Comey guarded, then flushed the toilet

FBI, DOJ roiled by Comey, Lynch decision to let Clinton slide by on emails, says insider

The decision to let Hillary Clinton off the hook for mishandling classified information has roiled the FBI and Department of Justice, with one person closely involved in the year-long probe telling FoxNews.com that career agents and attorneys on the case unanimously believed the Democratic presidential nominee should have been charged.

The source, who spoke to FoxNews.com on the condition of anonymity, said FBI Director James Comey’s dramatic July 5 announcement that he would not recommend to the Attorney General’s office that the former secretary of state be charged left members of the investigative team dismayed and disgusted. More than 100 FBI agents and analysts worked around the clock with six attorneys from the DOJ’s National Security Division, Counter Espionage Section, to investigate the case.

Read more http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/13/fbi-doj-roiled-by-comey-lynch-decision-to-let-clinton-slide-by-on-emails-says-insider.html

The FBI investigators all thought, unanimously, that her security clearance should have been yanked. Thanks, Comey — the ballyhooed ambassador of integrity — you torched FBI’s cred too.

Should’ve, would’ve, could’ve… America lost. Snake eyes.
Take your parlor game with you.

Bad to the bone politicians

I seriously wonder if everything that can be said has now been said, if not at the Republican convention then about it? I think it is real possibility.

Well, I sort of think so. I did come up with a new term to describe Hillary, but it is not exclusive to her. I’ll call them predator politicians from now on. Need I define that?

See, there is this big deal about Hillary in the 90s that she coined incorrigible street criminals as “super predators”. Then she added we must “bring them to heel,” which is highly offensive to blacks and is being used against her.

That gave me the idea: what we have now are predator politicians. And it is necessary to “bring them to heel” — I mean if it is possible. (I know a big if)

Wow, does Hillary fit that one to the tee. Normally, one would insert a list here of all the things she’s been involved in, right up to present, and show it is not getting any better. Actually, the more power a predator politician gets the worse they seem to get. So I admit Hillary could be the prototype for this new hybrid but Obama’s right in there too.

I’m sorry, I really don’t have the time for the lists nor do I have the patience for all the liberal deniers to call it absurd.Then try to substitute Bush and Cheney. This is not to say the term is restricted and only applies to Democrats but, come on, at least be objective. They are the ones who fit best, Hillary being the ultimate example.

No matter what, she is not going to change, she will remain the most sinister and corrupt person just because of her vast experience for decades and sets the bar to a new level.(sorry, she destroyed the bar) Whatever you do to her, you cannot shame her. She really does need to be brought to heel, within the confines of our legal and criminal system.

Though we found out how hard that is. She is like an antibiotic-resistant disease. It’s why we keep searching for new super-antibiotics. She is a case study in out of control disease.

How to stop her? How do you prevent her from corrupting others? How do you prevent her actions from becoming the rule instead of exception? See what a dangerous spot she has put us in? Even if you want to get her under control, how do you do that?

She marches past any barrier set. Is she stoppable? Or is it something you have to let run its course until it dies off, hopefully without doing catastrophic damage? You cannot quarantine it. She jumps past all those meaningless limits. The further she goes, the further her tentacles extend. However, we don’t need to be praising her.

So, in that regard, she blew past the threat of “super-predators” or career criminals, We don’t need to further her ambitions — which know no limits. Why would we want to do that? But we, or Dems, do nothing which only enables her on her path.

One corrupt politico, who probably won’t make the convention, is PA’s own Chuka Fattah.(Philly area) Oh, he is another corrupted politician the Left will not talk about and media has not covered much. See if you have corruption, better to keep it hush hush in media if it is a Democrat. Else people will think others may be corrupt as well. Yes, he is also a Clinton super delegate.

But true to the Predator Politician formula. having already been convicted, it has been hard enough to get the guy to leave office. Fattah was defeated in a primary though refused to step down immediately following conviction, even though he cannot vote.

Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.), a Hillary Clinton superdelegate, was convicted on Tuesday on corruption charges stemming from a racketeering conspiracy in which the congressman and four associates misappropriated thousands of dollars from federal, campaign, and charitable sources.

Fattah and four associates were indicted in July 2015 on 29 corruption charges including racketeering, bribery, money laundering, mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, and falsification of records, among other charges.

The Department of Justice said Fattah took an illegal $1 million loan from his failed Philadelphia mayoral bid in 2007 and disguised it as a loan to his consulting company.

He simply told them he would resign in 3 months, the day before his sentencing. Finally, Dems surrounded Fattah telling him to shove off into the unknown because of the damage he may do to their syndicate. It was not a question of right or wrong but of damage control. Ironically, he also served on appropriations. Ed Rendell defended the situation saying his staff could just serve constituents anyway. He finally agreed to resign immediately.

If only Fattah could have arranged for them to not prosecute. But I digress.

However, Hillary is more of a hybrid. She not only would never back off under indictment, but accelerate her lawless plans. That’s how she rolls. She escaped accountability anyway. So that should give us a message as to what to expect. She actually knows, or at least believes, that nothing can or will stop her. There are no limits: legal or otherwise.

Reality is just an ever-changing kaleidoscope on the road to tyranny.

RightRing | Bullright

Same theme rings a note

It’s time for another custom comparison. I do it for perspective, to avoid being myopic on one issue, and to keep the larger picture in mind. That includes the greater principles involved — or problem as the case may be.

In this one it is Obamacare, the VA scandal, and the IRS scandal.

So here we are with Obamacare, or Affordable Care Act as they like to call it. We now see even more evidence of what went into cooking up this abuse of power. Yes, abuse of power is the central theme to all this. “We’re from the government…”

They passed Obamacare using every trick they could think of, and used every scheme they could devise in writing it. They assumed people had to be lied to. So they lied in creating it, then they lied in promoting, ie selling it. They used all the contorted methodology they could to ram it through a Party line vote. They had backroom deals and closed door meetings in creating it. They used government abuse to get it passed. They took money from another government program in trouble to fund it.

Then there were all the promises or, as I call them, lies they used to make us feel good about it. Something with that many lies to sell it must be pretty bad on the face. They embedded all these taxes and then said but they aren’t taxes. Then the Supremes did call it a tax and upheld it on those grounds. Why there are even sub-scandals like the Louisiana Purchase, “Cornhusker Kickback” for Nebraska, and now the money Gruber was paid while designing and promoting it. Mary Landrieu’s 300 million dollar Louisiana Purchase turned into a 4.3 billion dollar windfall. Then the controversy over state exchanges.

Where is the VA in this? The VA and government employees systematically schemed to limit and cheat healthcare for military vets. You have the schemes, and then you have the abuse and trail. Though it is criminal what they actually were doing but now they treat it as though it were a disciplinary infraction of policy, rather than policy. What they did was akin to a pyramid scheme. If some people complained, point to the great benefits of the system and claim it just needs more funding to correct it.

Behind it all, they were lying to people and keeping separate secret lists. Then even getting bonuses based on false premises. The sacred obligations we have toward veterans, and the trust therein, was broken. Though little can undo the damage done, but they make gestures to correct the systemic abuse within the system. But now it gets even worse in the fallout. They suspend or fire some people while what was done is criminal, especially to veterans. (even media termed it a scandal) But employees have protections, you know.

The IRS was intentionally targeting swaths of people, but we weren’t supposed to know that. Discrimination anyone? They claimed they were treating everyone the same. (with suspicion?) They claimed it was a few rogue employees apparently freelancing. So they lied. They feigned outrage when faced with the problem. Then we find it went further, deeper into the caverns of bureaucratic planning than they want us to think. Oops, can’t even feign outrage over that, so deflect and dismiss it.

Then we see the trail of scheming to cover up, right through testifying. They issue blanket statements to substitute for actions. They used their political disagreement with a Supreme decision as grounds for their selective political targeting. Finally, IRS is the enforcement arm for ObamaCare.

In all these scandals, they also blamed Republicans: for resisting Obamacare and misnaming it; for playing politics with the VA though problems were systemic; for even calling the IRS thing a “scandal” and an abuse of power. Some Dems applauded and encouraged the behavior.

In Obamacare they lied to create it and push it through. In the VA, they said they were improving the process. In IRS, they lied that it was a problem or abuse. There is a vacuum of accountability for any of it. Not even admission. Real lives are affected and damaged by all. They even called the IRS scandal a partisan witch-hunt, talk about irony to the tenth power.

Then they lie from the podium about the problems and scandals claiming Obama et al were completely unaware of the problems. It’s a little hard to say you were fixing or correcting the problems when you claim you were not aware of them.

Can you say abuse and misuse of power? Its a running theme throughout the administration. Even while we are looking at one area of government abuse, they and Obama are steaming toward another abuse of power. It’s so bad they will create a scandal to cover a scandal.

Of course there is the coverup: hard drives crash, emails are somehow lost, records are lost or destroyed. But they are upset at what conservatives call things — scandals, Obamacare, corruption. They are still selling Obamacare on the ‘wet noodle principle’, throw it at the wall if it will stick. The Constitution is being shredded and they are worried about what it is labeled. There was knowledge, intent and misuse of government power. And yes, they were all sponsored by “change you can believe in”…”yes we can.”

So, it’s Republicans fault for not liking it, and people are too stupid to understand.

RightRing | Bullright

Rialto CA: 1.8 million embezzled school lunches

I know, strange, but the same school district that concocted that Holocaust denial assignment for middle-schoolers has got itself an embezzlement scandal. Rialto California.

An employee raked in or out, as case may be, a whopping 1.8 million dollars from  school lunches over 14 years.   That’s a lot of bananas and yogurt. However, a total of 3.1 million is unaccounted for in an audit.

Or maybe this story is a wormhole to another dimension?

The Sun reports the sordid details here.

The 25-year career, on paper, of Judith Oakes at Rialto Unified

 

(The Sun)Twenty-six years later, prosecutors allege Oakes may have found her job a bit too profitable: An audit by the district accuses her of embezzling $3.1 million in lunch money from district schools over 14 years, stuffing money into her bra and stealing an average of $2,000 a day on three out of every four days she worked over the past four years.On Oct. 8, she was charged with eight counts of embezzlement by a public or private officer and eight counts of a public officer crime. If convicted of all charges, she faces up to 11 years in state prison. The charges focus on $1.8 million she allegedly stole over the past four years.Back in 1987, she was a new Cal State San Bernardino graduate with a bachelor’s degree in finance, “seeking a challenging career opportunity … where my experience and education will be effectively utilized for mutual benefit,” the “Objective” portion of her 1987 resume reads. At the time, she was a three-year employee with the Bank of Redlands (now Community Bank), where she was being trained as a loan officer.

I guess she now has a Masters in ‘high finance’. Okay, so in four months that is around 96,000 dollars, or 288k yr. (on top of her salary and perks) That’s a lot of bra padding. If convicted, she faces up to 11 years in prison. Another strange twist is at the arraignment her attorney put the emphasis on the amount of her bail, compared to other criminals.

KTLA:

Rialto police arrested Oakes on Aug. 7 after she was allegedly recorded on video stuffing cash into her bra. She was booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga and released on $50,000 bail on Aug. 8, the same day she resigned her position with the school district.The Rialto Unified School District’s superintendent, Harold L. Cebrun, and his deputy, James Wallace, remain on administrative leave pending an investigation into the matter. Neither is considered a suspect, police said./…

A former Rialto Unified accountant’s bail was increased to $1.8 million — the same amount she is accused of embezzling from the district — at an arraignment in Fontana Superior Court on Wednesday after she pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges.

Judith Oakes, 48, was handcuffed and led out of the courtroom after pleading not guilty to eight counts of embezzlement by public or private officer and eight counts of public officer crime.

“Isn’t it amazing, in San Bernardino, that the bail for taking money can be twice what the bail is for first-degree murder and can be four times what the bail would be set on a man who commits the crime of rape,” Oakes’ attorney, Patrick Milligan, told KTLA. “It’s just amazing to me that in these days when we don’t have any jail space, that we would deem a property crime to have the possibility of creating more danger to the community than those kind of crimes that I just talked to you about.”

Oakes’ family “was crushed — not because they thought she should be released” on her own recognizance but because they “did not get a bail that would allow them to post bail on their child and their mother without breaking the bank of all these people,” Milligan said.

“If she wanted to have bail at $250,000 that’s what she should have stolen,” San Bernardino County Assistant District Attorney Rick Young said in court, the San Bernardino Sun reported.

Although authorities say Oakes is suspected of embezzling $1.8 million over 14 years, an audit conducted by an investigation firm reported that $3.1 million is unaccounted for during that time period. (More)

 

Touche’ to the DA. The family cries hardship and they’re worried about bail? Its hard to get outraged over the bail in such a case. In fact, the original bail of 50,000 seemed more of a drop in the hat. (that’s only about 8 weeks of takes)

The 2nd article seems more concerned on her history and bail decisions than details. I’m trying to understand, it says 3.1 million are missing and they charged her with 1.8 million. Are they going to forget the other 1.3 million? Seems to be more to come on this. Where did she put all the money, in a bank? If not, it raises even more questions.

But in a region where stories have surfaced on some officials or a superintendent legally making half-million dollar salaries, what is 1.8 million or even 3.1 million anyway? That rationale sounds as disturbing as arguments about unreasonable bail. To say nothing about the padded bra. What say you?

RightRing | Bullright

Lois Lerner, IRS and the Hatch Act

 

Hatch Act and Political Activities

The Hatch Act limits certain political activities of Federal employees both on and off duty. (Members of the Senior Executive Service, are subject to further restrictions and should contact the General Counsel’s office for additional guidance.) Violations of the Hatch Act may result in disciplinary action, up to and including removal.The term “political activity” means doing something in active support of or opposition to a political party, a candidate for partisan political office (e.g., President, senator, representative, state or local legislature or office), or a partisan political group (e.g., “Historians for Smith”). Examples of political activity that would violate the Hatch Act if done while on duty or using Government property include: circulating a candidate’s nominating petition within your office; using the PC in your office after work to produce a brochure in support of a candidate’s campaign; sending e-mail invitations to campaign events to friends within the agency; and using National Archives’ Internet connections to forward e-mail messages received from a partisan campaign or someone supporting a partisan candidate. Permissible political activity under the Hatch Act would include voting for the candidates of your choice; expressing opinions about candidates and issues; assisting in voter registration drives.

For a more comprehensive view of what the Hatch Act allows and disallows, please review the list of Hatch Act Do’s and Don’ts shown below. Questions concerning the Hatch Act may be directed to Christopher Runkel, Office of General Counsel.

Here is a list of don’ts :

· Engage in political activity while on duty
· Engage in political activity while wearing an official Government uniform or identifying National Archives insignia
· Engage in political activity while using a Government vehicle
· Engage in political activity in any Government office
· Engage in political activity while using Government property, including computers, printers, copiers, fax machines, and telephones
· Wear political buttons while on duty
· Display items (e.g., posters, signs, stickers) at work that indicate support of or opposition to a political party or a candidate in a partisan election
· Run as a candidate for public office in any partisan election, except in jurisdictions specified by OPM
· Solicit, accept, or receive political contributions (except in limited circumstances involving certain Federal labor or employee organizations)
· Solicit, accept, or receive political contributions from a subordinate employee
· Allow your official title to be used in connection with fund raising activities
· Host a fund raiser at your home
· Use your official authority or influence to interfere with an election
· Knowingly solicit or discourage the political activity of any person who has business before the National Archives

 

I haven’t heard anyone mention it. From the beginning, conservative groups were targeted — now we know systematically.
 

GOP says IRS’ Lois Lerner targeted Crossroads

By RACHAEL BADE | 4/9/14 | Politico

House Republicans on Wednesday accused former IRS official Lois Lerner of breaking agency rules by aggressively urging denial of tax-exempt status to Crossroads GPS, the giant political nonprofit founded by Karl Rove.

The House Ways and Means Committee released emails showing the former chief of the tax-exempt unit took a special interest in Crossroads GPS in early 2013 — inquiring with IRS officials why they hadn’t been audited. Around the same time an email suggested she might be applying for a job with a pro-President Barack Obama group, Organizing For Action, though it is unclear if she was joking.

Democrats decried the release, calling it an election year gimmick to win over the party’s political base. One campaign finance group came to the defense of Lerner, who has denied any wrongdoing, calling the probe a partisan witch hunt.

The Republican committee letter calls her actions an “aggressive and improper pursuit of Crossroads… but no evidence [that] she directed review of similarly situated left-leaning groups.”

The documents were released after a rare, closed-door Ways and Means markup, where the panel voted 23-14 along party lines to send a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, requesting he take the former head of the IRS tax-exempt division to court — though the department already has an ongoing investigation….

More http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/republicans-seek-criminal-probe-of-irs-official-105531.html

“Not a Smidgeon…” let us count the ways

Obama did it again, spouting clear falsehoods — known in most places as lies. But then compared to Benghazi and then Obamacare’s sales pitch, maybe he thought this was just a minor non-truth lie. The rancid “phony scandal” material just keeps on oozing out, like toxic waste, from this administration. (thanks to Dave for the info)

The Bastid in Chief was unequivocal in telling O’Reilly on Super Bowl Sunday:

“President Barack Obama again denied any wrongdoing by the IRS over their targeting of conservative tea party groups, telling Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the way the tax enforcer processed tea partiers’ 501(c)4 paperwork.”

Time to make the donuts …and the stories. Those crickets chirping about that claim in media could not be louder. Right, it’s only Fox driving the ‘phony scandal’. Wow, Fox must be awfully good to have set all this up. Maybe MSM will tell us that story how Fox concocted and promoted all this stuff?

IRS smoking gun awakens sleeping giant

‘Fox isn’t guarding henhouse. Fox has set up the deep fryer’
by Bob Unruh | WND Exclusive

A member of Congress is warning that it’s time to “prosecute” the IRS, and a top-flight legal team is planning an investigation – with the possibility of a request for congressional hearings – after discovering from a WND report that the IRS sends small exempt organizations to a major progressive think tank to have tax details processed.
“We’re going to be conducting an investigation,” said attorney Kevin Snider of the Pacific Justice Institute. “If there’s something that’s questionable, we’re going to ask for congressional hearings.”
He said the government needs to have a standard “above reproach” and exhibiting “complete neutrality” for its operations, especially in work such as that conducted by the IRS, which already has been facing criticism for its admitted targeting of conservative organizations.
The warning about a prosecution came from Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who said, “WND did the investigation the IRS refused to do.”
“The IRS fox isn’t guarding the henhouse,” she said, “The IRS fox has set up the deep fryer for immediate carcass processing! Served ‘progressive style’!”
She continued, “The people to Holder: Time to prosecute!”
WND’s report revealed the IRS contracts with an avowedly “progressive” organization, the Urban Institute, supported by George Soros to process data filed by smaller tax-exempt groups.
The president of Urban Institute, also, is Sarah Rosen Wartell, who is the co-founder of the Center for American Progress. That widely is considered ground zero for the development of many of the Obama administration’s progressive policies.
For certain organizations with limited income and charitable goals, the IRS directs them to file with that supposedly “nonpartisan” organization, where employees have a record of donating nearly 100 percent of their political contributions to Democrats.
Officially, the Urban Institute advocates for totally socialized medicine, carbon taxes and amnesty for illegal aliens.
Cleta Mitchell, a top-flight Washington attorney, told WND, “If true, this is a violation of federal law. And since most of the tea-party groups have annual revenues of [$50,k000] or less, this would redirect their filings to a group whose mission is fundamentally at odds with tea-party organizations.”
She continued, “Federal law strictly prohibits the disclosure of confidential taxpayer information to persons outside the IRS. It is a felony to disseminate the information.
“Surely this cannot be happening. Surely,” she said. “This would be well more than a ‘smidgen’ of corruption.” …/
Read more: http://www.wnd.com/2014/02/irs-smoking-gun-awakens-sleeping-giant/

How about a pant load of corruption…. make that a boat load? But don’t expect the lamestream to cover the “phony scandal” without “a smidgeon of corruption”– so says the king, who’s chief political hack said Government is so big and vast Barry couldn’t possibly know what’s going on. Who could keep up with all that…corruption?

Yet he made the bold claim, “not a smidgeon”, putting it all on the line — what’s left of it.

Just like Clinton stood wagging his finger saying “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”. Just like Robert Torricelli pounded the podium denying corruption; just like that pile of cash found its way into William Jefferson’s freezer; just like Anthony Weiner said his on-line account was hacked.

Funny how the American people always draw the wrong conclusions about those odd circumstances.(sarcasm) Oh, and just like Obama now says that he clearly called Benghazi terrorism the morning after — but never did — before they went out blaming the video. Ooooooh that smell, can’t you smell that smell?

The really sad thing is that anyone in the world could believe him. Remember the blockbuster musical the Lion King? Well, this is the saga of “The Lying King”.

A big H/T to Dave for forwarding the article.

RightRing | Bullright

The Spook that Never Was

How an EPA employee stole $900K by pretending to be a CIA agent

BY: CJ Ciaramella — Free Beacon
October 2, 2013 12:24 pm

The strange and sordid saga of John Beale, a top Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official who defrauded the federal government out of nearly $900,000, has by turns outraged, flabbergasted, and sickened members of Congress, but on Tuesday it achieved something even rarer: It left them speechless.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), the head of the powerful House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, had asked one of Beale’s former supervisors, Robert Brenner, if he had seen Beale lately.

“I’ve seen Mr. Beale,” Brenner testified, pausing to chew over his next sentence. “Well, I’ve seen him a lot over the last two weeks. He’s renting out his home, so he’s staying in my guest house right now.”

For a brief moment, the oversight committee, usually full of bluster, was left gob smacked.

Over the course of two congressional hearings Monday and Tuesday, new details emerged about Beale, a former top EPA official who over the course of 13 years bilked the agency out hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent travel vouchers and illegal bonuses. Along the way, Beale falsely claimed to be an agent for the Central Intelligence Agency, a Vietnam War veteran, and remained on payroll for over a year after a retirement party on a Potomac dinner cruise.

Overall, Beale spent two and a half years absent from work while still getting paid. According to investigators, he committed time card fraud, travel fraud, impersonated a federal agent, and misused a government passport, among other crimes.

In the House oversight hearing, Issa noted that if Beale had actually retired, he would have gotten away scot-free.

“That is 100 percent correct,” Sullivan replied.

“I guess we should be happy he got greedy,” Issa said.

http://freebeacon.com/the-spook-that-never-was/

What a sordid affair and going on for decades. What does it take to get to the bottom of things?