Saturday, 01 October 2011

THE OPERATION FAST AND FURIOUS SCANDAL: UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

Excerpted from cbsnews.com, which is one of the (few, but finally increasing) mainstream media venues covering this ugly, murderous scandal:

WASHINGTON - Late Friday, the White House turned over new documents in the Congressional investigation into the ATF "Fast and Furious" gunwalking scandal.

The documents show extensive communications between then-ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office Bill Newell - who led Fast and Furious - and then-White House National Security Staffer Kevin O'Reilly. Emails indicate the two also spoke on the phone. Such detailed, direct communications between a local ATF manager in Phoenix and a White House national security staffer has raised interest among Congressional investigators looking into Fast and Furious. Newell has said he and O'Reilly are long time friends.

Newly-released White House documents (pdf)

ATF agents say that in Fast and Furious, their agency allowed thousands of assault rifles and other weapons to be sold to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels. At least two of the guns turned up at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry last December. 

The more we find out about Operation Fast and Furious scandal, the greater the White House involvement is.  And I have little doubt that, as additional information is uncovered, we will find out that President Obama, along with his disgraceful toady and sock-puppet of an Attorney General, eric holder, are right in the middle of it.

Keep watching.  Because, based on its relative importance, this may well be Barack Obama's Watergate - multiplied by 100.

When do the rest of our media stop covering for him?


MICHAEL LESSE

Ken Berwitz

As Democrats and, more generally, the left, fall all over each other to attack Chris Christie about his weight, I think I have found an amazingly quick diet for him.

Here is a picture of Michael Moore, which I just pulled from democraticunderground.com:

Holy excrement.  They must have taken 60-80 pounds off this man in the blink of a photoshop.

Governor Christie:  Contact democraticunderground.com immediately!

Hmmm, I wonder if they can run President Obama's budget through the same machine....


THE ATTACK OF THE REPUBLICAN DEATH MELONS

Ken Berwitz

No, that is not the title of a Grade Z exploitation movie (though it would make a pretty good one). 

It is the claim of a Grade Z jerk from MSNBC named martin bashir.

According to this mental midget, the 16 people who tragically died after eating tainted melons from Jensen's Farm in Colorado are the fault of Republicans.  So help me, he actually said that yesterday on the show he hosts for MSNBC (where else?).

Read the verbatim transcript and see for yourself:

"Federal authorities now say that 16 people have died after eating cantaloupe infected with listeria. Among them, William Beach from Mustang, Oklahoma, seen here, who died at the age of 87. His wife found him collapsed on the living room floor struggling to breathe. At least 72 others have been sickened and authorities say those numbers, sadly, are expected to rise.

"And while the source of the outbreak has been identified, that doesn't resolve the root cause of the problem. For far too many years the safety of food in this country has been the subject of conjecture and each outbreak of E-coli or salmonella is always followed by cries for tougher safety standards. And the President heard those cries. Earlier this year, he signed the Food Safety Modernization Act into law, bringing about the largest change to this nation's food safety laws since the 1930s. Yes, he actually tried to do something about it. The President also called for an additional $120 million in funding in order to employ more inspectors so that cantaloupe for brunch would not mean admission to hospital by lunch.

"But guess what actually happened? The proposal died on the vine. Worse still, John Boehner and his Republican majority decided to gut the FDA's food safety and inspection service. First, slashing $87 million from its budget and then another $35 million from the USDA for good measure. Cut, cut, cut. And now the results are in. 16 people have lost their lives. Close to 100 are sick.

"Republicans in Congress talk proudly of their commitment of laissez-faire economics, where government gets out of the way and everything works perfectly. You try telling that to those who ate melon with a side of listeria."

A few questions for martin bashir:

-If 16 people died and 72 or more have been sickened by canteloupes, and the reason is that the bill President Obama signed earlier this year "died on the vine", then how come we haven't been reading about people dying of tainted melons repeatedly over all the years before this happened? 

-For that matter, since the FDA checks all produce, not just melons, and given the immense amount of produce consumed in this country, how come there aren't people dying right and left from produce-caused sicknesses, related to insufficient FDA checking, just about every day? 

-The canteloupes were traced to a specific place - Jensen's Farms in Colorado.  Is there some rich history of Jensen's Farms shipping deadly tainted produce which might have caused the FDA to check these particular melons before they were shipped?  (I did an internet check - admittedly a quick one - and can't find anything other than this one incident).

Y'know, it just might be that it was nothing other than a tragic, but isolated, incident - one that had nothing to do with the FDA's inspection procedures.  

And speaking of the FDA's inspection procedures, I have another few questions: 

-Is it my imagination, or did this bill pass through congress in December of 2010 by a vote of 73-25, with a Republican co-sponsor (Lamar Alexander) and 15 Republican senators voting with the Democrat majority?  Wasn't it funded by the now-Republican house in April?  Isn't it true that - according to the watchdog web site foodct.com - the house proposed that FDA get $2.1 billion dollars, and then the senate - including Republicans as well as Democrats - raised that amount to $2.45 billion dollars? 

-On the other hand, I acknowledge that the legislation had an amendment which could exempt many small farms from scrutiny under certain circumstances.  But before jumping all over that, are you aware the amendment was inserted by Montana Senator Jon Tester, a Democrat?

What does this tell us?  Well, I can't speak for anyone else, but it tells me - again - that martin bashir is a mindless left wing drone, and somne combination of jerk, ignoramus and liar. 

MSNBC should be ashamed to have martin bashir host one of its shows.  But, then again, there are so many people hosting shows on MSNBC that it should be ashamed of, I suppose he just gets lost in the crowd.

hal bloggs Who needs more people inspecting food, oil pipelines and such when industry does such a good job by themselves? Republican Death Melons doesn't sound too tasty. (10/03/11)


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