ALOHA, ALL!! It’s been an interesting couple of days. I attended a Heritage Foundation event last night with the incredible Dinesh D’Souza as the speaker. I participated in a blogger conference call yesterday morning with members of the House Financial Services Committee. And I attended a luncheon yesterday where Senatorial candidate Linda Lingle gave the keynote address. (More on all these below.) But the one story that keeps rising to the top (or more appropriately, falling into the sewer of political filth) is Eric Holder’s “Fast and Furious” fiasco. Holder has no shame….he has lied and stonewalled about this botched operation for a full year and now it looks like it’s all finally catching up with him. He may very well be held in contempt of Congress: House Considers Contempt Charge Against Holder in Fast and Furious Case Why should Holder be held in contempt? Check out this graphic (click on it to enlarge it):
So out of 80,000 documents related to Fast & Furious, Holder has released only 6,000. Investigators have been denied access to 48 of 70 officials involved in the operation – denied access??? And Holder has ignored – ignored? – 66% of subpoenas. Why are we even talking about this? Holder needs to be kicked out of office immediately! This will blow you away:
And you know this is coming – again: “This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him, both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.” —-Attorney General Eric Holder, explaining what he believes to be the motives of “extreme factions” in their efforts to hold him accountable for the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” debacle in an interview with the New York Times. Yep, good ole Eric will play the race card once he gets the book thrown at him. Unethical Quote of the Month: Attorney General Eric Holder
The hardest working committees in government. I mentioned I had a blogger call with some of the folks on the House Financial Services Committee. They and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (the one investigating Fast & Furious) have their hands full with all the monkey business going on with this administration and its cronies. The topic today was MF Global – turns out they had a “break the glass” plan to pull the wool over people’s eyes: MF Hearings Focus on Public Face, Internal Worry – WSJ.com
There was a surprise question in yesterday’s conference call. Cathy McMorris Rodgers | Vice Presidential Surprise | The Daily Caller ”The daughter of produce farmers who operated a fruit stand, she was the first member of her family to attend college. She earned her MBA from the University of Washington in 2002. By the age of 24, she was a member of the state House of Representatives. Married to a retired U.S. Navy commander, McMorris Rodgers is also one of only eight women to have ever given birth while serving in Congress, and the only woman who has done it twice.” Can you say accomplished? How about multi-tasker? I could tell by her reaction she was surprised by the question, but it sure sounds like a good one to me!
Hawaii might elect a Female Republican Senator! Yes, this is big news, folks. There is a good chance Hawaii could have a Republican Senator for the first time in 35 years. Yes, you read that correctly. And its first female Senator. Hawaii’s last Republican Senator was Hiram Fong, who was voted out of office in 1977. Linda Lingle, former Hawaii Governor, is running to fill the seat of retiring Senator Dan Akaka (he’s been there since 1976 and is 86 years old.) Keep your fingers crossed, folks. You may think this place is paradise, but believe me, it’s far from perfect.
Dinesh D’Souza! If you ever get a chance to hear him speak, go. His book, “The Roots of Obama’s Rage” was a long-time best seller (which irritated the White House no end.) Dinesh is brilliant and he has 0bama’s motivations pegged perfectly. I told him after his talk that I think it takes someone who has experienced living in another country to truly recognize what 0bama is all about. Those of us who grew up in the United States have no radar for dictatorial leaders. We’ve been sheltered. We assume our politicians are pro-American. Big mistake. (Shaka to the Heritage Foundation for hosting this outstanding event.)
Final Thought: ”Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” Eric Holder (Cowards? I guess you might say it takes one to know one.)
Over & out for me….I’m going to celebrate my birthday today. It’s the Year of the Dragon and we Dragons need to roar!
GOD BLESS AMERICA – PASS THIS ON – REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!!
ALOHA, ALL!! You’ll be asking the same question when you hear the latest about Solyndra. It turns out internal documents relating to Solyndra show signs of being altered by the Department of Energy. This comes in the midst of the White House refusing to turn over the Solyndra documents. (Sidenote: the documents that have shared are so heavily redacted that they pretty much look like sheets of paper full of black marks.) HUH??? Why aren’t heads rolling over this entire fiasco?? And check it – the source for this story is not Fox News or some “right-wing” media outlet, but CNBC of all places: Energy Department Altered Loan-Related Releases – US Business News – CNBC But it looks like the DoE realized the gig was up and returned the documents to their original content as a result of CNBC’s inquiry about the changes. What…so that makes it all go away???? These criminals in this administration need to pay for their abuses. In the Solyndra case, that’s means Energy Secretary Steven Chu is at the top of the list (he’s standing next to “Big Sis” Janet Napolitano in the picture above.) This is a guy who wants gas to be $9 a gallon. He wants everyone to move to cities, get rid of their cars and only use public transportation. He doesn’t care that many of America’s goods are delivered by trucks, and that rising gas prices mean rising prices for…well…lots of other things, too. He’s so far from reality he lives in his own little universe. Just like his boss. Then again, he lives in DC.
More “Freaking Kidding Me” stuff. Car Company Gets U.S. Loan, Builds Cars In Finland – Common American Journal ”With the approval of the Obama administration, an electric car company that received a $529 million federal government loan guarantee is assembling its first line of cars in Finland, saying it could not find a facility in the United States capable of doing the work. Vice President Joseph Biden heralded the Energy Department’s $529 million loan to the start-up electric car company called Fisker as a bright new path to thousands of American manufacturing jobs..”
More stonewalling and corruption exposed. Rep. Issa: NLRB Withheld Emails Showing ‘Lack of Impartiality’ in Boeing Case ”House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa accused the National Labor Relations Board of another misstep in the agency’s complaint against Boeing Co., this time alleging it deliberately withheld documents from the committee to hide potentially damaging email exchanges between NLRB staffers.”
Where everything is rosy. Beltway Salaries Make Political Capital of U.S. Richer Than Silicon Valley – Bloomberg ”Federal employees whose compensation averages more than $126,000 and the nation’s greatest concentration of lawyers helped Washington edge out San Jose as the wealthiest U.S. metropolitan area, government data show.” (Thanks to Carl for the story.)
But don’t be a REAL job creator. AmericanJobCreators.com Dispatches from the Road: Deardorff Family Farms Story ”I always thought my Dad went to work in a free-market economy. If you make the right decisions, you’re profitable. And if you make the wrong decisions, you’re not,” said Mr. Deardorff. “Now that I sit in his chair, I am amazed at how much I have to weave my way through government, government regulation and how that plays into our decision-making process.” Be sure to read this story….and the importance of fish ladders (not kidding.)
And what planet does he inhabit? Reid Says Private-Sector Employment Is ‘Just Fine’ ”Debating the Senate’s proposed $35 billion bailout for state and local governments, Reid argued, “It’s very clear that private sector jobs have been doing just fine. It’s the public sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers, and that’s what this legislation is all about.”
Another one bites the dust. The End of Qadhafi ”Former Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi is dead from wounds he suffered during his capture near his hometown of Sirte, according to Reuters reports.” Barry/Barack will take credit. Does he deserve it? Let’s wait and see where all of Qadhafi’s weapons end up.
Aw Joe – there you go again acting like the crazy uncle. Say Anything » Biden To Reporter: “Don’t Screw Around With Me”
Final Thought: “Coal is my worst nightmare.” Stephen Chu
GOD BLESS AMERICA – PASS THIS ON – REMEMBER IN 2012!!