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Everybody Blog About Pigford Day = Everybody Watch This Video Day

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:09 pm

My contribution to Everybody Blog About Pigford Day is to re-embed this video:

If you have any interest in the Pigford story at all — even if you don’t understand it (perhaps especially if you don’t), you really, really should watch it.

As I said recently:

The video has to be seen to be believed. It shows someone coaching an audience on how to fill out the paperwork to get their $50,000 check. Watch the video to make your own judgment about the general attitude towards the truth in that room — both on his part, and on the part of the laughing audience. He tells people that there are four questions on the form, and that they must all be answered yes to get a check. He analogizes it to the four bases you must touch to score a run in baseball — and if all the bases aren’t touched, you go back to the dugout, meaning you don’t get a $50,000 check. He carefully explains that if they SAY they tried to farm, they DID attempt to farm, as far as the government is concerned. To call this a “wink and a nod” is being kind.

My most recent post on this video noted that it had only 891 views. Today, it has 1538. OK, that’s several hundred more views in a few days — which is a good thing, I guess — but the total number is still pathetic. Therefore, I am linking it again and all but insisting you watch it (to the extent that a smallish boutique blog owner can actually “insist” upon anything from his readers . . . which is not a very great extent).

16 Responses to “Everybody Blog About Pigford Day = Everybody Watch This Video Day”

  1. america should feel dirty

    happyfeet (c60db2)

  2. Just disgusting.

    Gazzer (6e06f1)

  3. If you listen to conservative radio on a regular basis you get to hear a lot of businesses trying to separate you from your money for gold, silver, ID theft protection and erectile dysfunction remedies.

    I know because I listen to conservative radio.

    Whether you believe any of those things is up to you.

    There is a difference, though. They are trying to part you with your money to line theirs.

    In the Pigford case, they are scheming to give you my money because I have to pay taxes.

    I can ignore a sales pitch, but I can’t ignore the IRS.

    If you don’t understand the difference, you might be a liberal.

    Ag80 (19f299)

  4. ZH has us note that today was not a POMO day, one in which the Fed bought US Treasuries from direct purchasers–and the market had a off day.

    Then there’s this:

    If and when the Fed really does leave off printing money, the cost in interest of the Debt will triple and the cost of new debt will quadruple.

    Have a nice tomorrow.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  5. Ag80, I’ve lost your e-mail address. Can you e-mail me at firstnamelastname@sbcglobal dot net? DS

    Diffus (4a5ca6)

  6. Diffus:


    Ag80 (19f299)

  7. Who can we sue?

    Who can we hold to account?

    What remedy do we have?

    luagha (1de9ec)

  8. It is remarkable to contrast the Federal response to this coaching for the purpose of successfully lying to the Federal government with the treatment given to Scooter Libby 25 years ago. Given a favored class of citizens, a group that voted 95% for the incumbent, the response of the “professional” Federal bureaucracy is precisely nothing. But given an advisor to a sitting Republican Vice President, Dick Chaney, and a very weak case that basically pitted Libby’s memory versus Bob Novak’s, the “professionals” in the Department of Justice couldn’t be deterred even thought they knew that Libby didn’t “out” Plame. In fact, it was well known that Plame “outed” herself in her campaign donation disclosures (to Democrats of course) where she listed the CIA as her employer.

    Trust in the Federal government is misplaced. The lifers in the bureaucracy are committed socialists who lust for power. They have about the same credibility as our senior military leaders who time after time, war after war, have proved themselves to be intellectually, morally and ethically challenged. The only saving grace for the military is that after an initial period of failure, our past presidents, those before LBJ, have managed to root out the dead wood and field successful armies. Kissing Teh One’s boot is the only test our current batch of syncophants need worry about. No improvement in this bunch can be expected.

    A small and constitutionally limited Federal Government would be a beautiful thing to behold.

    bobathome (c0c2b5)

  9. I’d put Reagan in the group of presidents who managed the military correctly. Somehow a group of patriots including Norman Schwartzkopf managed to survive the malfeasance of Vietnam and made it their life’s mission to reform and retrain an Army that was close to collapse. But that was 30 years ago, and I suspect that today’s Army is somewhat closer to the Army Schwartzkopf experienced when he first graduated from West Point, than the one he and others created in the 80’s.

    bobathome (c0c2b5)

  10. Thanks for your attention to this matter. I will call my Congresswoman tomorrow. She will ignore me. I will vote against her, but my vote will be nullified by voter fraud. I, however, will not give up.

    tyree (84087f)

  11. Hmmm … the Libby affair was just 8 years ago, not 25. Teh One’s reign makes the Bush years seem so distant.

    bobathome (c0c2b5)

  12. Breitbart and Bachmann who lead the fight against this corruption were the crazy, unhinged, sick ones.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  13. Teh One’s reign makes the Bush years seem so distant.
    Comment by bobathome (c0c2b5) — 5/1/2013 @ 11:05 pm

    Yes, we started missing him long ago.
    I think in some ways it would be easy to make the nation much better, and I think Bush would have done them all:
    1) have a fed budget instead of a corrupt stimulus package slush fund and so the debt wouldn’t be near as bad
    2) keystone pipeline, domestic energy-> increased jobs, less energy costs, overall economic stimulation
    3) call Hasan a traitor and terrorist, the trial would have been over, he would have been executed, his victims would get appropriate compensation
    4) benghazi would not have been benghazi
    5) fast and furious would not have been fast and furious
    6) one could point at syria and say, “So that’s where the WMD are! Shocked, shocked I tell you!!”

    I could do all of that in one day and then go on vacation and learn to play golf the rest of 364/365 days.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  14. Guy at Breitbart said the clerk at the copy center in L.A. knew about it and was sent the papers to sign up. He refused. Good man!

    Patricia (be0117)

  15. Disgusting.

    IT’S NOT YOUR MONEY! The U.S. Treasury is not your slush fund. Where do you think the money is coming from, thin air? Bill Gates?

    OmegaPaladin (f4a293)

  16. You can’t do a damn thing about it except opt out of the union and don’t let Democrat-types into your new country. If you remain in the union, then you’ve given up your right to complain.

    I don’t care how small of a minority conservatives are at this point, there are certainly enough of them to create overwhelming majorities in a few states and create one or more independent nations. You’ll have to build fences to keep the criminals, parasites, perverts and other forms of Democrat from invading your new countries from Obamaland, though.

    Otherwise, you face a future where Pigford is an every day occurrence. It’s best to acknowledge reality and plan accordingly.

    j curtis (bbd89d)

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