Corrupt Ex-DHS IG Placed on Leave After Senate Probe Finds He Altered Reports (Video)

Another day, another massive Obama administration scandal. This time, it’s about the Regime’s corrupt, in the tank, not-so-independent Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security. He fulfilled a very important role in 2012, which as you may remember, was a big election year. Tasked with keeping watch over the DHS,  he  instead kept a watch-out watch-out for his pals in the department, covering up scandalous behavior.

Via Fox News:

A subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs released a scathing report on Thursday that effectively confirmed many of the ethical allegations that have trailed Charles Edwards ever since he resigned his post in December as acting DHS inspector general. The report determined that he “jeopardized the independence” of his office by socializing with senior DHS officials and had reports “altered or delayed” to accommodate the department he was supposed to oversee.

In the wake of the report, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that Edwards, who after leaving the acting IG post took a different job at DHS, would be placed on administrative leave.

The report also included, though did not confirm, allegations that Edwards’ office sat on information about the 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal that could “influence an election.”

“An Office of Inspector General is intended to be beyond reproach. The problems in that office were allowed to persist for far too long,” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said in a statement.

Asked about the allegations on Thursday, Edwards told FoxNews.com his office “was independent” — but he declined to comment further.

Edwards’ attorney is claiming that the bipartisan report is the product “of a predetermined investigation,” and faulted lawmakers for “declaring last year that his client acted improperly without giving him a chance to be interviewed.”  Because the Democratic controlled Senate is so known for being hard on fellow Democrats in the Obama administration.

“The report is full of characterizations and supposition which are not supported by the record in this case,” Lease said in a statement. “The report often cites to testimony or other materials which have been quoted out of context and provide a misleading impression. Mr. Edwards worked diligently to maintain the independence and integrity of the Office of the Inspector General during his tenure as Acting and Deputy Inspector General.”

The report paints the picture of an office torn apart by personal vendettas and political games. It included allegations that Edwards’ office retaliated against workers who spoke out and, in the words of one unnamed official, that Edwards himself cultivated a “toxic, totally dysfunctional and oppressive” work environment. One official told Senate investigators that the work atmosphere was one of “complete terror.”

Don’t worry, though. Eric Holder’s Justice Department has leaped into action. Holder’s got his best men on the case,  and they’re –they’re — –

Oh, who the hell am I kidding?

Holder’s not doing anything, nor is he expected to do anything.

On Fox with Greta Van Susteren, Thursday night, National Journal’s Ron Fournier said that the Obama’s administration thinks it can continue ignoring scandals  because it hasn’t perceived any price has been paid.

“They think they’ve skirted by on these scandals,” because Obama hasn’t been impeached, Fournier said Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “On the Record With Greta Van Susteren.” 

But there are consequences, Fournier argued: Obama’s credibility and personal approval ratings have tanked

“He’s going to pay for this in the long term,” the naive  Fournier said.

But  New York Times’ Michael Shear understands how the game is played. He argued that the public’s attention span in “this Internet-fueled world” is so short that the White House is counting on putting Edwards on administrative leave, and the next day “we’ll be on to the next story.” 

Next week, the MSM will have forgotten about this and in a month, it will be known as another Republican fueled “phony scandal.”

ObamaScare: OK Man Who’s Never Been On Healthcare.gov Gets HHS Letter Pressuring Him To Sign Up For ObamaCare (Video)

An Oklahoma man is a little freaked out because of a menacing letter he received from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Via Washington Free Beacon, 

A letter from the Health Insurance Marketplace, the division of government where Americans can enroll in Obamacare, was sent to Kini Kay last week. The letter listed his address and an application ID (similar to an eight digit number), and asked him to confirm his information and visit healthcare.gov.

The letter also claimed that he submitted an application for health coverage. But Kay never signed up for Obamacare and says he has “never been anywhere near that website.”

The letter warned of the March 31 enrollment deadline and threatened to deny Kay’s tax credits should he not make contact with the division within 45 days of the letter being issued. The letter is dated April 1. Kay did not receive the letter until April 14.

Kay expressed his frustration with the Obamacare letter: “Sentence after sentence- it’s bizarrely contradictory and confusing. And it’s dishonest. I never started an application.”

***Senator Harry Reid  just emailed to inform me that Mr. Kay is a liar who was paid by the Koch brothers to say those things.

HHS confirmed that they’ve been sending letters, but claimed it’s impossible for Kay to have received a letter if he did not apply at the Marketplace.

I suppose it’s possible that someone in his household went on the website and looked around without telling him. But it just goes to show you how out of control things have gotten that even if you haven’t personally visited the website, you can still expect to get harassing letters from the government.

I’m like Mr. Kay. You couldn’t pay me to go anywhere near that website.

Hat tip: Tammy Bruce

Obama Finds Japanese Robots To Be “A Little Scary”

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During a visit to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo, Japan, Thursday, the president was introduced to a robot named “ASIMO” who “was about the size of a 10-year-old child and was dressed in an astronaut suit,” according to a White House pool report.

Obama – whose White House has been busy fending off accusations that he has “a manhood problem-  apparently found the pint-sized robots to be  “a little scary.”

Via The Weekly Standard, Obama said,  “I have to say that the robots were a little scary, they were too lifelike. They were amazing.”

Dr. Ben Carson: “Bundy Case Gives Us A Brief Glimpse of The Totalitarian Regime That Awaits a Sleeping Populace”

In an article in The American Thinker, Dr. Ben Carson,  the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, pointed out that the Bundy case in Nevada provided “many insights into the state of our nation with respect to the relationship between the people and the government.” Specifically, he said the massive show of federal force in what is essentially a civil, legal dispute is “frightening because it gives us a brief glimpse of the totalitarian regime that awaits a sleeping populace….”

The Bundys appear to be honorable American citizens without adequate legal counsel to help resolve a federal land issue about which they disagree with the Bureau of Land Management. Without question, they violated some of the innumerable laws and regulations that continue to entangle every aspect of American life.

Their violations could certainly have been handled through a multitude of less brutal means than those employed by our federal government, which through the mouthpiece of Sen. Harry Reid emphasizes how important it is for the government to enforce its laws.

It is quite interesting to see, though, that the same bureaucrats refuse to enforce some of our federal border-protection laws and other domestic policies with which they disagree. Perhaps Mr. Reid’s time could be better spent explaining why it is acceptable for the federal government to pick and choose which laws it wishes to enforce.

The senator readily referred to the Bundys and their supporters as “domestic terrorists,” but the current administration is reticent about applying the same term to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who admitted slaughtering more than a dozen people in 2009 at Fort Hood in Texas. What does this tell us about our government and its perceptions and alignments?

The massive show of federal force in the Bundy case is frightening because it gives us a brief glimpse of the totalitarian regime that awaits a sleeping populace that does not take seriously its voting responsibilities, and places in public office (and returns them to office) who do not represent traditional American values.

The fact that the ranchers were well armed and willing to literally fight for their rights probably tempered the enthusiasm of the federal forces to engage in further aggression. It was clear from the body language and some of the reported verbal responses of the government forces that they were not prepared to engage in lethal combat with fellow Americans.

Carson went on to note that Americans can “take solace in knowing that many military and law enforcement personnel would likely refuse to obey commands inconsistent with freedom and American values.”

Carson elaborated on that in a recent interview on the Andy Parks Show, saying, “a lot of those government agents were not willing to point their guns at those people and were very reluctant to be engaged in a legal confrontation. I personally have talked to a number of military officials and CIA people who have told me that they are very vigilant and they not going to cooperate if there’s ever any type of government takeover of the peoples’ rights. And that to me is very encouraging. And I saw that with those people, there.”

“If you look back through history,” Carson continued, “what our government is doing is not unprecedented by any stretch of the imagination. It always starts like this. Freedom is not free.”

God bless Ben Carson for continuing to speak out. Racist left-wing goons are trying to paint the overachieving neurosurgeon and presidential medal of Freedom award winner as a whack-job and an “Uncle Tom” for candidly speaking his mind. But Carson brushes it off, undeterred. “When people don’t have anything worthwhile to talk about, and they can’t attack you on your character, they start calling you names”, he says. “This is a trick we learned in the third grade.”

The question is, has the government takeover already begun? Obama did promise to “fundamentally transform America.”

Bryan Fischer of Barbwire puts it this way:

If a Machiavellian genius were to set out to destroy the United States, he would do three things. Disarm and weaken our military so it cannot defend us against foreign enemies. Disarm the National Guard so it cannot defend the States against the federal government. Nationalize and militarize law enforcement by weaponizing bureaucrats.

That version of the U.S. would be helpless, governed by a tyrant, and without a cultural or moral core. It would soon cease even to faintly resemble the country bequeathed to us by the Founders.

Our commander-in-chief has canceled the military’s Tomahawk and Hellfire missiles, with no replacements in view for at least a decade. The Tomahawk is the most advanced cruise missile in the world and is the secret to the superiority of the U.S. Navy. The Hellfire is an extremely effective air-to-surface anti-tank weapon.

According to Seth Cropsey, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for American Seapower, if someone were trying to “reduce the U.S. ability to shape events” in the world, he couldn’t “find a better way than depriving the U.S. fleet of Tomahawks. It’s breathtaking.”

Meanwhile, Obama is deliberately reducing the army’s troop strength to pre-World War II levels and disarming our National Guard units by transferring their Apache attack helicopters to the Army and trading them in for non combat Blackhawks.

National Guard units have been instrumental in the nation’s war efforts. There were times during Operation Iraqi Freedom when Guard troops represented over 50% of the Army’s combat power. Along with Reserve troops, they have accounted for nearly a third of the service members who have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.

Why would the president wish to neuter such an effective fighting force? It’s quite simple really. National Guard units are part of State militias and therefore under the primary command of their state governors, until they mobilized for use in national defense operations. Because their commander-in-chief under ordinary circumstances is their governor, not their president, Guard units represent the last line of defense against a president drunk on his own tyrannical power.

In a Cliven Bundy kind of situation, where an ordinary citizen in one of our sovereign States is being threatened by armed bureaucrats pointing assault rifles at their wives and children, it makes a huge difference whether available attack helicopters are under the command of the federal government or under the command of a state governor determined to protect the rights of his citizens to life, liberty and property, if necessary against federal tyranny.

There is no denying that this president is weakening America, but people are only now figuring out what is going on with the Regime’s massive bullet acquisitions. They’ve been weaponizing bureaucrats, who tend to be libs with ingrained hostility toward conservatives. Many among them have no problem whatsoever training their rifles on ranchers and barring veterans from seeing war memorials. They will conduct armed raids to bully and harass guitar factory workers for “illegal wood” or a water bottle company over a tax dispute. These are not honorable, decent people. The sad fact of the matter is, we already have a modern day stasi – jack-booted government thugs ready and willing to do the Regime’s dirty work.

We now know what Obama meant when he famously declared in 2008 that we can no longer “continue to rely on our military” to protect our national security. Obama said, “we’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” At the time, no one knew what the hell he was talking about. It was such a bizarre thing to say.

He has made good on this frightening promise in ways that most Americans don’t realize. He currently has 120,000 bureaucrats – i.e., civilians – representing federal agencies who are armed to the eyeballs.

Here is just a partial list:

Don’t forget the IRS. Them too.

Even the Library of Congress, if you can believe it, is armored up. The Department of Education has its own SWAT team, and we’ve all seen Harry Reid’s BLM Brownshirts in action over the last several weeks. The Department of Homeland Security has 1.6 billion rounds of hollow point ammunition, which by international law cannot be used in warfare. In other words, the only possible use for this overwhelming tonnage of ammo is for it to be trained on our own citizens.

As the Bundy ranch stand-off proved – an armed populous throws a wrench into the Regime’s plans. Obama was probably thinking his gun control efforts would be further along by now. They are not, and a vigilant people will not comply with laws that are not faithfully executed nor equally enforced.  I fully expect Obama’s gun control efforts to ramp-up in the time he has left.

 

Watcher’s Council Nominations – The Shot Heard ‘Round The World Edition

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best posts in each category, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

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This weekThe MidKnight ReviewLe·gal In·sur·rec·tion Jewish American PatriotsGulag Boundand The Pirate’s Cove earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for that week when it comes out Wednesday morning.

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, without further ado, let’s see what we have this week….

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Video: Communists in Latest CPUSA Promo Sound Like Modern Day Democrats

 The Communist Party USA will be holding its 30th anniversary convention June 13th to June 15th in the city where the party was born – Chicago – where coincidentally Obama ended up after he graduated from college and where he rubbed elbows with Bill Ayers and other Communist luminaries.

You really and truly can’t distinguish Obama and modern day ObamaCrats from the Communist party, today – even their convention theme – “people before profits” sounds like Obama on the campaign trail against evil corporatist Mitt Romney in 2012. “At some point”, Obama once famously said, “you’ve made enough money.” Obama and his fellow travelers will define for you what “enough” is.

(February 24, 2014. Chicago) – The Communist Party USA has announced it will be holding its 30th anniversary convention in the city where the party was born – Chicago. Still four months out, organizers are already putting plans together for a memorable and impactful event. The convention theme will be putting people before profits and building a movement to transform America.

The CPUSA likes to say, ‘A better and peaceful world is possible.’ How would they achieve that? The party envisions, ‘a world where people and nature come before profits.’ That’s socialism, they say. That’s their vision, the vision of the Communist Party USA.

‘The people of the United States face enormous challenges today,’ the Communist Party’s convention announcement begins, ‘We live in a capitalist system where 99% of people struggle every day to survive and the richest 1% control the vast majority of wealth and power. Capitalism cannot meet the needs of the vast majority. ‘The notice goes on to take aim at three common adversaries of the working class including ‘the rich and powerful’, ‘the extreme right’, and ‘the Republican Party’.

Organizers go on to illustrate the basic difference between capitalists and socialists. ‘The drive of the rich and powerful to gain wealth at the expense of working people is the only logic of capitalism,’ they explain, ‘But everywhere in our country people unite to fight to improve their lives, to change the world for the better.’ In other words, socialists fight to improve the lives of everyone. Capitalists fight to improve their own lives at the expense of everyone else.

“The convention will be an important moment in helping build a transformative movement in our country. Such a movement will put the interests of the ninety-nine percent over the one percent and lay the basis of eliminating class, gender and racial inequality,” said CPUSA Chairman Sam Webb, “It’s an exciting time. The labor, civil rights, women’s, immigrant, youth, and LGBT movements are poised as perhaps never before to turn our great country around.”

Among the issues to be discussed at the annual convention are the minimum wage, fast food workers, voting rights, the environment, immigrant rights, the economic crisis, marijuana legalization and more. Local CPUSA leaders were obviously excited to learn the news that they’d be hosting the important event. “We expect about 250 delegates and guests from around the country,” Illinois district organizer John Bachtell told us, “They’ll be coming from all walks of life and over 40 states. It may surprise some that a good number are coming from the South.”

Most Americans have no idea that the policies they support are communist ideas. They’ve been brainwashed into supporting cultural Marxism even as they congratulate themselves for being “freethinkers.”

Yet “for pure murderous evil, there has never been a force to compare with Communism.” People need to wise up before it’s too late.

Video: Female “Attorney” Tangles With PJTV’s Zo at Dem Lawmaker’s Meet & Greet

PJTV’s Alfonzo Rachel attended his California Assemblyman’s Meet & Greet, only to get attacked and harassed by a woman who claimed to be an attorney, and who thought there was probable cause to sic the cops on him for videotaping at a public event.

Meanwhile, Zo says, “Democrat Al Muratsuchi shows his true hypocritical self.”

Just another example of how liberals like Al are not tolerant of things, but want to make it a law for others to be tolerant of the things they wouldn’t tolerate.

But, believe me the real star of this video is the bipolar coffee woman, who smiles sweetly, “I thought this was a coffee with Al Muratsuchi – is it a debate?”  Then without missing a beat, she turns to Zo, ferociously paws at him and hisses, “please! You do not have a right to photograph me. You have no right whatsoever.”

To which Zo replies, “just like you don’t have the right to touch me. You hypocrite.”

Then it gets interesting. Watch this crone who really exemplifies everything that is wrong with the Democrat party today – and that is saying a lot – attempt to bully and intimidate Zo.

(Whatever you do – do not freeze the frame at 5:47 – I’m begging you – just don’t.)

Hat tip: Brian B.

 

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