Daily Archives: October 11, 2013
I Refuse To Negotiate…
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Ted Cruz Heckled During Speech, Calls Protesters ‘Obama’s Paid Political Operatives’
10/11/13 – While speaking Friday morning at the Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C., Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was heckled multiple times, each time rattling off a one-liner blaming the protesters on the president and pro-Obama activist group Organizing for Action (OFA). According to reports from the event, Cruz was interrupted by six different hecklers, each escorted from the room. Huffington Post reporter Jon Ward seems to suggest they were “pro-immigration reform” activists — not there to protest the shutdown — but none of the hecklers have been identified.
After each protester was spotted and removed from the room, Cruz came back with a series of quips attempting to blame their presence on either the president himself or OFA:
“It seems President Obama’s paid political operatives are out in force today.”
“In the course of this speech, we’ve heard more questions than the president has taken in the last year.”
“Is anyone left at the Organizing for America headquarters?”
“I’m actually glad the president’s whole political staff is here instead of doing mischief in the country!”
For a few of the hecklers, the crowd chanted “USA! USA!” in order to drown them out. Other reports claim some in the crowd chanted “Shut up! Shut up!” as well.
Termites In Blue
By: Blasted Fools
Editor’s Note: If you’ve been reading my columns for awhile, one thing you’ve noticed is that I seldom if ever, jump on a story or a national headline for commentary the first day – sometimes not for days, sometimes not for over a week or more. The main reason is that the information reported by the legacy media is either incomplete or turns out to be materially incorrect with regards to vital facts. This ‘best practice’ of mine has served me well – so well, that I’ve only been snakebitten a few times. On stories like Benghazi or Trayvon Martin, it’s the Wild, Wild, West when the story breaks, because the network that is first, does a hatchet job with the timeline and circumstances in order to achieve a ‘two-fer’ – a story that fits the liberal narrative and that is sensationalized. The other hazard is a public official who serves up distortions ranging from gross inaccuracies all the way up to outright lies. That, we recall, was the case with Benghazi, and all the truth still hasn’t been wrung out of that event. Since I am not a reporter, but someone who probes the details of a story for insights that are not in wide currency, I insist on settled facts. Such is the case with the Henry Hudson Parkway bike gang assault.
If not for the value of a brisk title, I might have named this post ‘Termites In Blue, Black and Red‘, because we have representations of destructive pests in all hues; corrupt and felonious players within the NYPD, Black bike club members and an infamous bloodsucking leach that appears at press conferences in her patented Red legal ensembles. In the follow up to the rampage in Manhattan by the punk bike club / gang ‘Hollywood Stuntz’, in which the public streets of New York City were besieged and a family was terrorized, some remarkable, but not entirely unforeseen circumstances have developed. In this, yet again, I had a sense that as the evidence unraveled, we’d see an avalanche of irresponsibility and neglect on the part of the authorities. There’s a Cherry on top of this Sundae, however, and that is the emergence of media whore, Gloria Allred. There’s also a hero that most of you are not familiar with – as well as many other details that have been meagerly reported at best.
The major aftershock of the viral account of marauding bikers, the critically injured motorcyclist and the dad beaten nearly to unconsciousness for trying to protect his family, is the arrest of an off-duty NYC cop, who was among the attackers.
Cop turned Hoodlum in a Hoodie. Those hoodies get around, don’t they?
Wojciech Braszczok, 32, was part of the motorcycle rally on Sept. 29. As The Associated Press says, the rally “began with a reckless motorcycle group ride on a Manhattan highway … [and ended when] one motorcyclist was run over, and the SUV driver was dragged from behind the wheel and beaten on a street.” New York Police Department spokesman John McCarthy confirmed the arrest. The AP says NYPD internal affairs “began looking into the undercover detective’s conduct because he didn’t report having been at the rally until three days later. The expectation that police officers will act if they see crimes isn’t the same for undercover officers.” McCarthy says video evidence allegedly shows that Braszczok, who was off-duty at the time of the incident, “shattered the window [of the SUV] with his gloved hand.”
Compounding Braszczok’s problems is that he’s lied about his involvement in the incident. The New York Post says, “Braszczok told authorities that he pulled up toward the end of the beating, leaving him no time to help victim Alexian Lien or his terrified wife and 2-year-old daughter in the SUV, sources said.” Braszczok did nothing to stop the assault, prosecutors said. He didn’t call 911 and didn’t report it to his superiors for two days, and then when he did, he lied about it, Assistant District Attorney Samantha Turino said. At first Braszczok told investigators he didn’t see the attack, then changed his story to say he saw it but didn’t participate, she said.
But the involvement of Braszczok, is not where NYPD’s problems end. It’s just where they begin. The U.K.’s Daily Mail reveals:
At least five off-duty New York Police Department officers have admitted being present at the savage revenge beating last weekend on the Henry Hudson Parkway, according to reports. Among the off duty cops were at least two detectives and three other officers, all who witnessed the attack and did little to stop it. One of the detectives, an undercover narcotics officer, watched as the violence broke out and chose not to break it up for fear of ruining his cover. The five officers were not the only ones present – WABC is reporting that the NYPD is investigating whether several off-duty corrections officers were also there. Police who saw the violent attack did not begin coming forward until Wednesday – four days later.
There’s another remarkable nugget here concerning the rogue police aspect of this story. Back in August, according to media reports, a Queens prosecutor and her boyfriend, an NYPD detective, were busted for fighting with cops, who were trying to keep their verbal battle from turning physical. Off-duty Detective Samir Gonsalves, 34, and Assistant DA Jacqueline Rizk were screaming at each other on Steinway Street in Astoria at 10:15 a.m. when cops, alerted by a cabby, arrived. The on-duty officers attempted to calm down the brawling lovebirds. Gonsalves pushed one of the officers and was wrestled to the ground, cops said. While his colleagues were cuffing Gonsalves, of Brooklyn’s 88th Precinct, Rizk allegedly jumped on a cop’s back.
So here we have two of the elements of which we will shortly be learning more in terms of their contributions to the setting that led to the incident on September 29th – NYPD and NYC Prosecutors. Detective Gonsalves’ involvement with the bike rampage raises even more questions. Gonsalves assaults other officers in early August and is released on zero bail and then lo and behold, we find that he is one of the antagonists that attacked Lien and his family!
Beyond that, the police were familiar with the kind of element that was wilding that Sunday. The ‘Hollywood Stuntz’ club / gang are reputed to have been involved in attacking motorists before this event. This same group of bikers descended on New York City and clogged up Times Square last year, acknowledged Police Commissioner Kelly. This year officers prevented the mob on wheels from entering Times Square and arrested 15 bikers, seized 55 bikes and wrote 68 summons. Just a parenthetical note – why do you suppose that 55 bikes were seized? Couldn’t have to do with most of them being stolen? There was another bike gang participating in this spree as well – a Black gang named the ‘Front Line Soldiers’ hailing from New Rochelle, NJ. Front Line Soldiers? What a travesty. Here’s the graphic headlining their Facebook page – with their insignia upper right, y’all:
‘Colors’ in the jargon of the gang culture, are the insignias and distinctive attire, which displayed, is a provocation to rival gangs.
NYPD dispatchers received over 200 complaints from residents in the areas the thugs dispersed to. Now, I ask you – how reasonable is it to think that the scores of punks involved on this invasion of Manhattan, are going to give up and peacefully return home? It isn’t, but the negligence of NYPD led to the remnants of this mobile pack of cretins adopting plan B – finding unprotected roadways in the city and other motorists to harass. Interestingly, NYPD’s 34th Precinct Division is only 2 blocks from the scene of the attack on the family. Well, we all know what happened next, but there’s more behind this you most likely haven’t heard. For one, several of the perps had extensive criminal records and have been dealt with gingerly by the courts and New York City prosecutors in previous run-ins.
Edwin Mieses, the rider who appears to be paralyzed, is (surprise, surprise), not the angel that his new lawyer, Gloria Allred represents him to be in her media appearances. Mieses is first of all not licensed, nor has ever been licensed to ride a motorbike on public roadways, in any state – let alone his home state of Massachusetts. Moreover, he doesn’t have a legal driver’s license for any type of vehicle and wouldn’t have been reviewed by Massachusetts for permission to drive until 2017! Well, scrap that date at this point, I would guess. But we’re not done. He’s been arrested twice for driving without a license and in 2001, was sentenced to a year in jail for said offense. But that’s spitting on the sidewalk stuff, compared to the other trouble Ms. Allred’s client has been in. The Boston Herald reviewed Mieses full criminal record. It is six pages long and includes convictions for drugs, guns, attaching plates and destruction of property.
Keep that in mind when you hear Mieses family members bemoaning Edwin’s fate – family members such as Mieses sister Margie Mejia. “I don’t condone the violence, there’s no need for it, but I’m glad they chased him down and they stopped him (the driver, Alexian Lien)”, says Margie. So, she’s glad they chased him down, well, because you know, what’s the point in letting the terrorized family get somewhere safe where they can securely alert authorities? No, evidently mob vigilantism is the standard in Margie’s ‘hood’. When someone utters the phrase, “I don’t condone the violence” and then tags on the word, but – that means that actually yes, they do condone the violence.
Let’s look also at the backgrounds of the other punks that were involved and have been taken into custody so far. The New York Post, in a breakdown of Reginald Chance’s prior arrests confirm that Chance is a seasoned career criminal with an extensive rap list.
Junk justice left him free to raise hell after an April drug deal near a Brooklyn school. Chance had allegedly sold cocaine through a middleman to an undercover cop in Bed-Stuy. A warrant was later executed on an apartment Chance was in and turned up cocaine, pot and a loaded handgun. Chance was busted and hit with gun and drug raps and faced more than 25 years’ prison. But Brooklyn prosecutors dropped the gun rap when Chance was indicted. Under a sweetheart plea bargain overseen by Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Suzanne Mondo, all the remaining felony drug charges against Chance were also dropped.
Reginald Chance at his arraignment and his impressive mastery of sign language.
The attorneys for these snakes on Suzukis, are quite the trip as well. Typical is Reginald Chance‘s lawyer, Gregory Watts who said that his client was justified in attempting to catch up with Alexian Lien after he knocked down fellow biker Edwin Mieses and then fleeing. “It is entirely reasonable to try and identify the driver after a motor-vehicle accident.” Maybe, if that was all that had happened, but it wasn’t, Mr. Watts. Nevertheless Watts went on to add that Chance, who when finally catching up with Lien, went on to smash Lien’s window a number of times with his helmet was merely “over excited”. Evidently, just as one man’s ceiling is another man’s floor; one man’s criminal road rage is another man’s ‘over excitement’.
Another biker, Craig Wright of Brooklyn, 29 was charged with gang assault, police say. A police spokesperson John McCarthy went on to disclose that Craig Wright, punched Lien through the broken window and joined in stomping him on the street. A judge set Wright’s bail at $100,000. Wright’s license tag was visible in the video — which hasn’t been released to the media — and his uncle identified him for authorities. It also emerged that Craig Wright in March pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended license. He was also convicted in Virginia in 2005 for reckless driving.
Then there’s Robert Sims. Robert Sims, 35, who allegedly grabbed the SUV’s door about five minutes into the video, turned himself in to police Friday in Brooklyn, NYPD officials said. He faces charges of gang assault, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, according to police. Sims was arrested in 1998 for possession of a loaded firearm and a samurai sword, and he served eight months in jail, police said.
There’s some obvious cracks in the revolving door justice system that put citizens at needless risk. Why can’t we get a break? Why do we have people with low-level (not felony) drug convictions taking up space in jails and prisons, when the kind of swine you saw in the video footage of this attack, are turned out again and again? Could it have anything to do with the prosecutors and judges, not having to live in areas where their benefactors are operating their game? Gated, guarded communities go a long way toward making the criminal element seem nothing more than an abstraction it seems. Other arrests have been subsequently made, and although none of the media reports have detailed whether the latest parties have criminal records. The bail amounts involved however, $150,000 average, suggest that it is likely.
If this weren’t such a tragedy and traumatic experience for the victims, the behavior of the attorneys of the ‘alleged’ perpetrators, could be considered high comedy. To listen to each of the attorneys claiming that their client had no role in the attack on Alexian Lien, you’d have to assume that Mr. Lien punched, kicked and stomped himself into near unconsciousness. Concurrent with that, is the time honored lawyer media tactic of asserting that “it wasn’t my client, it was one of the other participants”. Uh-huh. The emergence of Gloria Allred – the opportunistic shrew that she is – and who will attempt to extort money from the Lien family by accusing Mr. Lien of provoking the incident – will turn this into yet another exploitative media circus, custom fabricated for the cable TV vultures. Goody, the family gets to be victimized twice. The only downside, I suspect, is that no one was murdered, but Allred doesn’t need a murder to organize a freak show, starring herself.
Apparently, the involvement of law enforcement officers in street and motorcycle gangs is not unheard of elsewhere, but one hopes it is not an emerging trend. Consider this report from the Prescott, AZ Daily Courier:
“Incident reports from the Prescott Police Department paint a picture of an unruly scene inside a Whiskey Row bar where a fight allegedly occurred Dec. 22, 2012, between members of a police motorcycle club and a bar patron. The Iron Brotherhood Motorcycle Club is a men’s group made up of active and retired law enforcement officers from Prescott and Prescott Valley police departments, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, DPS and other law enforcement agencies throughout the state.
Witnesses told police that after Iron Brotherhood Motorcycle Club members entered Moctezuma’s Bar on Dec. 22, some members fought with a bar patron, then swung at bar employees trying to break it up. One witness told investigating officers she jumped behind the bar because men wearing black vests “were coming up to the bar” and “everybody was swinging at everybody.” Another witness said “he did not know what to do, because he knew the group of bikers to be police officers,” according to PPD reports.
Earlier that evening, about 20 Iron Brotherhood members wearing black vests displaying their club’s name held a party with wives and girlfriends in a back room at Hooligan’s Pub. Witnesses told officers “they were a rowdy group,” the bar “cut off about 90 percent of them from alcohol by the time the party ended,” and “the whole group was acting like some outlaw motorcycle gang,” the police reports state.”
And in Chicago in November 2011, two officers of the Chicago Police Department were arrested and indicted on armed robbery charges stemming from their involvement with the Latin Kings street gang. Some of the robberies were done while the defendants were in police uniforms!
Ah, but I promised you a hero and a hero you shall have. First though, it is important to factor into this incident that the wife of the driver and her baby were nearly victims of felony assault. “Our plan last Sunday was to celebrate our wedding anniversary by having a nice family day out with our two-year-old daughter,” Rosalyn Ng’s statement reads. “Unfortunately, instead, we were placed in grave danger by a mob of reckless and violent motorcyclists.”
That’s putting it mildly. Alexian Lien’s wife and child were shielded from physical harm, not by any of the cowards among the cowardly mob, or undercover ‘law enforcement’ officers who were aiding and abetting the proceedings, but by an unarmed gentlemen in the neighborhood on his way to church. Once they trapped the vehicle, the thugs even tried to grab Lien’s wife, who was inside with the couple’s 2-year-old, a witness who’s being hailed as a good Samaritan said Sunday.
“We saw one of them opening the door of the passenger’s side and trying to force the lady out of the car,” said Sergio Consuegra, 52, who jumped between the dad and the bikers. Consuegra said he was on his way to church when he saw the riders start bashing the car at W. 178th St. and St. Nicholas Ave. and trying to pull Roselyn Ng out. “She had the baby in her arms, I guess she was protecting the baby from all the glass that was flying inside and outside,” Consuegra says. “At that moment, nobody’s stepping in.”
Consuegra decided that it was up to him. “I said, ‘Oh, I gotta do something, there’s a family in danger here,’” He had been on his way to a prayer meeting. He recalls that he felt God was with him as he stepped up and extended his arms. He was the very opposite of a cowardly mob. “That’s it, guys, let it go, “ he cried out. “Let it go.” He recalls meeting the gaze of the assailants—him peering into their eyes, them peering into his for a tense and eternal moment. They backed down and it was over.
That’s the real message in this story. It only takes one man to stand up to a pack of cowards, who would never risk the consequences of their behavior if not running in a pack. Perhaps the best summation of this turbulent assault, was one I read in the comments section of one of the media reports, written by a individual named Will Harper:
“No sympathy for these thugs. I’ve been riding since I was 13 and this is one of the reasons I rarely ride in a large group. The testosterone-driven or psychotic often see a group ride as a stage and the escalation of bad behavior becomes a threat to the group and others along the way. Same as in any mob situation. Throw the book at them and any others who stood by and watched it happen. As far as the rider who was run over, no sympathy there either. The road does not belong to self appointed vigilantes. Sitting on your bike in front of a vehicle in the middle of a public road is nothing more than arrogance and / or a death wish.”
The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results – 10/11/13
Honoring the Trucker’s March on DC
The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and we have the results for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.
“Quem deus vult perdere, dementat prius” (“Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.”) – Euripedes
This week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s The Shut Down, And The Madness Of King Obama, is my take on the current shutdown, the battle over ObamaCare and the debt ceiling and the spiteful and dysfunctional behavior of the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Here’s a slice:
This shutdown is an amazing spectacle. And what it reveals about what America has become and about the state of our leadership would be sit-com worthy, except that it’s happening in real life as I write this, and isn’t funny in the least.
Government shutdowns are not all that unique – Democrat Tip O’Neill shut down the government eight times during the Regan administration, supposedly the Golden Age of ‘bi-partisanship’. And during the Clinton years, the government was shut down twice after Clinton rejected the budget. And here’s a fun fact. Popular mythology to the contrary, out of the 17 times the government has shut down, Democrats are much more prone to shut the government down than Republicans. The Democrats controlled the House during 15 of these shut downs and actually controlled both houses of Congress during 8 of them.
But what’s unique this time is that this is the first time a President and a majority leader from his party have absolutely refused to negotiate at all. In fact, President Obama has been almost totally disengaged, except for fits of explosive rhetoric aimed at ‘radical Republicans’ and the Tea Party. In contrast, both President Reagan and President Clinton were very hands on and seemed to acknowledge and even enjoy at times the give and take of negotiating as part of the job.
President Obama, in contrast, feels he shouldn’t even have to.
In an amazing instance of hubris, he actually went to the extent of finally inviting members of Congress to a meeting…for the sole purpose of telling them he wasn’t going to negotiate! Thank you, good night.
Another thing that unique about this shutdown is the off the charts rhetoric and actions emanating from the White House and its allies in Congress and the media towards anyone whom has the temerity to try and even suggest that the White House might need to negotiate some kind of compromise.
The President, Harry Reid and the Democrat caucus are even refusing to allow bills to come to a vote that would fund things like pay for veterans, the National Institute of health, and PX’s on military bases… while the president’s golf course remains open.
Countless monuments and facilities that have never been closed in previous shut downs have been deliberately closed by the White House with an eye towards using this for political gain to demonize his opposition. It’s almost an extension of President Obama’s use of the IRS against those he perceives as his political enemies.
The monument in Washington to America’s WWII vets, a monument funded by private donations had no fence at all around. On the day of the shutdown, veterans visiting the monument to their heroism found the monument blocked off by barriers and manned, as Senator Rand Paul quipped ‘with more security than Obama had at Benghazi’. The vets, with the aid of a number of GOP congressman stormed the barriers.
Today, they were threatened with arrest and arrived to find the barrier wired shut to keep them out.
Even the D-Day beaches and cemeteries have been shut down. Along with a number of privately funded, privately run parks, who are being ordered by the White House to shut down ‘to be consistent with National Parks services’. The president’s private retreat at Camp David remains open, of course.
The president didn’t even shrink at threatening seniors that they wouldn’t receive their social security checks if he didn’t get his way.
Federal agencies are deliberately blocking access to a number of government websites, something that obviously has nothing to do with any lack of funding.
Even the Grand Canyon has been closed down by Obama’s diktat – after the State of Arizona actually offered to pay to keep it open.
The idea here is obvious – to make things unnecessarily painful for as many Americans as possible and try to spin it politically as the fault of ‘those evil Republicans’. It is a despicable tactic, and it says volumes about the kind of person President Obama is.
President Obama has also had the help of a number of his minions in the media. Andrew Sullivan and Salon’s Joan Walsh, among others have no problem putting the whole thing down to racism. Of course, that kind of attitude reveals a pretty racist mindset of its own, the belief that a president shouldn’t be held to the same standards simply because he happens to be black, but that’s meaningless in itself because I doubt even they believe racism is behind this. It’s merely a convenient tool to use to demonize people they disagree with, and it resonates with people who want to believe it.
In fact, in a particularly funny exchange, MSNBC lunatic Martin Bashir raved on the air about ‘how long it was going to be until Obama was called an angry black man’…only to have the ObamaBot site ‘The Root’ call for the president to tap his inner angry black man!
Others have referred to the Tea Party ‘jihad’, the ‘Tea Party shutdown‘, called Republicans ‘radicals’ ‘deluded’ ‘bananna Republicans‘ arsonists and worse. And these are not people on the fringe,but mainstream writers working for mainstream media outlets.
The similarity in the venom of the rhetoric and messaging make it pretty obvious this is being co-ordinated out of the White House, like it always has been.
So aside from that, what’s really going on here?
More at the link.
In our non-Council category, the winner was Dan Carter over at Richochet with When The Bleeding Heart Becomes The Iron Fist, submitted by Nice Deb. It’s an excellent summing up of what we’re living through. Read it.
Okay, here are this week’s full results. Only The Mellow Jihadi was unable to vote this week but was not subject to the usual 2/3 vote penalty:
- *First place with 3 2/3 votes! – Joshuapundit – The Shut Down, And The Madness Of King Obama
- Second place with 2 votes – The Noisy Room – Obama: “I Won’t Violate The Constitution, Unless You Make Me…”
- Second place *t* with 2 votes – The Razor – The Razor Celebrates 12 Years Online
- Third place with 1 1/3 votes – Nice Deb – The Great Government ShutDown Is Becoming Public Relations Debacle For Regime
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – Bookworm Room – Los Angeles Times decides what’s true and what’s false when it comes to climate change and Obamacare
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – The Right Planet – Shutdown America
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – Liberty’s Spirit – Getting Through the #Barrycades; “OccupyAmerica versus #SpiteHouse, #DNCBullies and #GOPWhiners
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Colossus of Rhodey – Today’s edition of “What comic book creators think of you”
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Simply Jews – Bob Mugabe, Mossad, Nikuv, Forward and its lame anti-Zionist paskudnyaks
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – The Glittering Eye – Shutdown Roundup
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – The Mellow Jihadi – “Ayo Gorkhali!” Gurkha war cry
- *First place with 2 1/3 votes! – Dan Carter/Richochet – When The Bleeding Heart Becomes The Iron Fist submitted by Nice Deb
- Second place with 2 votes – YouTube – Sen. Ted Cruz with Candy Crowley on CNN’s State of the Union submitted by Joshuapundit
- Third place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – Mark Steyn – Shutdown Simulacrum submitted by The Noisy Room
- Fourth place *t* with 1 1/3 votes – Richard Fernandez/PJMedia – The Plight Of The Navigator submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Fourth place *t* with 1 1/3 votes- Ross Kaminsky/American Spectator – He’s Just Not That Clever submitted by The Watcher
- Fifth place *t* with 1 vote – The Compass – Al Qaeda Goes Global submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Fifth place *t* with 1 vote – WSJ – Review And Outlook – Eric Holder’s 2014 Racial Politics submitted by Liberty’s Spirit
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Matt Walsh – An Open Letter To President Obama submitted by The Right Planet
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Mick Hartley – As Despicable as Arses submitted by Simply Jews
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion – You have to understand, they are not his enemies submitted by Rhymes With Right
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Commentator – It’s not BBC bias against Israel; it’s hate submitted by The Watcher
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – Natural Born Conservative – Give Up 300,000 Federal Workers… and then we’ll talk. submitted by The Colossus Of Rhodey
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – Melanie Phillips – Yes! The science is settled! Even MORE sunshine can be extracted from cucumbers! submitted by Bookworm Room
See you next week! Don’t forget to tune in on Monday AM for this week’s Watcher’s Forum, as the Council and their invited special guests take apart one of the provocative issues of the day with short takes and weigh in… don’t you dare miss it. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter… ’cause we’re cool like that!
Sen. Ted Cruz on Defunding Obamacare and Ending Harry Reid’s Shutdown on Crossfire
Van Jones, just shut up already. Why, in the world, why would we listen to an avowed commie try and stomp on a true Conservative? Lie after lie after lie… The ‘whole party’ has not moved on and Cruz represents the majority of Americans. Take your Marxist pablum and stuff it.
Dick Armey and the Progressives on the Right – Conservative Betrayal
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Cross-Posted at Right Wing News
This week, Glenn Beck revealed a story that I knew of some time ago — not all the details, but the gist of it. When it occurred last year, I was horrified. But I believed that it would sort itself out in the end. I saw some negative fallout, but FreedomWorks seems to have recovered or is in the process of doing so. They are a wonderful organization and Constitutional Conservatives need them and the Senate Conservatives Fund led by Jim DeMint badly. These are the good guys and the Progressives on the Right are intent on taking them out. This story is now timely, because the coup that occurred in FreedomWorks last year during the election, is now being attempted in Congress.
From Glenn Beck:
It all began, Beck said, in what he believes was late August when he was getting ready to do a number of events with FreedomWorks.
“It’s about 4:00 in the afternoon and I get a call from the president of FreedomWorks, Matt Kibbe, and I can hear the distress in his voice,” Beck said. “[Kibbe said], ‘Glenn, I’ve just been escorted out of my office by armed guards and told not to come back.’”
Kibbe added that he wasn’t the only one forcefully escorted out, and that they had been hijacked, so to speak, by the “old guard” GOP establishment.
“There was a coup during the election, and it was powerful,” Beck said. “They were trying to get rid of the libertarian, Tea Party-minded power players, and first and foremost on that hit list was Matt Kibbe and his allies. They didn’t like the fact that FreedomWorks was cleaning house in the GOP…that they were targeting people like Orrin Hatch. It didn’t sit well with the Karl Roves of the GOP world…”
An unnamed leader of FreedomWorks then called Beck and tried to blame the carried out thuggishness on Kibbe’s actions. Beck didn’t fall for it. I’ll name names here – that caller was Dick Armey. For years, I’ve heard that Armey was of the old Republican guard. I was willing to give him another chance in FreedomWorks to redeem himself. He failed in a spectacular fashion. After he was himself removed and the other Progressives were chased out, he ran straight to Media Matters and Progressives on the Right such as Karl Rove and Mitch McConnell.
“His face never saw the light of day on my program,” Beck said. “I hung up the phone with him, the next day I called board members of FreedomWorks… and we said we support the libertarian voice, and if you allow this coup to sit, we’re done and we’ll expose it.”
“It wasn’t even a week later the board took a vote and decided to reinstate Matt Kibbe as president,” Beck said. “All the libertarians that had been escorted out – reinstated all of them, and then escorted the leader of this coup and his cronies out the door for good.”
This drama was covered by The Washington Post and Mother Jones, two liberal Progressive rags who delighted in what they saw as a victory for Marxism.
From John Galt comes more clarity on the events:
The article from the Washington Post is more than happy to illustrate how a wealthy benefactor Richard J. Stephenson bought off former Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey to keep him away from the group for a healthy sum of money:
The coup lasted all of six days. By Sept. 10, Armey was gone — with a promise of $8 million — and the five ousted employees were back. The force behind their return was Richard J. Stephenson, a reclusive Illinois millionaire who has exerted increasing control over one of Washington’s most influential conservative grass-roots organizations.
Stephenson, the founder of the for-profit Cancer Treatment Centers of America and a director on the FreedomWorks board, agreed to commit $400,000 per year over 20 years in exchange for Armey’s agreement to leave the group.
I guess even mercenaries have a price to quit a war while they are unscathed and ahead.
Unfortunately, Armey will put that money to evil use against Conservatives. Bet on it.
Mitch McConnell and Peter King have both ruthlessly attacked Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. They hate them because they are part of the Tea Party movement and stand on Constitutional principles. Can’t have that in DC – they don’t want the people to have the power and the say – that belongs to the elite don’t ya know. The power and money involved in this tussle is monumental and the Progressives on the Right are absolutely corrupt. They are the same as the Progressives on the Left – they are Marxists and want the destruction of all the Founding Fathers stood for and America on her knees, so they can reform the government, realign the power structure and ensure their continued and increasing wealth. It’s Mr. Potter a trillion fold.
From the twisted reporting of the AP, you can see the approach of a titanic clash (it seems I add to the list of Progressives on the Right for the next book every day):
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.
The Republican establishment also is signaling a willingness to strike back at the tea party in next fall’s elections.
“It’s time for someone to act like a grown-up in this process,” former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu argues, faulting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and tea party Republicans in the House as much as President Barack Obama for taking an uncompromising stance.
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is just as pointed, saying this about the tea party-fueled refusal to support spending measures that include money for Obama’s health care law: “It never had a chance.”
The anger emanating from Republicans like Sununu and Barbour comes just three years after the GOP embraced the insurgent political group and rode its wave of new energy to return to power in the House.
A war is brewing in which we will either rid the GOP of the Progressive leaches and send them the way of the Whigs, or we will go down trying and the nation will fall under iron-fisted despotic rule. We must find and elect Conservatives that embrace truly Conservatives ideals as Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and a host of others do. We have to kick butt by a huge majority in 2014 and 2016. Let’s send these fascist thugs back to hell where they belong sipping their martinis and plotting world domination. Dick Armey and the Progressives on the Right will be dining in Hades with the Left, mulling their Conservative betrayal. Constitutional Conservatives – you ready for a fight?