July 17, 2013

“I was essentially a front person …” [Darleen Click]

The circle tightens around the White House

Top IRS officials in Washington, D.C. planned and oversaw the agency’s improper targeting of conservative groups, according to the 72-year old retiring IRS lawyer who will testify Thursday before the House Oversight Committee.

Retiring IRS lawyer Carter C. Hull implicated the IRS Chief Counsel’s office, headed by Obama appointee William J. Wilkins, and Lois Lerner, the embattled head of the IRS’ exempt organizations office, in the IRS targeting scandal and made clear that the targeting started in Washington, according to leaked interviews that Hull granted to the Oversight Committee in advance of Thursday’s hearing. […]

Hull is naming names.

“In April 2010, Mr. Hull was instructed to scrutinize certain Tea Party applications by one of his superiors in Washington. According to Mr. Hull, these applications were used as ‘test’ cases and assigned to him because of his expertise and because IRS leadership in Washington was ‘trying to find out how [the IRS] should approach these organizations, and how [the IRS] should handle them,’” according to Oversight Committee documents.

Tomorrow’s testimony should be interesting.

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  1. Tumbrels….
    Guillotines….
    Mobs of angry, offal-throwing peasants….
    ( That is taxpayers- as opposed to parasites )

    Heads. On pikes. At the foot of the Causeway.

    Some ass’y required….

  2. Only courage can break the spell that hangs over Washington. As long as people act like the Chicago bullshit is real law then it will continue to poison the atmosphere and incentivize the further subversion of the republic into something crueler and more criminal.

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  4. But, but, but… TRAYVON!!!

    My loathing for this administration is almost, but not quite, exceeded by my loathing for the pack of spittle-lickers who call themselves “journalists.”

  5. I can’t wait until ‘bama comes out to tell us how great the Affordable Care act is later today.

    Apparently he’ll be surrounded by people who have benefited from it.

    Here’s an idea. How about the journalist actually do their job and not take that assertion at face value? Are we allowed to question/interview the human props?

  6. Here’s an idea. How about the journalist actually do their job

    A Daily Caller intern tried that and the WH press corps wants to turn him into an internet verb.

  7. In his best Bernie de la Rionda imitation, Ranking member Elijah Cummings insists that the manifestly distinctive targeting for partisan political harrassment and torment of Tea Party filers by the IRS is nothing but an illusion (it could be similar to the illusion that George Zimmerman is not a racist, for instance), for how could an a priori pure organization like the IRS do what it must not do?

    Don’t rub your eyes when all that sand is under your eyelids, you’ll just make it worse. Get to a sink and wash them out.

  8. Ask James Rosen just how much the media cares about abuses of power and how easily they are distracted by a squirrel. We all saw what happened when an innocent dared to question proefssional liar Jay Carney yesterday.

  9. The new Democrat defensive narrative has now emerged as an attack on Darryl Issa. Nothing any witness has to say is of any interest to the Democrat Representatives thus far, save to the extent they can portray the witness testimony as meaningless. But any of Issa’s independent public observations on the IRS attacks on Tea Party groups will be their focus. In the meantime, the Democrats additionally seek to insert into the proceedings allegations that the IRS behaved toward Progressive groups applying for 501c4 status just as the IRS dealt with Tea Party groups, though no actual evidence has been forthcoming to that effect.

  10. My loathing for this administration is almost, but not quite, exceeded by my loathing for the pack of spittle-lickers who call themselves “journalists.”

    I believe it was Instapundit who famously referred to “journalists” as “Democratic Party operatives with bylines.”

  11. It is really annoying when someone says something like “you don’t like it when reporters ask (conservative politician) tough questions”. No, I don’t care, I just want them to do the same to politicians with “D” next to their name. Anyone/everyone seeking power deserves strict scrutiny.

  12. I mean, really. Did ANYONE believe that some low-level flunkies in Cincinnati came up with this shit on their own? And nobody stomped on them?

    Wanna buy a bridge?

  13. Did ANYONE believe that some low-level flunkies in Cincinnati came up with this shit on their own?

    Especially when there are tons of controls in place to stop this from happening unsupervised. But if they’re told to do it….

  14. And yet…

    President Joe Biden

    Don’t think that wasn’t an insurance policy.

  15. Especially when there are tons of controls in place to stop this from happening unsupervised.

    Beginning with the fact that nobody wants to make extra work for themselves.

  16. Via HotAir:

    *** Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) accused the State and Defense Departments of forcing survivors of the Benghazi attack to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to keep their stories under wraps. The effort to impose silence on the survivors continued until very recently, Wolf alleges, which he says “raises serious concerns” about the Obama administration’s priorities in investigating and resolving the failures that took place before and during the terrorist attack that sacked the diplomatic outpost and killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. ***

    Nothing smells quite so ripe as a cover-up in the mourning.

  17. - The Bumblefuck great technicolor coat of invisibility is getting freyed at the edges.

    – I’d even pay good money to see some honest media intern call Carney a fucking liar to his face.

  18. It is really annoying when someone says something like “you don’t like it when reporters ask (conservative politician) tough questions”

    I can honestly say no one has ever said that to me. By the time such an accusation would occur to someone who would be in danger of voicing it, they’ve already had experience with weapons-grade derision and decided not to draw fire again if they can help it.

  19. Related:

    The mockers, the reason for the mocking. Fear is a powerful thing.

  20. It is really annoying when someone says something like “you don’t like it when reporters ask (conservative politician) tough questions”

    Much like McGehee, I would be happy to visit nuclear levels of derision on anyone who uttered such a thing in my presence. For one thing, what your average lefty considers a “tough question” for a conservative is usually something like, “For how long have you hated brown people, and what caused you to hold such horrible views in the first place?”

    That’s not a tough question; it’s begging the question, and it’s usually a non-sequitur in the first place. Compare that with somebody asking the Chicago Mob a question like, “Why did you blame the Benghazi attack on a YouTube video nobody ever watched, and then lock up the guy who made the unknown video?”

    Of course, to get your average lefty to see the difference, you’d need to make them grasp concepts like “projection” and “evidence” and “non-sequitur,” so there’s not really a lot of hope. Not from the reality-based nuance crowd.

  21. I hope Mr. Hull has some awesome contacts in his labor union, because I foresee all sorts of “innocent screwups” happening to his pension…

  22. “It is really annoying when someone says something like “you don’t like it when reporters ask (conservative politician) tough questions”

    It’s called projection. It is just assumed that everyone else acts like they do. That makes the constant questioning of motives, accusations of racism/sexism/homophobia/occidentalism/etc., impugning of intentions, and general ill-will so much easier to understand.

  23. As a front person then his head should rightfully be on the front pike, don’t you think? So the crows pecking out his eyeballs can move onto Lois Lerner’s eyeballs, her pike one row behind. But that’s only two.

  24. I am a patient bear and often suffer too many fools.

  25. “I can’t wait until ‘bama comes out to tell us how great the Affordable Care act is later today”

    What no one will ask: “If it’s so great, how come you kicked it down the road another year, conveniently past the next electoral cycle?”

    OT: Waxy is at it again, wants to ban 80% lowers now. http://www.examiner.com/article/rep-waxman-hopes-to-ban-80-complete-rerceivers-what-about-79-complete

  26. I laughed out loud when Obama talked about the budget in his speech today. What budget, Barry? We haven’t had a budget since Dubya was president.

  27. OT: Detroit files for chapter 9 bankruptcy.

    Next up the fight between the bond holders and the unions over the scraps.

  28. I am a patient bear and often suffer too many fools.

    You don’t like how they taste?

  29. - So then, watching the Issa hearings, apparently the Dems started out whining about scrutiny. The IG did the scrutiny, and now they’re whining that the scrutiny wasn’t broad enough. I see a parralel here.

    – The IG was asked to “audit” for Tparty and other Conservative terms because of complaints from those orgs, so they did. The Dems are mad because the IG actually looked for evidence of wrong doing based on evidence of wrong doing. Sort of like the way the Left refuses to “profile” ME young men, and wants to body search 6 year olds, and old ladies in wheel chairs instead.

    – The Left is so brain fucked.

  30. - After another round of scrutiny the Dems will bitch they didn’t investigate foriegn orgs.

  31. - The Bendhazi bullshit express rolls on.

  32. - Benghazi also.

  33. OT: Detroit files for chapter 9 bankruptcy.

    A better precedent would have been for Detroit to dis-incorporate, declare Chapter 7 and begin liquidation proceedings.

  34. declare Chapter 7 and begin liquidation proceedings.

    Who would buy? The Chinese? The Saudis?

  35. In other news, illegals can forge two passports without running afoul of the law.

    Three forged passports, however, is beyond the pale.

  36. “Who would buy? The Chinese? The Saudis?”

    maybe

    Michigan Has Large Shale Gas Reserves, In The Great Lakes Watershed

  37. Those deposits are not Detroit’s to sell but this might be.

  38. “Those deposits are not Detroit’s to sell”

    i disagree some of detroit is public owned land and some/alot of the land is abandoned and could be seized for back taxes. they might be sitting on money and don’t realize it. ps there are 2 shale plays in mi.

    link

  39. It depends on whether the city of Detroit owns its mineral, air and other rights.

    GM owns a boatload of real estate in Detroit that they aren’t using and could liquidate easily.

  40. “It depends on whether the city of Detroit owns its mineral, air and other rights.”

    i’m talking theoretically. the legal issues are what they. here’s what happened locally:

    Cheaper Flights? Consol Energy Deal Lowers Airline Fees at Pittsburgh International

  41. That map shows Detroit in what they describe as the “deepest and oldest” part. Also Detroit sits (IIRC) atop a huge salt dome formation which is mined by a company so the mineral rights might be theirs.

  42. well who ever owns the mineral rights under detroit is sitting pretty good. i don’t think depth is much of a problem. it is the directional drilling that is the key.

  43. That’s pretty cool, nr. I’m not quite sure how they accomplished that, though since the airport is way the hell out in the county. Is the deal with Allegheny county and not the city of Pittsburgh?

  44. bankruptcy filing detroit see exhibit “c” page 5 for re holdings

    link

  45. ” Is the deal with Allegheny county and not the city of Pittsburgh?”

    yes county or the airport authority. i think they have sumthing like 5000 – 10,000 acres for the airport. could be wrong on the land number. it is a big parcel

  46. Yeah, I scanned through the article and it looks like about 6000 acres controlled by the airport authority. It sounds like a good deal for everyone and I hope the airport doesn’t get burned on the lease if something bobbles the oil markets. Oil closed over $105 a barrel today.

  47. ” It sounds like a good deal for everyone and I hope the airport doesn’t get burned on the lease if something bobbles the oil markets.”

    this is/maybe “wetgas” but not petroleum. the utica in oh has the oil.

  48. Ah ha. Thanks for the correction.

  49. A Daily Caller intern tried that and the WH press corps wants to turn him into an internet verb.

    Gabe Finger? He’s already a verb. Good luck repurposing that one.

  50. “Ah ha. Thanks for the correction.”

    the big thing around here is rj3.0! cracker plants

  51. We all know professional football players are the final word on SCIENCE!!

  52. no the the racial/rachel i got a 3.O!

  53. Never mind. /Emily Lietella

  54. So newrouter, how many oil refineries are already nearby, and besides the Shell proposal (have they broken ground?), are there others in the works?

  55. [T]he incident has shined a spotlight on the access non-IRS employees have to Americans’ personal tax records.

    Ms. O’Donnell and congressional aides have been told that criminal investigators in states have the ability to dial into the IRS database.

    There is little public knowledge of such inquiries, and whether they are legally justified or if they’re being abused by those with political axes to grind.

    In April, Ms. O’Donnell was told the investigation into her case was closed, though she was given few details about the findings.

    During a one-hour interview with Mr. Martel this year, she was given the name of the man believed to have accessed her records and shown his photo. The man had also friended her on her personal Facebook page, she said.

    Beyond that, all Mr. Martel told Ms. O’Donnell was that the man had no legitimate reason to access her records and that investigators had seen other instances like hers in which tax privacy had been breached.

    Even before she got the message, the IRS was a sore subject for Ms. O’Donnell and her family.

    She fought through a three-year audit into her personal finances that ended with her repaying $1,100 to the federal government. Family and friends also were subjected to audits, though they were cleared, she said.

    She had been warned that such events were possible.

    As she was considering a Senate run, Ms. O’Donnell said she was told by a prominent political figure in Delaware that if she challenged Mr. Castle, the IRS and others would “F with her head.”

    Ms. O’Donnell said she has reason to believe her political opponents were behind the scheme.

    “An official with this investigation told me that there was evidence linking this inappropriate use of my tax records with the Delaware political leadership, Delaware political leaders on both sides of the aisle,” she said, though she declined to identify the official with whom she spoke.

    With the NSA thing now out there I wonder just how many supposedly secure databases are various investigators able to “dial” into with no subpoena or warrant required.

    “Dialing for Dirt”, the new pastime of the elite’s little minions.

  56. “Dialing for Dirt”, the new pastime of the elite’s little minions.

    Whaddya mean “new”?

    Sincerely,

    Joe the Plumber

  57. “So newrouter, how many oil refineries are already nearby, and besides the Shell proposal (have they broken ground?), are there others in the works? ”

    -Natural gas is natural gas, right?

    Not quite. There are two types of gas locked inside Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale: “wet gas” and “dry gas.” Here’s the difference, and why it matters:

    “Dry gas” is essentially….gas. There’s methane in it, but not much else. The bulk of the natural gas produced in north central and northeast Pennsylvania is dry.

    Gas extracted from Marcellus Shale in southwestern Pennsylvania, on the other hand, is considered “wet.” That means in addition to methane, the gas contains compounds like ethane and butane. These “liquid natural gasses” – LNGs for short – can be separated and sold on their own. (The market for ethane has gotten a lot of attention in Pennsylvania this year, as Shell weighs building a petrochemical plant in Beaver County that would convert – “crack” – ethane into ethylene, which is used to make plastics.)-

    link

  58. ” how many oil refineries are already nearby,”

    do know the particulars. it be useful. hi bird!

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