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All the President’s Thugs

February 27th, 2013 - 7:37 pm

Hey, Bob, you can’t say we didn’t warn you. We knew this White House was capable of attacking even the great Bob Woodward for telling the truth.

You could have listened to Michael Barone. He saw it coming even before Barack Obama was elected. In October 2008, he penned “The Coming Obama Thugocracy.”

I experienced it when DOJ press harpy Tracy Schmaler yelled at a half dozen reporters, as the White House official did to you, about my under-oath testimony involving the New Black Panther dismissal.  Her victims included Pete Williams, Quin Hillyer, and Sharyl Attkisson. After Schmaler’s thug tendencies were well known, she was nurtured and promoted within the Thugocracy instead of being canned, as any administration before this one would have done to her — Republican or Democrat.

Schmaler has since been appointed a Made Man of sorts, entering the rarefied private sector air of David Axelrod’s shop.

Schmaler’s story is typical of this gang. Her shouting, threats, and rants at reporters would have rendered her unqualified to serve in the press shop of a state department of agriculture.

But there is something unique about the Obama White House. It borrows tactics and standards from the darker figures in history — threats, projection, unrepentant dishonesty, towering columns in stadiums, and even bloody mayhem like Fast and Furious hatched for political purposes.

Richard Nixon seems like a fluffy kitten compared to this crowd.

Which brings us back to you, Mr. Woodward. What’s happened when you, of all people, are the bad guy?

Had you ventured into any cocktail party in Silver Spring or Takoma Park just a few years ago, you would have been treated like a hero — liberal Washington’s very own version of Pittsburgh Pirate Bill Mazeroski, who with one swing of a bat brought down the reviled Nixon.  “Maz” never had to pay for a meal in Pittsburgh after that October afternoon in 1960 when he delivered a World Series.

That used to be you, Bob.  But now, you’re the problem!

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PJ Media had the opportunity to interview The Amazing Kreskin of TV talk show fame about being a real-life mentalist and guru of predictions. But our time with Kreskin included discussions ranging from the psychology of mobs, the modern American entitlement class and much more. PJ Media also obtained four predictions about the future of America from Kreskin and spoke with him about his new book Conversations With Kreskin.

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PJ Media: What is your new book about?

Kreskin: This is one of the most exciting delights I’ve done in my life. I’ve written 19 books and this is one is like a dream. It has behind the scenes of my record 88 shows with Johnny Carson and other hosts. The middle part has 8 pages of a comic by Joe St. Pierre of the first incident in my life that defined what I was going to do with my life. One of the passions of my life is to make predictions. This includes predictions based on the power of human suggestion.

I’m not a psychic; I’m not a fortune teller. But I predicted the outcome of the presidential primary election one year and four months before the election. I’ve done 71 interviews about it. I wrote out who I thought would be picked by the Republican Party for vice president a year in advance. I picked Paul Ryan. I’ve been asked endlessly how I did this. I jogged the night before my prediction and this name kept popping in my head. I knew the Democrats were going to win in November and I knew the person who would be picked for vice president.

PJ Media: You do lots of shows around the world. What is your wildest in-flight experience and did you know how it would end?

Kreskin: I’m on a plane; I’m flying to Sacramento from NBC in Los Angeles. It’s an hour after we should have landed. The flight attendant tells us we can’t get the landing gear down and might have to foam the runway. I went to the back of the plane to use the restroom. Back in my seat, I hear grinding noises and they announce that the gear was finally put down.

I’m the first to get off the plane, and at the bottom of the steps are the pilots. They thanked me. They said that the nervous passengers saw you walking around the plane and figured that if you were calmly walking around, that they knew the plane would be fine.

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Samuel Betances: Race Hustler on the Dole

February 25th, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Samuel Betances.

The Obama administration would have you believe trimming federal fat will cause a calamity.  Here’s a suggestion — stop giving federal money to Samuel Betances.

Betances is the top-shelf race hustler who receives your hard-earned tax dollars to go inside federal agencies in Washington, D.C., and teach government workers that America is a racist country.  Judicial Watch obtained records of one of his looney talks at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  It contained a  creepy call and response that would have made the Symbionese Liberation Army proud.

“I want you to say: ‘If we work for a federal agency.’ Say that. (Audience repeats.) ‘We have discriminated in the past.’ (Audience repeats.) Say: ‘Every federal agency’ (audience repeats) ‘has discriminated against African Americans’ (audience repeats), ‘Hispanics’ (audience repeats), ‘Native American Indians’ (audience repeats) ‘and other groups’ (audience repeats),” Betances preaches.

Kathleen Parker has the full sordid inventory at the Washington Post.

Here’s a bet — one year from today, Betances will still be on the government dole.  He will still be earning hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to provide “diversity training” to federal employees.  Never mind that this training is rancid, wrong, divisive, foul, and creepy, he will still be earning your money to teach it.

How is this possible?  One reason is the racialist left is louder than common-sense Americans tired of racial division.  The bureaucratic inertia cannot be overcome inside places like the USDA, DOJ, and Department of Everything Else in Washington.  See, diversity training is a priority inside the government, across all administrations.  And the only people selling the training, and all those buying the training inside the civil rights offices at each agency, probably see nothing wrong with Betances’ curriculum.

Doubt it?  Then get involved yourself and pick up your phone.  Call any federal agency’s civil rights office and talk to your civil servants about this story.  You’ll hear excuses why they can’t talk on the phone to you.  You’ll hear descriptions of their own program and how it works.  You’ll hear sweet nothings of emptiness.

One thing you will not hear is a single one of these people condemn the spew coming out of Betances’ mouth — because they believe it.

Betances is a small example of a widespread agenda.  It is a poisonous agenda that burns through millions of your tax dollars in training programs to ensure that the federal workforce is, at worst, exposed to Betances’ poison, and, at best, come to believe in it.

And it matters, because the more racial hostility and division that lurk in the minds of your federal employees, the more policies skew toward the aims of the racialists.  They move the narrative on your dime.

About that sequester?  Any chance we can increase civility in the dialog and give Dr. Betances’ his walking papers?  Don’t bet on it.

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Will Republicans Be Duped on Immigration?

February 24th, 2013 - 11:41 am

Republicans supporting a massive legalization program as part of immigration “reform” must have blinders on.  They must not see the perverted way the Obama administration simply refuses to enforce existing immigration laws — damning any promised “get tough” enforcement policy included in any immigration deal.

The Republican advocates of immigration reform argue that America should secure the border, legalize at least 11 million illegal immigrants, and vigorously enforce the immigration laws in the future. This goal — to start over while at the same time preventing future illegal immigration once and for all — has great appeal.

There’s only one problem — we have a president with a demonstrated record of ignoring “get tough” immigration laws already on the books.

A short journey thought the Obama administration’s lawless unwillingness to enforce existing “get tough” policies shows how laughable it is for Republicans to put any more faith in future promises to police the border.

The last few years of the Bush administration saw executive-branch lawyers getting tough with those caught illegally in the country.  That’s all stopped. Immigration officers now must turn a blind eye to illegal immigrants except those caught right at a border crossing or those who fit very narrow criteria for enforcement, including terrorists and serious criminals. The definition of “serious” criminals isn’t very broad either.

The Obama administration broadened policies granting Department of Homeland Security agents and attorneys “prosecutorial discretion” not to enforce the immigration laws against illegal immigrants.  When the Obama political appointees realized that career DHS agents and attorneys actually wanted to uphold their oaths to enforce the law, the administration took the “discretion” out of “prosecutorial discretion.”

Now, career DHS agents and attorneys are generally forbidden to enforce the immigration laws except as to shockingly narrow types of illegal aliens such as demonstrably violent criminals.

It is no wonder morale among these DHS employees is among the lowest in the federal government. When hardworking lawyers enter a profession to help the country and enforce the law, having a lawless president tell them not enforce it is demoralizing.

This is a side effect of the radical left’s policy permeation of the Obama administration. Those who respect the Rule of Law must witness firsthand its dismantling by ideological overseers.

The Obama administration also has made clear to these enforcers of the law that it does not even want to know who is in the United States illegally unless the immigrants fit very narrow criteria. See no evil, hear no evil, anger no racial interest groups.

One example is the 287(g) program.  The immigration overseers didn’t want state and local officials telling the feds about most of the illegal immigrants who are in their states and localities. The Justice Department even sued states that notified the Department of Homeland Security of illegal immigrants in their jails under state laws, even though federal law already permitted them to so notify DHS.

Justice Department lawyers in the Civil Division who signed off on these lawless cases should be ashamed of themselves. But sadly, shame is in short supply in Eric Holder’s Justice Department.

The administration wants cover if the state eventually releases an illegal alien who goes forth and commits a crime, or even kills someone, like a nun.

 

Martinelly Montano pleads guilty to killing nun.

 

No wonder Chief Justice John Roberts said during the Supreme Court oral argument in the case against Arizona last year: “It seems to me the federal government just doesn’t want to know who is here illegally.”

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President Obama’s State of the Union address contained a justification for more federal control over state elections. In the past, creeping federalization over state elections was properly justified by state racial discrimination, then the sketchier reason of inadequate numbers of welfare recipients registering to vote. This year, long lines at the polls served as the bogeyman for the latest federal intrusion into state elections. President Obama announced a “bipartisan” commission tasked with recommending solutions to the “problem” of long lines at the polls.

This is a solution in search of a problem, because long lines and long waits were the rare exception, and usually occurred in early voting sites, and not on Election Day. Washington, D.C., has no business intruding into state control over elections for a problem that is not widespread.

The president supported his announcement with the story of Desiline Victor. To be sure, the story of this Florida centenarian standing in line for six hours had great emotional appeal. But the president omitted a key fact about Victor’s ordeal: by choice, Victor voted on the first day of a seven-day early voting period.

Had she voted on Election Day, she would have waited only a short time.

Also, early voting is not a right. It is a convenience extended by state legislatures which could be repealed on a dime. Worse, the justification used for the expensive early voting process — to increase turnout — has failed to materialize.

As Hans von Spakovsky notes:

Early voting is a convenience, not a right, and a relatively new phenomenon. It is meant for those who for some legitimate reason cannot vote on Election Day. Voters in that position also have the option in every state to vote by absentee ballot, something that does not require waiting in line at all.

Like so many other election-process “reforms,” von Spakovsky says, early voting is a central tool of the organized left that “keeps pushing all voters to vote early, not just those who can’t vote on Election Day.”

If your voters are unmotivated low-information voters, the more time you have to roust them to the polls, the more elections you will win.

These election reformers also use tall tales. Consider Judith Browne-Dianis, co-director of Advancement Project, a group which consistently opposes election integrity measures such as voter ID and cleaning up non-citizens from the voter rolls.

Browne-Dianis told NPR: “For me, who voted in the state of Maryland, I was in line for seven hours.” Like Desiline Victor in Florida, Browne-Dianis decided to vote early instead of on Election Day. That’s too bad, because if she had voted at her regular precinct on Election Day — the Faith United Methodist Church in Accokeek, Maryland – she would have had hardly any wait.

Judith Browne-Dianis

I spoke with Harold Ruston of the Prince George’s County electoral board. He is the official who manages the Election Day precincts. He told me there weren’t lines on Election Day anywhere near seven hours long:

On Election Day, if there was a long line it was an hour wait, not much more.

Not content to take the word of the election bureaucrats in Ms. Browne-Dianis’ county, I spoke to Karen Stern, the secretary at the church where Browne-Dianis’ precinct is. She said that there was no wait of any significance to vote at the Faith United Methodist Church all day long.

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Life and Death: Aktion T4 and Gianna Molla

February 9th, 2013 - 12:07 pm

I don’t normally enter into the wild and wicked wars over abortion.  That battlefield is well worn, and the march of science and technology is slowly pushing one camp into a morally and ethically indefensible corner.  But Zombie’s recent photo expose at PJ Media gives you a good look at the two camps, and the contrast couldn’t be greater.

Then this weekend comes the story from Maryland that a woman died having a late-term abortion at 33 weeks into pregnancy.  This horrific tragedy exposes Maryland’s absolute permissiveness for this gruesome procedure. We’re  just over a month shy of full term in this horror.

Even an agnostic can conclude that aborting a baby at 33 weeks is morally and ethically unacceptable.  One need not base opposition to late-term abortions on theology. Human life is valuable, period.  Though if one accepts most western theology, then late-term abortion cannot be acceptable in law, especially at 33 weeks.

Health of the mother?  The child’s health?  Modern neonatal science has answers for that I won’t detail here.  When people say that late-term abortions are usually for medical necessity, they aren’t telling the truth.  The data show otherwise. 

But I’m not here to enter the abortion wars, but rather talk about some history.  You can do with it what you will.

Let’s start in Germany with the Aktion T4 program.  If you never heard of it, then it is time you do.

Aktion T4 was a program to eradicate the imperfect and undesirable.  Children and adults with defects were euthanized by doctors in hospitals dedicated to the medical eradication of those with birth defects or other imperfections.  The German government even promoted and justified it publicly.  Behold a poster.  Does anything sound familiar??

The translation (courtesy of Wikipedia and my slight proficiency in German):

60,000 Reichsmark is what this person suffering from a hereditary defect costs the People’s community during his lifetime. Fellow citizen, that is your money too. Read “[A] New People,” the monthly magazine of the Bureau for Race Politics of the NSDAP.

Bad stuff, those pesky hereditary defects.

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King and Spalding, a Disgraceful Law Firm

February 4th, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Where do you go after you serve as a lackey to Attorney General Eric Holder in the bloody Fast and Furious scandal?  What do you do when you played a role in a policy that lead to the deaths of hundreds of murdered Mexicans and at least one U.S. Border agent?  How could you find employment after the House of Representatives and even the Justice Department Inspector General fingers you as a DOJ employee who should be subject to discipline for your behavior?

Well step right up to high-billing King and Spalding, a disgraceful law firm.

The disgraced DOJ official moving to King and Spalding is former Holder Chief of Staff, and former acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler.  Hiring Grindler is an absolute disgrace and shames the firm.

Gary Grindler

King and Spalding is the same law firm that former Solicitor General Paul Clement left after the firm took on the House of Representatives as a client in the Defense of Marriage Act, then bailed on their client in unseemly fashion due to pressure from the left. 

King and Spalding is the also same disgraceful law firm that refused to reschedule a deposition when an opposing lawyer’s father died, and then sought sanctions from the court against the lawyer!  The federal court spanked the unprofessional conduct of King and Spalding in Williams v. General Motors Corp., 158 F.R.D. 510 (M.D.Ga. 1993).  In the case, Judge Duross Fitzpatrick chastised King and Spalding in a published opinion for trying to “take advantage of the personal crisis” of Coates when he was in private practice.

That’s the sort of people the clients of King and Spalding are associated with.

Some clients of King and Spalding, in case you were wondering where to spend your money (or not), include:

Coca Cola, General Electric, Toyota, Wells Fargo, Chevron, Bank of America, Delta Airlines and UPS.

Going to Court in the Allen West Contest

February 4th, 2013 - 8:01 am

Today, True the Vote filed a federal lawsuit against the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections regarding the contest for the 18th Congressional District in Florida — the Allen West race. The case is brought under the 1993 Motor Voter law. (Full, yet totally unnecessary disclosure: I am one of the lawyers who brought the case, along with Michael Barnett).

In 1993, Motor Voter became law. Most people know about the voter registration requirements in motor vehicle offices — “Would you like to register to vote?”, asks the person renewing your vehicle registration. But Motor Voter was much bigger than just that — it also required voter registration be pushed in welfare offices and drug treatment facilities.

The Holder Justice Department is keen on enforcing that provision, known as Section 7, by teaming up with outside left-wing groups like the NAACP. They have even used clandestine electronic recording methods against Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration to obtain evidence for a lawsuit against the state.

Republicans in 1993 fought like crazy to add another provision to Motor Voter: Section 8. Section 8 requires states and counties to clean up their voter rolls to ensure dead and duplicate voters aren’t voting. Eric Holder isn’t so fond of enforcing Section 8 — his DOJ spiked at least eight investigations  into states with more registered voters than people alive. After public attention, Voting Section Chief Chris Herren fired off some letters to offending states, but nothing else beyond bluster has issued forth from Herren.

T. Chris Herren

The Republicans who fought like crazy in Congress for Section 8 in 1993 then didn’t use it for almost two decades. Not a single private plaintiff brought a case to enforce the law, except by left-wing groups out to stop voter roll clean-ups.

This is typical of Washington, D.C. Insiders think a legislative fix will solve a problem, the Left picks the ball up and runs, and the right quits playing the game. Thus, it was not until Judicial Watch and True the Vote sued Indiana and Ohio for voter roll problems in 2012 that any effort was made to use the law to clean up the rolls.

Remember, when left-wing groups like Project Vote or the ACLU used the law for the prior 20 years, they only used it to stop voter roll clean-up. Nobody was using it to force voter roll clean-ups. Today, True the Vote used a physical public inspection requirement under Section 8 to demand access to voter and election records from the close contest in the 18th Congressional District.

Were non-citizens voting? Were people who live in New York half of the year voting in Florida? How many felons have been removed from the rolls in St. Lucie County? How many foreigners are on the rolls? The lawsuit is designed to obtain answers.

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Go Cocks: Speaking at USC Law Feb 6 @ Noon

February 3rd, 2013 - 7:39 am

My tour through the law schools of the SEC continues this week with a speech at the University of South Carolina School of Law at noon, Wednesday, Feb 6.  (Stay tuned for Ole Miss.) 

I will be talking about the Voting Rights Act and the Shelby County Case in the Supreme Court.  I will also have the real story  behind the South Carolina Voter ID litigation which PJ Media covered here.   I’ll also address why newspapers like the State won’t cover what really happened in this costly mess, and instead try to blame Alan Wilson improperly, when the misconduct of a different Attorney General is to blame.