Thursday, May 16, 2013

Scandal? what scandal?

One of the pundits' headlines said that Obama needed his own Drudge, to counteract the bad news.

Uh, isn't that why I keep receiving emails from the Democratic based cheerleaders?

the UKMail has the latest in the IRS scandal. Here are a few questions the IRS asked:

Three of the more than 90 questions the IRS posed to Linchpins of Liberty, including (#24) the demand for a list of everyone the organization had trained, or planned to train - all of whom would be students in college and high school

This is probably not new: Back in the anti war days under Nixon, demonstrators had their photos taken and put into a data base. I attended a religious retreat where a non violent protester (on bail) also attended, and the FBI was outside monitoring the event, which had nothing to do with politics. We took them some coffee...

and now there are rumors that ten million patients had their medical records stolen by the IRS? WTF...
IT personnel at the scene, a HIPPA facility warning on the building and the IT portion of the searched premises, and the company executives each warned the IRS agents of these privileged records," it continued. 
According to the case, the IRS agents had a search warrant for financial data pertaining to a former employee of the John Doe company, however, "it did not authorize any seizure of any healthcare or medical record of any persons, least of all third parties completely unrelated to the matter," the complaint read.    

Headsup from the very partisan Gateway pundit.

so why the fuss? As Canadian pundit David Warren quips:
My guess is that the IRS scandal is tops. Nothing could make the “average taxpayer,” in the very season of income tax returns, & with the nightmare of them freshly in memory, identify so viscerally with the IRS targets — with the tea-baggers & “patriots” & others of that ilk whom the Tax Department selected for persecution — nor infuriate him against Big Guvmint so comprehensively.


SciFi/Fantasy author Sara Hoyt writes that not all is lost."they" have the educational system, the mass media etc. but thanks to the internet, things are changing...

Read the whole thing. Via Instapundit


Prince Harry visited America, honors war veterans, and is now visiting New Jersey and the areas destroyed by last year's storm..


Here in the Philippines, vote buying and family dynasties are normal in politics (as is, alas, shooting one's opponants). So we just have to grit our teeth about the new Mayor, whose father ordered the hit that killed our nephew.

The new voting machines are supposed to stop the stuffed ballot boxes from being substituted, but are actually slowing the vote count.

But the Inquirer notes that the "young guns" may take over the Senate.
But young as they are, the fact that they represent old names in Philippine politics wasn’t lost on Angara and Aquino.

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