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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Senate Minority Leader McConnell's Bizarre 'Plan B' on Debt Ceiling

Welcome to the sausage factory. The only thing that would make this video of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) better is if circus music was played in the background. You may have to watch this video more than once to understand what on earth he's suggesting with his 'backup plan' if no deal is reached between Republican congressional leaders and Obama over the debt ceiling. This appears to be a political calculation on McConnell's part to neutralize Obama's attempt to hold senior citizens hostage by threatening to withhold their social security checks if Republicans don't give him what he wants.

The problem is that it will hand Obama the keys to the debt ceiling car, which mean the president's fear-mongering will have worked. These establishment Republicans are doing all they can to avoid the fight that conservatives are DEMANDING they engage in. Once again, they are unwilling to enter the ring and must be shoved into it.

Unfortunately, McConnell's Plan B, if talks don't yield a deal, is to put the responsibility for raising the debt ceiling squarely on Obama's shoulders three times between now and the 2012 election. McConnell may see this as political gamesmanship to get the better of Obama but the Tea Party and conservatives have long since grown weary of such games. The 2010 elections sent a message that this kind of thing must stop. This may be an attempt at nuance on the part of McConnell but it comes across as so convoluted, it'd likely have unintended consequences if it were attempted.

Via Freedom's Lighthouse:

Also from Freedom's Lighthouse, this is why Jim DeMint is a Tea Party favorite. On Mark Levin's show, he cuts right through McConnell's irrational ramblings and insists such a plan is going nowhere.

Is Holder's DOJ Compromising Fast and Furious Investigation?

It appears that Eric Holder has a brand new problem on his hands; Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Senate Judiciary ranking member Charles Grassley have learned that there is a shared hard drive over at DOJ that contains emails and other documents for potential witnesses in Issa's investigation to review. Quite obviously, the reason is most likely to make sure that all of these witnesses are reading from the same playbook and don't contradict one another.

Remember, all along, Holder's excuse for not complying with subpoenas from Issa's committee has been that the DOJ's Office of Inspector General (OIG) is conducting its own investigation. If it comes out that the OIG is aware of this 'shared drive,' we have an entirely new problem.

Anyway, here is a portion of the letter from Issa and Grassley to Holder I found in my inbox yesterday:
Dear Attorney General Holder:

We have recently learned that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has afforded potential witnesses for the COmmittees' investigation into Operation Fast and Furious to a shared drive on its computer system replete with pertinent investigative documents, including official ATF e-mails. Although, our staff has been advised the Department has since terminated access to this document cache, we write to seek additional information relating to this egregious decision. We also ask that you promptly self-report this matter to the Office of Instpector General (OIG).

As we understand it, the shared drive contains the documents that have been produced to the Committees through the course of our investigation, those made available for in camera review and possibly documents that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has not yet provided to the Committee. These witnesses had not previously seen many of these documents.

Allowing witnesses access to such documents could taint their testimony by allowing them to tailor their responses to what they think the Committees already know. Additionally, witnesses who gain access to documents they have not previously seen could alter their recollection of events. This practice harms no only our investigation, but also the independent investigation that you instructed the Inspector General to conduct.
Clearly, these references to the OIG have a double meaning and seem to implicate the internal investigators in either incompetence or complicity. If the OIG is conducting an honest investigation and have more access to what's going on, how do Issa and Grassley know about this hard drive and the OIG doesn't?


Shocking Video: Khilafah Conference in Chicago - Sharia Coming to America

This is amazing video from the Islamic Khilafa Conference in Chicago recently. The event was promoted as 'Revolution in the Muslim World: From Tyranny to Triumph.' At first glance, you might be led to believe that it's about championing the cause of the uprisings in the Middle East but it's much more than that. For example, fast forward to the 5:00 mark and take note of when this speaker - Muhammed Abu Anas - begins talking about western media. He, himself, says that liberal media outlets who say the uprisings are about a desire for liberal, secular democracies are being deceptive. What more proof do you need that the liberal media is nothing but a bunch of useful idiots?

It goes downhill from there. Everything the left claims the Arab Spring is about is shot down by the proponents of that Arab Spring, including Anas. He openly admits that Islam and liberal democracy cannot co-exist. Take note at the 8:00 mark too. Listen to what he has to say about secularism; it is an 'illusion.' At the 9:00 mark, the audience begins shouting 'Allah-hu Akbar,' which continues throughout.

At the 10:45 mark, they shout this chant after Anas declares the desire of the 'Ummah' (Muslim people) is to achieve a global Islamic Government.

Via Logan's Warning:

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