Boehner to Holder: “There Is No Issue Of Race Here” (Video)

At a press conference on Capitol Hill Thursday, Speaker Boehner was asked about Attorney General Eric Holder’s racial demagoguery in front of  Al Sharpton’s group, the National Action Network at their Annual convention, yesterday. The nation’s top law enforcement officer whined that he had faced  “unprecedented, unwarranted ugly adversity” and asked, “what Attorney General has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What President has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? “

Reported Chad Pergram asked, “in a speech yesterday the Attorney General suggested that he was treated, and perhaps this president and others in the administration were treated a certain way because of race. Even if that’s not intentional by members of Congress, is that a problem for members of your party when they go after members of the administration?

To his eternal credit, Speaker Boehner didn’t hesitate to shoot down Holder’s accusation, answering bluntly that  “there is no issue of race here.” He explained,  “the frustration is that the American people have not been told the truth about what happened at the IRS. The American people have not been told the truth about what happened in Fast and Furious. The administration has not told the American people about Benghazi. We have been going through all of these hearings, having to hold people in contempt because they have made it impossible to get to the documents. They have not been forthcoming; they owe the American people the truth. When it comes to Benghazi we’ve got four Americans who are dead. Their families deserve the truth about what happened and the administration refuses to tell them the truth.”

Sick: Eric Holder Plays Race Card at Sharpton Event (Video)

Gee could it be an election year, Eric?

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Eric Holder is easily the worst Attorney General in our nation’s history and it has nothing to do with race. It has everything to do with the gut-wrenchingly corrupt and hyper-political way he has run the Department of Justice for the past five and a half years..

Look how casually and cynically he deployed the Race Card while speaking before Al Sharpton’s National Action Network on Wednesday.

Via the Washington Free Beacon:

Holder told the audience that he’s proud of the significant strides and lasting reforms his department has achieved “even in the face of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly, and divisive adversity”

Holder then infers he and President Obama are encountering a different type of “treatment” from House Republicans due to their race.

Just a reminder of what spurred the little dust-up in the House, yesterday between Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, and Holder.

After Holder dismissed Gohmert’s requests for documents relating to congressional investigations, Gohmert said, “I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our Attorney General, but it is important that we have proper oversight.”

“You don’t want to go there buddy!” Holder responded. “You don’t want to go there, OK?”

“You should not assume that uh that is not a big deal to me,” Holder continued. “I think it was inappropriate, I think it was unjust, but never think that it was not a big deal to me. Don’t ever think that.”

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But Gohmert had every reason to believe that Eric Holder didn’t take seriously being held in Contempt of Congress because of  Eric Holder’s own words. In an exclusive interview with ABC News’  Pierre Thomas on February 27, 2013, Holder was asked about how he reacted when House Republicans voted and 17 Democrats voted to hold him in contempt of Congress over the ATF’s “Fast and Furious” gun running scandal.

“It’s something that I think was unfortunate,” Holder said. “I think it’s a result of this kind of partisan sport that I think we engage in here in Washington far too often.”

Holder said the votes it didn’t bother him, considering who cast them.

“But I have to tell you that for me to really be affected by what happened,I’d have to have respect for the people who voted in that way,”Holder told ABC News. “And I didn’t, so it didn’t have that huge an impact on me.”

Holder’s disrespect for Republicans was on display at today’s hearing when he sneered at Gohmert, “good luck with your asparagus,” which you can hear at the very end of the clip.

The Wire’s Philip Bump explains the background for that barb.

 Last May, Holder and Gohmert got into an argument at a House Judiciary Committee meeting. Gohmert, who’s been consistently critical of the attorney general (if largely inconsistent on the reason for the critique), alleged that the Department of Justice had failed to prevent the Boston marathon bombing. Holder criticized Gohmert’s characterization, and Gohmert, flustered, responded: “The attorney general will not cast aspersions on my asparagus.” It was never clear what he meant or what he was trying to say, but the “asparagus” line became a running joke, with Gohmert as the target.

That was an Attorney General of the United States trash talking a member of congress.

Glenn Beck  was particularly taken aback by yesterday’s exchange:

“The spite… These guys are the worst people I have met. This is not a guy who falls to his knees and says, ‘Lord, just help me.’ These are not people who are afraid,” Glenn explained. “You have the attorney general of the United States of America who is dirty, who has done things over and over and over again, and has gotten away with it, who is not afraid of Congress, who is now saying this to the Oversight Committee. No respect. Nothing.”

In this moment Holder proves he not only lacks respect for Rep. Gohmert and his office but for the office of the Attorney General of the United States. When the head of the top law enforcement body in the country is disrespecting the committee that exists to oversee his department’s work, it really is disheartening.

“This is one of the most telling exchanges I think we’ve seen so far in this Administration,” Pat said.

“It really is,” Glenn concluded. “Holder is out of control.”

The next day, he’s in front of a black audience whining about racism as a way to incite them during a midterm election year.

Last month, Sharpton held a “voter rights” rally Cincinnati in which Obama’s most prolific voter, Melowese Richardson was given a hero’s welcome after serving only 8 months of her 5 year jail sentence.  The Holder Justice Department has done nothing  to Richardson “410 days (and counting) after she admitted on camera that she committed multiple federal felonies by voting six times for President Obama’s reelection.”

Via J. Christian Adams:

Federal law makes it a felony to vote more than once for President.  In fact, 42 U.S.C. Section 1973i(e) subjects Richardson to twenty-five years in federal prison for her six votes for Obama.

The lack of DOJ action against an unrepentant federal vote fraudster combined with Richardson’s lionization by Sharpton and the organization that sponsored the rally demonstrates how the Justice Department is facilitating a culture of brazen criminality on the eve of the 2014 midterm elections.  The failure to indict Richardson is the latest example of Holder’s department excusing lawlessness in federal elections and abandoning law abiding Americans.

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Ohio Votes sponsored the rally where Richardson appeared with Sharpton.  According to their website, it is a “year-round, statewide, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) voter mobilization initiative. It galvanizes nonprofits based in low income Ohio communities to increase voter participation and join efforts for fair elections.” The umbrella organization received$1,886,723 in government grants in 2012.  The organization’s tax returns state the group exists to change “onerous voting laws” and that it focuses on “educating voters on the mechanics of how, when and where to participate in early voting for the Presidential election.” 

The IRS continues to provide the group 501(c)(3) tax exempt status despite its active role in the reelection of the President, and its embrace of election criminals.

Good God.

Rush: Liberal Fascism Is Working (Audio)

Rush Limbaugh started off his show, Monday, analyzing the Mozilla controversy, and how we’ve come to a point in this country where people are afraid to espouse mainstream opinions.   He said, “there’s just a whole lot of bullying going on out there in the midst of an anti-bullying movement.  The real bullies are claiming victim status. They are the ones being bullied while they do the bullying, and they shut everybody up, or most people.”  And the chilling fact that the bullying is coming from the top.

Ten years ago… Maybe not even that long ago. Six years ago, the polling data on gay marriage was different. You could hardly find a significant percentage of people who were for it. Now five/six years later, the polling data has done an amazing reversal, something like — if I remember this right, and I don’t have this in front of me. There was voluminous stuff I read over the weekend.

I think 60% of the country now favors gay marriage. Now, do you think…? I’ll just ask a question. It’s an open-ended question. I just want you to think about this: Has there really been a 50 to 60% shift in active support for gay marriage? Well, I’m just asking. People are saying it. I’m not challenging the polling data. Now, don’t misunderstand. I’m not challenging the data.

I’m accepting the data at 60% support gay marriage and in 10 years it’s gone from 50% to 60%. I’m accepting the polling data. Well, I can draw can you an analogy, I think, in perhaps answering this. How many people voted for Barack Obama ’cause they really supported what he intended to do, versus how many people were afraid not to? I think what’s happening here is fascism equals intimidation, and the intimidation is working.

You know as well as I that people are scared to death to tell you what they really think. The left has politicized everything — everything — to the point that people are afraid to go against what they know to be political correctness, which is nothing more than liberal fascism, nothing more than censorship or what have you. They’re afraid to speak up against it.

They see what happens to people who speak up against it.  They see it. Brendan Eich’s just the latest example.  They see what happens to Dan Cathy.  We had a woman call here. “I didn’t want to tell a pollster I didn’t like Obama. No way! I don’t want to get involved in anything controversial.”  Most people don’t.  I don’t think that most people really believe that David Koch is filled with hatred or that I am or anybody else.

But they’re afraid to say they don’t believe it, and low-information people buy it. There are some people that do. They’ve been successful with the low-information crowd creating this notion, but there’s just a whole lot of bullying going on out there in the midst of an anti-bullying movement.  The real bullies are claiming victim status. They are the ones being bullied while they do the bullying, and they shut everybody up, or most people.

Video via Daily Rushbo

The good news is, Mozilla is  Reaping a Whirlwind Of Disapproval even as it clams up in the face of criticism….

Mozilla experienced an extremely high level of negative customer feedback on Friday the day after they forced Brendan Eich to hit the bricks.  On Friday, the feedback showed 94% of respondents were “sad” verses 6% “happy.” As of this writing, it’s 91% “sad” verses 9% happy.

The comments on the Mozilla webpage are blistering: “Now that you have had time to think this over, do you continue to believe that a company committed to tolerance and diversity should fire people who make private political contributions you disagree with?” one sad face asked.

People are uninstalling Firefox in droves. You can register your approval or disapproval here, and commenthere.

 The results, thus far, indicate that even people who support gay marriage, are appalled by Mozilla’s fascist impulses. As the Chick-Fil-A dust-up proved a couple of years ago – when the gay mafia starts pushing too hard, the silent majority pushes back harder.
Today, negative reactions at Firefox have already crashed through Friday’s record. They are on target to have well over 10,000 negative feedbacks.
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John Hayward, the Conversation: ‘Shut up,’ Mozilla explained:

Nothing says “wide diversity of views” and “culture of openness” quite like nailing boards over the window to the company press office while thousands of disgusted users uninstall its products!  You’d think our champions of tolerance would beeager to discuss the wonderful thing they just did.  Come on, guys, polish up those jackboots and give us a victory parade!  Brendan Eich even co-authored a book you could burn at the climax of your frenzied celebration.

You’re quite right to call that blog post from Mitchell Baker “Orwellian,” although it probably seems less bizarre to her fellow fascists and useful idiots.  Totalitarians are always eager to steal the language of freedom.  That’s why “tolerance” now means blacklists, and “diversity” means conformity.  At the far end of that ideological crime spree lie “democratic elections” in which the dear leadership wins 100 percent of the vote, with 105 percent of precincts reporting.

There’s been some talk in these quarters about Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s McCutcheon dissent, in which he inverts the First Amendment to become protection for the “collective” (which he means in the Communist sense: the inescapable entirety of the people) against individual dissenters with dangerous ideas.  Breyer merely put a scholarly veneer on the ugly totalitarian sentiments expressed by Mozilla when they gave Brendan Eich the heave-ho.  The “collective” interest in freedom of speech is served by gagging people with dangerous ideas, as defined by the wise and benevolent masters of the collective.  Tolerance for everyone… except of course those ruled intolerant, who cannot be tolerated on the long march to tolerance.  Joyous diversity must be policed by enforcers who tackle and handcuff narrow thoughts.

Kevin D. Willianson, NRO: The Liberal GulagThe Brendan Eich case brings out the nature of liberal fascism. 

The Left should be feeling, at the very least, ashamed. As Andrew Sullivan noted, its crusade for absolute conformity with and submission to some version of virtue as understood by its members calls to mind the worst tendencies of the old Religious Right, even if those tendencies mostly existed in the imagination of Andrew Sullivan. The intellectual stultification on display is remarkable. The Left’s most energetic foot soldiers today are MFA dropouts who are too stupid to tell a genuine Sarah Palin quote from a Tina Fey line and spend their idle afternoons (one gets the feeling there is a surplus of them) sharing Snopes-discredited political memes on Facebook and discussing last night’s Jon Stewart show. The bovine instincts of the stampeding herd that surrounded Miss Timpf would embarrass anybody capable of embarrassment. Being on the wrong side of two First Amendment issues at the same time ought to be cause for some critical examination among our so-called progressives, but their omphaloskepsistic contemplation of the unrivaled virtue they perceive in themselves protects their intellects, such as they are, from the discomfort of contact with noncomformist ideas.

Which is, of course, what this is all about. Bakers and photographers are to be locked in cages if they hold the wrong views on same-sex marriage; pundits and scholars are to be locked in cages if they hold the wrong views on global warming; actual criminals who break the law and abuse their official trust in the service of punishing nonconformist ideas enjoy official protection from an increasingly lawless administrative state. The words “progressive lynch mob” sound strange only to those unfamiliar with the career of Senator Rebecca Latimer Felton.

Jack Cashill, The American Thinker: What Mozilla Has Taught Us:

Fascist mobs routinely reduce the most decent of opponents to cruel stereotypes and demand their exclusion from polite society.

As is often the case with such mobs, there is a certain selectivity about who should be punished.  Although he did not support Proposition 8 per se, then-Senator Barack Obama paved the way to its passage when he told Rick Warren’s California congregation in August 2008, “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian, it’s also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.”  Black voters, who turned out in record numbers to support Obama, voted overwhelmingly for the amendment and made victory possible.

“Mr. Eich,” lectures the sanctimonious Oremus, “right now we’re in a world where you have to not be a bigot if you want to be an effective leader of an organization like Mozilla.”  Should that same standard not be applied to the president of the United States?  The craven Obama did not “evolve” out of his “sacred union” position until 2012, when the polls told him it was safe to do so.

The Christian-led civil rights movement took decades of patient appeals to biblical and constitutional principles before it prevailed.  Although its leaders suffered mightily along the way, they eventually persuaded America that it was both un-Christian and unconstitutional to deny people full human rights based on their race.

The “marriage equality” movement has made no such case, because it has no such case.  It has no grounding in the Constitution.  It defies the very tenets of Christianity.  And its leaders have suffered little more than the occasional unkind tweet.  To throw out empty clichés like “marriage equality” or insulting jibes like “The Bible also says that eating shellfish is an abomination” shows just how intellectually bankrupt the movement is.

Rand Paul: 80% of the New ObamaCare Enrollees Are Free or Subsidized (Video)

Senator Rand Paul says 80% of the 7.1 million new ObamaCare enrollees are being subsidized by those who are working. (See Obamacare enrollment in three charts for confirmation of this. Also, numbers from a RAND Corporation study suggest that barely 858,000 previously uninsured Americans – nowhere near 7.1 million – have actually paid for new policies.)

The Kentucky Senator said in his home state, “everyone is getting healthcare but it’s all free or subsidized.”

Appearing on the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Friday night, Paul said, “the bill is going to come due at some time, and one of the ways the bill becomes due is through rising premiums – I think people are going to pay more for their insurance.” Van Susteren noted that Blue Cross/Blue Shield is already warning that sticker shocks are coming.

Paul said that this is of course why Obama has moved back the next enrollment period to  after the election.

Greta noted that at least in Kentucky, the sticker shock shouldn’t matter since most people are getting it free or subsidized.

Paul told her, “it’s even worse than that. 80% are getting Medicaid – completely free – the other 20% are getting subsidized. Almost no one in my state signed up to pay for insurance. Almost everyone signed up for free or subsidized insurance.”

He continued, “he governor of Kentucky is a big ally of Obama. He goes around saying it’s a $15,000 billion dollar stimulus for Kentucky….the money’s got to come from somewhere!”

Greta asked, “where is it coming from?”

“It’s coming from the taxpayer,” Paul answered. He  later explained that it will probably not be through raised taxes but “we will either borrow or print the money.”  He explained, “the repercussions are the same. Let’s say your goal is to to help poor people – you give them free health care. Sounds noble. But then, by printing up money to pay for it, you raise their prices at the pump, you raise the prices for their food, so as the currency loses its value they think, ‘oh I got something for free’, but then it turns out all their other stuff costs more, and in the end they say, ‘gosh, I’m still poor’ because big government doesn’t really help poor people.”

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Washington Times:  Paging Dr. Carson! GOP makes House call for surgeon to replace Obamacare:

With a major Obamacare sign-up deadline past, Republicans are turning their attention to the “replace” half of their repeal and replace strategy, hoping to make up ground lost over the past four years as they seek to show voters that they have an alternative to the president’s health care overhaul.

Retired surgeon Ben Carson sat down with the House Republican health care caucus Thursday to hash out ideas. The doctor urged lawmakers to set some deadlines of their own for writing a plan.

“It doesn’t do any good to have a lot of good ideas but not to get behind one and really push it,” said Mr. Carson, who has been mentioned as a potential Republican presidential contender.

The first enrollment period for Obamacare has ended, and President Obama has claimed success with the sign-ups of 7.1 million Americans in the federal and state health insurance exchanges set up under the law.

Democrats say the final tally means millions now have coverage thanks to provisions that prohibit caps on spending and prevent companies from denying insurance for pre-existing health conditions. They argue that a repeal by Republicans would leave all of those Americans worse off.

Republicans were already under pressure to elucidate how their vision contrasts with that of the Democrats they hope to unseat in November’s midterm elections, and to offer a realistic alternative to Obamacare.

House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said this week that the party is seeking consensus around an alternative plan.

 

‘Well Played’: Marine Schools Anti-Military Ignoramus on Facebook

Seen on Facebook: 

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 You really can’t blame Miley, though. Let’s face it – she was only expressing the very same view our current Secretary of State expressed in 2006.

Remember this?

And this?:

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 Did you ever in your wildest dreams think Hanoi John would be a US Sec. of State?

The Criminal Enterprise Known as the Democrat Party Continued…

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As I noted last week, today’s Democrat party is not the Democrat party of your grandparents (and even if it were, that would be nothing to be proud of – the Dem party has a sordid history of racism, voter fraud, and communist appeasement.)

Now we have a party of corrupt, craven criminals grasping for power in any way they can – lying and defrauding the American public, and silencing dissent – on top of being the party of  racism, voter fraud and communist appeasement.

Here are the next installment of what I think will be a regular feature highlighting the criminal enterprise known as the Democrat party:

Unionized Teachers Refusing To Write Letters of Recommendation Students Need To Get Into College Until They Get A Better Union Contract…

Via EAG News:

Teachers who are upset with union contract negotiations in the Abington Heights School District are taking their frustrations out on students by refusing to write letters of recommendation.

The selfish move, which is a common pressure tactic among education labor unions, will undoubtedly impact the ability of students to apply to college or other post secondary programs, although district officials contend they’re working to address the issue, the Times-Tribune reports.

Union president James Maria told the new site teachers in the district aren’t required to write students recommendation letters, and they don’t plan to until the school board reconsiders its position on retroactive pay. School and union officials have been in negotiations for a new teachers union contract since the last one expired in 2011.

The same people who like to say they are “for the children.” No, these are money grubbing corruptocrats who are only out for themselves.

OFA Stalking Supporters Who Haven’t Donated: “I Know This Doesn’t Mean You Don’t Care”…

Just a tad creepy.

Drew, I know this doesn’t mean you don’t care:

We’ve got our biggest fundraising deadline of the year at midnight tonight.

It looks like you haven’t chipped in yet.

Drew, I know that doesn’t mean you don’t care about fighting for change — we can’t all make a donation every time a fundraising deadline rolls around.

What makes this all work is that supporters like you chip in what you can, when you can. When we each do our part to help, it adds up.

According to our records associated with this exact email address:

– 2014 Membership Status: Not yet
– Suggested Action: Donate $5 or more today.

This is how they treat their friends….

Dem-Appointed Judge Sentences Du Pont Heir To Probation For Raping 3-Year-Old Daughter Because Prison Would Adversely Affect His Life…

Judge Jan Jurden was appointed by former Delaware Democratic Governor Ruth Ann Minner.

Via Delaware News Journal:

A Superior Court judge who sentenced a wealthy du Pont heir to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter noted in her order that he “will not fare well” in prison and needed treatment instead of time behind bars, court records show.

Judge Jan Jurden’s sentencing order for Robert H. Richards IV suggested that she considered unique circumstances when deciding his punishment for fourth-degree rape. Her observation that prison life would adversely affect Richards was a rare and puzzling rationale, several criminal justice authorities in Delaware said. Some also said her view that treatment was a better idea than prison is a justification typically used when sentencing drug addicts, not child rapists.

Did some money change hands? Seeing as the Judge is a Democrat….

Report: Obama Admin Has Released 68,000 Illegal Immigrants With Criminal Convictions Instead of Deporting Them…

Jessica Vaughan, the report’s author, called it a form of “catch and release.” She said agents at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement received more than 720,000 hits on immigrants who could be eligible for deportation but filed charges against fewer than 195,000 of them.

Of those let go, 68,000 had criminal convictions on their records. All told, more than 870,000 immigrants have been ordered removed from the U.S. but are defying the government and refusing to leave.

So what if this endangers the public – you have to break a few eggs to make a permanent Democrat majority.

 New  De Blasio Aide Says She Was “Rooting For” Serial Killer Chris Dorner, Blames Murder Spree On “This Racist, Imperialist Country”…

Via NY Post:

Bill de Blasio’s new mayoral campaign aide is a Twitter terror who has littered the Web site with foul-mouthed rants against everyone from the NYPD to the NAACP.

“NYPD fatally shoot knife-wielding man in Times Square. (VIDEO) F–k. The. Police,” ranted de Blasio volunteer coordinator Kicy Motley on Aug. 11 2012, after cops shot Darrius Kennedy, 51, on Seventh Avenue.

In addition to using gangsta-rap-like language to blast the cops, the campaign aide also slammed the NAACP in January for siding with drink companies against Bloomberg’s soda ban.

“@NAACP aka corporate d–k riders. Standing with soda makers for a few bucks,” she wrote.

In February, she linked to an article highlighting Bloomberg’s pro-gun-control efforts and wrote, “Hey rest of #America, welcome to Bloomberg using his #money to mess up your sh-t.”

She also used Twitter to cheer crazed ex-LAPD cop Chris Dorner, who went on a wild shooting spree across Southern California after claiming he was fired because of racism.

Did De Blasio vet this woman? Of course he did – and they liked what he saw.

CIA Officer Confirms White House Told No Protests Before Benghazi Terror Attack Prior To Susan Rice Blaming YouTube Video…

Yes, still a phony scandal.

WASHINGTON —Before the Obama administration gave an inaccurate narrative on national television that the Benghazi attacks grew from an anti-American protest, the CIA’s station chief in Libya pointedly told his superiors in Washington that no such demonstration occurred, documents and interviews with current and former intelligence officials show.

The attack was “not an escalation of protests,” the station chief wrote to then-Deputy CIA Director Michael J. Morell in an email dated Sept. 15, 2012 — a full day before the White House sent Susan E. Rice to several Sunday talk shows to disseminate talking points claiming that the Benghazi attack began as a protest over an anti-Islam video.

So we now know beyond a reasonable doubt that they blatantly lied to the American people about that. What more –  the corrupt Democrat Media Complex let them get away with it.

SHAMEFUL: REP. JEFF ROORDA COMPARES REP. HOLLY REHDER TO NAZIS DURING DEBATE ON HOUSE FLOOR (AUDIO)

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Roorda read the quote and then asked Rehder, “Who are you coming after next?”

When Roorda was challenged by another Republican for making reference to Nazi Germany, Rooda added, “Lady I never used the word ‘Nazi.’ I hope you don’t think I was comparing you to a 1939-era Nazi German just because you’re doing the same thing that they were.

The shameful comment resulted in condemnation from Speaker Tim Jones.

But of course a Democrat would lash out in such extreme terms at a Republican trying to rein in their corrupt criminal enterprise.

Power Steering: Government Motors Recalling Six Million Plus Vehicles Due to Potentially-Dangerous Defects; No One In Media Asks Where GM’s Top CEO, Barack Obama, Was During All This

Jim Geraghty notes the very underplayed angle here – that the government knew about some of the problems at Government Motors and did nothing, if you can believe such a thing.

Nitrobahn reports:

Seven years ago, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration manager recommended investigating the reason for the non-deploying airbags in General Motors’ 2003-2006 Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion cars. This was revealed in a memo issued by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The chief of NHTSA’s Defects Assessment Division e-mailed other officials in the Office of Defects Investigation in September 2007, saying owner complaints from 2005 and “early warning” data about warranty repairs and injuries justified an investigation. According to an interview between current NHTSA officials and the House committee’s staff, the agency reconsidered after reviewing the data thus deciding not to open a formal investigation.

Geraghty asks: Where the hell is the press? This is not just a GM story; this is a government story. So where the hell are the stories?

 

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 …even Howie Kurtz’ explanation — he always wants to find non-ideological reasons to explain away ideological bias — itself reveals ideological bias.

He says the press needs “someone to blame” in a story. Apparently, if it’s not clear who to blame, they just have no interest.

Why should “Someone To Blame” be required to generate press interest?

Even if you don’t know who to blame in the Government Motors recall, the story is still worth reporting. You might not know who to blame for the 2005 Thailand tsunami, but the story is still certainly worth reporting.

Let me modify Kurtz’ proposed explanation for something closer to the truth:

When something awful has happened, and it’s not clear that you can blame a Republican for it, or, even worse, that aDemocrat may ultimately be to blame, the press cannot find any interest in reporting the story or asking questions.

The press likes asking questions whose answers they already know. They like asking “Are Republicans to blame?” when they think Republicans are to blame.

As Rush likes to say, the MSM are the “willing accomplices” of the criminal Democrat party.

Democrats are proud of their shock troops in social media. There’s no hate speech like the hate speech lefties spew on Twitter on a daily basis in their relentless attempts to demoralize conservatives.

Take a good look at who these people are:

Ken Jennings ‘quotes’ Andrew Breitbart’s ghost in tasteless Obamacare tweet

‘Hope cancer kills you soon’: Tolerant Left reaches out to Julie Boonstra

Ebony editor assumes RNC staffer Raffi Williams is a ‘white dude,’ tells him to shut up

‘Fake-ass outrage’: Netroots Nation media director Elon James White defends racist Ebony editor

Prediction: 2014 Will Be Banner Year For Democrats

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And by banner I mean a major shellacking kind of year.

Remember the phony baloney plastic banana “Republican culture of corruption” in 2006 that lead to the loss of their majority in the House in 2006 and the horrific outcome of Nancy Pelosi  taking the gavel in January of 2007?
Look at what Democrats are dealing with in 2014.

DEMOCRAT State Sen. Leland Yee Arrested In San Francisco

DEMOCRAT Mayor of Charlotte Arrested for Theft, Bribery

FBI Raids Home of DEMOCRAT Speaker of Rhode Island House

DEMOCRAT State Senator LeAnna Washington Ordered To Stand Trial

DEMOCRAT Illinois Rep Investigated for Child Pornography

This is all from one day, mind you – today!

And it doesn’t even include Bob “Filthy” Filner or  Alan “Kick-ass” Grayson, or Anthony”Weiner” Weiner

 

It’s not including all Obama’s  epic scandals and “historic firsts” (which if properly reported on by the media -would render all Democrats unelectible from now to eternity.)

It’s not including the ever unpopular ObamaCare aka the Un-Afforable-Care-Act.

54% of likely voters still haven’t warmed up to Obama’s “Affordable” Care Act according to the latest Rasmussen poll. 42% have a somewhat favorable view and 42% have avery unfavorable view despite the Obama administration’s massive advertising campaign.

What makes this so galling, is that the American people have to foot the bill for advertising expenses the government is racking up as it tries to sell us something we don’t like and have never wanted.

The numbers are appalling.

According to data compiled by the AP from state and federal sources, taxpayer money spent on publicity, marketing and advertising for the law is $684 million and counting.

Since just this January, they’ve burned through $52 million for “Affordable” Care Act advertising.
This is on top of the $600 million they blew building the Healthcare.gov glitch-site.

Where’s the outrage?

Democrats have no choice but to stand by their plan:

I’ll say this much for ObamaCare: it’s already survived catastrophic failures that should have filled the streets of Washington with pitchforks and torches.  It really help that the media undersells everything that goes wrong, and helps Team Obama get away with their standard “one news cycle at a time” spin strategy.  The Obamanoids are free to say any insane thing it takes to squeeze out a few days of improved coverage; reporters who know better cheerfully relay their lies with minimal real-time criticism.

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King Barack I is not going to admit his mandates were idiotic ideas.  He’s invested a lot of political energy in protecting them – it would snap back into his face like a giant rubber band.  Republicans would have a field day replaying video clips of Obama and his flunkies adamantly standing by the mandates he just abandoned.  Even the lower-information voters would begin wondering what the point of the whole ObamaCare exercise was.

Ego isn’t the only reason the Obamanoids keep trying to portray the ACA as a great idea everybody’s going to fall in love with.  They know they’re in deep trouble when the public sees them acting like it’s a disaster they’re fighting to salvage.  That’s already the impression created by all of Obama’s delays and waivers; abandoning his mandates will make it look like he’s sealing bulkheads to keep a sinking ship afloat.

Anyone notice the primary results in California, Tuesday? It was a massive blow-out.

100.0% ( 811 of 811 ) precincts partially
reporting as of March 25, 2014, 10:55 p.m.

Candidate Votes Percent
Ameenah Fuller
(Party Preference: DEM)
6,206
9.5%
Ronald J. O’Donnell
(Party Preference: DEM)
10,060
15.3%
Mike Morrell
(Party Preference: REP)
41,006
62.6%
Crystal Ruiz
(Party Preference: REP)
4,004
6.1%
Jeff Hewitt
(Party Preference: LIB)
4,262
6.5%

 

In a district that went for Mitt Romney 52-46% in 2012, the two Republicans combined for 69 percent, and the two Democrats just 25 percent. The Libertarian took 7. Republicans aren’t smart enough to put in a Green party candidate (as Pat Caddell says.) But still.  Ouch, baby.

 And this just in, you guys: Obama’s Disapproval Hits New High, 59%, in New AP-GfK Poll:

Another poll, the Morning Consult, which is a health care tracking poll, finds that undecided voters are slightly opposed to Obamacare… and when I say “slightly,” I mean they oppose Obamacare more than they support it by a whopping 40% margin.

Among those who describe themselves as likely but undecided 2014 voters, Obamacare approval sits at a robust (25/65) …

Overall, likely voters oppose Obamacare by 53 to 41.

It’s a two-edged sword, though, this “40% underwater on Obamacare among the undecideds” stat.

If so many of them disapprove of Obamacare — 65% disapprove, to only 25% approving — what the hell makes them undecided as to which party they’ll be voting for in November?

Recently Sprung From Jail Vote Fraudster Melowese Richardson Given A Hero’s Welcome By Al Sharpton at OH “Voter Rights” Rally

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There’s no such thing as voter fraud, Democrats like Al Sharpton will tell you — but the ones who get caught doing it are hailed as voting rights heroes — by Democrats like Al Sharpton..

Remember Obama’s most prolific voter, Melowese Richardson? A year ago, she was indicted on eight counts of illegal voting. She was sentenced to five years in prison, but was released earlier this month “after local Democratic activists pressed for a fairer term.” Someone explain to me how that works. “Democrat activists” can spring people from jail, now?

But it gets better — Ms. Richardson got a hero’s welcome from none other than Al Sharpton at a “voter rights” rally at a black church in Cincinnati, Thursday.

Via Cincinnati.com

A Hamilton County poll worker who has been held up nationally as an example of voter fraud took the stage at a local voting rights rally – outraging Republicans and dismaying even top local Democrats.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, keynote speaker at Thursday’s rally to kick-off the campaign for an Ohio Voters’ Bill of Rights Ohio Constitutional amendment, even hugged Melowese Richardson.

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Richardson was among the more than 400 at Word of Deliverance Church in Forest Park when Cincinnati National Action Network President Bobby Hilton called her on stage for a “welcome home.”

What are they going to do, next? Have her working the polls again? (Eric Holder seen furiously nodding his head in approval.)

The article goes on to note, “even Democrat leaders questioned the idea of applauding Richardson.” Even some Democrats see the problem here. Well I’ll be damned.

“I am very glad the county prosecutor and judge reconsidered and got her out of jail, but she is not a hero,” Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman Tim Burke, who was at the rally, told the Enquirer. “What she did was criminal conduct and was particularly problematic because of her role as a poll worker.”

Hat tip: Weasel Zippers

Here’s Sharpton’s speech from the “voter rights” event.

Sharpton:

“Let me tell you, I don’t care what you know – if you afraid – it don’t matter. Fear cancels lives. Fear cancels abilities. And the reason some of us have been repressive, is because you afraid. You can’t send scared leaders to (inaudible)….If you scared say dat. It not you got some new strategy… It ain’t like you figgered out something we ain’t figgered out. Just say, “I’m scared, and sit down and shut up and let someone that’s not scared do what needs to be done. If you scared, they aint no one gonna beat you because you too afraid to fight…They intimidated and wuffed you out of the fight.”

WTF?

Dude. We just want to see some ID before you vote. Daaang.

UPDATE:

J. Christian Adams, Big Government: NO JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CHARGES AGAINST OHIO WOMAN WHO VOTED SIX TIMES FOR OBAMA:

 The United States Department of Justice under Eric Holder has done nothing to Melowese Richardson 410 days after she admitted on camera that she committed multiple federal felonies by voting six times for President Obama’s reelection.

Federal law makes it a felony to vote more than once for President.  In fact, 42 U.S.C. Section 1973i(e) subjects Richardson to twenty-five years in federal prison for her six votes for Obama.

The lack of DOJ action against an unrepentant federal vote fraudster combined with Richardson’s lionization by Sharpton and the organization that sponsored the rally demonstrates how the Justice Department is facilitating a culture of brazen criminality on the eve of the 2014 midterm elections.  The failure to indict Richardson is the latest example of Holder’s department excusing lawlessness in federal elections and abandoning law abiding Americans.

Melowese Richardson was charged with state voter fraud crimes in Ohio.  She was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison on July 7, 2013. Unfortunately, instead of serving five years, Richardson was set free after only eight months.

A state court judge dismissed her May 2013 conviction and five-year prison sentence and allowed her to plead no contest to four counts of illegal voting, the same charges for which she was convicted.

Richardson was represented by the George Soros-funded Ohio Justice and Policy Center, which claimed she suffered from bi-polar disorder.  No claim was made that she was insane when she committed her election crimes.  Nor was any effort made to establish her insanity.

 

Homeland Security Chief Met With Terror-Supporting Code Pinkos – Reportedly Asked For Medea Benjamin’s Autograph

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Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met for 40 minutes with leaders of  Code Pink at Homeland Security headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Monday. According to Susan ‘Medea’ Benjamin and Alli McCracken, in a post at their website, the Pink Tank, they were not searched, but the the participants had to pass a background check for the meeting, which they apparently passed.

Media Benjamin was not so lucky in Egypt, where she was briefly detained at the airport before she was unceremoniously booted out of the country, along with dozens of other international leftist and Islamist agitators. Benjamin’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood has rendered her persona non grata in Egypt, where MB is considered a terrorist group.

Her group played a role in violent demonstrations aimed at keeping Egypt’s previous Islamofascist president, Mohammed Morsi, who described Jews as the descendants of apes and pigs, firmly in power.

Using twisted logic, Code Pink and other left-wing anti-American groups link arms with Islamists, anti-Semites, and brutal dictators in order to advance their never-ending war against the United States. Code Pink’s fuchsia-clad activists wrap themselves in pretended humanitarianism and compassion in order to sell the group’s otherwise unpalatable support for the most repressive regimes in the world.

Benjamin and the others were  trying to enter Gaza through Egypt for a “women’s conference.”

More on Code Pinko’s ugly, subversive activities via Gateway Pundit: 

Last summer Code Pink was in Yemen fundraising for family members of al Qaeda and detainees held by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay.

In late 2004 Code Pink delivered $600,000 in cash and aid to what Benjamin called the families of “the other side” in Fallujah, Iraq as U.S. Marines, British and free Iraqi forces fought to liberate the city from al Qaeda.

The Egyptians may be on to Code Pink, but our Homeland Security Chief was happy to meet with them. According to their website, when Medea gave Johnson a copy of her book, Drone Warfare, he asked her to autograph it.

Sec. Johnson, according to the report, initially balked at meeting the entire group sending his chief of staff to inform them he would only meet with McCracken. As one would expect with Code Pink, tantrums were thrown drawing additional security until Sec. Johnson relented and showed up in the conference room where the group was waiting.

“Johnson and a young assistant rushed into the room. Johnson looked at Medea and asked, “Alli??” …We were off to a good start.

“He told us he had agreed to meet because he had seen CODEPINK “express our views in a variety of creative ways”–from his home to Congressional hearings to Medea’s disruption of President Obama’s speech in May of 2013. He said he believes in open dialogue and thought it would be good to hear us out.

“We spent the next 40 minutes talking about our concerns. Alli opened the meeting by telling the Secretary that the drone program that he legally sanctioned continues to kill innocent people abroad, including the targeting of a wedding party in Yemen in December. She told him about CODEPINK trips to Pakistan and Yemen, where we’ve met with innocent drone strike survivors who have related their harrowing stories and pointed out that there has yet to be any apology or compensation for the victims.”

“Tighe and Medea talked about the domestic use of drones. They asked why DHS is giving grants to police departments across the country to buy drones when there aren’t any regulations in place for their use and why drones along the border are being illegally lent to law enforcement agencies. They expressed the concern of civil liberties’ groups throughout the country about the invasion of our privacy that will come when our airspace is totally opened up to drones in the next year or two, and how DHS seems to be working with the drone industry to help them increase sales. Medea gave him a copy of her book Drone Warfare, which he asked her to autograph.”

Our country’s descent into madness is now complete.

SEE ALSO:

Walid Shoebat: Malik Obama Scandal BLOWING UP in Egypt:

Recently, Dr. Sadek Raouf Ebeid, whose articles we have published in the past, appeared on a prominent Egyptian television program for nearly 20 minutes to discuss the case of Malik Obama. While there has essentially been both a mainstream and conservative media blackout in America on this scandal, it has captured the attention of tens of millions of Egyptians.

Here is an edited, shorter version of the intervies – with subtitles – between Ebeid and Al Kahera we Nas:

 

Prominent Arabic newspaper Al-Wafd also picked up on Ebeid’s interview (translated):

Sadek Raouf Ebeid, an Egyptian doctor in the U.S., implored the U.S. Congress to investigate the scandal involving Malik Obama, the brother of U.S. President Obama, saying that by providing Malik’s organization with American taxpayer dollars, the American people are also aiding Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

Ebeid, in a televised interview via telephone, said he had notified members of the U.S. Congress that according to the laws of the U.S., Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is a war criminal, and is prohibited from entering the United States and that because Malik provides material support to al-Bashir, he too qualifies as an enemy combatant / terrorist.

The doctor pointed out that the U.S. authorities have overlooked the laws as they apply to the U.S. president’s brother.

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Ebeid’s allegations were as follows:

  1. That President / General Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan is classified by the current White House and State Department as an enemy combatant and was denied an entry visa to the U.S. for posing a threat to America’s national interest and its homeland security.
  2. Malik Obama works for one of Al-Bashir’s largest organizations.
  3. Ebeid referred to the Military Commissions Act (MCA) of 2006, amended in 2009. This law deems anyone who provides an enemy combatant with material support, qualifies as an enemy combatant himself, even if he did not pick up arms against the U.S. himself. This would make Malik Obama an enemy combatant.
  4. Malik Obama’s Barack H. Obama Foundation (BHOF) was granted 501(c)(3) status to collect money from unwitting U.S. taxpayers, under false pretenses (EIN# 262461343). This status was granted by former IRS official, Lois Lerner. Both Ebeid and Emara highlighted the fact that the BHOF received its status on a Sunday (June 26, 2011). In the interview, Emara sarcastically stated that Lerner obviously, “…opened the office on a Sunday morning to give Malik what he wants.”

Correction:

An earlier version of this story misidentified the man standing on the right in the picture as Jeh Johnson. The man in the picture appears to be Tighe Barry.

Video: In Senate Floor Speech, Ted Cruz Slaps Down Dingy Harry Like A Boss

Harry Reid took to the Senate floor today to accuse  Republicans of holding up legislation to help Ukraine so they can help billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. Sound like a fantastical stretch?

Keep reading.

Senators are still quibbling over a proposed aid package to Ukraine that passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and must now be taken up by the full Senate. The package includes reforms to the International Monetary Fund that a number of Republicans oppose.

CNN reports that “some Republicans” have floated the idea of trading the IMF reforms for a delay in proposed regulations by the Internal Revenue Service that would change the definition of “political activity” by tax-exempt groups, like some of the tea party groups that say they were improperly targeted by the IRS in 2012.

Excuse me CNN, but what do you mean by “tea party groups that say they were improperly targeted? The freaking IRS admitted to improperly targeting them and apologized. Obama initially declared that he was outraged over the offense. (If the tables were turned there would be no “that say.” Anyone even tangentially connected to the scandal would have been fired, impeached, tried for treason,  and jailed by now.

Anyway enter Dingy Harry to conflate defending the First Amendment rights of all Social Welfare groups with “protecting the Koch brothers.”

“This is hard for me to comprehend, how in clear conscience [Republicans] could say, ‘Ukrainians, we probably can’t help you because we’re trying to protect the Koch brothers,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said at a press conference Thursday. “And not only that, they’re saying to the American people that protecting the Koch brothers is more important than protecting our country.”

The man is batshit. But what really scares and saddens me – is that there are legions of mindless drones out there, who hear that —- and think it makes sense.

It is about damn time someone took to the floor to defend the Koch brothers from Dingy Harry’s now daily 2 minutes of hate from the  Senate Floor. He is supposed to be the Majority Leader of the Senate. Talk about impropriety.

Cruz released the following statement blasting Senate Dems for holding Ukraine aid hostage to politics.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to Sen. Reid’s measure to inject unnecessary provisions to the International Monetary Fund into a U.S. aid package to Ukraine.

“The world, Russia and the people of Ukraine should understand – Mr. Putin should understand – that all of us are united in standing with the people of Ukraine, that the United States will act,” Sen. Cruz said. “I am convinced we will act decisively to impose sanctions and serious consequences on Russia for their unprovoked act of war. We will act decisively to stand with the people of Ukraine. There should be no doubt in any observer’s mind that this will unify both parties, we will stand together. We would have done so tonight had the Majority Leader not made the cynical decision to hold Ukraine aid hostage to politics. Politics should end at the water’s edge, and I think it’s unfortunate to see the Majority Leader trying to use the crisis in Ukraine for political advantage. That’s the mistake, but there should be no ambiguity. We will impose sanctions. We will stand with Ukraine.”

Sen. Cruz highlighted four main reasons that the IMF provisions contained in the Ukraine aid package are harmful to the U.S. and misguided:

  • They are unnecessary. Estimates show that Ukrainian aid would cost no more than 5 percent of IMF’s current resources, which it is completely capable of handling without increased contribution from the U.S.
  • It could double the U.S.’s contribution to the IMF. We should not be opening up U.S. taxpayers to billions in additional financial reliability.
  • It would diminish U.S. influence on the IMF, reducing our ability to control IMF’s decisions and taking away the U.S.’s veto authority over the funds.
  • Most astoundingly, it would increase Russia’s control over the IMF, at a time when we are seeking to punish Russia for its act of war and aggression.

In his remarks, Sen. Cruz also outlined four immediate actions that the U.S. should take to respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:

  • Press to expel Russia from the G8;
  • Immediately enforce the Magnitsky Act (which the Administration has so far failed to do) to punish human rights by Russian officials and expand the act to include Ukrainian human rights abusers;
  • Immediately reinstall the anti-ballistic missile program (cancelled under President Obama in an unsuccessful effort to appease Mr. Putin) so that Eastern Europe can defend itself;
  • Offer the government of Ukraine a free trade agreement, particularly access to energy exports, including liquid natural gas (LNG), which will help free Ukraine from economic blackmail by Russia.

In regard to creating a free trade agreement with Ukraine, Sen. Cruz said, “We should move immediately to give Ukraine access to U.S. energy exports, particularly liquid natural gas, not just because it would help Ukraine and represent a serious blow to Russia, but because it makes perfect sense from the perspective of the United States. At a time when we’ve got the lowest labor rate participation since 1978, when millions of people are out of work and hurting, we should be developing and expanding our resources, and energy provides an opportunity to transform the geopolitical playing field, to use our abundant resources in a free market manner to free and liberate the people of Ukraine.”

Lois Lerner Returns To Congress – Gowdy Maintains Immunity Is Off The Table

Former Director of IRS Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner returns to Congress today to testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee –  to settle some unfinished business.
There’s been a question of whether she will testify this Wednesday, or be granted a one week delay.
Congressman Trey Gowdy told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer that it looks like she’ll be testifying this Wednesday, and he has a bone to pick with her about some “demonstrably false” statements she’s made about the IRS’s political targeting.
Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor says she will not be granted immunity, “she is not getting immunity – period! he repeated.
When asked where the targeting originated from, Gowdy replied firmly and deliberately, “Washington DC. You remember the State of the Union where the president famously  chastised the Supreme Court for their decision in Citizen’s United? To their face at the State of the Union. Democrats don’t like that opinion and they immediately started a project and that’s not my word that’s her word.”
Gowdy went on to say, “they started a project to unravel Citizen’s United because they were tired of outside groups going after Democrats. This was orchestrated, it was planned, and we’ll prove it tomorrow or whenever she testifies.”
He confidently stated, “I think we’re building a pretty good case, and I think you’ll see that tomorrow, or a week from tomorrow.
The Daily Caller is reporting that Lerner’s attorney Bill Taylor, has been negotiating for immunity for Lerner since at least September, and is now  trying to delay or prevent her from testifying.
Taylor claimed that Lerner’s life has been threatened if she testified. TheDC has independently verified Taylor’s claim.

Backlash: Angry ObamaCare Victims Lash Out At Dingy Harry Reid (Video)

Earlier this week, in a desperate attempt to combat the bad press and devastating Republican campaign ads highlighting “ObamaCare horror stories”, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid proclaimed on the Senate floor that all the stories we’ve been hearing about are untrue. “There’s plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue … Lies distorted by Republicans to grab headlines,” Reid said.

Dingy Harry walked back his comments a little while later, in response to the uproar he caused. He admitted that not every single one of the horror stories were a lie – just the vast majority of them – and by the way – the Koch brothers are un-American.
I can’t say that every one of the Koch brothers’ ads are a lie, but I’ll say this. Mr. President, the vast, vast majority of them are. And it’s time the American people spoke out against this terrible dishonesty of these two brothers who are about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine.
Yes, the Senate Majority Leader actually warbled that the philanthropic Koch brothers are “un-American” because they donate to conservative/libertarian causes unlike George Soros or most labor unions who donate (in much greater numbers) to left-wing causes. He has a source who gives him this information. It’s the same guy who told him that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid his taxes for 10 years, and the Iraq war was lost while we were in the process of adding troops.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Are you people in Nevada who voted for this senile gasbag proud of yourselves? Harry Reid has to be the absolute worst Senate Majority Leader we’ve ever had.
In response to his bizarre declaration, the National Republican Senatorial Committee put together a video that hits Reid with “the weapon every ObamaCare-defending Democrat fears most: the truth.”

This morning on Fox and Friends, Elisabeth Hasselbeck spoke to a mother whose family has been living an ObamaCare horror story since they lost their health insurance plan, last Fall.

Johanna Benthal, 17, was born with congenital malformations on her brain. She has undergone 89 surgeries. The most recent one was last night.

Johanna’s mom, Eileen Benthal, told Hasselbeck she was “offended” by Reid’s comments. “Here I was sitting at my daughter’s bedside, and I’ve spent the last three months – it’s been more than a part time job for me – to secure insurance after our termination happened in the fall.”

Eileen said they have lost one doctor and all out-of-state coverage. The family was left with three minor options that she described as “far less superior” to their previous coverage.

If Reid feels any regret for his offensive words, Eileen said to him, “I challenge you to make a donation to the Angioma Alliance in honor of Johanna Benthal.”

Last year, the Benthals’ insurance company paid the $27K needed for Johanna to have neurodiagnostic testing at a University of Chicago clinic. With no out-of-state coverage as of March 1, the family is looking to the grassroots organization to cover the cost.

“I’d like [Reid] to put his money where his mouth is,” Benthal said. “I’d like him to pay $30,000 dollars to the Angioma Alliance and make that donation, and apologize to me and to the American people.”

A second woman, Betsy Tadder,  who saw her family’s health insurance canceled under ObamaCare told Martha MacCallum what she thought of Reid’s comments.

“I agree that there are lies being told about ObamaCare – and they’re being told all over America. I agree that he knows who the liars are and her knows who the liars are – and the difference is – I can sleep at night,” she said.

Julie Boonstra, Michigan mother battling leukemia is becoming a household name thanks to Democrat attacks on her story. She told radio host John Gibson that she is DEMANDING an apology from Harry Reid.

 Julie says Reid is saying she “is a liar” but “being able to keep your plan..that was the lie”.

Ophthalmologist, Dr. Patricia McLaughlin joined Greta Van Susteren to set the record straight:  We Are Not Liars and Phonies.

VAN SUSTEREN: When you hear Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid say these horror stories are wrong and untrue, what do you think? What do you say to him?

MCLAUGHLIN: I would just certainly hope that he said that in haste and that perhaps the information that was given to him came from a source that wasn’t correct. This is not the case that we are seeing in our practices and with stories patients are telling us.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Well, let’s go specific. Let me go first to your patients. You have patients who have insurance and they go to you. But now you have been knocked off one of the insurance networks. Is that correct?

MCLAUGHLIN: Well, I have been not dismissed but have nothing offered participation status in some of the subsections of one of the insurance companies. And that was insurance that would be covering individuals taking out insurance through the Affordable Care Act or through small business plans outside the Affordable Care Act. It also included them.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, does that mean that these patients that some patients of yours can no longer go to you unless they pay out-of-pocket?

MCLAUGHLIN: That’s correct.

VAN SUSTEREN: Have any of your patients said anything to you? Are they distressed by this or are they happy to sort of move on to look for another doctor?

MCLAUGHLIN: You know, most patients are attached to their doctor. We have had long-standing relationships. We don’t just take care of an illness. We take care of the human spirit as well. So we know things about their spouse, their children, their parents. We have gone through their trials and tribulations. There’s a relationship. Of course, they are distressed. And they don’t enjoy the fact that they don’t have freedom of choice any longer. It’s very, very confusing to them. It’s very distressful. They don’t know where to turn. They still will call us and ask for help. And, of course, we are willing it do that.

Video: Marco Rubio’s Passionate Floor Speech Ripping Cuba, Venezuela and Useful Idiot Tom Harkin

In case you haven’t seen this yet, it’s a reminder of why conservatives fell in love with this guy prior to his involvement with the gang of eight’s amnesty push and it’s why he still has a bright future ahead of him in the Republican party.

Via John Sexton at the Conversation:

Rubio’s 14 minute speech was apparently prompted by comments Sen. Tom Harkin made after a visit to Cuba last month. One of the points Harkin raised was Cuba’s low infant mortality rate. Rubio questioned the reliability of Cuba’s official infant mortality statistics, noting that “totalitarian communist regimes don’t have the best history of accurately reporting things.”

Rubio also noted with regard to Cuba’s high literacy rate that “They can only read censored stuff.” He added “I wish that someone on that trip would have asked the average Cuban: With your wonderful literacy skills, are you allowed to read the NY Times or the Wall Street Journal or any blog for that matter? Because the answer is no.”

Five minutes into the speech Rubio pivoted by noting that Cuba had “exported” their system of repression to Venezuela. He showed a series of large posters, talking about each one in turn. The first was of Leopoldo Lopez, the Venezuelan opposition leader, who was arrested last week.

The second was the famous photo of Genesis Carmona being rushed to the hospital after being shot in the head. “She’s on that motorcycle because the government in Venezuela and the thugs, these so called civilian groups that they’ve armed–another export from Cuba, a model the Cubans follow–they shot her in the head!” Rubio said, pointing at the photo.

Susan Rice – Still In Cover-Up Mode After All These Months (Video)

In fairness – after going on five Sunday talk shows to spout the Regime’s phony cover story – what else is she gonna do? Admit it was all a huge lie to deflect from the ugly truth that al Qaeda was not “on the run” in 2012, but “on the offensive?”

Still, this is pathetic, and it inspired John McCain to burst out in derisive laughter when he saw it.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice says she has no regrets about her Sunday show appearances where she peddled the false talking point that the Benghazi terrorist attack was a spontaneous reaction to a video.

Actually Miss, what you peddled on the Sunday talk shows was not the best you had at the moment, and contrary to your assertions,  your bogus narrative has not been validated. Your “best information” defense has in fact been, invalidated. We know the White House knew, okay already?

The only question is whether Rice was acting as an unknowing stooge at the time, or a willing participant in the subterfuge. There is no question of what she currently is doing.

Oh – and kudos to Meet the Depressed host, David Gregory who did such a splendid  job holding Rice’s feet to the fire, there. Always nice to see a hard-nosed journalist doing his part to keep a Washington power broker honest with a few tough follow up questions. What’s that you say? There wasn’t a followup question to that obvious lie? Wow. (The FCC seen nodding in approval.) NBC knows what its audience’s “critical information needs” are – and the truth about Benghazi – or any of the Regime’s other scandals are not among them.

Here’s John McCain’s “almost speechless” response to Rice’s BS on CBS, this morning:

UPDATE:

Fox News’ “Political insiders”, Pat Caddell, Doug Schoen, John LeBoutillier with Harris Faulkner talked about Rice’s appearance on NBC still peddling what Caddell called “the greatest lie of my lifetime.”

LeBoutillier  saw the appearance as an indication that the Regime is still getting away with the cover-up, and took the opportunity to repeat what all the insiders have been calling for – a Select Committee to investigate Benghazi.

(By the way, I don’t agree that a Select Committee would be some kind of panacea – I think the multiple House hearings have actually done an adequate job rooting out the truth, myself. A Select Committee would remove some of the most effective House Oversight members (like Gowdy and Chaffetz) from involvement because ranking members (dead wood) would be appointed to the committee.  The investigation is taking time because we’re dealing with a bunch of shameless, lying, stonewalling, Fifth Amendment-pleading, ends-justify-the-means, Alinsky trained corruptocrats. As Darrell Issa has said, “the fact is, I have all the same powers and have used the same authorities as a Select Committee would use. This administration is slow.”)

Anyway, LeBoutillier was adamant. He said, “We have a 180 members of the House Republican Conference who have called for a Select Committee to finaally get to the bottom of Benghazi. They need to get together tomorrow, and they need to tell Boehner, Cantor, and McCarthy, you’ve got one day to appoint the Committee, and if you will not do it, we’re throwing all of you out of the leadership….”

The Rice discussion starts 6:35 minutes in…

Video via Johnny Dollar

Linked by Doug Ross, and iOWNTHEWORLD, thanks!

Greta Van Susteren: Obama’s News Police Meant to Intimidate, Stifle and Chill Speech (Video)

On Wednesday night’s On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, a panel discussed the Obama Regime’s latest power grab – an FCC pilot program that would send “researchers” to newsrooms to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. Former FCC Commissioner AJIT PAI wrote about the plan in his Wall Street Journal piece, The FCC Wades Into the Newsroom.

The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about “the process by which stories are selected” and how often stations cover “critical information needs,” along with “perceived station bias” and “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”

How does the FCC plan to dig up all that information? First, the agency selected eight categories of “critical information” such as the “environment” and “economic opportunities,” that it believes local newscasters should cover. It plans to ask station managers, news directors, journalists, television anchors and on-air reporters to tell the government about their “news philosophy” and how the station ensures that the community gets critical information.

Susteren is outraged. She had on The Hill’s AB Stoddard, The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty and the Washington Examiner’s Byron York to discuss the Regime’s stealth attempt to bring back the  Fairness Doctrine, and they all agreed that it was a horrible idea that no self-respecting newsroom would tolerate.

Greta named three things that she thought she’d never see happen in her own country – the NSA spying on all American citizens, the use of drones to kill American citizens, and now this. Tumulty noted the FCC was also planning to visit newspapers which they don’t even have the power to regulate.

“You ask a news organization what their news philosophy is – it’s to cover the news and make a profit out of that”, Tumulty declared.

Greta retorted, “if they asked me, you know what I’d say? None of your business.” She went on to say she hoped any other news organization would respond the same way.

Stoddard wondered why any newsroom or newspaper would feel like they would have to comply with these FCC inquisitions. “I can’t imagine even the most liberal outfit coming from this profession being willing to share their philosophy and change the way they cover anything…” She said.

Greta asserted that the whole thing is “meant to intimidate and to stifle and to chill,” and expressed shock and horror that someone thought that this was a good idea to begin with.

AB Stoddard agreed, “it seems so ludicrous – so unAmerican – that I can’t believe that it would ever become real, but the fact that someone had an idea about it and it didn’t get slapped down – is more than strange.”

One gets the uneasy feeling that Obama looks to Communist South American Dictators who take control of the news media with great admiration and envy.

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Doug Ross: NOT CREEPY AT ALL: Obama FCC Placing Government Monitors in Newsrooms to Police Media:

Every major repressive regime of the modern era has begun with an attempt to control and intimidate the press.

As Thomas Jefferson so eloquently said, “our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”

The federal government has absolutely no business determining what stories should and should not be run, what is critical for the American public and what is not, whether it perceives a bias, and whose interests are and are not being served by the free press.

It’s an unconscionable assault on our free society.

Imagine a government monitor telling Fox News it needed to cover stories in the same way as MSNBC or Al Jazeera. Imagine an Obama Administration official walking in to the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal and telling it that the American public would be better served if it is stopped reporting on the IRS scandal or maybe that reporting on ObamaCare “glitches” is driving down enrollment.

It’s hard to imagine anything more brazenly Orwellian than government monitors in newsrooms.

Via Dick Morris: 

Surveys will be distributed to reporters, news editors, assignment editors, publishers, owners, on-air reporters, film editors and other station or newspaper staff. These are the questions they will ask:

–What is the news philosophy of the station?

–Who else in your market provides news?

–Who are your main competitors?

–Is the news produced in-house or is it provided by an outside source?

–Do you employ news people?

–How many reporters and editors do you employ?

–Do you have any reporters or editors assigned to topic “beats”? If so how many and what are the beats?

–Who decides which stories are covered?

–How much influence do reporters and anchors have in deciding which stories to cover? –How much does community input influence news coverage decisions?

–How do you define critical information that the community needs?

–How do you ensure the community gets this critical information? On-Air Staff? Reporters? Anchors?

–How much news does your station air every day?

–Have you ever suggested coverage of what you consider a story with critical information for your customers (viewers, listeners, readers) that was rejected by management? If so, can you give an example? What was the reason given for the decision? Why do you disagree?

These intrusive questions, prying into station politics and policies, can only send a chilling message to radio and television outlets.

Fox News: ‘The Kelly File’ looks at the FCC’s proposal to study newsrooms:

A Federal Communications Commission proposal to “study” how the news media operates by placing researchers in newsrooms, “The Kelly File” reported on Wednesday.

“It’s very reminiscent of the kinds of questions that were asked of my clients in the IRS matter that is currently in federal court,” said Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice. “Same kind of questioning process of content, determination on point of view, and I think this government, this administration is bent on aiming and targeting those they don’t like.”

Katie Pavlich, the news editor of Townhall.com, wondered why the Obama administration didn’t learn following the fallout over the Justice Department’s wiretapping of Associated Press journalists.

“Now, they want to send investigators into newsrooms all over the country,” she said. “This is about controlling what people say, and this is about intimidating the news.”

Pavlich agreed with host Megyn Kelly’s assertion that the proposal provides a window into “how the FCC is thinking” when it comes to an independent press.

I emboldened what Sekulow said because I was thinking the same thing and I think it is key.

Do a Google search on this story, and you’ll quickly notice which media outfits are the most concerned about this – the WSJ, which broke the story, Fox News, the ACLJ, Mediaite, and lots of conservative blogs.

Why do you suppose ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC,  CNN, the Washington Post and NYTs (the Democrat media complex as Andrew Breitbart used to call them) are mum? Why is this not a big story for them? Could it be because they are already voluntarily complying with the Regime’s PC requirements? Are they not already simpatico with the Regime’s Statist worldview? In 2016, can we fully expect them to run interference  for the Democrat candidate  like they did so shamelessly for Obama in 2008 and 2012? Of course they will. They pretend to be impartial, but when it counts – they will sting the Republican. It is their nature.

So who do you think is being “targeted” here? As usual, it’s the disfavored conservative leaning rabble-rousers who don’t tow the Regime’s Statist line. And the Democrat media complex is once again, looking away from a scandal,  giving the Regime their tacit approval.

Greta Van Susteren has every reason to be horrified.

Andrew Klavan, Truth Revolt: KLAVAN: A Sick Media #BOWDOWN To Their Own Oppressors:

…we don’t need a thuggish FCC to know this administration wants the media choir to sing the White House song castrato. Reporters Without Borders has already downgraded the U.S. fourteen spots to number 46 on the World Press Freedom Index this year alone. The president’s men have tapped reporters’ phones and email. And even Jill Abramson, editor of the leftist New York Times, says, “This is the most secretive White House… I have ever dealt with.”

And yet the Times and the news networks continue to play down presidential malfeasance — including that which threatens their own freedom!

It was unbelievably childish of journalists to believe, as Barbara Walters put it, that Obama was “the next messiah.” It is venal of them to turn a near-sighted eye to his IRS abuse, Benghazi cover-up and unconstitutional non-enforcement of law. But for American news people to #BOWDOWN before an administration that shows open hostility to the First Amendment — that’s just hashtag-pathological.

Ben Shapiro, Big Government: OBAMA CRACKDOWN ON PRESS FREEDOM ESCALATES:

Last week, Reporters Without Borders dropped America in the World Press Freedom Index 2014 from 33rd to 46th. James Risen of The New York Times rightly explained, “I think 2013 will go down in history as the worst year for press freedom in the United States’ modern history.” And he’s right. The violation of press freedoms has been egregious under this administration, even as the press fetes President Obama as an honest and effective commander-in-chief.

Selective Access. President Obama has regularly granted special access to reporters who give him preferential coverage. CBS’ Steve Kroft admitted as much after a late-2012 interview with the President during which CBS clipped Obama’s explicit refusal to label Benghazi an act of terror: “(Obama) knows that we’re not going to play ‘gotcha’ with him, that we’re not going to go out of our way to make him look bad or stupid.”

Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball, got special access for a profile of Obama for Vanity Fair – but Obama insisted on redlining his quotes. Lewis explained that “the White House insisted on signing off on the quotes that would appear.” A reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle was threatened for covering an anti-Obama protest. As early as 2008, candidate Obama was kicking dissenters off planes after their outlets endorsed John McCain.

Targeting Reporters. In May 2013, the Associated Press dropped the bombshell that the Department of Justice had grabbed phone records for its reporters and editors of the course of two months. Records for 20 telephone lines belonging to the AP and reporters for it were seized between April and May of 2012. Those seizures affected over 100 journalists.

The AP’s President and CEO Gary Pruitt stated, “There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters.” Fox News’ James Rosen was also targeted by the DOJ after running a story about North Korea nuclear development. His State Department visits were tracked and his movements were followed. His parents’ phone records were even grabbed.

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