“The Uncertain Trumpet” Quoting Donald Rumsfeld Quoting

Rumsfeld referred to “the uncertain trumpet” thinking it was biblical and it is:

“If a bugle doesn’t sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? ” ! Corinthinans 14:8

He also explained that “the essence of leadership is clarity.”

How Hope and Change Gave Way to Spying on the Press – The Daily Beast

How Hope and Change Gave Way to Spying on the Press

by Kirsten Powers May 21, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

Much of the Fourth Estate shrugged when the Obama administration attacked Fox News, writes Kirsten Powers. But now it’s coming for them, too.

First they came for Fox News, and they did not speak out—because they were not Fox News. Then they came for government whistleblowers, and they did not speak out—because they were not government whistleblowers. Then they came for the maker of a YouTube video, and—okay, we know how this story ends. But how did we get here?

James Rosen (Fox News, via Media Matters)

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James Rosen (Fox News, via Media Matters)

 

Turns out it’s a fairly swift sojourn from a president pushing to “delegitimize” a news organization to threatening criminal prosecution for journalistic activity by a Fox News reporter, James Rosen, to spying on Associated Press reporters. In between, the Obama administration found time to relentlessly persecute government whistleblowers and publicly harass and condemn a private American citizen for expressing his constitutionally protected speech in the form of an anti-Islam YouTube video.

Where were the media when all this began happening? With a few exceptions, they were acting as quiet enablers.

via How Hope and Change Gave Way to Spying on the Press – The Daily Beast.

Charles Krauthammer: IRS Scandal Could Be a ‘Fatal Problem’ for Obama | Video | TheBlaze.com

Charles Krauthammer: IRS Scandal Could Be Fatal for Obama

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on Friday said the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative organizations could be “fatal” for the Obama administration if it turns out that anyone in the White House was aware of it.

Appearing on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Krauthammer called the IRS situation “the one scandal that people have a visceral sense about” — it’s the one U.S. institution, besides the military, that can do very serious harm.

Going after conservative groups based on their politics is “a violation that everybody — left or right– understands,” he added.

Krauthammer urged that there’s no suggestion that Obama knew what was happening, “but if there’s any indication that there were people in the White House who knew, who orchestrated, who encouraged or whatever, then it can be a fatal problem.”

via Charles Krauthammer: IRS Scandal Could Be a ‘Fatal Problem’ for Obama | Video | TheBlaze.com.