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Weekend Open Thread + “Fast & Furious” book author on Bret Baier’s All-Star Panel

You’ve probably noticed the Amazon ad (on the blog’s middle column and to your left) for a just-published book on the Fast & Furious scandal by Katie Pavlich, columnist, commentator, and news editor of “The Washington Beat” — all for Townhall.com. (Below: Malkin, Limbaugh rave about Pavlich’s book.)

Bret Baier invited Ms. Pavlich — author of the New York Times best-seller, Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up — to be his special guest on the “All-Star Panel” for Baier’s Special Report, which airs Monday through Friday at 6 p.m. ET on Fox News Network.

Besides Ms. Pavlich’s remarks, you’ll also be riveted by the observations of Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, who makes salient points, some already brought up by Larry Johnson.

That’s not all that Ms. Pavlich shared on Special Report. She also joined the Web-only All-Star Panel. Here’s that video:

Now. I have some questions for you:

  • How big is this story?
  • Do you think that the Fast & Furious story has “legs”?
  • Will the investigation get stalled until after the November presidential election?
  • Perhaps most crucial, will the mainstream media do an adequate job of explaining the Department of Justice and White House scandal to voters so that it will become a familiar story, not to mention an expose´ that hurts Obama’s chances for reelection?

In case you missed it, check out Larry’s post, Obama’s Bogus Executive Privilege Claim.”

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Reviews of Pavlich’s book:

“ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATING! Intrepid investigative journalist Katie Pavlich rips the lid off Team Obama’s murderous corruption and anti-Second Amendment zealotry” says Michelle Malkin.

“Katie Pavlich draws back the curtain on a radical administration that put Mexican and American lives at risk for no discernible reason other than to advance an ideological agenda.” – David Limbaugh

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About the Open Thread . . . Que pasa? What else is going on?

  • elizabethrc

    Last night I listened to Ms Pavlich being interviewed in depth by Major Garrett. She is an eloquent and dignified speaker who seems to know her facts.
    Garrett tried to be even handed, but the challenges he presented showed a bias toward protecting Obama. Still, she quietly answered his questions without a moment’s hesitation.
    She should get widespread media attention. Much as I don’t want to, I applaud Garrett for having her on.

  • Flop_Flipper

    This is a huge story that I doubt will be covered very thoroughly. At the heart of Fast and Furious is an attempt by the Obama Administration to manipulate public perception toward our 2nd Amendment. An attempt that literally killed people due to it’s incompetence.

    I suppose we should be grateful that the lid was finally blown off from this fiasco. And chances are that Congress is fully aware of what happened and why. What they don’t have is the damning proof that Obama is hiding.

    I have no particular faith that the MSM will cover this scandal with any actual investigation. It might get a word or two here and there but unless CNN decides it wants to be a legitimate news source that only leaves Fox to investigate and report.

    Will the Obama Administration get away with this? Sadly, this close to the election, I fear they will.

  • HELENK2
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  • HELENK2

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/family-jailed-for-holders-gun-crimes/

    this is a real WTF!!! family jailed for holders gun crimes

    got this at the crawdad hole

  • HELENK2

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/06/23/turkey-vows-retaliation-for-downing-of-plane-by-syria/

    this is unsettling, Turkey vows retaliation for downing of plane by Syria

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    Thanks for this post. They keep comparing this to “Wide receiver” a program that was a gunwalking program under Bush, but after researching it, it seems there were some major differences.
    1) Wide Receiver involved about 300 guns, not assault rifles as with FF, and the number was 2000
    2)The mexican authorities were aware of this program and participating in tracking them from the US to Mexican cartels; FF did not involve mexican authorities, it was primarily US; not sure how you track guns then? This is why the mexican AG is furious and wanted to bring american justice people to Mexico to put them on trial.
    3) the FF refused to allow the guns to be tracked, how the hell do you sell these assault weapons and not even track them, so you are essentially selling all these high powered rifles to cartels! In Wide Receiver they were tracked from both sides.
    4) Wide Receiver was shut down when they lost track of some guns, and it was shut down, the rest of the guns were retrieved, unlike FF, where 2000 high powered rifles are out in the open, no one knows how to retrieve them from the cartels, and the cartels are using them to kill people.
    5) Wide Receiver was shut down and it was recommended that it not be used again, however Barry, Holder and their minions wanted to use FF to say this was to track guns to cartel (which they really didn’t do), but they also wanted to use this to say, hey all these guns from the US are flowing into Mexico, and use this to have more gun laws in the US, the problem is the US itself was the entity giving guns illegally to mexico!

    so 1 US border agent is killed with these guns sold by the US to mexican cartels, and hundreds of innocent mexicans are killed ago.

    Maybe if Bush was still in office, the lame media might pay attention. Apparently to the american media keeping people in power in check only applies when its not a democrat.

  • HELENK2
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    http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/06/walk-down-the-aisle-with-barack-contest/

    when your fundraising is mocked you know you are in trouble

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  • BronwynsHarbor

    Do we want to discuss Jerry Sandusky? It’s not the kind of topic we usually do here, but it is quite a story. Were any of you awake, like I was, when the jury reached a verdict? Fox News covered it live for at least a couple hours — with Shepard Smith as the special host (he was very good). The Judge (who sits in for Cavuto sometimes) was also on, as were the legal experts. Greta also called in.

    I was surprised that Fox News preempted its programming — including Sean Hannity’s heavily-publicized interview of Marco Rubio and his wife. But I have to admit that the coverage was excellent, and it was RIVETING.

    The defense attorney’s remarks were astounding — especially if he hopes to have any chance at appeals. He lauded the judge for everything the judge did — oops. He priased the jury’s verdict (!). The most strange part was his explanation for why Sandusky didn’t take the stand … which I can explain if you want.

    • KenoshaMarge

      I am so repulsed by human waste like Sandusky that I don’t usually read or write much about them.

      I’m glad he was found guilty and I’m glad he will be where he can never harm another child again.

      I hope his incarceration gives some comfort to those he harmed. I hope they can find some peace.

      If there isn’t a special place in hell for those who abuse children, there should be.

    • HELENK2

      not only is sandusky a scuzzbucket and should rot in jail. I want all those who did nothing to help stop him to have to look at themselves in the mirror and know that they are scum

    • HELENK2

      http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Penn-Sandusky-liability-millions/2012/06/23/id/443229
      now start the trial for two others and the lawsuits against Penn State

  • HELENK2

    backtrack not only wants your gifts, if you live outside the country he would like your money also

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0612/77744.html

    • buzzlatte3

      I love the smell of desperation in the morning especially from teh One. Who tripped by the way, a little reminder from the cosmos? Now Obama’s going overseas for donations, too. drudgereport.com

      • BronwynsHarbor

        He did that in 2008 too. I wrote a post here a little while ago that proved that Obama’s donation page does NOT require the special three-character code that everyone has on the back of their credit cards.

        Anyone who is using a LEGAL credit card can provide that number — but not if they’re using stolen credit card numbers.

        Mitt Romney — and all other candidates — insist on that 3-digit # because it’s an important security step. Not Obama. He just takes the money, legal or not.

        • BronwynsHarbor

          Why do you think that the “gangs” in other countries are making this effort to donate to Obama? Why do they want to make sure that HE is the president of the U.S.?

          • HELENK2

            as long as the US has a weak unamerican president we are under attack from within and without. We are slowing losing our place in the world with backtrack at the helm

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  • KenoshaMarge

    Gay Activists Visiting White House Take Photos of Themselves Flipping Off
    Reagan Portrait

    more: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/gay-acti….agan-por
    trait/

    Showing some “real” class there folks.
    You could have at least behaved with some decency in the nation’s House. You
    could have. But you didn’t.

    • buzzlatte3

      This one got me. Gays wonder why states and voters don’t allow their sacred cow of marriage and then they act like this.

      • KenoshaMarge

        By their deeds you shall know them. Personally I wouldn’t want to. And it hasn’t a damn thing to do with being “gay”. It has to do with being an a$$hole.

        • BronwynsHarbor

          Did you all hear that Dick Cheney’s daughter married her longtime partner, with whom she has two children? The Cheneys are very happy for their daughter. I wonder if the activists will applaud Dick Cheney for his public pride and love for his daughter, and how he is so accepting of her being a lesbian … I hope the activists would give him some props, but I rather doubt that they will. Just because he’s Dick Cheney.

          • buzzlatte3

            yes, let’s see if the GLBT (I don’t know how the letters should go and don’t care) community can grow up just a little.

          • KenoshaMarge

            I can’t see the activists giving Cheney credit for anything. Ever.

        • buzzlatte3

          Ah yes, but what emboldened them to be such azzholes?

          • KenoshaMarge

            Haven’t a clue. Because they could?

            • buzzlatte3

              Brushing off my behavioral sciences…they were emboldened by their agenda plus being told that they’re so right and everyone else is so wrong by the left for years on end…

              • KenoshaMarge

                Even with being emboldened by their agenda and being told they were right and everyone else was wrong I would suspect it takes a certain kind of mind to believe such claptrap.

                I like to think that I’m right about most things most of the time. Fortunately my own built-in bullshit detector gives me a reality check. Often.

                Perhaps that’s the problem, some people are born without a bullshit detector. Or one that malfunctions and only detects bullshit from another source. Interesting to postulate.

                • buzzlatte3

                  Well moral compass anyway….which seemed to have been lacking in at least two supposed adults who flipped off Reagan. The stunt was childish to say the least. Stunted personal growth. The crack about Reagan having blood on his hands was patently ridiculous. Just more whine,whine poor me from a *special * group. Bleech!

                  • KenoshaMarge

                    There is nothing special about such hypobolic drivel.
                    Some people have a good moral compass, I like to think I do, but a b.s. detector comes in handy too.

        • elizabethrc

          What ever happened to respect? Appropriateness is a word those folks can’t spell, much less understand. I wonder how they would behave in a church.

          • KenoshaMarge

            I think appropriate was replaced with “cool” some time back.

            No doubt those fools posturing in front of Reagan’s portrait in the White House intended to show all their friends and acquaintances how “cool” they were. Instead they showed the world what buffoons they are.

            We’ve allowed the silliness of the “young and the tasteless” to take over our society. Thus tacky is in and classy is out. Damn shame!

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    • KenoshaMarge

      I would think that when the Obama Campaign Thugs in Chicago said that “Cory Booker was dead to them” that they gave him carte’blanch to speak his mind.
      How much worse can it be than dead?

  • KenoshaMarge

    I’ve been reading Katie Pavlich at Townhall for some time. She might look like a Barbie doll but there’s a damn good brain under that mop of blond hair.

    I don’t always agree with everything she writes but she has done yeoman’s work on Fast and Furious IMO.

    • BronwynsHarbor

      That’s good to know, Marge. I trust your opinions. I need to make sure that I visit Townhall more often — just signed up for its daily newsletters. (Oh god, not more e-mails! I already get way too many.)

      However. Katie Pavlich is the editor for “The Washington Beat,” which is one of the newsletters I just subscribed to. Looking forward to getting those!

      • KenoshaMarge

        She’s further right than either of us Bronwyn as you might guess. But she’s not “nutso” about it.

        I started going to Townhall when I followed one of my favorite writers, Thomas Sowell there. Again, I don’t always agree with him. But I always respect him and that’s more than I can say about a whole lost of writers.

        • BronwynsHarbor

          Oohhhh. Well, it’s alright if she’s far right as long as, you say, she’s not nutso right.

          I live next door to a national park founded by Teddy Roosevelt who came here when he was president. There are extremists around here who talk about the black helicopters AND that the United Nations is going to SEIZE all the national park land where I live.

          Um … apparently there’s a huge conspiracy within the United Nations to steal ALL U.S. national parks. Who knew. Really — that’s what many people around my area believe.

          • KenoshaMarge

            Some people will believe anything, no matter how crazy it sounds, if it supports their ideology.

            No politician can be just your standard issue characterless mediocrity, they all have to be Hilter or Stalin.

            The hyperbole only adds to the anxiety and fears of those who lack the ability to tell bullshit from buttermilk.

        • foxyladi14

          he is good.