Video: Dingy Harry Blames ‘Rich, Rich, Rich Rich Rich Koch Brothers’ For Gender Pay Gap

koch-bros-rent-freeKoch brothers living rent free in Dingy’s head.

Majority Leader Harry Reid discussed the Senate schedule, unemployment benefits and the Koch brothers – but mostly the Koch brothers at the weekly Democratic press conference April 8.

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Transcript via PJ Media:

“So my Republican colleagues, I guess, think that pay gap doesn’t matter that much since I had not a single person come to the floor — well, we’ve had a couple. One of them came and said it was a bill for trial lawyers,” he continued. “But basically they do nothing but stand in the background and filibuster. I get it. Two Congresses ago, they did it last Congress, and they’re doing it this Congress, filibustering our moving to this important piece of legislation.”

Reid spoke of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which comes to the floor Wednesday with heavy opposition from Republicans.

“These really rich, rich, rich, rich, rich people like the Koch brothers, they prefer to go along with women being paid less than men. And like so many things here, the Republicans in the Senate go along with what the Koch brothers want,” he said. “This issue boils down a fundamental question: Whose side are you on? As usual, the Republicans are siding with the rich and not obviously being too concerned about what’s happening with women in America, not getting paid as much as men for doing the exact same work.”

Reid was asked if he’s going to get to the minimum wage bill, seeking a hike to $10.10, before the end of the week.

“I don’t think so. I have a lot of other things I’m going to do,” he said. “I want to put lots of nominations we’re going to move on, as early as probably today. So we’ll have to have a ton of votes before the week is done.”

Then the majority leader was asked by another reporter if he’s “been successful in explaining to America who they are.”

“Well, I haven’t been successful enough, because I’m going to continue. But I do feel good about this, no one knew who the Koch brothers were until we started this little deal here. And now about half the people in America know who they are,” Reid declared. “By the time we finish this, everyone is going to know who these — the two richest brothers in the world are.”

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

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Jon Ralston, Politico: Harry Reid’s Kryptonite:

Of course,I didn’t yet know this was a family matter as I began exploring that line item on Reid’s FEC report. Nor did I know that reporters from national media outlets also were chasing the story. Like many of them, I had other things on my docket and thought the FEC inquiry was interesting but not imperative.

When I called Reid’s office to ask about it, I got a standard peremptory response: “The campaign complied with all FEC rules.”

I asked why the senator would have used campaign funds to buy holiday gifts, and remembered a 2006 controversy over his using campaign funds to give his Ritz-Carlton doorman Christmas presents. Reid, whose net worth may be as much as $6.3 million, eventually reimbursed the campaign, but this new inquiry suggested he hadn’t learned his lesson—a nice gift to his enemies.

“The report is accurate. The expenditure was for holiday gifts,” a Reid spokeswoman told me. And when I asked who Ryan Elisabeth was, she said simply: “jewelry, knick knacks.”

I then Googled “Ryan Elisabeth” and almost immediately found a LinkedIn page for Ryan Elizabeth Reid, who describes herself as a “performing arts professional” from Brooklyn. The photo shows a young woman in an artistic-looking white hat with purple feather, her head tilted at a jaunty angle.

I asked Reid’s office what the relation was. Then I waited. And waited.

For an entire day, Reid’s office failed to confirm that Ryan Elisabeth was his granddaughter, offering up banalities about her being “just a jewelry vendor” or simply being dismissive. It was uncharacteristic—and suspicious.

A spokeswoman finally admitted the relationship the next day—another Reid operative apparently already had done so with national reporters, suggesting his office had no coordinated response—and said the gifts were purchased for supporters and donors. Then I realized there was another “Ryan Elisabeth” line item that brought the total to nearly $17,000.

Truth Revolt: WAPO Fact Checker: Senate Majority PAC’s New Ad Gets Four Pinocchios

“This is the third time in a month that the Fact Checker has given Four Pinocchios to an ad sponsored by Senate Majority PAC. That’s a pretty dreadful track record, and does little for the organization’s credibility”

The Washington Examiner: NRSC demands Louisiana stations pull ad trying to link Bill Cassidy to Koch brothers:

The National Republican Senatorial Committee will send a letter to 34Louisiana network affiliates Thursday requesting that an attack ad produced by the pro-Democratic Senate Majority PAC be pulled from television, and threatening legal action if it isn’t.

The letter, penned by NRSC general counsel Megan Sowards, charges that the ad is “patently false.”

“Since the Senate Majority PAC advertisement contains false and misleading statements, we hereby demand that your station stop airing this advertisement immediately,” the letter reads. “If you are unwilling to do so, we reserve the right to pursue any appropriate legal action and request an explanation of the basis of your decision in law or station policy.”

The ad, part of a recent $3 million blitz by Senate Majority PAC in Louisiana and North Carolina, attempts to tie Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy to Charles and David Koch, the wealthy brothers whose pro-Republican group, Americans for Prosperity, has so far spent more than $30 million attacking Democrats in key Senate battleground states, including Louisiana.

Gateway Pundit: Ron Fournier: “Democrats Are Going to Pay a High Price for Lying” in Their Senate Ads (Video)

Journalist Ron Fournier told Greta Van Susteren Tuesday Democrats and Harry Reid will eventually pay a price for their dishonest ads.

Rush: Liberal Fascism Is Working (Audio)

Rush Limbaugh started off his show, Monday, analyzing the Mozilla controversy, and how we’ve come to a point in this country where people are afraid to espouse mainstream opinions.   He said, “there’s just a whole lot of bullying going on out there in the midst of an anti-bullying movement.  The real bullies are claiming victim status. They are the ones being bullied while they do the bullying, and they shut everybody up, or most people.”  And the chilling fact that the bullying is coming from the top.

Ten years ago… Maybe not even that long ago. Six years ago, the polling data on gay marriage was different. You could hardly find a significant percentage of people who were for it. Now five/six years later, the polling data has done an amazing reversal, something like — if I remember this right, and I don’t have this in front of me. There was voluminous stuff I read over the weekend.

I think 60% of the country now favors gay marriage. Now, do you think…? I’ll just ask a question. It’s an open-ended question. I just want you to think about this: Has there really been a 50 to 60% shift in active support for gay marriage? Well, I’m just asking. People are saying it. I’m not challenging the polling data. Now, don’t misunderstand. I’m not challenging the data.

I’m accepting the data at 60% support gay marriage and in 10 years it’s gone from 50% to 60%. I’m accepting the polling data. Well, I can draw can you an analogy, I think, in perhaps answering this. How many people voted for Barack Obama ’cause they really supported what he intended to do, versus how many people were afraid not to? I think what’s happening here is fascism equals intimidation, and the intimidation is working.

You know as well as I that people are scared to death to tell you what they really think. The left has politicized everything — everything — to the point that people are afraid to go against what they know to be political correctness, which is nothing more than liberal fascism, nothing more than censorship or what have you. They’re afraid to speak up against it.

They see what happens to people who speak up against it.  They see it. Brendan Eich’s just the latest example.  They see what happens to Dan Cathy.  We had a woman call here. “I didn’t want to tell a pollster I didn’t like Obama. No way! I don’t want to get involved in anything controversial.”  Most people don’t.  I don’t think that most people really believe that David Koch is filled with hatred or that I am or anybody else.

But they’re afraid to say they don’t believe it, and low-information people buy it. There are some people that do. They’ve been successful with the low-information crowd creating this notion, but there’s just a whole lot of bullying going on out there in the midst of an anti-bullying movement.  The real bullies are claiming victim status. They are the ones being bullied while they do the bullying, and they shut everybody up, or most people.

Video via Daily Rushbo

The good news is, Mozilla is  Reaping a Whirlwind Of Disapproval even as it clams up in the face of criticism….

Mozilla experienced an extremely high level of negative customer feedback on Friday the day after they forced Brendan Eich to hit the bricks.  On Friday, the feedback showed 94% of respondents were “sad” verses 6% “happy.” As of this writing, it’s 91% “sad” verses 9% happy.

The comments on the Mozilla webpage are blistering: “Now that you have had time to think this over, do you continue to believe that a company committed to tolerance and diversity should fire people who make private political contributions you disagree with?” one sad face asked.

People are uninstalling Firefox in droves. You can register your approval or disapproval here, and commenthere.

 The results, thus far, indicate that even people who support gay marriage, are appalled by Mozilla’s fascist impulses. As the Chick-Fil-A dust-up proved a couple of years ago – when the gay mafia starts pushing too hard, the silent majority pushes back harder.
Today, negative reactions at Firefox have already crashed through Friday’s record. They are on target to have well over 10,000 negative feedbacks.
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John Hayward, the Conversation: ‘Shut up,’ Mozilla explained:

Nothing says “wide diversity of views” and “culture of openness” quite like nailing boards over the window to the company press office while thousands of disgusted users uninstall its products!  You’d think our champions of tolerance would beeager to discuss the wonderful thing they just did.  Come on, guys, polish up those jackboots and give us a victory parade!  Brendan Eich even co-authored a book you could burn at the climax of your frenzied celebration.

You’re quite right to call that blog post from Mitchell Baker “Orwellian,” although it probably seems less bizarre to her fellow fascists and useful idiots.  Totalitarians are always eager to steal the language of freedom.  That’s why “tolerance” now means blacklists, and “diversity” means conformity.  At the far end of that ideological crime spree lie “democratic elections” in which the dear leadership wins 100 percent of the vote, with 105 percent of precincts reporting.

There’s been some talk in these quarters about Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s McCutcheon dissent, in which he inverts the First Amendment to become protection for the “collective” (which he means in the Communist sense: the inescapable entirety of the people) against individual dissenters with dangerous ideas.  Breyer merely put a scholarly veneer on the ugly totalitarian sentiments expressed by Mozilla when they gave Brendan Eich the heave-ho.  The “collective” interest in freedom of speech is served by gagging people with dangerous ideas, as defined by the wise and benevolent masters of the collective.  Tolerance for everyone… except of course those ruled intolerant, who cannot be tolerated on the long march to tolerance.  Joyous diversity must be policed by enforcers who tackle and handcuff narrow thoughts.

Kevin D. Willianson, NRO: The Liberal GulagThe Brendan Eich case brings out the nature of liberal fascism. 

The Left should be feeling, at the very least, ashamed. As Andrew Sullivan noted, its crusade for absolute conformity with and submission to some version of virtue as understood by its members calls to mind the worst tendencies of the old Religious Right, even if those tendencies mostly existed in the imagination of Andrew Sullivan. The intellectual stultification on display is remarkable. The Left’s most energetic foot soldiers today are MFA dropouts who are too stupid to tell a genuine Sarah Palin quote from a Tina Fey line and spend their idle afternoons (one gets the feeling there is a surplus of them) sharing Snopes-discredited political memes on Facebook and discussing last night’s Jon Stewart show. The bovine instincts of the stampeding herd that surrounded Miss Timpf would embarrass anybody capable of embarrassment. Being on the wrong side of two First Amendment issues at the same time ought to be cause for some critical examination among our so-called progressives, but their omphaloskepsistic contemplation of the unrivaled virtue they perceive in themselves protects their intellects, such as they are, from the discomfort of contact with noncomformist ideas.

Which is, of course, what this is all about. Bakers and photographers are to be locked in cages if they hold the wrong views on same-sex marriage; pundits and scholars are to be locked in cages if they hold the wrong views on global warming; actual criminals who break the law and abuse their official trust in the service of punishing nonconformist ideas enjoy official protection from an increasingly lawless administrative state. The words “progressive lynch mob” sound strange only to those unfamiliar with the career of Senator Rebecca Latimer Felton.

Jack Cashill, The American Thinker: What Mozilla Has Taught Us:

Fascist mobs routinely reduce the most decent of opponents to cruel stereotypes and demand their exclusion from polite society.

As is often the case with such mobs, there is a certain selectivity about who should be punished.  Although he did not support Proposition 8 per se, then-Senator Barack Obama paved the way to its passage when he told Rick Warren’s California congregation in August 2008, “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian, it’s also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.”  Black voters, who turned out in record numbers to support Obama, voted overwhelmingly for the amendment and made victory possible.

“Mr. Eich,” lectures the sanctimonious Oremus, “right now we’re in a world where you have to not be a bigot if you want to be an effective leader of an organization like Mozilla.”  Should that same standard not be applied to the president of the United States?  The craven Obama did not “evolve” out of his “sacred union” position until 2012, when the polls told him it was safe to do so.

The Christian-led civil rights movement took decades of patient appeals to biblical and constitutional principles before it prevailed.  Although its leaders suffered mightily along the way, they eventually persuaded America that it was both un-Christian and unconstitutional to deny people full human rights based on their race.

The “marriage equality” movement has made no such case, because it has no such case.  It has no grounding in the Constitution.  It defies the very tenets of Christianity.  And its leaders have suffered little more than the occasional unkind tweet.  To throw out empty clichés like “marriage equality” or insulting jibes like “The Bible also says that eating shellfish is an abomination” shows just how intellectually bankrupt the movement is.

Sick: DHS Released 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions in 2013

Remember the outrage when it was discovered that DHS was using last year’s sequestration as a pretext to release thousands of illegal immigrants with criminal convictions? Sheriff Babeu of Pinal County, AZ  told Jed Babbin of The American Spectator that he was receiving frantic calls from ICE and Border Patrol agents who were calling him unofficially. Babeu said, “Good people who work for ICE, work for Border Patrol, they call me all the time.…They said, ‘Sheriff, help us. We’re releasing all these criminals. This order just came down from Washington and now they’re all out in the streets.”

Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano called that a “myth.”

“There was a story that ran last week that said ‘we released 2,000 detainees because of sequester’ Napolitano said, mocking the hype inferred by the headline.

“That is really not accurate,” she insisted.

“That was not a Politico story by the way,” Allen responded.

“It was not a Politico story, I will hasten to say, and I won’t say who put it out there,” Napolitano added. “But as in all things immigration it develops its own mythology.

Well, here’s your “myth” and I will hasten to add that it was not the Politico who “put it out there.” It was an internal document from DHS itself:

Via The Hill:

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials last year released 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions, undercutting Democratic claims that President Obama has strictly enforced immigration laws.

An internal Department of Homeland Security document compiling statistics on arrests and deportations in 2013 showed that ICE agents encountered 193,357 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions but issued charging documents for only 125,478. More than 67,800 were released.

The data came from an end-of-year “Weekly Departures and Detention Report.”

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ICE classifies illegal immigrants as criminal if they have been convicted of a crime, not including traffic offense, Vaughn noted.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), the ranking Republican on the Budget Committee, blasted the administration’s record.

“The preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that immigration enforcement in America has collapsed. Even those with criminal convictions are being released. DHS is a department in crisis,” he said in a statement Sunday.

“Secretary Johnson must reject the president’s demands to weaken enforcement further and tell him that his duty, and his officers’ duty, is to enforce the law – not break it,” he added in reference to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

A spokeswoman for ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

So what kind of criminals has ICE been releasing –  68,000 in one year –  into the population?

Last year, while the controversy was raging, Sheriff Babeu explained in terrifying detail just how bad some of these guys are:

 Pinal County Sheriff, Paul Babeu noted that among those released were criminals who had been “convicted not just charged – convicted for weapons violations, drug smuggling, (these are cartel members, these are narcotic traffickers!), drug dealers, these are people who have been in fights,  and aggravated assaults against police officers…. How in the world can you say these are low risk, non criminal detainees?!  These are the worst of the worst. These are people who have been convicted of child molestation! We have people who have been released, I’ve been told by ICE agents, who have been  charged with man-slaughter.”

Where are the whistleblowers?   Babeu told Jeanine Pirro, a year ago that “several memos have been sent out to ICE agents about the prisoner releases, and anyone who talked about it “outside our agency shall be disciplined up to and including termination, creating an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.”  He said, “these federal agents, who swore an oath to protect our country, are being intimidated from doing the right thing.”

And the beat goes on. We’ve got three more years of this God-awful nightmare to go.

Related:

WHD: Obama Fails to Deport Hundreds of Thousands of Known Illegals:

The Obama administration is deporting only about a quarter of the illegal immigrants it picks up, even though most come to their attention because of proven or alleged criminal behavior, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, a conservative group.

From the CIS report:

In 2013, (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) reported 722,000 encounters with potentially deportable aliens, most of whom came to their attention after incarceration for a local arrest. Yet ICE officials followed through with immigration charges for only 195,000 of these aliens, only about one-fourth . . .

Many of the aliens ignored by ICE were convicted criminals. In 2013, ICE agents released 68,000 aliens with criminal convictions, or 35 percent of all criminal aliens they reported encountering. The criminal alien releases typically occur without formal notice to local law enforcement agencies and victims.

Hat tip: AoSHQ

The Horrendous Criminal Enterprise Known As The Democrat Party

The-Democrats

Conservative writer Michael Walsh likes to call modern Democrats a Criminal Enterprise masquerading as a political party. The best way to understand them, he once told Rush Limbaugh, “is as the unholy love children of 1930s big-city political/gangster machines and 1960s Alinskyite Communists — now out and proud.”

Sounds about right. They are out and proud – and the beaten down and demoralized Republicans are perpetually in a defensive posture because that’s the only way they know how to respond to the criminally insane psychos who are currently running things. Recall how they reacted when Ted Cruz tried to go on the offense last Fall on the government shutdown. Crouching, trembling fear. “They’ll blame us!!!!” Meanwhile, the Gangster in Chief was shutting down open air national parks and monuments and booting wounded vets from war memorials. They tried to shut down privately owned hotels and museums.

Because they are criminally insane.

Last week, Al Sharpton and fellow Dems in Cincinnati gave a woman who was convicted of voter fraud a hero’s welcome – — at a voter rights rally. 

They are criminally insane.

Dingy Harry rails against private entrepreneurs and philanthropists the Koch Brothers on the Senate floor for a daily two minutes of hate.

He is criminally insane.

The Massachusetts Department of Families And Children (DFC) have kidnapped a sick girl and won’t give her back to her parents because

They are criminally insane.

Why do you think Democrats are trying to use the IRS to silence conservative political speech. You got it:

They are criminally insane.

Here’s this week’s shiny examples of criminally INSANE executive overreach – let us marvel together:

OBAMA SEEKS EXECUTIVE OPTIONS TO AID ILLEGAL ALIENS

President Barack Obama has launched an internal review on how he can provide additional leniency to illegal aliens inside the United States of America, the White House announced on Thursday evening.
Obama “has asked Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to do an inventory of the Department’s current practices to see how it can conduct enforcement more humanely within the confines of the law,” the White House said in a Thursday press release.
Obama’s announcement that he would seek to grant more executive amnesty to illegal aliens came after he met with three Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) members on Thursday — CHC chairman Rep. Ruben Hinojosa and Reps. Luis Gutierrez and Xavier Becerra. Hispanic lawmakers have complained vociferously of late about the number of deportations executed by the Obama administration.
“The president emphasized his deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system,” the White House said in its readout from the meeting.

29th Obamacare Delay: WH Uses ‘Honor System’ to Extend Deadline

Last month, the Obama administration said it lacked “the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period” for Obamacare. Moreover, when embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was asked by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) during testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee if she planned to delay the Obamacare enrollment deadline, Sebelius said flatly, “No, sir.”

On Tuesday, however, the White House announced it has decided to extend Obamacare’s open enrollment period another two to three weeks, marking this at least the 29th Obamacare delay. The White House says it plans to use the “honor system” for those wishing to enroll past the March 31 deadline. According to the Washington Post, the Obama White House will “not try to determine whether the person is telling the truth.”

Here’s HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius, a couple weeks ago blatantly lying about their  plans to delay the Individual Mandate.

What else could she be lying about. I don’t know —- everything? 

Breaking: GOP Leaders Say They HAVE PROOF Sebelius Misled Congress & Knows Number of Paid Obamacare Enrollees

It appears Secretary Sebelius was not telling the truth.
House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp (R-MI) and Congressman Kevin Brady (D-TX) have discovered the administration has been collecting the data, despite telling Congress they do not have the information.
The Hill reported:

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday saying she had been “evasive and perhaps misleading” in her testimony before the committee earlier this month.

Administration officials have repeatedly said they’re not able to break down enrollees by who has made a payment because they only have access to information about those selecting plans on the HealthCare.gov website, as consumers are expected to pay the insurers directly after enrolling.

Sebelius reiterated that claim in her March 12 testimony to the House panel.

But Reps. Camp (R-Mich.) and Kevin Brady (R-Tex.) say they have uncovered “new evidence” that “strongly suggests that the administration knows who has enrolled and paid their first month’s premium.”

One day story – tops.

Ever wonder how the Regime manages to stonewall everything until no one remembers or cares about the scandal anymore? Remember how Obama told Bill O’Reilly in calming dulcet tones  that there had been hearings on all of  those  “phony scandals”  (as he calls them.) They’ve all been litigated. There ain’t nothing there, sucka.

ORLY? In every case, those hearings had been stonewalled by his Regime. And he knows it.

ONE MORE REASON WHY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS THE LEAST TRANSPARENT EVER

The Obama administration has a standard response to all scandals: it stonewalls. Getting information from the administration is like pulling teeth, only slower. Document requests and subpoenas go unanswered, or inadequately answered, for years.

So far Obama’s stonewall strategy has worked quite well. After a year or two, a scandal is treated as old news, even though the administration has never produced the information that would allow Congressional committees, reporters or the public to evaluate it. If the administration stalls long enough, it wins.

In perfecting the art of the stall, Obama has done something that has been tried by no previous president: he has put the White House into the loop when federal agencies respond to subpoenas and Freedom of Information Act requests. A group called Cause of Action has uncovered an April 15, 2009 memo by White House Counsel Greg Craig that lays out the administration’s unprecedented stonewall strategy. Craig’s memo went to every executive department and federal agency. You can read it here. The memo says, in part:

This is a reminder that executive agencies should consult with the White House Counsel’s Office on all document requests that may involve documents with White House equities. …

This need to consult with the White House arises with respect to all types of document requests, including Congressional committee requests, GAO requests, judicial subpoenas, and FOIA requests. And it applies to all documents and records, whether in oral, paper, or electronic form, that relate to communications to and from the White House, including preparations for such communications.

The phrase “White House equities” is undefined. It is not a legal term; it cannot be found in the Freedom of Information Act. Apparently a document has “White House equities” if it potentially could embarrass the Obama administration.

Shocker: After First Claiming to be Ready to Comply With Congressional Demands for Lois Lerner’s Emails, IRS Now Says It Will Delay Releasing Them… Until After the 2014 Elections

That’s Ace being snarky. (It’s not a shocker at all — these people are criminally insane.)

OUT: A healthy democracy requires a responsive government and a well-informed citizenry

IN: Go F*ck Yourself Peons

They claim that it will take too long to review and redact so many documents.

Apparently Republicans shot back that they should prioritize this, and assign more personnel to the task, if that’s what it takes.

Democrats, meanwhile, chose to question the propriety of investigating alleged government harassment of citizens at all.

HARRY REID TO RETURN CAMPAIGN FUNDS PAID TO GRANDDAUGHTER FOR ‘HOLIDAY GIFTS’

Forced by the Federal Election Commission to explain where $17,000 from his campaign went, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid acknowledged giving the money to his granddaughter for “holiday gifts” in late 2013, and finally reimbursed the money to his campaign. The FEC sent the treasurer for Friends of Harry Reid a letter asserting that the treasurer “must include a brief statement or description … to clarify the following description: ‘holiday gifts.’” Reid’s campaign operation had listed the “holiday gifts” as two separate payments to Ryan Elisabeth of Berkley, Calif., on Oct. 23, 2013. One payment amounted to $5,416.93; the other was $11,370.00.

Harry Reid’s FEC Whoopsie Not His First

No! Could he be……insane?

You’ll be shocked to learn that this is not Reid’s first run-in with the FEC. In 2006, Reid used campaign funds to pay out bonuses to the staff at the Ritz-Carlton where he resides in Washington, D.C. (It is illegal under federal election law to use campaign funds for personal use.) Here’s an Associated Press story that contains additional examples of Reid’s general shadiness:

Questioned about the campaign expenditures by The Associated Press, Reid’s office said Monday his lawyers had approved them but he nonetheless was personally reimbursing his campaign for the $3,300 he had directed to the staff holiday fund at his residence. His office said he got the money to buy the Ritz condo from an earlier house sale.

Reid also announced he was amending his ethics reports to Congress to more fully account for a Las Vegas land deal — highlighted in an AP story last week — that allowed him to collect $1.1 million in 2004 for property he hadn’t personally owned in three years.

In that matter, the senator hadn’t disclosed to Congress that he first sold land to a friend’s limited liability company back in 2001 and took an ownership stake in the company. He collected the seven-figure payout when the company sold the land again in 2004 to others.

Reid portrayed the 2004 sale as a personal sale of land, not mentioning the company’s ownership or its role in the sale.

Meanwhile, Reid continues to attack libertarian philanthropists Charles and David Koch for allegedly using their wealth and status to enrich themselves and those around them. Keep it up, Harry!

BOMBSHELL IN WAPO/KEYSTONE SCANDAL: DID THE POST COORDINATE WITH CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS?

Collusion of the criminally insane with the criminally insane.

A major development occurred today in the scandal surrounding the Washington Post’s attempt to advance Democratic Party talking points by falsely linking Koch Industries to the Keystone Pipeline. In the unlikely event that you are not already familiar with the story, you should begin by reading this post and this one, as well as the one from last October where I dismantled the International Forum on Globalization report that was the basis for the Washington Post’s story of March 20.

The facts, very briefly, are these: Koch Industries has no interest in the Keystone Pipeline; it has not lobbied in favor of the pipeline; if the pipeline is built, Koch will make no use of it to ship oil from Alberta or anywhere else; and construction of Keystone would actually damage Koch’s economic interests by raising the price of midwestern oil that flows to Koch’s Pine Bend refinery. The reporters who wrote the Post article that tried to portray Koch as the driving force behind the Keystone pipeline, Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson, did not dispute any of these facts.

After my first post appeared, Eilperin and Mufson tried halfheartedly to respond to it. They posed the question, why did they write the article, given all of the facts that Power Line pointed out? Their answer was: “[I]ssues surrounding the Koch brothers’ political and business interests will stir and inflame public debate in this election year.” So their intention in writing the article was explicitly political.

But it may have been even more political, and more nakedly partisan, than we suspected. Today Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman wrote a letter to David Robertson, President and COO of Koch Industries. The Democrats’ letter was premised almost entirely on the Washington Post’s discredited article; it repeatedly footnoted that article and the IFG report on which the Post story was based. The two Democrats concluded by requesting that Koch answer questions and produce a long series of documents relating in various ways to the Keystone pipeline.

The Democrats’ letter raises an obvious question: did the Washington Post publish its article attempting to link Koch to Keystone at the request of Whitehouse and/or Waxman, or at the request of other Democrats who were coordinating with Whitehouse and Waxman? Given the blatantly political purpose to which the Post’s article has now been put, it is reasonable to inquire into its genesis: was it a Democratic Party plant from the start?

I keep wondering when and if  the public at large will ever wise up to how dirty, rotten, nasty and corrupt the modern Democrat party has become. Never-mind the fact that as a party they’ve veered so far to the left in recent years that they are in virtually indistinguishable from the Communist Party USA.  Lot’s of Democrats don’t have a problem with that, I guess.

But don’t they even care that their party is criminally INSANE?

 UPDATE:

Ed Driscoll was on the same wavelength as me, last night. I swear I wasn’t copying him: ‘A Criminal Organization Masquerading as a Political Party’

“Think of the Democratic Party as what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party,” my friend and fellow PJM columnist Michael Walsh wrote in 2009 in the guise of his leftwing alter-ego, David Kahane.

Certainly, at a minimum it’s safe to say that Democrats were rather active on the nation’s police blotters today. Since this is one narrative the MSM will never assemble (as they’re in on the fun), it’s up to the Blogosphere — so here we go.

“BREAKING: Anti-Gun CA Senator Leland Yee Charged With Gun Running,” reports The Truth About Guns:

It what would surely place his likeness prominently on the Mt. Rushmore of hypocrisy if the allegations are proven in a court of law, famously anti-gun California state Senator Leland Yee has been charged with, in addition to bribery and public corruption…yes…gun running. Specifically conspiring with known organized crime lord Kwok Cheung “Shrimp Boy” Chow to illegally import firearms and sell them without a license . . .

The affidavit charges that the $2 million worth of weapons to have been secreted into the country from the Philippines included rocket launchers and machine guns, some of which Yee himself had fired while on Mindanao. A portion of the weapons Yee conspired to bring into the U.S. through New Jersey were to have been forwarded on to North Africa via Sicily.

Of course there’s more, as I noted in my previous post - yesterday was a banner day for the criminal enterprise masquerading as the Democrat party.

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Liberty’s Torch: Our Time Is Up:

I really do hate to be the one to tell you, Gentle Reader, but, as my favorite fictional protagonist once said, we’re in the deepest of deep shit and sinking fast. Liberty and justice are no longer reliable conditions of American life, evende facto.

Each and every American lives under the threat of the sort of random oppression the Hartes experienced. Anyone of a conservative or libertarian inclination who dares to make his views public is vulnerable to the sort of assault Tyler Cowen experienced. Ordinary passers-by on public streets must go in fear of “knockout game” gangs, about which the police seem disinclined to concern themselves. Businesses of any size that don’t kowtow to unions are constantly watchful for “union representatives,” who are protected from prosecution under federal law for anything they might do “in furtherance of union objectives.” The IRS seeks the power to discriminate among advocacy groups on the basis of their political stances, while its top man has defied Congress’s demand for the evidence that it’s already done so. The EPA is about to rule that your backyard is a “federally protected wetland,” because it’s damp for a day or so after a rainstorm. ObamaCare has proved to be a “law” written in water, for whose failure its principal promoter and his co-partisans seek to evade all responsibility. Meanwhile, scores of politicians — “our representatives,” remember? — are going down on charges that range from bribery to conspiracy to violate the firearms importation laws.

Jim Geraghty, NRO’s Campaign Spot: Unruly Progressives:

Shortly after Barack Obama rose to the presidency, the Right became fascinated by Saul Alinsky, and in particular by the philosopher and community organizer’s “Rules for Radicals.” Many on the right focused their attention on Alinsky’s Fourth Rule: “Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”

The strategy of “making them live up to their own book of rules” is frequently mentioned and discussed these days at Breitbart.comInstapunditAce of Spades, and just about every other conservative website and blog.

James O’Keefe, the activist and journalist behind the famous ACORN videos,articulated the approach directly: “The Left doesn’t care about the laws or the rules. They are hypocrites, and the only way to win is to make them live up to their book of rules. I have found that the only thing they care about is racism, sexism and exploitation.”

Not to take away from O’Keefe’s work, which generates must-watch videos and scandal-inspired resignations with metronomic regularity, but there may be a flaw in this strategy. Ultimately, not that many liberals care whether their brethren are following their own book of rules. They’ve demonstrated a remarkable acceptance for one another’s hypocrisy.

Erick Erickson, Red State: Matthew Yglesias is Juice Vox Media’s Village Idiot and Liar-in-Chief:

More importantly, Matthew Yglesias believes it is okay for liberals to lie in debates. He claimed “Fighting dishonesty with dishonesty is sometimes the right thing for advocates to do”. After all, according to Yglesias, Republicans are bad people; there are few if any conservatives he respects; and liberals aren’t condescending enough to conservatives who make stupid arguments no matter how smart they are.

So it’s okay to lie.

Which brings us to his video at the JuiceVox Media website. He tries to explain the National Debt and out of the gate beings with a lie. He claims the national debt is $5 trillion less than the U.S. Treasury says it is.

Then he uses deficit and debt interchangeably.

Then he claims the U.S. Government can never run out of money.

He goes through all of this to conclude that the national debt, which he understated, is just not anything to worry about.

This isn’t education. It is not explaining. It is left-wing propaganda. It is also sponsored by General Electric. Why is General Electric sponsoring left-wing propaganda?

Perhaps they don’t know. After all, Yglesias himself says it is okay for the left to lie in order to win an argument.

And they all practice this left-wing version of Muslim  taqiyya.  Why? Because they’re criminally insane, silly.

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Neil Cavuto had a little pep talk for the Stupid Party – Get off your Grand Old Ass:

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

 

Video: Ed Henry Offends Jay Carney With Impertinent Question

“Have you no sense of decency, sir?” Jay Carney seemed to sneer at Fox News’ Ed Henry for having the audacity to suggest that the Regime’s 2014 policy initiatives – women in the economy, minimum wage and overtime wage increases – just might have something to do with the mid term elections.  “At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

“These are the right things to do for the economy!” an animated Carney exclaimed.

“It has nothing to do with the midterms?” Henry pressed.

“You know what — every woman in here ought to be offended by that,” Carny simpered, resorting to his oft used tactic of trying to turn the other reporters in the room against the tough questioner. “I’m offended by it on behalf of my wife and my daughter – it’s crazy!”

#RepublicanWarOnWomen you guyz!

Fox and Friends showed the clip from yesterday on their show this morning. As co-host Steve Doocy notes in the video below, Jay Carney’s wife should be offended by the fact that Barack Obama’s White House pays men more than women - “the ‘War on Women’ starts at the White House,” he said.

A Daily Caller analysis of the administration’s 2013 Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff shows that the White House still paid women less than men in 2013.

The analysis of the data, which, as the document notes, does not “reflect salary reductions staff have taken due to furloughs and commissioned officer salary reductions,” found that the median 2013 salary for men was $73,729, while the median salary for women was $65,000.

So Carney’s got a lot of nerve acting huffy about that particular question.

“I find that offensive that Jay Carney expects us to buy that he was offended,” Brian Kilmeade said. “Was he actually offended, or was he just trying to fend off another Ed Henry question?”

That was a rhetorical question. Everything this administration does is calculated and political. It’s embarrassing that liberal women lap this stuff up.

Ron Fournier: POTUS May Be In The Middle Of “Full Blown Constitutional Crisis” (Video)

Another major scandal for the regime is coming to light as the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee is accusing the CIA of “breaking laws and breaching constitutional principles in an alleged effort to undermine the panel’s multi-year investigation of a controversial interrogation program.”

Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) accused the CIA of ­secretly removing documents, searching computers used by the committee and attempting to intimidate congressional investigators by requesting an FBI inquiry of their conduct — charges that CIA Director John Brennan disputed within hours of her appearance on the Senate floor.

Feinstein described the escalating conflict as a “defining moment” for Congress’s role in overseeing the nation’s intelligence agencies and cited “grave concerns” that the CIA had “violated the separation-of-powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution.”

Brennan fired back during a previously scheduled speech in Washington, saying that “when the facts come out on this, I think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous sort of spying and monitoring and hacking will be proved wrong.”

The lapdogs couldn’t rouse themselves to bark about Fast and Furious, Benghazi or the IRS and they barely blinked at the NSA and DOJ spy scandals, but now that a liberal Senator has  been spied on by the CIA, we’ve got a “full blown constitutional crisis on our hands according to National Journal’s Ron Fournier.

“What we have here is the President of the United States in the middle of what could be a full blown Constitutional crisis with the executive branch accused of intimidating and spying on Congress,  and Congress accused of stealing documents from the CIA and that is not  a pretty place for the President of the United States to be in the middle of that kind of catfight.”

All I can say is, welcome to the party, pal. We started crying foul in Obama’s first few months in the White House when the Regime closed down Republican Chrysler dealers, screwed over the bondholders and non-UAW workers in the auto bailout,  and used its power to fire and discredit an Inspector General who had found corruption and wasteful spending in one of Obama’s pet projects – Americorps, and more. Michelle Malkin wrote a 500 page book on the Obama administration’s already gut-wrenchingly obvious corruption six months into his sorry regime.

Spoiler Alert: New Liam Neesan Movie “Non-Stop” Is anti-American Garbage – NYC Audience Groaned When Villain Revealed

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If you’ve seen the trailer for “Non-Stop”, you’ve probably thought – wow, that looks pretty good!  Looks like a real nail biter – my kind of movie.

I was definitely planning on seeing it. Until the word got out.

Take it away, John Nolte:

On an international flight over the Atlantic, burnt-out alcoholic flight marshal Bill Marks (Neeson) is hoping for a nice easy flight in first class where after sneaking a smoke and drink he might even be able to catch a little shut-eye. A text message informing him that one person on the flight will die every twenty-minutes unless $150 million is wired to an account, ruins that plan.

Counting pilots and crew, there are around 150 souls on board. Marks has 20 minutes to figure out which one is the bad guy. Red herrings abound. Is it one of the many actors whose faces we recognize but names we can’t remember? People start to die. Marks is fingered as the hijackert. Who’s doing this? Why are they doing this? What is their motive?

Here’s the answer:

It turns out that the villain is not a hijacker but a terrorist — someone who wants to murder everyone on the plane to further a political goal.

You ready…?

The terrorist is a 9/11 family member. Yes, you read that right; the terrorist is a 9/11 family-member who lost a loved-one in the World Trade Center on that terrible September morning.

It gets worse…

After 9/11,  this 9/11 family member-turned-terrorist then joined the military but found himself disillusioned by the pointless wars.

And now…

The 9/11 family member-turned-terrorist is upset because America hasn’t done enough to ensure there will never be another 9/11. And so he figures that if he can get an air marshal blamed for a terrorist attack, America will wake up and anally probe us before we’re allowed on a plane, or something.

It gets worse…

The villain’s sidekick is a member of the American military willing to murder 150 innocent people for a payday.

It gets worse…

The one passenger on the plane who is forever helpful, kind, reasonable, noble, and never under suspicion is a Muslim doctor dressed in traditional Muslim garb including a full beard.

Are you kidding me? They didn’t learn after all of the failed Bush era anti-Iraq War movies that their liberal PC propaganda doesn’t sell?

Glenn Beck talked about the movie on his radio show, yesterday, calling it possibly “the worst movie ever.” He and his co-hosts Pat, and Stu went to see the thriller because “all three guys are big fans of Neeson.”

Beck said that he fully expected that when he was back on the air, Friday, he would be able to recommend the film to his audience, but now he’s warning them not to waste their time or money.

“It is really great, until you find out that the killer… is a U.S. military guy who believes in the Constitution. Oh, did I just spoil Non-Stop? Oh, I should have said that there was a spoiler alert.”

Beck reported that the audience in NYC did not appreciate the plot twist.

“Here’s the thing: Even in New York City that got groans,” Glenn said. “Because you’re going through the whole movie, and it’s a good movie… [but] it’s not worth seeing once you know that they made the terrorist ex-military for the U.S… When it’s revealed, the audience in New York City went, ‘Oh, gee.’”

“It doesn’t even make sense,” Pat added. “And even the row of New Yorkers in front of us, I heard complaining about it after. For a second I thought I was in Texas. And I thought, no, wait! We’re in Manhattan!”

Ultimately, Glenn had a very simple message for anyone who was considering seeing Non-Stop this weekend: Don’t do it.

“Don’t see Non-Stop. It’s an insult. It’s an insult to anybody who believes in the Constitution and believes in our military,” Glenn concluded. “I said, ‘I make a promise to you: I will not treat our military the way we treated our Vietnam veterans.’ And we’re doing it now. We’re not taking care of their health, we’re dismissing them when they get back, and now we’re making them into our terrorists at our movies. And it’s the same weasely people that are doing it. Don’t go see Non-Stop.”

Not planning on it.

Krauthammer: Killing Coal is a ‘Losing Proposition For The Country and For Democrats’ (Video)

Climate change may be very low on the list of issues that are important to most Americans, but to Sec. of State John Kerry (who served in Vietnam),  it is “among the world’s biggest problems”,  “as big a threat as terrorism, poverty, WMDs”, and  ‘Perhaps The World’s Most Fearsome Weapon Of Mass Destruction.’ 

Lurch was in Indonesia Monday, warning the impoverished Indonesian citizens that climate change could threaten their “entire way of life” as he pushed for the world to do more to stop global warming.

On Monday night’s Special Report, the panel talked about the Regime’s latest Global Warming fear-mongering and the political implications of Obama’s  economy crushing green policies.

Krauthammer disputed the idea that Climate Change is “settled science” and correctly called the ideology behind it, a matter of theology to the left. The panel agreed that the Regime’s big climate change push was a risky proposition for Democrats.

Dr. K. concluded, “killing coal is not going to help Democrats in Kentucky. So this is a losing proposition for the country, and Democrats.”

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Powerline: JAKARTA JAPES:

For those who lack a rooting interest in the United States, American foreign policy has become a joke. We are fools who appear to lack the most elementary ability to distinguish friend from enemy. Functionally speaking, we’ve gone over to the other side — “the other side” being the side of our enemies. Those who wish us ill — both at home and abroad — have a friend in John Kerry, speaking yesterday in Jakarta.

The Year of Living Dangerously was set in Jakarta, was it not? That works too. From the detached point of view, however, we’re living comically in the Age of Obama.

Powerline: KERRY ON, DUDE:

I see Scott has already commented on this story, but here’s my 2 cents worth, too:

Let’s see if I’ve got this straight: Secretary of State John Kerry, owner of five multi-million dollar mansions along with a luxury yacht, has seen fit to lecture Indonesians (average income in 2012: $3,420) about why global warming climate change is “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”

Powerline: JOHN KERRY, SLOW LEARNER:

We are ganging up on John Kerry this morning. Here’s the thing–Kerry has a number of problems, but the most basic is that he isn’t very bright. He doesn’t have a high enough IQ for difficult work. As a senator, he hid his incapacity by ignoring virtually all of his job duties. As Secretary of State, his ineptitude–one might say shocking ineptitude, if this were not the Obama administration–is being exposed.

Video: Nancy Pelosi: “We did not treat President Bush this way” (No, They Treated Him Much Worse)

You’ll have to forgive me. I neglected to mention Nancy Pelosi’s recent interview in which she claimed that a large contingent of the GOP is “anti-government, anti-science and anti-Obama” and that while Democrats opposed much of Bush’s agenda, Republican obstruction to President Obama is “something quite stunning.” She capped off the interview with this howler: “We did not treat President Bush this way.”

The truth is – that was just too much gut-wrenching, lying hypocrisy for this girl to take. Look – I have to think about my health when I blog, and I don’t need my blood pressure going through the roof.

Warning: What follows may cause  nausea, vomiting, and dizziness:

“What’s interesting to me is that Democrats and Republicans know what they believe,” Mrs. Pelosi said on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.” “They know what they believe, and that’s what’s happening in Congress … what’s happening here now is we have a large segment of the Republican party that is anti-government. We don’t want any more government than we need, but they’re anti-government, anti-science and anti-Obama.”

“They have a trifecta that is going,” she continued. “Now, I say to the Republicans: Take back your party … you come with confidence with the debate that goes on and try to influence the decision, but to obstruct every initiative that the president’s put forth on jobs and then say, ‘Why don’t we have more jobs?’

We do have more jobs, but no thanks to the Congress of the United States.”Mrs. Pelosi argued that while Democrats opposed Mr. Bush on many issues, including the Iraq War and his efforts to privatize Social Security, they also worked together on many issues such as the Wall Street bailout and energy legislation.“We did not treat President Bush this way,” she said. “We thought we had a responsibility to work with the president to get a job done for the American people and we did. This obstruction to President Obama is something quite stunning. It’s something quite different.”

Revealing Politics created the ultimate answer video to Pelosi’s bogus claims – and I thank them for it, because now I can talk about what she said without retching.

Sure, there were plenty of Republicans who said they wanted President Obama’s policies to fail, most notably Rush Limbaugh, who was immediately lambasted and of course called a racist. Funny thing though, a Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll in 2006 showed that 51% of Democrats didn’t want Bush to succeed. Wait. Isn’t that worse than what Limbaugh and other Republicans hoped about Obama? But, again… you can’t say anything critical about Dear Leader Obama.

So go ahead Nancy and keep telling yourself that Democrats were super duper nice to President Bush. We’ll be here to set the record straight and remind you of the truth.

To compliment the video, I recommend this trip down memory lane at Zombie’s “Hall of Shame” with the constant  death threats at the heinous anti-Bush era protests. There is nothing – I repeat nahhhhthing – any conservative group protesting Obama has done to even begin to compare.

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Jonathan Karl Asks Carney:Didn’t Obama Prejudge DOJ Investigation Of IRS When He Said ‘Not a Smidgen of Corruption’

I blogged about this at The Conversation earlier, today: President Declares ‘Not a Smidgen’ of Corruption in IRS Scandal Despite Ongoing DOJ Investigation:

White House Dossier’s Keith Koffler brings up another thing from the Obama/O’Reilly interview more people should be talking about – Obama’s total dismissal of the IRS scandal as a big Fox News driven nothingburger with “not a smidgen” of corruption involved – was articulated while there’s still an active investigation going on!

I can’t think of a better example of Chicagoland politics than to signal to your investigators how the probe is supposed to turn out. Now, Justice Department officials have their marching orders. And anyone who uncovers a “smidgeon” of corruption will have to worry about making the boss look like a liar or a fool, not to mention worrying about their employment status.

Actually, the fix has been so in with the DOJ sham IRS “investigation”, I don’t think we have to worry about any officials worrying about making their boss look bad.

The boss, by the way, did the same thing during his softball interview with Chrissy Matthews on MSNBC, back in December.

Kudos to Jonathan Karl for catching this. Bill O’Reilly admitted on his show just now that he missed it.

Karl asked, “Jay, in the president’s interview with Bill O’Reilly, last night, he said that there was not even a smidgen of corruption regarding IRS targeting of conservative groups. Did the president misspeak?”

Carney, scoffing, answered, “no he didn’t.” And then demonstrating that he was anticipating an question about Obama’s dismissal of the IRS scandal, he arrogantly went on, “but I can cite I think I have about 20 different news organizations that cite the variety of ways that  was established including by the independent  IG….etc etc bs bs bs…” and read from a prepared script about how it has been so concretely established

But before he could finish talking, Karl threw him the curve ball he wasn’t expecting: “Jay, he said there wasn’t a smidgen of corruption – nothing about some qualifier about being outside the IRS, and there’s an active Justice Department investigation – unless it’s been concluded without anyone telling the news media – I mean – there’s an active Justice Dept. investigation – doesn’t the president prejudge that investigation?  To which Carney could only mumble in response, “what we have learned through the independent Inspector General and through the testimony that we’ve seen, completely backs up what the president said.” He went on to say that “a lot of that has been very good reported on by various news organizations” ( which he makes sure to sneer), some people might have missed.” One wonders what they hell he’s talking about. Daily Kos, Huffpo, PMSNBC? The Oversight investigation into the scandal isn’t over,  although the Regime has been stonewalling their investigation. They’ve found evidence that it goes to the White House.  Lois Lerner pled the fifth.

“So the Justice should just pull the plug on this investigation?” Karl pressed.  Carney shot back, “obviously we don’t interfere with a Justice Dept. investigation.”

A favorite Carney ploy is to use peer pressure against reporters who ask tough questions. “Hey dummy, everyone in this room knows the IRS scandal is over, except you. “

I’m so glad Karl isn’t intimidated by it. He keeps coming back with more headaches for Carney.

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Nostrildomus Is Retiring

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I know this because lots of people are finding their way to my “What’s Wrong With Henry Waxman’s Nose” post from many moons ago. See, when folks gets a gander at that man’s schnoz for the first time, they run to their computers and google up “henry waxman’s nose” “what’s wrong with henry waxman’s nose” or in one case, today, “henry waxman rhinoplasty” I kid you not.

Well,  we won’t have Henry Waxman’s nose to kick around anymore. Word on the street is – it ain’t fun being in the minority party in the House – so he’s taking his ball and going home.

Ace says “Henry Waxman decides that after decades of doing his best to destroy American democracy, he too wants to spend more time with his K Street lobbyists.

“I just think it’s time to move on,” Waxman [said].

He specifically denies that he’s dropping out of congress after nearly thirty yearsof, um, “service” due to the fact that Democrats have no chance of taking the House.

“I don’t accept the idea that Democrats won’t get the House back,” Waxman said. “I think that the Republicans have nothing to offer. They’re against everything. They’re against everything Obama wanted. They have no alternatives on health care policy. They have nothing to say, they have nothing to offer.”

But I can tell he’s lying because he has a “tell.” That tell is that he’s Henry Waxman, three-decades-long Democratic Congressman from California.

Yeah, I’ve got nothing to add to that.

The IRS Has Been ‘Scrutinizing’ A Hollywood Conservative Group For Two Years

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Friends of Abe, a  conservative group in liberal Hollywood has been waiting for their 501(c)(3) tax exempt application to be approved for approximately two years, and like the tea party groups that were targeted by the IRS, they have also been presented with detailed questionnaires about their activities, and asked to provide the IRS with access to their security-protected website, which would allow them to see their highly protected membership list.

The New York Times has the exclusive story.

A collection of perhaps 1,500 right-leaning players in the entertainment industry, Friends of Abe keeps a low profile and fiercely protects its membership list, to avoid what it presumes would result in a sort of 21st-century blacklist, albeit on the other side of the partisan spectrum.

Now the Internal Revenue Service is reviewing the group’s activities in connection with its application for tax-exempt status. Last week, federal tax authorities presented the group with a 10-point request for detailed information about its meetings with politicians like Paul D. Ryan, Thaddeus McCotter and Herman Cain, among other matters, according to people briefed on the inquiry.

The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the organization’s confidentiality strictures, and to avoid complicating discussions with the I.R.S.

Those people said that the application had been under review for roughly two years, and had at one point included a demand — which was not met — for enhanced access to the group’s security-protected website, which would have revealed member names. Tax experts said that an organization’s membership list is information that would not typically be required. The I.R.S. already had access to the site’s basic levels, a request it considers routine for applications for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

Friends of Abe — the name refers to Abraham Lincoln — has strongly discouraged the naming of its members. That policy even prohibits the use of cameras at group events, to avoid the unwilling identification of all but a few associates — the actors Gary Sinise, Jon Voight and Kelsey Grammer, or the writer-producer Lionel Chetwynd, for instance — who have spoken openly about their conservative political views.

The Friends of Abe is seeking a 501(c)(3) tax status that would let donors claim a tax deduction, but prohibits partisan activity.

Jeremy Boreing, executive director of Friends of Abe, told the NYTs that “it’s been a long process,” and the “Friends of Abe has absolutely no political agenda.”

They are hoping to  receive tax-exempt status similar to that of the left-wing  People for the American Way Foundation.

People for the American Way, Mr. Lear’s group, stands as something of a liberal counterpart to Friends of Abe, though the organization is far larger, with an affiliate that spends millions of dollars a year on issue advocacy in Washington and beyond. But the entertainment industry has been crisscrossed by progressive groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council, which maintains a tax-exempt educational adjunct under the 501(c)(3) provision, and includes the producer Laurie David and the actor Leonardo DiCaprio among its trustees. Another, the American Foundation for Equal Rights, is a nonprofit that supports marriage rights for gay people and counts the producer Bruce Cohen and the writer Dustin Lance Black among its founders.

In the questionnaire, IRS officials  asked  about “membership criteria and social events, according to the people briefed on the matter, with pointed queries about meetings with a Los Angeles mayoral candidate, Kevin James, and Republican politicians like Mr. Ryan, Mr. Cain and Rick Santorum.”

Officials particularly wanted to know why a speech introducing Mr. Cain at a Friends of Abe event in November 2011 — when he was a presidential candidate — should not be regarded as potentially prohibited political campaign support.

While tax-exempt groups are permitted to invite candidates to speak at events, it is not uncommon for the I.R.S. to scrutinize such activities to determine whether they cross the line into partisan election activity. One issue is whether the organization invites all the qualified candidates.

Marcus S. Owens, a former director of the I.R.S.’s exempt organizations division said, “the I.R.S. would say that if you are inviting only conservative candidates, that’s a problem. But it’s never really been litigated.”

I wonder why?

In July of 2012, The People For The American Way held a gala  in honor its founder, Norman Lear and the Young Elected Officials Network (which consists of nearly 700 progressive officeholders between 18 and 35 years of age.) Nancy Pelosi gave a very political speech at the gala at a time when she was running for reelection in California.

“Together, we will fight for a new politics free from special interest money.  We will ‘DARE’ – to disclose, amend, reform, and elect reformers.  We must fight for disclosure, to pass the DISCLOSE Act and get unlimited, secret, special interest money out of our politics.  We must amend our Constitution to overturn the Citizens United decision that strengthens the hands of special interests at the expense of the people’s interest.  We must fight for reform to empower the grassroots with a greater role in our elections and with citizen funding for campaigns.  We must elect reform-minded leaders to fight for the American dream.  Our founders established a democracy – not a plutocracy.  We must make certain that the votes of the many determine the outcome of our elections, not the checkbooks of the few.  We must fight voter suppression and protect the right of every citizen to vote and every vote to be counted.  I believe the attempt to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress is really an attempt to weaken his strong voice in fighting voter suppression.”

Would the IRS view that as an example of “potentially prohibited political campaign support?” Did the People for the American Way send invitations to all qualified candidates – including conservatives to speak at the gala to balance out Pelosi and the progressive Young Elected Officials Network? If not, why is the IRS not interested in “scrutinizing” them?

Why is it only “a problem” when conservative groups engage in what can arguably be called partisan politics?

Slain Officer’s Widow: Obama’s Nomination of Cop-Killer Mumia’s Attorney “Like Spitting On All Our Officers”

Obama has sppointed some shockingly inept and/or radical individuals to positions of power, these past five years, but his pick be the nation’s top civil rights lawyer is his worst appointment, yet.  

Adegbilem spent the last decade serving as the Legal Defense and Education Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

He is a staunch affirmative action supporter who is an opponent of criminal-background checks by employers, and a supporter of extreme racial-hiring quotas. But it’s his work trying to free the unrepentant cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, that has the hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers represented by the National Fraternal Order of Police appalled that the president would appoint him to a top spot in the Justice Department.

Yesterday, they sent  a hard-hitting letter to Obama,  expressing “extreme disappointment, displeasure and vehement opposition” to Adegbile’s nomination.

 Judicial Watch reported:

In a hard-hitting letter to President Obama, the group expresses “extreme disappointment, displeasure and vehement opposition” to Adegbile’s nomination. “As word of this nomination spreads through the law enforcement community, reactions range from anger to incredulity,” the letter says, reminding that there is no disputing that Officer Faulkner was murdered by the “thug” who Adegbile continues defending.

“This nomination can be interpreted in only one way: it is a thumb in the eye of our nation’s law enforcement officers,” the letter continues. “It demonstrates a total lack of regard or empathy for those who strive to keep you and everyone else in our nation safe in your homes and neighborhoods—sometimes giving their lives in the effort.” Adegbile will certainly exacerbate the growing division and distrust between law enforcement and minority communities, the FOP claims. The group ends by telling the commander-in-chief of its hope that candidates with records of “fairness and respect to all Americans” are considered for future leadership positions in the administration.

Fox New’s Megyn Kelly had on Maureen Faulker (Wife of slain police officer killed in line of duty) and J. Christian Adams (Former Department of Justice Official) to get their reactions.

Adams said that “to defend a cop killer –  by choice – should disqualify you from a position at the Justice Department”, and then he went on to discuss Adegbilem’s  radical racial background.

Faulkner was positively seething. At the end of the segment, she said that Obama nominating such a person to a top position at the Justice Department “is like spitting on all our officers and our federal agents throughout America.”

Kelly ended the segment by noting that the police have vowed to fight this nomination until can be fought no longer.

The NAACP LDF under Adegbile’s leadership, offered legal representation to Mumia Abu-Jamal, the murderer of Philadelphia police officer Danny Faulkner in several legal proceedings.

 Born Wesley Cook, the former Black Panther often referred to affectionately in radical circles as simply “Mumia,” enjoys celebrity status on the Left and is a frequent guest speaker at college commencement ceremonies.

 “The question of Abu-Jamal’s guilt is not a close call,” according to John Fund. “Two hospital workers testified that Abu-Jamal confessed to them: ‘I shot the motherf***er, and I hope the motherf***er dies.’ His brother, William, has never testified to his brother’s innocence even though he was at the scene of the crime. Abu-Jamal himself chose not to testify in his own defense.”

 As Faulkner tried to arrest Abu-Jamal’s brother during a traffic stop, Abu-Jamal shot the policeman once in the back and then stood over him and shot him four more times at close range, once directly in the face. Multiple eyewitnesses were present during the crime.

Obama’s Policies Are a Tragedy For Out Of Work Americans

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On Tuesday, with the unemployed victims of his policies standing behind him, Obama held a press conference to put pressure on Congress to pass a bill to extend unemployment insurance.

As John Hayward wrote at Red State, “it’s awfully strange to see a President simultaneously claim that his economy is (finally) on the mend… while simultaneously demanding yet another “emergency” unemployment extension.  Obamanomics is a perpetual unemployment emergency.  Five years on, the American economy still can’t rise from its sick bed and pull the IV tube out of its arm.”

President Obama today declared that rallying behind the unemployed, by extending their emergency benefits again, is “who we are as Americans.”  It was better when we were builders, explorers, and entrepreneurs.  But our national identity is now defined by the food stamp, the welfare check, and unemployment benefits that have become functionally equivalent to welfare.  ”Who we are” is a great national hospice, where a dying generation forgets that its grandparents were giants.  The most important thing now is to insulate people from risk and consequence, which means we can never again dare to build and achieve.  The last word anyone would use to describe Barack Obama’s electorate is “daring.”

There’s nothing sadder than listening to Obama regale his child-constituents with tales of mighty projects like the Hoover Dam or Golden Gate Bridge… projects he would kill deader than hell with regulations, if anyone were to attempt them today.  Ask the Keystone pipeline folks whether Obama’s America is the sort of place that builds Hoover Dams.  Obama spends vast amounts of money – more than any American president ever has, racking up more debt than all of his predecessors combined – but he creates nothing, builds nothing, leaves nothing except a pile of past-due invoices for the next generation.

At Breitbart’s Conversation, last week, I suggested that Republicans hold their own press conference at the same time on the Capitol steps, flanked by victims of ObamaCare. Obama used people who lost their unemployment benefits as political props, and the House leaders could have used people who lost their insurance due to ObamaCare. It was brilliant. The whole purpose of Obama’s “pivot” to class warfare is about changing the subject away from the O-Care rolling debacle. But nobody ever listens to me.

The always excellent Senator Jeff Sessions, however, did argue on the Senate floor, that Obama’s policies  were “a tragedy’ for out-of-work Americans,” and outlined his ideas to get the economy working again.

Energy: “The Administration has blocked American energy. They have dragged their feet in every shape, form, and fashion, whether it is moratoriums in the gulf or blocking in Alaska, blocking the pipeline for our neighbors in Canada, or blocking production on public lands. This is not the way to create an economy.”

Trade: “We need to stand up for American workers and American manufacturing on the world stage. It is time to tell our trading partners: ‘We are willing to trade with you… but you have to play by the rules.’”

Immigration: “We admit a million [people] a year legally. We believe in immigration, we support immigration, but at some point you are bringing in workers to take jobs from unemployed Americans. So now we are here trying to extend unemployment benefits to help unemployed Americans. Is there no common sense in this body? How can this possibly be?”

Taxes and Federal Regulations: “We need a tax system that is not always going up but is more growth-oriented, simpler, more focused on creating growth. We need to eliminate every unnecessary regulation that burdens the American competitive marketplace and makes us less competitive globally instead of adding to them, and we have never seen anything like the plethora of new regulations being issued day after day, week after week, month after month, many of them challengeable constitutionally as being beyond the power of bureaucrats to issue…”

Debt: “Our debt is so large—$17-plus trillion—now that it is causing uncertainty in the economic markets. We have to get our spending under control… The unemployment bill that is before us today makes no attempt whatsoever to find spending reductions in other areas of this monstrosity of a government, but borrows every penny of it.”

Sessions was not among the  handful of Republican lawmakers who joined Democrats to push the extension of unemployment benefits through the Senate Tuesday.

Meanwhile, House’s GOP leadership say the bill isn’t going anywhere until backers figure out how to pay for its $6.5 billion price tag.

Republicans in the House and the Senate want to see the new benefits paid for with spending reductions elsewhere, and have demanded Democrats come up with the cuts. Democrats countered that it’s up to the GOP to find the cash since they don’t think offsets are necessary — leaving little to negotiate on.

“They’re the ones that wanted it paid for,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Republican, told reporters Tuesday. “We don’t think it should be paid for. Why should the onus be on us?”

But House Speaker John A. Boehner said the House won’t take action on the extension of jobless benefits unless Democrats rewrite the plan to find other savings, and include some other pro-jobs programs.

“One month ago, I personally told the White House that another extension of temporary emergency unemployment benefits should not only be paid for but include something to help put people back to work,” the Ohio Republican said. “To date, the president has offered no such plan. If he does, I’ll be happy to discuss it.”

SEE ALSO:

Weasel Zippers: Pelosi Denies Pivot To Class Warfare Is Meant To Distract Attention Away From Obamacare Train Wreck…

 

Leftism Is A Mental Disorder…Part 965

How else can one explain the MSNBC segment in which Melissa Harris Perry and pals mocked and belittled the Romneys and their black adoptive grandchild as seen in in the clip below?

This makes absolutely no sense to me – it’s like these people are from another planet.

First of all – MHP doesn’t get off the hook here, just because she initially had a nice thing to say about the photo –  “pretty cute – everyone loves a baby picture.” So why did she drag the picture out, and then ask her panel for “captions”? Notice how she held her head down as she did so –  almost as if she was slightly ashamed of herself for  inviting her guests to race-bait the Romneys for having the gall to have black member of the family. Was a little voice in her head (the sane one) telling her knock it off?

The photo in question isn’t “funny”. It isn’t an “awkward family photo” as seen in the board game or on the web. We’ve all seen those –  and you know what? There’s nothing wrong with laughing at something that is truly goofy.

But the Romney family photo is not that. It’s a sweet photo of an attractive couple with lots of  grandkids. One of them happens to be black.

Are mixed race families still such a novelty to lefties, that they don’t know how to handle it when they see one? Seriously? Or does the fact that a Republican adopted a black baby seem inappropriate and mock-worthy to them? I’m really trying to understand…

“One of these things is not like the other,” sang actress Pia Glenn, who was later surprised that some people didn’t see the humor. The “comedian” on the panel,  Dean Obeidallah said the photo “really sums up the diversity of the Republican party.” He embarrassed himself further when he later “apologized” to the baby on Twitter, “for being used as a prop in a photo.”

What?

I don’t even know what to say to someone who thinks that Republicans  only adopt  black babies so they can use them as props.  How disordered is this man’s thinking that he would say such an idiotic thing? It’s deranged.

The Right Scoop‘s Caleb Howe torched MSNBC for persisting in the tired stereotype of the Republican Party being devoid of black people…

“Ah the never tired accusation, borrowed from every single left-wing blog and talking head during every gathering of two or more (or fewer) Republicans: He’s not a child adopted by loving parents prepared to provide him with a better life in keeping with the family’s values,” he wrote. “Nope. He’s just a token. A punchline, not a person. But it’s funny, because Republicans are racist, see? So it’s all fine!”

I find myself appalled and damn near nauseated nearly every time I catch a clip from this God-forsaken network. What is wrong with these people? And who in their right mind can watch their toxic, racialist garbage day in and day out and not cringe with shame and embarrassment?

You have to be mentally disordered, frankly. As I’ve said before - leftism really is a mental disorder.

SEE ALSO -

Twitchy  has been on this story like no one else:

Racism is hilarious! MSNBC panel mocks, belittles Romneys’ adopted grandson

‘Mock me too!’ Proud adoptive dad Nick Searcy slams bigot Melissa Harris-Perry [pics]

Romney grandson-mocking racist progressives of pallor at MSNBC in a truth-boom nutshell

‘Wildly inappropriate’: Scott Brown calls on MSNBC jerks to apologize to Romneys

‘Beyond the pale’: Fox Business’ Charles Payne blasts MSNBC for mocking Romney grandson

Comedian Dean Obeidallah apologizes to Romneys’ grandchild ‘for being used as a prop’

Marc Lamont Hill clarifies remarks about Romneys ‘hauling out black person’

And now The Daily Mail is on it: Outrage as MSNBC panelists make Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandchild the punchline of a joke

A Sunday episode of MSNBC’s political commentary show Melissa Harris-Perry has sparked outrage because of a segment that turned Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson into the butt of a political joke.

Host Harris-Perry stirred the pot by displaying a giant photo of Mitt Romney’s extended family Christmas photo to a panel of liberal pundits and comedians.

‘It really sums up the diversity of the Republican party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person,’ joked Dean Obeidallah, just one of the uncouth digs the group made at the expense of Kieran Romney.

UPDATE:

Apologies Apologies…

Dean Obeidallah offers a self-serving apology to the Romneys (but not the fuming wingnuts) in an article at The Daily Beast. And he didn’t mention his disgusting tweet about the Romney’s using the baby as a prop.

Melissa Harris-Perry also apologized Tuesday.

According to some of the commenters at The Daily Beast, conservatives are humor-impaired. Because  Obeidallah’s “joke” was uproariously funny, or something. Look, there’s a reason nobody’s heard of this comedian before. He’s not funny. We get the “joke”, okay. Romney is white and his grandson isn’t. There aren’t as many blacks in the Republican party as there are the Democrat party. We’re not laughing because it wasn’t funny. Promulgating tired stereotypes about the GOP’s  “lack of diversity” isn’t funny. It’s pathetic.

A commenter at NRO put his finger on why conservatives are so aghast: “It’s hard to imagine how someone could hate so much to think racist jokes about an adopted child are funny. This is the kind of evil that, in a different context, commits atrocities.”

It’s scary sad that many of their viewers are defending the repellant segment.

I challenge MSMBC to get through one day – one entire day – without obsessing about race. I have a dream of a colorblind MSNBC- that only talks about race when it’s legitimately in the news – like the horrible knock-out game attacks that keep happening.

Or is that the kind of story the racialists at MSNBC find too inconvenient to cover? 

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