Tuesday, December 2, 2014

When Guns Walked: Sharyl Attkisson and John Dodson on Fast and Furious

American Thinker ^ | 2 December 2014 | Elise Cooper 

In her book Stonewalled, Sharyl Attkisson reminds readers of the Fast and Furious debacle: the issue of corruption, coverups, and government misdeeds. Early in the Obama Administration, ATF officials came up with a plan to secretly enlist the help of licensed gun dealers in Arizona and encouraged them to sell firearms to suspected traffickers for the Mexican drug cartels. Part of the plan was to allow these guns to be used in crimes that would lead to the arrest of major drug cartel figures. American Thinker interviewed journalist Sharyl Attkisson and John Dodson, the Fast and Furious whistleblower who helped to make this outrageous scheme public.
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Who Are the Cowards Now?

Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2014 | Pat Buchanan 

In July of 1967, after race riots gutted Newark and Detroit, requiring troops to put them down, LBJ appointed a commission to investigate what happened, and why.
The Kerner Commission reported back that "white racism" was the cause of black riots. Liberals bought it. America did not.
Richard Nixon said of the white racism charge that there is a "tendency to lay the blame for the riots on everyone but the rioters."
The Nixon-George Wallace vote in 1968 was 57 percent to Hubert Humphrey's 43. In 1972, Wallace was leading in the popular vote in the Democratic primaries, when he was shot in Laurel, Maryland. In November of 1972, Nixon and Agnew swept 49 states.
Among the primary causes of the ruin of FDR's great coalition, and the rise of Nixon's New Majority, was the belief in Middle America that liberals were so morally paralyzed by racial guilt they could not cope with minority racism, riots and crime.
And so they lost the nation for a generation.
That same moral paralysis is on display in the aftermath of the grand jury conclusion that Officer Darren Wilson acted in self-defense when he shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.
When initial reports came in, that a police officer had confronted an unarmed black teenager on a main street at noon and shot him six times, it seemed like a case of a cop gone berserk.
But, day by day, new facts emerged. The "gentle giant" Brown had, 15 minutes earlier, pulled off a strong-arm robbery, grabbing a store clerk half his size by the throat while stealing cigars. And Brown was in the middle of the street, and maybe high on marijuana, when he refused an order to move onto the sidewalk.
Then came leaks from the grand jury that the 6'4", 292-pound, 18-year-old punched the officer in the face in his patrol car and went for his gun, which fired twice, wounding Brown in the hand.
Wilson got out and told Brown to get on the ground, as Brown walked away. After this, what happened is in dispute.
Several grand jury witnesses perjured themselves by testifying that Wilson shot Brown in the back. All of Brown's wounds were in the front. Others said Brown turned and faced Wilson, with four of them saying Brown moved toward or charged the officer.
The pattern of shells from Wilson's gun indicates he was backing away while firing at Brown.
The grand jury concluded that not only did most witnesses support Wilson's version, but the forensic evidence was consistent with what Wilson said had happened, and contradicted Brown's lying companion.
Hence, no indictment, and wisely so.
No jury, based on the known evidence, would conclude "beyond a reasonable doubt" that Wilson committed murder or manslaughter.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch concluded he had no case and would not prosecute unless a grand jury, which had seen and heard all the evidence, concluded otherwise. It did not.
Yet, Michael Brown's death, whatever the grand jury decided, is an irreversible tragedy, horrible for his mother and father.
But what happened last week was not a tragedy but a national disgrace, a disgusting display of adult delinquency.
Monday night we witnessed in Ferguson a rampage of arson, shooting, looting and vandalism, with police and National Guard ordered not to interfere. Stores and shops, the investments of a lifetime for their owners and the livelihood of their employees, were firebombed and pillaged as police looked on.
For a week, mobs blocked highways, bridges and commuter trains from New York to Oakland. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade was disrupted. On Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, moms and their kids at malls had to climb over unruly protesters to do their Christmas shopping. The civil rights of law-abiding Americans were systematically violated.
And where were the president and his attorney general?
Neither Barack Obama nor Eric Holder has yet to stand up and declare, unequivocally, that, in America, the full force of law will be used to halt, prosecute and punish those guilty of mob violence, no matter the nobility of the "cause" in which it is being committed.
America is a democratic republic, a free society of 320 million. That society and that republic will not survive if a precedent is set that masses of people can organize and attempt to shut it down when what happens within that system displeases them.
Make no mistake. The Ferguson riots of recent months were like neighborhood cookouts compared to Watts in '65, Detroit and Newark in '67, and Washington, D.C., and a hundred other cities after the 1968 assassination of Dr. King. But the reaction of our political, media and moral elites seems even more irresolute than that of the liberals of the 1960s.
Only three weeks in office, Eric Holder called us "a nation of cowards." Observing his and his boss' performance in the wake of the Ferguson riots and other rampages, the same word come to mind.

The High Cost of Obama's Executive Amnesty

Creators Syndicate ^ | December 2, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly 

Barack Obama has announced the particulars of his executive amnesty for an estimated five million of the many more foreigners who broke our laws to get into the United States. This amnesty will, of course, become a magnet for more illegals to work the same racket, hoping for the same reward.
Obama's action makes us wonder if he really wants to terminate the rule of law and replace it with rule by executive fiat. His executive action gives the lawbreakers exactly what they sought when they violated our laws.
Thanks to a New York Times expose, we know that details of this grab for extremist executive power were developed in tightest secrecy by a small group headed by Jeh C. Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security.
Our burdened middle class, already losing jobs to cheap labor waiting "in the shadows," will now be faced with competition from poorer, hungrier newcomers. Their children will be crowded into our public schools carrying diseases not before known in the U.S. such as EV-D68, a polio-like virus.
We should build the border fence that was voted for by Congress years ago and signed into law by President George W. Bush in front of TV cameras. The fence should be designed not only to keep out illegals, but for the humanitarian purpose of keeping those travelers away from long stretches of desert that are death traps because of bandits and lack of water.
Obama's executive amnesty will not only save the illegals from deportation, but will make them full participants in our taxpayer-subsidized Social Security and Medicare systems. White House spokesman Shawn Turner confirmed that "if they pay in, they can draw."
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Dem representatives make 'hands up, don't shoot' motion on House floor!

Daily Mail ^ | 12/02/2014 | By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS 

* The Congressional Black Caucus took over the House floor for an hour Monday night to discuss the shooting of Ferguson resident Michael Brown
* Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries led the charge and began his remarks by saying, 'Hands up don't shoot' 'It’s a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence,' the New York lawmaker said
* Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge called grand jury's decision not to indict Brown's white, police officer shooter 'yet another slap in our face'
* Texas' Al Green said hands up dont shoot 'has become the new symbol' calling attention to 'a movement that will not dissipate, it will not evaporate'
* 'Young people of color refuse to live in a democratic society in a state of fear,' Congresswoman Yvette Clarke said
'Hands up, don't shoot.'
Those were the first words out of Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries mouth last night as he and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus took over the House floor for an hour to discuss the August shooting of 18-year-old Ferguson, Missouri, resident Michael Brown.
'It’s a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence,' the New York representative said as he kicked off the speeches.
'In community, after community, after community, fed up with police violence in Ferguson, in Brooklyn, in Cleveland, in Oakland, in cities and counties and rural communities all across America.'
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Ted Cruz could struggle to raise funds for presidential run (Psychological warfare commences)

The Dallas Morning News ^ | December 1, 2014 | Todd J. Gillman 

Sen. Ted Cruz’s ambitions are clear. He’s a frequent visitor to Iowa and New Hampshire. He’s building a campaign staff.
But to make a serious White House bid takes serious money — at least $20 million by the time the first ballots are cast in early 2016. And that could be a challenge.
Although the Texas Republican is popular at conservative gatherings, Cruz has shown only modest success as a fundraiser. Like Ron Paul and Sarah Palin, he can probably count on showers of cash from enthusiastic legions of small-dollar donors, and that’s an important start.
But many major GOP donors and bundlers want nothing to do with a tea party agitator — particularly business interests dismayed by the federal-spending brinkmanship Cruz has advocated. That could limit his ability to elbow aside well-funded rivals....
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Sharpton Advising Obama Insults Police — And Blacks

Investors.com ^ | December 1, 2014 | IBD Editorial 

Crime: By rolling the red carpet out for black "leader" Al Sharpton, President Obama spits in the eye of every police officer — white, black or whatever. A federal war on police begins.
Scholar Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal charges that "President Obama betrayed the nation" and "perverted his role as the leader of all Americans and as the country's most visible symbol of the primacy of the law" in his comments after a grand jury found no evidence of wrongdoing by white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of black suspect Michael Brown.
"The testimony of a half-dozen black observers at the scene demolished the early incendiary reports that Wilson attacked Brown in cold blood and shot Brown in his back when his hands were up," MacDonald noted, with witnesses claiming brutality by Wilson exposed as inconsistent and finding themselves "contradicted by the physical evidence and by other witnesses, who corroborated Wilson's testimony that Brown had attacked him and had tried to grab his gun."
Obama should have praised the grand jury's conclusion, coming after a thorough examination of all the evidence, and affirmed the integrity of America's criminal justice system. But like the violent, looting protesters in Ferguson, Mo., our president is uninterested in the truth.
No wonder a demagogue who personifies politicized lies like Al Sharpton is welcomed into the White House — not by any means for the first time — to advise Obama.
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Eric Holder: We Must 'Seize' The 'Unique Opportunity' Ferguson Presents

Breitbart Big Government ^ | December 1, 1914 | Tony Lee 

On Monday evening, Attorney General Eric Holder told activists and law enforcement officials in Atlanta that Ferguson presents an opportunity to deal with issues like racial injustice and the perception that police treat minorities unfairly before announcing that new federal standards against racial profiling are on the way.
"This presents this nation with, I think, a unique opportunity," Holder said, according to CNN. "And I think it's incumbent on all of us to seize this opportunity to deal with issues that for too long have been ignored."
Holder kicked off the first of a series of community forums on Ferguson at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and said he will, in the coming days, "announce updated Justice Department guidance regarding profiling by federal law enforcement, which will institute rigorous new standards—and robust safeguards—to help end racial profiling, once and for all."
"This new guidance will codify our commitment to the very highest standards of fair and effective policing," Holder said.
Holder was reportedly heckled at the event but told the hecklers that, "I ain't mad atcha, all right?"
"There will be a tendency on the part of some to condemn what we just saw, but we shouldn't," Holder reportedly said. "What we saw there was a genuine expression of concern and involvement. And it is through that level of involvement, that level of concern and I hope a level of perseverance and commitment that change ultimately will come."
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Professors examine influence, roots of tea party on politics (Better educated, wealthier than avg.)

Southeast Missourian ^ | December 2, 2014 | Ruth Campbell 

In the past few years, political-science professor Jeremy Walling and former colleague Will Miller have delved into the tea party's influence on politics and policies, and some of what they found surprised them.
Walling and Miller -- a former political-science professor at Southeast Missouri State University, now director of Institutional Research at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida -- edited "Tea Party Effects on 2010 U.S. Senate Elections: Stuck in the Middle to Lose" and "The Political Battle Over Redistricting."
November's midterm elections were a victory party for the Republicans and the tea party. But, while Miller said the tea party has had a "great influence" on policy, it's not the way everyone assumes.
" ... We haven't seen an influx of national policy decisions that scream 'tea party.' We haven't abolished the IRS or stopped any military actions, but there [have] been underlying influences," Miller said.
"The Republican 'tsunami' comes down to nothing but the expected backlash against a second-term president at the midpoint."
"What really is more impressive for the GOP was gubernatorial victories in places like Massachusetts and Illinois, plus holding on in Wisconsin and Florida while dominating in Ohio. Heck, Cleveland and Youngstown, Ohio, both voted for a Republican governor for the first time in decades," Miller wrote.
Underlying that, however, is passage of initiatives and referendums, such as legalizing personal use of marijuana that passed in Washington, D.C., and Oregon. In Florida, more than 50 percent of voters backed medical marijuana, but the initiative failed because they needed 60 percent, Miller said.
"[People] seem to be showing fatigue of Obama, which isn't surprising," Miller said. "He decided, on his own, to spend his first term fixing health care when the country was clamoring for attention to go on the economy. Now with ISIS, a lot of Americans want to see strength in foreign policy, and that has never been an Obama strength."
In their research, Walling said one of the things that surprised him and Miller was the portrayal of tea party members as "boneheads" or "uneducated."
"What we found was that they were educated ... a lot of them wealthy. They were people who had disposable time and disposable income to go to a rally in the middle of the day and protest what was going on in government. ... I don't know that we were necessarily surprised to see that, but it was because we were kind of suspicious of the narrative that these were just dumb morons showing up to these rallies. Actually, it turns out they were more educated than the average citizen, they were wealthier than the average citizen; their backgrounds were different from what ... people thought," Walling said.
The other thing Walling and Miller concluded was something they already knew: A strong candidate is a strong candidate, and a weak candidate is a weak candidate. He gave the example of former Nevada Assembly member Sharron Angle, who ran against U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, a Democrat.
"You take somebody like Sharron Angle in Nevada. Sharron Angle was all the rage on talk radio; 'she's going to knock off Harry Reid.' She was doing very well in some polls, but when it came down to Election Day, she got her clock cleaned. She's a weak candidate. Her background did not really present her with a lot of options in terms of campaigning and then she's going up against somebody who is one of the master candidates, who [has] been around forever and won repeatedly; who has the party apparatus at his fingertips. One of the things that we saw was you looked around at the candidates that were successful -- the tea party candidates -- and they were strong candidates anyway," Walling said.
Walling and Miller also have worked on a paper about what tea party members are doing now that they're in government. The lasting effect on the Senate side won't be known for a while, since they won't be facing re-election for another three years, Walling said.
"Whether they're being obstructionist for good depends on you, because if you oppose this president and you oppose things like immigration movement, then the obstruction is good. You think standing up and saying, 'We're going to block this.' Or Rand Paul's filibuster that he did where Ted Cruz came in the middle and read to his children so they could go to bed. All of that stuff to a supporter looked like 'go team,'" Walling said.
To the other side, it looked like "here we go again," Walling said.
Whether voters are on the left or right, policies passed in Congress have to include the median voter, so if that's true, it doesn't matter who the party outliers are, "the median is still going to be the median," Walling said.
"So you bring in Ted Cruz, or you bring in Rand Paul, or whoever else, they're still working over here in the fringes. The median's still going to be whoever that moderate Republican is from Maine," Walling said.
However, with an election like the Nov. 4 midterms, Walling said it does move the median voter to the right.
"We still haven't really seen anything come out of the tea party candidates that got elected in terms of product that they can point to and say, 'Our legacy is that. We did that,'" Walling said.
Pertinent address:
1 University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, Mo.

BREAKING: Democrat Rapist Bill Cosby Hosted Events For Rapist Ted Kennedy in 2009, Hillary in 2000

gotnews.com ^ | Dec 1, 2014 | Charles C. Johnson 

Rapist Bill Cosby hosted an event for rapist Ted Kennedy in 2009. He also hosted a campaign event for Hillary Clinton in 2000.
Cosby was also reported to be doing campaign events with First Lady Hillary Clinton.
Democrats Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton are widely believed to have sexually assaulted dozens of women.
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