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18 1/2 Minutes vs. 2 Years: Which Is Worse?

June 14th, 2014 - 6:06 am

Writing yesterday about the IRS’s amazing loss of more than two years of Lois Lerner’s emails (“Where’d they go? They were here just a minute ago!”), I wondered in passing how the Extended White House Public Relations Office, e.g., the New York Times, MSNBC, et al. would handle the news. The Nixon White House, you’ll recall, found quite a lot of the morning’s scrambled on its collective countenance when 18 and 1/2 minutes of audio tape somehow—somehow!—went missing as the Watergate scandal unfolded around the president. 

What a godsend to the guardians of our “Right to Know” Watergate was! Day after day, week after week, month after month, the front pages and editorial pages of our former Paper of Record were full of stern admonitions about that egregious abuse of executive power. You could not look at the paper without a synesthetic shudder: Reading it, you could almost hear them licking their chops as their prey—the dastardly Richard Nixon—came ever closer to his doom.

So how does the New York Times handle this extraordinary loss of two years’ worth of Lois Lerner’s emails?  (“Really, they were here just a minute ago. We were just about to hand them over to Congress when, gosh darn, they just vanished.  Damndest thing.”)

This will amaze you, I know, but it is true: the New York Times  today devotes zero words to the story. Take a look at the front page here:  Nothing. There are a couple of articles about Iraq’s descent into chaos—Iraq, the country whose transformation Joe Biden, in 2010, called one of the “greatest achievements” of the Obama administration. “I’ve been there 17 times now,” the vice president told Larry King.  “I know every one of the major players in all of the segments of that society. It’s impressed me. I’ve been impressed how they have been deciding to use the political process rather than guns to settle their differences.” But I digress . . .

What else do we have on the front page?  Warnings about a connection between obesity and liver disease. Something about the tea party in the aftermath of David Brat’s upset victory in Virginia and a story about restauranteurs upset by apps bypassing maitre d’s in securing good tables at posh eateries. The public has a right to know these things. There is also advance word about a coming article about the entertainer “Beyoncé the Boundless” (they teach alliteration in J school), the soccer games in Brazil, and sundry other topics.

What about the missing emails?  Nary a word on the front page. Or the next page. Or the next or the next.  The editorial page has a stern piece about “The Soros Cycle of Endless Cash”—oh, wait, no, it’s not about the left-wing billionaire George Soros. My mistake. What he does with his money is his business. It’s about—can you guess?—yes! The Koch brothers, the men the Times just loves to hate. But about the missing emails in one of the most disgusting political scandals in recent times, the deployment of the IRS with its virtually unlimited powers, against political opponents of the administration? Nothing. Nada. Rien.

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And ALL the emails were lost, right?

UH...no.

ONLY the emails that were to coconspirators in the DOJ, White House, Democratic Party, Congress, Treasury and FEC.

The emails internally to other IRS employees were magically saved.

This is the magic bullet virus. It only destroys evidence linking other criminals who would need to invoke the 5th Amendment privilege against incrimination in federal felonies.

Intentional abuse of citizens in a criminal enterprise that just happened to have government employees destroying evidence during the investigation of the crimes.

Could have been caused by water damage from the "plumbers"' perhaps?

Watergate was about infiltrating other politicians. Woodstockgate is about attacking citizens. Which is worse?

One was about politics. The other is about treason.
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Everyone realizes that the IRS cannot lose emails, right? That email servers are clustered against failure, and that the clusters are also clustered against failure and that the entire email database is not only backed up daily, it is backed up, continuously. Not only are the email servers clustered against failure, but the Storage Arrays (which are completely separate from the email application servers) are also fail over clustered and redundant.

So, even if the email servers all crashed at once (an occurrence with a likelihood of less than .001% (five 9s), or less than 4 seconds of outage in any given year), everything ever written to the storage arrays are still on the storage arrays and cannot be deleted without basically turning all the storage into a smoking pile of radioactive dust.

We are being lied to. Again. By the same people.

Congress can subpoena anyone. Subpoena the IT staff workers in charge of Email and the other wholly separate group that manages the IT Storage infrastructure. And ask them to produce the email or risk jail. The emails will be on your desk this afternoon.

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"I wouldn’t be surprised if those missing two years’ worth of emails does for Obama what the missing 18 1/2 minutes of audio tape did for Richard Nixon."

Yes, you're naive. Because slavery, and, umm, homophobia, and, and check your privilege, RACIST! And also because of SHUT UP!
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I canceled my subscription to the NYT about 10 ago so it was with great trepidation that I clicked on the NYT link in your article. What a mistake! It all came rushing back to me in an instant, all those front page photos of starving children, banner headlines of Orwellian proportions, ink stained fingers....I could go on and on.

I'll say it again....The best way to counter the progressive (what a word) propaganda organs is to ignore them completely. It may take two or three days of getting used to but, I promise, you'll be much happier without them.
18 weeks ago
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This is the time for those techies to shine. The thieving and extortion team running the country is counting on NO ONE having any technical knowledge at all. Fortunately that is NOT the case.
18 weeks ago
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Many techies love to show off their knowledge and solve ingenious puzzles. You'd think they'd step forward on this. Maybe those lefty leaders in Silicon Valley will show us what they can do?
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This simple, reflexive lie reveals (again) that the Obies do not understand how the modern word works. There are two parties to any e-mail. And no doubt most of what the Committee wants to see was between Lernere and some other govt bigwig. Just search the general email database for her name. Unless ALL emails from this time have evaporated, that should do it or most of it. Failing that, always look at what they DO release. Clearly the two year time window has greater significance, both at the front and back end. Hammer that. Something or someone will tumble out. Forward.
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Yes, there are two parties, but the White House already told Congress to get the emails from the IRS. I'm sure the DOJ will do or has done the same. So that's the end of that road.
18 weeks ago
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Naive? It is astonishing that sentient folks on the non-Left keep hoping that people are finally getting it, waking up, will stop drinking the kool-aid.

That dreaminess is part of the reason the Left has taken over every significant institution.

And that dreaminess is part of the reason folks do not see what is going on before their very eyes, the fundamental transformation of America, bringing you many omelets and millions of broken eggs.
18 weeks ago
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Roger: "Maybe I am naive, but I wouldn’t be surprised if those missing two years’ worth of emails does for Obama what the missing 18 1/2 minutes of audio tape did for Richard Nixon."

Um, no. The press hated Nixon and loves Obama. They'll cover for him 'til the cows come home.
18 weeks ago
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What really chaps my ass is the image of Obama and Valerie Jarrett giggling over this like a couple of junior high kids. "I mean, really, what are the gonna do".
18 weeks ago
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“Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together.” 

Joseph Pulitzer

It's scary to think how right he is with this statement.
18 weeks ago
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The IRS Commissioner testified in March that Lerner's emails were archived.

http://twitchy.com/2014/06/13/rep-jason-chaffetz-irs-testified-that-lois-lerners-emails-were-archived-video/

Via Ace
18 weeks ago
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Lying liars and the lies they lie.
18 weeks ago
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Mr. Kimball,

Your perusing the NYT is Purple Heart-like.

I'd an illiberal colleague who'd known my wife and I travel extensively and would give me the NYT travel section-only on Fridays so I could read where that particular writer would detail their holiday.

Lo' and behold the LAST NYT vaca piece I'd read was of Jerusalem.. and it was the most slanted, anti-Semitic, fictional mid-20th Century Israeli history pontification I've read from their travel section. It was a TOTAL hit piece. The POS writer lived, LIVED there for 2+ years!

The readers of such a rag never cease to amaze with their out-n-out basking in their vitriol of Conservatives, nonsensical sanctimony.
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