Edward Snowden is the big news of the week. I have some advice for all concerned, consider the basic facts in evidence that are not in dispute:
Edward Snowden violated federal law and his oath.
Edward Snowden leaked a highly classified security program
Edward Snowden fled to a Communist Country our single biggest rival/enemy
No matter what you think of the NSA Prism programs, Mr. Snowden's motivations or even the necessity of the exposure of this scandal, these facts are not in dispute and I suggest people be very careful before declaring him Horatius at the Bridge.
Meanwhile is other longstanding scandal news...
More and more calls have been coming for Eric Holder’s resignation, it’s been suggested that Obama is keeping his as a lightning rod but this is a foolish move.
The professional media left (read the MSM) is indifferent to the IRS, scandal and Benghazi as much as they were about Fast and Furious but the AP/Fox story hits them where they live. As long as Holder is there the Obama scandals will get coverage, but once Holder is gone the media will portray this as the president taking action and move along.
I’m really surprised the White House hasn’t figured that out yet.
For a while the defenders of the administration have been running around in circles coming up with every possible explanation as to why each and every scandal is no big deal. Via Mark Steyn at NRO we see Senator Mark Kirk has managed to get down to the nitty gritty.
Here’s another congressional-subcommittee transcript highlight of the week. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois asks the attorney general if he’s spying on members of Congress and thereby giving the executive branch leverage over the legislative branch. Eric Holder answers:
“With all due respect, senator, I don’t think this is an appropriate setting for me to discuss that issue.”
Senator Kirk responded that “the correct answer would be, ‘No, we stayed within our lane and I’m assuring you we did not spy on members of Congress.’” For some reason, the attorney general felt unable to say that. So I think we all know what the answer to the original question really is.
That’s what it comes down to, if the administration could answer these questions in an honest and straightforward way they would.
That they can’t continues to speak volumes, the question becomes are American’s listening.
I’ve been amazed at the reliable playing of the Race card by defenders of the president as well, a card that many people believed would be the Obama administration would be the end of this kind of thing. (I’m even more amazed that people actually believed this would be the case)
Politically it’s not foolish, this card continues to resonate with the black community who has been made to believe that the only reason the right opposes Obama is because of his skin color.
No matter where the evidence leads this community is not going to believe there is cause to blame this president. I suspect if we had Obama on film wearing a White Hood and burning a cross the black community would stand behind him.
Speaking of the Race card we are seeing it being played AGAINST Gabriel Gomez by a Spanish language newspaper in Boston. They suggest that Gomez is Latino in Name only.
Think about that, what about Gabriel Gomez is insufficiently Hispanic, his command of English, his success as a Navy pilot, as a Navy Seal, his success in business.
Perhaps if he was on EBT he would be acceptable?
If that article and that argument had been made by a conservative publication that media organ would have been accused of racism,...and they’d be right.
I’m also convinced that my friend Michael Graham is dead wrong concerning this election, he is planning on staying home as are a lot of his listeners rather than vote for Gabriel Gomez.
Gabriel Gomez is not running against Michael Sullivan anymore, he’s not running against Ted Cruz or Sarah Palin, he’s running against Ed Markey.
If conservatives willing to stay home and allow Ed Markey to be elected then we deserve what we get, just like the millions of conservatives that stayed home are to blame for Barack Obama.
How’s that working out for ya?
Unemployment is up to 7.6%. The left is blaming Sequester for this and the poor economy.
For four years George Bush was to blame for the Obama Economy and now Sequester is being blamed in year five.
Barack Obama is the ultimate affirmative action hire, he will never be held responsible for anything as long as he is in the white house.
The Boston Bruins have swept the Pittsburgh Penguins to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals where they will face the Chicago Black Hawks.
It’s important to remember that the Bruins were down 4-1 early in the 3rd period of game seven vs Toronto and down two goals with 1:45 to play and tied it with two empty net goals..
When people say it’s not worth fighting in situations it’s something worth remembering.
The Santa Monica shooting is going to lead to another attempt to grab guns.
Yeah after the IRS scandal and the NSA and PRISM people are really going to be anxious to be disarmed by their government.
The upcoming gas tax increase in Massachusetts along with it being indexed to inflation gives yet another reason for the business minded to flee the state. I’m surprised Rick Perry hasn’t sent a thank you card to Deval Patrick. You can’t buy that kind of publicity.
I’m still upset at Matt Smith leaving as the Doctor after 3 seasons (and four years). When it comes down to it I think he needed at least one more year, but in fairness this is about average for people who have held the role.
Actors seems to be afraid to take the role for being typecast and identified as the Doctor. I think that’s foolish. Being the Doctor means you bring a ready made audience with you to whatever future role you have.
If you are trying to make a living in the entertainment business that is a GOOD thing..
I’d like to see an actor willing to take the role for at least 5 years the next time around. I think an older established actor would be more willing to do so.
A lot of conservatives are crowing over Fox’s RedEye at 3 AM outdrawing Morning Joe at 6-9 in key demographics .
The problem is Morning Joe isn’t competing with Fox, they’re not interesting in beating them. They’re playing to be the show of choice along the coasts from DC to Boston and from SF to LA.
Anyone who pretends otherwise is deluding themselves.
Finally i’m still amazed at the number of posts Instapundit gets up in one day. What’s more amazing is he’s pretty much done this every single day for a decade.
If or shall I say when this ends it will be interesting to see who replaces him, if anyone. He has a lot of blogchildren but none have risen to his level.
What will we do when he's gone?
See you next week