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The Danger of Granting Lerner Immunity

The House Oversight & Government Reform Committee has voted to advance a Contempt of Congress charge against Lois Lerner, the former Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations Division. The vote was 21 to 12, brought about by Ms. Lerner’s refusal to provide information about the IRS’s targeting of Conservative advocacy groups vying for 501c3 tax-exempt status, especially during the period before the 2012 General Election.

To say that this very legitimate issue has been politicized would be an under-statement. Both Republicans and Democrats – not to mention Progressives – see political capital to be gained from this issue. Democrats and Progressives will continue to advance the canard that any action against a member of the Obama Administration is based on racism and hate, while Republicans, Conservatives and TEA Partiers will continue to point out that crimes have been committed against the American people; crimes directly affecting rights guaranteed in the United States Constitution.

While committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), stated, “This is not an action I take lightly… [lawmakers] need Ms. Lerner’s testimony to complete our oversight work and bring truth to the American people,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (P-NY), rebutted, “Guilty or innocent, Ms. Lerner has a constitutional right to remain silent on this issue,” and Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), said smugly that the case would be “laughed out of court.”

To the latter points, yes, Ms. Lerner has the right not to incriminate herself under the Fifth Amendment rights afforded her in the US Constitution, but I seriously doubt that the political targeting of American citizens’ First Amendment rights to redress government would be “laughed out of court.” As to the hypocrisy of Ms. Lerner seeking protection from the US Constitution, even as she disregarded the protections the US Constitution affords her fellow Americans, that she should be rewarded with a pension and/or benefits stemming from her 32 years of federal employment – including service with the Justice Department and the Federal Election Commission, two positions that prove she knew better than to do what she is accused of doing – is a scandal in and of itself.

There are those who are willing to allow Ms. Lerner to “get away” with her politically-based ideological attacks on her fellow Americans by granting her immunity to testify, perhaps in an effort to spotlight others who may have been involved in the crimes committed. Many suggest that she is shielding US Attorney’s General Eric Holder, who himself has been held in Contempt of Congress for his unyielding obstruction of several investigations led by the House of Representatives: “the people’s house”; the direct voice of the people in federal government. Others suggest that Ms. Lerner’s direction originated in the White House, possibly by super-secret special adviser, confidant and political handler Valerie Jarrett. Of these two accusations we cannot be sure, purely for the fact that Ms. Lerner and her complicit underlings refuse to answer questions about their actions, their direction and their motives.

Those in favor of granting Ms. Lerner immunity, with the caveat that she gets to keep her pension and benefits if she provides information, say just such a move will facilitate the information necessary to determine where the order to violate the citizenry’s constitutional rights, in deference to political advantage, originated. But there is a huge flaw in that thinking…and perhaps two.

Should Ms. Lerner be granted immunity to provide information related to this crime against the American people, there would be no guarantee she would tell the truth. She has already proven that she cannot be trusted to do right by the American people on two levels. First, the very fact that she would oversee the usurpation of the citizenry’s First Amendment rights proves, in enough measure, that she is willing to deceive to achieve; she is willing to break the law to achieve a political outcome. And second, she has proven, through her refusal to cooperate with a congressional investigation, but, in defiance, cooperate with a rigged investigation by the US Department of Justice (and please, the Holder DoJ has proven time and time again that they are politically and ideologically motivated), that she will seek the safe haven of the corrupt over admitting to wrong-doing and serving the best interests of the people of the United States.

Additionally, should congressional negotiators be naïve enough to offer immunity to Ms. Lerner, should she perjure herself in the immunized testimony, she will most likely claim immunity to prosecution if found out. This very point almost entices the corrupt and the politically and ideologically motivated to “re-write” the history of the events in question, if not to save their sorry hides, to affect the very political and ideological “change” that was the goal in the first place. And, if you even have a cursory understanding of the Progressive Movement, you know they are prone to re-writing the facts and history to facilitate their narratives.

(As an aside, a good example of Progressives re-writing history to suit their immediate needs comes in President Obama’s lionization of LBJ as a great and insightful leader; the one who burned political to achieve Civil Rights legislation. The truth of the matter is that President Eisenhower, a Republican, first floated Civil Rights legislation only to have it derailed by three Democrat Senators; Sens. Strom Thurmond, D-SC, John F. Kennedy, D-MA, and Lyndon B. Johnson, D-TX. Further, the only reason LBJ was able to steal credit for Civil Rights legislation was due to overwhelming Republican support. Democrats stood in opposition to the bill. Yet today, Mr. Obama re-writes history to extol the greatness of LBJ, the man who ensconced us in Vietnam.)

The intentional and systematic usurpation of our citizenry’s constitutional rights is, to put it mildly, unacceptable. Ms. Lerner – and all involved – should be made to pay an incredibly high price for their misdeeds. But depending on the Eric Holder-led US Justice Department to affect justice in this case is just as much a fantasy as Obamacare being a beneficial legislation for the total of the American people.

Perhaps – just perhaps – Mr. Issa and his crew can do some outside the box thinking on this matter; crafting an effective course of action to affect truth and justice in this case. Perhaps they can figure out a way to empower this investigation to extend beyond the 2016 General Elections, when an Attorney’s General might be seated who would actually care enough about the law to pursue a legitimate investigation into, and subsequent legitimate prosecutions of, the violation of the citizenry’s constitutional rights.

Of course, that would mean that Republicans – and many establishment Republicans at that, would have to dispense with ego to better serve the people…and we don’t see a lot of that these days, from either party.

A Thank You Note to “Progressive” Hero Dr. Kermit Gosnell

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Dear Dr. Gosnell,

Before I really get going here, let me just say I’m sorry the “progressives” have abandoned you, that they’re pretending to condemn your bloody work. That must be hard; after all, they supported you for decades until your gruesome activities were brought to the light and started to harm their “babies are parasitic clumps of cells” narrative. Of all the things you so richly deserve, being betrayed by those who continue to support your fetus jihad isn’t one of them.

Anyway. This may sound odd coming from me, as I have spent my entire adult life fighting ferociously for the rights of the lives you so happily exterminated, but I do want to tell you “thank you”. Seriously.

A freezer in Gosnell's clinic stuffed full of human remains.

A freezer in Gosnell’s clinic stuffed full of human remains.

Thank you, Kermie, for showing America the realities of the “choice” many of them support. As you know, the Left works tirelessly to cover up the realities of kill houses like yours. They operate a pro-abortion propaganda machine that rivals anything put out by Kim Jong-Un. And just like the North Koreans, Americans who favor abortion eat up the lies like candy, too brainwashed and blind to notice the foul taste in their mouths. But then your crimes against humanity were brought to light and fence sitters especially were forced to examine exactly what it was they were championing. The far Left, of course, pretends to condemn you while continuing to support exactly what you did and how you did it, but those monsters are unreachable anyway. You’ve opened the eyes of misguided, but otherwise rational individuals. So thank you.

Thank you for demonstrating what thinking people have always known, that the “war on women” comes from the Left. You took filthy gosnelladvantage of poor, vulnerable women in crisis situations. You maimed them. You gave them diseases. You performed medical procedures on them surrounded by filth. You even killed them.  You showed America that abortion isn’t about “womens’ rights”, but about profit at the expense of innocence. Along these same lines, you also showed the many what the few have always known; it’s the Left and specifically abortion proponents who are perpetrators of extreme racism. Not only were the majority of the babies you slaughtered black, but when you had the occasional white patient, you treated her infinitely better than her minority counterparts because, what was it you said? “That’s the way the world works”? Something like that. I’m paraphrasing. But the point is, Margaret Sanger would be proud. The Left is proud. You revealed their true colors. So thank you.

Thank you for being the poster boy of media bias. Your case was hardly a blip on the mainstream media’s radar because the (hopefully) fatal damage you did to the Left’s pro-abortion/anti-life agenda really terrified them. The water they carry for Obama and his brand of far left ideology is already so heavy, and then you came along and added obstacles that may well end up to be insurmountable. So thank you.

Mostly, thank you for finally being arrogant/careless/evil enough to get caught. You are a modern day Dr. Mengle. Yours is the kind of evil that makes Satan himself scratch his head in confused awe. While it took far too long and far too many women and babies suffered and died under your heinous “care”, at least your reign of terror has been stopped and now people are aware of how your counterparts operate. Your loathsome practices may be the wakeup call America needed to begin reversing its cavalier attitude toward the extermination of innocent life. So thank you.

Give my regards to Satan when you’re rotting in hell next to Hitler,

Stevie J. West

 

Bias Against Right Wing? IRS Says Sorry.

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Did your left leaning friends kid you when you talked about a conspiracy against the Tea Party? Did they tell you that the investigations of right wing groups was normal, or maybe a figment of your imagination?

Well, you were right. This week the IRS has formally apologized to groups it unfairly chose for investigation during the 2012 election cycle. Apparently, groups with Patriot or Tea Party in their name were singled out by agents who chose to scrutinize them regarding their tax exempt status.Tea Party Sign

Ouch.

The head of the IRS Exempt Status Division, Lois Lerner recently explained what happened at a conference:

In some cases, groups were asked for their list of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.

“That was wrong. That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That’s not how we go about selecting cases for further review,” Lerner said at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association.

“The IRS would like to apologize for that,” she added.

Lerner went on to explain that the procedure was initiated by low-level staff in Ohio and that no high level staff were aware of the actions.

Through the election period many conservative groups complained that they were being targeted unfairly, some even that they were being harassed by the IRS. The targeted groups accused the agency of delaying their status to become tax exempt by sending lengthy and personal questionnaires which asked for information about member political activities, posts on social networks and requested data on family members.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, called on the White House to investigate.

“Today’s acknowledgement by the Obama administration that the IRS did in fact target conservative groups in the heat of last year’s national election is not enough,” McConnell said. “I call on the White House to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not under way at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views.”

Of course, it’s easy to apologize now. The election is over. But, you weren’t paranoid.

Read more at the AP.

Government Unions-A ‘progressive” Failure Foisted Upon America

Merriam-Webster’s definition of EXTORTION

1: the act or practice of extorting especially money or other property; especially: the offense committed by an official engaging in such practice

2: something extorted; especially: a gross overcharge

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extortion

From Chicago to Madison to Sacramento to Washington DC and points in between:

» Do as we say and nobody gets hurt. Get the picture sweetheart?

Those self-imagined, self-appointed “intellectual elites” within the ”progressive” Democratic Party and their tarnished Oval Office idol insist the 2012 election is a fight for the middle class.

» Union members make up only 12.9% of the middle class. If a smart politician wanted to fight for the remaining 87.1%, they would be against forcing those voters to pay more taxes so government sector unions can enjoy a job where dismissal for incompetence is virtually impossible, Cadillac benefits (with smaller payroll deductions than the private sector) are the norm, and exorbitant salaries and bloated retirement pensions are business as usual.

Government sector unions offer nothing of value to America. The prevention of workplace violations have long been secured by workplace rights legislation. The only value government sector unions have to offer to anyone is to crooked politicians who promise them cushy, taxpayer funded benefits in exchange for campaign funding and guaranteed election turnout.

Can you say criminal quid pro quo?

» You politicians better give us what we want or you will get no union support. Get the picture chum?

For those who propagate the misrepresentation that union’s “fighting for what they believe in” shows character:

» How can anyone truly believe that threatening small business owners with boycotts shows character? Small business owners are people who are hard-working individuals, who have invested overtime hours without pay for weeks, months and years on end in hopes they will achieve the American dream of success, who simply wish to remain neutral in the government sector union’s battle.  Bullying and intimidating these people displays character?

To paraphrase former U.S. President Bill Clinton: It depends on what your definition of character is.

» Support us whether you want to or not and nobody’s business gets hurt. Defy us and we’ll do everything in our power to make sure your business fails. Get the picture pal o’ mine?

On the other hand, when Conservatives peaceably assemble to petition their Government for a redress of grievances, they are rabid, violent, hateful extremists…

…and of course, RACIST!!

» What is extreme is acting like $16 trillion in national debt should be of no concern.

http://www.usdebtclock.org/

» What is extreme is painting Conservative budget plans to cut a $3.7 trillion federal budget by $61 billion (less than 1%) as extreme.

» What is extreme is describing plans to freezes an already enacted 25% increase in federal government spending as a serious attempt to cut spending.

» What is extreme is classifying brave, self-sacrificing veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq as potential domestic terrorists.

» What is extreme is saying that average, everyday Americans who simply want their government to follow the U.S. Constitution should be considered threats to national security.

» What is extreme is demanding an increase in the U.S. debt limit without restraint ad infinitum.

» What is extreme is a Department of Justice that picks and chooses which laws to enforce based on the White House’s “progressive” political agenda.

» What is extreme is a radical fringe leftist “progressive” Oval Office occupier who truly believes that being anti-Constitutional, anti-free speech, anti-free market, anti-business, anti-traditional energy, anti-religious freedom, anti-gun, pro-illegal immigration, pro-UN treaty restrictions on individual U.S. liberties is somehow in any way shape or form in America’s best interests.

» What is extreme is the empty class warfare rhetoric that “the rich”, those top 5 percent who still pay more than the bottom 95 percent, “don’t pay their fair share” of support to a slothful, bloated, deficit spending, ever expanding, spiraling completely out of control federal bureaucratic nightmare.

» What is extreme is the conscious choice made by big government collectivists to ignore economic realities and force every individual to purchase a commodity that imposes collectivist goals on everyone else.

» What is extreme is the conscious decision made by big government collectivists that the bottom 47 percent who do not pay any income taxes somehow magically qualify to receive an income tax refund.

The United States does not have a revenue problem.  The United States has a spending problem.  A major spending problem…  Recklessly continuing America’s massive deficit spending in the name of “social justice” or “economic justice” is suicidal.

The re-election of one current White House occupant ensures that America will be destroyed via the institutionalized “progressive” left’s Cloward-Piven strategy.  By foisting the government sector union failure upon America, what the institutionalized “progressive” left is doing is nothing short of criminal.  It is, by definition, extortion.

Instead of being elected to office, they should be imprisoned.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/government-unions-a-progressive-failure-foisted-upon-america/

MoveOn Attacks Ryan With Lies

Here is the latest from MoveOn.org in the lie filled institutionalized “progressive” left’s smear campaign against Rep. Paul Ryan.  How does MoveOn expect anyone outside their ever shrinking “progressive” echo chamber think-alike tank to take them seriously? Not only are the assertions about Paul Ryan based on misrepresentations, distortions and outright falsehoods, the only “supportive evidence” provided are links to MoveOn.org and other “progressive” sites like Center for American Progress (funded by George Soros), Think Progress, Daily Kos, Huffington Post and The Advocate.  There is no question that the link sites are clearly biased in favor of “progressives” and are heartily devoted to spreading “progressive” propaganda.

If this is not a clear cut case of “I’m right because I said so” vapidity then 2 + 2 does not equal 4.

MoveOn even lies to its own people by saying MoveOn gets no big checks from CEOs.  Apparently they count on membership from uninformed people who have never heard of the huge donations MoveOn has received over the years from billionaire George Soros.

Below is the text as sent out in an email by MoveOn:

Dear MoveOn member,

Paul Ryan is bad for America. He’s anti-choice, and would give big tax cuts for millionaires, while raising taxes on the middle-class. He’s a Tea Party favorite who takes donations from the billionaire Koch brothers, and he introduced one of harshest and most inhumane budgets in recent history. His ideological hero for many years called selfishness a virtue and charity an abomination.

But most people don’t know just how bad Paul Ryan is. So we made this list of 10 things to know about Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential pick, Paul Ryan. Read it, then click here to share this list as an image on social media, or just forward this email! The future of America is on the line—from a woman’s right to choose to our economy.

10 Things to know about Paul Ryan

1. His economic plan would cost America 1 million jobs in the first year. Ryan’s proposed budget would cripple the economy. He’d slash spending deeply, which would not only slow job growth, but shock the economy and cost 1 million of us our jobs in 2013 alone and kill more than 4 million jobs by the end of 2014.1

2. He’d kill Medicare. He’d replace Medicare with vouchers for retirees to purchase insurance, eliminating the guarantee of health care for seniors and putting them at the mercy of the private insurance industry. That could amount to a cost increase of more than $5,900 by 2050, leaving many seniors broke or without the health care they need. He’d also raise the age of eligibility to 67.2

3. He’d pickpocket the middle class to line the pockets of the rich. His tax plan is Robin Hood in reverse. He wants to cut taxes by $4.6 trillion over the next decade, but only for corporations and the rich, like giving families earning more than $1 million a year a $300,000 tax cut. And to pay for them, he’d raise taxes on middle- and lower-income households and butcher social service programs that help middle- and working-class Americans.3

4. He’s an anti-choice extremist. Ryan co-sponsored an extremist anti-choice bill, nicknamed the ‘Let Women Die Act,’ that would have allowed hospitals to deny women emergency abortion care even if their lives were at risk. And he co-sponsored another bill that would criminalize some forms of birth control, all abortions, and in vitro fertilization.4

5. He’d dismantle Social Security. Ironically, Ryan used the Social Security Survivors benefit to help pay for college, but he wants to take that possibility away from future generations. He agrees with Rick Perry’s view that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme” and he supported George W. Bush’s disastrous proposal to privatize Social Security.5

6. He’d eliminate Pell grants for more than 1 million low-income students. His budget plan cuts the Pell Grant program by $200 billion, which could mean a loss of educational funding for 1 million low-income students.6

7. He’d give $40 billion in subsidies to Big Oil. His budget includes oil tax breaks worth $40 billion, while cutting “billions of dollars from investments to develop alternative fuels and clean energy technologies that would serve as substitutes for oil.”7

8. He’s another Koch-head politician. Not surprisingly, the billionaire oil-baron Koch brothers are some of Ryan’s biggest political contributors. And their company, Koch industries, is Ryan’s biggest energy-related donor. The company’s PAC and affiliated individuals have given him $65,500 in donations.8

9. He opposes gay rights. Ryan has an abysmal voting record on gay rights. He’s voted to ban adoption by gay couples, against same-sex marriage, and against repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell.” He also voted against the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2009.9

10. He thinks an “I got mine, who cares if you’re okay” philosophy is admirable. For many years, Paul Ryan devoted himself to Ayn Rand’s philosophy of selfishness as a virtue. It has shaped his entire ethic about whom he serves in public office. He even went as far as making his interns read her work.10

If there was ever any doubt that Mitt Romney’s got a disastrous plan for America—he made himself 100% clear when he picked right-wing extremist Paul Ryan as his running mate. Paul Ryan is bad for America, but we can’t beat him if Americans don’t know everything he stands for. Share this list with all your friends by clicking here, or simply forward this email.

Thanks for all you do.

–Justin, Carrie, Steven, Stephen, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. “Ryan’s Budget, Robin Hood in reverse,” Economic Policy Institute
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278939&id=48819-18317182-fpqNWbx&t=4

2. “12 Things You Should Know About Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan,” Think Progress, August 11, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278662&id=48819-18317182-fpqNWbx&t=5

3.”Ryan Budget Would Raise Some Taxes; Guess Who Gets Hit?,” Off the Charts, April 12, 2012 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278692&id=48819-18317182-fpqNWbx&t=6

“Middle class could face higher taxes under Republican plan, analysis finds,” The Washington Post, June 19, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278693&id=48819-18317182-fpqNWbx&t=7

4. “Statement on Mitt Romney’s Selection of Rep. Paul Ryan for His Vice-Presidential Running Mate,” NARAL, August 11, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278694&id=48819-18317182-fpqNWbx&t=8

“Paul Ryan’s Extreme Abortion Views,” The Daily Beast, August 11, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278695&id=48819-18317182-fpqNWbx&t=10

“Paul Ryan Sponsored Fetal Personhood Bill, Opposes Family Planning Funds,” Huffington Post, August 11, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278852&id=48819-18317182-fpqNWbx&t=12

5. “12 Things You Should Know About Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan,” Think Progress, August 11, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278662&id=48819-18317182-fpqNWbx&t=13

“Ayn Rand would have HATED Paul Ryan,” Daily Kos, August 12, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278853&id=48819-18317182-fpqNWbx&t=14

6. “Pell Grants For Poor Students Lose $170 Billion In Ryan Budget,” Huffington Post, March 27, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278696&id=48819-18317182-fpqNWbx&t=15

7. “Ryan Budget Pads Big Oil’s Pockets with Senseless Subsidies,” Center for American Progress, March 20, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278697&id=48819-18317182-fpqNWbx&t=16

8. “Koch brothers have Paul Ryan’s back,” Politico, August 11, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278940&id=48819-18317182-fpqNWbx&t=17

9. “Paul Ryan as VP Matches Mitt Romney on Homophobia,” The Advocate, August 11, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278698&id=48819-18317182-fpqNWbx&t=18

10.”Paul Ryan And Ayn Rand”, The New Republic, December 28, 2010
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=278699&id=48819-18317182-fpqNWbx&t=19

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How ethical is your state?

The results of the State Integrity Investigation, a joint effort by The Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity, and Public Radio International, were released today. Presumably to keep things relatively simple, grades were given to each state on an A through F scale. Now, not to keep everyone in suspense, no one did well. There wasn’t a single state that earned an “A” grade in this investigation.

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PA State Capitol - Jim Bowen (CC)


It should go without saying, there is no “Bell Curve” on this test. While it’s likely that this will go the way of many other stories telling us what we already know – that government is corrupt – this one offers a slightly different outcome. Sure, you can visit the site and see the report card broken down by state. You can even take advantage of the social options on the site, to discuss the results.

But the big deal on this site is arguably the categories page. For now, there’s not a lot of content on these pages. But this is where the people who are bothering to post suggestions on how to improve government are going. While it’s likely that there may be some infantile rants showing up on this site, so far, it is looking like it will be a place that voters should be telling their State officials to visit.

Bottom line is that while this study website might turn out to be useful as a clearinghouse for ideas about government reform, it’s unlikely to make too much of a difference. And as for the results on the study, didn’t we already know that we have corrupt state governments? Does it really do us any good to have a better idea just how corrupted they really are? Only time will tell.

Congress To Attempt Self Policing… Really!

Would you trust your 7 year old child to “self-regulate” their sugar intake the day after Halloween?  Just leave your child with a gigantic bowl of candy, and tell them to use their own discretion.  Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it?  Members of Congress are now claiming that they will try something akin to that.

Congress doesn’t have a sugar intake problem, it has an insider trading problem.

With this issue recently brought to light, FoxNews reports:

Insider trading laws apply to all Americans, but CBS’ “60 Minutes” in November said members of Congress get a pass, citing investment transactions by party leaders and a committee chairman in businesses about to be affected by pending legislation.

The broadcast report raised questions about trades of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; the husband of Democratic leader and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California; and Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.

All three denied using any insider information to make stock trades, but the broadcast set off a flurry of efforts in Washington to deal with the public perception.

Due to the revelations from the “60 Minutes” story, the Senate will take up legislation that will prevent Congress members from using information that is “nonpublic” for their personal gain.  As expected, the bill has your typical Congressional Acronym to identify its purpose:  The STOCK Act, standing for Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge.

A procedural vote is scheduled for today that would allow this bill, which is endorsed by the President, to see a floor vote later in the week.

Supreme Court Shreds Democrat's Powerplay Attempt in Texas

On Friday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on 3 Texas redistricting cases before it, where the State leglislature had redrawn district lines to reflect the Census-reported 4.2 million population increase during the past 10 years. This dispute came about due to a panel of three federal judges deeming themselves self-important enough to redraw the district lines that the state leglislation had drawn up, in a huge trampling of State’s rights and laws. The desion rendered a very informative lesson on the dangers of  political partisan hacks  being injected into the federal judicial stystem: “The failure of the state’s newly created plan does not, by itself, require a court to take up the Legislature’s task,” the high court’s opinion said. “Because it is unclear whether the District Court for the Western District of Texas followed the appropriate standards in the drawing of interims for the 2012 elections, the orders of implementing those maps are vacated, and the cases are remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.” Keep in mind that the Supreme Court has quietly pointed out that the federal judges in the District Court pointed out that a: The feds had no business redrawing the district lines in the first place, and b: The feds did not follow appropriate standards when they redrew the disctrict maps.( to favor Democrats)

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who had asked the high court for a stay on grounds the San Antonio court overstepped its authority when it drew the maps, was pleased with Friday’s ruling. “As the justices point out, courts are ill-suited to make policy judgments and redistricting is primarily the responsibility of the state,” Abbott said in a statement. “The court made clear in a strongly worded opinion that the district court must give deference to elected leaders of this state, and it’s clear by the Supreme Court ruling that the district court abandoned these guiding principles.” (emphasis added)

Democrats have been getting away with this type of nasty chicanery in redistricting for decades now. Check out the convoluted Florida district 03 map included in this article, which has beed redrawn up to protect career Florida corrupto-crat Corrine Brown. (D-Fl)  That is a perfect example of just how important State’s rights are when it comes to redrawing district lines fairly.

Texas had already pushed back their state primaries from March 06, to April 3rd to make time for this issue to be resolved. It also appears that this issue isn’t fully reolved, although the Supreme Court’s decision is very clear. Martinez Fischer, like some of his Republican colleagues in the Legislature, agreed if the San Antonio Court and another Washington court — which is also determining the constitutionality of the Texas maps — don’t come with a ruling soon or offer a revision the high court can accept, the state’s primaries will be pushed back again, perhaps as late as mid-June.  The one thing that is set in stone, is the fact that the federal panel of judges that redrew the district lines to favor Democrats will not be used. add to that the fact that the Supreme Court basically stated that the feds had no business redrawing the maps in the first place, and we see just how desperate Texas Democrats are, in their blatant attempt to ignore the state leglislature and the will of the people who elected them.

 

"Blog post: Wasserman Parents Go to Jail – not correct"

UPDATE: The original publisher is now saying that the sources are “conflicting” – as such, take the information in this post with some regard.

Quote for the originating editor: “[Note – It would seem that some sources for the relationship that Wasserman has are in conflict. Some say that Diana Wasserman is her mother and some do not.  This source has her mother’s name as Ann. We are trying to get down to the bottom of this at this time -Editor].”

Correction: The Atlas Shrugs information apparently is incorrect as we see by this article from the Sun Sentinel:

The online encyclopedia’s penchant for posting inaccuracies isn’t helping U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, whose parents are listed on Wikipedia as being two fallen public figures in Broward.  The Cuban-born Wasserman-Rubin said she carries the “Wasserman” surname from her first husband, father of her two children (neither of which is in Congress). “We are not related at all,” she said. “… Not related with any connection whatsoever.”

Here at CDN we strive to report the news and express our opinions in the most honest ways possible, and regret the incorrect information posted earlier due to the incorrect internet information shown below. This information will be left intact so that readers may see just how misleading and incorrect information can result in a terrible mistake.  We sincerely apologize to all of our readers and the Wasserman-Shultz family in particular.

 Atlas Shrugs tells us:  DNC Chair’s parents off to jail for corruption Political Arena

Of all of the most vilebold faceshameless liars in politics, no one tops acting DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. We have videos of her and youtube is rife with them; bloggers have sliced and diced her lies with verifiable sources from one end of the country to the other.

Richard Rubin — husband of former Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin, who still faces seven felony charges of her own — was sentenced this morning to ten months in federal prison.

Rubin, 66, pleaded guilty in April to federal tax evasion after failing to report $100,000 in fees he received from the town of Davie for a land deal he brokered in 2004.

Then, the probable-cause affidavit released last year contended, the couple was living quite lavishly — including spending money on artwork, cruises, vacations to Europe, and a $150,000 home repair project.

Rubin wasn’t charged with tax evasion until April of this year.

The State Attorney’s Office, however, charged Wasserman-Rubin last year with seven counts of felony unlawful compensation related to her votes for her husband’s grant-writing. (emphasis added)

 

PNT advises against LightSquared

On Friday, Ashton B. Carter, Deputy Secretary of Defense and John D. Porcari, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, issued a letter to Lawrence Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information.

The two men are co-chairman of the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Executive Committee. This is the organization that was charged by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) with investigating the interference question surrounding LightSquared’s proposed terrestrial based wireless broadband network and the nationwide Global Positioning System (GPS).

The letter reads in part, “It is the unanimous decision of the test findings by the National Space-Based PNT EXCOM Agencies that both LightSquared’s original and modified plans for its proposed mobile network would cause harmful interference to many GPS receivers. Additionally, an analysis by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has concluded that the LightSquared proposals are not compatible with several GPS-dependent aircraft safety-of-flight systems. There appear to be no practical solutions or mitigations that would permit the LightSquared broadband service, as proposed, to operate in the next few months or years without significantly interfering with GPS. As a result, no additional testing is warranted at this time.”

NTIA is conducting its own analysis, and the decision of the PNT EXCOM is not binding on the FCC. NTIA said the panel’s decision will help inform them as they make their final recommendation to the FCC.

LightSquared Complains of Conflict of Interest

In its continuing disregard for public safety, LightSquared filed a complaint with the NASA Investigator General’s office regarding conflicts of interest on the PNT Advisory Board last Wednesday.

In its complaint LightSquared claims that Dr. Brad Parkinson, who sits on the Board of Directors of Trimble and was the original program director (1972) and chief architect of the global positioning system (“GPS”), has a conflict of interest in his position as the Vice-Chairman of the PNT advisory board. PNT is the organization charged with testing LightSquared’s equipment for interference with Global Positioning System equipment.

LightSquared does not deny that interference exists, but blames the interference on GPS systems, which were in place long before LightSquared developed its LTE system in a neighboring frequency range. Since GPS frequencies are not the same, but adjacent to LightSquared’s spectrum, LightSquared management maintains that GPS manufacturers should fix the problem.

The company is running out of time. Sprint Nextel has a 15 year, $9 billion dollar network hosting deal with LightSquared predicated on FCC approval of the LTE equipment. The deal, which expired at the end of December, was extended until January 31st by Sprint. LightSquared is running out of options to win approval for its system, and has threatened to resort to litigation.

LightSquared's Own Test Proves Interference with Precision GPS Receivers

High-speed mobile broadband hopeful, LightSquared released a video yesterday that proves, in fact, that their equipment does interfere with high precision GPS receivers. In the video, LightSquared shows off a work-around alternate GPS antenna which does appear to filter out the interference.

The alternative antenna begs the question, however, who would pay to retro-fit the millions of existing receivers. Moreover, why should owners of existing GPS equipment be expected to retro-fit or replace their equipment in order to benefit a company that stands to make billions of dollars from using radio spectrum which was never intended for terrestrial use, and for which the company paid nothing?

As of this writing, full results of the independent testing by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration which were expected today, have yet to be released.

LightSquared and GPS Interference

Imagine you are at the controls of a small single engine airplane. You are flying in the clouds, relying on your instruments to keep you out of trouble. All you see out your windscreen is gray. You are setting up for an instrument (ILS) approach to a small airport. You are 1000 feet above the ground. To your right is a 2500 foot hill and to your left is a 1500 foot hill. Your glide-slope has you right on the mark. The displays on your instrument panel should have you popping out of the clouds at 500 feet above the ground, one and a half miles from the end of the runway, lined up on final approach.

Enter LightSquared. Imagine that while still in the clouds, lining up for final approach, your ILS receiver, which relies on GPS data from an on-board GPS receiver loses it’s signal or begins to report inaccurate information. Now where is that runway…and where are those hills?

Bloomberg reported on Friday, that leaked test results show LightSquared’s equipment, which is designed to provide terrestrial based wireless broadband mobile service, interferes with 75% of existing GPS equipment.

LightSquared has responded by claiming the leaked test results were incomplete in that the power levels used in the test are higher than those the company proposes to use. They stated further that using their proposed power levels, the system would only interfere with 10% of existing GPS equipment. Indignant, LightSquared has also called for an investigation into who leaked the results.

The complete test results are due to be released on Wednesday.

LightSquared came under fire earlier in the year, when, according to a story in the Daily Beast, Air Force General William Shelton told the House strategic forces subcommittee in closed session, “that the White House asked the general to alter his testimony to add two points: that the general supported the White House policy to add more broadband for commercial use; and that the Pentagon would try to resolve the questions around LightSquared with testing in just 90 days. Shelton chafed at the intervention, which seemed to soften the Pentagon’s position and might be viewed as helping the company as it tries to get the project launched, officials said.”

Majority investor in LightSquared, Philip Falcone has consistently given money to both democrats and republicans.

A series of e-mails and documents obtained by The Center for Public Integrity in September, document contacts from company officials and White House staffers concerning the company’s project, and requesting a meeting at an Obama fundraiser.

Obama-Crats Had a Real Bad Week

While President Obama continued his absence of leadership in several key battles in Congress this past week, several Democrats faced an onslaught of criminal charges: abuse of power (Blagojevich), calls for impeachment for lying to Congress (Holder), possible future criminal charges for embezzling clients money (Corzine) and the call for immediate ethics charges for her veiled threats of disclosing forbidden Congressional investigative information about current GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. (Nancy Pelosi)       

Now listen up you two, we can't afford another week like we just had, Blago goes to prison, Corzine may be next, Holder facing impeachment and Pelosi sticking her foot in her mouth again!

While the mainstream media would like to have people believe that Obama and company are riding a tidal wave of societal ignorance on their way towards another four years of false hope and change politics, informed Americans are not buying it.

This week is just the tip of the iceberg of Democratic corruption where Barack Obama’s presidency is concerned. There is still large back-log of investigations to come such as Maxine Waters (D- bank bailout fraud) ethics trial that Pelosi’s Democrats have managed to stall for over two years now, the Solyndra green cash to Democrat campaign coffers pay-to-play scandal, and now we have the newest corrupto-kids on the block, the DEA/ATF/DOJ mafia-style money-laundering and loan sharking scheme in which they acted like Al Capone’s accountants in laundering/doling out cash to Mexican drug cartels.

Chicago Democrat gets 14 years in prison for the attempted selling of President Obama’s former Senate seat, amid a slew of other Chicago mafia-style political racketeering charges.

Disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will now be joining another former corrupt-crat from Illinois in state prison, ex-governor George Ryan (R-Ill), who heads the list of a total of 6 Illinois governors to be hit with criminal charges, with 4 of them receiving federal prison sentences related to corruption. Blago, whom a majority of the media today refuse to acknowledge, is a big-time, handpicked Chicago-Democratwith very close ties to current embattled DOJ Chief Eric Holder, convicted felon Tony Rezko, and current President Barack Obama. Yes, that Barack Obama.

Blago was convicted this past week on numerous Chicago-style pay-for-play charges, including trying to sell President Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat. Blago tried to get the judge to go easy on him by stating that his life is in ruins, and reminding the judge on numerous occasions that he has a wife and children to think about. Judge Zagel also gave Blago a miniscule $20,000 fine and rebuked Blago’s claims that it was his “staff that made him do it,” when he stated, ”Rod Blagojevich’s staff did not march him down the path of corruption,” Zagel said during his sentencing. “He marched them.” As they so often do in Chicago politics, Judge, as they so often do. See ya in 14 years Blago.

DOJ Chief Eric Holder’s Feet Held to the Fire in House Hearing on the Fast and Furious Gunrunning-to-Mexican-Drug-Cartels Fiasco

The Attorney General of the United States faced a dogged hearing up on capitol hill on Thursday which included Holder being told by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) that impeachment is an option if Holder does not “clean up this mess’ quickly.

This comes on the heels of the revelation that after Holder has claimed that he has complied with all Congressional requests for information concerning the Fast and Furious fiasco that cost Border agent Brian Terry his life at the hands of a Mexican drug cartel member wielding one of the guns illegally sold by Holder and company, all of that so-called compliance for information requests did not include one single piece of correspondence from Eric Holder’s email accounts. Not one.

That alone shows Holder’s refusal to comply with Congress in getting to the truth about this tragedy and his reluctance take responsibility for his incompetence/complicity in over 121 murders linked directly to the sale of these assault weapons to Mexican drug cartels. Much to the dismay of Eric Holder and the Obama administration, with thanks to Republican members of Congress, this criminal activity will not be swept under the rug. Also of note is how the entire Democratic party in Congress has been shown to be attempting to cover up this scandal with ridiculous claims of Republican partisanship and undefined agendas. The families of the murdered citizens on both side of the border deserve better than that, and it is the Republicans that are fighting for justice to be served here. The list of Democrats that have been shown to have no shame in attempting to protect Eric Holder here is too long to list. Shame on you people.

$1.2 Billion Dollars of Client’s Money Missing in MF Global Scandal. Democrat CEO John Corzine Deems it “Misplaced” during testimony up on capitol hill this past week.

USA Today/Money has a nice video on this Democrat, John Corzine saying he simply has no idea where all that money went. For those of you who have not been paying attention, John Corzine is a former Democratic U.S senator, former Governor of New Jersey, and former CEO of Goldman Sachs. With all of those titles and powerful Democratic connections, can the people expect to see Corzine to be held accountable for this blatant fraud? Don’t hold your breath. Corzine and Obama go way back.

“I simply do not know where the money is, or why the accounts have not been reconciled to date,” said Corzine, 64, in his first public comments since his resignation was announced four days after the bankruptcy filing. That is almost the exact same, lame excuse Eric Holder constantly uses when asked about F&F documents addressed to him. In an ironic example of the ramifications of Corzine’s fraud as he was the MF Global CEO when this money “went missing” Tim Johnson (R-Ill) summed it up pretty well: “People who live in the real world, as you do, a lot of people have suffered dramatically, and will suffer, because they won’t be able to buy seed, they won’t be able to buy equipment, they won’t be able to invest for the future year,” said Rep.Timothy Johnson, (R-Ill), “I’m concerned that a lot of individuals, all over the country are going to wind up holding the bag because of what is either negligence, and or commingling (of funds) and or abdication of your responsibility as a fiduciary.” Well said Congressman.

This is just the first of a three-part series of the investigation into the MF Global scandal that Democrat John Corzine will be called on the carpet to testify before Congress in the near future. Stay tuned. Meanwhile fellow Democrats such as Collin Peterson (D-Minn) chime with such harsh statements as, “It just seems pretty risky.” Way to really stand up there Mr. Peterson, for the thousands of farmers and assorted citizens who have seen their hard-earned dollars vanish into thin air simply because they trusted MF Global and Democrat John Corzine.

Ex-Democrat Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi Makes a Fool of Herself by Threatening to Reveal Secret “Dirt” on 2012 GOP Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich, Then Backtracks

This prime example of Pelosi’s Leftist Linguistic Lunacy is summed up in a prior article here. She attempted to attack newt Gingrich and he promptly responded that the minute she illegally revealed Congressional investigative information, that she should be brought up immediately on House Ethics charges. Then Pelosi back-tracked, after apparently someone informed her of the consequences of doing what she originally promised the nation she would do. Nancy Pelosi’s attention-seeking attempt at trying to denounce Newt Gingrich back-fired big time. As the 2012 elections get closer, we can be sure to be inundated by more examples of Pelosi’s Liberal Linguistic Lunacy as she struggles to remain relevant as the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives. With these examples of proven rampant corruption within the Democratic Party across America just this past week alone, the U.S. Senate and the White House should certainly be within the reach of the GOP, regardless of who wins the nomination. 2012 just can’t get here fast enough!

Bill Ayers Owns Up to Obama Fundraiser in His Home

Politicians lie.

Babies cry. Water is wet. If you jump off a building you’ll always go down, never up.

We hold these truths to be self-evident.

When you lie down with dogs, or #OWS protesters, you get fleas.

Sometimes dogs get tired of the hand that once fed them throwing them under the bus, and unable to patiently wait until the big dog is out of the White House (yeah, I went there) they begin to bite the hand by letting some of the factoids they had agreed (tacitly or explicitly) to keep on the Down Low slip out. [I keed, I keed]

As a bonus you get a surreptitious birds eye view of what these people have in store for your kids educational future.

To be fair it looks as if the Unrepentant Terrorist Bill Ayers was unaware that he was being taped…boo hoo. I’m pretty sure SFPD Sgt. Brian McDonnell was unaware Ayers’ Weather Underground Terrorists were going to kill him one day in February 1970.

But that sort of thing didn’t concern young Barack Obama. Like the #PeePeeParty aka #OWS one can safely assume that he sympathized with the aims if not the methods of the Weather Underground otherwise he would keep his distance from an Unrepentant Terrorist rather than hold a fundraiser in his living room.

Of course, by that logic he wouldn’t have associated with and participated in a highly questionable land deal with the likes of Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko who just got Ten and a half years for corruption and was sentenced wearing a prison jumpsuit and leg irons.

Should I toss in Blago? Or my personal fave Billionaire Former New Jersey Democrat Senator and Governor, Former Goldman Sachs CEO and Currently Under Investigation (and probably Heavy Security) CEO of the defunct MF Global (was there ever a better named company?) which ‘lost’ a reported $600 Million of Customer Funds that was ‘apparently’ commingled with the companies funds (highly illegal) but was then found to be actually $1.2 Billion.

When you’re a High Rolling Democrat Politician that’s a ‘Rounding Error’.

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