Monthly Archives: January 2014

Anita Hill “documentary” revisits the sham attack on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

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And from my standpoint as a black American, as far as I’m concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. — U.S. Senate, rather than hung from a tree.

What could the liberal Senate Judiciary Committee, populated by the likes of far left liberals Joe Biden, Teddy Kennedy and Howard Metzenbaum, do when confronted with a conservative appointee–a BLACK man–for the highest court in the land? They did the math:

Liberal politics > a conservative – black blowback

How to equalize the sides and get a political win? Bring in a black woman. Enter Anita Hill.

Now, 23 years after the combustible confirmation hearings in 1991, a ‘documentary’ about Clarence Thomas accuser Anita Hill. Make no mistake this is an attempt to reframe this sorry event and rewrite history about Clarence Thomas and the women’s movement.

Because this episode launched so many on a journey to conservatism–me, Andrew Breitbart and the man who worked for a liberal Senator who outed Anita Hill and tens of thousands of others– I believe the left now chose to rewrite this seminal event for a new generation, a generation which doesn’t know this history and the disgusting put-up job this was.

As a reliable liberal, after watching this spectacle the scales fell from my eyes. I was disgusted that the party which purported to be on the side of the blacks now felt politically impelled to destroy one. I found myself agreeing with Thomas after he issued a statement in his defense after the Senators’ parade parade of innuendo.

Senator, I would like to start by saying unequivocally, uncategorically, that I deny each and every single allegation against me today that suggested in any way that I had conversations of a sexual nature or about pornographic material with Anita Hill, that I ever attempted to date her, that I ever had any personal sexual interest in her, or that I in any way ever harassed her.

A second, and I think more important point. I think that this today is a travesty. I think that it is disgusting. I think that this hearing should never occur in America. This is a case in which this sleaze, this dirt, was searched for by staffers of members of this committee, was then leaked to the media, and this committee and this body validated it and displayed it at prime time over our entire nation. How would any member on this committee, any person in this room, or any person in this country, would like sleaze said about him or her in this fashion? Or this dirt dredged up and this gossip and these lies displayed in this manner? How would any person like it?

The Supreme Court is not worth it. No job is worth it. I am not here for that. I am here for my name, my family, my life, and my integrity. I think something is dreadfully wrong with this country when any person, any person in this free country would be subjected to this.

This is not a closed room. There was an FBI investigation. This is not an opportunity to talk about difficult matters privately or in a closed environment. This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace.

And from my standpoint as a black American, as far as I’m concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. — U.S. Senate, rather than hung from a tree.

 They lost me. The hypocrisy of these liberal bastards was breathtaking. Just a few years later these same political pugilists–the women’s movement and the liberal lions of the Senate –would support Bill Clinton when he lied to a federal grand jury about his predatory sexual behavior.

Note the screen shot of this mockumentary is of a white Senator supposedly picking on the poor black woman Hill. Nothing could be further from the truth unless you want to talk about Senator Howard Metzenbaum–a white LIBERAL man–who outed Hill and forced her to testify in an attempt to scuttle Thomas’ nomination. 

I’m personally offended by this attempt to rewrite history. This is an attempt to besmirch as uninformed, those who witnessed this spectacle and who concluded–accurately– that the left cared more about naked identity politics than preserving the reputation of an honorable black man who was brought up by his sharecropping Grandpa and then rose to the heights of American leadership. Thomas was the great American success story, but the left couldn’t abide a conservative  black ascending and replacing liberal justice Thurgood Marshall–a legal (and black) icon. Instead, the left tried to metaphorically lynch him. It was a shameful time and it outed Kennedy, Biden and Metzenbaum et al for the cowards, racialists and liars they were. 

A Metzenbaum staffer who was so disgusted by this orchestrated, dishonest spectacle, eventually wrote a book about his experience. He entitled his book, Leaving the Left. That mindset, more than anything, is the reason for the historical rewrite of this shameful episode of liberal duplicity.

Rees Lloyd: February 3rd: Four Chaplains to be honored at Mt. Soledad Cross

four chaplainsAmerican Legionnaires, and other veterans and patriots, will commemorate the service and selfless sacrifice of the Four Chaplains by establishing a plaque in their honor at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial on “Four ChaplainsDay,” February 3, 2014, at 1 p.m.

February 3 is national Four Chaplains Day by Act of Congress in 1988. However, it is generally ignored by news media, not taught in schools, and not observed by government entities. Consequently, most Americans do not know who the Four Chaplains are, why they are honored, or even that there is a national Four Chaplains Day.

Therefore, in part to rectify that, wartime veterans of the California American Legion, other veterans and patriots, have unified to create a permanent and enduring reminder of the lives and heroism of the Four Chaplains by dedicating a granite plaque in their honor at Mt. Soledad.

The ceremonies will be held on the 70th anniversary of Feb. 3, 1943, when the troop ship Dorchester was torpedoed in WWII on its way to Greenland. As the doomed Dorchester began swiftly sinking in the frigid sea with 900 troops aboard, the Four Chaplains put their life jackets on troops without them, and went to their certain deaths, arms linked, praying together, “so that others may live.”

four chaplains2The awe-inspiring selfless heroism of the Four Chaplains — Rev. George Fox (Methodist), Rabbi Alexander Goode, Father John Washington (Roman Catholic), and Rev. Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed)-–led Congress to award each a Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Cross in 1944, and an unprecedented Congressional Medal of Valor in 1961. The American Legion continues to advocate that the Four Chaplains should be awarded the Medal of Honor in an exception to the rule that it can only be awarded to combatants.

The Four Chaplains will now be honored in an enduring way by a plaque at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial beneath the cross honoring veterans there. (A replica of the plaque is attached as a file.)

SPEAKERS HONORING THE FOUR CHAPLAINS AT CEREMONIES:

  • San Diego Attorney Charles S. LiMandri will be the keynote speaker. He, as Western Region Director of the Thomas More Law Center and currently as Director of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF), is credited with doing more to save the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial “as it is, where it is,” than any other single person. 
  • Congressman Duncan Hunter will speak in honor of the Four Chaplains unless required for a vote in the U.S. House, in which case a representative will speak for him.
  • Capt. Joseph R. John (USN, ret.), combat veteran and founder of Combat Veterans For Congress (CVFC) 
  • Larry Wilske, Special Operations Master Chief [SEAL] (USN, ret.).
  • Kirk Jorgensen (USMC 10-year combat veteran; presently serving U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.)
  • Myke (“NY Myke”) Shelby, a Vietnam veteran (Air Force), owner of San Diego Harley, and longtime activist in the San Diego citizens movement to preserve Mt. Soledad “as it is, where it is.”
  • Dr. John Steel, former Navy fighter pilot, renown physician and surgeon in San Diego, and one of the first supporters of the Mt. Soledad Memorial.
  • Victoria Taft, patriotic broadcast journalist and radio talk show host, who for years annually broadcast a Four Chaplains Day tribute on Feb. 3.
  • Harry M. Woods, Commander, and Anthony Stewart, Vice Commander, will speak for host American Legion District 22 (which covers all Posts in San Diego County).
  • Ray Trosper will represent Riverside Post 79 which initiated the Four Chaplains tribute at Mt. Soledad. He is Post 79 Sgt.-At-Arms; Chaplain of Post 79’s American Legion Riders (ALR); a Patriot Guard Rider (PGR).

STATEMENTS RECEIVED HONORING THE FOUR CHAPLAINS TO BE INCLUDED
A measure of how the Four Chaplains are honored and revered by veterans of today is expressed in statements issued by two of America’s greatest living military heroes. Their statements will to be delivered on their behalf at the Four Chaplains ceremonies:

Maj. Gen. Patrick H. Brady (USA, ret.) Medal of Honor (Vietnam), considered America’s most decorated living veteran, an American Legionnaire who has described the generally unknown or ignored humanitarian acts of American troops while in war in Vietnam in his book, “Dead Men Flying: America’s Battlefield Angels” (WND Books), sent this tribute to the Four Chaplains:

“As one who has been honored by many great men up to and including the president of the United States, no honor has been more satisfying than my Humanitarian Award from the chapel of the Four Chaplains. Their legacy of courage and sacrifice is vital for our nation’s survival. Our youth need to know that courage is the key to success in life and God will give us all we ask for. You can’t use it up and their faith is the foundation of their courage. Sacrifice is love in action, the source of happiness and our eternal inheritance from the Four Chaplains.”

Admiral Jeremiah A. Denton (USN, ret.), seven years/seven months a prisoner of war in Vietnam, later U.S. Senator (Alabama), also an American Legionnaire and author of the classic book on the tortures inflicted on American P.O.W.’s by their communist captors, “When Hell Was In Session” (WND Books), sent this tribute statement on the Four Chaplains:

“The Four Chaplains proved their faith with ultimate sacrifice – not in a flash of combatant action – but with peaceful discernment, humble devotion and extraordinary valor. They lived this life knowing God’s real presence and eternal promise. Blessed with men of this caliber, our nation must do the same.”

Others whose tribute statements will be included in the ceremonies include:

–Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich (5th District), a veteran (Army) and American Legionnaire, long a supporter of Mt. Soledad “as it is, where it is,” and leader of the effort to restore the cross on the Mission Church on the L.A. County Seal, which is now depicted without its cross as the result of lawsuit threats by the ACLU.

–Col. Antonio Monaco (USA, ret.), founder and CEO of Patriot Outreach (www.PatriotOutreach.org.).

–Chaplain (Ret., LTC) Phillip L. Pringle

–Dan Smith (USMC, ret.), Chairman of the Board of Military Honor Details at Riverside National Cemetery.

FOR GOD AND COUNTRY FOREVER; SURRENDER TO TYRANNY–NEVER!

(Rees Lloyd is a longtime civil rights lawyer, veterans activist, and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.)

MLK speaker to American college students: “Stop being angry towards America! We live in an incredible nation!” via Laughing at Liberals

Citizen Journalist Laughing at Liberals (see his You Tube channel here) went to the MLK Week festivities at Portland State University expecting to hear the usual America-is-bad-social-justice-good-colonialism-hangover-greed-bad-marxism-good. Oh sure, there was some of that–from the students. But, to his utter shock, the speaker invited to discuss social justice actually denounced the something-for-nothing set and spoke lovingly of his adopted country, America! 

 Dr. Dapo Sobomehin’s speech praising America, capitalism, voluntarism, and encouraging people to look past the divisiveness of race. Dr. Sobomehin came here from Nigeria when he was 19 years old, and apparently he took full advantage of the opportunities available to him. He made the case for how capitalism and voluntarism are the best ways to help those in need.

He admonished the college students to look around. “Everything is here, everything is here! How do you not see it? …We are living in an incredible nation!”

Since food stamp usage has increased by 50% under President Obama and PSU students are known (by me) to approach shoppers at the local downtown Safeway to offer their $20 food stamp card in exchange for $10, Dr Sobomehin was asked about them. His reply? Feed yourself!

And finally he told them to stop being angry towards America and appreciate what they have here.

It’s probably the last time he’ll be asked back to talk about social justice. Glad Laughing at Liberals was there to be a witness.

Pro life marchers score big with leftist meme

If my twitter and facebook feeds are any indication, this ironic sign was a big hit at the March for Life in frozen Washington, DC yesterday. coexist pro life

 

 

 

 

 

This sign of course invokes the ubiquitous bumper sticker seen on Volvos, Subarus or Priuses (Prii?) in Bluetowns across the country. The bumper sticker features symbols from many world religions basically saying ‘can’t we all get along?’coexist bumper sticker At its essence, it also intends to convey the idea religion is the cause of strife and division among mankind. But what of the left? Fifty five million babies have been aborted since the 1973 decision. The sign above is an-in-your-face reminder that the same leftists preaching ‘coexist’ should practice what they preach.

 

Pete the Banker: Aetna’s CEO on possibly quitting ObamaCare, Will we “get beat up?” by Obama?

Are we going to get beat up?

Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini says there could be a scenario in which he might have to quit ObamaCare before it does too much harm to his company. 
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Mark Bertolini told CNBC’s Squawk Box ObamaCare ‘has failed to attract the uninsured.’ He said he’s preparing projected rates for 2015 and is afraid they could increase by double digits. He was asked if there were circumstances that would make his company get out of ObamaCare,

“Are they going to be double-digit [increases] or are we going to get beat up because they’re double-digit or are we just going to have to pull out of the program?” Bertolini asked in a “Squawk Box” interview from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “Those questions can’t be answered until we see the population we have today. And we really don’t have a good view on that.”
Bertolini says they’ve just rearranged the insurance deck chairs at this point, or, as CNBC put it,
He said that so far, Obamacare has just shifted people who were insured in the individual market to the public exchanges where they could get a better deal on a subsidy for coverage. “We see only 11 percent of the population is actually people that were firmly uninsured that are now insured. So [it] didn’t really eat into the uninsured population.”
I’m not a big fan of insurance companies, but I do wonder if Bertolini will “get beat up” by the Obama Administration if he doesn’t bend to its wishes. Obama’s thugocracy scares another citizen.

MSNBC, Kos TPM: GOP caused Covered California, ObamaCare problems

oBAMACARE HACK2Why have ObamaCare websites been failing? It’s the GOP’s fault, of course. Undone about the horrible roll out of the president’s signature law, Democrats have been looking everywhere for a scapegoat. Finally, after failing to find a politically satisfying excuse, they made up one.

It started with the story at a tech site about hackers planning to attack the ObamaCare website. The story was, ahem, embroidered by far left bloggers, and before too long, grew into the meme “right wing” and “Fox viewers” had launched cyber attacks on HealthCare.Gov. I blew up that story here.  

fake website 4 chris hayesBut the news fabricators weren’t done. The meme was quickly followed up with an ‘Aha!’ story here, here and here alleging the GOP launched a website to decoy the ObamaCare seekers in California. The story was disseminated in early December in apparent reaction to news reports about the parade of horribles following ObamaCare’s roll out. It appeared to be an attempt to legitimize and dress up the naked lies told about the fake website 1“right wing” cyber attacks (see my post on it here).

Daily Kos, Crooks and Liars, and soon Mediaite and the LATimes blog picked up the story of how the California GOP Assembly fake website 3 think progresscaucus contrived a phony California ObamaCare website to intentionally confuse people. Blog posts claimed the website was designed to decoy people from going to the real Covered California website and deprive these poor souls of their ObamaCare. MSNBC picked up the meme with the headline, “California Schemin'”.

 The Assembly GOP website was called “sabotage,” “bogus,” “a new low,” “an attempt to mislead…,” and a “trick.”

Mediaite went so far as to call it a “fake health care exchange” website. You decide. Here’s the real one and here’s the “fake health care exchange” website. Mediaite provided a screen cap. Note that Mediaite left something important off its screen cap. Wait, what? Isn’t that a link for Covered California? Why, yes, it is!

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Mediaite screen cap of GOP Assembly website.

 

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Looks like Mediaite left something off its screen cap: a link to Covered California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mediaite mentioned the link but downplayed its importance. Instead, we were served up a huge helping of those-diabolical-Republicans-how-dare-they-foul-up-what-could-have-been-a-smooth-launch-of-ObamaCare?

So what was the point of the website? My interview with the person in charge of it next.

 

GOP shuts down federal government with global warming jedi mind tricks.

Well of course they didn’t, but since manyliberal folks hold fast to their faith in man made global warming, will it be long before we’ll see those kinds of headlines? Seriously, Washington DC is currently shut down because of frozen man made global warming. Due to Republicans being blamed for any shutdown of government, could it be long before we’ll be regaled by these kinds of tales? 

Winter Storm Warning

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  COMBINATION OF SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL REDUCE VISIBILITY TO
  BELOW ONE-HALF MILE AT TIMES. TRAVELING WILL BECOME DANGEROUS TODAY.
  THE MORNING COMMUTE MAY BE IMPACTED BY THE SNOW...BUT
  SIGNIFICANT IMPACT IS EXPECTED FOR THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING
  COMMUTE. DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILLS TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY
  MORNING MAY LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR FROST BITE ON EXPOSED SKIN.

 

Christie’s “Bridgegate” outrage highlights hypocrisy.

I’ve been outraged and amused by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s “Bridge-Gate” scandal. Outraged because his people thought little of inconveniencing and possibly endangering New Jersey and New York residents by closing three lanes of traffic for four days for political pay back. Amused because of the hypocrisy of the left over the issue.

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No, this isn’t about Hillary Clinton and her Nixonian enemies list. It’s not about how Barack Obama slammed the White House door to visits from school children and cut veterans from their memorials as political payback. My point is more basic than that. It’s as basic as being deprived of your ability to go where you want in your car or use perfectly appropriate products. This is about bureaucrats and political apparatchiks who believe it’s acceptable to manipulate the populace and force them to comply with their political whims and fads. Here are a few examples:

Killing car lanes for Choo Choos. Expensive 19th century-esque light rail trains eat up car lanes, slow down traffic, cause more traffic congestion, are more expensive, and deprive people from getting from A to B conveniently. Most of their ridership comes from people who used to ride more flexible buses which also use existing car lanes. This is worse than what Christie’s minions did and was done FOR political purposes. Where’s the outrage?

Take “plastic” bag bans for instance–please. Bag banners lied about global warming marine mammals eating fishing line garbage island carbon footprints litter bacteria bags to deprive people of the ability to use these convenient alternatives to paper bags. They shut down that lane of traffic, so to speak. Where’s the outrage? Somewhere in a “swirling mass of garbage twice the size of Texas” in the Pacific I guess.

Closing parts of town from car use. Cities across the western United States–Portland, San Diego, LA and, of course, critical mass leader San Francisco– close miles-wide swaths of the cities to cars on several days of the year. They do this to fete bicycle use and deride cars. I don’t have a problem with riding bicycles, of course, but I do mind bureaucrats and political apparatchiks cutting me off from somewhere I may want to go several days per year all because they hate cars. The organization responsible for cyclavia is rooted in ridding the world of cars. Chris Christie’s minions closing three lanes of traffic for political reasons is outrageous and so is this.

Oregon and Washington’s Columbia River Crossing is the more than $10 billion replacement bridge for the old Interstate Bridge, but planners in Oregon won’t allow it to be built unless it includes light rail to Clark County, Washington whose voters don’t want it. Even though light rail does nothing to eliminate congestion, no new lanes are planned for cars. How do the Christie minions closing three lanes of traffic for four days compare to cutting off more car traffic forever?

California governor Jerry Brown is pushing through a multi-billion dollar faux “high” speed train between two small California towns as political payback to unions. To secure federal matching dollars after losing state funds, Brown is using greenhouse gas taxes imposed on businesses. Brown damns California taxpayers to decades of bond service for a train which is neither high speed nor necessary. In cities with light rail, planners eliminate bus routes to force current mass transit users onto the choo choos. What will Jerry Brown have to do to force people to ride his slow speed train to nowhere?

I am outraged by Chris Christie’s screwing with people because they got a political wild hair. If you’re the least bit fair, you’ll agree that these few examples are no less political and no less corrosive. In fact, if you’re honest with yourself you’ll agree they’re worse. As Nancy Pelosi would say, “Embrace the suck.” 

 

Video: Portland School Board forced to flee when chanting unionistas swarm meeting

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Portland Public School Board members were forced to flee when when their meeting was swarmed by, as Citizen Journalist Laughing at Liberals reports, ” hundreds of unions/socialist/communist activists, who were demanding, uhh, well,  I think they were demanding higher wages for the teachers. Sort of hard to tell with all the random chanting and shouting.”

The crashers were led in a profane chant by a Jefferson High School student. “BULLSH!T GET OFFbus project pps 1 IT! EDUCATION’S NOT FOR PROFIT!” So glad they’re covering the basic of bullhorn maintenance and, uh, poetry at one of Portland’s lowest performing high schools. Odd that students at “Jeff” would be under the impression education is run for profit. It could be the influence of the t“PolitiCorps” paid volunteers who have previously bus project pps 2contracted with PPS to teach, ah, political engagement. Or maybe it’s their sister project called “Democracy Cup,” or just the Occupy mindset in Portland. See my posts about that here, here,  herehere, and here.

It would be ironic if the PPS Board had invited in the Bus Project to teach students civic engagement only to have them target them. I wonder how that helps the rest of the student population.

Laughing at Liberals (whose You Tube channel is here) says there was one redeeming thing about the meeting crashers: they appeared to be opposed to Common Core, so at least they have one thing in common.

Clank! Multnomah Co GOP takes fire after news of gun raffle to “celebrate” MLK and Lincoln.

You’ve got to admit, holding a gun raffle to “celebrate the legacy of two great Republicans who demonstrated leadership and courage that all of us still lean on today: Martin Luther King, Jr and Abraham Lincoln” is a tone deaf way to show respect to  men who were murdered by assassins’ bullets.

The Multnomah County GOP is holding the raffle for a hand gun or an AR-15 rifle to raise money for the party and draw people to the annual Lincoln Day Dinner featuring Senator Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael. The idea is taking fire from local media and from one Portland African American businessman who thinks the idea is wrongheaded and racist. 

Friend of the GOP and real estate broker, Fred Stewart, posted this to his Facebook page today,

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Unaware of the story in the media, I naturally asked Fred what he was talking about and why he was going nuclear–alleging racism by an entire group of people–without any rationale. 

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Stewart explained the idea of a gun raffle to honor two American heroes who lost their lives in their quest for freedom is “humiliating” and insensitive to black people the party is trying to entice. He implied MCRP leader Jeff Reynolds must be racist to even consider hosting such an event.

The Multnomah County chair may have his short comings, but being a racist is not one of them. Moreover, the co-planner of the event is the mother to African American children who ironically had been targets of taunting and racist chanting by Portland leftists who crashed a 2011 Tea Party event. 

The gun story has been picked up by local media which is eager to regurgitate the facile tale of ‘racist, gun toting Republicans.’ Commenters on the Willamette Week story are pushing the tiresome cliches.

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Anyone?…. crickets are usually what you get when you ask a (R)etard a question.
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There’s more than one amendment to the Constitution. Should look into that.  Also: Rafael Cruz is guano-psychotic

A person under fire takes cover, retreats if necessary, and re-positions.  After this misfire, it’s probably time for the MCRP to retreat from combining the two events and re-position. 

 

Kitzhaber: Personnel is policy. Explain why your aide lied to you about OrBamaCare warning from State Rep and what you’re doing about it.

orbamacare kitz two shotGovernor Kitzhaber may think he got yanked from his interview with a KATU reporter just in time yesterday, but all he succeeded in doing was raising more questions about what he knew of the Cover Oregon–OrBamaCare–fail and when he knew it. The episode also reveals in what contempt the governor and his aides hold the people–especially those who don’t agree with him. 

Oregon media must hold Kitzhaber to account now before the “investigation” gets underway and Kitzhaber can hide behind the “I can’t comment on anything under investigation” blind. Lawyers are currently pouring over the contract with Oracle over its disastrous software glitches. In terms of an investigation into the (lack of) management, Kitzhaber ordering an investigation of his mistakes in the rollout of OrBamaCare is like a kid with chocolate smudged all over his face telling his mother he’s ordered an investigation into the empty cookie jar. 

KATU reporter Hillary Lake had this exchange with the Governor, questioning him about a warning from then- State Rep Patrick Sheehan back in 2012 outlining reasons why the Cover Oregon IT chief should be sacked. 

HL: You knew about those red flags or your office knew about the red flags specifically about Carolyn Lawson and people calling for her to be let go far before she resigned.

Kitzhaber: Well, I knew about the problems in uh late October is when I first learned about the problems.

HL: We have an email from Represenative Patrick Sheehan that went to you and he encourage you at the end of 2012 to let her go.

Kitzhaber: It may have come to my office but I didn’t see it.

Kitzhaber was yanked out of the interview before she could continue her entirely appropriate questioning.  See the awkwardness at 2:40 in the interview below:

Republican legislative leader Julie Parrish tweeted out her skepticism about Kitzhaber’s scaredy cat exit, alluding to Governor Chris Christie’s nearly two hour long presser about the allegedly politically motivated bridge closing.

Here are more questions that need to be answered:

How did you find out about Patrick Sheehan’s letter? Who told you about it? When?

What did you do when you discovered your employee failed to tell you about Sheehan’s letter?

Why would your underling feel it was appropriate to disregard this information? Why? 

Is there a policy to disregard House oversight suggestions? Or just Republican members?

At what point have you taken any suggestion proffered by legislative oversight members?

Why did your underling believe it appropriate to ignore questions from a committee tasked with overseeing this program?

Are there any more warnings you’ve now become aware of that were hidden from you by your underling/s?

Would you make public those communications?

What have you done to the aides at your office who did not disclose the letter? Have they been fired or reassigned? 

 

“Bridgeghazi” isn’t funny or clever. Stop it.

I thought conservatives on Twitter had killed off a new attempt to create a new scandal suffix to replace ‘gate.’ I was wrong.

Two days ago, Andrew Kaczynski of Buzzfeed suggested the new, oh-so-clever ‘ghazi’ suffix after the Chris Christie bridge scandal. “Bridgeghazi” was excoriated online. and Andrew was properly shamed. I thought that was the end of it until today. Today  I heard a personality on LA radio use the term. 

Chris Christie bridge ghazi

I suppose it’s possible this radio person doesn’t know what happened on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya. For your background sir, four Americans were left to die after al Qaeda launched a well planned attack on the American mission. The American Ambassador Chris Stevens was burned, and as some reports put it, sexually and otherwise assaulted, and dragged to his death. His communications aide Sean Smith was murdered with the Ambassador by terrorists who poured fuel around the compound and set it on fire. Two former Navy SEALS, Tyrone Wood and Glen Doherty, both with Southern California connections, died trying to hold off the enemy from the nearby CIA Annex until help could arrive. It never did. The president, whose movements that night have never been accounted for, never sent help and neither did then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Both went to bed that night without sending help. The president partied with Jay-Z in Vegas the next day.

Making fun of this horrible episode in American history belittles the sacrifice of these men and relegates to irrelevancy the administration’s gasp inducing failure to send help, explain it, and be forthcoming with congressional oversight committees. Maybe that was the point. 

Making fun of Benghazi is in the realm of mocking concentration camp survivors by asking if they use those tattooed numbers to play lotto or creating parachutes with a 9/11 logo for people who work in New York high rises. It’s in bad taste. It’s wrong. Stop it.