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GOP austerity bit GOP in their IRS scandal ass

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Here we go, another full-on assault by Darrrell Issa, BSer In Chief, a rabidly fixated man suffering from Hyperventilitis Uninterruptus in search of a scandal. A hypocritical, lying camera-hog who is escorting a rabidly fixated gang on a desperate hunt for grounds to impeach President Obama. Somehow. Somewhere. Anywhere, dammit. Watch out, IRS, you're back in the exploitation hot seat.

From everything that's been reported, there may indeed be problems with the agency, but the IRS witch hunt is unlikely to lead back to the White House. So much for that wet dream.

I ran across some of the contradictory news on the topic, starting with a Los Angeles Times editorial that included this sentence:

But rather than addressing that issue systematically, the IRS gave extra scrutiny mainly to tea party groups, often in inappropriate ways, an inspector general reported.

But back in April 2014, there was this Think Progress headline :

New Records: IRS Targeted Progressive Groups More Extensively Than Tea Party

L.A. Times, your thoughts?

failure to communicate

Speaking of the Times, here is an interesting tidbit that they reported in an IRS Scandal for Dummeez article:

So wasn’t there a backup?

There was, but the backup tapes were recycled after six months, Koskinen said, and the agency didn’t try to recover Lerner’s emails from the tapes at the time. Budget cuts left the IRS with aging computer systems that limited the size of employees' inboxes and lacked the capability to archive everybody’s emails, he said. The agency decided it couldn’t afford the estimated $10 million it would cost to upgrade the system, he added.

Apparently, the GOP obsession with austerity bit the obsessed GOP in their obsessed GOP ass. Yes, Republicans, budget cuts-- the ones you insist upon and covet so very much and so very LOUDLY-- were a factor in the Big IRS Scandal Version Something.0 that you may very well have helped to create.

Give yourselves a big pat on the back, Team Issa. Then go back to doing what you always do:

blame obama

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The Benghazi Boogie

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Today’s guest post by the one, the only, Will Durst

THE BENGHAZI BOOGIE. In order to function like a properly greased money machine, the GOP requires a chew toy. Something to snarl and wave and get a good growl on. Railing against easy- to- digest injustices is the perfect lubrication.

Nuance- not their strong suit. This party calibrates with pitchforks and 55 gallon drums of oil. Their specialty is publicly declaring abhorrence for manufactured boogeymen.

Communist takeover of the world- bad. Muslim President born with a racist agenda in an African country- bad. Socialist healthcare that kills old people- bad. They, wrapped in a flag holding high the cross- good. Having never met a dead horse they didn’t enjoy beating, the Party of Lincoln is prone to continuing their battering to microscopic detail.

As long as the audience remains rapt, these guys will lambaste anything retaining a whiff of expired equine. Saddles. Baseballs. Horsehide ottomans. Cello bows. Glue. But after 51 attempted repeals, all the sweet cream goodness has been beaten right out of Obamacare, what with the world not coming to an end and all like everyone said. And drat the luck, no death panels. Lousy timing, with a mid term election looming like Godzilla at the end of an alley.

So now the hordes of upraised clubs have moved onto a new target. Demonstrated by House Speaker John Boehner throwing a large number of his Capture The Senate Majority election chips down the Benghazi Rabbit Hole. Let the inquisitions begin.

For the 14th time. Republican Senators are jealously clamoring for similar grandstanding opportunities, but chances of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid granting that request are smaller than Donald Sterling headlining the Apollo. The issue concerning the death of 4 Libyan embassy employees excites the base to where they vibrate and leak green froth from their nose while their voices go up two octaves.

The major difficulty is negotiating the fine line that separates energizing the tea- drinking troops from politicizing a tragedy. And rumors of Benghazi tote bags don’t help. Can’t wait for Ted Cruz to start a new nationwide dance craze via Youtube video: “Doing the Benghazi Boogie. Take 2 steps back. Look around. Point your finger. Shake your head. Shake your contributions cup. Shake your tail feather. Take 2 steps back.”

Even after holding 13 hearings on the subject, Republicans are determined this time, they’ll get the truth. To such disturbing mysteries as why Susan Rice wore a pink blouse when she went on the Sunday talk shows. A signal? How many brain tumors were affecting Hillary Clinton? Why wouldn’t Barack Obama get off the phone with Benjamin Netanyahu? Were they celebrating? And who exactly do Republicans hate more: Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton?

Yes, the answer to these and many more questions will be cloaked and shrouded and obscured but why Republicans have lost consecutive Presidential elections will definitely be highlighted in day- glo skywriting. At a certain point the American people grow tired of washing off the horse blood. Afterwards, a consultation with Geraldo Rivera might be in order, because this investigation is destined to come up emptier than Al Capone’s Vault.

The only good news is the term “impeachment” has yet to be bandied about. And for that, we should all get down on our knees and thank… Joe Biden. Copyright

©2014, Will Durst. Will Durst is an award- winning, nationally acclaimed political comic.

Go to willdurst.com to find about more about his new CD, “Elect to Laugh,” the one- man show “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG,” a calendar guide to personal appearances and info about the documentary film “3 Still Standing.”

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Overnight: Benghazi: The Musical

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A medley of Benghazi songs by Lauren Mayer. Thanks for the great vocals!
Lauren Mayer is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to the Kardashians. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality. Lauren is 'PsychoSuperMom' on YouTube.

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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.

chart who the IRS really targeted

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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Video- Rep Joaquin Castro (D-TX) Slams Darrell Issa Over Benghazi Report: 'Crusaded for a Year on a Fairy Tale'

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DoJ repeatedly warned Darrell Issa that he could "seriously jeopardize any criminal prosecution of the terrorists"

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Here is the Republican default talking point in one easy visual:

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No matter what else is going on in the world, in our own country, schools, hospitals, disaster areas, civil rights arenas, you can always count on the GOP to shout "BENGHAZI!!!!" from their multi-million dollar vacation home rooftops.

GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, has made a career out of witch hunting. He looks for scandals where there are none in the hope that one day... one dreamy, gauze-filtered, sunlit blue-skied day... he'll find something to pin on President Obama and fulfill all his impeachment wishes.

But oops, awhile back, Darrell Issa’s Benghazi document dump damaged U.S. efforts, putting Libyans working with U.S. in danger. While hyperventilating investigating the attacks on the consulate, he disclosed the identities of Libyans who were helping United States officials.

But that didn't stop Darrell the Witch Hunter, nosireeBob! The Los Angeles Times is reporting that he's determined to keep pushing his luck b.s. hysteria, lies, and redundantly false accusations come hell or hot water. And no, that was no typo, he may be in more hot water.

Two of the Justice Department's key witnesses were subpoenaed to appear on Capitol Hill for hours of grilling about "BENGHAZI!!!!" They gave separate legal depositions about any security lapses and how the Obama administration responded.

Now comes the part about how Witch Hunter Darrell might have, once again, blown it big time:

Weeks before the interviews, top Justice Department officials repeatedly warned Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) against doing so, saying it would seriously jeopardize any criminal prosecution of the terrorists. They wrote three times to the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, strongly urging him not to insist on interviewing the agents.

The interviews have not been released. But the Justice Department expressed concern that Issa might reveal some details from the interviews, or that defense lawyers could subpoena them if suspects are apprehended, according to the sources, who did not have permission to speak publicly, citing the ongoing investigation. At least one person has been named in a sealed indictment in the Benghazi attacks.

The interviews "would prematurely alert individuals who may be charged about details of the government's case against them," and would give defense lawyers a golden opportunity to review the depositions and impeach the agents if they testified as prosecution witnesses, the Justice Department warned in one of the letters, according to sources.

Oh that wacky, zany Issa. He's such a super-patriot.

More at the link.

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Cartoons of the Day- Obama Administration "Scandals"

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Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

Clay Bennett

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