Whodunit: The case of the missing EPA “crucifixion” video

posted at 11:21 am on April 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

First you see it — then you don’t.  When Senator James Inhofe’s office discovered video of EPA administrator Al Armendariz on YouTube telling an audience that he liked the Roman approach to regulatory enforcement that entailed crucifying the first four or five people as a lesson to all the others, they clipped out the segment and put it up on YouTube themselves.  Now the “citizen media activist” who first posted the video has claimed that Inhofe’s office violated his copyright and demanded that YouTube pull the video … which they did:

Sen. Jim Inhofe’s staff wants to know more about why YouTube took down a video that showed an EPA regional administrator comparing the agency’s enforcement philosophy to Roman crucifixions.

The takedown, which POLITICO noticed early Friday, apparently took place at the behest of a “citizen media” activist who had originally posted the video on YouTube, Inhofe spokesman Matt Dempsey said by email.

Dempsey said the video of EPA Region 6 Administrator Al Armendariz originally came from a YouTube channel called “Citizen Media for We The People,” run by someone named David McFatridge.

That name also appears on the YouTube error screen that replaced Inhofe’s Armendariz video link. It reads: “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by David McFatridge. Sorry about that.”

Dempsey wrote that “we will be looking into an official response for YouTube to the claim brought forward by David McFatridge of ‘Citizen Media for We The People,’ in the morning.”

YouTube routinely pulls videos any time there is a copyright complaint [see update II below for clarification as to why], but even a cursory examination in this case would show it to be spurious.  The clip used by Inhofe’s office was a brief part of a longer clip, involved a government official discussing public policy, and the clip was used for editorial purposes, not just for republication.  It’s called “fair use,” and this is precisely the circumstances intended for the fair-use exception to copyrights.

Furthermore, it seems doubly ironic that a so-called “citizen media activist” would suddenly fight against openness and transparency.  Isn’t that the whole point of citizen-media activism?   Their YouTube page brags that they bring viewers “videos that you will not see in the Corporate Media.”  Well, congratulations — you found one that scooped the “Corporate Media”!  And …. now McFatridge wants it hidden?  Hmmmm.  It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out that McFatridge didn’t realize just how people would react to a high-ranking EPA official bragging about crucifying taxpayers, and got embarrassed when it created a firestorm.

The firestorm continues, however, with or without McFatridge’s clip.  Rep. Ted Poe of Texas, which is locked in a court battle or two with the EPA, wants Armendariz fired and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson along with him:

“The comments made by Administrator Armendariz back in 2010 confirm what we’ve known all along: the EPA’s crusade to destroy the oil and gas industry is a politically premeditated effort, not one meant to protect the environment. Administrator Armendariz’s words reflect his disdain for the oil and gas industry and make clear that his decisions are made without an ounce of impartiality. He should be fired.

“The EPA is an agency charged with protecting the environment, instead it has focused its efforts on targeting, intimidating, and vilifying the energy industry in any way it can. The aggressive assault the EPA has unleashed on the oil and gas industry has not only increased the cost of energy, it has destroyed jobs.

“The oil and gas industry accounts for 9.2 million jobs in the United States. ‘Making examples’ of this field has put American jobs in jeopardy. Ironically, Mr. Armendariz’s oversees the EPA’s efforts in Texas, which has been hit especially hard. Oil and gas and related industries make up nearly a quarter of the Texas economy. An assault on oil and gas is an assault on Texas.”

Meanwhile, the Daily Caller reports that Armendariz had managed to get over a half-million dollars in research grants prior to making these comments:

President Barack Obama appointed Alfredo “Al” Armendariz as the administrator for EPA’s South Central Region (Region 6) in Nov. 2009. Since his appointment he has been a thorn in the side of energy producers. ….

Armendariz’s “research” resume highlights the hundreds of thousands of dollars he received as a professor from government and private institutions for research on pollution and related topics.

Specifically, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paid him $299,032 for a three-year study on the “Control of Workplace Diesel Exhaust Particulate” that ran from 2005 to 2008.

The Environmental Protection Agency also funded a $45,000 grant that Armendariz received from the Office of Environmental Services of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma in 2004. That research covered the “Development of a Field Test for Detecting Hydrocarbons in Soils.”

Between 2008 and 2010 Armendariz and an SMU colleague shared a $196,490 grant from the National Science Foundation for their research on “Acquisition of a Volumetric, 3-Component Particle Displacement and Velocity Measurement System for Mechanical and Environmental Engineering Measurements.”

Armendariz also received grant dollars from the Environmental Defense Fund and the Environmental Department of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council of New Mexico.

Looks like an area that could use a little more transparency, no?  Let’s hope YouTube grows a pair and tells McFatridge to learn about fair use before making copyright claims.  Meanwhile, Inhofe isn’t sitting still.  He wants to find companies that Armendariz “crucified” for his investigation into the EPA:

Sen. James Inhofe says he wants to document how many companies have been “run out of business” by the types of heavy-handed EPA intimidation tactics symbolized by a regional director’s stated goal to “crucify them.”

In my talk with Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) today regarding the “crucify them” philosophy espoused on-camera by Environment Protection Agency Region 6 Administrator Al Armendariz, the senator said that this type of EPA mentality – and action – has been intimidating and threatening businesses for years. …

Sen. Inhofe says he wants to document and quantify examples of businesses the have been run out of business by unjust EPA persecution, in order to ensure that all businesses are treated more fairly in the future:

“We can prevent this from happening again.  We can also, perhaps, find out how many other companies went through the same thing and just threw in the towel.["]

I’m betting Inhofe won’t have much trouble, either.  If you happen to know of any examples, contact Inhofe’s office through his website.

Update: Even if YouTube doesn’t restore the video, MRC-TV and Heritage has it for us:

Update II: Lee Doren tweets with this clarification: “YouTube is required to pull the video to be covered by the DMCA “safe harbor” once an official DMCA complaint is filed.”


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People never learn, there are three sure things in life, death, taxes and anything posted to the web can never be erased.

Skwor on April 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Behold this clueless little flukeface. College grad I’m sure.

msupertas on April 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

To be more pithy

Death, taxes and web postings

Skwor on April 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

…….Threats?
Who got to him?

KOOLAID2 on April 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Taxpayers of this country have the copyright to this and every other EPA ” material”

burrata on April 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

People never learn, there are three sure things in life, death, taxes and anything posted to the web can never be erased.

Skwor on April 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Four actually, BO will always be a failure as president.

msupertas on April 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Axelrod’s and Brock’s tentacles reach far and wide to a complicit media.

NeoKong on April 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

The EPA can blow me.

They are a political arm of the radical environmentalists
and must be destroyed……

redguy on April 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Let’s forget the reference to killing dissidents for a second. That’s a whole different therapy session.
There are a few important points that need to be addressed about this sort of rhetoric.

First, these comments embody the very problem with bureaucratic behavior today. As a person who was appointed to be a watchdog, it’s very evident that Armendariz has a specific agenda, one that clouds his judgment and ability to be impartial on matters of energy and environmental policy. I encountered this regularly in graduate school at Johns Hopkins while studying Energy and Environmental Policy. It was very difficult to breakthrough to some academic minds who were overly adamant about the horror of evil energy corporations. In their mind, energy firms needed to be stopped at all costs, despite the impact of regulations on end consumers and jobs in the country. Everyone wants clean air, and many top environmentalists supported natural gas production as a clean fuel…

Now they’re against it. And Armendariz is certainly in that camp.
In fact, it’s already been widely reported by Forbes that Armendariz took up his crusade against oil companies by pushing for meaningless lawsuits against Range Resources. After forcing Range to lawyer up and defend themselves, the EPA would eventually come to realize that his claims were bogus, and we were busy tying up the court system.

This the man who oversees environmental legal policy on a very critical section of the United States, as Louisiana is an important hub of our national refining network. When you hear EPA officials using this sort of rhetoric, and explain that brute legal force is the proper way to get companies to fall in line, you quickly realize something: The market is being distorted by agendas and not fully functioning on fundamentals the way that it should.
But here’s the real problem at the end of the day.

It appears that certain people don’t understand that cheap affordable energy sources have been the catalysts of growth in this nation, and has been so for 200 years. We used wood, we used gasoline, and now we’re going to use natural gas. It fuels our transportation systems, our supply chains,

And what’s even worse is that the performance of the oil and gas industry is far more reaching than anyone actually knows. The oil and energy industry represents nine million jobs in this country and roughly 7.5% to 8% of GDP.

And company performance is far more critical to the average investor than people realize. According to a 2011 study by Sonecon, 31.2 percent of all stock in oil companies are held by public and private pension funds. More than 21% is held by individual, retail investors. Another 20% is held in mutual funds, and 18% in IRAs.

For all the talk about greedy CEOs, less than 3% percent of all oil companies stock is owned by corporate executives.

Yes, we’re adamant about clean air, clean water, and improved soil.
But there must be logical, rational people acting as watch dogs. Zealots need not apply since consequences are never part of their research. What better way to start capital flight than to bludgeon the backbone of the economy into the ground.

Now, let’s get back to what really matters. Shooting people.

Washington Fancy on April 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

What’s the Dem/MSM spin on this? Are they ignoring it, defending it..?

visions on April 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM

“Hey YouTube, your site is great. It would be a shame if we were to have to federally regulate it to the point that it would be destroyed….”

-Senator Chuck Schumer

portlandon on April 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Rome’s Bureaucrats Better than the EPA’s at Increasing Prosperity! A historical review that shows that while Rome’s tactics created wealth, this administration’s has been full-of-fail. For example — PAX ROMANA vs POX OBAMA. And at least the Roman’s didn’t eat dog. Graphics and video included showing that brutish Roman soldiers also had more compassion for their victims than EPA bureaucrats.

Mutnodjmet on April 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Since google owns youtube and we all have heard how google is politically, why would this surprise anyone?

upinak on April 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Let’s hope YouTube grows a pair and tells McFatridge to learn about fair use before making copyright claims.

Not likely Ed. Youtube is owned by Google which is totally in bed with the Obamessiah. And you know that the “most transparent administration evah” won’t stand for opposing viewpoints or embarrassing videos.

Chappy on April 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

If Sen. Inhofe needs businesses that the epa has threatened, he probably will come up with thousands in no time, IMO! That bunch has got to be stopped and NOW!

There are a great number here in TX dealing with the epa right now!

Go get them Sen. Inhofe!
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letget on April 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Unbelievable the deceptive Orwellian double talk of these extreme left politicians.
Like Nancy says her reign will be of “partnership, not partisanship.” Right! And from the first moment I saw Barack Hussein Obama I knew he would be the Mother of all Dividers, not a unifier, not someone who would “bring people together.” He has turned everyone bitterly against each other.

Or on energy O calls it an “all of the above” strategy, where instead it’s “none of the above,” as across the board he has fought energy production: ending construction of new coal power plants, shutting down existing coal plants, not permitting oil drilling wherever he can stop it, no to the keystone pipeline, no to oil shale and a ‘crucifixion’ campaign against fracking. Not to mention his advocacy of the insane cap & trade scheme that would have decimated energy production. Incredible.
O said: “We’ve got to continue the hard, sustained work on [the energy] issue…” More accurately, he’s working hard to drastically cut energy production, as called for by climate change proponents.

anotherJoe on April 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Next up – The EPA guys starts saying that he didn’t say it. It’ll be on YouTube, of course.

Jabberwock on April 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM

YouTube took down a video that showed an EPA regional administrator comparing the agency’s enforcement philosophy to Roman crucifixions

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I guess large social media companies can also be crucified.

Happy Nomad on April 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM

does this mean that the memory hole is, once again, malfunctioning?

ted c on April 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Hey, he was just hired to do a job. Don’t we all try to meet the parameters of our job description?

a capella on April 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM

The clip used by Inhofe’s office was a brief part of a longer clip, involved a government official discussing public policy, and the clip was used for editorial purposes, not just for republication. It’s called “fair use,” and this is precisely the circumstances intended for the fair-use exception to copyrights.

YouTube rarely (if ever) gets involved in a fair use debate. Fair use is in the eye of the beholder and YouTube is going to yank a video 99.9% of the time instead of wading into the murky waters of fair use. There is a very legitimate business reason for doing this. If YouTube started making decisions based on fair use they would most likely be inundated with lawsuits. It doesn’t matter if those suing would lose most of the time. What matters is avoiding the complication and the financial burden of this complication entirely.

NotCoach on April 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Here Al, have a heaping plate of Dommage Alfredo.

Get ‘em, Sen. Inhofe. Has Ted Nugent testified yet?

petefrt on April 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM

The Environmental Protection Agency also funded a $45,000 grant that Armendariz received from the Office of Environmental Services of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma in 2004. That research covered the “Development of a Field Test for Detecting Hydrocarbons in Soils.

So in 2004, this creep was ” developing ” what private sector oil companies have been using since the early 20th century ?

burrata on April 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Armendariz is guilty of a hate crime. Where are Al and Jesse?

tim c on April 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Van Susteren was on fire about this last night. She really has our back on this.:) She went after the responsible party. But,…he stood his ground.

a capella on April 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Doesn’t sound like a policy to me. It sounds like a criminal conspiracy. It way past time for some frogmarching of progressive thugs.

Dusty on April 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Al Armendariz is hard left hack.

Take a look at his list of references on his résumé, and it is most revealing, not only of him but most people in the bureaucracy, both at the EPA and probably virtually every agency of the Federal govt.:

(Link to Pajamas Media)

Rixon on April 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM

“Citizen Media for We The People,” run by someone named David McFatridge.

Let me guess, a flaming ass enviro-liberal. Thought he’d post on You-Tube for all the enviro’s to admire. Evidently believing that conservatives, among other things, don’t know how to use the internet.

GarandFan on April 27, 2012 at 11:43 AM

The aggressive assault the EPA has unleashed on the oil and gas industry has not only increased the cost of energy, it has destroyed jobs.

And it has wasted vast amounts of taxpayer’s money, in the EPA and in court.

Ironically, Mr. Armendariz’s oversees the EPA’s efforts in Texas, which has been hit especially hard. Oil and gas and related industries make up nearly a quarter of the Texas economy. An assault on oil and gas is an assault on Texas.”

Yup. That’s the idea. Punish your enemies, and all that.

iurockhead on April 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM

McFatridge must have gotten a call from the EPA, informing him that his house might we sitting on a wetland. But it may be a little drier than they thought, IF he takes down that video.

iurockhead on April 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Research grants are life’s blood to an academic. I suppose they could be used as an inducement or reward. I’m not making any accusations here,…purely speculation.

a capella on April 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Now the “citizen media activist” who first posted the video has claimed that Inhofe’s office violated his copyright

This copyright thing is getting so extreme it’s going to destroy so much of our free speech. People end up shooting themselves in the foot too. But that’s all a separate issue.

JellyToast on April 27, 2012 at 11:53 AM

What’s the Dem/MSM spin on this? Are they ignoring it, defending it..?

visions on April 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM

They will spin it as racism against a black man ( Obama)
racism against a black woman ( EPA chief)
homophobic (against this Al thing)
by greedy white rich Republicans who want to kill babies.
And Bush , Cheney and Hallliburton ( why not ) !!!

burrata on April 27, 2012 at 11:53 AM

This is just one example of what you get when you have bloated government at the federal level. Presidents and Congress pass these unintelligible laws, set up these unaccountable agencies who then are given virtual free reign to create new “laws” under the guise of regulations. Ask anyone trying to run a business what they fear more: Congress or some know-nothing bureaucrat from one of the umpteen federal agencies creating rules and regulatory hoops for the business person (or just plain old citizen) to jump through. These gooberment employees, most with absolutely no real world experience, can and do make your life a living hell. The only thing of interest about this video is that one know-nothing bureaucrat (with — wait for it — an academic background — always a good indication of a crappy skill set) actually admitted to his power mad agenda.

People – unless the size of government shrinks considerably, I don’t care who is the next president. We will not dig ourselves out of this hole.

natasha333 on April 27, 2012 at 11:54 AM

If anyone’s been paying attention to Ted Nugent lately… I’d say he is one that is being crucified. The feds are nailing him on his hunting, his farming and his speech.

Who will the next four be?

katy on April 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM

I think an FCC crucifixion is probably as harsh as an EPA crucifixion.

YouTube is probably scared to death of what the Feds could do to them.

portlandon on April 27, 2012 at 11:56 AM

We need a president who will enjoy firing these EPA officials.

rbj on April 27, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Regulatory power needs to be withdrawn from every single agency that has it. It’s unconstitutional. The Constitution give the power to make laws to Congress ALONE, but instead we have one agency after another happily crushing America with laws NEVER passed by Congress. Oh, they call them ‘regulations’ — that’s supposed to make it all legal.

Let’s get back to the Constitution and accountability from our elected officials, regulatory authority must STOP !!

Axion on April 27, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Heckuva job, YouTube.

FruitedPlain on April 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM

April 27th, 2012 at 11:55 am
The “Reign of terror” remark by ObamaCrat leader and campaign advisor Axelrod becomes another massive goof by the liberals in the light of this obviously heart felt statement by the EPA executioner, Alfredo Almendariz. He’s the one who cooked up the analogy and what he describes is an act of terrorism by the Roman Empire used to describe what the ObamaCrat EPA is doing to the people of the United States and the energy industry, including oil and gas companies, coal miners and coal companies, and utility companies. Don’t stand at your teleprompter, Mr. Obama and tell us that the president can do nothing about oil and gas, and energy prices that are crushing free enterprise. Don’t send your truth-bending mouth pieces to the microphones of Congress and television news to spew nonsense about your innocence in this manner. You are not a passive bystander. You are in a proactive position of opposition to the economic interests of your country, your citizens, and your oath of office to represent us. Stop and desist now.

stefano1 on April 27, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Furthermore, it seems doubly ironic that a so-called “citizen media activist” would suddenly fight against openness and transparency. Isn’t that the whole point of citizen-media activism?

It is until transparency hurts your cause. Look at the picture of McFatridge’s on his You Tube page. Now look at the same picture on his page at the Sierra Club Activist Network, which also lists him as being in Creeson Texas. Then we have David McFatridge of Creeson, Texas as a member of change.org, a left wing activists site, in which he says:

I want to know, whether it be through internet activism or protesting in the streets, that in some small way I’ve made a difference, that I have stood up for my beliefs and helped change happen. I can be silent no more.

So it would seem that McFatridge is a clueless lefty who never thought anyone would object to the EPA crucifying and terrorizing private businesses and individuals. I’ll bet his enviro-marxists buddies are now trying to crucify him.

RadClown on April 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM

People never learn, there are three sure things in life, death, taxes and anything posted to the web can never be erased.

Skwor on April 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

A very good point. The harder they try to suppress that video the more it will pop up.

One day the video of Obama at a certain party will appear too. It’s only a matter of time.

dogsoldier on April 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM

This is funny! A Hispanic minority talking about crucifying people!

Jersey Dan on April 27, 2012 at 12:04 PM

If anyone’s been paying attention to Ted Nugent lately… I’d say he is one that is being crucified. The feds are nailing him on his hunting, his farming and his speech.

katy on April 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM

An example is being made. Purely for demonstration purposes.

a capella on April 27, 2012 at 12:04 PM

One day the video of Obama at a certain party will appear too. It’s only a matter of time.

dogsoldier on April 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM

They’ve got that sucker buried deep. LA Times, isn’t it?

a capella on April 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Why do so many of these male academics-turned-bureaucrats look like they’d crumble into a pile of dust if you stared at them hard? Power mad little weenie men, most of them. It’s so very dangerous to allow people like that to have any authority whatsoever.

natasha333 on April 27, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Its funny how MRCTV appears the only people capable of using keepvid.com to download copies of the videos on youtube.

Spliff Menendez on April 27, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I’m interested in this little bastard’s mindset. When did crucifixion become a part of EPA policy? Is it also the policy of the IRS? Does the IRS exist to torture and crucify people? How about Judiciary? The federal court’s? Is it their policy to scourge and flog the people, to crucify them? How about HHS? Is it HHS policy to torture and execute people? To drive regulations like nails into the hands and feet of the people? No?

Since when did crucifixion become a tool for the American government to use against its people? Did the Founders consider it, and then decide against it?

I also want to know whether this little bastard even knows what he’s talking about. Is there any qualified reader who can opine on whether it was Roman policy to execute the first five people in each village? This seems unlikely to me.

Herald of Woe on April 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Senatore Inhofe has options if he thinks YouTube yanked a video which is covered by fair use provisions.

http://www.youtube.com/t/copyright_counter

unclesmrgol on April 27, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I googled David McFatridge he appears to be a member of the Sierra Club. Enough said!

Basket Case on April 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Since when did crucifixion become a tool for the American government to use against its people?

Historical records date this event to ~2009 AD

BobMbx on April 27, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Like I said before, these guys get their jobs because they’re zealots.

There is nothing Armendariz said that couldn’t have come from the piehole of any of the other Regional Administrators, or, given a couple shots of Scotch, anyone higher in the EPA food chain.

They are the gauleiters of the modern eco-fascist state.

JEM on April 27, 2012 at 12:18 PM

@Basket Case – ah, the choir to whom Armendariz was preaching.

These people really do not understand why we consider them to be reprehensible.

JEM on April 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM

the guy who said this sure is young.

I guess I’m way over the hill, 50 is in my rear view mirror, but it hasn’t gone around the bend yet.

williampeck1958 on April 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM

It seems to me that if you wanted to control every aspect of people’s lives, you would do three things:

A) control health care
B) control energy
C) control guns

Since most of the usable energy created in this country is done so by private industry, the only way to control it is to nationalize the industry, or end it, and get in on the ground floor of its replacement. If you get in on the ground floor -through, say… investment- you can effectively nationalize it without a forceful takeover.

Not sure what kind of governance this would be, but I don’t think it’s a Constitutional Republic.

BKeyser on April 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Axelrod’s and Brock’s tentacles reach far and wide to a complicit media.

NeoKong on April 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Maybe Jesse Jackson will cut them off!

freedomfirst on April 27, 2012 at 12:24 PM

What’s the Dem/MSM spin on this?

“EPA? Never heard of it.”
Charles Gibson

drunyan8315 on April 27, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I like Newt’s idea of re-making the organization into the Environmental Solutions Agency, focused on striking a balance between development and environment.

Or, just can it.
Let the states regulate their own environments.

Dexter_Alarius on April 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM

This parasite (this is the guy responsible for the study on diesel particulates that was found to be entirely fraudulent) is a dolt. There were no Turks on the Mediterranean, nor any particularly near Roman areas. Anatolia was Greek and Armenian during the Roman conquest, and remained so after. Nor did Romans march into a village and crucify 5 people. Romans defeated armies and demanded surrender from kings, emperors and generals. This guy should read a bit more Caesar. He would then know that the ‘walk in and crucify’ method of conquering merely fostered revolt and intrigue, and not allegiance.

pat on April 27, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Maybe Jesse Jackson will cut them off!

freedomfirst on April 27, 2012 at 12:24 PM

…and they can no longer reproduce!

KOOLAID2 on April 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM

pat on April 27, 2012 at 12:59 PM

“Facts? I don’t need no stinkin facts . . .”. — Al Armendariz

BigAlSouth on April 27, 2012 at 1:09 PM

re: “diesel exhaust,” EPA, climate non-science

Wasn’t it the Gleick fraudster who’s non-profit institute got (much more than Heartland) grants for studies about diesel particulates that was also a sham? But CARB (AB 32) still stands even though based on junk science. Then again the so-called science has always been just an excuse. Crichton had it right, it’s too easy for religion and cults to masquerade as science so we must remember not to accord science any special role in politics – or regulation. i.e. those who we elect must remain personally responsible – and not be able to use others as an excuse.

The left will always claim to talk from some authority. Feynman would have laughed in their faces.

aritai on April 27, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Did a very quick search on the David McFatridge who had posted the video and has demanded its removal….

He a democrat activist… That’s why he wants it down. He posted it because he AGREED with this EPA lunatic.

His links are all to gay rights and immigrants rights.

He screwed up by exposing one of his heroes and now he’s trying to bury it like a cat in a litter box.

MaaddMaaxx on April 27, 2012 at 1:30 PM

We need a president who will enjoy firing these EPA officials.

rbj on April 27, 2012 at 11:56 AM

..THIS!

The War Planner on April 27, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Dempsey wrote that “we will be looking into an official response for YouTube to the claim brought forward by David McFatridge of ‘Citizen Media for We The People,’ in the morning.”

McFatridge? That’s about as real and Irish as O’Bama.

timberline on April 27, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Obviously it was a left wing group who didn’t want the footage used against the left. What else is the reason.

lorien1973 on April 27, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Exactly how could David McFatridge own the copyright to a video he did not himself record? Did he purchase the rights from the videographer (that is, the guy with the cell phone video)? If he didn’t then isn’t he violating that person’s copyright by posting it in the first place? Or DID David record it? I doubt it.

Beyond that, the horse is out of the barn, the chicken has flown the coop, the cat is out-a-the bag…ya, know…too late.

BillyWilly on April 27, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Unexpectedly.

talkingpoints on April 27, 2012 at 2:20 PM

‘Crucify them’: The Obama way

Add that to “Our job is basically to keep the boot on the neck of British Petroleum,” Interior Sec. Salazar said – plus their unrestrained, relentless antisemitism, and one get’s the perfect picture of the OBOZO regime as the reincarnation of everything that was rotten in the Third Reich.

TeaPartyNation on April 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Copyrights and IP are nothing but government-mandated monopolies and should be done away with.

Dante on April 27, 2012 at 2:36 PM

That must have been the fastest approval of a copyright by the Obama regime in the history of public records. I’d bet that the owner didn’t even have to file himself.

cajunpatriot on April 27, 2012 at 3:34 PM

It would seem to me that even if you recorded a speech and posted it online the copyright to that speech would remain with the speech writer (and presumably the person who gave it) any recording posted on YouTube would be subject to a claim by the writer of the speech. So if then the speech writer sees my video of his speech and copies it and repost some highlights I would hope to see my name in the description next to the words “Thank You”, but I would not think to make a copyright claim against their work.

Gwillie on April 27, 2012 at 4:03 PM

People never learn, there are three sure things in life, death, taxes and anything posted to the web can never be erased.

Skwor on April 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Try finding the video of 60 minutes clip where Soros admitted to his nefarious Nazi-era techniques. You can find the transcript, but not the vid.

Money talks…

Eerie times we live in.

avgjo on April 27, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Since google owns youtube and we all have heard how google is politically, why would this surprise anyone?

upinak on April 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Once again, Google proves its real motto is “Don’t be conservative”, not “Don’t be evil”.

Steve Eggleston on April 27, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Four actually, BO will always be a failure as president.

msupertas on April 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I believe the technical term is ‘SCOAMF’.

thirtyandseven on April 27, 2012 at 6:22 PM

It is missing for the same reason that lots of newspaper, tv stations, some msm, they have been threaten by the administration with IRS,FCC,EPA etc,etc,etc.

tomyj1 on April 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM

People never learn, there are three sure things in life, death, taxes and anything posted to the web can never be erased.

Skwor on April 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Try finding the video of 60 minutes clip where Soros admitted to his nefarious Nazi-era techniques. You can find the transcript, but not the vid.

Money talks…

Eerie times we live in.

avgjo on April 27, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Of course; if you are powerful enough you can get things removed from the internet and from the archives.

slickwillie2001 on April 27, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Inhofe has done good work, however, if he wants to get to the bottom of the reason his video got pulled, he needs to turn the mirror 180 degrees,and look at how he got bamboozled by none other than Hilary Rosen and Jack Valenti. They convinced him to vote for DCMA some 11 years ago over the objection of many people.

Another reason why politicians shouldn’t serve more than two or three terms in office. They lose touch with living in the real world. Now to fix that, he and his cronies need to revisit stupid laws that place security over liberty. The founding fathers had it right, copyrights are to be protected only for a limited time, not in perpetuity as the corporations would like it.

AH_C on April 27, 2012 at 11:29 PM