Obama brings the funny in Kenya

In Kenya, President Obama told that country’s leaders what U.S. city to look to for pointers about getting rid of government corruption:

Well isn’t that special:

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Obama lecturing another country about getting rid of government corruption? A career in comedy awaits after he leaves the White House.

Pay attention, RNC: This is how to handle the Dems defending the IRS

This is such a good approach that there’s probably no way that the RNC will run with it:

Toss in some brief interviews from people whose lives have been left in ruins by the IRS for relatively trivial matters and then cut back to Dems apologizing to the agency and any Republican would have a great ad.

Oh, and you know how if you’ve been a really horrible person and when you die those creepy, moaning demons cloaked in black robes emerge to drag you down to hell for an eternity of suffering? I think they all look like John Koskinen, except they care more about what happened to Lois Lerner’s lost emails.

Obama administration ‘Champion of Change’ indicted for immigration fraud

A woman named Bonnie Youn has been indicted on three criminal charge counts in a U.S. District Court in Georgia:

The first indictment count alleges Youn committed perjury with regard to an alien illegally in the United States. The second indictment count alleges that Youn violated a federal immigration law that prohibits bringing illegal aliens into the United States and harboring them, alleging she did so “for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain.” The third indictment count alleges Youn illegally tampered with witness testimony, specifically alleging she influenced the illegal alien—whose identity is kept anonymous in the indictment—to provide false information about employment in the United States to federal agents.

Rather unsurprisingly, Youn is an Obama administration “Champion of Change.”

Many, many hours after the indictments, this is still up at the White House website:

Just because she’s been indicted doesn’t mean she’s still not a “champion” to this administration.

Vote fraud we much: Al Sharpton embraces woman convicted of casting six ballots for Obama in 2012 election

In Ohio about a year ago, a woman named Melowese Richardson was convicted of vote fraud. In the 2012 election, Richardson voted for Obama six times. Richardson was released from prison after serving just eight months of a five year sentence (on the federal level, Eric Holder yawned and looked the other way).

Last week at a Dem rally, Al Sharpton showed that Richardson is just the kind of person the party needs more of:

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Hope you were able to get some good pointers, Al.

Update:

It gets even better… the woman who voted for Obama six times was part of the “Communities United for Action” (CUFA). In 2010, CUFA received a $25,000 grant from the Obama administration’s EPA.

“Move along, nothing to see here!”

H & R Barack: Obamacare navigators shown offering helpful tax advice

James O’Keefe and Project Veritas are back with a new video showing another part of what the Affordable Care Act hath wrought.

Here’s part of what the latest video shows, via NRO:

“You lie because your premiums will be higher,” one navigator advises an investigator for O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, who tells the worker he sometimes smokes. “Don’t tell them that. Don’t tell ’em.”

The investigator then poses as a low-income worker at a university who has unreported cash income on the side, worrying about how that might affect his premium subsidies. That’s no problem for a navigator, who says, “Don’t get yourself in trouble by declaring it now.”

“Yeah, it didn’t happen,” another navigator says. One more chimes in: “Never report it.”

Records show that the National Urban League was paid $376,000 by the federal government for its Obamacare outreach in Texas.

Video from Project Veritas via Twitchy:

O’Keefe says he’s got many more of these kinds of videos and will release them over time. The bottom line is that it looks as if the federal government is giving grants to some groups who are then advising people to cheat on their taxes. Actually, “navigators” aren’t even necessary for that, because the law itself encourages the practice because the less income you can show, the more benefits you receive.

Naturally, libs are blowing these vids off as “isolated incidents” and saying O’Keefe probably “selectively edited” the videos, but anybody with an IQ over room temperature in a poorly heated house knows that the Affordable Care Act is in engraved invitation for fraud.

The true purpose of Obamacare isn’t to provide people with access to insurance but rather to get OFA and ACORN-style tentacles even deeper into the system under the guise of health coverage. Frankly what will shock me most is if somebody can show a video of a navigator that encourages applicants to be 100 percent honest.

Meta: ‘Obama Express’ Store Owner Charged with $2 Million Food Stamp Fraud

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What a, uh, surprise:

A federal grand jury indicted 10 Baltimore business owners or operators on charges of stealing nearly $7 million from food assistance programs by agreeing to debit cash for beneficiaries without selling food — then keeping a cut of the proceeds.

The owner of a corner grocery in West Baltimore called “Second Obama Express” is accused of obtaining more than $2 million in payments for food sales that never occurred, a practice that authorities call “food stamp trafficking.” Eight others are accused of taking between $348,000 and $1.4 million.

The store owner will probably now be forced to go into the “green energy” business and start a company called “Obamalyndra.”

Harry Reid Fundraiser Convicted of Giving Him Illegal Campaign Donations

During the 2012 campaign season, Harry Reid’s continual insinuations that Mitt Romney was some sort of criminal was merely psychological projection.

From the AP:

A former Nevada powerbroker was convicted Wednesday of making illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.

A federal jury reached the verdict in the case against real estate developer and once powerful lobbyist Harvey Whittemore.

The jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on charges of making excessive campaign contributions, making contributions in the name of another and causing a false statement to be made to the Federal Election Commission.

Whittemore faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

Naturally Reid knew nothing about any of this, and he may opt to take the Obama approach:

Michigan Governor Declares Petri Dish of Liberal/Leftist Policies a Financial Disaster Area

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If we want to know what will happen to an area governed completely by the same lib/left policies that Obama and too many others would love to roll out nationally, all we have to do is look at Detroit. Governor Snyder has now declared the city a financial disaster area, but it’s also a disaster in other areas: Educationally; socially; economically; legally; the Lions.

Next stop, bankruptcy:

Gov. Rick Snyder’s decision to appoint an emergency financial manager to fix Detroit’s escalating fiscal crisis kicks off a chain of events — a potential challenge from the city’s elected leaders, more vocal opposition from infuriated community groups and unavoidable battles ahead over the decisions the new boss will make.

But Snyder said Friday after his announcement, broadcast on TV and online, that while he recognized the gravity of Detroit’s troubles, quick, early successes in fixing broken streetlights and improving the city’s police service will help build confidence among residents that a state takeover will mark a painful but beneficial turning point for the Motor City.

“I look at today as a sad day, a day I wish had never happened in the history of Detroit, but also a day of optimism and promise,” Snyder told a select audience gathered at a Midtown TV studio.

Citing runaway deficits and staggering long-term debts Detroit could never repay on its own, Snyder declared the city to be in a financial emergency, paving the way for the appointment of an emergency manager later this month.

As with most liberal grand plans, somebody else gets stuck paying for their failed schemes. But, to paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, at some point there will be a rude awakening, because eventually they’ll run out of other people’s money.

The number of people who have fled the city really struck me late last summer. We went to a Tigers game, and some surrounding areas where previously you might have been afraid to make a wrong turn and get lost were nearly completely abandoned — neighborhoods turned crack dens turned ghost towns. Detroit is like “The Day After” except instead of a nuke the weapon is progressive politics run amok.

So That’s Why They Call it Recycling

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Anybody who has followed the “green jobs” push from the beginning caught on to the sham a long time ago, but details continue to emerge as to how our tax dollars are enriching Obama cronies and even sitting members of Congress:

Peter Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute, said President Barack Obama had a “recycling” program that used crony capitalism to reward its campaign contributors, who would then funnel money back to the Obama campaign.

Appearing on Fox News’s one-hour special on Thursday about the “District of Corruption” movie, Schweizer said crony capitalism was so rampant in the Obama administration that Obama campaign bundlers received more than $21,000 on average in government-backed loans and grants for every dollar they contributed to the Obama campaign.

Schweizer said the Obama administration treated taxpayer dollars as “gift bags” to give to its top donors, which he called “the Obama recycling program.”

In many instances, Schweizer said top Obama administration bundlers and influential Democrats — like California Senator Dianne Feinstein and former Vice President Al Gore– invested in companies before those companies received government-backed loans and grants, and then saw their investments flourish.

One such company was Amyris biotechnologies in Berkeley, California. Weeks before Amyris received a $25 million grant from the Obama administration, Feinstein and her husband bought nearly a $1 million in equity in the company. Then, the initial investors, such as Gore, saw a $12 million investment balloon to more than $80 million after they took the company and cited the government grants as a reason the company would be successful. As Schweizer noted, the IPO was only possible because of taxpayer dollars.

They “invest” a little of their own cash, the government artificially inflates the value with an infusion of taxpayer dollars, and Kaiser, Gore & company cash out. And if the company goes bankrupt, at the very least they recover their initial “investment” because all the downside is on the taxpayer — then they move on to the next federally funded gold mine.

The fact that nobody’s in jail over these scams is maddening. They made sure the YouTube video guy got put away though!

Somebody at NATO Needs a Geography Lesson

One of the geography whizzes in the Obama administration must have had a hand in producing a new video from NATO promoting the upcoming summit in the host city, because Chicago is billed as the capital of Illinois:

“More than 60 heads of state and government will meet to discuss crucial matters of security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area,” a narrator’s voice says as the five-minute video plays panning shots of Chicago. “And so, the leaders of the member nations of the organization created by the 1949 Washington Treaty will meet in the capital of Illinois this time.”

Of all the capitals in all the 57 states, NATO had to pick the wrong one.

The NATO video was fraught with errors, but for my money this is by far the funniest part:

“Al Capone made the city notorious,” the narrator says near the end of the video, “but today, it is clear that the gangsters’ days are over, and Chicago is rich in resources thanks in particular to the trans-Atlantic links.

Hahahaha! Those NATO folks are hilarious.