Thursday, August 21, 2014

Battle Lines U.S.A.

by JASmius

It seems like the Obama Regime is stirring up trouble all across the country.

Never again?  If only that were true.  If only I could believe that.  But we know better than that, don't we Bill?  Even if Barack Hussein Obama leaves office when he's supposed to at Noon EST on January 20th, 2017 - an iffy proposition at best - and even if the individual being sworn in (and at) isn't Elizabeth Warren, we know damn good and well that the next minority "savior" is already coming over the horizon like a cruise missile....

Never again? More like "it'll never end".

Temecula Constitution Class: Commander in Chief, But Not Necessarily Over the Militia

Douglas V. Gibbs

Each week on Thursday Night at Faith Armory in Temecula, California, a group of people get together to study the United States Constitution.  Tonight, at 6:30 pm we continue that study.  We will be wrapping up Article II, regarding the executive branch.

Join us.  Faith Armory, 41669 Winchester Road, Temecula, CA, 6:30-7:30pm.

With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence.

Stand for Truth.

Silence is defeat.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Hard Starboard Radio: Foley Headless, Cameron Fearless, Obama Stickless

After ISIS beheading video, British Prime Minister David Cameron cancels his vacation; Response to ISIS beheading of James Foley "puts Obama’s reaction to shame"; Addressing James Foley’s murder, Obama speaks loudly and leaves the stick at home; “Governor Rick Perry of Texas is one of the least thoughtful and most damaging state leaders in America...But bad political judgment is not necessarily a felony, and the indictment handed up against him on Friday — given the facts so far — appears to be the product of an overzealous prosecution.”; Why do only handful of Ferguson-esque tragedies trigger national outrage?; and "[We] see how seriously Jay Nixon takes grand juries."

Vacation a head at 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific.

Senator Ron Johnson: Jihadists Coming Here If Obama Doesn’t Act

by JASmius

They're already here, Senator.  They're one of O's crisis exploitation options.

Or is my cynical perspicacity pre-empting you?:

If President Barack Obama doesn’t come up with a strategy to exterminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the United States is in imminent peril of jihadists blowing up Americans on U.S. soil, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, warned Thursday on “America’s Forum.”

You know what depresses me about that admonition?  Not that Senator Johnson isn't absolutely correct in saying it - he's spot on.  Rather, it is that such an admonition even has to be made in the first place.  Over five and a half years ago, the war in Iraq had been won, al Qaeda had been defeated, Iraq had been pacified, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was "detained," and ISIS didn't exist; now, Iraq has been lost, al Qaeda has been superceded by ISIS, AB-squared is the Global Caliph ordering the public executions of American captives because it's "fun," the resumption of the jihadist North American offensive is imminent, and Barack Obama is taking endless victory laps down the fairway.

And none of it had to happen.

“President Obama declared about a year ago that the war on terror is over; [well], it is not over,” Johnson said. “ISIS is not war weary. This is a direct threat to the United States and to American citizens and we just saw that in the brutal execution of (American journalist) Jim Foley. We need a president that recognizes the reality, fully engaged, on the job, leading and assembling this coalition of the willing to defeat ISIS.”

The one mitigation I will acknowledge regard O's leisure addiction is that, with modern communications, a POTUS is "on the job" 24/7 no matter where they are.  It's not that he's loafing on Martha's Vineyard so much as that that's what it looks like he's doing.  It's the optics, in other words.  And that's part & parcel of leadership.  True, responsible leaders understand how they're perceived by Da Peepul, and when serious bleep is going on, at home or abroad, they know that it's important that the public see them where they need to be, doing what they're supposed to be doing.  British Prime Minister David Cameron canceled his vacation after the Foley execution video emerged and returned to London; President Relentless Pursuit motorcaded off to his next tee time.

That said, I hope Senator Johnson is aware that his is advice that The One will never take.  He's flat out calling for Barack Obama to organize and lead Operation Iraqi Freedom II.  There is a greater chance of ISIS re-attaching Mr. Foley's head with superglue and reanimating his corpse with an old Diehard battery and a set of rusty jumper cables than there is of Barack Obama conceding that he was 100% wrong about Iraq and reprising George W. Bush's Middle East policy steps.  So ISIS's blitzkrieg right across the American homeland is inevitable.

Does Senator Johnson realize our doom?

“The future is won by people who go out and win it,” Johnson said. “It is won by people who go defeat evil. It doesn't just happen by itself. I'm looking for a real strategy out of this president beyond just protecting Americans in Baghdad and acting when there's just a humanitarian crisis about to be committed. We need a president that is leading the world that is assembling that coalition that would include western nations and Arab states. We need a president on the job. You mention the president going back to the golf course and it’s further evidence of his detachment, his lack of leadership on this issue and this is a moment in time when America sorely needs strong leadership.”

But Barack Obama has already defeated "evil," Senator, when he beat John McCain and Mitt Romney and repeatedly buggers congressional Republicans.  That's how he sees "evil".  And he's "fundamentally transformed" the United States of America into a gigantic Luxembourg, just as he promised.  He's exercised and displayed all the Marxist-Alinskyist leadership any leftie could ever want.  ISIS?  That's an inconvenient distraction.

I'll say it one more time: Don't expect pro-American leadership from an anti-American president.

Expect, rather, precisely what we're all going to get....

U.S. Special Forces Tried To Save Journalist Before Beheading

by JASmius

Surprisingly enough, this Carter-Obama parallel didn't turn out like Operation Eagle Claw did thirty-four years ago, although doubtless not for lack of trying:

U.S. Special Forces attempted to free James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State (ISIS), earlier this summer, but Foley and other American hostages thought to have been at the location inside Syria were not there.

Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby revealed Wednesday night that several dozen Special Forces members landed inside Syria at a location where intelligence had indicated the Americans were being held.

As I discussed on yesterday's podcast, this reinforces in my mind the instinctive conclusion at which I arrived when the James Foley story first broke: ISIS doesn't take prisoners, they liquidate them.  With the magic of digital video and audio, they don't need to keep captured "infidels" alive - which involves housing, feeding, and clothing them and providing for other basic needs, as well as creating vulnerabilities that U.S. special forces can potentially exploit - they can just execute them, catch it on film, and throw it on a hard drive for when they need to upload it to the 'Net - such as after U.S. airstrikes.  Indeed, I would be unsurprised to learn that ISIS themselves let slip the location where U..S. hostages might be being held in order to lure the Obama Regime into a rescue attempt.

There is also another disquieting possibility:

The New York Times reported that some Defense officials were outraged that the mission had been revealed. One told the Times that the militants now knew the Americans’ desire and willingness to try to rescue the hostages. That would likely make any new missions very difficult.

The new details include things that ISIS is not likely to have known.

“This only makes our job harder,” the official told the Times. “I’m very disappointed this was released. We knew any second operation would be a lot harder.”

Caitlin Hayden, the National Security Council spokeswoman, said in a statement to the Times that the administration had “never intended to disclose this operation” but had felt that its hand was forced by news media outlets that were preparing to report on the mission.

We know the, to employ the White House's adjective of the week, "appalling" degree to which the Muslim Brotherhood has penetrated - or been invited into - the Obama Regime in every commissariat and at pretty much every level from top to bottom, including its intelligence agencies.  It is thus entirely within the realm of plausibility that one or more MB operatives could have both funneled in false intel about hostages and where they were being held by the Islamic State and then funneled back to ISIS that, when, and where a rescue attempt was on the way.  Or, if they are keeping hostages alive, getting a warning to them in order to move the hostages to another location.

One thing I do not believe is that The One himself had any hand in encouraging, facilitating, or even passively allowing (Benghazi-like) Mr. Foley's beheading.  Not that he isn't capable of such a thing if it suits his political purposes, but in this instance it cuts directly against them.  Given that his whole Middle East policy has been one of Islamofilic delusions and American retreat, the last thing he wants or needs is such a visceral enemy provocation that can only inflame the anger of the American public.  A Bowe Bergdahl type scenario doesn't make sense here because if Foley had been alive in ISIS captivity since 2012, O has had a lot of time to trade Gitmo inmates for his and other journos' release, and hasn't done so.  The notion of his orchestrating all of this in order to successfully rescue Foley and friends in order to give himself a bin Laden-esque "football-spiking" triumphant photo-op seems too convoluted.  And if the other rumor that Mr. Foley was possibly homosexual (Never a wife or girlfriend at age 40), that and his ideologically simpatico profession would suggest a genuine motivation to bring home Mr. Foley and his fellow captives.  Recall that Major-General Greene's family didn't get so much as a written White House statement of boilerplate condolence after he was executed by a jihadist.

The irony is that the enemedia was probably breaking the story in order to give their demigod some positive press.  But I can see the White House being fine with no more such attempts.  Continuing the pinpricks - which the Regime has evidently decided is the better of the bad PR options at this point - will run enough risk of my decapitation videos.  More botched rescues can only make that bad situation worse.

Gallows humor it is that a one-time "messianic" figure has been reduced to so "appalling" a level of powerlessness.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Beheaded American Journalist

Posted by Douglas V. Gibbs

From Drudge:


Obama Rushes To Golf Course After Giving Statement On Beheading...

Military Conducted Unsuccessful Rescue Mission...

'Hostages not present'...

New video shows conversion of Yazidis to Islam...


The JV Team Beheads an American - Rush Limbaugh

British Fighter Appears to have Role in Beheading - Yahoo News


-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Democrat Plan to Target Rick Perry Unravels

By Douglas V. Gibbs

Governor Rick Perry is a very successful Republican in Texas, making the State an economic powerhouse, the destination of choice for a lot of corporations fleeing the high taxes, regulations, and rising minimum wage requirements in liberal left progressive States, and that just won't do.  The Democrats have a hard enough time with conservatives like Scott Walker in Wisconsin.  The last thing they need is Rick Perry, especially after he deployed troops to the border to stop illegal aliens from coming into his State, to gain some popularity.  The recall against Scott Brown didn't work, so they can't try that.

Back to Plan A.  The Democrats must criminalize Perry.  That is a key page right out of their playbook.  The accusations don't have to be true, and they don't have to win the case.  All they have to do is accuse Perry of being a criminal, and they figure they've got him.

Historically, bogus accusations usually do the trick.  Just ask Dick Armey and Tom DeLay.

The bogus accusation was leveled against Rick Perry when he tried to clean house, deciding the way to get a drunken, disrespectful wreck of a leftist to get with the program was to threaten cutting funding, and then using his veto power to do so.

Bringing integrity to government is a no-no when a Republican does it (and never happens in the world of Democrats).  Therefore, Governor Perry, according to the Democrats, needed to be punished for his move against District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg - even though she made a mockery of her position. Oh, and they have to punish him for sending troops to the border, too.  How dare he act like a governor and try to protect his State from the illegal alien invasion.

And it is all blowing up in the Democrat Party's face.  Not only is it obvious to even lefty politicians and a small handful of media folk that this is totally politically driven, and that the charge against Perry is weak as hell at best, but the attempt to ruin Perry is actually enabling him to gain ground in his popularity.


It turns out when the truth is easy to see, even Saul Alinsky tactics can fall face first in the mud.

There is another reason, too.

The liberal left progressive democrats are scared to death of the GOP regaining the White House in 2016, and possibly picking up seats in the Senate this year.  Despite their strong arm tactics of government control, the Republicans have been able to keep just a foot in the door to slow down the leftists, while conservatives have worked through the internet and media to make sure the truth about the tyrannical nature of the Democrats reaches a wider audience.

Rick Perry, who has been a very successful governor of a very successful State economy, is talking about running for President in 2016.  The Democrats saw this as a chance to kill two birds with one stone.  Expose the Governor of Texas for the criminal he is (enough idiot voters will come to that conclusion by a mere indictment. . . nothing has to be proven), and it will kill his chance to run in 2016, plus add another imaginary black mark on the GOP as the mid-terms approach. . . ensuring that the Democrats hang on to the Senate, and perhaps make a little headway in the House of Representatives.

Except, it is not only not working out that way, but the opposite is happening.

Lies and deception eventually can't maintain the intended facade when truth keeps getting thrown around.

Perry's market-oriented principles is a nightmare for the Democrats, and even the import of undocumented democrats across the border hasn't slowed down the Lone Star State.  And going after Perry's veto, charging him over it, has proved to be a disaster.

The veto in question was regarding funding for the Public Integrity Unit in Travis County, so as to encourage the resignation of District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.  Ms. Lehmberg served jail time for drunk driving, and she made a complete mockery of her position with her actions, words, and sticking her tongue out, while in jail.

Remember, she's a district attorney.

Unable to destroy the booming economy of Texas, they had to try to destroy the governor of Texas.  It would be a disaster for the Democrats if he implemented his recipe for growth on a national scale as President.  With free market principles making a comeback in America, it would create a setback that would be almost insurmountable for the Democrats.  Changing the United States over to socialism requires a collapse of the capitalistic system, and for everyone to believe the free market was to blame for the crash.

The charges of "abuse of official capacity" and "coercion of [a] public servant" are weak at best, and even some liberal leftists are admitting so. "Unless he was demonstrably trying to scrap the ethics unit for other than his stated reason," said former Obama Campaign Strategist David Axelrod, "Perry indictment seems pretty sketchy."

Obama administration alum Jonathan Prince said, "Have to say Perry indictment seems nuts. Gov has constitutional power to veto. Gov uses power. Grand jury indicts because they don't like reason?"

Nobody seems to be able to figure out what law Governor Perry broke.

ThinkProgress, the liberal-oriented news site, reported that Perry's own attorneys "may have a point" when they argued his veto of the prosecutor funding "was made in accordance with the veto authority afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution."

"The Texas Constitution gives the governor discretion to decide when to sign and when to veto a bill, as well as discretion to veto individual line-items in an appropriation bill. Though the state legislature probably could limit this veto power in extreme cases — if a state governor literally sold his veto to wealthy interest groups, for example, the legislature could almost certainly make that a crime — a law that cuts too deep into the governor’s veto power raises serious separation of powers concerns," ThinkProgress wrote. "Such laws would rework the balance of power between the executive and the legislature established by the state constitution, and they would almost certainly be unconstitutional."

Congressman Ted Cruz pointed to another reason the Democrats may be pulling this game of deception in defending the drunken DA. "Unfortunately, there has been a sad history of the Travis County District Attorney's Office engaging in politically-motivated prosecutions, and this latest indictment of the governor is extremely questionable," Cruz wrote.

According to the Texas Observer, the charges stem from "a long-running power struggle involving Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg."  A power struggle, I am sure, is motivated by the Democrats trying to hold on to the last vestiges of power they have in Texas, which is primarily wrapped up in judicial power, and legal allies.

With the midnight judges under John Adams, that's how the big government Federalist Party tried to hang on to its power after it lost the White House to Thomas Jefferson, and Congress to Jefferson's Republicans.

Fox News Channel star Judge Jeanine Pirro went even further in ripping apart the grand jury indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry.  She called it “pure, unadulterated hogwash” in her opening comment on August 16th. Judge Jeanine is a former county prosecutor, elected district attorney, and judge who knows how the grand jury process works from three decades of experience.

“I have empaneled grand juries, instructed grand juries, and ruled on grand jury actions. Nothing about this indictment makes sense. A sitting governor facing 109 years in prison because he threatened to veto funding to a drunk District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit? Really? No one disputes that the law gives the governor the power to veto funding. Period. End of the story.”

Judge Jeanine then gives her viewers “a little backstory” to this indictment.

“The D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg is a drunk. Yes, the chief law enforcement officer of Austin County Texas is not just a drunk, she’s a convicted drunk driver. She’s actually spent time in jail. Imagine, the chief law enforcement officer is a convict who has served jail time.”

According to Sarah Palin, "This ridiculous politically motivated “indictment” of Governor Rick Perry stems from the ugly thug tactics of the "politics of personal destruction" that the left is known for.

And Palin knows the Democrat Party's politics of personal destruction from experience.

The Grand Jury that indicted Perry, it turns out in the end, is also suspect of political motivation in another way.

Rho Chalmers was a member of the grand jury that indicted Texas Governor Rick Perry, and was an active delegate to the Texas Democratic Party convention during grand jury proceedings.

More troubling, however, is the fact that Chalmers attended, photographed, and commented on an event with Democratic state Senator Kirk Watson while grand jury proceedings were ongoing.

Watson was a witness in front of the grand jury.

The grand jury was selected in April of 2014 and its proceedings did not conclude until it returned two indictments of Perry last week. While grand jurors are not generally prohibited from engaging in political activity, Chalmers apparent giddiness at attending an event for a grand jury witness calls into question her ability to objectively scrutinize his testimony. Watson had testified before Chalmers and the rest of her colleagues on the grand jury just one month before Chalmers attended his event. Knowingly seeking out participation in an event featuring a grand jury witness while grand jury proceedings were ongoing also seems highly questionable.

She also engaged in Facebook activity, discussing her activities, including in the Grand Jury, as it was going on, and clearly demonstrating her partisan political leanings on that page, and other pages.

The underhanded methods by the Democrats to try to flip Texas into a liberal left dominated State, and influence national elections with deception, has exploded in their face.  It has all backfired, and has made Rick Perry not only look like a martyr, but it is obviously a case of the Democrats playing politics, and using their strategy of personal destruction specifically for political reasons.

Ultimately, Rosemary Lehmberg does not make a very good martyr for Democrats to rally around. A jailhouse video shows her kicking the door of her cell and shouting at staffers. Perry’s statement that he would not fund her office “when the person charged with ultimate responsibility of that unit has lost the public’s confidence” is going to be hard to portray as an act of Nixonian tyranny.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Hard Starboard Radio: Martial Law?

Rich Lowry catches up to me on the real Donk motivations for the Perry persecution (I promise); It doesn’t take long for the publicity seekers to swarm to Ferguson like flies to a manure pile; Line-by-line analysis of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's forced confession of guilty on behalf of "white America"; No, Americans as a whole are not responsible for the events in Ferguson; But that's not stopping the Obama DHS from (possibly) infiltrating, manipulating, and inciting those events towards greater and greater levels of violence to justify a declaration of martial law; and a tisket, a tasket, James Foley's head in a basket, Obama won't answer the questions ISIS asked it.

Let's not lose our heads at 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific.

Ferguson & The Real Race War

by JASmius

Since the shooting of Michael Brown by a white policeman and the ensuing riots and looting in Ferguson, Missouri, Americans have been told, yet again, that there is an epidemic of crime against black people in this country. But is there really a race war, and if so, which side is actually waging it?

ISIS Beheading Of James Foley Shows 'Absolute Evil'

by JASmius

The defeat of the Islamic State that might have been:

"We really did get a chance yesterday to look at absolute evil in its face. It's a reminder of what it is we're dealing with here in the Middle East," said Hayden, a retired Air Force general and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency.

The rise of IS came from "pre-existing pathologies within the Middle East," rather than the result of U.S. foreign policy, Hayden said. He outlined a three-step plan for how the United States could arrest the advance of the militant organization.

The first step would be to "decapitate — to try to take its leadership off the battlefield," Hayden said. The next step would be to deny IS a "safe haven." The third step, which he said would be the "most difficult task," would be to "change the facts on the ground."

"How do we change the facts on the ground? If we prevent the creation of these kinds of people, this kind of an organization, that's a long-term project, and one that, frankly, will be very difficult for us to do," he said.

It would be "very difficult for us to do" for the very reasons that we've seen for the past decade: It requires a long-term commitment to what amounts to a permanent occupation, or at least one long enough to ensure that the local culture becomes thoroughly Westernized - think post World War II Germany and Japan - something for which the American people simply do not have either the patience or the stomach.  That leaves the other step #3: annihilation.  Given that this is a clash of civilizations - or rather, a clash between civilization and irredeemable, demonic barbarism - and our Islamic enemies are unalterably determined to dominate and eradicate us, logic dictates that our survival requires doing it to them before they can do it to us.  I'll leave the details-filling-in to your imaginations, but it is beyond obvious that if the American public didn't have the stomach for a small asymmetrical conflict in Iraq, they sure as shinola wouldn't be able to come to grips with the us-or-them reality of wiping out the Muslim world wholesale.

At least until after several U.S. cities have gone up in mushroom clouds, chemical mists, or plagues.  At which time it will, of course, be too late.

But you can't say you weren't warned.

Liberty Tree Media Group and the Story of Douglas V. Gibbs

By Douglas V. Gibbs

"Persistence" is the story.  Persistence is the key.  Never quit, never give in, never let setbacks stop you.  The nation is too important for me to stop educating the public about the United States Constitution, or to stop the movement of our nation towards a Republic Review.

Liberty Tree Media Group shares my determination, and persistence.  One of the men behind the group, Scott Ragain, was introduced to me about three years ago.  A mutual friend, Bob Anderson, brought us together.  Bob told Scott, EG Radio Marketing, that I was going to be a big thing down the road, but I needed some expert help.  The relationship, Bob said, would be beneficial for the both of us.

Now, in 2014, the growth of Constitution Radio with Douglas V. Gibbs, and Liberty Tree Media Group, are converging.  As Douglas V. Gibbs adds to his political menu more public speaking opportunities, including Constitution Seminars, and is ready to add video programming by the end of the year, Liberty Tree Media Group is adding to their own cornucopia of political truth a speaker's bureau, and an online television channel.  It is as if the growth of these two entities were made for each other.

Liberty Tree Media, by the way, has published a wonderful article about The Story of Douglas V. Gibbs and the Constitution of the United States.

In mere weeks Constitution Radio with Douglas V. Gibbs will begin to air live on Liberty Tree Media, while maintaining our terrestrial radio presence.  The journey has opened up, and the opportunities are only beginning.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

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Department Of Martial Law?

by JASmius

Well, isn't this a fascinating development?:

Both police and media have been reporting the presence of "outsiders" as being a major influence on the situation over the past week. But there also may be agents provocateur employed by the Department of Homeland Security who are trying to whip up trouble, according to radio host Dave Hodges.

Hodges reported that he spoke to a source within DHS who told him rioting and violence "was encouraged and exacerbated by undercover DHS agents posing as members of the Black Panthers. ... In the past five days I have been contacted, via one of my most trusted sources, a member of DHS, who is opposed to the events and DHS involvement in Ferguson, Missouri. This source stated that DHS is running the Ferguson Police Department and that their actions are designed to antagonize and to provoke the locals to violence. He further stated that he believed that the ultimate goal is to inflame the local citizens to such a point martial law will be declared."

You might be tempted to dismiss this as a conspiracy theory, but it would certainly explain some peculiarities about the police behavior in Ferguson over the past week. If what Hodges reports is accurate, then it seems a plan is nearing fruition as the National Guard has finally been called out to restore order in the town....
Americans need to keep an eye on the Ferguson story. Demonstrations over the shooting have broken out in other cities, including one that blocked Times Square.

If the government is stirring things up with undercover agents, this could be the long-feared "false flag" event that provides an excuse for martial law. [emphases added]

Paranoid conspiracism?  Perhaps.  But then, if it is, even local African-American St. Louis-area residents are breaking out the tinfoil:

Is Jimmy So Ambitious Wen-Birdboyz a flaming, right-wing racist? I can't wait to hear the arguments.

Here are these (possible) DHS Provocateurs in action from yesterday:

Quite a lynch mob, isn't it?  Only thing missing are the black hoods.  Because, as we're all supposed to know and are required to chant, black lives are worth more than white lives.  And that will be but the beginning of sorrows in store for us, "white America," for the sin of heredity and existence.

Until the Obamastapo comes jackbooting to the "rescue," anyway.  And just in time to avert another GOP midterm election landslide, too.

I'll ask it yet again: Still think Barack Obama is "in over his head"?

Should Douglas V. Gibbs Run for Office?

By Douglas V. Gibbs

A number of people asked me to run for city council this year.  I even made a serious consideration of running for Congress against Ken Calvert, but we abandoned that effort around the first of the year once the money issue arose.  To run a successful congressional campaign, one needs to raise $500,000, but with donors fearing placing money against Congressman Calvert because of his power in the political game, we were looking at raising $50,000.

On Facebook, a thread about Calvert emerged, with the general feeling in the comment section that Ken has become a RINO over the last twenty years, and though he always votes with the Republican Party, voting with the GOP isn't exactly comforting when you consider where the establishment republicans are treading.  Calvert's history is dotted, as well.  He's had a couple scandals that nobody talks about (real estate profits as a result of his position and a prostitute in his car in a Corona park), but people keep voting for him because he has an (R) after his name, and because as bad as he may be, the competition is worse.

Then, I was alerted my name was mentioned in that thread about the shortcomings of Congressman Ken Calvert:

Diana Serafin (Diana on Facebook): 1) have to find a candidate who can run against him. It is very difficult and takes money (ugh) to defeat an incumbent. 2) In CA, we have the monkey primary so it eliminates candidates from other parties who may be qualified. 3) The time to start for 2016 is now.

Brad HeimbuckDouglas V. Gibbs is a good candidate, he just needs more backing and support in every area.

Diana Serafin:  Doug is a great candidate but not running this year, maybe in two years. He is endorsing and helping me this year. I will definitely help him if he runs for any office.

It is nice to be talked about, but to be honest, I am the reluctant politician.  I am involved, I know people who are involved in politics locally (which is a large part of how I got involved in the Murrieta Border Patrol Appreciation Demonstrations in June and July of 2014), but I don't consider myself a politician.  If I did decide to run for office again (ran for city council in 2010) it will have to be from a position of greater name recognition, and a serious need for me to run (along with being able to raise the appropriate amount of money).  I suppose I need to get some local experience, time in a local office like city council, perhaps State experience, before trying to tackle Congress, though a congressional run is not completely out of the question in the next few elections.  The folks on Facebook are not the only ones bringing my name up as a potential candidate against Ken Calvert in the future.

Honestly, I feel like I do more good in the role I am in right now, teaching Constitution Classes, hosting a radio program, and as a public speaker.  Then again, that is all the reason I should consider running in the future.  After all, isn't the reluctant politician, who consider themselves servants, rather than politicians, what the Founding Fathers were looking for to lead this nation?

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Only Nixon Can Go To Ferguson

by JASmius

Let's go through the Missouri governor's remarks, line by line.

Ten days ago, a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown in broad daylight.

Stop the tape.  Did anybody know who Michael Brown was ten days ago?  You say his name like he was somebody of importance, Governor, rather than a petty thief sufficiently chowder-headed to charge an armed police officer in a drug-fueled rage.  And what does the time of day of the incident matter?  Do you think them waiting to do their dance after sundown would have been in any way mitigating?

Since then the world has watched a community become engulfed in grief.

No, Governor, since then the world has watched a community be transformed into a war zone by outside black racists looking to exploit this delectable opportunity to foster and spread their bigotry and hatred, which is why the Ferguson police have withdrawn and are doing little or nothing to protect local community businesses from the chaos for fear of another "broad daylight" incident.

For a family mourning the loss of a son, it has been a profound personal tragedy.

Yes, I'm sure it has been, but there's more to the tragedy than the shooting; there's the poor job Michael Brown's parents did in failing to "raise him up in the way he should go," to impart a moral compass and character and values like respect for legitimate authority at least to the degree that you don't shake down convenience stores and you don't attack police officers of any skin color.  And there's the tragedy of a racial grievance culture that teaches black youths that they're absolved of any and all responsibility and culpability for their personal actions because of injustices perpetrated upon their remote ancestors, entitling them to eviscerate societal norms of conduct with impunity.

Which is to say, Michael Brown was already a victim way, way before just ten days ago.

For Ferguson and our entire nation, it has ripped open old wounds that have festered for generations, and exposed difficult issues that communities across the country must still resolve.

Old wounds and difficult issues that your party and side of the aisle have never allowed to heal and the country to ever resolve because you need them to "fester" in perpetuity in order to retain in welfare state servitude the minority constituencies that are the core of your continued political viability and power. the people of Ferguson try to maintain peace, while they call for justice for the family of Michael Brown.

You have to first have peace before you can maintain it, Governor, which your remarks are doing nothing to accomplish.  And it isn't the police that are responsible for that state of affairs.  As for "justice," a strong case can be made that justice has already been done, unless your definition of that term encompasses an already-pummeled cop passively letting himself be disarmed and murdered.

In Ferguson, people of all races and creeds....

...(but a single ideology )....

....are joining hands and praying for justice.

Praying for the lynching of a victimized police officer is a unique supplication, don't you think?

Teenagers cooking meals for law enforcement officers; community leaders demonstrating courage and heroism throughout the night in standing against armed and violent instigators; volunteers coming out to pick up littered neighborhoods - they are the faces of Ferguson; they are the faces of this region; they are the faces, and soul, of Missouri.

Not according to the media, Governor.  Why do you suppose that is?  And if you're correct - and rest assured, I hope you are - then from where did all the "armed and violent instigators" come?  Including the one that was holding an "ISIS is here" sign over Jake Tapper's head yesterday?  Does this concern you at all?  And what if those hopeful images are not, in fact, the faces of Ferguson, your state, and your region?  What if the true faces of Ferguson and Missouri are the "armed, violent instigators"?  What steps, in that instance, would you be willing to take to restore peace and protect the truly innocent?  Whichever it is, the passivity of Ferguson law enforcement this week is hardly encouraging.

For them, for the family of Michael Brown, for all the parents who have had their sons taken from them much too soon, and for all the children dreaming of a brighter and better future, we have a responsibility to come together....

To conform to the officially Regime-sanctioned narrative.

....and do everything we can to achieve justice for this family, peace for this community, and have the courage to address the problems that have divided us for too long.

Well, that cop is dead meat then, isn't he, Governor?  What "courage" does it take to capitulate to threats and provocations of race warfare?  You're a hostage yourself, Governor, a gelded cracker, a whipped honky, all but reading a coerced confession of "collective white guilt"; you're just too hopelessly "Stockholm Syndrome"-ized to recognize that you're part of precisely what is keeping us divided: the American Left and the Democrat Party.

Real problems; of poverty, education, and race.

All created, exacerbated, and maintained by the American Left and the Democrat Party.

So how do we do that?

We'll show you in 76 days, Governor.  I hope you'll be taking notes.

ISIS Beheads American Journalist

by JASmius

This is what you get when you merely take furtive swipes at bloodthirsty jihadists with "pinprick" airstrikes instead of laying waste to them with all-out aerial assaults:

The brutal jihadist group Islamic State on Tuesday claimed to have executed American journalist James Foley in revenge for U.S. airstrikes against its fighters in Iraq.

The Islamist radicals released a video showing a masked militant purportedly beheading the reporter, who has been missing since he was seized by armed men in Syria in November 2012.

"Find James Foley," the campaign run by his family to secure the 40-year-old freelancer's release, posted a public message online following the release of the video asking for time "to seek answers."

In the five-minute video, distributed online by known Islamic State (ISIS) sources, the group declares that Foley was killed after President Barack Obama ordered airstrikes against Islamic State positions in northern Iraq.

Ah, the magic of digital audio/video.  Let me ask y'all something.  Do you think these berserkers have been keeping James Foley alive for all this time for just this sort of contingency, or do you think they cut this poor bastard's head off the day they grabbed him and then threw the vid on a hard drive for that very same purpose?  I know how I would bet.  Foley has almost certainly been dead for two years, and now they conveniently roll out the saga of his execution on charges of being an "infidel".

Which moves us on to the next rhetorical question: What does ISIS think this vid is going to accomplish?  Isn't it obvious?  Back in the Bush years, this sort of thing would have been red meat to opposition Democrats and the Enemedia.  Already jackhammering the hapless 43rd POTUS into the ground on a daily basis on Iraq anyway, this would have been like pouring napalm on a blowtorch.  It'd have been right in the Left's Alinskyite wheelhouse: "Putting a human face on Iraq".  "Bush killed this man in cold blood".  Your imaginations can take it from there, I'm sure.

Of course, it wouldn't have intimidated Dubya in the slightest.

But now?  Under Obama?  Let's gauge the Regime's initial reaction:

"We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen James Foley by ISIL," U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Tuesday in a statement, referring to the Islamic State, which has seized a swath of Iraq and Syria.

"The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine its authenticity," Hayden said. "If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist, and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends."

The video shows a man it says is Foley reading a statement that blames Obama for airstrikes on Islamic State militants in Iraq. At the end, after the man is beheaded, a second man, also identified as an American, is shown.

"The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision," the unnamed militant says.

First of all, if James Foley has been missing for two years, it seems to me that U.S. intelligence, given how tight Barack Obama is with the "Islamic jihadist community," ought to have more information on Foley's status.  I mean, he is - or was - a journalist, right?  So he was probably at least somewhat sympathetic to ISIS, right?  Why else was he in fricking eastern Syria?  So how is it the Regime has no knowledge about his status?  Hell, they kept really close tabs on Bowe Bergdahl for five years, didn't they?

Secondly, Caitlin Hayden's statement is pretty thin gruel.  Bland boilerplate.  "We are appalled."  Okay, glad to hear that, but what are you going to do about it?  Obvious answer?  Well, that's not necessarily cut & dried.

We know there'll be no media campaign against Barack Obama for any reason whatsoever, as there'd be with any Republican POTUS.  But that masks what dangerous public sentiments may be percolating across the fruitless plain.  I have previously discussed how the very fact of O's token air sorties against ISIS must have been motivated by a White House perception that they would suffer more PR damage from ignoring the wholesale genocides of religious minorities, Christians most especially, in northern Iraq than to appear to be doing something about them.  The last thing The One wants is to have to publicly admit that he was wrong about his Iraq abandonment and George W. Bush was right to invade and pacify and quasi-Westernize Iraq, much less surreptitiously tip-toe in his policy footsteps.  The pinprick airstrikes are his version of a compromise: look like he's taking action against the Islamic State, if only in a "humanitarian" sense, without actually slowing their advance in the slightest.  As, indeed, his own Pentagon admitted last week.

ISIS's counterstroke is the tried & true jihadist "hostage" card.  They know their enemy; they're familiar with the old adage, "one death is a tragedy, a million deaths are a statistic."  They remember how fifty-three such hostages held O's antecedent Jimmy Carter at bay for over a year.  Only here, ISIS hasn't threatened to behead James Foley; they've already done it to demonstrate their willingness to do so (like there wasn't a gory overabundance of that willingness already) and threatened more where that came from.  Which suggests that they've got an entire library of such grisly executions of captured Americans that they can upload to the 'Net like a pez dispenser, but they're counting on King Hussein not to be able to intuit that.

The minefield this creates for O - well, not him, but his party, anyway, with the midterms only two and a half months away - is subtley hazardous.  Does he massively retaliate for the Foley atrocity, or even maintain the stately understatedness of his pinpricks and incense his nutroot supporters that look to be staying home in droves on November 4th anyway?  Or does he cowardly do nothing, or even halt the tactical air activity altogether to "save American lives," and outrage independent voters who may have taken seriously Samantha Powers' "responsibility to protect" BS?

Welcome to the "cycle of violence," Barry, where the only way to win is to blast the other side off the cycle.  Nobody ever said that knowing everything would be easy.

UPDATE: Sorry, Obamunists:

"Appalled" must have focus-grouped well.

Not to worry, though, Bammy-soxers; O may be going the Clinton subterfuge route you hate so much, but you know he's not really going to go back into Iraq with sufficient force to make a difference.  The Islamic State will still triumph.  So let not your hearts be troubled by the specter of any nascent "neocon" revival, especially from your demigod.  Have faith.

Exit thought: So martyred journalists get presidential pressers, but murdered two-star generals do not?

Dark Thunderstorms

By Douglas V. Gibbs

I awakened to a lightning blast in the dark sky.

California's drought rages from receiving little rainfall during the rainy season, yet during the summer, when we are supposed to receive no rainfall, the dings of falling water dots the roof of my house. Along with the rain, a potential raging flood, dines the clash of godly power, as the thunder booms and the lightning strikes. 

The rumble led my wife to ask, "Are we having an earthquake?"

"It is only thunder," I replied, as the window lighted up with a crack of lightning over our neighbor's home. 

"God is angry," she said.

"That would be 'Mother Nature,' if you were a liberal progressive," I chimed.  "They voted God out of their party."

After six hours sleep, my stomach and back pain resembled the war in the sky, so I turned off the fan, and walked through the darkened house - that was not so dark with the momentary blasts of lightning. The bowling pins fell, the pinpricks tapped upon the tin top of my office roof. "God's angry," she had said. "That may not necessarily be the reason for the pounding in the dark sky," I thought to myself, "but she's right. With a glance at our world, I have no doubt He is indeed angry."

UPDATE:  At 7:51 AM we began to be pelted with hail. . . and the electricity went out at 7:54.

UPDATE:  Electricity in my neck of Murrieta was only out for a few minutes.  At 8:37 AM the television warned us of potential hail and flooding. . . after the bulk of the storm passed.  Granted, some of the areas receiving that broadcast were still in the path of the storm, and had not been hit, yet - like Perris, San Bernardino, and so forth..

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Join us tonight at Allstar collision at 522 Railroad St. In Corona. Tonight at 6:00 pm we complete Article II, The Executive Branch.

Democrat Cities Are Dangerous Places To Live

by JASmius

St. Louis, Los Angeles, New York City, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Oakland, Cleveland...what do they have in common? They are all run by Democrats, and all have problems with police brutality.

Hard Starboard Radio: A History Of "Criminal Politics"

Perry on Donk indictment: "I wouldn’t change a thing"; "Criminal" politics used against Perry, Walker, Christie, D'Souza - and they're far from the first; Video surfaces of drunk DA accusing Governor Perry of "abuse of power" (an encore presentation); Rich Lowry catches up to me on the real Donk motivations for the Perry persecution; Three diametrically opposed forces are now in play in Ferguson; Is the enemedia the new criminal justice system?  For whites and Republicans....yes!  It!  Is!; Contra smug liberals, riots in Missouri are a far cry from sectarian violence in the Middle East - but they're getting there.

"DUCK!!!" at 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific.

ISIS To America: "We Will Drown All Of You In Blood"

by JASmius

First of all: that promise is blatant gimmick infringement, and the Klingons will NOT be pleased.

Nor the copyright lawyers for 25 Ta Life....

At least these assholes are honest about the "god" whom they serve.

Now to the particulars:

The Islamic State militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and drawn the first American air strikes since the end of the occupation in 2011 has warned the United States it will attack Americans “in any place” if the raids hit its militants.

The video, which shows a photograph of an American who was beheaded during the U.S. occupation of Iraq and victims of snipers, featured a statement which said in English “we will drown all of you in blood”.

I interpret that as "Please stop bombing us."  Or maybe, "You boys might want to improve your aim just a smidgen."  Or perhaps, "Who do you infidels think you are?"  Probably a mix of all three, given that they've already vowed to "confront" us.  Frankly, I've never paid all that much attention to what an enemy has to say after they've gotten something of what they had coming to them.  Other than to smile.

Which would mean that if Jonathan Gilliam were calling the shots, that smile would gusher up to multiple orgasm territory:

"Here's how you fight a war. You go in and you decimate an enemy."  Ahhhh; almost makes me feel like lighting up a cigarette.  If I smoked, that is.

Guess that means we go out with a little Earth, Wind & Fire.....

Democrats Must Denounce Perry Indictment

by JASmius

Well, somebody's living in the land of make-belie....

Wait a minute - Lanny Davis?:

Democrats know a lot about criminalizing the political process — and the terrible consequences to our nation and our democracy when it happens....

Davis spends most of his column recounting the particulars of this outrage, and then comes this:

If a Republican prosecutor had obtained this indictment against a sitting Democratic governor, and Republican partisans rushed to imply wrongdoing, much less guilt as a result of an indictment before trial, is there any doubt we Democrats would be publicly outraged?


The double standard cannot be tolerated.

McCarthyism is McCarthyism — accusation and innuendo and "investigations" used as surrogates for facts and truth and due process — whether by the left or the right.

Democratic elected officials, especially Democratic attorneys general and district attorneys across the nation, must call on the Travis County district attorney to withdraw this absurd indictment, and Democratic Party leaders should publicly ask Texas Democrats who have rushed to public judgment of Gov. Perry to withdraw their comments . . . and apologize.

There can be only a single standard when it comes to our belief in the due process clause and the implied presumption of innocence in our Constitution.

The headline might as well have read, "Lanny Davis Switches Parties".  Because he has, you know.  He just doesn't realize it.

Case in point:

Have these Democrats rushing to make public comments any clue that a prosecutor almost always can, as has been said by many lawyers for a long time, "indict a ham sandwich" if they wish? The grand jury hears only a one-sided presentation of evidence by the prosecutors. No rebuttal is allowed. No cross-examination fundamental to due process is allowed.

In fact, an indictment is evidence of nothing. It is literally just an accusation, not even close to proven facts. Yet I read some Texas Democrats calling for Perry to resign — resign!

These cannot be Democrats who care about civil liberties or due process, much less the credibility of our party, which has always denounced those who presume guilt or even suggest wrongdoing after an indictment alone.

That's right, Mr. Davis.  Because your party does not give a rat's patoot about civil liberties or due process for anybody who is not a Democrat or member of any of its crazy-quilt of lazy, indolent, gimmie-gimmie, racist, jihadi-symp constituencies.  Rick Perry is none of those things, AND he attempted to hold a Democrat public official politically accountable for her reprehensible actions.  So [BLEEP] him to the outer darkness, or a century in solitary confinement, whichever comes first.

If you don't recognize your own party anymore, Mr. Davis, rest assured: We do.

Ferguson Curfew and the Constitution

By Douglas V. Gibbs

As the stories continue to pour out of Ferguson, Missouri, one reader asks, "I'm disappointed you're not addressing whether the curfew is Constitutional."

When I responded she has to remember the difference between local and federal authorities, she responded, "I haven't. Bill of Rights a floor, not a ceiling. Mo constitution cannot take away natural 1st Amend right."

The headlines are all over the violence, and the curfew, but one thing is true, nobody is talking about rights, and government authorities, so let's take a look.

Based on Kris's argument, the curfew is a violation of the citizens' right of free speech as provided in the Bill of Rights.  And, since that is a natural right, a God-given right, it cannot be limited in any way, shape, or form.

I believe that the Bill of Rights only applies to the Federal Government, as the founders originally intended, but the same rights of free speech and to peaceably assemble are also listed in the Missouri State Constitution.

The people are not peaceably assembling, so law enforcement has every right to attempt to return the chaos to peace.

Article I, Section 8 tasks the Congress with calling forth the militia to suppress insurrections.  Shays' Rebellion was the lesson, however, that it takes more than a militia, sometimes.

Article 4, Section 4 tasks the United States Government with protecting the States against domestic violence.

But at what point do we recognize that the government is making a play for a police state?

As for the curfew, that tends to be the tool of tyrants.  Curfew is a way for the government to control the people.  Is it authorized?  Is it a tool that should be used when there is domestic violence, and assembly that is anything but peaceful?

The reality is that what has been going on is not just some legal case, or some isolated case of violence where up and down rules of authorities and confrontations are all that matters.  The riots in Ferguson are not a mere case of political speech, or civil unrest.  The unrest is the result of generations of conditioning, generations of dependency on government, generations of the left's schemes of racial division, and generations of Black Nationalism as we see pushed by people like Farrakahn, and Jeremiah Wright.  This is what killed Detroit, and now it is the illness that is spreading through America.

The scary part about it is that the liberal left Democrats are trying to do what they can to keep it going, to increase the division, and fan the flames of the anger.  That's why Holder called for another autopsy, and that's why they were quick to release the evidence to the public that Michael Brown was shot six times.  They don't care about justice, and they don't care about the people.  It was a political move to create chaos and crisis.  They did it to keep the riots going.  Crisis is what they want, because, as Rahm Emanuel put it, they need crisis to do the things they could not normally do.

Does this mean we are moving even more rapidly toward a police state?  Is martial law on the menu?

A government that imposes curfew is definitely one willing to head in that direction.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Militant protesters in Ferguson growing in number, many coming from out-of-state...


BUCHANAN: 1960s-like Riots Could Cause Voter Rebuke For Obama...

KURTZ: Some Liberal Outlets Creating 'Almost Lynch Mob Mentality'...

Trayvon Martin's Mom: 'We Will Make Them Feel Us'...

More Arrested as Police Use Tear Gas

Witness Conversation a Game Changer in Ferguson?

New Autopsy

Shot Six Times

National Guard Called In

Obama's Racist Remarks

Autopsy Disproves Eyewitness Accounts that Brown Was Shot in the Back

Monday, August 18, 2014

AFDI Rally For Israel

by JASmius

For the first time, defenders of Israel and representatives of minorities persecuted by Islamic jihadists from around the world gathered together to stand for life and for freedom. Finally, the truth.

Our speakers provided harrowing insight into the full breadth and depth of the havoc and destruction that Islamic jihadists have unleashed upon the world. New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind gave a stirring appeal for Israel in its struggle against the jihad, and was seconded by the eloquent Ethiopian Jewish spokesman Mordechai Tasman and an IDF soldier who spoke of his own experiences. Dr. Mordechai Kedar flew from Israel for the rally, and showed how the jihadists are proceeding according to quranic imperatives.

What was unprecedented and groundbreaking about our rally was that these strong defenders of Israel were joined by others: Yazidi spokesman Haider Elias, the toweringly courageous and eloquent Sudanese freedom fighter Simon Deng, Palestinian Christian Mazzen Warra, Pastor Matthew Singh of Christians United for Israel, Indian human rights activist Arish Sahani, and Kurdish spokesman Salar Motidi — all of them recognized that we all face the same foe, and all of them ringingly affirmed the necessity for us to stand together for freedom.

Hard Starboard Radio: Who Lost The Cities?

Ferguson, Missouri employees and their bosses worry about what may happen next, because the cops have effectively abandoned them; Is a witness conversation unknowingly captured at the scene of the Ferguson shooting a game-changer?; The DOJ should be investigating, but it’s exceedingly unlikely they can legitimately prosecute a civil-rights violation - they will therefore do so anyway; There is more wrong with Ferguson than the Brown case; Texas Governor Rick Perry indicted on charges of restoring the border and even large swaths of the Obamunist Left are balking.

Welcome to Overreach, Texas at 6PM Eastern/3PM Pacific.

Video Surfaces Of Drunk DA Accusing Governor Perry Of "Abuse Of Power"

by JASmius

Here is Texas Democrats' idea of the highest standards of public integrity and moral probity:

Oops, sorry, wrong video.  Honest mistake.  Though the late Foster Brooks probably had better legs.

Let's try that again:

A police video has surfaced of a district attorney being arrested for drunk driving, a case that eventually led to Texas Governor Rick Perry being indicted on abuse of power charges.

The video shows Democratic Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg acting belligerently to the arresting officers in Austin, Texas, after her car was stopped for driving erratically, the Washington Times reported.

She had to be physically restrained by two cops, and was found to have an open bottle of vodka in the vehicle. as well as a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit.

Sheesh, at least Mr. Brooks played a jovial lush.

The judge in the case called her behavior "deplorable" and sentenced her in April last year to 45 days in jail, of which she served 21 days.

Following the incident, Perry vowed to pull the funding for the integrity unit of Lehmberg’s office unless she resigned, saying that she was not fit to be in charge of the department, which investigates ethics violations and tax fraud cases.

After she refused to quit, Perry followed through with his promise and withdrew the funding for an agency that the Texas GOP had often claimed was basically engaged in politicized prosecutions, according to the Times.

In short, Lehmberg handed Governor Perry a, er, "loaded" weapon and he was more than willing to pull the trigger.  But, naturally, because Perry is a Republican and Lehmberg a Democrat, that gets the concept of "justice" completely bass-ackwards, so it's the fine, upstanding public servant in the second vid who served half of a six week sentence who is not just the moral exemplar but the one empowered to put the "tyrant" in the Austin governor's mansion behind bars until the early twenty-second century.

Which harkens back to another old saying - "Don't hunt what you can't kill":

Bloomberg’s editorial board said, "This is more likely to rally Republicans to Perry’s side — earning him new supporters and donors — and to make Texas Democrats look as craven as the Republicans who are seeking to impeach President Barack Obama."

You know, the man who re-wrote the book on and set the new standard for Executive abuses of power.

Waco, Texas, tea party leader Toby Marie Walker told the Times, "The indictment actually helps the governor. He will be made into a political hero; his polling will go up. It will only hurt if they can prove the DA isn’t a drunk."

Lotsa luck with that one, no matter how much the media embargos it.