Rifle found at El Chapo hideout tied to Fast and Furious

Free Republic

WASHINGTON — One of the guns that Mexican officials say was found at the hideout of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera has been found to be associated with Fast and Furious, a failed “gun-walking” operation, according to the Justice Department.

The department said in a letter to members of Congress that a .50-caliber rifle that Mexican officials sent for tracing after Guzman’s arrest in January has been connected to Fast and Furious.

Officials say the weapon was one of 19 firearms that Mexican authorities said were recovered from the hideout and was the only one determined to be associated with the botched sting operation, in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed gun runners to buy weapons in hopes of tracking them and disrupting gun smuggling rungs.

The rifle was bought in July 2010 in a straw purchase by someone not known to ATF at the time. The buyer was later identified and came under investigation but was never indicted. The weapon is not known to be associated with any other crime, the Justice Department says.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com

One of Hillary Clinton’s superdelegates may have to vote for her from jail

Hot Air

You may recall the unpleasant bit of Democratic Party history when former New York Assembly Speaker and Democratic power broker Sheldon Silver was convicted by a jury of his peers on multiple counts of corruption and removed from office. Silver was the man who, for decades, essentially ran the Democratic Party in the Empire State behind the curtains, determining who received state government dollars, which legislators received plum committee assignments and which bills would see the light of day for a vote. He also tightly controlled the flow of budget money, much to his own benefit.

Well, his trial date is coming up quickly. He’s expected to do a fair stretch in the crowbar hotel despite his advanced age and that’s going to pose some problems for his schedule. Being “unavailable for events” for any length of time will likely prove especially problematic for Silver, with one date in particular being quite inconvenient. That’s July 25th… the date of the Democrats’ big convention in Philadelphia. You see, Mr. Silver is a Superdelegate for Hillary Clinton and I’m not sure they let you out of jail for things like that.

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Boehner Is Back and What He Has to Say Will Not Be All That Well Received


Independent Sentinel

For a little insight into establishment thinking as they desperately attempt to cling to power, one might look to John Boehner.

If the Republican primaries do not produce a clear winner on the Republican National Convention’s first presidential ballot, former House Speaker John Boehner said the only man who can bring the party together is Speaker Paul Ryan.

He is the man who just signed the omnibus which funded all of Obama’s socialist agenda.

“If we don’t have a nominee who can win on the first ballot, I’m for none of the above,” Boehner said at the Futures Industry Association conference. “They all had a chance to win. None of them won. So I’m for none of the above. I’m for Paul Ryan to be our nominee.”

He has a point but if the establishment picks someone after millions have voted, it will mean the GOP picked someone who won nothing.

On Tuesday, Ryan said he would not rule out accepting the nomination at a brokered convention.

“You know, I haven’t given any thought to this stuff,” Ryan said “People say, ‘What about the contested convention?’ I say, ‘well, there are a lot of people running for president. We’ll see. Who knows.’”

Boehner has been quiet until now.

Boehner said that after the first ballot, “anybody can be nominated” at the convention in Cleveland.

True but if they do horse trading to reject the will of the people, they will destroy their cushy little existence at the same time.