Justice Department Documents Show Holder’s Staff Knew That Border Agent Was Killed With Weapon From Fast and Furious

January 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm (AK-47s, ATF, Brian Terry, Darrell Issa, Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Fast and Furious)

Holder needs to come clean.  And by come clean, I mean apologize to the family of Brian Terry, resign, and wait to be charged with lying under oath.

Daily Caller reports:

A document the Department of Justice sent to Congress Friday shows that Eric Holder’s deputy chief of staff was made aware on the day of U.S. border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder that a weapon traced back to Operation Fast and Furious killed him. But when asked Sunday, a Justice spokesperson would not would not answer The Daily Caller’s question about whether Attorney General Eric Holder himself was informed of the connection on that day.
The documents sent from the DOJ to congressional officials Friday night included a series of emails between former Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke and Holder’s then-deputy chief of staff Monty Wilkinson. Those emails show Wilkinson, a senior Holder aide, knew on December 15, 2010 — the day Terry was killed – that the weapons used to murder him were provided to a Mexican gang by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
On that day, records show, Burke wrote to Wilkinson that “[t]he guns found in the desert near the murder[ed] BP officer connect back to the investigation we were going to talk about – they were AK-47s purchased at a Phoenix gun store.”
The emails also show that Wilkinson “alerted” Holder of Terry’s death on that day. They do not, however, show whether he told Holder that Operation Fast and Furious had provided Terry’s killer with the means to murder him.

Keep reading for more corruption at the Department of Justice… 

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Juan Williams Explains the GOP Racist Code

January 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm (Constitution, Entitlement, Food Stamps, GOP, Juan Williams, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Racist)

For a guy who was fired from NPR for allegedly making bigoted comments, you’d think Juan Williams would learn his lesson that not everything on this planet can be viewed as racist.  Yet he still doubled down by trying to explain a supposed racist code being used by GOP candidates.  One of those codes, ‘Food Stamp President’ makes little sense as a racist comment, as a majority of those on food stamps are white.

Liberals such as this simply cannot accept the fact that a majority of Americans would like to see a society in which people are rewarded for hard work, and are not rewarded for staying home by collecting 99 weeks worth of unemployment benefits.

When the left doesn’t agree, then it has to be racism.

Williams is a smart guy, but this is dumb enough to not even warrant a response.

Via his op-ed at The Hill:

Two weeks ago at the Fox News/Wall Street Journal debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C., I asked each GOP presidential candidate some pointed questions about the racial politics that will play a big role in the presidential campaign.
Race is always a trigger in politics, but now a third of the nation are people of color — and their numbers are growing. With those minorities solidly in the Democratic camp and behind the first black president, the scene is set for a bonanza of racial politics.
The language of GOP racial politics is heavy on euphemisms that allow the speaker to deny any responsibility for the racial content of his message. The code words in this game are “entitlement society” — as used by Mitt Romney — and “poor work ethic” and “food stamp president” — as used by Newt Gingrich. References to a lack of respect for the “Founding Fathers” and the “Constitution” also make certain ears perk up by demonizing anyone supposedly threatening core “old-fashioned American values.”

Actually come to think of it, this sounds more like a guy who had his ass handed to him at the Fox News debate by Newt Gingrich, and simply has to keep justifying his point of view.

Get over it, Juan.

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Peace Talks With Taliban Shockingly Fall Through

January 30, 2012 at 10:00 am (Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, Jihad, Pakistan, President Obama, Qatar, Taliban, Vali Nasr)

Oh those wily jihadists, they must have had their fingers crossed.

Earlier this month we reported on the release of high-ranking Taliban officials in exchange for a promise to start peace negotiations:

This must be Winning The Future and can therefore be filed under WTF?!


The Guardian is reporting that the U.S. has agreed to release top-ranking officials from the Taliban in exchange for a promise to start peace negotiations.  Never mind that AK-47 behind the purple curtain.

I repeat – The Obama administration is releasing high-level terrorists caught on the battlefield, in exchange for a promise.

Shockingly – at least to White House officials – the Taliban may have reneged on their end of the bargain.

Via MSNBC:

Talks between the Afghan Taliban and the United States in Qatar almost failed as the Taliban leadership reportedly refused to accept the U.S. demand of a ceasefire before  swapping prisoners.

Sources in the Afghan Taliban said the Taliban had set up an office in Qatar hoping that it would help in a prisoners’ swap, especially for their five top commanders held at the Guantanamo Bay base since 2002.

The Taliban sources said their talks with the U.S. had been going for the past few years in exchange for an American soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, captured by Taliban militants in Afghanistan’s Paktika province in June 2009, bordering Pakistan’s South Waziristan. 

Remember this statement from a former Obama adviser at the time this agreement was made?

“To take this step, the [Obama] administration have to have sufficient confidence that the Taliban are going to reciprocate,” said Vali Nasr, who was an Obama administration adviser on the Afghan peace process until last year. “It is going to be really risky. Guantánamo is a very sensitive issue politically.” 

Read the rest here…

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Poll Results: Newt Gingrich to Capture GOP Nomination

January 30, 2012 at 9:00 am (2012 Election, Florida, GOP, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Presidential Campaign, Republican, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul)

Great response from readers here at the Mental Recession on this weeks poll.  Thanks so much to everyone who participated!

We asked – Who will win the GOP nomination?

Here are the results:

Newt Gingrich – 40%

Mitt Romney – 26%

Ron Paul – 17%

Rick Santorum – 15% 

My opinion?  I think a lot of the votes came in prior to Romney’s surge in Florida, riding the Newt bandwagon.  I still believe this is Romney’s to win – for better or worse.

That said, if Santorum or Gingrich were to suspend their campaign at some point, those votes would likely consolidate on the ‘anybody but Romney’ side of the aisle, making things infinitely more interesting.

What do you think?  Now’s your chance to back up your vote!

 

 

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Economics: Obama Doesn’t Know His "Stuff"

January 30, 2012 at 8:00 am (Barack Obama, Chevy, Economy, Government Motors, Volt)

The man with the plan!  Real Clear Politics has this clip of Obama demonstrating his economic genius:

Obama: I Want An Economy “Where We’re Making Stuff And Selling Stuff And Moving It Around”

Obama’s vision for an economy with a firm foundation built to last? “Move stuff around.”

Brilliant!  Such mastery and understanding of intricate economic systems!  What a sound explanation of his economic proposals and philosophies!  Clearly this man knows his stuff and deserves another 4 years to build on his economic success!

Read the rest, including more mockery of Obama’s Big Government and the combustible Volt, at AlexaShrugged.com

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