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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But it gets worse.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Audio here. 

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

UPDATE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REQUESTS IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO ELECTION RECORDS AHEAD OF CERTIFICATION DEADLINE 


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

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

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

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

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

True the Vote’s lawsuit consists of three counts:

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

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

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

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

A copy of the complaint has been made available here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Via Freedom’s Lighthouse: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

State Dept Spox Dismisses Accounts of Bergdahl’s Desertion: Bergdahl Knows Best What Happened That Night

This is embarrassing.

State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf picked the short straw, Tuesday, taking Jen Psaki’s place in the briefing room.

Harf sounded defensive as she tangled with the same Fox News reporter who has been giving Psaki grief lately, telling him “we don’t know the facts of what happened to him (Sgt. Bergdahl) on that day.”

Obama Regime flacks are always the last ones to know the facts. But  don’t worry… There is going to be an investigation to find out what happened (five years after the fact.) The Army conducted an investigation into Bergdahl’s disappearance in 2009, but shocker — it’s classified. I guess that’s why we need a new investigation. Because no one can see the old investigation.

The Defense Dept spox told reporters they would have to try to get the 2009 investigation under the Freedom of Information Act. Which means it’s up to Judicial Watch, again, I guess.

In the meantime, don’t listen to all those guys who served with Bergdahl give their first hand accounts about what happened. According to Harf, they don’t know what they’re talking about. The State Dept is going to find out if Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post by asking —  Bowe Bergdahl if he deserted his post.

I kid you not.

Via Free Beacon:

When Fox News reporter Lucas Tomlinson asked, “Does the State Department consider Sergeant Bergdahl to be a deserter?” Harf replied, “The State Department — no, Lucas. Look, what we’ve said is we are going to learn the facts about what happened here.”

“He’s been in captivity, Lucas. I think he’s probably the person who knows best what happened on that night,” Harf said.

Tomlinson shot back, “Well, I think his squad mates have the best indication what happened that night.”

“I don’t think that that’s the case,” Harf responded.

Harf thus breezily dismissed the multiple accounts of Bergdahl’s desertion that have emerged over the past several days, suggesting to  Tomlinson that if he  “Googled it ”  he’d find “a ton of conflicting reports.”

But the accounts I’ve seen from Bergdahl’s platoon mates have all been strikingly similar. The only one that differs is the account by Bergdahl himself in the Haqqani propaganda video, in which he said he was captured when he lagged behind his patrol.

After the past few days of the truth gushing out of Bergdahl’s old platoon like a geyser, pretty much everyone but the most brain dead drones understand that that account was a lie.

The  Obama Regime’s target audience at this point are either very dumb ideologues who are st’ill willing to believe their lies, or folks who are disengaged from what’s going on and only hear a few soundbites.  The dummies out there are legion, and so are the lofos – and they know it. The rest of us, they’ve written off. They really don’t care if we know they’re lying as long as they can continue to fool a significant number of people – say 40% of the population.

That’s where we’re at, folks. We’ve got 2 and a half more years of this.

Linked by Ironic Surrealism,  thanks!

What to Heck? ‘Anarcho-Syndicalists’ Protest Their Own Conference (Video)

Wellp - this is making the rounds, today:

Anarcho-Syndicalists protest/get protested at their own conference. A panelist by the name of Kristian Williams was scheduled to speak at the annual Law & Disorder conference, but was thwarted by a protest. No one could actually articulate what their issue is with Mr. Williams. Campus police were eventually called in as the panelists fled.

No doubt an explanation of Anarcho-syndicalism is in order, amirite? Wikipedia to the rescue.

Anarcho-syndicalism (also referred to as revolutionary syndicalism[1]) is a theory of anarchism which views revolutionary industrial unionism or syndicalism as a method for workers in capitalist society to gain control of an economy and, with that control, influence broader society. Syndicalists consider their economic theories a strategy for facilitating worker self-activity and as an alternative co-operative economic system with democratic values and production centered on meeting human needs.

The basic principles of anarcho-syndicalism are solidaritydirect action (action undertaken without the intervention of third parties such as politicians, bureaucrats and arbitrators) and direct democracy, or workers’ self-management. The end goal of anarcho-syndicalism is to abolish the wage system, regarding it as wage slavery. Anarcho-syndicalist theory therefore generally focuses on the labour movement.[2]

Anarcho-syndicalists view the primary purpose of the state as being the defence of private property, and therefore of economic, social and political privilege, denying most of its denizens the ability to enjoy material independence and the social autonomy which springs from it.[3] In contrast with other bodies of thought, particularly with Marxism–Leninism, anarcho-syndicalists deny that there can be any kind of workers’ state, or a state which acts in the interests of workers, as opposed to those of the powerful, and that any state with the intention of empowering the workers will inevitably work to empower itself or the existing elite at the expense of the workers. Reflecting the anarchist philosophy from which it draws its primary inspiration, anarcho-syndicalism holds to the idea thatpower corrupts.[3]

None of these people speak in a language normal (privileged?) people can relate to. See if you can make sense of it. Content warning for extreme language, creepy chanting and  unbridled hateful outbursts:

They all need to find a “safe spot” and simmah dawn nah.

Via Ace, who also took the time to fisk a document produced by a group of left-wing Oberlin College students who submitted to faculty “a draft of its new rules about issuing “Trigger Warnings” for college materials and for sensitivity generally.”

 

*”What to heck” is an expression my 15 year likes to use in homage to a cryptic tweet by Billy Ray Cyrus in which he used the expression. It may or may not have been a typo.

Obama Has Wavered In His Commitment to See That Justice Is Done For Terrorist Attack In Benghazi (Video)

“We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.”  Barack Obama 9/12/2012

And he’s repeated that line or a variation of that line at least a hundred times since then.

The truth:

House Intel Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) told TIME magazine this week that the Obama administration knows where the Benghazi Al-Qaeda terrorists are hiding but refuses to go after them.

 

Via Jim Hoft

 

The reason: The Obama administration refuses to classify the attackers as al Qaeda related.

The U.S. military cannot hunt down and kill people responsible for the deadly 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya, as long as the terrorists are not officially deemed members or affiliates of al Qaeda, newly declassified transcripts from congressional hearings show.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey in testimony on Oct. 10 said the Pentagon’s hands are tied because the groups involved are not covered by the Authorization for Use of Military Force. The AUMF law allows U.S. attacks anywhere in the world only on al Qaeda and “associated forces.”

“The individuals related in the Benghazi attack, those that we believe were either participants or leadership of it, are not ‘authorized use of military force,’ ” Gen. Dempsey told the House Armed Services Committee in his classified testimony during a closed hearing.

The transcript was released on Monday.

“In other words, they don’t fall under the AUMF authorized by the Congress of the United States. So we would not have the capacity to simply find them and kill them either with a remotely-piloted aircraft or with an assault on the ground,” Dempsey said.

Via The Long War Journal, the State Dept. added three chapters of Ansar al Sharia – widely believed to have taken part in the attack – to the governments terrorist designation lists in January of this year.

the US State Department announced today that it has added three chapters of Ansar al Sharia, as well as three of the groups’ leaders, to the government’s terrorist designation lists. Ansar al Sharia groups in Benghazi, Derna, and Tunisia were designated as foreign terrorist organizations, as well as specially designated global terrorist entities.

The three Ansar al Sharia leaders, Sufian Ben Qumu, Ahmed Abu Khattalah, and Seifallah Ben Hassine (a.k.a. Abu Iyad al Tunisi), were also added to the list of specially designated global terrorists.

Ben Qumu is described as “the leader” of Ansar al Sharia Derna, while Khattalah is “a senior leader” of Ansar al Sharia in Benghazi. Seifallah Ben Hassine is the founder of Ansar al Sharia in Tunisia.

The State Department says that Ansar al Sharia Tunisia “is ideologically aligned with al Qaeda and tied to its affiliates, including AQIM” (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb). The designation confirms The Long War Journal’s reporting on Ansar al Sharia Tunisia’s connections to the al Qaeda network.

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.

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.

Issa: DOJ Decision Not to Pursue Criminal Charges in IRS Scandal Undermines Holder’s Credibility

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 The big rumor coming out of Washington is – if you can believe this – that the FBI  doesn’t plan to file criminal charges over the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups (!)

Law enforcement officers leaked that investigators haven’t found the kind of political bias or “enemy hunting” that would amount to a violation of criminal law.

Instead, what emerged during the probe was evidence of a mismanaged bureaucracy enforcing rules about tax-exemption applications it didn’t understand, according to the law-enforcement officials…

CNN’s Carol Costello interviewed reporter Joe Johns, for his unbiased take on the story, which happened to include the left’s favorite BS talking point: “it’s pretty clear some progressive groups were targeted as well.”

“We can say, at this point, no charges may be filed,” Johns said. “Sources have told CNN criminal charges are not likely, but we’ve got no indication the investigation is over.”

“This news may sound surprising but making a criminal case out of IRS targeting was always a stretch, according to legal experts,” Johns continued. “They look for false statements or perjury, but those charges only stick if someone is found to have intentionally lied to investigators or under oath. They could’ve looked at alleged violation of civil rights or discriminatory conduct, but then you have to show only conservative groups were targeted. it’s pretty clear some progressive groups were targeted as well.”

Johns concluded by noting that “there are people on Capitol Hill who were outraged and have been demanding charges. We’re not likely to have heard the end of this,Carol.”

Indeed, Issa noted in an interview with Fox News, last week, that “this administration has taken a lot of time – sent false statements repeatedly through intermediaries – that somehow this targeting went beyond conservatives, when in fact, the facts keep coming back that this was a one sided attempt to stop the people on the opposite side of Obama’s re-elect.”

You can add CNN and Mediaite to the “intermediaries” willing to uncritically accept the Regime’s false talking points on this.

Today,  Issa blasted  “what he called a questionable U.S. criminal investigation into the screening of Tea Party groups by the Internal Revenue Service, saying that anonymous leaks had harmed the inquiry.”

“These revelations further undermine the credibility of the Attorney General Holder and the Justice Department under his leadership,” Issa and Representative Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican, said in a statement released late Monday night. “Given the circumstances, there is little reason for the American people to have confidence in this investigation.

“Anonymous — and apparently politically motivated — leaks from unnamed law enforcement officials further undermine the public assurances by the current and former FBI directors that this is a legitimate investigation. These leaks come after the Justice Department, citing the confidential nature of the investigation, refused to brief Congress on its progress and congressional investigators independently discovered that a high dollar contributor to the Obama Administration failed to recuse herself,” Issa and Jordan wrote in the letter.

The IRS said in May that it had given extra scrutiny to Tea Party groups applying for nonprofit status, unleashing a scandal that led to the ouster of the agency’s acting chief and several other senior officials.

Congressional committees, including the House Oversight panel led by Issa, have begun investigations and the Justice Department has been conducting a criminal probe.

Issa was responding to a report in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation didn’t plan to seek charges.

Spokesmen with the Justice Department and the FBI either declined to comment or didn’t respond to requests for comment.

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.

Judge Jeanine Pirro: The Thought Police Should Get The Duck Outta Here (Video)

“This week’s Duck Dynasty controversy seems more about the left and the right and the lengths that that go to defend their views of the world.” Judge Jeanine Pirro declared in her opening statement, Saturday night. She ran off a list of horrendous anti-gay offenses currently taking place in other parts of the world, and suggested that gays focus their attention on that.

“Personally”, she declared, “I don’t give a damn what you do in the privacy of your bedroom, who you do it with, how often you do it – that’s between you, your partner and God. But I also think – having been schooled in the Constitution as well as having rendered legal decisions on the Constitution,  that Phil Robertson, the patriarch of Duck Dynasty has the right to say what he thinks. As far as I’m concerned, the duck police should get the duck outta here!”

“If it’s considered blasphemous for him to quote the greatest book on earth, and he should be censored for those beliefs, what’s next?” Pirro asked. “Will we stop printing the bible because some people are offended by what’s in it? Will this be America’s  Kristallnacht?

Pirro had Father Gerald Murray, Pastor of the Church of the Holy Family in NYC to talk about religious values in America, today. Murray sounded refreshingly orthodox in his answers.

In speaking of Obama’s assault on freedom of conscience vis a vis the HHS contraception mandate, he said, “the president has acted disgracefully in this in this regard, he told Cardinal Dolan we’re not going to hurt the Catholic Church. He went ahead and  did….He’s losing in court all over the place, thank God. It’s time for him to back up and say look – it’s not just the computers and the lost policies – we’re not going to be the sovereign of the conscience of the American people. Let them believe what they want to believe!”

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I’ve been meaning to link to this: Duck Dynasty: The Show That Got Away:

Like Jeanine, I don’t watch Duck Dynasty, but my husband a 15 year old daughter do. And they love it. The Robertsons are funny and a little goofy, but apparently there’s always a moral to every episode, and it ends with them gathered around the table in prayer. Kinda sweet.

I’ve long been suspicious that liberal A & E wasn’t expecting Duck Dynasty to be successful in the way it has. The audience was supposed to laugh AT the Robertsons. Not WITH them. They certainly weren’t supposed to admire them, and yearn for their families to be more like them.

Pat Archbold of the National Catholic Register was thinking the same thing.

This is what happened.  The whole idea of the show was to parade these nouveau riche Christian hillbillies around so that we could laugh at them. “Look at them,” we were supposed to say.  “Look how backward they are!  Look what they believe!  Can you believe they really live this way and believe this stuff?  See how they don’t fit in? HAHAHA”

When the producers saw the way the show was shaping up, different than they envisioned it, they tried to change course.  They tried to get the Robertson’s to tone down their Christianity, but to their eternal credit they refused.  They tried to add fake cussin’ to the show by inserting bleeps where no cussword was uttered.  At best, they wanted to make the Robertson’s look like crass buffoons. At worst they wanted them to look like hypocrites.

They desperately wanted us to laugh at the Robertsons.  Instead, we loved them.

A&E wanted us to point fingers at them and laugh at them.  But something else happened entirely.  Millions upon millions of people tuned in, not to laugh at them, but to laugh with them.

And then we pointed at them.  We pointed at them and said things like, “I wish my family was more like them.  I wish we prayed together as a family.  I wish we were together like the Robertsons.”

By the time this all happened, A&E had a conundrum.  They knew who the Robertsons were and what they believe and they still held it in disdain.  But they really liked the money.  Really liked the money. So they lived with it.

But the progressives whose bank accounts were not growing fatter because of these backward rubes were never inclined to look the other way.  They hate the show and they really hate the response to the show.  They want it destroyed.

John Hayward says they were set up:

I’ve been saying since Friday that I thought someone at the A&E network was actively out to get the Robertson family and shut “Duck Dynasty” down.  Maybe it’s an internal power play at the network, a couple of executives enforcing their ideology on the rest, or maybe it’s the entire executive clique at headquarters, perhaps after protracted nudging from liberal pressure groups.  The whole Phil Robertson suspension happened way too fast to be a bolt from the blue, especially given the enormous size of the show’s audience.  Knee-jerk censorship as a snap decision is harder to swallow when you’re talking about the network’s top show, the biggest program of its type in cable TV history.

Well, well, well, what do you know… it turns out the network had a publicist in the room with Phil Robertson when he gave much of his fateful interview to GQ magazine.  And yet, no attempt at damage control was made, either during or after the interview.

That’s a bit curious, isn’t it?  The network didn’t do diddly-squat to stand up for the star of its top show.  His comments have been widely distorted and misquoted, but A&E hasn’t lifted a finger to make it clear precisely what he said, and exactly why they find it an offense that merits suspension.

Confirmed: The Daily Mail: ‘Hung out to dry’: Duck Dynasty star and family lash back at A & E for making his controversial interview public and for suspending him for ‘homophobic comments’:

A source close to the family, who asked not to be named, told MailOnline: ‘You have to ask yourself, why this interview happened and why it ever became public. Someone from A&E was there and was aware of the kind of answers Phil was giving.

‘But despite that, they didn’t ever try to stop it or control it. Instead, they let it hit the headlines and then released a statement condemning it.

‘It is our belief that they knew what was going to happen and then used the situation to exercise control over Phil.

‘It is our understanding that when the TV executives came up with the concept for the show they wanted it to be a case of people laughing at a bunch of backward rednecks.

‘But when it didn’t turn out like that and people actually started identifying with the way the family behaved and were laughing with them, not at them, they became uncomfortable. It did not sit will with the New York TV types.

 

Oh, and Stacy on the Right has the Gay Lobby spitting mad at her, I hear:

Duck Dynasty star censored by A&E…

Why I oppose the Homosexual Lobby

American Black Church: where are you?

You go girl.

The Conversation: GLAAD Targets Catholic Group, Bob Newhart and Wins… Again

The People’s Cube: God Responds to Lawsuit Against the Word “Sin”

The People’s Cube: Duck Dynasty’s Robertson Angers Alcoholics, Philanderers

Weasel Zippers: GLAAD: Phil Robertson Needs To Be Re-Educated, Says They Will Target Companies Doing Business With Him…

UPDATE:

Duck Dynasty: A&E And Cracker Barrel Cave

 

 

Tingles: ‘He came to us today, He came amongst us!’ (Video)

“In the beginning was the narrative, and the narrative was with Alinsky and the narrative was Alinsky. The narrative was in the beginning with Alinsky. All things were made through government, and without government was nothing made. In Him were taxes and the taxes were the light to the takers. And the light shined across America, and America did not comprehend it. And the narrative was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of Alinsky, full of tactics and rules.”

Thus  sayeth the Tingly One – after he beheld the Incarnation of the Messiah on MSNBC on the night of  December 5,  2013 in the year of our Lord (Obama.)

“He came to us today! He came amongst us! “

Sick freaks.

Video: 32 Year Old Welfare Queen Makes Good Living On The Dole – Says Working is Stupid – Taxpayers Fools

Lucy, a 32 year old an Austin welfare recipient called into Austin’s Morning News to brag that she gets so  much welfare money and “benefits” she can stay home and smoke weed. She gets $550.00 for rent $425.00 for food stamps, $150.00 for electric, free cell phone, $100.00 for water, and even Christmas presents for her three kids. “Why should I work?” she asked.  She’s married, but her husband rarely works. “He doesn’t really see the need for it”, she said.

Via Zero Hedge:

“…To all you workers out there preaching morality about those of us who live on welfare… can you really blame us? I get to sit around all day, visit my friends, smoke weed.. and we are still gonna get paid, on time every month…”

She said “taxpayers are the fools.”

This will probably be the most depressing thing you hear all day.

Welcome to ObamAmerica.

 

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Watchdog.org: Obama not telling the truth about SNAP? Surely you can’t be serious:

Obama, who is touting the taxpayer-funded program as a fiscal engine that helps boost the economy, claims in a report released this week that SNAP participation and spending will fall significantly as America recovers from tough financial times.

If only that were true.

Since Obama signed into law the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provided close to $45.2 billion in additional SNAP benefits over four years, the national unemployment rate has dropped from 8.3 percent to 7.3 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

From 2009 to 2012, the country’s gross domestic product increased from $13.9 trillion to $15.6 trillion and the national average wage index also jumped from $40,711 to $44,321.

Yet the number of people who take advantage of SNAP and the money allocated for the program continue to skyrocket every year.

In 2008, the year Obama was first elected president, close to $37.5 billion was spent on SNAP, with 28.2 million Americans and 12.7 million households participating.

Funding set aside for SNAP has more than doubled since Obama was elected president.

Funding for SNAP more than doubled to $78.4 billion in 2012, and this year is on pace to surpass that total.

Approximately 46.6 million people and 22.3 million households received SNAP assistance in 2012.

‘Hail Satan!’ Pro-Aborts In Texas Tell Us Who They Really Are (Video)

Following Texas state senator Wendy Davis’ pro-late term abortion filibuster, last week, the Texas House and Senate reconvened Tuesday for a brief special session called by Gov. Rick Perry. A recess was called until July 9, after the Independence Day holiday.

Twitchy reported:

Nothing much happened, but there was plenty of interest, as abortion advocates in orange shirts lined up to protest proposed limits on abortion after 20 weeks and stricter safety standards for abortion clinics.

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It would be difficult to argue that the pro-abortion crowd wasn’t an “unruly mob” — last week protesters shut down proceedings by screaming from the gallery and used social media to debate the legal consequences of rushing the floor. One protester was reportedly arrested after punching a state trooper who was clearing the gallery.

Texas blogger, Adam Cahn was there, and has a report and video from the scene where pro-life women shared their abortion related testimonies, and the pro abort mob responded with repeated chants of “hail Satan.”  He noted that they had been chanting those words all day, but it took awhile to catch it on video. Twitchy also has a post full of contemporary tweets, including one from CNN confirming that chanting did indeed occur.

Honestly, I don’t think there’s a  clearer indication than his report, of who is on the side of the angels in the abortion debate, and who isn’t.

Hail Satan quickly trended on Twitter.

The chanting isn’t terribly clear in the video, but a girl at the end gets in front of the camera and clearly says the words, then sticks her tongue out.

Video via News Ninja

Libs have been laboring to explain the behavior by saying, A. The chanters were being ironic (haha) B. They were pro-life plants, or C. It didn’t happen (because the audio is fuzzy in video.)

A. Probably true, but it wasn’t funny – just disturbing.

B. Yeah, no.

C. Bad audio or no, too many people, including reporters, have professed to have heard it.

Then there was also this going on in Texas –  “a whole ‘nother level of disturbia” as my pal Trey Gowdy would say:

SEE ALSO:

Elizabeth Scalia, First Things: When the Strange God Wins, You Kill Yourself

The Dana Show: “Hail Satan!” Another Reason Why I Left The Left

Dr, Susan Berry, Big Government: Texas Pro-Lifers Sing ‘Amazing Grace’ to Drown Out Abortion Supporters’ Chants

She has another video showing singing and chanting.

Michelle Obama’s Bad Bangs Brouhaha in Belfast

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Daily Mail: “Bad hair day hangs over speech”

Michelle Obama picked a bad time to grow out her bangs.

G8 Summit

She was in Belfast to give a speech, today, while the president was is in the city for the two-day G-8 Summit. She’s spending the evening  in “the $3,300-per-night Princess Grace suite of Dublin’s Five-Star Shelbourne Hotel” which White House Dossier’s Keith Koffler reports, “adds credence to accusations she is in the city for a quick vacation at taxpayer expense.”

The White House is billing Michelle’s trip to Dublin as having diplomatic significance, but her itinerary suggests otherwise. She and her daughters will visit the Trinity College library to explore President Obama’s Irish family roots, attend a performance by the world-famous Riverdance troupe, and visit the Wicklow Mountains national forest.

Judging by the tail number of her plane on the ground at Dublin Airport, it appears Air Force Two has been flown to Europe along with Air Force One and is being used to transport Michelle around.

This, after David Cameron, the host of the G8 summit encouraged Obama and others, back in February to leave their spouses at home “to ensure leaders remain ‘focused’ on issues like tackling tax avoidance, without the distraction of having their wives and girlfriends in tow.”

Oh well! “What sequester”, right?

The First Lady’s overly long bangs (or fringe as the call it in the UK) caused a stir on Twitter and many of the comments were”a bit less than complimentary.”

MSN UK went so far as to say: Michelle Obama is embroiled in an “Obama-bangs scandal”.

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See, Mrs Obama appears to be growing out her fringe (a most stressful process, as anyone who’s endured the months of desperately tanking on it to encourage growth will know), which means sometimes it gets in her eyes.

And, whilst Mrs O touched on various important topics during her speech – including how today’s youth are the world leaders of the future - it seems that the Twittersphere only cared for her distracting hair. Here’s what tweeters had to say…

@wilde23m: ‘Note to self – cut fringe (bangs if you’re US). Makes Michelle #Obama look cross-eyed trying to see through hair. Don’t want to follow suit.

@chiller: ‘I love Michelle O, but when every time you blink, your entire fringe twitches, you need a fringe trim.’

@SheilaMcWade: ‘Somewhere there’s a Press Secretary screaming ‘FRINGE! FRINGE! WHO HAD THE FRINGE?!’ #ObamainBelfast #Michelle #G8′

Here’s some video of the speech via the BBC:

Look, I can sympathize.  I’ve been trying to grow my bangs out since the eighth grade. Then they get to the length you see in the pictures above and I break down and cut them. I’m surprised she didn’t wait until the big trip was over to grow them out.

UPDATE: 

Commenters tell me she’s most likely wearing a wig – (Of course!) – making her bad hair issues doubly embarrassing for her.  “Bad hair day” – eh, happens to all of us. “Bad wig day” – Ay yi yi!

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DHS-Funded Anti-Terror Exercise Portrays “Free America Citizens” As Terrorist Group Planting Bombs Around Boston

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More evidence – as if it were needed – that this government is focusing on *the wrong sort* of “terrorists”  i.e. – the non existent kind.

Via Weasel Zippers, the  Boston Globe reported:

The scenario had been carefully planned: A terrorist group prepared to hurt vast numbers of people around Boston would leave backpacks filled with explosives at Faneuil Hall, the Seaport District, and in other towns, spreading waves of panic and fear. Detectives would have to catch the culprits.

Months of painstaking planning had gone into the exercise, dubbed “Operation Urban Shield,” meant to train dozens of detectives in the Greater Boston area to work together to thwart a terrorist threat. The hypothetical terrorist group was even given a name: Free America Citizens, a home-grown cadre of militiamen whose logo would be a metal skull wearing an Uncle Sam hat and a furious expression, according to a copy of the plans obtained by the Boston Globe.

But two months before the training exercise was to take place, the city was hit with a real terrorist attack executed in a frighteningly similar fashion. The chaos of the Boston Marathon bombings disrupted plans for the exercise, initially scheduled for this weekend, forcing police to postpone. Now officials must retool aspects of the training.

“Frighteningly similar” in every way except that the culprits in the real bombing were the Islamic terrorists you would expect – not the sort you only find in feverish left-wing fantasies.

Yeah, we’re to believe that the IRS targeting of conservative sounding groups was a result of two rogue agents in Cincinnati – not part of a larger pattern of targeting coming from Washington DC.

The sad irony here is, if NSA, FBI and DHS spent half as much time focusing on our real threats rather than Obama’s political enemies,  the real Boston bombing could have been averted.

But they don’t seem to be learning.

Via Ace: Secret Service Raids Home of Twitter User for… Critical Tweets About Obama?

I do not know the reason for the Secret Service interrogation. I know the Twitterer himself, Tom Francois, says this of it:

On April 11, 2013, he heard relentless pounding on his door shouts of “Police!” The officers introduced themselves as members of The Secret Service and asked if they could “take a look around.”Since Tom had nothing to hide (and he didn’t want any return visits) – he complied fully with their request. He even signed a consent to search his premises AND an “Authorization To Review Medical and Mental Health Records!”

They asked Tom if he ever left his state or traveled to Washington, D.C.

One Agent asked Tom if he has any intentions of “whacking” the President.” To which Tom replied- “Of course not. I wish him no harm. I disagree with his policies and actions and I make no bones about it. It’s my First Amendment Right and I intend to exercise it.”

I need to do some research and find out if this is part of a larger pattern of SS targeting of online conservatives. I  remember a story from a couple years ago in which a female conservative blogger (I forget her name) was visited by the SS for no good reason, and there was a conservative YouTuber about a year ago who was, too. Are there more stories like this out there?

SEE ALSO:

The Conversation: ‘Rampant Injustice’: The IRS And DOJ Raid Small Businesses With Paramilitary, Gestapo Style Tactics 

Vine of Life: Pastor Goes to Jail for Hosting Home Bible Study; Starts 60-Day Sentence Today

Weasel Zippers: Fun Fact Of The Day: Mosque’s Are Off-Limits To Obama’s Snooping…

Of course…

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