The EPA Is The Underreported Scandal

If the news weren't so saturated with scandals right now, the broadcast evening newscasts would have had a different segment each night this week on the EPA. As we were doing the podcast last night, Drew, Andy and I tried to recount them all and actually came up short on the first try. There's just that many.

I'd really like to keep the EPA scandals in the spotlight because they run the gamut from basic bureaucratic waste, to malicious politically-motivated abuse, to direct malfeasance by the EPA's highest appointee. Here they are:

(1) EPA awarded former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's alias, Richard Windsor, an ethics award.
Yes, a fake person -- an alias created to avoid disclosure obligations and keep Lisa Jackson from having to read all the email in her actual email account -- won an ethics award.

There's two immediate take-aways to this scandal. First, it's right at the top. None of the standard Obama Administration excuses -- "it was a low-level employee; I was never informed" or "I do so many of these, I don't even read them" -- will work here. Jackson knew, she was complicit, and now she's conveniently gone -- the beneficiary of a cushy job at Apple just days after Democrats haled the company into hearings to browbeat it for obeying tax law.

Second, it demonstrates the empty "meritocracies" of the bureaucracy. Windsor's name was on a list for completing a mandatory annual requirement, so of course "he" got an award.

(2) EPA targeted conservative groups for disfavored treatment.
This scandal is a direct parallel to the IRS targeting. The EPA gets FOIA requests from conservative and from liberal groups. Generally, the requesting person or entity has to pay for the cost of searching, compiling, and printing the records either on paper or CD. And these fees can range up into the hundreds of thousands of dollars per FOIA. But there are waivers for these fees. You can guess who gets the waivers and who doesn't.

The response of the EPA to this is laugh-out-loud funny. First came the blanket denial. Acting EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe told a House committe, "our policy is to treat everybody the same." And then he added -- illogically, astonishingly -- that the agency was "considering" launching an investigation. Considering it!

That's one of the reasons I'd like to see some light on this agency. They're still in liberal la-la land, where they think they can pretend to be concerned about a scandal and then go back to business as usual.

Considering it!

(3) EPA contractors turned part of an EPA warehouse into their own personal rec rooms and gym.
Here's an almost banal example of bureaucratic waste. Contractors let loose to do their thing with only belated oversight. Yes, they were paid to happily build their clubhouse and gym.

EPA just found out last month and, to its credit, severed ties with the contracting company. But the agency was left with a bunch of unanswered questions, foremost among them: how did this happen? Boy, wouldn't we all like to know.

(4) EPA leaked personal info of farm and cattle facilities to environmental activists.
This scandal is the EPA version of the IRS's leak of National Organization for Marriage's records. A group of people (80,000 people) that some agency employees have reason not to like suddenly have their personal information show up in the hands of their political adversaries.

The EPA has asked environmental activist groups Earth Justice, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Pew Charitable Trust, to give the information back, but . . . c'mon. Come. On. I suppose at this point we should be grateful (?) the EPA's doing more than merely considering asking for the information back. No word on if anyone was disciplined for sending the personal information (it was inadvertently included in FOIA requests), but I wouldn't hold my breath. Come to think of it, I wonder if the groups that got the info also had their FOIA fees waived...

Four simultaneous scandals is the most of any agency we're talking about right now. It's gonna take a lot more attention before the EPA is forced to clean house. More than a couple congressional letters, I would think, which is why I'm writing about it now. I don't know if it's because EPA is relatively more popular than some of the other agencies embroiled in scandal now, or if these scandals simply affect fewer people directly, but this is probably the best chance we've had in a while to curtail EPA's prosperity-destroying activities.

Posted by: Gabriel Malor at 06:18 PM



Comments

1 Eleventy!11!!

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent at June 07, 2013 06:19 PM (PMGbu)

2 If the news weren't so saturated with scandal right now, the broadcast
evening newscasts would have had a different segment each night this
week on the EPA.



You were being ironic, right?

Posted by: The MSM, Now With 20% More Objectivity at June 07, 2013 06:20 PM (8ZskC)

3 EPA- Egregious Puckered Asses

Posted by: Tobacco Road at June 07, 2013 06:21 PM (4Mv1T)

4 You misspelled "scandals". I count 4 different ones in the post.

Posted by: steveegg at June 07, 2013 06:21 PM (o44nj)

5 The apparatus of government has been turned against disfavored citizens.

Posted by: Cicero, DOCTOR of Jurisprudence and Shit at June 07, 2013 06:21 PM (8ZskC)

6 Posted by: The MSM, Now With 20% More Objectivity at June 07, 2013 06:20 PM (8ZskC)

What's 1.2 * 0?

Posted by: steveegg at June 07, 2013 06:21 PM (o44nj)

7 This is small potatoes next to the wholesale spying on the entire American population that we just discovered.

Same with waste at the IRS. You're never going to get a majority to give a shit because they have no skin in that game. Use this shit in debates - fine.

This isn't wholesale violation of the 1st and 4th amendments.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at June 07, 2013 06:23 PM (YLiz5)

8 The hidden e-mail address may sound sleazy, but her official e-mail address is probably public, and she may have been swamped every day with crap. Having a private address is reasonable.

What is important is what she did with it, not its existence.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 07, 2013 06:23 PM (z4m16)

9 Second, it demonstrates the empty "meritocracies" of the bureaucracy. Windsor's name was on a list for completing a mandatory annual requirement, so of course "he" got an award.

If Windsor was actually listed as an employee I wonder if there were required records attached to his file. I wonder if someone actually filled out false tax documents.

That would be the Shit to End All Shit™

Posted by: weft cut-loop at June 07, 2013 06:23 PM (ujux6)

10 It has been MUCH more satisfying trading guns and ammo today than reading the news.

Too bad that tropical storm blew through here late today and washed all my stuff away.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at June 07, 2013 06:23 PM (4Mv1T)

11 Dick windsor before he dicks you.

Posted by: tony redenzo at June 07, 2013 06:24 PM (rGzAT)

12 Cut it out Gabe . I'm in no mood for an Ace movie review

Posted by: dogfish at June 07, 2013 06:24 PM (qP1Pf)

13 The hidden e-mail address may sound sleazy, but her official e-mail
address is probably public, and she may have been swamped every day with
crap. Having a private address is reasonable.



And Lindsey Graham has invited you to join his staff.

Give these fucks NOTHING.

Posted by: Cicero, DOCTOR of Jurisprudence and Shit at June 07, 2013 06:24 PM (8ZskC)

14 EPA
IRS
NSA
all dog whistles - RACIST

Posted by: The jackhole at June 07, 2013 06:24 PM (nTgAI)

15 We all know when Gabe uses the acronym "EPA", he's really calling the president a n****r.

Posted by: Martin Bashir at June 07, 2013 06:25 PM (3+QKS)

16 Transparency. It's the new black.

Posted by: Cicero, DOCTOR of Jurisprudence and Shit at June 07, 2013 06:26 PM (8ZskC)

17

Don't forget the Gibson Guitar raid.

That was insane.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at June 07, 2013 06:26 PM (XYSwB)

18 Posted by: Cicero, DOCTOR of Jurisprudence and Shit at June 07, 2013 06:24 PM (8ZskC)

Reasonable point. Of course you ignored my next statement.

Typical liberal.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 07, 2013 06:26 PM (z4m16)

19 How long until they blame this on Nixon?

Posted by: Infidel at June 07, 2013 06:26 PM (O/fK8)

20 Wait til you get started on the FDA

Posted by: SarahW at June 07, 2013 06:26 PM (LYwCh)

21 What's 1.2*0?

President Obama

Posted by: dogfish at June 07, 2013 06:27 PM (qP1Pf)

22 What is important is what she did with it, not its existence.Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 07, 2013 06:23 PM (z4m16)

Yes, no and kinda.If she had had a second private email like "Lisajackson43434" maybe, but it would need to be internally connected so that when a FOIA happened it'd pull both.
But that's not what happened. It was a completely fake alias.

Posted by: tsrblke at June 07, 2013 06:27 PM (GaqMa)

23
It was created by Nixon.

So we should start referring to it, as...'Nixon's EPA'.

The Left would hate that.

Posted by: wheatie at June 07, 2013 06:27 PM (ZiafE)

24
If a secret taxpayer financed man cave for use by Boehner or W or Romney was found in a secret warehouse, do you think we would have pictures of it by now? Where are our pictures of the man cave?

P.S. Was that man cave for their use during the work day?

I know that as far as the amount of money involved goes, this doesn't come anywhere near the money they wasted in supporting fraudulent green energy firms, but this is something that even the ignorati can understand.

Posted by: WalrusRex at June 07, 2013 06:29 PM (XUKZU)

25 It's old, wingers.

Posted by: Bill Windsor at June 07, 2013 06:29 PM (z9HTb)

26 Scandalpalooza just does not seem to adequately encompass the broad spectrum of abuse this administration has engaged in. Mafia and RICO seem more appropriate.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at June 07, 2013 06:29 PM (CQnAL)

27 The biggest EPA scandal of all is their disregard of governing law in their selection of evidence supporting for the CO2 endangerment finding.

Posted by: JEM at June 07, 2013 06:30 PM (o+SC1)

28 Daily reminder:

THIS IS A CRIMINAL REGIME!

Posted by: JohnKerryIsADoucheBag at June 07, 2013 06:30 PM (6sqK6)

29 President Obama

Posted by: dogfish at June 07, 2013 06:27 PM (qP1Pf)


Nailed it.

Posted by: steveegg at June 07, 2013 06:30 PM (o44nj)

30 Should the raid on Gibson guitars be considered an EPA scandal?

Posted by: Dr Spank at June 07, 2013 06:31 PM (3+QKS)

31 Posted by: artisanal 'ette


Damn you!

Posted by: Dr Spank at June 07, 2013 06:31 PM (3+QKS)

32 Another question. Since this Windsor dude received an "award" was he also receiving a paycheck? If so, who was cashing it?

Posted by: Infidel at June 07, 2013 06:32 PM (O/fK8)

33 >>>Should the raid on Gibson guitars be considered an EPA scandal?

Us guitar pickin' right wing douchebags already do.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at June 07, 2013 06:32 PM (4Mv1T)

34 But that's not what happened. It was a completely fake alias.

Posted by: tsrblke at June 07, 2013 06:27 PM (GaqMa)

I see your point, but what is more important is what she was doing with it.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 07, 2013 06:32 PM (z4m16)

35 Let's face it,ALL government agencies suck.All of them.

Posted by: steevy at June 07, 2013 06:33 PM (9XBK2)

36 It was created by Nixon.

So we should start referring to it, as...'Nixon's EPA'.

The Left would hate that.

yabut, don't ignore the hysteria in the media about all the rampant environmental damage, and how the federal government had to do something to save the planet. Nixon had to sign on to, sign off on the EPA - OSHA - price controls -- take the dollar off the gold standard for the same reason Bill Clinton had to embrace welfare reform.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse at June 07, 2013 06:33 PM (z7i/g)

37
19 How long until they blame this on Nixon?

But the Left loves the EPA.
They don't even like to acknowledge that Nixon created it...because they have so thoroughly demonized Nixon.

They are now trying with all their might to deny that there are any similarities between Barky and Nixon.

When the truth is...
Barky has weaponized Nixon's EPA --- something that even Nixon didn't think of doing.

Posted by: wheatie at June 07, 2013 06:33 PM (ZiafE)

38 EPA ruined Mike Sackett life in Idaho. Check out the story. Amazing.

Posted by: tony redenzo at June 07, 2013 06:34 PM (rGzAT)

39 Underreperted...only because big time reporters have their heads up their collective and didn't know it was there. Now you told 'em, now they know. They'd rather run with this than the Amendment violations.

Posted by: Tantorius Maximus at June 07, 2013 06:34 PM (IdBXy)

40 So much bad news for Barky this week. Maybe they decided to forget the late Friday news dump?

Posted by: Infidel at June 07, 2013 06:35 PM (O/fK8)

41
Wait...Obama came out and said there is no snooping by Big Brother, no discrimination by the EPA, no targeting by the IRS and the Left Wing Media agrees, so there is none. That's that and its it. Ipso facto. Nolo Contendre.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at June 07, 2013 06:36 PM (g5YAm)

42 It is certainly curious All the govt depts. seem to use the same modus operandi.

Posted by: willow at June 07, 2013 06:37 PM (nqBYe)

43 what do community organizers do for a living?

Posted by: willow at June 07, 2013 06:37 PM (nqBYe)

44 Barko is not really our President.

He's just a stooge prop for SPECTRE.

Or is that SPHINCTER?

Posted by: Tobacco Road at June 07, 2013 06:37 PM (4Mv1T)

45 The EPA should have been defunded as soon as we took the House. They said "elect us and we will defund it". They lied.

Posted by: Vic at June 07, 2013 06:39 PM (lZvxr)

46 I was totally honest about everything except my name. And my gender. And the money, of course. Well, also, whether I used the power of government to harass and intimidate the administrations enemies. But when they asked me whether I would be willing to kidnap the children of prominent Republicans, I said, "No!"

Posted by: Lisa jackson at June 07, 2013 06:39 PM (XUKZU)

47 I laugh constantly at all this.

It's hysterical what country i thought i grew up in and the reality.


Posted by: willow at June 07, 2013 06:39 PM (nqBYe)

48 #24 Alas, I am afraid that the ignorati will think this is a cool idea, and start making hide-outs with cool entertainment accessories in GM warehouses, Amazon distribution centers, and state government storage areas.

Posted by: Miss Marple at June 07, 2013 06:39 PM (GoIUi)

49
Another question. Since this Windsor dude received an "award" was he also receiving a paycheck? If so, who was cashing it?

***

Nice house you got there. Be terrible if a drone hit it.

Posted by: Lisa jackson at June 07, 2013 06:40 PM (XUKZU)

50 ok what is spectre?

fcol i cannot keep up!

and i'm actually paying attention.

how would the LIV cope with this massive influx of information..

Posted by: willow at June 07, 2013 06:40 PM (nqBYe)

51 WTH?

Hot ass ginger from The Walking Dead arrested for sending ricin letters?

Posted by: RWC at June 07, 2013 06:41 PM (Wl/Ht)

52
how would the LIV cope with this massive influx of information..

Posted by: willow at June 07, 2013 06:40 PM (nqBYe)

American Idol

Posted by: RWC at June 07, 2013 06:43 PM (Wl/Ht)

53 SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) is a fictional global terrorist organization featured in the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming as early as Thunderball in 1961.

And it was all just a movie 50 years ago.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at June 07, 2013 06:44 PM (4Mv1T)

54 OT. Shooting in LA area Santa Monica junior college. 4 wounded. 2 critically. And near an event for the President.

http://tinyurl.com/m5qe6xn

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at June 07, 2013 06:44 PM (CQnAL)

55 RWC, hmm, so is american idol any good?

asking for a friend.

Posted by: willow at June 07, 2013 06:44 PM (nqBYe)

56
WTH?

Hot ass ginger from The Walking Dead arrested for sending ricin letters?

***

Framed her husband after he filed for divorce. There goes the "right wing gun nut" theory.

Posted by: Lisa jackson at June 07, 2013 06:44 PM (XUKZU)

57
36...yabut, don't ignore the hysteria in the media about all the rampant environmental damage, and how the federal government had to do something to save the planet.

-----------

Back when the EPA was created...we actually *did* need to do something about all the environmental damage.

We had toxic rivers with trash floating in them...paint shops pouring their waste into the ground surrounding their shops...to name just a couple of examples.

The EPA has served a good purpose, in a lot of areas.

But it's mission is being perverted now, and is being used as a weapon for political reasons.
This hasnothing to do with 'saving the earth'.

The environmentalists themselves, should be pissed about this...if they have an ounce of integrity.

Posted by: wheatie at June 07, 2013 06:45 PM (ZiafE)

58 TY ,Tobacco Road

, LOL I had thought it was another tech group or something.

Posted by: willow at June 07, 2013 06:45 PM (nqBYe)

59 But that's not what happened. It was a completely fake alias.Posted by: tsrblke at June 07, 2013 06:27 PM (GaqMa)I see your point, but what is more important is what she was doing with it.
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 07, 2013 06:32 PM (z4m16)

That's the problem, it's a secret

Posted by: The jackhole at June 07, 2013 06:45 PM (nTgAI)

60 55 RWC, hmm, so is american idol any good?

asking for a friend.
Posted by: willow at June 07, 2013 06:44 PM (nqBYe

Ask the resident expert BC when he's around. I've never gotten into it.

Posted by: RWC at June 07, 2013 06:46 PM (Wl/Ht)

61 In Soviet Union, TV watches you! Also in Obama'/s America.

Posted by: Jakov Smirnoff at June 07, 2013 06:47 PM (XUKZU)

62 Each
Plebe
Assfucked

Posted by: Freude, schöner Götterfunken at June 07, 2013 06:47 PM (LPck3)

63
Framed her husband after he filed for divorce. There goes the "right wing gun nut" theory.

Posted by: Lisa jackson at June 07, 2013 06:44 PM (XUKZU)

So she's not desperate for a jailhouse marriage with conjugal visits?


Shit.

Posted by: RWC at June 07, 2013 06:47 PM (Wl/Ht)

64 That's the problem, it's a secret

Posted by: The jackhole at June 07, 2013 06:45 PM (nTgAI)

The e-mails must be archived. I would be surprised if they weren't.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at June 07, 2013 06:47 PM (z4m16)

65 EPA? Yep, another Republican created POS.

I'll probably never vote again. LIB

Posted by: Hunker down and L.I.B. at June 07, 2013 06:48 PM (Cs2tJ)

66 7
This is small potatoes


There's major EPA scandal yet to be revealed. For decades they've been running a real estate swindle that has forced thousands of small businesses to close shop and lose everything.

It goes like this:

Small business is told to "cleanup" some non-existent or trivial problem and fines will be like $10,000/day and if you don't "comply", you'll be sued for $250k.

If you try to "comply", no effort is ever good enough because the test results will be faked...the $250k lawsuit ensues...which you can't possibly afford to defend against...

THEN...comes the "settlement offer" to make it all go away. EPA will say they have a 3rd party who graciously "volunteered" to "remediate" the site at their own expense...

...all you have to do is sign away the business and property and EPA will drop its ruinous lawsuits and criminal charges against you.

The 3rd party is invariably some big city lawyer. Once they take possession of the property, one barrel of supposed toxic waste is removed, and the property is declared "remediated" upon subsequent testing. Gosh, the problem wasn't nearly as bad as we thought!

This scenario has been quietly replayed thousands of times over the past 30 years ruining families and fortunes.

Posted by: Purp at June 07, 2013 06:48 PM (CIZja)

67 wheatie as with every govt dept, it's been commandeered

Posted by: willow at June 07, 2013 06:48 PM (nqBYe)

68 Underreported ScandalS. That's plural.

Posted by: Minuteman at June 07, 2013 06:50 PM (dSE0q)

69 Ricin broad is smokin hot. Maybe I'll mail her a letter containing a substance.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at June 07, 2013 06:51 PM (YLiz5)

70 Hasn't it been revealed that pretty much all the agency heads have email accounts under aliases?I believe the excuse is that their regular accounts are swamped.

Posted by: steevy at June 07, 2013 06:51 PM (9XBK2)

71 See Drudge!


OBAMA ORDERED PLANS FOR CYBERATTACKS

Posted by: Tami at June 07, 2013 06:52 PM (X6akg)

72 All pf this must lead back to ----K.A.O.S!!!!!! Maxwell, save us! Agent 99, take off your clothes!

Posted by: free tibet at June 07, 2013 06:53 PM (eYcLs)

73
Clean as a whistle, this EPA.

Posted by: Chrissy Matthews at June 07, 2013 06:54 PM (g5YAm)

74 pf=of, dammit

Posted by: free tibet at June 07, 2013 06:54 PM (eYcLs)

75 And that putz couldn't make a speech on the fly today. Like there's nothing to talk about.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at June 07, 2013 06:54 PM (4Mv1T)

76
71 See Drudge!

I love the picture he used. Haa!

Posted by: wheatie at June 07, 2013 06:54 PM (ZiafE)

77 perhaps it really is a coup.

could that be a valid thought?

Posted by: willow at June 07, 2013 06:55 PM (nqBYe)

78 You said the EPA has the most scandals at four. The IRS has as many or more: 1. Targeting Conservative groups. 2. Releasing protected data. 3. Wasting $50 Super Large on conferences. 4. Collecting up 60K medical files in California (HIPPA violation) 5. B onuses all around for the crooked management.

Posted by: Minuteman at June 07, 2013 06:55 PM (dSE0q)

79
This scenario has been quietly replayed thousands of times over the past 30 years ruining families and fortunes.

Posted by: Purp


Oh, don't forget the state EPA as well. They might tell you to do the exact opposite of what the Feds tell you to do.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at June 07, 2013 06:55 PM (ujux6)

80 And wasn't it EPA who targeted Gibson guitars? I know that's old but I bet there are lots of examples of conservatives donors getting put under the EPA microscope.

Posted by: palerider at June 07, 2013 06:56 PM (dkExz)

81 Not to diminish the EPA scandals. In fact, I would add EPA's enforcement of rules to bankrupt the coal industry as another.

Posted by: Minuteman at June 07, 2013 06:56 PM (dSE0q)

82 Government Gone Wild!

Posted by: demoncrat at June 07, 2013 06:56 PM (bSpTg)

83 7


You're never going to get a majority to
give a shit because they have no skin in that game.


Posted by: Empire of Jeff at June 07, 2013 06:23 PM (YLiz5)
Yup. The LIVs won't give a shit about the EPA until they are hit with the rolling blackouts resulting from the evil coal plants being shut down with no alternative plants being stood up capable of making up the difference on the grid.

Posted by: Sandra Fluke's solid gold diaphragm at June 07, 2013 06:57 PM (7xeJQ)

84 The EPA needs to be burned to the ground. It's chock full of anti-capitalists. It is beyond reform.

Posted by: rickl at June 07, 2013 06:58 PM (sdi6R)

85
66...This scenario has been quietly replayed thousands of times over the past 30 years ruining families and fortunes.

It's similar to the way that Eminent Domain has been used to steal people's land.

I hope that some of these people have told their stories to Sen.Ron Johnson's 'Victims of Government' site.

Posted by: wheatie at June 07, 2013 06:58 PM (ZiafE)

86 I love the picture he used. Haa!


Posted by: wheatie at June 07, 2013 06:54 PM (ZiafE)

Me too! But he just changed it.

Posted by: Tami at June 07, 2013 07:00 PM (X6akg)

87
Hey! Hey! Hey!

I was awarded the NASA's prestigious Award for Wiping Out the Klingons Around Uranus!

And I used my right hand!

-- fuzzy-wuzzy muzzie with adequacy issues

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars at June 07, 2013 07:01 PM (HsTG8)

88 [66] In the cases you have brought our attention to are handled by outside contractors.Though not totally legit, they are always successful.

Posted by: tony redenzo at June 07, 2013 07:01 PM (rGzAT)

89
86...Me too! But he just changed it.

Had to go look. ...Damn, he did.
I liked the other picture better, with Barky pointing his finger right at us, with a creepy look on his face.

Posted by: wheatie at June 07, 2013 07:04 PM (ZiafE)

90 So if Rush Limbuagh thinks were in a coup by Obama what does he suggest that we do about it?

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at June 07, 2013 07:04 PM (iwHSQ)

91 Make
the
Rubble
bounce....
Tumbrels. Guillotines. Mobs of angry, offal-throwing peasants.
Some ass'y required.

Posted by: I'm lighting my torch now... at June 07, 2013 07:05 PM (ULH4o)

92 Wasn't the EPA one of the agencies Rick Perry wanted to dismiss?
O/T but it seems like someone is pissed off at TFG because my iPhone just went off with a Drudge Report
alert with 18 page presidential directive on cyber attacks. It has to be a person in his administration leaking the docs!

The other possibility is that they put it out on a Friday news dump, it's from UK Guardian, same source as Verizon
Phones. It must be hard to leak docs to US news sources since they have started attacking "journalists" here.

Posted by: CarolT at June 07, 2013 07:05 PM (s0f54)

93 How do we know Dick Windsor was her only unaccountable account?

Posted by: toby928© at June 07, 2013 07:10 PM (QupBk)

94 Shut down the government. All of it.

Pretty soon then useful will be identified. The rest, well absence of a boil. . . ..

Posted by: ExPat Patriot at June 07, 2013 07:10 PM (LPbig)

95 Dismantle the EPA. Fire staff. Strip them of their pensions.

Posted by: Northernlurker at June 07, 2013 07:11 PM (ieiyL)

96 I would like to present a visual representation of my response to the current state of the world in general and US politics in particular.


http://bit.ly/rKtC6I



Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD. Take us away. at June 07, 2013 07:11 PM (Gk3SS)

97 This torrent of scandal is overwhelming, he said, stating the obvious. The common thread seems to be active targeting and persecution of conservatives and conservative organizations or--in the case of the EPA vs. farmers--typically conservative socioeconomic groups. (I view the Benghazi Incident and the Fast and Furious Operation as being placed in a different, highercategory than 'scandal', although the number of dead bodies piled at the President's feet is genuinely scandalous.)

So far in all of these acts of Executive Branch malfeasance, I think maybe one IRS official has been asked to resign. To my knowledge, no arrests have been made anywhere for anything. No one has even been fired. In addition, no changes have been made to policy directives which would cancel IRS targeting practices. Certainly blanket surveillance of the American public is still going on.

So what now? Since Holder's DoJ is compromised, it would seem investigative responsibility devolves to Congress, where nothing happens and hearings go unreported. Remember Fast and Furious? Stonewalled and blocked, executive privilege invoked. Can anyone envision anything differently happening here?

Is there a lawyer or lawman in the Horde who can put us to some knowledge?

Posted by: troyriser at June 07, 2013 07:12 PM (vtiE6)

98 "Crap, that ACE fellow is still looking at the EPA too... time to release another scandal"... who we got left, what has the CIA been up to lately?

I know, fantasy thinking; but it makes more sense than the "official" disclaimers from the government.

Yeah, I set low bars for success so I know I can clear them.

Posted by: gekkobear at June 07, 2013 07:12 PM (nYHRn)

99 it's a mad puddy kat

Posted by: willow at June 07, 2013 07:14 PM (nqBYe)

100
92 Wasn't the EPA one of the agencies Rick Perry wanted to dismiss?

Yeah, he said he would abolish it.

I hope he runs again.
And Ihope he is taking some voice lessons, to try to minimize his Texas accent, so that he might bemore 'acceptable' to those that found it offensive.

Posted by: wheatie at June 07, 2013 07:14 PM (ZiafE)

101 what does he suggest that we do about it?

Once more unto the breach.

Posted by: General Washington at June 07, 2013 07:16 PM (LPck3)

102 90
So if Rush Limbuagh thinks were in a coup by Obama what does he suggest that we do about it?

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at June 07, 2013 07:04 PM (iwHSQ)
Shelter-in-place? oh, and send Marco Rubio $$

Posted by: Hunker down and L.I.B. at June 07, 2013 07:16 PM (Cs2tJ)

103 I'm with ya Gabe. This should be fodder for the elimination of the EPA. Look for it in 2016 cause I'm gonna start pushing for it now.

Posted by: Yip at June 07, 2013 07:16 PM (/jHWN)

104 Obviously, the word "Scandal" is a dog whistle with an implied "boy"!!!! It is the new "N" word!!!

Posted by: Martin bAsshir at June 07, 2013 07:17 PM (PLOz8)

105
90 FenelonSpoke,

Limbaugh is wrong. Obama has not committed a coup. He was elected and re-elected. The people he has running the alphabet agencies were approved by congress. The media backs him. Congress backs him, or at least isn't doing much to stop him. The senior military leadership backs him.

He is doing exactly what he said he was going to do. Fundamentaly Transform America.

Sadly the majority is too stupid to know what that means.

Posted by: ExSnipe at June 07, 2013 07:17 PM (PBm/l)

106 Still available.

Posted by: Military Coup at June 07, 2013 07:17 PM (Cs2tJ)

107 The EPA is near!

Posted by: toby johnson at June 07, 2013 07:17 PM (QupBk)

108 Ariel Castro faces 329 charges....including 2 counts of murder of the unborn babies. His lawyer says he'll plead non guilty.

Posted by: Tami at June 07, 2013 07:17 PM (X6akg)

109 non=not

Posted by: Tami at June 07, 2013 07:18 PM (X6akg)

110 IF and it's a big IF, we can overcome LIV's, media bias, the grifter generation and massive voter fraud, and somehow wrest some semblance of control back from the commies we must immediately dismantle the entire bureaucracy. It's killing us!

Posted by: GatorGirl at June 07, 2013 07:19 PM (+BvPL)

111 I guess this is just the logical extension of judicial activism.

Posted by: no good deed at June 07, 2013 07:19 PM (mjR67)

112 93 How do we know Dick Windsor was her only unaccountable account?
Posted by: toby928© at June 07, 2013 07:10 PM (QupBk)





We don't!! There are multiple people in the Obama administration doing this in order to avoid FOIA. Transparent, my ass!

Posted by: runningrn at June 07, 2013 07:19 PM (PLOz8)

113 Greta Van Susteren ‏@gretawire 9m
State Dept does document dump late Fri: Amb Rice and Benghazi http://soa.li/gcI2rem

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at June 07, 2013 07:20 PM (DPdf7)

114 OT: Now Fuckerberg denying any involvement in the NSA debacle.

DRUDGE

Posted by: Hunker down and L.I.B. at June 07, 2013 07:21 PM (Cs2tJ)

115
108 Ariel Castro faces 329 charges....including 2 counts of murder of the unborn babies. His lawyer says he'll plead non guilty.

The guy is a monster.
He was caught red-handed with girls imprisoned in his house.

What's he gonna say? ...That those girls were there by choice?

Posted by: wheatie at June 07, 2013 07:21 PM (ZiafE)

116 There are multiple people in the Obama administration doing this in order to avoid FOIA. Transparent, my ass!

Speaking of transparency, I'd like to know how much the coffee shop business has picked up in recent years.

Posted by: no good deed at June 07, 2013 07:21 PM (mjR67)

117
The whole Obama admin is a scandal.
Obama is a scandal.
He's an illegitimate president..in..every..sense..of..the..phrase.

Posted by: soothsayer at June 07, 2013 07:23 PM (LPRBM)

118 If only we had a Speaker that could cobble together a few coherent sentences...

Posted by: Hunker down and L.I.B. at June 07, 2013 07:23 PM (Cs2tJ)

119 What's he gonna say? ...That those girls were there by choice?


Posted by: wheatie at June 07, 2013 07:21 PM (ZiafE)


I know right?!

Posted by: Tami at June 07, 2013 07:24 PM (X6akg)

120 Was Obama legitimatelty re-elected?I think that is somewhat in question.

Posted by: steevy at June 07, 2013 07:24 PM (9XBK2)

121 I'm going to have to start visiting Alex Jones' website. The man appears to be a
prophet.

Posted by: Hunker down and L.I.B. at June 07, 2013 07:25 PM (Cs2tJ)

122 I laugh constantly at all this.

It's hysterical what country i thought i grew up in and the reality.


Posted by: willow at June 07, 2013 06:39 PM (nqBYe)


Perfectly, perfectly, perfectly stated. This is exactly how I feel.

Posted by: Eaton Cox at June 07, 2013 07:26 PM (q177U)

123 You know, it has been slowly occurring to me that 1.) a unitary executive as we have right now, without any other change, might not be ideal for the preservation of liberty, and 2.) that the Roman Republic gets short shrift (in part because of the lack of literary/historical works for the majority of its period, partially because of the Civil War, and partially because folks focus on the Empire, when it was at its biggest (and was when Jesus was around)).

But the fact is that a small, homogenous city was able to hold onto a non-regal, non-dictatorial government for, say, four hundred years (509 B.C. to Marius and Sulla). This flies in the face of what Madison said about small republics (and it *was* a republic, just one very oligarchic in nature). Four *hundred* years. That should impress everybody. We are only at 224 or so, and I have doubts about the next fifty.

We need to look at what the Roman Senatorial class did, what the Roman people believed, how they viewed power arrangements, that somehow prevented what happened in 89 BC, 49-44 BC, and 27 BC from happening a lot earlier. And one thing is that the Consuls were two, served for one year only, could veto each other, and were audited upon leaving.

I submit the heart of the story of survival of the Republic for so long was because its people and families were constantly on the lookout for those intent on domination, and took steps to arrange the system so that it couldn't happen.

Posted by: T. at June 07, 2013 07:26 PM (s6XYG)

124 The EPA is an out - of - control agency, and has been for MANY years. They have taken broad mandates (Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act) and gone judicial shopping to allow them to take ever-broader powers that exceed their original mandate.

Congress has for years been derelict in their oversight and control of the EPA. Their latest shenanigans will have a powerful and direct impact on millions of Americans and their electric bills. The Obama Regime and willing (read ignorant) judges have allowed the EPA to use the Clean Air Act to determine that Carbon Dioxide (a natural and essential compound in the atmosphere) to be a compound that is "hazardous and required control" and have effectively made it impossible to build new coal -fired power plants in the US, made it impossible to modernize present plants, and are forcing on the order of 160 older plants to close in the next few years. Only the presence of cheaper natural gas (and it's used as a fuel for power plants) has prevented the economy from going into reverse due to much higher electric prices.

This is what the EPA is doing right now. Who knows what those control freaks will dream up next year?

Posted by: Reader C.J. Burch writes more nonsense ...... at June 07, 2013 07:27 PM (Jhcmf)

125 Castro is not the only sicko to this kind of evil. Remember that guy in Europe who kidnapped that girl and kept her for what 8 years. Then in Philadelphia PA, after the Unicorn killer, there was another evil monster who kidnapped women, imprisoned them, wanted to create his own family with them, killed one, and fed her flesh to others. What finally got him was the woman he thought he could trust to lure more women went to the cops.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at June 07, 2013 07:28 PM (CQnAL)

126 @AP






BREAKING: Santa Monica police chief: Suspect in series of shootings was shot to death by police .

Posted by: Tami at June 07, 2013 07:28 PM (X6akg)

127 Who cares about this shit, I got my welfare check in the mail today and my Obama pho' awhile ago!

Posted by: LIV at June 07, 2013 07:29 PM (Aif/5)

128 Apropos of nothing: Three in a row? Alabama favored in every game, and by at least 17 points in all but two games http://tinyurl.com/l3c394c

Other than Tuscaloosa, the city in which Alabama football receives the most respect might be Las Vegas.

Posted by: toby928© Alabama Alumnus and Native Texan, now with twice the insufferability at June 07, 2013 07:30 PM (QupBk)

129 >>>Was Obama legitimatelty re-elected?I think that is somewhat in question.
Posted by: steevy


I know far too many smart, educated, self employed, middle aged adults who should have known better, but didn't, and voted for this blight of a man, twice.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at June 07, 2013 07:30 PM (4Mv1T)

130 "As many as 6 dead...not including the shooter."

Posted by: Tami at June 07, 2013 07:31 PM (X6akg)

131 Tami, well does it seem the LAPD is taking no chances of someone questioning their version of events?

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at June 07, 2013 07:32 PM (CQnAL)

132
Maybe I'm just getting too suspicious...

But I think that the 'Santa Monica shooter' thing...happening 3 miles from where Barky was speaking...is a little too convenient.

Moochelle gets heckled.
A shooter decides to start shooting people, near where Barky is today.

These are the sort of things that would make people sympathetic to the Potus and Flotus.
And also...a distraction.

Posted by: wheatie at June 07, 2013 07:32 PM (ZiafE)

133 I gather a lot of the se CEOS are claiming that they have no involvement because people are pulling their accounts? Which makes we wonder whether this PRISM stuff might be a Soros related red herring to crash some more businesses? At this point nothing is too weird to believe

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at June 07, 2013 07:33 PM (iwHSQ)

134 131
Tami, well does it seem the LAPD is taking no chances of someone questioning their version of events?


Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at June 07, 2013 07:32 PM (CQnAL)


I think the presser was with the Santa Monica PD, right?

Posted by: Tami at June 07, 2013 07:33 PM (X6akg)

135 Wheatie, I hope Perry runs again too. You're right about
the voice lessons. I love Perry, that man has something you can't fake, charisma and a genuine sunny disposition. He should have been our nominee instead of Romney last year.

I believe the GOP establishment is going to push Jeb
or that fat fool Christie, who should run as a dem in 2016.

Posted by: CarolT at June 07, 2013 07:33 PM (s0f54)

136 Has anyone looked into any possible monetary payments to Richard Windsor?

Posted by: FCF at June 07, 2013 07:34 PM (Khja4)

137 The EPA should get the same steel-toe boot in the ass as the IRS. Shut these fuckers down, kill the first-born, sell the rest into bondage.

Posted by: Fritz at June 07, 2013 07:36 PM (G9Mmf)

138 "Another suspect in custody."

Posted by: Tami at June 07, 2013 07:37 PM (X6akg)

139
135...I believe the GOP establishment is going to push Jeb
or that fat fool Christie, who should run as a dem in 2016.


No Jeb Bush.
No Christie.
No Rubio.
These guys would lose bigger than McCain or Romney.

I'd rather have Rick Perry...on drugs...than any of these guys.
Rick Perry, on drugs, would be a helluva lot better than what we have now.

Posted by: wheatie at June 07, 2013 07:40 PM (ZiafE)

140 You know what I thirst for.

Posted by: The Tree of Liberty at June 07, 2013 07:41 PM (vh67+)

141 I like me some Rick Perry.

Posted by: Tobacco Road at June 07, 2013 07:41 PM (4Mv1T)

142 Exactly why are all the networks covering the San Diego shooting? Isn't that a LOCAL issue?

Posted by: Miss Marple at June 07, 2013 07:44 PM (GoIUi)

143 142 Exactly why are all the networks covering the San Diego shooting? Isn't that a LOCAL issue?
Posted by: Miss Marple at June 07, 2013 07:44 PM (GoIUi)

Yeah but ... GUNS!

Posted by: hello, it's me Donna at June 07, 2013 07:44 PM (9+ccr)

144 San Diego is local news, but it seems if more than one is shot, then it's Mass Murder.

Gotta have some news.

SQUIRREL!

Posted by: Tobacco Road at June 07, 2013 07:45 PM (4Mv1T)

145 Wheatie, I don't think Mochelle getting heckled was a distraction because the official transcript said there was a disturbance but left out details.

I have hope now that people are sick of the JEF & his wife, they're living it up on our $ while most of us are struggling, even some in the FSA were supposed to have cuts in benefits and other "free" things this year.
Second term fatigue started early because they are so overexposed.

Posted by: CarolT at June 07, 2013 07:46 PM (s0f54)

146 If we could have just gotten some F-22's to drop a few hellfire missiles on the NRA headquarters the shooting in San Diego never would have happened. You can trust me, I'm a journalism professor.

Posted by: Christopher Swindell at June 07, 2013 07:46 PM (Aif/5)

147
Carol, is your brother making any progress?

Posted by: soothsayer at June 07, 2013 07:46 PM (vanqS)

148 115
108 Ariel Castro faces 329 charges....including 2 counts of murder of the unborn babies. His lawyer says he'll plead non guilty.

The guy is a monster.
He was caught red-handed with girls imprisoned in his house.

What's he gonna say? ...That those girls were there by choice?
Posted by: wheatie at June 07, 2013 07:21 PM (ZiafE)


We had a serial killer in Philly, Marty Graham, (right after Philly serial killer Gary Heidnik had been caught). He was a black guy. He too was caught with corpses and body parts of dead women in his house. He (like Heidnik) actually tried to say that those women and body parts were there when he bought the house, I kid you not.

Posted by: runningrn at June 07, 2013 07:47 PM (PLOz8)

149 I can't tell you how bad Mooch snubbing the Chinese is going to be. They take that crap very seriously. VERY seriously.

Posted by: Tami at June 07, 2013 07:47 PM (X6akg)

150 With three different crime scenes. Local cops, Secret Service, and FBI mixed in. I could be wrong on jurisdiction.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at June 07, 2013 07:47 PM (CQnAL)

151 I'd rather have Rick Perry...on drugs...than any of these guys.
Rick Perry, on drugs, would be a helluva lot better than what we have now.





"Hey Obama, what did the five fingers says to the face? SLAP!!!"


"Hold my drink, bitch!"

Posted by: EC at June 07, 2013 07:49 PM (doBIb)

152 138
"Another suspect in custody."


Posted by: Tami at June 07, 2013 07:37 PM (X6akg)

Whoa. More than one gunman says "terrorists" rather than "crazy-postal" to me.

Posted by: The Tree of Liberty at June 07, 2013 07:49 PM (vh67+)

153
145 Wheatie, I don't think Mochelle getting heckled was a distraction because the official transcript said there was a disturbance but left out details.

Yeah, see...that's the part that makes it suspect -- leaving out the details.

They want us to know that she was 'heckled' though.
Poor thing.
She doesn't do 'that'...well.

Posted by: wheatie at June 07, 2013 07:51 PM (ZiafE)

154 Maybe someone is living up The Following Manson lifestyle in Santa Monica?

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at June 07, 2013 07:52 PM (CQnAL)

155 Our First Lady looks like some angry hood rat, and China's first lady has an aire of grace about her.

Posted by: tony redenzo at June 07, 2013 07:53 PM (rGzAT)

156 so they also photograph back and front of all mail.
nice.

well i guess it's all Worth it, now that they used that skill to get the lady ricin idiot.

Posted by: willow at June 07, 2013 07:59 PM (nqBYe)

157 Santa Monica has a Romulan for a police chief? Crazy.

Posted by: Ook? at June 07, 2013 08:00 PM (OQpzc)

158 Gutfeld is in for O'Reilly.

Posted by: Ook? at June 07, 2013 08:01 PM (OQpzc)

159 The biggest EPA scandal: they were required by law to perform their OWN scientific study of the claimed dangers that CO2 poses for the environment ("manmade global warming"), but then never did, relying instead on the IPCC report, in direct violation of the law. There was one guy at EPA who tried to obey the law and in violation of instructions from above to break the law, went ahead and conducted an internal EPA study of the CO2 endangerment claims (which was his job, until he was ordered not to do it). He was THE guy who was nominally tasked to oversee this, so he went ahead and did it, and HIS report says that the IPCC report is total bullshit. That is the EPA report of record on the subject. They did no other analysis of their own, yet they still went ahead with their endangerment finding.

Here is a story on VA AG Cuccinelli's 2012 lawsuit against the EPA for suppressing its own internal study and relying on an outside report (the IPCC report):

http://tinyurl.com/79jvrs9

And here's a link to the suppressed report:

http://tinyurl.com/ljytmq

Posted by: Alec Rawls at June 07, 2013 08:05 PM (kTTUz)

160
Whoa. More than one gunman says "terrorists" rather than "crazy-postal" to me


I don't know, that sounds like it could be gang violence to me or mob hit.

Posted by: runningrnWhoa. More than one gunman says "terrorists" rather than "crazy-postal" to me at June 07, 2013 08:26 PM (PLOz8)

161 Gutfeld is in for O'Reilly.

***

he doesn't do serious well.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at June 07, 2013 08:27 PM (DPdf7)

162 The best part of the #3 was the open box of passports found in the warehouse

Posted by: Islamic Rage Boy at June 07, 2013 08:52 PM (e8kgV)

163 Buwahhahahahaha. I told you! You will need to abolish all public employee unions, or I will remain all powerful! And you can NEVER do that!! Neener neener.

Posted by: Bronco Bama at June 07, 2013 09:22 PM (hHgxI)

164 The political abuses committed by the Burrocrats is exhibit A why they should not be unionized. If unionized, the unions should NOT be able to contribute to political parties or candidates, either monetarily or by actions.

Just saying, tons of the problems we're facing these days is because of how these folks are allowed to operate outside of common sense, if not also outside the law.

They should forfeit some of their organizational and political rights as part of correcting their abuse of their position. Anything less is akin to putting a bandaid over an ever growing cancer.

Posted by: Seipherd at June 08, 2013 06:29 PM (y9L1G)

165 The real scandal is...that you don't recognize, and fight, tyranny when you see it.

Wakey, wakey, America. Your moment in history is here.

Posted by: RedNeckParadise at June 11, 2013 08:40 AM (klGLB)






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