Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"I Learned About It On The News" - "But Of Course He Knew"

“Mr. President, when did you first learn that Hillary Clinton used an email system outside the U.S. government for official business while she was secretary of state?” CBS News’ Bill Plante asked.

“Uh, the same time everybody else learned it - through news reports." President Obama responded.


That's not exactly what White House Liar-in-Chief Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the next day.

“Yes, he was aware of her email address. He traded emails with her,” Earnest told ABC’s Jonathan Karl. “But he was not aware of her personal email server or that she was using it exclusively for all her business.”

"What difference, at this point, does it make?"

So he knew she was conducting State Department business via her own personal email but he didn't know about her private servers that did not meet federal standards for record keeping? And he never bothered to check either, I'm sure. The President likes to be in the dark about things so he has plausible deniability if something comes up. But gee - does he ever know anything?

According to his own statements the President finds out about nearly everything important from news reports. The IRS, Fast and Furious, the AP targeting, etc. His continued insistence that he knew nothing about various incidents until he "heard about it on the news" makes him look incompetent. U.S. Presidents are supposed to have the best intelligence information in the world. But it appears that Obama has none whatsoever. If I was a sitting President and found out about some major scandal in my administration from the news just once, I'd be replacing some people and finding out why I didn't know. Obama uses the (alleged) lack of knowledge as an excuse. And he looks like an idiot each and every time he does it.

According to Congressman Trey Gowdy, Hillary has released some e-mails for scrutiny but there are large gaps in some of them. I can't help but think back to Richard Nixon and the Watergate tapes that had large gaps in them. This is exactly why Hillary Clinton had private servers for her official emails - so she had complete control of them and no one could see anything that she didn't want them to see. 

And yet people still want her to be President. I can only shake my head.

And in other news - here we go again. 

The shooting of a bi-racial 19 year old man by a white police officer in Madison, Wisconsin, is all over the news. Headlines read "Unarmed Black Teenager Killed By White Cop," just as they did in Ferguson, Missouri. Protests have already begun in Madison, and the Holder Justice Department already has his Criminal Division looking into the incident. But what are the details of the shooting?

That's just it - once again we don't know. We know a the police were called about a young man who allegedly battered someone and was jumping in and out of traffic. When Officer Matt Kenny arrived on the scene the young man, Tony Robinson, fled the scene and entered an apartment. According to Officer Kenny, he heard a scuffle inside the apartment and forced his way in. That's when Robinson attacked him. Reports say Kenny and other officers may have fired up to five times. Robinson was immediately given first aid and was transported to the hospital, where he later died.

Sound familiar? The Justice Department released a report just last week which confirmed that Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown in self defense after Michael Brown assaulted Wilson and was trying to do it again. Eric Holder wanted desperately to convict Wilson of murder, or at least a civil rights violation, but found absolutely no evidence that would allow him to do that. Both Holder and President Obama were disappointed by the truth.

I expect that both Holder and Obama will make a public statement on the Madison shooting sometime this week, condemning police and reaffirming that black lives matter - even before they have the facts of the case. Since he was bi-racial, I can imagine President Obama saying "Tony Robinson could have been me." 

But let's take a look at Tony Robinson. Tony Robinson is described by his family as being gently, friendly and sweet. But he has a criminal conviction for armed robbery. Mental health records say he has Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, suffered from anxiety and depression, and was prone to boredom and anger. He also was said to be an "impulsive risk taker." 

Is that the profile of a kid who might act crazy and assault a police officer? It certainly sounds like it to me. And we don't have a toxicology report yet to know what, if any, drugs were in his system. 

One headline reads "Wisconsin Family, Protesters Seek Justice For Teen Shot By Police." How do we know he didn't already get his justice, as in the case of Michael Brown? We don't.

Before anyone condemns me for exonerating the police officer - I haven't done that. What I'm saying is let's not have a repeat of the Ferguson, Missouri, incident and convict the officer in the court of public opinion before the facts are even uncovered. That didn't work out so well.

A 19 year old kid is dead at the hands of a police officer. That's always a tragedy. But before anyone decides one way or the other if the shooting was justified or unjustified, before the neighborhood gets burned down, and before Al Sharpton has a chance to make some major dollars from this tragedy, let's see what actually happened and why. 

But I'm probably too late. I'm sure Sharpton has already bought his plane ticket to Madison...

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