1200 Arrested In Coordinated Raids On Suspected Crime Syndicates In 282 Cities

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) teams have arrested more than 1,200 people, in an operation targeting international crime syndicates.

This would seem to be a healthy, normal, positive use of government force – targeting criminal gangs and protecting American citizens.

Weird, huh?

Via Fox News:

Targeting gangs across the country, teams from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested more than 1,200 people, while seizing weapons and drugs directly used by international crime syndicates.

Members and associates from 239 different gangs were arrested in 282 cities across the U.S. during what’s been called Project Wildfire, a six-week operation that included 215 state, local and federal law enforcement agencies. Already at least 913 people have been charged with criminal offenses as a result of the operation, which began in mid -February. Those arrested include 650 with violent criminal histories, including 19 individuals wanted on active warrants for murder and 15 for rape or sexual assault. There were 200 foreign nationals arrested in the raids.


The operation targeted transnational criminal gangs and others associated with transnational criminal activity.

 “We’re looking to prevent, deter and protect communities. The public doesn’t realize what’s happening in a federal investigative agency like HSI and the breath of the investigations that we’re doing. So, with Project Wildfire, we’re looking to take ground information and feed them back into the collective pool… working with our local partners to identify community threats as we look to prevent, deter and protect the homeland,” said Mandoli.

I’m scratching my head, here. In Obama’s post-rational America where good is evil and evil good – where common sense and decency have been completely upended – where the interests of hard-working, law-abiding Americans always come last – this show of government force that actually protects Americans – seems oddly out of character.

Are we sure they weren’t targeting tea partiers and pro life groups?

Anti-SSM Conservatives Vindicated As All Of Their Dire Predictions Have Come True

I am not for same sex marriage. This is not because I think gays shouldn’t have equal rights –  they should. I just don’t think we should be forced to pretend that a gay union is the same thing as a male/female union when it obviously isn’t. But that isn’t to say that a gay union shouldn’t have all of the same rights as a traditional married couple. I always considered Same Sex civil Unions to be a good compromise and the best road to full equality.

I have good friends who disagree me on this. Some gay – some not gay. It’s not a subject I like to broach on my blog for two reasons. Number 1 –  I don’t want to hurt feelings. And number 2 – frankly, I don’t want my site besieged by morally sick trolls who say things like, “you’re a closet lesbian who wants to have sex with the Virgin Mary.” (Not that that hasn’t happened already.)

As a devout Roman Catholic, my faith certainly informs my opinion on this matter, but it has never been my primary reason for opposing Same Sex Marriage (SSM). My primary reason is a defensive one.

I always knew that militant gays (aka gay mafia, gaystapo, purple army) were not interested in merely being tolerated and accepted. (This may seem counter-intuitive to people who think of gays as a victim group, but the radical gay left are among the most vicious bullies in America, today –  rivaled only by the radical feminist left..)

Twenty years ago, when pro-SSM activists told us that what we’re seeing today would never happen, I was unconvinced because I knew the totalitarian left were control freaks. Social conservatives are now being forced under the penalty of law,  to embrace, celebrate – and even participate in gay marriages.

We have been witnessing this changing tide for years now. Christian bakers, florists, photographers, venue owners, and Catholic orphanages have been increasingly put upon to take part in something they find morally objectionable – or risk being labeled “hateful bigots,” sued, and put out of business by spiteful activists.

This week, the totalitarians really bared their fangs.

A favorite left-wing tactic is to accuse Republicans of “overreach” when they react to Obama/Democrat scandals. It’s a protective measure designed to deflect from the truth.   The idea is to frame Republicans as unprincipled hacks who go so overboard in criticizing the left’s corruption, they end up hurting themselves more than the people they are trying to expose.

But Democrats are the ones who engage in the sin of “overreach” time and time again, drumming up media firestorms based on false narratives like  “the Republican war on women” and “hands up, don’t shoot.”

Now we are to believe that a law designed to protect religious liberties, gives Christian bigots license to refuse gays basic services. It does not and has not. What it does do is allow Christians to use their faith as a legitimate defense in lawsuits. (Anyone who thinks Christian bakers, florists, photographers, etc aren’t being maliciously targeted by activists in order to force them them into compliance on SSM, doesn’t understand the gay activist left.) But the laws do not even mention same sex marriage, or gay rights issues. RFRA laws are for everybody – including religious gays – to use as a defense in court.

First came the assault on the Indiana RFRA law which mirrored other laws  defending religious liberties. Then came the witch hunt for individuals guilty of the thought crime of opposing gay marriage. Then came the unhinged assault on the thought criminals.

In a desperate attempt to keep one of the most ridiculous media feeding frenzies in modern memory alive, reporters in Indiana are now going around asking businesses whether they would serve a gay wedding. They finally found someone in Walkerton, Ind. (population 2,248). The owner of Memories Pizza told the local ABC affiliate that if a gay couple came in and asked them to cater their wedding (because all of the best gay weddings are in Walkerton, and they just have to have pizza from Memories) they’d have to say no.

Yesterday, Iowahawk sarcastically tweeted, “burn the Pizza witch!”

Which was funny until a social justice warrior actually threatened to burn the pizza place down.

Then came the craven caves from conservative governors to appease the the left-wing outrage mobs. Christians will be  prosecuted for conscientiously objecting to partaking in gay weddings.

None of this would have happened if gay marriage hadn’t been imposed on us by left wing courts.  The outrage mobs have totally vindicated my opposition to SSM and made me more steadfast in my opposition than ever before.

I am not alone. There are people who were until very recently FOR gay marriage, but after this week, they have changed their position.


The sharks smell blood in the water. Yesterday a Pizza shop in Indiana had to shut down due to death threats, but the media witch hunt continues, unabated.


They are not pursuing a “story.” They are pursuing people to name and shame and blame, exposing them to ruin and perhaps even danger.

Jeanine Pirro: Hillary Clinton a ‘Veteran of Scandal’ (Video)

In her opening statement, Saturday night, Jeanine Pirro assailed Hillary Clinton and the Obama State department for their hypocritical stance on email transparency.

Her voice dripping with sarcasm, she said, “so Hillary Clinton used her private email for work.  Everybody does it. Who cares! And why is this even important?”

Answering her own question, she said, ” because this is a woman with a past. A history of evading, obfuscating, hiding, here, making sure we only see sanitized contents of e-mails. And no one knows the game better than she. No one spins or does the Washington two-step better than she does. She’s a veteran, a veteran of scandal.”

She pointed out that Clinton “forced out that former US Air Force General, an Ambassador to Kenya, in 2012 in part for using personal e-mails for official business. Your henchwoman, Cheryl Mills told him he violated your state department policies while you didn’t even have a government account. But the rules don’t apply to you, do they?…While she pontificates to her subordinates about following the e-mail law, she does not practice what she preaches. Hillary, have you been studying Claire Underwood in House of Cards?” she asked before playing a clip of Underwood saying “you don’t have to mean it, you just have to say it.”

Pirro continued, “Clinton and her staff decided what e-mails to turn over to the State Department. Who knows what was included and what was not included? We don’t even know how many there were to begin with. So, by sifting through them, she has decided what we should see and not see. So, the State Department doesn’t have all them, they can only produce the ones that she has handed over. Hillary, that’s why you’re supposed to use a government account. You don’t get to hide what you don’t want us to see. That’s just not how it works.”

Pirro concluded “you exposed us, the United States of America, to data breaches because you wanted to protect your own butt…why? Could it be that raising money for the Clinton Foundation — up to $25 million from the Saudis — while Secretary of State [note: the Saudi government did not give its $25 million in donations during Clinton’s time at the State Department] was something you didn’t want us to see? I wonder, Hillary, when you were Secretary of State for four years, how many Freedom of Information requests were denied because the State Department didn’t have any information and were just stamped ‘lack of information?’”

She had Ann Coulter on to discuss the email scandal.

Coulter has a theory. “I think Hillary is just really dumb,” she posited. “It is so stupid – it is such a self-inflicted wound — it reminds us of all the worst parts of the Clinton era.”

“I want to see her SAT scores,” she added.

Incredible: AIPAC Crowd Cheers Susan Rice — For Policies the WH Opposes

White House Security advisor Susan Rice received raucous applause at AIPAC today – for mentioning policies the Obama administration actively opposes.

During her speech, when she discussed policies that she claimed were not realistic or attainable, the crowd leaped to their feet and cheered. When she offered the Obama administration’s (supposedly) more realistic (and wiser) alternative, you could hear a pin drop. The barely audible smattering you hear is probably pro-Obama press flacks.

Via NRO:

“We cannot let a totally unachievable ideal stand in the way of a good deal,” she began. “I know that some of you will be urging Congress to insist that Iran forgo its domestic enrichment capacity entirely –”

With that, Rice was cut off for over twenty seconds by raucous applause, as the crowd rose to its feet in approval of a total ban on Iran’s civilian nuclear program. “But as desirable as that would be, it is neither realistic nor achievable!” she finally continued, claiming that European nations would abandon sanctions altogether if that was the goal. Just seconds later, the crowd again turned on Rice. “I know some would argue we should impose sanctions and just walk away, but let’s remember –” she said.  Cue more rowdy cheering, with Rice at first trying to speak over the crowd before raising her arms in exasperation. “My friends, let’s remember that sanctions have never stopped Iran from advancing its program!” she finally finished.

This really is incredible – and mortifying for Susan Rice.


Gateway Pundit: Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei Goes Off on Jew-Hating Tirade Before Netanyahu Speech




Quack Like a Duck?: Megyn Kelly and Howard Kurtz Laugh at Melissa Harris Perry’s Holder Interview

So, during a recent interview on her MSNBC show,  Melissa Harris Perry asked outgoing Attorney General to “quack like a duck.”

Did you hear about this? I’m guessing no, unless you happened to catch Megyn Kelly and Howard Kurtz laughing about it on Fox.

And you really have to see it to believe it.

Toward the end of the interview, the obsequious Perry told Holder, “you know we call you ‘The Duck’ in our land…You have a placid and even way of presenting, but you are just working for justice underneath.” 

She asked plaintively, “would you quack for us?”

“That was the most cringe inducing thing I’ve seen since Glosell Green was in the bathtub with Fruitloops before interviewing the president!!!” Kurtz laughed as he unshielded his eyes. “I thought she was going to get down on one knee and proclaim her undying love for Eric Holder!”

Megyn then did a perfect impersonation of Melissa Harris Perry saying; “Would you quack for us..” eliciting guffaws from Kurtz. “I’ve never seen anything like that. What was she doing?!”

“How humiliating for her, “Kelly added. “Does she know how much she humiliated herself?”

On a more serious note.

The DOJ continues to be horribly corrupt and ridiculous under Holder.

The Daily Caller: House Oversight Subcommittee DESTROYS DOJ Attorney:

An angry House Oversight Subcommittee blasted Attorney General Eric Holder’s representative Wednesday for coming terribly unprepared to testify at the committee hearing.

The angry attorney then proceeded to take his rage out on a Daily Caller News Foundation reporter, but more on that later.

The recipient of the tongue lashing? Deputy Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco. During questioning from House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Blanco admitted that he had not even read the Inspector General report that was a key part of the subcommittee’s meeting.

Six years in, members of this Regime don’t even pretend to give a shit. They are dug in, and will do whatever the hell they please. These oversight hearings are a pesky inconvenience they don’t even bother to prepare for.


Giuliani Doubles Down On Obama Criticism, Says de Blasio Should Apologize To NYPD (Video)

Did you catch former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on CBS with Major Garrett, Sunday morning?

He was very impressive in the first half of the interview, refusing to back down from his previous comments indicting Obama for “contributing to a rhetorical atmosphere about hating American police.”

Apparently Glenn Kessler, the WaPo “factchecker” fact-checked his opinion and gave it some Pinocchios after coming to the (not-so) shocking conclusion that POTUS has been generally supportive of the police in his rhetoric (as if the Alinsky-trained,  community organizer/president would be anything but supportive of the police on the surface in a center-right country.)

But Garrett was very impressed with WaPo’s fact checking, and wanted to clear the air.

“I’ve never come across anything that looked like propaganda urging the country to hate police,” he said crossly at the former Mayor.  “Do you want to recast that, or take that back?”

“No, not at all,”  Giuliani answered without missing a beat. “I think you miss one important point.”

That, of course,  would be the giant, teleprompter-challenged elephant in the room – “He has had Al Sharpton to the White House 80-85 times,”  Giuliani explained. “Often when he’s talking about police issues he has Al Sharpton sitting right next to him.”

“If you would like to have a poster boy for hating the police, it’s Al Sharpton,” Giuliani continued. “You make Al Sharpton a close advisor, you are going to turn the police in America against you.”

He added, “I saw this man help cause riots in New York. I’ve heard his anti-police invective first hand.” Giuliani then went in for the kill: “To have a man who hasn’t paid $4 million dollars in taxes – have a man who has spent his career helping to create riotsphony stories about the police – to have that man sitting next to you – it speaks volumes. Actions speak louder than words.”

Garrett tried to get Giuliani to admit that the president has at least been supportive of the police in his rhetoric, but Giuliani refused to back down.

“Look, who you associate with is part of your rhetoric,” Giuliani answered heatedly. He went on to make a perfect analogy that should have embarrassed Garrett because it was an indictment of him and the Obama-media as a whole.  “If I were talking to you about ending the mafia as I did in the 1980s – fighting the mafia – and I had Joe Colombo sitting next to me, you would say I was a big hypocrite, wouldn’t you?”

(The answer is yes, any journalist with a pulse would have called him out for that. But love is blind, as they say, and if President Boyfriend occasionally says nice things about the police but constantly meets with a notorious cop-hater and riot instigator, they fail to notice the problem.)

Giuliani drove the point home, saying, “It wouldn’t matter what my rhetoric was – ‘oh I’m fighting the mafia!’ There’s Joe Colombo!”

And he proceeded with the Obama example – ‘I’m for the police’ there’s Al Sharpton? Police everywhere are going to say, ‘give me a break. I get the point Mr. President.'”


Garrett suggested that Giuliani had had his differences with the police when he was mayor, and they had turned his back on him, too. and Giuliani quickly disabused him of that notion. (Makes you wonder who was feeding Garrett these weak arguments? Media Matters? The White House itself? Garrett’s star has fallen far since his days at Fox.)

Giuliani said that there had been  a dispute with the union about pay – “‘Double zeroes for heroes’ they chanted. “But they never turned their backs on me. And I never had an issue about policing with them.”

Unfortunately, in the second half of the segment, he criticized the police for turning their backs on De Blasio, and he repeated his assertion that it is unfair to blame De Blasio for the cop killings. (I think Obama/Holder/Sharpton/de Blasio do have blood on their hands for encouraging the false racial narrative about the police and allowing it to take root, and encouraging ( in Obama advisor Sharpton’s case) organizing the protests.)

Giuliani did say that he thinks that de Blasio should apologize to the NYPD.

“He created an impression with the police — that he was on the side of the protesters. Now some of those protesters were entirely legitimate, but some of those protesters were horrible, yelling, ‘kill the police, kill the police.’ I don’t remember protests with people yelling ‘kill the police’ since the 1960s and 70s.”

Giuliani said that if de Blasio would apologize to the police and lose Sharpton, “maybe then he can have a better relationship with the NYPD.”

Garrett’s only response to Giuliani’s numerous assertions, was, “interesting.”



MS/NBC should suspend Rev Al Sharpton until he gets on a payment plan to pay the reported millions he owes in taxes. And the IRS and state revenue divisions should garnish his MS/NBC salary until his reported tax bill is paid. NYT reports he owes $4.5 million in taxes.

Via Truth Revolt: Fox News’ Jason Riley: Obama, Holder, Sharpton Push False Racial Narrative:

Fox News contributor Jason Riley brilliantly nails the false racial narrative perpetuated by the likes of Al Sharpton, Eric Holder and President Obama — that racism is an “all-purpose explanation” for everything that is wrong in America’s black communities.

Riley is right on target with this, echoing what Sheriff Clark and others (like me) have been saying.

The behavior in high-crime black communities must change, Riley said, if the community wants a positive perception. Yet, prominent black voices in this country — Sharpton, Holder, and the president himself — aren’t willing to have that conversation, he said.

More Riley via Bookworm Room on the culpability of the race-baiters: The murderous Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson:

JASON RILEY, WALL STREET JOURNAL: The one person of course who is responsible is the animal who pulled the trigger, he’s the one that we hold personally responsible for this and rightly so. And it’s also true, that Mayor de Blasio, with his anti-cop rhetoric, has created an atmosphere in the city that has made an occurrence like this much more likely than it otherwise would have been.

You know, what we have learned over the years is that when someone like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson injects himself in racially contentious situations people tend to get killed, whether it’s Crown Heights, Brooklyn, back in the early 90s, Freddie’s Fashion Mart up in Harlem in the mid-90s, or these anti-cop protests following the Ferguson shootings. When you the mayor, or the president of the United States, or Attorney General Holder, and you choose to align yourself with someone like Al Sharpton instead of with the men in blue who protect our cities nationwide, you’re asking for mayhem.

Weasel Zippers: Eerily Similar To NY Case: Durham Police Officer Targeted And Shot At By Two Black Men Who Came Up Behind His Police Car

Weasel Zippers: De Blasio Booed And Heckled During NYPD Officers Graduation Ceremony – Update: Crowd Shouts “Traitor!”…

Video here. MehYou can hear some boos among the applause but it’s not overwhelming. Officers were likely lectured about decorum and the need to behave themselves before the ceremony.

Ace of Spades HQ: Obama: Racial Tensions Are Now Coming Out in a “In a Way that is Probably Healthy “

The community organizer just keeps organizin’ his communities.

With racial issues and policing headlining the political conversation in America in the midst of nationwide protests and the murder of two police officers in New York, President Barack Obama said he believes the issue of race relations is surfacing “in a way that probably is healthy.”…

“I actually think that [the U.S. is] probably in its day-to-day interactions less racially divided,” Obama said in an interview with NPR released Monday and recorded before his family vacation in Hawaii. “The issue of police and communities of color being mistrustful of each other is hardly new; that dates back a long time. It’s just something that hasn’t been talked about.”

The fact that some residents in high crime, gang-infested neighborhoods feel hostility toward the police is not something we talk about because it’s an obvious, sickening fact everyone already knows.

The healthy conversation we should be having on race is the one Jason Riley talked about in the video above – the one Obama/Holder/Sharpton/de Blasio and their fellow travelers have no interest in discussing because it doesn’t help them politically.

And for this president to suggest that this country is less racially divided since he came into office when polls overwhelmingly show that Americans say they feel more racially divided than ever before, takes Gruberism to a new level. I’m actually impressed.