Fast & Furious 2015

On May 4, 2015 Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson drove from Phoenix to Garland, Texas to carry out a terror attack against conservatives hosting a Mohammed cartoon contest. When they arrived on scene, they were immediately shot and killed by police after opening fire outside the building.

Remember, they weren’t radical Islam believers (there is in fact no such thing as radical islam and certainly not any terrorists), guns kill people, and the border is “more secure” than ever.

It turns out Soofi purchased his gun under the Holder Justice Department’s Operation Fast and Furious back in 2010. As a reminder, Operation Fast and Furious was a program that ran from 2009-2010 in which federal agents purposely allowed the sale of thousands of weapons, including handguns, AK-47s and .50-caliber rifles, to known drug cartels. Agents deliberately allowed weapons to be trafficked and lost in Mexico. Now, Barack Obama’s bloodiest scandal has hit home once again. Richard Serrano at the LA Times has the incredible details:

Five years before he was shot to death in the failed terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, Nadir Soofi walked into a suburban Phoenix gun shop to buy a 9-millimeter pistol.At the time, Lone Wolf Trading Co. was known among gun smugglers for selling illegal firearms. And with Soofi’s history of misdemeanor drug and assault charges, there was a chance his purchase might raise red flags in the federal screening process.

Inside the store, he fudged some facts on the form required of would-be gun buyers. What Soofi could not have known was that Lone Wolf was at the center of a federal sting operation known as Fast and Furious, targeting Mexican drug lords and traffickers. The idea of the secret program was to allow Lone Wolf to sell illegal weapons to criminals and straw purchasers, and track the guns back to large smuggling networks and drug cartels.

Soofi’s attempt to buy a gun caught the attention of authorities, who slapped a seven-day hold on the transaction, according to his Feb. 24, 2010, firearms transaction record, which was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times. Then, for reasons that remain unclear, the hold was lifted after 24 hours, and Soofi got the 9-millimeter.

In other words, ATF and the FBI pushed through a shady gun sale that ultimately was used in a terror attack against Americans on U.S. soil.

The Liberal media will ignore that, once they’ve finished burying the Planned Parenthood story until 20,000 feet of bullshit.

Not surprisingly the FBI has been stonewalling information about Soofi’s firearm and the guns used during the Garland attack for months. They did the same when Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed by Mexican drug bandits in Arizona on December 15, 2010. The guns used in his murder were also sold as part of Operation Fast and Furious. More from Serrano:

A day after the attack, the Department of Justice sent an “urgent firearms disposition request” to Lone Wolf, seeking more information about Soofi and the pistol he bought in 2010, according to a June 1 letter from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, to U.S. Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch.
Though the request did not specify whether the gun was used in the Garland attack, Justice Department officials said the information was needed “to assist in a criminal investigation,” according to Johnson’s letter, also reviewed by The Times.
The FBI so far has refused to release any details, including serial numbers, about the weapons used in Garland by Soofi and Simpson. Senate investigators are now pressing law enforcement agencies for answers, raising the chilling possibility that a gun sold during the botched Fast and Furious operation ended up being used in a terrorist attack against Americans.

Keep in mind not a single person involved in Operation Fast and Furious has been fired. In fact, many Department of Justice officials and ATF supervisors have been promoted. ATF agents who exposed the scandal, however, have faced extreme retaliation in addition to career and personal sabotage. 

Exposing the Agenda to criticism is not permitted. You shall not embarrass, or be seen to embarrass, The King, Barack Hussein Obama I.

More “inconvenient truth” to hide.

And it’s Bush’s fault anyways… 🙂

To Hoodwink

“Political language,” warned George Orwell, “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

Politicians understand that words matter and can be used to trick people. Which is why they can hardly be trusted to express themselves candidly in their own campaigns — or, heaven forbid, write ballot titles for important measures upon which citizens will vote.

Earlier this year, citizens in Phoenix, Arizona, gathered more than 50,000 voter signatures to put an initiative on the ballot to reform their public employee pension system. The initiative moves new city hires to a 401(k)-style retirement system. While it does not affect any retirement benefits already earned by current workers or retirees, the measure would also end what’s known as “pension spiking,” the practice whereby government workers manipulate overtime, vacation and sick leave in their final months and years of employment to dramatically increase their pension payments for as long as they live.

Spiking costs city taxpayers $12 million a year.

(and they just laid off a whole bunch of cops because of “the budget”)

That’s especially troublesome considering the pension system is already underfunded by $1.5 billion.

The annual price tag to the city for the pension mess has grown a whopping 40 percent since 2011. In dollar terms, Phoenix pension costs have gone from $35 million in 2003 to $266 million this year. Not surprisingly, the tab for pensions is burning a huge hole in the budget, threatening both higher taxes and service reductions. The city’s credit rating has already been downgraded

The one thing the initiative doesn’t touch? Pensions for policemen and fire fighters. These public safety workers are part of a statewide system, which is why the initiative specifically states that it does not “affect individuals who are members of, or are eligible to join, any other public retirement system in the State of Arizona such as the Public Safety Employees’ Retirement System.”

The Phoenix Pension Reform Act seems quite popular with the public, but not with public employee unions or a majority of the Phoenix City Council. Last week, the council officially set the ballot language voters will read when they go to the polls in November. Knowing the political popularity of police and fire, the council wrote a title claiming the measure would prevent the city from supporting public safety employees through the statewide system.

“The action by the Phoenix City Council last week to try to kill a pension reform initiative by adopting a wildly misleading ballot description was dirty,” wrote Arizona Republic columnist Robert Robb. He concluded by noting that the council “betrayed the voters and dishonored themselves.”

Que sera, sera.

This week, in a state far from Arizona, but also starting with the letter “A,” I visited with the leaders of Arkansas Term Limits, a grassroots group formed to oppose Issue 3, which was placed on this November’s ballot by state legislators.

What is Issue 3?

When Arkansans step into the voting booth, they’ll see the following language: “An Amendment Regulating Contributions to Candidates for State or Local Office, Barring Gifts from Lobbyists to Certain State Officials, Providing for Setting Salaries for Certain State Officials, and Setting Term Limits for Members of the General Assembly.”

It is what voters won’t be told that has term limits supporters up in arms. You see, Issue 3 doesn’t set term limits at all. Voters already did that by citizen initiative back in 1992 — and then reaffirmed those same limits in 2004, when state legislators tried a different scam to undo them.

Issue 3 re-sets term limits . . . doubling time allowed, or more!

Currently, state representatives are limited to three two-year terms or six years. Issue 3 would allow them more than twice that: eight terms or 16 years. State senators are now capped at two four-year terms or eight years. Issue 3 doubles that limit to four terms or 16 years.

If state legislators desire weaker term limits (and insist on being told loudly NO by the electorate), then let them put the measure on the ballot and provide voters the facts necessary to decide. But since legislators know darn good and well that voters do not support weakening the limits, their plan is simply to hoodwink the people.

The people they say they serve.

Furthermore, the anti-term limits amendment is being pushed as an ethics reform — a very unethical ethics reform. It’s not enough that these wannabe careerists attempt to trick voters about “setting” term limits, they also seek to sneak this most significant provision by voters by hiding it behind so-called ethics reforms that might appeal to voters.

Again and again, our representatives not only fail to represent us, they aggressively lie and cheat us. Thank goodness, we still have the right under the First Amendment to speak out and criticize their reprehensible behavior.

Of course, those pesky free speech rights may be jettisoned, too, if politicians have their way. As I wrote in this space weeks ago, Senate Joint Resolution 19 — introduced by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and co-sponsored by 45 other Democrat senators — would take a Sharpie and cross “freedom of speech” out of our Bill of Rights, replacing the First Amendment’s restriction that “Congress shall pass no law” with giving Congress complete, unrestrained power to control any and all fundraising and spending in congressional elections.

SJR 19 is repeatedly billed as overturning Citizens United and other U.S. Supreme Court decisions, thus ending “corporate personhood.” But it just simply doesn’t do that. Instead, it hands all power to Congress, which may or may not reverse those decisions in the course of regulating their own campaigns and the money their challengers and other individuals and groups may raise or spend against them.

After passage of SJR 19, if Congress enacted a statute banning citizens from spending any money that could conceivably be construed as affecting a congressional race, it would be perfectly constitutional. Your First Amendment right to speak out to your fellow citizens?

What First Amendment right?

Last Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send this constitutional amendment to the full Senate. (townhall)

In the past, Phoenix city politics have sometimes been sneaky. Former Phoenix Mayor Skip Rimsza was fond of holding special elections to raise taxes, enabling supporters to control turnout. I called them “by invitation only” elections.

But until now, Phoenix city politics have never been dirty. The action by the Phoenix City Council last week to try to kill a pension reform initiative by adopting a wildly misleading ballot description was dirty.

The initiative, Proposition 401, would change Phoenix’s pension program for new hires to a 401(k) style plan.

City police and firefighters aren’t part of the city retirement system. They are part of a state-administered plan.

The initiative plainly states that it doesn’t affect the pension plan for cops and firefighters. The intent section declares it and the substantive sections are written to apply only to city-administered pension programs.

Yet the ballot language adopted by the council says that, if Prop. 401 is adopted, the city would be forbidden to make pension contributions to the state system for cops and firefighters.

The Old “yes” is No and No is “Yes”. 🙂

The legal argument that the initiative could be read to have this effect is severely tortured. It’s not even what the lawyers call a colorable argument. It relies on extreme pettifogging.

Moreover, there’s clearly a better legal argument on the other side, that passage of the initiative has no effect on those eligible to join the state retirement system for public safety workers.

Yet the ballot language flatly declares that cops and firefighters, as a matter of uncontested fact, would be out of luck. No argument. No question.

The real perversity is that if Proposition 401 passes, there’s no question that the city council and city staff would take the legal position that contributions to the state system for public safety workers could continue. In other words, that the ballot language was what it is: a ruse.

I’ve been around politics a long time and don’t expect politicians not to engage in politics. Yet there are times when even the crassest politicians are expected to act dispassionately and honorably. Crafting ballot language is one of those occasions. The voters are entitled to a neutral description of what they are being asked to decide, not language declaring as uncontested fact something very much subject to disputation.

Mayor Greg Stanton and the five council members who adopted this propagandistic ballot language – Kate Gallego, Michael Nowakowski, Laura Pastor, Daniel Valenzuela and Thelda Williams — have betrayed the voters and dishonored themselves. (


Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

Political Cartoons by Dana Summers


More Fun With Government

More Government in action for you today. Gun runners go free, and lazy government union workers kill a family.

And these are the people Liberals want running your life because YOU are too incompetent to do it without them.


PHOENIX – There’s new fallout from the botched gun-running operation Fast and Furious. Fox News has learned the accused ringleader was arrested and released three times — and two of those arrests happened in Phoenix.

The most wanted man in the Fast and Furious investigation was caught in the act on a government camera firing 10 rounds from a 45 caliber handgun.

Yet Manuel Celis Acosta remained free to traffic thousands of guns to Mexico.

Only after the death of Border Agent Brian Terry was Acosta’s operation shut down.

“We could have taken him in and prosecuted him anytime. It’s either total incompetence. Or maybe it’s something a bit more coordinated that the Department of Justice is not willing yet to talk about,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican.

Congressional investigators suspect the justice department is unwilling to talk about Acosta’s possible role as an informant.

Here’s why. The Fast and Furious investigation began in October 2009. In April 2010 — police arrested Acosta on a phoenix street with cocaine and handguns hidden in his truck.

He was released and not charged.

In May, immigration agents stopped Acosta crossing the Mexican border with 74 rounds of ammunition hidden in his car.

Again, released, no charges.

Then in October, a surveillance camera attached to a telephone pole captures Acosta firing a handgun, purchased illegally by accomplice Sean Stewart.

Police recover 15 shell casings from the shootout. Acosta is arrested and released – again.

“Somebody back in Washington was making terrible disastrous calls on this, and it’s lead to the death of a lot of people.”

Phoenix police say they forwarded both cases to the county attorney’s office.

In the first case, no charges were filed.

In the second he was held on charges of illegally discharging a firearm within city limits, but because he was let off the hook the other times…

Some lawmakers believe he was being protected by the government as an informant. (

Or he has the goods on Obama/Holder.


(transcript from Newscast)

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. – The night before thanksgiving, while most families were preparing to spend the holiday together, a plane crashed into the Superstition Mountains in the east valley. All on board were killed, including these 3 young children and their father.

The official cause of the crash won’t be known for months, but tonight we have new troubling information that raises the question — did this have to happen? Did they have to die?

We’ve learned FAA safety investigators believe the air space around the Superstition Mountains may have contributed to this deadly crash.

A problem they have known about for years.

The FAA’s findings have never been made public until now. Something else that’s never been made public until now — haunting images of those kids just before their flight.

These are the final images taken of the Perry kids arriving at Falcon Field on the evening of November 23, 2011.

Pictures show Logan, 8, Luke, 6, followed by their 9-year-old sister Morgan, enter the executive terminal. Its 6 o’clock. In 30 minutes they will all be gone.

They wait to meet their father Shawn who’s flying in from Safford.

As the plane arrives, it’s already dark. They plan to fly back to Safford to spend thanksgiving with dad.

Dad climbs in back with the kids. Russell Hardy takes the left pilot seat. Joseph Hardwick, a mechanic, takes the right seat.

The plane taxis out to the runway. The Rockwell 690 takes off from runway 4R, heading northeast.

90 seconds later, it’s approved for a right turn, bound for Safford.

Travelling at 200 miles an hour, the plane is at 45-hundred feet.

For the next 3 minutes — it flies straight and level.

No signs of any trouble as it plows directly into Ship Rock.

911 callers: “A plane just crashed into the Superstition Mountains… and it just kind of flew right into the fricken mountain… it looked like they didn’t know Ship Rock was there!”

When the NTSB issues its final report on the crash, pilot error will almost certainly be the primary cause. Loss of “situational awareness,” meaning the pilot simply lost track of where he was.

And you can see how easily it could happen. He was flying visual flight rules, and he did not file a flight plan. And the majestic superstitions on a moonless night would simply vanish in the distance. He didn’t see the mountain until it was too late.

“0k now we’re up here in the crevice where it looks like the plane maybe first hit.”

Karen Perry lost her entire family in the crash. Since that day, she has searched for answers, sometimes finding them here on the mountain.

“Obviously some kind soul that came left a memorial here and left some toys and pictures,” she says.

The mountain makes her feel closer to her children. She sees it everyday. It’s right outside her front door.

“I walked away without my children’s bodies without any clear evidence they were actually gone,” says Perry. “It’s a comfort to at least know what happened to them.”

But there’s one question that continues to haunt her. Did something else contribute to this crash? Something that could have prevented the terrible loss of life?

The answer may lie here: in this internal memo from the FAA obtained by FOX 10 news.

A document the agency did not want you to see.

In it, three top investigators from the FAA’s Scottsdale office conclude the airspace design in the area of the crash is insufficient.

In it, the FAA writes: “The airspace design with regard to obstacle (terrain) clearance is not sufficient to ensure a margin of safety necessary to preclude the possibility of an accident similar to the one that occurred on November 23, 2011.”

In other words, the airspace design near the Superstitions is putting pilots at risk — and future accidents could happen if it’s not fixed.

“It was an accident that I feel badly making the statement it was going to happen and it had to happen, it’s something that should not have happened,” says Jim Timm, executive director of the Arizona Pilots Association.

For years he warned the FAA the airspace around the Superstitions is dangerous.

The FAA ignored him and denied there was a problem. Now its own investigators admit Jim Timm was right all along. (6 years and a dead family later!)

“Its pretty shocking these inspectors what they’ve written here is verbatim what I’ve been saying in meetings and written in memos.”

Back in 2006, Timm’s group warned, “Between the Superstition Mountains to the east and Falcon Field to the west, there is literally nowhere for GA (general aviation) pilots to (go).”

Here’s the problem.

Passenger jets flying into Sky Harbor (Airport) from the east occupy class B airspace — a slice of sky that begins at 5 thousand feet. (The Superstitions are 5,059 feet- starting to get the picture?)

Private planes flying visual flight are forbidden from entering class B. They must stay below 5-thousand feet.

Had the aircraft been at 5,500 feet everybody would be home and happy. The Superstitions rise above that.

Without special clearance, private planes are not allowed to fly over the mountains, so they’re forced to dodge them

It limits a pilot’s options.

That’s why Jim Timm, back in 2006, fought to raise class B airspace to 7-thousand feet, giving commercial aircraft an easy approach into sky harbor, while also giving private pilots plenty of room to clear the mountains.

Had the FAA listened — the November crash might never have happened.

The plane impacted at 46-hundred feet, consistent with a pilot trying to stay beneath class B airspace.

But there’s something else in this secret memo that’s equally troubling.

It says air traffic controllers in the phoenix area routinely refuse to assist private pilots.

It was cited as a contributing cause of a deadly crash in the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale in 2003.

A plane impacted 100 feet from the top of the mountain — killing a husband and wife on board.

The FAA memo states: “The airman requested flight following… Prior to departure. The airman was denied this service due to a long standing policy with PHX Tracon and all surrounding satellite airports.”

It goes on to say: “while terrain avoidance is ultimately the (pilots’) responsibility, had the airman been provided the service he requested, it is this inspectors opinion this accident could have been avoided.”

The pilot in the November crash never asked for help from the tower.

“The culture is in place has evolved that people simply don’t ask for permission to enter the bravo airspace because they feel they’re going to be denied. Don’t ask cause you’re not going to get it.”

Sources tell fox 10 controllers don’t want the additional work load.

Yet the FAA memo points out: “…other areas around the USA provide this service to pilots, including the very busy LAX (Los Angeles) area.”

Timm says bottom line, these accidents shouldn’t have happened. And the FAA knew better.

“When I heard what happened my heart sunk really I thought, we don’t need this kind of regulation written in blood.”

Karen Perry’s search for answers brought her to a scrap yard in Phoenix. The remains of the plane piled up and bagged, as tangled and disjointed as her life since the crash.

Everything she loved was lost in this wreckage. And now she’s left to put the pieces back together.

“I need to see it for some of it to sink in to me,” she says.

She hopes the FAA will make changes before there’s another tragedy.

“It’s painful. Because the general aviation flying public was aware, the FAA was aware and yet they did it anyway. I want to see changes that need to be made as a result of this accident, I’m hoping that they’re made. I’m hoping that they’ll do the right thing.”

The 3 FAA investigators in this memo recommend the airspace be redesigned.

They also call for a national probe into why air controllers in the Phoenix area are denying service to pilots.

The FAA refused to allow anyone to talk with us on camera. They did issue this statement that reads in part: “We cannot comment on any pending investigation… the FAA will evaluate the submission from the regional safety inspectors.” (

Could that “official” response be more limp and weak if it tried??

Lazy Air Traffic controllers and a Federal Government that KNOWS there’s a problem but isn’t interested enough to care because it would be more work for them. Poor Babies…

So, again, these are the kinds of people you want running your life for you?

Are you INSANE!??

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

 Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay

Grading On a Curve

“I still maintain that the president is still spending a vast preponderance of his time on his official duties. As is everyone who works here,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said at Wednesday’s briefing when asked if Obama is officially in campaign mode.

He’s only had WELL Over 100 fundraisers so far (5 in 2 cities in 1 day recently). But he’s not in Campaign Mode.

Grade: L  (For Lying!)

As it turns out, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has another grade entirely for the LGP (Loan Guarantee Program), the Dept. Of Energy, and ultimately Energy Secretary Steven Chu.  In the report released this week, the GAO’s spot check of applications and loans granted and committed under the LGP — $30 billion in all — shows systemic mismanagement, uncompleted reviews, missing documentation, and a process failure rate of 85% or more.

On 11 of 13 loan applications investigated by the GAO, they found that the DoE hadn’t done the required work for reviewing and approving applications.  That’s an 85% failure rate.  And more than three years into this program, even with the deficiencies identified, the DoE still hasn’t fixed their problems.  That kind of failure is more associated with an F-minus, not an A-minus. (Stephen Chu’s own self-appointed Grade).

Ah, the delusions of The Left. Obama gave himself a great grade also.

Stephen Chu (2009): “If you look at all the buildings and if you make the roofs white and if you make the pavement more of a concrete type of colour rather than a black type of colour and if you do that uniformally, that would be the equivalent of… reducing the carbon emissions due to all the cars in the world by 11 years – just taking them off the road for 11 years,” he said.

White is the answer, imagine that. I though everything that was white was greedy, mean and “racist”. 🙂

Grade: F For Failure and Falsehoods

The biggest jump in gasoline in more than a year accounted for about 80 percent of the increase in prices last month, leaving households with less money to spend on other goods and services. Federal Reserve policy makers say the advance in fuel costs will be temporary, and most see little risk inflation will flare out of control as unemployment exceeds 8 percent. (Bloomberg)

But don’t worry, “Hope and Change” 2.0 is on it’s way. After all, Vote for me The Other Guy (Republican) is an extremist loon (and likely a…MORMON! ooohhhh no! The Horror!!)

Grade: I For Inflation.


The Obama administration has shifted its legal arguments as it prepares to defend the president’s healthcare law before the Supreme Court.

Written briefs in the landmark case increasingly have focused on a part of the Constitution that didn’t get much attention in lower courts.

Some legal experts say the shift could steer the case in a direction that would make Justice Antonin Scalia more likely to uphold the healthcare law’s mandate requiring individuals to purchase health insurance.

Oral arguments in the landmark case are set to begin March 26, and the justices are expected to give a ruling in June, just months before the presidential election.

A ruling that the mandate is unconstitutional could make it nearly impossible to implement other parts of the healthcare law—which is exactly the point the Department of Justice is highlighting in its most recent briefs.

Justice has aggressively defended the mandate as its own regulation of economic activity, but is now stepping up a separate argument emphasizing that the mandate is part of a broader regulatory scheme.

The shift moves the focus of Justice’s argument from the Commerce Clause of the Constitution to the Necessary and Proper Clause, which says Congress can make laws that are necessary for carrying out its other powers. (KFYI)

So ObamaCare is Necessary and Government control is Necessary. The other argument may not work so they just abandon it like it never happened and go with the new one like a snake shedding it’s skin.

Change Tacts. The old one isn’t working. Reword it. Repackage it. Just like Global Cooling/Warming/Climate Change etc…

Grade: D for Dishonest.


St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday rooted in Christian values, however secular celebrations are also regularly held to commemorate the day. In fact, for a great many, the religious tones aren’t even a consideration, as alcohol, Shamrock shakes and other fun-filled elements regularly dominate the day’s observations. Somehow, though, the holiday is reportedly still too religious for one Massachusetts elementary school.

At the Soule Road School in Wilbraham, St. Patrick‘s Day has been replaced as the name for the school’s celebration surrounding the popular holiday. It’s been replaced with the generic “O’Green Day.” Opponents have called it a heavy-handed attempt to instill political correctness among the impressionable 4th and 5th graders.

The school’s principal, Lisa Curtin, is apparently looking to become more inclusive. So, rather than tout St. Patrick’s Day, she has purportedly come up with a way to circumvent the faith-related nature of the holiday. The school apparently did something similar for St. Valentine’s Day, which, in some classrooms, was referred to as “Caring and Kind Day.”

On this day, students are apparently being encouraged to wear green and they will be treated to special, green colored vegetables in the cafeteria.

Ah, The Politically Correct…

Grade:O for Orwellian.


The timeline of President Obama’s foreign policy regarding Iran. (hotair)

Obama seems to have confused that somewhat with his policy towards a nuclear-armed Iran.

… on May 18, 2009, President Obama was asked about Iran and any deadlines for his “policy of engagement.” He responded: “You know, I don’t want to set an artificial deadline … We should have a fairly good sense by the end of the year as to whether they are moving in the right direction.”

On September 15, 2009, a deadline issued by President Obama for Iran to come to the nuclear negotiating table was ignored by Iran’s Mullahs.

On October 11, 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “The international community will not wait indefinitely for evidence that Iran is willing to live up to its international commitments.”

On October 23, 2009, an Obama-backed UN deadline for Iran to begin drawing down its nuclear stockpile was ignored by Iran’s Mullahs.

On November 29, 2009, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, “Time is running out for Iran to address the international community’s growing concerns about its nuclear program.”

On December 31, 2009, President Obama’s deadline for Iran to respond to his diplomatic outreach was ignored by Iran’s Mullahs.

On January 31, 2010, President Obama’s new deadline of the end of the month was ignored by Iran’s Mullahs.

On May 25,2011, Hillary Clinton stated: “Time is running out for Iran to address the world’s concerns over its nuclear intentions.”

On March 1, 2012, a bill signed by President Obama that required his administration “to begin enforcing new financial penalties on foreign firms that do business with Iran passed… with no fresh action from Washington.”

On March 6, 2012, Obama said: “To resolve this issue will require Iran to come to the table and discuss in a clear and forthright way how to prove to the international community that the intentions of their nuclear program are peaceful. … They know how to do it, and the question is going to be whether in these discussions they show themselves moving clearly in that direction.” 

Yep, one more sharply-worded memo, and the Mullahs are SURE to fall.

Another passing grade for Obama, I’m sure.  🙂

President Obama himself told a Nevada town hall in February 2010 that “tax dollars shouldn’t be used to reward the very irresponsible lenders and borrowers who helped bring about the housing crisis.”  At least that was Obama’s position until this month, when he announced a plan that would expand HAMP to include the real-estate speculators that helped inflate the housing bubble.

Almost exactly a year prior to the Nevada town hall, Obama gave a speech in Mesa, Arizona in which he castigated “dishonest lenders who acted irresponsibly, distorting the facts and dismissing the fine print at the expense of buyers who didn’t know better.”

Just one month ago, Obama spoke about the legal settlement with the banks that finally allowed long-pent-up foreclosures to move forward.  In his speech, Obama twice mentions irresponsible actions by lenders that hurt others who acted more responsibly.  He specifically noted the robo-signing and other violations that drove the process off the rails and cost many people their homes:“In many cases, they didn’t even verify that these foreclosures were actually legitimate.  Some of the people they hired to process foreclosures used fake signatures on fake documents to speed up the foreclosure process.  Some of them didn’t read what they were signing at all.”

Except for the fake signatures, that sounds like a pretty fair description of what the GAO found in its audit of the Department of Energy and the Loan Guarantee Program.  With $30 billion in taxpayer money at risk, the DOE under Steven Chu didn’t bother to conduct the reviews it claimed it would on applications for loan guarantees, didn’t keep records of what reviews they did accomplish, and signed off on loans with incomplete documentation and inadequate oversight of the risk.  The result — perhaps $6.5 billion immediately at risk, according to CBS, and possibly most of the $30 billion.

Public Policy Polling’s Tom Jensen:

“The first lesson you learn as a pollster is that people are stupid,” Jensen says. “I tell a client trying to make sense of numbers on a poll that are inherently contradictory that at least once a week.”

What strikes me as most interesting about this: People in general very rarely want to look inward to take responsibility when they could look outward to place blame. How refreshing would it be to see a bit of self-reflection from pollsters and journalists? An admission from a pollster that “We as pollsters are often myopic” or from a journalist that “We as journalists are often elitist” would be a lot more refreshing to read than “Voters are stupid.” Who knows? Perhaps such humility from “insiders” would inspire “outsiders” to take a little more responsibility for the information they consume, too.

If it’s just that people of all ideological predispositions can be surprisingly resistant to fact then there can be a “War on Women”. 🙂

Grade: S  For Socialism.

Education is a Liberal priority, after all. 🙂

P.s. The Bus Strike in Phoenix is over. The company that racked up $1.3 million in fine for poor service got a payoff of $750,000 from our new Liberal Democrat Mayor.

Grade: F for We’re F*cked!

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie



They are More Important

You remember “Fast & Furious” don’t you?

Where the government deliberately sold 1,400+ guns to known drug cartel members and when gun owners and ATF field agents objected they made let them go to Mexico.

Then they lost them (they were supposed to be “tracking” them-at least that was there story).

Then one shows up at the scene of a Border Patrol agent being killed by drug smugglers. It’s the murder weapon.

The administration has been trying to suppress it ever since.

Well here’s an Update:

U.S. Attorney, Dennis Burke is opposing a motion routinely approved by prosecutors, that would have the family of murdered Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry, recognized as crime victims, Fox News is reporting.

Burke claims the gun purchases made by Jamie Avila, whose purchases of guns included the one that was allegedly used to kill Terry, “is not any particular person, but society in general.”

Being recognized as crime victims, the Terry family would have been able to speak at Avila’s sentencing, as well as conferring with prosecutors.

Former U,S, Attorney in Florida, Kendall Coffey, told in a Fox News report, “The government leaders responsible for the tragic mistakes of Operation Fast and Furious have a lot of explaining to do before Congress. But at the same time, they still have a duty under federal law to give answers, to consult and extend respect to the family.

Paul Charlton, the Terry’s attorney, alludes this may be a tactic used by the federal government to possibly cover their tracks.

“The government’s already been put on notice that they might be facing a wrongful action by the family. And you have to wonder if the government’s efforts to deny the family the status of ‘crime victims’ is part of a strategy to avoid legal responsibility for some of the tragic mistakes of Operation Fast and Furious,” Charlton told The Fox News Report.

Burke also writes in the case, the family is not a crime victim because they were not “directly of proximately harmed,” by the illegal purchase of murder weapon.

They actually want to screw over the family of a dead Border Agent in order to lessen the damage from the government deliberately selling guns to known drug cartel buyers.

They are more important than you are.

Which brings me to The “Emergency” Food Tax here in Phoenix.

If there was no food tax, there would be no pay raises, DiCiccio
said. Its as simple as that. The Arizona Republic, June 14, 2011

The food tax is expected to bring in $28 million this year. Meanwhile,
city employees got $27 million in raises and bonuses this year. Now
the Phoenix City Council has tentatively approved a budget that
includes another $28.9 million in pay raises and bonuses for the
coming year. – Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts, May 28, 2011

City management has admitted that they can find no documents that show
they told the City Council or public the AMOUNT of employee pay raises
until a month and a half after the budget was approved.

City Manager David Cavazos was given until noon today (Aug. 10, 2011)
to show that his staff didnt hide that information while the budget
was being formed and debated. He was unable to produce anything
showing that staff informed anyone of the pay raise amounts until
April 21, 2010. That is a month and a half after the budget was
approved and 2 1/2 months after the city imposed a 2 percent food tax
essentially equal to the amount of pay raises.

City Attorney Gary Verburg confirmed that City Manager Cavazos has no
more records to turn over nothing that supports his contention that
the Council knew the amount of the pay raises. Verburg wrote that the
documents provided to you contain whatever information the City has,
to my knowledge, relevant to your request.

During the budget process when the pay raises went unmentioned the
city said the food tax was needed or managers would have to lay off
police officers and cut back senior centers, libraries, pools, transit
routes, recreation and programs for schoolchildren.

Its taken more than a year to drag an admission out of the city that
no one was told the amount of pay raises and bonuses until long after
the budget was approved, said Councilman Sal DiCiccio, who had made
multiple requests of the city manager to produce that information.
City Manager Cavazos produced reams of documents talking about the
budget process, but he never answered the question about when the pay
raise amounts were first mentioned.

The simple question City Manager Cavazos refused to answer is:

Mr. Cavazos, when was the first time city staff told Council members
the AMOUNT of employee raises?

I challenge the press and the public to see if even today they can
get a direct and clear answer from him to that question without trying
to divert it to other issues, DiCiccio said.

Even today, he continues to dodge the question in spite of the
citys admission that no document exists prior to April 21.  Its time
for Mr. Cavazos to start leveling with the citizens of Phoenix about
budget matters rather than hiding behind a blizzard of diversion.

The April 21, 2010 document shows that the public was not told the
full amount of the pay raises until after the food tax was passed
(Feb. 2, 2010), 15 public hearings were held (February, 2010) and the
City Council voted on the budget and union contracts (March, 2010).

Phoenix faced the worst budget shortfall in history, $270 million,
closing pools, cuttings libraries and services for seniors and
schoolchildren. It still managed to give out $29 million in pay raises
and bonuses by adding a new food tax, which hurt the poor the most.

The public deserves better from the city of Phoenix.

Its one thing to refuse a councilman requested information. Its
worse to hide information from the public about how its taxes are
raised and spent. Phoenix has an obligation to provide information,
and taxpayers deserve to know how their city is being managed.

The reason this remains important to me is because a well-run Phoenix
that is citizen- and business-friendly could and should be leading the
nation out of this recession. We have great assets, including a
citizenry that truly cares about the community. We owe them honesty
and our best performance in their interest.

Thank you,
Sal DiCiccio
City of Phoenix
Councilman, District 6

So lying is now acceptable as a way to get your apparatchiks a raise when the City is facing the worst budget crisis in it’s history.

Everyone get’s a 2% hike on all their food to feed the greed of City Workers.

And you know what the liberals I have shown this to say?

“Well, they had a Union Contract they had to honor.”

Seriously…no joke.

Partisanship is that bad in this country that lying is ok if it fits in with your ideology.

Moral and ethics, honor, decency can just be chucked out the window at a seconds notice if you can find an ideological reason to support the lies.

No wonder we have young people who have no sense of right or wrong. Everything is relative….to your Political views.

And that way lies disaster.

“You’ve got to tell them you’ve had enough of the theatrics, you’ve had enough of the politics, stop sending out press releases. Start passing some bills that we all know will help the economy right now,” he said. “That’s what they need to do. They’ve got to hear from you.”–President in Michigan this week at a $35,000 a plate fundraiser (no evil “rich” people here).

That’s why he and they all went on vacation for a month! And you know he means it (not just Republicans). 😦

Is that an Iceberg I see up ahead?…

Political Cartoons by Dana Summers

The Politics of Reality

But First…Mother Nature..Now that’s Cool! 🙂

7000 feet tall 50 miles wide and moving between 4o-50 mph with hurricane force winds!

It’s a Dust Storm!

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My power flickered on and off for a good 30 minutes during the storm.

Dust storm, though dangerous, are Cool! 🙂

But now back to reality… 🙂

It is hard to understand politics if you are hung up on reality. Politicians leave reality to others. What matters in politics is what you can get the voters to believe, whether it bears any resemblance to reality or not.

Not only among politicians, but also among much of the media, and even among some of the public, the quest is not for truth about reality but for talking points that fit a vision or advance an agenda. Some seem to see it as a personal contest about who is best at fencing with words.

The current controversy over whether to deal with our massive national debt by cutting spending, or whether instead to raise tax rates on “the rich,” is a classic example of talking points versus reality.

Most of those who favor simply raising tax rates on “the rich” — or who say that we cannot afford to allow the Bush “tax cuts for the rich” to continue — show not the slightest interest in the history of what has actually happened when tax rates were raised to high levels on “the rich,” as compared to what has actually happened when there have been “tax cuts for the rich.”

As far as such people are concerned, those questions have already been settled by their talking points. Why confuse the issue by digging into empirical evidence about what has actually happened when one policy or the other was followed?

The political battles about whether to have high tax rates on people in high income brackets or to instead have “tax cuts for the rich” have been fought out in at least four different administrations in the 20th century — under Presidents Calvin Coolidge, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

The empirical facts are there, but they mean nothing if people don’t look at them, and instead rely on talking points.

The first time this political battle was fought, during the Coolidge administration, the tax-cutters won. The data show that “the rich” supplied less tax revenue to the government when the top income tax rate was 73 percent in 1921 than they supplied after the income tax rate was reduced to 24 percent in 1925.

Because high tax rates can easily be avoided, both then and now, “the rich” were much less affected by high tax rates than was the economy and the people who were looking for jobs. After the Coolidge tax cuts, the increased economic activity led to unemployment rates that ranged from a high of 4.2 percent to a low of 1.8 percent.

But that is only a fact about reality — and, for many, reality has no such appeal as talking points.

The same preference for talking points, and the same lack of interest in digging into the facts about realities, prevails today in discussions of whether to have a government-controlled medical system.
Since there are various countries, such as Canada and Britain, that have the kind of government-controlled medical systems that some Americans advocate, you might think that there would be great interest in the quality of medical care in these countries.

The data are readily available as to how many weeks or months people have to wait to see a primary care physician in such countries, and how many additional weeks or months they have to wait after they are referred to a surgeon or other specialist. There are data on how often their governments allow patients to receive the latest pharmaceutical drugs, as compared to how often Americans use such advanced medications.

But supporters of government medical care show virtually no interest in such realities. Their big talking point is that the life expectancy in the United States is not as long as in those other countries. End of discussion, as far as they are concerned.

They have no interest in the reality that medical care has much less effect on death rates from homicide, obesity, and narcotics addiction than it has on death rates from cancer or other conditions that doctors can do something about. Americans survive various cancers better than people anywhere else. Americans also get to see doctors much sooner for medical treatment in general.

Talking points trump reality in political discussions of many other issues, from gun control to rent control. Reality simply does not have the pizzazz of clever talking points. (Thomas Sowell)

Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay

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Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

The Road to Hell

Map from Wednesday morning press conference.

The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions, it has been said.

And no one better exemplifies that today than Liberals.

The “touchy feely” good intentions of many (many other have no good intentions at all and just want to run your life for you because you’re a moron in their eyes) a liberal has caused a lot of pain.

The latest example: The Tree Huggers.

Save a Tree. A Spotted Owl. Ignore mankind, their evil. Loggers and Forest Management is evil.Humans are just greedy pigs. Just let nature be nature.

And if you dare do anything else we’ll sue you into oblivion!

To a Liberals it’s their duty to force you to behave.

The problem is, it leads to even bigger disasters when they come along. And, of course, the environmentalists are far to holier-than-thou to accept any blame or consequences of their actions.

After all, they did it with the best of intentions. 😦

The Wallow II fire is a prime example. The second largest fire in the history of the State of Arizona could have been minimized but Tree Hugging Environmentalists have made it worse.

And who knows it may grow to be the biggest ever. But try to reform the process to prevent this from happening again and the Lonnie Left will be send their pack of Raptor Lawyers and Media Psychos after you!

The fire is swallowing up homes,lives, jobs, and many, many animals.

PHOENIX — Environmentalists are the target of a blame game as wildfires rage through Arizona forests.

State Sen. Sylvia Allen, a Republican from Snowflake — a town in the White Mountains not too far from the huge Wallow fire — says misinformation, lawsuits and lies have been used to promote unhealthy forest environments and those philosophies have made their way into federal policies.

In a statement last Saturday, Allen said, “I once again must express my anger at the lack of forest management that, for the last 20 years, has turned our forests into a tinderbox of undergrowth, small trees, brush and downed trees. In some areas of the forest around Alpine, the undergrowth was so thick that you could not even walk across the forest floor.”

Allen said her family was forced to evacuate their home in 2002 because of the Rodeo-Chedeski fire. (The largest fire in state history, nearly a half million acres)

“The catastrophic fires of the last few years are an indication of the health and vitality of our forests,” she said.

Allen has allies, including Apache County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Brannon Eager, who says poor forest management and stewardship of the land has left the forests vulnerable to dangerous and destructive fires, such as the Wallow fire burning in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest near Alpine, Springerville and Eagar.

“For years and years, we logged the forest,” Eager said. “We went though, we took care of it, we logged it. We harvested the timber, we thinned the timber and that’s what a ponderosa pine forest is supposed to look like.

“The forest has been growing for 25 to 30 years now with nobody taking care of it. It’s just been allowed to grow. This is my opinion — that we should go back to taking care of the forest, to utilizing what’s up there.”

Eager agrees with Allen’s criticism of environmentalists for pushing to save the Mexican spotted owl, the goshawk and other animals. He said they stopped the logging, put families out of work and created a volatile forest environment.

“We need to do everything we can to protect the animals that we have, but at the same time we also need to protect our forests.”

Eager asked, “What are the spotted owls going to nest in now? There’s nothing left.”(KTAR)

“The Wallow Fire is further evidence that our current system of managing our forests is simply not working,” Allen said. “To the contrary, the federal government’s policies for protecting spotted owls and goshawks are wreaking devastation, destroying homes, and threatening lives, communities, and our economy throughout northern Arizona, and the owls and goshawks are no better protected.”

“It’s time that we return common sense to forest management. In areas where the forest had been thinned around communities, the fire has dropped and homes have been spared. Unfortunately, this thinning has only been accomplished in a few areas.”

“The only way we’re going to restore our forests is to involve private industry, which will absorb the costs while responsibly thinning the forest, so we don’t have any more of these enormous fires,” said Allen. “It saves the taxpayers money, creates jobs, and protects us from these devastating wildfires.”

Allen also pointed to the economic devastation resulting from fires like the currently-burning Wallow and Horseshoe Fires and the Rodeo Chediski Fire of 2002. “Besides the millions of dollars it takes to fight these kinds of massive fires, there is another hidden cost to this beautiful region where I live. The fires kill tourism and recreation, and local businesses suffer for a long time after the fires go out.”

“My frustration is with bureaucrats 2000 miles away with their misguided regulations that lead to these catastrophic fires, and with the extreme environmental groups who have made millions of dollars from American taxpayers by filing lawsuits.” (Sonoran Alliance)

Because that is the preferred weapon of choice of the Liberal, a Lawsuit.

Liberals love to sue everyone at the drop of a hat or get a court to restrict what you can or cannot do according to their superior moral “intent”.

And you get Liberal Judges who rule from the bench who want to enforce their views in a very authoritarian way.

Where are they when they sh*t hits the fan because of them?

In their Ivy Towers of Superior Humanity that’s where.

After all, they have the best of intentions. And they are untouchable and unaccountable because of it! 😦

The environmentalist groups have stopped the forest service from cutting and trimming of our forest for what ever reason they saw fit..Now that we are overwhelmed with fire, just as we were with the Rodeo-Chedeski fire those groups are no where to be found. Those groups have prevented us from clearing pre-fire and now they have set the stage for an even bigger fire to spark pro-fire. Those of us who live in the White Mountain area are well aware of the issues we have with the bark beetle. Studies have shown and proven that dead tree’s killed by the bark beetle are like fire tender waiting to ignite. (WMICentral)

It has been over a decade since the last timber mills closed in Arizona’s mountains, and in that time under the management of the United States Forest Service (USFS) over 1,700 square miles of the state’s forests have burned. “I thought we’d learned our lessons in 2002 after the devastating Rodeo-Chedeski fire that destroyed over 730 square miles of Arizona’s forests, taking homes and lives with it. But I guess its business as usual for the USFS,” Representative Brenda Barton said.

For over a decade, residents and civic leaders in Arizona’s mountain communities have been imploring the USFS to adopt a more pro-active approach to forest management; one that allows for an aggressive program to clean and clear the forest floor. It’s here in what is called the “fire load” that otherwise healthy lightning strike fires become catastrophic and devastate hundreds of thousands of acres in a relatively short period of time. Such intense and large fire events have an effect of searing the ground, which in turn makes it relatively difficult for the forest to regenerate.

Compounding this management problem is the refusal of the USFS to allow previously burned lands, such as those remaining from the 2004 Willow fire near Payson, to be cleared and cleaned. Current practice now simply allows this debris to build up and become dry and fuel for future wildfires.

The Forest Service is riddled with Tree Huggers and afraid of lawsuits. Just what the Environmentalists want.

And we get to pay the price for it. Be Happy. Hug a Burnt Tree.

In contrast, Sweden, arguably one of the most progressive environmental nations in Europe has in the past six years turned away from the US practice of au natural forests and has aggressively begun a forest management program which grooms and utilizes the timber while cleaning the forest floor. This program has created over 7,500 new jobs in Sweden’s northern regions while providing timber for the domestic construction industry. Germany has also begun a program of managed harvesting of their famous Black Forest in Bavaria.

Meanwhile, the jobs and economy of northern Arizona has languished as the USFS has pursued a “hands off” approach to forest management, culminating in recent years with entire areas of Arizona’s forests being gated off and locked to recreational use.

In the past, well managed timber harvesting combined with prudent cattle management has kept Arizona’s forests clean, which minimizes the opportunities for catastrophic wildfires, such as we have experienced since the late 1990’s.

But they had good intentions! 😦

Then there’s the Global warming Crowd…warning this is very graphic.

Now, do you want to have a rational, reasoned discussion with these people?

After all, they probably thought it was humorous.

Good Luck!!

And then there’s this Lovely Australian loonie. Good Luck have a rational discussion with him.

Surely it’s time for climate-change deniers to have their opinions forcibly tattooed on their bodies.

Not necessarily on the forehead; I’m a reasonable man. Just something along their arm or across their chest so their grandchildren could say, ”Really? You were one of the ones who tried to stop the world doing something? And why exactly was that, granddad?”

On second thoughts, maybe the tattooing along the arm is a bit Nazi-creepy. So how about they are forced to buy property on low-lying islands, the sort of property that will become worthless with a few more centimetres of ocean rise, so they are bankrupted by their own bloody-mindedness? Or what about their signed agreement to stand, in the year 2040, lashed to a pole at a certain point in the shallows off Manly? If they are right and the world is cooling – ”climate change stopped in the year 1998” is one of their more boneheaded beliefs – their mouths will be above water. If not …

OK, maybe the desire to see the painful, thrashing death of one’s opponents is not ideal. But, my God, these people are frustrating. You just know that in 20 years’ time, when the costs of our inaction are clear, the climate deniers will become climate-denial-deniers. ”Who me? Oh, no, I always believed in it. Yes, it’s hard to understand why people back then were so daft. It’s so much more costly to stop it now.”

That’s why the tattoo has its appeal.

Not that the other side isn’t frustrating. There’s a type of green zealot who appears to relish climate change. Every rise in sea levels is noted excitedly. Every cyclone is applauded and claimed as a noisy, deadly witness for their side.

Suddenly, it’s as if they have the planet’s assistance in their lifelong campaign to bully everyone else into accepting their view of the perfect world. One without any human beings. Except for them. Living in a cave. Wearing an unwashed T-shirt that not only says ”Support wildlife” but actually does.

Is it possible to get the politics out of the climate-change debate? The first step might be to acknowledge the way ideology informs attitudes to climate change on both sides.

People on the left instinctively believe in communal action, the role of government and the efficacy of international agencies such as the UN. They were always going to believe in climate change; it’s the sort of problem that can best be solved using the tools they most enjoy using.

The right tended to be sceptical about climate change from the start and for exactly the same reasons. It’s the sort of problem that requires global, communal action, with governments setting rules. It is a problem that requires tools they instinctively dislike using.

These initial responses to global warming, on both sides, were understandable. But there’s a point in any debate where what you want to believe comes up against what you know to be true; where ideology yields to reality. (Not with Liberals it doesn’t)

Aside from the frothing fringe of the environmental movement, no one is secretly pleased about global warming. We’d all rather it just went away. Who needs to feel guilty about having a long shower, flying to Paris or eating T-bone steak?  (Liberals!)

Who needs to be worried about their children and grandchildren and the way we are pushing the burdens of our time on to them?

As Cate Blanchett put it this week: ”I can’t look my children in the face if I’m not trying to do something in my small way and to urge other people.”

Each generation of people has a job to do; a burden that falls to their time. Sometimes, it’s a war or depression. Sometimes, it’s the work of building the first railways and roads. Sometimes, it’s a plague that wipes out half the population or a fire that destroys a whole city.

Looked at through this lens, our generation has it easy. Already wealthy and armed with new technology, we need to front up to the challenge of building a low-carbon economy.

The tool we’ll use is a carbon tax that seeks to subtly redirect some of our choices. Cut your power bill by more than the compensation offered and you get to keep the change.

Is that really so onerous compared with a depression or war? (YES!)

Our grandparents didn’t fail us, even though the challenges they faced were so much greater. So why are we in the process of failing to live up to their example?

Have at it. 🙂

But remember, They had the best of intentions…. 🙂