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The Corner of I Don’t Know and Irrelevant

Posted in Benghazi, DOJ, IRS with tags , , , , , , on May 20, 2013 by indeepschmidt

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We ended the week on “I Don’t Know” Street and now we begin a new on “Irrelevant” Street. Thus, we are on the corner of “I Don’t Know” and “Irrelevant”.

The landscape of “I Don’t Know” looked much like hysteria. When asked a question Attorney Eric Holder simply stated “I don’t know”. He blamed that fact of his recusal from the Associated Press scandal that broke about the Department of Justice seizing the phone records and wiretapping the phones of reporters and editors during a leak investigation. Then we also saw “I don’t know” used in the House Ways and Means Committee Hearing into the Internal Revenue Service Scandal. Outing going Commissioner Steve Miller had no problem using the words when asked a variety or questions regarding “who knew what and when” the IRS began targeting conservative groups seeking tax exempt status. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney used that narrative. “I don’t know” or “we had no knowledge of that” was commonly used by the Press Secretary when asked repeatedly all week-long about both of the mentioned scandals plus Benghazi. The Benghazi situation seems to be mostly about who audited the official talking points that we used by both the White House and State Department in wake of the terrorist attack on 9/11 of last year as well as who order the military to stand down.

Now we move forward to “Irrelevant” Street. On Sunday, White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer said that it was “irrelevant” where President Barrack Obama was during the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi. He also went on another show and said it was again “irrelevant” who edited the Benghazi talking points. Then just to make sure we knew where we were, he went on yet another show and said, “I can’t speak to the law here, the law is irrelevant.” That same rhetoric was repeated Sunday on the same 5 morning shows that Ambassador Susan Rice went on that originally began part of the Benghazi scandal.

Now we know where we are. However, we still have no idea where we are going. There is still a major scandal ongoing with the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. We also find out today that the President and DOJ are continuing their assault on the first amendment of the constitution by new revelations that the DOJ investigated Fox News reporter James Rosen in 2009. If that was not enough, it is still unknown if he will be charged criminally. He has been named as a co-conspirator in a 40 page application for a search warrant presented to a federal judge. Along with Rosen, late today we find out Producer Mike Levin and another reporter also had their emails taken. More details are sure to come but one has to wonder if like the AP this investigation included phone records.

At this point, it is becoming very clear that the press is no longer free. The government is outright spying on reporters, interfering with reporting and clearly taking constitutional exception to areas where the media are concerned. Now, more than ever, political views by the media need be cast aside and the media needs to stand as one. Whether they agree with each other, reporting or stories are “irrelevant”. What is relevant is the DOJ and Obama Administration are attacking the free press. If the media does not bond together to battle a common foe two things are surely going to happen, there will be more cases of this against the media and people will no longer believe what is reported in the media.

Stop the Ride, Someone Needs to Get Off

Posted in Benghazi, IRS, Obamacare, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 15, 2013 by indeepschmidt

I KNOW NOTHING!

You may remember the Wendy’s commercial from back in the 80’s when a little old lady said, “Where’s the beef?” This became a famous tag line for a while. There was also a television show with Tony Danza “Who’s the Boss”. Now we flash forward to 2013 and I propose we combine the two and create an ad line for the Federal Government to use. “Where’s the Boss”.

The genie is out of the bottle, toothpaste out of the tube, air is out of the balloon, any cliché you want to use. They administration needs to understand this. For the last few days we have had one answer after another from this government regarding the IRS scandal, Department of Justice, Health and Human Services, Benghazi and the list goes on. This Scandalpalooza is growing by the day. No legitimate answers have been given by either the White House or Attorney General Holder. The president claimed Monday that he discovered the IRS scandal from the media reports. Today AG Holder said “I run a Department of over 116.000 I can’t know everything that is done” You must be kidding. Only in Never-Never-Land could this be an acceptable answer. You just admitted that you can’t do your job. You were put in that position to do just that. Manage your dept.

Today David Axelrod made a statement that may be the most accurate thing reported yet. During and interview with MSNBC Axelrod said  “Part of being president is there is so much beneath you that you cannot know because the government is so vast,” Where in the world is that an acceptable reason for the goings on with this administration.

Who in this government is ever going to step up and take responsibility for the things that have happened? Is America so engulfed by “Dancing with the Stars” or “The Voice” or “Survivor” “The Nanny” or whatever it is that is keeping them from paying attention that they can let their government escape from accountability.

I am not going to play politics about the last election. People voted for the candidate of their choice and that is fine. That is the way the country is run. Now I put to the public WAKE UP! Your freedoms and rights are being violated by this government. I will not point the finger at the President even though I could because ultimately the buck stops with him. Lets look at the events and see who is responsible.

The IRS is running rampant with illegal seizures of more than 10 million medical records in California and is being drawn into a class action lawsuit that us taxpayers will undoubtedly have to pay for. Conservative and Tea Party groups are beginning to line up to sue the IRS if for nothing else but to recoup legal fees they incurred to fight back. Again, money us taxpayers will have to cough up. The Department of Justice is on the hot seat for two issues as well. First, they illegally obtained the records of more than 100 Associated Press reporters phone lines including their homes and cell. The Attorney General claims he recused himself but had no comment when he was asked when that was. The department’s regulations state that prosecutors should obtain the Attorney General’s personal sign off when a free press is at stake. The Attorney General reports that he did not sign off or have knowledge in this case because of the recusal. This all taking place when we still don’t have answers about Fast and Furious. Now the President wants to appoint this individual to oversee the investigation of the IRS. You have to be kidding.

The State Department still can’t come up with answers regarding the Benghazi scandal. The talking points memo that sparked the latest round of controversy along with the recent testimony of the Whistleblower to the House Oversite Committee. Still no one can offer a direct answer as to who ordered the stand down not once but twice.

The Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is now being investigated by the House for alleged soliciting private funds to help pay for implementing Obamacare. This after Obamacare was supposed to be the program that was going to save us millions and billions of dollars every year and put the government back in the black.

The public comments of “The White House has no knowledge of this” and “The White House cannot comment on an ongoing investigation” need to stop. The President above all others, beyond politics, needs to stand up and tell it like it is. He was voted to the office to Lead the nation. So stand up and be a leader. Leadership  is what we all want and need right now. Heads need to roll and he needs to show us something to restore confidence in the public trust. Outside of politics, he needs to lead us. Hopefully it’s not off the nearest cliff.

Mainstream Media Goes Against Current

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 15, 2013 by indeepschmidt

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If one thing is for certain, the events of the last week or so has the media finally engaged in peeling back the layers of the Obama Administration. What must the media do now and how can they make sure this type of thing doesn’t happen in the future.

First we should back up and look at how we got here. In all honesty the media is in part to blame for the situation. Barrack Obama was never fully vetted by this media. Outside of Fox News, no one in the media came to Obama during the campaign or the first 4 years of his  administration  to get answers to hard questions. The left leaning media sites fell in love with him the moment he turned on the  teleprompter.

Now the media is in a full boil and to quote CNN today “watching this unfold is giving me whiplash”. That is the way it needs to be. The media needs to continue to follow leads,  develop  stories and hammer the government everyday until the truth comes out. Its too bad that the media had to sit back and wait until the AP itself discovered it had been targeted for what appears to be illegal activity by the Department of Justice before they opened their eyes.

This administration has shown itself to us. Corruption has reared its head, looked us in the eye, and dared us to  challenge  it on its face value. The simple truth is this. The mainstream media has trumpeted from the hilltops for the conservatives to stop playing politics and work in a bi-partisan manner. Okay, let them show us how it is done. Will they continue to roast this administration and seek the truth we shall see.

At the end of this rainbow we need to finally see transparency. The White House needs to come clean or the media and congress need to turn up the heat. We have 4 scandals in play not 3. The 4th has been buried a bit the last few days but we have to remember the situation with the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary is on the  hot seat  so to speak as well. Literally more than one forth of the Presidents cabinet is involved in a scandal of one sort or another. We have the IRS, Department of Justice, State Department and HHS. What is needed is all the details. The story is how high up the ladder does this go. Our daily BS sessions with Jay Carney will not  glean  the details we need. The press need to wake up and stay fulled engaged and demand answers on behalf of the public. That is in fact their job.