Category: Nanny State
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About President Obama’s visit to Texas today… twitter.com/SenTedCruz/sta…
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) May 9, 2013
Oh, you’re KILLING me, Smalls!
…and yet, as Glenn Reynolds says, “REMINDER: HILLARY PUSHED THE “INTERNET VIDEO” STORY” over the caskets of those she abandoned to die.
It’s pretty amazing that we have a political prisoner in this country and seemingly nobody gives a shit. #benghazi
— Harry(@Tark31) May 6, 2013
Reports show gun homicides down since 1990s
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gun homicides have dropped steeply in the United States since their 1993, a pair of reports released Tuesday showed, adding fuel to Congress’ battle over whether to tighten restrictions on firearms.
A study released Tuesday by the government’s Bureau of Justice Statistics found that gun-related homicides dropped from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011. That’s a 39 percent reduction.
Another report by the private Pew Research Center found a similar decline by looking at the rate of gun homicides, which compares the number of killings to the size of the country’s population.
It found that the number of gun homicides per 100,000 people fell from 7 percent in 1993 to 3.6 percent in 2010, a drop of 49 percent.
Honestly, I’m shocked they reported it.
If only Piers Morgan HAD a brain to watch explode as he read this… More’s the pity.
Then they let them die.
Diplomat: U.S. Special Forces told “you can’t go” to Benghazi during attacks
The deputy of slain U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens has told congressional investigators that a team of Special Forces prepared to fly from Tripoli to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks was forbidden from doing so by U.S. Special Operations Command South Africa.
The account from Gregory Hicks is in stark contrast to assertions from the Obama administration, which insisted that nobody was ever told to stand down and that all available resources were utilized. Hicks gave private testimony to congressional investigators last month in advance of his upcoming appearance at a congressional hearing Wednesday.
According to excerpts released Monday, Hicks told investigators that SOCAFRICA commander Lt. Col. Gibson and his team were on their way to board a C-130 from Tripoli for Benghazi prior to an attack on a second U.S. compound “when [Col. Gibson] got a phone call from SOCAFRICA which said,
‘you can’t go now, you don’t have the authority to go now.’
And so they missed the flight … They were told not to board the flight, so they missed it.”
Obama’s “bumps in the road”, remember?
And there’s more in my fearless girl Sharyl Attkisson’s report. I cannot STRONGLY ENOUGH urge you to follow her on Twitter – she is doing amazing work, and needs ALL the support she can get. Send her some LOVE.
ths note: Dan Collins has a great, personal “Thank You” to Sharyl up over at Conservative Commune. She’s thinking of leaving CBS and THAT would be a tragedy.
*Fixed my fat finger in the headline to C-130. Had KC on the brain when they were talking about the refuelers coming out of Aviano and it bled over.
…for a reason.
Clinton sought end-run around counter-terrorism bureau on night of Benghazi attack, witness will say
On the night of Sept. 11, as the Obama administration scrambled to respond to the Benghazi terror attacks, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a key aide effectively tried to cut the department’s own counterterrorism bureau out of the chain of reporting and decision-making, according to a “whistle-blower” witness from that bureau who will soon testify to the charge before Congress, Fox News has learned.
That witness is Mark I. Thompson, a former Marine and now the deputy coordinator for operations in the agency’s counterterrorism bureau. Sources tell Fox News Thompson will level the allegation against Clinton during testimony on Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
Fox News has also learned that another official from the counterterrorism bureau — independently of Thompson — voiced the same complaint about Clinton and Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy to trusted national security colleagues back in October.
…“You should have seen what (Clinton) tried to do to us that night,” the second official in State’s counterterrorism bureau told colleagues back in October. Those comments would appear to be corroborated by Thompson’s forthcoming testimony.
Democrats now critical of Rice’s Benghazi explanation, amid more damaging evidence
Congressional Democrats on Sunday distanced themselves from the Obama administration’s explanation of the Benghazi, Libya, attacks in the immediate aftermath of the fatal strikes, amid mounting evidence that suggests the information was revised to intentionally mislead Americans.
…“Well, it was scrubbed,” Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Steve Lynch told “Fox News Sunday.” “It was totally inaccurate. There’s no excuse for that. It was false information. And what they try to do is harmonize what happened in Benghazi with what happened everywhere else across the Middle East.”
Lynch also acknowledged the talking points were likely revised to reflect President Obama’s decry – with his re-election bid in the balance — that “Al Qaeda is on the run.”
Gosh, and wasn’t Bob Schieffer a cranky old man on “Face the Nation” this morning when Daryl Issa porved that he’d been a patsy for the Prez. To Bob’s credit, he sure wasn’t buying what the program’s Democratic guest was trying to sell to mitigate the embarrassment.
Thing of beauty, I tell you what.
I bet Obama bombs Syria or starts a war with ‘Lil Kim to get this out of the news. Any takers?
And here’s a Benghazi Timeline, Done as a SpreadSheet*Interesting to see it laid out.
(*Courtesy of Before It’s News)
And, just to round out our cast of characters, The ‘Stache says the hearings could be “very dramatic”, which could be a whale of an understatement.
…knows how guns from the US get to Mexico
“Most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States,” President Obama said during a speech at Mexico’s Anthropology Museum. “I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms. And as president, I swore an oath to uphold that right, and I always will.”
“But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people. That can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States. It’s the right thing to do,” Obama added.
Mind you, this is the same guy who declared April “Fiscal Responsibility Month.”