Michelle Said to be Considering an Extended Vacation
With scandal swirling about the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama may be considering an extended exit from Washington this summer, fleeing for weeks to the Obamas’ traditional summer haven, Martha’s Vineyard.
According to the Boston Globe, “Michelle Obama and the children may be on the island for an extended period.” But the president would hardly be suffering by comparison. He may come up on weekends and then stay for two weeks at the end of the summer, the Globe reports.
The White House has not commented on the Obamas’ vacation plans.
The Obamas are said to be eying a house in Farm Neck on the Vineyard. If they land there, the president will have easy access to the lovely Farm Neck Golf Club and Cafe. Here’s the view from the tee on the third hole.”
Just yesterday the committee interviewed Holly Paz, the director of exempt organizations, rulings and agreements, division of the IRS,’ Issa said. ‘While a tremendous amount of attention is centered about the Inspector General’s report, or investigation, the committee has learned from Ms. Paz that she in fact participated in an IRS internal investigation that concluded in May of 2012 – May 3 of 2012 – and found essentially the same thing that Mr. George found more than a year later.’
Why, it is almost as if there was something going on between May and November of last year that made them want to keep this under wraps, huh?
The director of the Office of Rulings and Agreements, which oversees the determinatons of tax-exempt organizations, is a donor to Barack Obama. Holly Paz donated $2,000 to Obama’s 2008 campaign, according to Open Secrets, which maintains a database of individual political donations.
I am sure the IRS will become fair and just after they assume control of Obamacare. Nothing to worry about at all…
She is fully institutionalized, smug, self-righteous, entitled…
Yes, she has 5th Amendment rights. She does not, however, have the right to further employment when she refuses to cooperate with her employers. She needs to be fired right now, today, with extreme prejudice.
She would have soft landing, however. You get that when you fall on your sword to protect the Leviathan.
At today’s hearings Rep Elijah Cummings d-Maryland) expressed his displeasure at the IRS thugs who targeted conservative groups who were seeking tax-exempt status. If he is taking this position regarding the IRS will it extend to the Justice Department and others that abused their power?
It’s a shocker that any Democrat is taking this position but especially Cummings. He has been a strident supporter of everything Obama. Is that cracking? We’ll see.
Bob Parks runs the blog Black and Right. As a certified black man he is in a unique position. He can question the motives of other black people and he can criticize black politicians. Today he asks a couple of good questions but his point is that the actions of the black people who are in power now will make others mistrust the motives of black people in the future.
Can anyone tell me why an administration that goes out of their way to hire whitey-payback engineers will not be cited as an example of how blacks cannot be trusted to run the Executive Branch?
Eric Holder, Lisa Jackson, Van Jones, Susan Rice, Ron Kirk, Danielle Gray, Desiree Rogers, and maybe Deval Patrick…. When the next black liberal rises to the presidential primary echelon, the left will call it racism, but why would America want to ever give the reins of power to blacks with questionable motives ever again. I wouldn’t and I would cite the Obama administration as my prime example.”
There you go. Nice exchange. Woman handles it well. So does Blitzer. No big deal, right? Yeah, over at the Daily Kos they are having conniptions.
WTF was he asking that question anyway? Can we please live in a secular nation? So tired of this. Everyone can believe whatever they want and worship or not worship anyway they want, but does religion of any sort have to be brought up every 5 mins?
it was a panderingly rude question he assumed all in Oklahoma were openly religious just because it’s a conservative state.
Well their god “let” her live. Who the fuck are they to question that OR her? That’s my answer to any idiots who think they get an opinion about what her religion, or lack thereof, should be.
She should have answered, “Which Lord? Whose Lord? Anyway, why thank him if he allowed so many, including children, to die?” I mean there might still be children half alive, buried. WTF kind of a Lord would deliberately allow that?
Why would anyone *thank* the lord for a massive, horrifying tornado that kills and injures so many people and animals, destroys a huge swath of homes and businesses, rips life to shreds? It drives me crazy when religious people “thank the lord” for every ray of sunshine, but never once blame him for any of the terrible things that happen or what he fails to prevent or who he refuses to save. It’s ridiculous. Thank him? I don’t think so.
It’s lazy and patronizing. There is absolutely NOTHING courageous about praising the lord. Just more dumbed down media.
You would think that Oklahoma being the Jesus capitol of the US that they wouldn’t keep getting hit with these kinds of tornados. It just goes to show that god is an angry god, or god is just biased in who he wants to save and who he wants to die. The truth is that if there was a god who sends tornados and hurricanes to kill people wouldn’t we be better off without him or her? LOL.
Thanks for the Mass Murder, Lord
Don’t you just wish you could hang out with these people?
This is an attempt at intimidation and nothing else. It’s the same as the New Black Panthers intimidating voters at polling place in Philly … but these were sent by the feds.
Try and digest this. Occupy Wall Street hippies and leftists can riot, break windows, rape and even sometimes kill people. No armed DHS guards were ever sent to their ‘camps’ or protests. Peaceful, but frustrated Americans protest the IRS because of their targeting of conservatives and religious groups. Obama sends in armed guards with the DHS? Does anyone see something wrong here or is it just me?”
A third drunk driving conviction might get you deported… maybe.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Monday to allow illegal immigrants who get legal status to begin collecting tax-welfare payments, as the panel spent a fourth day working through amendments to the massive immigration bill and party-line splits began to emerge.
In one major change, the committee voted 17-1 to make a third drunken-driving conviction a deportable offense for the newly legalized immigrants if at least one of those offenses occurs after they are approved for legal status.
But immigrant-rights groups called that a rollback of due-process rights for the immigrants and said a drunken-driving incident shouldn’t cost someone a chance at citizenship.
Right, nobody should be deported for illegally entering the country, living on welfare and getting convicted for drunk driving three times. What is this, a police state?
That is worthy of the seldom seen Real Revo Flying Pig!
With the decision to label a Fox News television reporter a possible “co-conspirator” in a criminal investigation of a news leak, the Obama administration has moved beyond protecting government secrets to threatening fundamental freedoms of the press to gather news.
Obama administration officials often talk about the balance between protecting secrets and protecting the constitutional rights of a free press. Accusing a reporter of being a “co-conspirator,” on top of other zealous and secretive investigations, shows a heavy tilt toward secrecy and insufficient concern about a free press.
From the outset, Internal Revenue Service lawyers based in Washington, D.C., provided important guidance on the handling of tea-party groups’ applications for tax-exempt status, according to both IRS sources and the inspector general’s report released in mid May.
Officials in the Technical Unit of the IRS’s Rulings and Agreements office played an integral role in determining how the targeted applications were treated, provided general guidelines to Cincinnati case workers, briefed other agency employees on the status of the special cases, and reviewed all those intrusive requests demanding “more information” from tea-party groups. At times, the Technical Unit lawyers seemed to exercise tight control over these applications, creating both a backlog in application processing and frustration among Cincinnati agents waiting for direction.
My general skepticism of conspiracy theories is sure taking a beating. With Obama you can safely assume any conspiracy theory is true.
She doesn’t want to incriminate herself. It is nice to have Constitutional rights when facing government entities, isn’t it?
Lois Lerner, the IRS official who first disclosed the agency’s improper targeting of conservative groups two weeks ago, will invoke her right not to testify Wednesday for fear of self-incrimination, her lawyer has told the House Oversight Committee.
“The committee has been contacted by Ms. Lerner’s lawyer who stated that his client intended to invoke her Fifth Amendment right and refuse to answer questions,” said oversight spokesman Ali Ahmad.
Ahmad said Lerner, the head of the IRS’s tax-exempt organizations division, would still be required to appear before the committee, which means she will have to plead the Fifth in person and on camera.
Next time the IRS is questioning you about your home office expense deduction; just plead the 5th. Evidently that works.
Obama:“These evil Republicans are preventing my next pivot to the economy.”
This is how the left is trying to cover for the Obama administration and how poorly they handled the attack on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya where four Americans were killed. It’s either make fun of those who ask questions about it, say it’s a GOP scam to make the President look bad, or it’s somehow wrong to ask questions about it. Dean chose the first two.
He’s unhinged. And he came pretty close to becoming President.
Given last week’s revelation that the IRS targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, it’s worth recalling President Obama’s Ohio State University commencement address. The president decried “voices” warning “that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner.”
It’s no longer lurking. It’s here.
There is a simple way to restrain the IRS so this type of intrusion doesn’t happen again: get rid of it. That’s what Steve Forbes proposed in his run for president in 1996 and 2000. So did former presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). Forbes proposed a flat tax of 17 percent and a simple tax code. Individuals could file their tax returns on a post card.”
Thomas quotes Steve Forbes and Ron Paul. That’s different.
The notion of doing away with the Internal Revenue Service has always been scoffed at and ridiculed. “It’s just not possible,” they say. Now, though, since the Obama administration has taken it to new depths the subject has come up again.
IRS has been too powerful for decades. Few things frightened the average American more than a letter from them – unless it was an audit. The club they wield is an open invitation to misuse. And it has been misused. This is just the latest, and probably the most egregious instance.
This administration, though, has used more than the IRS. They have used the FBI, OSHA, and BATFE as well.
All politicians are subject to misuse of power. The fact that the United States has bureaus and services that are scaring the populace makes them too tempting to misuse on political enemies.
In 2009, the White House attempted to shut Fox News out of pool reports. Now we know the justice department has been engaged in wide ranging eavesdropping on AP reporters. We know that the IRS has been targeting conservative groups and favoring liberal ones. We know the EPA has hit conservatives with fees that it regularly waived for green activists. We know the Justice Department retaliated against Fast and Furious whistleblowers. We know that the Administration intimidated into silence witnesses to the Benghazi debacle. Now we are learning that James Rosen, a Fox News reporter is considered a “co-conspirator” for doing his job and asking questions.
The Justice Department spied extensively on Fox News reporter James Rosen in 2010, collecting his telephone records, tracking his movements in and out of the State Department and seizing two days of Rosen’s personal emails, the Washington Post reported on Monday.
In a chilling move sure to rile defenders of civil liberties, an FBI agent also accused Rosen of breaking anti-espionage law with behavior that—as described in the agent’s own affidavit—falls well inside the bounds of traditional news reporting.
What did he do? He asked a State Department employee questions. From the affidavit to support the request for a search warrant:
“From the beginning of their relationship, the Reporter asked, solicited and encouraged Mr. Kim to disclose sensitive United States internal documents and intelligence information about the Foreign Country,” the FBI agent wrote. “The Reporter did so by employing flattery and playing to Mr. Kim’s vanity and ego.”
No reporter has ever been charged with a crime in the United States for asking questions. This is a new aspect of the new fascist America.
Expect Obama to comment later today: “I want to be very clear on this point…. At no time was my administration aware of what my administration was doing. I was not informed and learned about this the same time you did. I intend to get to the bottom of what I have been doing and make sure those involved are identified and informed.”