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What We Know So Far For Sure

  1. Starting in 2010, the most powerful leaders of the Democratic Party — President Obama, Senators Durbin, Schumer and Levin, Representative Elijah Cummings — ran a ceaseless campaign pressuring the IRS to silence Conservative groups.
  2. Lois Lerner, the former head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS doing the actual targeting, was at the epicenter of the effort. When questioned by Congress, Lois Lerner refused to answer questions, claiming she had a Fifth Amendment right to silence. The IRS then claimed they suspended Lerner when, in fact, they had put her on a leave at full pay. Lerner has since taken retirement with a $50,000+ annual pension.
  3. Ten days after receiving the first inquiry from Congress in June 2011, the hard drives of Lois Lerner and a host of people she’d emailed during the previous two years abruptly “crashed” and were quickly destroyed. (Since when does any government agency get around to doing anything quickly, much less something as inane as destroying dead hard drives?)
  4. When Congress demanded all of the internal emails Lerner’s office staff sent between 2009 and 2011, the IRS dragged its feet for three years, then admitted the hard drives had crashed and been destroyed in June 2011 and that, oopsie, their internal backup tapes are toast also, because those get recycled every six months.
  5. According to FedSpending.org, the IRS had a contract with Sonasoft, an email backup service vendor, starting back in 2005. Sonasoft’s motto is “email archiving done right,” and the company lists the IRS as a customer.
  6. The current IRS Commissioner — John Koskinen — told Congress he does not owe the public an apology over the targeting of Conservative groups or the agency’s failure to provide internal emails. He confidently stated that he is “willing to stand on [the agency’s] record.” Before moving to the IRS in 2011, Koskinen was a chairman at Freddie Mac.

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Why the IRS scandal won’t die

2014 IRS targeting

Friday, June 20, 2014: IRS Commissioner John Koskinen appeared before Congress again today to answer questions about how his agency somehow or other “lost” all two years of emails of all the key figures in the scandal. They’d like us to believe it was just an unfortunate accident and that the emails are unrecoverable. Yeah, right.

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), angrily told Koskinen. “I don’t believe you. … Nobody believes you.” As Ryan points out, taxpayers are required to keep ALL accounting records for SEVEN YEARS after filing a return, just in case the IRS decides it wants to audit you. But the IRS? Oopsie. We lost 2 years of emails and how dare you suggest we did it on purpose! Please.

VIDEO of Ryan facing down IRS boss Koskinen is priceless. Embedded @ http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/20/irs-boss-faces-cover-up-claims-ahead-hill-hearing-on-missing-emails/

I know from personal experience that, by the federal government’s own standards, “The dog ate my homework”, is PROOF POSITIVE that you’re a lying scumbag! When I was fighting to get on disability (which used to be hard), one set of important medical records was unavailable. The doctor had died and his elderly widow couldn’t find my file. The Social Security judge sneered at my excuse and said I was obviously lying.

Another time, we were talking to a guy I went to high school with. He’d become a tax specialist and had interesting stories about tax court. He said he had a client whose records had legitimately been destroyed in a fire. The IRS audited him for back years and determined that minus this evidence that he had had any right to his claimed deductions, he would have to pay the taxes in full, plus fines, interest, and penalties for having “falsely” claimed he had said deductions.

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Round-up of News and Views

  1. First, a photo Dearest took at Dryden Dairy Day that gives me the giggles.
  2. Second, the Scripps National Spelling Bee Co-Champion (tie this year) lives in our district.
  3. Third, below the photo are some linkies on various topics.

2014_06 14 Spay and Neuter Democrats pic by DBC

JUSTINA IS HOME WITH HER FAMILY!!!
Justice for Justina: Judge orders Connecticut girl to be returned to family – June 17, 2014
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/06/17/justice-for-justina-judge-orders-connecticut-girl-to-be-returned-to-family/

Federal law requires hard copies of emails to make sure they get saved in the event of a computer glitch. Oops.
IRS Was Required By Law to Print Out Lois Lerner’s Emails – June 17, 2014
http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/17/irs-was-required-by-law-to-print-out-lois-lerners-emails/

Florida’s newest Pro-Life law, effective next month, sets the no-abortion point at any stage of development when a doctor determines the fetus is VIABLE.
Florida Governor Rick Scott Signs Bill to Ban Late-Term Abortions by Steven Ertelt – June 13, 2014
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/06/13/florida-governor-rick-scott-signs-bill-to-ban-late-term-abortions/

Matt Walsh is a wonderful writer, but I think he really out-did himself with this one. He got a snarky email claiming the Bible proves that Jesus was a liberal and Satan was a conservative. Walsh blasts every point out of the water with Bible-based evidence.
Satan is a liberal by Matt Walsh – June 17, 2014
http://themattwalshblog.com/2014/06/17/satan-liberal/

Ticks, zits, cold sores, puffy eyes and a host of other minor ailments that can be effectively relieved inexpensively.
Amazing Witch Hazel: The Medicinal Marvel with the Funny Name
http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/11/amazing-witch-hazel-the-medicinal-marvel-with-the-funny-name.html

SCOTUS voted unanimously to allow the challenge to Ohio’s “false statement” law which essentially empowers a state agency to decide what is true or false and thereby squash political speech that is unpopular to the ruling party.
Supreme Court Rules Pro-Life Group Can Defend Its Free Speech Rights by Steven Ertelt – June 16, 2014
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/06/16/supreme-court-rules-pro-life-group-can-defend-its-free-speech-rights/

Slow Code: When medical providers deliberately administer treatment so slowly that it is useless to the patient. They give the appearance of helping to lull loved ones into allowing them to cut short “useless” lives.
We Thought Doctors Were Helping Our Daughter With Trisomy 18, But They Were Slowly Killing Her by Brad Smith – June 16, 2014
http://www.lifenews.com/2014/06/16/we-thought-doctors-were-helping-our-daughter-with-trisomy-18-but-they-were-slowly-killing-her/

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And you thought Watergate was a scandal

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2010_07 06 Email proves IRS in DC ran targeting

WORTH WATCHING!! Fox news story video (includes Charles Krauthammer’s take) embedded @
http://www.mediaite.com/tv/krauthammer-new-emails-proves-lie-in-white-house-claim-irs-didnt-target-gopers/

When did this all start?

  • March 31, 2010: At 12:30 pm, National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelly logged into the White House for a personal appointment with President Obama. The NTEU is the 150,000 union that Obama gave enormous discretion over the activities of the IRS, right down to deciding who is allowed a Blackberry. The union’s PAC endorsed President Obama in both 2008 and 2012, and gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles to anti-Tea Party candidates.
  • April 1, 2010: EOT manager, Steve Grodnitzky, initiated Sensitive Case Reports (SCR) for Tea Party cases. The EOT manager answered directly to the EO division’s director … Lois Lerner.

Who is Lois Lerner?

  • Described as “apolitical” in mainstream press coverage of the IRS scandal, Lois’ husband’s law firm hosted a voter registration organizing event for the Obama presidential campaign, praised President Obama’s policy work, and had one of its partners appointed by Obama to a key ambassadorship.
  • Last month, Judicial Watch obtained documents that proved Lerner and officials at DOJ had discussed how they could arrange to have conservative political activists thrown in jail.
  • On June 26, 2011, Lerner personally approved Malik Obama’s tax-exempt request, just one month after he applied on behalf of his shady charity. Lerner simultaneously approved Obama’s half-brother for retroactive tax exempt status to cover the 27 months prior during which he had been soliciting donations illegally.

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I’m a Trey Gowdy Fangirl :)

“That’s a lot of talking for someone who wants to stay silent.”  ::snork::

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No worries!

2014_04 09 Congress Lerner and Holder tweet by iowahawk

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http://twitchy.com/2014/04/09/what-a-joke-iowahawk-puts-referral-of-lois-lerner-case-to-doj-into-dizzying-nutshell/

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Lerner needs to be measured for an orange jumpsuit

Under Section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code, it is a FELONY for an IRS official to disclose taxpayer return information to anyone at all. That includes other government agencies.

Lois Lerner

Judicial Watch announced October 31, 2013 that it has obtained hard evidence that, during the 2009 election season, IRS honcho, Lois Lerner (photo), provided confidential taxpayer return information about Conservative groups to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

This new evidence confirms our suspicion that the Obama IRS and the Obama FEC colluded illegally to influence the 2009 election on behalf of Democrats.

Before moving to the IRS, Lerner was a honcho at … surprise surprise … the FEC, where she appears to have engaged in similarly illegal harassment of Conservative groups.

In the late 1990s, Lerner’s division at the FEC launched an onerous investigation of the Christian Coalition despite having no evidence of any wrong-doing and even less legal standing to conduct such an investigation. The FEC’s harassment ultimately cost the Christian Coalition hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless hours in lost work.

Among the inappropriate and intrusive lines of questioning the FEC attorneys pursued were demanding to know who attended prayer meetings at the Christian Coalition, what churches these people belonged to, and what the people at these prayer meetings prayed about.

The FEC deposed three pastors from South Carolina, only one of whom had the slightest connection with the Christian Coalition. The FEC lawyers demanded to know about these pastors’ federal, state and local political activities, as well as about the associations and activities of the members of their congregations, and even other pastors.

Exaggerations? Hardly. The following is from the transcript of the FEC’s deposition of Lt. Col. Oliver North:

Q (FEC lawyer): (reading from a letter from Oliver North to Pat Robertson) “‘Betsy and I thank you for your kind regards and prayers.’ The next paragraph is, ‘Please give our love to Dede and I hope to see you in the near future.’ Who is Dede?”

A (North): “That is Mrs. Robertson.”

Q: “What did you mean in paragraph 2, about thanking -you and your wife thanking Pat Robertson for kind regards?”

A: “Last time I checked in America, prayers were still legal. I am sure that Pat had said he was praying for my family and me in some correspondence or phone call.”

Q: “Would that be something that Pat Robertson was doing for you?”

A: “I hope a lot of people were praying for me, Holly.”

Q: “But you knew that Pat Robertson was?”

A: “Well, apparently at that time I was reflecting something that Pat had either, as I said, had told me or conveyed to me in some fashion, and it is my habit to thank people for things like that.”

Q: “During the time that you knew Pat Robertson, was it your impression that he had – he was praying for you?”

O (Christian Coalition’s attorney): “I object. There is no allegation that praying creates a violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act and there is no such allegation in the complaint. This is completely irrelevant and intrusive on the religious beliefs of this witness.”

O: “It is a very strange line of questioning. You have got to be kidding, really. What are you thinking of, to ask questions like that? I mean, really. I have been to some strange depositions, but I don’t think I have ever had anybody inquire into somebody’s prayers. I think that is really just outrageous. And if you want to ask some questions regarding political activities, please do and then we can get over this very quickly. But if you want to ask abou somebody’s religious activities, that is outrageous.”

Q: “I am allowed to make-’’

O: “We are allowed not to answer and if you think the Commission is going to permit you to go forward with a question about somebody’s prayers, I just don’t believe that. I just don’t for a moment believe that. I find that the most outrageous line of questioning. I am going to instruct my witness not to answer.”

Q: “On what grounds?”

O: “We are not going to let you inquire about people’s religious beliefs or activities, period. If you want to ask about someone’s prayers-Jeez, I don’t know what we are thinking of. But the answer is, no, people are not going to respond to questions about people’s prayers, no.”

Q: “Will you take that, at the first break, take it up- we will do whatever we have to do.”

O: “You do whatever you think you have to do to get them to answer questions about what people are praying about.”

Q: “I did not ask Mr. North what people were praying about I am allowed to inquire about the relationship between-’’

O: “Absolutely, but you have asked the question repeatedly. If you move on to a question other than about prayer, be my guest.”

Q: “I have been asking you a series of questions about your relationship with Pat Robertson, the Christian Coalition. . . . It is relevant to this inquiry what relationship you had with Pat Robertson andI have asked you whether Pat Robertson had indicated to you that he was praying for you.”

O: “If that is a question, I will further object. It is an intrusion upon the religious beliefs and activities of Dr. Robertson. And how that could – how the Federal Government can be asking about an individual’s personal religious practices in the context of an alleged investigation under the Federal Election Campaign Act, I am just at a complete loss to see the relevance or potential relevance, and I consider that to be also intrusive.”

Q: “Was Pat Robertson praying for you in 1991?”

O: “Same objection.”

A: “I hope so. I hope he still is.”

SUMMARY:

  • 1999: The Christian Coalition was CLEARED following Lerner’s FEC witch hunt
  • 2001: Lois Lerner was PROMOTED to acting General Counsel at the FEC.
  • 2006: Lerner was again PROMOTED to the head up the IRS division handling tax-exempt groups.
  • 2009: Lerner instructed her IRS division to collude with the FEC in harassing Conservative political groups.
  • 2013: In May, Lerner appeared before Congress, but PLED THE FIFTH (refused to answer questions) about her actions in 2009.
  • 2013: In September, Lerner RETIRED from the IRS after an internal investigation found she was guilty of “neglect of duties.”
  • 2013: In October, WaPo reported Lerner was seeking a spot on the Montgomery County, MD, citizens panel that reviews grant applications from tax-exempt, nonprofit community groups.

So far as I know, Lois Lerner is collecting a generous PENSION based on more than three decades in government service.

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Oh snap!

In September of 2011, Stephanie Cutter became Obama’s deputy campaign manager. During the 2012 campaign, she served as Obama’s attack dog. You may have seen some of the many YouTube videos she made to slander Romney, the Tea Party and other Republican candidates.

During this key period of “get Obama re-elected” time, the now-former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman visited the White House a record-breaking number of times.

Allegedly, the purpose of all this hob-nobbing at the White House was the “non-political” implementation of the “It’s not a Tax, oh wait, yes it is” regulation of everyone’s health insurance plans via the oh-so-reasonable and people-friendly Internal Revenue Service.

(That would be the agency wherein Americans are guilty unless they can prove themselves innocent and sometimes not even then.)

Except … oh snap … Stephanie Cutter was at these allegedly “non-political” meetings.

Smoking Gun - Cutter at IRS WH meets

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http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/060413-658777-stephanie-cutter-met-with-douglas-shulman-at-white-house.htm

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Lerner signed the letters herself

BOOM!

Becky Gerritson, the Wetumpka Tea Party witness in the video below, said her IRS letter was signed by Lois Lerner. Two others have said the same thing.

Something to hide

TWEET: The fact that @DavidPlouffe is attacking @DarrellIssa so hard is strong circumstantial evidence that Obama personally ordered IRS targeting.

Tea Party leader tears up during IRS hearing

During her opening statement in front of the House Ways and Means Committee Tuesday morning, Alabama Tea Party President Becky Gerritson teared up as she concluded her remarks, reminding the panel that she was not looking to score political points.

Gerritson said that the government targeting of her Tea Party group was “un-American” and a “willful act of intimidation.”

“I’m not interested in scoring political points,” she said, her voice breaking with emotion. “I want to protect and preserve the America that I grew up in, the America that people cross oceans and risk their lives to become a part of, and I’m terrified that it is slipping away.”

Her speech was welcomed with applause in the hearing room.

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