Ben Carson, the world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon who challenged President Barack Obama's prescription for America while sharing the same dais at a public function, says he was subjected to an IRS audit months later. It's a story we've heard all too often regarding this administration. It is the definition of tyranny. ... James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, says the government shutdown is compromising national security. He says it creates an environment ripe for foreign intelligence services to recruit laid-off federal employees as spies. Which doesn't say much for those federal employees. ... Former Democrat Congressman Ron Klink says he thought reports in the political punditocracy that he was considering a run for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor were “a bad joke.” Psssst! Ron! So did the voters. ... The national toll-free number for those seeking ObamaCare coverage is 1-800-318-2596. But as The Daily Caller points out, six of the last seven numbers, when replaced with the telephone buttons' letters, loosely spell a decidedly obscene phrase. (OK, pause here as you do the decryption. Got it figured out? OK, you may continue to read.) Consider it a metaphor for how the Obama administration really feels about the American people. ... A Thursday Toledo, Ohio, Block Bugler editorial on the government shutdown set a new low for carrying water for Barry & the Dimmycrats, right down to the kind of gun rhetoric over which The Bugler would go ballistic if employed by Republicans. Hypocrisy in defense of idiocy now is a virtue for the spittle producers.