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Lois Lerner Called Some Republicans ‘***holes’ and ‘Crazies’ in Newly Released Emails

Via Fox News:

House Republicans have dug up emails from Lois Lerner in which the former IRS official refers to some in the Republican Party as “—holes” and “crazies” – an exchange they say shows her “animus” toward conservatives.

The November 2012 emails were released Wednesday by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., as part of his renewed call for the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate. Lerner is the ex-IRS official who led the unit accused of targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny.

In the email exchange, Lerner appears to be chatting with another unidentified individual about a vacation in Great Britain. She describes how she overheard “some ladies” talking about how America is “going down the tubes.”

The person she tells this to responds that “you should hear the whacko wing of the GOP. The US is through; too many foreigners sucking the teat; time to hunker down, buy ammo and food, and prepare for the end. The right wing radio shows are scary to listen to.”

Lerner responds: “Great. Maybe we are through if there are that many —holes.”

After another email to her about how “rabid” the radio show callers are, Lerner responds: “So we don’t need to worry about alien teRrorists. (sic) It’s our own crazies that will take us down.”. . .

And sill no DOJ investigation. - Greg Pollowitz

Hamas Rockets Found in Third UNRWA School

Via Times of Israel:

A UN aid agency for Palestinian refugees said Tuesday that a stockpile of Hamas rockets was found in one of UNRWA’s Gaza schools — for the third time since the onset of Operation Protective Edge.

The incident, however, was not publicized by UNRWA on its website or official Twitter feed, or that of its spokesperson.

In its press release, UNRWA’s spokesperson said that the discovery was made during a routine inspection of the school, “which was closed for the summer and not being used as a shelter.”

“All the relevant parties have been notified,” UNRWA said, without elaborating which parties. Hamas, the terror group that controls the Gaza Strip, has launched over 2,000 of rockets at Israel in the past month. 

“We condemn the group or groups who endangered civilians by placing these munitions in our school,” said UNRWA Spokesperson, Chris Gunness. “This is yet another flagrant violation of the neutrality of our premises. We call on all the warring parties to respect the inviolability of UN property.”. . .

The UN would have us believe that the rockets are only stored at the school during summer break? - Greg Pollowitz
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Chicago Solves it Budgetary Woes with -- Wait For It -- New Taxes!

Via Chicago Sun Times:

Desperate to avoid a pre-election property tax increase, Chicago aldermen advanced an alternative Tuesday that could end up costing their constituents even more money: a 56 percent increase in the monthly surcharge tacked on to telephone bills.

Effective Sept. 1, the City Council’s Finance Committee agreed to raise the surcharge from $2.50 to $3.90–$1.40 more-per-month or $16.80-a-year–for every land line and cell phone in Chicago. The tax applied to pre-paid phones will rise from 7-to-9 percent, effective Oct. 1.

A family of four with four cell phones and a land-line would end up paying $84 in additional taxes each year. That’s $34-per-year more than the $50 price of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s original plan to raise property taxes by $250 million over a five-year period to shore up two of Chicago’s four city employee pension funds.

Emanuel assured Gov. Pat Quinn that he would steer clear of the property tax to meet the city’s new statutory obligations to put the Municipal Employees and Laborers pension funds on the road to financial health. . .

For all of Rahm and Co.'s talk of the 1%, this is a tax aimed squarely at th 99%. Bonus: Rahm gets to hide the tax in phone bills. - Greg Pollowitz

Hypocrisy Watch: De Blasio Voted for the ‘Poor Door’ Zoning He’s Now Against

Via New York Post:

Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials denouncing “poor door” entrances for subsidized tenants in luxury buildings actually voted in favor of a measure that made such separation possible, a Post review found.

When the lengthy text of a zoning resolution was amended by the City Council in July 2009, then-Councilman de Blasio — who arrived late to the meeting — was among the majority who voted “Aye.”

One provision said developers of market-rate condos could include affordable units on site, instead of off site, while allowing for the separation of a number of services that included the entrances.

But de Blasio’s vote didn’t stop City Hall officials last week from putting the blame for the controversial Extell Development project at 40 Riverside Blvd. — which will have a separate entrance for subsidized tenants — solely on former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s team.

“The previous administration changed the law to enable this kind of development,” City Hall spokesman Wiley Norvell said last week.

Asked about the role of de Blasio and the council in approving the 2009 measure, administration officials said it was a single provision in a 104-page zoning change, which was otherwise beneficial. . .

I guess maybe next time he should read what he's voting for? -

Video: Watch ‘Spider-Man’ Attack a NYPD Officer

Via New York Post:

Meet your Un-Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man!

A panhandler dressed as the iconic webslinger repeatedly punched a cop in the face during a violent Times Square tussle Saturday afternoon, police said.

It had been just another routine day of bedlam at the Crossroads of the World, with crowds of costumed characters shaking down tourists for cash — until Spidey came out swinging in a caught-on-video outburst.

The not-so-Marvel-ous comic-book creature had been demanding $10 from tourists who wanted to pose for pictures, ­police said.

“Fives, tens, or 20s only,” he allegedly demanded.

It was at about 2 p.m. when a cop overheard the outrageous prices and confronted the superzero.

That’s when the angered arachnid went anarchic, sources said.

De Blasio's New York City is quickly becoming one where criminals think that small crimes aren't crimes at all. - Greg Pollowitz
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Palestinians From Gaza Attack Israeli Village During ‘Truce Day’

Via Reuters:

Palestinian fighters slipped into an Israeli village from the Gaza Strip and fought a gun battle with troops on Monday as an unofficial truce called for the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival disintegrated.

The clash, in which Israeli television said five gunmen were killed and the Islamist Hamas movement said it had killed 10 Israeli soldiers, appeared to wreck international hopes of turning a brief lull in fighting into a longer-term ceasefire.

After the infiltration at Nahal Oz, a kibbutz collective village due east of Gaza City, the Israeli army warned thousands of Palestinians to flee their homes in areas around Gaza City. Such warnings usually precede retaliatory strikes.

As night fell over Gaza, army flares illuminated the sky and the sound of intense shelling could be heard.

The incident was not the only breach of the fragile truce. Eight children and two adults were killed by a blast at a park in northern Gaza and four Israelis were reported to have been killed by cross-border Palestinian mortar fire.

Residents blamed the park explosion, which also wounded 40 adults, on an Israeli airstrike, but Israel said a misfiring rocket launched by Hamas militants had hit the public garden in the Beach refugee camp.

Israeli media said four Israelis were killed by a mortar round fired out of Gaza in a separate incident. The military declined immediate comment. . .

What a shock. - Greg Pollowitz

What Did Obama Know About the Rise of ISIS and When Did He Know It?

Via McClatchy:

Like the rest of the world, the U.S. government appeared to have been taken aback last month when Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell to an offensive by jihadis of the Islamic State that triggered the collapse of five Iraqi army divisions and carried the extremists to the threshold of Baghdad.

A review of the record shows, however, that the Obama administration wasn’t surprised at all.

In congressional testimony as far back as November, U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials made clear that the United States had been closely tracking the al Qaida spinoff since 2012, when it enlarged its operations from Iraq to civil war-torn Syria, seized an oil-rich province there and signed up thousands of foreign fighters who’d infiltrated Syria through NATO ally Turkey.

The testimony, which received little news media attention at the time, also showed that Obama administration officials were well aware of the group’s declared intention to turn its Syrian sanctuary into a springboard from which it would send men and materiel back into Iraq and unleash waves of suicide bombings there. And they knew that the Iraqi security forces couldn’t handle it.

The group’s operations “are calculated, coordinated and part of a strategic campaign led by its Syria-based leader, Abu Bakr al Baghadi,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Brett McGurk told a House committee on Feb. 5, four months before fighting broke out in Mosul. “The campaign has a stated objective to cause the collapse of the Iraqi state and carve out a zone of governing control in western regions of Iraq and Syria.”. . .

Wonderful. - Greg Pollowitz

U.S. Embassy Evacuated in Tripoli

Via Fox News:

The United States shut down its embassy in Libya Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli as fighting intensified between rival militias, the State Department said. 

“Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya,” spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

The withdrawal underscored the Obama administration’s concern about the heightened risk to American diplomats abroad, particularly in Libya where memories of the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in the eastern city of Benghazi are still vivid and the political uproar over it remain fresh ahead of a new congressional investigation into the incident. A senior military official told Fox News the Pentagon has been advising the State Department leave the post for weeks. . .

Another jewel for the president's foreign-policy crown. - Greg Pollowitz

Bye-Bye: Putin’s Daughter Has Left the Netherlands

Via New York Post:

Vladimir Putin’s daughter has fled her home in the Netherlands amongst overwhelming criticism from disgusted locals who demanded she be deported after the downing of Flight MH17.

“We have not seen her here since the plane went down,” a neighbor of Maria Putin told the British Mirror newspaper on Thursday, as 51 of the 193 bodies of Dutch victims were returned home.

The Russian president’s 29-year-old daughter had been living with her boyfriend Jorrit Faasen on the outskirts of Amsterdam, just 20 miles from the airport where the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight departed from. . .

Is the boyfriend still there I wonder? - Greg Pollowitz

War on Women: Obama Motorcade Delays Woman in Labor From Entering Hospital

Via NBC Los Angeles:

A pregnant woman in labor was prevented from crossing an LA street Wednesday afternoon because the road was closed for President Barack Obama’s motorcade.

The woman was seen sitting a bus stop bench on the south side of 3rd Street just east of Robertson Boulevard. She needed to cross to get to Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

NBC4’s Robert Kovacik shot video on his cell phone of a woman sitting at a bus stop bench and posted it to his Instagram account with the caption, “Woman in labor on bench as motorcade passes; not allowed to cross street to get to #CedarsSinai.”. . .

If only she had free birth control, this never would have happened. I kid, I kid. This really isn't the president's fault, but why do the cops on the scene not do anything for this woman? - Greg Pollowitz

New Book: Hillary Said Bill Was Abused by His Mother

Via NY Daily News:

A year after the Monica Lewinsky scandal shook the presidency, Hillary Clinton told an interviewer that Bill Clinton’s mother abused him and caused his sex addiction, an explosive new book claims.

The comments were made to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lucinda Franks in a 1999 interview — and Franks admits in her new memoir that she watered them down for publication.

The Daily News obtained galleys of the memoir, due out next month, in which Franks — the wife of former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau — reveals that she published only part of the interview in her story for Tina Brown’s short-lived Talk magazine and focused on the conflict between the President’s mother and grandmother rather than the abuse itself.

In her book, Franks recounts the comments she earlier suppressed — in which Hillary Clinton blames Bill’s mother Virginia Kelley for ruining her son’s childhood.

She was a “doozy,” Hillary said, according to the book. . .

Maybe Hillary can say she doesn't remember ever saying this because of her concussion? - Greg Pollowitz

Chinese City Quarantined for Bubonic Plague

Via AP:

Parts of a northern Chinese city have been quarantined after state media said a man there died of bubonic plague.

China’s official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday that 151 people were under observation in the city of Yumen in Gansu province after authorities determined they had come in contact with a man who died of the plague July 16.

Investigators believe the man contracted the bacterial infection after contact with a marmot, Xinhua said. . .

The Max Brooks prophecy is coming true?

- Greg Pollowitz

Ah, Paris in the Summer: The Seine, the Eiffel Tower, Anti-Israel Riots. . .

Via BBC:

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has condemned “anti-Semitic” violence that broke out during a protest against Israel’s action in Gaza.

Jewish-owned businesses and a synagogue were targeted in the suburb of Sarcelles, just outside Paris.

Shops were looted and 18 people were arrested as youths went on the rampage during Sunday’s protest, which had been banned by authorities.

The mayor of Sarcelles said the Jewish community was in fear.

Such an outpouring of violence had never been seen in the suburb before, he said.

Roger Cukierman, head of the umbrella group Crif that represents French Jewish organisations, said Jews were not just afraid, they were anguished. . .

- Greg Pollowitz

De Blasio’s NYC: Illegal Bike-Rental Thugs Threaten to Decapitate the Competition

Via New York Post:

The illegal bike hawkers who have been duping tourists into renting stolen bikes in Columbus Circle have waged war on the only legitimate bike rental company, violently harassing its workers.

Bike and Roll New York City, the only Central Park bike renter sanctioned by the city, told The Post that the illegal hawkers are so vicious, they have threatened to decapitate Bike and Roll’s employees.

“They’ve made threats to follow our staff home, to cut them, to cut their heads off. To hurt them,” said marketing manager Nicole Mylonas.

In the past month, staff members have had to call the police at least 20 times on the unruly bike hucksters. . .

We'll hear, "Rudy Giuliani for Mayor" soon enough. - Greg Pollowitz

Dutch P.M. Still Won’t Assign Blame in MH17 Crash

Via Washington Post:

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Monday that his government would hold off assigning blame for last week’s missile strike that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, as it pursues its top priorities of recovering the victims’ bodies and conducting an independent investigation of the crash site in eastern Ukraine.

In a nationally televised address to a special meeting of the Dutch parliament, Rutte called the delays in recovering the bodies and launching the probe “unbearable.” But he said finger-pointing would only provoke further delays. U.S. and Ukrainian government officials have identified pro-Russian separatist forces as the likely culprits in the catastrophic shootdown.

“I realize that many people want us to establish the facts as quickly as possible so that we can state who was to blame,” Rutte said. “But I have to point out the dilemma that we are facing, which is that never, ever should assigning blame lead to diminished chances of recovering the bodies and carrying out an independent inquiry.”. . .

So Prime Minister Rutte, despite all of the mounting evidence, still won't blame his <del>economic sugar-daddy</del> strategic trading partner, Russia. Putin is going to get a pass on all of this, thanks to the government of those murdered. Good luck, Europe. 

- Greg Pollowitz

John Kerry Criticizes Israel on ‘Hot Mic’

Via Washington Post:

In an unusual moment during Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace presented Secretary of State John Kerry with video recorded before he came on air.

Wallace presented the segment as being in reference to civilians killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip. “While you were on camera and while on microphone,” Wallace said, “you spoke to one of your top aides between the interviews about the situation in Israel.” He then played what the network had recorded. In the clip, Kerry is holding a cellphone conversation with someone. The person on the other end of the call isn’t identified, and the audio from the other participant is staticky. But Kerry’s comments are clear.

“It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” he says, then repeats it. “Hell of a pinpoint operation.” It’s an apparent reference to Israel’s insistence that its incursion into the region would be limited. The conversation continues, and Kerry then says, “We’ve got to get over there. I think we ought to go tonight.” He then calls it “crazy” to be “sitting around.”. . .

Oops. - Greg Pollowitz

Better Than Soccer: Amazing Video of Kacy Catanzaro on American Ninja Warrior

Via YouTube:

Fantastic. Marvel she make her into some sort of superhero I think. - Greg Pollowitz

Dutch PM: Too Early to Point Finger at Russia, Putin

Via DutchNews.nl:

The Netherlands will not rest until those responsible for the Malaysian Airlines crash are brought to justice, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.

Rutte told a news conference in The Hague it appeared that the Boeing 777 was brought down by an missile but that it is of utmost importance to get all the facts on the table first.

Pointing fingers without sufficient evidence would make it more unlikely that there would be an independent and international investigation into the crash, Rutte said.

Forensic team

A forensic team and accident investigators will leave for Kiev with foreign minister Frans Timmermans this evening.

Rutte said he had spoken to numerous world leaders about the crash and that included Russian president Putin. ‘Putin assured us that Russia wants a full, independent and international inquiry,’ Rutte said.

This was an initial step, the Dutch prime minister said. It is also crucial that there is free access to the crash site, including safe corridors for investigators, Rutte said.

Speculation

Speculation about who is responsible would only damage efforts to ensure there is a proper investigation, Rutte said, and he refused to comment on other world leaders who have already laid blame.

The number of Dutch nationals killed in Thursday’s Malaysian Airways plane crash increased to 189 on Friday afternoon, after all but four of the passengers’ nationalities has now been confirmed.

The dead include Antoine van Veldhuizen, director of the expat website group Expatica.com, along with his wife Simone and two small boys. The family were going on holiday.

Labour senator Willem Witteveen was also killed, as was Aids researcher Joep Lange, who was one of a number of people on their way to an Aids conference in Melbourne. Pim de Kuijer of Stop Aids Now is also thought to be among the dead. . .

Of note, the Netherlands is a huge trading partner with Russia. It will be interesting to see if the Dutch still side with Putin and Co. as the investigation unfolds.

- Greg Pollowitz

Russia: Ukraine Had Buk Missile System in the Area; Ukraine: No We Didn’t

Via Russia Today:

On Thursday, when a Malaysian Airlines plane was apparently shot down over Ukraine, a Ukrainian Buk anti-aircraft missile battery was operational in the region, the Russian Defense Ministry said, contradicting Kiev’s statements. 

The battery was deployed at a site from which it could have fired a missile at the airliner, the ministry said in a statement. It said radiation from the battery’s radar was detected by the Russian military.

“The Russian equipment detected throughout July 17 the activity of a Kupol radar, deployed as part of a Buk-M1 battery near Styla [a village some 30km south of Donetsk],” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said the radar could be providing tracking information to another battery deployed in the region, which was at a firing distance from the plane’s flight path.

Earlier Kiev said it could not have fired a missile at the passing civilian plane because it had no Buk missile launchers deployed in the region. At the same time the Ukrainians said the militias had no Buk systems in their hands, according to a statement from the country’s Prosecutor General. . .

So it looks like Russia is going to say it was Ukraine who shot down the plane by accident. The U.S. is going to have release any secret NSA recordings or satellite imagery to help get the truth out there I think. - Greg Pollowitz

Flashback: Ronald Reagan Addresses the Nation After Korean Air Flight 007

Via Time:

I forgot how good Reagan was during this incident. - Greg Pollowitz

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