House Republicans Play Hardball – Cut Justice Department Salaries Until They Answer Some Questions

I like it.

Ramping up the pressure on the stonewalling DOJ, The U.S. House of Representatives, today, passed by voice vote an amendment cutting Justice Department salaries until they fully answer questions on the failed gunwalking program.  Oversight Committee member and budding political rock star, Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-4) sponsored the amendment, which cuts $1,000,000 from the Justice Department’s General Administration fund and is part of the FY 2013 DoJ Appropriation.

Last week, Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa circulated a briefing paper and draft contempt of Congress resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder for refusing to cooperate with the investigation of deadly Operation Fast and Furious.

“Congress has been patient – indeed too patient in my judgment – with the Department of Justice and its failure to comply with the lawful request for the production of documents,” said Rep. Gowdy.

Click here for a summary of the Gowdy Amendment.

You can learn more about the investigation at www.FastAndFuriousInvestigation.com.

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The Daily Caller: Democrat breaks ranks, supports Issa’s push to enforce Fast and Furious subpoena

Indiana Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly told The Daily Caller on Tuesday that he supports the House oversight committee’s efforts to enforce the congressional subpoena of Attorney General Eric Holder over Operation Fast and Furious.

“One of the duties of Congress is to provide oversight of the Executive Branch,” Donnelly told TheDC. “There has been a serious allegation of federal law enforcement misconduct and we need to get to the bottom of this issue without playing partisan politics.”

Holder has demonstrably failed to comply with the congressional subpoena House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa served him on Oct. 12, 2011. Holder has failed to comply with all 22 categories of the subpoena that demands he provide documents related to Operation Fast and Furious. With 13 of the categories, Holder has provided no documents whatsoever. When it comes to the other nine subpoena categories, Holder is still far from compliant, as TheDC reported late last week.

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Tuesday Quick Links: A Weak Commander in Chief

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl

This is an outrage….or “un-freaking-believable”, as Doug Ross puts it.. American POW left to languish while Obama gives away Taliban prisoners:

An American POW has has been held by a Taliban-affiliated terror group for almost three years. And he is never mentioned while Barack Obama releases high-level Taliban detainees from Gitmo in exchange for… their promises not to commit more acts of terrorism.

Bethany Mandel of Commentary Contentions asks: Why Are We Releasing, Not Exchanging, Taliban Prisoners:

On June 30, 2009, almost three years ago, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl of Idaho was kidnapped by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network. He is the only prisoner of war currently held by the Taliban and recent video releases seem to indicate that he is being kept alive for ransom by the group. A month after his capture the president issued a statement, explaining that he was “heartbroken” over Sgt. Bergdahl’s situation and vowed to bring him home. In three years, this seems to be the only public statement made by the President about Bergdahl.

In December, The Daily Beast was the only outlet to report on a heroic escape attempt by the sergeant. After working for over two years to gain the trust of his captors, Bergdahl jumped out of a first-story window, running into the wilderness. The Daily Beast tells the story,

Mullah Sangin and his brother Mullah Balal, who had been put in charge of the prisoner, organized a search as soon as the escape was discovered. Nevertheless, the sources say, Bergdahl successfully avoided capture for three days and two nights. The searchers finally found him, weak, exhausted, and nearly naked—he had spent three days without food or water—hiding in a shallow trench he had dug with his own hands and covered with leaves.

Even then, he put up a ferocious fight. The two gunmen who found him first were unable to subdue him. “He fought like a boxer,” Hanif was told. It took five more militants to overpower him. Now back in custody, he is kept shackled at night, and his jailers are taking no chances.

This is the caliber of soldier that the United States and its military produces, the American that the president seems to have forgotten about for almost three years.

Shortly before Bergdahl’s kidnapping, the United States was comfortable negotiating the release of terrorists in exchange for British hostages.

No wonder Obama gets such a tepid response whenever he appears before the US Military.

Michelle Malkin: The Gitmo circus:

An exclusive performance of Gitmo Jihad Theater opened over the weekend. What happened underscores why these military tribunals never, ever belonged in the civilian court system that Obama/Holder had pushed for (until running into the common-sense public opposition buzzsaw).

The jihadists’ mockery of America — and more notably, the jihadists’ lawyers’ mockery — outraged 9/11 families

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One of the defense attorneys insisted on sharia law for all women in the courtroom:

The rumors are true…

Moonbattery: Obama Knew Where Osama Was for Almost a Year

Retired four-star general Jack Keane confirms that it took the Vacillator in Chief almost a year to issue his allegedly gutsy call to make a move on Osama bin Laden.

Watch video at link.

Oh, how interesting….

Rasmussen: Three-Way Race: Romney 44%, Obama 39%, Ron Paul 13%

Send this next one to friends who are susceptible to political propaganda….

CND: The Handbook of Political Manipulation, A-E:

Ad hominem argument– Discrediting or rejecting an argument by making unfounded or irrelevant charges against a party rather than by rationally addressing what is being argued. Also known popularly as “attacking the messenger” or politically as “character assassination,” it is a way of diminishing the merit of an argument or a candidacy for office by spuriously attacking the moral authority of its advocate. It should be pointed out that Democrats consistently ignore their personal hypocrisy in making such attacks. One recent example is the mainstream media’s framing of GOP candidate Herman Cain as a lecher without sufficient evidence, while ignoring Democrat presidential candidate John Edward’s philandering ways.

Appeal to authority – A favorite of elitists and self-described intellectuals, an appeal to authority makes a truth claim based on the reputation of a person, group, or other source. It is often done to diminish an argument made by an intellectual opponent by referring to the supposed prestige of one’s own source. A way of building up such authority may be to call a certain person “the smartest president in American history,” or the “greatest orator since Cicero.” The most famous recent appeal to authority argument is that the “science is settled” regarding the manmade global warming hypothesis, according to a group, the IPCC, whose members and backers receive billions of dollars in grants and other benefits.

Keep reading at link. You can’t help but notice that a good many of these are used copiously by Obama.

Gotta love this…

Angry White Dude: WHAT IF OBAMA HAD A CAMPAIGN AND NOBODY CAME?

Now Hussein finds himself neck and pencil neck with Mitt Romney. Normally, incumbents are way ahead of the challenger with months left before the election. Even Jimmy Carter..the worst American ever born on US soil..was ahead of Reagan at this point. Carter was within the margin of error three days before the election before getting his peanut-picking wussified ass handed to him by Americans sick and tired of weak, pathetic Democrats! So it is not good news for the world’s (and America’s) communists that Hussein is tied with Romney in early May. It means Obama is going to bite the big one in November!

Want proof? Here’s a photo of the basketball arena at Ohio State University where Obama and Moochelle kicked off the “Vacation Across The Nation” campaign tour.

Pic at link. Why isn’t “His Coolness” filling the seats to the rafters?

Weasel Zippers: NY Times: Obama And New French Socialist President’s “Economic Policies Are Closely Aligned”…

Not even hiding it, anymore…

They’re words that have to be read to be believed.

In a news article in the New York Times, the paper suggests that newly-elected Socialist President Francois Hollande and his economic polices are likely a “better fit” for the U.S. economic positions (i.e. the new president’s policies are more palatable to the Obama administration than outgoing President Sarkozy). It then goes on to lay out how the Socialist and Barack Obama are ideologically linked.

 

Tony Katz finds D-bag occupier who appeared on Hannity a job: A Job For Occupier Harrison Schultz, Found Online In Six Minutes:

Occupy spokesman and wannabe bon vivant Harrison Schultz went on the FOX program “Hannity” and, amidst attacking Capitalism and insulting host Sean Hannity for having someone like himself on the program, stated that he has been looking for a job “online” but has been unable to find anything. Tony Katz found a job for him on Monster.com in less than six minutes.

Twitchy: Obama’s ‘Million Dollar Man’ Bill Maher attacks Bristol Palin again:

Surprise, surprise. After little fallout following his revolting comments about women, Bill Maher is attacking Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol again. Since Maher is a big time contributor to Barack Obama’s super PAC, we have a question for the president:

Remember when you said this?

“People’s families are off limits. People’s children are especially off limits.”

Sorry, President Obama, did we fail to let you be clear again? Because obviously what you really meant was, “Children are off limits, unless you’re a bitter misogynist who donated a million bucks to get me reelected.”

Hit the link to read Maher’s latest (not so) bon mots.

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