Late Friday WH Fast and Furious Document Drop Shows Extensive Communications Between Phoenix ATF Office and WH

In a late  Friday night document dump, the White House has turned over new information to the Congressional investigators looking  into the ATF “Fast and Furious” gunwalking scandal. The documents show extensive contacts between the then Head of the ATF’s Phoenix division, Bill Newell, and the then White House National Security staffer, (and Political Rasputin), Kevin O’Reilly.

This is another huge exclusive for CBS reporter, Sharyl Attkisson:

 Emails indicate the two also spoke on the phone. Such detailed, direct communications between a local ATF manager in Phoenix and a White House national security staffer has raised interest among Congressional investigators looking into Fast and Furious. Newell has said he and O’Reilly are long time friends.

ATF agents say that in Fast and Furious, their agency allowed thousands of assault rifles and other weapons to be sold to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels. At least two of the guns turned up at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry last December.

ATF Manager says he shared Fast and Furious with the White House

The email exchanges span a little over a month last summer. They discuss ATF’s gun trafficking efforts along the border including the controversial Fast and Furious case, though not by name. The emails to and from O’Reilly indicate more than just a passing interest in the Phoenix office’s gun trafficking cases. They do not mention specific tactics such as “letting guns walk.”

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Among the documents produced: an email in which ATF’s Newell sent the White House’s O’Reilly an “arrow chart reflecting the ultimate destination of firearms we intercepted and/or where the guns ended up.” The chart shows arrows leading from Arizona to destinations all over Mexico.

In response, O’Reilly wrote on Sept. 3, 2010 “The arrow chart is really interesting – and – no surprise – implies at least that different (Drug Trafficking Organizations) in Mexico have very different and geographically distinct networks in the US for acquiring guns. Did last year’s TX effort develop a similar graphic?”

This Texas effort?

Some records were not included, the White House Counsel explained,  because of “significant confidentiality interests.” I can well understand why they’d be wanting to keep their blood stained interests, “confidential”.

Also included are email photographs including images of a .50 caliber rifle that Newell tells O’Reilly “was purchased in Tucson, Arizona (part of another OCDTF case).” OCDTF is a joint task force that operates under the Department of Justice and includes the US Attorneys, ATF, DEA, FBI, ICE and IRS. Fast and Furious was an OCDTF case. An administration source would not describe the Tucson OCDTF case. However, CBS News has learned that ATF’s Phoenix office led an operation out of Tucson called “Wide Receiver.” Sources claim ATF allowed guns to “walk” in that operation, much like Fast and Furious.

Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars notes this is not the first he’s heard of “Wide Receiver”

We heard about “Wide Receiver” a while ago and were asked not to break the story. Knowing that it would come out one day, we agreed. Can you say, “national policy to allow weapons to walk”? I knew you could. And the frigging White House is asking about it. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Congressional Investigators, Darrell Issa, and Charles Grassley have been trying to pin down O’Reilly for an interview, but inconveniently enough, he’s been hiding out until this  blows over “on assignment” in Iraq.

One administration source says White House national security staffers were “briefed on the toplines of ongoing federal efforts, but nobody in White House knew about the investigative tactics being used in the operation, let alone any decision to let guns walk.”

Well, it’s not like I don’t trust these boy scouts we have running our country, but I do think investigators need to see all of the records, including the  ones with “confidentiality interests.”

And Mr. O’Reilly needs to get his butt on a plane back to Washington, and start answering some questions.

 

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FCC Net Neutrality Power Grab Set To Take Effect In November, But There’s Still Time To Stop It

Americans for Prosperity is ringing the alarm bells:

They actually did it. Last week, the FCC published its net neutrality order in the Federal Register, stating that effective November 20 the federal government will begin regulating the Internet.

Americans didn’t want this.Congress rejected it decisively — it only had 27 sponsors last year. The courts rejected it — they said the FCC did not have the power to do this. And voters rejected it, defeating all 95 of the candidates who campaigned on the issue. That’s right a perfect zero for 95.

But unless the Senate votes to overturn this order before it takes effect November 20, we will start down the path to a government regulated and government controlled Internet.

Click here now to tell the Senate to STOP this outrageous power grab.

Under a special procedure called the Congressional Review Act, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is committed to forcing a Senate vote. Harry Reid can’t keep this off the floor, and it can’t be filibustered. We’ll need 51 votes to succeed.

This is a key test for the U.S. Senate. Will they stand up to one of Obama’s power grabs, or will they sit on their hands? And if they sit on their hands, why should voters re-elect legislators who refuse to legislate?

Seton Motley of Less Government and StopNetRegulation.org has described net neutrality as the FCC’s one-stop shop for future censorship, but he says there’s still time to stop it. “The quickest way to do away with the rules is to utilize the Congressional Review Act, which “is designed to rein in rogue agencies, commissions, departments, boards, etc”, he tells the Politics and Government blog:

Once an order gets filed with the Federal Register, a 60-day window requires the House, the Senate, and the White House to approve legislation that would stop the order. In the case of net neutrality, that window ends on November 20. Motley explains that the House has already passed it, and because of the finite time window, the Senate cannot filibuster. That means only 51 votes are needed to get it through the Senate.

“All 47 Republicans have said, ‘We’ll vote yes,’ so that means you [have] got to get four Democrats,” the StopNetRegulation.org editor-in-chief figures.

So he is optimistic, as nearly two dozen Senate Democrats are up for re-election next year. “Some of them aren’t running again, [but] most of them are, and a lot of them are from states that are center or center right,” he reports.

Here’s Seton talking about Net Neutrality on The Morning Meeting on Talkradio 930 WTAD, last December:

NFRW Convention In KC This Weekend Featuring Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Jan Brewer and Scott Walker


This weekend, I’ll be covering The National Federation of Republican Women’s  36th Biennial Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. With more than 1,500 Republican women from across the country expected at the convention, it is shaping up to be one of the top Republican gatherings of the year. It promises to be an action packed three days with twelve confirmed speakers, seminars, workshops and other key events including the straw poll  to be conducted on Saturday.

Each convention registrant will be allowed to cast one vote in the NFRW Presidential Straw Poll, which will feature nine  Republican presidential candidates. The straw poll will be conducted on Oct. 1 by Palladian View of Spartanburg, S.C. Results will be announced publicly Oct. 2. For more information about the straw poll, visit www.nfrw.org/programs/convention/poll.htm.

A complete list of the speakers, here. Schedule of events,here.

Last year, the NFRW Armed Forces Committee requested each state federation to donate a quilt, commemorating military women awarded the purple heart.

Here are The Lakewood, Washington Federation of Republican Women showing off their quilt which will be part of the display:

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Pass It Nope: Dick Durbin Admits They Don’t Have The Votes In The Senate To Pass Obama’s jobs bill (Audio)

But, but, but – Obama said to pass it NOW…

Allahpundit says, eh – not so much:

Five Democrats — Begich, Webb, Landrieu, Mikulski, and Casey — were specifically named as opponents. Three days after that, Durbin told CNN not to expect any action on it until October at the earliest, a prediction that’ll end up being proved right. To the extent that his latest comments are “news,” it’s for two reasons. One: Despite having had two weeks to convince his own party’s congressional caucus to rally behind him on this extremely prominent measure, Obama’s still up shinola creek. That’s what happens when your job approval trend lines look like this. Two: We all realize, I hope, that the bill is chiefly a political ploy designed to show The One being proactive on the seminal electoral issue of the day. He expects Republicans to block it, at which point he’ll turn around and blame our endless economic malaise on the GOP. That’s perfectly straightforward — except that he forgot to craft the bill to make sure that it would attract the support of Democrats at least, which is essential if he wants to frame opposition to it as blind wingnut partisanship. I’m as confused as Dave in Texas is about that. If you want to isolate Republican obstructionism as America’s big problem, you should probably first double-check with your own guys to make sure they’re not being obstructionist too, huh?

Here’s Mark Levin talking about it, earlier tonight:

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Video: So-Long Solyndra

We hardly knew ye.

We really didn’t want to know ye.

And now, against our wishes, we have to keep hearing about ye.

Ain’t central planning, grand?

CNN Covers Fast And Furious: “ATF Accomplices To Murder”

If CNN has covered this story, this prominently before, I haven’t seen it.

Anderson Cooper asked AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu whether from a law enforcement standpoint, this operation made any sense, at all. Well, conservatives who have been following this story online, all along, already know the answer to that. But  perhaps the average CNN viewer doesn’t. That’s why this is an important  interview.

Babeu spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper Wednesday night about the “Fast and Furious” weapons program conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The program filtered weapons purchased in the United States into Mexico, where they were to be tracked. However, Babeu said there was no tracking mechanism and that the weapons have been used in more than 200 murders.

Three of the guns, Babeu said, were found at the scene where Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed last December in a shootout north of Nogales.

“I’m fearful that not just my deputies, but other officers, citizens in America, we are going to be facing the barrels of guns that have been put in the hands of the most violent criminals in North America and who’s going to be held accountable?” Babeu told Cooper.

When asked if he believed ATF agents have been accomplices to murder, Babeu replied, “Absolutely,” and added, “Now, that’s one step away from Eric Holder (U.S. attorney general). This is his Department of Justice and there are people who have lost their lives.”

Babeu said the U.S. put guns into the hands of cartels working to topple Mexico’s government.

Ace has more video from their coverage, here.

MORE:

That Obama “smart power” thing doing wonders and winning friends south of the border (not):

Jim Kouri, Law Enforcement Examiner reports:

Mexico’s attorney general is infuriated over the allegations that the U.S. was behind the smuggling of weapons into Mexico that ended up killing her countrymen.

In a statement released by Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales, she called Operation Fast and Furious “an attack on Mexicans’ security.”

Morales told Mexican reporters that she is demanding a full and honest explanation from the United States government especially since evidence is being gathered that reveals the Obama administration was more involved in Operation Fast and Furious than top officials admitted in their sworn statements.

If what is being reported is true, U.S. Attorney General and other government officials may have committed perjury and/or obstruction of justice if it’s proven they lied when testifying before House and Senate committees.

Now these scandals are being covered outside of the conservative media, I’ll be surprised if this SCFOAMF makes it to 2012 without being impeached.
But then again, Media Matters is on the case, doing damage control for their master.
How do you defend the indefensible? You go after the messenger.
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Doug Ross is wondering if Holder and Obama were trying to touch off a civil war in Mexico:
An El Paso Times article – as of now ignored by mainstream media — went into much more shocking detail:“They’ve found anti-aircraft weapons and hand grenades from the Vietnam War era,” Plumlee said. Other weapons found include grenade launchers, assault rifles, handguns and military gear including night-vision goggles and body armor.”
Scenario #3:

• The ATF arms the Sinaloa cartel

• The State Department arms the Zetas

• The combination helps fuel a full-blown civil war in Mexico

• Civilians start streaming north to safety

The resulting humanitarian crisis is used as a lever for a mass immigration event with hundreds of thousands of undocumented Democrats entering the U.S. seeking asylum.

It’s as good an explanation as any I’ve heard — and certainly consistent with the mindset of the Holder and Obama duo: the ends always justify the means.

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Bob Gorrell cartoon via Townhall.

Now here’s a headline that looks like it’s at least a week old, I mean, this is really getting beaten to the ground: New York Post: Christie seriously considering presidential bid after GOP prodding:

Christie pals said the pol’s “mind-blowing” experience at the Reagan library in California Tuesday changed his thinking.

“We need you. Your country needs you to run for president,” one woman pleaded after Christie’s moving speech there.

Yet when the governor first arrived at the Reagan library, he was still telling his inner circle he was a definite “no” for a presidential run — and planned to make that clear in his appearance.

Something changed that night, sources said.

Behind the scenes, sources said, the discussions about running took on a more serious and “surreal tenor,” as the encouragement from Reagan, Kissinger, Bush and others began to sink in.

Even Christie’s wife, Mary Pat, has warmed to the idea of becoming First Lady after months of discouraging a run.

I disagree with conservatives who call Christie an “establishment Republican”, or worse, a “Rockefeller Republican”. I like to think of him as an “effective” Republican.

Oh. mah. Gah:

Newsbusters: MSNBC’s Bashir Attacks NJ Governor: ‘Go Home, Mr. Christie. Your State Needs You Much More Than America Does’

There are times when I am truly sickened by what I see from the current breed of television anchors and hosts. Today is one of them.

Martin Bashir on the MSNBC program bearing his name finished Wedneday’s show with a segment attacking New Jersey governor Chris Christie concluding, “Go home, Mr. Christie. Your state needs you much more than America does” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

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Not that I believe that the current field is hopeless.  No, I’m not a fan of Mittens, and Perry leaves me cold. But Herman Cain is surprising everyone with his strong showings in the latest polls.  Hot Air has the latest: Florida poll puts Romney up two points over …

Maybe that P5 straw poll in Florida had more significance than some thought.  A new poll by Survey USA of likely Florida primary voters shows Mitt Romney ahead in the GOP nomination race at 27%, but the second-place finisher comes within the margin of error — and it’s not Rick Perry:

In the Florida Republican Primary for President, Mitt Romney at 27% edges Herman Cain at 25%, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted for WFLA-TV Tampa. Rick Perry finishes 3rd with 13%, others further back. The Primary is tentatively, and controversially, scheduled for 4 months from today, on 01/31/12.

Daniel Henninger looks into Herman Cain’s successes as a businessman in his WSJ Piece: Taking Cain Seriously:

In the late 1970s, Mr. Cain was recruited from Coca-Cola in Atlanta, his first job in business, to work for Pillsbury in Minneapolis. His rise was rapid and well-regarded. He joined the company’s restaurant and foods group in 1978 as director of business analysis. In the early 1980s, Pillsbury sent him to learn the hamburger business at a Burger King in Hopkins, Minn. Then they assigned him, at age 36, to revive Pillsbury’s stumbling, franchise Burger King business in the Philadelphia region. He succeeded. According to a 1987 account in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Pillsbury’s then-president Win Wallin said: “He was an excellent bet. Herman always seemed to have his act together.”

In 1986, Pillsbury sent the 41-year-old Mr. Cain to turn around their Godfather’s Pizza business, headquartered in Omaha. The Herman Cain who arrived there April 1 sounded like the same man who roused voters last Sunday in Florida: “I’m Herman Cain and this ain’t no April Fool’s joke. We are not dead. Our objective is to prove to Pillsbury and everyone else that we will survive.”

Pillsbury sold Godfather’s to Mr. Cain and some of his managers in 1988. He ran it until 1996 and served as CEO of the National Restaurant Association from 1996-1999. This June, Mr. Cain visited with the Journal’s editors and put the issue of health-insurance availability inside the context of the restaurant industry. He said the restaurant association tried hard to devise a health-insurance program able to serve the needs of an industry whose work force is complex—executives and managers, full-time workers, part-timers, students and so forth. Any conceivable insurance system would require great flexibility in plan-choice and design.

It’s from this period that one finds the famous 1994 video, now on YouTube, of Herman Cain on a TV screen from Omaha debating Bill Clinton about his national health legislation during a town-hall meeting. After the president estimates the profitability of Mr. Cain’s company, suggesting he can afford the legislation, Mr. Cain essentially dismantles the Clinton math, in detail. “The cost of your plan . . . will cause us to eliminate jobs.”

You can watch that video, here.   Dems will underestimate this man at their own peril.

See also: Roger L. Simon’s Book Review: This Is Herman Cain

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It’s nice to see that Ed Morrissey, after saying just yesterday, “if this botched operation hadn’t created such deadly havoc, it would be hilarious”, is finally willing to entertain the possibility that Fast and Furious was not a “botched operation”, after all. Better late than never, I guess.

The latest revelations that changed his mind are featured in former Big Journalism Editor, Michael Walsh’s piece  in The New York Post: A ‘Furious’ revelation Feds sold guns to drug gangs

This just might be the smoking gun we’ve been waiting for to break the festering “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal wide open: the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives apparently ordered one of its own agents to purchase firearms with taxpayer money, and sell them directly to a Mexican drug cartel.

Let that sink in: After months of pretending that “Fast and Furious” was a botched surveillance operation of illegal gun-running spearheaded by the ATF and the US attorney’s office in Phoenix, it turns out that the government itself was selling guns to the bad guys.

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So where’s the outrage?

There’s none from the feds. Attorney General Eric Holder has consistently stonewalled Rep. Darrell Issa, Sen. Chuck Grassley and other congressional investigators.

In a constantly evolving set of lies, Holder has denied knowing anything about Fast and Furious while at the same time withholding documents from the House and Senate committees looking into the mess while muzzling some witnesses and transferring others.

Justice calls the allegations about Dodson’s operation “false.” But Grassley says that’s “a lie,” as he told Greta van Susteren the other day. “The ATF ordered this ATF agent to purchase these guns and in turn sell them, and supposedly track them,” he said. “But he was a lone wolf in the operation — they wouldn’t give him any help for 24-hour surveillance.”

So now the wheels have come off the official explanation for Fast and Furious. Of course, that explanation never made much sense in the first place.

For one thing, the ATF had no authority to track the guns once they were in Mexico; for another, nobody bothered to inform the Mexicans of this intrusion on their national sovereignty.

Further, we now know that a host of federal agencies (including the ATF, the FBI and IRS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration and, very probably, top officials at the Department of Homeland Security) were all in the loop at various levels, as was the White House.

So calling “Fast and Furious” a cockamamie operation gone wrong just isn’t going to cut it anymore.

There are two possible explanations. The first is that the anti-gun Obama administration deliberately wanted American guns planted in Mexico in order to demonize American firearms dealers and gun owners. The operation was manufacturing “evidence” for the president’s false claim that we’re to blame for the appalling levels of Mexican drug-war violence.

If this is true, then Holder & Co. have got to go — and the trail needs to be followed no matter where it leads. For the federal government to seek to frame its own citizens is unconscionable.

A second notion is that the CIA was behind the whole thing, which accounts for all the desperate wagon-circling. Under this theory, the Agency feared the los Zetas drug cartel was becoming too powerful and might even mount a coup against the Mexican government. So some 2,000 weapons costing more than $1.25 million were deliberately channeled to the rival Sinaloa cartel, which operates along the American border, to keep the Zetas in check.

Of course, there’s a third explanation — that both scenarios are true, and that those in charge of Fast and Furious saw an opportunity to shoot two birds with one Romanian-made AK Draco pistol.

Time for a special prosecutor, who’s both fast and furious.

A Special Prosecutor will be appointed after Issa’s committee completes its investigation, Issa told bloggers who were in on a conference call with him, last week. I’m counting on it.
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In April 2009 Barack Obama traveled to Mexico and blamed US gun sellers for “This war being waged with guns purchased not here but in the United States.”

Keep in mind, that 90% number was widely debunked at the time.

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In related news, it’s good to know that Holder’s ATF will go after gun “trafficking” that doesn’t involve criminal gangs, but does involve Republican  Car dealers:
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Human Events: Max Motors targeted by ATF, banks and General Motors, Missouri car dealer offered AK-47’s with new car purchases:

Despite the White House harassment, and the loss of financing and insurance arrangements that came in the past, the Butler, Mo., car dealer who will be giving away AK-47’s again starting in October.

“Guess what? We are doing it again! It is the Fourth Annual Great Guns and Gas Give-Away!” said Mark Muller, the owner of Max Motors, whose July 17, 2009 interview with CNN’s Carol Costello about his promotion was great publicity, but brought him unwelcome attention.

Within days of the CNN broadcast, three agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrived at the dealership, he said.

“I was not there, they identified themselves and asked who was in-charge, and everybody pointed at each other,” he said.

Undeterred, the agents demanded to see the guns, he said. When it was explained that there were no actual guns, and that the promotion was really for vouchers towards the purchase of an AK-47, the agents did not believe it.

“There was an empty gun box here from a gun dealer in North Carolina, and they took that and demanded to see the gun that came with that box,” he said. The agents also went into storage rooms and took photos.

The next day, Muller received a call from the ATF asking him to come in for a meeting with all of his personal guns, which they insisted they had to authority to order, he said. Muller held his ground and refused to submit to the audit without first going through due process.

“The ATF people were just as nice as can be. They were not mean or hateful—and finally I asked the lady on the phone: Don’t you have something better to do?” he said. He then re-explained that there were vouchers for guns and that no guns were being given away.

“She said: ‘Let me tell you how important this is, the White House started their morning with a briefing on you. We got a call from Washington, D.C. this morning. They wanted you checked out,” he said.

Feel safer, now?

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PETA is up to its stupid anti-human tricks, again, as  Ace reports:

At Gizmodo, a story about PETA’s latest advertising campaign nasty, anti-human, stunted emotional development provocation.

Charles Wickersham, a 21-year-old guy, was bitten by a shark while fishing with his friends in the Bay Area near Anna Maria Island. Sharks. Bite. Near death. Beyond scary. Anyone with a modicum of a soul would hope that Wickersham gets better (he’s still in intensive care right now) and lives a happy life. Those more equipped might help with the hospital bills or raise awareness on how to prevent such animal accidents from happening. A human survived a traumatic shark attack, what a story that is, amiright? That’s normal behavior for normal people with normal emotions.

PETA is not normal. No. They’re insane.

In response to Wickersham’s accident, those heartless pricks are launching an insensitive ad campaign against all types of fishing. They’re using a man, who almost died, as their soapbox. Their rallying call. Might as well accuse him of being Michael Vick, why don’t you. Their photo, which will be plastered across benches and billboards in the Bay Area, shows a shark chewing on a bloody human “drumstick” (leg) with the tagline: “Payback is Hell. Go Vegan.”

Ace has some ideas of how sane humans can fight this insensitive idiocy:

The only thing I can think of is to set up a website promoting meat-consumption every time they run one of these viciously anti-human ads. Something like a mass agreement to go to a meat-serving restaurant during a specific week. And maybe not just meats, but the sort of meats that PETA gets especially weepy over — veal, for example. Or game meats, venison, bunny rabbits. There are some neat restaurants that specialize in hunted, exotic meats, like ostrich or kangaroo.

Bunny rabbits, Ace? Just no!

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Seton Motley, President of Less Government,  responds to Media Marxist outfit Free Press’s lawsuit – “which absurdly claims the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s illegal Network Neutrality Internet power grab is…not authoritarian enough: Media Marxist Outfit Free Press’s Net Neutrality Lawsuit Wins Them ‘Most Out of Touch Award’”:

“Has Free Press not been paying attention to the political discourse – and the sea change political movement – in this country these past three years?  Americans are in overwhelming, historic numbers demanding less taxes and less regulation.  They want less of everything from government – except accountability, of which they want much more.

“So who’s more tone deaf and out of touch than the Obama Administration’s FCC – which illegally seized control of the Internet so as to then impose in unauthorized fashion Network Neutrality?  That would be Free Press, which sues to contest the power grab claiming – it wasn’t power grabby enough.

“Throw in the fact that Free Press’s first bout of Net Neutrality litigious inanity was laughed out of the D.C. Circuit Court – while the judges were unanimously throwing out the FCC’s first attempt to illegally impose it – and you have our ‘Most Out of Touch Award’ winner.

“This once and for all proves that Free Press is not a ‘public interest’ group.  They are not a ‘consumer interest’ group.  They are a government interest group.  They serve only the interest of Huge Government.

“The public has time and again demonstrated that they are not at all interested in Free Press’ Huge Government policies.  With this ridiculous lawsuit, Free Press has yet again demonstrated they are not at all interested in what the public wants.  They are only interested in what they want – which is illegal, authoritarian, out-of-control Huge Government.”

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For those of you who have been waiting with bated breath for Janeane Garofalo to weigh in on Herman Cain’s candidacy, her latest “limbic brain” spasm does not disappoint: Weasel Zippers:  Lefty Crank Janeane Garofalo: Republicans Supporting Herman Cain Because They Are Racist…

(RCP) — Janeane Garofalo: “Herman Cain is probably well liked by some of the Republicans because it hides the racist elements of the Republican party. Conservative movement and tea party movement, one in the same.

“People like Karl Rove liked to keep the racism very covert. And so Herman Cain provides this great opportunity say you can say ‘Look, this is not a racist, anti-immigrant, anti-female, anti-gay movement. Look we have a black man.’”

Of course!

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Here’s reason #68,641 why people shouldn’t scoff at the idea that Obama is systematically going about destroying our capitalist economy:

Hot Air: New DoE loans favor even more Democratic donors:

Earlier today, I noted that one of the new loans approved by the Department of Energy for green-tech stimulus just happened to favor a company with connections to Nancy Pelosi’s family.  That’s not the only connection in the batch of new loan approvals from the DoE, as the Daily Caller discovered.  Digging into investment records and public statements, it appears that a number of key donors will benefit from the Obama administration’s largesse — including a central figure in the collapse of Solyndra and the destruction of a half-billion dollars in taxpayer money:

The Hill newspaper reported Wednesday that the Santa Monica, Calif.-based SolarReserve has secured a $737 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy for a Nevada solar project.

That company has ties to George Kaiser, the Oklahoma billionaire who raised $53,500 for President Obama’s campaign in 2008. Through his Argonaut Private Equity firm, Kaiser holds a majority stake in Solyndra.

Argonaut has a voting stake on SolarReserve’s board of directors in the person of Steve Mitchell, who also serves on Solyndra’s board of directors.

John Rossomondo also notes the connection to Ron Pelosi at SolarReserve, but there are more connections to big Democratic donors…

I’m speechless…

Michelle Malkin: Iranian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces execution for refusing to renounce Christianity: Where are the Hollyweirdos and Euroweenies now?; Update: White House statement

To oppose the Koranic mandate of death for apostasy is to take on the entire sharia-enforcing Muslim world.

Which is why you never hear purported anti-death penalty bleeding-heart celebrities say a peep about it.

It takes no guts or brains for Hollywood liberals (hello, Alec Baldwin) and America-bashing Brit journalists (hello, U.K. Guardian editors) to bemoan the execution of a convicted Death Row cop-killer who was able to pursue every last legal avenue for more than two decades.

It tells you everything about their selective outrage that they have nothing to say about the latest impending execution in Iran of a Christian pastor.

See also: Weasel Zippers: Boehner Denounces Death Sentence Of Iranian Pastor For Refusing To Recant His Christian Faith…

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Slum Lord Jarrett: “We Have to Give People A Livelihood So They Can Provide For Their Families

This is Obama’s Senior Adviser, Valerie Jarrett,  speaking at what looks like some sort of seminar, a week ago,  on the proper role of government during this economic downturn..

Via The Blaze:

There is so much wrong with this one hardly knows where to start.

It’s not the proper role of government to “provide livelihoods to people!” The government’s role in the economy is to support the free enterprise system by allowing an atmosphere in which jobs can be created. In other words, get the hell out of the way.

Here is a woman who would like to see the U.S. economy micromanaged to instill her Marxist sense of “fairness”.

But how fair is this big-hearted woman when push comes to shove? What was her track record when it was her duty as the manager of  a Chicago housing project to provide for  “the least of these”.

In 2008, Judicial Watch secured damning documents linking Jarrett to a variety of real estate scandals including failed housing developments operated by Obama fundraiser Tony Rezko.

Valerie Jarrett served as a board member for several organizations that provided funding and support for Chicago housing projects operated by real estate developers and Obama financial backers Rezko and Allison Davis. (Davis is also Obama’s former boss.)…

… Jarrett was a member of the Board of Directors for the Woodlawn Preservation and Investment Corporation along with several Davis and Rezko associates, as well as the Fund for Community Redevelopment and Revitalization, an organization that worked with Rezko and Davis.

…(According to press reports, housing projects operated by Davis and Rezko have been substandard and beset with code violations. The Chicago Sun Times reported that one Rezko-managed housing project was “riddled with problems — including squalid living conditions…lack of heat, squatters and drug dealers.”)

“The least of these” living in qualid living conditions under Rezmar Corporation management went for a full month during the brutally cold winter of 1997, without any heat:

…As Chief Executive Officer of the Habitat Company Jarrett also managed a controversial housing project located in Obama’s former state senate district called Grove Parc Plaza. According to the Boston Globe the housing complex was considered “uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage…“All subsidized by the taxpayers, mind you, and aided and abetted by the likes of Jarrett and Obama. The Boston Globe explained the troubling quid pro quo between Jarrett, Rezko and Obama:

Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama’s presidential campaign and a member of his finance committee. Jarrett is the chief executive of Habitat Co., which managed Grove Parc Plaza from 2001 until this [past] winter and co-managed an even larger subsidized complex in Chicago that was seized by the federal government in 2006, after city inspectors found widespread problems…

Allison Davis, a major fund-raiser for Obama’s US Senate campaign and a former lead partner at Obama’s former law firm. Davis, a developer, was involved in the creation of Grove Parc and has used government subsidies to rehabilitate more than 1,500 units in Chicago, including a North Side building cited by city inspectors last year after chronic plumbing failures resulted in raw sewage spilling into several apartments…

Antoin “Tony” Rezko, perhaps the most important fund-raiser for Obama’s early political campaigns and a friend who helped the Obamas buy a home in 2005. Rezko’s company used subsidies to rehabilitate more than 1,000 apartments, mostly in and around Obama’s district, then refused to manage the units, leaving the buildings to decay to the point where many no longer were habitable…

Campaign finance records show that six prominent developers – including Jarrett, Davis, and Rezko – collectively contributed more than $175,000 to Obama’s campaigns over the last decade and raised hundreds of thousands more from other donors. Rezko alone raised at least $200,000, by Obama’s own accounting. (This number now exceeds $500,000)…
…Obama [rewarded his backers with] legislative action as a state senator. In 2001, Obama sponsored a successful bill that increased state subsidies for private developers. The law let developers designated by the state raise up to $26 million a year by selling tax credits to Illinois residents. For each $1 in credits purchased, the buyer was allowed to decrease his taxable income by 50 cents…

The developers gave Obama their financial support. Jarrett, Davis, and Rezko all served on Obama’s campaign finance committee when he won a seat in the US Senate in 2004…

The free enterprise system doesn’t work when greedy, money grubbing, power-mad Marxists are busy  corrupting it. Valerie Jarrett is only interested in providing for the “most vulnerable” with other peoples’ money. When she could have “invested” her own  capital to improve the living conditions of her long-suffering tenants in Chicago, the heartless slumlord, demurred.

As Doug Ross wrote in November 2008:

These are the kinds of heartwarming success stories that Obama and Jarrrett left in their wake in Chicago. I shudder to think what they could do to the entire country. And I sincerely hope I’m wrong.

He wasn’t wrong. We’re seeing the same ruinous crony Socialism now being played out on a national scale.

“Smart Power”: Obama’s Overbearing, Arrogant and Absurd Lectures Annoy European Sensibilities

Remember that phrase, “Smart Power?”

It was a term coined by Joseph Nye to describe “non-military dimensions of a state’s international influence:  culture, values, law, and ideas.” It was meant as a post 9/11 rebuke of President Bush’s  interventionist foreign policies.

It was the promise of American “smart power” that drew a crowd of 200,000 Germans to the Victory Column in Berlin to get a glimpse of “The One”.

In 2008, MSM types used it incessantly to  describe Obama’s style of world outreach. Here’s a nauseating example from 11/06/2008:

The importance of being Barrack Obama. A recurring theme about Obama is his ability to bring parties together, listen to all sides in a discussion or conflict, and make everyone in the discussion feel good about themselves without giving away his own preferences. I do not know Obama and have never met him (though I have supported his campaign), but this dimension to his persona strikes me as extremely well suited to diplomacy and mediation. The U.S. president is both commander-in-chief and diplomat-in-chief. He is the voice of the U.S. in all its international dealings, but is also often called upon to interpose himself in an international disputes, either in indirect ways or more directly as a formal mediator and guarantor.  Obama’s even-keeled, cool-headed approach to problems and conflict is an extraordinarily valuable coin in international diplomacy, where personality, temperament and style can help make or break deals and long-term relationships. His temperament is married with a keen intellect — the killer combination that will make him a formidable negotiator and a truly valuable mediator. Oh, and if there is any doubt that he knows how to be tough, just ask John McCain.

When  Obama took office, his  ballyhooed  “smart power”  promised to restore America’s “standing” in the world.

In essence this new approach to foreign policy was designed to distance the new US government in every way possible from the Bush administration, supposedly hated in every corner of the earth, from Berlin to Buenos Aires.

Hence, the hallmarks of Obama’s foreign policy have been the naive engagement of an array of odious dictatorial regimes, grovelling apologies before foreign audiences, lamb-like timidity in the face of intimidation, the ending of the War on Terror, and the trashing of traditional alliances.

After only eight months of his presidency, Obama was awarded  the Nobel Peace Prize. Why? SMART POWER.

We don’t hear too much about “smart power”, any more, do we?

That’s because he’s been spending the past three years annoying the hell out of our allies.

On Monday, during a fundraiser in California, Obama told the assembled that Europe’s debt problems and their inability to solve them was “scaring the world.”

Europe is not amused.

Spiegel Online reported:

US President Obama has given the Europeans a harsh lecture on the dangers of their ongoing debt crisis. Offended by the unsolicited advice, Europeans have suggested the US get its own house in order first. Obama’s remarks were “arrogant” and “absurd,” German commentators say on Wednesday.

Europeans are well aware of the seriousness of their ongoing debt crisis. But they don’t, it seems, like to receive lectures from other countries — especially the United States, which is struggling to deal with its own mountain of debt.

On Tuesday, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble curtly rejected recent American criticism of Europe’s approach to solving its debt crisis. “I don’t think Europe’s problems are America’s only problems,” said Schäuble, who has become increasingly sharp-tongued as the euro crisis deepens. “It’s always easier to give other people advice.”

Schäuble was referring to strongly worded comments made by US President Barack Obama and US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in recent days. At an event in California on Monday, Obama warned Europeans that their inaction was “scaring the world.” The Europeans, he said, “have not fully healed from the crisis back in 2007 and never fully dealt with all the challenges that their banking system faced. It’s now being compounded by what’s happening in Greece.” He continued: “They’re going through a financial crisis that is scaring the world, and they’re trying to take responsible actions, but those actions haven’t been quite as quick as they need to be.”

On Wednesday, German media commentators slam Obama’s criticism of Europe.

The mass-circulation Bild writes:

“Obama’s lecture on the euro crisis . . . is overbearing, arrogant and absurd. . . . In a nutshell, he is claiming that Europe is to blame for the current financial crisis, which is ‘scaring the world.’ Excuse me?”

“The American president seems to have forgotten a few details. The most important trigger of the financial and economic crisis was US banks and their insane real-estate dealings. The US is still piling up debt. . . The American congress is crippled by a battle between the right and the left. The banks are gambling just as recklessly as they did before the crisis. The president’s scolding is a pathetic attempt to distract attention from his own failures. How embarrassing.”

John Hayward at Human Events noted:

There are all sorts of lessons to be learned here.  Obama’s staggering domestic incompetence has burned away his credibility on the world stage, which was never accurately measured by rock-star crowds lining up in Berlin to get a look at him.  Welfare recipients, whether they be individuals or beggar nations, always become indignant when their no-strings-attached bailouts are followed by a bit of friendly advice.  And the Western world is learning, painfully, that it’s trapped in the ruins of a failed system, not just the consequences of bad decisions from the failed leaders who are currently reduced to using each other as distracting props in re-election campaigns.

While Europe finally learns the painful truth that Socialism doesn’t work, our president is leading us full speed ahead toward the Socialist Utopia of his demented imaginings.

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This blast from the past (Jan. 2010) from Nile Gardiner: 10 reasons why George W. Bush was a smarter world leader than Barack Obama:

5. Bush believed in the Special Relationship

I don’t recall George W Bush ever throwing a bust of Churchill out of the Oval Office or giving the British Prime Minister an insulting pack of DVDs. President Bush recognized Great Britain as America’s closest friend and ally, and placed the Special Relationship at the very heart of US foreign policy. Under Obama, the Anglo-American alliance has reached its lowest point since the Suez Crisis of 1956, a damning indictment of his world leadership. Bush possessed a genuine affection for the British people, their great heritage and their role in the world. Barack Obama cannot even bring himself to mention Britain in a major policy address or acknowledge the sacrifice of British forces in Afghanistan.

6. Bush cultivated key allies

Granted, Bush was hardly the most popular leader the US has ever had in Europe. But he did invest a great deal of time and effort in cultivating a strong personal relationship with several key European leaders, including Tony Blair, Jose Maria Aznar and Silvio Berlusconi. President Obama has largely ignored building alliances with European heads of state, and seems indifferent towards the transatlantic alliance. His administration has placed far greater emphasis upon backing the rise of a European superstate, than it has on strengthening ties wit close allies. The Obama administration has also succeeded in damaging the partnership between Israel and the United States, something no president has achieved since Jimmy Carter.

Allen West: Yes Marxist Obama Is Intentionally Destroying the Economy (Video)

Allen West was interviewed on The Michael Berry Show on KTRH 740 out of Houston, TX, and as always didn’t hedge his words. He calls it as he sees it.

Berry started off by playing a highly entertaining word association game with West. You’ll enjoy his visceral response to “Debbie Wasserman Schultz”.

Later on, Berry asked,  “Do you think that the negative result of his (Obama’s) policies – the destruction in his wake, is inadvertent, because he’s inept, or do you think as some people increasingly believe (and as Rush Limbaugh has suggested) that this is intentional?”

West answered without hesitation:

“It’s intentional because this is who the president is. The president is a Marxist because he believes in the separation of classes. We have never heard a president of the United States of America speak as he has. When you have national leader (you look throughout history!) when you have a national leader that demonizes a certain segment of society, and attacks them, it has never ended up well, and yet that’s what we have. He is a Socialist.”

Love that man.

More Republican pols should be calling Obama out for his shockingly divisive rhetoric.

Video via Breitbart TV.

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Obama Self-Promotes In Today’s Back To School Speech: “Hey Kiddies, I’m Working For You!”

President Barack Obama. (CNN)

WHD’s Keith Koffler got his hands on the transcript for the speech the President is going to give to DC school kids.

Political adviser David Plouffe must have gotten ahold of a draft before it went to the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office for a final look-see.

Just couldn’t resist a little self promotion. From the remarks as prepared for delivery.

You’ve also got people all across this country – including me – working on your behalf. We’re taking every step we can to ensure that you’re getting an educational system that’s worthy of your potential. We’re working to make sure that you have the most up-to-date schools with the latest tools for learning. We’re making sure that our country’s colleges and universities are affordable and accessible. And we’re working to get the best teachers into your classrooms, so they can prepare you for college and a future career.

“Hey mom, dad – Obama’s doing all he can for education! He wants us to have good teachers. He told us!”

It’s true that Obama is fighting the good fight against  “school trailers” aka “modular classrooms,” and he appointed a super awesome “Safe School Czar” to keep children safe. And today, looking almost timed to show how much Obama is fighting for our kids, the NEA launched an ad campaign supporting his jobs bill!

The 30-second television ad urges lawmakers to vote for the legislation, with several children saying school programs are being cut and teachers are being laid off. The president’s proposal includes $30 billion to pay for teachers and another $30 billion to modernize schools.

NEA is the nation’s largest union, with 3.2 million members made up of teachers and other education staff.

How very special.

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

Video: Ed Schultz Lies About Ohio Union Reform Bill, Calls Proponents “Sons Of Bitches”

The first half of this edifying video shows you the union fueled demagoguery that Schultz is regurgitating, (without actually reading Ohio’s SB 5, himself.) In the second half, the journalist interviews the “son of a bitch” who authored the legislation”, Sen. Shannon Jones. She tells him her bill actually provides stronger safety protections for fighters and policemen than the existing law:

Will Schultz take  Sen. Jones’ advice and actually read the bill? He would if he were interested in the truth, but obviously, the MSNBC host is much more interested in towing the Obamacentric pro-union line, so the drones will have to continue in  their ignorance.

Via Breitbart TV.

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As Obama Sinks In The Polls, Dems Try To Find An End Run Around Voters

The totalitarian left is coming up with creative ways to handle that pesky tendency voters have of disagreeing with them.

We heard from the Governor of North Carolina,  yesterday, calling for the suspension of elections until we can get our fiscal house in order.

“You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things. I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that. The one good thing about Raleigh is that for so many years we worked across party lines. It’s a little bit more contentious now but it’s not impossible to try to do what’s right in this state. You want people who don’t worry about the next election.”

The Republicans sure are taking it seriously as they look to score political points. Here’s a statement from GOP spokesman Rob Lockwood:

“Now is a time when politicians need to be held accountable more than ever. To suspend an election would be removing the surest mechanism that people have to hold politicians accountable: the right to vote. Does the Governor not believe that people of North Carolina have the ability to think for themselves about whether or not the actions of elected officials are working?”

Now Obama’s former Economics adviser, Perter Orzag is calling for “a little less democracy” in an article in TNR: Too Much of a Good Thing:

To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.

Reason has at it:

What’s the big problem with democracy? Well, for starters, not enough deficit spending. Yes, really. Orszag complains that it’s hard to just run up the federal credit card tab as high as he wants to, even though “virtually all responsible economists agree” that America, despite running record-setting deficits in recent years, needs bigger deficits in the short term.

Virtually all responsible economists agree that we should be aiming to reduce the deficit in the long-term but not in the short-term. We need an even larger deficit in 2011 and 2012, to support a weak economy—but a much smaller deficit in 2020 and 2050, to put the nation back on a sustainable fiscal course. Yet our polarized political system has proved incapable of reaching a consensus on this common-sense approach.

What we need, then, are ways around our politicians. The first would be to expand automatic stabilizers—those tax and spending provisions that automatically expand when the economy weakens, thereby cushioning the blow, and automatically contract as the economy recovers, thereby helping to reduce the deficit.

That “virtually all responsible economists” label is quite convenient. Who isn’t broadly in favor of following the guidance of responsible economists? But is there any doubt that Orszag, with his unflappable faith in the Bigger Deficits Now strategy, would label just about any economist who didn’t favor higher short-term deficit spending as “irresponsible”? Peel away the cute anti-democracy framework, then, and Orszag has done little more than argue that America should be governed more by empowered technocrats who agree with…Peter Orszag.

By “virtually all responsible economists”, I think he means the Keynesians, who – if I’m not mistaken have been fully discredited by Obama’s gross economic failures.

Whatevs. We should just handover complete control of the economy  to those guys, anyway.

Time will tell if more Dems jump on the anti-Democratic bandwagon.

In which case, the drones will have to come up with a new chant for their protests- “This is what Democracy looks like” may no longer be operative.

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Video: Chris Christie Slams Cynical, Divisive President’s “Demoralizing Message For America”

A great clip from Chris Christie’s speech at the Reagan Center, tonight:

You can watch the full speech, with transcript, at Hot Air.

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Allahpundit reports that Christie basically said he wasn’t running, but “won’t way definitively”:

Another questioner pleaded with him to run and he gave a halting answer about how flattered he is by the attention before insisting that the drive to run has to come internally, not from outside enthusiasm. The thing is, he wouldn’t definitively say whether he feels the drive or not. And the crowd was simply eating out of his hand. If he needs a pretext in a week or two to explain why he’s changed his mind, he could point to this speech and the reaction from the audience as having driven him to it.

Poor Ann Coulter says she feels like “the whole universe is toying with her to get her all ginned up and then the fat man will say he won’t run, again,” on the Sean Hannity Show, this afternoon.

She feels like the Governor of New Jersey is “toying with her”:

I listened to her impassioned defense of Christie’s record this afternoon in the car, as Hannity brought up examples of his alleged RINOism.  This was a spirited and somewhat frustrating back and forth, as Hannity wouldn’t stop interrupting Coulter, (and I really wanted to hear her.)

Here’s an over 14 minute montage of Christie saying he’s not running:

 

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Video: Issa Says Fast and Furious Investigation Will Go On Until Those Involved Are Punished

Via Oversight and Reform:

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) discuss the latest details of the failed Justice Department’s Operation Fast and Furious as well as what comes next for the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

And according to this report, the Arizona state legislators are considering holding their own hearings to get up to speed on how Fast and Furious came to be:

 

 

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