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Chez Obama: The fun never stops

I know some of you are up-to-the-minute newshounds, while others are slower to the mark, like me. Once more, I’m playing catch-up on the last few days and shocked at how bad it is. Here’s my summary, for anyone else who might be “behind” like me.

On the IRS / Tea Party scandal, and mostly via HotAir:

Over in the Obama DOJ’s spy-on-the-media scandal, AG Holder is pleading a technicality to get out of a perjury charge, as I thought he might.

But hey – At least a low-level (for real) Federal worker who committed fraud, got some just desserts.

Please feel free to add more stuff that I should be noticing, in the comments!

UPDATE: McDermott, still at it, wonders aloud if yesterday’s committee witnesses might have lied. At 3:21 he says, “People can say anything, and they do, before committees. But the fact is, we don’t know [it] to be true.”

And at MSNBC, Martin Bashir plays the RAYYYSIST! card. He calls the reaction against the IRS abuses part of, in his words, “the war against the black man in the White House.”

How low can these people go? I need something uplifting, now. Here it is, via Ace and The Right Scoop: Becky Gerritson reminding us what the Tea Party is about.

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  1. Also, the talking point that liberal groups were treated just as badly by the IRS turns out to be another lie.

    An IRS letter (PDF) published by Progress Texas online Thursday showed the liberal group was given 22 days to respond to a list of 21 questions. Some of the questions included up to nine sub-questions.

    The questions resembled the list of 35 questions (PDF) sent to the Liberty Township Tea Party, which has complained of IRS harassment.

    Though the line of questioning was generally the same, there were some key differences between the lists of questions.

    The Liberty Township Tea Party was asked to provide copies of all its activity on Facebook and Twitter, while the Progress Texas was not. The Liberty Township Tea Party was asked for more specific information about the employment background of its officials, including copies of resumes, while Progress Texas was asked for more general information. The tea party group was also asked whether any of its officials had served on the board of another organization or planned to run for office.

    Sorry, bootlickers.

    Comment by V the K — June 5, 2013 @ 5:50 am - June 5, 2013

  2. Great catch. V! Why am I entirely unsurprised?

    Once more, I’m playing catch-up on the last few days and shocked at how bad it is.

    So, ILC, I guess this means you’re a Slow Information Voter???

    😛

    Comment by My Sharia Moor — June 5, 2013 @ 6:18 am - June 5, 2013

  3. So, if I may ask…

    Are the bootlickers totally willing to forgive Obama his abuses of power with the IRS, his lies with regard to Benghazi, his legal assaults on the press, and all of his other scandals… just because he said something they liked about gay marriage?

    Comment by V the K — June 5, 2013 @ 8:36 am - June 5, 2013

  4. Here’s my next favorite, ILC: receipts for thee, but not for me.

    For the benefit of our Obama cultists like Pat, rusty, and concern-troll mike whose only experience with businesses is suing them for not applauding a gay wedding, companies and businesses are required to keep this type of extensive documentation to have a prayer of accurately filing their tax returns without at minimum and audit and penalty. For a publicly-traded or other company subject to the Obama Party’s Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank laws, this is a breach that would at minimum result in fines and most likely would translate into shareholder lawsuits and Federal prosecution, with the CEO and CFO being held personally and criminally liable, even if the mistake was due to a low-level employee’s screwup.

    In short: your incompetent idiot Obama and his Obama Party lackeys are incapable of following the same rules they DEMAND businesses follow to the letter, at the cost of hundreds of billions of dollars in lost time, productivity, and human capital.

    Now, to save time, pick a line for which distraction card you’d like to play this time:

    1) Bush did it!
    2) Republicans are obstructionist!
    3) RAAAAAAAACIST!
    4) You’re a toxic personality drag queen!

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — June 5, 2013 @ 8:51 am - June 5, 2013

  5. From Taxprofblog

    http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2013/06/the-irs-3.html

    The IRS Scandal, Day 27

    • Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration: Review of the August 2010 Small Business/Self-Employed Division’s Conference in Anaheim, California (2013-10-037)
    • IRS: IRS Key Facts: TIGTA Conference Report
    • House Ways & Means Committee Hearing, Organizations Targeted by Internal Revenue Service for Their Personal Beliefs:
    o John Eastman (Chair, National Organization for Marriage)
    o Dianne Belsom (Laurens County Tea Party)
    o Becky Gerritson (Wetumpka Tea Party)
    o Karen Kenney (San Fernando Valley Patriots)
    o Kevin Kookogey (Founder and President, Linchpins of Liberty Testimony)
    o Sue Martinek (Coalition for Life of Iowa Testimony)
    • American Thinker: The GOP and the IRS
    • Andrew Blair-Stanek (Maryland), The IRS Scandal, Property Rules, and Liability Rules
    • Bloomberg: Bad News Piles Up for IRS With Hearing Alongside Critical Report
    • Bloomberg: IRS Paid Speaker $17,000 to Paint Michael Jordan at Event
    • Bloomberg: Obama Failed to Tell Truth About IRS in Poll With 47% Skeptical
    • BuzzFeed: Average Guest Speaker At IRS Conference Made More Than $9,000
    • Fox News: Former IRS Commissioner’s Wife Tweeted from Occupy Wall Street Rally
    • The Hill: New Tax Chief Werfel Pledges to Correct ‘Serious Problems’ at IRS
    • The Hill: Treasury IG Official Compares IRS Scandal to Nixon
    • Huffington Post op-ed: The IRS Is Deplorable, by Greta Van Susteren
    • Huffington Post op-ed: Let’s Stop This Charade, by Rep. Earl Blumenauer
    • Investor’s Business Daily: Stephanie Cutter Attended White House Meetings With IRS Chief
    • L.A. Times: House Republicans Draw More Attention to IRS Problems
    • Greg McNeal (Pepperdine), IRS Violated Procedures, Spent Millions on Conferences, Failed to Track Expenses and Paid Bonuses to Event Planners
    • DickMorris.com: How IRS Audits Started; The Strange Role of Schulman’s Wife
    • Mother Jones: That IRS Conference in Anaheim Isn’t Really the Scandal Everyone Thinks It Is
    • NBC News: 2010 IRS Conference Featured ‘Happiness Expert,’ $17K Art Session
    • NBC News: Ex-IRS Leader Urges Joint Congressional Probe of Agency’s Targeting
    • NBC News: Groups Targeted by IRS Describe Red Tape Nightmare
    • NewsBusters: Crowd Erupts in Thunderous Applause When Leno Says Obama Should Close IRS Instead of Gitmo
    • New York Times: IRS Spent $4.1 Million on Conference, Audit Finds
    • Politico: Bob Woodward Criticizes IRS ‘Fiction’
    • Politico: Groups Rail Against IRS Targeting at Hearing
    • Politico: IRS Spending Report: Pricey Suites, Michael Jordan Paintings
    • Rule of Law: White House Counsel Robert Bauer: Architect of IRS Abuse?
    • Time: IRS Officials Enjoyed Luxury Rooms at Conference
    • Wall Street Journal: IRS Audit Details $4.1 Million Conference
    • Washington Examiner: IRS Refuses to Turn Over Documents on Targeting to Senate
    • Washington Examiner: Were Those IRS Shake Your Booty Parties Compensation?
    • Washington Post: Another Blow: Senior IRS Officials Got Luxury Hotel Rooms, Free Drinks at $4 Million Meeting
    • Washington Post: Audit Details Lavish Spending at IRS Conference
    • Washington Post: Conservative Groups Targeted by IRS Testify That Agency Demanded They Curtail Activities
    • Weekly Standard: Dem. Congressman Blames IRS Victims For Being Targeted

    Comment by SC.Swampfox — June 5, 2013 @ 9:00 am - June 5, 2013

  6. On this topic, but not specifically mentioned, it the issue of Holder signing off on the Rosen subpoena and lying to a judge to obtain it.

    I understand that lying to Congress is in the purview of the House committee work, but I guess lying to a judge is not.

    In order to obtain the search warrant, Holder had to say that Rosen was a conspirator and a flight risk. With that said, Holder got the search warrant. (It is also alleged that he went judge shopping as well.)

    Now Holder is saying that there was never any intent of prosecuting Rosen, so everyone should just calm down.

    That means that DOJ and Holder wanted to get a search warrant to allow them to snoop around on Rosen and willfully lied to a judge in order to get the permission.

    Where does one go to have this admission of malfeasance addressed?

    What needs to occur in order to hold Holder accountable for obtaining a wire tap based on lying to a judge in order to meet the requirements of obtaining said search warrant?

    In my book, such blatant disregard of the letter of the law and of the ethic of the Constitutional guarantee of the freedom of the press is as serious as anything being investigated. This is an open and admitted violation of the of the oath of office taken by the man who is the top enforcer of that oath of office.

    Comment by heliotrope — June 5, 2013 @ 9:01 am - June 5, 2013

  7. And in answer to your question, V the K, of course they are.

    In the immortal words of Sultan Knish:

    There is not a single Obama voter anywhere in the land who believes that another four years of him will make this country better. Not a single one from coast to coast. No, what they believe is that he will make the country a worse place for those people that they hate. That he will have four more years to sink their ideas deeper in the earth, regardless of how many families go hungry and how many fathers kill themselves because they can no longer take care of their families. What they believe is that Obama will grant their group more special privileges and the rest of the country can go to hell.

    If the bootlickers were capable of thing about the future, they might come to the conclusion that a government that has decided to wage open war on half of its population is not only unstable in the operational sense, but fatally flawed in a constitutional republic.

    But Mugabe hates the same people they do and promises them more slop, so of course the bootlickers will obey him regardless of what he does. And Mugabe is secure in the knowledge that when the slop supply dries up and he needs to turn on them like he has on their fellow bootlickers in the media, they have the fallback of black skin to explain why his actions against them are right and just.

    Liberalism is nihilism at its finest.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — June 5, 2013 @ 9:05 am - June 5, 2013

  8. And, as much as I dislike Maggie Gallagher and NOM, the leaking of their donor list by someone at the IRS should not have occurred. Here is a story from FoxNew about NOM testimony yesterday:

    Conservative group claims it has proof IRS leaked donor list
    Published June 04, 2013
    FoxNews.com

    Did the IRS demonstrate completely unacceptable…

    A sense of redemption for Tea Party, conservative…
    The chairman of an anti-gay marriage group testified Tuesday that his organization has proof that the IRS leaked confidential donor details last year, calling for prosecution into what he described as a “felony.”
    “This just smells and I hope this committee gets to the bottom of it,” John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, said at a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee.
    Eastman testified Tuesday alongside several Tea Party activists who all claim they were targeted by the IRS. The Tea Party groups offered a first-hand account of how the IRS singled them out when they applied for tax-exempt status, asking them onerous questions and dragging out their application process.
    But Eastman shed light on another potential controversy involving the IRS — the unauthorized disclosure of tax document information. He recalled how information on their donors was leaked last year and published on the website of the Human Rights Campaign, which Eastman described as their “principal political opponent” on the marriage issue. The documents showed Mitt Romney’s political committee as a donor.
    Asked by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., if he had “proof” that the IRS leaked that material, Eastman said that he did.
    Eastman explained that while some information was redacted in the posted version, his group’s “forensic” specialists were able to strip layers from the document and found “the original document that was posted there had originated from within the IRS.”
    He said the version had “internal IRS stamps,” which “only exist within the IRS.”
    Eastman added: “You can imagine our shock and disgust over this. … We jealously guard our donors.”
    He later alleged the information was “deliberately” provided to their opponents.
    “If that’s inadvertent, the word no longer means anything,” he said, claiming his group has been “stonewalled” in its request for an investigation.
    After a series of hearings on Capitol Hill where current and former IRS officials testified on the agency’s actions, this is the first to feature alleged victims.
    Karen Kinney, with the San Fernando Valley Patriots, described how she got a form from the IRS with 35 items divided into 80 “sub-points of inquiry,” and was given just 20 days to comply.
    The leader of a small South Carolina Tea Party group said her organization first applied for tax-exempt status in 2010 — and is still waiting for the application to be processed.
    Dianne Belsom, president of the Laurens County Tea Party, said her group in rural South Carolina has about 60 members.
    For more than 18 months during the 2010 and 2012 election campaigns, IRS agents in a Cincinnati office singled out Tea Party and other conservative groups for additional scrutiny when they sought tax-exempt status, according to a report by J. Russell George, the Treasury Department inspector general for tax administration.
    The report said Tea Party groups were asked inappropriate questions about their donors, their political affiliations and their positions on political issues. The additional scrutiny delayed applications for an average of nearly two years, making it difficult for many of the groups to raise money.
    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/04/chairman-anti-gay-marriage-group-says-has-proof-irs-leaked-donor-details/#ixzz2VLeASpA0

    Comment by SC.Swampfox — June 5, 2013 @ 9:35 am - June 5, 2013

  9. Obama’s second term is getting off to a spectacular start ………. like a missile test firing blowing up on the launch pad.

    Comment by SC.Swampfox — June 5, 2013 @ 10:10 am - June 5, 2013

  10. ILC, this is all terrible stuff, and I hope that all the ones who committed any criminal acts, including the president, if he is indeed proven to be a criminal, spend some good time in a prison cell.

    For the benefit of our Obama cultists like Pat, rusty, and concern-troll mike whose only experience with businesses is suing them for not applauding a gay wedding

    Thanks, NDT, for providing another unnecessary personal attack. I’m sure ILC appreciates this on his thread. Thanks, again.

    Comment by Pat — June 5, 2013 @ 10:11 am - June 5, 2013

  11. Thanks everyone, great info!

    So, ILC, I guess this means you’re a Slow Information Voter???

    LOL – Yes.

    this is all terrible stuff, and I hope that all the ones who committed any criminal acts…spend some good time in a prison cell.

    Pat, thanks for saying it.

    Thanks, NDT, for providing another unnecessary personal attack.

    I must agree that NDT’s making it specific to 3 GP commenters who have probably *not* ever personally sued a business, was an unnecessary addition to a comment which is otherwise valid (and entertaining). Let’s drop it from here, leaving me with the last word on it.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 5, 2013 @ 12:11 pm - June 5, 2013

  12. V the K,

    It is very, very simple, although the Left will NEVER admit it.

    It is quite simply not illegal or immoral when THEY do it. It’s that simple to them.

    Sic the IRS on the Tea Party? That’s fine, but listen to them cry like babies on changing tables when you ask if it would therefore be okay to do the same to Planned Parenthood or OFA. It’s the same, and they basically know that, so they lie instead.

    I mean, how was McDermott’s argument to the audited parties any different from telling a rape victim “you asked for it,” or “you dressed slutty”? It isn’t, and had a Republican made the exact same argument using the exact same reasoning the media would be portraying it as a crime.

    Leftists HAVE no morals. They proved that when they stayed silent as Barack Obama doubled down on everything they protested when GW Bush did it.

    Gitmo? Still open.

    Patriot Act? Still the law, and Obama has added to it.

    Wars abroad? Yup, and isn’t it both magical and mystical that we don’t get daily counts of the dead anymore, like we did with Bush?

    It’s disgusting, and either the Left has no morals, or the few voices that ARE pointing out this Administration’s hypocrisy and outright lies are being ignored. There is virtually no one of note on the Left calling any of this out.

    Comment by acethepug — June 5, 2013 @ 12:13 pm - June 5, 2013

  13. Sorry about my comment, I hit ‘send’ before I knew you replied, ILC

    Comment by acethepug — June 5, 2013 @ 12:14 pm - June 5, 2013

  14. ace, I’m not sure what you’re apologizing for. I only meant, please leave me with the last word on the NDT-Pat sidebar. Your comment moves on to other stuff… great! 🙂

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 5, 2013 @ 12:20 pm - June 5, 2013

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  16. I love all you smart, well informed posters here!

    I just want to say that Jim McDermott is an absolute disgrace as a Representative of Congress. He is a corrupt, lying dirtbag from way back (remember Newt Gingrich’s taped phone call? Mcdermott hanging out with Sadaam Hussein? Etc., etc.) He is also a complete arrogant ass as a person (I have met him several times, and he not only lied to me, but he pulled a “do you know who I am” on our first encounter). He gets re-elected in Seattle with numbers Mugabe would be proud to own. He represents the bluest, most liberal district of Seattle (which includes a part of Seattle, Fremont, which sports a statue of Lenin).

    Anyways, I just wanted to take the time to point out what an absolute lying sack of crap (and I apologize for insulting all the sacks of crap out there) he is. He is a nasty, hateful, lying, jackass.

    Comment by runningrn — June 5, 2013 @ 7:28 pm - June 5, 2013

  17. ace the pug, do you live in the Seattle area? I actually know a pug named Ace!

    Comment by runningrn — June 5, 2013 @ 7:29 pm - June 5, 2013

  18. rrn – See the Update… McDermott got even worse, today.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — June 5, 2013 @ 7:48 pm - June 5, 2013

  19. @7: NDT – I think that’s exactly right. It must’ve been one of the recent gun control pushes that convinced me that most progressive arguments have nothing to do with advancing (what they believe to be) good policy; it has everything to do with punishing those they don’t like: bitter clingers, flyover country, the bourgeois.

    I’ve read more than a few comments from “liberals” (hah!) who think the IRS is doing Gaia’s work punishing the moronic tea-baggers.

    There are those on the right with the same leanings… Lindsay Graham comes to mind.

    Comment by KCRob (SoCalRobert) — June 5, 2013 @ 7:51 pm - June 5, 2013

  20. To add… I once was accused of being a hater for an impolitic comment. I responded that, yes, I may well be a hater in their eyes.

    But as a good conservative, I do my own hating. Progressives want the government to do their hating for them.

    Comment by KCRob (SoCalRobert) — June 5, 2013 @ 7:53 pm - June 5, 2013

  21. runningrn, actually, I live in the Northeast — and we had a pug named Ace — best, most mellow dog we ever had 🙂

    Thanks for asking!

    Comment by acethepug — June 6, 2013 @ 6:19 am - June 6, 2013

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