I don’t get ‘planking’, and I don’t get this….but I have to admit it’s slightly humorous, or as my 13 year old says, “freaking hilarious”:
Hat tip: My 13 year old.
Townhall’s Katie Pavlich reports:
Today, Grassley and Issa asked Attorney General Eric Holder why documentation requested by the Oversight Committee has not been provided, specifically a “smoking gun” report ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson mentioned during closed testimony over two weeks ago.
“It was very frustrating to all of us, and it appears thoroughly to us that the Department is really trying to figure out a way to push the information away from their political appointees at the Department,” ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson said of his frustration with the Justice Department’s response to the investigation in a transcribed interview.
“The Department should not be withholding what Mr. Melson described as the ‘smoking gun’ report of investigation or Mr. Melson’s emails regarding the wiretap applications,” wrote Issa and Grassley. “Mr. Melson said he reviewed the affidavits in support of the wiretap applications for the first time after the controversy became public and immediately contacted the Deputy Attorney General’s office to raise concerns about information in them that was inconsistent with the Department’s public denials. The Department should also address the serious questions raised by Mr. Melson’s testimony regarding potential informants for other agencies.”
William La Jeunesse reports for Fox News’ Special Report that although Senator Charles Grassley and Representative Darrell Issa are not yet ready to call Fast and Furious a “cover-up”, but it appears DOJ is withholding vital information about the lethal operation to protect political appointees.
Fox News reports that ATF Director Melson told congressional investigators that the smoking gun report was an internal review by the ATF that concluded the walked guns could have been and should have been interdicted, but were not. “The Deputy Atty General’s office wasn’t very happy with us because they thought this was an admission that mistakes were made. Well, there were mistakes made.”
Congressional investigators say they have less than 1% of the documents that they want from the DOJ, and the investigation is issuing a shot across the bow that it is one step closer to contempt hearings, and ultimately a Special Prosecutor”..
Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) can’t think of a single rational explanation for what happened in the gunwalker scandal other than a “political ploy” to support an anti-firearm agenda. It’s either that or “utter and complete stupidity.”
More Gunwalker News:
Sipsey Street Irregulars: The Dog That Hasn’t Barked — Yet. The Texas Connection to the Gunwalker Scandal.
Bob Owens PJ Media: Gunwalker: ATF Targets Were Actually FBI Informants
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No Mitt Romney, I see. Staying above the fray, I guess.
Hat tip: @grivno on Twitter.
House Republicans are putting Cut Cap and Balance up for a vote, tomorrow, but the plan may already be dead in the water, Michelle Malkin reports:
The president is threatening to veto House GOP conservatives’ proposal to cut spending now, cap future spending, and balance the budget.
So, to be clear, to use that over-worn Obama phrase, the White House is against Cut, Cap and Balance.
Spread the word.
Call their bluff.
WashTimes’ Emily Miller: “Obama just issued a veto threat for a bill that would give him a $2.4 trillion debt ceiling increase. So, who’s risking default now?”
The White House is also threatening to veto H.R. 2434, the 2012 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act which proposes $65 million in cuts to the Executive office:
“Everybody’s going to have to give. Everybody’s going to have to have some skin in the game.” – President Obama, January 2009
In addition to threatening to veto the Cut, Cap and Balance bill (H.R. 2560), the White House is threatening to veto H.R. 2434, the 2012 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act. Among other things, the White House is arguing against a proposed $65 million budget cut to the Executive Office.
Why would that cut be bad? Because the Executive Office needs all the deficit spending it can get in order to, in part, pay people to find ways to reduce the deficit.
Keep reading at link…
While polls show that Americans overwhelmingly do. not. want. the debt ceiling raised without substantial cuts, Obama has yet to propose a plan in writing that specifies entitlement cuts he’d be willing to make. Charles Krauthammer made this point (again), while mercilessly bashing the beltway media on PBS’s Inside Washington show, Sunday:
Meanwhile, Obama is meeting secretly with Republicans, Good Cop Boehner, and Bad Cop Cantor. Keith Koffler wonders what the secrecy is all about:
In all my time covering Washington, I’ve never heard of a secret meeting between the president and the Speaker. The openness White House has now held three of them, with more perhaps coming.
BTW, the last two were solely with Boehner. It’s clear that the House GOP caucus has insisted that Cantor come along to babysit the Speaker in case he starts to get weepy and raises taxes.
Carney today also gave a pretty explicit endorsement to the Raise the Debt Ceiling and Get Out of Town Plan by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
All the wrong sorts of people are endorsing the McConnell Plan, which is pretty good indication that it’s a loser.
Republican candidate for Prez, Thaddeus McCotter (MI) weighs in on the budget talks at Fox News: In the Debt Ceiling Mess Americans Have More Courage Than Obama and Democrats Think They Do
Amidst this debt ceiling debate, this president and his Democratic minions’ arguments have descended from “straw men” to “bogeymen” in their attempts to scare Americans.
Our seniors were told their hard-earned Social Security checks would be stopped. Our brave veterans were told the services our grateful nation provides them (never mind that there is much more we could do) could be stopped.
Our entire citizenry was told America could face an economic Armageddon.
But we Americans are more courageous than the president and Democrats credit us. Thus, we must tell President Obama and his minions to stop; join with Republicans to seize this moment to cut, cap and balance the federal budget; and start restructuring Washington Big Government into Main Street self-government.
That this President and his fear mongers would willfully inflict doubt and fear in his citizenry is deplorable, but par for the course. They will do all they can to distract from the fact that they have not once provided a single concrete plan or for serious debt reduction; and that their failed, fiscally irresponsible, economy killing policies have teed up this debt mess and holed out our economy.
Despite newfound concern with the debt overhang stifling economic growth, President Obama’s record falls far short of his rhetoric. Let’s review the decisions made by President Obama and Congressional Democrats over the past couple of years, and the disappointing results of their policy choices:
Keep reading the nightmarish trip through recent memory lane at the link.
Rep Allen West states the obvious, The Right Scoop has the audio: Obama is an intransigent liberal progressive socialist who is also Marxist
When I was at RightOnline, last month, I heard that Mr. O’Keefe was in the process of conducting another sting operation. This video is the first installment of Project Veritas’ latest investigation, this time targeting Medicaid fraud.
What you are about to see are government employees in Ohio assisting two outrageously crooked, and unqualified Russians with applications for Medicaid.
In the video, the men explain to Ohio Medicaid workers that they are Russian immigrants who sell illegal drugs, drive a modified McLaren F1 sports car with a gold-coated engine, and use their underage sisters to perform sexual favors in exchange for drugs.
In response, Ohio employees tasked with disbursing federal Medicaid dollars are shown coaching the men through the process of applying for benefits. “If it’s not something registered here, maybe I just wouldn’t mention it,” a Franklin County Medicaid officer named Traci Daniels tells the men, when asked whether they should mention owning a vehicle that retails for nearly $1 million, as they apply for government aid designed to help poor people. “Not that I can say that. You didn’t hear that from me. But, that would right there, that would throw him off. He would be immediately not qualified.”
A complaint filed July 7, 2010 indicates ACORN employee Juan Carlos Vera (seen here in the ACORN San Diego investigation) is suing James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles in federal court for at least $75,000. Vera alleges Giles and O’Keefe violated the Invasion of Privacy Act when they videotaped him giving advice regarding underage prostitution to the fake pimp and prostitute in 2009.
The thing is, this isn’t an isolated thing. I’m sure that 90% of employees in the various bureaucracies do this, because it’s the path of least resistance, not even for ideological reasons. It’s just easiest to help people scam the system than to turn them away.
And that’s not really a problem of any particular employee, but of the system which encourages this, and which tells them to just get the government checks out there by hook or by crook because who cares, it’s free money anyway.
Over and over again this is what happens in bureaucracies. There are the paper “rules” that exist in the employee handbook and are entirely hypothetical and notional, and then there are the actual rules for conduct which everyone knows, the rules for keeping your job and not getting hassled and not making the decisions or exercising the judgment you are (supposedly) hired to make or exercise.
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The environmentalists are using their copper based electric cars, cell phones and computers to shut down copper mining in the United States. As we’ve mentioned before 97% of the copper we use is coming from China while the United States sits on what is arguably the largest ore deposit in the world – 80.6 billion pounds of copper and 107.4 million ounces of gold as well as other rare metals.
No wonder there’s been such a significant uptick in thief of copper wiring in the United States.
We are ALL paying for the hypocrisy of the Big Green movement. The environmentalists NEED the copper for the alternative energy tools that would facilitate the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and still they stand in the way of mining it. However, China doesn’t have any such compunctions and oddly that seems alright with environmentalists. That makes me wonder if it really is about the environment as much as it is about changing the pockets that the cash flows into.
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