Archive for the ‘Obama Scandals’ Category

Are Comey’s memos stored in Pandora’s box?

May 18, 2017

The ‘Resistance’ has gotten what it wanted … and may rue the day.

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Let’s keep this simple.

1) Democrats have been hollering for a special prosecutor, and

2) Comey reportedly wrote a memo-for-the-file – a practice that he’s known to have always done routinely – that says Trump hoped the Flynn investigation would go away … obstruction of justice? smoking gun?

3)  So, Robert Mueller got appointed Special Counsel to the FBI:

Mueller is authorized to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,”  as well as “other matters that may arise directly from the investigation”.

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OK, so Comey routinely wrote contemporaneous file memos documenting his interactions with his superiors … not just Trump … prior Presidents and DOJ bosses as well.

By definition, those memos are government property since they were created in direct connection to his job.

Mueller -– who has bi-partisan support as the last honest man – is authorized to pursue “other matters”.

Here’s where the Dems may be sorry that they got what they wished for …

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What are the odds of 7 specific IRS hard drives crashing?

June 24, 2014

Here’s why I think there’s a cover-up happening in the IRS targeting scandal …

Lois Lerner is at the heart of the investigation.  She exercised her 5th amendment right to not self-incriminate and didn’t testify to Congress.

Then, it’s “discovered” that 10 days after the scandal inquiry kicked off, her PC hard drive – which contained the only permanent copies of emails she sent to folks outside the IRS – crashed … and all data – including the subpoenaed emails – was lost forever.

Hmmm.

 

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Then it was revealed that the hard drives of 6 other IRS “persons of interest” had also crashed (after the investigation was kicked off.

Double hmmm.

Got me to wondering: What are the odds of that happening?

Let’s do some arithmetic …

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My View: IRS targeting Lerner emails, next steps

June 23, 2014

Some semi-random thoughts on the IRS fiasco…

First, I don’t think any reasonable person can deny that persons within the IRS targeted conservative groups for harassment during the run-up to the 2012 Presidential election.

One interesting aspect is that the IRS actions had nothing to do with REVENUE since the organizations don’t operate for a profit. The organizations spend everything that they take in – i.e. expenses consume revenues, so profits are zero and there are no taxes to collect.

So, it’s reasonable to conclude that the harassment was done simply for political reasons, right?

 

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That’s the why, what about the “who”?

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The Dude Factor …

May 6, 2014

Recently, “Dude” has gained some surged visibility.

First, a light touch …

A couple of weeks ago we posted the gone-viral of the nun who rocked the house on Italy’s version of The Voice

Part of the story’s punch line was the nun picked the bad boy rapper dude to be her coach.

 

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Here’s a way more serious Dude incidence that has gone viral…

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Nums: Amercans have scandal fatigue … not.

June 14, 2013

 According to the latest FoxNews poll

About 3 in 4 Americans think Congress should continue its investigations into the recent government scandals …  slightly more for the IRS targeting, slightly fewer for the Benghazi cover-up.

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The poll didn’t ask about the phone-internet surveillance flap.

Bottom line: Even if you discount the numbers because its Fox, it looks like some nerves were touched …

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Uh-oh: Scandals are (finally) taking a toll on Obama’s ratings.

June 13, 2013

President Obama’s approval rating has remained remarkably resilient in the face of the stream of scandals.

There has been a gradually downward trend in Gallup’s numbers.

The latest Gallup survey shows a sharp uptick in disapproval … likely a result of the phone-internet bruhaha.

For the first time since his reelection, Gallup  reports Obama to be under water by a couple of points.

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Here are some more numbers …

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The curse of the “two rogue agents in Cincinnati” defense …

June 10, 2013

Team Obama would still like us all to believe that it was just two rogue agents in Cincinnati were responsible for the IRS targeting of conservative groups.

Well, that defense seems to be working against them in the phone flap and internet snooping bruhaha.

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Specifically, the President argues that his and the other branches of government provide adequate safeguards to preclude any abuse.

Well, what if tow rogue agents decide to go IRS on the security data?

Hmmm.

Peggy Noonan states the case more elegantly in her blog … here’s an excerpt …

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Laughs: Leno smacks “Snoop Dog Obama” … very funny.

June 9, 2013

When you’ve lost Leno, well …

Great Leno monologue on the phone flap and IRS …. transcript is below or click to watch the video (recommended).

Favorite line: “if Obama wants to put this snooping thing to good use, how about spying on the IRS.”

 

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Click to watch the video (recommended).

JAY LENO:

Well, let’s see what’s going on. Hey, Snoop is back in the news. Not Snoop Dogg, Snoop Obama. Yeah, Snoop Obama. A big change at the White House today. They closed the gift shop and opened a Verizon store. Yeah.

Well, this has become a huge controversy after it was revealed that the National Security Agency seized millions of Verizon phone records, and of course this has caused a panic among civil libertarians, constitutional scholars and cheating husbands everywhere. Oh my God.

How ironic is that? We wanted a president that listens to all Americans – now we have one. Yeah.

Actually, President Obama clarified the situation today. He said no one is listening to your phone calls. The president said it’s not what the program is all about. You know, like the IRS isn’t about targeting certain political groups. That’s not what it’s about!

I mean what’s going on? The White House has looked into our phone records, checking our computers, monitoring our e-mails. When did the government suddenly become our psycho ex-girlfriend? When did that happen? When did that happen? When did that happen?

You know, I’ll tell you, if Obama wants to put this snooping thing to good use, how about spying on the IRS next time they throw a $4 million party. Why don’t you do that one? Yes, exactly, exactly. Find out about that. Yeah.

 

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Why the uproar about the phone and internet surveillance?

June 7, 2013

Yesterday it was revealed that the Feds are routinely gathering and mining  “metadata” on all phone calls and trolling through emails and other Internet content.

Ostensibly they’re just on the look out for terrorists …  that’s a good thing.

I think most folks would agree.

But many folks are in an uproar over the matter.

Why?

For starters, a lot of folks don’t trust the Feds much anymore.

According to Gallup, less than 1 in 5 Americans say that they trust the Federal government

… over 80% only trust the Federal government some of the time or never.

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And, those numbers are before accounting for:

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Nums: Honesty doesn’t matter …

June 5, 2013

According to the latest NBC/WSJ Survey …

49% of the people surveyed approved of the job that Obama is doing as President.

But, only 23% think that he’s very honest.

 

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Drilling down …

Obama’s ‘top box’ honesty score has slipped 18 pp since his first days in office … from 41% to 23%.

In January 2009, his net ‘very’ score – very good minus very poor – was plus 33.

Now, his net ‘very’ score is underwater by 7 pp … 23% to 30%.

There’s still more …

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IRS: The 501(c)4 advantage … it’s not about taxes.

June 3, 2013

Last week, we raised a couple of points re: the IRS – Tea Party flap.

First, we pointed out that organizations don’t need to seek IRS approval to operate as  a 501(c)4 … they can just do it.

Someday they might get the 501(c)4 status audited and  revoked, but since Tea Parties spend the money that they raise on their activities, there shouldn’t be any income to tax.

And, donations to a 5042(c)4 are not tax deductible.

If there isn’t a tax advantage to either the organization or it’s donors, why did the conservative organizations go through thee agony of applying?

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The answer is simple … and, not surprisingly, upended by the IRS targeting …

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Uh-oh: Obama’s job approval goes underwater …

May 31, 2013

The media’s spin has been that the tri-scandals haven’t impacted President Obama’s job approval ratings.

Oops.

The RealClearPolitics poll-of-polls now has the President below the Mendoza line at 48.1% approval …

,,, and, with 48.4% disapproving, Obama is now underwater.

 

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Source: RCP

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Is John Hancock rolling over in his grave?

May 30, 2013

You remember John Hancock, right?

He is memorialized for his large and stylish signature on the United States Declaration of Independence … so much so that the term “John Hancock” became, in the United States, a synonym for “signature”.

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According to Wikipedia – the people’s encyclopedia –…

The traditional function of a signature is evidential of:

  1. The provenance of the document (identity)
  2. The intention (will) of an individual with regard to that document

For example, you signed your 1040 tax return – either physically or digitally, right?

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Did you read the fine print?

Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have examined this return and accompanying schedules and statements, and to the best of my knowledge and belief, they are true, correct, and complete.

Hmmm.

Do the same requirements and penalties apply to Federal officials?

Here are some head-scratching examples to the contrary …

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IRS: Why did the Tea Parties even apply for 501(c)4 status?

May 30, 2013

Many aspects of the IRS – Tea Parties bruhaha have me head scratching.

Clearly, the IRS was targeting conservative groups.  That’s a no-brainer.

But, I ask, why did the groups apply for 501(c)4 status in the first place?

Reading the IRS regs and a letter from the IRS to Senator Hatch, organizations can “self-declare” to be 501(c)4.

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Source: Original letter

Here’s why this has me head-scratching …

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Uh-oh: Jurassic Government

May 28, 2013

Everybody knows Jurassic Park – the 1993 science fiction adventure film in which a team of genetic scientists create a wildlife park of cloned dinosaurs.

When the security systems go haywire, the dinosaurs go uncontrollably wild.

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Jonathan Turley is a left-leaning law prof at George Washington University …. a frequent legal analyst on CNN … not to be mistaken as a Tea Party kinda guy.

He had a weekend op-ed in the Washington Post that’s a must read.

Titled “The rise of the fourth branch of government “, the article’s central thesis:

The growing dominance of the federal government over the states has obscured more fundamental changes within the federal government itself:

It is not just bigger, it is dangerously off kilter.

Our carefully constructed system of checks and balances is being negated by the rise of a fourth branch:

An administrative state of sprawling departments and agencies that govern with increasing autonomy and decreasing transparency.

That is, the government agencies have gotten so big and sprawling that they  have substantially more power over our lives than the 3 Constitutional branches of government … and they are, for all practical purposes, unmanageable and largely out-of-control.

Hmmm.

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Here are some highlights and stats from Turley’s article …

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IRS: Why no mention of the NTEU connection?

May 24, 2013

Did you know that the “frontline” IRS employees involved in the IRS scandal are unionized?

Yep.

Members of NTEU – the National Treasury Employees Union.

So what?

First, like most government employee unions, the NTEU is all for bigger government and fatter retirement benefits.

So, it’s no big surprise that the union endorsed Obama for President.

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Nothing shady there … strictly legal … and consistent with the employees’ interests.

But, here’s where things get interesting …

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Flashback: What happens when a tax-evader runs the IRS?

May 22, 2013

I’m a bit surprised that this retro-snit hasn’t come up in the current IRS flap …

Think back to early, 2009.

Newly annointed President Obama nominated Tim Geithner to be Secretary of the Treasury.

During his confirmation hearings, Geithner ran into an “issue”.

It was revealed that Mr. Geithner, he failed to pay payroll taxes on income he received from the International Monetary Fund in 2001, and then repeated the error in the three subsequent years, despite explicit disclosures and instructions from the IMF, and with the help of an accountant.

According to the WSJ:

Apologizing to the committee, Geithner took responsibility for what he called “careless” and “avoidable” mistakes while insisting they were unintentional.

He acknowledged signing an IMF statement at the time that he understood he had been reimbursed to pay those self-employment taxes, adding that he should have read the statement more carefully.

In his testimony, he laid blame on his TurboTax software

Why is this important?

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IRS: Lerner gets 4 Pinocchios … and pleads a fifth.

May 21, 2013

OK, now we’re starting to make some progress.

Lois Lerner is the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS.

She’s the one who answered a planted post-speech question  — by “apologizing”  for the IRS targeting conservative groups.

Her public statements regarding the IRS fiasco has earned her 4 Pinocchios from the left-leaning Washington Post.

More on that later.

Now, it’s being reported that she’ll plead the 5th Amendment at a Congressional hearing on Wednesday. Source

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Here’s a link to the Post’s analysis : A bushel of Pinocchios for IRS’s Lois Lerner.

Quick summary: Liar, liar … pants on fire.I know, innocent until proven guilty …

English translation: GUILTY !

Perp walk,  anybody?

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Nums: Scandals important, but O’s rating is up … say, what?

May 19, 2013

The term “Teflon president” is being re-calibrated.

Here’s a head-scratcher:

Despite the Benghazi, IRS and AP scandals, CNN reports that Obama’s job approval ratings have bumped up.

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That’s despite the parallel findings that respondents think the 3 scandals are important, that they are indeed scandals, and that they think that the GOP-led Congress is handling the matter correctly.

Here are some details …

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