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Ferguson Protest Leaders have Car Stolen and House Looted!

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I think most people are in favor of lawful, peaceful protests. However, in Ferguson, while some protests have been peaceful, others have not been peaceful. It’s now being reported that at least two protest leaders have become victims, not of the police, but their own neighbors. One woman had her car stolen while another had her home burglarized. Perhaps it’s time they got a wakeup call.

First, take a look at Elizabeth Vega. She is a Ferguson protest leader. According to the Gateway Pundit:

She protested at sports venues and attempted a banner drop. She co-led the St Louis Symphony interruption, was arrested at the pumpkin smashing, yelled at the St Louis Post Dispatch protest, and helped block traffic with her freakshow in Clayton yesterday.

While yelling “F*ck the Police!” apparently her car got stolen.

Does anyone assume that after her rant she dialed up the police to report the theft? Ms. Vega clearly believed that Brown was murdered by evidence of the tweets she sent out and retweeted. Now that justice has been served, she isn’t satisfied because it’s not the way she imagined justice would be. By the way, she did inform everyone that she got her car back.

Then there’s this moral icon. Alexis Templeton has also led Ferguson protests from the beginning. KCUR reported:

Twenty-year-old Alexis Templeton has been on the front lines of protests since she arrived in Ferguson, five days after Brown was shot.

“I was in Phoenix, Arizona, when Michael Brown was shot and killed. When I got back, I immediately hit the ground, standing at the front of riot lines, being face to face with the police,” she said. “That was me for the last 89 days. Tomorrow, it will be three months, the days start to blend together.”

She is a member of Millennial Activists United, a group that was founded in the aftermath of Brown’s death to unify younger Ferguson residents who are fighting to make their voices heard. She says her fellow protesters have become her new family. Trying to create change in her community has become her everyday life.

“I’ve been a Ferguson resident for 13 years,” Templeton said. “Before this happened, I never attended a city council meeting, I never went to a town-hall meeting, I didn’t know there was a newsletter.”

“Now, I attend the city council meetings and people actually want to talk to me. Before, no one would want to talk to us (the younger community.) Now, they wait for me to address the crowd.”

“I wouldn’t say the racial divide is starting to come together,” she added, “but people are starting to acknowledge that there is one so we can start to bridge that gap.”

On November 18, Templeton tweeted out that her house had been looted.
Do you think Ms. Templeton filed a police report? I’m guessing so.

Again, consider what the protests have been about from the beginning. They have been about race, not really an unarmed young man being shot, whether in self-defense or not. They have been purely about race, and the race baiters and government provocateurs have been only too happy to descend on Ferguson and help ignite the fires, literally.

The question I have for Ms. Vega and Ms. Templeton is very simple, when will we see you begin to protest those that loot and damage property in the same manner and with the same energy that you have protested the death of a thug punk like Michael Brown? When will you begin protests against the real problem in your own community, your own people?


Holder's role in 'largest scam against taxpayers

by Greg Corombos


Over five-and-a-half years, Attorney General Eric Holder has politicized the Justice Department in ways never seen before, and the department’s external and internal actions are establishing a pattern of using the law to achieve political ends and taking cronyism to a new level, according to a scathing book on Holder’s tenure.

In addition to chronicling Holder’s personal and professional drift to the left and how that ideology manifests itself in his approach to justice, “Obama’s Enforcer” by Hans von Spakovsky and John Fund also offers a detailed look into some of the most explosive controversies of the Holder era.

Just days after taking office in 2009, Holder labeled the U.S. a “nation of cowards” for not having a more frank national discussion on race.

Fund and von Spakovsky contend Holder is blatantly engaging on racial bias, most notably on voting laws such as his fight against any state laws requiring voters to present photo identification before casting a ballot.

“They’re clearly waging a war on election integrity. I have come to the belief that they really seem to think that any kind of measures that would make fraud harder to commit or might dissuade or deter people who are not U.S. citizens from voting, all of that might hurt the Democratic Party. I think that’s one of the reasons they are doing that,” said von Spakovsky, who added that Holder makes it very clear he views civil rights as a one-way street.

“There’s an inspector general’s report that was released last year about the mismanagement of the civil rights division. They did interview Eric Holder about that. It’s very clear that he does not believe in the race-neutral enforcement of federal discrimination and voting laws. I find that appalling in the chief law enforcement officer of the United States,” said von Spakovsky, who is himself a former Justice Department official.

Listen to the WND/Radio America interview with Hans von Spakovsky:

He said Holder’s philosophy is not only evident in the policies he pursues but in the cases he chooses not to prosecute.

“I know a case of almost 300 non-citizens who were registering and voting in Virginia. That information was sent to the Holder Justice Department, which refused to do anything about it, despite the fact that it’s a federal felony to engage in that type of behavior,” he said.

In addition to picking and choosing which cases to take up, the authors allege Holder is also fostering a hostile atmosphere within the civil rights division toward anyone not marching in lockstep with his political agenda. They say it’s an accusation the inspector general documented in his report.

“It documents the extensive bullying and intimidation of anyone perceived to be a conservative. This is done by other liberal, career lawyers and it has been approved of by the Obama political appointees who refuse to do anything about it,” said von Spakovsky.

Part of the problem, he said, is the track record of Holder packing the Justice Department with political allies as quickly as possible.

“This administration has bent and broken federal rules on hiring to put political cronies of the president and his party into career positions as well as hiring almost exclusively from liberal advocacy organizations,” said von Spakovsky, who added that clearing out the bullies and the political operatives from these key positions is much harder to do than most people realize.

“The rules governing career positions are extremely strict, and firing someone is very, very difficult. This administration has shown it has no interest in firing or disciplining liberal career folks who engage in this kind of behavior. One particular employee who is still in the civil rights division actually committed perjury by lying to the inspector general’s investigators when they were looking at the problems in the civil rights division. She was neither disciplined nor terminated for committing perjury. In fact, she was treated as a hero by the Obama folks who were there,” said von Spakovsky.

Fund and von Spakovsky say Holder’s approach to racial issues also extends to mass fraud and fleecing American taxpayers to further an agenda, seen most clearly in the Pigford case, they say.

In 1997, a black North Carolina farmer named Timothy Pigford sued the Department of Agriculture, alleging that he had been discriminated against in the pursuit of a federal loan. Two years later, a judge turned it into a class-action suit and any black farmer could join the lawsuit.

“A claims process was set up in which you would automatically get $50,000 if you simply filled out a form that said you had attempted to farm. That generated huge numbers of claims that were all paid off without question. The estimates are that 80-90 percent of the claims were fraudulent,” said von Spakovsky.

The payouts continued throughout the Bush administration, and von Spakovsky said the Obama administration doubled down on the fraud.

“A second lawsuit was filed in the Obama administration, this one adding Hispanics, women and Indian farmers,” he said. “It was very clear that this was a bogus lawsuit. There was no evidence that these groups had been discriminated against. The line lawyers at the Justice Department said there was no evidence here. They could easily win this suit. They were overridden by the White House.

“There was a meeting called at the White House of these lawyers. They were told this would be settled. It would be paid off. It was very clear the White House wanted to use these taxpayer funds to make payments to these groups that they considered to be political supporters and constituents of the president and the Democratic Party.”

Beyond the disturbing changes Fund and von Spakovsky see at the Justice Department, they say rolling back these efforts will be next to impossible, even with different leaders in place.

“This president has gotten exactly the attorney general he has wanted,” said von Spakovsky. “It’s going to take a new attorney general, someone with very high ethical and professional standards, to try to turn around the Justice Department and clean up what has happened. But they’re going to have a very hard time doing that because there will be many entrenched career lawyers there, people hired by this administration who will be doing everything they can to stop and fight any attempt to clean things up.”


Judge Signals She’ll Force Holder to Hand Over Fast & Furious Documents


U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson was openly irritated both with Attorney General Eric Holder and with the U.S. House of Representatives over whether executive privilege allows Holder to withhold documents on Operation Fast and Furious. But she also signaled she would rule against Holder in part, making it likely that Congress—and the public—could learn the truth about a gun-running scandal that ended with a murdered federal agent.
Berman began today’s hearing in Washington, D.C.’s federal district court with an opening statement about this case “concerning the suspected illegal flow of firearms from the United States to Mexican drug cartels.” She said that the “risks and flaws” of the Obama administration’s program were “tragically realized” when U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered with a firearm that the administration let flow to the cartels as part of this program.
But she emphasized that the May 15 hearing was not about those issues, and instead narrowly focused on whether President Barack Obama could assert executive privilege to protect Holder’s refusal to hand over certain documents to Congress. Those documents concerned why Holder misinformed Congress on Feb. 4, 2011, claiming that the Department of Justice (DOJ) never allowed firearms to make it into Mexico.
On Oct. 11, 2011, Congress subpoenaed all the relevant documents that would explain why Congress was misinformed, including whether the misinformation was deliberate deception.
On June 20, 2012, DOJ informed Congress that Obama asserted executive privilege over those documents, saying they would reveal the deliberative process at DOJ and threaten the constitutional balance of power. Therefore Holder would not provide them. Holder became the first sitting attorney general in American history to be held in contempt of Congress.
Berman harshly criticized both sides, saying, “Reading the briefs were somewhat distressing.” But the Obama-appointed judge was especially critical of the U.S. House for its filings, saying the “[Government Oversight] Committee’s briefs are exactly what I was assured they would not be.” According to her, they were “accusatory” and “seemed more directed at the press than to me.”
Breitbart News has previously explained the different forms of executive privilege relevant to this lawsuit. Moving on the arguments over those forms, she indicated she will rule against the House’s argument that executive privilege does not apply at all to these documents.
But she also signaled she will rule against DOJ’s argument that Holder can withhold everything after Feb. 4, 2011. “Is there any case anywhere that talks about that?” she asked. DOJ admitted there was none, and that they were asking the court to recognize a new constitutional protection for the executive branch that the federal courts had never before upheld.
As Berman saw it, Holder admitted he misinformed Congress. The House wants to know why. She balked at DOJ’s argument that Holder can withhold everything explaining how that came to be.
Jackson said she is likely to issue an opinion holding that there is a form of executive privilege relevant here that covers “intra-branch deliberations” and that it has “some constitutional underpinnings,” but it is much weaker than it would be if Obama were personally involved. She also signaled that under the ruling she would devise, DOJ would have to persuade her on each document as to why she should allow Holder to withhold it from Congress.
She suggested that under Supreme Court and federal appellate precedent, she would likely only allow documents to be withheld if they were both (1) leading up to an executive decision and (2) contained the deliberations back-and-forth about what the administration should do in carrying out its duties.
A ruling is expected in the next few months.
Breitbart News senior legal analyst Ken Klukowski is a fellow with the American Civil Rights Union and on faculty at Liberty University School of Law. Follow him on Twitter @kenklukowski.

Federal Judge Slams Holder for ‘Unprecedented Instruction’ He Had ‘No Authority to Establish’

A federal judge criticized Attorney General Eric Holder for directing prosecutors to pursue shorter prison sentences for drug crimes before new guidelines for sentencing had been approved.

The U.S. Sentencing Commission approved the reduced sentences for federal drug trafficking offenses on Thursday. Holder endorsed the move last month, and the Justice Department instructed prosecutors not to object if defendants sought the newly-proposed guidelines during sentencing.

The Justice Department’s eagerness to apply more lenient sentencing before it had been approved through the appropriate channels frustrated commission member Judge William H. Pryor Jr., despite his support for the reform.

“I regret that, before we voted on the amendment, the Attorney General instructed Assistant United States Attorneys across the Nation not to object to defense requests to apply the proposed amendment in sentencing proceedings going forward,” he said Thursday.

“That unprecedented instruction disrespected our statutory role, ‘as an independent commission in the judicial branch,’ to establish sentencing policies and practices under the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984… and the role of Congress, as the legislative branch, to decide whether to revise, modify, or disapprove our proposed amendment…We do not discharge our statutory duty until we vote on a proposed

“This action by the U.S. Sentencing Commission represents a milestone in our effort to reshape the criminal justice system’s approach to dealing with drug offenders,” he said in a statement calling on Congress to legislation that would help reduce the prison population.

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Eric Holder says we make our own laws - state AGs don't have to defend laws against gay marriage

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It’s highly unusual for the U.S. Attorney General to step into state matters, but that’s exactly what Eric Holder has done, telling his counterparts at the state level they don’t have to defend certain laws they feel are discriminatory — specifically, laws against gay marriage, the New York Times reported Monday.

“Mr. Holder was careful not to encourage his state counterparts to disavow their own laws, but said that officials who have carefully studied bans on gay marriage could refuse to defend them,” the Times added.

So far, six attorneys general have refused to defend state laws banning gay marriage. All six are Democrats, and have sparked criticism from Republicans who say they have a duty to uphold the law.

But Holder sees it differently and says an attorney general should scrutinize a law before deciding whether or not to defend it.

“Engaging in that process and making that determination is something that’s appropriate for an attorney general to do,” he said.

“If I were attorney general in Kansas in 1953, I would not have defended a Kansas statute that put in place separate-but-equal facilities,” he added.

According to Holder, the gay rights movement and battles over gay marriage are an extension of the civil rights battles of the 1960s.

A number of people found Holder’s declaration disturbing, Twitchy said.

The Washington Examiner’s Byron York, for example, tweeted: “NYT wrote Holder ‘careful not to encourage his state counterparts to disavow their own laws.’ But that’s what he did.”

Another person wondered what would happen if a conservative attorney general decided not to enforce a law enshrining gay marriage, speculating that Holder would be the first to denounce that attorney general.

John W. Suthers, a Republican serving as Colorado’s attorney general says he personally opposes “a number” of the state’s laws, but enforces them anyway, even though some are contrary to his religious beliefs.

“But as my state’s attorney general, I have defended them all — and will continue to,” he said.

“We are the ultimate defenders of our state constitutions,” added Wisconsin Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen, another Republican.

Van Hollen also suggested Holder keep his nose out of state affairs.

“It really isn’t his job to give us advice on defending our constitutions any more than it’s our role to give him advice on how to do his job,” he said.

“If there’s one clear-cut job I have, it’s to defend my Constitution,” he added. “There is no one else in position to defend the State Constitution if it comes under attack.”

Holder is set to address the National Association of Attorneys General on Tuesday, a group headed by by Van Hollen.

Senator Mike Lee Grills Eric Holder on Executive Orders

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) questions Eric Holder on NSA meta-data collection and unilateral executive orders of questionable constitutionality. Sadly, Attorney General Eric Holder can’t explain what the constitutional basis for President Obama’s executive orders are. (Hint – there are none. Obama is breaking the law.) So fun to watch Eric Holder squirm – go get ‘em Senator Lee!

Eric Holder's DOJ Provided Finances And Support For Anti-Zimmerman Protest

holdersharptonA division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was deployed to Sanford, Florida in 2012 to provide assistance for anti-George Zimmerman protests, including a rally headlined by activist Al Sharpton, according to newly released documents.

The Community Relations Service (CRS), a unit of DOJ, reported expenses related to its deployment in Sanford to help manage protests between March and April 2012, according to documents obtained by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.

CRS spent $674.14 between March 25-27 related to having been “deployed to Sanford, FL, to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.” CRS spent another $1,142.84 for the same purpose between March 25-28.

CRS spent $892.55 “to provide support for protest deployment in Florida” between March 30-April 1, and $751.60 “to provide technical assistance to the City of Sanford, event organizers, and law enforcement agencies for the march and rally on March 31.”

Sharpton, who promoted the Tawana Brawley hoax in the 1980s and in 1995 led a protest against the “white interloper” owner of a Harlem clothing store that ended in a deadly shooting rampage at the store, was a featured speaker at the March 31 rally, called “The March for Trayvon Martin,” where he advocated for Zimmerman’s prosecution.

CRS expenditures related to the anti-Zimmerman protests continued through mid-April. Between April 11 and April 12, CRS spent $552.35 “to provide technical assistance for the preparation of possible marches and rallies related to the fatal shooting of a 17 year old African American male.”

Local government officials noticed the Department of Justice’s efforts in building “bridges of understanding” in Sanford.

“Congratulations to our partners, Thomas Battles, Regional Director, and Mildred De Robles, Miami-Dade Coordinator and their co-workers at the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service for their outstanding and ongoing efforts to reduce tensions and build bridges of understanding and respect in Sanford, Florida,” wrote Amy Carswell, Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board Program Officer, in an April 16 email.

“Thank you Partner. You did lots of stuff behind the scene to make Miami a success. We will continue to work together,” DOJ official Thomas Battles wrote in reply to Carswell.

“That’s why we make the big bucks,” Carswell replied.

CRS was established by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to the CRS web page, “The Community Relations Service is the Department’s ‘peacemaker’ for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, and national origin. Created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, CRS is the only Federal agency dedicated to assist State and local units of government, private and public organizations, and community groups with preventing and resolving racial and ethnic tensions, incidents, and civil disorders, and in restoring racial stability and harmony.”

A Department of Justice spokesperson said that she did not know off the top of her head what CRS’ role was in the anti-Zimmerman protests but is currently trying to figure out that answer. The Daily Caller will update this story upon receiving a statement from DOJ.


DOJ spokesperson Dena Iverson emailed a statement to The Daily Caller, saying, ”The Community Relations Service was in Florida as part of their mandated mission,” along with a link to the CRS’s website.


In an interview on HuffPostLive today, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett said Attorney General Eric Holder isn’t going anywhere for a while, amidst calls for his resignation.

HuffPostLive: One last question for you, it’s been a rough start to the second term for some people, especially Attorney General Eric Holder. What does he need more of flexibility or resistance. I meant to say resilience, clearly he has offered some resistance.

Valerie Jarrett: Eric Holder is resilient, and I think one of the reasons why Eric Holder continues to have the President’s full confidence and respect is that Eric never loses sight of what he is there for . He is there to be the chief lawyer for the United States of America and to make sure that all our rights are protected and to defend our country. To make sure that he is an advocate for those whose civil rights have been infringed upon or anyone whose rights have been infringed upon. There are people all around the country who are counting on him to be the Attorney General, and so yes he is resistant and he is tough and he is strong and he is perfectly capable of defending himself. And He is an outstanding attorney general who enjoys the full confidence of the President of the United States.

HuffPostLive: You said the full confidence of the President, but there has been speculation that Attorney General Eric Holder may not be the Attorney General for very long, but it sounds like you are saying that’s definitely not the case.

Valerie Jarrett: That’s definitely not the case, and one of those things you learn in this business is don’t listen to rumors. You can take it from me obviously and I know the president pretty well and I know the Attorney General very well and he will be in his position for quite a while.

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Judge Jeanine - Eric Holder Should Be Indicted

I’ve really come to look forward to Judge Jeanine’s monologues because she is one of the few who will tell the brutal truth no matter how politically incorrect or sensitive. And in this week’s monologue she takes on America’s top law enforcement agent and head of the DOJ, Eric Holder, and rakes him across the coals for the lies he has told and how he is running the DOJ. She calls him a political operative and says he needs to be indicted – and then she writes the actual indictment. Fantastic!

Selective Amnesia Alert: Holder Not Sure How Many Times He’s Seized Press Records

by Vince CoglianeseEric 12

Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that he isn’t sure how many times he’s seized reporters’ records.

“I’m not sure how many of those cases … I have actually signed off on,” Holder said in an interview with NPR’s Carrie Johnson. “I take them very seriously. I know that I have refused to sign a few [and] pushed a few back for modifications.”

Holder’s answer serves as confirmation that the Justice Department’s secret seizure of The Associated Press’s phone records is not an isolated incident.
Though the decision to subpoena information from media organizations normally falls to Holder, he insists that he recused himself from the AP case, leaving Deputy Attorney General James Cole to make the decision.

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