Sharyl Attkisson Testifies: DOJ ‘Bullied And Threatened’ Her For Telling Truth

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Hat/Tip to Sandy Fitzgerald at Newsmax.

Sharyl Attkisson rose to fame, in the journalist’s world, anyway, as a tough-as-nails, call it down the middle, let the story lead her to the truth, Investigative Journalist.

She’s done stories on government and its various administrations – both Democrat AND Republican throughout her entire 30+ year career. And the left was fine with that, when it was the GOP she was digging dirt up on, but since 2008, the push back by the thin-skinned Obama administration and their sycophants in the Main Stream Media shows they’ve no tolerance for any such reporting.

Attkisson has since left CBS news and has written a tell-all book about how the Obama Administration has attempted to thwart her reporting on stories they didn’t like.

Recently, she testified in front of the Senate during the latest Attorney General nomination hearings about how Eric Holder’s Justice Department violated the 1st Amendment by trying to stifle her reporting.

The Justice Department bullies and threatens investigative journalists for doing their jobs, former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson testified Thursday during confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, urging her to change matters if she is confirmed.

“They bully and threaten the access of journalists who do their jobs, news organizations that publish stories they don’t like, and whistleblowers who dare to tell the truth,” said Attkisson, one of several journalists who have accused the DOJ of spying on them, reports The Hill.

Once she left CBS, she filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department.

After she left CBS last year, Attkisson filed a $35 million lawsuit against Attorney General Eric Holder over allegations that his department spied on her and others who were investigating Operation Fast and Furious, the DOJ’s failed guns sales scheme that resulted in Mexican drug cartels obtaining weapons.

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Attkisson said Thursday that her investigation of the Fast and Furious project upset Obama administration officials, who pushed her superiors at CBS to stop her story, and that the DOJ kept her from briefings on the matter.

“Government officials weren’t angry because I was doing my job poorly,” Attkisson said. “They were panicked because I was doing my job well.”

Attkisson maintains that the purpose of her lawsuit is to stop this from happening to other journalists.

She said it wasn’t until later that she learned through three independent forensic examinations that the government was spying on her remotely by monitoring her computer keystrokes, capturing passwords, and eavesdropping on her conversations.

“If you cross this administration with perfectly accurate reporting they don’t like, you will be attacked and punished,” Attkisson said. “You and your sources may be subjected to the kind of a surveillance devised for enemies of the state.”

Earlier this month, Attkisson told Newsmax TV that she will get “facts and information” that was deliberately withheld by the government through her lawsuit.

“The purpose of the lawsuit isn’t to stop harassment,” Attkisson told Newsmax’s Ed Berliner, but to “shed light on what happened, so that when some computers are illegally intruded upon — especially a journalist whose work and whose sources are compromised — it should be [considered] very serious things, no matter where you stand.”

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Adviser Tells Attorney General Holder How to Manipulate Press on Fast & Furious

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Sharyl Attkisson Stonewalled bookHat/Tip to SharylAttkisson.com.

Hard hitting investigative reporter, Sharyl Attkisson isn’t letting up on the Obama Administration. She is continuing to overturn every stone in her quest for the truth behind the Obama Scandals.

 

The particular scandal in question this time?

Fast & Furious

Lesson in how the administration attempts to manipulate the press and news coverage: Fast and Furious email to Attorney General Eric Holder from a communications adviser, Oct. 5, 2011 [emphasis added below]. (President Obama withheld this email under executive privilege but it was recently released as a result of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the Justice Department).

2. Find a way for you to get in front of a reporter or two about this. You don’t want to call a press conference on this because it will blow things out perspective, but if you have any events in the next few days (preferably tomorrow), you could find a way to take two or three questions on it afterwards. Or if that’s not easily doable, you could find a way to “run into” a couple of reporters on your way to something. Maybe Pete Williams, Carrie, Pete Yost — that
part can be managed. Most important is that you’re in front of a camera in a relaxed manner giving a response you have rehearsed…It would be ideal if those two things happened in the same day so you didn’t have two news cycles of responding — you want to do it all at once. There may be things you need to do to go on offense as well, but I think most important right now is that you answer the charge about covering this up. Then you can move to offense.

From her book, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington.

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The more I think about the offense versus defense part, I do think you should go on offense, too. After explaining what happened, you could go back at them by saying something like: “But let’s be clear what this is all about. I’ve ordered an investigation into what happened. But there are people on the Hill who don’t care about what really happened. For them this has become about scoring political points and weakening an agency charged with cracking down on gun violence. There are a lot of powerful lobbyists and their allies on the hill who have wanted to cripple the ATF for a long time, and they’re using this as an opportunity to do so. I’m not going to let them. Its clear the ATF made mistakes here. We’ve cleaned house, and we’re going to fix the agency, but we’re not going to allow it to be put out of business by people carrying water for the gun lobby.” This part has to be really carefully crafted and delivered, but I think it could be effective as a one-two punch. (One, explain what happened with your testimony; two, punch back.)

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Holder Dumps 64,000 Fast & Furious Documents Night Before Election

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Hat/Tip to Cathy Burke at Newsmax.

Absolutely everything this administration does is with great political calculation. Rather than turn over the documents that a federal judge ordered them to do back on August 20th of this year, Holder’s Justice Department took advantage of everyone looking the other way and focusing on the Midterm GOP tidal wave to dump 64,000 plus documents related to Fast & Furious.

Document dumps notoriously have two main elements:

1. When forced to do so, dump an avalanche of documents so that the really nasty, incriminating ones stand a good chance of never being found.

2. Always chose a news day that is already busy with a huge story, then quietly dump the documents and tip-toe out of the room.

The Justice Department has handed over to House investigators 64,280 pages of documents related to the notoriously botched Operation Fast and Furious — data President Barack Obama had claimed was exempt from congressional review.

Calling the information an “election eve dump,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa on Tuesday hailed the hand-over.The Justice Department has handed over to House investigators 64,280 pages of documents related to the notoriously botched Operation Fast and Furious — data President Barack Obama had claimed was exempt from congressional review.

Calling the information an “election eve dump,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa on Tuesday hailed the hand-over.

“This production is nonetheless a victory for the legislative branch, a victory for transparency, and a victory for efforts to check Executive Branch power,” Issa said in a statement.

Justice department officials gave up the documents after an order from U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman last Aug. 20.

“When Eric Holder wants to know why he was the first Attorney General held in criminal contempt of Congress, he can read the judge’s order that compelled the production of 64,280 pages that he and President Obama illegitimately and illegally withheld from Congress,” Issa chided, adding he’d continue his court fight for the information the committee has not yet seen.

“Since these pages still do not represent the entire universe of the documents the House of Representatives is seeking related to the Justice Department’s cover-up of the botched gun-walking scandal that contributed to the death of a Border Patrol agent, our court case will continue,” Issa said in his statement.

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20 Examples of the Violent Legacy of Fast and Furious

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Sharyl Attkisson Stonewalled bookHat/Tip to Sharyl Attkisson.

Well she’s at it again, and in the process she’s pissing off not only just her former bosses at CBS, but also pretty much everyone in the Obama White House.

That’s GOTTA be a good thing.

From her own site:

Investigative Journalist who tries to give you information others don’t want you to have. What you do with it is your own business. Do your own research. Seek advice from those you trust. Make up your own mind.

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20 Examples of the Violent Legacy of Fast and Furious

By Sharyl Attkisson

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(Image above: 42 weapons recovered by Mexican military in Naco, Sonora, Mexico, 20 Nov 2009. Operation Fast and Furious suspect Uriel Patino bought 19 of the weapons one to two weeks earlier. From: Justice Dept. Inspector General)Since 2011, the Justice Department has refused repeated requests from Congress and the news media to fully disclose details of incidents involving guns that had been illegally trafficked to Mexican drug cartels under the watch of U.S. agents in Operation Fast and Furious. The partial list below was compiled using available information.

Known crimes linked to “walked” weapons: Deaths: 43

  • 2 U.S. federal agents
  • 3 Mexican police
  • 1 terrorist torture/kidnaping/murder in Mexico

Attempted murders or injuries: 3

  • 1 in Mexico; 2 in U.S.

Kidnapings: 4 (all in Mexico)

Assaults/Shootouts: 4 incidents

  • 2 in Mexico against military; 2 in U.S. against Phoenix law enforcement

1. Nov. 14, 2009 Mexican Kidnaping Crime Scene

One AK-47 type assault rifle purchased by a Fast and Furious suspect was recovered in Atoyac de Alvarez, Mexico after the Mexican military rescued a kidnap victim.

2. Dec. 9, 2009 Cartel Crime Scene Seizure in Mexico
Mexican Army recovered 900 pounds of cocaine, 132 pounds of methamphetamine, $2 million U.S. dollars and 48 firearms in Mexicali, Mexico.  Twenty of the weapons had been purchased by Fast and Furious suspects.

Mexicali seizure

3. Dec. 18, 2009 Crime Scene in Mexico
Mexican law enforcement agents recovered five firearms in Tijuana, Mexico, four of which had been originally purchased by a Fast and Furious suspect.

4. Date unknown, 2010 Mexican Men Assault Phoenix Detectives
Arizona state police revealed that two guns from Fast and Furious were found in an arrest involving two Mexican men who assaulted detectives outside Phoenix in 2010. Nobody was seriously hurt.

5. Jan. 8, 2010 Mexican Army Seizure
Two weapons purchased by a Fast and Furious suspect were recovered as part of a 14-gun seizure by the Mexican Army in Tijuana, Mexico.

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6. Feb. 20, 2010 U.S. Crime Scene Seizure
Agents in Arizona at the Tohono O’odham Indian reservation seized 37 AK-47 style weapons purchased ten days earlier by a Fast and Furious suspect.

7. Feb. 26 and 27, 2010 Cartel Weapons Seizures in Mexico
ATF notified U.S. Attorney’s office of two large recovery incidents in Mexico that believed to include Fast and Furious weapons. An email on the Feb. 26 incident stated: “big Mexican Army seizure last night in Sinaloa from ‘Chapo’ Guzman’s guys.”

8. July 1, 2010 Two Murders in Mexico
Two AK-47 type assault rifles purchased by Fast and Furious suspects were recovered in Sonora, Mexico after a shootout between Mexican cartels. Two murders involving the weapons were reported in the incident.

9. July 26, 2010 Firing of Rifle in Mexico
A giant .50 caliber Barrett rifle purchased by a Fast and Furious suspect was recovered in Durango, Mexico after apparently having been fired. No further details were given.

10. Aug. 13, 2010 Mexican Military vs. Armed Group
Two AK-47 type assault rifles purchased by a Fast and Furious target were recovered in Durango, Mexico after a confrontation between the Mexican military and an “armed group.”

11. Nov. 14, 2010 Terrorist Torture Murder of Mexican Official’s Brother
Two Fast and Furious “walked” AK-47 variant rifles were found at the scene of a shoot-out with suspects in the Oct. 2010 terrorist torture, kidnap and murder of the brother of a Mexican state attorney general, Patricia Gonzalez Rodriguez.

Read about Fast and Furious rifles in the terrorist-torture case

Watch the video report on Fast and Furious rifles in the terrorist-torture case

12. Dec. 14, 2010 Border Patrol Agent Murder
Two or three AK-47 style rifles found at the murder scene of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed in Arizona by illegal immigrant bandits, had been sold to Mexican drug cartels by Fast and Furious weapons trafficking suspects under ATF’s watch.

Find links to all Fast and Furious reports here

13. Feb. 15, 2011 U.S. Immigration and Customs Agent Murdered in Mexico, Partner Injured.
Immigration and Customs (ICE) Agent Jaime Zapata was murdered and his partner injured in a suspected cartel ambush in Mexico. Two weapons linked to suspects who were under ATF surveillance were used in the murder.

Watch the video of the second “walked” weapons linked to Agent Zapata murder

14. May 27, 2011 Mexican Military Helicopter Downed, 29 Cartel Members Killed
A Mexican military helicopter was forced to land after drug cartel suspects fired upon it near Jalisco, western Mexico. Authorities seized more than 70 assault rifles and other weapons from the suspects including three AK-47 type assault rifles sold to Fast and Furious suspects.

View the report on the downed Mexican military helicopter involving Fast and Furious weapons

15. Aug 17, 2011 11 Violent Crimes in U.S.
The Justice Department reported that Fast and Furious guns had been recovered, so far, at 11 violent crime scenes in the U.S. but refused to provide details requested by Congress. Later, the Justice Department revised the number and said there were only two violent crime scenes.

Read the story on Fast and Furious guns being recovered at 11 violent crime scenes in U.S.

16. Sept. 14, 2011 8 Violent Crimes in Mexico: 3 Murders, 4 Kidnappings, 1 Attempted Homicide
Fast and Furious weapons were reported to be tied to at least eight violent crimes in Mexico including three murders, four kidnappings and an attempted homicide.

Read the story on Fast and Furious weapons tied to three more murders in Mexico

17. Nov. 23, 2012 Five Killed, Including Beauty Queen, in Mexico
A weapon purchased by a Fast and Furious suspect under ATF’s watch was recovered scene of a shootout between Sinaloa drug cartel members and Mexican military in Ciudad Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico. Sinaloa beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez and four others were killed.

Watch the video of the story on a Fast and Furious weapon found at shootout in Mexico that killed five

19. July 29, 2013 Gang-style Assault in Phoenix
An AK-47 rifle that was part of Fast and Furious was used in the gang-style assault on an apartment building in Phoenix that left two people wounded.

Read the story about a Fast and Furious rifle used in gang-style assault in Phoenix

19. Aug. 14, 2013 Three Weapons Recovered at Mexican Crime Scenes
Three WASR-10 762-calibur Romanian rifles sold to Fast and Furious suspects under ATF’s watch turned up at crime scenes in Mexico.

Read the report about three Fast and Furious rifles recovered at Mexican crime scenes

20. Oct. 10, 2013 Three Mexican Police Murdered
A grenade linked to Jean Baptiste Kingery, whom federal officials allowed to traffic unimpeded, was linked to a drug cartel shootout in Tepatitlin, Jalisco, Mexico in which three Jalisco State police officers were murdered and four cartel members were killed.

Watch the video about the grenade-walking case of Jean Baptiste Kingery

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Four Examples of How Morally Corrupt the Obama Administration Is: Shut Down Antics & ObamaCare

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Only four? Well, I could probably come up with 400 reasons but who read such a tome? No administration in my life time has been less transparent or more disdainful of the constitution and the American people than the Obama administration.

First, I wish to offer my apologies to the families of those who died in Benghazi for not including Benghazi in my list today. But, if I get started on Benghazi, I won’t be able to stop. So, today I will focus on domestic issues starting with the partial government shutdown and work back in time.

How long has Obama been planning for this shutdown?

We all know that President Obama does like to let a crisis go to waste. But, what if there is no crisis readily available? Well, in the case of the Obama administration, you make plans to ensure you have a crisis that can be used to further your agenda. Since our professor of constitutional law doesn’t believe in the separation of powers outlined in the constitution, he demanded that Congress give a “clean” Continuing Resolution (CR) bill for his approval. He made it clear that he would not negotiate. Obviously, the President knew that the Republican controlled House of Representatives would include spending cuts or changes to ObamaCare in their CR. So, he knew that a shutdown was coming and his people had plenty of time to prepare for it. From this source, a former government employee explains why it had to be at least six months in the planning:

… I have worked in the government on and off for 38 years. During that time I became quite familiar with requisitions, bidding, awarding contracts etc. It is a time consuming process with bean-counters and pencil-necked bureaucrats every step of the way. The simplest request takes months not days or hours.In less than 8 hours of the shutdown, “miraculously”, professionally printed 3X4 foot signs appeared all over the country in the tens of thousands saying- “this (park, facility, etc. with custom logos) closed due to government shutdown.

There has not been a government shutdown in 17 years. These signs were designed, specifications were determined, signs were then requisitioned, bids were posted and vetted, government contracts were awarded. The materials were then ordered and the signs manufactured then distributed by U.S. Mail or freight companies.

This shutdown was orchestrated and planned well in advance, probably at least 6-8 months ago.

The Obama administration knew ObamaCare was not ready to fly on its own.

For conservatives, the “glitches” in the government’s ObamaCare sign-up page on the internet has been the source of countless jokes. But, the millions of dollars spent on this software is no joke. And, we know the adminstration was warned ahead of time that the system was not ready to go. Did the Obama administration care? Of course not.  They thrive on chaos. But the sign-up software disaster is small potatoes. But Fox News is reporting on a much bigger ObamaCare “glitch”.

The rollout of ObamaCare has been plagued by problems these past two weeks, as thousands complained they couldn’t sign up for coverage due to a deeply defective website.

But this process could have been easier if a nine-year, government-backed effort to set up a system of electronic medical records had gotten off the ground. Instead of setting up their medical ID for the first time, would-be customers would have their records already on file.

Unfortunately for patients — and taxpayers — the long-running project has produced tangibly few results despite costing the government, so far, at least $30 billion.

If you suffer from high blood pressure, Do Not read this Fox News article. HHS and Obama knew full well this system on which ObamaCare depends was not up and running. They don’t care! ObamaCare was never about making sure all Americans had health care insurance. They have known from the start that ObamaCare was going to fail. They have planned for this chaos as a means to get to their ultimate goal of a government take over of health care in America. To them, wasting a few billion dollars is no big deal.

Obama’s NSA believes the Patriot Act nullified the Fourth Amendment

Nearly every day we learn more about the NSA spying and data collecting on American citizens. We now have the secret FISA courts where the NSA can go and get a warrant to collect whatever information they want on American citizens and the public is not even represented in this “judicial” process. The Fourth Amendment is supposed to protect American citizens from unreasonable search and seizure. But, the NSA and apparently the FISA courts believe the Patriot Act gives them the authority to ignore the Fourth Amendment. Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), who was the principle author of the Patriot Act, has had more than enough of the NSA and National Security Director, James Clapper:

In an interesting twist of irony, one of the Congressman most instrumental in the destruction of civil liberties in these United States due to his authorship of the Patriot Act, Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), is now leading the charge to rein in NSA abuses. His disgust with the NSA became clear back in early June when he wrote an impassioned letter to Attorney General Eric Holder criticizing the illegal NSA activity happening behind the scenes. The key point here is that Mr. Sensenbrenner strongly believes that these guys are misinterpreting the legislation he wrote to justify everything they are doing. As such, he and others are proposing legislation to make it crystal clear what is and what is not appropriate surveillance.

Not only that, he is also calling for the prosecution of James Clapper the current Director of National Intelligence, who perjured himself in front of Congress earlier this year. Mr. Sensnbrenner said:

Oversight only works when the agency that oversight is directed at tells the truth, and having Mr Clapper say he gave the least untruthful answer should, in my opinion, have resulted in a firing and a prosecution.

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The conservative Republican who co-authored America’s Patriot Act is preparing to unveil bipartisan legislation that would dramatically curtail the domestic surveillance powers it gives to intelligence

Let’s wish the Congressman well. He is sure to come up against a lot of opposition.

The Fast and Furious Cover-up Continues

The wheels of justice move ever so slowly. While we have no choice but wait as the civil suit against Attorney General, Eric Holder, moves along in a Washington D.C. federal court, ATF Agent John Dodson, who was the original whistle-blower on the ATF’s Fast and Furious gun running to the Mexican drug cartels. has written a book about Fast and Furious. But, Fox News reports that the ATF wants to stop Dodson from publishing his book.

Dodson, who is working with publisher Simon & Schuster, submitted his manuscript to the department for review, per federal rules. However, it was denied.

Greg Serres, an ATF ethics official, told Dodson that any of his supervisors at any level could disapprove outside employment “for any reason.”

Serres’ letter said: “This would have a negative impact on morale in the Phoenix Field Division and would have a detremental effect [sic] on our relationships with DEA and FBI.”

A negative impact on morale? Heaven forbid! Well, the ATF is actually hanging their hat on their right to deny an employee request for outside employment.

“ATF has not denied the publishing of a manuscript or an individual’s 1st Amendment rights. We have denied Mr. Dodson outside employment which can be denied for any reason by a supervisor,” the agency said. “While his supervisor stated morale and interagency issues for the denial, the fact remains no agent may profit financially from information gained through his federal employment while still an employee.

Dodson is not giving up without a fight. He says ”The Unarmed Truth” will come out in January, with or without the ATF’s permission. God for you, Mr. Dodson!

To be sure, the Obama adminstration is not the first in America;s history to have their moral compass bent out of shape. But, they are sure the most In-Your-Face about it. I recall that, after the 2012 election results were in, talking head, Sam Donaldson, said that the thing that irritated him the most during the campaign was the Tea Party conservatives constantly saying the wanted their country back. Donaldson looked into the camera and said: “It’s not your country anymore. It’s ours!” If this adminstration is a reflection of what “you country” is, Mr. Donaldson, you are welcome to it!

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post:  Asylum Watch

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Massive Projection on Display: Democrat Hank Johnson Wants to Limit Free Speech

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We like to say that you always know what the Democrats are up to based on what they accuse everyone else of doing.  Here’s Hank Johnson, a Democratic Congress critter, on why he thinks free speech is a terrible thing…

OK, let’s look at some points here…

“They control the patterns of thinking,” said Johnson. “They control the media. They control the messages that you get. So, you are being taught to hate your government – don’t want government, but keep your hands off of my Medicare by the way. I mean, we are all confused people and we’re poking fingers at each other saying, well you’re black, you’re Hispanic, immigration, homosexuals. You know, we’re lost on the social issues, abortion, contraception.

Is this guy serious?  If this is so, why has every single Obama-related scandal been played down by the MSM?  If the corporations are in control, why haven’t the people heard of what really happened at Benghazi?  Why didn’t they know that ObamaCare would cause job losses and people’s hours to be cut?  Why don’t they know about “fast and the furious?”  Why did they lie about Sandra Fluke and $9 birth control at Target?  Why did they invent a war on women that didn’t exist?  Why didn’t they cover the voter fraud that occurred during the election?

I could go on for hours, but it does show how close to completely demented that they are.  They are essentially saying that the corporations are doing all of the things that the MSM is doing on behalf of Obama and the Democrats.

And let me guess, Corporations, whose workers voluntarily work, and whose customers voluntarily buy, are not people.  But, Unions, whose members are forced to join, are, right?

Projection is quite revealing, as it shows us what the other side is thinking and doing.

 

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MSM, Leftists Predicting Doom for Romney: Don’t Fall for it

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The MSM, and the left (or do I repeat myself?) are using the super secret campaign event video to tar Romney-for telling the truth, mind you-and are predicting doom and gloom for the campaign.  To summarize, I have the following statement…

DON’T FALL FOR IT!

To see through the nonsense, you have to consider a few facts…

1.  The MSM has been cooking the poll numbers for…well…forever.  If you need confirmation of that, consult Da Tech Guy, who has been on top of it.  In fact, if you want to know one poll more than any other, read this one.  The reasoning is simple; the MSM wants to SHAPE public opinion, not reflect it.  The want to demoralize us, and cause us to give up.  Also, they want to cover the fact that Obama has a MASSIVE enthusiasm problem.

2.  We can NEVER discuss the economy.  The numbers are at best, stagnant, and at the worst, staring down a precipice.  The more stories that can be spewed and spun that are off that topic, the better, for the left, that is.

3.  The MSM will continue to ignore facts that do not  favor the POTUS.  Kathleen Sebelius violated federal law?  Not a story!  Libya warned us of the embassy attacks days in advance?  Didn’t happen!  Fast and Furious?  What, me worry?  Scores of Catholic organizations sue over ObamaCare?  Hmmm, What?  That will continue folks, and when economic numbers come out that don’t show Obama in a good light, it’ll be fudged, spun, or ignored.

I could probably go on and on, but you get the point.  Obama is the one that is facing doom in November, n0t Romney.  And, in spite of the MSM spin to the contrary, have faith that Obama is quite defeatable.

Oh, and by the way, Mother Jones released the full Obama video, but it appears to be slightly less full than originally stated.  Go figure!

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In 1995, Eric Holder Wanted to “Brainwash” People Into Being Anti-Gun

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We know the history if some of Obama’s appointees when it comes to firearms.  Chief among these is Eric Holder, the gun running Attorney General of the United States.  Apparently, when Mr. Holder isn’t sending guns to Mexico in order to make sure that they were used in crimes, he is an outspoken opponent of the Second Amendment. Additionally, it seems that he has held those views for some time.  Here is a video, from 1995, featuring Mr. Holder discussing his intention to “brainwash” the populace into thinking that guns are “bad.”

As you can see, they were going to use the educational system indoctrination system to push their opinions into the soft heads of an entire generation of children.

Well, the vetting continues. It’s already been revealed that Holder was aware of the gun running operation long before what he told Congress. Now, we see his long term views of guns. It’s easy to piece together; Holder has, for at least 17 years, wanted to change public opinion against guns. Then, he arranged to have a ton of guns sent to Mexico, where they were then used by drug gangs. If you recall, the administration and their cronies in the MSM repeated the meme that “American guns are causing Mexican gun violence” continuously, until, that is, it was discovered that the government had intentionally allowed the guns to go there. Then, the story went away, especially after one of their guns was used in the murder of a Border Guard.

In other words, they tried to stage a “Reichstag Fire.” This one failed, but don’t worry, because as long as they want to disarm the populace, or otherwise accumulate power, they continue to find justifications to take them-even if they have to be manufactured.

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Documents Show that Government used Fast and Furious to Justify More Gun Control

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If you think back to 2009, you’d recall that we were being told that the violence in Mexico was being fueled by american guns.  Of course, as we later found, that this was at least partially true-because our own DOJ sent them there.  Yesterday, CBS stated that they had documents that showed that the ATF was acting on this “crisis” in order to increase regulations…

ATF officials didn’t intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called “Demand Letter 3”. That would require some U.S. gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or “long guns.” Demand Letter 3 was so named because it would be the third ATF program demanding gun dealers report tracing information.

On July 14, 2010 after ATF headquarters in Washington D.C. received an update on Fast and Furious, ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait emailed Bill Newell, ATF’s Phoenix Special Agent in Charge of Fast and Furious:

“Bill – can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same (licensed gun dealer) and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks.” 

On Jan. 4, 2011, as ATF prepared a press conference to announce arrests in Fast and Furious, Newell saw it as “(A)nother time to address Multiple Sale on Long Guns issue.” And a day after the press conference, Chait emailed Newell: “Bill–well done yesterday… (I)n light of our request for Demand letter 3, this case could be a strong supporting factor if we can determine how many multiple sales of long guns occurred during the course of this case.” 

So, in other words, they were intentionally creating a crisis so they could then use said “crisis” to justify more gun regulation.  Just more Cloward-Piven; this time, for the gun owners of America.

My thoughts go to how this story broke.  Obviously, CBS is covering it now, but most of the MSM refused to cover it for the longest time.  It was the alternative media that broke this story, and it had they not, it is likely that no one would have known it  ever happened.  Not only does this have implications for gun rights, but it also makes me think, how many stories did we miss?  How many lies did we believe when there was no alternative media?  When the MSM was the primary source of information, how many stories were distorted, if they were even told at all?  The fact that statists want to regulate internet content, and end talk radio speaks to our success.  At any rate, the implications are scary as hell.  Information is power, and our opponents want us powerless.  Fast and Furious is one of the principal reasons why.

 

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Summer Is Over But It’s Getting Hot In The Oval Office

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It’s not nice for someone to feel good because someone else is suffering, is it? But that is exactly how I am feeling about our smug, arrogant, narcissistic president. If that makes me a bad person, so be it.

This miscreant who goes by the name of Barack Hussein Obama won the Presidency of the United States of America in a landslide victory in 2008. This was no surprise. Candidate Obama was offering people hope and change and the American people were desperate for change. Unfortunately, what the people had in mind and what Obama had in mind were light years apart.

From the day he was sworn into office, his attitude and that of his administration has been one of: In-your-face, America and In-your-face,  Republicans. I, Barack Hussein Obama won. You all can sit in the back of the bus and keep your mouths shut. All we could do was watch as nearly a trillion dollars was misspent with no positive results for Americans who were waiting with hope for the promised change.  Everything this president and his administration has done has had negative results. Did Obama see the error of his ways and change course. No. We the people spoke at the ballot boxes in 2010, did Obama listen and change course? No. And all the time, for the Left Stream Media (LSM), Obama and the Democrats could do no wrong. When the Fast and Furious scandal broke in the blogosphere and congressional hearings began exposing the details, did the LSM respond? We heard almost nothing from the LSM. But, in the last couple of weeks, something has changed.

At the end of August one of Obama’s pet green-energy-projects fizzled out. A company by the name of Solyndra filed for bankruptcy. This bankruptcy did get some attention from the LSM. The reason for the attention was that this private company had received from the Obama administration over a half a billion dollars in guaranteed loans and now the tax payers were on the hook. But hat wasn’t what interested the media. It was the information that leaked out that Obama had taken a special interest in the approval of this loan. It turns out that the principle investor, George Kaiser, is a big time fund-raiser for the Democrat Party and contributed $50,000 to Obama’s 2008 campaign. Not only that. It became known that Kaiser had made several visits to Capital Hill in the days preceding the loan approval. Congress announced that it would open an investigation into how this loan was handled.  The media attention seemed to die away quickly and most of us assumed that this would be swept under the carpet in the same way the Fast and Furious case is being handled by the Obama administration.

Then last week, after weeks of hupala, Obama at a joint session of Congress announces his long awaited American Jobs Act. More of the same policies that have already been shown not to work. To my surprise, some in the LSM were less than enthusiastic about the President’s plan.  Then on Monday of this week, comes the astounding news out of New York that political unknown, Bob Turner,  a Republican  no less, won the congressional seat vacated by Anthony Weiner. A seat that had  been in Democrat hands for 88 years. This story, a direct slap in the face of Obama, was all over the LSM.

And now it seems the LSM has caught what I call “Solyndra Fever”. The  LSM giant ,Washington Post,  on Tuesday broke an exclusive story about some 2009  E-mails that were released to them that demonstrate the Obama knew that the Solyndra loan was high risk.  This is definitely an article worth reading.  Not to be out done, ABC News has also caught Solyndra Fever. Check out the video and the story. You might also want to take a look at this article by Michelle Malkin where she points out that Solyndra is not the only “green boondoggle” for our President.

So, finally Barack Hussein Obama, after nearly three years as an untouchable, is beginning to feel some heat from the LSM.    I am not happy about all the Solyndra employees that lost their jobs. And, I am down right angry that we taxpayers are on the hook for $ 535 million.  And, I would like an explanation as to why our government is granting loans to private companies. But I must admit that I am enjoying the picture in my mind of that smug face smeared with egg.  I hope this Solyndra Fever scandal becomes the final undoing of Mr. Barack Hussein Obama.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post:  Conservatives on Fire

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ATF Official did Inform White House of Fast and Furious

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Yet another hole was blown in the government’s stance on Gun Runner and the Fast and the Furious.  Yesterday, Rep. Issa’s committee questioned a ATF  official  regarding emails sent to a White House National Security Staffer…

The ATF manager of the Phoenix office notified a White House official of Operation Fast and Furious as an update on the overall Project Gunrunner effort, connecting the controversial operation directly to the White House for the first time:

At a lengthy hearing on ATF’s controversial gunwalking operation today, a key ATF manager told Congress he discussed the case with a White House National Security staffer as early as September 2010. The communications were between ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office, Bill Newell, and White House National Security Director for North America Kevin O’Reilly. Newell said the two are longtime friends. The content of what Newell shared with O’Reilly is unclear and wasn’t fully explored at the hearing. …

Congressional investigators obtained an email from Newell to O’Reilly in September of last year in which Newell began with the words: “you didn’t get this from me.”

“What does that mean,” one member of Congress asked Newell, ” ‘you didn’t get this from me?’ ”

“Obviously he was a friend of mine,” Newell replied, “and I shouldn’t have been sending that to him.”

Issa asked him why O’Reilly would have been asking about Project Gunrunner, the overall interdictment effort, but that’s fairly clear. As a national-security advisor with responsibility for North America, the cartels in Mexico would be one of the primary threats O’Reilly would watch. O’Reilly told Newell that he planned to travel to Mexico to work on the issue, which would explain the need for an update.

Drip, Drip, Drip.

More and more keeps coming out about this, and the more that does, the more the entire operation stinks.  It’s a pattern of evasion, denial, stonewalling, and deceit that has become all to familiar.  And, it’s completely unbecoming for the “most transparent administration ever.”

H/T:  The Daley Gator, via RapidFire

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Was Fast and Furious Meant to be Cloward-Piven for the Second Amendment?

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If you recall, the lefty meme from a while back was that Mexican gun violence was caused by guns imported from the US.  While that came into debate, the governments of both the US and Mexico made the claim, and the lapdogs in the MSM followed suit.  Of course, the porous border and the fact that these guns are being used by CRIMINALS never entered into the discussion.

As the details of Operation Fast and Furious have come to light, we see that that narrative is at the very least partially true.  The US government was sending the guns to Mexico in the first place.

We’re all familiar with the case by now, as well as the stonewalling and apparent lies told by government officials in response to Rep. Issa’s inquiries.  But was there another motivation for Fast and Furious?  Katie Pavlich  at Townhall has some evidence that there was…

“Internal ATF emails seem to suggest that ATF agents were counseled to highlight a link between criminals and certain semi-automatic weapons in order to bolster a case for a rule like the one the DOJ announced yesterday [Monday].”

Townhall has obtained the email which states “Can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same FfL and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks Mark R. Chait Assistant Director Field Operations.”

So, to make a long story short, the ATF was looking for some evidence to justify something that they wanted.  Whatever happened to looking at evidence, and they taking action based on that evidence?  That logic apparently escaped the bass ackward folks of the ATF, who decided on the action, and looked for data to justify it!  Of course, with Fast and Furious, there was plenty of “evidence” to be cited.

Let’s connect the dots…

1.  Obama is a gun grabber.  He just toned it down to get elected.

2.  Holder is a gun grabber.

3.  Sunstein is a gun grabber.

4.  Kagan is a gun grabber.

5.  As per Obama’s MO, he is using his minions to do the dirty work behind the scenes, while he get’s to avoid the resulting heat.

6.  Fast and Furious is publicly announced in 2009.

7.  As if on cue, the government and MSM start blaming guns from here as being the cause of Mexican violence.

8.  The Justice Department releases this…

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 11, 2011
Statement of Deputy Attorney General James Cole Regarding Information Requests for Multiple Sales of Semi-Automatic Rifles with Detachable Magazines

WASHINGTON – Deputy Attorney General James Cole issued the following statement today regarding information requests for multiple sales of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines in select states along the Southwest Border:

“The international expansion and increased violence of transnational criminal networks pose a significant threat to the United States.  Federal, state and foreign law enforcement agencies have determined that certain types of semi-automatic rifles – greater than .22 caliber and with the ability to accept a detachable magazine – are highly sought after by dangerous drug trafficking organizations and frequently recovered at violent crime scenes near the Southwest Border.  This new reporting measure — tailored to focus only on multiple sales of these types of rifles to the same person within a five-day period — will improve the ability of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to detect and disrupt the illegal weapons trafficking networks responsible for diverting firearms from lawful commerce to criminals and criminal organizations.  These targeted information requests will occur in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas to help confront the problem of illegal gun trafficking into Mexico and along the Southwest Border.”

Now, let’s be honest.  This does not ban any guns.  It does not prevent people from buying multiple guns.  However, by tracking guns, they leave themselves a “back door” by which to know where and how to find them if they did want to confiscate them.   Additionally, it is an undue It’s an unnecessary invasion of privacy that does nothing more than give the government more information. And as we know, information is power.  Iin the investigation of Fast and Furious, gun shop owners attempted on multiple occasions to report and stop sales to suspicious buyers, and they were told by ATF to allow them.   There is a system for sellers to report suspicious activity.  Then why have this rule, unless it is to collect information on legal gun owners?

We know that Obama, and the people that he has appointed are not fans of the Second Amendment.   And Rahm Emanuel has suggested, this administration does not like to let a perfectly good crisis go to waste-even if they have to create it themselves.

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