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February 17, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Hillary Clinton Wants To Accomplish On Her Trip Overseas

10 Exchange U.S. dollars for currency that's worth something

9 Win respect defeating Japan's top-ranked sumo wrestler

8 Shift world's perception of America from "hated" to "extremely disliked"

7 Personally thank all of her illegal campaign donors

6 Three words: stylish Indonesian pantsuits

5 Visit burial site of revered Chinese military leader, General Tso

4 Get drunk with that Japanese finance minister guy

3 Convince China to switch from lead-tainted products to mercury-tainted products

2 Catch Chinese screening of Benjamin Button entitled "The Strange Adventures of Freaky Grandpa Baby"

1 Pick up carton of duty-free smokes for Obama

February 16, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Abraham lincoln Would Say If He Were Alive Today

10 "Sup?"

9 "I see Madonna's still a slut"

8 "Who's that handsome sumbitch on the five?"

7 "Is that free Grand Slam deal still going on at Denny's?"

6 "I just changed my Facebook status update to, Tthe 'ol rail splitter is chillaxing'"

5 "How do I get on 'Dancing with the Stars'?"

4 "Okay, Obama, you're from Illinois, too. We get it!"

3 "Hey Phelps, don't Bogart the weed!"

2 "What's the deal with Joaquin Phoenix?"

1 "A Broadway play? Uhhh, no thanks. I'm good."

January 28, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard at the Meeting Between Barack Obama and the Republicans

10 "I miss the Clinton administration when we'd meet at Hooters"

9 "Can we wrap this up? I've got tickets to the 4:30 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop"

8 "Smoke break!"

7 "You fellas really need to take it easy on the Old Spice"

6 "Mr. President: don't misunderestimate the Republicans"

5 "Another smoke break!"

4 "What was the deal with Aretha Franklin's hat?"

3 "About that tax the rich stuff -- you were joking, right?"

2 "Sir, it's refreshing to have a Chief Executive who speaks in complete sentences"

1 "Senator Craig's offering his stimulus package in the men's room"

January 27, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Ways Rod Blagojevich Can Improve His Image

10 Star in new television series, "America's Funniest Haircuts"

9 Quit politics and become a fat, lovable mall cop

8 Start pronouncing last name with Jerry Lewis-like "BLAGOOOYYYJEVICH"

7 Offer a senate seat with no money down, zero percent interest

6 Team up with John Malkovich and Erin Brockovich for hot Malkovich-Brockovich-Blagojevich sex tape

5 Change his name to Barod Obamavich

4 Safely land an Airbus on the Hudson River

3 I don't know...how about showing up for his impeachment trial?

2 Wear sexy dresses, high heels and say, "You Betcha!"

1 Uhhh...resign?

January 16, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Signs Obama's Getting Nervious

10 New slogan: "Yes we can... or maybe not, it's hard to say"

9 In moment of confusion, requested a $300 billion bailout from the bailout industry

8 He's up to not smoking three packs a day

7 Friends say he's looking frail, shaky and...no, that's McCain

6 He's so stressed, doctors say he's developing a Sanjay in his Gupta

5 Been walking around muttering, "What the hell have I gotten myself into?"

4 Offered Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, $100,000 to buy his old Senate seat back

3 Standing on White House roof screaming, "Save us, Superman!"

2 Sweating like Bill Clinton when Hillary comes home early

1 He demanded a recount

January 8, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Barack Obama Plans To Fix The Economy

10 Encourage tourists to throw spare change in the Grand Canyon

9 End our dependence on foreign owls

8 Sell New Mexico to Mexico

7 Put a little of that bailout money on the Ravens plus 3 at Tennessee. Come on! It's a mortal lock!

6 Rent out the moon for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs

5 Lotto our way out of this son-of-a-bitch

4 Appear on "Deal or No Deal" and hope to choose the right briefcase

3 Bail out the adult film industry -- not sure how it helps, but it can't hurt

2 Release O.J. from prison, have him steal America's money from China

1 Stop talkin' and start Obama-natin'!

January 7, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard At The Presidents' Lunch

10 "Sorry, you're not on the list, Mr. Gore"

9 "If Hillary calls, I've been here since Monday"

8 "Laura! More Mountain Dew!"

7 "You guys wanna see, 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop'?"

6 "Call the nurse -- George swallowed a napkin ring!"

5 "Hey Barack, wanna go with us to Cabo in March? Oh that's right, you have to work!"

4 "Kissey kissey"

3 "Obama? I think he's downstairs smoking a butt"

2 "Did you ever see a monkey sneezing?"

1 "I hope Clinton's unbuckling his belt because he's full"

IRS Blood Moon Rising

Update: On a daily basis the evidence mounts of rule by gangster government. The latest evidence? A Freedom Of Information Act release reveals that Lois Lerner, DoJ discussed criminal prosecution of tax-exempt applicants.

A corrupt Department of Justice which is a nest for injustice. An executive branch of government whose agencies and departments wield power to oppress the citizenry. There are constitutional remedies as we detail below.

———————————————————–

Can executive branch gangster government be brought to justice? Is the American constitutional system of government too outdated, too badly designed, too irrelevant to modern day reality to fight back against a corrupt executive branch that employs all the vast powers of the president and the departments and agencies of government? Is “consent of the governed” no longer required as long as the executive branch, allied with a corrupt Big Media, occupies the west wing of the White House?

No.

The American system of government can survive gangster government. The constitutional system of government instituted by the Founding Fathers and Mothers anticipated just such a corrupt system as we face today.

It is true that a corrupt Barack Obama assisted by the corrupt Attorney General Eric Holder is protected from ordinary legal process. Impeachment likewise is always a threat but that is not a viable possibility yet because there are still sufficient votes in the U.S. Senate to protect Barack Obama from justice and a penitentiary cell.

The same does not hold true for Barack Obama’s henchmen and thugs. Obama’s gangland is vulnerable to the rule of law. Exit the Department of Justice. Enter the inherent contempt power of the American Congress.

The contempt power wielded by Congress was popular amongst our own when the target was George W. Bush:

“Congress’s Power To Compel

It seems that the House Judiciary Committee is considering seeking help from the Justice Department to enforce contempt citations against Bush administration officials such as Joshua Bolten who refuse to respond to congressional inquiries into alleged White House wrongdoing. That would be a mistake.

Such a strategy leaves Congress beholden to hostile executive branch officials to enforce its prerogatives on exactly the type of charges that the administration said this week it would not allow officials to pursue. This strategy also would allow the president to pardon his underlings should they ever be indicted and convicted.”

What we advocated against George W. Bush we support against Barack Obama. The Congress can bypass the corrupt Department of Justice and bring back accountability:

“Yet under historic and undisturbed law, Congress can enforce its own orders against recalcitrant witnesses without involving the executive branch and without leaving open the possibility of presidential pardon.

And a Supreme Court majority would find it hard to object in the face of two entrenched legal principles.

First is the inherent power of Congress to require testimony on matters within its legislative oversight jurisdiction.

So long as Congress is investigating issues over which it has the power to legislate, it can compel witnesses to appear and respond to questions. That power has been affirmed over and over in prosecutions for contempt. [snip]

This power of Congress to punish contemptuous behavior itself was reinforced in 1934. In Jurney v. McCracken, the Supreme Court denied a writ of habeas corpus to a petitioner who had been taken into custody by the Senate sergeant-at-arms for allegedly destroying documents requested in a Senate subpoena.

The limitation on the president’s pardon power was most comprehensively discussed in a 1925 opinion by Chief Justice (and former president) William Howard Taft in the case of Ex Parte Grossman. [snip]

Thus, the congressional alternative. Instead of referring a contempt citation to the U.S. attorney, a house of Congress can order the sergeant-at-arms to take recalcitrant witnesses into custody and have them held until they agree to cooperate — i.e., an order of civil contempt. Technically, the witness could be imprisoned somewhere in the bowels of the Capitol, but historically the sergeant-at-arms has turned defendants over to the custody of the warden of the D.C. jail.”

To summarize what must be done by Congress in 2014 or in 2015:

“So, far from being defenseless against the president’s refusal to prosecute or the threat of presidential pardon, Congress could take into its own custody defiant administration officials who refuse to cooperate with legitimate inquiries into executive malfeasance. Those targets would have the right to seek writs of habeas corpus from the federal courts, but as long as Congress could show a legitimate need for the information it was seeking pursuant to its legislative oversight functions, it would be standing on solid legal ground.

Congress should get on solid legal ground and prosecute its need for information by bypassing the corruption at the White House and the Department of Justice.

We thought so in 2007. We think so now. Hells bells, this New York Times editorial page commentary agreed with us in 2007 when the target was George W. Bush:

Congress Has a Way of Making Witnesses Speak: Its Own Jail [snip]

If the Justice Department refuses to enforce the subpoenas, as seems likely, Congress will have to decide whether to do so. Washington lawyers are dusting off an old but apparently sturdy doctrine called “inherent contempt” that gives Congress the power to bring the recalcitrant witnesses in — by force, if necessary. [snip]

This is where inherent contempt comes in. From the Republic’s earliest days, Congress has had the right to hold recalcitrant witnesses in contempt — and even imprison them — all by itself. In 1795, shortly after the Constitution was ratified, the House ordered its sergeant at arms to arrest and detain two men accused of trying to bribe members of Congress. The House held a trial and convicted one of them.

In 1821, the Supreme Court upheld Congress’s right to hold people in contempt and imprison them. Without this power, the court ruled, Congress would “be exposed to every indignity and interruption, that rudeness, caprice, or even conspiracy, may mediate against it.” Later, in a 1927 case arising from the Teapot Dome scandal, the court upheld the Senate’s arrest of the brother of a former attorney general — carried out in Ohio by the deputy sergeant at arms — for ignoring a subpoena to testify.

The Congressional Research Service issued a report in July that confirmed Congress’s inherent contempt powers. It explained how they work: “The individual is brought before the House or Senate by the sergeant at arms, tried at the bar of the body, and can be imprisoned in the Capitol jail.” Congress can do this, the report concluded, to compel them to testify or to punish them for their refusal to do so.

The Bush administration has been acting as if only the executive branch matters. [snip]

This country has seen far too much of this sort of dismissal of Congress’s authority.”

IRS Lois Lerner should be the first to feel the inherent power of contempt of congress and be subjected to a full examination by the full House of Representatives. The hypocrites at the New York Times agreed with us when it was George W. Bush at target range. Now the hypocrites will protect “unitary executive” Barack Obama where once they deplored executive overreach and corruption.

Barack Obama changes laws at will, decides what laws to enforce, yet Big Media protects him. Big Media and Obama Dimocrats will not enforce the law. Will Congress?:

“House Republicans won’t rule out arresting Lois Lerner if Justice Department doesn’t

House Ways and Means Committee Republicans aren’t ruling out the use of the chamber’s “inherent contempt” authority if Attorney General Eric Holder refuses to act on the panel’s accusations against former IRS official Lois Lerner. [snip]

Among those tools is the House’s “inherent contempt” authority under the Constitution, which was initially exercised in 1795 during the First Congress and on multiple occasions thereafter. Lerner could be held until January 2015 when a new Congress is seated, which could issue another subpoena and throw her in the clink again if she still balks at testifying.

How exactly would the exercise of the inherent power of Congress work?:

“If Congress wants to hold someone in contempt for failure to comply with a subpoena, they can do several things:

(1) Hold congressional contempt proceedings. These are quasi-judicial proceedings, rooted in the constitutional investigatory and legislative power of Congress, in which the members of Congress themselves act as judges, juries, and prosecutors. It is very important to note that this is not a judicial process. The chamber of Congress in question has the power to direct the Sergeant at Arms to arrest someone, bring them before the chamber, and put them in jail, all without seeing the inside of a courtroom.

See McGrain v. Daugherty, for an example of this upheld by the Supreme Court. The Court held that such powers were “necessary and proper” for Congress to carry out its legislative function.

This is the “historical” method by which a chamber of Congress has enforced its subpoenas. It was employed some dozen or more times up until 1934 but it was deemed too time consuming because it required the attention of the whole chamber, sometimes for more than a week. In the 1850s an alternative procedure was hotly debated and eventually created. But this method still exists. And this is the source of what is referred to as the “inherent contempt” proceeding.

For completness’ sake I should mention that individuals imprisoned under this procedure may petition for habeas relief from federal courts. They therefore will have some opportunity (though likely limited) to raise defenses (for example, Fifth Amendment or executive privilege) and challenge the validity of the contempt finding. On the other hand, there is general consensus that this type of imprisonment is not a criminal penalty and therefore is not subject to the presidential pardon power.

The third option discussed at that post becomes relevant if Republican win the Senate in November. For now the House of Representatives should make it very clear that the corrupt, insolent officialdom at the White House and the Department of Justice as well as the Internal Revenue Service cannot rely on the presidential pardon power or the corruption of the laws by Obama henchmen.

As we warned in November/December of 2008 the “multi-headed Hydra which is the Obama Chicago Culture Of Corruption is growing another head in Washington, D.C.” Years later a groggy acknowledgement from Watergater Bob Woodward: There’s obviously something wrong at the IRS:



“GEORGE WILL, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: The investigation to take last first, has stalled because the Justice Department has already leaked its conclusion, which is that no one would be prosecuted. It rises to that level because the Internal Revenue Service is the most intrusive and potentially the most punitive institution of the federal government and has been thoroughly politicized. Let me give you five things we know that she’s done right now. She said the delay on approving conservative groups is caused by a serious uptick in applications. The inspector general of the IRS says that is just not true. She said the Tea Party group was very dangerous. In Texas and Kentucky and probably elsewhere, IRS employees have violated the Hatch Act by using federal resources for campaigning and obviously for Barack Obama.

WALLACE: Can we — I just want to point out — because the office of Special Council came out this week with a report and they said, now, there weren’t vast cases although in Dallas they apparently — they were wearing campaign buttons and there are screen saver said Obama and stuff like that. But there was at least one case where if you called the helpline this person was in effect tell you when you should vote for Obama and not for the Republicans because they’ll keep you in this mess. On the IRS helpline. So, (INAUDIBLE) with you recitation, I’m (INAUDIBLE).

WILL: Confidential taxpayer information of the organization, the National Organization for Marriage was leaked to a rival group. And finally, when Senator Schumer and Durbin and others were exerting the IRS to be more political in their application of views, she said with regard to Crossroads GPS, the most important conservative group, we are working on a denial of the application. Not expediting, not coming to a quick conclusion, but we are working on denial of it. That’s why this rises because as Bob Woodward remembers, the Watergate scandal was fundamentally in the words of John Dean using the machinery of the federal government to punish our enemies.

WALLACE: All right, Mr. Woodward, you know something about scandals. And if that’s forgetting them, how serious is the IRS scandal and, you know, I think one of the key questions is, does this really begin and end with a midlevel bureaucrat who we never heard of a year ago named Lois Lerner?

BOB WOODWARD, THE WASHINGTON POST: Well, there is obviously something here. And the question is does this committee know how to investigate? And they’re worried about this one person who has invoked her Fifth Amendment rights not to answer questions and you have congressmen on the committee going on and saying we have evidence she’s involved in criminal activity. I don’t think you should cross that line. The second thing is there’s always one person who’s not going to talk. And when you conduct an investigation like this, I have not gone into the details, you need to find people who will talk. And there are always people who will do this. And, you know, we should dig into it. There should be answers. It’s quite correct. And for the president to take that position is very, very unusual and say there is not a smidgeon of evidence here. I mean George has got a good list — I think, actually, there’s more. And there’s a question and you’re right, the IRS particularly this week as we know will file our tax returns has a big place in everyone’s life. And they have immense power. And the power of the federal government to come and say we’re auditing you or we’re going to do something to you, I mean it’s a ten ton truck coming at you. And it’s the sort of thing that the leadership and the White House should take a position. Look, we will not tolerate this. [snip]

HUME: Chris, the same set of facts that Bob and George have described would have touched off, I think, in previous days a media firestorm. What we had was kind of a campfire in most of the media, which was doused before very long and the story has been basically dormant. We at Fox News have continued to pursue it and some other media outlets have as well. But when that kind of firestorm occurs, it creates an atmosphere in Washington where for the administration with a message to try to promote day by day, you can’t get it out. You can get nothing out. We can all remember what it was like. And that creates a hothouse sort of atmosphere, in which all investigations end up being accelerated. There are minute details leaked, they get reported and the thing develops a life of its own and ultimately the combination of things, you know, brings the issue out and you get to the facts. It has not happened here.”

Big Media will protect Barack Obama and his gangster government. It will be up to Congress to get the truth.

Since the beginning of the IRS scandals we have stated that a special select committee was needed. Instead on issue after issue we have seen mostly bumbling from the committees charged with investigation.

Soon the entire House of Representatives will have to rise up to defend the law. The Constitution provides the shield and sword of law for the House of Representatives to take back representative government from the corrupt gangster government of Barack Obama. “This government of the people, by the people, and for the people. shall not perish from the earth” unless Congress and the people abandon principles and the solid rock of law.

83 comments to IRS Blood Moon Rising

  • admin

    Best wishes for those commemorating the Passover. Condolences for those suffering on Tax Day.

    Here to soothe is the sweetest anti-tax song ever written:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeOa_OcB3DE

  • admin

    The tough Beatles attack on the taxman:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtksJEj2Keg

  • S

    great post…Admin you provided alot of info for many of the questions I have been asking…

    …let’s hope that the big bad repubs have the cahunas to do their job and if there are any honorable dems left they will join their colleagues in the House of Representatives and start working again for the people of this country…

  • Shadowfax

    Great post Admin, and thanks for explaining how things work with a contempt of court in the House.

    Holder and Reid are fixing to possibly pull another land grab from the cowboys and their munching cows. Seems as tho’ the homegrown militia has decided to get into the fight, so Reid had better not push his luck for China. It could get really bad. Once the bikers join in, party is over for the government.

  • Shadowfax

    I’m a city girl that believes in protesting, but I am glad there are some American’s that will step up and fight when the Government tries to screw over the people that elected them in the first place.

  • Tony Stark

    We’ll see but I think that as long as Boner is the Speaker of the House, he’s going to protect Obama by not letting the House have the sergent at arms arrest Lerner unless his speakership is at stake.

  • admin

    Sad news. But the name lives on:

    http://metro.co.uk/2014/04/11/the-lord-of-all-horses-much-loved-lord-of-the-rings-horse-shadowfax-dies-4695764/

    ‘The lord of all horses’: Much-loved Lord of the Rings horse Shadowfax dies

    Gandalf’s horse Shadowfax from the Lord of the Rings films has died.

    The famous horse, called Blanco, had been ill for some time and owner Cynthia Royal made the decision to have him put down.

    In a statement posted to theonering.net, Royal explains that Blanco had suffered from ‘serious issues with his intestinal tract and liver.’

    She was present when he was euthanized in his stable.

    ‘Although my heart was breaking,’ she explains, ‘as my final gift to him, I stayed strong, balanced and focused, gently repeating “Relax Blanco. Let go. Walk into the light. Relax and let go” as the Blanco I’ve known so well and loved so deeply slipped away.

    ‘While this leg of Blanco’s journey has passed and my heart still aches, I will live in peace knowing we gave our all to aid in his recovery.

    ‘We spared no effort or expense, even though doing so in conjunction with the on-going expenses of my own health challenges has placed an additional financial burden on my family.’

    First seen in The Two Towers, Blanco’s most memorable moment as Shadowfax came when Gandalf and Pippin rode to Edoras in Return of the King, with Gandalf uttering one of the most-quotable lines: ‘Run Shadowfax, show us the meaning of haste.’

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG1RRZibT5c

  • admin

    Tony Stark, Boner might not be around for much longer:

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/house-conservatives-plot-to-oust-boehner-put-scare-into-cantor-20140410

    House Conservatives Plot to Oust Boehner, Put Scare Into Cantor
    One plan: Force the speaker to step aside before the new year.

    Several dozen frustrated House conservatives are scheming to infiltrate the GOP leadership next year—possibly by forcing Speaker John Boehner to step aside immediately after November’s midterm elections.

    The conservatives’ exasperation with leadership is well known. And now, in discreet dinners at the Capitol Hill Club and in winding, hypothetical-laced email chains, they’re trying to figure out what to do about it. Some say it’s enough to coalesce behind—and start whipping votes for—a single conservative leadership candidate. Others want to cut a deal with Majority Leader Eric Cantor: We’ll back you for speaker if you promise to bring aboard a conservative lieutenant.

    But there’s a more audacious option on the table, according to conservatives involved in the deliberations. They say between 40 and 50 members have already committed verbally to electing a new speaker. If those numbers hold, organizers say, they could force Boehner to step aside as speaker in late November, when the incoming GOP conference meets for the first time, by showing him that he won’t have the votes to be reelected in January.

    The masterminds of this mutiny are trying to stay in the shadows for as long as possible to avoid putting a target on their backs. But one Republican said the “nucleus”of the rebellion can be found inside the House Liberty Caucus, of which he and his comrades are members. This is not surprising, considering that some of the key players in that group—Justin Amash of Michigan, Raul Labrador of Idaho, and Thomas Massie of Kentucky—were among the 12 Republicans who refused to back Boehner’s reelection in January 2013.

    Amash, chairman of the Liberty Caucus, warned at the time that there would be a “larger rebellion” down the road if Boehner’s leadership team did not bring conservatives into the fold. Such an insurrection never materialized, however, as Boehner deftly navigated a series of challenges last year and wound up winning over some of the malcontents.

    But conservatives, increasingly irritated with what they see as a cautious approach taken by their leadership, are now adamant that Boehner’s tenure should expire with this Congress.

    “There are no big ideas coming out of the conference. Our leadership expects to coast through this election by banking on everyone’s hatred for Obamacare,” said one Republican lawmaker who is organizing the rebellion. “There’s nothing big being done. We’re reshuffling chairs on the Titanic.”

    Boehner isn’t the only target.

  • Tony Stark

    I really hope that you are right. I had high hopes that the GOP in the house would get somewhere with Fast and Furious, for example, only to be disappointed repeatedly.

  • Shadowfax

    Shadowfax RIP, you were one glorious horse.

    I am proud to carry your name forward.

  • Shadowfax

    Another tribute to Shadowfax by his owner.

    The video starts with the clip Admin posted above, but about at 1:10 the video shows the horse with his owner. Shardowfax, (Blanco) loved to play in the surf and the shots are quite beautiful.

    http://youtu.be/GmicRuZWitM

  • holdthemaccountable

    MEDIA BIAS: Megyn Kelly HITS Bob Schieffer for not asking Elijah Cummings about IRS scandal
    Despite having turned down an invitation to be on Megyn Kelly’s show last week in response to the new IRS emails, Elijah Cummings managed to show up on CBS’s Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer this weekend and he wasn’t asked one question about the IRS scandal, “not one question” as Megyn Kelly enunciates it: snip
    http://therightscoop.com/media-bias-megyn-kelly-hits-bob-schieffer-for-not-asking-elijah-cummings-about-irs-scandal/

  • holdthemaccountable

    Shadow: condolences.

  • freespirit

    Admin, your post is a wealth of information and hope. For the past six years, we have witnessed this president, with MSM functioning as both defender and propaganda machine, get away with actions and inactions for which any other president in modern history would have been harshly judged and held accountable. The partnership between MSM and Barack has given this administration the power to function outside the law and to circumvent the system of checks and balances that was so important to the founders as they constructed this country’s government. If congress refuses to use its power to ensure that the actions of the IRS and Sebelius go unpunished, its members will be as guilty as MSM and the WH..

    It’s amazing that founders of a country that would be unrecognizable to them today, had the foresight to anticipate the various ways in which corrupt elected officials would attempt to grab power and to circumvent constitutional constraints. This foresight enabled them to plan for such contingencies and to provide the legal means with which to deal with them. It makes you proud, doesn’t it?

    Shadow, thanks for posting the video. What an amazing animal.

  • Shadowfax
    April 16, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Shadowfax RIP, you were one glorious horse.

    I am proud to carry your name forward.
    ______________________________

    Amem!!! <3

  • According to new IRS emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner contacted the Department of Justice in May 2013 about whether tax exempt groups could be criminally prosecuted for “lying” about political activity.

    “I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ … He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who “lied” on their 1024s –saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures. DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2014/04/16/breaking-new-emails-show-lois-lerner-contacted-doj-about-prosecuting-tax-exempt-groups-n1825292

  • Shadowfax

    Hmmm, the NSA has all our phone calls, emails, private info…yet,

    our government didn’t know about this major al Qaeda gathering…

    Washington (CNN) — A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years. And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn’t know about it or couldn’t get a drone there in time to strike.

    U.S. officials won’t comment on that, but every frame of the video is now being analyzed by the United States.

    In the middle of the clip, the man known as al Qaeda’s crown prince, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, appears brazenly out in the open, greeting followers in Yemen. Al-Wuhayshi, the No. 2 leader of al Qaeda globally and the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has said he wants to attack the United States. But in the video, he looks unconcerned that he could be hit by an American drone.

    The video started appearing on jihadist websites recently, drawing the attention of U.S. officials and global terrorism experts. U.S. officials say they believe it’s authentic.

    “This is quite an extraordinary video,” Paul Cruickshank, CNN terrorism analyst, said.
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    The video shows al-Wuhayshi addressing more than 100 fighters somewhere within Yemen, Cruickshank said, a restive nation on the southwestern portion of the Arabian Peninsula. The al Qaeda leader, he said, is “taking a big risk in doing this.”

    But he doesn’t mince words about his mission.

    In a speech to the group, al-Wuhayshi makes it clear that he’s going after the United States, saying “We must eliminate the cross. … The bearer of the cross is America!”

    U.S. officials believe the highly produced video is recent. With some fighters faces blurred, there is worry it signals a new round of plotting.

    “The U.S. intelligence community should be surprised that such a large group of al Qaeda assembled together, including the leadership, and somehow they didn’t notice,” said Peter Bergen, CNN national security analyst.

    There is good reason to worry.

    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, also known as AQAP, is considered the most dangerous al Qaeda affiliate. The CIA and the Pentagon have repeatedly killed AQAP leaders with drone strikes. But the group is now emboldened.

    “The main problem about this group is that it has a bomb maker who can put bombs on to planes that can’t be detected,” Bergen said.

    That bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, is believed to be responsible for several attack attempts against the United States, including the failed 2009 Christmas Day underwear bomber attack in Detroit.

    Al-Asiri doesn’t appear in the video. He remains in hiding, and intelligence experts say he and other AQAP leaders have gone back to using couriers to communicate to avoid detection. That makes it even harder to figure out what al-Wuhayshi may order next.

    But the terror group leader’s goal is clear, Cruickshank said.

    “His message to the United States,” Cruickshank said, “was very much the same as (former al Qaeda leader Osama) bin Laden’s: ‘We’re coming after you.

  • admin

    The West has a fifth columnist as the “leader of the free world”. The danger is great and growing:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2605578/Edward-Lucas-I-hope-Im-wrong-historians-look-say-start-World-War-III.html

    Deep in the flat and featureless landscape of eastern Ukraine, it is all too ­possible that the outline of World War III is taking shape.

    Whipped up by the Kremlin ­propaganda machine and led by Russian ­military intelligence, armed men are erecting road blocks, storming police stations and ripping down the country’s flag.

    They are demolishing not just their own country — bankrupt, ill-run and beleaguered — but also the post-war order that has kept most of Europe and us, here in Britain, safe and free for decades.
    Vladimir Putin is striking at the heart of the West.

    His target is our inability to work with allies in defence against common threats. The profoundly depressing fact is that the events of the past few months, as Russia has annexed the Crimea and ­suppressed opposition in Ukraine, have shown the West to be divided, humiliated and powerless in the face of these land grabs.

    We are soon to face a bleak choice. We can chose to surrender any responsibility we have to protect Ukraine and the Baltic states — almost certainly Putin’s next target — from further Russian incursion. Or we can mount a last-ditch attempt to deter Russia from furthering its imperial ambitions.

    If we do choose to resist Putin, we will risk a terrifying military escalation, which I do not think it an exaggeration to say could bring us to the brink of nuclear war.

    Putin knows that. And he believes we will choose surrender. For the real story of recent events in Ukraine is not about whether that country has a free-trade deal with Brussels or gets its gas from Moscow.

    It is about brute power. It is about whether Putin’s Russia — a rogue state on Europe’s doorstep — can hold its neighbours to ­ransom, and whether we have the will to resist him. So far the answer to the first question is yes. And to the second a bleak no.

    The Russian leader believes the collapse of the Soviet Union was a ‘geopolitical catastrophe’. He believes Russia was stripped of its empire by the West’s chicanery. And quite simply, he wants it back.

    When the Soviet Union was ­dissolved in 1991, the former captive nations of Eastern Europe scrambled into Nato and the protection it offered as fast as they could.

    But the bitter truth is that Russia did not reform its ambitions in 1991. The Kremlin has always retained its imperialist outlook. [snip]

    Now Putin sees a chance to humiliate them — and the West. He does not need to invade, just to provoke. Using social division and agitation he will raise the pressure — whether economic or political — on one or more of the Baltic states until it becomes unbearable.

    Nato and the EU — on current form — will merely appeal for ­dialogue and threaten sanctions. ­But nothing will happen. Which means the Baltics will buckle, and Putin will take back lands which he believes are rightly Russia’s.

    That will be the end of Nato — and the dawn of a terrifying new world in which international rules count for nothing and the strong dominate the weak. Russia — ruthless and greedy — can play divide and rule for decades to come.

  • I like this idea. 🙂

    Fed up with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s arrogance, a Republican congressman sponsored a bill to hit him where it hurts — in the wallet.

    The measure, introduced Thursday by U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, would withhold salary payments to federal officials who are in contempt of Congress.

    “The American people should not be footing the bill for federal employees who stonewall Congress or rewarding government officials’ bad behavior,” Farenthold said in unveiling the bill, according to The Hill. “If the average American failed to do his or her job, he or she would hardly be rewarded.”

    Holder, who was held in contempt of Congress in 2012 for failing to produce documents in the Fast and Furious gun-running case, has exacerbated his relationship with congressional leaders by hindering progress on numerous other investigations.

    http://www.bizpacreview.com/2014/04/16/gop-contempt-bill-would-cut-off-holders-pay-yes-please-112775

  • S

    this is the kind of housekeeping we need done in every country and state across this country…and to add insult to injury, these particulars creeps stole from the poorest communities…

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-rizzo-set-to-be-sentenced–20140415,0,3785008.story#axzz2z4in3HBM

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    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-fbi-centinela-superintendent-salary-20140416,0,3015794.story#ixzz2z4qUNitK

    and then there is this one…who is on paid leave

    A top Centinela schools official on Tuesday said the FBI has contacted the district regarding the high salary of Supt. Jose Fernandez, who was paid $674,559 last year.

    The official, newly elevated school board President Hugo M. Rojas, said he is prepared to cooperate fully with both the FBI and the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

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    this guy had perks up the gazoo and was making almost $300,000 more than the President of the USA…

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    these are the kind of issues the IRS should be researching and focusing on…not trying to close down free speech of political groups they choose not to like…

  • Shadowfax

    Admin
    The profoundly depressing fact is that the events of the past few months, as Russia has annexed the Crimea and ­suppressed opposition in Ukraine, have shown the West to be divided, humiliated and powerless in the face of these land grabs.

    —-
    Putin not only knows that Obama is no leader, but this is also a time that al Qaeda is aware of America’s vulnerability. What about N. Korea and China?

    It’s America with our open borders, a pResident that hates this country and isn’t willing to step up to protect us, a man that has to be pushed into every hard decision that comes along, and an SoS that is just as clueless.

    Can we make it until 2016 before we are attacked and knocked off our perch?

  • Shadowfax

    The spam filter is working overtime today?

  • Shadowfax

    Spammy, help!

  • admin

    Update: On a daily basis the evidence mounts of rule by gangster government. The latest evidence? A Freedom Of Information Act release reveals that Lois Lerner, DoJ discussed criminal prosecution of tax-exempt applicants.

    A corrupt Department of Justice which is a nest for injustice. An executive branch of government whose agencies and departments wield power to oppress the citizenry. There are constitutional remedies as we detail below.

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  • freespirit

    Looks like a good discussion at Big Pink today. Wish I spend more time here, today, but sadly, am in “job lock”, and unable to grab much personal fun time. I will say, however, that I’m damn glad to have a job to be locked into – even if a good part of what I earn is going to pay for people to handle press releases and advertising for ACA. First the WH peeps were trying to get customers. Now, they’re putting out fake info trying to convince the country that they actually got customers.

    The people who were (without their consent or approval) released from job lock, and sent home to dream dreams, paint paintings, and in general, just become self-fulfilled can’t contribute the ACA spin effort or to government, period.

    Count on the progressives and government to make the world a better place? Please!

  • Preezy didn’t go. 🙂

    The openness White House staged a “personal” moment of silence by President Obama on the one-year anniversary of the Boston bombing.

    Because why would you invite the press in when you can create this perfect Pete Souza propaganda photo instead?

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2014/04/16/white-house-bars-press-moment-silence/

  • S

    S
    April 16, 2014 at 2:58 pm
    this is the kind of housekeeping we need done in every county and state across this country…and to add insult to injury, these particulars creeps stole from the poorest communities…

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-rizzo-set-to-be-sentenced–20140415,0,3785008.story#axzz2z4in3HBM

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    btw…this Rizzo rat and his 8 cohorts that stole from the poor community of Bell in California…Rizzo abd his 8 cohorts lived the high life while they stole from people barely making ends meet…

    Rizzo and his 8 cohort rats are all Democrats…

    I am ashamed of what Dims have become…they talk a good game and steal from us all on their way to their banks…

  • wbboei

    holdthemaccountable

    April 16, 2014 at 8:12 am
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    Bottom line?

    Sheifer is a fucking mutt.

    Just like the rest of the talking heads at big media.

    Their credibility is now in the sewer.

    But someone needs to ask Bob why he failed to ask the only pertinent question.

    Not that he will answer it.

    But it would be good to see him squirm.

  • wbboei

    On a personal level Obamacare has been a disaster for me. It has caused me to spend $3000 more per year for health insurance, a $1500 increase in my deductible, the loss of my personal physician, inclusion in an HMO which costs me 100% more per visit, and a shoddy level of health care.

    I now have pneumonia.

    On the first visit, I get a physician’s assistant who the head nurse tells me is wunderbar. He diagnoses my condition as bronchitis. I ask for a codine based cough suppressant and he accuses me of being a drug fiend. After explaining to him slowly and repeatedly that this particular suppressant has been prescribed for me by 5 different physicians over a period of 35 years the fine gentleman recants. I ask him for an antibiotic which has also been prescribed to me during much of that time period. He gets this furroughed look on his brow and tells me hat said antibiotic–a z pack is no longer recommended because it has been shown to be effective in only 10% of the cases. I told him I must be in that 10% and renewed my request. He refused, and lectured me on how little I knew.

    Two days later I was coughing up tons of brown and green sputum, could hardly breathe, and was sweating profusely. I went back and this time I saw a physician. He took 2 X-rays and told me I had pneumonia. He also told me that my lungs had lots of scarring and there was a spot that needed to be examine with using radioactive medicine. He prescribed a z-pack for me, despite the prior assurances of his physician’s assistant that this was all in vain. I asked him if there was anything that could be done for my eyes, which were swollen and bloodshot. He said no, and assured me the condition would subside.

    For the next four days, I could barely open my eyes, so crusted they were with crud. I ran into a friend who is the head of eye surgery at one of the private hospitals. He looked at it from a distance and got me something he had prescribed for me before–zylet. He told me it was a mistake to let this condition go on. After 10 miserable days, things are starting to resolve. Some days I have been in bed for a full 24 hours.

    I mention this little vignette to alert you to the Kafkaeque world Obama is pushing the senior population into. This is a hell. And as the saying goes, there is no luke warm hell. The only thing we have to look forward to is the death panels.

  • Lu4PUMA

    This is a little off topic, but about something every woman and every man who cares about a woman, should know. I am telling this to everyone I know in celebration of my Mother’s birthday, that she did not get to celebrate with us, but maybe with the angels.

    Breastcancer.org and Cancer.org are in bed with the Mammography Industry and have sold out Women’s Health. The FDA regulates the amount of radiation that women are exposed to and it is limited to 0.3 Rads per x-ray. That is a lot of radiation. And who knows how well it is regulated. But you will not be told this by either of the organizations I mentioned. They tend to fuzz around the issue, saying there is a lot of variation in the dosages. Maybe some testing is not so bad. But how can you tell? Oh, by the way, Obamacare fully covers mammograms. 317 million were done in the US last year. Some critics say that every mammogram you get increases your chances of getting breast cancer, by 1%. How many women were given cancer from their mammograms? The younger you are when you start, the worse the effects. My mother started getting annual mammograms after a scare in 1971, before the FDA limit and was not diagnosed with breast cancer until 2002.

    Worse yet the insurance industry totally refuses to acknowledge the value of thermogram diagnostics that have become a valuable method for detecting breast cancer. The rejection, I did find out, is based on a 2012 New Zealand study of database information. Thermograms and Sonograms do not involve any radiation and are both useful for diagnosing breast cancer.

    And then there is the link between Hormone Replacement Therapy and breast cancer. Our Medical Industry will admit to the link between HRT, estrogen and breast cancer, but what they will not acknowledge is their part in marketing carcinogenic estrogen. Yes, we have Big Pharma to thank for many of our sisters cancers. It turn out there are types of estrogen. Human women have 3 kinds, two of which are carcinogenic and the third that is anti carcinogenic. BP decided to manufacture estrogen from horse piss, that contained, guess what kind of estrogen? For more info, google estrinol. Researchers have even linked the ratios of these estrogen types to occurrence of breast cancer.

    When I think of the bimboes that voted O to get birth control pills, I want to just spit. Women are viewed as not more than cattle to this administration and the medical industry. Fuck Obamacare.

    Ready for Hillary (For 40 Years, Now)

  • admin

    Jeez Wbboei, get better soon. It all sounds horrible. Lots of friends getting physically sick lately. Our advice is usually the same: plenty of rest. Liquids, good nutrition, vitamins, are also key ingredients to get back to health and stay healthy.

    The death panels are beginning to look more attractive with every passing day of Obama’s occupation of the executive branch. 🙂

  • admin

    A good, long, article on Obama cooking the books:

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/348592.php

  • Lu4PUMA

    wbboei,

    So sorry about your troubles. Try zinc, vitamin C and Echinacea in addition to what the witch doctor gives you. I am taking care of health issues in case my health insurance goes away and gets replaced with 0care. And I am studying up on alternate medicine.

  • wbboei

    I understand from other friends who are physicians that Obama is requiring them to submit more and more and more information about what they are treating people for. I am told that the reason for this is Obama wants to determine where the money is being spent and shift that cost from the government to the patients, unless those patients fall into the political groups he is keen to protect, to maintain the grip of the left on political power. And, trust me, these physicians are not by any way shape or form right wingers. On the contrary.

  • admin

    Lu4PUMA, Happy Birthday to your mom and thanks for the information. It’s so very important that people take charge of their own health and healthcare.

    Whether it’s drug testing conducted on men, not women, therefore the women get dosages too strong for them, or doctors pushing drugs on patients instead of healing them, or one size fits all treatments without taking into consideration emotional and physical differences in patients, and differences in abilities and skills of doctors/health care practitioners, not to mention all the caveats you knowledgeably wrote about – it is so important to know the side effects of treatments and decide what is best for you.

  • wbboei

    Lu4PUMA

    April 16, 2014 at 8:04 pm
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    Thanks Lu. I have all of them. I will try them right now.

  • wbboei

    admin

    April 16, 2014 at 7:59 pm
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    Thanks Admin.

  • wbboei

    This quote, by Abraham Lincoln in 1838 tells us all we need to know about Barack Hussein Obama–“The Enemy Within”:

    “All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the earth’s treasure in their military chest, and with Bonaparte as their commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

    At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected?

    I answer, if it is to reach us then, it must spring up among us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction is to be our lot then we ourselves must be its author and its finisher.

    A nation of free people must either live through all time, or die through suicide.”

    Obama is the cause of our national death. And big media is the grim reaper.

  • Shadowfax

    Wbb

    I was wondering were you were, I hope you get better soon! I am glad you fought for your healthcare – with these less qualified buffoons. Not that I didn’t think you would put up an intelligent fight, but these people have to be pushed aside until you get a real doctor.

    Dark yellow towards brown, means blood. Green, very bad infection.

    Damn them anyway. We are not stupid chickens can get well on unicorns and bs.

    I hope you feel better soon. Sleep is the best, when the body heals.

    Oh, chicken soup and vitamins.

    Mom’s home remedies, and make yourself eat something, and lots of fluids like Admin says.

  • Shadowfax

    Lu

    I have been hit and miss on the exams because of the radiation. Why do all women’s exams either hurt or are invasive and humiliating?

    How many years did it take for the medical profession to figure out that that the symptoms of a heart attack were different for women than they are for men?

    Women are half of the population but still second class citizens.

    H.I.L.L.A.R.Y we need you girl!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • freespirit

    S, the Rizzo salary issue is so outrageous, the only response I can think of is AYFKM?!

    Wbb, hope you feel better very soon. I can’t take the codeine cough syrup or anything with codeine in it, but I know other people who really need it when they have respiratory problems. It’s always the same story, especially for a twenty-something friend of mine. . As soon as she mentions the need for the codeine cough meds, she gets the the same suspicious look, followed by a mini lecture. Some clinics in my area have signs in the lobby advising customers that they do not prescribe codeine, so don’t ask.

    I tried a supplement called Monolaurin, which builds immunity, and especially helps with sinus and respiratory problems. I don’t usually have a great deal of luck with non-prescription herbal type meds, but I swear, I believe this one really has helped.

  • wbboei

    The president of the Claremont Institute has written a compelling analysis of the catastrophic risks facing this nation in the aftermath of 9/11–risks that Obama and his big media whores have either ignored or exploited for their own perverse ends. One of those events was an armed attack by terrorists on American soil which was aimed at disabling our power grid. In a worst case scenario an attack of his nature could cause widespread food shortages, disease, death and could not be restored for as long as two years. Obama has refused to address that risk. In an effort to protect Obama, and to focus on another issue, big media neglected to inform us about this terrorist attack. The other issue was the Boston attack, where big media coverage resembled a runaway car in an Hollywood silent movie and culminated in mindless chants of USA, USA, USA, while scrupulously avoiding any suggestion that this might be Islamic terrorism. By the same token, big media has suppressed reliable information that forces of the Muslim Brotherhood are working within the White House, a terrorist organization whose stated goal is “to destroy America’s miserable house from within” through domestic terrorism. And they have been quick to condemn anyone who expresses concern over this as zenophobic racist etc. These terrorist now enjoy the protection of our laws and are officially recognized as the legitimate representatives of all Muslims by Obama, and the FBI> Big media has also suppressed survey results derived from the Pew Institute which show that 21% of the Muslims living in this country find suicide bombing acceptable and 5% have a favorable view of al Qaeda. When you have 10 million Muslims here, that is not an insignificant number. But big media will not touch it with a 10 foot pole. To do so might cause their light of love Obama to suffer an embarrassing moment. Obama draws meaningless red lines in the sand, and when he fails to enforce them, big media calls him a greater man for it. Meanwhile, he cuts our defense budget, and they rave about it. And at the Fort Hood massacre, when the Muslim jihadist major shouted Allah Akbar and murdered 17 soldiers, and big media could not find an excuse to accuse the tea party, they promoted the fiction that this was not an act of terrorism, but workplace violence to placate Obama. This is why I call big media the grim reaper.

    mprimis.hillsdale.edu/current

    Gonzo: the author mentions a highly influential instructor at Claremont college who specialized in international relations based on a strong military, rather than lightweighs like we have now–Kerry for one, Power for another, both of whom have proven to be abject failures. I mention this man, Dr. Rood, because he served in Patton’s army in WW II>

  • wbboei

    Thanks Shadow. Friday I will see my assigned Doctor. He is a Harvard Medical School graduate who has been there for three decades. I trust the level of care will improve the higher up the food chain I go. Then my sole worry will be about cost. And when you are on a fixed income, that is always a worry. When I think of Pelosi saying that having no job is no problem, because it gives people more time for self actualization activities like oil painting, I realized that as bad as the old practice of prefrontal lobotomies was for many patients, in Nancy’s case it would be a blessing. Prefrontal lobotomy with a Grey Goose chaser. Better than chicken soup.

  • wbboei

    Matthews has a severe case of Tourette’s syndrome. Any idea that comes into his might, however perverse, he repeats with no sense of dignity, context or concern for the rights of other people. When Obama, the liar in chief was first elected Matthews rushed out in front of the camera and proclaimed: “Our role is to make Obama look good”.

    At the time, many of us assumed that he meant only the sewer rats that infest MSNBC.

    But if we have learned anything in the past six years, as Obama attacks the constitution and our standing in the world, and big media covers for him and attacks his critics, he was speaking of NBC, ABC, CBS and CNN as well. Jointly and severally, they are traitors to this nation. And anyone who continues to draw a paycheck from them is in pare delicto.

    This was not the big media most of us grew up with.

  • wbboei

    freespirit

    April 16, 2014 at 10:35 pm
    —————
    Yes, there is an over reaction by the medical community from do gooders who do not suffer from the problem. In my case, we have tried every other way to address the problem of habitual coughing. Letting it go is exhausting and it does damage to the heart. That to me is the more significant risk. But this goes to the entire premise of Obamacare. By definition it is NOT PATIENT CENTERED nor was it ever designed to be. It is mainly a matter of getting control of the people, as Congressman John Dingell freely admitted. And it is specifically designed to provide employment for Obama favored constiutents like Harvard Health Administators and minorities. It is a Potter’s Grave for the middle class.

  • freespirit

    Kathleen Sebeilus has apparently decided to pretend that congress hasn’t charged her with contempt. She must have also decided to follow Barack’s lead, and pretend that her leaving HHS was because her work there was done – ACA mission accomplished. Kathleen is considering parlaying her pretend ACA success and her pretend sterling, unblemished record with IRS into a run for Governor of Kansas.

    Please, someone, get this lady a pair of ruby slippers and a dog named Toto. She’s in a race with the scarecrow – the winner gets a brain.

    _______________

    “Sebelius to the Senate? Maybe in the Land of Oz, But Not in Kansas”

    By Stuart Rothenberg
    Posted at 3:28 p.m. on April 16

    When I read today’s New York Times piece, “Sebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat,” I had two very different reactions.

    First, I figured that national Democrats had to be encouraged that former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a once-popular two-term governor of Kansas, would be considering a Senate run this year.

    After all, Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor has been in the race for a mere six weeks, and there is little reason to believe that he can throw much of a scare into Sen. Pat Roberts in the fall, assuming, of course, that Roberts wins re-nomination on August 5.

    Sebelius has name recognition, demonstrated electoral appeal and fundraising potential, so her candidacy would give Democrats a shot in the arm.

    After that, I quickly came to my senses.

    This is not your father’s Kathleen Sebelius, the competent governor who stressed her moderation, pragmatism and Kansas connections.

    I remember interviewing her years ago, when she was running for governor. She was all business. No chit-chat. Not much personal warmth at all. She was all about Kansas and managing things properly.

    The current Kathleen Sebelius worked in the administration of President Barack Obama, handling — and botching — the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

    She spent the past six years inside the Washington Beltway, promoting and defending the agenda of Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the national Democratic Party. (One way to take Roberts’ residency issue off the table is for Democrats to run a candidate who spent the past few years in D.C. too.)

    As Dorothy might say: I’m still in Kansas, but this isn’t the same Kathleen Sebelius anymore.

    Since popular state officials who are members of their state’s minority party often have serious problems winning federal office — Wyoming Democrat Mike Sullivan and Hawaii Republican Linda Lingle are just two examples — a Sebelius Senate bid would not seem all that intimidating.

    Nor is Sebelius helped by the fact that the last Democrat elected to the Senate from Kansas was George McGill in the 1930s, or that Obama drew 38 percent of the vote in Kansas in 2012.

    Indeed, a Feb. 18-20 automated survey by the Democratic survey research firm Public Policy Polling found Sebelius trailing Roberts by 14 points, and had her behind Roberts’ conservative primary opponent Milton Wolf by 7 points. Sebelius’ personal ratings were upside-down at 38 percent favorable/55 percent unfavorable.

    (snip)

    http://blogs.rollcall.com/rothenblog/sebelius-to-the-senate-maybe-in-the-land-of-oz-but-not-in-kansas/?dcz=

  • freespirit

    Oops, my bad – not running for gov., but for senate seat.

  • trixta

    Excellent article!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your writings are not only informative but an inspiration!

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    Wobbie, so sorry to hear about what you’ve been going through. Hope you get well very soon! Take good care.

  • freespirit

    I swear, the Dims should be embarrassed. They are pretending to be obsessed with the Koch brothers. In doing so, they have made the brothers appear to a terrifying threat, someone of whom they are so frightened. It makes the Dims appear weak and wimpy – which they would be if MSM were not riding shotgun to protect their every move. Of course no one believes that the Dims don’t have some pretty big-time donors. They typically have more money than the Pubs do in the war chest – Kochs or no Kochs. Their one-sided presentation of the donor issue makes the Dims appear to be liars and spin doctors, which of course, they are.

    Below is an excerpt from an email i received today from DSCC. It quotes a NYT article comparing the war on the Kochs with Barack’s successful attacks on Romney. Hell. I usually reply to emails from the Dims, suggesting that they go to hell, and demanding that they stop emailing me. No one reads them, and the emails continue. That’s ok, it gives me more opportunities to express my antipathy to them. It’s therapeutic to write and send them, even if no one reads my angry responses.

    ____________
    From: DSCC

    NY Times: “To Strike at Kochs, Democrats Revive Tactic That Hurt Romney”- Pitch in today >>

    Friend — The New York Times reveals our new strategy to neutralize the Kochs’ unrelenting attacks: tell America the truth about their disregard for the poor and uninsured and discredit their outrageous lies.

    It’s exactly how President Obama exposed Mitt Romney for raking in millions at Bain Capital while folks lost their jobs. Our Expose the Kochs Campaign will launch new ads to expose the truth about the Kochs: they aim to buy a Republican Senate that will help them at the expense of the middle class.

    But as Koch attacks across battlegrounds go unanswered, it’s crucial that we have the resources we need to reveal the truth about the Kochs. If we fall short, their deceptive attacks could go unchallenged and lead to a Republican Senate takeover.

    Before the deadline Friday, we still need 6,000 more Democrats on board to fully fund our response — will you step up?
    . (snip)

  • freespirit

    Donna Brazille had better send out a mass email to the “New Democratic Coalition”. Ask them to send in a buck or two to the DSCC, and stop asking the working class and older whites. Dona said we were not needed. Get those kiddies sobered up, Dona! They need to find jobs so that they can contribute to Barack’s party. Oh wait. There are no jobs. And if there were. And if the young peeps went to work and earned money, they probably would not send it to DSCC. They just aren’t that into Barack and the Dims anymore. Yep. Young people can be fickle – unlike the older white women and regular lunch-bucket Dems who stayed with the Dim party for years and years, until we saw what a sexist, corrupt, small-minded, incompetent bunch of whiney babies they were.

    Miss us yet, Donna? We damn sure don’t miss you.

  • wbboei

    trixta

    April 17, 2014 at 2:09 am
    ————-
    Thanks Trixta.

  • wbboei

    Until yesterday I was intrigued with the idea of a Carson candidacy. His moral character and love of this country are seldom seen in our political class. As one of the more astute people at Red State observed, both parties talk about serving the middle class at election time, and for all the rest of the time serve only their contributors. Carson would not be like that. So why am I no longer intrigued. For the same reason that admin alluded to when the possibility first arose, namely a legitimate concern that he might get eaten alive.

    Last night I saw a clip where he talked about the efficacy of the left’s concerted efforts to vilify the white man and our country, which is manifest in Obama, and the party he leads. It is almost sociopathic, and efforts by seat sniffers like Sean Smith at WashPo to claim never to my knowledge has Obama done anything like that are singularly unconvincing and frankly sickening.

    It was pointed out to him that 85% of blacks buy that bullshit hook line and sinker, he gave the obligatory excuse that those he talks to are waking up to the fact that they are being manipulated. And then he talked about a legitimate debate between the progressive and the traditionalist which will determine our future. That last point was enough to convince me that his motivations may be high minded, but if he enters to political fray he will get fleeced.

    The point is this: he does not know the difference between a liberal and a progressive. When you think of a liberal think of JFK. When you think of a progressive think of Josef Stalin. Because that is the critical difference, and just because the current crop of progressives pretend to be liberals, we must examine their open defiance of the rule of law, and their constant resort to scapegoating, to pierce the veil and realize what they really are.

    During the 1920s and 1930s George Orwell was one of them. Then one day, he looked around him and had a road to Damascus moment. And he gave us the following insight, which should be read aloud to any young person who is about to fall into their trap:

    “The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.” 1984.

  • wbboei

    oh yes, the use of government to target political adversaries and to criminalize first amendment activities is yet another symptom of the progressive, and differentiates it from the liberal or the conservative.

  • freespirit

    Holder and Obama have never been reluctant to play the race card, in spite of holder’s denial that he did so in a recent statement about all the grief congress had given him.

    this article is spot-on about the race card game.

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    “Erasing the race card”

    By Kathleen Parker, Published: April 15

    (snip)
    Speaking recently at the 2014 convention of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, a nonprofit civil rights organization, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said that he and President Obama have faced “unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity.”

    “What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?” Holder said. “What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”
    How much time do you have?
    Holder later denied making a race reference, saying he was only referring to the decline in civility. True, Holder didn’t say anything specifically racial — he’s far too smart for that — but aren’t we too smart to believe race isn’t what he meant? Inference isn’t a science, but the preponderance of evidence (the involvement of Sharpton; a largely African American audience; the mention only of two black leaders, and not leadership in general, suffering incivility) suggests that only a fig would miss his point.

    Do some Americans dislike Holder and/or Obama because they’re African American? Undoubtedly. Does this explain why the president and the attorney general have been criticized? No. Could it have something to do with dissatisfaction in the direction they’re taking the country? Most certainly.
    Holder cannot pretend that his conduct in the attorney general’s office is in question only on account of his skin tone. In a provocative observation, Brit Hume of Fox News remarked that, contrarily, Obama and Holder have been given a pass precisely because they are African American. Indeed, Obama said something similar not long ago, noting that no doubt some people dislike him because he’s black and, equally plausible, some give him a pass because he’s black.

    Given that most blacks are Democrats, it is hardly surprising that they support the president. Likewise, it is hardly surprising that Republicans do not. But the latter cannot be construed as evidence that whites are racist or that their opposition to the current administration is race-based.
    It is striking that during what many had hoped would be a post-racial America, racial division has been amplified, owing not least to sustained media attention. Then again, maybe we’re experiencing the final death rattle of our racist past. Perhaps all those suppressed thoughts and feelings of anger, hurt and frustration had to rise to the surface before they finally could be eradicated.
    Let’s hope we’re almost done.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kathleen-parker-erasing-the-race-card/2014/04/15/5d774e9e-c4da-11e3-b195-dd0c1174052c_story.html?hpid=z2

  • The race card expired 1/20/09 :)_

  • wbboei

    The shocking secret behind ObamaCare enrollment numbers

    By Michael Cannon
    ·Published April 16, 2014
    ·FoxNews.com

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    Barack Obama wants you to know he enrolled 7.5 million Americans through ObamaCare’s health insurance Exchanges. What he doesn’t want you to know is how.

    Federal courts may soon rule that President Obama induced the majority of those enrollees to enroll by offering them taxpayer dollars he has no legal authority to spend.

    If the courts put a stop to that unauthorized spending, a majority of Exchange enrollees would suddenly face the full cost of ObamaCare coverage, and enrollments would plummet.

    The president is literally forcing taxpayers, without any legal authorization, to subsidize two out of every three Exchange enrollments.

    Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, states have the option of establishing an Exchange themselves, or letting the federal government do it. The Act also authorizes subsidies that can require taxpayers to cover nearly the entire premium for Exchange plans. Among the eligibility criteria for those subsidies is a requirement that recipients enroll “through an Exchange established by the State.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/04/16/shocking-secret-behind-obamacare-enrollment-numbers/

  • wbboei

    I hope they can make this stick. I hope they can prevent him from granting massive taxpayer bailouts of the insurance industry, which is likely to be the next shoe to drop. To mandate these bailouts–which he will do, on an economy saddled with a national debt approaching 20 trillion, will create an inflationary spiral which will bankrupt millions who are barely surviving on fixed income. It is in areas like this that the great divide between the American People and the political class is drawn into high relief. Harry Reid is doing nothing different from the rest of the political class, stealing for his own account. The only difference is his avarice is such that he has no sense of shame whereas most of the political class would prefer to do it from the shadows, through the long con.

  • Shadowfax

    Hope this hasn’t already been posted, but for anyone interested…a talk by Hillary and Chelsea today:

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    We hope you’ll join us today at 3 p.m. ET for a discussion with girls, about girls, featuring Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and moderator America Ferrera.

    Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation is the first in a series of live and virtual events where we will hear from a diverse group of people about the status of women and girls around the world. Today’s conversation will focus specifically on beginning a dialogue with girls about their lives, experiences, and hopes for the future. And we want you to be a part of it.

    Watch the event at http://www.clintonfoundation.org/conversation and ask questions through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with the hashtag #NoCeilings.

    No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project is focused on advancing the full participation of women and girls by bringing together partners to collect data to assess the gains made and the gaps that remain for women and girls around the world. The No Ceilings Conversations will provide an opportunity to collect stories and solutions to integrate into the data on the status of women and girls.

    The stories and experiences of women and girls are a critical part of this project. Join us for this first conversation.

    Thank you for being part of our work,

    The Clinton Foundation

  • freespirit

    foxyladi14
    April 17, 2014 at 10:46 am
    The race card expired 1/20/09 🙂 _
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    Hell yeah, Foxy 🙂

  • wbboei
    April 17, 2014 at 10:59 am

    The shocking secret behind ObamaCare enrollment numbers
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    I stopped being Shocked by this crooked regime long ago Wbboei. 👿

  • admin

    Obama is on the TV thingamagig saying something or other nobody will believe anyway. These publicity stunts are getting lamer with every day that passes. We are not holding our breaths about Big Media asking any tough questions.

  • Shadowfax

    Congrats to Chelsea and Marc, and Gram and Gramp Clinton!

    I hope Hillary will still run for President.

  • Shadowfax

    Ugh, spammy again?

  • wbboei

    A New, More Sinister IRS Scandal

    Christian Adams

    PJ Media

    April 17th, 2014 – 6:51 am

    Yesterday was a significant day in the IRS abuse scandal. The scandal evolved from being about pesky delays in IRS exemption applications to a government conniving with outside interests to put political opponents in prison.

    Emails obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act reveal Lois Lerner cooking up plans with Justice Department officials to talk about ways to criminally charge conservative groups that are insufficiently quiet.

    Larry Noble, a law professor now with the Soros-funded Campaign Legal Center, was cited in the emails as someone agitating to jail conservatives who “falsely” report on IRS forms that they are not engaged in political speech. Lerner talked about setting up meetings with Justice Department election lawyers who wanted to talk about making Noble’s dreams a reality — this after Senator Sheldon Whitehouse raised the idea of criminal charges for conservatives who are not sufficiently quiet, charges that they falsely completed an IRS tax exemption form.

    Larry Noble
    Larry Noble

    Their theory is a favorite among speech regulators in the Soros-funded left and academia. It goes like this: “Too much speech is bad (unless unions do it.) Groups who talk about things leftists find uncomfortable are necessarily political and thus should never have 501(c) tax exempt status. Criminally charge any group that said on their IRS tax exempt form that they were not political if they say things the left finds uncomfortable. Get Eric Holder’s Justice Department on the case.”

    The emails obtained by Judicial Watch reveal this is essentially what was going on behind the scenes at the IRS, DOJ, and with outside leftist interests.

    The emails, so far, only name a few of the speech regulators involved. But there are many who don’t appear in the latest document dump that give life to the cause of limiting the First Amendment.

    Hans von Spakovsky, a former commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, is intimately familiar with the scope and power of the speech regulators. He said: “Ever since I came to Washington, I’ve been shocked at the liberal politicians like Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, advocacy groups like Democracy 21 and Fred Wertheimer, and government bureaucrats at the FEC and the Justice Department who want to use the power of government to censor their opponents. They hate the First Amendment and would fit right into the Soviet Union.”

    All roads in the IRS scandal run through Citizens United, the Supreme Court case that sent the speech regulators into a frenzy when it allowed private citizens to spend money to express their views without government regulation. Even President Obama attacked Citizens United in a State of the Union address. Justice Samuel Alito mouthed his opinion about Obama’s truthfulness during the speech.

    Citizens United, in timing and substance, was the genesis of the IRS scandal.

    So who are the speech regulators seeking to impose government limits on the exercise of the First Amendment?

    Like bats in the belfry, they tend to congregate online at University of California at Irvine Law Professor Rick Hasen’s election blog.

    Hasen runs an online meeting hall for all the would-be speech totalitarians. They post, bluster, and kibitz about the latest news on their effort to erode the First Amendment and increase federal power. Whenever a free speech advocate seeks to contribute to the conversation at the blog, they are often deliberately given a cold shoulder and ignored, per plan. The ignored don’t understand that leftists aren’t interested in debate. Their pedigree requires the eradication of opposing ideas, not their incubation.

    But perhaps the ignored should be thankful. Being ignored is better than what the speech regulators have done in other places throughout history. Jail and truncheons are the usual tools of those who want to stamp out free speech. In America, the speech regulators have just begun to warm up to jail as a tool.

    That Hasen’s online hangout is hosted on government servers provides an interesting twist.

    Judicial Watch sent the University of California at Irvine a freedom of information request demanding Hasen’s emails to the White House and other government officials including any on the topic of speech regulations. The University told Judicial Watch to pound sand, and still hasn’t provided anything.

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    Yesterday’s IRS email revelation makes you wonder what Cal-Irvine is hiding.

    So who are some of the other speech regulators who haven’t shown up on IRS scandal documents yet?

    One of the top speech regulators is former White House counsel and Obama campaign lawyer Bob Bauer. As I noted at PJ Media:

    Robert Bauer had the motive to direct IRS policy against Tea Party groups. He is a longtime opponent of First Amendment freedoms and an advocate of government-speech regulation. He also can’t stand the work the Tea Party is conducting to monitor and eradicate voter fraud, work the Republican Party and national campaigns have utterly failed to perform.

    During the 2008 election, while representing the Obama campaign, Bauer sent a threatening letter to the Justice Department demanding criminal investigations of people who had the audacity to speak about voter fraud. Bauer even singled out Sarah Palin in the letter. Anyone who “developed or disseminated” information about voter fraud, to Bauer, deserved the heavy boot of a criminal investigation. Read the letter; it reveals a nasty, thuggish, and lawless attitude toward political opposition.

    There’s that jail thing again. They just can’t resist that totalitarian impulse against political opponents.

    Other campaigns have had speech regulator attorneys — even Republicans. Trevor Potter was John McCain’s head lawyer in 2008, and he founded the now Soros-funded Campaign Legal Center. He helped cook up the McCain-Feingold speech regulations.

    Scads of well-funded groups also exist to stamp down free speech, groups like Common Cause and Demos.

    The new, more sinister IRS scandal is deadly dangerous to Democrats. It isn’t dangerous because bureaucrats took too long to approve tax exemption applications. It’s dangerous because it reveals the authoritarian impulses of powerful Democrats. First they tried to shut up political opposition through threats and bureaucracy. Then we learn yesterday that Democrats and leftists at the Justice Department, the United States Senate, and the Internal Revenue Service were discussing jailing political opponents.

    Just wait until the American people learn more about the modern American version of history’s speech regulators.

  • holdthemaccountable

    Absolutely oxymoronic.
    Media heavyweights join fight against removing ‘Innocence of Muslims’ from YouTube. Published: April 18, 2014
    snip ‘Innocence of Muslims’ was first uploaded to YouTube in 2012, sparking a wave of protests across the Middle East because of unfavorable depictions of the prophet Muhammad as a pedophile. The 14-minute film was controversial enough that the Obama administration first blamed the movie for being the driving force behind the US consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans. snip In a late February decision, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals sided 2-1 with Garcia, rejecting the company’s argument that the forcible removal of the video would violate Google’s right to free speech under the First Amendment. Instead, YouTube was given 24 hours to take the video offline and ordered to make every effort to prevent it from being uploaded in the future. snip. YouTube has since removed the video, but Google appealed to the entire 9th Circuit Court and will argue the matter again in the coming months. On their side is a plethora of media organizations including the Los Angeles Times, The EW Scripps Company, Advance Publications, California Newspapers Publishers Association, the First Amendment Coalition, and others. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press announced Thursday that a friend-of-the-court brief had been filed. Snip The media groups warned that the situation is quite dire, saying the February decision “expands the concept of copyright ownership in a manner that could allow the subjects of news coverage to exercise veto power over unflattering broadcasts.”http://rt.com/usa/media-heavyweights-innocence-muslims-case-308/
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    wbb – glad you won that battle / dp.

  • admin
    April 17, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Obama is on the TV thingamagig saying something or other nobody will believe anyway. These publicity stunts are getting lamer with every day that passes. We are not holding our breaths about Big Media asking any tough questions.
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    Pillow Fluffers!!!!! 😯

  • Shadowfax

    hold’um

    ‘oxymoronic’ — perfect word for the O’xymoronic pResident’s entire reign of corruption.

  • Shadowfax

    8 million sign ups, (number that have not paid?)

    …out of a population of 320+ million.

    Only someone that sets his own bar so low, could possibly think that o’BamaCare is a success.

    How many millions of people were without healthcare before Barry laid this egg?

  • jbstonesfan

    Everything has sucked since 2008. I am sick as well and have been to 4 doctors who can’t explain my excessive tearing and onset of debilitating tinnitus in my left lobe. I am friggin pissed.

  • Tony Stark

    jbstonesfan
    April 19, 2014 at 1:03 am
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    Sounds like something is affecting both cranial nerves VII and VIII in your case. Have you seen a neurologist?

  • admin

    Feel better JBStonesFan. We’ll add to Tony Stark and suggest maybe it is sinus related?

  • holdthemaccountable

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hijacks Easter ritual, Episcopal Bishop, to wash feet of two immigrant childrenm, shill for HR15. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Pelosi-assists-in-Holy-Week-foot-washing-ritual-5411553.php

    “…Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 – bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would “reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship….”

    Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco.

    Hello-o-o?

  • holdthemaccountable

    4-18-14. Christie Announces Ethics Initiative as Part of Office Revamp
    http://www.njtvonline.org/news/video/christie-announces-ethics-initiative-as-part-of-office-revamp/

    appoints Dean of Seton Hall Law School, Patrick Hobbs, as the ombudsman.
    dissolves the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.

  • TheRock

    wbb and jbstonesfan,

    Get better soon for no other reason than the world is a better place with you healthy in it. Great post admin. Catching up on my reading. Glad to see that another Clinton is in the way! 🙂

    Hillary 2016

  • S

    OT…there are only 3 on my list that I will recommend to others…the acting, the writing, the sets, the suspense, costumes, make-up, hair, different, etc…

    American Horror Story – next season ‘Freak Show’ with a carnival theme

    Bates Motel – soon to be wrapping second season, @ 5 left – Mon nights on A & E

    …and tonight’s Season Two premiere…Orphan Black 9 pm on BBC

  • Lu4PUMA

    jbstonesfan
    April 19, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Everything has sucked since 2008. I am sick as well and have been to 4 doctors who can’t explain my excessive tearing and onset of debilitating tinnitus in my left lobe. I am friggin pissed.

    ———————–
    I had some events in my life last year that put me in such emotional pain that it aggravated my physical pain to a point I took some risks in finding solutions. I always thought chiropractors were dangerous, and maybe they are, but I found a good one who has helped me immensely. I have arthritis and tinnitus and both were alleviated by chiropractic treatment. There are also exercises you can do for tinnitus.

    My cat has arthritis too and she fell, injuring her spine. The vet did not really know how to treat her spinal injury, but my chiropractor picked her problem right off, looking at her xrays. He said she had a dislocation and since he adjusted her she has been back on the mend. It was unbelievable. She went from tail down to purring and swishing. I have been impressed.

    If a neurologist cannot help you, I suggest you find a good chiropractor and try it.

  • admin

    NEW ARTICLE IS UP.