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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Videos: DNC Chair on Civil Discourse Then and Now

The tale of two Debbie Wasserman Schultzes. First up, in the days after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot, the current DNC Chair went on the air with far left ideologue Tavis Smiley and said that it was time for the president to have a 'conversation about civility.' It was a politicized statement because Giffords was a Democrat. This was right in the midst of an absurd left wing narrative that said the likes of Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh were responsible.

Now, fast forward to one day after James Hoffa exhorted a union crowd to view themselves as Obama's 'army' and 'take these son of a bit***s out.' When asked direct questions about the DNC's reaction to Hoffa's comments, Wasserman-Schultz refused to answer.

Via Fox Nation:

h/t GWP

White House Stance on Hoffa's Speech: No Comment

Community Organizers can equivocate and bask in the black lights (race-baiter alert) of plausible deniability but sooner or later, a Community Organizer who becomes President of the United States will have to come out into the sunlight. Consider Barack Obama's non-reaction to Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. calling on a crowd of leftists to 'take these son of a bit***s out' as the quintessential example. When asked to renounce Hoffa's comments, which were said in Detroit during a rally at which Obama himself spoke, the administration declined. This can be nothing other than tacit approval.

Via ABC News:
Despite President Obama’s repeated claims to change the tone in Washington, the White House had no comment this afternoon after Teamsters Union leader James Hoffa, speaking at an event before President Obama, said of Tea Party activists that, come November, Democrats should “take these sons of bitches out.”

Warming up the crowd before President Obama’s Labor Day speech in Detroit this afternoon, Hoffa warned the largely union crowd that the Tea Party was waging a “war on workers.”

“We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They’ve got a war, they got a war with us and there’s only going to be one winner. It’s going to be the workers of Michigan, and America. We’re going to win that war,” Hoffa told thousands of workers gathered for the annual event organized by the Detroit Labor Council.

“President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march…Everybody here’s got a vote…Let’s take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong,” he concluded.
h/t to Weasel Zippers for providing a nice juxtaposition via Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama himself when allegedly heated rhetoric prompted them both to call for civility. First, here's Pelosi in 2009:

Here's the now silent president back in January of 2011 at the Tucson memorial for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords:

h/t GWP

Did Fast and Furious Involve Grenades Too???

The tangled web being woven by some very powerful individuals within multiple government agencies - including the Department of Justice - is beginning to cause the players some very real problems. Fast and Furious was an operation whereby ATF agents were instructed to let guns 'walk' into Mexico; those weapons were subsequently placed into the hands of drug cartels. There are dead American agents. Now, we're learning that there may be a case of allowing grenades to walk and, if the grenades didn't walk, a guy in custody for making them, sure did.

Jean Baptiste Kingery was arrested in June of 2010 for supplying grenades to a Mexican drug cartel; he was released within hours according to the Wall Street Journal. Based on very damaging email released by Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa's office last week, the credibility of Asst US Attorney in Phoenix, Emory Hurley, is basically in tatters. That fact makes any argument in defense of him rather hollow. Nonetheless, the US attorney's office are denying that Hurley let the grenade man 'walk.' Those accounts are in direct opposition to ATF agent and whistleblower Peter Forcelli, who testified in front of Issa's committee back in June.

Via the WSJ, the decision to release 'Grenade walker' has become a central focus between those who support Hurley and those who support Forcelli:
That decision is at the crux of a bitter fight between ATF agents and prosecutors at the U.S. attorney's office in Phoenix. The lead ATF agent on the grenades case, Peter Forcelli, "was horrified with the thought of releasing this individual" and "practically begged" senior prosecutor Emory Hurley "for permission to arrest the suspect on a criminal complaint," according to an Aug. 31 letter sent to a congressional committee on Mr. Forcelli's behalf by an attorney with the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, a group that provides legal assistance to law enforcement officers.

Officials from the U.S. attorney's office dispute that Mr. Hurley, who oversaw both Fast and Furious and the Kingery cases, declined to prosecute, according to officials familiar with the accounts provided to investigators. These officials said prosecutors wanted to continue following the case and possibly bring charges at a later date.

Officials from the U.S. attorney's office also have told investigators that the ATF agents freed Mr. Kingery because the agents wanted to make him an informant. Mr. Kingery maintained contact with agents for several weeks, then disappeared, the U.S. officials familiar with the case said.
Ah, so the guys caught authorizing a program that let guns 'walk' appear to be using the same explanation for why they let Kingery walk out of jail. As mentioned previously, Hurley's credibility is shot based on THESE E-MAILS. In particular, the letter from Hurley to US Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke (Attachment 5), in which Hurley explained the details of a coverup involving the weapons purchased by Jaime Avila that were later used to kill Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

Based on the Hurley vs. Forcelli narrative, the latter picks up even more credibility when both sides point to e-mails to back up their claims:
Mr. Forcelli is among ATF agents who provided testimony earlier this year about missteps in the Fast and Furious operation. The officers association's letter alleges that he is the victim of "whistleblower retaliation" because of that testimony.

A key point of contention is whether Mr. Forcelli and his team got proper clearance for the operation that led to the botched sting in February 2010. In October 2009, a prosecutor in the Kingery case told ATF agents that "We cannot approve [allowing] the illegal export to be accomplished," according to an email read to The Wall Street Journal. Prosecutors and Justice Department officials have cited the email to investigators to contend that the ATF agents failed to get clearance.

But the ATF agents disagree and cite a January 2010 email exchange that appears to show high-level approval. The latter email described the operation in detail, including a plan to let Mexican authorities track the suspect in hopes of finding a grenade-manufacturing facility in Mexico.

Mr. Burke, then the U.S. attorney in Arizona, is among the officials in the email exchange and responds to the summary of tactics: "Agree [with] the course of action as the variables play out." The email exchange was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
Based on Forcelli's testimony vs. that of ATF and DOJ leadership's stonewalling and mounting evidence against the latter, it's looking like the same political leaders and appointees who let guns walk also let a grenade walker, walk.

Here is an interview between Agent Forcelli and Greta van Susteren on June 15th, just hours after Forcelli had testified in front of the Oversight Committee:

h/t Sipsey Street

Video: Biden Calls Tea Party 'Barbarians'

Attempts on the part of the White House to deny that Joe Biden called the Tea Party 'terrorists' were weak because of the number of independent reports to the contrary. This video basically confirms Biden did say it. First, in Detroit with Obama, Jimmy Hoffa Jr. tells a union crowd that they are Barack Obama's 'army' and that they need to 'take these son of a bit***s out.' Then, on the same day, while in Cincinnati, Vice President Joe Biden tells a similar crowd that they are involved in a 'war' and that the 'barbarians are at the gate.' By 'barbarians,' Biden was referring to the Tea Party. The speeches of Hoffa and Biden were so similar in tone that one can only conclude that the tone and message were both sanctioned by the White House; there's only one guy higher on the totem pole than Biden, which leads to another question.

Why has Obama been so conspicuously silent when it comes to the extreme rhetoric from both his party and his administration? Answer: he's endorsing it. The good news? These guys are losing.

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