Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey Thrashes Holder For Pursuing Criminal Action Against CIA Employees

Last week,  President Gutsy  thanked the CIA for helping him get Bin Laden.

Meanwhile Attorney General Eric Holder is pursuing criminal action against CIA employees involved in the enhanced interrogation techniques that helped lead us to Bin Laden. Former Attorney General Mukasey calls Holder’s decision to reopen the cases as “unconscionable” – a “demoralizing” decision that will have a stifling effect on intelligence gathering.

Rob Bluey at The Heritage Foundation interviewed Mukasey about this outrage:

Following a speech at The Heritage Foundation, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey called Holder’s handling of matter “absolutely outrageous.” He said the cases involving CIA employees were settled by career prosecutors who determined the prosecutions should not go forward.

“The current attorney general, when he took office, without reading the memos, directed that those investigations be reopened,” Mukasey said. “I think that was an unconscionable thing to do — not only to the people involved, but also to the agency, which is demoralized by something like that. People were essentially told they can’t rely on opinions of the Justice Department.”

Mukasey added that Holder’s actions against the CIA operatives would stifle intelligence gathering by the United States.

“Regardless of the ultimate outcome, it’s going to do no good and demoralize that agency for a long time,” he said. “We’ve gone through these cycles before in which agency operatives go out on a limb and do things to help protect us and then are criticized for it. And we suffer for years afterward. I’m sad to say I think that’s going to happen this time, too.”

Mukasey was at Heritage to talk about the expiration of the PATRIOT Act and the action in Congress this week to extend it for four years. He addressed the importance of the law and explained why it protects civil liberties.

Earlier this month Mukasey appeared on Fox to discuss just how valuable those enhanced interrogations were:

“Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who had a trove of information,  cracked like a damn, and when that damn broke, he disclosed enormous amounts of information that stopped ongoing projects that they had, and disclosed a lot of information, including some of the information that was part of the trail that led eventually to Bin Laden…”

Wasserman Schultz Wants Republicans To Pledge Not To Use Israel As A Campaign Issue.

Oh we promise – pinkie swears:

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday met with representative delegates of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) and the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC). But while the meeting was meant to shore up bipartisan support for Israel from American Jewish political organizations, it quickly became a partisan bickering match, with the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Debbie Wasserman Schultz, using the platform to tell Republican Jews to stop doing what they’re doing.

The RJC used their opening remarks to say that now was a historical time for the future of the Middle East, and to thank Prime Minister Netanyahu for meeting with them. But while the NJDC’s chairman said essentially the same thing, he was followed by hyper-partisan comments, first from Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Steve Israel and then from the DNC chair, Wasserman Schultz.

Sitting in front of Netanyahu, the DNC chair asked the RJC to “pledge to refrain in 2012 from using Israel as part of the issues in campaigns,” according to RJC executive director Matt Brooks. “It started that way. Right from the get go they just jumped on it.”

The Dems made Netanyahu so uncomfortable, he offered to leave so the they could continue their bickering without him in the room.

Listen up RNC; I have a great idea for a campaign  ad…

While the voice-over talks about how the leader of the Democrat party is “tilting toward Hamas”,   a dude wearing a red white and blue donkey tee-shirt pushes an elderly Holocaust survivor wearing a  star of David tee-shirt in a wheelchair over a cliff.

It would be done in a very light-hearted fashion,  but it would drive the point home, I think.

How’s that work for you, Shultz?

Hat tip: Ace.

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Tornado Hits Sedalia MO, Heavy Damage In Parts Of The City, No Deaths Reported

Twitpic via @KrisKetz

The entire Kansas City area was under a tornado warning at one point, and there were brief touchdowns of small tornadoes reported throughout the late morning and early afternoon. School kids in the greater Kansas City area got to put their tornado drill training to use, today.

At 12:59PM  KMBC meteorologist, Gary Lezak reported that as many as 12 to 14 tornadoes had touched down in Kansas City within a span of 90 minutes.

East of KC, Sedalia MO, home of the Missouri State Fair, appears to be the town most severely affected by the damaging storms that passed through Western Missouri, earlier today.

The Kansas City Star reports:

Clayton Wright said he and his wife, Gloria, were in their home in the 3400 block of Stewart Avenue in the neighborhood, which is south of 32nd Street east of U.S. 65.

They had just heard on the radio that they should take cover when debris started hitting the house, shattering windows and breaking a tree limb, Wright said.

“I’ve never been in a tornado before so I didn’t know what it would sound like,” Wright said. “It sounded like an engine roaring.”

The debris struck their house just as they were headed downstairs to safety.

“It happened so fast … so fast,” Wright said.

After the tornado passed, Wright said they emerged from the basement to survey the damage.

“There is a lot of damage,” Wright said. “Tree limbs are down. Tops of houses are gone. There is even one house that is missing.”

Wright said there was also a smell of natural gas.

Neighbors came from their homes and checked to make sure no one was injured.

“So far, everybody in our neighbor is OK,” Wright said. “At least that is what I know right now.”

He said trees were down, blocking roads, and emergency crews were just arriving to the area.

The tornado was part of a storm system that swept across the Kansas City area. It produced a tornado that caused significant damage to numerous homes and businesses, about one mile southeast of Sedalia in Pettis County, according to authorities.

The Pettis County Sheriff’s Department reported injuries and damage but was assessing how severe they were.

Another pic via Kansas City.com:

See video of the extensive damage in Sedalia at NBC Action New. com.

At least 15 people have sustained  minor injuries in  Sedalia.

Johnny Rowlands surveyed the damage for KMBC 9:

Another pic via The Missourian:

Joe Horacek of Sedalia surveys the damage to his neighborhood shortly after a tornado sliced through it Wednesday. Horacek said he got sprayed with glass and debris when he looked out a window after hearing the wind and barely made it to the safety of his bathroom. His home, shown in the background, “is gone,” he said.

More:

Gateway Pundit has a report with exciting video from the Eastern side of Missouri: St. Louis Hail Storm Shatters My Patio Table As I Am Filming It (Video)

RELATED:

Ozarks First reports: 1,500 Still Missing in Joplin MO; Presidential Visit Planned

That death toll may get much much bigger.

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Paul Ryan Hitting Back Against Dem Demagoguery

Via Gateway Pundit:

I wouldn’t say he’s “punching back twice as hard”, (he’s too mild mannered for that), but he’s throwing some right jabs against the Dem’s shameless demagoguery:

The Hill reports:

Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, lashed out at Democrats, whom he said had distorted his 2012 budget proposal to their political benefit in the special election in New York’s 26th congressional district.

“There is a Medicare story to be told here … and it’s that the president and his party have decided to shamelessly distort and demagogue Medicare,” Ryan said on MSNBC, calling it a “Mediscare” campaign led by President Obama and Democrats in Congress.

Democrat Kathy Hochul scored an upset victory to succeed former Rep. Christopher Lee (R) in the Republican-leaning seat. The race became something of a referendum on House Republicans’ budget, including Ryan’s controversial Medicare proposal, which would transform the entitlement program into a voucher-based system for Americans under the age of 55.

“I think that’s a big part of it,” Ryan said of the role Medicare played in the race. “Having the ability to scare seniors is powerful.”

He also argued, as have many other Republicans, that GOP nominee Jane Corwin was the victim of a third-party candidate in the race, Democrat-turned-Tea Party candidate Jack Davis, who won 8 percent of the vote.

“There is a Medicare story to be told here … and it’s that the president and his party have decided to shamelessly distort and demagogue Medicare,” Ryan said on MSNBC, calling it a “Mediscare” campaign led by President Obama and Democrats in Congress.

Democrat Kathy Hochul scored an upset victory to succeed former Rep. Christopher Lee (R) in the Republican-leaning seat. The race became something of a referendum on House Republicans’ budget, including Ryan’s controversial Medicare proposal, which would transform the entitlement program into a voucher-based system for Americans under the age of 55.

“I think that’s a big part of it,” Ryan said of the role Medicare played in the race. “Having the ability to scare seniors is powerful.”

He also argued, as have many other Republicans, that GOP nominee Jane Corwin was the victim of a third-party candidate in the race, Democrat-turned-Tea Party candidate Jack Davis, who won 8 percent of the vote.

Democrats have seized on the win and attributed it virtually entirely to Medicare, framing the special-election victory as a rebuke of the Ryan plan and an indicator of good fortunes in their efforts to retake the House in 2012.

Still, Ryan said that House Republicans remain “very unified” behind the Medicare reforms, even amid the signs of political peril and rumblings of dissent within GOP ranks. And he dismissed the notion that the plan would cost Republicans in 2012.

“I personally don’t think it will work,” he said. “With 15 or 18 months to go, the facts will get out.”

See also:

Gateway Pundit: Paul Ryan Posts Path to Prosperity Part II to Counter Dem Lies About Medicare (Video)

Democrats believe they have found a winning strategy for the 2012 elections – lie to the American people about the GOP plan to save Medicare and to mock and misrepresent any proposal that would cut back on Barack Obama’s historic spending levels.

Despite the fact that Obama has tripled the national deficit, democrats have no intention of cutting spending even if it bankrupts the country.
They believe this is a winning strategy for 2012.

Today Paul Ryan countered their lies with The Path to Prosperity (Episode 2)

Video at link.

Keep punching back Republicans. Now is not the time to be weak kneed.

See Michelle Malkin for a visual of shameless Dem hackery via Dingy’s Twitter account: Mediscare and the NY-26 loss; Plus: Ryan the Brave, Reid the Hack.

Ace of Spades HQ: Barone: NY-26 Proves Republicans Have To Go On The Offensive Against MediScare Campaign

Interesting breakdown of the numbers. I’ll leave those in the article, but long story short, MediScare probably depressed conservative turnout from a high Bush 2004 level down to a low-ish McCain 2008 level. Note that had Jack Davis not been in the race, we probably would have won, but even adding his numbers into our pile, MediScare does seem to have dented our support.

High fives all around at Dem-gog headquarters. Think about it. If over the top demagoguery and a fake teaparty candidate worked out so well this time, these tactics will  be reproduced en-masse in 2012. Especially the fake tea party candidates. Obviously, we already expect shameless  demagoguery from Democrats.

I was just talking with someone — Drew, maybe — about the need to start hitting the point, hard, that MediCare “self-corrects” in 8 years if nothing is done, and by “self-corrects,” I mean Seniors automatically get less money in health care, price controls are automatically imposed, and doctors and hospitals are paid less.

And they’re already being paid less.

If you like your doctor, you get to keep, instead, a doctor who got his degree in the Belgian Congo, because guess what, there is a limit to how low doctors are willing to go.

RELATED:

The Blaze: Paul Ryan Responds to Calls for Him to Run for President

Sure, Paul Ryan appeared on the cable shows this morning to talk about his Medicare plan being demonized by Democrats. And sure he revealed that he holds no hard feelings toward Newt Gingrich for the former House Speaker’s blasting of the Ryan plan. But really what people are wanting to know is, will he run for President?

The answer? Well, I don’t want to be a conspiracy theorist, but he did seem to leave the door open.

Video at link.

NRO: Draft Paul Ryan?

That’s right…the Ryan for President chatter has not abated…even Krauthammer is in favor of it.

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Video: John Huntsman, RINO

I know I said in a post awhile back, that that mention would be the first and last time I wasted my time on non-entity, John Huntsman. But that was before my pals at Verum Serum produced this epic Huntsman campaign video:

‘Nuff said?

Bravo, guys!

Hat tip: Drew at AoSHQ.

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Video: Obama Flubs Toast To The Queen

Okay, my turn. I know everybody’s already seen video of Obama’s awkward gaffe at Buckingham Palace. But have you seen the queen’s nicely executed toast that came right before his? Skip to 2:00 in to avoid the ridiculous and insufferable Martin Bashir’s  gushing:

I was wondering if Obama’s toast was unusually long winded, but it clocked in at about the same amount of time as the queen’s, so we can’t rag on him for that.

You’ll also  notice that she read her remarks off of paper, which, given her advanced age, and the length of her speech should be expected. Obama’s notes don’t strike me as that big a deal, either, although he could have bothered to memorize at least some of the lines.

No, the breech of etiquette occurred when he continued his toast after God Save The Queen had started, (like his toast had its own musical score.)  He may have paused too long when he lost his place [where were you TOTUS?], or the band was told to start at the words, “to the queen”, not realizing there were two “to the queens” in the toast.  It doesn’t matter whose fault it was, these things happen. That was just a mix-up. The awkwardness came because he kept right on talking, and then thought he was going to drink up before the music was done playing. The queen had to give him a look, and a slight shake of her head, as if to say, “not now, you gormless prat!”

So, it was awkward…but not abysmal.

The MSM will probably not make a huge deal out of it, nor should it – all things being equal. But they’re not. The MSM and the left (birm)would have been in a tizzy for weeks, had W done such a thing – playing it on an endless loop, in conjunction with getting the year wrong in signing the Westminster Abbey visitor’s book. There would have been such a constant drumbeat of ridicule, we would have been forced to defend his cloddish behavior, only because of their over the top reaction.

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