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Oh, good. President Smartass reported for duty today. Where do we find these guys?


Comment from Dan
Time: May 13, 2013, 10:26 pm

Usually in the (D) column.

Comment from Oceania
Time: May 13, 2013, 10:28 pm

Melanin content of skin is so important!

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: May 13, 2013, 10:43 pm

“Look guys*, nobody knows* more about this* scandal than I do**, and if I* can be** perfectly* honest with you: there’s* no scandal! It’s* really* that simple!”


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: May 13, 2013, 10:55 pm

Frankly, you wouldn’t have to go any further than your local crack house…

Comment from Kamikun
Time: May 13, 2013, 11:17 pm

God as my witness, I don’t know if your quote is cynical joshin’ or the real deal.

Comment from JeffS
Time: May 13, 2013, 11:39 pm

Madam Sweasel:

Would you have that infographic in color, please?

Your Loyal Minion,


Comment from Some Sighing Vegetable
Time: May 14, 2013, 12:53 am

Were he a Republican he would be headed for impeachment. The way the Benghazi incident was spun for political expediency was inexcusable, and that’s -before- we get to the underlying crime, which (real lawyers clarify here please) I would believe to be criminal negligence or manslaughter. I see it as failing to take reasonable steps to prevent a foreseeable death.

And then we get to using government agencies to attack political rivals. How can this be tolerated in the American system?

Having said these things, none of this matters a damn to the average Obama-phone voter. He has at least 47 percent of the vote tied up before the (mis-)counting even starts.
He will stay in power and no doubt be replaced by another of his ilk.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: May 14, 2013, 1:17 am

Plenty of time to repeal the 22nd amendment.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 14, 2013, 1:58 am

Where do we find these guys?

We don’t find them, deal Sweasel, they self-select and then find us. Fred Hayek has some good insights into how these people find their way into positions of power, and Butler Shaffer likewise explains how they, and we, are captured by the inhumanity of political institutions.

It’s the power allowed them that either creates or attracts such people. The only solution in the long run is never to allow anyone to wield the sort of power and control that govts and their agents wield.

Fat chance o’ that, though.

Comment from mojo
Time: May 14, 2013, 2:10 am

He’s a front, folks. Always has been, a sock puppet with a mellifluous voice who’s housebroken.

The brains are in Chicago.

Comment from Tony
Time: May 14, 2013, 2:40 am

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Comment from Oceania
Time: May 14, 2013, 3:43 am

It is spelt Colour, from the French influence.
Or you should just say Black.

Comment from dissent555
Time: May 14, 2013, 4:21 am

Pretty hilarious seeing Barry pause . . . and pause . . . and pause throughout his little diatribe as he struggles to connect the dots. Well, it would be funny if it weren’t so unseemly.

The guy and his team are spinning like a neutron star hoping this thing will go away.

Hey Barry, why didn’t the ARB interview Secretary Clinton for their report.

“Clear”? My ass.

Comment from Oceania
Time: May 14, 2013, 5:13 am

Elect a mulatto to do a white mans job?

Comment from Mike C.
Time: May 14, 2013, 7:03 am

The question should not be “where do we find them?”, it should be “where SHOULD we find them?”

The East River was a classic favorite…

Comment from Oh Hell
Time: May 14, 2013, 11:03 am

or “Why do we keep finding them?”…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 14, 2013, 11:52 am

Sorry, JeffS – I usually keep my color working copy for a couple of days in case someone wants to play with it, but not this time. I had a machine crash and didn’t bother to restore that file.

I will say, P’shop CS6 is very good about recovering images after a crash.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: May 14, 2013, 1:33 pm

Maybe it’s just my contrarian streak but the more people try to hype scandal the less I think it matters. The best we can hope for is the last two years everyone just ignores him which might well provoke him to do something really outlandish like a juvenile ‘acting out’ in a cry for attention.

Everyone was warned about the ‘Chicago Way’, but few knew what that meant.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 14, 2013, 1:58 pm

I dunno, Skandia. Personally, I think Benghazi — all politics aside — is a MUCH bigger and more important issue than the IRS audits, but it looks like the press has been stung into covering the latter, maybe out of shame for how they handled the former.

And now he’s gone and pissed off his protectors in the press, with this AP phone records thing. I don’t think the proportions are right on this, but he may have gotten himself into hot water for at least one of them.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: May 14, 2013, 2:38 pm

Fast & Furious would have taken down any other president: Rehuglikkan, Demonrat, Whig, you name it.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: May 14, 2013, 2:47 pm

My BS detector has been pegged the past two days. It feels like the strategy is to release a ginormous wave of shit all at once and hope that it all just blurs together. Then, the low info majority just tunes it ALL out. Too much to keep track of. It’s like a stampede of a thousand squirrels.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: May 14, 2013, 3:00 pm

Well when they aren’t Democrats, the tards, scumbags, and freaks get trashed and become a target of public abuse and mockery for decades afterward. So they are wiped out of politics and disappear. Democrats are protected, so they stay forever being alternately annoying and entertaining.

Comment from JeffS
Time: May 14, 2013, 3:16 pm

It’s OK, Stoatie — the B&W imagery works nicely! You do excellent work, and while color enhances out the comparison of Bubba and Zero, that was more of a wish than a need.

Comment from surly
Time: May 14, 2013, 4:48 pm

*contemplates inverting flag

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: May 14, 2013, 6:32 pm

Weasel – although we can hope that the internet is changing things, the Main Stream Media still control the message.

The question that matters is how much cognitive dissonance can the Liberal Media/Main Stream Media handle?
The only hope that the media may change their opinion of Obama comes from the snooping by the Justice Department on the press themselves. It’s probably wishful thinking but perhaps there are some reporters out here thinking, “Wait a minute… he was supposed to be our friend. How could he do this to a friend?”

Fast and Furious and the bad economy and Obamacare didn’t matter to them because it didn’t affect them. They don’t give a damn about the illegal use of the IRS to harass WH enemies, and they really only care about Benghazi in the context of the damage it might do to Hillary in her run for the White House.

Finally, though, ‘this time it’s personal.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: May 14, 2013, 7:07 pm

Its not that the news media controls the message because of viewers, hardly anyone gets their news from those guys any more. Most people get their news and views from entertainment and popular media now. Jon Stewart, laugh lines on sit coms, advertisements, music, ESPN, etc. And the guys who create entertainment and popular media get their news and views from a small group of people they trust and rely on. They filter out everything they don’t care to hear or see, and only get the official narrative.

That’s why it doesn’t matter if the viewers and subscribers are all down. They’re still getting through, indirectly. In fact, it’s to their advantage to be as slanted and totally in the tank as possible, in order to reach their remaining customers.

Comment from mojo
Time: May 14, 2013, 9:43 pm

“They come here, they all come here. How do they find me?”
— The Producers

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: May 16, 2013, 4:15 am

Some Sighing Vegetable: … using government agencies to attack political rivals…

You mean the IRS stuff? The really scary aspect of that is that it appears to have been initiated by IRS career personnel with no prompting from above.

And also note it was not directed at “political rivals” of Obama, like Romney, Ryan, or Clinton. (This stuff started in 2010, when Obama still had to worry about renomination.)

Rather, it was directed at a broad swath of ordinary citizens opposed to liberal policies and measures. Blocking and delaying the recognition of selected tax-exempt NGO. Or just rousting people for displaying the wrong attitude. Like this lady. She attacked several “Catholic” NGOs which lobbied for ObamaCare, pointing out that they were actually funded by George Soros.) Then she got yanked in for a grueling and intrusive IRS audit in which the examiner seemed oddly focused on payments she might have received from conservative and trad-Catholic NGOs.

It’s much easier to defeat an organized attack with top-down direction than a distributed attack by a swarm.

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