Judicial Watch President Sees Operation Fast And Furious As Anti-Gun political Ploy From Obama Administration

The Daily Caller is reporting tonight that  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa expects his investigations into the Justice Department’s gun walking programs to point to a much higher political appointee than ATF director Kenneth Melson, who is expected to resign in the next couple of days over the growing scandal.  Issa is currently calling the debacle a case of “bad judgment”:

Even if Melson resigns, Issa spokesman Frederick Hill said the Committee expects to find much more and continue with investigations.

“The investigations are far from over,” Hill told TheDC. “It’s quite certain that Kenneth Melson was not the principal architect of this plan nor was he the only high-ranking official who knew about and authorized this operation.”

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This latest development comes after Issa told Fox News on Tuesday morning that he thinks Melson should resign.

“He was part of the bad judgment. And when I say bad judgment, it wasn’t just him,” Issa said on Fox News. “They had to go to Justice to get money, to get FBI agents, all of the other people that helped coordinate this, and to get the wiretaps they used. This was a program so stupid from the start.”

It’s not Issa’s job to look into motives, but many voices on the right are now openly contending that the gun running operations went beyond just “stupid”. Judicial Watch President, Tom Fitten is one such person:

“It would be significant for a senior official to resign over a Congressional investigation,” Fitton said, adding that he’s almost certain Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious were anti-gun agenda political ploys from the Obama administration.

“I think another major part of this story is that the narrative of the Obama administration and the ATF is that, ‘wouldn’t it be great if we could tie guns, as part of our anti-gun agenda, to the Mexican civil war, as opposed to, you know, our lack of enforcement of the drug laws or failure to protect the borders,’” he said.

UPDATE:

Washington Post administration shills go on the attack against Issa.

 

Previously:

Whispers of A Dark Ulterior Motive In Operation Fast and Furious Getting Louder

Video: Issa’s Opening Statement at Today’s Operation Fast and Furious Hearing + More

Video: Eric Holder Faces Contempt Charges For Obstructing Justice In Operation Fast and Furious Probe

Issa Promises a “Slew of Subpeonas” on Operation Fast and Furious

Holder On The Hot-Seat For Project Gunrunner

Video: Issa Subpoenas ATF to Break Through Its Stonewalling on Project Gunrunner

“Operation Fast and Furious” Needs To Be A Bigger Story

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Van Jones’ Attorney Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Fox News

Aw, Van Jones must need attention. Or…. perhaps he senses that the progressive ship  Captain Carter 2.0 is commandeering is sinking, and he needs to divert the attention of the drones to something- anything else but the depressing economic death spiral Obamanomics has caused.  He challenged Glenn Beck to a debate at Nutroots Nation, and now, his attorney has sent a cease and desist letter to Beck, accusing the talk show host, who likes to back up his claims with video, of making “sensational and inflammatory charges”.

Jones, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress who resigned from his job as White House “green jobs” czar following the conservative host’s repeated claims that he was a subversive and a Communist, is considering legal action against Beck-employer Fox News.

Jones’ attorney sent a cease and desist Monday to Dianne Brandi, the network’s executive vice president for legal & business affairs, claiming that “a series of sensational and inflammatory charges” have been made against Jones on Fox News shows. The statements, his attorney Joseph Sandler argues, are “demonstrably, unequivocally and absolutely false.”

The attorney whines that Jones, once an avowed Communist stopped being openly Communist years ago, The Blaze reports:

“Mr. Jones is not a member of any Communist Party or Marxist organization whatsoever, and has not expressed any support for any form of Communist or Marxist ideology for many years,” Sandler wrote. He added that such statements are “demonstrably and unequivocally false” and were made to “injure Mr. Jones in his professional and community standing.”

Jones might have trouble convincing a  judge to see the “demonstrably, unequivocally and absolutely false” part.

As I mentioned, Beck never asserted anything about Van Jones that couldn’t be backed up by audio or video as “sensational and inflammatory” as it is.

Here’s a video montage of Van Jones’ greatest hits, put together by youtube user,

In 2001, right after 9/11, Van Jones joined far-left, anti-American moonbats to protest against his country while bodies were still being recovered from the rubble:

I’m sure that those of you who can remember all the way back to 9/11/2001, were appalled that there were left-wing creatures, so shockingly vile, and openly seditious, that they would actually protest against America right after the worst attack on our soil in history. I will never forget the visceral disgust I felt for these degenerates when I heard about it. Who could ever have imagined that such a creature would, in less than the span of ten years, be working inside the White House, and have the ear of the President?

Van Jones at 4:38 Mark: “It’s the bombs that the government has been dropping around the world that are now blowing up inside the U.S. borders… We’ve got something stronger than bombs, we have solidarity. That dream of revolutionary change is stronger than bombs.”

To call Van Jones a bad actor is an insult to bad actors.

Behind The Scenes At RightOnline 2011

I had a great time at last weekend’s RightOnline conference in Minneapolis Minnesota, purposely held on the same weekend as the Daily Kos  nutroots conference. As with all conservative conferences I go to, it was a fun-filled, action-packed weekend that left little time for actual blogging.

Since I forgot to bring a good camera, I didn’t take too many pix because all I had was my iphone.  Obviously, my pictures are not going to be as impressive as John Hawkins’  in his picture dump.

I arrived at my hotel, about seven blocks away from the Hilton where RightOnline was being held at around 9:00, Thursday night. First thing I saw was a Tweet from blog buddy and CPAC pal, Cheryl Prater of AppleCross Media about being at Hell’s Kitchen with Breitbart and Tony Katz and others, so I thought woo-hoo, I’m going! Then I found out that she was only retweeting someone else’s tweet. She wasn’t at Hell’s Kitchen at all. She was back in Atlanta punking me!  I didn’t go, it was getting late. But I was up bright and early enough to get a spot in the smallish bloggers lounge, Friday morning.

Looking back, I don’t think I made the most of my time, Friday morning….I didn’t go to any of the breakout sessions,  did little if any blogging, and spent most of my time chatting with John Sexton from Verum Serum. Where did the time go? We did go to Andrew Breitbart’s book signing where we were first in line to have him sign our copies of Righteous Indignation. Only I didn’t have my copy of Righteous Indignation with me, so I had him sign the little card we all got when we were waiting in line. I think we were supposed to write what we wanted him to say on the cards, but John and I thought that was kinda dorky, and didn’t do it.

Just for sh*ts and giggles, Breitbart later moseyed over to the Nutroots conference to parlay with some Kos Kiddies. By all accounts, it did not go smoothly.

For lunch, a bunch of us went to Hell’s Kitchen and had some surprisingly good chow. Tabitha Hale showed us her nifty iphone business card scanner. iwant one!

Ann McIlhenny of “Not Evil Just Wrong”, gave a wonderfully impassioned speech in the afternoon, but unfortunately I can’t find a video of it anywhere online.

A brief synopsis is provided by The Intellectual Conservative:

She began her speech, “I am a recovering European.” She pointed out the immense hypocrisies of the left, such as accusing conservatives of invading people’s privacy in the bedroom, while they invade our privacy in every room in our house, from our bathrooms to our lightbulbs. She had some choice words for feminists, including, “The pill didn’t liberate women, the washing machine liberated women.” She went off on how women are worse off in Africa because a few feminists at Harvard would rather make sure they have the pill instead of washing machines.

Also memorable and inspiring was Melissa Clouthier ( @melissatweets ) who took us through her humble online beginnings to her current success as a prolific and effective media maven. You can watch her speech at The Right Scoop.

I went to the Global Warming Extreme Power Abuse panel with Ann McElhinney and Chris Horner in the afternoon.

Extreme Power Abuse from AFPhq on Vimeo.

At some point, Friday afternoon, I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle Malkin for the first time. She is even more petite in person than you could ever imagine, and was just as sweet as she could be.

There was a  reception after Friday’s sessions on the third floor foyer.  The one free drink coupons they gave us ensured near 100% blogger attendance.



Warner Todd Huston, Publius Forum, John Sexton, Verum Serum, Michael Bates, Batesline.

SE Cupp and Jenny Erickson.

Tabatha Hale on left.

John Hawkins on left, Molly Teichman, Political Mommentator on right.

At the banquet with Political Mommentator, Molly Teichman.

After the premiere of The Undefeated, we headed for a place called Brits. It was well past midnight when John Sexton of Verum Serum  and ExUrban Jon, now of The GoldWater Institute decided to play some pool:


Saturday’s events began with a general session of speeches held in the main ballroom. Michelle Malkin, John Fund, Ed Morissey, Michele Bachmann, Erick Erickson, SE Cupp, Guy Benson and others all gave great speeches, many of which you can view on the RightOnline website.

A few of us went out for a quick bite, and were back to to the conference in time for the book signings. I was supposed to take a picture of John from Verum Serum with Michelle Malkin, but his camera would. not. cooperate. for me! How complicated is just pushing a button, for crying out loud? Yet I couldn’t get it to work. How awkward! John was able to get a pic of me with Michelle, (pic soon to come).

I then caught the tail end of Stephen Kruiser and Tony Katz’s  panel on using humor effectively online, which was….of course, very enjoyable.

After Tim Pawlenty’s  speech, (which you can view, here) I went to the Detecting and Countering Left-wing Media Bias session with Dan Gainor of MRC  which was very instructive, but I feel like I could almost have led the discussion myself.

The final speeches in the main ballroom were given  by VA ATT General Ken Cuccinelli, Congressman Thaddeus McCotter, and Herman Cain, which can all be viewed at the RightOnline website. Herman Cain gave a press conference after his speech to clear up some misconceptions about his policy positions, which I videotaped with my cell phone camera. He briefly raised his voice at a TPM reporter who pressed him on a question he thought he had already answered, but immediately apologized.

And that concluded the conference.

I stayed clear of the Netroots Nation folks who were staying at the same hotel, but you could usually spot them by their sour expressions, backpacks, and rumpled appearances.

John Hawkins wanted to get a pic of me at RightOnline, and paired me up with PJTV’s Tony Katz (no, he was not interviewing me):

The rest of the night is a blur. Let’s see…dinner in the lounge, (I noticed Stephen Kruiser barely touched his wild rice soup, what a pickybutt!) then there was the frustratingly slow hotel lounge internet connection which made uploading my Herman Cain video damn near impossible.. Gateway Pundit ended up getting a video up Saturday night. I had to wait until the next morning.

Everyone met at a large bar down the street, and we called it a night relatively early. (1:00 am-ish). Somehow, I managed to not get a pic of the notoriously shy and introverted RS McCain, but he has one of me with Herman Cain, here.

A list of other blog posts about RightOnline, here.

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Kevin Jennings’ Exit Taunt To Conservative Critics: “You completely failed.”

You remember Kevin Jennings, I hope? He’s finally leaving his position as the Obama administration’s absurdly named “Safe School Czar”, a post that was invented to help him push a gay agenda into the schools. You can watch him discussing how to push gay themes into the school curricula at a conference, here.

Media Matters always had Jennings’ back,  defending  even the most deplorable elements of the controversy,  and characterizing detractors as anti-gay bigots because they strongly objected to say, the XXX pornographic GLSEN recommended reading list.

For two long years, parents all over the country prayed that public pressure would force the administration to give “The Safe School Czar” his walking papers.

Media Matters shilled for Jennings one last time on Monday last Friday:

Kevin Jennings has a message for the people who tried to destroy him: “I’d like you to know that you completely failed.”

Nobody was out to “destroy” Kevin Jennings. Whistleblowers were trying to shine the light of truth on his agenda, (“Queering”education), and hopefully have his position eliminated.


I’d reached Jennings last week as he was cleaning out his office on his final day as the head of the Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools — a position from which anti-gay activists and conservative media outlets had tried unsuccessfully to oust him.

Now that Jennings is leaving on his own terms — next month he’ll become president and CEO of the national nonprofit group Be the Change — he wants to make sure his detractors understand that they didn’t keep him from carrying out his job.

“Despite all of your lies, despite all of your attacks, we managed to galvanize a national campaign against bullying that culminated with the president himself convening a summit on it in the East Room of the White House, which he personally keynoted,” he says. “So despite your best efforts to derail what I was brought here to do, we were able to bring an unprecedented level of attention and energy to fighting bullying in a way never before done in this country.

“So, in the end, anybody looking back over the last two years would have to conclude that it is a complete and total victory for us and a complete and total defeat for our opponents, because they tried to derail — and they used defamation to try and derail the work I was brought here to do, and they completely failed to do so. They completely and totally failed. And I want them to know that.”

Jennings isn’t exaggerating when he refers to “defamation.”

Throughout the fall of 2009, Jennings — who had spent the previous 19 years running the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) — was the target of what he calls a “completely stunning” campaign of character assassination. Years-old lies, many of which had been recycled from an obscure Massachusetts hate group, were suddenly blasted out to the country by Fox News, The Washington Times, Andrew Breitbart’s blog empire, and the rest of the conservative media.

Don’t forget Gateway Pundit.

Jennings was falsely accused of “encouraging” and “covering up” statutory rape. He was falsely accused of being a “pedophile.” He was falsely accused of having “personally pushed books that encouraged children to meet adults at gay bars for sex.” Karl Rove falsely claimed Jennings had engaged in “high-profile, in-your-face advocacy of things like NAMBLA.”

On the statutory rape story, Media Matters defended Jennings by claiming that the boy in question had reached the age of consent in MA, which is 16. Jennings had counseled a boy who had had anonymous  sex with an older man.

Yet Jennings himself had once said in a speech that Brewster was 15:

I went and found Brewster one morning when she had called and he was asleep in his dorm room. And I said, “Brewster, what are you doing in there asleep?” And he said, “Well, I’m tired.” And I said, “Well we all are tired and we all got to school today.” And he said, “Well I was out late last night.” And I said, “What were you doing out late on a school night.” And he said, “Well, I was in Boston…” Boston was about 45 minutes from Concord. So I said, “What were you doing in Boston on a school night Brewster?” He got very quiet, and he finally looked at me and said, “Well I met someone in the bus station bathroom and I went home with him.” High school sophomore, 15 years old. That was the only way he knew how to meet gay people. I was a closeted gay teacher, 24 years old, didn’t know what to say. Knew I should say something quickly so I finally said, My best friend had just died of AIDS the week before. I looked at Brewster and said, “You know, I hope you knew to use a condom.”

That link leads to an audio file by the way. You don’t have to take my word for it. You can listen for yourselves.

What more – even if Brewster was 16,  there was a requirement that mandated reporters (teachers in public and private schools are mandated reporters) notify the Department of Social Service if they have:

 reasonable cause to believe…that a child under the age of eighteen years is suffering physical or emotional injury resulting from abuse inflicted upon him which causes harm or substantial risk of harm to the child’s health or welfare including sexual abuse…

What still more – Kevin Jennings himself,  admitted in a statement that he should have handled that whole thing differently:

Twenty one years later I can see how I should have handled this situation differently.  I should have asked for more information and consulted legal or medical authorities. Teachers back then had little training or guidance about this kind of thing. All teachers should have a basic level of preparedness. I would like to see the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools play a bigger role in helping to prepare teachers.

As Warren Throckmorton observed in 2009:

While Media Matters has focused on the exact age of the boy, the group has not addressed the discrepancies in past accounts. They accuse FOX of wildly inaccurate reporting but fail to note that the reporting was based on Jennings own statements.

So Media Matters is full of shite on that one, as always. They are the ones lying and defaming, as usual.

For the false accusation that Jennings was himself a pedophile, Media Matters links to an AIM post about Jennings, written by an intern that had been long corrected. Conservative media actually issues corrections when they get things wrong – Media Matters could learn from the example, but I won’t hold my breath.

For the false accusation that Jennings supported NAMBLA, they point to a Sean Hannity show in which he  asked, “Does Kevin Jennings support the group NAMBLA?”

Karl Rove falsely claimed that Jennings, a Department of Education official, had engaged in “high-profile, in-your-face advocacy of things like NAMBLA and gay rights and queering elementary school curricula.”

Even though Rove said “things like Nambla” I will concede that he somewhat misspoke  on that score. Praising a man who was an outspoken NAMBLA supporter deeply involved with the organization isn’t the same thing as praising NAMBLA, but it’s still pretty bad. Note that the topic of the conversation was questioning whether Jennings supported  NAMBLA.

Media Matters dared to mention the porno books Keven Jennings personally recommended to school aged kids because Jim Hoft managed to get one case in point wrong.

MassResistance blog post Hoft quotes misleadingly distorted passage. The December 28 MassResistance blog post Hoft cites claims:

NARTH reported on One Teenager in Ten:

Some of the Alyson publications, including One Teenager in Ten …encourage teens to, among other things, go to gay bars and have sex with adults to see if they like it.” Further, One Teenager in Tencontains a lesbian teen’s explicit account of her affair with a teacher.”

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One Teenager in 10 does not “Encourage Children to Meet Adults at Gay Bars For Sex”

Media Matters has reviewed One Teenager in 10 and compiled below all references in the book to gay bars. The book at no point encourages teens to “go to gay bars and have sex with adults”; in fact, several of the youth testimonials included in the book refer to gay bars negatively, with contributors stating their “hope that an alternative to the bars is developed,” criticism of older bar patrons as “only interested in sex,” and references to the bars as “boring” and “distasteful.”

Media Matters offers photographed excerpts of what they say are all the examples of bars mentioned in the book, and none of them do overtly encourage teens to go to bars to have sex with adults, but a few do talk about using fake I.D. to sneak into the bars.

So I began to go to bars, porno houses for gays, etc. Many times I really had to speed home to make my midnight curfew.

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Chuck brought me up to a gay bar in Ogunquit Maine, where I had a blast. Even if you’re underage you can still get into bars. All it takes is brains and plans. Plan A: Know the person at the door. Plan B: Get there early enough that no one is at the door. I’ve now been to five different bars and I’ve gotten in every time.

Media Matters  doesn’t bother to address the excerpt they posted by a seventeen year old named Mike Friedman who casually talks about underage sex with an adult:

Last summer I finally came to grips that I was gay. I had been having sex with a man since I was 14 but thought it was just a phase I was going through.

Friedman goes on to mention that he started going to gay bars frequently, then reduced it to just a couple of times a month. This is  seventeen year old kid we’re talking about. These teenagers have been led terribly astray to be behaving like this at such young ages. Maybe it’s just me, but this  doesn’t seem like the type of material a responsible adult would recommend.

Media Matters doesn’t  bother to address NARTH’s issue with the  the lesbian having an affair with her teacher story, although they helpfully linked to a post (thanks!) that reported One Teenager in Ten was removed from the shelves at a Seattle school district when excerpts of the book were read on the air by a radio talk show host:

Seattle Schools Substitute Two Teenagers in Twenty for Steamier One Teenager in Ten

A Seattle area woman’s concerns have led to the mid-February removal of One Teenager in Ten from the shelves of three Seattle School District high school libraries, and its replacement with its 1994 update, Two Teenagers in Twenty. But the decision isn’t sitting well with the complainant, who maintains that both books, which contain collections of coming-out essays written by teenagers, promote pedophilia.

A review committee and newly installed School Superintendent Joseph Olchefske agreed on the substitution because Two Teenagers omits an essay from One Teenager that contains a lesbian teen’s explicit account of her affair with a teacher. But Linda Jordan, who filed her objection in December, told the Seattle Times February 10 that the decision was inadequate because “if the school district objects to pedophilia, they would not have approved the second edition.”

Olchefske ordered One Teenager pulled temporarily February 3 after a KIRO radio host read excerpts on the air.

Note that One Teenager In Ten, the book  Jennings had recommended – (Media Matters doesn’t question that) – had to be  pulled from the shelves because it was shockingly offensive to even liberal Seattle’s sensibilities.

But I guess you can argue that the book doesn’t explicitly encourage gay youths to go to bars to have sex with adults, so it’s all good.

Meanwhile, what about all of the other deplorable books Jennings recommended on the GLSEN recommended reading list?

Mass Resistance, the group  Media Matters called a “hate group” based on the far left Southern Poverty Law Center’s say-so,  did  much of the work exposing the radical gay agenda of Kevin Jennings:

Here’s proof that Kevin Jennings was certainly aware that his organization, GLSEN, recommended porny books for teens.  He had recommended them himself  in his 1994 high school reader Becoming Visible (published by porn publisher Alyson Books). On p. 278 in his Questions/Activities section for Chapter 17, he wrote:

15. Other resources for reading are Bennett Singer’s Growing Up Gay, Ann Heron’s One Teenager in Ten: Writings by Gay and Lesbian Youth, Aaron Frick’s Reflections of a Rock Lobster: A Story of Growing Up Gay, and Paul Monette’s Becoming a Man. Films include Robert King’s The Disco Years and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, based on Jeanette Winterson’s autobiographical novel.
These questionable books (haven’t looked at the films yet…) have been described by Linda Harvey in 2002 (also here), NARTH (late 1990s), and more recently at Gateway Pundit/BigGovernment.com (Dec. 2009).

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On the books Jennings personally recommended in 1994:Content warning:

Linda Harvey quoted from Growing Up Gay in her 2002 report:
“I released his arms. They glided around my neck, pulling my head down to his. I stretched full length on top of him, our heads touching. Our heavy breathing from the struggle gradually subsided. I felt —” and then follows a graphic description of a homosexual encounter between two ten- year- old boys who are playmates, in a childhood recollection of Malcolm Boyd, an Episcopal priest, in Growing Up Gay, … p.100.
Another excerpt from Harvey:
In the book “Growing Up Gay … is an episode that might have been written by a pedophile. A boy raised by two gay men describes his first experience of anal intercourse with a man he guessed to be around 30 years old. The youth himself was 15 at the time (p.111). The boy claims he initiated it. He had already had previous homosexual experiences beginning at age eleven (p.110). And here: “‘My first experience was with a much older man, a friend of Derek’s [his dad] … When I was fifteen, he must have been twenty-nine, thirty … l seduced him … It was a wild night. We did everything.”‘ (Young man, Eliot, telling about earlier experiences in a story excerpted in Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian)
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Gateway Pundit also posted passages from Growing Up Gay, here.
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Gateway Pundit/BigGovernment.com, posted excerpts from Reflections of a Rock Lobster, including:

My sexual exploits with my neighborhood playmates continued. I lived a busy homosexual childhood, somehow managing to avoid venereal disease through all my toddler years. By first grade I was sexually active with many friends. In fact, a small group of us regularly met in the grammar school lavatory to perform fellatio on one another. A typical week’s schedule would be Aaron and Michael on Monday during lunch; Michael and Johnny on Tuesday after school; Fred and Timmy at noon Wednesday; Aaron and Timmy after school on Thursday.

You forced my hand, Media Matters.

By the way, I notice they neglected to mention the “fisting” controversy.

To recap:

During the 2000 conference, workshop leaders led a “youth only, ages 14-21″ session that offered lessons in “fisting” a dangerous sexual practice. During the same workshop an activist asked 14 year-old students, “Spit or swallow?… Is it rude?” The unbelievable audio clip is posted here.

Barack Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” was the keynote speaker at the GLSEN/Boston Conference at Tufts University in 2000. High school students at the conference learned about fisting and watersports from the GLSEN activists. Jennings is seen here holding the conference program. (Via Mass Resistance)

Unfortunately for GLSEN, undercover journalists with Mass Resistance recorded these outrageous sessions at Tufts University. The audio was later leaked to a local radio station. This created such an uproar that GLSEN leaders were forced to apologize for their disgusting behavior.

Despite the controversy, Barack Obama’s Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings and his GLSEN organization did nothing to clean up their act. In fact in 2001 activists handed out “fisting kits” to the children and teachers who attended the GLSEN conference.

But that’s not all. The children who attended Kevin Jennings’ GLSEN 2005 Conference also left with their own “Little Black Book – Queer in the 21st Century”.

Yes, this is a “years old story”, but. so. what? It is an still an outrage. And it’s all true. You can hear the undercover audio for yourself. You can also view the totally inappropriate and disgusting booklet for yourself.

Good riddance, “Safe School Czar”, Keven Jennings – don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

As for Media Matters and their lame attempts at misdirection, I have a message:  “I’d like you to know that you completely failed.”