The United States of Chicago

Dinesh D’Souza has run afoul of the Obama Administration:

Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza was indicted Thursday on federal charges of violating campaign finance laws by using straw donors to funnel money to a U.S. Senate candidate.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced the grand jury charges in a statement Thursday. D’Souza is expected to be arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

I’m sure this would have never happened if, after the 2008 election, the FEC got to the bottom of the foreign money being donated to the Obama Election Campaign:

By Obama’s own admission, more than half of his contributions have come from small donors giving $200 or less. But unlike John McCain’s campaign, Obama won’t release the names of these donors.

For example, Obama has numerous donors who have contributed well over the $4,600 federal election limit. Many of these donors have never been contacted by the Obama campaign to refund the excess amounts to them.And more than 37,000 Obama donations appear to be conversions of  foreign currency.

According to a Newsmax analysis of the Obama campaign data before the latest figures were released, potential foreign currency donations could range anywhere from $12.8 million to a stunning $63 million in all. With the addition of $150 million raised in September, this amount could be much more.

 

Does anyone recall how that was resolved? Oh. That’s right. That election is over, let’s move on.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell , who reportedly told federal authorities last year thanks but no thanks to a plea deal, pleaded not guilty Friday to federal corruption charges for allegedly accepting gifts, vacations and loans.

His wife, Maureen, entered the same plea.

The McDonnells were indicted earlier in the week on a 14-count indictment that included charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and providing false statements in connection with the McDonnells’ relationship to Jonnie R. Williams, Sr., chief executive of nutritional supplements maker Star Scientific Inc.

Their jury trial has been set for July 28.

The Washington Post reported people familiar with case said the former governor rejected a plea deal that would have avoided charges for his wife. The paper said McDonnell would have had to plead guilty to a felony charge that “had nothing to do with corruption in office.”

“Before Lois Lerner took us before the federal judge, her last offer was for me to promise to never run for office again. That was always part of their demands,” Salvi said. “Before that last offer, another FEC representative that reported to Lerner wanted $200,000 and a promise not to run.”

I am stunned at the ‘prosecutorial discretion’ as it applies to the different political parties.

Charlene Lamb, cited for failures in leadership from the Department of State’s own Accountability Review Board report, has been promoted to Regional Security Officer. We’ve heard rumor that she’s slated for international duty in Canada. She started the security officer training last week, much to the dismay of many within the State Department.

For those not keeping track, Charlene Lamb was in charge of the office that denied extra security personnel to the U.S. Ambassador in Libya before the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks.

In the early days of this administration we all laughed about The New Black Panthers being found guilty of intimidating Hillary voters and then Attorney General Holder asked the judge to drop the charges. Never before had a judge been asked to reverse a guilty verdict by the highest law enforcement official in the Federal Government. It was unprecedented.
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The First Amendment does not protect humanitarian groups or others who advise foreign terrorist organizations, even if the support is aimed at legal activities or peaceful settlement of disputes, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.
In a case that weighed free speech against national security, the court voted 6 to 3 to uphold a federal law banning “material support” to foreign terrorist organizations. That ban holds, the court said, even when the offerings are not money or weapons but things such as “expert advice or assistance” or “training” intended to instruct in international law or appeals to the United Nations.
The court’s majority said it was not abdicating its role in protecting constitutional freedoms but acknowledging that Congress and the executive branch are better situated than the judiciary to decide what kind of restrictions are needed to keep Americans safe in a post-Sept. 11 world of terrorist threats.

Search warrants, subpoenas and documents show that the FBI has been interested in links between the activists and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Hezbollah.

 

In the early morning of Sept. 24, 2010, agents raided homes in Chicago and Minneapolis, issued subpoenas to 14 activists, and tried to question others around the country, including prominent antiwar organizers in North Carolina and California.

At 7 a.m., according to documents and interviews, about a dozen armed federal agents used a battering ram to force their way into Mick Kelly’s second-floor apartment, which sits over an all-night coffee shop in a working-class neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Kelly, 53, a cook in a University of Minnesota dormitory and a member of the Teamsters, said he was at work and his nightgown-clad wife, Linden Gawboy, was slow to answer the door.

In Chicago, the raid at the home of Weiner, 49, also targeted her husband, Joe Iosbaker, 52, a University of Illinois-Chicago office worker and a union steward for his SEIU local. The couple are among the grassroots activists close to the world once inhabited by Barack Obama who have been caught up in the investigation.

That was four years ago. Where are the court dates? I don’t even hear the cricket chirping.

Standards are good, double standards are not twice as good.

21 Things You Have to Believe To Support Amnesty for Illegals

1. That the “amnesty first, border security later (as in never)” approach employed once before in 1986 will work out differently this time. From Mickey Kaus, who has brilliant on this issue:

I’ve been trying to think of the right metaphor for the giant Corker-Hoeven amendment, the one that is reportedly giving the Gang of 8′s immigration bill enough votes to pass the Senate. Sure, it’s a fig leaf–but a fig leaf is usually something insignificant-yet-real. This is something grandiose that’s a fraud.

The best I can come up with is this: A man comes into your restaurant. You recognize him–he’s a guy who ate a $100 meal last year and said he’d pay later, but he stiffed you. Now he’s back and wants another meal on credit. He senses you are wary and makes a new offer. “This time I’ll pay you … $2 million! How can you refuse? It’s 2 million dollars!”

You get the idea.  Just try and collect.

2. That the same Congress that just last month refused to include a provision delaying amnesty and legalization for the millions of illegals before building the 700-miles of fencing already required by a 2006 law is serious about border security.

3. That the same Congress that just last week refused to include a provision with a quantifiable metric, the Cornyn amendment, to prove that the border is secure is serious about border security.

4. The legislation covertly written by Barack Obama’s point person on amnesty, and the congressional staffs of Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Dick Durbin, is better for the the United States than it is for the Democrat party.

5. That a law supported by the SEIU is better for the the United States than it is for the Democrat party.

6. That once these new Democrats are legalized, the same Democrats demanding this “historic” legislation will roll up their sleeves and get right to those “tough” border security provisions.

7. That anytime a policy is described as “historic” it should not be examined very carefully before being implemented.

8. That legislation that allows Janet Napolitano to waive the requirement of new “required” fencing or new technology in the Corker-Schumer-Obama “border security” amendment will actually secure the border.

9. That legislation that automatically legalizes illegals no matter what after 10 years if implementation of its provision is delayed by litigation (here at page 12). Gee, I guess once La Raza or the ACLU files the lawsuits that they already have prepared, it’s a done deal.

10. That it’s a good idea for members of Congress to vote for legislation that they haven’t read a la the February 2009 stimulus and Obamacare. Remember all those great earmarks in that “stimulus,” including $200,000 for tattoo removal (here at p.283) for gang members? As Byron York notes,

On Friday, Republican Sen. Bob Corker anticipated such concerns and sought to reassure the public by saying that everyone will have 75 hours to read the amendment before the vote. “I know we have had a lot of people on the floor who have criticized this legislation without reading it,” Corker said. “I know it has been called a magic amendment. I will just say to people who care about border security — and obviously numbers of people on our side of the aisle care deeply about that — read the bill. By filing cloture today [Friday] on this amendment, it is going to give everybody in this body and in the nation the opportunity to read this piece of legislation for 75 hours before the cloture vote occurs.”

If one started as Corker spoke and devoted 16 hours a day to nothing but studying the bill, one would have to cover about 24 pages an hour to finish the legislation. That’s certainly doable — if one has 16 hours a day for three days to do the job. But it’s also not easy, because reading the amendment requires comparing the new text to the original text of the bill to try to spot changes. Despite what Sen. Corker says, it’s not a lot of time.

11. That a future Congress, desperate for cash as the bankrupting of America continues, will not decide to repeal the provisions that require billions more in spending on border security. Sen. Leahy is already making noises about how this border security money is like “a Christmas wish list for Halliburton.”

12. That it will make it easier for young people to get jobs and pay off their student loans with millions of new people competing with them for jobs. What if you are looking for a job as a paralegal, or in marketing? Who do you think might be more attractive to an employer, you, or someone with identical credentials who is bilingual? Speaking English and being fluent in Spanish will make the latter candidate even more attractive after we’ve opened the floodgates to millions of people who barely speak a word of English, won’t it?

13. That a bill that even the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which must rely on assumptions provided by proponents of this bill in Congress, says will depress wages for 12 years is good for American workers.

14. That a bill that that same CBO says will reduce the flow of illegals into the country by only 25% is a solution to the problem of illegal immigration.

15. That it is fair to reward law-breaking by giving $590,000 in lifetime benefits to a person who pays a $2000 fine for knowingly and willfully violating the laws of the United States.

16. That is better to do may be politically expedient than it is to do what is just, fair and fiscally-responsible.

17. That a person with a 10th grade education will pay more in taxes over a lifetime that he will receive in benefits from the federal government.

18. That people who are beholden to the federal government for generous “entitlements” won’t vote for people strictly on the basis of who will insure that those benefits continue, and preferably increase.

19. That illegals given special “provisional” status won’t be permitted to vote.

20. That if 70 people (Senators) jump off a bridge, all the other members of Congress should follow them.

21. That this amnesty scheme is not the ultimate realization of the Cloward-Piven Strategy devised to destroy capitalism and the United States that we know and love.

Please call your senators and ask if he or she believes these things. You can find call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at  (202) 224-3121 and they will connect you. You can also find a list of phone numbers and email address here in this online directory (the banner link in Español is a nice touch–if you speak Spanish, please call and express your opinion in what may soon be our national language.)

While you’re at it, also ask if he or she believes in the Tooth Fairy.

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Why Obamacare is Not a Done Deal: Today on the Teri O’Brien Show

Secretary of State Kathleen Sebelius has given the states a reprieve from Obamacare’s mandate that they set up the health insurance exchanges necessary to implement the law. Or has she extended the deadline, hoping that they won’t realize that they are now in the position to torpedo Barack Obama’s entire redistributionist, job-destroying, health-care rationing, death-panel mandating scheme? No wonder people like MS-NBC’s Chris Matthews hate the Tenth amendment.

Some people appear hell bent on turning Thanksgiving, which has traditionally been a wonderful time to reflect on our blessings and bask in an attitude of gratitude, into an opportunity to re-enact the Jerry Springer show by engaging in fist fights over smartphones and stampedes to purchase flat screen TVs. Others view the day as an opportunity to bus in rent-a-mobs to big box stores to engage in annoying pro-union agitation, which is largely ignored by the employees of those stores. I’m no fan of the SEIU or National Education Association, as you know, but do those who say that it’s wrong to make retail employees work on Thanksgiving have a point?

Thanksgiving also gives us the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends, which unfortunately doesn’t always turn into the Normal Rockwell painting experience that we imagine. What are your most interesting Thanksgiving memories? Did anyone ever storm out on Thanksgiving Day? Were the police involved?

Tune in today for the rest of the story.

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Worth Remembering on Labor Day: Obama Said “I Owe Those Unions”

From a column in the Washington Times by Mark Mix, President of National Right to Work:

In his book “The Audacity of Hope,” then-candidate Barack Obama, when talking about his relationship with Big Labor union officials, wrote: “I owe those unions. When their leaders call, I do my best to call them back right away. I don’t consider this corrupting in any way.”

He goes on to recount the many big wet kisses that Obama has given to the unions. For a handy list, check out this list from the Daily Caller.