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Wanna Get Away? [UPDATED]

That “Reply All” moment:

A senior communications aide to Attorney General Eric Holder seemingly called House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa’s staff by accident and asked for their help spinning new revelations about the IRS scandal, Issa said in a September 8 letter to Holder.

The aide, Brian Fallon, is a former senior aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a well-known personality on Capitol Hill. The letter describes Fallon as “audibly shaken” when he realizes his request to leak documents to help get ahead of news stories about them was mistakenly made to the very office he was seeking to undermine. Issa believes the call was intended to be made to Democratic Rep. Elijah Cumming’s staff, the ranking member on the oversight panel, the letter said.

According to the letter, Fallon – who is not named in the letter but confirmed he made the call – asked if the aides could release the IRS scandal documents to “selected reporters” to give Fallon an “opportunity to comment publicly on it.”

Fallon explained to Issa aides that the Justice Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs had not permitted him to release the documents to the public and he wanted to get ahead of the story “before the Majority” – meaning Issa – could share it, according to the letter.

Issa aides – who had placed the call on speakerphone – were “caught off guard by the unusual nature of the call and the odd request” and asked Fallon to “e-mail the material for evaluation.”

“At this point,” Fallon “abruptly placed the call on hold for approximately three minutes.” When Fallon returned to the call, “he was audibly shaken. He immediately stated that there was a ‘change in plans’ and that there would be no effort” by DOJ to release the material early.

Coupla observations. One, Chuck Schumer, Fallon’s ex-boss, was one of the chief cheerleaders of the IRS attack squad:

Schumer was the author of the 2010 Disclose Act that failed to make it through Congress but would have required the disclosure of corporate donors to tax-exempt organizations, and membership and donor lists of the groups running “issue” ads.

“The bill was designed to embarrass companies,” Schumer admitted, and its “deterrent effect should not be underestimated.”

Advocating the use of government power to harass and intimidate political opponents is nothing new to Schumer. Along with Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Tom Udall of New Mexico and Al Franken of Minnesota, he sent a similar letter to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman in February 2012 asking the IRS to investigate 12 conservative groups he accused of violating their tax-exempt status and engaging in coordinated political activity.

So, Fallon’s heritage on the issue is well-established.

Two, planting questions and stories is tried and true IRS methodology:

The first revelation that the IRS was targeting Tea Party groups came in a planted question during a lawyers’ conference earlier this month, the attorney who asked the question confirmed Saturday with Fox News.

On Saturday, Celia Roady — the lawyer who asked the question of IRS official Lois Lerner at the May 10 American Bar Association conference — issues the following statement to Fox:

“On May 9, I received a call from Lois Lerner, who told me that she wanted to address an issue after her prepared remarks … and asked if I would pose a question to her after her remarks. I agreed to do so.…We had no discussion thereafter on the topic of the question, nor had we spoken about any of this before I received her call. She did not tell me, and I did not know, how she would answer the question.”

So, the IRS has been spinning this scandal since before it broke.

In the letter, Issa told Holder the phone call suggests ongoing coordination between DOJ aides and Cummings’ staff to undermine oversight committee investigations.

“It strains credulity to believe that the Department would seek to begin to improve relations via a telephone call between two individuals who had never spoken to each other before at 5:01pm on a Friday afternoon at the end of a District Work Period in the waning days of the 113th Congress,” Issa wrote.

Quite. Just to recap what you can barely believe is actually happening: A former aide to a hyper-partisan Democrat Senator, now working for Eric Holder’s Justice Department, has been regularly conspiring with the senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee to suppress, spin, and otherwise confound the investigation into IRS voter suppression. And we found out about it because the apparatchik hit Redial to the wrong number.

Hey, they nabbed Al Capone for tax evasion. Justice isn’t always divine or swift.

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Silly BTL, “suppress, spin, and otherwise confound” is this regime’s motto!

The head investigator charged with overseeing the Department of Justice testified Tuesday that various government agencies have repeatedly stymied his investigation efforts, and have done so in direct violation of federal law.

Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General of the Department of Justice, was testifying before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on investigative access to government information.

“Since 2010 and 2011,” he said. “The FBI and some other Department components have not read Section 6(a) of the IG Act as giving my Office access to all records in their possession and therefore have refused our requests for various types of Department records. As a result, a number of our reviews have been significantly impeded.”

I highlighted that part to make sure you understand that the Inspector General of the Department of Justice forks for…wait for it, the Department of Justice!

Inspectors general are independent investigative officers whose job is to ensure that government agencies are not violating the law or engaging in fraudulent behavior. In August of this year, nearly 50 inspectors general signed a letter to Congress alerting politicians to “the serious limitations on access to records that have recently impeded the work of Inspectors General at the Peace Corps, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Justice.”

These officers “faced restrictions on their access to certain records available to their agencies that were needed to perform their oversight work in critical areas,” the letter explained. “Limiting access in this manner is inconsistent with the IG Act [the 1978 law that created the inspector general offices], at odds with the independence of Inspectors General, and risks leaving the agencies insulated from scrutiny and unacceptably vulnerable to mismanagement and misconduct – the very problems that our offices were established to review and that the American people expect us to be able to address.”

The self-styled “most transparent administration evah”™ couldn’t be more obscure and closeted. Big surprise.

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Nice Bank Ya Got There

Shame if somethin’ happened to it:

Extortion: Radical Democrat activist groups stand to collect millions from Attorney General Eric Holder’s record $17 billion deal to settle alleged mortgage abuse charges against Bank of America.

Buried in the fine print of the deal, which includes $7 billion in soft-dollar consumer relief, are a raft of political payoffs to Obama constituency groups. In effect, the government has ordered the nation’s largest bank to create a massive slush fund for Democrat special interests.

If there are leftover funds in four years, the settlement stipulates the money will go to Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Account (IOLTA), which provides legal aid for the poor and supports left-wing causes, and NeighborWorks of America, which provides affordable housing and funds a national network of left-wing community organizers operating in the mold of Acorn.

In fact, in 2008 and 2009, NeighborWorks awarded a whopping $25 million to Acorn Housing.

According to the list provided by Justice, those groups include come of the most radical bank shakedown organizations in the country, including:

• La Raza, which pressures banks to expand their credit box to qualify more low-income Latino immigrants for home loans;

• National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Washington’s most aggressive lobbyist for the disastrous Community Reinvestment Act;

• Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, whose director calls himself a “bank terrorist;”

• Operation Hope, a South Central Los Angeles group that’s pressuring banks to make “dignity mortgages” for deadbeats.

Worse, one group eligible for BofA slush funds is a spin-off of Acorn Housing’s branch in New York.

He’s written back-door funding for Democrat groups into other major bank deals he’s brokered, including the $13 billion JPMorgan Chase settlement and the $7 billion Citibank deal. They stand to reap millions more from those deals.

I never really understood the concept of “predatory lending” anyway. It implies—heck, it all but shouts—that the recipients were too stupid to understand the terms of their loans. You wouldn’t catch me claiming that.

But also the banks were all but ordered to increase mortgage loans to “marginal” neighborhoods: no more “red-lining”. How is it a scandal (let alone a surprise) that many people who wouldn’t have qualified for a loan under typical terms failed to keep up with a mortgage practically gifted to them?

I do see a conflict if the government both requires loans to unqualified borrowers and guarantees the loans if the borrowers default. That’s just free money for the banks, who can lend with abandon, without regard to financials, knowing someone will pay them. But that’s at least as much the fault of government as it is of the banks. Capitalism works if there’s a possibility of profit and a threat of loss. Tilting the balance for political ends was bound to end badly. And it did.

But the Left always lands on its feet—thanks to someone else’s parachute. And money.

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It’s Eric Holder’s World…

We’re just cowards here.

I stumbled across this interview Adam Carolla had with Taleeb Starkes last week, and found this part especially interesting:

STARKES: When Eric Holder said we’ve become a nation of cowards, blah blah blah, we need to talk about race more. The NAACP applauded that. You guys don’t want an actual conversation, you guys want a monologue.

CAROLLA: Who is ‘you guys’?

STARKES: The NAACP. And everyone that applauded that statement he made. You guys don’t want a conversation, because with that comes some ugly truths, some statistics, some hate crime facts, et cetera. And they don’t want that. They want a monologue, they want control of the dialogue, and Eric Holder, his speech put him in the drivers seat, as far as being the official race hustler in my mind.

I largely agree with that, and have written so, but I also wanted to read exactly what Holder said.

February 18, 2009 (less than a month in office):

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,” Holder declared.

Holder urged Americans of all races to use Black History Month as a time to have a forthright national conversation between blacks and whites to discuss aspects of race which are ignored because they are uncomfortable.

“[C]ertain subjects are off limits and that to explore them risks at best embarrassment and at worst the questioning of one’s character.”

“It’s a question of being honest with ourselves and racial issues that divide us,” Holder told reporters in a hastily arranged news conference. “It’s not easy to talk about it. We have to have the guts to be honest with each other, accept criticism, accept new proposals.”

The attorney general criticized past public debates on the issue as “too often simplistic and left to those on the extremes who are not hesitant to use these issues to advance nothing more than their own narrow self-interest.”

Although the use of “cowards” is inflammatory, his point is valid, if vague. I think many people, black and white, don’t “have the guts to be honest with each other, accept criticism, accept new proposals”. In relations between the “races”, this isn’t the same country as it was 50 years ago. Bull Connor, George Wallace, Robert Byrd, and other Democrats were the faces of intolerance then; Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright are today. As Starkes said, “You guys don’t want a conversation, because with that comes some ugly truths, some statistics, some hate crime facts”.

And Holder didn’t back down five years later:

“I wouldn’t walk away from that speech,” Holder told ABC News in an interview. “I think we are still a nation that is too afraid to confront racial issues,” he said, adding that Americans are still hesitant to reach out to “one another across the color line [to] talk about racial issues.”

[T]here’s still more we have to travel along this road so we get to the place that is consistent with our founding ideals,” he told ABC.

Still pretty vague, but is Holder ready to have the conversation? Not as such:

“There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC, citing “people talking about taking their country back” as an example.

“There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.”

It’s not the color of your skin, Eric, but its thinness. George Bush didn’t face vehemence? His Attorney General, John Ashcroft, didn’t encounter animus? Honest to god. It’s your politics (I don’t call you Eric the Red for nothing) and your dishonesty (Fast & Furious, IRS) that people don’t like, not your skin tone.

But Eric is having none of it. Monologue or conversation, he’s got a script and he’s sticking to it:

“I understand that mistrust. I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man,” Holder said at a meeting Wednesday with community leaders and students at the Florissant Valley Campus of St. Louis Community College, according to excerpts of his speech.

Holder recounted to the group of 50 how he was stopped in New Jersey twice, accused of speeding as officers searched his car.

“I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” he said.

A touching story—one that prompted a similar reminiscence of my own—but irrelevant to the citizens of Ferguson, MO. What does a speeding ticket have to do with a very large man shoplifting cigars, roughing up the store owner, ignoring a police officer’s order to get out of the middle of the road, punching that officer in the face, reaching for that officer’s weapon, before dying as he “bull-rushed” the officer he had just punched and tried to disarm?

See what I mean about a conversation? Who’s the coward? Not me.

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Fast & Furious & Fuc*ed

Move over, Benghazi. Step aside, Lois Lerner. Take a seat, HeathCare.gov.

We have a new scandal in town.

Actually, an old scandal:

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with documents related to the “Fast and Furious” gunwalking scandal, opening a new front in a controversy that has dogged President Obama’s administration since 2010.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson gave the department until Oct. 1 to hand the documents over to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has been probing the issue for almost four years, according to the Associated Press.

The administration has previously declined to turn over the documents, and the president has invoked executive privilege to keep them confidential. The standoff even led the Republican-led House to vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress in 2012.

Lawmakers on the House Oversight panel said the new documents could shed some light on why it took the Justice Department nearly a year to acknowledge that federal agents took part in gunwalking.

Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said the documents requested “will bring us closer to finding out why the Justice Department hid behind false denials in the wake of reckless conduct that contributed to the violent deaths of border patrol agent Brian Terry and countless Mexican citizens.”

The part I cut out was CBS News reminding readers what Fast & Furious actually was. I didn’t think our readers had forgotten, but CBS’s low-information readers need to be reminded that the Most Transparent™, Scandal-Free© Administration Evah (Pat. Pend.) is dirty right up to its eyeballs. Eric Holder needs to spend less time prejudging in Ferguson, MO, and more time photocopying documents in DC.

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Want to Stop the Violence in Ferguson? STFU

What, pray tell, is the relevance of this?

Attorney General Eric Holder told residents of Ferguson, Missouri — the scene of heated protests since the death of an unarmed teen — that he understands their mistrust of law enforcement, saying as a black man, he too has been confronted by police.

“I understand that mistrust. I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man,” Holder said at a meeting Wednesday with community leaders and students at the Florissant Valley Campus of St. Louis Community College, according to excerpts of his speech.

Holder recounted to the group of 50 how he was stopped in New Jersey twice, accused of speeding as officers searched his car.

“I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” he said.

Me, too, Eric. I was once in a car that was pulled over by the State Police on the Mass Pike. We were suspected of something, told to show our hands, get out of the car, prepare to be searched, the whole shebang. At one point, I looked at my companion, smiled ruefully, and shook my head in disbelief. One of the staties demanded to know what was so funny. When I declined to answer, he stormed around the car, got into my face, and screamed “WHAT’S SO FUNNY?!?” (This was many years before Joe Pesci’s famous scene in Goodfellas.) I can still see his angry face, distorted in a rictus of hate. His colleagues had to tell him to cool it.

Oh, did I mention he was black?

Whatever we had been suspected of, we weren’t guilty of even speeding or changing lanes without signaling. We were let go with barely an apology for the stop, yet not a word of regret for the behavior the trooper with anger issues. Talk about humiliation. Talk about anger. Talk about “the impact it had on me”. I’ve been down with the struggle ever since.

As a white man, I don’t doubt that Holder has felt unjustly singled out by the cops from time to time. Like I said, I been there. But what relevance is that to the case of Michael Brown? Is he declaring in advance of an investigation Brown innocent of any crime or provocation? Is he likewise declaring Officer Wilson guilty of racial profiling and shooting an innocent man?

There are facts in this case, many still to be learned, but Holder has just taken a steaming leak all over them. (Likewise the dumbass Gov. Nixon—figures—who called for a “vigorous prosecution” of the case. Before the facts had been presented to a grand jury!) Holder’s statements about his experience are almost as self-centered as Obama’s observation that if he had a son, the boy might look like Trayvon Martin. And? So?

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Aliens Among Us

Remember the song you used to sing on long road trips as a kid?

186 criminal aliens a day,
186 criminal aliens…
If one of those aliens commits another crime,
186 criminal aliens a day.

God, how did our parents ever put up with it?

Immigration and Customs Enforcement released 68,000 foreign nationals who had criminal convictions last year instead of pursuing deportation, according to newly uncovered documents — a statistic one senator said represents an enforcement “crisis.”

The internal documents were obtained and published by the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based group that advocates stricter immigration enforcement. According to the documents and the group’s analysis, ICE agents reported encountering 193,000 “criminal aliens” in 2013, but only targeted 125,000 for deportation.

A total of 67,879 were released.

CIS called it a “large-scale abuse of authority.”

“The Obama administration’s deliberate obstruction of immigration enforcement, in which tens of thousands of criminal aliens are released instead of removed, is threatening the well-being of American communities,” study author Jessica Vaughan said in a statement. “It’s not a matter of if, but how many families will suffer harm as a result.”

The statistics challenge repeated claims by the administration that, when weighing whether to pursue deportation, they are prioritizing cases where the illegal immigrant in question has been convicted of a crime.

Remember, these 68,000 (186.3 a day) already had criminal convictions, presumably unrelated to their illegal presence here.

Illegal immigration is all fun and games until it’s your family injured in a drunken hit-and-run accident.

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Impeach Fuzz

I can’t say I’ll sign their petition, but I hope they succeed:

A coalition of black pastors announced on Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. that they are launching a campaign to gather one million signatures on a petition calling for the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder for violating his oath of office by trying “to coerce states to fall in line with the same-sex ‘marriage’ agenda.”

“President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have turned their backs on the values the American people hold dear, values particularly cherished in the black community: values like marriage, which should be strengthened and promoted, rather than weakened and undermined,” says a statement by the Coalition of African American Pastors that has been posted online with their impeachment petition.

“Our nation calls for the building up of a healthier marriage culture; instead, our elected leaders are bent on destroying marriage, remaking it as a genderless institution and reorienting it to be all about the desires of adults rather than the needs of children,” says the coalition.

“For abandoning the oath he swore in taking office and his duty to defend the common good, Attorney General Holder should be impeached by Congress,” says the coalition. “CAAP is calling on all men and women of good will to sign the following petition urging Congress to take action against the Attorney General’s lawlessness today!”

Again, I don’t agree with them on gay marriage, but there are plenty of reasons Holder should go (urging state AGs to ignore the law being the most recent one). I will also defend their right to their position, even if don’t agree with it. They are not haters; they are pastors taking a position on principle. But if they are to be true to their principles, they should call for Obama to go too.

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Judge, Jury, and Pardoner


I cannot tell a lie. Chris Christie chopped down this cherry tree.

Let’s all be very clear: The FBI did not conduct an “investigation” into the IRS scandal.

Not unless there are new protocols for investigating potential unlawful activities, which discard the quaint notion of speaking to the victims.

In May, President Obama hurriedly called a White House news conference to stem the outrage about the IRS’s admitted targeting of conservative groups, and emphatically told the nation: “I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency but especially in the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has into all of our lives.” He appointed Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct a criminal investigation into possible wrongdoing — and since then, many of us have wondered, when actually is this investigation going to start?

Last week, we learned that the head of the “probe,” Barbara Bosserman, is a donor to Obama campaigns and the Democratic National Committee. This is someone who could hardly be trusted to understand what all the fuss is about.

Now we learn that the FBI has “concluded” that there was no actual illegal activity involved in the IRS scandal, conclusions reached without ever speaking to a single conservative or Tea Party organization leader or attorney to learn what actually happened these past four years.

Having represented dozens of groups before the IRS over the years, including many victimized by the IRS in this scandal, one might have thought the FBI might have called me or even one of my clients.

But, to paraphrase the song, if our telephone ain’t ringin,’ I guess it must be the FBI “investigating” the IRS.

Had the FBI bothered to contact or interview me, any of my clients, or anyone who actually could tell the FBI what the IRS did, we could have provided some specific facts about the IRS scandal.

And here are some additional inquiries I would have suggested:

• What did the FBI do in terms of investigating the obvious lies to Congress in 2012 by assorted IRS officials who claimed there was ‘no targeting’ of conservative organizations? Last time I checked, it is a felony to lie to Congress (ask Roger Clemens).

• Did the FBI investigate why Catherine Engelbrecht in Houston was visited by the FBI seven times, was audited by the IRS both personally and in her family business, was visited by OSHA and ATF (twice), all within 18 months of her filing exempt organization applications with the IRS for two conservative groups?

• Did the FBI investigate whether there were illegal political considerations related to the audits of conservative organizations and donors nationwide — and the correlation of that widespread abuse of conservative citizens to the targeting of the conservative organizations?

In short, how can there be any semblance of legitimacy to an investigation when none of the victims were even interviewed?

And what crimes should have been on the radar screen of the FBI in a real investigation, in addition to lying to Congress? How about abuse of power and abuse of the public trust? What about honest services fraud?

Those are some crimes that come to mind. I wonder if the Department of Justice will apply the same lax legal standards to its investigation of how Gov. Chris Christie’s administration spent federal storm relief tax dollars?

This is a new low for the FBI, which appears to have been completely silenced by this administration, starting with the president’s appointment of the very political Eric Holder, who in turn appointed Barbara Bosserman.

Shame on Robert Mueller and James Comey, the former and present FBI directors, for allowing this to happen on their watches Shame on them, too, for fighting very hard for months to keep from telling the truth to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa of California and subcommittee chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio about what the status of the FBI’s “investigation.”

Not the FBI’s finest hour when the entire episode appears to demonstrate a bureau tightly controlled by the Obama administration and its political partisans.

Reminds me of the last scene in the movie “Chinatown” when Faye Dunaway shouts at Jack Nicholson: “He owns the police!”

It appears that the partisan Democrats in Washington, starting with the president, do indeed “own” the police in the form of the FBI.

We can be sure that these lawless chickens in Washington will ultimately come home to roost; our nation was founded and depends on unflagging dedication to the rule of law.

This woeful episode from the nation’s ostensible law enforcement authority is yet another nail in the coffin of that basic premise.

I tried to cut this, but I couldn’t. How do you undo what Obama has done? What are we if we are cut loose from the rule of law? Who tells us if the media won’t? And who wouldn’t act this way if we let him, encouraged him, begged him? Like Jim Jones and the People’s Temple, Obama is the villain, but we are his willing victims. Cheers!

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New Year, Old News

2014 will offer more of the same on Obamacare, the Middle East, Iranian nukes, government scandals, and Congressional elections. Oh sure, there’ll be a surprise or two—a Carlos Danger lurking in the shadows—but that’s the depressing truth.

But who says old news is bad news?

A dramatic shootout between authorities and suspected cartel gunmen at a Mexican seaside resort this month has ties to a botched U.S. gun operation.

A U.S. official said Tuesday that investigators have traced at least one firearm recovered at a December 18 gunfight in Puerto Peñasco, across from the Arizona border, to Operation Fast and Furious.

That’s the disastrous operation run by agents in the Phoenix office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Agents allowed suspected gun smugglers to buy about 2,000 firearms with the goal of trying to find and prosecute high-level traffickers. They couldn’t track the firearms and most are believed to have ended up with cartels and gangsters in Mexico.

Many have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and the United States, including at a shooting that killed a U.S. border agent in 2010.

Guns recovered at such scenes are routinely checked with the ATF’s tracing lab to try to determine their origin. At least one AK-47 style firearm was found, and U.S. investigators identified it as one that was allowed to be sold to suspected traffickers as part of Fast and Furious, according to the U.S. official.

The ATF, in a statement, said: “ATF has accepted responsibility for the mistakes made in the Fast and Furious investigation and at the attorney general’s direction we have taken appropriate and decisive action to ensure that these errors will not be repeated. And we acknowledge that, regrettably, firearms related to the Fast and Furious investigation will likely continue to be recovered at future crime scenes.”

Guns from Fast and Furious have turned up at other high-profile killings in Mexico, including those of the brother of a Mexican state prosecutor and of a beauty queen.

I’m sure the beauty queen, regrettably, accepts the apology.

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Nope, maybe not.

Grassley, in a statement Tuesday, said: “In Operation Fast and Furious, the Mexican drug cartels found an easy way to supplement their own illegal ways. Worse yet, the Obama administration has yet to publicly hold anyone accountable for this disastrous policy. Unfortunately, guns from Fast and Furious will be found in operations like this for years to come.”

The gift that keeps on giving.

PS: Cross-filed under “Sensational Headline Watch”.

PPS: President Obama is, we’re certain, terribly broken up over the incident.

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A Nation Of Laws, Not Men

Holder ignoring Supreme Court, going after Texas

A quick personal note: I still have house guests, back in full on Sunday.

Ok, this is what a nation of Men, Not Laws, looks like:

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There is one thing to be said about Attorney General Eric Holder. He has a way with words that makes conservatives furious — especially when he starts talking about race and the law.

There are many examples. Early in the Obama administration, Holder said that we are “a nation of cowards” when it comes to issues of race.
The conservative chattering class erupted.

Now Holder is at it again. He has fired up the right with his comments about the Trayvon Martin case, blaming “mistaken beliefs and stereotypes ” for the shooting of the Florida teenager.

Civil rights organizations have called on Holder and the Justice Department to pursue federal charges against George Zimmerman after he was found not guilty in the Martin shooting.

At the annual conference of the National Urban League in Philadelphia on Thursday, Holder renewed his attack on a recent Supreme Court ruling that gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“Despite the court’s decision, I believe we must regard this setback not as a defeat but as a historic opportunity: for Congress to restore, and even to strengthen, modern voting protections,” said Holder.

He then announced the Justice Department will “ask a federal court in Texas to subject the state of Texas … to obtain ‘pre-approval’ from either the department or a federal court before implementing future voting changes,” similar to a provision in the Voting Rights Act.

His remarks are the Justice Department’s first significant response to last month’s court ruling and seeks to address Texas’ controversial redistricting law that Holder filed suit against in 2012.

Holder said the state had a “history of pervasive voting-related discrimination against racial minorities that the Supreme Court itself has recognized.”
The attorney general previously has been accused by the conservative press of “abuse of power” and of “exploiting tragedies” by the National Rifle Association. Former U.S. Rep. Allen West attacked Holder for what he called “race-baiting” and “exploiting the law.”

Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree, who mentions Holder several times in his book about racial profiling, “The Presumption of Guilt,” said the attorney general “has no fear or reticence to talk about race wherever he thinks it needs to be discussed and that leads to a host of reactions, usually negative, from people.”

“I think he is being very straightforward, and some people take it as being provocative. He is very honest about his views about race and justice,” Ogletree said.

Ogletree is correct. He is very straightforward. He is a straightforward bigot, and not deeply concerned about the law of the land. We elected this crew and we must live with it, but it is a darn shame.

– Aggie

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Obama Administration Continues To Threaten And Harass George Zimmerman

They are sealing the evidence, including his gun.

The U.S. Department of Justice, overseen by Attorney General Eric Holder, has ordered the Sanford, Florida police department to keep possession of all the evidence from George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial – including the exonerated neighborhood watch volunteer’s gun.
Sanford police confirmed on Thursday that the DOJ asked the agency not to return any pieces of evidence to their owners. Zimmerman was expected to get his firearm back by month’s end.
The development is a sign that the criminal section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is seriously investigating Zimmerman to determine if federal civil rights charges should be filed.

Florida law requires that Zimmerman regain possession of his gun, but the DOJ has stepped in to prevent it
Zimmerman was acquitted of murder and manslaughter on Sunday in a Florida courtroom, but civil rights violations provide an exception to the U.S. Constitution’s protection against double jeopardy after a defendant has been found ‘not guilty’ in a state or local jurisdiction.
That’s because if Zimmerman were tried in federal court, he would be charged with violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights, not causing his death.

WESH-TV in Orlando reported Thursday afternoon that police had confirmed the evidence ‘hold,’ meaning that everything related to the trial, from Zimmerman’s gun to the Skittles and iced tea Martin was carrying when the pair’s altercation began, will remain in the hands of law enforcement.
The DOJ did not immediately respond to questions about whether it will take custody of the evidence, or when that might occur.

Attorney General Eric Holder told NAACP convention-goers that the DOJ still has an open civil rights investigation in Zimmerman, despite his acquittal in Florida

MSNBC host Al Sharpton has planned a series of ‘Justice for Trayvon’ rallies, one of whose goals will be to call on the federal government to prosecute Zimmerman
But Holder himself confirmed on Tuesday during the NAACP’s annual convention that the Justice Department still has an open investigation into Zimmerman’s actions on Feb. 26, 2012.
‘I am concerned about this case,’ Holder told the assembled black civil rights activists, ‘and as we confirmed last spring, the Justice Department has an open investigation into it.’
‘While that inquiry is ongoing, I can promise that the Department of Justice will consider all available information before determining what action to take.’

Most lawyers will tell you that the Justice Department will not go after Zimmerman, but my gut is not so sure. The lawyers assume the rule of law. I think we are into a post-legal phase of the United States.

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Attorney General Scapegoats George Zimmerman

Appeals to public to help him “prove Zimmerman is racist”.

On Monday afternoon, the US Department of Justice appealed to civil rights groups and the general public across the country for “tips” on George Zimmerman in their pursuit of potential federal civil rights charges against the just-acquitted defendant in the Trayvon Martin killing. The DOJ actually went so far as to set up an e-mail address to allow such tips: Sanford.florida@usdoj.gov. The email address is slated to go operational by the end of the week.

Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law told the Orlando Sentinel that the DOJ had held a Monday conference call “calling on us to actively refer anyone who had any information” that would help build a case against Zimmerman. “They said they would very aggressively investigate this case,” Arnwine stated.

According to Arnwine, the call began at 3:30 p.m. with Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States DOJ, and representatives of the FBI on the line. Several prosecutors joined the call, too.
Arnwine listed off other organizations represented on the call, including the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the ACLU, and several “human relations” groups.

Ok, I know you’ve heard alarm from me before, but this is absolutely horrifying. He is using the tools of the government to hound an individual who has spent the last year and a half successfully fighting a murder indictment. This is a fascist tactic and I am having a hard time believing that this is happening here.

– Aggie

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