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(Talking Points Memo)   Investigators discover that in 2006, the Bush Administration illegally used government resources to support GOP candidates that election cycle. And not a moment too soon   (tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 51
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2011-01-25 08:47:45 AM  
So the img1.fark.net tag is too img1.fark.net?
 
2011-01-25 09:32:27 AM  
img825.imageshack.us
 
2011-01-25 09:40:29 AM  
Here is what the Obama administration is interested in doing about any crimes committed by the Bush administration:
 
2011-01-25 10:30:31 AM  

unlikely: Here is what the Obama administration is interested in doing about any crimes committed by the Bush administration:


So vote republican.
 
2011-01-25 11:02:58 AM  
meh. And in 2029 I expect to find out that the democrats did the same thing in 2010.

honestly - a two party system only encourages corruption.
 
2011-01-25 11:07:08 AM  

Weaver95: meh. And in 2029 I expect to find out that the democrats did the same thing in 2010.


More likely 2012 than 2010. 2010 they didn't think they could lose. I mean they DID, the numbers SAID they were going to, but they were still thinking Obama was going to save the day.

2012, now... THAT's when the shady stuff is going to happen.

But it won't take till 2029. Obama and his people are spineless pussies who wouldn't prosecute infanticide lest it offend a republican; that does most definitely NOT apply to both sides. Our guys will prosecute Obama for jaywalking if they think they can make it stick.

The odds of Obama leaving office without facing charges even if he stays 100% clean: same as the odds of Bush facing any at all.
 
2011-01-25 11:38:48 AM  
The 2006 GOP - weren't they like the 1993 Mets of politics?
 
2011-01-25 12:06:56 PM  

Weaver95: meh. And in 2029 I expect to find out that the democrats did the same thing in 2010.


NOT BECAUSE OF EVIDENCE BUT INSTEAD BECAUSE THERE IS ABSOLUTE BALANCE IN THE UNIVERSE AND THEREFORE THIS MUST BE TRUE.
 
2011-01-25 12:27:12 PM  
I eagerly await the followup story for the perpetrators of this criminal activity to be facing fines/jailtime for their transgressions.

/won't hold my breath
 
2011-01-25 12:56:58 PM  
That's nice. Now if someone had balls, that illegal usage would be prosecuted.

/Satan maybe skating to work when that happens
 
2011-01-25 02:06:46 PM  
 
2011-01-25 02:21:16 PM  
So who's going to jail? No one? Well, I expect this to never happen again.
 
2011-01-25 02:21:34 PM  

unlikely: Weaver95: meh. And in 2029 I expect to find out that the democrats did the same thing in 2010.

More likely 2012 than 2010. 2010 they didn't think they could lose. I mean they DID, the numbers SAID they were going to, but they were still thinking Obama was going to save the day.

2012, now... THAT's when the shady stuff is going to happen.

But it won't take till 2029. Obama and his people are spineless pussies who wouldn't prosecute infanticide lest it offend a republican; that does most definitely NOT apply to both sides. Our guys will prosecute Obama for jaywalking if they think they can make it stick.

The odds of Obama leaving office without facing charges even if he stays 100% clean: same as the odds of Bush facing any at all.


My father is a pretty straight-line Democrat, but he agrees with you 100%. He loathes Obama for being so weak and not "playing for keeps" like the Republicans do.
 
2011-01-25 02:21:51 PM  
Big freaking deal. BSABSVR.
 
2011-01-25 02:23:23 PM  
yawn,,, Investigate the Sekrit Muslim
 
2011-01-25 02:25:03 PM  
The Hatch Act --

It's just a GODDAMN PIECE OF PAPER!
 
2011-01-25 02:26:54 PM  
Silly, silly investigators. The law doesn't apply to Republicans, just the little people.
 
2011-01-25 02:29:19 PM  
the fact that they had an Office of Political Affairs in the White House is enough of a disgrace.

BTW, until very recently, Obama kept that office in the White House, and it's now gone, not due to the fact that it's an unethical office, but it's gone so that those people can work for the Obamacratic National Committee.

But Obama is sooooooo much better than Bush, ya know. Except for the whole thing where he duplicates Bush and refuses to allow prosecutions of Bush officials for their crimes.
 
2011-01-25 02:29:47 PM  
2006 elections? Yeah that worked out well for them.
 
2011-01-25 02:31:25 PM  

McCainDemocrat: BTW, until very recently, Obama kept that office in the White House, and it's now gone, not due to the fact that it's an unethical office, but it's gone so that those people can work for the Obamacratic National Committee.


uh, yea. You move it to the political arm where it belongs.
 
2011-01-25 02:32:12 PM  
I wonder if the people involved got the Hatch Act training while they worked at this office. They ussually include that training with the mandatory yearly ethics training.
 
2011-01-25 02:39:36 PM  
I would like to see an investigation into government employees and contractor personnel using their work e-mail and computers to send and propogate stuff like this: Link (new window)
Or am I the only one who gets these from "well intentioned" co-workers and the next "liberal stanted lie political propoganda" email I get from my co-workers will be the first.

I don't want them fired, they are my friends. It is not even the ethical implications that bother me as much as supposedly educated adults gan't do a 45 second Google search before spreading the lie.
 
2011-01-25 02:40:09 PM  

Weaver95: honestly - a two party system only encourages corruption.


Are you arguing then for a one-party system?
 
2011-01-25 02:40:21 PM  

McCainDemocrat: the fact that they had an Office of Political Affairs in the White House is enough of a disgrace.

BTW, until very recently, Obama kept that office in the White House, and it's now gone, not due to the fact that it's an unethical office, but it's gone so that those people can work for the Obamacratic National Committee.

But Obama is sooooooo much better than Bush, ya know. Except for the whole thing where he duplicates Bush and refuses to allow prosecutions of Bush officials for their crimes.


Bush administration performs a set of undesirable policies.
Obama administration performs a subset of undesirable Bush administration policies.
Therefore, Obama administration is not as bad as Bush administration in regards to undesirable Bush administration policies.

I'll agree with you on the prosecution of the Bush administration. History will not remember fondly the fact that the Bush administration committed crimes, both national and international, and got away with it due to utter apathy on the part of Congress and subsequent administrations.
 
2011-01-25 02:45:23 PM  
obrag.org

www.dudehisattva.com

Hey, remember when Rumsfeld ran like a frightened bunny because he thought he was going to be arrested for war crimes? (new window)

Like the [f]right[ened] wing say: you've got nothing to worry about if you've done nothing wrong. Amirite?
 
2011-01-25 02:45:42 PM  

McCainDemocrat: the fact that they had an Office of Political Affairs in the White House is enough of a disgrace.

BTW, until very recently, Obama kept that office in the White House, and it's now gone, not due to the fact that it's an unethical office, but it's gone so that those people can work for the Obamacratic National Committee.

But Obama is sooooooo much better than Bush, ya know. Except for the whole thing where he duplicates Bush and refuses to allow prosecutions of Bush officials for their crimes.


Concern troll is concerned.
 
2011-01-25 02:45:54 PM  
isolated incident, overzealous staffer
 
2011-01-25 02:49:29 PM  

Skleenar: NOT BECAUSE OF EVIDENCE BUT INSTEAD BECAUSE THERE IS ABSOLUTE BALANCE IN THE UNIVERSE AND THEREFORE THIS MUST BE TRUE.


Democrats were supposed to destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness!
 
2011-01-25 02:50:05 PM  

blahpers: McCainDemocrat: the fact that they had an Office of Political Affairs in the White House is enough of a disgrace.

BTW, until very recently, Obama kept that office in the White House, and it's now gone, not due to the fact that it's an unethical office, but it's gone so that those people can work for the Obamacratic National Committee.

But Obama is sooooooo much better than Bush, ya know. Except for the whole thing where he duplicates Bush and refuses to allow prosecutions of Bush officials for their crimes.

Concern troll is concerned.


I'd be concerned too, he seems to think that the President has unchecked unilateral power, as well as possibly some sort of omniscience.
 
2011-01-25 02:54:01 PM  

sendtodave: Skleenar: NOT BECAUSE OF EVIDENCE BUT INSTEAD BECAUSE THERE IS ABSOLUTE BALANCE IN THE UNIVERSE AND THEREFORE THIS MUST BE TRUE.

Democrats were supposed to destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness!


obamalotr.jpg
 
2011-01-25 02:54:27 PM  

LasersHurt: blahpers: McCainDemocrat: the fact that they had an Office of Political Affairs in the White House is enough of a disgrace.

BTW, until very recently, Obama kept that office in the White House, and it's now gone, not due to the fact that it's an unethical office, but it's gone so that those people can work for the Obamacratic National Committee.

But Obama is sooooooo much better than Bush, ya know. Except for the whole thing where he duplicates Bush and refuses to allow prosecutions of Bush officials for their crimes.

Concern troll is concerned.

I'd be concerned too, he seems to think that the President has unchecked unilateral power, as well as possibly some sort of omniscience.


No, no, no. Remember, that's what Democrats believe about "The One" (are we still using that one?) Remember, LIBS think that Obama is the Messiah even though the only people calling him that are Conservative.
 
2011-01-25 03:02:20 PM  

Koalaesq: unlikely:
Obama and his people are spineless pussies who wouldn't prosecute infanticide lest it offend a republican; that does most definitely NOT apply to both sides. Our guys will prosecute Obama for jaywalking if they think they can make it stick.

The odds of Obama leaving office without facing charges even if he stays 100% clean: same as the odds of Bush facing any at all.

My father is a pretty straight-line Democrat, but he agrees with you 100%. He loathes Obama for being so weak and not "playing for keeps" like the Republicans do.


I feel... Close to the same way. I want Obama to stay clean. I like him. He's my kinda guy.

But by god does he need an attack dog. That's about the worst thing I can say about him: I don't think he's at all stupid or naive as others may, but he IS stupid and naive if he thinks he can get real shiat done without SOMEONE holding a threat over the heads of Congress.

Yes I know he and Congress have accomplished a TON these last 2 years, and it is NOT going to be enough, I believe.
 
2011-01-25 03:04:54 PM  

sendtodave: Skleenar: NOT BECAUSE OF EVIDENCE BUT INSTEAD BECAUSE THERE IS ABSOLUTE BALANCE IN THE UNIVERSE AND THEREFORE THIS MUST BE TRUE.

Democrats were supposed to destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness!


I still don't understand why the guys running things, numbering significantly higher than their opponents, thought 'balance' was going to be a good thing.
 
2011-01-25 03:07:22 PM  

Koalaesq: unlikely: Weaver95: meh. And in 2029 I expect to find out that the democrats did the same thing in 2010.

More likely 2012 than 2010. 2010 they didn't think they could lose. I mean they DID, the numbers SAID they were going to, but they were still thinking Obama was going to save the day.

2012, now... THAT's when the shady stuff is going to happen.

But it won't take till 2029. Obama and his people are spineless pussies who wouldn't prosecute infanticide lest it offend a republican; that does most definitely NOT apply to both sides. Our guys will prosecute Obama for jaywalking if they think they can make it stick.

The odds of Obama leaving office without facing charges even if he stays 100% clean: same as the odds of Bush facing any at all.

My father is a pretty straight-line Democrat, but he agrees with you 100%. He loathes Obama for being so weak and not "playing for keeps" like the Republicans do.


hes made some critical errors.
 
2011-01-25 03:17:13 PM  
TFA: OSC found that "White House Office of Political Affairs (OPA) employees, as well as high-level agency political appointees, violated the Hatch Act through a number of practices that were prevalent during the months leading up to the 2006 midterm elections," they said in a news release.

I'm sure Sean Hannity will be all over this. He takes the Hatch Act seriously (when the president is a Democrat).
 
2011-01-25 03:22:53 PM  
OK...now can we throw george w. bush in the slammer? Guantanamo, even?
 
2011-01-25 03:24:11 PM  

palelizard: sendtodave: Skleenar: NOT BECAUSE OF EVIDENCE BUT INSTEAD BECAUSE THERE IS ABSOLUTE BALANCE IN THE UNIVERSE AND THEREFORE THIS MUST BE TRUE.

Democrats were supposed to destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness!

I still don't understand why the guys running things, numbering significantly higher than their opponents, thought 'balance' was going to be a good thing.


Even lucas didn't know what he was thinking. Just in case you didn't see these yet... The best Star Wars reviews evar! (new window)
 
2011-01-25 03:27:47 PM  
i.imgur.com

Approves
 
2011-01-25 03:29:42 PM  

Lee Jackson Beauregard: OK...now can we throw george w. bush in the slammer? Guantanamo, even?


We can't anymore because Obama has closed it like he promised he would...
 
2011-01-25 03:30:19 PM  

Vanetia: I eagerly await the followup story for the perpetrators of this criminal activity to be facing fines/jailtime for their transgressions.

/won't hold my breath


Came to say this, leaving satisfied.

/I mean, unsatisfied.
//Oh, you know what I mean.
///Sigh.
 
2011-01-25 03:30:29 PM  
Skleenar
So vote republican.

So quit pretending electoral politics matter.
 
2011-01-25 03:49:47 PM  
Obama is avoiding this by never actually ending his campaign.
 
2011-01-25 03:54:10 PM  
img204.imageshack.us

I am shocked, shocked, to find politics taking place in the Office of Political Affairs!

The Hatch Act was intended to prevent politicization and cronyism in the lower levels of the executive branch and maintain the impartiality of the civil service. The problem is that the Presidency - the very office that is in charge of 99% of the federal civil service - is an elected position. That means politics - campaign work, fundraising, the whole nine yards - is going to get into the Executive Branch at some level, yet the Hatch Act makes no exception for this. Go look at pp. 71-73 of the report; Carter started an OPA, Reagan, Bush I and Clinton continued it, and all of them had some violation of the Hatch Act take place. And yes, I apologize for crushing your dreams, but Obama has an OPA too. This is not a Republican thing or a Democrat thing or a hypothetical perfect third party thing. It's the way that our system was set up. You can't have government of the people, by the people, and for the people without letting the people choose the person responsible for most of the machinery of government.

I don't know what the solution is. But I'm pretty sure the answer does not involve more media outrage, Congressional gasbaggery and another set of not-quite-thought-through ethics laws. That's... kinda how we got here in the first place.
 
2011-01-25 03:56:49 PM  
I am not really sure what McCainDemocrat stands for if he stands for anything other than being opposed to Obama and I don't know what his screen name was during the Bush years. However, given his faux outrage at the failure of the Obama Justice Department to prosecute Bush or anyone else, is he suggesting that he thinks that McCain's DOJ would have prosecuted them? Or that McCain would have stopped doing any of the Homeland security stuff that Bush did and the Obama allegedly continues?
 
2011-01-25 04:41:19 PM  

RolandGunner: Obama is avoiding this by never actually ending his campaign.


Well that is a nice talking point. You get those in your email?
 
2011-01-25 04:50:41 PM  
They were probably Nigerian investigators.
 
2011-01-25 04:55:12 PM  

lincoln65: Approves


Thread over.
 
2011-01-26 03:33:54 AM  
Talk about manufactured outrage. You call an obvious ploy to use Obama as a Chinese propaganda tool...

Without Obama knowing, he is completely innocent in this ploy...

By having a pianist play a racist anti-American song to the joy and delight of the Chinese government controlled media who were sure to show it on television.

That's 'manufactured outrage' on the part of people who have a problem with it.

George W. Bush's White House Office of Political Affairs violated the law by giving political briefings to political employees,

Oh those FIENDS! This outrageous!
 
2011-01-26 07:41:35 AM  
B-b-but ACORN! SEIU! Bill Ayers! New Black Panthers!!1
 
2011-01-26 10:17:48 AM  
This thread is useless without charges being brought.
 
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