And by Quick and Decisive, we mean Muddled and Mis-directed:
The controversy over the ATF’s ill-conceived scheme to “walk” guns across the border with Mexico finally resulted in the removal of one high-ranking official: Acting Director Kenneth Melson. The U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, Todd Jones, will fill the position for now.
A quick review: ATF supervisors ordered agents to facilitate firearm sales to known or suspected “straw buyers” that intended to move the guns across the border and give them to drug cartels. Gun dealers in the U.S. reported the suspicious transactions to the ATF, expecting to cooperate in apprehending the gunrunners. As it turns out, the suspect buyers had disqualifying conditions that should have shown up in federally mandated instant background checks…but didn’t. The firearms trafficked across the border predictably showed up at crime scenes, including those involved with the murder of a Border Patrol agent, an ICE agent, a Mexican military helicopter shoot-down, and other murders on both sides of the border.
If you’re a private citizen, this sort of thing gets you 30 years in prison. If you’re a whistleblower within ATF, you get terminated. If you’re a supervisor responsible for such a scheme, you get
promoted reassigned to ATF headquarters.
via Removing Melson Will Not Fix the ATF | Cato @ Liberty.
There are now enough Operation Fast and Furious officials playing hide-and-seek in the Obama administration to fill a “rubber room.”
That’s the nickname for taxpayer-subsidized holding pens, such as the ones in the New York City public schools, where crooked employees are separated from the system and paid to do nothing. Perhaps the White House can stimulate a few construction jobs by adding an entire rubber room annex for “reassigned” scandal bureaucrats at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s getting mighty crowded.
via Obama’s ‘Fast & Furious’ Playbook: Screw Up, Move Up, Then Cover Up | NewsBusters.org.
Too Corrupt To Prosecute?
Remember kids: Only the administrations political enemies get thrown under the bus.
While I have stubbornly believed that Obama has been wrong in every one of his political and economic policy moves, in the same way non-digitial clocks can occasionally be right, it seems Obama can unintentionally get it right, too:
Solyndra was touted by the Obama administration as a prime example of how green technology could deliver jobs.
Solyndra was a “major manufacturer of solar technology.” How does this green technology deliver jobs?
“I was told by a security guard to get my [stuff] and leave,” one employee said. The company employ[ed] a little more than 1,000 employees worldwide, according to its website.
Apparently by soaking up free government money, not developing any marketable products, and then delivering a bunch of laid-off workers to the unemployment aisle.
A big clue that these people had no idea what they were doing should have been that they were opening a manufacturing facility in California, of all places! Way to stack the deck against yourself there, greenie!
via Solyndra to Declare Bankruptcy | NBC Bay Area.
FAST FOOD, RESTAURANT | KILDARE, IRELAND | FOOD & EATING, MONEY ISSUES
Customer: “Can I get a cheeseburger and a bottle of water?”
Me: “Yes, that’s $3.70, please.”
(The customer holds out five napkins and starts counting them. He then hands them to me as payment.)
Me: “Sorry, do you have $3.70?”
Customer: *points at napkins* “Yea, there! Look!”
I’m not entirely sure if this is ironic or prophetic, but if the politicians and central bankers continue pouring money from their bottomless wallet, in their continual quest to find materials worth less than the currency coined from it, we may very well be using napkin-dollars.
At the very least, napkins will be more useful around the toilet than a wagon-load of $100,000,000 bills.
via Not Always Right | Funny & Stupid Customer Quotes » Will That Be Paper Or Plastic.
I swear to Mises, if Ayn Rand had put a scene in Atlas Shrugged where the federal environmental cops were raiding musical instrument manufacturers because they weren’t complying with federal wood-labeling laws, critics would have howled with derision at the fanciful and unrealistic scenarios she was making up to ham-handedly hammer her point home.
We are well past the point where so many things are illegal, that anyone can be arrested and imprisoned at any time for some random offense.
And to think: the original Constitution defined less than a dozen federal offenses, and now there are hundreds of thousands of federal crimes!
via View From The Porch: The wood police..
It is long past time to disband this heinously inept and useless organization, and put those abusive, sociopathic, mindless-order-following-nazis back into the private sector where their control over other humans will be minimized: The 12 Scariest TSA Stories of All Time.
And the scariest thing isn’t just those 12 stories, but that this is happening to nearly everyone boarding an airplane today, and hardly anybody cares.