IRS execs: Our lives at risk in TEA Party case, Want to hide details from public

Lerner and company want to keep what they did secret. But we need to know what happened.

(From Cincinnati.com)

“This documentation, as the court will see, makes very personal references and contains graphic, profane and disturbing language that would lead to unnecessary intrusion and embarrassment if made public,” their attorneys argued in a recent court brief. “Public dissemination of their deposition testimony would put their lives in serious jeopardy.”

Attorneys for the tea party groups suing the IRS say the argument against full disclosure doesn’t hold up.

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The spirit of FREE SPEECH as we see it. (Nat Hentoff, patron saint of free speech.)

We are currently dealing with how best to moderate our discussions. We have long welcomed all comers so long as they are respectful of other readers and of the site. Unfortunately there has been a decline in civility and occasionally there is even malicious activity in our forum.

We are deeply committed to free speech. We always will be. If one comes to ACC with a heartfelt disagreement we are very happy to air it and to discuss it,

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Popping our political bubbles is a good thing

This is an interesting article from Noah Millman senior editor at The American Conservative. Attached to the article is an even more interesting discussion of the social media driven “political bubbles” we all live in to a greater or lesser extent from Al Jazeera.

We think it is wise to expose oneself to different political dispositions actively. Indeed at this website we are fortunate that though we proudly proclaim our classically liberal or libertarian bias,

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Watergate Redux?

We would seem to be experiencing a pretty close duplicate of the almost fifty year old scandal that rocked the world and brought down President Nixon. But this time the Washington Post is trying to cover up the scandal, not bring it to light.

President Trump gave President Obama and the Democrats lifesaving wiggle room by using words like “wire tap” instead of “electronic surveillance” or “spying” and “Trump Tower” instead of “Trump campaign” or “Trump campaign personnel.” By focusing on Trump’s exact words,

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Daughter of Valarie Jarrett, Obama confidant and crony extraordinaire will cover Trump DOJ for CNN

This article is from just before the inauguration but Drudge resurrected it.

Think about this. CNN tries to make the case that it’s not “fake news” or at least inclined toward fake news but then hires the daughter of Varlarie Jarrett to cover Department of Justice issues in the Trump administration?

Please.

We have issues with Trump but his critique of the #oldmedia is entirely appropriate, and frankly needed.

It should be noted also that Valarie Jarrett has moved into the Obama’s new home in Washington DC.

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Glenn Greenwald: Trump will have vast powers. He can thank Democrats for them.

This is exactly correct. Supposed “liberals” and “progressives” (at least many of them) sold out the last vestiges of “liberalism” with President Obama. In many ways “liberals” and “progressives” within the Democratic Party just devolved into authoritarians. They allowed Obama to run roughshod over the Constitution and to expand the power of the Executive Branch because, well, Obama was your guy.

You were hoodwinked. And the thing is many of you (but not all) were willfully hoodwinked.

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Obama’s corporatist legacy

Carney lets Obama off too easy here. Not only does Obama leave a corporatist legacy, Obama is himself a corporatist, or more specifically and we’d say more accurately a crony capitalist. Obama used government both passively and actively to enrich his friends (and ultimately himself). The president also sought unceasingly to further entwine business and government so that crony fruit could be plucked by allies in the future. He gave away much to pharma and the health complex in Obamacare.

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Here are the 52 public companies that make the most money from the federal government

Image: CNBC

This headline comes from CNBC and is misleading. These companies don’t “make the most money from the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT,” Taxpayers are making these companies rich, not the government. It’s not the government’s money. It’s yours. Too many people forget this.

Why are we going into massive debt, in part, to pad the bottom lines of these companies?

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