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Testimony suggests administration knew for months Fast and Furious story wrong PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 12:45

Congressional investigators see pattern of 'slow walking the truth' with Libya embassy attack, ATF gun scandal

Why It Matters:

President Obama promised unprecedented transparency in his administration, but from Libya to Fast and Furious there is growing evidence the administration hasn't lived up to the promise in its early account of controversies. The newest evidence suggests the administration failed to seize an opportunity months earlier to correct the record in the gun-running scandal known as Fast and Furious.

UPDATED 9:28 AM EDT, October 30, 2012 | BY John Solomon

The former head of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told congressional investigators he discovered the Obama administration's original account to Congress about the Fast and Furious gun scandal was inaccurate as early as March 2011 and urged the Justice Department to correct the record, an action that did not formally occur until eight months later.

The full testimony from retired Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson has not yet been officially released by Congress. But excerpts were obtained by the Washington Guardian as House and Senate investigators this week issued their second report into the gun-running scandal that has become an embarrassment for the administration and prompted a court fight over executive privilege.

At issue is the Obama administration’s initial account when the Fast and Furious scandal broke in February 2011 that ATF agents never knowingly let semiautomatic weapons fall into the hands of smugglers for the Mexican drug cartels. Senior officials held that position in varying forms for months as the scandal grew, but then reversed course last December in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary.

Melson’s testimony – during a private deposition with congressional investigators – suggests the administration knew as early as March 2011 that its account was wrong and could have corrected it months earlier than it did.

“I drafted an e-mail to our people, and said, you know, you better back off, you better back off this statement,” Melson testified, recalling what he did in late March 2011 after reading files from the case that contradicted the administration’s official explanation. Melson alerted the U.S. attorney in Phoenix of his concerns, sent an email to his ATF subordinates entitled "Hold the presses" and another to the deputy attorney general's office after making the discovery, according to evidence separately gathered by the Justice Department's inspector general.

But despite those emails, Justice with Melson's blessing sent a second letter to Congress a month later again falsely reasserting no gun had been allowed to walk in the Arizona invetsigation known as Fast and Furious.

Congressional investigators also have learned of a second warning a few months later in August in which senior Justice officials were alerted their assertions were wrong.

The former ATF chief’s account likely will bolster Republican arguments that the administration has repeatedly slow walked the truth when faced with controversies such as the gun-running scandal, the BP oil spill in the Gulf or the recent terror attack on the U.S consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.

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Is the thought of Christmas making you feel bleak? Let us help. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Monday, 29 October 2012 14:31
The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities
Announces the Christmas Assistance Program

Quad Cities: The Salvation Army’s Christmas Assistance Program – a community wide effort – is The Salvation
Army’s largest outreach event each year. Last year, for example, over 5,000 gifts were distributed to 2,300
children and over 1,900 homes received food.

Families who would like to receive assistance during the holidays must register and complete the application
process before December 7th.

Registration Information in IOWA
3400 W. Central Park Avenue, Davenport 563-391-5325

Mondays—October 29; November 5, 12, 15, 19, 26; December 3: 11am-2pm

Wednesdays— October 31; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5: 2pm-5pm

Fridays—November 2, 9, 16, 30: 11am-2pm

Last Chance Friday—December 7: 11am-2pm

Registration Information in ILLINOIS
2200 – 5th Avenue, Moline 309-764-6996

Mondays—November 5, 12, 19: 11am-2pm

Wednesdays—November 7, 14, 21: 2pm-5pm

Fridays—November 2, 9, 16: 11am-2pm

Last Chance Friday—December 7: 11am-2pm

What to bring: Applications will not be taken without the items below:
1. Adults: a. Picture ID with valid date, b. Social Security card & c. Proof of address (2 pieces of mail)
2. Children: a. Social Security Cards or b. Medical Cards or c. Birth certificates for each child.
3. Proof of: a. Household Income & b. Federal or State Benefits.

Generous Quad Cities residents make this program possible with their monetary donations, as well as
donations of toys through the Angel Giving Trees. Beginning November 3, Angel Trees will be displayed at all
QC Wal-Marts. NorthPark and SouthPark Mall will again host trees in their JC Penney and Younkers Courts,
respectively, starting November 23.

To volunteer as a bell ringer, please go to


U.S. security in Benghazi PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 29 October 2012 14:10
Friday, October 26, 2012

Senator Chuck Grassley issued the following comment today regarding security questions related to the September 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

“Allegations that military resources in the area were requested and denied is alarming.  If it’s the fact that more could have been done to avert the loss of life by American personnel but was rejected, then those decision makers need to be held accountable.  It’s past time for President Obama and his administration to provide the basis for the decisions made before, during and now after the fatal terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on September 11.”

Instructional program: "Preparing Your Advanced Directives" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sara McLees   
Monday, 29 October 2012 13:35

Chaplain Robert Hanson, Director of Pastoral Care from Trinity Health System’s will be offering an instructional program "Preparing Your Advanced Directives."  The program will include an overview of advanced directives, a time for questions, and an opportunity for those in attendance to complete personal advanced directives. 


The program is hosted by First Congregational Church, 2201 - 7th Ave Moline, IL on Wednesday November 7th. At 6:30 pm. From 5:30-6:15 will be a fellowship dinner. The program and meal are free of charge.



Call the church at 309-762-0787 to RSVP.

Byrum Family Dentistry Presents a Patriotic Program for QC Trick-or-Treaters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 12:53

Treats for the Troops

BETTENDORF, IA – This Halloween, Byrum Family Dentistry is offering Quad-Cities families a chance to reward America’s troops for their valor – as they help children to fight tooth decay.
From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, kids age 12 and under can bring their Halloween candy to Byrum Family Dentistry and they will buy the candy for $1 per pound. The candy collected will be sent to America’s troops serving overseas. Byrum Family Dentistry, the dental practice of Robert L. Byrum, D.D.S., P.C., and Melinda Hochgesang, D.M.D., is located at 3878 Middle Road, Bettendorf, IA.
In addition to the cash reward, every participating child will also get a free toothbrush. Plus, if the child is not already a patient of Byrum Family Dentistry, he or she will receive a coupon for a free exam. This exam will include an initial dental examination, X-rays, and consultation.
“Our Halloween program is a win-win deal for the whole family,” said Dr. Byrum. “Parents will be pleased that their children will be eating less sweets, and the kids will receive a nice reward in exchange for their contribution to America’s troops. Plus, the program will also set many children down the path to improved dental health.”
The professionals at Byrum Family Dentistry believe in giving back to the community and actively promoting dental health. Since 1990, Dr. Byrum has made monthly donations to area charities such as the Make a Wish Foundation and the American Cancer Society. Routinely, toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste have been donated to area causes, including shelters, schools, and overseas military personnel.

For more information, call Byrum Family Dentistry at (563) 332-7734 or visit

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