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Memo to Issa: IRS targeted Progressive groups more than Tea Party, per records

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Clearly, President Obama cooked the books in Benghazi while taking over the world with Obamacare in order to produce a new report that makes Darrell Issa look like the lying fool he is regarding the IRS "scandal." Why allow facts to get in the way of a good smear, right Dar?

Speaking of facts, Think Progress is reporting that Progressive groups got more scrutiny from the IRS than did those associated with the Tea Party. Are we surprised? No, we are not.

A series of IRS documents, provided to ThinkProgress under the Freedom of Information Act, appears to contradict the claims by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that only Tea Party organizations applying for tax-exempt status “received systematic scrutiny because of their political beliefs.” The 22 “Be On the Look Out” keywords lists, distributed to staff reviewing applications between August 12, 2010 and April 19, 2013, included more explicit references to progressive groups, ACORN successors, and medical marijuana organizations than to Tea Party entities. [...]

[T]he actual IRS records indicate that at least some additional scrutiny was required for groups of all types that had names that sounded political — and that the explicit heightened scrutiny for left-leaning groups was even longer-standing than for Tea Party groups.

Oops. Sucks to be you, Dar. Even on a good day.

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Issa has been proven wrong so many times, you'd think they'd come up with a FUBAR Award to commemorate his laughably pathetic achievements. Let's take a stroll down Memory Lane to remind of us of a few of his worst offenses:

-- Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) stated what many of us have been thinking about Darrell Issa

--Oops! Dems accuse Darrell Issa of leaking misinformation about #Obamacare

--Top Democrats rip Darrell Issa after his document dump endangered Libyans working with U.S., damaged U.S. efforts.

Issa's futile witch hunts-- including sniffing and digging and snooping around Fast and Furious, Solyndra, Benghazi, The Affordable Care Act, and the IRS-- have led straight to nowhere. And they've wasted time, energy, and taxpayer money. He self-servingly leaks partial transcripts only to be called out by his fellow Congress members (when he allows them to speak, that is), and he continues to embarrass himself and what's left of his party.

Time to vote this guy out, California's 49th.

issa

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Koch Brothers Caught Again In a Lie -- What's Else Is New?

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The Koch brothers put millions of dollars into the anti-Obamacare campaign, and here's what they came up with for all those bucks.

It sure does sound convincing -- heart tugging. Gut wrenching. Here's poor Julie Boonstra painstakingly confessing that she was diagnosed with leukemia five years ago. Then, after Obamacare her health insurance plan was canceled. "Now, the out-of-pocket costs are so high, it's unaffordable," she says in this commercial. It sounds like this lady's gonna die.

What's a poor afflicted woman supposed to do? Damn that Obamacare.

Well, before we do anymore damning, let's examine this a little more closely. I'm sure the Koch brothers won't mind. Thanks to some fact checking at HuffPo:

Before her plan was canceled, Boonstra was paying a $1,100 monthly premium. That's $13,200 a year, without adding out-of-pocket expenses like co-pays and prescription drugs. But under her new plan, the Blue Cross Premier Gold, Boonstra's premiums are down to $571 a month, and out-of-pocket costs are capped at $5,100. That's a maximum annual expense of $11,952 a year.

She's actually saving $1,248 a year with Obamacare. Now why would Ms. Boonstra mislead us like that? It couldn't be political, could it?

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Boonstra told The Detroit News she had never been politically active before joining the anti-Obamacare campaign. The newspaper reported her ex-husband, Mark Boonstra, had served as chair of the Washtenaw County GOP, and was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder (R) to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 2012.

Gotta take her at her word -- for as far as I could throw her. She twisted the situation with her illness, using it to drum up sympathy while lying through her teeth. And then she continues to lie saying she has never been politically active while her husband has been the beneficiary of GOP political appointments. Talk about splitting hairs.

Thanks Koch brothers for another enlightening episode of "My GOP addiction to Koch." As Rev. Al would say, "Nice try, but we gotcha!"

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Rick Perry Isn't Stupid -- He's Just Ignorant Of The Facts

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CPAC is going on this week and wraps on Sunday. You all know what CPAC really stands for: Conservative Pinocchio Activists Convention. It's where lies are your friends and truth is your fiend. Longest nose at the end of the week wins and so far, it's a tight race but one of the leading candidates is Texas Republican, Gov. Rick Perry.

This year, in addition to his garbled rhetoric came new packaging. He's got glasses. Someone might have warned him that wearing big oversize spectacles doesn't make you smart, or even look smart, they just bring more attention the ever-growing proboscis.

Rick Perry seems to have really made a popular comeback this week while addressing the crowd, tossing them one piece of raw meat after another. Not that his bon-mots had any relevancy to fact, but he sure got that good ol' time religion feeling going. He stoked the crowd more than anyone else.

So I was interested in doing a little fact-checking on one of his claims. It seemed to fly right into the face of what I had been reading. I live in California now and pay great attention to our fiscal outlook here in my adopted state. According the Perry and reported by YAHOO NEWS:

Perry said Democratic governors lead states with higher taxes, more regulations and fewer jobs. He singled out New York and California as egregious examples.

The Los Angeles Times reported this, recently:

"We now find that California’s state budget situation is even more promising than we projected one year ago," said the report from the Legislative Analyst's Office. "The state’s budgetary condition is stronger than at any point in the past decade."

The state is on track to end the current fiscal year next June with a reserve of $2.4 billion, more than twice the original estimate of $1.1 billion, thanks to higher-than-expected tax revenue, the report said. California's school funding formula is also expected to send $3.1 billion more to schools.

Schools could see an additional $3.1 billion sent to them? Education? Gov. Perry, aren't you the one who wants to eliminate the department of education altogether?

Oh, and according to your own Texas Medical Association, doesn't Texas leads the country in uninsured residents? I know you strive to be number 1, but you do it in the worst possible way.

Governor Perry, how do truth and official reports jibe with your statement condemning Democratic run states? Not so much. Suffering, are we, from the big hat, little cattle syndrome, Gov. Rick? Or is it little brain?

But while you're at the Pinocchio convention, maybe you should talk to your fellow governor from New Jersey, who like you aspires to be elected President in 2016. Governor Chris Christie's state ranks dead last in fiscal solvency, according to the US Economy Report reported by NBC.

Do you really think either of you has a chance to run a nation when you can't even run your own states?

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Will FBI's Win Streak Stop At 150-0 Or Does Their Cheating Continue?

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"Nobody is supposed to be above the law in this country," says Rachel Maddow. "Even the FBI." That sounds pretty solid in my book. Yet a few months ago the New York Times reported about 150 FBI shooting incidents which the Bureau internally reviewed and found that all 150 incidents were wholly justified. None were found to be accidental, negligent or criminal. None. 150 cases heard and all 150 determined to be "good" shootings.

That's amazing. A perfect record. In professional football if you go 16-0 you go down in the record books. In the modern NFL football era, it's only happened twice, and they only have 16 regular season games. In baseball it's never happened. Not in the NBA either. Or Hockey. Add basketball to the list of an elusive perfect seasons. When you play more than a handful of games, perfection is just not something that happens. Not even once.

So how is it the FBI has a perfect 150-0 record? Watch Rachel Maddow discuss this below. And what's even more interesting than the perfect record itself is the secrecy and conspiracy necessary to make this happen. Arresting innocent people so their visas expire allowing the government to expel witnesses to FBI shootings from our shores to keep them quiet. Taking innocent people and unarmed people and blowing them away or deporting them to Russia where they disappear, just so they can't testify against the FBI. If you think this is another installment of Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne adventures, it's not -- so far. But Hollywood can't be very far behind with a film treatment of this expose. They may start with the Boston Magazine story which comes out in a few days: The Murders Before The Marathon.

If you can't wait to read it or rather watch it revealed by none other than Massachusetts resident, Rachel Maddow, here you go.

WARNING: But be prepared for some graphic, disturbing images... and some moral outrage.

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First She Lied In GOP Reply To SOTU, Now Her Party Turns On Her Ethics

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You know you must really have some enemies when the GOP doesn't have a problem with your blatantly lying in the official party reply to the State of the Union address, but they jump on you for other actions. How heinous can they be?

The seemingly lone Republican female face on that great party of inclusion, the GOP, now has a whistleblower problem. One of Congressperson Cathy McMorris Rodger's (R-Wash.) former aides says she played a little footloose and fancy free (oh, you gotta love those old descriptive slang expressions) with official re-election funds. The aide accuses her of abusing official funds and co-opting them for her personal gain, a committee chairmanship. In case you didn't know, yes, these seats are contested and in many cases bought with promised favors and of course, re-election cash. Who determines who gets them? Ask Speaker John Boehner.

Oh, and here's the kicker to this breaking story: It's not the Democrats who are singling her out for her alleged indiscretions. It's the House Ethics Committee, chaired by Republican, Michael Conaway.

From Politico:

GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers faces a possible House Ethics Committee investigation over allegations by a former staffer that she improperly mixed campaign and official funds to help win a 2012 House leadership race.

The Office of Congressional Ethics has recommended that the Ethics Committee conduct a full probe into the case.

Well, certainly this is a bit of a stain on the woman who so charmed us so with her skewed, lightly tangential official reply to the President's State of the Union address a few short weeks ago. Until now, this mostly invisible congressperson was only paraded out in the public spotlight when the Republicans wanted to show that they had some members of the female persuasion in their caucus. The lie she told about a woman's insurance premiums going through the roof under Obamacare was instantly jumped on by the press and exposed as a blatant lie. Since that revelation that she wasn't being truthful in her SOTU reply, she had sneaked off (or was banished) to hide out of plain sight. Lay low. Looks like low just hit a new benchmark, in low-ness.

Hmm. I guess it's not just Boehner, Cantor and McConnell in the upper ranks of the GOP hierarchy that have a problem with straight talk and honesty. Maybe McMorris Rodgers is innocent of these charges. But her accuser in this action is a committee dominated by her own party members who are calling her out on this irregularity, an ethics violation.

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Rush Limbaugh As Genuine As A Knock-Off Louis Vuitton Hand Bag

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Oh, leave it to Rush Limbaugh to jump on any bandwagon, just so long as it's heading to Idiotsville. He's got a knack for catching the late wagon pulling out of the station every day. He's such a regular on the next four-wheeler to Nutsville that he's got a seat with his own name on it -- the Big Bozo Barcalounger.

His recent railing against Texas state Senator Wendy Davis is truly amazing. In what sounded like, "Stop the presses, fast breaking news," we got nothing more than nuanced minutiae. Once again, the mouth that roared took to the airwaves like a starving tiger to raw meat only to find out it was a vegetarian patty made of dairy products and he's lactose-intolerant.

"Liar!" "Fake!" "Fraud!"

Oh, Rush had a number of insults and accusations he leveled against Ms. Davis. And to be fair, he was right, if you really want to get technical. She was inaccurate, or perhaps nothing more than a bit careless in details. But in the overall picture, you have to weigh the level of  these transgressions.

Let's break down some of the lies of Ms. Davis. According to an article in HuffPo:

Radio host Rush Limbaugh called Davis "fake" and a "genuine head case," while the campaign of Davis' Republican opponent, Texas state Attorney General Greg Abbott, warned voters not to "indulge her fanciful narrative."

The discrepancies pointed out by The Dallas Morning News in Davis' tale of past hardships were relatively minor. Davis has said she was a divorced single mother at 19, when she was only separated at 19. Her divorce did not become final until she was 21.

What can we say here? Separation or divorce, the marriage ended and the two of them split when she was 19. If it wasn't legally finalized for two years, then lets say she wasn't clear. I think we're dealing with technicalities, not reality. But give that to Rush. His eagle-eyed attention to detail, just like his labeling Sandra Fluke a slut, are utterly amazing. I guess it all comes down to what your definition is of "divorce" or "slut."  Technically on this one, let's give a nod to RL.

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She has told stories about the difficulty of living in a trailer with her daughter, but the article noted they lived in that mobile home for just a few months.

How long do you have to reside in a trailer park mobile home to say you've experienced the difficulties of  living in a trailer park mobile home? An hour? A week? A month? Six? Ask anyone who's lived in one and most likely they'll tell you it's been too long. But once you're there, you're there. Once you lost your virginity, it's gone. You can't get it back. Once you've lived in a trailer park, you've lived in a trailer park. You own it at that point. So this time, Rush, you're just plain wrong.

Davis mentioned in 2012 that her mother had a sixth-grade education; in fact, her mother has a ninth-grade education.

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Well, move over Sheldon and Leonard on BIG BANG THEORY. Wendy's mom is in your league. The bottom line is not the grade level Senator Davis' mother achieved, it's that she never went to High School. Back in that day, in Texas there were no middle schools. You went to K-6 (elementary school) 7-9 (Junior High) and 10-12 (High School). Wendy Davis' mom did not graduate from high school under any degree of this interpretation. And that's the point. She didn't get a high school education. Fact checking here puts another black mark against Limbaugh's rant.

Bottom line, Rush, you may want to attack Wendy Davis. She's a political candidate and character assaults are common place. They come with the territory. But when you as a political commentator get caught lying about a candidate, it should hurt your credibility. And you know what's sad? It hasn't put a dent in yours. And the reason is simple, you don't have any. That went away with your drug addition, your lies, and your previous unjustifiable saber-rattling.

With actions like Mr. Limbaugh's, I'd advise any of the four women he's been married to, to take a trip to the jeweler and have your wedding rings examined. Don't be surprised if you're wearing a Cubic Zirconium and not the real thing. He might have spent that money on more OxyContin. Rush is prone to stretching the truth and weakness when it comes to drugs and politics.

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