Just caught this one. Have not seen it reported elsewhere, but then I don’t watch CNN, MSNBC, FOX NEWS, 24/7. But interesting for all the names involved in this!
Speaking firms representing ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Hugh Shelton have received federal subpoenas as part of an expanding investigation into the source of payments to former top government officials who have publicly advocated removing an Iranian dissident group from the State Department list of terrorist groups, three sources familiar with the investigation told NBC News.
The investigation, being conducted by the Treasury Department, is focused on whether the former officials may have received funding, directly or indirectly, from the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, or MEK, thereby violating longstanding federal law barring financial dealings with terrorist groups. The sources, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity, said that speaking fees given to the former officials total hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“This is about finding out where the money is coming from,” an Obama administration official familiar with the probe said. “This has been a source of enormous concern for a long time now. You have to ask the question, whether this is a prima facie case of material support for terrorism.”
Freeh and Shelton are among 40 former senior U.S. government officials who have participated in a public lobbying campaign â including appearing at overseas conferences and speaking at public rallies â aimed at persuading the U.S. government to remove the MEK from the terror list.
Many of the speakers have received fees of about $30,000 or more per talk andÂ first-classÂ flights to European capitals, according to two sources familiar with the arrangements.
Edward Rendell, a former Pennsylvania governor and ex-Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, whose speaking firm also received a subpoena, has received $160,000 over the past year for appearing at about seven conferences and rallies, including some in Paris, Brussels and Geneva, according to his office. (Rendell is a contributor to MSNBC TV.)
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The position of attorney general of the United States of America ought to command the highest level of respect. One of only four cabinet positions that can trace its origins to the administration of George Washington, it is among the highest stations in American life: chief law enforcement officer of a constitutional republic that stands, like no other country in the world, for the concept of equality before the law.
Yet during the tenure of Eric Holder, the Justice Department has become anything but a neutral arbiter. Indeed, who you are â and how that identity fits into the political schema of the left â is the most accurate predictor of what kind of treatment youâll receive from the DOJ.
We were reminded of that unfortunate reality earlier this week, when Holderâs Justice Department announced that it was prohibiting the implementation of a Texas law requiring voters to present photo identification, claiming that it violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act (the DOJ had taken similar action against South Carolina in December).
Both cases are based on tortured rationales that requiring photo identification â which both states will provide to voters for free â discriminates against minority voters. And both states are suing in response. Yet, regardless of the outcomes of those cases, we can be sure that we havenât seen the last of Holderâs racialist crusades. Since the very beginning of the Obama administration, his fixation on racial issues has been as consistent as it is divisive.
The first sign of this pernicious trend came in the earliest days of Holderâs tenure, when his Justice Department refused to prosecute members of the New Black Panther Party who stood outside a Philadelphia polling place on Election Day 2008 wearing paramilitary outfits and shouting racial slurs at white voters while one of them brandished a billy club. While video of the incident left the public aghast, the DOJ dropped nearly all of the charges and dramatically narrowed the others, claiming the press had overblown the entire affair.
Amidst allegations that senior Justice Department officials wanted the case killed because they didnât believe that civil rights laws should apply to white voters, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights launched an investigation. During that time, one Justice Department official, J. Christian Adams, resigned his position after his superiors instructed him not to respond to a subpoena.
Attorney General Holder, for his part, was unmoved. When grilled on Capitol Hill about the Justice Departmentâs failure to follow through on the case, Holder snapped when Republican Congressman John Culbertson of Texas quoted Democratic activist Bartle Bull â who witnessed the event â as saying that it was âthe most blatant form of voter discrimination I have encountered in my life.â
âThink about that,â replied the petulant attorney general. âWhen you compare what people endured in the South in the â60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia â which was inappropriate, certainly that âŠ to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people.â
In still one more example of Hollywood shilling for president Obama, âAmerican Idolâ producer Nigel Lythgoe recently asked Obama to appear on the show and sing. Obama sang âLetâs Stay Togetherâ at the Apollo Theater recently, and Lythgoe tweeted, âWe loved your vocal performance so much weâd love to invite you on to #American Idol this Season for a duet with Al Green.â The White House apparently didnât respond. So last night, on the show,Â the producers mashed up Obama singing the song from the Apollo with American Idol finalist Elise Testone doing the same. How is thisÂ not an in-kind contribution to the Obama campaign?
Someone covering up so as not to inflame some damn afghanis? I still say, it is time for us to leave this shithole of a country!
WASHINGTON â Â An Afghan soldier shot to death a 22-year-old Marine at an outpost in southwesternÂ AfghanistanÂ last month in a previously undisclosed case of apparent Afghan treachery that marked at least the seventh killing of an American military member by his supposed ally in the past six weeks, Marine officials said.
Lance Cpl. Edward J. Dycus of Greenville, Miss., was shot in the back of the head on Feb. 1 while standing guard at an Afghan-U.S. base in the Marja district of Helmand province. The exact circumstances have not been disclosed, but the Dycus family has been notified that he was killed by an Afghan soldier. Marine officials discussed the matter on condition of anonymity because it is still under investigation.
WhenÂ the PentagonÂ announced Dycusâ death the day after the shooting, it said he died âwhile conducting combat operationsâ in Helmand. It made no mention of treachery, which has become a growing problem for U.S. and allied forces as they work closely with Afghan forces to wind down the war.
The Associated Press inquired about the Dycus case after Maj. Gen. John Toolan, the top Marine commander in Afghanistan at the time, said in an AP interview March 7 that the Afghan government has been embarrassed by recent cases of Afghan soldiers turning their guns on their supposed partners.
âI had one just a month ago where a lance corporal was killed, shot in the back of the head, and the Afghan minister of defense was here the next dayâ to discuss custody of the shooter, Toolan said, speaking from his Regional Command-Southwest headquarters at Camp Leatherneck.
After a negotiation aimed at ensuring the Afghan suspect is prosecuted, the Americans turned him over to Afghan government custody, another official said.
And how are your March Madness brackets holding out? Last night, UConn knocked off by Iowa State! Few other teams no longer in, and a couple are still in that I did not think would make it pass the first game.
Are we ever going to get any GOOD news from this Obama regime?
(The Washington Times) â President Obamaâs budget would pile up an additional $3.5 trillion in debt over the next 10 years and shows the governmentâs trust funds running out of money in 2020, Congressâs official non-partisan scorekeeper said Friday.
In 2012 alone Mr. Obamaâs budget would leave a $1.3 trillion deficit â $82 billion worse than if none of his policies were enacted. Over the next ten years the deficit would dip to less than a half-trillion dollars in 2017, but would rise again in the later years.
By 2022, a decade from now, the federal government would spend $5.6 trillion and take in $4.9 trillion in revenue â both figures far outstripping todayâs levels.
CBOâs analysis also shows the governmentâs combined trust funds, including the Social Security trust funds and the cash flow of the Postal Service, will begin running deficits in 2020.
Mr. Obama released his budget last month, but it has received scant attention on Capitol Hill, where both Republicans and Democrats have ignored it. It proposed a mixture of new tax increases and tax cuts, and called for some new spending, particularly in education and infrastructure, but mostly left the entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security untouched.
Vice President Joe Biden makes a campaign speech saying the GOP will bankrupt the economy again if given the White House.
So he wants us to reelect him and Obama so they can finish the job they started of REALLY bankrupting our country!
Brought to you by the same guy who masterminded his party’s disgraceful ‘just-say-no-to-budgets‘ strategy, which is currently in its third consecutive year of unflinching implementation.Â It’s going to be a long, insufferable general election campaign, guys:
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer believes he has found a political weapon in the unlikeliest of places: the Violence Against Women Act.Â Republicans have several objections to the legislation, but instead of making changes, Schumer wants to fast track the bill to the floor, let the GOP block it, then allow Democrats to accuse Republicans of waging a âwar against women.â Itâs fodder for a campaign ad, and itâs not the only potential 30-second spot ready to spring from Senate leadership these days.
From his perch as the Democratsâ chief policy and messaging guru, Schumer wants to raise taxes on people who earn more than $1 million, and many Democrats want to push the vote for April 15, a move designed to amp up the âincome inequalityâ rhetoric just in time for Tax Day. Schumer has a plan for painting Republicans as anti-immigrant as well. Heâs called the author of the Arizona immigration law to testify before his Judiciary subcommittee, bringing Capitol Hill attention to an issue thatâs still front and center for Hispanic voters.
None of these campaign-style attacks allow for the policy nuances or reasoning behind the GOPâs opposition, and some of the bills stand no chance of becoming law. But thatâs not really the point. The real push behind this effort is to give Democrats reasons to portray Republicans as anti-women, anti-Latino and anti-middle class. In the aftermath of a fight over a payroll tax cut for American workers and an Obama contraception policy, Democrats are ready for this next set of wedge issues.
Schumer…said last Sunday that Democrats would focus like a âlaserâ on the economy.
Here is fat boy telling the dirtbags (his friends) to occupy offices, etc. What a freaking asshole! But I doubt if he would like the occupiers to occupy his cash or come and crash on his property!
Via The Nation:
But right now, Occupy has to continue as a bold, in-your-face movement â occupying banks, corporate headquarters, board meetings, campuses and Wall Street itself. We need weekly â if not daily â nonviolent assaults right on Wall Street. You have no idea how many people across the country would come to New York City to participate in wave after wave of arrests as they/we attempt to shut down the murderous, thieving machine that is Wall Street. Forty-five thousand people a year die simply because they donât have health insurance. Do you think they have any relatives, friends, neighbors, parishioners who might be a little upset? How about the 4 million people losing their homes to the banks? Or the millions of students being crushed by debt? I think we could organize a few of them to shut down Wall Street.
And in town after town across America, people need to do similar things, but on a local level. Evictions of people who have been foreclosed upon must be met by citizens occupying the front door of the repossessed home and nonviolently blocking the bank from tossing the family out to the curb. When a neighbor canât get the medical procedure she needs, people in town must occupy the hospital or the lobby of the insurance company. When a university raises studentsâ tuition for the umpteenth time, those students must occupy the administrationâs office until the board of trustees relents. . . .
Perry: Weâll take voter ID case to Supreme Court to winÂ All governors (okay, just the republican governors) should get with Rick and really make sure this is pushed to the top.
And here we have a known racist, a liberal asshole, saying that conservatives are fascist? Am thinking, he should study up on what a fascist really is.
âAmerica is a liberal idea. How can you have in our country that is based upon liberality and liberation, be so anti-liberal. Thatâs toxic waste to our consciousness. Itâs hard to be an American conservative because thatâs a contradiction in terms.
Now if you take away freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of protest, and lock people out based upon their race, their language and their religion, thatâs conservative and fascist. America is a liberal idea. Itâs the idea of human rights for all human beings measured by one yard stickÂ â was threatening to tyranny.
Thatâs why the most revolutionary rule in the Bible is the Golden Rule. It is the most threatening rule to tyranny you can imagine. For those who are driven by inheritance or privilege as opposed to work and sacrifice, itâs a very threatening rule.
Nothing but one huge scam!
Itâs only now becoming clear how many people have become rich thanks to the global-warming scare. Politicians from both parties have been so afraid of being labeled a âdenierâ that theyâll vote for any piece of legislation bearing the trendy green label. The numbers are adding up fast.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) counted a whopping 641 programs in place at 130 federal agencies in 2010 to prop up windmill technology and underwrite solar panel manufacturers. The report released Tuesday didnât include a reliable estimate of the total cost to taxpayers. The auditors found the array of loans, tax credits, agency purchases of purportedly green vehicles and the cost of regulations would take a great deal of effort to tally.
For instance, the Commerce Department has a Joint Wind Energy Program, Clean Energy Trade Missions, a Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund, an Environmentally Sustainable Development Investment Priority and a Green Technology Pilot Program â to name just a few. These programs frequently overlap, as the Commerce Department also runs a Green Ship Initiative. The secretary of defense has his own Renewable At-Sea Power Program. The Navy has an Energy Program for Security and Independence, an Alternative Fuels Program, a Third Party-Financed Medium Scale Renewable Power Generation program, and more. Of course, the U.S. Navy was founded on renewable energy. It was wind power that propelled Capt. John Paul Jones and the USS Ranger to victory in battle with the HMS Drake in 1778.