“Fleas on a Dog” Update

Two days ago, I posted an article titled “Fleas on a Dog” regarding the relative lack of coverage in the mainstream media about Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa) allegedly being offered a job in the Obama administration in exchange for his dropping out of the race for the Pennsylvania Senate seat currently occupied by Arlen Specter. Sestak eventually ousted Specter in the Democratic primary but the question persists as to who offered what position.

But now according to the White House’s official statement on the matter, former President Bill Clinton was asked by Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to speak to Sestak and supposedly offered him an unpaid position on the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

The claim is that the White House counsel, Robert Bauer, looked at the offer and determined that it was legal according to The New York Time’s Peter Baker:

The office of Robert F. Bauer, the White House counsel, has concluded that Mr. Emanuel’s proposal did not violate laws prohibiting government employees from promising employment as a reward for political activity because the position being offered was unpaid. The office also found other examples of presidents offering positions to political allies to achieve political aims.

If this is true, the key is that it’s an unpaid position as opposed to the previously floated idea that it was for the Secretary of the Navy position, which would likely be illegal. The White House also says that the determination that the offer was legal was made about two months ago. If that’s the case, then why wait so long to release a statement on the matter?

This still seems a bit suspicious to me…Why would a candidate with a good chance to win a Senate seat even consider exchanging that possibility for an UNPAID position on an advisory board? That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to this individual.

For additional coverage on this issue, I recommend reading Greg Sargent’s “The Plum Line” at the Washington Post’s site.


Fake Jobs Created

With the unemployment rate nearly double what it was for much of George Bush’s term in office, it looks like the Obama Administration may be desperate to “enhance” their numbers just a little bit.

There are allegations that some workers hired for the 2010 census season have been hired and fired multiple times in order to pad the Administration’s “jobs created” number. Other workers have allegedly been hired and then assigned very little work, according to census worker Naomi Cohn:

It seems to me that the Census Bureau is hiring way more people than needed — while at the same time doling out only a few half days of work to many employees —perhaps to put a shine on the number of new jobs created

This is the first I’ve heard of this and, at this point, it’s only an allegation but it fits with the federal government’s pattern of fudging numbers, something they’ve been very good at for a long time now. I’m interested in hearing more and would love to see if anyone’s heard of this being reported in the mainstream press.

Fleas on a Dog

No, this isn’t about a new album by the bassist from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and it’s also not a commentary of the ravages of that annoying, hopping insect that afflicts our canine friends. What this IS about is something that the mainstream media would be jumping all over like fleas on a dog if an unmentioned previous Republican President were still in office…Cough, cough…Bush…Cough.

Representative Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) has floated accusations that someone at the White House offered him a job there if he would step down in his bid for the Senate against incumbent Arlen Specter. This accusation came in February of this year, i.e. over THREE MONTHS ago. I’m sure someone somewhere other than Fox News and conservative talk radio has mentioned this story but, by and large, it’s gone unnoticed amongst all the other white noise generated by the media.

Also, in a COMPLETELY surprising move…note the intended sarcasm here…The Justice Department has declined a Republican request to appoint a special counsel to look into these allegations.

Though Sestak won the Democratic primary by defeating former Republican Specter, he has claimed that he was asked by someone in the White House to “clear the field” for his challenger. The alleged position offered is not known but has been speculated that it was Secretary of the Navy.

Of course, we’re also talking about a White House that came into this Administration amidst claims that openness would be the new norm instead of what they claimed happened in the previous administration. In fact, just the opposite has occurred since Obama took the country’s reins. His leadership has seen a marked increase in secrecy, a fact that has not even escaped the notice of a liberal organization like The Huffington Post. You can read more on this issue in my blog post titled “Silent Nation“.

Word has it that now Sestak is considering accepting President Obama’s endorsement for his Senate bid, a move that seems to smack of hypocrisy considering his allegations in February. Kurt Bardella, a spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), had this to say about such a prospect:

It would be incredibly disingenuous and reek of political payback to accept any support from the Obama administration to become the next senator of Pennsylvania while knowingly protecting the very White House that tried to bribe him.

Issa also commented on his thoughts as to why Sestak has steadfastly refused to disclose the name of the official who purportedly offered him this position:

Could the reason why Congressman Joe Sestak refuses to name names is because the very people who tried to bribe him are now his benefactors? Was Joe Sestak embellishing what really happened or does he have first-hand knowledge of the White House breaking the law? If what he said is the truth, Joe Sestak has a moral imperative to come forward and expose who within the Obama administration tried to bribe him.

Sestak’s opponent in Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey, has publicly stated that he will not make this an issue in his campaign against the Democrat. However, one has to wonder how he could not use it if it becomes a larger issue as it appears it likely will.

Not surprisingly, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, in his normal manner, brushed off the allegations:

Whatever conversations have been had are not problematic.

I suppose we’ll see but the arrogant dismissals and refusals to even acknowledge some issues by this White House are beginning to be noticed by those who heretofore have been willing to give them a pass.

Equal Opportunity, Not Social Justice

In a previous post, I talked about how forced social justice at the hands of the government is, in fact, no justice at all…

It’s our responsibility as individual citizens and/or members of the church to do our part to help those who need it, not because we’re enslaved by the powers of government to do so. In the end, social justice is no justice at all but just an empty vessel fit for serving no one.

Apparently, that race-baiting, so-called “Reverend”, Al Sharpton, thinks differently. Speaking about Martin Luther King, Sharpton said this:

But the dream was not to put one black family in the White House. The dream was to make everything equal in everybody’s house.

MAKE everything equal? I wish he were kidding but that’s the goal of the progressives. They don’t just want everyone to have the same opportunity to succeed but the power to MAKE everyone succeed, i.e., redistribute wealth. I believe the push for healthcare reform was largely motivated by this philosophy as is the emphasis on passing cap and trade legislation and illegal immigration reform. It’s all about taking from those who have and giving it to those who don’t.

For the most part in this country, if you work hard, you have a good chance at succeeding. Not everyone will be a millionaire but the potential is there if you use what smarts you have and work your ass off. There are tons of stories of people who were born in and lived through desperate situations that eventually worked their way out of it and made a success out of their lives. Though I believe that true success isn’t determined by the amount of material goods that we own, but measured by our faith in God, people can still make their financial situation better by good old-fashioned hard work. Obviously, there are some who have higher odds to overcome but the opportunity is still there to rise above it.

Unfortunately for everyone involved, progressives want to take that opportunity away in a Utopian attempt at leveling the playing field. It won’t work. In the end, all it does is spread the misery around in expense of wealth.

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. ~ Winston Churchill

Support Arizona!


The Boston City Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution calling for the city to pull investments from Arizona in protest over the state’s recently passed immigration law.

I know that this is a completely shocking turn of events, folks! After all, you just had to know that the folks in good ol’ Massachusetts would return to their senses after electing a Republican to the Senate seat once occupied by Ted Kennedy.

Seriously, have some of you folks just not read the law and believed what you’ve seen on most news reports? The law is clear that illegals cannot just be stopped because they look different and questioned about their immigration status. They can only be questioned about this if they are stopped for some other offense.

I’ve also read that the race pimps like Jesse Jackson and “Reverend” Al Sharpton are calling on Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig to pull the 2010 All-Star Game out of Arizona. I won’t be a bit surprised if Selig caves in. However, I’m hoping it goes on as planned.

If anyone is trying to decide on a location to spend your vacation at, please consider spending it in Arizona.

Socialism…Don’t Be a Howler Monkey

If you’ve followed politics at all over the last several years (or even if you haven’t), you’ve more than likely heard the word “socialist” or “socialism” used many times. Use of this term typically sends the howler monkeys, mostly on the left but some on the right as well, into an uproar. This is because, as you know (said with that snooty, elitist attitude, with nose in air), you just don’t know the classic definition of socialism, you knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing, potato-eating simpleton, you! This is normally followed by accusations that you must be a racist or, at the very least, a hatemongering, right-wing, conspiracy-believing neocon. It’s a tried and true tactic to end the debate and paint the offending party as a dimwit. After all, if you don’t even know how to use the term properly, you must not be smart enough to understand politics at all.

The problem is simply this…  I don’t think the howler monkeys are really all that upset or bothered over the use of the “s” word.

The way I or other “neocons” use the term “socialism” may or may not meet the classic definition of the word. It really doesn’t matter to me in the slightest, however. When I see big government taking over large chunks of the economy, passing onerous regulations, purchasing and running private companies, and doing various other things typically thought of as occurring in known socialist countries, I’m going to call it socialism regardless of whether that meets the howler monkeys’ standards or not. I call it the American definition of socialism and, in my opinion, it’s close enough to the classic one whether the other side wants to admit it or not.

Another howler monkey trait is that of a short memory. During nearly the entire length of the George Bush presidency, there were constant cries of “Fascism!”. Their use of that word no better fit the classic definition of that term than does the similar usage of “socialism” now.

Anyway, save me the “Obama is not really a socialist” mantra. I understand what true socialism is but it’s not a big deal to me if people don’t use it according to its textbook definition. Making a big deal of it is simply a diversionary tactic to avoid putting more than two brain cells together and coming up with an actual cogent argument.

Do me a favor…Don’t be a howler monkey. Save it for something important.