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… Hmm , Get the Proffer [Lois Lerner & Immunity] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 1st,2013

.. this tasty nugget comes from the Daily Caller …

IRS scandal figure Lois Lerner is negotiating through her lawyers with Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about possibly gaining immunity to testify again in the committee’s investigative hearings.

“The Chairman did not adjourn the hearing, he recessed it. Ms. Lerner remains under subpoena. The Committee has not made

Darrell E. Issa, American politician

… Congressman Darrell E. Issa [R-Ca] …(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

any offer of immunity to Ms. Lerner. The Committee has, however, indicated a willingness to listen to any offers from her attorney about what she would testify to if it was offered,” Oversight Committee adviser Ali Ahmad told The Daily Caller.

“I don’t have any update for you on timing,” Ahmad said in regard to when Lerner will be called back before the committee.

Though Lerner, who apologized for her IRS division’s improper scrutiny of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status, can be called back before Issa’s committee without immunity, and even arrested if she doesn’t show up, Oversight seems to be taking a more diplomatic approach to get information out of her.

Washington-based Lerner tried to plead the Fifth to avoid self-incrimination in congressional testimony in May, but the Oversight Committee ruled that she waived her Fifth Amendment rights when she said “I have not broken any laws” before attempting her plea.

Emails released this month show Lerner appearing to collude with Democratic operatives and the Federal Election Commission in targeting tea party groups in 2011.

The IRS did not return a request for comment on the nature of Lerner’s negotiations with investigators.

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… What is the Government Think [I.R.S. Compliance Coaching]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,September 15th,2013

.. ya might think , huh ?

.. yea , this is serious . Normally , you would go and get your expert advice from a C.P.A. , a tax consultant , or a tax expert who is a tax lawyer . You get it from the private sector . Now , if you have political connections , you just might end up getting a little higher level of assistance . But this high ?

.. I am talking about the actions of the Congressional Black Caucus . They ended up getting some serious high – level help ,

English: Douglas Shulman

English: Douglas Shulman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

indeed . Say , like the Commissioner of the I.R.S. , Douglas Shulman , and the Attorney General of the United States , Eric Holder . One might think , why ?

.. These folks are tasked with the enforcement of the law . They end up giving aid and assistance of a political nature to ministers and to churches , and they get it on , basically , how to “effectively evade” the law . Their advice tells the ministers and the churches where and how far that they can go without breaking the law during a political campaign …

… from the Daily Caller

Eric Holder, IRS officials coached tax-exempt black ministers on how to engage in political activity

Posted By Patrick Howley On 3:21 PM 09/13/2013 In Politics | No Comments

Attorney General Eric Holder and IRS officials advised black ministers on how to engage in political activity during the 2012 election without violating their tax-exempt status.

Holder, then-IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman, and Peter Lorenzetti, a senior official in the scandal-plagued agency’s exempt organizations division, participated in a May 2012 training session for black ministers from the Conference of National Black Churches at the U.S. Capitol hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). Holder spoke at the event.

“We’re going to, first of all, equip them with the information they need to know about what they can say and what they cannot

English: Eric Holder, Attorney General Nominee

… Attorney General Eric Holder , Department of InJustice … (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

say in the church that would violate their 501(c)(3) status with the IRS,” said then-CBC chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Democrat from Missouri. “In fact, we’re going to have the IRS administrator there. We’re going to have Attorney General Eric Holder there…the ACLU.”

Cleaver’s session advised black ministers on “draconian laws” including voter ID laws. Cleaver was a sharp critic during the 2012 campaign of Republican Mitt Romney’s policies.

As The Daily Caller has extensively reported, the IRS harassed conservative and tea party groups during the 2012 election cycle with improper reviews of their 501(c)(3) tax-exempt applications.

“[The CBC] had the IRS members there specifically to advise them on how far to go campaigning without violating their tax-exempt status,” George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley told The Daily Caller.

“I viewed the meeting as highly problematic. Eric Holder heads the agency that prosecutes organizations who give false information to the government. The Justice Department coordinates with the IRS on actions taken against not-for-profits. These ministries are given not-for-profit status on the basis that they are not engaging in any political activities. Here, the Obama administration was clearly encouraging them to maximize their efforts by showing them where the lines were drawn in federal case law,” Turley said.

“It is a fundamental precept that cabinet members should not engage in political activities. The most important of those cabinet members would be the attorney general of the United States. To have the attorney general actively advising political allies of the president showed remarkably poor judgment on his part,” Turley told TheDC.

“I believe this session undermined the integrity of the justice department, signaled to other Justice Department officials that the attorney general wants to support these black ministries as much as possible,” Turley said.

Obama won 93 percent of the black vote in 2012, according to exit polling.

“This event was open to all faiths, denominations, colors, creeds, and political affiliations,” Rep. Cleaver told TheDC in a statement. “We were pleased to have leaders from our government provide information on compliance with the law and participation in our electoral system.”

The IRS and DOJ did not return requests for comment.

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… The Situation is Fairly Clear – Cut and Simple … [American Legion IRS Controversy] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,August 27th,2013

.. It has come to my attention recently that the I.R.S. has been on the case of individual American Legion Posts , different regions of the Legion (Departments , or the State level) , and the national level of the legion itself .

.. You might wonder what they all have done to draw the ire of the Service . I wondered quite a bit , myself . I did some research on the subject , and , then , WOW . It seems that the I.R.S. is trying to harass and intimidate individual A.L. posts , by micromanaging their membership requirements . Their requirements are taut enough , believe you me . I am an Sons of the American Legion , or S.A.L. (an auxillary) member of a Detachment . That Detachment is attached to an individual Post , which is its sponsor .

.. An individual post cannot play around with the membership requirements . They are mandated by Congress (for the Legion) by service in a time of War . A veteran must certify that they have served , and present their honourable discharge (basically , a certified copy) to the post officers . The post officers make the relevant photocopies , and are required to make and keep meticulous records . Those requirements are also imposed via the National Post , and the Department – level (or State) . The process for the S.A.L. is similar . Records are meticulous , and are kept up the line for every single individual member . Yes , they have to be that stringent .

.. The individual Post , along with the groups up the line , are non – for – profit groups . As a result , they do not pay income taxes . They have to file income tax returns , nonetheless , and a financial disclosure form (Form 990) with the Service . One sees the requirements are tough enough .

.. Now , the Service wants to make it tougher . They have played around with the I.R.S. audit manual , specific to veterans and fraternal organizations . The problem is that they have done so in contravention to logic , good sense , and the law . The government itself maintains the dates of service records at the Department of Defense . The Department of Veterans Affairs receives the update when the individual veteran applies for veterans ‘ benefits , via the honourable discharge form (the D.D. -214). Court precedent protects individual non – profit groups membership lists from prying eyes . There has to be one hell of a good reason for a court to order a individual group to cough up its membership list . Otherwise , they cannot be touched . Most of all , by the government . Why the I.R.S. wants to breach this is nuts . They should damn well know better . The government itself maintains the record . Why would they need or want to harass an individual group over its not-for-profit status over something so petty as this ?

.. The I.R.S. is going to get sued over this . They deserve to be sued . They do have a job to do , to enforce the laws on our country ‘ s Internal Revenue Code . What they do no , should not , and cannot do is waste everyone ‘ s valuable time and money on something that has already been done somewhere else . They are also doing so clearly in contravention of the law . After the infamy of the I.R.S. scandals , they should know better . They are going to lose , and lose big time .

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… Bravo , Tim … [Senator Tim Scott] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,August 10th,2013

.. it refers to Dingy Harry Reid ‘ s habit of sticking his foot in his mouth . In this case , he really blew it . He attacked the GOP , while

English: Congressional Portrait of Tim Scott (...

… U.S. Senator Tim Scott [R-SC] … (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

being interviewed on a Nevada radio show , for opposing POTUS ‘ policies because he was a black man . Big Oops !

.. It seems ol ‘ Dingy Harry forgot the only current black member of the U.S. Senate is a Republican : Tim Scott of South Carolina . Scott is a religious man , a quiet man , and a local businessman , when not busy with politics .
Scott let him have it , in both the Washington Examiner , and in the Daily Caller .

.. Bravo , and thank you .

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… Nice Touch , Brit ! [Hume Commens on Capital vs Obama] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 31st,2013

.. Brit Hume has always been a master wordsmith . Even when he was just a working class corresponedent at the White House for ABC Snooze , it was always entertaining to watch him go at it with Wilhelm der Fibmeister [Bill Clinton] . Not many people could pin Mr . Bill down that easily , or , better yet , piss Wilhelm off the way Brit does . But he did .

.. Brit Hume was evidently one of Roger Ailes ‘ first choices to come on board at Fox News when they opened shop in the summer of 1996 . He not only appreciated his conservative philosophy , but his professionalism . Also , Ailes knew that Brit was one of Jack Anderson ‘ s “boys,” and was also a disciple of Bob Novak . It meant that he would be a top – flight professional , an excellent “shoe – leather” beat reporter , and would keep it up , no matter how difficult the target or the issue .

.. Barack Obama is no different . Brit spent 15 years as the anchor of Special Report on FoxNewsChannel , and did a fabulous job , in my opinion . He is even more dangerous , now , as FoxNews ‘ Anchor Emeritus and Senior Commentator . He gets to be a commentator , doing what he does best , and duke it out with other people on the issues .

.. In the case with this video , Brit takes POTUS to school , and gives him a world class spanking . Brit reminds you-know-who that before you can distribute or , even , redistribute capital , you have to create it , first . A large part of that is creating the conditions to encourage capital formation . It includes human capital (people and their educations) , along with physical capital (physical investments) , and financial capital (investment $$) . And Obama is a world – class loser at that .

… Note — h/t for the video — the Daily Caller . The link is [here]

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… Ha!Ha! A High Schooler makes a fool …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,July 18th,2013

.. out of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney .

.. Nice one Tucker Carlson (the impressario of the Daily Caller) ! …

[h/t — Matt Puple , TAS , and Tucker Carlson , the Daily Caller ] [link here]

When I first heard that a high schooler had asked Jay Carney a question at yesterday’s White House press conference, I figured David Gregory was filling in for Chuck Todd.

But no. Apparently an actual high schooler – an intern for the Daily Caller named Gabe Finger – was unexpectedly called on by Carney:

English: Jay Carney giving a press briefing.

English: Jay Carney giving a press briefing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson is having a blast attacking these people and defending Finger’s question, which he says was substantive. He’s right, and it’s a shame that it was, because a substance-free question asked by a high schooler and then dodged by Jay Carney would be the perfect distillation of the modern White House press conference. For years now, White House reporters have been herded into a pen to ask often-silly questions, only to have even their most vacuous inquiries go unanswered by the immovable Carney, and Robert Gibbs before him. The entire affair has become a masquerade, with everyone playing their part and no one ever learning anything, mined for drama by Washington publications like Politico and fastidiously ignored everywhere else in the country. A quick scan of yesterday’s transcript finds Carney back-slapping Harry Reid in his first answer, referring a reporter to the DOJ in his second (Carney spends a lot of time referring reporters to the DOJ), and giving press-release statements about Syria in his third and fourth. It’s this proud tradition to which Gabe Finger has brought shame.

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… Steve Hayes is Right …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,May 20th,2013

Steve is right

.. I am referring to Steve Hayes of the Weekly Standard . He is more right than he realizes .

.. Yea , we have received 100 pages of White House – released e – mails . However , I most strongly doubt that this is it . There are likely lots more e – mails than that . According to Neil Munro of the [Daily Caller] , there is a 2 day gap in the process . Uh – Huh , the first 2 days , right after the attacks (September 13th & 14th) . The e – mails and the CYA mode start on September 15th .

.. Simple . To reiterate . Release the e = mails . Redact what one must , within reason , for national security reasons . But release the e – mails .

.. ALL OF THEM !! ..

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