Video: Joe diGenova Unleashes Angry Torrent Against “Churlish,” “Childish,” “Unhinged” Eric Holder

Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe diGenova, a frequent guest on  WMAL in Washington, D.C., had some choice words for Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday.   Asked about Holder’s recent contention that there is “racial animus” in much of the opposition to Barack Obama and himself, diGenova didn’t hold back.

WMAL’s Larry O’Conner played audio from the ABC News interview Sunday of Holder asserting, ”There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me that is directed at me, directed at the president. People talk about taking their country back. I can’t look into peoples’ hearts, look into peoples’ minds, but it seems to me that this president has been treated differently than others.”

DiGenova let loose this blistering torrent of abuse:

His comments are beneath his office. Eric Holder has become unhinged. These comments are stupid, they’re silly, they’re churlish, they’re childish, they’re sophomoric. This is faculty lounge crap. The president of the United States and the attorney general are both black. Is it not surprising to them that this happened in the United States of America? That the president, a black president, has been elected twice by the American people? That the attorney general has been around for two terms?

This is not a racist country.

What is going on here is because of the incompetence of this administration and particularly this president (and may I say, regrettably, the attorney general himself) they have politicized every aspect of government to the core. And when people react to it legitimately, claiming constitutional violations the attorney general says something like this?

I mean what he is doing is demonstrating why he should not be the attorney general any longer. This is an embarrassment. You wouldn’t hear any other Attorney General talk like this. White, Black, Green, Yellow, Chinese, Hispanic, nobody would talk like this. This is basically stupid. I mean its mind-boggling that the Attorney General could sit there with a major news network, being interviewed by a black correspondent by the way who’s a wonderful reporter, and say things like this.

I mean when you listen to his voice, you hear this kind of trembling doubt in his own mind about whether or not he should say it, and yet he has no governance, he says it anyway.

This really is stupid stuff.

Hey, tell us how you really feel, Joe.

Earlier in the interview, diGenova was asked what he thinks about the situation in Nebraska, where the Governor is fuming because the Regime refuses to tell him where they’re dumping the illegal immigrant minors.

DiGenova recommended that the governor file a lawsuit against the president – for failure to inform them.  “Whether or not there’s a legal responsibility to do so, there’s a political and moral  responsibility for reasons of health care, education, budget, law enforcement,” he said.

Asked if he thought the governor would prevail in the lawsuit, diGenova answered that he had no idea, adding, “but you know what? There’s nothing better than embarrassing this president, because he can’t stand it.”

diGenova came out against impeachment later on in the interview, saying the president is “untouchable.”

“Just leave him alone, let him suffer in his own juices,” diGenova said. “Sarah Palin is out of her mind. It may make her feel good, but we’re not going to impeach the president and we don’t want to. We want him left around as an issue.”

He recommended impeachment for others in the administration like John Koskinen.

Via The Washington Free Beacon:

The Bear Is Loose Through Crises and Scandals That Would Destroy Any Other Presidency

Preezy Obama is known for sleeping in late – and  being late in general – to press conferences, meetings, official events, etc.

Here’s a video from 2008 that highlights Obama’s slothful habits as Senator.

His daily schedule as president is notoriously light on work - heavy on photo-ops, fund-raisers, speeches, golf trips and vacations. His very favorite activity is self-promotion and he never tires of it. And you have to hand it to him – there are a lot of lofo drones out there who think the Preezy of the United Steezy is totally epic, you guyz , because he shoots hoops and plays pool with the regular “folks” – as he likes to call them in public – although in private he probably uses all sorts of other euphemisms for the American people  – “dupes” being one of them.

*Preezy understands how shallow his lo-info voters are – he admitted as much at a fundraiser for the conspicuously-absent Mark Udall (D-CO):

But one challenge that I always offered to Democrats is we do have one congenital disease, which is we’re not very good during off-year elections.

We don’t think it’s flashy enough — I don’t know. There aren’t enough celebrities involved? I mean, I don’t know what’s going on, but a lot of times we don’t vote at the same rates.

We don’t pay attention.

By “we”, he means you dumb S.O.B.s  being bamboozled by his boffo celebrity-in-chief act.

But credit where credit is due – the cult of personality stuff helped get him elected – twice. It certainly doesn’t speak well of the American people. But it speaks well of Obama’s awe-inspiring self-promotion skills.

After being down in the polls, Preezy got “his cool” back in 2012 by being a guest on every possible pop culture TV show in America, while dodging serious interviews and press conferences.

This year, he’s going with a new but painfully obvious PR stunt – #TheBearIsLoose – which his minions are pushing  on twitter. Some in the media are even playing along.

Look at this stupid shit.

Here’s the Bear cutting loose with one of the few Democrats willing to be seen in public with him, (the soon to not be)  Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper.

That is  the Bear in Chief doing his thaaaang.

Keith Koffler expressed his disgust at White House Dossier: “There’s a third-world style humanitarian crisis on our border. Terrorists have established their own state, a Caliphate, no less. Israel is on the cusp of war with the Palestinians. The economy cratered the first quarter of the year. And here is your president, joshing today in Denver after a night of billiards and pizza.”

Follow the link for a video of Preezy Obama soaking in the warm glow of adulation from his lo-info cultists in Denver. That’s what keeps Preezy going – the mindless adulation of grasping drones who swoon in appreciation when he sticks it to the nasty R-word tea-baggers.

That’s what the Obama presidency will be remembered for - ceaseless self-promotion,  dividing Americans, scandals, corruption, and abuse of power  - but he never gets around to actually doing anything constructive or useful to solve our problems…

 Random walks, meet with supposed random people who wrote him letters and pound beers back with gorilla statues — these are all things to help improve Obama, not the country.

These stunts solve absolutely zero problems ordinary Americans have with finances, job hunting, bill paying or schooling their kids. They do however solve Obama’s cabin fever and to the majority of still loyal hounds in network media, that’s all that’s needed to salvage what’s left of the guy they sold to the country in 2009.

Enabled by a desperate media, he can lament that Congress gets nothing done while simultaneously pounding microbrews, shooting nine ball and working on his handicap.

Obama doesn’t want anything to do with the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, Israel, Ukraine and more importantly, our own southern border, because he can’t talk his way through them. It would require putting down the pool cue and working with congressional leaders on how to formulate a solution together.

But President Preezy likes to tell his audiences he’s the hardest working man in Washington.

Look at this stupid shit:

 

And like clockwork, one of his fanbois in the media tweeted out excitedly that President Boyfriend made a cool movie reference to attack the GOP with.

Obama wants nearly $4 billion (!) to deal with the border crisis (of his own making.) And Republicans are expected to pony up or he and his praetorians in the MSM will gang up on them.

Senator Jeff Sessions wrote:

Today President Obama says he needs $3.7 billion from Congress to handle the crisis his lawless policies are creating. Amazingly, the funding request further advertises his administration’s amnesty efforts and our fraud-riddled asylum programs, while explicitly omitting any request for expedited deportation authority. The request is also not paid for. The administration wants to borrow every penny.

 

I’m glad that Republicans like John Boehner and Sessions aren’t allowing themselves to be emotionally blackmailed by this treacherous president. 

The damage wrought through the implementation of his absurd and impractical liberal “solutions” to national problems is readily evident.

When Barack Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009 the national debt of the United States was $10,626,877,048,913. As of Jun 26, 2014, the debt was $17,512,592,730,102.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2007 on the eve of the recession, there were 146.6 million Americans working. Today, after six years of the Obama Administration, there are 145.8 million Americans in jobs, 800,000 below the previous peak. Since Obama came into office in 2009, 7.2 million people have left the workforce, making the true unemployment rate 8.3 percent, not 6.1 percent. Median household income is down almost $2,300 from what it was when Obama took office. Real wages are lower than they were in 1999. Growth in the first quarter of this year was a negative 2.9%, the biggest downward revision from the agency’s second GDP estimate since records began in 1976.

In April, prior to the present massive and growing surge in illegal minor immigration, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Obama has created an “open borders” situation by failing to enforce U.S. immigration law. One could fairly conclude that the current crisis was a deliberate policy decision because the Obama indicated that he would expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that offers amnesty for illegal immigrant children and provides an incentive for exactly the type of mass illegal invasion we are witnessing on our southern border.

There should be little doubt that Obama’s open borders policy is meant to fundamentally transform the country’s demographics, produce millions of additional Democratic voters and welfare recipients and permanently undermine the national security of the United States.

Obama’s “solutions” never seem to work, do they? But as long as the MSM remain willing dupes – so will too many of the American people.

…the liberal media remain willfully ignorant, will not report the truth and continue to protect Obama, regardless of the costs to the country.

Obama will survive in office until public awareness of his administration’s treachery matches its level of incompetence and exceeds the media’s capacity to tolerate corruption.

Jimmy Carter made mistakes. Barack Obama, a creator of crises, practices deceit and the willful betrayal of trust.

It does matter whether the damage inflicted upon our country results from ineptitude or premeditation.

It is ideology-induced treachery.

SEE ALSO:

AoSHQ: Our Petty, Psychologically Infirm President

*Editor’s Note: the “Preezy understands how shallow his lo-info voters are” paragraph was added after initial post.

Cruz Calls For Investigation of MS Runoff: “It Would Be Abominable If Repubs Were Involved In Voter Fraud”

“What happened in Mississippi was appalling,” said Senator Ted Cruz on the Mark Levin Radio Show Monday evening. “Primaries are always rough and tumble but the conduct of the Washington DC machine in the Mississippi run-off machine was incredibly disappointing.”

“In that race,” he continued, “we know some things – and then there are even more serious allegations that have been raised. What we know at the outset, is that Chris McDaniel won a sizable majority of the votes from Republicans in the runoff. But the DC machine spent hundreds of millions of dollars urging some 30,000 to 40,000 partisan Democrats to vote in the runoff and they changed the outcome.”

Cruz made sure to note that “all of us want to grow the party,” adding, “but what the DC machine did was not to grow the party – the ads they ran were racially charged false attacks and they were explicit promises to continue to expand the welfare state. And nobody has suggested that the Democrats who voted in the primary will actually vote Republican in the general election. Instead, they were just recruited to decide who the Republican nominee was.”

As unprincipled and wrong as that was, more troubling are the serious allegations of voter fraud, Cruz continued. “And I very much hope that no Republican was involved with voter fraud.”

He said, “these allegations need to be vigorously investigated and anyone involved in criminal conduct should be prosecuted. The voters of Mississippi deserve to know the truth.”

After the break, Cruz repeated his call for an investigation and his hope that no Republicans were involved in it. “I think it would be abominable if Republicans were involved in voter fraud,” he concluded.

Let me tell you something. The Stupid Party better wise up real fast, because what happened in Mississippi was so nasty, so corrupt, and rotten, it could seriously derail their chances of retaking the Senate.

I have the same sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that I had when Todd Akin irredeemably botched an abortion question during the 2012 election season.  The Democrat party was having some success with their manufactured Republican War on Women narrative and Akin walked right into a mine field with his “legitimate rape” comment. He needed to step down and let another Republican take his place in the wake of the firestorm. But he refused. And he lost. I knew he would lose.  Missouri was sentenced to another six years of Claire McCaskill – a tragic outcome could have been avoided.

The GOP establishment seems to have no idea how disgusted and enraged the conservative base is about their corrupt  tactics in the Mississippi runoff. If they were smart, they would ask Cochran to step down and let the younger, sharper, and more popular Republican Chris McDaniel take his place.

All would be forgotten. (Of course, if any laws were broken, those involved would need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.) But if Cochran is the candidate , he cannot be considered a sure thing in the general – in fact, my gut is telling me he’ll lose. And frankly, he deserves to.

And that makes retaking the Senate all the more difficult.

Republicans may have succeeded in making themselves their own worst enemy in the Fall by refusing to yield any ground at all to any already weary base.

“This infighting has taken its toll,” said Amy Walter, a national political analyst for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. Republicans “are not as enthusiastic as they were in 2010. Even they are a little bit disillusioned by what’s been happening over the last couple years.”

That also means Republican candidates are not getting the benefit of the doubt among independent voters as they did in 2010, Walter added.

 

Sen. Cruz Releases Fifth Legal Limit Report On Obama Regime’s Attempts to Expand Federal Power

obama-lawlessImage via Eagle Rising

The Supreme Court has unanimously rejected Obama Administration’s arguments 20 times during the five and a half years of his presidency says Senator Ted Cruz in his  fifth report on the Regime’s attempts to expand federal power.

 Legal Limit No. 1 documented cases decided unanimously against the Obama Administration from January 2012 to June 2013. Today’s fifth report includes all other cases, dating back to January 2009 when Obama was sworn into office, that the Obama Administration has lost unanimously. Four of those cases were decided by the Supreme Court in its most recent term.

“When President Obama’s own Supreme Court nominees join their colleagues in unanimously rejecting his Administration’s call for broader federal power twenty times since Obama took office, the inescapable conclusion is that the Obama Administration’s view of federal power knows virtually no bounds,” said Sen. Cruz.

 

As Legal Limit No. 1 outlines, the Court struck down the Administration’s federal overreaches nine times. If Obama’s DOJ had been successful in those cases the federal government would have the power to:

 

  • Attach GPSs to a citizen’s vehicle to monitor his movements, without having any cause to believe that a person has committed acrime (United States v. Jones);
  • Deprive landowners of the right to challenge potential government fines as high as

$75,000 per day and take away their ability have a hearing to challenge those fines (Sackett v. EPA);

  • Interfere with a church’s selection of its own ministers (Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC);
  • Override state law through the Presidential fiat (Arizona v. United States);
  • Dramatically  extend  statutes  of  limitations  to  impose  penalties  for  acts  committed decades ago (Gabelli v. SEC);
  • Destroy private property without paying just compensation (Arkansas Fish & Game Commission v. United States);
  • Impose double income taxation (PPL Corp. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue);
  • Limit property owner’s constitutional defenses (Horne v. USDA); and
  • Drastically expand federal criminal law (Sekhar v. United States).

 

In the newly-released report, Sen. Cruz catalogs the most recent cases decided in 2014 and the previous cases decided in President Obama’s first three years in office. If President Obama’s lawyers had won these cases, the federal government would have the power to:

 

  • Unilaterally install officers and bypass the Senate confirmation process (NLRB v. Noel Canning);
  • Search the contents of cell phones without a warrant (Riley v. California);
  • Use international treaties to displace state sovereignty over criminal law (Bond v. United States);
  • Expand federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws (Burrage v. United States);
  • Apply arbitrary immigration rules (Judulang v. Holder);
  • Bring prosecutions after statutory deadlines (United States v. Tinklenberg);
  • Ignore certain veterans’ challenges to administrative agency rulings (Henderson ex rel. Henderson v. Shinseki);
  • Override state prosecutorial decisions by treating minor state drug offenses as aggravated felonies under federal law (Carachuri-Rosendo v. Holder);
  • Undermine Congress’s power to define criminal laws and the jury’s role in criminal cases (United States v. O’Brien);
  • Charge drug buyers with crimes committed by drug sellers (Abuelhawa v. United States); and
  • Ignore mental states needed for federal criminal convictions (Flores-Figueroa v. United States).

 

All of Sen. Cruz’s Legal Limit reports may be viewed at www.cruz.senate.gov/lawless.

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Did The Cochran Campaign Buy Black Votes? Because That Would Be Illegal / Updated

It’s incomprehensible to me that the Republican establishment felt like it was necessary to go all out in that Mississippi primary, last week.  76 year old Thad Cochran is a Senator so out of touch, he didn’t know about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss until three days later.  The reverberations of this mess are still being felt and stench of corruption has not dissipated.

What Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently called “a nice family fight in some of our primaries”  has caused a huge rift between the establishment and the grassroots. And the grassroots are not in the mood to kiss and make up.

Was Thad Cochran’s victory worth having a Republican explicitly running on the glory of earmarks and the value of large federal spending projects in the state? Why not just hold up a giant flashing neon sign saying “WE DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT”?

Was it worth running radio ads declaring, “By not voting, you’re saying, ‘Take away all of my government programs, such as food stamps, early breakfast and lunch programs, millions of dollars to our black universities”?

Was Cochran’s victory worth a flyer like this one, contending that the Tea Party is racist?

No. I daresay it was not. There’s a difference between hardball tactics and sleezeball tactics. I generally associate sleezeball, Alinskyesque, ends-justify-the-means tactics with the left – not the party I support and for whom I fight. Shame on the GOP for being a party to this. I am seriously displeased.

But it gets worse.

Aaron Gardner of Red State and Charles Johnson of Got News have evidence that point to the Cochran campaign buying votes – which is illegal.

Redstate: BREAKING: New Allegations Point to Cochran Campaign in Mississippi Senate Vote Buying Scandal:

An audio interview has surfaced in which the interviewee claims that he was to be paid by the Cochran camp to grease voters in the Mississippi GOP Senate runoff election. The audio interview, which coincides with a separate audio recording and batch of evidence produced by the newly launched GotNews.com, a project by Charles C. Johnson, alleges that the Cochran campaign conspired with a Mississippi Reverend to buy the votes of African American voters, who happen to be democrats.

Before I get into the weeds of what is in the audio interview and transcript, which are both below, let me set up the stage a bit. What is alleged to have occurred is illegal and very serious business. Under Mississippi law the alleged crimes could lead to Thad Cochran being removed from the Senate. Everything that follows comes from sources either on the ground in Mississippi, or those working closely with them.

Reverend Fielder has claimed to have evidence that would prove illegal activity took place in the Mississippi GOP Senate run off election. Furthermore, the evidence he claims he has would implicate the Barbour machine and a staffer to Cochran’s Senate campaign. The motivations of the Reverend are not those of a saint. As is made clear throughout the interview and in the transcript, this Reverend is looking to get paid to provide information, just as he sought to get paid to deliver votes by illegal means. Reverend Fielder claims that Cochran’s people were supposed to pay him approximately $15,000 for his efforts, but failed to do so after the incumbent Senator had achieved victory in the run off.

With all of that said, if the evidence is produced and validated, I don’t know how much longer Thad Cochran will be a Senator.

Aaron Gardner and Charles Johnson talked with Thomas LaDuke of FTR Radio about the Illegal Vote Buying scheme. 

Audio here. 

This “family fight” isn’t over, yet – there will be a reckoning. As John Boehner would say, it’s not a matter of who loses their jobs. Who’s going to jail?

UPDATE:

Red State: #MSSen FEC Now Looking Into Pro Cochran SuperPAC:

From Roll Call, the defecation has begun to hit the rotary wind device:

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has sent a Request For Additional Information (RFAI) to Mississippi Conservatives, a Super PAC supporting the re-election of Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.  The committee has until August 1st to respond, or the failure to do so “could result in an audit or enforcement action.”

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I will note here that the local news reported tonight that deputies of the Hinds County Sheriff Department were outside of the GOP Headquarters as leaders discussed the allegations of fraud.

We are told deputies are checking the identification of anyone wishing to enter the building.

In addition, State Senator Michael Watson tells WJTV News Channel 12 that the McDaniel camp has found 3,300 “irregular votes” from last Tuesday’s election.

A spirited discussion on Hannity with NY Civil Rights leader Michael Myers and radio talk show  host Dennis Prager:

TRUE THE VOTE FILES SUIT AGAINST MISSISSIPPI, STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY:

REQUESTS IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO ELECTION RECORDS AHEAD OF CERTIFICATION DEADLINE 


OXFORD, MS. — July 1, 2014:
True the Vote (TTV), the nation’s leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today filed suit in federal court against the Mississippi Secretary of State and the State Republican Party, asking the Court to immediately order that election records be shared to inspect for illegal votes ahead of certification for the June 24 U.S. Senate Primary Runoff Election (True the Vote, et. al v. State of Mississippi, et. al. (3:14cv144-MPM-SAA)).

True the Vote and associated plaintiffs argue that the defendants failed to properly abide by federal election record maintenance and open records provisions codified in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA). Records made partially available to the plaintiffs indicated “double-voting” from Democratic to Republican primaries — potentially diluting votes in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.

“All we are asking is that the MS State Republican Party follow the law; allow their designated county representatives to inspect the poll books and ballots, give them the review time they are permitted by law, and allow them to uphold their responsibility to MS voters,” True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “True the Vote has been inundated with reports from voters across Mississippi who are outraged to see the integrity of this election being undermined so that politicos can get back to business as usual. Enough is enough.”

“This isn’t about personality, party, or politics. Senators come and go,” Engelbrecht continued. “What must withstand the test of time is the integrity of the process by which we elect our representatives and establish our government. No candidate or party should ever be allowed to twist election laws or subvert voters’ rights in the interest of political ambition.”

True the Vote has closely followed developments surrounding the Mississippi Republican Primary Runoff from the beginning. On June 21, TTV released figures demonstrating unusual voter turnout patterns based on historic data. On June 25, the organization formally requestedthat MS Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef delay certification of the election and share voting records for independent review. Finding no assistance from the state party, TTV and the collected 13 plaintiffs were left no option but to pursue the matter in federal court.

True the Vote’s lawsuit consists of three counts:

Count One:Violation of NVRA’s Public Disclosure Provision. Shortly before the Republican Primary Runoff Election, True the Vote, via its volunteer base, made a valid and timely request to review voter rolls and poll books under the NVRA, but it was denied access to those records.

Count Two:Individual Plaintiffs Allege a Violation of NVRA Based on Conflict with State Laws.Plaintiffs seek a declaration that the NVRA preempts any state requirement calling for public election information to be redacted at the cost of the requestor.

Count Three:Individual Plaintiffs Allege an Equal Protection Violation. Discovering potential instances of “double-voting” between Democratic and Republican primaries are unlawful dilutions of individual votes.

True the Vote engaged legal representation with the firm of Beirne, Maynard & Parsons L.L.P. TTV’s complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, Oxford Division.

A copy of the complaint has been made available here.

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit www.truethevote.org.

Video: Chris Wallace and Bob Goodlatte Battle Democrat On Obama’s Executive Overreach

Republican congressman Bob Goodlatte and Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra joined Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, this morning to debate Obama’s executive overreach and House Speaker John Boehner’s  recent lawsuit against the Obama administration to address the problem. Wallace, in no mood for the rote left wing talking points Becerra was spouting, ended up doing a lot of the heavy lifting for Goodlatte, who barely go a word in edgewise..

After listing several executive actions Obama has taken without Congressional approval,  Wallace turned to Becerra and asked, “What is the president’s legal authority to take all of these unilateral actions without going back to Congress?”

Becerra tried to argue that because all of the actions taken by Obama were (arguably) popular, that means the American public approves of the executive overreach. “The list you showed are all things the American public wants to see,” he said.

Via The Daily Caller:

Becerra then tried to explain how the president decided to take action since Congress wasn’t doing “its job.” This prompted the Fox host to cut him off before he finished his statement to state that the Constitution does not grant power based on popularity.

“The Constitution does not say ‘Hey if its popular, you can exceed your authority.’ It’s kind of irrelevant,” Wallace said over a razzled Becerra.

Becerra restored his composure and went on to focus on the issue of raising the minimum wage for federal contractors as a justifiable action for the president. This didn’t satisfy Wallace and he repeated his original question that he felt Becerra was sidestepping.

“What is his legal authority for taking this action without going back to Congress?” Wallace repeated.

“The president has the authority — as the executive — to implement the laws,” Becerra answered. “If there is a law that says that we will pay a federal contractor money, the president can say ‘ok federal contractors, you can’t gouge your workers because you’re getting federal taxpayer money to do the work.”

Wallace quickly shot back “But is he implementing the law?”

“Absolutely, he’s implementing the law,” the California congressman responded.

“Or is he rewriting the law?” Wallace prodded.

“No, he’s not rewriting it because he is simply implementing it,” Becerra said.

Sometime around 2017 or 2018, we may get a definitive ruling from the Supreme Court on that question. But of course, by then – it won’t matter.

 

Obama In MN: Pay No Attention To Those ‘Phony Scandals’ – They’re ‘Not On The Level’ (Video)

*The bear is loose and back on the permanent campaign trail to show “the folks” how hard he’s fighting for middle class families™

Speaking to a crowd in Minnesota, Thursday, Obama lamely decried “fabricated issues and phony scandals.”

“It’s all geared towards the next election or ginning up a base,” Obama muttered derisively. “Um…..it’s not on the level.”

It was a pathetic and unconvincing performance.  What  next? *”I am not a crook?”

A new Fox News Poll shows that  76% of Voters Think the IRS Emails Were Deliberately Destroyed. In other words, they think it’s his administration that’s not being “on the level.”

Via Freedom’s Lighthouse: 

Obama brought up a Minnesota  mother whose letter to the White House he used in his ongoing push to raise the minimum wage, but failed to explain how raising the minimum wage would help the accountant struggling in a stagnant, overly regulated economy.

No matter — this is why he ran, you guys – so he could help folks like this mom who reminds him of his own mom – and his g-ma, too – and he and Michelle 20 years ago. Obama reeked of insincerity as he tried to convince  his credulous audience that he could relate to middle America.

The truth? The truth is not so nice. Obama is a student of Saul Alinsky who understands that America’s white middle class is where the power lies. He not trying to help the middle class. He’s trying to destroy it. Which should be obvious, by now.

Mr. Obama has very clearly embodied Alinsky’s epiphany about the middle class. He has been pushing all the buttons of fear, division and partisanship on the one hand, and government benefits and promises of jobs on the other. The very last thing Obama wants, however, is a rising economy and people working. A good economy and jobs deflates the revolutionary possibilities. Every regulation, tax and Obama decree is geared to destroying the middle class. When people are living hand-to-mouth or living on benefits and having to jump through myriad regulatory hoops, they are unable to unite and fight the coming authoritarianism.

That is why it is so galling  to watch this guy cozy up to the middle class every election season. The very people he wants to murder, open the door and hand him the gun. It’s really quite nauseating.

* Obama keeps pushing this meme he apparently thinks has a high cool quotient: “The bear is loose!” he’s been saying for the past couple of weeks as he leaves the White House. And his fan bois in the press swoon in appreciation. “Obama said “the bear is loose, omg, isn’t that witty?!”

* It’s not my intention to defame President Nixon by comparing him to Obama. I’m just noting that Barry’s sounding comically defensive, these days.

 

Not A Smidgen of Corruption At The EPA – But There Is Plenty of Stench

National Journal writes that while  MOST of the president’s Cabinet “was touting the anniversary of President Obama’s landmark speech in which he laid out plans to address climate change”, today,  poor beleaguered EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was left facing a contempt threat from that dastardly House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.

Why isn’t he touting Obama’s landmark speech like everyone else?

Apparently Issa issued a subpoena last November for documents and communications between the EPA and the Executive Office of the President “over a five-year period as part of an inquiry into whether the White House interfered with how the agency responded to congressional inquiries.”

Wow, that might be corruption, right there, if the Oversight Committee were able to establish that fact. But believe it or not – Issa’s been stonewalled amid allegations that he’s on a “fishing expedition.”

Issa now says he’s “planning to convene a committee business meeting after next week’s recess and hold the agency in contempt if the documents are not turned over or executive privilege exerted.”

You’ll never believer how some of the emails went missing.

The hearing also included a bit of deja vu for the committee when members grilled McCarthy on lost emails from a hard-drive crash (the same issue that wiped out emails from IRS employee Lois Lerner). In this case, the emails in question were from retired EPA employee Philip North, who was involved in the agency’s decision to begin the process of preemptively vetoing the Pebble Mine project in Alaska.

North, who declined an interview request by the committee, is retired, and committee staff say they have been unable to track him down. According to a committee aide, North’s hard drive crashed in 2010—which was around the same time that the committee is investigating the agency’s discussions of a potential veto—and the emails were not backed up.

Like Ace says, they’re daring Congress to impeach them, now.

The EPA is in the news today on another front, too: An EPA Office In Denver Really Reeks – Mgmt Implores Employees To Stop Pooping In Hallway:

Via govexec.com:

In the email, obtained by Government Executive, Deputy Regional Administrator Howard Cantor mentioned “several incidents” in the building, including clogging the toilets with paper towels and “an individual placing feces in the hallway” outside the restroom.

Confounded by what to make of this occurrence, EPA management “consulted” with workplace violence “national expert” John Nicoletti, who said that hallway feces is in fact a health and safety risk. He added the behavior was “very dangerous” and the individuals responsible would “probably escalate” their actions.

 

Gowdy Grills White House Counsel On Spoliation Of Evidence (Video)

South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, for the second day in a row, stressed  that “spoliation of evidence” occurred when the IRS lost two years worth of key emails and asked former IRS lawyer Jennifer O’Connor what negative inference she would draw if she were a private citizen outside the beltway. O’Connor  was subpoenaed by Chairman Darrell Issa, last night, to testify about her time at the IRS from May to November 2013 at this morning’s Oversight and Reform hearing on IRS obstruction.

O’Connor — a White House lawyer who whose job at the IRS was to help the agency gather documents related to the congressional investigation into IRS’ improper targeting of conservatives, was grilled by Gowdy who was dissatisfied with how she had handled her searches.

“What’s wrong with the search terms being ‘to’ and ‘from?’” he asked.

“Well that would get you everything –” O’Connor began.

“Right, that’s my point,” Gowdy interrupted. “Why reduce it? If you want access to all the information, if you want access to all of the truth, why are you reducing the search terms? Why not just ‘to Lois Lerner’ and ‘from Lois Lerner?’”

Gowdy went on to establish why Americans have every right to feel suspicious about how the IRS has been handling the Congressional inquiries – important because the Regime is pushing a narrative designed to make the public feel like conspiracy theorists if they think something might be awry.

Via The Daily Caller:

“What negative inference would you draw — if you were just one of our fellow citizens watching this,” Gowdy said. “You know that initially there was a denial of targeting. You know that she picked a very obscure [American Bar Association] conference to disclose that targeting had taken place.”

“You know that initially it was blamed on two rogue agents — in fact, Jay Carney perpetuated that myth,” he continued. “You know that Lois Lerner took the Fifth Amendment. You know that the president of the United States said there was not a smidgen of corruption. And now you’re told that the evidence doesn’t exist, the emails don’t exist.”

“What negative inference — if you were just a regular citizen sitting at home watching this, and you’ve got that litany of failed defenses, those false, exculpatory statements, and now you’re told that evidence doesn’t exist — what negative inference would you draw?” the lawmaker angrily concluded.

O’Connor noted that Lerner tried to send her laptop to government IT professionals in order to retrieve the emails. “The inference that I would draw is that if she wanted intentionally to destroy the material, she would not have sent it,” the lawyer asserted.

If the “criminal investigative unit” of which she speaks is part of the DOJ, we can reasonably assume that the fix was in. No matter who they are – if they’re part of this Regime – it’s reasonable to assume the fix was in.

SEE ALSO:

The Conversation:  U.S. Archivist Tells Congress IRS Didn’t Follow The Law

The Conversation: Issa To White House Counsel: ‘You’re a Hostile Witness’ (Video)

Phoenix Whistleblower: IG Was Slanting Reports In Favor Of VA (Video)

Phoenix VA whistleblower Dr. Katherine Mitchell was on Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro to talk about the corrupt practices at the Phoenix VA, the place where the Regime’s latest scandal blew up.

During the interview, she made an extraordinarily serious charge about the VA Office of Inspector General, which she said was slanting its reports in favor of the VA – essentially allowing them to cook the books while punishing whistle-blowers like her.

She explained that she was at the Phoenix VA  working on a project to reduce the number of patient suicides, but was put on administrative leave when she tried to blow the whistle on evidence that the books were being cooked.

She told Pirro that she discovered as she was going through some charts “some really disturbing trends”, and found that the VA’s reaction to them was “lacking to say the least.” She filed an OIG complaint with some of the “most serious and life threatening issues” included in the complaint.

Pirro asked what she thought about being put on administrative leave for speaking out.

“It’s not unusual for the VA to make up things and sabotage a physicians career for bringing things forward,” Mitchell answered. “It’s not just at Phoenix VA – it’s  VAs across the country.”

“Was this common knowledge that this was happening?” Pirro interjected. “Did the IG speak to you about this?”

Mitchell answered that the IG spoke to her for about two hours and she told them about it – but they were more interested in the documents she had.

Pirro, perking up, said, “you say you have direct knowledge of evidence being destroyed. Talk to us about that.”

Here, it gets a little murky because Mitchell didn’t really have time to tell the whole story – but it’s clear that she thinks the IG was helping the VA to cover up some very shady practices.

“What happened was an employee called and asked for my help,” Mitchell began. “The new appointment request or near list is something that basically every time a veteran requests a new patient appointment, it generates a computer fingerprint. This list pools all those fingerprints together, and you can tell the exact date when a patient requests an appointment – and then how long it’s been since they actually had their first appointment. The near list is run for each of the clinics.”

She continued to say that the OIG report was extremely deceptive when it talked about the waiting times on the near lists.

Pirro interjected again, “doctor – is what you’re saying is that the IG was – actually not being clear on what was going on? And was slanting it in favor of the VA?”

“Correct,” Mitchell answered. “The Phoenix downtown clinic’s near list started at 477 days and worked its way down.” She said the OIG  indicated levels of wait times in the 100’s.

Pirro asked her if she thought that this scandal was worthy of a criminal investigation.

Mitchell answered, “yes.”

Z-Street Donor Tells Tale Of IRS Harassment

A court decision handed down by an Obama appointed judge, Tuesday, will force the IRS to disclose the procedures it used to target the pro-Israel group, Z-Street, and may shed more light on how other conservative groups were unfairly scrutinized.

Z Street’s lawsuit was filed years before the IRS scandal hit the news and  before the conservative media understood how badly the agency had become weaponized under Obama.

Jonathan Tobin of Commentary reported:

 On Tuesday, Federal Judge Ketanje Brown Jackson issued the first substantive ruling in any suit that challenged the IRS’s pose of political neutrality under the Obama administration. The case concerns Z Street, a Philadelphia area-based pro-Israel organization that filed for tax-exempt status in December 2009 because of its role in educating the public about Israel and the Middle East conflict. The group’s founder Lori Lowenthal Marcus wrote in the Jewish Press this week about what followed:

On July 19, 2010, when counsel for Z STREET spoke with the IRS agent to whom the organization’s application had been assigned, that agent said that a determination on Z STREET’s application may be further delayed because the IRS gave “special scrutiny” to organizations connected to Israel and especially to those whose views “contradict those of the administration’s.”

Z Street subsequently sued the government and rightly argued that its constitutional rights had been violated because of the “viewpoint discrimination” that the IRS agent had openly displayed. Now after years of delays, Judge Jackson has ruled that by asserting that Z Street had no right to sue, the government had tried to “transform a lawsuit that clearly challenges the constitutionality of the process … into a dispute over tax liability.” She similarly dismissed the government’s claims of sovereign immunity.

This ruling means the IRS will be forced to open their books on the procedures it used to review Z-Street’s tax exempt application and as the case proceeds, the entire picture involving other groups similarly targeted may become clearer.

 The New English Review, which has been following this case, shared an “unsolicited anecdote” they received from an anonymous party who had contributed funds for Z Street’s lawsuit.

NER said  “it is indicative of how the IRS endeavors to abuse its authority to intimidate well meaning citizens who elect to support and defend free speech rights under the First Amendment.”

Here is the story:

In 2010, we contributed to this lawsuit that Z Street lodged against the US IRS being aware that forces under the radar were working to subvert free speech about many social-political issues within America.

So, subsequently and not surprisingly, we were harassed by the IRS even though our documentation was prepared by and reconfirmed by our accountant and financial institution. We contested the IRS’s findings and their response was to give us a court date to appear for a resolution.

Meanwhile, we didn’t hire legal counsel as many activists before us had done and gone bankrupt. Instead, we bet on the IRS’s bad press like the media’s exposure of similarly hassled conservative and pro-Israel groups would see this through for us.

Our wait seems to have paid off.

Before our court date, we received an afterhour’s call from a very pleasant and cheerful woman from the IRS, who said our case was a “misunderstanding” and papers would follow showing we owed a minor amount, instead of the colossal number they had levied on us!!! Over the next week or so, papers were sent and we responded. Nothing new in months, so we may be home free. Despite the experience, instead of silencing us, we are more driven to support and ensure free speech.!

So, best of luck for Z Street. We appreciate having our Constitution respected, honored, and upheld.

Changing it should take place within Congress, not within the IRS. This is what Z Street’s suit is about.

Washington attorney, Cleta Mitchell was recently on the Kelly File to discuss this newest  front In IRS Scandal: Nearly 1 in 10 conservative donors were audited by the IRS.

I noted that the list of conservatives targeted by the Internal Revenue Service for audits, excessive tax-exempt scrutiny, or tax privacy breaches included Tea party groups and their donors, the conservative Hollywood group, Friends of AbeFranklin Graham,Christine O’Donnell, a pro-marriage group,  Dr. Ben CarsonDr. Milton Wolf ,  (Obama’s Republican cousin who is running for Senate in KS), and ObamaCare critics Bill Elliot and C. Steven Tucker.

We can now add to that list, donors to Z Street’s legal fund.

As Cleta told Megyn Kelly,  “this is an area I’ve been increasingly concerned about in the last year since this scandal broke because people have contacted me from all over the country, talking about how they had never been audited before they donated to a conservative organization.”

 

Project Veritas Exposes Hollywood Hypocrisy: Lefty Actors Accept Dirty Mideast Oil Money For Anti-Fracking Film

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James O’Keefe has done it again. This time he dove into perhaps the most influential bastion of progressive power – Hollywood –  and exposed the dark and slimy underbelly behind their anti-fracking machine.

O’Keefe, (pictured above) premiered “Hollywood’s War on US Energy” to a packed room at the Cannes Film Festival, earlier today.

Via Project Veritas:

In the investigation, an undercover journalist from Project Veritas posed as a member of a Middle Eastern oil dynasty and offered $9 million in funding to American filmmakers to fund an anti-fracking movie.

In video from a meeting with Ed Begley Jr., Mariel Hemingway and Josh Tickell, a Project Veritas investigator disguised as “Muhammed” offered $9 million for an anti-fracking film. “Muhammad” clearly states: “If Washington DC continues fracking, America will be energy efficient, and then they won’t need my oil anymore.”

In the same conversation, Begley and Hemingway accept the funding and agree to hide the source of funds for the anti-fracking movie. Hemingway agreeing that those who will know the source of the funding are “only at this table.”

Ed Begley Jr. is an outspoken environmental activist and current Governor on the board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (the organization that brings us the OSCARS every year.)

Mariel Hemingway is a Golden Globe- and Oscar-nominated actress.

Josh Tickell is a Sundance Film Festival Winner and the director of environmental message movies “Fuel”, “The Big Fix” and “PUMP”.

Team Begley even submitted a video of Oscar-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo offering his unwavering support for the fictitious anti-fracking film project.

The meeting came about after a series of discussions with Josh and Rebecca Tickell. A Project Veritas journalist posed as an ad executive seeking to broker a deal for his client (“Muhammed”) to fund an American-made anti-fracking film.

The raw video can be found at http://Youtube.com/VeritasVisuals

This is so hilarious. Anyone with any sense already knew that Ed Begley Jr was a giant pretentious, phony poser. This O’Keefe sting proves it – and discredits the whole Hollywood anti-fracking franchise.

The only hitch is — most of the fellow-traveling MSM are as dishonest and corrupt as they are. Will anyone outside Fox News report on this?

The Hollywood Reporter already has.

Via Big Hollywood: the hypocritical movie makers are already defending their intentions to create an anti-fracking film funded by Middle Eastern oil interests.  Ed Begley Jr argues that there’s nothing wrong with taking Middle Eastern oil money (strongly suspect he’s done it before) because he’s spent his whole sainted life fighting against Middle Eastern oil. And he takes a swipe at O’Keefe (and by extension a large percentage of Americans who drive big cars) for driving “gas guzzlers.” We should be more like the blameless Ed Begley Jr. who rides his bike and drives an electric car, everywhere.

In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, Begely defended Tickell’s actions.

“I don’t think it’s bad Josh Tickell is taking money from some Arab guy. It’s much better than giving money to Middle East oil, which I’ve spent my whole life against,” he said. “Think about it. My electric car. My bicycle. How much foreign oil is there in that? Unlike these James O’Keefe characters who ride around in gas guzzlers, I’ve given no money to foreign oil.”

What a doosh.

More reaction from Begley via HR: – he’s totally innocent because he’s hard of hearing and didn’t even hear what was being said, you guyz!!1!

Begley tells THR that if it looks like he’s agreeing with faux Muhammad about anything, it’s because the Tickells asked him to be polite so that they’d get their funding for a movie they’re making calledFracked, a film that will argue a technique for extracting natural gas called fracking is bad for the environment. Also, Begley says that he is hard of hearing and couldn’t understand everything Muhammad was saying.

“Smoke and mirrors…”

These slimeballs and their managers are fuming – threatening legal action – but check the comments at The Hollywood Reporter – they’re cheering on James O’Keefe.

Jay Carney Misrepresents The American Legion Position On VA Scandal (Video)

At Monday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney repeatedly pointed to an American Legion statement that he claimed praised the Department of Veterans Affairs for addressing the leadership problem at the VA.

He said, in answer to ABC’s Jonathan Karl’s questioning,  “the American Legion said that the group looks at Petzel’s resignation as a, quote, step towards addressing the leadership problem at the VA. So I think that undercuts the assertion that that is not a meaningful development.”
Karl reports that Carney “went on to cite the American Legion nine times during the briefing.”

NBC’s Chuck Todd referred to the WH’s actions regarding the scandal, thus far, as “window dressing.” Carney, again pointed to the American Legion statement.

Veteran White House reporter, Jonathan Karl, having dealt with Carney’s obfuscations many times in the past, felt a fact check was in order. It turns out, the American legion had issued a statement, Friday about Dr. Petzel’s resignation, saying close to the opposite of what Carney alleged, today.

“This move by VA is not a corrective action, but a continuation of business as usual,” American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger said in a statement. “Dr. Petzel was already scheduled to retire this year, so his resignation now really won’t make that much of a difference.”
The statement — which can be found on the at the top of the American Legion’s website — goes on to say the real problem is at the top of VA. “Secretary [Eric] Shinseki and Under Secretary [Allison] Hickey remain on the job. They are both part of VA’s leadership problem, and we want them to resign as soon as possible.”

When asked about the discrepancy, the White House pointed ABC News to articles in the Washington Times and USA Today that posted on Friday and quoted American Legion officials calling the resignation a “step towards addressing the leadership problem at the VA.”

The official quoted, spokesman John Raughter, acknowledged saying it was a step forward but not much of a step.

“It was a small a step,” Raughter told ABC News. “It was going to happen anyway. So, I suppose it was better than if he had stayed on the job.”
Was Raughter suggesting the problems at the VA had been addressed in a significant way?
“Not at all,” he said. “We feel there is a cultural change that needs to be made.”

Karl asked American Legion spokesman Peter Gayton what he thought of the way the White House (Carney) had  cited the group. “We hope they read the commander’s full release on Dr. Petzel’s resignation,” Gayton answered.

The Regime is following the usual crisis management tactics they employ for all their scandals – which seems odd to me, because this doesn’t seem like something you can pin directly on the White House. Why the weaselly, mealy mouthed obfuscations? It immediately starts looking like a cover-up.

Why not make some head rolls RIGHT NOW because of the gross failures, incompetence and corruption under their watch?

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Jay Carney on Monday: Obama First Learned About VA Scandal in the Media:

President Barack Obama first learned of the scandal involving Department of Veterans Affairs hospital administrators concealing the true wait times vets faced in the press, according to a claim made by White House Press Sec. Jay Carney on Monday. While the president may have not been aware of the falsified wait lists, however, reports indicate that his administration was informed of excessive wait times at the VA as early as 2008. Obama even campaigned on the issue of VA waiting lists in 2007.

Of course.

 

Dismantling the Left’s Dishonest Obama-Defense Strategies

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Kudos to Kyle Becker of IJ Review for doing the fact-checking on the left’s ’13 Benghazis That Happened Under Bush’ Viral Meme.

Many of us have seen the narratives refuting “Benghazigate.”

“Where was the outrage about all those embassy attacks under Bush? What about all the people killed in those attacks? Where was Fox News then?”

Let’s put aside for now that this line of questioning has nothing at all to do with why people are concerned about what happened during and after the Benghazi terror attack.

All 13 false equivalencies are picked apart, here.

Of course there were attacks on US Embassies in terrorist hot spots throughout the world during the Bush era. We were fighting two hot wars as part of what used to be called – “the global war on terror.” But there were major differences between these attacks and Benghazi, including the fact that in most of the examples no Americans died, there were no requests for more security that were  ignored, and there was no active cover-up after the attack. They were not “just like Benghazi” at all.

Bush readily admitted that we were fighting a global war on terror. But Obama wanted the nation to think that he had decisively won the war after  Osama Bin Laden was assassinated. The war on terror was over. Now, we just had overseas contingencies and workplace violence and demonstrations over Youtube videos.

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The left  uses dishonest defense strategies to protect Obama and they have used them time and time again to explain away his scandals. They mischaracterize past events to draw some sort of moral equivalency – which often involves blaming Bush.  It looks good on the surface, but falls apart upon close scrutiny. But it doesn’t matter how weak their false equivalency is, because the strategy is geared toward BDS-ridden O-bots who are inclined to agree with them and not do any independent fact-checking. They just want to be spoon-fed what to think, and the Alinskyites running the show right now, are happy to provide them with the nonsensical pablum they need to fulfill their preconceived notions about a world in which every enemy has an R after his name.

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Perhaps the first time the left used this strategy to protect Obama came after Holder’s DOJ dropped the charges against the New Black Panthers in what one Justice Dept lawyer described as a slam dunk case –  the clearest case of voter intimidation he had ever seen..

The charges stemmed from an incident at a Philadelphia polling place on Election Day 2008 when three members of the party were accused of trying to threaten voters and block poll and campaign workers by the threat of force — one even brandishing what prosecutors call a deadly weapon.

The three black panthers, Minister King Samir Shabazz, Malik Zulu Shabazz and Jerry Jackson were charged in a civil complaint in the final days of the Bush administration with violating the voter rights act by using coercion, threats and intimidation. Shabazz allegedly held a nightstick or baton that prosecutors said he pointed at people and menacingly tapped it. Prosecutors also say he “supports racially motivated violence against non-blacks and Jews.”

The Obama administration won the case last month, but moved to dismiss the charges on May 15.

Believe it or not – the left tried to blame Bush for the decision – forcing conservative bloggers like Delroy Murdock to waste time slapping down their idiotic false narrative:

Olbermann, recently fired Washington Post analyst Dave Weigel, and The American Prospect’s Adam Serwer have all crowed that Bush’s Justice Department dropped a criminal case against the NBPP. In fact, there never was a criminal case to drop. The NBPP faced a civil lawsuit prepared by Justice’s Voting Rights unit. This is exactly what career prosecutors recommended in the first place.

With respect to all but one defendant, Justice abandoned its civil case under Obama, not Bush — no matter what Olbermann and his comrades would like to believe.  

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During the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, in which thousands of high powered guns were allowed to fall into the hands of criminal gun cartels, Democrats constantly tried to argue that the Obama administration’s Operation F & F,  was a continuation of  “Wide Receiver”, a failed gun-tracing operation that the ATF briefly tried under George W. Bush. Democrats often used the Wide Receiver narrative during Congressional hearings, and Jay Carney used it when questioned by reporters during press briefings.

They were lying.

Besides the fact that they were two separate operations,  Wide Receiver actually made an attempt to track the guns that were headed into Mexico – guns  were implanted with RFID chips and were tracked electronically. The ATF in Phoenix also implemented aerial surveillance tactics in an attempt to follow the weapons.

Obama’s ATF  took no such steps to track the walked guns other than recording the serial numbers before allowing them to cross the border into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.  ATF agents involved with Fast and Furious would later testify that they were ordered to stand down and not track the weapons even when interdiction was possible.  The objective was to get them into the hands of drug cartel bandits only to be interdicted after they had killed people – at which point, they were  traced back to the gun shops that sold the guns to straw purchasers (at the ATF’s behest.) It was not a “botched operation. It was totally effed up from the start.

The Bush administration also worked in cooperation with the Mexican government. When about 200 guns were lost track of – the operation was terminated in 2007.

Mexican authorities were kept in the dark over Fast and Furious and were outraged when the details about the criminally insane operation were revealed. The operation started in the Fall of 2009 and not terminated until Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered with one of the Fast and Furious Guns in December of 2010.

A good question for Eric Holder would be why would the DOJ resurrect a program like Wide Receiver after it failed  –  but he would tell you he had no idea about it or Operation Fast and Furious.  He testified that he didn’t even know about Fast and Furious until well after Brian Terry’s death in Dec. 2010.  Any emails that might say otherwise have been protected by Executive Privilege.

There are still liberal drones out there who will knowingly tell you that Fast and Furious is a GW Bush scandal because it was a continuation of a Bush era gun-walking operation.

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Remember Solyndra? The solar company that went belly-up after the Obama administration awarded them with an ill-advised half a billion dollars  loan? That was Bush’s fault, too, you know.

After spending months touting the Obama administration’s decision to loan $535 million to the California solar energy upstart Solyndra, top officials took a new tack Wednesday while testifying before Congress about the company’s abrupt shut-down and bankruptcy: the loan, they said, was actually the Bush administration’s idea. The Energy Department’s top lending officer told Congress that the Solyndra loan application was not only filed during President Bush’s term, but it surged towards completion before Obama took office in January 2009.

“By the time the Obama administration took office in late January 2009, the loan programs’ staff had already established a goal of, and timeline for, issuing the company a conditional loan guarantee commitment in March 2009,” said Jonathan Silver, who heads the Energy loan program.

It was a key part of the Democrats’ pushback over the Solyndra scandal. Dems argued that the loan guarantees made to the solar panel company were just as much the doing of the George W. Bush administration as they were of the Obama administration.

This argument has been pushed repeatedly by the Democrats on the Energy and Commerce committee, by liberal groups like Media Matters and even by the Energy Department itself, which has been emailing reporters regular press releases spinning the scandal.

For example, Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce investigation subcommittee, asked Friday, “Whether the Bush and Obama administration conducted due diligence on the loan guarantee.”

But the facts don’t justify this claim. The bottom line remains that the Bush Administration did not approve the Solyndra loan guarantee. And just before they headed out of town, Bush officials ordered the project back to the drawing board.

Democrats argue the Energy Department first received the loan request in December 2006. By January 2009, it was still under consideration. That month, the department’s Loan Guarantee Credit Committee put the project on hold.

IBD concluded, “there were two administrations involved in this project. One, after more than two years of consideration, was still sending it back for further review. That was the Bush administration. The second was placing “intense pressure” on department staff to approve loans from the moment it walked in the door and even had the energy secretary himself personally reviewing each loan. That was the Obama administration.”

It would be like a Republican administration coming into office after Obama, immediately approving the Keystone Pipeline, and when something horrible goes wrong – trying to share the blame with Obama because he’s the one who  “established the goal” of approving the pipeline.

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The IRS Scandal: One  defense strategy the left has employed to defend the Obama Regime  is the laughable “Progressive groups were targeted too!” false narrative. I’ve actually seen them try to argue that progressive groups were targeted even more than conservative groups. I mean if you’re going to lie – go big, right?

 NO progressive groups were unfairly targeted by IRS

This would already seem obvious given the fact that absolutely no progressive groups have come forward with horror stories about the abuse they supposedly endured as a result of being targeted and unfairly scrutinized. Congressional Democrats had every opportunity to let this alleged multitude of “progressive IRS victims” testify before various committees during several hearings that have been held on Capitol Hill on the scandal. Not-so-shockingly, no progressive victims have been identified and none ever testified..  Because they don’t exist.

There are still liberal drones who spread that particular brazen lie in the comment sections of our nation’s newspapers.

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Be on the look-out for this particular defense strategy. Now that we see the pattern, it should be obvious when we see them employing it.

The VA scandal is in its infancy, but I fully expect the left to blame the scandal on Bush era policies that Obama is heroically fixing. If they haven’t done that already.

IRS Scandal Heats Up As Newly Released Emails Prove Targeting Was Directed Out of DC (Video)

Judicial Watch, the same group that recently forced the White House to release those damning email exchanges related to the Benghazi attack, just published some  newly uncovered communications regarding the IRS targeting of conservative groups. The emails, which were obtained  in response to an October 2013 Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit filed after the agency refused to respond to four FOIA requests dating back to May 2013. Reading the emails, you can see why they stonewalled. They prove without a doubt that the handling of Tea Party applications was directed out of the agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC.  and that “extensive pressure” was put on the IRS by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) to shut down conservative-leaning tax-exempt organizations. 

One key email string from July 2012 confirms that IRS Tea Party scrutiny was directed from Washington, DC. On July 6, 2010, Holly Paz (the former Director of the IRS Rulings and Agreements Division and current Manager of Exempt Organizations Guidance) asks IRS lawyer Steven Grodnitzky “to let Cindy and Sharon know how we have been handling Tea Party applications in the last few months.”  Cindy Thomas is the former director of the IRS Exempt Organizations office in Cincinnati and Sharon Camarillo was a Senior Manager in their Los Angeles office. Grodnitzky, a top lawyer in the Exempt Organization Technical unit (EOT) in Washington, DC, responds:

EOT is working the Tea party applications in coordination with Cincy. We are developing a few applications here in DC and providing copies of our development letters with the agent to use as examples in the development of their cases. Chip Hull [another lawyer in IRS headquarters] is working these cases in EOT and working with the agent in Cincy, so any communication should include him as well. Because the Tea party applications are the subject of an SCR [Sensitive Case Report], we cannot resolve any of the cases without coordinating with Rob.

The reference to Rob is believed to be Rob Choi, then-Director of Rulings and Agreements in IRS’s Washington, DC, headquarters.

The Daily Caller reported:

Levin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ permanent subcommittee on investigations, wrote a March 30, 2012 letter to then-IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman discussing the “urgency” of the issue of possible political activity by nonprofit applicants. Levin asked if the IRS was sending out additional information requests to applicant groups and citing an IRS rejection letter to a conservative group as an example of how the IRS should be conducting its business.

Bill Hemmer reported on the scandal Thursday morning on Fox News:



Senator Ted Cruz’s press release in full:

New Emails Escalate Need for Special Prosecutor

Sen Cruz: A special prosecutor with real independence should be appointed immediately

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today made the following statement regarding new emails between IRS employees and other government officials released by a watchdog group.

“After emails showed that Lois Lerner was communicating directly with the Department of Justice, I sent Attorney General Holder a letter asking him to reconsider his decision to not appoint a special prosecutor in the IRS targeting scandal. And now today more emails have surfaced, this time showing that IRS targeting of Tea Party groups was coordinated from Washington D.C.—contrary to the Administration’s initial story that this was all done by lower ranking IRS officials in Cincinnati.

“So we now know the Department of Justice was involved with the IRS targeting, and the Administration’s initial explanation about the targeting was false. This Administration has lost all credibility to investigate this partisan scandal, especially given that they have entrusted the investigation to be led by a major Democratic donor. A special prosecutor with real independence should be appointed immediately.”

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John Hayward, The Conversation: A new chapter in the IRS scandal begins:

Once again, I’m struck by how well Obama’s delaying tactics work to protect him from scandals that could have brought down his Administration.  He and his team of paid liars long ago hit on the tactic of living from one news cycle to the next – a deliberate reversal of the old Washington wisdom that it’s better to dump everything at once (preferably in a literal dumpster out back of the White House, on a Friday afternoon, ideally before a holiday weekend) to avoid the corrosive drip-drip-drip of scandal.  Old Washington hands thought it was dangerous to drag these things out and keep them in the news; better to muscle through a round of tough Sunday shows and get it over with, instead of seeing stories about “new revelations in Whatever-gate” on the front pages, week after week.

Newsbusters: Networks Censor Bombshell Documents Showing Top Democrat Pressed IRS to Target Conservatives

Coverage by the Big Three (ABC, NBC, CBS) networks on their Wednesday evening and Thursday morning shows? 0 seconds.

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While the networks refused to cover the new revelations in the IRS scandal they did devote a total of 11 minutes (ABC: 4 minutes,19 seconds; CBS: 4 minutes, 19 seconds; NBC: 4 minutes, 8 seconds) to defending Hillary Clinton from Republican attacks on their Wednesday evening and Thursday morning shows.

 

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