The Obama Administration Fools Regardless of the Date

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The Obama Administration Fools Regardless of the Date

Horn­blower bowed, but as the Colonel remained unbend­ing he stiff­ened to atten­tion. He could rec­og­nize that type of man at once — the ser­vant of a tyrant, and in close per­sonal asso­ci­a­tion with him, mod­el­ing his con­duct not on the tyrant’s but on what he fan­cied should be the cor­rect behav­iour of a tyrant, far out-​Heroding Herod.

C.S. Forester Fly­ing Col­ors 1938

I men­tioned this morn­ing that it’s hard to com­ment on news sto­ries on April 1st because you can’t tell what’s real an what’s not.

Hot Air appar­ently had the same prob­lem.

I owe the MRC an apol­ogy for doubt­ing them.

What is the story that the MRC reported that Hot Air couldn’t believe from the MRC? This:

The White House briefly pulled video of a press event on ter­ror­ism with Pres. Obama, and when it reap­peared on the White​House​.gov web­site and YouTube, the audio of Hollande’s trans­la­tor goes silent, begin­ning with the words “Islamist ter­ror­ism,” then begins again at the end of his sentence.

Even the audio of Hol­lande say­ing the words “Islamist ter­ror­ism” in French have, appar­ently, been edited from the video.

It’s even worse than it sounds:

You know what the worst part is? Hol­lande didn’t say “Islamic ter­ror­ism,” which is the sup­pos­edly objec­tion­able term. He said “Islamist ter­ror­ism.” “Islamist” was, I thought, a term that came into use pre­cisely because it gave the speaker an effi­cient way to dis­tin­guish between “mod­er­ate Mus­lims” and the more jihad-​minded. “Islamic” describes all things Mus­lim; “Islamist” describes a suprema­cist view in which Islam is the high­est author­ity of the state. Many crit­ics of Islam would dis­pute that there’s a mean­ing­ful dis­tinc­tion between those two, but Obama and Hol­lande cer­tainly wouldn’t. ISIS may not be Islamic to Obama but it’s cer­tainly Islamist. Point being, Hol­lande chose his words care­fully here accord­ing to the White House tran­script so as not to con­flate the aver­age Mus­lim with the jihadis he’s dis­cussing — and the White House still cen­sored him.

This is not just a func­tion of Obama, it’s a func­tion of the func­tionar­ies under him:

it is the work of those peo­ple on a lower level that con­tribute the most real world dam­age to Americans.

When Pres­i­dent Obama is replaced in Novem­ber it will be good for the coun­try but just as good if not bet­ter will the sym­bolic clean­ing of the Augean sta­bles that the sweep­ing his rad­i­cal cronies from DC will be.

As Glenn Reynolds Ed Driscoll put it:

BARACK OBAMA MOR­PHED INTO BASIL FAWLTY SO SLOWLY, I HARDLY EVEN NOTICED

I dis­agree, Barack Obama has been a joke since day 1 and frankly if I was Basil Fawlty I’d be insulted by the comparison.

Update: That was Ed Driscoll at Instapun­dit, not Glenn Reynolds

Update 2: Jim Treacher hits the ulti­mate Irony:

This is not okay. This is under­handed and cow­ardly. It’s pos­i­tively Orwellian. Good lord, our gov­ern­ment has lost its way so com­pletely that I’m being forced to defend the Pres­i­dent of France.

That’s pretty bad.

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If we made our $61 a day my annual Tip jar would come into today at $5185, it cur­rently stands at $2857. That’s a deficit of $2328 an increase of nearly $1000 this month.

Or to put it bluntly As of March 26, we’ve made our goal up to Feb 15th a full 29 days behind our goal.

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Hornblower bowed, but as the Colonel remained unbending he stiffened to attention. He could recognize that type of man at once—the servant of a tyrant, and in close personal association with him, modeling his conduct not on the tyrant’s but on what he fancied should be the correct behaviour of a tyrant, far out-Heroding Herod.

C.S. Forester Flying Colors 1938

I mentioned this morning that it’s hard to comment on news stories on April 1st because you can’t tell what’s real an what’s not.

Hot Air apparently had the same problem.

I owe the MRC an apology for doubting them.

What is the story that the MRC reported that Hot Air couldn’t believe from the MRC? This:

The White House briefly pulled video of a press event on terrorism with Pres. Obama, and when it reappeared on the WhiteHouse.gov website and YouTube, the audio of Hollande’s translator goes silent, beginning with the words “Islamist terrorism,” then begins again at the end of his sentence.

Even the audio of Hollande saying the words “Islamist terrorism” in French have, apparently, been edited from the video.

It’s even worse than it sounds:

You know what the worst part is? Hollande didn’t say “Islamic terrorism,” which is the supposedly objectionable term. He said “Islamist terrorism.” “Islamist” was, I thought, a term that came into use precisely because it gave the speaker an efficient way to distinguish between “moderate Muslims” and the more jihad-minded. “Islamic” describes all things Muslim; “Islamist” describes a supremacist view in which Islam is the highest authority of the state. Many critics of Islam would dispute that there’s a meaningful distinction between those two, but Obama and Hollande certainly wouldn’t. ISIS may not be Islamic to Obama but it’s certainly Islamist. Point being, Hollande chose his words carefully here according to the White House transcript so as not to conflate the average Muslim with the jihadis he’s discussing — and the White House still censored him.

This is not just a function of Obama, it’s a function of the functionaries under him:

it is the work of those people on a lower level that contribute the most real world damage to Americans.

When President Obama is replaced in November it will be good for the country but just as good if not better will the symbolic cleaning of the Augean stables that the sweeping his radical cronies from DC will be.

As Glenn Reynolds Ed Driscoll put it:

BARACK OBAMA MORPHED INTO BASIL FAWLTY SO SLOWLY, I HARDLY EVEN NOTICED

I disagree, Barack Obama has been a joke since day 1 and frankly if I was Basil Fawlty I’d be insulted by the comparison.

Update: That was Ed Driscoll at Instapundit, not Glenn Reynolds

Update 2: Jim Treacher hits the ultimate Irony:

This is not okay. This is underhanded and cowardly. It’s positively Orwellian. Good lord, our government has lost its way so completely that I’m being forced to defend the President of France.

That’s pretty bad.

*******************************************************************

I’m back trying to get that elusive $61 a day for DaTipJar but lately I haven’t reported on my progress. Part of it has been I’ve been busy but the other part being the reports for March would be rather depressing.

If we made our $61 a day my annual Tip jar would come into today at $5185, it currently stands at $2857. That’s a deficit of $2328 an increase of nearly $1000 this month.

Or to put it bluntly As of March 26, we’ve made our goal up to Feb 15th a full 29 days behind our goal.

And it’s not due to a lack of traffic, our number in March remain consistent with the blog’s recovery from our previous doldrums as of today we are over 10,000 visits ahead of last March and on a pace to nearly meet March 2014 the final month before our unexpected traffic crash began.

As I’ve said I’d like to think we do good work here If you’d like to help us keep up the pace please consider hitting DaTipJar




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