Thursday, May 16, 2013
Usually, I would have called this "Short Subjects," but modern life being what it is, I guess I'll just do what bloggers do. I mean, something is bound to be scandalous? Right?
If you have to figure out who was most responsible for the death of J. Christopher Stevens and three of his staff, the most likely offender was J. Christopher Stevens. Hell, he was the ambassador, and should have known the country better than anybody else. Yes, it's a shame he's dead, but I guess he put a little too much faith in the Islamist assholes who were supposed to be protecting him. Bad call, but I don't think certain shrill members of Congress can blame it on either Hillary or the big O.
IRS agents in Cincinnati targeted local Tea Party groups for special scrutiny, albeit most of those groups had about as much "pull" as arthritic chickens. The IRS was afraid to go after the big boys, like Obama's "Organizing for Action," or Karl Rove's "Crossroads GPS." Okay, maybe they wanted to do more harm to conservative groups but, really, they didn't harm anybody. It's mostly bullshit, which is why Our President felt free to tell us how awful it was.
Raiding the AP
I can't recall anybody ever referring to the Obama administration as a champion of civil liberties, and that seems to be mostly because it never was. Attorney General Eric Holder, recently of Wall Street, never brings suits against big money, but he is not hesitant to persecute the press for releasing information we all really ought to know. If we lose our free press (to the extent that it is free and not bought), we lose whatever is left of our democracy.
I am so nostalgic for the Nixon administration, which was the last time we had something resembling democracy rather than plutocracy in this country. We will continue to move in the direction of austerity, no matter how much evidence arises to tell us it is the wrong direction. The "starve the beast" assholes prevail, in both parties.
Here, in the USofA, it's not any "beast" being starved. It's people. Ordinary, everyday people.