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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 05:22:46 PM  
darrell issa can go fark himself.
 
2013-06-18 05:41:57 PM  
How long until Republicans flat out lying about White House involvement in scandals, and getting caught, turns into its own scandal?
 
2013-06-18 05:51:18 PM  
The real scandal here is that the right would rather Americans suffer than see people's lives improve while a Democrat is in office
 
2013-06-18 05:52:43 PM  

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


Truth is irrelevant
 
2013-06-18 05:58:44 PM  
Everyone has secrets. Obama's "high crime or misdemeanor" will come out soon enough.

/arugula does not farking belong in salad
 
2013-06-18 06:00:13 PM  

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.
 
2013-06-18 06:00:18 PM  
GOP - the Washington generals of US politics.
 
2013-06-18 06:03:29 PM  
A serial liar caught lying again? Say it isn't so.
 
2013-06-18 06:18:07 PM  
Issa should be censured for his ridiculous lies.
 
2013-06-18 06:19:50 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.


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.
 
2013-06-18 06:22:05 PM  

FlashHarry: they've already done it.


FTFA: But instead of coming clean with the country, someone in the GOP decided to change portions of the emails to discredit the White House, and leak them. This is deplorable conduct, and all the more so if it comes from those entrusted to fairly and objectively investigate claims of misconduct in government. Congressman Issa owes the public an answer as to who doctored these emails, who leaked them to the press, and who is being held accountable.

His name is coming up a lot with this sort of thing.
 
2013-06-18 06:24:28 PM  
Color me skeptical.  I just headed over to Right Wing News, and they have not yet reported that Darrell Issa overreached.  Until I hear it from a trusted source like RWN, I'm going to hedge my bets on this one.
 
2013-06-18 06:36:28 PM  
img.fark.net

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?
 
2013-06-18 06:40:57 PM  

fusillade762: [img.fark.net image 463x596]

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?


A cartoon character about to press the red button.
 
2013-06-18 06:47:43 PM  

themindiswatching: arugula does not farking belong in salad


It belongs on a pizza.  With quail egg and pork jowl.
 
2013-06-18 06:48:29 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2013-06-18 06:49:19 PM  
FACT: All automated systems used by the Internal Revenue Service are personally coded by one Boreo Hussein Khomeni Snobamo.

Study it out, libtardos.
 
2013-06-18 06:50:03 PM  
So, Issa went on Sunday morning talk shows and gave "misleading and incorrect information".

Will he now blame the White House for that too?
 
2013-06-18 06:51:35 PM  
Darrell Issa is a bad man.
 
2013-06-18 06:52:35 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?


If the current resident of the White House would just admit to masterminding everything and submit to the impeachment procedures, Issa wouldn't HAVE to give out misleading and incorrect information!!

/not gonna say 'this is what Republicans actually believe'
//pretty sure some of them do...
 
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2013-06-18 06:57:53 PM  

Hollie Maea: Darrell Issa is a bad man.


Yes, but he's a good anal sphincter.
 
2013-06-18 06:57:54 PM  
Would it be inappropriate to shout "liar, liar, pants on fire," to Issa, or would he try to get an insurance payout on that too?
 
2013-06-18 07:00:12 PM  
My headline was better

/pout
 
2013-06-18 07:00:46 PM  
The really funny thing about this is that the REAL scandal that finally the Republicans have a chance to bite on. . .  They aren't really that outraged about.

/so *which* party is out of touch with the average American? And bsabsvw.
 
2013-06-18 07:02:43 PM  
You mean Darrell Issa knowingly lied about the IRS "scandal" and tried to cover up the proof that he was lying?  No wai!

/Mind blown
 
2013-06-18 07:03:57 PM  

themindiswatching: Everyone has secrets. Obama's "high crime or misdemeanor" will come out soon enough.



Last I checked, Presidentin while Blah didn't fall under either category
 
2013-06-18 07:04:31 PM  
This never had to be true, it was about flinging mud and a distraction until 2014. The republican house is at war with itself, is incapable of doing anything but voting to repeal Obamacare and the last thing they want is for anyone to notice.
 
2013-06-18 07:07:20 PM  
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.
 
2013-06-18 07:08:37 PM  
Do not these transcripts only uncover the new scandal of President Obama threatening members of the Internal Revenue Service to coerce false testimony?
 
2013-06-18 07:08:54 PM  

pueblonative: themindiswatching: Everyone has secrets. Obama's "high crime or misdemeanor" will come out soon enough.


Last I checked, Presidentin while Blah didn't fall under either category


He's not that blah; he's actually pretty animated, when he's talking about a subject in which he believes.  But sometimes, yeah, he appears kind of underwhelmed.  I don't know why you're making such a big deal about it, though.  Everyone has an off day, even the President.  Try cutting him some slack-- you're not always "Mr. Personality" yourself.
 
2013-06-18 07:11:23 PM  

Trey Le Parc: pueblonative: themindiswatching: Everyone has secrets. Obama's "high crime or misdemeanor" will come out soon enough.


Last I checked, Presidentin while Blah didn't fall under either category

He's not that blah; he's actually pretty animated, when he's talking about a subject in which he believes.  But sometimes, yeah, he appears kind of underwhelmed.  I don't know why you're making such a big deal about it, though.  Everyone has an off day, even the President.  Try cutting him some slack-- you're not always "Mr. Personality" yourself.


www.formyherodee.com
 
2013-06-18 07:17:52 PM  
I am starting to think that Issa has been given his marching orders form someone high up in the GOP.
 
2013-06-18 07:21:32 PM  
Issa was right though, releasing the transcripts would compromise the investigation.

Now that they're released, there's no more reason to investigate.
 
2013-06-18 07:23:46 PM  
 
2013-06-18 07:30:29 PM  
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.
 
2013-06-18 07:30:30 PM  
There should be an investigation on the real color of Issa's hair.
 
2013-06-18 07:31:09 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.


So, the IRS is just like any entrenched bureaucracy, public or private. I'm shocked and amazed.
 
2013-06-18 07:34:17 PM  
my main concern is that the GOP may have run out of scandals. Hide your vaginas, hide your health care reform, hide your separation of church & state, hide your reasonable tax rates.
 
2013-06-18 07:37:20 PM  
If Obama had nothing to do with this, that is fine. I just want whoever did to be properly punished.
 
2013-06-18 07:37:24 PM  

fusillade762: [img.fark.net image 463x596]

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?


Eagle holding scales
 
2013-06-18 07:39:30 PM  
QUESTION: Do you have any reason to believe that anyone in the White House was involved in the decision to screen Tea Party cases?
ANSWER: I have no reason to believe that.
QUESTION: Do you have any reason to believe that anyone in the White House was involved in the decision to centralize the review of Tea Party cases?
ANSWER: I have no reason to believe that.

ehh, if that's what cummings is citing as proof to close the investigation, that's pretty weak. not that issa has much credibility, but cummings is just trying to sweep shiat under the carpet.
 
2013-06-18 07:41:14 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.


Yep. He has actually basically said that to the Republicans voting for him. That he would do investigation all the time no matter what.
 
2013-06-18 07:44:29 PM  

the_dude_abides: QUESTION: Do you have any reason to believe that anyone in the White House was involved in the decision to screen Tea Party cases?
ANSWER: I have no reason to believe that.
QUESTION: Do you have any reason to believe that anyone in the White House was involved in the decision to centralize the review of Tea Party cases?
ANSWER: I have no reason to believe that.

ehh, if that's what cummings is citing as proof to close the investigation, that's pretty weak. not that issa has much credibility, but cummings is just trying to sweep shiat under the carpet.


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.
 
2013-06-18 07:45:08 PM  
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! "
 
2013-06-18 07:45:46 PM  

fusillade762: [img.fark.net image 463x596]

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?


It's the eagle's wing.
 
2013-06-18 07:46:58 PM  
Looks like Issa was involved in a conspiracy to hide this information...recall!!!
 
2013-06-18 07:47:34 PM  

Almost Everybody Poops: the_dude_abides: QUESTION: Do you have any reason to believe that anyone in the White House was involved in the decision to screen Tea Party cases?
ANSWER: I have no reason to believe that.
QUESTION: Do you have any reason to believe that anyone in the White House was involved in the decision to centralize the review of Tea Party cases?
ANSWER: I have no reason to believe that.

ehh, if that's what cummings is citing as proof to close the investigation, that's pretty weak. not that issa has much credibility, but cummings is just trying to sweep shiat under the carpet.

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.
 
2013-06-18 07:50:44 PM  
But just today someone else claimed this release(and this very link) meant Obama really had done it.

I mean, I knew he was full of shiat since I looked at the link, but goddamn, Republican shills sure to farking lie a lot.

I'm still trying to figure out the angst about the IRS giving extra scrutiny to groups who largely claim to be "taxed enough already" and take the widely known stance that "taxes are bad" as gospel truth is something scandal worthy.
 
2013-06-18 07:51:13 PM  

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


for doing their job accordingly?
 
2013-06-18 07:53:03 PM  
Whenever I see his name I hear "Dream Police" in my head. But dream is replaced by shiat.
 
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! "


img.fark.net
 
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  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
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  
triumphtheinsultcomicdog.jpg

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

img.fark.net
 
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.
 
2013-06-18 10:56:38 PM  

udhq: 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.


The law that says what is "political" is very sketchy at best.
 
2013-06-18 11:03:06 PM  
WORST...MCCARTHY IMITATOR...EVER
 
2013-06-18 11:19:35 PM  

Trey Le Parc: 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.


You're right, conservatives are the REAL victims of Issa's fishing.....
 
2013-06-18 11:58:12 PM  

udhq: 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.


IRS:  Do you Tea Party groups promise you aren't political?
Tea Party:  We promise!  *crossed fingers*
 
2013-06-19 12:04:52 AM  

Mentat: udhq: 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.

IRS:  Do you Tea Party groups promise you aren't political?
Tea Party:  We promise!  *crossed fingers*


The rest of us: They why did you name yourself after what you say is a political party?
 
2013-06-19 12:54:23 AM  

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 are not taking into account your long record of being wrong about things.
 
2013-06-19 01:05:08 AM  
Issa would still be a dumbass no matter what.
 
2013-06-19 01:06:34 AM  

Zeppelininthesky: udhq: 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.

The law that says what is "political" is very sketchy at best.


Which is the actual scandal, if there is any "scandal" to be found. Laws which restrict First Amendment rights in any way cannot give unbridled discretion to anyone's judgement--that is, they cannot be so vague as to be meaningless. And the IRS regulation about what is and is not political seems to me to skirt both of these requirements. It lets some nameless bureaucrat decide based on his or her own biases whether an organization is or is not a social welfare agency with political leanings, or a political organization with social aspirations; and that needs to be ironed out much better.
 
2013-06-19 01:08:56 AM  

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.


that's not true. they can lobby and they can engage in limited campaigning. you are making up your own definitions, ones that don't square with how 501c's actually function in the real world.

even c3's like naacp engage in what could be construed as politics. the hard line is backing specific candidates, that's a strict no-no.
 
2013-06-19 01:17:26 AM  

Gyrfalcon: Zeppelininthesky: udhq: 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.

The law that says what is "political" is very sketchy at best.

Which is the actual scandal, if there is any "scandal" to be found. Laws which restrict First Amendment rights in any way cannot give unbridled discretion to anyone's judgement--that is, they cannot be so vague as to be meaningless. And the IRS regulation about what is and is not political seems to me to skirt both of these requirements. It lets some nameless bureaucrat decide based on his or her own biases whether an organization is or is not a social welfare agency with political leanings, or a political organization with social aspirations; and that needs to be ironed out much better.


Yep. The IRS needs to enforce the law better, or Congress needs to make another law that is more specific. I doubt any new laws will happen, because the GOP needs to keep their dark money coming in to stay in power.
 
2013-06-19 01:24:56 AM  

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


...it's been 30 years, and it hasn't happened yet...
 
2013-06-19 01:34:01 AM  

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

...it's been 30 years, and it hasn't happened yet...


Well duh. Nixon got caught in a scandal. Both sides are bad... Study it out!
 
2013-06-19 02:16:13 AM  
So...how long before Issa plays the victim card to writhe out of this?
 
2013-06-19 02:53:02 AM  
And all conservatives cover their ears while they chant their mantra "Benghazi.  Benghazi.  Benghazi." to drown out any possibility of them hearing actual facts.

I wonder why thinking people have stopped paying any attention to the mouth spew coming from any conservative.
 
2013-06-19 02:58:57 AM  

rosebud_the_sled: And all conservatives cover their ears while they chant their mantra "Benghazi.  Benghazi.  Benghazi." to drown out any possibility of them hearing actual facts.

I wonder why thinking people have stopped paying any attention to the mouth spew coming from any conservative.


I wonder why most media organizations have NOT stopped taking everything they say at face value.
 
2013-06-19 03:29:19 AM  

ifarkthereforiam: So...how long before Issa plays the victim card to writhe out of this?


Snakes writhe. Worms squirm. Issa oozes.
 
2013-06-19 04:02:53 AM  

themindiswatching: Everyone has secrets. Obama's "high crime or misdemeanor" will come out soon enough.

/arugula does not farking belong in salad


Arugula is great in salad. It shouldn't make up your entire salad, but if you throw away the darling iceberg lettuce and make a Real salad, arugula totally fits. Purple cabbage, now THAT shiat doesn't belong in a salad...

Oh, and by the time they figure out a scandal to "break" Obama with that is legitimate, has no been exaggerated, and actually has legs, he'll either be out if office, or the American public will get tired of the GOP crying 'Wolf!'. If they have to work this hard, there obviously isn't much to go on...
 
2013-06-19 04:05:44 AM  

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.


Yeah, I like how the word doctored is in quotes like Salon is just passing it along, but they don't believe it themselves. Jesus, and these people keep claiming that there is some kind of liberal left wing media conspiracy?
 
2013-06-19 04:47:34 AM  

Mikey1969: Purple cabbage, now THAT shiat doesn't belong in a salad..


Go to hell, commie!
 
2013-06-19 04:54:23 AM  
Done of this matters, the damage is done and its mission was accomplished:

1 - Sling mud on a 2nd term president. Check
2 - Fire up the Base for 2014. Check.
3 - Distract the public from real issues. Check.

NO ONE on Fox News and RW Radio will report on this.
 
2013-06-19 05:48:30 AM  

Gyrfalcon: ifarkthereforiam: So...how long before Issa plays the victim card to writhe out of this?

Snakes writhe. Worms squirm. Issa oozes.


Issa is a Hagfish
 
2013-06-19 07:02:20 AM  

Zeppelininthesky: Gyrfalcon: Zeppelininthesky: udhq: 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.

The law that says what is "political" is very sketchy at best.

Which is the actual scandal, if there is any "scandal" to be found. Laws which restrict First Amendment rights in any way cannot give unbridled discretion to anyone's judgement--that is, they cannot be so vague as to be meaningless. And the IRS regulation about what is and is not political seems to me to skirt both of these requirements. It lets some nameless bureaucrat decide based on his or her own biases whether an organization is or is not a social welfare agency with political leanings, or a political organization with social aspirations; and that needs to be ironed out much better.

Yep. The IRS needs to enforce the law better, or Congress needs to make another law that is more specific. I doubt any new laws will happen, because the GOP needs to keep their dark money coming in to stay in power.


The IRS is enforcing the law as poorly written. They can't just start enforcing what you would like the law to be.

But even if it were more concrete, completely political groups are still tax exempt. It's just that this specific type doesn't have to report a donor list.
 
2013-06-19 07:05:37 AM  

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

Seriously, how good would that be to break out on your partner just before their O-moment?


It would be awesome. That is, providing that you were okay with never getting laid again.
 
2013-06-19 07:25:06 AM  
So can we revoke the teabagger's undeserved exempt status now? It's a con right out in the open, there is no reason we have to put up with it.
 
2013-06-19 08:29:12 AM  
The sad part is the media farked this story up so badly, that even Obama had to 'play along' with the faux outrage simply because of the politics of the issue. Everyone hates the IRS, and the Tea Party are being oppressed, and the war one Christmas or something-something.
 
2013-06-19 08:37:58 AM  

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

Why isn't flat-out lying about White House activities a scandal?
 
2013-06-19 08:40:23 AM  

Mikey1969: 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.

Yeah, I like how the word doctored is in quotes like Salon is just passing it along, but they don't believe it themselves. Jesus, and these people keep claiming that there is some kind of liberal left wing media conspiracy?


Or, you know, that word was from the statement by the congressman, so was part of a quote which is typically put in quotes. Yea, it's either that or liberal left wing media conspiracy.
 
2013-06-19 08:45:59 AM  

theknuckler_33: Mikey1969: 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.

Yeah, I like how the word doctored is in quotes like Salon is just passing it along, but they don't believe it themselves. Jesus, and these people keep claiming that there is some kind of liberal left wing media conspiracy?

Or, you know, that word was from the statement by the congressman, so was part of a quote which is typically put in quotes. Yea, it's either that or liberal left wing media conspiracy.


If that's all it was, they could have grabbed a better snip.

Try again.
 
2013-06-19 09:06:27 AM  

Mikey1969: theknuckler_33: Mikey1969: 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.

Yeah, I like how the word doctored is in quotes like Salon is just passing it along, but they don't believe it themselves. Jesus, and these people keep claiming that there is some kind of liberal left wing media conspiracy?

Or, you know, that word was from the statement by the congressman, so was part of a quote which is typically put in quotes. Yea, it's either that or liberal left wing media conspiracy.

If that's all it was, they could have grabbed a better snip.


Better in what way? This comment makes no sense whatsoever.

Try again.

Yea, no. Your butthurt is showing.
 
2013-06-19 09:19:31 AM  

Animatronik: / / This smells like milhous's dirty laundry, there's bound to be more stench coming


img.fark.net

Maybe it's a scandal yet?
 
2013-06-19 09:38:24 AM  
And so, a month later, the truth finally has its boots on.

// ISSA WINS
// BANALITY
 
2013-06-19 09:43:38 AM  

Karac: The rest of us: They why did you name yourself after what you say is a political party?


And spend all your money solely on pro-Romney and anti-Obama adds.

Mikey1969: Arugula is great in salad. It shouldn't make up your entire salad, but if you throw away the darling iceberg lettuce and make a Real salad, arugula totally fits. Purple cabbage, now THAT shiat doesn't belong in a salad...


A pure purple cabbage salad is awesome.
 
2013-06-19 09:49:45 AM  
TIL abuses of state are just peachy if it isn't personally directed by the president and/or they are landing on someone I don't like.
 
2013-06-19 09:56:18 AM  
This smells like milhous's dirty laundry, there's bound to be more stench coming

The 18-minute gap in the Watergate tapes?  That was the part where Obama bragged to Nixon about using his time machine to show up at a certain grassy knoll in Dallas.

Study it out!
 
2013-06-19 09:58:36 AM  

Ned Stark: TIL abuses of state are just peachy if it isn't personally directed by the president and/or they are landing on someone I don't like.


TIL you post like a 12 year old on reddit.
 
2013-06-19 10:01:56 AM  

thurstonxhowell: Ned Stark: TIL abuses of state are just peachy if it isn't personally directed by the president and/or they are landing on someone I don't like.

TIL you post like a 12 year old on reddit.


Only today?
 
2013-06-19 10:34:07 AM  

FlashHarry: darrell issa can go fark himself.


How can he do that? His head is planted where you want his penis to go.
 
2013-06-19 10:44:37 AM  

fusillade762: [img.fark.net image 463x596]

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?


It's obviously a large-breasted eagle.

img.fark.net
 
2013-06-19 10:46:40 AM  

Wireless Joe: fusillade762: [img.fark.net image 463x596]

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?

It's obviously a large-breasted eagle.

[img.fark.net image 463x596]


I'm surprised John Ashcroft didn't have them covered up . . .
 
2013-06-19 02:08:56 PM  

themindiswatching: Everyone has secrets. Obama's "high crime or misdemeanor" will come out soon enough.

/arugula does not farking belong in salad


Is this the salad you're looking for?
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-06-19 02:16:42 PM  

machodonkeywrestler: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 850x565]


*barfs*
 
2013-06-19 02:27:50 PM  
Granted, its the Washington Post, but the comments are funny. Its like watching an argument with two guys disagreeing on the score of last nights game, one says it was 4-3 home team win, the other says 0-7 home team loss and when lets say...one of the home team players in that game last night walks up and tells them what the score was, 4-3 win for home, the second guy starts arguing about how its all irrelevant to his point because the whole sport is fixed.
 
2013-06-19 05:39:50 PM  

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

...it's been 30 years, and it hasn't happened yet...

Well duh. Nixon got caught in a scandal. Both sides are bad... Study it out!


...that was 40 years ago. Back when the Republican party was just starting its derp march. It wasn't until Reagan that the derp brigade took full hold of the party.
 
2013-06-19 05:46:14 PM  

the_dude_abides: QUESTION: Do you have any reason to believe that anyone in the White House was involved in the decision to screen Tea Party cases?
ANSWER: I have no reason to believe that.
QUESTION: Do you have any reason to believe that anyone in the White House was involved in the decision to centralize the review of Tea Party cases?
ANSWER: I have no reason to believe that.

ehh, if that's what cummings is citing as proof to close the investigation, that's pretty weak. not that issa has much credibility, but cummings is just trying to sweep shiat under the carpet.


Lack of smoke of course being evidence of fire, right?
/and smoke never occurs in the absence of fire, we all know that's universally true
//it's called sarcasm when I write something obviously untrue that even a Teabagger should remember this meme and how well-refuted it was
 
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