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May 15 2013

Open Thread


Passed along by Matt L.

May 15 2013

Fox to Investigate IRS Henhouse Activities

It is too much to hope that Obama will be forced to take responsibility for the current IRS scandal, despite setting the tone that made it likely to happen with his Chicago-style politics and divisive, vindictive rhetoric. But it isn’t too much to hope that scapegoated acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller will not go down alone. At least one senatorial kakistocrat ought to keep him company under the bus:

Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.) repeatedly pressed the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the tax-exempt status of specific conservative nonprofit organizations in letters to then-IRS commissioner Doug Shulman and director Lois Lerner in 2012. …

He asked whether the 12 organizations “applied for [tax-exempt status]; and if so … received the described exemption for political activity from the IRS.”

Levin’s list contained nine conservative groups, including Club for Growth, Americans for Tax Reform, and Americans for Prosperity.

For a fig leaf, he included two token liberal and a centrist group.

The IRS acknowledged on Friday that agency officials singled out conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.

But not to worry…

Levin, who chairs the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, said the subcommittee will be investigating the IRS targeting of conservative groups.

That is, the fox will be investigating the carnage in the henhouse. The technical term for this is farce.

carl levin
Carl Levin, moonbat kakistocrat.

On tips from Dr. 9 and Muddypaw.

May 15 2013

Arrested Economic Development

A brief history of the catastrophe known as ObamaCare:

On a tip from Nate.

May 15 2013

Presidential Déjà Vu

The more things hope-ishly change…

Nixon Obama

Compliments of Jim Lavery.

May 15 2013

Good Samaritans Sued by Municipal Moonbats

In a world run by moonbats, no good deed goes unpunished:

Garret Ean is one of six people named in a lawsuit filed by Keene [New Hampshire]. Ean and his group of friends call themselves Robin Hood of Keene. They walk the city streets with rolls of dimes and fill parking meters that are about to expire.

“We found that people really appreciate it when you save them from a ticket when you fill their meters,” Ean said.

The authorities are less appreciative.

The city said one enforcement officer suffered stress and anxiety from the group’s actions and even experienced heart palpitations.

Good thing Cool Hand Luke isn’t still around. Seeing someone take down the meters with a hacksaw would no doubt give the officer a full-fledged coronary.

parking meter
Good Samaritans stay away.

On a tip from Muddypaw.

May 15 2013

Separated at Birth?

Obama logo  al-nour-logo

One of these is the logo of an Islamist organization implacably hostile to the USA and Western Civilization in general. The other is the logo of the pro-sharia Egyptian Al-Nour Party.

On a tip from facebkwallflower.

May 15 2013

While Putting the Screws to Patriots, IRS’s Lois Lerner Granted Special Tax Status to Obama’s Swindling Half Brother

The IRS scandal is too big for someone not to take a fall. One obvious candidate is Lois Lerner:

Lerner, the senior IRS official at the center of the decision to target tea party groups for burdensome tax scrutiny, signed paperwork granting tax-exempt status to the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a shady charity headed by the president’s half-brother that operated illegally for years.

According to the organization’s filings, Lerner approved the foundation’s tax status within a month of filing, an unprecedented timeline that stands in stark contrast to conservative organizations that have been waiting for more than three years, in some cases, for approval.

Lerner also appears to have broken with the norms of tax-exemption approval by granting retroactive tax-exempt status to Malik Obama’s organization.

Malik, a hustler who belongs in prison for fraud, didn’t even apply for this status for his bogus charity. He didn’t have to.

It’s a natural law: the bigger government grows, the more deeply it decays into corruption. Rules are for breaking the knees of political opponents, not for applying to criminal relatives of the Campaigner in Chief.

Obama himself doesn’t need to pass down orders to apparatchiks like Lerner, any more than imams in Saudi Arabia needed to tell the Tsarnaev Brothers to bomb the Boston Marathon. All he has to do is set the tone, which he accomplishes with divisive rhetoric about punishing enemies. His flying monkeys will apply this philosophy wherever they get the chance.

malik obama
Tea Party groups are harassed; Malik Obama doesn’t even need to apply.

On tips from Bob Roberts, Apostle53, and Varla.

May 15 2013

Obama Regime Stonewalls for Eagle-Killing Wind Turbines

Moonbats at least have the redeeming quality that they care about the plight of wild animals — except when they don’t:

The Obama administration has never fined or prosecuted a wind farm for killing eagles and other protected bird species, shielding the industry from liability and helping keep the scope of the deaths secret, an Associated Press investigation has found.

If that’s the way you want it, AP, don’t be surprised when the Injustice Department starts snooping through your phone records.

More than 573,000 birds are killed by the country’s wind farms each year, including 83,000 hunting birds such as hawks, falcons and eagles, according to an estimate published in March in the peer-reviewed Wildlife Society Bulletin.

Each death is federal crime, a charge that the Obama administration has used to prosecute oil companies when birds drown in their waste pits, and power companies when birds are electrocuted by their power lines. No wind energy company has been prosecuted, even those that repeatedly flout the law.

Here’s why:

Wind power, a pollution-free energy intended to ease [nonexistent] global warming, is a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s energy plan.

The mysterious benefits of this plan to our rulers have nothing to do with the cost-efficiency of outlandishly expensive and unreliable wind turbines — or with the welfare of birds.

Just how many birds these largely useless eyesores kill is impossible to say,

because many companies aren’t required to disclose how many birds they kill. And when they do, experts say, the data can be unreliable.

When companies voluntarily report deaths, the Obama administration in many cases refuses to make the information public…

Obamunist transparency is a good thing, for those with a seat at Big Government’s table.

There is no seat there for golden eagles, at least four dozen of which have been killed in Wyoming alone since 2009. Nothing could be more symbolic than the decimation of eagles — our national symbol — by ideologically deranged and/or corrupt federal policy — except maybe the falling eagle background on this screenshot from the White House Twitter page:


On tips from Dr. 9, Byron, and Ummah Gummah.

May 15 2013

Steny Hoyer Plays Shell Game With Scandals

Our monstrously overgrown federal government produces so many scandals, not even top Democrats like Nancy Pelosi’s right hand flunky can keep them all straight:

At Rep. Steny Hoyer’s weekly meeting with reporters on Tuesday, the Maryland Democrat was asked if he was concerned about the DOJ seizing phone records from Associated Press journalists working in the House press gallery in the Capitol building.

His response:

“The IRS activity was inappropriate, inconsistent with our policies and practices as a country, very concerning, needs to be reviewed carefully [quack quack quack…]”

Eventually Hoyer grasped that the question was about the latest IRS scandal, not the latest Injustice Department scandal, and he recited some platitudes relating to it. However,

“I don’t know fully the rationalization or justification that was being used, but the president’s statement that it was outrageous, that there was no place for it and that they have to be held fully accountable is a statement in which I agree,” Hoyer went on to say.

But President Barack Obama didn’t comment about the DOJ story. And he certainly didn’t call it “outrageous.” In fact, the White House has declined to say much of anything about the DOJ investigation. Was Hoyer talking about the IRS story again?

He sure was.

Why is it that liberal apparatchiks would rather talk about the IRS targeting conservatives than the DOJ secretly helping itself to journalists’ phone records, and would rather talk about the DOJ than Benghazi? It’s a matter of how high the scandals are likely to be traced. Some unknown bureaucrat will be sacrificed at the IRS. Eric Holder may be brought down at the DOJ, but he was living on borrowed time anyway after Fast & Furious. But Benghazi, once the full implications get through to the public, spells absolute political doom for both Obama and Shrillary.

Subtle misdirection? Or maybe he’s just easily confused.

On tips from Bob Roberts and G. Fox.

May 15 2013

Count Carefully

Don’t assume the police won’t enforce draconian and brazenly unconstitutional anti-gun legislation. From the People’s Republic of New York:

Gregory Dean, Jr. was pulled over in New Lebanon, N.Y., Sunday for a light on his license plate being burnt out. But what began as a simple traffic stop ended up with Dean being arrested over two bullets in his registered firearm, which put him in violation of the state’s new law, the Journal News reported.

Direct links to the Journal News are avoided where possible, for obvious reasons.

The state troopers saw a .40-caliber pistol on Dean’s passenger side when they approached his window. Although it was lawfully possessed by Dean, they discovered nine bullets within the magazine, putting him two bullets over the seven-bullet max set by the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act.

Dean was arrested for this violation and charged with unlawful possession for the number of bullets in the ammunition feeding device and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, according to the Journal News.

It doesn’t take a law degree to grasp that this infringes upon a right that our Constitution guarantees shall not be infringed.


On tips from Wiggins and G. Fox.

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