Eric Holder Just Proved, In His Own Words, Why He Should Butt Out Of The Ferguson Investigation

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“I am the Attorney General of the United States, but I am also a black man.” With that revealing statement, as reported in USA Today. Eric Holder showed exactly why he should not be involved in any way with the racially charged Ferguson incident. Holder is, by his own admission, too emotionally invested in the racial aspects of this disturbing investigation.

As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, the Attorney General of the United States should be completely impartial and unbiased. Yet this Attorney General — who has freely and proudly acknowledged that he is an “activist” — now clearly thrusts himself, personally and provocatively, into the Ferguson mess.

This excerpt from the article in USA Today, entitled “Holder’s Stop in Ferguson is Deeply Personal”, should be enough for any thinking person to call for Holder to disqualify and distance himself from the animosities in Ferguson:

“I am the Attorney General of the United States, but I am also a black man,” Holder told Ferguson residents at a community meeting. “I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding. Pulled over. … ‘Let me search your car’ … Go through the trunk of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me.”

It is transparently ridiculous for Holder to bring his race-based prejudices into a situation that, in light of the heightened tensions, calls for a squeaky clean, fair, and impartial administration of justice.

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Hillary Clinton Claimed She And Bill Were ‘Dead Broke’; Maybe This Slick Willy Indulgence Helps Explain Why

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Bill Clinton reportedly enjoys “the world’s most expensive cigar”, a very pricey smoke that goes for around $1,000 apiece–and some $25,000 per box.

H/T The Weekly Standard:

Bill Clinton enjoys a Gurkha cigar, “the Rolls Royce of the cigar industry.” He “loves the Gurkhas,” Gurkha chief executive officer Kaizad Hansotia, maker of the HMR cigar, which stands for His Majesty’s Reserve. It is, according to Hansotia, “the world’s most expensive cigar.”

One box is $25,000 — and the price will rise next year to $30,000. “The cigars are close to $1,000 each,” says the cigar boss to Bloomberg.

How fitting that the former president would go for a cigar crowned “His Majesty’s Reserve.” (Wonder if any of Hillary’s exorbitant speaking fees go up in smoke...)

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If What This Writer Says Is True, Harry Reid May Be About To Destroy Obama

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A recent Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial revealed one man’s opinion that, with more than two years left in his second term, Barack Obama’s presidency is effectively over. The major factor he cited in arriving at this conclusion is a noticeable cooling in Obama’s relationship with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a man who has been a reliable defender over the past six years.

Citing a New York Times article, columnist John L. Smith seized on one particular passage describing a tense conversation involving Obama, Reid, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The topic of discussion, the article explained, was a list of nominees Obama hopes will become ambassadors. Despite the fact that Reid was willing and ready to plead the president’s case in the face of fierce Republican opposition, Smith noted that Obama himself seemed to tune out of the entire process.

“They were Obama’s nominees,” he wrote; “but from the sound of things, he was unwilling to joust for them.”

According to the Time’s account, Obama instructed Reid and McConnell to “work it out” amongst themselves.

The perceived slight reportedly caused Reid to become angry and complain about Obama’s attitude to others in the U.S. Senate. In Smith’s estimation, the longtime senator is precisely the supporter an increasingly unpopular Obama needs at this point in his presidency.

“We’re not talking about the hurt feelings of just any Democrat,” he wrote. “We’re talking about brawling Harry Reid of Nevada, the man without whom Obama’s presidency would be so small scientists couldn’t identify it with an electron microscope.”

Much has been written – by leftists and conservatives alike – about Obama’s apparent disengagement, especially since the beginning of his second term. Smith, however, notes that the troubling progression has now apparently cost him one of the last remaining relationships capable of maintaining his relevance.

The Nevada Democrat, he asserted, was integral in advancing many of Obama’s policies – including the healthcare reform debacle known as ObamaCare.

“Reid has not only carried Obama’s water,” Smith concluded, “he’s drawn it from dry wells and conjured it from cloudless skies.”

Smith described the relationship that once existed between Obama and Reid as mob boss Vito Corleone and his trusted enforcer Luca Brasi in the film The Godfather.

“If Reid is finished fighting for Obama,” he affirmed, “then Obama is as good as finished.”

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Is The Liberal Media Over-Covering Ferguson?

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Why have the protests and riots lasted so long in Ferguson?

Why have out-of-town agitators and opportunists like the Communist Revolutionary Party and the New Black Panthers flocked to a St. Louis suburb?

Why, 12 days after Michael Brown was shot to death by a policeman, do the good people of Ferguson who want to see a fair and just investigation into the facts surrounding Brown’s death still have no peace?

It’s the national news media, stupid.

It’s the ratings-hungry, pot-stirring, sensationalizing TV media that never misses a chance to milk — and perpetuate — a white-on-black news story.

Ferguson is not just big news on network TV and in the Washington Post. It’s become a nightly action-packed reality show on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX.

The images of tear-gassed protestors squared off against militarized police make for great TV. So does the tension and drama.

Will protests turn more violent tonight? Will a provocateur throw a bomb, burn down a variety store, or shoot a cop with a deer rifle?

We all hope not. But if anything exciting happens, don’t you worry, America.

Jake Tapper, Chris Hayes, and Steve Harrigan will be there on the sidewalks of Ferguson to capture it live for CNN, MSNBC, and Fox.

Then Anderson, Rachel, and Greta will analyze and discuss everything until the country falls asleep.

Obviously, no one can or should stop the news media from stampeding in a herd to Ferguson. We need and want the national print and electronic media to thoroughly cover tragic events like this.

But we need the news media to do its job right — and with restraint.

We need journalists to dig up accurate new information, challenge the authorities, debunk rumors and lies, and provide perspective, thoughtful analysis, and commentary.

At this point in Ferguson, the TV media’s saturation coverage — and saturation commentary — is only making things worse.

Its round-the-clock presence is not only attracting publicity seekers and troublemakers who give Ferguson’s good people a bad name.

What’s worse, the media attention is encouraging residents of Ferguson to continue the unnecessary daily protests that are destroying daily life in their town.

The people of Ferguson deserve to learn the truth. The investigation should be done properly, and state and federal agencies have come in to make sure that happens.

But the process of determining whether police officer Darren Wilson was justified or not in shooting Michael Brown is going to take months, if not years.

The autopsies are not complete. The grand jury hasn’t finished its work. We don’t have the police incident report yet. We’ve heard conflicting eyewitness reports.

Instead of standing around on sidewalks in the dark waiting for something exciting to happen, the TV news guys should do everyone a favor and back off for a while.

That will never happen. But if it did, overnight Ferguson’s streets would be filled with cars again, not protest marchers, riot police and Al Jazeera camera crews.

Everyone involved — especially the TV news media — needs to calm down and wait for all the facts before they start spouting their pre-conceived conclusions.

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A Federal Judge Just Made A Ruling That Could Mean Big Trouble For Eric Holder

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Buried under the numerous scandals that have plagued the administration in the years since, at least one federal judge still wants to get to the bottom of a federal gun-walking program that led to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010.

As CBS News reported, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives initiated an operation known as ‘Fast and Furious’ in 2009, allowing criminals to take possession of more than 2,000 dangerous weapons without proper governmental oversight or tracking. The following year, illegal immigrants carrying multiple weapons involved in the program fatally shot Terry near the Mexico border.

It was only after his death that an investigation into Fast and Furious began and the scandal received attention from media outlets nationwide.

Since then, the Obama administration has withheld various documents House investigators believe could be integral in ascertaining the scope of the ATF mission.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, who launched an initial investigation into the scandal, asserted that Obama must have been involved in the program considering his insistence that executive privilege allowed him to withhold the information.

The secrecy culminated in Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to release 1,300 pages of data even after he was subpoenaed to do so.

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His stonewalling led to his being held in contempt of Congress.

This week, National Review reported, a federal judge ordered the White House to release a list of the documents that remain concealed. Once the list is made available, legislators will have an opportunity to challenge the administration’s decision to withhold information.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa weighed in on the judge’s decision and the Obama administration’s actions that made it necessary.

“This Administration has been so intent on hiding the contents of these documents that it allowed Attorney General Holder to be held in contempt instead of just turning them over to Congress,” he said.

He added that, upon receipt of the document list, his team will have a better idea of what direction their investigation should take.

“The privilege log will bring us closer to finding out why the Justice Department hid behind false denials in the wake of reckless conduct that contributed to the violent deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and countless Mexican citizens,” he said.

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