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Posts Tagged ‘Emails’

Paul Ryan Blasts IRS Commissioner

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 21, 2014

Paul Ryan tends to be a soft-spoken Republican who rarely goes into attack mode.  However, his fangs rightfully came out during Friday’s Congressional Budget Committee hearing that he chaired.

On the hot seat was IRS Commissioner John Koskinen who had to try to explain how Ms. Lois Lerner’s emails from just a few years ago were all lost by the IRS. The exchange included

Ryan – “You bury in a 27-page letter to the Senate asking for them to conclude the investigation that you’ve lost Lois Lerner’s emails during the time in question because of a hard drive crash. Monday our investigators ask your agency whether any other hard drives crashed, and we learn that six other hard drives of the people we’re investigating. You didn’t tell us that.”

Koskinen – We told you Monday”.

Ryan – “On Monday… because we asked you. You are the Internal Revenue Service. You can reach into the lives of hardworking taxpayers, and with a phone call, an email or a letter, you can turn their lives upside down. You ask taxpayers to hang onto seven years of their personal tax information in case they’re ever audited, and you can’t keep six months of employees emails?”

As Ryan correctly noted, while taxpayers are responsible for keeping records for seven years if audited by the IRS, Koskinen was unapologetic for the IRS’s blunder/cover up. In fact he shows disdain for Congress and the People who we supposed to work for in the video below, a remarkable example of the tyranny of the IRS and other governmental agencies.


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Forbes Magazine Reports on Climategate 2

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 26, 2011

Challenge a believer in the theory of man-made global warming (excessive CO2 emissions) and they will likely respond by claiming that the case for cause-and-effect is closed.  They back this conclusion with the claim that most scientists are behind the theory.  While in fact many scientists do not believe the case is closed on the cause of changing global temperatures, more than half have likely signed onto the theory.

Claiming that a theory is valid based on its popularity or acceptance in the scientific community has a less than stellar history.  Before Copernicus and Galileo, nearly all of the best minds in science were sure that the sun circled the earth.

For a more recent example of the scientific community getting it wrong we need only go back about 12 years.  Then, most of the best minds in science were sure that when the year 2000 came around, computers and equipment controlled by them would go haywire, i. e. the “Y2K” crisis.  Tens, if not hundreds of billions, were spent on remedial actions throughout industrialized countries.  January 1, 2000 came and not a blip occurred.  While apologists claimed that this happy ending resulted from the remedial actions taken, the fact that Third World countries that took no corrective actions also did not have a hick-up proves the fallacy of this claim.  This modern-day example of the failure of science on Y2K issue, one that was astronomically simpler than the subject of Global Warming, should have put a halt to the lemming mentality of following the crisis of the day prognostications.  But it did not.

In addition, in what became known as Climategate, key scientists were caught fudging data in order to support the theory of man-made global warming and CO2 emissions.  This was the subject of previous postings in this Blog: Global Warming- Fraud Exposed and Climategate Scandal Grows.

Now, Forbes magazine has published an op-ed titled Climategate 2.0: New E-Mails Rock The Global Warming Debate exposing still more deceptive behavior by scientists promoting the man-made global warming theory.  At the very least this is evidence of bad science.  More likely, tells of a concerted efforts to deceive.  The motivation behind the deception is no different than what motivates Wall Street; greed and profit.  The academic community and large industrial companies have huge stakes in continued governmental spending that will dry up should the Global Warming theory be debunked.  The Solyndra debacle that cost US taxpayers over a half billion dollars is just one example of this greed being acted on.

The case for manmade global warming and CO2 emissions has not been proven and remains theoretical, based on complex, but only representative mathematical models.  If the science could be proven, there would be no need to for parties with vested interests in the outcome to fudge the data.

When faced with reasonable logic that questions the manmade/CO2 Global Warming theory, its proponents fall back on the argument the potential catastrophes from Global Warming require drastic action today.  However, the suggested actions will increase the cost of food to the point where poorer countries will face growing hunger and even starvation.  And that’s just fine for the “believers” as it would result to their real goal: redistribution of the world’s wealth.  Shame on the scientist who have bastardized science in for greed and political gain.

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The Silence on the Palin Emails is Deafening

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 30, 2011

On June 10 we posted an article titled “Palin Derangement Syndrome”.  That day the state of Alaska released over 24,000 pages of Palin email messages from between December 2006 and September 2008.  The news media has since been scavenging through them attempting to dig up dirt on Palin.  Guess what?  There isn’t any dirt.

According to Louise Radnofsky of the Wall Street Journal, the “emails to and from Sarah Palin have so far produced no major revelations about her tenure as Alaska governor.  But they’ve painted a behind-the-scenes portrait of her as focused on her state, with few close ties to the national Republican Party or its key issues.”

The only surprise for the Left from the Palin emails is that she is what she presets.  We have heard but a whimper from the Leftist press on this reality.

The Plain email affair raises an interesting question: Does anyone believe Barack Obama’s past could stand up to such scrutiny?

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Obama’s Justice Department Tramples Email Privacy Rights

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 7, 2010

Through a combination of political correctness and the absence of an independent press the Obama Administration is marching down a path of trampling on individual rights.  One manifestation is the Administration’s desire to have access to emails without the need for going to the judicial system for search warrants.  Sounds like the Bush Administration?  You bet.  This group in Washington could teach Bush and Chaney a thing or two about trampling rights.

CNET has reported on an issue that should concern all Americans.  In a Colorado court Yahoo is fighting the government’s attempt to obtain user emails without the need for search warrants.  It has been joined by a coalition that includes Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Progress and Freedom Foundation, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, and TRUSTe in its battle with the US Department of Justice.

In a brief filed in April the coalition stated that a search warrant signed by a judge should be required for the FBI or other police agency to read contents of Yahoo Mail messages.  Their position is that users who store emails on the Internet should have a reasonable expectation of privacy and are protected by the U.S. Constitution.

The Obama Administrating disagrees with Yahoo’s position.  They argue that federal law requires search warrants only for messages in “electronic storage” that are less than 181 days old.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Pegeen Rhyne in the government’s brief stated that Yahoo Mail doesn’t meet the definition, specifically that “Previously opened e-mail is not in ‘electronic storage.”  Had Bush and Chaney come up with the Obama Administration’s position on this issue the screams from the Left and press would have been ear-shattering.

This week President Obama expressed outrage at a new Arizona law that allows State law enforcement to insure that people stopped for reasonable cause were not in the country illegally.  Given Obama’s willingness to trample on the rights of all Americans through email spying his expressed outrage at the Arizona law is clearly political.  Obviously Progressives believe trampling on individual rights to further goals is justified.  Conversely, should illegals be sent back to their countries for begin illegal the pool of Left-leaning voters may shrink.

As for the press, is has been eerily quiet on the email privacy rights issue.  That is most likely related to the  profit motive, rather than politics.  They see the government’s attempt to stifle Internet freedom as a way to protect their own outdated business model.  Just follow the money.

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