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Congressman “Not Aware of” Black Panther Case (Updated)

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 11:16 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

Congressman Brad Sherman
Reseda, California
July 11, 2010:

QUESTIONER: “My concern this [week?] is with Eric Holder and the Department of Justice, and their lack of prosecuting after they got the judgment against the Black Panthers Party for voter intimidation. I find this really hard to swallow and I’d like to know what you think about their decision and not following through after they got a judgment. And the latest news that hits the Department of Justice — this new policy that they are not going to prosecute cases with black defendants where the plaintiffs are white. I’d like your take on this information.

SHERMAN: I am extremely sure that we do not have a policy at the Department of Justice of never prosecuting a black defendant …

[Interrupted by heckler.]

… and I’m sure they say that somewhere on the internet, but that doesn’t make it true.

[Many responses.]

As to the Black Panther Party, I’m simply not aware of that case …

[Loud boos.]


UPDATE — Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and Kirsten Powers discuss the video excerpt and the New Black Panther story, and provide an interesting look at the opposing views on this story:

48 Responses to “Congressman “Not Aware of” Black Panther Case (Updated)”

  1. I guess ignoring something really does make it go away. Next thing you know, he’ll be sticking his fingers in his ears and yelling la-la-la-la in order to avoid addressing the issue.

    rochf (ae9c58)

  2. A friend of my son’s ran against this dope a few years ago. Imagine having to tell your kids, “I lost an election to this idiot.”

    MIke K (0ef8c3)

  3. Another disgusting human who deserves the WORST life can bring to him.

    Alluh Akbar.

    HeavenSent (a9126d)

  4. It really warmed my heart when the entire room drowned him out with boos as he denied the black panther case.

    The DOJ has become so disturbing, but it’s exponentially more frustrating when you realize the checks and balances are being short circuited by liars who simply laugh off huge problems.

    “I’m sure it says that somewhere on the internet.” Yes, it does, where DOJ lawyers admit this is a policy.

    I guess it’s slightly less disturbing if Sherman really doesn’t know anything about any of this because he’s reading the NYT and watching Couric and writing off modern journalism on the internet. Just slightly, though. Rooms do not erupt into boos like that for no reason, and that look on his face tells me he knew exactly what this story was about.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  5. Imagine having to tell your kids, “I lost an election to this idiot.”

    Comment by MIke K

    You should thank your friend for at least trying.

    There’s nothing dishonorable about losing this dishonorable game of modern politics. We have to try, but it’s never going to be easy to be an honest and successful politician.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  6. I guess this is the newest way for the Democrats to avoid answering to their constituents: I haven’t heard of (fill in the blank).

    rochf (ae9c58)

  7. I haven’t heard of (fill in the blank).

    That tactic certainly appears to work well for Robert Gibbs.

    navyvet (206534)

  8. Heh.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  9. The “Charles Gibson” defense. Works every time. Also, classic derision for the internet, which will play a large part in his eventual downfall, right Alanis?

    Gazzer (800a42)

  10. This man is my Congressman

    He’s also the jerk who dressed down the auto executives for taking fancy private planes, while voting for more private planes for Congress that got nixed quickly after.

    Also the doofus who accidentally outed that the word “Stimulus” was no longer in Democrat lexicon per Pelosi

    Hawkins (1fc204)

  11. did they ask the congressman if he knew what day of the week it was.

    of course if you ignore the most popular news network, you will be ignorant of these things, too.

    Aaron Worthing (A.W.) (e7d72e)

  12. It’s only a lie if you can prove it, right, Brad?

    Mitch (890cbf)

  13. Sounds like this Doofus Democrat has a windtunnel from his left ear to his right ear, and should be jettisoned with the garbage.

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  14. Just another reliable soldier in the Berman/Waxman Machine…
    a virgin mind that has never had an original thought.

    AD - RtR/OS! (9f28e2)

  15. He was elected my Rep while I lived in Calabasas. He ran a “greener than thou” campaign. Won, and then beat the same guy again by a larger margin the next time. He pretty much is representative the area (hooda thunk it?): knee-jerk left and reflexively “green”.

    viktor (443084)

  16. I updated the post.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  17. Kirsten is a reliable apologist for the Left, and like most on the Left, has no idea what she is talking about…
    but, I’m sure she looks good at a Georgetown cocktail party, or on the Upper West Side.

    AD - RtR/OS! (9f28e2)

  18. give how stupidly lieberal his district is, its amazing that he got called out on this at all, let alone booed by the crowd.

    undoubtedly the claim will be that the crowd was packed with racist right wing tea baggers rather than his constituents.

    if you’re so inclined, you could contact his office and see if he’s found out more about the case yet 😀

    Washington, DC Office
    Brad Sherman 2242 Rayburn HOB
    Washington, D.C. 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-5911
    Fax: (202) 225-5879

    San Fernando Valley
    Brad Sherman 5000 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 420
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    Phone: (818) 501-9200
    Fax: (818) 501-1554

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  19. heh….. i just called the Valley orfice, and asked if the Congressman had had a chance to follow up on the question from the meeting or if he was still under the impression that there was no such case…

    the answer from the guy on the other end?
    “i do not know sir….”

    ignorance is obviously official office policy

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  20. Kirsten should be shown the door. I don’t know if there is anyone at Fox as an exec that is respected enough to tell her without being accused of censorship.

    When you don’t have an answer because the situation is so obviously wrong, you:
    1. Say you don’t know about it
    2. Make derisive comments and hope people in the audience chuckle with you
    3. Throw in a red herring, “But what about this?”
    4. Talk over the questioner so that nothing is able to be understood.
    5. Look indignant at all times.
    6. Stay away from whoever it was that cursed Pinoochio with that nose-growing thing.
    7. Meet with others after the days work to share notes and reinforce your commitment to always hide the truth.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  21. She’s primarily a columnist at the New York Post.

    AD - RtR/OS! (9f28e2)

  22. I’d like to see those two mud wrestle.

    nk (db4a41)

  23. 4. Talk over the questioner so that nothing is able to be understood.

    This is why the internet is so much better for debate than TV. The smart democrats know they can great diminish the watchability of debates they are losing by simply loudly speaking in a monotone voice. They can be irrelevant and even contradict what they said 5 minutes ago. It’s useless.

    Perhaps a little back and forth format where the mikes are turned on and off for periods of time would make a more watchable program.

    this is the best FNC has to offer, and it’s useless except for the sport of it.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  24. Megan Kelly turned in a fine impersonation of a “Mama Grizzly” with her hackles up in the face of Powers’ nothing-to-see-here-move-along-blame-Bush-two wrongs-make-a-right logic. Kelly is one of the few interviewers I have ever listened to who shows more cojones than all the males on NBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, MSNBC combined.

    Megan Kelly took no prisoners and toasted Powers like Granny toasted Sherman from Reseda. In fact, Megan Kelly reminds me of R. Lee Ermey in the latest GEICO commercial throwing a box of Kleenex at the whimpering metro-sexual on the couch suffering from negative self-confidence in La La Land as a “Jack Wagon”.

    You go girl. Palin is leading a pack of grizzlies and they are looking for blue meat. The lefties are running and hurling insults over their shoulders. The Grizzly either runs them down or runs them to ground. I put my order in for a case of liberal jerky this November.

    vet66 (9d1bb3)

  25. Do I need to mention that Megyn is an accredited member of the Bar?

    And, nk, we could sell a lot of tickets to that scuffle.

    AD - RtR/OS! (9f28e2)

  26. It would appear that Mr. Sherman gets his news from the New York Times.

    lostingotham (2ccb2c)

  27. Over the last several weeks, Megan Kelly has elevated herself to one of the top TV journalists working today. She was always bright and pretty, but lately she’s been absolutely first rate. She’s a rising superstar, she’s a straight shooter, a unique blend of brains and guts. I admire that girl.

    ropelight (3efccb)

  28. I do feel a bit uneasy at the spelling of her name which several of you seem to have missed. What’s with Megyn ?

    Mike K (0ef8c3)

  29. Mike, a lot of the best conservatives these days had parents who were off the rails liberals. Not saying that the ‘womyn’ spelling is what the ‘y’ is all about, but it’s an amusing idea.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  30. Powers epitomized the left’s endless harping that all things bad = Bush. She doesn’t care about truth, justice, or forming her own opinion (or becoming *fully* informed before forming an opinion), but rather is loyal to the company line first and foremost.

    Megyn Kelly is a fairly new mama so it’s not surprising she’s become fierce and fearless…bound to show itself in all corners of her life.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  31. I don’t doubt he knows nothing about the case. Democrats have elected the most ignorant/stupid people on earth for the past 40 years.

    Scrapiron (996c34)

  32. vet66, Some democrats are like the two hunters who came up on a p.o. grizzly. One of them stopped and put on his running shoes. The other told him he couldn’t outrun the bear and he replied, I don’t have to outrun the bear, I just have to outrun you. Democrats are now feeding each other to the bears.

    Scrapiron (996c34)

  33. the answer from the guy on the other end?
    “i do not know sir….”

    And that is the answer you will receive if you ask them that question tomorrow… the next day… the day after that, etc…. etc….

    GeneralMalaise (9cf017)

  34. Megyn Kelly argued with the facts, whereas Powers had none. If there is no issue, if there is just an agenda at play, there is a way to get to the heart of the matter. The DoJ can simply allow their attorneys to testify in front of the Commission.

    We all know that will never happen.

    GeneralMalaise (9cf017)

  35. Sounds like a couple of my chooks fighting. Cackle Cackle Cackle.

    Mark (b416d9)

  36. So many forms of corruption tend to flourish when the left is placed in charge of the public sector.

    I can only grimace and shudder at the layers and layers of Third Worldish type garbage that Eric Holder must be inserting into the DOJ.

    His motto is: “if it’s good enough for the city of Detroit, it’s good enough for me!”

    (FWIW, post #35 is not from this Mark.)

    Mark (411533)

  37. I can only grimace and shudder at the layers and layers of Third Worldish type garbage that Eric Holder must be inserting into the DOJ.

    It’s sickening to consider. We probably don’t know just how awful things are at DOJ yet. It’s easy to be just half a step paranoid and see how a lot of these disasters could be some crazy B movie about the end of our form of government. It’s not… these people are true believers in naive politics and social warfare. They aren’t long term thinkers.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  38. Megyn rules!

    That is all.

    Icy Texan (4a2bd8)

  39. I intentionally did not watch the Megyn Kelly-Kirsten Powers clip again, after watching it earlier today so that I can give an honest first impression for this thread:

    At first, I thought that Kelly was going off the rails. She really seemed to be unfairly pounding Powers without letting her respond.

    As the exchange went on, two things stuck out:

    1. Kelly was speaking from a solid knowledge of the subject and Powers was relying on the daily talking points. I was still feeling kind of bad for Powers, though, because Kelly was relentless.

    2. However, Powers went to the tried-and-true “Bush did it” meme and completely lost me. Not because she may have had a point, but because it’s getting so tired.

    One of the things that irritated me after Bush won the election in 2000 was the the tendency of right-wing pundits to cite the actions of Clinton in defense of Bush policies. I thought then, as I do now: The past is past, what have you done for me lately?

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m no Clinton lover. As a matter of fact, Clinton turned me into a conservative, semi-libertarian.

    That’s why I think this Democrat strategy of running against Bush in the November elections is a lost cause.

    Regardless, that Sherman guy pretty much sums up today’s Democrat candidate: Completely out of touch with the electorate and surprised when the people don’t quietly acquiesce to his obvious condescension. But, that’s a whole ‘nother post.

    Ag80 (363d6e)

  40. Powers was caught in a lie. At the top of her talk, she said she didn’t think the NBP members were intimidating anyone, because people were walking by them to vote. Later on, she said she agreed with Kelly that they were intimidating voters.

    It’s as if she had the long-term memory of a goldfish.

    Some chump (e84e27)

  41. Regarding the Megyn spelling, it could be a stage name to help draw attention (especially at the beginning) or it could be her real name, I do not know at all. But I personally like the spelling. I myself gave my second daughter a highly unique name, Audréy Renée-Maree Hitchcock, so she would always have something to prove to herself that she is special. “Of 6 billion people in the world, you are the only one with your name.” (And that first accent was written verification of the proper pronunciation of her name.)

    Regarding certain people’s hedonistic declarations, I would never have thought of that myself. But even if I had, Kirsten has a whole lot of that “Shallow Hal after head shrink” ugly. Coyote ugly. “Open her mouth and show her ugly” ugly. Kirsten couldn’t pay me enough to watch her wrestle.

    Kirsten was fallacy central on top of dishonesty central. And for those who suggest FOX should terminate their relationship with her, she’s part of the liberal contributors — not employees — that make FOX far more balanced than any other news agency. (She may be technically an employee, but hers is more “contract work.”)

    John Hitchcock (9e8ad9)

  42. Jeez, J.H. Even Uncle Alfred knew how to use the Internet, and he died before Al Gore invented it!

    Icy Texan (4a2bd8)

  43. OT…
    I’ll be at the Brian Redman vintage event at Road America this weekend if anyone else is planning to attend.
    Drop by the McKee Can-Am car that Paul Newman drove in the opening credits of “Winning” and say Hello! – it’s blue, #25, and is being driven by Norm Cowdrey, it’s current owner.

    AD - RtR/OS! (9f28e2)

  44. Icy Texan, I found this new-fangled thing they call a touch-tone telephone and it has this boxy plastic thing on the end of the wires. Have you ever heard of it? Anyway, I’m only slightly more skilled at googling than my grandson, and he hasn’t learned how to talk yet.

    John Hitchcock (9e8ad9)

  45. I seem to remember something along the lines of which you describe, from back in the days before they ruined Coca-Cola (Yes, I remember what it was like; and No, it does NOT taste the same now, regardless of how much they protest that they’ve returned to the “original formula”).

    Icy Texan (4a2bd8)

  46. I’ll bet Mr. Sherman hasn’t heard of terrorism, inflation, the deficiet, or the BP oil crisis either.

    rochf (ae9c58)

  47. KP is defending that which is indefensible. Those NBPP fuqqers should have been arrested and their a$$es tossed in jail.

    This is such an obvious case of laws selectively applied (or in this case not applied) to a class of people protected by the Obama administration and compliant media, who by all accounts so far find nothing at all wrong with what these two thug scumbags did at that polling place on election day.

    KP says “they werent intimidating anyone…people were walking past them and voting”

    so by that logic, we can expect to see KP and Cynthia Tucker defend a situation in 2012 if KKK idiots with baseball bats calling themselves “security” are videotaped outside a polling place right?


    Mike D (cfd823)

  48. Imam for a day
    I declare a chubwa on
    ms. megyn kelly

    ColonelHaiku (9cf017)

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