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Eric Holder says failure to pass gun control is his biggest failure

by John Lott on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

This is article 582 of 587 in the topic Gun Rights

Eric Holder: “I think the inability to pass reasonable gun safety laws after the Newtown massacre is, for me, something that I take personally as a failure, and something that I think we as a society should take as a failure.”

Given that passing legislation isn’t supposed to me Holder’s job, possibly this tells up part of the problem with this administration.

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Killing Confidence in Our Government

by Alan Caruba on Sunday, October 19th, 2014

This is article 465 of 467 in the topic Government Corruption
By Alan Caruba
What has been the over-riding theme of life in America since Barack Obama became President in 2008?
It has been the continued loss of confidence Americans have regarding various elements of the federal government. From the Centers for Disease Control, the Veterans Administration, the Secret Service, to the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service, these and other agencies have been tainted in ways that have turned his two terms into a litany of scandals and failures.
Obama is a President for whom politics is the sole reason against which every decision is made.

The latest example was the naming of an Ebola Czar. “Sources confirm to Fox News that President Obama plans to name Ron Klain, a longtime political hand with no apparent medical or health background.” In the past, Klain has served as chief of staff to Al Gore and Joe Biden. Does this make you feel any better about the Ebola threat?

I think that most Americans—not the “low information” ignorant ones—are experiencing a generalized depression about the nation these days. It’s a sense of weariness because our paychecks don’t stretch enough in the supermarket where the cost of food, particularly meat and fish, is soaring.
We wonder about the quality of education our children or grandchildren are receiving. It’s poor when compared to other nations and it undermines a belief in America’s exceptionalism.
In growing numbers younger Americans are choosing not to marry because of the costs involved and because we live in a society that no longer frowns on a couple living together; nearly half of marriages end in divorce. And then there’s same-sex marriage, a concept that was unthinkable not that long ago and for centuries in all societies.
We’re now six years into the Great Recession thanks to a White House that thought that, if the government spent $834 billion on top of the national debt, it would somehow “stimulate” the economy but government spending did not relieve Americans during the Great Depression, generate new jobs or achieve anything else that this tried-and-failed liberal theory was said to do. Who was in charge of Obama’s “stimulus” program? Ron Klain, the new Ebola Czar.
Cutting taxes, slowing and reducing regulations, and generally getting out of the way to allow people to start or expand their businesses works, but the White House went the other direction.

As an October 16 Wall Street Journal editorial noted, “Millions of American families haven’t had a raise in after-inflation incomes in years, but in Washington times are flush…the U.S. federal government rolled up record revenues of $3.013 trillion.” Individual income tax receipts rose by 5.9%, along with payroll taxes and corporate income taxes—very nearly the highest in the world—increased 16% to $321 billion.

Only the naïve or ignorant believe that the government knows how to spend our money better than we do, but liberals—Democrats—do.

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A Few Bad Apples

by Burt Prelutsky on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

When it comes to Islam, people like George W. Bush, Barack Obama and our corrupt State Department, insist the jihadists are an aberration and should not be the cause of slandering an entire religion. To which, I say a heart-felt “Baloney!”

When it comes to the followers of Islam, we’re not talking about a few rotten apples; we’re talking about a toxic orchard. In much the same way, our leaders keep pretending there’s a world of difference between Sunni and Shite, or between Al Qaeda, the Khorasan Group, the Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS, Boko Haram and the Muslim Brotherhood. They even pretend that CAIR, the propaganda arm of the Brotherhood here in America, is any better or has any other function than the Nazi Bund had in the 30s and early 40s, prior to our entry into World War II. The problem is that the past two administrations have refused to acknowledge that Islam is at war with us.

Whether it’s a beheading in Oklahoma or several others in Iraq; the killing and maiming of several members of the military by Major Hasan; the burning of churches and Christians in Egypt; the D.C. killers; the pressure cooker bombings in Boston; the kidnapping and raping of 300 school girls in Nigeria; clitorectomies in Yemen; suicide bombings in Israel; or the horror of 9/11; our gutless leaders insist it has nothing to do with Islam. Even though the villains are constantly telling us that the crimes are committed in the name of Allah, those sworn to protect America insist they’re lying and that they have nothing to do with Islam. You might as well pretend that the concentration camps, the ovens and Dr. Mengele’s nightmarish operations, were all aberrations and had nothing to do with Nazism.

As you may have heard, perennial bachelor and left-wing pinhead George Clooney finally got around to tying the knot with the Lebanese-born Amal Alamuddin. One can easily see the mutual attraction. One, both are physically attractive. Two, lawyer Alamuddin has represented the Communist state of Cambodia, the former Libyan chief of intelligence Abdullah Al Senussi and the vile Julian Assange, while simultaneously opposing the use of drones in counter-intelligence operations and, predictably, condemned Israel for defending itself against Hamas. She said, “I am horrified by the situation in the occupied Gaza Strip,” but never condemned the tunnels dug by Islamic terrorists or the thousands of missiles that the vermin constantly rain down on Israel.

It can be very difficult shopping for a couple who have everything but brains, but I don’t think anyone can go wrong sending the newlyweds the collected works of Saul Alinsky or an autographed photo of Osama bin Laden.

During his recent address to the U.N., Obama, in the same sentence, actually linked Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and ISSA’s attempt to create a caliphate in the Middle East to the shooting of a black thug, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. It would be as if I seriously compared someone being diagnosed with cancer or another person’s having a leg amputated to my case of the sniffles.

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The “People’s Lawyer” is a Criminal

by Cliff Kincaid on Monday, September 29th, 2014

This is article 83 of 83 in the topic Drug War

In a sympathetic profile just before his resignation, Politico said Eric Holder’s biggest legacy may be “his quiet dismantling of the War on Drugs…” How he could have “accomplished” this without legislative authority from Congress—which is supposed to make and pass laws—is never really explained. He was an Attorney General described by President Barack Obama as “the people’s lawyer.” Anybody familiar with Marxist jargon knew exactly what Obama meant.

At home and abroad, the Obama administration distributed weapons to America’s enemies. Holder’s area of expertise was facilitating weapons shipments to Mexican drug cartels, in a scandal that came to be known as “Fast & Furious.”

John Fund, co-author of the book, Obama’s Enforcer, about the Holder record, told me the other day that “No cover-up is perfect,” and that it appears a batch of incriminating documents in the scandal will soon be released, thanks to legal action from Judicial Watch.

Equally scandalous, the Obama/Holder administration made an announcement that it wouldn’t enforce money-laundering laws against banks doing business with marijuana stores.

But Politico insisted that Holder’s criminal approach to the enforcement of drug laws was something in his favor, because the “Reagan-era crusade” against drugs that he opposed at every turn “hasn’t eradicated drug use…”

Have laws against murder eradicated murder? Have laws against shoplifting eradicated shoplifting?

The Reagan approach was mostly carried through subsequent administrations, to the point where David Evans, a special advisor to the Drug Free America Foundation, notes that marijuana use went down among young people by 25 percent. “If we had had a reduction in any other health problem in the U.S. of 25 percent, we would consider it an outstanding success,” he said. But marijuana use has been going up under the Obama administration. This is not an accident.

Politico goes on, saying those Reagan policies “filled U.S. prisons past the breaking point and wrecked the lives of millions of Americans, a disproportionate number of them African-American.” So Reagan is blamed for blacks using drugs and going to prison.

Ethan Nadelmann followed up with a Politico column entitled, “Eric Holder Was Great on Drugs.” The title has a double meaning, which was apparently lost on the editors who came up with that clever use of words. Nadelmann, of course, is the head of the Drug Policy Alliance, the group funded by billionaire hedge fund operator George Soros as a means of undermining laws against the use of dangerous drugs. Politico is part of that effort.

Politico writes that, “Sensing a consensus shifting in his favor, Holder has unveiled a raft of sensible proposals to roll back overly harsh sentencing laws that would have been radioactive only years earlier but won him applause on the left and right. And instead of fighting states like Colorado and Washington when they liberalized their drug laws, as another AG might have done, he has effectively declared a cease-fire.”

There is a lot of bias packed into these two sentences. The use of the terms “sensible” and “overly harsh” tip the scales against enforcing drug laws. Plus, legal dope has become just “liberalized drug laws.”  There was never any applause “on the right,” except among libertarians who promote and use drugs.

It must be noted that Colorado and Washington violated national, and even international, drug control laws, also known as treaties.

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Goodbye Eric Holder

by Alan Caruba on Friday, September 26th, 2014

This is article 460 of 467 in the topic Government Corruption
By Alan Caruba
In a nation where there is a scarcity of good news, hearing Eric Holder give a farewell speech upon his announcement that he will be leaving as the Attorney General was surely welcome in some circles. I was never a fan of his because he was in my opinion always more of a politician than someone with the responsibility to enforce the laws of the nation.
I first took notice of Holder when, in the pre-dawn hours of April 22, 2000, as the deputy attorney general serving under Janet Reno, he oversaw the seizure of Elian Gonzalez, a seven-year-old whose mother had died in an effort to escape Cuba and find sanctuary in the United States. Holder was doing what he had to do after a court ruled that Gonzalez be returned to his father in Cuba, but I thought then and still do that Gonzalez should have been allowed to remain with his U.S. relatives.
When Barack Obama became President, he selected Holder as his Attorney General. Both had made history being the first blacks to hold either job. Within three weeks or so, Holder was saying that Americans were “cowards” for not addressing issues of race in America. That told me all I needed to know about him. Whatever would follow would frequently be judged on the basis of race, not justice. I wouldn’t want a white attorney general to act in that fashion, but a black one nursing feelings of victimization despite his personal achievements did not bode well.
I have not been alone in my misgivings. On news of Holder’s announcement, The Heartland Institute, a free market think tank, called on some of its advisors for their opinions.
Ronald D. Rotunda, the Doy & Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence at Chapman University, had his own memories of Holder:
“Mr. Holder is leaving the office, but he cannot so easily leave the controversies that have surrounded his tenure, including: the scandal surrounding the IRS, the missing emails, and his role in investigating the scandal; the ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal, which made him the first cabinet member in U.S. history that Congress held in contempt; his decision to drop a prosecution against the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation, after the Department of Justice successfully secured an injunction; and the unprecedented decision, which Holder personally approved,  to subpoena, monitor, and issue a search warrant involving James Rosen, a Fox News Reporter”
“Holder will leave the office, but is unlikely to leave the national stage because these controversies remain,” said Prof. Rotunda.
Jane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director of the Association of Physicians and Surgeons, said:
“The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons first got to know Eric Holder when he represented the government in our lawsuit about the illegal operations of the Clinton Task Force on Health Care Reform. The pattern then was stonewalling and obfuscation. Even when task force members finally turned over some documents on court order, many of the floppy disks were blank. Holder declined to prosecute Ira Magaziner, head of the Task Force Working Group, for perjury.”
‘It seems,” said Dr. Orient, “that some government officials never learn that the cover-up can be worse than the underlying conduct,’’ Judge Lamberth added.

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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 798 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 467 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 467 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 467 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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