IRS to Congress: Fuck Off

That letter, led by Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, said a review was “appropriate” given that this money was accepted and not reported while Hillary Clinton was serving as secretary of state.
In response, the IRS sent Blackburn a form letter, which Blackburn received late Wednesday. The letter thanked her for submitting the request, and said the IRS has an “ongoing examination program” to ensure tax-exempt groups comply with tax law.
“The information you submitted will be considered in this program,” it said. The letter was from Margaret Von Lienen, director of exempt organizations examinations, but she didn’t sign it.

via IRS sends Congress unsigned form letter to brush off demands for Clinton Foundation investigation | WashingtonExaminer.com.

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EPA to certain news media: “Fuck You!”

The Environmental Protection Agency excluded several news outlets and reporters who regularly cover the agency from a press briefing and announcement regarding its release of a regulation that expands its jurisdiction over waterways.
The Washington Examiner, as well as publications such as U.S. News and World Report and the Alaska Dispatch-News, were not sent an email at about 7:15 a.m. informing a wide range of reporters and news organizations of the impending Waters of the United States rule. Those reporters also received a later email sent around 9 a.m. that included a blog post from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary for the Army for Civil Works with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

via EPA shuts out Examiner, others from water rule announcement | WashingtonExaminer.com.

Leaving the Church of Environmentalism

That is why the predictions made by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and all the others based on computer models are, by definition, worthless. Computer models cannot predict anything about the vast chaotic global climate system. Even today, meteorologists are mystified by the actions of clouds which can form and disappear in minutes.
It’s useful to keep in mind that climate is measured in centuries, while the weather is reported as what is occurring today and forecast, at best, for no more than a week. Weather records are maintained for purposes of comparison and within the larger context of determining the Earth’s climate cycles. Like those in the past, the present cooling cycle is based on a comparable one of the Sun that is producing lower levels of radiation. You don’t need a Ph.D. in meteorology to understand this.
Carlin does not hesitate to excoriate the blather put forth by the alarmists; particularly their claims that the weather is affected in any significant fashion by human activity and development in particular. “There is simply no evidence thus far that the normal activities of man have or will result in catastrophic outcomes for either man or nature.”

Click forth and read all.

via Leaving the Church of Environmentalism | Watts Up With That?.

Same Old Clinton Headlines, Same Old Players

“Hillary Clinton’s damage control operation gets more troops”

Correct The Record, an outside rapid response and research group dedicated to defending the records of Clinton and the other Democratic presidential candidates is reorganizing so it can coordinate with Clinton’s campaign and devote all of its resources to her.
Founded by Clinton ally David Brock in late 2013, Correct the Record is splitting off from its parent organization, the opposition research group American Bridge 21st Century, and registering with the Federal Election Commission as a stand-alone super PAC, the group announced Tuesday.

DC Dave has you covered, Granny

DC Dave has you covered, Granny

Ghads.  When hasn’t this been a headline during the eons the Clinton’s have held political office.

via Hillary Clinton’s damage control operation gets more troops – Annie Karni – POLITICO.

In Spicoli’s Paradise: The dissent of comedy is no long tolerated

Turning serious, Marquez tells the crowd that the socialist revolution, launched 16 years ago by the late Hugo Chavez, is collapsing under the weight of bad policies and corrupt public officials.

That message doesn’t sit well with Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro. Besides jailing opposition leaders and cracking down on protesters, the Maduro government is now going after comics.

Marquez says that three of his recent shows were canceled after all three clubs that booked him were suddenly closed down for alleged tax evasion. He’s also been shut out of government-run theaters and hotels.

via It’s No Joke: Venezuela Cracks Down On Comedians : Parallels : NPR.

“That’s right sir. 30 city and 42 highway and 5-10 years in the penitentiary for changing your owns spark plugs “

Dear Car Companies: This is NOT a Good “Features and Benefits” Point

These 12 car companies are lobbying hard to make working on the electrical and computer components of your own car illegal. General Motors has told the Copyright Office that proponents of copyright reform mistakenly “conflate ownership of a vehicle with ownership of the underlying computer software in a vehicle.”
General Motors also says that your car qualifies as a “mobile computing device.” Tinkering with it, therefore, could be a copyright violation because although you do own your car, you do not own the computer code inside it. Jail-breaking your iPad is currently illegal for the same reason. By the way, jail-breaking your iPhone is still legal; it’s just one more example of a government regulation that is full of double standards.

Get. Bent.

via 12 big car companies are trying to make working on your own car illegal – Watchdog.org.

The Sky IS Falling (again)

Time Magazine June 24, 1974:

As they review the bizarre and unpredictable weather pattern of the past several years, a growing number of scientists are beginning to suspect that many seemingly contradictory meteorological fluctuations are actually part of a global climatic upheaval. However widely the weather varies from place to place and time to time, when meteorologists take an average of temperatures around the globe they find that the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. The trend shows no indication of reversing. Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age.

Telltale signs are everywhere—from the unexpected persistence and thickness of pack ice in the waters around Iceland to the southward migration of a warmth-loving creature like the armadillo from the Midwest. Since the 1940s the mean global temperature has dropped about 2.7° F. Although that figure is at best an estimate, it is supported by other convincing data.

Being Gay Does Not Mean You Have to Vote For Dumb Political Theater Laws

Boehning reportedly sent several messages under the handle “Top Man!” to 21-year-old Dustin Smith including unsolicited pictures of his penis. This was at the same time he was voting down several bills that would provide protections for LGBT people in one of the country’s most conservative states.

I am certain the US and North Dakota Constitutions already prevent discrimination against people.   These are an extra-legal push to the rest of society to: ACCEPT!! God-Dammit!

Bake the Cake

Accept Us, Or Else!

via N.D. state rep. outed by Grindr match – UPI.com.

N. Gillespie: College Today is Very Expensive Kindergarten

But really, what the fuck is wrong with kids these days and, more important, the supposed adults who look after them? They act as if they are raising human veal that cannot even stand on their own legs or face the sunlight without having their eyeballs burned out and their hearts broken by a single deep breath or uncomfortable moment. I’m just waiting for stories of college deans carrying students on from class to class on their backs.

Spot on.

via Trigger Warning: College Kids Are Human Veal – The Daily Beast.

Spicoli’s Paradise: Inflation now at 200%

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Next door in Venezuela the economic situation is so bad that the government will no longer reveal key economic statistics. The government has also bought or shut down most privately owned mass media. But the bad news still gets around, just not as quickly. It appears that inflation is now over 200 percent and unemployment over 20 percent, with underemployment (mainly of people with government make-work jobs) even higher. Food shortages are getting worse, in large part because Venezuela imports most of its food and those imports are down by nearly half compared to a year ago. That’s because the world price for oil is down by half and the government simply does not have the money. No one is willing to lend either, because Venezuela already has lots of foreign debt and some of it looks like it won’t get paid back.

1Stone chavez 1 belafonte_chavez 1spacey_chavez1glover-y-chavezvia Colombia: Venezuela Slides Towards Revolution.

Ben Affleck: “Please don’t tell! Please don’t tell!”

‘…I want to stay one of the Kool Kids.’

Ghads.  Pathetic. 

I guess you won’t get invited to any of the really cool social gatherings? 

Ben Affleck requested that the PBS documentary series “Finding Your Roots” not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks, and the information never appeared on the program.
PBS and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, host of the show that traces the ancestry of well-known guests, said in separate statements that they didn’t censor the slave-owner details. Instead, more interesting ancestors of the actor emerged and Gates chose to highlight them in October’s segment featuring Affleck, they said in the statements posted on the PBS website.

via AP:

Who else has border problems? Daeshi threatens==>500k to EU (con’d)

UpdateThey are coming and bringing murder and death with them.

Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday.
Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea, police in Palermo, Sicily, said.

This seem like an easy problem for the EU; Ummm…. don’t let them in?

Oh.  What?  You …. you want the US to provide Coast Guard support.  Ships?  Men?  Tax dollars?  And    a    place    to   house    them?  Riiiiiiiight.

Okay.  Try this instead: just turn Cyprus into your own version of Guantanamo.  Try the Turks first.  They love them some Daeshi.

Daesh ISIS has threatened to flood Europe with half a million migrants from Libya in a ‘psychological’ attack against the West, it was claimed today.
Transcripts of telephone intercepts published in Italy claim to provide evidence that Daesh ISIS is threatening to send 500,000 migrants simultaneously out to sea in hundreds of boats in a ‘psychological weapon’ against Europe if there is military intervention against them in Libya.
Many would be at risk of drowning with rescue services unable to cope. But authorities fear that if numbers on this scale arrived, European cities could witness riots.
Separately, the militants hope to cement their control of Libya then cross the Mediterranean disguised as refugees, according to letters seen by Quilliam the anti-terror group, reported by the Telegraph.

If you can get on a boat, find a way to get into EU waters, you are automatically taken in to that country?  Someone tell the people held on Gibraltar.

via ISIS threatens to send 500,000 migrants to Europe as a ‘psychological weapon’ | Daily Mail Online.

The Garden City, Kansas School District, CPS, and Police Department are More Stupid Than a Box of Hair

I guess all violent and property crimes have been solved In Garden City.  Taxpayers there can rejoice.

This boy was defending his mother’s use of a drug that helps her deal with an awful condition. Because he stuck up for his mother, the state arrested her and ripped him away from her. Even if he is eventually returned to his mother (as he ought to be), the school, the town, and the state of Kansas have already done a lot more damage to this kid than Banda’s use of pot to treat her Crohn’s disease ever could.

Banda’s supporters have now set up a legal defense fund page for her at Go Fund Me.

If the extract was pure CBD oil, then this is no crime and not against the law.

via State seizes 11-year-old, arrests his mother after he defends medical marijuana during a school presentation – The Washington Post.

VA Sec. “I ran a large company, sir, what have you done?” McDonald; Whistle-blower Reprisals

Update: Report: Veterans see even longer waits for health care while VA faces huge budget shortfall

The number of veterans seeking health care but ending up on waiting lists of one month or more is 50 percent higher now than it was a year ago when a scandal over false records and long wait times wracked the Department of Veterans Affairs, The New York Times reported.
The VA also faces a budget shortfall of nearly $3 billion, the Times reported in a story posted online ahead of its Sunday editions. The agency is considering furloughs, hiring freezes and other significant moves to reduce the gap, the newspaper reported

Update: VA pledges broad review of blah ….blah …. blah … how will this affect my bonus?

Update: Philly VA office altered wait times, doctored reviews, hid mail, ignored warnings

Philadelphia’s Department of Veterans Affairs office “cooked the books” to understate the amount of time veterans waited for pensions and other benefits, according to a massive inspector general’s report released Wednesday.
Delays were not because of a lack of funds or personnel but because of “inefficient workload practices” and “disorganized storage,” the inspector general said in the 100-page report.
More than 31,000 benefits claims were pending an average of 312 days instead of five, which is the standard, because they were “mismanaged” at “various levels.” That meant that questions from homeless veterans and widows were met with silence, and notices that a veteran had died went unheeded.
Numerous times, management ordered staff to change the dates on old claims to be the current date.

Update: VA Officials Retaliate Against Whistleblowers by Illegally Accessing Their Medical Records

An official at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said Monday that Department of Veterans Affairs officials are known to be retaliating against VA whistleblowers by illegally going through their medical records, in an apparent attempt to harass and discredit these whistleblowers.
This surprising testimony from Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner was delivered at a House Veterans Affairs subcommittee hearing, which was called to discuss the problems whistleblowers face when they try to expose the ongoing failure of the VA to provide medical care to veterans.
In Lerner’s prepared testimony, she explained that many VA officials who try to reveal these problems are veterans themselves who are also seeking care at the VA. She said in some cases, VA officials try to retaliate by examining the medical records of these officials, and said this still happens — she called it an “ongoing concern.”
“In several cases, the medical records of whistleblowers have been accessed and information in those records has apparently been used to attempt to discredit the whistleblowers,” she said.

Update:At VA health facilities, whistleblowers still fear retaliation

After five suicidal veterans walked out of the emergency room without getting help during a single week in January, Brandon Coleman brought his concerns to his supervisor at the VA Hospital in Phoenix. Coleman, a therapist and decorated veteran, urgently warned that there was a broader problem with how suicidal patients were being handled.

Six days after he spoke with his boss, Coleman recalled, he was suspended from his job. He believes it was in retaliation.

VA Secretary Robert McDonald came to office in July in the midst of the largest scandal in the agency’s history. He announced that he wanted to make “every employee a whistleblower” and create a fresh culture that “celebrates them.”

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald got defensive during a hearing on the agency’s budget Wednesday, snapping at one congressman who suggested he’d accomplished little in his first six months on the job. “I ran a large company, sir, what have you done?” McDonald said to Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) in a heated exchange.

Was that company, Comcast Customer Service?  ‘Cause you can’t even get Christmas cards delivered to “Any soldier or Sailor”  in the VA hospital.

So what I’m about to post has me terribly upset…actually pretty pissed off. Back in November and December my students (6and 7 yr olds with autism) made over 50 Christmas cards for our vets at Walter Reed Medical Center. We called them for the proper address, etc. we told them what we were sending and who was sending. I just got the package returned to me…OPENED but rubber banded shut. I called to see why. They said: ” the deadline for Christmas cards is Nov. 29th!” It was postmarked Dec.16th. Too late. Too late! Too late! I want this shared everywhere! THIS IS A DISGRACE! Our men and women heroes laying in that hospital were good enough to fight for our freedom. And they can’t give them a Christmas card!

Mobile Uploads – Lisa LaRe Richter.

TSA Reminder: This is all to prevent terrorism…. or something

A CBS4 investigation has learned that two Transportation Security Administration screeners at Denver International Airport have been fired after they were discovered manipulating passenger screening systems to allow a male TSA employee to fondle the genital areas of attractive male passengers.
It happened roughly a dozen times, according to information gathered by CBS4.
According to law enforcement reports obtained during the CBS4 investigation, a male TSA screener told a female colleague in 2014 that he “gropes” male passengers who come through the screening area at DIA.
“He related that when a male he finds attractive comes to be screened by the scanning machine he will alert another TSA screener to indicate to the scanning computer that the party being screened is a female. When the screener does this, the scanning machine will indicate an anomaly in the genital area and this allows (the male TSA screener) to conduct a pat-down search of that area.”
Although the TSA learned of the accusation on Nov. 18, 2014 via an anonymous tip from one of the agency’s own employees, reports show that it would be nearly three months before anything was done.

Ummm… am I a homophobe for pointing this out?

via CBS4 Investigation: TSA Screeners At DIA Manipulated System To Grope Men’s Genitals « CBS Denver.

Tales of the Perpetually Butthurt (con’d)

The tweet, which Clorox (CLX) since deleted, showed a Clorox bottle made up of the new emojis released by Apple (AAPL, Tech30) as part of this week’s iOS 8.3 update. Clorox tweeted, “New emojis are alright but where’s the bleach.”

Apple’s new iOS 8.3 release consists of 300 new emojis, including kissing lips, googly eyes and a smiling poop (we wish we were making that up). But they also include racially diverse emojis, including cartoon faces with brown and black skin.

Nothing better to do today SJWs?  Too many loses lately?  Let’s pick on corporations, they’re fish in a barrel.

much-butthurt-in-you-i-sense

via Clorox’s misunderstood tweet sparks racial outrage – Apr. 9, 2015.