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American Spring, anyone?

Icelanders-overthrow-governmentThere’s a story that was largely ignored by the establishment press (an oddity, I know) this past spring which should have been one of the biggest news items of the year. In America these days, the press typically has one reason for ignoring or spiking stories, of course: If it doesn’t fit the narrative of the political left, it isn’t covered.

The particular nature of this one, however, speaks volumes as to why it was glossed over and why the one buried mention mischaracterized the item entirely.

In April and May of this year, citizens of the nation of Iceland essentially overthrew their government, establishing a new constitution and a citizens’ oversight framework intended to check the actions of their government in the future. The impetus for this was a major banking scandal that emerged in 2008 and whose repercussions have carried through to the present. This involved the collapse of all three of the country’s major privately owned commercial banks following their inability to refinance their short-term debt and a run on deposits. It is said to have been one of the worst aspects of the global economic meltdown that had its roots in the machinations of radicals in the U.S., complicit lawmakers and unscrupulous mortgage banking officials.

Now, the Icelandic banking scandal itself did come to light and was widely reported, but the ultimate result – the government being ousted – was not. In fact, a New York Times piece on the uprising (the “buried mention” to which I referred) framed the Icelanders as ingrates for disrespecting the political factions that had graciously navigated them through that turbulent period of time. It also did not cover the Tahrir Square-style demonstrations that gave rise to the subsequent elections.
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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns
Holder & Obama: A 1-2 impeachment punch

Holder & Obama: A 1-2 impeachment punch

obama-holder1On the one hand, I’d hate to be a fly on the wall of the White House these days, considering the palpable tension that must certainly exist given the pressures from mounting scandals, the ire of the American people over the chaotic Obamacare rollout and President Obama’s serial deceptions concerning same.

On the other hand, I might quite enjoy being a fly on the wall of the White House these days.

As was widely reported, on Nov. 19, a group of House Republicans introduced a resolution to call for the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder. The resolution alleges that Holder committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” during his tenure as head of the Justice Department, specifically relating to Holder’s lack of cooperation during their investigation into the Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking scandal, his refusal to prosecute individuals involved in the Internal Revenue Services’ targeting of conservative political nonprofit groups, his failure to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act and alleged false testimony regarding the Department of Justice investigating Fox News reporter James Rosen.

Last year, the House voted to cite Holder for contempt of court after he refused to turn over documents relating to Fast and Furious. Holder filed an appeal to prevent that case from going forward last week, but early this week, a federal judge denied his request.
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Posted by Erik Rush in Columns, Obama