Covering the Persident’s ass
Covering the Persident’s ass
Dana Milbank, who proves that stupid should hurt
Oh of course, Holder is Black that is the reason the GOP is so hard on him. Milbank misses, deliberately no doubt, how tough the GOP has been on Lois Lerner, who is White, and yes, the GOP has been tough on Sebelius as well. I swear, MSNBS guests are so robotic, they are like those old dolls with the pull strings on the back. Pull the string and the Milbank doll will say RAAAAACIST. Come to think of it, so will the Chris Matthews doll. Of course, the Matthews doll will also say “another shot, please, make it a double”
The question I truly thought I would never see? This one from Robert Stacy McCain Am I the only person who reads the Huffington Post’s “Women” category? My answer is Hell Yes! I mean I read Salon, and watch MSNBS, and have even listened to Air America in the past, but the Huffington Posts “Women” category? Come on man! Now, I read Salon for one reason to see how bad their writers can get, and to see if any of their writers can ever be as bad as Joan Walsh. OK so I guess technically that is two reasons, but still Salon’s slogan should be Salon, where bad writing gets worse. I watch MSNBS so you don’t have to, and because it is the Tree of Low-Hanging Blogging Fruit. Any blogger can find lots of material by watching MSNBS. Their slogan should not be Lean Forward. It should be MSNBS, our hosts ought to be committed . And Air America? They used to be on a Boulder Colorado station, one of the few I could pick up in whatever rental car I was driving on my vacations in Rocky Mountain National Park. And, I liked listening to how bat shit crazy their hoists and their listeners were But, I draw the line at the Women’s section of the Huffington Post!
I mean just look at what you might find in the section that RS McCain reads because I refuse to
Because I’ve got a feeling that if any feminists paid attention to it, they’d be outraged at this pink-collar ghetto of insipid journalistic dreck. Some recent HuffPo Women headlines:
- 8 Things America Gets Wrong About Sex — Barnard College alumna Amanda Duberman says Americans are not having sex “as freely, safely and enjoyably as other parts of the world.” So, apparently, folks in Bolivia, Belgium and Botswana have much better sex than us — or at least better sex than Barnard College girls have.
- ‘Love Hormone’ Oxytocin May Intensify Orgasms — Dyslexics beware! Oxytocin is not the same as Oxycontin, which won’t do anything for your orgasms, and will only “intensify” your lethargy, slurred speech and impaired coordination.
- I Fell in Love With a Man Who Refused to Text Me – She loves the Luddite guy with a “cute Australian accent” she married 12 years ago. He probably never dated any Barnard College girls.
- The Problem With ‘Waiting For Marriage’ — Mandy Velez was a virgin attending the University of Pittsburgh until she “attended a sex-positive event on campus” featuring “a fun lesbian speaker.” Somehow, this event convinced her to have sex with her boyfriend. They “eventually broke up,” but now she’s been living with another boyfriend for two years, which means . . .? I dunno. There’s no obvious point. Just one of those silly “Vagina! Empowerment!” pseudo-feminist sex columns that get published routinely at HuffPo Women. Velez calls herself “a straight, cisgendered, reasonably privileged woman” and also uses the magic feminist phrase “sexual autonomy.”
- Shedding Light on the Myths About Women Who Have a Lot of Sex — Marrie Lobel is “irritated” by “persistent half-truths and complete fabrications hyped as fact. It’s time to expose reality by shattering outdated perceptions of women who have a lot of sex.” None of the “myths” Lobel attacks involve Barnard College girls or sex-positive events with “fun lesbian” speakers. However, she does use the magic feminist phrase “patriarchal dogma.”
This is why I have named The Other McCain my Gutsy Blogger of 2014. I mean it takes STONES, or the consumption of lots of bad bourbon to read that stuff and survive. I mean what is next, armpit hair pics? OH no EYE BLEACH!
Oh yeah, one note about why I watch MSNBS. There is another reason I watch, and why I sometimes watch the Today Show, one Tamron Hall. I just cannot resist her. She is a Texas girl, and seems very sweet and I just cannot believe any woman THAT gorgeous could be Liberal
Caitlin Nolan, Bill Hutchinson, and their editors at the NY Daily News might want to consider switching to decaf:
An upstate gun nut went to church Sunday and walked out the winner of a high-powered assault rifle similar to the one used to slaughter 26 innocent people at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
But Ron Stafford, 42, an avid hunter and single father of two from Schenectady, said he didn’t see what’s wrong about owning a gun or a church giving away an AR-15 rifle.
“I believe it’s the right of the individual, I believe the church and our God-given rights and our rights to follow the Constitution go hand in hand,” said Stafford, who doesn’t even belong to Grace Baptist Church in upstate Lansingburgh, but made the 25-mile trek from his home for the gun drawing.
“I like to shoot,” said the Second Amendment zealot. “I believe that this shows the will of the people and what this country is all about.”
Stafford was so determined to win, he sat through the entire three-hour service — a requirement demanded by the church’s pastor, the Rev. John Koletas.
While the overall message at Sunday’s service was about God and guns, Stafford refused to ponder the question of whether he could imagine Jesus packing heat.
“I can’t answer that question,” said Stafford. “I’m not Jesus. I believe in my personal thoughts and to speak for him wouldn’t be very Christian of me.”
However, he castigated the media for “demonizing” gun owners and the government for “trampling” on Second Amendment rights.
Wow. They are so biased they cannot even see how biased they are.
And check out the cover page
Reverend Al, who is a gasbag says Rand Paul should never speak about race. Maybe because Sharpton and his vile cohorts at MSNBS are ALWAYS talking about race, and usually lying about it I might add.
UPDATE! Gateway Pundit notes that Sharpton, self-proclaimed voting rights champion that he is, welcomed a known voter fraud felon recently
Melowese Richardson who was convicted of Voter Fraud and released early from a five year prison sentence is hugged by Rev. Al Sharton as he joins State Representative Alicia Reece to kick off the petition drive for Ohio Vote at Word of God Deliverance Family Life Center in Forest Park.
(Photo: The Enquirer/Jeff Swinger)
Melowese voted twice for herself in 2012 and three times for her comatose sister!
Melowese got a hero’s welcome by local Democrats at the party.
A Hamilton County poll worker who has been held up nationally as an example of voter fraud took the stage at a local voting rights rally – outraging Republicans and dismaying even top local Democrats.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, keynote speaker at Thursday’s rally to kick-off the campaign for an Ohio Voters’ Bill of Rights Ohio Constitutional amendment, even hugged Melowese Richardson.
Richardson, a Democrat, was convicted of voter fraud after using her position as poll worker to vote more than once in the 2012 presidential election. She got a five year prison term, but was released earlier this month after local Democratic activists pressed for a fairer term.
A judge sentenced her to probation instead.
Richardson was among the more than 400 at Word of Deliverance Church in Forest Park when Cincinnati National Action Network President Bobby Hilton called her on stage for a “welcome home.”
A tweet from an Enquirer reporter about the moment sparked immediate outrage from Republicans on Twitter.
Even Democrat leaders questioned the idea of applauding Richardson.
“I am very glad the county prosecutor and judge reconsidered and got her out of jail, but she is not a hero,” Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman Tim Burke, who was at the rally, told the Enquirer. “What she did was criminal conduct and was particularly problematic because of her role as a precinct executive.”
Hamilton County Democratic Party Executive Director Caleb Faux, who was also at the rally, saw it as an attempt to portray Richardson as a martyr because of the lengthy sentence
YEP! that is the Sharpton we know isn’t it?
Let’s see a bad bill that is hurting America, a bad bill that Americans have never supported, and a bad bill that was shoved through in the most partisan fashion possible. Who in their right mind would have any issues with scrapping such a bill? I would like to know what such people are thinking, and so would Ted Cruz
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz can’t understand why the mainstream media views the repeal of Obamacare as a “bizarre proposition,” noting that the healthcare bill is “the most unpopular law in the country.”
Cruz spoke with ABC’s Jon Karl about his promise to “repeal every single word of Obamacare” while at CPAC this week. “We can acknowledge that that’s not going to happen why Barack Obama is president, right?” a skeptical Karl asked.
“Yeah, I’ll give you one scenario where it could,” the conservative senator responded. “If there’s one thing that unifies politicians of both parties, it’s their top priority is preserving their own hide.”
I have to disagree with Cruz here. I doubt that President Obama would ever, under any circumstance go along with scrapping ObamaCare. He is s dedicated leftist, as are many Democrats frankly, and this law is a long-held dream of the Left.
KARL: So you honestly think there’s a chance that you can get Obamacare repealed — every word, as you say.
CRUZ: Every single word.
KARL: With Obama in the White House.
CRUZ: You know, what’s funny Jon is the media treats that as a bizarre proposition –
KARL: Well it is!
KARL: Just look at the size — it is a bizarre proposition, isn’t it?
CRUZ: It is the most unpopular law in the country. Millions of people have lost their jobs, have lost their healthcare, have been forced into part-time work, have their premiums skyrocketing. And right now Washington isn’t listening to those people. That’s how we win elections! And it’s also how we repeal Obamacare.
Karl does not want to get it. Laws of course can be repealed, even constitutional amendments can be undone (prohibition) with constitutional amendments. Which brings me to something you never hear any politician call for Congress, or state legislatures to do. Repealing useless failed, and often repetitive laws that stifle liberty, and opportunity. If I was ever governor of a state, I would push the state legislature to repeal unneeded laws. We have far too many laws in our nation, and many of these should be done away with. I would be a good governor, even if Johnathan Karl would think of me as bizarre.
Ronan, dry your eyes, blow your nose and shut up! then go to the men’s room and make sure you actually have testicles you whiny little man.
MSNBC host Ronan Farrow seemed taken aback by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) brandishing a ceremonial flintlock rifle on the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday before he presented it to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK). MSNBC reduced the speed of that footage so that the audience could clearly see that McConnell was holding a rifle and invited Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer on the program to explain why that occurred.
“Thing started out with another unexpected bang,” Farrow said while introducing the footage. “No, you’re eyes aren’t deceiving you. That’s Senator Mitch McConnell, the Minority Leader of the United States Senate, brandishing a gun on the CPAC stage.”
Farrow invited Spicer to respond to McConnell’s Democratic opponent who criticized McConnell for not holding the ceremonial rifle appropriately. “One would think when he watched on stage with that prop he was trying to make a statement about the Second Amendment, but then his remarks didn’t reflect that at all,” Farrow observed. “What statement was he making there?”
“He wasn’t making a statement. He wasn’t making anything,” Spicer laughed. “It was an award. He was presenting an award by the National Rifle Association to Senator Coburn for a lifelong achievement award for service to both the Senate and Second Amendment.”
Farrow is a joke, and his ratings suck from what I hear. MSNBS keeps putting big-mouthed empty suits with no brains to sell their Progresive agenda. What thee mental midgets will never get it seems is that America, on the whole does not embrace Socialism. And Metrosexuals like Ronan Farrow are not going to change that.
They get more inane, adding another buffoon
In an interview with the black website TheRoot, incoming MSNBC host Joy Reid repeated the usual network mantra that “Everyone at MSNBC has a different, unique perspective,” and she hopes her new 2pm Eastern show will be a “table-setter for prime time.” Translation: whatever “War on Women” or Bridgegate segment I’m doing at 2 will be repeated at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9…..by one “unique perspective” after another.
Reid claimed to lament a political climate that she says has “just become really nasty” and made civilized disagreements few and far between. It’s thanks in part to what she calls a “very virulent strain that is sort of in the underbelly of society.” It’s racism, or the right wing’s horrid tendency to counter-accuse MSNBC of racism, like the accusation is a weapon:
He whines about how “nasty” discourse is, yet her entire message is nothing but negative, offensive attacks on Republicans, and especially Conservatives.
Related to that underbelly is another pet peeve of the soon-to-be-host:“There’s this new thing where people on the right revel in calling anyone black racist who mentions race. It’s like a weapon that they’ve attempted to take away from black people, and they call black people racist all the time for things that definitionally don’t even make sense”
Well, Joy I tend to call people like you and Toure, and Sharpton race pimps, and YES a LOT of your rhetoric IS racist. And one more thing Joy, what the Hell does definitionally even mean? Good Grief!
Of course, it is pretty easy to understand the stupid things Joy believes if you understand she suffers from acute Racial Obsession Syndrome!
“It’s hard not to view things as a black person. For African Americans, your racial identity is something that affects the way your life is lived out,”
Joy, do yourself a favor, get over your obsession with your skin color, It is sad to see someone so caught up in racializing everything!
As we reported earlier, the unfolding situation in Venezuela is not pretty. The protests against Chávez successor Nicolás Maduro‘s regime have reportedly turned violent, similar to the chaos seen in Ukraine.
At least six protesters have been shot, homes have reportedly been raided, and government efforts to suppress the gatherings are underway. Wednesday night was a particularly violent night.
Venezuelan journalist Francisco Toro noticed that as the pandemonium unfurls before his country’s eyes, it has barely registered with the international media. In a post for Caracas Chronicles, Toro took major outlets to task for ignoring what has become a slow-motion crumbling of the Latin American country.
What the media have represented as “street clashes,” he wrote, are actually “state-hatched offensive to suppress and terrorize its opponents.” He explained:
Throughout last night, panicked people told their stories of state-sponsored paramilitaries on motorcycles roaming middle class neighborhoods, shooting at people and storming into apartment buildings, shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting. People continue to be arrested merely for protesting, and a long established local Human Rights NGO makes an urgent plea for an investigation into widespread reports of torture of detainees. There are now dozens of serious human right abuses: National Guardsmen shooting tear gas canisters directly into residential buildings. We have videos of soldiers shooting civilians on the street. And that’s just what came out in real time, over Twitter and YouTube, before any real investigation is carried out. Online media is next, a city of 645,000 inhabitants has been taken off the internet amid mounting repression, and this blog itself has been the object of a Facebook “block” campaign.
Seems pretty awful, right?
While conceding that there is a much more “photogenic” upheaval taking place in Ukraine, Toro lamented that major news outlets have either outright ignored or relegated Venezuela to the b-list of news items.
Scanning each of those media outlets’ websites on Thursday morning, Toro observed:
The New York Times “World” section has “nothing.”
The Guardian world page “has some limp why-are-you-protesting? piece that made some sense before last night’s tropical pogrom, but none after it. So… basically nothing.”
The BBC led its Latin America section with a story on the old news of the detained Venezuelan opposition leader, “as though [the violence] last night had been just business as usual.”
CNN, he noted, was also “chasing the thing that was the story in the old Venezuela,” i.e., the detained leader and not the violent government crackdown on protesters.
“Al Jazeera English never got the memo,” he added, with a screenshot of a website full of Ukraine headlines.
And showing Fox News’ webpage, Toro wrote: “Even places that love to hate the Venezuelan government are asleep at the wheel.”
As of 4:30 p.m. ET, Fox still has nothing about Venezuela on its front page. Al Jazeera has one story that requires some scrolling to notice. CNN’s front page has a small side-bar link, and CNN World has a link to a gallery of protest images. Guardian has several links, mostly towards the bottom of the page. And the Times still has nothing but a small link to a video.
“Venezuela’s domestic media blackout is joined by a parallel international blackout, one born not of censorship but of disinterest and inertia,” Toro concluded. “It’s hard to express the sense of helplessness you get looking through these pages and finding nothing. Venezuela burns; nobody cares.”
At this point, the words “NBC News” constitute a wonderfully condensed little oxymoron. The network that edited audio of George Zimmerman to make him sound racist, that butchered video of a town council meeting to make Second Amendment supporters appear heartless, that beheaded a photo of a gun-toting Tea Partier so no one would know he was African-American, and misused clips of Republican presidential candidates to make them look out of touch and bigoted – that network has no more right to claim it reports “news” than I have to boast I can dance the Polka.
But the network news division was able to elevate its name from mere irony to actual self-parody last week when its White House Producer Shawna Thomas unleashed an orgasmic tweet about the dress Michelle Obama wore to a state dinner: “HOLY CRAP LOOK AT THE FIRST LADY’S DRESS. #BOWDOWN.”
Twitter wags savaged Thomas into a walk-back, yet one is still tempted to pontificate on the media’s quite different reaction to Sarah Palin’s wardrobe or to parse the vengeful triumphalism implicit in that Beyonce reference… but let it pass.
Instead, let’s simply savor the purity and concision of Ms. Thomas’s evocation of the news media’s relationship with this administration. #BOWDOWN. You might say it better, but you couldn’t say it any quicker!
American journalism’s worshipful prostration before Barack Obama has always been emotionally embarrassing and politically dangerous, but recently it has begun to seem psychologically deranged as well. We might have cringed when, say, New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleney used a White House Press Conference to ask the president what “enchanted” him about being in office. We might feel real concern when editors who became hysterical over W’s wholly legal firing of U.S. Attorneys can’t even move themselves to indignation over Obama’s wholesale politicization of the entire Justice Department.
But when the media continue to dance the We’re-Not-Worthy Dance around an administration that seeks to neuter them as an institution, one begins to feel one was too quick to discard some of the weirder theories of Sigmund Freud.
Last week, the Federal Communication Commission’s Ajit Pai wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed calling out the regulatory agency for a plan clearly designed to intimidate America’s newsrooms into an even more rigidly left-friendly sensibility. The “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” scheduled to begin this spring, would, according to Pai, “send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run.” The FCC wants to make sure journalists disseminate “critical information” about such things as “the environment,” and “economic opportunities.” And it plans to seek out disgruntled (likely minority) employees who feel poorly represented.
After GOP congressmen protested that the plan amounted to an attempt to “control the political speech of journalists,” the FCC said it would “review” the study criteria. But I wouldn’t breathe any sighs of relief. This administration frequently delays wicked policy to give its media lapdogs a chance to report it is “backing down.” Then it goes ahead with what it originally intended. (See Obamacare.)
Anyway, we don’t need a thuggish FCC to know this administration wants the media choir to sing the White House song castrato. Reporters Without Borders has already downgraded the U.S. fourteen spots to number 46 on the World Press Freedom Index this year alone. The president’s men have tapped reporters’ phones and email. And even Jill Abramson, editor of the leftist New York Times, says, “This is the most secretive White House… I have ever dealt with.”
And yet the Times and the news networks continue to play down presidential malfeasance — including that which threatens their own freedom!
It was unbelievably childish of journalists to believe, as Barbara Walters put it, that Obama was “the next messiah.” It is venal of them to turn a near-sighted eye to his IRS abuse, Benghazi cover-up and unconstitutional non-enforcement of law. But for American news people to #BOWDOWN before an administration that shows open hostility to the First Amendment – that’s just hashtag-pathological.
Here are some key points you should keep in mind about Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law.
Michael Dunn is going to prison for a long time for three counts of attempted murder.
The Dunn defense, like the George Zimmerman defense DID NOT use the Stand Your Ground statute.
The law allows people to defend themselves rather than having a duty to retreat, it does not give an out for people who kill in cold blood, or who continue shooting when the threat to them has passed. It does not encourage or excuse vigilantism.
Finally, the Left is USING emotional rhetoric to intimidate politicians to strike down such laws. And rest assured they will come after concealed carry laws if they are successful here. The Left will never stop in their pursuit of outlawing gun ownership entirely.
Now, on to the campaign against the most basic human right, that of self-defense
Critics of Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground law are using the verdict in the murder trial of Michael Dunn to showcase their argument that state laws should be changed.
Dunn was convicted on three counts of second-degree attempted murder, but the jury could not reach a verdict on first- or-second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis after about 30 hours of deliberations.
“It’s a sloppy bill. It needs to be narrowly tailored and judges need more discretion,” U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, a Jacksonville Democrat, said Sunday.
“When the law started, the intention was very good: If you break into my house, I’m going to deal with you. But when you extend [that premise]…. there are problems.”
Brown is either lying or she is vastly ignorant of the law. Stand Your Ground is not at all about defending against a home intruder. Floridians already had the right to use deadly force in their homes. This law was passed to protect law-abiding citizens from having to retreat before they could defend themselves which is only right. One of the men who wrote the law DOES know what the law says
State Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, filed the Stand-Your-Ground law in 2005. He defended it Sunday afternoon and said he would hesitate to alter the law.
“I would be very cautious to do anything with the legislation that would in any way diminish law-abiding citizens’ rights to protect themselves from violent acts,” Baxley said.
Baxley said the “reasonable man standard” in the law is often left unreported by the media. He said it’s a misconception that someone only has to believe his life is in danger to use Florida’s self-defense laws. He said self-defense can be applied only if a reasonable man would reach the conclusion they were likely to suffer great bodily harm or death.
“There’s nothing in the legislation that gives you the authority to pursue, confront or provoke another person,” he said. “It [does] allows you to meet force with force.”
There it is plain and simple. It is common sense legislation that must be protected. The Left is looking to blame the law for every unjustified shooting, even if the law does not apply. Odd too that those calling for the law to be changed are ignoring that Dunn is looking at 60 years in prison. This law does not encourage anyone to go vigilante despite the empty rhetoric
Others spoke of changing the state’s Stand Your Ground law on gun use.
“It does not do justice for everyone,” said Rev. R.L. Gundy, pastor of Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville. “It’s alarming when you can have a law and it does not meet the [community’s] morality. … how you can take that and use it to harm people.”
Gundy said he plans to be part of a March 3 rally in Tallahassee seeking change to the Stand-Your-Ground statute.
Again, he is lying or is completely ignorant of the law. There is no basis, none at all, for what Gundy is saying. Those of us who hold dear our right to defend ourselves need to be prepared to make the proper arguments. The media will be no ally, so we need to be ready to talk with those who do not understand the Stand Your Ground law. Trust me, some intelligent arguments can open lots of eyes.
Good Freaking grief, ALL, and I mean ALL Matthews, and most of the rest of the MSNBS crew does is vilify Republicans, the Tea Party, Conservatives, Southerners, gun owners, and so on. Yet they have the unmitigated gall to whine that Republicans are mean to the Obamassiah?
Again, the hypocrisy is as thick as the ice in Antarctica. Note Matthews and his guests NEVER admit that Republicans are differing with the president, many of them quite respectfully, on issues and ideals. No, they just attack the Right for daring to dissent. I thought dissent was patriotic? Isn’t that what the Left parroted during the Bush presidency?
The IRS Conservative Targeting Scandal involved:
* At least 292 conservative groups
* At least 5 pro-Israel groups
* Constitutional groups
* Groups that criticized Obama administration
* At least two pro-life groups
* An 83 year-old Nazi concentration camp survivor
* A 180 year-old Baptist paper
* A Texas voting-rights group
* A Hollywood conservative group was targeted and harassed
* Conservative activists and businesses
* At least one conservative Hispanic group
* IRS continued to target groups even after the scandal was exposed
The Obama IRS gave preferential treatment to liberal groups during the same period.
Now their is proof the IRS and Treasury Department secretly drafted rules to target conservatives. This email shows the IRS’s Lois Lerner and Treasury Department conspired to draft new 501(c)(4) regulations targeting conservatives.
Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) revealed this email yesterday during House Committee on Ways and Means committee hearing with the IRS commissioner John Koskinen.
The Daily Caller reported:
The Obama administration’s Treasury Department and former IRS official Lois Lerner conspired to draft new 501(c)(4) regulations to restrict the activity of conservative groups in a way that would not be disclosed publicly, according to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
The Treasury Department and Lerner started devising the new rules “off-plan,” meaning that their plans would not be published on the public schedule. They planned the new rules in 2012, while the IRS targeting of conservative groups was in full swing, and not after the scandal broke in order to clarify regulations as the administration has suggested.
The rules would place much more stringent controls on what would be considered political activity by the IRS, effectively limiting the standard practices of a wide array of non-profit groups.
“Don’t know who in your organizations is keeping tabs on c4s, but since we mentioned potentially addressing them (off -plan) in 2013, I’ve got my radar up and this seemed interesting…,” Treasury official Ruth Madrigal wrote in a June 14, 2012 email to Lerner and others obtained by Ways and Means and provided to The Daily Caller.
Ways and Means chairman Rep. Dave Camp blasted the off-the-record plan during a hearing Wednesday with IRS commissioner John Koskinen, and called for the administration’s newly proposed 501(c)(4) rules to be halted until criminal investigations into the IRS targeting scandal are complete.
It looks like President Obama was just caught in another lie.
The IRS was targeting conservative groups despite what he told Bill O’Reilly.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Thursday blasted President Barack Obama’s recent claim that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” involved in the Internal Revenue Service’s alleged targeting of conservative groups.
“The president says there’s not a ‘smidgeon’ of criminality or corruption,” Gowdy said during a House Ways and Means hearing on the IRS scandal.
“Do either of you,” he said, addressing two Tea Party leaders who appeared to testify on their experiences with the IRS, “remember seeing a witness named Lois Lerner, sitting at the very table y’all are sitting at?”
Lerner, formerly in charge of the IRS’ tax-exempt organization division, ignited the scandal in May after she apologized for the agency’s handling of conservative groups. She later invoked the Fifth Amendment and resigned her post in September.
“Do you remember her invoking her Fifth Amendment privilege? The same privilege that she targeted some of your groups for trying to educate people about?” Gowdy asked. “Some of your groups just want to simply educate people about the Constitution – the one she availed herself of the very second she was exposed to criminal investigation.”
“So how can the president say there’s not a ‘smidgeon’ of criminality when Lois Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment? Forty-one witnesses haven’t been interviewed, including the two who are here right now!” he added. “How can he possibly draw that conclusion?”
Watch the South Carolina representative’s heated take on Obama’s assessment:
One of the most high-profile victims of the IRS Tea Party targeting scandal is planning to unveil surprising new allegations about the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee at a hearing this morning.
Catherine Engelbrecht, the head of election integrity group True The Vote and Tea Party group King Street Patriots, alleges Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) demanded information from her group in a similar manner to the IRS, according to her testimony. “Hours after sending letters, he would appear on cable news and publicly defame me and my organization,” Engelbrecht said.
The Tea Party leader is filing a formal ethics complaint against Cummings with the Office of Congressional Ethics, a panel of outside advisers who review allegations and refer those they consider to have merit to the official Hosue Ethics Committee.
Engelbrecht is one of several witnesses testifying at an oversight subcommittee hearing on the IRS scandal on Thursday. The committee’s subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs will be holding a hearing titled: “The IRS Targeting Investigation: What is the Administration Doing?”
In her opening statement, published on the committee’s website late Wednesday, Engelbrecht offers the painstaking details of how the IRS and administration as a whole targeted her, noting “my private businesses, my nonprofit organizations, and family have been subjected to more than 15 instances of audit or inquiry by federal agencies.”
Engelbrecht said she is disgusted with Cummings’ behavior, and that Cummings was engaged in activity that “misrepresent[s] this governing body in an effort to demonize and intimidate citizens.”
“Such tactics are unacceptable,” Engelbrecht wrote in her prepared testimony. “It is for these reasons that immediately after this hearing I am filing a formal complaint with the House Office of Congressional Ethics and asking for a full investigation.”
Earlier in her testimony, Engelbrecht lumped Cummings’ actions in with those of the administration, writing that after she filed IRS papers to create her groups, “an assortment of federal entities – including law enforcement agencies and a Congressman from Maryland, Elijah Cummings – came knocking at my door.”
It is highly unusual for a witness at a hearing to announce she is filing a formal ethics complaint against the ranking member of the committee holding it. Cummings’ office did not respond to a request for comment sent late Wednesday.
Cummings has been a Democratic thorn in the side of oversight efforts of full committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and other committee Republicans on the IRS scandal since he ascended to the top Democratic slot on the committee in 2010.
Cummings released sensitive investigation documents this past summer, including a redacted transcript of an interview committee investigators conducted with IRS employee John Shafer. Cummings did so, according to an NPR story on the matter, because he said the transcript “debunks conspiracy theories about how the IRS first started reviewing these cases.”
But Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) said in response to that renegade Cummings action that it “will severely undermine the Oversight Committee’s ability to gain the full truth of what has transpired at the IRS.”
“Since he called for an end to this investigation, we have learned that IRS officials in Washington had been more involved in the targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups than we initially were lead to believe,” Turner said then. “This maneuver will do nothing more than obstruct the Committee’s investigation. It’s clear that Ranking Member Cummings is concerned only with ending a highly embarrassing and troubling investigation before we learn the full truth of who was responsible and why.”
On the Benghazi scandal, Cummings outed a trip Issa was taking to Libya – something Issa’s office feared could have put the chairman in danger as terror threats were being made against Issa’s life at the time by a Libyan national.
Testifying along with Engelbrecht at Thursday’s IRS hearing will be American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) chief counsel Jay Sekulow, Alabama’s Wetumpka Tea Party president Becky Gerritson and lawyer Cleta Mitchell of Foley & Lardner LLP. Barbara Bosserman of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division is invited to testify, according to the House Oversight Committee’s website but has not confirmed.
Appearing on Fox News Channel’s Special Report on Wednesday, conservative columnist George Will said the scandal involving the Internal Revenue Services’ targeting of conservative groups is as serious as Watergate or Iran-Contra. The distinction between those scandals and the one involving the IRS, he said, was that the press covered those earlier controversies heavily while they have largely dismissed the latest.
Will began by recalling that, immediately after former IRS official Lois Lerner preemptively apologized for targeting conservative groups, President Barack Obama called the scandal “outrageous.” Lerner would go on to resign and refuse to testify before Congress about the details of the scandal.
Today, however, Will noted that the scandal has evolved to a point where the president dismisses the IRS’s actions as mere “boneheaded decisions.”
He added that the nation’s capital has seen three major scandals “involving the distortion and abuse of institutions” in the past 40 years; Watergate, the Iran-Contra affair, and the IRS targeting scandal.
“The first two were ravenously covered by the media – they were Republican presidents’ problems,” Will said. “This is not being pursued and the president knows that. Hence, his sense of weariness and boredom as he discussed this with Bill O’Reilly.”
Watch the clip below, via Fox:
BOO FREAKING YAH!
Did you know Iran was our ally before George W. Bush was president? Notes idiot Andrea Mitchell thinks this is so
Here Andrea, this is for you
Old ED just cannot wait for Obama to trash the Constitution and advance the “Progressive” agenda! Of course Progressive really means Marxist, but Ed would likely wet his pants over that too
I really wish that useful idiots like Schultz could go live in the Marxist Utopia they crave for one year. They would quickly find out that as soon as they are not “useful” anymore, they will be cast aside. Wanna bet they would return with a very different ideal of what government should be?
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) appeared on CBS Face the Nation on Sunday morning and was met with a barrage of questions from host Bob Schieffer about his involvement in the government shutdown. Apart from being the victim of Schieffer’s accusations that the Tea Party senator was to blame for the shutdown, it also appears that Mr. Cruz was the victim of editing by CBS.
Based on video from Senator Cruz’s YouTube page and what aired on Sunday’s Face the Nation broadcast, the senator’s comments surrounding President Obama’s “abuse of power” were edited from the program. Instead what aired was a segment that ignored many of the senator’s complaints directed at President Obama.
In the video that aired on CBS, the interview between Schieffer and Cruz ended with the following back and forth:
BOB SCHIEFFER: Will you run for president?
SEN. TED CRUZ: “Well, look, my focus is on the challenges facing this country right now (UNINTEL) senate. My focus, for example, is on the abuse of power from the president. Let’s take something like the IRS scandal-”
BOB SCHIEFFER: “So, I’ll take that as a yes or a no.”
SEN. TED CRUZ: “Eight months ago-”
BOB SCHIEFFER: “Or still thinking about it.”
SEN. TED CRUZ: “Well, what you can take that as, is that my focus is standing and fighting right now in the senate to bring back jobs and economic growth. Economic growth is my number one priority…”
BOB SCHIEFFER: “Thank you, so much, for joining us and we’ll talk to you again.”
However, as Senator Cruz’s YouTube channel showed, the Texas senator had extensive commentary on President Obama that mysteriously did not make it to air, just two days before the president’s State of the Union address:
SCHIEFFER: “Will you run for President?”
CRUZ: “My focus is on the abuse of power of this President. Let’s take something like the IRS scandal-”
SCHIEFFER: “Do I take that as a yes or a no?”
CRUZ: “What you can take is that my focus is standing and fighting right now in the Senate to bring back jobs and economic growth. Let me tell you something that is deeply concerning – the abuse of power from this Administration. We’ve seen multiple filmmakers prosecuted and the government’s gone after them. Whether it’s the poor fellow that did the film that the President blamed Benghazi and the terrorist attacks on, turns out that wasn’t the reason for the attack but the Administration went and put that poor fellow in jail on unrelated charges. Just this week it was broken that Dinesh D’Souza, who did a very big movie criticizing the president, is now being prosecuted by this Administration.”
CRUZ: “Can you image the reaction if the Bush Administration had went, gone and prosecuted Michael Moore and Alec Baldwin and Sean Penn?”
CRUZ: :It should trouble everyone the government uses government power and the IRS in particular to target their enemies and you are talking a new minutes to Chuck Schumer-”
SCHIEFFER: “We are going to leave this for another day, senator. Thank you for joining us and we’ll talk to you again.”
Now it is certainly plausible that CBS edited out the ending of the Cruz interview for time, however given that Cruz’s comments were extremely critical of the president and came just two days before an embattled President Obama gives his State of the Union speech, the timing of such editing is highly inappropriate and unusual.
CBS should explain why it felt it appropriate to edit out a high profile senator accusing the President of the United States of targeting his politcal enemies. These are strong accusations leveled at the president, and CBS’s viewers deserve to hear them, yet strangely they were not.
On Monday, CNN flooded the airwaves with reports of a second scandal threatening to engulf New Jersey’s Chris Christie, claiming the Republican governor is under federal investigation after evidence surfaced that Hurricane Sandy relief funds were used to purchase a self-promoting advertisement campaign. But according to the federal government, that’s simply not true – and CNN has yet to issue a meaningful correction or retraction.
The story first broke early Monday morning. “CNN has learned exclusively that a federal investigation will be launched into why money meant for Hurricane Sandy relief was used in a marketing campaign involving Christie’s family,” anchor Kate Bolduan began, before punting it off to CNN’s new investigative reporter, Chris Frates.
Frates alleged that the Christie administration improperly spent $25 million in federal Hurricane Sandy relief funds on a 2013 advertisement campaign to promote tourism in the wake of the storm – even going so far as to spend $2.2 million more on one ad because the agency agreed to feature Christie and his family.
New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone, a longtime rival of Christie, was apparently the network’s big tipster. “After an initial review of the Sandy relief spending,” Frates said, “the office of inspector general at the Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] has concluded that there is enough evidence to launch a full-scale investigation, according to Congressman Pallone.”
The network pushed the story hard, revisiting the report in at least fourteen separate segments on Monday alone. But on Tuesday, HUD’s inspector general issued a rare press release directly contradicting CNN’s story.
“The Department granted a waiver to allow the State to use $25 million of its award on a marketing campaign to promote the Jersey Shore and encourage tourism,” the release read. “An audit was initiated in September 2013 to examine whether the State administered its Tourism Marketing Program in accordance with applicable departmental and Federal requirements. This is an audit and not an investigation of the procurement process.” The statement adds that audits of federal expenditures “are something that this office does routinely.”
That means there was never any “initial review of Sandy relief spending,” no “evidence” yet dug up suggesting wrongdoing, and certainly no “full-scale investigation” – a word the federal government uses only to define a probe by law enforcement. Instead, the inspector general’s release suggests a routine accounting review, the likes of which are pursued dozens of times each year by any agency doling out large grants.
So how did CNN respond to these new revelations? The television reports mostly dried up, while a few sentences added to Chris Frates’ written report Tuesday noted that the inspector general released a statement calling the probe an audit, not an investigation.
But the “update” failed to note that the audit is part of a routine inspector general process, that the $25 million diversion for advertising was approved by HUD or that CNN was wrong in its initial claim that the federal government was pursuing a law enforcement investigation against Christie. And on Wednesday Frates pushed boldly onward, writing that the ad agency rejected by Christie was asked if they would feel “comfortable” featuring the governor in their ads and that – unsurprisingly for a New Jersey state initiative – the committee evaluating the ad proposals was made up entirely of Christie officials.
It’s unclear whether Rep. Pallone misrepresented the audit to CNN or if the network misrepresented the congressman’s explanation of the audit. Both CNN officials and Pallone failed to respond to a request for comment.