The Most ‘Transparent’ President in History Has More Secrecy Than Ever

Once again we see an example of the essential falsehood upon which the Obama administration was built. When Obama ran for the White House and then won he did so claiming that his would be an open presidency unlike that evil, evil George Bush’s. But since he won it has become clear that Obama is actually more secretive than Bush was. Yet, liberals give him a pass on this major lie upon which he built his case for election.

During all six years of his presidency we’ve seen the truth come out. But this month we see yet another example. A new study finds that at an increasing rate every year Obama has been censoring government documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act or outright refusing to supply them quite despite his claims that he’d expedite the process and fulfill more requests.

The recent study shows that, “the government’s efforts to be more open about its activities last year were their worst since President Barack Obama took office.”

Despite Obama’s hoary claims that he was going to have the most open and ethical presidency ever, that he’d institute the strictest rules any president ever imposed on himself, reality has come knocking and revealed that the exact opposite has come to pass.

Among other things, the study found that, “five years after Obama directed agencies to less frequently invoke a ‘deliberative process’ exception to withhold materials describing decision-making behind the scenes, the government did it anyway, a record 81,752 times.”

It has all been one gigantic lie. And the liberals? They are paying no attention at all.

But this is only the latest example.

In 2008 Obama ran for president claiming that he wanted to make Washington more transparent than ever. Obama ran as the law-and-order man, he ran as the anti-lobbyist man, and he ran as the man for all the people, the great centrist that would finally work for the people. He ran saying that Bush was a lawless president and that he, Obama, would shut down the illicit Guantanamo facility and immediately end all the “illegal wars” that Bush was prosecuting.

As president we’ve seen that he’s lied with each and every one of those claims.

On the stump and as he first took office, one of Obama’s main bogeymen was lobbyists. He claimed that he’d purge them from Washington. But the truth was a far different thing once he became president. In fact, as soon as he became president Obama began to waive the rules that were supposed to keep lobbyists out of his administration.

He also made sure that lobbyists from left-wing advocacy groups were big winners in the Washington sweepstakes assuring that K Street had its biggest payday ever once he took office. And all the while he was taking millions from lobbyists.

Then we discovered that that lobbyists even skipped White House visitor logs and benefitted from secret meetings between themselves and the administration with off-site meetings away from the White House.

Transparency shmaceparency.

As to Guantanamo, one of the very first acts Obama took was to sign an Executive Order that said he’d close Guantanamo a year after his signing of the order. A year later the facility was still open, remains so to this day, and Obama is making no moves to fulfill his own order.

On top of that, hObama ramped up the military’s presence in Afghanistan not to mention the many thousands more unmanned vehicle predator drone strikes that have killed thousands in Taliban controlled Pakistan and areas of Afghanistan where the US military cannot effectively reach on the ground.

As to Obama’s lawlessness, there are many examples of this.

To name just a few cases Obama has ignored the rulings of judges to allow offshore oil drilling to the point where he ended up in contempt of court. He also refused to prosecute the obvious voter intimidation perpetrated by the Black Panthers in Philadelphia. Additionally he has told his Dept. of Labor to allow unions to violate disclosure rules. And this week we see his next lawless action.

Obama’s Justice Dept. also announced that it simply wouldn’t prosecute cases brought under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA is law, not just policy, yet Obama simply decided that he won’t prosecute cases brought under that law.

Imagine if a Republican president simply decided out of hand that his Dept. of Justice would not take any abortion cases, or perhaps decided that affirmative action cases should be stonewalled? Or what if a Republican Dept. of Justice decided to ignore any violations of any other law that leftists love? The left and its friends in the Old Media establishment would be up in arms (as they should be for an administration being so lawless).

It all goes to show that Obama says one thing and does another. It also goes to show that he simply does not care about the Constitution or the law. His left-wing, lawless agenda is all he cares about.

Worse, the Old Media and Obama’s other lapdogs don’t much care to highlight his lawlessness.

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  • stan25

    Obama was a criminal even before he even ran for the U S Senate. Look at all of the shady land deals he made with the convicted criminals, Tony Rezko and Balgo.

    Speaking of Blago. He now does not have to reveal what was on those tapes. A liberal judge has ruled that those tapes are to be sealed forever. He is also has petitioned Obama for a Presidential pardon.

    • jim_m

      obama won’t pardon him. There is nothing for him to gain by doing so. Once you’re under the bus there really isn’t any coming back.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Marc Rich begs to disagree. The only question is how much Blago will donate to the Obama presidential library through our corrupt Attorney General: “Since then, Bill Clinton hasn’t stopped apologizing for the pardons of Marc Rich and Pincus Green. “It was terrible politics. It wasn’t worth the damage to my reputation,” he told Newsweek in 2002—and, indeed, speculation was rampant that Rich (and his ex-wife) had bought the pardon by, in part, donating $450,000 to Clinton’s presidential library. Clinton denied that the donations had anything to do with the pardon, instead claiming that he took Holder’s advice on the matter.”

        http://www.slate.com/blogs/crime/2013/07/02/marc_rich_presidential_pardon_how_eric_holder_facilitated_the_most_unjust.html

        • jim_m

          True, but I’m not sure that Blago has any money to give. If he does then you are certainly correct. (but that would fall into the category of obama having something to gain)

    • jim_m

      obama won’t pardon him. There is nothing for him to gain by doing so. Once you’re under the bus there really isn’t any coming back.

  • stan25

    Obama was a criminal even before he even ran for the U S Senate. Look at all of the shady land deals he made with the convicted criminals, Tony Rezko and Balgo.

    Speaking of Blago. He now does not have to reveal what was on those tapes. A liberal judge has ruled that those tapes are to be sealed forever. He is also has petitioned Obama for a Presidential pardon.

  • Retired military

    I don’t understand. Obama is transparent. Why the Russians can see right through him. The Russian PM called Obama a prankster after Obama levied the sanctions. I bet the Russians are shaking in their boots.

    • jim_m

      Transparently incompetent. Transparently corrupt.

      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

        muslim brotherhood (mahomet) = (baphomet) jewish mammonism

  • 914

    Eject this evil puppet impostor.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Don’t forget stonewalling on the IRS investigations by the House. Most transparent administration ever – unfortunately, only to our enemies, like Putin and Iran.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    The real scary thing if she gets elected is that a H. Clinton administration on this topic would be 10x worse.

    • Commander_Chico

      With Hillary, transparency will be the least of our problems.

      Nuclear annihilation caused by a miscalculated attempt to appear tough in a crisis with China or Russia will be a constant threat.

      • Brucehenry

        As it has been with every president. Each one trying to prove his dick was bigger than the last guy’s. Hillary might indeed try even harder.

        http://www.amazon.com/When-Presidents-Lie-Deception-Consequences/dp/0670032093

        • Walter_Cronanty

          By that logic, Obama must be extraordinarily secure in his manhood.

          • jim_m

            With Bruce’s lips around it constantly I would think so.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            Jim, Jim, Jim…..

          • Brucehenry

            But MY jokes are unseemly, you see….

          • jim_m

            Mine are merely accurate statements. Besides, who am I to criticize what transpires between two consenting adults?

          • Jwb10001

            No your jokes are unfunny.

          • jim_m

            ;-)

          • Commander_Chico

            And that’s a good thing.

            I think we’d be radioactive cinders by now if McCain had been elected. Guy went off the rails.

            I also wonder what kind of shit Romney would be stirring up if he were president now. He’s another guy who was a tough talker.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            Chico, you keep confusing what the press was pushing in order to get Obama elected with reality. Haven’t you learned that by now?
            Gandhi, if he’d run, would have been labeled a warmonger itching to destroy the world.

          • Commander_Chico

            Romney wrote a book, No Apology which was full of aggressive stuff, including expanding NATO to places like Ukraine and Georgia.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            What you categorize as ‘aggressive’, others might see as ‘stabilizing’. Certainly Putin’s not afraid of any local or international response objecting to his annexation of the Ukraine.

            (Visibly afraid, that is. I’m sure he’s quivering and crying in private like a schoolgirl at the possibility that Obama may no longer be his bestie. Well, probably not – lol.)

            And when the leadership of the Ukraine and Crimea look at what’s going on, I would imagine membership in NATO’s looking pretty good to them at this point – as opposed to being forcibly included in a new USSR.

            But then, the promise of US support has always been a hinge pin for NATO. And that’s no longer as strong as it was.

            Weakness begets trouble – and Obama’s demonstrated very well his intention to be a weak leader. We’re not even seeing pictures of demonstrators asking the US for help – they know that none will come. (Which is a damning indictment of our current path. Freedom simply isn’t worth defending, if it might possibly wrinkle Pres. Mom Jean’s crease.)

          • Commander_Chico

            If it was up to me, we would not have been meddling in the Ukraine to begin with. Nuland and Pyatt’s phone call is the evidence of that, and a clear signal to Putin as to what was going on.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            “This is the lesson the liberal world needs to relearn, a quarter-century after the fall of the Berlin Wall: none of its choices, be it military cuts, inaction, or diplomatic posturing, happens in a vacuum. While perceptions of Western irresolve or weakness don’t necessarily create conditions of instability by themselves, their real danger is that they make aggressive opportunism seem a more attractive path for revanchists like Putin or revisionist powers like Beijing.”

            http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2014/03/03/why-did-russia-invade-ukraine-because-the-west-is-weak/

            What happens in Europe Stays in Europe isn’t a truism.
            (But what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, as long as you go to a doctor afterwards…) :-)

          • jim_m

            Your position boils down to the idea that when the US conducts relations with someone else it is interference and when the Russians do so it is their prerogative based on their national interest.

            Chico chooses the blame America first option.

          • Vagabond661

            To keep Putin from doing what he is doing?

          • jim_m

            Aggressive stuff translated as “He stood up for US national interests and sovereignty”, two things that Chico has always opposed (with the caveat as long as it doesn’t interrupt his benes)

  • Retired military

    This just in.
    The Obama administration has stated that if the current sanctions don’t work than they can seriously ramp up the pressure on Russia.
    I mean they may sanction another 9 or 10 Russians if Putin doesn’t back down.
    Think of the pressure.

    • Brucehenry
      • jim_m

        Maybe obama should have spent less time snarking about Romney’s comment that our #1 geopolitical threat was Russia and actually done something to prove that it was not and would not be. I guess Putin wasn’t in on the cult of personality that you are still a card carrying member of.

        • Brucehenry

          “Of which you are a card carrying member,” Mr Syntax Expert.

          • jim_m

            It isn’t about whether Romney would have been a good president. It is about the fact that he would have been better than obama on THIS particular subject and obama and his boot licking sycophants like you spent the last year mocking the notion that Russia was a threat to anyone, anywhere at any time. Seems you were wrong.

          • Brucehenry

            Well at least it “seems” that you didn’t agree with the linked article from American Conservative — if you read it at all. I know how you don’t like to consider information or opinion that doesn’t already conform to your preconceptions.

          • jim_m

            I did not read it as it was not relevant to the point I was making above. Since your comment made it appear non-responsive, I paid it no head.

          • Brucehenry

            Paid it no “head”?

            Anyway, you should check it out. It’s not long and it’s pretty quick to get to the author’s point.

          • LiberalNightmare

            Unless the article proves that Obama didnt mock Romney for claiming that Russia was our “number one geopolitcal foe”, your referenced article is nothing but a distraction.

            “After all, you don’t call Russia our No. 1 enemy — not Al-Qaida, Russia — unless you’re still stuck in a Cold War mind warp,” Obama said, alluding to Republican rival Mitt Romney.

          • Brucehenry

            Well, you may not have considered this, but Russia’s power grab in the Crimea STILL doesn’t make them our “number one geopolitical foe.” Actually the article does address the fact that that claim still deserves mockery.

            We have no long term interest in whether Crimea is part of Russia or part of Ukraine. This aggression by Russia isn’t something we like, but it doesn’t affect us, really, unless we choose to make a big stink about it. It’s a lose-lose for us. We aren’t going to go to war for it — I damn sure ain’t sending either of MY kids to fight for it. The Europeans get a third of their energy from Russia, so they’re gonna do squat. So if Russia wants it bad enough, they can take it..

          • jim_m

            You may have missed the point that you and the rest of the left thought it was high humor to suggest that Russia was any threat at all.

          • Brucehenry

            Russia is a nuclear power led by gangsters, so it’s a threat. It wasn’t our Number One Geopolitical Foe before this power grab, and it still isn’t.

            Do you have a gaggle of quotes from “the left” denying that Russia was any threat at all? ‘Cause I know you don’t have any from me.

          • LiberalNightmare

            You do realize that when you say stuff like that, Putin laughs at you just like he laughs at your dear leader, right?

          • Brucehenry

            Putin hasn’t heard of me — yet. But I’m taking your endorsement under advisement. Perhaps he’ll be laughing out of the other side of his mouth after dealing with President Henry, sometime in 2017.

          • jim_m

            If he’s laughing out the other side of his mouth it will be because, like Jimmy Carter, you are kissing the opposite.

          • Brucehenry

            Yet more homoerotic imagery from Jim.

            Come on out, Jim, it’s the 21st Century! You can be who you are!

          • jim_m

            That was nothing about sex. It was about the servile abasement that the left makes of themselves with strong Communist leaders (Yeah, technically Putin is not a communist but he would have made a good one had the USSR not fallen).

          • LiberalNightmare

            When you called the russians gangsters, you forgot to throw in the part about “19th century thinking”.

          • jim_m

            OK brainiac. Name the number one threat. I assume that like all leftists you think it is somewhere between Christianity and white conservatives.

          • Brucehenry

            It’s not a parlor game, Jim. There is no need to rank threats as if to fit in a Politico(?) “listicle.”

            Foreign policy must be agile. The most important threat on our plate today may have receded a year from now, to be replaced by something else perhaps.

          • jim_m

            What a cop out. Either Russia is not #1 because you think someone else is or there is a valid argument for them being number 1. You don’t even make an attempt to counter Romney’s argument you just offer this dumbass cop out. You are feeble.

          • Brucehenry

            Ok it’s a cop out to think it’s childish to play this “Who’s the Number One Boogeyman” game. You win. Off to Netflix for me.

            Note that I’ve remained civil and tried to keep things light throughout the evening. Turning over a new leaf.

          • jim_m

            Yeah, it’s a cop out because the original objection was not that there was no #1 threat but that the idea that Russia was that threat was hopelessly outdated. If the objection was that the idea of ranking threats is obsolete then why did no one say that two years ago?

            Nope, I guess making fun of the idea that Russia was #1 was too important to pass up for making a legitimate point on foreign policy. Had obama and his pals had any foreign policy ideas maybe they could have answered in the way you suggest but they didn’t.

          • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

            There’s a difference between ‘agile’ and ‘flaccid’.

            Our current foreign policy isn’t exactly ‘firm or stiff’ – and cutting back on agility/ability for a military response isn’t a smart thing to do.

            We bought some time (two decades or so) with the response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait – we showed we had an ability to respond when needed.

            I’m not at all sure we’d be able to respond at the same level again, which decidedly limits the options available.

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            The Jewish globalist financiers funding Sodom Hussein Obama, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Salafist terror groups opposing Assad in Syria want control in Ukraine just like they wanted Libyan oil for the EUSSR…

            Talmudic Jew terrorists have hijacked the surveillance police state, their puppets like McKeating Five McCain are so obvious, they are bought and paid for by Jewish globalist financiers like George Soros.

            A lot of the so-called “conservative” media is a huge fake, it is lipstick on a kosher pig… notice the knee jerk Jew puppets crying about Russia, but who leave the US borders wide open…

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            Pedo-philico is a child porn hub…

          • Commander_Chico

            China is obviously the long-term threat. Economy, demography. They don’t have to be a threat, though, The main problem is they hate our allies the Japanese.

            Russia’s per capita GDP and GDP is lower than Brazil’s. With only 140 million people, they can’t compete with the USA.

            These things are obvious.

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            Russia doesn’t have a 17 trillion dollar debt.

            Russia has a 13% fflat tax and no capital gains tax.

            Who are the communists again, comrade?

            Russia has real soldiers on their border and no gay pride marches in their army.

            Imagine that.

          • LiberalNightmare

            You have a fairly clear picture of the situation, which probably means your probably more qualified for president then 0bama.

          • Brucehenry

            Thank you. I’m keeping my options open.

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            The U.S. State Dept. has been infested with communists since WW1 and Woodrow Wilson, they tried to steal the Russian elections for their comrades in the Russian Communist Party through non-profit n.g.o.s… just like at home in America… But Vladimir Putin beat them… so they launched a fággot jihad against the Russian Orthodox church over the the punk rock band and the Olympics (something Romney also piled onto).

            When Marine Le Pen can face criminal prosecution (in France of all places) for criticizing Islam in context with existing French laws, there is something rotten.

            Francois Hollande is a Sodom Hussein Obama sycophant… they are both lawn jockeys for the Jewish globalist financiers flooding Europe with the Muslims who are just witless pawns of their “destabilization” policies all across Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.

            You people are idiots.

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            The EUSSR cannot field an army because once they do, the white majority will turn on them.

            That is why they have been on US military welfare since WW2.

            White Supremacy movements are growing all across Europe and in Russia.

            We won’t lose this time.

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            Russia has real soldiers on their border and no gay pride marches in their army.

            Imagine that.

            Romney and Obama are idiots.

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            While Leon Puñettas was so busy with gay pride celebrations at the Pentagon, three Navy Seals and a U.S. ambassador were murdered, all because everyone was being so fúcking gay…

            These people just can’t stop playing with their dícks…

            Who is going to fight a war against the Russians with cúm drunk morons like this in charge?

            Romney is a fúcking idiot like John Kerry… same state….

          • jim_m

            So I need to read an incoherent, rambling mess that tangents into a diatribe about Iraq and how Bush got that wrong? No thanks. You’re right. I would never have suspected that Crimea was the fault of GWB.

            Getting back to my point and away from the shiny objects you throw out in each and every response to avoid the FACT that obama and his boot lickers f’d up the fact that Russia is a serious threat.

          • Brucehenry

            How does Russia taking Crimea present an exceptional threat to the US?

          • jim_m

            It demonstrates their military aggression and their disrespect of international law and the sovereignty of other nations. It doesn’t threaten the US directly but it shows that Russia is not the peaceful nation that obama claims them to be.

            Tell me: Would you have sad that Nazi Germany was no threat? Why did we attack Germany when it was Japan that attacked us? Answer: Because they were a threat to peace.

            I suppose that your lack of understanding is directly related to the fact that you lack any sort of education.

          • Brucehenry

            Well maybe we attacked Germany because they declared war on US. Were you aware of that? And they were locked in a death struggle with our ally the UK. were you aware of THAT, at least?

            BTW not every situation is analogous to WWII. The world is not Groundhog Day.

          • LiberalNightmare

            >> BTW not every situation is analogous to WWII. The world is not Grounghog Day.

            No, its vietnam.

          • Brucehenry

            Touche, I guess, only I’ve said nothing about Vietnam. But I get the joke.

          • jim_m

            Yes, they declared war, but were obviously not a threat to US citizens. WHy not stop being a hypocrite and tell us why Germany was a threat? You ave defined a threat a being a threat to US citizens or our nation here at home and not simply our interests abroad.

            Pony up your argument or are you going to run away yet again?

          • Brucehenry

            I’ve offered no specific definition.

          • jim_m

            Exactly. You just copped out. You hide behind your snark and refuse to take any meaningful stand.

          • Brucehenry

            Yet you claimed I did. What is it called when a guy tries to argue with what somebody else never said?

            Hayman? No, that’s not it. Stickman? That doesn’t sound right either….

            Srsly, Chico is correct above when he notes that over the long term China is potentially a much bigger threat than Russia. Doesn’t mean Russia won’t be dangerous.

          • jim_m

            Too bad you couldn’t come up with that yourself. I suppose you got through all your GED classes by looking at other people’s papers for the answers.

            Do you honestly think that obama would claim that China is our #1 threat? There are obvious reasons why he wouldn’t want to say so publicly, but I doubt that he views China as a threat at all.

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            Gehen sie saugen eine Schrotflinte…

            Die jüdischen Bankiers sind überschwemmen Europa mit Muslimen.

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            Die jüdischen Bankiers sind überschwemmen Europa mit Muslimen.

            Liegen Schwanzlutcher jude.

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            The Jewish globalist financiers funding Sodom Hussein Obama, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Salafist terror groups opposing Assad in Syria want control just like they wanted Libyan oil for the EUSSR…

            Talmudic Jew terrorists have hijacked the surveillance police state, their puppets like McKeating Five McCain are so obvious, they are bought and paid for by Jewish globalist financiers like George Soros.

            A lot of the so-called “conservative” media is a huge fake, it is lipstick on a kosher pig… notice the knee jerk Jew puppets crying about Russia, but who leave the US borders wide open…

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            I voted for Herman Cain…

            Romney is a moron.

          • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

            Russia has real soldiers on their border and no gay pride marches in their army.

            Imagine that.

        • Brucehenry
          • jim_m

            Oh look Bruce. I am sure that now that this is obama’s idea it is pure genius. Sending troops to the Baltic states for joint exercises. That’s even going beyond what I asked for and being more belligerent than I suggested.

            Care to apologize to me now? Or are you going to remain a hypocrite? Seems like your genius, peaceful obama is actually taking the advice I agreed with. I can’t wait for the revisionist statements on how I am still wrong but obama is right for being even more belligerent than I am.

          • Brucehenry

            No, just because Obama takes an action doesn’t mean I agree with it. I think it’s dangerous to provoke Russia and Putin at this juncture.

            It was unwise for the US and EU to try to woo Ukraine out of Russia’s orbit and into ours in the first place. This policy didn’t begin with Obama but he continued it, and IMO these consequences might have been foreseen.

            And yes, you’re still wrong, lol.

          • jim_m

            Here’s another one for you Bruce:

            “The lesson of this crisis screams to the sky,” the minister said. “US foreign policy is collapsing all over the world. America showing weakness in Russia has implications on the Palestinian front. Israel cannot be Ukraine. It is ridiculous to hear about American guarantees for Israeli security, which would at best last a few weeks. When we’re in danger, they won’t be there to defend us. We must be the sole guarantors of Israeli security.”

            How many times have I told you that obama has betrayed our allies and they no longer trust the US to stand with them? How many times have I told you that the feckless foreign policy of obama has shown the world that the US is weak and incapable of standing up to our enemies. Now our allies are saying it publicly.

            obama’s ignorant, adolescent foreign policy will propel us into a war with far more certainty than any position I have taken. Weakness encourages others to aggression. obama has projected weakness for over 5 years now and other nations are taking advantage of it. They will want to take more advantage of it in the next 3 years because they will have the desire to take their gains before obama is replaced by someone competent.

          • Brucehenry

            The “senior minister” in the nutbag Likud government is saying so ANONYMOUSLY, not publicly. (Although the Defense Minister did say something similar the other day, apparently.) It’s also apparent you don’t read the links you post.

            How many times have you told me? About as many times as the boy told the villagers there was a wolf nearby, that’s how many.

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

          Romney is full of shít, just like Obama…

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

      Nobody here has a clue about what is happening in Ukraine…

  • Paul Hooson

    Happy St. Paddy’s Day from President O’Bama….(Kevin take not, this is perfect for a future caption contest as well).

    • jim_m

      obama says that after a few pints Paul Hooson’s house fire jokes are pretty funny.

      • Paul Hooson

        Here’s one for you: An Irish family has a house fire. The first thing they rescue is the potatoes, cop uniforms and whiskey….And not necessarily in that order!

      • Paul Hooson

        BTW, I hear that O’Bama plans to hit Russia with sanctions on their borscht soup exports. Just let Putin try to export that red cabbage soup with practically no nutritional value into the U.S. and he’ll know that this O’Bama dude means business here….Go ahead. Make his day!

      • Paul Hooson

        I hear that O’Bama might punish Putin by asking him to return his phone call, but give him the wrong callback number, and have him call the Obamacare line instead and be put on hold for hours. That will teach him to invade and annex Crimea!

    • Commander_Chico

      He looks hammered.

      • Paul Hooson

        Well, with a name like O’Bama, you know he’s Irish! – I’m Irish too, so I get a pass from fellow Irish for that joke….

  • Hank_M

    People should have caught on early when Mr. transparency wouldn’t release his school records, birth certificate or anything else.

    Watching this, the question had always been about just how much shit the MSM would swallow. Would there ever be a limit to how much bullshit they’d let him get away with? We now know the answer. Best example being:

    “We have communicated in no uncertain terms with every player in the region that that’s a red line for us and that there would be enormous consequences if we start seeing movement on the chemical weapons front or the use of chemical weapons..”

    To which, Obama later stated, with a straight face…

    “First of all, I didn’t set a red line; the world set a red line.”

    This is no longer about transparency. It’s about having an inveterate liar as President and roughly half of the population ok with that.

    • LiberalNightmare

      Democrats have been cool with it for a long time.

      How many documents concerning the Clintons have dissappeared?

      How many documents were in Sandy Berger’s socks? The world may never know.

  • Commander_Chico

    I can’t wait for all the justifications and rationalization Obama will write in his memoirs about this shit. Be good for laughs.

    • jim_m

      He won’t write anything in his memoir, it will be written for him just like his other books.

    • LiberalNightmare

      We wont get a book from Obama till Bill Ayers has time to write it.

  • 914

    Resident not President! Just sayin’

  • 914

    It is not just the ‘presider’ in cheef!,,. It is also the whole shit hole political apparatus that needs its diaper changed yesterday..!

  • Hank_M

    Perhaps the transparency depends on the point of view.

    For example, there is no doubt Putin see’s right through him.

  • LiberalNightmare

    To be honest, I think we are all getting to worked up about this.

    Now that Obama has been re-elected, he has much more flexibility to help him work this out.

  • Retired military

    My solution on Crimea for what little it is worth.
    a. No military action
    b. Tell the UN that since it has so many problems with US military action that this baby is all theirs and the US wont be involved at all. Drop out of the UN thereafter and tell them they can pay their own bills in the future.
    c. Open up lands for fracking and both coasts for oil exploration.
    d. Break off all diplomatic ties with Russia and every other country lead by terrorists thugs and gangsters and stop any and all foreign aid to those countries. Tell them that if they want to act like a thug than they can do it without US aid.
    e. Fire John “I served in Vietnam” Kerry and select someone that can do the job ( I would personally pick a retired 4 star Marine corps general to start with as far as qualifications go.
    f. Inform our allies (all 5 or 6 that we have) that any attack against them will be considered an attack on the US and will be dealt with accordingly.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    His a factoid I wasn’t aware of. Obama rewrote the FOIA and increased secrecy in April of 2009 – he sure didn’t waste any time:

    “It’s Sunshine Week, so perhaps some enterprising White House reporter will ask press secretary Jay Carney why President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America.

    The rewrite came in an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved “White House equities.”

    That phrase is nowhere to be found in the FOIA, yet the Obama White House effectively amended the law to create a new exception to justify keeping public documents locked away from the public.”

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2545824

    • jim_m

      The intent from the start was “to fundamentally transform America” into a fascist state where the leadership ruled by fiat and used the power of the federal government to suppress the liberties of anyone who dared voice an objection. They have been largely successful in this objective.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        With the willing help of the most uncurious journalists in our nation’s history.

  • Alpha_Male

    Wouldn’t an extremely strong response on our part be appropriate here, simply because of the potential for that happening in the U.S.?

    Crimea is Russian, culturally, linguistically, and in their religious beliefs, yet it is still part of Ukraine. Over 95% of the people voted to join the Russian federation and our response has been mild at best, with most stating that if it doesn’t effect us why worry?

    My question is simply, “couldn’t that happen here?” Imagine if the border counties of Texas, N.M., Arizona and California, whose populations in the next decade or so will be so solidly made up of current and former Mexican nationals, that it would mirror Crimea. Now if those, now citizens, who share nothing in common with the majority of the U.S. either culturally, linguistically or in religious beliefs, in that they think the church should have more say in government affairs, and said population had a referendum to re-join Mexico, where would our high ground be when we sent in the National Guard?

    Isn’t this a lesson on the dangers of Balkanization, one the left seems blind too, or is it just me?

    • Commander_Chico

      New Mexico, with per capita income of $35,000, is not going to join Old Mexico with a per capita GDP of $9,800

      There may be other states, like Vermont, Maine, or Texas that might want to secede for political reasons. If they want to, they should be able to.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        So, the North fighting the Civil War was wrong?

        • jim_m

          Chico has never heard of a military action that he could support The military is about getting lifelong benefits at the expense of the rest of the nation and is not meant to defend or otherwise support our national interests.

          • Commander_Chico

            World War II was a good war because Japan attacked us first and Germany declared war as an ally.

        • Commander_Chico

          Slavery complicates the issue, because it was wrong, but there is nothing in the Constitution which bars secession.

          On what legal basis was the Civil War fought?

          • Brucehenry

            In Article I, Section 8, Congress is given the power to, among other things, “provide for the calling forth of the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions.”

            Also, this:http://www.politicalshake.com/2013/05/06/nowhere-in-the-constitution-does-it-say-armed-rebellion-okay/

          • Commander_Chico

            A sovereign state among the United States voting to secede is not an “insurrection,” in my opinion.

          • Brucehenry

            That’s your opinion but the question was what was the legal basis and AFAIK that was it.

          • Commander_Chico

            That’s about as good as Yoo’s arguments that torture was legal. Sovereignty is in the people, then the states, then the federal government.

            The South Carolina legislature voted 169 – 0

            We, the people of the State of South Carolina, in convention assembled, do declare and ordain, and it is hereby declared and ordained, That the ordinance adopted by us in convention on the twenty-third day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight, whereby the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified, and also all acts and parts of acts of the General Assembly of this State ratifying amendments of the said Constitution, are hereby repealed; and that the union now subsisting between South Carolina and other States, under the name of the “United States of America,” is hereby dissolved.

            Done at Charleston the twentieth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty.

            Someday a state legislature will vote to secede or schedule a referendum, be interesting to see what happens.

          • Brucehenry

            Let ‘em try. They’ll be rebels and traitors too, just as the SC legislature was in 1860.

          • Commander_Chico

            One man’s rebel and traitor is another man’s freedom fighter. Snowden and the court cases around surveillance and the various incidents of outrageous federal prosecutions, detentions and searches have proved the Constitution is a dead letter.

            If current trends continue (and they will under Hillary or any Republican but Rand Paul), proclaiming the Second Vermont Republic or some such will be a fight for freedom, not slavery.

          • Brucehenry

            If you say so.

            If these hypothetical Vermonters refrain from firing on a US military installation, as the SC rebels did at Fort Sumter, maybe they’ll be allowed to depart in peace.

            If so it’ll be the end of the US as a great power, like the breakup of the USSR.

          • Commander_Chico

            There are no significant US military facilities in Vermont, only the Vermont National Guard, so no problem.

            Concern with great power is a bit inverse with the amount of freedom. Empire brings tyranny.

          • jim_m

            Empire does not bring tyranny. Tyranny exists independently of empire. One can look at a multitude of tiny nations that are far from being empires and yet they are themselves tyrannies. Venezuela, for instance.

            Your comment on empire is little more than “oh look, a shiny!” to distract from the reality that tyranny has a far more mundane beginning and can be attributed to many of the people you support.

            Government by its nature brings the risk of tyranny. It is the greed and corruption of politicians that brings tyranny. It is the belief that they are better at running the lives of others that brings tyranny. It is the belief that their ideas, wants and desires supersede those of the rest of the nation and are more perfect, more beneficial and more correct than anyone else’s.

            Tyrnany comes when one group of people decide that their ideas are so good that they must be enforced through coercion or outright use of force. This is the attitude of the democrats and the academic left. This is the attitude of the obama admin as they use the IRS, EPA, NSA and other federal bodies to intimidate and coerce the population.

          • Commander_Chico

            Happened in Rome, happening in the USA now. No empire, no Homeland Security, no NSA surveillance of Americans.

          • jim_m

            Happened in Venezuela, Zimbabwe, East Germany, Albania, Romania, El Salvador, Cuba, and so on, and so on. None of those nations was or even had aspirations of being an empire.

            Empire has nothing to do with tyranny. Tyranny is in human nature and is found primarily in people who need to control others and how they live.

            There is a lot of tyranny on the left, most of left wing doctrine is based in the concept of government control of the lives of others so most of leftist doctrine is based on moving toward rather than away from tyranny.

          • Commander_Chico

            Aside from the fact that most of the states you list were part of the Soviet Empire, what kind of logical fallacy is it to say that because a small state can be a tyranny, it means that an empire isn’t?

            Every empire in history was a tyranny.

          • jim_m

            Albania, Cuba, el Salvador, Venezuela were never part of the soviet empire. So much for your lies…

          • Shawn

            Bruce,

            Just so you know, I have been getting e-mails from you for the past 2 days with the subject line ” *SPAM* ” in it.

            I think your e-mail account has been hacked.

            Send me a quick note and we’ll see what happens..

            -Shawn

            (This is no joke or prank. Just a head’s up.)

          • Brucehenry

            Thanks I will.

  • gabregni

    Discussing of Blago. He now does not have to expose what was on those footage. A generous assess has decided that those footage are to be enclosed permanently. He is also has petitioned Obama for a Presidential excuse.

    Spybubble

  • Walter_Cronanty

    One more comment for a dead thread – NYT’s reporter says Obama greatest enemy of free press in over a generation: “New York Times reporter James Risen called the Obama administration “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation” on Friday, explaining that the White House seeks to control the flow of information and those who refuse to play along “will be punished.”

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/24/nyt-reporter-obama-administration-the-greatest-enemy-of-press-freedom-in-a-generation/#ixzz2wyAqJ0Mq

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