Archive for Corruption

“You Can Keep Your Health Care Czar, Period”

Without crony capitalism, we wouldn’t have any capitalism at all:

The Bay State’s former Obamacare czar has landed a top job at the company that was awarded a no-bid contract to fix the beleaguered website — the latest Patrick administration official to find work at an organization that benefitted under the state’s taxpayer-funded leadership.

“There’s not a conflict here, and I’m really excited and looking forward to this new job,” Sarah Iselin told the Herald yesterday. “I will not be working on Massachusetts-related work.”

Iselin, who took a leave of absence from Blue Cross Blue Shield from February to May to try to rescue the Massachusetts Health Connector’s disastrous Obamacare portal, providing daily briefings to Gov. Deval Patrick, will become an executive-in-residence at Optum, which holds a lucrative state contract to re-launch the state’s health insurance portal on Nov. 15.

Iselin recommended the state award what amounted to no-bid contracts to both Optum and hCentive — an IT company in which Optum owns a 24 percent stake — during a presentation to the Health Connector board on May 8.

Iselin said talks for her new Optum job began well after she left state office.

Maybe so, Sally, but you gave them the no-bid contract well before you left office. At least they bought you dinner after you put out. Metaphorically speaking, of course.

As the article suggests, she isn’t the first hackette Patrick has pimped out:

The Herald reported on Oct. 16 that outgoing Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett had been angling for the top job at a Cape Cod Healthcare drug initiative this summer, even as she championed a landmark substance abuse treatment bill that addiction centers had spent thousands lobbying for, according to conflict of interest disclosures and state records.

The bill was signed into law on Aug. 6. Bartlett announced her new post on Oct. 14.

As long as somebody is doing well with ObamaCare.

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Winning Elections the Old Fashioned Way

Stealing ‘em:

The Colorado secretary of state is investigating allegations that some Boulder County Republican election judges are actually Democrats in disguise.

Boulder County GOP Chairwoman Ellyn Hilliard initially raised the alarm when visiting polling locations where she didn’t recognize some of the GOP judges who are tasked with comparing voter signatures on mail ballots to protect against vote fraud.

She became alarmed when she noticed some ballots whose signatures clearly didn’t match those on file for the voter being accepted.

“One of them was a Democrat who had changed party affiliation on Oct. 10…

Election officials swear they tried to get Republicans, but Republicans wouldn’t participate.

Okay…

Prior to a rally for Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner Tuesday, Hilliard made what the Camera called an “emotional” plea for more Republicans to volunteer to oversee the election, telling attendees that elections officials are currently helping “the Democrats steal the election.”

She cited instances in which she said she saw judges accept ballots with signatures that clearly did not match those on file for the voter. At one point, the Camera reported, Hilliard had tears in her eyes.

“I’m sorry,” she said. “I get emotional because this is how they win.”

Voting machines that magically change Rs to Ds; judges who are barely even RINOs; plus good old-fashioned ballot box stuffing; it is your daddy’s Democrat Party.

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Bring Me the Hard Drive of Sharyl Attkisson

As Barack “Tony Montana” Obama says: You f*ck with me, you f*ckin’ with the best!

From the moment that Sharyl Attkisson met a shadowy source I’ll call Big Mac, she was plunged into a nightmare involving mysterious surveillance of her computers.

They met at a McDonald’s in Northern Virginia at the beginning of 2013, and the source (she dubs him Number One) warned her about the threat of government spying. During their next hamburger rendezvous, Big Mac told Attkisson, then a CBS News reporter constantly at odds with the Obama administration, that he was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” by his examination of her computer and that this was “worse than anything Nixon ever did.”

Just when you think Attkisson’s imagination might be running away with her comes wave after wave of evidence that both her CBS computer and personal iMac were repeatedly hacked and its files accessed, including one on Benghazi. A consultant hired by CBS reached the same conclusion. Further scrutiny of her personal desktop proves that “the interlopers were able to co-opt my iMac and operate it remotely, as if they were sitting in front of it.” And an inspection revealed that an extra fiber-optics line had been installed in Attkisson’s home without her knowledge.

This is chilling stuff.

There is the strong implication that an administration that spied on the Associated Press and Fox News correspondent James Rosen might have been involved.

You take that back! Just because they spied on a Fox News reporter, locked other reporters in broom closets, earned the contempt of the White House press corps for their secrecy (“more dangerous to the press, really, than any administration in American history”), and sicced the IRS on American citizens, doesn’t mean they’re bad people.

Oh wait:

Last month whistleblower and retired ATF Agent Jay Dobyns won a long court battle against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms after the agency retaliated against him for warning about corruption in management and failed to address death threats against his family.

Dobyns, who infiltrated the dangerous and deadly Hells Angels gang as an undercover agent years ago, brought a lawsuit against the Bureau after supervisors ignored death threats to his family, which included plans to murder him either with a bullet or by injecting him with the AIDS virus, kidnapping and torturing his then 15-year-old daughter and kidnapping his wife in order to videotape a gang rape of her. Contracts were solicited between the Hells Angels, the Aryan Brotherhood and the MS-13 gang to carry out these threats, which were laid out in prison letters and confirmed through FBI and ATF interviews of confidential informants inside numerous detention centers. In 2008, his Tucson home was burned to the ground. When the fire was started, his wife and children were inside. Luckily, they escaped. Instead of investigating, ATF supervisors accused Dobyns of being the arsonist.

In his opinion, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Francis Allegra described ATF officials as demonstrating misfeasance in the case “rooted in the sorry failure of some ATF officials.” Dobyns was awarded $173,000, an insufficient amount considering his family has been nearly bankrupted as a result of ATF’s behavior, not to mention the emotional stress incurred throughout the process.

Now unsatisfied with a loss in court and berating by a federal judge, ATF and the Department of Justice are appealing the ruling.

The decision to appeal no doubt is the continuation of retaliation from the Bureau against Dobyns, proving that nothing has changed since Acting ATF Director B. Todd Jones promised to cleanup the agency.

Oh, he promised! Did he say “if you like your civil liberties, you can keep your civil liberties, period”?

Anyhow, what good is a promise when your boss is the the consigliere of the crime family, Eric Holder?

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Why Bother With Elections?

No matter how you vote, the machine registers for the democrat.

Early voting just started last week in Maryland, but there are already accusations that some voting machines are changing Republican votes to Democrat. Now Republicans are calling for an investigation by the State Board of Elections.

As Marylanders go to the polls, there are concerns that the vote you cast may not be for the candidate you want.

“We’ve heard from scores of citizens in our district and around the state who have had this problem where they hit one button to vote for one person, and when they go to the summary they see that the other person was checked,” said Del Nik Kipke, (R) Anne Arundel County.
Republicans say they’ve received several dozen reports of Republican votes being changed to Democrat.

Del. Kathy Szeliga says it happened to her.
“I kept pushing the Republican guy’s name and the machine kept going beep, beep, beep,” said Szeliga, (R) Baltimore & Harford co.
Now GOP leaders are calling for an investigation.

Investigation, eh? That’ll make a big difference.

– Aggie

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The Fast And Furious Coverup: Eric Holder, His Wife, His Mom! And Valerie Jarrett

We’ve been so busy with ebola and terror and we almost let this slip by. Almost.

President Obama’s trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, was a key player in the effort to cover-up that Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about the Fast and Furious scandal, according to public records obtained by Judicial Watch.

The information is part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) “Vaughn index” detailing records about the gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious. JW had to sue the agency for the records after the Obama administration failed to provide them under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A federal court ordered the DOJ to provide the records over the agency’s objections. Yesterday JW reported on the broad information in the records, including that Obama asserted executive privilege for Holder’s wife as part of the administration’s efforts to cover up the scandal.

Practically lost in the 1,000-plus pages of records is an index that shows Jarrett was brought in to manage the fact that Holder lied to Congress after the story about the disastrous gun-running operation broke in the media. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) ran the once-secret program that allowed guns from the U.S. to be smuggled into Mexico so they could eventually be traced to drug cartels. Instead, federal law enforcement officers lost track of hundreds of weapons which have been used in an unknown number of crimes, including the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.

The files received by JW include three electronic mails between Holder and Jarrett and one from former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke to Jarrett. The e-mails with Holder are all from October 4, 2011, a significant date because, on the evening of October 3rd, Sheryl Attkisson (then at CBS news) released documents showing that Holder had been sent a briefing paper on Operation Fast and Furious on June 5, 2010. The paper was from the director of the National Drug Intelligence Center, Michael Walther.

This directly contradicted Holder’s May 3, 2011 testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, during which he stated that he, “probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.” The October 4, 2011 date may also be significant because it came shortly after the August 30, 2011 resignation of U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke and reassignment of acting ATF director Kenneth Melson to the position of “senior forensics advisor” at DOJ.

The description of one of the e-mails, written from Jarrett to Holder, reads, “re: personnel issues.” Another, also from Jarrett, reads, “outlining and discussing preferred course of action for future responses in light of recent development in congressional investigation.” Unfortunately, the index is vague and that’s all the information we have about them. Nevertheless, given the timing and subject of these e-mails, it seems clear that Jarrett quickly became a key player in the Fast and Furious cover-up in the immediate aftermath of the revelation that Holder had lied to Congress.

Ah, but that’s nothing. The really interesting stuff is the fact the Obama is claiming executive privilege for both Holder’s wife and mommy:

Judicial Watch announced today that it received from the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) a “Vaughn index” detailing records about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. The index was forced out of the Obama administration thanks to JW’s June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent September 2012 FOIA lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)). A federal court had ordered the production over the objections of the Obama Justice Department.

The document details the Attorney General Holder’s personal involvement in managing the Justice Department’s strategy on media and Congressional investigations into the Fast and Furious scandal. Notably, the document discloses that emails between Attorney General Holder and his wife Sharon Malone – as well as his mother – are being withheld under an extraordinary claim of executive privilege as well as a dubious claim of deliberative process privilege under the Freedom of Information Act. The “First Lady of the Justice Department” is a physician and not a government employee.

This is the first time that the Obama administration has provided a detailed listing of all records being withheld from Congress and the American people about the deadly Fast and Furious gun running scandal. The 1307-page “draft” Vaughn index was emailed to Judicial Watch at 8:34 p.m. last night, a few hours before a federal court-ordered deadline. In its cover letter, the Department of Justice asserts that all of the responsive records described in the index are “subject to the assertion of executive privilege.”

Much of the media will refuse to cover this, and I suppose it doesn’t matter, because the public doesn’t know Fast and Furious from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. But I’m posting it for the record.

– Aggie

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“Go [Bleep] Yourself, Gringo”

Try not to let these stories destroy your faith in the integrity of the voting process.

Story number one: The Box Stuffer

A Republican party official in the largest county in Arizona says surveillance tape shows a progressive Hispanic activist blatantly and openly engaging in vote fraud.

A. J. LaFaro, Chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee obtained the video. He was watching the polls that day during the early-voting period voting for the Aug. 26 primary.

Between 12:54 and 1:04, LaFaro said, he observed a man wearing a “Citizens for a Better Arizona” T-shirt loudly drop a box containing hundreds of early-voting ballots on a table.

Citizens for a Better Arizona is a progressive group.

The man then began “stuffing the ballot box,” LaFaro said. “I watched in amazement.”

There’s no sound in the video, but the county Republican Committee chairman gave a play-by-play of the conversation that occurred between him and the unidentified man.

“What’s your problem?” the man asked, according to LaFaro.

“I don’t have a problem,” LaFaro said.

“Stop watching me,” the man reportedly demanded. “You’re annoying me.”

LaFaro kept watching him. At one point, he advised the man: “One of your ballots isn’t sealed.”

“It’s none of your business,” the man then reportedly said. “What’s your name?”

LaFaro told him his name and that he is the county Republican Committee chairman. He asked the man’s name.

“Go fuck yourself!” the man allegedly replied. “I don’t have to tell you who I am.”

There was some drama over that unsealed ballot.

At a later point, LaFaro claims, the man said, “Go fuck yourself, gringo.”

In an interview with The Daily Caller, LaFaro described the man as “extremely militant” and “threatening.”

He described the video as the final result of a process he called a “ballot harvest” by a progressive operative.

“What is captured on the tape demonstrates the end result of what we believe to be vote fraud,” he told TheDC.

“This is a smoking gun that ballot harvesting actually does happen.”

Story number two: The Big Ass Lie

Many liberals are adamant there is no threat of voter fraud that justifies efforts to improve the integrity of elections. “There is no real concrete evidence of voter fraud,” tweeted Donna Brazile, former acting chair of the Democratic National Committee, this week. “It’s a big ass lie.”

James O’Keefe, the guerilla filmmaker who brought down the ACORN voter-registration fraudsters in 2010 and forced the resignation of NPR executives, politely disagrees. Today, he is releasing some new undercover footage that raises disturbing questions about ballot integrity in Colorado, the site of fiercely contested races for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, and the governorship. When he raised the issue of filling out some of the unused ballots that are mailed to every household in the state this month, he was told by Meredith Hicks, the director of Work for Progress, a liberal group funded by Democratic Super PACS.: “That is not even like lying or something, if someone throws out a ballot, like if you want to fill it out you should do it.” She then brazenly offered O’Keefe, disguised as a middle-aged college instructor, a job with her group.

Story number three: HAL

Jim Moynihan, Republican candidate for the Illinois State House, went in today to vote early, and to vote for himself. But when he touched the screen mark his name, it was his Democratic opponent’s name that registered the vote.

“While early voting at the Schaumburg Public Library today, I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan told Illinois Review. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”

Every time he touched the screen for a Republican the machine registered it as a vote for the Democrat. “Clearly, I am concerned that citizens will be unable to vote for the candidate of their choice, especially if they are in a hurry and do not double check their ballot,” Moynihan said.

If only Democrats valued democracy.

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Another ObamaCare Success Story!

They said the passage of ObamaCare would be good for the economy, and darned if they weren’t right:

California’s health insurance exchange has awarded $184 million in contracts without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government.

An Associated Press review of contracting records finds some of those deals sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have ties to the agency’s executive director.

Awarding no-bid contracts is unusual in state government, where rules promote competition to give taxpayers the best deal and avoid ethical conflicts.

The Legislature gave Covered California broad authority to award no-bid contracts to meet federal deadlines to get the agency running.

Several contracts worth a total of $4.2 million went to The Tori Group, a consulting firm whose founder has strong ties to agency Executive Director Peter Lee.

Lee says he picked the best people for the job.

Trust us, they said. You’ll love ObamaCare. We didn’t. Trust us with no-bid contracts; we won’t hose you. They did. Thank you, California, for making all of us in Massachusetts feel a little less stupid.

PS: This story ought to make those seeing their plans canceled or their costs spike feel a little better. Or not.

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Lois Lives!

That champion of 5th Amendment rights, Lois Lerner, doesn’t think much of the 1st Amendment

Jason Mattera, author of the new book Crapitalism: Liberals Who Make Millions Swiping Your Tax Dollars, approached Lerner on the street in her upscale neighborhood just outside Washington, D.C. and asked Lerner if she wanted to apologize to conservatives or to comment on her role in “using the government as a weapon to crush political dissent.”

Lerner then dashed across a neighbor’s yard and began knocking on the door. An elderly woman refused to let Lerner in and said she recently had surgery. “Could you call the police?” Lerner asks the woman, who remained shielded behind the closed door. “Please let me in,” said Lerner. “These guys are with the press and they’re not leaving me alone.”

Despite the elderly woman’s disinterest in letting the former IRS official inside her home, Lerner persisted until the woman’s husband arrived.

“What are you doing here?” the elderly woman’s husband asks Lerner.

“These guys are not leaving me alone. They’re from the press. They’re following me. I just want to go in your house for one second,” said Lerner.

“I don’t want her in the house!” the elderly woman’s husband said. “Out. Out!”

Mattera says the video, which debuted Monday night on Hannity, is almost a “perfect proxy” for Lerner’s actions targeting innocent conservative and Tea Party groups.

“She keeps badgering an innocent woman with zero regard for her wishes,” explained Mattera. “It’s an incredible crystallization of Lerner’s character or lack thereof.”

Mattera added, “If Lerner is willing to barge into a person’s home, how much more so is she willing to barge into a conservative’s IRS records to inflict her political will?”

I almost feel sorry for Lois Lerner. And then I remember what she did, what she said and wrote, and what power she wielded in a government agency that has unchecked power. And I remember on whose behalf she acted (Obama, Schumer, Reid, et al). And I remember that she has faced no consequences for her disgraceful behavior. No one has. Their actions very likely stole an election, and there has been no settling of accounts. Then I don’t feel so sorry for her. Even her neighbors won’t take her in. Rich fu*ks are probably Republican anyway.

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Teapot Dumb

Victor Davis Hanson compares the Obama regime with the scandal-plagued Harding administration.

Warren Hussain Obama doesn’t come out looking so good:

[T]he proper Obama comparison is not Carter, but rather Warren G. Harding. By that I mean not that Obama’s scandals have matched Harding’s, but rather that by any fair standard they have now far exceeded them and done far more lasting damage — and without Obama’s offering achievements commensurate with those that occasionally characterized Harding’s brief, failed presidency.

Ow! Take it easy, Vic.

The list of scandals is quite staggering. In aggregate, it makes Harding’s Teapot Dome mess seem minor in comparison.

The rest is a lengthy, enjoyable list of scandals, disgraces, and misjudgments all too familiar to regular readers here. By all means click over if you’d like to see Lois Lerner, the Secret Service, Eric Holder, and the architects of ObamaCare in an orgy of corruption and incompetence. In fact, I wonder if a better comparison might not have been to Caligula. The Roman emperor notoriously nominated his horse for the Senate. We’re lucky if our senators are half the horse (if you know what I mean) Incitatus was.

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Can We Pick ‘Em?

Remember the Watergate-era bumper stickers: “Don’t Blame Me, I Live in Massachusetts”? (The only state to vote for McGovern over Nixon.)

As if Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Barney Frank, and Mike Dukakis weren’t enough proof of our miserable judgement…

We can’t even build a casino without [bleeping] it up:

State and federal indictments were made public Thursday against three owners of the land in Everett where Steve Wynn plans to build a resort casino, alleging that the men defrauded Wynn and lied to state regulators by hiding the fact that convicted felon and known Mafia associate Charles Lightbody was one of the partners.

According to the 13-page federal indictment, Lightbody and two other defendants went to elaborate lengths to cover up Lightbody’s interest in the land, fearing that if his presence were known, it would jeopardize Wynn’s chances of getting the sole Eastern Massachusetts casino license.

The state’s gambling law bars criminals from profiting from a gambling facility.

No public officials were indicted by either grand jury, nor was a fourth land owner, Paul Lohnes, a former business partner of gambling commission chairman Stephen Crosby.

Wait, one of the land owners was a partner of the gaming commission chairman? And neither of them is crooked???

We need Howie Carr to ‘splain what it all means:

Did I call it or what? The headline on my Sept. 16 column was “Everett: Can Youse Believe It?”

The only surprise is that it took the feds just two weeks to sweep the alleged hoods and assorted bad actors off the board.

The G-men didn’t just grab Charles Lightbody, the ex-jailbird who brilliantly brags on tape: “They’re … not gonna find me anywhere. You know what I mean?”

In an unrelated shakedown, they also picked up the alleged boss of the New England Family of La Cosa Nostra (NELCN), one Anthony Spagnolo, who has the moniker of a submarine sandwich — Spucky. He’s 72, and his muscle, Pryce Quintina, is a pup of 74.

Lightbody, at 57, is “The Kid.”

Everybody knew this Everett land deal was about as dirty as the King Arthur’s Lounge that Lightbody was allegedly planning to run hookers out of. Yet these statesmen on the Mass. Gaming Commission couldn’t help themselves. But what did Deval Patrick expect when he handed the chairmanship to Steve Crosby, a corpulent career hack whose brainpower lights up the world like a three-watt bulb?

Imagine. Organized crime being involved in a casino deal. Who ever heard of such a thing?

[C]ritics said the indictments reflect exactly what people fear about bringing casino gambling to Massachusetts: increased crime.

“Today, the corrupt casino culture burst into clear focus, and the voters now have an even clearer choice in 33 days,” said John Ribeiro, chairman of Repeal the Casino Deal. “The barons of Beacon Hill who empowered this new wave of corruption should feel all new shame.”

Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston — who had urged the gambling commission to delay issuing a license for the Eastern Massachusetts casino, in part because of controversy over the Everett land — said the commission failed “the people of Boston and of the Commonwealth by allowing, even remotely, the taint of corruption to be associated with this land transaction.”

More than a taint, Marty, and hardly remote.

Is it any wonder why this question is on the ballot?

The Affordable Casino Repeal Initiative, Question 3 is on the November 2014 statewide ballot in Massachusetts as an initiated state statute. If approved by voters, the measure would repeal a 2011 law that allows resort casinos to operate within the state.

Based on the wording of the measure, a yes vote on Question 3 means no casinos in the state, and a no vote would uphold the law, which will facilitate the licensing of up to three resort-style casinos, to stand.

I don’t gamble, but I have no problem with those who do. And I am predisposed to like Steve Wynn for what he said about Obama recently (see below). But I am voting “Yes” on Question 3. Claude Rains put up a better acting job of “shock” in Casablanca than these jabronis.

I’m sure the timing by Eric Holder’s Justice Department has nothing to do with Wynn going on CNBC Wednesday and saying of Dear Leader: “I am stunned at the immaturity of this administration. … We elected a man as president who had no experience at anything. Nothing!” Except maybe revenge.

Sorry, Steve, I couldn’t agree more. But. They. Cannot. Be. Trusted.

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Lo-o-o-ving You-u-u is Easy Cause You’re Criminal

It took some doing, but the media found someone sorry to see Eric (the Red) Holder go:

Eric Holder Transformed the Attorney General into an Advocate for the Poor

By Angela J. Davis

On September 25, Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation. He made history as the nation’s first African American attorney general and will most likely be remembered for his vigorous enforcement of the nation’s civil rights laws. He deserves equal accolades for his leadership in working to reform the nation’s broken criminal justice system. Since his appointment as attorney general, he has consistently criticized the draconian federal sentencing laws that require lengthy mandatory minimum sentences in nonviolent drug cases and has decried the unwarranted racial disparities in the criminal justice system, calling the phenomenon “a civil rights issue … that I’m determined to confront as long as I’m attorney general.” And he certainly kept that promise.

Before becoming the nation’s top law enforcement officer, there was no indication that Eric Holder would ultimately become an advocate for poor people incarcerated in our nation’s prisons and jails. After all, Eric Holder spent most of his professional career as a criminal prosecutor. He started out as a prosecutor in the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section where for 12 years he worked to put away corrupt public officials. During his five years as a judge in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, he earned a reputation as a tough sentencer, locking up countless young African American men for long periods of time.

I have no comment on that. Maybe they were guilty.

But one person’s “advocate for the poor” is another person’s partisan political hatchet man. Alas, this is not the Angela Davis you might have been thinking of, and fairness in sentencing is an admirable cause. But it’s disingenuous to ignore all Holder did (and did not do) in defense of this most corrupt regime.

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CORRECTION

Yesterday, we implied that Fast & Furious (2010) was the Obama regime’s first “smidgen of corruption”.

Shame on us:

The very first controversy of the Eric Holder-led Justice Department (“DOJ”) involved the dismissal of the voter-intimidation lawsuit against the New Black Panther Party (“NBPP”). The matter provided a template for most of the DOJ controversies that followed: denial, stonewalling, obfuscation, deceit, and racialism.

The U.S.Commission on Civil Rights conducted a year-long investigation into the matter shortly after the dismissal. Despite being compelled by statute to cooperate fully with commission investigations, DOJ

refused to answer 18 separate interrogatories,

refused to respond to 22 separate requests for production of documents,

barred two key DOJ attorneys from testifying (both of the attorneys defied DOJ and testified at considerable risk to their careers),

refused to provide witness statements for twelve key witnesses,

invoked specious privileges in order to withhold critical information,

failed to provide a privilege log,

and failed to provide requested e-mails between Civil Rights Division personnel and other DOJ officials regarding the dismissal of the NBPP lawsuit (some of the e-mails later were revealed pursuant to court order in a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch)

Despite the vigorous stonewalling, DOJ publicly claimed that it was cooperating fully with the investigation. The claim was blatantly false, but was cheerfully reported by the media. What most of the mainstream media failed to report, however, was that the bipartisan commission’s investigation adduced testimony that

A high-ranking DOJ political appointee gave instructions that the Voting Section was not going to bring cases “against black defendants or for the benefit of white victims.”

A high-ranking DOJ political appointee explicitly told the entire Voting Section “that this administration would not be enforcing Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act.” (The purpose of section 8 of the NVRA is to ensure that persons ineligible to vote are not permitted to vote.)

DOJ refuses to enforce Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act on behalf of white victims.

There exists within DOJ pervasive hostility to the race-neutral enforcement of civil-rights laws.

Furthermore, a high-ranking DOJ political appointee testified under oath that no political leadership was involved in the decision to dismiss the NBPP lawsuit. The testimony was shown to be false only after the Judicial Watch lawsuit pried loose e-mails showing clear political involvement.

The commission’s 262-page report to congress contains much more evidence that, under Holder, DOJ did not enforce the nation’s civil-rights laws in a color-blind manner. Something to consider while reading the next obtuse editorial extolling Mr. Holder’s record on civil rights.

Strong words, Eric (the Red). What have you to say for yourself?

“When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia—which was inappropriate, certainly that…to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people,” said Holder, who is black.

Your people, Americans, were met with real, obvious, and documented voter intimidation. And you let it go.

In the absence of any explanation, we are left to surmise. Were the Panthers your “shock troops”, your “boots on the ground”?

He’s not too fond of “typical white people” either. Or atypical ones.

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