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January 15, 2013

CONGRESSMAN STOCKMAN (R) THREATENS IMPEACHMENT IF OBAMA USES EXECUTIVE ACTION FOR GUN CONTROL.

IS THIS MORE LIP SERVICE OR TRUE GRIT?

Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman threatened Monday afternoon that he would file articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama if he institutes gun control measures with an executive order.

Stockman warned that such executive orders would be “unconstitutional” and “infringe on our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms.”

(RELATED: Levin: If Obama sidesteps Congress on debt ceiling, ‘no choice’ but impeachment)

“I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment,” Stockman said in a statement.

At his press conference Monday, Obama floated the possibility of using executive action to enact policies aimed at reducing gun violence.

The freshman congressman, who served one term in Congress in the mid-1990s, further labeled the possibility “an existential threat to this nation” because, he said, the purpose of the Second Amendment is to allow the people to protect themselves from tyranny.

“Any proposal to abuse executive power and infringe upon gun rights must be repelled with the stiffest legislative force possible,” he added. “Under no circumstances whatsoever may the government take any action that disarms any peaceable person — much less without due process through an executive declaration without a vote of Congress or a ruling of a court.”

He concluded by claiming that an executive order would be not just “not just an attack on the Constitution,” but also an “attack on Americans.”

“If the president is allowed to suspend constitutional rights on his own personal whims, our free republic has effectively ceased to exist,” he said.
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Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 08:58 AM EST

Obama reportedly considering 19 executive actions on gun control

The President is making other plans as Harry Reid says an assault weapons won’t pass the Senate

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As things begin to look more dire for potential gun control legislation passing through Congress, Obama is reportedly weighing 19 different executive actions he can take to implement new gun laws.

Congressional Republicans have signalled that passing certain types of legislation won’t be easy, and the president of the NRA said over the weekend that it doesn’t think an assault weapons ban will make it through Congress. Even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has his doubts, though added that there may be other laws that can pass. “Is it something that can pass the Senate? Maybe. Is it something that can pass the House? I doubt it,” Reid said in an interview. “So I think there are things that we know we can do.”

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said Joe Biden told lawmakers in a briefing on Monday that there are “19 independent steps that the president can take by executive order.”

From the AP:

Those steps could include ordering stricter action against people who lie on gun sale background checks, striking limits on federal research into gun use, ordering tougher penalties against gun trafficking, and giving schools flexibility to use grant money to improve safety.

And from the New York Times:

Lawmakers and other officials said that the president could use a public event as soon as Wednesday to signal his intention to engage in the biggest Congressional fight over guns in nearly two decades, focusing on the heightened background checks and including efforts to ban assault weapons and their high-capacity clips. But given the difficulty of pushing new rules through a bitterly divided Congress, Mr. Obama will also promise to act on his own to reduce gun violence wherever possible.

Actions the president could take on his own are likely to include imposing new limits on guns imported from overseas, compelling federal agencies to improve sharing of mental health records and directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct research on gun violence, according to those briefed on the effort.

But even the use of executive orders won’t go down without a fight from the right: A Republican Congressman from Texas, Steve Stockman, said Monday that if the President opts for that path, he could file impeachment papers against him. Another GOPer, Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, has said that “The Founding Fathers never envisioned Executive Orders being used to restrict our Constitutional rights. We live in a republic, not a dictatorship.”

New York state, on the other hand, seems to be pushing through a broad expansion of gun control without much brouhaha, including an expansion of the ban on assault weapons and new ways of preventing mentally ill people from obtaining guns. “People who have mental health issues should not have guns,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., told reporters. “They could hurt themselves, they could hurt other people.”

From the Times:

The state Senate, controlled by a coalition of Republicans and a handful of Democrats, approved the legislative package just after 11 p.m. by a lopsided vote of 43 to 18. The Assembly, where Democrats who have been strongly supportive of gun control have an overwhelming majority, planned to vote on the measure Tuesday.

http://www.salon.com/2013/01/15/obama_reportedly_considering_19_executive_actions_on_gun_control/

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  1. January 17, 2013 2:16 pm

    Newly Released Morsi Video: Nurse Children on Hatred of Jews
    MEMRI releases another video which depicts Egyptian Mohammed Morsi making anti-Semitic comments.

    As Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said that virulent anti-Semitic comments which he reportedly said prior to his election were taken out of context, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) released another video which depicts him making similar comments.

    The latest video is an address delivered by Morsi, which was posted on the Internet on January 10, 2010. It was translated by MEMRI and published on Wednesday.

    In the newly exposed remarks, Morsi calls U.S. President Barack Obama “insincere” and calls for Arabs to raise their children on hatred of Jews.

    “One American president after another – and most recently, that Obama – talks about American guarantees for the safety of the Zionists in Palestine,” Morsi said. [Obama] was very clear when he uttered his empty words on the land of Egypt. He uttered many lies, of which he couldn’t have fulfilled a single word, even if he were sincere – which he is not.

    “Dear brothers, we must not forget to nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred towards those Zionists and Jews, and all those who support them,” he added. “They must be nursed on hatred. The hatred must continue.”

    The earlier video released by MEMRI shows that Morsi, also in 2010, rejected negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and referred to Jews as “apes and pigs.”

    The United States later condemned those remarks and urged Morsi to immediately clarify his views.

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    Nothing to fear from the US- If All you’re going to get is a slap on the wrists.

    Do something effective- Like with-holding foreign aide if Morsi doesn’t shape up.. If the same was repeated by an American in the US.. We’ve seen people jailed for saying less and never heard from again.

  2. JanH permalink
    January 17, 2013 4:03 pm

    Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is honorary chair of Obama’s inaugural service event.

    WASHINGTON — Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton has signed on to help promote President Barack Obama’s inaugural kick-off event to get Americans across the country engaged in serving their communities.

    Inaugural planners announced Tuesday that Clinton will be honorary chair of the National Day of Service, the president’s call for Americans to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the holiday weekend celebrating his birthday. They said Clinton would headline a service summit on the National Mall Saturday, with other participants including actresses Eva Longoria and Angela Bassett, singers Ben Folds and Yolanda Adams, television personality Star Jones and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the vice president’s son.

    It’s a new inaugural role for the 32-year-old Clinton who participated in the festivities as an adolescent, standing next to her father, Bill Clinton, as he was sworn into office in 1993 and 1997.

    Clinton was often seen but not heard as a youth growing up in the White House, but increasingly has made her public voice heard in recent years. She campaigned for her mom, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s, 2008 presidential primary campaign against Obama and now is an NBC News special correspondent. Last fall she traveled to Nigeria on behalf of her father’s charitable foundation, meeting with the country’s president and promoting the Clinton Health Access Initiative’s efforts to reduce child mortality there.

    A week after Election Day, she appeared at the Glamour Women of the Year awards in New York with a stage full of women who had been involved in races across the country, noting that gender progress was made in 2012 although there still is a long way to go. She has promoted efforts to allow gay marriage and assisted in raising money for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

    “When I was growing up, both my parents and grandparents instilled a commitment to service in me,” Clinton said in a statement provided to The Associated Press by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. “They taught me that helping our neighbors and serving our community were essential parts of being a good citizen and a good person.”

    Inauguration planners are asking people across the country to sign up for the effort and have staff in all 50 states to coordinate activities across the nation. Obama, a one-time community organizer, began the tradition four years ago, expanded it this time and hopes to make it an inaugural tradition, planners say.

    “I wanted service to be a big part of my inauguration because it’s played a huge role in my life,” Obama said in an email sent to supporters Tuesday, encouraging them to sign up for the National Day of Service. “As a young community organizer starting out in Chicago, I learned that the best ideas, the ones that succeed, take hold at the grassroots. No one needs to wait on politicians or Washington: Change happens when individuals take responsibility for one another and their communities.”

    The fair that Clinton will be headlining will feature nearly 100 organizations with service opportunities in seven areas — community resilience, economic development, education, environment, faith, health and veterans and military families. Clinton said in her statement that Saturday is just the beginning — Obama is asking people to pledge to keep volunteering regularly help their neighbors in the long term.

    “Think about how much good we can all do if everyone who pitches in this weekend keeps up that commitment throughout the year,” she said. She added that she’ll be thinking of her late grandmothers when she takes part because they always found time to volunteer for their churches, communities and kids’ schools no matter what else was going on in their lives.

    Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and members of their families plan to take part in service events Saturday in the Washington area.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/whitehouse/former-first-daughter-chelsea-clinton-is-honorary-chair-of-obamas-inaugural-service-event/2013/01/15/4f12e9be-5ed1-11e2-bafe-b25b7ad71307_story.html

  3. January 17, 2013 5:44 pm

    Hillary Clinton Exits With 69% Approval Rating

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves the post as an overwhelmingly popular figure on the national political stage.

    An eye-popping 69% of Americans approve of the job she has done as the country’s top diplomat, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, with a scant 25% disapproving of her performance.

    These latest poll results bolster her standing as the early favorite to claim the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 should she decide to run. Mrs. Clinton has repeatedly said she doesn’t harbor any ambitions for another White House bid and instead says her first goal is to recuperate from four years of backbreaking travel.

    The former first lady, who reluctantly accepted the State Department job from her 2008 Democratic primary rival President Barack Obama, leaves Foggy Bottom with one of the highest approval ratings of any previous occupant.

    Mrs. Clinton’s final weeks in the job were marred by her hospitalization for a blood clot and Republican complaints that she and other members of the Obama administration didn’t offer Americans a full explanation of how four U.S. officials were killed in Libya, including the ambassador.

    But the latest Journal poll suggests neither episode has damped her broad support. The full poll will be released at 6:30 p.m. ET.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/01/17/wsjnbc-poll-hillary-clinton-exits-with-69-approval-rating/tab/comments/

  4. January 17, 2013 6:05 pm

    NRA More Popular Than Obama; Media Ignore

    John Nolte 17 Jan 2013

    WL

    According the latest Gallup survey, which was taken after the Sandy Hook murders and Wayne LaPierre’s press conference, the NRA, despite being demonized 24/7 in the media, enjoys a favorability rating of 54%. Today, according to Gallup, Obama’s approval rating sits at 53%.

    Moreover, only 38% of those polled have an unfavorable opinion of the NRA. Obama’s disapproval rating sits three points higher at 41%.

    Part of the reason the White House, Democrats, and the corrupt media are losing their battle to marginalize and destroy the political power of the NRA might have to do with the fact that a new CNN poll released today shows that an overwhelming majority of the America people agree with the NRA’s proposal to put armed guards in schools, 54% to 45%.

    This same polls shows that, while a similar percentage of Americans favor stricter gun laws (55% to 44%), a full 61% do not believe those laws would reduce violence. Only 39% do believe they would. Though there is no polling on this I can find, my guess is that more people believe armed guards in schools would reduce violence than what they see as meaningless gun controls. In other words, the American people likely see the NRA’s proposal to stop these mass shootings as more meaningful than Obama’s.

    Right now, the media is manufacturing a reality that says the American people consider the NRA a bunch of freaks who put on a freak show during that press conference with their freaky ideas about putting armed guards in schools.

    But like most everything else coming from our media, it’s all a left-wing con.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/01/17/Media-Ignore-NRA-and-its-ideas-as-popular-as-obama

  5. January 17, 2013 6:15 pm

    Obama gun order triples Cabinet agencies required to track guns

    washingtonexaminer.com | Paul Bedard

    Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2013

    President Obama is tripling the number of Cabinet agencies with gun control law enforcement responsibilities in his new bid to track guns, adding six agencies to the three typically included–Justice, Homeland Security and Defense.

    Section 1.e of his executive order released Wednesday adds State, Treasury, Interior, Agriculture, Energy, and Veterans Affairs. It reads: “For purposes of this memorandum, ‘Federal law enforcement agencies’ means the Departments of State, the Treasury, Defense, Justice, the Interior, Agriculture, Energy, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security, and such other agencies and offices that regularly recover firearms in the course of their criminal investigations as the President may designate.”

    Most federal agencies have a police or security arm, but typically law enforcement doesn’t included those other six agencies. Justice, in fact, defines law enforcement this way on its web page:

    “A federal law enforcement agency is an organizational unit, or subunit, of the federal government with the principle functions of prevention, detection, and investigation of crime and the apprehension of alleged offenders. Examples of federal law enforcement agencies include the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Secret Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). BJS has surveyed federal law enforcement agencies seven times since 1993. The 2008 Census of Federal Law Enforcement Officers (FLEO) included agencies that employed full-time officers with federal arrest authority who were also authorized (but not necessarily required) to carry firearms while on duty. The officer counts exclude officers in the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the Transportation Security Administration’s Federal Air Marshals. Findings are based on the 2008 Census of Federal Law Enforcement Officers.”

    Watchdog blogger Jeryl Bier, who pens the blog Speak with Authority, called the expansion “sweeping,” although he conceded that it is unclear why the definition has been expanded from three federal agencies to nine. It appears, however, that the president is signaling to all Cabinet agencies that he expects them to help track guns.

    “This is a pretty sweeping definition compared to the Justice Department’s definition,” Bier blogged Wednesday. “Since the memo also addressed other executive departments and agencies,’ it is unclear what this partial deputizing of other agencies as ‘law enforcement’ means.”

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/obama-gun-order-triples-cabinet-agencies-required-to-track-guns/article/2518810?custom_click=rss

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    What this means IS: If the Right Hand Doesn’t Get You; Then the Left One Will!

    Move to a state with laws in place against Federal interference…

  6. January 17, 2013 7:48 pm

    I am not pleased to see yet another Clinton backing up the pos.

  7. January 17, 2013 7:57 pm

    Get your hanky ready. Here’s the youtube of the man saving his bunny.

  8. January 17, 2013 8:40 pm

    Basil

    If you have a chance catch the show on at 9pm on CBS tonight. “Person of Interest”-

    Jim Caveesel stars in the weekly show. The use of existing technology in the public sector
    Will amaze you… It’s one of the only mnstm shows I watch. It’s that interesting!

    Also, I posted the whole article about the bunny last night @ 8:16 pm- and much news on gun manufacturers deaths at, I think, 6:36 last night.

    Did you see the article upthread questioning the language contained in Cuomo’s new gun legislation?

  9. January 17, 2013 11:39 pm

    A fish rots from the head down- Bravo Cuomo!
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    New York Fires Auditor Who Found Misuse of Sandy Recovery Funds

    No good deed goes unpunished in New York: the state has abruptly cut off a contract with the independent auditor who found that the state had been wasting federal money meant to be spent on Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

    Thomas Sadowski, the fired consultant, told the Times Union that he was escorted out of the building when he visited the New York Office of Emergency Management shortly after he filed his report on November 17.

    The state hired Sadowski for his extensive experience in emergency procurement management with the federal government. The certified public accountant also did similar work for 10 years at the U.S. Department of Interior’s Inspector General’s office. Sadowski also trained the U.S. Forest Service, Alaska Fire Service, National Interagency Fire Center, Colorado Wildfire Academy, and other government agencies.

    “I didn’t believe I did anything to be escorted off the premises,” Sadowski told the Times Union. “I wasn’t trying to get back at anybody or get anybody in trouble.” But Sadowski said he believed he was fired for finding the waste. “I was relieved of my duties because I identified these problems,” he said.

    In his report, Sadowski found that the state was buying equipment it didn’t need but had wanted for other purposes, had bought equipment that cannot be tracked, and even lost some equipment bought.

    Sadowski uncovered examples of spending that appeared to take federal money for things that had no direct connection to Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. He also found that credit card purchases weren’t being properly tracked or accounted for.

    One specific item Sadowski noted was the $154,000 video communication system that he felt “wasn’t billable to the Hurricane Sandy” relief fund and could not be delivered until long after Sandy recovery efforts are to be finished. “The timing of the delivery didn’t fit,” he said.

    He also could not find the location of $1 million in kosher meals bought for Sandy victims and was directly told to stop looking into that expense. Sadowski said that the department had “lost accountability” of the meals.

    State officials say that Sadowski exceeded his authority by conducting an audit, but Sadowski felt that part of his procurement job included accounting for and tracking the expenditures.

    Sadowski charged the state under $6,000 for his work.

    State officials say that Sadowski’s report has been referred to the Office of the Inspector General.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/17/New-York-Fires-Auditor-Who-Found-Abuse-of-Federal-Hurricane-Sandy-Funds

  10. January 18, 2013 9:08 am

    Hi tell,

    It was your posting of the bunny tale that sent me searching for the clip.

    What a great story.

  11. January 18, 2013 9:09 am

    Here’s another.

    Loyal dog attends mass every day at church where owner’s funeral was held, waiting for her to return

    • Tommy, a German shepherd, had been adopted by Maria Lochi as a stray
    • He would accompany her to church everyday and sit at her feet

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2263390/Loyal-dog-attends-mass-day-church-owners-funeral-held.html

  12. January 18, 2013 9:13 am

    tell,

    I have been blogging at Legal Insurrection about the Crapo legislation. I am furious. What a stupid SOB. Check the site. It’s running by a Cornell U Law Professor. Lots of great legal info.

    I have not watched the show but will check it out some time in the future.

    Busy with mom, last chemo (next week) YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just straightening out things in my life. Got a Ruger 10/22 Takedown and LOVE it. Just got my pistol permit (pick it up next week) and am researching legal models in NYS.

    How’s your mom? How are you? Hope you’re over the flu.

  13. January 18, 2013 12:16 pm

    Thanks for asking Basil. Almost over the Flu. Most of the symptoms have disappeared. Just a lingering cough. Read it takes 18 days for the cough to completely disappear. Just nearing the end to complete the cycle. I’ve had to call about Mom. The Rehab facility is preventing people from coming in who are symptomatic… So, I’ve taken advantage of the rest for what it is-
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    wyntre permalink
    January 18, 2013 9:09 am

    Here’s another.

    Loyal dog attends mass every day at church where owner’s funeral was held, waiting for her to return

    • Tommy, a German shepherd, had been adopted by Maria Lochi as a stray
    • He would accompany her to church everyday and sit at her feet

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2263390/Loyal-dog-attends-mass-day-church-owners-funeral-held.html
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    Poor Tommy- He is looking at the crowd hoping one of the church regulars will take him home. A shame no one sees what he is asking…
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    Busy with mom, last chemo (next week) YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just straightening out things in my life. Got a Ruger 10/22 Takedown and LOVE it. Just got my pistol permit (pick it up next week) and am researching legal models in NYS.
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    Is your Mom having chemo.. or do you mean your chemo?

    Glad you are armed and ready. Also got your permit.. very lucky that! I bet they won’t be taking any new applications issuing a moratorium for the time being.

    Did you read the language in the legislation.
    It basically says It is illegal for anyone having a gun? Crazy!

  14. January 18, 2013 12:30 pm

    Obama re-election team to form group to support second-term agenda, source says

    WASHINGTON – In an unprecedented move, President Barack Obama’s vaunted political organization is being turned into a nonprofit group — funded in part by corporate money — to mobilize support behind the president’s second-term agenda.

    Democratic officials familiar with the plan said Thursday the tax-exempt organization will be called Organizing for Action and seek to harness the energy of the president’s re-election campaign for future legislative fights. Officials said the group will be separate from the Democratic National Committee and advocate on key policy issues such as gun control and immigration, train future leaders and devote attention to local issues around the nation.

    The president’s 2012 campaign manager, Jim Messina, will serve as the group’s national chairman, and White House official Jon Carson is leaving the administration to become its executive director. The officials said the organization plans to accept donations from individuals and corporations — and disclose their identities — but not take money from lobbyists and political action committees, a move in line with donor rules set up for the president’s Inaugural Committee. It will have offices in Washington and Chicago, the officials said.

    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the plans ahead of an announcement on Friday.

    Coming just days before Obama’s second inauguration, the move represents the first time a sitting president has ever transformed his presidential campaign operation into an outside group with the express purpose of promoting his propaganda.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/18/obama-re-election-team-to-form-group-to-support-second-term-agends-source-says/

  15. January 18, 2013 12:34 pm

    NRA covers all the bases:

  16. January 18, 2013 12:45 pm

    Obama’s Second-Term Reckonings

    January 16th, 2013 –

    (I don’t agree with everything in this article. I am having difficulty reconciling whether the author is proposing wishful thinking or that his predictions will come to pass.)

    Judge for yourself- tell me what you think.

    http://pjmedia.com/victordavishanson/

  17. January 18, 2013 12:59 pm

    Holder Begs Court to Stop Document Release on Fast and Furious

    The rundown- long and disgusting state of affairs when there is NO Justice within the justice Dept. for these crooks!

    Attorney General Eric Holder and his Department of Justice have asked a federal court to indefinitely delay a lawsuit brought by watchdog group Judicial Watch. The lawsuit seeks the enforcement of open records requests relating to Operation Fast and Furious, as required by law.

    Judicial Watch had filed, on June 22, 2012, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking all documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious and “specifically [a]ll records subject to the claim of executive privilege invoked by President Barack Obama on or about June 20, 2012.”

    The administration has refused to comply with Judicial Watch’s FOIA request, and in mid-September the group filed a lawsuit challenging Holder’s denial. That lawsuit remains ongoing but within the past week President Barack Obama’s administration filed what’s called a “motion to stay” the suit. Such a motion is something that if granted would delay the lawsuit indefinitely.

    Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said that Holder’s and Obama’s desire to continually hide these Fast and Furious documents is “ironic” now that they’re so gung-ho on gun control. “It is beyond ironic that the Obama administration has initiated an anti-gun violence push as it seeking to keep secret key documents about its very own Fast and Furious gun walking scandal,” Fitton said in a statement. “Getting beyond the Obama administration’s smokescreen, this lawsuit is about a very simple principle: the public’s right to know the full truth about an egregious political scandal that led to the death of at least one American and countless others in Mexico. The American people are sick and tired of the Obama administration trying to rewrite FOIA law to protect this president and his appointees. Americans want answers about Fast and Furious killings and lies.”

    The only justification Holder uses to ask the court to indefinitely delay Judicial Watch’s suit is that there’s another lawsuit ongoing for the same documents – one filed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Judicial Watch has filed a brief opposing the DOJ’s motion to stay.

    As the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform was voting Holder into contempt of Congress for his refusal to cooperate with congressional investigators by failing to turn over tens of thousands of pages of Fast and Furious documents, Obama asserted the executive privilege over them. The full House of Representatives soon after voted on a bipartisan basis to hold Holder in contempt.

    There were two parts of the contempt resolution. Holder was, and still is, in both civil and criminal contempt of Congress. The criminal resolution was forwarded to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald Machen–who works for Holder–for prosecution. Despite being technically required by law to bring forth criminal charges against Holder, under orders from Holder’s Department of Justice Machen chose to ignore the resolution.

    The second part of the contempt resolution–civil contempt of Congress–allowed House Republicans to hire legal staff to challenge President Obama’s assertion of the executive privilege. That lawsuit remains ongoing despite Holder’s and the DOJ’s attempt to dismiss it and settle it.

    It’s unclear what’s in the documents Obama asserted privilege over, but the president’s use of the extraordinary power appears weak. There are two types of presidential executive privilege: the presidential communications privilege and the deliberative process privilege. Use of the presidential communications privilege would require that the president himself or his senior-most advisers were involved in the discussions.

    Since the president and his cabinet-level officials continually claim they had no knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious until early 2011 when the information became public–and Holder claims he didn’t read the briefing documents he was sent that outlined the scandal and how guns were walking while the operation was ongoing–Obama says he’s using the less powerful deliberative process privilege.

    The reason why Obama’s assertion of that deliberative process privilege over these documents is weak at best is because the Supreme Court has held that such a privilege assertion is invalidated by even the suspicion of government wrongdoing. Obama, Holder, the Department of Justice, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and virtually everyone else involved in this scandal have admitted that government wrongdoing actually took place in Operation Fast and Furious.

    In Fast and Furious, the ATF “walked” about 2,000 firearms into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels. That means through straw purchasers they allowed sales to happen and didn’t stop the guns from being trafficked even though they had the legal authority to do so and were fully capable of doing so.

    Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of Mexican citizens–estimates put it around at least 300–were killed with these firearms.

    The Fast and Furious scandal and more is covered in detail in the New York Times best-selling book Corruption Chronicles.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/17/Holder-begs-court-to-indefinitely-delay-group-s-lawsuit-fighting-for-release-of-Obama-s-executive-privilege-Fast-and-Furious-documents

  18. January 18, 2013 2:56 pm

    tell,

    My chemo. Mom is healthy except for her memory and ordinary problems.

    NY gun law doesn’t specifically ban all guns. They’re too cowardly for that. They banned the magazine size, dropping it from 10 rounds to 7 which is basically a back door way of banning weapons as most take a 10-round clip. Totally nuts. OK to have a 10 round mag as long as you put in no more than 7 bullets. Complete insanity.

    Law doesn’t exempt cops. Bwa-ha-ha. Crapo was in a rush to cram the legislation through before people could stock up on guns and ammo. He used some measure like “extraordinary circumstances” or something. Legislature had 15 minutes to look at the bill before the vote. Sound familiar?.

    Expect challenges to the law.

    About Tommy, everyone in the village is feeding him. Hopefully he’ll get a permanent home.

  19. January 18, 2013 4:12 pm

    I read everyone is feeding Tommy- The dog seems quizzical. Like, “can’t these parishioners figure out I need to have a ‘real’ home?”

    Bark, Tommy, bark! Keep Barking until they understand…

  20. January 18, 2013 4:15 pm

    Basil, did a 3min tour at LI.. Didn’t they get the memo Obama stole the election?

    Now there was one poster over there who couldn’t be any plainer…and to the point..

    She said:

    “Well, if guns cause violence, and banning guns ends violence. Then as one woman asked – doesn’t banning penises end rape? Or do you need to ban vaginas? I’m so confused when I try to follow the logic they’re using.”

  21. January 18, 2013 4:20 pm

    “My chemo. Mom is healthy except for her memory and ordinary problems.”
    …………………………

    Good to know. Listening to a Health Show, they remarked how good 2 tbl of Coconut Oil a day helps improve memory in patients with memory probs..

    A little late for my Mom.. but it may be able to help yours..

  22. January 18, 2013 4:26 pm

    Terrorist said:

    “Will swap Americans for Blind Sheik.”

    better:

    “Will swap Americans for Obama!”

  23. January 19, 2013 1:31 pm

    Backfire: Obama Approval Plummets During Gun Push

    Just a week before the New Year, Obama enjoyed his highest approval ratings of 2012. According to Gallup, 58% of Americans approved of the job Obama was doing. Survey results released today by Gallup, though, show Obama’s approval rating has plummeted to just 49%. It is a dramatic drop, especially coming over a holiday period when people traditionally pay little attention to politics. Four years ago, at his first inauguration, a full 69% of Americans approved of Obama.

    The drop in Obama’s approval from 4 years ago is understandable, given the sluggish economy and the hope American’s had as his presidency began. The considerable drop from just a few weeks ago is more puzzling. According to the media, he was the “winner” of the fiscal cliff negotiations, getting most of the tax hikes he campaigned on and avoiding spending cuts.

    Also according to the media, he has deftly exploited the Sandy Hook tragedy to make a renewed push for gun control. This is supposedly popular with the American public and Obama has been all over the airwaves pushing his proposals. He even orchestrated a back-drop of children from across the country to release his proposals to the public.

    And, yet, his approval rating is dropping. Exit polls from the past election make it pretty clear that voters chose Obama the person and not his policies. Pushing his policies even further to the left looks like its backfiring with the public.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/18/backfire-obama-approval-drops-amid-gun-push

  24. January 19, 2013 1:35 pm

    Obama’s Greatest Legacy Might Be Destroying the Media

    On Thursday, while looking wistfully back at Obama’s first four years, NBC News accidentally did some actual reporting. In a First Read article that opened with the question, “Is the nation better off than it was four years ago,” senior political director, Mark Murray, did something that neither he, nor NBC News, nor the mainstream media was willing to do during this last presidential campaign: report on Obama’s record.

    But there it finally was: The Truth — and from NBC News, no less. Poverty’s up (from 43.6 million to 46.2 million), middle class incomes are down ($50k compared to $52k), the deficit’s exploded (from $10 trillion to $16 trillion), food stamp recipients have skyrocketed (33.5 million to 46.6 million), unemployment hasn’t budged, and the same number of people are without health insurance today as there were in 2009.

    Still, NBC News couldn’t even bring itself to report the most damning Obamanomics’ numbers: a population so despondent by a lack of jobs that enough people have dropped out to shrink the labor market to levels unseen since the 1980s. A chronic long-term unemployment problem unseen in this country since World War II. An unemployment rate disproportionately savaging blacks and Hispanics.

    Where was all this news during the 2012 campaign when Obama was applying for a promotion and Romney was applying to replace him?

    We know the answer. Rather than report Truth, the media locked arms and circled Obama’s palace in order to protect him from the mindless hordes of racist, sexist Neanderthals who dared criticize The Lightbringer. The media’s weapons of choice were distraction and lies:

    Did you hear what this Republican no one ever heard of said about rape? Did you know Mitt Romney’s a Republican?

    He said 47%. Buuurn the Bitter Clinger!

    This male, rich, white, freaky Mormon LIAR is telling you there’s an al Qaeda problem in Mali and that Jeep’s moving to China.

    Alakazam, bippity boo, this economy’s good for you.

    Abacadabra, sima sala bim, job growth not keeping with population growth is a win.

    Meeska Mooska Mickey Mouse, two-percent GDP growth has you aroused.

    And on and on like that. In order to pretend Obama’s policies worked and to win him reelection, the media completely rewrote and redefined what a successful economic recovery is. Then, before anyone could notice the sleight of hand, the media would quickly change the subject. In order to ensure Obama was protected from numbers NBC News would only put together after he was safely reelected, anything and everything was hurled at The Narrative

    Yes, the media won. It still pains me to say so, but the most dishonest, self-serving, narcissistic, un-American people in the world won. By picking up and running with Obama’s cynically divisive and intellectually dishonest campaign culture weapons, the media successfully pushed a failed president over the second term finish line.

    But at what cost?

    The cost to America isn’t small, but might work itself out over a couple of generations. The cost to the media, though, might (hopefully) be fatal.

    In the long game of history (that will eventually be won by Christ) there are skirmishes, fights, battles, wars, and existential wars. What the media’s winning are nothing more than a series of high-profile battles, but doing so in a way that represents an existential threat to themselves.

    By every measure — economic, credibility — the media’s dying a slow death from a poison it must ingest in order to win these battles, but a poison nonetheless. This poison has cost the media almost all of its credibility with the public, a problem that grows by the year. This, naturally, delivers economic consequences.

    Recently, The New York Times, Reuters, and Time Magazine reported massive layoffs. CNN is collapsing and its so-called savior has already embraced the network’s most cancerous tumor. The broadcast networks are losing viewers by the day. Newsweek is no more. For years now, major newspapers have been shrinking in staff size while the daily product shrinks to the size of a Dennys’ menu. Everywhere the word “bankruptcy” swirls.

    And it’s mostly due to the poison of bias the media gulps by the bucket in order to push its agenda — and that amount of poison has only increased with the arrival of Lightbringer. Which means that the media’s unswerving sycophancy for this man is nothing more than a faster form of suicide.

    Part of this self-inflicted death spiral is as simple as 2 + 2. It’s not just the media’s sycophancy and subsequent credibility loss that’s speeding up its demise. It’s also Obama’s awful economic policies.

    The media successfully fooled enough people into believing Obama’s policies roared us back into a recovery to win Obama the chance to do four more years of damage. But no one’s fooled to the point where they’re buying newspaper subscriptions or advertisements. The result has been a series of high-profile media layoffs announced even before Obama’s second term became official. All due to an economy the media assured us was humming and did not need new management.

    And then there’s the issue of the overall economy, stupid.

    Since Obama’s reelection, the presidential campaign hasn’t stopped. The president and the media have once again locked arms in the hopes of dividing and permanently clobbering the Republican party. We had a Fiscal Cliff followed by gun control, and now we’re entering debt ceiling negotiations. After that will be immigration and after that anything that damages the GOP and tries to distract from the poor getting poorer and job creation barely treading water.

    And yes, once again, Obama and the media are winning this series of bruising, high-profile political battles.

    But in the process, deficit spending is only getting more out of control and vital monies required for job creation are being taken out of the private economy — you know, because fair share. And someday — maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not until after Obama’s left office in a media orgasm so intense Chuck Todd and Ben Smith are made permanently glassy-eyed — but someday, people are going to wake up, walk out of their homes in a daze, and realize the “prosperity” the media sold them is nothing of the sort.

    You see, permanent campaigns and the waging of divisive cultural issues might increase poll numbers and win a few elections, but they can’t fix the economy. They also can’t distract forever from an economy delivering only suffering to so many.

    Until then, take heart in the fact that a dismal economy the media alchemized into something Roaring, has already and will only further damage these lying liars. And remember that when people do wake up, that consciousness will only further damage the media’s credibility. All of this, of course, further saps the media’s strength and influence.

    The media might think they’re partners with Barack Obama, but in reality they’re his cannon fodder. Obama uses, lies, dismisses, and openly mocks the media. Still, like bug-eating Renfelds diseased by The Master’s influence, they live only to serve. To nudge this metaphor further than I probably should, these media Renfelds also feed off the grotesque: lies, deception, shilling, the use of others, and a total indifference to truth and the suffering of others.

    The Master can’t save them, and his open contempt for them means he won’t even try.

    It’s all a house of cards built on dishonesty, which only works for so long. Reality and truth will someday intrude, and when the music stops, Obama will be off somewhere surrounded by an entirely new group of international sycophants, while his discarded media is left without a chair.

    This will happen. It always does.

    My only fear is that when it does, I’m so old that prostrate problems make it difficult to do what needs to be done to the media’s final resting place.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/01/19/Obamas-Greatest-Achievement-Destroying-Media

  25. January 20, 2013 5:51 pm

    JUST SO YOU KNOW-

    FIRE FOX suggested I update my browser. Since then, I no longer can access my site through Mozilla. I can with Explorer or any other browser in case you are having similar trouble viewing this blog..

    Just don’t give up…

  26. January 20, 2013 6:05 pm

    Flashback: Palin Predicts Obama Admin. Using Health Care to Curb Second Amendment Rights

    Sarah

    On August 1, 2009–just seven months into President Barack Obama’s first term–former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin predicted Obama would attempt to leverage health care to “take away” the Second Amendment rights of Americans.

    In a speech to National Rifle Association members in Anchorage, Alaska, Palin said Americans should be “wary” of this “tie-in” because Obama would attempt to “take away our rights under the guise of some new health care plan”:

    And by the way, [with] health care being so big in D.C. right now, be wary when some kind of tie-in occurs. Because it will crop up: a tie-in with guns in an attempt to take away our rights under the guise of some new health care plan. You know that this is coming–that the two issues will somehow crop up and they’ll be tied together. So we have to be very wary of that.

    On Wednesday–more than three years after Palin’s warning–Obama did exactly what the former governor forecasted.

    During a press conference wherein he issued 23 executive actions regarding guns and unveiled his gun control proposals, including a ban on so-called assault weapons, Obama said “doctors and other health care providers also need to be able to ask about firearms in their patients’ homes and safe storage of those firearms, especially if their patients show signs of certain mental illnesses or if they have a young child or mentally ill family member at home.”

    To make it easier for doctors to do so, Obama also issued executive actions that would “clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.” The White House also released “a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.”

    In Obama’s gun control plan, which the White House released on Wednesday, there is a section titled “Preserve The Rights of Mental Health Care Providers To Protect Their Patients and Communities From Gun Violence.”

    It reads, “we should never ask doctors and other health care providers to turn a blind eye to the risks posed by guns in the wrong hands,” and proposes to:

    • Clarify that no federal law prevents health care providers from warning law enforcement authorities about threats of violence: Doctors and other mental health professionals play an important role in protecting the safety of their patients and the broader community by reporting direct and credible threats of violence to the authorities. But there is public confusion about whether federal law prohibits such reports about threats of violence. The Department of Healthand Human Services is issuing a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibitsthese reports in any way.

    • Protect the rights of health care providers to talk to their patients about gun safety: Doctors and other health care providers also need to be able to ask about firearms in their patients’ homes and safe storage of those firearms, especially if their patients show signs of certain mental illnesses or if they have a young child or mentally ill family member at home. Some have incorrectly claimed that language in the Affordable Care Act prohibits doctors from asking their patients about guns and gun safety. Medical groups also continue to fight against state laws attempting to ban doctors from asking these questions. The Administration will issue guidance clarifying that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit or otherwise regulate communication between doctors and patients, including about firearms.

    As Breitbart News reported, the American Medical Association (AMA) had sent the Obama administration a letter urging the White House to pass more strict gun control measures. The letter, which was signed by the AMA and 52 other organizations, used the Sandy Hook massacre to note that a ban on so-called assault weapons was “a step in the right direction,” called for a “ban on high capacity magazines,” and “requested increased funding” for medical programs from the White House:

    More resources are needed for safety education programs that promote more responsible use and storage of firearms. Physicians need to be able to have frank discussions with their patients and parents of patients about firearm safety issues and risks to help them safeguard their families from accidents.

    This battle over whether doctors should be able to ask patients about firearms is playing out in Florida. Physicians in Florida took the state to court over a 2011 law that “prohibits them from asking patients if they own a gun. Florida lawmakers and the NRA viewed such questions as a threat to the Second Amendment right to bear arms.”
    Obama is siding with the physician

    According to Medscape Medical News, chapters of the various medical associations, in addition to individual doctors, sued Florida in a federal district court “to overturn what they called a gag law on gun questions.” A District Court judge struck down the law as unconstitutional by invoking the First Amendment.

    Florida has appealed the ruling, and the case is pending before an appellate court in Atlanta, Georgia.

    The NRA, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief, said the Florida law “exhorts doctors to stick to practicing medicine… rather than pushing their own political agendas, and it protects patients from doctors who refuse to do so.”

    More than three years ago in her speech (blogger “KentonAK” first revealed the existence of the footage), Palin noted–to the Alaska NRA members–she was the only person on either ticket during the 2008 election who was a lifetime member of the NRA.
    ……………………..

    Wonder if Sarah has heard there’s talk of Obama selling Alaska to China to reduce the debt? I think the entire country would be repulsed at the thought and outraged at the self proclaimed King…

  27. January 20, 2013 6:19 pm

    Bill Clinton: Gun Control Push Bringing Back the Tea Party

    When Republicans won historic landslide victories in 1994, it was due in large part to the fact that a relatively moderate Democrat Party had promoted and passed an “Assault Weapons Ban” (AWB) which cut across the grain of gun owners of all parties and all walks of life.

    Fast forward to 2013, gun owners of all walks of life exist in even greater numbers, and the Democrat Party is showing them even greater disrespect.

    And now, radicalized Democrats are pushing a new AWB, which contains bans on many semi-automatic handguns, 20 and 30 round ammunition magazines, private gun sales, and transfer of firearms between family members. Bill Clinton is warning Democrats to stop.

    Drunk on the power they weld in the Senate and the White House, Democrats have once again underestimated to the passions of the common man and stand at the threshold of sparking a grassroots extravaganza that will sweep them out of power in 2014.

    Speaking to Democrat donors from the business world, Clinton said of gun owners: “A lot of these people live in a world very different from the world lived in by the [politicians] proposing these [gun control measures].” He went to intimate that these worlds are increasingly in conflict, and that the gun control push could be setting Democrats up for a long fall with a hard landing.

    Clinton warned that gun owners cannot be “patronized” and that it’s a mistake to “[look] down your nose at them.”

    As he spoke, it was clear that Clinton thinks Obama may be overplaying his hand, giving birth to a reinvigorated Tea Party movement that is already diminishing votes for Democrats in 2014. In hopes of stopping this momentum shift, Clinton warned that the tactics Obama used to win in southern states like Florida has to be employed now, as “that’s the only way [Democrats] will ever be able to even up votes in the midterms as [issues like guns] come up.”

    The bottom line: Democrats who know history know that this new gun control push is not
    going to end well at the polls.
    …………………………………………….

    And of course he’s right. In this case, it all works in our favor. The Dem Party is not the same party with the same values it once championed years ago- Helping Middle Class Americans acquire a job, owning a home, 2 cars in the driveway and a chicken in every pot.

  28. JanH permalink
    January 21, 2013 1:13 pm

    HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016

    Brought me a smile even though I know the chances are slim that she will run.

  29. JanH permalink
    January 21, 2013 1:22 pm

    .Inside Hillary Clinton’s world .

  30. January 21, 2013 2:30 pm

    JanH

    Thanks for the Hillary videos..

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    NEW ARTICLE IS UP

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