Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dude, where's my emails?

Forrest Gump may not have been a smart man, but even he would have known that emails aren't stored on your hard drive.

I'm simply amazed that the IRS, and well really the entire Obeezy Administration and the Democrat Machine, are so effing arrogant and corrupt that they think everyone around them is too stupid to see past their bullshittery.

The IRS is Obeezy's Gestapo. A weapon to destroy enemies among the American people and to keep the rest in terrified acquiescence. Who's gonna enforce Obamacare? IRS agents. You were forced to buy it and the IRS will take your money to ensure you obey. And if you cross the regime, the IRS will target you for audit and if you have (or want to have) tax-exempt status, it will be stripped or denied. Who better to enforce redistribution of wealth than the Tax Man?

We all knew that conservative and Tea Party groups, under orders from the DOJ and Eric Holder, were being targeted by the IRS and audited at a rate more than 10 times higher than anybody else. And we all knew it was a crock when after it came out the targeting was NOT the result of two rogue low-level agents at the Cincinnati IRS offices, as was the claim. That sham had a maximum effective range of zero feet coming after the Obeezy Regime blamed the Benghazi attack on a YouTube video and left four Americans to die (but that's another scandal and a blog for another day...).

So we get the chick who was the director of the IRS Exempt Organizations Unit, one Lois G. Lerner, on the carpet in front of Congress wanting the truth, which we knew wasn't gonna be forthcoming. And she professed her innocence before pleading the Fifth, which actually negated her ability to use the protection of the Fifth Amendment (by making a statement of innocence), a point well-made most vehemently by South Carolina Congressional representative Trey Gowdy. That dude has quickly become one of the biggest names in Conservative politics and a force to be reckoned with lest he open a can of Constitutional Law Whoopass on you. But Lois takes the Fifth and refuses to talk, and so they subpoena her emails.

It should surprise no one that she sucks at math yet worked for the IRS. After all, the original Obama Secretary of the Treasury was a tax cheat who couldn't fathom Turbo Tax.

Guess what? Said emails for an entire two year period that conveniently covered the dates of the targeting are GONE. Seems that according to the IRS Lerner's hard drive crashed and the mails were lost, when the drive was recycled and destroyed.

Seriously? You expect us to believe this? Of course you do; you think everyone is stupid and in awe of The Great Obeezy and His Donkey Party, and those that question Him are Racist Un-American Terrorists.

Emails may indeed be stored on a local hard drive but they don't exist just there. Those are just saved copies. They exist on SERVERS. And by law, corporations (including the Feral Gummint™) have to hold on to email correspondences for a certain period of time in their email servers for situations that include, say, subpoenas. If you check your Gmail or Yahoo email from your laptop, that email isn't on your laptop, it's on their servers. Same with your phone. You must think we're like a three year old who thinks there are tiny people inside the TV or inside the radio and that's what makes them work. The IRS expects fully for you and me to produce every shred of paperwork and receipts for the past seven years instantly upon their command and if we used an excuse the equivalent of The Dog Ate My Tax Return, we'd be in federal prison trying not to get ass-raped in the showers and looking out for someone trying to shank us with a shiv in the laundry room. But they can just say oops we lost 'em?

While conveniently losing removing and subsequently destroying Lerner's hard drive, at best you destroyed some locally downloaded and stored mails. The actual mails are on the IRS mail servers. Well, there were... I'm sure by now those have been scoured clean too just like magic. It was probably like 1945-circa Berlin with the Nazis burning Holocaust and other war crimes files while the Allies closed in.

And current IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was all smug while being questioned this week about the emails until Trey Gowdy and Paul Ryan among others took him apart limb from limb. 
 I am sitting here listening to this testimony. I just – I don’t believe it,” Ryan said to Koskinen. “That’s your problem. Nobody believes you.”

Ryan accused the IRS of misleading Congress by previously claiming that no targeting occurred and then that progressive groups were also targeted by the IRS. “All of those things have been proven untrue,” Ryan said.

“You bury in a 27-page letter to the Senate asking for them to conclude the investigation that you’ve lost Lois Lerner’s emails…Monday, our investigators ask your agency if any other hard drives crashed” and Koskinen finally admitted that six other IRS officials under investigation also had their hard drives crash.

“We told you on Monday,” Koskinen said about the six additional hard drive crashes.

“You told us on Monday because we asked you! We asked you if any other hard drives crashed. This is unbelievable. You told us in May you were going to give us all of Lois Lerner’s emails and you learned in February that this crashed,” Ryan said.

“I’m not asking you a question, I’m making a statement…You can turn [taxpayers'] lives upside down. You ask taxpayers to hand over seven years of their own taxpayer information in case they’re ever audited, and you can’t keep six months of emails?,” Ryan said.

“This is not being forthcoming. This is being misleading again. This is a pattern of abuse, a pattern of behavior that is not giving us any confidence that this agency is being impartial. I don’t believe you. This is incredible,” Ryan said.



Gowdy also lit into former IRS lawyer Jennifer O’Connor to ask what the loss of the emails looks like outside the  Beltway to the average American.

O’Connor, a White House lawyer who previously presided over the IRS’s effort to collect Lerner’s emails, was grilled by Gowdy over the search’s parameters, which he claimed were unnecessarily limited.

“What’s wrong with the search terms being ‘to’ and ‘from?’” he asked.

“Well that would get you everything –” O’Connor began.

“Right, that’s my point,” Gowdy interrupted. “Why reduce it? If you want access to all the information, if you want access to all of the truth, why are you reducing the search terms? Why not just ‘to Lois Lerner’ and ‘from Lois Lerner?’”

Congressman Gowdy got particularly heated when trying to explain to O’Connor why the failure to retain Lerner’s emails was so outrageous.

“What negative inference would you draw — if you were just one of our fellow citizens watching this,” Gowdy said. “You know that initially there was a denial of targeting. You know that she picked a very obscure [American Bar Association] conference to disclose that targeting had taken place.”

“You know that initially it was blamed on two rogue agents — in fact, Jay Carney perpetuated that myth,” he continued. “You know that Lois Lerner took the Fifth Amendment. You know that the president of the United States said there was not a smidgen of corruption. And now you’re told that the evidence doesn’t exist, the emails don’t exist.”

“What negative inference — if you were just a regular citizen sitting at home watching this, and you’ve got that litany of failed defenses, those false, exculpatory statements, and now you’re told that evidence doesn’t exist — what negative inference would you draw?” the lawmaker angrily concluded.

Insert Deer In Headlights comments here...

Hey, Government: even the most base and meek among us are able to partake of cloud-based online backup services like Carbonite. I bet they'd cut you a cheap bulk rate too. Or, just get the records from the NSA. They spy on EVERYONE. Hell, they know what I had for dinner last July so I'm sure that vast warehouse of theirs out in Utah has Auntie Lois' emails on a server or a thumb drive.

It's beautiful to see the Left unraveling over this, crumbling under the weight of all their scandals and illegal operations. Even their lapdog propaganda machine in the Lamestream Media is questioning the veracity of the junta's excuses and dealings. I sure as hell don't expect them to embrace the Right any time soon but it's admittedly nice to see that even they have a threshold for bullshit.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

What's the Clintonian Definition of "Broke"?

Really. You've GOT to be kidding me.

Early last week former Secretary of State/former Senator/former First Lady of the United States, Madame Hillary Rodham Clinton, had the audacity to say that when they left the White House that they, meaning her and her husband and all his mistresses, were not only broke but in debt.

Digest that a minute. Chew on it before you choke. Don't laugh or some may spill out on the floor. Much in the same way William Jefferson Clinton stood there under oath during his impeachment and wanted us to define "is" versus "was" in regards to whether he was banging his intern, one must ask Hillary to define "broke" and "in debt". Most people I know get by on a combined income between spouses of under $70,000 a year....WAY under.

USA Today estimated in 2013 that Bill Clinton had a net worth of $55 million and counting. The former president makes millions of dollars a year in speaking fees. More recent estimates put his net worth at $80 million and he and wife Hillary's combined net worth anywhere from $100 to $200 million.

Now, technically, Bill and Hillary Clinton were in debt when they left the White House. Financial forms filed for 2000 show assets between $781,000 and almost $1.8 million -- and liabilities between $2.3 million and $10.6 million, mostly for legal bills. And within just one year, their financial troubles were effectively gone. Hillary Clinton's Senate disclosure forms show that in 2001, they reported earning nearly $12 million.

Pretty much everyone I know would dearly love to be as broke as the Clintons were when they left the White House. I had a problem with my car this week and wasn't quite sure what it was, and the mechanic down the street came & got it & took it to his shop to diagnose. I spent the bulk of my vacation this past week around the house, not wanting to go anywhere and spend money I didn't have to spare if my car needed something major done. I have no cushion for emergencies because despite all the rosy economic news the White House feeds their pet monkeys in the Lamestream Media, my employer keeps cutting hours while gas prices and food prices and utility prices continue to creep on up. I know damned well I'm not the only person feeling the money pinch in ObamaLand. The only people doing well are Limousine Liberals and those on welfare, who eat better than I do.

As a former President, Bill is entitled to staff & office expenses, health insurance & medical care (not that cheap Obamacare crap, either) and a Secret Service detail for life, in addition to a pension of what started as over $150,000 and the current pension for former Presidents is now at over $200,000.

Under the Former Presidents Act, the Secretary of the Treasury pays a taxable pension to a former President. Former Presidents receive a pension equal to the pay that the head of an executive department (Executive Level I) would be paid, as of 2014 $201,700. The pension begins immediately after a President's departure from office.

Transition funding for the expenses of leaving office is available for seven months. It covers office space, staff compensation, communications services, and printing and postage associated with the transition. Private office staff and related funding is provided by the Administrator of the General Services Administration. Persons employed under this subsection are selected by and responsible only to the former president for the performance of their duties. Each former president fixes basic rates of compensation for persons employed for him (or her), not exceeding an annualized total of $150,000 for the first 30 months and $96,000 thereafter.

So, right after they left the White House, wealthy Clinton pal Terry McAuliffe (now magically the Governor of Virginia) ponied up to get Bill & Hill a $1.3 million dollar loan to but their $1.7 million mansion in Chappaqua, NY so Hillary could run for Senate. Oh yeah, Hilly has that Senate pension package combined with her pension from her years as Obeezy's alleged Secretary of State. You know, back when she and Obeezy left four Americans to die in Benghazi and blamed a YouTube video, then said "What difference does it make?"...but that's a blog for another day. Like I said above, most of us would dearly love to be as broke as the Clintons were when they left the White House.

Show up, say a few aw-shucks-huckleberry folksy anecdotes, leer at a few coeds, and pocket 200 grand each time? Yes, please. Attach your name to a ghost-written tome of liberal propaganda and pocket seven figures? Yes, please, all day long. Because y'all were broke, and had a baby girl to send to college, right? Because unlike your kid who toils away working at The Dollar General or waiting tables at Hooters while attending the local community college, that wasn't an option for Former First Offspring Chelsea Victoria Clinton. She received an undergraduate degree at Stanford University and later earned master's degrees from Oxford University and Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, and a D-Phil from the University of Oxford in 2014. Seriously? A freakin' doctorate in philosophy in this day & age? How stereotypically liberal. Almost as useless as an art history degree, found on the wall of every loft and studio flat occupied by a Starbucks frappe-flinger.

Plus, they had to stockpile money against things like future lawsuits and rape defense cases against Bill, and for little Chelsea's eventual wedding. Because while not as much of a filthy spectacle as the Kanye Kardashian bacchanalia, they still dropped FIVE MILLION on the wedding of their only progeny. We left the White House broke, and still put on a five million dollar wedding.

Chelsea Clinton hasn't been on NBC News for FOUR months but still earns $50,000 a month even though the show she was on, Rock Center, was scrapped. It's reported that she makes $600,000 a year from NBC as a special correspondent. By comparison, her salary is higher than both of the last two editors of the New York Times. The paycheck comes in handy, since she and her husband are expecting and just bought a $10.5 million apartment next to New York's Madison Square Park last spring. I'm sure from those lofty heights she can look down at all the homeless veterans sleeping on steam grates. At least until they install spikes to keep the homeless away. But Chelsea is also a landlord of sorts iin her own right since seemingly Bill & Hill rent their mansion from her.


It seems Bill and Hillary Clinton have been using a sketchy, dodgy, but legal tax loophole to evade the so-called 'death tax' that they both worked to raise, according to news reports published on Tuesday.

In order to shield all that newly-minted wealth from the federal government's rapacious tax collectors at the IRS, they're ducking the inheritance estate tax using a financial planning strategy to shift ownership of their houses to a private trust, and then to Chelsea.

This leaves them free to reap the tax advantage of making such a generous gift before they die, while they rent the property back from her at a bargain price.

The shell game will put any increases in the properties' value, the capital gains, outside of their estates, and therefore out of the IRS's reach when they die. It will also exclude most of the homes' values from the IRS's calculation that will determine how much of their estates is taxable.

Now, normally, I can almost applaud screwing the IRS out of taking half of everything you will to your kids after you die. I mean, you bust your ass all your life and want to give it to your kids or dog or some waitress with big cans at the corner diner when you shuffle off your mortal coil, and the revenue vultures wanna come pick you clean and take half to fill their empty coffers, empty because they keep doling out benefits to Democrat voters and illegal aliens and the Taliban. So, yeah, normally I'd applaud getting around the IRS on your death bed, but see the Clintons helped put these vulture laws into place. In their political lives, both Clintons have advocated for narrowing the loopholes that they are now leveraging.

In August 2000, shortly before he left office, Bill Clinton vetoed a congressional bill that would have eliminated the estate tax. He insisted that Congress should 'proceed on grounds of fiscal responsibility and fairness' instead.

Hillary has been more direct, arguing during the 2008 presidential campaign season for a change in federal law that would expose more of wealthy Americans' estates to the tax man.

As usual, limousine liberals talk a great line about taxing people and fairness, while they amble back to their palaces and their army of accountants and tax lawyers that help them stay rich....clowns like John Kerry, or Michael Moore, or Al Gore, or even that useless turd Bloomberg.

I hope all this stuff comes back to haunt you, Hillary. You think you're entitled to be President. You're just another elitist one-percenter, a scumbag liberal, and are not to be trusted. I've been saying that since 2007 when I chronicled some of your shady dealings, but I made the mistake at the time of joking "anyone but Hillary" not realizing we'd be stuck with Obastard for 8 years. This nation simply can NOT afford to put you in office.

Monday, June 2, 2014

When in doubt, blame guns

Last Friday a mentally unstable loner, all boo-hoo because he couldn't get laid, a child of privilege (Daddy was an assistant director on The Hunger Games) obsessed with money and status (Drove a BMW that cost more than most of us make in a year), went on a killing spree around Santa Barbara, California.

Drunken and self-absorbed party goers ignored him at a party he wandered into 10 months previously, and he was still nursing a grudge because when he tried to push party-goers who ignored him off a 10-foot ledge, they pushed back. This caused him to fall and break his ankle and (gasp!) lose his precious Gucci sunglasses. He vowed revenge, wrote a manifesto, babbled his diatribes on his YouTube channel, gave all sorts of warning signs that he was about to snap that no one figured out till it was too late, and finally lost it.

He stabbed his 3 room mates to death, emailed out his 137-page manifesto to parents, family friends, and at least one therapist, then drove to a sorority house where he shot & killed two girls. He then drives to a deli, gets out, shoots & kills another man, then continues driving along at high rates of speed shooting randomly at people and trying to run them over. When confronted by police, he exchanges fire with them, crashes his car and then blows his brains out.

The shell casings were still tinkling on the pavement when the Lamestream Media blamed the NRA and called for gun control. Because, after all, it was the NRA who forced this kid to kill people, right? All they can talk about is the guns, ignoring the fact that he stabbed three of his six victims. A full fifty percent of the dead were killed with a knife but no one is calling for knife control or knife-free zones or stricter knife laws or banning knives. He tried to run people over yet no one is calling for bans on cars and background checks to drive. It's all about the guns. It's a convenient event for the anti-gun lobby to capitalize on.

And of course, there's the war on women. Or as the leftists and feminazis will say, War on Womyn.... because of course this was all violence towards the female of the species... except that four of his six victims were men. A full 66% of the victims were men, but it's a war on women. Again, the Left and their Lamestream Media lapdogs latched onto a convenient political tool for their own benefit.

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) immediately called for even more gun control. I guess Blumenthal feels the need to be Joe Anti-Gun because of the Sandy Hook shooting. Perhaps someone should tell the good Senator that the people of Sandy Hook ended up voting to put armed guards in their schools. Perhaps someone should point out to Blumenthal that until he started shooting, Rodger actually complied with all of the gun control laws.

You see, the People's Republic of California has among the most draconian gun control laws in the country. The University of California Santa Barbara is a gun free zone.  None of that stopped a killer. Gun free zones don’t stop criminals. Just ask the people of Sandy Hook who put a guy with a gun in their gun free zones to protect them. Recently,  a Jack in the Box restaurant in Houston posted it was a gun free zone. Within a one month period, the restaurant was robbed at gunpoint three times. This gun free BBQ joint in NC was robbed at gunpoint. I guess the perps couldn't read; I'm sure had they known it was a gun free zone they would have picked another place to rob, right?

Advertising you are gun free or that people with legal valid concealed carry permits are not welcome to bring their weapon with them does two things: it tells criminals they can rob the place at will with no danger of getting ventilated, and it ensures a segment of the buying public gets discriminated against and will no longer patronize your establishment.

Americans are told that gun free zones and magazine round limits and background checks would stop mass murders.

Yet all of those were in place and they did not stop Elliot Rodger. When Elliot Rodger first began his rampage, he used a hammer and a knife to kill three men...his roommates. Then he used three 9mm semi-auto handguns to kill two women and to kill Chris Martinez. All of those guns were legally purchased with a background check. All three guns had ten round magazines. In fact the two killers at Columbine had ten-round magazines for one of their weapons. Thirteen of them in fact. The killer at Virginia tech had 17 magazines for his weapons. Most of them were 10-round magazines, though some were fifteen. Any idea how long it takes to change a magazine? I can do it pretty damned fast. With practice you can drop one and insert another in about 2 and a half seconds.

Keep on calling for background checks as if they don't exist. They do exist. I had one done for every firearm I've owned. Elliot Rodger passed a background check for every weapon he carried. And there's no such thing as a gun-show loophole. That's a complete and utter fabrication by the Left and their anti-gun propagandists.

The smoke had barely cleared when the father of one of the slain men immediately cast blame. Richard Martinez, the father of 20-year-old student Christopher Martinez, told reporters on Saturday, the day after the shooting: “Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA.”

“They talk about gun rights, what about Chris’s right to live? When will this insanity stop?” asked  Martinez, who said that his family was “lost and broken” before he broke down while showing pictures of his son smiling in a baseball outfit as a child.

He said: “When will enough people say, ‘Stop this madness.’ We do not have to live like this. Too many people have died. We should say to ourselves, ‘not one more’.”

I'll cut the guy a modicum of slack because 12 hours previous his son was murdered and his body probably hadn't even be released yet to the mortuary. He was still in a state of shock. However...

The NRA is not to blame. I as a gun owner and shooting enthusiast am not to blame. Elliot Rodger is to blame. A mentally ill, spoiled kid who played violent video games all day. A kid whose dad helped direct a movie based on murderous violence between children as bloodsport. But the Left doesn't believe in personal responsibility, only blameshifting and persecution of those who don't believe the way they do, and so the scumbag liberals at The Daily Beast feed the low-info sheeple crap about how the NRA is an evil entity hell bent on murdering babies. Of course there's no mention about how most of the gun violence that occurs is in gun-controlled liberal zones....

This was a premeditated, long-planned murder spree by a mentally-ill kid. Just like Aurora. Just like Sandy Hook. Just like Virginia Tech. Connect the dots, and you'll see that law-abiding gun owners aren't to blame.

Hat tip and mega kudos to my man Atomik Tiger. I borrowed a bunch of visuals from him for this article. Follow him on Twitter (@atomiktiger) or check out his blog.