#918022 Jun 3, 2013
We are living in an alternate universe where bad economic news boosts the stock market because it increases the likelihood that the Fed will keep pumping.
#918023 Jun 3, 2013
Yeah... Anal Fissure often confused with hemorrhoids is common among male homosexuals, rampant among you pork puffers Gilligan...
It's the culture....
Since: Jul 11
#918024 Jun 3, 2013
Bradley Manning about to go on trial for a bunch of trumped up charges. The US would be far better served by leaving WikiLeaks alone and recruiting their whole gang to go after the Chinese and find stolen US blueprints from both military and corporate trade secrets. The Chinese regime must laugh at this!
#918025 Jun 3, 2013
Issa Stirs Echoes of McCarthy as Obama's 'Best Friend' in IRS Probe
Chief GOP investigator doesn't know when to let damning facts speak for themselves.
In one brief and repugnant interview, the GOP's chief congressional investigator into Internal Revenue Service abuses cherry-picked evidence, overstated his case, and violated the sacred American principle of presumed innocence.
If that was not enough, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., called White House press secretary Jay Carney a "paid liar," and couldn't explain why. "We're getting to proving it," he said.
Meet the best friend of a controversy-plagued Democratic White House: a demagogic Republican.
In a reminder of how the GOP overreached during the Clinton-era sex scandal, Issa doesn't seem capable of letting damning facts speak for themselves.
Interviewed by a smartly skeptical Candy Crowley on CNN's State of the Union, the California Republican found himself on the defensive from the start.
"Congressional investigators tell CNN the [congressional] report finds the IRS spent over $50 million on 225 employee conferences over a two-year period," Crowley said, adding that the Obama administration no longer allows spending on such training.
"So what's the hearing about?" she said. "Why are you having it?"
Issa shifted focus to the IRS's admission that its agents targeted conservative groups for review of their tax-exempt status. "Well, first of all, we're looking at the IRS for how big the problem is," he replied. "As you know as late as last week the administration is still trying to say there's a few rogue agents in Cincinnati when in fact the indication is they were directly being ordered from Washington."
Note what Issa is doing. He does it all the time--start an unsubstantiated allegation with an absolute declaration ("when in fact") and follow it with weasel words ("the indication is"). This smear-and-caveat technique allows him to ruin reputations without being called a liar.
Issa is a demagogue with plausible deniability.
#918026 Jun 3, 2013
Crowley turned next to excerpts of interviews with IRS agents that were selectively made public. She calls the practice "problematic" because "it's hard for us to kind of judge what's going on."
Cherry-picking evidence is deceptive and unethical. Here's how it works:
CROWLEY The investigator said, "So, is it your perspective that ultimately the responsible parties for the decisions that were reported by the [inspector general]"--that is, the decision to target tea-party and patriot applications--"are not in the Cincinnati office?" The employee says, "I don't know how to answer that question. I mean, from an agent standpoint, we didn't do anything wrong. We followed directions based on other people telling us what to do." Investigator: "And you ultimately followed directions from Washington, is that correct?" The employee: "If direction had come down from Washington, yes." The investigator: "But with respect to the particular scrutiny that was given to tea-party applications, those directions emanated from Washington, is that right?" The employee answers, "I believe so."
It's totally not definitive.
ISSA Well, that one isn't.
No "smoking gun." Not even a warm slingshot. And yet, Issa kept digging his hole.
ISSA But I will tell you, one of the agents asked for and got a transfer because that person was so uncomfortable that they wanted out of it.
ISSA And they've said categorically they thought it was inappropriate, and that's why that person requested a transfer.
CROWLEY You give those transcripts as well.
ISSA Right. And these transcripts will be made public.
If history is a guide, the full transcripts will not support Issa's exaggerated claims and dark accusations. Crowley pressed Issa to release the interviews immediately to avoid the perception that "you in particular sort of cherry-pick information that go to your foregone conclusion."
Like a cornered snake, Issa lashed out.
ISSA The whole transcript will be put out. We understand--these are in real time. And the administration is still--they're paid liar, their spokesperson, picture behind [he points to a picture of White House press secretary Jay Carney], he's still making up things about what happens in calling this local rogue. There's no indication--the reason the Lois Lerner tried to take the Fifth is not because there is a rogue in Cincinnati; it's because this is a problem that was coordinated in all likelihood right out of Washington headquarters and we're getting to proving it. We have 18 more transcribed interviews to do.
See what he's doing? "We understand" and "in all likelihood" are weasel phrases couching accusations and assumptions that Issa can't support. But don't worry; he might prove them after 18 more interviews!
Do you hear history's echo? Sen. Joe McCarthy paved his way to infamy with 205 names. " I have here in my hand a list of 205—a list of names that were made known to the secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party …," McCarthy said in 1950.(There is some dispute over the actual number of names McCarthy cited.)
Crowley pointed out the obvious--that Issa had "no direct link" between the wrongdoing of IRS agents and political leaders in Washington. Issa replied, "The president's spokesman is saying whatever is convenient at the time and the story changes."
That sentence is irony wrapped in raw partisanship and infused with hypocrisy. If Issa is going to call Carney a liar, he might want to step outside his glass house.
#918027 Jun 3, 2013
Yeh, people really should at least Try and know where their teenagers are SUPPOSED to be anyway.
Since: Sep 08
#918028 Jun 3, 2013
The "tragedy/comedy" has already ended. Funny how you people weren't concerned with the cost of IRS or General Services Administration conferences when Bush was in office.
Danny Werfel, the acting IRS commissioner, said in a statement:“Sweeping new spending restrictions have been put in place at the IRS, and travel and training expenses have dropped more than 80 percent since 2010 and similar large-scale meetings (as the one in 2010) DID NOT TAKE PLACE in 2011, 2012 or 2013.”
#918029 Jun 3, 2013
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday became the latest Republican to reject Darrell Issa's comments that White House press secretary Jay Carney is a "paid liar" in relation to the IRS controversy. But Graham went further than his Republican colleagues, saying there's no evidence that the White House ordered the tax agency to target conservative groups.
During an interview with "Kilmeade and Friends" on Fox News Radio, Graham said Issa, a California Republican, was a key player in investigating the matter as the chairman of the House Oversight Committee. But, he conceded, "you can go too far" with personal allegations.
"Let's not make it personal. Jay Carney is not the issue here. He's the spokesman for the White House," Graham told host Brian Kilmeade, adding that it "never helps" to resort to personal name-calling.
Since: Feb 08
#918030 Jun 3, 2013
And you've been running at the mouth for years about regime change of any kind, that it's none of our business. Now it's fine, no problem. The only difference between Bush's intervention and Obama's is Bush established a free country and Obama, religious Islamic governments.
Egypt may have been an ally once upon a time but when the MB came to power, the situation changed. If Obama had a speck of sense he should have canceled the gifts, or at least postponed them, till AFTER they proved themselves our friend. Al Qaeda grew out of the Muslim Brotherhood, Osama was a member, do you actually believe they're our friends or ever could be?
There isn't one person on the face of the planet that you could help, unless you shut your mouth, that would benefit everyone.
#918031 Jun 3, 2013
Meanwhile, Zimmerman's mountain of attorney's will own both MSNBC, the lame stream media, Race Cop Al Shapton and the hate filled racist left-wing party...
George Zimmerman Sues NBC for Portraying Him as a 'Racist and Predatory Villain' Over Edited 911 Tape...
George Zimmerman, the man facing second-degree murder charges in one of the most racially charged and controversial cases in recent memory is seeking damages against NBC for portraying him as a "racist and predatory villain."
The suit, claims, "NBC saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy, but as an opportunity to increase ratings."
An NBC News spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The suit claims the network pounced on the story in large part to help aid the ailing ratings of its morning program, "The Today Show." It centers around "manipulated" exchanges between George Zimmerman and a non-emergency dispatcher shortly before unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. The audio aired a few times on several NBC platforms beginning March 19.
The suit blames NBC in large part for the media frenzy surrounding the case and hostilities against Zimmerman.
The suit points out two versions of the exchanges that aired beginning on March 19 for more than a week that they say the network manipulated to "create the misleading impression that Zimmerman was suspicious of Martin's conduct because he is a black male."
In audio aired March 19, according to the suit, Zimmerman describes Martin and his race before he actually brought it up. Here is part of that exchange, according to the lawsuit:
It's the culture..
#918032 Jun 3, 2013
Only to jackboot licking poliTical bobbleheads with absolutely little or NO integrity.
People in Jersey LIKE Christie. Even the Independents AND parasitic type democrats.
#918033 Jun 3, 2013
Bradley Manning has already admitted guilt.
#918034 Jun 3, 2013
Convict, this post is emblematic of why you (and the vast majority of negro males) are in prison (or will be soon).
You are one dumb, retarded, violent negro. Luckily you are also built like urkel, so you arent much of a threat...
#918035 Jun 3, 2013
Congressman Issa is clearly getting under the skin of the administration.
Candy Crowley is an Obama stooge who should be boycotted by Republicans.
#918036 Jun 3, 2013
Ignorant vigilantes and ghetto thugs-matches made of their own hells.
#918037 Jun 3, 2013
The IRS agents are stonewalling, but will sing like canaries when put under oath. The career Civil Service slugs won't risk jail and their pensions for Obama.
#918038 Jun 3, 2013
#918039 Jun 3, 2013
Lindsay Graham is a milquetoast, another McCain/Romney/Dole.
Gone after 2014 primary.
Lying by a government official is not acceptable, regardless of orders from above.
Since: Sep 08
#918040 Jun 3, 2013
"Ten True FACTS sure to short-circuit a Republican brain"
1. The United States is not a Christian nation, and the Bible is not the cornerstone of our law.
2. The Pledge of Allegiance was written by a Socialist.
3. The first president to propose national health insurance was a Republican.
4. Ronald Reagan once signed a bill legalizing abortion.
5. Reagan raised federal taxes eleven times.
6. Roe v. Wade was a bipartisan ruling made by a predominantly Republican-appointed Supreme Court.
7. The Federal Reserve System was a Republican invention.
8. The Environmental Protection Agency was also a Repubublican invention.
9. Obama has increased government spending less than any president in at least a generation.
10. President Obama was not only born in the United States, his roots run deeper in American history than most people know.
By way of his Dunham lineage, President Obama has at least 11 direct ancestors who took up arms and fought for American independence in the Revolutionary War and two others cited as patriots by the Daughters of the American Revolution for furnishing supplies to the colonial army. This star-spangled heritage makes Obama eligible to join the Sons of the American Revolution, and his daughters the Daughters of the American Revolution. Not bad for someone 56% of Republicans still believe is a foreigner.
“Bill Clinton could have ”
Since: May 10
#918041 Jun 3, 2013
Journalist Links Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to Benghazi---The terrorist attack in Benghazi is far more disturbing than previously thought. Although it has not been reported in the U.S. media, the possibility exists that the Egyptian government may have played an operational role in the attack. YouTube videos of the terrorist strike raise a serious problem that only an Arabic speaker would detect: some of the terrorists are speaking in the Egyptian dialect of the Arabic language.
Indeed, one of the videos shot with a cell phone of one of the attackers emerged around the time four Americans were killed. It shows a mob approaching the American compound under siege, clearly telling the terrorists in the dialect of Upper Egypt:“Mahadesh, mahadesh yermi, Dr. Morsi ba`atna”—which translates to:“Don’t shoot, don’t shoot, Dr. Morsi sent us.”
The words “Mahadesh yermi” for “don’t shoot” are characteristically spoken in Egyptian Arabic, while Libyans from Benghazi would say,“Matermey” for “don’t shoot.”
“Dr. Morsi” refers, of course, to President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt. The name Morsi is Egyptian and does not exist in any other Arabic speaking country.
The Egyptian regime’s connection to Benghazi also helps explain why it denied U.S. the ability to interrogate Abo Ahmed, an Egyptian suspect in the terrorist attack.
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