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May 15, 2014



The relentless task of carrying bodies from a coal mine goes on as more than 270 bodies are recovered with 150 miners still missing in the country's deadliest-ever mining accident.


Researchers say that cultural attitudes toward workplace safety and poor oversight contribute to problems in mining in the country, where 100 deaths a year were reported from 2001-2012.


Strong winds and dry conditions fuel several fires in San Diego County, including one in Carlsbad that has burned at least 30 homes.


A rights group is pushing the government to protect children on U.S. tobacco farms, claiming they work long hours under hazardous conditions.


Saying it needs to plant its crop, the state's agriculture department sues for the release of 250 pounds of seeds that have been held by customs officials for over a week.


The state's supreme court tossed out a ruling striking down the law, but stopped short of ruling on the constitutionality of the measure.


It took nearly 13 years to reach fruition, but as it prepares to open the struggle to build it is trumped by the unity that it took to make it a reality.


The state's supreme court refused to put on hold a ruling that overturned the ban on gay marriage, but same-sex weddings still came to a halt amid confusion about what's next.


A 15-month-old boy in Minneapolis who survived a fall from an 11-story high-rise balcony has been dubbed "the miracle baby."


The newspaper gave no reason why executive editor Jill Abramson is being replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet after two-and-a-half years on the job.




Like in Benghazi, Judicial Watch obtained a court order to get documents from the IRS, which differed from those IRS gave to Congress and showed:

a. Multiple "smidgeons" of corruption;

b. That the targeting of Conservative groups came directly from Washington, D.C. and not Cincinnati as the regime claimed;

c. That the criteria for targeting were groups that: “1. ‘Tea Party’, ‘Patriots’ or ’9/12 Project’ is referenced in the case file. 2. Issues include government spending, government debt and taxes. 3. Educate the public through advocacy/legislative activities to make America a better place to live. 4. Statements in the case file that are critical of the how the country is being run. . . ”

d. Michigan Senator pushed for the targeting of Conservative groups. http://www.powerlineblog.com/arc...

One can readily see how the Government needed to deny tax exempt status to groups whose members pay their salaries, and that question government spending, debt, and taxes, educate the public about how America could be a better place to live, and are critical of how the country is being run in the years leading up to the re-election of the biggest spender in history, who rammed Obamacare down our throats and created the biggest debt of any President - unfortunately, that Government would be found in the old Soviet Union.


As a response to recent criticisms, I had intended to report on something positive and productive Congressional Republicans have done for the American people, but was stymied when I was unable to find anything but emotional rantings, hyper-partisan cries of Obama-bullying, garbled, fact-challenged musings, and report after report showing Congressional Republicans continue in 2014 to sit around picking noses while they block and filibuster anything to do with jobs, the economy, unemployment, or any other activity that would show they are competent to the task of earning their $174,000+ benefits salaries.

So, instead, I will make a hard tack to port, and ask if it is possible for you to expand on your serious and important expose from 8:14 a.m., and report on your findings on the following points:

1. Targeting: When you say "Conservative" groups, is that the word the IRS used to target?

2. Washington, DC: Do you mean the IRS headquarters in Washington DC? When you say "came directly from", do you mean IRS officials whose job it is to direct?

3. How many applications from "Conservative" or "Tea Party" were received by the IRS? How many were denied tax exempt status? How many "Progressive" or "liberal" groups were targeted, and how many were denied tax exempt status?

4. What are the requirements for receiving tax exempt status? Was the IRS remiss in it's duties to enforce the application requirements? Was tax exempt status denied unfairly? And who must prove they deserve tax exempt status - the groups submitting applications or the IRS?

5. Why did Senator Carl Levin get involved? Was this involvement a matter of his series of letters to the IRS, writing in June 2012 to complain about 12 nonprofit groups he wanted investigated for 'political activity.'

Eleven of those organizations are conservative; just one is liberal. The right-leaning groups included the Club for Growth, Americans for Tax Reform, the retiree-focused 60 Plus Association, and the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List.

Should he not have questioned whether these groups were doing as they claimed on their application for tax exempt status?

6. Specifically list the ways Obama has created the Federal Debt, specifically how he is the biggest spender, i.e., exactly what he has spent money on (wars, expanding the federal government, etc), and how this has affected the economy, i.e., the stock market, the amount of corporate profit, an increase in unemployment since the Great Recession, etc.

7. Whose throats was Obamacare rammed down, and which of the hundreds of Republican amendments that were included in Obamacare were the most damaging during the ramming period?



In the time you devoted to compiling your list, you could have done your own research if it is that important to you to attempt to distract from the fact that the IRS targeted American citizens for the partisan purpose of re-electing Obama by shutting down the voices of the opposition. Nixon was impeached for his part in the cover-up of Watergate and for "endeavoring" to use the IRS for political purposes. The Obama administration didn't just "endeavor" - they used the IRS for political purposes, but poor old Tricky Dick was unable to play the race card to defend himself.

I respectfully suggest that you devote the time to answer your own questions. You might start by reviewing the e-mails produced by IRS under Court Order (for violating the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act), which clearly demonstrate that the White House story of "rogue agents in Cincinnati" perpetrating the illegal actions was yet another lie coming out of that once august institution.

I also suggest that you look into the case of how Media Matters for America obtained and retains its 501 (c)(3) tax exempt status when it's President and website proudly proclaim their political actions.



This is not what I was hoping for from a Member of the Faculty. Perhaps I overestimated the seriousness and importance of your 8:14 a.m. expose.

Thanks for what little time it took to blow off a simple request from your faithful student.....8:'-(

Harry Kovaire

I have to hand it to you. You defend these criminals with the vigor and passion of a mob lawyer. Business is good for you.


#10. #10. A better header would be "Liberal War on Women" since apparently Ms. Abramson was fired for being "pushy"for demanding that she be given the same salary and benefits as the man she replaced (you know, like Equal Pay or something). (New Yorker)

Harry Kovaire

"NO SAME-SEX MARRIAGES IN ARKANSAS" was a fact every single day since June 15, 1836 when Arkansas came into existence (and uncounted centuries everywhere else).

Now it's a headline.

I am still shadowed by that 45 year-old fortune cookie warning that I would live in "interesting" times.


You still vividly remember a fortune cookie from 1969? Has it occurred to you it very well might have been a conspiracy conjured up by a very young Obama for when he would take office in 2008 and 2012? Creepy, dude!

Harry Kovaire

Still reeling from Woodstock?


Oh, no, Harry! Too young, Pops wouldn't allow it, and besides - how many days without a shower, again?? Yecchhh.....


Harry Kovaire

THAT explains your political outlook - you just haven't outgrown it yet!


Harry Kovaire

Below the fold I guess:




I think this needs some clarification: although at first blush it would appear to be yet another outrageous use of taxpayer dollars to arm federal agents to the teeth for potential use against U.S. citizens, in this case the sub-machine guns are for the Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General.

The Obama regime has a history of waging a war on these Independent Watchdogs http://www.americanthinker.com/2..., the latest being against the I.G. of Treasury who discovered the targeting of Conservative groups by the IRS http://www.americanthinker.com/b.... Accordingly, it is entirely possible that the sub-machine guns will be used by the I.G.s to protect themselves against Obama and his acolytes. I do wonder what will happen if they bring these guns into New York and other states that have outlawed even small clips.


Lol...thanks for the clarification. ...I feel so much better!

Harry Kovaire

If that is the case, I would support sending the I.G. a Marine Expeditionary Force.


I wonder why you are all pussyfooting around the real reason for the hoarding of massive amounts of armaments/ammo in an unprecedented purchase, the US gov't never having purchased arms before. Martial law. This after Obama physically entered our homes and demanded our guns, just like you all predicted, remember? And even the USPS has hoarded guns, an unprecedented purchase of massive proportions, to express their outrage over electronic debits. Of course, we should all be thankful, now that the wars are over and the arms manufacturers are struggling with low sales, that the US gubmint is beefing up their bottom lines again. With massive, unprecedented purchasing of deadly weapons of mass destruction, for which not a single gun control law has been passed, and Americans are killing each other in unprecedented, massive proportions. But let's not focus on that. Let's get all groovy over the massive, unprecedented purchases.


Hey, we wouldn't want the gubmint to have to rely on legal process, like a lien, to enforce a tax dispute with an old Nevada rancher, would we? They absolutely needed to send in heavily armed federal agents, including snipers, to collect their tax bill. And how else could they enforce fenced in "First Amendment Zones" to "allow" citizens to exercise their First Amendment Rights? And that was only the Bureau of Land Management - surely the Department of Agriculture can't permit being outdone by the BLM!

Since you want to get into the weeds, here's a list of federal agencies that have armed their employees:

The data in the following table are taken from the Bureau of Justice Statistics Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 2004 report; this is the most recent year for which these statistics are available.

Agency Pistoleros
U.S. Customs and Border Protection 27,705
Federal Bureau of Prisons 15,214
Federal Bureau of Investigation 12,242
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 10,399
U.S. Secret Service 4,769
Drug Enforcement Administration 4,400
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts 4,126
U.S. Marshals Service 3,233
U.S. Postal Inspection Service 2,976
Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation 2,777
Veterans Health Administration 2,423
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives 2,373
National Park Service 2,148
U.S. Capitol Police 1,535
Bureau of Diplomatic Security,
Diplomatic Security Service 825
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
Division of Law Enforcement 708
USDA Forest Service,
Law Enforcement & Investigations 600
Pentagon Force Protection Agency 482
U.S. Mint 376
Department of Health and Human Services (IG) 374
Department of the Treasury, Tax Administration (IG) 330
Department of Defense (IG) 326
Bureau of Indian Affairs 320
Amtrak 317
Department of Energy 292
Social Security Administration (IG) 279
Bureau of Land Management 249
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 234
Department of Housing and Urban Development (IG) 213
Environmental Protection Agency 209
Food and Drug Administration 177
Department of Agriculture (IG) 170
Tennessee Valley Authority 168
Department of Labor (IG) 142
National Marine Fisheries Service 141
Department of Homeland Security (IG) 132
Department of Justice (IG) 128
U.S. Supreme Court 125
Department of Veterans Affairs (IG) 116
Library of Congress 116
Department of Transportation (IG) 108
Department of Education (IG) 97
Bureau of Industry and Security 90
National Institutes of Health 75
Federal Emergency Management Agency 63
Department of the Interior (IG) 57
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (IG) 54
Environmental Protection Agency (IG) 53
General Services Administration (IG) 50
Department of Energy (IG) 47
Government Printing Office 40
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (IG) 39
Small Business Administration (IG) 29
National Institute of Standards and Technology 28
National Zoological Park 28
Office of Personnel Management (IG) 27
Bureau of Reclamation 24
Department of State (IG) 18
Department of the Treasury (IG) 16
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (IG) 15
U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (IG) 14
Agency for International Development (IG) 13
Department of Commerce (IG) 13
DHS Citizen and Immigration Services 9
Government Printing Office (IG) 7
Total 104,883

So, for about every 3000 residents of the U.S., there is one Federal agent entitled to carry a firearm to murder them on behalf of their consensual government. Now this may not seem like very many, but note that in the United States regular law enforcement—the cops—is entirely the responsibility of state and local government; the gunguys and gungals listed above are a layer on top of that, beholden only to the central power in Washington.

What is stunning are not the items at the top of the table: it makes sense that customs agents, border and federal prison guards, FBI agents, and the like carry guns, but rather those you find as you go down the list. [The “(IG)” annotation indicates that these people work for the Inspector General office of the respective agency, which is kind of its internal security branch.] First of all, look at what ultimately happens if you don't pay your taxes: there are 2,777 employees of the Internal Revenue Service authorised to carry weapons to shoot you down. Further down the list, we find that the Department of Health and Human Services has need of 374 pistol-packing Inspectors General to maintain its own departmental health by threatening human life. The Department of Housing and Urban Development manages to get along with a mere 213, while the Environmental Protection Agency issues 209 licenses to kill to keep the air and water pristine. http://www.fourmilab.ch/fourmilo...

Barry Soetoro
Harry Kovaire

You are referencing unauthorized information sources again Barry!

Barry Soetoro



It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.
Mark Twain


Probably pointless to ask, but....Do they carry both on and off duty, or just on duty? And - These figures are from 2004, when Homeland Security was on steroids. Think it would be lower today?

Harry Kovaire

Also didn't make this list:




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