“Do Not Let Your Left Hand Know What The Right Hand Is Doing…” *Open Thread*


This prescription from Matthew 6:3 in the Christian Scriptures was an admonition about giving to the poor. The point was to not declare from the rooftops how generous one was, and to have a sense of humility (which is how Romney addressed the massive amounts of money he donates every year, hence why no one knew about the millions he gave on a regular basis).

This is a worthy concept, in my opinion, and one more people could adopt in many areas of their lives. But it is NOT a good way to be when working in the Federal Government.

Take for instance the tale of two high level Federal officials regarding our National Security. First up, the Secretary of State, John Kerry, telling us that the threat has lessened more now than “at any time in modern history” (beginning at the 1:30 mark):

Good googly moogly, and this man is supposed to be in the know? He is supposed to have his finer on the world pulse? He is in charge of keeping Americans safe abroad? Good grief. I think many of us suspect that Kerry is just flat out wrong, though one would think someone this high up must know something we don’t, right?

Well, in theory, yes. But in reality, no, that would be an incorrect assumption. Here is the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper:

Uh, yeah. These two are on COMPLETELY different pages, and it sure isn’t out of a sense of humility (to be snarky, I don’t think Kerry has it IN him to be humble, but that’s just my opinion). Is it not troubling, in these dangerous times, with “The Terrorists who shall not be named” running around beheading, crucifying, burning alive, and burying alive Christians, Jews, and Muslims, children and women, too, that the SECRETARY OF STATE is so, so clueless much in denial about what is happening in the world to prop up this Administration.

And then we have Josh Earnest doubling down in support of – wait for it – JOHN KERRY. From Real Clear Politics:

ED HENRY, FOX NEWS: Secretary Kerry, yesterday he testified on Capitol Hill and said, “despite ISIL, despite the visible killings that you see and how horrific they are, we are actually living in a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world than normally — less deaths, less violent deaths.”

When you have, tragically, American families who have seen their family members beheaded by ISIS — we see these images everyday — how could Secretary Kerry make the claim to the American people and to the world that we are safer than we were before?

JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE: Well, I think he could do so with the evidence on his side. What he was able to demonstrate and I think what he was discussing is the success that our military campaign has had in applying significant pressure to the ISIS leadership. That there are thousands of strikes that have been conducted by the United States and our coalition partners to take out ISIL targets, in some cases even ISIL leadership targets. Supply lines have been destroyed. Fighting positions have been destroyed. And what this has done is it has prevented ISIL from being able to operate comfortably in Iraq and in Syria. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Holy crap. I think we are seeing the result of legalizing marijuana in the DC, because Earnest HAS to be high to make this argument. WHO would know better about the threat facing this country, the Secretary of State, or the Director of National Intelligence? Now, I admit, neither one of them has struck me as particularly brilliant or forthcoming in the past, but I think when the DNI testifies that our nation is at great risk, we would do far better to heed HIS words than the Pollyanna view being put forth by the Secretary of State.

In another Federal case of the “left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing,” there is the head of the IRS< John Koskinen, testifying before the House again. Okay, his might not be so much not knowing what is going on in his department as that he flat out LIED about it. From Fox News:

Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails in backup tapes related to the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative organizations.

Though they don’t know how many of them are new, they told a congressional oversight committee that IRS employees had not asked computer technicians for the tapes, as directed by a subpoena from House oversight and other investigating committees.

That admission was in direct contradiction to earlier testimony of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

“It looks like we’ve been lied to, or at least misled,” said Rep. John Mica, R-Fla. at a congressional hearing Thursday evening,

IRS Deputy Inspector General Timothy Camus, who testified alongside Inspector General J. Russell George, said his organization was investigating possible criminal activity. He did not elaborate, other than to suggest a key factor is whether documents were intentionally withheld. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Yes, that is the head of the IRS, the most powerful agency in the entire country when it comes to every American citizen, flat out LYING about the existence of emails that have a direct bearing on the claim that the IRS is targeting certain groups of citizens for political reasons. He sure as hell BETTER be charged, dismissed from his position, and someone appointed to the IRS who can, and WILL, clean house. Anything less is unacceptable.

Unfortunately, there are more such examples of those who are supposed to be working in our best interests doing everything BUT that. It is beyond frustrating, especially since it comes not from a desire to do good works in secret, but to hide bad works, lies, and real threats from us, the people who pay their salaries. This cannot stand.

At least that’s what I think. How about you? This is an Open Thread.


27 Responses to ““Do Not Let Your Left Hand Know What The Right Hand Is Doing…” *Open Thread*”

  1. HELENK3 Says:

    Leonard Nimoy died today

    may he RIP

  2. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Truth will out abt Hillary Clinton, her aides, and Benghazi. Once again, we can thank Judicial Watch: http://www.westernjournalism.com/judicial-watch-obtains-documents-proving-hillary-clinton-aides-knew-benghazi-attack/

  3. foxyladi14 Says:

    IRS still at it. 👿


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks for this, Foxy. I wish I could say I was surprised that they are still at it. What I don’t get is why NO ONE is stopping the IRS from this unlawful behavior. Infuriating…

  4. HELENK3 Says:

    if your stomach can stand it, here are some tweets from holders good bye ceremony


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I literally just finished dinner, so I am going to have to wait a little bit…

      But thanks for this!

  5. HELENK3 Says:


    please please please KARMA , do you thing

  6. HELENK3 Says:


    so should legal American citizens just lay down and play dead?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, no, Helen – we can’t do that. Who else would pay for all of the benefits and entitlements?! Ahem.

  7. HELENK3 Says:


    don’t worry Putin is taking personal charge of the investigation

    White House: ‘We call on the Russian government to conduct a prompt,
    impartial and transparent investigation and ensure those responsible
    are brought to justice’ in Nemtsov murder – @Reuters

    how long do you think Putin laughed after reading this?

  8. HELENK3 Says:

    Leonard Nimoy’s last tweet

    Leonard Nimoy ✔ @TheRealNimoy

    A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Just one more reason to love Gowdy: http://dailycaller.com/2015/02/27/trey-gowdy-bill-would-dismantle-obamas-amnesty-speed-up-deportation-of-criminal-aliens/

  10. HELENK3 Says:

    James O’Keefe upsets rev al by wanted to ask questions

  11. HELENK3 Says:


    DHS gets one week stay of execution

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Glad they got something done, but the Reps really messed this one up. I realize they are damned if they do, damned if they don’t, with the MSM blaming them no matter WHAT they do, so maybe they should have stuck to their guns like we elected them to do. But no…They let the Dems control the message and the action. Ridiculous. I don’t remember the Dems capitulating to them on ANYTHING.

      Like I said though, the MSM is going to blame them REGARDLESS, so I reckon it doesn’t matter in the end, huh?

  12. HELENK3 Says:


    interesting debate between Judge Napolitano and former NSA director Michael Hayden at CPAC 2015

  13. HELENK3 Says:

  14. HELENK3 Says:


    WOW people are different . Who knew?

  15. HELENK3 Says:


    how one blog stopped a bad bill

  16. HELENK3 Says:

    this was on my facebook today. It seems to be getting lost in todays educational system. Maybe we should be teaching our kids this today

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