Larwyn’s Linx: Forbes flat-out calls for Obama’s impeachment, and their argument is ironclad

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Nation

Forbes flat-out calls for Obama’s impeachment: YoungCons
Joblessness at Record Level; So Why Does Dayspring Have a Job?: R.S. McCain
AWESOME: Tea Party group seeks candidate to primary Boehner : Scoop

Panicked Pelosi runs from Obamacare: ‘It’s called the Affordable Care Act’: BPR
In search of liberal Browncoats: John Hayward
Since the Recession Ended, U.S. Economy Jobs’ Shortfall: 7.9 Million: RWN

The Democrats’ Feckless Attacks on Income Inequality: Michael Barone
Stockman: Graham-Cornyn gun bill “is the Holy Grail of gun control.”: Bob Owens
McCain Faces Censure from Arizona Republicans for ‘Terrible Record’: TopRight

Economy

The December 2013 Employment Situation Report: Innocent Bystanders
It’s Official: The US Created Less Jobs In 2013 Than 2012: ZH
Sessions: ‘For Every One Job Added, Nearly 5 People Left the Workforce’: WS

Who Needs Ayn Rand? America Has Already Gone John Galt: Roger L. Simon
Texas Parks & Wildlife has a SWAT Team: III Percent
de Blasio Appoints Occupy Wall Street Activist As City Council Speaker: Glob

Scandal Central

House Dems Join GOP on Bill to Require HHS to Tell Public About Obamacare Breaches: Bridget Johnson
BREAKING NEWS: STATE DEPARTMENT NAMES THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR BENGHAZI: Gretawire
Benghazi Victims Demand Real Investigation: FPM

Dem senator intimidated state officials to cook books on Obamacare numbers: BPR
From Illegal Immigrant to Gaining Top Secret Security Clearance: Outpost
Education experts blast DOJ’s apparent call for race-based system of punishment of schoolkids: Fox

Climate & Energy

It will create 120,000 jobs: Time to build the Keystone XL pipeline: Marathon
“Climate Change,” Bridgegate and Illini Chicks with Guns:“Carry On”: MOTUS
We’ve Become A Nation Of Weather Wimps Or Something: Cove

Media

24 Underreported Democrat Scandals That Make News Media’s ‘Bridgegate Mania’ Look Like a Joke: IJR
Like A Boss: Chinese Tycoon Wants to Buy NYT, Hands Out Epic Business Card: TruthRevolt
Mark Levin endorses Barbara Comstock for Wolf’s House seat: Cameron Joseph

Why America Is Headed Toward Bankruptcy In 13 Terrifying Quotes: John Hawkins
A Secret History of the American Crash: Gonzalo Lira
Proof that the Plame case was a hoax: Clarice Feldman

Humana says Obamacare enrollee mix ‘worse than expected’: Rick Moran
Media BiASS: Already 17 Times More Coverage of Bridge-gate Than Last 6 Months of IRS: Mad Medic
Quick History Lesson: Act Well Your Part

World

State Department Renewed Benghazi Lease w/o Security Requirement: Daniel Greenfield
Colorado: Muslim imprisoned for enslaving maid appeals denial of his request to be released: JihadWatch
Implosion: The End of Russia and What it Means for America: Shoshana Bryen

Mounting tensions between China and the US: Sudhanshu Tripathi
Feds Tell Veteran He Will Lose 2nd Amendment Rights Because of PTSD: Salem News
Tennessee: Muslim cemetery approved at (illegally approved) mosque: Creeping

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

AT&T: No, Sponsored Data does not violate Net neutrality: Zach Epstein, BGR

Cornucopia

Whoa ~ More Leftovers From Wednesday on Friday: Woodsterman
Working Kinda Late On A Friday Evening, Ain’t Ya?: Western Rifles
FPSRussia is back!: Bearing Arms

Image: American team identifies tomb of obscure Egyptian king
Today’s Larwyn’s Linx sponsored by: Send a message to the Beltway elite: support Matt Bevin

QOTD: “All of middle-class America is going to get very, very hurt, very, very hurt by this [Obamacare]. Because that is where it is going to come out. So if you are somebody working for a living, and you have been doing this for a number of years and your employer has been covering you and paying the premium for you, you are going to end up in two ways – No. 1 you are going to end up with very little insurance and you are going to end up with very, very high co-pays, and you are going to end up with just a mess on your hands.” —Co-founder of Home Depot Bernie Marcus

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Larwyn’s Linx: Impeachment Lessons

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Nation

Impeachment Lessons: Andrew C. McCarthy
Minnesota’s health insurance exchange in death spiral: Moe Lane
MSNBC Focus Group Agrees Obama’s a Total Failure: JWF

Of course: Obamacare plans won’t cover treatment at top hospitals:: Doug Powers
South Carolina voting on bill to end Obamacare in state: Bruce Parker
Poll: Tom Cotton up 7 on Mark Pryor in Arkansas: Hot Air

Healthcare.Gov Wants Your ATM and Credit Card Pin Numbers: RWN
Did Newtown Really Wreck Obama’s Second Term?: Bryan Preston
Knockout Game Goes Terribly Right: CNS

Economy

GOP Deal: More Taxes for Obamacare, Increased Spending?: Horowitz
The Big Spenders Return: Erick Erickson
U. of Washington email smears Tea Party with KKK comparison: CI

Jay Richards: 8 common myths about wealth, poverty and free enterprise: Knight
Feds Lose $ 10.5 Billion In Sale Of Remaining GM Stock: WZ
CBO: Top 40% of earners paid 106% of taxes: Poor Richard

The Great MacGuffin: Mickey Kaus
‘Income Inequality’ — The Biggest Lie of All: Roger L. Simon
Illegal Immigrants sue Georgia for taxpayer assistance: RWN

Scandal Central

The NSA is watching you through your XBox live, World of Warcraft account: NakedDC
It’s not just the NSA, every beat cop in America has your cellphone records: WyBlog
When Obama Claimed He Was “Outraged” By IRS Targeting Scandal, He Was, Get This, Lying: Ace

Climate & Energy

Obama’s Air-Pollution Regulations on Trial: Ben Geman
Global Warming Alert! Antarctica sets record for coldest Earthly temperature ever recorded: Poor Richard

Media

Liberals More Divisive, Have An Illusion Of Uniqueness: Psychological Science Magazine: RWN
MSNBC’s Alternative Universe : Charles C. W. Cooke
Hillary Clinton Exposed, Movie She Banned From Theaters: Minority Report

NYT: My, many of these ObamaCare premiums aren’t really as low as they seem, are they?: Hot Air
Cheney: IT WAS A LIE: Keith Koffler
Little Green Footballs and DaTechGuy blog Two Blogs Two paths: DTG

“You Can’t Shake Hands with a Clenched Fist.”– Indira Gandhi: MOTUS
The Latest IRS Power Grab: SSI
But You Already Knew This…: 90 Miles

World

Demented Rules of Engagement Kill US Troops: MB
Saudis to Obama: We Will Not Tolerate a Nuclear Iran: Karin McQuillan
Look who’s catching a ride with Obama aboard Air Force One: BPR

The Migratory Patterns of Mujahideen: Gates of Vienna
Obama “Hangs NSA Out to Dry” – Morale Suffering: Trevor Loudon
Marine Kills Two Taliban At Close Range, Beats Third To Death With His Own Gun: WZ

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

True facts about Ocean Radiation and the Fukushima Disaster: Kim Martin, Deep Sea News
Hacker Releases Software to Hijack Commercial Drones: Bryant Jordan
Home Appliance Makers Connect with Open Source ‘Internet of Things’ Project: Loek Essers, CIO

Cornucopia

Obama Exchange: iOTW
Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope: Cube
Bummer: Loathsome Democrat Alan Grayson Lost $ 18 Million in Fraud Scheme: JWF

Image: Marine Kills Two Taliban At Close Range, Beats Third To Death With His Own Gun
Today’s Larwyn’s Linx sponsored by: Are you tracking progress on a Convention of the States?

QOTD: “The Constitution assumes that the different branches of government will protect their institutional turf. That is, the Framers calculated that, faced with a Democratic president who usurps legislative prerogatives, a Democratic congressman would see himself, first and foremost, as a congressman. Valuing the duties of his office over party loyalty, he would join with other legislators to rein in executive excess.

Today’s Democrats, however, are less members of a party than of the movement Left. Their objective, like Obama’s, is fundamental transformation of a society rooted in individual liberty and private property to one modeled on top-down, redistributionist statism. Since statism advances by concentrating governmental power, Democrats — regardless of what governmental branch they happen to inhabit — rally to whatever branch holds the greatest transformative potential. Right now, that is the presidency. Thus, congressional Democrats do not insist that the president must comply with congressional statutes. Laws, after all, must be consistent with the Constitution to be valid, and are thus apt to reflect the very constitutional values the Left is trying to supplant. Democrats want the president to use the enormous raw power vested in his office by Article II to achieve statist transformation. If he does so, they will support him. They’ll get back to obsessing over the “rule of law” if, by some misfortune, the Republicans someday win another presidential election.” —Andrew C. McCarthy

Doug Ross @ Journal

Former Federal Prosecutor Makes Ironclad Case for Impeachment

Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy was in rare form on Saturday and his NRO op-ed is worth reading in its entirety.

…The Constitution assumes that the different branches of government will protect their institutional turf. That is, the Framers calculated that, faced with a Democratic president who usurps legislative prerogatives, a Democratic congressman would see himself, first and foremost, as a congressman. Valuing the duties of his office over party loyalty, he would join with other legislators to rein in executive excess.

Today’s Democrats, however, are less members of a party than of the movement Left. Their objective, like Obama’s, is fundamental transformation of a society rooted in individual liberty and private property to one modeled on top-down, redistributionist statism. Since statism advances by concentrating governmental power, Democrats — regardless of what governmental branch they happen to inhabit — rally to whatever branch holds the greatest transformative potential. Right now, that is the presidency. Thus, congressional Democrats do not insist that the president must comply with congressional statutes. Laws, after all, must be consistent with the Constitution to be valid, and are thus apt to reflect the very constitutional values the Left is trying to supplant. Democrats want the president to use the enormous raw power vested in his office by Article II to achieve statist transformation. If he does so, they will support him. They’ll get back to obsessing over the “rule of law” if, by some misfortune, the Republicans someday win another presidential election.

…Impeachment is a political remedy, not a legal one. Thus the quasi-legal component — proving high crimes and misdemeanors — is the easy part. As a practical matter, fundamental transformation cannot occur without high crimes and misdemeanors being committed against the constitutional order that is being transformed. That’s the whole point.

So, as one would expect, President Obama is intentionally and sweepingly violating his oath of office. He is not faithfully executing federal law — he picks, chooses, “waives,” and generally makes up law as he goes along. He has willfully and materially misled the American people — his Obamacare and Benghazi lies being only the most notorious examples. He has been woefully derelict in his duty to protect and defend Americans overseas. His administration trumped up a shameful prosecution (under the guise of a “supervised release violation”) against a filmmaker in order to bolster the “Benghazi massacre was caused by an anti-Muslim video” charade…

…His administration has used the federal bureaucracy to usurp Congress’s legislative powers and to punish political enemies. Obama has presumed to make recess appointments when Congress was not in recess. His administration intentionally allowed firearms to be transferred to Mexican drug cartels, predictably resulting in numerous violent crimes, including the murder of a Border Patrol agent. His administration — and, in particular, the Justice Department — has routinely stonewalled lawmakers and frustrated their capacity to perform agency oversight, to the point that the attorney general has been held in contempt of Congress. The Obama Justice Department, moreover, has filed vexatious lawsuits against sovereign states over their attempts to vindicate their constitutional authorities (and, indeed, to enforce federal immigration laws), while the Justice Department itself adheres to racially discriminatory enforcement policies in violation of the Constitution and federal civil-rights laws.

This is not an exhaustive list of Obama abuses, but you get the idea. If the only issue were commission of high crimes and misdemeanors, the Constitution requires only one for impeachment — not the Obama pace, which is more like one per week.

But here is the important thing: High crimes and misdemeanors are a subordinate consideration. In an impeachment case, they are necessary but they are not close to being sufficient. Because impeachment is a political remedy, its most essential component is the popular political will to remove a president from power.

…As things now stand, the public is not convinced. There is no political will to remove the president…

…Absent the political will to remove the president, he will remain president no matter how many high crimes and misdemeanors he stacks up. And absent the removal of the president, the United States will be fundamentally transformed.

As the pro bloggers say, read the whole thing.

But if impeachment isn’t today an option, are there other alternatives?

Writing at The Black Sphere, J. Andrew Peak suggests that there are.

In the age of reality television, what better than a trial of a president?

The People vs. Barack Obama should be held in two phases… The first phase could be a televised, one hour, grand jury indictment for each matter: Obamacare fraud during passage, its ongoing rewriting and the disparate application thereof; Benghazi; Fast and Furious; IRS scandal; NSA scandal; corruption, etc., etc., etc. If a true bill was returned by the grand jury so impaneled, that single matter would be referred to trial and docketed for a later date. If not, the case on those individual counts would be dismissed.

At trial both sides could be given a finite and equal time, wherein they could enter facts into evidence, give short openings and brief summations and provide oral arguments. Perhaps each affirmative count returned by the grand jury could itself be a two hour television special, broadcast on the weekend, with a brief discovery of public knowledge beforehand and a vetting of facts “in chambers” prior to trial.

Each “trial” could be conducted in a combination of both “mock” and “moot” fashion where an impartial panel of jurors was seated, facts heard, issues presented, the jury appropriately charged and a single poll of the jury taken. A simple majority carries the issue.

…Admittedly, these trials would have no force of law. Nor would they be legally binding. But they would serve two very important functions.

First they would act as an explanation to, and education of, the people. They would serve to inform the populace as to the issues in question and wherein the abusive dangers lie.

Second, any “true bills”, “findings” or “convictions”, made by those impaneled, when splashed across the headlines, would serve to pressure the administration and their agents in Congress to answer, explain, dismiss and rationalize such judgments made by the people.

This alone is the preeminent function of the press – to make those in power answer.

This is a great idea: a reality show.

I suggest Mark Levin and Andrew C. McCarthy for the prosecution; perhaps Alan Dershowitz and Simon Lazarus for the defense.

This, my friends, would be a true ratings bonanza.

And POTUS is such a narcissist, I’d wager anything he’d be glued to the TV watching.

Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News. Related: Constitutional Crisis Comix.

Doug Ross @ Journal

ACTION NEEDED: Articles of Impeachment Filed in House of Representatives Against Eric Holder

Guest post by ConservativeHQ

Representative Pete Olson (TX-22) has now made the impeachment of Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder official by filing H.Res 411, a Resolution impeaching Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.

In a statement announcing that he had officially introduced the Articles of Impeachment, Representative Olson said, “For nearly five years, Attorney General Holder has systematically deceived Congress and destroyed the credibility of the Justice Department in the eyes of the American people. During his tenure, Mr. Holder refused to cooperate with a congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious and the resulting death of a Border Patrol agent, refused to prosecute IRS officials who unlawfully disclosed private tax records to third party groups, and misled Congress about his involvement in the investigation of a journalist.”

Congressman Olson further noted that, “Last year, the House voted to hold Mr. Holder in contempt of Congress, making him the first sitting cabinet member to ever hold this dubious distinction. Still, he continued mislead and thwart congressional efforts to bring the truth to the American people. Mr. Holder has failed to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed and continues to act in a manner unbefitting of a cabinet official. I urge my colleagues to join me in beginning this process by cosponsoring this measure now. The American people deserve answers and accountability.”

Nineteen Members of the House joined Representative Olson as original co-sponsor the resolution; they are Representatives Larry Bucshon (IN-8), Blake Farenthold (TX-27), Phil Roe (TN-1), Lynn Westmoreland (GA-3), Roger Williams (TX-25), Randy Weber (TX-14),Ted Yoho (FL-3), Louie Gohmert (TX-1), Michele Bachmann (MN-6), Bill Flores (TX-17), Mark Amodei (NV-2), Jim Bridenstine (OK-1), Scott DesJarlais (TN-4), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Duncan Hunter (SC-3), Sam Johnson (TX-3), Steve Stockman (TX-36), Mike Conaway (TX-11), and Thomas Massie (KY-4) as original cosponsors. 

The articles of impeachment lay out four charges against Mr. Holder: 

1. Refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on October 12, 2011, seeking information and documents regarding Operation Fast and Furious. This is a violation of 2 U.S.C. 192.

2. Failure to enforce multiple laws, including the Defense of Marriage Act, the Controlled Substances Act, and the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986. This is a violation of the oath Mr. Holder swore to “well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office” of Attorney General.

3. Refusal to prosecute the IRS officials involved in the targeting and disclosure of tax records belonging to political donors. This is a violation of the oath Mr. Holder swore to “well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office” of Attorney General.

4. False testimony under oath before Congress on May 15, 2013, about the Justice Department investigation of journalist James Rosen. This is a violation of 18 U.S.C. 1621.

We agree with Pete Olson and his nineteen co-sponsors: Holder’s behavior clearly falls under “high crimes and misdemeanors,” offenses that the US Constitution explicitly defines as grounds for removal of a Senate-confirmed cabinet official through impeachment. The time is now for the House of Representatives to act with the authority vested in it by the Constitution to remove Attorney General Holder from office.

The Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044, we urge you to contact your Congressman today and tell him or her to support Pete Olson and to sign onto the impeachment resolution he is circulating.

Please SIGN AND SHARE OUR PETITION to IMPEACH ERIC HOLDER.

Doug Ross @ Journal

GROUNDS FOR IMPEACHMENT: IRS Gave White House Confidential Taxpayer Info; Punishable by Five Years in Prison

Guest post by Investors Business Daily

Scandal: The IRS official in charge of tax-exempt organizations when the unit targeted Tea Party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for enforcing ObamaCare and may have illegally shared confidential tax data.

It’s bad enough that no one at the Internal Revenue Service has been meaningfully punished for the targeting of conservative groups before the 2012 election. Now we learn that, for some, the unconstitutional and illegal action was a good career move.
Sarah Hall Ingram, who served as commissioner of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division from 2009 to 2012, was so good at her job of suppressing the political speech of administration opponents by using the tax code as a bludgeon that she was rewarded during her tenure with four bonuses totaling $ 103,390.

Her salary went from $ 172,500 to $ 177,000 during that period, and she would also be rewarded with the post of director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act division.

That the person who rode roughshod over Tea Party groups was put in charge of riding roughshod over our health care was entirely fitting. The Tea Party was a grass-roots response to the power grab and assault on the Constitution that ObamaCare represents. It had to be punished for its electoral success in 2010 and Obama-Care had to be saved at all costs.

As the IRS scandal was unfolding, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., prophetically warned that “the IRS part of administering ObamaCare, particularly in the wake of this IRS scandal with regard to suppressing the views of Americans who were critical of the IRS, raises further suspicions about their involvement in the administration of ObamaCare.”

His concern appears to have been warranted with the release of redacted emails provided by the IRS to Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Those emails indicate that while counseling senior White House officials on how to deal with a lawsuit from religious groups opposed to the ObamaCare contraception mandate, Ingram may have shared confidential taxpayer information with those White House officials.

Ingram appeared before Issa’s committee Wednesday and claimed she could not recall a document that contained confidential taxpayer information. But as the Daily Caller reports, emails provided to Oversight investigators by the IRS had numerous redactions with the signifier “6103.” That’s the section of the Internal Revenue Code that forbids a federal employee from “disclosing any return or return information obtained by him in any manner in connection with his service as such an officer or an employee.”

The markings would seem to indicate that, while personal tax information was withheld from Oversight, it was not withheld from the White House.

Issa and other Republicans on Oversight believe the redactions in the email exchanges involving Ingram and White House officials, including White House health policy adviser Ellen Montz and Jeanne Lambrew, deputy assistant to the president for health policy, did contain confidential taxpayer information. Issa has requested unredacted copies of the emails,

“So it was OK for (a) political White House to get the unredacted version from the same entity that targeted groups who came into existence because they opposed the Affordable Care Act, but Congress can’t get it?” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, pointedly asked Ingram. “That’s unbelievable.”

If confirmed, this leaking of confidential tax data for political purposes by the Obama administration would not be new. As Matthew Boyle has reported at Breitbart News, Obama’s re-election campaign co-chairmen used a leaked document from the IRS to attack Mitt Romney during the 2012 election, according to another targeted group, the National Organization for Marriage, which opposes the president on gay marriage.

Now Sarah Hall Ingram and the IRS will have access to your health and medical information as well. Wasn’t one of the articles of impeachment of Richard Nixon the seeking of tax data to target political enemies?

Read More At Investor’s Business Daily

Doug Ross @ Journal