Rich’s Select Committee Double-TAkes!

Special Double Edition Rich TAkes!

Lots has been going on, and very little has been going on. Trey Goudy is named Chairman of the Select Committee to investigate Benghazi, The EPA has been asking human subjects to stick their head up a tail-pipe, and the IRS targeting seems to track directly to the White House (to the surprise of virtually no one).  Trey

The EPA has also proposed regulating (read: taxing) cow farts. And the FCC has raised the ugly head of Net Neutrality once again. Oh yes, the TEA Party is not dead yet.

Judicial Watch: New Documents Show IRS HQ Control of Tea Party Targeting

Linking straight to the White House

The Terrifying Implications of the IRS Abuse-DOJ Connection

Gun-running in Libya and Syria led to 9/11/2012 at Benghazi?

House approves select committee to investigate Benghazi attack

I’m not sure if better late than never applies here, John Boehner should have done this a year ago

CIA Whistleblower faces the ire of an angry Justice Department over Benghazi questions

Hillary Language On Benghazi Identical To Rhodes Email — 1 1/2 Days Before!

Clinton advisor Dick Morris traces video talking points directly to Hillary.

Fast & Furious: Benghazi Edition

Speaking of Fast & Furious, I remember raising my eyebrows when I heard reports of an early Secretary of State speech in Mexico City inn early 2009. She said, “Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade,” Mrs. Clinton said, using unusually blunt language. “Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians.”

Besides the obvious, which is, if we controlled our borders this wouldn’t be happening, my second thought was that legal semi-automatic firearms sold in the US would not be at the top of any drug cartel’s wish list. Much better would be Mac10s, Uzzis, and AK47s from black market sources, which would also be cheaper than US AR-15s when purchased in bulk.

The timing here is important, this story appeared in the NY Times on March 25, 2009.

Clinton Says U.S. Feeds Mexico Drug Trade – NYTimes.com

Judging by her statements in Mexico City, Hillary must have been in the loop on fast & Furious as well. No other logical conclusion can be reached. 

The Obama administration announces on March 24 that Project Gunrunner will be expanding: “March 24, 2009: David Ogden, deputy attorney general at the time, stated, “The president has directed us to take action to fight these cartels and Attorney General Eric Holder and I are taking several new and aggressive steps as part of the administration’s comprehensive plan.””

Fast & Furious timeline:

Fast and Furious: The Events Leading to Eric Holder’s Contempt Vote

And this from MRC:

“DOJ’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is increasing it’s efforts by adding 37 new employees in 3 new offices using $10 million dollars in Recovery Act funds and redeploying 100 personnel to the southwest border in the next 45 days to fortify it’s Project Gunrunner- which is aimed at disrupted arms trafficking between the United States and Mexico. ATF is doubling it’s presence in Mexico itself, from 5 to 9 personnel working with the Mexicans specifically to facilitate gun tracing activity which targets the illegal weapons and their sources in the United States.”

Flashback: David Ogden Announces New Efforts With Project Gunrunner “As Directed By the President”

Vid at the link.

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Rich TAkes! on Bunkerville, NV

The Cliven Bundy TAkes!

Open range cattle grazing in the west has been an American tradition since before the west was won.

The recent Bundy Ranch debacle is just the latest in a long history of federal over-reach over state’s rights and the rule of law. He has a solid claim to continue to run his cattle since his family has done so continuously since 1877. 

At some point you gotta wonder why Washington claims ownership of 86% of Nevada.  For some background, 52 ranchers have been driven out of business in Clark County, NV, they sold their water and grazing rights to the Feds. Bundy is the last rancher standing. Clark County is nearly as large as New Jersey, and larger than Delaware, Rhode Island, and Hawaii combined. And it’s not even the largest county in Nevada. 

Supposedly this whole thing started over a tortoise which was placed on the endangered species list in ’89? And then taken off the list the very next year. This was just spin in the early days of the story, it was never about a turtle. It happens that the turtle and cows coexist just fine. 

Then the story was that Cliven Bundy owed one million in unpaid fines and fees since 1993. Further research reveals that the BLM spent 3 million to remove Bundy’s 900 plus head of cattle from federal public lands. Bundy says that they are state-owned public lands. I have no idea who is correct, but 137 years of continuous use by the Bundy Ranch is good enough for me. As the saying goes, possession is nine tenths of the law. Bundy is not even claiming possession, he only wants his cattle to walk around the same public ground that they have done for hundreds of years.

What disturbs me most is the excessive show of force by the BLM in this case to forcibly remove the cattle, which have certainly done no wrong. Reports vary, but at least fifty, and as many as two hundred heavily armed agents showed up to enforce the removal with rustlers using helicopters to round up the easy pickings cattle. There is evidence that they even shot two prize bulls, to say nothing of destroying fencing and water retention improvements which the ranch had made. 

In case you haven’t noticed, this administration has identified Christians, returning vets and other traditional American conservatives as terrorists. Apparently 67 year old Cliven Bundy falls into this group of American citizens considered to be terrorists to the Obama progressive movement.

What disturbs me even more is the tendency for progressive Democrats to use the full force of arms against American citizens on American soil. Clinton did it repeatedly, at Ruby Ridge, the Branch Davidians Waco TX debacle and the following Elian Gonzales affair. All were examples of extreme use of force, especially Waco. Thankfully, Obama showed more restraint at Bunkerville. I can’t help but think that dozens of camera phones taping video may have had something to do with it, along with militia showing up with their own sharp-shooters to the party.

Harry Reid says it isn’t done yet, and I suspect he is correct in that assessment. 

Links after the jump:

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RichTAkes! On the SOTU

The State of the Union TAkes!

Okay, not really. I couldn’t bear to listen, for fear of becoming sick. Instead, I offer a month’s worth of real news links which should make us all sick. Hopefully, you won’t become physically sick, being informed is much, much better. We all deserve better.

Here is the round-up:

Progressive Kristallnacht Coming?

(The Night of Broken Glass) Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendant “progressive” radicalism unthinkable now?

It might be helpful to note that the author of this letter to the editor is a liberal, and a supporter of Al Gore and  voted for Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown.

EPA Decree Shrinks Size of Wyoming by a Million Acres

Since when does the EPA have the jurisdiction to re-interpret treaties?

 From our Imperial POTUS using the levers of government to Imperial-King-Obama-punish his opponents department:  

One of the Few Conservative Groups in Hollywood Has Been Under Investigation by the IRS

Conservative author and pundit Dinesh D’Souza charged in campaign finance case

I’m pretty sure that Dinesh is on an enemies list somewhere

Tearing away Obama’s veil of secrecy surrounding the IRS scandal

the truth is becoming known about President Obama’s blatant use of the Internal Revenue Service to suppress the First Amendment political free speech rights of Tea Party, conservative and evangelical non-profits during the 2010, 2012 — and now — the 2014 campaigns.

Kimberley Strassel: IRS Targeting and 2014

It’s IRS targeting all over again, only this time by administration design and with the raw political goal…of putting “tea party groups out of business.”

Obama was outraged when he read about this in the newspaper, (right!) now he claims it’s a phony scandal.

Media Matters Facts <> Media Matters’ targets revealed: business, wealth, Christianity

Media Matters is a 501(c)3 non-profit, and contributions are deductible. Compare that to the IRS targets for 501(c)4 applicants, whose contributions are not tax-deductible

No Place For Conservatives in New York says Andrew Cuomo

I can’t believe that this guy fancies himself a viable presidential candidate. It must be hereditary, his daddy Mario wanted to be President too. When I first heard this, I thought he must be “differently-abled”.

Benghazi and Syria Update: 

Obama called for war based on bogus intel

Syria update: A report from the MIT confirms earlier reports that the Syrian government could not have launched the sarin poison-gas-laden rocket last August. Confirming my earlier suspicions that this was a false-flag attack.

Senate Benghazi Report Damns President Obama And Hillary Clinton

The surprising thing here is that Senator Feinstein was committee Chair

Top Secret Benghazi Docs Prove that After Stevens et al Died, Obama and Clinton Lied

Hillary’s biggest “regret”? She doesn’t regret a thing, Obama got re-elected, didn’t he?

An Excerpt From Robert Gates’ ‘Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War’

The Quiet Fury of Robert Gates

EPA still silent on the legality of coal plant ban

Of course they are silent, it isn’t legal.

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Mark Levin Explains Why I’m Backing Mitt

Mark Levin

schools a caller who says that Mitt is too moderate to support, after he locked in the nomination. Maybe he’ll vote Libertarian or other third party. 

This is one of the best rants that I’ve heard lately, although Levin comes up with them once or twice daily. He echoes my beliefs, and says it better than I can. We need to really get behind Mitt, since our country will not be recognizable if Obama wins a second term, we will all be slaves to Obama’s fundamentally transformed former greatest nation in the history of the world. Why transform greatness?

I was surprised that he also supported the same candidates that I liked over Bush, McCain, and Romney.

Here’s the listen:

Runaway Slave – the Movie

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

in the summer of 1963, he delivered one of the most powerful speeches in our nation’s history. Known for its famous line, “I have a dream,” Dr. King concluded his speech with these words:

“And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last, free at last! Thank God Almighty, we’re free at last!'”

Now, nearly a half-century later, has his dream become reality? Have we allowed freedom to truly ring? Or has that longed-for freedom somehow become even more elusive?

In RUNAWAY SLAVE, an intriguing new documentary that opens in theaters this summer, Rev. C.L. Bryant journeys across America to find answers. A one-time NAACP local chapter president, Rev. Bryant discovers that by buying into the entitlement mindset of “progressives,” the black community has traded one form of tyranny for another.

Using leading black conservatives as “conductors,” Rev. Bryant believes it is time for a new Underground Railroad to help liberate all Americans from the Government plantation that has left the black community dealing with a new form of slavery: entitlements.

“Why are we still thinking we are not free at last? What ideas are keeping us down?” Rev. Bryant asks. “For too long, we have been depending on other people for our success. We have to pursue our happiness; our happiness is not provided to us. If we are relying on someone else for our wellbeing, that in itself is a form of slavery.”

Invocation of the Day

Fr. Andrew was invited to lead the opening prayer at the 2012 Colorado Republican State Assembly and Convention .

The moral challenges facing our country are not caused by political affiliation, but rather by attacks on religious freedom.

He invites all people of conscience to uphold religious freedom. 

“The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modem times with ‘communism’ or ‘socialism.'” – Catechism of the Catholic Church 2425

Let us pray . . .