published Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012


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    Attorney General Eric Holder, in a file photo dated Feb. 17, 2011, at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Get your gear on to wade through the information being broadcast in relation to the historic votes in the U.S. House of Representatives holding Eric Holder, America's attorney general, in contempt of Congress.

Bipartisan approval to hold President Obama's cabinet member in both criminal and civil contempt of Congress was a first for such a high-level official. The criminal contempt vote passed 255-67, and the civil contempt vote by a 258-95 margin.

A letter written by Deputy Attorney General James Cole to House Speaker John Boehner informed him that the U.S. Department of Justice would not prosecute his boss, Attorney General Holder, revealing the staggering conflict in this highly charged situation.

Is this an election year? Yes. Are Republicans in the majority in the U.S. House, where the votes were cast holding Eric Holder in contempt? Yes. Were these votes regarding the invocation of the executive privilege by President Barack Obama? No.

Should the definition of justice, responding to the law, and operating with integrity differ depending on the election-year cycle and which party is in control? No!

The "Fast and Furious" investigation being conducted by the U.S. House Oversight Committee into the gun-walking program that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Mexican citizens and a Border Patrol agent continues. However, the resolution recommended by this committee to the full Congress and now the two votes with bipartisan support expressing the outrage of the House reflect one issue: The Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Holder, has refused to comply with subpoenas.

Basic, non-lawyer talk? The very agency and the very individual charged to uphold and enforce our laws are thumbing their collective noses at Congress and its legal authority to investigate.

So, as the stories fly and the righteous indignation and manufactured cries of racism rage around the political realm, understand that the accountability of the attorney general is extremely high. He not only has done what no other citizen would be allowed to do, but he bears the authority and responsibility of enforcement of justice.

Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis summed it up fully, "Our government ... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy."

If you make or enforce the laws, it's your job to set the example to live by them, no exception.

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Reality: Yet more political grandstanding, and you're all for it, since it's the party you worship.

And no, don't give us any story about Bipartisan support. 17 individuals out of over 10 times that is not Bipartisan. That you TRIED to get us to believe you is telling enough on its own.

You're nothing but a shameless liar.

July 3, 2012 at 12:17 a.m.
LaughingBoy said...

He should have already been investigated for failing to follow up on reported voter intimidation.

July 3, 2012 at 1:21 a.m.
joneses said...

All Holder is doing is playing victim like most criminals do. He and obastard are guilty of treason and not upholding their oath of office.

July 3, 2012 at 6:48 a.m.
joneses said...


You are nothing but another hypocritical liberal liar. Holder has legally been held in contempt by the House for not turning over documents related to his and obastards failed illegal Fast and Furious gun running scheme. You should be ashamed of yourself for not holding them accountable. They violated the law and now they are covering up for themselves. Why do you continue to give holder and obastard a pass?

July 3, 2012 at 7:58 a.m.

I remember the Democrats getting one or two rhinos to vote on their side and them calling it bi-partisan. Happened more than once.

July 3, 2012 at 9:37 a.m.

The fact that Holder is still walking around free tells a great deal about how far the congress has fallen in terms of power. They are well within their rights to have Holder arrested, but I doubt they will. Our government isn't balanced like it should be.

July 3, 2012 at 9:40 a.m.
conservative said...

Even worse FPSE the TV networks have gone out their way to run stories on renegade Republicans who would vote with the Demonrats on bills. The Liberal RINO Senator Lincoln Chafee from Rhode Island was often mentioned by the networks when they pushed the bi-partisan line.

July 3, 2012 at 9:53 a.m.


I have come to the conclusion that a majority of the congress critters, regardless of their prefix letter are working for the party and themselves instead of the people. They seem to get together to cooperate when the people threaten the power they have usurped. The TV networks are complicit with their propoganda.

July 3, 2012 at 10:27 a.m.
conservative said...

FPSE, for over 25 years I have called the Republicans the party of big government and the Demoncrats the party of BIGGER government.

July 3, 2012 at 10:58 a.m.

Easy123, If that article were true then Holder should have nothing whatsoever to hide and should have been more than happy to release the requested documents to congress. Why didn't he? Why was the president willing to invoke executive priviledge to protect Holder? Seems like obstruction of justice to me.

July 3, 2012 at 1:02 p.m.
Easy123 said...

They have already released thousands of documents. The documents in question are internal communications.

There is nothing to hide. That's why Issa hasn't found anything. Executive privilege always looks bad but it doesn't mean anyone is hiding anything.

If all this is true, then why hasn't anything come out of this?

This is from Holder himself:

"The documents “were not generated in the course of the conduct of Fast and Furious. Instead, they were created after the investigative tactics at issue in that operation had terminated and in the course of the Department’s deliberative process concerning how to respond to congressional and related media inquiries into that operation,” he wrote."

July 3, 2012 at 1:10 p.m.

They don't care. They know it's a pointless investigation, but they can get some traction out of it.

With their own. Everybody else sees it for the rabid partisanship it is.

July 3, 2012 at 2:09 p.m.
Livn4life said...

Some can obstruct justice, be deceitful, break the law and get away with it. Others cannot. Right now in the public arena, anyone who goes along with the Obama ride gets a free ride. There is an election coming up. We will then see who's listening. The same folk on here who are calling this witch hunt etc. were foaming at the mouth when someone called President Bush out for...petting his dog. This is a shame and disgrace and shows once more the joke of an administration we have in the White House. How about it voters, will you remember this come Novemeber?

July 3, 2012 at 2:51 p.m.

JonRoss, it's pretty simple. Your right to vote is a direct constitutional right the suppression of which is a known concern and very serious, especially when presented with a fraudulent excuse.

I mean, really, if you knew anything about my position you'd realize my condition is that the ID be pro-actively available, with no excuses and red tape.

Why do you suddenly support bureaucratic impediments? Is it because you can get an advantage out of it?

Yes, I believe that is your reasoning.

PS: Do you think the Mexican Cartels had no guns BEFORE the Obama Administration?

Livn4life, I remember when Bush had his subordinates outright LIE to the public, yet you ignore that.

I know nothing about any dog, but I think your attempts to try to excuse your partisanship are as transparent as ever. Your attempt to use your imagined previous wrongs to justify your current one...will make people listen to you, and realize what kind of partisan you are.

July 3, 2012 at 4:10 p.m.
chatt_man said...

Not that I admit to being one of the conspiratorial crowd...but

I think Obama and Holder had in the back of their minds to use this as a way to support their gun control objectives, and if they would release the documents before they can "make some disappear", I believe that's what they will find. We'll see...

July 3, 2012 at 4:47 p.m.
conservative said...

Obamination and Holder can obstruct justice for four more months till the election. This can only increase the anger and resentment of voters and discourage their supporters. This is bound to hurt the battered Demoncrats as well as they will be forced to take sides.

It will be made my day every day for four more months.

July 3, 2012 at 4:50 p.m.
chatt_man said...

Holder's turning a blind eye (dismissing charges) to the Black Panther Party's voter intimidation tactics in Philadelphia showed a bias and an example of corruption from this administration that no one can deny.

July 3, 2012 at 4:53 p.m.
Easy123 said...


That's been the Republican conspiracy... I mean talking point all along. Get with the program. It's a witch hunt and they will never prove that ridiculously far fetched theory. It's completely asinine. You would have to do a tremendous amount of reaching to making that conspiracy even plausible. But, as usual, that's what Republicans do best. Make outlandish, baseless claims and shove them down their minions' throats until they accept it as truth.

You have taken the bait and ingested the Kool-Aid, chattman. But that's your and the right-wingers MO. Believe everything our daddy's at Fox News say!

July 3, 2012 at 4:57 p.m.
chatt_man said...

How proud are you about your two boys and their handling of the voter intimidation incident, Easy? Are you going to address that one, or just pretend it's not there?

July 3, 2012 at 5:21 p.m.
Easy123 said...


How proud are you of your daddy, G. W. Bush, for his handling of the voter intimidation incident? Are you going to address that one or just place the blame elsewhere?

July 3, 2012 at 9:06 p.m.

Indeed, it was dismissed before Obama took office. The only reason you care about because you think it can hit people's emotions?

Why not find some other voter intimidation, like the employees that got advice how to vote on their paycheck?

July 3, 2012 at 9:53 p.m.
hambone said...

If Darrell Issa was in Holder's shoes, the records would have burned before now!

July 3, 2012 at 11:14 p.m.
Lr103 said...

Fast and Furious was already underway long before Holder became AG, though under a different name. It was an extension and continuation of Operation Wide Receiver that began under Bush.

Border patrol agents and innocent Mexican citizens were already being killed.

Another ? Were those weapons found at the scene throw dows? Looks pretty convenient that someone would gun down a border agent and conveniently leave such evidence. A Staged scene.

July 4, 2012 at 7:27 p.m.
Lr103 said...

JonRoss said... If the SOB Holder ever crosses paths with Brian Terry's mother she will beat the ever living crap out of him. Holder is just as immoral and filthy as Obama.

U R confusing President Obama and AG Holder with Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, Rice, Rove and a few others from that last evil adminstration.

July 4, 2012 at 7:29 p.m.
Easy123 said...


You're an idiot.

July 4, 2012 at 8:25 p.m.
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