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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Think it's Hot? Check out these Temperature Records

Is Obama Blowing Smoke and Hot Air in DC over Climate Change?

By Albert N. Milliron

President Obama's subject of this weeks address was on global climate change.
During last weeks speech Obama took a shot at so-called global warming skeptics, as he removed his jacket and wiped the sweat off his brow, he said, “we don’t have time for another meeting with the Flat Earth Society.” Had Obama taken that meeting, he would have learned that the Flat Earth Society is in agreement with him on Climate Change.

So what was supposed to be a joke toward “science deniers” ended up being a joke on Obama and his “scientific consensus” crowd.

Lets bring some statistics and scientific collected data to the argument that is “settled.”

You think its hot?  Check out these Temperature World Records.  I won’t even try to provide analysis of the data provided below, I will leave that for our readers.

Record Temperatures

The hottest air temperature ever recorded in Death Valley (Furnace Creek) was 134°F (57°C) on July 10, 1913. During the heat wave that peaked with that record, five consecutive days reached 129° F (54°C) or above. Death Valley holds the record for the hottest place on earth.
Oddly enough, 1913 was also the year that saw Death Valley's coldest temperature. On January 8 the temperature dropped to 15°F (-10°C) at Furnace Creek. via  Death Valley National Park.

Longest  heatwave in history - October 1924 - Over 100 F
The outback Australian town of Marble Bar recorded the longest ever heatwave, setting a record for the most consecutive days above 100F (37.8C).
via Worst heatwaves in history

Hottest Temperatures ever recorded by Continent
  • Africa - Al 'Aziziyah, Libya - 136 degrees September 22, 1922
  • North America - Death Valley, California - 134 degrees July 10, 1913
  •  Asia - Kuwait - 128.5 degrees  2012
  • Australia - Oodnadatta, South Australia - 123 degrees  January 2, 1960
  • South America - Villa de Maria del Rio Seco, Argentina - 120.4 degrees - January 2, 1920
  • Europe - Catenanuova, Italy - 119.3 degrees - August 10, 1999
  • Antarctica - Vanda Station - 59 degrees - January 5, 1974
Coldest  Temperatures ever recorded by Continent
  • Antarctica - Vostok Station −128.6 °F - July 21 1983
  • Antarctica - Vostok Station -128.6 degrees - July 21, 1983
  • Asia - Verkhoyansk, Russia -90 degrees - February 2, 1892
  • North America - North Ice, Greenland -87 degrees - January 9, 1954
  • Europe - Ust' Shchugor, Russia -72.6 degrees - December 31, 1978
  • South America - Valle de los Patos Superior, Argentina -38.2 degrees - July 17, 1972
  • Africa - Ifrane, Morocco -24 degrees - On February 11, 1935
  • Australia - Charlotte Pass, New South Wales, Australia -9.4 degrees - June 29, 1994
So there you have it!  Much of the data came from NASA and Wikipedia.  Come to your own conclusions on the data provided and please comment below.  Next, we expect to provide correlation data between temperature and CO2.

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Retired Admiral Blows Whistle on Benghazi Failed Kidnapping

A lot has been said and written, but this promises to break the case wide open!

 By Doc Vega

There have been many theories and accusations about the Benghazi fiasco that not only cost Ambassador J. Christian Stevens his life, but the lives of his staff
and one Navy Seal body-guard as well. This action which led to a complete conflagration of terrorist attacks against US diplomatic buildings throughout the Middle East and North Africa still remains largely uninvestigated by the government, unprosecuted by AG Eric Holder’s Depart of Justice, and refuses to bring the guilty parties to justice while many know the truth and are not coming forward. Even though President Obama is implicated in this overseas tragedy still the truth has not emerged.

That has all changed. Finally, an authoritative figure with the proper credentials has stepped up to the plate to tell the true story of what did happen without the lies and cover-ups that have so far kept those guilty of murder from standing trial. The admission on the part of this man will likely blow the Benghazi scandal wide open and lead to arrests if we can get our legal system to act as it should. That, however, is a big if.

The story as it truly unfolded

According to a report from the Washington Times, retired 4 Star Admiral James Lyons reveals the entire plot that led to the deaths of Americans in Libya that could have been prevented, who gave the orders, and why events took place as they tragically did. Admiral James Lyons is probably the highest ranking figure ever to intervene in a federal government criminal case, and testify. Thanks to this man’s dedication to his country and the truth, we will finally know the truth and who was responsible.

In his words Lyons says that the attack on Benghazi was a bungled kidnapping attempt to be perpetrated upon Ambassador Stevens. This was to appear to be a hostage exchange for a terrorist prisoner who was to be released in trade for a supposedly captured US ambassador. The trade would have been for Omar Abdel Rahman an international prisoner, known as the Blind Sheikh.

This apparent abduction by terrorists of our ambassador and then negotiated trade for the Blind Sheikh would have been the “October Surprise” that would have elevated President Obama’s flagging popularity and boosted his approval ratings for a re-election. A dramatic prisoner exchange that saved our ambassador’s life However, something went horribly wrong. A cunning and illegal bit of treachery by the Obama White House turned into something entirely different. Obama’s October surprise turned into a carnage orchestrated by the White House itself as the President, Leon Panetta, and CIA Director, David Petraeus watched via a UAV real-time feed as a 7 hour attack on the Benghazi Embassy raged. Reportedly, stand down orders were given several times to different units within striking distance.

A plot of pure deception

With what should have been only a staged kidnapping of Ambassador J. Christian Stevens, instead, Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty refused a stand down order and began doing their job of protecting the ambassador using force. Immediately the well-trained Seals began inflicting heavy casualties upon the terrorists who thought they were merely in a cake walk to abduct Ambassador Stevens without mishap. As a result of the plan going awry, a massive attack arose from the anger of the terrorists who felt they had been betrayed by President Obama. In the aftermath of the battle which saw Navy Seal Glen Doherty killed after the embassy had been overrun along with the ambassador’s staff. Ambassador Steven’s whose body showed up 5 hours later at a Benghazi hospital supposedly overcome by smoke, but as the initial foreign press reports indicated a much different outcome, in fact, Stevens was raped, tortured, and dragged around Benghazi in retaliation for the botched Obama White House plan.If not for foreign press agents, who were there and saw, we would never have known the truth as the sold out leftist media of the US would have hidden this fact to aid President Obama’s campaign efforts.

Obama hands over Libya to Al Qaeda

Was this just a freak occurrence that belies the true nature of dealings in Libya with American diplomatic efforts, just one glitch in normal standard operating procedure? No, according to former Admiral Lyons and many others such as Glen Beck, who have all uncovered evidence that lead to much more sinister deeds being undertaken. Evidence of a working relationship between the US and its alleged terrorist enemies had already delivered Libya to the Al Qaeda terrorist organization through infiltration of the government, media, and general society prior to the rebellion against Muammar Gaddafi that toppled the dictator last year. That the US has worked with Al Qaeda awarding them security contracts for all US embassies and consulates as well as border protection has instead allowed Libya to become a haven for numerous terrorist operators who have automatic access to Libya’s territory to carry out their training. All this with the support and blessing of the Obama administration. This is not only unthinkable, but beyond excuse or rationalization. There should already be indictments for many in the state department, in the DOJ, all the way up to the oval office, yet, so far nothing has been done.

Treason plain and simple

It goes even farther than that. Evidence indicates that Ambassador Stevens was being used as an arms dealer to supply Jihadists in the region to support yet another uprising in Syria. Just prior to the murder of our ambassador, he was trying to locate guns that had been walked across Libya’s border through Turkey to other countries just as the ATF had done in operation Fast and Furious on the border of Mexico. These are not the actions of inexperience or bad intelligence. They are the actions of traitorous intention. President Obama will, no doubt, be linked to these deaths and operations if Congress will only act, and do its duty in prosecuting a treasonous president who is endangering national security.
There is no where else for a Congressional investigation to turn other than naming the conspirators, determining when officials knew, and assembling the evidence that murder was committed on behalf of the White House to silence those who knew and could testify. Through out the Obama presidency over the last four years the administration has master minded operations that have caused numerous controversies and crises, not to mention the deaths of Americans.

When will the GOP take action?

The Republicans have missed opportunities to discredit the President, to impeach Obama in the wake of waging war against Libya without Congressional approval, and allowed executive privilege to  quash subpoenaed demands for evidence on Fast and Furious never released by AG Eric Holder. John Boehner, Speaker of the House, has refused to exercise initiative whenever the GOP could have used much-needed momentum to stem the tide against the incessant assaults against state’s rights, constitutional rights, and the traditional institutions of America. Will the recent damning evidence now uncovered over the Benghazi fiasco thanks to Admiral James Lyons be implemented to convict the President of potential high treason, or will we see yet another case of criminal acts ignored and hidden at the expense of the American people? If you bother to take interest and act as a responsible citizens contact your congressman and demand action!

First Published on Politisite

Why Crackers don't understand Rachel Jeantel

Rachel Jeantel: "Creepy Ass Cracker"

By Albert N. Milliron

Following the Rachel Jeantel testimony in the George Zimmerman murder trial, several writers and commentators tried to explain to us white privileged Americans the reasons we don't understand Rachel.  The basic conclusion, is that we can't understand her simply because we are not black.
We were told that the Term "Cracker" and "Nigga" are not racial terms but instead terms of endearment.  White folks should accept being called, "cracker" with pride as in Florida, Cracker means something totally different. We further we instructed that Black folk don't call law enforcement in fear of being murdered by those who were to protect them.

Additionally, we are  were told that Jeantels' reaction to the defense lawyer would be understood if we understood black culture better.

But here is the thing, I live in a mixed neighborhood in Columbia, SC.  Just to help you in the north who think the south is still segregated, let me scan around my desk to each family in my "hood".  Next door on my left is a mixed race couple (black and white), across the street is an Asian family, next to them lives a Latino family, next to them is a single black women who is a deputy sheriff, and my other neighbor is a single white man.

We all seem to have little problem communicating around here, I have never come across anyone here calling each other "Nigga" and I have never been referred to as "Cracker."  (at least to my face) Crime is much lower then in most sections of the city.

So I guess I don't understand, being white and all.

I have included two articles that seek to set us "Crackers" straight.  Basically they are saying that our issues with Miss Rachel Jeantel is really our hidden coded racism and just a big misunderstanding of her demeanor.    We are told, we need an African-American to explain it to us.  So here are two articles that should enlighten you.... Then you shall understand!

Why Black People Understand Rachel Jeantel by Christina Coleman
If ever I thought myself objective and unbiased, the George Zimmerman trial is definitely not that moment.
So let’s cut to the chase.
Any attorney, jury member, judge or white person in that courtroom is not going to understand Rachel Jeantel. And I don’t expect them to.
In fact, I certainly, like my fellow writer Rachel Samara, understand why white people wouldn’t like Rachel. She’s hard. She’s black. And your assumptions about her background and lack of education make you feel like you are better, somehow. That her testimony, no matter how powerful and impactful it may be to this trial, is implausible. Weak, maybe? Let’s impeach her.
But maybe the reason white people don’t understand Rachel Jeantel has something more to do with white privilege then, what they would call, Rachel’s capricious nature. Let’s for one second try to understand why Rachel is “angry” (read emotional), “hood” (read blunt), and “unintelligent” (read multilingual). The thing is, what white people see in Rachel has little to do about her own issues, and more to say about the America that white people are blind to.
Let’s take her testimony on not calling the police, for example. Rachel told defense attorney Don West that she didn’t call the police after she heard the scuffle between Trayvon Martin and the man that was following him for numerous reasons. First, she believed that he was right near his “daddy’s house,” and that Tracy would help him. She also was under the impression that, if it were a life or death situation, someone would certainly come to his aid. But as West continued his questioning, riddled with nuances to throw Rachel off track, the glaring subtext of this all became clear.
Don West doesn’t understand why Rachel didn’t call the police when she heard a struggle. Rachel, who is a black woman, doesn’t call the police. Why? Black people and police officers don’t mix.
Read more: Global Grind.
What White People Don’t Understand About Rachel Jeantel By Rachel Samara
A predominantly white jury is not going to like Rachel Jeantel. Let’s just be real here.
The 19-year-old Miami native is an easy target for obvious, yet shallow reasons. But let’s not forget why she’s actually on the stand in George Zimmerman’s second degree murder trial. Rachel was the last person to speak to a living, breathing Trayvon Martin. The guilt, shame and sorrow she must feel is something most of us will never be able to comprehend. You could hear it in her voice, see it in her jittery body language. She is feeling the wrath of this highly publicized case.
Rachel was thrown head first into this murder story, unwillingly. And although she had repeatedly said she did not want to be a witness, did not even want to believe she was the last person Trayvon spoke to, Rachel took the stand for all the right reasons. She was asked to by the family of her deceased friend and feeling part of the burden for his death, she wanted to help.
Rachel was raw, emotional, aggressive and hostile, and she was unapologetically herself.
And if the 5 white jurors (excluding the 1 Latina) are like most white people I know, they are unfortunately not going to like Rachel. They won’t understand her, especially not her defensive nature, and this will unfortunately work against her. Even though it shouldn’t.
I can imagine George Zimmerman’s defense is just hoping some of those 5 white jurors have some prejudices (as most people do), or hell, are even racist, because if they are, their tactic to make Rachel out to be less intelligent, rather than less credible than she actually is, might actually work.
Less intelligent and more confused.
Less intelligent because of the “language barrier” and more confused because of the lawyers’ failure to understand who Rachel is, where she comes from, what kind of life she lives.

Read more:  Global Grind.

 Article is Crossposted at

Extremely Graphic Video Of Syrian Rebels Beheading Men, While Screaming Allahu Akbar!

By Susan Duclos

The video shown below is extremely graphically violent as Syrian rebels behead what is purported to me Syrian priest François Murad and two other men, while those standing around scream Allahu Akbar, meaning "God is greater" or "God is [the] greatest."

Fides News Agency, news agency of the Vatican, confirms the death of  François Murad, while stating that he circumstances of the death are not fully understood.

"Let us pray," writes the Custos of the Holy Land Pierbattista Pizzaballa OFM " so that this absurd and shameful war ends soon and that the people of Syria can go back to living a normal life." Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, titular of the Syrian Catholic archeparchy in Hassaké-Nisibis reports to Fides: "The whole story of Christians in the Middle East is marked and made fruitful by the blood of the martyrs of many persecutions. Lately, father Murad sent me some messages that clearly showed how conscious he was of living in a dangerous situation, and offered his life for peace in Syria and around the world. "
 The video below is not of news accounts where the worst of the violent beheadings are blurred, this is the full version and before starting the video, please be sure no children are within viewing distance.


Recently it was reported that Barack Obama "authorized sending some U.S. weapons to Syrian rebels for the first time as a part of a new package of military support to the opposition in the fight to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad." That decision is being questioned by members of the U.S. Congress.

More at Catholic Online.

Angry Protesters Burn Obama's Picture In South Africa, Call Him A Killer (Video)

By Susan Duclos

While much of the reporting about Barack Obama's trip to South Africa, is focusing on Obama's pledge of $7 billion to help combat frequent power blackouts in sub-Saharan Africa, much of the reporting downplays or completely ignores the anti-Obama protests raging throughout the country.

In the video below it describes those protests with protesters burning pictures of Obama and calling him a killer.

[WATCH]- The protest against visiting US President Barack Obama turns violent in South Africa, with police firing at demonstrators.

Foreign coverage of the Anti-Obama protests in Pretoria

Key quote from another report of the protests- "I feel my rights are being infringed," said 24-year-old Bilaal Qibr, who was at the protest. "We can't protest anymore. Personally, I feel like this is an extension of the U.S."

Photo credit- New York Times

Live Stream, June 30, 2013- Massive Egyptian Protests Against Morsi; Update- Global Protests

By Susan Duclos

Following days of violence, injury and death from protests and demonstrations leading up to the massive planned protests for June 30, 2013, calling for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to step down, there are live streams available for embedding from both OntvLive and Ustream.


Live stream by Ustream

According to the Egyptian health ministry, as of Saturday, June 29th, the protests have resulted in 606 people injured and seven deaths.

Egyptians protest Barack Obama’s support of Morsi

[Update] H/T Deborah Dupree at BIN, the protests against Morsi are seeing support globally.

Is Obama Violating Law With Firearm Sales Database? Bipartisan Group Of 26 Senators Want To Know

By Susan Duclos

A bipartisan group of 26 senators, led by Oregon's Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, have sent Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper a letter demanding details on the NSA's collection of data on American citizens, including whether the Obama administration is collecting firearm sales records which can be used as a gun owner database aka registry, which violates the Firearms Owners' Protection Act.

From the letter which will be embedded below the post, it states: "we are troubled by the possibility of this bulk collection authority being applied to other categories of records. The PATRIOT Act's businesses records authority is very broad in its scope. It can be used to collect information on credit card purchases, pharmacy records, library records, firearm sales records, financial information, and a range of other sensitive subjects. And the bulk collection authority could potentially be used to supersede bans on maintaining gun owner databases, or laws protecting the privacy of medical records, financial records, and records of book and movie purchases. Theses other types of bulk collection could clearly have a significant impact on Americans' privacy and liberties as well."

The ban on maintaining gun owner databases, is  part of the Firearms Owners' Protection Act where it states :

No such rule or regulation prescribed after the date of the enactment of the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act may require that records required to be maintained under this chapter or any portion of the contents of such records, be recorded at or transferred to a facility owned, managed, or controlled by the United States or any State or any political subdivision thereof, nor that any system of registration of firearms, firearms owners, or firearms transactions or dispositions be established.

Democrats in Congress already tried, and failed, to bypass that law under the guise of a broad "background check" bill which would have included the ability to establish a database, but the bipartisan group of Senators are clearly trying to find out if the Obama administration is using their interpretation of the PATRIOT Act, to simply ignore the ban against the government maintaining a gun owners' registry.

Remember, in February 2013, Democratic lawmaker Maxine Waters confirmed, and in fact boasted, that Barack Obama "has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life." She continued on to say "That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it’s never been done before."


With the recently revealed scope of spying the NSA has conducted against Americans, including but not limited to obtaining access to three months of phone records on all Verizon users, data on Americans from at least nine major tech companies including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple, the recent revelation that Americans' financial information is also being accessed without a warrant and much more, the concerns of these 26 Senators are quite legitimate.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

German News Reports NSA Bugged European Union Offices In DC, The UN, And Abroad

By Susan Duclos

[UPDATE]- Statement from President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz made the following statement on reports that EU offices have allegedly been bugged by the US authorities, shown below the original post.

The NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, reportedly shared more classified documents, this time with German news magazine Der Spiegel, which says it was privy to  parts of documents in Snowden's possession showing that Europeans were specifically mentioned as a "target" in the source document from September 2010.

The document suggests that in addition to installing bugs in the building in downtown Washington, DC, the EU representation's computer network was also infiltrated. In this way, the Americans were able to access discussions in EU rooms as well as emails and internal documents on computers.

According to those documents the US bugged the offices of European Union member state offices in Washington and at the UN and gained access to computer networks used at those location, The Verge reported.

In addition to NSA efforts to listen in on EU representatives in the US, the agency is said to have spied on telecommunications at the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels (pictured above), where the Council of the European Union sits. EU member states have offices at the building with internet connections and phone lines, and it's presumed that the NSA tapped into at least some of those communications. It's not clear if this information comes from the same document, but Der Spiegel reports that five years ago security officers at the Justus Lipsius building traced some missed calls to NSA offices at a NATO building in Brussels.

This follows previous revelations by Snowden, who accessed and stole classified information before fleeing to Hong Kong, regarding a secret NSA program named Prism, where data from large tech companies on millions of Americans has been, and continues to be, collected by the Obama administration. Those companies include Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple.

Other leaked information from Snowden's treasure trove of classified documents includes the U.S hacking into Chinese Mobile Phone Companies and stealing SMS data.

Those leaks and others have led to charges of espionage to be leveled against Snowden as he fled Hong Kong, supposedly to Russia where it is believed he is at the moment, although there are some serious questions of whether he is still there or not, since nobody but Wikileaks officials, who are protecting him and aiding him in avoiding arrest,  have actually seen him.

Related- Court Agrees To Release 2011 Ruling Calling NSA's Spying Unconstitutional And Illegal, Over DOJ's Objections

VIDEO- Germany most-spied-on EU country by US - leaked NSA report

[UPDATE]- Statement from President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz made the following statement on reports that EU offices have allegedly been bugged by the US authorities:

"I am deeply worried and shocked about the allegations of US authorities spying on EU offices. If the allegations prove to be true, it would be an extremely serious matter which will have a severe impact on EU-US relations. On behalf of the European Parliament, I demand full clarification and require further information speedily from the US authorities with regard to these allegations."

Full Wake up America NSA scandal coverage found here.

What would tyranny look like in America? Look around- Bonus Video- Wake Up 2013

By Susan Duclos

Shared via YouTube

Congressman Bridenstine speaks on tyranny in America on the House floor. "What would tyranny look like in America? Look around"


Follow that up with Wake Up 2013, which should cause chills to run up everyone's spine. (H/T Rex Mueting and Tom O'Halloran)

Hell Breaks Loose In Egypt; 600+ Injured, 7 Dead So Far, Marines Ready, US Embassy Closes And More

By Susan Duclos

Videos of protests and damage will be shown below the article.

Egyptians protest Barack Obama’s support of Morsi
As the day of protest nears in Egypt, set for June 30, 2013, the days leading up to it have been filled with demonstrations and protests calling for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to step down According to the Egyptian health ministry, as of Saturday, June 29th, the protests have resulted in 606 people injured and seven deaths, so far.

Sunday's protests - planned by opposition-backed 'Rebel' petition drive - will take place on Morsi's first anniversary in power, demanding his resignation and snap presidential elections.

In preparation for what promises to be the most violent day yet in these planned protests, the U.S. Embassy has announced it will be closed on June 30th and July 1st, "in anticipation of demonstrations that may turn violent,"  in a statement on their website.

In another statement at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt  website, they issue travel warnings as well as the "departure of a limited number of non-emergency U.S. government personnel and family members from Egypt due to the ongoing political and social unrest."

Political unrest, which intensified prior to the constitutional referendum in December 2012 and the anniversary in 2013 of Egypt's 25th January Revolution, is likely to continue in the near future due to unrest focused on the first anniversary of the President's assumption of office. Demonstrations have, on occasion, degenerated into violent clashes between police and protesters, resulting in deaths, injuries, and extensive property damage. Participants have thrown rocks and Molotov cocktails and security forces have used tear gas and other crowd control measures against demonstrators. There are numerous reports of the use of firearms as well. While violent protests have occurred in major metropolitan areas, including downtown Cairo, Alexandria, and Port Said, the security situation in most tourist centers, including Luxor, Aswan, and Red Sea resorts such as Sharm el Sheikh, continues to be calm. Of specific concern is a rise in gender-based violence in and around protest areas where women have been the specific targets of sexual assault.

 There are also reports that US marines stationed in southern Europe are on alert, ready to leave for Egypt to protect the U.S. Embassy and American government personnel and citizens if violence broke out against Americans.

The report says that approximately 200 combat capable marines in Sigonella, Italy and Moron in Spain will be ready to be wheels up within an hour of getting deployment orders.   

Video: Protesters took to the streets in Cairo, Alexandria and Port Said (Uploaded June 28, 2013)

Video- Egyptian Police Fight Back Rioters (Uploaded June 28, 2013)

Black Pastor Calls Attorney General Eric Holder 'Nigger, In The Worst Kind' (Video)

By Susan Duclos

Pastor Tony Smith founded the Way of God Church of the Lord Jesus in January 2003 and in anger over Attorney General Eric Holder saying that blacks were incarcerated 20 percent more than whites, Pastor Smith goes on a rant against Holder, and others, screaming "This man is a pure deep nigger, yous a nigger in the worst kind, Eric Holder, Attorney General....."


Pastor Smith is no stranger to controversy, but imagine if any Caucasian religious figure ranted for 13 minutes calling Eric Holder, Obama or any other African-American, a nigger, in a manner intended to insult racially, what the backlash would be against them, rightly so.

Yet not one story comes up in a search of Smith's latest rant.

PS- Compare the lack of media coverage of Smith's recent comments to the overabundance of media coverage to Paula Deen's comments, made decades ago.

H/T Godlike Productions

Who Is Lying, Obama Admin Or NFL? 'No Plans To Engage' In Promoting Obamacare

By Susan Duclos

Last week, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the Obama administration was in talks with the National Football League (NFL) to help promote Obamacare. Sebelius claimed the NFL was "very actively and enthusiastically engaged," in discussions with HHS regarding a partnership.

Three days after the article quoting Sebelius about the NFL's activity and desire to help promote Obamacare, two top Republican members of the Senate wrote to the Commissioner of the National Football League, reminding how divisive Obamacare continues to be throughout the country and warning him the NFL would "risk damaging its inclusive and apolitical brand by lending its name," to promoting Obamacare.

(Read the letter that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, sent the NFL embedded below this story)

The NFL is responding as seen by an update in an article written about this issue over at the  Washington Examiner:

We have responded to the letters we received from members of Congress to inform them we currently have no plans to engage in this area and have had no substantive contact with the administration about PPACA’s implementation.

The obvious question that presents itself is who is lying?

The Obama administration, via Sebelius, in claiming the NFL has been "very actively and enthusiastically engaged" in discussions with her agency to promote Obamacare?

Or is the NFL lying when they say there has been "no substantive contact with the administration," about Obamacare implementation?

Both statements cannot be true.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Paula Deen Flap Spikes Her Cookbook To Top Spot On Amazon Best Seller List

By Susan Duclos

Paula Deen was dumped by the Food Network, Caesars Entertainment, Smithfield Foods, Sears, Walgreens, and Walmart, after it was revealed she admitted in a sworn deposition in May to using the word "Nigger" decades ago.

The blowback against Deen has also affected her cookbook sales, in the other direction, as Paul Deen's "New Testament" spikes on Amazon to the top position on their best seller list.

It has to be per-ordered because it's release date isn't until October 2013.

Amazon screen shot on 6/28/13

Another Deen book, "Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible," was at No. 13. Several other Deen books were out of stock. (Source- Fox News)

Deen is also seeing support from Alice Travel, the  organizers of Paula Deen Cruises, according to Eater, who quotes the company as saying "Due to the amazing response we've had in the past years from Paula's fans, we are actually planning 2 Paula Deen Cruises for 2014."

To quote a spokesperson, "If Paula goes, we go with her and from what we are hearing, so are her fans."

Related- Jimmy Carter to Paul Deen "let the dust settle and make apologies."

Claim: Leaked Document Indicates Military Internment Camps to be Used for Political Dissidents (Video)

By Susan Duclos

The video seen below was uploaded to YouTube in March 2013, and claims that leaked documents, shown in the video, are evidence that "Internment camps for political dissidents in the U.S. aren't a conspiracy theory. The Department of Defense document entitled "INTERNMENT AND RESETTLEMENT OPERATIONS" or FM 3-39.40 proves this beyond a shadow of a doubt."

On page one of the document, it says - "DESTRUCTION NOTICE: Destroy by any method that will prevent disclosure of contents or reconstruction of the document."

The document is dated February 2010.

According to the documents shown in the video, the indication that the internment camps are meant for Americans is the instruction that a social security number be  placed on the paperwork for "prisoners."

Then on page 56 of the document:

3-56.The PSYOP team also supports the military police custodial mission in the I/R facility. The team—

• Develops PSYOP products that are designed to pacify and acclimate detainees or DCs to accept U.S. I/R facility authority and regulations.

• Gains the cooperation of detainees or DCs to reduce the number of guards needed.

• Identifies malcontents, trained agitators, and political leaders within the facility who may try to organize resistance or create disturbances.

Develops and executes indoctrination programs to reduce or remove antagonistic attitudes.

Identifies political activists.

Watch the chilling video below, then go read through the document.

[Update] From the preface:

This manual continues the evolution of the I/R function to support the changing nature of OEs. In light of persistent armed conflict and social turmoil throughout the world, the effects on populations remain a compelling issue. The world population will increase from 6 billion to 9 billion in the next two decades, with 95 percent of the growth occurring in the developing world. By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Coexisting demographically and ethnically, diverse societies will aggressively compete for limited resources.

 Typically, overpopulated third world societies suffer from a lack of legitimate and effective enforcement mechanisms, which is generally accepted as one of the cornerstones of a stable society. Stability within a population may eliminate the need for direct military intervention. The goal of military police conducting detainee operations is to provide stability within the population, its institutions, and its infrastructure. In this rapidly changing and dynamic strategic environment, U.S. forces will compete with local populations for the same space, routes, and resources. The modular force’s ability to positively influence and shape the opinions, attitudes, and behaviors of select populations is critical to tactical, operational, and strategic success

(Headline changed and update added for the sake of clarity)

H/T Lou.

'If Zimmerman win, I'm gonna go kill a white a kid by mistake' Says Trayvon Martin Supporters

By Susan Duclos

As the Zimmerman trial continues, Twitchy has been documenting death threats against George Zimmerman, Zimmerman's attorney and death threats against random "white kids" by Trayvon Martin supporters who do not believe Zimmerman's self-defense claim in the death of Trayvon Martin.

A small sample of those listed below:

These threats come just a day after the prosecutions key witness, Trayvon's girlfriend Rachel Jeantel, was forced to admit she could not read a letter she supposedly wrote and that she lied about writing it as well as other lies, under oath and not, were exposed.

Read the rest over at Twitchy.

The trial against Zimmerman is not going well for prosecutors and the rising hostility from Martin supporters, who have already determined Zimmerman's guilt before the trial began and continue to do so before the trial concludes, is evidence that they believe it is likely that Zimmerman will be found not guilty of 2nd degree murder.

Remember, before Zimmerman was even charged, Martin supporters were making threats against the Florida state attorney, Angela B. Corey, if she didn't charge Zimmerman.

If Zimmerman walks, things are going to get very ugly in Florida if the hostility being shown now is anything to go by.

Exposed! Obama Admin Also Collecting Personal Financial Data Without Warrant

By Susan Duclos

According to a Judicial Watch press Room release, they have obtained documents, via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed on April 24, 2013, which show the Obama administration by way of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), spent millions of dollars for the warrantless collection and analysis of Americans’ financial transactions.

Via JW's press release:

The documents uncovered by Judicial Watch include:
  • Overlapping contracts with multiple credit reporting agencies and accounting firms to gather, store, and share credit card data as shown in the task list of a contract with Argus Information & Advisory Services LLC worth $2.9 million
  • Deloitte Consulting: solicitation issue date 11/30/2011, award effective date 05/29/2012;
    • Deloitte Consulting: solicitation issue date 11/30/2011, award effective date 05/29/2012;
    • Argus: solicitation issue date 02/14/2012, award effective date 03/15/2012;
    • Experian: solicitation issue date 07/03/2012, award effective date 09/24/2012
  • A provision stipulating that “The contractor recognizes that, in performing this requirement, the Contractor may obtain access to non-public, confidential information, Personally Identifiable Information (PII), or proprietary information.”
  • A stipulation that “The Contractor may be required to share credit card data collected from the Banks with additional government entities as directed by the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR).”
The full extent of the CFPB personal financial data collection program is revealed in a document obtained by Judicial Watch entitled “INDEFINITE-DELIVERY INDEFINITY-QUANTITY (IDIQ) STATEMENT OF WORK.”  Issued by CFPB Contracting Officer Xiaoling Ang on July 3, 2012 the IDIQ document’s stated objective:
“The CFPB seeks to acquire and maintain a nationally representative panel of credit information on consumers for use in a wide range of policy research projects… The panel shall be a random sample of consumer credit files obtains from a national database of credit files.”

To accomplish this objective, the CFPB describes the scope of the program accordingly:
The panel shall include 5 million consumers, and joint borrowers, co-signers, and authorized users [emphasis added]. The initial panel shall contain 10 years of historical data on a quarterly basis [emphasis added]. The initial sample shall be drawn from current records and historical data appended for that sample as well as additional samples during the intervening years [emphasis added] to make the combines sample representative at each point in time.

The CFPB data collection program has been highly controversial since the April 2013 hearing, when Cordray disclosed elements of the venture at a Senate Banking Committee hearing. At the time, the US Chamber of Commerce accused the CFPB of breaking the law by demanding the account-level data without a warrant or National Security Letter.

Between this newly revealed information and the scope of the NSA's collection of phone data on approximately 121 million Verizon users,  as well as the massive data mining of information obtained from Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple, via the Prism program, it looks like Democratic Representative Maxine Waters was accurate when she said that  "Obama has put in place the kind of database… will have everything on every individual."


Transcript: (H/T BIN)

"The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life.
That’s going to be very, very powerful. That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it’s never been done before and whoever runs for President on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. They’re going to go down with that database and the concerns of those people because they can’t get around it. And he’s [President Obama] been very smart. It’s very powerful what he’s leaving in place."

So, yes, big brother is watching you.

U.S. Army Admits To Blocking NSA Leak News From Military Members

By Susan Duclos

On Thursday the U.S. Army admitted to an Armywide restriction from The Guardian website, the publication where NSA leaker, Edward Snowden has revealed multiple instances of domestic spying on Americans committed by the Obama administration, via the NSA.

According to employees of Presidio of Monterey, The Guardian website has been blocked since the initial leaks about the extent of data collection by the National Security Agency, which includes a FISA court order published showing that the NSA was collecting three months of user data on all Verizon users, on a daily ongoing basis, as well as the secret NSA Prism program where the Obama administration is collecting data from large tech companies which include Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple.

Gordon Van Vleet, an Arizona-based spokesman for the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, or NETCOM, said in an email the Army is filtering "some access to press coverage and online content about the NSA leaks."

He wrote it is routine for the Department of Defense to take preventative "network hygiene" measures to mitigate unauthorized disclosures of classified information.

"We make every effort to balance the need to preserve information access with operational security," he wrote, "however, there are strict policies and directives in place regarding protecting and handling classified information."

In a later phone call, Van Vleet said the filter of classified information on public websites was "Armywide" and did not originate at the Presidio. 

While Obama has publicly insisted the extensive data mining being done by his administration are just "modest encroachments on privacy," in 2011 the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) ruled that some of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs under the FISA Amendments Act, were unconstitutional.

I'll repeat what I said when reports about the Air Force banning their personnel from accessing news on Obama's spying programs, to which in part, has been ruled unconstitutional by the court, because the point needs to be hammered home--- While Americans are debating Obama's expansion on domestic spying and whether the scope of the NSA surveillance under Obama, violates every day Americans' constitutional rights, the very men and women who take an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic," and put their lives on the line to do so, are forbidden from obtaining information about what their own government is doing.

Our military members swear to defend the constitutional but are forbidden from accessing news on their commander-in-chief's violation of those constitutional rights afforded to every American.

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Full Wake up America NSA scandal coverage found here.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Gay Activist Sees Man Giving Blow Job In A Logo Of A Person Praying

By Susan Duclos

You simply can't make this stuff up because people would say it was unbelievable, yet it is true, non-fiction.

The Family Research Council has designed a logo to go with their Call2Fall campaign, kicking off on June 30, 2013, in response to the Supreme Court overturning the Defense of Marriage Act.

Two logos are available, on that says "A Call to Fall on Our Knees in Prayer for Our Nation," with an image of a person on their knees praying and the other has the praying person with just "Call 2Fall," then the words "I'm In."

The two banners are below:

Gay activist John Aravosis from AmericaBlog, says the logo "appears to be a man performing oral sex."

It takes a very sick mind to see a person praying and think "hey, that looks like a guy giving a blow job."

More on the Call2Fall campaign here.

Additional thought, for the record: The Family Research Council is an American conservative Christian group and lobbying organization formed in the United States in 1981 by James Dobson. It was incorporated in 1983.

Despite Aravosis false claim that the FRC is a "hate group", the only place that has listed them as such is the liberal hate group Southern  Law Poverty Center, that also claims Evangelical Christianity groups are extremists, along with other religious groups and conservative groups, because said groups are against same-sex marriage and abortion.

(Correction made to this post)

Senate Passes Amnesty Bill: Ryan Says House Won't Take It Up- See How Your Senator Voted

By Susan Duclos

The shoe is on the other foot today as the Senate passes their amnesty bill with a vote of 68 to 32, but Paul Ryan says the House of Representatives won't take up the Senate bill and will instead pass their own version of immigration reform.

In the recent past, the House of Representatives have passed bill after bill, with bipartisan support and the Democratically controlled Senate has either refused to bring them to the floor, or killed them along partisan lines.

Via Politico, Paul Ryan says the House won't take up the Senate bill:

Rep. Paul Ryan says the House won’t be taking up the Senate immigration bill, but it will be working on its own legislation that he says will create a “workable legal immigration system.”

The Wisconsin Republican told Sean Hannity on Fox News on Wednesday that the border security amendment to immigration reform passed by the Senate brings that bill closer to the House position, but he wants to make sure there are “triggers” in the final bill.

“We’re not going to bring up the Senate bill, we’re going to do it our own way, on our own very methodical way, because we want to make sure we get this stuff right,” Ryan said. “We want to have real triggers on the border, real triggers on what we call the e-verify.”

There is a total of 40 different jobs bills alone the House of Representatives have passed that are stuck in the Senate, many of which passed with bipartisan support, so it will be quite entertaining to see Senate majority leader, Harry Reid (D-NV) whine and complain that the Senate bill is bipartisan and the House refuses to bring it to the floor.

See How Your Senator Voted:

Grouped By Vote Position
YEAs ---68
Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Baldwin (D-WI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chiesa (R-NJ)
Collins (R-ME)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Cowan (D-MA)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Flake (R-AZ)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Heller (R-NV)
Hirono (D-HI)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaine (D-VA)
King (I-ME)
Kirk (R-IL)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murphy (D-CT)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)
NAYs ---32
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)
Fischer (R-NE)
Grassley (R-IA)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (R-WI)
Lee (R-UT)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Russia Is Pulling Out Of Syria

By Findalis
Monkey in the Middle

And they are doing it fast.  Very fast.

You know that things are heating up in Syria when longtime ally of Bashar al-Assad's Syria is pulling their troops out of Syria.  Add to that Israel going on high alert, President Obama and his Security Council is not concerned, and one can expect the area to blow up soon.
Shortly after the DEBKA aired a special video on the Syrian war’s widening circle, Moscow announced Wednesday June 26, that the evacuation which had begun Friday of all military and diplomatic personnel from Syria was now complete, including the Russian naval base at Tartus.

“Russia decided to withdraw its personnel because of the risks from the conflict in Syria, as well as the fear of an incident involving the Russian military that could have larger consequences,” said a defense ministry official in Moscow. He stressed that a 16-ship naval task force in the eastern Mediterranean remains on post and arms shipments, including anti-air weapons, would continue to the Syrian government in keeping with former contracts.

In another sign of an impending escalation in Syria, the Israeli Golan brigade staged Wednesday an unannounced war maneuver on the Golan, attended by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and top army chiefs. In London, Prime Minister David Cameron called the government’s National Security Council into session in Downing Street on Syria. Opposition leader Ed Milliband was invited to attend the meeting, a custom observed only when issues of the highest security importance are discussed.

Earlier Wednesday, debkafile carried the following report in its special video presentation under the heading: Putin and Obama cross swords on Syrian. What Next?

The sullen confrontation between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama at the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland last week condemned Syria to five months of escalating, unresolved vicious warfare – that is until the two leaders meet again in September.

For now, tempers are heating up between Washington and Moscow on Syria and other things too, notably the elusive American fugitive Edward Snowden.

Click here if the video doesn't load.

US and Israeli intelligence watchers see the Syrian crisis entering seven ominous phases:

1. The Syrian army plus allies and the fully-mobilized opposition will hurl all their manpower and weapons into winning the city.

Military experts don’t expect the rebels to hold out against Assad’s forces beyond late August.

2. Neither side has enough manpower or game-changing weaponry for winning the war outright.

That is, unless Presidents Obama or Putin steps in to retilt the balance.

3. The US and Russia are poised for more military intervention in the conflict up until a point just short of a military clash on Syrian soil – or elsewhere in the Middle East. US intelligence analysts have judged Putin ready to go all the way on Syria against the US - no holds barred.

The Russian president is meanwhile deliberately goading Washington and raising temperatures by playing hide-and-seek over the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, charged with espionage for stealing and leaking classified intelligence. At home, he is considered variously as a traitor and a brave whistleblower.

For several hours Snowden vanished between Hong Kong and Moscow – until the Russian president admitted he was holed up in the transit area of Moscow airport and would not be extradited by Russia to the United States.

4. Iran, Hizballah and Iraq will likewise ratchet up their battlefield presence.

5. A violent encounter is building up between Middle East Shiites flocking to Syria to save the Assad regime alongside Russia, and the US-backed Sunni-dominated rebel forces.

It could scuttle the secret US-Iranian negotiating track on its nuclear program, which was buoyed up by the election of the pragmatic Hassan Rouhani as President of Iran.

6. The Geneva-2 Conference for a political solution for the Syrian crisis is dead in the water. Moscow and the US are divided by unbridgeable issues of principle, such whether Bashar Assad should stay or go and Iranian representation.

7. So long as the diplomatic remains stuck in the mud, the prospects of a regional war spreading out of the Syrian conflict are rising. Iran, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon may be dragged in at any moment – if they have not already, like Lebanon.

A small mistake by one of the Syrian warring parties in Syria could, for example, touch off Israeli retaliation and a wholesale spillover of violence.

What we are seeing is the product of President Barack Hussein Obama's foreign policy of leading from behind.  Behind truly is.  As we are getting the shaft right up our Ass.

Zimmerman Trial: Prosecution Key Witness Admits She Can't Read Letter She Supposedly Wrote

By Susan Duclos

The prosecutors in the Zimmerman trial are like the keystone cops, witness called to the stand end up making better points for the defense than they do for the prosecution, and now their star witness, Rachel Jeantel, admits under cross examination that she cannot read a letter she supposedly wrote to Trayvon Martin's mother because it is written in cursive and she cannot read cursive, and admitting she didn't even write the letter.

ABC News reports:

A teenage friend of Trayvon Martin was forced to admit today in the George Zimmerman murder trial that she did not write a letter that was sent to Martin's mother describing what she allegedly heard on a phone call with Martin moments before he was shot.

In a painfully embarrassing moment, Rachel Jeantel was asked to read the letter out loud in court.
"Are you able to read that at all?" defense attorney Don West asked.

Jeantel, head bowed, eyes averted whispered into the court microphone, "Some but not all. I don't read cursive."

It sent a hush through the packed courtroom.

For the record, this is not the only lie the prosecution's key witness has told during the course of the investigation.

Legal Insurrection is providing excellent, daily coverage of the Zimmerman trial, detailing each witness and what is happening in the court room.

Jim Hoft over at Gateway Pundit provides video where Trayvon's girlfriend, Jeantel, also admits that it was Trayvon who referred to Zimmerman using racial slurs, not the other way around, by referring to Zimmerman as a "crazy ass cracker."


CNN provides video of Jeantel explaining why she lied under oath:


TalkLeft has a a complete rundown of Jeantel's "antics" on the stand to date. It is a must-read piece.

As has been the case from day one,  people continue to make assumptions from the court of public opinion, some determining Zimmerman is innocent, some deciding his guilt, all before the trial is even concluded.

What can be said right now from the testimony to date, is that the prosecutors have made their job  much harder and the defense attorney's job that much easier, by offering witnesses that are contradicting the case they are trying to lay out against Zimmerman.

IRS Auditor: 100% Of Tea Party, Patriot, 9/12 Groups Targeted, 30% Of Progressive Groups Were 'Touch and Go'

By Susan Duclos

Contrary to recent reports, the IRS did not target progressive groups as they did conservative groups and in fact listed 30% of  progressive groups as what they referred to as "TAG" (Touch and Go) Historical, and they did not receive the inappropriate scrutiny and delays of their tax exempt applications that 100% Tea Party, Patriot and 9/12 groups received.

The Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration (TIGTA), J. Russell George, sent a letter to Congress on Wednesday in response to questions Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan, top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, sent to him on two occasions in June.

The IG made it clear his investigation "did not find evidence that the criteria you identified, labeled “Progressives,” were used by the IRS to select potential political cases during the 2010 to 2012 time frame we audited."

(Full 5-page letter from Mr. George will be embedded below the post)

From page #2 of the IG letter to Congress:

• Please describe in detail why your report dated May 14, 2013 omitted the fact that"Progressives" was used.

Our audit did not find evidence that the IRS used the "Progressives" identifier as selection criteria for potential political cases between May 2010 and May 2012. The focus of our audit was on whether the IRS: 1) targeted specific groups applying for tax-exempt status, 2) delayed processing of targeted groups' applications, and 3) requested unnecessary information from targeted groups. We determined the IRS developed and used inappropriate criteria to identify applications from organizations with the words Tea Party in their names. In addition, we found other inappropriate criteria that were used (e.g., 9/12, Patriots) to select potential political cases that were not included in any BOLO listings. The inappropriate criteria used to select potential political cases for review did not include the term "Progressives."The term "Progressives" appears, beginning in August 2010, in a separate section of the BOLO listings that was labeled "TAG [Touch and Go] Historical" or "Potential Abusive Historical." The Touch and Go group within the Exempt Organizations function Determinations Unit is a different group of specialists than the team ofspecialists that was processing potential political cases related to the allegations we audited.

From page #4:

• In the course of your audit, what did you discover about the processing of cases with the "Progressives" identifier? Were the cases processed in the same manner as the cases with the "Tea Party" and associated terms identifiers? Or were they processed differently?

TIGTA's audit did not review how TAG Historical cases (including the "Progressives"identifier) were processed because we did not find evidence that the IRS used the TAG Historical section of the BOLO listings as selection criteria for potential political cases between May 2010 and May 2012.

Via Washington Times:

He said that while 30 percent of groups that had the word “progressive” in their name were given extra scrutiny, 100 percent of groups with “tea party,” “patriot” or “9/12” in their names were pulled out for strict scrutiny, which involved what the IRS since has said were invasive and inappropriate questions.

Democrats have argued that the IRS‘ scrutiny of applications for tax-exempt status hit both ideological sides equally, which would cut at the GOP’s argument that it was politically motivated. Instead, Democrats have said the scrutiny is the natural result of a jump in applications after campaign finance rules changed following the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case.

But Mr. George’s letter suggests that’s not the case.

“While we have multiple sources of information corroborating the use of tea party and other related criteria we described in our report, including employee interviews, e-mails, and other documents, we found no indication in any of these other materials that ‘progressives’ was a term used to refer cases for scrutiny for political campaign intervention,” Mr. George wrote.

As I pointed out the other day: Acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel, told House Financial Services and General Government subcommittee chairman Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), that his "primary mission" is to restore public trust in the IRS.

Throwing the information about the BOLOs out without acknowledging how differently the IRS was instructed to treat one group over another, shows clearly that Werfel's "primary mission" prevents him from being an objective investigator into the wrongdoings of the IRS.

There should be a special prosecutor assigned to this investigation, one who is completely non-partisan and who has the "primary mission" of getting to to the truth, because Werfel was handed an objective which, in and of itself, is a conflict of interest.

 Werfel threw the media a misleading red herring, in order to fulfill what he has admitted was his primary mission and the Inspector General's letter to Congress, shown below,  confirms exactly how misleading Werfel's partial information was intended to be.

Read the entire letter to Congress from Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration (TIGTA), J. Russell George.

Full Wake up America coverage on the IRS scandal can be found here.