Saturday, July 12, 2014
Via Drudge: Breitbart is reporting that illegal aliens are being permitted to board US commercial flights without any identification other than the Notice to Appear received when they crashed the border. Which Notice to Appear can be conveniently prepared on any home computer.
This is an exclusive report, so I can't find any confirmation yet, but if it is accurate, there should be absolute hell to pay.
The TSA practically hires a proctologist to examine US citizens before they board the same plane being used by some guy about whom they have no information whatever except that he broke the law in crossing our border?
Enough with the immigration farce.
Enough with the TSA/airport security farce.
Enough with the rules supposedly applicable to everyone that only seem to ever apply to whatever group whose political support is not currently needed.
Enough with the legislative farce where the House passes bill after bill after bill, none of which are given a vote in the Senate but Democrats rail against the Republicans for obstruction.
Enough with using the IRS as a political weapon.
Enough with the spinning of overseas events (and actually jailing people) to get past an election.
Enough with "passing laws to see what's in them" only to delay the implementation to the other side of the election when your opponents will hopefully be blamed for the disaster.
I am sure I have left out about twenty things that also need to stop.
No, I don't think Obama should be impeached. Not because he hasn't done anything impeachable. He may have. But the votes to convict are not there in the Senate, and even if they were, CAN YOU SAY PRESIDENT BIDEN?
Impeachment is not the answer. Budget power is. The Republicans in the House and Senate should grow a pair and shut this government down.
Now. Right now.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
The following facts are indisputable:
In May, 2013, in response to a planted question put to her at a forum sponsored by the American Bar Association, Lois Lerner admitted that the IRS had targeted conservative groups based on their political beliefs. This was the conclusion of a then soon to be released report of the Treasury Inspector General. This targeting took the form of intense scrutiny of applications for tax exempt status received from such groups . That extra scrutiny resulted in extraordinary delays in processing those applications and the inability of the applicants to raise money to pursue their policy goals during the 2012 election cycle, as is their constitutionally protected right.
Later in May, 2013, when called upon to testify before a Congressional committee concerning her actions as a high level employee of the IRS, Lerner first stated that she had not violated any laws or regulations, and then declined to answer questions on the grounds that doing so would tend to incriminate her.
In November, 2013, Congress directed the IRS to produce documents concerning the actions of Lerner and others who were or may have been involved in the matter, including emails.
In March, 2014, the IRS Commissioner claimed that it would take "years" to comply with the committee's request, because the emails were taken off the individual employee's computer and "stored somewhere".
That statement is apparently no longer an operative statement.
The IRS now claims to have lost Lerner's emails for a large portion of the relevant period. It also claims to have lost the emails of six other individuals which had been requested by Congress to be produced. The explanation given for the loss of the requested emails is that no action was taken to preserve them, which resulted in the older emails being isolated on individual computers being used by each of the individuals, followed, in each of these seven instances, by hard drive failures causing the irretrievable loss of all data on each hard drive. Despite their own regulations and those of the National Archives and Records Administration requiring multiple backups, the IRS claims that no such backups exist, and, further, that the failed hard drives have been destroyed.
Conservatives find Lerner's admitted actions in targeting groups based on their political beliefs abhorrent. Those conservatives were, at least initially, joined in their disgust by liberals, from the President, to the Democratic Party's political leaders, to the chief of the legislative section of the ACLU to editorial boards across the nation. This is consistent with the outrage (on both sides of the aisle) when President Nixon tried and failed to use the IRS to punish his political opponents.
Over the course of the last year, however, things have changed, and it appears that those Democratic expressions of outrage and disgust are also no longer operative statements.
The President has announced (without the benefit of a completed investigation by the FBI or anyone else) that there is not a smidgen of corruption (February, 2014). And yesterday, we were treated to the spectacle of Democratic members of the House Ways and Means Committee saying that the investigation into what only last year was "unacceptable behavior" (Obama, May, 2013) "about as troubling as it gets" (Michael Mcleod-Ball, ACLU, May, 2013) "an outrageous abuse of power" (Baucus, D. Montana, May, 2013) and "un-American" (Manchin, D., W. Va, May, 2013) is now a "phony scandal" (Treasury Secretary Lew, July, 2013) and "an endless conspiracy theory" (Doggett, D. Texas, May, 2014) for which an apology is due not to the targeted conservative groups, not to the American people, but to the IRS.
And finally, a prediction, rather than a fact:
Both the nation and the Democratic Party will be hurt by IRS scandal. Democrats will be hurt because a the actions taken were intended to and did in fact benefit liberals (primarily if not entirely Democrats) by silencing conservatives through an egregious abuse by the IRS of its authority. The actions were taken while a Democratic President was in office, under an IRS Commissioner appointed by that President and confirmed by a Democratic controlled Senate. The nation will be hurt because a perception that the IRS is politically biased will impair its ability to do its job (administration of the tax laws) and will reduce the voluntary compliance by taxpayers needed to make our tax system work. The way to minimize and repair the damage to the nation is to present all of the facts to the people and punish those involved. Do that and the reputation of the IRS as unbiased will be restored. However, doing that requires investigations which will damage the political fortunes of the Democratic Party, on whose watch the scandal occurred.
The IRS admits doing something which everyone agrees is an abuse of its enormous power. A failed attempt to do the same thing was enough to credibly (and properly) threaten President Nixon with impeachment.
The investigation into the improper actions of the IRS, which will aid the nation but damage the Democrats, has not been completed due, in large part, to delays by the IRS itself in producing documents requested as part of the investigation. That can reasonably be characterized as stonewalling, which is a tactic used frequently by this administration when faced with requests to which it would rather not respond.
But John Lewis (D-Georgia), Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) don't think the scandal or the circumstances under which the missing emails were lost is worth investigating. They think the IRS is due an apology. That would be an apology for actions which have been characterized by people across the entire political spectrum as outrageous and un-American.
My conclusion is this:
What was once an impeachable offense if merely attempted is now, when fully implemented, nothing but a crackpot conspiracy theory according to Messrs. Lewis, Neal, Becerra, Doggett and Blumenauer.
I have a question based on that conclusion:
Are Lewis, Neal, Becerra, Doggett and Blumenauer putting their political party's interests above those of the nation?
And just to remove any doubt, yes, I think it might well be time to question their patriotism.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Liberals should face up to the fact that they've been had. The LAW OF THE LAND! (tm) that only terrorists and suicide bombers wanted to change six weeks ago, is now in tatters. Why? Because, except for the website, it is functioning precisely as intended. The law's supporters now desparately seek a method of changing that which they so recently said could not be changed. The new campaign slogan for every Republican should be:
If (insert name of Democrat here) likes his seat, I think you should vote to allow him to keep his seat. He should be grandfathered in, the same way he voted to grandfather your your health insurance policy and your doctor. But I don't think he really needs to know that the seat he will be keeping does not exist. The same way he didn't think you needed to know that the policy you were to be "allowed to keep" did not exist.Don't let any of the arrogant little pissants squirm off the hook. Remember: each and every one of the bastards was the deciding vote in enacting the Big Fucking Deal. Oh how they cheered! Yay! We did it! One hundred years of liberal dreams are now the law! Everyone will love us (eventually)! Every single one of them either lied or uncritically bought Obama's lie. There are no other possiblities. And, to top it all off, they then voted to allow regulations, issued pursuant to Obamacare, in which that agency PREDICTED that between one and two thirds of all individual AND EMPLOYER policies would be cancelled. I can't get the chart showing that estimate to load onto Blogger. It is here. Again, every Democrat in the Senate and the House voted in favor of allowing those regulations with that estimate. Every. Single. One. None of them, not one, deserves to retain their position. They are either too stupid or too mendacious. Either of those should disqualify them for office. We should send all of them home as soon as possible. It's the only possible "fix".
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
President Obama claims not to have known about Fast & Furious. He says he didn't know about Benghazi. He says he didn't know about the IRS dumping on Tea Party applicants for exempt status. Sebelius says he didn't know about the Obamacare website debacle. He will soon say he didn't know that his signature law was predicted by his own administration to prevent millions from keeping their health insurance policy if they like it. (Period!) He says he didn't know that the spies at the NSA were actually doing spying. On us. He says he didn't know that the spies at the NSA were actually doing spying. On our allies. He says he didn't know that there was no such thing as a shovel ready job (at least as far as government bureaucrats are concerned). He didn't know that making loans to "green" companies like Solyndra was throwing money away. That is a truly astonishing level of ignorance being professed by or about the most powerful man in the world. Nixon's presidency ended when the question being asked was "What did he know and when did he know it?" I think Obama's presidency will end with the question "What didn't he know and when didn't he know it?"
Sunday, October 27, 2013
From Power Line: There were 108,592,000 people in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2011 who were recipients of one or more means-tested government benefit programs, the Census Bureau said in data released this week. Meanwhile, according to the Census Bureau, there were 101,716,000 people who worked full-time year round in 2011. That included both private-sector and government workers. That means there were about 1.07 people getting some form of means-tested government benefit for every 1 person working full-time year round. This cannot continue, and Reynolds Second Law states that something that can’t go on forever, won’t. The only question is what happens when the music stops.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
From Richard Fernandez:
And so Chavez can rule for so long as he lives. And he lives for as long as Castro says he does. Since no one is allowed to examine Chavez without the permission of the Cuban officials no one can gainsay the continued existence of the virtual Hugo Chavez except Fidel Castro.Chavez is in a box. There are only two possibilities: He is alive or he is not. The likelihood of him being alive cannot be determined, so I am going to arbitrarily assign it a probability of precisely 50%. Therefore, according to Schrodinger, until the box is opened, Chavez is both alive and dead.