ANNOUNCEMENTS: No Jan. Patriots Mtg; Picket Tommy W.; 1/24, Common Core debate
LEADS: COOKE – Barbarians; JO – Common Core speaker needed; JO – Data mining; SCHACHTEL – NYPD high alert; McCARTHY – Blame for Paris; FUND – Big Valerie; HANSON – Multicultural suicide; SCHMIDT & APUZZO – DOJ charges Petraeus.
PARIS: FRIEDMAN – US no show in Paris; BROOKS – Not Charlie D; SIMON – Obama’s no show motives; KRISTOL – Two crises; KRISTOL – Jewish & French; REUTERS – Wilder’s gains; DRUDGE LINKS 1/12/15.
COMMON CORE: Debate at U. of Delaware.
PA: STAUB – Vote before Corbett leaves.
END NOTES: A letter to Holder; BIER – Kerry’s climate change.
Jenny Beth Martin, FEC Challenges to Your Free Speech
“Liberal allies of Barack Obama on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) are attempting to regulate political speech on and off the Internet, and to restrict our constitutionally protected freedoms. We have a short window of time to stop it! “Under current FEC guidelines (from a unanimous, 6-0 decision in 2006), political advertising or commentary posted on YouTube is exempt from campaign reporting requirements. Democrat FEC Vice Chair Ann Ravel apparently finds this unacceptable, and speaks unfavorably of “this effort to protect individual bloggers and online commentators.” “As if free speech is unworthy of protection! “If Ms. Ravel has her way, any video you post of your own political commentary will fall under the scrutiny of the federal government. “After six years of Obama Administration overreach and encroachment into our personal freedoms, none of us should be surprised. What’s important, though, is that we stop their latest assault on our Bill of Rights. “If you think outlets like YouTube and the broader Internet should be free from federal government control, you must join me in standing up and being heard–NOW. “But it isn’t just YouTube that the FEC is going after. Obama’s FEC is engaging in the same kind of political repression that we have seen over the past few years with the IRS targeting. The new proposed rules will limit individuals’ rights to associate and to form political organizations. The broader implication of this FEC rule would be a total crackdown on non-profit organizations that exist to petition the government on a variety of issues. CLICK HERE to leave a comment with Obama’s FEC! “We have the ability to tell FEC Chair Ann Ravel and her Obama Administration friends HANDS OFF the Internet and HANDS OFF our precious, Constitutionally protected freedom of speech. We must do this, and urge others to as well: Make an official comment against any new government intrusion by clicking here before January 15. Note, you’ll need to leave your full name and postal address for your comment to count. It takes a few minutes, but believe me, it’s worth it. Speech-stifling power grabs such as this get shut down all the time, but only when WE SPEAK OUT AND REGISTER OUR COMMENTS. “Again submit your comment and then spread the word. The comment period ends January 15, so act now well before the deadline so that we can start putting points on the board right away! In liberty, Jenny Beth Martin
Steve Piotrowski, CFL: Picket Tommy Wolf, 1/20
“We hope that you can join us as we protest Tom Wolf’s Anti-2nd Amendment Agenda on his Inauguration day!
- Wants to enact unconstitutional universal background checks on firearms.
- Wants to ban assault weapons (the scary looking rifles).
- Wants to grant local municipalities the ability to enact their own gun control ordinances that will violate the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.“We’ll be rallying across the street from his inauguration on Commonwealth Ave located behind the Capitol building. “We also plan to get as many people as possible to register for FREE tickets to Tom Wolf’s inauguration ceremony AND NOT ATTEND. We want to see a lot of EMPTY SEATS, but we can’t do this without your help! CLICK HERE to get your free Swearing-In Ceremony Tickets NOW to make sure that there are plenty of empty seats. “The rally will be on Commonwealth Ave, between North Dr & South St, right across from the fountain in the backside of the building. Afterwards we plan on warming up with some lunch/coffee inside, and talking to our legislators. [WHEN] Tuesday, January 20 , 2015 [TIME] 11AM-1PM [WHERE] Commonwealth Ave & South St, Harrisburg, PA The State Capitol address is North 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120. We will be on the back side on Commonwealth Ave. BRING SIGNS, APPROPRIATE FLAGS, BULLHORNS, AND DRESS WARM! We’ll also have a petition floating around, so be sure to sign it! Open/concealed carry is highly encouraged. Molon Labe Wolf! In Liberty, Steve Piotrowski
- “Tom Wolf will be an “Oath Breaker”, and We the People of this Commonwealth will not stand for it!
LEADS . . .
Charles C.W. Cooke, NRO: “America’s Provocateurs Are at the Mercy of the Barbarians”
“The most likely targets of Islamist wrath are in the cities with the most restrictive gun laws.
“To the foreign or uninitiated visitor, it must appear somewhat peculiar that the most prominent, recognizable, and provocative public figures in all of these United States spend the majority of their time in cities that are indifferent toward their security. Taken together, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles host almost all of the more controversial media personalities in America; and, taken together, these cities have some of the worst self-defense laws in the country. Had Charlie Hebdo been an American publication, it would most likely have been located in Brooklyn or in Silver Lake or in Columbia Heights — positioned, in other words, in precisely the sort of place in which attacks on its employees would have been most likely to succeed. This, as the French might say, is “absurde.”
“The team that took out a good portion of Hebdo’s staff was alarmingly well-trained, and, if the videos that we have seen are any indication, was determined to the point of psychosis. Indeed, so thoroughly prepared and so ruthlessly efficient were the assailants that they managed without a great deal of effort to overcome even an elite security guard who had been sent to protect the paper by the Ministry of the Interior. Certainly, things might have been different if the events had unfolded in heavily armed states such as Oklahoma or Texas — or, for that matter, if someone in an adjacent office had been possessed of a rifle of his own. But this is by no means guaranteed. Could an average group of dispersed concealed carriers have taken on a couple of guys with automatic weapons and rocket launchers? Maybe. Maybe not. Every situation is different.
“Either way, it seems obvious that there is a material difference between advising somebody that he would not necessarily prevail if he were targeted and passing laws that do not give that person any chance to defend himself whatsoever. . .”
Joanne: Common Core Speaker needed
“Richard Felice, who is the SE PA Coordinator for PACC, received a request for a speaker as is described below. If anyone is interested or knows anyone who might be interested in doing this, please contact Richard. His information is provided below. Thank you.
“If you would be interested in being a speaker at an event like this in the future, please let Richard know, even if you aren’t available at this time.
Subject: Need for a Common Core Speaker
PACC Opt Out Campaign needs of a speaker in the Quakertown area to present Common Core, opting out, data collection, student data privacy and the latest in our legislative effort to overturn Common Core in PA. The meeting is scheduled for February 12th in Quakertown (Quakertown interchange on the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike) with the Citizens for Constitutional Government patriot group. Expected attendance will be from 25 to 40 people: invitees include grandparents, parents and school administration officials, as a minimum.
“The hostess for the meeting is Jaime Faucette, contact email in Cc, above, and can be reached at 267-374-6201. The group will provide for travel expenses.”
If you would be interested in being a speaker at an event like this in the future, please let Richard know, even if you aren’t available at this time.
“The meeting is scheduled for February 12th in Quakertown (Quakertown interchange on the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike) with the Citizens for Constitutional Government patriot group. Expected attendance will be from 25 to 40 people: invitees include grandparents, parents and school administration officials, as a minimum.
Joanne: Data Mining (Common Core)
“Perhaps you read the article that I forwarded to you last week by Anita Hoge that discussed the huge amounts of data that are being collected on our schoolchildren. Here is a different type of article that was published in politico in mid-2014. Those who are concerned about this data collection should read it and keep it in your files. This article is extremely informative and should be read by anyone concerned about privacy issues. Below are just a few excerpts.
– The Obama administration has encouraged it, even relaxing federal privacy law to allow school districts to share student data more widely.
– The goal is to identify potential problems early and to help kids surmount them. But the data revolution has also put heaps of intimate information about school children in the hands of private companies — where it is highly vulnerable to being shared, sold or mined for profit.
– Ed tech companies of all sizes, from basement startups to global conglomerates, have jumped into the game. The most adept are scooping up as many as 10 million unique data points on each child, each day.
– Students are tracked as they play online games, watch videos, read books, take quizzes and run laps in physical education. The monitoring continues as they work on assignments from home, with companies logging children’s locations, homework schedules, Web browsing habits and, of course, their academic progress.
– All that data has potential commercial value: It could be used to target ads to the kids and their families, or to build profiles on them that might be of interest to employers, military recruiters or college admissions officers. The law is silent on who owns that data. But Kathleen Styles, the Education Department’s chief privacy officer, acknowledged in an interview that much of it is likely not protected by FERPA — and thus can be commercialized by the companies that hold it.
There is SO MUCH MORE and many specifics in this article, the text of which is included below.
Jordan Schachtel, National Security: “NYPD on High Alert Following ISIS Call to ‘Rise Up and Kill Police Officers’”
“The New York City Police Department and other law enforcement agencies have been alerted to a new threat raised by the Islamic State terror group. The jihadist entity released a new video on Saturday urging fellow jihadists to ‘rise up’ against the U.S. and other Western states.
“ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al Adnani told those loyal to the Islamic State to ‘rise up and kill intelligence officers, police officers, soldiers, and civilians’ in the U.S., Canada, France, and Australia. ‘Do not let the battle pass you by wherever you may be. Strike their police, security, and intelligence members, as well as their treacherous agents,’ Adnani added. He suggested that if his holy warriors did not have an explosive device or a firing weapon, they should instead ‘smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car.’ . . . ”
“CNN received an NYPD internal memo that stressed law enforcement should ‘remain alert and consider tactics at all times while on patrol.’
“‘Pay attention to people as they approach and look for their hands as they approach you,’ reads a memo obtained by the New York Daily News. ‘At least one officer must stand outside the vehicle at all times. Pay attention to your surroundings,’ read an email obtained by the New York Post.
“The FBI and DHS (Department of Homeland Security) have released a similar bulletin to federal officials and local law enforcement across America. . .”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Who Is To Blame for the Paris Slaughter?” “Yes, the terrorists were the principal culprits, but there is other guilt to be apportioned.
“. . . we may freely concede, the terrorists are the principal culprits. But is there other blame to be apportioned?
“Imam Choudary is a valuable exponent of the repressive sharia in which he specializes. Echoing Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, he exploited USA Today’s offer of its editorial pages to explain, without apology, that “Islam” means submission, not peace; it is about the imposition of Allah’s law by any means necessary, including conquest and intimidation.
“There is no greater offense against Allah’s law than blasphemy, which sharia deems to be any aspersion, no matter how slight, and punishes by death. It matters not that free speech is a core Western principle protected by law, nor even that murder is a grievous statutory offense throughout the civilized world. As Choudary elaborated in an exchange with Sean Hannity that was as chilling as it was remarkable, the murders in Paris should stand as a lesson in the severe consequences apt to follow from insults to Islam’s prophet — therefore . . . accept sharia blasphemy laws and don’t dare insult Islam’s prophet.
“The warning from Islamic supremacists is blunt: Forfeit your liberty because your laws cannot protect you — we have extra-legal ways of coercing your submission. . .
“The response has been . . . collaboration with Islamist governments in their sharia-supremacist project to supersede the First Amendment.
“Snug among her ‘Istanbul process’ partners in Turkey, then–Secretary Clinton lamented that — despite energetic Obama-administration efforts — the campaign to muzzle ‘Islamophobia’ (irrational fear of the Religion of Submis – er, I mean, Peace) had been hampered by a legal inconvenience: Throughout American history, free speech had been deemed ‘a universal right at the core of her democracy.’
“‘But there was, she declared, a way around the First Amendment, a way around the parchment promises of law. The United States government would ‘use some old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming so that people don’t feel they have the support to do what we abhor.’
“Was that clear enough? . . .”
John Fund, NRO: “Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s ‘Berlin Wall’ “The woman insiders describe as the president’s “real chief of staff” keeps out bad news and new ideas.
“. . . How important is Jarrett inside the Obama White House? Brill was able to interview the president about the struggles of Obamacare and reports that he concluded: ‘At this point, I am not so interested in Monday morning quarterbacking the past.’ That must be one reason Jarrett is still at his side, in the same outsize role she’s held since both arrived in D.C. in January 2009. How outsize? Brill told the president that five of the highest-ranking Obama officials had told him that ‘as a practical matter . . . Jarrett was the real chief of staff on any issues that she wanted to weigh in on, and she jealously protected that position by making sure the president never gave anyone else too much power.’ When Brill asked the president about these aides’ assessment of Jarrett, Obama ‘declined comment,’ Brill wrote in his book. That, in and of itself, is an answer. . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: “Multicultural Suicide”
“Multiculturalism is one of those buzzwords that does not mean what it should. The ancient and generic Western study of many cultures is not multiculturalism. Rather, the trendy term promotes non-Western cultures to a status equal with equal with or superior to Western culture largely to fulfill contemporary political agendas. . .”
Michael Schmidt & Matt Apuzzo, NYT: “F.B.I. and Justice Dept. Said to Seek Charges for Petraeus”
“WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors have recommended bringing felony charges against David H. Petraeus, contending that he provided classified information to a lover while he was director of the C.I.A., officials said, and leaving Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to decide whether to seek an indictment that could send the pre-eminent military officer of his generation to prison.
“The Justice Department investigation stems from an affair Mr. Petraeus had with Paula Broadwell, an Army Reserve officer who was writing his biography, and focuses on whether he gave her access to his C.I.A. email account and other highly classified information.
“F.B.I. agents discovered classified documents on her computer after Mr. Petraeus resigned from the C.I.A. in 2012 when the affair became public. . .”
PARIS . . .
Friedman et al., NY Daily News: Eric Holder, top U.S. officials no-shows at Paris unity rally”
“The U.S. attorney general, in Paris for a terrorism summit with French President Francois Hollande, did not join world leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for the march and rally that drew a million people days after 12 were shot at satirical paper Charlie Hebdo. Others such as Obama and Vice President Biden were also not in attendance. . .”
David Brooks, NYT: “I Am Not Charlie Hebdo”
“. . . Public reaction to the attack in Paris has revealed that there are a lot of people who are quick to lionize those who offend the views of Islamist terrorists in France but who are a lot less tolerant toward those who offend their own views at home.
“Just look at all the people who have overreacted to campus micro-aggressions. The University of Illinois fired a professor who taught the Roman Catholic view on homosexuality. The University of Kansas suspended a professor for writing a harsh tweet against the N.R.A. Vanderbilt University derecognized a Christian group that insisted that it be led by Christians.
“Americans may laud Charlie Hebdo for being brave enough to publish cartoons ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad, but, if Ayaan Hirsi Ali is invited to campus, there are often calls to deny her a podium.
“So this might be a teachable moment. As we are mortified by the slaughter of those writers and editors in Paris, it’s a good time to come up with a less hypocritical approach to our own controversial figures, provocateurs and satirists. . .”
Roger Simon, PJM: “#BarackNEstPasCharlie: Why Didn’t Obama Go to Paris?”
“It’s sounds like one of Kipling’s “Just So” stories — “Why Didn’t Obama Go to Paris?” … for the #JeSuisCharlie march that brought out millions, including many world leaders, in an attempt to unify all against terrorism. None of his high-level associates went either – no vice-president, no secretary of State (although John Kerry did express condolences in his supposedly fluent French. Je me demande….). AG Eric Holder was in Paris and reported to be attending but at the last moment demurred. He was in a ‘meeting’ — with whom was never specified because most of the world’s leadership was marching in the streets.
“So why didn’t POTUS show up? A liberal friend emailed me that it was admittedly a ‘political mistake.’ ‘Political,’ yes, but ‘mistake’? I doubt the decision was made innocently or even faintly by mistake. Obama is a man known for his political expediency more than anything, indeed above anything, and also for being a constant campaigner. It was obvious that going to Paris would have been good public relations and that therefore not attending was a deliberate choice.
“There had to have been a reason for his non-attendance and the bizarre dissing of this event by his administration. I believe it stems from this: There are two words our president seems constitutionally unable to put together — ‘Islamic’ and ‘terrorism.’ For Obama (and, as a sideshow, the zany Howard Dean), these terms are mutually exclusive, an oxymoron. Appearing in Paris, Obama might be put in the unusual position of having to link them, our complaisant press rarely having the nerve to ask such an impertinent question. Holder, in a television interview from Paris (I think it was CNN — there have been so many), danced around the question, hemming and hawing as if he couldn’t quite make out what was being said or had been asked an embarrassing question about IRS emails.
“This situation had already been amplified by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls doing something completely outrageous and unjustified, indeed anathema, in the Obama worldview. He declared war on radical Islam. From the NYT (who were probably equally mortified):
“Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared Saturday that France was at war with radical Islam after the harrowing sieges that led to the deaths of three gunmen and four hostages the day before. New details emerged about the bloody final confrontations, and security forces remained on high alert.
“‘It is a war against terrorism, against jihadism, against radical Islam, against everything that is aimed at breaking fraternity, freedom, solidarity,’ Mr. Valls said during a speech in Évry, south of Paris.
“Imagine, the nerve!”
William Kristol, Weekly Standard: “The Two Crises”
Fundamental problem . . . Islamist Obama works on getting his next job . . .
“It did not take the attack on Charlie Hebdo to reveal that the Islamic world has a terrible problem. For quite some time, that’s been clearer than day. This is not an assertion made from outside Islam or against Islam. On New Year’s Day, the president of Egypt, in a major speech, called for a ‘religious revolution’ in Islam that would replace an embrace of violent jihad with ‘a more enlightened perspective.’ ‘We have to think hard about what we are facing,’ President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told the clerics of Al-Azhar University in Cairo. He continued: ‘It’s inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire Islamic world to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing, and destruction for the rest of the world. Impossible.’
“But as Sisi knows, and as his speech suggests, the fact that the Islamic world is a source of danger and destruction is all too conceivable. Indeed, it’s been on display, in plain sight, for years—both throughout the Middle East and of course in New York on September 11, 2001, and now in Paris on January 7, 2015.
“The jihadist threat is real, and it must, obviously, be fought and defeated. But that raises another problem—not a problem with Islam, but a problem with the West.
“We have lost our nerve. In recent years, the attitude of Barack Obama has prevailed over the spirit of Charlie Hebdo. The claims of sensitivity have trumped the attachment to freedom. Appeasement of jihad has supplanted the war on terror. Most fundamentally—let’s be honest—fear has overwhelmed courage. . .”
William Kristol, Weekly Standard: “On Being Jewish and French”
“Tablet has one of the best articles I’ve seen from Paris, capturing the mood of French Jews–and the meaning for them of the state of Israel. Here are excerpts:
Anyone who wants to understand how the Jews of France—and most other places in the Diaspora, including the United States—feel inside, especially at times when we are targeted by men with guns who represent a radical, fascistic ideology bent on killing us, should take a look at these two videos from the Grand Synagogue of Paris after a solidarity rally that brought an estimated 1.5 million people into the streets to declare their support for free speech and their opposition to Islamist terrorism.
The first video shows the entrance of French President François Hollande to the Grand Synagogue, followed 40 seconds or so later by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who unlike Hollande is greeted by loud and spontaneous cheering.
…The reason they are cheering is far more basic, and it has to do with the harsh lesson that history has engraved into the souls of every conscious and self-aware Jew in the world today….We are not afraid because we know, whether overtly or in a dark half-acknowledged corner of our minds, that there is one state in the world—however imperfect it is in some of its particulars—where we and our children will be welcome, and whose government will do its best to protect us, with all the force at its disposal.
One of the great lessons of the Holocaust for the Jewish people and for all other peoples who have since been threatened with genocide by fanatics—Cambodians under Pol Pot, Bosnian Muslims, and the Tutsi of Rwanda—is that the world will always talk a good game but will do precious little to save you. If you don’t stick together, you will die alone. The fact that the State of Israel exists means that the Jewish people will never be radically alone….
The second video shows another side of who we are, and how we feel about the countries where we live. When Netanyahu finishes his speech, the crowd spontaneously starts singing their national anthem—which is, of course, the French national anthem.
The people in the Grand Synagogue are proud to be French, and they want the prime minister of Israel to see and understand their pride in their country, just as they want France to live up to the inspiring words of La Marseillaise. . .
Reuters: “Paris attacks boost support for Dutch anti-Islam populist Wilders”
“(Reuters) – Support for the anti-Islamic Freedom Party of Dutch populist Geert Wilders has jumped to its highest level in more than a year after the Islamist militant attacks in Paris.
Wilders, known for his inflammatory rhetoric, said after the Paris bloodshed that the West was “at war” with Islam, drawing a rebuke from Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Sunday.
“If elections were held now, his party would be the single largest in the Netherlands, with 31 seats in the 150-member parliament, more than twice as many as it won in the last elections, according to a Sunday poll.
“The governing Liberal and Labour parties, damaged by persistent sluggish growth, would have just 28 seats between them, compared to the 79 they held after the 2012 elections.
“The Freedom Party was polling 30 seats just prior to the Jan. 7-9 Paris attacks, in which 17 people including journalists and policemen were killed by three Islamist gunmen who were later shot dead by French special forces.
“Wilders this week called in an interview for measures against Islam: ‘If we don’t do anything, it will happen here,’ he was quoted by the newspaper Het Parool as saying.
Drudge Links (1/12/15)
‘We can live together’… Netanyahu, Abbas attend Paris mass rally… Largest in French history… REPORT: Hollande asked Netanyahu to stay away… KISS-OFF: USA represented only by ambassador? Officials skipped Washington ‘Charlie’ rally, too… DEM STRATEGIST: I’ve never been more disappointed in Obama… JAKE TAPPER: I’m ashamed… KERRY: ‘Quibbling’… Gunman appears in chilling video, declares loyalty to Islamic State… WIRE: Both brothers had weapons training in Yemen… Afghanistan rally hails attackers as ‘heroes’… FEINSTEIN: Terrorist sleeper cells are in USA… FBI Assuming Larger Surveillance Role…
COMMON CORE . . .
Joanne: January 24th, Common Core Debate, University of Delaware
Dr. Peg Luksik, Dr. Sandra Stotsky and Kathleen Jasper will debate University of Delaware faculty members and Delaware educators at a Town Hall on Common Core on Saturday January 24th at 10:30 am at the University of Delaware. Please send the attached flyer to your email list. You must register at:
This event could determine the continuing or ending of the Common Core program in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The event is free but you need to register. The side supporting Common Core will turn out their members to be there.
PA . . .
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Voting before Corbett leaves a ‘golden opportunity’ or ‘bad government’”
“HARRISBURG, Pa. — Time is winding down on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s tenure in office, and some GOP lawmakers still want to pass legislation while they have control of the state House, state Senate and the Governor’s Office.
“We have a golden opportunity, a two-week window, in which to let the people of this Commonwealth know we heard them loud and clear,” freshman state Rep. Cris Dush, R-Jefferson, said in a written statement. “It’s time to lead!”
“That two-week window, known as interregnum, refers to the time period between two regimes and is really about a week and a half now. In Pennsylvania politics, it’s the time between the swearing in of the General Assembly, which happened Tuesday, and the inauguration of a new governor, which will happen Jan. 20 when Democrat Tom Wolf supplants Corbett.
“Wolf has criticized the notion of such a session, while state Sen. Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin, has introduced legislation to ban lawmakers from taking votes during the interregnum unless a governor called a special session.
“Teplitz said he’d introduce the legislation regardless of whether the outgoing governor was a Democrat or Republican. He called voting during the interregnum “bad government” that could poison the relationship between lawmakers and the governor. . .”
END NOTES . . .
A letter to Holder, December 28, 2014
“. . . I begin my letter with this comment to highlight that I am not a bystander on the topic of law enforcement in the United States. I worked and managed a variety of federal investigations during my 12 years of service in the FBI, to include the management of several Civil Rights cases in the State of Texas. In fact, during my last tour in the Bureau, I was an FBI Supervisor responsible for managing federal investigations in nine (9) Texas counties, many of which were rural; in places where one would suspect racism to flourish given the narrative often pushed by Hollywood and urban progressive elites like yourself. I performed this mission diligently and under the close supervision of two FBI managers; an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) and Special Agent in Charge (SAC,) both of which happened to be African American and outstanding law enforcement professionals. I also performed this mission serving side by side with a variety of law enforcement agencies at the Federal, State and local level.
“I have observed you closely during your tenure as Attorney General and notably during these last tumultuous years; watching you negotiate a number of controversial public matters to include the ATF Fast and Furious scandal, Black Panther Party intimidation at voting booths, IRS targeting of American citizens (citizen groups opposed to the Obama Administration,) the ignoring of US Immigration laws, DOJ criminal indictments of select news reporters and your management of several high profile criminal investigations involving subjects of race, notably African Americans.
“Until today, I chose to hold my tongue. However, with the assassination of two NYPD Lieutenants last weekend in New York City, at the hands of a African American man with a lengthy criminal record, fresh from his participation in anti-police activities; coupled with numerous “don’t shoot, hands up,” and “black lives matter” anti-police protests (some of which are violent) occurring daily around the nation, I am compelled to write you this letter.
“To be blunt Mr. Holder, I am appalled at your lack of leadership as the Attorney General of the United States and your blatant politicizing of the Department of Justice. Your actions, both publicly and privately, have done nothing to quell the complex racial issues we face in our country and have done everything to inflame them. As the “top cop” of the United States, you share in the blame for much of the violence and protests we are now witnessing against law enforcement officers honorably serving throughout our nation. . .”
Dee McCown, College Station, Texas
Jeryl Bier, Weekly Standard: “Kerry: Climate Change ‘Enormous Cloud Hanging Over All of Us’”
Still Lurch . . . emphasis added by Bier . . .
“I am convinced, as we look to the relationship of the future though, just as Ban Ki-moon mentioned a few minutes ago, there is one enormous cloud hanging over all of us which requires responsibility from leaders. Global climate change is already violently affecting communities not just across India but around the world. It is disrupting commerce, development, and economic growth. It’s costing farmers crops. It’s costing insurance companies unbelievable payouts. It’s raising the cost of doing business, and believe me, if it continues down the current trend-line, we will see climate refugees fighting each other for water and seeking food and new opportunity. . .”