The ‘Hamas Caucus’: The Five Anti-Israel Women That Democrats elected to Congress

H/T GodFather Politics.

To the Hamas 5, I want to say this to you here is what God says about Israel.

Genesis 12:3 King James Version (KJV)

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Democrat voters across the nation sent five women to Congress who are against Israel, our best Middle Eastern ally. The five have been dubbed the “Hamas Caucus.”

She is certainly incendiary, but right-leaning bomb thrower Laura Loomer has dubbed these new Congress women the “Hamas Caucus,” hinting that they all support the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas over our ally, Israel.

“I forgot to tell you guys, my friends and I last week decided that the new Jew haters in Congress shall be referred to as the ‘HAMAS caucus’ from this point onward,” Loomer Tweeted on November 19.

Laura Loomer@LauraLoomer

I forgot to tell you guys, my friends and I last week decided that the new Jew haters in Congress shall be referred to as the “HAMAS caucus” from this point onward.

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It is easy to accept Loomer’s appellation, too, considering the things these women have said about Israel and Jews.

The five terror supporters and anti-Semites include Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Deb Haaland, and Ayanna Pressley.

We all know that the blundering self-proclaimed socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has spoken out against Israel and in favor of the terror-plagued “Palestinians.”

Indeed, Ocasio-Cortez even falsely claimed that Israel has “occupied Palestine.”

“I also think that what people are starting to see at least in the occupation … of Palestine [is] just an increasing crisis of humanitarian condition and that to me is just where I tend to come from on this issue,” she said on the July 13 broadcast of PBS’s Firing Line.

Of course, there is not now, nor has there ever been such a country as “Palestine,” nor has there ever been such a thing as a “Palestinian.” So, there could be no “occupation” of such a country. But it shows that Ocasio-Cortez is fully onboard with the genocidal Palestinians.

But the other five members of the terror caucus are even worse.

Democrat Rashida Tlaib who was elected to represent Michigan’s 13th Congressional district this year actually wrapped herself in the Palestinian flagduring her election victory party.

Imagine the scene! Here we have Michigan’s first Muslim woman elected to Congress and she is wearing the flag of a terrorist army instead of an American flag as she celebrates her victory!

Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar is even worse. She explicitly prayed to god to smite her hated Jews.

The Jew-hating Omar also affirmed that she supports the anti-Israel BDS movement even though she lied during the campaign by telling voters that she didn’t.

For her part, New Mexico’s Deb Haaland has also spoken against the Jews by claiming they are “murderers” of “Palestinians.”

In a series of tweets from last May she attacked:

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The murder of 60 Palestinians in Gaza just as Ramadan begins weigh heavy on my heart today. The youngest was just 8 months old. Here are their names.

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The incident of which she was tweeting occurred in May of this year when an army of over 3,000 Palestinians tried to crash Israel’s border in a military attack on Israel. Israel was just defending itself.

Finally, during her campaign, Massachusetts’s Ayanna Pressley said she was against U.S. aid to Israel because the Jews only turn around to use the money to detain and kill Palestinians. She also refused to respond to questions about whether she supported the BDS movement, but did chide the Israelis for human rights abuses.

Clearly she is no friend to Israel.

This is where we are today. As the left-wing media constantly attacks Republicans as “Nazis” despite the total lack of proof of such a charge, the Democrats actually elected Jew-hating candidates to Congress.

House Democrats Outline Gun Control Agenda for 116th Congress

H/T AmmoLand.

It is going to be two very Damned hard and long years.

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- With anti-gun Democrats back in control of the House of Representatives come January, now is the time to prepare for a new onslaught on the Second Amendment. Emboldened by the mere thought of controlling the lower chamber, we are already seeing the warning signs of what will come for the next two years.

First, virtually all Democrat leadership positions are likely to be filled by long-time anti-gun zealots, such as former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Similarly, key committees will surely be chaired by extremists with long histories of supporting any and all legislation designed to diminish the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

In other words, if you can imagine a new, draconian restriction on guns, gun owners, firearm parts and accessories, or ammunition, expect it to not only be introduced, but to be given a hearing. Also expect the anti-gun legacy media to openly fawn over these efforts. The same goes for any old proposals that have already been introduced and rejected, or even implemented and later repealed or abandoned after proving to be ineffective.

At the top of the list, of course, will be banning semi-automatic firearms. Extremists will try to ban America’s most popular rifle, the AR15, as well as any other semi-automatic rifle. The standard magazines that come with these rifles, as well as any that are sold separately that are deemed “too big,” will also be the target of bans. Most semi-automatic handguns and shotguns will also be swept into these bans.

“Universal” background checks are also a priority for anti-gun Democrats. In fact, Nancy Pelosi even promised to support criminalizing the private transfer of firearms if Democrats were given control of the House. Pelosi and her ilk will try to exploit all of the recent tragic shootings that have taken place in order to promote “universal” background check while ignoring the fact that none of them would have been impacted by such a scheme. The firearms in all of these horrific crimes were acquired through either the federally-mandated background check, or even more restrictive state systems.

There are many reasons to not trust Pelosi, but when it comes to her pledge to attack law-abiding gun owners, you can take that to the bank.

Democrats who have been chomping at the bit for years to push their anti-gun agenda in the House have made it very clear your rights are fair game, and they have said they will not waste any time once they seize the reins of control.

Along with semi-auto bans and “universal” background checks, expect to see attempts to tax firearms and ammunition out of the grasp of the average American. Through incompetence or malice, these legislative proposals will be so poorly drafted that it will be impossible for law-abiding gun owners to even attempt to comply with their byzantine provisions.

As an example, one need only look to the most recent gun control bill introduced in Congress. H.R. 7115, the so-called “3–D Firearms Prohibitions Act.” Attentive readers will probably notice that the bad drafting started with the title: we live in a three-dimensional world; so all firearms are necessarily “3-D.” Despite the title, the bill doesn’t seem to ban all firearms, however, it’s provisions are so poorly drafted and show such a incredible lack of understanding of firearms that it likely does ban nearly any part intended for use in a modern semi-automatic firearm. Even simple pins and springs seem to fall within the provisions of the bill.

While 7115 is unlikely to move in the current Congress, it will likely be on the agenda next year. But that’s just the start.

Ultimately, the Second Amendment will likely be under a more severe attack over the next two years than perhaps it has ever seen. With some sources showing that as many as one in five likely voters in Democrat primaries would like to see the Second Amendment repealed, it’s likely that some members of Congress will attempt to oblige.


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Took on 22 Japanese Fighters: Then Led an Infantry Charge on The Beach

H/T War History OnLine.

R.I.P. Major(Posthumous) Henry Talmage “Hammerin’ Hank” Elrod  September 27, 1905–December 23, 1941.

Of the circumstances surrounding the US involvement in WWII, Pearl Harbor is the attack that stands out.

However, this was not the only US military base to be attacked by the Japanese forces. The Wake Island base was attacked at the same time, but this was a much longer engagement.

While the attack on Pearl Harbor was over in a matter of hours, Wake Island fought for 15 days. Many soldiers lost their lives while others distinguished themselves. One of these men was Henry T. Elrod who has become known as one of the defenders of Wake Island.

Elrod was born in Georgia on September 27, 1905. He attended the University of Georgia and Yale before heading to the military. At this time, he joined the Marine Corps where he was made a second lieutenant in February 1931.

Over the next year, he would spend time at the Marine Corps Basic School as an aviator student.

By February 1935, he earned his wings and was transferred from the Naval Air Station Pensacola to the Marine Corps Base Quantico. He served as a Marine Aviator there until January 1938.

Major Henry T. Elrod, USMC, posthumous Medal of Honor recipient

In July 1938, he was ordered to San Diego. He served as the material, personnel, and parachute officer until January 1941.

At the start of 1941, he was detached to the Hawaiian area. Elrod flew to Wake Island on December 4, 1941, along with 12 pilots, aircraft and the ground crew of fighter squadron VMF-211. The hostilities over Wake Island would start only four days later.

During the initial bombardment from Japanese fighters, eight of the 12 Wildcat’s were destroyed. While the shore defenses remained intact, the island was left with only four planes to fend off the upcoming assault.

U.S. Marine Corps Grumman F3F-2 of Marine Fighting Squadron 2 (VMF-2) flying in formation

After the initial assault, the full Japanese invasion fleet arrived. The four Wildcats were left to provide air cover for the 450 marines defending the island. The defenders had to take on three light cruisers and six destroyers.

One of the destroyers was struck by the marine artillery that was using WWI-era battleship guns. The Hayate’s magazine was hit and the ship exploded.

Elrod took out a second destroyer on his own, becoming the first fighter pilot to destroy a warship. He bombed and strafed the Kisaragi which caused the stern to dip and depth charges to explode, destroying the ship.

Japanese destroyer Hayate, sunk at Wake Island

The Wildcat he had been flying against the destroyer became critically damaged in the run. Unable to repair the plane, it was scrapped for parts to help the remaining Wildcats. While the initial invasion was repelled, the commander continued to shell the island.

Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer Kisaragi, the second Japanese warship to bear that name

On December 12, when the enemy bombers returned, only one US fighter plan was operational. Elrod took the controls and flew out to intercept 22 G3M2 Nell enemy fighters. Undaunted, Elrod flung his plane at the formation firing his guns.

He would take down two of the enemy fighters over two runs.  While the rest of the aircraft did succeed in bombing the island, fewer would hit their targets than on previous raids. For the next two weeks, Elrod and the other pilots continued to fight until the planes were out of action.

G3M Type 96 Attack Bomber Nell G3M-26s

On December 23, the full invasion began in the pre-dawn hours. The Japanese pushed their advantage and got soldiers onto the beach of Wake Island. To repel the attack, Elrod and the rest of the soldiers headed to the beach to counter the enemy.

Elrod was not alone in his heroic charge. Raymond Rutledge and Mess Sergeant Gerald Carr, a civilian contractor and marine respectively, dashed onto the beach as well. They hurled hand grenades directly into one of the landing ships. This injured and killed many of the elite forces within.

Wreckage of Wildcat 211-F-11, flown by Capt Elrod on December 11, in the attack that sank the Japanese destroyer Kisaragi

During the infantry charge, Elrod took control of an enemy machine gun and was able to turn it on the invaders. His troops were able to repel several waves of invading forces. While the defenders fought hard, they were overwhelmed. Approximately 90% of the defending troops survived, but Elrod was not among them.

During the defense, Elrod was fatally wounded as he protected some of his men who were carrying ammunition. Following an initial burial on Wake Island, Elrod’s remains were moved to Arlington National Cemetery in 1947. Wake Island would be held by the Japanese until September 1945, two days after the formal surrender by Japan.

Medal of Honor, US Navy

On November 8, 1946, Elrod’s widow was presented with the Medal of Honor by President Truman. This was awarded for his heroic actions during the defense of Wake Island which cost him his life.  His appointment as major would only happen after his death.

Convenience Store Chain Wants To Hire Armed Guards

H/T Bearing Arms.

I think this is a really good idea as a former convenience store clerk.

I was robbed beaten up and had double vision for six weeks from a blow to my head.

Working in a convenience store has to be nerve-wracking. I mean, the news is filled daily with stories of these places being robbed. All too often, the result of that robbery is a dead clerk.

To make matters worse, many clerks who would prefer to carry a firearm for their protection are barred from doing so by store policy. That means either risking their job or their life.

One convenience store chain has decided to start putting armed guards in their stores.

News of QuikTrip looking to hire armed clerks — a hybrid position between a protective services agent and a store clerk — appears to have generated a lot of inquiries, though some may be confused about what specific experience the position requires.

A spokesman for the company said he was confident they’ve had “probably pretty significant” inquiries after advertising the position, which QuikTrip is looking to staff with certified peace officers, veterans or armed security guards.

“It’s just kind of natural for us,” said Mike Thornbrugh, a QuikTrip spokesman. “We tend to bring things inside if we think it works.”

QuikTrip has been testing the hybrid employee program for six months at a few locations in Wichita. There are visual cues that make it easy to differentiate between regular QT workers and the hybrid employees, who are armed, according to a previous story.

According to a job description, the purpose of the hybrid employee’s role is to “deter illegal activity, theft and vandalism,” as well as protect employees, customers, visitors and the company’s property. All that will be in addition to the regular, day-to-day activities comprising a clerk’s duties.

“This is an extension of what we’re already doing,” Thornbrugh said. “What I mean by that is we utilize off-duty law enforcement, and we have contractual agreements with security companies to provide assistance.

“All we’re doing is hiring some individuals to perform the same work who are going to be full-time employees, that’s it.”

It’s probably not a bad idea.

My guess is that there will be some breaks on insurance for having the guards on staff. That makes sense. Insurance often covers a variety of losses, and a guard will stop most of those short of an act of God. As a result, insurance companies will be less likely to have to pay out for things. Lower cost to them means lower premiums for QuikTrip.

At least, that’s my guess as to the reasoning.

Either way, it’s clear that someone at the company recognizes the fact that a good guy with a gun is an asset. They know that it’ll protect people and property. It’s the same thing we’ve been telling people for years.

Oh, don’t get me wrong. I’d still rather all these chains change their policies to allow clerks to carry at work too, but at least this move will put a gun in the store so that if it’s needed, it’s there and not five minutes away.

What do you want to bet that it’ll be a long time before someone’s stupid enough to rob a QuikTrip?

Embattled Broward County Election Supervisor Says Racism May Be Behind Clamor Against Her

 

H/T Godfather Politics.

It is not racism every time some black official get criticized.

In Brenda Snipes case it is willful ignorance and incompetence.

Whenever I see a picture she reminds me of a stoner.

BREAKING: As of late on Sunday night, news broke that Brenda Snips submitted her resignation….

Broward County’s embattled election supervisor Brenda Snipes has a long history of mismanaging close races in Florida…

It’s simply because of her own inability to perform the tasks assigned to her, over and over again. I don’t suppose her corrupt incompetence has anything to do with the anger directed at her? She should retire NOW!

Fox News:

Embattled Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes claimed Saturday that racism is “probably” behind the widespread backlash against her.

Snipes, who has come under heavy criticism over her handling of the Florida recount after the contentious midterm elections earlier this month, told The Guardian that she believes protesters camped outside the Broward recount center could be there out of hatred of her skin color.

Though she declined to elaborate during her brief interview, when asked if race played a factor, she answered: “Probably. Probably.”

Snipes, who has a history of election missteps, has been under the microscope ever since Florida ordered a statewide recount last Saturday.

Under her leadership, the county embarrassingly missed its machine recount deadline on Thursday. On Saturday, it had to temporarily stop its manual recount roughly an hour after it began; lawyers from both political parties pointed out that volunteers were counting the wrong ballots.

To be sure, the pressure has been intense and it hasn’t helped that President Trump and other Republicans have called on her to resign. More

No, it’s just because of Brenda Snipes’ incompetence. As a public official, if you lose the confidence of the people, then it is time to go.

It has nothing to do with race, it’s just a big enough mess that her name will forever be synonymous with election malpractice. As in, they sure Sniped that election.

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The Gettysburg Address

155 Years ago yesterday President Abraham Lincoln made this speech dedicating the Gettysburg National Cemetary.

“Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war. . .testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated. . . can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.

We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate. . .we cannot consecrate. . . we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us. . .that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion. . . that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. . . that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom. . . and that government of the people. . .by the people. . .for the people. . . shall not perish from the earth. “

The most embarrassing way to land

H/T Beyond The Band Of Brothers.

You can walk away from it, but where to?          

The famous pilot Chuck Yeager said: “If you can walk away from a landing, it’s a good landing. If you use the airplane the next day, it’s an outstanding landing.” Chuck, however, didn’t address what it was like if you land in the wrong place.

Mistaken landings still occur today but were much more common before the advent of GPS and modern navigational systems, especially during the often-confusing battles of World War II. One such mistake by a German pilot ended up giving the Allies a helping hand. On June 23, 1942, a squadron of Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighters took off from Brittany in France to intercept six Douglas A-20 Havoc light bombers and three escorting RAF squadrons.

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Artist’s rendition of Oberleutnant Armin Faber

At this time in the war, the Fw 190 had a strong technological advantage over British fighters, including the then-current version of the Spitfire, earning it the nickname the “Butcher Bird.” While the A-20s returned home safely, a dogfight between the Germans and the British escorts developed over the English Channel, with 2 German and 7 British losses. One German pilot, Lieutenant Armin Faber, got separated from his comrades and had to flee from his attacker. The pursuit took them north, over the South West Peninsula of Britain, where he finally turned the tables and shot down his enemy.

He intended to head south back across the Channel and to France but got confused and turned north instead. When he got to the Bristol Channel, he thought it was the English Channel. When he saw land on the other side, he thought it was France, while in fact it was Wales. He landed at the first airfield he saw, which turned out to be RAF Pembrey, where he was promptly captured by the duty pilot waving a flare gun at him. Pembrey was a training station and had no real weapons on site. Faber’s mistake was not only embarrassing but also handed the British an Fw 190 which they could study for its weaknesses.

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Faber’s Fw 190 repainted to British colors and being examined

Similar mistakes could also occur on carriers and one notable incident happened during the Battle of the Coral Sea, the first engagement in history where carriers fought against carriers. During the battle, a flight of Japanese dive and torpedo bombers were launched from the carriers Shōkaku and Zuikaku to intercept and attack an American cruiser group. The planes were detected by radar and intercepted by Grumman F4F Wildcats, which caused the Japanese to abandon their mission and head for home, jettisoning their ordnance on the way as was standard procedure. The pilots were exhausted from flying missions all day and rattled from the attack. With approaching, one small group of them, often cited as 2 or 3 planes, finally saw their carrier, entered the landing pattern and approached.

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Aichi D3A “Val” dive bombers, the same type of aircraft as the ones involved in the incident, flying from the Shōkaku during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons

Only the carrier wasn’t a Japanese ship: it was the USS Yorktown. Though its superstructure is a different shape from the Shōkaku class, both classes had three deck elevators and the different paint scheme was easy to miss in the dark. At first, the deck crew didn’t notice anything off either, as some Wildcats were also in the process of landing and the newcomers were thought to belong to them. As they were getting close, a landing signal officer finally recognized the Japanese planes for what they were and instinctively waved them off, with the lead Japanese pilot following the cue and flying past the Yorktown.

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The USS Yorktown
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The Zuikaku

At this moment, the Yorktown’s anti-aircraft crew woke up and opened fire on the intruders. In fact, many of them got so trigger-happy that lead started flying at several of the Wildcats still in the air. One U.S. pilot who was trying to land and suddenly found himself surrounded by flak bursts radioed down: “What are you shooting at me for? What have I done now?”It’s not quite certain what happened to the Japanese planes: nobody was awarded a kill for them, so it’s possible that some or all of them might have made a quick getaway amid the confusion.

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A Wildcat during landing

A similar incident happened during the Battle of the Philippine Sea, again at night. This time, the U.S. carrier involved turned off its lights once the crew spotted the Japanese insignia on the errant plane. Not one to give up easily, the pilot or, perhaps, the pilot of another plane also tried to land on other American ships later that night.

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“Pilot error: he can fly.” Post-WWII photo of a Vought F4U Corsair that also got a bit lost, but at least still landed on an American carrier

Of course, not all mistaken carrier landings have dire consequences. American pilots have landed on the wrong carrier, but at least one belonging to the right side, with some frequency in World War II, the Korean, as well as the Vietnam War. Navy tradition dictates that the plane involved in such a landing be “creatively decorated” by the deck crew, much to the chagrin of the pilot and the original carrier’s crew, who’d have to give the aircraft a new paint job.

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Must be Air Force” is probably the worst insult to a Navy aviator. A McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee from the USS Coral Sea after landing on the USS Wasp by accident in 1952
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Another Banshee and its pilot. “It’s only youre (sic) lost boy coming back to you,” “Girl Scout troop 405,” “Our gas contains cognac,” “Chief Navigator.” Deck crews can be savage.

 

 

 

 

Operation Choke Point Needs To Be Choked Off For Good

H/T Investor’s Business Daily.

This beast that is known as Operation Choke Point needs to be stopped once and for all.

Hopefully, the new Attorney General will finally kill this beast.

Many lawmakers and journalists decried “Operation Choke Point,” shrugging it off as the product of partisan paranoia. But new evidence shows that sometimes reality can be more conspiratorial than fiction: Recently unsealed court documents indicate that targeted attacks on a handful of legal industries was not only real but organized and executed by high-ranking government officials under the Obama administration.

In theory, Choke Point aimed to prevent criminals from using banks for criminal purposes. In practice, however, senior staff of the Department of Justice, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) used their authority to terminate the banking of legitimate businesses like pawnshops, fireworks dealers, and telemarketers.

The recently unsealed documents show that these regulators put pressure on banks to cut ties with certain businesses as part of a coordinated effort. The strategy was called Operation Choke Point because it enabled government regulators to effectively shut down legal businesses engaged in so-called “high-risk activity” by “choking” off their access to financial services.

Outlawing Legal Businesses

Outlawing entire industries, however, remains Congress’ prerogative. By attacking businesses through their access to banking services, the government agencies involved in Operation Choke Point clearly overstepped their mandates as regulators and stewards of the public trust. To protect consumers from these extra-legislative crusades, Congress should ensure something like Operation Choke Point never happens again.

Congress first began investigating Operation Choke Point in 2014. At the time, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., dismissed a House hearing as “a little bit ridiculous and a waste of time.” As to whether the Obama administration pushed the program, the Huffington Post said, “There is no evidence.”

The intervening four years have not been kind to those assertions. Although the Department of Justice formally killed the program last year, we are only now seeing how far regulators went in pressuring banks to end business relationships with Choke Point targets.

New evidence about Operation Choke Point comes from a lawsuit filed by a group of four payday lenders against the FDIC. According to the lawsuit’s documents, FDIC regional directors around the country regularly corresponded through email on how the FDIC could use its authority to pressure banks into severing ties with payday loan businesses.

Choke Point: Evidence Of Bias

One director wrote that payday lenders “bring reputational risk, compliance risk, legal risk, and risk management concerns … nothing good for our banks.” Another described his region’s “position” on payday lenders as using “available means” to discourage banks from providing “assistance to the business activities” of payday lenders.

Testimony from the lawsuit asserts that in late 2010 or early 2011 FDIC senior leadership communicated the following to the agency’s regional directors: “If a bank was found to be involved in payday lending (in any of the FDIC’s regional offices), someone was going to be fired.”

The lawsuit also asserts that FDIC officials, in preparing documents for the agency’s chairman, coupled payday loans with pornography so as to make payday loans look worse by association — or, as the lawsuit relates, “because associating the two gives ‘a good picture regarding the unsavory nature of the businesses at issue’ and thus ‘help(ed) with the messaging on this issue.'”

Each page of the lawsuit provides more evidence that FDIC and OCC officials actively targeted businesses they found morally unacceptable.

One FDIC regional director demanded that “(a)ny banks even remotely involved in payday (lending) should be promptly brought to my attention.” When a bank in his region ended its business relationships with payday lenders, this regional director wrote to a colleague: “Confidential: This guy no longer likes payday. … I think we got our message across.”

Regulators’ Bad Behavior

The FDIC lawsuit involves four payday lenders, but Operation Choke Point targeted a few dozen types of businesses in other industries. More evidence of bad behavior by regulators could be forthcoming.

However controversial payday loans may be, it is important to remember that they are legal. The “goodness” or “badness” of payday lenders — or of any other legitimate business harmed by Operation Choke Point — should not concern us here.

Rather, the heart of the matter is the surreptitious circumvention of the rule of law. Under Operation Choke Point, unelected regulators, without direction from Congress, clandestinely pursued the elimination of a legal industry. Legitimate businesses were denied banking (and due process), and consumers were denied legitimate goods and services. If politicians want to keep an industry out of the market, they should pass a bill.

Speaking of bills: After the Justice Department formally ended Operation Choke Point last year, lawmakers introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would stifle any chance of a Choke Point resurrection. It passed 395-2. The Senate, however, has yet to consider its own version of the bill. Considering the new evidence, it’s time for the Senate to take matters into its own hands and “choke off” the program once and for all.