Witch’s Will For A Mourning In May
I will remain in “mourning” so long as Obama’s unworthy ass sits in the Oval Office.
Quote of the day:
“You know what kind of person it takes to run for President? Not normal. They could start out okay, but by the time they reach that level they’ve sold their soul to the devil so many times and stomped the guts out of enough people that they are definitely not like you and me, not even close.” ~ David Baldacci
Since President Obama took office, the Democratic Party has lost nine governorships, 56 members of Congress, and two Senate seats. In his defense, Obama said, “Well, I did promise change.”
My Top 3 Stories:
Obama Pushes to Accommodate, Not Protect, Freedom of the Press
The Justice Department’s secret subpoena of AP phone logs begs questions about Obama’s attitude toward the First Amendment and government scrutiny.
by Major Garrett
In a broad national security context, Obama is only willing to accommodate the need for information. Not protect. Not balance. Not uphold. Accommodate. It’s particularly telling that Obama offered this narrow interpretation of the First Amendment in Erdogan’s presence. Turkey is debating its own bleak history of imprisoning and fining journalists and media organizations for criticizing the government. Turkey is also in the middle of rewriting its constitution and deciding how best to apportion press freedoms. Obama’s remarks, at minimum, invited a crabbed interpretation of press freedoms.
This is all the more apparent in the Justice Department’s investigation of my former Fox News colleague James Rosen. The FBI subpoenaed Rosen’s private e-mail and phone records and justified this vacuuming up of private information because Rosen was “an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator” of a potentially criminal national security leak.
When I asked Monday if Obama believed a reporter uncovering government secrets was a criminal, Carney had no answer. One day later, Carney said reporters doing their job should not be considered potential criminals.
On press freedom, the First Amendment and reporters’ rights to scrutinize, investigate, and make his government uncomfortable, Obama looks and sounds a day late and a shield law short.
While I applaud Mr. Garrett’s article it makes me wonder where the hell he’s been until now. He has remained silent or dismissive of conservative concerns since he left FOX News.
Once a bulldog for getting the facts he has become, for the most part, just another liberal lap dog. I was and still am very disappointed in him. Trust lost…
Doesn’t Know Math But Can Count to Five
Lois Lerner seemed to have gotten her proverbial 15 minutes of fame after being the first one to let slip the news that the Internal Revenue Service had targeted conservative groups when determining the nonprofit status of organizations during a conference call with reporters May 10.
Before the nation began to even fully digest the enormity of this scandal, they had a good laugh at the IRS official’s expense because in answer to a question about the percentage of groups that had been unfairly treated she responded, “I’m not good at math.” That earned her a moment of derision in what has now become a classic Jon Stewart rant on Comedy Central, as he noted that both her “apology” and her inability to do simple arithmetic undermined the credibility of the party of big government as well as that of the tax agency.
But while Lerner may not know math, she can count to five. We learned this afternoon that when she answers her subpoena to testify about the affair before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, she would invoke her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refuse to answer questions posed by Congress.
The agency that once was best known for being used to nail criminals like Al Capone, who could not be successfully prosecuted for their violent crimes but were vulnerable because they didn’t pay enough taxes, is now going to have a top official acting like a mafia button man on the hot seat.
Armed DHS Guards Protect IRS From Tea Party Protesters
The DHS appears to have finally found a use for all those bullets it’s been buying. At a Tea Party protest outside an IRS building in St. Louis yesterday there were no regular police – only armed Homeland Security guards.
Video footage from the demonstration at which protesters, including Infowars,com readers, chanted “no more harassment,” shows numerous DHS Federal Protective Service vehicles along with several armed DHS guards. There is not a regular police officer in sight.
The St. Louis demonstration was just one of numerous similar protests against the IRS’s punitive targeting of conservative groups that took place across the country yesterday. Homeland Security agents also kept a watchful eye on a Tea Party rally in Florida.
The DHS was supposedly founded to protect against and respond to terrorist attacks, man-made accidents, and natural disasters. It was not created to protect the IRS from peaceful protesters, but in the decade since its inception, Big Sis has morphed into an entity that polices and monitors political free speech as one of its primary functions.
Homeland Security has routinely been caught spying on protesters from both ends of the political spectrum via its nationwide network of “threat fusion centers”.
Government documents unearthed in April revealed that the DHS, “conducts daily monitoring of peaceful, lawful protests as a matter of policy” and functions as a “secret political police force against people participating in lawful, peaceful free speech activity,” such as ‘Occupy’ demonstrations.
SILENT NO MORE!
Across America Tea Party Protesters Rally Outside Local IRS Offices
TEA PARTY PATRIOTS RALLY OUTSIDE THE IRS–
Tea Party members, Christians, pro-Constitution, Pro-Israel, and pro-Military groups gathered today outside IRS offices nationwide to protest the corruption, harassment and complete abuse of power by the Obama Administration against its political opponents.
Taking the Fifth — What It Does (& Doesn’t Do) for Lerner
by Carol Platt Liebau
Tomorrow, Lois Lerner — director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS when all the targeting occurred — is going to come to Capitol Hill and take the Fifth Amendment.
It will be quite a spectacle.
As a matter of law, a jury cannot use someone’s invocation of the Fifth Amendment as evidence of guilt. But we are not in a court of law — we are in the court of public opinion, as everyone in The White House knows, and Lerner wouldn’t be taking the Fifth unless she was in danger of prosecution . . . or otherwise had something to hide. No one chooses this course in a public matter of this kind unless the alternatives all are far worse for someone.
It’s doubtful that any prosecution of Lerner could be based on her disgraceful conduct in allowing the targeting to occur. Indeed, it is hard to see how Lerner could be prosecuted criminally for her actions as head of the EO, although the IRS could itself be sued by eligible 501(c)(3) organizations for its failure to timely process their applications. Rather, if she is truly trying to avoid prosecution herself (as opposed to simply shielding higher-ups from some other kind of disclosure), it is probably connected to her repeated untruths before Congress.
Note that Lerner can only take the Fifth in response to questions where the answer might possibly incriminate her. That means she is obligated to answer questions that do not put her in legal jeopardy.
One question she might fruitfully be asked follows up on an inquiry that Senator Baucus made today of Steven Miller. Senator Baucus asked if any of the IRS employees who had drafted the “inappropriate criteria” targeting conservatives had been disciplined. It appears none have.
Worth a Read:
POS Carney Likens Questions About Scandals To Birth Certificate Controversy
Will Carney’s spin, arrogance, lies and dodging turn Major Garrett back into the reporter he used to be instead of the liberal mouthpiece he’s become since leaving FOX? Time will tell.
WashTimes’s Miller: D.C. Govt. Dragged Feet, Holding Back Documents Re: David Gregory Gun Law Violation
When a major journalist breaks a gun law in the nation’s capital on national TV in front of hundreds of thousands of viewers at home, you’d think it would be pretty much an open-and-shut case to prosecute.
But when Meet the Press host David Gregory did just that last December — displaying on-air an empty 30-round magazine during an interview segment with the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre – he got off scot-free when the District of Columbia failed to prosecute.
The relevant law on the books in the nation’s capital calls for a $1,000 fine and a year in prison for any civilian who possesses a ammunition magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds.
We all ready knew that the “law” means nothing to policians and their minions. Just one more example.
Krauthammer On IRS Scandal: “This Is Going To Go On And It Could Be Fatal”
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Here’s why this has legs: Number one, as Kirsten says, everybody is outraged. Everybody knows what the IRA can do, and everybody’s afraid of it. Second, because you now have somebody that’s going to plead the Fifth, in a court of law, the jury is not supposed to interpret that as hiding something, but this isn’t a court of law, and we aren’t a jury.
Texas-Based Hispanic Group — The IRS Targeted Us
The Conservative Hispanic Society is expressing outrage that the Internal Revenue Service targeted them. In a press release going out today, the Conservative Hispanic Society says that though it applied for 501(c)(4) status in 2010, its application still has not been approved.
CHS Executive Director Chris Salcedo did not mince words in his reaction to the news:
“It seems the Obama political machine has infiltrated every aspect of our government. Politics now dictates our response to terrorist attacks. And now the IRS is being used as a weapon to punish people our president has referred to as his ‘enemies’.”
The “enemies” mention refers to a statement that President Obama gave in October 2010, as the IRS abuse was in full swing. Mr. Salcedo, a veteran journalist, has frequently written for this site.
CHS President Steve Navarre focused on how deeply un-American the IRS abuse is. “Through the Constitution, our nation’s founding fathers tried to guard against elected leaders using the power of government to oppress the people,” Navarre says in the press release. “The type of government overreach displayed by the IRS brings to life our founder’s deepest fears.”
Guess “that” kind of diversity isn’t important. Cause all Hispanics must get in the Democrat line or be subject to being targeted by the Obama Administration and the Democrat thugs.
Dem Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Forced To Apologize For Blaming Killer Oklahoma Tornado On Republicans…
Yeah right. Just another Democrat who “knows nothing” ala Sergeant Schultz.
He wasn’t blaming Republicans for “this” killer tornado, just the rest of them. What a POS!
Milbank Slams Obama on James Rosen Probe: ‘As Flagrant an Assault on Civil Liberties’ As Anything Bush Did
Up until now, the funniest thing Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank has said in the Obama years is “I think the media would love to have an Obama scandal to cover.” Well, Milbank has finally found a scandal that upsets him: the leak investigation of Fox News reporter James Rosen.
“The Rosen affair is as flagrant an assault on civil liberties as anything done by George W. Bush’s administration, and it uses technology to silence critics in a way Richard Nixon could only have dreamed of.” It’s shaking Milbank’s confidence that the other Obama scandals aren’t scandals:
Beyond that, the administration’s actions shatter the president’s credibility and discourage allies who would otherwise defend the administration against bogus accusations such as those involving the Benghazi “talking points.” If the administration is spying on reporters and accusing them of criminality just for asking questions — well, who knows what else this crowd is capable of doing?
When Rosen and I covered the Bush White House together a decade ago, I knew him as a scrappy reporter who had a fascination with Watergate trivia. He later wrote a sympathetic biography of John Mitchell, Nixon’s disgraced attorney general. Now he’s learning just how abusive a Justice Department can be, from an administration that has launched more leak prosecutions than all previous administrations combined.
Like Juan Williams, Milbank complained that Rosen was being investigating for committing journalism. He concluded:
Carney told the White House press corps Tuesday that Obama doesn’t think “journalists should be prosecuted for doing their jobs” (perhaps he could remind the FBI of that), and the administration has renewed its support for a media shield law (a welcome but suspicious gesture, because the White House thwarted a previous attempt to pass the bill).
If Obama really is “a fierce defender of the First Amendment,” as his spokesman would have it, he will move quickly to fix this. Otherwise, Obama is establishing an ominous precedent for future leaders whose fondness for the First Amendment may not be so fierce.
This is a somewhat comical ending when Milbank has just underlined that Team Obama has “launched more leak prosecutions than all previous administrations combined.” Who’s going to be less “fierce” than that?
Under ObamaCare, IRS Is Creating Chaos For Doctors, Patients
By CHARLES WILLEY, M.D.
IRS Illegally Usurps Congress with New Law in Obamacare
As an internist, I have dedicated my 30-year career to advancing the long-term health of all of my patients, one patient at a time.
Unfortunately, the greatest barrier to this goal is government intervention into my professional judgment, my office management and my patient care. This has been increasingly true long before enactment of the onerous Affordable Care Act (ACA), but it’s especially true now.
ObamaCare is being increasingly recognized as a “train wreck.” Trust me: it is demoralizing doctors, distracting providers toward bureaucracy and away from patient care. It is disrupting quality and access, and damaging health.
The formula for this chaos is simple: Increasing access to care was a central ruse in passing the ACA. Cost is the most important factor in access to care. Government involvement in health care increases cost. As the ACA accelerates this increasing cost, it will accelerate decreased access.
Count me as an American, a business owner, but especially as a physician who wishes the law never existed.
Now, contrary to the clear legislative language in ObamaCare, the administration is directly impeding my ability to design a health plan with proper incentives and long-term affordability for my own employees.
I have always offered quality health insurance to my own employees, striving for a benefit design which increases their short-term economic incentive to become and remain healthy.
As a physician, I know this is a critical strategy to fight chronic illness, especially self-manageable conditions such as obesity, COPD and most type 2 diabetes.