It’s Wednesday, August 13, 2014…and here’s The Gouge! First up, writing at The Weekly Standard, John McCormack details why serial liars find facts easily obtainable on the internet such pesky things:

Obama’s 2012 Debate Boast: I Didn’t Want to Leave Any Troops in Iraq

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“But during the 2012 foreign policy presidential debate, Obama told the American people that he didn’t support leaving any troops in Iraq. “Every time you’ve offered an opinion, you’ve been wrong,” Obama told GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “You said that we should still have troops in Iraq to this day.”

Obama then denied that he ever supported a status of forces agreement that would have left troops in Iraq:

MR. ROMNEY: [W]ith regards to Iraq, you and I agreed, I believe, that there should have been a status of forces agreement. Did you — PRESIDENT OBAMA: That’s not true. MR. ROMNEY: Oh, you didn’t — you didn’t want a status of forces agreement? PRESIDENT OBAMA: No, but what I — what I would not have done is left 10,000 troops in Iraq that would tie us down. That certainly would not help us in the Middle East.

“Here’s one thing I’ve learned as commander in chief,” Obama said at the end of the exchange. You’ve got to be clear, both to our allies and our enemies, about where you stand and what you mean. Now, you just gave a speech a few weeks ago in which you said we should still have troops in Iraq. That is not a recipe for making sure that we are taking advantage of the opportunities and meeting the challenges of the Middle East.”…”

“You’ve got to be clear”; yeah…like about the actual impact of your Socialized-medicine plan…

…that Red Line in Syria…

…or your vacation plans!

The man’s clear alright; as clear as mud…and twice as transparent! Meanwhile, in the Monday Morning Quarterbacking at Its Finest segment, in an interview with The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg, the woman who oversaw the most disastrously feckless foreign policy since the Carter Administration takes a page from The Obamao’s playbook and blames someone…ANYone…other than herself:

Hillary Clinton: ‘Failure’ to Help Syrian Rebels Led to the Rise of ISIS

The former secretary of state, and probable candidate for president, outlines her foreign-policy doctrine. She says this about President Obama’s: “Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.”

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“President Obama has long ridiculed the idea that the U.S., early in the Syrian civil war, could have shaped the forces fighting the Assad regime, thereby stopping al Qaeda-inspired groups—like the one rampaging across Syria and Iraq today—from seizing control of the rebellion. In an interview in February, the president told me that “when you have a professional army … fighting against a farmer, a carpenter, an engineer who started out as protesters and suddenly now see themselves in the midst of a civil conflict—the notion that we could have, in a clean way that didn’t commit U.S. military forces, changed the equation on the ground there was never true.”

Well, his former secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, isn’t buying it. In an interview with me earlier this week, she used her sharpest language yet to describe the “failure” that resulted from the decision to keep the U.S. on the sidelines during the first phase of the Syrian uprising.

…As she writes in her memoir of her State Department years, Hard Choices, she was an inside-the-administration advocate of doing more to help the Syrian rebellion. Now, her supporters argue, her position has been vindicated by recent events…

Had we interviewed Hillary, we’d have responded to her claims of foreign policy prescience with two questions.  First, if she indeed knew the Administration’s policies would lead to the deaths of tens if not hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, why not resign in protest and go public with her views so as to force The Obamao’s hand? Second, and more importantly… What Difference Does it Make Though, to The Obamao, it appears to make a great deal of difference:

Obama Told Lawmakers Criticism of His Syria Policy is ‘Horsesh*t’

hillary-clinton-benghazi Given his extensive experience listening to his own endless bloviating, The Dear Misleader knows horsesh*t…or more accurately, bullsh*t…when he hears it!  From where we sit, they’re both full of sh*t…though the exact genus and species of origin is unclear. Thus having made a deal with the devil and served Satan for five years, Hillary attempts to distance herself from the maleficent misdeeds she performed on her Dark Lord’s behalf.  And the MSM, who knows a lame duck… Tony-Branco-Lame-Duck-Tape …when they see one, have already started circling their wagons around his presumptive heir.  All of which highlights, as Victor Davis Hanson notes at PJ Media

The Un-Midas Touch

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“Tell me, doc. Why do all these bad things keep happening to me?”

“Everything that Barack Obama touches seems to turn to dross. Think of it for a minute. He inherited a quiet Iraq (no American combat deaths at all in December 2009). Joe Biden bragged of the calm that it would be the administration’s“greatest achievement.” But by pulling out all U.S. peacekeepers — mostly for a 2012 reelection talking point — Obama ensured an ISIS wasteland. He put his promised eye on Afghanistan at last, and we have lost more soldiers there than during the Bush administration and a Taliban victory seems likely after more than a decade of lost American blood and treasure. The message seems to be that it is better for Obama to have his eye off something than on it

For more on what is clearly the most patently and purposefully prevaricative Administration in American history, writing at The American Spectator, David Catron concludes what Team Tick-Tock lacks in experience and talent, they more than make up for with duplicity, deceit and the rankest hypocrisy:

Tavenner: Transparency for Thee But Not for Me

CMS head who deleted her emails oversees Obamacare’s ‘Sunshine Act.’

article-2481217-19109D0F00000578-244_638x415 “It has been widely reported that the latest Obama administration official to delete emails requested by congressional investigators is Marilyn Tavenner, who runs the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Far less coverage, however, has been devoted to the ironic fact that Tavenner’s agency administers the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. The “Sunshine Act,” as it is generally known, is a provision of Obamacare meant to ensure that physicians conduct business transactions with complete transparency. In other words, the very bureaucrat whose emails have conveniently gone missing oversees the agency tasked with keeping your doctor and his business associates honest.

But Tavenner’s cavalier disregard for federal rules concerning the retention of emails and other records shouldn’t be a surprise. Her history suggests an indifferent attitude about such regulations as they relate to her and her fellow apparatchiks. Before she took over as the administrator of CMS, Tavenner was the agency’s deputy principal administrator. In that capacity she oversaw the activities of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO). This, you may recall, is the bureaucracy that issued the infamous Obamacare waivers. Not coincidentally, the CCIIO ignored repeated congressional requests for the criteria used to determine eligibility for those waivers.

All of which suggests that Tavenner is the last person who should be overseeing the implementation of the Sunshine Act…

Which makes her purrrrfect for the Most Opaque Administration in History! And since we’re on the subject of useless, lying government bureaucrats who should be put against a wall and shot, as The Daily Beast reports, the rocket surgeons over at the…

DEA paid Amtrak Secretary $854,460 for passenger lists it could have gotten for free

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 “The Drug Enforcement Administration paid an Amtrak secretary $854,460 over nearly 20 years to obtain confidential information about train passengers, which the DEA could have lawfully obtained for free through a law enforcement network, The Associated Press has learned.

The employee was not publicly identified except as a “secretary to a train and engine crew” in a report on the incident by Amtrak’s inspector general. The secretary was allowed to retire, rather than face administrative discipline, after the discovery that the employee had effectively been acting as an informant who “regularly” sold private passenger information since 1995 without Amtrak’s approval, according to a one-paragraph summary of the matter…

Only an employee of an utterly out-of-control government bureaucracy could be allowed to retire without any monetary or criminal sanction after ripping off his or her employer…the U.S. taxpayer…for over 20 years to the tune of just under $900,ooo!!! Which begs the question WTF is running this train?!? Though given the prevailing attitude with Progressives… What Difference Does it Make …can we really blame a minion for following the bosses’ lead?!? Next up, courtesy of Cincinnati.com via Drudge, yet another…

District drops federal lunch program

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“Lunch at Fort Thomas Independent Schools may include more French fries, fewer vegetables and larger portions this year. One thing that won’t be on the menu: federal dollars. The Campbell County district is opting out of the federal school lunch program, forfeiting hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding.

The reason: Kids didn’t like their healthful lunches. “The calorie limitations and types of foods that have to be provided … have resulted in the kids just saying ‘I’m not going to eat that,'” Fort Thomas Superintendent Gene Kirchner said.

The 2,800-student district joins a small but growing number of school districts across the country – mostly wealthy districts who can afford to forfeit the money – who have dropped out of the federal program in the wake of stricter nutritional standards. Schools said students don’t like the unsalted potatoes, low-fat cheese or the mandatory fruits and vegetables. They throw food away or decide not to eat at allIn Kirchner’s district, 166 fewer students bought lunch every day last year – 30,000 fewer a year. Instead they brought lunch from home, went to nearby restaurants or skipped lunch altogether.

That’s a problem because students were going hungry or choosing unhealthful fast food or snacks instead of school meals. It’s also a financial problem for the district. If kids don’t buy lunch, the district loses money and has to dig into its general fundMoney that could pay for textbooks and technology must be redirected to pay for green beans and whole-grain hot dog buns

Besides, it’s not like her supposed healthy eating emphasis has shrunken the size of Moochy’s seat! On the Lighter Side… mrz081114dAPC20140808094532gv081114dAPC20140811124527gv081214dAPC20140812054513lb0812cd20140811083608tmdsu14081120140812053810Bush-Leaguedownload (2)download (1)download Finally, we’ll call it a wrap with Tales From the Darkside, and two items which state all that need be said about the Ferguson, MO shooting at this point in the investigation; first, Joseph Epstein rhetorically wonders…

What’s Missing in Ferguson, Mo.

More than ever, the absence of black leadership, and the contrast with the civil-rights era, is painfully clear.

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“In Chicago, where I live, much of the murder and crime that has captured the interest of the media is black-on-black, and cannot be chalked up to racism, except secondarily by blaming that old hobgoblin, “the system.” People march with signs reading “Stop the Killing,” but everyone knows that the marching and the signs and the sweet sentiments of local clergy aren’t likely to change anything. Better education is needed, politicians say, perhaps a longer school day. Jobs, yes, more and better jobs, that’s what’s required. Got to get the guns off the street, everyone says. The black familythe absence of fathersis the problem

Which leads Jason Riley to question the candor of a quest with no hope of conclusion:

Sharpton’s Search for Relevance

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“This past weekend in Chicago, 26 people were shot, including a 16-year-old who died. Yet Al Sharpton is headed not to the Second City but to suburban St. Louis to protest the weekend shooting death of Michael Brown, who police say was killed while resisting arrest…

…Today’s ghetto culture not only indulges criminal behavior but celebrates it. And so-called black leaders are much more interested in making excuses for this behavior than they are in denouncing it unequivocally. It was not always thus.

Here’s Martin Luther King quoted in Harper’s Magazine in 1961. “Do you know that Negroes are 10 percent of the population of St. Louis and are responsible for 58% of its crimes? We’ve got to face that. And we’ve got to do something about our moral standards,” he said. “We know that there are many things wrong in the white world, but there are many things wrong in the black world, too. We can’t keep on blaming the white man. There are things we must do for ourselves.

Unless like these three… download (1) …you’re a professional race hustler; and your power, position and personal financial prospects comes before the well-being of those you pretend to defend.  Magoo