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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Rep. Gowdy Questions Secret Service Director Pierson About White House Security Breaches

Cartoon by Cameron Cardow 
I watched with great interest the hearing held today by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that attempted to address the security breaches at the White House.

At one point Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), ripped Director Julia Pierson a new one, saying that he didn’t believe the Secret Service takes their duty to protect the president seriously and he has “very low confidence” in her leadership.  “I wish to God that you protected the White House like you’re protecting your reputation right now.”  (The text of her opening statement is here)

Watching the hearing I became annoyed with her constantly turning on and turning off her microphone as she responded to questions in a holier-than-thou monotone voice.

In a scathing report by The Washington Post yesterday, it was learned that the “fence jumper” made it far deeper into the White House than had previously been known which led CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett to suggest that the Administration in tandem with the Secret Service covered up the September 19th security breach.

According to The Washington Free Beacon, “Garrett said criminal charges should have been filed against Omar Gonzalez, the armed combat veteran who stormed inside the White House and led Secret Service agents on a chase throughout the first floor of the residence before being apprehended in the East Room.  Garrett asked why these charges were never filed, suggesting the Secret Service and administration officials wanted to ‘cover up exactly what happened inside the mansion.’”

“Inevitably, if those charges were filed, everyone would have asked what happened inside the executive mansion,” Garrett said. “One explanation for that would be to cover up exactly what happened inside the mansion.”

For this observer, the crème-de-le-crème of the hearing was the moment Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) interrogated the incompetent Secret Service Director.  It was glorious. 


UPDATE:  The Washington Post reported at 5:14 PM today that a security contractor with a gun and three prior convictions for assault and battery was allowed on an elevator with the president during a Sept. 16 trip to Atlanta, violating Secret Service protocols, according to three people familiar with the incident.

The president was not told of the lapse in his security during his trip. Director Julia Pierson, according to two people familiar with the incident, took steps to have the matter reviewed internally and did not refer it to an investigative unit that reviews violations of protocol and standard.

The incident, which rattled Secret Service agents assigned to the president’s detail, occurred as he visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to discuss the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis.

The Tethered Goat

"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. [...] We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant."Sir Karl Popper
We learned last week of America’s first beheading by an animal who had served time in prison and recently converted to Islam while incarcerated.  Alton Alexander Nolen’s Facebook page is permeated with the filthy heresy of Islam.

Published in May 2007, Melanie Phillips’ book Londonistan powerfully elucidated that Great Britain was facing a civilizational test and was in danger of being strangulated by political correctness.

In her foreword, Phillips asserts that “Britain is sleepwalking into Islamization.  Under the noses of British intelligence, a network of terrorists and their sympathizers had used Britain to plot, finance, recruit and train for atrocities in the United States and around the world. The scale of this activity was so large that exasperated European security agencies dubbed Britain's capital city Londonistan.”

What, you may ask, does Londonistan have to do with a beheading in Moore, Oklahoma?

Nolen’s mother Joyce said, "My son was raised up in a loving home.  My son was raised up believing in God. My son was a good kid. I know what they're saying he done, but I'm going to tell you this: That's not my son."

Her son supported Nation of Islam leader and prophet of rage Louis Farrakhan who declared that “America must be burned.”  Fanatics like Farrakhan remain free to peddle their poison to lost souls who seek a sense of belonging and a cause which gives their otherwise aimless and petty lives some twisted, demented meaning.

We are discouraged by our betters on the Left from using any part of our lexicon, which they sanctimoniously deem inflammatory, to describe a world that is being polluted by the filthy heresy of Islam.  There is nothing good or noble about being a victim and yet, we are like the tethered goat that can go so far and no farther.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Eric Holder’s Justice Department is expected to issue a broad new policy in the coming weeks banning religious and other forms of profiling by federal law enforcement officers and the prevention of surveillance of a mosque without signs of criminal activity.

When Holder announced his resignation last Thursday rumors were reignited that Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts could be next in line for the country’s top law enforcement job.  The Boston Globe reported that Patrick has “no plans and no interest in making plans to be the next Attorney General.”

He no doubt knows that confirmation by the Senate would stop at the water’s edge because he embraced the Muslim American Society and Imam Abdullah Faaruuq which federal prosecutors have called “the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.”  Faaruuq commands his followers to “pick up the gun and the sword.”

The Muslim American Society is connected to Imam William Suhaib Webb the former leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma who has ties to al-Qaeda.  The ISGC is the mosque the beheader allegedly attended. 

In 2013 there was a record high 41.3 million immigrants in the U.S., and nearly 300,000 of them came from Muslim countries, and quite possibly could pose a major security threat to America according to the Center for Immigration Studies which based its study on an analysis of Census data from 2010 to 2013.  USA Today reported in 2012 that the number of Islamic places of worship in the United States soared 74% in the past decade.  Islam will overwhelm Christendom without swords, without guns, without conquest.

We must allow the scales to fall from our eyes and demand that local, state and federal authorities do not shrivel and retreat in the face of the “reprimitivization” of the civilized world.

We must refuse to become the tethered goat helplessly awaiting our own slaughter.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Carolina Panthers Vs Baltimore Ravens

Last Sunday, during primetime, the Carolina Panthers embarrassed themselves against the Pittsburgh Steelers losing 37-19.

The Steelers did what any team would do when there’s a weakness; they went after QB Cam Newton who is still nursing a rib injury.  He took some pretty nasty body blows from three sacks and came up limping at one point after being hit in the knees.  For the life of me I can’t understand why Coach Rivera didn’t put in backup QB Derek Anderson.

Today, at M&T Stadium, the 2-1 Panthers will go up against the 2-1Baltimore Ravens.  Everyone is going to be watching the matchup between Panthers’ running back Fozzy Whittaker and the Ravens’ Lorenzo Taliaferro.

The Panthers are pretty banged up this week and the oddsmakers are predicting a Ravens win. 
GO ANGRY KITTIES!
And because no football post would be complete without some pom-poms, please enjoy this photo of the lovely Chandalae.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ten Buck Friday: Six Weeks To Go—Five States In Play For Senate Control In 2015

With six weeks to go, the fight for control of the Senate is down to five states, four of them currently held by Democrats.

This election cycle is vital from the standpoint of not only regaining control of the Senate but also to have an impact on The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer’s ability to appoint (and have confirmed by the Senate) judges to the federal bench and the Supreme Court.

“Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama’s legacy.”
“With so many of the administration’s policies facing legal challenges, the increased likelihood that those cases could end up before more ideologically sympathetic judges is a reassuring development to the White House. Nowhere has this dynamic been more evident than at the District of Columbia court, which is considered the second most important appeals court in the nation, after the Supreme Court.”
“With control of the Senate at stake in November’s midterm elections, the success of Democrats in reshaping the courts is a reminder of the subtle power that the majority party has even in a moribund Congress. Republicans, who have watched with growing alarm as the Obama nominees passed through the Senate, have begun raising the issue as they try to win six seats they need to take the majority.”
In November 2013, Senate Democrats reined in the filibuster through a tactic so extreme is it known as the “nuclear option” which allows a nominee to be confirmed with just 50 votes rather than the 60-vote supermajority that has been the standard for nearly four decades.

Data compiled by The Wall Street Journal indicates, "Since July 3, the largest Super PACs aligned with Democrats have raised four times the money of pro-GOP Super PACs, and have now spent $60 million to Republicans' $38 million.  And, it's not just on the Super PAC side.”

“The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee doubled the fundraising haul of its Republican counterpart in August and had an almost $10 million cash edge heading into the fall. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee ended August with a $5 million lead over the National Republican Senatorial Committee. And, Republican strategists closely watching ad spending in key Senate races acknowledge that they are being outspent—in some cases badly—on TV. In Colorado, for example, Democrats and their allied groups dropped over $1 million on TV ads in the first two weeks of September; Republicans spent just over $300,000.”

“North Carolina and, until recently, Iowa are other examples of where Democrats have used their spending edge to boost their candidates. And, that advantage will get even more important in October. Democrats' early money allowed them to reserve air time at lower rates while Republicans are just now doing that.”

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Place Holder in History

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One thing that ought not to surprise us, but still does, is Barack Obama's uncanny ability to tell whoppers with a straight face. Alongside "the police acted stupidly" and "If you like your doctor you can keep him", are his remarks over the resignation of attorney general Eric Holder. Via the Washington Post:
And through it all, he's shown a deep and abiding fidelity to one of our most cherished ideals as a people, and that is equal justice under the law.
George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson might have something contrary to say about that. Justice for Black Panthers, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Henry Louis Gates...what do all these heroes of  the oxymoronically named Obama Justice Department have in common?
As younger men, Eric and I both studied law, and I chose him to serve as attorney general because he believes, as I do, that justice is not just an abstract theory, it's a living and breathing principle. It's about how our laws interact with our daily lives. It's about whether we can make an honest living...
An honest living? Apparently the answer to that was "no".
"...Eric's proudest achievement, though, might be reinvigorating and restoring the core mission to what he calls the conscience of the building, and that's the Civil Rights Division. He has been relentless against attacks on the Voting Rights Act because no citizen, including our service members, should have to jump through hoops to exercise their most fundamental right."
Jump through hoops? You mean like facing down jack booted thugs with billy clubs standing outside a voting booth? Holder's refusal to see these hoodlums justly punished, apparently only because of the color of their skin, ranks up there with the most egregious civil rights violations of the deeply segregated South.

Attacks on the voting rights of our servicemen? When Democrats hold strategy sessions on how to disallow the votes of our servicemen and women overseas, this is another "If you like your coverage you can keep it" statement.

Civil rights in regards to racial discrimination was ill served by the race pandering attorney general's office, which turned local law enforcement cases like Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown into racially divisive witch hunts, searching not for justice, but for a resolution that fit their racial bias narrative.
He's challenged discriminatory state immigration laws that not only risked harassment of citizens and legal immigrants, but actually made it harder for law enforcement to do its job.
He challenged the state of Arizona which tried to re-enforce federal legislation. Holder has successfully (and hypocritically) ignored all the the municipalities that ignore and even contradict federal immigration law with their "Sanctuary City" laws. Some animals are more equal than others.
"...no one in America should be afraid to walk down the street because of the color of their skin..."
Unless you're white and trying to exercise your right to vote and a New Black Panther stands in front of your polling place with a billy club.
So soon, Eric, Sharon and their kids will be a bit freer to pursue a little more happiness of their own, and thanks to Eric's efforts, so will more Americans, regardless of race or religion, gender or creed, sexual orientation or disability who will receive fair and equal treatment under the law.
I wonder if Obama believes that Brian Terry will be a bit freer to pursue happiness? How about Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi? (Chris Stevens, Sean Smith , Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods could not be reached for comment). Via executive privilege, Obama continues to obstruct Congressional investigations into Fast and Furious, and also  refuses to give an accounting of exactly what took place the night of Sept. 11, 2012. There was no accountability for the lack of security in the face of repeated requests from Chris Stevens, or the lack of a rescue mission, or even possible stand down orders, and there was no curiosity at all on the part of Obama's lap dog attorney general about any of them. And neither Obama or Holder has raised a finger to free Sgt. Tahmooressi, the only person on the planet not allowed to cross our southern border.

Don't get me wrong! I'm glad to see Holder go. It's only six years too late. I am on record as opposing his appointment six years ago, and sadly it's been far worse than I imagined.

The only question now is, given who Obama is, will his next choice be as bad or worse? I have said elsewhere that we should be so lucky as to have Obama appoint someone with enough integrity to investigate Holder after he's gone, but I'm not holding my breath.

Cross posted at Proof Positive

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Steelers vs Panthers

I like the Panthers’ chances to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in tonight’s primetime game from Bank of America Stadium.  Kickoff is 8:30 PM ET on NBC.

The Steelers have had 10 days rest following their 26-6 loss to Baltimore.  Their defense is ranked 27th in the NFL compared to the Panthers who are currently ranked 5th.

QB Ben Roethlisberger has been struggling with his accuracy and the rest of the team, both offense and defense, are flailing on fundamentals.  The Steelers will have to work hard to protect Big Ben from being sacked since Carolina is tied for fourth place with 7 sacks.

The 2-0 Panthers lead the League in giveway/takeaway ratio with 6 takeaways and no giveaways.

There was hope at the beginning of the preseason that Pittsburgh would be a top contender, a thought that was borne out in their first two quarters against the Browns.  Unfortunately, their level of play in the last six quarters has been lackluster.  If that holds, and if the experts’ predictions are right for tonight’s game, my angry kitties will be 3-0.

ROAR PANTHERS!

And because no football post would be complete without some pom-poms, please enjoy this photo of the Junior Top Cats.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Photoshop Of The Day: Fraidy Cat Community Organizer


Florida Gators Vs Alabama Crimson Tide

At 3:30 PM ET CBS will air the game between the Florida Gators (2-0) and my beloved Crimson Tide of Alabama (3-0).

Florida needed three O/Ts to finally win against the Kentucky Wildcats last week.  The Gators will play today’s game at 101,821-seat Bryant-Denny Stadium.  Talk about your 12th man.  How intimidating must it be to run onto the field and hear the deafening noise of so many crimson and Houndstooth-clad fans screaming at the top of their lungs and the sound of “Sweet Home Alabama” blaring over the stadium speakers?

In the Gators’ last meeting with Bama, they lost 38-10 in 2011 at home.  Last year Florida lost seven straight games to close their season leaving fans bewildered and frustrated.

I know Florida wants nothing less than revenge for their heart-breaking loss in 2009 that left Tim Tebow helplessly crying on the sidelines as Bama rolled 32-13 to the BCS Championship Game.  Bama went on to become National Champs as they defeated the Texas Longhorns 37-21.

Today, East meets West in which my boys are favored by at least two scores.  I hope I don’t have to watch bunch of Gator fans doing their trademark “chomping”.  So…

ROLL TIDE ROLL!

And because no football post would be complete without some pom-poms, please enjoy this photo of some Bama lovelies.

UPDATE:  Today’s game was more like the Blake Sims/Amari Cooper/Derrick Henry show.  Sims threw for a total of 445 yards.  Despite the Gators’ Vernon Hargreave’s valiant effort to stop him, Cooper had 10 receptions for 201 yards and Henry carried the ball 20 times for a total of 111 yards.  Time of possession for Florida was 20:44 compared to Bama’s 39:16.  Even though The Tide had 4 turnovers they still defeated the Gators 42-21 with a total of 645 yards.  Florida was only able to rack up 200 yards.

The game was hard-fought on both sides of the ball.  I know fans of the Gators are disappointed but they shouldn’t be.  They played with class.

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