Saturday, January 31, 2015

‘SO WHAT?’ For Republicans, a Question Worth Asking

There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
–Aristotle

Written by Michael Cummings on January 30, 2015
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Dear Republicans,

Thursday of this week you voted in the Senate to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline?

Congratulations. Other than to pander to a microscopic percentage of Americans who simply don’t like progress and energy production, there remains not one reasonable excuse not to build this pipeline — even if it produces only a handful of jobs. Barack Obama said he’ll veto the approval. So what?

Earlier this week, Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress to address the threat Iran poses against his country and the rest of the (not just free) world? The threats from Ojarrett were palpable (“There will be a price”), and Obama has petulantly refused to meet with Bibi while the Jewish leader is here. Obama has also sent a delegation of political operatives to Israel to compromise Netanyahu’s election in the next couple weeks. Not good, but so what?

Congressman Trey Gowdy (SC) is taking a hammer to the wall of lies surrounding events that occurred on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya? Everyone on the Left seems to have put up roadblocks to keep the American people from learning the truth, and don’t show signs of stopping. So what? Read more HERE.

HEY, GOP! Be the Radicals You Were Meant to Be!

Written by Dr. Mom on January 30, 2015

I have both a confession and a strong suggestion to make.

First, the confession: I’m not interested in being an ordinary Republican anymore.

Don’t get me wrong. All my political heroes are still in the GOP—Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Trey Gowdy, Jim Jordan, you know the drill. But, like many people, I am disappointed in the so-called “establishment” GOP. However, I’m not willing to jump to the baby-killer, anti-family, huge government party (Democrats). And I’m not bonkers enough to buy the “not a dime’s worth of difference between them” tinfoil hat line.

But after much soul-searching and research, I have discovered what I really am. And it’s time to shout it from the rooftops, unashamed to be true to myself. With apologies to Jim McGreevey, I hereby declare “my truth”:

I am a proud 1866 Radical Republican American.  Read more HERE.

Erick Erickson Explains “Citizens United”

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Erick Erickson a Conservative pundit and editor of the blog RedState, guest hosted the Rush Limbaugh show on Tuesday.  He covered many topics and in a segment during the third hour, he spoke about the landmark Supreme Court decision, known as Citizens United.  This ruling opened up anonymous funding of political campaigns.  This ruling has outraged the Progressives who are fighting tooth and nail for its repeal.

In this audio clip, Erickson explains, in a manner that even some Democrats might understand, how Citizens United really helps “the little guy.”

Catherine Engelbrecht Testifies in the Loretta Lynch Confirmation Hearing

TRUE THE VOTE THIS WEEK…

TTV Takes to Capitol Hill This Week
True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary this morning, regarding the potential confirmation of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch for the position of Attorney General. Engelbrecht’s goal was to raise awareness to the DOJ’s failure to adequately and fairly investigate the abuses carried out by the Internal Revenue Service. Engelbrecht urged the Senate to consider Lynch’s confirmation carefully and ensure the American People that she can bring the reforms to the Department that it so seriously requires.
In a 2009 speech, General Holder called America ‘a nation of cowards.’ If you remember nothing else from my comments, remember this – I am not a coward, I am not a victim, I am a messenger for all those Americans who love our country, love our fellow countrymen, and pray for a better tomorrow. I am here to say our country is, right now, at a tipping point. We have replaced rule of law with moral relativism; we have replaced truth with political correctness; in all the double speak and double think we have become increasingly unsteady about how We the People factor in to a future left in the hands of our current leaders.”
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Continue reading  HERE

AG Nominee: ‘Right To Work Is Shared By Everyone In This Country Regardless’ Of Immigration Status

Published on Jan 28, 2015  by Senator Jeff Sessions

Senator Sessions, Chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, questioned Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch at today’s Judiciary hearing to consider her nomination. Sessions asked Lynch about the President’s decision to bypass Congress to order a sweeping amnesty, and how this action undermined the rights of disadvantaged American workers.

Peter Kirsanow

In addition to suspending enforcement for nearly all of the 12 million individuals unlawfully present in the United States, President Obama issued an executive decree on November 20th, 2014, extending work permits, Social Security, Medicare, tax credits, and government identification to 5 million illegal immigrants and illegal visa violators. This would allow illegal immigrants to take any job in America, regardless of chronic high unemployment for Americans—including a 10.4 percent unemployment rate for African-American workers. Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, explained—contra AG Holder’s “breathtaking” contention that amnesty was a civil right—that unlawful amnesty for illegal immigrants violated the rights of U.S. citizens to the full protection of their laws, including those laws passed by Congress to protect their jobs and wages from illegal competition. The President’s executive edict (an edict he said previously only an Emperor would deign to issue) voids Americans’ legal protections in law, supplanting them with a new executive policy that Congress and voters have rejected, a policy which forces unemployed Americans to compete against a large and growing illegal workforce.

White House Refuses To Call The Taliban Terrorists

Published on Jan 28, 2015 by L Sudvm

During Wednesday’s White House press briefing, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl engaged Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz in a line of questioning related to the Obama Administration’s release of five high ranking Taliban terrorists from the detainee center at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Karl was pressing Schultz to explain the White House position on not negotiating with ISIS terrorists for the release of American hostages while at the same time, negotiating with the Taliban to release Bergdahl. Schultz explained that there was no inconsistency in policy because the Taliban was not a terrorist group. He called them an “armed insurgency.”  Read more at truthrevolt.org.

 

Obama Team Arrives in Israel to Defeat Netanyahu

Boehner breaks protocal? Boehner breaks protocal? Are you kidding?

(Click the image to listen to Mark Levin’s rant)

By Thomas Rose, Breitbart

Just days after the Obama White House accused House Speaker John Boehner of “breaking protocol” by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress, a team of up to five Obama campaign operatives has reportedly arrived in Israel to lead a campaign to defeat the Israeli Prime Minister in upcoming national elections scheduled for March 17.

As Jerusalem Post columnist and putative Knesset candidate Caroline Glick reported on her Facebook page, “Obama won’t meet Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington when he addresses the Joint Houses of Congress in March because of Netanyahu’s visit’s proximity to the Israeli elections. And Obama, of course believes in protocol and propriety which is why he won’t get involved.” And yet, Glick adds, “He’s just sending his 2012 field campaign manager to Israel to run a campaign to defeat Netanyahu.”  Read more at breitbart.com.

Investigative Journalism and the Obama Administration – Sharyl Attkisson

Investigative reporter, former longtime CBS employee, best-selling author and Obama administration target, Sharyl Attkisson spoke at the Hillsdale College Center for Constructive Alternatives on January 25th.  This lecture is part of Hillsdale College’s CCA seminar on American Journalism.  Ms. Attkisson is the author of  Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington.

Dad Shuts Down School’s Attempt to Enforce Michelle’s Lunch Rules in Just 2 Words

If you had told me, in the halcyon days of 2008, that the school lunches could possibly get any more vile, I would have said you were lying. That, sadly, was before recess nutrition became the pet project of our first lady, and things took a turn for the worse.

Now, the only way to get your child out of the mephitic trash that appears on their plates every lunch period is to pack your lunch themselves. However, even that can get you in trouble, as this doctor found out. Continue reading at  conservativetribune.com.

GOP Unveils Net Neutrality Bill That Limits FCC’s Power Over Broadband

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by Wendy Davis, January 19, 2015, 4:06 PM

Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate have unveiled legislation that would require broadband providers to follow some Net neutrality principles, but would also prevent the Federal Communications Commission from enacting more stringent rules.

The draft bill, released late last week, would restrict broadband providers in at least three key ways: It would prohibit broadband providers from blocking or degrading content, while also banning them from charging companies higher fees for faster delivery. The proposed bill also specifies that the restrictions apply equally to wireline and wireless providers. Read more at mediapost.com.

People Who Live in Glass White Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones

Live tweeted during the State of the Union Speech:


https://twitter.com/AlanBerkelham/status/557727514672791553

Of Hugs and Friendship

I’m sure that the French people appreciate John Kerry’s hug and James Taylor’s singing of “friendship,” but maybe they should go hug and sing to the Islamic Extremists – I wonder if they’d  come back with their heads.

 

Eric Holder Pushes Back on FBI Agent’s Critical Letter

Yesterday I posted a letter from former FBI agent, K. Dee McCown, to Attorney General Eric Holder.  Agent McCown’s letter has since gone viral.  Mr. Holder has since pushed back in typical Obama administration fashion; when criticized or confronted, they attack and/or lie – Kill the messenger!

Last night on the Fox News program, The Kelly File, Guest host Shannon Bream did a segment on Holder’s response to the letter featuring contributor J. Christian Adams.  Watch:

See yesterday’s post containing Agent McCown’s letter here.

26 Republicans Vote Against Blackburn Amendment To Defund Obama’s Executive Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

A whopping 26 Republicans joined the Democrats in Congress to vote against an amendment to the DHS funding bill sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). That amendment aims to block funds for President Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), largely believed to be the root cause of the border crisis last summer.

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) was the first Republican to break ranks. “Ellmers is [the] first GOP no vote,” Politico’s Seung Min Kim Tweeted as the vote began.

The other Republicans who voted against the measure, which passed, are: Reps. Mark Amodei (R-NV), Mike Coffman (R-CO), Ryan Costello (R-PA), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Jeff Denham (R-CA), Charlie Dent (R-PA), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Bob Dold (R-IL), Chris Gibson (R-NY), Richard Hanna (R-NY), Joe Heck (R-NV), Crescent Hardy (R-NV), John Katko (R-NY), Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Peter King (R-NY), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Martha McSally (R-AZ), Pat Meehan (R-PA), Devin Nunes (R-CA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Fred Upton (R-MI), and David Valadao (R-CA).  Read more at breitbart.com.

By the way, Representative Ellmers, and I use the word representative loosely, has a long history of ignoring and being combative and argumentative towards her constituents.  Watch the short videos on page two of the following link, and you will see for yourself:  pjmedia.com.

Ex-FBI Agent’s Epic Open Letter to Eric Holder Stuns Administration

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K. Dee McCown
College Station, Texas
December 28, 2014Attorney General Eric Holder

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Dear Attorney General Holder,

It is unlikely that we met while I served in the FBI. That being said, we served at the Department of Justice (DOJ) during the same years and on the same “team” conceptually speaking. During my service in the FBI I worked with a number of U.S. Attorney Offices in the United States to include a tour at FBIHQ where I worked with the Department of Justice (Main) on a daily basis.

I begin my letter with this comment to highlight that I am not a bystander on the topic of law enforcement in the United States. I worked and managed a variety of federal investigations during my 12 years of service in the FBI, to include the management of several Civil Rights cases in the State of Texas. In fact, during my last tour in the Bureau, I was an FBI Supervisor responsible for managing federal investigations in nine (9) Texas counties, many of which were rural; in places where one would suspect racism to flourish given the narrative often pushed by Hollywood and urban progressive elites like yourself. I performed this mission diligently and under the close supervision of two FBI managers; an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) and Special Agent in Charge (SAC,) both of which happened to be African American and outstanding law enforcement professionals. I also performed this mission serving side by side with a variety of law enforcement agencies at the Federal, State and local level.

I have observed you closely during your tenure as Attorney General and notably during these last tumultuous years; watching you negotiate a number of controversial public matters to include the ATF Fast and Furious scandal, Black Panther Party intimidation at voting booths, IRS targeting of American citizens (citizen groups opposed to the Obama Administration,) the ignoring of US Immigration laws, DOJ criminal indictments of select news reporters and your management of several high profile criminal investigations involving subjects of race, notably African Americans.

Until today, I chose to hold my tongue. However, with the assassination of two NYPD Lieutenants last weekend in New York City, at the hands of a African American man with a lengthy criminal record, fresh from his participation in anti-police activities; coupled with numerous “don’t shoot, hands up,” and “black lives matter” anti-police protests (some of which are violent) occurring daily around the nation, I am compelled to write you this letter.

To be blunt Mr. Holder, I am appalled at your lack of leadership as the Attorney General of the United States and your blatant politicizing of the Department of Justice. Your actions, both publicly and privately, have done nothing to quell the complex racial issues we face in our country and have done everything to inflame them. As the “top cop” of the United States, you share in the blame for much of the violence and protests we are now witnessing against law enforcement officers honorably serving throughout our nation.

During one of your first public speeches as Attorney General you made it a point to call America “a nation of cowards” concerning race relations. That speech, followed by other public announcements where you emphatically opined that the odds were stacked against African Americans in regard to the enforcement of law, your intention to change the law and permit convicted felons to vote after incarceration, and your changes to federal law ending “racial profiling,” are poignant examples of how detached you remain from the challenges faced by law enforcement officers serving in crime ridden neighborhoods throughout the nation. These opinions are also indicative of a man that lives and works in the elitist “bubble” of Washington D.C.

Your performance, as the nation’s Attorney General, during the Trayvon Martin case in Sanford, Florida and the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri clearly highlights your myopic view on this topic. Contrary to your embarrassing prejudgment in the Brown case and evasive post trial remarks on the Martin case, neither Brown nor Martin were targeted and/or killed because of their African American race. Rather, as non-emotive investigations determined, both teens died as a consequence of their own tragic and egregious behavior; behavior that involved a violent assault on a law abiding citizen in the Trayvon Martin case, and a violent assault on a young police officer in the Michael Brown case. Yet you, as the number one spokesman for law enforcement in the country, blame the deaths of these men on years of institutional racism and the alleged epidemic targeting of African American men by police departments around the country; nothing could be further from the truth. Following the Michael Brown case Grand Jury decision all you could muster was the following comment:

“The Department of Justice is currently investigating not only the shooting but also the Ferguson police department in what is called a “patterns and practices” inquiry to determine if the police department has engaged in systematic racism.”

So, let’s get this straight. At a decisive moment in history when our nation required a strong and unbiased voice from its’ senior law enforcement official, you Mr. Holder, made it your personal mission to join with other racial antagonist and politicize a tragic event, accusing a young white police officer of a racially motivated killing in what we now know was a justified self-defense shooting of a predatory felon.

Your behavior is unbelievable. You sir, have sacrificed your integrity on the altar of political expediency. You, Mr. Holder, are the “coward” and hypocrite you so loudly denounce when speaking of broken race relations in America.Further to this point Mr. Holder, law enforcement officers around the country remain dismayed and shocked at the counsel you keep; that being your close relationship with none other than Al Sharpton, a racist “shake down artist” who spreads hate, divisiveness and the promotion of anti-law enforcement sentiment throughout the country; a tax evading fraudster who has unbelievably visited the White House over 80 times in recent years. It is simply beyond my comprehension as a former federal law enforcement professional, that you, the Attorney General of the United States, joined arms in common cause with a charlatan like “the Reverend” Al Sharpton; and it speaks volumes to your personal character and lack of professional judgment.

Violent crime, out of wedlock births, drug abuse, rampant unemployment and poverty found in many low-income minority neighborhoods are not a result of racist community policing and racial profiling as you so quickly assert, and frankly most law abiding Americans are exhausted of hearing this false narrative repeated time and again by you and others in the racial grievance industry. While no one, me included, would ever suggest that African Americans have not suffered from institutional racism in the past, I would strongly argue that we no longer live in the Mississippi of 1965, nor do we live in a country that even closely resembles the “Jim Crow” South of yesteryear. Those days, thankfully, are in the past as are the generations of Americans that supported such egregious behavior and endured such suffering.

Rather, Mr. Holder, we live in a day and time where the root cause of many problems faced in our African American communities can be attributed to the breakdown of civil order due to the rejection of institutional and family authority and the practice of counter-culture values; and most notably, from the absence of strong male leadership in fatherless black families. The reason that our local police officers are so often entwined in tragic events in black communities is because it is the police that have filled the void in these communities that should be occupied by moral and strong black men leading family units with Godly values. You, Mr. Holder, especially, should be thanking the police rather than persecuting them for the gap they fill in these communities because if it were not for the intervention of local police many African American neighborhoods would be in a state of total anarchy.

Yet tragically, you and your race-baiting colleague Al Sharpton (a paid media personality under contract with MSNBC news) choose to remain silent because to publicly speak this self-evident truth threatens to not only alienate and offend the most loyal voting constituency of the Democratic Party but diminish your and Al Sharpton’s self-serving power base in these suffering communities. God forbid that you would suggest individual citizens accept responsibility for their own behavior and the collective failure of their communities; it is so much easier for you and others like you to make excuses, play the victim card, and pander rather than address the real root causes that plague many low income neighborhoods.

Mr. Holder, the public is aware of FBI statistics that tell a different story than the one you and Sharpton preach. We know that young African American males, representing a tiny fraction of the U.S. population, are by far the greatest perpetrators of violent crime in America when compared to their peers in other ethnic groups, and, we know that citizens of African American descent overwhelmingly make up the majority of their victims. We also know that incidents where white police officers shoot and kill black perpetrators are rare and on the decline. We know further that although there are legitimate and bona fide Federal Civil Rights investigations in the United States worthy of pursuing, they are miniscule when compared to the false narrative portrayed by you, President Obama and Sharpton declaring rampant discrimination against African American men by police officers throughout the country. You are just plain wrong.

In closing Mr. Holder I will leave you with this thought; you were given a rare opportunity to lead with integrity during a variety of divisive and controversial issues during your tenure as the 82d Attorney General of the United States and rather than be a man of moral courage you chose instead to cower, further inflame racial tensions, advance false narratives and play progressive political activist.

Time and again you chose to “politicize” the mission of the Department of Justice rather than pursue justice and now, tragically, we are witnessing the fruits of your irresponsible behavior in the murder of two innocent police officers in New York City, assassinated by a man motivated by the flames of racial hatred that you personally fanned. How many more police officers will be injured or die in the coming days because of the perilous conditions you helped create in this nation. You, President Obama and Al Sharpton own this problem lock, stock and barrel and now it is your legacy.

As thousands of NYPD officers turn their collective back on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, another dishonest politician and Sharpton disciple, so too do countless Federal law enforcement officers turn our backs on you.

K. Dee McCown
FBI (1997 – 2008)

CC: Senator Mitch McConnell
Senator John Cornyn
Senator Ted Cruz
Senator Harry Reid
The Honorable Bill Flores
The Honorable John Boehner
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

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