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LAWMAKERS STUNNED BY NEW REVELATIONS OF IRS CORRUPTION -- Sen. Cruz demands, 'We need an independent special prosecutor!'

(by Garth Kant, WND) -- Tea-party leaders and lawmakers are flabbergasted over the latest bombshell revelation in the IRS scandal – that ex-IRS official Lois Lerner was discussing with the Department of Justice a strategy to criminally prosecute conservative groups.

“The DOJ’s credibility to investigate the IRS scandal is gone,” declared Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. “We need an independent special prosecutor!”

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., told WND, “With each new revelation about the extent the IRS went, and wanted to go, to target conservative and tea-party groups, the level of corruption keeps getting worse.”

As WND reported Wednesday, emails obtained by Judicial Watch show that Lerner, the former head of the IRS’ tax-exempt division, was exploring a plan with Eric Holder’s Justice Department to conduct a criminal investigation into tea-party groups over their political activity.

However, on May 10, 2013, just a few short days after arranging to meet with the Justice Department, Lerner publicly admitted her department had improperly scrutinized tea-party and other conservative groups. Later that month, Lerner refused to answer questions before Congress about the improper targeting. She did the same thing almost one year later, on March 5, 2014.

For key members of the House Oversight Committee, which has been investigating the scandal for a year, the revelation about Lerner’s coordination with the DOJ appeared to confirm some of their worst suspicions.

Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said the documents underscore the political nature of tea-party targeting by the IRS and the extent to which supposedly nonpartisan officials took direction from elected Democrats.

“These e-mails are part of an overwhelming body of evidence that political pressure from prominent Democrats led to the targeting of Americans for their political beliefs,” declared Issa.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said it showed why the IRS is scared to give up the rest of Lois Lerner’s emails.

He also claimed the e-mails further proved coordination among the IRS, the Federal Election Commission, the Justice Department and committee Democrats to target conservatives.

Jordan now believes, had the committee not requested an investigation by the Treasury Department’s Inspector General, then “Eric Holder’s politicized Justice Department would likely have been leveling trumped up criminal charges against tea-party groups to intimidate them from exercising their constitutional rights.”

Oversight Committee member Mark Meadows, R-N.C., echoed that concern about the Justice Department, saying the revelations “seriously call into question DOJ’s credibility.”

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2 Sex Offenders Out On Parole Went On A Savage Rape And Murder Spree That Left 5 Women Dead… All While Wearing Their GPS Ankle Bracelets

(Weasel Zippers) -- Isn’t part of their parole to not associate with known felons? If their GPS was being monitored even Barney Fife could have figure it out.

(Weasel Zippers) -- Isn’t part of their parole to not associate with known felons? If their GPS was being monitored even Barney Fife could have figure it out.

(by The Daily Mail) -- Two registered sex offenders stand accused of raping and killing four California women since October of last year – and police believe there are likely more victims.

Transients Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Gordon, 45, were each charged Monday with four felony counts each of special circumstances murder and rape of women with histories of prostitution, but more charges are likely to come.

Both accused killers were wearing ankle monitors last fall when the women were killed in Anaheim and Santa Ana, Anaheim Chief Raul Quezada said during a Monday press briefing.

Gordon has admitted to killing and raping five women, a police source told CBS Los Angeles, but no information regarding the fifth victim has been made public.

The case broke open when the body of Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, was found on a recycling plant conveyer belt, authorities said.

‘The lifestyle that we are aware of of these four individuals, their pattern of behavior and the location where they frequented ties the four of them together,’ said Anaheim Police chief Ralph Quezada.

Officials said they also used both the GPS readings from their ankle bracelets and their supposed victims’ cell phone records to match up the times and places where the slayings are believed to have occurred.

The discovery brought to an end the serial killings, but investigators said they are convinced there is at least one more victim, and perhaps several more even outside of California, cops said.

‘They put a stop to a serial killing that would likely have continued beyond this point,’ District Attorney Tony Rackauckas added.

Both men were arrested Saturday and charged Monday with four counts each of special circumstances murders and rapes of Estepp, Martha Anaya, 28, Josephine Vargas, 34, and Kianna Jackson, 20.

Special circumstances murder charges are filed when the killings are committed during rape or when there is more than one victim, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

If convicted, the men could face a minimum sentence of life without parole or the death penalty.

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Obama Education Sec. Arne Duncan Says It’s “Inspiring” To See Mexican Women Who Cross U.S. Border To Have Anchor Babies, “These Are Our Kids”…

Err... what? 'Our kids'?! H/T Weasel Zippers

Err... what? 'Our kids'?!

H/T Weasel Zippers

Via CNS News:

Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited an elementary school in Columbus, N.M. last year where 75 percent of the students live in Mexico but are being educated in the United States because their mothers crossed the border to seek medical help, and their birth here makes them U.S. citizens.

“These are our kids and they’re trying to get a great education,” Duncan said during a visit to the school, which was part of his 2013 school bus tour. “These are children and families who are trying to live the American dream of putting everything, everything on the line to get a great education.

“And it’s frankly inspiring,” Duncan said.

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Obama Gets Cold Reception During Speech In Penn, Faces Blank Stares And Silence…

(The Daily Caller) -- President Barack Obama ventured Wednesday to a mostly blue-collar region of the United States and tried to engage an audience that was cold to him.

The 15 community college students who were picked to stand immediately behind the president, and in view of the TV cameras, mostly stood stone-faced through his speech.

At the end, when the president walked back from the podium to smile and wave at the roughly 60 people in the bleachers 20 feet behind him, he faced a unfriendly wall of faces.

The White House video of the bleacher’s front rank shows three men with their hands crossed, one with his hands stuck in his pockets and one who let his arms fall by his sides.

Obama flew to the Community College of Allegheny County, in Oakdale, Pa., so he could tout a new spending program that is intended to encourage technical training at community colleges.

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Obama To Help Ukraine Fight Off Russian Army . . . By Sending Them Sleeping Mats And Water Purification Systems…

Via Fox News:

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Thursday that the U.S. will send more non-lethal military aid to Ukraine, as fighting with pro-Russian factions intensifies in the eastern part of the country.

Hagel, speaking at a press conference at the Pentagon with his Polish counterpart, said the approved aid would include medical supplies, helmets, sleeping mats, water purification units and small power generators.

The announcement follows a report earlier this week that the administration was withholding non-lethal military aid sought by the Ukrainian government, including body armor and night-vision goggles. The aid announced Thursday may stop short of all the items on Ukraine’s wishlist.

The Obama administration is weighing how deeply to get involved in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, just weeks after Russia’s government annexed the disputed Crimean Peninsula. President Obama, in an interview with CBS News, warned there would be “consequences” for Russia’s aggression but claimed Vladimir Putin is not interested in a military confrontation.

H/T Weasel Zippers



Facebook Removes Post About Rancher Bundy

(by Todd Starnes, Fox News) -- Your friendly neighborhood columnist has once again run afoul of Facebook’s elusive community standards. This time I was censored for writing something about Rancher Cliven Bundy.

I realized I had landed in the Facebook gulag when I tried to post our daily Bible verse.  However, I was unable to post anything because Facebook had taken great offense to something I had written.

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9/11 victim families: Obama sabotaging trials

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(by Adam Kredo, Free Beacon) —Victims of the 9/11 terror attacks expressed shock that the FBI may be meddling in the hearings here, and some speculated that it is part of an effort by the Obama administration to completely derail the hearings and force them into federal court stateside.

Families of those killed in the 9/11 terror attacks traveled here with the intent of watching their family members’ accused killers face justice.

However, many say they were horrified earlier this week when pre-trial hearings came to a halt over revelations that the FBI had launched an investigation into the accused terrorist’s defense lawyers.

“These things don’t just happen,” said Donald Arias, whose brother Adam was killed in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. “I’m very suspicious of my government.”

“It wasn’t just some rogue FBI agent,” he told reporters Wednesday afternoon. “This had to be approved at the highest levels within the FBI to do this.”

“They had to know this would have some effect on the proceedings here,” Arias said. “Were I a very suspicious person, some could even say that was done purposely to derail these hearing and force it back into federal court.”

“It looks like a well orchestrated snafu,” added Lorraine Arias-Beliveau, Don’s sister.

Other families expressed outrage and frustration that the death penalty trials for the accused have been delayed without an end in sight nearly 13 years after the attacks were carried out.

“They’re guilty. Let’s try them fairly and then kill them,” said Charlie Clyne, whose wife Susan was killed in Tower One.

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BLM – Tyranny of Taxation And Regulation Without Representation

The vilification of the Bundy family is in full force now by the mainstream media who are trying to paint Bundy as a law breaker, tax evader and label him as part of the Sovereign Citizen Movement, a hot button label that effectively puts a bounty on his head as a terrorist as far as law enforcement is concerned.



Mass Civil Disobedience in New York Against ‘Safe Act’

Molon Labe: Gun control law a total failure.  

Molon Labe: Gun control law a total failure.

 

(by Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars.com) -- The state of New York is refusing to say how many gun owners complied with a mandate to register their assault weapons under the Safe Act while a Sheriff says he will not enforce the measure, suggesting that just like a similar law in Connecticut, the gun control effort has been a total failure as Americans engage in mass civil disobedience against curbs on the Second Amendment.

Owners of assault-style weapons had until Tuesday to register their weapons under the new law, but firearms advocates say they expect less than 10 per cent have complied, while, “The state refuses to say how many were registered, claiming it is confidential information protected by the law,” reports the Buffalo News.

Meanwhile, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said he would not ask his deputies to enforce the new law, stating, “I don’t know. I am not encouraging them to do it. At the same time, their own consciences should be their guide. I am not forcing my conscience on them. That is a decision they should make.”

Protesters against the measure, labeled the “toughest” gun control law in the United States by Governor Andrew Cuomo, marked the deadline by shredding their registration cards during a demonstration in upstate New York on Tuesday, arguing that the law merely creates a new class of criminals out of responsible gun owners.

“They have been shredding the Constitution for years,” said Rus Thompson. “You shred the Constitution, we’ll shred any form you want us to fill out. They can’t arrest a million people. What are they going to do?”

A YouTube user by the name of Van Prepper posted a video showing him placing an anti-Safe Act sign outside his property wondering whether it will last one or two nights before it is defaced.

Meanwhile, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb derided the Safe Act as “the worst piece of legislation I have seen in my 14 years as a member of the Assembly.”

“This is a law that was created absent of any public input or participation. It has been costly. It has been confusing. And it has not made New York any safer than it was prior to its enactment. Bad legislation does not get better with age, and time will not make the SAFE Act acceptable to those whose constitutional rights have been compromised,” said Kolb.

A New York judge dismissed a last minute challenge to the law yesterday, ruling that it was not unconstitutional.

Mass disobedience against gun control in New York state mirrors what happened in Connecticut earlier this year, where residents were required by law to register high capacity magazines and assault rifles manufactured after 1994.

Just over 50,000 assault weapons were registered after the law came into effect, despite the fact that there are at least 370,000 assault rifles in the hands of Connecticut gun owners, meaning that just 13% of assault rifles were registered.



Recent swarm of earthquakes in Idaho now a major concern...

(LA Times) -- A swarm of about 25 small earthquakes in central Idaho during the last three weeks has prompted scientists to bring in additional seismographs in hopes of finding a cause, an official said.

“We have our theories, but we need more data,” Idaho Geological Survey research geologist Bill Phillips told the Los Angeles Times.

A University of Utah engineer drove to Challis late Tuesday with portable seismometers that will be deployed around the epicenter of the recent earthquakes, three of which have surpassed magnitude 4. The largest, a 4.9, was recorded Sunday.

Scientists want a better sense of how deep the earthquakes are occurring and whether they might be connected to a fault in a nearby valley.

Phillips said there was no oil drilling or geothermal activity in the sparsely populated mountainous region, leaving an unmapped fault or underground fluid movement among the possible causes.

University of Utah geophysicist Kris Pankow had already been scheduled to give a talk on earthquakes in Boise on Monday, but her visit captured extra attention because of the recent temblors. Intrigued by the local interest in the seismic activity, she agreed, along with the U.S. Geological Survey, to send up the measuring equipment.

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Cockroaches 'Rain From Ceiling' at Manhattan Sushi Restaurant...

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(New York Observer) -- Spring has sprung — and so have the creepy critters all over Soho.

Two weeks after a mouse infestation forced the shutdown of Dominique Ansel Bakery on Spring Street (it has since bounced back with a triumphantly themed “Rocky” cronut), Blue Ribbon Sushi on Sullivan is having a cockroach crisis, the Observer has learned.

A male diner was having lunch at the maki and sashimi joint on Monday when a roach fell from the ceiling and landed on his table, followed by four others.

“These weren’t small cockroaches,” he told the Observer, poising his thumb and forefinger about an inch away from each other to approximate the size of the bug. “A person from the restaurant said, ‘Maybe it’s about to rain, this hasn’t happened before.’”

The pests also fell on other patron’s laps, literally. During the same lunch service, a cockroach crawled on the leg of a man at the next table. Fortunately, none of the gauche garnishes fell into the food, and the restaurant comped half the bill (we’re surprised it wasn’t completely free).

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BOMBSHELL: IRS Confirms Abortions Are Tax-Deductible

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(Weasel Zippers) -- Macabre to say the least.

Via Life News:

Here’s something from the “Did you know that?” category. Did you know that abortions are apparently eligible for a tax deduction? That appears to be true, so says the IRS.

From the Washington Examiner, in a list of odd tax deductions:

Have an abortion, get a tax deduction! How strange that pro-abortion advocates aren’t using this as a selling point. Hmmm.

Oh, and while they hyperventilate over Hobby Lobby not wanting to provide every type of birth control without a co-pay, it turns out that birth control pills can be deducted if prescribed by a doctor.

Also, you can deduct the purchase of pregnancy test kits and vasectomies.

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This Incredible New Footage Shows How Close Bundy Standoff Came To A Massacre

Documentary filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch was at the Bundy Ranch front line and has never seen that type of force at the border where drugs and people are routinely smuggled across.



Graphic Photos Show What The BLM Really Did To Bundy’s Cows

Why isn't @peta protesting the approximate 130 #BundyRanch cattle killed without reason by Obama's #BLM ?

Why isn't @peta protesting the approximate 130 #BundyRanch cattle killed without reason by Obama's #BLM ?

(by B. Christopher Agee, WCJ) -- According to several reports breaking on social media Wednesday, federal agents targeting the Bundy Ranch in Clark County, Nev. did much more than merely herd hundreds of cows away from the site prior to backing down from their position Saturday. The following graphic images are being distributed by the Bundy Ranch as proof that multiple head of cattle were slaughtered, apparently under the direction of federal Bureau of Land Management officers.

Some close-up shots reportedly reveal the entrance point of wounds that took down the family’s livestock.

The photos show the dead and decaying cattle, offering little room for speculation beyond the assumption that BLM agents were complicit in their deaths.

With elected officials, including Democrat Sen. Harry Reid, declaring the standoff is “not over,” many worry the government’s apparent predilection for violence could easily spill over to include human targets.

Many outraged commenters have pointed out the glaring hypocrisy of leftist animal rights groups who, at this point, have remained largely silent regarding allegations of cattle mistreatment on the ranch by federal forces.



Watch: Harry Reid’s Son Wants To See Cliven Bundy Taken Down

According to the younger Reid, Cliven Bundy is “not a victim and he’s not a hero.”

According to the younger Reid, Cliven Bundy is “not a victim and he’s not a hero.”

(by B. Christopher Agee, WCJ) -- Just one day after his father, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, declared the Bundy Ranch standoff is “not over,” Rory Reid appeared on a local NBC affiliate to express his desire to see patriarch Cliven Bundy prosecuted.

The stalemate between federal Bureau of Land Management agents and the ranching family came to a head Saturday when hundreds of protesters showed up in support of the Bundys. Armed officers threatened the assembly of cowboys and state militia members after employing physical attacks against members of the Bundy family.

BLM action stemmed from the accusation that Bundy failed to pay grazing fees for his cattle over the past two decades. Regardless of the alleged crime, however, millions of Americans were incensed by the excessive force displayed by federal agents on the scene.

As the standoff continued, reports surfaced that both Reids possibly had a vested interest – i.e., the establishment of a lucrative solar farm in the county – in seeing the family and its cattle removed from the ranch. Though Sen. Reid remained silent throughout much of the controversy, he weighed in Monday with his declaration that “[w]e can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it.”

Rory followed suit with his comments Tuesday.

“We believe in a country in which we are subject to laws and you can’t just ignore the laws we don’t like,” he asserted, concluding that “he should be prosecuted.”

According to the younger Reid, Cliven Bundy is “not a victim and he’s not a hero.”

He stated that there are “hundreds of ranchers throughout Nevada that conduct their profession honorably.”

Cliven Bundy, however, believes the federal government is trying to force the ranching industry to disappear. He claims there were once 52 ranches surrounding his in Clark County. Now, he said, he stands alone. The BLM, along with its fee demands, have reportedly put them all out of business.

Like our ‘Stand with the Bundys’ Facebook page to keep up with the latest developments in this ongoing saga.

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Worst Possible Scenario Now Unfolding Says Russia: Terrifying Military Escalation Could Bring Us To Brink Of Nuclear War

EDWARD LUCAS: I hope I'm wrong but historians may look back and say this was the start of World War III -  'Vladimir Putin is striking at the heart of the West' -  'We can chose to surrender any responsibility we have to protect Ukraine and the Baltic states' -  'Or we can mount a last-ditch attempt to deter Russia from furthering its imperial ambitions' -  'If we choose to resist Putin, we will risk a terrifying military escalation' -  'I do not think it an exaggeration to say this could bring us to the brink of nuclear war' Read more via UK Daily Mail...

EDWARD LUCAS: I hope I'm wrong but historians may look back and say this was the start of World War III

-  'Vladimir Putin is striking at the heart of the West'

-  'We can chose to surrender any responsibility we have to protect Ukraine and the Baltic states'

-  'Or we can mount a last-ditch attempt to deter Russia from furthering its imperial ambitions'

-  'If we choose to resist Putin, we will risk a terrifying military escalation'

-  'I do not think it an exaggeration to say this could bring us to the brink of nuclear war'

Read more via UK Daily Mail...

(by Susan Duclos) -- The Sky News video below explains the situation unfolding in Ukraine right now, where Ukrainian troops are massing and Russia says the “worst possible scenario” is now unfolding in a situation that could lead to World War III, as the West fuels the flames of war even more by throwing out more threats about further “tougher” sanctions against Russia and a “freezing” of East-West relations for the next decade.




Obama administration's 'Culture of intimidation' seen in ranch standoff...

(The Washington Times) -- Sending scores of armed agents along with helicopters and dogs to confront an elderly Nevada rancher over grazing fees may seem like overkill, but critics say it’s not inconsistent with the federal government’s recent approach to environmental enforcement.

The simmering truce between the Bundys and the Bureau of Land Management comes after high-profile raids last year by armed federal agents on small-time gold miners in tiny Chicken, Alaska, and guitar makers at the Gibson Guitar facilities in Tennessee.

That doesn’t include more subtle threats, such as recent efforts by the Obama administration to raise grazing fees or pressure permit holders to transfer their water rights as a condition of renewal, said Ryan Yates, director of congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau.

“Some have called it a culture of intimidation,” Mr. Yates said. “It’s issue after issue, threat after threat. It’s becoming harder and harder to keep those operations in business.”

The atmosphere was quiet but tense Tuesday at the Bundy ranch near Bunkerville, Nev., just days after Bureau of Land Management chief Neil Kornze pulled federal agents off the property and returned about 400 head of cattle to rancher Cliven Bundy.

BLM spokesman said the agency would work to resolve the dispute “administratively and judicially,” but so far Bundy supporters aren’t buying it. Patrols of armed supporters remained at the ranch on the lookout for the return of BLM agents, instead of heeding calls from lawmakers to disband and return home, according to KLAS-TV in Las Vegas.

That may be in part because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned Monday that “it’s not over.”

Meanwhile, former Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, told Fox News he worried the federal government could hit back hard at the Bundy ranch.

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Marine Combat Vet Booted From Pizza Hut After Manager Thinks His USMC Patches Are Gang Symbols…

(Weasel Zippers) -- How incredibly dense do you have to be to think a patch reading “Marine Combat Veteran” or “USMC” is a gang symbol?

(Weasel Zippers) -- How incredibly dense do you have to be to think a patch reading “Marine Combat Veteran” or “USMC” is a gang symbol?

Via Rare:

A Facebook user writing under the pseudonym Rick Libertas Semper claims that he was discriminated against at a Wisconsin area Pizza Hut for wearing military patches on a leather jacket.

“Semper” hit his Facebook to tell the tale of trying to sit down and eat some lunch, and being told that he needed to remove his jacket, because Pizza Hut does not allow gang symbols in their restaurants.

Yes, you read that right, the manager thought his military patches were gang symbols.

“I was wearing my black leather jacket that has 4 patches and the back of the jacket is embroidered. One patch says USMC, the other patch says Marine Combat Veteran, the 3rd patch is the unit patch for 3rd Marines 3rd Battalion and there is a patch of the US flag on it. The back of the jacket is embroidered with the Marine Corps Emblem,” Semper wrote on his Facebook page.

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