Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Eric Holder

Holder’s Impeachable Offenses

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, February 12, 2014:

Jeffrey Toobin may have been a little too enthusiastic in his announcement in the New Yorker magazine (issue dated February 17th) that Attorney General Eric Holder was going to be leaving the Department of Justice before the end of the year, perhaps even sooner. It was based on an interview Toobin had with Holder in late December:

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Announcement of AG Eric Holder’s Departure may be Premature

In the February 17th issue of the New Yorker magazine Jeffrey Toobin wrote that, based on an interview he had with Attorney General Eric Holder back in December, Holder would be leaving office sometime this year, sooner perhaps than later. Almost immediately the Justice Department said that Toobin was misinterpreting what Holder meant, and

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JP Morgan Buying its Way Out of Legal Troubles

The announcement that a tentative agreement had been reached between the Department of Justice and JPMorgan (JPM) was surprising only in the size of the penalty the country’s largest bank (and second largest in the world) agreed to pay:

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Senator McCain also wants “stand your ground” laws reviewed, just like Obama and Holder

Within days of Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama each strongly suggesting that “stand your ground” laws now enacted in more than 25 states be reconsidered, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain reiterated those same suggestions almost verbatim.

First, on Sunday McCain

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Jesse Jackson Provides One More Reason to Get Us out of the UN

On Wednesday, following the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin murder trial, liberal black political activist Jesse Jackson expressed his opinion that, despite protestations from both the prosecution and the defense to the contrary, the trial was all about race:

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Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker, likely headed for Ecuador for asylum

As of 10:32AM EDT on Monday Edward Snowden’s whereabouts were unknown, despite an international effort to track him down. His final destination was also in doubt, with reports of Ecuador, Venezuela or even Cuba being his target to escape prosecution for whistleblowing by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Following his leaking of NSA’s surveillance of phone calls and emails of citizens and government officials worldwide, Snowden headed for

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Jay Sekulow files lawsuit against the IRS, as promised

Sekulow heads up the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). The initials reflect a deliberate alternative to the ACLU when it was set up by Pat Robertson back in 1990. Last week he announced his intention to sue the IRS on behalf of a number of Tea Party and Patriot groups singled out by the IRS for “special attention,” and yesterday he did.

He’s suing everyone within shouting distance:

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Exposure of IRS Malfeasances Continue to Erode American’s Confidence in Big Government

After accepting the resignation of the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Steven Miller (who was going to leave the agency in June anyway), and then reviewing the Treasury’s report on IRS malfeasance in the “conservative charity targeting” scandal, President Obama expressed the sentiments of many on Wednesday:

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IRS Investigations Used in the Past to Intimidate and Punish White House Enemies

The recent admissions of guilt by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that it deliberately targeted conservative non-profits for intimidation have forced to the surface a long list of other IRS abuses that have faded from public memory with the passage of time.

The IRS has been a tool of intimidation and neutralization for decades under administrations as far back as

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Brownback pushes back!

Yesterday I opined that I could hardly wait to see what would happen following Eric Holder’s letter to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback over the new Kansas law nullifying federal attempts at gun control in Kansas.

I didn’t have to wait long! Here is Brownback’s response:

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State Nullification: The Moment of Truth

Professor Tom Woods wrote Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century back in June 2010 which got a lot of attention – a lot of it favorable, some not so – because it spelled out the constitutional protections against an overreaching federal government.

Some folks in Kansas decided to got for it and passed a law which contained this language:

It is unlawful for any official, agent or employee of the government of the United States, or employee of a corporation providing services to the government of the United States, to

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“Control: Exposing the Truth about Guns” by Glenn Beck

His latest book arrived on Tuesday on my Kindle and I read it into the wee hours last night. I’m not finished with it but I thought I’d pass on some initial reactions to it in case you’re thinking of getting a copy.

Beck cranks these out on a regular basis using the skills, abilities and experience of others. I think that’s a good strategy, but

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Quiz: Who wrote this: “We Stand with Rand”?

I certainly wouldn’t have guessed it. My perception would have gotten in the way. My perception is that the author of this article would take the exact opposite view: that Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster was simply grandstanding and silly and not worth having a serious conversation about. In fact, when I Googled “The Kremlin on the Charles” I got this:

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Rand Paul ends filibuster, begins the conversation

I watched with fascination and admiration not only at Senator Rand Paul’s message but his stamina! I used to do some public speaking and once in a while I was allowed to say what I came to say without a time limitation. Those were rare occurrences indeed,

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The War on Drugs is Ending

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And none too soon, either. The War on Drugs has been an epic failure, costing taxpayers billions of dollars and huge invasions of privacy. A Harvard professor has estimated that the war costs US taxpayers $100 billion a year. And The New York Times has tallied up the rest of the cost. It concludes that “the struggle on which [the government has] spent billions of dollars and lost tens of thousands of lives over the last four decades has failed.

Doug Bandow from the Cato Institute is joyful over the victories in Colorado and Washington:

The most important vote on November 6 was not reelecting Barack Obama as president. It was legalizing marijuana in Colorado and Washington. Drug prohibition is the latest addition to the endangered species list. The fight over drug policy will go on for a long-time. But the Drug War is ending.

Surprisingly the battle against the war has been going on for forty years!

Opposition to the Drug War has been steadily rising. The first mini-wave began with Oregon in 1972 and resulted in a dozen states decriminalizing marijuana use. Over the years the process continued to slowly advance; in June Rhode Island joined the club. The measures varied, but in general turned personal use of pot into a criminal misdemeanor or a civil offense and/or made marijuana prosecution a low priority.

The fight has been gaining significant momentum. One could almost call it a

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Voter Fraud for Obama? You Bet!

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The real question isn’t “whether” there was voter fraud, but instead “how much” was there? Joseph Farah, writing on his WorldNewsDaily blog, says there was a lot. And he knows: he’s been on both sides:

I understand Barack Obama and Bill Ayers because I was one of them early in my life. I even met Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn and Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda in the old days. I admired them. If Obama had been old enough during the 1960s and 1970s, I probably would have run into him, too…

I know the arguments of the other side and can still spout them before most of today’s practitioners of so-called “progressive” thought can.

He knows that morality is relative for these thugs: whatever gets the job done is OK, no matter who’s hurt or what’s damaged. It’s simple: the ends justify the means. Pragmatism. Practical politics. It’s all

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Presidential Debate Questions from the Heritage Foundation

I couldn’t resist. The temptation to compare and contrast the Presidential Debate questions that Michelle Malkin posed to those offered by the Heritage Foundation is just too great.

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Without comment from me, here are their 10 questions:

  1. In 2008, then-candidate Obama said, “Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.” In reality, President Obama’s signature health care law contains 18 new or increased taxes and penalties that will cost taxpayers $836.3 billion over the next 10 years, many of which fall heavily on the middle class…Should these tax increases be stopped to protect middle-class Americans from their damage? If yes, where would the money needed to help pay for Obamacare come from?
  2. Millions of baby boomers are starting to retire, and spending on Social Security and Medicare as these programs are currently structured is simply unsustainable.What is your plan to solve the looming entitlement program spending crisis?
  3. Medicare as we know it today is facing severe financing problems that are unsustainable and putting future generations’ Medicare benefits in jeopardy. Over the long term, Medicare has made $37 trillion worth of promises to seniors that it cannot keep and the hospital insurance trust fund will be empty by 2024. Worse, the President’s health care law will cut Medicare by $716 billion over the next 10 years to pay for new spending in Obamacare.As Medicare’s solvency hangs in the balance, what structural reforms, if any, are you willing to make to preserve Medicare for future generations?
  4. Everyone talks about shoring up our battered American Dream.How would you define the American Dream and what do you think are the most serious threats to it?
  5. The Health and Human Services Department recently rewrote the law governing welfare to weaken its work requirements. Meanwhile, the number of people relying on food stamps has doubled under the current Administration.Should all able-bodied recipients be required to work or prepare for work as a condition of receiving aid in public housing, food stamps, and cash assistance?
  6. The federal government is currently spending much more than it has, and annual budget deficits over $1 trillion have become the norm.What is your plan to stem the tide of deficits and rising debt?
  7. One of the few bright spots in America’s economy has been energy production, particularly on state and private lands.  According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), energy production decreased 13 percent on federal lands in fiscal year (FY) 2011 when compared to FY 2010.What would you do to reverse course on energy production on federal lands?
  8. Congress—most notably the Senate, which hasn’t produced a budget in over three years—is sorely lacking in its basic responsibility of budgeting.What would you do to ensure the fundamental process of budgeting is restored?
  9. President Obama has previously stated that, in the most important 5 percent of cases before the courts, it matters more what is in a judge’s heart (what has come to be known as his empathy standard) than what the rule of law requires.Is this the correct standard by which to evaluate judicial nominees? If not, what standard would you apply?
  10. Former Attorney General of MexicoVictor Humberto Benítez Treviño estimated that approximately 300 Mexican citizens have been killed using Fast and Furious weapons in addition to U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.Should Eric Holder resign as Attorney General because of his failures related to Operation Fast and Furious, including his failure to properly supervise the operation? If not, why not?

Just for the record, I won’t be watching the “debate” tonight. I have other more important things to do.

Presidential Debate Questions from Michelle Malkin

God bless Michelle Malkin. I toyed with a few hard-ball questions for the Presidential Debate in a previous post. The temptation to do the same by Malkin was just too much. I don’t think the media, or Jim Lehrer (the moderator), will be calling either of us very soon.

American writer and blogger Michelle Malkin.

American writer and blogger Michelle Malkin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s Malkin:

We know the liberal media bias drill: Make the Republican candidate look like a scary extremist on social issues and a greedy capitalist pig on economic issues. Avoid the Democratic incumbent’s record of failure. Run out the clock. Thank you and good night.

Malkin wants them to talk about Fast and Furious, in light of Tuesday’s murder of another border patrol agent at the same spot where Brian Terry was shot two years ago. She gets a running start by reviewing the Fast and Furious scandal, and then quotes Homeland Security’s Inspector General which found that “violence has significantly increased against Border Patrol agents. Since 2007, assaults on agents have risen more than 35 percent, including 13 deaths.”

Here are her questions (edited slightly):

Why has the Terry family been forced to file a federal lawsuit to obtain justice?

Why does Attorney General Eric Holder still have a job?

What exactly are you doing (or will you do) to ensure that Border Patrol agents are adequately armed and supported in their mission to defend American sovereignty?

Then Malkin takes on “transparency”:

[Mr. Obama, as President] you famously declared, “A democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency.” Yet, the very first act of your administration was to violate your transparency pledge to allow full, public viewing of all legislation five days before you signed it…

You failed to televise health care negotiations as promised. You cut endless backroom deals protected from public scrutiny. In addition, your administration has routinely evaded disclosure law by meeting with lobbyists off the books at D.C.-area coffee houses and private townhouses, where Secret Service background checks and login routines are abandoned…

How, exactly, can you claim to have run the most transparent administration ever based on your actual record?

Next up: the auto bailout:

[Mr. Obama] your campaign touts the “success” of the government takeover of the auto industry as one of your proudest accomplishments. In 2010, you bragged that “American taxpayers are now positioned to recover more than my administration invested in GM, and that’s a good thing.”

Yet, your Treasury Department won’t take up GM’s recent offer to repurchase 200 million of the roughly 500 million shares the U.S. holds — because it would incur a $15 billion loss to taxpayers right before the election. GM still owes nearly $30 billion of the $50 billion it received, and its lending arm still owes nearly $15 billion of the more than $17 billion it received. Foreign workers and overseas plants have soaked up billions of American bailout tax dollars. But some 20,000 Delphi non-union workers saw their pensions eroded and health benefits disappear as part of the deal you cut with United Auto Workers.

How are Delphi workers, bondholders, car dealers and taxpayers better off now than they were before the Government Motors bailout given the actual record? If this is your proudest accomplishment, why on earth would reality-based voters want you back in the driver’s seat?

These are great questions. It’s too bad they’ll never be asked in public, especially by Lehrer who owes his career to the establishment mainstream media.

New Fast and Furious Book Could Take Obama Down

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The reviews of Townhall.com’s contributing editor Katie Pavlich’s book Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Coverup have been unremittingly positive. Critics of it have been strangely silent, perhaps hoping that the potential tsunami of indignation and anger from Pavlich’s revelations will somehow fail to materialize and the whole disagreeable matter will just disappear down history’s memory hole.

David Limbaugh made clear what her book reveals:

Of all the Obama administration scandals, Fast and Furious is the one the mainstream media would most like us to ignore because it’s the most dangerous for Obama and his cronies. Katie Pavlich draws back the curtain on a radical administration that put Mexican and American lives at risk for no discernible reason other than to advance an ideological agenda. Katie is a terrific reporter and whistleblower….

Pavlich exposes how extreme gun control measures have been a top political goal for President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and other important leaders within the administration—and she draws the lines that link this goal directly to the implementation of Fast and Furious. Just as importantly, she shows how the administration has shamelessly tried to obscure those links.

Michelle Malkin pulls no punches either, writing that Pavlich’s book “targets the corruption, incompetence, obstructionism, lawlessness, and anti-gun radicalism of the Obama White House…and [is] a must-have guide to the biggest stain on the Obama administration.”

The evidence so painstakingly collected by Pavlich ever since the murder of ATF agent Brian Terry on December 15, 2010 is so convincing that Pavlich herself

Foreclosure Settlement Bails Out the Big Banks

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The report from The New York Times on Wednesday about the foreclosure settlement reached between five big banks and 49 states’ attorneys general made it appear that justice was being served. The $26 billion to be paid out to some 2 million homeowners (former and current) “could provide relief” to them under the terms of the settlement. It would also remove a cloud of uncertainty from the banks’ liability and might help in “halting the housing market’s downward slide.”

States’ attorneys general started an investigation in the fall of 2010 into the mortgage servicing industry when it was discovered that homeowners were being evicted or penalized through improper, incorrect or false paperwork emanating from Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Ally Financial (formerly GMAC) with the help of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS).

Over the 14-month investigation the scope broadened and deepened as the extent of the costs and fraudulent abuses was revealed. The settlement means that, on the surface, the money will go to help homeowners affected by the fraud. A million homeowners can expect to have their existing mortgages reduced or their interest rates reduced. Another 750,000 former homeowners will receive, over the next three years, checks estimated to be about $2,000.

The size of the settlement fades into insignificance in light of the fact that there are more than

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.

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