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  • White House Grants DOJ "Get Out of Contempt Vote Free" Card

    In an historic moment of executive disdain for transparency, the Obama administration has declared executive privilege in the Fast and Furious ATF gun-walking kerfuffle which has embroiled the Department of Justice and Attorney General Eric Holder since congressional Republicans discovered something in which to embroil them.

    Not since George W. Bush used executive privilege six times or Bill Clinton used it 14 times has the country borne witness such brazen contempt for justice

    The White House granted Attorney General Eric Holder with executive privilege regarding Fast and Furious…

    Executive privilege enables the Justice Department to withhold documents from Congress, even if Congress has issued a subpoena, as Rep. Issa has…

    In a letter to President Obama asking for executive privilege, the attorney general wrote "that the Committee has not established that privileged documents are demonstrably critical to the responsible fulfillment of the Committee's legitimate legislative functions."

    Well, that settles that, then. I suppose this will be the last we hear of all this Fast and Furious business. You know, that reminds me of something that a very wide and drunk man once… What's that?

    Regardless of the action, Rep. Darrell Issa, R.-Cal., head of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee indicated he is moving forward with a contempt vote of the attorney general.

    Oh, that's right. America. Democrats, Republicans, deeply-held feelings of violent enmity. I'd almost forgotten.

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    Tags: Darrell Issa, Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, Guns, House of Representatives, House Oversight Committee
  • Barack Obama's June Gloom

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    If May was gray for President Obama, June has been doom and gloom. After the slew of bad mojo last week, White House press secretary Jay Carney was thrown to the media dingos to answer some uncomfortable questions during Monday’s briefing

    The AP asked about the president’s unfortunate private-sector-is-fine remark. The Reuters correspondent asked about the economic "head winds" from Europe. Ed Henry of Fox News Channel asked about the looming contempt-of-Congress vote against Attorney General Eric Holder. Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News asked about the Supreme Court striking down Obamacare. Norah O'Donnell of CBS News asked about calls for a special prosecutor to probe leaks. Victoria Jones of Talk Radio News asked about the stalled talks with Pakistan.

    Carney sought relief by calling on TV correspondents from swing states, but the one from Wisconsin asked about the failed attempt to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker and the one from Nevada asked about her state’s unemployment rate, the nation’s highest.

    Talk then headed back to commerce secretary John Bryson's hit-and-run felony citation, the only remotely feel-good story of the week. It turns out a medical condition and not "going Lohan" was to blame for Bryson's erratic driving.

    That was a close call, but maybe it's time for President Obama to put an ankle monitor on all his cabinet members. Keep everyone on lock down until November. Nobody wants to see a picture of David Axelrod climbing into his car after a night of clubbing with his thong showing. Also, no more Fast and Furious for Eric Holder.

    And, for God's sake, nobody let the economy take the Porsche out for a spin.

    Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Barack Obama, Department of Justice, Economy, Eric Holder, Foreign Policy, Health Care, House of Representatives, John Bryson, Nevada, Pakistan, Recall, Scott Walker, Supreme Court, Unemployment, Wisconsin
  • Eric Holder Defends Crackdown on Medical Pot

    Since Barack Obama took office, federal agents and prosecutors have conducted about 200 raids on medical marijuana dispensaries and growers, despite an Obama campaign promise to tolerate dispensaries in states that have legalized them. But whatever the dangers of marijuana, one thing is clear: Smoking pot is a lot less dangerous for one's brain cells than listening to Obama administration officials offer congressional testimony

    Appearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Holder acknowledged the Justice Department had broken with the Bush administration and pledged not to go after anyone acting within state law.

    Nevertheless, those involved in large-scale marijuana growing and distribution have "come up with ways in which they are taking advantage of these state laws and going beyond that which the states have authorized," Holder said in response to questions from Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. "Those are the only cases that we have been going after."

    Those wily cancer patients, always looking to take advantage of state laws for their own nefarious anti-pain agendas.

    It's fun to consider other groups, besides manipulative cancer sufferers, who have "taken advantage" of statutes and gone beyond what the spirit of the law may have authorized. There are Bush administration officials who authorized torture, in contravention to the Geneva Conventions and U.S. law. There are financial sector tycoons who committed fraud on a daily basis in order to issue, sell and securitize mortgages from under-qualified individuals. It's amazing the DOJ has the manpower to prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries, when so many bodies are needed to sit on those other cases.

    At the same time, this pattern of conduct fits in with Obama's life history. As a member of the Choom Gang, Obama "often elbowed his way in, out of turn, shouted 'Intercepted!,' and took an extra hit." An auspicious start to a career making sure that all the drugs belonged to him.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Department of Justice, Drugs, Eric Holder, Marijuana
  • Stephen Colbert on the DOJ's License to Kill (American Citizens)

    If Americans are so up in arms about Attorney General Eric Holder's defense of executing U.S. citizens without judiciary process, why don't they simply renounce their citizenship. Then they'll be safe.

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    Tags: al Qaeda, Anwar al-Awlaki, Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Judiciary, Obama Administration, Stephen Colbert, Supreme Court, Terrorism, The Colbert Report, Video, Yemen
  • When You Buy Pirated Movies the Drug Cartels Win

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, McGruff the Crime Dog (sporting some fresh new Deal With It sunglasses) and the entire Department of Justice want you to think about who's really profiting every time you buy (buy!) pirated movies and music. (Spoiler Alert: It's drug lords, Latino gangsters and other people with scary-sounding accents.)

    I'm really surprised at this half-measure from McGruff and the DOJ. So unlike them. Why aren't they pointing out that the CDs used for pirating are made out of puppies and kittens who were tortured to death? Or that 15 cents out of every dollar that you spend (with your money to buy pirated material!) goes toward the erection of a memorial to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele in Times Square? Seems weird for them to leave that out when they're such genuinely serious concerns.

    You know what another problem with this campaign is?  When you buy non-pirated movies and music — as YouTube commenter mintypies1 points out – you're funding organizations that are actively attempting to curtail U.S. citizens's First Amendment rights.

    Both groups are so scary, I don't know which one to be more afraid of.

    Tags: Crime, Drugs, Eric Holder, Internet, Movies, Music, Obama Administration