Friday, August 24, 2012

Holder Targets the Disabled for Political Gain

TNPWTA — Things Nice People Won’t Talk About — continue to increase as the politically correct strictures tighten around the neck of the body politic in this country. Here for your edification are several examples of the insanities — I use that word advisedly — that hollow out our government.

First, that now-classic example of verbal paralysis at the top:

That video is just one version of an infamoous exchange between this Obama appointee and Congress. There are lots more, especially as you dig down into the citation for contempt of Congress that Holder has finally been awarded for his continued evasion of responsibility in the “Fast and Furious” debacle. Holder lied and people really died. But what does he care? Just a white guy and a buncha Mexicans. None of what he has publicly termed “my people” were hurt.

But if they really are his people, why isn’t anyone investigating the murderous conditions in Chicago?

19 people shot in Chicago, 13 of them within a half-hour period.

So what does Da Boss say? Well, yesterday he said this:

“Chicago is an example of what makes this country great”.

Maybe all those gang murders were a response later in the day to our President’s increasing frankly delusional utterances made on their turf. Those who cannot speak — e.g., children — act out their distress. Or maybe these bottom feeders just felt like killing people. Why, I’ll bet Obama might say, “they could be my sons”. Hey, he was in Chicago as a “community organizer” long enough to increase the population a bit, no?

An obscure factor is in play here: all the gang leaders are in jail. It was they who kept a rein on the lower ranks, those who are by nature less intelligent and more impulsive than the incarcerated. The law wisely cut the heads offs those chickens and now they run around headless… and heavily armed. Whatever you may think of those “leaders” — such as they were — removing the brains didn’t make the corpus any smarter. The streets are deadlier than ever. Tough guy and potty mouth Mayor Emmanuel doesn’t seem to have a plan.

Moving on to more recent outrages news here ya go — The Washington Times reported this one the other day:

You don’t have to have a severe intellectual disability to work at the Justice Department. But it helps.

No, that’s not editorial hyperbole. For real, “Hiring of persons with targeted disabilities,” is the memo in question, issued on July 31st under Eric the Bolder’s signature. It’s hard to say which is worse — the unfortunate targets of that disturbing memo or the ways in which such candidates are interviewed and hired.

This memo is a refinement and response to Presidential Executive Order 13548, which dates back to 2010. You’ll notice that #13548 is simply restating, with more emphasis, something Clinton signed when he had ahold to the Executive Pen:

Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities

This Executive Order requires compliance with Executive Order 13163 [note: that was one of Clinton’s Eos back in 2002 -D] and achievement of the goals set forth therein over 5 years, including an additional 100,000 individuals with disabilities to be employed by the Federal Government with targeted disabilities.

Thus the original EO #13163 is merely regurgitated ten years later, but with numbers added. And then Holder waits another two years to issue his “targeted disabilities” memo from hell?

Another “Why”: I’ve not the foggiest idea.

Machiavelli might have been able to tell us, or to plumb the depths of this administration’s “decisions” but what grade would he have given them? These boys seem to operate on the Whim Theory of Governance. Whim governance in this case appears to be driven by the crisis du jour. Whatever they think might help in the moment to increase the chances of retaining power. Perhaps this is just another part of the campaign-driven frenzy to drill down to still another “niche voter”, i.e., the severely disabled and the people who love and care for them. With this attempt to re-elect Holder’s boss looking wobblier than ever, each and every vote counts. And you can bet ACORN is ready to drive these targets disabled citizens to the voting booth.

The Times skims the dirty details [my emphasis]:

According to a July 31 policy memo titled “Hiring of persons with targeted disabilities,” otherwise problematic mental deficiencies are no barrier to jump-starting a career at Justice. The memo lists a number of “targeted disabilities” that trigger special hiring privileges in compliance with President Obama’s Executive Order 13548. Among them are people with “severe intellectual disability,” “psychiatric disability” or other undefined “current severe physical, intellectual or mental conditions.” Most employers would balk at even minor mental disabilities in hiring a lawyer, let alone severe ones. But the policy states that the Cabinet department run by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. must “achieve a work force from all segments of society,” which includes those who are teetering on the edge of sanity.

But here’s an even dirtier devil in the details:

The disabled are eligible for direct hiring in a “streamlined, non-competitive appointment” process that the policy lauds as a “win-win” for the department and the applicant.

Translated, that means these “targets” will be hired in secret, and probably without evidence of anyone being ultimately responsible for the selections…

Of course, this preferential treatment is a lose-lose for the other, perhaps vastly more qualified applicants who were never let in the door, as well as for American taxpayers who cannot benefit from a superior level of public service.

The old ways — merit and competition — are replaced by… targets. Those mean civil service exams and pesky background checks they used to require? Poof! Such benchmarks discriminate against the intellectually challenged (that’s pc speak for “incredibly stupid”). Those mean-spirited draconian measures will be discarded as we move away from “freedom and justice for all” as our national motto and hustle toward the more inclusive “it’s not fair” whinge of those currently in charge.

To repeat: this “streamlined, non-competitive” folderol translates into jobs assigned behind closed doors, sans transparency, sans merit, sans… well, to be blunt, sans sanity.

There will be no barriers now on the severity of psychiatric disorders in our brave new Obamian Utopia. Or rather, by now, our stale and increasingly dystopian governance by ideological dikta. So what if you don’t feel safe with the disturbed running the Department; that’s your problem. And the current employees who might be disturbed having a “psychiatrically challenged” supervisor? Well, they know where the door is.

This would be funny if it weren’t so… so utterly insane. Here is what Holder is “targeting” — and please bear in mind that some of these disabilities could be worked around. For example, I knew a blind lawyer with a flourishing private practice. I doubt seriously if he’d ever have considered his impairment an across-the-board “right” for special government preference. But then he had integrity because, having read Weber’s The Theory of Social and Economic Organization (or had it read to him) he would never have applied for a bureaucratic job in the first place.

At any rate, observe your own reaction. At which point in reading these “targets” does your own jaw drop?
  • total deafness in both ears (with or without understandable speech);
  • blindness (the inability to read ordinary size print, not correctable by glasses, or no usable vision, beyond light perception);
  • missing extremities (missing one arm or leg, both hand or fins [that may be a typo at the site -D], both feet or legs, one hand or arm and one foot or leg, one hand or arm and both feet or legs, both hands or arms and one foot or leg, or both hands or arms and both feet or legs);
  • partial paralysis (because of a brain, nerve or muscle impairment, including palsy and cerebral palsy, there is some loss of ability to move or use a part of the body, including both hands any part of both arms or legs; one side of the body, including one arm and one leg; and/or three or more major body parts);
  • complete paralysis (because of a brain, nerve or muscle impairment, including palsy and cerebral palsy, there is a complete loss of ability to move or use a part of the body, including both hands; one or both arms or legs; the lower half of the body; one side of the body, including one arm and one leg; and/or three or more major body parts);
  • epilepsy;
  • severe intellectual disability;
  • psychiatric disability;
  • dwarfism; or
  • other current severe physical, intellectual or mental conditions.

A qualified individual with a targeted disability is a candidate who, based on his or her background, skills, and experience would have otherwise been appropriate for selection for interview, with or without a disability.

Notice the last one — “ other current severe physical, intellectual or mental conditions”… as if the list weren’t alarming enough, the “other” category is Pandora’s Box for sure. By these standards, Breivik qualifies for a Holder job.

Some of these disabilities can be got around. If epilepsy is mild and controlled, that should be no bar to employment in many circumstances. And dwarfism? Yes, accommodations have been made in the private sector but the person in question had rare abilities that his employer found valuable. However, notice the escape hatch in this memo:

A qualified individual with a targeted disability is a candidate who, based on his or her background, skills, and experience would have otherwise been appropriate for selection for interview, with or without a disability.

I’m not sure, but perhaps this means that if you had the experience and qualifications for a job before your disability hit, then you qualify. So if you were, say, formerly of normal or high intelligence and woke up one day to find your I.Q. had dropped fifty points… no problem. Or you find that due to your refusal to take your meds, you’re in the middle of a psychotic break? Not an issue — the government can replace whatever furniture you destroy.

Notice which disabilities are NOT on the list, yet appear in great numbers in government:

  • questionable financial dealings;
  • pedophilia;
  • cozy arrangements with outside businesses;
  • nepotism;
  • drug and/or alcohol dependence;
  • debilitating bloviation…

This is absurd. Whatever committee has oversight on this decision needs to call the Attorney General to appear. Not that he’ll say anything intelligible. At least he hasn’t so far. That’s not to say his evasions and running-out-the-clock tactics aren’t entertaining. They’d be hilarious if this deeply malfeasant lawyer were not in charge of what used to be the Justice Department.

How does anyone in his right mind continue to work there? J. Christian Adams quit a job in a place he had loved because they ordered him to ignore a subpoena from Congress. And also because he witnessed first-hand the “targeted” injustices against white people:

Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department

Read it and weep — or not. Mr. Adams had the courage to tell them to take their job and shove it.

So what has DoJ become under Obama and Co? Maybe The Mean Squad. Or, The Let’s Get Whitey League. Or it’s both of those with an added element now: Lawyers with Greater of Lesser Degrees of Lunacy and Lucidity.

For sure, this is not your father’s Department of Justice. More like Obama’s father’s kind of place.


rickl said...

At this point it's becoming obvious that these criminals are simply taking a wrecking ball to our whole society. They aren't even trying to hide it any more.

I'm not a religious person, but even I can see that this is downright Satanic. It's chaos for the sake of chaos. Destruction for the sake of destruction.

I wish I could believe that the next administration will vigorously prosecute these miscreants, but I doubt that they will. If and when the Republicans come to power, they will be all about "healing our wounds" and "bringing the country together". Meanwhile the Left will continue to hate them, smear them, and undermine them at every turn.

Dymphna said...

@ rickl--

If it's any small comfort, and I'll take what I can get at this point, that anti-Obama movie that Dinesh D'Souza is involved in is doing very, very well.

You Don't Know Him

And Drudge has a wonderful story up - wonderful from my point of view: blue, blue University of Virginia doesn't want Obama to visit on Wednesday. Why? Too expensive for them, and too disruptive for students on 2nd day of class.

My guess? Obie spent waaay too long ignoring these kinds of people - the ones for whom Clinton always found the time to press the flesh, make a few dozen phone calls.

This spoiled brat couldn't get off the golf course long enough to tend to OUR business, much less doing the necessary stroking of the rich and well-connected.

I hope he pays the price.

BTW, *nice* to see you again. I mean that.

Anonymous said...


Dymphna said...

one of our lurkers said:

i had a blind chiropractor.

darn good one, too.

Yes, and I forgot to mention those runners I saw pics of at the Olympics.

Handicapped people weren't my focus. It was the secretive affirmative action nature of this admin's hiring practices...

TSA is a good example of an admin decision for affirmative action in hiring felons.

From 2010:

TSA Hires Felons & Forces Airport to Issue Security Badges

Having worked with ppl who have criminal records and struggle to find work, I can sympathize with their plight. But I sure wouldn't want them in airport security...even the mild-mannered women who had done time for stealing their employer's money to support their husband's drug habit.

At some point, there have to be limits on who has what jobs where, affirmative action be damned.

rickl said...

Aw, thanks, Dymphna. (blush)

My blog reading and commenting habits are kind of haphazard and disorganized. There are a couple dozen blogs I follow regularly or semi-regularly, and I comment at several of them. I always recommend GoV whenever the topic of Islam comes up.

I'm planning to see "2016" this weekend. Here is Thomas Sowell's review:

A Powerful Movie