Witch’s Will For A Mourning In July
I will remain in “mourning” so long as Obama’s unworthy ass sits in the Oval Office.
Quote of the day:
“There is a fine line between compassion and a victim mentality. Compassion though is a healing force and comes from a place of kindness towards yourself. Playing the victim is a toxic waste of time that not only repels other people, but also robs the victim of ever knowing true happiness.” ~ Bronnie Ware
In Scotland, 80 birdwatchers seeking a glimpse of a rare White-throated Needletail witnessed it fly directly into a wind turbine where it was killed instantly. To add insult to injury, the bird fell on a solar panel & got barbecued.
3 Interesting Stories:
Detroit files for bankruptcy, setting off battles with creditors, pensions, unions
Detroit on Thursday became the largest American city to file for bankruptcy, a historic move sure to ignite complex battles in coming months with creditors, pensioners and unions who stand to lose significantly as the state tries to rescue a city whose failure Gov. Rick Snyder said was 60 years in the making.
Bankruptcy and restructuring experts said the filing will initiate a new round of battles in federal court, potentially setting national precedents on matters ranging from whether bondholders get repaid when cities run out of money to whether public pensions, previously thought to be sacrosanct under the Michigan Constitution, are protected in municipal bankruptcies.
Financially troubled cities around the nation will be watching what happens in the Motor City for lessons that could apply to them.
In the end, state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr’s attempt to reach out-of-court settlements could not overcome opposition from unions, retirees and a long list of lenders to whom the city owes as much as $20 billion.
Round Two: ‘Shoot the Messenger’ Flops at IRS Hearings
by Guy Benson
Much to my surprise, the previous round of witness testimony ended up being more significant and interesting than the late afternoon session. IRS Inspector General Russell George defused many of the Democrats’ lines of attack during his opening statement, effectively “pre-butting” gotcha-style questions. A few observations:
(1) George reminded the committee that the IRS acknowledged and apologized for its improper targeting of conservative groups prior to the release of his audit in May. Don’t forget that the agency’s own internal review — which predated the IG’s audit — came to similar conclusions about the malfeasance, including who was victimized. Both investigations were prompted by complaints from conservative, not liberal, groups regarding excessive wait times, interminable delays, and abusive questioning.
During the hearing, George and his team told committee Democrats that their relatively narrow field of inquiry was initially limited by so-called BOLO (be on the lookout) terms provided to them by the IRS itself. George said that throughout his investigation, employees at multiple levels of the agency all confirmed that “Tea Party” (and related terms) was the relevant targeting nomenclature.
(2) Responding to accusatory statements from Democrats — especially the contemptible Gerry Connolly — about his political roots, George confirmed that he was appointed by President Bush and had worked for several Republicans many years ago. He also revealed that he worked at the 1980 DNC and helped found Howard University’s College Democrats. That took the wind out of the “he’s a Republican hatchet man!” line of argument. Also, as pointed out by Rep. Jim Jordan and Chairman Darrell Issa (and yours truly), if George had been working in concert with the GOP, he would have made this scandal public before the 2012 election.
(3) The Inspector General said that since his audit was published, more information has come to his attention regarding BOLO lists that included liberal-sounding buzz words. He said he’s looking into those reports, and the investigation remains ongoing. That status also applies to his work with the FBI and DOJ.
The witnesses said their inquiry into IRS officials’ emails and conduct was fairly limited — for instance, Lois Lerner’s emails haven’t yet been probed. Chairman Issa said he hoped that any potential evidence (re: Lerner) remained intact, in light of her decision not to incriminate herself in Congressional testimony.
Rep. Jordan commented how unlikely it is that the IRS would have admitted to targeting one side of the aisle if they’d actually been treating both sides equally. He said a few extraneous examples of other BOLO lists and liberal groups possibly being screened have only emerged as Democrats have grappled for fig leaves in the wake of the scandal.
Chairman Issa said that if there are any left-leaning groups who were abused the way conservative organizations were (never-ending delays, inappropriate questions, burdensome paperwork, etc), he’d like to see the evidence. And if those examples exist, were they proportional to the Tea Party’s blanket treatment? All indications point in one direction. One piece of evidence:
In February 2010, the Champaign Tea Party in Illinois received approval of its tax-exempt status from the IRS in 90 days, no questions asked. That was the month before the Internal Revenue Service started singling out Tea Party groups for special treatment. There wouldn’t be another Tea Party application approved for 27 months. In that time, the IRS approved perhaps dozens of applications from similar liberal and progressive groups, a USA TODAY review of IRS data shows.
(4) A few Democrats bizarrely claimed that George had “withheld” his lack of evidence that the Tea Party targeting was explicitly political. It was in his written report, and he’s testified to that effect several times. One Democrat, Rep. Jackie Spier of California, advanced the long-debunked claim that the IRS was only trying to “streamline” their review system due to the huge influx of new applicants.
I also feel compelled to commend Democratic Congressman Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts for another fair-minded performance today. It’s clear he’s a loyal Democrat, but he also seems genuinely interested in the truth and put off by the partisan misdirection tactics employed by some of his colleagues.
(5) In summary, the rancor that I anticipated this afternoon never really materialized. Mr. George and his colleagues explained their actions well, and assured members on both sides that their investigation continues. Democrats continue to hope that at least one example of improper scrutiny of a liberal group emerges, although that’s not what the IG has found so far. Which makes sense for numerous reasons:
Zero Tea Party conservative groups were approved for tax-exempt status over a period of 27 months, while dozens of lefty groups received the green light.
Conservative organizations were deliberately buried in burdensome paperwork, fraught with wildly inappropriate questions and outrageous demands. This emanated from, and was sometimes micromanaged by, DC.
The IRS’ former commissioner testified under oath that only conservative-leaning groups were mistreated this way.
When the House Oversight Committee held hearings featuring the IRS’ victims, committee Democrats couldn’t produce a single liberal witness.
Oh, and the IRS admitted and publicly apologized for their wrongful targeting of conservatives following their own internal investigation, and before the IG report was published.
If the truth was “we did it to both sides!” they would have presented that evidence early and often. They didn’t.
Parting thought: If, as Democrats suggest, the targeting impacted both sides and this is all a big non-scandal, where is the “progressive-assigned” version of Elizabeth Hofacre? That is to say, where is the IRS employee tasked with screening dozens of targeted liberal organizations whose superiors wouldn’t permit any resolutions for months (and ultimately years) on end? If such an employee exists, don’t you think we’d have heard about him or her by now?
Jake Tapper Grills Eliot Spitzer For Never Being Charged Under His Own Prostitution Law
The Conversation Holder Doesn’t Really Want
by Mona Charen
Eric Holder dismissed America as a “nation of cowards” because we wouldn’t, he argued, have a “national conversation” about race. It’s a slander wrapped in a farce. We talk of race unremittingly. That’s the farce. The slander is hydra-headed.
No honest conversation about race is possible when accusations of racism replace reasoned arguments. Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, who mentioned high rates of crime among black males, was rewarded with the racist label within minutes by some of those (The Atlantic, Slate) who presumably agree with Holder that we are too timid when discussing race.
Don’t that just say it all?
Worth a Read:
Milwaukee beating victim says attackers cited Trayvon Martin
GOP Congressman: Benghazi Survivors Forced To Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements
Mind-Numbing Video: Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Black Panthers) Tries To Claim Zimmerman Killed Trayvon Because He Was Wearing A Hoodie…
At least that’s what I think he’s saying, I’ve heard people sound more coherent after drinking a case of beer.
IRS Leaked Christine O’Donnell’s Info the Day She Announced Her Senate Candidacy
High Schooler Asks Jay Carney a Question; Politico Cafeteria Table Outraged
Expecting an honest answer from Carney is like expecting a Twinkie to contain healthful ingredients.
Cockroach Of The Day:
McCain: I Don’t Know How Many Passports We Let You Forge
(CNSNews.com) – Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), a member of the “Gang of Eight” that helped write and pass the immigration reform bill in that chamber, said he did not know how many passports a person could forge under the proposed law before being charged with a crime.
On Capitol Hill on Wednesday, CNSNews.com asked McCain, “Senator McCain, can I ask you a question about the Senate immigration bill? Under the bill, how many passports can someone forge before it becomes a crime?”
McCain said, “You’re going to have to ask our folks that, I don’t think that we stand for any forgeries.”
CNSNews.com followed-up, “Can you tell me why that would be part of the bill in the first place?”
McCain answered, “ I cannot tell you that it is part of the bill.”
In the legislation that passed in the Senate, Section 1541 “Trafficking in Passports,” it explains in detail that a person can be charged for a crime if they forge “3 or more passports,” meaning that they potentially would not be charged if they falsely made only one or two passports. The criminal charges and penalties do not kick in until after “3 or more passports” are falsely made, issued, or transferred, etcetera.