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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

IRS Scandal Update: Were They Doing Hillary Clinton's Bidding?



In August of 2010, almost three years before Lois Lerner announced at a law conference that the IRS had indeed targeted certain groups, Z Street filed a lawsuit contending the IRS was targeting them because they disagreed with the President’s policy on Israel. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Clinton State Department may have worked with the IRS in discriminating against pro-Israel organizations.

Z Street filed their suit against after an IRS agent allegedly said his direction was to “give special scrutiny to organizations connected to Israel,” and that the files of some of those “organizations were sent to a special unit in Washington, D.C. to determine whether the activities of the organization contradicted the public policies of the administration.” The documents discovered by the House Ways and Means Committee indicate the IRS and State Department were conferring in 2009 about pro-Israel groups like Z Street and considering arguments to deny their tax-exempt applications.
In an April 16, 2009 email, Treasury attache to the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem Katherine Bauer sent IRS and Treasury colleagues a 1997 JTA News article sent to her by State Department foreign service officer Breeann McCusker. The subject was whether 501(c) groups buying land in Israel's disputed territories were engaged in "possible violations of U.S. tax laws." The article chronicles the controversy and whether "ideological activity" can "legally be financed with the help of U.S. [tax] dollars."

"Thought you might find the below article of interest—looks like we've been down this road before," Ms. Bauer wrote. "Although I believe you've said you can't speak to on-going investigations, I thought it was worth flagging the 1997 investigation mentioned below for you if it can be of any use internally when looking for precedence [sic] for the current cases." A Treasury spokesman declined comment on Ms. Bauer's behalf.
The only "current case" was the Z Street application.
The "current cases" would have been applications like Z Street's in which Israel-related activity was apparently being scrutinized for its ideological and policy content. The government says Z Street got special scrutiny because it was focused in a region with a higher risk of terrorism, which is hard to believe and in any case doesn't explain all of the IRS's behavior.

It doesn't cover, for instance, why one questionnaire we've seen from the IRS to another Jewish group applying for tax-exempt status asked, "Does your organization support the existence of the land of Israel?" and "Describe your organization's religious belief system toward the land of Israel." No matter the answers, they should not affect the processing of an application for 501(c) status. The State-IRS emails reveal a political motivation for IRS scrutiny that gives Z Street powerful evidence for its suit charging IRS bias.

On Monday the IRS filed an appeal of the judge's decision denying its motion to dismiss Z Street's case. The government says the action stops all discovery while the appeal is pending, a process that could take months or even years. By filing the appeal on the last possible day, the Justice Department is running out the clock on discovery during the remainder of the Administration.

This is a whole lot of effort to prevent discovery in a case that is not even seeking damages. Ways and Means uncovered the email exchange between State and the IRS only after Treasury was forced to turn over documents it had previously withheld. What else did it lose in the ether?
The Z Street case has the potential of blowing the IRS scandal wide open. First of all, it is the furthest along, and probably will be decided first. They can put on the stand the IRS employee who said they were being scrutinized because their policy is different than the Obama administration’s, and the lack of terrorism in any of the documents released by Rep. Levin indicates that the TAG manager who said Z Street was being examined because of terrorism in Israel may have been committing perjury.

Despite all the evidence in the Z Street case, the FBI who is supposedly investigating the case has not contacted them. Z Street President Lori Lowenthal Marcus wasn’t contacted by the Ways and Means Committee she was forced to contact them. According to Lowenthal Marcus, they listened and chose to focus on the politically conservative groups). Reps Cummings and Levin who are constantly complaining about the “progressive organizations targeted by the IRS never contact that supposedly progressive organization. And of course with the exception of the Wall Street Journal and Fox News most of the media, even the conservative media haven’t covered the Z Street case.

That’s the real sad part the case with the most potential to blow the IRS scandal wide open is being ignored by the people trying to blow the scandal wide open.

Arson Attack On German Synagogue


Early Tuesday morning, several Molotov cocktails were thrown into the entrance of the synagogue in Wuppertal Germany. Three people were believed to have committed the crime and one, an 18-year old was arrested.

According to local police the arson was detected at around 2:15 am by one of the synagogue's neighbors who saw something burning on the road and called in the fire. At the entrance to the synagogue several were partly broken bottles. The evening before the arson attack windows of the synagogue were spray-painted with the words "free Palestine."

The 18-year-old was arrested close to the crime scene. His specific role in the attack and his nationality was still undetermined. Two other bombers are still on the run. There was no damage to the synagogue and no one was hurt.

Attacks on Jewish institutions in Germany have increased since the Israeli land campaign began almost two weeks ago. According to the Ministry of the Interior, police have been instructed to increase security.

This past Friday, police discovered a planned attack 3:00 am on the Old Synagogue in Essen. Four suspects described as immigrants were arrested sitting in their cars outside the synagogue two hours before the attack was supposed to happen.

Dmitry Yegudin, head of the Jewish community Duisburg, Oberhausen and Mülheim said he has hired private security to guard local synagogues. Yegudin says he is especially worried about the children in his community. "Our daycare has been receiving threatening phone calls," he says. "That makes us all very afraid." he added that the community is considering hiring security guards for the daycare center as well.

Even Sharon Fehr, Chairman of the Jewish community Munster, is concerned about the sudden mass hatred of Jews in his area and says "We are being attacked by some passers-by in front of the synagogue." And adds he is trying to reassure members of the community.


Source: RP News, and Spiegel Online translated by Google

Conspiracy Theorist/Scumbag Jesse Ventura Wins Lawsuit to Steal Money From War Hero's Widow



Jesse Ventura is probably the only ex-Navy seal who would launch a defamation suit against the estate of another former seal who was a war hero, over a incident mentioned in the hero's book. The hero is Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. Military History, and the incident related in his book American sniper doesn't even mention the ex-Minn. Gov/Professional Conspiracy theorist/Scumbag. As reported in the NY Times.
Although verdicts in such cases are customarily unanimous, both sides agree to the split verdict of 8 to 2, which was reached after more than a week of deliberations. Jurors awarded Mr. Ventura $500,000 for defamation and $1.3 million for what was termed the author’s unjust enrichment.
In effect a guy who doesn't need the cash is going to take $1.8 million from a Navy-seal's widow.
Mr. Ventura, 63, had sued the estate of Chris Kyle, the former member of the SEALs, saying that his book, “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” included passages about Mr. Ventura that were false and defamatory. 
(...)During two weeks of testimony in a federal courtroom in St. Paul, jurors heard a videotaped deposition from Mr. Kyle, who defended his writings as accurate. The jurors were presented an array of statements Mr. Ventura made on topics like religion and war over many years, and defense lawyers suggested that his reputation was already deeply complicated. Most of all, the jurors heard from witnesses with varying memories of one evening in a California bar in 2006 – the scene from the book that Mr. Ventura contended was false.
Mr. Ventura, who served years ago on a Navy underwater demolition team, acknowledged that he was inside the bar – a place frequented by special Navy units like the SEALs - on the night Mr. Kyle described in his book. But Mr. Ventura vehemently denied claims in the book that he had made derogatory statements about fellow members of the military while in the bar, or had said at one point during the evening that the SEALs deserved “to lose a few.”
In his deposition, Mr. Kyle said Mr. Ventura had indeed made such comments, and that Mr. Kyle had ended the conversation by punching Mr. Ventura as he described in the book. Several witnesses for Mr. Kyle said that they had overheard the former governor’s negative comments or had seen him on the ground following an altercation, while witnesses for Mr. Ventura said they saw no such confrontation that night.

Mr. Ventura was not named in the book, which came out in 2012. The chapter on the bar scene referred to a celebrity named “Scruff Face.” But Mr. Kyle said during media interviews after the book’s release that he was referring to Mr. Ventura.
Chris Kyle died last year after being shot by a disturbed veteran who he was trying to help.
Mr. Ventura said his reputation among military members had been harmed and that his income had been affected as entertainment offers dropped off after the release of the book. Jurors were shown a graph of Mr. Ventura and his wife’s gross income, which ranged from more than $3 million some years to less than $200,000 in 2012.
If Ventura thinks is reputation among military members was harmed before, wait until the news filters out that he is taking almost $2 million dollars from the widow of a war hero.


I wish Mr. Ventura and his family no harm, but I pray that he does not receive one "smidgen" of joy from that money. 

Major Progressive Websites Snookered by Fake Michele Backmann Story


Some progressive websites believe so strongly that conservatives are jack-booted racists that they will post anything that proves their bias. Over the weekend sites such as Think Progress, as well as Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars, were fooled by a fake news item published on a fake news site claiming Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) had advocated "Americanization" camps for undocumented migrant children.

According to the fake news site KCTV 7 Bachmann’s plan includes:
Send those children to labor camps, which she warmly refers to as “Americanization Facilities,” with the goal of having them pay off their past, present, and future care expenses, while assimilating them into American culture. And in exchange for that labor, the children would be fast-tracked on a path to citizenship.

During an interview with Minnesota’s Twin Cities News Talk, Bachmann revealed her plan while addressing the border crisis. “I’m calling on all of us, Obama and Congress and everyone, to chip in and build special new facilities… `Americanization’ facilities, if you will. And we’d send these kids to these facilities, in Arizona and Texas and wherever else. And we’d get private sector business leaders to locate to those facilities and give these children low-risk jobs to do. And they’d learn about the American way of life, earn their keep, and everyone wins in the end.The three websites reported the fake story verbatim without checking the story.
Think Progress and Crooks and Liars were quick to correct their stories on Monday, however As of 10:00am EDT on Tuesday

Newsbusted: Michael Moore's New Movie 'Michael Moore is Capitalist Pig'

Michael Moore is ready to begin work on a brand new feature film. The filmmaker whose criticism of capitalism are as hefty as rotund figure has honed down on a topic and will begin production of his new flick as soon as his divorce proceedings are finished.   According to Newsbusted Anchor Jodie Miller (see video below), Moore actually got the Idea for his new film from his divorce proceedings.  After revealing he had $50 million in the bank and nine houses, the director of "Capitalism: A Love Story" and "Fahrenheit 9/11" decided his next film would be an autobiography called "Michael Moore is Capitalist Pig."

Other news items covered in the latest installment of Newsbusted the twice- weekly faux news feature from Newsbusters.org (embedded below) include; Obama Traffic Jams; John Kerry goes through security in Egypt; who is smoking what at the White House;  and much, much more.

Please make sure you watch the video below because something bad always happens to the people who don't. Last week the manager of Hamas TV forgot to press play and his entire station was blown up by an Israeli rocket.  So if you don't want your work to blow up on you ...you better press play.

Oh and if you cannot see the video player below please click here