Tuesday, October 4, 2011

400-408 – At least two scandals now going on in the Obama White House, Solyndra and Fast & Furious.

(2:24) CBS Reports on the scandal last night (10/3/2011).

(:04) AG Eric Holder before the House Judiciary Committee (5/3/2011)  "I'm not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks." 

• Fox News (10/4/2011) House Republicans Request Special Counsel to Probe Holder on 'Fast and Furious'.

EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans are calling for a special counsel to determine whether Attorney General Eric Holder misled Congress during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Operation Fast and Furious, Fox News has learned.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, was sending a letter to President Obama on Tuesday arguing that Holder cannot investigate himself, and requesting the president instruct the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel.

The question is whether Holder knowingly made false statements of fact under oath during a Judiciary Committee hearing on May 3. At the time, Holder indicated he was not familiar with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program known as Fast and Furious until about April 2011. 

"I'm not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks," Holder testified.  [This was said 5/3/2011.]

However, newly discovered memos suggest otherwise. For instance, one memo dated July 2010 shows Michael Walther, director of the National Drug Intelligence Center, told Holder that straw buyers in the Fast and Furious operation "are responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then supplied to the Mexican drug trafficking cartels."

Other documents also indicate that Holder began receiving weekly briefings on the program from the National Drug Intelligence Center "beginning, at the latest, on July 5, 2010," Smith wrote.

"These updates mentioned, not only the name of the operation, but also specific details about guns being trafficked to Mexico," Smith wrote in the letter to Obama. 

"Allegations that senior Justice Department officials may have intentionally misled members of Congress are extremely troubling and must be addressed by an independent and objective special counsel. I urge you to appoint a special counsel who will investigate these allegations as soon as possible," Smith wrote.

// House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told Fox News on Tuesday that Holder saying he didn't understand the question rather than he didn't know of the program is not a successful defense to perjury.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, added that months before Holder testified -- on Jan. 31 -- he came to Grassley's office, where Grassley gave him a letter detailing the investigation of Fast and Furious.

"If he read my letter, he knew on January 31," Grassley told Fox News. "He probably actually knew about it way back in the middle of last year or earlier. 

• CBS News (10/3/2011) ATF Fast and Furious: New documents show Attorney General Eric Holder was briefed in July 2010.

WASHINGTON - New documents obtained by CBS News show Attorney General Eric Holder was sent briefings on the controversial Fast and Furious operation as far back as July 2010. That directly contradicts his statement to Congress.

On May 3, 2011, Holder told a Judiciary Committee hearing, "I'm not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks."

Yet internal Justice Department documents show that at least ten months before that hearing, Holder began receiving frequent memos discussing Fast and Furious.

The documents came from the head of the National Drug Intelligence Center and Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.

In Fast and Furious, ATF agents allegedly allowed thousands of weapons to cross the border and fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

It's called letting guns "walk," and it remained secret to the public until Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered last December. Two guns from Fast and Furious were found at the scene, and ATF agent John Dodson blew the whistle on the operation.

Ever since, the Justice Department has publicly tried to distance itself. But the new documents leave no doubt that high level Justice officials knew guns were being "walked."

Two Justice Department officials mulled it over in an email exchange Oct. 18, 2010. "It's a tricky case given the number of guns that have walked but is a significant set of prosecutions," says Jason Weinstein, Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division. Deputy Chief of the National Gang Unit James Trusty replies "I'm not sure how much grief we get for 'guns walking.' It may be more like, "Finally they're going after people who sent guns down there."

The Justice Department told CBS News that the officials in those emails were talking about a different case started before Eric Holder became Attorney General. And tonight they tell CBS News, Holder misunderstood that question from the committee - he did know about Fast and Furious - just not the details.

413-423 – •• John Hayward (Human Events, 10/3/2011) Fast and Furious: White House Connection Grows Deeper.

• Mark Hemingway (Weekly Standard, 10/3/2011) CBS News Reporter Says White House Screamed, Swore at Her Over Fast and Furious.

428-438 – • USA Today (10/3/2011) 'Solar-coaster' hits as sun sets on federal subsidies.  $13.6B for 17 solar projects.

• LA Times (10/3/2011) Obama defends loan to Solyndra, calling it a 'good bet'.

• Victor Davis Hanson (NRO, 10/4/2011) Ten Lessons from Obama:  In less than three years Barack Obama has reversed all expectations.

• Fox News (10/3/2011) Mexico City Considers Two-Year Marriages.

443-452 – Mike Goldsworthy, pastor of Parkcrest Christian Church in Long Beach.


• Be the 7th caller right now for 2 tickets to see the David Crowder Band this Saturday at the Hollywood Palladium!

458-508 – Bruno Serato, owner of the White House restaurant in Anaheim ( is among the Top Ten Finalists for CNN's Heroes for 2011.  If he wins on December 11th, it means $250,000 to Caterina's Club, a 501c3 he founded in 2005 in honor of his Italian mother that has delivered 330,000 pasta dinners to the "Motel Kids" in Anaheim, underprivileged and homeless children who otherwise would likely have to wait to eat until school the next morning.  Over 300 kids per night, 7 days a week!  Vote for Bruno at, up to 10 times a day!  Bruno challenges other restaurants to do the same in their communities.

• OC Register (9/27/2011) Bruno Serato named among CNN's Top 10 Heroes:  Local recognized globally for his work with 'Motel Kids.'

• Women's Day (6/3/2010) Caterina's Girls Club Provides Hot Meals to Anaheim Motel Children.

512-523 – Bruno Serato,

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558-608 – Katie Davis, is the founder of Amazima Ministries (, which matches orphaned children with sponsors worldwide.  Katie was an 18-year-old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville in 2006 who went on a short missions trip during Christmas break to Uganda and ended up falling in love with the children.  She returned the following year and began the process of adopting 13 orphaned daughters, while teaching and feeding more than 1,200 children a week.  She shares her story in her new book Kisses from Katie:  A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption (Amazon).  "Amazima" (a-mah'-z-ma) in Ugandan means "truth."

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Despite the rough conditions in which Katie lives, she has found a life of service to God to be one of great joy. Katie's children bring constant delight and help her help others by welcoming whoever comes to their door. As the challenges grow, so does Katie's faith and her certainty that what she's doing in Uganda, one person at a time, will have far-reaching rewards. It isn't the life she planned, but it is the life she loves.

To further her reach into the needs of Ugandans, Katie established Amazima Ministries. The ministry matches orphaned children with sponors worldwide. Each sponsor's $300/year provides schooling, school supplies, three hot meals a day, minor medical care, and spiritual encouragement. Katie expected to have forty children in the program; she had signed up 150 by January 2008; today it sponsors over 450. Another aspect of the ministry is a feeding program created for the displaced Karamojong people—Uganda's poorest citizens. The program feeds lunch to over 1200 children Monday-Friday and sends them home with a plate of food; it also offers basic medical care, Bible study, and general health training.

Katie Davis, now 22, is more than fascinating, she's inspiring, as she has wholeheartedly answered the call to serve. 

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• John Cogan & John Taylor (WSJ, 10/3/2011) Stimulus Has Been a Washington Job Killer.  The political graveyards are full of politicians who thought that temporary, targeted economic policies would get them re-elected.  Mr. Cogan, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of public policy at Stanford University, served as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget during the Reagan administration. Mr. Taylor, a professor of economics at Stanford and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, served as under secretary of the Treasury during the George W. Bush administration.