Thursday, November 10, 2011

Eric Holder is "shocked!"; Obama Administration moves on coal industry; UN Small Arms Treaty considered; Muslim given access to sensitive gov't documents accused of leaking them to media; Super Committee Democrats walked away from negotiations; "New Media" defeats Christmas Tree tax; "Silent Generation" don't care much for Occupy mess; Gingrich distinguishes himself in Iowa; Newt vs. NBC co-host; National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundations offers free legal assistance; Obama insults Netanyahu on open mic; CNBC moderator booed during debate

Expose Obama writes: The congressmen who asked Eric Holder to testify on Capitol Hill today should cite the Justice Department for contempt. They expected to cross-examine General Holder and they got Sergeant Schultz.
Holder said he was just as upset as everyone else,and shocked —shocked! —that guns were being trafficked to Mexican drug cartels by his agency. He wanted to get to the bottom of this nefarious activity himself. “Like each of you,I want to know why and how firearms that should have been under surveillance could wind up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels,”he said.
But since Holder heads the department under which Fast and Furious took place,shouldn’t he have been familiar with the operation in the first place? Holder argued,in effect,that he could not be expected to do his job,because it is hard. Holder said “I cannot be expected to know”what happens within the Justice Department nor to be familiar with the contents of memos that are addressed to him or that bear his name. After all,the DoJ employs 117,000 people. (Note to budget cutters:Please lighten Eric Holder’s oversight load,beginning with the EEOC.) That many employees generate a hefty volume of memos that Holder cannot be bothered to read. Besides,this was merely a “local,Arizona-based operation”.
Expose Obama writes: On October 26,2011,Secretary Salazar signed Secretarial Order 3315 that will consolidate the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) within the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
The Order states that “fee collections” and “regulation,inspection and enforcement,and state program oversight” will now be integrated—the very tasks split out within the MMS reorganization.
Because this new order seems in direct contradiction to the 2010 SO 3299,it raises suspicion as to the true purpose of the agency reorganization—especially since the impacted industry is the administration’s favorite villain—coal.
SO 3315 was announced to the surprise of most in the industry. Charlie Boddy,a mining and government relations consultant with more than 40 years in the industry and former VP of government relations with Usibelli Coal Mine Inc.,said when he first heard the announcement,he thought it was a joke. “It is,” he said,“without a doubt,the most bizarre proposal to come out of the Obama Administration.”
The fact that there was no consultation with the stakeholders,states,or Congress raises additional concerns.
Rand Paul reports: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently announced the Obama Administration will be working hand-in-glove with the UN to pass a new "Small Arms Treaty."

Disguised as an "International Arms Control Treaty" to fight against "terrorism," "insurgency" and "international crime syndicates," the UN Small Arms Treaty is in fact a massive, GLOBAL gun control scheme.

Fox News reports: As an advisor to the Department of Homeland Security, Mohammed Elibiary was given access to sensitive government documents.
Now the Texas Muslim activist stands accused of leaking some of those documents to the media to spread charges of "Islamophobia."
Out of 26 members on the Department of Homeland Security's Advisory Council, only Elibiary was granted access to a nationwide database that includes terror watch lists and sensitive FBI reports.
It's unclear why Elibiary was given this special privilege -- but he now finds himself in hot water.One lawmaker on Capitol Hill is demanding answers. Texas Mole?  His reported goal was to damage Texas governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry by showing the so-called "Islamophobia" of Texas government agencies. 
"Within hours of getting access he had downloaded those documents and began marketing to these publications," investigative journalist Patrick Poole told CBN News.
Hannity reports: Latest update on the lack of progress for Dems and Republicans to reach a tax deal. Yesterday Democrats of the Super Committee rejected Republicans' offer to "raise federal tax collections by nearly $300 billion over the next decade."
Senator Rand Paul exclusively has JUST told Sean that not only are Democrats rejecting offers put on the table, but now they won't even continue to negotiate and have "walked away from the table...refusing to talk to the Republicans."
Paul warns the American people that this is all about Obama's reelection, and the taxpayers livelihood is of no concern to Obama and the Democrats.
ABC News reports: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is going to delay implementation and revisit a proposed new 15 cent fee on fresh-cut Christmas trees,  sources tell ABC News. The fee, requested by the National Christmas Tree Association in 2009, was first announced in the Federal Registry yesterday and has generated criticism of President Obama from conservative media outlets.
Expose Obama opines: Grandma and grandpa are not happy! They are sick of the mess the Occupy Wall Street-type brats have made of our country.
This is the conclusion to be drawn from a new Pew Research poll of Americans 66-to-83 years of age on our current political situation.
Referring to this group as the “Silent Generation,” Pew reports that they came of age in time to vote for Truman,Eisenhower,and Kennedy,so they did not necessarily fall into the habit of reflexively voting for Roosevelt and the whole Democratic ticket. They had their flirtation with supporting Democrats such as Bill Clinton in the 1990s but didn’t like what it brought about. Since the 2000 election,these “Silents” have been voting at increasingly higher rates for Republicans.
When stacked up against other generations – Boomers,Gen Xers,and Milennials – Pew’s “Silent Generation” is markedly more “angry” at what has happened to the country they grew up in. Almost one-third of “Silents” blame government (in this case read Democrats) for their anger.
National Review reports on speeches given at the Iowa Reagan Day Dinner: Early on in his speech, Gingrich took time to laud his rivals.  He complimented Paul for his focus on the Federal Reserve, and a strong dollar. He called Perry his “mentor” on tenth amendment issues, and said he looked forward to debating him on whose flat tax plan was better.  He praised Bachmann for her bill to repeal Obamacare, and Santorum for his focus on Syria and Iran.
“We only have one opponent,” Gingrich said. “That’s Barack Obama.”
He went on to detail what he would do as the GOP nominee, including challenging President Obama to seven Lincoln-Douglas style debates with no moderators. Gingrich made one concession: Obama could use a teleprompter if he wanted.
“If the president does not agree,” Gingrich said in reference to the debates, “I will announce that from that day forward for the rest of the campaign, the White House will be my scheduler” and he would follow Obama wherever he goes, just as Lincoln had followed Douglas for a time. That drew a partial standing ovation from the crowd — a rare show of enthusiasm from the low-energy crowd.
Media Research CenterAppearing on Monday's NBC Today, Newt Gingrich took co-host Ann Curry to task for grilling him on allegations against Herman Cain: "...when the news media goes and finds an anonymous report about an anonymous incident...and you decide that matters more than every other issue in the campaign, that may put your judgment in doubt, as you, being the institutional news media."
Redstate writes: As a result of the DNC shenanigans going on to favor their union cronies, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is offering Charlotte-area workers free legal assistance to fight the Democrats’ discrimination for the 2012 DNC Convention.
Via the NRTW [emphasis added]:
The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which helps victims of forced unionism, is offering free legal aid to workers who refrain from union membership and may be ordered off their jobs or prevented to work during the 2012 Democratic National Convention scheduled for August 2012 in Charlotte.
Redstate opines on Obama's on mic insult to Netanyahu: Allies are people you work with. Garden pests and leaky faucets are things you “deal with.”
President Obama doesn’t seem to know the difference.
At the G20 summit last week in France, he let out his true feelings on Israel. And a live mic was there to catch it all.
Here’s the exchange between President Obama and French President Sarkozy on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
–Sarkozy: “I cannot bear Netanyahu.”
–Obama: “You’re sick of him, but I have to deal with him every day.”
Real Clear Politics writes: The audience at CNBC's economic debate applauded and cheered on Herman Cain after he once again made it clear that the sexual harassment accusations against him are untrue and unfounded. As Cain was being asked about his character and alleged sexual encounters with several women the audience booed at Maria Bartiromo, one of tonight's moderators. Transcript below:

BARTIROMO: You have all said that -- that you will repeal the president's health care legislation. We will get into that, because we want to know, then what? What is the plan once you repeal Obamacare?

But, first, Mr. Cain, the American people want jobs, but they also want leadership. They want character in a president. In recent days, we have learned that four different women have accused you of inappropriate behavior. Here we're focusing on character and on judgment.


You've been a CEO.

CAIN: Yes. BARTIROMO: You know that shareholders are reluctant to hire a CEO where there are character issues. Why should the American people hire a president if they feel there are character issues?

CAIN: The American people deserve better than someone being tried in the court of public opinion based on unfounded accusations.

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