One More Reason Why Obama Might Want to Rethink That ‘Forward’ Slogan

In an issue of the The Chicago Star — the communist Chicago newspaper where Davis was a columnist –about May Day 1948, there’s a curious, almost-full-page quote:

Who the hell is Julia and why am I paying for her whole life?

In the new Barack Obama campaign piece The Life of Julia, voters can “Take a look at how President Obama’s policies help one woman over her lifetime — and how Mitt Romney would change her story.” It is one of the most brazenly statist pieces of campaign literature I can ever remember seeing.

Let’s for the purposes of this post forget the misleading generalizations regarding policy (no one is innocent on that account, obviously). What we are left with is a celebration of a how a woman can live her entire life by leaning on government intervention, dependency and other people’s money rather than their own initiative or hard work. It is, I’d say, brazenly un-American, in the sense that it celebrates a mindset we have — outwardly, at least — shunned.

It is also a mindset that women should find offensively patronizing. When they’re old enough, I hope my two daughters will find the notion that their success hinges on the president’s views on college-loan interest rates preposterous. Yet, according to the “Life of Julia,” women are helpless without the guiding hand of Barack Obama.

Julia can enroll in a Head Start program to help get her ready for school. Because of steps President Obama has taken to improve the program … Julia can take the SATs because she was trained by the useless “Race to the Top” program, yes, implemented by President Obama … During college, Julia undergoes surgery, which is thankfully covered by her insurance due to parents’ coverage until she turns 26 … thanks to Obama.

Julia works as a full-time web designer, and thanks to Obamacare, her health insurance is required to cover birth control and preventive care, “letting Julia focus on her work rather than worry about her health…”

…because children are bad for your health, obviously.

And so on and so forth.

Read more here.

Contempt

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa has circulated a lengthy pair of documents making the case for holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over his “refusal” to cooperate in an investigation of the ill-fated Fast and Furious operation.

Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Thursday sent to every member of his committee a 64-page draft contempt order against Holder, as well as a 17-page memo outlining the history of the scandal.

“Operation Fast and Furious’ outrageous tactics, the Justice Department’s refusal to fully cooperate with the investigation and efforts to smear and retaliate against whistleblowers have tainted the institutional integrity of the Justice Department,” Issa wrote.

The committee is not citing Holder or holding the attorney general in contempt at this point. However, the documents lay out the case for contempt should members be called to vote.

The documents specifically charge that Holder’s Justice Department has not properly complied with a subpoena sent Oct. 12, 2011, which listed documents requested in 22 categories.

According to the draft contempt order, the department “has yet to provide a single document for 12 out of the 22 categories contained in the subpoena schedule.”

The draft order pointed to three categories in particular. Those categories concerned: who among the department’s top brass should have known about the “reckless tactics” in Fast and Furious; how department leaders ended up figuring out the program was a bad idea; and how a special task force “failed” to share information that could have supposedly led to key gun-trafficking arrests.

U.S. officials had used the Fast and Furious program to allow firearms to “walk” across the U.S.-Mexico border as part of an anti-gunrunning probe. However, they lost track of many of those weapons, which later turned up at crime scenes on both sides of the border — including the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Issa noted that “only 567 of the nearly 2,000 weapons from the operation have been recovered.”

It’s unclear when Issa might press for action on the documents, but a source close to the investigation told Fox News he would not have put his cards on the table unless he had sufficient votes to push a contempt citation out of committee as well as the consent of House Speaker John Boehner.

Read more here.

3 ICE Officers Shot in Calif. While Serving Warrants

Three federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers were shot Thursday morning in Petaluma, Calif. while serving high-risk federal warrants, Fox News reported. One suspect is in custody.

The officers involved were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, KGO-TV reported. The warrants were related to an ongoing criminal investigation.

According to KCRA-TV, agents appeared to be serving the warrants at a home behind a hotel around 4:30 a.m. local time. Guests at the hotel reported hearing gunshots and were instructed to stay in their rooms. An all-clear was given around 6 a.m.

At least one officer was believed to have been airlifted from the scene.

Petaluma is approximately 40 miles north of San Francisco.

In an unrelated incident, an ICE agent was killed by a single shot Wednesday night in his home near Los Angeles. The agent’s 14-year-old son has been taken into custody.

California Assembly passes bill to ask vendors about their sexuality

The measure, Assembly Bill 1960, would enable the owners of businesses that contract with the state to identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. It would not require them to do so.

The Assembly vote was 47-24, with only one Republican supporting it. The bill now heads to the Senate.

The Department of General Services currently is required to collect data on contractors by race, ethnicity and gender. AB 1960 would add LGBT-owned businesses to that list.

The bill by Sacramento Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson seeks data involving state contracts for construction, professional services, and for the purchase of materials, supplies or equipment.

Dickinson said the measure would allow state officials and gay or lesbian groups to better pinpoint the extent to which LGBT-owned businesses are helping to drive the state economy.

Republicans, in floor debate, said the state should not be delving so deeply into people’s private lives and that the data collected is not likely to be accurate because of hesitancy in reporting sexuality.