Quotes of the Day

posted at 9:16 pm on June 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Sen. Charles Grassley on Friday stepped up his dispute with the White House over Operation Fast and Furious, as three of his Judiciary Committee investigators were provided to bolster Grassley’s claim that President Barack Obama’s spokesman was wrong Thursday about the fight over documents. …

Grassley, a critic of the Justice Department and FBI under both the Bush and Obama administrations, rejects the Obama White House assertion that Grassley is motivated by partisan politics.

“The accusation that I’m motivated by a desire for a ‘political scalp’ is baseless,” Grassley said in his written statement.

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“(N)one of these limited communications between Mr. O’Reilly and Mr. Newell revealed the existence of any of the inappropriate investigative tactics at issue in your inquiry, let alone any decision to allow guns to ‘walk,’” wrote Ruemmler in a letter to the offices of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa). Citing Executive Branch confidentiality interests, Ruemmler said, “There is an insufficient basis to support the request to interview Mr. O’Reilly.”

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If Justice Department documents that Issa’s committee seeks from Attorney General Eric Holder had been the subject of a top-secret meeting in the White House Situation Room, their contents already would have been splashed across the media. Issa could read the A1 New York Times story and be done with it.

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Now, if documents aren’t handed over—which, sources say, include Holder’s emails—the full House will likely vote on holding Attorney General Holder in contempt.

Meanwhile, though these missing emails may or may not be as damning as the missing minutes were on the Nixon tapes, we should remember that it took almost eight months for the Watergate scandal to bust wide open into a national news story.

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Then Congress should look into the overall flow of firearms from the United States into Mexico. The Fast and Furious weapons were just a small part of a much larger problem. Mexican officials have complained for years that lax U.S. gun laws have the effect of worsening drug-related violence along the border. The damage done by cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine smuggled north across the border is mirrored by the damage done by guns smuggled south.

If Issa really wants to save U.S. and Mexican lives, he should convene hearings on banning the sale of high-powered weapons. I think Holder would be happy to testify.

***

Perhaps it’s true, as the White House has argued, that Mr. Issa’s investigation has degenerated into a partisan fishing expedition. And perhaps yielding to that would discourage candor in the councils of this and future administrations, as the Obama administration, echoing a standard plea of its predecessors, asserts.

But Congress’s authority to gather information is broad — as broad as its sweeping powers to legislate, spend public money and hold executive officials accountable through impeachment. No doubt a lot of congressional investigations are partisan fishing expeditions. For better or worse, that comes with the democratic territory. Absent very strong countervailing considerations — stronger than some of those the administration has asserted in this case — Congress is generally entitled to disclosure.

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[T]he House could use its power of the purse. It could threaten to cut funding to the bureau running the Fast and Furious program or to the Justice Department as a whole. It could even refuse to pay Holder’s salary until he purges his contempt. Lower down the scale of confrontation, the House could pass a resolution censuring him or continue to hold hearings designed to embarrass him.

The House risks looking petty in doing any of this, just as the Obama administration risks looking petty by withholding information from Congress. As with all high-level conflicts over the separation of powers, whoever can win public opinion will ultimately win the day. And that is as it should be; after all, these people are competing to be our public servants. It is a fundamentally political contest and should be settled by political means.


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Can I put Eric Holder on my wedding registry, too?

John the Libertarian on June 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Watergate didn’t have a body count. Also, first!

vegconservative on June 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Hello?

uncommon sense on June 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Dumb & Dumber!

KOOLAID2 on June 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Can I put Eric Holder on my wedding registry, too?

John the Libertarian on June 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Watergate didn’t have a body count. Also, first!

vegconservative on June 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM

*shakes fist*

How dare you make me a liar!

vegconservative on June 22, 2012 at 9:19 PM

KOOLAID2 on June 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Wazup Koolaid?

uncommon sense on June 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM

AP on vacation?

Cindy Munford on June 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM

John the Libertarian on June 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM

John, I could make a very bad comment that would make me appear racist based on what you asked :)

uncommon sense on June 22, 2012 at 9:21 PM

As with all high-level conflicts over the separation of powers, whoever can win public opinion will ultimately win the day. And that is as it should be; after all, these people are competing to be our public servants. It is a fundamentally political contest and should be settled by political means.

No, that’s not as it should be.

It should be settled according to the law and the Constitution, and not some situation ethics of who has the best PR and spin.

To even suggest this indicates this column was written by a lib.

INC on June 22, 2012 at 9:21 PM

O/T, but is anybody at Hot Air going to post about the gay activists who were invited to the White House by Obama standing in front of the picture of Reagan and flipping him the bird?

Are we just supposed to look the other way and act like Obama is just a normal America-loving guy when time after time he associates with the most radical scum he can find?

JohnInCA on June 22, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Meanwhile, though these missing emails may or may not be as damning as the missing minutes were on the Nixon tapes, we should remember that it took almost eight months for the Watergate scandal to bust wide open into a national news story.

It’s been longer than 8 months. I think the whistle was blown about February of 2011. That means we’re going on 16 months.

INC on June 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM

now who’s going to be first to play the colmes vid and tell the rest of us what he says (although, seriously, no one cares)

r keller on June 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Gun control

Distraction and lies

cmsinaz on June 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Can I put Eric Holder on my wedding registry, too?

John the Libertarian on June 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM

.

Watergate didn’t have a body count. Also, first!

vegconservative on June 22, 2012 at 9:18 PM

.
*shakes fist*

How dare you make me a liar!

vegconservative on June 22, 2012 at 9:19 PM

.
Hey KOOLAID’, the competition is “heating up”.

listens2glenn on June 22, 2012 at 9:24 PM

JohnInCA on June 22, 2012 at 9:22 PM

It has been making the rounds–even the Weekly Standard picked it up. It’s been mentioned in the comments here, but I don’t think it’s yet been posted. It should be.

INC on June 22, 2012 at 9:25 PM

AP on vacation?

Cindy Munford on June 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Day off. Tina Korbe was back for the day…

OmahaConservative on June 22, 2012 at 9:25 PM

W.H.: Ex-staffer can’t be questioned on Fast and Furious

Sure…

… We will just take your word for it.

(panic is setting in)

Seven Percent Solution on June 22, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Nice to see you post QOTD Ed, java, HA, and iPad, still screwed up. ; )

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 9:26 PM

now who’s going to be first to play the colmes vid and tell the rest of us what he says (although, seriously, no one cares)

r keller on June 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Ummm, I’ll pass, Alan makes we want to hurl every time I hear him… need to find another sucker, oops volunteer :)

uncommon sense on June 22, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Dem president —witch hunt

Gop president 24/7 what did he know and when did he know it

cmsinaz on June 22, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Has anyone ever answered the question: “What was your purpose, Mr _______ for initiating Operation Fast and Furious?” I’ve not heard that answer, if so.

I’d follow that up with, “Why were there no tracking devices on these weapons?”

BKeyser on June 22, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Are we just supposed to look the other way and act like Obama is just a normal America-loving guy when time after time he associates with the most radical scum he can find?

JohnInCA on June 22, 2012 at 9:22 PM

DoucheBear will be here to defend shortly.

Lanceman on June 22, 2012 at 9:29 PM

By Terry Frieden CNN

Grassley is correct on both assertions.

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Obama killed Bin Laden!!!!!!!

And a hundreds of Mexicans and some Americans……

Thank you President Obama.

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Has anyone ever answered the question: “What was your purpose, Mr _______ for initiating Operation Fast and Furious?” I’ve not heard that answer, if so.

I’d follow that up with, “Why were there no tracking devices on these weapons?”

BKeyser on June 22, 2012 at 9:27 PM

I think we all know it was a manufactured crisis meant to provide a strong argument for stricter gun control. And if Issa ever gets the documents he requested, I would bet they’d reveal just that.

The Rogue Tomato on June 22, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I wonder how the congressional investigation into Fast And Furious is any different than, say, if the actions of the military had resulted in the deaths of 200 innocent civilians and the president tried to cover it up.

Say the military was testing poison gas weapons near the border of Mexico, and it got out of control and killed 200 Mexicans and one border patrol agent. And let’s say that a whistle blower made the incident known to congress. And let’s say the executive branch denied that the incident ever took place. Then the congress wanted to see some documents related to the incident. And let’s say the President claimed executive privilege. Would the democratics just go “Oh. Well, you should have just said so in the first place. Never mind.”?

jaime on June 22, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Day off. Tina Korbe was back for the day…

OmahaConservative on June 22, 2012 at 9:25 PM

I thought Tina had enough of us and moved on…:)

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 9:34 PM

O/T If anyone in Texas is interested, the Cruz/Dewhurst debate is on now on channel 315 for Comcast. Dewhurst looks like a snake oil salesman.

TxAnn56 on June 22, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I think we all know it was a manufactured crisis meant to provide a strong argument for stricter gun control. And if Issa ever gets the documents he requested, I would bet they’d reveal just that.

The Rogue Tomato on June 22, 2012 at 9:33 PM

And that one of the Cartels was a huge campaign contributor, you know for all that help in taking out the competition LOL!

uncommon sense on June 22, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I thought Tina had enough of us and moved on…:)

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 9:34 PM

No. Carbon_Feetsteps had enough of you and said “screw it”.

:D

Lanceman on June 22, 2012 at 9:36 PM

No. Carbon_Feetsteps had enough of you and said “screw it”.

:D

Lanceman on June 22, 2012 at 9:36 PM

RIP…
Miss him though..

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Now, if documents aren’t handed over—which, sources say, include Holder’s emails—the full House will likely vote on holding Attorney General Holder in contempt.

Holder Contempt Vote on Next Week’s House Schedule

the House could pass a resolution censuring him

Yeah, that’s the ticket. Look at poor ol’ Charlie Rangel. I don’t think he’ll ever recover from the humiliation of his public censure by the House.

Flora Duh on June 22, 2012 at 9:37 PM

“Oh, Snap!”

“Or should I say, Count It!”?

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 22, 2012 at 9:38 PM

uncommon sense on June 22, 2012 at 9:20 PM

…where have you been?…taking a break from the trolls?

KOOLAID2 on June 22, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Nice to see you post QOTD Ed, java, HA, and iPad, still screwed up. ; )

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Darn they fixed it so I cann’t ban you chit-chatters for Minnesoter.

RickB on June 22, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Hey KOOLAID’, the competition is “heating up”.

listens2glenn on June 22, 2012 at 9:24 PM

…sh!t happens!

KOOLAID2 on June 22, 2012 at 9:39 PM

In a letter to the White House, Issa and Grassley wrote, “O’Reilly’s testimony is necessary to allow us to begin to determine the extent of involvement – if any – of White House staff in Operation Fast and Furious. As such, we strongly urge you to reverse your position and facilitate an interview with O’Reilly without further delay.”

Go get ‘em boys…!

Seven Percent Solution on June 22, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Obama’s Best-Kept Secret

By Rich Lowry

Holder has no intention of leaking anything. These must be damning documents. Executive privilege , lying under oath, most transparent administration ever./ or is it? Worst Ever!

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Then Congress should look into the overall flow of firearms from the United States into Mexico. The Fast and Furious weapons were just a small part of a much larger problem. Mexican officials have complained for years that lax U.S. gun laws have the effect of worsening drug-related violence along the border. The damage done by cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine smuggled north across the border is mirrored by the damage done by guns smuggled south.
If Issa really wants to save U.S. and Mexican lives, he should convene hearings on banning the sale of high-powered weapons. I think Holder would be happy to testify.

So we should look into the damage done by drugs smuggled north too?? Tit for tat. Perhaps we/they should legalize everyhting. Freedom all around!!!

WryTrvllr on June 22, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Has anyone ever answered the question: “What was your purpose, Mr _______ for initiating Operation Fast and Furious?” I’ve not heard that answer, if so.

I’d follow that up with, “Why were there no tracking devices on these weapons?”

BKeyser on June 22, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Documents: ATF used “Fast and Furious” to make the case for gun regulations

Flora Duh on June 22, 2012 at 9:43 PM

RIP…
Miss him though..

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 9:37 PM

You funny. ; )

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 9:43 PM

…where have you been?…taking a break from the trolls?

KOOLAID2 on June 22, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Finally have some free time, and I told Bmore that I would be back soon and for longer last night :) After all, it is a Friday payday, and I’ll blow my whole check on drinks at this bar LOL!

uncommon sense on June 22, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Darn they fixed it so I cann’t ban you chit-chatters for Minnesoter.

RickB on June 22, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Yeah, but if you notice Eds still not talking to me. So there’s that. ; )

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 9:45 PM

uncommon sense on June 22, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Save some change for the jukebox. ; )

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 9:46 PM

If Issa really wants to save U.S. and Mexican lives, he should convene hearings on banning the sale of high-powered weapons. I think Holder would be happy to testify.

So who stopped Hussein from banning the sale of guns in USA ?
He could have done it when he had control over his
marxist anti-American losers in Congress , why didn’t he ?

burrata on June 22, 2012 at 9:46 PM

RIP…
Miss him though..

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 9:37 PM

He’s still here I heard, at least in spirit. :) Just watch the posts.

arnold ziffel on June 22, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Oh yeah! but that will come later, right now I’m bbq’ing half a chicken… and I’m not talking about our president or Mr. Holder :)

uncommon sense on June 22, 2012 at 9:48 PM

It’s been longer than 8 months. I think the whistle was blown about February of 2011. That means we’re going on 16 months.

INC on June 22, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Yes, Ms. Atkisson from C-BS broke the story nationally in March of 2011, but she had been tipped off a few weeks earlier by a couple of bloggers.

It’s interesting that C-BS stuck with this story for the next 15+ months, while their “competition” at ABC and NBC and P-BS all totally censored any coverage of the story. I must grudgingly say good for them.

If this thing ends up blowing up in O’bama and Holder’s faces, C-BS might actually regain some of the journalistic reputation that they had before Uncle Waltor and Rather stunk out the joint starting in the late 1960′s.

Del Dolemonte on June 22, 2012 at 9:48 PM

O/T: Jury reaches a verdict in trial of ex-Penn State assistant Jerry Sandusky.

(if anyone is intersted)

Seven Percent Solution on June 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Seven Percent Solution on June 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

And??????????

OmahaConservative on June 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Has anyone ever answered the question: “What was your purpose, Mr _______ for initiating Operation Fast and Furious?” I’ve not heard that answer,

Answer : Bush started it

if so.

I’d follow that up with, “Why were there no tracking devices on these weapons?”
BKeyser on June 22, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Answer : because Bush did so too

burrata on June 22, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Darn they fixed it so I cann’t ban you chit-chatters for Minnesoter.

RickB on June 22, 2012 at 9:39 PM

I have to defend Minn. She or he has been fine, even posting a song or two and definitely doesn’t hold back on slamming Oboo boo.

arnold ziffel on June 22, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Fast and Bi-curious?

the new aesthetic on June 22, 2012 at 9:52 PM

W.H.: Ex-staffer can’t be questioned on Fast and Furious

By Sharyl Attkisson

Dang, how the heII did I almost miss this one. Savory. I’ll take this opportunity to thank the author. I will use a comment from the articles comment section.

by plauren June 22, 2012 9:32 PM EDT
Ms. Atkinson, a superb reporter, came under some heavy heat, when she first broke this story…it continues to have legs…..and she is relentless and timely…..
This story is very likely, a story within a story, national security, and the relentless animosity of Obama and Holder towards the state of Arizona ( Gov. Jan Brewer and Sheriff Joe Arpaio ).
Is it just a coincidence, that President Calderone was here in March 2010, accusing America of being the biggest consumers of drugs in the world , and the biggest suppliers of weapons in the world, that shares its largest border with Mexico, and only four months later in July 2010, the DOJ sues the state of Arizona over border protection implementation…now pending with the SCOTUS.

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Keep in mind, we depend on information from the federal government for the F&F ‘body count’. We think it is at two federal agents and a few hundred Mexicans (?) but since this blew open last Fall, Holder and his henchmen have likely shut down the flow of information on the consequences of F&F. Isn’t that the first thing Holder would have done?

So we don’t really have good information on who in the US might have been killed or injured, and the damage on the Mexican side. Has Holder made a list of all SN’s of all F&F weapons available to all state and local police forces? Are all crimes in the US and Mexico checked against the list?

The damage from F&F is far from over. We will be chasing these guns for the next ten years easily.

slickwillie2001 on June 22, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Sounds like Electrongod is missing him some Todd Rundgren, hmmm……………what to do about that? Hmmm………let’s see.

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Answer : Bush started it

And then then canceled it…

Answer : because Bush did so too

burrata on June 22, 2012 at 9:51 PM

There were arrests when they tracked the guns back to the lords…

There were no arrests in Fast n Furious…
Why..

No tracers..

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 9:56 PM

“It’s hard to see racism when you are white.”

Todd Rundgren = Hello it’s Me.

the new aesthetic on June 22, 2012 at 9:57 PM

BTW,just for laughs, here is Hussein’s booger Hooaan defending his lordship :
Hey, people die
Now where is Cindy Sheehan, she needs to see this too !

burrata on June 22, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Sounds like Electrongod is missing him some Todd Rundgren, hmmm……………what to do about that? Hmmm………let’s see.

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Todd Rundgren?

Is he still around?

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Whenever I see a photo of Obama and Holder together I feel like I’m looking a picture taken at some kind of Arab Summit.

fogw on June 22, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Fast and Furious is one of the biggest government scandals in recent history.

President Obama would rather protect corrupt officials like Attorney General Holder, than ensure justice for those harmed by Operation Fast and Furious.

The blood of border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and many others, are on the hands of President Obama and AG Holder.

Protest President Obama and AG Holder in front of the White House’s North Lawn, and show our government that the American people won’t stand for secrecy and corruption! Click for details

Flora Duh on June 22, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Whenever I see a photo of Obama and Holder together I feel like I’m looking a picture taken at some kind of Arab Summit.

fogw on June 22, 2012 at 9:59 PM

LMAO…

OmahaConservative on June 22, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Todd Rundgren?

Is he still around?

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Clues abound on HA my friend.

arnold ziffel on June 22, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Todd Rundgren?

Is he still around?

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Today is his 64th birthday and Kris Kristofferson’s 76th.

RickB on June 22, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Then Congress should look into the overall flow of firearms from the United States into Mexico. The Fast and Furious weapons were just a small part of a much larger problem. Mexican officials have complained for years that lax U.S. gun laws have the effect of worsening drug-related violence along the border.

Whoever wrote this at RealClearPolitics is a dumbass.

Let’s say Mexico was complaining about violence on the border due to US guns being smuggled. And let’s say that the military decided to build and test chemical weapons of mass destruction against the law in order to stop gun smuggling. (This makes as much sense as the ATF letting kinetic weapons cross the border unsupervised in order to stop gun smuggling.) And the tests got out of control and killed 200 Mexicans and a couple of border patrol agents.

The press would be howling like hyenas. Democratics would rent their clothes and weep in lamentation. It would be an incident that would compare to Watergate in the treatment by the press and the left. It would be given multiple pages in history books as a warning to children about the evils of the military. But because it’s a democrat Department of Justice, “it’s just a politically charged witch hunt which ignores the real problem: not enough gun laws”.

What a retard.

jaime on June 22, 2012 at 10:01 PM

The Fast and Furious Scandal Is Turning Into President Obama’s Watergate

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/fast-and-furious-scandal-is-turning.html

M2RB: Beastie Boys

Resist We Much on June 22, 2012 at 10:02 PM

“It’s hard to see racism when you are white.”

Todd Rundgren = Hello it’s Me.

the new aesthetic on June 22, 2012 at 9:57 PM

And hard to see otherwise when you’re not

WryTrvllr on June 22, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Clues abound on HA my friend.

arnold ziffel on June 22, 2012 at 10:01 PM

He’s playing on the computer as I type..

:)

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Az, BMore, electronGod, you all make Hot Gas so much better.

the new aesthetic on June 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM

If Issa really wants to save U.S. and Mexican lives, he should convene hearings on banning the sale of high-powered weapons. I think Holder would be happy to testify.

Which is really what this is all about anyway. Their intent all along.

Oh, and Howdy, Folks!

predator on June 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM

I think we all know it was a manufactured crisis meant to provide a strong argument for stricter gun control. And if Issa ever gets the documents he requested, I would bet they’d reveal just that.

The Rogue Tomato on June 22, 2012 at 9:33 PM

And that one of the Cartels was a huge campaign contributor, you know for all that help in taking out the competition LOL!

uncommon sense on June 22, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I used to believe it was nothing but the former. Now since little Bammie went nutso with the claiming of EP, I have to conclude there’s more to it than that. He could have admitted to the former and his base would have forgiven that since they believe in the cause too.

So what is the bonus prize? Cartel/Chicago corruption? Coordination with Calderon where they brush off expected death tolls as ‘just Mexicans’? Or is the big deal the tie-in to Honduras and the ouster of Zelaya? Might Holder’s documents discuss more deaths that we don’t know about? Do the documents demonstrate that F&F originated with Valerie Jarrett, who is the brain of the administration. All possibilities.

slickwillie2001 on June 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Please don’t bring facts into the story of F&F.
F&F is a story about da white man Issa lynching a black man Holder , because of Bush ,donchano ?
And BTW, people die …get over it
/sarc

burrata on June 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM

He’s playing on the computer as I type..

:)

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 10:03 PM

: )
Blessings to you and yours.

the new aesthetic on June 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM

‘Toon of the Day: We’ve Got The F.E.A.R. He’s Gots Da Fear

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/toon-of-day-weve-got-fear-hes-gots-da.html

M2RB: Ian Brown
.
.
‘Toon of the Day: Big Stick ‘EXCEPTION’-alism

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/06/toon-of-day-big-stick-exception-alism.html

M2RB: Miley Cyrus

Resist We Much on June 22, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Nirvana – Aneurysm (Live at Reading 1992)

the new aesthetic on June 22, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Az, BMore, electronGod, you all make Hot Gas so much better.

the new aesthetic on June 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Cleverly played, by all involved!

massrighty on June 22, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Clues abound on HA my friend.

arnold ziffel on June 22, 2012 at 10:01 PM

OK…
I have heard Todd Rundgren’s Hello it’s Me song…
But I have never seen Todd before…
Playing the video…
WTF???

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Video 1 First the truthful pretty lady, then the lying ugly lady, then The Great One! Kevin has 0 trouble in determining who the lying ugly lady is. Now it gets a wee bit creepy to boot. Graham seems to get it. Alan the apologist, well he has been a consistent apologist, so there is that. Crazy is as crazy does. Alan has his talking points down. My question to him is simply, do you have them all the way down? You know what I mean Alan?

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Whoever wrote this at RealClearPolitics is a dumbass.

jaime on June 22, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Yup, that about sums it up.

The obvious answer, to tighten up our border so the people buying the guns can’t get here in the first place has escaped the writer.

slickwillie2001 on June 22, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Kevin should be Levin, dang iPad thingy.

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 10:10 PM

burrata on June 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM

:)

My Idaho Congressman..Raul Labrador..(He’s from Idaho..or where ever he’s from)…
Explained the detail of Fast n Furious on a local radio show..

Stuff the MSM will not mention…

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Electrongod on June 22, 2012 at 10:07 PM

My favorite Rundgren tune.

predator on June 22, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Brian Terry is dead.
Gitmo is alive.

Obama 2012

ardenenoch on June 22, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Sandusky guilty on 45 counts. 2 counts not guilty. Sandusky is stunned, his wife cried.

Night Owl on June 22, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Answer : Bush started it

Answer : because Bush did so too

burrata on June 22, 2012 at 9:51 PM

*sigh*

Ya know, Google really can be your friend.

Operation Wide Receiver:

1 – was coordinated with Mexican authorities
2 – included surveillance of the guns
3 – was designed to walk guns TO, not across the border, and then sting the criminals
4 – was stopped when its failures were revealed

Fast and Furious which was started in 2009 under Holder’s DOJ, had none of the safeguards in 1-3 and was stopped only when an ATF whistleblower couldn’t take it anymore.

And as Katie Pavlich asked last night, “If Holder didn’t know about Fast and Furious until 2011 and the program ended in 2010, how was he able to be the one to stop it?”

Oh, and btw, you must have missed this:

Holder withdraws claim that Bush’s attorney general knew about gunwalking

Flora Duh on June 22, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Sandusky guilty…

Seven Percent Solution on June 22, 2012 at 10:12 PM

the new aesthetic on June 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM

I’m glad for HA and all the people who make me realize there is hope.

Do you think “Hello it’s me” would be a good ring tone for my c-phone—I mean that mini-computer that all the city folks now use?

arnold ziffel on June 22, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Has anyone asked Maureen Dowd if she is going to grant Brian Terry’s parents “absolute moral authority”? I think we all know the answer.

JohnInCA on June 22, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Todd Rundgren = Hello it’s Me.

the new aesthetic on June 22, 2012 at 9:57 PM

The best gift of all. Playtime on HA.

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 10:13 PM

The corruption in government by Holder and Obama is way beyond the corruption involved in Watergate.

Holder’s been given so much time and patience extended his way (and that means, so has Obama) by the public that it’s obvious his refusals to comply with (even) subpoenas represents refusal.

People have lost their lives because of this “operation” and Obama is obviously trying to hide behind what he and Holder appear to have expected to be a successful stonewall by Holder using his racist and egotistical bag of tricks.

It’s a situation that involves much worse, far more awful crime than ever existed in Watergate, which was “only” about burglary and an attempt to conceal foreign source/s of political donations, and of course, Nixon’s “secret taping” of conversations from the White House and it’s not like other Presidents aren’t also doing likewise as to those taping episodes.

Lourdes on June 22, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Do you think “Hello it’s me” would be a good ring tone for my c-phone—I mean that mini-computer that all the city folks now use?

Yes, that are Nirvana – Scentless Apprentice

the new aesthetic on June 22, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Sandusky guilty…

Seven Percent Solution on June 22, 2012 at 10:12 PM

How many counts?

OmahaConservative on June 22, 2012 at 10:14 PM

“It’s hard to see racism when you are white.”

Todd Rundgren = Hello it’s Me.

the new aesthetic on June 22, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Todd didn’t know what he was talking about when he made millions with this song in 1973, and he still doesn’t. He currently lives in a state where whites are in the minority, and where whites were regularly beaten once a year in the schools simply for being white. A reference to “Kill Haole Day” in the wiki entry for the elite private Honolulu prep school O’bama went to (Punahou) was magically vanished in the summer of 2008.

He also lives in the 1% part of the highest priced major island for the average traveler to visit (Kau’ai). Ironically, when I visited that island a few years ago, that particular part of the isle had the highest unemployment rate in the entire island (18%). And that was before the Great Recession started!

Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great talent. But over the years I have seen almost as many people worship him as have worshiped O’bama since 2007.

Here’s his latest gig.

Del Dolemonte on June 22, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Kevin should be Levin, dang iPad thingy.

Bmore on June 22, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Kevin Levin?

jaime on June 22, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Sandusky guilty on 45 counts. Let him think about that for the rest of his miserable life.

Paul-Cincy on June 22, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Wow! 45 of 48 counts. Jail for life…

OmahaConservative on June 22, 2012 at 10:14 PM

burrata on June 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM

It appears I missed the sarcasm in your 9:51 PM comment. I apologize. Please forgive the tone of my 10:11 PM comment.

Flora Duh on June 22, 2012 at 10:15 PM

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