A Cancer On The Presidency: Our Big Test For Big Media

Update III: To know what is going on today it might be a good idea to read something we wrote in February. It was about Hillary Clinton 2016, Bob Woodward, and Lanny Davis. Yeah, Lanny Davis.

The public hearings on the IRS scandal will grab the headlines today, but the spotlight belongs on… Lanny Davis. Yup, Lanny Davis. Lanny Davis: Did WH counsel know IRS was targeting conservatives?:

“The story itself would be huge — making a connection earlier than the IG report’s first leak, which came from Lois Lerner herself at the IRS. Don’t forget that Obama yesterday parsed his response very carefully when it came to knowing about the targeting at the IRS. He would only say that he first became aware of the IG report last Friday; he left open the question of when he first knew about the targeting.

If Ruemmler knew about it earlier than that, it becomes a much bigger problem for Obama. First, just as with the IRS chief counsel’s briefing on the matter in August 2011, it’s almost impossible to believe that the lawyers wouldn’t immediately tell their bosses what was going on, unless they had good reason to believe their bosses already knew about it. If Obama found out a few weeks before the IG report came out, why didn’t he act then to clean house at the IRS? And it then also prompts the Watergate-ish question: What did the President know, and when did he know it?

Lanny names names and names sources:

“I’ve been told today by several reporters that President Obama’s White House counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, knew for several days — perhaps weeks —that some Internal Revenue Service officials were engaging in political targeting of conservative groups, and that she did not tell the president as soon as she knew even partial reports about the story.

With all due respect to someone who has impeccable legal credentials, if she did have such foreknowledge and didn’t inform the president immediately, I respectfully suggest Ms. Ruemmler is in the wrong job and that she should resign. [snip]

If Ms. Ruemmler did know about this IRS story and didn’t inform the president immediately, then, respectfully, that must mean she didn’t appreciate fully the mammoth legal and political implications for the U.S. government as well as the American people of a story involving IRS officials abusing power and possibly violating criminal laws.

It is also hard to understand why some people in the media who apparently knew about this foreknowledge by the White House counsel and her failure to tell the president missed this story and its significance.

Lanny Davis is lighting the path, with blazing torches, for investigators – right into the Oval Office. Lanny knows exactly what he is doing. No one believes that a White House counsel would know about criminal activity in the IRS and not tell the president. As to Big Media knowing about criminal activity and keeping quiet in order to protect Barack Obama?

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Update II: Would you eat from a kitchen run by Jeffrey Dahmer? Think about ObamaCare run by the woman who targeted Tea Party groups – will you willingly provide her with information as to your health so that information can be used against you to suppress your free speech rights or even economic rights? For her malevolent efforts to target “Tea Party, evangelical and pro-Israel groups for harassment” this tainted bureaucrat received over $100,000 in bonuses from 2009 through 2012.” That Barack Obama bonus was for a job well done – it got Obama reelected and neutralized the Tea Party.

Today is step one in cleansing the IRS from the clutches of Barack Obama. Today is step one in breaking the dirty hands of the IRS from control of the health care of Americans. Today there are public live hearings by the prestigious House Ways and Means Committee. The eyes of Americans who respect the rule of law will be on the House Ways and Means Committee today. Open thread: IRS hearings open on Capitol Hill – with Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller (the guy Obama supposedly forced to resign but then it turns out his job was ending anyway – score another Obama lie) and a “hero” in our constitutional drama, the Treasury Department’s Inspector General for Tax Administration, Russell George.

The Big Test today will not be about the IRS however. Today the test will be on Obama Dimocrats and whether they continue to distract and distort as they have been doing at any and all hearings that seek to get at the truth of Barack Obama’s time in the White House. As we write below – All the recent government scandals have been in the service of Barack Obama’s reelection.

Chairman Camp started the hearings on the right foot by taking the unusual step of putting the witnesses under oath. We are still going to need special prosecutors and select committees to wash the Mud House clean again and return it to a beautiful White House.



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Update: Twitter today invited comments with the hashtag #ObamaCareInThreeWords. Our tweeted answer:Internal Revenue Service“.

Our tweet was inspired not by our article from a few days ago titled “A Cancer On The Presidency: ObamaCare, The IRS, And The Need For Impeachment“. No, the inspiration for our tweet is the latest Drudge headlined ABC News report, “IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office” . Yes you read that right IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office:

“IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office

The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation.

Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today.

Her successor, Joseph Grant, is taking the fall for misdeeds at the scandal-plagued unit between 2010 and 2012. During at least part of that time, Grant served as deputy commissioner of the tax-exempt unit.”

We thought the story of the day was “Obama Evades Question on When He Knew of IRS Actions“. Instead, “ObamaCare has all the honesty, care, and love you expect from the IRS” is the topper of the day.

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Barack Obama is supposed to answer questions at noon today with the Turkish Prime Minister by his side. It’s a follow-up to last night’s publicity stunt. The questions will not be about the important Turkey-America relationship even as Barack Obama has screwed that up as well – screwed up enough to be categorized as a policy scandal.

The questions will be about the growing cancer on the presidency. The questions will be what Barack Obama knows and when did he know it. For us that won’t be enough.

From here on out we will have one standard to determine whether Big Media is holding Barack Obama to account. There is one question, one “theory of the case” for us which Big Media must publicly recognize if we are to hold Barack Obama to account.

What Big Media must ask, the dots that need to be connected, are clear to those that want to see and are not willfully blind. All the scandals erupting now have one common theme and that is the reelection of Barack Obama. Every recent crime, “lapse of judgment”, “ethically questionable action” committed has been done to reelect Barack Obama.

Richard Nixon did not need to use dirty tricks or White House Horrors to destroy his political opponents but he could not help himself. It was in his nature. The boy that signed letters to his mother as “your faithful dog” had Richard III type insecurity humps which led to his downfall. Likewise Obama. We’ve discussed the Obama sperm donor dad that rejected little Barry and the trampy mother that wandered the world and dumped little Barry in Hawaii with what Barack describes as a “racist” grandmother although it is clear that she was a loving woman and Barack smeared her under a bus to get elected in 2008. Little Barry learned to get along by becoming a flim-flam man. His career was born in filth, smearing opponents.

Barack Obama has a history of dirty tricks and filth flinging to win elections. Richard Nixon had CREEP (Committee to Re-Elect the President) and Barack Obama has his OAFs (now Organizing For Action for which we employ a more accurate anagram). If Big Media wants even a hair’s-width of credibility it is necessary to tie Barack Obama’s most recent scandals to Barack Obama’s reelection.

It is well past time for an army of special prosecutors to investigate the thugs from Chicago. It is well past time to dig deep and deeper into every aspect of Barack Obama’s criminal gangland. Big Media will attempt to focus all attention on the woes the man they have protected for so long now inflicts on their AP colleagues.

But Benghazi lies and coverups must be blown up, Pigford must not be forgotten, Solyndra, Fast and Furious must not be forgotten — and we will never forget Antoin “Tony” Rezko – the man who was at the primordial pig swamps when Barack Obama was politically born.

Since 2007 we have noted that when caught either digging up the sex lives of opponents or assorted dirty tricks Barack Obama blames the staff. Barack, on matters large and small, always blames someone else. Barack’s autobiography was a load of crap and he was called out by those who had worked with him. But Big Media protected Barack. Hazel Johnson never got to tell her story in the Big Media spotlight because her testimony, like that of others, would have written a different story about Barack than the choom hallucinations in Obama’s false history autobiographies.

Unlike in 2008 things have somewhat changed as we can see in this video: IRS scapegoats not exactly taking it lying down. Tell the truth!



They did what their “bosses ordered” in order to cripple the Tea Party and re-elect Barack Obama. The return of CREEP to help reelect a creep.

The abuses of power will not end until the cancer on the presidency is removed. The cancer growing on the presidency is Barack Obama.

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320 thoughts on “A Cancer On The Presidency: Our Big Test For Big Media

  1. Will there be a question about Benghazi munitions transferred to Turkey to be transferred to Syria?

  2. Incredibly succinct for what this post contains. Brilliant admin. And so early in the day!
    I must restate my outrage that Senator Bob Casey will have a say in IRS investigation. He used the label of Tea Party as a bludgeon upon his opponent in a million different ways. He’s too damaged to “serve” as detective in this IRS scandal.

    Not fond of recent RINO rogue Senator Toomey either but his case is less obvious. I wonder how much influence Casey had in getting Toomey on Senate Finance Committee. Another stench arising as count the ways….

  3. When it rains it pours! 🙂 Obama asks marines to hold umbrellas over him to keep from drowning. 🙂

  4. Is the press conference over? Were there any material questions from the press corpse? Questions related to the three scandals extant? Or did he take refuge behind a rain cloud?

  5. Well . . . you may not think you learned much from the press conference today, about the scandals surrounding his embattled administration, but I did. He gave us the right to feel upset about the IRS scandal. You know, the one he claims to have no knowledge of. However, a close reading of his actual words merely denied knowledge of the existence of an investigation. He did not deny prior knowledge of the targeting itself. A mere rhetorical oversight I am sure.

    SEEKING COVER

    President Obama insisted Thursday that he knew nothing about the internal investigation into the IRS’ practice of singling out conservative groups for special scrutiny before it was made public.

    “I can assure you that I certainly did not know anything about the (inspector general) report” beforehand, Obama said Thursday.

    The president, though, did not say whether he was previously aware of the IRS’ actions, which allegedly started as early as 2010, well before the inspector general’s office began to investigate. Republican lawmakers were inquiring about the alleged targeting of Tea Party groups by the IRS more than a year ago.

    Obama, who spoke during a press conference alongside the Turkish prime minister, focused his remarks specifically on the IG report, noting that he wouldn’t have caught wind of that report since those investigations are typically kept under wraps. He reiterated that he found the agency’s actions “unacceptable” and sought to fix the problem “the minute” he found out about it.

    The comments were the latest effort by the White House to tamp down the controversy.

    Obama announced Wednesday that acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller would resign — though Miller was apparently set to step down anyway.

    An official close to Miller told Fox News, shortly after Obama’s brief announcement, that the IRS chief was “set to resign the position of acting commission as of early June.” He was planning to leave the IRS entirely a “couple of months later, regardless of the current controversy,” the source said.

    These details were not mentioned by the president as he announced Wednesday evening Miller was resigning. Obama spoke following a meeting with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and other top department officials in which they reviewed a highly critical inspector general’s report on the practice. The report concluded poor management allowed agents to improperly target Tea Party and other groups for more than 18 months, starting in 2010.

    Obama said Lew asked for the resignation and Miller agreed, after being on the job since November 2012.

    “Americans have a right to be angry about it, and I’m angry about it,” Obama said from the White House. The president is expected to name a new acting commissioner later this week.

    Republicans, who along with Democrats have slammed the IRS for the practice, welcomed the resignation Wednesday but made clear they would continue to investigate and press for accountability.

    Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., said the resignation “is a necessary first step but more heads need to roll.”

    Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., reacting to the claim that Miller was leaving anyway, said it seemed like he was a “perfect scapegoat” for the administration.

    Miller’s resignation was part of three-step plan Obama outlined to fix the problem.

    The other steps are to put in place the safeguards recommended in the IG report and to work with Congress as it investigates.

    “The good news is we can fix this,” Obama said.

    Miller became acting commissioner after Commissioner Douglas Shulman completed his five-year term. Shulman had been appointed by President George W. Bush.

    The president has proceeded cautiously since the IRS controversy was made public Friday. While he initially said the accusations were “outrageous,” he also said he wanted to wait until the report was released before addressing what should be done to hold accountable those responsible.

    The report lays much of the blame on IRS supervisors in Washington who oversaw a group of specialists in Cincinnati who screened applications for tax-exempt status. It does not indicate that Washington initiated the targeting of conservative groups, but it does say a top supervisor in Washington did not adequately supervise agents in the field even after she learned the agents were acting improperly.

    The Justice Department is also investigating the IRS targeting, as are three congressional committees.

    Sources told Fox News that Miller will remain on the job “for a couple of weeks.”

    The House Ways and Means Committee said after the announcement of Miller’s resignation that he still will attend a hearing Friday.

    And the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs sent a letter Wednesday afternoon to the IRS requesting five employees named in the IG audit be made available for transcribed interviews by committee staff.

    The Republican-led committee wants to start the interviews Monday.

    The names and titles of the IRS employees requested are Holly Paz, a director; John Shafer, a manager; Gary Muthert, a screener; Liz Hofacre, a case coordinator; and Joseph Herr, a manager.

    “The resignation of Steven Miller is a positive and important step as this agency struggles to try to regain the public’s trust,” said Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee. “A clean slate at the IRS with new leadership is imperative to fix this egregious encroachment on the lives of honest, hard-working Americans whose only sin was that they want to express their beliefs.”

    Earlier in the day, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney sidestepped a question about whether Obama still had confidence in Miller, saying he wouldn’t discuss personnel matters. He said Obama has expressed his overall view that IRS personnel had acted inappropriately.

    “He wants to see that the actions taken, as revealed by the Treasury report, that are inappropriate, are met with consequences,” Carney said. “He will make clear to Treasury Department leaders that he expects action.”

    Carney said Obama wants the public to “understand and believe that the IRS applies our tax laws in a neutral and fair way to everyone.”

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  6. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57584771/boston-bombings-suspect-dzhokhar-tsarnaev-left-note-in-boat-he-hid-in-sources-say/

    Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left a note claiming responsibility for the April 13 attack on the Boston Marathon, reports CBS News senior correspondent John Miller.

    Sources tell Miller that Tsarnaev wrote the note in the boat he was hiding in as police pursued him, and as he bled from gunshot wounds sustained in an earlier shootout between police and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. It reads as part manifesto, part suicide note, and part justification for the killing and maiming of innocent civilians.

    The note — scrawled with a marker on the interior wall of the cabin — said the bombings were retribution for U.S. military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, and called the Boston victims “collateral damage” in the same way Muslims have been in the American-led wars. “When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims,” Tsarnaev wrote.

    Dzhokar said he didn’t mourn older brother Tamerlan, the other suspect in the bombings, writing that by that point, Tamerlan was a martyr in paradise — and that he expected to join him there soon.

  7. Holy Smokes FDIC Seizes Failed Bank in AZ on a WEDNESDAY!!!!

    The Central Arizona Bank in Scottsdale, AZ did not even open THIS MORNING!!!! The bank was seized last night with little warning and instead of seizing the parent company in total (Capitol Bank Holdings, Lansing, MI) this one unit was suddenly seized Tuesday night and shut down. Something does not smell right as it has always been EXTREMELY RARE for a bank to be shut down on a weekday evening other than Fridays.

    http://johngaltfla.com/wordpress/2013/05/15/breaking-news-holy-smokes-fdic-seizes-failed-bank-in-az-on-a-wednesday/

  8. the AP’s best response to the DOJ’s intrusion is to assign as many investigative reporters as they can to all aspects of DOJ’s activities, including Fast and Furious, the Minnesota scandal involving Tom Perez, Eric Holder’s life history (including an armed take-over at Columbia during his college years), and everything else they can think of. That should even-up the scales the next time the DOJ or other government agencies think about overstepping their bounds.

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/05/the_mainstream_media_obama_psychodrama.html#ixzz2TUJaPrM4
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  9. (D) Maxine Waters: ‘Obama Has Put In Place’ Secret Database With ‘Everything On Everyone’ (Video)

    “The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life,” Representative Maxine Waters told Roland Martin on Monday. “That’s going to be very, very powerful,” Waters said. “That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it’s never been done before and whoever runs for President on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. They’re going to go down with that database and the concerns of those people because they can’t get around it. And he’s [President Obama] been very smart. It’s very powerful what he’s leaving in place.”

    http://beforeitsnews.com/obama/2013/05/d-maxine-waters-obama-has-put-in-place-secret-database-with-everything-on-everyone-video-2450974.html

  10. What do you thik?/Anoutthe Marines, they did as ordered! The question is, did Obama do this to put on a show of power or was the President to stupid to get out of the rain? 😉

  11. IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office

    The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation.

    Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/05/irs-official-in-charge-during-tea-party-targeting-now-runs-health-care-office/

  12. Update: Twitter today invited comments with the hashtag #ObamaCareInThreeWords. Our tweeted answer:Internal Revenue Service“.

    Our tweet was inspired not by our article from a few days ago titled “A Cancer On The Presidency: ObamaCare, The IRS, And The Need For Impeachment“. No, the inspiration for our tweet is the latest Drudge headlined ABC News report, “IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office” . Yes you read that right IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office:

    “IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office

    The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation.

    Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today.

    Her successor, Joseph Grant, is taking the fall for misdeeds at the scandal-plagued unit between 2010 and 2012. During at least part of that time, Grant served as deputy commissioner of the tax-exempt unit.”

    We thought the story of the day was “Obama Evades Question on When He Knew of IRS Actions“. Instead, “ObamaCare has all the honesty, care, and love you expect from the IRS” is the topper of the day.

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  13. http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/irs-face-lawsuit-over-theft-60-million-patient-health-records

    The Internal Revenue Service is now facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it improperly accessed and stole the health records of some 10 million Americans, including medical records of all California state judges.
    According to a report by Courthousenews.com, an unnamed HIPAA-covered entity in California is suing the IRS, alleging that some 60 million medical records from 10 million patients were stolen by 15 IRS agents. The personal health information seized on March 11, 2011, included psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual/drug treatment and other medical treatment data.

    “This is an action involving the corruption and abuse of power by several Internal Revenue Service agents,” the complaint reads. “No search warrant authorized the seizure of these records; no subpoena authorized the seizure of these records; none of the 10,000,000 Americans were under any kind of known criminal or civil investigation and their medical records had no relevance whatsoever to the IRS search. IT personnel at the scene, a HIPPA facility warning on the building and the IT portion of the searched premises, and the company executives each warned the IRS agents of these privileged records,” it continued. …

  14. admin

    Update: Twitter today invited comments with the hashtag #ObamaCareInThreeWords. Our tweeted answer: “Internal Revenue Service“.

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    You’re probably scheduled for an audit with that comment Admin :-}

  15. Oh gosh, oh gee…I wonder if PUMA sites were under the scope of the Obama evil-eye? We all probably have a big fat file.

  16. re:

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/05/irs-official-in-charge-during-tea-party-targeting-now-runs-health-care-office/

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    you gotta be kidding me…give us a freaking break…

    Someone better put a big stop to the IRS running our health care very soon…how stupid will all of us be to let the IRS be in charge of all our private, personal health information and coordinating all of it with out taxes and tax returns…

    this is a nightmare disaster in the making…and it has nothing to do with actual health care…

    what is happening to the country we all love? god help us…

  17. Ain’t it strange that we have no money for a border fence, border patrol, WhiteHouse tours, NASA, x, y, and x…yet our government has the money to waste spying on it’s citizens, congress and throwing big parties in government agencies and at 1600 Penn.

  18. Obama better call those Marines back because the 3rd Circuit Court is raining down on him.
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    “A second appeals court has joined the D.C. Circuit in ruling that President Barack Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional, concluding that some board actions taken in the wake of those appointments were also invalid.

    The issue has far-reaching implications for both the NLRB and other boards, including Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has been a frequent target of conservatives and whose director was a recess appointment.

    The 2-1 decision Thursday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (posted here) found that the presidential recess appointment power is limited to breaks between sessions of Congress, not breaks within sessions or other adjournments during which the Senate might meet in pro forma sessions. The reasoning mirrors that in a ruling of the D.C. Circuit Court in January.”

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2013/05/second-appeals-court-invalidates-obamas-nlrb-recess-164150.html?ml=po_r

  19. Sounds like a war between Obama and the People of the United States of America. Gee, how did that happen?

  20. 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, the IRS hearings begin in the House Ways and Means Committee. Perhaps they will ask about the latest disaster exposed by ABC News.

  21. O’Riley, yea, I don’t like him either. Talking about the Barry presser today. He still is a Barry lover in my book, and the only real negative he seems to show towards his comments today is calling Barry, ‘MR Obama’ not ‘President Obama’.

  22. admin
    May 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm
    9:00 a.m. tomorrow, the IRS hearings begin in the House Ways and Means Committee. Perhaps they will ask about the latest disaster exposed by ABC News.
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    yes and maybe they should ask about this while they are at it…people getting paid enormous bonuses to screw us…nice…

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/irs-tax-exemptionobamacare-exec-got-100390-in-bonuses/article/2529899

    IRS tax exemption/Obamacare exec got $103,390 in bonuses

    May 16, 2013 | 8:20 pm

    Mark Tapscott
    Executive Editor
    The Washington Examiner

    ✉Email Author E@mtapscott DMark on FB
    WATCHDOG EXCLUSIVE! IRS doles out $92 million in employee bonuses
    IRS exec got $42k in bonuses in three years

    Lois Lerner, the senior executive in charge of the IRS tax exemption department and the federal employee at the center of the exploding scandal over the IRS targeting of conservative, evangelical and pro-Israel non-profits, was given $42,531 in bonuses between 2009 and 2011. (Thinkstock) Sarah Hall Ingram, the IRS executive in charge of the tax exempt division in 2010 when it began targeting conservative Tea Party, evangelical and pro-Israel groups for harrassment, got more than $100,000 in bonuses between 2009 and 2012.

    More recently, Ingram was promoted to serve as director of the tax agency’s Obamacare program office, a position that put her in charge of the vast expansion of the IRS’ regulatory power and staffing in connection with federal health care, ABC reported earlier today.

    Ingram received a $7,000 bonus in 2009, according to data obtained by The Washington Examiner from the IRS, then a $34,440 bonus in 2010, $35,400 in 2011 and $26,550 last year, for a total of $103,390. Her annual salary went from $172,500 to $177,000 during the same period.

    The 2010, 2011 and 2012 bonuses were awarded during the period when IRS harrassment of the conservative groups was most intense. The newspaper obtained the data via a Freedom of Information Act request.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., described the Ingram awards as “stunning, just stunning.”

    Earlier Thursday, The Washington Examiner reported that the IRS paid out more than $92 million in bonuses during the four-year period of Ingram’s awards to her and nearly 17,000 other agency employees. Those bonuses averaged more than $5,500 per employee.

    Go here for a spreadsheet of the salary and bonus data for IRS employees getting bonuses between 2009 and 2012.

    follow link above to see the bonus amounts be doled out at our expense

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    unbelievable…transparent government my a–!

    I’ve got a GREAT idea…Sequestor the IRS…

  23. I’ve got a GREAT idea…Sequestor the IRS…

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    And when they are found GUILTY, make sure they have to pay compounded, retroactive fines to the American People, or they go to JAIL.

  24. Good Lord…ACE

    Behind the IRS, the National Treasury Employees Union; and Behind the Union, Democratic Politics
    —Ace

    Good Lord.

    t’s about a union: the National Treasury Employees Union. The NTEU. A left-wing union representing 150,000 employees in 31 separate government agencies, including the IRS. A union that not only endorsed President Obama for election and re-election, but a union whose current president, Colleen Kelly, was a 14-year IRS agent and now is both union president and Obama administration appointee (of which more in a moment).
    It’s about 94% of NTEU union contributions going to Democrats in the Senate and House in 2012 — candidates who campaigned as vociferous opponents of the Tea Party.

    And the recently released report from the Treasury Inspector General? You will not find a single reference to the NTEU. Whose members are both player and referee in the exploding controversy over the IRS targeting of conservative groups.

    Which raises the obvious question: how many NTEU members were involved in the writing of the Inspector General’s report?

    Let’s first see how the IRS/NTEU game with the Tea Party and conservatives is played, shall we?

    In the 2012 election cycle, the IRS union gave its money this way:

    For the U.S. Senate:
    Total to Democrats: $156,750
    Total to Republicans: $1,000

    For the U.S. House:
    Total to Democrats: $391,062
    Total to Republicans: $23,000

    We have gone from having a country with a government to having a government with a country.

  25. Justice Holmes said he liked to pay taxes, because he felt like he was buying CIVILIZATION.

    Today, when we pay taxes, we are buying TYRANNY.

    And the current IRS scandals prove it.

  26. This mega structure IRS, SS, Obamacare and God knows what is terrifying.We have lost the point of no return.
    I cancelled FB today.
    I encourage all of you not to divulge any info to your Dr. than you have to. They will be using it to make future health care decisions. ..The Gov that is.

  27. another oops. this one has gone world wide, but how many will recognize it as such?
    President Obama makes U.S. Marine break military rules by holding an umbrella while in uniform… and the serviceman does not look happy about it
    Even though he is the commander in chief, there are some orders that even President Obama cannot give – as he found out today, much to the chagrin of a put-upon U.S. Marine. Hosting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Rose Garden today, the president requested a standing Marine to open an umbrella and protect his head from the light rain that was falling.However, according to Marine Corps regulations, not even the President of the United States can request a Marine to carry an umbrella without the express permission of the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2325893/President-Obama-makes-U-S-Marine-break-rules-does-look-happy-it.html

  28. Michael Goodwin´s dissection of obama is a powerful read. A short statement that sums up how unfit obama is to be president. And Goodwin is a democrat and an original obama supporter.
    ***

    Raindrops wash away reeling O’s fake veneer

    FTA: You would never know that from his reaction to the national uproar. His instinct is to see everything through a political prism, and the scandal trifecta is no exception. To him, politics explains the sun rise.

    “My thinking was when we beat them in 2012, that might break the fever, and it’s not quite broken yet,” Obama told a group of celebrity donors in New York Monday night. “I genuinely believe there are Republicans out there who would like to work with us, but they’re fearful of their base, and they’re concerned about what Rush Limbaugh might say about them. And as a consequence, we get the kind of gridlock that makes people cynical about government.”

    There you have his worldview in a nutshell. His presidency is at a crossroads, and he thinks it’s Rush Limbaugh’s fault and the other side has a “fever.” If only he had more power, people wouldn’t be cynical about government. Talk about scary visions.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/yanking_the_curtain_off_the_great_oahwRZ1bqD84S4KKKqF3CJ

  29. These are not what you call riveting witnesses. I do not know, I do not recall, I don’t remember how I got this information, who told me, and then you have that dullard Sander come forth and ask the people who by their own testimony knew nothing about nothing, whether they found any political motivation behind targeting conservative organizations and they quickly chime in no. And that is probably right because these schmucks would not have seen it if it had been there right in front to their noses. Not just stupid, but uninquisitive. So far, this is about as interesting as watching paint dry. Of course the typical democrat response to this I know nothing stuff is predictable–this proves there is no there there. Sad performance so far. But Sander needs a vaudeville hook, and the Claude Pepper award.

  30. Update II: Would you eat from a kitchen run by Jeffrey Dahmer? Think about ObamaCare run by the woman who targeted Tea Party groups – will you willingly provide her with information as to your health so that information can be used against you to suppress your free speech rights or even economic rights? For her malevolent efforts to target “Tea Party, evangelical and pro-Israel groups for harassment” this tainted bureaucrat received over $100,000 in bonuses from 2009 through 2012.” That Barack Obama bonus was for a job well done – it got Obama reelected and neutralized the Tea Party.

    Today is step one in cleansing the IRS from the clutches of Barack Obama. Today is step one in breaking the dirty hands of the IRS from control of the health care of Americans. Today there are public live hearings by the prestigious House Ways and Means Committee. The eyes of Americans who respect the rule of law will be on the House Ways and Means Committee today. Open thread: IRS hearings open on Capitol Hill – with Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller (the guy Obama supposedly forced to resign but then it turns out his job was ending anyway – score another Obama lie) and a “hero” in our constitutional drama, the Treasury Department’s Inspector General for Tax Administration, Russell George.

    The Big Test today will not be about the IRS however. Today the test will be on Obama Dimocrats and whether they continue to distract and distort as they have been doing at any and all hearings that seek to get at the truth of Barack Obama’s time in the White House. As we write below – All the recent government scandals have been in the service of Barack Obama’s reelection.

    Chairman Camp started the hearings on the right foot by taking the unusual step of putting the witnesses under oath. We are still going to need special prosecutors and select committees to wash the Mud House clean again and return it to a beautiful White House.



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  31. Woodward on Benghazi:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/woodward-i-would-not-dismiss-benghazi-similar-watergate_724707.html

    “You were talking earlier about kind of dismissing the Benghazi issue as one that’s just political and the president recently said it’s a sideshow,” said Woodward. “But if you read through all these e-mails, you see that everyone in the government is saying, ‘Oh, let’s not tell the public that terrorists were involved, people connected to al Qaeda. Let’s not tell the public that there were warnings.’ I hate to show, this is one of the documents with the editing that one of the people in the state department said, ‘Oh, let’s not let these things out.’ And I have to go back 40 years to Watergate when Nixon put out his edited transcripts to the conversations, and he personally went through them and said, ‘Oh, let’s not tell this, let’s not show this.’ I would not dismiss Benghazi. It’s a very serious issue. As people keep saying, four people were killed. You look at the hydraulic pressure that was in the system to not tell the truth, and, you know, we use this term and the government uses this term, talking points. Talking points, as we know, are like legal briefs. They’re an argument on one side. What we need to get rid of talking point and they need to put out statements or papers that are truth documents. Okay, this is all we know.”

  32. Brady was excellent.

    The core of the Democrat defense appears to be this:

    Bush hired the commissioner who then spied on conservative groups.

    And even though that coincides with Obama’s agenda and not Bush’s

    Bush did it.

    And then they say we should not make it political.

    These jokers belong on the funny farm.

  33. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324767004578487332636180800.html?mod=rss_opinion_main

    Was the White House involved in the IRS’s targeting of conservatives? No investigation needed to answer that one. Of course it was.

    President Obama and Co. are in full deniability mode, noting that the IRS is an “independent” agency and that they knew nothing about its abuse. The media and Congress are sleuthing for some hint that Mr. Obama picked up the phone and sicced the tax dogs on his enemies.

    But that’s not how things work in post-Watergate Washington. Mr. Obama didn’t need to pick up the phone. All he needed to do was exactly what he did do, in full view, for three years: Publicly suggest that conservative political groups were engaged in nefarious deeds; publicly call out by name political opponents whom he’d like to see harassed; and publicly have his party pressure the IRS to take action.

    Mr. Obama now professes shock and outrage that bureaucrats at the IRS did exactly what the president of the United States said was the right and honorable thing to do. “He put a target on our backs, and he’s now going to blame the people who are shooting at us?” asks Idaho businessman and longtime Republican donor Frank VanderSloot.

    Mr. VanderSloot is the Obama target who in 2011 made a sizable donation to a group supporting Mitt Romney. In April 2012, an Obama campaign website named and slurred eight Romney donors. It tarred Mr. VanderSloot as a “wealthy individual” with a “less-than-reputable record.” Other donors were described as having been “on the wrong side of the law.”

    This was the Obama version of the phone call—put out to every government investigator (and liberal activist) in the land.

    Twelve days later, a man working for a political opposition-research firm called an Idaho courthouse for Mr. VanderSloot’s divorce records. In June, the IRS informed Mr. VanderSloot and his wife of an audit of two years of their taxes. In July, the Department of Labor informed him of an audit of the guest workers on his Idaho cattle ranch. In September, the IRS informed him of a second audit, of one of his businesses. Mr. VanderSloot, who had never been audited before, was subject to three in the four months after Mr. Obama teed him up for such scrutiny.

    The last of these audits was only concluded in recent weeks. Not one resulted in a fine or penalty. But Mr. VanderSloot has been waiting more than 20 months for a sizable refund and estimates his legal bills are $80,000. That figure doesn’t account for what the president’s vilification has done to his business and reputation.

    The Obama call for scrutiny wasn’t a mistake; it was the president’s strategy—one pursued throughout 2012. The way to limit Romney money was to intimidate donors from giving. Donate, and the president would at best tie you to Big Oil or Wall Street, at worst put your name in bold, and flag you as “less than reputable” to everyone who worked for him: the IRS, the SEC, the Justice Department. The president didn’t need a telephone; he had a megaphone. [snip]

    In more than a dozen speeches Mr. Obama raised the specter that these groups represented nefarious interests that were perverting elections. “Nobody knows who’s paying for these ads,” he warned. “We don’t know where this money is coming from,” he intoned.

    In case the IRS missed his point, he raised the threat of illegality: “All around this country there are groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity, who are running millions of dollars of ads against Democratic candidates . . . And they don’t have to say who exactly the Americans for Prosperity are. You don’t know if it’s a foreign-controlled corporation.”

    Short of directly asking federal agencies to investigate these groups, this is as close as it gets. [snip]

    The IRS is easy to demonize, but it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It got its heading from a president, and his party, who did in fact send it orders—openly, for the world to see.

  34. Congressman McDermott who just finished telling us that this violation will not affect Obamacare has a long and checkered history:

    In December 2004, the House Ethics Committee investigated McDermott over the leaking of an illegally recorded telephone conversation during a 1997 committee investigation of then-Speaker Newt Gingrich.

    In the conversation, Mr. Gingrich, his lawyer and several other Republican Congressmen discussed how Gingrich’s Congressional allies should deal with the political consequences of his admission that he had violated House ethics rules by giving inaccurate information to the House Ethics Committee for its inquiry into his use of tax-exempt funds. Democrats have described the conversation as evidence that Mr. Gingrich broke an agreement with the Ethics Committee that he would not orchestrate a politically motivated response to those committee findings.[22]

    The recording was made by John and Alice Martin, who claimed that they had overheard the conversation on a police scanner, decided to record it for posterity’s sake, and then decided that it might be important for the Ethics Committee to hear.[23] The Martins gave the tape to McDermott because he was the senior Democrat on the Ethics Committee.[24] Within two days, reportedly after the Republican Ethics Committee Chair Nancy L. Johnson refused to allow a vote on making the tape part of the committee’s records, sending the tape to the Justice Department, or taking any action against participants in the conversation,[25] and over the warning of the Committee’s counsel of possible legal liability, McDermott gave the tape to several media outlets, including the New York Times.

    Rep. John Boehner, who was part of the Gingrich conversation, sued McDermott in his capacity as a private citizen, seeking punitive damages for violations of his First Amendment rights.[26] After U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan ordered McDermott to pay Boehner for “willful and knowing misconduct” that “rises to the level of malice”, McDermott appealed, arguing that since he had not created the recording, his actions were allowed under the First Amendment, and that ruling against him would have ‘a huge chilling effect’ on reporters and newsmakers alike. Eighteen news organizations – including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, The Associated Press, the New York Times and the Washington Post — filed a brief backing McDermott.[27] On March 29, 2006, the court ruled 2–1 that McDermott violated federal law when he turned over the illegally recorded tape to the media outlets, ordering McDermott to pay Boehner’s legal costs (over $600,000) plus $60,000 in damages. On June 26, 2006, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the judgment, deciding to re-hear the case with all nine judges.[28] However, a split 4 to 1 to 4 en banc decision in Boehner v. McDermott, 484 F.3d 573 (D.C. Cir. 2007) affirmed the three-judge panel, but on different grounds;[29] the Supreme Court declined review.[30] [31] On March 31, 2008, Chief Judge Thomas Hogan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ordered McDermott to pay Boehner $1.05 million in attorney’s fees, costs and interest. McDermott also paid over $60,000 in fines and close to $600,000 in his own legal fees.[32]

    The Ethics Committee formally rebuked McDermott in 2006, writing he had “violated ethics rules by giving reporters access to an illegally taped telephone call involving Republican leaders a decade ago. Rep. McDermott’s secretive disclosures to the news media … risked undermining the ethics process” and that McDermott’s actions “were not consistent with the spirit of the committee.”[33] Previously, the Martins pleaded guilty to violating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. In 1997, Gingrich was reprimanded by the House for providing false information to the Ethics Committee and assessed $300,000 in costs.

  35. The wonderful thing about bureaucrats, and you see it here, is that procedures are more important than results, even when they violate their own procedures. The other thing you find is that when you ask them what time it is, they tell you how to build a watch.

  36. wbboei
    May 17, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I remember this like it was yesterday.

    Did you believe that scanner story wbb?

  37. Kimberly Strassel: Obama Set the Tone, the IRS Executed It
    —Ace

    Who will rid me of this troublesome Tea Party?

    President Obama and Co. are in full deniability mode, noting that the IRS is an “independent” agency and that they knew nothing about its abuse. The media and Congress are sleuthing for some hint that Mr. Obama picked up the phone and sicced the tax dogs on his enemies.
    But that’s not how things work in post-Watergate Washington. Mr. Obama didn’t need to pick up the phone. All he needed to do was exactly what he did do, in full view, for three years: Publicly suggest that conservative political groups were engaged in nefarious deeds; publicly call out by name political opponents whom he’d like to see harassed; and publicly have his party pressure the IRS to take action.

    Mr. Obama now professes shock and outrage that bureaucrats at the IRS did exactly what the president of the United States said was the right and honorable thing to do. “He put a target on our backs, and he’s now going to blame the people who are shooting at us?” asks Idaho businessman and longtime Republican donor Frank VanderSloot.

    And of course there’s more there.

    Peggy Noonan is also worth reading.( not my words )

    We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate. The reputation of the Obama White House has, among conservatives, gone from sketchy to sinister, and, among liberals, from unsatisfying to dangerous. No one likes what they’re seeing. The Justice Department assault on the Associated Press and the ugly politicization of the Internal Revenue Service have left the administration’s credibility deeply, probably irretrievably damaged. They don’t look jerky now, they look dirty. The patina of high-mindedness the president enjoyed is gone.
    Something big has shifted. The standing of the administration has changed.

    As always it comes down to trust. Do you trust the president’s answers when he’s pressed on an uncomfortable story? Do you trust his people to be sober and fair-minded as they go about their work? Do you trust the IRS and the Justice Department? You do not.

    The president, as usual, acts as if all of this is totally unconnected to him. He’s shocked, it’s unacceptable, he’ll get to the bottom of it. He read about it in the papers, just like you.

    But he is not unconnected, he is not a bystander. This is his administration. Those are his executive agencies. He runs the IRS and the Justice Department.

    A president sets a mood, a tone. He establishes an atmosphere. If he is arrogant, arrogance spreads. If he is to too partisan, too disrespecting of political adversaries, that spreads too. Presidents always undo themselves and then blame it on the third guy in the last row in the sleepy agency across town.

  38. Did you believe that scanner story wbb?
    —————–
    Nobody does. These were bitter partisans willing to break the rules. They were engaged in actual surveillance, and that is why they pleaded guilty to violating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, I would assume. I do not believe in random events and coincidences when there is political blood in the water. They had some undisclosed prior relationship with McDermitt, I suspect.

  39. Update III: To know what is going on today it might be a good idea to read something we wrote in February. It was about Hillary Clinton 2016, Bob Woodward, and Lanny Davis. Yeah, Lanny Davis.

    The public hearings on the IRS scandal will grab the headlines today, but the spotlight belongs on… Lanny Davis. Yup, Lanny Davis. Lanny Davis: Did WH counsel know IRS was targeting conservatives?:

    “The story itself would be huge — making a connection earlier than the IG report’s first leak, which came from Lois Lerner herself at the IRS. Don’t forget that Obama yesterday parsed his response very carefully when it came to knowing about the targeting at the IRS. He would only say that he first became aware of the IG report last Friday; he left open the question of when he first knew about the targeting.

    If Ruemmler knew about it earlier than that, it becomes a much bigger problem for Obama. First, just as with the IRS chief counsel’s briefing on the matter in August 2011, it’s almost impossible to believe that the lawyers wouldn’t immediately tell their bosses what was going on, unless they had good reason to believe their bosses already knew about it. If Obama found out a few weeks before the IG report came out, why didn’t he act then to clean house at the IRS? And it then also prompts the Watergate-ish question: What did the President know, and when did he know it?

    Lanny names names and names sources:

    “I’ve been told today by several reporters that President Obama’s White House counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, knew for several days — perhaps weeks —that some Internal Revenue Service officials were engaging in political targeting of conservative groups, and that she did not tell the president as soon as she knew even partial reports about the story.

    With all due respect to someone who has impeccable legal credentials, if she did have such foreknowledge and didn’t inform the president immediately, I respectfully suggest Ms. Ruemmler is in the wrong job and that she should resign. [snip]

    If Ms. Ruemmler did know about this IRS story and didn’t inform the president immediately, then, respectfully, that must mean she didn’t appreciate fully the mammoth legal and political implications for the U.S. government as well as the American people of a story involving IRS officials abusing power and possibly violating criminal laws.

    It is also hard to understand why some people in the media who apparently knew about this foreknowledge by the White House counsel and her failure to tell the president missed this story and its significance.

    Lanny Davis is lighting the path, with blazing torches, for investigators – right into the Oval Office. Lanny knows exactly what he is doing. No one believes that a White House counsel would know about criminal activity in the IRS and not tell the president. As to Big Media knowing about criminal activity and keeping quiet in order to protect Barack Obama?

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  40. Admin. I highly commend to your attention the video of the Tea Party Press Conference on Capital Hill yesterday which was arranged by Michelle Bachman which is posted at http://www.c-span.org/ The entire recording is excellent, and well worth watching.

    I particularly like the portion which begins at the 29 minute mark by Niger Innis who is a black man and head of Tea Party Express. com. He begins by noting the revolving door which exists between big media and the Obama Administration, and calls it what it is: incestuous.

    He goes on to state the truth: for four years big media has been taking their marching orders from the DNC and other left wing organizations. In the process, they have projected a vile myth about the Tea Party namely that it is a racist (which he calls ironic), sexist and violent organization with zero facts to support it.

    He concludes by asking big media to take a hard look in the mirror and ask themselves: what have we (big media) done to create an environment of fear and intimidation where organs of government are able to target ordinary citizens for purely political reasons.

  41. Chicago and Washington are alike in some respects, and different in others.

    They are alike in the sense that both cities are run by corrupt elites.

    They are different in the sense of omerta.

    In Chicago, the nefarious schemes are buried, along with those who threaten to disclose them.

    In Washington, the nefarious schemes leak out into the public domain.

    Part of this involves the gene pool.

    The Chicago polls are more brutal than brilliant.

    Part of it is a closed system vs. a slightly more open one.

  42. Chicago has not had a republican mayor since 1932.

    Every totalitarian system is a single party state.

    Dissent is not permitted.

    In a word: Chicago

    That sewer was the incubator that spawned big media darling messiah Obama.

  43. Strange that Mooch should have this thought around this time:

    Let’s Move!Verified account‏@letsmove
    “We are our kids’ first and best role models, and by setting a good example, we can help them lead healthier lives as well.” -The First Lady

    originally tweeted May 14. Just received via retweet from stopbullyinggov.

  44. No one likes what they’re seeing
    —————-
    That statement by Noonan show how ignorant she is. The DNC does not mind seeing it. What they mind is seeing others see it.

  45. The president, as usual, acts as if all of this is totally unconnected to him. He’s shocked, it’s unacceptable, he’ll get to the bottom of it. He read about it in the papers, just like you.
    ————————-
    Which is essentially what he told Hillary: I can make them believe anything I want them to believe. But what happens to his mind when they no longer believe it? That is a question for a psychologist. And the leading psychologist on the subject of clinical narcissism has already spoken to it. He has diagnosed Obama as a narcissist in the medical sense of the word. And he has predicted that when Obama becomes an object of contempt rather than adulation, he will enter into the act of stage of his mental disability. In this stage, and in that position, he is even more dangerous. For then, the superficial charm and civility he exudes in most public settings will yield to the angry ossified child who was abandoned by his parents, who hates what this country is, and what it stands for. And then the fat will start to fly. If it reaches that stage, one can only wonder whether there is a cadre of senior democrats who has the power to ask him to do the right thing and resign. When Nixon was in this position and it reached the point where escape became impossible there was such a group. Today I am skeptical that there is such a group, in either party. But even if there were I am doubly skeptical that Messiah Obama would deign to listen to them. As Attorney General Elliott Richardson said about Watergate we are condemned to live in interesting times.

  46. Lanny Davis is lighting the path, with blazing torches, for investigators – right into the Oval Office. Lanny knows exactly what he is doing. No one believes that a White House counsel would know about criminal activity in the IRS and not tell the president. As to Big Media knowing about criminal activity and keeping quiet in order to protect Barack Obama?

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    The Media will not give up their Messiah…they are in the bunker with Hitler till the end.

    This is why this pustule will continue to fester on the American people…unfortunately

  47. An email from Jan Brewer

    Dear Friends,

    Yesterday, Arizona scored a huge victory against President Obama’s tyranny!
    A federal court UPHELD my Executive Order and Arizona’s law denying driver’s licenses to illegal aliens who President Obama has allowed to remain in our country under his outrageous deferred action program.
    The court ruled that Obama’s program DOES NOT preempt Arizona’s ability to determine who can receive a driver’s license.
    This is a great victory for state’s rights and the rule of law!
    Let me be clear: this fight has never been about the “Dreamers.” As Governor, I have taken an oath to uphold the laws of Arizona and I will continue to vigorously defend the citizens of Arizona and the duly-enacted laws of our State.

    Best,

    Jan

  48. ACE

    NR, Two Days Ago: IRS May Have Planted Question That Publicly Revealed Scandal
    Miller, Today: IRS May Have Planted Question That Publicly Revealed Scandal
    —Ace

    Why would they set up a question for Lori Lehrner to answer? I image so they could claim they’d disclosed the matter themselves, and apologized for it, in advance of an IG report that was about to blow up.

    Kevin Williamson flagged the question as likely planted two days ago.

    The question at the ABA conference came from Washington-based tax lawyer Celia Roady, a lobbyist in the firm of Morgan Lewis. Roady is certainly well-versed in the issue at hand: She was named to the influential Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities in 2010 by Douglas Shulman, at that time commissioner of the IRS. Lerner is the director for tax-exempt organizations at the IRS. Roady was serving on the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities while tea-party groups and other conservative organizations were being targeted by the IRS. Not exactly a question out of the blue — Capitol Hill sources described the question as “planted” and say the IRS has informally admitted as much.
    And today Miller confirms this.

    Miller indicated today that Roady was in fact instructed by the IRS to ask the question, and the Lerner knew about the question in advance.
    “Who told her to ask the question?” asked Republican representative Kenny Marchant.

    “I don’t know, actually, I’m not sure, might have been Lois Lerner,” Miller responded. He went on to say that the IRS intended simultaneously to inform Congress, but admitted the agency only inquired about the congressional calendar.

    The planted question reveals coordination at high levels of the IRS with regard to the disclosure of the sensitive information. Lerner and Miller testified before Congress two days before Lerner addressed the ABA, but said nothing about the IRS’s scrutiny of Tea Party groups.

    Nonetheless, Miller maintained, “I always answered questions truthfully.”
    So when Congress asked, they said nothing about it, but then when the IG Report was about to embarrass them, they created a fake question in order to appear they were being forthcoming and candid in answering random questions from a crowd.

    Draw your own conclusions.

  49. @ foxyladi

    Keep your eye on the scandals! I still want answers to F&F, Benghazi, IRS, the AP,…

    The video link I posted is some fun for you.

  50. WOW! HUGE STORY!!… Obama IRS Asked Tea Party Groups For Back-End Access to Their Websites (Video)

    IT GETS WORSE!
    The Obama IRS demanded that several Tea Party groups provide back-end access to their websites.

    And, from reliable sources: This happened to several Tea Party groups!

    The source has this in writing. It states they wanted access to everything the members had access to, which would be chats, email, contact information, etc. The group raised less than $600. She was targeted as early as October 2010.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/05/woah-huge-story-obama-irs-asked-tea-party-groups-for-back-end-access-to-their-websites/

  51. Mr. Obama claims that he found out about the IRS pattern and practice of targeting conservative groups: i) now as opposed to before, ii) from newspaper reports not people in his administration, iii) was outraged (he does outrage so well–almost as well as his spiritual adviser when the target is white people and jews, and iv) being as on top of this situation as he is on everything else, took immediate and decisive action to deal with it, by firing an acting commission one month before he was scheduled to resign.

    As the writer of the article below indicates, in order to believe Mr. Obama, you must also believe the following:.

    “1. Lois Lerner accidentally let slip the news that the IG was developing a report that was going to accuse her section of targeting conservatives.

    2. IRS officials told the White House counsel on April 22 of the general nature of the IG’s report but failed to provide any details.

    3. White House counsel kept the information to herself, apparently not thinking the information important enough to tell the president.

    4. President Obama was shocked — shocked, I tell you — to hear of the IRS’s targeting of conservatives last Friday.

    Why is this important? Who cares if the president found out three weeks ago or last Friday? After all, it doesn’t prove the president ordered the IRS to go after his enemies.

    No, it doesn’t. But it proves the president a liar. And if he is lying about when he found out, one must ask why. Is he lying to cover up the fact that he didn’t immediately go before the American people and inform them of this travesty, preferring instead to develop a damage-control plan that came to fruition last Friday? We don’t know, but the press needs to pin the president down on this timeline of what he knew and when he knew it.

    The people need to know if their president is a liar. Somewhere, Howard Baker is smiling”

    http://pjmedia.com/blog/what-did-the-president-know-about-the-irs-scandal-and-when-did-he-know-it/

  52. the president says he took the first step by firing the Commissioner. The Commissioner, Steve Miller, was leaving in early June and now that he has been asked to resign, he will leave in :)early June. President Obama sure is holding people accountable! 🙂

  53. Finally:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/benghazi-probe-co-chair-subpoenaed-house-panel-91567.html?hp=l4

    Rep. Darrell Issa issued a subpoena Friday for Ambassador Thomas Pickering to sit for a taped interview, but not to testify publicly before the full House Oversight Committee.

    On Wednesday, Chairman Issa (R-Calif.) responded to a letter from Pickering volunteering to appear before the committee, saying that he needed to submit to a taped interview before he could testify.

    Democratic Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.) quickly blasted the subpoena as “extreme Republican overreach.” [snip]

    The subpoena compels Pickering to sit for an interview in room 2157 of the Rayburn office building at 10 a.m. on May 23rd.

  54. I take issue with characterizing Obama as a liar. His script writer is the liar. He is merely a talking head, who is thinking about his next golf lesson. I would point out in passing that from the standpoint of his golf game he has spent the last four years wisely. He has developed a decent golf swing, at taxpayer expense. If they can spring OJ from the calaboose, then he and Obama can play golf together, in which case, the first cheater does not have a chance.

  55. Democratic Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.) quickly blasted the subpoena as “extreme Republican overreach.”
    ———————-
    If Kwalija was serious about getting to the bottom of Benghazi, then he would join in this action. But of course he is not serious about finding the truth–he is afraid of the truth, and where the investigation will lead, namely to the White House. And so, with neither the facts or the law on his side, he pounds the table. Nice to see him get the word “extreme” in there. Rhetorically, it is the last refuge of scoundrels.

  56. How did the reporters keep from getting killed when they did stories on the Mafia in the bad old days? Answer: They had what international-relations specialists call “Second-strike capability,” which served as an effective deterrent. Concretely, the Mafia knew that any strike against a reporter would lead to a devastating response, namely a whole slew of stories by newspapers on all aspects of the Mafia’s local business. If a reporter was killed, all the newspapers would assign a slew of reporters to investigate and publish everything they could about the whole Mafia organization. That implicit threat kept reporters safe. In Chicago, Jake Lingle was

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/05/the_mainstream_media_obama_psychodrama.html#ixzz2TaWqSvXE

  57. Senior Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, who recently slapped Obamacare as a “train wreck,” believes that the IRS scandal is just beginning and that “a lot more” damaging information will be revealed, likely at congressional hearings.

    “I have a hunch that a lot more is going to come out, frankly,” Baucus, whose pending retirement seems to have freed him up to speak bluntly, told Bloomberg Government’s “Capitol Gains” TV show.

    “It’s broader than the current focus. And I think it’s important that we have the hearings, and I think that will encourage other information

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/democrat-baucus-warns-more-to-come-out-on-irs-scandal/article/2529913

  58. his is, I fear, going to be their excuse for everything. We are not liars, or criminals or corrupt…we are just incompetent idiots….so,,sorry America, but what can you do?? They know that there is no real punishment for incompetence in Washington and that people will eventually forget. It’s not like he has to run for office again, right?

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2013/05/17/boom-obama-official-admits-to-cbs-they-messed-up-on-benghazi-military-response/

  59. Amid scandals, White House announces star-studded concert in East Room

    Amid sequester and scandal in Washington, the White House announced Friday that the president and first lady will be hosting another concert as part of their “In Performance at the White House” series later this month.

    The event will be held in the East Room of the White House and honor singer and songwriter Carole King, who will be awarded the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. King will be the first woman to receive the award, the White House noted in their announcement.

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/17/amid-scandals-white-house-announces-star-studded-concert-at-white-house/

  60. Well, all I can say is, if the latest information is that an Obama Administration official said that the reason why a FAST team was not deployed was because the decision makers in the White House (NSC) were unfamiliar with it and its capabilities, misread this as a hostage situation which it was not, were not prepared for an attack on 9/11 and now wish that they had deployed the Fast Team to Benghazi, then where does that leave Laughing Leon Panetta who told us that there was not time and you do not dispatch troops into an unknown situation? And, more to the point, where does that leave General Pickering and Admiral Mullen, in terms of the integrity and the completeness of their report? Up shit creek without a paddle, perhaps?

  61. White House Confirms I was Right

    By Larry Johnson on May 17, 2013 at 6:21 PM in Current Affairs

    My reports on the failure of State Department and the White House to treat the attack in Benghazi last September as a terrorist incident was confirmed today courtesy of White House officials. More importantly, they confirmed that State Department whistle blower, Mark Thompson, was telling the truth last week. Attkisson confirms Thompson’s account that Under Secretary Pat Kennedy shut out the Counter Terrorism Bureau from contingency and response planning. I am surprised they were this forthcoming. Sharyl Attkisson has the story, and what a story!

    The list of mea culpas by Obama administration officials involved in the Benghazi response and aftermath include: standing down the counterterrorism Foreign Emergency Support Team, failing to convene the Counterterrorism Security Group, failing to release the disputed Benghazi “talking points” when Congress asked for them, and using the word “spontaneous” while avoiding the word “terrorism.”

    The emergency response: “I wish we’d sent FEST”

    The Foreign Emergency Support Team known as “FEST” is described as “the US Government’s only interagency, on-call, short-notice team poised to respond to terrorist incidents worldwide.” It even boasts hostage-negotiating expertise. With U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens reported missing shortly after the Benghazi attacks began, Washington officials were operating under a possible hostage scenario at the outset. Yet deployment of the counterterrorism experts on the FEST was ruled out from the start. That decision became a source of great internal dissent and the cause of puzzlement to some outsiders.

    Thursday, an administration official who was part of the Benghazi response told CBS News: “I wish we’d sent it.

    The official said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy, Patrick Kennedy, quickly dispensed with the idea. A senior State Department official Thursday told CBS News, “Under Secretary Kennedy is not in the decision chain on FEST deployment” but would not directly confirm whether Kennedy or somebody else dismissed the FEST.

    Sharyl’s tour de force, at first glance, looks like she cribbed from me. But she did not. She got White House folks to confirm the things I was writing last October regarding the FEST and the failure to handle the Benghazi incident as a terrorist attack. Instead of using the CSG process–one that has been used by all Presidents since Ronald Reagan–the Obama White House chose to stand down and handle it as a political event. Still no explanation who at the White House or State Department decided to inject the video as a bogus scapegoat for the attack. More news to come.

  62. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., the top Democrat on the committee, said the agency’s management “completely failed the American people.” At the same time, he urged Republicans not to use the hearing to “score political points.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/17/outgoing-irs-chief-faces-hearing-after-stunning-revelation-on-another-scandal/#ixzz2TbR3kkl4
    ——————
    Levin stabbed Hillary in the back at the Rules and By-Laws Committee hearing on 3/31/08. Since then, I have been unable to stand him. Screw him with his admonitions not to make the political targeting by the IRS political. I do not believe him when he says he deplores this. I think he deplores getting caught. There are no Howard Bakers on his side of the aisle. He is not even a good impersonator.

  63. Obama’s Travesty of Leadership: The News Media Shares Culpability
    The Watch Dog Media Watched, But They Didn’t Dog

    By: lakeworthcane (Diary) | May 17th, 2013 at 03:00 PM | 2

    RESIZE: AAA

    (Promoted from the diaries)

    The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan has correctly characterized the Obama administration’s Benghazi and IRS scandals for what they are: gross failures of leadership characterized by a bold—even boastful—policy of criminal activity (my words, not hers).

    But the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen jeered at conservatives’ concerns about Benghazi, and the Columbia Journalism Review’s Ryan Chittum said Noonan has “lost it”.

    She has no evidence, said Chittum.

    No, Mr. Chittum. Dan Rather had no evidence. But don’t take my word for it. Ask Dan Rather and, like Dan Rather, get another career because you’re part of the problem.

    News media companies can point their fingers at the Obama administration all they want. It’s suddenly all the rage, even among characteristically leftist writers and broadcasters. But to really root out the problem, the news media must point their fingers at themselves.

    Before he ran for President, Obama’s short careers as a lawyer and politician were studded with events that clearly indicated a weak character that would be dangerous in the presidency: representing Chicago slumlords and getting poor people—African-Americans, no less—thrown into the street in freezing weather, and winning elections via crony David Axelrod’s underhanded means. But the news media widely chose to not publicize those events: chose to instead glamorize Obama. He was from Harvard, brilliant, a gifted communicator, even our savior: hail Obama, minus the stiff-armed salute.

    Some indications suggest, and were largely ignored by most major news media companies, that even in high school and undergraduate and graduate school, Obama showed a suspect character. By his own admission, he used drugs every day and skipped class in high school. His supporters, including those working for major news media companies, apparently thought this made him cool.

    Since becoming president, Obama’s questionable character has shown itself repeatedly: his “green-energy” program, which looks like a means to repay rich, fat-cat campaign donors; his “fast-and-furious” gun scandal, which apparently entailed illegally selling US guns to Mexican drug dealers so they’d use the guns to kill people and create anti-gun fervor in the US; his continual, and very public, practice of encouraging supporters to aggressively attack those opposing him, so they’d do exactly what his supporters embedded within the IRS have done. Like a common bully, he publicly jeers at and insults his opposition, and his supporters love every word of it. They support him for who and what he is; because he divides rather than unites Americans; because he seeks to publicly humiliate half the US population; because he plays dirty; because he talks a smooth line of bologna.

    Throughout all of this, most major news media companies have either remained silent or even defended Obama. Thus encouraged, he became bolder. His character, already weak, folded completely, and his arrogance, which has filtered throughout his administration, has run amok: widespread, unmonitored use of drones for killing . . . some people, we don’t know for sure whom; arming Mexican drug lords; domestic spying and harassment. You name it. He’s even grossly misrepresented his Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, named “Obamacare” erroneously because he neither conceived of nor wrote it. It doesn’t “provide healthcare for 30 millions Americans,” as he’s said. It provides health insurance, and the two are usually opposed to each other; health insurers work to minimize costs by minimizing and/or denying care. The federal government, already deeply into the healthcare business, is now in the health insurance business as well, and our beloved, trustworthy IRS is in charge.

    All politicians are quintessentially self-interested. All presidents deny wrong-doing. Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Clinton and the Bushes all “spun” news events that threatened their presidencies. This is what all people of political stripes do; even those who aren’t professional politicians, and regardless of party affiliation. The only protections US citizens have against presidents who put themselves and their power above the law are “the watchdog media,” very deliberately protected by the First Amendment, for reasons that, if some have lost sight of them, are quite obvious now. Even congressional committees are relatively powerless if their investigations don’t get news-media support or, worse, are belittled by news media companies that, themselves, have become politicized.

    In some cases—Watergate, Iran-contra, Monica Lewinsky—news media companies did their jobs. They pursued the stories, dug past the presidential “spin,” and protected American citizens from corrupt presidencies, or at least exposed the corruption. (Particularly in the Watergate and Lewinsky scandals, presidential obstruction made the situations a lot worse than they actually were.) But until now, the media have allowed and even encouraged Obama—an obviously dangerous president—to do exactly as he pleases, and that, predictably, is what he’s done.

    Now, in Benghazi, Americans, including a US Ambassador, have been murdered. Former Navy SEALs, fighting for their lives, were ordered to stand down: to allow themselves to be murdered. The help they repeatedly requested was available, and it was denied. The denial apparently came from the White House, and columnist Cohen jeers and makes jokes, and the political left has a good laugh. Now the IRS, to which Americans are supposed to entrust their medical welfare, is out of control. Now Obama’s justice department has been caught tapping AP reporters’ phone lines, and Eric Holder, Obama’s hand-picked Attorney General of the United States, won’t take responsibility.

    Like Obama, Holder doesn’t know what’s going on because, as David Axelrod said, the federal government is just too big: exactly the way Obama, Holder, Axelrod and the political left want it to be. Victory: we are “free at last” from the constraints of limited, controllable federal authority.

    Yes: current events—Benghazi, the IRS, DoJ phone tapping—are shocking. But tens of millions of Americans, whose voices most major news media companies have both deliberately suppressed and publicly ridiculed, aren’t surprised in the least . . . except by major news media companies’ firmly-established policy of ignoring, and even applauding, Obama’s well-known wrongs.

    The result is that Americans don’t trust or believe in their news media as much, if not more than, Noonan says we now don’t trust our President.

    So, to comprehensively address this problem, major news media companies must themselves assume a share of the blame and “clean house.” Print and air-wave news broadcasting companies must rigidly enforce journalistic professionalism, aggressively rid themselves of reporters, editors, publishers, anchors and producers who stubbornly put politics above journalistic integrity. Through modified hiring policies, all major news media companies must forcefully create and maintain political equality and balance among their personnel.

    To put it simply, news media companies must hire and promote as many from the political right as they hire and promote from the political left, and then work to minimize employees’ political feelings in all news reporting: check, double check, and if the story still smacks of partisanship, throw it out and reassign it.

    They must do this on their own, without government intervention or regulation. They must do it because it is the professionally and morally correct thing to do. They must do it because it is what their nation requires; because they’re good, patriotic Americans.

    This would’ve saved Dan Rather his job and impressive career. It would’ve saved all Americans from what Obama has now—again, predictably—wrought. It might’ve saved us from the housing foreclosure debacle, crushing federal debt, the ongoing recession, and the stubbornly weak job market and high gas costs that burden all working Americans; if the “watchdog media,” who like to hear themselves characterized as “courageous” and “professional,” had only lived up to their aggrandizements.

    Then, and only then, will America’s news media companies be capable of fulfilling their “watch-dog” responsibilities and at least begin to win back Americans’ trust.

  64. The result is that Americans don’t trust or believe in their news media as much, if not more than, Noonan says we now don’t trust our President.

  65. If big media has any hope of survival, it lies with following the path of Sharyl Atkisson, not Candy Crowley.

  66. So, to comprehensively address this problem, major news media companies must themselves assume a share of the blame and “clean house.” Print and air-wave news broadcasting companies must rigidly enforce journalistic professionalism, aggressively rid themselves of reporters, editors, publishers, anchors and producers who stubbornly put politics above journalistic integrity. Through modified hiring policies, all major news media companies must forcefully create and maintain political equality and balance among their personnel.

  67. The list of mea culpas by Obama administration officials involved in the Benghazi response and aftermath include: standing down the counterterrorism Foreign Emergency Support Team, failing to convene the Counterterrorism Security Group, failing to release the disputed Benghazi “talking points” when Congress asked for them, and using the word “spontaneous” while avoiding the word “terrorism.”
    —————————
    In making this admission, the Obama Administration has literally pulled the rug out from under their big media supporters. The net effect may not be to prove that Obama did anything. But that is the problem–he did nothing. And then he lied about it.

  68. Obama Charged With War Crimes

    In 2008, the Left embraced the embodiment of the anti-war movement, Barack Hussein Obama. Obama’s anti-war shock troops put away their “Bush is a War Criminal” signs and replaced them with “Change You Can Believe In.” The Pied Piper blew into his flute, and his glassy-eyed supporters followed him into oblivion.

    The result of a zombie nation voting for “Change You Can Believe In?” The Middle East is seething with the Muslim Brotherhood vying with al-Qaeda for power. Our economy is about to collapse with an unsustainable $17 trillion national debt. Inflation is rampant. The Fed’s endless pumping is making the dollar worthless, and millions of people are out of work or have quit looking.

    Obama is now embroiled in a huge coverup over Benghazi. He created a Tea Party enemies list through the IRS that makes Nixon look like a amateur. And last but not least, Obama’s chief apologist (the Associated Press) has discovered that their Pied Piper Obama used his magic flute not to charm them but to spy on them.

    No problem. We’re just talking about failing to rescue Americans under attack, using Chicago thug tactics to silence your critics, and nullifying the First Amendment. It’s not that bad, is it?

    Oh, but that’s not the half of it……

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/obama-charged-with-war-crimes/

  69. Obama is failing as CEO of America, Inc.
    By Peter Morici

    Published May 17, 2013

    FoxNews.com

    President Obama vows new oversight at IRS

    President tries to turn page on IRS scandal

    IRS Controversy: Obama really not aware?
    CEOs of large organizations all face the same problem – driving their agendas in organizations too diverse and geographically dispersed to manage directly.

    They hire competent managers for their units, set goals and establish clear metrics for evaluating performance. As in politics, competition in business is tough, and CEOs must set ethical boundaries for their managers’ conduct.

    In all this, the CEO’s personal conduct is critical.

    Early in his presidency, Mr. Obama flaunted American constitutional tradition by pushing through major social legislation, ObamaCare, without a bipartisan compromise and consensus. And he relied on a legislative sleight of hand to pass the Senate.

    The Obama Credo of Management: We’ll do as we please, stop us if you can.

    Simply, Mr. Obama’s hard left agenda requires him to treat the Constitution and Congress as mere inconveniences – expediency is his ethical standard.

    For example, unable to obtain Congressional ascent, even among moderate Democrats, for limits on CO2 emissions and other environmental goals, the EPA – at his public behest – has written regulations imposing new and onerous requirements on business.

    The Obama Credo of Management: We’ll do as we please, stop us if you can.

    His failure as a CEO, now with grave political consequences, was to impose no limits on managers’ behavior and implement adequate controls – mechanisms for the CEO to monitor the performance of units and head off emerging threats to the survival of the organization. Regarding the latter, of paramount importance is to insulate the president from any fallout from their actions.

    Cabinet secretaries and agency heads took their cues from the boss – at State, Justice and the IRS senior management would have had us believe they were unaware of what was happening in Benghazi, with the Associated Press, or at the Cincinnati Office of the IRS. And the president only learns about many problems when reported in the news?

    Mr. Obama simply has been too busy giving speeches, raising money, and trying to turn every event to political advantage to keep tabs on his managers, as any good CEOs would do.

    CEOs periodically meet with their principal managers – in groups and where necessary individually – to probe their tactics, offer assistance from their own wealth of experience, and discern areas where managers may be planting problems that will burgeon into crisis.

    Failing at this, the president has managed to continence management failures that cost the lives of Americans abroad, weaken our national security, rock public confidence in government, and threaten our constitutionally guaranteed liberties.

    Mr. Obama has a lot in common with one predecessor, Jimmy Carter – both failed as CEOs. The man from Plains is a decent and ethical man but micromanaged too much, whereas Mr. Obama acquired his moral compass in the Windy City and simply can’t manage at all.

    Americans should not be surprised. Mr. Obama came to Washington with profound campaign skills but virtually no record as a legislator or manager. He spent seven years in the Illinois Senate as a virtual non-participant, bored and seeking higher office, and his four years in the U.S. Senate running for president.

    Americans turned to him, because they were justifiably disappointed with President Bush and tagged John McCain with the blame.

    Prior to his presidency, Americans never observed Mr. Obama running anything, other than a campaign. He had not been a governor or a congressional committee chair. In military terms, we made him a five star general before even serving as a lieutenant.

    By his own actions, he is arrogantly ambitions but sadly incompetent. He has corrupted the foundations of our Republic, and for that he gets a failing grade.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/05/17/obama-is-failing-as-ceo-america-inc/#ixzz2TeLiggCT

  70. I wondered why that Obama appointee Miller argued with the word “targeting” and maintained he always tells the truth.
    ——————————————————————————————————————–

    House Republicans were investigating heavy-handed treatment of the Tea Party and other groups by the IRS last year, and Miller told a subcommittee in July that certain applicants weren’t being targeted because of ideology.

    But Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) noted the IRS-supplied list of approved tax exempt applications for advocacy organizations through May 2009. “Some of these that were approved were Chattanooga Organized for Action, the Progressive Leadership Alliance, and the Progressive USA,” Ryan said. “If you were concerned about political activity, did you have targeting lists that contained words like ‘progressive’ or ‘organizing’ in their names?”

    Miller conceded that these weren’t buzzwords used for targeting, like “tea party” and “patriots,” but maintained that more applications were received from the Tea Party movement, which began in 2009.

  71. After a week of hearings and an exciting Tea Party presser right outside DC Capitol dome (I’ve seen it twice, love it and now shamelessly plug it: IRS Scrutiny of Conservative Groups 16 May 2013 Republican tea party members of Congress and tea party movement leaders spoke to reporters about the IRS’ admission that it had targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny when determining tax-exempt status. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/RSInt)…it is Preezy’s thot to get out of Dodge. I’m sure you’ve heard. At WaPo:
    Refocusing attention on economy, Obama says Washington politics miss what Americans care about
    By Associated Press, May 18, 2013 10:05 AM EDT
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is calling attention to his economic proposals and efforts to expand the middle class.
    In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the U.S. should focus on attracting good jobs, educating workers and ensuring workers get paid a decent living. Obama has been pushing those priorities in recent visits to Baltimore and Austin, Texas. Obama says he’ll make the case in more U.S. cities soon. Obama says politics in Washington often aren’t focused on what Americans care about. He’s alluding to a series of political troubles that dogged him last week and overshadowed his agenda. In the Republican address, Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland says red tape in Obama’s health care law will drive up costs. He says the embattled IRS needs less power, not more.

    ABC news disapppointed this morning too in clip shown by local affiliate. Reporter named Martha Shade. No less. Martha did say IRS was targeting groups but refused to define that further. Forget what came next. Certainly it was not refining of thought. Martha wound up with shot of Republican inquiring about election being the cause and Martha was quick to cement thought that Repubs had turned something serious into politics.

    I never heard before of Martha. Wonder if they’re hiring new that are still giddy that they’re on tv.

  72. wbboei May 18, 2013 at 9:42 am
    ——————
    Yes. Tim Griffen. A very bright light. Another name for our radar.

  73. ABC news disapppointed this morning too in clip shown by local affiliate. Reporter named Martha Shade. No less. Martha did say IRS was targeting groups but refused to define that further. Forget what came next.
    —————————
    That is a corrupt network–second only to NBC and CNN. They will go to their graves supporting the traitor and treating the country as it if were Zombie nation, when only 52% of it meets that definition. But the larger point is logs keep getting put on the fire, new victims come out, spokesmen like Ted Olson speak out–the left has no one of his caliber, more congressional hearings . . . at some point George Stops And Poops Alot and is left wing cabal will begin to look like the little boy who runs out of fingers to plug the leaking dike, and then they will be deluged. The only bright spot they have is Jonahan Karl, and we will see how long he lasts.

  74. I am looking for a site that supports Hillary and is not focused on anti-Obama rhetoric.
    Any hints?
    Thanks!

  75. When it comes to ABC, who can forget that magic moment when their ace investigative reporter Brian Williams described the deranged individual who shot Giffords, inter alia, as a member of the Tea Party, and was proven wrong. Second place goes to NBC on that one for identifying the young man who shot Travon Williams in self defense as a racist and a white Hispanic. If you compare these “mistakes” with the shit that has been pouring out of the DNC during the same time period, it becomes obvious that they are not journalists at all, but political hacks posing as journalists. In fact, the head of MSNBC has admitted as much.

  76. I am looking for a site that supports Hillary and is not focused on anti-Obama rhetoric.
    ———————-
    You might want to wait for the book Hillary will be putting out.

  77. Leanora
    May 18, 2013 at 10:41 am
    ————————-
    I thought his testimony was festooned with lies, evasions, lack of due diligence and amnesia.

  78. I have a friend who voted for Obama over Hillary in the primary which surprised me because he seemed to support my efforts to elect Hillary. He told me this years later. Now he is sensitive about his vote for Obama, and is eager to support Hillary. However, if Obama were running for a third term, I am not sure, despite his protestations, that he would not vote for him. I have concluded that it is impossible to get through to him. I have told him that I firmly believe that Hillary will run and I also believe that she will get the nomination. But I also believe that Obama has tarnished the Democrat brand, and the machinations of big media have been unmasked, if the Republicans are able to field a decent candidate (and that is a big question) it will be hard for her to win.

  79. SHV
    May 18, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    “I am looking for a site that supports Hillary and is not focused on anti-Obama rhetoric.
    Any hints?
    Thanks!”
    *************************

    rhetoric? or REALITY? The O machine is so fascist and out-of-control that they are even censoring Craigslist Politics. Maybe you should question more and label less.

  80. woman4power
    May 18, 2013 at 10:43 am
    I am looking for a site that supports Hillary and is not focused on anti-Obama rhetoric
    =====================================
    how about still4hill.com

  81. rhetoric? or REALITY? The O machine is so fascist and out-of-control that they are even censoring Craigslist Politics. Maybe you should question more and label less.
    ——————–
    Which is why you may need to get what you are looking for from her book. That will be the story in her own words. Unfortunately, it is not a website, and it will not be released until the time is right, and I surmise that it will precede her announcement by a month or two.

  82. lil ole grape
    May 18, 2013 at 12:53 pm
    ———————–
    That is the one I was trying to think of.

  83. Woman4Power, what you are looking for is what many/most Hillary Clinton supporters wanted in 2008. They didn’t want to face the fact that you cannot be for Hillary and ignore race-baiters like Barack Obama. We were “too negative” we were told in 2007/2008 and website after website popped up promising to only praise Hillary not attack anyone else. The results?

    Hillary Clinton supporters who think they can be for Hillary and either be for Obama or ignore Obama are not looking for success or power. They are looking for a beating.

  84. woman4power
    May 18, 2013 at 10:43 am
    I am looking for a site that supports Hillary and is not focused on anti-Obama rhetoric.

    —-
    Well, you’ve come to the wrong site asking for a place that also supports Obama.

  85. “rhetoric? or REALITY? The O machine is so fascist and out-of-control that they are even censoring Craigslist Politics. Maybe you should question more and label less.”
    ********
    I think that you need to go back and re-read the posts.

  86. “and is not focused on anti-Obama rhetoric”
    ****
    But in defense of the OP, anti-Obama rhetoric, all the time, can be counter productive. Obama is a symptom and not the disease. It’s like complaining about headaches when the problem is a brain tumor. Obama was selected to be President precisely because he is a corrupt, sociopathic fraud.

  87. But in defense of the OP, anti-Obama rhetoric, all the time, can be counter productive. Obama is a symptom and not the disease. It’s like complaining about headaches when the problem is a brain tumor. Obama was selected to be President precisely because he is a corrupt, sociopathic fraud.
    —————————————————————
    Well, there are many who would agree with you. For example, Erickson at Red State cautions his right wing audience to forgo attacking Obama, and concentrate on the real tumor, to borrow your metaphor, which for him is big government. Moe Lane, who also publishes on that site, argues that they want us to get mad, and therefor they want us to attack Obama. And then there are those who simply say he will be gone in three years, so why bother. And there are even those who say attacking Obama plays into the hand of big media who is waiting for an opportunity to call us racists, etc.

    Personally, I do not buy their argument. For many years, the totalitarian left has been looking for the kind of person who could bamboozle the public and tear down the traditions of this county. They finally found their puppet in Mr. Obama. And if we let down our guard they will build a monument to him so that kind of idolatry can continue. The current scandals provide just cause to go after him. And, if we forgo that opportunity, then we will lose just as Romney did.

    To be clear, the end game I am looking for here is not a Republican or a Democrat, but an American who stands up for the people of this country. If that is even possible, and I gather from your comments that you think it may not be, then it must begin by tearing down the virtual statue of Obama, just as the statue of Stalin which stood in Red Square was torn down. And that is a 24/7 enterprise, which will trouble some people, but may actually inform others.

    But persistence is not the only requirement. The case must be laid accurately and it must be fact based.

  88. ht Gateway. Uzbek citizen arrested in Idaho, accused of supporting militants
    Thursday May 16. More bad news for Preezy if it gets out.
    Reuters) – U.S. officials charged an Uzbek citizen in Idaho with providing bomb-making knowledge and other support to an Islamist militant group, knowing that it would be used in an attack, authorities said on Thursday. Fazliddin Kurbanov, 30, a national of Uzbekistan living legally in Idaho, was arrested in Boise and faces a three-count grand jury indictment in Idaho and a single-count indictment in Utah, prosecutors said. They said Kurbanov provided information and money to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which the United States has designated as a foreign terrorist organization. The group supports establishing strict Islamic rule in Uzbekistan. Authorities said Kurbanov’s activities were closely monitored and any potential threat had been contained.[RIGHT ;/]
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/17/us-usa-security-uzbekistan-idUSBRE94F1BE20130517?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&rpc=76

  89. Some current Twitter fun.
    #RememberWhenBarackObama adopted Osama bin Trayvon as his son

  90. Woman4power, the site you’re looking for is still4hill.com is the best Hillary site , without any focus in Obama, just Hillary.You will love it and feel like in family!

  91. Obama is failing as CEO of America, Inc.
    By Peter Morici

    Published May 17, 201

    President Obama vows new oversight at IRS

    President tries to turn page on IRS scandal

    IRS Controversy: Obama really not aware?
    CEOs of large organizations all face the same problem – driving their agendas in organizations too diverse and geographically dispersed to manage directly.

    They hire competent managers for their units, set goals and establish clear metrics for evaluating performance. As in politics, competition in business is tough, and CEOs must set ethical boundaries for their managers’ conduct.

    In all this, the CEO’s personal conduct is critical.

    Early in his presidency, Mr. Obama flaunted American constitutional tradition by pushing through major social legislation, ObamaCare, without a bipartisan compromise and consensus. And he relied on a legislative sleight of hand to pass the Senate.

    The Obama Credo of Management: We’ll do as we please, stop us if you can.

    Simply, Mr. Obama’s hard left agenda requires him to treat the Constitution and Congress as mere inconveniences – expediency is his ethical standard.

    For example, unable to obtain Congressional ascent, even among moderate Democrats, for limits on CO2 emissions and other environmental goals, the EPA – at his public behest – has written regulations imposing new and onerous requirements on business.

    The Obama Credo of Management: We’ll do as we please, stop us if you can.

    His failure as a CEO, now with grave political consequences, was to impose no limits on managers’ behavior and implement adequate controls – mechanisms for the CEO to monitor the performance of units and head off emerging threats to the survival of the organization. Regarding the latter, of paramount importance is to insulate the president from any fallout from their actions.

    Cabinet secretaries and agency heads took their cues from the boss – at State, Justice and the IRS senior management would have had us believe they were unaware of what was happening in Benghazi, with the Associated Press, or at the Cincinnati Office of the IRS. And the president only learns about many problems when reported in the news?

    Mr. Obama simply has been too busy giving speeches, raising money, and trying to turn every event to political advantage to keep tabs on his managers, as any good CEOs would do.

    CEOs periodically meet with their principal managers – in groups and where necessary individually – to probe their tactics, offer assistance from their own wealth of experience, and discern areas where managers may be planting problems that will burgeon into crisis.

    Failing at this, the president has managed to continence management failures that cost the lives of Americans abroad, weaken our national security, rock public confidence in government, and threaten our constitutionally guaranteed liberties.

    Mr. Obama has a lot in common with one predecessor, Jimmy Carter – both failed as CEOs. The man from Plains is a decent and ethical man but micromanaged too much, whereas Mr. Obama acquired his moral compass in the Windy City and simply can’t manage at all.

    Americans should not be surprised. Mr. Obama came to Washington with profound campaign skills but virtually no record as a legislator or manager. He spent seven years in the Illinois Senate as a virtual non-participant, bored and seeking higher office, and his four years in the U.S. Senate running for president.

    Americans turned to him, because they were justifiably disappointed with President Bush and tagged John McCain with the blame.

    Prior to his presidency, Americans never observed Mr. Obama running anything, other than a campaign. He had not been a governor or a congressional committee chair. In military terms, we made him a five star general before even serving as a lieutenant.

    By his own actions, he is arrogantly ambitions but sadly incompetent. He has corrupted the foundations of our Republic, and for that he gets a failing grade.

    Peter Morici is an economist and professor at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and widely published columnist. Follow him on Twitter @PMorici1.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/05/17/obama-is-failing-as-ceo-america-inc/#ixzz2Tfq27UQv

  92. From the link. 🙂

    Republican lawmakers are launching an investigation into claims that the Environmental Protection Agency, while giving preferential treatment to environmental groups, made it harder for conservative groups to obtain government records.

    “According to documents obtained by the Committees, EPA readily granted FOIA fee waivers for environmental allies, effectively subsidizing them, while denying fee waivers and making the FOIA process more difficult for states and conservative groups,” wrote Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Darrell Issa and Sens. David Vitter, Chuck Grassley and Jim Inhofe in a letter to the EPA.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/18/lawmakers-to-investigate-epa-foia-scandal/#ixzz2TfsHOK8w

  93. “then it must begin by tearing down the virtual statue of Obama, just as the statue of Stalin which stood in Red Square was torn down. And that is a 24/7 enterprise, which will trouble some people, but may actually inform others.

    But persistence is not the only requirement. The case must be laid accurately and it must be fact based.”
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    I agree, over the next 3+ years, Obama must be exposed as the worst President in US history but only if that leads to the “How and Why”. Unfortunately, I don’t see any person who is “an American who stands up for the people of this country”. They may be out there but will likely be crushed by the “uni-party”.

    The motivation for change will come from the almost certain collapse of the US/World economy but I don’t see a political movement that will be an improvement over what we have now.

  94. Top Romney Donor Threatened, Audited Twice, And Even His Children Were Targeted (Video)
    It’s an Obama world…

    Barack Obama wanted to fundamentally transform America. Now we have record unemployment, record debt, an IRS that targets political opponents and Obama’s jackbooted thugs threatening the children of Republican donors.

    Romney donor Frank VanderSloot was one of the eight Republicans placed on Barack Obama’s enemies list in 2012. The Idaho businessman was singled out by the Obama campaign for giving $1 million in support of Mitt Romney. Because of this he was the focus of audits from both the IRS and Labor Department. He said that he went through “living hell” as a result.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/05/romney-donor-threatened-audited-twice-even-his-children-were-targeted-after-appearing-on-obamas-enemies-list-video/

  95. A Uni-Party is obvious in this link which Rubio tweeted probably to remind us of his TP roots.
    There’s an irony in the Internal Revenue Service’s crackdown on conservative groups.
    The nation’s tax agency has admitted to inappropriately scrutinizing smaller tea party organizations that applied for tax-exempt status, and senior Treasury Department officials were notified in the midst of the 2012 presidential election season that an internal investigation was underway. But the IRS largely maintained a hands-off policy with the much larger, big-budget organizations on the left and right that were most influential in the elections and are organized under a section of the tax code that allows them to hide their donors. “The IRS goes AWOL when wealthy and powerful forces want to break the law in order to hide their wrongful efforts and secret political influence,” said Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat who is among a small Senate group pushing campaign finance reform measures that would force these big outside groups to disclose their donors. “Picking on the little guy is a pretty lousy thing to do.”
    Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS and the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity were among those that spent tens of millions of dollars on TV ads and get-out-the-vote efforts to help Republicans. Democrats were aided in similar fashion by Priorities USA, made up of former Barack Obama campaign aides, and American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, an opposition research group led by a former adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. And yet those groups so far have escaped investigations into whether they have crossed the blurry line under the law between what constitutes a tax-exempt “social welfare” organization that is free from donor reporting requirements and a political committee subject to taxes and disclosures. Watchdog groups and lawmakers who have sought more disclosure and restrictions on such groups claim an injustice. They say the IRS saga over the targeting of smaller groups shines a bright light onto the agency’s failure to guard against the flood of secret money into the political system through the creation of the deep-pocketed groups. Yet other advocates of reform worry that, in light of the IRS disclosure of targeting small groups, government regulators will be less likely to scrutinize the tax-exempt status of the bigger, more powerful groups out of fear that they will appear to be targeting groups for political reasons. “We expect that opponents of disclosure will try to use the recent developments to allow the groups that are misusing the tax laws to hide donors to continue misusing them. But that’s a battle that we will engage in,” said Fred Wertheimer, founder and president of watchdog group Democracy 21…. http://m.miamiherald.com/mh/db_308598/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=LF6eaK73&full=true#display

  96. Zero Has Insulted the Marines and Texas Fred Is Angry!

    Barack Hussein Obama HATES the U.S. Marines

    The picture below was taken 2 days ago and I have been too damned angry to make a post about it. Every time I tried I had to stop and just shake my head at the language I was using and the word I was using to describe Barack Hussein Obama.

    http://www.texasfred.net/archives/20939#more-20939

  97. “What happened at the IRS is the government’s essential business. The IRS case deserves and calls out for an independent counsel, fully armed with all that position’s powers. Only then will stables that badly need to be cleaned, be cleaned. Everyone involved in this abuse of power should pay a price, because if they don’t, the politicization of the IRS will continue—forever. If it is not stopped now, it will never stop. And if it isn’t stopped, no one will ever respect or have even minimal faith in the revenue-gathering arm of the U.S. government again.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323582904578487460479247792.html

  98. As for Tim Griffin from Arkansas, I seem to remember that his mentor was Karl Rove. He was good at digging up dirt on the Clintons and was sent to Arkansas to do just that and later got himself elected to Congress. If he is the one I’m thinking of he, is a sneaky Clinton hater and learned well from Rove. I don’t have time to check him out right now but just beware of him although he sounds good “now”.

  99. How can they report this and then dismiss the whole scandal on their editorial page on the same day. Are they are becoming schizophrenic in their defense of Obama?
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    NYT: Obama Administration Knew of IRS Scandal 5 Months Before Election

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    In no uncertain terms and with no hedging, The New York Times reports that the Obama administration was aware of the fact that the IRS was targeting Tea Party groups as far back as June of 2012. The Treasury Department’s Inspector General confirmed that he told senior Treasury officials in June of 2012, a full five months before Election Day:

    The Treasury Department’s inspector general told senior Treasury officials in June 2012 he was investigating the Internal Revenue Service’s screening of politically active organizations seeking tax exemptions, disclosing for the first time on Friday that Obama administration officials were aware of the matter during the presidential campaign year.

    We still don’t know for sure what the President knew or when he knew it, but this does confirm that the administration was aware of the fact that Obama’s political enemies were under fire by the IRS and covered that fact up during an election year.

    As Lisa Meyers of NBC News told “Morning Joe” today, “Imagine if we — if you can — what would have happened if this fact came out in September 2012, in the middle of a presidential election? The terrain would have looked very different.”

    The first time President Obama was asked when he found out about the IRS scandal, he told the media that he learned of the news last Friday, the same way the rest of us did — from the news media.

    Thursday, a Bloomberg reporter asked the President when he or anyone else in the White House learned of the scandal. The President dodged the question.

    With this latest news confirming when the Administration first learned of the IRS scandal, we now know that, along with Benghazi and the unfurling Associated Press scandal, there were three scandals brewing and unfolding in the White House during an election year. But we are only now hearing about them — six months after Barack Obama was safely re-elected.

    This fact says as much about the failure of our lapdog national media as it does about President Obama. Why just this morning the Times itself dismissed the IRS scandal on its editorial page.

  100. Woman4power

    I find your slight offensive. obviously you voted for Obama and can’t face u.p to the reality of the stupidity of that action.
    I Find enough truthful information on this site to find it worthwhile even though I disagree with some of the posters.

  101. Here is Bill Jacobson’s take on the set up question to produce the answer to make it appear that the IRS was not promoting this profiling but was actually investigating it internally. Excellent analysis by him, as usual. The motive here could be personal or it could be business related, i.e. to curry favor with the IRS for her clients, or both. Personally, I believe it is door 3. This was a personal favor. AND how could it not advantage her over other attorneys with the IRS, and how could it not give her a sword to hold over the head of at least one key individual in the IRS?
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    Was Celia Roady, who asked the planted question, a victim of the IRS?
    Posted by William A. Jacobson Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:47pm

    At congressional hearings yesterday, it was revealed that the IRS planted a question at an ABA meeting in order to give Lois Lerner of the IRS the opportunity to get ahead of the pending Inspector General Report and make it seem as if the IRS had voluntarily disclosed the targeting of Tea Party and conservatives.

    The person with whom the IRS planted the question was Celia Roady, a tax lawyer who handles tax exempt issues and is very close to the IRS.

    There is some dispute as to whether Roady initially denied the question was a set-up, with clear reporting by TPM as to Roady’s denial being partially walked back by two attendees who initially stated that Roady denied the set-up but now say it may not have been that clear.

    Regardless, Roady now is at the center of a firestorm, as the IRS setting up the question and answer sends a message of consciousness of guilt. The mainstream media now is all over it.

    Jonathan Steele at Legal Ethics Forum sees Roady as something of a victim here:

    The story is still developing but it now appears that the lawyer who was prompted to ask the planted question at the ABA conference did not know the answer and was surprised at Lerner’s answer. If that’s true, think about how rotten that was: set up a colleague to ask what will become a notorious Q-and-A when she assumed it was just an ordinary question at an ordinary conference and would be answered with the same, ordinary answer the IRS had been giving Congress and the public for some time. Now, unfortunately, when that lawyer’s name pops up here or there it will be associated with the IRS’s deceptive scheme. When a federal agency has been falsely answering a persistent, urgent question from Congress, the agency should report the truth directly to the Congress rather than scheme to create a ruse (and use an unwitting accomplice) only when the truth is going to come out anyway. That’s active concealment of bad conduct.

    I agree but only to a very limited point. It was rotten of the IRS to have Roady ask the question.

    But, Roady knew that she was asking a planted question and when the bombshell answer dropped, she could have told people that it was a set-up question.

    Roady did not make that disclosure at the time, as far as anyone has reported, presumably because of her close relationship with the IRS.

    As the days dragged on, and speculation swirled as to whether the question was planted, Roady was silent as far as I can tell. It was only after congressional testimony disclosing the set-up that Roady made the disclosure.

    Roady still has not responded to my request for comment.

    The only victims here are the Tea Party and conservative groups who were subjected to political targeting at the IRS.

  102. foxyladi14
    May 18, 2013 at 4:22 pm
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    Correct. This will lead to the appointment of a special counsel. These hearing will raise so much stink over the role of government in our society and in the bona fides of a party that is committed to its expansion on ever front in order to “control the people” as the Dean of the House put it, that that party will have an incentive to find the facts and clear house. If it proves politically obstructionist in that respect, then they will pay a price, not just politically but philosophically. In order for their vision to prevail there must be trust in the IRS. And today 69% of the public believes the investigation should continue. But if there is to be an independent counsel it cannot be one like the Pickens/Mullen ARB where the choice was political and the mandate was limited and the end result was garbage in garbage out as the latest round of disclosures through Sharyl Attkisson proves. That is why I felt Richard Posner would be the ideal choice.

  103. I stole this Priceless!!! 🙂

    Oblame plays fast and loose with the English language to his own benefit.

    Post Racial = Most Racial

    Transparency = Like a brick wall

    I take full responsibility = It’s Bush’s fault

    Lead from behind = Retreat

    I will not rest until… = I got a tee time in an hour

    I promise the American People = Don’t bet on it

    I have lowered taxes for the middle class = Hide your money

    I don’t want to take your guns = Hide your guns

    We need more spending = Even John Maynard Keynes would have bailed out by now

    Our borders are more secure than ever = Borders? We’ve go borders?

    The job market is improving = In China

    Stop the transfer of illegal weapons = Unless to Mexican cartels or Muslim terrorists

    Terrorist = Evangelical Christian

    Overspending = no such concept

    Truth = Whatever Democrats say

    Lie = Everything Republicans say

    Line in the sand = Line? What line? I don’t see no stinkin line.

    Mexican violence = American problem

    Islamic terror = American problem

    Job training = Paper or plastic, Maam?

    I did every thing possible about Benghazi = It’s Hillary’s fault

  104. Obama says a special counsel is not needed. If you look at the facts adduced thus far it becomes obvious that a special counsel is needed and when a president who is potentially implicated by such an investigation says it is not needed, it becomes obvious that he has something–maybe even a lot to hide.

  105. If you are pro Hillary, then one should be aware the main obstacle should she run will be Obama and his supporters. Don’t get fooled again .

  106. Because this information came to us from the only legitimate investigative reporter in Big Media, I was predisposed to consider the possibility that negligence and incompetence rather than politics was the cause in fact of the Benghazi tragedy. That after all is the thrust of their current testimony. So I considered that putative defense for the sum total of 10 seconds. Sharyl report is only as good as her sources. And these sources were after all anonymous, and self interested to the hilt. I am willing to accept the fact that they are incompetent–or idiots as they now call themselves. What I am categorically unwilling to accept, however, is that the root cause of what occurred before, during and after the event was not politics. With an election of few months away, with a foreign policy that was shaky, and with an activist base of the party against any expansion of the war, I would say res ipsa locitur: the thing speaks for itself.
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    Obama Administration’s New Benghazi Excuse: We’re Idiots
    by John Sexton 17 May 2013 20 post a comment
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    A new report by CBS’s Sharyl Attkisson presents a new administration fallback on Benghazi. The people who made the decisions now claim they are just “idiots.” But that’s not what the record shows, at least when it comes to decisions we can examine up close.

    An unnamed administration official tells CBS “We’re portrayed by Republicans as either being lying or idiots…It’s actually closer to us being idiots.” It’s quite an admission to come out of any Democratic official, which is all the more reason to wonder why it’s being offered eight months into the investigation of the administration’s actions.

    The real problem with the “idiots” excuse is that it’s belied by the evidence. Earlier this week, after pressure from news organizations, the administration release 100 pages of emails related to the drafting of Benghazi talking points. What the emails show is not a group of dummies but politicos seeking to put the best face on a bad situation.

    Over the course of a few hours on Sep. 14th, State prevailed upon the CIA to remove mentions of al Qa’ida and 5 prior attacks in Benghazi. An unnamed official tells Attkisson “We thought, ‘why are you guys throwing us under the bus?’ …They [CIA] made it seem like the State Department was given a warning they ignored. No specific warning was given.” That’s not idiocy. On the contrary, it sounds like crass political calculation.

    This is the problem with the administration’s new admission against interest: When we’re able to see their work up close it looks very politically savvy. But they want us to believe that all the stuff we can not see–such as judgments about pinning the attack on a video–are just the result of idiots bumbling.

    As Attkisson has pointed out previously, the administration has firmly refused to release the eyewitness reports collected by the FBI in Germany a couple days after the attack. The claim is that these reports were not transcribed in time to become part of the talking points discussion. Incredibly, no one at the FBI was able to pick up the phone and make a call relaying the gist of what happened to superiors prior to Sep. 16.

    The administration has also refused to release security video from the compound. Did anyone look at this before telling the country there was a demonstration at the site? Maybe or maybe not. In either case, just put it down to another bumble by idiots. Sure they blew it, just don’t claim politics was involved. That would be outrageous.

    But when it came to the talking points, it turns out politics was heavily involved. Jay Carney claimed the CIA made all the edits, save one. More broadly, he was claiming that politics played no role in determining what Amb. Rice told Americans after the attack. All of that was completely false. The talking points were made by a circle jerk of administration flacks covering their bosses’ political backsides. Little else seemed to matter.

    The scheming and CYA maneuvers evident in the emails likely did not begin on Sep. 14th and end the following day. At least, we have no reason to think that’s the case. It’s more likely this is a window in to how all the decisions following the attack were made. How can we minimize the damage? How can we avoid responsibility? How can we protect ourselves from criticism?

    The administration’s sudden admission of idiocy is designed to shock us with its frankness–surely they wouldn’t admit that unless it were true. But like everything else they have done, it is just one more piece of political calculation designed to protect them from accountability. This is not the time to let them off the hook. Now is the time to keep digging.

  107. Rubio is the current “Poster Child” for the Uni-Party.
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    No question about it. He professed interest in border security is a ruse. Borders protect the American People from the incursions of the Narco State to the south, and the collapse of our social safety nets. But to Marco, the establishment wing of the Republican Party is more important.

  108. “Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Friday urged congressional leaders to raise the debt limit and insisted that the White House is not going to negotiate over the increase because lawmakers have “no choice.”
    “We will not negotiate over the debt limit,” Lew wrote. “The creditworthiness of the United States is non-negotiable. The question of whether the country must pay obligations it has already incurred is not open to debate.”

    http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/300463-treasury-asks-congress-for-debt-increase-says-its-not-open-to-debate

  109. That is a 3 point swing since yesterday, I believe. It reflects the scandals, Obama’s lame excuses, and sudden coverage by lame stream media.
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    Daily Presidential Tracking Poll: 48% Approve Of Obama’s Job Performance

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama’s job performance. Fifty percent (50%) now disapprove. Read More

  110. Well, I believe Roady–now that I see who she works for. Morgan Lewis and Bockius has very high ethical standards.
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    Lawyer confirms she asked planted question that broke open IRS scandal
    Published May 18, 2013

    FoxNews.com

    The first revelation that the IRS was targeting Tea Party groups came in a planted question during a lawyers’ conference earlier this month, the attorney who asked the question confirmed Saturday with Fox News.

    The inspector general report on the IRS targeting Tea Party groups and other conservative-leaning political organizations applying for tax-exempt status was complete, so the agency had the question added to the conference’s Q&A session as part of prepared strategy to start getting out the bad news, outgoing IRS Commissioner Steven Miller said Friday before the House Ways and Means Committee.

    On Saturday, Celia Roady — the lawyer who asked the question of IRS official Lois Lerner at the May 10 American Bar Association conference — issues the following statement to Fox:

    “On May 9, I received a call from Lois Lerner, who told me that she wanted to address an issue after her prepared remarks … and asked if I would pose a question to her after her remarks. I agreed to do so.…We had no discussion thereafter on the topic of the question, nor had we spoken about any of this before I received her call. She did not tell me, and I did not know, how she would answer the question.”

    News reports about the inspector general’s report released this week came out May 11.

    Roady is a partner at the international, Philadelphia-based Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP.

    The news of the planted question was reported first by U.S. News and World Report.

    In June 2010, Lerner, in charge of overseeing tax-exempt organizations, learned of the flagging and ordered the criteria to be changed right away, the inspector general said. The new guidance was more generic and stripped of any explicit partisan freight. But it did not last.

    In January 2012, the screening was modified again, this time to watch for references to the Constitution or Bill of Rights, and for “political action type organizations involved in limiting-expanding government.”

    Such flagging ended in May of last year.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/18/lawyer-confirms-asked-planted-question-that-broke-open-irs-scandal/#ixzz2Th2PR8oK

  111. “As for Tim Griffin from Arkansas, I seem to remember that his mentor was Karl Rove.”
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    Tim Griffin was a Karl Rove toady and small time dirty tricks operative. On of his jobs was setting up a voter caging scam in Florida. IIRC, it was targeted at African American military personnel and college students.

  112. Thank you, SHV. I was beginning to think that I had not remembered Tim Griffin correctly. Wasn’t he the one who was very, very skilled in doing down and dirty oppositional research? Seems like Karl Rove sent his best dirty tricks trainee to Arkansas to dig and dig into Hillary’s records and anything else he could find. Seems like this was when she was getting ready to run in 2007??

  113. Lies, Damned Lies and Eric Holder. Surprise, surprise, surprise. He claims that the reason he subpoenaed the AP phone records was national security. The only problem was by the time he sought the subpoena, that threat had passed. National security was a pretext, just as it was for Nixon. The motivation here was political, i.e. to intimidate potential whistle blowers. As for Brennan, he is a bad guy according to people I know who have worked with him. At one point he was okay, but he as since gone over to the dark side.
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    Questions raised over administration claim that AP leak put Americans at risk
    Published May 18, 2013

    AP records grab: Is AG Holder in trouble?
    WASHINGTON – Americans were in danger.

    That was the chief argument Attorney General Eric Holder tried to make this week for why Justice Department officials seized two months’ worth of phone records of reporters and editors at The Associated Press.

    But the AP has strongly refuted from the start claims that it put the country in danger. The accusation that the news organization risked national security isn’t sitting so well with other journalists and lawmakers who have started pushing back on the claims.

    “We held that story until the government assured us that the national security concerns had passed,” AP President Gary Pruitt said in a written response to the Justice Department’s claims.

    A report from The Washington Post appeared to give more weight to the AP’s claims.

    According to the Post, the AP had been sitting on a scoop about a failed Al Qaeda plot at the request of CIA officials for five days. The morning they were supposed to release the story, journalists were asked by government officials to wait another day, citing safety concerns.

    However, the CIA officials who first cited the security concerns said they no longer had the same worries. Rather, the Obama administration was planning to announce the success of the counterterrorism project the following day, according to The Post report.

    After a series of negotiations, the AP ultimately decided to publish. Months later, the Obama administration seized the phone records – home, work and cell — of 20 AP reporters and editors.

    The government says it was trying to hunt down the AP government source who leaked information about a top secret U.S. operation to thwart an Al Qaeda plan to blow up an airliner.

    Holder said earlier this week that it was one of the most serious leaks he’s encountered, and it put the American people “at risk.”

    One White House official told the Post that the reason the administration was planning to go public with the operation was because they knew the AP was planning a story.

    But the argument doesn’t hold up, some say, because the day after it was released, the White House’s top counterterrorism adviser went on “Good Morning America” and talked about how successful the operation had been. John Brennan, now CIA director, praised the work of U.S. intelligence officials and said that the Al Qaeda plot was never an active threat to the American public.

    Brennan’s comments seem to challenge the reason the government pressed the news organization to hold the story as well as Holder’s claims that the leak and published report endangered Americans.

    On Tuesday, Holder defended the department’s secret examination of the AP phone records even though he went on to say he had recused himself from the case. He could not offer details on the investigation.

    In all, the government pulled the April 2012-May 2012 telephone records from four AP bureaus including Washington and New York.

    The department’s actions angered many lawmakers and First Amendment groups.

    Pruitt called the Justice Department’s actions “a massive and unprecedented intrusion.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/18/sources-say-cia-claims-that-ap-put-americans-at-risk-is-false/?test=latestnews#ixzz2ThxBUN00

  114. Why Andrew Breitbart Walked into the Fire with Sarah Palin
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    Whenever Andrew Breitbart saw that somebody was being unfairly maligned by the institutional Left, he became that person’s stalwart defender. Sarah Palin, perhaps more than any other person in recent history, endured the full weight of what Breitbart called the “Democrat-media complex,” and so Sarah Palin had no more fierce a defender than Andrew Breitbart.

    He never explicitly endorsed her for President–Breitbart, as a rule, didn’t endorse candidates. He wasn’t a policy wonk, nor did he enjoy punditry–Breitbart’s sights were consistently set on the media. He understood how the media can shape, influence, or even manipulate the general public’s perception of events and individuals. A favorite theme of the Progressive media’s smear-machine, and one which was aimed with particular savagery at Sarah Palin, is the notion that Conservatives are, in a word, dummies. One need not look very far for specific examples.

    If Barack Obama claims to have visited all 57 states, we are told he was simply tired and misspoke. If Dan Quayle misspells potato, we are told that he is the stupidest man to ever set foot in Washington, D.C.

    If Joe Biden asks a man in a wheelchair to stand up and be recognized, we are told that lovable and gaffe-inclined Joe Biden is just being that lovable and gaffe-inclined Joe Biden. If George W. Bush mispronounces nuclear, we are told that he is the stupidest man to ever set foot in Washington, D.C.

    If Barack Obama refers to Navy Corpsmen as corpse-men, well, don’t say anything about that because shut up and you’re a racist. If Sarah Palin ends a sentence with a preposition, we are told she is the stupidest woman to ever set foot outside of Wasilla, Alaska.

    In the meantime, and in the real world, Barack Obama has made Sarah Palin look like a prophet:

    In 2008, President Obama said he wanted to close Gitmo. Sarah Palin said it was a bad idea. Five years later, Gitmo is still open. Point: Sarah Palin.
    In 2009, the Obama administration said it wanted to put the September 11th terrorists on trial in New York. Sarah Palin said it was a bad idea. In 2011, the Obama administration concluded that holding the trial in New York was a bad idea. Point: Sarah Palin.
    President Obama and Nancy Pelosi used every trick in the book to force Obamacare, also know as The Affordable Care Act, down America’s gullet. Sarah Palin said it was a bad idea. Three years later, we see doctors dropping Medicare patients by the boatload and insurance companies forecasting premium increases as high as 400%. Point: Sarah Palin.

    So, who’s the dummy?

    Many Americans, to this very day, believe that Sarah Palin said, “I can see Russia from my house.” I have had to explain, on numerous occasions and to people who are otherwise well-educated and ostensibly intelligent, that it was in fact Tina Fey, a comedienne, who said that. That so many people, years later, continue to mistake an SNL skit for reality is a testament to the power of the media, to the power of manipulating perception–and the abuse of that power is precisely what Andrew Breitbart so passionately resisted.

    But if Andrew Breitbart fiercely defended Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin also taught Andrew Breitbart an important lesson–one which he took to heart for himself, and one which he imparted to others wherever he went: refuse to be destroyed. Do not cower before the name-calling. Do not apologize for your beliefs. Do not hide.

    If somebody calls you a racist for criticizing the Obama administration, demand that they explain how you’re a racist. If somebody demands that you apologize, respond with, “Apologize for what?” If somebody rhetorically attacks you, punch back twice as hard. Breitbart called this “walking into the fire.” He observed that Sarah Palin, by refusing to back down in the face of the smears, became stronger–and by refusing to retreat, she became a touchstone for millions who felt that her peril was their own. And so her resistance became their resistance.

    Andrew Breitbart, tragically, is no longer here to walk into the fire with Sarah Palin–or any other targets of media malpractice. His legacy, Breitbart.com, and others must carry the mantle forward from where he left it. As the director of Hating Breitbart, which released nationwide May 17th, I had the profoundly unique experience of following Andrew during the closing years of his life, capturing him walking into the fire again and again on behalf of those who believe in a small, limited federal government, sustainable fiscal policy, and above all, those who revere genuine honesty in reporting.

    Andrew Marcus is the director of the film Hating Breitbart which releases in theaters and on DVD/VOD on May 17th. For more information visit http://www.hatingbreitbart.com

  115. Comprehensive” immigration reform serves the interests of politicians who like to be on both sides of a controversial issue, and it serves the interests of those foreigners who want to game the system in the United States, at the expense of the American people. But it does not serve the interests of American society.
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    http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2013/04/25/immigration-gambles-part-ii-n1576138

  116. I haven’t done recent research but as part of Rove’s dirty tricks squad, Bush nominated him for the position of US Atty for the Eastern District of Arkansas. I guess a good position for oppo research. He was not confirmed by the Senate, in part due to his activities in Florida.

  117. jbstonesfan
    May 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    If you are pro Hillary, then one should be aware the main obstacle should she run will be Obama and his supporters. Don’t get fooled again .
    ___________________

    I totally agree.

  118. wbboei
    May 18, 2013 at 8:11 pm
    That is a 3 point swing since yesterday, I believe. It reflects the scandals, Obama’s lame excuses, and sudden coverage by lame stream media.
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    Daily Presidential Tracking Poll: 48% Approve Of Obama’s Job Performance

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama’s job performance. Fifty percent (50%) now disapprove. Read More
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    48% is really high, I dont think he has anything to worry about if it’s above 42%, they will circle the wagon’s.

    This is disappointing, as usual.

  119. It’s Time To Discuss The Secret CIA Operation At The Heart Of The Benghazi Scandal

    In eight months since an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi left four Americans dead, a Republican-led investigation has focused on potential missteps by the White House ­ and come away with nothing significant.

    There has been little attention given, however, to covert actions by the Central Intelligence Agency that were partially uncovered during the September 11, 2012 attack. . .

    The attack

    At about 9:40 p.m. local time on Sept. 11, a mob of Libyans attacked a building housing U.S. State Department personnel. At 10:20 p.m. Americans arrived from a CIA annex located 1.2 miles away, to help the besieged Americans. At 11:15 p.m. they fled with survivors back to the secret outpost.

    Armed Libyans followed them and attacked the annex with rockets and small arms from around midnight to 1:00 a.m., when there was a lull in the fighting.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/the-secret-cia-mission-in-benghazi-2013-5

  120. Connect dots to Obama
    By MICHAEL GOODWIN

    The standard police warning about con men applies to politicians, as well: When they tell you something that sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

    So it goes with the White House claim that it knew nothing ­ nothing! ­ about the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service.

    Of course the White House knew. And we already have the first piece of evidence.

    The Friday hearing on what amounted to political profiling of anti-Obama groups took a huge step toward demolishing White House efforts to distance itself from the scandal. The agency’s inspector general testified that he told his bosses at the Treasury Department in June 2012 about his ongoing audit of public claims that the IRS was engaging in blatantly unfair treatment of conservatives. One of those he told at Treasury was Tim Geithner’s top deputy.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/connect_dots_to_obama_XTSvuIurzvkQtKhoN6KqTJ

  121. Oh Brother!! It just keeps getting worse!
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    Obama adminstration talking points scrubbed jihadists from Cairo as well as Benghazi
    In the days after the Benhazi attack, the State Department scurried to cover up its failure to heed warnings of such attacks while the White House scurried to cover up the fact that that attacks were the work of al Qaeda-linked terrorists of the sort President Obama supposedly had largely vanquished. The final Benghazi “talking points” and Susan Rice’s talk show appearances represent the product of this scurrying.

    To help advance the narrative that the Benghazi attacks were spontaneous, and thus (a) not to have been anticipated and (b) not linked to al Qaeda, the talking points tied Benghazi to the events of the same day in Cairo. There, unlike in Benghazi, a protest had occurred.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/05/obama-adminstration-talking-points-scrubbed-jihadists-from-cairo-as-well-as-benghazi.php

  122. Claire. I hardly recognize you. Problem is Claire wants to look downward for the culprits.

  123. More than 26,000 members of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) have come out in favor of creating a Watergate-style investigatory committee that would be tasked with determining the truth behind the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

    FLEOA, the largest association of federal officers in America, threw their support behind the investigatory committee in a letter sent Friday morning to Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.), the chief architect of a bill that would establish the select committee.

    http://freebeacon.com/calls-for-benghazi-select-committee-mount/

  124. I really think woman4power’s inquiry was a simple request for a site that centered exclusively on news about Hillary and that it did not imply a disinclination to critique the disgusting excuse for POTUS.

    It seemed to me it was someone simply wanting to enjoy lots of stuff about Hillary — pictures, quotes, etc.– his44 really is not that sort of site.

    And I hope she did not feel rejected by the 44warriors because she might be a reader learning from the important news and comments here.

  125. I marvel at a mind that thinks it can send out one of its spokesmen to an interview at FOX News, deliver such gems as it does not matter where the president was on the night of the Benghazi attack when Americans were pleading for help, and the chain of command paralyzed, and think somehow that it have achieved damage control. We have not seen an administration is such disarray and unraveling this way for fifty years. Stupid. No, better yet, a national embarrassment this lauded Team Obama. A case study in incompetence which should be studied in the think tanks and Naval War College/
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    WH: ‘Irrelevant’ Where Obama Was During Benghazi Attacks

    by Ben Shapiro 19 May 2013, 7:29 AM PDT 45 post a comment
    On Fox News Sunday this morning, White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer was asked by Chris Wallace where in the White House President Obama was during the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans. “Question,” asked Wallace. “What did the President do the rest of that night to pursue Benghazi?” Pfeiffer answered, “Look, the President was kept up to date on this as it was happening the entire night, from the moment it started until the very end …. I recognize that there’s a series of conspiracy theories Republicans have been spinning about it since the time it happened.” He then added, “The question here is not what happened that night.”

    Wallace pressed him further: “With due respect, you didn’t answer my question: what did the president do that night?” Pfeiffer said that Obama was in touch with his national security team, but as Wallace pointed out, he didn’t talk to the Secretary of State except for one time after the attack was over, didn’t talk to the Secretary of Defense, didn’t talk with the Joint Chiefs of Staff as it developed.

    Finally, Wallace asked whether Obama was in the Situation Room. “I don’t remember what room the President was in on that night,” shot back Pfeiffer, “and that’s a largely irrelevant fact.” Wallace continued to press the point, and Pfeiffer continued to evade.

  126. As always, Obama’s actions and inactions belie his words. He says he will not tolerate his IRS targeting his political opponents, yet the emerging evidence proves that his White House knew about this perverse activity for sometime. And if they knew about it then it is inconceivable to me that he was not told about it.And it he knew about it, then contrary to his assertion, i.e. I will not tolerate it, in point of fact he did tolerate. And that means, once again, he stood in front of the American People, and he did what? He lied. Again, and again, and again, ad infinitium, ad nauseam.

  127. On #Benghazi, question may be “What did Obama do, and when did he do it?”

    Posted by William A. Jacobson Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10:47am

    There is a desperate attempt to dismiss Benghazi as a big nothing.

    Based on what we know already, there is a lot of “there there” showing that there we multiple levels of defalcation before, during and after the killing of our Ambassador.

    But there are numerous open questions.

    Where was Obama? What was he doing, particularly the night of the attack as it was in progress?

    None of the emails released address that, because they start at a later date. All we have are vague statements that Obama was in touch with people. Contrast that to photos from the Situation Room during the Bin Laden operation.

    (h/t @MichelleMalkin for video)(transcript here)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JEHHeQuQXOw

    This question is important, including for the reasons explained by Andy McCarthy, The 10 P.M. Phone Call:

    ‘What would you be focusing on in the Benghazi investigation?” I spent many years in the investigation biz, so it’s only natural that I’ve been asked that question a lot lately….

    So if I were investigating Benghazi, I’d be homing in on that 10 p.m. phone call. That’s the one between President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — the one that’s gotten close to zero attention….

    Even in the conservative press, it has become received wisdom that President Obama was AWOL on the night of September 11, after first being informed by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, in the late afternoon, that the State Department facility in Benghazi was under attack. You hear it again and again: While Americans were under attack, the commander-in-chief checked out, leaving subordinates to deal with the crisis while he got his beauty sleep in preparation for a fundraising campaign trip to Vegas.

    That is not true . . . and the truth, as we’ve come to expect with Obama, is almost surely worse. There is good reason to believe that while Americans were still fighting for their lives in Benghazi, while no military efforts were being made to rescue them, and while those desperately trying to rescue them were being told to stand down, the president was busy shaping the “blame the video” narrative to which his administration clung in the aftermath.

    In the case of Benghazi, the question may not be “What did he know and when did he know it?”

    The important question, which the administration is carefully avoiding, is “What did Obama do, and when did he do it?”

  128. Given his absolute fixation on politics, and his total disinterest in governing, I am certain that Bill Jacobson has figured out what the Great Obama was doing on the critical night of the attack, i.e. shaping the blame the video narrative, rather than giving the order which was needed to save American lives. If that is not grounds to remove him as CIC, it is hard to know what is. This is where the investigation needs to focus, and I can only assume that within a fortnight, Bill will be getting an IRS audit letter. I wish Bob Woodward or Sharyl Attkisson would pick up the cudgel on this one. It has the absolute ring of truth to it. It does.

  129. holdthemaccountable
    May 19, 2013 at 11:36 am
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    Good.

    I am reeling from the dazzling intellect of Jacobson in figuring this thing out, when big media, fox, the republicans and little old me were looking behind the wrong door. With a fundraiser the next day, politics was much on his mind, and so he ignored the governing crisis and focused exclusively upon the lie and the cover-up under the now infamous line I can make them believe ANYTHING I want them to believe, and as long as the gullible lapdog press would swallow his I am the first black president ergo I can do no wrong he could. This explanation represents the unvarnished truth. Knowing him and what he is about how could it be otherwise.

  130. I see above the original source of answer to the riddle as to what Obama was doing was NRO. In a sense that is good. NRO is read by the Washington Press Corpse, whereas Bill’ excellent blog, Legal Insurrection, may not be. I am so sure this is right, not because I want it to be right, but because it fits like a glove, that I would stake my life on it. In the realm of fingerprinting, it is my understanding that the number of minutae points deemed to constitute a match vary from 120-150. In terms of what we know about Obama, this explanation of what he was doing and why he failed to perform his duty as CIC is a 150 point match.

  131. Leanora
    May 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm
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    And, we also saw in that video, the NBC moderator try to cut him off and then change the subject.

  132. I did, my wife, my family and my wife’s family also voted for Romney.

    obama cheated again and won by voter fraud and IRS intimidation.

  133. Why isn’t the chief of staff here today?” Mr. Schieffer asked.
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    A logical question, since at the time of the event the chief of staff held the position of National Security Advisor, whom Pfeiffer claims Obama was speaking to throughout the night. He cannot claim Obama was speaking to Panetta, or General Dempsey since they are already on record denying it. The individual in question is universally acknowledged to be way over his head, but an Obama loyalist. How typical.

  134. wbboei
    May 19, 2013 at 11:57 am
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    Yes. Jacobson’s analysis makes sense in this corner too.

    Foxy, I voted for Mitt.

    OT. Re Toomey I think he is in realtime cahoots with Casey. It hit me when I realized both are on the Senate Finance Committee which will look into the IRS mess. Casey conducted such a hate Tea Party campaign that I know he is prejudiced. Toomey likely tainted now too. I have Twitter campaign started against them ICYMI. And against Rep Matt Cartwright who is as politically ugly as Casey.

  135. wbboei
    May 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm
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    Sorry. I was wrong on this. Jack Lew is the chief of staff. Not Denis McDonough.

  136. foxyladi14
    May 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm
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    Glad to see reference to it. Very recently, but before IRS-Gate I happened across a video of that Obama speech. Could not find it again – but was in a hurry. Not saying that video is gone lol.

  137. Pfeiffer just keeps putting points on the board for Obama opponents, consistent with the old saw, better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Again, why would they put this guy out there? To say Obamacares so move on? Maybe he is baiting them?
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    WH: Legality of IRS Action Against Conservatives ‘Irrelevant’

    by Breitbart News 19 May 2013, 7:41 AM PDT 122 post a comment
    Appearing on Sunday morning on ABC News’ This Week, White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer told a credulous George Stephanopoulos that the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups was “inexcusable,” and that the law with regard to the activity was “irrelevant.” “I can’t speak to the law here,” he said. “The law is irrelevant. The activity was outrageous and inexcusable, and it was stopped and it needs to be fixed so we ensure it never happens again.”

    When asked for clarification, Pfeiffer expounded: “What I mean is, whether it’s legal or illegal is not important to the fact that the conduct doesn’t matter. The Department of Justice has said they’re looking into the legality of this. The president is not going to wait for that. We have to make sure it doesn’t happen again, regardless of how that turns out.”

    At this point, it is unclear whether the administration believes that those in a position of power during the IRS scandal should be prosecuted. The IRS bureaucrat running the agency during the scandal currently heads the IRS’ Obamacare division.

  138. I voted for Romney. I did not like his fossil fuels environmental plan, but had I had to say NO to BO. And why is no-one pointing out that his “ground game” would have been alot more substantial if the POTUS and the IRA had not abused their power in disenpowering his support groups.

  139. I voted for Romney because he was the other choice…and he had experience that would have helped the economy.

    He seems like a good, honest guy…but he is weak when it comes to debates and being decisive when it counts. His gig on Leno showed his hedging answers and ONE of the reasons I think he ‘lost’.

  140. And why is no-one pointing out that his “ground game” would have been alot more substantial if the POTUS and the IRA had not abused their power in disenpowering his support groups.
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    Right.[IRA Freudian slip 🙂 🙂 ]

  141. Another sick Obama trick?
    Report: Combat troop discharges increase sharply
    The Associated Press Published: May 19, 2013

    “…The newspaper reported Sunday that the investigation based on Army data found that annual misconduct discharges have increased more than 25 percent since 2009, mirroring the rise in wounded. Among combat troops, the increase is even sharper. Total discharges at the eight Army posts that house most of the service’s combat units have increased 67 percent since 2009.
    “I’ve been working on this since the 70s, and I have never seen anything like this,” said Mark Waple, a retired Army officer who now tries military cases as a civilian lawyer near North Carolina’s Fort Bragg. “There seems to be a propensity to use minor misconduct for separation, even for service members who are decorated in combat and injured.”
    The figures studied by The Gazette include soldiers who have served multiple tours and have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. Some troops were cut loose for minor offenses that the Army acknowledges can be symptoms of TBI and PTSD. “I see it every day,” said Lenore Yarger, a veterans advocate near Fort Bragg. “We have gotten very efficient at getting people to fight wars but are not prepared to deal with the aftermath….”
    http://www.stripes.com/report-combat-troop-discharges-increase-sharply-1.221598#.UZkzZ3rajw8.twitter

  142. Oh, so little Barrycakes has to send out his pff to say where he was while he was in his jammies, getting a good nights sleep while American’s where tortured and dying in the streets.

    Pff, “…the question is NOT what happened that night, but how will we…..

  143. Long-Time Hillary Aide Huma Abedin’s “Moonlighting” Problem 🙁

    It seems Ms. Abedin, accurately described by the New York Times as Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ”longtime aide and confidante,” spent her last months at the State Department not really at the State Department. Despite maintaining her title as Secretary of State Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, she was permitted, upon returning to government service from maternity leave in mid-2012, to remain at home in New York with her newborn child and her husband, the disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner ­ he of the notorious Weiner all aTwitter photos. While the State Department was paying her $135,000 as a “special government employee,” Abedin was also permitted to moonlight as a “strategic consultant” for Teneo, a firm founded by Doug Band, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton. (Teneo, the Times informs us, advises such firms as MF Global, the brokerage firm
    whose investors were broken by Jon Corzine ­ the former New Jersey governor and Obama campaign bundler.) In addition, Abedin found time in her busy “special government employee” schedule to do consultant work for the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation….

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/05/19/long-time-hillary-aide-huma-abedins-moonlighting-problem/

  144. The Enemy Among Us – Even in Idaho

    Cloward and Piven is in full force with Progressive-gate everywhere you look these days. Obama has the country thoroughly embroiled in a Trifecta of scandals encompassing tapping 120 AP phone lines, other media and the Senate cloakroom (oh hell, he’s bugging everyone these days); ignoring the dead heroes of Benghazigate (whom Obama and Clinton allowed to be murdered) and the most egregious of all, using the IRS as a political weapon to an extent never seen before and then denying he had anything to do with it (playing Sargent Schultz to a tee with Holder mimicking his Oscar winning performance). I don’t know whether to pull the covers over my head in exhaustion and embarrassment or to pop some popcorn and watch the whole progressive mess unravel.

    While all this circus is being dramatically staged in Congress with much huffing and puffing, but little in the way of repercussions, other ‘interesting’ events have been occurring in America. Some even in my state of Idaho (surprise, surprise, surprise!)….

    http://noisyroom.net/blog/2013/05/19/the-enemy-among-us-even-in-idaho/

  145. Leanora
    May 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Long-Time Hillary Aide Huma Abedin’s “Moonlighting” Problem

    ________________________________________________

    It’s about #@*&^! time that they gave some decent benefits for maternity leave instead of leaving them all for the boise to go drinking and whoring.

    Hillary 2016!!!

  146. Honestly, I do not know who is running more scared of this perfect storm of scandals–Obama or David Gregory. Really, though, I do. Obama is treating all this with his customary aloofness, deniabiltiy and scapegoating which is symptomatic of the narcissist he is. Gregory on the other hand is scared shitless. Look at his hysterical attempt to exonerate Obama. When Woodward comes back and rebuts him Gregory folds and the head of NBC wonders out loud whether it was smart to invite Woodward on the program, when they had low lifes like Sharpton who would have been more than happy to parrot the party line that regardless of the evidence Obama is innocent, you hear that innocent. Knowing that, I wonder how the head of NBC feels the same way about Judas.

  147. “Obama is treating all this with his customary aloofness, deniabiltiy and scapegoating which is symptomatic of the narcissist he is”
    ********
    The best is naming Penny to be Sec. of Commerce. He will really enjoy watching the Dems. prostitute themselves in order to serve their Messiah.

  148. The growing suspicion is that when Hillary spoke with Obama at 10 pm on the night of the attack they discussed the false story of the video. He proposed the idea, she told him it would not be believed and he told her I can make the people believe anything I want them to believe. After all, that is exactly what occurred at the DNC convention, according to my sources. Meanwhile, NBC, CNN and others did their part by refusing to cover the story, until two things occurred. First, the testimony by Hicks, Nordstrom and Thompson. Second, the AP scandal which put big media in the Obama cross hairs. They were perfectly willing to betray their profession and their audience, but they did not like it when Obama returned that favor and betrayed them. At that point they became outraged.
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    McCarthy asks a question that should be posed again and again until we have a satisfactory answer. What did then-Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama talk about when they spoke at 10:00p.m. the night of September 11, 2012? “There is good reason to believe,” McCarthy points out, “that while Americans were still fighting for their lives in Benghazi, while no military efforts were being made to rescue them, and while those desperately trying to rescue them were being told to stand down, the president was busy shaping the ‘blame the video’ narrative to which his administration clung in the aftermath.”

    McCarthy paints a very disturbing picture:

    We have heard almost nothing about what Obama was doing that night. Back in February, though, CNS News did manage to pry one grudging disclosure out of White House mendacity mogul Jay Carney: “At about 10 p.m., the president called Secretary Clinton to get an update on the situation.”

    Obviously, it is not a detail Carney was anxious to share. Indeed, it contradicted an earlier White House account that claimed the president had not spoken with Clinton or other top administration officials that night.

    The earlier story better fit Obama’s modus operandi, which is to disappear in times of crisis. His brief legislative career was about voting “present” because he prefers to be absent when accountability knocks. . . . He is not a commander-in-chief for the battle but the armchair general of the postmortem.

    As McCarthy points out, “Fraud flows from the top down, not the mid-level up.” In the present case, we saw our secretary of State, our ambassador to the UN, and the president’s press secretary go to town with what McCarthy calls the blame-the-video “fairy tale.” Where’d they get that idea? Jay Carney declined to answer when CNS News asked. But I hope that more people like Andy McCarthy will keep hammering away.

  149. Why Big Media believed that Obama would not betray them just as he has betrayed everyone else is, to me, the bigger mystery. After all, when you are King of the world what is so special about big media. They are a cheap date, who will sell their soul for access, influence and invitations to gala White House events. No, he did not underestimate them. He owned their sorry asses until the two aforementioned thing occurred. But you see even when Woodward puts out the obvious to these jokers, they have a hard time accepting it. Witness the reaction of MTP’s Neanderthal man David Gregory mouthing the Axelrod defense.

  150. The problem, they claim, is not that Obama slept while men died, or Obama was too busy with other agendas, but the job is too big and government is too vast to hold him responsible. The problem with this too big to manage defense, is it flies in the face of their agenda which is to expand the size scope and cost of government even further. Maybe Mr. Pfeiffer can explain that one after he gets done explaining why the law is irrelevant, and why McCain must call a press conference, get down on his hands and knees and apologize to Susan Rice because in his strange view the talking points corroborate her story. The Obama dream team is looking a little week at the moment.

  151. This says it all about the IRS harassment. Note the date of this hearing and compare to the timeline.

  152. The Benghazi Betrayal ­ Panetta Had Time for Rescue but “Stood Down” Instead

    The Benghazi Four were betrayed. They called for help on September 11 but were left to die instead. Since then, Obama’s craven political appointees have tried to cover their backsides, and his, by lying about the time and resources needed to respond.

    In the 3-minute May 11 clip below, former Navy Seal Christopher Mark Heben and Col. David Hunt (Ret.) explain how Alert-30 and Alert-60 forces could have been on-site in Benghazi within about 3 hours. Those forces train for missions like Benghazi, and do not, as Leon Panetta has implied, need full intelligence information before deploying.

    There was no way Panetta and his politically correct officers could have known at the outset how much time would be needed to effect a rescue. Lives were at stake. As a precaution, those Alert forces should have been on their way in less than 1 hour after the first distress call. If warranted, they could been recalled at any time. And in any event, they could have provided the missing “intelligence” that Panetta claims had tied his hands.

    If Panetta’s family were to call 911 for emergency help, and no one ever came, would he accept any rationalization for failure from the police or fire departments?

    http://www.westernfreepress.com/2013/05/17/the-benghazi-betrayal-panetta-had-time-for-rescue-but-stood-down-instead/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-benghazi-betrayal-panetta-had-time-for-rescue-but-stood-down-instead

  153. Obama Administration Behind Another Leak, Hanging Israel Out To Dry, Putting Them In Greater Danger

    Remember the airstrikes that hit Damascus earlier this month? Israel never officially confirmed they conducted the strikes.

    But the Obama administration did, leaking classified information, laying it right in the court of the Israelis to the media.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/05/19/obama-administration-behind-another-leak-hanging-israel-out-to-dry-putting-them-in-greater-danger/

  154. Senate Democrats Block Sen. Paul’s Resolution Condemning IRS
    Figures.

    On Tuesday Senate Democrats declared they felt it wasn’t in the nation’s best interest to condemn the IRS for illegally targeting Tea Party and Conservative groups. Apparently the Senate does not believe in accountability. This is unfortunate for the American people given they are clamoring for it in the midst of numerous scandals with the IRS, Benghazi, the DOJ wiretapping AP reporters, and others.

    This bill simply recommended an investigation of the IRS as well calling for the firings of the individuals found to be at fault for this unethical behavior.

    http://freenorthcarolina.blogspot.com/2013/05/senate-democrats-block-sen-pauls.html

  155. Well I hope TPPatriot’s IRS office protest day turns out to be impressive. I’m seeing media close ranks once again. eg
    White House Aide Calls Criticism of Obama ‘Offensive’ By BRIAN KNOWLTON 19 May 2013 “A senior adviser to President Obama mounted a combative defense of the administration on Sunday, saying the controversies enveloping the White House were the result of Republican lawmakers’ trying to “drag Washington into a swamp of partisan fishing expeditions, trumped-up hearings and false allegations.” The remarks came from Dan Pfeiffer, a member of the president’s inner circle, as he appeared on all five major Sunday morning talk shows in an effort to move the administration past what commentators have described as a “hell week” of controversy and missteps. He pointedly rejected Republican criticisms of the president’s actions and leadership style as “offensive” and “absurd,” and he said the administration would not be distracted from doing the nation’s business…. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/19/white-house-aide-calls-criticism-of-obama-offensive/?hp

    And WPIX has chosen this moment to unearth a black bishop saying extreme things Planned Parenthood. [Sorry no time for total accuracy today.] Then the Zimmerman trial begins June 10? HLN covers. Al Sharpton no doubt on phone, taking Geritol as we speak.

    Gird your loins, but hope for better.

  156. Early morning tee vee mentioned that school kids now have a way to get breakfast, lunch and snacks during the summer. Not sure about any details of that program given by tee vee, but wrote down URL and went to site to investigate. And I have not gotten any further than this: Bill Ayers is Executive Director. http://www.whyhunger.org/about/executiveManagementTeam

  157. CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson did several interviews last week that discussed her investigative work on CBS, especially the Benghazi scandal. On C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on Monday, Attkison said the Obama administration has “perfected” delaying public release of information, and reported the White House has “quit talking” to her altogether.

    In an interview with David Brody of CBN News, Attkisson admitted that’s not her only roadblock: “there hasn’t been an appetite for the stories I’ve offered on Benghazi” to the CBS morning and evening newscasts.

    “I’ve received a lot of encouragement from the top executives,” she told Brody. “Jeff Fager, who’s our CEO, and David Rhodes, who’s our president, have certainly never said anything to try and interfere with the coverage. They’ve complimented a lot of my work and strongly supported it. On the other hand, every story you present as a reporter has to be bought by a broadcast, meaning not purchased for money, but you have to get them interested in it.… there hasn’t been an appetite for the stories that I’ve offered on Benghazi [on the CBS morning and evening newscasts] so I’ve published a lot online because there’s unlimited content space online and I’ve done a lot of my reporting there.”

    She’s not kidding. Matthew Balan reported CBS went more than five months without an Attkisson Benghazi report until she appeared on May 8. See the earlier report that CBS News people see Attkisson as “dangerously close to advocacy” on Benghazi.

    Attkisson told Brody she’s attracted to stories off the beaten path and enjoys fighting for a story she’s worked on, and that she’s successful “more often than not.” On Benghazi, it’s more “not.”

    Here’s a longer transcript of her take on C-SPAN (transcript by MRC intern Andrew Lautz):

    SHARYL ATTKISSON: I think one of the things that working in Washington has aggravated me when trying to get to the truth. This is true across administrations, whether they’re Democrats or Republicans. They seem to have lost sight of the fact that they work for us, not the other way around. And I think we the public are owed a lot of information, collected and gathered on our behalf, such as information floating around about Benghazi. And it’s guarded by the holders and the keepers of the information, as if they somehow own it and hold the privilege over you that you can’t see it.

    For example, Freedom of Information requests that I’ve made. That act has now been used, instead of to facilitate the release of public information, which was its intention – it’s now in my opinion been used to withhold and delay the release of public information. I get pretty much zero response. That didn’t start under the Obama administration. He seems to have perfected it, he and the federal agencies. But this was true also under George Bush. It’s very difficult to get public information, even when you apply the Freedom of Information law.

    ATTKISSON: Who made the decision not to convene the Counter-terrorism Security group the night of the Benghazi attacks, which we understand is protocol under presidential directive in SPD-46. Why was the protocol not followed? I’ve gotten a partial answer to that from the White House before they quit talking to me altogether. They said they felt it wasn’t needed, that all the proper advisors on counter-terrorism were in the mix.
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    PS: Andrew also noticed Attkisson mentioned how Hillary Clinton lied dramatically on the presidential campaign trail in 2008 about undergoing sniper fire in Bosnia as First Lady. This ought to make journalists more skeptical and investigative about her Benghazi testimony.

    But, in fact, Attkisson on C-SPAN left out NewsBusters and MRC’s Rich Noyes, who unearthed the telltale 1996 video first. Back then, she mentioned to the Los Angeles Times she was sent a NewsBusters link.

    SHARYL ATTKISSON: Many years later, when she was running for president, I guess she was telling a story of how she had dodged sniper fire in Bosnia. And I came home from an overseas trip, and it was my husband who said: “You know that trip you went on, did you get shot at?” And I said “No, we didn’t get shot at.” And he said, “Well, Mrs. Clinton is giving speeches and saying you all were shot at.” And I said, “Well she must be talking about a different trip because we definitely didn’t get shot at….I looked through my files, and we have the video still from that day. And we were able to show that there was nothing of the sort happening.

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2013/05/18/cbss-sharyl-attkisson-says-team-obama-perfected-delaying-info-release-an#ixzz2TqWNUU8m

  158. ’ve received a lot of encouragement from the top executives,” she told Brody. “Jeff Fager, who’s our CEO, and David Rhodes, who’s our president, have certainly never said anything to try and interfere with the coverage. They’ve complimented a lot of my work and strongly supported it. On the other hand, every story you present as a reporter has to be bought by a broadcast, meaning not purchased for money, but you have to get them interested in it.… there hasn’t been an appetite for the stories that I’ve offered on Benghazi [on the CBS morning and evening newscasts] so I’ve published a lot online because there’s unlimited content space online and I’ve done a lot of my reporting there.”
    ———————
    Let me see if I understand this . . .

    Rhoades, who is the brother of an Obama henchman and is also president of CBS, not necessarily in that order has never SAID anything (to her knowledge) to interfere with her investigation of Bengahazi . . .

    And the CEO has encouraged her reporting . . .

    And yet

    The broadcasts have shown no interest in her stories . . .

    Unless CBS is different from every other corporation, what the CEO can make it happen, if he wants to

    And the mere fact that she has no knowledge of attempts by Rhoades to suppress the story

    Proves nothing

    All it takes is the right word to the right manager, and suddenly you get frozen out

    And that is what happened here, undoubtedly

  159. SHARYL ATTKISSON: I think one of the things that working in Washington has aggravated me when trying to get to the truth. This is true across administrations, whether they’re Democrats or Republicans. They seem to have lost sight of the fact that they work for us, not the other way around. And I think we the public are owed a lot of information, collected and gathered on our behalf, such as information floating around about Benghazi. And it’s guarded by the holders and the keepers of the information, as if they somehow own it and hold the privilege over you that you can’t see it.

    For example, Freedom of Information requests that I’ve made. That act has now been used, instead of to facilitate the release of public information, which was its intention – it’s now in my opinion been used to withhold and delay the release of public information. I get pretty much zero response. That didn’t start under the Obama administration. He seems to have perfected it, he and the federal agencies. But this was true also under George Bush. It’s very difficult to get public information, even when you apply the Freedom of Information law.
    ————————-
    Today, it seems, democracy has been turn on its head. With the unprecedented growth of government, and the hording of information which the people need to know in order to act collectively as the sovereign as the framers intended, everything is upside down. This is truly the road to serfdom. The problem is the fourth estate has gone along with it, under this administration, and that is an evil greater than anything we have seen since Hitler and Stalin, only softer sort of tyranny. If you ever watch the cult classic the Prisoner you get a sense of what the future holds.

  160. The Impeachment Option

    Jason Chaffetz raises the prospect.

    Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, says President Barack Obama may face impeachment over his administration’s response to the Benghazi attack.

    “They purposefully and willfully misled the American people, and that’s unacceptable,” Chaffetz tells me. “It’s part of a pattern of deception.”

    Behind the scenes, he says, House Republicans are frustrated by the White House’s evasiveness, and the calls for impeachment will likely increase.

    Chaffetz acknowledges that House speaker John Boehner is wary of moving too swiftly against the president, but the brash, 46-year-old conservative is tired of waiting for answers. He’s ready to issue subpoenas and schedule more hearings.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/348752/impeachment-option-robert-costa

  161. The House Judiciary Committee’s Moment to Shine

    By: Daniel Horowitz (Diary) | May 20th, 2013 at 10:48 AM | 0

    RESIZE: AAA

    After 4 years of endless scandals sliding off Obama’s Teflon back, it appears his luck is finally coming to an end. Why would Republicans want to bail him out by bestowing him with an amnesty bill?

    We all know that Obamacare was the crown jewel of Obama’s first term. With passage of that monstrosity, Obama effectively nationalized the largest sector of the economy and created incorrigible dependency for years to come. If there is one single piece of legislation that can be defined as the crown jewel of his second term, it’s the gang’s amnesty bill. What better way to leave office than to bequeath to his party a permanent governing majority engendered by mass amnesty and the doubling of our current record baseline of immigration? Unfortunately, Republicans are preparing to hand this gift to him on a silver platter, ironically, at a time when his entire presidency should be in peril.

    This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will pass the amnesty bill out to the floor. The fix is already in. They will get every Democrat plus Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, and perhaps Orrin Hatch, to vote for it. The bill will likely sail through the Senate in June. Only a few Republicans have voiced any degree of outrage at the bill and the way it was crafted. Moreover, the gang evidently had the blessing of Mitch McConnell. Sure, many of them will vote against the bill, but they are unlikely to filibuster the bill after all the enforcement amendments are voted down.

    What about the “Tea Party-controlled House?

    Last week, the House gang of 8, comprised of Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), Sam Johnson (R-Texas) and John Carter (R-Texas), reached “an agreement in principle.” While they continue to keep the details secret, media reports indicate that their proposal will closely track the ‘legalization now, enforcement later’ framework of the Senate bill. In order to ameliorate this amnesty pig and make it more palatable to a Republican body, they are just wrangling over which shiny objects to place in the bill, such as delaying citizenship for an extra two years ( a red herring in itself because citizenship will never be delayed that long). The gang seems to have the full support of Boehner, who has declined to utter one negative word about the current proposal. He also has Paul Ryan engaging in an indefatigable gang of 2 with Gutierrez to pass amnesty now.

    That leaves us with the House Judiciary Committee, led by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA), as the only body with the power to stop this madness and launch a counteroffensive based on conservative principles. On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the Senate amnesty bill. This is their moment to shine. Many of us off the Hill have been exposing the dozens of egregious provisions in the bill; now it’s time for the elected conservatives to have their voices heard.

    Concurrently, they must push for comprehensive enforcement first. Just last week, we heard of yet another person who was let in legally from a high risk region and is now engaging in terror activities. They should look at restoring the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), which required those visa recipients from countries that represent a security risk to register with an ICE office and report regularly about their plans. In light of Obama’s DHS approving 99.5% of all applicants for his illegal “DACA” administrative amnesty, I don’t think anyone has confidence in our willingness to weed out bad actors.

    They should look at clamping down on sanctuary cities and deputizing state and local law enforcement to do the job the federal government won’t do.

    They should look at our unqualified birthright citizenship policy, which turns our immigration and guest worker system into an immediate ticket to the welfare state.

    They should look at cutting off all the magnets that lead to illegal immigration.

    They should look at ending chain migration.

    And finally, they should look at piecemeal reforms to our legal immigration system – reforms that prioritize those who benefit the country at large and make it easier and cheaper for them do go through the process, while reducing immigration that burdens the welfare state, adds to our record numbers, and discourages Americanization. Former committee chair Lamar Smith has a good bill that would abolish the 55,000 junk visas from the diversity lottery and reallocate them to those who graduate from American universities with advanced degrees in STEM. The bill received 257 votes last year (it failed because it was brought up under suspension, requiring a 2/3ds threshold).

    Committee members must also get a commitment from leadership not to tack on any amnesty to a piecemeal bill, which would be used as a vehicle to go straight to conference with the Senate.

    Seldom do members of a single committee have the opportunity to stand up for the millions of us who have been voiceless throughout this entire debate. Now is their time to shine.

  162. Issa Defeats Media: 59% Approve of GOP’s Benghazi Handling

    by John Nolte 20 May 2013

    In the hopes of manufacturing a self-fulfilling prophecy, the media have spent weeks coordinating an industry-wide conspiracy where everyone in media asks the same question again and again and again and again: “Will Benghazi backfire on the GOP if Republicans overreact?”

    To aid and abet this industry-wide conspiracy, the media have gotten together to extrapolate and hold up for ridicule anyone associated with the GOP who have used the “I” or “W” words — Impeachment or Watergate.

    On top of all this, while the political right have correctly pointed out that the White House lied about the administration’s involvement in the shaping of the CIA talking points, the media have tried to protect the president by lying about the administration’s lying. Or, by downplaying the fact that the 94 emails prove the White House lied.

    The media agenda here is quite obvious: In order to protect the president, the media wants the ongoing questions and hearings around Libya to backfire on the GOP. This way the investigation will die and the drip-drip-drip that is almost certain to hurt Obama, and the media’s 2016 presidential standard-bearer, Hillary Clinton, will cease.

    Unfortunately for the media, though, this sinister plot is just not working. In a just-released CNN poll, 59% of the American people say that they believe the GOP have acted appropriately with respect to Libya. In fact, the GOP’s actions surrounding Libya poll 4 points higher than their actions surrounding the IRS, which came in at 54%.

    If that isn’t enough media fail for you, Americans vigorously disagree with a media that spent eight months pretending Benghazi didn’t matter. A full 55% believe Benghazi (and the IRS) matter and “are very important to the nation.”

    Worse still (if you are a member of the White House’s Media-Water Carrying Brigade), 59% of Americans rightly believe that the White House could have prevented the Libya attacks. That is an 11% increase since November.

    This is the media’s second-worst nightmare realized (the first would’ve been for this to happen prior to the 2012 election). The media have lost control of the Benghazi Narrative, and this is the second poll in as many days that proves that.

    The GOP can now safely thumb their noses at the corrupt media, and with the will of their people at their backs, go about the righteous business of finding the full truth about Libya and making that truth public.

    P.S. I want a tick-tock of the president’s whereabouts and actions while Americans were under attack in Libya. I want all transcripts of any communications between the White House and CIA prior to the release of the talking points. And I want a transcript of this meeting where the talking points were “drastically pared down.”

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  163. Roger Simon at PJ Media writes:

    Ironically, good old Bob Schieffer on traditional old CBS seems willing to go further now than Avlon. He really let hapless White House “senior advisor” (he didn’t look very senior to me, but maybe that’s my age) Dan Pfeiffer have it on Face the Nation Sunday, though Schieffer too could not finally go “The Full Nixon.” For these establishment media-types, nothing and no one will ever be as bad as Tricky Dick and Watergate.

    Only in my view (not The View), it’s actually worse.

    The Benghazi scandal is more disturbing than just lying about a terror attack to get reelected. And that’s pretty disturbing, considering the lies were made directly to the families of the victims.

    The Benghazi scandal, in all probability, would not have happened if the administration and/or the State Department took the War on Terror seriously or even, dare I say it, put the words terrorism and Islamic together in a sentence. But that would break a thousand narratives in the mind of Barack Obama, from his childhood with Frank Marshall Davis until now and back.

    So now he is riding the whirlwind. The question is, will he carry us (and Western Civ) with him?

    As for the media, you shouldn’t be so shy. Sooner or later, you may actually have to go “The Full Nixon.”

  164. Priebus: Obama Creating ‘Atmosphere of Guerrilla Warfare’

    Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus accused President Obama of having “built up an atmosphere of guerrilla warfare” that created fertile ground for the scandals now roiling his administration.

    “This is the problem with this entire situation [with the AP], with the IRS, with Benghazi: you have all these situations ­ all these unprecedented scandals ­ yet the president knows nothing about it,” Priebus said.

    http://nationalreview.com/corner/348775/priebus-accuses-obama-administration-%E2%80%98atmosphere-guerrilla-warfare%E2%80%99-andrew-johnson

  165. Unfuckingbelievable.

    Here, courtesy of Professor Jacbobson, we find the Obama Administration, through the IRS, EPA, FBI, OSHA, and the infamous, shoot first and ask questions last Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms, harassing a non-partisan organization mission is to ensure fair elections. Seventeen contacts with big brother. And to what end? To please their political bosses who are Obama appointees. Why? “It does not matter who votes. What matters is who counts the votes”–Comrade Stalin.

    Unfuckingbelievable, this:

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/05/the-tormenting-of-true-the-vote/

  166. Wow! The stories are coming out at a more rapid pace! Good!
    *************

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General published a new report Monday that confirms former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke leaked a document intended to smear Operation Fast and Furious scandal whistleblower John Dodson.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/05/20/DOJ-Inspector-General-confirms-US-Attorney-DOJ-headquarters-leaked-documents-to-smear-Fast-and-Furious-whistleblower

  167. [snip]

    Clinton, who declined to be interviewed, moved on more quickly than many of her senior staff by going to work for Obama as secretary of state. She refuses to acknowledge the 2016 speculation but has privately suggested that the obstacles to running aren’t exactly insurmountable. “She did tell me once that she was really thinking about Chelsea and [son-in-law] Marc,” said Susie Tompkins Buell, a Democratic donor and friend of Clinton, “and how she didn’t want to disrupt their lives.”

    [snip]

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/four-key-hillary-clinton-staffers-from-2008-unlikely-to-sign-on-for-2016-bid/2013/05/19/c9e43908-be4a-11e2-89c9-3be8095fe767_story.html

  168. Shadowfax
    May 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm
    ———————-
    Shadow, I see no obstacle to her running. I see little obstacle to her getting the nomination, partly because the establishment has already signalled that this is where they are going, Obama’s star is falling fast even though the polls do not show it, and the totalitarian left has no candidate, and believes they can co-opt her. The comment we have seen from fat donna and pelousy are some evidence of this–both being hard left. We do not know who the Republican candidate will be, but if things improve it will be Rubio, and if they do not improve, it will be Rand Paul. This is a fight to the death between the DC establishment and the country, and the ignoranti of the electorate are the prize.

  169. [DOJ still keeps Fort Hood massacre victims waiting.]
    Washington, D.C. (May 17, 2013) – Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), and Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Homeland Security committee, released the following statement on DOJ’s refusal to answer questions about whether it advised the Army in the Fort Hood case:
    WOLF AND McCAUL:
    “Once again, the Attorney General has refused to answer questions in our March 15 letter regarding the Department of Justice’s role determining whether the Fort Hood attack would be investigated and prosecuted as a terrorist attack or ‘workplace violence.’ This response comes on the heels of his refusal to answer similar questions at an Appropriations hearing last month. It is time that the November 5, 2009 Fort Hood attack be properly designated as a terrorist event and for the Attorney General to answer these questions.”
    http://wolf.house.gov/press-releases/wolf-statement-on-holders-refusal-to-provide-doj-role-in-fort-hood-workplace-violence-designation/

  170. Hopefully the DOJ will file criminal charges against James Rosen
    ————————
    I agree. But Holder should recuse himself.

  171. Always remember the catastrophe of September 11, 1683 when the Jihad against Vienna and Europe was ruined by Polish cavalry, making the date a must for scheduling revenge strikes 9/11 🙁

  172. Personally, I don’t believe any candidate that runs against Hillary has a change of getting into the WhiteHouse…at this point.

    Maybe someone will step forward for the Repubs that satisfies all the criteria:
    – Champion to the religious right
    – Champion to the independents
    – Champion to the establishment Repubs

    I think Rubio’s immigration stance kills his chances: Ryan is too far to the right to capture the independents; Rand is too kookie for the establishment folks and far right, Christie was to loving to Obama and cooked his goose.

  173. I thought this Rosen issue had to do with North Korea, not Fast and Furious.

    Let’s see who this Reyes is on the level.

    Who is the judge that authorized this?

  174. It makes the average citizen distrust everything the federal government does. That is a shame. You cannot politicize everything and not reap the whirlwind.

    Yawn . . . it the reaction of 48% of the public.

  175. Chief IRS Counsel Got Hate Preacher Jeremiah Wright’s ‘Church’ out of IRS Probe

    Here’s the thing — imagine what we don’t know about what this thug administration is doing. The goon-in-chief needs to go, but if, like Al Capone, the IRS is the way to throw the bum out (despite myriad impeachable offenses), so be it.

    It’s not as if the media or investigative arms of the government are exposing these scandals. It was the former IRS chief Lois Lerner who dropped the IRS bombshell in a planted question during a lawyers’ conference earlier this month. The IRS broke the IRS story in the Friday (in a night news dump, of course).

    Reverend Jeremiah “God damn America” Wright, Obama’s long time hate preacher, got special treatment from the demagogue-in-chief.

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/05/chief-irs-counsel-got-jeremiah-wrights-church-out-of-irs-probe.html

  176. Current Article
    Obama’s Fascist Agenda with the Press

    By Larry Johnson on May 20, 2013 at 4:22 PM in Current Affairs

    Republicans must shoulder some of the blame for the Obama Administration’s concerted effort to muzzle the press. Ignoring their party’s tradition of espousing limited Government during the reign of George W. Bush, Republicans established a reputation for extending the reach of Government in the name of fighting terrorism and protecting national security. They sowed the seeds and Obama is now reaping the harvest. And it smacks of authoritarian government.

    The picture emerging of what the Obama Administration is willing to do in the name of security is quite disturbing. The Constitution strictly limits the power of the Federal Government to conduct searches and seizures. Obama’s Justice Department is ignoring those proscriptions and conducting a wide ranging, unfettered investigation of the press. It is all about intimidation and control of the media.

    In the case of the Associated Press, we now know that the Obama Administration really did not care about finding out who leaked. Instead, they wanted to control the timing of the release of the leaked information.

    When the journalists rejected a plea to hold off longer, the CIA then offered a compromise. Would they wait a day if AP could have the story exclusively for an hour, with no government officials confirming it for that time?

    The reporters left the meeting to discuss the idea with their editors. Within an hour, an administration official was on the line to AP’s offices.

    The White House had quashed the one-hour offer as impossible. AP could have the story exclusively for five minutes before the White House made its own announcement. AP then rejected the request to postpone publication any longer.

    News today that the effort to illegally target the press focused on Fox News’ James Rosen. While the Obama team tries to justify the seizure of private emails as an act to protect our nation’s security, the truth is that the effort by the Obama Department of Justice is all about intimidation. It is a violation of the First and Fourth Amendments of the US Constitution.

    While some Republicans are up in arms about this, rightfully so, we are subjected to the sorry spectacle of Democrat hacks excusing behavior that is reprehensible and dangerous to the freedoms we are supposed to enjoy.

    This attack on journalism would be bad enough, but when you tie it into the IRS abuse in going after conservative groups and the Obama Administration’s concerted effort to intimidate intelligence officers with information about the truth of what happened in Benghazi, the emerging picture of that of a fascist government keen on squashing all opposition and controlling the flow of information.

    Does this alarm you?

  177. #StandWithRosen: ‘Enough is enough’; Citizens rally around DOJ-targeted James Rosen

    Enough truly is enough. When will it end? On top of the AP phone records scandal, it is now being reported that Fox News’ James Rosen was targeted and spied on by Obama’s Department of Justice. Glenn Greenwald, no fan of Fox News nor conservatives, slammed the Obama administration for the criminalizing of journalism. He also slammed Obama cheerleading progressives who think it’s hunky-dory. Because, Fox News.

    http://twitchy.com/2013/05/20/standwithrosen-enough-is-enough-citizens-rally-around-doj-targeted-james-rosen/

  178. I watched the first 20+ minutes of CBS Evening News. In a nutshell, CBS has rolled over onto its back for Obama. Tonights show began with coverage of the current OK tornado although there was a tease of IRS to come. Scott spoke with a CBS reporter, the mayor of the nearest city, the governor of the state and perhaps two others. Spoke to all of them at length asking the same questions – most notably ‘were there fatalities’? All 4 – 5 of them had no idea. He broke for commercial and then indicated a quick couple minuts for an “important development wih IRS”. Which was tailored to pleasure Obama – a Cincinnati women retired from the IRS there in January affirmed most implausible things to make all the perps appear to be angels. And then they were back to tornado coverage.

    How quickly the worm turned. I hope the IRS demonstrations really come off tomorrow. There’s been no followup word yet. I don’t mind going but if I’m going to be the only one there … that will not be to my liking.

    As in 2008 they are pulling together to do all necessary things to keep him afloat. God help us all.

  179. Obamacare supporter shocked that employers moving to bare bones coverage
    posted at 7:21 pm on May 20, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

    Over at National Review, Veronique de Rugy highlights a recent Wall Street Journal article which brings home yet again the law of unintended consequences. (Assuming that the consequences of Obamacare are “unintended” based on the Pelosi theory of needing to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.) The short version of the analysis – and I know this will come as a massive shock to many of you – shows that employers will flock to lower cost, bare bones medical plans to avoid the increased costs and mandates of Obamacare, turning implementation into even more of “a train wreck”. Yes… yes… I know. Who could possibly have seen this coming?

    Benefits advisers and insurance brokers—bucking a commonly held expectation that the law would broadly enrich benefits—are pitching these low-benefit plans around the country. They cover minimal requirements such as preventive services, but often little more. Some of the plans wouldn’t cover surgery, X-rays or prenatal care at all. Others will be paired with limited packages to cover additional services, for instance, $100 a day for a hospital visit.

    Federal officials say this type of plan, in concept, would appear to qualify as acceptable minimum coverage under the law, and let most employers avoid an across-the-workforce $2,000-per-worker penalty for firms that offer nothing. Employers could still face other penalties they anticipate would be far less costly.

    The explanation here isn’t exactly long division. As employers seek to obtain plans which will meet the new mandate without busting their budgets, they will bring on bare bones, low premium plans which qualify. Younger workers, particularly those who are healthy and don’t have families yet, will flock to those options to save money. This means that the more expansive plans which offer full coverage will essentially be flooded with those who are ill, worried about their health, have dependents with high medical costs or who have many children. With fewer healthy, low cost employees in the system, per capita costs rise and those costs are passed on to the employer and then to the employees.

    And yet, when the Wall Street Journal asked some of the key planners of Obamacare, they seemed mystified that this might happen.

    “We wouldn’t have anticipated that there’d be demand for these types of band-aid plans in 2014,” said Robert Kocher, a former White House health adviser who helped shepherd the law. “Our expectation was that employers would offer high quality insurance.”

    Part of the problem: lawmakers left vague the definition of employer-sponsored coverage, opening the door to unexpected interpretations, say people involved in drafting the law.

    That’s the funny thing about a giant ball of string like the United States economy. When you decide to yank really hard on a loose end in a system which was essentially stabilized under its own momentum, you just never know what’s going to happen. Unless, of course, you happened to have listened to the millions of people warning you before you yanked on it.

  180. A Crisis of Authority
    The deeper meaning of the Obama scandals.

    By JAMES TARANTO

    Democracy is in peril: That is an emerging theme of the liberal left’s response to the Obama scandals. The argument misses the point, no doubt deliberately. What we are witnessing now is not a crisis of democracy but a crisis of authority. The administrative state, in thrall to a decadent cultural elite, has lost the consent of the governed.

    “After a week of scandal obsession during which the nation’s capital and the media virtually ignored the problems most voters care about–jobs, incomes, growth, opportunity, education–it’s worth asking if there is something especially flawed about our democracy,” declares the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne.

    He goes through a partisan litany of complaints–“a radicalization of conservative politics, over-the-top mistrust of President Obama on the right, high-tech gerrymandering in the House and a Senate snarled by non-constitutional super-majority requirements”–but makes no mention of the abuses of power by the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department. He does hint at Benghazi, in his concluding paragraph, but only to pooh-pooh it:

    Since World War II, bouts of economic growth have allowed democracies to buy their way out of trouble. One can hope this will happen again–and soon. In the meantime, politicians might contemplate their obligations to stewardship of the democratic ideal. They could begin by pondering what an unemployed 28-year-old makes of a ruling elite that expends so much energy feuding over how bureaucrats rewrote a set of talking points.

    But if the purpose of that rewriting was, as it appears to have been, to deceive voters and bolster the president’s re-election prospects, then it was a subversion of democracy.

    And the IRS scandal was a subversion of democracy on a massive scale. The most fearsome and coercive arm of the administrative state embarked on a systematic effort to suppress citizen dissent against the party in power. Thomas Friedman is famous for musing that he wishes America could be China for a day. It turns out we’ve been China for a while.

    In a CNN.com column Donna Brazile strikes the same theme with a sinister twist:

    A government of, by, and for the people requires that people talk to people, that we can agree to disagree but do so in civility. If we let the politicians and those who report dictate our discourse, then our course will be dictated.

    Why am I alarmed? Because two “scandals”–the IRS tax-exempt inquiries and the Department of Justice’s tapping of reporters’ phones–have become lynch parties. And the congressional investigation of Benghazi may become a scandal in itself.
    In one breath Brazile urges everyone to be civil and respectful. In the next she labels her opponents with one of the most racially incendiary metaphors in the American lexicon. And note that she is casting government officials who abused their power as lynching victims.

    Brazile is on to something, however, in her skepticism about “those who report.” The current crisis of authority very much includes the news media, which in significant measure have abdicated their guiding principles of impartiality, objectivity and sometimes even accuracy.

    Liberal media bias is an old complaint, but the Obama presidency has given it a new and dangerous form. Never has the prevailing bias of the media been so closely aligned with the ideological aims and political interests of the party in power. The American media remain free and independent, or you would not be reading this column. But to a large extent they have functioned for the past few years as if they were under state control.

    The problem of media bias runs deep, and it often does not take the form of open partisanship. Here’s an example, from a Washington Post story on the IRS scandal:

    Nonprofit groups that do not have to pay taxes are supposed to ensure that political activity is not their primary purpose, so evidence that some of the new organizations seeking tax-exempt status were fronts for campaign organizations drew bipartisan interest. Good-government groups started pressuring the IRS to more closely scrutinize applicants. One such group, Democracy 21, wrote a series of letters to the IRS arguing that many of the groups should not receive favored tax status.
    “In all of these cases, the groups were claiming (c)(4) status basically for the purpose of hiding their donors,” said Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer.
    There’s a whole world of bias in that phrase “good-government groups.” According to the Inspector General’s report, one of the red flags the IRS used to identify dissident organizations for targeting was “education of the public via advocacy/lobbying to ‘make America a better place to live.’ ” Tea Party organizations conceive of themselves as good-government groups, just as Democracy 21 does. The Post accepts the latter characterization, but not the former, unquestioningly.

    Associated Press
    Fred Wertheimer: Nonprofit status for me, but not for thee.

    The description of Democracy 21 as a “good-government group” is especially inapt in this particular story. Wertheimer’s organization wrote letters lobbying the IRS to take action against political groups of whose activities it disapproved. The IRS did Wertheimer’s bidding, and in so doing massively abused its power. The IRS, not Wertheimer, is culpable for the abuse of power. But it is preposterous to label Democracy 21 “a good-government group” in the course of telling how its activities encouraged an abuse of governmental power.

    “Good-government group” is a misleading designation for another reason. As we noted last week, Democracy 21 is itself a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) corporation. In lobbying the IRS to investigate nonprofits for engaging in political activity, Democracy 21, a nonprofit, was engaging in political activity.

    That’s not “good government,” it’s rent-seeking. A large, established corporation was seeking to use the regulatory power of the state to set up barriers to entry by smaller competitors. It is an exact parallel to the McCain-Feingold media’s insistence that corporate free speech is an outrage against democracy. In making that claim, the New York Times and others almost never mention that “media corporations” were exempt from McCain-Feingold’s unconstitutional censorship.

    There’s been a lot of talk about Watergate lately, most of it unintentional apophasis (or “Bimbo,” to use the technical term). A very funny example is the lead paragraph of a column by the Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn:

    If it makes me a media lackey or a tail-wagging lap dog for President Barack Obama to hold out for, you know, actual evidence that he had anything to do with the various and glaring misbehavior, blundering and butt-covering in the governmental ranks before I begin invoking Watergate and floating the possibility of impeachment, then so be it.

    Do go on, Eric. What was that you were saying about Watergate and impeachment?

    As we wrote Friday, this will be a scandal like Watergate if it turns out that the IRS was acting under orders from Barack Obama or Valerie Jarrett. If the White House’s conduct turns out to be unimpeachable, then it is something far worse: a sign that the government itself has become a threat to the Constitution.

    But it’s worth pondering how Watergate helped bring about the current crisis of authority. It oversimplifies matters only slightly to say the liberal left owes its cultural authority to three events in the 1960s and 1970s. The culmination of the civil-rights movement in 1964-65 established its moral authority. The antiwar movement’s success at securing defeat in Vietnam established its political authority. Watergate discredited the Republican Party. (It also made heroes of journalists and provided impetus for restricting the political speech of those who are not media professionals.)

    The political result of all this was more polarization. The ascendant left became dominant in the Democratic Party, driving conservatives into the Republican camp, which in turn encouraged liberal Republicans to become Democrats. The cultural result–the effect on journalistic, educational, charitable and scientific institutions–was both polarization and left-wing domination.

    The left, certain of its moral authority, felt entitled to rule. The grandiose Barack Obama was the personification of that attitude, if not a caricature of it. The Portland Press Herald notes a lovely example from the newly released memoir of Maine’s recently retired Sen. Olympia Snowe:

    In an earlier phone call, Obama had told the Republican that she could be “a modern-day Joan of Arc” by supporting his health care bill, now known as “Obamacare.” When Snowe pointed out Joan of Arc had been burned at the stake, Obama reportedly replied: “Don’t worry, I’ll be there with a fire hose!” She still voted against the bill on the Senate floor.

    Try to imagine Lyndon Johnson or Bill Clinton making that pitch.

    Moral authority entails a moral hazard: the temptation to abuse political and cultural power. Today’s liberal left conceives of itself as being on the side of all that is good, right and reasonable. It caricatures the right as racist, extremist, greedy, dishonest, fanatically religious, prone to violence–and dangerous because, through the Republican Party, it has maintained parity in the political arena. Of the 10 presidential elections since Watergate, each party won 5; and voters haven’t entrusted the Democrats with full control of government for more than two years since the Carter era.

    If ordinary politics are a battle between good and evil, then winning becomes an overriding moral imperative. The end justifies the means: Journalists shade or conceal the truth in the service of a “larger truth.” Government restricts political speech in the name of promoting democracy. Administrative agencies perpetrate injustice in the name of “social justice.” That’s how IRS agents could think it was their patriotic duty to help fix an election for the party in power.

    These wrongful actions subvert the institutions with whose stewardship the perpetrators have been entrusted. They also undermine the moral authority of those institutions’ leaders. National Journal’s Ron Fournier offers five suggestions for how “Obama can restore the public’s trust and rescue his presidency.” None of the ideas are likely to achieve those goals, but three of them seem worthy: Bring in some adult supervision at the White House, appoint a special prosecutor for the IRS, and adopt a more media-friendly policy on leak investigations. One of them–“appoint a bipartisan oversight board to oversee the implementation of Obamacare”–won’t fly. Even Republicans are savvy enough not to share responsibility for that fiasco.

    But the final proposal is downright ludicrous: “Reset the narrative and public expectations with a major speech on trust.” It’s not just that Fournier continues to imagine, against all evidence, that Obama is a dazzling orator. He fails to see that whether or not the president is personally culpable in the scandals, they all flow from his basic political character. Fournier’s fantasy that Obama could “reset the narrative” with a speech suggests that he has not yet abandoned the fantasy that Obama is some sort of savior.

    If Obama is no savior, neither is he the devil. He is but a man who, through a combination of ambition, talent, character and luck, became the central figure in the left’s crisis of authority. That crisis had been building for decades, seems to be reaching a culmination now, and will be resolved we know not how, except that we expect the process to be convulsive.

    What if we’re wrong? What if the country collectively shrugs, loses interest in politics, and goes on with life? Then we really will be like China–or worse. In his Saturday column, the New York Times’s Charles Blow, who at 42 is just under a decade younger than Obama, shows us where the corruption of moral authority leads.

    He begins by asserting that the Obama scandals are failing to “resonate” with the public. That claim is based on a single opinion poll, so it may prove evanescent even if true. But Blow’s explanation of this purported fact is chilling:

    As for Tea Party groups that received extra scrutiny from the I.R.S., an Associated Press-GfK poll released last month found that fewer than a fourth of Americans say they support the group. The Tea Party may well be passé. . . .
    So an unpopular movement applied for tax-exempt status under conditions made possible by an unpopular court decision, in order to influence politics with unfathomable amounts money from unnamed donors? Good luck gaining sympathy for that.
    This passage exemplifies the moral and intellectual decadence of the 21st-century left. A comparison to one of Blow’s Times predecessors will illustrate why. Anthony Lewis, who retired in 2001 and died this March two days shy of his 86th birthday, was insufferably smug too. But it is impossible to imagine him crowing over the persecution of an out-group because it is unpopular.

    One common argument against such persecution is a slippery-slope appeal to self-interest: You may be next. That’s the gist of the famous Martin Niemöller poem:

    When the Nazis came for the communists,
    I remained silent,
    I was not a communist.
    When they locked up the social democrats,
    I remained silent,
    I was not a social democrat.
    When they came for the trade unionists,
    I did not speak up,
    because I was not a trade unionist.
    When they came for me,
    there was no one
    left to speak out.
    The analogy isn’t precise. When the U.S. government came for the Tea Party, Blow’s colleagues on the Times editorial board did speak out–in support of its IRS effort. But what happens when they come for the mainstream media? Then, the editorial board speaks out. But Blow remains blasé:

    It is clear that the Justice Department overreached on the Associated Press scandal and that its strong-arm tactics are likely to have a chilling effect. But Americans are not big fans of mass media. A November Gallup poll found that only a fourth of Americans rate the honesty and ethical standards of journalists highly. Even bankers ranked higher.
    Not only is Blow untroubled by abuses of power at the expense of an out-group he loathes, but he’s only mildly bothered by what he considers an abuse of power against his own kind, mainstream journalists. The next step after the corruption of authority, it would seem, is uncritical submission to it.

    Let’s again quote Barack Obama, from his May 5 commencement address at the Ohio State University:

    Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.
    His words were soothing, reassuring, like a lullaby. The scandals are a wake-up call.

    Is democracy in peril? Is it really true that “we can’t be trusted” with America’s “brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule”? That all depends on what the president meant by “we.”

  181. “When Brandeis and Holmes dissented in the 1927 case Whitney v. California, where the Taft court upheld California’s criminal syndicalism statute that made the Communist Party illegal, Brandeis wrote: “Only an emergency can justify repression. Those who won our independence by revolution were not cowards … they did not fear political change. They did not exalt order at the cost of liberty…
    *******
    Where are the Holmes and Brandeis of today??? Hopefully the abuses of 16 years of Bush/Obama will turn out to be so egregious that the American public will rethink the trade off of personal freedom for vague promises of “safety”.

  182. Have any of you watched a movie called, ‘Shadows of Liberty’?

    I am watching it, it is good, here are some details…

    Shadows of Liberty presents the phenomenal true story of today’s disintegrating freedoms within the U.S. media, and government, that they don’t want you to see. The film takes an intrepid journey through the darker corridors of the American media landscape, where global media conglomerates exercise extraordinary political, social, and economic power. The overwhelming collective power of these firms raises troubling questions about democracy. Highly revealing interviews, actuality, and archive material, tell insider accounts of a broken media system, where journalists are prevented from pursuing controversial news stories, people are censored for speaking out against abuses of government…

  183. After hearing the Brit Hume opinion on the matter, I withdraw my prior concurrence with the suggestion that Rosen should be prosecuted. There was no national security threat here. More important, past practice has been to prosecute the leaker as opposed to the journalist. The sole intent of this move by Obama is to exert a chilling effect on the press and to violate the first amendment–there is a reason why the first amendment is first in the bill of rights. All the other rights flow from its central premise. If you add up everything that has been done here it represents a full scale attack on the constitution. I had a very heated discussion with a close friend who has a long association with journalism. She believes that just as in Watergate, there will come a point when the press will turn on Obama, and I told her that I did not agree. Clearly, CNN and NBC are in cahoots with Obama, and they can no more turn on him than they can turn on themselves. They cling to Nixon, but the truth is Obama is far far far worse. Nixon had enemies, but he never hated this country and what it stands for whereas Obama does. The other reason big media will not turn is because of sheer partisanship. But take a look at Britt Humes analysis. Obama has raised the stake not just on FOX but on all journalists. That leaves them a simple binary decision. Do they wish to be butt boys for a dictator, or what they used to call journalists. There is no middle ground here. We know where David Gregory comes down on the issue. But we do not know where the rest of them will ultimately stand. My friend tells me that this confluence of scandals is making them uncomfortable. And she says that will lead to soul searching and turning on Obama. Naturally, I disagreed for the reasons above. But even a sceptic like me takes heart in the measured and sound analysis of Robert Ray when he says there is a lot of activity this early in the second term, and if public opinion does change, who knows. So an optimist might say something like we will make no wine until it is time, but every day there are more grapes to be crushed/

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/2397262042001/hume-government-respecting-freedom-of-press/?intcmp=HPBucket&playlist_id=940325740001

  184. Where are the Holmes and Brandeis of today??? Hopefully the abuses of 16 years of Bush/Obama will turn out to be so egregious that the American public will rethink the trade off of personal freedom for vague promises of “safety”.
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    I think the American People are influenced subtly and overtly by the machinations of a decadent elite class–narcissistic, nihilistic and indifferent to the fate of their country. Lestor Thurow made this very point twenty years ago. He compared them to the elites of a prior era who believed in what Carnagee called The Gospel of Wealth. If we had an elite class that cared about the country, then the other problems would take care of themselves–i.e. the public would understand the value of liberty, and judges would be appointed on the court who were willing to place rational limits on the growth of the Leviathan state.

  185. PJM EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Diplomats Report New Benghazi Whistleblowers with Info Devastating to Clinton and Obama

    According to the diplomats, what these whistleblowers will say will be at least as explosive as what we have already learned about the scandal, including details about what really transpired in Benghazi that are potentially devastating to both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

    The former diplomats inform PJM the new revelations concentrate in two areas ­ what Ambassador Chris Stevens was actually doing in Benghazi and the pressure put on General Carter Ham, then in command of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and therefore responsible for Libya, not to act to protect jeopardized U.S. personnel.

    Stevens’ mission in Benghazi, they will say, was to buy back Stinger missiles from al-Qaeda groups issued to them by the State Department, not by the CIA. Such a mission would usually be a CIA effort, but the intelligence agency had opposed the idea because of the high risk involved in arming “insurgents” with powerful weapons that endanger civilian aircraft.

    Hillary Clinton still wanted to proceed because, in part, as one of the diplomats said, she wanted “to overthrow Gaddafi on the cheap.”

    This left Stevens in the position of having to clean up the scandalous enterprise when it became clear that the “insurgents” actually were al-Qaeda – indeed, in the view of one of the diplomats, the same group that attacked the consulate and ended up killing Stevens.

    http://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2013/05/21/pjm-exclusive-ex-diplomats-report-new-benghazi-whistleblowers-with-info-devastating-to-clinton-and-obama/

  186. Uh-Oh: Hillary’s Benghazi Scapegoat Speaks Out

    The Daily Beast reports that one of the Benghazi fall guys is refusing to take the fall.
    Raymond Maxwell was put on indefinite leave by the State Department after its Administrative Review Board (ARB) investigation of Benghazi for reasons that are still unknown to him. The person he claims made the decision to cast him out was Cheryl Mills–Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff and counsel at the State Department.

    It is the second time Mills’ name has turned up during scrutiny of the State Department’s response to the attack.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/05/20/Hillary-s-Scapegoat-Speaks

  187. It is the second time Mills’ name has turned up during scrutiny of the State Department’s response to the attack.

    Put her under oath and grill her. 🙂

  188. wanted “to overthrow Gaddafi on the cheap.”
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    And thank god that has been done. Gaddafi was a major threat to the entire world, was destablizing the middle east, and was secretly planning an attack upon the United States, unlike the al Quaeda forces we supported. With Gaddafi gone, democracy reigns supreme in Lybia, and the lion has laid down with the lamb, just like in children’s picture books. A great victory has been achieved through the powerful concept of leadership called leading from behind. Clausewitz is turning over in his grave saying, when I wrote Vom Kreig, why didn’t I think of it. No, actually, he is saying nothing but I knew nothing but I think it is outrageous, I will get to the bottom of this, and let’s move on because I will not spend more than 10% of my time working on this, but I have a lot of snot nosed kids like David Gregory who will cover from me, no matter what I do. Perfect.

  189. “I withdraw my prior concurrence with the suggestion that Rosen should be prosecuted.”
    *******
    I guess my comments should be less cryptic. I hope that Rosen is prosecuted because it would be so far out of line that it might spur the “media” to start doing their damn jobs. The Rosen “case”seems to be based on the fact that Rosen wouldn’t play ball with Obama’s PR hacks.

  190. Fox News Reporter James Rosen May Face Criminal Charges for Reporting on the CIA

    The government will use any and all information at its disposal to find journalist sources, as shown in The Washington Post’s report this morning on a Department of Justice investigation into Fox News chief correspondent James Rosen, who may face criminal charges for reporting government secrets.

    In June 2009, Rosen reported on CIA analysis suggesting that North Korea might respond to new UN sanctions with renewed nuclear tests. In order to determine how Rosen learned of the analysis, which had been issued by the CIA only a few hours prior, FBI investigators used every tool at their disposal: analyzing Rosen’s security access card to determine when he entered and left the State Department building, studying his phone records, and subpoenaing his personal email.

    RELATED: MSNBC Produced Its Own Anti-Romney Video in February

    Ultimately, agents determined the source of the leak was likely the State Department’s Stephen Jin-Woo Kim. Rosen and Kim established a high-tech version of the red-flag-in-a-planter system used by Bob Woodward during Watergate: when Kim wanted to meet, he would allegedly send an email to Rosen’s Gmail account containing an asterisk. Rosen detailed the sorts of things he wanted to discuss.

    He also wrote, according to the affidavit: “What I am interested in, as you might expect, is breaking news ahead of my competitors” including “what intelligence is picking up.” And: “I’d love to see some internal State Department analyses.”

    According to the Post report, that’s what Kim allegedly provided. And the way in which he did so appears to have been indiscreet. Their federally distributed security passes showed that Rosen and Kim left and returned to a building at the same time on the day of the leak. Kim’s department phone records showed a number of calls between him and Rosen. When you work directly for Big Brother, you’re likely to be caught.

    RELATED: Obama Is Pushing for a Media Shield Law That Could Also Shield Him

    That aside, the most alarming detail is the implication for Rosen. Another tool the FBI wants to use to make an example in this case is a federal indictment of the journalist.

    [FBI agent Reginald] Reyes wrote that there was evidence Rosen had broken the law, “at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator.” That fact distinguishes his case from the probe of the AP, in which the news organization is not the likely target.

    Using italics for emphasis, Reyes explained how Rosen allegedly used a “covert communications plan” and quoted from an email exchange between Rosen and Kim that seems to describe a secret system for passing along information.

    The United States government wants to charge a reporter for reporting on classified information. By agreeing to authorize a search warrant in the case, the Post reports, the judge overseeing the case agreed with the FBI that Rosen might be a conspirator. Whether or not someone in Kim’s position should receive whistleblower protection for revealing a state secret is one debate. Whether or not the person that hears the whistle should be charged is another issue altogether.

    RELATED: Common Controversy Pushes Jon Stewart Close to the Edge

    Linking the Kim case to Julian Assange, similarly investigated for sharing information leaked to him, The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald writes:

    Under US law, it is not illegal to publish classified information. That fact, along with the First Amendment’s guarantee of press freedoms, is what has prevented the US government from ever prosecuting journalists for reporting on what the US government does in secret. This newfound theory of the Obama DOJ – that a journalist can be guilty of crimes for “soliciting” the disclosure of classified information – is a means for circumventing those safeguards and criminalizing the act of investigative journalism itself.

    Over the weekend, the CEO of the Associated Press, Gary Pruitt, was interviewed on CBS’ Face the Nation. Pruitt indicated that Justice’s recently revealed investigation into a 2012 leak is causing existing sources to balk.

    Already, officials that would normally talk to us and people we talk to in the normal course of news gathering are already saying to us that they’re a little reluctant to talk to us. They fear that they– they will be monitored by the government.

    How and when the government can seize records form the media is tightly described. As in the case of the AP, the Obama Justice Department has proven more than willing to try to loosen those restrictions. Now we learn that the idea includes extending the chilling effect of prosecutions to the reporters trying to hold them accountable.

  191. The control point on this violation of the first amendment should have been the judge. The chilling effect should have been obvious to him, but evidently it was not. The problem in all this is by not respecting the constitution, this judge opened the door for future abuses by this administration. And he showed the intestinal fortitude of Pontius Pilot.

  192. He added that he and his colleagues think the leaking of General David Petraeus’ affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell was timed to silence the former CIA chief on these matters.

    Regarding General Ham, military contacts of the diplomats tell them that AFRICOM had Special Ops “assets in place that could have come to the aid of the Benghazi consulate immediately (not in six hours).”

    Ham was told by the White House not to send the aid to the trapped men, but Ham decided to disobey and did so anyway, whereupon the White House “called his deputy and had the deputy threaten to relieve Ham of his command.”

    The White House motivation in all this is as yet unclear, but it is known that Ham retired quietly in April 2013 as head of AFRICOM.

    PJ Media recognizes this is largely hearsay, but the two diplomats sounded quite credible. One of them was in a position of responsibility in a dangerous area of Iraq in 2004

  193. I wonder if that deputy was General Rodriguez–the current AFRICOM. If so, then he is part of the conspiracy to let Americans die.

  194. wbboei
    May 21, 2013 at 3:05 am

    Shadowfax
    May 21, 2013 at 2:02 am
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    Sounds very interesting.

    ——-
    I only watched half of the documentary before I went to bed, will watch the rest tonight. It is very good, kind of things you already wondered about, but didn’t realize how bad it is behind the scenes.

    I remember these news stories, that just seemed to appear in the news and swiftly go away like it never happened. (Today it’s like the Benghazi story)

    Reporters were fired almost immediately when they didn’t blindly follow the lead, or kill a story when the big bosses wanted them to.

  195. I expect that the magistrate feels pretty dumb right now. Judge Neopolitano points his finger at the justice department and rightly so. But we must not forget the magistrate. This is an ex parte proceeding,so he never heard from the other side. Did it even occur to him that the danger to the country in not issuing a subpoena was minor, but the danger to the first amendment in issuing one, and thereby crossing a dangerous line was huge? Did he ever even attempt to weigh the equities? Is he a magistrate, or simply a potted plant? It would be good to hear his side of the story, lest we make the wrong assumptions.

  196. And what about that FBI agent who made those scurrilous statements in the affidavit, i.e. Reginald Reyes? Who pushed his button? Typically, these guy work in conjunction with an Assistant US Attorney. And that Assistant US Attorney reports to a US Attorney who is appointed by the President.

  197. There are a lot of pet owners in this country who aren’t going to be happy about this!
    ***

    Newsbusted: Pets To Be Taxed Under Obamacare

    Well, Nancy Pelosi DID say we needed to pass Obamacare to see what’s in it, but who would even suspect this? According to a new scientific study reports that owning a pet may cut the risk of heart disease. In a new exclusive report by Newsbusted anchor Jodie Miller (see video below) we learn that upon reading the report, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has declared pets a health aid and will tax their ownership to help close the Obamacare budget gap.

    http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2013/05/newsbusted-pets-to-be-taxed-under.html

  198. I can confirm that an intrusion of my computers has been under some investigation on my end for some months but I’m not prepared to make an allegation against a specific entity today as I’ve been patient and methodical about this matter,” Attkisson told POLITICO on Tuesday. “I need to check with my attorney and CBS to get their recommendations on info we make public.”
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    Some people have speculated that Sharyl will be painted out to be a dummy, and will probably lose her job. I on the other hand believe the opposite is true.
    I believe that sooner or later, Obama’s stock will collapse under the weight of one scandal after another after another. At that point, the big media outlets who have been by and large 100% invested be compelled to adjust. If CBS were to fire Sharyl, it would reinforce prevailing scepticism about them, reinforce conflict of interest concerns about its president, and preclude a safe line of retreat to objective journalism. For these reasons, and others, they will not fire Sharyl. Frankly, they need her more than she needs them. Consequently, her job is not in jeopardy nor is her reputation. My concern is for her safety. She is a third degree black belt in Tae-Kon-Do: http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=tai quan do karate&ei=UTF-8&fr=chr-greentree_ff&ilc=12&type=93781. However, the people she is tracking down are not just bad people, they are back shooters. Remember what happened to Bill Gwateney.

  199. Inasmuch as this is not politics as usual, it reinforces my own suspicion that this administration and the one that preceded it had but one ultimate aim. The destruction of our national sovereignty and identity and the creation of world government. If I am right then is bitterly ironic that young men and women in uniform are putting their lives at risk in the name of the country, while the decadent elite class are endeavoring to abolish it. (What I wouldn’t give to be empirically, and objectively wrong about this, so I could just walk away, secure in the notion that our country is in good hands.)

  200. Shadowfax
    May 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm
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    Oh my God.

    Oklahoma is full of fine people, who believe in this country and lead honorable lives.

    They do not deserve this fate, which is more befitting a Sodom and Gamorrah.

    Like the death of an innocent child, it is one of those things that cause religious people to question their faith.

  201. If this is true, then the question had to be asked whom in the state department made the decision to arm al Qaeda with stinger missiles? My guess is no one. I think what may have happened is they (meaning NYT, WashPo, Obama, NBC, CNN et al. made a collective decision to arm the rebels and they became so fixated on the political goal, i.e. Arab Spring, that they never bothered to ask who are these rebels anyway? Can we trust them? And, how can we be sure that the weapons we give them today will not be used against us tomorrow? When they later discovered that there were al Qaeda elements in these rebel groups, the administration became desperate to get those weapons back before this was discovered. Could that be what happened here?

  202. Is anyone watching the hearings C-Span 3?
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    You mean, you mean, you mean . . . Freddie Kreuger Miller is back?

  203. When they later discovered that there were al Qaeda elements in these rebel groups
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    I suspect that the CIA was the one who told them.

  204. Is this pj media story credible? Or is it a composite of bits and pieces we have heard over the last several months which have been laughed off as conspiracy theories? My inclination is to say it is true, but before I can say for sure, I would like to hear from these state department witnesses. I do worry about them for the same reason as above. Again this is not politics as usual, which is the struggle for power between the markers. There are no markers, and no referees in this game, and that is something the Republican Party never understood in 2008 or 2012. When you refuse to be bound by the constitution there is nothing left. Do they understand it now? Some do, i.e. Issa, Gowdy, etc. and some do not, i.e. Graham and McCain. And some claim to, i.e. Boehner. Franfurter said we should never despair when wisdom comes late because too often it never comes at all. But there are times when too late is simply that—too late.

  205. Leanora
    May 18, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Obama Aides Ordered To Spend No More Than 10% Of Their Time Dealing With Rash Of Scandals…
    &&&&&&&&

    And they’ve been ordered to spend no more than 5% of their time holding an umbrella over his head.

    However, they’ve been tasked with meeting their goal of spending at least 25% of their time on personal errands for the King and Quee….er, the President and the First Lady.

  206. Ron Manchen is another Eric Holder. He is willing to abuse his powers to protect Obama. He has no business conducting these investigations. This was the concern many of us had when these investigations were turned over to him, namely that he could not operate on the straight and narrow. Too bad we were right.
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    A Journalist ‘Co-Conspirator’
    Wall Street Journal May 20.2013

    Ok, we’ve learned our lesson. Last week we tried to give the Obama Administration the benefit of the doubt over its far-reaching secret subpoenas to the Associated Press, and now we learn that was the least of its offenses against a free press. No attempt to be generous to this crowd goes unpunished.

    The latest news, disclosed by the Washington Post on Monday, is that the Justice Department targeted a Fox News reporter as a potential “co-conspirator” in a leak probe. The feds have charged intelligence analyst Stephen Jin-Woo Kim with disclosing classified information to Fox reporter James Rosen. That’s not a surprise considering that this Administration has prosecuted more national-security cases than any in recent history.

    The shock is that as part of its probe the Administration sought and obtained a warrant to search Mr. Rosen’s personal email account. And it justified such a sweeping secret search by telling the judge that Mr. Rosen was part of the conspiracy merely because he acted like a journalist.

    In a May 2010 affidavit in support of obtaining the Gmail search warrant, FBI agent Reginald Reyes declared that “there is probable cause to believe that the Reporter has committed or is committing a violation” of the Espionage Act of 1917 “as an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator.” The Reporter here is Mr. Rosen.

    And what evidence is there to believe that Mr. Rosen is part of a spy ring? Well, declares Mr. Reyes, the reporter published a story in June 2009 saying that the U.S. knew that North Korea planned to respond to looming U.N. sanctions with another nuclear test. That U.S. knowledge was classified. But the feds almost never prosecute a journalist for disclosing classified information, not least because reporters can’t be sure what’s classified and what isn’t.

    We can recall only a single such prosecution of a journalist under the Espionage Act in 95 years. Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, who isn’t a journalist, published far more damaging leaks but has never been indicted for it.

    To add to his cloak-and-dagger hype, Mr. Reyes also makes much of the fact that Mr. Rosen used an alias, “Alex,” while his alleged source Mr. Kim used the alias, “Leo.” Believe it or not, Mr. Rosen also disclosed in one email that he is interested in “breaking news ahead of my competitors.” And he even went so far as to urge “Leo” to help him “expose muddle-headed policy when we see it—or force the administration’s hand to go in the right direction, if possible.”

    On the evidence of five years in office that isn’t possible, but trying isn’t a criminal motive. And if working with a source who uses an alias is now a crime, we’ve come a long way from the celebration of Bob Woodward and “Deep Throat.”

    The best face on these accusations is that Mr. Reyes was playing up the conspiracy angle to get the judge to approve a more sweeping search, which he did. The feds were then able to read widely in Mr. Rosen’s personal email account, and thus potentially use it against him.

    As with the AP subpoenas, this search is overbroad and has a potentially chilling effect on reporters. The chilling is even worse in this case because Mr. Rosen’s personal communications were subject to search for what appears to be an extended period of time. At least in the AP case, the subpoena was for past phone logs during a defined period. The message is that anyone who publishes a story the Administration dislikes can be targeted for email searches that could expose personal secrets.

    Mr. Reyes is far exceeding his brief here, but the larger fault lies with higher-ups. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen, who is conducting the AP and Kim leak investigations, clearly has little regard for normal Justice standards and protocol for dealing with the media. Such a sweeping probe should also have been approved by senior Justice officials, at least by the Deputy Attorney General.

    With the Fox News search following the AP subpoenas, we now have evidence of a pattern of anti-media behavior. The suspicion has to be that maybe these “leak” investigations are less about deterring leakers and more about intimidating the press. We trust our liberal friends in the press corps won’t mute their dismay merely because this time the target is a network they love to hate.

    A version of this article appeared May 21, 2013, on page A16 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: A Journalist ‘Co-Conspirator’

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