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More Than a Smidgen
Weekly Standard, by Stephen F. Hayes

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/11/2014 5:02:51 AM

The facts are simple. The IRS systematically targeted conservative and Tea Party groups after their activism proved decisive in the 2010 midterm elections—Obama’s famous “shellacking.” The effects of this targeting were widespread. Some Tea Party groups were neutered in the months before the 2012 presidential election. Few of the explanations or justifications of this targeting provided by IRS leaders and Obama administration officials have held up. IRS officials at first denied that any targeting had taken place. That was false. They later claimed that the targeting had involved only low-level employees in the Cincinnati office. That was false. They argued

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 7/11/2014 7:20:20 AM     (No. 9919435)

I dream of a media comprised of Stephen Hayeses that compile unassailable heaps of confirmed facts.

What we have now - including ´conservative´ outlets - is a load of political-expediency shouters telling us what to think.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 7/11/2014 7:26:55 AM     (No. 9919440)

We the people must keep ourselves...abreast of the actions of our government..., speak out , and vote accordingly -- lest our government lead us somewhere we have no desire to go. --Thomas Jefferson

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Really?, 7/11/2014 7:56:31 AM     (No. 9919480)

Quite a concise article.......I wish we could simply say "respond to that please, in a likewise concise manner".

Oh if it could be that simple we might get somewhere.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MattMusson, 7/11/2014 7:58:43 AM     (No. 9919485)

There was a time when Americans of either party would have been outraged and even shocked at this type of government abuse. They would have risen up together, along with the Press, to stand against this injustice.

Today, half of America accepts tyranny, feigning ignorance, because they believe it further´s their ideas of a better society.

Welcome to Germany, 1935.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rinktum, 7/11/2014 7:59:39 AM     (No. 9919486)

Lois Lerner is not an anomaly. There are thousands just like her with the same mindset who are working feverishly in our government. Bureaucrats in this country everyday are directly through their actions and passively through their non-action are doing their best to push their progressive agenda forward. Lerner deserves jail time as does every other partisan hack employed by the government who believes they have the right to interfere in a citizen´s right to free speech. Lerner is guilty as sin.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Cherrybark, 7/11/2014 8:09:29 AM     (No. 9919495)

A Fair Tax system offers many advantages over the current income tax with it´s mountains of overlapping rules overseen by a clearly corruptible bureaucracy. The problem is these advantages, such as a simpler method of collection (sales tax), requiring contributions from almost all citizens, elimination of loopholes, are all in the favor of the citizen not the politician.

I believe a clearly articulated party platform based eliminating the IRS, reining in or dissolving many other invasive bureaucracies, protecting our borders with physical fences and drastically rolling back the Federal government´s overreach would be a winner in the coming elections.

But what do I know? According to the RNC, as a small government conservative, I´m a racist that wants to return the US to the Jim Crow era and have my "whites only" drinking fountain restored in public buildings.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: congar, 7/11/2014 8:23:57 AM     (No. 9919517)

As it stands today the IRS is simply a political weapon in the hands of the Democrat Party. Disband the IRS. Go to a flat tax. End of problem. Oh, and hunt the perpetrators of this crime down until they are all jailed without their lush pensions.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Axeman, 7/11/2014 8:37:11 AM     (No. 9919535)

The smidgen s!!t piles neck deep in drifts everywhere the Zip Regime extends. To some it is fertilizer. To others it is a big stinkin´ mess. We need to pull some weeds and get rid of the smidgens.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: M2, 7/11/2014 8:39:42 AM     (No. 9919538)

If the rest of the media want to see how it´s done, watch and read Steve Hayes´ work. He is part of a dying breed of real reporters -- people who actually work to find information. Hayes doesn´t rely on what he is told by tweets and websites and the White House press reports. He has no talking points.

He goes out there and does honest research. What liberals do in comparison to Hayes´ work is like comparing haute cuisine to low-fat Spam.

As for the article itself...

Congressional Democrats have repeatedly called for an end to the investigations on Capitol Hill. The Justice Department investigation—using that word loosely—is being run by an Obama contributor. And Barack Obama, who once worried that such targeting was a subversion of our democracy, has since pronounced, in the face of a steady accumulation of evidence to the contrary, that there is not a “smidgen of corruption” to the IRS targeting. That, too, is false.

Yes, our democracy has indeed been subverted. Lerner, Holder, Obama, Koskinen, Sebelius (mercifully absent now) and the rest of the heads of Obama´s Agencies have proved that they believe the truth is to be subverted to the agenda. Liberalism first; everything else takes second place, and truth is nowhere to be found.

But I sense fresh air and shark-jumping with this latest immigration flood. I pray every day that even God will have had enough of this monster.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: chicodon, 7/11/2014 8:49:10 AM     (No. 9919552)

We´ve been making this point here for months. In a nutshell, the purpose was to throw the 2012 and 2014 elections. Start there and work backwards.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: rmagnus, 7/11/2014 8:57:52 AM     (No. 9919563)

The table is set for a conservative to step up with a simple agenda to return us to the White House:

1. Refine baby refine. This country is flooded with oil so we need to increase refining capacity dramatically and drive the price of gas down so the economy can explode.
2. Build a fence around the border. Krauthammer said it best - if fences don´t work why is there one around the White House.
3. Eliminate the tax code and go to a national sales tax or flat tax. Eliminate the IRS. One reason why people are so scared of the IRS is because there are a lot of tax cheats out there. If the cheats paid what they are supposed to it would eliminate the deficit. Harder to cheat on a national sales tax or flat tax.
4. Repeal Obamacare and allow health insurance companies to sell across state lines.
5. Invest in smart science that will solve real problems such as desalination technology to help solve our drought issues in CA and elsewhere instead of BS projects such as the mating tendencies of the Blue Billed Hummingbird. We have drought stricken areas bordered by oceans of water - surely we can figure out how to efficiently make ocean water usable - especially with all the new sources of cheap natural gas and oil.
6. Return our military to the feared fighting force it once was rather than the social experiment it has become and quit pandering to the LGBT crowd.

I do share something in common with Michelle Obama though. Obama´s election has made me feel about my country like I never have before too - hers was pride - mine is embarrassment.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: steveW, 7/11/2014 9:02:22 AM     (No. 9919568)

Had even a smidgeon of this gone on in a Republican administration, with the IRS targeting left-wingers instead of Tea Partiers, the Democrats/MSM would have had the president impeached and behind bars within weeks of the first evidence shredding. And the scandal would still be blaring on the front page. Just like they did with Watergate. But no, we cannot accuse, indict, or prosecute our beloved symbols of Hope and Change, simply because they "care" about "helping people" and it´s too mean to question their vaunted "good intentions". The future of the Republic will be ill-served indeed by the GOP permitting criminality to fester with impunity in the Oval Office.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: fed-up, 7/11/2014 9:21:26 AM     (No. 9919596)

Love Stephen Hayes.. and hes no nonsense way he boils it down in terms the MSM might understand if they really wanted to.

Only concern is request for Special Prosecutor. I heard one response last night that it might not be a good idea as that would freeze all info from coming to the committees and to the GOP for maybe years.. which is what the administration would love right now.. to run out the clock. None of this would hurt the next Dim.. Lois Lerner will be distant memory. And the way things are going, we will probably have much bigger scandals to worry about.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 7/11/2014 9:45:13 AM     (No. 9919629)

I disagree with #1 and #13 about the value of Mr. Hayes.

Pundits like Steve have been living in a fantasy world - - spending six years giving Stinky the "benefit of the doubt" - - and even today they are unable to see - - or at least unwilling to acknowledge - - that Stinky hates this country and is doing everything he can to destroy it.

Steve is a beltway insider - - just as clueless in many ways as the rest of them. The best I can say for him - - is that he isn´t an America-hating traitor like most of the rest of the media pundits.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: paperpuncher, 7/11/2014 11:10:04 AM     (No. 9919755)

#14 disagree with you about Steve Hayes. He is one of the lone voices in the dark that tells us how it is.

#13 We will never have a special prosecutor as long as Holder is AG and I am afraid if we impeach him the replacement will be just as bad.

Can we lift the statute of limitations on these crimes so we can go after the criminals in 2017??

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Reply 16 - Posted by: oh-heck, 7/11/2014 11:47:21 AM     (No. 9919815)

Seems to me that "More Than a Smidgen" would make a good song title. Music could be from "More Than a Feeling". Poop of a pigeon could be part of the lyrics.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/11/2014 11:48:29 AM     (No. 9919818)

#14, is it possible you have Steve Hayes confused with someone else? I´m a huge fan of Steve Hayes. He´s always completely informed and invariably tough on Obama and the administration. Where have you ever heard him giving Obama "the benefit of the doubt" ? Ever??

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Reply 18 - Posted by: danvillebill, 7/11/2014 12:36:04 PM     (No. 9919888)

I´ll bet #14 is a big fan of Michael Savage.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/11/2014 3:16:14 PM     (No. 9920118)

Steve has been found to be a great asset to the Conservative cause. He stays on top of the rapid and ever changing paths this administration walks. Michael Savage,he is also an asset, though of a different nature. Listen to both and make your judgement The two have very valid points to make and realize you are free to disagree with them.


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Reply 20 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 7/11/2014 4:23:35 PM     (No. 9920224)

I repeat - -

- - Steve Hayes is a wishy-washy, inside-the-beltway pundit. He has always - - in his own words - - given Stinky the "benefit-of-the-doubt."

He has never referred to Stinky as a liar - - never questioned Stinky´s motivation - - never sounded an alarm about the peril that this country faces.

If we were to rely on Steve Hayes to arouse the public and lead a political revolution - - we´d all be long dead and buried.

And by the way - - I don´t know who Michael Savage is. I´ve read the name - - but I don´t know who he is or what he does. It´s an insult to think that I would allow anyone else to influence my long-held political opinions.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Tianne, 7/12/2014 12:12:14 AM     (No. 9920687)

Echo #17.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: chiller, 7/12/2014 12:39:40 AM     (No. 9920715)

Of all of Obie´s controversies, the IRS is the most insidious. It calls for a complete disbandment of the service, replaced quite easily with temporary flat or fair taxes-- administered by the states where taxes are collected-- until we decide which is best.

No debate, no quibbling. Fire and jail some of these IRSers.


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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Laura Barron-Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/21/2014 11:20:33 AM     Post Reply
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is narrating a new series about climate change that is being released ahead of a United Nations climate summit next month. DiCaprio, a staunch environmentalist, and Tree Media launched the Green World Rising series of short films, all centering around certain aspects of climate change. The first film in the series, titled "Carbon," calls for more federal action to control carbon dioxide pollution. “We cannot sit idly by and watch the fossil fuel industry make billions at our collective expense. We must put a price on carbon — now,” DiCaprio said in a statement. The eight-minute long

Bill Clinton Now Enjoys $1,000 Cigars
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Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 8/21/2014 9:04:28 AM     Post Reply
Bill Clinton enjoys a Gurkha cigar, "the Rolls Royce of the cigar industry." He "loves the Gurkhas," Gurkha chief executive officer Kaizad Hansotia, maker of the HMR cigar, which stands for His Majesty´s Reserve. It is, according to Hansotia, "the world´s most expensive cigar." One box is $25,000 -- and the price will rise next year to $30,000. "The cigars are close to $1,000 each," says the cigar boss to Bloomberg. "People try to copy us a lot, but we have no competition," says Hansotia. "We tell everybody, please smoke a Cuban cigar. And then smoke our cigars. And once

   

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