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  • Lerner Hard Drive Was "Scratched"

    07/22/2014 3:10:50 PM PDT · by kristinn · 158 replies
    The House Ways and Means Committee ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Washington, DC – Despite early refusals to make available IT professionals who worked on Lois Lerner’s computer, Ways and Means Committee investigators have now learned from interviews that the hard drive of former IRS Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner was “scratched,” but data was recoverable. In fact, in-house professionals at the IRS recommended the Agency seek outside assistance in recovering the data. That information conflicts with a July 18, 2014 court filing by the Agency, which stated the data on the hard drive was unrecoverable – including multiple years’ worth of missing emails. “It is unbelievable that we cannot get...
  • IRS Settles with Atheists, Agrees to Crack Down on Churches for ‘Electioneering’

    07/22/2014 2:07:59 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 32 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | Heather Clark
    WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reached a settlement with a prominent atheist organization, agreeing to crack down churches and religious groups for infringements of its prohibition against ‘electioneering.’ As previously reported, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, sued the IRS in 2012, asserting that many non-profit religious organizations have been “blatantly and deliberately flaunting … electioneering restrictions,” but the government has not enforced its rules pertaining to the matter. According to the IRS website, “Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or...
  • IRS: Hey, maybe we do have our e-mail backups

    07/22/2014 5:32:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/22/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Does the IRS actually have their backups for e-mail from the period when Lois Lerner and her group targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny on tax-exempt applications? The agency claimed a month ago that it overwrote the tapes every six months, in one of the most notorious (and unsuccessful) Friday afternoon document dumps ever. New testimony from one of the IRS’ top lawyers released last night by the House Oversight Committee casts doubt on that story (via Instapundit): The IRS might not have lost the backups of former agency administrator Lois Lerner’s emails after all, according to top IRS...
  • IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 hard drives

    07/21/2014 7:08:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/23/14 | Jim McElhatton
    Days after IRS officials said in a sworn statement that former top agency employee Lois G. Lerner’s computer memory had been wiped clean, the agency put out word to contractors Monday that it needs help to destroy at least another 3,200 hard drives. The Internal Revenue Service solicitation for “media destruction” services reflects an otherwise routine job to protect sensitive taxpayer information, but it was made while the agency’s record destruction practices remain under a sharp congressional spotlight. Congressional investigators of the IRS targeting of conservative groups have been hampered by the unexplained destruction of emails and other records of...
  • IRS official: Lois Lerner email trail may not be cold

    07/21/2014 5:18:23 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 21 Jul 2014 | RACHAEL BADE
    A top IRS official is now uncertain about whether backup tapes of the lost Lois Lerner emails may exist, according to testimony released by Republicans — a potentially significant plot twist in the controversy that has shaken the IRS in recent weeks. IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane, who oversees the tax-collecting agency’s document production to Congress, told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in private testimony that he’s now unsure whether all the backup tapes with correspondence from the ex-IRS official were recycled. “I don’t know if there is a backup tape with information on it...
  • IRS agrees to monitor churches for electioneering

    07/21/2014 3:43:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2014 | By Kimberly Winston
    The Internal Revenue Service said it will monitor churches and other houses of worship for electioneering in a settlement reached with an atheist group. The settlement was reached Friday (July 18) in federal court in Madison, Wis., where the initial lawsuit was filed in 2012 by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based atheist advocacy group that claims 20,000 members nationwide. The suit alleged the IRS routinely ignored complaints by the FFRF and others about churches promoting political candidates, issues or proposed legislation. As part of their tax-exempt status, churches and other religious groups are prohibited from engaging in partisan...
  • IRS lawyer: By the way, hard drives of some other employees who dealt with Lois Lerner also crashed

    07/21/2014 12:09:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/21/2014 | AllahPundit
    We’ve reached a sufficiently high level of implausibility now, I think, that this story technically qualifies as a news-of-the-weird palate cleanser, not actual news.Assuming the data isn’t recovered and no one is punished, as seems likely, this is a get-out-of-jail-free card for the next president’s administration, no? If some Democratic Senate oversight committee demands to see e-mails from President Christie’s underlings and the reply comes back that the hard drives were all corrupted, what’s the grounds for complaint? IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said in transcribed congressional testimony that more IRS officials experienced computer crashes, bringing the...
  • Now IRS Reports EVEN MORE Computer Crashes, Doesn’t Know If Emails Still Exist

    07/21/2014 10:09:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 07/21/2014 | Patrick Howley Political Reporter
    IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said in transcribed congressional testimony that more IRS officials experienced computer crashes, bringing the total number of crash victims to “less than 20,” and also said that the agency does not know if the lost emails are still backed up somewhere. The new round of computer crash victims includes David Fish, who routinely corresponded with Lois Lerner, as well as Lerner subordinate Andy Megosh, Lerner’s technical adviser Justin Lowe, and Cincinnati-based agent Kimberly Kitchens.
  • Whistleblower: IRS in cahoots with NSA

    07/21/2014 9:30:49 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 41 replies
    WND.com ^ | 7/21/2014 | Drew Zahn
    One of the architects of the National Security Agency’s eavesdropping technology told a radio host today the Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, has “direct access” to the NSA’s domestic spying data and was likely using it to target the tea party. NSA whistleblower William Binney was being interviewed on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s 970 AM The Answer when he disclosed the startling revelation. “For example,” Binney said in response to a question on how the NSA can use data and metadata to identify potential threats, “if you started to communicate with people involved in the tea party...
  • Lois Lerner emails reveal gaping open-records loophole

    07/20/2014 7:35:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/20/14 | S.A. Miller & Stephen Dinan
    The Lois G. Lerner emails released this month revealed a potentially huge loophole in federal open-records practices when an IRS tech staffer acknowledged that the agency doesn’t regularly store — and never checks — instant message chats as official government records. Analysts say there is no question that the Internal Revenue Service and all other federal agencies should be storing chats and even cellphone text messages that may constitute official government documents, but a check by The Washington Times suggests that hardly any agency is doing so. Of 17 agencies surveyed by The Times, just two said they had policies
  • Lois Lerner's pension defunded and a whole lot more

    07/20/2014 7:05:46 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 38 replies
    The Rancher-Woodlands, Texas ^ | 7-20-2014 | Rick Manning - Opinion
    Lois Lerner's pension defunded and a whole lot more Saturday, July 19, 2014 9:15 pm | Updated: 1:29 am, Sun Jul 20, 2014.By Rick ManningLois Lerner was apparently patient zero of deadly computer viruses within the United States government as it has been learned that some of her former colleagues at the Federal Election Commission also mysteriously lost their computer hard drives. Of course, they had to be destroyed as well.The evidence must be pretty damning to have involved what appears pretty clearly to be an interdepartmental cover up. Two separate federal courts are now involved demanding an explanation from...
  • Ted Cruz: 'Abolish the IRS' and station all 110,000 agents 'on the southern border'

    07/20/2014 11:04:34 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 20, 2014 | David Martosko
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz told a cheering crowd of conservatives Saturday night that the next U.S. president should shutter the much-maligned Internal Revenue Service and turn the agency's 110,000 employees loose to police the U.S.-Mexico border. 'That's slightly tongue-in-cheek,' he said in Denver at the Western Conservative Summit. 'But think about it for a second: You travel thousands of miles, you cross over and see 110,000 IRS agents? You'd turn around and go home!' [Snip] The normally stolid and bloated GOP establishment, he hinted Saturday, is dismayed at his rise to prominence among tea party sympathizers and other grass-roots...
  • Lois Lerner Invitation to Ft. Marcy Park Sold on Ebay

    07/19/2014 10:08:20 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 8 replies
    tinypic ^ | 7-19-14 | dfu
    As a coveted piece of historical political memorabilia, the winner receives this in a frame:
  • Day 8: IRS still can't find Lerner's hard drive

    07/19/2014 2:33:06 PM PDT · by TWhiteBear · 49 replies
    wnd ^ | July 18, 2014 | Garth Kant
    The IRS can’t say with certainty what happened to the computer hard drive used by Lois Lerner, or exactly where it is now.. On July 11, Judge Reggie Walton ordered the agency to find out what had happened to the hard drive... Manning said Lerner’s hard drive was then “delivered to the IRS Criminal Investigation Division Electronic Crimes Forensic Laboratory for additional efforts to recover data from the malfunctioning hard drive.. testimony revealed another bizarre turn in the saga: The technician, or, specialist, who tried to recover the data from Lerner’s hard drive on that June day in 2011 may...
  • IRS gives full account of lost Lerner emails

    07/19/2014 10:41:07 AM PDT · by Innovative · 90 replies
    Politico ^ | July 18, 2014 | Rachael Bade
    The IRS declared under oath and penalty of perjury on Friday that Lois Lerner’s hard drive is irrecoverable after being wiped clean by tech staff and recycled with an outside contractor, according to a court filing.
  • A Teachable Moment

    07/19/2014 4:34:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Hank Adler
    This week there was an exchange of classified and confidential e-mails between Russian leaders and our Administration. Ultimately, if necessary, the Administration will claim executive privilege over the e-mails that were immediately provided to the Internal Revenue Service for safekeeping. The e-mails have been leaked through a source currently resident in Moscow. Russian: Look, we need some help. We are really sorry, and I mean that, but one of our guys thought that the Malaysian airplane was carrying Ukrainian troops. He is an idiot, our idiot, but yes, an idiot and trust me, we won't give him the keys...
  • Top Christie Aide Testifies She Deleted Bridge-Related Texts (GOP's Version Of IRS Scandal)

    07/18/2014 12:04:22 PM PDT · by TitansAFC · 44 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 7-17-2014 | Josh Dawsey
    A close aide to Gov. Chris Christie sent him text messages related to fallout from the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge and later deleted them, she told a legislative committee in Trenton on Thursday. Regina Egea, then the governor's liaison to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said the messages discussed testimony...
  • IRS Sharing Personal Income Tax Information with the Census Bureau

    07/18/2014 4:21:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/18/2014 | Kenneth H. Ryesky
    There are many compelling reasons to engage in genealogical and family history research, whether for personal curiosity or for establishing one's legal status and rights.  One useful resource in such research is the United States Census.  The decennial enumerations of each household are embargoed for 72 years, and their release to the public is invariably greeted with avid popularity. Interesting census information from the past has included place of birth, occupation, naturalization status and date for immigrants, and native language.  But now, the census is about to get a little more interesting. In order to design more efficient procedures for...
  • Department of Justice: We Heard About IRS Missing Emails On The News

    07/17/2014 4:27:43 PM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 17, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    James Cole, deputy attorney general in the Department of Justice, testified Thursday that the DOJ heard about the destruction of IRS officials’ emails in the news, even though DOJ has formally been investigating the IRS for more than a year. “I think we learned about it after that, from press accounts,” Cole told House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee chairman Rep. Jim Jordan at a hearing Thursday on the DOJ’s response to the wave of computer crashes at the IRS that wiped out seven different employees’ hard drives. (RELATED: Meet The Seven IRS Employees Whose Computer Crashed). DOJ has allegedly...
  • IRS Ship Sinking: First Deadline Friday

    07/17/2014 1:08:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2014 | Larry Provost
    The IRS is running but cannot hide due to citizens; citizens who obtained two important victories this week. Through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, the watchdog group Judicial Watch has taken the government to federal court seeking answers to the IRS missing emails; emails that are important in determining the extent and guilt of the IRS targeting the political opinions of ordinary Americans. This past week, the US Federal District Court for the District of Columbia has mandated two important rulings taking effect on Friday July 18, and no later than August 11, forcing the “most transparent administration in...
  • Examining the Justice Department’s Response to the IRS Targeting Scandal

    07/17/2014 12:01:30 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 6 replies
    http://oversight.house.gov/ ^ | July 17, 2014 | http://oversight.house.gov/
    Press releases: July 17, 2014 Justice Department Investigating the IRS Commissioner’s Delay in Notifying Justice, Congress about Lerner’s Lost Emails DAG Cole: We are looking into Koskinen’s delay in reporting the revelation that key witness’s evidence was lost In today’s House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice’s response to the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative… http://oversight.house.gov/release/justice-department-investigating-irs-commissioners-delay-notifying-justice-congress-lerners-lost-emails/ Justice Department’s IRS Targeting Investigation Only Learned of Lois Lerner’s Missing Emails After Media Reports Revelation raises questions about the seriousness of DOJ effort, reinforces need for special prosecutor...
  • FBI Probing Lost IRS Emails as DOJ Sets to Defend Its Investigation

    07/16/2014 4:19:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/16/14 | Staff
    Amid a flurry of Republican calls for a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service’s alleged targeting of conservative groups, the Justice Department is set to defend its own probe of the matter as exhaustive and sufficient during a House hearing Thursday on the department’s response to the scandal. A top Justice Department official will tell the hearing that the department is now looking at how some of former senior IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails disappeared -- a new area of inquiry, Attorney General Eric Holder told ABC News in an exclusive interview Friday.
  • Lerner Associate: "I Don’t Understand How Anyone But Straight White Men Can Vote Republican”

    07/16/2014 12:46:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 71 replies
    Townhall ^ | 7/16/14 | Guy Benson
    Federal employees, like all Americans, are entitled to hold passionate political beliefs. Most executive branch federal employees, however, may not engage in certain political activities, thanks to an anti-conflict of interest principle enshrined in a federal law called the Hatch Act. To wit, President Bush requested the resignation of his GSA administrator in 2008 after the US Office of Special Counsel determined she had violated federal law by participating in a video conference with Karl Rove and sending out partisan letters. (The New York Times was scandalized at the time, though I strangely can´t find their editorial calling for Kathleen
  • Pinocchio in The White House Press Room

    07/16/2014 11:18:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16,2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - If anyone needs further evidence the White House is out of touch with reality, it came in an official statement this week that President Obama has made the world a more tranquil place. This was the White House's exaggerated response to a well-documented, front page Wall Street Journal story that concluded "the breadth of global instability now unfolding hasn't been seen since the late 1970s." The article also charged that under this administration, "U.S. global power seems increasingly tenuous." This should be obvious to anyone who's been following foreign events -- make that crises -- since Barack Obama,...
  • David Simas won’t appear before Issa’s panel

    07/16/2014 8:13:04 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 30 replies
    Politico ^ | 16 Jul 2014 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN and LAUREN FRENCH
    David Simas, director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, will not comply with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s subpoena for him to testify, White House Counsel Neil Eggleston said in a letter Tuesday to panel Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). “The committee’s effort to compel Mr. Simas’s testimony threatens longstanding interests of the executive branch in preserving the president’s independence and autonomy, as well as his ability to obtain candidate advice and counsel to aid him in the discharge of his constitutional duties,” Eggleston wrote.
  • House votes to slash IRS tax enforcement budget Andrew Taylor

    07/15/2014 3:23:09 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-15-14 | Andrew Taylor
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House has voted to slash the budget for the Internal Revenue Service's tax enforcement division by $1.2 billion, a 25 percent cut that would mean fewer audits of taxpayers and make it more likely that people who cheat on their taxes will get away with it. The House approved the cuts by voice vote after little debate Monday night as it took up a $21 billion spending bill that sets the IRS budget. The cuts reflect GOP outrage over the agency's scrutiny of tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status and frustration over the agency's failure...
  • House GOP Slashes IRS Tax Enforcement Budget

    07/15/2014 9:37:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 15, 2014 | By ANDREW TAYLOR, AP
    The GOP-controlled House has slashed the budget for the Internal Revenue Service's tax enforcement division by $1.2 billion, a 25 percent cut that would mean fewer audits of taxpayers and make it more likely that people who cheat on their taxes will get away with it. The House approved the cuts by voice vote after little debate Monday night as it took up a $21 billion spending bill that sets the IRS budget. The cuts reflect GOP outrage over the agency's scrutiny of tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status and frustration over the agency's failure to produce thousands of emails...
  • “Recycled” hard drive at the FEC too? [Epidemic]

    07/15/2014 7:04:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/15/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The lesson of Watergate has not gone unheeded in the federal bureaucracy even more than forty years later. At the time, many wondered why Richard Nixon didn’t burn the tapes as investigators circled the White House. These days, the trick is to burn the e-mails, and it’s not just happening at the IRS. A probe into Hatch Act violations at the Federal Election Commission ran aground when the electronic communications of the suspect — a former colleague of Lois Lerner — had her computer hard drive “recycled.”Sound familiar? The Federal Election Commission recycled the computer hard drive of April...
  • Lois Lerner’s Former FEC Colleague Has Emails Go Missing Too

    07/14/2014 6:44:42 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 52 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7-14-2014 | Chuck Ross
    July 14, 2014 Lois Lerner’s Former FEC Colleague Has Emails Go Missing Too Chuck Ross The Federal Election Commission recycled the computer hard drive of April Sands — a former co-worker of Lois Lerner’s — hindering an investigation into Sands’ partisan political activities, according to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.Sands resigned from the Federal Election Commission in April after she admitted to violating the Hatch Act, which bars executive branch employees from engaging in partisan political activities on federal time and at federal facilities.The twist is that Sands also worked under Lois Lerner when the ex-IRS agent...
  • Would You Believe, Another Crashed Hard Drive?

    07/14/2014 5:36:10 PM PDT · by blueyon · 44 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/14/14 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Monday made yet another request to the federal government for details about a crashed hard drive that may have contained information allowing criminal charges to be brought against a federal official. Issa’s newest letter concerns the hard drive of April Sands, a former employee at the Federal Election Commission who resigned in the spring after admitting to violations of the Hatch Act. That law puts restrictions on the ability of government officials to conduct political activities while on the job, or from government offices.
  • Lois Lerner Suddenly Remembers She DID Keep Copies of Email. What Jogged Her Memory?

    07/14/2014 10:01:25 AM PDT · by blueyon · 34 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | 7/14/14 | Bob Allen
    A WaPo wow. Lois Lerner is, indeed, the tip of a very cold and ugly iceberg that needs to experience severe, special-prosecutor-led anthropogenic “climate change” until the agency is completely melted, and overflows in a devastating flood that inundates a bunch of high political offices. From Ed Rogers column: “The Insiders: More IRS smidgens show up. ‘Perfect.’” In a stunning revelation this week, it was disclosed that former IRS official Lois Lerner told colleagues,“we need to be cautious about what we say in emails” and then proceeded to ask the IRS IT department, in an e-mail, “if [instant messaging] conversations...
  • Clarence Page: Impeachment: Palin's crusade, GOP's headache

    07/13/2014 7:33:16 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 21 replies
    HPE.com (High Point Enterprise) ^ | 7/13/2014 | Clarence Page
    Sarah Palin has joined a rising drumbeat of Republicans who call for President Barack Obama's impeachment. Democrats can barely conceal their glee. It's hard to think of anything that would give a bigger boost to the Democrats' currently gloomy prospects in November's mid-term elections. (please see link for full article)
  • IRS to Rubber Stamp Tax-Exempt Status for Most Charities After Scandal

    07/13/2014 6:51:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 13, 2014 | Massimo Calabresi
    IRS head touts “efficiencies" but some groups fear fraud.Amid ongoing controversy over its scrutiny of non-profits, the Internal Revenue Service has decided it will no longer screen approximately 80% of the organizations seeking tax-exempt charitable status each year, a change that will ease the creation of small charities while doing away with a review intended to counter fraud and prevent political and other non-charitable groups from misusing the tax code. As of July 1, any group that pays a $400 fee and declares on a three-page online form that it has annual income of less than $50,000, total assets of...
  • "Lost" Lois Lerner Emails to White House May Be About Obama’s Brother

    07/13/2014 5:48:17 PM PDT · by blueyon · 13 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 6/14/14 | Walid Shoebat
    Was there any email correspondence between the White House and former IRS Tax Exempt Director Lois Lerner relative to Malik Obama’s Barack H. Obama Foundation (BHOF)? If so, when would it have taken place? Could it have been any time between January 2009 – April of 2011? The reason that should be of interest is that as of yesterday, the White House has suddenly proclaimed that all emails between Lerner and the White House during that time frame have been lost due to a computer crash. To clarify, it is obviously not known if there was any correspondence between Lerner...
  • Eric Holder: Palin Wasn't a Good VP Candidate, Even Worse Judge of Who Should Be Impeached

    07/13/2014 1:11:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    ABC News' This Week ^ | July 13, 2014 | Pierre Thomas, Mike Levine, Jack Date and Jack Cloherty
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Attorney General Eric Holder is challenging Republicans who are calling for his and President Obama's impeachment, and denouncing what he calls a "gridlocked Washington" stalled by what he says is a Republican Party bent on blocking any of the administration's efforts. “For whatever reason, [some] Republicans decided early on that this was a president they were just simply not going to cooperate with,” Holder said in a rare interview with ABC News' Pierre Thomas. "And over the past five-and-a-half years, we have seen demonstrations of that, where the president has reached out his hand, offered compromises that have simply not...
  • Clarice Feldman: Ignorance is Strength, War is Peace

    07/13/2014 9:27:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 13, 2014 | Clarice Feldman
    I remember once when -- we were sitting shiva for my paternal grandmother, I think-- I mentioned to my grandfather how smart I thought my youngest cousin, David, was. He replied, “All my grandchildren are smart, but the longer they go to school the dumber they get.” I thought of this when Drudge reported “42% of Millennials say they’re socialists, 16% know what a socialist is.” I guess the other 26% think it means they twitter. On the other hand, though the news of the world seems grim, there are small rays of intelligence starting to beam through the dopiness....
  • Reality of the IRS Scandal

    07/13/2014 6:07:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 13, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    People who are not distraught about Lois Lerner and the IRS must have never actually dealt with the organization. As someone who has for 36 years, it is clear that at best we are dealing with fabrications and at worst outright lies and criminal actions. The fact that any American --let alone the national press, Congressional Democrats, and the White House – might not be agitated is dangerous for our society. First, let us be clear: despite billions of dollars of taxpayer money being spent on improving their computer system, it is still rank. Second, the Internal Revenue has gradually...
  • THE WORST PRESIDENT?

    07/13/2014 5:27:06 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 49 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 7/12/2014 | David M. Shribman
    Wow. A reputable poll shows that the public believes Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II. Worse than Richard M. Nixon, driven from the presidency by Watergate? Much. Worse than Jimmy Carter, for decades the very symbol of the feckless chief executive? Loads. Worse than George W. Bush, still a lightning rod on the left and a symbol of disappointment on the right? Definitely. These startling poll results set loose the predictable reaction: A flurry of told-you-so nods on the right and a fusillade of this-tells-us-nothing assertions on the left. For once, they're both right. Obama is...
  • Cummings: Issa On “Subpoena Binge”

    07/11/2014 8:50:25 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    talkradionews.com ^ | July 11, 2014
    Darrell Issa-Elijah CummingsRep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has gone on a “subpoena binge”, according to the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). “Since you became Chairman in 2011, you have issued nearly 100 subpoenas – more than all three previous Committee chairmen combined,” wrote Cummings in a July 11, letter to Issa. Cummings said that Issa overstepped his bounds with his most recent subpoena on alleged Hatch Act violations to David Simas, an Assistant to the President and the Director of the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach. If issued, Simas...
  • LOIS LERNER invitation to Ft. Marcy Park (White House instructs - come alone)

    07/11/2014 6:02:31 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 42 replies
    ebay ^ | 7-11-14
    Let's see how long ebay takes to remove this. If you want to ask some fun questions, perhaps they will receive fun answers. Maybe this could go viral.
  • Judge gives IRS week to explain missing emails

    07/11/2014 4:06:07 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | 11 Jul 2014 | RACHAEL BADE
    A federal judge Friday gave the IRS one week to hand over details on Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drive and how to track it, the second federal judge in as many days to seek more information about the elusive emails. Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia ordered the the tax agency to find out by July 18 what happened to the crashed hard drive responsible for erasing two years worth of the former IRS official’s emails, including whether it’s traceable through a serial number. If such information is gone, the judge wants an...
  • Second federal judge tells IRS to explain lost Lerner emails

    07/11/2014 2:01:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7-11-14 | Shayla Bezdrob and Doug McKelway
    A second federal judge has now ordered the IRS to explain under oath how the agency lost emails from former division director Lois Lerner, the woman at the heart of the Tea Party targeting scandal. U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton told Obama administration lawyers on Friday he wants to see an affidavit explaining what happened with Lerner's hard drive. The IRS claims her computer suffered a crash in 2011 that wiped her email records at the time clean. But at a hearing examining a lawsuit against the IRS by conservative group True the Vote, Walton said he wants to...
  • Obama’s Law Professor: ‘I Wouldn’t Bet’ on Obamacare Surviving Next Legal Challenge

    07/11/2014 1:41:49 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    National Review -- The corner ^ | 7-11-14 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama’s old Harvard Law professor, Laurence Tribe, said that he “wouldn’t bet the family farm” on Obamacare’s surviving the legal challenges to an IRS rule about who is eligible for subsidies that are currently working their way through the federal courts. “I don’t have a crystal ball,” Tribe told the Fiscal Times. “But I wouldn’t bet the family farm on this coming out in a way that preserves Obamacare.” The law’s latest legal problem is that, as written, people who enroll in Obamacare through the federal exchange aren’t eligible for subsidies. The text of the law only provides subsidies...
  • Judge demands answers about Lerner's hard drive

    07/11/2014 1:34:31 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 11, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    A federal judge signaled on Friday that he would force IRS officials to say under oath what happened to former agency official Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drive. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said he also wanted the government to outline the qualifications of investigators looking into what happened to emails missing because of the hard drive crash. Walton revealed his intentions during a hearing about a lawsuit that a conservative group, True the Vote, filed against the IRS. True the Vote, which applied for and eventually received tax-exempt status, has accused the IRS of targeting it for its conservative beliefs....
  • Meet the Impeachment Crowd: 6 Republicans Who Want Obama Out

    07/11/2014 9:07:15 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jul 10, 2014, 2:45 PM ET | ERIN DOOLEY and SCOTT WILSON
    Has President Obama’s use of the “pen and phone” to circumvent Congress gotten out of hand? Some members of the GOP seem to think so. [...] a mounting chorus of Republicans are calling for impeachment. Here’s a list of the high-profile Republicans who want to kick the president out of office:
  • More Than a Smidgen

    07/11/2014 8:48:16 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 7-27-14 | Stephen F. Hayes
    The facts are simple. The IRS systematically targeted conservative and Tea Party groups after their activism proved decisive in the 2010 midterm elections—Obama’s famous “shellacking.” The effects of this targeting were widespread. Some Tea Party groups were neutered in the months before the 2012 presidential election. Few of the explanations or justifications of this targeting provided by IRS leaders and Obama administration officials have held up. IRS officials at first denied that any targeting had taken place. That was false. They later claimed that the targeting had involved only low-level employees in the Cincinnati office. That was false. They argued...
  • Federal judge orders IRS to explain lost emails

    07/11/2014 5:30:42 AM PDT · by libstripper · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 10, 2014 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to explain under oath how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy.
  • IRS Documents Given to Soros and Gorelick (another wrinkle in IRS targeting scandal?)

    07/10/2014 9:30:43 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 22 replies
    American Journal ^ | 7-10-2014 | Declan Finn
    July 10, 2014 IRS Documents Given to Soros and Gorelick Declan Finn We know the IRS has leaked documents about donor lists to left-wing groups; after all, they confessed.In May 2013, they admitted that groups with “tea party” or “patriots” in their names were flagged for extra IRS review. People were questioned the content of their prayers, and if they would promise not to protest Planned Parenthood.What could make this worse? If the IRS gave these documents to a left-wing organization as a part of the process.Enter the Darth Vader of the conservative world, George Soros.From WND: WASHINGTON – Though...
  • Beanie Baby billionaire balks at the Big House

    07/11/2014 3:46:22 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7-10-14 | Kim Janssen
    Lawyers for billionaire Beanie Baby creator and convicted tax cheat Ty Warner say he’s “a self-made man with a generous heart” and a federal judge was right not to send him to the big house. Prosecutors were left fuming in January after Warner was handed just two years probation and 500 hours community service for hiding $100 million in secret Swiss bank accounts to con the IRS. In February, they asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to order Warner be resentenced. But attorneys for the 69-year-old Oak Brook toy industry titan argued in a 57-page court filing Thursday...
  • RAHN: The end of the progressive income tax

    07/10/2014 5:40:08 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 83 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2014 | Richard Rahn
    July 1 might go down in history as the beginning of the end of the comprehensive, progressive income tax. A progressive income tax, in which the government attempts to tax all labor income and capital income, such as interest, dividends and capital gains more than once, cannot help becoming so complex that it eventually dies of its own weight. This is particularly true when the government attempts to tax the worldwide income of its “tax persons” rather than the income located in its own territory. The complexity is caused by the never-ending attempt to define what income is and what...