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Holder Gone

With Attorney General Eric Holder’s announced resignation, there is a slight possibility that America could see some justice in the Justice Department again…but don’t bet on it.  Barack Obama is still president, after all, and the prevailing theories seem to be that he will either go with another Leftist wacko, in order to energize the Democrat base for the November midterms, or he will go with someone left-of-center, but slightly more moderate, in order to avoid a tough confirmation battle in the Senate.  Either way, we’ll be getting another left-wing Attorney General, and with some of the names floating around (Kamala Harris…ewww), losing Eric Holder won’t be quite as good for America as it should be.

Attn. General Holder Testifies At Senate Judiciary Hearing On Justice Dept OversightOne thing in particular that struck me about Holder’s resignation came from the news stories about his announcement.  While they pointed out that Holder’s tenure had been “controversial,” the AP report only pointed out two things: his calling America “a nation of cowards,” and his opposition to voter ID laws.

Controversy is one thing, but this constitutes an all-out whitewashing of Holder’s time as Attorney General, likely to prevent his horrible record from reflecting poorly on President Obama and other Democrats.

Holder’s “controversy” started early on, when he refused to prosecute members of the New Black Panther Party for blatant voter intimidation in Philadelphia during the 2008 election.  The NBPP members were decked out in military-style uniforms, brandishing clubs right outside a polling place.  Under normal circumstances, this would be a federal crime.  But to Eric Holder, complaints about the intimidation were unfounded.  The NBPP members were never prosecuted.

The true hallmark of Holder’s time as Attorney General, though, was his constant obstruction of Congressional investigations.  One of the first (and worst) of these was the Fast and Furious investigation, which culminated with Holder being found in Contempt of Congress – the first Attorney General in U.S. history to be found in contempt.  In the end, President Obama had to swoop in with a questionable claim of Executive Privilege.  To date, Holder still has not answered for those charges, though now that he’s stepping down, there’s a chance he may have to.

Holder’s term was marked by selective enforcement – an extreme negative for a man charged to be America’s top law enforcement officer.  African-Americans and leftists could be assured of some leniency if they were involved in an incident that caught Eric Holder’s attention.  He refused to investigate the IRS scandal, despite repeated calls from the Oversight Committee to do so.

But most of all, Eric Holder distinguished himself by being a pompous, arrogant ass.  After getting into a tiff with Congressman Louie Gohmert over the fact that the Justice Department had refused to hand over documents to Congress in yet another investigation, Holder whined about how poorly he had been treated, alleging that animus shown toward him and President Obama was racially motivated, and that no other Attorney General would be treated this way, despite the fact that it was Holder’s attitude toward Congress – namely, that he didn’t have to be answerable to them – that earned him their disdain.

That Eric Holder is stepping down as Attorney General is, without a doubt, a good thing. Only time will tell whether his replacement will bring Justice back to the Department of Justice again.

Doomed To Fail

My latest column is up at AND Magazine.

Here is an excerpt:

Even after President Obama announced his grand strategy for taking on ISIL, his administration still seems like more of a JV team than our enemies. While ISIL seems ever more intent on committing acts of terrorism here in the United States, the Obama administration can’t even agree on a strategy even after that strategy has been made official.

President Obama continues to pledge “no boots on the ground” in Iraq or Syria, yet there seems to be some disagreement as to the wisdom of that pledge. Robert Gates, President Obama’s former Defense Secretary, stated quite plainly that “there will be boots on the ground if there’s to be any hope of success in the strategy. And I think that by continuing to repeat that, the president, in effect, traps himself.” This is, without question, a major concern – for the president to box himself in by repeatedly pledging “no boots on the ground,” President Obama could potentially be left with two options in the long-term battle: either he will be forced to make himself into a liar by sending in troops, or in standing by his pledge, be married to a strategy that will never achieve victory.

And while Robert Gates isn’t a decision-maker in the administration anymore, he isn’t the only one contradicting President Obama’s strategy, and this is where it gets increasingly surreal. General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, left the door open for ground troops in the conflict in his testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

To put it bluntly, for the President of the United States to continue to repeat this pledge is the height of foolishness. While pretty much anyone can understand that the people of the United States don’t want to get dragged into another prolonged war in the Middle East, there is little question about the fact that the enemy we face in ISIL is one of the greatest evils we have seen in these modern times. ISIL has cut a path of destruction across Syria and Iraq, and they aren’t planning on stopping there. Just the way their organization has changed its name over time tells the story of their plans: they started out as ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. This was quickly changed to ISIL: the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. In case you don’t know, the Levant is a region stretching from Southern Turkey to Northern Egypt. It encompasses Syria, Jordan, Israel, and parts of Egypt and Turkey. The subsequent shortening of their name to IS, or the Islamic State, suggests that they have no intention of stopping with the Levant. Their goal is to bring back the Caliphate. Since its inception, Islam has always been expansionist, and it is very clear that ISIL’s long-term goal is to grow a modern Islamic empire reminiscent of the Caliphate as it existed a thousand years ago.

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Elections Over Everything

My latest column is up at AND Magazine.

Here is an excerpt:

After spending months – years, even – talking about the importance of “comprehensive” immigration reform, and threatening to take executive action in violation of the Constitution, President Obama has chosen to delay his promised executive mandate until after the November elections. This is quite telling, given the Left’s long-standing push to implement amnesty for the millions who have entered our nation illegally over the past few decades.

But for President Obama, for whom everything seems to inevitably devolve to politics, this was a fairly predictable maneuver. It isn’t the first time, after all, that President Obama has delayed policies after spending so much time talking about how vital they are. He has done it with the implementation of various Obamacare mandates more than once, in order to avoid the inevitable political fallout sure to result from his economy-killing policies.

The president received a “grilling” by NBC’s Chuck Todd over the delay (insomuch as the modern definition of a media “grilling” for a Democrat president means Todd asked the question more than once, to allow the president to make his BS answer slightly more believable).

In his response, President Obama said that of course the delay isn’t about election year politics! It’s all about explaining the importance of an executive action to the American people, and all about formulating an executive action that is sustainable. In other words, the propaganda isn’t quite finished yet, and when they do shred the Constitution, they want to do it in a more subtle way that makes it slightly less likely to give Republicans another argument for impeachment.

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If ISIS Were A Golf Ball

My latest column is up at AND Magazine.

Here is an excerpt:

What does it take to get President Obama’s full, undivided attention?

Recently back in Washington after vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama held a press conference last week, in which he made a rather shocking admission: the White House has no strategy for dealing with ISIS, the militant Islamist group that continues to gain momentum in the Middle East and in various other locations around the globe.

However, it’s not like the White House hasn’t had ample opportunity to develop a strategy. They certainly had the capacity to strategize on how to deliver arms to the rebels in Syria shortly before ISIS popped up…in Syria. It kind of begs the question as to whether ISIS began its rise to power in the Middle East using weapons provided by the United States Government. That could definitely explain why President Obama continues to refer to them as ISIL: he would very much prefer that the media and the American people conveniently forget that the second “S” in ISIS stands for “Syria.”

Before his vacation, President Obama met widespread criticism for his nationwide fundraising tour. Not long after his fundraising tour came to a close, it was announced that he would be vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard. While he was on vacation, he made a few public statements about ISIS, the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, and a few other issues. But while an effort was made to send Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, and a few White House aides to Michael Brown’s funeral service, he apparently couldn’t be bothered to meet with his National Security and Military advisers to strategize about the growing terrorist threat posed by ISIS.

Mid-way through his vacation, it was, somewhat mysteriously, announced that the president would be returning to Washington for undisclosed reasons. Later on, it was disclosed that, rather than meeting to develop a strategy to combat ISIS, President Obama had returned to D.C. to attend a bachelor party.

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Time For Real Justice

My latest column is up at AND Magazine.

Here is an excerpt:

A widespread outbreak of insanity seems to have gripped Ferguson, MO, with no sign of letting up. While authorities desperately grapple for control of the situation, violence and looting continue nightly. The New Black Panthers are on the scene, working to incite even more violence, and keep things stirred up. On Saturday night, the first night of an officially imposed curfew in Ferguson, the violence not only continued, but escalated, with reports of police retreating under fire from rioters. The ongoing looting has devastated small businesses throughout the town.

But as evidence continues to emerge about the shooting of Michael Brown, it’s looking more and more as though the shooting may have been justified after all. Authorities released security camera footage that allegedly shows Michael Brown pushing around a store owner, as he and his friend steal a box of cigars – his friend who, by the way, has given multiple press interviews accusing the police officer of murdering Brown. New video has surfaced, and a conversation that occurs off-screen is rather telling, with an apparent witness stating that Michael Brown was initially running away, but then rushed the officer. This is much more in line with the officer’s reported account of events – and there are more witnesses coming forward corroborating the officer’s account of what happened.

The family commissioned its own autopsy of Michael Brown’s body, and the results have been posted far and wide across the Internet by now. Brown was shot at least six times, all from the front. This doesn’t mean anything conclusive, but it does prove wrong all of those who claimed Brown was shot in the back while running away. One more step closer to the truth…

There are also reports that the officer suffered an orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket. This means that, during his altercation with Brown, he was struck in the face hard enough to break the bones around his eye.

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Ferguson and Gun Rights

My latest column is up at Right Wing News.

Here is an excerpt:

While recent events in Ferguson, MO have triggered nationwide discussions about race relations and the militarization of local police forces across America, the riots and looting that have been ongoing in Ferguson have highlighted another issue that should not be ignored amid the turmoil: the importance of private gun ownership in America.

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While looters were tearing apart businesses in Ferguson at night, photos emerged of men carrying AR and AK rifles – those scary “assault weapons” the politicians are always prattling on about – to defend their businesses.  One of the most prevalent photos shows men standing outside a gun shop and the tattoo parlor next door…and while those businesses were intact, the Dollar General across the street had been devastated by looters.

 

It is very reminiscent of the LA riots that followed the Rodney King beating, when Korean business owners were left with no choice but to defend their businesses, as the police had largely abandoned Koreatown.

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Rioting for “Justice”

Based on the news reports that continue to saturate the national media, the town of Ferguson, MO is tearing itself apart.

The unrest is supposedly a reaction from the community to the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer.

If, as has been alleged, the officer shot Michael Brown in cold blood, the officer should be held accountable – removed from the force, and charged criminally for his or her actions.  But one of the main problems is that the riots and protests broke out before the Ferguson Police Department really even had a chance to investigate the incident.  There seems to be an assumption in the Ferguson community – justified or not – that justice will not be done.

BvFZ9xgIIAAgCZWBut the big question her is whether a community’s assumptions about injustice somehow rationalize riots and looting.  Hopefully, we can universally agree that the answer is “no.”  Even if, as some of the protesters allege, the violence is a reaction to a history of injustice at the hands of local law enforcement in that community, it is no excuse to steal from local businesses or to throw rocks or Molotov cocktails at police.  Those actions don’t bring justice; instead, they justify violent defensive actions from law enforcement, making an already bad situation even worse.

We have seen too many times in our nation the condemnation of individuals and groups when too many facts were still unknown.  After Trayvon Martin was killed, we saw violence grow throughout Florida, and eventually throughout the nation.  People were beaten, and some were even killed “for Trayvon,” as though blood justifies blood.

This kind of thing seems to be happening more and more often in America.  Tawana Brawley accused six white men of raping her.  Protests and violence ensued; it turned out to be a lie.  An African-American exotic dancer accused the lacrosse team at Duke University of raping her.  More protests ensued, reputations were ruined, but it was another lie.  Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, and protests initially broke out over delays in the official investigation.  But as time went on, there was a general assumption both by the protesters and the media that Zimmerman was guilty of murder…and yet, as more and more facts came out in the case, it turned out that George Zimmerman’s accounting of events matched the evidence far more accurately than any other account being perpetuated in the media, and eventually, Zimmerman was acquitted of murder charges that had been filed largely due to public pressure brought on by the protests.

And now, it is happening again.  Unlike in the Trayvon Martin case, people didn’t wait for delays in the investigation, or for any official information in the case, for that matter.  With no knowledge about the officer involved, and scant information about the circumstances surrounding the shooting, it was assumed that a racist law enforcement officer gunned down Michael Brown in cold blood.

But as details emerge about what actually happened that day, the truth, once again, tells a different tale.

As it turns out, the officer was responding to a robbery call that had come in nearby.  Michael Brown is now a suspect in that robbery, along with one other young man, Dorian Johnson, who was also alleged to have been involved in the robbery, and who has been speaking out to the media about what he supposedly witnessed that day – but not mentioning anything about a robbery, of course.  Police have released stills from surveillance footage that allegedly shows Michael Brown pushing around the clerk at the convenience store that was robbed.  Still, not all of the facts are in, but this definitely changes some of the circumstances surrounding Michael Brown’s death.

 

 

Not that this matters to many of the protesters.  While it is true that a good number of the daytime protesters are concerned citizens who want answers, the New Black Panthers have also come in force, looking to stir up trouble.  Reports have indicated that many of the people doing the rioting and looting have been coming in from outside Ferguson.  Either way, they aren’t doing much good for their cause.

President Obama, yet again, hasn’t done much to help either.  Scattered among his rather lukewarm comments in a statement he gave on the issue, the president accused Ferguson police of attacking peaceful protesters who were just exercising their First Amendment rights – though there is no real evidence that such a thing ever occurred.  But, of course, at this point in Obama’s presidency, we should just be thankful that he didn’t accuse law enforcement of “acting stupidly” again.

And, of course, Attorney General Eric Holder is getting involved, sending the same team to Ferguson that managed to make things worse during the Trayvon Martin situation…so we have that to look forward to.

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