The Pesky Truth About Stuff — Some Serious, Some Funny

by Garnet92

Pesky Truth is about two things: serious political writings and satirical pieces where I get to poke fun at politicians (like Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Dianne Feinstein, etc.). To visit the “making fun of” section of Pesky Truth, click SATIRE.

Serious Topics

Obama is a lazy, part-time president  An analysis of Obama’s golf outings and some of his fundraising numbers  [July 25, 2014]  NEW!

The Texas Navy  Who knew Texas had a navy? Well, we do and it’s a kickass navy patrolling the Rio Grande  [July 15, 2014]

The Barack Obama Question: Incompetence or Ignorance?  Another perspective on the question about whether the president is incompetent or ignorant  [July 8, 2014]

Cochran’s black democrat voters reckon that it will soon be payback time  Black democrats who helped Thad Cochran win in Mississippi will expect him to return the favor if/when he returns to the Senate  [July 8, 2014]

All’s fair in Love, War, and Mississippi?  Some really funky activities by the GOP establishment against a Tea Party candidate  [July 8, 2014]

Trey Gowdy Whacks IRS Commissioner into Little Pieces  A 5:53 video of Rep. Gowdy questioning IRS chief Koskinen (it’s a blood bath)  [June 25, 2014]

Finally, Some Legal Action with Balls  Reblogged from Powerline, this post contains a legal letter from True the Vote to the IRS about the “lost” emails  [June 17, 2014]

Why Team Obama Was Blindsided by the Bergdahl Backlash  This is an article written by retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters about the Bergdahl prisoner swap  [June 4, 2014]

Faithless Execution – Impeachment is a matter of political will  A National Review article by Andrew McCarthy about impeachment.  [June 1, 2014]

Who’s in charge here? Take me to your leader  This is yet another piece lamenting the Talker-in-Chief, Barack Obama and responsibility.  [May 28, 2014]

Who’s Pushing the National Popular Vote Scheme?  Should we dump the Electoral College and switch to a national popular vote?  [May 18, 2014]

The Benghazi Cover-Up: questions for the House Select Committee  I’m suggesting a few of the questions that MUST be answered by Obama and Hillary  [May 6, 2014]

How the Truth-O-Matic came to be  This is a fictional story about the invention of a truth detecting device the size of a cellphone [May 2, 2014]

Now it’s Personal  This is about the impact that Obamacare recently had on my personal life.  [Mar. 29, 2014]

Obama Admitted His Plan  While discussing the Simpson-Bowles Commission’s plans to fix our economy, Obama related his real plans.  [Feb. 20, 2014]

Connect the Dots: The Shadow Party  An update of an essay originally done in 2009, this essay covers the Soros-supported “Shadow Party,” a collection of leftist groups dedicated to transforming the U.S. into a more socialist society  [Feb. 8, 2014]

Connect the Dots: George Soros  An update of an essay originally done in 2009, it shows how Soros uses his fortune to affect the political climate in the U.S.  [Feb 4, 2014]

Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s Puppet Master  An essay introducing Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s closest trusted advisor and dear friend  [Jan 30, 2014]

Can voter fraud cancel your vote? (part 2)  Part 2 has statistics on closeness of elections, number of frauds identified, and hacking a voting machine  [Jan 23, 2014]

Can voter fraud cancel your vote? (part 1)  This is part 1 of a multi-part series on voter fraud  [Jan 17, 2014]

How the RNC has screwed us all, but Milo spills the beans  More than you ever wanted to know about a 1982 Consent Decree and its ramifications  [Jan 7, 2014]

The Worst Crime in American History  Here we’re presenting another view of Obama’s birth certificate (COLB) from Douglas Vogt, worth looking at. [Jan 1, 2014]

I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Constitution  This is about how Barack Obama ignores the limitations placed on the presidency by the Constitution to gain his Imperial Presidency  [Dec 18, 2013]

Democrats Screwed up the Country Big Time, This Time  This essay is about the IPAB. The 15 member board created by Obamacare (PPACA). It is plain evil.  [Dec 7, 2013]

A Doctor SUMMING UP OBAMACARE IN ONE SENTENCE  Nothing more to say about this one  [Dec 6, 2013].

The Obama Scale  Like the Fujita tornado scale or the Richter earthquake scale, I’m proposing an Obama scale to quantify the severity of a lie. [Dec 1, 2013]

Some Tasty Political Tidbits (Friday, Nov. 22, 2013)  A few miscellaneous political news bits well worth nibbling on.  [Nov. 22, 2013]

There’s a Lot Obama Doesn’t Know  How many times does Obama expect us to swallow the “I didn’t know” excuse?  [Nov 16, 2013]

Republicans About to Walk into a Trap – Again  Rep. Upton’s plan to allow people to keep their old plans may be a trap, and here’s why.  [Nov. 14, 2013]

Why Did Obama Lie?  He had to lie, if the truth had been known, the ACA wouldn’t have passed Congress and he wouldn’t have been reelected.  [Nov. 9, 2013]

Doctors Have Their Own Problems  We’re already short of doctors and the ACA threatens to reduce their numbers even more  [Nov. 6, 2013]

Are We Being Snookered – Again?  More ACORN voter registration on our dime is now included in Obamacare – who knew? [Nov. 1, 2013]

More Hidden Costs of Obamacare  What about the costs associated with the insurance company’s software complying with Obamacare – who will pay for that? [Oct. 31, 2013].

Benghazi – Who Issued the “Stand Down” Order?  Some new information from a knowledgeable source about the Benghazi “Stand Down” order. [Oct. 30, 2013]

John McAfee on healthcare.gov.  See what security expert John McAfee, the founder of McAfee security software has to say about the new healthcare.gov site.  [Oct. 23, 2013]

An Extraconstitutional Coup. This piece examines the use of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and Cloward-Piven’s strategy to assist president Obama in redistributing the wealth of the U.S.  [Oct. 16, 2013]

Our NEW Civil war. This is about the war going on between informed voters and low information voters – and they’re winning.  [Oct. 5, 2013]

Ted Cruz: Intelligent and driven.  Want to know more about the junior Senator from Texas? Many are calling him a rising conservative force in the Senate.   [Sept. 14, 2013]

The following four parts make up an exhaustive study of the effect on our daily lives if (when) an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) strikes the earth – either via a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) or from a high level nuclear explosion – the data are chilling.

Part 1: What is an EMP and why should I worry?

Part 2: How Damaging Could It Be?

Part 3: Nuclear Detonation as a Source of EMP’s

Part 4: Is There Anything We Can Do?

13-month-old Baby shot in Cold Blood  This is the story of a 17-year-old black teen who shot a baby, in a stroller, while his mother watched.

Could Your Own Car Be Used to Kill You?  This is a chilling report on how our own cars can be remotely hacked and made to crash. This is scary!  [July 1, 2013] UPDATED July 26, 2013)

Where Was Obama?  Why won’t the White House disclose the whereabouts of our president during the Banghazi attack? Don’t we have a right to know?  [May 20, 2013]

How Do We Make Sense of Obama’s, Clinton’s and Panetta’s Actions during the Benghazi Attack?  Obama, Hillary, et al, did what was politically expedient in handling Benghazi and now are trying to cover up their botched mismanagement  [May 12, 2013]

“No one is asking you to give up your guns”  No, they’re not ASKING, they’re trying to FORCE us to give up our guns [Apr. 13, 2013]

“I Misspoke” and Other Lies  Now, we have “no fault” lying  [Apr. 8, 2013]

The Book of Progressivism  How the “progressives” determine what they’re FOR and what they’re AGAINST – it’s really very simple  [Apr. 1, 2013]

Guns, Politics, and Poll Dancing  The gun show “loophole” and polls  [Mar. 14, 2013] 

When Seconds Count …  More guns on the street = declining crime  [Feb. 25, 2013] 

Real life “what if” Scenarios:

You hear glass breaking … A family can’t fight back without a gun – what would YOU do?  [Jan. 30, 2013]

If a teacher had been armed … Adam Lanza could have been stopped  [Jan. 6, 2013]

Why carry a handgun?

Reason and Force  Only two ways to convince someone, reason or force  [Feb. 4, 2013]

Sandy Hook, Adam Lanza and Arming Teachers:

Adam Lanza broke the law  (by my count, 38 of them)  [Dec. 29, 2012NOTE: this post was updated with new information on April 7, 2013

Arming teachers: How it could work  This is an idea for arming (trained) teachers and how hardening schools could work to save our kids  [Dec. 28, 2012]

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Obama is a lazy, part-time president

[While living an extravagant lifestyle on the taxpayer’s dime.]

In all likelihood, the Presidency of the United States is the toughest job on the planet. It is an extremely demanding and sometimes thankless job, so much so that it begs the question, why would anyone want it? It’s also a time-consuming job (at least it was until Barack Obama came along). Indeed, the president’s job is a 24/7 job. When that proverbial call comes, the president must be available, no matter the hour.

While we recognize that no job is likely more stressful and some downtime is necessary to “recharge one’s batteries,” there is a limit to how much time a president can spend engrossed in non-presidential activities.

We believe that president (sic) Obama exceeds that limit especially in the area of golfing and fundraising.

His Golf Outings

Obama and golf montage

The president only played 27 times in 2009, his first year in office, including seven rounds during his vacations on Martha’s Vineyard and Hawaii.

In his second year, Mr. Obama played a little more, 31 rounds.

The president played a few more in his third year, 34 rounds.

But then in 2012, something important forced the president to cut back on his leisure-time activities and devote his energies to a really important task. What could be so important that the president would forego his favorite relaxation? A terrorist attack? A California earthquake? Iran attacking Israel?

No … something more important … his reelection.

He was so busy working at getting reelected, his annual total fell to only 19 rounds in 2012, seven of which were in the two months after he won a second term.

Thus, he’s proven that he can forego golf if something important – really, really important comes along – something like getting reelected.

Not having to run for office again has given Mr. Obama a free pass to spend nearly every weekend on the golf course. Now, with his last really, really important task behind him, he is able to relax and enjoy himself. So in 2013, he really outdid himself and played a total of 48 rounds of golf.

So far in 2014, he’s played 21 rounds, and with more to come, he’ll soon eclipse the 200th round of his presidency.

We can extrapolate how much time he’s spent on the links by multiplying his typical time to shoot a round (he regularly takes 6 hours).

True, average golfers only take 4 to 4½ hours, but Obama routinely takes close to 6 hours (a glacial pace), and sometimes even more, according to this piece in the USAToday, quoting the NYT. And, we must remember that he doesn’t have to wait to tee off and it’s unlikely that he ever has to wait for a slow foursome ahead of him.

Figuring on 6 hours per round and 200 rounds, President Obama has taken about 1,200 hours out of his busy schedule to play golf.

That’s 150 8-hour days! Get that? Our president spent one hundred fifty work-days playing golf – so far - and he’s not done yet.

President Bush stopped playing golf in August, 2003 after deciding it was not appropriate to be seen playing golf while American troops fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. Until then, President Bush had played 24 rounds of golf.

Mr. Obama has shown no such deference to the optics of playing golf while the country is approaching crises level in a number of different areas, all of which desperately need attention.

For anyone who might be interested, here is a website that keeps track of every round of golf the president plays – both the date and location of each round.

His Fundraising

Obama fundraising money

Obama has hosted more fundraisers so far than the last 5 presidents … combined.

Obama is attending ANOTHER fund raiser tonight (Wednesday, July 23, 2014). He is also scheduled for several more in the next few days. He looks like he’s ramping up his efforts leading up to his extended sixteen-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard from August 9th through the 24th.

In his first term, Obama attended more fundraising events than any other president in history. According to author Brendan J. Doherty, from 2008 to 2012 Obama went to 321 events, compared to just 80 for Ronald Reagan.  And, he’s done 72 events in his second term – 34 this year alone.

So far, he’s well ahead of the pace of George W. Bush who in his two presidential terms combined hosted a total of 318 fundraisers. Obama has already smashed that number with 395 events to date with about eighteen months to go.

Three hundred ninety-five fundraising events!

You’d think that he doesn’t have anything better to do.

Or, perhaps a better, more accurate statement would be that (outside of golf) he doesn’t think that he has anything better to do.

A Rhetorical Question: When Obama’s not fundraising or playing golf exactly what does he do?

Considering the unimaginable damage he has inflicted on the United States during his time in office, we might do well to encourage that he spend even more time fundraising and playing golf. As sorry as he is at bowling, basketball, and golf, he’s even worse as president.

Garnet92

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The Texas Navy

Texas has a navy? Who knew?

Well, it is a small one, but it is quite good at what it’s designed to do: slow (or stop) the unimpeded crossing of the Rio Grande River separating the U.S. from Mexico. Smugglers, both drug and human variants, have been able to cross into the U.S. without fear of being stopped by the Border Control.

They’ve used boats, jet skis, various types of water craft and floating debris to cross the river and our federal government (apparently) hasn’t been concerned with stopping them.

Enter the Texas Navy…

THP patrol boat

The black and white patrol vessels are equipped with ballistic shielding, four to six FN M240B fully automatic .30 caliber machine guns capable of a 900 RPM rate of fire. The crew members also have night vision capabilities to support night operations.

The 34-foot shallow water interceptors are manned by the DPS Tactical Marine Unit (TMU) comprised of 40 DPS troopers, whose task it is to detect, deter, and disrupt those who break state laws and endanger citizens along the Rio Grande River and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Texas DPS already has some of the best interdiction troopers in the country. It was no small task to transition these forty individuals from working primarily as individuals to being part of a tight-knit team. Teams that must prepare, deploy, execute and demobilize together successfully as a unit.

Texas Navy MTU troopers in training

In addition to their previous DPS training, members of the TMU have been thoroughly trained and certified in nautical operations of the vessels as well as tactically maneuvering of the vessels in hostile environments.

They have attended Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division training to be certified to conduct vessel boarding for safety inspections and they’ve undergone Marine Law Enforcement training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.

The cross-department training enables the TMU units to work together in a combined effort with U.S. Border Patrol, Customs Border Protection, Texas Ranger Recon/DPS Swat, Department of Defense and other numerous local law enforcement agencies.

And, of course, the coastal TMU also works side by side with the U.S. Coast Guard. The TMU can respond to search and rescue cases along the coast as well as assist in High Interest Vessel boarding.

The Texas Navy brings a much needed boost to our Mexican border capabilities and addresses a previous untenable position of being at a disadvantage when dealing with cartel-outfitted and financed smuggling operations.

These six new boats are a shot in the arm to Texas’ border defenses.

Texas Navy gunboat

Each boat is outfitted with three 300 horsepower engines that can propel the boat to speeds of more than 65 mph – or move almost noiselessly along a waterway when stealthier operations are required. The boats can operate in as little as 22 inches of water and can turn on a dime.

Each fully outfitted boat cost approximately $580,000 and was funded by the Texas Legislature and grants from Homeland Security.

DPS purchased the boats from Bradenton, Florida-based manufacturer Yellowfin Yachts. Yellowfin modifies its 34-foot fishing boats for military and police purposes.

The Yellowfin 34 is 34’8” long, weighs 8,800 pounds, has a 10-foot beam and can handle up to 1,050 horsepower. The base price for a Yellowfin 34 is $250,000 (without propulsion), but Texas DPS militarized the vessel with necessary modifications, such as adding retractable, protective ballistic panels and four to six machine gun mounts, bringing the price up to the $580,000 level.

Texas Navy patrol vessel J D DavisThe six boats were delivered in 2012 and the Texas Navy is now fully operational. Each is named for a fallen Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper killed in the line of duty. Pictured is the J.D. Davis, other boats are named for troopers David Rucker, Bill Davidson, Troy Hogue, Russell Boyd, and Scott Burns.

The TMU and the patrol vessels represent a significant enhancement of the state’s efforts in combating Mexican cartels and other criminal organizations transporting illegal drugs into Texas, as well as a variety of weapons, explosives and munitions southbound into Mexico.

Texas has 27 ports of entry, 1,254 miles of border with Mexico and 367 miles of coastline, making it hard to watch smugglers. The Texas leg of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, a coastal canal, extends hundreds of miles from Sabine Pass to Port Isabel.

Measuring over 267,000 square miles, the state is bigger than France and twice the size of Germany. The Yellowfin border patrol boats help shrink that coastline for the Texas DPS’ Tactical Marine Units.

Now, with the Texas Navy out in full force, they’re sending a forceful message to the Mexican cartels: “Don’t Mess with Texas.”

Rick Perry on Texas Navy gunboat

At left is a photo-op that president (sic) Obama missed (you know how he hates photo-ops anyway).

It shows Governor Rick Perry in a ride-along in one of the state’s Texas Navy’s patrol boats. On the far left you can just make out Sean Hannity who was also on the Texas border interviewing Gov. Perry for his television show.

Governor Perry looks the part of a real leader here, totally immersed and intent on solving a problem  that is his responsibility as Governor. Unfortunately president (sic) Barack Obama was too busy to visit the border during his Texas fund-raising trip, so he wasn’t aboard – he “missed the boat” so to speak.

As a matter of fact, Obama isn’t on board for anything that doesn’t include rubbing shoulders with wealthy democrat contributors, hobnobbing with Hollywood celebrities, vacationing or playing golf.

He does seem to have an aversion to doing his job – the job the American people hired him to do. Oh well, he probably would just have been in the way anyway.

But then, on the other hand, he might have fallen overboard …

 

Garnet92

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The Barack Obama Question: Incompetence or Ignorance?

Obama at teleprompterI’m going to approach the question about Barack Obama’s intelligence and/or incompetence from another perspective.

Short of seeing his college records, intelligence tests, etc., we really don’t have any objective measure of “the smartest president evah” claim. His sycophants are quick to label him as “highly intelligent” and they do this based on his eloquence – i.e., his public speaking. And he is quite good at delivering the words that scroll by on his teleprompter.

But he can’t answer real questions, on-the-fly, contemporaneously, without the benefit of others feeding him answers.

He can answer some questions, like comparing Kobe and LeBron, but how would fare if instead, there were tough questions that coming from an expert questioner like say, Rep. Trey Gowdy?

Of course, we all know that he would rather tell Michelle “yes, Pookie, that dress DOES make your ass look big” (a suicidal act), than submit to questions from a tough questioner, like Gowdy.

But as long as he controls the public’s access to what he says or writes, we only see and hear what he allows us to see or hear. The media only reports on his successes (few) and buries his failures (too many to mention).

One of our partners-in-crime here at N&F (the esteemed Grouchy) recently sent us a link to White House salaries. The website listed 456 people along with their title and salary. Scanning through the list, one can’t help but notice how many advisors there are – many are apparently specialists in a particular discipline (based on their titles).

Honestly, I didn’t count them, but the list is 21 pages long and I’m estimating that there were approximately 50 or 60 with advisor in their titles.

The point is, president Obama doesn’t have to KNOW anything – he’s got people to research the answers. He’s got people to estimate and forecast the ramifications of various options and assign probabilities of success or failure. His people also know his philosophical perspectives and, no doubt provide a summation based on his political leanings. It’s likely that all he has to do is choose an option from a multiple-choice menu of actions.

Larry, Moe or Curly could answer a question or arrive at a solution to a problem given all of the support that is available to Obama. You or I could do (at least) as well as Obama given all of the advisory horsepower at his disposal. He doesn’t need to BE smart to APPEAR smart.

And yet, this supposedly “smartest guy in the room,” has consistently made awful decisions. He’s been defeated TWENTY times by unanimous Supreme Court rulings – and note that those unanimous rulings include two of his own appointees.

He’s made a series of blunders, including his bald-faced lies about keeping plans and doctors under Obamacare and saving $2,500. I’m sure that he wouldn’t have made those claims if he KNEW that he’d get caught and would be held responsible for a series of outright lies. Even the left-leaning Washington Post gave Obama the dubious award for telling the “Lie of the year” in 2013 – actually that’s a single award for multiple lies.

The disproven Benghazi video story HAD to have been approved by him and his decision to release five terrorists from Guantanamo has met with negative reactions from the public. And now, most are blaming him for the flood of illegals coming into the country (and rightfully so). And if all of that weren’t bad enough, what about leaving Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi to languish in a Mexican prison cell for over three months – without lifting a finger to intercede?

A simple telephone call from the president could work wonders for Sgt. Tahmooressi as well as the flood of illegals coming through our porous Southern border. Why no pressure on Mexico to resolve either problem?

There are too many specifics to list here, but it is catching up to him as his approval numbers are now below George Bush’s and polls show that a majority of Americans feel that the country would have been better off if Romney had been elected.

So, the question remains, how could a supposedly highly intelligent Obama screw things up so badly even though he is supported by a sizeable staff of well-paid, smart people whose only job is to help him make informed decisions?

My hypothesis is that he is an idiot savant. For those of you in Rio Linda:

Id-i-ot sa-vant: a mentally defective person with an exceptional skill or talent in a special field, for example, a highly developed ability to give a speech while reading from a teleprompter.

That would explain everything. No doubt, his army of advisors brings him realistic options complete with pros and cons, but his mentally defective intellect precludes him from taking their reasoned advice and so the mentally defective makes a unilateral decision – and, as usual, it sucks.

Additionally, I think that a combination of his narcissism and his bevy of “yes” men prevent him from understanding when he screws up. How could that be? The infallible, prodigious, intellect made a mistake? It cannot be.

I think that it’s not within Obama’s ability to process his own failure. He has said that he only learns about events from “mainstream” media. If it’s not in the liberal newspapers, he doesn’t know about it – and of course, that’s the last place that any problems attributable to the president will appear.

So he strolls briskly down the pathway to being the “worst president in U.S. history” and hasn’t a clue about his travel. Right now, he’s about two clicks below “poor” and hustling on down the road towards “crap.”

But his direction of travel is not new, he’s been barely adequate (at best) in all of his previous jobs. As a president, he’s far from adequate; he’d have to improve to achieve poor.

Finally, to summarize, I believe that Barack Hussein Obama is both ignorant and incompetent. He is too ignorant to comprehend his incompetence, and he is too incompetent to recognize his ignorance.

It’s time to start counting the days ‘till he’s gone.

(928 days, or 22,272 hours, or 1,336,320 minutes, or 80,179,200 seconds).

It can’t come soon enough.

Garnet92

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Cochran’s black democrat voters reckon that it will soon be payback time.

The following are excerpts from a Yahoo News article published 7/5/2014, read the full article HERE.

Black Cochran supporters

After black voters helped Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran survive an intense Republican primary runoff against an insurgent conservative challenger, some civil rights leaders in the South want him to repay the favor.

Their request? Cochran should lead the charge in the Senate to renew a key section of the Voting Rights Act struck down last year by the Supreme Court’s conservative majority.

“But for the Voting Rights Act, those African-Americans who turned out to the polls … to support his re-election would not have had the opportunity to do so,” said Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson.

Black Mississippians, who AP exit polls have indicated overwhelmingly vote Democratic, have voted for Cochran in general elections in the past, but have never before been such a key voting bloc in a contested GOP contest. He must now ponder how to respond to that unusual primary coalition while mending fissures inside the state GOP, which is mostly supported by voters who are white.

“One has to be careful what we ask the senator to do,” said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s envoy to Congress who worked in Mississippi during the civil rights movement as part of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

What they’re referring to are the changes to the Voting Rights Act that was modified by a Supreme Court decision a year ago. Many black activists, like the NAACP maintain that federal oversight is still needed and want the controls on certain states reinstated.

Cochran declined a request for comment about his position on that effort and hasn’t said anything publicly about the Voting Rights Act since his come-from-behind win in a runoff election that featured a surge in turnout compared to the primary, particularly in counties where a majority of voters are black.

“Everyone expects to get votes from both sides, and he’s been under attack from that,” she said. “I wouldn’t expect him to immediately stand up and make this his fight. His first task is to get himself back to the Senate.”

And then … after he’s entrenched for another six years, he can do their bidding …

The establishment RINOs weren’t shy about asking Mississippi’s black democrats to help Cochran out when he was in danger of being defeated, wouldn’t they expect Cochran to return the favor after he’s reelected?

Isn’t that exactly what we conservatives are rebelling against? A candidate that talks like a conservative Republican during a campaign, but votes like a democrat after he’s elected? That is exactly what the term RINO (Republican in Name Only) was invented to describe – and that’s precisely what Thad Cochran is – a RINO.

Garnet92

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All’s fair in Love, War, and Mississippi?

Thad Cochran 01

They say “Karma’s a bitch” and “what goes around comes around.” Both sayings may come to describe the cosmic retribution that is creeping up on Thad Cochran’s victory in last week’s Mississippi Senatorial runoff.

Chris McDaniel’s campaign now claims to have identified roughly 2,000 ballots that appear illegitimate after combing through the books of just a few counties. Remember that he doesn’t necessarily need to find enough evidence to equal or overcome Cochran’s 6,900 margin, only enough to convince a judge that there was sufficient foul play to call the election’s results into question.

And in addition to that, we now have Rev. Stevie Fielder, an associate pastor at First Union Missionary Baptist Church in Meridian, Mississippi who says that Cochran’s campaign “told me to offer blacks $15 each and to vote for Thad.”

Rev. Fielder showed a reporter four text messages from a Saleem Baird, who purported to be a Cochran staffer. The messages used an official Cochran email address and included detailed instructions of how envelopes containing the money would be distributed. One message says, “Send me individual names and amounts along with home address to saleem@thadforms.com and I’ll have money separated in envelopes at the office waiting for you.”

Fielder further alleges that others like him were given cash to distribute in a similar fashion. He claimed that he also discussed the alleged vote buying scheme with Cochran’s campaign manager Kirk Sims and a woman named “Amanda.”

Fielder said he helped distribute the Cochran cash for votes on a promise of eventually getting paid $16,000 – and because a key Cochran campaign staffer convinced him that Cochran’s conservative challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel was racist. “They sold me on the fact that he was a racist and that the right thing to do was to keep him out of office,” Fielder said.

But Cochran’s campaign never paid Rev. Fielder the promised $16,000. To paraphrase another old saying, “there’s no honor among thieves – or among crooked politicians.”

Fielder also now says he was misled about McDaniel’s character. He said he “took a good look at the campaign ads” and came to understand that “McDaniel was not a racist.”

Me and other people were misguided and misled,” Fielder said. “He’s been done wrong,” Fielder said of McDaniel. “He’s not what they said that he is.”

So, evidence is mounting that Cochran’s campaign not only lied about McDaniel in campaign materials, but they bought votes as well.

Both federal and state law prohibit “buying” votes. Mississippi’s statute that prohibits vote buying states that any candidate engaged in such a practice should disqualified from running in that race for the office or shall be removed from that office if they have been elected into it.

Seems like we’ve strayed a long way from the character and sacred honor pledged by the founders when they bet everything they had on the creation of a United States deriving it’s powers from the consent of the governed. I don’t see much character or sacred honor displayed in Thad Cochran’s campaign. That alone ought to disqualify him from being a U.S. Senator.

Garnet92

Read the full story at: Vote-for-pay scheme.

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Trey Gowdy Whacks IRS Commissioner Koskinen into little pieces.

Trey Gowdy Whacks the IRS Commissioner, Mr. Koskinen into little pieces.

If you’re a conservative and you want to start this Tuesday off on a happy note, you gotta see this!

I’ve been wondering where Trey Gowdy was, since I haven’t seen much written about him lately. I assumed that he was busily at work investigating the Benghazi scandal and keeping things on the “down low” until he was ready to expose the evidence damning Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Well, he showed up at the IRS hearing and proceeded to hack and slash poor Mr. Koskinen into tiny, little pieces. What a prosecutor this guy is – as smug as Koskinen has been thus far, Gowdy had him stuttering and mumbling, having difficulty composing his replies. I wouldn’t have been surprised to see him break down, sobbing uncontrollably, admitting that “I shot the sheriff.”

Watch and enjoy!

The country needs an army of Trey Gowdys to expose the entire Obama administration and his democrat sycophants for what they are. God bless Representative Gowdy! 

I picked this up from Hot Air, posted at 8:41 am on June 24, 2014 by Ed Morrissey.

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Finally, Some Legal Action with Balls

Cleta Mitchell to the IRS: Answer this

From PowerlinePosted by Scott Johnson, June 16, 2014

Washington superlawyer Cleta Mitchell represents True the Vote, one of the groups illegally targeted by the IRS in the scandals that have exposed the agency as a partisan operation. True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht has been harassed by federal law enforcement authorities representing three different federal agencies. They represent the price of politics in the Age of Obama.

Cleta has just served the letter below on the attorneys at the Department of Justice representing the IRS in True the Vote’s pending lawsuit referenced in the subject line below. She has also served the letter on Steptoe & Johnson partner Brigida Benitez comes. Benitez comes in for special attention in Cleta’s letter; she represents the IRS defendants who are sued in their individual capacity.

Cleta has graciously forwarded a copy of her letter to us. Given the newsworthiness of the subject, we are promptly posting it verbatim without further comment for the moment:

RE: TTV v. IRS et al, 1:13-cv-00734 (D.D.C.), Litigation Hold – Preservation of Responsive Evidence

Dear Counsel:

As you know, True the Vote (“TTV”) filed its lawsuit in the above-referenced matter on May 21, 2013. By the time TTV filed its suit, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and its employees and officials were on notice of the commencement of several congressional investigations. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (“Oversight”), the House Committee on Ways and Means (“Ways and Means”) and the Senate Finance Committee (“Senate Finance”) (collectively, “the Committees”) have each provided notice to the IRS of their ongoing investigations into the IRS, and specifically, Defendant Lois Lerner and her activities related to the issues involved in the TTV litigation for over a year now.

Late Friday, the IRS apparently advised the Ways & Means Committee that the IRS has “lost” Lois Lerner’s hard drive which includes thousands of Defendant Lerner’s e-mail records. However, several statutes and regulations require that the records be accessible by the Committees, and, in turn, must be preserved and made available to TTV in the event of discovery in the pending litigation. Those statutes include the Federal Records Act, Internal Revenue Manual section 1.15.6.6 (which refers to the IRS’s preservation of electronic mail messages), IRS Document 12829 (General Records Schedule 23, Records Common to Most Offices, Item 5 Schedule of Daily Activities), 36 C.F.R. 1230 (reporting accidental destruction,) and 36 CFR 1222.12. Under those records retention regulations, and the Federal Records Act generally, the IRS is required to preserve emails or otherwise contemporaneously transmit records for preservation.

Therefore, the failure for the IRS to preserve and provide these records to the Committees would evidence either violations of numerous records retention statutes and regulations or obstruction of Congress.

Federal courts have held, in the context of trial, that the bad faith destruction of evidence relevant to proof of an issue gives rise to an inference that production of the evidence would have been unfavorable to the party responsible for its destruction. See Aramburu v. The Boeing Co., 112 F.3d 1398, 1407 (10th Cir. 1997). The fact that the IRS is statutorily required to preserve these records yet nevertheless publicly claimed that they have been “lost” appears to evidence bad faith. 18 U.S.C. § 1505 makes it a federal crime to obstruct congressional proceedings and covers obstructive acts made during the course of a congressional investigation, even without official committee sanction. See, e.g., United States v. Mitchell, 877 F.2d 294, 300–01 (4th Cir. 1989); United States v. Tallant, 407 F. Supp. 878, 888 (D.N.D Ga. 1975).

Further, by letters dated September 17, 2013, TTV provided notice to counsel for the individual IRS Defendants in this litigation. The “Individual Defendants” are: Steven Grodnitzky, Lois Lerner, Steven Miller, Holly Paz, Michael Seto, Douglas Shulman, Cindy Thomas, William Wilkins, Susan Maloney, Ronald Bell, Janine L. Estes, and Faye Ng. TTV’s September 17, 2013 correspondence reminded you and your clients of the Individual Defendants’ obligation “not to destroy, conceal or alter any paper or electronic files, other data generated by and/or stored on your clients’ computer systems and storage media (e.g. hard disks, floppy disks, backup tapes) or any other electronic data, such as voicemail.” We identified the scope as encompassing both the personal and professional or business capacity of your clients and involving data “generated or created on or after July 15, 2010.” See Attached Letters to Ms. Benitez and Messrs. Lamken and Shur.

As the D.C. District Court has found, “[a] party has a duty ‘to preserve potentially relevant evidence . . . “once [that party] anticipates litigation.”’” Zhi Chen v. District of Columbia, 839 F. Supp. 2d 7, 12 (D.D.C. 2011) (internal citations omitted). In fact, “[t]hat obligation ‘runs first to counsel, who has a duty to advise his client of the type of information potentially relevant to the lawsuit and of the necessity of preventing its destruction[,]’” and “also extends to the managers of a corporate party, who ‘are responsible for conveying to their employees the requirements for preserving evidence.’” Id. (internal citations omitted).

By letter dated September 25, 2013, Ms. Benitez acknowledged receipt of our “litigation hold” letter, and vociferously objected to our having the temerity to send such a letter, “rejecting” our characterization of documents to be preserved. Indeed, Ms. Benitez, you indicated that you took great offense at having been put on notice to preserve and maintain documents related to the issues of this litigation. You further advised however, that you would continue to advise “your clients as appropriate and, as always, will abide by my legal and ethical obligations.” Attached Response of Ms. Benitez.

The public reports released late on Friday, June 13, 2014 stated that the IRS now claims to have “lost” the emails of defendant Lois Lerner. These reports are particularly astonishing in light of your representations, Ms. Benitez, that [you] would “advise your clients, as appropriate, and [would] abide by your legal and ethical obligations.” The “lost” emails, from press reports, appear to cover a time period from January 2009 to April 2011. See Press Release, Committee on Ways and Means, IRS Claims to Have Lost Over 2 Years of Lerner Emails (June 13, 2014), available at http://waysandmeans.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=384506.

We are deeply troubled by this news and are concerned about the spoliation of information and documents pertaining to this case and the apparent failure on your part to (a) protect and preserve all potentially relevant information and (b) to advise us of such failure and spoliation when you first learned of it. We are even more concerned after receiving your assurances that you would “abide by your legal and ethical obligations.”

Accordingly, we hereby request that you advise us of the following:

1. What steps did each of you, as counsel for the Defendants, each of them, take to ensure that any and all documents as described in the litigation hold letter and as required by federal law were, in fact, preserved?

2. When did you learn that the destruction, loss or spoliation of emails of Defendant Lois Lerner had occurred?

3. What steps have you, each of you, taken to restore Ms. Lerner’s “lost” emails?

4. Were the “lost” emails from Ms. Lerner’s computer at the IRS or her home computer?

5. Are there documents or records, as described in the Litigation Hold letter or the subpoenas issued to the IRS from any of the Committees, belonging to other defendants that have been “lost”?

We are most disturbed to learn this information from media reports and, in particular, after being chastised by Ms. Benitez regarding the fact that she “will abide by her legal and ethical obligations.” To Ms. Benitez in particular, were you aware of and/or did you participate in, authorize or otherwise sanction the destruction or “loss” of the Lois Lerner emails?

In addition to seeking responses to the questions in this letter, we also seek your consent to immediately allow a computer forensics expert selected by TTV to examine the computer(s) that is or are purportedly the source of Ms. Lerner’s “lost” emails, including cloning the hard drives, and to attempt to restore what was supposedly “lost,” and to seek to restore any and all “lost” evidence pertinent to this litigation.

We also seek access to all computers, both official and personal, used by any and all of the Defendants from and after July 1, 2010, in order to ensure preservation of the documents of all Defendants in this action.

We wish to resolve our concerns amicably but, absent your consent, we will file such motions as deemed necessary and appropriate asking the Court to require that you respond to the questions contained in this letter, and to permit such forensic examination described herein and for such other relief as may be appropriate for this egregious breach of legal authority and professional ethics.

Due to the time-sensitive and urgent nature of this request, please respond by noon on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

Sincerely, /s/ Cleta Mitchell Cleta Mitchell William Davis Michael Lockerby Mathew Gutierrez Foley & Lardner LLP

Kaylan Phillips Noel Johnson ActRight Legal Foundation

Counsel for True the Vote

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Although it is somewhat tedious to read through a legal letter such as this one, I see this letter as the kind of action that must be taken in the face of flagrantly illegal actions by the Obama administration’s IRS henchmen.

Apparently, it falls on individual private entities to fight back against those who would subvert justice when Congress is simply too cowardly to do the job themselves.

I applaud True the Vote, Catherine Engelbrecht, and especially Ms. Cleta Mitchell as having the courage and fortitude to take the fight to the IRS and require them to produce the “lost” correspondence or else document how it was possible to “lose” that particular group of emails from a top-level IRS executive while adhering to requisite legal requirements for safeguarding correspondence.

And, I almost forgot to mention this: think about it – if the IRS has taken the ludicrous position that defending this “losing the emails” scandal will be less damaging than whatever was in those emails, there must be some really damaging evidence there.

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