Governor Jay Nixon’s Disgraceful Rush To Judgement (Video)

Now I know why Obama said he wouldn’t “pre-judge” the Ferguson situation. He’s got his stooge, Governor Jay Nixon doing it for him.

Tuesday night he announced that  “a vigorous prosecution must now be pursued.”

“The democratically elected St. Louis County prosecutor and the Attorney General of the United States, each have a job to do,” he said.

This is eerily reminiscent of the time the president inappropriately “pre-judged” the IRS targeting scandal. “Not a smidgen of corruption? How would you know, as there’s still an ongoing investigation – unless some kind of fix is in?

Because toxic racial politics help Democrats at the ballot box, and this is an election year, someone is about to get railroaded big-time by the criminal conspiracy known as the Democrat party.

There is no other explanation for the outrageous statement made by Governor Jay Nixon Tuesday night, calling for “a vigorous prosecution” of the officer involved in the Michael Brown shooting before the investigation has been completed, the incident report has been publicized, and the toxicology report has come back.

Megyn Kelly asked Ferguson‬ Mayor James Knowles if he believes that the governor has made up his mind about the case.

“It sounds like it,” said Knowles. “That’s unfortunate, because Governor Nixon was our attorney general for 16 years, so, I would assume at this point he understands and knows what the process is.”

Kelly also had on the president of the Missouri Fraternal Order Of Police, Sgt. Kevin Ahlbrand what he thought about the fact that the governor is seeking “not just justice – but justice for Michael Brown.” 

He answered that he was “very disappointed to hear those words coming from Governor Jay Nixon. We welcome a vigorous investigation. Unfortunately, justice needs to go both ways,”   he said.

Later, she  had on former Justice Dept lawyer,  J. Christian Adams who wrote the book, Injustice, on the Holder DOJ. Adams had plenty to say about Holder’s influence in Ferguson – which said would be “toxic.”

“This is an Atty General who has carried around in his wallet for thirty years, a quote that says he shares common cause with the black criminal,” Adams declared, to Kelly’s shocked surprise. “What?!” she said in response.

Adams continued to say that Holder’s Civil Rights Dept has been “engaged in a war against police departments.”

“Members of the FOP know this already about Eric Holder.  They take the side of the lawless against the law abiding citizen, and we’re going to see that play out in Missouri.”

When Kelly read the outrageous race-baiting statement of a local  black politician, he said, “it’s a new America we’re living in, Megyn – it’s so toxic. It’s so rotted – it’s so dangerous. America has the greatest system of law and justice the world has ever seen. So what if this prosecutor’s father was killed by a black man.   This is part of this effort to make everything about race. The entire justice system they want you to believe is rigged on the basis of race. It’s toxic – it’s evil. It’s part of a coordinated strategy to undermine the foundations of law in this country.”

Kelly repeated her shock that the Governor made a statement prejudging the investigation. “Can you believe that,” she asked incredulously. “What is he doing?!”

Don’t expect Governor Nixon to behave with anything like honor or dignity in this mess. He has a history of abusing his prosecutorial power for political reasons when he was Missouri’s Attorney General.

Kansas City writer and journalist Jack Cashill has the full story on Nixon’s “War on Terror”, here. 

It has to do with him going after and throwing the book at a group of harmless Constitutionalists  – including a completely clueless 22 year old female, who was only at the pot-luck meeting because of her boyfriend.  One of them filed a lien against a  Judge because of what he perceived was abuse of his authority. They were all subsequently arrested for “harassing the judge.” The whole thing was a grotesque travesty of justice.

But left wing fantasies about right wing domestic terrorists were in vogue during the Clinton years, (as they are now) and Nixon was eyeing a Senate seat so he got his “terrorists.”

UPDATE: 

This could be a game-changer via Conservative Tree-House: 

A local Saint Louis radio station is reporting that Dorian Johnson has recanted his prior media espousals and now asserts that he and Mike Brown did indeed engage in a physical confrontation with Officer Darren Wilson.  As a consequence the same Radio Station is asserting the local prosecutor essentially advises it’s doubtful charges would be filed.

SOURCE -Radio Station via FaceBook Post

The Treehouse reports that Grand Jury charges are “unlikely”, but a Special Prosecutor may be assigned, anyway.

Holder Decries Release Of “Sensitive Information” In Michael Brown Case (Video)

And by “sensitive information”, he  means – the liqueur store robbery surveillance video – the suppression of which allowed the false “gentle giant” narrative to take hold.

This Attorney General is a piece of work, isn’t he?

Attorney General Eric Holder released the following statement Monday following his briefing of President Obama on the latest developments in the federal civil rights investigation in Ferguson, Missouri:

“As I informed the President this afternoon, the full resources of the Department of Justice are being committed to our federal civil rights investigation into the death of Michael Brown.

“During the day today, more than 40 FBI agents continued their canvassing of the neighborhood where Michael Brown was shot. As a result of this investigative work, several new interviews have already been conducted.

“Moreover, at my direction, an additional medical examination is being performed on the body of Michael Brown. This autopsy is being performed today by one of the most experienced medical examiners in the United States military. I am confident this additional autopsy will be thorough and aid in our investigation.

“In addition to updating the President on these developments, I informed him of my plan to personally travel to Ferguson Wednesday. I intend to meet with FBI investigators, and prosecutors on the ground from the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney’s Office officials about the ongoing investigation.

“I realize there is tremendous interest in the facts of the incident that led to Michael Brown’s death, but I ask for the public’s patience as we conduct this investigation. The selective release of sensitive information that we have seen in this case so far is troubling to me. No matter how others pursue their own separate inquiries, the Justice Department is resolved to preserve the integrity of its investigation. This is a critical step in restoring trust between law enforcement and the community, not just in Ferguson, but beyond.

On Monday night’s “Kelly File”, Megyn Kelly had on Tom Dupree, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General during the Bush administration, to comment on Holder’s handling of the case.

He said, “it’s interesting that Holder has so personally injected himself into this case – not only in trying to suppress the release of this video – but also in criticizing it – it’s  very carefully camouflaged criticism – but it’s criticism nonetheless. In Holder’s view, the police shouldn’t have released that videotape.”

Kelly asked him what he thought about the fact that Holder has sent FIFTY FBI agents to investigate “this one case.”

Dupree said, “it’s extraordinary Megyn. There’s no other word for it – I’ve never seen anything like this. A single victim – fifty FBI agents flying in from Washington and other destinations – all coming to interview people within a very small neighborhood.” He added, “I think they want to insulate themselves from any possible criticism that they haven’t put all the resourses of the Federal Government and the DOJ on the field to – in their view – bring the perpetrator to justice.”

SEE ALSO:

The Conversation: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Reporter: More Than A Dozen Witnesses Corroborate Cop’s Story

The Hayride: Obama And The Dems Are Counting On Pat Buchanan To Be Wrong

Bowe Bergdahl Returns To Active Duty (Video)

A lot of people – including Bergdahl’s former platoon mates- had called for Bowe Bergdahl to be court martialed for desertion, but while the Army “investigates” his 2009 disappearance from an outpost in Afghanistan, he has been assigned what will likely be a desk job at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.
Via NBC News:

Off duty, Bergdahl will be free to leave base and go where he wants without a military or medical escort. Army officials stressed that there are no plans for the military to assign media officers to him or take interview requests for him. It was not clear whether he will be under orders not to talk to the press.

For the first time, Bergdahl will be questioned by military officials. An initial investigation, now classified, determined that he walked away from the outpost.

On Fox News, Steven Hayes expressed surprised that Bergdahl’s reintegration into the Army happened this quickly and while the current investigation is still ongoing.

As of July 5th, the soldiers who served with Bergdahl had not been contacted by military investigators .

“There’s only a handful of us who were actually there and we haven’t been contacted yet,” former Army Sgt. Evan Buetow told FoxNews.com. “I don’t really know how in-depth they’re trying to get here. I thought we’d be some of the people they’d call. I think they have their mind made up already on what they want people to know.”

I suspect that Bergdahl is being allowed to roam around and be interviewed without media handlers because he has been coached very well on how to handle media inquiries. While pundits like Charles Krauthamer were voicing concerns about possible witness tampering due to the secrecy surrounding Bergdahl’s stay in Germany following his release,  Bergdahl’s father was telegraphing to his son that a “very devoted”, “hand-picked” team would be giving him “instructions.”

“Bowe, when you hear this — and eventually you will hear this — you have a very devoted team around you right now in Germany,” said Bob Bergdahl during a press conference on June 1. “Listen to their instructions. We sent them. These are handpicked people. We’re on first-name basis with these people. They are true, they know what they’re doing, they’re here to help you, and they have our great gratitude.”

The military went through great lengths to hush up Bergdahl’s desertion – including compelling members of his unit to sign non-disclosure agreements about what they knew.

On June 2, two of  Bergdahl’s former platoon members, Cody Full and Gerald Sutton appeared on The Kelly File to expose the truth about his desertion and push for him to be held accountable.

Megyn Kelly asked Sutton why he thought Americans should be paying attention to whether Bowe Bergdahl was a deserter. Sutton replied, “well, I just don’t want to see him hailed as a hero and I want him to face the consequences of his own actions, and possibly face a court martial for desertion.”

Cross-posted at the Conversation.

 

Issa Subpoenas IRS Commissioner – IRS Required By Law To Keep Records of all Agency Emails

The Regime’s “dog ate my homework” excuse for losing 24,000 of 67,000 of Lois Lerner’s emails sent between 2009 and 2011 — ain’t gonna cut it.

Via the Daily Caller:

“The [Federal Records Act] requires agencies to make and preserve records of agency decisions, policies, and essential  transactions and to take steps to safeguard against the loss of agency records,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, who subpoenaed IRS Commissioner John Koskinen Monday.

The IRS’s own definition of the Federal Records Act makes clear that emails must be saved and documented, according to an instructional page for employees on the IRS website.

“The Federal Records Act applies to email records just as it does to records you create using other media,” according to the IRS. “Emails are records when they are: Created or received in the transaction of agency business. Appropriate for preservation as evidence of the government’s function and activities; or Valuable because of the information they contain.”

“If you create or receive email messages during the course of your daily work, you are responsible for ensuring that you manage them properly,” according to the IRS. “The Treasury Department’s current email policy requires emails and attachments that meet the definition of a federal record be added to the organization’s files by printing them (including the essential transmission data) and filing them with related paper records. If transmission and receipt data are not printed by the email system, annotate the paper copy.”

Obviously, the White House is deeply involved in the IRS scandal-  Obama and his flunkies have made that abundantly clear with their ongoing efforts to poo-poo and controversialize a legitimate investigation into IRS malfeasance.

Josh Earnest deployed the Regime’s tried and true “conspiracy theory” defense on reporters aboard Air Force One, yesterday. This is how they (as Sharyl Attkisson so aptly put it) “controversialize” a story that’s damaging to the Regime. Read closely.

Asked by a reporter aboard Air Force One whether he thought the technical glitch was in fact a “reasonable explanation,” Earnest, the incoming press secretary, was at first dismissive.

“You’ve never heard of a computer crashing before?” Earnest asked.

Regime: “Move on, you guys, nothing to see, here.”

When pressed that emails are stored on servers and not hard drives, Earnest gave a more detailed response, including attacking Republicans in Congress.

“I think it’s entirely reasonable because it’s the truth and it’s a fact,” Earnest said. “And speculation otherwise I think is indicative of conspiracies that are propagated in a way that left people with a disinformation about exactly what occurred.”

Regime: “Do you want to align yourselves with tea party conspiracy theorists?” Reporters’ expected response: “Oh God, no.”

Earnest said the IRS provided 67,000 emails to and from Lerner to congressional committees. He said this included emails during the period of time that the IRS said the crash included.

“So a good-faith effort has been made by the IRS to cooperate with congressional oversight,” Earnest continued. “The far-fetched skepticism expressed by some Republican members of Congress is not at all surprising and not particularly believable.”

Actually, it’s Josh Earnest’s pathetic spin that isn’t believable.

Via Communities Digital News, here’s Charles Krauthammer’s reaction to that on Special Report, Monday night.

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer reminded viewers that one of the articles of impeachment brought against President Richard Nixon was the abuse of the IRS to pursue political enemies. A missing 18 ½ minutes of audio on Richard Nixon’s Watergate-era tapes versus 26 months of emails? “This is a high crime, this is not a triviality,” Krauthammer warned.

National Journal columnist Ron Fournier, who has, for the most part, been pretty supportive of the Obama administration had this sobering response: “Josh’s statement, with all due respect, is insulting to my intelligence — it really makes me angry. The reason there’s questions about this is because they haven’t answered the questions. The fact of the matter is that, we don’t know the facts, we don’t know if anybody is guilty here or not, but we do know that one of the most pernicious things our government can do is use the IRS to come after us.”

Obama White House is losing many of his liberal supporters because they can no longer defend him and retain any degree of self-respect. That leaves the hard left and the lofo default libs still in his camp.

Meanwhile, on another scandal front that the Regime has tried hard to controversialize: CNN Poll: 61% Say Obama Admin Has Been “Dishonest” With Details Of Benghazi Terror Attack…

(CNN) – Six in 10 Americans are dissatisfied with the way the Obama administration has handled the deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, a new poll shows.

The CNN/ORC International poll released on Monday indicates only 37% are satisfied with the administration’s response to the September 2012 assault that killed four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya. [...]

Sixty-one percent of Americans surveyed think the administration has generally been dishonest in providing information about Benghazi in the aftermath of the attack.

The truth is finally catching up to this criminal cartel of a White House.

With the public becoming more aware of the Regime’s ongoing corruption and lawlessness, can the political remedy of impeachment finally become a reality?

We really need to get this guy out of there before he does any more damage to this country. I don’t care if that means the simpleton Biden becomes president – anything is better than this malignant tumor that’s been plaguing the nation for five and a half God-awful years in the person of Barack Hussein Obama.

UPDATE:

This is so brazen…

Via NRO: 

It’s not just Lois Lerner’s e-mails. The Internal Revenue Service says it can’t produce e-mails from six more employees involved in the targeting of conservative groups, according to two Republicans investigating the scandal.

The IRS told Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp and subcommittee chairman Charles Boustany that computer crashes resulted in additional lost e-mails, including from Nikole Flax, the chief of staff to former IRS commissioner Steven Miller, who was fired in the wake of the targeting scandal.

The revelation about Lerner’s e-mails rekindled the scandal and today’s news has further inflamed Republicans. Camp and Boustany are now demanding a special prosecutor to investigate “every angle” of the targeting. They expressed particular outrage that the agency has known since February that it would not be able to produce the e-mails requested by the committee yet did not apprise the committee of that fact, and they charged in a statement that the IRS is attempting to “cover up the fact that it convenient lost key documents in the investigation.”

Ace says: “Because it’s politically chancey to even mention Impeachment, Obama is now basically daring the GOP to impeach him.”

I say, we take him up on the dare. I’ve had it with him, and so have most sentient beings.

UPDATE:

CBS News: Attkisson On Missing IRS Documents: If The Emails Really Are Lost, ‘That’s Quite A Story In Itself’

This is from a radio interview with Philadelphia talk show host Dom Giordano:

“These emails are not stored on a signal server or a single computer, so if there were a crash of a hard drive or some sort of system failure, they would still be retrievable. According to [John] Koskinen, the IRS Commissioner at the time, he told Congress that emails were stored offsite. That jives with people who said emails were backed up daily. There is a responsibility on the part of government officials to retain the data, make sure that is and can’t be lost in the system. If it’s true that the emails are lost, that’s quite a story in itself,” she said.

She thinks Congress should act fast to investigate if anyone inside the IRS is attempting to hide or destroy the emails.

“I would call in certain officials. Let’s assume there could have been some mischief committed — before they have time to get their stories straight and fix things up, I would get them in there under oath and start digging down and getting the timeline and getting people on the record about this. The only people that I see than can do this are members of Congress. The question is, do they have the will to do that?” Attkisson stated.

She goes on to make several other good points, including the fact that “the IRS is part of Healthcare.gov, if the IRS system can indeed be so vulnerable that some sort of crash can lose all kind of important data like this, what does t say about the federal system?”

MORE:

Glenn Reynolds: “I think it’s fair at this point to assume that the “missing” emails are missing because someone in the White House was behind this.”

 

 

Claim: Humble Obama Doesn’t Give Himself Enough Credit For All His Foreign Policy Successes (Video)

In the old days, when the Regime tried to do a Jedi Mind trick like this on the American people – the media would let them.

This is not the Single Payer healthcare plan your looking for…

Obama would look straight into the camera, and repeat the lines at least 50,000 times,    “If you like your plan you can keep your plan…” or its variation – “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor…”

It took Politifact until the point Obama’s promise could be proven without a doubt to be a lie, (because millions of people were losing their health care plans) to rate it a “pants on fire” lie.

But the communication sages within the administration are always scheming to find new ways to fool the American people. And they really have their work cut out for them, lately, because on top of all the scandals currently swirling around him – Obama’s being hammered for being a weak and indecisive president who leads from behind. And Obama’s palace guard are finding it much more difficult to play along.

Poor Jen Psaki –  I truly feel sorry for her, here….

She picked the short straw on Thursday and had to face the room full of hard-boiled reporters with this howler.

JEN PSAKI: I would argue the president doesn’t give himself enough credit for what he’s done around the world. And that’s how the secretary feels too. We would not be engaged in comprehensive negotiations with Iran, which is where the program is stalled, and is rolling back, if it were not for the role of the United States, along with the P-5 +1 partners certainly. In Ukraine, we’ve been engaged more or as much as any other country in the world in supporting the elections process, supporting the government, and supporting efforts moving forward. Yes, there’s more work that needs to be done, the point is we need to continue to stay at it.

REPORTER: Is this a potential mission accomplished statement?

PSAKI: Absolutely not.

MATT LEE: You would argue the president doesn’t give himself enough credit, how much credit would you give him?

PSAKI: I would give him more than he has given himself. So would the secretary.

LEE: Like 200 percent credit? For what? Iran negotiations?

PSAKI: I mean…

REPORTER: What specifically are you saying he doesn’t get enough credit for?

PSAKI: For engagement in issues like Iran, what we’ve done on Ukraine. Efforts to dive in and engage in the world.

REPORTER: Russia has still annexed Crimea. Iran, there are ongoing negotiations, but is that the success here that your talking?

PSAKI: We’re talking about engagement in the world and taking on tough issues that present themselves, and the United States continues to play a prominent role doing that.

Now, whatever would possess a State Dept spox to say something so patently absurd? Obama doesn’t give himself credit? He only spiked the football for killing Osama bin Laden about 40,000 times. He doesn’t know how to give a speech without propping himself up as the only adult in the room with all the experts on his side, while denigrating anyone who disagrees with him. The obvious   narcissism of the guy has been duly noted by most of us on the right since early 2008.

Did those words just tumble thoughtlessly out of her mouth? Or did the White House’s crack communications team  come up with yet another awesome Jedi Mind Trick?

Because as  Twitchy notes, Lurch dropped the same talking point on Gwen Ifill , Thursday night on PBS  Newshour.

Via PJ Tatler: 

Coming off a week where President Obama laid out an Afghanistan withdrawal timetable and put forth his foreign policy vision, Secretary of State John Kerry declared Thursday that this administration is “more engaged” with the world “than at any time in American history.”

“I don’t think the president, frankly, takes enough credit for the successes that are on the table right now,” Kerry told PBS. “I mean, if you look at what has happened in Ukraine, the president led an effort to try to keep Europe unified with the United States, to put difficult sanctions on the table. Europe wasn’t thrilled with that. But they came along. That was leadership. And the president succeeded in having an impact ultimately, together with the Europeans, on the choices that face President Putin.”

I have my suspicions as to who is pushing this talking point. She is known to be a “court flatterer” and  “a peerless enabler of Barack Obama’s inflated opinion of himself”

“I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. . . . He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. . . . So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. . . . He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”

Seriously. And he’s so extraordinarily modest –  he just doesn’t give himself enough credit for all the good he’s done around the world. By talking,  negotiating, and giving speeches he’s proved that he is a strong leader who is “engaged” and deserves a participation trophy.

Hat tip: AoSHQ

Tommy Vietor on Benghazi: ‘Dude…That Was Two Years Ago’ (Video)

On FoxNews, Bret Baier interviewed Former NSC flack for Obama, Tommy Vietor who was involved in the editing of the talking points.

Baier asked Vietor about the edit that changed “attacks” to “demonstrations.”

Vietor shrugged it off, saying  he couldn’t remember, and then exclaimed impishly, Dude, this was like two years ago!”

Bret Baier shot back, “Dude, it’s what everyone’s talking about today.”

Unbelievable. This doofus used to work in the White House National Security Council. Think about that for one moment.

SEE ALSO:

Twitchy: ‘Dude, this was like two years ago’: Tommy Vietor talks Benghazi with Bret Baier

Gateway Pundit: BOOM! Tommy Vietor – Former NSA Spox – Admits Obama Never Made it to Situation Room During Benghazi Attack! (Video)

Obviously, we can’t take anything these twerps say on face value. That’s why I don’t think this is a big story. An O-bot said something, and what? We’re supposed to believe it?

Sharyl Attkisson wants to see the tick-tock of Obama’s whereabouts for that night, but the Regime isn’t supplying it.

Her theory is the White House had prepped for two different outcomes.

1. If somehow the Ambassador and crew had managed to survive the attack – there would be a picture of Obama and his team busy monitoring the situation in the Situation Room.

2. If things didn’t go well – well we already know  – blame it on a youtube video.

Attkisson has requested all of the photos taken at the WH, that day – but has been stonewalled on that.

MSNBC: “We Never Have a Conversation About Race” (Video)

According to one of the talking heads at MSNBC, we need to start talking more about race because even though we all think we should – doggone it! There just isn’t enough discussion about race in this country –  especially on PMSNBC – where you hear nary a word about it. And it’s such an important topic in 2014. Why aren’t we talking more about race, dammit? That’s what this country really needs.

 Digitas Daily created this video to demonstrate the short shrift this topic gets on MSNBC. And by “short shrift”, I mean  RACE-OBSESSED, RACE-BATING LIBS INJECTING RACE INTO EVERY SINGLE DAMN CONVERSATION.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Cruz: “Those Who Lionize Convicted Cop Killers are Not Suitable for Major Leadership Roles at the DOJ” (Video)

Tomorrow, Obama’s race-baiting pick to head the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Dept, will get his up or down confirmation vote in the Senate. Obama had to search long and hard to find someone even more radical than now Labor Sec Thomas Perez, but by Gosh – he did it with cop killer advocate,  Debo Adegbile.

The FBI Agents Association, National Fraternal Order of Police, Major County Sheriff’s Association, National Association of Police Organizations, National Sheriff’s Assoc, and the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association have all come out in public opposition to the nomination of Adegbile. But most Democrats will vote in lock step to confirm him tomorrow because that’s how Democrats roll. Vulnerable Democrats running for reelection in red states may think twice, however. Not because it would be the right thing to do, but to save their own hides.

Paul Mirengoff of Powerline reports:

Unless half a dozen or so Democrats vote no, the race hustler will be confirmed.

Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Casey has said he will vote no. Philadelphia, of course, was the scene of Mumia’s crime and of the disgraceful “free Mumia” movement. It is telling, therefore, that Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senator can’t swallow Adegbile’s confirmation.

Will other Democrats join Casey? Not unless, like Casey, they perceive that doing so will enhance their electoral prospects. Time and time again we’ve seen that the Democratic Senate majority marches in lock-step except where the electoral imperative dictates otherwise. Conscience and considerations of basic decency are never factors.

Fortunately, as Roll Call observes, “several Democrats up for re-election in swing or conservative states might think twice about wading into the hornets’ nest that surrounds Abu-Jamal.” Roll Call cites Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Warner of Virginia, and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. Perhaps Mark Udall of Colorado should also be included, especially now

that he is likely to face strong opposition in November.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, registered his opposition to the nomination on the Senate floor today while honoring the brave service of America’s fallen police officers.

 “It is out of respect for our nation’s police officers that I rise to oppose the nomination of Debo Adegbile to be the head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division,” Sen. Cruz said. “We must remember our nation’s fallen police officers who have bravely given their lives to serve our nation and to protect us. They form the backbone of our country that supports the rule of law and they risk their lives every day to keep law-abiding Americans safe.”

In his remarks, the Senator noted that although every criminal defendant is entitled to an attorney, Adegbile’s representation of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a man convicted of murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981, was pure political advocacy. Abu-Jamal’s guilt was not in doubt – four eyewitnesses saw the shooting and Abu-Jamal confessed and stated in front of three witnesses that he hoped that Officer Faulkner died. And although Abu-Jamal already had a team of high-priced volunteer lawyers that had filed dozens of petitions and appeals, Adegbile and his team joined the case in 2009, 27 years after Faulkner’s death, and then began politicizing it. Under Adegbile’s supervision, rallies, protests, and media campaigns instead dishonestly portrayed Abu-Jamal as a political prisoner and victim of racial injustice.

“This is not a matter of left wing or right wing politics,” Sen. Cruz continued. “We all should agree that violent criminals should be punished. We should all agree that those who advocate for, celebrate, lionize convicted cop killers are not suitable for major leadership roles at the United States Department of Justice. I urge every member of this body to oppose this nomination.”

In addition to his voluntary defense of a convicted cop-killer, Adegbile has a record of opposing common-sense voter ID laws, attacking religious liberties, advocating federal interference in religious institutions, and opposing Americans’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

I agree with Paul Mirengoff that with Dingy’s blessing, some of the vulnerable Dems will join Casey in opposition, leaving Reid with just enough votes to confirm Obama’s race-baiting selection to head the Civil Rights Division.”

In any event, we encourage constituents of Democratic Senators, especially the endangered ones, to make their views known. Here are some of the relevant phone numbers:

Mark Begich 202-224-3004
Kay Hagan 202-224-6342
Mary Landrieu 202-224-5824
Mark Pryor 202-224-2353
Jeanne Sheehan 202-224-2841
Mark Udall 202-224-5941
Mark Warner 202-224-2023

The Banality of Evil: Jorge Ramos Asks PP’s Cecile Richards When Life Begins – Wait ‘Til You Hear Her Answer

Fusion TV’s Jorge Ramos spoke with Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards during a segment called, “Is there a Place For Planned Parenthood in Politics?” Ramos, who’s been dubbed the Walter Cronkite of Hispanic media, asked Richards when she believed life begins, and he didn’t let America’s foremost abortion advocate get away with filibustering her answer. She tried to dodge the question by saying, “this is a question that I think will be debated through the centuries, and people come down with very different points of view on that.” Ramos pressed her, “but for you what’s that point.”

Cecile, growing annoyed, answered “it is not something that I feel is part of this conversation….I think that every woman has to make her own decision…what we do at Planned Parenthood is make sure that women have all their options…” etc etc etc.

He let her go on like that for awhile, and then he asked for a third time, “why would it be so controversial for you to say when life starts?”

Cecile, sensing that her filibuster was coming to an end, blustered, “well – I don’t think that it’s controversial, but I don’t know that it’s relevant to the conversation. For me, I’m the mother of three children…(brace yourselves)... for me life began when I delivered them. Um..They’ve been probably the most important thing in my life ever since…but that’s my own personal decision.”

Life begins precisely after the doctor pulls the baby out of the mother.

Via Chicks on the Right:

She carried three children to term and none of them became human beings to her until after they were born. Before then, they were lumps of tissue mass at the mercy of her feminist whims. If she had changed her mind one day before her due date, and personally decided not to become a mother  – that late term abortion would have been hunky-dory because the child wasn’t human. It’s not a human unless a woman says it is (it is for her to decide) and Cecile Richards said her unborn children weren’t human until after they were born.

There is no objective truth. There is only what is convenient and expedient. If the unborn is convenient, it’s a human. If it isn’t convenient, it’s a thing.

Hideous.

Newly Released Treasury Dept Memo Reveals Holders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Stock Unable To Access Future Earnings

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A recently uncovered memo to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner reveals that he approved a policy that ensures that the “existing common equity holders will not have access to any positive earnings from the G.S.E.’s in the future.”  Experts say this previously undisclosed arrangement could violate securities laws and amounts to a de facto nationalization of the companies.

The New York Times dropped this little bombshell over the weekend.

This month, an internal United States Treasury memo that outlined this restriction came up at a forum in Washington.

The memo was addressed to Timothy F. Geithner, then the Treasury secretary, from Jeffrey A. Goldstein, then the under secretary for domestic finance. In discussing Fannie and Freddie, the beleaguered government-sponsored enterprises rescued by taxpayers in September 2008, the memo referred to “the administration’s commitment to ensure existing common equity holders will not have access to any positive earnings from the G.S.E.’s in the future.”

The memo, which was produced in a lawsuit filed by Fannie and Freddie shareholders, was dated Dec. 20, 2010. Securities laws require material information — that is, information that might affect an investor’s view of a company — to be disclosed. That the government would deny a company’s shareholders all its profits certainly seems material, but the existence of this policy cannot be found in the financial filings of Fannie Mae. Neither have the Treasury’s discussions about the future of the two finance giants mentioned the administration’s commitment to shut common stockholders out of future earnings. Freddie Mac’s filings do refer, albeit incompletely, to the administration’s stance, noting that the Treasury “has indicated that it remains committed to protecting taxpayers and ensuring that our future positive earnings are returned to taxpayers as compensation for their investment.” Note that this reference does not say all earnings.

Lewis D. Lowenfels, a securities law expert in New York, found this statement insufficient. “If there is disclosure regarding future Fannie and Freddie earnings and the administration has a commitment that existing Fannie and Freddie common equity holders will never receive any future positive earnings,” he said, “this commitment would be material to investors and should be disclosed.”

When the memo was written, plenty of people held these stocks. Regulatory filings show that 18,000 investors held 1.1 billion shares of Fannie Mae common stock, while just over 2,100 investors held 650 million Freddie Mac shares.

The Washington Free Beacon has more…

Thousands of investors in the companies were not made aware of the memo, which outlined a policy that deprived them of future earnings. Securities laws require the disclosure of any “material” information that might affect an investor’s view of a company.

James Cummins, a leading securities lawyer who has litigated against Fannie and Freddie since 2004 on various issues, said in an interview that the information in the memo would have been of great interest to potential investors at the time.

“It’s material information because it was going to tell people who might want to buy stock, ‘Hey, by the way, you’re not going to get any dividends and all of the earnings of the company are going to U.S. Treasury,’” he said.

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Critics accuse Fannie, Freddie, and the FHFA—which still guarantee nine out of every 10 U.S. mortgages—of crowding out competition from private mortgage insurers.

“It’s like a sick person going into a hospital, being cured of the illness, and then having the hospital refuse to release the patient,” Cummins said.

“It’s so different from what the entrepreneurial, capitalistic dream of the U.S. is supposed to be,” he added. “It’s just totally different from what anybody anticipated was going to happen.”

Cummins said Treasury’s control of the earnings, coupled with presidential appointments to the board of directors for Fannie and Freddie, more closely mirrors nationalized industries “in the Soviet Union or in Mexico.”

Or perhaps Venezuela.

Obama: In 5 Years A Bunch Of People Won’t Call It ObamaCare Because They Won’t Want Me To Get The Credit

The president sat down with  NBA Hall Of Famer, Charles Barkley, during the league’s All-Star weekend for an interview that was aired Sunday. During the 6-minute question-and-answer program, Obama was asked,  “what do you think of the term ObamaCare?”

Obama fully embraced the term, saying, “I like it. I don’t mind. I tell you, five years from now when everybody’s saying, ‘man, I’m sure glad we got health care,’ there will be a bunch of people that don’t call it ObamaCare because they don’t want me to get credit.”

As always – it’s all about Obama:

Well yes – obviously. ObamaCare is so awesome, Obama  has to keep unilaterally delaying  portions of it so the American people don’t get too spoiled all at once.

The president wasn’t asked about the potential taxpayer-funded bailouts of health insurance companies or the looming Medicare Advantage cuts to “a whole bunch of” current beneficiaries. No doubt, he would give someone else the credit for that.

Hat tip: Grabien

Shock: Hidden In WH Employer Mandate Delay – Employers Not Allowed To Fire Anyone (Video)

On Monday night’s Kelly File, Megyn Kelly covered the  ObamaCare Employer Mandate delay, focusing “on one little nugget” that was “found under a mountain of new regulations” which stipulates that in order to be eligible for this gift from the White House, “the employer may not reduce the size of its workforce or its overall hours of service of its employees.”

“Basically”, she continued, “what the government is telling employers is that you will not fire a single person. You will not lay off a single person – if you want to take advantage of our gift. And you have to certify it under penalty of perjury to the IRS that you didn’t do that!”

How is this not fascism as defined as “a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc.”

Marc Thiessen says it’s an “act of desperation,” but desperate or no –  the situation calls for the attention of Congress right away. The government has no business managing the affairs of private businesses. “We have a free market economy, Thiessen later noted, “it’s not a command economy!”

But ever since the Democrats shoved ObamaCare down the  throats of the unwilling American public – we’ve all had to play along with the Little Dictator’s little diktats – whether we wanted to or not.

Thiessen went on to expose a little known nugget he found in the CBO report.

“I dug through the CBO report and on page 118, appendix C, there’s this nugget, this little bombshell,” Thiessen said.

The report reads: “CBO estimates that the ACA will cause a reduction of roughly 1 percent in aggregate labor compensation over the 2017-2024 period, compared with what it would have been otherwise.”

“That means that Americans will face a 1 percent pay cut due to the law.”

“Obama is giving workers a 70 billion a year pay cut through ObamaCare, he explained. “And worse, it’s going to come from low and middle income workers who are the ones who are dependent on the subsidies of ObamaCare.

Kelly had Judge Andrew Napolitano to talk about Obama’s  latest abuses of executive power.  Very quietly on Friday,  Obama unilaterally changed the immigration laws set forward by Congress to allow refugees seeking asylum into the country that have supported terrorists in a “limited” capacity.

“If the Congress of the United States had written the laws that limit the entry of terrorists into the United States that way, there’s an argument in favor of it and there’s an argument against it,” he said. “But the Congress didn’t write the laws that way. The Congress forbade from permitting to come into the United States anyone who has aided a terrorist or a terrorist organization, voluntarily or involuntarily.”

Napolitano continued, “But to this president, if he disagrees with the law, he can change it on his own … it seems to be getting worse and worse.”

All eyes turn to Congress to see if they actually do something about this latest spate of alarming lawlessness on the part of our president – or do they merely post more stern tweets and photoshops?

“His job is to enforce the law faithfully, meaning as it was written, not as he would like it to be,” Napolitano said.

“All of this comes down to a president who believes he is majestic … who believes that he has a certain ability far beyond what the Constitution has given him,” he said.

Hat tip: Geo

Linked by Doug Ross, and Tea Party Command Center and Adrienne’s Corner, and The Lonely Conservative, and Viking Pundit, and The Hayride,  thanks!

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

At the State of the Union, last night one of House Minority Leader Eric Cantor’s staffers was evicted from the Capitol because he didn’t have his ID on him.  Doug Heye,  Cantor’s deputy chief of staff for communications was in Statuary Hall chatting with some reporters, when a Capitol Police officer came by to check for credentials.

sotu_tw004_012814Heye, right, forgot his ID. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

 He searched every pocket and didn’t have it. A fellow staffer, Cantor Communications Director Rory Cooper, vouched for Heye, but to no avail.

Heye had momentarily dressed down in the hours leading up to SOTU — “Left my ID in my topcoat!” he told HOH — but rocketed back to the office to retrieve his congressional credentials.

ID’s were apparently not an issue for the 5  illegal immigrants who were official guests of various Democrats (including the Obamas) at the SOTU, last night.

Rep. Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) proudly announced that his guest to the State of the Union was Mayra Rubio Limon,  a “Dreamer” who was arrested last November at the Capitol Hill at (ironically enough) Eric Cantor’s  office.

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Rep. Garcia is not the only one who has invited illegal aliens.  Sitting with Michelle Obama is illegal alien Cristian Avila.  Illinois delegation members Reps. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) and Bill Foster (D- Ill.), invited Estefania Garcia and Maria Torres, while Lucas Codognolla is the guest of Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.). All five have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows certain illegal aliens to stay and work in the United States for two years, with eligibility for extension.

SEE ALSO:

The Daily CallerICE officer slams Obama for illegal immigrants attending State of the Union

The head of the union representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and staff issued a harsh rebuke to President Obama for having illegal immigrants in the chamber during his State of the Union address.

“According to news accounts, the President has once again invited illegal immigrants to the State of the Union — and yet the President still refuses to meet with ICE officers,” National ICE Council head and ICE officer Chris Crane in a statement. “We have a President who will provide those illegally in the US with the seat of honor at one of the most important events of the year, but ICE officers who serve under him are unwelcome in the White House.”

Feds Finally Crack Down on 2012 Campaign Finance Fraud

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Image via Powerline

In 2012, Obama.com—which was run by Robert Roche, an American businessman and Obama fundraiser who lives in Shanghai — raised a boatload of money for Barack Obama’s reelection campaign..

Roche’s China-based media company, Acorn International, runs infomercials on Chinese state television. Obama.com redirects to a specific donation page on BarackObama.com, the official campaign website. Unlike BarackObama.com, Obama.com’s traffic is 68 percent foreign, according to markosweb.com, a traffic-analysis website. According to France-based web analytics site Mustat.com, Obama.com receives over 2,000 visitors every day.

The name Robert W. Roche appears 11 times in the White House visitors log during the Obama administration. Roche also sits on the Obama administration’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, and is a co-chair of Technology for Obama, a fundraising effort. (In an email exchange, Roche declined to discuss his website, or his support for the Obama reelection effort, referring the inquiries to the Obama campaign team. The Obama campaign, in turn, says it has no control over Roche’s website; it also says only 2 percent of the donations associated with Obama.com come from overseas.)

But it isn’t just foreign donations that are a concern. So are fraudulent donations. In the age of digital contributions, fraudsters can deploy so-called robo-donations, computer programs that use false names to spew hundreds of donations a day in small increments, in order to evade reporting requirements.

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This makes it all the more surprising that the Obama campaign does not use a standard security tool, the card verification value (CVV) system—the three- or four-digit number often imprinted on the back of a credit card, whose purpose is to verify that the person executing the purchase (or, in this case, donation) physically possesses the card. The Romney campaign, by contrast, does use the CVV—as has almost every other candidate who has run for president in recent years, from Hillary Clinton in 2008 to Ron Paul this year. (The Obama campaign says it doesn’t use the CVV because it can be an inhibiting factor for some small donors.) Interestingly, the Obama campaign’s online store requires the CVV to purchase items like hats or hoodies (the campaign points out that its merchandise vendor requires the tool).

The Obama Campaign claimed that it was rigorous in its self-regulation effort. “We take great care to make sure that every one of our more than three million donors are eligible to donate and that our fundraising efforts fully comply with all U.S. laws and regulations,” a campaign spokesman told GAI president Peter Schweizer.

But as Schweizer noted, instead of allowing outsiders—the press, the public, good government watchdog groups, or the Federal Election Commission—to independently determine whether everything was on the up and up, the Obama camp instead relied on self-policing combined with a lack of transparency – leaving an opening for foreign and fraudulent donations. In 2012, Obama raised over $1 billion.

Finally,  the feds are looking into massive campaign finance fraud. Just not Obama’s. And actually not all that massive.

See, there’s this guy who is accused of reimbursing “people who he had directed to contribute $20,000″ to the campaign of a U.S. Senate candidate.

The accused is conservative author Dinesh D’Souza, the author of books like Illiberal EducationWhat’s So Great About America, and The End of Racism, and the  the film 2016: Obama’s America, which was based on his book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage.

According to Reuters, D’Souza was accused of “arranging excessive campaign contributions to a candidate for the U.S. Senate.” He is accused of reimbursing “people who he had directed to contribute $20,000″ to the campaign of a U.S. Senate candidate who is not named in the indictment. He was also charged on one count of “causing false statements to be made.”

In 2012, federal law “limited primary and general election campaign contributions to $2,500 each, for a total of $5,000, from any individual to any one candidate.”

Preet Bharara, an Obama appointee who is the U.S. Attorney for Manhattan, said, “As we have long said, this Office and the FBI take a zero tolerance approach to corruption of the electoral process.”

An *Obama* appointee who takes “a zero tolerance approach to corruption.” It is to laugh.

D’Souza’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, told The Hollywood Reporter that D’Souza “did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever… at worst this was an act of misguided friendship by D’Souza.”

Gerald Molen, a co-producer of the 2016 movie, accused the Obama administration of “criminalizing dissent through the selective enforcement of the law.”

As you may remember 2016: Obama’s America became a box office hit in the summer of 2012 – a rare thing for a political documentary. You may also remember –  it wasn’t complimentary of Obama or his vision.

“After we win this election, it’s our turn.  Payback time.  Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay.  Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.”  - Valerie Jarrett 11/2012 (Allegedly)

Retaliation against political enemies? – check.

Via Ace of Spades HQ: 

Coincidence: Hollywood’s only conservative group is getting close IRS nonprofit scrutiny

Another Coincidence: James O’Keefe Group Being Audited by NY. Again.

Yet Another Coincidence: Dinesh D’Souza Indicted For Election Fraud

Still Another Coincidence: IRS Proposes New 501(c)(4) Rules That Just Happen to Cover Most Tea Party Groups

Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin’s ‘John Doe’ Subpoenas

one more: Obama Admin Accused Of Filing Standard and Poor’s Lawsuit In Retaliation For 2011 US Credit Downgrade

It’s like the night of the long knives – Chicago style.

Congress won’t be a problem for them, this time - check.

Two judges ready to go – check. 

They’re not even being subtle. We are officially living in a Banana Republic, now folks….

And the Stupid Party is  doing what? 

Let this seep in for a few minutes. The entire force of the GOP establishment is being applied towards Obama’s most cherished agenda item for his second term, not towards fighting Obamacare and the debt ceiling. While Americans are concerned about out-of-control government, Obamacare, debt, and jobs, these clowns are concerned about illegal immigrants, foreign lobbies, and special interests. –Daniel Horowitz

Rolling over and playing dead.

Update via Weasel Zippers: 

Keep in mind, D’Souza is facing a maximum sentence of two years in prison. Update: Now I’m hearing $1,000,000 fine from D’Souza plus up to seven years of jail…(I’m guessing his debate with Bill Ayers at Dartsmouth on Jan 30 is now cancelled…)

Let’s look at what happens when you do even more than what Dinesh is alleged to have done, but you’re a Democrat…

From Overlawyered:

The Federal Election Commission has fined an Arkansas law firm for making illegal contributions to John Edwards’ 2004 presidential campaign. Tab Turner solicited four $2,000 contributions from his co-workers at Little Rock law firm Turner & Associates in January 2003 and illegally reimbursed them for their contributions using a company credit card, according to the FEC. He also used a company credit card to make an illegal campaign contribution in his own name and to pay for various campaign expenses. Federal law prohibits donors from making contributions in others’ names and prohibits direct corporate contributions to a federal candidate. Edwards for President also agreed to pay a $9,500 fine, and called the commission’s announcement “old news,” reported the AP.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

It’s Hillary’s Turn For The Woodshed On Justice With Jeanine Pirro (Video)

In this week’s opening statement of Justice with  Jeanne Pirro, the Judge took former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton to the woodshed, (and how) calling her conduct in the Benghazi affair, “a gross deviation from the standard of care that any reasonable Secretary of State would observe.”

“You knew it!” Pirro blasted.  “That’s why you didn’t go on the Sunday Shows!

You knew it! Which is why you waited until everyone else had spoken so you could get your ducks in a row.

You knew t because of the cables from your friend and the deteriorating security situation in Benghazi.

You knew it! which is why you appointed your friends to an Accountability Review Board – which never even called you to testify!

You knew it! Which is why no one was ever fired in your department.

You knew it! Which is why only one who suffered consequences was the whistleblower who who went against your dictates.”

“So which is it?” Pirro purred. “If you didn’t know, you’re incompetent, if you did know, you’re guilty of criminal negligence. People though, are so afraid of you that your name isn’t even mentioned in the review by the Senate Intelligence Committee.”

“What happened in Benghazi was preventable. You had a duty and a responsibility and they relied on you. They ASKED you for safety and security, and you not only breached that duty, but you breached the public trust we have in our government. “

The judge concluded sagely that even though Hillary and her boss may not face consequences now, “Justice is about accountability and consequences, The facts have now been told, and the consequences have yet to be determined – and in the meantime, we continue to wait for justice.”

Pirro had on former Asst. Sec. of Defense, KT McFarland to talk about the Senate report.

Judge Jeanine Pirro – Benghazi Terror Attack Lawmakers Continue To Demand Answers From Obama Admin:

Judge Jeanine Pirro – Benghazi Terror Attack Lawmakers Continue To Demand Answers From Obama Admin:

“Let me make something very clear”, said former SEAL Christopher Mark Hebon. “Nobody who wears a SEALs trident on their chest…is a fan of Obama – nobody s a fan of Hillary Clinton, period.. Those four men who were killed in Benghazi should be getting the Congressional Gold Medal right now.”

 

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