Archive for May 14, 2013

Happy 6th Birthday, Dylan!

Dylan's 6th birthday

It is Dylan’s 6th birthday today! He got the roller skates that he wanted.

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Local Tea Party Group Took Over TWO YEARS (and until after the election) To Get Tax Exempt Status

So much for the conservative groups targeting being done by a few “low-level subordinates” out of a particular IRS office. The local (Jacksonville) Tea Party chapter reports that it took them over TWO YEARS to have their tax exempt status being approved, they had to send in additional paperwork after sending in requested paperwork that weighed over 4 pounds, AND they weren’t approved until after the 2012 election.

You will learn this from talk radio WOKV. I checked the local network news. Zip. Nada. Not interested.

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And We’re Supposed to Send Them Our Medical Information

It seems that IRS employees have been busy busy busy under Obama. Why, those sneaky pro-Obama minions have been (independently) gathering tax (and other) information on groups that are subversively promulgating small government and teaching the constitution. They are (indepedently) singling out GOP business leaders, doing abusive audits, and (independently) releasing information (often false) to the press which have been running to make it front page information like the lapdogs they are (go fetch the tax return information, boy. Now print it! Good boy!)

The IRS is also improperly (and illegally) accessing allegedly confidential medical records. Electronic medical records make this sooooo much easier.

“This is an action involving the corruption and abuse of power by several Internal Revenue Service agents,” the complaint reads. “No search warrant authorized the seizure of these records; no subpoena authorized the seizure of these records; none of the 10,000,000 Americans were under any kind of known criminal or civil investigation and their medical records had no relevance whatsoever to the IRS search. 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.

So. The IRS was (allegedly) looking for the financial data of a former employee of a health care records company. In order to look for that financial data, they illegally seized what are supposed to be the completely confidential health records of 10,000,000 people. They did not have a search warrant for the medical records. The medical records had nothing to do with what they were searching for. And the people with the medical records were not being investigated and, even if they were, the medical records were supposed to be off limits. Can you see the potential for blackmail here? I know I can.

Starting next year, we’re supposed to be providing the IRS with information with which they can access our health records. I’m VERY uncomfortable about complying with this. “Oh, no, you’re just WRONG!” you might say. “The government would NEVER abuse their power that way!” Really?

Operation Fast and Furious: Providing guns to narcoterrorists in order to overturn the 2nd amendment of the Constitution of the United States. U.S. citizens were killed. This was done BY THE GOVERNMENT. Prosecutions: Zero. Accountability: Zero. How about targeted tax audits and information gathering by the IRS? Government employees did this. Government agencies know who worked on these. If anybody foolishly thinks this was just a few low-level employees striking out on their own, you’ve never worked for the Federal government. This was ordered and approved. Names and accountability? Zero. Let’s go to the very tippy top of the government where a U.S. ambassador’s security was deliberately removed in a *very* dangerous location. Calls for help were ignored except by two ex-Navy SEALs who saved the lives of 30 to 40 people at the expense of their own. The ambassador and a diplomat were killed. Names of the people that were responsible? Accountability? Swept under the rug. It happened SUCH a long time ago, you see. Where was Obama? Who ordered the rescue teams to stand down? *crickets* Who approved the information gathering of every single phone call made by and to AP employees on their personal and private lines? *crickets*

It is waaaaaay past time that our tax code was replaced with a flat tax where there are no special favors or dispensations for the politically well connected (and punitive taxes for those who aren’t), everybody pays taxes, and the IRS isn’t a bully agency gathering information for the government. And, no, I don’t like the idea at all of the IRS being in the healthcare business.

I’m also way past being patient with government agency heads and the people that work for them not being held accountable and/or prosecuted by the (in)Justice Department for said abuses. Most of Obama’s appointees have committed egregious abuses of power and/or actually broke the law and Obama, of course, knows absolutely nothing about any of it. Oddly enough, he’s also not asked for any resignations over it. The press is acting like none of these things ever happened. The only reason I can think of is it is because they didn’t want to jeopardize his ability to abuse his power for a second term.

Is Obama really that disengaged, that intellectually incurious, that much of a dumbass that he doesn’t know what his underlings are doing (completely independently with no direction whatsoever from him), or did the orders for these multiple abuses of power originate from his office? Either way, the man should not be the President.

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