2 ‘Rogue, Low Level’ IRS Employees, Eh?


What difference does it make?

A couple of weeks ago:

The Internal Revenue Service has identified two “rogue” employees in the agency’s Cincinnati office as being principally responsible for “overly aggressive” handling of requests by conservative groups for tax-exempt status, a congressional source told CNN.

Fast forward the tape to today:

The Internal Revenue Service has told House GOP investigators they have identified 88 IRS employees who may have documents relevant to the congressional investigation into targeting of conservative groups, according to a congressional source familiar with the investigation.

How high can that number go? We’ll see.

Just as President Obama asked Eric Holder to conduct a thorough investigation of himself, it sounds as if the IRS is relying on the “honor system” to preserve all material relevant to this investigation:

The IRS asked these employees to preserve all the “responsive documents” on their computers, and it has been in the process of collecting it all to comply with congressional requests for information. The IRS missed its May 21st deadline to turn over documents to the House Ways and Means Committee.

Another total coincidence: Former IRS Director Doug Shulman’s wife works for a liberal organization with a vested interest in making it as difficult as possible for conservative-leaning groups to obtain non-profit status.

Move along, nothing to see here! Instead, let’s dance!

Doofus Sports Writer: Tea Party Types are the Reason No Players Were Nominated This Year for the Hall of Fame

For people like this, when it comes to finding excuses to take swipes at the Tea Party, no topic is too ridiculous:

While lamenting how perpetually-snubbed candidate pitcher Jack Morris seems to get a bad rap from sabermetric analysts, Rosenthal felt it the opportune moment to invoke the Tea Party movement as an analogy for the divisiveness of the baseball insiders who prevent the pitchers’ nomination:

I will say this about Morris. I don’t vote for him, but the level of discourse against him by certain segments of the sabermetric community right now is over the top. It’s almost a crusade and it’s ridiculous. And one thing that has bothered me at times, some of us, is the polarized view of the world now that has come to pass. And it’s as if the Tea Party has taken over one part of baseball discussion. And that’s not right.

Rosenthal’s bitching about Tea Party-ish people being the reason there were no inductees voted in this year, but he voted against Jack Morris? Welcome to the Tea Party, pal!

By the way, I think Jack Morris should be in the Hall, but I’m biased:

Due to His Ability to Remain Objective While Reporting on Google-Searched Tea Party Members Who Happen to Have the Same Names as Mass Murderers, ABC News Confirms Brian Ross Will Continue to Cover the Colorado Shooting Story

Fired? Hell no. Where Brian Ross works, what he did will probably earn him a promotion.

From Politico:

ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross will continue to cover the Colorado theater shooting for the network, despite his incorrect report early Friday morning drawing a possible connection between shooting suspect James Holmes and the Tea Party.

Ross reported on the shooting for Friday night’s edition of World News and again on Saturday’s edition of Good Morning America. A spokesperson with the network confirmed that Ross would continue to cover the fallout from the shooting for ABC.

While in Colorado, Ross is bound to see an anti Obama bumper sticker in the vicinity of Aurora. That should be enough for him to definitively re-connect the Tea Party to the theater shooting.

DNC Chair Who Blamed Tea Party for Tucson Shootings Says Comparing Obama to Cruise Ship Captain is ‘Incendiary’

RNC chairman Reince Priebus compared President Obama to Captain Schettino of the Costa Concordia cruise ship. On a Debbie Wasserman Schultz “inflammatory remarks” scale of 1 to 10, that rates about a 1.5, but DWS nevertheless wants you to believe it’s the most offensive thing she’s heard since the last time she asked an completely honest person “how’s my hair look today?”

From Real Clear Politics:

“The captain of the Costa Concordia has been charged with manslaughter, and for the RNC chairman to compare the President of the United States to someone who has been charged with manslaughter shows a dramatic level of insensitivity to the families of those victims. Unbelievable comparison.”

Yet when people were murdered and injured in the Tucson shootings, Debbie Downer not only blamed the Tea Party, but stands by it to this day. Isn’t that fit of politically motivated dishonesty insensitive to the families of those victims? In DWS’s world, I guess not.

To quote Navin Johnson in The Jerk, “roll the ugliness”:

Update: The Looking Spoon has a photo to go with this story that would just thrill DWS.

Daily Show Interviews President of ‘Civility Project’ Who Called Tea Partiers Terrorists, Hilarity Ensues

Froma Harrop is a columnist who called the Tea Party “terrorists.” She’s also President of something called the “Civility Project,” an organization that purportedly exists in order to restore civility to America’s public discourse.

Fortunately, for some reason, Harrop agreed to be interviewed by the Daily Show’s John Oliver, and she seems blissfully unaware of the apparent contradiction:


In Harrop’s clouded version of reality I’m sure she went home from that thinking she got the better of the interviewer.

DWS Says She Hesitates to Place Blame for Tucson Shootings, Hesitates Momentarily, Then Blames Tea Party


Debbie Wasserman Schultz (above, right… no wait, left… I think) is a demagoguing bottom-feeder even by DNC standards. A lone deranged freak committed a horrible crime that forever changed the life of one of DWS’s colleagues as well as many others, so blaming a group of people who had nothing to do with it, purely for political reasons, is her definition of helping tone down the rhetoric? That sounds about right:

We need to make sure that we tone things down, particularly in light of the Tucson tragedy from a year ago, where my very good friend, Gabby Giffords — who is doing really well, by the way, — [was shot],” Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chair said during a “Politics and Eggs” forum this morning. “The discourse in America, the discourse in Congress in particular . . . has really changed, I’ll tell you. I hesitate to place blame, but I have noticed it take a very precipitous turn towards edginess and lack of civility with the growth of the Tea Party movement.”

To add insult to injury, DWS also blamed the Tea Party for her teeth and hair. Now that’s a low blow:

While we’re waiting for Debbie Downer to apologize, enjoy the crickets:

(h/t for the “separated at birth” pic to Moonbattery)

Well of Course: St. Louis Mayor’s Office Responds to Sexual Assault at ‘Occupy’ Emcampment by Criticizing Tea Party

Here’s the short version: It was rumored that a woman taking part in the “Occupy St. Louis” camp was sexually assaulted.

A St. Louis Police Sergeant later confirmed the assault, and stated that the media isn’t reporting the dangers that really exist at the OWS protests.

The Chief of Staff of the St. Louis Mayor responded to confirmation of the assault by… calling the officer a Tea Party extremist.

Video by way of Gateway Pundit:


There goes a Chief of Staff who probably kicks his cat when the dog s*#ts on the carpet.

OWS Update: Where are the animal rights wacko protesters when you really need them?

Why Didn’t Obama Call the St. Louis Cardinals After World Series Win?

Traditionally, the winner of the World Series can expect a congratulatory phone call from the White House. That didn’t happen this year:

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Was President Barack Obama too busy watching the “Operation Repo” marathon or something else last Friday night?

When KMOX host Charlie Brennan asked now-retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa how the traditional call of congratulations from the White House went, La Russa suddenly realized that…it never happened.

“That’s a good point, I hadn’t really even thought about that,” replied a surprised-sounding La Russa, who can be forgiven for having a few other things on his mind over the past week. “As we were getting into the World Series we had a call from the White House to make sure they had the correct number for my office.”

Why wouldn’t Obama have called Tony La Russa and the Cardinals to congratulate them? Maybe he was busy playing golf or shouting “pass this jobs bill” from the window of a Canadian-made bus… but still, Obama usually isn’t one to miss a prime-time opportunity. He recently took the time to host the Chicago Bears for a title they won 25 years ago, for cryin’ out loud. I wonder what gives.

It wouldn’t be because Tony La Russa is a Tea Party backer and a supporter of Arizona’s immigration law, would it?

While we try to figure out why in the world Obama hasn’t yet called to congratulate the Cardinals manager, let’s watch Tony La Russa present Albert Pujols with the “Hope Award” at Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” gathering last summer:

Thought of any possible reasons why Obama wouldn’t have called the Cardinals yet? Me neither.

If for no other reason, you’d think Obama would have made the call because the Republicans barely carried the state in 2008 and he might need it this time around.

(h/t Gateway Pundit)