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… Nice One , Dummies [Benghazi] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,December 29th,2013

.. the New York Slimes seems to think that there was no involvement by Al Qaeda , except that there was , stoopid …

.. [h/t —]

.. [link] to the post

… you can see clearly in these contemporaneous news images from the post that that there were Al Qaeda flags all over the place in Benghazi  … you would not see that for their health . They are there for a reason…


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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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… the Plot Deepens …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 8th,2013

IRS Employees — We Targeted Conservative Groups on Orders from Washington …

.. I figure , see it for yourself , from the release from the House Oversight Committee , that these idiots are really getting themselves in

English: Aerial view of the White House in Was...

English: Aerial view of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

thick in the duck soup . The employees directly contradict IRS honcho Lois Lerner’s claim that the targeting was merely the work of “rogue” employees in the IRS Cincinnati office.

… … … …

Q: So is it your perspective that ultimately the responsible parties for the decisions that were reported by the IG are not in the Cincinnati office?

A: 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.

Q: And you ultimately followed directions from Washington; is that correct?

A: If direction had come down from Washington, yes.

Q: But with respect to the particular scrutiny that was given to Tea Party applications, those directions emanated from Washington; is that right ?

A: I believe so.

… … … …

Q: Did anyone else ever make a request that you send any cases to Washington ?

A:  [Different IRS employee] wanted to have two cases that she couldn’t ‑‑ Washington, D.C. wanted them, but she couldn’t find the paper.  So she requested me, through an email, to find these cases for her and to send them to Washington, D.C. Q: When was this, what time frame? A: I don’t recall the time frame, maybe May of 2010.

… … … …

Q: But just to be clear, she told you the specific names of these applicants.

A: Yes.

Q: And she told you that Washington, D.C. had requested these two specific applications be sent to D.C.

A: Yes, or parts of them.

… … … …

Q: Okay.  So she asked you to send particular parts of these applications.

A: Mm‑hmm.

Q: And that was unusual.  Did you say that ?

A: Yes.

Q: And she indicated that Washington had requested these specific parts of these specific applications; is that right ?

A: Correct.

.. The Congresscritters on the hill have ways to prove this . However , they need to keep their eyes on the ball . Especially before they decide to make any public comments . Someone was digging for deep ideological and and membership information on these groups that opposed the ObamaCraps ‘ agenda . “Rogue agents” who are career government workers are not going to come up with questions like that on their own , but someone who bounced back and forth between the Obama campaign and his White House might.

.. The claim that “rogue agents” came up with the Be On the Lookout (BOLO) list never made any sense. The claim that “rogue agents” came up with the many detailed questions that conservative groups were subjected to never made any sense. The claim that “rogue agents” would come up with so much extra work for themselves, outside their normal responsibilities and outside their union contract, never made any sense. Getting unionized workers to do extra work requires the union’s buy-in. Getting bureaucrats to do extra work requires orders from their superiors. That’s how government works.

.. The Infernal Service itself has blown Lerner ’ s story to smithereens , saying that as many 88 employees are being looked at . Nice going .

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… Release the Transcripts , Mr Chairman …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,June 4th,2013


(Issa , at left)

.. House Oversight Cmte Chairman Darrel Issa [R-Ca] should release the transcripts from the interviews with the I.R.S. employees . After an appropriate interval . Also , put them on PDF files , so that people can scan thru them .

.. All of them . Once they are ready for primetime , release them . Not in bits and pieces . Let the bloggers and the media have at it . It should make for some VERY interesting reading

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… What were You Doing , Douggie ? Playing Tiddly Winks ?!?! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,May 31st,2013

.. When you visit the White House , it is usually for good reason . Short of being employed there (which is itself an honour) , when you are asked to come there , it is usually once or twice in a lifetime .  Sometimes more , if you are on the frequent tourist plan (ha!ha!) . Even people who work there (the West Wing) do , or should , think that it is a privilege to be there , much less to work there .

.. Even higher – ups in the government do no visit the White House all that often . In his predecessor ‘ s time . Mark Everson only visited the House (as it is often called) once . ONCE !

.. Considering the role that the Infernal Service is set to play in ObamaCrapCare(O.C.C.) , one can understand a somewhat higher frequency of visits by senior people at the I.R.S. . The knuckleheads in the West Wing and the DemoCraps needed to know a lot to plan and set for implementation of O.C.C. . That would also include strategy , planning , strategic info , and other stuff the Administration needed .

.. But the I.R.S. Commissioner . 118 times ? 157 times ? GET REAL , FOLKS !!!!  It smells to high heaven . And , you can bet that it was not to play tiddly winks , either !

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… Branco : A Fifth …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,May 26th,2013

… of Lois Lerner . You see that Lois Lerner gets cooked really nicely by cartoonist A.F. Branco [Legal Insurrection] with his latest production . I normally do not get off on drinking – themed or – related cartoons , but this time I will make an exception .

.. What Lois Lerner and her cohorts have done is both unspeakable and unforgivable . The I.R.S. is supposed to be a non – partisan and professional agency . They have broken both …

... nice going , lois ... there goes your career down the rat hole ...

… nice going , lois … there goes your career down the rat hole …

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… Lois Lerner , You Really Goofed …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,May 23rd,2013

English: The Bill of Rights, the first ten ame...

English: The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

.. you in effect waived your 5th Amendment privilege , by making an opening statement before a congressional committee .

.. you also in effect waived it , by co operating with an internal IRS investigation on the same subject material , which would subject you to criminal liability .

.. the privilege is considered waived . You have to act to invoke it . You made an opening statement . Verbally . Huge Oops !!

.. You will be back , and under subpoena . And , this time , with or without use immunity . However , you will not be able to assert this privilege again .

… it seems that Congressman Issa agrees with me [h/t Politico]

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… Lois Lerner has Lied , and Now She Wants to ” plead the Fifth ” ??

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,May 22nd,2013

..  and she still has a job . as head of one of the senior groups in the InfernalRevenue Service ?

..  and now , she has been subpoenaed to appear before  the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee tommorrow . Worse than that , she has signaled her intentions  to , as they say , ” take the  fifth . ”

.. The ObamaCraps should make something clear to her . Either she should appear before Congress , honor the subpoena , and tell the truth , or she should resign . Only then , you can take the fifth . .

.. If they are willing to allow her to continue  in her job , after taking the fifth , without any repercussions , then that is damning evidence against the ObamaCraps .

.. And the I.R.S. scandal ratchets up the up the temperature scale quite a few notches …

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