Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Shocking: More Threats Of Violence From The Political Fringes
Remember when the Krugmaniac freaked out about a Sarah Palin Facebook image that showed pro-Obamacare Democrats "in the crosshairs?"Search no more: Verum Serum has the skinny on the Democrat-media complex's latest production of Feigned Outrage Theater.All of this goes far beyond politics as usual…you’ll search in vain for anything comparably menacing, anything that even hinted at an appeal to violence, from members of Congress, let alone senior party officials….to find anything like what we’re seeing now you have to go back to the last time a Democrat was president.
Idiots On Parade: A Trip Down Memory Lane
I listened to his speech broadcast from the Ronald Reagan Library this afternoon, the basis of which he shared today with NRO.
K-Lo has an illuminating review.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Stupid Power In The Great White North
Tracking Acorn’s Rebranding Process: A Handy Guide
Updates as they become available.
Monday, March 29, 2010
A Tale Of Two Cities
Unhinged Reid Supporters Go Alinsky Against Breitbart, Tea Partiers: The Videos
Democrats and their pet idiots are pulling this while crying victimhood and bearing false witness against what they believe is a small subset of Americans commonly referred to as Tea Partiers.
I encourage them to continue with that strategy until the first Tuesday in November, after which they will then be free to talk amongst themselves.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
There are two brute facts that are pertinent. First, like Hitler’s remilitarization of the Rhineland, Ahmadinejad’s acquisition of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles would profoundly alter the balance of power. Is there anyone who seriously thinks that, when it had a relatively free hand, the Islamic Republic of Iran would conduct its affairs in the manner of a saturated power? In assessing the significance of what is about to take place, one must keep in mind the strategic importance of the Persian Gulf and just how large a percentage of the oil that fuels the world economy is exported through that narrow body of water.Rahe concludes that Obama has abandoned that post and left it to the Israelis. Read it all.
The second brute fact is no less easy to discern: In matters such as the one that concerns us here, diplomacy is bound to be ineffectual if it is not backed by a credible threat that, if one’s requests are refused, one will resort to force.
If You Build It, They Will Come
UPDATE: "Every age, every color, all walks of life":
CNN propagandizes. They are all on the run.
Unhinged Reid Supporters Go Alinsky Against Breitbart, Tea Partiers
Andrew Breitbart witnessed first hand today the cunning manipulation and violence of the unhinged left. Harry Reid supporters stood on Highway 95 outside of Searchlight, Nevada and held signs steering tea party protesters heading to the Tea Party Express Showdown in Searchlight Rally in the wrong direction. Andrew also witnessed these violent leftists attacking the Tea Party Express bus with eggs as it drove by. The Harry Reid supporters then swarmed him, harassed him, threatened him and made false statements to the police.
Power Line: Liberal Political Violence
The Democrats have tried to change the subject away from their health care debacle by claiming that conservatives are threatening violence against them. Their complaints are pathetic where they are not out-and-out lies (e.g., Clyburn and Lewis), and they have taken a lot of well-deserved criticism. It is liberals, not conservatives, who rely on ad hominem attacks, outrageous allegations and violent imagery. We talked about this on our radio show today, and several callers reminded us of a particularly sorry episode of liberal violence that, for some reason, has not gotten much attention: the 2008 Republican convention in St. Paul.Progressives.
I attended the convention and remember the terrorist acts that were carried out by anti-Republican protesters very well. They threw bricks through the windows of buses, sending elderly convention delegates to the hospital. They dropped bags of sand off highway overpasses onto vehicles below. Fortunately, no one was killed.
Why I Like Glenn Reynolds
Harry Reid’s gun-imagery takes aim at political targets. When will Democrats stop inciting political violence with their hateful rhetoric? (Analysis via Christian Science Monitor).
Then there’s talk like this: Obama: ‘If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun’. This sort of violent gun-related eliminationist rhetoric is likely to produce further unrest. For shame!
Posted at 11:28 pm by Glenn Reynolds
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Saturday, March 27, 2010
Yuval Levin On Repealing Obamacare
Because Obamacare embodies a rejection of incrementalism, it cannot be improved in small steps. Fixing our health care system in the wake of the program’s enactment will require a big step—repeal of the law before most of it takes hold—followed by incremental reforms addressing the public’s real concerns.
That big step will not be easy to take. The Democratic party has invested its identity and its future in the fate of this new program, and Democrats control the White House and both houses of Congress. That is why the conservative health care agenda must now also be an electoral agenda—an effort to refine, inform, and build on public opposition to the new program and to the broader trend toward larger and more intrusive, expensive, and fiscally reckless government in the age of Obama. Obamacare is the most prominent emblem of that larger trend, and its repeal must be at the center of the conservative case to voters in the coming two election cycles.
Friday, March 26, 2010
In Vino Veritas
As if we didn't know already.
Sen. Max Baucus (D): "Too often, much of late, the last couple three years the mal-distribution of income in America is gone up way too much, the wealthy are getting way, way too wealthy, and the middle income class is left behind. Wages have not kept up with increased income of the highest income in America. This legislation will have the effect of addressing that mal-distribution of income in America."
But it's not socialism.
Apologies to Patterico for stealing the headline; it's just too appropriate.
My Brother's Keepers: Left Wing Hatred And Violence, Yesterday And Today
It's an age-old tactic of such tyrants as Stalin, Lenin and Castro, was a favorite technique of Saul Alinsky, and was used to infamous effect in Hitler's Germany. Thanks to Yassir Arafat, the Palestinians have used it forever in their ongoing war against Israel. So it's no surprise that Obama's supporters are resorting to it against honest, freedom-loving people.
Today MICHELLE MALKIN expounds at length on the left's smear campaign to illustrate not only the phony charges leveled at honest Americans but the real violence employed by the tyrants to further their corrosive agenda. You can see just how all-encompassing their tactics are in How the Left fakes the hate: A primer. Just her introduction to the column is chock full of examples:
The MSM never takes a break from whitewashing leftist intolerance, death threats, and extremism — and engaging in selective reporting (or rather, non-reporting) of the long history of leftists’ manufacturing of hatred for political gain. My syndicated column fills in the missing context. In related developments, Glenn Reynolds takes a look at a new dubious report of rock-throwing. Erick Erickson shreds Josh Marshall’s specious incitement accusations. Patterico reports on the latest Twitter death threats against the Palin family. (Here’s a reminder about the one a Toronto Star columnist posted about me, which was laughed off by her editor and ignored by her colleagues). Here’s Mary Katharine Ham’s reminder that 7 of the 10 violent incidents during the summer town hall protests were brought to you by Obama-bots and union thugs. And in case you need a quick refresher on the routine liberal ugliness that will never be decried by the civility police, see here here here here here here here here here here here here here here here here here here here. For starters. See also: Unhinged.On the same subject, DAVID HARSANYI writes in the Denver Post in Masters of Distraction:
For those grappling with history, here’s what a “mob” looks like: furious citizens raiding the Bastille, stabbing and decapitating its governor, Marquis Bernard de Launay, and placing his head on a pike to parade around Paris streets to cheering crowds.ANDREW BREITBART is daring the Congressional Black Caucus to back up their phony charges of racism, offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can produce proof. That will never happen, of course.
Or, to put it in more contemporary terms, think anti-capitalist, stone-throwing, Starbucks-hating, economic-justice thugs. Or perhaps radical environmentalists who burn down housing projects and research facilities for Mother Earth. For a domestic terrorist, you won’t need to go farther than your local Chicago university to spot a Weatherman.
And when phony charges of violence and racism fail to cow the opposition, the left drops the mask and shows its true nature. Patterico:
I had hoped to post about 20 screenshots from this guy’s Twitter account, but with the technical work being done on the site I find myself suddenly unable to upload images. So I will just quote you the messages. He posted most of them tonight, and they include messages like this:Real violence is already here, and it always comes from the left.
@sEaTtLe_MeTrO Death 2 Palin family them retarded hillbillies take teabaggers w/ you hateful bitch
We cant expect gov to intervene we must shoot Gen. Palin on site be 4 her troops strike again!
@interactionswst one word racism choose sides plain and simply that bitch Palin launch an attack, she need 2 b shot on site!
@Palin360 you need 2 b assassinated soon we ll settle 4 one of the family if not u!
maybe it takes a murder or 2 2 get the point across take aim at radical TP members
@BRIANGLAD Palin will b met with gunfire her or her family
@SarahStormRpt u need 2 be shot on site startin that racist Tp shit, all you all do is promo violence dont cry when some kill u basterds
IS Sarah Palin still alive, please feel free 2 domecheck that bitch! she will look good in tha box the TP left on someones lawn
Yeah shorty i know soon as a bitch get killed bout a lie then ppl gone realize how stupid n lack info can get u hurt TP fuckin wit fire
@Southfive her map w crosshair need to b put on her family she that bitch can die or a TP supporter
Does Palin really want what she ask 4? we ll see after death strikes i guess no pose 2 see her rhetoric,it can b dangerous. but who cares!
i got 2 go see how many more targets Gen. Palin got mapped out that bitch gone get or someone i hope its GOP one of them racist fuckers
THe street gangs of america can take on the teabaggers and Palin. TP is callin 4 war just shoot any TP associates and family MS13 BITCHES!
I cant wait till someone serious hurt that bitch Palin or one of her children soon she out of control!
@Oplis the ppl of color have been wait n 4 no one can agree on history so suggest the Palin plan let roll!ms13 will take care of that bitch
Palin came 2 lower 48 2 start a civil divide this could b the moment of truth 4 americans 2 put her down
i encourage ppl 2 meet the TP wit the same acts of violence Palin instructs them 2 do we need 2 harass them 2 their racist graves
#hcr proof that Palin targeted Va. rep. w/ her map and someone followed up we have 2 stop this terrorist name Sarah someone please kill her!
If I'm wrong, show me how.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
At General Electric, We Bring The Exploitation Of Ronald Reagan To Life
GE CEO Jeffry Immelt Exploits Reagan Legacy to Bolster Image with Conservatives; GE's Celebration of Reagan is Politically Motivated, says the Free Enterprise ProjectIt ain't gonna work. The idiots and their Messiah are in redlight mode now, knowing what's coming 11/10.
In response to GE's recent announcement of its sponsorship commemorating the Centennial Celebration of President Ronald Reagan's birth, today the Free Enterprise Project of the National Center for Public Policy Research is criticizing GE CEO Jeff Immelt for exploiting Reagan's legacy to curry favor with conservatives.
"I'm outraged over Immelt's shameless exploitation of President Reagan's historic presidency to improve GE's reputation among conservatives. Reagan is the champion of conservatives because he fought for liberty and limited government. In contrast, Immelt uses GE's vast lobbying resources to expand the size and role of government in order to create markets for its products and loot Americans of their liberty," said Tom Borelli, Ph.D., Director of the National Center for Public Research's Free Enterprise Project.
Borelli notes that GE is an aggressive supporter of cap-and-trade legislation and that the company played a key role in passing the Waxman-Markey climate change bill last year. GE hopes the capping of carbon emissions would force demand for its renewable energy products such as wind turbines and solar panels. With cap-and-trade currently stalled in the Senate, GE lobbyists are now writing energy legislation for Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that would mandate that an increasing amount of electricity be derived from renewable energy sources.
"In anticipating a Tea Party surge of conservatives to be elected next November, Immelt needs to steer the GE ship hard right. With his revenue increasingly dependent on government projects, policies, and subsidies, Immelt can't be caught on the progressive aisle if the Republicans take charge in Congress. That's why Immelt is running ads recalling Reagan's role with GE during the 1950's," added Borelli.
"It's going to take a lot of advertising to wash away the progressive odor from Immelt's policies. Immelt is a member of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and he has repeatedly been an Obama cheerleader, ranging from defending the president's commencement speech at Notre Dame to echoing Obama's views on CEO greed during a talk at West Point. GE's NBC Universal media empire frequently promotes the Administration's green agenda, and MSNBC's progressive attack dogs - led by Keith Olbermann - consistently assault anything that represents conservative values."
GE is being richly rewarded by Obama's economic stimulus package. GE lobbied the Administration to make sure its utility customers, including Duke Energy, Exelon and FPL Group, were given hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money.
The contrast between Reagan and Immelt's GE is stark in regard to dealing with national adversaries. While Reagan was responsible for the fall of the Soviet Union, Immelt's GE has profited from selling infrastructure equipment to Iran.
"Immelt should realize slick advertising will not cover up his pact with the progressive devils. Because of Immelt, today's GE has far more in common with Obama, Reid, Pelosi and Olbermann than with President Reagan."
Ed Schultz, Hypocritical Bastard
"Typical liberal cry baby. They sell a product that nobody wants to buy and then they want the government to come in and subsidize their failures and force people to buy their product at the expense of successful people."Or they can use the Al Franken model and steal their "subsidy" money from children.
Democrats Cry Crocodile Tears Over Unsubstantiated "Violence"
I know. I can't either, because they didn't. Instead, they ignored it in order to establish the lie that it did not happen, when everyone knows it did and everyone knows what Democrats are responsible for.
But a few baseless charges levelled against mysterious right-wing thugs whose stealth puts Lamont Cranston to shame gets all these liars into a feigned fit of indignation and earns headlines in all the idiot media. It's the most limp-dicked theater ever, and Americans see right through it.
Here's just a sampling of John Hinderaker's withering attack on the shameless hypocrisy of these evil charlatans, who must be cast out from the American body politic in November:
Today's big news story, along with the epic debate on health care taking place in the Senate, is the Democrats' claim that some of their Congressmen have been threatened with violence after voting for the government's takeover of health care. Steny Hoyer claims that more than ten House members "have reported incidents of threats or other forms of harassment." He also admits that figure is "just an estimate," which I guess means he made it up. Nor is it clear what "other forms of harassment" means; angry phone calls from constituents, perhaps.None whatsoever. Canada's speech laws are stupifyingly restrictive to everyone who doesn't share the views of those ranting dullards attacking Coulter, self-styled "radicals" who don't even have the balls to listen to her in the warm, safe confines of their own house. And yet, you can bet your last nickel there isn't a one of these little Hitlers who doesn't demand all the protections of the United States Constitution for captured Islamist illegal enemy combatants plotting to murder more Americans in the name of Allah.
We condemn political violence in virtually all circumstances; certainly in all circumstances that could arise in our democracy. Threats of violence, sadly, are not uncommon in politics; let alone "harassment." Even insignificant conservatives like us have been threatened with violence on several occasions, and the linked article notes that Jim Bunning received threats after he temporarily held up the extension of unemployment benefits a few weeks ago.
The current threats (assuming they are real, as I assume some of them are) are being played up in the press because the Democrats want to dampen the anger that has erupted over their adoption of a government medicine program through a series of legislative maneuvers that are in some respects unprecedented. It is important for the Democrats and their press minions to understand that there are many millions of Americans who regard Obamacare not just as misguided public policy, but as an illegitimate usurpation of power. I am one of the many millions who are outraged at the Left's attempt to destroy the private health care system that has served my family so well, and who regard Obamacare as illegitimate.
As for the threats, we will take them more seriously if they result in the cancellation of a public appearance by a liberal due to security concerns. But that never happens to liberals, only to conservatives. It happened again last night. That was in Canada, of course; the home of government medicine and little regard for free speech. No coincidence, that.
It's true: Ann Coulter is That Bad.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Obamacare Already Killing Jobs
"We believe that the tax will cost us somewhere between $5 million and $10 million a year," says Richard Packer, Zoll's chairman and chief executive officer. "Our profit in 2009 was $9.5 million."
I believe Caterpillar just announced their additional fiscal Obamacare tax exposure at over $100 million. That is significant.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Canadian Liberal Fascism On Parade
Fascists like S. Houle and his slavish peckerwoods in the U of O student body are at their core demonstrably violent dim-witted tyrants, so this was entirely predictable.
Idiots, eh?: minus-2000
From "Hope and Change" To Tax And Hate
The People Vs. Obama
President Obama promised that his plan for “health-care reform” would not cause any individuals or families to lose their health-care plans, would not be paid for by cutting seniors’ Medicare benefits, would not bend the health-care cost curve up (but instead would bend it down), would not raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year, would not raise Americans’ health-insurance premiums (but instead would lower them), would not put the federal government in control of health care, would not require Americans to buy health insurers’ product under penalty of law, would not cost more than $2 trillion over ten years, would not raise deficits, would not provide taxpayer funding for abortion, would increase competition and choice, would leave what’s good in place while fixing what’s broken, and would be bipartisan. Obamacare fulfills none of these promises.It's now between Obama and defenders of the Constitution.
James Madison’s words cannot be repeated often enough: “The cool and deliberate sense of the community ought, in all governments, and actually will, in all free governments, ultimately prevail over the views of its rulers.” The American people don’t want Obamacare, and the will of the American people will ultimately prevail over the will of their rulers — starting in November.
Palin: The Out-Of-Touch Congress
Out-of-touch Congress Sounds Our Clarion Call to Take a Stand
We’ve been reminded many times that elections have consequences. Yesterday we saw the consequence of voting for those who believe in “fundamentally transforming” America whether we want it or not. Yesterday they voted. In November, we get to vote. We won’t forget what we saw yesterday. Congress passed a bill while Americans said “no,” and thousands of everyday citizens even surrounded the Capitol Building to beg them not to do it. Has there ever been a more obvious exhibition of a detached and imperious government?There's more:
In the end, this unsustainable bill jeopardizes the very thing it was supposed to fix – our health care system. Somewhere along the way we forgot that health care reform is about doctors and patients, not the IRS and politicians. Instead of helping doctors with tort reform, this bill has made primary care physicians think about getting out of medicine. It was supposed to make health care more affordable, but our premiums will continue to go up. It was supposed to help more people get coverage, but there will still be 23 million uninsured people by 2019.November 2010.
Tick tick tick tick tick tick tick.
NYT: Only Racists Hate Obamacare
Bill Burck and Dana Perino writing for NRO:
We have no tolerance for intolerance and condemn anyone who would resort to racist name-calling. Shame on anyone who did. But shame on the New York Times for comparing those who protested the Democrats’ health-care policy with the virulent southern racists who participated in violent and often deadly protests against civil-rights demonstrators. Give us a break.
The Left’s plan for November is to promote exactly this kind of thinking, shaming opponents into staying at home rather than going to the polls to vote the bums out, while fooling proponents that opposition is nothing more than the most atavistic form of prejudice. With every poll showing that far more voters hate Obamacare than love it (with the balance made up of the lukewarm on both sides of the issue), this is the New York Times’s effort to help shift voter intensity — which spells turnout in November — in favor of Obamacare.
We suspect the electorate won’t prove so gullible. The Old Grey Lady is not as smart as she thinks she is, nor are Americans the ninnies she believes they are.
Monday, March 22, 2010
With Stupak's collapse, passage of the Democrats' government medicine bill is assured. This is a dark day in American history; one of the darkest. But there are many reasons for optimism.Here are just a few.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Dan Benishek is running for Congress in November against the despicable Bart Stupak, who must be cast from office. You can support Dr. Benishek by joining his Facebook page here and contributing to his campaign here. Stand up for your liberty and make a donation.
The names of all those who must be made to pay can be found here.
The real fight begins tomorrow.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
One of the Best Guys I Ever Met
Friday, March 19, 2010
Big, beautiful, unrelenting Payback.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Orrin Hatch Unplugged
A Thousand Times Yes
John Hinderaker has updated the piece with a colloquy of the hearing, which puts Holder's dimness on the subject in full relief.
Attorney General Eric Holder testified yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee. As you might expect, members took the opportunity to press Holder on his views regarding terrorists' rights. And Holder appears to have given the subject some thought!
...In the news reports, Holder appears unwilling or unable to address the legal distinctions among criminal defendants, prisoners of war and unlawful enemy combatants. Here is one key distinction: Only criminal defendants have a right to trial by jury.
Invoking Charles Manson may make for brilliant argument in a college bull session, but are we supposed to take this seriously from the Attorney General of the United States in the midst of a war against an enemy that does not observe any legal norms? The more Holder talks, the more he sounds like a dope.
The Free Dictionary Thesaurus contains this definition:
2. dope - an ignorant or foolish personBingo.
boob, booby, pinhead, dumbbell, dummy
simpleton, simple - a person lacking intelligence or common sense
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
A Brazen Assault On The Constitution
Tick tick tick tick tick.
Monday, March 15, 2010
The No-Green Zone
That's the United States and Canada combined, people.
Are you kidding me? Girl Scout cookie drives bring in more jack than that, and for a worthy cause.
Both also in the anti-U.S. vein, but then people's senses were still somewhat dulled to the message coming from Big Hollywood. Not any more - now the folks are getting it loud and clear.
Ouch. Less than a tenth of both those two box offices.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
For Those Unclear On The Concept
The Secret Behind Palin Derangement Syndrome
I used to dismiss these contradictions as simply hypocrisy, but perhaps these people are angry at Palin because of her perceived similarities to Barack Obama, not in spite of them. They need someplace to ground the lightning of their frustration and disappointment, and they’re not allowed to be angry at Obama. . . . Sarah Palin is a convenient hate fetish for the increasingly nervous and confused Left, because she embodies the qualities of the red-state America they loathe… and serves as a voodoo doll for uncomfortable criticisms of Obama, which they project onto her.
Reihl World Obamacare
Then a commenter reminds Reihl's readers of this disturbing Obama missive of yore:
But what we can do is make sure that at least some of the waste that exists in the system that's not making anybody's mom better, that is loading up on additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care, that at least we can let doctors know and your mom know that, you know what? Maybe this isn't going to help. Maybe you're better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.
Reihl has doubled down to Media Mutters.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Sign Of The Times
Friday, March 12, 2010
My Brother's Keepers
Abortion as a cost-saving tool. How "progressive".
What are Democratic leaders saying? “If you pass the Stupak amendment, more children will be born, and therefore it will cost us millions more. That’s one of the arguments I’ve been hearing,” Stupak says. “Money is their hang-up. Is this how we now value life in America? If money is the issue — come on, we can find room in the budget. This is life we’re talking about”...
...“This has really reached an unhealthy stage,” Stupak says. “People are threatening ethics complaints on me. On the left, they’re really stepping it up. Every day, from Rachel Maddow to the Daily Kos, it keeps coming. Does it bother me? Sure. Does it change my position? No.”
Nuance-Free Observation Of The Day
90% of the time I hear liberals are so scary-smart they fail only because I am too fucking stupid to comprehend what they're telling me and then 10% of the time they have a kid take a break from learning shapes and colors to parrot their arguments to me.
Pretty Much Any Kind Of Airborne Ordinance, I Would Think.
But no: that dog isn't barking. Now why do you suppose that is?
Could it be because before young al Qaeda operative Sharif Mobley left New Jersey for the freedom-washed Yemeni shores, he campaigned for Democrat governor John Corzine? Perhaps it's the revelation that he worked at three different NJ nuclear power plants as a maintenance contractor (no doubt collecting intelligence for his future al Qaeda-in-Yemen homies, the same friendly folks who sent Abdulmutallab on Christmas Day)?
Wouldn't be prudent to attract any inconvenient dot-connecting by calling attention to someone like that now, would it? On the other hand, you can take this comment from The Good Michelle to the bank:
If he had campaigned for Chris Christie, it would be front-page news and fodder for the Krugman/Olbermann/Tea Party-bashing nutroots convergence.True dat. But then Islamist time bombs typically hang out with their ideological brethren on the left before finally going off on their common targets.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
As Bad As It Gets
Incredible. We are witnessing the total breakdown of the Democrat leadership into a fantasy world in which they hold complete authority and answer to no-one. This is an astounding level of executive and legislative arrogance heretofore unseen in the history of the United States.
It is so remarkable a development that I don't trust that it is what it appears to be. I still need time to digest its implications and observe what follows.
For example, this ruling by the Senate Parliamentarian.
If Only It Were So
Isn’t it odd that a man who likes doing nothing but nonstop talking wants everyone else to shut up?Mind you, there is a certain "Groundhog Day" consistency to it all, as Drudge has also noticed:
Exposed: Eric Holder Lied At Confirmation Hearings
Holder did not mention placing his signature on an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the Jose Padilla case advocating for rights for terrorists.
During his confirmation more than a year ago, Attorney General Eric Holder failed to notify lawmakers he had contributed to a legal brief dealing with the use of federal courts in fighting terrorism, the Justice Department acknowledged on Wednesday.Contrast that last point, which terrorist's rights advocate Eric Holder endorsed with his signature, with the one directly preceding it, and with Obama AG Eric Holder's more recent, and directly conflicting, assertion made in defense of the STUPID decision to Mirandize the Christmas bomber:
“The brief should have been disclosed as part of the confirmation process,” Justice Department spokesman Matt Miller said in a statement. “In preparing thousands of pages for submission, it was unfortunately and inadvertently missed.”
Still, the “amicus brief,” filed with the Supreme Court in 2004, resonates years later as Holder finds himself defending the handling of some recent terrorism cases, particularly the interrogation of alleged “Christmas Day bomber” Umar F. Abdulmutallab.
The brief – filed by Holder, then a private attorney, former Attorney General Janet Reno and two other Clinton-era officials – argued that the President lacks authority to hold Jose Padilla, a U.S citizen declared an “enemy combatant,” indefinitely without charge.
In making their case, Holder and the others argued that using federal courts to fight terrorism, which includes providing Miranda rights to terror suspects, would not “impair” the government’s ability to obtain intelligence, which they called “the primary tool for preventing terrorist attacks.”
But the brief did acknowledge a possible risk in such use of the federal court system – a risk, the brief said, that is outweighed by the advantages.
“I am confident that … the decision to address Mr. Abdulmutallab's actions through our criminal justice system has not, and will not, compromise our ability to obtain information needed to detect and prevent future attacks,” Holder said in a Feb. 3 letter to lawmakers. “Neither advising Abdulmutallab of his Miranda rights nor granting him access to counsel prevents us from obtaining intelligence from him.”Let me rephrase that: neither advising an enemy combatant that he does not have to say anything, nor affording him the services of a lawyer who will do everything he can to keep his client silent, will prevent the United States security apparatus from learning from him what he knows, including what he knows about other threats. What AG Eric Holder cannot say, of course, is that he thinks all Americans are idiots, and not just the people who voted for Obama. As he will learn in November, he's wrong about more than just that.
Michelle Malkin is very familiar with career terrorist enabler Eric Holder's forgetfullness:
Power Line's Paul Mirengoff observes that Holder's supposed fealty to "proud legal traditions" was suddenly and selectively absent during his confirmation hearings.
Let me remind you that before his confirmation, Holder “forgot” to mention that disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich had appointed him to probe corruption in the state’s casino licensing decisions. Holder pocketed $300,000 and — surprise, surprise — concluded that no corruption existed. Refresher:Before Eric Holder was President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to be attorney general, he was Gov. Blagojevich’s pick to sort out a mess involving Illinois’ long-dormant casino license.
Blagojevich and Holder appeared together at a March 24, 2004, news conference to announce Holder’s role as “special investigator to the Illinois Gaming Board” — a post that was to pay Holder and his Washington, D.C. law firm up to $300,000.
Holder, however, omitted that event from his 47-page response to a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire made public this week — an oversight he plans to correct after a Chicago Sun-Times inquiry, Obama’s transition team indicated late Tuesday.
“Eric Holder has given hundreds of press interviews,” Obama transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said in a statement. “He did his best to report them all to the committee, but as he noted in the questionnaire itself, some were undoubtedly missed in the effort to reconstruct a list of them.”
Holder signed the questionnaire on Sunday — five days after Blagojevich’s arrest for allegedly putting Obama’s U.S. Senate seat up for sale. The Judiciary Committee asked him to provide lists and “copies of transcripts or tape recordings of all speeches or talks delivered by you” and “all interviews you have given to newspapers, magazines or other publications.”
The March 2004 Chicago news conference where Holder and Blagojevich spoke was widely covered because of a controversial 4-1 Gaming Board vote earlier that month to allow a casino to be built in Rosemont. That vote defied the recommendation of the board’s staff, which had raised concerns about alleged organized-crime links to the Rosemont casino’s developer.
Holder's supporters like to talk about the "proud" tradition of lawyers defending unpopular clients. But Holder doesn't seem to have been proud enough of this tradition to disclose important instances in which he followed it.As usual, Andrew McCarthy puts it all in perspective:
You guys need to get with the program. So the attorney general, while he was in private practice at a firm that openly bragged about its "pro bono" representation of numerous Gitmo detainees, chose during our war with al-Qaeda to file a brief on behalf of an al-Qaeda operative who tried to kill lots of Americans. So he argued that such people ought to be treated as criminal defendants swaddled in the Bill of Rights rather than enemy combatants detained for interrogation and war-crimes commissions. So what? What, are you, like, saying that the positions Holder voluntarily took as a private lawyer zealously representing unpopular clients might shed some light on the policies he would implement in the completely unrelated role of top Justice Department official?Bottom line: Eric Holder knows that giving terrorist enemy combatants Miranda rights to which they are in no way entitled leaves his fellow citizens more vulnerable to attack in ways they would not be if the enemy were quarantined inside the military commission system outside the country at Club Gitmo, where he belongs.
That's the most shameful, over the top, outrageous, and, frankly, disgusting thing I've ever heard. Somebody call Keith Olbermann!
Holder knows his advocacy of full Constitutional protections for the enemy is unacceptable, repugnant, even horrifying, to any decent, thoughtful American. He knows his position has been specifically rejected in more than one court-of-appeals decision and by the Supreme Court itself, which specifically vacated the decision of an appeals court that agreed with Holder. That's why he covered up his endorsement of the Padilla amicus brief - he didn't want to have to answer for it in a Senate confirmation hearing.
And that is why more recently he was dragged kicking and screaming by Keep America Safe into revealing the names of Justice Department lawyers who flocked to Guantanamo to game the civil justice system and defend detainees and terrorists already represented by military lawyers.
Perhaps now Holder will be held to account, for blatantly risking national security and the safety of his fellow citizens, in the attentive arenas of the New Media and informed public opinion.
TROUBLE AT DOJ: Holder Failed To Disclose Dirty Bomber Brief
NYT: Sen. Kyl Says Holder’s Explanation “Strained Credulity”
Sen. Sessions: “Deeply Concerned” About Padilla Brief Oversight
BURCK & PERINO: Holder’s “Acceptable Risk”
ABC: Questions Arise Over Holder’s Padilla Amicus Brief
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The Uprising Continues
UPDATE:—- New Count— 2,225 TURNED OUT TODAY!!
Jan Crawford channels Krauthammer: They're like a bunch of six-year olds.
Scott Johnson: Over the past year, it has become painfully clear that President Obama has very little class. Worse, he has at times disgraced his office. The attack on the Supreme Court during the State of the Union speech was one of those times.
The Evil Empire
Monday, March 08, 2010
Another Day, Another Newly Discovered Interview Exposing Obama's Dishonesty
I trust women to make these decisions.
Yeah. But this phony who lies about being a "constitutional law professor" doesn't trust any Americans to make their own decisions about their own health care - what the 2003 edition of Obama describes as "the most basic, intimate decisions of their lives".
So, you know, the right to choose? It's whatever Obama says it is.
Massa Blasts Democrats, Obamacare UPDATED
Rahm Emanuel is son of the devil's spawn. He is an individual who would sell his mother to get a vote. He would strap his children to the front end of a steam locomotive.Here's the audio that's making the rounds:
Now it looks as if Massa may pull his resignation to stick it to Pelosi, Hoyer and president Throwyouunderthebus:
Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) suggested on a New York radio station Sunday that he could rescind his resignation after asserting that an ethics investigation … may have been orchestrated by Democratic leaders to get him out of office before the health care vote.Let us pray.
Via The Right Scoop
Massa has resigned.
Michelle Malkin counsels caution to Rush, Beck et al. She makes her case here and here, probably with more to come.
I'm thinking we let this guy go. Having resigned and therefore surrendered his vote, he now has no value at all to opponents of Obamacare; rather, he is a distraction and should be ignored by them. There are far bigger fish to fry, namely The People's representatives in Congress, who simply must stand up against Obama regardless of their party affiliation.
A Couple Of Phonys
Obama applied for a position as an adjunct and wasn't even considered. A few weeks later the law school got a phone call from the Board of Trustees telling them to find him an office, put him on the payroll, and give him a class to teach. The Board told him he didn't have to be a member of the faculty, but they needed to give him a temporary position. He was never a professor and was hardly an adjunct.But then, Senator Obama was barely even "present" during his cup of coffee in the Senate:
The other professors hated him because he was lazy, unqualified, never attended any of the faculty meetings, and it was clear that the position was nothing more than a political stepping stool. According to my professor friend, he had the lowest intellectual capacity in the building. He also doubted whether he was legitimately an editor on the Harvard Law Review, because if he was, he would be the first and only editor of an Ivy League law review to never be published while in school (publication is or was a requirement).
Michelle figures in this too, having surrendered her law license in 1993 for "unstated reasons", which traditionally suggests having been forced to do so.
So he wants Obamacare passed on Easter. Do you realize this guy ruined our summer, this guy ruined our Thanksgiving, this guy ruined our Christmas, and now he's going to ruin our Easter by trying to ramrod something nobody wants down their throats — and on Easter! There's something very symbolic about that. I'm going to get to that. Obamacare was born on Christmas Eve, and now they want to resurrect it on Easter. Some might say that the bill was conceived on Christmas Eve but the template will fit a messiah if it passes. How better to portray yourself as a real messiah if your signature issue is born (or conceived, whatever) on Christmas Eve, and dies and then is resurrected on Easter.
Mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm.
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Obama Disappearing The Unemployed
Friday, March 05, 2010
Res Ipsa Loquitur
When higher education gets infected by "progressivism":
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Leftist-Islamist Convergence At The Huffington Post
As always, I want Arriana Huffington and her audience to remain entirely free of censorship of any kind, and the rest of the world free to condemn their collective bigotry. That way, I will always have the true measure of those who share their political heritage with Arafat's PNA and Hitler's Third Reich, and I will always be free to express that fact.
HuffPost reviewed, approved and decided to publish all of the following 18 comments while up to 1,000 or more other comments were "pending" (under its review)...
A great time is capturing a jpiggie, taking his beanie and wiping my a$$ with it, then cramming that and his z i on aiz star of david flag down his jpiggie throat...
Posted 06:39 AM on 12/29/2008
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as long as there are Js on this planet there will never be peace.....
Posted 05:00 AM on 12/30/2008
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They should lock and load and destroy js where they sleep. The rest of the world is... Posted 04:43 AM on 12/30/2008
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[...] many pro-war supporters here since the conflict started are izzy agents and paid posters for the izzies.
Posted 07:43 AM on 01/02/2009
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And even many "Is-ra-el-ha-te-rs" are in fact, Is-rae-li pro-paga-ndists. Why? Because thus, the Is-ra-el-apo-loge-tics can point fingers at them and can always claim, how important and how justified Is-ra-el's measures to "def-end" herself aga-inst the pale-stin-ian "vio-lence" in fasct are.[...]
Posted 07:50 AM on 01/02/2009
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i don't think that it's any coincidence at all that now that izr@el know that h@mas has the possibility of hitting a nvclear reactor, they *might* consider softening their position. funny how they had NO problem with wiping the pals off the face of the earth until they discovered they might actually be able to strike back in a meaningful way. proof that bullies like this are nothing but c0wards.
Posted 08:11 AM on 01/02/2009
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And on it goes. Don't they sound friendly? But here, here is a special one:
There is a new name for America. Its called the Jewnited States of America... They control the media, the FED, most of the banks, always have a few in presidential admins including the upcoming one and control the entertainment industry... There is starting a huge backlash in America against them because people are finally waking up. Same as the germans did in the 30's...
Posted 02:05 PM on 01/04/2009
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