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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Video: Bob Turner's Victory Speech in NY 9

Again, if you thought Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts was big when he won Ted Kennedy's old seat, this one is much, much bigger. First of all, Bob Turner is a Tea Party guy; Scott Brown is nowhere close to being one. Second, any time a Republican gets such a substantial amount of the Jewish vote, it's beyond big news. Turner did just that and in his victory speech, chastised Obama for the president's treatment of Israel. Remember, the last time a Republican held the seat left vacant when Anthony Weiner resigned several months ago, it was before FDR became president.

This is good stuff, via Freedom's Lighthouse:

Solyndra Scandal: Will Democrats throw Obama Under the Bus?

The Solyndra scandal seems to be heating up quite a bit but I find myself wondering why it's doing so this quickly. If the head of the Justice Department, which oversees the FBI, Eric Holder is as beholden to the Obama administration as he's demonstrated, why was the FBI permitted to raid a company covered with so many Obama fingerprints? Is it because of another coverup? Is it serving as a distraction away from the Fast and Furious investigation, which has been setting the hook for several months now? As bad as the Solyndra scandal is, Fast and Furious would be much worse if both reach to Obama.

The Democratic Party is becoming quite disgruntled with Obama, especially in the wake of the special election in which Anthony Weiner's old seat went Republican for the first time since the 1920's.

Two sayings come to mind. The first is, 'the bigger they are, the harder they fall.' The second is, 'if you live by the sword, you die by the sword.' One of Obama's political swords has been throwing people under the bus to protect his own skin. As the Tea Party rises and the Democrats continue to experience political earthquakes like the one in Weiner's old district, we may begin to see them less willing to defend Obama.

By all accounts, the Solyndra scandal is huge. So why is the far left media establishment, including ABC News and Washington Post, reporting on it so thoroughly?

Via Washington Post:
EXCLUSIVE | The Obama White House tried to rush federal reviewers for a decision on a nearly half-billion-dollar loan to the solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra so Vice President Biden could announce the approval at a September 2009 groundbreaking for the company’s factory, newly obtained e-mails show.

The Silicon Valley company, a centerpiece in President Obama’s initiative to develop clean energy technologies, had been tentatively approved for the loan by the Energy Department but was awaiting a final financial review by the Office of Management and Budget.

The August 2009 e-mails, released exclusively to The Washington Post, show White House officials repeatedly asking OMB reviewers when they would be able to decide on the federal loan and noting a looming press event at which they planned to announce the deal. In response, OMB officials expressed concern that they were being rushed to approve the company’s project without adequate time to assess the risk to taxpayers, according to information provided by Republican congressional investigators.

Solyndra collapsed two weeks ago, leaving taxpayers liable for the $535 million loan.

One e-mail from an OMB official referred to “the time pressure we are under to sign-off on Solyndra.” Another complained, “There isn’t time to negotiate.”
Here is the video of Joe Biden and Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu at the Solyndra groundbreaking ceremony in 2009.

Via Verum Serum:

Video: Senator John McCain Grills FBI Director Mueller and DHS Secretary Napolitano on Fast and Furious

At a recent Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee hearing, Senator John McCain pressed both DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and FBI Director Robert Mueller on their knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious. In the case of Napolitano, she denied having any knowledge of the Operation that led to the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry until after his death. Considering the fact that this was a joint operation involving DHS, some rogue supervisor should have already been fired or Napolitano herself should be for having been so ignorant.

When McCain's questioning turned to FBI Director Robert Mueller, he got the same responses that these committees have been getting from everyone else, including Napolitano; the DOJ Inspector General is investigating and there is no information available. It was obvious that McCain and others are growing quite frustrated with this response. The one thing McCain should have asked Mueller about but didn't was the breaking story from late last week that news of a third gun found at Terry's murder scene was covered up because it was put there by an FBI informant.

Via The Hill:
McCain asked Napolitano to supply the committee with the specific date when she found out that guns sold under the operation were found at the scene of Terry’s killing.

McCain has long butted heads with Napolitano, who is the former governor of Arizona, but he is a latecomer to criticism of the administration regarding Fast and Furious.

The lead congressional investigators have been Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

As Issa has continued his probe into the operation and who authorized it, he has attracted a bevy of Democratic naysayers who contend that he is jeopardizing the DOJ IG’s investigation as well as the prosecution of nearly two dozen men accused of illegally purchasing and carrying weapons sold under the operation.
If Napolitano knew about Fast and Furious before Terry's death, she committed perjury and if Mueller withheld information from McCain, he could be in the same boat.

Here is a somewhat related video from Rep. Darrell Issa's appearance on Fox News with Bret Baier. Here, Issa makes it clear that Fast and Furious goes all the way to the White House but admits to not know just how far inside the White House it goes. Very interesting.

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