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It’s being reported this morning that President Obama didn’t know the NSA was spying on our allies.

He didn’t know about the Fast & Furious gun-running.

He didn’t know that the IRS was illegally targeting conservatives.

He didn’t know that they needed help in Benghazi.

He didn’t know the NSA was spying on all of us.

He didn’t know that his Obamacare web site wouldn’t work.

He learns of all these things in the paper, just like you and me.

I just want to know who’s in charge.

-Kathy

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There is actually some work getting done in Washington this week.  Yesterday there was more testimony before the House Oversight Committee concerning the IRS scandal.   You’ll recall that the IRS has been accused of singling out conservative groups applying for tax exempt status and targeting them with delays and intimidation.

Remember when Becky Gerritson from the Wetumpka Tea Party got her say?

It was heartbreaking to hear her story and the stories of other Americans who were abused by thugs from our federal government.  But those thugs don’t seem to have learned their lesson.  Yesterday, Sarah Hall Ingram testified before the committee.  Ms. Ingram was one of the big shots in charge when all this was happening.

See the exchange between her and Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA.)

How dare they!  But this is what your government thinks of you.  They abuse you, stomp on your Constitutional rights and when you complain, they laugh at you.  Yuck, yuck.  How dare you question their authority!

What a small, arrogant man is Rep. Connolly.  The good people of Virginia’s 11th district should throw him out of office.  Unless of course they endorse this behavior.

And Ms. Ingram?  She went right along.  She thought Connolly was quite funny.  She ought to be fired, don’t you think?

Sorry to disappoint you, but she’s been promoted.  She’s now the director of the IRS Affordable Care Act office.

She’s now in charge of enforcing Obamacare.

-Kathy

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I really didn’t plan on doing this, but since it looks as though this is going to be a federal case, I guess we have to do the rodeo clown thing.  So here goes.

It’s a rodeo clown.

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R-O-D-E-O C-L-O-W-N.

A rodeo clown!

If you are truly bothered by this incident, you have no life and you have far too much free time.  For your sake and for the sanity of the rest of us, please seek professional help.

-Kathy

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Almost 11 months after the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, we still don’t know what happened there.  After the original cover-up that accused a You Tube video maker (who remains in jail and is the only person who has paid any price) the Obama administration has stonewalled at every turn to prevent the American public from learning the truth.

Some members of Congress continue to try to get at that truth, but it seems that no effort is spared by the administration to stand in their way.  Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has continued to investigate, in spite of all the roadblocks.  He appeared with Greta Van Susteren last night.  This is a portion of what he had to say.

We know that Gowdy and other members of Congress conducting the investigation have been prevented from interviewing the many survivors of the attack that night.  Their names have been withheld by the administration.  We have learned that those survivors have been threatened should they come forward.

Now Gowdy says they are being reassigned all over and their names are being changed.

Think about that.  Our government is going to such a length to prevent us from hearing the truth.  What are they hiding?

And what of our media?  Where are they?  Why are they not screaming from the rooftops for answers?

I guess they believe that all this is phony.

Or maybe they just think “what difference does it make?”

-Kathy

Update:  And a bit of an apology.  CNN has done some good reporting here and it should be recognized.

From Jake Tapper

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This one is really for our beloved Low Information Voters.  As I’ve told you before, I understand your hesitation when it comes to politics.  I hear your sighs at the mention of the word.  I see your eyes roll up into your head.  I get it.

But I still keep reminding you that it is politicians who write the laws, who make the rules that you and I have to live by. What they do has a profound effect on our lives and we can no longer afford to leave them unattended.

Your big complaints are that it’s all too complicated to keep track of and you don’t know who’s lying and who’s telling the truth.  I am happy to tell you that a crash course that will provide your answers is available and is just starting to play out for all to watch.  I promise you that if you’ll pay attention to just one issue over the coming days and weeks, you’ll learn all you need to know.  That issue is the IRS scandal.

As we know, President Obama and his spokesman switched gears last week and are now saying that the scandals plaguing the administration are phonies.  (See Friday’s post if you need to catch up on that.)  Treasury Secretary Jack Lew appeared on TV Sunday to push the notion that there’s nothing to see with regard to what’s going on at the IRS and that the president’s political enemies are just out to get him.  Here’s part of his interview with Chris Wallace.  If all this is really too painful for you, you can skip to just before the 3 minute mark and still get the gist.

So according to Lew, conservative groups were not singled out, everyone guilty of bad behavior has been dealt with, all the appropriate questions have been asked and those looking for any political connections to the Obama administration are simply playing politics.  There’s no there there.

OK.  So now let’s look at the facts that we do know.

There were over a hundred applications for tax exempt status from conservative groups that the IRS pulled out for extra scrutiny and subjected to questions that were outside IRS jurisdiction.  A handful of applications from progressive groups got extra scrutiny.

Who has paid any price at the IRS?  Well, Lois Lerner, who plead the Fifth and refused to answer questions for members of Congress, and Holly Paz were put on paid administrative leave.  They’re on paid vacation.  Joseph Grant has retired.  We assume he’s collecting his full pension and benefits.

As best we can tell, William Wilkins, IRS Chief Council appointed by President Obama, has not been questioned by anyone.

The citizens who appeared before Congress to tell of how they were singled out by the IRS say that no one from the FBI or any other government agency has interviewed them or even contacted them.  I can’t figure out how investigators can investigate without ever speaking to the victims.

And of course, there is what the president promised (before he changed his mind.)

So the sides are drawn up.  On the right, you have people complaining that those conducting the investigation are dragging their feet and refuse to ask the proper questions of the parties involved.  On the left you have people saying that the investigation has revealed nothing but a tiny handful of career employees who behaved badly but have been dealt with, and that anyone suggesting a political angle is just fishing for something that doesn’t exist.

The facts tell us that something very, very wrong happened.  There is simply no question about that.  Private citizens – Americans – were denied their right to participate in the electoral process because of their political views.  The party currently in power, abused that power to stifle the freedom of speech of these Americans.  To suggest that the investigation is pretty much complete when we know so many involved haven’t even been questioned is absurd.  No one has been punished.  No one has taken responsibility.

And over the coming days and weeks, you will be able to watch the dance play out.  You will be able to tell which politicians and which members of the media are lying and which are telling the truth.  If the anchor on your news channel tells you all this is phony and those crazy conservatives are on a witch hunt, you’ll know you’re being lied to.

The same goes for members of Congress.  Listen to what they say.  Are they interested in getting to the truth or do they just want to insult those asking for the truth?  Are they looking out for you or are they more interested in defending their political party?

And as you’re watching and making note of who is lying to you, please remember that we are just months away from the implementation of Obamacare.  The same IRS that has engaged in political targeting is about to be put in charge of enforcing our healthcare system.

If you don’t think that’s a good enough reason to invest a little of your time and figure out the truth, I just don’t know what else I can say to awaken you.  You deserve to live in a country where your rulers decide what scraps they’ll throw you.

It’s too bad you will be taking the rest of us down with you.

-Kathy

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On Tuesday, President Obama’s spokesman, Jay Carney, gave us a peek into what the president would focus on in his current campaign tour.

Phony scandals?  Surely Carney was joking.

But he wasn’t.  Phony is exactly what Obama said the next day in an otherwise snoozer of a speech at Knox College in Illinois.

He took a lot of heat for the line.  But just to be sure that no one got the wrong idea and wouldn’t assume he just chose his words poorly, he doubled down and repeated the charge yesterday while speaking to another handpicked crowd of adoring fans.

Like so many others, I’m still picking my chin up from the floor and wondering which scandals he’s referring to.  Is he talking about Border Agent Brian Terry, who was killed with a Fast and Furious gun?  Or the hundreds of Mexican citizens who were killed with those guns?  Are they phony?

Or could he be talking about the four Americans murdered in Benghazi?  Are they phony?

Maybe he meant the hundreds of conservative groups systematically targeted illegally by the IRS and prevented from participating in our political system for two election cycles.

Or perhaps he meant the reporters whose phone records were “obtained” by the Justice Department.  Maybe he meant James Rosen, the FOX News correspondent who the same Justice Department falsely named as a co-conspirator in an espionage case in order to obtain access to his phone and email accounts.

Perhaps he meant the revelation that the NSA is collecting data on each and every one of us, storing it all away for some yet undisclosed purpose in the future.

Are these all phony?

Who paid any price for the death of Brian Terry?  Who has paid for the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty or Ty Woods?  The only person jailed was the guy who made the video.  Who ordered that video be used as a cover-up?  Talk about phony baloney.

Who’s investigating the IRS?  The American citizens who testified before Congress about how they were targeted and abused say no one from the FBI or anyone else has contacted them.

I’m angry.  Really angry.  All around me, I see the lives of Americans being destroyed.  Good, decent, hard-working people who have played by the rules all their lives are losing their jobs, their businesses, their homes and their life savings.

What’s being done about it?  Arrogant, overpaid bureaucrats hide behind their “rights.”

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Lois Lerner

Except for a tiny handful of decent men and women, members of Congress go along to get along, spending borrowed money we can never repay, and covering up for the most outrageous and criminal behavior of those in positions of power.  Their number one concern is getting re-elected and staying on the gravy train of taxpayer dollars.  Meanwhile, they preach to the rest of us, call us cowardly racists and just too simple-minded to understand their grand plan.

Our president sneers at our complaints, and with his signature smirk he labels them phony.  He dismisses us and swats us away as one would a gnat on a hot summer day.

It’s spiraling out of control now folks.  Nothing is being done about any of this.  They’re simply waiting us out.  They’re waiting until we get tired of asking for answers and action.  Obamacare will soon hit us and that will do the job.  As we all watch our healthcare system implode and find ourselves with little access to medical care we’ll realize that they even have the power to take away our health.

What’s happening is all very real.  And a real price will be paid by real Americans.

They only things that are phony are the hollow words coming from our leaders.

-Kathy

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Way back in 2010, Christine O’Donnell ran for the United States Senate for the State of Delaware.  O’Donnell was a tea party favorite and became the target ChristineODonnellof some fantastic stories at the hand of her opponents.

One of those stories was about a tax lien on her home.  It was alleged that she wasn’t all that bright and couldn’t manage her own finances.  And to top it off she hadn’t paid her taxes.  Why should such a person hold a position of authority?  It didn’t matter that the lien was not real.  She lost the race.

More information about that lien is trickling out now.  O’Donnell recently got a call from an investigator at the Treasury Department to tell her that some official from the State of Delaware had accessed her tax records improperly.  The date of that access was March 9, 2010.

Coincidentally, that was the same date that O’Donnell announced she was running for the Senate.  Wow, small world, huh?  But if that’s not enough for you, March 9, 2010 was also the date that the IRS placed the tax lien (for the home she no longer owned and didn’t owe any taxes on) into Ms. O’Donnell’s records.

What are the odds?

A Delaware official says the investigation into O’Donnell’s tax records was done properly, and says it was done on March 20, not March 9.  But he can’t provide any evidence or additional information as all their records of the event have already been destroyed.

I’ll give you a minute for that one.

We’ve learned in recent months that the IRS has engaged in a systematic effort to use its power to undermine the most basic rights of conservative Americans by way of denying and delaying tax exempt status for any groups associated with conservative values.  Now it appears the abuse runs deeper than we imagined.

Let’s engage in our own fantastic story for a moment.  Fast forward a bit to the presidential race in 2016. Obamacare is in full swing and, as planned, the IRS has access to all our medical records.  Their abuse of power continues unchecked.

The Republican Party has chosen Margaret O’Malley as their candidate.  She’s a rock-solid conservative and the first female ever in such a position.  With just weeks to go until Election Day, O’Malley is leading and looks headed to be the next President of The United States.

On an otherwise average Monday morning, the headline of the New York Times screams that O’Malley is mentally unstable.  The story reveals that The Times has obtained a copy of her medical records showing her history of being institutionalized for depression and drug abuse.  The associated criminal offenses are hinted at.  There are also records of treatment for a variety of STDs and a listing of multiple abortions – from the pro-life candidate.

O’Malley steps to the microphones and claims innocence of each and every charge, but she is unable to overcome the media frenzy.  She drops in the polls like a brick and is beaten by the Democrat Party candidate in a landslide.  Her reputation is left in ruins.

A couple of months later, as the new president is about to be inaugurated, The Times prints a retraction in two tiny paragraphs on page 32, below the fold.  They reveal that the IRS accidentally attached the medical records of another person to those of Ms. O’Malley.  Oops.  They still refuse to reveal the identity of the person who leaked O’Malley’s records to them.  The Justice Department quietly drops the investigation.

Do you think that story is too fantastic?  I don’t.  I think it’s right where we are headed.  Our government has been ruling against the wishes of the people for quite a long time already.  And now they are shutting the door behind them.  They are guaranteeing their power never be challenged by letting in only those who they trust.

Question them, challenge them or expose them and you’ll find the power they have claimed for themselves come down on you in a way you simply cannot defend.  If they can’t find anything “usefull” to discredit an opponent, they will simply make it up.  They’ve been doing it for years by way of innuendo.  Now they simply have to turn to their pals, conveniently positioned in the maze of bureaucracy they have created, to obtain “real” evidence for whatever fantasy they require.

-Kathy

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