Tuesday, November 21, 2017

IRS Scoundrels Want Evidence of Their Crimes Hidden Forever

Via Wombat-socho's "In The Mailbox: 11.20.17"Scumbag Lois Lerner Terrified Her Testimony About Targeting Conservatives Could be Made Public
The first order of business today should be to unseal the testimony of this vile leftwing hatchet-face. If, as she claims, that she did nothing wrong, why the alleged fear of your victims?
Former IRS executive Lois G. Lerner told a federal court last week that members of her family, including “young children,” face death threats and a real risk of physical harm if her explanation of the tea party targeting scandal becomes public.
Ms. Lerner and Holly Paz, her deputy at the IRS, filed documents in court Thursday saying tapes and transcripts of depositions they gave in a court case this year must remain sealed in perpetuity, or else they could spur an enraged public to retaliate.
“Whenever Mss. Lerner and Paz have been in the media spotlight, they have faced death threats and harassment,” attorneys for the two women argued.
Ms. Lerner and Ms. Paz gave taped depositions in a class-action lawsuit brought by tea party groups demanding answers and compensation for having been subjected to illegal targeting for their political beliefs.
The government settled the class-action lawsuit in Ohio and another tea party challenge in the District of Columbia in two agreements last month, admitting to the illegal behavior. The Ohio settlement also called for the government to pay $3.5 million to the tea party groups, according to one of the plaintiffs.
Ms. Lerner came in for particular criticism, with the government admitting she not only didn’t stop the targeting — contradicting the Obama administration’s claims — but also hid it from her superiors in Washington.
During the course of the Ohio case, the tea party groups filed thousands of pages of documents, but testimony from Ms. Lerner and Ms. Paz was left out of the public record because of their earlier request for privacy.
Now Ms. Lerner and Ms. Paz say that since the case has been settled, there is no reason for their testimony to ever become public.
“The voluminous record of harassment and physical threats to Mss. Lerner and Paz and their families during the pendency of this litigation provides a compelling reason to seal the materials,” the women’s attorneys said.
They particularly blamed Mark Meckler, a tea party leader whose organization helped fund the class-action lawsuit, saying he helped stoke the threats against them by calling IRS agents “criminal thugs.”

 Pretty scary looking group, huh?

So this is how the IRS/Tea Party scandal ends. The IRS suddenly got the urge to settle the complaints against them for $3.5 million, while including a few liberal groups so they could claim impartiality, and the malfactors are asking to courts to hide their testimony forever.

As usual the perfesser at the TaxProf Blog, covers it in more detail.

Did this cost the GOP the 2012 presidential election, as some allege? Probably not, like the Watergate break in did not cost the Democrats the 1972 election. In both cases, the malefactors cheated not because they needed to, but because they thought they could get away with it with impunity. We need to know what Lois Lerner and Holly Paz said about this under oath.

They Didn't Die, They Just Went Into Government

Charlie Manson: The Man Who Killed the Sixties
. . . “Tune in, turn out, drop out,” LSD guru Timothy Leary had told young people, and there was a naïve optimism in the idea that young people could skip the rat-race materialism and keeping-up-with-the-Joneses materialism of their parents’ generation. The nightmares of war in Vietnam and riots in urban ghettos had exposed the spiritual bankruptcy at the heart of LBJ’s “Great Society.” Meanwhile, the Sexual Revolution was running in high gear, accompanied by a rock-and-roll soundtrack, and in 1967, young would-be revolutionaries headed to San Francisco for the so-called “Summer of Love.”

Coincidentally, that same year, a lifelong criminal was paroled from federal prison. Manson was 32 when he was paroled in 1967. He had learned to play guitar in prison and grown his hair long, and he showed up on the streets of San Francisco that summer looking like a hippie Jesus. A former pimp, Manson had a keen eye for vulnerable young women, of whom they were many among the hippie horde who thronged the Haight-Ashbury district. Manson gathered a harem of female followers, which at one point included as many as 18 women, some of them teenage runaways. He and his core followers, the so-called “Manson Family” departed San Francisco in an old school bus, roaming up and down the West Coast before settling into the Spahn Ranch, a rundown former site for cowboy movies in Topanga Canyon near Los Angeles. It was there, in a drug-induced mania inspired by lyrics of a Beatles album, that Manson became obsessed with the idea of an apocalyptic race war that he and his disciples were destined to inaugurate. . . 
Read the whole thing. Being slightly older, and much closer to the site of the murders (66 and living in California, splitting time between Los Angeles and Arcata), my perspective is different. The sixties were made to die. That sort of fervor can't be sustained, and will never be passed down to another generation, because they will instinctively rebel. Too bad it led to disco.

The shocking thing is how the flower children of the 60s infiltrated the institutions of academia and the government, and became the old scolds they are today.

Hollywood Victim du Jour

Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner face new allegations of sexual misconduct
Keri Claussen Khalighi was a 17-year-old fashion model from a farm town in Nebraska when she met Brett Ratner and Russell Simmons at a casting call.

Ratner was an up-and-coming music video director and a protege of Simmons, the Def Jam Recordings mogul. They took Khalighi to dinner one night in 1991 at Mr. Chow in New York, and then back to Simmons’ apartment to show her a music video they’d been working on.

Quickly, Simmons began making aggressive sexual advances, yanking off her clothes, Khalighi said.

“I looked over at Brett and said ‘help me’ and I'll never forget the look on his face,” she recalled. “In that moment, the realization fell on me that they were in it together.”

Khalighi said that Simmons, who was then about twice her age, tried to force her to have intercourse. “I fought it wildly,” she said. He eventually relented and coerced her to perform oral sex, she alleged. “I guess I just acquiesced.”
Ratner, meanwhile, “just sat there and watched,” she said.

Feeling “disgusting,” Khalighi said she went to take a shower. Minutes later, she alleged, Simmons walked up behind her in the shower and briefly penetrated her without her consent. She said she jerked away, then he left. “It hurt so much.”

In a statement, Simmons, 60, strongly disputed her account. “Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation,” he said. Much of the two days and one night he spent with her, he said, was with other people, or in public. Ratner had “no recollection” of Khalighi asking him for help and denied witnessing her “protest,” his attorney Martin Singer said.

Ratner has also disputed the accounts of four other women who accused him of sexual misconduct in this story and a previous report by The Times that included the claims of six others, among them actresses Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge.
I wonder who Simmons supports for Senator from Alabama, and why?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Ass Grabbing Legal in Minnesota

From Althouse, Thanks for the legal advice, CNN.
"Minnesota statutes state that 'intentional touching of the clothing covering the immediate area of the buttocks' is not considered criminal sexual conduct."

Extracted from "Woman says Franken inappropriately touched her in 2010." ("According to [Lindsay] Menz, she attended the Minnesota State Fair with her husband and father in the summer of 2010, almost two years after Franken was elected to the Senate. Her father's small business was sponsoring a local radio booth... When Franken walked in... her husband held up her phone and got ready to snap a photo of the two of them, Franken 'pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear,' Menz said. 'It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek. It wasn't around my waist. It wasn't around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt... I was like, oh my God, what's happening.'")
Do you suppose CNN has teams of reporters trying to find loopholes to cover Al Franken's conduct. And do you think it subtracts from the horde they sent to Alabama to dig up or buy dirt on Roy Moore?

I'll remember that the next (first) time I'm in Minnesota.

A Very Paleo Day

Because of strong north winds yesterday, we had a "blow out" low tide today, and a friend who is a true fossil fanatic asked if I was interested in helping he and a crew of Calvert Marine Museum personnel and volunteers excavate a whale skull that he had spotted many months previously at a beach nearby. After getting permission from the land owner, he had to wait for a good low tide, because the bones were located below the mean low water level.

Here is the whale skull as he found it, just barely protruding from the hard shelly gray clay. The dark backwards "C" shape is the brain case, while below it, barely visible, a long jaw bone runs lower left to a little higher right.
After digging a trench around it out an inch or two from it (and finding a few more pieces of bone, and one crocodile coprolith, yeah, look that up), we covered the exposed bone with wet paper towels, to keep the plaster jacket from sticking to the bone.
The plaster jacket. At this point, we wrapped a chain around it and had a small 4 wheeler pull under the pedestal and break it loose. Then with all 6 guys lifting, we managed to (barely) get the thing up into the back of the 4 wheeler, and back to the parking lot down the beach.
The tide was almost back in by then; we only had a few more minutes to go.

Meanwhile, back on the ranch, with me absent Georgia drove Skye to the beach for a walk, and made two pretty rare finds. On the left, a crocodile tooth, and center, a battered Megalodon, 2 full inches despite the damage, in addition to the far more typical tooth on the right. Easily the biggest tooth of the year, if not the prettiest. The croc tooth is pretty good too.

Politicians Make Passes at Girls Without Glasses

Only a few days into Al Franken's ride into the bumpy world of sexual harassment claims, and some libs are already going with the "slut shaming" defense. How was Al supposed to know he wasn't supposed to grab to boobs of, and force a kiss on a woman who had posed for Playboy and didn't wear glasses?

I suppose the liberals who didn't have glasses in their 20s never needed them in their 40s? And I thought we agreed that even slutty women (and I'm not prepared to include Leann in that category) don't deserve physical attacks.

Apparently, Al is used to playing grab-ass in public. Via Instapundit: Shall We Dance, Al Franken? What About That Time in Montana?
 . . . I wish I had read how they listed the act I will discuss; Ass Grab? Fanny Fondle?

Franken (or was it Davis?) announced it was time to take a break from the rollicking hilarity and laughter. It was time to dance!

They each stepped off the front of the stage and into the chairs and picked out two comely young college girls and brought them up to the stage. The lights dimmed. Soft, romantic music began to play. Franken and Davis wrapped their arms around their partners and pressed their bodies close. The girls complied.

They danced. They swayed.

And then Al’s hands slid down to his dancing partner’s ass. And I use the word ‘ass’ because in that context, that’s the word you’d use. Not buttocks or fanny or tail or bottom. Ass.

His hands began fondling her ass.

Same with Davis.

Ha ha ha. There was laughter from the assembled voyeurs, excuse me, spectators.
The girls both reached behind and moved the roving hands up.

After which the hands slid back down to cop another slow, sensuous feel. Over and over and over.

Hey, at least Harvey made his moves in private, not on a public stage. And while his victims were awake, not asleep.

In my early twenties, I wasn’t prissy. Hardly. But I remember thinking this was a pretty weird skit. Or at least I scratched my head wondering what I was missing. I didn’t laugh. I kept waiting for a punchline, as though the ass grab was a setup. But it wasn’t a setup. Fondling the fanny was the whole point.
What is it about entertainment people that they think publicly humiliating women sexually is a good thing?

Now, Al has gone to ground while he and his staff try to dig themselves out of this hole: Franken Remains Hidden After Sex Harassment Allegations
Network TV crews were staked out in several locations in Washington, D.C., Friday as reporters sought further comment from Franken after he issued a written apology for his actions. He also sent a handwritten letter of apology to Tweeden.

Neither Franken or his communications staff responded to requests for further comment until late Friday.

Franken spokesman Michael Dale-Stein texted 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, saying the senator is "with his family," and, "I'll let you know in the near future if we can set something up."