Worst Since Watergate, Unrecognizable America, Medieval Mayor, 2nd Amendment Protects Homeowner…Yet Again, IRS Questioned Over Private Biz Abuse: Friday P.M. Edition News Links 5-17-2013

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‘This Is No Ordinary Scandal’ – WSJ Says IRS Debacle ‘Worst Washington Scandal Since Watergate’

Peggy Noonan, who’s written speeches for two Republican Presidents and served as a consultant on NBC’s ‘The West Wing,’ penned a column in the Wall Street Journal Thursday that bypasses the partisan indictments of the Administration of President Barack Obama over the IRS’ political discrimination scandal, focusing instead on the issue’s threat to the fundamental integrity of government, regardless of the party that’s in charge. Read More…

Texas Rep To IRS: Is This Still America?

During Congressional questioning of Steven Miller, the former Internal Revenue Service acting commissioner, Representative Kevin Brady (R-Texas) had a simple question for the taxman: Is this still America? Read More…

Mayor Gets Medieval In Plea To Residents To ‘Fight For Stockton’

Seeing the mayor of a California city of nearly 300,000 people don a studded warrior’s helmet and brandish a medieval-looking mace in order to make a point might have been bizarre for residents of beleaguered Stockton. Read More…

Feel Good Story: Robbers Shove Victim Into Gun Closet, He Comes Out Shooting

Earlier this week, three attackers kicked in the front door to a home in southwest Houston and proceeded to whoop up on a resident of the home before stuffing him into an upstairs closet. He came out with a gun. Read More… 

Did Treasury Department Target Conservative-Owned GM Dealers In 2009 Auto Bailout?

Two Republican Congressmen are inquiring whether the U.S. Treasury Department went after auto dealerships owned by conservatives after the Federal government, in 2009, became majority owner of General Motors as part of a $50 billion Congressional bailout. Read More…

Feel Good Story: Robbers Shove Victim Into Gun Closet, He Comes Out Shooting

Earlier this week, three attackers kicked in the front door to a home in southwest Houston and proceeded to whoop up on a resident of the home before stuffing him into an upstairs closet.

Lucky for him it’s where a gun was stored.

According to KHOU, the man reportedly waited until it sounded quiet downstairs before exiting the closet with a gun in hand. When he came face to face with the intruders a gun battle between he and the armed robbers ensued, during which one of the assailants was shot and the two others fled the scene.

The wounded robber ran to a nearby home where he collapsed; he was later taken into police custody and given medical treatment.

“The owner, thank God for rights, he shot one of ‘em. And that’s as far as the guy got, collapsed on the concrete there,” a neighbor said. “You know, amen, we got one of them.”

 

Texas Rep To IRS: Is This Still America?

During Congressional questioning of Steven Miller, the former Internal Revenue Service acting commissioner, Representative Kevin Brady (R-Texas) had a simple question for the taxman: Is this still America?

“Is this still America?” asked Brady. “Is this government so drunk on power that it would turn its full force, full might, to harm, intimidate, and threat an average American that only wants her voice and their voices heard?”

Here’s the video:


 

The IRS hearings took a similar direction as hearings earlier in the week with high ranking officials involved in the scandals that have come to light deflecting blame and uttering “I don’t know” a number of times in response to lawmaker questions.

For his part, Miller denied any partisan motivation in the IRS actions on Friday.

“I do not believe that partisanship motivated the people who engaged in the practices described in the treasury inspector general’s report,” Miller said. “I think that what happened here was that foolish mistakes were made by people trying to be more efficient in their workload selection. The listing described in the report, while intolerable was a mistake and not an act of partisanship.”

More Money For IRS, Carney Loves Getting Flogged, More Scandals To Come, Culture Of Cover-ups: TGIF Morning News Roundup 5-17-2013

Here is a collection of some of the stories that Personal Liberty staffers will be keeping an eye on throughout the day. Click the links for the full stories.

  • Asked what the IRS needs to prevent future abuse, outgoing commissioner Steve Miller said…more money.
  • Topping off the insincerity: Jay Carney had this to say about responding to scandals, “I would say that it’s been a challenging week, but in many ways a week that I’ve enjoyed.”
  • The House Ways and Means Committee drilled the IRS at its much-anticipated hearing Friday morning, with Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) saying the agency has become too powerful and has demonstrated a “culture of cover-ups” under the Obama Administration.
  • A new poll out from Reason finds that only six percent of Americans think minor marijuana possession should be punishable by jail time.
  • Over in the Senate, senior Democrat Max Baucus is saying that the IRS scandal is just the tip of the iceberg. “I have a hunch that a lot more is going to come out, frankly,” he told Bloomberg News.

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Racist Conservative Dolts, Not Obama, Responsible For Onslaught Of Scandals

Democratic apologists have had a busy few days as the Barack Obama Administration’s lack of competence has taken center stage in the American psyche with story upon story of scandal and screwup.

Those who feel the need to defend the President and his wayward Administration have used a variety of tactics, including: race baiting, claiming the President has supernatural power over Republicans, outright lying, and picking and choosing facts. The tactics are nothing new coming from people on the left, but the growing divide between Obama supporters waking up and those doubling down on ignorance is making the attempts more laughable — and frightening — than ever before.

Lefty talking head Chris Matthews has already noted that the tingly feeling in his leg has begun to lead to a bit more of a burning sensation, but he still can’t resist labeling as racists conservatives who are pointing out Obama’s debauchery. Full disclosure: President Barack Obama is sort of black.

During a recent interview, Matthews said he believes conservatives feel they are racially superior to the President:

But the problem is there are people in this country, maybe 10 percent — I don’t know the number is, maybe 20 percent on a bad day, who want this president to have an asterisk next to his name in the history books, that he really wasn’t president… He really wasn’t really the first African-American president. He really didn’t do healthcare. He really didn’t kill bin Laden. There’s an asterisk.

And they have been fighting like that, people like Donald Trump, since day one. They can’t stand the idea that he is president. And a piece of it is racism. Not that somebody in one racial group doesn’t like somebody in another racial group, so what. It is the sense the white race must rule. That’s what racism is. And they can’t stand the idea that a man who is not white is president. That is real.

That sense of racial superiority and rule is in the hearts of some people in this country. Not all conservatives. Not even all right-wingers. But it always come through with this birther crap and the other references and somehow trying to erase Obamacare, erase his record in history…

That’s the same sentiment that has been offered by Representative Emanuel Cleaver, a Montana Democrat, who bizarrely claimed that conservatives feel like the President has “taken control” of conservatives’ souls and that his “pigmentation” is responsible for the scrutiny.

“These people are obsessed with the president, he has taken control of their soul,” Cleaver said on MSNBC.

“It’s going to be very, very difficult for us to erase some of the things they’ve embraced,” he added. “They simply want this to be a figment of his pigmentation.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) somehow, remarkably, refrained from attempting to make conservative backlash a racial issue. Instead, she said conservatives are upset because Obama is just so damn smart and eloquent.

“This president — they make so much of these issues because this president is such a great president,” Pelosi told reporters during her weekly press briefing. “They will use talking points on Benghazi, they will use the IRS, they will use AP, as, I think, subterfuges — evasions — of what the American people want us to do.”

Pelosi went on to assert that conservatives need scandals because Obama, the “visionary,” has greatly outmatched them.

“He has a knowledge of our country and the concerns of the American people as of what plan we should go forward with to strengthen the middle class, and he has an eloquence to communicate that message,” she said.  “They fear that.”

And then there are those who don’t even believe anything has happened, like MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell. He said, during a segment of his show, that the Internal Revenue Service is essentially supposed to single out conservative groups.

“I do not believe what the IRS was reported to have been doing is an outrage. I believe that the IRS agents in this case did nothing wrong,” O’Donnell opined. “Let me say it again, you won’t hear it anywhere else: the IRS agents did nothing wrong. They were simply trying to enforce the law as the IRS has understood it since 1959.”

David Axelrod, a former top political adviser to Obama, absolved the President of responsibility in the IRS scandal by co-opting an argument that conservatives have been shouting for years: Government is way too big.

“Part of being president is there’s so much underneath you because the government is so vast,” he said. “You go through these [controversies] all because of this stuff that is impossible to know if you’re the president or working in the White House, and yet you’re responsible for it and it’s a difficult situation.”

It’s not like Obama is the Commander in Chief or anything.

Eric Holder Doesn’t Know Anything, But He Knows More Than You… And He Wants Respect

When Eric Holder visited Capitol Hill to answer lawmakers’ questions on Wednesday, he made a few things clear: There are many things related to recent Barack Obama Administration scandals that the Attorney General claims not to know. There are also some things that he knows that no one else can know. And he thinks the executive branch of government is more powerful and, therefore, deserves respect from members of the legislative branch.

The video below, courtesy of Washington Free Beacon, sums up what Americans learned from Holder’s testimony:

 


 
Of course, for all of the things that the Attorney General claims not to know, he made it very clear to Representative Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) that there are some things he isn’t ignorant about with regard to the Boston bombing… but he can’t tell anyone what they are.

“Because of political correctness there was not a thorough enough examination of Tamerlan [Tsarnaev] to determine if this kid had been radicalized,” Gohmert told Holder. “That is the concern I have. On the one hand, we go after Christian groups like Billy Graham’s group, we go after Franklin Graham’s group, but then we’re hands off when it comes to possibly offending someone who has been radicalized as a terrorist.”

“You’ve made statements as matters of fact–,” Holder began in response.

“You point out one thing that I said that was not true,” Gohmert said.

“The only observation I was going to make is that you state as a matter of fact what the FBI did and did not do. Unless somebody has done something inappropriate, you don’t have access to the FBI files,” Holder said later. “I know what the FBI did. You cannot know what I know. That’s all.”

Watch the full exchange:
 

 
Holder’s remark “You cannot know what I know” is revelatory of where he sees the Justice Department and other executive offices fitting in to the grand scheme of American government. He removes any doubt that he believes the executive branch should have unfettered ability to operate secretly and with impunity by informing lawmakers that he felt their questions had disrespected him.

“I respect the oversight role that Congress plays. This isn’t always a pleasant experience; it’s one that I recognize that you go through as an executive branch officer. The one thing I’ve tried to do is always be respectful of the people who’ve asked me questions,” he said to Representative Doug Collins (R-Ga.). “I don’t frankly think I’ve always been treated with a great deal of respect, and it’s not even a personal thing. If you don’t like me, that’s one thing, but I am the Attorney General of the United States.”

Here’s the exchange:
 

 
Holder is seemingly following a similar plan to the one he used to avoid taking any responsibility for the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal; he is stalling by playing dumb and accusing Congress of overstepping its authority for asking questions about the few things he does claim to know — which, incidentally, are classified. The only thing that is left is for him and the President to get together and let the American people know that they will be covering their asses and making scandals disappear by exerting “executive privilege.”

Owner Only Guns, Obama Calls In The Marines, Taking A Leak On The IRS, Emails Reveal Benghazi Lies, States To Tax No-Tobacco Smokes: Thursday Afternoon News Links 5-16-2013

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Democrat Rep Wants Guns With Electronics Making Them Inoperable To All But Owner… Says He Got The Idea From James Bond

Representative John Tierney (D-Mass.) recently watched the latest James Bond movie, “Skyfall,” and came up with what he thought was a great idea: handguns with “personalization technology.” Read More…

Watch: Obama Doesn’t Want His Hair Wet, So He Calls In The Marines… To Hold Umbrellas

Just another example of the imperial President acting imperially: President Barack Obama called over Marines to shield himself and the Turkish prime minister from the rain during an outdoor press conference. Watch…

‘Audit This’ — Philadelphia Eagles’ OL Evan Mathis Literally Pees On The IRS

What a relief! It’s finally OK to publicly ridicule the Internal Revenue Service, now that the scandal-plagued agency has made a parody of itself through its discriminatory, election-season stonewalling of President Barack Obama’s political enemies. Read More…

Released Benghazi Emails ‘Directly Contradict’ White House Narrative Of Events

According to Weekly Standard blogger Stephen F. Hayes, who’s perused all 94 pages of post-Benghazi internal email communications the White House finally released on Wednesday, the Barack Obama Administration’s official, public narrative immediately following the Benghazi, Libya, attacks has zilch in common with what Administration and intelligence officials were saying among themselves as they came up with talking points to frame the President’s immediate response. Read More…

South Carolina Wants A Piece Of Growing E-Cig Market With Proposed Tax

Legislators in South Carolina, along with lawmakers in several other States, are proposing what would amount to a “sin” tax on electronic cigarettes, which are growing in popularity as traditional smokers turn to alternatives perceived as healthier. Read More…

Democrat Rep Wants Guns With Electronics Making Them Inoperable To All But Owner… Says He Got The Idea From James Bond

Representative John Tierney (D-Mass.) recently watched the latest James Bond movie, “Skyfall,” and came up with what he thought was a great idea: handguns with “personalization technology.”

“In the most recent James Bond film, Bond escapes death when his handgun, which is equipped with technology that recognizes him as its owner, becomes inoperable when it gets into the wrong hands,” Tierney’s office said in a statement introducing the bill. “This technology, however, isn’t just for the movies — it’s a reality.”

In his Personalized Handgun Safety Act, H.R. 2005, Tierney calls for all new guns made in the United States to come with technology that would disallow anyone but the gun owner to fire the weapon. He also wants older guns to be retrofitted with the technology.

The lawmaker believes that passing his bill will mean fewer tragedies resulting from children getting their hands on unattended firearms.

“Accidents like this are not as rare as we want to believe, and they are preventable,” he said. “Whether a gun owner or not, a NRA member or not, we should be able to agree on gun safety measures that will make our families and communities safer. This technology needs to be put into action.”

The Children’s Defense Fund Action Council and 13 House Democrat sponsors have backed the bill.

IRS Scandal Heats Up: Did The White House Green Light Attack On Conservatives?

The Administration of Barack Obama initially tried to downplay reports that the Internal Revenue Service placed undue scrutiny on conservative groups over the past several years, but a damning Treasury report on the IRS-Tea Party scandal released this week introduces Administration foot to Administration mouth.

The official narrative from top Federal officials that the IRS abuse of conservatives was relegated to the agency’s Cincinnati-based Determinations Unit was destroyed by the report’s repeated references to the IRS’s Washington, D.C.-based Exempt Organizations Unit and guidance specialists also working for the IRS in Washington. In fact, the Treasury Inspector General’s report notes that 10 of 12 IRS offices involved in the dubious practices are in Washington.

The White House was forced to issue a fickle statement on the explosive report.

“The report’s findings are intolerable and inexcusable,” Obama said in a statement. “The federal government must conduct itself in a way that’s worthy of the public’s trust, and that’s especially true for the IRS. The IRS must apply the law in a fair and impartial way, and its employees must act with utmost integrity. This report shows that some of its employees failed that test.”

ABC, which recently took the Obama Administration to task over the Benghazi, Libya, cover-up, has been at the forefront of coverage on much of the IRS scandal as well. Most recently, ABC political analyst Trey Hardin said that as more information comes to light about the IRS ordeal, it will likely become apparent that top Administration officials were involved in green lighting the agency’s underhanded practices.

“I will tell you this on the IRS front. I’ve worked in this town for over 20 years in the White House and on Capitol Hill, and I can say with a very strong sense of certainty that there are people very close to this president that not only knew what the IRS were doing but authorized it,” he said, tiptoeing around directly blaming Obama for the scandal.

“It simply just does not happen at an agency level like that without political advisers likely in the West Wing certainly connected to the president’s ongoing campaign organization,” he added.