The importance of this IRS disaster cannot be over-stated. The chilling nature of the IRS’s actions on our constitutional freedoms cannot be exaggerated. This isn’t at this point an Obama Scandal; it is a Big Government scandal. It needs to be vigorously rooted out, many people need to be fired and hopefully go to jail. The MSM needs to get out of Protect The Messiah At All Costs mode and realize that an unfettered government like this will affect them as well.
…but on our Daily Constitutional today Claude was…moved…to make a comment in his own special way when we saw the following bumper sticker lying on the ground
The video is a killer.
Marine reunited with dog he handled in Afghanistan in surprise ceremony
DES MOINES, Iowa – When Marine Sgt. Ross Gundlach served as a dog handler in Afghanistan, he told the yellow lab who was his constant companion that he’d look her up when he returned home.
“I promised her if we made it out of alive, I’d do whatever it took to find her,” Gundlach said.
On Friday, he made good on that vow with help from some sentimental state officials in Iowa who know how to pull off a surprise.
God bless Iowa and the Elks.
IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office
The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation.
Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today.
(with apologies to Frank)
How little they know
How much we uncover
When Issa’s subpoenas flow
The drones start to hover
How little they understand
What caused the murder and maiming
Al Qaeda islamists
Not the video they’ve been blaming
Who cares who refined
Their talking point missives
Who cares which scapegoat resigned
How ignorant bliss is
So I’ll just recuse me
In my world that’s accurate but fake
“What difference does it make”
How little we know
How little we know
How little we know….
…and poor JayJay will have some explaining to do
The documents, first reported by THE WEEKLY STANDARD in articles here and here, directly contradict claims by White House press secretary Jay Carney and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the revisions of those talking points were driven by the intelligence community and show heavy input from top Obama administration officials, particularly those at the State Department.
As somebody said on Twitter the other day: Obama called the Seals and Bin Laden died. The Seals called Obama and the Seals died.
These people in their boundless arrogance completely screwed up on protecting the folks in the mission and ignored them as they were murdered. I think that Althouse got it exactly right here when she wrote
I think he is ashamed. Here’s what I’ve been assuming happened: It looked like our people were overwhelmed and doomed, so there was shock, sadness, and acceptance. But then the fight went on for 7 or 8 hours. The White House folk decided there was nothing to do but accept the inevitable, and then they witnessed a valiant fight which they had done nothing to support. It was always too late to help. It was too late after one hour, then too late after 2 hours, then too late after 3 hours…. When were these people going to die already? After that was all over, how do you explain what you did?
This is what we need an answer to, and to hold them accountable.
…won a Republican Primary last night ~ out of a field of six ~ to face the Democratic challenger in a special election in June for the Florida House District 2.
His name is Mike Hill and he is a TREMENDOUS individual. We just adore him.
But, in another troubling sign of the times for bitter clingers in the GOP, and ESPECIALLY from my neck of the REDneck Riviera, if Mike vanquishes the foe in June?
He will be “the first black legislator to represent Northwest Florida since Reconstruction.” Indeed.
We’re just adding more H8 to the fire, we are.
But I wanted to ‘fess up to our evil deeds before they came out anyway. Ask the President how getting “caught” feels.
Hey, how’s that Arab Spring working out?
Egypt Ideology Devolves Into Anarchy Amid Vendettas
…Two years into the polarizing transition from the rule of deposed President Hosni Mubarak, political movements in Egypt have shown a growing willingness to confront opponents with force or take the law into their own hands. With security weakened, the concern is that there will be no effective authority to stop them.
‘Conflict and Chaos’
“The inherent risk is that the state is eroding and the alternatives that are emerging are steeped in conflict and chaos,” said Ashraf el-Sherif, a political science lecturer at the American University in Cairo. “Part of the agenda of some of these groups is to deter other political groups, so the possibility of a confrontation becomes real.”
Yeah, about as well as everything else The Adults have done.
They’ve done far worse
Jolita Brettler, aged nine, who has been receiving coaching lessons from Harlem RBI for the past two years, was impressed with Harry’s batting skills.
She said: “All of us were like ‘is that a bird or is that a ball?’. I didn’t think anyone could swing that fast – he hit that thing out, all of us were like ‘wow’. “Who thinks that a Prince is going to play baseball? Princes are usually in castles or doing something important.”
He’s got the Common Touch in spades.
Unlike that total dorktastic father of his.
Yeah. He DID that.
Lots and lots of links as people suddenly discover what’s been going on in DC
Who could have possibly suspected that if you give unaccountable bureaucrats lots of power they will abuse it?
Saw this bumper sticker yesterday in Loudoun Cnty, Va: Obama called the SEALS and Bin Laden died; the SEALS called Obama and the SEALS died.
— Pundette (@pundette) May 13, 2013
And from Ace via Geraghty:
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 13, 2013
I hope Obama sees that. It’ll stick in his craw.
Tickles me to death.
“The cold, damp Aleutian weather was far different from the warm California beaches they had just left. Because of shortages in cold weather equipment, moreover, most of the men would enter combat wearing normal field gear. While senior commanders realized that the troops would suffer from the weather, most believed that within three days the fight for Attu would be over, particularly since the assembled naval support for the landings included three battleships along with several cruisers and destroyers.”
Underestimating the weather, the enemy and the terrain ended up costing many American casualties during the 18-day assault.
God bless ‘em.
Hhow ’bout a little Sharyl Attkisson on C-SPAN this morning?
WASHINGTON, May 10, 2013 ? Adult basic education and GED programs, with about 800,000 students taking GED tests each year, serve a segment of society that escaped government schools, including many homeschoolers. But the national propaganda effort called the Common Core Curriculum is spreading its tentacles to them.
While many may not take the GED seriously, calling it the “Good Enough Diploma,” consider that quite a few homeschoolers take GED tests as a way to cancel out high school attendance requirements and lessen the record-keeping burden on home educators caused by compulsory attendance laws in every state.
Thus, aligning GED with Common Core has the potential of erasing all the efforts and sacrifices the homeschooling parents have put in to protect their children from the centralized indoctrination.
“What’s he talking about”, you ask? What a doozy of an example he pulls from this GED test preparatory set, called the “GED Scoreboost™” series:
…Below is an excerpt from a larger Social Studies Extended Response, found on page 52 from Writing Across the Tests: Responding to Text on the Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science Test, entitled, “Does Foreign Aid Really Help?”
Those who support sending aid to poor countries do so because poor countries often have high levels of poverty, poor educational systems, an ineffective police and judicial force, and limited public services such as healthcare, transportation networks, and banking systems. They believe that when living conditions are this poor, crime levels tend to be higher. Poorer countries, because they have weak governments, often have areas that attract terrorist groups because no one is there to stop them from pursuing those types of activities. Thus, poor countries are often home to terrorist groups that are free to plan and carry out attacks on the rich, industrialized nations, without fear of being stopped. This is in fact [bold words are mine] what happened on 9/11 when terrorists from Afghanistan hijacked planes and carried out attacks on the United States. In this case, the terrorists originated in a country that had received large amounts of foreign aid from rich countries. Apparently, it didn’t work.
Read the whole article. Gobschmacking.
Remember these words: “a direct result…of the video.”
Man, it was really tiring hearing you complain that you were being targeted by the government and intimidated by the IRS solely because of your views.
Oh, and by the way, our bad
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing for inappropriately flagging conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.
Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews.
Nothing to see here, move right along.
I’m sure this will be front page news at CNN, the NYT, MSNBC, etc.
ths update: And the weekend “Hope NO ONE READS THIS!” dump:
AP Exclusive: IRS knew tea party targeted in 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal watchdog’s upcoming report says senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups in 2011.
The disclosure contradicts public statements by former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, who repeatedly assured Congress that conservative groups were not targeted.
I believe teh “Theme of the Foreseeable Future” is posted just above.
Here is an excellent report from ABC detailing the changes demanded by State and the White House, which ultimately led to
After that meeting, which took place Saturday morning at the White House, the CIA drafted the final version of the talking points – deleting all references to al Qaeda and to the security warnings in Benghazi prior to the attack.
and they helpfully provide the actual evolving points here, so you can read for yourself what they say didn’t happen.
As someone said either on twitter or a blog: Bush believes CIA, CIA turns out to be wrong, Bush is worse than Hitler. Obama/Hillary over-rule/ignore CIA, CIA turns out to be correct, yawn.