Loyalty is the highest honor…

R.E.M started their song “It’s The End Of The World” with a phrase, “That’s great, it starts with an earthquake
Birds and snakes, an aeroplane, and Lenny Bruce is not afraid”. But the brutal truth is, Michael Stipe’s atheist philosophical pontificating aside, that’s not how it starts. The origins of the phrase “the apocalypse will not be televised” are somewhat obscure, though, it’s probably a modification of “The Revolution will not be televised“. Like so many prognostications, it turns out that, “The Revolution Apocalypse will not be televised” is wrong. Not only will the apocalypse be televised, it will go into syndication and make it to re-run hell for your children and grand children and great grand children to watch.

No, the apocalypse did not start with a earthquake, birds or snakes, or even an aeroplane. Not only did it not, it also unfolded in ultra slow motion. So slow, that well, almost nobody noticed that it was happening right in front of their faces. That is not to say that there weren’t signs, that there weren’t people who took notice that something was amiss. Those who took notice, who tried to speak out, were punished severely for their actions. Not only will there be no commercial interruptions of the apocalypse, there won’t be any interruptions of any kind at all.

What happens when you screw up and interrupt the apocalypse?

New Jersey cop: If Obama doesn’t have to follow the Constitution, we don’t either

Via Reason, the key bit starts around two minutes in. Alternate headline: “The fish rots from the head down.”

The cop told a radio host this morning he was being sarcastic (audio here) but he’s under investigation anyway:

Special Police Officer Richard Recine now is the subject of an internal affairs investigation after the video was posted online and was seen by Police Director Robert Manney, who called the comments an “embarrassment.”…

On Wednesday, Manney said Recine’s words were “uncalled for and unprofessional.”…

“I’ve already spoken to that officer in regards to that. In my opinion it’s an embarrassment.”

Recine’s obviously criticizing Obama in the clip (he’s “decimated the friggin’ Constitution”), not earnestly citing him as an example to emulate. I think he threw the “if he doesn’t follow it, we don’t have to either” thing out there because he assumed that the guy he’s arguing with is an Obama fan. I.e. if your guy doesn’t have to play by the rules, why demand that we lowly cops do so? But your mileage may vary.

Pete Kofod wrote a brilliant and highly disturbing essay titled, “The Rise of the Praetorian Class” if you haven’t read it yet, it should be way at the top of your must read list, right next to or just under, The Belmont Clubs “The Three Conjectures“.

Peter predicted in “The Rise of the Praetorian Class” so much of what we are seeing in America today, right down to what is happening both between Special Police Officer Richard Recine and Obama, and Recine’s masters/employers.

Legions and Lictors – the Praetorian Class

The Praetorian Class includes members of the Armed Services, federal, state and local law enforcement personnel as well as numerous militarized officials including agents from the DEA, Immigrations, Customs Enforcement, Air Marshalls, US Marshalls, and more. It also includes, although to a lesser extent, various stage actors in the expanding security theater such as TSA personnel. The main mission of the Praetorian Class is to keep the order of the day. This requires displaying an intimidating presence in their interactions with the Economic Class.

As the Praetorian Class ascends, the clear, albeit unstated, message that emerges is that actions and events in the Economic Class only occur with its tacit consent. Whether driving on roads, traveling in the air, visiting public land, walking down the street or even living in your own home, every action you take is predicated on its permission. By preconditioning the populace to enforcement of its edicts, most of which are completely arbitrary, the Praetorian Class sets itself up for a high degree of autonomy in its actions. This is confirmed by the fact that consequences for malfeasance within the Praetorian Class are almost never observed, and when it happens, it typically becomes a grotesque spectacle in which one of their own is sacrificed as an example, so as to keep appearances of effective internal controls.

Members of the Praetorian Class are typically recruited from the Economic Class and usually from the lower socio-economic spectrum, which offers them an opportunity for personal and professional gain that otherwise might be out of their reach. Early on in the training and indoctrination process, a strong emphasis is placed on teamwork and advancing the welfare of the team above the individual. While independent thought is never overtly discouraged, the fact is that questioning authority and failing to display complete loyalty to the team results in censure, shunning and even expulsion. Naturally, the recruit learns in short order which behavior is rewarded and responds accordingly. This forges a lifelong, unbreakable bond between the brothers-in-arms. This bond can be observed when people proudly display unit insignia and decorations decades after their departure from service.

As they serve in their martial role, members of the Praetorian Class learn to despise members of the Political Class and to view the plight of the Economic Class with detachment or even contempt. Law enforcement and military personnel will converse behind closed doors about the most horrific injustices and brutalities with cavalier amusement. While perhaps natural, their training for violence and teamwork is a fundamental cause for why members of the Praetorian Class abandon their roots and in time come to view their peers “back on the farm” with contempt. Likewise, the steady displays of the craven and treacherous character of the Political Class causes the Praetorian Class to privately disavow emotional allegiance to their masters, usually early in their service.

Naturally, as the members of the Praetorian Class socially distance themselves from both their origins and their masters, even though they are paid to do their bidding, a new group identity among them emerges. Adoption of this group identity, forged by the training, indoctrination and work, defines membership in the Praetorian Class. Some of the characteristics of this identity include:

Viewing everything and everyone according to a perceived threat posture. The members’ thought processes, beliefs and actions center on viewing the world through a paradigm of a graduated conflict spectrum and how to posture themselves accordingly. Even in the most mundane settings, their conversations tend to be awkward if not centered on their martial duties.

Tight internal socialization. Because they view life through a martial paradigm, members tend to socialize almost exclusively amongst themselves. Immediate family members are expected to do the same, which naturally occurs anyway as they can share experiences that external relationships simply are unable to address.

Loyalty is the highest honor. Whether referred to as the blue wall of silence or the brotherhood in arms, even the most egregious transgressions are buried. If the misdeeds are internal, meaning member versus member, the justice is handled internally. On the other hand, external missteps are typically swept under the rug and significant chicane is experienced by outsiders who seek to learn the truth.

In a relatively free and peaceful society, members of the communities that form the Praetorian Class lead a discrete existence. Members of the military commute to and from their place of work and are largely invisible to both the Political and Economic Class, certainly in communities that are not “Praetorian” communities. Attendance at cultural events in uniform is frowned upon, if not explicitly forbidden. During these times, members of the military and law enforcement are expected to live and operate outside the perception of other members of society, their purpose and function regarded with a sense of detachment and perhaps even subtle curiosity.

As the Political Class increasingly calls upon the Praetorian Class to ensure their order, however, their martial nature becomes more visible in the fabric of day-to-day life. This serves several purposes. For one, it allows the Political Class to demonstrate its willingness to use unlimited force to achieve its objectives, something that was always the case but is now made publicly visible. Rationalizing the increased public profile, a stream of honorifics is bestowed upon the Praetorian Class so that they may be presented as defenders of the Economic Class. This is accomplished through the time-tested use of pageantry, pomp and circumstance.

Over time, additional perquisites are bestowed upon the Praetorian Class including preferential treatment in both private and public facilities. Preferred air travel accommodations for uniformed personnel, including dedicated lines at TSA checkpoints and preferential boarding, have recently emerged as cultural standards that further distance the Praetorian Class from the masses.

Another clear change is the physical appearance of members of the Praetorian Class. The uniforms transition from relatively inconspicuous attire to “battle uniforms” such are those now standard issue to both the military and law enforcement personnel. These optics reinforce the position of the Praetorian Class as maintainers of public order, convey a message of physical dominance and establish chronic low-level fear among the masses. Sometimes referred to as the militarization of the police force, this characterization traditionally refers to the increasing firepower in even municipal police departments. Frequently lost in this observation, however, is the psychological impact that such a heavily armed police presence has on the “civilian” population – specifically that it further separates the Praetorian Class from the Economic Class.

Special Police Officer Richard Recine did the unforgivable for anyone in the Praetorian Class, he took the side of the Economic Class of that of his own class of his masters. For that Special Police Officer Richard Recine will be made into a Kabuki Theater sacrifice designed to deceive those in the economic class into thinking that the Praetorian Class are their protectors and saviors, while at the same time proving to their masters in the political class that they are still loyal and can still be trusted to do whatever their masters require.

Yes, this is where the apocalypse really starts, with Praetorian Class sacrificing their own to deceive the economic class and appease their masters in the Political Class.

Cometh the giant slayer…

Harold Watson “Trey” Gowdy III (born August 22, 1964) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for South Carolina’s 4th congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes much of the Upstate region, including Greenville and Spartanburg.

Before his election to Congress, Gowdy was the solicitor (district attorney) for the state’s Seventh Judicial Circuit, comprising Spartanburg and Cherokee counties. From 1994 to 2000, he was a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina.

In 2014, Gowdy became chairman of a House Select Committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attack.

If you are a Progressive liberal Marxist Democrat politician, this man is your worst nightmare come true. He is Conservative, brilliant, and as aggressive as a American Staffordshire (Pit-bull) Terrier. In short, once Trey Gowdy gets his teeth locked on your ass, you are done.

How completely deranged and dishonest is the left you ask?

Most Americans make the mistake of believing that the political left in America are normal rational people, just like them. The problem is, that it just isn’t the case. The Progressive liberal Marxist Democrat left in America genuinely are suffering from serious and profound mental disorders. In short, they really genuinely are fucking nut’s.

How fucking nut’s you ask? The most eloquent display of their psychosis can be found in their constant accusations that the political right, specifically Tea Party conservatives are the American equivalent of the Taliban or ISIS. You honestly have to be 100 percent certifiably insane to make that suggestion even as a politically motivated joke.

This is ISIS in action, tell me where you have seen this anywhere in America from the right side of the political isle.

So… Where are the mass graves caused by the American Tea Party killing 1500 liberals at a time? Which of America’s river’s are running red with blood as hundreds of bodies of liberal Marxist Democrats float down them?

Yes, if you call someone in America whom you disagree with politically a terrorist, you are clinically insane, absolutely certifiably psychotic and you should be placed in a psychiatric hospital for observation for your own safety as well as fore the safety of society.

The Department on Injustice tells Congress to fuck off.

Go to the 4:25 mark and start watching there. Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis asks James Cole, deputy attorney general in the Department of Justice, why after Congress held Lois Lerner in contempt that the DOJ, who is required by Law, has not begun prosecuting Lerner. Cole respond by telling DeSantis that the Department of Injustice has decided to exercise prosecutorial discretion. In other words, Cole told Congress to fuck off they weren’t going to prosecute Lois Lerner and there isn’t a damned thing Congress can do about it.

The smidgens have come home to roost…

The not so Reverend Jeremiah Wright once presumed to proclaim that America’s Chickens were coming home to roost, now it appears that Barack Obama’s smidgen’s are instead coming home to roost.

The Lerner Files: “smidgens upon smidgens” of corruption

Do you remember way back in February when the President said that not only was there not massive corruption in the IRS scandal, but not even a smidgen of corruption? Ah… good times, my friends. This weekend I highly recommend that you check out a piece by Ed Rogers, writing at the Washington Post, with the amusing title, More IRS smidgens show up. ‘Perfect.’

Anyone paying attention to the Internal Revenue Service scandal has been waiting for the next smidgen to drop. Well, two more hit pretty hard this week. At the president’s next encounter with the media, I will scream collusion if no one asks him for his exact definition of a “smidgen,” and if he thinks he has seen a smidgen of corruption yet. At this point, only the most gullible or culpable can continue to claim there is no compelling evidence in this case. Given the delays, lies and stonewalling, there is no viable argument against a special prosecutor.

The two items in question are ones which we’ve already discussed here. One – perhaps the most damning in recent months – was the shocking (meaning, not shocking) revelation that Lerner had previously told her co-workers that, “we need to be cautious about what we say in emails” and wanted to know if instant messaging texts were recorded.

The second was the oh-so-understandable “misunderstanding” about whether or not she had printed out any of her e-mails. And let’s face it… who can be sure what was meant when somebody asks you if you printed something? Did they mean “print” the documents, or print print the documents? It’s all terribly confusing.

First we hear that U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan has ordered the IRS to testify under oath regarding exactly what transpired regarding the destruction of Lois Lerner’s emails. Justice Sullivan is no one to toy with, he is as demanding and fearless as they come. I think it is a fair prediction to make that someone is going to testify before him and the result is that someone is going to end up going to prison as a consequence of that testimony.

Federal judge orders IRS to explain lost Lerner emails ‘under oath’

A federal judge has ordered the IRS to explain “under oath” how the agency lost a trove of emails from the official at the heart of the Tea Party targeting scandal.

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan gave the tax agency 30 days to file a declaration by an “appropriate official” to address the computer issues with ex-official Lois Lerner.

The decision came Thursday as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, which along with GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill has questioned how the IRS lost the emails and, in some cases, had no apparent way to retrieve them.

Now we are hearing that another Federal Judge wants in on the action, it would seem that U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton smells blood in the water. While considering this information, remember that it took quiet a while for Watergate to come up to speed and force Richard Nixon from office.

Second federal judge wants info on lost IRS emails

WASHINGTON — A second federal judge has ordered the IRS to provide information about lost emails from a central figure in the agency’s tea party controversy.

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton said Friday he wants to know whatever became of Lois Lerner’s computer hard drive. IRS officials say Lerner’s computer crashed in 2011, destroying an untold number of emails.

At the time, Lerner headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. She has since retired.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has told Congress that Lerner’s hard drive was recycled and presumably destroyed. If that’s the case, Walton said he wants a sworn affidavit saying so by the end of next week.

Walton also wants information about the IRS inspector general’s investigation into the lost emails.

Walton spoke at a hearing Friday in a lawsuit by a conservative group against the IRS. True the Vote, which says it advocates for the integrity of elections, sued the IRS over delays in its application for tax-exempt status.

Walton’s order came a day after another federal judge ordered the IRS to explain under oath how it lost the emails. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who issued his order on Thursday, gave the tax agency a month to submit the explanation in writing.

When we throw into this now toxic mix former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin publicly calling for Obama’s impeachment it would seem that the situation might very well be getting drastic for Obama.

Palin makes the case for impeaching Obama

Her op-ed earlier this week focused on immigration. Today’s op-ed is a more comprehensive indictment, starting with the case that “high crimes and misdemeanors” includes dereliction of duty, not just statutory crimes.

I want to quote this part:

Impeachment is the ultimate check on an out-of-control executive branch. It is serious, not to be used for petty partisan purposes; and it is imperative that it becomes a matter of legitimate discussion before the American people lose all trust in our federal government.

Impeachment requires moral courage to advance what is right, and it requires political will. A complacent or disheartened electorate may silently endure these abuses from the administration, the permanent political class is only too happy to maintain the status quo, and the mainstream media is not a fair watchdog. So, the nation’s last line of defense is for We the People to rise up and say, “enough is enough.”…

Some argue that at best the House might vote for articles of impeachment, but the Senate is unlikely to convict. But that is no argument against holding a president accountable and sending the people’s message to all successors…

The only thing necessary to transform America into something unrecognizable is for good men to do nothing! If not these violations and the president’s promise to continue to “go it alone” in ignoring the separation of powers and rule of law, what will it take for you to take a stand? How bad does it have to get?

Ultimately, she’s saying, this all comes down to public outrage, which is exactly right — but that’s why there’s going to be no impeachment. Right? If the wider public shared her many objections to Obama — power grabs, amnesty, ObamaCare, NSA spying, Benghazi, the Bergdahl prisoner swap — his job approval would be in single digits. As it is, he’s at 41 percent, which is poor but not nearly so atrociously bad that any congressional Democrats would feel compelled to remove him from office. Even among the 54-55 percent who disapprove of his job performance, there are bound to be loads of people who think that he’s guilty of nothing more than incompetence, not dereliction of duty worthy of the first successful forcible ouster of the president in American history. I haven’t seen any polls on impeachment lately, but I’d guess that impeachment supporters would start with something like 55-60 percent of the public opposed (all Democrats and a majority of indies) and 40 percent or so in favor (most Republicans). Once the media went to work on “GOP extremism,” Democrats started rolling out talking points about how the “party of no” isn’t interested in real solutions for the middle class, and a few centrist Republicans in Congress publicly expressed opposition, it’d probably move another 10 points against. What then?

Which no doubt explains Eric Holder’s reaction to Palin calling for Obama’s Impeachment. Eric would of course lose any possibility of receiving a Presidential Pardon for his role in the IRS scandal as well as his part in “Operation Fast and Furious”. Yes, Eric Holder has plenty of reason to attack Sarah Palin, since he is neck deep in trouble himself.

Eric Holder: Palin Wasn’t a Good VP Candidate, Even Worse Judge of Who Should Be Impeached

Attorney General Eric Holder is challenging Republicans who are calling for his and President Obama’s impeachment, and denouncing what he calls a “gridlocked Washington” stalled by what he says is a Republican Party bent on blocking any of the administration’s efforts.

“For whatever reason, [some] Republicans decided early on that this was a president they were just simply not going to cooperate with,” Holder said in a rare interview with ABC News’ Pierre Thomas. “And over the past five-and-a-half years, we have seen demonstrations of that, where the president has reached out his hand, offered compromises that have simply not been met [in the way] they have been in the past by a Republican Party willing to do the appropriate things.”

Administration efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform, for example, have failed. Asked about calls by Sarah Palin to impeach Obama over the administration’s immigration policies, Holder said: “She wasn’t a particularly good vice presidential candidate. She’s an even worse judge of who ought to be impeached and why.”

Holder similarly dismissed calls for himself to be impeached for declining to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS scandal. Holder insisted that a special prosecutor isn’t necessary, with “career people” and FBI agents “doing a good, professional job” investigating the matter.

Things are starting to look as if they could take a really bad turn for the Obamanation Administration and Obama’s various cronies. Obama and company apparently never learned anything from the Nixon or Clinton scandals, in the end, it come down to this. It’s the cover up stupid.

Hat Tip to Hot Air’s partsnlabor for the phrase “The smidgens have come home to roost…”

Tonights episode is titled, Contrasting Insanities

Were Rod Serling still alive we might have opened this like this.

“Tonights episode is titled, Contrasting Insanities.”

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley attempted to chastise American’s opposing illegal immigration with the following statement. “We are not a country that should turn children away and send them back to certain death”. It should under no circumstances be forgotten or obfuscated that the primary driving justification by both the Democrat and Republican Parties for “Immigration Reform” is that in order for America to maintain an acceptable employee pool, we need to increase our available worker numbers. This, both party leaderships insist is only possible by increasing our number of immigrants.

Now contrast that logic with the fact that since 1973’s infamous Roe v Wade ruling America has murdered over 50 million of her own children. No, Martin O’Malley is correct, we are not a country that should turn children away and send them back to certain death, clearly we much prefer to kill them right here.

There are approximately 18 million American’s who would like to work, but cannot find work. So obviously the only rational solution is, to import more immigrants to increase to pool of available workers, who already cannot find work. During World War 1 something strange took place. It is commonly known as “The Great Migration”. As nearly half a million American dough-boys went off to fight in Europe, American employers found themselves faced with a worker shortage, as the war was taking place in Europe, the traditional avenue of Immigrate had likewise dried up.

So American employers were forced to consider a existing but ignored source of manpower. The Great Migration refers to the incredibly high number of African Americans who moved from the Southern States to Northern States to provide America’s manufacturing industry with the labor it needed. They flowed into Pittsburgh, Chicago and Detroit by the millions to work in the Steel and Automotive industries. Today 18 million plus American’s cant find work, and the Republican and Democrat party leaderships solution to that problem, is to increase the number of immigrants by any means conceivable.

We murder our own children by the tens of millions, have tens of millions more who would love to work, if they could find work, our so called leaders insist that we are suffering a catastrophic worker shortage that can only be solved by a massive new wave of immigration.

Contrasting Insanities indeed.

How can you tell when a fascist wannabe has smoked to much crack?

MSLSD imbecile Michael Eric Dyson has officially gone on record as having smoked way to much crack while simultaneously taking way to much LSD. This lunatic imbecile is, by the way, a professor of sociology at Georgetown University, and you wonder why America college kids are so damned stupid these days.

Unhinged MSNBC Host: Sarah Palin Made ‘Treasonous Accusations’ Against Obama

MSNBC host Michael Eric Dyson on Wednesday lashed out at Sarah Palin, accusing the conservative of committing “treason” against Barack Obama by calling for the President’s impeachment. The guest host of the Ed Show first praised the President for “his tireless effort to help [illegal children who have crossed the border].” Dyson then fumed, “The President’s push towards positive and crucial change was met with treasonous accusations.” [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

During the last administration, however, Dyson called for the impeachment of George W. Bush. In a highly edited clip of Palin on Fox News, the Republican insisted, “Impeachment is a message that has to be sent to our President that we’re not going to put up with lawlessness… I really want Congress to do its job, the constitutional power that they have to halt an imperial presidency.”

During the Bush administration, Michael Eric Dyson was a signer to this petition:

The Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime

YOUR GOVERNMENT, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their sights.

YOUR GOVERNMENT enforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance.

People look at all this and think of Hitler – and they are right to do so. The Bush regime is setting out to radically remake society very quickly, in a fascist way, and for generations to come. We must act now; the future is in the balance.

We need more than fighting Bush’s outrages one at a time, constantly losing ground to the whole onslaught. We must, and can, aim to create a political situation where the Bush regime’s program is repudiated, where Bush himself is driven from office.

According to Dyson’s own logic, aren’t these “treasonous accusations?” (Of course, it should be pointed out that “treason” is commited against a country, not a president.)

Dyson’s former colleague, Keith Olbermann, also called for Bush’s impeachment. On September 4, 2007, he raged, “Mr. Bush, our presence in Iraq must end, even if it means your resignation, even if it means your impeachment.”

So, not only has Dyson put on public display an amazing ignorance of the United States Constitution, a complete inability to employ rational or logical thought, but a degree of hypocrisy that is monumental. If Georgetown University were a public corporation, like say, Mozilla, this kind of arrogant narcissistic stupidity would potentially result in Dyson finding himself unemployed, which would clearly result in an elevation of the aggregate IQ of Georgetown University students.

Article III, Section 3 of some little-used document known as the Constitution:

“Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.”

18 U.S. Code § 2381 – Treason

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.