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IRS lost Lois Lerner’s emails – How we know that’s a lie

The Obama regime must think the American people are stupid.

We know the White House’s NSA (National Security Agency) collects every email in the United States, if not the whole world, along with our every phone call, credit card transaction and God knows what else. (See “NSA whistleblowers: Govt is spying on every single American” and “Big Brother’s secret NSA Data Center in Utah”.)

But the POS’s Internal Revenue Service — the same IRS that’s been caught with the proverbial “smoking gun” proving not only that the agency has targeted Conservatives and Christians for special scrutiny, but that the source of the targeting goes right up to the White House — actually wants us to believe that they’ve lost two years’ worth of Lois Lerner‘s emails. (See “Judicial Watch has documents tracing IRS-gate to Wash. DC”.)

Lerner is the Obama henchwoman who, as Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations division, had claimed that the extra scrutiny given conservative groups and individuals had not been centrally planned and was done by lower-level “front line people” in the Cincinnati IRS office.

John Koskinen

In fact, the Obama IRS thinks we’re so stupid that IRS Commissioner John Koskinentestifying before the House Ways and Means Committee yesterday, actually said the agency doesn’t have Lerner’s emails because her hard drive had crashed in 2011, resulting in all her emails being irretrievable and therefore unavailable for Congress.

Then when Congressman Paul Ryan told Koskinen, “I don’t believe you; nobody believes you,” Koskinen actually bristled in faux outrage.

Aside from the NSA collecting every piece of email in this country, here’s how we know the IRS is lying.

The blog What Really Happened reports that, since 2005, the IRS has had a contract with an email backup service vendor, Sonasoft, for “automatic data processing services,” according to FedSpending.org.

Email backup service means Sonasoft “backs up” or stores every piece of the IRS’s email. In fact, Sonasoft’s motto is “email archiving done right.” In 2009, Sonasoft even sent out a Tweet trumpeting its work for the IRS.

On Sonasoft’s website, the company still lists the IRS as a customer. Here are screenshots I took of Sonasoft’s “Customers” page showing the IRS as one of the company’s customers, in case the IRS “persuades” Sonasoft to scrub the information. The times (5:51 pm and 5:52 pm) and date (6/20/2014) when I took the screenshots are circled red.

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H/t FOTM’s Tnrick and Gingercake

UPDATE (June 25, 2014):

Surprise! (not)

IRS Commissioner John “Gollum” Koskinen is a big donor to Demonrats, having contributed more than $85,000 to Dem candidates and committees, including $5,000 to Obama’s reelection in 2012, and $19,000 to the Democratic National Committee from 1988 to 2008. This may explain the fawning “thank yous” Koskinen received for his public service from many Demonrats last night on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. (CNS News)

~Eowyn

Democrats cut military pensions in favor of tax credits for illegals

Democrats coddle illegals

Michael Dorstewitz writes for BizPac Review, Jan. 11, 2014:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., blocked a last-ditch effort by Republicans Thursday to restore full military pensions. Their proposal would have been paid for by denying tax credits to undocumented immigrants.

Pensions to retired and disabled veterans were cut last month in a budget compromise hammered out by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wa., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., according to the Washington Free Beacon.

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Sen Kelly Ayotte

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., attempted to restore the pensions in the form of an amendment to a bill to extend long-term unemployment benefits. It would have been financed by requiring anyone claiming the Child Tax Credit to have a valid Social Security number, effectively denying the credits to illegal immigrants.

The Free Beacon reported:

Ayotte’s office said the bill would save approximately $20 billion over 10 years.

According to the Treasury Inspector General for the Tax Administration (TIGTA), the refund provides incentives for aliens to enter the country illegally and cost taxpayers $4.2 billion alone in fraudulent payments in 2010.

“The investigations of this tax refund found that they were claiming it for people who were, No.1, not authorized to work in this country, and secondly, for children that may not even exist,” Ayotte said in a floor speech.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., called Ayotte’s efforts to require undocumented immigrants to present valid Social Security numbers — referred to as SSNs — nothing more than “partisan” politics.

“Talk about fiddling while Rome burns,” Boxer said, according to the Free Beacon. “If you are one of the 1.3 million people in this country—222,000 in my state—whose house is burning down because they’re going to lose the safety net of $300 a week to feed their families, to take care of their kids, to heat their homes, and my colleague talks about letters [SSN]?”

Ayotte’s amendment failed by a 42-54 vote, with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., the single Democrat voting with the GOP.

“It’s a sad day when a common-sense amendment to responsibly pay for legislation that helps struggling Americans, repeals unfair military retirement benefits and reduces the deficit can’t even get a vote in the Senate,” Ayotte said in a statement, the Free Beacon reported. “We need to be able to have votes on behalf of our states, on behalf of the American people, and if we disagree, let’s vote them down. I don’t see what the issue is there, unless you’re worried that it’s going to pass because it just makes too much sense.”

H/t FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska

~Eowyn

Chris Christie secures title as Republican presidential frontrunner: poll

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NY Daily News: Republicans are closer than ever to having a frontrunner in the 2016 presidential race, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rising to the top among the GOP contenders.

Christie shines through as the favorite with 24% support among Republicans and GOP-leaning Independents, according to a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday.

Support for the outspoken Republican, who was reelected in November to a second term as governor of the Garden State, jumped from 17% when the last CNN poll was released in September.

Whether or not he will run is the biggest question on the minds of Republicans hoping to take the White House in 2016, since the 51-year-old is touted as the closest thing to a savior the conservative movement will get.

Christie remains demure on his presidential ambitions, saying that only he hopes Washington is watching the success of his policies in New Jersey.

In the new CNN poll, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul came second with 13% support. His numbers were steady since the last survey result.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), who was Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential pick in 2012, posted the third highest support at 11%. His popularity took a tumble from the September poll, when 16% named him as their favorite.

Texas Tea Party darling, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) were also listed among the top five picks for the Republican presidential race.

Results reflect responses from a telephone survey of 843 American adults from November 18-20.

For the Democrats, former Secretary of State Hillary “What difference does it make?” Clinton dominates as the preferred candidate, with an eye-popping 63% of Democrats saying they would vote Clinton.

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Take our unscientific poll! Who would you prefer for the 2016 Republican candidate?

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The Queen’s Riddle?

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“Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government?

Are there any tips you can give me?”

“Well,” said the Queen,

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“The most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people.”

Obama frowned, and then asked,

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“But how do I know if the people around me are really intelligent?”

The Queen took a sip of champagne.

“Oh, that’s easy; you just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle, watch”

The Queen pushed a button on her intercom.

“Please send Tony Blair in here, would you?”

Tony Blair walked into the room and said,

Yes, your Majesty?”

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The Queen smiled and said,

Answer me this please Tony.

Your mother and father have a child.

It is not your brother and it is not your sister.

Who is it?”

Without pausing for a moment, Tony Blair answered

“That would be me.”

“Yes! Very good.” said the Queen.

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Obama went back home to ask Joe Biden the same question.

“Joe, answer this for me.”

“Your mother and your father have a child.

It’s not your brother and it’s not your sister.

Who is it?”

“I’m not sure,” said Biden.

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“Let me get back to you on that one.”

He went to his advisors and asked everyone, but none could give him an answer.

Frustrated, Biden went to work in congressional gym and saw Paul Ryan there.

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Biden went up to him and asked, “Hey Paul, see if you can answer this question.”

“Shoot Joe.”

Your mother and father have a child and it’s not your brother or your sister.

Who is it?”

Paul Ryan answered,

“That’s easy, it’s me!”

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Biden smiled, and said, “Good answer Paul!”

Biden then, went back to speak with President Obama.

“Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle.”

“It’s Paul Ryan!”

Obama got up, stomped over to Biden, and angrily yelled into his face,

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“No! You idiot! It’s Tony Blair!”

..AND THAT MY FRIENDS IS PRECISELY WHAT’S GOING ON AT THE WHITE HOUSE.

~Steve~          A Great Big Giant H/T To My Bud I_Man

 

Fiscal Cliff deal: The good, bad, and ugly

Last night, Jan. 1, 2013, at 10:45 pm, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a deal to avert the fiscal cliff, by a final vote of 257 to 167.

The House vote came less than 24 hours after the Senate had overwhelmingly approved the bill 89 to 8, with both parties’ support. The bill now goes to the POS for his signature. Instead of signing the bill, he’s already left D.C. to resume his vacation in Honolulu which was so rudely interrupted by the fiscal cliff negotiations. [snark]

The Fiscal Cliff deal:

  • The top tax rate increases from 35% to 40% on annual income over $450,000 for married couples and $400,000 for single people. This is the first time in more than two decades that a broad tax increase has been approved with GOP support.
  • “Temporary” Bush tax cuts for couples making less than $450,000 and individuals making less than $400,000 per year are made “permanent” (which means “until Congress changes their mind”).
  • More than 100 million “middle class” families (those earning less than $250,000 a year) will be protected from significant income tax increases set to take effect this month, but their payroll taxes will rise with the expiration of a temporary tax cut adopted two years ago.
  • No estate taxes on inheritance of $5 million, or $10 million for married couples.
  • Federal dairy policies will be extended through September, averting a threatened doubling of milk prices.
  • Extension of unemployment benefits to 2 million people for another year.
  • Automatic cuts to the Pentagon and other agencies that had been set to take effect today will be delayed for two months.
  • Pay raise for members of Congress, which was effectuated by Obama’s executive order, is nixed.
  • Automatic spending cuts (sequestration) from last year’s debt ceiling deal are postponed until March 2013, which means — oh joy — there’ll be a Fiscal Cliff II next month!

The Bad:

Buried in the fine print of the 150-page deal are some New Year’s gifts to some of Washington’s favorite cronies. Under the plan, the federal government would eat nearly $100 billion in forgone tax revenue over the next two years by extending special tax credits for select businesses that had been set to expire:

  • $430 million for Hollywood through “special expensing rules” to encourage TV and film production in the United States. Producers can “expense” up to $15 million of costs for their projects. All this for a film industry that enjoyed a record box office last year.
  • $331 million for railroads by allowing short-line and regional operators to claim a tax credit up to 50% of the cost to maintain tracks that they own or lease.
  • $222 million for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands through returned excise taxes collected by the federal government on rum produced in the islands and imported to the mainland.
  • $70 million for NASCAR by extending a “7-year cost recovery period for certain motorsports racing track facilities.”
  • $59 million for algae growers through tax credits to encourage production of “cellulosic biofuel” at up to $1.01 per gallon.
  • $4 million for electric motorcycle makers by expanding an existing green-energy tax credit for buyers of plug-in vehicles to include electric motorbikes.

The Absurd:

  • This is how farcical the fiscal cliff brouhaha was: Members of the U.S. Senate had only 3 minutes to read the 154-page fiscal cliff bill and budget score, before they voted 89-8 to approve the bill. Senators received the bill at approximately 1:36 AM on Jan. 1, 2013 – a mere three minutes before they voted to approve it at 1:39 AM. I’ve taken longer to read the instructions for my new cell phone.
  • House Republicans also violated their pledge to allow three days for the public to read the legislation before they would vote on a bill. This was a promise the GOP made to voters before the 2010 elections.

The Ugly:

151 Republicans in the House voted “no,” which meant the GOP tally fell far short of a majority of the GOP caucus. That broke a long-standing preference by House Speaker John Boehner to advance only bills that could draw the support of a majority of his Republican members. So Boehner himself cast a rare vote: He supported the bill. So did Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), the GOP’s vice-presidential candidate last year.

40 House Republicans voted for the bill, including such GOP leaders on tax-and-spending policy as Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (Pa.) and Ronald H. Johnson (Wis.), a tea party star.

The Good:

  • Senate Republicans who voted against the bill include tea party favorites Rand Paul (Ky.) and Mike Lee (Utah), as well as Marco Rubio (Fla).
  • House Republicans who voted no include Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.).

The Really Bad:

Regardless of one’s political affiliation or beliefs, from an economic and fiscal perspective, the cliff deal has accomplished nothing. Here’s why:

  • The bill’s proposed spending cuts of $15 billion are less than 2% of the federal government’s deficit.
  • The bill’s tax increases will raise $620 billion over the next ten years — roughly $62 billion in new tax revenue per year.
  • $62 billion in new tax revenue per year is less than 6% of the $1+ trillion deficit the Obama regime has incurred every year for the past four years.
  • According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the fiscal cliff bill will cause the national debt to be $4 trillion higher by 2022 than if all of the cliff’s tax increases and spending cuts had been allowed to take effect.

Sources: CNN, Washington Post, ABC News, CNS News.

~Eowyn

Hitler Says “Cancel the Champagne”

What Obama really said in that big speech last Thursday

Like many of you, I cannot bring myself to watch and listen to The Fraudulent One’s speeches, finding his visage and voice so deeply repellent.

Going back to the 2008 campaign season, I’d already noticed those eyes — dark pools of malice:

Since then, it’d only gotten worse….

Thank God we no longer have to douse ourselves with holy water before we watch Skippy speak. We have a translator service!

Here’s what The Evil One said in his epic speech on the budget deficit last Thursday — the one where he invited Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to sit in the front row and then proceeded to berate the Congressman and his budget-cutting plan.

H/t FOTM’s beloved Hardnox!

~Eowyn