War Powers Act Does Not Apply to Libya, and Eric Holder Needs to Go!

June 15, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Mr. Obama has until Sunday evening to pull out of the Libya WAR, but he also says that the War Powers Act does not apply here ostensibly because he did not call the war involving Libya an actual war.  He called it a kinetic military action.

So if I speed down the highway in my car that has “wings” built into it, and I’m pulled over by a police officer, can I say to that officer, “Officer, speeding laws do not apply here because I am a low-flying plane,” do you think the officer would accept that?  I’m betting that’s a big “no” on that one.

But you see, Mr. Obama has repeatedly shown that he simply doesn’t like to play by the world’s rules; certainly not by the standing rules of the U.S. Constitution.  He prefers to make them up as he goes along based on whatever suits him.  In fact, many of the people he has appointed to positions in his administration seem to live life the same way.  Isn’t that what we call demagoguery?

If you and I do that, no one would be fooled, no matter how straight our face was when we said it.  Apparently though, Mr. Obama can say something with a terribly straight face and that’s all he has to do.

So obviously, from the beginning regarding our involvement with Libya, the attitude has been “if we don’t actually call this a ‘war,’ then we do not have to recognize the War Powers Act.”  Well, that’s not really how it works.  If I call a tomato a bell pepper and demand that it be recognized as a bell pepper, it would still not be a bell pepper.

Then again, the belief that the War Powers Act does not apply to the U.S. involvement in the Libyan WAR comes from the man who places blame for a loss of jobs on ATMs.  Actually, it surprises me at all that Mr. Obama is mentioning anything about the economy.  Didn’t he just stop into Puerto Rico not long ago to say “hey!” or something?  Oh wait, that was to promise to support whatever the Puerto Ricans voted on their political future.  He said he would support it.  So?

It’s actually the road to his continued stay at the White House, he thinks.  Why else would he feel the need to go there, since the last president to actually deliberately go to Puerto Rico on official presidential business went there in 1961?  In all fairness to him, Mr. Obama did visit Puerto Rico in 2008 prior to his election and promised he’d return if he was elected.  Interestingly enough, he was so busy destroying America’s economy that he had to wait until after he announced that he was running for re-election before revisiting the folks down there.

On another front, Department of Justice front man Eric Holder, is having some problems because of the situation that has risen from the guns that were allowed/encouraged to be purchased from legitimate gun shops in the southern portion of the United States only to wind up in the hands of drug cartel members.  We now know that at least one of those weapons was used to kill a U.S. Border Patrol Agent.

I guess the program was called “Fast and Furious” and since it has a name, it was obviously known by officials in the Federal gov’t (except Eric Holder, I guess, who had no clue, apparently).  During the ongoing hearings, Senator Issa got pretty heated at the fact that one individual supplied “evidence” which turned out to be a nearly blacked out (redacted) page of information.  Of course, a Democrat was right there to take Senator Issa to task for his demeanor saying that no one deserved to be treated like that.  I guess that particular Democrat does not really see the gravity of the situation in the fact that a Border Patrol Agent is now dead.  Issa is correct.  He should be angry at the stonewalling and he is being paid to get to the bottom of things.

In fact, known anti-gunners from Congress are also on the committee and quickly tried to turn the whole debacle into a way to push for even more anti-gun and gun control laws.  Issa stepped into straighten at least one individual out, who turns out to be Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Democrat of New York.

Attention:  this is YOUR government at work with respect to “Fast and Furious”:  “In 2009, A.T.F.’s Phoenix office began Fast and Furious, in which agents monitored but did not disrupt the sale of guns from American stores to suspected “straw purchasers,” people who obtain guns for criminal organizations. The goal was to track the guns to a major drug cartel.

“About 2,000 to 2,500 weapons were sold in this way, according to the committee’s investigation.” [1]

Isn’t that exciting?  So, what the ATF learned is what they already knew: guns could get to the drug cartels through straw purchases made in the United States.  Unfortunately, in spite of the fact that it took the ATF to watch 2,500 guns go south, there was never any way to actually prosecute the drug cartels since the ATF does not have jurisdiction in Mexico.  I suppose they could have tried to prosecute the people who bought the weapons, but most of them are probably gone.  For the ones that are left, it would need to be proven that they actually intended to make a straw purchase, as opposed to having their weapons “stolen” after the purchase.  What a huge waste of taxpayer dollars to fund “Fast and Furious.”

Any idea how many guns are illegal to purchase in the state of California because they are not on the approved Department of Justice list?  They are illegal mainly because they did not pass California’s “drop test,” which means that the gun manufacturer did not want to provide the state of California with the requested number of the same gun model so the state could put it through its paces (by dropping them with fully loaded magazines and/or cylinders) to see if they would accidentally go off when dropped.  This amounted to thousands of dollars that the gun manufacturers would have to “eat” because of the gun give-away to California.  In some cases, rather than submit the guns for this type of testing, the guns are only sold to law enforcement officials (I guess it doesn’t matter if they drop their weapon, with the potential result that it may accidentally go off).

At any rate, though I cannot purchase many guns here in old Kommyfornia, our own ATF of the Federal gov’t allowed/encouraged legitimate gun store owners to deliberately/knowingly sell guns that they knew were simply straw purchases (purchased by someone to be given or sold to someone else who is not eligible to buy one) to the tune of nearly 2,500 weapons!  That is two thousand, five hundred WEAPONS that likely entered the hands of the drug cartels.  In the process, at least one Border Patrol person was killed, likely with one of those guns.  Why the ATF needed to allow THAT many guns to be sold to drug cartel people by way of straw purchases is beyond me.  By the way, the ATF essentially forced gun dealers to break the law, though a number of them would not follow through.

I have read horror stories about the abuses of the ATF against American citizens that have never been made right by our government.  On numerous occasions, in spite of the fact that legitimate gun dealers in this country had all their paperwork in order, every “t” crossed, and every “i” dotted, the ATF has gone into specific establishments based on nothing more than hearsay, handcuffed the owner, totally trashed his inventory, took everything and anything they wanted and then left without arresting anyone, without stating a crime had been committed, and without due process.  This is America, yet there are certain departments in our government that are apparently not aware of that because of the way they routinely treat American citizens.

Regarding “Fast and Furious,” here is what one Web site reported, “Because it is extraordinarily difficult for American authorities to prosecute criminals in Mexico, lawmakers and A.T.F. witnesses questioned the rationale of the Fast and Furious strategy.

“Two agents from the bureau’s Phoenix field division, John Dodson and Peter Forcelli, said they had been repeatedly shut down when they questioned their superiors about the operation.

“The question that I can’t answer for you is the ‘why,’ ” Mr. Dodson told the committee. “It was relayed to me that they didn’t have to explain anything.” [2]

So Eric Holder is on the hot seat because he is head of the Department of Justice (lately, an oxymoron to be sure).  We’ll see how things turn out, but as long as we have individuals on the hearings committee who are there simply to pursue their efforts to outlaw all guns, this committee may ultimately get mired down in its own muddiness.

So far, we have Mr. Obama who believes that if he says it, it’s true, Eric Holder who believes that if he says he doesn’t know anything, then people will leave him alone, and finally, there is Janet Napolitano, head of Homeland Security.  Ah, what a gem.

She recently stated that there is absolutely no reason to profile young Muslim men regarding any terrorist involvement.  Here is her exact quote:

You’re not using good logic there. You’ve got to use actual intelligence that you received. And, so, you might — all you’ve given me is a kind of status. You have not given me a technique for tactic or behavior. Something that would suggest somebody is not Muslim, but Islamic, that has actually moved into the category of violent extremists,” [3]

First of all, that is absolutely reprehensible English.  Where was she educated?  It makes no sense.  I think  what she is trying to say is that just because someone is a Muslim (status), that is no reason to assume they are Islamic (violent extremist).  Those who agree with her would bring up Timothy McVeigh, to which she would respond, “Right, and of course, we would not want to profile young white men just because of Timothy McVeigh.”  Well, she and others probably would like to profile young white men, but it would amount to nothing, as far as terrorism is concerned.

What Napolitano is saying is that just because there are young Muslim males, does not mean that they are radical Islamists.  This is true, but let’s look at the record.

Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch responded to this lunacy by stating, “it’s only a coincidence that Khalid Aldawsari, the would-be jihad mass murderer in Lubbock, Texas; Muhammad Hussain, the would-be jihad bomber in Baltimore; Mohamed Mohamud, the would-be jihad bomber in Portland; Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square jihad mass-murderer; Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, the Arkansas military recruiting station jihad murderer; Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be Christmas airplane jihad bomber; and so many other jihad murderers and would-be murderers were all Muslim men under age 35. Remember: Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood jihad mass-murderer, is 40! So Napolitano is right!” [4]

I suppose that this is why I routinely see elderly white and Asian people being patted down, frisked, and everything else at the airports.  I recall how many terrorists have been arrested who have been old white and Asian people, so the rationale for profiling these individuals at airports certainly seems to make sense.

In truth, if any of them were terrorists and they had explosive devices strapped to them, I’m quite certain that they would wind up blowing themselves up long before they actually got to the airport because of how slowly they actually move.  My heart goes out to these people.  Here they are, routinely hobbling toward security, inwardly sighing that sigh of impending doom, knowing they will once again, be stripped of their honor and dignity all because they had that darn hip replaced!  Oh why didn’t they just become decrepit, instead of trying to walk upright in their twilight years?  Why, oh why…

So, if we stop to think about it, we really have some absolute morons in our Federal gov’t.  We’ve always known that, but to see it on display like this is truly embarrassing.  Just think, this latest round of abject idiots is all due to the fact that the majority of people in the United States thought that Mr. Obama would be a far better president than his predecessor.  Not only were those people wrong, but they refuse to admit it, which makes it even more criminal.

If I see one more car with “Obama 2012,” I may seriously think about giving them the evil eye.  Okay, okay, I won’t.  After all, I am a Christian; an authentic one at that!  I also know that God is in control.

It just really gets my goat sometimes to think about the hijinks and antics of our politicians these days.  Our economy is going fully down the tubes, and all Mr. Obama can do is continue to blame Mr. Bush and waltz off to Puerto Rico for a taco, a handshake, and tequila (I have no idea if that’s what he ate or drank; it’s a figure of speech).  All Eric Holder can do is promote “his people,” and tell the rest of the Americans to “lay off” bothering “his people,” while Janet Napolitano has nothing better to do but speak in terms that may sound convincing (to her) but she’s really fooling no one.  We all know that she’s just a puppet with no power, no authority, but brings in a really nice paycheck.

Well, hopefully, things will turn around for America soon and hopefully, some conservative person will step up to the plate and really stand heads above the crowd for our next presidential election.  It certainly seems to me that Mr. Obama is losing a great deal of steam.  I guess that’s why he needed to go to Puerto Rico, to rouse the Hispanic vote.  Even though Puerto Ricans do not vote for the president of the United State, they can recommend to their friends and relatives in this country!  Yee haw!

[1] http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/16/us/16guns.html?_r=1

[2] Ibid

[3] http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/06/09/napolitano_no_logic_in_profiling_muslim_men_under_the_age_of_35.html

[4] http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/06/napolitano-no-logic-in-profiling-muslim-men-under-age-35.html

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