Anyone from Mass knows who Dianne Wilkerson is, for those who don’t, she was caught on tape stuffing cash from an undercover FBI agent into her bra.
Via Boston Globe:
The event honored 18 “women of color changing our world,” but one recipient was singled out for special praise.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh went off script at last Thursday’s event, recognizing his “dear friend” at Table 2. State Representative Gloria Fox described her as a sister in politics and said they had been an “unbeatable team.” And former state representative Willie Mae Allen, just before handing this guest her plaque, said, “We’re depending on you.”
Accepting was former state senator Dianne Wilkerson, once the highest-ranking black woman in state government but recently inmate No. 21757 038, convicted of accepting $23,500 in bribes.
It was the first time many had seen Wilkerson since her release from a federal prison in Danbury, Conn., in September, and it was a homecoming few ex-offenders receive when reentering society. Not only did the Prince Hall Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star Jurisdiction of Massachusetts Inc. honor her at the Grove Hall event, but MassEquality will also recognize her among a slew of other champions of gay marriage at an event later this week. [...]
She officially exited in mid-November 2008, the day after her indictment and three weeks after her initial arrest.
Eighteen months later, after initially pleading not guilty, Wilkerson pleaded guilty to eight counts of attempted extortion for taking $23,500 in bribes, including ten $100 bills she stuffed into her bra as the scene was recorded by the FBI.
The eight cash payments, made in 2007 and 2008, came from a witness who was cooperating with the FBI and from undercover agents. The money was to secure a liquor license for a nightclub and legislation to pave the way for a commercial development in Roxbury, which she represented.
Dianne Wilkerson in action:
SOURCE: Weasel Zippers
Barack Obama told Bill O’Reilly there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS targeting scandal.
Then explain this…
The attorney for Lois Lerner will not testify next week in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform without immunity or a court order.
FOX News reported:
The attorney for Lois Lerner, a central figure in the IRS scandal, said Wednesday his client will not comply with a request to return to Capitol Hill next week to testify.
Attorney William Taylor said Lerner, who resigned last year as the agency’s tax-exempt organizations chief, will return only if compelled by a federal court or if given immunity for her testimony.
Taylor stated his position in a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He was responding to a letter Tuesday from Issa saying, in part, that Lerner’s testimony remains “critical to the committee’s investigation.”
The committee continues to investigate the IRS’ targeting of Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations trying to get tax-exempt status.
Issa and Lerner’s attorneys continue to argue about whether she is protected under the Fifth Amendment from having to testify.
Last year, Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment right during her first-and-only appearance before the committee, but only after she professed her innocence during an opening statement.
“We understand that the committee voted she had waived her rights,” Taylor wrote Issa. “We continue to respectfully disagree.”
SOURCE: The Gateway Pundit
IMPEACHMENT……I have a better and quicker idea, how about calling the the FBI and have Obama and Holder arrested! There so much proof on those two “THUGS” to put them away so far they would have to “pipe sunshine” back to their cells!…….Papa Mike
The House Judiciary Panel is holding a special hearing today to see if the president went over the line of the US Constitution to advance his agenda.
ENFORCING THE PRESIDENT’S CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO FAITHFULLY EXECUTE THE LAWS
You can watch live on CSPAN.
Depending on the findings of the panel the Obama Administration may be forced to follow the US Constitution or other extreme measures may be taken including impeachment proceedings.
I think we can agree that Congress has fairly limited means of redress in the event that the executive branch circumvents the legislative branch through its decisions not to enforce certain federal law. Congress can try to pass new laws to either remedy or defund a violating action – but a president who undertook the action will not likely support the measure. Where the action rises to a “high crime or misdemeanor,” the House may initiate an impeachment proceeding. But, such an avenue would surely be extremely divisive within the Congress and the nation generally, and would divert the attention of Congress from other important issues of the day.
Finally, judicial relief could be sought, but we well know that that process can take years and years while the underlying transgression continues.
Rep. H. Tom Rice (R-SC) added this testimony:
The “take care” clause in Article II, section 3 of the Constitution provides that the President shall “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” While the President has the right to exercise reasonable discretion, he may not choose which laws shall be enforced. This is fundamental to our constitutional framework. Knowing the expectations for the executive branch, I have watched President Obama’s various actions with great dismay.
My constituents overwhelmingly share this dismay. Throughout my first months in office, my constituents continually voiced the same refrain: President Obama is overstepping the bounds of his office and Congress is doing nothing to stop his power grabs. Some have even suggested impeachment. If the President can continually use his discretion to rewrite laws without congressional approval, the House of Representatives and the Senate may as well cease to exist. This erosion of our separation of powers diminishes our democracy; leaving us with an imperial presidency.
SOURCE: The Gateway Pundit
Ambassador John Bolton was on The Factor tonight to discuss Barack Obama’s curious foreign policy. The former UN ambassador told Bill O’Reilly that Obama is actively trying to diminish the power of this nation.
Bill O’Reilly: Do you, John Bolton, believe that the president of the United States is actively trying to diminish the power of this nation?
Ambassador John Bolton: Yes, how else do you explain his defense budget?
Bill O’Reilly: Why is he trying to hurt the nation? If he diminishes our power we are weaker. Why does he want to make us weaker?
Ambassador John Bolton: Well, as I think I said before, in his view a weaker America is a less provocative America and therefore will contribute to international peace and security. I think it’s the opposite. I believe a weaker America invites challenge.
Bill O’Reilly: So you really believe he wants to weaken this nation and in doing that we will be safer?
Ambassador John Bolton: That is his view. I believe that is correct and I believe that is the predominant view in academia in America today.
Via The Factor:
A 36-year-old Michigan man shot himself in the head in front of his girlfriend while giving her a lesson in gun safety.
“(The situation) is pretty unique, as I have never heard of anyone testing out the safety of a gun by pointing at their head and pulling the trigger,” said Independence Township Undersheriff Michael McCabe.
After spending most of the day drinking, the man started to demonstrate how his three handguns worked, his girlfriend told authorities. To show hat they were empty, he put each to his head and pulled the trigger. The third was loaded.
The woman was performing CPR on the man when the police arrived. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
SOURCE: Knuckledraggin My Life Away
Ted may be a bit rough around the edges, BUT it’s amazing that CNN will focus on words, which hurt NOBODY then will not focus on FOUR DEAD AMERICANS in Benghazi! Will not focus on the lies Obama told on Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS and Obamacare! They will not focus on Obama violating his oath to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States. Will not focus on Obama, violating US Laws. Will not focus on Obama dismantling our military and making us weak, in a volatile world! They will not focus on his terrible foreign policy, where we the United States of America, have become the laughing stock in the world. They will not focus on Obama increasing our debt more than all other Presidents combined. Will not focus on Obama destroying our economy. Will not focus on Obama, saying there is income inequality, while he is spending millions on vacations, party’s, and golfing!……
SOURCE: Sent to me by Ron
Can you believe what this man has gotten away with? Once again he has broken the law and if you think ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC or any major newspaper is going to tell you much about this your dreaming! Obama and the rest of the DIMocrat Kool-Aid drinkers will support him 100%…..Papa Mike
ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER tells state AGs they do not have to defend laws they feel are discriminatory — even though those laws were passed by a legislature and signed by a governor — effectively giving the green light for states to stop defending gay marriage bans.
You can read more about this HERE
Guest Post by Kristinn Taylor with the Gateway Pundit.
Obama bundler Jodie Evans, far left, and Medea Benjamin, third from right, protest in Yemen with al Qaeda tied group al Karama, June 17, 2013. Photo via al Karama.
Terrorist supporter Susan ‘Medea’ Benjamin spoke sympathetically of al Qaeda terrorists in a speech to a leftist group in Miami, Florida last week.
Benjamin, co-founder of the leftist front group Code Pink, spoke on February 18th to a gathering of fellow leftists at Florida International University according to a report by the leftist site FightBack!News.
“Medea Benjamin spoke about her travels to American-created war zones and areas being targeted by U.S. drones. She described tragic encounters with families of those murdered by American drones in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia – including the mother of three sons who were all targeted and killed by drone strikes.
“”It is horrible that there are so many innocent casualties,” she said. “But even those actually targeted by drones and labeled as ‘militants’ are usually young people who join organizations like Al Qaeda because they don’t have much and have run out of options. Hearing their families speak about them was like hearing about young people who decide to join gangs in the U.S.””
Yes, Susie, people who join al Qaeda–the world-renowned terrorist group famous for the 9/11 attacks on America–are doing so for the paycheck, not the promise of eternal life with 72 virgins and the chance to slaughter Americans, Jews and anti-Islamist Muslims with bombings, plane hijackings and suicide attacks.
Benjamin also fails to note that many al Qaeda terrorists are well educated sons (and daughters) of privilege.
Last year Benjamin and her Code Pink co-leader—and Obama bundler—Jodie Evans traveled to Yemen where they met with the father of slain al Qaeda spiritual leader Anwar al-Awlaki and raised funds for the families of al Qaeda terrorists.
Such talk and terrorist alliances have not prevented Code Pink from working with President Barack Obama and leaders in the Democratic Party.
The youth vote was critical in Barack Obama’s reelection.
More college-educated Millinials are jobless and living in poverty than any other 20th Century generation at that age.
It’s not all good news, though. The Pew found that the both the share of college-educated 25 – 32 year-olds unemployed and those living in poverty is greater than any other generation of the 20th century at the same age. And while salaries for college grads have grown by $7K over the last 40 years, median earnings for those 25 – 32 have been stagnant for decades, even as the cost of education has soared. Other data from the University of Waterloo actually shows Millennials underearning their parents at the same age.
As well, there are important limits to the Pew’s research to consider. Their data only includes Millenials who were employed full-time during the previous year, regardless of education level. In essence, they’re only surveying those Millennials for whom education has actually paid off as to their views on education. It’s easy to say that education is a worthwhile investment if your degree has actually benefited you in the form of gainful, career-oriented work. Absent from the discussion and from the Pew’s somewhat heartening news are the attitudes of the millions of recent college grads who are unemployed or underemployed, like the 15% of 2013 grads who fall into one of those camps, or the 36% working jobs that don’t require their degrees.
Actor Gary Sinise, best known for his role as Leutinent Dan in Forrest Gump, is a rare example of a Hollywood celebrity who gets it. He spends his free time performing free concerts for America’s troops and even builds houses for disabled veterans. What a great example for the rest of Hollywood to follow.
Rand Paul speaking out on just one of the things wrong with our gummint. Read the bills and follow the rules. No one read Obummercare. We had to pass it to find out what was in it.
In violation of the rules, the Dims in the Senate did not pass a budget for three years. Rules? We don’t need to follow any steenkin’ rules!
Obungler, illegally I may add, keeps changing Obummercare. Why does he think he can get away with it? Because he does. We as citizens refuse to hold our gummint accountable. Thank you for killing the American Dream.
SOURCE: Grouchy Old Cripple
Only the presence of a Bible over his heart saved the life of a Dayton, Ohio, bus driver who is in the hospital today with injuries suffered during a form of BLACK MOB violence called a “polar bear attack.”
Police say the bus driver is lucky to be alive after three BLACK “teenagers” stabbed and shot him. A Bible over the bus driver’s heart stopped two bullets and allowed him to fight off a knife attack from his assailants.
One additional bullet struck him in the leg. The teens also stabbed him in the arm.
The attack came this morning at 5:30 when the driver stopped his bus because of mechanical difficulties.
“As he was outside of the bus assessing how to fix the problem, the three suspects came up to him and said they had to ‘shoot a polar bear,’” police told WHIO news.
“The bullets did not penetrate into the victim’s chest. There was obviously some kind of intervention involved in this incident because he (the driver) should probably not be here,” said Dayton Police Sgt. Michael Pauley.
Wake up America we can NOT allow this to happen! Since Obama has been in office AMERICA is NOT the number one “Super Power”, China and Russia has blown right by us and now with these ridiculous military cuts we rank right up there with the Salvation Army!……Papa Mike
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called for more cuts to the military this week.
The Obama administration proposed cutting the Army bac
FOX News reported:
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will reportedly propose a Pentagon budget that will shrink the U.S. Army to its smallest number since 1940 and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets.
The New York Times reported late Sunday that Hagel’s proposal, which will be released to lawmakers and the public on Monday, will call for a reduction in size of the military that will leave it capable of waging war, but unable to carry out protracted occupations of foreign territory, as in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Under Hagel’s plan, the number of troops in the Army will drop to between 440,000 and 450,000, a reduction of at least 120,000 soldiers from its post-Sept.11 peak.
Officials told the Times that Hagel’s plan has been endorsed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and protects funding for Special Operations forces and cyberwarfare. It also calls for the Navy to maintain all eleven of its aircraft carriers currently in operation. However, the budget proposal mandates the elimination of the entire fleet of Air Force A-10 attack aircraft, as well as the retiring of the U-2 spy plane, a stalwart of Cold War operations.
The budget plan does keep money for the F-35 warplane, a project which has been beset by delays and criticism over design flaws.
Other characteristics of the budget will likely draw further ire from veterans groups and members of Congress. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Hagel would recommend a limit on military pay raises, higher fees for health-care benefits, less generous housing allowances, and a one-year freeze on raises for top military brass.
SOURCE: The Gateway Pundit
Well, now……here’s something I never knew before, and now that I know it, I feel compelled to send it on to my more intelligent friends in the hope that they, too, will feel edified. Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future. This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as ‘plucking the yew’ (or ‘pluck yew’). Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and they began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See, we can still pluck yew! Since ‘pluck yew’ is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodental fricative ‘F’, and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute! It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as ‘giving the bird.’ And yew thought yew knew every plucking thing. Thanks Jim
Well, now……here’s something I never knew before, and now that I know it, I feel compelled to send it on to my more intelligent friends in the hope that they, too, will feel edified.
Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future. This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as ‘plucking the yew’ (or ‘pluck yew’).
Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and they began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See, we can still pluck yew! Since ‘pluck yew’ is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodental fricative ‘F’, and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute! It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as ‘giving the bird.’
And yew thought yew knew every plucking thing.
Feel good story of the day.
DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -
A Detroit woman surprises an armed robbery suspect in her home. He pointed a gun at her head, but the woman was armed. Bullets started flying and the suspected ended up dead.
Police were called to the 67-hundred block of Abington Ave. after a the suspect was shot to death. We’re told it happened around 12:30 Saturday morning when the homeowner parked the car in her garage. She was walking to the front of the house when out of nowhere the suspect appeared and held a gun to her head. Sources say the woman, who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, shot the suspect seven times. He fired one shot before he died.
The woman’s husband did not want to talk on camera but he tells Fox 2 his wife made it out alive “by the grace of God.” He says she bought a gun to protect herself and that’s exactly what she did in this case.
This is the second story this week that we have done of people using the Second Amendment to protect themselves in Detroit. Thankfully, the Detroit Police Chief is very supportive of concealed carry, and recognizes, particularly given Detroit’s limited resources, how important it is to be able to protect oneself.
Craig said he started believing that legal gun owners can deter crime when he became police chief in Portland, Maine, in 2009.
“Coming from California (Craig was on the Los Angeles police force for 28 years), where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of CCWs (carrying concealed weapon permits), and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying; that was my orientation.
“I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”
SOURCE: The Gateway Pundit