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IRS Star Trek Parody Skewers Issa, Paul and Tea Party


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Well, every department of the Government has something to hide. And from time to time, they need scrutiny. But other times this intense investigation really becomes an obsession – a witch-hunt -- especially when barking up the wrong tree.

Like a mad dog howling at the moon, the misguided or simply self-important missionaries of justice take a step too far. They cross the line and begin to more than annoy. They start to waste our tax money.

Fortunately for us, the IRS, everyone’s favorite target, has decided to answer the many challenges (done at tax payer expense – just like the Congressional hearings). Actually, just like the actual hearings themselves, this is a parody of reality. Surely Issa and Paul are figments of Larry David's (Seinfeld) imagination which made an art form out of turning “nothing” hilariously into being “something.”

The IRS is taking to the airwaves to answer back to those who seek to go where no man has gone before – INSIDE the IRS – at a star-date in the future.

Without further fanfare, I proudly present to you, an IRS film (yes, they really did commission this with our tax money) to boldly go where no government employee has gone before – the journey to seek out new tax forms and restrictions on politically undesirable organizations and to deny them their Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code status.


Whose Pick Is It, Anyway?


Department of Homeland Security

Janet Napolitano is stepping down as Homeland Security Secretary.That's not news. It was leaked and soon afterwards, announced. But when the republicans heard this, they sent out their Texas mouthpiece, the ever forgettable and mostly regrettable Representative Mike McCaul to announce his choices for Napolitano's replacement.

Now somehow, either I  got things wrong, or the little Texan with the big mouth did. I was under the impression that cabinet level posts are appointed by the president.The pick is his, the senate confirms (or in the McConnell senate) filibusters. I don't see anywhere in the process where the House has any say.

Mike McCaul

On Sunday, here's what went down with warmonger, Mike McCaul," according to TPM Livewire:

Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, mentioned three possible people that House Republicans would probably like to see replace Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security who announced Friday she would resign from her post in September to become president of the University of California system.

McCaul named Thad Allen, the retired commandant of the Coast Guard, Ray Kelly, the New York Police commissioner, and William Bratton, who has headed up the New York, Los Angeles and Boston police departments.

"I think any three of those coming in would gain much respect from House Republicans and could help us at a time when we're really trying to push this border security measure out of the House of Representatives," McCaul said on "Fox News Sunday."

I'm thrilled McCaul has some suggestions. And I have one for him. Shut the "F" up and do your job. Get your party's Speaker to move things along and bring an immigration bill to the floor.Debate what needs to be done for security purposes to keep our nation safe NOW! If President Obama wants your input, he'll ask for it.


Military Intelligence? Humanity? Actually, Yes.


Who do you turn to for wisdom regarding gender equality and civil rights? The military? Hardly. But maybe we should give them another look-see. The other night, Rachel Maddow had an amazing convo with former Secretary of the Army, Clifford Alexander.

I actually didn't know who he is. And more importantly, I was surprised, even stunned, at how eloquent and forthright he was in discussing the recent Supreme Court findings. He was both complimentary when he should have been, and scathing in his criticism when called for.

So please check out this clip and I think you too will become a fan of this military icon. He's what we all have wanted in the military, but rarely seen. He's a soldier's soldier, not a fraud like Pretreus or McChrystal. This is eye-opening and definitely worth the three and a half minutes that it runs.

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GOP Va. Gov. "Ultrasound" McDonnell's cabinet member also received gifts


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Need a refresher course on Bob McDonnell’s excellent adventures? Here you go: Gov. “Ultrasound” McDonnell’s “improper use of government money, facilities, power for personal enrichment of friends”! That post was all about who paid for his daughter’s wedding at the governor’s mansion and questions about a possible (read: probable) quid pro quo. The FBI is investigating the relationship between the Virginia governor, his wife, and a major campaign donor.


FBI agents are conducting interviews about the relationship between Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, his wife, Maureen, and a major campaign donor who paid for the food at the wedding of the governor’s daughter, according to four people familiar with the questioning.

The agents have been asking associates of the McDonnells about gifts provided to the family by Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. and actions the Republican governor and his wife have taken that may have boosted the company, the people said.

And via The Roanoke Times:

Williams’ gifts to McDonnell and to state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, both Republicans, have come under growing scrutiny in the past two months. It intensified after the Executive Mansion chef was charged with stealing food from the mansion and alleged that his prosecution by Cuccinelli was politically motivated.


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The plot sickens. The Richmond Times Dispatch is reporting that a McDonnell Cabinet member is also disclosing gifts that she received from Jonnie Williams:

When Gov. Bob McDonnell traveled to South Carolina in January 2012 to endorse GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Secretary of the Commonwealth Janet Vestal Kelly flew there separately.

Kelly also flew to Tampa, Fla., separately from the governor in August for the Republican National Convention.

Both of the Cabinet official’s trips were provided by Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie R. Williams Sr., whose gifts to McDonnell, the governor’s family and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli have come under public scrutiny in the past five weeks.

Kelly's little travel gifts came to about $2,400. We know that because she says she is making an "effort to be as transparent as possible."

McDonnell has declined to reveal any other gifts made to members of his family, citing an exemption in Virginia disclosure laws that he says he is “open” to closing.

He's open to closing, says he. He's pretty close to opening his own closing if there is any justice left in this world. Actually, if there is any justice left in this world, he'd not only be forced to undergo a criminal probe, but also a medical one.

The Times Dispatch has all the gory details.