25 Jun 2012

#Fail: Only 29% Support Obama’s Use of Executive Privilege on Fast & Furious Docs

By |June 25th, 2012|The Blog|0 Comments|

The Hill asked readers if President Obama exercised his authority inappropriately when he claimed executive privilege over documents relating to Operation Fast & Furious.

It was overwhelming:

The Hill Poll found that likely voters disapproved by an almost 2-to-1 margin of Obama’s assertion of presidential power in the case. Overall, 56 percent of voters disapproved of his action, while only 29 percent approved.

Democrats have accused Issa of waging a partisan campaign that has no real purpose save for embarrassing Obama and Holder.

Issa has always denied his pursuit of Holder is politically driven.

Ten percent didn’t answer. I wonder if they even know about it. They might watch NBC.

Hat Tip: Scared Monkeys

22 Jun 2012

Rush Breaks Down The Difference Between Operation Wide Receiver and Fast & Furious (Video)

By |June 22nd, 2012|The Blog|1 Comment|

This is important information to know, especially since the left’s main talking point is this all started under Bush and Holder stopped it.

That’s a lie:

If you don’t share the post, please share the video. This is a very important issue and the Democrats are actively engaging in disinformation.

22 Jun 2012

Jon Stewart Covers Fast & Furious Better Than Main Stream Media (Video)

By |June 22nd, 2012|The Blog|1 Comment|

On the Daily Show, Jon Stewart covered the use of Executive Privilege by President Barack Obama better than ABC and NBC.

And he does it in hysterical fashion:

“DAMN YOU LEE IACOCCA!”

21 Jun 2012

Pelosi: Justice for Brian Terry Isn’t As Important As Jobs

By |June 21st, 2012|The Blog|2 Comments|

This morning the buzz about former Speaker Nancy Pelosi revolves around her statement that she could have arrested Karl Rove at any time. But if you dig deeper into the story, you come across a quote that shows just how heartless this woman really is:

Pelosi also criticized Republicans pushing for justice for Border Patrol agent Brian Terry — as House oversight committee ranking Democratic member Rep. Elijah Cummings has on numerous occasions — as “just strictly political.”

“It’s just the irresponsibility of the Republicans,” Pelosi said. “We want jobs. Why are they spending this time doing this?”

Read it again.

“We want jobs. Why are they spending this time doing this?”

Republicans are spending time doing this because Brian Terry was someone’s son. Brian Terry was someone’s brother.

20 Jun 2012

House Panel Finds Holder Contemptible, or Something – Updated with Video

By |June 20th, 2012|The Blog|0 Comments|

Rep. Darrell Issa said he’d do it, and he did.  Voting down party line, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

The vote was 23-17:

All 23 Republicans on the committee voted for the contempt resolution, while all 17 Democrats voted against it. Every member of the panel was present for the vote.

Minutes after the panel’s decision, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced that the full House will vote on the contempt measure next week.

“While we had hoped it would not come to this, unless the attorney general reevaluates his choice and supplies the promised documents, the House will vote to hold him in contempt next week,” the Republican leaders said in a statement. “If, however, Attorney General Holder produces these documents prior to the scheduled vote, we will give the Oversight Committee an opportunity to review in hopes of resolving this issue.”

This morning, President Obama decided that whole thing about transparency was soooo 2008 and granted Holder’s request for executive privilege, essentially hiding the documents Issa requested.

There’s no reason to believe the House won’t hold Holder in contempt also.

I’m hoping that tonight I can get J. Christian Adams on the phone to discuss the vote and everything that comes next for this weeks podcast.  Look for it later this week.

20 Jun 2012

Rush Limbaugh: The Whole Point of Fast & Furious Was to Create Mayhem in Mexico (Video)

By |June 20th, 2012|The Blog|2 Comments|

It’s what conservative bloggers have been saying all along. It’s why I cringe when I see someone refer to Operation Fast & Furious as a “botched” operation.

It wasn’t botched. It did exactly what it was designed to do.

Guns went into Mexico. People died. American guns were blamed.

The only thing that went wrong is we found out about it.

20 Jun 2012

Most Transparent Administration Ever Hides Fast & Furious Docs Behind Executive Privilege

By |June 20th, 2012|The Blog|2 Comments|

Obama - Pumpus & Smug

President Obama has asserted executive privilege over the Fast and Furious documents Rep. Darrell Issa has been demanding from Attorney General Eric Holder:

President Obama has granted an 11th-hour request by Attorney General Eric Holder to exert executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents, a last-minute maneuver that appears unlikely to head off a contempt vote against Holder by Republicans in the House.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to forge ahead Wednesday morning with its meeting on the contempt resolution anyway.

27 Apr 2012

Context Needed to BATFE’s Claim That 68,000 US Guns Were Seized in Mexico

By |April 27th, 2012|The Blog|0 Comments|

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives claims that since 2006, 68,000 firearms traceable back to the United States have been seized in Mexico. I know the big question is, “How many did the BATFE let walk into the country under their supervision?”

Over two thousand.

The message still being pushed is that a majority of the guns found in Mexico originate in the United States. From the AP:

The flood of tens of thousands of weapons underscores complaints from Mexico that the U.S. is responsible for arming the drug cartels plaguing its southern neighbor. Six years of violence between warring cartels have killed more than 47,000 people in Mexico.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released its latest data covering 2007 through 2011. According to ATF, many of the guns seized in Mexico and submitted to ATF for tracing were recovered at the scenes of cartel shootings while others were seized in raids on illegal arms caches. All the recovered weapons were suspected of being used in crimes in Mexico.

Let’s narrow our focus a bit to a few words in the second sentence.

…many of the guns seized in Mexico and submitted to ATF for tracing…

The 68,000 guns supposedly traceable back to the US were just a sample of the guns confiscated by Mexican authorities. That makes me wonder: how many guns total were seized? If they confiscated 250,000 guns over the last six years, and only 68,000 were US, that’s a fraction of the total pie.

We really need some context on this number.

Oh sure, they give you the whole “68 percent of weapons confiscated are US” line, but again, that just 68 percent of weapons submitted to the BATFE. That’s not 68 percent of all the weapons.

I point you to this article from 2009:

The fact is, only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S.

What’s true, an ATF spokeswoman told FOXNews.com, in a clarification of the statistic used by her own agency’s assistant director, “is that over 90 percent of the traced firearms originate from the U.S.”

But a large percentage of the guns recovered in Mexico do not get sent back to the U.S. for tracing, because it is obvious from their markings that they do not come from the U.S.

“Not every weapon seized in Mexico has a serial number on it that would make it traceable, and the U.S. effort to trace weapons really only extends to weapons that have been in the U.S. market,” Matt Allen, special agent of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told FOX News.

A Look at the Numbers

In 2007-2008, according to ATF Special Agent William Newell, Mexico submitted 11,000 guns to the ATF for tracing. Close to 6,000 were successfully traced — and of those, 90 percent — 5,114 to be exact, according to testimony in Congress by William Hoover — were found to have come from the U.S.

But in those same two years, according to the Mexican government, 29,000 guns were recovered at crime scenes.

In other words, 68 percent of the guns that were recovered were never submitted for tracing. And when you weed out the roughly 6,000 guns that could not be traced from the remaining 32 percent, it means 83 percent of the guns found at crime scenes in Mexico could not be traced to the U.S.

So, if not from the U.S., where do they come from? There are a variety of sources:

– The Black Market. Mexico is a virtual arms bazaar, with fragmentation grenades from South Korea, AK-47s from China, and shoulder-fired rocket launchers from SpainIsrael and former Soviet bloc manufacturers.

– Russian crime organizations. Interpol says Russian Mafia groups such as Poldolskaya and Moscow-based Solntsevskaya are actively trafficking drugs and arms in Mexico.

- South America. During the late 1990s, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) established a clandestine arms smuggling and drug trafficking partnership with the Tijuana cartel, according to the Federal Research Division report from the Library of Congress.

– Asia. According to a 2006 Amnesty International Report, China has provided arms to countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Chinese assault weapons and Korean explosives have been recovered in Mexico.

– The Mexican Army. More than 150,000 soldiers deserted in the last six years, according to Mexican Congressman Robert Badillo. Many took their weapons with them, including the standard issue M-16 assault rifle made in Belgium.

– Guatemala. U.S. intelligence agencies say traffickers move immigrants, stolen cars, guns and drugs, including most of America’s cocaine, along the porous Mexican-Guatemalan border. On March 27, La Hora, a Guatemalan newspaper, reported that police seized 500 grenades and a load of AK-47s on the border. Police say the cache was transported by a Mexican drug cartel operating out of Ixcan, a border town.

Until we get all the data, the percentages and statistics coming out of the BATFE are useless.  Give us the context, not the Mexican talking points.

But then, even if it came back that 90 percent of the weapons found at Mexican crime scenes came from the United States, that’s no reason for free men to surrender their right to bear arms.  It’s not an indictment of our liberties, but of Mexico’s poor border security.

Don’t blame us because you don’t secure your perimeter.

17 Nov 2011

Smoking Gun? Glen Cook Email Shows ATF and DOJ KNEW That Fast and Furious had Walked over 2000 Guns To Mexico – Killing Hundreds Just Two Days After Brian Terry’s Murder

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Smoking Gun? Glen Cook Email Shows ATF and DOJ KNEW That Fast and Furious had Walked over 2000 Guns To Mexico – Killing Hundreds Just Two Days After Brian Terry’s Murder

28 Oct 2011

AG Eric Holder To Testify Before Judiciary Committee Regarding Fast and Furious

By |October 28th, 2011|The Blog|0 Comments|

Progress:

CBS News has learned Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to appear before the House Judiciary Committee regarding “Fast and Furious.” The hearing will take place Dec. 8th.

Judiciary Committee member and head of the House Oversight Committee Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) had requested that Holder appear, in part to dig deeper into when-he-knew-what about ATF’s so-called “gunwalking” operation Fast and Furious.

In May, Holder testified that he only first heard about Fast and Furious a few weeks before. However, as CBS News reported, documents and memos indicate he had been sent multiple briefings mentioning Fast and Furious in 2010.

Holder later explained in a letter to Congress that he didn’t read those memos, and that in any event, nobody at the Justice Department who knew of Fast and Furious was aware of the specific “gunwalking” tactics used.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) thinks that in order for this to be complete, he needs to have former Acting Director of the ATF there also, so he’s bringing in Kenneth Melson.

I don’t get what that move is supposed to do to counter the heat Holder is undoubtedly going to face. I suppose Cummings and the Democrats have some plan to paint Melson as the one responsible for the plan, but I don’t think the media is going to be too interested in that line of thinking.

There’s blood in the water and the sharks are circling Holder.