Indeed, my BS detector goes off the charts.
Exactly, zab, just like Timothy McVeigh who was a radicalized, uh, I mean Catholic or Eric Robert Rudolph who was possessed with the right-wing rhetoric about standing 'laws' in this country that should be disobeyed and people should be killed. Nobody but the right-wing pundits are trying to make the Boston Bombers into anything other than the murderers they are, so you can drop the line about the 'liberal' media, there's no such thing.
Sounds like David Cooke needs to move to Iran if that's the kind of government he really wants. Byron Chapman -- in a real democracy, these haters that call themselves 'patriots', 'tea-partiers', would be drawn and quartered in the town square for their un-American, inciting to riot and murder tactics they use to get their moronic base fired up, but no we have to see their aiders and abettors on here every day and across the country. What they're advocating is treason. All they want is to destroy our government, no more, no less.
A little trip down memory lane, kids. I wish there was more GOP interest when the same issue was raised during the Bush administration, where they audited a progressive church in California. Only one Republican, [North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones], would call for an investigation during the Bush administration. I’m glad now that the GOP has found interest in this issue and it ought to be a bipartisan concern.
All Saints Episcopal in Pasadena, was threatened by the IRS to revoke the church’s tax-exempt status over an anti-Iraq War sermon the Sunday before the 2004 election.
And it wasn’t just churches. In 2004, the IRS went after the NAACP, auditing the nation’s oldest civil rights group after its chairman criticized President Bush for being the first sitting president since Herbert Hoover that did not address their group.
Then, in 2006, the Wall Street Journal broke the story of a how a little-known pressure group called Public Interest Watch — which received 97 percent of its funds from Exxon Mobile one year — managed to get the IRS to open an investigation into Greenpeace. Greenpeace had labeled Exxon Mobil the “No. 1 climate criminal.” The IRS acknowledged its audit was initiated by Public Interest Watch and threatened to revoke Greenpeace’s tax-exempt status, but closed the investigation three months later.
The year 2010 gave us Citizens United. Suddenly corporations were people who had the right of free speech. But corporations didn't want their free speech to be disclosed. Enter the Koch Bros., Dick Armey and Freedom Works. In their basement lab, they concocted the very first para-political party, the Tea Party, disguised as a social welfare agency, a 501(c)4. Tea Party Groups were mysteriously born all over the US. Not surprisingly, people and the media began howling loudly that the Tea Party was a wholly political entity that should be a 527 entity for IRS purposes. The media mysteriously seems to have forgotten all this.
Again not surprisingly the IRS began to question this rash of new applicants. That's how you make a determination. But ah, the Koch Bros were ready. In March 2012 a conservative legal foundation, the Landmark Legal Foundation filed a complaint with the Inspector General of the Treasury that the Tea Party groups were being unfairly targeted.
So the Tea Party which is a 100% political organization can pretend it is a social welfare agency until the rules are changed by Congress. To fault IRS workers who were responding to complaints is an ex post facto re-investigation of something that has already been examined and addressed.
No, degage, I copied it from Faux news website. Unlike you, I can read and don't have my information spoon fed to me from right-wing potties.
This is what happens when you let the pundits do your 'thinking' for you. Another Obama ‘Scandal’? Nope… GOP Rep Claims Responsibility For AP Surveillance.
Just when you thought another event was about to be added to the growing list of Obama ‘scandals’ – what with the Benghazi ‘cover-up’ (debunked by a single e-mail), the IRS surveillance of Tea Party-supporting groups (which flame-throwers like Allen West attempted to conflate into ‘conspiracies’ with no success), and the continuing heat on the military for its policies on sexual abuse – the Department of Justice investigation of Associated Press telephone records, widely expected to be another partisan blowtorch, has just been defended by a Republican congressman who claims it was the Republicans themselves who demanded the investigation last year.
Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) spoke to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren about the issue, one libertarians, journalists, and freedom of information advocates all believe demands review and reform, and instead of using it to bludgeon the administration for overstepping (which most of his party, the media, and even the President’s own party are doing), he instead claimed it was the natural evolution of a GOP demand for a probe.
Think back a year ago. We had the attorney general and other Department of Justice employees, and we grilled them over national security leaks. And here they are doing what we asked them to do, investigate the leak.
From the brainwashed degage comes this gem: "All of you would not be so gleeful if it was you or one of your liberal groups." Republicans are still furious over IRS scrutiny of non-profit groups with "Tea Party" and "patriots" in their names, but the life of the scandal depends entirely upon the political affiliation of the hundreds of other groups investigated by tax officials. Only 25% of the 300 scrutinized groups seeking non-profit status were reportedly affiliated with right-wing causes. Whether the rest aligned with left-leaning causes like abortion and climate change will not be known until the entire list is released. The IRS told Gawker today that the full list has yet to be made public.
The witch hunt of liberal churches happened under the leadership of IRS commissioner Mark Everson, a Republican appointed by George W. Bush in 2003. Another Bush appointee, Douglas Schulman, headed the IRS during the scrutiny of Tea Party groups seeking non-profit status in 2012. Schulman's term ended on November 11, after the 2012 election.
So, what’s your theory now?
These right-wing conspiracy theorists have gone from foolish to irrational. Instead of demanding our leaders take control and the 'real' problems destroying this country -- joblessness, hunger, diseases, lack of education, environmental devastation -- these nut-jobs choose to go after semantics, distortions and outright lies that are easily proven to be a hoax. The GOP has their fanatics chasing all the made up 'scandals' instead of ever exposing them to facts or god forbid, reason. How many millions to discover zilch, nada, nothing about the Clinton's in their Whitewater witch hunt? You idiots not only don't know history, you completely disregard it.
fairmon, I could name a hundred ways the Koch brothers have insidiously infected our democracy. Here's just a couple, you can do your own research, but you won't. A recent article in The Wichita Eagle reveals that the Koch brothers have found new ways to increase their influence in the US Congress.
Billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch, of the Wichita-based Koch Industries has formed the largest single oil and gas political donor to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, ahead of giants like Exxon Mobil.
One of the new Energy and Commerce Committee members include Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita and he hired a former Koch Industries lawyer as his chief of staff. Other key players include its new chairman, Rep. Fred Upton. He is a Republican from Michigan who was once criticized for being too soft on the EPA. Now he and others are likely to try and gut the EPA to the best of their abilities.
Koch Industries has never taken well to the EPA. They have found political allies and loop holes in their attempts to trash the environment without government interference. For the 2004 election Koch gave $587,000 to politicians.
Koch’s efforts have reached other states such as California. This last November they supported California’s Proposition 23, which would kill the state’s landmark global warming law. The Koch brothers’ corporation gave $1 million to the Prop 23 campaign, while AFP (Americans For Prosperity, a conservative lobby group which seeks to stop or even roll back environmental protection,) California attempts to stoke grassroots support, and Koch-funded think tanks attack climate policy.
Besides using the AFT, Koch has also infiltrated the Tea Party. The Battle cry of many of these anti-environmentalists is to “oppose job-killing regulations.” So while they use political influence to destroy our environment, they want you to believe it is in our best interest to do that.
This is one more example of a greedy, irresponsible corporation buying off our government.