December 9, 2011

Paging Rick Moran: unwashed VISIGOTH ALERT!

Squid, in the comments to my post on MF Global:

Let me see if I’m understanding this correctly — Obama/Pelosi/Reid quadruple the federal deficit, so that Washington can push more taxes. Holder “loses” 2,000 rifles to Mexican drug cartels, so that Washington can push more gun control. Then Corzine “loses” a billion dollars of Other People’s Money, so that Washington can push more finance regulation.

Am I the only one seeing a pattern here?

Seeing it? No. Correctly identifying it as a pattern being used, quite intentionally (and following both the Alinsky and Cloward-Piven playbooks) by radical ideologues to “fundamentally transform” America into the kind of centrally-planned democratic socialist state they’ve spent years in academia longing to lead? Again, no — but you’re sadly in the minority.

The official “sane conservative” (read: pragmatic GOP-first! adept) narrative is that to say such things is “unhelpful”, to recognize such things marks you as a kooky fringe extremist afeared of the black helicopters, and to wish to combat fundamental transformation a misreading of Obama’s intent, his being but a good man who desires what is best for his country, however much that may diverge from the policy preferences of conservatives, and however much that may trouble the Constitution and its framework.

This is, after all, a collegial world of politics, meant for polished gentlemen of considered breeding and erudition — hail fellows well met! — and it could do with less of the un-nuanced, unpolished hyperventilating of perpetually OUTRAGED “populists” who ridiculously, and without a proper understanding of the historical specifics of the term, see “Marxists” in their revolting, cheap, instant ramen soup cups.

I said GOOD DAY, sir!

Posted by Jeff G. @ 10:21am
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Comments (40)

  1. Great. There go all my invites to the posh cocktail parties…

  2. Write legislation to drive the health care insurance companies out of business, drive costs skyward, mandate all citizens purchase policies but leave an escape hatch to employers to dump their health care problems into government controlled systems and voila! Utopia arrives!

  3. The Deciders spent the last 30+ years making sure another Reagan doesn’t slip past them, and the Jr. Associate Deciders conclude that Reagan was sui generis and the Era is Over QED.

  4. I’m envisioning a Visigoth Party challenging both wings of the Big Government Party using actors from one of the Capitol One campaigns.

    Tag line: “Who’s on your ballot!?”

  5. I made it halfway through the second episode of The Walking Dead before I had to shut it off. Yes, it was that scene where they chopped up the dead zombie to smear its guts on their clothes.

    Nightmares all night long and I can barely eat this morning.

    Just. Too. Grody.

    Yes this comment is too on topic.

  6. that was the first and last time they used that trick so far I think… I’m about 3 or 4 episodes behind though

  7. but about the topic… we just keep coming back to not having a for reals media in America

    it’s crippling

  8. we just keep coming back to not having a for reals media in America

    Did we ever have one or did we only start noticing it with the advent of New Media, starting with Rush but accelerating with the tubez.

  9. FDR didn’t have polio, and wasn’t confined to a wheelchair.

  10. Rick Moran. bless his miniscule little heart, just wants to be allowed to sit with what he perceives are the grown-ups. Shame that he must leave his real-American thinker cap outside, and speak only what rote is deemed acceptable.

    Has he always been so boring and predictable?

  11. He didn’t smoke either. And Woodrow Wilson didn’t have a stroke and leave the running of the government to Mrs. Wilson on the hush-hush.

  12. Further, Bill Clinton, Rhodes Scholar, did not have sex with that woman.

  13. “Further, Bill Clinton, Rhodes Scholar, did not have sex with that woman.”

    Of course Clinton had sex with that woman, and lots more too.

    The media angle was it was his private business, and it’s silly to let such a minor thing distract us from the magnificent work he is doing for America, and especially Americas children.

    It wasn’t having sex with that woman (and lots more) that was a problem for Clinton, I mean, if it isn’t a problem for Hillary, who are we to say? It wasn’t even lying about it that gave anyone pause. After all, lying about such sexual proclivity is normal and rational we were told, and any of us would have done the same.

    Nope, Clinton’s mistake was giving false testimony under oath. I don’t think anybody cares if he nailed Monica and smoked a soggy cigar afterward. The people that loved him in 1993 still love him today, but it isn’t because the media hid the story.

  14. Well, Drudge didn’t hide it. Newsweek seemed to have other ideas at the time.

  15. Eh, I don’t remember the story as a cover up. If anything, it’s a story of people getting too much information, and being turned off from the media frenzy.

    Can’t you just leave the poor man alone?!!

  16. You’re quite right about the totality of the story, as opposed to Newsweek’s knee-jerk beginning in the story demonstrated in their decision to spike it. It’s a minor distinction not worth the dwell time frankly. Sorry for bringing it up.

  17. Isikoff went on to get people killed to death with his silly made-up koran in the toilet story

  18. Only those goobers at the National Enquirer were on the case about the blue dress. What do they know? Time and Newsweek said it was all part of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. Hills even went on the morning teevee shows and said so. Standing by her man, and all.

    The Enquirer also had those out-of-focus pictures of John Edwards sneaking into a hotel in Los Angeles and holding a baby, too. What does that prove, eh? Obviously, he’s a man who loves children.

  19. As I recall it, the frenzy was about those whacked out puritan in Jesusland freaking out over blowjobs.

    If you forgot that angle, it’s easy to understand why. By the late 90s the frenzy was about parents freaking out over little girls giving blowjobs. Wonder where they ever got the idea that “oral” wasn’t sex.

  20. Isikoff is a man who knows how to sneer, an expert at it, really. He will be in the sneerer’s hall of fame one day, mark it down.

  21. The sex part was a distraction that AG Reno laid on the Special Prosecutor to investigate as a way to provide a shield for Clinton to use in the media. Below are the impeachment articles passed. They had nothing to do with sex with Monica. Sorry for the length.

    Resolution Impeaching William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.

    Resolved, That William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors and that the following articles of impeachment be exhibited to the United States Senate:

    Articles of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States of America in the name of itself and of the people of the United States of America, against William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States of America, in maintenance and support of its impeachment against him for high crimes and misdemeanors.

    Article I

    In his conduct while President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has willfully corrupted and manipulated the judicial process of the United States for his personal gain and exoneration, impeding the administration of justice, in that:

    On August 17, 1998, William Jefferson Clinton swore to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth before a Federal grand jury of the United States. Contrary to that oath, William Jefferson Clinton willfully provided perjurious, false and misleading testimony to the grand jury concerning one or more of the following: (1) the nature and details of his relationship with a subordinate Government employee; (2) prior perjurious, false and misleading testimony he gave in a Federal civil rights action brought against him; (3) prior false and misleading statements he allowed his attorney to make to a Federal judge in that civil rights action; and (4) his corrupt efforts to influence the testimony of witnesses and to impede the discovery of evidence in that civil rights action.

    In doing this, William Jefferson Clinton has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the Presidency, has betrayed his trust as President and has acted in a manner subversive of the rule of law and justice, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.

    Wherefore, William Jefferson Clinton, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States.

    Article III

    In his conduct while President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has prevented, obstructed and impeded the administration of justice, and has to that end engaged personally, and through his subordinates and agents, in a course of conduct or scheme designed to delay, impede, cover up and conceal the existence of evidence and testimony related to a Federal civil rights action brought against him in a duly instituted judicial proceeding.

    The means used to implement this course of conduct or scheme included one or more of the following acts:

    (1) On or about December 17, 1997, William Jefferson Clinton corruptly encouraged a witness in a Federal civil rights action brought against him to execute a sworn affidavit in that proceeding that he knew to be perjurious, false and misleading.

    (2) On or about December 17, 1997, William Jefferson Clinton corruptly encouraged a witness in a Federal civil rights action brought against him to give perjurious, false and misleading testimony if and when called to testify personally in that proceeding.

    (3) On or about December 28, 1997, William Jefferson Clinton corruptly engaged in, encouraged or supported a scheme to conceal evidence that had been subpoenaed in a Federal civil rights action brought against him.

    (4) Beginning on or about December 7, 1997, and continuing through and including January 14, 1998, William Jefferson Clinton intensified and succeeded in an effort to secure job assistance to a witness in a Federal civil rights action brought against him in order to corruptly prevent the truthful testimony of that witness in that proceeding at a time when the truthful testimony of that witness would have been harmful to him.

    (5) On January 17, 1998, at his deposition in a Federal civil rights action brought against him, William Jefferson Clinton corruptly allowed his attorney to make false and misleading statements to a Federal judge characterizing an affidavit, in order to prevent questioning deemed relevant by the judge. Such false and misleading statements were subsequently acknowledged by his attorney in a communication to that judge.

    (6) On or about January 18 and January 20-21, 1998, William Jefferson Clinton related a false and misleading account of events relevant to a Federal civil rights action brought against him to a potential witness in that proceeding, in order to corruptly influence the testimony of that witness.

    (7) On or about January 21, 23 and 26, 1998, William Jefferson Clinton made false and misleading statements to potential witnesses in a Federal grand jury proceeding in order to corruptly influence the testimony of those witnesses. The false and misleading statements made by William Jefferson Clinton were repeated by the witnesses to the grand jury, causing the grand jury to receive false and misleading information.

    In all of this, William Jefferson Clinton has undermined the integrity of his office, has brought disrepute on the Presidency, has betrayed his trust as President and has acted in a manner subversive of the rule of law and justice, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.

    Wherefore, William Jefferson Clinton, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States.

  22. And we wonder why both Eric Holder and Jon Corzine can go before Congress and essentially tell them to fuck off.

  23. In fact, when finally an SI unit of sneering is established, I’d be willing to bet it will be designated as the Isikoff. Unless it’s called the Gibbs. Or the Carney.

  24. Actually, FDR may not have had polio. He appears to have caught something else that paralyzed his legs.

  25. It would have been quite something to inform the people of 1939 about a retrospective diagnosis from 2003.

  26. But can Rick Moran recognize a good pant crease when he sees it? If not, then Mr. Moran can forget ever replacing David Brooks.

  27. “It’s a minor distinction not worth the dwell time frankly. Sorry for bringing it up.”

    Somehow I seem to read that as sarcastic, and you know how I feel about apologies.

    I could be wrong though, so; no no, you are quit right to point out that before Newsweek caught wind of the stained dress, there was no history of the media excusing Clinton’s womanizing. My quibble was pointless and ill advised, so please do regard it as such.

  28. It wasn’t meant to be sarcastic Lee: couldn’t be, in the context of the complete record of the media coverage, in which I think the Newsweek decision was a decidedly minor episode. Hiding, though, is one thing, excusing or dismissing another. How you feel about apologies I don’t know, though perhaps I should.

  29. It would have been quite something to inform the people of 1939 about a retrospective diagnosis from 2003.

    Indeed, assuming that you were talking about what people “knew” about FDR back then versus what people think they know about him now. I guess that I missed the time portal that you opened with your comment.

  30. “assuming that you were talking about what people “knew” about FDR back then”

    Just for fun Richard, assume that the initial comment was addressed to hf’s “it’s crippling” and dicentra’s “did we ever have one…?”, both at the same time, suggesting that maybe, about the topic of the crippledness of the President in 1939, the country didn’t have a revealing media — hence the need to take seriously whatever it was that was known locally about Roosevelt’s infirmity, i.e that he had had polio, and the active efforts of the press of the time to cooperate with Roosevelt to keep that infirmity hidden — for the most part hidden — demonstrate something about the state of the media at the time. Just for fun.

  31. I don’t remember the story as a cover up.

    The story in the press was part of the cover-up of the illegal acts committed in the original cover-up. You ask the average Clinton-era survivor why Clinton was impeached and they’ll say it’s because Monica gave him head.

    The Paula Jones lawsuit and Clinton’s perjurious deposition therein, are forgotten even by those who ever knew of it at the time.

  32. I was reading pages and pages of comments yesterday about women talking about how coerced sex in abusive situations is rape.

    While I am absolutely sympathetic to their situations, I think this is a dangerous trend that can be manipulated to defang rape charges.

    On the other hand, it also makes it kind of clear that by their lights, Clinton raped Lewinsky and is still getting ass-pats for it.

  33. “And we wonder why both Eric Holder and Jon Corzine can go before Congress and essentially tell them to fuck off.

    Holder to Issa:

    “Yep. Looks like a straight up criminal conspiracy originating in the highest levels of this administration White House, with multiple agencies and senior executives of said agencies knowingly aiding and abetting felonies to include multiple murders, and quite possibly acts of war against the nation of Mexico. And it looks like the original objective was purely political, too.

    Senator, I guess the question is: What are you going to do about it?

    Bitch.

    Remember way back when the words were still “Hope and Change”. Back when I called this a nation of cowards?

    I wasn’t talking about some hung over Bubbas plinking beer cans off the tailgate of their trucks before Sunday school.

    I was talking about people like you. Senator. You have had your Republic.

    But you haven’t done much to defend it lately.

    I’m Eric Holder. And my job isn’t Attorney General of the United States.

    That’s just the tool I use to do the job.

  34. Ugh. I meant to edit that for tense and grammar.

    Being angry doesn’t help.

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