Wednesday, May 29, 2013

WHAT HAPPENED?



Our nation was founded on the beliefs that governments are necessary to protect the inalienable or God-given rights of individuals and that the free enterprise system enables individuals to utilize their God-given ability to their greatest potential.   The Founding Fathers created a Constitution to limit the power of government and included a Bill of Rights to preserve the God-given rights of the individual because they understood that the quest for power over others could produce the same kind of tyranny that they had just fought against.   

However, not everyone subscribes to the beliefs of the Founding Fathers.   The progressive movement that started roughly 100 years ago believes something far different.   They believe that individual rights come from government, not from God and that individuals are incapable of achieving their God-given potential on their own.   They promote programs of dependency and the intervention of an enlightened few, progressives of course, into the economy to determine who is successful and who is not.   These programs of dependency destroy an individual’s ability to use their God-given abilities and progressive interventions into the economy created the Great Depression and more recently the 2008 housing finance collapse.

Just as 100 years ago, groups within the progressive movement are interested in using the power of government for their own financial gain.   Labor unions discovered long ago that political power enables them to use coercion to obtain wages and benefits beyond what the marketplace would provide.   Politically connected investors like Al Gore have used the environmental movement and the subsidies it provides to fund ventures that are not financially viable in the marketplace.  Programs of dependency may hurt recipients rather than help them, but they do ensure voter loyalty.

Even with the safeguards against tyranny built into the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the ultimate defense against tyranny in a constitutional republic is an educated electorate at the ballot box.  While it may be understandable that people with a particular political philosophy would want to promote and spread that philosophy, journalists have a moral and ethical obligation to provide news untainted by their personal political philosophy.  Unfortunately, when polls of journalists shows that 80% of radio, television and print journalists support one political party, it is understandably why 3 out of 4 major networks and most news services, including AP, selectively edit the news to omit the stories that do not support their political philosophy, or as journalist more eloquently state it, their world view.

However, the longer that journalists blatantly ignore their own Code of Ethics in their desire to promote their world view, the more tyranny will grow.   The peril of continuing to practice advocacy rather than journalism is that ultimately the power of tyranny will grow to the point that it will require the rights afforded Americans under the Second Amendment to eliminate it.   Isn’t a better alternative a return to journalism to provide an educated electorate which is able to eliminate tyranny at the ballot box?

How could we so quickly become a nation where courts support unlawful foreclosures in favor of banksters who wear as badges and with pride in their unlawful activities, knowing they will receive no punishment?  How could America’s government become so perverted that it didn’t inspect for many years an abortion clinic that was slicing the necks of newborns that hadn’t died in abortion attempts so the spine could be clipped in two and the living infant would die a very painful death?

How did we become a nation whose government apparently doesn’t know how to tell the truth and which still hasn’t learned that making a mistake is bad (especially when perpetrating an unlawful act), but that covering up a Benghazi-sized mistake is disastrous?

When did the Department of Justice become corrupted to the point it was okay to deliver guns to drug cartels across the American/Mexican border that would result in the deaths of thousands of people from both nations?  When did the Constitution of the United States become so insignificant to the Department of Justice that the Attorney General felt safe gathering telephone records of 100 Associated Press reporters?  

When did the USA become the USSA?  When did it become OK to classify a citizen as a terrorist for merely exercising what used to be the right to disagree with government policy?  

So, what happened?  I’ll tell you what happened: because we as a people no longer have a moral compass, we as a nation no longer have a moral compass.   Having a moral compass, you see, doesn’t just involve becoming informed.  It means doing something to right the wrongs.   

HOLDER: Serial liar



Remember the “voter intimidation” thing by the New Black Panther Party?

This is not the first time Holder has “misled” Congress. Documents obtained in 2012 by Judicial Watch, pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, revealed that top political appointees at the DOJ were intimately involved in the decision to drop the voter intimidation lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party (NBPP). That information conflicts with Holder’s testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies on March 1, 2011. “The decisions made in the New Black Panther Party case were made by career attorneys in the department. And beyond that, you know, if we’re going to look at the record, let’s look at it in its totality,” Holder contended.

The DOJ had initially refused to turn over the documents, contending they didn’t show “any political interference whatsoever.” Judge Reggie B. Walton in Washington, D.C. District Court disagreed. Allowing the release of the documents on July 23, 2012, he declared that they “reveal that political appointees within DOJ were conferring about the status and resolution of the New Black Panther Party case in the days preceding the DOJ’s dismissal of claims in that case[.]”

Sworn testimony given by Holder during the Fast and Furious gun running scandal was even more suspect. On May 3, 2011, he told a Judiciary Committee he had only recently learned about the operation. “I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks,” he told Committee Chairman Darryl Issa (R-CA). Yet internal DOJ documents obtained by CBS News the following October revealed that Holder had been sent briefings on the operation as early as 2010. For that statement, as well as his stonewalling of the investigation—aided and abetted by an executive order issued by President Obama preventing critical documents from being released—Holder earned a contempt of Congress citation in June 2012.

UPDATE.....4 June 2013


Here is a list of some of the scandals Eric Holder has been a part of:
  • His most recent scandal is from his department's highly controversial move to secretly obtain phone records of AP reporters and editors as part of a leak investigation. Of course he denies involvement just like all of his other scandals.
  • Shortly thereafter, reports began to surface that the Justice Department, in addition to seizing telephone and email records of Associated Press reporters, had seized the emails and phone records of Fox News correspondent James Rosen
  • The Obama Administration steered the IRS to hassle conservative groups and delay them (for up to 3 years!) from obtaining tax exempt status for their organizations.
  • Holder's Department of Justice was involved in the Benghazi cover up that left 4 Americans dead. There was no effort to save them and the Administration misled the public for months while they were still campaigning for the recent Presidential election.
  • Obstructed the investigation of operation 'Fast and Furious' which got Border Patrol Officer Brian Terry killed. He destroyed thousands of documents related to the operation. He said he found out about the operation in early 2011 when it was actually May of 2010.
  • He was the first Attorney General to ever be held in Contempt of Court by the House of Representatives for sabotaging the 'Fast and Furious' investigation.
  • Personally stopped states from implementing voter ID laws because he says they are racist.
  • Had charges dropped against the Black Panthers who were arrested for intimidating voters with clubs and other weapons outside polling locations in 2008.

 


NEVER FORGET BENGHAZI



Yes, Benghazi still matters, and no, it’s NOT just a bump in the road.

On September 11, 2012 the American consulate in Benghazi was attacked. In subsequent fighting United States Ambassador, Chris Stevens, and fellow countrymen Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods were murdered. Recent congressional testimony from top cabinet officials and President Obama’s Chief of Staff have shed little light on our Commander in Chief’s specific whereabouts or actions during 7 ½ hours of the 8 hour assault.
We’ve learned he attended a previously arranged, 30 minute meeting, with Defense Secretary Panetta and Joint Chief’s Chair, General Dempsey. That half hour was the extent of their contact with the president. He did not so much as call them, even as the strike raged on.
White House Chief, Jack Lew’s sworn statements shed no additional light on just what Obama was doing during those awful 8 hours. What we do know, however, is during approximately 450 minutes of a national security, life and death crisis, President Obama’s activities remain a complete mystery.




The Cover of TIME

Here is my suggestion for the cover of TIME Magazine.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

ERIC HOLDER MUST GO



Do you ever wonder how Obama gets away with the most outrageous acts ever perpetrated by a sitting president with barely a nick to his reputation?  
Did you scratch your head when not a single Justice Department or ATF official went to jail for sending hundreds of guns over the border to Mexican drug lords with the expressed purpose of fomenting violent crime?  Do you really think high ranking government officials are going to be held accountable for the now blazing Benghazi scandals?

If these and other questions like them have been bothering you for the past few years, I have a simple answer that explains how Obama and his liberal associates in government have gotten away with all the above and more: Attorney General Eric Holder will never, ever appoint a special counsel to investigate any crime even remotely connected to this administration.

It really is that simple. In fact, Holder practically admitted as much when he was questioned by Breitbart reporters as to whether he was going to appoint a special counsel to scrutinize Benghazi. His one word answer: “No”.

Holder may be corrupt, but he is no one’s fool. He knows that as soon as he appoints an independent prosecutor with subpoena power who can question witnesses under oath, and threaten them with jail time if they don’t answer truthfully, any resulting investigation could not only lead directly to himself and other high ranking officials at the DOJ, but could take down the State Department, White House and the rest of the Obama administration that seems to be overflowing with corruption.

It used to be that Congress could appoint its own special counsel to investigate crimes by the federal government, but in 1999 that power was reassigned to the Department of Justice.  Considering Holder has made a career of ignoring blatant abuses of power by the Obama administration, including scandals like the illegal firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin and the EPA’s use of fake email accounts to get around FOIA laws, the likelihood of the Attorney General initiating an investigation of Fast and Furious, which he is personally involved in up to his eyeballs, or the use of the IRS to intimidate political opponents, or any scandal this administration is involved in, is so miniscule as to not even be worthy of consideration.

Fast and Furious Scandal

Even though it boggles the mind that Fast and Furious was run out of a local office without the cooperation of high ranking officials, including those close to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Holder and the White House, who are the only ones with the requisite power to approve of such an audacious international operation, so far the blame has been pinned on low ranking prosecutors at the Phoenix DOJ office.

When Attorney General Eric Holder responded to the House committee on Fast and Furious by comparing those hearings to the hearings conducted by Senator Joe McCarthy in the 1950s on communists in government, the press was delighted.

“Have you no shame,” cried Holder in mock righteousness, displaying that the administration has neither shame nor a responsible adult in charge.

His tone was a bit more mature once press reporters found out that they weren’t just allies of the plutocracy, but targets as well.

Holder went from mock righteousness to mock ignorance as he stood before the House committee investigating why his department decided to spy on press reporters, saying:
·      "I was not the person involved in that decision,"
·      "I am not familiar with the reasons why the subpoena was constructed in the way that it was because I'm simply not a part of the case."
·      "I do not know, however, with regard to this particular case, why that was or was not done."
·      "I simply do not have a factual basis for answering that question."
·      "Again, Mr. Chairman, I don't know."
·      "I assume he was, but I don't know."
·      "I don't know what has happened in this matter."
·      “This is both an ongoing matter and an ongoing matter about which I know nothing.”
"The thing is, if we don't get to the bottom of this -- and that requires your assistance on that,” Sensenbrenner warned Holder on Fast and Furious, “there is only one alternative that Congress has and it is called impeachment.

The IRS scandal

The investigation of the IRS by the IRS determined that two low ranking “rogue” officials in the Cincinnati office were solely responsible for the persecution of Tea Party and other conservative linked groups.  

Even though there is a boatload of evidence pointing towards the involvement of IRS officials in Washington and elsewhere, because Holder won’t appoint a special counsel to get to the truth, no high ranking official will ever be held accountable. As for the low ranking bureaucrats who take the fall? As long as they keep quiet they will no doubt be quietly reassigned to different government jobs at a later date.

“Because Attorney General Holder has so egregiously violated the public trust, the president should ask for his immediate resignation,” he went on.

Priebus said that if Obama fails to right the wrong by eliminating Holder, the President heading “the most transparent Administration in history” will send a clear — if damning — message to Americans.

“If President Obama does not, the message will be unmistakable: The president of the United States believes his administration is above the Constitution and does not respect the role of a free press,” the RNC chief concluded.


The Fox News reporter (James Rosen) sandal
http://www.humanevents.com/2013/05/24/end-of-the-line-for-eric-holder/


THE SOLUTION
The best option to get to the bottom of all the many scandals is for Congress to take a page out of the Nixon playbook.  Like Obama, President Nixon wasn’t keen on having a special prosecutor poking around his affairs.  Following the linking of the Watergate burglars to White House officials, the U.S. Senate refused to confirm Nixon’s appointment of Elliot Richardson as Attorney General until he agreed to authorize a special prosecutor.  Nixon eventually caved to the Senate’s demand and the rest is history.

Step one should be to impeach Holder and put him in prison where he belongs, then the Senate should put an immediate hold on all further nominations by Obama until he agrees to appoint special counsels to investigate Fast and Furious and the IRS.  While it is unlikely that Democrats will support this measure, Republicans have more than enough votes to filibuster any future appointments by the White House.  Considering that several of the current scandals are of such a grievous nature not only to the victims, but to the rule of law, to do anything less would be a crime.


UPDATE...4 June 2013


Here is a list of some of the scandals Eric Holder has been a part of:
  • His most recent scandal is from his department's highly controversial move to secretly obtain phone records of AP reporters and editors as part of a leak investigation. Of course he denies involvement just like all of his other scandals.
  • Shortly thereafter, reports began to surface that the Justice Department, in addition to seizing telephone and email records of Associated Press reporters, had seized the emails and phone records of Fox News correspondent James Rosen
  • The Obama Administration steered the IRS to hassle conservative groups and delay them (for up to 3 years!) from obtaining tax exempt status for their organizations.
  • Holder's Department of Justice was involved in the Benghazi cover up that left 4 Americans dead. There was no effort to save them and the Administration misled the public for months while they were still campaigning for the recent Presidential election.
  • Obstructed the investigation of operation 'Fast and Furious' which got Border Patrol Officer Brian Terry killed. He destroyed thousands of documents related to the operation. He said he found out about the operation in early 2011 when it was actually May of 2010.
  • He was the first Attorney General to ever be held in Contempt of Court by the House of Representatives for sabotaging the 'Fast and Furious' investigation.
  • Personally stopped states from implementing voter ID laws because he says they are racist.
  • Had charges dropped against the Black Panthers who were arrested for intimidating voters with clubs and other weapons outside polling locations in 2008.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW.



Every since Al Gore first uttered the words “global warming” I have been telling EVERYBODY it’s all a big hoax.
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW.  There has been no global warming since 1999 but that doesn’t stop the alarmists from using it to control us and our money. Global warming is used to eliminate fossil fuels, control all resources, and pour money into the lucrative and often corrupt green energy sector.

Al Gore has made a fortune off global warming, which is now called climate change since the earth is no longer warming.

Gore’s faux global warming movie – An Inconvenient Truth – isn’t shown in Britain’s schools unless the many factual errors are pointed out.  (Al was a finance major – he is no scientist)

Joe Bastardi, who is actually a meteorologist, said that the weather now replicates the weather pattern in the 1950′s.

SEE VIDEO HERE:

WHY IS HE THE PRESIDENT?



The president who doesn’t know; the government that can’t be managed

By Herman Cain  (yes, THAT Herman Cain)

A self-serving politician’s first instinct when scandal arises is to assert he knew nothing about what was going on. Barack Obama is about as self-serving as they come, so it’s no surprise he’s making an art form out of the claim that he hears about these things on the news, just as we’re hearing about them.

This is usually where someone like me, who has experience as the CEO of a large company, will point out that an effective executive has to be aware of what’s going on in his own organization. After all, if anything is your job, it’s to make sure things are running smoothly and scandalous activities do not occur. If you can’t do that, exactly how good a leader are we supposed to think you are?

And when people like me say this, political types like David Axelrod will respond that the federal government is simply too vast for any one man to know everything that’s happening in it.

Well, one cheer for Mr. Axelrod for speaking that truth. But since he has, let’s be honest about what a problem this really is, and how people like himself and Barack Obama have helped to create the problem.

The day Obama took office, I knew his executive leadership strategy was trouble. Ideally, an effective executive should have maybe three or four high-level people reporting to him directly. The most exceptionally talented CEOs might be able to handle seven direct reports.

When Obama entered the White House, with no executive management experience of any kind, he not only found himself with 15 cabinet-level secretaries and another eight cabinet-level officers, but his decision to appoint a variety of “czars” and other high-level political and administrative personnel left him with 65 people reporting to him directly.
Sixty-five!

And remember, this was a man who had never managed anything in his life. It was a recipe for utter dysfunction, and that is exactly how things have turned out.

One of the stories we hear about the IRS scandal is that Obama’s White House Counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, knew about the scandal for weeks and didn’t bother to inform the president. This, we’re told, is supposed to be some sort of defense of Obama. See? He didn’t know!

As is so often the case in these situations, it’s hard to see if Ruemmler’s claim is believable or just an attempt to protect the boss. The same can be said for Lois Lerner’s invocation of the Fifth Amendment in refusing to answer questions from Congress on the matter. Is she protecting herself, or protecting Obama?

But either way, the world of political consultants and pundits might see Obama’s ignorance as a point in his defense, but the world that understands real leadership certainly does not. The federal government is without question a massive organization that’s very difficult to manage effectively, but a truly skilled executive would at least put in place a leadership structure that would ensure policies are understood and accountability to those policies is enforced. That could be done, if the right person were doing it.

Barack Obama is not the right person, and his lack of management skill and experience is only one reason. An even bigger reason is that a government responsive and accountable to the people is not his agenda. Ideologically, he seeks a massive government that excels at self-perpetuation, which is why spying on the news media, harassing conservative political groups and denying the truth about terrorist attacks is in its nature. Obama may or may not have directed these behaviors, but everyone in the government knows these behaviors serve the interests of the boss, who is all about keeping the government big and powerful and shielded from accountability.

Especially at the top. He didn’t know. He heard it on the news, just like you did. There’s your leader, my fellow Americans. It’s not his fault because it can’t be his fault, because he can’t be expected to manage the government effectively.

So then why is he the president? Obviously not so we can get top-quality executive leadership out of the White House. But when things go wrong – and a lot is going wrong these days – he’s very good at letting you know that he didn’t know.
Herman Cain’s column is distributed by CainTV, which can be found at caintv.com

STUPID



HERE’S AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE

From The Weekly Standard – By P.J. O’Rourke

May 27, 2013 9:01 AM

Stupid

“You’re stupid,” is not something even his most severe critics usually say to President Barack Obama. But on Friday morning I picked up the Wall Street Journal and learned that the president had given a speech about the war on terror saying, “This war, like all wars, must end.”

That story was at the top of the front page. Immediately below was a photograph of flowers being laid at a makeshift memorial near the Woolwich Royal Arsenal where machine gunner Lee Rigby was hacked to death by terrorists.

This war, like all wars, must end when someone wins it. The president—speaking at the National Defense University, of all places—said, “the core of al Qaeda . . . is on the path to defeat.” And so it may be. But meanwhile, the core of al Qaeda, its aims and its beliefs, is also on the path to Boston and London and any number of other places.

On page 7 of Friday’s Journal was the headline, “Suicide Bombings in Niger Linked to Mali Islamist Group.” On page 9 was a report of terrorist Hezbollah militias aiding the terrorist Assad regime in attacking the rebel-held Syrian city of Qusayr where the rebels themselves are allied with yet more Islamic terrorists. And on pages 4 and 8 were more bad tidings from that perpetrator, abettor, and friend of terrorism, Iran. Iranian fundamentalists, in the chokehold they have on the country’s political system, are improving their grip. And, “according to current and former U.S. officials,” Iran has “escalated a campaign of cyber-assaults against U.S. corporations. . . . The hackers were able to gain access to control-system software that could allow them to manipulate oil or gas pipelines.”
All that on a slow news day.

In 2001 Congress passed the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, a declaration of war on terrorists and nations that harbor them. In his speech the president said, “I look forward to engaging . . . in efforts to refine and ultimately repeal the AUMF’s mandate.”

I like the president’s use of the word “efforts” here, as though he’s merely trying to be stupid. He doesn’t need to try. Earlier in the week he signed new policy guidance for drone strikes. In the future we will use lethal drones only on terrorists who are a “continuing and imminent threat to the American people” and not on terrorists who are a “significant threat to U.S. interests.” Although, assuming tremendously stupid efforts will be made to tell the two kinds of terrorists apart, maybe I’m wrong about the president not needing to try. The policy guidance also stipulates that there “must be a near certainty” that civilians won’t be killed or injured in a drone strike. Imagine how stupid a WWII Army Air Corps briefing officer would have had to be to say that to his B-17 pilots.

Maybe we pundits don’t tell President Obama, “You’re stupid,” because we are proudly showing off our sensitivity to the negative stereotypes that hurtful language engenders in a way that we didn’t feel was necessary when we were telling Ronald Reagan, George Bush and George W. Bush, “You’re stupid,” even though actors, WASPs, and Texans are burdened with their fair share of negative lamebrain stereotypes.

More likely it’s because we pundits prize signs of intelligence. We take every opportunity to display our own signs, and President Obama exhibits the same wordy, wonky, academic intelligence indicators that we do, so we don’t call him stupid.

As if the two things were mutually exclusive. I know quite a few fellow members of the news analysis and commentary business, and I have it from the highest-placed sources, on the record, that each and every one of our children is a genius. And yet, if we pundits were to gather together our sons and daughters, during their teenage years, and close them for a night in a dimly lit room full of beer and drugs and comfy futons, I can assure you that evidence of stupidity would be found the next morning.

But the most likely reason that we don’t call President Obama stupid is that it’s such a cul-de-sac of a word. Stupid gives the pundit nothing to perform punditry upon. Call a man ignorant and you have license to show the world your vast fund of knowledge and wise him up. Call a man misguided and you transform your column or blog post or TV appearance into a valuable and beneficent German shepherd with a handle on its back and you lead the poor soul in his blindness. Call a man, best of all, wicked and you get to don the sacramental vestments, climb into the pulpit and thunder forth with such a sermon as to bring him weeping to the font of righteousness or cause the Lord God Almighty to strike him with a thunderbolt in his pew or something fun like that. But call a man stupid and . . . there it is.

And there it is: Dopey stimulus, obtuse bailout, noodle-headed Obamacare, half-wit Dodd-Frank, damfool IRS Tea Party crashers, AP and Fox News beset by oafish peeping Toms and the Benghazi tale told by an idiot. One could go on. Stupid is a great force in human affairs. And the great force has a commander in chief.

P.J. O'Rourke is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard.

REMEMBER THAT GIBSON GUITAR RAID?



That raid by the Feds on Gibson Guitar is making a lot more sense now.    



Sunday, May 26, 2013

THIS BETTER NOT BE TRUE!



All I can say about this is “it better not be true”.  We won’t stand for this kind of CRAP in Oklahoma.

I just read this on the internet.

Teacher Fired for Praying in School During Oklahoma Tornado

(PP)- Friday a teacher working at an Oklahoma school hit hard by a devastating tornado this week was fired after admitting she had prayed out loud during the horrific event, and that a complaint was filed by an atheist family of a kindergarten student who was offended by the Christian prayer.

Paulina Trumble, 52, a twenty three year veteran educator at Briarwood Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma knew she was in trouble the moment the cyclone passed after realizing she had uttered out loud a prayer to the Almighty, violating  strict separation of church and state laws.

“In a moment when I believed we were all going to die I naturally sought comfort from the only place I knew,” said Trumble.

“I know prayer is strictly forbidden in classrooms, and the students know that too, but I’m only human and in the face of such terror I did break the rules. I’m sorry if I offended anyone or violated their civil rights.”

The family, who’s name is being kept anonymous for their own protection, filed the complaint with the school through an ACLU attorney even though the teacher was responsible for saving the life of their six year old child.

“Saving the life of my client’s child was Ms. Trumble’s responsibility and is to be expected,” said ACLU attorney Donald Ambulachasky. “Unfortunately, it is also a teacher’s responsibility to keep God out of the classroom and on that count Ms. Trumble failed miserably. It doesn’t matter the circumstances…. the law is the law, and someone must pay.”

School officials could not be reached for comment because the school was destroyed and they have no available telephones or computers to receive or return a message.

The Palookaville Post has learned that for some politically correct reason, President Barack Hussein Obama will not be penalized for invoking the name of the Almighty during an official government speech asking for fellow Americans to keep the people of Oklahoma in their thoughts and prayers.
Perhaps circumstances do matter. Perhaps there are exemptions for liberal politicians to inject faith into the public square, such as using it to bash religious conservatives, or when it makes them look compassionate in a speech.



So glad to find out it’s NOT true


WATCH THIS VIDEO…PLEASE



It happens in China routinely. It frequently happened in the old Soviet Union. Undoubtedly in North Korea, although generally there’s no one around to witness it.
But in the United States? It happens here, too, apparently.

A lawsuit has been filed by officials with the Rutherford Institute on behalf of a Marine who was jailed and held for the comments he made on Facebook – comments that expressed a dissatisfaction with the present direction of the U.S. government.

WATCH THIS VIDEO…PLEASE


Saturday, May 25, 2013

IT JUST KEEPS GETTING WORSE



Did Obama Bully Roberts Into Upholding Obamacare?

Was Supreme Court John Roberts intimidated by President Obama and his allies into writing a startling, incomprehensible opinion that preserved Obama’s signature achievement as president?

Is it possible that the august corridors of the Supreme Court were trampled by Chicago-style political tactics, that the Constitution was shredded by the dog-eared playbook of bullying activist Saul Alinsky, the guiding light of Obama’s political operation?

It All Makes Sense Now With IRS and AP Scandals



THE NEW IMMIGRATION BILL




This previously deported illegal alien hit and killed a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy while driving drunk.  Andres Munos-Munos, 23, was charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of Sgt. Dwayne Polk. He ran a red light and there were no skid marks. He never tried to stop.   The deputy died at the scene.

Records show he was arrested on June 10, 2012 for driving while intoxicated. He also was charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon.  Both of these charges were misdemeanors.   He was deported in July 2012, but later returned to the U.S.

 Under the Gang of Eight immigration bill, Andres would probably have been allowed to stay in the United States and would have been eligible for a path to citizenship if no serious felonies appeared in his record.

The immigration bill allows three misdemeanors and in some cases, a felony, to be excluded when considering if an immigrant is eligible for legal status. Under the immigration bill the DHS and USDA Secretaries can arbitrarily waive all prior background issues and allow illegal aliens “legal status” and citizenship, even for Mr. Munos if they wanted.

HOW DO YOU LIKE THE BILL NOW?

Friday, May 24, 2013

DID SHE TAKE THE 5th OR NOT?



It is now a matter of public record that career bureaucrat Lois Lerner, director of the IRS tax-exempt organization division targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny, leaving some of them on hold for as long as three years.

Lerner is the self-important bureaucrat that used the same kind of harassment tactics against Christians, subjecting them to inappropriate religious inquires when she headed up the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

“Lerner was appointed head of the FEC’s enforcement division in 1986 and stayed in that position until 2001.  In the late 1990s, the FEC launched an onerous investigation of the Christian Coalition, ultimately costing the organization hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless hours in lost work.  The investigation was notable because the FEC alleged that the Christian Coalition was coordinating issue advocacy expenditures with a number of candidates for office.  Aside from lacking proof this was happening, it was an open question whether the FEC had the authority to bring these charges.” (Weekly standard, May 20, 2013).

“Under the direction of Lois Lerner, the Federal Election Commission sued the Christian Coalition in the 1990s.  She harassed the Christian Coalition for three election cycles.  She lost her case. 
Before it was all over, she asked one conservative during the case if Pat Robertson prayed over him. (Gateway Pundit, May 22, 2013)

In trademark arrogant Obama style, Lerner refused to answer questions before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee yesterday: She read an opening statement proclaiming her innocence, and then said “I will not answer any questions or testify today,” before Committee Chairman Darrell Issa shockingly dismissed her.

In spite of her arrogance and her public blindsiding of Issa’s committee, yesterday’s appearance should be recognized for what it was: Lois Lerner’s third straight defeat.  Lerner lost the case against the Christian Coalition; a decade later proved she had zero effect on the power of patriots in the Tea Party Movement and yesterday lost face in provable scandals that will follow her the rest of her days.
In other words, with all the might of the IRS at her fingertips, Lois Lerner is a loser.

The fact that she testified before asserting her fifth amendment rights (by reading an opening statement) may have voided that right.   The fact that she reiterated some of the same answers she gave the inspector general during his investigation prompted the panel’s chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to remark, “At this point, I believe you have not asserted your rights, but have effectively waived your rights.”

Now the big question is: Did she?
Like many legal questions, it depends on whom you ask. Stanley M. Brand, who has represented several clients that have faced congressional scrutiny, wrote in an e-mail he did not believe she provided “a waiver” for lawmakers to ask her questions by broaching the subject of her division’s activities before invoking the Fifth Amendment.

“The question would be whether she made statements about the factual substance of the subject, but courts will be loath to divest someone of their rights absent a clear and unequivocal waiver,” Brand wrote.

Brand raises a key point—in order to compel Lerner to testify, Congress would have to hold her in contempt.

In certain circumstances, Lerner’s detailed opening statement could be interpreted as a “subject matter waiver,” meaning she had made factual statements about the case that then opened the door for the committee to ask her for further details.

But to do that they would have to hold her in contempt, and get a judge to rule in favor of it.
Lerner’s lawyer, William W. Taylor, adamantly disagreed. “The law is clear that a witness does not waive her Fifth Amendment rights not to testify as to facts by asserting that she is innocent of the wrongdoing with which she is accused,” he wrote in an e-mail.

In an interview, Taylor said Lerner’s comments—which gave a thumbnail sketch of her division’s operation and the two investigations it has spurred in the offices of the Treasury inspector general and FBI — didn’t delve into the facts. “It simply said, ‘This is what you guys accused me of, I’m not guilty of it.’”

Still, Issa made it clear Wednesday afternoon he may summon Lerner again to respond to lawmakers’ inquiries. “I am looking into the possibility of re-calling her and insisting she answer questions in light of a waiver,” he told his colleagues. “For that reason, and with your understanding and indulgence, this hearing stands in recess, not adjourned.”

Taylor said he had not engaged in a discussion with Issa’s staff about a possible grant of limited immunity in exchange for Lerner testifying.

Regardless of the legal niceties surrounding Lerner’s invocation of the Fifth, Brand wrote that it’s always a good idea to keep one’s opening remarks short under such circumstances.

“As a matter of advice,” he wrote, “I advise witnesses to restrict themselves in asserting the privilege and reserve any additional comments to those outside the congressional proceeding.”


Holder to investigate Holder…HUH?




I cannot believe the things happening in this country.
Why the hell doesn’t congress just impeach Holder and remove him from office?   Then they could block all of Obama’s appointments until a special prosecutor is appointed.   That’s how they handled the investigation of the Richard Nixon administration.     



What’s the big deal with the IRS scandal?



I’ve been hearing, and reading on the internet lately, a lot of remarks about what a waste of time and resources it is to investigate the IRS. 
Remarks like “no real harm was done”  “It was the logical thing to do” “The Republicans probably did it too” etc. 
   
Well, for starters, this is no ordinary scandal and the deeper congress digs into it, the worse it gets.  This is the very definition of everything America is NOT SUPPOSE TO BE.   This is Gambino crime family criminal behavior.   How can anyone not be concerned learning that America is being run by a gangster government, the Obama crime family?    

I would like to remind everyone who believes it’s not a big deal, this is the SAME IRS that will be in charge of YOUR healthcare. 
 
Will this same IRS (or any government bureaucracy for that matter) that targeted and persecuted conservatives, GOP donors, Tea Party groups, pro-Israel Jewish groups, Christian groups, pro-life groups and outspoken critics of the President (like me), now use Obamacare to deny us medical care?   Will these same thugs use the process to frustrate, intimidate or slow it down just long enough to allow us to die?

Think I’m kidding, or Exaggerating, or paranoid?   Maybe you don’t know that the IRS official who targeted and persecuted conservatives is the EXACT same executive assigned to oversee the IRS office of Obamacare.  This couldn’t happen in a fictional horror movie without media critics charging it’s absurd and unrealistic.

This is the same IRS that asked questions such as:
  • What books do your members read?
  • What is the content of the prayers of your members?
  • Please send us all your Facebook posts.
  • Send us the list of your donors.
Now, it’s in charge of YOUR healthcare.

Before granting approval for expensive medical treatment, will we be asked what groups we belong to, what books we read and what is the content of our prayers?  Will they look at our Facebook postings before deciding if we’re worthy of receiving expensive medical care?

Just as the groups who dared to teach American citizens about the U.S. Constitution were targeted and denied tax-exempt status, will those of us who dare to believe in the U.S. Constitution be denied the healthcare we need to save our lives?

Are you aware the IRS shared confidential tax information of conservative organizations with their liberal opposition?  It now appears they shared Romney’s confidential tax information with Obama’s Presidential campaign co-chairman.  With the IRS in charge of Obamacare, will the confidential medical records of GOP candidates now be shared with their Democratic opponents?

I am not suggesting that the IRS is the only corrupt bureaucracy in this administration, but THEY have the power to play politics with your medical care, the same way they used the power of the IRS to bleed the finances of Obama’s critics.
They will:
  • Slow pay your bills.
  • Repeatedly lose your medical requests or bills.
  • Deny permission just long enough that you’ll be denied your chance to live.
  • Compound your illness by adding frustration and stress, thereby cutting years off your life.
  • Approve only 50 percent of your bills for cancer treatment, while paying 100 percent for Obama donors.
Or maybe they’ll just extort Obama’s enemies by offering to pay for the medical care you need, as long as you never appear again on FOX News or conservative talk radio.

Then, there’s the Associated Press scandal. It’s clear the media better stay in line. Write a story that Obama doesn’t appreciate, and you’ll soon find your medical care denied or delayed by the Obama crime family, too.

Do you STILL think it’s not a big deal?  Well, I have one more thing.

The liberal media laughed when conservatives warned about “death panels” manned by government bureaucrats deciding whether you get the treatment you need to live or die. They accused us of paranoia and conspiracy theorists.   Well, in case you haven’t heard, we now have death panels.    Now we must fear being TARGETED by death panels.




THE IRS IS STONEWALLING



"I don't know." "I don't remember." "I'm not familiar with that detail." "It's not my precise area." "I'm not familiar with that letter."

These are quotes from the Internal Revenue Service officials who testified this week before the House and Senate. That is the authentic sound of stonewalling, and from the kind of people who run Washington in the modern age—smooth, highly credentialed and unaccountable. They're surrounded by legal and employment protections, they know how to parse a careful response, they know how to blur the essential point of a question in a blizzard of unconnected factoids. They came across as people arrogant enough to target Americans for abuse and harassment and think they'd get away with it.

So what did we learn the past week, and what are the essentials to keep in mind?
We learned the people who ran and run the IRS are not going to help Congress find out what happened in the IRS. We know we haven't gotten near the bottom of the political corruption of that agency. We do not know who ordered the targeting of conservative groups and individuals, or why, or exactly when it began. We don't know who executed the orders or directives. We do not know the full scope or extent of the scandal. We don't know, for instance, how many applicants for tax-exempt status were abused.

We know the IRS commissioner wasn't telling the truth in March 2012, when he testified: "There's absolutely no targeting." We have learned the Lois Lerner lied when she claimed she had spontaneously admitted the targeting in a Q-and-A at a Washington meeting. It was part of a spin operation in which she'd planted the question with a friend. We know the tax-exempt bureau Ms. Lerner ran did not simply make mistakes because it was overwhelmed with requests—the targeting began before a surge in applications. And Ms. Lerner did not learn about the targeting in 2012—the IRS audit timeline shows she was briefed in June 2011. She said the targeting was the work of rogue agents in the Cincinnati office. But the Washington Post spoke to an IRS worker there, who said: "Everything comes from the top."

We know that Lois Lerner this week announced she'd done nothing wrong, and then took the Fifth.
And we know Jay Leno, grown interestingly fearless, said of the new IRS commissioner, "They're called 'acting commissioner' because you have to act like the scandal doesn't involve the White House."


READ MORE HERE:  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323475304578501581991103070.html#printMode


PAID VACATION FOR IRS LADY



“I Plead the Fifth” IRS Lady Has Been Given a Paid Vacation.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service official who led the unit that targeted tea party groups and publicly disclosed the activity has been replaced, making her the third top IRS official moved aside since the episode was revealed two weeks ago.

Lois Lerner was put on administrative leave (with full pay of course) on Thursday, said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and two congressional aides.



YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK



IRS Secretary Arrested for Racking Up $8,515 of Personal Items on Agency Credit Card


You must read this one.



No news reports have mentioned this information.
THIS PART YOU DON'T KNOW, BUT SHOULD.
AMERICAN VALOR, BENGHAZI, LIBYA:

The stunning part of this story is that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty killed 60 of the attacking force. Once the compound was overrun, the attackers were incensed to discover that just two men had inflicted so much death and destruction. 

The news has been full of the attacks on our embassies throughout the Muslim world, and in particular, the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others in Benghazi, Libya. However, there’s a little known story of incredible bravery, heroics, and courage that should be the top story.

So what actually happened at the U.S. embassy in Libya? We are learning more about this every day. Ambassador Stevens and Foreign Service officer Sean Smith, along with administrative staff, were working out of temporary quarters due to the fact that in the spring of 2011 during the so-called Arab Spring, the United States cut ties with then president Moammar Gadhafi. Our embassy was looted and ransacked, causing it to be unusable. It is still in a state of disrepair. 

Security for embassies and their personnel is to be provided by the host nation. Since Libya has gone through a civil war of sorts in the past 18 months, the current government is very unstable, and therefore, unreliable. 

A well-organized attack by radical Muslims was planned specifically targeting the temporary U.S. embassy building. The Libyan security force that was in place to protect our people deserted their post, or joined the attacking force. Either way, our people were in a real fix. And it should be noted that Ambassador Stevens had mentioned on more than one occasion to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that he was quite concerned for his personal safety and the welfare of his people. It is thought that Ambassador Stevens was on a “hit list.”

A short distance from the American compound, two Americans were sleeping. They were in Libya as independent contractors working an assignment totally unrelated to our embassy. They also happened to be former Navy Seals.

When they heard the noise coming from the attack on our embassy, as you would expect from highly trained warriors, they ran to the fight. Apparently, they had no weapons, but seeing the Libyan guards dropping their guns in their haste in fleeing the scene, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty snatched up several of these discarded weapons and prepared to defend the American compound. 
  
Not knowing exactly what was taking place, the two Seals set up a defensive perimeter. Unfortunately Ambassador Stevens was already gravely injured, and Foreign Service officer, Sean Smith, was dead. However, due to their quick action and suppressive fire, twenty administrative personnel in the embassy were able to escape to safety. Eventually, these two courageous men were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers brought against them, an enemy force numbering between 100 to 200 attackers which came in two waves. But the stunning part of the story is that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty killed 60 of the attacking force. Once the compound was overrun, the attackers were incensed to discover that just two men had inflicted so much death and destruction.
  
As it became apparent to these selfless heroes, they were definitely going to Lose their lives unless some reinforcements showed up in a hurry. As we know now, that was not to be. I’m fairly certain they knew they were going to die in this gun fight, but not before they took a whole lot of bad guys with them! 

Consider these tenets of the Navy SEAL Code:
1) Loyalty to Country, Team and Teammate,
2) Serve with Honor and Integrity On and Off the Battlefield,
3) Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit,
4) Take responsibility for your actions and the actions of your teammates,
5) Excel as Warriors through Discipline and Innovation,
6) Train for War, Fight to Win, Defeat our Nation’s Enemies, and...
7) Earn your Trident every day

Thank you, Tyrone and Glen. To the very last breath, you both lived up to the SEAL Code. You served all of us well. You were courageous in the face of certain death.
And Tyrone, even though you never got to hold your newborn son, he will grow up knowing the character and quality of his father, a man among men who sacrificed himself defending others.

Dr. Charles R. Roots
Senior Pastor
Former Staff Sergeant,
USMC Captain,
U. S. Navy Chaplain Corps (Ret.)

This should be passed on and on and on.

 NO TRUE AMERICAN WOULD OBJECT TO RECEIVING THIS MORE THAN ONCE ... SO PASS IT ON

And Let us never forget the Hillary Clinton Comment 
“What Difference Does It Make?”