Obama Set To Defy Order To Appear Before Atlanta Judge

The AP reports:

- A judge has ordered President Barack Obama to appear in court in Atlanta for a hearing on a complaint that says Obama isn’t a natural-born citizen and can’t be president.

It’s one of many such lawsuits that have been filed across the country, so far without success. A Georgia resident made the complaint, which is intended to keep Obama’s name off the state’s ballot in the March presidential primary.

 I believe he has some fundraisers and  some rounds of golf to attend to, instead.
Keith Koffler reports:
Obama, however, will be nowhere near Atlanta on Thursday. According to the White House, he will be out West promoting the agenda he plans to lay out in Tuesday’s State of the Union address. Obama Thursday plans to make appearances in Las Vegas and Denver areas before traveling on to Detroit to spend the night.
Ho-boy, just did some checking, and yep - Orly Taitz is involved:

Orly Taitz, the California attorney who brought the legal challenge to Obama’s name on the March Georgia presidential primary ballot, says this is what she has been working for over the last three years.

“This will be 100 times bigger than Watergate,” she said Saturday morning, referring to the scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon in 1974. “There are high ranking judges and federal officials who are involved in this cover up. The ramifications of this trial will be enormous.”

Taitz said she expects the president’s legal team to fight his appearance in the Georgia court.

“But he’s in a catch-22,” she said. “If he is appealing this decision, then he looks guilty. The whole nation understands this man is a fraud.”

Most people probably won’t even hear about it.

Of all of the birther lawsuits, this legal challenge has gone the furthest because it ordered the President to show up in court. But according to this local report, (via Birther Report), “there are several laws that enable the President not to attend, legally.”

Newt Wins Big in SC – Krauthammer Eats Crow

Well, I think we all saw this coming after his two great debate performances, this week.

And now, Charles Krauthammer is eating some crow, tonight:

I remember well Krauthammer’s May 17 proclamation that “Newt was done” (because of his brutal criticism of the Ryan budget plan) because I posted the video, here, and I agreed. Shows you how much we know.

Erick Erickson with some commentary on what it all means:

People are mad as hell they are about to be stuck with another boring, moderate, uninspiring choice that has at best a 50/50 shot at losing to the worst president since Carter. They are flocking to Newt not because they think he’s a great guy, but because right now, he’s the only one fighting for conservatism and GOP voters are looking for a vessel to channel their anger with Obama and their complete disappointment with the GOP establishment which is now embodied perfectly by Romney. They want a conservative fighter because most conservatives look back at Ford, Reagan, Bush, Dole, Bush, and McCain and see only the ones taking a conservative path against the Democrats actually winning.

Trump was a flash in the pan last year, but it was because he took the fight to Obama. And all of the others (Bachmann, Perry, Cain, etc) got their rise because at the time voters sensed they would fight back with them. If nothing else, in the last year, Newt has proven he won’t wilt like Mitt did yesterday under pretty basic questioning from Laura Ingraham or a month ago under routine questioning from Brett Baier.

Newt has taken the worst the media, Romney and the left can dish out, and he’s still standing and fighting with passion and eloquence. Sure, he’d probably be an erratic President, but right now Republican voters don’t care about his Presidency. They care about the fight with the left both Mitt Romney, and the Washington Republican leaders like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell don’t seem inclined to engage in.

I agree completely with that analysis.

No one is in love with Newt Gingrich, but we’ll take him warts and all if he’s willing to fight for conservatism and throw the left’s bogus narratives right back in their faces. Because we know  that is the only thing that will stop it.

A candidate’s total rejection of the left’s false premises is something conservative America is hungry to see. How many times have we cringed uncomfortably as a Republican candidate was cowed into some dopey PC position because he didn’t have the cajones to take a stand?

Newt seems like the grandparent, or great uncle who is outrageously honest because he no longer cares what people think of him.   Well, Newt should care – he’s running for President, for Pete’s sake – but there is something rather infectious about it.

RS McCain addresses the question on some of our minds – how does this help Santorum? Some of the polls right before the primary had him in 4th place, but he finished 3rd:

Gingrich ……….. 41%
Romney ………… 26%
Santorum ………. 18%
Paul ……………… 13%

Notice that Gingrich’s margin over Romney (15 points) is greater than Romney’s margin over Santorum (8 points). Romney’s campaign made a strategic miscalculation. There were 11 days between the Jan. 10 New Hampshire primary and today’s primary in South Carolina. And until Monday, Romney’s mix of TV ads here still included attacks on Santorum. Once they realized  that Gingrich was gaining ground, they switch to nonstop attacks on Newt, but the weight of Romney’s ad attacks was less than the impact of Newt’s strong debates.

But Mitt’s “inevitable” mojo spell is now decisively broken, and the questions now are multiple: Can Mitt get his mojo back? Will Newt be able to avoid further “drama”? Can Santorum get the financial resources to stay in the race, hoping to be the last man standing if Newt auto-destructs? Also, given Newt’s decisive margin, was it really necessary for Perry to drop out before the primary in order to stop Mitt?

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Awesome: Gingrich Again Calls Obama The “Food Stamp President” During S.C. Victory Speech…

MSNBC head assplosion alert at DEFCON 1.

(Hee hee!)

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State of AZ to Feds: We’re going to investigate Fast and Furious, too

ABC 15 reports:

Arizona lawmakers plan to launch their own investigation into the flawed Fast and Furious program.

Speaker Andy Tobin, a Republican, created the program that will be chaired by State Representative David Burnell Smith, also a Republican.

In a news release, the lawmakers stated the committee had three goals: determine the facts, determine the impact on Arizona and, most importantly, determine if the feds broke any state laws.

The committee plans to reveal its findings on March 30.

Chances are good that they are going to run smack into Holder’s stonewall. But it’s certainly worth a try.
I’ve updated some previous posts with the latest on the House investigation, but in case you missed it:

John Hinderaker: Holder’s United Front on Fast and Furious Crumbles:

In an ominous development for the Obama administration, Patrick Cunningham, chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona, has told the House Oversight Committee that he will assert his privilege against self-incrimination rather than testify before the committee next week.

**

… it would seem to be a bright line rule that any time a high-ranking official of the Department of Justice pleads the Fifth, a major scandal is under way.

But is some kind of fix in?

Sipsey Street Irregulars: FINALLY. Fifth Amendment Time in the Gunwalker Scandal. FOX breaks the story I knew was coming yesterday: “Federal official in Arizona to plead the fifth and not answer questions on ‘furious’” But, is the fix in? Issa staff reported to have witheld information from Grassley. “The roach motel of press inquiries.”

It is complex because this event comes at what may be a critical juncture in the investigation which some are interpreting as a reluctance on the part of the Issa committee to fully explore the many leads they have already developed because of their political sensitivity.

“I won’t say that the fix is in, but the Committee seems to be buying into the ‘Made-in-Phoenix’ line pushed by the White House,” said one source with inside knowledge of the investigator’s work. This seems to be reflected in the subpoena letter from Issa to Cunningham. From the Politico story linked above:

“Senior Justice Department officials have recently told the Committee that you relayed inaccurate and misleading information to the Department in preparation for its initial response to Congress,” wrote Issa. “These officials told us that even after Congress began investigating Fast and Furious, you continued to insist that no unacceptable tactics were used.”

The White House is happy for Issa to go after Cunningham for this is consistent with their denial that the White House had anything to do with gunwalking. Indeed, from the evidence above it would seem that the White House has determined Cunningham to be one of the designated sacrificial goats to that end.

Bob Owens:

Sure. Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler, Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich, ATF Director Kenneth E. Melson, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Michele Leonhart, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller, U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota/Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee/Acting ATF Director B. Todd Jones, top federal prosecutors in the southwest and White House staffers were all aware of Operation Fast and Furious. So let’s blame it all on the one guy in Arizona.

Stay tuned…

UPDATE:

A Press release from Oversight and Reform:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Patrick Cunningham, the chief of the criminal division in the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s office, has informed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that he intends to exercise his fifth amendment right not to incriminate himself next Tuesday at his deposition. Cunningham’s response, made through his lawyer, to a subpoena issued by the committee is extremely rare. More alarming is how broad Cunningham intends to rely on the Fifth Amendment. His lawyer has informed the committee that the only information Cunningham would provide is his name and title at the Department of Justice.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa issued the following statement:

“The assertion of the fifth amendment by a senior Justice official is a significant indictment of the Department’s integrity in Operation Fast and Furious. The former head of the ATF has previously told the committee that the Justice Department is managing its response to Operation Fast and Furious in a manner designed to protect its political appointees. This is the first time anyone has asserted their fifth amendment right in this investigation and heightens concerns that the Justice Department’s motivation for refusing to hand over subpoenaed materials is a desire to shield responsible officials from criminal charges and other embarrassment.

“Coming a year after revelations about reckless conduct in Operation Fast and Furious were first brought to light, the assertion of the fifth amendment also raises questions about whether President Obama and Attorney General Holder have made a serious and adequate response to allegations raised by whistleblowers. Did Attorney General Holder really not know a senior Justice Department official fears criminal prosecution or is this just another example of him hiding important facts? The committee will continue to demand answers.”

The only legally valid reason for asserting the fifth amendment is fear that testimony could aid one’s own criminal prosecution. In his response to the Committee, Cunningham’s lawyer rejected assertions made by other senior Justice Department officials in Washington that his client held key responsibility for reckless tactics in Operation Fast and Furious and false information provided to Congress.

Hat tip: SSI

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Video: South Carolina Attorney General: Over 900 Deceased People Have “Voted” in Recent Elections

Via Gateway Pundit:

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson (R-SC) appeared on Neil Cavuto to defend the South Carolina voter ID law that is under assault by Obama’s Justice Dept. He brought up research that recently revealed that over nine hundred dead people appear to have ‘voted’ in recent elections in South Carolina. Moreover, at least 5,000 people who have left the state are still registered in the state. The voter ID law is designed to ensure the integrity of the voting process, he said.

See also:

The Patriot Post: The War on South Carolina Continues:

Once again in South Carolina, the DOJ blocked that state’s new voter identification law, claiming it discriminates against minority voters. “Although the state has a legitimate interest in preventing voter fraud and safeguarding voter confidence … the state’s submission did not include any evidence or instance of either in-person voter impersonation or any other type of fraud that is not already addressed by the state’s existing voter identification requirement,” wrote Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez. Mr. Perez further contended the law requiring voters to present one of five forms of photo ID at the polls violated Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act because 8.4 percent of the state’s registered white voters lack photo ID, compared to 10 percent of nonwhite voters.

The Voting Rights act was passed to combat systemic disenfranchisement of minority voters, but applying it here is a dubious exercise at best. In 2005, the DOJ itself approved a Georgia law with the same provisions and protections, and in 2008, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board that an Indiana law requiring photo ID did not present an undue burden on voters. Furthermore, South Carolina’s law explicitly addresses potential disenfranchisement by offering state-issued IDs free of charge, and free transportation to anyone who needs a ride to a location where a picture ID can be obtained. And if a potential voter lacks a birth certificate, the state will provide a certified copy for $12, either in person, by mail, or by phone for an additional fee of $12.95.

Governor Haley has promised she “will absolutely sue” the DOJ, and on January 10th, S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson announced his office will file suit within the next 10 days in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia. Suing in DC is aimed at making it easier to get the case before the Supreme Court of the United States , which would then have to consider whether or not it would strike down a law identical to the one it approved for Indiana in 2008.

Buttressing South Carolina’s argument, and undermining progressive claims that voter fraud is virtually non-existent (thus negating the need for picture IDs), was an extensive data review conducted by Department of Motor Vehicles Director Kevin Shwedo into possible voter fraud. “Director Shwedo’s research has revealed evidence that over nine hundred deceased people appear to have ‘voted’ in recent elections in South Carolina,” said Attorney General Wilson who asked for the review. “This is an alarming number, and clearly necessitates an investigation into potential criminal activity. I have asked SLED [State Law Enforcement Division] Chief Keel to review Director Shwedo’s research.”

Unsurprisingly, Attorney General Eric Holder remains determined to stay the course, reiterating the progressive meme that voter ID laws are meant to suppress black turnout. “The right to vote is not only the cornerstone of our governance, it is the lifeblood of our democracy. And no force has proved more powerful, or more integral to the success of the great American experiment, than efforts to expand the franchise,” Holder said during a keynote speech in South Carolina on Martin Luther King Day. “Let me be very, very clear — the arc of American history has bent toward the inclusion, not the exclusion, of more of our fellow citizens in the electoral process. We must ensure that this continues.” South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was having none of it. “I signed a bill that would protect the integrity of our voting,” Haley said in a statement welcoming Holder to South Carolina.

How badly do the Obamacrats want to steal elections in 2012?

Check out these recent headlines:

Former Obama Staffer Charged With Identity Theft In Scheme To Smear IA Republican Sec. Of State

Att. Eric Holder: Dems In Upstate NY Say Voter Fraud is ‘A Normal Political Tactic’ – Your Voting Rights Division Might Want To Look Into That

Jarrett and Holder Politicize MLK Day

Video: Dead People Allowed to Vote in NH Primary

Scandal Plagued, Ethically Challenged Attorney General Voices Opposition To Voter Integrity Laws In Austin Speech (Updated with Video)

True The Vote v.s. Holder In Austin

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Former Obama Staffer Charged With Identity Theft In Scheme To Smear IA Republican Sec. Of State

Iowa blogger Shane Vander Hart has more, including this mug shot of Zachary Edwards, a Democratic operative.

I hope that headline got your attention because this story is everything it implies and more.

John Hinderaker at Powerline has the scoop: Not Just A Democrat Dirty Trick, But A Crime:

A few years ago, as part of its strategy of facilitating voter fraud as a means of winning close elections, the Democratic Party undertook a campaign to secure as many Secretary of State offices in swing states as possible. From those perches, the Democrats would be in a position to oversee elections and enforce (or decline to enforce) election laws. That strategy has been quite successful, but the Democrats suffered a setback in Iowa in 2010 when conservative Republican Matt Schultz won an upset victory in the Secretary of State race. Since then, Iowa Democrats have targeted Schultz.

That targeting has taken a sinister turn–a criminal one, in fact–as the Des Moines Register reports:

A Des Moines man has been arrested after police say he used, or tried to use, the identity of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz in a scheme to falsely implicate Schultz in perceived unethical behavior in office.

Zachary Edwards was arrested Friday and charged with identity theft.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety issued a news release saying Schultz’s office discovered the scheme on June 24, 2011 and notified authorities.

Edwards is a former Obama staffer who directed “new media operations” for Obama in five states during the 2008 primaries. Thereafter, he was Obama’s Director of New Media for the State of Iowa. In the Democratic Party’s lexicon, “new media” apparently includes identity theft.

Finish reading at Powerline.

A good companion to this story:

Peter Ferrara, The American Spectator: The Che Guevara Democrat Party:

Those who contribute to, vote for, or otherwise support today’s Democrat party need to catch up to the curve. These are not your father’s Democrats. George McGovern would be a moderate in this party.

This is the party that rejected Hillary Clinton because she was not left enough. Instead it literally took a Marxist street agitator from the Chicago political machine and put him in the White House. Barack Obama was actually teaching the social manipulation methods of openly communist revolutionary Saul Alinsky to other Marxist revolutionaries for the radical communist front group ACORN. His weird name reflects his personal rejection of American culture. This is the person today’s Democrat party wanted for President.

Keep reading.

God help us all if this bunch is successful in stealing the 2012 election.

Saturday Movie Matinee: Stand With Governor Walker

From Republican Governors: Stand With Scott:

Like the Governors said, instead of losing more jobs, Wisconsin, under Walker’s leadership is gaining jobs: Kestrel Aircraft Decision – Governor Scott Walker’s Comments:

Governor Scott Walker comments on Kestrel Aircraft’s decision to locate its manufacturing facility in Superior, Wisconsin. This video was taken on Monday, January 16, 2012 at the Superior, Wisconsin airport.

Wisconsin Singer/songwriter Glen Shulfer (of Union Man fame), wrote a powerful, uplifting and motivating song which pays tribute to Governor Walker: “Stand With Governor Walker”

We will stand with Governor Walker.
Because he does what he says; not just a big fancy talker.
We will stand with Governor Walker.
We got to keep moving ahead, all the way, with Governor Walker.

Good news for Gov Walker via Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama:

New poll results out in Wisconsin show positive news for Gov. Scott Walker.  A Public Policy Polling group survey shows that the Democrats’ leading candidate against Gov. Walker in the RECALL election, radically leftist former Dane County Executive, Kathleen Falk, is in meltdown mode.

Falk trails Milwaukee Democrat Mayor, Tom Barrett, by a margin of 46%-27%.  But here’s the best part, Barrett has said he’s NOT running in the gubernatorial RECALL election, but will instead seek re-election as Mayor of Milwaukee.  It gets even better: Barrett is the candidate the Democrats’ nominated in 2010 to run against Scott Walker.  And Walker defeated Barrett by 6%.

So it all boils down to this:  the Democrats’ leading candidate in the RECALL election against Gov. Scott Walker is a radical leftist who is losing by nearly 20% to a man who is not even running in the RECALL election, and who lost to Scott Walker in the 2010 gubernatorial campaign!  Don’t forget that Kathleen Falk lost both her statewide campaigns for office in Wisconsin, too!  ( In 2002 she ran for Governor and was rejected by the voters and in 2006 ran for Attorney General and was rejected by the voters again!)

For months the media has been trying to write Gov. Walker’s political obituary, insisting he would be booted from office.  But with your help we are proving the liberal media wrong yet again.

Please, join us in the campaign to support Gov. Scott Walker and DEFEAT the RECALL.  Please, support our campaign to DEFEAT the RECALL by making a contribution online – HERE.

Granny Jan has a new video out:Everything in the White House is Yours, Mr. President:

The Obamas http://www.amazon.com/Obamas-Jodi-Kantor/dp/0316098752

Freedom’s Lighthouse: New RNC Ad Uses Words of “Meet the Press” Moderator David Gregory to Hammer Obama’s “Broken Promises” – Video 1/20/12:

Weak – they’re going to have to do a lot better than that…Take off the gloves, RNC. They are going to call us racists no matter what we do.

This anonymous schmo on YouTube does a better job depicting the gag-inducing disappointment this President has been.:

PJTV’s Stephen Kruiser has a little fun with “Little Lord Stupid” aka Martin Bashir as he runs down the week’s news: Gingrich v. Williams and Matthews: Who Juan the Debate?

Chris Matthews takes issue with Newt Gingrich calling Juan Williams, of all things, Juan. Is the word Juan a form of coded racism, or just an esteemed journalist’s first name? Hear what Kruiser thinks. Plus Martin Bashir got bashed by South Carolina Senator Larry Grooms on live television. See the footage. MSNBC discovered that Mitt Romney filed a tax return, and they seem surprised. Also, NJ Governor Chris Christie is taking heat for calling someone an ignoramus.

Happy Newt Year:

Bill Whittle:Afterburner with Bill Whittle: The Working Class:

In this week’s Afterburner, Bill Whittle takes on the liberal agenda by addressing the underlying assumptions of Juan Williams when he asked Newt Gingrich this question:

“You recently said black Americans should demand jobs, not food stamps. You also said poor kids lack a strong work ethic and proposed having them work as janitors in their schools. Can’t you see that this is viewed, at a minimum, as insulting to all Americans, but particularly to black Americans?”

Lee Doren on how environmental concerns often lead to ridiculous, schizophrenic policies: Heavenly Shower or Save the Planet?

Stuff Liberals Say:

GOP Oversight Subpoenas AZ Justice Dept. Official Over Operation Fast & Furious:

Fox News covers the subpoena issued by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for Patrick Cunningham, an Arizona Justice Department official, to testify before Congress on Operation Fast and Furious.

John Hinderaker: Holder’s United Front on Fast and Furious Crumbles:

In an ominous development for the Obama administration, Patrick Cunningham, chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona, has told the House Oversight Committee that he will assert his privilege against self-incrimination rather than testify before the committee next week.

**

… it would seem to be a bright line rule that any time a high-ranking official of the Department of Justice pleads the Fifth, a major scandal is under way.

But is some kind of fix in?

Sipsey Street Irregulars: FINALLY. Fifth Amendment Time in the Gunwalker Scandal. FOX breaks the story I knew was coming yesterday: “Federal official in Arizona to plead the fifth and not answer questions on ‘furious’” But, is the fix in? Issa staff reported to have witheld information from Grassley. “The roach motel of press inquiries.”

It is complex because this event comes at what may be a critical juncture in the investigation which some are interpreting as a reluctance on the part of the Issa committee to fully explore the many leads they have already developed because of their political sensitivity.

“I won’t say that the fix is in, but the Committee seems to be buying into the ‘Made-in-Phoenix’ line pushed by the White House,” said one source with inside knowledge of the investigator’s work. This seems to be reflected in the subpoena letter from Issa to Cunningham. From the Politico story linked above:

“Senior Justice Department officials have recently told the Committee that you relayed inaccurate and misleading information to the Department in preparation for its initial response to Congress,” wrote Issa. “These officials told us that even after Congress began investigating Fast and Furious, you continued to insist that no unacceptable tactics were used.”

The White House is happy for Issa to go after Cunningham for this is consistent with their denial that the White House had anything to do with gunwalking. Indeed, from the evidence above it would seem that the White House has determined Cunningham to be one of the designated sacrificial goats to that end.

Bob Owens:

Sure. Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler, Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich, ATF Director Kenneth E. Melson, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Michele Leonhart, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller, U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota/Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee/Acting ATF Director B. Todd Jones, top federal prosecutors in the southwest and White House staffers were all aware of Operation Fast and Furious. So let’s blame it all on the one guy in Arizona.

Stay tuned…

SEE ALSO:

The Right Scoop: Walid Shoebat explains Islamic Muruna strategy

Hans Bader, Examiner: Obama’s Misleading Green-Jobs Ad: Taking Credit for Imaginary Jobs

Sun News: Keystone Calamity:

Obama chooses Saudi oil over Canadian oil with his rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Thanks to Brian B. for many of these.

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