Kerry quizzed, Congress flouted, secret deal’s secrecy defended

Senator asks, secretary of state “squirms,” cares more for international agency than U.S. Congress:

“Why can’t we confirm or deny the content of these [secret] agreements [about inspection protocols] in public?” Mr. [Tom] Cotton inquires. “Why is it classified. It’s not a sensitive U.S. government document. The ayatollahs know what they’ve agreed to.”

“Because,” Mr. Kerry replies, “we respect the process of the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency], and we don’t have their authorization to reveal what is a confidential agreement between them and another country.”

Senator Cotton then asks him: “So the ayatollahs will know what they’ve agreed to but not the American people.”

“Well, the, no, not exactly,” Mr. Kerry harrumphs, “because we will share with you in the classified briefing what we understand things to be. But they negotiated the agreement with the IAEA. The IAEA is an independent entity under the united nations, Senator, as I know you know, and I don’t know even at this point what the law says about the United States requiring something that another entity’s laws prohibit.”

Kerry and the other main U.S. negotiator, the Sec. of Energy, had each said he knows for sure of no American negotiator who has read this agreement.

NY Sun:

This will be remembered as a classic of State Department arrogance in the face of a legislature whose approval the State Secretary and President are seeking for an agreement with a country that refers to us as the Great Satan and swears to wipe Israel off the map.


If we were going before the Senate on this head, we’d make a point of knowing what the law says about the United States requiring information that another “entity’s” laws prohibit us from having. We’d make it a point of standing for open covenants [agreements]. The world knows all about closed ones and how they lead to war.

And is learning how “State Department arrogance” flouts citizens’ elected representative bodies. Or entities, as Kerry would have it.

Rauner focuses on hiring transparency in executive order

Big deal here, way to flush out the hacks, such as the Sec Trans whom  Sen. Don Harmon paraded before an Oak Park audience in the fall of 2013 so as to give Oak Parkers the skinny on Dept. of Trans. plans for Eisenhower X-way and CTA”s Blue Line.

She was shown the door a few months later when discovered to be hiring relatives. Yay Harmon.

Rauner said his order is rooted in the Illinois Department of Transportation hiring scandal during the Quinn administration. An investigation found that IDOT had become a safe haven for many politically hired state employees seeking to quietly slip into jobs protected from politically motivated firings.

Nothing like transparency, which is often claimed, rarely demonstrated.

Manufacturing Dissent—The Ruling Class’s Saul Alinsky Strategy in Ferguson MO

A case of Alinsky’s patented rubbing raw the sores of discontent:

The past and much-anticipated future riots in Ferguson, Missouri aren’t spontaneous civil disorder—they are an example of how the U.S. is governed in the multicultural, post-American age.

Undeterred by the Trayvon Martin farce, the Main Stream Media, professional racial activists, and Obama’s Justice Department are implacably committed to the story that police officer Darren Wilson murdered “Gentle Giant” Michael Brown, regardless of the facts.

And the riots widely predicted if Darren Wilson isn’t indicted are less a protest against police misconduct than a ginned up attempt to ensure black voter turnout. It’s not a protest against the system—it’s the system working as designed.

via Manufacturing Dissent—The Ruling Class’s Saul Alinsky Strategy in Ferguson MO.

The black-robed regiment on call . . .

Clergy to the pulpit barricades!

AURORA IL – Sunday evening, the Illinois Family Institute hosted several hundred Illinoisans who gathered at Aurora Christian School to hear Pastor, Author, and Oklahoma State Representative Dan Fisher call for Illinois clergy to “wake up” and join a modern day Black Robed Regiment.


The Black Robed Regiment was the name the British placed on the American clergy during the Founding Era (a backhanded reference to the black robes they wore). The British blamed the Black Robed Regiment for American Independence, and American leaders agreed

” We’re all Catholics now,” the Episcopal priest said at a rally in the Federal center a few years back, referring to the impingements on religious liberty fostered by ObamaCare.

Trouble is, in N. Illinois the RC priests are mostly liberals politically, if not in every other way.

However, I heard an excellent sermon pre-election day 2012 at St. John Vianney, Northbrook, at the 10 a.m. Latin mass. Quite good indeed.

Vote fraud ‘s ugly head raised by Election Day registration

How Adams County plans to save the day:

In Adams County, residents can only register on Election Day at the County Clerk’s office on 5th and Vermont [Quincy], not at any other polling places,

for starters. This is in the law: you can’t register in a polling place.


it’s very important residents who choose to register and vote on Election Day bring a government issued identification to their polling location. [Adams County Clerk Georgia Volm] says [this?] helps voting officials [verify?] a resident’s residence more quickly.

Statewide requirement? Not. She offers it as a suggestion. If voters do not, how is a residence verified? Also: how does the polling place clerk or judge verify registration?

Note that no photo-id is required for Election Day registration. Hasn’t been required for voting itself. So this is friendly advice from a county clerk, offered with presumption of caring a great deal about vote fraud.

Volm notes that the new law at this point applies only to the November election, but “expects the law to carry forward and be applied to future even-numbered voting years.”