“Mark Twain once talked about history not necessarily repeating, but he noted that history sure does rhyme.
Richard Nixon was unable to survive one direct hit upon his administration, namely, the Watergate scandal. Conversely, Obama is facing five scandals which dwarf Watergate in terms of criminality, abuse of power, malfeasance of office and outright treason.
The damage inflicted upon the American people by the criminal syndicate occupying the White House is unparalleled in American history. Yet, Obama is going to survive and this article will describe how Obama is this century’s version of the famous escape artist, Houdini.”
Via Activist Post
“After keeping the White House press corps waiting for more than 40 minutes in the rain, President Barack Obama finally emerged from the West Wing to hold a press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Obama took the first question from Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, whose parents contributed at least $5,400 to Obama during the last cycle.
Today was not the first time Goldman has received preferential treatment from Obama. Obama personally served birthday cake to Goldman during an Air Force One flight from Afghanistan last May.”
Via Free Beacon
‘What is that? It’s simply a reproduction of the Debt To The Penny series. The first column is the public debt, the next is Social Security and Medicare (mostly), the third is the total and the last is the month-to-month change (which is, of course, simple arithmetic.)
What we see is that since September 28th 2012 (the last business day for which this was reported) there has been a net $762.6 billion of new debt added to the Federal balance sheet, not $488 billion.
Oh, and for those who are keeping track Social Security and Medicare are almost $90 billion in the hole this fiscal year thus far.
In addition, April was not a net surplus month. January was close, and that’s frequently the case because January is corporate tax payment month.
Remember that this fiscal year included debt ceiling games; it is thus grossly distorted unless you look at the cash statement.”
Via Market Ticker
“NBC News is in the process of appointing a new chief. The purpose? To rearrange what is already false reality, to make it more interesting and dramatic.
The desperate networks are grasping at straws. Their ratings reflect a continuing audience exodus.
I once wrote that, if tomorrow the top news anchors admitted they were drag queens, the whole country would immediately collapse. That’s how fragile America actually is.
I’ve updated that comment, because the USA is now so tolerant the top anchors could come out as collies or toasters and everyone would feel compelled to consider the revelation with warm regard.
So here is the new formulation: If tomorrow, television news disappeared completely, the human mind would lose its mirror and chaos would ensue.
The minds of most viewers lack context, are satisfied with cartoons of reality, yearn for authorities, and will accept any version of “being informed.””
Via Alt Market
Govt obtains wide AP phone records in probe
“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 incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, 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.
In all, the government seized those 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 whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.”
“The brother of a top Obama administration official is also the president of CBS News, and the network may be days away from dropping one of its top investigative reporters for covering the administration’s scandals too aggressively.
CBS News executives have reportedly expressed frustration with their own reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, who has steadily covered the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack in Libya since late last year.
“Network sources” told Politico Wednesday that CBS executives feel Attkisson’s Benghazi coverage is bordering on advocacy, and Attkisson “can’t get some of her stories on the air.””
Via The Daily Caller
“The White House today held a secret meeting to try to influence journalists’ reporting on Benghazi.
It reportedly began at 12:45 pm ET and forced the regular, public briefing scheduled for 12:30 pm to be delayed until mid afternoon.
Let my try to explain what went on here and what I think about it. I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts on it too, since mine is very much an inside-the-Beltway perspective on this.
First of all, of course, yours truly was not invited. Only 14 news outlets were, presumably those judged by the White House to be the largest and most important.
The briefing was conducted on “deep background.” This means that reporters were aloud to use information they heard during the briefing, but not permitted to use actual quotes or say who briefed.”
“In yet another example of the massive gap between the American people’s perception of what is going on around them (whether by propaganda channels or simply cognitive bias) and the actual reality, Reuters reports that while gun-related homicides are down 39% from the 1993 peak, only 12% of people believe that gun crimes have fallen. Non-fatal firearm crimes declined by 69% to 467,300 in the same period but 56% of Americans believe that gun crime is higher now than it was 20 years ago, the Pew Research Center said its poll showed. The dichotomy between record food stamp usage (and non-employment) and multi-year highs in consumer sentiment comes to mind – we wonder which is more ‘real’.”
Via Zero Hedge
U.S. culture war brewing as backlash grows against socialism, gun control and attacks on American values
“As the Obama administration continues its attempted cultural purge of conservativism, gun owners and anyone who practices religion, there is a massive underground backlash that’s building up steam and may be nearing the stage of revolt.
This article is a tour of several astonishing recent poll results and statistics that paint a picture of an armed cultural backlash taking shape in America. It’s off the radar of the mainstream media because the media doesn’t want to acknowledge the reality of what’s happening. But beneath the surface, a cultural backlash is seething, fed up with the criminal occupation of America by anti-freedom socialists and Marxists who are quite literally working to destroy the U.S. economy and cultural conservatism.
Regardless of where you stand on the Obama Administration or even being “progressive” vs. “conservative,” this cultural backlash needs to be on your radar because it leads to a boiling point that may bring America to the brink of civil war.”
Via Natural News
“Logic trumps rhetoric, and experience constitutes evidence.
For example, when Florida passed “must-issue” concealed carry the gun banners said that the result would be gunfights in the street on a daily basis. They even went so far as to run advertisements advocating that people not vacation in Florida because it was now the “Gunshine State” where mere presence on the street make you a walking target for all the crazy citizens who could now shoot you “at-will.”
What actually happened? Violent crime of all sorts went down precipitously.
This, incidentally, would not be particularly convincing as an example standing alone, but it doesn’t stand alone. Not far distant in time, in the same period, Massachusetts massively tightened gun restrictions, requiring permits for virtually all guns. What happened? The gun murder rate doubled in the ensuing two decades even though in the nation as a whole, and in those places where gun laws were loosened, murder rates declined.”
Via Market Ticker