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

June 14th, 2014 - 6:06 am

In my piece yesterday, I ended by wondering just when the Fourth Estate and the people were going to wake up to the spectacle of abuse of power and dereliction of duty in the White House—“the misconduct of public men,” Alexander Hamilton called it?  The beheadings and rapes in Iraq seem far away. The release of five top Taliban murderers for one army deserter may seem abstract. The slaughter of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans by al Qaeda offshoots in Benghazi after the administration first denied their requests for greater security and then refused to lift a finger to help them during their 8-hour fire fight—“at this point,” as former Secretary of State Hillary “I was poor like you” Clinton put it, “what difference does it make?” Deliberately lying to the public about Obamacare, “period,” who can really get their minds around that?

But here we have a former senior official from the IRS who deliberately harassed hundreds of conservatives groups.  She has taken the 5th Amendment—why? What sort of self-incrimination is she worried about?  A look through her emails would have the answer. But those emails are, according to the IRS, unavailable because of a hard disk failure.  Do you believe that? Do you believe that the agency charged with tax gathering for the United States does not have multiple backups of its business correspondence? Do you? Imagine what the IRS would have to say to a (conservative) business it decided to audit if a request for electronic records was met with, “Gosh darn, we had a hard disk failure, and they’re just plum gone.”  Imagine.  And why have there not been instant calls for the data recovery folks to get involved? Why? The public, I’d wager, would find all this keenly interesting—if only the people charged with reporting the news would tell them about it.

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.

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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.

18 weeks ago
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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.
17 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?
18 weeks ago
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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.
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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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