Scandals tough to follow

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I am getting older and having a harder time keeping track of things. One of the things I am having trouble with is all the scandals in Washington.

President Obama said we should trust the government. That was a laugh line, right? With all the alphabet soup of government agencies it can get confusing. IRS, NSA, EPA, FBI, etc., etc. Then you have departments – State Department, Justice Department and the Department of Lying (just kidding about the last one).

I am now just trying to focus on one scandal at a time. I am now concentrating on just the NSA – that stands for the National Security Agency, which has been spying on Americans under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. So since they are looking for foreign agent activity, it only makes sense to spy on Americans.

Well, we had some guy named Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lie to Congress, saying no spying was occurring on Americans. Then we have some junior-college graduate making $120,000 to $200,000 per year named Edward Snowden saying: Well, the NSA was spying on you. Immediately all the D.C. talking heads and “important” people said Snowden was a bad guy and was lying. I guess all these liars in Washington would know a liar!

Snowden said he could tap any phone in America from his computer. “Very important” people from D.C. came forward and said: No, Snowden couldn’t do that. U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) came forward after a “top-secret briefing” and said: Well, Snowden could do that! What could and couldn’t Snowden do?

Tune in next week for more lies and prevarications. I just wish the honest people wore white hats and the liars wore black hats like in the old cowboy movies. There is one problem: America would quickly run out of black hats!

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Young Fred
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Young Fred 06/29/13 - 03:06 am
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most excellent!

Black hats and white hats - I like it! A blast from the past!

Wait a minute, hmmm, black-white, nope can't use that no matter the actual connotation, you have to consider the "perceived connotation".

Maybe we should use green hat/pink hat. Ooops, can't use pink either.

Dang, maybe grey hat and...ummm, hmmm, clear hat? Could we possibly use grey and clear? I don't know - grey may have negative "southern" connotations and clear suggests transparency. Transparency being a dirty word to most of todays politicians, I'm afraid "clear" won't work either.

Crapola! Can Crayola help us out? All we need is two colors out of the total color spectrum that won't offend somebody!

Young Fred
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Young Fred 06/29/13 - 03:23 am
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Perhaps I shouldn't make

Perhaps I shouldn't make light of such a serious issue.

Currently, American citizens are subjected to a scrutiny unheard of in the history of our fair country. But, hey, it's for our own good don't yaknow.

carcraft
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carcraft 06/29/13 - 06:10 am
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If I didn't. Laugh I would

If I didn't. Laugh I would cry!

corgimom
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corgimom 06/29/13 - 08:04 am
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What do you think they do at

What do you think they do at Ft Gordon? Who would be so naive as to think that the government isn't gathering intelligence on Americans?

People act like this is a big shocker, no it's not.

carcraft
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carcraft 06/29/13 - 08:12 am
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Corgimom, you must have

Corgimom, you must have forgotten the stink raised about Bush monitoring calls FROM OVER SEAS! Any call from any individual in the US can be monitored at any time. At Fort Gordon they monitor overseas traffic mostly mid eastern.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 06/29/13 - 08:34 am
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Young Fred, Crayola already solved your problem

the color is called "flesh"
and all Crayola has to do is have flesh and flesh and flesh and flesh
and flesh and flesh and flesh and flesh
a whole box of no other color but flesh
if your're a bigot, you just buy the single crayon
slightly less bigot you get the 8 pack
the truly perfectly modern and purely diverse gets the 6 billion pack of crayons
but you can't use them... the second you make a selection you're right back to where you started by offending someone
anything that reflects light is potentially offensive
and since the NSA doesn't reflect light...
us Eloi just have to sit passively among the Morlocks and reflect as little light as possible

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RMSHEFF 06/29/13 - 09:22 am
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President Obama is very upset

President Obama is very upset with all these "scandals". He will not tolerate this kind of activity in the Federal government and will get to the bottom of each scandal ,clean them up and hold accountable all involved. This is unacceptable !

carcraft
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carcraft 06/29/13 - 09:24 am
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Maybe we could go to floors

Maybe we could go to floors that aren't racial sensitive, say, like teal and chartreuse!

carcraft
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carcraft 06/29/13 - 09:45 am
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Sorry about "floors " I meant

Sorry about "floors " I meant colors!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/29/13 - 10:03 am
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Flesh has been long gone!! Racist color!! Does not apply!!
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Young Fred has nailed the issue. There are no absolutes. Everything is in flux. In the moment.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/29/13 - 10:29 am
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Quote from LTE

"that stands for the National Security Agency, which has been spying on Americans under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act."

How about The Patriot Act as well.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/29/13 - 10:33 am
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Quote from LTE

"So since they are looking for foreign agent activity, it only makes sense to spy on Americans."

Again The Patriot Act AND The Presidents word that ONLY phone numbers are being tracked to see what countries are being called. The President said that if a phone tap was needed then a warrent would have to be abtained.

carcraft
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carcraft 06/29/13 - 10:36 am
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I do believe it is the FISA

I do believe it is the FISA court that issues the warrents for wire taps etc issued to NSA !

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/29/13 - 10:37 am
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Quote from LTE

"With all the alphabet soup of government agencies it can get confusing. IRS, NSA, EPA, FBI, etc., etc. Then you have departments – State Department, Justice Department "

The writer seems to be indicating just how big our government is. This is one thing that I can agree with !! Just like Bush had 8 years to work on abortion, Obama has had 4 plus years to work on making our government leaner and much more cost effective.

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rmwhitley 06/29/13 - 11:06 am
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If you wonder
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whether or not the liberal left is in cahoots with each other on cheating Americans, just look at the mf global fiasco. jon corzine (d-N.J.) and his right hand woman o'brien ripped customers off for more than $1,000,000,000.00. ONE BILLION DOLLARS and obama/holder's d.o.j. says there is no prosecutable fraud. And corzine/o'brien are going to court to keep their salaries and bonus money.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 06/29/13 - 12:07 pm
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ymnbde

100 thumbs up for a relevant reference to a classic!

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 06/29/13 - 12:26 pm
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One speed

Some on this page operate on one speed: Race.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 06/29/13 - 12:27 pm
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@t3--10:37

Thumbs up!

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 06/29/13 - 12:42 pm
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Why

To the letter writer, I wonder why you did not express exasperation over Mr Issa not letting the public know that the IRS also targeted progressive groups when screening for 501c status? From the tone of your letter I am sure you care about govt. over reach no matter what organizations are affected.

With all the out cry I have not heard a single conservative come to the defense of progressive groups. Their mantra has been that Obama targeted Tea Party groups to win the 2102 election.

Issa is now known as the "boy, uh, congressman, who cried wolf." What is sad is that when there is indeed a scandal, no one is going to listen to him because he has no credibility. At least in the beginning the Dems were with him and he has squandered that goodwill by being a Partisan on this. Sens. Graham and McCain tried to warn him but his ego just wouldn't allow him to run a fair investigation.

I wouldn't believe Issa if he told me that today is Saturday, June 29, 2013! In fact, how do we even know that he is really Darrell Issa?

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 06/29/13 - 12:47 pm
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Post script

To the LTE: My comments are not meant to attack your position but are an extension of the issues you raised.

carcraft
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carcraft 06/29/13 - 01:18 pm
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The IRS would not let field

The IRS would not let field agents review tea party etc applications, conservative applications had to be kicked up to a higher level. 6,yes SIX liberal progressive groups were denied or delayed by the IRS . Over 250 conservative groups were denied according to the inspector general of the IRS. The letter writer does point out these scandals are numerous and hard to follow! These letter was about the NSA not the IRS. Thanks for pointing out another one of the scandals!!!

carcraft
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carcraft 06/29/13 - 02:03 pm
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Clapper lied under oath to

Clapper lied under oath to the American people under oath. Holder is under a contempt of congress over fail to produce documents for congress under fast and furious . Holder lied to congress or a federal judge over Fox reporter Rosen! State Department officials have lied over Benghazi. IRS has spent millions on crazy conferences and screwed up applications. State Department security members engaged prostitutes over seas and the Ambassador to Belgium is accused be an inspector of soliciting under age girls and prostitutes . The Obama administration altered a scientific report. You don't trust Issa but I bet Obama is just PL!

carcraft
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carcraft 06/29/13 - 02:07 pm
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Should read "OK" not pl

Should read "OK" not pl

carcraft
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carcraft 06/29/13 - 02:07 pm
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Should read "OK" not pl

Should read "OK" not pl

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 06/29/13 - 05:43 pm
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@carcraft

Thanks for acknowledging that Tea Party apps were not the only ones flagged. I disagree with you on the numbers but the most important point is that FOX, ACES, conservative talking heads and GOP congress were beating the drum that only Tea Party groups were targeted.

What Issa's committee should focus on is addressing those progressive AND conservative groups that were granted tax exempt status but did not deserve it and make them pay back the hard working taxpayers like you, me and others. But again, Issa has totally lost focus of the purpose of the investigation.

And I didn't get into his lying this week about never saying that the president ordered this. Don't mess up your reputation defending the defenseless.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 06/29/13 - 05:46 pm
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LTE

The letter did mention the IRS; not the main focus, but he mentioned it and I responded.

carcraft
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carcraft 06/29/13 - 06:23 pm
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Truth Matters I have read a

Truth Matters I have read a news article AND viewed a news report on the IRS. I am traveling and stuck with my I pad and cell phone so I really can't cut and paste! But the numbers and data I presented are accurate. Issac was right to prevent parity where none existed

Young Fred
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Young Fred 06/29/13 - 06:29 pm
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Not quite right

"but the most important point is that FOX, ACES, conservative talking heads and GOP congress were beating the drum that only Tea Party groups were targeted"

No, they were "beating the drum" because Tea Party groups were UNFAIRLY targeted.

Of the progressive groups reviewed, they probably represent about the norm as far as percentage of applications put under the magnifying glass.

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gargoyle 06/29/13 - 08:11 pm
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TruthMaters@ We need a app

TruthMaters@ We need a app for our phones to keep track of the details of all the scandals . Latest news is that Progressive or Democrat groups looking for a tax free status, when the numbers were crunched they had a significantly lower chance of being flagged for further review. Agencies throughout the country have became far too partisan forgetting they serve the people not a party .

carcraft
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carcraft 06/29/13 - 09:26 pm
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Look up a Wall Street journal

Look up a Wall Street journal article 2 days ago high lights the disparity between liberal groups and conservatives according to the Inspector Genetal!

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