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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Video: Herman Cain tells Occupy Wall St Protesters to Move it to the White House

If Herman Cain continues talking like this, he might just runaway with the nomination. While speaking at the Value Voters Summit yesterday, he raised the roof when he told those in attendance that the Occupy Wall Street protesters need to move their protests to the White House. We already know that the Obama administration is in support of the OWS crowd; it's quintessential community organizing. Heck, they're already dressing like zombies. One day, they might just wake up and realize that their costumes are close to a true reflection of who they are than they'd like to admit. Some should start getting scared straight. If Cain continues to resonate with more people and his message somehow seeps into the minds of these protesters - which are already starting to flatline - Obama may have quite a problem on his hands.

Yes, it's wishful thinking but Cain seems to have just enough passion to make you believe it's possible.

Sheer awesomeness:

h/t Hapblog

Holder Speaks! Letter to Committee Leaders Wrought with Whining

Found an email from Issa's office in my inbox last night. It contained a copy of a five-page letter Attorney General Eric Holder sent to six congressional committee leaders, including Rep. Darrell Issa, Rep. Larmar Smith, Sen. Charles Grassley, and three lapdog Democrats that have no interest in getting to the bottom of the Fast and Furious scandal (Leahy, Cummings, and Conyers). The letter is interesting because it carries an air of 'thou doth protest too much.' It's also interesting in its length because with the way things are coming out lately, Holder's words are now in writing and a matter of public record.

The letter opens thusly:
I have watched for some months now as the facts surrounding Operation Fast and Furious have been developed on the public record. I have not spoken at length on this subject out of deference to the review being conducted, at my request, by our Department's Inspector General. However, in the past few days, the public discourse concerning these issues has become so base and so harmful to interests that I hope we all share that I must now address these issues notwithstanding the Inspector General's ongoing review.

For example, I simply cannot sit idly by as a Majority Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform suggests, as happened this week, that law enforcement and government employees who devote their lives to protecting our citizens be considered "accessories to murder." Such irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric must be repudiated in the strongest possible terms. Those who serve in the ranks of law enforcement are our Nation's heroes and deserve our Nation's thanks, not the disrespect that is being heaped on them by those who seek political advantage. I trust you feel similarly and I call on you to denounce these statements.
After several paragraphs designed to defend the DOJ's actions and paint attempts to get to the bottom of Fast and Furious as nothing more than political gamesmanship, Holder closes with the following paragraph:
Until we move beyond the current political climate -- where real solutions take a back seat to both political posturing and making headlines on cable news programs, and is deemed more important than actually solving our country's difficult challenges -- nothing is going to change. I hope we can engage in a more responsible dialogue on this subject in the future. There is much we all need to do together to stop gun violence on both sides of the border and make our Nation safer.
Translation? Uh, I just realized I'm in a heap of trouble.

We are witnessing an Attorney General who is starting to realize how much trouble he is truly in. A letter like this only comes out when that realization takes place. When, 'what did you know and when did you know it' questions begin to gain traction in the 24 hour news cycle every day, you done messed up.

Holder understands that he may be going under the Obama bus soon.


As Suspected, DOJ IG and Eric Holder Quite Cozy with One Another

Ever since the Department of Justice or White House first had to start answering questions about the Fast and Furious scandal earlier this year, there has been ONE default response when those questions got a little uncomfortable. That response is that the DOJ Inspector General has been assigned the task of conducting an investigation. In essence, the IG was appointed sentry in front of the stonewalls. Yes, the IG is supposed to be independent but it rarely seems to work that way, especially in this administration (think Gerald Walpin).

Last month, reason for increased suspicion about acting DOJ IG Cynthia Schnedar reared its head when it was learned that she sent recorded audio tapes that implicated the ATF, to the Arizona's US Attorneys office without ever listening to the tapes herself. This act demonstrated that she was likely more interested in aiding the DOJ than in investigating it.

There's much more and Ronald Kolb over at American Thinker has found it:
It turns out that Ms. Schnedar has long and close ties to Mr. Holder. According to her biography on the Justice Department website, she became assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C. in 1994. Eric Holder had become the U.S. attorney in Washington the previous year, so he in effect was Schnedar's boss from 1994 until 1997, when he left to become President Clinton's deputy attorney general. Holder would become a key player in the scandalous pardons of fugitive billionaire Marc Rich and members of the Puerto Rican nationalist terrorist group known as FALN.

But during Ms. Schnedar's tenure before Holder had departed, it happened that they had ended up working a number of cases together. According to the LexisNexis website, there were at least fourteen of them, usually at the appellate level. For Holder, it was more than just "in name only"; in some of those cases, they apparently co-filed legal briefs.

In one case, they had represented the ATF. In another, they represented both the ATF and DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), an agency that has now also been linked to Fast and Furious.
As mentioned, whenever someone in authority at DOJ or the Administration is asked tough questions, they defer to Schnedar. Even Obama has done this more than once. Are we to believe the president doesn't know about this conflict of interest? Kolb interestingly raised four very salient points relative to Schnedar:
There are several questions about Ms. Schnedar that beg to be answered.

First, as she well knew, the U.S. attorney's office in Phoenix was also a target of the investigation. Both the U.S. attorney and the assistant U.S. attorney have since left because of the scandal.

Second, should Ms. Schnedar have immediately recused herself from the Fast and Furious investigation because of her long and deep ties to Mr. Holder?

Third, when Ms. Schnedar began her employment as assistant U.S. attorney in Washington in 1994, was it Mr. Holder (then the U.S. attorney) who hired her?

Lastly, Federal Election Commission records show that Schnedar donated to the Democratic National Committee in 2005. Does she now think that was proper?

On a related note: I recently contacted Ms. Schnedar to ask those very questions. She angrily told me to call her office. No answers have been forthcoming from either source, including her spokesman, Jay Lerner.
There is an air of invincibility when someone reaches the level of Attorney General. Erich Holder has demonstrated in the past that he has it. As this scandal continues to unravel, he may be in the process of losing it, as well he should be. His coziness with Ms. Schnedar is a big concern but it is by no means the biggest relative to Holder and this scandal. In fact, we may be witnessing the early stages of him being thrown under the Obama bus. It's that bad.

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