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Dear Lois

Sounds like the collected correspondence of Lois Lerner could fill a library:

According to new IRS emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice in May 2013 about whether tax exempt groups could be criminally prosecuted for “lying” about political activity.

“I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ … He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who “lied” on their 1024s –saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures.

“I think we should do it – also need to include CI [Criminal Investigation Division], which we can help coordinate. Also, we need to reach out to FEC….”

Not content to grill conservative groups for membership lists and “the content of their members’ prayers”, she wanted to throw the full weight of the federal government’s criminal shock troops at them too. And for what? 501(c)(4)s may:

…inform the public on controversial subjects and attempt to influence legislation relevant to its program and, unlike 501(c)(3) organizations, they may also participate in political campaigns and elections, as long as their primary activity is the promotion of social welfare.

A 501(c)(4) organization may directly or indirectly support or oppose a candidate for public office as long as such activities are not a substantial amount of its activities.

Remember, the worst thing the IRS did was to play keep-away with conservative organizations throughout the 2012 election cycle. Neither approving nor declining their tax statuses, the IRS kept the Tea Party and conservative Americans from organizing, denying them a fundamental freedom of assembly so enjoyed by the Obama camp. Nixon didn’t have the gonads Lois Lerner has.

Who else was writing to Lois?

Newly delivered internal IRS e-mails sent and received by former IRS Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner and other IRS employees show that House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Minority staff, working for Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, began contacting the IRS in August 2012 about targeted non-profit applicant True the Vote. The IRS produced this e-mail on April 2, 2014 – only days after Oversight Committee Members had taken new IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to task for withholding relevant e-mails. The Chairman and five Subcommittee Chairmen on the Oversight Committee today sent a letter to Ranking Member Cummings demanding an explanation for his staff’s queries, why the Minority hid these efforts from the Majority, and why the Ranking Member denied such actions by his staff at a February Subcommittee hearing.

This whole thing stinks to high heaven: Democrat rank members (pun very much intended) conspiring with federal agencies, which were conspiring with other federal agencies, to nail to the wall anyone out of compliance with the directives of King Barack. I just spelled it out, but I can barely believe it. Prime Ministers, Presidents, and Kings have resigned, been impeached and deposed, even assassinated over lesser offenses.

PS: Lois ultimately decided against prosecutions, and we condemn and abhor even talk of assassination. Just so that’s clear.

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Brussels on $3 Million a Day

But if you’re willing to rough it, you can get by on $2.9 million:

Mouths on Capitol Hill were agape Friday as MailOnline told congressional staffers that President Barack Obama’s recent one-night stay in Brussels cost taxpayers more than $2.9 million – and that’s just for hotel space and rental vehicles.

The amount covered Obama’s March 25-26 stay in Belgium’s capital, plus two weeks of work by his advance team before the president participated in a NATO and EU summit and a tour of the Flanders Field Cemetery.

The Weekly Standard first reported on a single requisition for lodging in Brussels at a hotel called ‘The Hotel,’ costing an estimated $1.52 million.

MailOnline has found two additional requisitions, covering more than $396,000 at a Crowne Plaza hotel and $1.05 million in expenses for ‘vehicle rentals.’

Relax, America. You got off cheap:

The Guardian reported that Belgium’s cost for providing security and planning surrounding the president’s 24 hours stay was at least $10.4 million.

Please, just go to Hawaii next time. Like last time. And the time before that. And the time before that.

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Selfie-Gate

On behalf of the entirety of Red Sox Nation, I apologize for this shameless publicity stunt that demeaned the integrity of the office of the President of the United States:

The selfie was taken during a visit to the White House this week by the 2013 World Series winners. Ortiz, who has an endorsement deal with Samsung, put the photo on Twitter, and the electronics company re-tweeted the post to its 5.2 million followers.

“I can say that as a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday. “And we certainly object in this case.”

Understandable. The president’s likeness should never be exploited.

Ever.

Imagine using his likeness so crassly:

It’s unbecoming:

Besides, that’s their job:

Fortunately:

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Top Secret Video

I can show this to you, but then I’ll have to kill you, You won’t see it on the news that’s for sure. [Hat tip: reader Yerushalimey]

Not only was there one single golf-clap (which is infinitely worse than silence), but one YouTube commenter noted that at the 0:55 mark, two members of the audience “heiled” him as he passed.

Oh wait:

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Here’s a Line President Obama Never Hears:

“Chicken or pasta?”

Or: “Can I ask you to put up your tray table?”

The Obama family managed to rack up nearly $16 million in flight expenses for two trips last year.

According to Air Force documents obtained by the government accountability group Judicial Watch via a Freedom of Information Act request, the Obama family vacations to Africa in June and July, and the family’s Christmas vacation to Honolulu, cost taxpayers big bucks.

The Obama’s Africa trip cost $8,104,224 to fly for a total of 35.5 hours to, from, and around Africa at a rate of $228,288 an hour. The family’s Christmas Honolulu trip flights were slightly less expensive costing about $7,781,361 — flying for 36.9 hours at a cost of $210,877 an hour.

The conservative watchdog notes that the Obama’s 2013-2014 vacation to was more than $3 million greater than their Honolulu vacation the year prior.

“The costs to taxpayers of President Obama’s travel, especially his luxury vacation travel, are beyond the pale,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “And the secrecy surrounding these costs shows that Obama’s vows of transparency are rubbish.”

No way!

Of course, travel costs do add up when you take separate planes (Boeing 747s) back from Hawaii. A few extra days in Hawaii and a dedicated plane were our gift—sorry, Obama’s gift—to Michelle for her birthday. (If you believe the story, which the National Enquirer doesn’t.)

Do they tell Obama to turn off any electronic devices? Does he have to check his luggage? Do they lose his luggage? Do they tell him to stick the nuclear football under the seat in front of him or in an overhead bin? Do they shut him off from the drink cart? Does he stare at the flight attendant’s behind? Does he wipe down the lavatory for the next user? (I do, unless previous pigs have left it beyond my help.)

If we’re going to use FOIA, let’s find this stuff out!

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Are You Sitting Down?

You’ll never guess what Obama went and did. Never, ever, ever.

Go on, try.

How’d you guess?

The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline.

Federal officials confirmed Tuesday evening that all consumers who have begun to apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, but who do not finish by Monday, will have until about mid-April to ask for an extension.

Under the new rules, people will be able to qualify for an extension by checking a blue box on HealthCare.gov to indicate that they tried to enroll before the deadline. This method will rely on an honor system; the government will not try to determine whether the person is telling the truth.

The rules, which will apply to the federal exchanges operating in three dozen states, will essentially create a large loophole even as White House officials have repeatedly said that the March 31 deadline was firm.

The extra time will not be restricted, though, to people who wait until the last minute to try to sign up. Although no one will be asked why they need an extension, the idea is to help people whose applications have been held up because of the Web site’s technical problems, or who haven’t been able to get the system to calculate subsidies to help them pay for coverage.

Wait, I thought the website was running as smoothly as a Rolls Royce engine. That’s what Nancy Pelosi said, and she spends more time on it than I do on cheerleadersofthesoutheasternconference.com!

I also thought it was “the law of the land”. Turns out not to be even the law of Capitol Hill. It’s the law of whatever Obamaes Caesar says it is on any given day.

PS: I also thought it was Constitutional (“bitches”), but even that seems to be in doubt.

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Russia on the March

Mr. President, Russian forces are massing on the Ukrainian border, seemingly ready to invade at the merest hint of provocation!

What are you going to do about it?

Indeed, sir, Putin is behaving like a fascist, but what else are you doing?

Why yes, sir, Wichita State is undefeated. But then they haven’t had to face the Red Army.

What is your plan?

Good thinking, sir, to pack in the junk food while the little ball and chain is in China.

But is that all?

The 2014 Obamal golf season in Washington is underway, with President Obama taking advantage of a break in the global warming-induced cold weather to head out to the links for the first time in the Washington area this year.

He’s playing today at Joint Base Andrews – Forecast: partly cloudy, 67 degrees – with some of his usual partners, White House trip director Marvin Nicholson, Marvin’s brother Walter, and White House advance man Luke Rosa.

It is not, of course, Obama’s first time on the greens this year. He’s already played six rounds in California and Hawaii, making this his seventh outing of the year. It’s also the 164th round of his presidency.

Andrews Air Base—doubtless to inspect our air fleet should they be called upon to project liberty or protect our nation. Very good, sir!

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FOIA? Phooey!

All your biases are belong to us:

It’s Sunshine Week, so perhaps some enterprising White House reporter will ask press secretary Jay Carney why President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America.

The rewrite came in an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved “White House equities.”

That phrase is nowhere to be found in the FOIA, yet the Obama White House effectively amended the law to create a new exception to justify keeping public documents locked away from the public.

“FOIA is designed to inform the public on government behavior; White House equities allow the government to withhold information from the media, and therefore the public, by having media requests forwarded for review. This not only politicizes federal agencies, it impairs fundamental First Amendment liberties,” Cause of Action explains in its report.

The FOIA requires federal agencies to respond within 20 days of receiving a request, but the White House equities exception can make it impossible for an agency to meet that deadline.

In one case cited by Cause of Action, the response to a request from a Los Angeles Times reporter to the Department of the Interior for “communications between the White House and high-ranking Interior officials on various politically sensitive topics” was delayed at least two years by the equities review.

While we’re trying to peer into the most transparent administration ever:

The Associated Press has stepped up its attack on White House efforts to block coverage of events involving President Obama, warning that once access is cut, “we’ll never get it back.”

In the latest media charge that the White House has reneged on promises to be “transparent,” two of AP’s White House staff told a convention in Denver this week that the president’s team often bars coverage of Obama events because they are “hypersensitive” about his Image.

At the Newspaper Association of America’s mediaXchange convention in Denver, AP White House photographer Charles Dharapak said that instead of letting reporters and photographers in at major news events, like the president’s recent meeting with the Dalai Lama, it is issuing “visual press releases” on social media.

He suggested that in cutting reporters from events that have historically received coverage, the White House is limiting access to independent news organizations. “Once we lose access, we’ll never get it back,” he told convention participants.

His comments were the buzz in the crowd, eventually hitting Twitter.

“@Dharapak: We don’t fault @WhiteHouse for managing President’s Image but its no sub for independent journalism,” tweeted Maggie Murphy, editor of Parade magazine.

“@CharlesDharapak: It’s important for the public to understand that official White House photos are public relations,” tweeted Amanda Knowles, web and social media manager for the Newspaper Association of America. “@CharlesDharapak: How White House manages their message: Handout photos from closed events become visual press releases,” she added.

Are they implying that Official While House Photographer, Pete Souza, glamorizes his sole subject, Barack Obama?

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Final word about FOIA:

“Cause of Action is still waiting for documents from 16 federal agencies, with the Department of Treasury having the longest pending request of 202 business days.

“The Department of Energy is a close second at 169 business days. The requests to the Department of Defense and Department of Health and Human Services have been pending for 138 business days,” the report said.

With so little regard for the rule of law, I don’t expect these people to leave the White House on January 20, 2017. Why would they? And with such a mewling press corps, why should they?

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Shopping Like It’s 1992!

This would seem merely mildly amusing and vaguely humiliating:

President Obama dropped by The Gap in midtown New York Tuesday to shop for Michelle and his daughters.

Not seen here is a potential “king doesn’t get the masses” moment. From the pool report:

When Sonya told him that he could swipe his own card on the countertop card reader, Obama quipped, “Oh wow. So, you can sign the machine?” As the reporters in the pool started scribbling, he said he was teasing, adding, “They had these around the last time I shopped.”

Won’t make the papers.

Why not? This did:

As President Bush travels the country in search of re-election, he seems unable to escape a central problem: This career politician, who has lived the cloistered life of a top Washington bureaucrat for decades, is having trouble presenting himself to the electorate as a man in touch with middle-class life.

Today, for instance, he emerged from 11 years in Washington’s choicest executive mansions to confront the modern supermarket.

Visiting the exhibition hall of the National Grocers Association convention here, Mr. Bush lingered at the mock-up of a checkout lane. He signed his name on an electronic pad used to detect check forgeries.

“If some guy came in and spelled George Bush differently, could you catch it?” the President asked. “Yes,” he was told, and he shook his head in wonder.

That was from the New York Times—in 1992! H. W. Bush. 41. And he was mocked and ridiculed for years afterwards.

But Obama gets a pass for being out of touch 22 years later. Now do you know why I think people who read the New York Times and listen to NPR are the very model of the low information voter?

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If You Like Your Tee Time, You Can Keep Your Tee Time

Paging Bobby Titcomb!


That, sir, is solicitation.

Despite the momentous events in Eastern Europe, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have decided not to cancel their scheduled vacation in the Florida Keys.

According to the White House Schedule, the Obamas will travel to Miami Friday for an official event, which will be done by mid afternoon, and then proceed to Key Largo for the weekend.

There, they are set to relax at the ritzy Ocean Reef Club, which has two championship golf courses.

The Obamas have already vacationed this year in Hawaii, where they rang in the New Year. On Presidents Day Weekend, he traveled to California for a golf extravaganza while she skied Aspen.


What do you say we pick up a couple of hookers after the game? We get busted, I can pardon us.

To be fair, Bush was down on his Crawford ranch every chance he got. And the Secret Service had to station agents to protect him from the threat of Cindy Sheehan and Code Pink. If Obama prefers strolling down bermuda grass fairways to clearing Texas sagebrush, can you blame him? Well, yes, but you’re racist.

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President’s Day

That should read Presidents’ Day, but for Barack Obama, every day is President’s Day:

President Obama today [Saturday] is playing golf on the course at the Annenberg Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, California.

As expected, several buddies have flown in to join him for a three-day weekend of fun. Today he is playing with old pals Bobby Titcomb, Greg Omre, and Michael Ramos.

It’s the fourth time he has played so far this year – he got in three outings while in Hawaii last month – and the 161st round of his presidency.

Of course, behind every successful president stands a First Lady.

On skis:

First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters are skiing Aspen again this year.

It’s her third time in Aspen after hitting the slopes in Vail back in 2011. “She likes it here,” said local Sheriff Joe DiSalvo, according to the Aspen Daily News. Reasonable deduction.

Michelle is once again at the home of Jim and Paula Crown, major Democratic donors who own the Aspen Skiing Co.

According to the New York Post, Mrs. Obama’s arrival shut down the Aspen airport for an hour on a high travel day, forcing other vacationers to cool their heels on their private jets as they waited for Michelle to land and disembark.

One of our readers wrote Friday that he had “spotted a caravan of about 7 black SUVs with a police escort leaving the Aspen airport. In all likelihood that was her.

She took an Air Force jet and a cargo plane 2,000 miles across the country so she could slide down America’s most powdery slopes beside its wealthiest skiers.

This would be just the moment for President Obama to talk about income inequality, don’t you think? And John Kerry on greenhouse emissions?

PS: We’ve largely ignored scandalous rumors of infidelity and estrangement in the First Family. And I guess we’ll continue to do so. But their separate vacations (plural), and the president’s persistent palling around with someone arrested for soliciting a prostitute (named Titcomb, no less) don’t make it easy to ignore.

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Oliver Hussein Holmes

The eminent law professor (lecturer) in chief opines:

“I taught constitutional law for ten years. I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems that were facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all, and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America.”

I’ve been forced to ask this before: does he kiss his daughters with that mouth? Maybe all this severe weather we’ve been enduring is the Lord hurling a lightning bolt at each lie like so many Pedro Martinez fastballs.

But he’s got his posse:

The leftists on the new House Democratic “Full Employment Caucus” are planning to “draft” executive orders for President Obama to sign, according to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas.

“[W]e’ll give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign with pride and strength.

In fact, I think that should be our number one agenda. Let’s write up these executive orders — draft them, of course — and ask the president to stand with us on full employment.”

Did anyone have the heart to tell Rep. Lee that her Valentine to Obama is surplus to requirement? That “executive orders” come from the executive? That her branch of government is irrelevant to government, no matter how well-intentioned or supine? That he doesn’t need her to suck his…toes when he can suck them himself, thank you very much?

What would Alex Toqueville say of our democracy?

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