Video: Charles Krauthammer’s Take On The Herman Cain Sexual Harassment Allegations: “He’s Winging it”

Krauthammer made brilliant points, as usual, in commenting on the Politico sexual harassment story, on Fox New Special Report, today:

1. The settlement looks bad, but is in no way an admission of either guilt, or conclusive evidence that anything happened…..Corporations often make the calculation that it’s infinitely less expensive in terms of energy, reputation and money for a company to make something go away.

2. The problem for Cain is that he’s “winging it”…..He’s trying to handle everything as he remembers it. We saw him contradict himself on whether he knew about the settlement. He said at the beginning, no, then on the Greta Show he talks about details of it.

3. What he needs to do – (it’s not as if he’s lying) – I can’t remember what I had at lunch, yesterday, let alone what happened 15 years ago….He needs to retire with his staff, to make sure he knows the facts, call people who might remember it, and get the story in his own head straight, otherwise he’s in deep trouble.

I agree 100% – That’s actually good advice for Cain on any number of issues in which he’s been less than stellar.

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Herman Cain Explains Gesture That Led to Sexual Harassment Accusation

In an interview with Greta Van Susteren that will air on Fox, tonight, Cain offered a detailed recollection of what led one of the  sexual harassment charges against him from when he was CEO of the organization The National Restaurant Association.

Byron York has the story at the Washington Examiner:

Cain said the woman was “younger than I was,” but he could not recall her age.  Pressed, he said, “It would have had to have been late 30s, early 40s.”

Van Susteren asked what Cain did that led to the accusation.  There were reportedly more than one accusations in the complaint, but Cain said he recalled just one incident.  “She was in my office one day, and I made a gesture saying — and I was standing close to her — and I made a gesture saying you are the same height as my wife.  And I brought my hand up to my chin saying, ‘My wife comes up to my chin.'”  At that point, Cain gestured with his flattened palm near his chin.  “And that was put in there [the complaint] as something that made her uncomfortable,” Cain said, “something that was in the sexual harassment charge.”

Van Susteren asked whether the woman complained at the time.  “I can’t recall any comment that she made, positive or negative.”

Cain also offered new information about the settlement of the case.  Politico, which broke the sexual harassment allegation story, said that the woman received a money settlement “in the five-figure range.”  When van Susteren asked about that, Cain said, “My general counsel said this started out where she and her lawyer were demanding a huge financial settlement…I don’t remember a number…But then he said because there was no basis for this, we ended up settling for what would have been a termination settlement.”  When van Susteren asked how much money was involved, Cain said.  “Maybe three months’ salary.  I don’t remember.  It might have been two months.  I do remember my general counsel saying we didn’t pay all of the money they demanded.”

Herman Cain said in another Fox News interview, earlier today, that he didn’t know of any settlements.

“If the Restaurant Association did a settlement, I wasn’t even aware of it, and I’m hoping it wasn’t for much – because nothing happened! If there was a settlement, it was handled by some of the other officers who worked for me at the time.”

Now I’m confused.

Perhaps he got more information from his general counsel about the case, since he made that statement?

Hat tip: Charles B.

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!

Politico Runs Hit Piece On Herman Cain Based On Vague Allegations Of Two Anonymous Sources

Four Politico reporters, *including Journolister, Ben Smith, have run a story  alleging that Herman Cain engaged in “inappropriate behavior” with two female employees while head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. They have confirmed the identities of the two female restaurant association employees who complained about Cain but, for privacy concerns, are not publishing their names. Very sweet of them. As we know, private citizens deemed a threat to a presidential candidate *cough* “Joe the Plumber” *cough* can be savaged by the MSM in an effort to discredit them. So those privacy concerns are well founded. The MSM would totally leave no stone unturned in their efforts to smear these courageous whistleblowers whose stories could torpedo the campaign of the candidate most likely to beat Obama in the 2012 election.

Not.

John Hayward of Human events notes that not only has “sexual harassment” returned with a vengeance since its heyday in the nineties, it now doesn’t even have to be “overtly sexual.”

The sources — which include the recollections of close associates and other documentation — describe episodes that left the women upset and offended. These incidents include conversations allegedly filled with innuendo or personal questions of a sexually suggestive nature, taking place at hotels during conferences, at other officially sanctioned restaurant association events and at the association’s offices. There were also descriptions of physical gestures that were not overtly sexual but that made women who experienced or witnessed them uncomfortable and that they regarded as improper in a professional relationship.

Remember the Praetorian Guard behavior of the media ranks that closed around Bill Clinton – to the point of aggressively suppressing credible accusations of rape against him, and thereby launching the career of Matt Drudge – when you watch the swarms of reporters tearing into Herman Cain over this.  I wonder how many innuendo-laden conversations Clinton had with women who were not Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office.  Heck, I wonder how many he had last week.

All of Politico’s sources are perfectly anonymous.  Anonymous sources confirm the reports of anonymous sources, and anonymously relate things Herman Cain allegedly said to them years ago.  Everyone willing to go on the record either had no comment, or spoke well of Cain.

Read on.

RS McCain updates his post on the Politico Hit piece:

UPDATE II: A female Republican operative who worked on Herman Cain’s 2004 Georgia Senate campaign scoffs at the accusations against him. “I don’t believe story that Cain behaved inappropriately,” wrote the woman, who uses the Twitter handle @KarolNYC. “He never even bordered on inappropriate in the slightest,” she Tweeted, and added that she ”just can’t believe there’s anything to the charges.”

Time will tell if there is any substance to this story. As Hayward notes:

Cain is supposed to make a Fox News appearance at 11:15 this morning, and will also speak at the American Enterprise Institute today.  He should throw every card he has on the table, and relate every scrap of knowledge he personally possesses about whatever took place, subject to any legal obligations he might have to the National Restaurant Association.  If this story has even the tiniest bit of meat on its bones, a misleading report will become the story by the end of the week, and nobody in the press will care about how shoddy Politico’s rollout was.

Now, a word about the Politico and their shoddy use or disuse of anonymous sources however it suits them.

In 2008, the Politico was given a tip that would have shed light on the Obama/Ayers relationship, but was never followed up on in the fall of 2008 –   the Ayers babysitting story. It was quashed because, according to the rumors circulating at the time,  there was only one nervous, anonymous source, and Ben Smith needed at least two anonymous sources to run the story.

As I reported in July, 2010: Not That It Matters Anymore, But There WAS A Second Source For That 2008 Obama/Ayers Babysitting Story:

Hillbuzz recently took note of the fact that The Politico’s Ben Smith was a member of the Obama-supporting Journolist cabal: Our experience with Journolist member (and committed Obama operative) Ben Smith during the 2008 general election:

The McCain campaign approached us with a story they had on Obama, which needed a second source to confirm.  They had found a young woman in Hyde Park who had played with the older Obama girl on occasion, and knew about babysitting William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn did for the Obama girls.  The young woman was the daughter of a McCain supporter in Hyde Park (probably the only McCain supporter in Hyde Park), and was barely a teenager.  The McCain camp went to Ben Smith with this story, but he refused to look into it because the only witness to the Ayers/Dohrn babysitting operation was a teenaged girl who happened to be the daughter of a McCain supporter.

We were charged with finding someone else who could verify that Ayers/Dohrn babysat the Obama girls.  We brought their old swimming instructor up, and Ben Smith shot that person (now a respected advertising executive) down because she, too, was a Republican and a McCain supporter.  So, Ben Smith refused to do a write-up on the Ayers/Dorhn babysitting…despite getting two different people who didn’t know each other to verify that this happened on more than one occasion.

When you look at a map of the Hyde Park area, you see Louis Farrakhan, the Obama/Rezko Mansion, and the William Ayers residence in very close proximity to one another…about as close to each other as The Gap, Banana Republic, and Express are to each other in a typical suburban mall.  Walking distance.  So close, young children could easily walk between the houses without parents worrying about them.

That story was one of many that could have deep-sixed the Obama campaign, but thanks to Journolister, Ben Smith, it was the story that was deep sixed.

When it comes to “Praetorian Guard behavior from the media ranks”, none hold a candle to The Politico.

UPDATE:

Fox News: Happening Now Exclusive: Herman Cain Says He Never Sexually Harassed Anyone, But Was Accused of Harassment While at National Restaurant Association:

Cain stressed, “I have never sexually harassed anyone.” He did admit that he was accused of harassment while at the National Restaurant Association, saying, “Yes, I was falsely accused while I was at the National Restaurant Association. And, I say falsely because it turned out, after the investigation, to be baseless.”

MORE: 

The Weekly Standard: Cain’s Former Secretary: This Is Not the Herman Cain I Know:

Past employees of Cain, including his long-time female executive assistant, have told THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the charges are unbelievable.

“It’s just not Herman,” says Sibby Wolfson, who was Cain’s executive assistant from 1997 through his first campaign for office in 2004, in a phone interview. “He’s got a lovely wife, a lovely family.”

Did Wolfson ever see Cain act in a way that could be construed as sexual harassment? “No, God, no,” she says. “Nothing. Absolutely nothing. In fact, I think Herman was careful to act in the opposite way.”

If Herman Cain was a  sexual harasser, (a la Bill Clinton), more women will be coming out of the woodwork in the coming weeks. But, somehow, I doubt it. Just like Anita Hill was the only woman Clarence Thomas was ever known to allegedly harass, these two anonymous victims of harassment will probably turn out to be isolated incidents, as well.

UPDATE:

Ace (who’s a Perry supporter) says he’s been hearing rumors:

Here’s a big question: “Are we going to hear about other allegations in the future?”

He says, “Absolutely not.” But immediately says: “If more allegations come, people will [sic] simply make them up.”

I say this is a big question because I heard about this stuff a month ago, and I didn’t hear about two incidences. I heard about many more.

I did not have detailed information, certainly nothing publishable. But I heard there was a long and numerous history here.

If he has this flaw in his character, there will be other instances of harassment, and those stories will come out eventually. Better now, then in the general election.

But it’s hard to believe it’s true when so many women who have worked for him are willing to go on the record saying they have never seen that in his character.

See also:

The Other McCain’s exclusive coverage of Herman Cain At The National Press Club.

Dana Loesch at Big Journalism:Politico’s Jonathan Martin Won’t Divulge Details Of Cain Story

John Guardiano: Politico’s High-Tech Lynching of Herman Cain:

The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution says explicitly that the accused has a right “to be confronted with the witnesses against him.”

True, the court of public opinion is not the same as a court of law. Still, the same basic principles of fairness and decency ought to apply in both venues. The media must not character assassinate people with anonymous accusations which, if true, could destroy reputations and end careers.

In short, name names or shut the hell up.

*Correction: My report originally listed Ben Smith as one of the writers of the Politico hit piece. I was confusing him with Jonathan Martin.

Hat tip: Charles B.

Linked by Michelle Malkin, and The Other McCain, thanks!.

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Your Sunday Hymn: Where Charity and Love Prevail

I found a lovely acapella rendition of Where Charity and Love Prevail for your Sunday hymn:

Where charity and love prevail, there God is ever found; Brought here together by Christ’s love, by love are we thus bound.

Lyrics:

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More MSM Fantasizing: “Honest” Obama’s Miraculous “White House Free of Scandal”

On September 27, I wrote a post called Obama Fantasies to ridicule the MSM’s latest attempt to push a narrative they deem helpful to their chosen one – the risible, snort-inducing, “scandal-free Obama administration” meme.

The “scandal-free” narrative tried to gain traction,  a week or so ago:

Mark it on your calendars: if President Obama has just 20 days to go — October 6! — in order to claim the record as the most scandal-free president since 1977.

Then the Solyndra scandal broke in a big way, smashing the meme to smithereens. But the idea that the Obama administration was “scandal free” was a complete fantasy before Solyndra.

Here’s an incomplete list of Obama scandals to date:

DealergateDOJ Black Panther whitewash, the Obamafication of NEA art, the Sestak affair, the politically expedient IG Gerald Walpin firing, misspent Porkulous funds,  the DOJ’s secret astroturf propaganda unit, the Shorebank scandal, oilgate, Blagojevich Rezko Obama corruption, his  unaccountable Communist czars, Fast and Furious, The Gibson Guitar Raid, and now Solyndra and LightSquared.

Scandal-free, my a$$.

Now, a month later, we have Jonathan Alter  reviving the narrative in a piece that reads like The Onion at Bloomberg News:

President Barack Obama goes into the 2012 with a weak economy that may doom his reelection. But he has one asset that hasn’t received much attention: He’s honest. (emphasis mine.)

Stop laughing – it gets better:

…the president’s Teflon is intriguing. How did we end up in such a scandal-less state? After investigating the question for a recent Washington Monthly article, I’ve been developing some theories. For starters, the tone is always set at the top. Obama puts a premium on personal integrity, and with a few exceptions…

I’ll tell you how he got into such a -uh – “scandal-less state”. Most of the idiots in the MSM aren’t reporting on the scandals as they should be, (in some cases they’re actively running interference for the administration – *cough* NYTs *cough* . So those who don’t watch Fox News, read conservative media, or page 23 D of the newspaper the one and only time the scandal’s mentioned, don’t get to find out what is really going on.

But the White House’s intense focus on scandal prevention has had mixed results. The almost proctological vetting process has ended up wounding Obama as much as prospective nominees. He gets cleaner but often less imaginative officials.

Bwahahahah…*breathe, breathe* Bwahahahaha!

Who was the proctologist in charge of the Van Jones vetting process? Eric Holder? Kathleen Sebelius?

There’s been a culture of corruption in the Obama administration since day one, as should be obvious by now to anyone with working brain cells. It was so blatant and egregious, Michelle Malkin was able to write a book about his “team of tax cheats, crooks, and cronies” only six months into his Presidency.

The vigilance about wrongdoing has worked better when it comes to oversight of the $787 billion stimulus program. The money might not always have been spent on the right things. But a rigorous process supervised by Vice President Joe Biden, and made transparent with the help of recovery.gov, has prevented widespread fraud and abuse.

He really had to bring “Sheriff Joe’s” stellar work fighting waste and fraud, into it, didn’t he? Because we haven’t laughed enough, already.

A few months ago, Doug Ross listed what he considered to be the top 10 boondoggles funded by the  “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, selected from the Coburn reportAmerican Recovery and Reinvestment Act“.

Here’s a few – You’ll love these:

1. Restoring a ‘national park’ that’s almost 100% underwater (FL) – $13 million

Visitors to Key West, Florida with enough time and money can explore one of the National Park Service’s less convenient destinations: Dry Tortugas National Park. Located 70 miles offshore, the park is almost entirely underwater and accessible only by airplane or private boat. Despite its relative inaccessibility, the park will get $13,304,484 in repairs for its barely above-water attraction, Fort Jefferson. Those willing to take the 4 1/2 hour round-trip ferry ride aboard the Yankee Freedom II have to pay as much as $165 per person, but will discover that only 40 of the park’s 65,000 acres are dry land.

4. Commerce Dept. Makeover and Door Shift (Washington, DC) – $183 million

The Hoover building in Washington has been rehabbed at a cost of nearly $1 billion over the last decade. It houses approximately 3,500 federal employees at the Department of Commerce, the White House Visitor Center, and the National Aquarium. The money will be used renovating unused office space for temporarily rotating groups of up to 400 Commerce employees at a time and ripping out

walls to install 16 miles of insulation. And moving a door to the aquarium.

3. Snow-making equipment and chair lifts (Mt. Snow, Vermont) – $25 million

Mt. Snow will use the stimulus dollars to replace two chairlifts, construct a 120-million-gallon storage pond for snowmaking, and install additional snowmaking fan guns. “Mount Snow was pursuing the chairlift renovations when they learned that government stimulus funds were available for ski area capital improvements.”

2. Fake News Videos Pitching ObamaCare (NYC, New York) – $25 million

What do you do when a key government program is unpopular with the general public? In the case of the stimulus, you sign a multi-million dollar contract with a public relations firm previously embroiled in controversy. For some time, the administration’s push for health information technology systems has faced significant public resistance because of privacy concerns. In response, the Department of Health and Human Services spent $25.8 million on a contract with Ketchum Inc. to help win over public opinion. Ketchum was criticized before, however, on other governmental work. The reason? Producing fake TV news stories for government agencies.

It turns out that waste and fraud are features, not bugs in the unwanted stimulus – the inspiration for the Tea Party.

I realize Alter’s target audience are the drones – he means to keep them in a continued state of unawareness –  but judging from the comments at Bloomberg, it ain’t flying with most if not everyone at that site. If the first page of comments are an indication of the rest of the 1338 Comments, Alter has  safely cleared the shark in a clown-suit as far as most people are concerned.

Here are a few sample comments:

Miracle? How? The media consistantly gives the false messiah, Soros’ pet a pass. What is the big surprise? If this was GW Bush, he would have been impeached 16 times already.

DRIPPING WITH STUPIDITY. . .. . This writer is as intellectually honest as Obama is. Where to begin? …

packsoldier 1 hour ago
Has this clown ever heard of Solyndra? Or Operation Fast and Furious? Who TF is Jon Alter kidding?
Todd James 1 hour ago
Oh brother…keep grabbing at straws Mr. Alter…I’m enjoying the show! This President isn’t and wasn’t qualified to be dog catcher just as you are not qualified to be an objective, fair and honest journalist. You didn’t do your job in the last election cycle so I’m certainly not going to put any stock in what you write or say now. There is no way in hell I would vote to re-elect this man. He’s done enough damage and needs to find a career he’s actually qualified to do and I have no idea what that is.
Wow. Just. Wow.
How much alprazolam does one need to take to write such an article?   This guy seems to be on enough to cause drug shortages elsewhere.
  • What a buffoon. In the fantasy, make-believe world of Leftists, where all they do is read each other’s swill, Obama is “free of scandal”.  In the real world, everyone knows otherwise.  Whatever brains or standards these Leftists may have once had has been converted into mush in their demented, suicidal quest to prop up this President, the worst of all time.
  • jasoncraig1982 2 hours ago
    This is the most ridiculous article I have ever read.  It is filled with lies and distortions and is your typical liberal spin.  What’s “unethical” is that you people call yourselves journalists.  Whoever wrote this is a mindless Obama drone.
  • Alisnicesometimes 2 hours ago

    Only thing I can add that hasn’t already been mentioned regarding Alter is that I keep thinking back to that old BeeGees song, written especially for JA’s parents:  “I started a joke.”

    Keep ‘em coming, Jonny…keep ‘em coming.  Like Joe Pesci, you amuse me.

I haven’t read a single comment in defense of the article. Granted, I only read the first page of comments, but still….
Pretty brutal stuff – especially when you consider that the vast majority of the over 1,300 comments are in the same vein.

Was devouring “Antonio Gramsci unicorn skittles” in front of God and everybody really worth it for Alter, I wonder?

UPDATE:

One more biggie for the scandal list: Pigford – Thanks to an anonymous commenter for reminding me.

There are so many scandals, it’s really hard to keep track of them all.

Linked by Gay Patriot, and Doug Ross, thanks!

Saturday Movie Matinee – Starring Herman Cain, Peter Schiff, Cornel West, Bill Whittle…

These two videos help explain why Herman Cain is catching on, and not going away any time soon:

Herman Cain in NW Arkansas ~ Believe ~ No Teleprompter ~ Just Heart:

Herman Cain back of the bus:

This vile, racist claptrap is what MSNBC calls “political analysis: Karen Finney: “Herman Cain Is A Black Man Who Knows His Place:

Via The Right Scoop: Peter Schiff owns Cornel West on Cooper Anderson 360:

The Simple Truth About Washington Regulations and Jobs:

PJTV: Afterburner with Bill Whittle: How to Steal Power:

This comes highly recommended by my daughter who is playing it in her orchestra class: Prelude For Strings/Gerald Finzi Boston String Players Conducted by Motoki Tanaka:

Fast forward to 2:00:

See also:

The Right Scoop: Cain: If I’m preparing for a speech, I do tell people to “shut up!”

The Hope For America: Sheriff Paul Babeu On Communities Accepting Foreign IDs:

More Calls For Holder To Resign + Fast and Furious Smoking Guns

Matthew Boyle at The Daily Caller reports on the growing drumbeat for Holder to step down:

Attorney General Eric Holder’s tenure in the Obama administration may be coming to an end. At least eight members of Congress have now called on Holder to resign over the growing Operation Fast and Furious scandal.

Republican Reps. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, John Mica of Florida, Quico Canseco of Texas and Gus Bilirakis of Florida each told The Daily Caller on Thursday that they believe Holder should step down now. The number of members of Congress calling for Holder to end his career in government because of Fast and Furious is now eight, a number which has doubled in one day.

Previously, Republican Reps. Joe Walsh of Illinois, Raul Labrador of Idaho, Blake Farenthold of Texas and Paul Gosar of Arizona called on Holder to resign.

A spokesperson for Mica, a powerful congressman who serves on the House oversight committee and chairs the House Transportation Committee, told TheDC that he “thinks Attorney General Holder should resign, for more than just the Fast and Furious operation mishandling.”

Congressman Allen West is also on record saying Obama should fire Holder, or he should step down. Michele Bachmann said Holder “should resign if the facts are what they appear to be.”

The collectivist vermin at Media Mutters are handling this news about as well as you’d expect – by going after the DC reporter, Matthew Boyle:

… because Boyle is a hack, this is an indication that Holder’s “tenure in the Obama administration may be coming to an end,” because the number of members of Congress calling for his resignation “has doubled in one day.” How the fact that relatively low-level Republican members of Congress don’t support him would lead to him leaving the administration is left unsaid.

***

As we previously noted, Fox devoted nearly four times more evening coverage to a Republican congressman’s call for a special counsel to investigate Holder than they gave to Senate Democrats who called for one to investigate Bush AG Alberto Gonzales. It will be interesting to see how much time they decide to give to Boyle’s non-story.

What they fail to mention is how much coverage the rest of the MSM wasted on the Gonzales non-story. Mary Chastain of Big Government checked into it and was impressed:

I went on the websites for CNN, FOX News, CBS News, New York Times, and ABC News (MSNBC & NBC didn’t give me results past 2011) and searched “Alberto Gonzalez.” Click on the links and you’ll see the many hits that came up! The MSM was all over this story. Seven US attorneys were fired on December 7, 2006 without much explanation. Some may have been fired to influence ongoing political corruption or any voter fraud investigations mainly for not going after investigations that could harm Democrat politicians. Mr. Gonzalez always made himself available to answer questions and turned over every single document he could. No wrong doing was found. But Democrats were going full force at him, demanding his resignation or firing. He finally resigned along with others over this scandal. Was Mr. Gonzalez innocent? Maybe, maybe not, but at least his controversies didn’t result in the death of an ATF agent in Mexico.

Maybe Fox News didn’t  join the pig pile on Attorney General Gonzales because he did nothing wrong?

I looked at the other MSM websites and couldn’t find anything on their main page. It’s sad to say I’m not shocked at all despite this being a big deal. I’d say Fast & Furious is a bigger deal than Solyndra and The New Black Panther Party. I woke up this morning (October 4) and still nothing on the front pages. I decided to search their websites.

NOTHING on CNN. NOTHING at MSNBC. Actually a search for “Eric Holder” provided articles about how Bush also approved gun transfers. They are REALLY desperate. “Look Bush did it so Obama can too!”An article at ABC News wasn’t published until 2:55AM. Not much came up at The New York Times!

My question is why was the MSM so eager to cover everything about Alberto Gonzalez but are staying as far away as possible from Eric Holder’s Fast & Furious scandal?

Shut up, that’s why. Plus, Matthew Boyle is a hack.
Oh, and Eric Holder is as clean and pure as the wind driven snow. He’s got an Inspector General checking into this, by the way. She’ll get to the bottom of this whole thing, I’m sure.
The Obama administration has nothing to hide – nothing at all.
In other F & F news….

In 1996, Obama filled out a candidate questionnaire while running for the Illinois state Senate, in which he supported state initiatives banning the manufacture, sale, and possession of handguns, and the ownership of “assault weapons.”

While a state senator in Illinois in 2004, he voted against Senate Bill 2165, which asserted a right of citizens to protect themselves against home invasions with handguns despite local ordinances. The bill passed 38-20, with Obama voting against the right for citizens to defend themselves in their own homes.

Time and again throughout his career, including at the 2008 Democratic primary debate in Philadelphia and the 2008 Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas, Obama betrayed an interest in closing down “unscrupulous gun dealers.” He created and believed in a boogeyman, a vile caricature of the small businessmen he decided were scapegoats for the problem of inner city violence. This, even though he knew criminals used straw purchasers that acquired the bulk of firearms in crime.

Most damningly, Obama was a director of the far-left Joyce Foundation from 1996-2004, when the group plotted to undermine the Second Amendment:

During Obama’s tenure, the Joyce Foundation board planned and implemented a program targeting the Supreme Court. The work began five years into Obama’s directorship, when the Foundation had experience in turning its millions into anti-gun “grassroots” organizations, but none at converting cash into legal scholarship.

The plan’s objective was bold: the judicial obliteration of the Second Amendment.

Joyce’s directors found a vulnerable point. When judges cannot rely upon past decisions, they sometimes turn to law review articles. Law reviews are impartial, and famed for meticulous cite-checking. They are also produced on a shoestring. Authors of articles receive no compensation; editors are law students who work for a tiny stipend.

The plot ultimately failed, but the die was cast; Obama showed his intent to undermine U.S. gun laws, whether ethically or otherwise.

Fast forward to near midnight, December 2010, in the desert in Arizona north of the Mexican border. Shot through the abdomen during a firefight with Mexican bandits, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry dies in Peck Canyon. Four suspects are arrested while a fifth evades capture. At least two AK-pattern rifles found at the crime scene are traced back to Operation Fast and Furious.

In January of 2011, ATF whistleblowers came forward and exposed the multi-agency plot, a conspiracy that involved the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Treasury, and State. More than 2,020 firearms had been “walked” from gun shops acting under orders from ATF agents through a network of straw purchasers known to the Department of Justice to the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico. Operation Fast and Furious is just one of ten alleged gun-walking operations run by the federal government in five states that may have run tens of thousands of weapons to narco-terrorists.

Read the whole thing. The only conclusion you can draw is……that’s right – Bob Owens is a hack.

SEE ALSO:

YouTube: Sec. Hillary Clinton: State Department unaware of ‘Fast & Furious’

October 27, 2011 – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified that the State Department was not notified by the Department of Justice in regards to the failed gun trafficking program, ‘Fast and Furios’.

She knows nothing.

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