sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thanksgiving Day 2024

This is not original with me, however, it's food for thought in the land of the ObamaNation.

  "Winston, come into the dining room, it's time to eat," Julia yelled to her husband. 
  "In a minute, honey, it's a tied score," he answered.
  Actually Winston wasn't very interested in the traditional holiday football game between Detroit and Washington.
  Ever since the government passed the Civility in Sports Statute of 2017, outlawing tackle football for its "unseemly violence" and the "bad example it sets for the rest of the world", Winston was far less of a football fan than he used to be.
  Two-hand touch wasn't nearly as exciting. Yet it wasn't the game that Winston was uninterested in. It was more the thought of eating another Tofu Turkey. Even though it was the best type of Veggie Meat available after the government revised the American Anti-Obesity Act of 2018, adding fowl to the list of federally-forbidden foods, (which already included potatoes, cranberry sauce, and mincemeat pie), it wasn't anything like real turkey.
  And ever since the government officially changed the name of "Thanksgiving Day" to "A National Day of Atonement" in 2020, to officially acknowledge the Pilgrims' historically brutal treatment of Native Americans, the holiday had lost a lot of its luster.
  Eating in the dining room was also a bit daunting. The unearthly gleam of government-mandated CFL light bulbs made the Tofu Turkey look even weirder than it actually was, and the room was always cold.
  Ever since Congress passed the Power Conservation Act of 2016, mandating all thermostats - which were monitored and controlled by the electric company - be kept at 68 degrees, every room on the north side of the house was barely tolerable throughout the entire winter.
  Still, it was good getting together with family. Or at least most of the family.
  Winston missed his mother, who passed on in October, when she had used up her legal allotment of life-saving medical treatment.
  He had had many heated conversations with the Regional Health Consortium, spawned when the private insurance market finally went bankrupt, and everyone was forced into the government health care program. And though he demanded she be kept on her treatment, it was a futile effort.
  "The RHC's resources are limited", explained the government bureaucrat Winston spoke with on the phone. "Your mother received all the benefits to which she was entitled. I'm sorry for your loss"
  Ed couldn't make it either. He had forgotten to plug in his electric car last night, the only kind available after the Anti-Fossil Fuel Bill of 2016 outlawed the use of the combustion engines - for everyone but government officials.
  The fifty mile round trip was about ten miles too far, and Ed didn't want to spend a frosty night on the road somewhere between here and there.
  Thankfully, Winston's brother, John, and his wife were flying in.
  Winston made sure that the dining room chairs had extra cushions for the occasion. No one complained more than John about the pain of sitting down so soon after the government-mandated cavity searches at airports, which severely aggravated his hemorrhoids. Ever since a terrorist successfully smuggled a cavity bomb onto a jetliner, the TSA told Americans the added "inconvenience" was an "absolute necessity" in order to stay "one step ahead of the terrorists."
  Winston's own body had grown accustomed to such probing ever since the government expanded their scope to just about anywhere a crowd gathered, via Anti-Profiling Act of 2020. That law made it a crime to single out any group or individual for "unequal scrutiny," even when probable cause was involved. Thus, cavity searches at malls, train stations, bus depots, etc., etc., had become almost routine.  Almost.
  The Supreme Court is reviewing the statute, but most Americans expect a Court composed of six progressives and three conservatives to leave the law intact. "A living Constitution is extremely flexible", said the Court's eldest member, Elena Kagan. "Europe has had laws like this one for years. We should learn from their example", she added.
  Winston's thoughts turned to his own children. He got along fairly well with his 12-year-old daughter, Brittany, mostly because she ignored him. Winston had long ago surrendered to the idea that she could text anyone at any time, even during Atonement Dinner. Their only real confrontation had occurred when he limited her to 50,000 texts a month, explaining that was all he could afford. She whined for a week, but finally got over it.
  His 16-year-old son, Jason, was another matter altogether. Perhaps it was the constant bombarding he got in public school that global warming, the bird flu, terrorism, or any of a number of other calamities were "just around the corner", but Jason had developed a kind of nihilistic attitude that ranged between simmering surliness and outright hostility.
  It didn't help that Jason had reported his father to the police for smoking a cigarette in the house, an act made criminal by the Smoking Control Statute of 2018, which outlawed smoking anywhere within 500 feet of another human being.
  Winston paid the $5,000 fine, which might have been considered excessive before the American dollar became virtually worthless as a result of QE13. The latest round of "quantitative easing" the federal government initiated was, once again, to "spur economic growth." This time, they promised to push unemployment below its years-long rate of 18%, but Winston was not particularly hopeful.
  Yet the family had a lot for which to be thankful, Winston thought, before remembering it was a Day of Atonement.
  At least, he had his memories.
  He felt a twinge of sadness when he realized his children would never know what life was like in the Good Old Days, long before government promises to make life "fair for everyone" realized their full potential.
  "Maybe we wouldn't be where we are today if we'd just said 'enough is enough' when we had the chance," he thought.
Maybe so, Winston. Maybe so.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Do we live in the City of Brass?

Tax the rich, feed the poor? 'till there are no rich no more?

..They said: “Who has hate in his soul? Who has envied his neighbour? 
Let him arise and control both that man and his labour.” 
They said: “Who is eaten by sloth? Whose unthrift has destroyed him? 
He shall levy a tribute from all because none have employed him.” 
They said: “Who hath toiled, who hath striven, and gathered possession? 
Let him be spoiled. He hath given full proof of transgression.” 
They said: “Who is irked by the Law? Though we may not remove it. 
If he lend us his aid in this raid, we will set him above it!
So the robber did judgment again upon such as displeased him, 
The slayer, too, boasted his slain, and the judges released him. 
----Kipling, The City of Brass, written in 1909. Read the whole work at the link cited.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Secret Plans

It may be that I'm the only one who notices that every single presidential candidate running for office is "working on his plan for America's financial health"... except Herman Cain. The secret plans are getting a little old. When you announce that you want to be the leader of the free world, shouldn't you already have a plan? 

Call me old fashioned if you will. (h/t Dale for the graphic, right)

The odious, coercive politics of 'pass the bill so you can see what's in it' is at the same time what we're seeing with the presidential field - none of whom want to come out with anything out of fear that it won't be popular.

America has seen Obama's plan and we know that it didn't work. By extension, we know that his new plans (more stimulus, more debt, more spending) won't work any better than his last one has. The hope and change fizzled and nobody in Europe is planning on pushing for another Nobel Prize or any other reward for Obama. He was acclaimed  for the color of his (father's) skin. That's about as far as it's gone. Even though a black man can be president, we still have affirmative action and all of the welfare vestiges of Johnson's Great Society.

Secret Plan Example: We know that Obama and friends had a plan to institute tough gun control in America. They would sell guns from America secretly to narcotics mafia members in Mexico and then have the Mexican Army seize them and demonstrate that there was a NEED for gun control. However, the secret plan didn't work. 

What I don't want to see is a field of Republican presidential candidates who all have 'secret plans' for America's economic recovery. There is no need for a secret. TELL US and we'll make up our minds for ourselves.

Explaining to me that you are working on a plan that I'm sure to like is not enough! Suggesting that once you're in the White House, you're going to unveil your new plan -- is a secret plan. 

One parting shot: I hate the idea of a national VAT (Cain's 9-9-9) and would rather see a flat income tax of somewhere around 18% for EVERYONE who earns money in America. No deductions for anything. However,  I'm sure that a lot of you will take exception with my suggestion.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Breaking Bad (TV Series)

I'm not a big TV series guy. However, I need to confess that lately, I've become a fan of Breaking Bad. The AMC television series recently completed its fourth season and I'm told by one of the law enforcement advisors who works with the show that there will be a fifth season with 16 episodes that may show over two years.

The law enforcement types who I'm friendly with have been urging me to watch this show and I resisted (see paragraph one). Until lately. I didn't want to watch at television show about people who cooked meth. However, friends prevailed on me. Utilizing my daughter's Netflix account, I went back to the beginning and when there was 'nothing on' in the evening, retreated to the den and watched past episodes on the computer. Now I'm hooked.

For those of you who didn't see the show, this is the plot (no big spoiler): Breaking Bad is set and produced in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It's the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), with the aim of securing his family's financial future before he dies. However, he doesn't die. His cancer went into remission. 

I don't know whether it's a dark comedy or a television drama. However there is a vast amount of 'reality' in the series. Watch a recap of the first two seasons below:


As of the end of Season Four, "Walt" and "Jessie" are still not money ahead.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Four More Years?

He could be a contender.

Really it's the Republican's ball to fumble, and they haven't been all that impressive so far. Yes, I know that people will vote against Obama. But, is that all  that the conservatives have to say for themselves?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

53% Movement

47% of Americans pay no income taxes at all.

For the most part, those are the people that you see protesting that they want more free stuff from the government (which means, from the 53% who do pay income tax) fall into that 47% category. Should I be proud to be one of the people subsidizing the lives of those shiftless protesters who are camping out on Wall Street?
"The result is a tax system that exempts almost half the country from paying for programs that benefit everyone, including national defense, public safety, infrastructure and education. It is a system in which the top 10 percent of earners -- households making an average of $366,400 in 2006 -- paid about 73 percent of the income taxes collected by the federal government. "(LINK)

I'm thrilled to be in the category who paid 73% of the taxes. However the Obama plan to levy another 5% tax on me and my high-living crowd doesn't seem to be quite fair when roughly half of all Americans pay no income tax at all. The Democratic Administration feels that the 'rich' don't pay their fair share. 73% isn't a large enough percentage... 

Anyone who works a regular job, 40 hours a week, will end up in the 53% category of people who pay at least some income taxes.

This means that the patrons of the Obama Administration are the chronically lazy.

The so-called 99% group that now are protesting aren't quite 99%.

Thoughts on the Grenade Walker Scandal

How many thousand hand grenades?

Read more about the M-67 hand grenade HERE - and at FAS.

(CBS News - Sharyl Attkisson) Police say Jean Baptiste Kingery, a U.S. citizen, was a veritable grenade machine. He's accused of smuggling parts for as many as 2,000 grenades into Mexico for killer drug cartels -- sometimes under the direct watch of U.S. law enforcement.
This story continues to develop in all its permutations. And when you consider the implications of the United States of America's conduct in this ongoing scandal, it boggles the mind. The US Attorney's Inspector General's Office is investigating this. However since Cynthia Schnedar (photo right) is a close personal friend and political patron of Attorney General Eric Holder (READ MORE HERE), nobody believes that this is going anywhere except to the shredder.

It's interesting to see that DOJ's take on hand grenades 'walking' across the US/Mexico Border is that they are 'novelty items'. The BATFE and the DOJ took a wholly different view of these “novelty items” when they were in the possession of the Branch Davidians. When the Davidians had them, they were evidence of a conspiracy to build an unlawful arsenal of automatic weapons and explosive devices. (The Davidians had sold the inert grenades mounted on a wooden base with a numbered tag that said "Complaint Department – Please Take A Number" attached to the pin at gun shows for years.)

As an aside -- Let me get this straight. It's 'legal' to walk over 2,000 hand grenades from the US to Mexico, but it's illegal for the average citizen to carry a loaded handgun in California... (I'm simply asking for a reality check)

In addition to the hand grenades (MORE HERE), stand by for 'machine gun walker' and more breaking news as the scandal continues to unfold. 

(NY Times) Meanwhile, Attorney General holder is prosecuting Mansor Atbabsiar (photo left) for plotting with the Los Zetas Drug cartel to kill the Saudi Ambassador, His Excellency Dr. Adel A. al-Jubeir. Based on the news reports, the Iranian Qods Force (a branch of the Republican Guard) wanted Atbabsiar to use a bomb to kill the ambassador while he ate lunch in a crowded restaurant, but WHAT IF, they'd have settled for the Los Zetas Cartel to have used hand grenades instead? Novelty items...

(on a lighter note) Could things get this crazy ->
The Mexican government had a high level cabinet meeting. The country was about to go bankrupt and couldn't seem to find its way out of the crisis. Actually this is the scenario with every Mexican Cabinet meeting - but hang with me on this. 
After much arguing, Patricia Espinosa said:  "I know how to save our country. We will declare war on the United States!" 
Everyone was struck dumb for a moment and then started questioning the Secretary of State's sanity.
Jose Francisco Blake Mora, the Secretary of Gobernacion thought about it for a moment and nodded his head vigorously. "Patricia is correct! The Americans have traditionally helped their former foes after war. Despite long-drawn out war with Germany and Japan, the U.S. did so much, they were returned to world leader status in a few short years. So I propose we declare war, have a few skirmishes, then surrender and negotiate our way to greatness."  
Everyone of the cabinet ministers liked the idea. Tequila shots were poured and everyone drank a toast to Patricia Espinosa for coming up with the best idea during the meeting. Everyone except General Guillermo Galvan, who had one of those depressed looks spread across his face that he's famous for. 
"General, what is wrong, my friend?” President Calderon asked. “We will declare war on the United States, lose, and then have my good friend Barack Hussein Obama stimulate OUR economy and pay our way to greatness. How could you be so sad?" 
The general lifted his big head from his hands and slowly, painfully asked, "But what happens if we win?"


Thursday, October 13, 2011

When the Zombies Rise!

My children have been asking me for quite some time, "What are you preparing for?"

My stock response is, "When the Zombies attack, I don't want to be caught with my pants down."

I don't know if my children simply trust what I say so much that they never questioned me, but apparently they ACTUALLY believed that I feared that the dead would rise (hungry for living flesh to consume) and would attack. This came up last weekend and I informed them that Zombies were a (politically correct) metaphor.

Living in California, one simply can't be too careful when it comes to preparation. There is a massive unprepared population that will panic if things start circling the drain and there's essentially nowhere to run.

There are two kinds of people trained/untrained. Best to be trained. You can be prepared or unprepared. Best to be prepared. 

I'm not touting prudent measures to protect yourself and feed yourself. You need to do that yourself and if you're satisfied, maybe you're prepared and trained.

One thing is certain. If you live in a large city and order breaks down, you need food, water, shelter and a means of defense. If you live in a small city, people from a large city will be there soon (they may be Zombies). 

My Advice: Walk softly, carry a big stick. 

And if the undead rise from their graves, I'll say, "I told you so...I just joked about the metaphor."

The little dog is unprepared to deal with the inevitable. 


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How Cool is THIS?

Yes, I have been referred to at times as a 'techno nerd' because I love cool gadgets. Mia Culpa...

Nothing is immune from technical improvement, not even a stove top. (LINK)

When I was a kid, my grandparents had a coal stove at home. That's right, you had to put newspaper, then kindling, then small pieces of coal to get it hot enough to burn larger pieces of coal. So breakfast was an hour from when you started heating the stove. And once hot, the stove was hot for the day, making the warmer days...memorable. That explains why antebellum homes had the kitchen in a separate building. To take a bath, you put pans of water on the stove and then moved them to the tub. Not exactly space age technology.

With a coal stove, you control the heat by moving the pan around. It's a long way from "The William".

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Gunrunner: Sinister Lies and Dark Motives

Sinister lies and dark motives underpin the US Justice Department's OPERATION GUNRUNNER. 

Why did the US Government (in effect) sell at least 2,000 firearms to the Sinaloa Federation Narcotics Cartel in Mexico? Why did they do the same thing in Honduras?

To find the answer, we need to look at what the government claimed - "90% of the firearms seized in Mexico came from US gun dealers." The Ninety Percent Lie. The truth of the matter is that, "Of the 100,000 weapons recovered by Mexican authorities, only 18,000 were determined to have been manufactured, sold, or imported from the United States, and of those 18,000, just 7,900 came from sales by licensed gun dealers."

Because the statistics claimed by the Obama Administration in 2009 were unsupportable by any genuine data, somebody, and we don't know precisely who, floated the idea that DOJ needed to let a lot of firearms move from US Dealers to the drug cartel(s). The operation, fronted by ATF, supported heavily by DEA and FBI needed to be funded and the Obama Administration deftly slid the funding into HR1 - The Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act (2009), also called "Stimulus 1". 
‘For an additional amount for ‘State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance’, $40,000,000, for competitive grants to provide assistance and equipment to local law enforcement along the Southern border and in High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to combat criminal narcotics activity stemming from the Southern border, of which $10,000,000 shall be transferred to ‘Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Salaries and Expenses’ for the ATF Project Gunrunner.’ (link above)
I do understand that few in Congress actually read the $800 billion bill before they signed it, but SOMEBODY in the Obama Administration understood what the money was for. They tried to obtain the funding for Operation Gunrunner before HR 1 in HR 495, but that never made it out committee. It must have seemed a lot easier to slip it into the "Stimulus". 

There was a widespread effort on the part of the US Government to facilitate the shipment of firearms to Latin American countries (Operation Castaway to Honduras - Operation Gunrunner to Mexico) (LINK). Why?
It would seem that members of the US Government conspired to create the statistics that they presented to the public but were unsupportable for the purpose of facilitating enhanced gun control in the US.

There is really no other possible conclusion.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Obama's Pet Reporter - Brian Williams (NBC)

Brian Williams - one of the LEAST credible reporters in Washington DC

Whenever the President of the United States wants to talk to the camera under the guise of an interview, he calls NBC and Brian Williams trots over to let Barack Obama spin it anyway he wants - and by so doing, show his absolute contempt for real reporters and for the press in general. 

Many people find the mainstream media's slavish devotion to the Obama Administration troubling, which is why FOX News leads in the polls. I personally gave up on such media icons as CBS Sixty Minutes because when it came to the Obama Administration, they have provided the Fourth Estate with a sheet of music and the media sang the song to the public.

One of the few exceptions to this absolute lack of credibility on the part of CBS has been the fair, forthright and courageous coverage that Investigative Reporter Sharyl Attkisson has given to the Administration's unconscionable lies to allegations raised by the Congressional Investigation into Operation Fast and Furious. The Baltimore Sun ran THIS STORY.
David Surawik (Baltimore Sun) put it this way: The blowback from the White House and DOJ has been petty, nasty and has failed to responsibly address the serious charges Attkisson's reporting raises. This is exactly the White House contempt for the press that I wrote about shortly after Obama's inauguration. It's the White House I came to know when I criticized it for its war against Fox News in 2009... But here's the larger point that needs to be made: Team Obama is in full campaign mode, and because of their fundamental contempt for the press, that means they reward those who come on bended knee and they punish those who dare to question them. (emphasis is mine)
Team Obama, under the direction of David Plouffe, will try and find a way to punish CBS News for Attkisson's work, make no mistake about it. As I said two years ago, I have not seen a White House as vindictive in its dealings with the press since the one inhabited by Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew. But CBS News isn't backing down so far.
What a shocking change by CBS - and maybe it's a return to the old days when the took they hard stories and did genuine reporting.

Meanwhile, don't wait for a real story to come from Brian Williams and NBC. Obama will write their scripts and the news drones will read them.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

What About Obama's Transparency Standard?

Obama on transparency in government:

The Obama White House has taken a different approach to the scandal involving the Operation Gunrunner/Operation Fast and Furious/Operation Castaway Scandal. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has constantly explained to the American people that the Obama Administration is withholding information from the Congressional inquiry, and Attorney General Eric Holder's statements under oath to Congress are nothing short of outright lies.

A growing list of congressmen are calling for Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation (The Daily Caller). Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) said, "In Main Street America, you’d never get away with this,” Gosar said. “The people who’ve been responsible would’ve already been in jail. There is something wrong and there is something right. This crossed the threshold of what was wrong.” 
“I think we need to find out all the facts because this is wrong,” Gosar said. “We’ve clearly gone astray. We broke into a hotel and burglarized in Watergate, and those people were held to criminal charges – and they went to jail. How do you define this to the [Border Patrol Agent Brian] Terry family?” 
“If those guns hadn’t walked, if those guns had surveillance, if those guns had had tracings, they would’ve known exactly where they were and this wouldn’t have happened – or at least the chance of it would not have happened.”
In addition to obscurity on the totality of the role that Attorney General Holder played in the scandalous and irresponsible conduct that led to Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's death, we are also left wondering about the totality of what the FBI and DEA did in connection with this matter. These agencies are changing their story as weeks pass just the way that Holder is trying to 'remake' his perjured testimony before Congress.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Charge Holder in State Court as an Accessory to Murder?

Can Attorney General Eric Holder and his staff be tried in state court for accessories to murder if they knowingly supply guns to felons (and members of Mexican drug mafias) who then use those firearms to murder law enforcement officials or American?

That's the question that people are now asking and the legal answer isn't clear. Holder, BATFE Agents, and DOJ facilitators are not immune from prosecution for willful acts that are crimes under state law. I'm sure that the Attorney General's Office (DOJ) wouldn't prosecute its chief executive. State courts could be another matter.

California Penal Code Sections 30-33 suggest that the US Attorney General could be vulnerable. No, I'm not suggesting that Eric Holder would ever be tried for a felony in the People's Republik of Kalifornia. However the California Penal Code is instructive since there's hardly any state in the union that is more liberal.
CPC 31 and 33
31. All persons concerned in the commission of a crime, whether it be felony or misdemeanor, and whether they directly commit the act constituting the offense, or aid and abet in its commission, or, not being present, have advised and encouraged its commission, and all persons counseling, advising, or encouraging children under the age of fourteen years, or persons who are mentally incapacitated, to commit any crime, or who, by fraud, contrivance, or force, occasion the drunkenness of another for the purpose of causing him to commit any crime, or who, by threats, menaces, command, or coercion, compel another to commit any crime, are principals in any crime so committed. 
33. Except in cases where a different punishment is prescribed, an accessory is punishable by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars ($5,000), or by imprisonment in the state prison, or in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Does furnishing firearms to a drug mafia with reckless abandon meet the standard? You be the judge because maybe you'll be the juror.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Perjury and Holder's Guns

Lying under oath may not be a crime for a politician. The natural defense is that when you lie for a living, telling a whopper is simply normal and natural.

However that defense strategy may make sense to Attorney General Eric Holder, it doesn't wash with anyone outside of the beltway. 

Slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry died at the hands of Mexican Cartel members who wielded Holder's guns. So did a LOT of innocent Mexican citizens inside Mexico and who knows how many citizens inside of the United States?

It's the ultimate in hubris for the Attorney General of the United States to sit before Congress and LIE for the sake of his own skin and that of his boss, President Obama.

CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson (left) is one of the more courageous investigators in the news business these days. The lady is known for absolute integrity, huge moxie, and fearlessness. The Weekly Standard reported that CBS may be attempting to muzzle her and put a spike in her efforts to expose the criminal enterprise of Holder/Obama. (READ MORE HERE). However, Attkisson reported on Twitter yesterday: @SharylAttkisson Don't worry! Nobody is being silenced.

The news media asks questions 
and the White House responds with hubris and smugness. 

Listen to the White House spin below:

I'm gratified that Congress and the news media is asking the right questions.

Let's review Holder's testimony one more time (below).

What do YOU think? Did Holder lie to Congress?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Operation Fast and Furious Damage Control

How much damage control at the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is enough to distance the now disgraced Operation Fast and Furious/Gunrunner program from President Obama and attorney general Holder personally? There were 'reassignments' and the acting director is connecting paperclips, pulling full pay in some bureaucratic oblivion. The NSC staffer who kept the President informed was transferred to the State Department and shipped to Iraq where he will remain on a 'secret mission' so long as Obama is in office so that he won't have to testify before Congress.
Congressional investigators for Republicans Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) have asked to interview O'Reilly by September 30. But the Administration informed them that O'Reilly is on assignment for the State Department in Iraq and unavailable. (CBS News)
A White Paper has been circulating through the Department of Justice for some time suggesting that the ATF should be eliminated and its 450 agents, dismissed from government service. (how's that hope and change working for the ATF agents?)

Despite White House assertions that neither President Obama nor Attorney General Holder knew about the operation allowing over 2,000 firearms to be sold to the Sinaloa Federation narcotics cartel, their arguments are wearing thin. For a more detailed understanding of the views of those INSIDE ATF on this situation, you may wish to visit CLEAN UP ATF.
"Managers, Counsel, Internal Affairs and staff of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (BATFE or "ATF") have repeatedly given false testimony, concealed substantial waste, fraud and abuse, abused their lawful authority, and waged systematic campaigns of reprisal against their own employees that dare to speak out. This website is intended by members of the ATF community to promote restoration of integrity, accountability and responsibility to ATF's leadership, and regain the trust of the American taxpayer." (
New Disclosures 

(Link to CBS News) CBS Investigative Reporter Sharyl Attkisson learned that in addition to OPERATION FAST AND FURIOUS (Phoenix OCDETF Investigation including ATF, DEA, FBI, etc.), and OPERATION CAST AWAY (Miami OCDETF Investigation including ATF, DEA, FBI, etc.), a third operation was underway from the Tuscon Office called "OPERATION WIDE RECEIVER". I honestly don't know how many similar operations were being run through the Department of Justice, but nobody has looked in Texas, New Mexico or California yet... (hint)
One administration source says White House national security staffers were "briefed on the toplines of ongoing federal efforts, but nobody in White House knew about the investigative tactics being used in the operation, let alone any decision to let guns walk." (CBS News)
To read the most recently disclosed e-mail between the White House and the Operation Fast and Furious team in action CLICK HERE.