Brennan Confirmed for CIA

The Senate voted to confirm John Brennan as CIA Director, 63-34.

Meanwhile, Eric Holder wrote to Sen. Rand Paul, telling him that the President has no authority to use a drone to kill an American “not engaged in combat” on American soil.

The rationale for killing someone like American Anwar al-Awlaki by drone in Yemen was that he was an enemy combatant.  You can kill an enemy combatant anywhere, on U. S. soil or abroad.

Paul Ends Filibuster

Rand Paul has ended his filibuster blocking the vote on John Brennan to be CIA Director.

Why doesn’t somebody filibuster to get stronger gun and ammunition laws?  Our kids are bazillion times more likely to be killed by a nut with a gun than Obama with a drone.

And I don’t get this obsession with drones.  On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard shot 67 rounds in 13 seconds at Kent State University.  Four students died and nine were wounded.  Some of them were peacefully protesting the Vietnam War, others were watching the demonstration from a distance, and others just happened to be walking by.

I also feel that Rand Paul and Eric Holder have been talking past each other.  Paul keeps using the example of an American sitting in a cafe in the U. S. and getting blown away by a drone.  Holder made clear that would be an inappropriate use of lethal force.  Where Holder has left the door open a teeny, tiny crack for drone strikes within our borders has been in a Pearl Harbor or 9/11 situation — so an act of war against our country on our soil.  In that case, the President as Commander in Chief would be justified in using any weapons we have to defend against such an attack.

Eric Holder Found in Contempt of Congress

The House of Representatives found Eric Holder to be in contempt for not producing documents related to Fast and Furious, documents President Obama has claimed do not have to be released because of Executive Privilege.

Because of the wing-nut conspiracy theory that Fast and Furious was intended to deprive us of our Second Amendment rights, the National Rifle Association told House members that this vote would count as part of their NRA “score.”  That’s why 17 Democrats voted in favor, out of fear of the NRA.

The overall vote was 255 in favor, 67 against, and 110 not voting.  Two brave Republicans voted against.

I believe that this vote will be remembered as a truly ridiculous and shameful episode in the history of the House.

Obama’s Bloody Thursday

If I worked at the White House, I’d get in extra early on Thursday, having had valium for breakfast.

The Supreme Court will announce its decision on Obamacare, and the House will vote on whether Eric Holder is in contempt over Fast and Furious.

Some early Fourth of July fireworks will be exploding at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Note to Sasha and Malia — You don’t want to ask for a raise in your allowance on Thursday.

Note to Bo — You don’t want to mess on any carpets on Thursday.

Note to Michelle — You don’t want to make a fuss if the Prez has a cigarette (or half a pack) on Thursday.



Issa Admits No Evidence of White House Wrongdoing

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Darrell Issa, the GOP congressman leading the witch hunt investigation into Fast and Furious admitted that he has no evidence that the White House was involved either in any cover-up or in misleading Congress.

Of course this won’t stop the Fox Machine from spinning its Second Amendment conspiracy theories or in going after President Obama on this.

I should point out that I’m not a fan of Eric Holder and was disappointed when he was appointed Attorney General.  I was very upset about President Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich, and Holder was up to his eyeballs in that.