Amnesty lost in South Carolina too!

June 11, 2014
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While we dance on Eric Cantor’s political grave, there’s fat, smug Lindsey Graham, mocking us with his primary “win.” Graham got 56% of the vote last night. If Cantor hadn’t lost, the Lying Liberal Media would have made Graham the story of the night, touting his “win” as a voter endorsement of illegal-alien amnesty.

But 56% doesn’t seem like a lot. Incumbent senators like to be a little more secure than that. So how does 56% compare to how other senators have done in Republican primary fights? Five Thirty Eight provides this handy chart:

Only a few senators have polled less than 60% in primaries in the last ten years. Graham’s “win” was in fact a squeaker where he underperformed almost all of his Republican Senate colleagues.

Moreover, of the senators who did worse than Graham, at least two – Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Dick Lugar (R-IN) – lost their primary races because they supported amnesty. Not to mention many other prominent Republicans in non-Senate races

So the message to Republicans in Congress is this: If you want to ensure that your next primary race will be a squeaker or worse, then go ahead and vote for amnesty. But it would probably be better for your political health if you just did what the people who elected you want you to do…

95 Responses to Amnesty lost in South Carolina too!

  1. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 12, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Graham is annoying.
    But he seems to be competent. From a WSJ article:
    “National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar offers (this) explanation for Graham’s victory: a combination of “assiduous attention to constituent service, paying favors to his South Carolina Republican colleagues, an early and relentless focus on fundraising, and a hawkish record on foreign policy that conservatives in the military-rich state rallied behind.””

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 12, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Of course, one can rarely use “competence” when speaking of Dems.
      WaPo endorses MD Lt Gov, who failed utterly in overseeing the Maryland healthcare exchange.

      http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/06/wapo-anthony-brown-presided-over-failure-but-hed-make-great-md-governor/
      “Maryland’s health exchange was a complete failure. In private industry or nearly any other field of endeavor, an employee who is responsible for such a visible failure would be subject to demotion or firing. But this is politics. And this is Maryland.”

      WaPo: “(Brown’s record) includes the state’s blatant failure to build a functioning online market for private health insurance — a failure over which Mr. Brown presided, or was supposed to preside. It also includes substantive accomplishments, including making the state more welcoming to gays and immigrants”
      He made the state more welcoming, big whoop.
      They also say he successfully raised taxes on working people to pay for public transport which people by and large don’t use and thus runs a big deficit.

  2. Ken_phd on June 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Jim:

    From Powerlineblog today:

    “Close aides to President Obama are telling confidantes that Obama has checked out and is no longer interested in being president.”

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 12, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      Clearly we’re not good enough for him. :)

      • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 12, 2014 at 12:53 pm

        I mean, when was the last time you played golf at an exclusive club or ate arugula?

  3. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 12, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Another case where a Dem campaigns for a RINO by attacking him…in order to trick conservative voters into thinking the RINO is a scourge of the Dems.
    Didn’t work for Cantor, but maybe McConnell will get a boost.
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/06/elizabeth-warrens-war-on-mitch-mcconnell-may-actually-help-him-kysen/

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 12, 2014 at 12:51 pm

      Here’s a description of the Cantor ploy…which, btw, did not work–

      “last year Cantor took a three-day speaking tour with the chief amnesty supporter in Congress, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), and that the intent of tour was discussing their shared ideas for “comprehensive immigration reform.”
      … on May 28, Rep. Luis Gutierrez came all the way to Richmond to appear at the Virginia Capitol building for the purpose of declaring Eric Cantor to be “the one man standing in the way of immigration reform.””

    • ★Conservative Patriot★ on June 13, 2014 at 3:14 am

      Ahh . . . the old Double Reverse Head Fake!

      Attention Dems: We’re on to you.

  4. Virgil Byrd on June 13, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Actually Cantor lost because of Republican gerrymandering and the Frankenstein it created.

    • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on June 13, 2014 at 6:10 am

      Because of gerrymandering Cantor lost a safe Repub district?
      OhhhhhhKayyyyyy….

      • Virgil Byrd on June 13, 2014 at 6:28 am

        It was a primary.

        • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 13, 2014 at 8:18 am

          Because of gerrymandering, Cantor lost the primary in a safe Repub district?
          I’ll take your word for it, but I’m still thinking there might be more to it than that.

          • ATTILA727 on June 14, 2014 at 8:24 pm

            Dem crossover votes helped.

    • Smitty on June 15, 2014 at 6:41 am

      Yep. Creating artificially Conservative districts leads to fiascos like this.

      • Man Coulter on June 15, 2014 at 7:24 pm

        ^ you obviously don’t have the slightest freaking clue about how gerrymandering works so maybe you should shut up and stop embarrassing yourself, dumbass.

  5. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on June 13, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Interesting. Obama Admin knew about Vet Admin problems for several years now.
    http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/12/obama-administration-knew-about-vas-secret-wait-lists-for-years/
    The Obama administration knew about allegations of secret waiting lists at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as early as 2010 … Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that President Obama only found about the VA wait-list scandal from watching the news.
    But the Obama administration knew that an internal VA investigation into secret “paper” waiting lists was conducted in 2010 under Shinseki.

    Commenter: So it’s a case of incompetence exacerbated by dishonesty.

    • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on June 13, 2014 at 6:21 am

      And retaliation for any VA whistle blowers?
      More details in the article, but it appears that the “most transparent administration evah” doesn’t always appreciate transparency.
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2014/06/12/va-docs-concerned-about-retaliation/
      “…the scandal did not dominate discussions at the National Association of Veterans Affairs Physicians and Dentists (NAVAPD) conference, but a related issue rang a loud bell with participants.

      Retaliation.

      They clapped with approval when Katherine Mitchell, a physician at a Veteran Affairs facility in Arizona, said : “No one should have to lose their job or fear for their job for doing the right thing.””

  6. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on June 13, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Flashback to when Obama and Romney argued about Iraq and Russia.
    Commenter: was Romney right about _everything_?

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/when-obama-and-romney-argued-about-iraq-and-russia

  7. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on June 13, 2014 at 6:26 am

    Obama Admin has established “risk corridors” so that insurance companies are guaranteed not to lose money providing ObamaCare policies.
    Some in Congress are asking–where in the Constitution is this allowed?
    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/06/12/will-hhs-bother-to-provide-a-legal-justification-for-obamacares-risk-corridor-program-inquiring-republicans-want-to-know/
    Where, pray tell, might these appropriations come from, if not with the approval of Congress? And, if it comes to that, does the administration really have the authority to carry out this risk-corridor program at its own discretion, at all? This is pretty much the same question Sen. Marco Rubio asked of the administration last fall, and evidently, the White House has yet to deign to provide answers.

  8. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 13, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Crimea, Iraq, … how come US Intelligence services keep being surprised?
    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/06/12/jihadist_gains_in_iraq_blindside_american_spies
    The speed and ease with which well-armed and highly trained ISIS fighters took over Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, and Tikrit, the birthplace of former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein, have raised significant doubts about the ability of American intelligence agencies to know when ISIS might strike next, a troubling sign as the Islamist group advances steadily closer to Baghdad. And it harkened back to another recent intelligence miscue, in February, when U.S. spy agencies failed to predict the Russian invasion of Crimea.

  9. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 13, 2014 at 8:23 am

    A snarky piece on Hillary’s book tour. The lady so poor on leaving the White House that she and Bill could only buy a couple of million-dollar houses.
    http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/12/hillary-clinton-vs-terry-gross/
    It’s day four of Hillary Clinton’s book tour presidential campaign, and she’s only turned every single interview into a gaffe-plagued disaster. She must’ve thought NPR’s Terry Gross would give her a break. I mean, it’s Terry Gross, right? When you’re a Democrat and Diane Sawyer starts getting too tough, you go to Terry Gross.
    Welllllllll, things didn’t turn out nearly as well as ol’ Hill would’ve liked.

  10. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 13, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Be sure to tell all your friends that Repubs are the ones representing the working class! :)
    http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/06/12/house-gop-represents-more-low-wage-workers-than-democrats/
    Nearly one in five U.S. workers earns $11.50 an hour or less, according to data released this week by Oxfam America which supports efforts to raise the minimum wage. Of those 24 million people, about 55% live in districts represented by Republicans.

  11. Ken_phd on June 13, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Jim:

    I guess Seattle will be the test tube for raising the minimum wage. It’s an experiment worth close inspection on the employment results.

  12. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on June 15, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Comment swallowed…reporting:
    Lois Lerner headed the IRS when it was used to attack and distract conservatives in the
    run-up to the 2012 election.
    Now the IRS says it has “lost” 2 years worth of email that Congress asked for.
    Two points from the articles below:
    The government backs up disks, if lost, the emails were most likely destroyed as a
    conspiracy to prevent them from being seen
    Lerner took the 5th rather than testify. The fact that the left-wing media hasn’t
    covered the missing email story speaks volumes about collusion

    http://pjmedia.com/rogerkimball/2014/06/14/18-12-minutes-vs-2-years-which-is-worse/
    This will amaze you, I know, but it is true: The New York Times today devotes zero words to the story. Take a look at the front page here: Nothing. …
    Or the next page. Or the next or the next. . . .here we have a former senior official from the IRS who deliberately harassed hundreds of conservatives groups. She has taken the 5th Amendment—why? What sort of self-incrimination is she worried about? A look through her emails would have the answer. But those emails are, according to the IRS, unavailable because of a hard disk failure. Do you believe that? Do you believe that that the agency charged with tax gathering for the United States does not have multiple back ups of its business correspondence? Do you? Imagine what the IRS would have to say to a (conservative) business it decided to audit if a response for electronic records was met with, “Gosh darn, we had a hard disk failure, and they’re just plum gone.”

    • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on June 15, 2014 at 7:20 am

      http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/06/lois-lerners-lost-emails.php
      “Government email servers are backed up every night. So if she actually had a hard drive fail, her emails would be recoverable from the backup. If the backup was somehow also compromised, then we are talking about a conspiracy.”

      • Jake on June 15, 2014 at 11:21 am

        Unless the server keeps copies of emails, backups don’t mean crap.

        • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on June 15, 2014 at 4:10 pm

          My company has no trouble preserving emails.
          Yahoo, gmail, and others seem to handle disk crashes without losing data.
          Now, a year later the IRS suddenly reports missing email. Legit? Or the emails were devastating?

          • Jake on June 15, 2014 at 5:08 pm

            Yahoo and Gmail are webmail providers. Apples and oranges. Email clients can and will delete email from the server after download unless configured otherwise. The default setting for Thunderbird, for example, is to delete emails from the server after 14 days.

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on June 15, 2014 at 8:01 pm

            Government correspondence is not archived?
            Government records are not preserved?
            C’mon Jake, you’re reaching.

          • Jake on June 15, 2014 at 8:53 pm

            Reaching? It’s basic server knowledge. Unless email copies are being sent and saved in a location inaccessible by the user or the email client/user is denied the ability to delete, there is no archive.

            The source of all this “information” is an anonymous lawyer at the DoJ. WTF does he know about IT or the network protocols of a completely different and unrelated government agency. “Email servers” is a dead give-a-away this guy is talking out of his ass.

            “Government correspondence is not archived?
            Government records are not preserved?”

            Obviously not.

          • Ken_phd on June 16, 2014 at 6:36 am

            Jake:

            “Reaching? It’s basic server knowledge. Unless email copies are being sent and saved in a location inaccessible by the user or the email client/user is denied the ability to delete, there is no archive.

            “Basic server knowledge” ??????

            It appears you don’t have a clue about IT backup systems. Standard practice for backup systems is to backup up designated files to preclude an unauthorized person from deleting/changing files. That would include emails unless a change was made specifically to exclude those emails from backup. In that case, the administrator who made the program change would be identified. Concurrently, system backup of files of both the sender and the receiver would have been changed. Any change in a backup system would have several layers of written authorization, hence, a smoking gun. You are correct in saying that a backup program could limit server backup of emails after a set time period or to a particular recipient, but all emails would be deleted after a particular date. This, allegedly, did not happen in Ms Lerner’s case.

            A simple forensic check would ID the change, which ID made the change, and restore the changed/deleted emails. The files should still exist somewhere in the system. They are compressed and encrypted. It is next to impossible to delete/change one file (never mind 2 years time of files) in a well constructed IT backup system.

            Nice try, tho.

          • Jake = Lying Fraud on June 16, 2014 at 6:44 am

            ^ You don’t even get a nice try, liar.

            Speaking of Lerner’s “missing” emails,

            …A growing number of computer professionals are stepping forward to say that none of this makes sense. Norman Cillo, a former program manager at Microsoft, said “I don’t know of any e-mail administrator [who] doesn’t have at least three ways of getting that mail back. It’s either on the disks or it’s on a TAPE backup someplace on an archive server.” Bruce Webster, an IT expert with 30 years of experience consulting with dozens of private companies, seconds this opinion: “It would take a catastrophic mechanical failure for Lerner’s drive to suffer actual physical damage, but in any case, the FBI should be able to recover something. And the FBI and the Justice Department know it.”

            In March of this year, John Koskinen, the new IRS commissioner, testified before Congress that all the e-mails of IRS employees are “stored in servers.” The agency’s own manual specifies that it “provides for backup and recovery of records to protect against information loss or corruption.” The reason is simple. It is well known in legal and IT circles that failure to preserve e-mails can lead to a court ruling of “spoliation of evidence.” That means a judge or jury is then instructed to treat deletions as if they were deliberate destruction of incriminating evidence

            But, please flail on with your idiotic technobabble, Jake

            It’s amusing to watch your babbling idiocy! LOL!!! Idiot.

          • Jake on June 16, 2014 at 9:20 am

            Ken, you have the same grasp on computers that you do on AGW.

            Here’s the IRS manual:

            “Delete some mail from your mailbox or contact your system administrator to adjust your storage limit. (Consider whether any of the items you want to delete may be a federal record.

            That’s a 500MB limit. Server side.

          • Ken_phd on June 16, 2014 at 10:17 am

            Jakke:

            First, it’s the servers don’t save emails, then it’s individual mail storage is limited to 500MB. Rather than point out the fact that individual users (like Lois Lerner) can request larger sizes of storage I will refer you to Cleta Mitchell’s letter (just posted) to the IRS.

            http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/06/cleta-mitchell-to-the-irs-answer-this.php

            As to the reference to my position on AGW, I believe ice melts at 32F.

            It’s simple physics.

          • Jake on June 16, 2014 at 10:31 am

            Servers save emails until they are deleted. Lerner most definately has storage larger than 500MB. You skipped the part that proves users can delete email from the server. They use Outlook. While there is a limit for server storage, there is none for email saved locally on a desktop. Office desktops, however, do not usually use RAIDs or go through the same level of backups. A disk failure will wipe out years of saved data.

          • Ken_phd on June 17, 2014 at 4:29 am

            Jake:

            Really. You should become knowledgeable about the facts before you post. No one is claiming the there was a 500 MB limit on Lois Lerner’s email account. The IRS is is claiming that the emails were lost because of a HDD failure.

            It’s simple English.

        • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

          Pretty thin, Jake.
          Maybe time to take a break on this issue and go buy some pediatric dental coverage?
          http://www.nationalreview.com/article/380444/dog-ate-my-e-mails-two-years-john-fund
          A growing number of computer professionals are stepping forward to say that none of this makes sense. Norman Cillo, a former program manager at Microsoft, told The Blaze: “I don’t know of any e-mail administrator [who] doesn’t have at least three ways of getting that mail back. …”
          The reason is simple. It is well known in legal and IT circles that failure to preserve e-mails can lead to a court ruling of “spoliation of evidence.” That means a judge or jury is then instructed to treat deletions as if they were deliberate destruction of incriminating evidence.

          The agency’s own manual specifies that it “provides for backup and recovery of records to protect against information loss or corruption.”

          • Jake on June 16, 2014 at 9:27 am

            “The agency’s own manual specifies that it “provides for backup and recovery of records to protect against information loss or corruption.””

            No shit. That’s the sole purpose of backups. Backups only work if there is something to backup. But, there you go. Issa now has his “smoking gun”. This “scandal” should be broken wide open any day now…any day.

          • reaganesque on June 16, 2014 at 10:06 am

            “Jake,”

            Hey Mr. Pinko, how are you?

            Has it occurred to you that our beloved NSA has been saving EVERY SINGLE WORD of the commuincations of ALL AMERICANS for YEARS? Since this is pretty much basic knowledge, I’m sure you have.

            I’m quite certain that somewhere, perhaps in Utah, but certainly in MULTIPLE locations…exists a “backup” of Ms. Lerner’s emails. Wouldn’t you think?

            After all, all of YOUR emails are somewhere. Why not Ms. Lerner’s?

            Ah, the early stages of tyranny. Always the chance for a screw up.

          • Jake on June 16, 2014 at 10:37 am

            Well, according to the NSA themselves, they only save metadata, not the actual contents. So for them to provide the full emails would further prove the NSA liars and “violate” national security something something. So I doubt the NSA will provide Issa with anything meaningful.

          • reaganesque on June 16, 2014 at 10:49 am

            Actually, “Jake,” for once I agree with you. The very sad part about all this is that the administration is basically saying to the Republicans, “yes, we’re blatantly lying. Go ahead and do something about it. We dare you.”

            For once, you actually might be right. But for the wrong reasons. It’s a real shame that a totally ineffectual Republican party is basically accommodating tyranny. Truly sad.

          • Jake on June 16, 2014 at 10:55 am

            “…Republican party is basically accommodating tyranny.”

            Accomidating? They invented it. Zombie Nixon is pissed he didn’t have his own 9/11 as an excuse.

          • reaganesque on June 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

            Really? What were the articles of impeachment for Nixon? Do you remember? He’s an amateur compared to this administration. The IRS scandal is one of a number of examples of this administration clearly fouting the law.

            I’m positive that Ken and Jim have linked to the various and sundry examples, and I’m equally positive that you have ignored each and every one of their citations.

            But that doesn’t change the facts. You really must be a fellow traveller to still have your head in the sand at this late date. But we all sort of knew that anyway, didn’t we?

          • reaganesque on June 16, 2014 at 11:16 am

            “flouting.” sorry.

          • Jake on June 16, 2014 at 7:32 pm

            Yeah, no. All this NSA shit started under Dubya. In fact, it was shown the NSA shenanigans started months before 9/11. Obama pissed off his base by allowing this shit to continue.

            Nixon, with his paranoid delusions, would love to have had the powers now available to the executive.

    • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on June 15, 2014 at 7:21 am

      http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/06/irs-says-it-has-lost-over-two-years-of-lerner-emails/
      Ways and Means committee statement: “The fact that I am just learning about this, over a year into the investigation, is completely unacceptable and now calls into question the credibility of the IRS”

    • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on June 15, 2014 at 7:23 am

      http://pjmedia.com/rogerkimball/2014/06/13/a-dog-ate-2-years-of-lois-lerners-emails-now-what/
      It seems to me that the scandals emanating from this administration are coming faster and faster. Where is the Fourth Estate?

      • Evan Carter on June 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm

        In Obama’s lap, like a good lil’ doggy.

      • Jake on June 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm

        “It seems to me that the “scandals” emanating from this administration are coming faster and faster.”

        FTFY.

        If the scandal-loving DC Press are ignoring it, time to move along.

      • Winston Tastesgood on June 15, 2014 at 8:28 pm

        They heard “wolf” being cried out too many times so now should there be a real scandal worthy of investigation it’s not going to happen.

        Obama will finish his term sans any scandals.

        • PolitiFacts on June 16, 2014 at 6:13 am

          Hahaha!! That’s a lot of wishful thinking.

          Do you mutter that delusion to yourself regularly, or only now that you’re seeing the handwriting on the wall? Either way, ZerO is already drowning in scandals, and is already known as the worst POTUS in history. Time will only put many more nails into his scandal-ridden political coffin and further expose his massive levels of ineptitude and stunning incompetence. Only bedwetters like yourself will continue to kneel and worship his foolishness and failures.

          You may want to ask your mommy to put you on suicide watch after you see just how severely your idiotNchief has destroyed your pathetic political party. In a way, his one accomplishment that will help America is shredding the democrat party and casting them into total disarray and ruin. Heh, even a blind squirrel gets an acorn once in a while.

          Enjoy the ride, bedwetter.

          • Jake on June 16, 2014 at 9:42 am

            “That’s a lot of wishful thinking.”

            “…and is already known as the worst POTUS in history.”

            Clearly.

        • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 16, 2014 at 9:17 am

          Clearly that’s BS.
          The media continues to shield Obama, that’s all.
          One reporter lists the basic questions that IRS should answer.
          http://sharylattkisson.com/lois-lerners-lost-emails-questions-for-the-irs/

  13. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on June 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm
  14. Betsy McCaughey on June 16, 2014 at 3:09 am

    It begins:

    Idaho GOP completely dysfunctional after Tea Partiers frag RINOs.

    • PolitiFacts on June 16, 2014 at 5:59 am

      Once all of the smoke has cleared from the 2014 elections, only two major political facts will emerge and they are (1.) that democrats were significantly beaten throughout every level of government and (2.) that democrats have only their lies, incompetence and failed ideologies to blame.

      It’s coming.

  15. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 16, 2014 at 9:57 am

    In light of racial discrimination for college admissions (previous thread) this story is troubling.
    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/call7-investigators/faa-changes-hiring-practices-for-air-traffic-controllers-ignoring-qualified-students-and-vets
    Thousands of potential FAA air traffic control trainees, with College Initiative Training (CTI) degrees or previous military experience, have been told by the federal agency they are no longer eligible for job interviews. Instead, the FAA has decided to accept less qualified applicants, apparently to satisfy concerns that the agency needs a more diverse workforce.

    “We were told through the FAA … you need to go through one of our CTI-approved programs,” said CTI graduate Ryan Meryhew. …These are multi-year programs with top-notch simulators … (Then you) take the initial air traffic control test called the AT-SAT, which is required by the FAA … I passed the AT-SAT exam with a 99.5 percent” said Meryhew … (Now the decision to accept) applicants was based solely on a new, online biographical questionnaire that gave test takers instant results.
    “It didn’t ask me anything about my college experience, my grades, my scores, (and) my ability for the actual job. It asked me what sports I played in high school. What was my least favorite subject in high school. Nothing related to aviation,” remembered Meryhew.
    “I get a big red ‘X’ when I applied saying I’m not qualified, but no reason why,” explained Annie Keinholz.
    “Biographically ineligible.”

  16. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 16, 2014 at 11:26 am

    There was a couple in Las Vegas who shot cops. A flurry of stories followed that showed they were racists, owned guns and so on. But the stories unexpectedly died away rather than prompting more calls for gun control.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/06/10/couple-responsible-for-vegas-shooting-spree-recently-lived-in-indiana/
    “While living in Lafayette, Jerad and his wife Amanda took part in last November’s “Million Mask March” – a gathering of protesters from the Occupy movement, anarchists, and hacktivists.”

  17. Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 16, 2014 at 11:28 am

    More ObamaCare dominoes fall.
    http://twitchy.com/2014/06/15/what-a-mess-hundreds-of-thousands-may-have-to-repay-obamacare-subsidies/
    NY Times: The government has notified hundreds of thousands of people that information provided for subsidized health insurance did not match other federal documents and they may risk losing their subsidies.

  18. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on June 16, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    UAC illegals surge due to a belief the laws have changed to prevent their deportation. UAC is unaccompanied child.
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/on-immigrant-surge-white-house-story-falls-apart/article/2549755

  19. Betsy McCaughey on June 17, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Tea Party Congressman Michael Grimm Charged With Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud, Perjury, etc. Faces life in prison.

  20. Ken_phd on June 17, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Betsy:

    Good news!

    Hopefully the same FBI personal will pursue indictments against the IRS personnel who deleted Lois Lerner’s emails.

  21. Ken_phd on June 17, 2014 at 4:42 am

    Betsy:

    it should be “personnel”

  22. Ken_phd on June 17, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Jim:

    “The Internal Revenue Service says it can’t produce e-mails from six more employees involved in the targeting of conservative groups,”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/380576/irs-has-lost-more-e-mails-eliana-johnson

    Six more spontaneous hard drive crashes?

    • Cartoon Character on June 17, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Head of IRS a Bush appointee.

      Doh!

    • Jake on June 17, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      For years, Republicans have run campaigns on how screwed up government bureaucracies are. Then ODS kicks in. Suddenly the IRS is the epitome of efficiency and competence. Not only are they successfully thwarting a congressional investigation, but they are able to scrub any and all evidence from multiple backups and sources of archiving.

      I personally know of four people the IRS has threatened to freeze bank accounts due to “clerical errors”. Losing email doesn’t seem that far a stretch. The truth is you have an incompetent congessman leading a political witch hunt against a government agency whose only probable email “archive” is a small collection of employees that know how computers work.

      • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 18, 2014 at 11:38 am

        Megan McArdle partially agrees with Jake. Though she doesn’t think the IRS should get off the hook.
        http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-06-17/missing-e-mail-is-the-least-of-the-irs-s-problems
        … the timing looks awfully suspicious: The sudden destruction of Lerner’s archived e-mail seems to have occurred on or around June 13, 2011, just 10 days after Representative David Camp sent a letter to then-IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman asking whether conservative groups were being targeted.

        As it happens, I used to administer just the sort of e-mail systems that the IRS seems to be using. … it is only plausible if the IRS is managing its IT systems so badly that it is very easy to lose critical records — or for abusive employees to destroy the evidence of their misbehavior. A private company under investigation that responded to regulators, or a judge, with this sort of explanation rather than producing the requested documents would rightly expect to be handed an adverse judgment or a whopping fine. … My friends who work in regulated sectors such as finance are outraged by the IRS’s description of how it was running its backup process, because the government subjects them to constantly ratcheting standards for document retention — specifying how long, and on what format, they have to keep every communication ever generated by their firms. How dare they demand higher standards of regulated companies than they do of the regulators?

        • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 18, 2014 at 11:41 am

          But it seems more plausible that it’s a cover up.
          http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2014/06/17/IRS-Claims-Six-More-Computer-Crashes-Led-Lost-Emails
          “… email records from six IRS employees central to a congressional investigation are unavailable.
          The reason? All six of their computers crashed, making their email data unrecoverable.”

          • Jake on June 18, 2014 at 4:37 pm

            “Megan McArdle partially agrees with Jake.”

            Oh God, shoot me know.

            If the IRS email “archive” is whatever employees have saved to their desktop, there will be a hell of a lot more than six crashed computers.

    • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on June 17, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Plus Obama is proposing to boost the IRS budget significantly.
      I guess those boys done good, by his lights.

  23. I AM on June 17, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    What nothing on Benghazi? The attack ring leader was captured (Thanks Obama) and told Libyans in private conversations during the night of the attack that he was moved to attack the diplomatic mission to take revenge for an insult to Islam in an American-made online video.

    I guess Issa and the GOP will be calling Rice to apologize for attacking her over saying just that. I’m sure she’s sitting by the phone waiting for the calls.

    • Jake on June 17, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      Crickets until the wingnut sites give out the talking points.

      • Cartoon Character on June 18, 2014 at 4:01 am

        Isn’t it obvious? The Benghazi capture is a distraction from Benghazi. The distraction of the suspect saying it was the video that was at the root of the killing is a distraction from the what is at the root of the killing.

        It’s a mobius strip of distractions from the real problem: the faked birth certificate!

        • Jake on June 18, 2014 at 6:56 am

          The “it’s all a distraction!” is the initial go-to play while they figure out the spin. Checking the shitholes of lies and misinformation that Jim always links to shows the only talking point making the rounds is the “what took so long?” argument.

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on June 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      I found the RWTP (right wing talking points).
      Nothing special–just questioning the timing. This guy hung out at hotels drinking and talked to reporters, he could have been picked up at any time. Why the wait?
      http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/06/is-timing-of-benghazi-suspect-capture-an-issue/

      Here’s some more speculative stuff:
      http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/06/18/cia-operation-zero-footprint-qatar-benghazi-and-the-connection-to-ahmed-abu-khattala-is-the-real-motive-for-the-obama-administrations-recent-arrest/
      Ahmed Abu Khattala is directly connected to the covert transfer of U.S. arms from Qatar to Libya in the initial 2011 decision to arm the Benghazi “rebels”.
      Against the backdrop of recent discoveries about Qatar giving some of the aforementioned arms, specifically stinger missiles, to the Taliban in Afghanistan – Khattala became a risk of exposure to the White House.

      Has the captured guy really said he was motivated by the YouTube video?
      I only saw a short note that said “Hillary Clinton is backtracking and denying her certainty about the Benghazi video claim.”
      Are you saying “teh science is settled” on that claim?

      • Jim wants a cracker on June 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm

        Benghazi! Benghazi! Squawk! Why now? Why now? Why now? Squawk! Why the wait? Why the wait? Squawk! Squawk! Hillary! Hillary! Squawk! Qatar! Science not settled! Squawk! Why now? Why now? Why now? Squawk! Why the wait? Why the wait? Squawk! Squawk! Hillary! Hillary! Squawk! Qatar! Squawk!

  24. Cartoon Character on June 18, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Did we ever get to the bottom of what files were destroyed and what caused the “fire” in Dick Cheney’s office back in ’07?

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on June 18, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      Did we ever find out why the guy who leaked about Plame skated while some uninvolved guy was charged?

      Man, you’re still blaming Boooosh? And Nixon?

      • Cartoon Character on June 18, 2014 at 10:42 pm

        It’s not just me. People all over the world blame Cheney (or Boooosh as you say).

      • Ken_phd on June 19, 2014 at 3:22 am

        Jim:

        “Man, you’re still blaming Boooosh? And Nixon?”

        And Nixon? Funny:-)

    • Keep your dirty paws off my property on June 22, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Did we ever get to the bottom of what files were destroyed and what caused the “fire” in Dick Cheney’s office back in ’07?

      What files, specifically, do you suspect were destroyed? And, why?

      Please enlighten us.

  25. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on June 19, 2014 at 7:05 am
  26. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on June 19, 2014 at 7:09 am

    A couple of items from the “we have ALWAYS been at war with EastAsia”.
    Turns out the recovery effort from storm Sandy under Obama was worse than hurricane Katrina.
    Which one do you know about?
    http://www.the-american-interest.com/blog/2014/06/18/the-botched-recovery-from-superstorm-sandy/

    comment: “There is a clear message here: if you hate bad news, vote the straight Democratic ticket. True, bad things will still happen, but instead of rubbing your nose in them day after day, the press will say as little about them as is humanly possible.”

    • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on June 19, 2014 at 7:14 am

      Remember: Bush went to war in Iraq with Dem support, the UN’s approval, and like 35 allies.
      Compare Obama’s personal, unilateral war on Libya.
      Here is a bit of the historical record that gets avoided by short-memory Dems: youtube roundup of Dems on Iraq, back when the decision was being made.
      http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/190454/

  27. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on June 19, 2014 at 7:49 am

    There may be a correlation between how many times an IRS official visited the White House and whether their emails were “lost” due to a “hard drive crash”.
    https://twitter.com/JohnEkdahl/status/478946855275868160/photo/1

    • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on June 19, 2014 at 7:51 am

      Comment: “Having worked in DoD related industries for over 30 years, I can tell everyone here, without a shadow of a doubt, IT systems are backed-up eight ways to Sunday. They must be, it is a requirement.

      As part of your charter, if you want to do business with the government, you simply can not “lose” data, it is unacceptable. Not to mention trivially easy to make multiple backups in multiple locations simultaneously. Everything is backed up for at least one year, critical data (like emails) are backed up for five years. I have my emails going back to 1989, despite countless server crashes and hard disc failures in the server RAID array over that 25 year period.

      Simply put, such incompetence would never be tolerated. Ever. Ever. Ever.

      Just ask your IT guy; once saved, the only way to “lose data” with todays technology is to delete it, then request every backup copy to be deleted. In government systems, that is many multiples of repositories.”

      But maybe the IRS standards are lax compared to DoD.

      • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on June 19, 2014 at 7:52 am

        As far as getting the emails from other servers or tape backups, etc.
        “Carney already announced they have none. They were purged before IRS told Congress about the “crash” – that is likely why it took so long, all the copies on servers at other agencies had to be tracked down and deleted.”

        • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on June 19, 2014 at 7:54 am

          Another comment
          “Flax was the Chief of Staff for Steve Miller, who was Deputy Commissioner of the IRS while the targeting was going on, and later the Acting Commissioner who was “fired” (which amounted to retiring three months earlier than planned) when the scandal broke.

          Even more frequent a guest at the White House was Doug Shulman when he was Commissioner, over 15 months he visited over 112 times, well over once a week on average. The interesting thing about Shulman is that in sworn testimony, he could not recall why he went, who he met, or what was discussed for ANY of his visits.”

          Naturally, the Repubs let that slide, completely understandable.

  28. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on June 19, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Priorities.
    http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2014/06/green-energy-for-dead-vets.html
    “Shinseki arrived in person at the dedication ceremony to flip the switch on the cemetery wind turbine. … The cemetery turbine had cost $533,000. Veterans were dying to save the VA a few hundred dollars. …
    As many as 40 veterans had died while waiting for care (at Phoenix VA facility) … A retired Navy serviceman died of bladder cancer after being put on a 7-month waiting list after blood was found in his urine. He finally received an appointment a week after his death.
    But each and every year, from 2009 to 2011, the Phoenix VA Health Care System put in solar panels. The solar panels at the Carl T. Hayden VA in Phoenix cost $20 million.
    That $20 million could have saved the lives of dying veterans.

    At some South Texas facilities vets had to wait 85 days for a primary care appointment and 55 days for a mental health appointment with “a worst-in-the-nation, 145-day average wait for new patients seeking specialist care”.
    One of the vets waiting for a mental health appointment, who suffered from waiting list cheating, committed suicide.
    Meanwhile the South Texas Veterans Health Care System installed a 1.7 MW solar PV system.”

    Lots more examples at the article.

    • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on June 19, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Pointed out to me: It’s a two-fer (or maybe a 3-fer) for Dems.
      1) green spending which can be directed to companies that contribute to the Dem Party
      2) Vets no longer exhaling CO2 and contributing to global warming
      (3) Do vets vote Repub? Bonus if they die, their votes can be re-routed to Dem candidates, at least in Chicago and other big cities with Dem machine politics)

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