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Holder Lashes Out at Media Over Fast and Furious

November 30th, 2011 - 6:46 am

Attorney General Eric Holder blames the media for Fast and Furious and mounting calls for his resignation.  No, he really does.  More, including the audio, at the Daily Caller.

A couple of things today about this latest loss of cool. First, it isn’t just the Daily Caller covering the story as Holder wrongly claims. Every corner of the media is covering it. This sounds like something Press Harpy Tracy Schmaler at DOJ might be telling him, that only just one or two outlets are covering the story, but it isn’t true.   She has a reputation of lying to the media, so maybe she also lies to her boss.  She also has a reputation of lashing out at the media, like Holder did. (Memo to Press Harpy Schmaler: You’re blowing it, Tracy. This guy is getting clobbered on your watch. And your catty tactics are just antagonizing outlets.)

Secondly, blaming the Daily Caller ignores all the great work PJ Media has done on this!

Thirdly, it seems that every day more on the Hill are calling for Holder to resign. The irony is that Holder’s resignation would do more for Obama’s reelection chances than almost anything else that could happen, apart from the worst economy in decades suddenly growing wings. Hatred for Holder is visceral across the country. He represents the worst and most base aspects of this administration. So if he goes, and a new, cleaned-up attorney general replaces him, it defuses a powerful weapon the GOP is going to use against Obama in the fall. Yes, Holder is going to be a major issue in the election campaign. Holder stepping down would undo those plans. Those calling for his resignation (and make no mistake, he is unfit for the office) need to realize that whoever replaces him will share the same ideology that led to the Black Panther dismissal and mirandizing terrorists. Meet the new boss…

If Holder resigns, we will get a shiny new radical in the office, without blemish. Of course it is a lot more fun covering and writing books like Injustice  about the wounded, flailing Holder, but he’s a disaster for the country.

McMao to Go

November 25th, 2011 - 12:00 pm

I received this photo taken by someone visiting a McDonald’s in China this week.

Noting quite like a uniformed member of the People’s Liberation Army selling french fries.  You can’t beat the revolutionaries locked arm in arm marching under the red banner of the Golden Arches.

Unqualified: White House Judicial Wish List

November 23rd, 2011 - 4:41 am

A significant number of potential judicial nominees that the Obama administration wanted have been secretly deemed “unqualified” by the left-wing American Bar Association.  That’s saying something.  The New York Times:

The American Bar Association has secretly declared a significant number of President Obama’s potential judicial nominees “not qualified,” slowing White House efforts to fill vacant judgeships — and nearly all of the prospects given poor ratings were women or members of a minority group, according to interviews.

The White House didn’t like some of the conclusions and applied, shall we say, some gentle “pressure” for the ABA to “reconsider”  “unqualified” determinations:

The bar association is also said to have deemed at least two other potential minority or female judicial nominees “not qualified,” but upgraded them to “qualified” after the White House asked it to take a second look.

The minority nominee went from unqualified to qualified after effective “persuasion” came from the West Wing.  The Times has this tantalizing tidbit:

It also cited concerns over temperament for five, competence for three and ethics for three.

Unethical?!  Who are the three potential federal judges the Obama White House wanted on the federal bench that the ABA determined had ethical problems?  Who are the five incompetents?  Naturally, the Most Transparent Administration In History will be making the names available shortly.

 

 

Believe it or not, there is a place where the American flag flies that citizens of particular races are excluded from voting.  Citizens not of the chosen race are not allowed to vote in an important election.  White and Asian citizens of the United States there are even prohibited from registering to vote for the election.  As implausible as it sounds, such is the law on the island of Guam, a territory where the American flag flies and the Voting Rights Act applies, along with the 15th Amendment to the Constitution.

Unless you are a Chamorro (a “native”), you are not allowed to register to vote for a certain election involving the future of Guam.  If you are white, or Filipino, you are prohibited from participating.

Even in the Jim Crow south of 1951, some blacks successfully registered to vote after they navigated the nasty maze of character exams and shifting office hours.  In Guam, for the plebiscite election, whites (or Filipinos) cannot register to vote, period.

Yesterday, a lawsuit was filed in United States District Court in Guam by the Center for Individual Rights to have this racially discriminatory law declared illegal.  Dave Davis, a retired Air Force Major who has lived on Guam since 1977, is the plaintiff.  I am also an attorney helping to bring the case.  We seek to open up the election to all U.S. citizens, regardless of race.

Many Americans don’t appreciate Guam’s important relationship to America.  For starters, more than 1,700 U.S. Marines died liberating Guam from a brutal Japanese occupation in the summer of 1944.  I’ve stood on Asan Beach where the Third Marines landed and clawed up sheer beachside cliffs to dislodge the suicidal Japanese firing down on them.  More than 18,000 Japanese died in the battle.  Guamanians have served in the U.S. armed forces since the island became a territory in 1899, and continue to give their lives for America in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Guam is the tip of the spear for American power in the western Pacific, while at the same time China is challenging American dominance in the region. A nuclear submarine base is on Guam, as well as Andersen Air Force Base, the operating home of B-2 and B-52 bombers aiming west.

But organized anti-American agitators want to throw this essential military presence off Guam.  They use the tactics of the European Pershing missile protesters of the early 1980s, but add a native twist — calling the United States the “colonizer” while loudly picketing outside Andersen and the Navy base.  They even rely on calls by the United Nations to “decolonize” places like Guam.

Enter the racially discriminatory status plebiscite we are challenging in federal court.

The plebiscite election would decide what Guam’s relationship to the United States should be. The supporters view it as the tool to achieve “decolonization.”  One choice would be to sever all ties with the United States.  If that choice prevailed (though it is unlikely the federal government would peaceably acquiesce), it would antagonize relations between Guam and the United States.

The organizers have rigged the plebiscite election by prohibiting any whites or Asians from participating in the vote.  Only native “Chamorros” are allowed to register and participate.  Once enough Chamorros are registered to vote, the election will take place.  The government promises to ratify the results of the racially discriminatory election however they can.

In an echo from a nasty bygone era, the plaintiff, Dave Davis, literally had his voter registration form rejected because he is white.  Filipinos have been rejected also.

Unfortunately for the activists, the United States Constitution applies on Guam.  The 15th Amendment prohibits racial discrimination in voting and the Organic Act of 1950 (the federal law which serves effectively as Guam’s constitution) incorporates the Amendment.  The Voting Rights Act also applies on Guam, and strictly prohibits racial discrimination in voting.

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The winds in D.C. are blowing cold Canadian air hard from the northwest. The icy blasts from Capitol Hill, particularly from House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, are whipping down Pennsylvania Avenue and threatening Eric Holder’s tenure as attorney general.  So there’s no better time for Eric Holder to jet off to the Caribbean for some much needed sunshine.  Holder is spending five days in the Dominican Republic, Barbados, and Trinidad.  I have learned from sources with direct knowledge of Tracy Schmaler’s goings-on that the spin-mistress of the Justice Department Office of Public Affairs is accompanying Holder on this tropical jaunt.

Tracy who?

Tracy Schmaler is a name which may grow into a household one as the lies surrounding Fast and Furious unravel faster.  She earned her stripes deceiving the public about the dismissal of the New Black Panther case.  She then graduated onto attacking one of the most honorable people to serve in government, former Voting Section Chief Chris Coates, after he (under oath no less) exposed her lies about the Black Panther dismissal for what they were.  Schmaler is also the same hack who disgraces the Department of Justice by criticizing decisions the Department made, but only because the Bush administration made them.  She is the witchy federal employee who screams and cusses at reporters for NBC, the Washington Times, CBS and the American Spectator, yet doesn’t get fired because thug is so in style in this administration.

But her latest false witness involves the esteemed senator from Iowa.  On Halloween, a document dump was unloaded on Congress which revealed a concerted DOJ effort to smear Senator Grassley as a partisan to the media in the Fast and Furious scandal.  Schmaler is almost certainly at the center of this effort.  She is notorious for this sort of behavior — leaking certain documents to certain young hack bloggers who parrot whatever she demands of them.

Again, who is Tracy Schmaler?  Remember the name, because she may be the engineer behind so many of the lies emanating from the once honorable United States Department of Justice.  It’s time she be hauled before the committees investigating DOJ misconduct.

But you won’t be able to serve that subpoena this week. This week she is on a tropical island, and you are paying for it.

 

Texas passed a law hoping to have photo voter ID ready for the 2012 elections.  The Justice Department may well stop that from happening, and DOJ has laid down a mighty hurdle to it ever becoming law.

Because Texas is a covered state under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, either the Justice Department or a federal court must approve election law changes.  I and others here at PJ Media have been advocating that Texas go to court to obtain approval and bypass DOJ.  Why?  Because stopping Voter ID has become the number one issue of groups like the SEIU and NAACP ahead of next year’s election, and they have a direct pipeline into the DOJ Civil Rights Division.

States which go to court get results, quickly.  States which go to DOJ get played with.  Officials who submit to DOJ presuming that voter ID will be precleared don’t have their eyes fixed on the horizon at the gathering left wing storm against Voter ID.  Stopping voter ID is the top priority of the civil rights left and vote fraud deniers.

Texas made an enormous mistake submitting voter ID to DOJ, and now Texas may pay the price.  DOJ has made a “more information request.”  This means they are probing Texas for data and will not even possibly approve the law unless Texas provides data satisfactory to the bureaucrats inside the DOJ Voting Section.  (Actually this law has most certainly been “red filed” and will be subject to direct political oversight).  Even if Texas coughs up data, DOJ can still play with it for 60 days before an objection.  More likely, DOJ will use the data Texas provides to justify an inevitable objection against the law.  We will be approaching spring before DOJ must act.

Academics have suggested that filing a submission with DOJ is faster and cheaper.  Like the spider to the fly, they claim the DOJ’s web is a perfectly friendly forum.  In reality, as Texas may soon find out, it may be fatal to their Voter ID law.  Because Texas will not be back in legislative session, the more information request make it less likely that Voter ID will be used in the 2012 elections in Texas.

It was an avoidable mistake to submit this law to DOJ, a big avoidable mistake.

The solution?  Withdraw the submission immediately.  Do it by fax.  Do not turn over a scrap of information to DOJ.  Force them to obtain it in discovery, subject to the Rules of Civil Procedure.  Go before a fair federal judge and enjoy the benefits of clearly defined rules of discovery and the restraints that a court of law will put on the DOJ.

A final note, the opponents of Voter ID are launching a national coalition against the idea on December 10.  Why that day?  Enter a United Nations celebration:

A coalition of nearly 20 organizations, including the NAACP and the  National Urban League, announced they have launched a “Stand for  Freedom” voting rights campaign and also a major mobilization on Dec. 10— United Nations Human Rights Day — to protest what they say is an  attack on voting rights throughout the country. . . .

The announcement came at New York City’s City Hall earlier this month. Other top leaders present for the occasion included Marc Morial, president of the  National Urban League; the Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Council; Lillian Rodríguez López, president of the Hispanic Federation; Margaret Fung,  executive director, Asian-American Legal Defense & Education Fund; Michael Mulgrew, president, United Federation of Teachers; George Gresham, president of Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); and Donna Lieberman, president, New York Civil Liberties Union.

 

Today, Tom Perez, the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the infamous Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department (black panthers, suing Bobby Jindal, suing Joe Arpaio, transvestite child lawsuits, failing to act in Wisconsin State Fair beatings, and on and on) speaks to the Center for American Progress.  The webpage is here, though the streaming did not work as advertised.  The Center for American Progress is funded by the convicted felon George Soros.  CAP helped launch another outfit funded by the convicted felon George Soros – Media Matters.

CAP touts the event:

In this intimate conversation between Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress, and Tom Perez on a wide array of civil rights issues, from voting rights, predatory lending and bullying to employment and disability discrimination – we will focus on some of our nation’s most pressing civil rights challenges.

The fact that the head of the DOJ Civil Rights Division would find a welcoming home at a radical organization like CAP explains much of the radicalism of the Civil Rights Division over the last three years.

From Yahoo.com comes this disturbing report:

ABC News has learned authorities are increasingly concerned that a man sought in connection with a bizarre shooting incident on the Washington Mall last week may pose a threat to President Obama.

The Secret Service now suspects that a bullet fired in this incident may have hit the White House after a bullet round was found in a White House window, though the round had not yet been conclusively linked to the incident.  The round was stopped by ballistic glass behind the historic exterior glass, while an additional round has been found on the exterior of the White House.

Authorities suspect Ortega has been in the area for weeks, coming back and forth to the Washington Mall.  Before the shooting, he was detained by local police at an abandoned house. U.S. Park police say Ortega may have spent time blending in with Occupy D.C. protesters.

 

Houston Chronicle Features Voter Fraud Denier

November 15th, 2011 - 6:06 pm

You would think that an attorney like Geoff Berg would understand the risks inherent in lying about decent law abiding Americans.  You would think that the Houston Chronicle wouldn’t give a forum for someone who peddles in lies.  Think again.

Geoff Berg has this posting at the Houston Chronicle denying voter fraud occurs.

There is no evidence that the integrity of elections is threatened by voter fraud.

Berg cites to the well known voter fraud experts – Mother Jones.  (Yes, unlike 8-tracks and Orleans, this publication is still around).   Race baiting vote fraud denying hucksters like Berg were on full display last week in Florida rallying for 10 people arrested for this voter fraud that doesn’t exist.  The pattern repeats – defend the lawless by using racial smears.  Berg got the memo.  Regarding True the Vote, the voter integrity effort based in Houston which has been featured many times here at PJ Media, Berg:

TTV’s actual mission is to make it as difficult as possible for blacks and Hispanics to vote.

Really?  Care to back that up with any evidence?  Instead, Berg speculates that TTV believe this just like “Ted Haggard and Larry Craig telling themselves they aren’t gay.”

This is what people who believe in the Rule of Law are up against, race baiting tricksters like Berg.  Berg is a practicing lawyer, and you can go to his law office webpage here.  Last year True the Vote deployed effective election monitoring, and will do so across the country in 2012 despite the efforts of Berg and his ilk to scare law abiding Americans away from their rightful and lawful place engaged in the process.  Berg is the modern version of the time worn antagonist who seeks to scare people from exercising rights they possess.   Instead of praising True the Vote for their efforts in 2010, he slanders them:

When TTV’s “volunteers” insisted on exercising their God-given right to aimlessly wander around polling places last year, they chose Sunnyside but had no interest in Memorial or River Oaks.

Note Berg’s use of exaggeration.  It is the same sort of exaggeration to smear and scare law abiding Americans being used by the Texas Democrat Party Chair Boyd Richie. There is nobody claiming that God allows law abiding American’s to monitor the integrity of our elections.  The law does.  True the Vote was also deployed across Harris County, not just in the precincts Berg falsely infers. Nor did anyone “aimlessly wander around polling places” – another exaggeration by the lawyer Berg.  Instead, True the Vote volunteers collected hundreds of pages of reports about what was happening inside the polls, and when election officials failed to follow the law.

These activities are something that people like Richie and Berg should applaud, unless they and their political allies have something to hide.

Strong Racial Polarization in Obama Re-election.

November 15th, 2011 - 5:43 pm

A new CNN poll has some disturbing news for President Obama, his approval numbers demonstrate strong racial polarization.  61 percent of whites disapprove of Obama and 67 percent of non-whites approve.  There are many many reasons this is happening, many of which I cover in my book.  But there is also a sense of buyer’s remorse among many independents who were willing to give Obama, marketed as a moderate, a chance.  The moderate cloak was discarded and a extremist was revealed.  The saddest part of these numbers is they prove what many have suspected for some time – we certainly haven’t entered a post-racial era.  The contrary may be true.