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Via The Other McCain: Afterburner with Bill Whittle: Merchants of Despair:

Whittle throwing out the red meat:

Via Hyscience: American Crossroads: Operation Hot Mic:

This would be funny if it wasn’t so chillingly spot on.

Via Townhall: RNC: What Else Will Obama Do If He Wins in 2012?

Charles Krauthammer: Obama Unleashed:

“If etch-a-sketch is a problem for Romney, here’s the President himself saying, I’ll be unleashed – I can govern hard left  – I can do all this reset stuff in the future, unmolested…” By “hard left”, take him to mean “Communist”.

Via Union News: Let’s Start a Riot:

See also:

 Seven blacks attack and severely injure Latino teenager in Palmdale, California in racially motivated attack

Hoodie-Wearing Gunmen Kill 1, Wound 5 in Bobby Rush’s Chicago District

Al Sharpton to call for civil disobedience and economic sanctions if George zimmerman isn’t arrested

Ga. high school students tweet Trayvon riot; threats of violence grow over Twitter

Via Barnhardt: Lord Monckton Interview, Obama’s Eligibility and Global Warming:

Sheriff Joe Press Conference Arizona Capitol March 27,2012:

86-year old Johanna Quaas demonstration on FX – “Turnier Der Meister” Cottbus 2012:

86-year old Johanna Quaas demonstration on PB – “Turnier Der Meister” Cottbus 2012:

Via NRA News: Katie Pavlich with the Latest on Fast and Furious -Issa and Grassley want to talk to Former WH Aide, Kevin O’Reilly:

See also:

Fox News: Internal memo shows ATF rank and file don’t trust the brass:

Vince Cefalu on why ATF employees might not trust the agency’s leadership.

The Collectivist Makes His Case: “You’re On Your Own” Economics Doesn’t Work

The President had quite the impressive schedule today – four fund-raisers in the North East, according to Keith Koffler.

Via RCP, here’s Obama speaking at a fund-raiser at one of his favorite types of venues; a college in Vermont:

“You know, each of us is only here because somebody somewhere felt responsibility, yes to their families, but also to their fellow citizens. Also to our country’s future. That’s the American story. The American story is not just about what we do on our own. Yes, we’re rugged individualists, we expect personally responsibility and everybody out there has got to work hard and carry their weight,” President Obama said at a fundraiser with college students at the University of Vermont.

“We also have always understood that we wouldn’t win the race for new jobs and businesses, and middle class security if we were just applying some ‘you’re on your own economics,'” Obama said.

“It’s been tried in our history and it hasn’t worked,” Obama said. “It didn’t work when we tried it in the decade before the Great Depression. It didn’t work when we tried it in the last decade. We just tried this. What they’re peddling has been tried — it did not work!”

Back in 2008, I directed attention to this December 1995 Chicago Reader interview of then candidate for IL State Senate, Barack Obama. I found his attack on individualism  to be quite alarming. Sadly, when you read his words from 1995 and compare them to what he is saying, today, you find that his collectivist philosophy has remained remarkably consistent over the years.

“In America,” Obama says, “we have this strong bias toward individual action. You know, we idolize the John Wayne hero who comes in to correct things with both guns blazing. But individual actions, individual dreams, are not sufficient. We must unite in collective action, build collective institutions and organizations.”

Out of appreciation for the fact the most Americans have this “bias” for rugged individualism, Obama still pays  lip service to it, today,  to even left-wing college crowds. But the song remains the same - individual actions are not sufficient.

Incidentally, in 1995, the Community organizer in him was interested in politicizing  more black churches:

In an interview after the class, Obama again spoke of the need to organize and mobilize the economic power and moral fervor of black churches. He also argued that as a state senator he might help bring this about faster than as a community organizer or civil rights lawyer.

His opinion of “the bitter clingers” has remained the same:

“The right wing, the Christian right, has done a good job of building these organizations of accountability, much better than the left or progressive forces have. But it’s always easier to organize around intolerance, narrow-mindedness, and false nostalgia. And they also have hijacked the higher moral ground with this language of family values and moral responsibility.

There was much speculation in 2008 over whether or not, Obama went to Louis Farrakhan’s  Million Man March earlier that year.. He did, of course.

Obama took time off from attending campaign coffees to attend October’s Million Man March in Washington, D.C. His experiences there only reinforced his reasons for jumping into politics.

“What I saw was a powerful demonstration of an impulse and need for African-American men to come together to recognize each other and affirm our rightful place in the society,” he said. “There was a profound sense that African-American men were ready to make a commitment to bring about change in our communities and lives.

“But what was lacking among march organizers was a positive agenda, a coherent agenda for change. Without this agenda a lot of this energy is going to dissipate. Just as holding hands and singing ‘We shall overcome’ is not going to do it, exhorting youth to have pride in their race, give up drugs and crime, is not going to do it if we can’t find jobs and futures for the 50 percent of black youth who are unemployed, underemployed, and full of bitterness and rage.

“Exhortations are not enough, nor are the notions that we can create a black economy within America that is hermetically sealed from the rest of the economy and seriously tackle the major issues confronting us,” Obama said.

He did the same thing then that he continues to do today – demonize the “mean, cruel” Republicans:

We must deal with the forces that are depressing wages, lopping off people’s benefits right and left, and creating an earnings gap between CEOs and the lowest-paid worker that has risen in the last 20 years from a ratio of 10 to 1 to one of better than 100 to 1.

“This doesn’t suggest that the need to look inward emphasized by the march isn’t important, and that these African-American tribal affinities aren’t legitimate. These are mean, cruel times, exemplified by a ‘lock ‘em up, take no prisoners’ mentality that dominates the Republican-led Congress. Historically, African-Americans have turned inward and towards black nationalism whenever they have a sense, as we do now, that the mainstream has rebuffed us, and that white Americans couldn’t care less about the profound problems African-Americans are facing.”

A Community Organizer’s job isn’t to unite and solve problems, it is to divide and conquer.

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Yes, Obama Had a No Good, Horrible, Very Bad Week – But There’s No Reason To Celebrate, Yet

Lisa Benson cartoon via Townhall

The week of March 25 may go down in history as the worst week of the Obama regime’s first term.

Via Hyscience,  Charles Hurt in The Washington Times sums up the President’s no good, horrible, very bad week.

So, in one week, Mr. Obama got caught whispering promises to our enemy, incited a race war, raised serious questions about his understanding of the Constitution, and then got smacked down over his proposed budget that was so wildly reckless that even Democrats in Congress could not support it.

Add to that  the Dem Senate Voted Down His Attempt To Raise Taxes On Oil Companies. And the White House sponsored Media Matters intimidation campaign  to take down Rush also backfired badly: Rush Limbaugh Ratings Up 60% Since Fluke Controversy. And now the two top Republicans investigating Fast and Furious, Issa and Grassley are demanding that the President make a former aide available for testimony to see how far the scandal reached in the White House, (Uh-oh!)  Oh, he also lost Peggy Noonan, this week.

Ouch. Did anything go right for Captain Oblivious? No. But as Hurt says, you won’t see any trace of embarrassment in the face of Mr. Obama.

He has mastered the high political art of shamelessness, wearing it smugly and cockily. Kind of like a hoodie.

But for those  tempted to bask in Obama’s many failures, Kyle Becker of Conservative News Daily offers a word of caution:

With such a Promethean task set before us, how could a conservative dare to celebrate? Or better yet to ask, why start sniffing cigars? If there is anything we unhinged right-wingers know, it is that the GOP has a talent for botching a sure thing. Our party is the geeky kid in high school who couldn’t get a prom date if he was sexually outnumbered by the gals two-to-one. And forget second base even if he does.

What is pathetic about the state of our country is that we are tempted to celebrate victories that are no more than the losses of our ideological opponents. Such Schadenfreude is par for the course in demented left-wing circles, where the progressive cultists shoot politics and economy through the prism of “you lose, we win.” What makes us depraved right-wingers is we have that ignoble and inhumane spirit that if we work together in a free society, we all win.

That’s the position of Republicans like Paul Ryan, who stick their necks out to do what’s best for the country, even while knowing that their efforts will be savagely demagogued by the collectivist left.

A wise commenter at The Washington Times, left this comment on Charles Hurt’s post.

Before you dance a jig over his political grave, just bear in mind the rationality and intelligence level of the average Obama supporter. For them, objective, quantifiable, sustainable, long term results mean little or nothing in comparison with good intentions, quickie pseudo-fixes, and feelgood platitudes.

Case in point, my wife’s aunt from NY is an avid Obama supporter. You can tell her all day about the coming bankruptcies of Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid, about Obama running unsustainable $1 trillion deficits every year with no end in sight, about Obama Administration violations of federal law with Fast & Furious & Solyndra; about the crony capitalism, and about Obama’ role in raising energy costs (such as the gas prices of which she complains about a lot) —- and she disputes none of that, throughout it all staring at you blankly like a pig trying to understand a wrist watch, and then merely stating, “Yes, yes, but I just like him, I just do.”

It’s impossible to employ reason with people whose foundation of thought is based not on reason and accountability, but whose idea of what’s best for the nation is electing whomever can best reach them on an emotional level. If that’s where Obama supporters are coming from, then a bad week like this will just a minor bump on the road for Barack Obama.

In fact, if SCOTUS throws out Obamacare, thereby sparing Obama from trying to implement an unworkable, unsustainable, unpopular health care bill, the Supremes may even have done him a favor, allowing him to harangue stuff like “Yes, we did — yes, we can again! Re-elect me, and we’ll do it ever better next time.” Sounds crazy, but to a lot of Obama voters that’s sweet music.

Yes, the most depressing thing about Obama is his base of supporters. These are people who will allow their emotions to be manipulated by any community organizer. Which is what the President still is to this day.

 According to New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor — in her new book on Obama — Obama still thought of himself as a community organizer when he was senator. He still does today, and, Fund warns, conservatives should be prepared for his Alinsky tactics in the 2012 campaign.

It’s no coincidence that we are currently living through  crisis after manufactured crisis:

…the aftereffects of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, violence on our border with Mexico, the Occupy movement, assaults on religious freedom and free speech by the administration and activists, and the implausible organization and mobilization of fringe malcontents into politically active groups. These developments can all be traced (as I’ve recently indicated) to Obama’s political roots, which are borne out by his policies, his associations and his affinity for such doctrines as Black Liberation Theology and Critical Race Theory.

If  the Supreme Court throws out ObamaCare, I fully expect to see massive Occupy/MoveOn/HealthCareNow/ protests, and agitations –  perhaps degenerating into riots, this summer.

And sitting back, smugly watching his handiwork from on high will be The Community Organizer in Chief.

The fate of the country remains in shadow.

Fast and Furious: Next Up on the Congressional Oversight Hot-Seat, White House Aide, Kevin O’Reilly (Video)

Ed Henry reporting for Fox News:

Two top Republican lawmakers investigating the Fast and Furious controversy are demanding the White House make a former aide available for testimony to see whether the scandal reached the upper echelons of the administration, according to a letter obtained by Fox News.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, fired off the letter Wednesday urging the White House to make available Kevin O’Reilly, a former National Security Council staffer who is currently stationed in Iraq for the State Department.

 The lawmakers are giving White House staffers the deadline of April 4 to respond, with Republican aides privately saying the back-and-forth could provoke a showdown over executive privilege if the administration tries to shield O’Reilly from talking to investigators.

Senator Chuck Grassley today joined Jon Scott on Fox News’ Happening Now to discuss the letter he and Congressman Darrell Issa sent to the White House.

Did you catch this at 3:22?:

Grassley: But that raises an important question for the congressional oversight that I’m involved in – we need to know what the White House knew about Fast and Furious, and there may be some evidence that we can get from Kevin O’Reilly on that matter, and is anyone in the White House implicated in the Fast and Furious operation? – Right now we can only take (it) to the highest levels of the Justice Department.

Outstanding.

It sounds like they’re satisfied with what they have on Holder, and are now focusing on the Prez.

Who is Kevin O’Reilly? I’m glad you asked…

Last Fall, Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars called O’Reilly a  “political Rasputin” who just happened to be emailing “Gunwalker Bill” Newell:

Typical, and reinforced by other accounts except on one major point, is this from a source with long government experience:

O’Reilly is a very left-wing operator. Has wide and long contacts with the “CHANGE” gang, Axelrod and Emanuel. . . (He is) a “One World” true believer, who has in the past three years, become close to U.S. Amb. to U.N. Susan Rice. This gives him an entree to the scab-suckers @ U.N.

The fact that he is in the N.S.C. is very troubling. The fact that he has so much juice … is dangerous !

He has John Donilan’s ear… which makes him the political Rasputin who gets to whisper the last thing into The N.S.C. Advisor’s ear before he talks to POTUS. He has some long-standing relations with Fmr. CIA’s John Brennan (Now Counter-terrorism Guru @ N.S.C.) but can’t pin it down to a time and place. May have been during the
election run-up in 2008.

He was a player in forcing Adm. Dennis Blair to resign as Director of National Intelligence, I am told. He made a reputation for himself as a very crafty … and clever. A staffer up on the Hill, who has a lot of Juice with left wing crowd.

(MBV Note: Probably refers to O’Reilly’s time as a Pearson Fellow in the office of Illinois Senator Dick Durbin.)

My sources tell me that he was the “MOLE” inside the N.S.C. who pulled the rug out from under the best National Security Advisor we’ve had in a long, long time; Gen. Jim Jones, USMC (Ret). He under-mined the General and was rumored to being the leak
at the White House on some very key matters, such as Troop “Surge” in Afghanistan, the McChrystal mess and the embrace of the Obama-labeled “Arab Spring” bullshit. .

MORE BACKGROUND:

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

ATF Phoenix Manager shared Fast and Furious Info with White House (With Videos)

The Latest On Gunwalker: Remember the name, Dan Restrepo

SEE ALSO:

Anthony Martin, The Examiner: Gunwalker’s Kevin O’Reilly–the man who knows too much?

UPDATE:

Issa was also on Fox, today: White House Ordered Kevin O’Rielly Not To Speak To Oversight about Fast & Furious:

He said investigators want to know who knew about this operation on the political end, but the White House has ordered O’Reilly not to Oversight…

Eric Schultz, the White House Spokesman who was hired to provide disinformation to the media on Fast and Furious, (and is notorious for screaming and swearing at reporters on the phone), sent the Committee what Issa characterized as a “mealy mouthed letter”:

“White House Counsel is reviewing the letter and will respond as appropriate. But broadly speaking, while some personnel in the White House were made aware of ATF’s efforts to combat gun trafficking along the southwest border, including Operation Fast and Furious, there has been no evidence to suggest that anyone at the White House knew about any decision to allow guns to ‘walk’ to Mexico.”

“No evidence?”

We’ll see about that.

Barack Obama – Married to the Mob

In her latest column, Ann Coulter commented on the false narrative that the left wing media nurtured for nearly two weeks in the wake of the tragic Trayvon Martin killing.

On the basis of little else, the media conjured a Hollywood script: A “white” man was “stalking” a little black kid — who could be Obama’s son! — confronted him, beat him senseless as the small black child screamed for help, and finally shot the kid dead, “just because he was black.”

Two weeks of nonstop hysteria later, it turns out that every part of that gripping plot is based on nothing that could be called a reasonable assumption, much less a fact.

In addition to  the numerous angry demonstrations and marches, the non stop hysteria included the  retweeting George Zimmerman’s (incorrect) Home Address, and a million dollar bounty from the New Black Panther party, who are also calling for a militia of 5,000 black volunteers to help capture George Zimmerman. (With still not a peep about this criminal behavior from the DOJ or the White House.)

To understand what is going on, Chairman Ann’s DEMONIC is essential reading: CHAPTER 10: CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE MOB:  GEORGE WALLACE, BULL CONNOR, ORVAL FAUBUS AND OTHER DEMOCRATS:

  It was the Democratic Party that ginned up the racist mob against blacks and it is the Democratic Party ginning every new mob today— ironically, all portraying themselves as the equivalent of the Freedom Riders. With real civil rights secure—try to find a restaurant that won’t serve a black person—modern civil rights laws benefit only the mob, not the victims of the mob, as American blacks had been. Just as fire seeks oxygen, Democrats seek power, which is why they will always be found championing the mob whether the mob consists of Democrats lynching blacks or Democrats slandering the critics of ObamaCare as racists.

Democrats have gone from demagoguing white (trash) voters with claims that Republicans are the party of blacks, to demagoguing black voters telling them Republicans are the party of racists. Any mob in a storm.

The liberal fairy tale that Southern bigots simply switched parties, from Democrat to Republican, is exactly wrong. What happened is: The Democrats switched mobs. Democrats will champion any group of hooligans in order to attain power. As Michael Barone said of the vicious segregationist (and Democrat) George Wallace, he was “a man who really didn’t believe in anything—a political opportunist who used opposition to integration to try and get himself ahead.”

This is why the Democrats are able to transition so seamlessly from defending Bull Connor racists to defending Black Panthers, hippies, yippies, Weathermen, feminists, Bush derangement syndrome liberals, Moveon.org, and every other indignant, angry mob.

Imagine if you will – this scene from To Kill a Mockingbird: It begins with Atticus Finch sitting outside the jailhouse where the black man he is defending from the charge of rape is being held. Emotions are running very high among certain elements in the town. A lynch mob approaches, demanding what could be called, “street justice”, or an “eye for an eye”.

“He in there, Mr. Finch?” a man said.

“He is,” we heard Atticus answer, “and he’s asleep. Don’t wake him up.”

In obedience to my father, there followed what I later realized was a sickeningly comic aspect of an unfunny situation: the men talked in near-whispers.

“You know what we want,” another man said. “Get aside from the door, Mr. Finch.”

“You can turn around and go home again, Walter,” Atticus said pleasantly.

What if, instead of that, Atticus had said, “you know what boys,  if I had a sister, she’d look like Mayella.” Would that have been helpful? Would it have defused the situation?  No, it would have made the mob even more to determined to get ‘im.

Now imagine the scene with the President sitting in front of  Zimmerman’s safe house.

When the  reporter asked him to comment on the Trayvon Martin shooting, instead playing into the racial narrative with, “you know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”,  the President could have said, “You know –  I understand emotions are raw in the wake of this tragic incident, but there’s no reason to believe at this point that there was a racial component in the altercation that led to Trayvon’s death.   There’s an investigation going on to see if a crime has been committed, but until there are any charges, and a verdict – in America –  a man is still presumed innocent until proven guilty.

What if the President had pleasantly sent this message to all those people who are marching in the streets,  demonstrating,   ransacking stores, terrorizing innocent people, trying to hunt Zimmerman down: “You can turn around and go home again, folks.”

It is possible to defuse an angry mob – but you have to actually want to.

SEE ALSO:

Sultan of Knish on The Bankrupt Race Card

The fortunes of too many black politicians have been tied to white guilt and black rage. The worst sort of black politician channels black rage to score points with black supporters while playing on the guilt of white voters, promising to heal the social conditions that bring about that anger and protect them from its ravages. But never before has that game been played out of the Oval Office.

The last two Democratic presidents were Southern governors, but the current occupant is a veteran of the corrupt urban political machine where there are only two games in town and when the money runs out, this is the one you play. The money is running out, the polls are running down and accordingly we have been treated to an episode of grievance theater, with our beloved leader in the role of healer and inciter.

Obama helped Al Sharpton achieved an unprecedented national profile in order to marshal that part of his base which cares less about jobs, than about finding someone to blame. The Trayvon Martin circus is a bullhorn urging that all of us, black or white, to stop focusing on the economy and start focusing on race.

It’s Community Activism 101 to divide and conquer the electorate by breaking them down and feeding local anxieties, whether it’s about birth control or racial injustice. And it’s a win-win for Obama, who at worst gains a distraction from economic turmoil and a few thousand guilty voters and at best, upends the national dialogue by asserting the dominance of the racial narrative. While his associates wield the bullhorns, he carefully plays healer and if there is violence, then his currency as racial healer increases.

What does it say about America that what was once a form of political theater rising out of the grimy urban blocks of the failed city is now a national art form? Nothing good. A local dysfunction has become a national dysfunction, not because every city has become New York and Chicago, but because the people at the center of power hail from New York and Chicago.

Meanwhile, the burning tensions in the  city of Sanford, FL are like a  “tinderbox” ready to blow.

Hump Day Link-Around

Gary McCoy cartoon via Townhall.

Michelle Malkin: The war on Wisconsin:

Now is the time for all good tea partiers to come to the aid of Wisconsin. Fiscally conservative leaders in the Badger State are under coordinated siege from Big Labor, the White House, the liberal media and the judiciary. The yearlong campaign of union thuggery, family harassment and intimidation of Republican donors and businesses is about to escalate even further. This is the price the Right pays for doing the right thing.

The most visible target is Gov. Scott Walker, who faces recall on June 5 over his tough package of state budget and public employee union reforms. Three state GOP legislators — Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Sen. Van Wanggaard and Sen. Terry Moulton — also face recall. A fourth target, staunch union reformer and Second Amendment advocate Sen. Pam Galloway, announced she was stepping down last week — leaving the legislature deadlocked and Democratic strategists salivating.

Walker and the GOP majority ended the union compulsory dues racket, allowed workers to choose whether to join a union, curtailed costly bargaining rights and enacted pension and health contribution requirements to bring the government in line with private-sector practices. The Walker reform law helped prevent massive layoffs in public education by saving tens of millions of dollars in bloated benefits bills. Ending the state union monopoly on teachers’ health insurance plans allowed dozens of school districts to switch their coverage to more competitive bidders.

The free-market MacIver Institute reports that at least 25 school districts did so, saving the districts more than $200 per student. Hundreds of millions more in savings are in the works as school districts and local governments turn deficits to surpluses. And Walker’s actions have nearly wiped out the nearly $3.6 billion deficit he inherited from his free-spending predecessors.

Another embarrassing defeat for Holder’s rogue DOJ: Judge acquits Hutaree militia members of conspiracy charges:

In a 28-page decision, Roberts wrote, “The evidence is not sufficient … to find that defendants came to a concrete agreement to forcibly oppose the authority of the government of the United States as charged in the indictment.”

Prosecutors said Hutaree members were anti-government rebels prepared for a violent strike against federal law enforcement. There was never an attack, and defense lawyers said the government used members’ offensive remarks about police to build a criminal case.

The FBI had planted an informant and an agent inside the Hutaree militia starting in 2008, and the audio and video evidence the agency collected became the cornerstone of the government’s case.

“The court is aware that protected speech and mere words can be sufficient to show a conspiracy. In this case, however, they do not rise to that level,” the judge said. She said David Stone Sr.’s “diatribes evince nothing more than his own hatred for — perhaps even desire to fight or kill — law enforcement; this is not the same as seditious conspiracy.”

Gina Balaya, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office, declined to comment.

Maybe the DOJ could look into this injustice, now: Elderly Couple Terrorized Out Of Their Home By Spike Lee  What color are they, though? In ObAmerica, that would be the determining factor in deciding whether or not their rights have been violated.

And how about that New Black Panther Party?  What is it – day 4 or 5 of their illegal bounty to capture a man who hasn’t been charged of any crime in Florida, and not a single peep out of the Obama administration or DOJ. How can this be?

Now, via *Gateway Pundit, New Black Panther Leader Malik Shabazz Threatens to “Burn This City Down” at Detroit City Meeting (Video):

New Black Panther leader Malik Shabazz threatened to “burn this city down” at a town hall meeting in Detroit on Monday. About 30-40 people disrupted the meeting Monday.
“And, before we let you take over our city, we will burn it down!”

Have we finally become a Banana Republic?

*Not THE Malik Shabazz who is the leader of the New Black Panther Party – this is another Malik Shabazz who may or may not be affiliated with the New Black Panthers, and who claims the title of “Minister”.

By the way, in case you’re wondering what CNN did to get on Media Matters’ sh*t-list,  occasional honest and hard-hitting interviews like this Anderson Cooper interview of a Black Panther leader answers your question.

During an odd and fiery interview on CNN Monday night,  Anderson Cooper tussled with Mikhail Muhammad of The New Black Panther Party over the group’s reaction to the death of Florida Teen Trayvon Martin. The New Black Panther Party has offered a reward for the capture of Martin’s shooter George Zimmerman, and cited “street people law” during the interview Monday night as justification for charging murder against George Zimmerman while calling for a citizen’s arrest.

“He committed murder, he committed a hate crime,” Muhammad told Cooper of Zimmerman, explaining, “we decided to take it upon ourselves and coalition with other groups, with other black people who have had enough.”

Anderson continued to remind Muhammad that Martin’s father has explicitly rejected the “eye for an eye” rhetoric that some members of The New Black Panther Party have used, but the spokesman appeared to ignore the father’s request.

“We are military, we are here to support Trayvon’s family,” Muhammad argued, adding that the government wasn’t really there for Trayvon Martin and that “they have killed millions of black men and women.”

“You tell our justice department and Eric Holder and our President Obama to get off up their ass and do the work and the rest is done!” Muhammad went on to say. When pressed by Cooper on the legality, he responded that he could make a citizen’s arrest of Zimmerman, who has not yet been charged for anything, because the New Black Panther Party member doesn’t “obey the white man’s law,” but rather the “street people’s law.”

If you don’t know what I mean by “Media Matters Sh*t list”, see Jeffrey Bell’s must-read, The Plot to Get Rush.

Let’s stop here for a moment for a brief bit of historical background — not a detour but a very necessary context.

It is a big mistake — a really big mistake — to dismiss what’s being done to Rush Limbaugh as just some crazy guys at Media Matters.

When we work our way through what Angelo Carusone and his Media Matters comrades and others are doing when they target Rush, or went after Glenn Beck, or plan to do in targeting Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin and who knows who after that (Levin? Laura?) remember: this is the way the Left — the global left throughout history, not simply the American Left today — has always behaved. A fanatical intolerance is part of the leftist DNA.

The late Austrian free-market economist Ludwig von Mises described the leftist method of operation as “fanatical and intolerant.” It works, he said, this way:

Socialism… works on the emotions…to stifle the voice of reason by awakening primitive instincts.

Primitive instincts.

And that most primitive of human instincts? You got it.

Fear.

The skillful, clever use of fear (not to mention hate) is the defining trait of leftists throughout history. Fear is the primitive emotion the left feeds on like a junkie needs drugs. It is a trait repeatedly manifested in history by the use of intimidation or bully-boy tactics to assert raw power. It is the vividly identifiable scarlet thread of intolerance that has shown itself in one leftist movement after another on down through the centuries, regardless of nationality.

Read the whole thing, 9 pages long in all, but well worth your time.

And one more thing.

What is it Angelo Carusone is quoted as doing in that 2010 Raw Story interview? A story that was in fact focused on Glenn Beck?

Here’s the verbatim.

…Carusone is mounting similar campaigns targeting Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and CNN.

Beck is now off Fox’s air.

The Rush campaign is now in progress — but in spite of all this, in fact precisely because of all this, his audience is sticking — not to mention getting pretty damn mad.

CNN? What did these poor struggling media mushies do? No idea. But they have somehow offended the sensibilities of Commissar Carusone.

CNN sometimes strays from the left-wing narrative – that is not to be tolerated!

Doug Ross: Top 10 Reasons Obamacare IS Constitutional…

 I can assure you, despite all of the hullabaloo from the hoi polloi, that Obama is entirely, 100% Constitutional, no if’s and’s or but’s.

Seton Motley: ‘The Constitution is the Ultimate Pre-Existing Condition’:

Less Government President Seton Motley’s remarks at Tuesday’s Tea Party Patriots Road to Repeal ObamaCare rally (though he sometimes goes extemporaneous):

“Are these mics hot?

“First, we are very pleased the Supreme Court decided not to wait to hear this case until after the election – when they would have more flexibility.

“Because there is plenty of unConstitutionality on which to rule right now – that cannot wait until more convenient times for ObamaCare proponents.

“The Constitution is the ultimate pre-existing condition.

“The Constitution ascribes the federal government limited, enumerated powers.  Mandating that everyone purchase health insurance is, quite simply, not one of them.

“Neither is a virtual takeover of 1/6th of the economy – the entire health care sector.  Which is what ObamaCare, in its essence, is.

Thousands of patriots rallied in Washington DC, and Jefferson City, at the AFP held Hands off my Healthcare rallies, yesterday.

LifeNews: Obama HHS Mandate Wasn’t Just About Contraception:

An ancient example of resistance to a tyrant’s attempt to coerce violations of religious conscience provides an interesting perspective on resistance to the Obama administration’s recent healthcare coverage mandate.

“Contraception” is not exactly the right term. The HHS mandate implementing Obamacare requires insurance plans of religious employers to provide not just contraception but also sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs–”morning-after” (and even “week-after”) pills designed to cause the death of a conceived human embryo rather than prevent conception. The technical term for such drugs is abortifacient, though they often are called, euphemistically, “emergency contraception.”

“Cram-down”is a perfect term for HHS’s policy, however. The whole point, it seems, is to override religious objections to such a policy to the maximum extent politically possible, out of an intense ideological commitment to contraception and abortion as “preventive health care.” It is vital, the ideologues say, to prevail over religious objections precisely in order to advance, and permanently entrench, this particular ideology and, further, to vindicate the power of government to impose such policies on everyone. Religious objections must be overcome, in part for the sake of overcoming religious objections.

Read on as the author recalls the biblical example from Maccabees: How Eleazar and an entire family of brothers were victims of a tyrannical ruler, and who were tortured to death because of  their refusal to violate their consciences.

But the story of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, and Eleazar, remains a remarkable two-thousand-year-old parable about tyranny and conscience, about cram-downs, accommodations, deception, and adherence to principle. There are relatively few instances in recorded modern western history when government has insisted on vindicating its authority and overriding religious conscience for its own sake–purely for the symbolism of power prevailing over conscience.

I’ll be happy when justice is finally served in this case: Atlas Shrugs Free Michael Behenna: Scapegoating a Hero rotting in Leavenworth Date for Oral Arguments Set and a New Fund

The Circle of Moms blog is hosting a contest – Top 25 Political Moms – 2012

I’m not going to tell you how to vote, but Lonely Conservative has the best chance of beating the top vote getter, a far-left mommy blog. The contest goes on for about another week, and you can vote once a day.

Weasel Zippers: Poll: 68% Disapprove of Obama’s Job Handling Spike In Gas Prices…

Ouch, I guess no one was fooled by his phoney, face-saving photo-ops, last week.

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Video: Trayvon Martin Anti-Violence Protester Beats Up Girlfriend, Goes To Jail

Video: Florida Dems Paying People To Protest Allen West

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From the desk of the Speaker of the House: Speaker Boehner Seeks Answers on President Obama’s “Flexibility” on Missile Defense:

Washington (Mar 28)

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today sent a letter to President Obama requesting answers about his comments to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev concerning America’s missile defense program. In October, Speaker Boehner delivered an address on the president’s “reset” policy with the Russian government in which he urged the administration not to make any unilateral concessions to the Russians that would diminish America’s missile defense capabilities. A PDF of the letter sent today can be found here.

Neutralize the left’s callus and evil death wishes for Dick Cheney and wish him a speedy and full recovery: GET WELL SOON MR. VICE PRESIDENT!

In a very scary and cynical interview that sounded more like a “Death Panel” under Obamacare, NBC’s Matt Lauer said “[Cheney's] case has re-opened debate on whether rules should be changed to favor younger patients”

NBC’s medical editor Nancy Snyderman said Cheney’s operation “…raised a lot of ethical questions, moral questions, about whether the Vice President, in fact, should have received his heart…”

Even more hateful were the comments posted on Democratic Underground, a website well-known for it’s extreme left slant. The follow are all quotes from their website!> “I hope he dies a slow death”
> “Cheney is a murderer”
> “I hope dick is in pain and drowning in his own fluids”
> “I’m not going to feel anything but intense gratitude… [when he dies]“

Is this kind of sick demented talk even worthy of our attention? The answer is yes.

PLEASE SIGN IT NOW AND FORWARD IT TO OTHERS! SIGN THE GET WELL SOON CARD HERE!

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Fausta: Cuba: The Pope’s shameful trip:

 

Benedict turned a deaf ear to the people clamoring for freedom – in the video above you can hear the chant of “libertad, libertad” (freedom, freedom).

The Catholic Church remains silent on arrest of protestor and hundreds of dissidents in Cuba, yet,

Unofficial reports also seem to confirm the future saint Fidel’s first miracle: the instantaneous disappearance from the island of the Ladies in White and all dissidents.

The hand of God lets go of Cuba and Cubans?

RNC Releases Audio Of Obama Lawyer Embarrassing Himself Before Supreme Court – UPDATE: Toobin Today: Now it’s a “Plane Wreck”

According to just about everybody, yesterday’s Supreme Court hearing really was a train wreck for the Obama administration.

Via The Washington Free Beacon, the Morning Joe Crew had a little fun at the administration’s expense:

SCARBOROUGH: SOMEBODY MESSED IN THEIR BED YESTERDAY ARGUING FOR THE ADMINISTRATION. THAT’S A VERY POLITE WAY OF SAYING WHAT THAT POOR, POOR GUY DID WHO IS GOING TO BE CRUCIFIED BY THE AMERICAN LEFT FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. HE IS LIKE THE BILL BUCKNER OF THE AMERICAN LEFT. IT WENT HORRIBLY FOR THE WHITE HOUSE YESTERDAY. WHEN JEFFREY TOOBIN COMES OUT AND SAYS ‘IT’S OVER’. IT’S OVER, LET’S JUST BLOW UP THE STAKES, WE LOSE.

BARNACLE: THEY SHOULD HAVE SENT JOE PESCI IN, FROM MY COUSIN VINNY.

PANEL: (LAUGHTER)

SCARBOROUGH: HE WOULD HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB!

BRZEZINSKI: GUYS THAT’S NOT NICE

Watch that video at the Beacon.

Now, via Freedom’s Lighthouse, here’s  the RNC’s video, “ObamaCare: It’s a Tough Sell:

Many on the Left are horrified at the job Verrilli did yesterday, choosing to focus on him rather than obvious reality that ObamaCare is unconstitutional. It’s just hard to defend, a “tough sell,” which is the point of this ad.

SEE ALSO:

Erick Erickson, Red State: Sinners In the Hands of Anthony Kennedy The left cries foul as the right uses the federal courts to do as the left has done for years.

As the clock approached 11, Kennedy spoke again, sending shockwaves through the legal community. He stated matter of factly,

the reason this is concerning, is because it requires the individual to do an affirmative act. In the law of torts our tradition, our law, has been that you don’t have the duty to rescue someone if that person is in danger. The blind man is walking in front of a car and you do not have a duty to stop him absent some relation between you. And there is some severe moral criticisms of that rule, but that’s generally the rule.

And here the government is saying that the Federal Government has a duty to tell the individual citizen that it must act, and that is different from what we have in previous cases and that changes the relationship of the Federal Government to the individual in the very fundamental way.

It was the quote heard round the world. It is what the tea party movement, libertarians, conservatives, and so many private citizens have been saying. It was an expression of what every legal scholar on television has pooh-poohed as the troglodyte rhetoric of plebeians not educated enough to understand their own founding compact.

That Justice Kennedy expressed something so obvious to so many Americans that so many well educated legal analysts have mocked for two years as an outmoded view of the constitution put forward only by hicks, rubes, and the racist middle class tea partiers not cool enough to defecate on police cars like the Occupy Wall Street hipsters should deeply, deeply trouble every radio station, newspaper, and television news network along with the American people.

Just how out of touch are the people the news media relies on as legal experts used to help form both their and their audiences’ opinions? More so, is it not abundantly obvious that legal experts let their own partisanship shape their opinions?

UPDATE:

Great news! Today’s arguments faring no better for the administration – Liberal legal experts still gobsmacked!:

RCP: Toobin: Hard To Imagine How Things Could Be Going Worse For Obama Administration:

NN Senior Legal Analyst Jeff Toobin: “This still looks like a train wreck for the Obama Administration, and it may also be a plane wreck. This entire law is now in serious trouble. It also seems that the individual mandate is doomed. I mean, Anthony Kennedy spent much of this morning talking about if we strike down the individual mandate, how should we handle the rest of the law? Now, it is less clear that they are going to strike down the whole law. There does seem to be some controversy in the court about that. Certainly there are some members of the court, Antonin Scalia, Justice Alito, who want to strike down the entire law, but it seemed almost a foregone conclusion today that they were going to strike down the individual mandate, and the only question is does the whole law go out the window with it?”

Whitfield: “Oh, my goodness. Okay, so I have got about 20 seconds or so left. How might this impact arguments later on this afternoon, Jeff?”

Toobin: “Well, it’s hard to imagine how things could be going much worse for the Obama Administration, but now they’re going to be dealing with the Medicaid portion, and they may decide to get rid of that as well.”

Watch the video at RCP.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Hat tip: Brian B.

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