Obama Crime Syndicate Extorted Cash for Friends

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Those who love government, love it, in part, for its authority to regulate evil private sector industries. Of course this is redundant, because as we know, all private sector endeavors are inherently evil. All private sector corporations would purposely poison, maim and/or kill all of their customers if it weren’t for government regulation forbidding them from doing so.

So when our government watchdogs sniff out a company which has produced a faulty product or otherwise swindled the innocent, you can bet a hefty financial penalty will follow suit.

Yet, as we’ve known for years, and others are now discovering, the Obama government was not as much an industry watchdog as it was possibly the world’s largest crime syndicate.

Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire reports on a Fox News story that broke just Wednesday. “Advocates for big government and progressive power are using the Justice Department to extort money from corporations,” Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch told Fox. “It’s a shakedown. It’s corrupt, pure and simple.” read more

Good Guys Can Still Win

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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There was a scene in one of the Iron Man movies, I’m not sure which, where billionaire genius and mega-eccentric Tony Stark (Iron Man) gets called up before a Senate committee on Capitol Hill.

Things didn’t go the way they do in the real world – where the CEO agrees to be publicly bullied by corrupt senators and is required to be contrite as the Senate show ponies badger and berate him. Then the private sector executive is supposed to slink off with his tail between his legs.

In the movie, Tony Stark instead stands up to them and basically tells them to stick it where the sun don’t shine. He then walks out, leaving one senator bewildered and swearing at him as he exits.

As I watched this, I thought, what a pleasure it would be to see this done in real life – someone, or company, finally standing up to the feds and fighting rather than the usual acquiescence.

Sadly for corporations, it is not just the government with whom they must contend. Companies are also badgered by a plethora of radical left activist groups who make their living, or a portion of it, by shaking down private sector companies. read more

Another Clue to a National Police Force

By: the Common Constitutionalist

A little while ago I wrote an article on what I think Obama meant when he said “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

You may link to that article here.

When I first heard it I thought, okay – maybe it’s beefing up the FBI or this whole NSA thing. Now I know that’s not it. It’s much more dangerous.

It’s the desire for a nationalized police force and now I’m wondering if he’s not the only one who desires such a thing. I wonder if some in Congress have the same idea. That or they are just too gullible and reactionary to see what’s going on.

This nationalized police force can’t happen all at once – no one would ever accept that. Like all leftist ideas, it must be incremental and opportunist. The architects, whoever they are, must be prepared to react when a “good crisis” arises so as to not waste the opportunity. Opportunities like Michael Brown, Eric Gardner and Tamir Rice.

We on the side of freedom must be vigilant and watch for signs of progress toward their end – no matter how subtle or unconnected they may seem. read more

The Ferguson Endgame

by: the Common Constitutionalist

If you’re a police officer and anywhere close to retirement, you may want to consider doing so – retiring that is. You see, whether you realize it yet or not, you’re being hunted – witch-hunted.

Let me rephrase that. Liberals hate to lose. They can’t or won’t accept it as a part of life, as we do. Not that conservatives enjoy losing either, but we also know we can’t win them all.

Liberals, particularly radicals, never accept defeat, and the radical leftist Holder Justice Department cannot let stand the injustice perpetrated in Ferguson. In their minds, and I’ll bet in the mind of our illustrious leader, officer Wilson literally got away with cold-blooded murder. Evidence be damned, this was a race motivated hate crime.

So now Holder will be looking for another fall guy cracker. He’ll couch it in terms of helping law enforcement, but they’ll be gearing up cops with cameras and what ever else they can find to pin a race-based murder rap on some unsuspecting white police officer. read more

Senate Panel OKs Measure Defining a Journalist

Who couldn’t have guessed this would eventually come up? I wonder if they have an end game in mind?

 

(AP) Senate panel Oks measure defining a journalist
By DONNA CASSATA
Associated Press
WASHINGTON
A Senate panel on Thursday approved a measure defining a journalist, which had been an obstacle to broader media shield legislation designed to protect reporters and the news media from having to reveal their sources.

The Judiciary Committee’s action cleared the way for approval of legislation prompted by the disclosure earlier this year that the Justice Department had secretly subpoenaed almost two months of telephone records for 21 phone lines used by reporters and editors for The Associated Press and secretly used a warrant to obtain some emails of a Fox News journalist. The subpoenas grew out of investigations into leaks of classified information to the news organizations.

The AP received no advance warning of the subpoena.

The vote was 13-5 for a compromise defining a “covered journalist” as an employee, independent contractor or agent of an entity that disseminates news or information. The individual would have been employed for one year within the last 20 or three months within the last five years.

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Reminiscent of the Nazis

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

For quite some time, Glenn Beck has been speaking of the Romeike family’s plight.

 

In case you are unaware Uwe, Hennelore Romeike and their children are the German family that fled their home country. In Germany home schooling is apparently illegal. To avoid further prosecution they fled to the United States and requested asylum.

 

There is however another German family that has not been so fortunate and that is an understatement. The Wunderlich family of Darmstadt Germany has made headlines also, at least in Europe.

 

The Wunderlich’s have been trying to homeschool their four children for years. German authorities had repeatedly harassed them. At one point they left Germany and settled in France at the home of a friend. But French authorities came and snatched the children claiming they were “left alone” and neglected.

 

After they regain custody, the family headed back to Germany, where things got a lot worse.

 

According to the HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association), Germany is party to many human rights treaties that recognize parents’ rights to homeschool according to their religious convictions.

 

Yet Germany has simply refused to abide by the agreement. Sound familiar? A government that refuses to uphold laws and treaties?

 

Last month a German Family Court judge signed an order and the government authorities sprung to action. Reminiscent of the SS a team of 20 police, special agents and social workers stormed the Wunderlich home in Darmstadt.

 

When the father, Eric Wunderlich saw a battering ram being carried to the front door he decided to open it. The armed officers rushed in and shoved him into a chair where he was ordered not to move. He said they treated him like a terrorist.

 

Then they seized the four children. When his distraught wife tried to hug and kiss her 14-year-old daughter goodbye one of the agents shoved her away and said, “it’s too late for that”.

 

German officials then took the children to an “undisclosed location” promising the parents, “they would not be seeing their children anytime soon”.

 

The Germans have evidently learned from the past as they confiscated everyone’s passport, children’s included.

 

Yes folks, this is for real. It is not a tale from Nazi Germany and this is what they Romeike family has to look forward to, for the Obama administration is trying to deport the Romeike family, sending them back to Germany for certain harassment and prosecution. All for wanting to homeschool.

 

Despite a United States immigration judge granting the family asylum, Obama and the thugs of the Justice Department are fighting to deport.

 

Yes, Obama, great friend of the immigrant wants to deport.

 

I have a suggestion for the Romeike family. Leave the country tomorrow. Go to Mexico. Change your names to Juan and Juanita Valdez and walk back across the border. No one will stop you. No one will ask why you’re here or check your papers. Settle in any liberal city you wish and enjoy America.

 

Problem solved!

Government Secretly Obtains AP Records

Although this is a travesty, one part of me can’t help but be delighted by it. This should never happen to anyone or organization, left or right. But after you finish reading, don’t you just want to tell them we told you so. At the end of the day these thugs don’t care who they take down. The press now knows not to ever step out of line! …And they came for the press…

 

WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.

The records obtained by the Justice Department listed incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, for the work and home phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.

In all, the government seized those records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.

In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies.

“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know,” Pruitt said.

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The Martin Shooting

I would like to discuss the Trayvon Martin shooting. The young kid, I believe he was 17, was shot by this guy George Zimmerman. I guess Zimmerman was supposed to be some sort of neighborhood watch commander.

 Evidently this Zimmerman guy was performing his watch duties, when he spotted Martin apparently roaming around his neighborhood. He called 911 and described the situation. Hearing the 911 call it is apparent that he followed this young man, and what happened after that is anyone’s guess. We hear another call to 911 by some woman where, in the background, we hear screaming. We don’t know who was screaming. We don’t know what they’re screaming about. We don’t frankly know anything.

 This is indeed a tragic situation. I’m guessing this kid didn’t need to die. I’m also guessing, this guy didn’t need to shoot him if that’s what happened. The reason I say I’m guessing is, we don’t know what happened. I don’t know what happened; you don’t know what happened; the media doesn’t know what happened; the president doesn’t know what happened. The only two people that know what happened are Martin, who is now dead and Zimmerman.

 I don’t mean to make light of the situation. As I stated it’s a shame this kid was killed. Things like this happen in America all the time. People get shot needlessly and people get killed needlessly.

 So why is this case garnering so much attention? Do I really need to answer that question? Does anyone really not know what the answer to that question is?

 As Rush Limbaugh says, for those of you in Rio Linda, it is of course a race issue. It is because this 17-year-old kid was black. Pure and simple, that is the only reason this case is receiving national attention.

 Let’s be real here. If this was a white kid shot by a black, do we really think that this would be getting press that it is? Of course not.

 I would like to say that this was simply some dope that took upon himself to be the judge jury and executioner for this child, but I don’t even know that. As I stated no one knows that.

 Now we have Eric Holder and the federal Justice Department involving themselves in this case. The federal civil rights division and The Governor of the State of Florida have convened its own investigation of this case. Then of course, we have race pimps like Al Sharpton and Calypso Louis Farrakhan. I’m not quite sure what’s holding up the wrong Rev. Jesse Jackson. Maybe his flight was delayed. I would fully expect him to show up at some point. These blights on society show up whenever a black man get’s a hangnail.

 Even the President of the United States felt compelled to comment on the situation. He said that everyone should be involved in this case at the federal, state and local level. Why? Why does everyone need to be involved in this case? This case should be local jurisdiction only.

 The president then goes on to lecture us about how we all need to do some soul-searching over this case. Why do we know all need to do soul-searching? What did I do wrong that requires me to do soul-searching regarding this case? What the heck did I or anyone else reading this article, have to do with this case? What is the president trying to imply here? Could it be, that we are all racists at heart? Is that what it is?

 My advice to everyone reading this is to step back up. Let the justice system and the court system work. Pay no attention to the armchair jurists on the cable TV shows and the radio. They don’t know anymore than you. Pay no attention to the politician that tries to inject him or herself into the situation for their own self-aggrandizement. Follow this case if you have interest, but just remember, before you decide to pass judgment, think of what you know and what you don’t.

 So far we know absolutely nothing about this case.

Big Sis Strikes Again

Napolitano releases deceptive terrorism report, says legal watchdog

by  of the Examiner:

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano’s latest contribution this week to the protection of Americans appears to ignore the most deadly and destructive groups on the planet — Islamic terrorists — say security and law enforcement experts.

A Department of Homeland Security report released on February 2 compares terrorism to “ordinary crime” in metropolitan U.S. cities and omits the radical Islamic factor, instead finding “significant variability in the ideologies motivating terrorist attacks across decades.”

This appears to be part of the Obama Administration’s Muslim outreach effort, which includes hiring a special Homeland Security adviser Mohamed Elibiary who supports a radical Islamist theologian and renowned jihadist ideologue.

The Obama Justice Department also created a special Muslim Engagement Advisory Group to foster greater communication, collaboration and a new level of respect between law enforcement and Muslim and Arab-American communities, according to officials at the non-partisan watchdog group, Judicial Watch.

In addition, on January 17 Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Attorney General Eric Holder and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan met with senior state, local and tribal law enforcement officials to discuss the President Barack Obama’s Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States.

What surprised many of the attendees was the fact that not once did Napolitano mention Islamic extremismor Muslim terrorists. Many of the police commanders attending found the presentation to be a “vague and politically correct exercise.

Those invited were sheriffs and chiefs of police from states, cities and counties throughout the U.S., including representatives from the organizations such as International Association of Chiefs of Police, Major Cities Chiefs Association, National Sheriffs’ Association, National Native American Law Enforcement Association, Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council, Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, and others.

And, in 2010, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano held secret meetings with radical Arab, Muslim, Sikh and South Asian “community leaders.” Judicial Watch uncovered documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that includes a list of the individuals who participated, including radical leaders such as Hezbollah supporter Imad Hamad and extremist Salam Al-Marayati, founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

Considering this cozy relationship, the new DHS terrorism report should come as no surprise. It compares terrorist attacks to “ordinary crime” in large, metropolitan areas which is why the nation’s terrorism “hot spots” are Manhattan, Los Angeles County, Miami-Dade County Florida, San Francisco County and Washington, D.C.

As if to downplay the distinct difference between crashing a plane into a high-rise and a mugging, the DHS says “terrorism and ordinary crime occur in many of the same areas.”

It stresses that the “Ideological motivation” for terrorist attacks varies greatly. For instance, the brilliant DHS minds found that certain counties are prone to a particular type of terrorist attack, including extreme right-wing, ethno-nationalist/separatist and “religiously motivated,” though no specific religion is mentioned. The report does point out however, that “religiously motivated attacks occurred predominately in the 1980s.”

Terrorism is also linked to social economic status, poverty, residential instability and “ethnic heterogeneity,” a dramatic change in the urban landscape caused by massive numbers of immigrants. Because neighborhoods were “rapidly transformed into centers of diversity,” the result was not immediately positive and some turned to terrorism, the DHS report seems to indicate.

The only mention of Islam is buried deep in the 36-page document as an example of “those who seek to politicize religion” along with “Christian Reconstructionists” and those who seek to bring about Armageddon, such as Jewish Direct Action and Mormon extremists