted by: Carol at May 21, 2014 05:24 PM (gjOCp)

338 And, in a war of all against all, those who know how to collaborate and to organize themselves and to agitate for their collective interests tend to thrive.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at May 21, 2014 05:24 PM (9W+0f)

339 @327

Your dad was right and it pisses me off to no end to hear people that know nothing about that time talk about St JFK.

He was a drug addict, on speed, and a rapist, raped an intern in upstairs bedroom.

That and of course Marilyn Monroe, who got passed around like the common whore she was.

As usually MSM covered for him, because...liberal.

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 05:25 PM (0FSuD)

340

Damn. Teh Ewok REALLY hated this movie.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at May 21, 2014 05:25 PM (TIIx5)

341 Agendas and class interests begin to predominate.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at May 21, 2014 05:25 PM (9W+0f)

342 Whew, you had me scared for a second Allen!

20 Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a malignant traitor.

Posted by: Rob in Katy at May 21, 2014 05:25 PM (gdGJ1)

343 Can't we compromise on this Benghazi thing and let the Democrats dance on the graves of the victims?

Posted by: Moderate Republican Reaching Across the Aisle at May 21, 2014 05:26 PM (XUKZU)

344 Like Obama, comments are working for me.

Posted by: Stateless Infidel at May 21, 2014 05:26 PM (AC0lD)

345 He was a drug addict, on speed, and a rapist, raped an intern in upstairs bedroom.

True, but he was a hell of a PT skipper, what with avoiding the Japs and all.

Posted by: pep at May 21, 2014 05:26 PM (4nR9/)

346 Posted by: torquewrench at May 21, 2014 05:02 PM (noWW6)

History has consistently demonstrated that the only way to achieve Option A is by going through Option B first.

In theory, if the US were still the Republic that is was founded to be and if the vast majority of the country weren't hopelessly addicted to the government dole and if a majority were willing to be responsible for their own lives and paid attention to anything besides the Kardashians... maybe there would be the possibility of Option A.

None of that exists. During the Revolutionary War, the majority of the colonial public were equivalent to today's LIVs. Fortunately, the small minority that went on to alter the history of the world in 8 short years finally got fed up enough to not put up with their rulers anymore.

There will never be a majority awakening where everyone realizes that theirs no free lunch, success is never guaranteed but it's always earned, and favors personal responsibility over a "helping hand". The majority are always sheep. The only difference is who leads them.

Posted by: Damiano at May 21, 2014 05:26 PM (j0wOO)

347 not working....

Now they are. No more errors...

Posted by: Stateless Infidel at May 21, 2014 05:26 PM (AC0lD)

348 And factions behave in an antisocial manner toward each other.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at May 21, 2014 05:26 PM (9W+0f)

349 I tried several times to thank you Nip Sip.

Posted by: Carol at May 21, 2014 05:27 PM (gjOCp)

350 "Rather like a very controlled, uptight WASP Hulk."

Like T. Coddington Van Voorhies VII on roids after he finds out you fingerbanged Cricket!

Posted by: Tattoo De Plane at May 21, 2014 05:27 PM (Y92Nd)

351 If you watch regular TV today, you'll notice how much of the programming
is in fact subsidized by the Ad Council, a group that matches
government marketing dollars (for such vital functions as controlling
what kids eat, when to exercise, buckle your seat belt, stop bullying,
etc., etc., etc.) to broadcast networks.


Sorry, that is wrong. Ad Council ads run free as filler when a network has no paid ads. I am not even sure if they can take a deduction for the ad as a contribution. Pretty sure they can not.


Now the shit Obama ran from HHS for Obamacare, WAS paid for.

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 05:27 PM (0FSuD)

352

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 05:25 PM (0FSuD)

Don't even get me started about McCarthy.

Next fucker that says "McCarhyism" out of context gets throat punched.

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 05:27 PM (x3YFz)

353
We're back to JFK.

Can we go back to WWII...and then to the Civil War?

There's still time in this thread!

Posted by: Soothsayer of The Righteous And Harmonious Fists (491 days left) at May 21, 2014 05:27 PM (kgXbV)

354 AllenG

Ya probably so.
Having a meeting with Shinseki so soon after his testimony would either be congratulations for a job well done, or I'm sorry but I have to let you go.

Having the democrats immediately send out the message that Shinseki has to go can be played two ways; Obama heroically defends the guy who is going to retire anyway, or reluctantly agrees with those calling for resignation.

History suggests that often when a president makes a statement of support for a political appointee in trouble, the appointee is gone within days.

Posted by: Old Man Smith at May 21, 2014 05:28 PM (sl1UH)

355 A political cartoon which all too sadly and accurately describes this whole VA fiasco.

http://tinyurl.com/oyrcn56

Posted by: RickZ at May 21, 2014 05:28 PM (LGT1y)

356 All behold the Angry Man:

From the White House: "The President will welcome the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks to the White House to honor the team and their Super Bowl XLVIII victory. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities. This event in the East Room is open to pre-credentialed media."


Posted by: B at May 21, 2014 05:28 PM (6iEQd)

357 He was a drug addict, on speed, and a rapist, raped an intern in upstairs bedroom.

Hey! I smoked pot, not speed!

Posted by: Billy Jeff Clinton at May 21, 2014 05:28 PM (rm0dP)

358 Nihilistically, and on a primal level, the Government consists of those who have won the fundamentally-masculine struggle for power.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at May 21, 2014 05:28 PM (9W+0f)

359 333...On the other hand, he doesn't want to throw to many of his administration officials (especially the ones closer to him) under the bus, because the only thing keeping them silent is their proximity to power.

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You're forgetting something, AllenG....Fear.

It is Fear that keeps them silent.
They don't want to end up dead in a park somewhere, with their body propped up against a trash can.

Posted by: wheatie at May 21, 2014 05:29 PM (/Xh68)

360 Wow, I can't tell you how glad I am that someone else has finally noticed this.
So, now we're all going to fix it, right ?

*not holding breath*

Posted by: sock_rat_eez at May 21, 2014 05:29 PM (jNNWD)

361 354 Posted by: Old Man Smith at May 21, 2014 05:28 PM (sl1UH)

Uncle Eric is Senator in waiting from Hawaii...

seen this movie before?

Posted by: Miguel Ambivalence@sven10077 at May 21, 2014 05:29 PM (+O/9F)

362 Whereas the Nagging Press consists of those who have won the fundamentally-feminine struggle for the Right to Nag.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at May 21, 2014 05:29 PM (9W+0f)

363 I don't think Oswald was the lone shooter. He was a shooter but the ballistics indicate an additional shooter, likely KGB handler.

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 05:30 PM (x3YFz)

364 Why does he do this?

Because he's been permitted to all of his life. this, by a protective partisan press.

Posted by: 98ZJUSMC Waiting for the Sun at May 21, 2014 05:30 PM (N5X62)

365 I have problems posting from my Mac. I get Red Internal Error 500.

Garrett, you're welcome. I saw that 20 minutes ago from Mac but kept getting kicked off here.

Posted by: Carol at May 21, 2014 05:31 PM (gjOCp)

366 Next fucker that says "McCarhyism" out of context gets throat punched.

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 05:27 PM (x3YFz)

True dat. And you know Julius and Ethel Rosenberg weren't really spies, according to the left. They were just persecuted Jews.



http://tinyurl.com/ybduoy

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 05:31 PM (0FSuD)

367 Let Obama face Impeachment; convict and remove him. Strip him of wealth and professional license to practice law ANYWHERE in the USA. No love lost.
Posted by: panzernashorn at May 21, 2014 05:16 PM (gmrH5)

Law license? You can strip him of what he (and Michelle) already surrendered years ago.

Yet another little factoid that the media had no interest in in 2008 or subsequently.

Posted by: Damiano at May 21, 2014 05:31 PM (j0wOO)

368 And, were things more proper, the Press would spend most of its time nagging the Government into behaving properly.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at May 21, 2014 05:31 PM (9W+0f)

369 Next fucker that says "McCarhyism" out of context gets throat punched.

-
They filled my coke cup only half full at lunch today. It was like McCarthyism all over again.

Posted by: WalrusRex at May 21, 2014 05:32 PM (XUKZU)

370 In other words, let it burn.

Posted by: eman at May 21, 2014 05:32 PM (0gThk)

371 Okay, this may be a bit off topic. But it does involve the VA.
Memorial Day is upon us and my papa puts flags out at a small cemetery where there are 7 veterans resting. Now this is a "dead" cemetery since no one has been buried there since 1930. There are only about 30 graves total. Those 7 veterans are of the Civil War (5) and war of 1812 (2) variety. The headstones are cruddy and covered with algae. Or they are broken. It is bad enough that my dad, who has done this for at least 20 yrs. could not find one of the veterans.
I heard that the VA has a program to issue replacement markers to veterans at no charge to the cemetery or family. I call VA. I talked to the nastiest bureaucrat on the planet.
Tells me I cant request these markers on behalf of the vets only next of kin can do that. I am the freaking next of kin. "Well then you have to fill out a form and send a DD214."
Me: These gentlemen served in the 1812 and Civil wars.
NB: then they won't have that form.
Me: yes I know
silence.....
Me: What do I need to verify their service, ma'am?
NB: muster rolls, service records, check your state historical archives.
Click......... That poisonous cockroach hung up on me!

Posted by: madamemayhem (now with more hate and discontent) at May 21, 2014 05:32 PM (WPm3x)

372 True dat. And you know Julius and Ethel Rosenberg weren't really spies, according to the left. They were just persecuted Jews.



http://tinyurl.com/ybduoy

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 05:31 PM (0FSuD)

So you've read Lee Stanton Evan's "Blacklisted By History" also?

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 05:33 PM (x3YFz)

373
True, but he was a hell of a PT skipper, what with avoiding the Japs and all.
***

Yep. It takes true skill to be run over by a destroyer in the Pacific Ocean.

Posted by: B at May 21, 2014 05:33 PM (6iEQd)

374 amerasia.

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 05:33 PM (x3YFz)

375 True, but he was a hell of a PT skipper, what with avoiding the Japs and all.


Posted by: pep at May 21, 2014 05:26 PM (4nR9/)

I am assuming that is snarc. He got his boat shot out from under him.

He DID serve and his older brother Joe, died on a volunteer bomber mission, so you can not take away from his service.

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 05:34 PM (0FSuD)

376 Nood. Quickly, little corgis, before MUMR quotes more of his textbook at us.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at May 21, 2014 05:34 PM (knoK7)

377 Born half Jewish and rich, family owned department
store chain, he was mostly a libertarian . Voted against the civil
rights law of 1964, rightfully so, because he believed in property
rights.

I worked my ass off for him.


Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 05:13 PM (0FSuD)

People don't get that CRA laid the ground work for socialism. I wrote about this yesterday. Link in nick.

Posted by: baldilocks at May 21, 2014 05:35 PM (36Rjy)

378 Yep. It takes true skill to be run over by a destroyer in the Pacific Ocean.

Posted by: B at May 21, 2014 05:33 PM (6iEQd)

John F'n Kerry's mentor.

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 05:35 PM (x3YFz)

379 But, that would actually be proper. And it would therefore violate Leftism's Prime Directive. To be as improper and counterproductive as possible.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at May 21, 2014 05:35 PM (9W+0f)

380 Now the shit Obama ran from HHS for Obamacare, WAS paid for.
Posted by: Nip Sip


Don't forget the deal with the Pharma giants who ponied up tens of millions for pro ACA ads along with AARP and others. Not much difference from direct tax money.

Posted by: Daybrother at May 21, 2014 05:35 PM (975ow)

381 339
@327 Your dad was right and it pisses me off to no end to hear people that know nothing about that time talk about St JFK. He was a drug addict, on speed, and a rapist, raped an intern in upstairs bedroom. That and of course Marilyn Monroe, who got passed around like the common whore she was.
As usually MSM covered for him, because...liberal.
Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 05:25 PM (0FSuD)

I still remember how shocked I was the first time I realized how short his presidency actually was; the media made such a big deal of him, as a kid you'd think he had served 4 terms like FDR or something. Then I actually got to studying him and nope, not so much. And other than doing a verbal ribbon cutting to open the moon for space exploration and Civil Rights stuff, not much to his legacy.

Like they say, if a second term for him had been so assured he'd never have had to be visiting his VP's own state in a motorcade, drumming up support, in the first place...

Posted by: LizLem at May 21, 2014 05:36 PM (yRwC8)

382 Journalists could, if they wanted to, actually make the world a better place.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at May 21, 2014 05:38 PM (9W+0f)

383 When I was in, there was only one officer I refused to salute. Damn near got an article 15 over it.

But had I walked by John McLame, Kerry, and a long list of others, there's no way. No. Way.

I'd take the LOR or UIF or 15

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 05:39 PM (x3YFz)

384 And yet they don't.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at May 21, 2014 05:39 PM (9W+0f)

385 359
333...On the other hand, he doesn't want to throw to many of his
administration officials (especially the ones closer to him) under the
bus, because the only thing keeping them silent is their proximity to
power.



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You're forgetting something, AllenG....Fear.



It is Fear that keeps them silent.

They don't want to end up dead in a park somewhere, with their body propped up against a trash can.

Posted by: wheatie at May 21, 2014 05:29 PM (/Xh6
A lot of persons formerly thought of as conspiracy theorists are saying that Breitbart, his coroner, Michael Hastings and Tom Clancy are a murder victims. Hmm. But they still haven't given a cause of death for Clancy yet.

Posted by: baldilocks at May 21, 2014 05:40 PM (36Rjy)

386 Does it feel hot in here?

Posted by: Hussein Bigears Purplelips at May 21, 2014 05:40 PM (N05oL)

387 I was an E-5, told an O-5 he was an idiot, and provided proof.

Actually got a medal out of that one.

Posted by: tangonine at May 21, 2014 05:41 PM (x3YFz)

388 Carol. It will straighten itself out in #twoweeks.

Posted by: Golfman in NC at May 21, 2014 05:43 PM (/djtm)

389 When confronted about it, they will cite various Nihilistic and materialistic justifications for their comportment. But, having done so, they simultaneously assert their objectivity is beyond reproach.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at May 21, 2014 05:43 PM (9W+0f)

390 The "defense" is, itself, malevolent. But, it, the "defense" included, can all actually be explained in Nihilistic and materialistic terms. The war of all against all. Antisocial personal and collective self interest. Etc.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at May 21, 2014 05:47 PM (9W+0f)

391 As can the malevolent desire to assert simultaneously that isn't going on at all.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at May 21, 2014 05:48 PM (9W+0f)

392 >>> True dat. And you know Julius and Ethel Rosenberg weren't really spies, according to the left. They were just persecuted Jews.

Nuh Uh! I watched Angels in America, she was so too just a persecuted Jew! If there is one thing sainted Gay Jewish playwrights would never do, it is tell untruths in a play!

Posted by: Somewhat Cultured LIV that watches HBO at May 21, 2014 05:49 PM (yRwC8)

393 290 "When Pelosi was in charge of the House, you rarely ever saw what the
House Minority Leader had to say about pretty much anything. It's like
the minority party didn't even exist. Yet they are more than happy to report any brain fart concoction she
has to say now that she is minority leader. She gets more press time
than Boehner."

When Pelosi was Speaker, she moved her SF congressional offices into huge and grandiose new digs, and hired a bunch of people commensurate with her "increased responsibilities".

She's not Speaker any longer. She still has the giant palatial offices and a ton of underlings in comfortably compensated payola positions.

Boehner hasn't done shit to rein this in.

Permanent Bipartisan


Boehner is a real problem. He is worthless.

Posted by: Chillin the most at May 21, 2014 05:56 PM (gxtMZ)

394 Ace don't feel bad, Nobody is as smart as Ezra Klein

Posted by: fabio at May 21, 2014 05:58 PM (uxJMc)

395 "I'm all in for Option A, thanks."

Unfortunately the obamaites need us to produce their opm. They will not allow Option A to even be brought to the table.

That leaves Option B.

Posted by: GMB (et al) at May 21, 2014 06:11 PM (nkPV9)

396 Of course, we know this isn't what's really going on- and so does the Media. They just like to push that idea because it makes it easier for them to cover for the SCOAMT.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It.

Agreed, there is NO excuse.

Ignorance is no excuse. Neither is stupidity. Nor is contempt for life. Nor Indifference. Nor ineptitude. Nor whether there was time or not.

There is no excuse; there are no excuses.

And don't play the sucker for punches in a blame game of pass the buck as only ONE PERSON at a time "is" the President of the United States of America.

Obama clusterfucks our military personnel in every which way he possibly can at every opportunity. And he with his administration are doing likewise to Americans whether the citizen is willing or not, aware or not. "Because I Could."

And the specific attempt to blame an underling is a juvenile attempt by the Leader attempting AS EVER the opposite blame game from what war criminals were convicted and hung: for "obeying orders".

We are NOT amused.

Creating a staff infection as if to clear the bill of health might sell in a television series' episode. But even those have the disclaimer: fiction is not reality, so go figure. And btw, you can't touch us since we told you so.

All the toilet paper in the world wouldn't be enough to wipe clean the perpetual shit storm the Obama administration spews domestically and transnationally. Global humiliation doesn't come anywhere near the destructive effect of Obama's "I'm pretty good at killing people" crime waves against humanity. Make the shitter clean his own shit.

If only this were a matter of mere pride or eating crow.

No.

At the cusp of utter national destruction, Obama's doing EVERYTHING possible to destroy America. "Because I Could" reset the world ablaze.

Like Galveston's Moody said of lost population and property left vacated after the epic 1900 Hurricane, "Good. More for us." (PEC 2000 issue editorial)

At least put the blame on the POTUS for igniting the petro-dollar, torching the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, for making the most self destructive American foreign policy OFFICIAL by appointment: 'We came, we saw, we killed, bwahahahahaha,' everywhere.

As bad as things are NOW, consider well how much worse everything is becoming with each new order to bomb or invade or drone whoever's next on the list. You KNOW the administration and Congress will blame taxpayers for not caring enough to GIVE MORE, and blame our military personnel for getting hurt in the first place. Hell, what was "training" for anyway if a soldier's going to get blown away. May as well send 'em over raw for the grinder. Same brass pockets stuffed with blood money in league with transnational corporations that effectively "own" our US Military for all practical purposes, funded by US Taxpayers, "nation building" aka "developing nations" FOR PROFIT AND POWER at the entire expense of US Military lives and US Taxpayers funding the meat grinders.

Yes, the VA Scandal is in our faces. While surrounding us are all the corporate glut wars enslaving us and committing genocides that make the millions slain during the 20th Century look like peanuts.

Posted by: panzernashorn at May 21, 2014 06:11 PM (gmrH5)

397 "I am not nearly as smart as Ezra Klein, who is ....."


===

That isn't possible. I have 2 houseplants and small ball of lint that are all smarter than Ezra Klein.

Posted by: jc at May 21, 2014 06:27 PM (PlzOe)

398 Government is not the Washington press corps' beat; Government is the Washington press corps' Cause.



====

in part because of the 1st Amendment. The press doesn't actually ever have to endure government. There is no press version of the EPA, DOJ, SEC, FDIC, FDA, etc. The constitution prohibits such things. The media just doesn't experience government in their work lives like everyone else.


To the average schmuck in the press, government is that nice group of people with the handy-dandy press packets that help them get something on paper by their cutoff time. So what they write just ends up another batch of new government sponsored bullshit each time.


Posted by: jc at May 21, 2014 06:47 PM (PlzOe)

399 You are missing a key mission objective of The Blob: Screw White Conservatives.

It takes a lot to get a government employee to stop pleasuring itself to internet pron and actually do something. But White Conservatives are its natural prey. They jump on them like Hyena on Gazelle.

Posted by: Steve in Greensboro at May 21, 2014 07:00 PM (ZG3Fa)

400 Government is not the Washington press corps' beat; Government is the Washington press corps' Cause.

Nice.

Posted by: toby928(C) at May 21, 2014 07:01 PM (QupBk)

401 Ace, this is an awesome piece. Great job.

Posted by: Brass Bancroft at May 21, 2014 07:51 PM (tTMRX)

402 A post this epic is a good reminder that I need to hit the tip jar.

Posted by: Bivalve Curious at May 21, 2014 08:34 PM (aGqSh)

403 How does the HQ Amazon store work? Does it sync woth my prime account?

Posted by: RWC at May 21, 2014 08:43 PM (QeH9j)

404 One of the best posts in a long time.

Posted by: EC at May 21, 2014 08:44 PM (doBIb)

405 Government is not the Washington press corps' beat; Government is the Washington press corps' Cause.


I just want to reiterate that this is brilliant. Completely brilliant.


Posted by: alexthechick - Rwwwwaaaaaaaarrrrrr at May 21, 2014 08:46 PM (dMSj2)

406 Rest assured that Barrack and I will find the REAL culprits.

Posted by: OJ Simpson at May 21, 2014 08:50 PM (jYxCp)

407 Wait? Is this the same thread and same comments?



Can ace go to the barrel, or does he have a "get out of the barrel free" card?

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 08:53 PM (0FSuD)

408 Sorry if this has already been mentioned (I'm cooking - don't press, I'm sticking to it):

Over at Twitchy, Media Matters is catching some well deserved and amusing heat for nuclear hypocrisy on how they treated Bush on the same VA matter.

Posted by: LoneStarHeeb at May 21, 2014 08:54 PM (BZAd3)

409 The barrel is too big for ace.

We have a wine cask for him.

Posted by: garrett at May 21, 2014 08:54 PM (35Eqe)

410 500 or bust!

Posted by: toby928(C) is doing his part and enjoying cheap grace in the modern manner at May 21, 2014 08:54 PM (QupBk)

411 O/T: NOVA has the 2012 episode on the dambuster missions of WWII coming on...

Posted by: OG Celtic-American at May 21, 2014 08:55 PM (W7zKe)

412 "If you do shitty work in a minor job, you can get fired. If you do shitty work at a Super Important Mission-Critical Job, you get... well, they assign you more interns and assistants to help you manage your super-important load."

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Bonuses, Ace, you forgot bonuses..., and plush retirement plans.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at May 21, 2014 08:55 PM (aDwsi)

413 A post so nice we used it twice!

Posted by: Conservative Crank at May 21, 2014 08:57 PM (sQ0LB)

414 Vets were dying before Obama became outraged. They are dying now. They will be dying tomorrow, during the time Obama is asking for "patience" for the process to work itself out. A real opposition party would hammer this simple fact every time they opened their mouths. Vets are dying, what did Obama do today to stop it? Vets are dying, what did Obama do today to stop it? Vets are dying, what did Obama do today to stop it?

This emotive feelings-based LIV bullshit isn't that fcuking complicated, and it can be used just as effectively by the side that's ostensibly aligned with good, instead of Ultimate Evil like the left. I don't need Boehner's detached Washingtonese tut-tutting. Get in their faces.

Freeze it. Personalize it. Polarize it. Ridicule it.

Posted by: Bivalve Curious at May 21, 2014 08:57 PM (aGqSh)

415 because negligence takes less work than diligence.


Negligence doesn't make beer coozies.


Posted by: Mike Baker at May 21, 2014 08:57 PM (35Eqe)

416 Left overs.

Hello kaboomers

Posted by: Thunderb at May 21, 2014 08:58 PM (zOTsN)

417 I just want to reiterate that this is brilliant. Completely brilliant.


Posted by: alexthechick - Rwwwwaaaaaaaarrrrrr at May 21, 2014 08:46 PM


^^^Yeah...what AtC said.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at May 21, 2014 08:59 PM (zB+CQ)

418 How does the HQ Amazon store work? Does it sync woth my prime account?

Good ?

Posted by: BEL-Now with more apathy at May 21, 2014 08:59 PM (f7mRy)

419 Is it just me, or is the way this story (the VA) is playing out in the liberal press, MUCH different than other Barry crimes?



Posted by: Carol at May 21, 2014 04:11 PM (gjOCp)--- Wilson was not "all there," and the press had to have known, and FDR was never revealed to be a cripple. Funny how both of these were Dems too.

Posted by: Baldy at May 21, 2014 09:00 PM (2bql3)

420 Government is not the Washington press corps' beat; Government is the Washington press corps' Cause.


..............................


Surely you mean only when a democrat is president. Or do I need to go back and reread?

Posted by: Molly k. at May 21, 2014 09:00 PM (A4+6m)

421 Obama and the Democrats are lucky that vets don't vote.

Posted by: Daybrother at May 21, 2014 09:00 PM (pgIsr)

422 Angry Bird-brain.

Posted by: Cicero Kaboom! Kid at May 21, 2014 09:01 PM (Fp7JI)

423 Freeze it. Personalize it. Polarize it. Ridicule it.

Posted by: Bivalve Curious at May 21, 2014 08:57 PM (aGqSh)


We're on it. Just right after Amnesty.

Posted by: John Boehner at May 21, 2014 09:01 PM (QIVJq)

424 I see that a tweet from Gabe is Front Page at Twitchy:

Gabriel Malor @gabrielmalor
Follow

So this presser is simply so the president can demonstrate that he's angry-angry?

Posted by: Mike Hammer at May 21, 2014 09:03 PM (aDwsi)

425 WTF? My cut & paste worked?

Posted by: Mike Hammer at May 21, 2014 09:03 PM (aDwsi)

426 No one is angrier than I... that my golf routine is being interrupted.

Posted by: Barack H. Obama at May 21, 2014 09:03 PM (FcR7P)

427 I'm helping you get to 500>

This is some BS:

http://tinyurl.com/oz8j69e

Palestinians raise their flag over city hall in Paterson NJ and celebrate nakba day.

Posted by: LoneStarHeeb at May 21, 2014 09:04 PM (BZAd3)

428 Has anyone had problems posting from computer? It's fine from iPad & iPhone but not Mac.

Posted by: Carol at May 21, 2014 09:05 PM (gjOCp)

429 You want angry sucker? Im a put a whooping on you, Lordy! Lordy! Lordy!

Posted by: Michelle O goes Aunt Esther in him at May 21, 2014 09:06 PM (Fp7JI)

430 Carol - Seems OK here.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at May 21, 2014 09:06 PM (aDwsi)

431 418 How does the HQ Amazon store work? Does it sync woth my prime account?

Good ?

Posted by: BEL-Now with more apathy at May 21, 2014 08:59 PM (f7mRy)

Que?

Posted by: RWC at May 21, 2014 09:06 PM (QeH9j)

432 No one is angrier than I... that my golf routine is being interrupted.

------------

Actually his Blackberry went off during his speech and he glanced at it. The first thought I had was that it was a text saying that if he wanted to get 18 in before the fundraiser he needed to wrap it up.

Posted by: Daybrother at May 21, 2014 09:07 PM (PnuK0)

433 The VA does not lack funding but as most/all government agencies are very top heavy with useless bureaucrats. They issue directive after directive most of which are not reality based. A system that can't help but fail.

There is a serious lack of consistency within VA medical centers. Mine is very good but I've been to some bad ones and feel sorry for the vets that have to get their healthcare from them. I work with some phenomenal people but their are a few at my facility that should have been canned a long time ago.



Posted by: Cheri at May 21, 2014 09:07 PM (VDGzf)

434 This won't change your disposition one damned bit:

http://tinyurl.com/ngr9jgk

Illegal alien who killed a cop while drunk qualifies for amnesty.

Posted by: LoneStarHeeb at May 21, 2014 09:07 PM (BZAd3)

435 I'm mad, Bro.

Posted by: Barakhenaten I at May 21, 2014 09:07 PM (elR8/)

436

428
Has anyone had problems posting from computer? It's fine from iPad iPhone but not Mac

Carol? Apple? Come on, the dark side is ugly.

Get a computer.





Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 09:07 PM (0FSuD)

437 Great rant, but there is one minor problem.

The one big asset the enemy has is that the LIVs still think there is a press corp, media, free press, whatever in this country. There ain't, there is just The Party and a PR arm. One unified org chart. They won't be shamed into 'doing their job' and reporting on Obama (or HIllary... or Bill, etc.) and his misdeeds, crimes and bungling. Because they are DOING their job, it just isn't journalism.

And it won't ever go broke since the media empires who own most of them would write the whole division off as a payoff for favors from The Party if it ever came to crunch time.... although some more rightsizing will likely happen. And that doesn't even take into account billionaire playboys like Bezos outright putting the WaPo on his personal checkbook as a hobby sideline business (read, bought the biggest lobbying firm in DC). Or Carlos Slim funding the NYT, etc.

No, if something is to be done, we have to do it. And the ONE big thing we could do is to stop giving them the one thing they must have, belief in their existence. So long as WE act as if we believe they are still a media the LIVs will have zero chance of figuring it out. So we should never refer to them as such except in a sarcastic or dismissive way.

And any conservative who manages to actually get TV time should basically ignore the nominal opponent and go after the real one, the guy with the fancy chair and their name on the title animation. Because it is an iron clad certainty that the plan is for the host and the prog guest(s) to gang up on the token conservative. They almost always set up the terms of the debate where it is pretty much impossible to win, and if you do start winning anyway they will go to commercial and change the subject. Because it is THEIR SHOW and you are invited on to lose. So don't try; attack the host and their bogus framing of the debate, their credibility, their intellectual capacity whatever it takes. Just do it with a thin veneer or class or play for laughs. Destroy their credibility.

Even the dumbest LIV wouldn't tune into the DNC Nightly News with Debbie Was a Man Schultz hosting. But they watch NBC Nightly News and that idiot is just as much a Party hack; it requires everyone to agree to maintain the lie that there is any difference. So don't.

Posted by: John Morris at May 21, 2014 09:08 PM (OMT3n)

438 Post 414

Yes, and yes.

Posted by: Cicero Kaboom! Kid at May 21, 2014 09:08 PM (Fp7JI)

439 first thought I had was that it was a text saying that if he wanted to get 8" in before the fundraiser he needed to wrap it up.


Fixed for Accuracy

Posted by: Reggie Love at May 21, 2014 09:08 PM (elR8/)

440 Dipshit Dickhead is right. I am madder than him.

Posted by: nobody at May 21, 2014 09:09 PM (JdEZJ)

441 Nip Sip,
I love Mac. I do have Windows computer for when I work from home, but after having Mac for 2+ years! I hate Windows!

Posted by: Carol at May 21, 2014 09:10 PM (gjOCp)

442 This won't change your disposition one damned bit:
Illegal alien who killed a cop while drunk qualifies for amnesty.

Posted by: Lone
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Actually, it did.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, angrier than Obama at May 21, 2014 09:10 PM (aDwsi)

443 A: Lead and Let Die
Q: What is the theme song of Obama's scandals?

Posted by: Conservative Crank at May 21, 2014 09:10 PM (sQ0LB)

444 Has anyone had problems posting from computer? It's fine from iPad & iPhone but not Mac.
Posted by: Carol

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I post from my MAC 80% of the time and have no problems. You might go into your browser and under preferences make sure the default encoding is western latin ISO.

Posted by: Daybrother at May 21, 2014 09:10 PM (+9YVa)

445 Obama and the Democrats are lucky that vets don't vote.

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Oh, those dead vets will vote alright. 100% for the Donks.

Posted by: WalrusRex at May 21, 2014 09:10 PM (Mogjf)

446 I didn't read all this post. Is the movie review for Godzilla in there somewhere?

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 09:10 PM (0FSuD)

447 I knows the trouble you seen.

Posted by: nobody at May 21, 2014 09:12 PM (JdEZJ)

448 Thanks, Daybrother.
I've never had problem until last week when blog went out. I know it's not back 100% yet.

Posted by: Carol at May 21, 2014 09:13 PM (gjOCp)

449 441
Nip Sip,

I love Mac. I do have Windows computer for when I work from home, but after having Mac for 2+ years! I hate Windows!

Posted by: Carol at May 21, 2014 09:10 PM (gjOCp)

Just messing with you. I had an original mac back in the 80's and a Apple II Plus in the 70's that cost $3K. I have an Ipad kids gave me and I read email, but I have not figured out all the apple shit that the iphone women can do.

So windows for me.

Posted by: Nip Sip at May 21, 2014 09:13 PM (0FSuD)

450 " Rather like a very controlled, uptight WASP Hulk."


Drink met my monitor!

Posted by: Tami at May 21, 2014 09:16 PM (v0/PR)

451 I am not nearly as smart as Ezra Klein, who is apparently blogging about the "Green Lantern" Presidency today

What, because the original GL was retconned to be gay?

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452 18 How does the HQ Amazon store work? Does it sync woth my prime account?



Good ?



Posted by: BEL-Now with more apathy at May 21, 2014 08:59 PM (f7mRy)



Que?

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Seriously. I'm about to push the button on an butt load of items from my wish list and would like to throw the ewok some of the commission-if there is any.

Posted by: BEL-Now with more apathy at May 21, 2014 09:18 PM (f7mRy)

453 You think the president is mad... I'm madder than anything you can imagine. Our sacred veterans dying because bureaucrats don't care what happens to them. I'll establish a select committee to investigate just as soon as we get this amnesty bill passed.

Posted by: Weeping John Boehner at May 21, 2014 09:18 PM (ylhEn)

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Posted by: ManWithNoParty at May 21, 2014 09:18 PM (ojnk6)

455 Thanks, Daybrother.
I've never had problem until last week when blog went out. I know it's not back 100% yet.
Posted by: Carol


Thank Anon Y mouse. He clued me in.
The blog still has problems with articles and pronouns. Heh.

Posted by: Daybrother at May 21, 2014 09:19 PM (LVS93)

456 Daybrother,
I checked & it is set to that.

Posted by: Carol at May 21, 2014 09:20 PM (gjOCp)

457 sted by: BEL-Now with more apathy at May 21, 2014 09:18 PM (f7mRy)


Best I can tell, if you sign out of Amazon. Go through the Portal on the Main Page and sign back in before you make your purchase, Ace should get his cut.

...but I am pretty sure it's peanuts compared to the avalanche of T-Shirt and Blog money he sees.

Posted by: garrett at May 21, 2014 09:20 PM (elR8/)

458 Watching the Obama administration I'm reminded of these immortal words from Homer Simpson:

I want to share something with you -- the three little sentences that will

get you through life. Number one, "Cover for me." Number two, "Oh, good

idea, boss." Number three, "It was like that when I got here."


Posted by: Baron Von Ottomatic at May 21, 2014 09:22 PM (uhMMS)

459 Best I can tell, if you sign out of Amazon. Go through the Portal on
the Main Page and sign back in before you make your purchase, Ace should
get his cut.



Gracias.

Posted by: Zombie Robert Byrd at May 21, 2014 09:28 PM (f7mRy)

460 Ace at his best here. Saw this at work earlier, but didn't comment.

The left will mock the concept of "trickle down economics". Oh will they ever laugh at the idea that letting people keep more of their money allows for benefits that will be felt at every income level. You're a naive idiot if you believe that! They'll point out every bad actor, every fat cat that is greedy and uncaring, and tell you "See!!! See that?".

Yet, they believe in their own kind of trickle down economics, and are bigger zealots about it than most conservatives. It's just that they believe the money goes to the bureaucrats instead, and then if we only give these guy money, then they will surely pass the riches and benefits down to everybody. They are more naive about this than any conservative is regarding tax policy. If you suggest this isn't the way it works when government gets it hands on dollars, you're uncaring, greedy, and possibly racist.

At least an individual bad actor can be dealt with individually. When these massive organizations fail, there is not any accountability at all. The Department of Education has been screwing poor kids over and over, and screwing them over hard. Not only is there no accountability, the answer is usually to fund the department more. The kicker is that when this suggestion to "invest in our kids" is brought up every campaign, we have half of the population that nod their heads knowingly, even in the face of repeated failure. They've done such a spectacular job failing to teach critical thought to kids, that they can now sell this particular brand of trickle down economics, and have it be naively accepted and applauded even as they grow bigger, more inefficient, and more unaccountable.

At least when a private enterprise or individual screws over people, there are avenues of justice. It might not come as fast as anybody would prefer, but it has a chance of eventually coming. When these guys screw up, this is what you will get every time. You're lucky if this is all you get. You're probably going to have to fund it with more of your money. With a mentality like that, hell, there is even an incentive to put the screws to the citizen.

"We're sorry that people had to go through all this. I think this proves that we just don't have enough of your money, so you're going to have to give us more. Thanks, and again, so sorry about this. Lesson learned. We just didn't take enough from you, but we'll fix that right away."

Posted by: Dave S. at May 21, 2014 09:30 PM (UvR6d)

461 I knows the trouble you seen.

Posted by: nobody at May 21, 2014 09:12 PM (JdEZJ) Smite posts from (JdEZJ)


I chuckled.

Posted by: toby928(C) is doing his part and enjoying cheap grace in the modern manner at May 21, 2014 09:31 PM (QupBk)

462 Boehner is a real problem. He is worthless.



Hey now back off - he is working really hard on Amnesty.

Posted by: An Observation at May 21, 2014 09:40 PM (ylhEn)

463 Not everyone who works for the Feds is completely unnecessary and useless. I mean I am as pissed off at the Feds on a regular basis as any other Moron here at the HQ, and I have been collecting Uncle Sam's shilling since I was a 20 year old officer cadet in 1993. Officer cadet, regular NCO, contractor, and now actual civilian employee. Another twenty years and I can actually retire.

These days, now that the uniform is off, I work at one of the larger Army posts. I'm in the section that makes the targets on the firing ranges go up and down. If I am not sitting in a control room making targets go up and down while the kids shoot at them, I am fixing targets that already had the shit shot out of them. I do this forty hours a week. Just about everyone I work with is former military- the guy who runs the scheduling office used to be my first sergeant ten years back. We juggle our scheduling since there's no money for overtime. If we don't get the job done, the units complain to their chain of command and eventually the commanding general or his rep bitches downward. Fortunately we are pretty good at what we do and that doesn't happen. When I was still an infantry sergeant, I had a list of shit that pissed me off about the civilians so now I don't do any of it.

That being said, a whole bunch of the Pentagon is fucking useless and the other government agencies get worse.

Posted by: SGT Dan's Cat at May 21, 2014 09:42 PM (wYR0H)

464
"2. Do as little work as possible."



This is so true and so telling. After years of working as a gubmint drone, I concluded that doing as little work as possible was a status symbol, or a threat. If someone did nothing, he or she had "juice." If someone has juice, you had better let him be, or your job or peace of mind would be in jeopardy.


I have wracked my brain on how to introduce accountability to gubmint offices. It cannot be done; those jobs are by nature inviolable. The only solution is to shrink their numbers. Reagan understood that. I doubt if many GOP today do.

Posted by: PJ at May 21, 2014 09:58 PM (ZWaLo)

465 Kimye getting married

Poof

It goes away

Posted by: thunderb at May 21, 2014 10:13 PM (zOTsN)

466 Nailed it, Ace! Everyone should read this article.

Posted by: Mark in Portland at May 22, 2014 01:04 AM (+28pt)

467 You guys do know that Valerie Jarrett opens up Barry's back every day to wind him up, right?

Posted by: Mike at May 22, 2014 01:38 AM (cxO8w)

468 This is the best analysis of bureaucratic employees' incentive structure I've seen. I usually don't bother commenting just to praise a post, without some point of my own to make, but this is in a class of it's own.

If this was seriously read by just half the Americans with an IQ above room temperature and open minded enough to actually think about the points you made, Democrats would never win another election against any at least semi-conservative Republican smarter than Richard Mourdock in any constituency larger than a gerrymandered congressional district.

Posted by: gensec at May 22, 2014 03:01 AM (O+6LQ)

469 Waaay late to this, but this should be required reading for all young people, and adults too. Perhaps the single best reason to vote GOP is that the press will sometimes apply heat to them when they're in charge.

Posted by: stace at May 22, 2014 09:23 AM (6Go5G)

470 _______________________________

Ace,

Read this yesterday but didn't have time to comment.

This is not one of your best written pieces (though it is fairly well written). But it is one of the most important pieces you've written.

You do an excellent job of explicating the paradigmatic problems with bureaucracies. - Why they are necessarily (i.e., by nature) malignancies growing on and into the citizenry.

Among several things you highlighted that had not occurred to me before: How even the lowliest peon in government bureaucracy has some level of significant power over any American citizen who has to deal with him. (Unlike the fry cook at Burger King.) And as you indicate, how this pervasively promotes a callous and utterly removed sensibility within bureaucracies towards the citizens it rules over.

My only suggestion is that you find a better term than "phoney baloney jobs". It's not that I don't think that many government jobs are indeed unnecessary make-"work" positions. In fact, a good many of them really are phoney baloney bullshit positions that could be outright eliminated to the benefit of the tax payer.
Rather, it's that obviously a significant number of bureaucratic jobs are necessary. - And I believe that your diagnosis of the problem of bureaucracy applies especially to the _necessary_ (non-bullshit) bureaucratic jobs.

And while your piece was clearly written for the choir, I believe its presentation could be refined to win converts.

I truly believe this is a seminal piece you've written.


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