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(Washington Post)   Darrell Issa has done a wonderful job...exonerating the White House of any wrongdoing in the IRS "scandal"   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 144
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2013-06-18 07:54:44 PM  

Gone to Plaid: Nicely summed up in the comments"

"Wait, what appears to have happened is that regular working folks at the IRS saw an issue, began analyzing the issue, asked for guidance to ensure equal treatment was used and that a protocol was in place, which would allow for efficiencies and money savings. Then when higher level employees and directors learned of the criteria they immediately changed it so not to be too critical of one group, and later changed it again. So the crime is that our "bad government agencies" acted appropriately at all levels?"

"And then the IRS conducted an internal investigation, and admitted to the public that targeting had occurred. It's a scandal! "


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2013-06-18 08:02:47 PM  

GodsTumor: Actually, it proves it not only originated with a low-level staffer, but the conservative manager of said staffer allowed it.  That's not sweeping shiat under the carpet, that's 1st hand evidence.

Moreover, Issa didn't want to release this.  They should open up an ethics violation case on Issa.

Exactly,  Issa just wanted to string this out as long as possible knowing he had jack-shiat.


yes, clearly the irs scandal is all issa's fault. if only he kept quiet.
 
2013-06-18 08:11:07 PM  

the_dude_abides: GodsTumor: Actually, it proves it not only originated with a low-level staffer, but the conservative manager of said staffer allowed it.  That's not sweeping shiat under the carpet, that's 1st hand evidence.

Moreover, Issa didn't want to release this.  They should open up an ethics violation case on Issa.

Exactly,  Issa just wanted to string this out as long as possible knowing he had jack-shiat.

yes, clearly the irs scandal is all issa's fault. if only he kept quiet.


He was the one that kept trying to connect it to the white house which turns out to be Bull Shiat.
Yes, he did keep quiet on what he knew which was the targeting was done by a low level conservative Republican in the IRS,
 
2013-06-18 08:13:47 PM  

fusillade762: What is the logo supposed to be? I get that the thing on the left is a branch with leaves on it. But on the right? Is that a... vulture?


That vulture's wearing a funny-looking bra, too.
 
2013-06-18 08:17:16 PM  

SixPaperJoint: So, Issa went on Sunday morning talk shows and gave "misleading and incorrect information".

Will he now blame the White House for that too?


He can always blame some obscure YouTube video. That always works.
 
2013-06-18 08:18:25 PM  

Nemo's Brother: If Obama had nothing to do with this, that is fine. I just want whoever did to be properly punished.


But, NO ONE DID ANYTHING!!!!

Fer crissakes, NO ONE was targeted for their politics.  Every single person who is claiming they were is also on record as having signed an affidavit swearing that their groups HAD NO POLITICS TO TARGET!!!!!
 
2013-06-18 08:36:19 PM  

udhq: Nemo's Brother: If Obama had nothing to do with this, that is fine. I just want whoever did to be properly punished.

But, NO ONE DID ANYTHING!!!!

Fer crissakes, NO ONE was targeted for their politics.  Every single person who is claiming they were is also on record as having signed an affidavit swearing that their groups HAD NO POLITICS TO TARGET!!!!!


except for all those groups targeted for their politics, which has been confirmed by the inspector general

as always, your commitment to ignorance in light of facts is impressive, udhq
 
2013-06-18 08:37:58 PM  
I'm expecting within a month a suspicious fire will happen at either Issa's congressional offices or the offices of the IRS staffers involved.
 
2013-06-18 08:38:36 PM  

GodsTumor: the_dude_abides: GodsTumor: Actually, it proves it not only originated with a low-level staffer, but the conservative manager of said staffer allowed it.  That's not sweeping shiat under the carpet, that's 1st hand evidence.

Moreover, Issa didn't want to release this.  They should open up an ethics violation case on Issa.

Exactly,  Issa just wanted to string this out as long as possible knowing he had jack-shiat.

yes, clearly the irs scandal is all issa's fault. if only he kept quiet.

He was the one that kept trying to connect it to the white house which turns out to be Bull Shiat.
Yes, he did keep quiet on what he knew which was the targeting was done by a low level conservative Republican in the IRS,


At least we still have Bhengazi. Bhengazi forever! http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57589729/u.s-africa-command-head- c arter-ham-to-testify-on-benghazi-for-first-time/
 
2013-06-18 08:40:40 PM  

FlashHarry: darrell issa can go fark himself.


THIS

/CA-49 resident
 
2013-06-18 08:42:38 PM  
Liberals used to say that Cheney was the one really in charge and that he had to tell Bush what was going on.

That was a problem for them only because they seem to think its completely normal of nobody knows what is going on, least of all the president.
 
2013-06-18 08:43:28 PM  
Obama handled this appropriately. He admitted it was a big farking deal (it was) and pledged to figure out what went wrong and fix it. Wasn't his fault.

And yeah, Darrell Issa is a douchebag.
 
2013-06-18 08:44:51 PM  
Doesn't matter.  They've told the Big Lie enough that Independents believe it.  They got what they wanted.
 
2013-06-18 08:56:34 PM  

randomjsa: Liberals used to say that Cheney was the one really in charge and that he had to tell Bush what was going on.

That was a problem for them only because they seem to think its completely normal of that nobody knows what is going on, least of all the president.


Cleaned that up for you a little.

Liberals believed Cheney had strong influence over White House decisions. That may be based on his saying things like "Reagan proved deficits don't matter".
 
2013-06-18 09:01:08 PM  
Welp.....Congress got the job done, FWIW...

gameshowhost: A serial liar caught lying again? Say it isn't so.


bronyaur1: Issa should be censured for his ridiculous lies.


Ehh...I don't think Issa necessarily *lied*...he just wanted to believe really really badly.

Either way, he's a dick.
 
2013-06-18 09:05:16 PM  
i43.tinypic.com
 
2013-06-18 09:05:25 PM  

fusillade762: What is the logo supposed to be? I get that the thing on the left is a branch with leaves on it. But on the right? Is that a... vulture?


The logo depicts the Tree of Progressive Taxation on the left while on the right is the Vulture of the Internal Revenue Service perched symbolically on the roof of an International House of Pancakes. These Masonic symbols have come down to us from the cuneiform scripts of the ancient Sumerians. Of particular antiquity is the depiction of the Vulture as a symbol of re-animation, the consumption of death to create life, or rebirth. The Tree of Progressive Taxation in the logo takes the form of an olive branch which symbolizes plenty, rather than the more recent Christian symbol of peace. The roof of the International House of Pancakes symbolizes enfranchisement.
 
2013-06-18 09:07:10 PM  

Dinki: GOP - the Washington generals of US politics.


Weren't they all white?
 
2013-06-18 09:07:14 PM  

Mentat: Doesn't matter.  They've told the Big Lie enough that Independents believe it.  They got what they wanted.


As an Independent, I take umbrage at your lack of faith in my ability to know that Issa is full of it.
 
2013-06-18 09:08:54 PM  

djkutch: randomjsa: Liberals used to say that Cheney was the one really in charge and that he had to tell Bush what was going on.

That was a problem for them only because they seem to think its completely normal of that nobody knows what is going on, least of all the president.

Cleaned that up for you a little.

Liberals believed Cheney had strong influence over White House decisions. That may be based on his saying things like "Reagan proved deficits don't matter".



Hell, we liberals believed Cheney had a strong influence because that's how they sold the friggin' Bush-Cheney ticket in the 2000 election. "Gravitas" and all that.
 
2013-06-18 09:10:04 PM  

fusillade762: What is the logo supposed to be? I get that the thing on the left is a branch with leaves on it. But on the right? Is that a... vulture?


Sam the Eagle in a bikini.
 
2013-06-18 09:13:13 PM  
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2013-06-18 09:17:44 PM  

impaler: FlashHarry: impaler: How long until Republicans flat out lying about White House involvement in scandals, and getting caught, turns into its own scandal?

they've already done it.

I know. And FTFA: ...Cummings had previously insisted Issa release the full transcript himself, arguing it would show that the Republican chairman's claims of White House involvement are false, and that Issa's own selective release of testimony was misleading the public. Issa refused, insisting that releasing full transcripts would damage the investigation.


Funny part is Issa was right. It did damage the investigation... By making it clear that there was nothing worth bothering to investigate.
 
2013-06-18 09:18:56 PM  
By all means release the transcripts including the names of the agents.  Lets bring them forward under the hot heat lamps of public scrutinity and let them tell their stories under oath.   As a priority, start with the republican ring leader who targeted the Tea Party.
 
2013-06-18 09:22:53 PM  
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That was a great investigation . . . for me to poop on!
 
2013-06-18 09:46:09 PM  

randomjsa: Liberals used to say that Cheney was the one really in charge and that he had to tell Bush what was going on.


Have they stopped saying that or is your use of the past tense yet another error on your part?
 
2013-06-18 09:51:22 PM  
It won't matter. Much like a lawyer shouting out something to a jury that he knows the judge is going to tell them to disregard, Issa and pals know that they've put the idea into the heads of the voters that the Democrats are using the IRS as a weapon. No amount of contrary evidence at this point will undo the damage. At best it can only keep it from getting worse. I doubt it'll even stop the teabagging brigade from claiming Obama was personally responsible. In politics, facts are as valuable as Zimbabwe dollars.
 
2013-06-18 09:53:11 PM  

impaler: How long until Republicans flat out lying about White House involvement in scandals, and getting caught, turns into its own scandal?


Wait for it...
 
2013-06-18 09:54:35 PM  

FlashHarry: impaler: How long until Republicans flat out lying about White House involvement in scandals, and getting caught, turns into its own scandal?

they've already done it.


And ya noticed how quickly all of the Benghazi talk quieted down after that.
 
2013-06-18 09:57:34 PM  

Cletus C.: President Obama has been stellar on this issue.

It does look like there are some Washington, D.C., IRS people who need to be run out of government, though.

NPR does a nice job of showing just how screwed up that agency is.


To be honest, about half of DC needs to go to hell at this point.
 
2013-06-18 10:09:32 PM  
Perhaps the scandal is that the Republican leaning IRS manager was targeting Tea Party groups as the opening salvo in the GOP civil war? Maybe the Republicans didn't want the Tea Party to be involved in the election, spouting off craziness that damaged the GOP brand?
 
2013-06-18 10:14:34 PM  
Trying to link all of these scandals to a political party or the top level of the Administration is totally missing the point. It's the Government overreaching, not the President. Even if he's the one orchestrating things the real issue is the fact that the Government was able to do these things in the first place.
 
2013-06-18 10:14:35 PM  
Where are the fark independants to defend issa and call everyone obama shills?

I can't have all of them on ignore :p
 
2013-06-18 10:18:39 PM  

ManRay: Trying to link all of these scandals to a political party or the top level of the Administration is totally missing the point. It's the Government overreaching, not the President. Even if he's the one orchestrating things the real issue is the fact that the Government was able to do these things in the first place.


Looking into political groups applying for a non-political tax exemption is overreach?

If I tried to make such a group called gobama4change should I be exempt from scrutiny?

Enlighten us.
 
2013-06-18 10:20:34 PM  
First they said it was a grunt in Cincinatti who acted alone, so the President' s ppl couldn't be involved,  Now they're saying , well ok it wasn't just some grunt in Cincinatti, senior IRS officials in Washington knew about it, but for some reason that makes White House involvement less likely, not more.

/Not buying it.
/ / This smells like milhous's dirty laundry, there's bound to be more stench coming
 
2013-06-18 10:22:06 PM  

Smackledorfer: Where are the fark independants to defend issa and call everyone obama shills?

I can't have all of them on ignore :p


You're a pantomime in Obama's pantograph.

-or-

You're tongue's tied up in Obama's balloon.

-or-

You're an acorn to Obama's squirrel.

How's that?

//I don't get that balloon one at all.
 
2013-06-18 10:24:12 PM  

randomjsa: Liberals used to say that Cheney was the one really in charge and that he had to tell Bush what was going on.

That was a problem for them only because they seem to think its completely normal of nobody knows what is going on, least of all the president.


Best part?

Forever.
 
2013-06-18 10:27:47 PM  

Animatronik: First they said it was a grunt in Cincinatti who acted alone, so the President' s ppl couldn't be involved,  Now they're saying , well ok it wasn't just some grunt in Cincinatti, senior IRS officials in Washington knew about it, but for some reason that makes White House involvement less likely, not more.

/Not buying it.
/ / This smells like milhous's dirty laundry, there's bound to be more stench coming


You meant to say "found out about it late in the game and immediately changed things so that it wouldn't continue"
 
2013-06-18 10:28:36 PM  

the_dude_abides: except for all those groups targeted for their politics, which has been confirmed by the inspector general

as always, your commitment to ignorance in light of facts is impressive, udhq


Sorry, you are 100% objectively wrong on this one.

All of the groups supposedly "targeted" were, by law, completely non-political, and ALL had signed affidavits stating that they were in compliance with this requirement.

Any way you look at it, there were NO POLITICS to be targeted within these groups.  You may as well take a walk through the woods and cut down only the "liberal" trees.
 
2013-06-18 10:29:55 PM  

DustBunny: Perhaps the scandal is that the Republican leaning IRS manager was targeting Tea Party groups as the opening salvo in the GOP civil war? Maybe the Republicans didn't want the Tea Party to be involved in the election, spouting off craziness that damaged the GOP brand?


The scandal is starting to look like a Republican staffer deliberately sought out Tea Party groups to rubber-stamp them, while denying liberal groups.
 
2013-06-18 10:30:30 PM  

Almost Everybody Poops: Issa was right though, releasing the transcripts would compromise the investigation.

Now that they're released, there's no more reason to investigate.


I'm surprised Issa hasn't changed his website back to Benghazipalooza

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2013-06-18 10:38:38 PM  
Seems to me that reality exonerated Obama, as it generally does.

/Yeah yeah, I'm a shill, derpderpderp.
 
2013-06-18 10:39:00 PM  

xanadian: Welp.....Congress got the job done, FWIW...

gameshowhost: A serial liar caught lying again? Say it isn't so.

bronyaur1: Issa should be censured for his ridiculous lies.

Ehh...I don't think Issa necessarily *lied*...he just wanted to believe really really badly.

Either way, he's a dick.


He said he had evidence showing that it went straight to Obama. He had nothing. Therefore he lied.
 
2013-06-18 10:41:02 PM  

FlashHarry: [i43.tinypic.com image 640x480]


Seriously, how good would that be to break out on your partner just before their O-moment?
 
2013-06-18 10:41:18 PM  

theknuckler_33: Animatronik: First they said it was a grunt in Cincinatti who acted alone, so the President' s ppl couldn't be involved,  Now they're saying , well ok it wasn't just some grunt in Cincinatti, senior IRS officials in Washington knew about it, but for some reason that makes White House involvement less likely, not more.

/Not buying it.
/ / This smells like milhous's dirty laundry, there's bound to be more stench coming

You meant to say "found out about it late in the game and immediately changed things so that it wouldn't continue"


No, he didn't. He meant to masturbate furiously on a public bus.
 
2013-06-18 10:42:33 PM  

vpb: Hollie Maea: Darrell Issa is a bad man.

Yes, but he's a good anal sphincter.


No, he's not even that.
Think about your anus: what you you expect it to do - at a minimum?  You want it to keep the shiat given to it by the rest of your digestive tract inside until it can be disposed of in a sanitary and non-offensive manner.

Darrell Issa on the other hand doesn't just process crap - he actively creates bullshiat.  And he doesn't get rid of it nicely either; he flings it onto every available surface to see what sticks; and of course it doesn't, so gravity just spreads it even more.

Darrell Issa can only be considered even an 'acceptable' anal sphincter if your comparison is one that has both continuous explosive diarrhea and continual fresh oil hitting it.
 
2013-06-18 10:47:35 PM  
I was just over to freerepublic.com. I'm not going to lie. It was scary.
 
2013-06-18 10:53:00 PM  

dopirt: //I don't get that balloon one at all.


anus
 
2013-06-18 10:54:39 PM  

Rwa2play: FlashHarry: impaler: How long until Republicans flat out lying about White House involvement in scandals, and getting caught, turns into its own scandal?

they've already done it.

And ya noticed how quickly all of the Benghazi talk quieted down after that.


And that's what's really important, so chalk a "W" in your "win" column, and sleep the sleep of the victorious tonight, my warrior friend.
 
2013-06-18 10:55:15 PM  

Wyalt Derp: As I said in another thread, all he's trying to do is create a shiatcloud of smoke in the hope that people will think there must be some sort of fire.


No
He is justified. We all know there MUST be something going on.
 
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