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New York City radio DJ blasts Obama and Holder over homegrown jihadists

by Jim Kouri on Friday, September 12th, 2014

This is article 789 of 793 in the topic Terrorism

A top New York City comedian and radio disk jockey, in a departure from his usual light-hearted show, blasted President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric for their total lack of attention to the June 2014 murder of a 19-year-old Livingston, New Jersey, college student by a perpetrator who admitted he was an Islamic jihadist. Todd Pettengill, host of WPLJ’s “The Todd Show”, called the killing “evidence that domestic terrorism is already here,” according to Fox News Channel’s “Outnumbered” on Friday.

During the FNC segment, Pettengill is heard discussing the murder of Brendan Tevlin for more than eight minutes, saying that the killing by a self-proclaimed Muslim terrorist begs the question: why the terrorist incident never received more attention even after the alleged murderer confessed that he killed Tevlin, as well as other victims on the West Coast, as retaliation for U.S. military actions in the Middle East.

Pettengil strongly criticized President Obama and Attorney General Holder for not mentioning the case in recent speeches and while at the same time downplaying the threat posed by radical Islamists currently living in the United States. “It was in fact an act of jihad, perpetrated by a fellow American who sympathized more with those who want to annihilate us than with his own country and its people,” Pettengill said during his radio show.

“If there was ever a reason to riot in the streets in the name of humanity it would for this case. But has that happened? No. And I’m not suggesting that it should,” he told his show’s listeners.

According to an Aug. 21, 2014, Examiner news story (one of the few written about the federal terrorism case involving Devlin):

The suspect, Ali Muhammad Brown, allegedly told investigators and the prosecutor is that his actions were justified and that he was retaliating for the deaths of his brother jihadists at the hands of U.S. soldiers and law enforcement agents, according to a police detective, Morris Hempner, who is following the terrorism case. Brown is also a registered sex offender.

The 29-year-old American-born suspect was charged at his arraignment on Wednesday with first-degree murder by the King County, Washington, Prosecutor’s Office for the the shooting death of 30-year-old Leroy Henderson on April 27, 2014. Police said Henderson was shot with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun 10 times in the back as he was walking towards his home.

The self-styled jihadist was charged earlier with first-degree murder for shooting and killing Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young in Seattle on June 1, 2014. In addition, Ali Muhammad Brown is suspected of killing a 19-year-old college student, Brendan Tevlin, in Newark, New Jersey, on June 25, after Brown traveled from Seattle to New Jersey to evade a police arrest warrant. All four victims were allegedly killed by multiple gunshots from the same 9mm handgun.

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Probe of inspectors general complaints against Obama Justice Dept. to begin

by Jim Kouri on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

This is article 456 of 458 in the topic Government Corruption

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee will hold a special hearing titled, “Access to Justice?: Does DOJ’s Office of Inspector General have Access to Information Needed to Conduct Proper Oversight?” to investigate allegations that the Obama Administration has been stonewalling the investigations conducted by its own Inspector General at the Department of Justice, according to lawmakers.

According to a number of news reports including one by the Examiner, 47 of the 73 federal Inspectors General wrote a letter to congressional leaders complaining about the Obama administration’s limitations placed on getting access to records that in turn interferes with oversight by the Inspectors General at federal agencies, including the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Justice.

While federal law makes it clear that an Inspector General should receive timely and “unfettered access to all records that relate to its official activities,” in their letter of complaint they claimed that “the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General had essential records withheld by agency components in three different reviews” and that the Department of Justice leadership only produced the requested documents after it decided that “the three reviews were of assistance to the Department of Justice’s leadership.”

A key witness who will testify at the hearing is the Inspector General for the Department of Justice, Michael Horowitz, who is expected to focus attention on a problem that has plagued the United States and its people almost from the start of the supposedly “most transparent White House in history.”

During an interview on Fox News, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, called the letter unprecedented. “I’ve never seen a letter like this, and my folks have checked — there has never been a letter even with a dozen IGs complaining. This is the majority of all inspectors general saying not just in the examples they gave, but government wide, they see a pattern that is making them unable to do their job.” Issa chairs the House Oversight Committee which has been at the forefront of numerous probes of Obama-related scandals.

“It’s deeply troubling that Department of Justice leadership has stonewalled the Inspector General’s investigations several times and only produced requested documents after officials concluded that it would help them. The Inspector General’s activities should not be dependent upon the whims of a particular administration. Efforts to restrict or delay an Inspector General’s access to key materials in turn deprive the American people and their elected representatives of timely oversight information with which to evaluate an agency’s performance,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia.

“Limiting access, except in very narrow instances, is at odds with the necessary independence of Inspectors General and is contrary to Congressional intent. Efforts to reduce transparency, such as those described by the Inspectors General, will leave agencies vulnerable to mismanagement and misconduct, and will not be tolerated,” Goodlatte noted.

Several observers, especially those working in law enforcement, find the stonewalling and lack of cooperation criminal. “There are people in prison who have done the same things this President and his minions do on almost a daily basis. It’s called obstruction of justice,” stated former police detective, now a corporate security director, Matthew Hyland, Jr.

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More evidence that Eric Holder is covering up the IRS scandal?

by John Lott on Friday, September 5th, 2014

This is article 245 of 246 in the topic Congressional Investigations
What possible reasonable justification could the Obama administration have for not providing contact information for a former employee?  From Fox News:

A top House Republican is demanding the Department of Justice hand over contact information on a former employee accused of having a conflict of interest in the IRS targeting scandal investigation.
In a Sept. 3 letter, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, once again asked Attorney General Eric Holder for information on Andrew Strelka’s whereabouts.
“Despite notifying [Oversight and Government Reform] Committee staff that the [Justice] Department no longer employs Mr. Strelka, the department has refused to assist the committee in speaking to Mr. Strelka directly,” Jordan wrote. “The department’s efforts to prevent the committee from learning Mr. Strelka’s whereabouts suggest the department has cause for keeping him from speaking with the committee.”
Jordan says he wants Strelka’s contact information so the Oversight Committee can conduct a transcribed interview. The letter gives Holder a Friday deadline for the information. . . .

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Eric Holder and racial cases: Abusing the power of the federal government in the Trayvon Martin and Ferguson, MO cases?

by John Lott on Friday, September 5th, 2014

This is article 455 of 458 in the topic Government Corruption
US Attorney General Eric Holder is still trying to go after George Zimmerman.  Dragging out the legal case like this over years imposes massive costs on George Zimmerman — not only does it impose legal costs on him, but it makes it very difficult for him to plan his life.  Holder’s actions here are a real criminal penalty that are being imposed on Zimmerman.  Either charge Zimmerman with something or eventually let go of the case.  From Grabien.com:

REPORTER: “There is a big announcement that you made years ago about the investigation in Trayvon Martin shooting. Have you ever finished that civil rights investigation? Are you ever going to finish that?

HOLDER: “That investigation is ongoing. In fact, in anticipation of that question, I was asked — I asked, give me, you know, the best we can where do we stand. That matter is ongoing. There are active steps we are still in the process of taking. There are witnesses who we want to speak to as a result of some recent development. So that matter is still underway.”

Here is another clip from the same press conference about how the federal government can use its massive resources to make life difficult for a small town, when it appears that Holder made up his mind before any evidence was actually collected.  From Grabien.com:

REPORTER: “Mr. Attorney General, can you give us a little more texture on why you decided to launch this investigation? Your own conversations there — you talk about review of documented allegations. Give us the universe of what went into this.

MORAN: “We looked at a number of things in our initial and preliminary assessment and whether or not to open the investigation. It included not only discussions that the Attorney General had with residents of Ferguson two weeks ago but also, other meetings that the Civil rights division and Community relations service and other Justice Department officials have had with residents. We’ve looked of course at public records and other pieces of information that are available to make an assessment that this was indeed an appropriate opening for a pattern and practice investigation. Moreover, the civil rights division met with city leaders in Ferguson yesterday and they expressed a strong willingness to assist us, and in fact were extremely open to this investigation. So we will have cooperation from our local residents.”

REPORTER: “What public records are we talking about?”

MORAN: “There are a number of pieces of information that we looked at which would have included demographics and public records related to cases that may have been filed by private litigants. There are a number of different things we looked at.”

REPORTER: “Mr. Attorney General, what about your visit struck you to the point where you felt comfortable able to move forward with the investigation?

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Why Do Black Leaders Have Preconceived Notions of Guilt When the Races Exchange Roles?

by Jerry McConnell on Monday, August 25th, 2014

This is article 453 of 458 in the topic Government Corruption

If at first you don’t succeed, try – oops; not that one, but it’s very close.  The one I’m thinking of when I heard that the cavalry, in the form of two black leaders, not Black Panthers, although that group are certainly present at this roasting; but these warriors heard that a young black boy got shot by a white policeman during the riots in Ferguson, suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, and they’re here to make sure some white cop gets not necessarily fair but equal treatment.

But wait; fair and equal? How can that be?  The cop was not looting and part of the general mayhem prevalent in the scene of the action; only the black boy.  And yes, the young black boy was seen and videotaped with a box of expensive cigars in his hand when leaving a store that had been looted.

That’s ridiculous, you say; boys are too small to smoke cigars.  Not this boy, he could be a backup for an offensive lineman on an NFL football team well over 275 pounds and standing six feet four inches tall, literally, a giant of a man, er, boy.  But they got him on tape menacing a normal-sized store owner who was trying to recover the stolen property from the looters who were leaving the store.  BIG BOY was last out and made sure the owner didn’t follow them.

Oh, now I remember; it was a quote by Albert Einstein’s definition of ‘Insanity’ which is:  “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  In this case, there had already been two autopsies performed on the huge man, er, boy, in which the rioters, including the Black Panthers and the two black cavalry riders, namely Obama and Holder, were disappointed in the conclusions which did not OFFICIALLY condemn the police officer.

So what does a black U.S. President, a black U.S. Attorney General and a black population of a black community do, then?  Why, of course – order the execution of the white police officer, excuse me, the third enactment of the procedures which are called autopsies.  Surely, as some pundits are saying, the third time is the charm; it can’t fail.  Their methods got Obama reelected even when some towns had more votes for him even when they had LESS actual residents in the town.

So, you see, SOME things can just BE DONE.  Remember the definition of insanity up above? Wink, wink.  Hell, they almost got everyone to believe that the bullet exit wounds on the victim’s back were bullet ENTRY wounds, so it’s possible.  Isn’t it?  Wink, wink.  And the additional oversight of two such luminaries as the POTUS and AGUS should be enough to close that case.

In a “libertyunyielding” staff report of August 18, 2014, it was stated that “Holder orders third autopsy of Michael Brown” by saying, “Maybe this time around Attorney General Eric Holder will find evidence that confirms his preconception of how Michael Brown (aka one of “his people”) met his end on the streets of a St.

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Ferguson: Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett secretly briefs civil rights leaders

by Jim Kouri on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

This is article 45 of 45 in the topic Equal Rights/Civil Rights

After President Barack Obama warned Americans not to “rush to judgement” regarding the case of a white cop, Darren Wilson, shooting an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, Obama’s top adviser Valerie Jarrett on Monday secretly held a conference via telephone and Skype with a number civil rights leaders to brief them on the prosecution of the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, according to Frederick Pearlman, a police official in Washington, D.C.

While saying his administration is being unbiased about the case, Obama’s staff — especially Jarrett, who is called by many “Obama’s puppetmaster” — is working the phones to assure the Democratic Party’s important “civil rights community” voting block, said Pearlman, a former president of a top police organization.

Attorney General Eric Holder and White House adviser Valerie Jarrett assured the leaders, who are still not identified, that the Brown case is a top priority. Holder allegedly took part in the phone conference, as well.

Holder and the people on the call discussed the FBI agents locating more than 200 people to interview about the case. Holder reportedly said that the FBI agents are attempting to find out is there is sufficient evidence to show that the Ferguson police officer used excessive force and violated the 6’4″ tall, 290 lbs. Brown’s civil rights that can be used in a federal criminal prosecution.

She also said that during his televised briefings,Obama wanted to reiterate to law enforcement officials how they have constitutional limits even when facing the rioters and to let them know that Holder will not rest until the case is resolved.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was accused of taking sides in the Ferguson tragedy by making statements about “justice” for the Brown family.

Gov. Nixon said that a “vigorous prosecution must now be pursued” even before there was an indictment by the grand jury. He also said that the prosecution has an “obligation to achieve justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown… and it must be carried out thoroughly, promptly, and correctly; and I call upon them to meet those expectations.”

“Finally, once we have achieved peace in Ferguson and justice for the family of Michael Brown, we must remain committed to rebuilding the trust that has been lost, mending what has been broken, and healing the wounds we have endured,” said the Democrat.

“I was floored by his statements. Justice is justice. You don’t prosecute someone just to give someone else justice, you do it to give justice for all. This governor, like Eric Holder, is a disgrace,” said former police detective Iris Aquino.

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AG Holder in Ferguson throws cop under the Obama bus, say critics

by Jim Kouri on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

This is article 4 of 5 in the topic Civil Unrest

Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson, Missouri, as promised on Wednesday, and while claiming the nation’s top law enforcement officer who is seeking the truth in the case of a black 18-year-old being shot to death by a white police officer on Aug. 9, 2014. But instead of be an unbiased observer, Holder reinforced the news media’s and civil-rights leaders’ stereotype of white, male police officers by throwing the cop under the so-called “Obama bus,” say a number of critics from law enforcement.

Holder received a rundown regarding the the circumstances surrounding Brown’s killing and planned to meet with community leaders, elected officials and federal prosecutors here. Earlier this week, asked the citizens of Ferguson for “cooperation and patience” as the investigation proceeds.

“I understand that mistrust. I am the Attorney General of the United States. But I am also a black man. I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding. Pulled over… Let me search your car…Go through the trunk of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” Holder told a crowd of young college students.

“We have a very active Civil Rights Division. I am proud of what these men and women have done. As they write about the legacy of the Obama administration, a lot of it is going to be about what the Civil Rights Division has done,” Holder added.

But Holders sharpest critics claim he has been — and continues to be — a hypocrite with his statements on race. “Does he think we’ve forgotten how he and his department turned a blind eye to the intimidation of voters during the presidential election by members of the Black Panthers? The Justice Department not only allowed that group to skate through its slipshod investigation, but rationalized their decision,” according to former criminal defense attorney and political strategist Mike Barker.

One police officer, who is African American and requested anonymity, said, “Holder, Obama and others in the administration seem incredibly obsessed with race… especially Holder whose personal feelings about being a man of color border on paranoia.”

“You have Gov. Nixon, President Obama and Eric Holder making comments that may well sway members of the grand jury who may be swayed by these comments or fear retribution if they don’t indict Officer Wilson,” said the veteran police officer. “What’s worse is that if there is an indictment, that will increase the rush to judgement since anyone working in the criminal justice system knows you can talk a grand jury into indicting a pastrami sandwich,” he added.

Also on Wednesday in St. Louis County, Missouri, a grand jury began hearing the prosecution’s evidence in the case. Eventually four-year veteran police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown, is expected to be given the opportunity to testify inside the courtroom.

The grand jurors who convened on Wednesday will meet one day each week until their jury duty expires in Sept. 1, 2014. At that point, a specially impaneled grand jury will hear the Brown case. Missouri Gov.

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Ferguson’s Old Grievances

by Alan Caruba on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

This is article 333 of 338 in the topic Criminal Activity

By Alan Caruba
Ferguson, Missouri and its re-run of 1950s civil rights grievances has now achieved national stature with the dispatch of our black Attorney General, Eric Holder, by our black President, Barack Obama, to address the unhappiness of blacks in the community over the shooting of a 6’4”, nearly 300 pound, black teenager, Michael Brown, who we are repeatedly told was “unarmed.”

According to witnesses, Brown had accosted a police officer, Darren Wilson, after being told not to walk down the middle of the street. After that, he reportedly “bum rushed” the officer who shot him. The reported facts of this case do not look good so far as Michael Brown’s behavior is concerned and give cause for Darren Wilson, the cop, to once again fear for his life after some “protesters”, led by agitators, were heard calling for his death.

This old white man who lived through the civil rights era that was filled with protests, marches, and a number of riots during and since is frankly experiencing a lot of déjà vu to the point where I am largely disinterested in the events occurring in Ferguson, Missouri.

They have occurred before and they will occur again because a segment of the black community is convinced that their problems are all caused by white bias. It’s not. It’s caused by bad attitudes and bad behavior.

Don’t take my word for it. Consider what Dr. Ben Carson said during an August 18 Fox News interview. “Try living for 24 hours with no police. I think you’ll really find out what a difficult situation is.” Blaming “outside agitators” for stirring up trouble in Ferguson, Dr. Carson said, “I wish they would use that same energy to help us with what’s going on in Chicago and Detroit and New Orleans and Washington, D.C., where (there is) just tons of shooting, murder, violence all the time, where we have tons of teenage pregnancy.”

Attorney General Holder, however, is heading to Ferguson, not Chicago, the hometown of the President. Why the federal government is even involved in what is essentially a local shooting incident defies the imagination. If Holder wants to turn this into a civil rights grievance that is just sheer, total exploitation; the kind we have already seen from Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and the New Black Panthers, among others.

Now, for a moment, let’s look at some other murders that have occurred thus far this year in which some 120 police officers have been killed in the line of duty; half of whom died by gunfire. Some were killed because they were cops, a form of bigotry that gets scant notice in the media.

A month prior to the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown, Officer Scott Patrick of Mendota Heights, Minnesota, was shot in the head and killed by a fugitive during a routine traffic stop on July 30. The suspect was a white male. Earlier, on July 13, Detective Melvin Santiago of Jersey City, New Jersey, was ambushed when responding to a robbery call. Suspect is a black male who was killed on the scene. The suspect’s wife allegedly said that more cops should have been killed.

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The Last Comic Standing

by Dr. Robert Owens on Sunday, August 10th, 2014

This is article 998 of 1004 in the topic Obama

At one time if you had said that an African-American would be president of the United States people would have thought you were crazy.  Praise God those days are behind us.  At one time if you had said there would be a rogue president violating the Constitution at will and daring Congress to impeach him you would have been accused of either taking drugs or needing some.   Sad to say those days are upon us.

Some will ask how is President Obama violating the Constitution?

· He made recess appointments to the National labor Relations Board (NLRB) while the Senate was in session.  This was found to be unconstitutional by a rare unanimous Supreme Court decision.

· Obama Administration uses IRS to target conservative, Christian and pro-Israel organizations, donors, and citizens.

· In an unprecedented attack on the First Amendment, the Obama Justice Department ordered criminal investigations of FOX News reporters for doing their jobs during the 2012 election year.

· President Obama, throughout his Presidency, has refused to enforce long-established U.S. immigration laws. For example .

More than 300,000 captured illegal aliens had been processed and were awaiting deportation. But, incredibly, Obama stopped these deportations and ordered the U.S. border patrol to release many of these illegal aliens in violation of law and without explanation.

Congress rejected Obama’s so called DREAM ACT – which would have granted permanent residency to many illegal aliens. So Obama enacted his own version of the DREAM ACT by Executive Order, thus directly defying Congress. According to Obama’s Executive Order, illegal aliens can stay in America if they are under the age of thirty, have been in America for at least five years, are enrolled in school or have graduated from high school, and have committed no felonies.

· Obama has refused to build a double-barrier security fence along the U.S.-Mexican border in direct violation of the 2006 Secure Fence Act. This law requires that “at least two layers of reinforced fencing” be built along America’s 650-mile border with Mexico. So far, just 40 miles of this fence have been built – most of it during the Bush Administration.

· Obama’s Health and Human Services Department has, on its own (without Congressional approval), issued a mandate that all health insurance plans must include coverage for abortion-inducing drugs. As a result, pro-life employers and taxpayers are now effectively required by law to pay for abortions.

This mandate is an unconstitutional attack on the protections for freedom of religion and freedom of conscience in the First Amendment and the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This mandate also directly violates the ObamaCare law enacted by Congress, which prohibits any and all taxpayer funds from being used to pay for abortions.

Operation Fast & Furious.

“Operation Fast & Furious” was the Obama Administration’s gun-running scheme that put thousands of American-made semi-automatic weapons in the hands of Mexican drug cartels and resulted in the death of at least one U.S. Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry. Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress and the public, claiming he didn’t know about his Justice Department’s Fast & Furious operation.

Congress has now held Mr. Holder in contempt for defying congressional subpoenas and refusing to turn over thousands of Justice Department documents on Fast & Furious.

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Chicago crime crisis: Holder to send ATF agents instead of cops

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, July 19th, 2014

This is article 329 of 338 in the topic Criminal Activity

During his Wednesday visit to the crime-ridden city of Chicago to meet with the Windy City’s Mayor Rahm Emanual and his public safety chiefs, Attorney General Eric Holder, said that as part of his goal to help the city government fight crime and reduce youth violence he is directing the head of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to deploy an additional seven ATF agents to its Chicago office.

According to a Justice Department press statement, the additional ATF agents will work with the U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon and with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The additional seven agents brings the total of ATF enforcement staff with sworn-police status to 52 men and women.

But many law enforcement officials complain that Holder is more interested in furthering his anti-gun ownership agenda than in protecting life and property in Chicago. “Why is he sending gun-grabbers to Chicago instead of real law-enforcement officers? The ATF has a history of exceeding their authority. Remember Waco? Fast and Furious?” notes former police sergeant and detective Marty Sachs.

Sgt. Sachs points to a quote by Attorney General Holder in which he explains the ATF strategy: “The Department of Justice will continue to do everything in its power to help the city of Chicago combat gun violence,” said Holder. “These new agents are a sign of the federal government’s ongoing commitment to helping local leaders ensure Chicago’s streets are safe.”

Former police detective Iris Aquino shook her head and said, “He said it himself: helping Chicago combat gun violence. Does that mean he’s not interested in knife violence? Or blunt instrument violence? What about IED [improvised explosive device] violence? This administration is wrong when it comes to street crime; wrong on fighting criminal alien gangs; and wrong on combating Islamic terrorists.

Last month, the ATF premiered its Chicago Crime Gun Intelligence Center which promised to bring together the anti-gun activities of the Chicago Police Department, Illinois State Police and the ATF to deal with the illegal sales and possession of firearms in the State of Illinois, home of President Barack Obama and birthplace of Hillary Clinton.

Holder’s press statement claims that: “Gun crime is the primary driver of homicide in Chicago, and sixty percent of the guns recovered in violent crimes in Chicago were originally sold in other states and trafficked into the city. Given the interstate nature of these crimes, it is critical that federal and local law enforcement work together to identify traffickers and enforce federal gun laws.”

“There a two things that seem to be an obsession with Holder: White racism and gun ownership. Just recently he blamed dissatisfaction with the Obama administration on racism against blacks. And he blames climbing crime statistics on guns. He’s wrong on both counts,” said political strategist Michael Barker.

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