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”

obama-robotPhotoshop created by ND.

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.

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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.

 

Earth Day 2014 News Round-Up

EarthDayGraphic via Scotty’s Dreamworld

The moonbats are out in full force to celebrate “Earth Day” today. There are all sorts of events planned jam packed with the sort of symbolic feel-goodism  liberals adore. A whopping 18% of the American people say they plan to “celebrate” Earth Day, this year.

NASA even took some time out from their Muslim outreach duties to promote the importance of “climate change” (I like to call it “weather”) with #GlobalSelfies so libs can take pictures of themselves caring more about the earth than you do.

Via Twitchy:

 

People are actually doing this.

Of course, NASA had to weigh in on “Climate Change” (weather):

Prompting this humorous reply:

MORE from Twitchy:

How is CNN ‘covering’ Earth Day? Columnist Rex Huppke reveals and it is hilarious

Earth Day hypocrisy! Mark Knoller catches Obama’s carbon footprint widening

 

Via Sooper Mexican, here are some  fun facts about the day: 

Did you know that Earth Day started in 1970 on the 100th anniversary of  Lenin’s birthday? Neat, huh?

Earth Day was co-founded by a murderous degenerate named Ira Einhorn who bashed his girlfriend’s head in and hid her body in a trunk while she was still alive. There she stayed for the next 18 months until her her rotting corpse was discovered by the police. He is known as “the Unicorn Killer” because Einhorn means unicorn in German. He fled to Europe and was convicted 25 years later for her murder in 2002 and is serving a life sentence.

Oh – and none of the original Earth Day predictions have come true.

Via John Gabriel at Ricochet, here are the 13 Most Ridiculous Predictions Made on Earth Day, 1970:

Today is Earth Day — an annual event first launched on April 22, 1970. The inaugural festivities (organized in part by then hippie and now convicted murderer Ira Einhorn) predicted death, destruction and disease unless we did exactly as progressives commanded. Sound familiar? Behold the coming apocalypse, as predicted on and around Earth Day, 1970:

  1. “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”  — Harvard biologist George Wald
  2. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner
  3. “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” — New York Times editorial
  4. “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich

Keep reading at link.

Via The Conversation: EPA ‘Jetting Around the Country’ for Week-Long Earth Day Tour

Administrator McCarthy will undertake a greenhouse gas laden week-long tour that will “far exceed” any benefit from her climate change proselytizing.

“Frenetically jetting around the country appears to undercut [the] EPA’s message to ordinary Americans that they should conserve, consume less and reduce transportation pollution,” PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch said in a statement.

McCarthy will be participating in “various events to…focus on responsible steps to cut carbon pollution to slow the effects of climate change” in New York, Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta and Memphis.

Some activities on the tour were called into question.

Ruch noted that some events on McCarthy’s itinerary have questionable ties to promoting climate action, such as joining Energy Secretary Moniz to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday’s Red Sox vs. Yankees baseball game at Boston’s Fenway Park.

There’s some sort of Pow-wow going on at the National Mall in Washington DC to protest the Keystone Pipeline. As you can see, it’s lightly attended, I’m guessing because even most moonbats know Obama’s already decided against it – and has just kicked the can down the road again to the mitigate political damage to vulnerable Dems. But for some people, it’s still worth the effort just so they show everyone how much they care about the environment, you guys!

 

Weasel Zippers: Salon Fear Mongers: “It’s Only a Matter of Time Before Phoenix Is Entirely Uninhabitable” Because of Global Warming…

Zip: “I’ll go out on a limb and predict this won’t happen.”  (LOL)

 

Obama Preparing To Grant Clemency To Convicted Drug Offenders – May Halt Deportations of Illegal Immigrants

Obama is reportedly getting ready to “grant clemency” to hundreds and maybe even thousands of convicted  drug offenders – a flagrant abuse of his pardon power.

 The scope of the new clemency initiative is so large that administration officials are preparing a series of personnel and process changes to help them manage the influx of petitions they expect Obama to approve. Among the changes is reforming the recently censured office within the Justice Department responsible for processing pardon petitions. Yahoo News has learned that the pardon attorney, Ronald Rodgers, who was criticized in a 2012 Internal watchdog report for mishandling a high-profile clemency petition, is likely to step down as part of that overhaul. Additional procedures for handling large numbers of clemency petitions could be announced as soon as this week, a senior administration official said, though it could take longer.

 NRO contributor Andrew McCarthy was on The Kelly File with Megyn Kelly to discuss this latest example of executive overreach.

“Just as the president uses prosecutorial discretion as a pretext for changing a hole bunch of laws he doesn’t like, he’s now moved on to the pardon power – so the pardon power is going to be his way of rewriting the federal narcotics laws which he personally thinks are too severe. So it evidently doesn’t matter, both that congress has written these laws, that trials have taken place under these laws, and his core constitutional responsibility is to make sure that those laws be faithfully executed. He’s going to rewrite them unilaterally,” McCarthy said.

 

The Obama administration is also apparently getting ready to codify its policy of non-enforcement of immigration laws through executive fiat.

The AP reports that according to two sources, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is considering limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who don’t have serious criminal records. 

The change, if adopted following an ongoing review ordered by President Barack Obama, could shield tens of thousands of immigrants now removed each year solely because they committed repeat immigration violations, such as re-entering the country illegally after having been deported, failing to comply with a deportation order or missing an immigration court date.
However, it would fall short of the sweeping changes sought by activists. They want Obama to expand a two-year-old program that grants work permits to certain immigrants brought here illegally as children to include other groups, such as the parents of any children born in the U.S.
John Sandweg, who served until February as acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said he had promoted the policy change for immigrants without serious criminal records before his departure and that it was being weighed by Johnson. An immigration advocate who’s discussed the review with the administration also confirmed the change was under consideration. The advocate spoke on condition of anonymity because the proceedings are confidential.

This obviously represents a radical departure from existing law, but not how the Obama administration has enforced existing law. As I noted, the policy has been non enforcement all along. This is why the most demoralized Federal employees in America are ICE agents.

As Senator Jeff Sessions recently stated on the Senate floor, our immigration system has been in a state of collapse since Obama came into office and that collapse is by design.

Citing the LA Times story that shows there has been a 44 percent drop in interior deportations since 2009 and the recent analysis which shows that two-thirds of ICE removals last year were actually border apprehensions, Sessions charged that the system is in a state of collapse, and that it is by design.

Sessions condemned U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Vice President Joe Biden for their appalling pro-amnesty efforts:

“So, you come into the country illegally and the attorney general of the United States declares that these individuals have a civil right to amnesty. How can this possibly be: the chief law enforcement officer in America?

“Vice President Biden recently said, quote: ‘You know, 11million people live in the shadows; I believe they’re already American citizens.’ Eleven million undocumented aliens are already Americans? Goodness. The vice president of the United States would make such a statement. It’s stunning beyond belief.”

 “Our law enforcement system is in a state of collapse,” he said. “And it’s a deliberate plan by the president of the United States, and it’s wrong. And, people need to be aware of it and need to stand up to it and I believe the American people are beginning to do so.”

Drug offenders and illegal immigrants are important and thus protected constituencies to this administration, obviously.  But if you’re a cattle rancher, guitar maker, voter integrity activist, pro-lifer, water bottle company CEO, tea partier, conservative movie maker, Republican donor, traditional marriage advocate, ObamaCare critic, polling company, or  lemonade stand proprietor- you can expect bullying, intimidation and often the the full force of the law to come raining down on you – with with guns blazing.

Welcome to ObamAmerica 2014. We’ve got almost three more years of this.

Media Obsesses Over Chelsea Clinton’s Baby News – Ignores IRS/DOJ Email Bombshell

After word broke last Thursday night that Chelsea Clinton is an expectant mother, media outlets reacted with predictable over-enthusiasm for America’s new “royal” child.

Via Big Government, the video below features how media figures from ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN reacted to the news:

Does anyone remember this much coverage when GW Bush’s daughter, Jenna became an expectant mother?

Now, I am as happy for the expectant couple as anyone, but the story really only warrants a brief mention in the news, and obviously well wishes – not extensive coverage at the expense of more important stories.

Newsbusters reported that ABC has fixated over the news, devoting 12 minutes and 47 seconds of coverage of the story but ignored news of the latest delay of the Keystone XL pipeline by the Obama administration which has been heavily criticized by Republicans and vulnerable Red State Democrats.

On Friday morning, ABC reporter Bianna Golodryga hyped, “Move over, Prince George, though. This morning, Americans have their own royal, or, rather, presidential baby, to look forward to.” On Sunday, This Week avoided Keystone, yet the ABC program opened with an announcer hyping, “Chelsea Clinton’s surprise announcement. Has a Clinton dynasty begun?” Host Martha Raddatz brought the baby up to her panel and fawned, “Very important question, what do you think Hillary Clinton should be called as a grandma?”

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ABC’s Nightline, which hasn’t mentioned a serious topic like ObamaCare in 159 days, devoted two minutes and 24 seconds to the Clinton baby on Thursday night.

NBC has mostly ignored Keystone. However, its subsidiary, CNBC, at least mentioned that Democratic billionaire Tom Steyer pledged $100 million to Democratic candidates on the condition that the pipeline not be approved.

Meanwhile, the major news networks (other than Fox and to a tiny extent CNN) also ignored the latest development in the IRS scandal:  the revelation that the former IRS chief contacted the Justice Department about criminal investigations of tax-exempt groups.

Katie Pavlich of Townhall, emails obtained by  Judicial Watch through a FOIA request, show  that former IRS official Lois Lerner “was in contact with the Department of Justice in May 2013 about whether tax exempt groups could be criminally prosecuted for “lying” about political activity.”

Newsbusters reported on the lack of interest in this bombshell story:

CNN only gave two news briefs — 43 seconds in total — to the story, however, ignoring it during all the other news hours.

None of the broadcast networks reported the news on Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Earlier this week, the networks ignored another big development in the scandal, the RNC suing the IRS for “illegal stonewalling” of their requests for documents related to the scandal.

The latest omissions are only the latest in a string of developments in the scandal missed by the networks.

Also, President Obama was not asked about the story at his Thursday afternoon press conference.

Over at the Campaign Spot, Jim Geraghty has a message for the MSM: Enough Puff Pieces About Chelsea Clinton Already.

He notes that Clinton is a minor celebrity “whose adult life consists mostly of stepping through doors opened by her parents’ power and meandering through the highest levels of high society without actually doing much.”

Dear friends on the Left: You can’t bemoan the death of opportunity in America, and rail against the richest one percent, and then devour puff pieces on how exceptionally talented and wonderful the offspring of our super-wealthy political leaders are, earning plaudits just by showing up with their famous last names. Paul Krugman declared that Horatio Alger was dead back in 2003. The self-made success story may not be dead, but she’s impeded by every powerful institution that sets up sweet, high-paying, low-responsibility gigs for the special children of the gilded class.

What’s really astounding is how our friends on the Left can turn their elite-status-and-wealth-resentment on and off as if it was attached to a light switch. You may recall Jim Hightower at the 1988 Democratic National Convention, sneering that George H.W. Bush was “born on third base [who] thought he had hit a triple.” (The quote is frequently attributed to Ann Richards.) Yeah, that 55-combat-mission naval aviator who got shot down over the Pacific and who lost his four-year-old daughter to leukemia sure lived a life of ease and comfort.

Because of this insidious double standard, the nation is stuck with a president and attorney general whose serial scandals and corruptions would have led to them being impeached already if they had an R after their names. Her role in the Benghazi scandal should preclude Hillary Clinton from even thinking about running for president. But then – she knows the MSM has her back.

As we are forced to deal with such blatant bias on a daily basis,  couldn’t they at least spare us these nauseating puff pieces on our Democrat “royalty?”

 

 

 

 

Sharyl Attkisson Suggests Far Left Media Matters Was Paid To Take Her Down (Video)

Former CBS  reporter Sharyl Attkisson was a rare bird in the world of MSM investigative journalism, her objective being, to hold government accountable – no matter who was in charge. In other words, she subjected Democrats to the same level of scrutiny as Republicans. This made her persona non grata when the Obama administration came into power.

In this interview with CNN’s Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter, Sunday, Attkisson revealed that the far-left, Soros funded “Media Matters for America” targeted her after she reported on stories unflattering to the Obama administration like the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal, Solyndra, and Benghazi on CBS.

As Washington Free Beacon notes, Media Matters made a special point of attacking Attkisson, “who ruffled many left-wing feathers when she resigned and said that her work for CBS had been stifled by liberals within the network. That is not an old charge, as former CBS correspondent Bernard Goldberg wrote in the best-selling book Bias, explaining how the truth was often distorted at the network because of political bias.”

Attkisson nonchalantly explained that Media Matters used to “work with” her on stories, which evoked a reaction from Stelter. “That’s interesting,” he said.

“Well, don’t they call you? They call journalists and they try to provide material and information,” she replied.

“Right, they are always emailing things, making us try to act outraged about something,” Stelter said. (And the MSM are usually happy to oblige.)

“And I was certainly friendly with them as anybody,” Attkisson said. “Good information can come from any source. But when I persisted with Fast & Furious and some of the green energy stories that I was doing, I clearly at some point became a target. I don’t know if someone paid them to do it or they just took it on their own.”

Again, Stelter acted surprised.”Do you think that’s possible that someone paid them?” He asked.

Attkisson replied,  “well they get contributions from — yes, they get contributions.”

Stelter: But specifically to target you?

Attkisson: Perhaps, sure. I think that’s what some of these groups do, absolutely.

 

Video: Priest Sings Hallelujah For Wedding Couple

I’ve been waiting until Easter to post this heart-warming video of an Irish priest singing  Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah  for newly married couple, Chris and Leah O’Kane.

Father Ray Kelly, the parish priest of Oldcastle, Meath told couple Chris and Leah O’Kane he had a small surprise them during the ceremony.
At their wedding last Saturday, Fr Kelly began a note perfect rendition of Leonard Cohen’s/Jeff Buckleys Hallelujah. The talented priest is no stranger to singing and is currently working on his third album he told Evoke.ie.
Fr Kelly had no trouble hitting any of the high notes, even having time to have a little joke with the bride and groom. He received a rapturous applause following the song and received a standing ovation from some of the congregation.

The song was originally released in 1984 on Leonard Cohen’s album Various Positions  but achieved little initial success.  

The song found greater popular acclaim through a cover by John Cale, which later formed the basis for a cover by Jeff Buckley. It is the subject of the book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah” (2012) by Alan Light. In a New York Times review of the book, Janet Maslin praises the book and the song, noting that “Cohen spent years struggling with his song ‘Hallelujah.’ . . . He wrote perhaps as many as 80 verses before paring the song down.”

Many cover versions have been performed by many and various singers, both in recordings and in concert, with over 300 versions known.  The song has been used in film and television soundtracks, and televised talent contests. It is often called one of the greatest songs of all time

Father Kelly customized the lyrics for the happy couple. Here is the wonderful result. (The video starts off with the tail ending of a gorgeous duet of “Be Now My Vision”.)

Kelly was later interviewed on the radio about the video that went viral.

Father Ray’s Lyrics:

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Good Friday Hymn: O sacred head now wounded

The tune of this remarkable reflection of the death of Christ, O Sacred Head Now Wounded, comes from the Passion Chorale, by J. S. Bach. The poem in the original Latin is often attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153), but is now attributed to the Medieval poet Arnulf of Louvain (died 1250).   It was translated into German by Lutheran hymnist Paul Gerhardt (1607-1676).

There are several English translations:

The hymn was first translated into English in 1752 by John Gambold (1711–1771), an Anglican vicar in Oxfordshire. His translation begins, “O Head so full of bruises.” In 1830 a new translation of the hymn was made by an American Presbyterian minister, James Waddel Alexander (1804-1859). Alexander’s translation, beginning “O sacred head, now wounded,” became one of the most widely used in 19th and 20th century hymnals.

Another English translation, based on the German, was made in 1861 by Sir Henry Baker. Published in Hymns Ancient and Modern, it begins, “O sacred head surrounded by crown of piercing thorn.”

In 1899 the English poet Robert Bridges (1844-1930) made a fresh translation from the original Latin, beginning “O sacred Head, sore wounded, defiled and put to scorn.” This is the version used in the 1940 Hymnal (Episcopal), the 1982 Hymnal (Episcopal; stanzas 1-3 and 5), and the Church of England‘s New English Hymnal (1986) and several other late 20th-century hymn books.

The DePaul Community Chorus sang “O Sacred Head”  at its Fall 2008 Concert in Chicago. Stephen Blackwelder, conductor. Lisa Kristina, accompanist.

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The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week, carved eternally in the records of cyberspace.

This week has been a celebration of hope and freedom, with Passover starting last Monday night and continuing through the weekend until next Tuesday. Which of course also coincides with Holy Week which culminates this weekend with Easter Sunday. This linkage is entirely appropriate, since Jesus had come to Jerusalem for the Passover ceremonies and the famous Last Supper was a Passover Seder…the ritual meal where Jews all over the world retell the story of the Exodus, celebrate their G-d-given freedom and eat the unleavened bread, matzoh, to commemorate their ancestor’s journey and deliverance from bondage and slavery.

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The story of the Resurrection is a story of freedom too…freedom of the soul, and a promise of eternal life to believing Christians who understand what the rolling away of the stones means for them.

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Both holidays change their dates on our calender from year to year, Passover or Pessah in Hebrew because it is based on the centuries old Hebrew calender, and Easter because the early Church fathers determined that Easter is always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the Paschal Full Moon date of the year, which always occurs after Passover.

However, it’s rare that the two holidays occur this close together, and in this momentous year, when Judeo-Christian values seem to be under siege, I likewise see in that a sign of hope for the future.

I and my friends on the Watcher’s Council wish you and yours Chag Pessach Sameach and a blessed Easter.

“Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear” -George Orwell

Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.” – Hadith Bukhari (84:57)

“People ask me if I have some kind of death wish, to keep saying the things I do. The answer is no: I would like to keep living. However, some things must be said, and there are times when silence becomes an accomplice to injustice.” – Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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This Week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s-An Honor Killing On Campus is my reaction to the decision of Brandeis University to withdraw an honorary degree and a chance to address commencement ceremonies from writer, thinker and women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali under pressure from Muslim Brotherhood fronts and a few scared and clueless lefties. Here’s a slice:

Regular members of Joshua’s Army may recall the name Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

She was raised as a Muslima in Somalia and Saudi Arabia, survived female genital mutilation, beatings, abuse and various aspects of Somalia’s internecine clan warfare and became a devout member of the Muslim Brotherhood, after which her questions about Islam and the life she was leading led her to escape being ‘given’ in marriage to a distant male relative she had never met.and flee to Holland. There, she was granted Dutch citizenship and eventually became a member of the Dutch parliament where she became a voice alerting the people of her adopted country to the menace of radical Islam, and against the abuse of Muslim women and children in the Netherland’s Islamic ghettos.

She later collaborated with the late filmmaker Theo Van Gogh on a film called ‘Submission’, which chronicled the plight of many Muslim women victimized as she was by the traditional tribal culture.The film caused a firestorm of protest among Muslims. Van Gogh was murdered in broad daylight by a fanatic Muslim while cycling to work one morning in 2004 and then had his corpse ritually mutilated. A note was pinned to Van Gogh’s corpse promising Ayaan Hirsi Ali that she was the next target, with explicit Qu’rannic details of her `crimes against Islam’ as an ‘apostate’, a death sentence in Islam. Other death threats followed, and Ayaan has lived under 24 hour security protection ever since.

She went through the experience of being forced to move out of her apartment because her Dutch neighbors were annoyed that the security protection ‘inconvenienced them’ and because they were afraid that the violence directed towards Ayaan Hirshi Ali might involve them. And the Dutch government, which was obligated to pay for her security as a member of Parliament also disliked the cost, the inconvenience and the political stigma of protecting an ‘enemy of Islam’ in a country that’s over 25% Muslim, so they found a trumped up reason to take away her citizenship and force her to step down from her seat in parliament. Whereupon, she came here to America and became a noted author and speaker. You can read her story in her books ‘Infidel’, ‘Nomad’,and ‘The Caged Virgin.’

So Brandeis decided to honor Ayaan Hirshi Ali. She was to be their commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree.

But when the local chapters of Muslim Brotherhood fronts like CAIR and the Muslim Student’s Association heard about this, they went absolutely ballistic and were able to rope in enough guilty and frightened non-Muslim Lefties to go along with the mob to get Ayaan’s honorary degree ‘rescinded’ and her invitation to speak revoked.

“This is a real slap in the face to Muslim students,” said senior Sarah Fahmy, a member of the Muslim Student Association who created the petition said before the university withdrew the honor.

“But it’s not just the Muslim community that is upset but students and faculty of all religious beliefs,” she said. “A university that prides itself on social justice and equality should not hold up someone who is an outright Islamophobic.”

Thomas Doherty, chairman of American studies, refused to sign the faculty letter. He said it would have been great for the university to honor “such a courageous fighter for human freedom and women’s rights, who has put her life at risk for those values.”

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy group, said, “It is unconscionable that such a prestigious university would honor someone with such openly hateful views.”

The organization sent a letter to university President Frederick Lawrence on Tuesday requesting that it drop plans to honor Ali.

“This makes Muslim students feel very uneasy,” Joseph Lumbard, an American convert to Islam and the chairman of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, said in an interview. “They feel unwelcome here.”

The university said that the decision had been made after a discussion between Ali and university President Frederick Lawrence.According to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, that ‘discussion’ consisted of a phone call made simply to inform her after the decision had already be made.

Much more at the link

In our non-Council category, the winner was Mark Steyn with a superb piece on the Nevada standoff between the Bundy family and the Bureau of Land Management,The First Amendment is Not an Areasubmitted by The Noisy Room. Mark Steyn is absolutely on fire in this one…A must-read.

Here are this week’s full results. Only The Colossus of Rhodey was unable to vote this week, but was not affected by the 2/3 vote penalty:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week! Don’t forget to tune in on Monday AM for this week’s Watcher’s Forum, as the Council and their invited guests take apart one of the provocative issues of the day and weigh in…don’t you dare miss it. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

Video: KC Highway Shootings Suspect In Custody

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It’s been nerve-wracking driving through the Kansas City these past few weeks, but area commuters now have a reason to relax.  A suspect in the random highway shootings that have put city residents on edge since early March, is in custody.

The string of at  least 20 disturbing highway shootings didn’t kill anyone, but three people were hit by the gunfire.

Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte announced the news Thursday night at a brief news conference, telling reporters that more details would be released on Friday.

A KMBC 9 News photojournalist videotaped the man being brought into custody at  Kansas City Police Headquarters in downtown Kansas City just before 7 p.m. The man’s name has not yet been released, but police told KMBC that he was their suspect.
Investigators executed a search warrant at 136th Street and Spring Street in Grandview, Mo., on Thursday afternoon.  Several investigators remained on the scene through the evening.

 It appeared the investigators spent a large amount of time checking out a green sedan behind a building.  The sedan was later pulled away by police.

 Police had said 12 out of at least 20 recent random highway shootings across the metro were connected.  Most of the shootings happened on highways in an area near the Grandview Triangle, where 71 Highway, Interstate 435, Interstate 49 and Interstate 470 connect.

Shootings were reported in Kansas City, Mo., Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit and Leawood, Kan.  Some of the shootings also happened on Interstate 70.
The shootings also happened mostly in the evenings after 7:00 pm.
I go through the Grandview triangle three times a week – during the evening – to bring my daughter to dance class – so you can imagine my relief that this freak is off the streets. That is – if they’ve got the right guy, which they most likely do.
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