Taylor claimed that Lerner’s life has been threatened if she testified. TheDC has independently verified Taylor’s claim.
Taylor claimed that Lerner’s life has been threatened if she testified. TheDC has independently verified Taylor’s claim.
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
Is it possible someone in the Obama administration did something right, for a change?
On Tuesday, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) announced a drastic turnaround on the part of the federal government: The German Romeike family, which sought asylum in the United States to home-school their children, will now be allowed to stay in America.
“The Romeikes can stay!!!” the HSLDA announced on its Facebook page.
Just one day ago, the Romeikes thought they would be forced to return to Germany, where the state could take custody of their children because of their decision to home-school. At a minimum, they would face increasingly harsh fines for violating Germany’s compulsory attendance law.
Uwe and Hannelore Romeike have been fighting to remain in the United States since 2008, when they fled to Tennessee, but the Supreme Court declined to hear their appeal for asylum on Monday.
A post on the HSLDA’s Facebook wall signed by the organization’s chairman explains the change:
Today, a Supervisor with the Department of Homeland Security called a member of our legal team to inform us that the Romeike family has been granted “indefinite deferred status”. This means that the Romeikes can stay in the United States permanently (unless they are convicted of a crime, etc.)
Last night it looked like they would be deported, but much can change in one day.
After the Supreme Court ruling, yesterday, Congressman Trey Gowdy told Fox News, “the president is advocating for the legalization or citizenship of 12 million people, surely you would think that the Obama administration would find it in their heart to support one single family, that just wants to exercise its right to educate their children under our First Amendment – in my judgement, to educate their children according to their religious views. I don’t know why the DOJ would not rush to the defense of family that just wants to exercise their First Amendment beliefs.
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.
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.
Last week, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa announced that Lois Lerner, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS, would be testifying this Wednesday about her role in the improper targeting of conservative groups.
Issa reiterated that Lerner would testify before his Committee during an appearance yesterday on Fox News Sunday.
Despite being issued a subpoena, Lerner’s attorney said Issa doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
That attorney, William W. Taylor, said Issa is wrong.
“As of now, she intends to continue to assert her Fifth Amendment rights,” Taylor told POLITICO. “I do not know why Issa said what he said.”
SC Congressman Trey Gowdy, a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee was on Fox News earlier today, to clear things up.
“I’ve read the emails – they are clear and unambiguous between Chairman Issa and Miss Lerner’s attorney. They agreed to come Wednesday and they agreed to answer our questions,” Gowdy said. “She is coming Wednesday. There is no question about that.”
The caveat, apparently, is that she is asking for a one week delay. “Why she’s not ready – I can’t answer that,” Gowdy said. “She’s not prepared to answer questions from 40 different members of Congress after nine months.”
As for why she’s not prepared to testify after nine months to think about it, he said, “she knows that most of her previous comments are demonstrable false and untrue. This did not originate in Cincinnati. Remember what she said last time she testified before Congress ‘I’ve done nothing wrong, broken no laws, and broken no rules and regulations.’ All three of those comments are false.”
Gowdy promised that he planned to reveal the motive for the targeting of conservative groups whatever Wednesday she decides to come.
“She’s coming back not out of a sense of civic duty. We have the evidence,” he said. “And it’s either save yourself or go down in flames. She needs to save herself.”
The president made a statement on Russia’s ”uncontested arrival” into the Crimea, Friday, that was assailed by critics for being shockingly weak – “flaccid” even - according to Charles Krauthammer.
Krauthammer spoke with Fox News’ Bret Baier on a panel with Washington Post columnist Charles Lane and National Review’s Jonah Goldberg. He expressed dismay at President Obama’s tepid condemnation of Russia’s incursion into southern Ukraine.
“The Ukrainians — and I think everybody — are shocked by the weakness of Obama’s statements,” Krauthammer began. “I find it rather staggering . . . What he’s saying is we’re not going to really do anything, and we’re telling the world.”
Jonah Goldberg said that Obama’s reluctance to take a hard line against Putin’s actions in Ukraine unsurprising. “When you listen to Barack Obama talk about this stuff, you get the sense that he as no — I’m sure he knows these things, but you get no sense that he very much cares . . . all of his foreign policy has been through the prism of domestic politics.”
Krauthammer agreed, claiming the international community is now unlikely to strongly condemn Russian aggression. “The world always waits for the signal,” he explained. “You could not have issued a more flaccid statement than what Obama did. Why did he issue it at all? He should’ve just stayed at the White House and gone off and had his happy hour with the Democrats.”
A writer from Time tweeted out this compare/contrast photo of Obama and Putin, which he thought captured the moment:
not a character judgment, but this does kind of capture the moment pic.twitter.com/aTTUVRLYqu
— Michael Crowley (@CrowleyTIME) March 1, 2014
It’s panic time at the White House. Even the mainstream media is noticing that Obama looks weak, and not in control.
On Saturday, Obama made a call to Putin, to express his “deep concern” and he made sure the White House photographer was there to record the occasion.
The White House called Russia’s recent aggression a “clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity” and a breach of international law.
The White House said the U.S. is suspending preparations for the upcoming Group of Eight summit in June in Sochi, Russia, in response to Russia’s actions.
“President Obama made clear that Russia’s continued violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would negatively impact Russia’s standing in the international community,” the White House said.
Mr. Obama spoke with the Russian leader for 90 minutes. The White House said the U.S. condemns Russia’s military intervention into Ukrainian territory.
Putin declared he had the right to intervene and quickly secured a unanimous yes vote from his parliament. (For some excellent analysis on the situation see Spengler at PJ Media: Ukraine is Hopeless, but Not Serious)
The White House released a staged propaganda photo of the president on his phone call with Vladimir Putin. Some Journalists expressed their puzzlement on Twitter. Why release it?
Don’t really get why the White House released this pic of Obama talking to Putin. Superficial PR? What gain? pic.twitter.com/P7HfPhGiF1
— Paul Lewis (@PaulLewis) March 1, 2014
— Jim Richardson (@jimrhiz) March 2, 2014
The Obama White House releases photos like this one to make Obama look like a strong leader – and possibly to a send a message other leaders.
Who can forget bat-wielding Obama from August 2012:
Barack Obama’s publicity team were thrown a curve ball this week when a photo of the president holding a baseball bat intended to promote friendship with an important ally did just the opposite.
Speaking with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Monday about the escalating crisis in Syria, Obama was photographed holding a baseball bat signed by legendary player Hank Aaron.
In the shot, the president looks relaxed and contemplative. But some Turkish leaders didn’t seem to think so.
“The photo reveals from whom our Prime Minister receives orders to rule the country,” Metin Lutfi Baydar, an opposition politician for Turkey’s Republican People’s Party (CHP) party, said in a statement.
In Obama’s latest “publicity photo” he’s traded in his ”mom jeans” for a pair of manly levis with a denim shirt to go with them. Why was he wearing jeans in the Oval Office?
Is he trying to look like a “cowboy?”
Remember how much the left mocked and decried the vulgar and undiplomatic “cowboy diplomacy” of simpletons like GW Bush:
And Ronald Reagan:
What message is Obama trying to send in his tough guy jeans?
Here’s the message his Sec. of State is sending:
@jimgeraghty HAHAHA No, what did Kerry *really* say?
— Moe Lane (@moelane) March 2, 2014
Actually, THIS is what a Regime looks like when it’s acting out of weakness:
Putin invades the Crimea; Obama Administration seizes an opportunity to….bash George W Bush. These people are awful. https://t.co/3YyFmJGJI2
— Ken Gardner (@kesgardner) March 2, 2014
When George W. Bush first met Vladimir Putin in 2001, Bush said that he “got sense of [Putin's] soul.”
As one “senior administration official” is quoted as demonstrating, no situation is ever too dire to avoid taking a swipe at George W. Bush:
Asked if Putin is listening, sr admin official: “We in this administration have not made it a practice to look into Vladimir Putin’s soul.”
— Jim Acosta (@JimAcostaCNN) March 2, 2014
@AsheWhi seriously, that was pathetic, they don’t know what to do about Putin so bash Bush
— Christine (@cmdeb) March 2, 2014
They know Putin respected Bush.
We are in the best of hands…
photoshop via Chicks on the Right
This just in via The People’s Cube: Russia capitulates, annexes itself to Greater Ukraine:
Putin has announced that the whole of Russia will capitulate and annex itself to the entirety of Ukraine.
In a sullen press conference, Putin indicated that the transitional agreement calls for relocating the Ukrainian capital to Moscow, adding that he has stepped down as president of Russia and has been appointed president of greater Ukraine effective immediately.
MSNBC editorial staff agree that this indeed a glorious day for Greater Ukraine and Obama’s brilliant foreign policy, which has once again defeated the great bear of the east.
Daaaang…the “Cowboy diplomacy” worked, after all.
What does the average kid do when he finds a twenty dollar bill on the ground? Most would go blow it on toys and candy. To an 8 year old that’s like a million bucks.
8 year-old Myles Eckert found the twenty in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant, and at first, he had thoughts of buying a new video game. Then he spotted Lt. Col. Frank Dailey in uniform, also eating at the restaurant.
At that moment, everything changed.
“Because he was a soldier, and soldiers remind me of my dad,” Myles explains.
Myles’ father was killed in Iraq when he was 5 weeks old. He remembers his dad through family pictures.
Myles wrote a note for Daily and wrapped the $20 bill inside.
“Dear Soldier — my dad was a soldier. He’s in heaven now. I found this 20 dollars in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It’s your lucky day! Thank you for your service. Myles Eckert, a gold star kid.”
After lunch that day, Myles asked his mom to make one more stop. He wanted to go see his dad. And he insisted he went alone.
Have a box of Kleenex nearby….