Western Free Press http://www.westernfreepress.com Straight News & Strong Opinion. Arizona Politics and Arizona Elections Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:45:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Urge Your Representative to Sign Letter to ATF on Proposed Ammo Ban http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/28/urge-your-representative-to-sign-letter-to-atf-on-proposed-ammo-ban/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/28/urge-your-representative-to-sign-letter-to-atf-on-proposed-ammo-ban/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:45:34 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=352585 From NRA-ILA:

Stop ATF’s Ammo Ban: Urge Your U.S. Representative to Sign Congressional Letter to ATF on Proposed Ammo Ban

As NRA has been reporting since the night the news broke, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) is moving to infringe upon the rights of law-abiding gun owners with a drastic reinterpretation of a nearly 30-year-old law regulating so-called “armor piercing” ammunition. So draconian is BATFE’s new “Framework” that it would prohibit the manufacturing, importation, and sale of M855 ...]]> From NRA-ILA:

Stop ATF’s Ammo Ban: Urge Your U.S. Representative to Sign Congressional Letter to ATF on Proposed Ammo Ban

As NRA has been reporting since the night the news broke, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) is moving to infringe upon the rights of law-abiding gun owners with a drastic reinterpretation of a nearly 30-year-old law regulating so-called “armor piercing” ammunition. So draconian is BATFE’s new “Framework” that it would prohibit the manufacturing, importation, and sale of M855 ball ammunition, one of the most popular cartridges for the most popular rifle in America, the AR-15. Not coincidentally, the AR-15 is among the firearms the Obama Administration has unsuccessfully sought to outlaw. If they can’t ban the pie, so the thinking apparently goes, they might at least get the apples.

In an effort to thwart BATFE’s attempted action, NRA has worked with U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, to draft a letter to BATFE expressing the lawmakers’ opposition to the proposed Framework.To read a copy of the letter, please click this link.

According to the letter, “The idea that Congress intended [the ‘armor piercing’ ammunition law] to ban one of the preeminent rifle cartridges in use by Americans for legitimate purposes is preposterous.” It goes on to state that the law “should be construed in accordance with the American tradition of lawful firearms ownership, as protected by the Second Amendment.” This includes due consideration of “the many legitimate uses Americans make of their firearms including target practice, hunting, organized and casual competition, training and skills development, and instructional activities.“ The letter concludes with several pointed questions for the B. Todd Jones, BATFE’s director, including why the agency bypassed the Administrative Procedures Act in proposing such a radical change to its prior interpretation and enforcement of the law.

NRA will also be submitting its own detailed comments to BATFE in opposition to the ban and is continuing to work with Members of Congress on legislation that will put a stop to this abuse.

In the meantime, gun owners and other affected members of the public must act now to help ensure BATFE does not get away with this attempt to deprive Americans of ammunition for their favorite rifle and to squeeze ammunition markets between converging bans on both lead and non-lead ammunition. BATFE is accepting comments on their proposed ban and will consider all comments received on or before March 16, 2015.

Please be sure to submit your respectful comments in opposition to the ban.For more detailed information on the proposed ban and how you can submit your comments to BATFE, please click this link.

Finally, please contact your U.S. Representative and urge him or her to sign Rep. Goodlatte’s letter and to oppose BATFE’s proposed “armor piercing” ammunition Framework.  To contact them by phone, call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or CLICK HERE TO WRITE YOUR LAWMAKERS

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Rep. Gosar Introduces Bill to Increase Transparency within Bureau of Reclamation http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/28/rep-gosar-introduces-bill-to-increase-transparency-within-bureau-of-reclamation/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/28/rep-gosar-introduces-bill-to-increase-transparency-within-bureau-of-reclamation/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:20:40 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=352589 “Taxpayers deserve accountability from their government and oversight on how it spends their money”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing bipartisan legislation, the Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act, which would require the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to do a thorough inventory of its assets as well as prioritize major repairs necessary at the agency’s facilities:

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing bipartisan legislation, the Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act, which would require the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to do a thorough inventory of its assets as well as prioritize major repairs necessary at the agency’s facilities:

“The practice of good governance requires periodic evaluations of federal programs and expenditures to review and prioritize their necessity. Taxpayers deserve accountability from their government and oversight on how it spends their money. Despite numerous requests from members of Congress and others, the agency has failed to provide adequate information about BOR’s maintenance backlog and lacks an efficient system for reporting their maintenance needs to Congress.

“Our good governance legislation increases transparency, consolidates multiple reports and requires the Bureau of Reclamation to open their books. I applaud Senator Barrasso and Senator Schatz for their leadership on this issue. Our commonsense bill will allow Congress to better prioritize funds for critical infrastructure projects for the purposes of ensuring an abundant supply of clean water and power for future generations.”

Senator John Barrasso, Chairman of the Senate Western Caucus, released the following statement following introduction of the bill:

“Aging water delivery systems make it harder for people in Wyoming and throughout the West to have access to a clean, abundant and reliable supply of water. Before we can move forward with modernizing these important systems, we need to have a better idea of what specific repairs are needed in our states. Our bill requires Washington to provide a detailed report of the work needed to keep our aging Bureau of Reclamation water facilities operating safely and effectively.”

 

Background

The full text of the Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act can be found HERE.

The Senate unanimously approved this bipartisan bill during the 113th Congress, with Senators Barrasso and Schatz ushering its passage.

BOR provides essential services that benefit water and power users as well as our nation’s farmers. The agency delivers water to more than 30 million people and provides one in five Western farmers with water to irrigate their crops. BOR’s assets include more than 475 dams and dikes, and the agency is also responsible for the operations of 53 different hydroelectric power plants.

21 bipartisan original cosponsors joined Congressman Gosar in introducing the House version of the Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act including Representatives Mark Amodei, Joe Barton, Matt Cartwright, Mike Coffman, Jeff Denham, Trent Franks, John Garamendi, Crescent Hardy, Joe Heck, Jared Huffman, Ann Kirkpatrick, Ted Lieu, Cynthia Lummis, Tom McClintock, Jeff Miller, Grace Napolitano, Steve Pearce, Matt Salmon, Krysten Sinema, Scott Tipton and Ryan Zinke.

The Bureau of Reclamation Transparency Act would force the BOR to do an Infrastructure Needs Assessment Report every two years as part of the BOR’s existing Asset Management Plan reporting process. This Infrastructure Needs Assessment Report would be available to the public on BOR’s webpage. The report would include:

1)     An itemized list of major repair and rehabilitation needs at all federally managed BOR facilities and projects.

2)     A cost estimate of the expenditures needed to address those repairs.

3)     A categorical safety rating, using BOR’s own existing categorical system, of the importance of addressing each item.

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Jeb Bush Survives CPAC, But His Record Still Stands http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/28/jeb-bush-survives-cpac-but-his-record-still-stands/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/28/jeb-bush-survives-cpac-but-his-record-still-stands/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:00:52 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=352639 Conservatives Will Never Forget His Own Words

Some Walk Out During Q and A With Sean Hannity

Jeb Bush eagerly crashed the party at CPAC and emerged intact, but he still must live with a long record of condescending remarks that conservatives will not soon forget.

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Some Walk Out During Q and A With Sean Hannity

Jeb Bush eagerly crashed the party at CPAC and emerged intact, but he still must live with a long record of condescending remarks that conservatives will not soon forget.

The champion fundraiser with the golden pedigree, Bush did his best to toe a conservative line in response to questions from Sean Hannity. For the most part he said the right things – secure the border, oppose President Obama’s executive amnesty, and rely on economic growth to reinvigorate the nation.

Bush artfully dodged his long record of Republican bashing. Nevertheless, it’s his record on immigration that chokes many conservatives. It’s here to stay.

There was rumbling from the crowd and even some attendees walked out. When Hannity noted that some had booed his name before his appearance, Bush said he would put them down as neutral and hoped he would be their second choice.

Since launching his would-be candidacy, Bush has made enough dubious statements on immigration to make conservatives skeptical if not outright dismissive of his potential run for the 2016 nomination. But his views are hardly new.

Following are only three of his statements on immigration that Bush now seeks to alter or erase but may never live down. The statements will follow Bush throughout the debates and primaries, providing plenty of fodder for confrontation with conservative opponents and an avalanche of television commercials.

Statement in 2013 in a speech to CPAC:

“All too often, we’re associated with being anti-everything. Way too many people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker and the list goes on and on and on. Many voters are simply unwilling to choose our candidates even though they share our core beliefs because those voters feel unloved, unwanted and unwelcomed in our party.”

Statement in 2014 on illegal immigrants entering the U.S.:

“Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family.”

Statement in 2012 on the need for outreach to Hispanics:

“The conservative cause would be the governing philosophy as far as the eye could see … and that’s doable if we just stop acting stupid.”

 

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Rand Paul’s Fiery Address to #CPAC2015 http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/27/rand-pauls-fiery-address-to-cpac2015/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/27/rand-pauls-fiery-address-to-cpac2015/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:00:45 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=352549 Rand Paul speaks at the 2015 CPAC and lays out a plan to get America on the right track once again.

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Sean Hannity Speaks of “Stupid” Liberals at #CPAC2015 http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/27/sean-hannity-speaks-of-stupid-liberals-at-cpac2015/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/27/sean-hannity-speaks-of-stupid-liberals-at-cpac2015/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:40:43 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=352522 It begins with his signature football tossing:

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Must Watch Video: Laura Ingraham Rips Jeb in #CPAC2015 Speech http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/27/must-watch-video-laura-ingraham-rips-jeb-in-cpac2015-speech/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/27/must-watch-video-laura-ingraham-rips-jeb-in-cpac2015-speech/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:20:41 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=352499 ]]> http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/27/must-watch-video-laura-ingraham-rips-jeb-in-cpac2015-speech/feed/ 0 Video: Rick Perry at #CPAC2015 http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/27/video-rick-perry-at-cpac2015/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/27/video-rick-perry-at-cpac2015/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:00:15 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=352503 ]]> http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/27/video-rick-perry-at-cpac2015/feed/ 0 Rubio #CPAC2015: “Our Greatness was not an Accident” http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/27/rubio-cpac2015-our-greatness-was-not-an-accident/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/27/rubio-cpac2015-our-greatness-was-not-an-accident/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:40:12 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=352501 ]]> http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/27/rubio-cpac2015-our-greatness-was-not-an-accident/feed/ 0 Newt Gingrich Addresses #CPAC2015 http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/27/newt-gingrich-addresses-cpac2015/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/27/newt-gingrich-addresses-cpac2015/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:15:37 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=352478  

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Benghazi Smoking Gun? New Documents Indicate Hillary Lied About Attack http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/27/benghazi-smoking-gun-new-documents-indicate-hillary-lied-about-attack/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/02/27/benghazi-smoking-gun-new-documents-indicate-hillary-lied-about-attack/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:30:35 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=352372 From Judicial Watch:

Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Reveal Top Hillary Clinton Advisers Knew Immediately that Assault on Benghazi was Armed Attack

First “OpsAlert@State.gov” email at 4:07 PM on September 11, 2012, reports, “… diplomatic mission is under attack … 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well … Stevens in ...]]>
From Judicial Watch:

Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Reveal Top Hillary Clinton Advisers Knew Immediately that Assault on Benghazi was Armed Attack

First “OpsAlert@State.gov” email at 4:07 PM on September 11, 2012, reports, “… diplomatic mission is under attack … 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well … Stevens in the compound safe haven” 
 
Email at 6:06 PM September 11, 2012, states terrorist group, “Ansar al Sharia Claims Responsibility.”

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on February 11, 2015, it uncovered documents from the U.S. Department of State revealing that top aides for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including her then-chief of staff Cheryl Mills, knew from the outset that the Benghazi mission compound was under attack by armed assailants tied to a terrorist group.  The documents were produced as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State ((No. 1:14-cv-01511).  The documents make no reference to a spontaneous demonstration or Internet video, except in an official statement issued by Hillary Clinton.

Judicial Watch lawsuit focused on Mrs. Clinton’s involvement in the Benghazi scandal:

Any and all records concerning, regarding, or related to notes, updates, or reports created in response to the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S, Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. This request includes but is not limited to, notes, taken by then Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton or employees of the Office of the Secretary of State during the attack and its immediate aftermath.

The chain of internal emails tracks the events surrounding the terrorist attack in real time beginning immediately upon its inception.

On September 11, 2012, at 4:07 PM, Maria Sand (who was then a Special Assistant to Mrs. Clinton) forwarded an email from the State Department’s Operations Center entitled “U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi is Under Attack (SBU) [Sensitive But Unclassified]” to Cheryl Mills (then-Chief of Staff), Jacob Sullivan (then-Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy), Joseph McManus (then-Hillary Clinton’s Executive Assistant), and a list of other Special Assistants in the Secretary’s office:

The Regional Security Officer reports the diplomatic mission is under attack. Tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well. Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four COM [Chief of Mission] personnel are in the compound safe haven. The 17th of February militia is providing security support.

On September 11, 2012, 4:38 PM, State Department Foreign Service Officer Lawrence Randolph forwarded Mills, Sullivan and McManus an email from Scott Bultrowicz, who was the former director of the Diplomatic Security Service (ousted following review of the attack), with the subject line, “Attack on Benghazi 09112012”:

DSCC received a phone call from [REDACTED] in Benghazi, Libya initially stating that 15 armed individuals were attacking the compound and trying to gain entrance. The Ambassador is present in Benghazi and currently is barricaded within the compound. There are no injuries at this time and it is unknown what the intent of the attackers is. At approximately 1600 DSCC received word from Benghazi that individuals had entered the compound. At 1614 RSO advised the Libyans had set fire to various buildings in the area, possibly the building that houses the Ambassador [REDACTED] is responding and taking fire.

Nearly seven hours later, at 12:04 am, on September 12, Randolph sends an email with the subject line “FW: Update 3: Benghazi Shelter Location Also Under Attack” to Mills, Sullivan, and McManus that has several updates about the Benghazi attack:

I just called Ops and they said the DS command center is reporting that the compound is under attack again.  I am about to reach out to the DS Command Center.

This email also contains a chain of other, earlier email updates:

September 11, 2012 11:57 PM email:  “(SBU) DS Command reports the current shelter location for COM personnel in Benghazi is under mortar fire.  There are reports of injuries to COM staff.”

September 11, 2012 6:06 PM (Subject: “Update 2: Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack (SBU):  “(SBU) Embassy Tripoli reports the group claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and call for an attack on Embassy Tripoli”

September 11, 2012, 4:54 PM: “Embassy Tripoli reports the firing at the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi has stopped and the compound has been cleared. A response team is on site to locate COM personnel.”

The DOS emails reveal the first official confirmation of the death of Ambassador Stevens.  On September 12, 2012, 3:22 AMSenior Watch Officer Andrew Veprek forwarded an email to numerous State Department officials, which was later forwarded to Cheryl Mills and Joseph McManus, with the subject line “Death of Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi”:

Embassy Tripoli confirms the death of Ambassador John C. (Chris) Stevens in Benghazi. His body has been recovered and is at the airport in Benghazi.

Two hours later, Joseph McManus forwards the news about Ambassador Stevens’ death to officials in the State Department Legislative Affairs office with instructions not to “forward to anyone at this point.”

Despite her three top staff members being informed that a terrorist group had claimed credit for the attack, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, issued an official statement, also produced to Judicial Watch, claiming the assault may have been in “a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.”

Cheryl Mills asks that the State Department stop answering press inquiries at 12:11 am on September 12, despite the ongoing questions about “Chris’ whereabouts.”  In an email to State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland, Jacob Kennedy, and Phillipe Reines (then-Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Strategic Communications and Senior Communications Advisor), Mills writes:

Can we stop answering emails for the night Toria b/c now the first one [Hillary Clinton’s “inflammatory material posted on the Internet” statement] is hanging out there.

Earlier in the chain of emails, Nuland told Mills, Sullivan, and Patrick Kennedy (Under Secretary of State for Management) that she “ignored” a question about Ambassador Steven’s status and whereabouts from a CBS News Reporter.

Another top State Department official is eager to promote a statement from Rabbi David Saperstein, then-Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, a liberal group.  The September 2012 statement condemns “the video that apparently spurred these incidents. It was clearly crafted to provoke, offend, and to evoke outrage.” Michael Posner, then-Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, forwarded the statement on September 12, 2012, to Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and Jacob Sherman with the note:

This is an excellent statement – our goal should be to get the Conference of Presidents, the ADL etc. to follow suit and use similar language.

(President Obama nominated Rabbi Saperstein to be Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom in July 2014.  The U.S. Senate confirmed him in December 2014.)

Also included in the documents are foreign press reports establishing the cause of Ambassador Chris Steven’s death as being from asphyxiation. According to the reports, doctors attending Stevens said he could have been saved had he arrived at the hospital earlier.

The Obama administration has blacked out reactions from White House and top State Department officials to news stories published on September 14, 2012.  One of the stories quoted a visitor who criticized the lack of security at the Benghazi Special Mission Compound and another headlined, “America ‘was warned of attack and did nothing.’”

Other emails list well over 20 invited participants in a “SVTC” (secure video teleconference).  The invited participants for the September 14, 2012, early morning call include senior White House, CIA, and State Department political appointees.

“These emails leave no doubt that Hillary Clinton’s closest advisers knew the truth about the Benghazi attack from almost the moment it happened,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “And it is inescapable that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knowingly lied when she planted the false story about ‘inflammatory material being posted on the Internet.’ The contempt for the public’s right to know is evidenced not only in these documents but also in the fact that we had to file a lawsuit in federal court to obtain them.  The Obama gang’s cover-up continues to unravel, despite its unlawful secrecy and continued slow-rolling of information.  Congress, if it ever decides to do its job, cannot act soon enough to put Hillary Clinton, Cheryl Mills, and every other official in these emails under oath.”

Islamic terrorists connected to al Qaeda attacked the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi on the evening of September 11, 2012.  U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith were both killed. Just a few hours later, a second terrorist strike targeted a different compound about one mile away. Two CIA contractors, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, were killed and 10 others were injured in the second attack.

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