Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Obama stirs up the bordello

Things are heating up.


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news. 
The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP. It was not clear if the records also included incoming calls or the duration of calls. 
In all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted, on a wide array of stories about government and other matters. 
In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies. 
"There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP's newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP's activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know," Pruitt said.

Why on earth would Obama's thugs snoop on their strumpets in the palace stenography pool?

Well, some of the snooping seems to be connected to a May 7, 2012 AP story:

The May 7, 2012, AP story that disclosed details of the CIA operation in Yemen to stop an airliner bomb plot occurred around the one-year anniversary of the May 2, 2011, killing of Osama bin Laden. 
The plot was significant both because of its seriousness and also because the White House previously had told the public it had "no credible information that terrorist organizations, including al-Qaida, are plotting attacks in the U.S. to coincide with the (May 2) anniversary of bin Laden's death." 
The AP delayed reporting the story at the request of government officials who said it would jeopardize national security. Once government officials said those concerns were allayed, the AP disclosed the plot because officials said it no longer endangered national security. The Obama administration, however, continued to request that the story be held until the administration could make an official announcement. 
The May 7 story was written by reporters Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman with contributions from reporters Kimberly Dozier, Eileen Sullivan and Alan Fram. They and their editor, Ted Bridis, were among the journalists whose April-May 2012 phone records were seized by the government. 

Echoes of Benghazi. Obama talking points leading to November 2012 were that al-Qaida was no more. Bin Laden was dead. Americans were safe. The One had triumphed. The Obama Administration had an election to win, and the talking points had to be pristine. They couldn't have the palace stenographers reporting anything that might jeopardize Ohio or Florida.

An election to protect. Benghazi. IRS intimidation of conservatives. Hacked phone records of AP stenographers who won't perform the right tricks.

Note to Obama: be careful about doing dirty things to the folks who buy electrons by the barrel. The palace stenographers may giggle in bed, but they're territorial, and as every Chicago pol knows, there's nothing worse than a whorehouse full of angry trollops.


  1. If the Justice Department had secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press under a President Bush (or McCain, or Romney, or Palin, or Bachmann) the "Progressive" Left would be screaming.

    1. President Bachmann, that's funny

    2. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyMay 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      Not as funny as "President" Obama. That's joke worthy of the ages.

  2. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyMay 14, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Well, part of the reason would be that the Bush White House didn't (or wouldn't) hire the relatives of MSM executives as "National Security Advisers".

    But they can't blame Bush for this one. Personally, I blame global warming and "low-level" employees. I'll bet former BP CEO Tony Hayward wishes he'd have had this kind escape hatch: "It was a 'low-level employee' who caused the oil spill. I was on the golf course."

  3. GWU Professor of Public Interest Law Jonathan Turley characterizes the Obama administration spying on AP editors and reporters as Nixonian.

    His 3/26/13 USA Today column identifies other similarities between Barry and Dick: Warrantless surveillance, Unilateral military action, Kill lists, and Attacking whistle-blowers and journalists.

    Turley's column concludes: "Obama has not only openly asserted powers that were the grounds for Nixon’s impeachment, but he has made many love him for it. More than any figure in history, Obama has been a disaster for the U.S. civil liberties movement. By coming out of the Democratic Party and assuming an iconic position, Obama has ripped the movement in half. Many Democrats and progressive activists find themselves unable to oppose Obama for the authoritarian powers he has assumed. It is not simply a case of personality trumping principle; it is a cult of personality."

    For those Obots feeling some discomfort: watch Jon Stewart and Bill Maher, then you'll feel better.

    1. Even Jon Stewart isn't taking Obama's side on this one.


    2. It's worse than Nixonian. Nixon discussed abusing the IRS to harass his political opponents. Obama actually did it.

      The IRS accusation ended up as one of Nixon's articles of impeachment.

      Remember when Glenn Beck was audited in 2009? That happened to be the year that Beck really came into his own. It stunk to high heaven on political retribution, which I said at the time, and was accused of being a conspiracy theorist. Doesn't sound so crazy now, does it?


    3. A conspiracy theorist is anyone who doesn't believe the denials of this administration, and only this administration. That's the definition I learned from Hoo. If Jay Carney says that there's nothing to see here, then there's nothing to see, you tin-foil hat wearing nincompoop.

      Not believing the denials of the last administration is still okay.

      Little John

    4. Aren't you jumping the gun, gentlemen? As far as I know, an investigation has not been completed. We shall see how this happened.


    5. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyMay 14, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      How does one "jump the gun" on an admission of guilt, lackwit?

    6. Looks like admiral needs a hug. Nurse, give him a teddy bear when you have a chance.


    7. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyMay 14, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Excellent answer, you lying fraud. Couldn't Google up anything?

    8. Teddy bear didn't seem to help. Time for a diaper change!


    9. @Hoo:

      As the Admiral pointed out, you can't "jump the gun" on a public confession.

      It is established that the IRS intimidated the President's enemies and passed confidential information to the President's allies.

      Fact, not allegation.

      The question is: how high and wide does this go?

      The answer, which is a question, is simple: cui bono?

      Don't tell me "low level IRS employees". I'l hurt myself laughing.

    10. You are delusional, doc. Get some psychiatric help.

      The IRS at the time was headed by Douglas Shulman, a Bush appointee. If anyone's head should roll, he would be a good candidate.

      And before you spew any more nonsense picked up on conservative websites, find out what was actually happening.



    11. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyMay 14, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      Oh, read a Progressive blogger, eh? LOL

      Didn't take long to stimulate your second neuron to "blame Bush" did it? You so smart. That so origi-nal. Think that all up on your own, did you?

      The same IRS office that deliberately targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential applications of conservative groups to ProPublica late last year.
      -- ProPublica (5/13), a Sandler/Soros-funded non-profit

      Now ProPublica is "spewing". I love that word. Spew. Has a ring to it. It's the first thing out of a troll's mouth when caught lying or backed into a corner.

    12. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyMay 14, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      BTW, I'll tell you what ProPublica is doing... They're covering their asses in anticipation of the s*** hitting the fan.

      Oh, a little dis-cov-ery would be soooo de-light-ful. A sweet little tune, indeed. Wait for the lawyers. They're tugging on their briefs.

    13. Admiral, still with a soiled diaper? I sympathize.

      If not the diaper, you could perhaps realize that the IRS released the documents not of its own initiative, but in response to a public-records request. It is obliged to do so.

      What a dolt.


    14. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyMay 14, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      Still looking down the tracks at the headlight of that genetic train wreck, eh? I can understand why it's on your mind. My sympathies. But make sure you can write those checks!

      By the way, that article you Googled up was about Crossroads, Rove's group. It has nothing to do with the current scandal.

      [L]ast November, the Cincinnati office of the IRS sent ProPublica applications or documentation for 31 groups. Nine of those applications had not yet been approved — meaning they were not supposed to be made public.
      -- ProPublica (5/13) a Sandler/Soros funded non-profit

      You incompetent fucking idiot. You can't even use Google competently.

    15. @Hoo:

      [The IRS at the time was headed by Douglas Shulman, a Bush appointee. If anyone's head should roll, he would be a good candidate.]

      We need a big basket. Lots of heads.

      [And before you spew any more nonsense picked up on conservative websites, find out what was actually happening.]

      The targeting of conservatives was admitted by the IRS hack in charge, and Obama expressed anger and a determination to correct this. (ha ha). Even the gangsters aren't really denying it.

      [You are delusional, doc. Get some psychiatric help. ]

      Ironically, the IRS is tasked with administering Obamacare. So if you are a conservative and you want psychiatric care for the (true) belief that the IRS is targeting you, you have to get the care through the IRS.

    16. egnor: "The targeting of conservatives was admitted by the IRS hack in charge, and Obama expressed anger and a determination to correct this. (ha ha). Even the gangsters aren't really denying it. "

      You are putting way too much spin on it. Your characterization is completely over the top. Here is what the "IRS hack" said:

      ""It was an error in judgment, and it was not appropriate, but that's what they did," Lerner told reporters. She declined to talk about how many employees were involved and whether there would disciplinary action. "I think they were insensitive, or less sensitive than they should have been."

      The error, she said, was in assuming that any group with "tea party" or "patriot" in its name necessarily needed more scrutiny for political activity just because of its name. About 300 groups that had applied for tax-exempt status were put into a "bucket" of cases needing further scrutiny, and of those, about a quarter had tea party affiliations."

      USA Today.


    17. @Hoo:

      There was no "error". The targeting of conservatives was quite purposeful. Your excuses for this criminal use of government power are sickening.

      If Republicans did a tiny fraction of this to you, you'd be squealing like a pig.

    18. Didn't you say there was an "admission of guit," doc? Were you and I reading different statements by the IRS people? Apparently so.


  4. The IRS was passing the National Organization for Marriage's confidential tax information on to the homosexual bullies.


    The head of the "Human Rights Campaign" (misnomer alert) was also the co-chair of Obama's re-election campaign.

    The IRS isn't supposed to be a weapon in the administration's arsenal but clearly it is.

    It appears that purpose of collecting all of this information on conservative groups was so they could hand it on to ProPublica, a left-wing journalism outfit. Totally illegal. ProPublica has run stories in the past about conservative groups that masquerade as nonprofits, which is really funny because that's what ProPublica is.


  5. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyMay 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Off-topic: Baby-killers and the murder industry

    Gosnell, convicted of racketeering, multiple murder counts, and other miscellaneous felonies, faces life in prison. He may not want to be placed in the general population, though. Even incarcerated felons have some residual glimmers of morality. They may stick a pair of scissors in his spine. I hope not. I hope he lives to 100 and rots in solitary. One thing for sure, like the comment he made about the 30-week baby he murdered, he won't be "walking to the bus" anymore.

    As an aside, even his own children didn't show up for the trial.

    "What led to this -- these convictions of murder for this man -- is the fact that people have been pushed back into these holes to do something that's legal.
    -- Sen. Harry Reid (D - Nevada)

    Now that's a fine display of Progressive intellect.

    1. Outlaw abortion and you’re asking for a thousand Gosnells


    2. @KW:

      [Outlaw abortion and you’re asking for a thousand Gosnells]

      Don't you think before you say stupid things?

      Before Roe, abortion was outlawed in many states.

      Name the Gosnells, prior to 1973.

    3. Michael,

      And abortions would still be done, illegally, without regulation. One of the problems with Kermit Gosnell was that he managed to get by without inspection for so long. It was a massive failure of state regulation. His clinic should have been closed years ago, instead of 2 years ago.