Freedom Caucus pushes privileged impeachment vote for Koskinen
The idea is to force a floor vote on impeachment, because that caucus doesn't trust the Republican leadership to force the vote. Thats the news part. But there's more:
You see that right there? That thing where "Republicans don't like the idea and don't support it" even though the people they are supposedly representing support impeaching Koskinen very strongly? That's the problem.
IRS search for White House tax records requests incomplete
It seems the IRS searched only the official, authorized request database and found no official, authorized requests there. They didn't search their email records for unofficial, unauthorized requests for tax data from the White House.
The FBI has accumulated over a hundred wounded and dead due to their failures in just two or three terrorist incidents, and that's before you count the cost in public trust that their failure to indict Hillary Clinton for grossly negligent handling of national security information will accrue.
The one in New York City was found the hard way and cost someone their foot. This one was detected and safely detonated. Note that it was found concealed under trash by the side of the road, a common IED tactic (the trash hides the explosive device).
The so-called "elites" who think they are entitled to run the government -- all of the governments, in all of the nations, regardless of the will of the people -- have absolutely no compunctions about cheating to win the control they think they deserve. They are concerned only with getting caught, and they designed the system to make that difficult.
The thing is, there's pretty much nothing Hillary can say about her email server arrangements that make any difference. She did what she did. The FBI found the evidence, laid it out, and decided that it didn't matter because she is above the law.
And that's just votes from felons that were positively identified. It doesn't count the illegal aliens and other ineligible voters, and it is an inherently low estimate because the Secretary of State has refused to cooperate. And it appears to have been enough, even with those limitations, to have swung the election of Al Franken to the US Senate. And without Franken, Obamacare would have narrowly failed.
Military officers required to spout global warming propaganda for promotion
Make no mistake, this is requiring the military to spout government propaganda as a condition for career advancement. And adding insult to injury, the propaganda has nothing to do with their area of expertise.
Why did Hillary's narrow escape play out the way it did?
Here's what I think happened. We know Comey has a reputation as a straight shooter, and he's shown signs of occasional spine in the past on questions like whether a particular attack was Islamic terrorism or not. But, he's also had his leash yanked a couple times when he got too far out of line, and the Obama administration needed to get him back under control. I think he's been allowed a certain amount of independence, because it's valuable to the White House to have someone in that position they can pretend is an honest guy. When the honest guy gives the all clear, the idea is, that can be trusted even if people don't like it. In other words, the man's credibility has been horded by the administration so it would be there when they really needed it.
What follows is my own speculation based on publicly available facts.
And remmeber who was responsible for the plot to overthrow Assad by arming jihadists? Hillary. Who was responsible for filling the Middle East with US arms? Hillary again. Do we really want this woman anywhere near our government's foreign policy?
This illustrates the dangers in using such a list to deny fundamental rights. If you're going to do that, you have to have due process -- preferably a conviction or current indictment rather than a mere accusation or suspicion. And you can't operate in a prior restraint manner.
And it's not only the Democrats. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House and a Republican (if in name only) has his own gun control bill that, while better on due process than the Democrat bill, is still pretty bad. It hasn't passed the House yet due to resistance from the Freedom Caucus, but he hasn't given up.
And, of course, the fundamental problem with both proposals is that it doesn't matter what the rules are for terrorist watch list suspects when the FBI removes them from the list before they commit their attacks.
11 officers shot by sniper at Black Lives Matter rally
I don't know what to say, other than "snipers on rooftops" is what you get when your discontented populace shifts from disgruntled to open rebellion. One rooftop sniper can be a mental case. Two at the same time suggests something more than that. The location, a Black Lives Matter event, is suggestive but not deterministic of the motive. (At least some witnesses report that the event was peaceful before the shootings started).
Lots of pictures at the link but it's likely going to be slow to load.
I haven't commented on the Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile shootings that caused this protest because it's still early and I've been busy, and that hasn't changed. I will say that I feel very strongly that all lives matter, regardless of race and whether or not they are wearing a uniform or carrying a gun (legally).
I fear things are only going to get worse until the election.
UPDATE: At least some sources are saying one of the suspects is KKK. That seems to me to be a very quick and very convenient identification, almost suspiciously so, but why would such a person be shooting at police rather than people marching? I'm going to wait and see what other evidence is released before coming to any conclusions.
For the most part, this is a good editorial and worth reading, but I wanted to point out for my readers that this particular action of Lerner's -- sending tax return data to the FBI -- has been known for a long time. The news here is the actual details of the procedures for correctly transferring tax return information to the FBI:
No specific request, no active investigation, so her disclosure was illegal. But the Department of Justice wasn't interested in prosecuting her.
Confirmed: Lerner's transfer of tax return data to DOJ broke the law
So, yes, the IRS and the DOJ could have handled this legally, if in fact they were interested in conducting a proper criminal investigation and didn't mind the fact that the information transfer would be publicly reported. But they DID mind, so much so that they ignored proper procedures and broke the law to transfer that information. Why? Because they didn't have anything specific in mind; the whole exercise was a politically-motivated fishing expedition.