For months now, upset residents have been peacefully voicing their concerns to the Adams County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) during public comment over the implementation of a very controversial Stormwater Utility fee. Apparently, the commissioners have heard enough.
During their May 20th BOCC regular meeting, newly-elected Commissioners Henry and Tedesco considered a resolution that would effectively silence the people who elected them and make these constituents easier to ignore by relegating them to a “free speech zone.”
“With the possibility of an escalating atmosphere I DO NOT want signs brought into the Chambers.”
The email emerged from Henry’s concern about the possibility of the upset residents (most of whom are retired farmers on fixed incomes) demonstrating at hearings by throwing tea bags at commissioners. So far, opponents of the Stormwater Utility have been passionate and peaceful. So why the need for a designated “free speech area” at the Adams County Government Center? …>>> READ MORE
Obama’s lawless administration orders federal employees on Gays: “Silence Will Be Interpreted As Disapproval”
Under President Obama, “justice” is anything but blind. Neither is it deaf. In fact, based on recent revelations, it appears to be watching your every move and listening to your every word. Still, if you happen to be a federal employee, now it’s even listening for your silence.
The only thing this Obama White House seems to generate is scandal. Well, here’s yet another to add to the growing list. In addition to the Benghazi cover-up, IRS targeting of political dissenters and the illegal seizure of media phone records, whistleblowers within DOJ have contacted Liberty Counsel to express grave concerns over this administration’s latest attack on freedom.
Our sources have provided Liberty Counsel an internal DOJ document titled: “LGBT Inclusion at Work: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Managers.” It was emailed to DOJ managers in advance of the left’s so-called “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.”
The document is chilling. It’s riddled with directives that grossly violate – prima facie –employees’ First Amendment liberties. Continue reading
Source: Washington Times
Veteran CBS newsman Bob Schieffer on Sunday morning unloaded on a top White House official, comparing the Obama administration’s handling of the ongoing Internal Revenue Service scandal to former President Richard Nixon’s initial strategy for dealing with Watergate.
The assertion came after White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said the president will continue with his objectives and will not become bogged down by the IRS debacle, the Benghazi affair or other missteps.
“I don’t want to compare this in any way to Watergate … but I have to tell you, that is exactly the approach the Nixon administration took. You’re taking exactly the same line,” Mr. Schieffer said.
He then castigated the White House for taking credit when the federal government does something right, but passing the buck when problems arise. Republicans and other critics have made similar claims that Mr. Obama seems to have little knowledge of what’s happening in his own federal government.
“When the executive branch does things right, there doesn’t seem to be any hesitancy for the White House to take credit for that,” Mr. Schieffer said, citing the killing of Osama bin Laden as an example. “When these [scandals] happen, you seem to send out officials many times who don’t even seem to know what’s happened.”
He even demanded to know why Mr. Pfeiffer was making the rounds on Sunday talk shows, rather than a higher-ranking official. Continue reading
Fourth Obama Scandal Headline This Week
EPA waives fee requests for friendly groups, denies conservative groups
Republican lawmakers are launching an investigation into claims that the Environmental Protection Agency, while giving preferential treatment to environmental groups, made it harder for conservative groups to obtain government records.
“According to documents obtained by the Committees, EPA readily granted FOIA fee waivers for environmental allies, effectively subsidizing them, while denying fee waivers and making the FOIA process more difficult for states and conservative groups,” wrote Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Darrell Issa and Sens. David Vitter, Chuck Grassley and Jim Inhofe in a letter to the EPA.
Citing a report by The Daily Caller News Foundation, Republicans are asking the EPA to hand over all Freedom of Information Act fee waiver requests, responses to requests, and FOIA officer training materials since the beginning of the Obama administration. Lawmakers are also asking for all communications regarding FOIA fee waiver requests or appeals under the Obama administration.
The free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute obtained documents showing that since January 2012, the EPA granted fee waivers for 75 out of 82 FOIA requests from major environmental groups and only denied seven of them, giving green groups a 92 percent success rate. At the same time, the EPA rejected or ignored 21 out of 26 fee waiver requests from conservative groups. Continue reading
We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate. The reputation of the Obama White House has, among conservatives, gone from sketchy to sinister, and, among liberals, from unsatisfying to dangerous. No one likes what they’re seeing. The Justice Department assault on the Associated Press and the ugly politicization of the Internal Revenue Service have left the administration’s credibility deeply, probably irretrievably damaged. They don’t look jerky now, they look dirty. The patina of high-mindedness the president enjoyed is gone.
Something big has shifted. The standing of the administration has changed. Continue reading
The 100 pages of emails that the White House released on Wednesday, which cover the administration’s crafting of its talking points about the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi, Libya, do not contain any clear indications of a political cover-up.
But they do indicate that the CIA, FBI, State Department and the White House operate with the same sort of office drudgery as workplaces across America. There are the same cascading CC lists, the guy who insists on formally addressing every email message to “Colleagues” and the incessant looping in of one more person as a decision impends.
The following interactive arranges the emails as a typical inbox, in date order. For the sake of simplicity, every email is included in one inbox instead of separate ones for different people. You can click the “From” or “Thread” bars to sort by those fields instead.
Letters in square brackets indicate that a person’s name was redacted and replaced by a handwritten acronym representing the organization he or she works for.
Here is how to stop it.
The GOP has relapsed into a potentially fatal business-as-usual complacency. The recommendations contained in its high-profile but anodyne “autopsy” represent, at best, a band-aid for a Party hemorrhaging from a much more fundamental wound: being out of touch with the needs, values, and dignity of the American people.
The GOP high command today resembles nothing so much as our Generals who botched the Vietnam War, betraying our troops, humiliating America, and handing the Soviet Union a victory in the Cold War. The GOP “forensic audit,” like those reports of the Army’s whitewashing its losses in Vietnam, declares “there’s light at the end of the tunnel.” It is a false light indeed.
The Vietnam Army brass bitterly clung to a fundamentally losing doctrine long after its futility had been demonstrated by defeat after defeat. While our troops fought valiantly they were led to perdition by the thoroughly falsified doctrine of “victory through firepower.” Long afterwards, the visionary, courageous, and stubbornly brilliant General David Petraeus transformed the Army back into a winning force.
The GOP super-consultants similarly rationalize the ongoing political humiliations made inevitable by faulty doctrine. Until the GOP learns the lessons that Petraeus taught the Army the Grand Old Party will be operating under a heavy, and quite likely politically fatal, handicap. These are lessons that the left fully has internalized. Continue reading
Colorado Senator Owen Hill found the best words to describe a complete overhaul of Colorado’s election scheme dubbed by Republicans “Colorado’s Voter Fraud Bill.” If signed into law, the bill would allow for the same lax standards of registration and voting as is currently written into CO law but extended to election day. For registration it’s merely the last 4 digits of a Social Security number if the registrant claims they don’t have a Colorado ID. For casting a ballot the standard is as low as an unspecified utility bill, a pay stub, or a bank statement. #Horseshit
The president omitted mention of Operation Fast and Furious, his Department of Justice’s program that ‘walked’ thousands of guns across the border.
President Obama used a speech at Mexico’s Museo Nacional de Antropología – the National Anthropology Museum – to claim that ‘most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States.’
‘I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms,’ Obama said. ‘And as president, I swore an oath to uphold that right, and I always will.’
‘But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people.’
‘That can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States,’ Obama added. ‘It’s the right thing to do.’ Continue reading
Army Manual Outlines Plan to Confiscate Weapons During National Emergency
The blueprint for how Americans would be disarmed during a declared civil emergency is contained in an Army manual that outlines a plan to confiscate firearms to prevent them falling into the hands of rioters or dissidents.
Given the imminent introduction of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s draconian gun control legislation, which would instantly criminalize millions of gun owners in the United States if passed, concerns that the Obama administration could launch a massive gun confiscation effort have never been greater.
In July 2012, the process by which this could take place was made clear in a leaked US Army Military Police training manual for “Civil Disturbance Operations” (PDF) dating from 2006. Similar plans were also outlined in an updated manual released in 2010 entitled FM 3-39.40 Internment and Resettlement Operations.
The document outlines how military assets will be used to “help local and state authorities to restore and maintain law and order” in the event of mass riots, civil unrest or a declaration of martial law. Continue reading
The picture was sent to me by a friend. The shot was taken Monday and shows Democratic Reps. Jeanne Labuda -Denver and Rhonda Fields -Aurora sleeping during a debate over SB13-252. which will drastically raise electric rates for those in rural Colorado, including struggling farmers. What’s up with Colorado Democrat’s #WarOnRuralCO?
From Colorado Peak Politics
It appears even Democrats are tired of House Speaker Mark Ferrandino’s sh*tty calendar management skills.
4/30 UPDATE: The Denver Post‘s Kurtis Lee picked up on the photo:
Photos of lawmakers sleeping at their desks — no matter the late night hour — are never a good look.
And in an era where everyone has a camera, either on their smart phone or tablet, photos can easily be taken — just look at Democratic Reps. Rhonda Fields of Aurora and Jeanne Labuda of Denver.
An image snapped of the two on Friday night as lawmakers debated bills into Saturday morning shows them slumped in their chairs on the House floor with their eyes closed.
4/30 UPDATE 2: Colorado Peak Politics
Soruce: The Colorado Observer
In rejecting the offer, which must be agreed to by both parties according to the current collective bargaining agreement, the District Twelve Educators Association (DTEA) claimed that the offer was nothing more than the “school board intentionally polarizing the open negotiations.”
Collective bargaining agreements between unions and public school districts regulate virtually every aspect of school operations and have far-reaching fiscal consequences.Wonder why? Here is one example of why they don’t want transparency: WATCH VIDEO: Teacher Union Organizer Caught “Off Camera” by jraiffie
Same Day Voter Registration Has Existed For Years In Adams
Fair elections in Colorado are now on the endangered species list! The Democrats’ Election Fraud Enabling Act of 2013, HB13-1303, passed the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on a party-line vote, with all Republicans opposed. Last week it passed the House on a similar party-line vote—not a single Republican Representative voted for it. Yet Democrats are able to tout this monstrosity as a “bipartisan” bill because several supposedly Republican county Clerk-Recorders have endorsed it!
Only Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, El Paso and Weld county clerks are the only ones who have opposed this bill. If you live in any county OTHER THAN these five counties, you need to call your clerk and recorder and demand that they oppose this bill. The Clerk-Recorders in Jefferson, La Plata and Boulder counties have been especially enthusiastic in supporting this terrible bill.
Same-day Voter Registration legislation will have little impact in Adams County because it has existed under the guise of “Emergency Voter Registration” statue enacted in the 1980′s.
The law (C.R.S. 1-2-217.5) allows an individual to register using an emergency registration so long as:
- the voter was registered to vote in a different county
- the voter failed to register in their new county within the limits of the law
- the voter can provide the name, date, and location where they registered using a third-party; or
- the voter registered by Federal postcard or mail registration, which includes voter registration drives.
If a voter tries to emergency register they must under oath state they have completed all the requirements described in Colorado law. Last year from inside a True The Vote War room, I personally witnessed Adams County exercising this process remotely with a “constituent” who was physically in California on election day. She was able to register and cast her ballot remotely. There are no checks in place other than the voter roll which are about to become increasingly inaccurate.
It’s interesting to note that Karen Long did not allow poll watchers inside the count room last November, despite the fact Colorado law dictates that she must. Can you say “selective enforcement of the law?” Karen Long can, and does!
An inquiry was made by one constituent to Long, questioning her support for the voter fraud bill. This is Long’s response: Continue reading
Andrew Breitbart Vindicated
This has got to be one of the most stunning confirmations of media bias, and one of the greatest vindications of conservative media. The New York Times finally noticed the Pigford scandal when they reported Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has likely enabled massive fraud in the Pigford series of legal settlements, in which black, Hispanic, female and Native American farmers have claimed to be victims of past discrimination.
The name “Pigford” comes from the 1997 Pigford v. Glickman lawsuit that got the whole thing rolling.
A succession of courts — and finally the Supreme Court — had rebuffed a bunch of bogus pleas. Instead of an army of potential claimants, the government faced just 91 plaintiffs. On the heels of the Supreme Court’s ruling, interviews and records show, the Obama administration’s political appointees at the Justice and Agriculture Departments engineered a stunning turnabout: they committed $1.33 billion to compensate not just the 91 plaintiffs but thousands of Hispanic and female farmers who had never claimed bias in court.
Think the left was fishing for votes? Andrew Bretibard did. He originally exposed this over two years ago, in which he claimed this program to compensate black farmers for discrimination “became a runaway train, driven by racial politics, pressure from influential members of Congress and law firms that stood to gain million in fees.
Ever since the Clinton administration agreed in 1999 to make $50,000 payments to thousands of black farmers, the Hispanics and women had been clamoring in courtrooms and in Congress for the same deal, and it looks like they are going to get it, courtesy of you Jane and Joe Taxpayer.
The cost of the settlements, which could exceed $4.4 billion, is the result of a process that “became a runaway train, driven by racial politics, pressure from influential members of Congress and law firms that stand to gain more than $130 million in fees,” the Times notes.
Among those influential members of Congress was then-Senator Barack Obama, who made Pigford payouts a priority in exchange for political support for his 2008 presidential campaign among a coveted group of black voters in the rural South, the Times reports.
As president, Obama continued to support payouts for new groups of claimants while abandoning a review process that had been used to fight fraud. The aim was “buying the support” of minorities, according to the Times, while middlemen created a “cottage industry” in defrauding the government.
This is the New York Times, now reporting this. Good thing they didn’t tell its readers about this before the election! They might have gotten some funny ideas about holding Barack Obama accountable.
The deal, several current and former government officials said, was fashioned in White House meetings despite the vehement objections — until now undisclosed — of career lawyers and agency officials who had argued that there was no credible evidence of widespread discrimination. What is more, some protested, the template for the deal — the $50,000 payouts to black farmers — had proved a magnet for fraud.
In the article, claimants described how, at packed meetings, lawyers’ aides would fill out forms for them on the spot, sometimes supplying answers “to keep the line moving,” as one put it. Continue reading