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Friday, December 30, 2011

2004 Video: Is this Santorum's Biggest Wart?

In 2004, current Senator Pat Toomey was the conservative candidate running against incumbent RINO and eventual Democrat, Arlen Specter. Sitting Pennsylvania Senator at the time, Rick Santorum, fell in line behind the Republican establishment and publicly endorsed Specter.

As bad as this is, it doesn't come close to the number of warts on Romney, Gingrich, Paul or Perry.

Nonetheless, it is what it is and Santorum should have to address it.

Via Ace of Spades:

Video: Santorum Rips Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter's fervor for Mitt Romney may be getting the best of her. She recently went after Rick Santorum for voting against e-verify but what she didn't say is why he did it.

Via American Spectator:
Arguing on behalf of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in her syndicated column Wednesday, Coulter portrayed Santorum as soft on illegal immigration, citing his vote against the so-called "E-Verify" measure to provide automatic electronic verification of workers' immigration status. But Santorum said that he voted against "E-Verify" in 2006 because it was part of a measure sponsored by John McCain and Ted Kennedy that would have provided amnesty to illegals.
At an Iowa campaign stop, Santorum was asked to respond to Coulter's attack and smacked her down in about 30 seconds:
"Why would Ann Coulter criticize me for voting against the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill? I mean, Ann, should I have voted for amnesty? Should I have voted for comprehensive immigration reform? Because if that's what you're saying, then, doesn't sound like you're the real conservative here. I think when Jim DeMint and every conservative in the United States Senate voted against the McCain-Kennedy bill -- yes, we voted against E-Verify, but we voted against a pretty bad bill that I think, at least you said you were against."
Here is the video of Santorum via the Other McCain, responding to the question about Coulter's charge. You actually have to fast forward to the 4:45 mark to hear it though.

Coulter may have hurt her cause here, not by going after Santorum but by evoking this kind of haymaker from the former Pennsylvania Senator.

As they say in football, after a QB throws a bad pass that is intercepted, I'm sure she'd like to have that one back.

Ron Paul: Jews to Blame for 1993 WTC Bombing?

The 'anti-Israel' sentiment former Ron Paul aide Eric Dondero alleges that his former boss harbors, continues to be corroborated with revelations like this. Paul actually put forth the idea that the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, for which Muslim terrorists were convicted, may have been perpetrated by the Jews.

From TNR via Red State:
In the April 1993 Ron Paul Survival Report, the author—writing in the first person—states, “Whether [the 1993 World Trade Center bombing] was a setup by the Israeli Mossad, as a Jewish friend of mine suspects, or was truly a retaliation by the Islamic fundamentalists, matters little.”
Is it safe to say yet that Ron Paul isn't just courting the Truther vote, he's one of them?

h/t GWP

Video: Far Leftist Joe Klein Agrees with Ron Paul

Add TIME's Joe Klein to the list of left-wing whack jobs who sit firmly in the Ron Paul camp when it comes to foreign policy.

Klein, who is completely willing to ignore Iran's holocaust denial and threats to wipe Israel off the map, argues that Iran only wants nuclear weapons so it can deter Israel and Pakistan.

If anyone has been consistently wrong about the Middle East, it's the left. Here's the latest example.

Via NewsBusters:

Immunity Deal between U.S. and Sinaloa Cartel?

The layers on the Fast and Furious onion continue to get peeled back, one at a time. The latest is a charge by a drug trafficking defendant who is claiming that Sinaloa drug cartel leaders were given immunity in exchange for information on rival gangs.

Via CNS News:
A Mexican drug trafficker awaiting trial in a Chicago federal court claims that the notorious Sinaloa cartel received weapons from “Operation Fast and Furious” under an alleged immunity agreement that the U.S. government made with cartel leaders, in exchange for information on rival gangs.

The defendant in a trafficking case before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Vicente Jesus Zambada-Niebla, also claims the immunity deal allowed the criminal cartel to “continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs” into the United States.

He wants the U.S. government to provide documents relating to the botched gun running sting operation along the southwest border, arguing that it would benefit his defense.
The defendant, Vicente Jesus Zambada-Niebla, makes the case that because the U.S. government sanctioned gun trafficking to the Sinaloa cartel, he should be granted some form of immunity as well, but there's a small problem. Our U.S. government is denying the allegation has merit:
The defendant argued that he is protected from federal prosecution for trafficking drugs into the U.S. between 2004 and 2009 under an alleged immunity deal struck between the U.S. government and Sinaloa leaders.

According to court documents, Zambada-Niebla claims that the immunity deal provided the cartel’s leadership with “carte blanche to continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs into Chicago and the rest of the United States” in exchange for information on rival drug cartels.

U.S. prosecutors deny the existence of such an immunity deal between the U.S. government and the cartel. 
Nevertheless, the U.S. government last September filed a motion to invoke the Classified Information Procedures Act, which is aimed at assuring that national security information stemming from criminal cases – such as details associated with CIA operations – are not leaked to the public during court proceedings.
As a drug trafficker, Zambada-Niebla would be in a position to know of any such immunity deal. Then again, he is a drug trafficker who could be using the Fast and Furious scandal to his advantage.

That said, these charges have been made by others.

In any event, this is another blow to Holder's DOJ and the Obama administration. The fact that Zambada-Niebla trafficked drugs to Chicago during Obama's tenure as a US Senator is interesting as well.

h/t Free Republic

Video: OWS Protesters Arrested in Iowa

Again, check out the comments on my December 5th post about OWS plans to disrupt the Iowa caucus. Obviously, Occupy Iowa protesters objected to the claim, insisting that there would be no disruptions. Just as predictably obvious, however, is that they were being less than truthful.

As I've said, if these miscreants decide to alter the outcome of the January 3rd caucus with these antics, they will be perilously close to mirroring what the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) did in Philadelphia on election day, 2008.

Via Verum Serum:

Remember this? Different tactics, same objective - intimidation of voters.

IPT: Hezbollah Presence in Mexico is More Significant than Previously Thought

According to a report from the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT), Hezbollah is working with Mexican drug cartels much more closely than previously thought.

Via IPT:
A series of recent law enforcement actions indicates the depth of Iranian-tied criminal activity in Mexico may be greater than previously known.

In October, a Texas-car salesman was arrested in connection with an Iranian plot to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington. Prosecutors say officials in Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps believed they were dealing with a "large and sophisticated" Mexican drug cartel to carry out the hit. A $100,000 down payment on the hit shows the Iranians were comfortable dealing with the cartel representative, who in fact was a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) informant.

Earlier this month, prosecutors in Virginia unsealed an indictment charging a Lebanese man, Ayman Joumaa, with smuggling more than 100 tons of Colombian cocaine with the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel. Hizballah, an Iranian proxy in Lebanon, "derived financial support from the criminal activities of Joumaa's network," the U.S. Treasury Department claimed earlier this year.
These cases are symptoms of a much larger problem the Obama administration seems more interested facilitating than it does in addressing:
The growing nexus between Hizballah and Mexican drug cartels allows the Iran-backed extremist group to make use of drug cartel transit routes to gain entry into the United States through its porous border with Mexico. Hizballah, in turn, offers Mexican syndicates expertise on smuggling and explosives as well as access to its drug trafficking networks in the Middle East and South Asia. 
Iran-backed Hizballah and Mexican drug syndicates share "the same criminal weapons smugglers, document traffickers and transportation experts," former DEA operations chief Michael Braun told the Washington Times. "They rely on the same shadow facilitators. One way or another they're all connected." 
Braun also alleged that members of Iran's Quds Force are "commanding and controlling" Hizballah's criminal operations in Latin America.
This adds an entirely new angle to both the immigration debate and the Fast and Furious scandal. Whomever is responsible for signing off on the gun-walking operation that sent thousands of guns to Mexico's drug cartels should have to deal with an entirely new set of charges - aiding and abetting an enemy of the United States.

Earlier this month, a Federal Judge in New York City signed an order stating that Iran and Hezbollah were responsible for the 9/11 attacks, along with al-Qaeda.

From the Declaration of Independence:
He (King George) has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
I'd say Hezbollah and the Mexican drug cartels qualify as 'savages.'

h/t Doug Ross

Al-Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahiri sending Jihadists to Libya

CNN, the news entity that essentially championed the 'Arab Spring' in its early days is now reporting that bin Laden's former #2 man, Ayman al-Zawahiri is sending al-Qaeda Jihadists to Libya in order to beef up its presence in that country. At some point, shouldn't any remaining credibility liberal media outlets like CNN still have, be given to those who saw all of this coming?

Via CNN:
Al Qaeda's leadership has sent experienced jihadists to Libya in an effort to build a fighting force there, according to a Libyan source briefed by Western counter-terrorism officials.

The jihadists include one veteran fighter who had been detained in Britain on suspicion of terrorism. The source describes him as committed to al Qaeda's global cause and to attacking U.S. interests.

The source told CNN that the al Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, personally dispatched the former British detainee to Libya earlier this year as the Gadhafi regime lost control of large swathes of the country.

The man arrived in Libya in May and has since begun recruiting fighters in the eastern region of the country, near the Egyptian border. He now has some 200 fighters mobilized, the source added. Western intelligence agencies are aware of his activities, according to the source.
I still can't get over how John McCain chastised Joe Biden for saying the Taliban is not our enemy when McCain is the one who called the Libyan rebels his 'heroes.'

h/t Weasel Zippers

Ron Paul Hearts OWS

No one has picked up more Democrat votes in Iowa than Ron Paul. It looks like he's chumming for more by heaping praise on OWS and comparing it to the Tea Party.

Via Weekly Standard:
While campaigning in Iowa on Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul praised the Occupy Wall Street movement, comparing it to the Tea Party movement. "In many ways, I identify with both groups," Paul said. Both groups are fed up with problems in Washington and "the two-party-system," Paul said while speaking at an insurance company in Des Moines.

Praising the left-wing Occupy Wall Street movement is an unusual move for a Republican presidential candidate, but Ron Paul is, of course, an unusual Republican presidential candidate. He jumped to first place in the Iowa caucus polls partly because of support from people who aren't Republicans. His comments that members of the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street are unhappy with the "two-party system" could fuel speculation that Paul will make a third-party bid of his own--something he has not ruled out.

Although “some people like to paint Occupy left and the Tea Party people right," Paul said, "I think it makes my point. There’s a lot of people unhappy, and they’re not so happy with the two-party system because we have had people go in and out of office, congress changes, the presidency changes, they run on one thing, they do something else. Nothing ever changes."

"The Tea Party and Occupy people are just tired of it all," he said. "And they would like to see changes."
With OWS, there is one argument the group has that is not without merit; Paul actually hits on it.
Paul praised the Occupy movement for focusing attention on the “very rich” who became wealthy because of government bailouts or contracts, but said that wealthy people who make an honest living “have to be protected. We shouldn’t be jealous or envious of those people.”
That paragraph, taken by itself is quite accurate but the elephant in the room when it comes to Paul supporting OWS is the fact that the movement wants much bigger government, not less, which flies in the face of everything Paul allegedly stands for. OWS has the support of public sector unions, the American Nazi Party, the Communist Party USA, and CAIR.

When it comes to profiling the Tea Party and OWS, there is absolutely no comparison. Just look at the more than $25 million in damages and over 5,000 arrests that have taken place at OWS protests. The Tea Party has no such blemish.

If Paul keeps this up, team Obama might end up being more concerned about a third party run than will the Republican Party.

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