Monday, June 30, 2014

Gallop: Americans have little confidence on Obama's presidency...

Lower than Bush at this point in his presidency...

Left wing takes Hobby Lobby loss badly (Language warning)

Oh my. As Joe Biden would say, "This is a big f*cking deal."

More uncivil reaction from the left here. 

SCOTUS give two narrowly defined wins to the good guys...

Obvious: NCAAP ready for a little payback from Thad Cochran...

Via Politico:
Cochran said that party affiliation is a “state of mind” in Mississippi and that “everybody can participate.”
Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr., said that Cochran’s seniority was a major reason that the veteran Republican lawmaker got his support. Flaggs said that he will support Cochran in the general election and that it is important he stays in office so that Mississippi can benefit from his longevity in Congress, particularly since earmarks are gone.
NAACP Mississippi State President Derrick Johnson said in an interview that they are looking for Cochran’s support.
“Two things that we think should come immediately after the election [are] his support of the Voting Rights act… free of any provisions that would allow for voter ID and, second, to get the presidents of the black colleges to ask for his offices for help to make sure the mission of those institutions are carried out,” he said.

Study: There will be a severe shortage of primary care physicians by 2025

Obamacare will just make this worse...

The U.S. is expected to need 52,000 more primary care physicians by 2025, according to a study by the Robert Graham Center, which does family medicine policy research. But funding for teaching hospitals that could train thousands more of these doctors expires in late 2015.
Population growth will drive most of the need for family care doctors, accounting for 33,000 additional physicians, the study says. The aging population will require about 10,000 more. The Affordable Care Act is expected to increase the number of family doctors needed by more than 8,000, the study says.
Farzan Bharucha, a health care strategist with consulting firm Kurt Salmon, says the ACA should have focused more on the primary care shortage "because we already knew there was a problem -- and we knew implementation of ACA would potentially make it worse."

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Interesting: Pot legalization is hurting the Mexican drug cartels...

One of the benefits of ending the war on drugs...

Via Vice News:
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that pot farmers in the Sinaloa region have stopped planting due to a massive drop in wholesale prices, from $100 per kilo down to only $25. One farmer is quoted as saying: “It’s not worth it anymore. I wish the Americans would stop with this legalization.”
VICE News talked to retired federal agent Terry Nelson, a former field level commander who worked to prevent drugs from crossing the southern border. Nelson said that before medical marijuana and state legalization in Washington and Colorado, about 10 million pounds of pot were grown in the US every year. But 40 million pounds came from Mexico.
Given the DEA’s relationship with Sinaloa, and the agency’s fury over legalized marijuana, it almost seems like the DEA wants to crush the legal weed market in order to protect the interests of their cartel friends. Almost.
Exact numbers on illegal drug trafficking are always hard to pin down, due to the black market nature of distribution and sales.
“Is it hurting the cartels? Yes. The cartels are criminal organizations that were making as much as 35-40 percent of their income from marijuana,” Nelson said, “They aren't able to move as much cannabis inside the US now.”
I guess the cartels could branch out into smuggling illegals across the border. Obama has that business booming.

Nancy Pelosi: U.S. and Mexico are a community "with a border running through it."

Liberals can't see any illegal aliens....

(Zoom to 3.30 mark and avoid a lot of blather)

Israel takes revenge on two rocket firing terrorists


Chart of the Day: Record Antarctic Sea Ice

From The Cryosphere Today  via WUWT

Obvious: Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: “I sure made some mistakes along the way..."

You think?
Via Politico:
Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledged Friday that she made mistakes leading up to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, worrying too much about whether there’d be a market for Obamacare and spending “too little time clearly on the technology side.”
“I sure made some mistakes along the way in terms of focusing on some things and not on others,” she said at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Instead of confirming what she was being told about’s readiness “was actually accurate and getting enough eyes and ears on that,” she said she concentrated on the insurers, consumers and regulators who needed to come together in the health exchanges.
Sebelius addressed several issues surrounding the health care law during the “conversation” she had publicly with Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson. And she adamantly rejected the possibility that she’d make another run for elective office back in Kansas, where she served more than a decade as a state lawmaker and then governor.

Video of the Day: Marine Pilot Lands Harrier Jump Jet On A Stool

The nose gear was broken. this took place aboard the USS Bataan.

Scary: Facebook is conducting phsych experiments on you...

Just another reason I am glad I am only on Twitter. I never could agree to Facebook's privacy policy.
Scientists at Facebook have published a paper showing that they manipulated the content seen by more than 600,000 users in an attempt to determine whether this would affect their emotional state. The paper, “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks,” was published inThe Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences. It shows how Facebook data scientists tweaked the algorithm that determines which posts appear on users’ news feeds—specifically, researchers skewed the number of positive or negative terms seen by randomly selected users. Facebook then analyzed the future postings of those users over the course of a week to see if people responded with increased positivity or negativity of their own, thus answering the question of whether emotional states can be transmitted across a social network. Result: They can! 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Root cause of Obama's recent foreign policy fails finally revealed...

It's the World Cup schedule...

Lerner's Lawyer admits Lois Lerner did not print and save email records as required by law

Lois Lerner's lawyer claims Lerner didn't now she was required to print email records.  Add that to the things about Lois Lerner loosing over two years of email that are hard to believe.
Printing official emails — or not.Taylor said Lerner did not print out official records she may have sent over email because she didn't  know she had to.
The Federal Records Act requires agencies to back up all “business” correspondence — anything dealing with policy or operations, for instance. And while the IRS says it’s up to employees to print off hard copies of official emails and file them, Taylor said Lerner did not because she “did not think it was required.”National Archives, which oversees the law, and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration are currently probing the lost emails and the backup policies. The Archivist has already said the IRS did not follow the law because it did not alert them to lost emails that could be important, which is required.
Preserving records is required by law...

Stupid: Liberals blame ISIS taking over Iraq on global warming...

I thought the official liberal position was it was George Bush's fault.

Via Slate:
Could there be a connection between climate change and the emerging conflict in Iraq?
The short answer is a qualified yes, according to Frank Femia of the Center for Climate and Security, a Washington-based policy institute advised by senior retired military and national security leaders. He explained in a phone interview:
It’s far too early, considering this is happening in real time, to figure out what is motivating ISIS and its members. Certainly, the natural resource stresses in the region make things worse. Terrorist organizations can try to control those resources and gain significant influence and power. You can’t say climate change is causing ISIS to do what it’s doing, but it [climate change] certainly has a role to play in the region.

EPA planning to spend $1,633,320 on hotel rooms for “Environmental Justice” conference

The benefit to the taxpayers of this conference is??? If the Republicans in Congress had any spine, they would cut EPA, the IRS and other agencies conference monies completely from the budget. They are mostly just big parties and  taxpayer funded vacations anyway.
Via WFB:
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will spend more than $1 million on hotel accommodations for an “Environmental Justice” conference this fall.
The agency posted its intention to contract with the Renaissance Arlington Local Capital View Hotel for its upcoming public meeting, for which it will need to book 195 rooms for 24 days.
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Office of Enforcement and Compliance, Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) intends to award a fixed-price Purchase Order … to the Renaissance Arlington Local Capital View Hotel,” the solicitation said. “The purpose of this acquisition is to cover the cost of 195 sleeping room nights from Sept. 9 [to] Oct 2, 2014, at government rate for the 50th public meeting of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), a federal advisory committee of the EPA.”
Rooms at the Renaissance Arlington run for roughly $349 a night. At 24 nights, the cost of 195 rooms will reach $1,633,320, or $8,376 per room.

63% don't want Benghazi suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala treated like a common criminal..

The same poll finds 53% want to keep Gitmo open. 
Via The Hill:
More than 6 in 10 people believe the captured Benghazi attack suspect is an enemy combatant who should be tried by military commission.
According to a Fox News poll released Wednesday night, 63 percent want Ahmed Abu Khattala tried by military tribunal, and 29 percent believe he is a criminal who should be tried through the U.S. court system. Another 9 percent do not know.
Earlier this month, the U.S. military and FBI captured Abu Khattala, a “key figure” involved in the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. He is the first suspect captured by the United States since the attack nearly two years ago.
Khattala is expected to face trial in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia and is faced with three criminal charges. He is currently being transferred to the states on the USS New York.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Drunken Hillary: President Obama is “incompetent and feckless”

Wow! I never thought I would agree so completely with Hillary... 
Hillary Clinton called President Obama “incompetent and feckless” and charged that he had “no hand on the tiller half the time” during a boozy reunion with college pals, a new book claims.
The scathing attacks came as the wine was flowing at a May 2013 dinner at Le Jardin Du Roi, a cozy French bistro near the Clinton family home in Westchester, according to “Blood Feud,” by best-selling author Edward Klein.
The former first lady, months removed from being Obama’s secretary of state, unleashed the verbal assault between sips of vino, sources told the author.

12 unanimous SCOTUS decisions Obama lost...

Of course Obama doesn't care. He knows he is likely violating the Constitution. After all, he isn't a complete idiot and he did teach constitutional law in Chicago. The problem is he doesn't care. He will do what he wants because he can get away with it until SCOTUS rules against him and that usually takes years.

Via RedState:
The cases are:
  1. United States v. Jones
  1. Sackett v. EPA
  1. Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC
  1. Gabelli v. SEC
  1. Arkansas Fish & Games v. United States
  1. PPK Corp. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue
  1. Horne v. USDA
  1. Sekhar v. United States
  1. Burrage v. United States
  1. Bond v. United States
  1. United States v. Wurie/Riley v. California
  1. NLRB v. Noel Canning

Video: Two GOP Congressmen Propose 1 MILLION Dollar Bounty for Lost IRS Lois Lerner Emails

Obama claims Benghazi, IRS targeting Tea Party and VA problems are "Phony Scandals."

People died in Benghazi and because of the VA cooking their books. Lois Lerner took the 5th and more revelations come out every day on the IRS targeting of conservative groups. There is nothing phony about any of this. 
Via The Hill:
President Obama charged that his Republican opponents had “nothing to offer except cynicism and fear and frustration” during a fundraiser Thursday in Minnesota.
The fundraiser capped off a day Obama spent with Rebekah Erler, a working mother who wrote the president to detail her financial struggle.
“It moved me,” Obama said of the letter, adding that he only went into politics to help people like her.
Obama said he remembered what it felt like to be struggling to figure out “how you lead a good life and raise your kids, not looking to get wildly wealthy… trying to make ends meet.”
That’s what we should be talking about every day in Washington,” he said. “We talk about everything else. .. We talk about phony scandals. We talk about Benghazi. and we talk about polls and we talk about the tea party and we talk about the latest controversy... We don’t talk about her.”

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Unlikely: Hillary Clinton claims she would run on #Obamacare if running in 2014...

Go for it...
Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton has yet to announce whether she is running for president in 2016, but in an interview that aired Wednesday, Clinton outlined how she would run in favor of Obamacare “if [she] were a Democrat running for reelection in 2014.”Clinton, who in the past has said she is both supportive of Obamacare and of fixes to change the law, told PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill in an interview taped Tuesday that Democrats “need to” run on President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare law.
“If I were a Democrat running for reelection in 2014, I would be posing a very stark choice to the voters of my district, or my state,” Clinton said. “If you want us to go back to the time when your sister with diabetes, or your husband with his heart condition, couldn’t get insurance at an affordable rate, then don’t vote for me, because I think it’s great that your sister and your husband now have insurance.”

Rand Paul on black demos hijacking Mississippi GOP primary: “I’m for more people voting,”

Via WaPo:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a potential 2016 presidential contender, declined to support tea party critics of Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s efforts to mobilize non-GOP voters to win the Republican nomination.
“I’m for more people voting, not less people voting,” Paul told reporters Wednesday.
Paul, an original tea party icon for his 2010 GOP primary win over the establishment, has worked assiduously the past year on broadening his party’s appeal to minority voters, including negotiating with Democrats on efforts to rewrite the Voting Rights Act.
Cochran’s vote total grew by almost 40,000 votes from the initial June 3 primary to Tuesday’s runoff against state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R). Much of that growth has been credited to courting independent and Democratic voters on the state’s Gulf Coast, where shipyard work has been supported by Cochran for decades, and also an aggressive effort to turn out black voters.
In Mississippi all voters can cast ballots in one party’s primary. Paul noted that one of his sons spent time at summer camp working on a proposal that would open up Kentucky’s closed primary system to independent voters.
“I’m for more people voting,” Paul said.

Confirmed: Lois Lerner sent email via her Blackberry...

I guess it crashed too?

Note this email is from the time period that is allegedly missing.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

SCOTUS gets one right. Your smartphone is private and requires a warrent.


WASHINGTON —- Cellphones and smartphones generally cannot be searched by police without a warrant during arrests, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday in a major victory for privacy rights.
Ruling on two cases from California and Massachusetts, the justices acknowledged both a right to privacy and a need to investigate crimes. But they came down squarely on the side of privacy rights.
"Modern cellphones, as a category, implicate privacy concerns far beyond those implicated by the search of a cigarette pack, a wallet or a purse," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court.
"We cannot deny that our decision today will have an impact on the ability of law enforcement to combat crime," he said. "Privacy comes at a cost."

Shocker: Lois Lerner tried to get GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley audited...

What a left-wing democratic hack...
Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) announced the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) targeting of conservative individuals includes a sitting United States Senator. According to emails reviewed by the Committee under its Section 6103 authority, which allows the Committee to review confidential taxpayer information, Lois Lerner sought to have Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) referred for IRS examination.
“We have seen a lot of unbelievable things in this investigation, but the fact that Lois Lerner attempted to initiate an apparently baseless IRS examination against a sitting Republican United States Senator is shocking,” said Camp. “At every turn, Lerner was using the IRS as a tool for political purposes in defiance of taxpayer rights. We may never know the full extent of the abuse since the IRS conveniently lost two years of Lerner emails, not to mention those of other key figures in this scandal. The fact that DOJ refuses to investigate the IRS’s abuses or appoint a special counsel demonstrates, yet again, this Administration’s unwillingness to uphold the rule of law.”

Obvious: Hillary Clinton claims, 'You have to be a little bit crazy to run for president'

This is one qualification conservatives will admit Hillary meets.

Payback: Congressional Black Caucus member rolls out demands for blacks helping Cochran win...

Dem Rep. Bennie Thompson

Will Cochran change his party designation to democrat like Arlen Spector did?
Via NRO:
Senator Thad Cochran (R., Miss.) needs to reward the black voters who crossed party lines to support him in his runoff against tea party challenger Chris McDaniel by backing some concrete policy initiatives, according the the state’s only member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
“We have historically black colleges in our state who do the best job they can trying to educate our citizens,” Representative Bennie G. Thompson told National Review Online during a Wednesday interview at the Capitol. ”I’d like to see efforts that they receive full funding. I’d like to see the health care of our citizens improved; our children die too young. I’d like to see an increased effort to make sure that the minority unemployment rate inn our state is reduced. So, there are a lot of opportunities for us to start with.”

Sec. of State John Kerry Claims U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq would be “a Complete and Total Act of Irresponsibility” (Video)

Barack Obama owns this power vacuum.

Chris McDaniel loses a squeaker in Mississippi...

Close, but no cigar. Cochran won with Democrat help.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Video: Rep. Jim Jordan Blasts Former IRS Counsel Jennifer O'Connor on Lost Lerner Emails

All the responsible parties are stonewalling...

Video of the Day: Painful...GOP And Dem Leaders Hold Hands and Sing

Mitch McConnell will be lucky if he doesn't develop leprosy and have his hand drop off...

Interesting: People who think they are ugly are more likely to support Occupy...

Well, this may explain why democratic women are often ugly.
A new series of studies from Stanford researchers has found that people who feel “unattractive” are more likely to donate to the Occupy movement.
Professor Margaret Neale and doctoral student Peter Belmi tested perceived concepts of beauty in relation to social hierarchies. The researchers told half of the participants to write about a time when they felt physically attractive or unattractive. The remaining participants wrote about an incident in which they were sensitive or insensitive to the needs of others.
The participants were then asked to rate their own attractiveness and their ability to empathize. Finally, after watching a short video about the Occupy Movement, participants were asked if they would like to donate their compensatory $50 lottery ticket to the movement.
Researchers found that those who perceived themselves to be less attractive were almost twice as likely to donate to Occupy. Those who related memories of self-confidence about their appearance viewed themselves as part of an elite social class and were less likely to donate to social inequality causes.
Keep on reading…

Poll: 76% think IRS deliberately lost Lois Lerner's email...

Via Fox News:
The consensus is: it’s no accident. More than three-quarters of voters — 76 percent — think the emails missing from the account of Lois Lerner, the ex-IRS official at the center of the scandal over targeting of conservative groups, were deliberately destroyed.
That’s according to a new Fox News poll.
That suspicion is shared across party lines, albeit to varying degrees. An overwhelming 90 percent of Republicans think the emails were intentionally destroyed, as do 74 percent of independents and 63 percent of Democrats.
Overall, just 12 percent of voters believe the emails were destroyed accidentally. Another 12 percent are unsure.
The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held part two of its hearing entitled, “IRS Obstruction: Lois Lerner’s Missing Emails,” Tuesday morning.

Obamacare average premium increase is 49%

Men really got screwed...

Via Forbes:

Across the country, for men overall, individual-market premiums went up in 91 percent of all counties: 2,844 out of 3,137. For 27-year-old men, the average county faced 91 percent increases; for 40-year-old men, 60 percent; for 64-year-old men, 32 percent.

Women fared slightly better; their premiums “only” went up in 82 percent of all counties: 2,562 out of 3,137. That’s because Obamacare bars insurers from charging different rates to men and women; prior to Obamacare, only 11 states did so. Because women tend to consume more health care than men, the end result of the Obamacare regulation is that men fare somewhat worse.
Relative to men, the average rate increase for women was less extreme: 44 percent for 27-year-olds; 23 percent for 40-year-olds; 42 percent for 64-year-olds. Read it all...

Michelle Obama: The U.S. should elect a female president “as soon as possible,”

This wouldn't have anything to do with the likely Democratic candidate being a woman, would it? 
Via The Hill:

The U.S. should elect a female president “as soon as possible,” first lady Michelle Obama said Monday.
“You know, I think this country is ready — this country is ready for anyone who can do that job,” the first lady said while speaking at a working families summit in Washington.
Obama said the country had learned a president didn’t need to have a particular race, gender, or background.
“The person who should do the job is the person who is most qualified — and we have some options, don’t we?” Obama said, drawing loud applause.
While the first lady’s comments fell short of an endorsement, they’re sure to be read as a a nod toward the Democratic presidential primary, where former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is widely considered the frontrunner for the nomination.
Keep on reading…

Change: Obama's EPA has released almost 25,000 pages of new regulations...

Via CNS News:
Since Jan. 20, 2009, when President Barack Obama took office, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published 2,827 final regulations, which equal 24,915 pages and total an estimated 24,915,000 words in the Federal Register.
Those 24,915 pages of regulations are more than 19 times the number of pages in the Gutenberg Bible, which is 1,282 pages and published in two volumes.
In addition, at 24,915,000 words, the EPA regulations have 38 times as many words as the Gutenberg Bible, which has 646,128 words; 22 times as many words as the entire Harry Potter series, which includes seven books with 1,084,170 words; 5,484 times as many words as the U.S. Constitution, which has 4,543 words, including the signatures; and 17,088 times as many words as the Declaration of Independence, which has 1,458 words including signatures.
Using the website and the Federal Register itself, found 2,827 distinct rules published by the EPA since January 2009 covering, among other things, greenhouse gases, air quality, emissions and hazardous substances.
Keep on reading…

Monday, June 23, 2014

Trey Gowdy rips IRS Commissioner John Koskinen a new one... (Video)

Shocking Video: IRS commissioner John Koskinen testified there was no effort to recover Lois Lerner's emails from back up...

He claimed it was difficult and not cost effective...

Click image for video or here.

Scary: Ebola out of control in West Africa...

There are now more than 60 Ebola outbreak hot spots. Doctors and health officials aren't able to go to them all. The known death toll is at 337.
Dakar (AFP) - An epidemic of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is now "out of control" with more than 60 outbreak hotspots, the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Monday.
"The scale of the current Ebola epidemic is unprecedented in terms of geographical distribution, people infected and deaths," MSF said in a statement.
The rapid spread of the disease, which is deadly in up to 90 percent of cases, has overwhelmed aid agencies and health workers and terrified local communities.
"The epidemic is now out of control," said Bart Janssens, MSF director of operations. "With the appearance of new sites in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, there is a real risk of it spreading to other areas."

Communists freak out and cancel event when conservative blogger tries to tape event...

Strong language warning for video. Apparently, communists are both potty mouths and idiots. 

Image of the Day: Animated Gif shows how NASA and NOAA dramatically altered US climate history

The Gif shows the actual temperature record and the NASA and NOAA adjusted temperature record for the U.S. The actual record shows a cooling trend from the 1930's. BTW, they cooked the temperature record for the rest of the world in a similar manner.

Via Real Science:

It Begins: South Dakota Republican Party Calls For Obama's Impeachment...

Barack Obama is the most lawless president ever. There are 40 laws he is ignoring. It's not because he thinks they are all unconstitutional. He went to the Supreme Court to argue one of them was constitutional and won. It's past time to impeach Obama. Sadly, Boehnor lacks the cohones...

The South Dakota Republican Party state convention passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama Saturday.
The resolution says Obama has "violated his oath of office in numerous ways." It specifically cites the release of five Taliban combatants in a trade for captive U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, Obama's statement that people could keep insurance companies, and recent EPA regulations on power plants.
"Therefore, be it resolved that the South Dakota Republican Party calls on our U.S. Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against the president of the United States," the resolution reads.

Hillary has serious medical problems...

Ruh Roh!
Via Drudge:
A new provocative work by bestselling author Ed Klein claims Hillary Clinton’s health problems are much more severe than she has publicly revealed!
“She had managed to keep her medical history secret out of fear that, should it become public, it would disqualify her from becoming president,” writes Klein in BLOOD FEUD.
The true story of what happened to Hillary, which is being recounted in these pages for the first time, was radically different from Reines’s version...
While she was at the hospital, doctors diagnosed Hillary with several problems.
She had a right transverse venous thrombosis, or a blood clot between her brain and skull. She had developed the clot in one of the veins that drains blood from the brain to the heart. The doctors explained that blood stagnates when you spend a lot of time on airplanes, and Hillary had clocked countless hours flying around the world.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hillary Clinton: I'm Unlike The 'Truly Well Off'

America’s glaring income inequality is certain to be a central bone of contention in the 2016 presidential election. But with her huge personal wealth, how could Clinton possibly hope to be credible on this issue when people see her as part of the problem, not its solution?
“But they don’t see me as part of the problem,” she protests, “because we pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off, not to name names; and we’ve done it through dint of hard work,” she says, letting off another burst of laughter. If past form is any guide, she must be finding my question painful.

Here is why all of Lois Learner's email in the 1st half of 2011 should be available...

The IRS claims they can recover Lois Lerner's email from 2011 and earlier because Lerner's hard drive crashed and they only backed up for 6 months and then reused the data tapes. That seems to be a stupid explanation, but for the sake of this discussion, let's stretch credibility and assume the IRS and Lerner are completely truthful.

The IRS claims they only have 6 months of email back up at anytime. 
Prior to the eruption of the IRS controversy last spring, the IRS had a policy of backing up the data on its email server (which runs Microsoft Outlook) every day. It kept a backup of the records for six months on digital tape, according to a letter sent from the IRS to Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). After six months, the IRS would reuse those tapes for newer backups. So when Congressional committees began requesting emails from the agency, its records only went back to late 2012. 

The IRS has described the missing e-mails as dating from 2009 to mid-2011. At that point, the agency says its computer system had a strict limit for the e-mail capacity of each employee’s account. If a worker went above that capacity, they had to either move e-mails to their hard drive or delete them. When Lois Lerner’s hard drive crashed in 2011, the agency states, her saved e-mails were lost from her account and computer.
The IRS provided e-mails from 2011 in which Lerner asked IT support staff for help with her broken hard drive and missing e-mails. The agency says it has recovered 24,000 of those e-mails by searching the accounts of 83 other IRS employees who corresponded with Lerner.

According to these emails, Lerner and the IRS took almost heroic efforts to recover Lerner's files.
Here is where the explanation falls apart for losing the 1st six months of Lerner's email. At the time of the Lerner hard drive crash in what appears to be early July of 2011, her email files for the 1st six months of 2011 would be backed up on data tape by the IRS own admission. There may have been other files on Lerner's computer that weren't backed up and were unrecoverable. Actually, since they didn't reuse the tapes for six months, the oldest back up tape likely had several months of email from the end of 2010 too. If Lerner asked them to restore those files, they should be on her new computer. If she didn't ask to have copies of them sent to her, why not? Didn't she want her email anymore? I would think those would be the files someone would most want back. If the IRS can't produce them, they are lying or Lenner didn't want her email back. I will leave the speculation as too why that might be to the reader.

Border Security Fail: 378 unaccompanied children ages two or younger crossed the border in the last 9 months

Border security is a joke. Until both political parties take border security seriously, immigration reform should be off the table.
Hundreds of infants and toddlers ages 2 years or younger have allegedly been apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol while crossing the border illegally without a parent or guardian in the past year.
From October 1, 2013 to June 11, Border Patrol detained 378 unaccompanied children ages two or younger, according to data obtained by Fusion from the office of a high-ranking Democratic senator. Of those children, 95 were infants under 1 year old.
Fusion tried multiple times by phone and in writing to confirm the reports with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security, but no official would comment specifically, and instead referred to a previous statement. The Department of Health and Human Services, charged with the care of unaccompanied minors caught at the border, did not respond to a request for comment.
Omar Zamora, a spokesperson for the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley sector, limited his comment to: “We are receiving children of all ages.”

Flashback: EPA top administrators destroyed their computer files to thwart an investigation...

This occurred at the end of Bill Clinton's administration. Although the EPA was held in contempt by a judge, I don't think anyone was ever put in jail or punished in any way.  The Obama IRS seems to be following EPA's example.
WASHINGTON — A federal judge held the Environmental Protection Agency in contempt yesterday for destroying computer files during the Clinton administration that had been sought by a conservative legal foundation.
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth also ordered the EPA to pay the Landmark Legal Foundation’s legal fees and costs because the agency disobeyed his order to preserve the electronic records of former chief Carol Browner.
Lamberth ordered the sanctions because he said the EPA had shown “contumacious conduct” — obstinate resistance to authority.
“This is a major victory for those who believe the EPA has an obligation to comply with the law,” said Landmark President Mark Levin.
“The EPA destroyed vast databases that would have revealed the extent to which Carol Browner and other top officials worked with environmental groups to issue last-minute regulations prior to the end of the Clinton administration,” he said.
Lamberth declined to hold Browner, two other EPA officials and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in contempt.
Lamberth had issued a protective order on Jan. 19, 2001, the day before the Clinton administration ended, instructing the EPA to preserve all documents that might be relevant to a Freedom of Information Act request by Landmark for documents about the agency’s contacts with outside groups.

IRS canceled contract with email backup company after Congress started investigating targeting of conservatives...

Wow. The timing was also shortly after Lois Lerner's computer allegedly crashed. I believe this rises to the "smidgen of corruption" level.

Via The Daily Caller:
The IRS signed a contract with Sonasoft, an email-archiving company based in San Jose, California, each year from 2005 to 2010. The company, which partners with Microsoft and counts The New York Times among its clients, claims in its company slogans that it provides “Email Archiving Done Right” and “Point-Click Recovery.” Sonasoft in 2009 tweeted, “If the IRS uses Sonasoft products to backup their servers why wouldn’t you choose them to protect your servers?”
Sonasoft was providing “automatic data processing” services for the IRS throughout the January 2009 to April 2011 period in which Lerner sent her missing emails.
But Sonasoft’s six-year business relationship with the IRS came to an abrupt end at the close of fiscal year 2011, as congressional investigators began looking into the IRS conservative targeting scandal and IRS employees’ computers started crashing left and right.

Tweet of the Day: You Can Pee On Obama

Oh, my...

There is no proof Faith and Freedom had anything to do with this. They were having a conference at the large Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Guess whose book isn't in the Amazon top ten anymore...

If you guessed Hillary Clinton, you are correct. Check out the horrible 2 star rating from Amazon customers.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Video of the Day: Iraqi Rambo Gets Shot...

At least he is fighting instead of taking off his uniform and running...

State Sen. Chris McDaniel up eight points on Sen. Thad Cochran

Thad Cochran should be careful to not let the door hit him in the arse on the way out.
PEARL, Mississippi — A new poll shows that state Sen. Chris McDaniel has surged even further ahead in the final days of his GOP primary runoff against Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), in what has become one of the most epic bouts to date between grassroots conservatives and the GOP establishment.McDaniel has taken a 52 percent to 44 percent lead over Cochran, while four percent of voters remain undecided in a new tracking poll by Chism Strategies. The poll, conducted on Friday night, surveyed 697 GOP primary voters and has a margin of error of 3.8 percent—a number McDaniel’s 8-point lead is well outside of.

Here is why Lois Lerner losing 2 years worth of email smells fishy!

We have been told Lois Lerner lost 2 years worth of emails due to a crash of her hard drive. We were told the disc had bad sectors and the data could not be recovered. 
According to documents provided by the IRS, Lerner was archiving her e-mails on her local hard drive, which developed fatal problems (bad sectors) in the middle of June 2011. The data proved unrecoverable despite heroic efforts on the part of the IT staff. 
Let's delve into this a little deeper. Exactly what is a hard disc sector?
In computer disk storage, a sector is a subdivision of a track on a magnetic disk or optical disc. Each sector stores a fixed amount of user-accessible data, traditionally 512 bytes for hard drives and 2048 bytes for CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs. Newer hard drives use 4096-byte (4 KB) sectors, known as the Advanced Format.
A sector is about 4 kilobytes.  I checked my email and small text only emails were 2 to 5  kilobytes. large emails or ones with attachments ran into the megabytes. So, if learner lost 1 sector, it would be about 1 small email. This is assuming Lerner had a very modern computer. If it was older, it would take more, about 8 sectors, to store an email.  How many emails did Lerner lose?
We don't know exactly how many are missing because a) they are missing and b) the IRS has managed to retrieve 24,000 of the lost emails by searching through the accounts of dozens of other IRS employees who could have been included in those emails.
Overall, the IRS has turned over 750,000 pages of documents in the investigation, including 67,000 emails.
It would appear that Lois Lerner was a prolific email user. If they lost as many as they recovered (24,000), then Lerner's hard drive would have had to have had as many as 48,000 bad sectors to store the lost emails (both lost and recovered) and this is assuming they are small emails without any attachments and all the bad sectors would have to be in the locations her emails were stored. If they were larger file sizes, the number of bad sectors needed to destroy that many emails rises dramatically. Of course all hard drives, even new ones,  likely have some bad sectors. Windows stops writing to them after they are identified. 
When your computer notices a bad sector, it marks that sector as bad and ignores it in the future. The sector will be reallocated, so reads and writes to that sector will go elsewhere. This will show up as “Reallocated Sectors” inhard drive S.M.A.R.T. analysis tools like CrystalDiskInfo. If you had important data in that sector, however, it may be lost — possibly corrupting one or more files.
In order for Lerner to have lost two years of email, there would have had to be severe sudden damage to a large section of Lerner's hard drive because files are not stored in a linear manner on disc. 
Each partition is either swap space (used to implement virtual memory) or a file system used to hold files. Swap-space partitions are just treated as a linear sequence of blocks. File systems, on the other hand, need a way to map file names to sequences of disk blocks. Because files grow, shrink, and change over time, a file's data blocks will not be a linear sequence but may be scattered all over its partition (from wherever the operating system can find a free block when it needs one). This scattering effect is called fragmentation.
If the IRS claimed they lost a few of Lerner's emails due to disc errors, we might believe that, but two years worth doesn't seem very credible.  I smell fish.