Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Would Open Carry of Handguns Make You Feel Safer?

The Federalist Papers ^ | JUNE 4, 2013 | BY STEVE STRAUB 

A few days ago we asked if you would feel safe going into a business that had a sign that read “Guns are welcome on premises, please keep all weapons holstered unless need arises. In such a case judicious marksmanship is appreciated.”

1,524 of you replied and the comments below are representative of what most of you had to say about this issue:
  • BEST COMMENT – Here’s the thing with the people who believe it would be unsafe. In most states to carry a holstered gun in public, they must pass an extensive class of shooting accuracy, defensive shooting, and proper safety. Yes I’m sure there are people that haven’t gone through this, but these are the people who have a reason for not being legal. Your belief on gun control is your belief but I will say that in the properly trained hand a situation that involves an intruder can be controlled quicker than the police are able to get there.
  • BEST COMMENT – How about a sign at school’s “Faculty/staff/administrators are carrying firearms and are trained to use if the need arises”? I’m for it.
  • BEST COMMENT – I’m a teacher (33 years) and I would LOVE to have a gun in my room. I have a right to protect my students without endangering myself. I have a family, too!
    If I’m on one side of the room with a gun & my students are on the other side, the gunman would pay attention to me, not them.
  • The bigger question here is would a gun toting ,psychopathic, trigger happy freak feel safe if he decides he is having a bad day and wants to take out a few people at a local business? Uh, I think he would think twice after seeing this!
  • Israelis are safe in an unsafe world because many are heavily armed. Don’t feel safe around guns? Don’t go to Israel or to this shopping center. Israelis won’t miss you; neither will we.
  • My belief is simple. Arm every GOOD citizen. Teach them to be proficient shots. Educate them on the second amendment and check for understanding the fact, that we, the greatest country on earth, have guns to thank for our life styles and our freedom…. now think about this… how many of those 22 children in conn would have come home to their parents, had all the good people, (who are here today because their fore fathers carried guns) been “packin”….
  • Gun free zones are the most UNsafe place to be. The bad guys certainly know this. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
  • Yes, safer than at school where I know there is no protection and anyone can and has just walked right in and hurt whomever they please without threat of return fire
  • Absolutely safe! Criminals will know there are citizens present who are armed and not afraid to us it, and families can enter knowing they are allowed to exercise their right to bear and use to protect. The store owner can be more at ease about thefts, and in providing a safer environment for all.
  • I wonder why the women who say they would not feel safe at this establishment feel that way? Should they feel unsafe at a police station where everyone is armed? Would they feel safer at a location that bans firearms? Those locations are targets for evil men with bad intent.
  • 100% in favor of open carry and conceal carry. It is a verifiable fact that there are less gun crimes and less home invasions where people are able to protect themselves and their property. The 2nd amendment was designed by the framers of this country to protect ourselves from tyranny. Enemies, both foreign and domestic beware. This is our right. Deal with it!
  • I would have my own CCL and feel even safer!!! When you outlaw guns only outlaws will have guns!!! The mayor of New York City even has his armed body guards but wants to make it to where the average citizen can not carry a personal sidearm!!! What country was he born in?
  • ALTERNATE VIEW – Except of course that plenty of people have been shot by “Good guys” too. I’ve lost count of how many news stories I’ve read that end in “I didn’t know it was loaded”. Or, “My husband bought it for me and I forgot it was in my purse. I’m not afraid of competent gun owners. Its the stupid ones who shouldn’t even be driving a car, much less owning a deadly weapon that scare me.
About 5% of you said they would not feel safe going into a business like that, the comments below are representative of what that group had to say. There are only a few samples because most were about the same.
  • I’m sorry, but I would not be eating there. That’s too scary.
  • I certainly would not feel comfortable walking into place where it’s possible that everyone there is packing a gun. I think that is just stupid. Anything could happen in that environment.
  • I grew up with guns too. I was educated on the proper use of guns. A lot of people haven’t been. Can you imagine some couple gets in an argument there, they both pull out guns and start shooting, and everyone else pulls there guns not knowing who the bad guy is. Lots of people would be shot. I will steer clear, thank you very much.

All in all I was amazed that 95% of you would feel safe given all of the anti-gun media focus. It tells me that the anti-gun crowd is losing as far as the American people are concerned.

Ted Cruz cites George Orwell’s ’1984,’ warning of all-powerful central government


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On the Mark Levin show Tuesday night, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was asked to weigh in on the Supreme Court decision regarding law enforcement officials collecting DNA samples from criminals.
Cruz replied that he was necessarily cautious of government collecting more data and private information from its citizens because it was likely that those in power would abuse it.
“You know, when Orwell wrote about 1984, the image of an all-powerful central government that monitored the citizens at all times, that had an eye on the sky or an eye on the street video taping all of us, that had information about all of us, personal data — that was viewed as science fiction,” Cruz said, adding that the invasion of personal information was due to the “Big Government crowd.”
“You and I both know that the ‘Big Government crowd’ isn’t just the Left, it also includes some on the Right,” Cruz warned. “An excess of power and government is always, always, always, a fundamental threat to liberty.”

Federal Workers Racked Up $29 Billion, Yes Billion! In Charges In 2012

kfiam640.com ^ | 6/4/13 | M.D. Kittle/watchdog.org 

There was, arguably, an important overlooked point in an audit last week that showed the Internal Revenue Services’ “lack of aggressive steps” in addressing misuse of government-issued credit cards IRS employees use when traveling.
Almost a side note in the report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration was the fact that in fiscal 2011 the IRS travel card program had issued about 52,000 individually billed travel card accounts. That’s more than one card for every two IRS employees, a workforce that totaled 97,717 staffers at the end of 2012.
The first question: Why does the IRS need so many credit cards? At a total of $121 million in related charges in fiscal 2011, that’s a lot of travel on the taxpayer’s dime – much of which was spent auditing taxpayers.

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Jim McDermott to Megyn Kelly: How can we be sure these IRS tea-party victims are telling the truth?

Hot Air ^ | June 5, 2013 | ALLAHPUNDIT 

He’s basically accusing them of making a mountain out of a molehill, emphasizing that no matter how egregiously the IRS behaved, they couldn’t stop the groups from operating without tax exemption. They could still go out there and preach the tea-party gospel; they’d just have to do it, at least for awhile, without the benefit of 501(c)(4) status that liberal groups have comparatively little trouble obtaining. Tough it out, wingnuts. Presumably, if a high-school student applied for federal college loans and the application was held up for discriminatory reasons, McDermott would shrug and say, hey — no one’s stopping the kid from finding the tuition money elsewhere, right? Technically true, but waaay beside the point.
And of course, as Kelly notes, discriminatory processing of tea-party applications does affect how the groups operate. Some groups, fearful of IRS intrusiveness, won’t apply for exemption at all; some people thinking of starting a group might decide not to.
The key bit here, via Twitchy, comes at around 2:40 when Kelly presses McDermott on what one witness said yesterday about losing out on a $30,000 donation because the group couldn’t obtain 501(c)(4) status in timely fashion. McDermott’s reply: How do we know that’s true? Testimony is testimony, but where’s the evidence? And that’s where we are this afternoon, with a top Democrat insisting he’s not blaming the victims while idly wondering if they’re lying to Congress, and whether maybe they should suck it up on the exemption process when liberal groups aren’t being asked to.
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Politico Attacks Victims of IRS Scandal

breitbart.com/Big-Journalism ^ | 6-5-2013 | John Nolte 

Well, right on cue, Politico arrives this morning like the cavalry with an appallingly dishonest (but expected) piece of reporting that falls right in line with what Congressional Democrats did yesterday. It is as pure a piece of coordination and left-wing propaganda as you will ever read.
And this is the only kind of investigative reporting Politico ever does. Imagine if Politico poured these same resources into investigating the IRS's connections to the White House or the shaping of the IRS talking points by the State Department.
But today's Politico piece is all about changing the subject. All it looks at is the political activity of yesterday's Tea Party witnesses in order to make a case that they deserved scrutiny from the IRS.
The Politico piece, however, intentionally ignores the fact that this is not the point of the scandal. The point is that these groups were singled out for harassment by their own government.
The Politico piece intentionally ignores and chooses not to report on all the political activity of tax-exempt left-leaning groups (like Obama's Organizing for America) -- groups approved by the IRS, that are every bit as political as those on the right who were paralyzed by lengthy and intrusive questionnaires and threats of perjury; those who had their information leaked to the media.
Working directly with the Democrats, Politico is now putting in overtime to desperately steer subject away from and distract from partisan horrors committed by the IRS.
The actual crime is no longer the story, according to Politico. No, the story is that the victims had it coming.

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More IRS staffers placed on leave!

Politico ^ | 5 Jun 2013 | JENNIFER HABERKORN and LAUREN FRENCH 

The IRS has notified congressional staff that top officials in the agency’s Affordable Care Act implementation team were recently placed on administrative leave for potential improprieties, according to a congressional source.
The agency told lawmakers that Fred Schindler, who is Sarah Hall Ingram’s deputy, and another staffer in the division were put on leave. The move is the result of gifts the staffers allegedly received — including $1,100 in free food and other items — while attending a 2010 health care conference. The IRS didn’t immediately comment.
The agency is surrounded in scandal after acknowledging last month that it wrongly targeted tea party groups applying for a tax exemption. The IRS came under additional scrutiny yesterday after an inspector general released a report saying the agency spent about $49 million on conferences between 2010 and 2012.
Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel placed Lois Lerner, a senior official in the division overseeing nonprofits, on leave last month.

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Carney slaps down Fox journalist over Benghazi

The Daily Caller ^ | 6/5/13 | Maggie Lit 

President Obama appointed Susan Rice as Chief National Security Adviser on Wednesday, attracting renewed scrutiny to the administration’s handling of the attack on the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the death of ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.
Fox News’ Senior White House correspondent Ed Henry brought up the scandal and General Petraeus’ conclusions that the assessments of the Intelligence Committee on the issue changed so much and were no longer worth anything.
Press Sectary Jay Carney tried to slap down the comment.
“In every iteration of this, Ambassador Rice made clear as I did that, these were early assessments that were certain to change as we obtained more facts, and to suggest otherwise is just irresponsible,” Carney said.
Rice controversially claimed after September 11 that the attack in Benghazi was motivated by anger over a video titled ‘Innocence of Muslims’ that was critical of Islam. Officials backed off the claim after a short period.

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Why did Obama's campaign manager attend meetings with the IRS?

Flopping Aces ^ | 06-05-13 | DrJohn 

stephanie cutter
You all remember Stephanie Cutter. She was Obama's Deputy Campaign Manager in 2012. Cutter accused Romney of all sorts of things, including Romney essentially being a liar, a felon and a murderer.
Mitt Romney either lied in federal filings that show he worked at Bain Capital through 2002 and could be guilty of a felony, or has lied to the American people in saying he left the company in 1999, the Obama campaign is arguing in light of news reports on the firm’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. “This is serious business,” said Bob Bauer, the Obama campaign’s counsel, in a conference call for reporters coming after the Boston Globe published a story Thursday that calls into question the timeline of Romney’s involvement of the firm that the Republican candidate has been promulgating for years.
Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter laid out the issue as the Obama team sees it: “Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature, was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony."
"Or," she said, "he was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the American people to avoid responsibility for some of the consequences of his investments,” including layoffs and the outsourcing of jobs.
If the latter is true, she said, it’s a “real character and trust issue” that voters should be aware of as they decide who to vote for in the presidential election. If Romney was still at Bain through 2002, he's also "politically responsible for the consequences" of deals that the firm made through then.
Andrea Saul, the Romney campaign's press secretary, countered that the Globe's "article is not accurate" because"[a]s Bain Capital has said, as Governor Romney has said, and as has been confirmed by independent fact checkers multiple times, Governor Romney left Bain Capital in February of 1999 to run the Olympics and had no input on investments or management of companies after that point."
The emergence of the SEC filings appears to conflict with that, the Obama campaign contends. There are “literally scores of filings that make it very, very clear that over a period of time that Gov. Romney claims that he was not active with Bain, the Securities and Exchange Commission was informed” that Romney was the chief executive officer, chairman of the board and sole shareholder of the company, Bauer said.
Her assertions were roundly discredited.
Cutter was shown to be a liar:
BURNETT: Stephanie, let me ask you about that. Because here at CNN, we fact checked that, that $5 trillion in tax cuts and we’ve come and said that’s not true. Mitt Romney has not promised that. because he’s also going to be closing loopholes and deductions. So his tax cut wouldn’t be anywhere near that size. CUTTER: So you’re disputing the size of the tax cut? Or are you disputing also how he’s going to pay for it?
BURNETT: We’re disputing the size.
CUTTER: Erin, he has campaigned on lowering tax rates by 20% for everybody, including those in the top 1%. that was one of the main selling points in the Republican primary.
BURNETT: So you’re saying if you lower them by 20% you get a $5 trillion tab, right?
CUTTER: It’s a $5 trillion tab.
BURNETT: But when he closes deductions he won’t be anywhere near $5 trillion. That’s our analysis.
CUTTER: Well with, okay, stipulated, it won’t be near $5 trillion, but it’s also not going to be the sum of $5 trillion in the loopholes that he’s going to close.
Given that Cutter is a political hack, Obama flack, and a liar, it is really interesting that she was in attendance when Shulman visited the White House:


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IRS: $17k for artist to paint portraits of Michael Jordan, Bono!

Washington Examiner ^ | 6/4/13 | Susan Ferrechio 

Hiring an artist to paint portraits of Bono and Michael Jordan is just one of the unique ways the Internal Revenue Service spent $49 million on employee conferences over a two year period, according to a just-disclosed audit report. Page 12 of the 63-page report, issued Tuesday, documents $135,000 to hire speakers for a $4.1 million conference in Anaheim, Calif. The speakers fees included $17,000 for an artist to “create a unique painting that reinforces his message of unlearning the rules, breaking the boundaries and freeing the thought process to find creative solutions to challenges.”


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Tea Party group founder to Congress: I am outraged by the accusation we are subsidized

C-Span copied onto Right Scoop ^ | 6/4/13 | staff 

This is an important point because Democrats like to pretend that if you have tax-exempt status that you are being subsidized by the taxpayer. But Laurens County Tea Party group founder Dianne Belsom, who says she’s outraged by the accusation, corrects the record and points out that donations her C4 group receives are not tax deductible and have already been taxed when they were earned. The point, she says, of C4 is to ensure those donations don’t get taxed again at the end of the year.
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One Woman Death Panel: Sebelius Won’t Allow Dying Girl to Have Transplant!

life news ^ | Steven Ertelt 

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is refusing to intervene in a case of a young girl who needs a lung transplant as doctors have only given her weeks to live.

From a local news report:

The Newtown Square girl has been hospitalized for three months with end-stage cystic fibrosis.
Sarah is not giving up hope. She wants to be a singer, but needs a lung transplant to live. Her parents have been with her constantly while she waits at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
“She worries that she’s dying, because she’s not — she’s a smart kid. And she says to me, ‘Mommy, will I wake up tomorrow morning?’” said Janet Murnaghan.
Organ donation rules require adult lungs to be offered first to people over the age of 12. Sarah’s parents say that’s not fair.
“Rules are meant to be broken. My child is not a statistic. She’s a person,” said Janet.
Sebelius says she doesn’t want to intervene in the transplant case when other sick children are dying, but Sarah’s family says hey want the policy changed for all children awaiting a lung transplant, not just Sarah.
Sarah’s aunt Sharon Ruddock says older children should be eligible for adult lungs because so few pediatric lungs are available.
She says that would add just 20 children to the 1,600 people on the adult waiting list.
Sebelius has called for a review of transplant policies, but the Murnaghans says Sarah doesn’t have time for that
Sarah’s parents have launched a public relations campaign to try to get the rules changed and an online petition in support of Sarah has been created with thousands of supporters.
Congressman Patrick Meehan stepped in and sent a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services requesting that she address the tragic unfairness and act to give Sarah a chance at life.
Meanwhile, members of Congress asked Sebelius during a congressional hearing about Sarah’s case:
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius rebuffed an appeal from Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., on behalf of a girl who needs a lung transplant but can’t get one because of a federal regulation that prevents her from qualifying for a transplant.
“Please, suspend the rules until we look at this policy,” Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., asked Sebelius during a House hearing Tuesday on behalf of Sarah Murnaghan, a 10-year-old girl who needs a lung transplant. She can’t qualify for an adult lung transplant until the age of 12, according to federal regulations, but Sebelius has the authority to waive that rule on her behalf. The pediatric lungs for which she qualifies aren’t available.
“I would suggest, sir, that, again, this is an incredibly agonizing situation where someone lives and someone dies,” Sebelius replied. “The medical evidence and the transplant doctors who are making the rule — and have had the rule in place since 2005 making a delineation between pediatric and adult lungs, because lungs are different than other organs — that it’s based on the survivability [chances].”

A helpless military: Just what Obama ordered (armed forces' 'feminization, emasculation')

WND ^ | June 4, 2013 | Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady 

As incompetence, deception, duplicity and dishonesty become the hall marks of the Obama administration, it is important that we not lose sight of the greatest danger posed beyond these serial scandals: the feminization, emasculation and dismantling of our military. The two most important elements of national survival are the media and the military; one keeps us free and the other keeps us secure. We know the media are failing – God help us if the military does also. We may be able to fix the government in 2014. Fixing the military is more problematic.
Let’s begin with Benghazi. It is incomprehensible that any commander, let alone the commander in chief, would go AWOL during a crisis such as Benghazi, but he was. In the midst of the massacre of our ambassador and three heroic Americans, President Obama was nowhere to be found. He did manage to surface, too late for the massacre, to meet a campaign commitment the next day. But, before retiring, we are told he turned the crisis over to his underlings, including the military. What we learned about our military leadership during that crisis should alarm all Americans.
The demise of our military of course begins with the commander in chief, but he can’t do it alone. He has to have willing sycophants and he has had them in the civilian and military leadership at the Department of Defense. The indifference of the people and military inexperience in Congress are contributing factors. The military disasters are a form of gradualism. Look at the changes under Mr. Obama. We cannot focus on these changes enough.
Our military is suffering unprecedented rates of suicide and PTSD. Obama’s sequestration will cut benefits to veterans as well as damage readiness. (There has been a 2000 percent increase in backlog for veteran

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White House Counsel Robert Bauer: Architect of IRS Abuse? (Gov. Palin especially singled out)

PJ Media ^ | June 4, 2013 | J. Christian Adams 

When the FBI finally fires up its criminal investigation of the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, there is one person the special agent in charge better be sure to interview — former White House Counsel Robert Bauer. The FBI may discover the whole IRS mess leads through the land of campaign finance “reform” and an obsession with speech regulation, an obsession shared by Bauer.
Any criminal investigation identifies for further scrutiny those with motive, opportunity, and means, and Bauer deserves no quarter from FBI investigators on those three counts.
The Crimes
Without any doubt, crimes were committed by IRS employees, not the least of which was the fact that IRS employees disclosed confidential information from IRS forms to the political enemies of the groups seeking tax-exempt status.
For example, Cindy Thomas, the Cincinnati unit manager for exempt organizations at the IRS, illegally released the tax applications of nine separate conservative organizations to the left-wing group ProPublica. The IRS claims that Thomas’ illegal release of private tax information was an “accident,” but the excuse is absurd.
Thomas wasn’t the only IRS employee leaking the tax information of conservative groups to their enemies. Pro-marriage groups found their confidential information in the hands of gay marriage advocacy organizations.
The FBI can start by finding out whether Thomas and her fellow IRS travelers in fact released the private information.....

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The Most Transparent Administration Ever, LOL

Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2013 | Michelle Malkin 


Sun, sun, sun, here it comes. Welcome to the Summer of Belated Epiphanies. Media lapdogs are finally, finally arriving at the conclusion that maybe this isn't the most transparent administration in world history, after all.

On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported on the Obama administration's use of secret email accounts, stonewalling on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and attempted shakedown of reporters seeking public information on just how widespread the disclosure evasion might be.

Take note: It wasn't the AP that originally uncovered Team Obama's penchant for email sock-puppetry. Chris Horner, Competitive Enterprise Institute fellow and author of "The Liberal War on Transparency," first exposed former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson's Internet alter ego, "Richard Windsor," last year. The free-market environmental think tank filed suit against the government last fall seeking records on the secret, illegal "secondary" email accounts of high-level EPA officials after the agency ignored multiple FOIA filings.
Seven months after President Obama was re-elected, along comes the AP to bolster Horner's assertion that the practice is not just isolated in one bureaucracy. Corruptocrat Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (whose document-shredding, obstructionist history I chronicled last week) maintained at least one FOIA-subverting address: KGS2@hhs.gov. So did Donald Berwick, former head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Gary Cohen, a top Obamacare operative.
According to the AP, a whopping 10 agencies have not yet turned over lists of email addresses, including EPA, the Pentagon, the departments of Veterans Affairs, Transportation, Treasury, Justice, Housing and Urban Development, Homeland Security, Commerce, and Agriculture.
And how's this for the audacity of opacity: Can you believe the Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more than $1 million for its email addresses?
In a classic Captain Obvious moment, the Associated Press points out that these hidden accounts "drive perceptions that government officials are trying to hide actions or decisions." You don't say!
Hostility to transparency, of course, has been a hallmark of this administration from top to bottom. As I reported from the very first days of the Obama regime's vampiric tenure:
--Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for years fought disclosure of massive donations from foreign governments and corporations who filled her husband's library and foundation coffers.
--Former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis failed to disclose that she was director and treasurer of a union-promoting lobbying group pushing legislation that she was co-sponsoring.
--Attorney General Eric Holder overruled his own lawyers in the Justice Department on the issue of D.C. voting rights (which he and Obama support) and refused to make public the staffers' opinion that a House bill on the matter was unconstitutional. His stone wall of obstruction extends from the New Black Panther Party voting rights case to the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal to the Solyndra green boondoggle bankruptcy and Gitmo closure plans and conflicts of interests -- all while touting a new "Open Plan for Government" from which he has conveniently exempted himself.
--Former No. 2 official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, former King County, Wash., Executive Ron Sims, had the distinction of being the most fined government official in his state's history for suppressing public records from taxpayers.
--Former green czar Carol Browner infamously bullied auto execs to "put nothing in writing, ever." She was singled out by the White House's own oil spill panel for misleading the public about the scientific evidence for the administration's draconian drilling moratorium. The Interior Department inspector general and federal courts blasted drilling-ban book-cooking by both Browner and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who falsely rewrote the White House drilling-ban report to doctor the Obama-appointed panel's own overwhelming scientific objections to the job-killing edict, as a culture of contempt and "determined disregard" for the law.
Remember: While head of the Clinton administration's EPA, Browner ordered a staffer to purge and delete her computer files to evade a public disclosure lawsuit. Lambasted by the judge for "contumacious" behavior and contempt of court, Browner claimed it was all an innocent mistake -- and blamed her young son for downloading games on her work computer that she was trying to erase.
And in case you'd forgotten, Obama set the tone by breaking his transparency pledge with the very first bill he signed into law. In January 2009, the White House announced that the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act had been posted online for review. Oopsy: Obama had already signed it -- in violation of his "sunlight before signing" pledge to post legislation for public comment on the White House website five days before he sealed any deal.
In 2010, corporate lobbyists met hundreds of times with administration officials at Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, even on a side lawn -- with the express purpose of circumventing the public's right to know. The coffee loophole klatches were arranged by Team Obama members using, you guessed it, personal email accounts to communicate with the influence industry.
When Obama vowed that "transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency," he didn't mean "touchstones." He meant sinkholes.
Now, when Mr. Sunshine touts his reveal-as-we-say-not-as-we-conceal record, I'll welcome company from the Johnnies-come-lately of the White House press who see the truth and laugh out loud, rolling on the floor.

Should Congress Impeach Eric Holder? (hell yes)

The AMERICAN THINKER ^ | June 5, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley 

Eric Holder -- Obama's Attorney General -- should be impeached by the Republican House of Representatives. Without a doubt, Holder's obvious perjury in lying to Congress is the most serious offense. But to understand one of Holder's underlying offenses (in a long string), one must know the difference between "good law" and "bad law." Under the letter of the law, the search warrant for Fox News reporter James Rosen's emails appears proper. But the Attorney General defied U.S. Supreme Court precedents.
In March 1971, The New York Times received a copy of the secret Vietnam War "Pentagon Papers," 7,000 pages long, by a government contractor Daniel Ellsberg. The Times published excerpts in July 1971 and the government sought an injunction against further publication.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the news media has a right to publish secret or classified information, once obtained. In the case of New York Times v. United States, 403 U.S. 713, 91 S. Ct. 2140, 29 L. Ed. 2d 822 (1971), a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held that the First Amendment protects journalists from interference from the government even concerning government secrets. The justices offered a wide variety of different explanations of their conclusion, but voted 9-0 for the final result.
So, the U.S. Constitution requires a sharp distinction between government employees and the news media. Yet displaying a DoJ culture of contempt for the courts, and lacking both honesty and integrity, the DoJ under Eric Holder defied the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a scenario surprisingly similar to the Vietnam "Pentagon Papers," Fox News published James Rosen's report on North Korea's development and testing of nuclear weapons and the Obama Administration's weak handling of the crisis. Rosen obtained this information from U.S. State Department employee Stephen Jin-Woo Kim. Rosen's report definitely pushed the envelope

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