Friday, July 25, 2014

Top 10 things that will happen if Israel allows itself to win in Gaza

By Dan from New York


1. Iran loses one of its tentacles it meant to use to strangle Israel.

2. Having had one tentacle amputated in Gaza, Iran is loathe to lose the other one in southern Lebanon.

3. Talk about "isolation." A new calculus takes hold in Judea and Samaria. Fatah, the PA and Abbas know they're living from day to day - by the good graces of the IDF.

4. With the pressure relaxed on those fronts, Israel dusts off its plans to destroy Iran's nuclear infrastructure.

5. Having successfully defied Obama and his anti-Zionist cats-paws, Israel still has to respect the lame-duck snake, but can do so with greater confidence.

15 Reasons the Party on Wall Street is About to End in Tears

Writing at The Spectator, Liam Halligan summarizes the troubling nature of the state of the global economic system:

...alarming evidence is amassing that the global recovery is shaky, stock markets are over-hyped and the large western banks, for all the talk of reform, remain a serious liability. The reality, and it gives me no pleasure to write this, is that we could see a re-run of the ghastly credit crunch of 2007/08.

To paraphrase Clubber Lang, the following are 15 reasons that the central banking party fueling our economy will end in "pain".

1. The US Gross Domestic Product fell at an annual rate of 2.9 per cent on official figures, the first drop we’ve seen since the dark days of 2011.

2. The Eurozone, meanwhile, remains on the brink of recession, with GDP across the 18-nation currency area expanding a mere 0.2 per cent.

3. Despite this lack of growth, stock indices in the US and across the western world have repeatedly hit all-time highs in recent months.

4. Even though U.S. GDP is contracting and that US first-quarter corporate earnings were down 3.4 per cent, the S&P500 (the world’s most watched stock index) has broken its daily closing price record more than 20 times this year.

5. The reason for this dichotomy is the Federal Reserve’s money-printing machine, which has created thousands of billions of virtual dollars since 2008. Much of this has found its way into global stock markets, sending equity prices sky-high. Designed as an emergency measure, QE has since become a lifestyle choice, the financial and political equivalent of crack cocaine.

LET'S GIVE 'EM A STATE: Hamas announces it will give 250,000 grenades to Palestinian Children

Would you expect any different from a group with a heritage that includes Hitler and the Third Reich?


A Hamas spokesman announced that Hamas had manufactured 250,000 hand grenades that would be given to Palestinian youth to use to fight Israel instead of rocks.

It's all in the parenting, I always say.


Hat tip: BadBlue News.

BORDER PATROL SAYS DEMOCRATS AND MEDIA ARE LYING: Illegal Surge Is Mostly Families, Not Unaccompanied Kids

By Jessica Vaughan

Border Patrol statistics found buried on a government website confirm that most of the Central American illegal aliens apprehended in the recent surge are family units. Less than one-fourth (22 percent) of all those apprehended are unaccompanied alien children (UACs) from Central America. The number of illegally arriving families shot up five times faster than UAC arrivals over last year.

The document was revealed this week by Washington Times columnist Ernest Istook.

In the first nine months of the fiscal year (October through June), the number of apprehensions along the southwest border of family units (each of which has, by definition, more than one person in it) has increased from 9,350 in 2013 to 55,420 in 2014 – an increase of nearly 500 percent.

Apprehensions of UACs went from 27,884 to 57,525 in the same period, an increase of about 100 percent.

The total number of southwest border apprehensions of aliens from countries "other than Mexico" (OTMs) was 202,951 through the end of June 2014, compared to 154,606 at this time last year.

These figures indicate that the number of individuals from Central America who arrived by June of this year as part of family units was at least 111,000 (assuming only two individuals in each family unit), but was probably closer to 145,000 (which is the number of OTMs who are not UACs).

These figures suggest that, while policies on handling UACs are important and may need to be tweaked a little, the focus of lawmakers should be on ending the administration's catch-and-release policies and reversing the general decay in immigration enforcement, which the illegal migrants themselves say has motivated them to come now.


Read more at Center for Immigration Studies

STUNNER: Obama sees no maximum limit to the tax rate

You know what they call it when the maximum tax rate hits 100 percent? Answer after the break.

The following excerpt from an interview with Dear Leader was handed to us over the transom by the inimitable James Pethokoukis:

Here is President Obama in a chat yesterday with CNBC’s Steve Liesman:

STEVE LIESMAN: Mr. President, I just want to pivot back one more time to domestic issues. You’ve said a bunch of times that getting the wealthy to pay a little bit more, and you’ve succeeded in raising that top tax rate to 39% or rolling back the tax cuts. Is there a limit there? Is there a limit to how much you believe the government should take from an individual in terms of a top tax rate?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: You know, I don’t have a particular number in mind, but if you look at our history we are still well below what, you know, the marginal tax rates were under Dwight Eisenhower or, you know, all the way up even through Ronald Reagan. Tax rates are still lower on average for most folks. And what that means is that we probably can make some more headway in closing loopholes that folks take advantage of. As opposed to necessarily raising marginal rates.

Obama’s response raises an interesting question: How high does he think tax rates could go without really damaging the economy? As my pal Liesman asked, what is the limit?

The president’s answer certainly suggests, at least to me, that he believes the US is nowhere close to the danger zone. If so, he is merely in sync with top left-leaning economists — such as Peter Diamond, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez — who argue for top rates in the 70% to 80% range, if not higher. Oh, and at the same time the high-tax crowd would close tax loopholes and increase tax enforcement to limit avoidance.

Answer: North Korea.

In fact, Obama's father was a hard-core Communist. During his time in Kenyan politics, Barack Hussein Obama Sr. challenged Kenya's government for being insufficiently socialist.

"Theoretically, there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100% of income so long as the people get benefits from the government commensurate with their income which is taxed," Obama Sr. wrote.

And you wonder where Obama got his economic illiteracy from.


Related: What Barack Obama Hid From His Readers.

Larwyn's Linx: “Hitler’s Long Shadow over Israel”

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Nation

“Hitler’s Long Shadow over Israel”: Protein Wisdom
Obamacare Architect in 2012: States without Exchanges Lose Subsidies: CEI
Feds Mull Moving Hondurans Directly Into US: GWP

Border Patrol: Illegal Surge Is Mostly Families, Not Unaccompanied Kids: CIS
Police arrest 6 for murder, including several MS-13 gang members: WJLA
Cruz warns House colleagues: Don't let Dems fool you on border funding: Hill

Still Fighting: The Delphi Workers Obama Robbed: Michelle Malkin
What is Obama Hiding at His Wealthy Donor Fundraisers?: Leon Wolf
Democrats: The Party of Theft: R.S. McCain

Great news from Hillary: The Russian reset worked: Hot Air
Opposition to Hobby Lobby Decision Highlights Problem With Mandates: RWN
Smart power: Iraqi call for US airstrikes 'under active consideration': NavyTimes

Economy

Hypocrites: Democrats Demanding ‘Livable Wages’ Pay Interns Nothing: RWN
Obama’s dumbest move to date… seizing a foreign bank??: Simon Black
Barack Obama’s Obamacare problem, in one tax form line.: Moe Lane

Scandal Central

Did the EPA Abuse Its Authority to Influence the 2012 presidential election?: Dan Riehl
Landmark Legal Foundation Seeks Sanctions on EPA for Destroying Emails, Text Messages: Landmark Legal
The FEC Embraces Fascism – Implements Conservative Book Banning: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

FEC Chairman: There’s a ‘move afoot to constrict press freedoms’: Hot Air
`The Evidence Is Still Coming in': McDaniel Seeking Poll Book Access in Mississippi: PJM
The Man Who Wasn't There (cont): Mark Steyn

Media

Idiots at Salon Attempt to Paint Avowed Communist Lee Harvey Oswald as “Right-Winger”: Leon Wolf
Silent Scourge: Barry Rubin’s last book dissects the hegemony of radical thought in America.: PJM
Joe Klein and Andrea Mitchell Face Off Over Israel: WFB

Mark Levin: EPA destroyed massive amounts of evidence, we’re asking the courts to sanction them: Scoop
E.J. Dionne’s Unseemly Whinging About the Judiciary Continues Apace: Leon Wolf
Arianna Huffington ‘Sick’ of Obama Fundraising : Mediaite

Obamacare architect caught LYING about subsidy ‘typo’ on MSNBC: Scoop
Bring Back the Firing Squad: R.S. McCain
John McCain: Obama full of ‘self-pity’: Politico

World

Cruz: "Obama Admin The Most Anti-Israel Admin This Government Has Ever Had": RCP
How the West Helped Hamas Build Its War Machine: Commentary
Hamas Targets Journalists in Gaza for Intimidation: Ace

Kerry to Mother of Fallen IDF Soldier: ‘How’s Your Day?’: WFB
U.N. Says Islamic State Fatwa Orders All Women In Mosul To Undergo Female Genital Mutilation: WZ
"An Iranian judge sentenced a Christian man to have his lips burnt with a cigarette...": Ann Althouse

'Islamic State' Consolidates Power, Enforces Brutal Sharia: Clarion Project
UN a club in need of higher standards: Jonah Goldberg
CHILLING: Children swear allegiance to the new Caliphate, The Islamic State: Scoop

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Galectin Therapeutics: When Good News Needs to Be Trumpeted: Frank Salvato
Health apps ready to collect your vital signs: CIO
The Looming Threat of a Solar Superstorm: PopMech

Cornucopia

An Oral History of Galaxy Quest: Ace
Don’t Rest On Your Laurels; Keep Fundraising as Long as You Can.: MOTUS
The world never cries for murdered Jewish children: Smooth Stone (2006)

Image: 'Islamic State' Consolidates Power, Enforces Brutal Sharia
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QOTD: "What’s important to remember politically about this is if you're a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don't get their tax credits—but your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying [to] your citizens you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country. I hope that that's a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these exchanges. But, you know, once again the politics can get ugly around this." --Professor Jonathan Gruber, Obamacare architect, January 18, 2012

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BUSTED: IRS Caught Lying to Both a Federal Judge and Congress

By Investor's Business Daily

Scandal: The tangled web of IRS deceit unravels a bit more with news recycled backup tapes of lost emails still exist and statements before a federal judge that Lois Lerner's hard drive was irreparably damaged were untrue.

Deliberately destroying evidence pertaining to the investigation of possible criminal activity is a crime. So is lying about it to Congress and the courts as part of a cover-up of that activity.

On July 11, U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton, at a hearing examining a lawsuit against the IRS by the targeted conservative group True the Vote, told Obama administration lawyers he wanted to see an affidavit explaining what happened with Lerner's hard drive.

He wanted something on the record and under oath that went beyond the tap dancing of recent congressional testimony. Walton also wanted to know the serial number of the hard drive and, if that number was known, "why the computer hard drive cannot be identified and preserved."

In response, the IRS said under oath that the hard drive from Lerner's computer was destroyed and recycled, echoing earlier testimony from Commissioner John Koskinen.

The reason given for Lerner's hard drive — possibly containing incriminating emails from and to the former head of the IRS Tax Exempt division — being destroyed and recycled, according to the IRS in the affidavit, was that a team of its technical experts had determined the drive was irreparably damaged and had to be recycled.

Except that was not true.

MATT BRACKEN: The True History of the Southwest

By Matt Bracken


The fallacies surrounding the history of the Southwest are staggering, chief among them the “Aztlan” fairy tales. What is the truth? How did the Spanish Europeans conquer the Southwest? The “conquistadores” (that means “conquerors”) did it with the lance, and the lash.

For example, in 1541 Coronado entered present-day New Mexico (which included present-day Arizona during the Spanish era) searching for the “lost cities of gold.” One of his first actions upon meeting the natives
was to burn hundreds of them alive in their dwellings for not handing over suspected horse thieves. That is how Spain conquered the natives of the present US Southwest—not with hugs and kisses. It was certainly no love-fest between long-lost brown-skinned soul-mates, as it is often portrayed today by the delusional Aztlaners, who spin the “new bronze race of Mestizos” toro-mierda fable.

By 1821, Mexico City was strong enough to overthrow the even more decrepit and ineffectual Spanish colonial rule. However, the distant provinces of the current U.S. Southwest were far beyond the reach of the authority of the independent but strife-torn and financially insolvent newborn government in Mexico City. These distant northern provinces received neither military protection nor needed levels of trade from the nascent Mexican government. Under Spanish colonial rule, trade with the USA was forbidden, but at least Spain provided trade and Army protection from hostile Indian attacks. Under Mexican abandonment and neglect, the Southwest received neither trade nor protection from Mexico City.

For example, Comanches and Apaches ran rampant in the 1830s in the power vacuum created by Mexican neglect, burning scores of major ranches that had been active for hundreds of years and massacring their inhabitants. Mexico City could neither defend nor keep the allegiance of its nominal subjects in these regions. Nor did it provide needed levels of trade to sustain the prior Spanish colonial era standard of living. Mexican governmental influence atrophied, withered and died at the same time that American pathfinders were opening up new routes into the region.

Increasingly, a growing United States of America was making inroads into the Southwest, via ships into California, and via wagon trains of trade goods over the Santa Fe Trail from St. Louis. The standard of living of the Spanish inhabitants of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas subsequently increased enormously, which is why they did not support Mexico City in the 1846-48 war. In fact, the Spanish-speaking inhabitants of the Southwest never considered themselves “Mexicans” at all, ever. They went, in their own eyes, from Spanish directly to American. To this very day, if you want a punch in the nose, just call a Hispanic native of New Mexico a “Mexican.”

Just one side in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is committing War Crimes, each and every day

Perhaps MSNBC's resident nitwit Joy Reid should visit Gaza for a few weeks. You know, to get a firsthand view into the situation.


Depravity and Sickness at the United Nations

By Anne Bayefsky


The UN Human Rights Council held a special session in Geneva on July 23, 2014 to declare effectively that Israelis do not have human rights. The vote was 29 in favor, 1 against and 17 abstentions.

The Obama administration voted against – after joining and legitimizing the virulently anti-Jewish Council for the past five years, and now feigning disappointment for American cameras.

The Europeans abstained because they did not want to upset their violent Muslim minorities, and because their sordid past didn’t leave the resolution’s message too foreign in any case. A few cowardly countries that Israelis have magnanimously befriended over the years also abstained.

But the majority of the UN world cheered – literally. Speakers during the procession of hatemongers at the Council were greeted with applause.

As is their wont, CNN, the New York Times and company derived from this spectacle the lesson that Israel is pathetic, isolated and doomed.

But the real takeaway is the polar opposite.

Larwyn's Linx: US Becoming The Brazil of North America—When Did We Vote For That?

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Nation

US Becoming The Brazil of North America—When Did We Vote For That?: VDARE
HUD Will Force Illegal Immigrants on Neighborhoods: Sara Noble
La Raza CEO: 'USA! USA!' Chants 'Made Me Angry': Breitbart

Hey We Should Really Pass That Cornyn-Cuellar Compromise, STAT: Ace
Cruz: Is FAA Ban on Flights to Israel Really an Obama Economic Boycott?: Tatler
Cruz vows to hold nominees until he gets answers on Israeli flight ban: Twitchy

Rick Perry's Bold Border Move: Cal Thomas
US Government Turns Fully Against Americans And Few Seem To Care: NoisyRm
TX National Guard Deployment Sparks Debate Between Border Sheriffs: Breitbart

Just Who is Paying the $10K Coyote Fees for Illegals to Get Here?: Publius
GOP asks: What if Mitch McConnell loses?: Politico
The Odds of a GOP Wave Are Increasing: Josh Kraushaar, National Journal

Economy

Another 16-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard and lavish house shopping: BPR
Reminder: The Chamber of Commerce is at War with Conservatism: Leon Wolf
Obama: Now I'm Not Bothering to Watch the News, Either: Ace

Scandal Central

In brutal new grilling, Rep. Trey Gowdy shreds IRS commissioner over agency’s shifting stories: BPR
OUTRAGE: Benghazi, Hamas and the State Department!: AWD
Preferred Party of 9/11 Truthers Suddenly Not Big Fans of Conspiracy Theories: Glob

Remember How Obama ‘Stacked’ The DC Circuit Court?: S&L
Fake applicants finding it easy to sign up for ObamaCare, investigators say: JWF
Judges in Health Care Rulings Vote Party Line: ABC

Media

ABC, NBC Ignore Obama’s West Coast Fundraising Trip Amid Turmoil in Ukraine and Israel: MRC
My Battle With the Clintons: Daniel Halper
Democrat Hack David Gregory Getting the Boot From ‘Meet the Press’: JWF

How selective body counts incite more violence: Gatestone
Gov. Martin O’Malley falls asleep during meeting: QuintonReport
Hunting Humans: The Americans Taking Immigration Into Their Own Hands: Newsweek

Dumb Media Gun Story of the Week: Ace
Hillary Clinton Accuses Israel of Being Occupying Force: WFB
Notice the Western media marked Hamas-Nazi propaganda: Zombie (2006)

World

Three Questions for the Hamas Terrorist Apologists: Matthew Clark
For second time, rockets found at UN school in Gaza: Times of Israel
Israel uncovers Hamas tunnel filled with maps, weapons, and IDF uniforms: JPost

Why There Can Never be ‘Peace in the Middle East’: Larry Elder
The Man Who Never Calls: Mark Steyn
SMART POWER: ISIL Is Now a ‘Full Blown Army’ in Iraq: DefenseOne

France's Jews Fled As Rioters Burned Shops To Chants Of `Gas The Jews': LI
How a City in France Became a Mecca for Islamists: Tablet
Cafe in Belgium: Dogs Allowed, Jews Are Not: BCF

Muslim Protesters In Miami Scream: “We Are Hamas!”: WZ
Hamas: Its Nazi Ideology and Record: Crethiplethi
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio: Cartels May Be Behind The Flood Of Illegal Immigrants At The Border: RWN

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Kindle Fire Phone: Our first 5 days with Amazon's smartphone: PC World
Ram Scraper Malware: Why PCI DSS Can't Fix Retail: Dark Reading
SQL injection flaw in Wall Street Journal database led to breach: ComputerWorld

Cornucopia

Lego’s Awesome 1869-Piece Batman Tumbler Kit Tumbles Our Hearts: Car & Driver
Obama’s ‘New World Order’ Quote Will Creep You Out Even if You’re Not a Conspiracy Theorist: Sooper
Behind All The Scandals Is A Lie So Big That It Could Utterly Destroy Obama: Western Journalism

Image: Hope is gone, progressives feel : Betrayed
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QOTD: "The US FAA has extended the ban on flights into Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, citing increased risk after a Hamas rocket landed within a mile of the airport. Hamas is calling the ban a “great victory,” while several European countries are following up with flight bans of their own.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is now asking, is the FAA’s decision really based on risk, or is it a stealth economic boycott of Israel? ... In a press release, Cruz notes that the FAA still allows flights into Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, all of which are under constant terrorist threat ... Sen. Cruz also notes that so far in the current battle with Hamas, the terrorist group has launched over 2,000 rockets. Only one has landed anywhere near Ben Gurion.

...According to Sen. Cruz’s statement, tourism is an $11 billion industry in Israel. Thanks to the FAA’s ban, though, tourist charters are canceling trips at a 30% rate, costing the Israeli economy enormously. At the same time, Secretary of State John Kerry arrive in Israel — at Ben Gurion, incidentally — pledging $47 million in aid for the Palestinians, which really means more money for Hamas.

Taking the impact of these decisions together with Kerry’s previous statements, in which he has accused Israel of being an “apartheid state,” Cruz wonders what is behind the FAA’s decisions — true risk or politics?" --Bryan Preston

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Obama Will Be Laughing All the Way to the Bank When Our Cities Burn as the Direct Result of His Policies...

By Michael Snyder

Did you know that the number of illegal immigrants that enter Texas each week is greater than the number of babies being born to citizens of that state? The mainstream media is shining the spotlight very brightly on all of the children that are coming over, and there is a reason for that. They are trying to tug on our heartstrings. But there is another part of the story that you aren't hearing much about. By refusing to protect our borders, Barack Obama has allowed hundreds of thousands of gang members to illegally enter the United States and settle in our major cities. In many communities, gang activity is already wildly out of control, and someday our cities will burn because of the foolishness of the federal government.

The Obama administration knows that one out of every five illegal immigrants has a criminal record. And we are not just talking about illegal immigrants taking "upskirt photos" of women like just happened in Texas. We are also talking about rapists, murderers, drug dealers and hardcore gang members.

According to Texas state Senator Dan Patrick, illegal immigrants have been formally charged with nearly half a million crimes in his state over the past four years alone. And he also says that there are "at least 100,000 illegal immigrant gang members" living in his state right now...

KRISTALLNACHT 2.0: France’s Jews Flee Country in Record Numbers As Rioters Burn Shops To Chants Of ‘Gas The Jews’

Hey, France: how's that "multiculturalism" working out for you?

While I had seen the images and videos, I did not realize the depth of the depravity exhibited in the anti-Jewish riots in Paris. HuffPo UK reports, France’s Jews Flee As Rioters Burn Paris Shops, Attack Synagogue:

France’s politicians and community leaders have criticised the “intolerable” violence against Paris’ Jewish community, after a pro-Palestinian rally led to the vandalizing and looting of Jewish businesses and the burning of cars.

It is the third time in a week where pro-Palestinian activists have clashed with the city’s Jewish residents. On Sunday, locals reported chats of “Gas the Jews” and “Kill the Jews”, as rioters attacked businesses in the Sarcelles district, known as “little Jerusalem”.

Manuel Valls, France’s prime minister said: “What happened in Sarcelles is intolerable. An attack on a synagogue and on a kosher shop is simply anti-Semitism. Nothing in France can justify this violence.”


Say, I wonder how those COEXIST bumperstickers are selling in France?

To sum up:

• France's Jews are emigrating to Israel in record numbers after experiencing their own version of Kristallnacht

• Israel is under vicious attack from Hamas, a group with a direct Nazi lineage

• The barbaric ISIL terror group is now "worse than Al Qaeda" according to the State Department and is now "a full-blown Army"

• President Obama has ordered his FAA to enforce a virtual travel ban to the Jewish state, thereby further isolating it from the world

• John Kerry is once again slamming Israel for having the gall to protect itself

• Meanwhile, the Lightbringer™ is out fundraising -- also ignoring a crisis on the border, war in the Ukraine, China's moves in the South Pacific, a health care system in chaos, and a disastrous domestic employment situation -- before he heads off to Martha's Vineyard for a well-deserved respite from golf and speechifying

At what point do the nitwits who supported this man -- twice -- apologize to the rest of us?

That's a rhetorical question, because liberalism is their religion.


Hat tip: BadBlue News

TECHNOLOGY EXPERTS BRING THE THUNDER: 6 Brutal Questions for the IRS Regarding its "Lost" Emails

By Investor's Business Daily

Scandal: An internationally accredited information-technology asset-management firm says the IRS has some explaining to do as our patience is taxed with tales of even more convenient computer crashes.

Private-sector organizations as vast as the Internal Revenue Service typically have redundancy built into their information technology systems, as secure record keeping is the key to managing their businesses and staying in business. Such records, if nothing else, are often required to be kept by law, and often by the IRS itself.

As we have noted, Lois Lerner's lost emails from the critical period when the IRS was serving as a political arm of the Obama administration and targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups suggest by themselves a conspiracy to obstruct justice as well as being a violation of the Federal Records Act, which requires paper copies of such critical emails to be printed and stored just in case of computer problems.

This conspiracy to obstruct justice is further suggested by some Lerner emails that she and the Obama administration wished had been lost — especially one sent by Lerner to a Maria Hooke.

"I had a question today about OCS," Lerner stated in the email. "I was cautioning folks about email, how we have had several occasions where Congress has asked for emails and there has been an electronic search for responsive emails — so we need to be cautious about what we say in emails."

OCS is the IRS' Office Communications Server, a form of online chat system that circumvents email.

When she learned that OCS messages were not set to automatically save, Lerner wrote, "Perfect."

Clearly Lerner had a keen interest in keeping her communications from Congress and the American people.

Lerner's hard drive allegedly crashed, which cannot be verified because her hard drive has since been destroyed and/or recycled. That questionable hard-drive direction came just 10 days after House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, the Republican from Michigan, first wrote a letter asking if the IRS was targeting nonprofit groups.

Now we learn, as reported by the Daily Caller, that IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane said in transcribed congressional testimony that more IRS officials experienced computer crashes, bringing the total to "less than 20," also saying the agency does not know if these additional lost emails may be backed up somewhere.

On Monday, the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers, which deals with such technical questions regarding computer hardware and record retention on a regular basis and which has reacted with the same incredulity as the rest of us, released a list of six basic questions the IRS needs to answer.

Larwyn's Linx: How President Cruz Could Kill ObamaCare Without Congress or the Supreme Court

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Nation

President Cruz Could Kill ObamaCare Without Congress or SCOTUS: Patterico
A stinging defeat for the government: IncidentalEconomist
Whipsaw: 4th Circuit upholds Obamacare federal exchange subsidy: LI

Exchange You Can Believe In: Mark Steyn
Obamacare Slowly Succumbs to Its Birth Defects: David Catron
Obamacare in Critical Condition: Betsy McCaughey

Perry in Obama's Face: Dick Morris
Elizabeth Warren to La Raza: 'Get Louder' for Amnesty: Breitbart
DREAMers Stage GOP 'Funeral' in Congress: GOP 'Is Dead to Us': Breitbart

The Chamber’s Immigration Stance Hurts Their Georgia Pick: Erick Erickson
Transparency: Iowa governor not told of illegals shipped to his state: Marathon
Georgia Runoff Results: David Perdue Wins GOP Nod for Senate: Roll Call

Economy

The ownership society: Cold Fury
Will big business become the left’s faithful lapdog?: Jonah Goldberg
Beretta To Move All Maryland Manufacturing To Tennessee: DC

Scandal Central

Immigration ‘Reform’: Engineered Destruction of the Middle Class: Michael Cutler
Texas State Senator: 100,000 Illegal Immigrant Gang Members in State: Breitbart
Obama to release illegal teens including 18th Street gang members: FAM

State Dept. warned that terrorists moved NEXT DOOR to Benghazi consulate months before attack: Scoop
Three people died in illegal human experiments carried out by John Podesta backer's firm: Exam
Feinstein criticizes Obama for fundraising during crises: BCF

Media

Pundit: Hillary Is "Finished" as a Political Candidate: Ace
Deneen Borelli Blasts NAACP For Their Shameful Treatment of Black Conservatives: ProgressivesToday
What a Surprise! Michael Moore Is a Filthy Rich Hypocrite: Progressives Today

You Stay Classy, Politico: Ed Driscoll
WaPo Sends Virulently Pro-Palestinian Intern to Cover Small Pali Protest at Israel's US Embassy: Ace
'True Blood' depicts blood soaked massacre at Ted Cruz gala : Mark Whittington

Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots: No Border Bailout!: ConHQ
Mark Levin TORCHES Jon Stewart on Hannity: Scoop
Let the Fun Begin: Bill Clinton Reportedly Has a New ‘Secret’ Buxom Blonde Mistress: JWF

Top Kerry Aide Tries To Quash Anti-Fox News Bias Claims By Lying To The Daily Caller: DC
WH Press Corps Protests Blocked Access: Keith Koffler
RUSH: We May Be Going From ‘Rule Of Law’ To ‘Rule Of Party’: Daily Rushbo

World

No more aid to the Palestinian Authority: Cal Thomas
France: “They’re shouting ‘Death to the Jews’ and attacking synagogues. It’s ... out of control.”: JihadWatch
Anti-semitic mob vandalizes and loots Jewish businesses in Paris suburb: WaPo

Why Vladimir Putin Is Kicking Barack Obama’s Behind: Ben Shapiro
No Rest for the Wicked: Jim Geraghty
Pic of The Day: Code Pink Gets Photobombed By Israel Supporter While Giving Anti-Israel Speech: WZ

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Lois Lerner's "Scratched" Hard Drive: Ace
Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block: ProPublica
In Q2, Facebook drove nearly a quarter of Web traffic: InsideFacebook

Cornucopia

Progressive’s Law of “Millionaire Denialism” as explained by Kemosabe.: MOTUS
Mind If I Play Through?: All the Right Snark
Now More Than Ever: iOwnTheWorld

Image: Pic of The Day: Code Pink Gets Photobombed By Israel Supporter While Giving Anti-Israel Speech
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QOTD: "The D.C. Circuit’s decision today in Halbig v. Burwell is a repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it, The Obama Administration, through the Internal Revenue Service, has attempted to dispense revenues to the states without proper congressional authorization, robbing Congress of its constitutionally-provided power of the purse. This decision restores power to Congress and to the people and if properly enforced, should shield citizens from Obamacare’s insidious penalties, mandates, and subsidies. This is a significant victory for the American people and the rule of law, but we must not rest. Americans will continue to lose jobs, pay higher premiums, and receive fewer healthcare choices because of this disastrous law. Every last word of Obamacare must be repealed to restore jobs, growth, and opportunity in our country." --Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)