9 Sheriffs To Call For Holder’s Resignation in AZ Press Conference, Fri

It’s about damn time, someone stepped up. Obama’s in full CYA mode.

Here’s what he told reporters today, when asked about the scandals enveloping his administration:

“Now, with respect to Solyndra and Fast and Furious, you know, I think — you know, I have been very clear. That I have complete confidence in the Attorney General Holder in how he handles his office. He has been very aggressive in going after gunrunning and cash transactions that are going to these transnational drug cartels in Mexico. There has been a lot of cooperation between the United States and Mexico on this front. He’s indicated he was not aware of what was happening in Fast and Furious. Certainly I was not. And I think both he and i would have been very unhappy if somebody had suggested that guns were allowed to pass through that could have been prevented by the United States of America,” President Obama said at a news conference on Thursday.

“He’s assigned an Inspector General to look into how exactly this happened and I have complete confidence in him and I have complete confidence in the process to figure out who in fact was responsible for that decision and how it got made,” Obama added.

Watch RCP video, here.

Via Gateway Pundit:

The Inspector General Holder hired to get to the bottom of it is widely understood to be in the tank for the administration. In other words that report will be a complete white wash. So would any report coming from a Special Counsel appointed by Holder or Obama..

ABC 15.com, out of Phoenix reports:

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and nine other elected sheriffs will hold a press conference to discuss ATF’s “Operation Fast and Furious.” 11am, Arizona Peace Officers Memorial, Wesley Bolin Plaza, Phoenix.


STV reports:

Kent Terry, the brother of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry who was viciously murdered with assault weapons supplied to the cartels by our own government said, “My family and I are very thankful for the Sheriff’s of Arizona and the fact they are helping us demand justice for my brothers murder.”

The following Arizona Sheriffs have joined in calling for a Special Counsel to immediately be appointed to fairly investigate Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice for “Operation Fast and Furious:

Pinal Sheriff Paul Babeu, Cochise Sheriff Larry Dever, Greenlee Sheriff Steve Tucker, Graham Sheriff PJ Alred, LaPaz Sheriff Don Lowrey, Mohave Sheriff Tom Sheahan, Coconino Sheriff Bill Pribil, Yavapai Sheriff Scott Mascher, Navajo Sheriff KC Clark and Apache Sheriff Joe Dedman.


Former Pentagon Spokeman Takes Charge as Herman Cain’s New Communications Director

pic via JD Gordon Communications

Birthday Boy, RS. McCain has the scoop:

Saturday, I was the first to report that former Pentagon spokesman J.D. Gordon was taking over as de facto press secretary in the wake of Ellen Carmichael’s resignation. Today, I had my first phone interview with Commander Gordon, USN (Retired) — a career Navy man, like my co-blogger Smitty — and was quite impressed.

Commander Gordon understands my “never burn a source” rule, so most of our conversation occurred somewhere in the range of “background,” “off-the-record,” and “don’t ever breathe a word of this to anyone.”

First things first: In reporting the story Saturday, I got some things wrong and must now clarify any misperceptions accidentally created.

Gordon joined the Cain campaign on Sept. 1 and his title is “Vice President, Communications; Senior Adviser, Foreign Policy & Security.” This reflects Gordon’s dual areas of expertise, as a career public affairs officer with extensive knowledge of national security. (You can read his biography here.)

Gordon was recruited to help inform Cain on foreign policy and military issues — which many of Cain’s critics saw as weak-points for him.

In other Hermain Cain news…Herman Cain: Wall Street Protesters ‘Should Go Figure Out What America Is All About’:

When asked about the thousands of people that have been protesting in lower Manhattan, Cain said, “They’re basically saying that somehow the government is supposed to take from those that have succeeded and give to those who want to protest. He added: “That’s not the way America was built.”

Cain said people should instead protest the White House and President Barack Obama because the president has not created jobs. Bankers and others on Wall Street have created jobs, he said.

“They’re protesting in the wrong place,” Cain said. “I’m not sure I know why they’re there. If they’re there because they are jealous of Wall Street and bankers and people who have succeeded, then they’re there for the wrong reasons. This country is based on people who achieve their dreams and work.”

He added that the protesters “should go figure out what America is all about.”

Compare that straight talking awesomeness with this putrid pablum via Gateway Pundit:Barack Obama: Americans Are Frustrated… With Banks:

President Obama said Thursday that the Occupy Wall Street protests show a “broad-based frustration” among Americans about how the U.S. financial system works.

Speaking at an East Room news conference, Obama said he has monitored the movement, which has spread to dozens of cities nationwide.

“I think it expresses the frustrations the American people feel, that we had the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, huge collateral damage all throughout the country … and yet you’re still seeing some of the same folks who acted irresponsibly trying to fight efforts to crack down on the abusive practices that got us into this in the first place,” he said.

This from a guy who, according to Business Insider is raking in the donations from Wall Street::

One-third of the Obama re-election campaign’s record-breaking second-quarter fundraising came from sources associated with the financial sector.

Mittens “brushed aside” any talk of the protests during a brief stop in Tallahassee on Wednesday.

“I’m just trying to occupy the White House,” Romney said.


It Begins…Democrats Introduce Bill to Seal Obama’s Presidential Records

Bryan Preston At PJ Tatler reports:

According to Judicial Watch, Rep. Edolphous Towns (D-NY) has introduced the Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2011. That bill would do with Obama’s presidential records what Obama has already done to his personal and collegiate records: Seal them up.

In an obvious effort to protect President Barack Obama, a group of congressional Democrats has introduced legislation to create an official process that will allow the commander-in-chief to keep presidential records secret after he leaves office.

Rep. Edolphous Towns

Ironically, Obama revoked a similar George W. Bush order in one of his first official acts as president. In 2001 Bush penned an executive order severely limiting public access to his presidential records. Shortly after swearing in, Obama killed it as part of his much-ballyhooed commitment to government transparency. At the time, the new president claimed that he was giving the American people greater access to “historic documents.”

Keep reading. Hypocrisy – Thy Name is Obama.

The bill is called the Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2011.

Judicial Watch reports:

The veteran Brooklyn congressman (Edolphus Towns) who recently introduced the law in the U.S. House has yet to explain why it’s necessary. What’s certain is that Obama has failed miserably to keep his promise of running the most transparent administration in history.

Dems must not be all that terribly confident about his prospects in the 2012 election if they’re already trying to help him cover his tracks.

Linked by Doug Ross in Larwyn’s Links, thanks!


Video: Michelle Malkin on “Fast and Felonious” – “We Need An #OccupyJustice Movement”

There were a number of excellent soundbites from Michelle Malkin’s appearance on Hannity, last night, where she talked about the latest in the  “Fast and Felonious” scandal.

She passionately argued that we need an “#OccupyJustice” movement led by grassroots folks who care about the rule of law” – a popular movement against this corrupt, stonewalling Justice Department.

Like me, she is  skeptical of a DOF/WH appointed Special Counsel – “allowing the foxes at Justice to guard the hen house.”

Malkin has the latest on Fast and Furious on  her blog, today – including Obama’s remarks at his presser, today:

Update 11:40am Eastern – Obama is asked a brief question about any concerns he might have about how his administration has handled Fast and Furious. Obama reiterated his “complete confidence” in Holder.

Yep. Complete confidence is the DOJ’s ability to whitewash its culpability away. No follow-up.


See Also:

Publius at Big Government: Holder Received at least 5 Memos on ‘Fast and Furious’

Holder is definitely going down.  The only question is – will he step down voluntarily, at Obama’s request, or will he have to be impeached.

Bob Owens, PJ Media: Gunwalker: Gunning Down the ‘Bush Did It, Too’ Lie

Verum Serum: Uncontrolled Delivery: How the Fast and Furious Scandal Leads All the Way to the White House



Introducing Three Outstanding Republican Candidates: Jamie Landes, Martin Baker, and Steve Foley

I would like to introduce and recommend three great Republican candidates who are running for either State or US Congress.

Republican, Jamie Barker Landes has announced her candidacy for State Rep in a previously uncontested special election in the 39th district in Missouri, November 8, 2011!

“I have officially entered the race for Missouri State Representative for District 39, which includes the Kansas City neighborhoods of Westport, the Plaza, Hyde Park and Brookside. The special election will be held November 8, 2011. I would welcome and truly appreciate your support.”

I truly believe the political problems we face can be solved if we stop focusing so much on partisan ideological differences and instead focus on finding solutions that work. I decided to jump into this race because Kansas Citians deserve a real choice of representation, not just the usual machine politicians.

We can solve our problems if we stop focusing on ideological differences and instead focus on practical solutions and areas of agreement. Join our campaign today! Send a volunteer request to LandesForStateRep@gmail.com. 

She’ll be focusing on the following issues: “Jobs,  Fixing Our Schools, and  Keeping Kansas Citians In Their Homes”. Details, here.

Jamie has a lot of work to do to get her name out there only a month before election day. That means knocking on a lot of doors, buying ads, and yard signs.

How you can help:

Contributions may be directed to:

Friends of Jamie Landes
4310 Charlotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64110

Yo can also make a contribution via Paypal

Martin D Baker for US Congress in 2012 – MO District 1:

Why Elect Martin Baker

Understanding the needs of the people should be the most important motivating factor in legislating. Trustworthy leaders do not focus on being in charge nor will they pursue additional power by manipulating their position or political status. Reliable representation is found in devoted leaders who protect the liberties and needs of their constituents at all times through an unwavering commitment to choose the difficult right over the easy wrong. Doing so takes additional preparation, teamwork and diligence that often times requires one to fight influential party leaders and big money influences like lobbies and political action committees.

Needed Principles

  • Accountability of action and majority oriented legislation
  • End the era of “political correctness” which has caused politicians to tell half truths instead of truly addressing the proper way to correct shortfalls.
  • Stop the practice of promising during the campaign to come to the middle and then, after election, legislating from the extreme right or left.
  • Open channels of communication between the political parties to work together on common goals first and deliberate on differences later.
  • Staying familiar with the needs of the people that currently are not being addressed by either our party leaders or even the entertainment based media.
  • End all misuse of Government funds through Pork and Jaded Earmarking. Require legislation to be available for review and require Representatives to read and comprehend legislation before they vote.
  • Reform standards for reconciling legislation prior to Executive Review.
  • Abandon the cycle of lifetime entitlements, which should serve as a hand up and not a hand out which negates the need for self-motivation and determination to reach for a higher standard of living.

You can donate to Baker’s campaign, here.

 Steve Foley has formed an exploratory committee to run for Congress in 2012 as a Republican in California’s newly redrawn 47th District. His policy focus is on three main areas:

Economy and Jobs: Getting our fiscal house in order by supporting a Balanced Budget Amendment, Cutting Spending, Replacing our antiquated Tax Code, Removing overburdening Restrictions & Red Tape, and becoming Energy Independent.

Repealing ObamaCare:ObamaCare will devastate our already weak economy to a point of no return and will burden future generations of Americans to pay for a bill that has little to no chance of success. The best solution would to get the federal government as far away from Health Care as possible but while we work to achieve that goal here are some immediate fixes we can accomplish in a relatively short amount of time:

  • Medical liability & tort reform.
  • Small business buying pools.
  • Allow insurance to be sold across state lines.

Border Security: The way to tackle the illegal immigration problem we’re facing is to make federal government do their job! I would advocate for:

  1. Securing our borders
  2. Enforcing the laws that are already on the books
  3. Promoting a path to citizenship for those who come in the front door
  4. Removing the magnets that draw illegal immigrants here in the first place

Steve is a new media activist, best known for his successful conservative blog ,the Minority Report.

It’s rare to have a man who is “one of us” like Steve Foley in a position to run for Congress so we must not miss this opportunity to support him!: STEVE FOLEY for U.S. CONGRESS
Also blogging for Foley, is the irrepressible, RS McCain: RUN, STEVE, RUN!

Video: Jay Carney Tells Reporters Holder Was “Consistent and Truthful” In His Testimony Before Congress

Jake Tapper asked for a comment on the calls for a General Counsel to investigate whether or not the AG perjured himself when he testified before Congress at the White House Press Briefing, Wednesday.

Note how Carney first started off by ridiculing Lamar Smith’s letter, “as a biannual call for a Special Counsel for this particular Congressman”.  Classy. He then made the outrageous claim that Holder had been “consistent and truthful” in his answers at his March and May testimonies. That was immediately challenged by Tapper, and another reporter as he continued to repeat the term, “consistent and truthful” over and over. He said “the President thinks Holder’s an excellent Attorney General and he has  confidence in him, and he absolutely knows that the testimony he gave was uh…(looking down at notes) ‘consistent and truthful.'”

That was painful to watch. There is not enough money on earth that would induce me to lie like that.


Tommy Christopher of Mediaite has more from that press briefing: Jay Carney’s Message To Reporters ‘Screamed At’ By Sources: Toughen Up

RCP: Hayes: WH Seeking To Intimidate People They Disagree With

WaPo Post Politics: ‘Calm down’ about Fast and Furious gun sting, ATF acting director says:

The new acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced a major shake-up of his agency Wednesday and urged Washington insiders to “calm down” about the latest revelations surrounding a controversial ATF gun operation.

PJTV: Who Knew What, And When? Holder Under Increased Scrutiny for Fast & Furious ATF Scandal