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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Rush Limbaugh

As the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border intensifies, cynical politicians and bored media figures have increasingly begun referring to the situation as President Obama’s “Katrina moment” (not to be confused with all of Obama’s other Katrinas).

Thankfully, one man has been brave enough to speak out about how ridiculous the comparison is: Rush Limbaugh.

But Limbaugh isn’t upset for all of the logical reasons you may be thinking. No, according to Rush, the two situations have nothing to do with each other because the Bush administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina was actually pretty awesome:

“The post-Katrina response was far more massive, far more sensible, far more effective than what is being done at the border today to handle this humanitarian crisis,” Limbaugh claimed on Thursday. “The FEMA response post-Katrina was far better and more effective and more efficient than anything that has happened during the Obama years.”

Limbaugh recognizes that you may be skeptical, but he knows who to blame: The liberal media.

“The reason you don’t believe it is because they were able to demonize the FEMA director at the time,” he explained. “They were able to create a narrative that the entire Bush administration was stupid, and incompetent, and ineffective, and that the whole response to Katrina was an outrage.”

I wonder how they managed to pull that one off.

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  • Independent1

    Wow!! I knew that when Republicans were giving campaign speeches that they quite often didn’t know a thing about the topic they were speaking on, but Brandon Smith sure made it obvious that Republicans often don’t know diddly squat about any topic they’re talking about, even when that’s in a congressional debate!!

    When an elected official shows the stupidity that Smith did, what more can I say other than be totally dumbfounded: “The temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here.”!!!!

    Couple Smith’s demonstration of utter stupidity with Louie Gohmert’s:

    “In the end, they have said that they want to turn Texas blue, they want to turn America blue,” Gohmert said. He went on to explain that Obama will tell immigrants that they have to vote for him or they will lose all of their benefits, and “that drives people to vote and it will ensure that Republicans don’t ever get elected again.”

    And then add Bob Frey’s wild fantasy about how gays get AIDS, and it’s not hard to see why many legislators in Congress have been acting the past 4 years like they belong in an insane asylum.

    • TZToronto

      Aside from the fact that Smith is wrong about the temperature on Mars, how did he get this information? He doesn’t believe in what scientists say, so he’s either a hypocrite or he’s making stuff up. . . . Uh, it’s probably both!

      • Independent1

        I’ll go along with that: hypocrites that make stuff up!! Sounds like a GOPer to me!!!

      • Allan Richardson

        Maybe his Martian friends told him what kind of weather they’re having. But they’re using the Heinlein scale and 57degrees H is the same as -81 degrees F.

  • FT66

    At least Dr. Carson has stated right that most people on streets when asked, know who sings the happy song and know nothing about Benghazi.
    Dr. Carson, a happy song makes people feel good and happy. Your Party plus The Unfair & Unbalanced News Network have been singing “Benghazi” all way along and no one is interested to listen to it. Isn’t time to give up that song?

    • Dominick Vila

      The more they talk about Benghazi, the more they remind us of what happened when they were in control of the White House and Congress: 9/11, 11 U.S. diplomatic facilities attacked, crusades, almost 5,000 young Americans killed, tens of thousands maimed, torture, renditions, outing a CIA agent when her husband (Amb Wilson) challenged the Bush administration’s WMD claims, going after the Dixie Chicks, AIG, ENRON, and almost destroying the U.S. economy, a fact acknowledged by none other than W in 2008.
      Let them sing, people are not as dumb as they think.

  • Daniel Jones

    Let me explain this in simple terms: These lunkheads made up crap about Benghazi, and no one took the bait. Ever since then, they have deplored every single new news event as a “distraction” from their lie, only to be disappointed when, again, no one takes the bait.

    • The_Magic_M

      It’s quite chilling to think somebody actually believes that the zillions of things happening in the world are not real (or unimportant) but just “distractions” from their pet peeve subject du jour.

      I think this still stems from their desperate need to “get even” on Watergate.

    • This September, I guarantee you we will hear at least one tea-bagger claim that 9/11 was orchestrated by Obama to distract away from Benghazi.

      And if Obama really wants to screw with the Tea Party in November, he can do so by feigning interest in further investigating Benghazi himself. That will result in all of these tea-bagger morons insisting that Benghazi is a distraction away from Benghazi.

  • Dominick Vila

    You have to hand it to the GOP, they never fail to turn a faux pas into something that smells like a rose. After weeks of blocking the entry of women and children from Central America, after weeks of turning buses around, demanding action, and calling for immediate deportations, they suddenly realized that the reason the latest wave of migrants cannot be sent back is because of a law signed by former President Bush in 2008 that requires the processing of undocumented immigrants from non-contiguous countries.
    Not surprisingly, the intolerance, hatred, and ignorance they exhibited was rapidly and skillfully transformed into another example of ineptitude by the Obama administration in the face of a humanitarian crisis! We couldn’t do better if we tried.
    Their bizarre positions on almost every issue, from human rights to the availability of affordable contraceptives, to infrastructure, to deficit spending, is laughable, and it is one of the reasons President Obama was elected and re-elected by comfortable margins, and the reason we are unlikely to see a Republican President for many years to come.
    Cynical claims, hyperbole, distortion of facts, and other such tactics may convince some, some of the time, but they cannot divorce themselves from their record or lack of vision.

    • FT66

      One good thing I like of Pres. Obama, he has learned to ignore them. They have been making noise, do this, do that, BUT he doesn’t listen even a single word. The man tried very hard to bring them closer so that they can tackle together problems which are facing the nation. He invited them to the White House, they ate his food, drunk whatever and some even started to insult him even before going out of the entrance. Ignoring them is quite working, as they seem to run out of gas and the only weapon they think they still have is to sue him, of which I think, it won’t work.

      • Independent1

        The lack of “thinking” is just one of the many GOP shortcomings which translate into the GOP’s total ignorance on anything related to running a government.

        • Dominick Vila

          I used to think they are not too smart, I am now convinced they think mainstream Americans are dumb and can be fooled time and again.

          • Independent1

            Guess I was trying to cut them some slack by crediting their disastrous governance to ignorance, but if they’re intentionally governing in a way which results in red states leading the nation with their residents living below the poverty level (20 of the 23 states with highest percents living in poverty are red state), with their residents living in an environment with the most violence in the nation including all forms homicide and mayhem, and while also leading the nation in not only infant mortality and but also with the lowest life expectancy, and then even in the most polluted air and land, I’d have to say then that their governance is downright criminal!!!

          • stcroixcarp

            It is time to stop cutting them some slack. I used to think these people were stupid or crazy. They are neither crazy nor stupid. They say and do these outrageous things intentionally. I will not forgive them because they don’t know what they are doing. They know exactly what they are doing, People like Gomert, Limbaugh, Smith, etc. have chosen to be mean, spiteful, and delight in spreading ignorance and racism.

          • FT66

            Good Dominick you have written this diplomatically. For the rest of us who understand the language very well, we know exactly what you meant.

        • highpckts

          That and their lack of long term memory and their short term is only for a week at most!!

      • TZToronto

        Maybe they can just tack the lawsuit part onto the end of one of their bills to repeal the ACA. That would save a lot of time.

  • exdemo55

    As de facto party leader, presidents raise political money. Since he makes time for it no matter how pressing world or national affairs are, President Obama apparently likes raising campaign funds. He has attended 34 fundraisers so far this year. What is unusual is how much time he devotes to it, his timing and his lack of judgment.
    For example, the afternoon following the Sept. 11, 2012, murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Libya, Mr. Obama left the White House for a fundraiser in Las Vegas and a campaign appearance in Colorado.
    As Russian troops stormed into the Crimea on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, Mr. Obama clinked his glass at a DNC fundraiser, declaring “this is now officially happy hour with the Democratic Party. I can do that. It is an executive action. I have the authority.” Vladimir Putin must have been amused.
    When Islamic terrorists captured Mosul, Iraq’s second most populous city, and menaced Baghdad in mid-June, Mr. Obama did not hunker down in the Situation Room. He headed to a Laguna Beach, Calif., fundraiser where 25 people wrote checks of up to $32,400.
    After raising money at an event for Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado Tuesday—Mr. Udall bailed at the last minute—Mr. Obama is now completing a two-day fundraising swing through Texas. On Wednesday he attended a barbecue at the palatial Dallas home of plaintiff attorney Marc Stanley. Tickets cost as much as $32,400, with the money going to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Then the president flew to Austin for a fundraiser at the home of director Robert Rodriquez, whose family-unfriendly films include “Machete,” “Sin City” and “Planet Terror.”
    On Thursday, abortion activist Aimee Boone Cunningham will host Mr. Obama at an Austin roundtable with checks made payable to the Democratic National Committee for up to $32,400.
    Fundraisers are a priority for this president—he has attended 393 fundraisers since taking office, according to CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller, compared with George W. Bush’s 216 at the same point in his presidency. What is not a priority is visiting South Texas to see the tragedy unfolding from a wave of illegal immigrants, many unaccompanied children.
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says he doesn’t need to visit the border “simply because the president is very aware of the situation.” Mr. Obama is mistaken if he thinks he would not benefit from meeting with state and local officials and community leaders there.
    He is clueless if he doesn’t realize his 2012 order halting the deportation of some young illegal immigrants sent a powerful message throughout Central America: If you got your children to the U.S., they are likely to stay.
    Mr. Obama also seems oblivious to the value of being seen on the Rio Grande, warning Central American parents not to send their children north because if they survive the dangerous, expensive journey, they will only be caught and returned home.
    To deflect criticism over the crisis, Team Obama is falling back on an old tactic. They are blaming President George W. Bush. His sin? The bill he signed in December 2008 that gives additional protections to minors who might be victims of sex trafficking to avoid being sent back to a pimp or madam.
    That won’t fly. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, less than 4,000 unaccompanied Central American minors were apprehended each year over the past decade. Then Mr. Obama halted deportations of some young illegals in June 2012 and the number of apprehensions jumped to 10,146 in that fiscal year. It then doubled to 20,805 last fiscal year and reached 39,133 by mid-June of this year, with 3½ months left in the fiscal year.
    If Mr. Bush started all this, why did it take until 3½ years after he left office for the number of unaccompanied Central American minors crossing our borders to surge? The rush of child illegals began when Mr. Obama suspended enforcement of existing immigration laws shortly before the 2012 election. That helped him win Hispanic voters, but the result of ignoring the nation’s laws can be seen across the entire southwest border.
    To his credit, Texas Gov. Rick Perry made a stink about Mr. Obama’s failure to treat the crisis seriously and insisted on “a substantive meeting” with the president. The administration responded by folding Mr. Perry into a meeting with faith leaders and local elected officials in Dallas on Wednesday, 500 miles north of the Rio Grande Valley.
    The July 2 Quinnipiac Poll found 54% think the Obama administration has not been competent at running the government. The flood of child illegals will deepen the sense of the president as distant, callous and unengaged. His party will suffer for that in the midterm election, no matter how many fundraisers Mr. Obama attends.

    • Grannysmovin

      This President who has deported more people than any other President. Most of these immigrants are coming from countries where they are in fear for their life on a daily basis, I believe many are seeking asylum. Border Patrol has a larger Budget under this Administration than any other President.
      All President do Fundraising for their party.
      Republican Party fundraising on the backs of 4 dead Americans.
      2006 an 2008 Bush signed Trafficking Victims Reauthorization Act of 2005.
      Reagan 1986 Amnesty.
      I don’t think Photo Ops at National Disasters such as Katrina are necessary, I think it can be more disruptive just so a President can make a political points. Solutions are in policies offered and action take not in a photo. Therefore I don’t think Bush flying over the Katrina disaster was an issue. We have seen many photos of what it is like on the border with the influx of children, putting the President in the middle does what? His request to Congress to take action on his solution is more important and more productive.

      • exdemo55

        One more time: He is clueless if he doesn’t realize his 2012 order halting the deportation of some young illegal immigrants sent a powerful message throughout Central America: If you got your children to the U.S., they are likely to stay.

        • Grannysmovin

          Well his “2012 order halting the deportation of some young illegal immigrants” it must have been delivered by pony express, or the recipient of the message lacked the intelligence to figure it out sooner. Stop with the GOP Talking Points as put out by Faux News.

          • exdemo55

            In 2008 there were 8,143 deportations. In 2013 there were 1,669.

            According to the Los Angeles Times, this lack of border law enforcement is now an impetus to other minors seeking to come here illegally.

            Even “nonborder states” feel the weight of it, and deportation from those states has dropped significantly too. “About 600 minors were ordered deported each year from nonborder states a decade ago. Ninety-five were deported last year.”

            And the minors entering the country are not simply from Mexico, but also “from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.” The number of minors apprehended from these countries has increased from “fewer than 4,000” a year during the last decade, to “39,133 between last October and June 15.”

          • Grannysmovin

            Article printed 2/28/14’s deportation machine :
            “Last year America removed 369,000 undocumented migrants, an increase of nine times compared with 20 years ago (see chart 1). This takes the total number of the deported to almost 2m in Barack Obama’s presidency. While this has been going on, the number of people entering America illegally via the south-western border has dropped” So these kids are escaping violence and economic instability in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Families in these countries are subjected to the inability of their government to protect from generalized violence and a culture of fear and hopelessness, to lead them to make choices we could never imagine. If they keep their children there they are subjected to criminal networks responsible for extortion, kidnappings, threats and forced conscription of youth into criminal activity. This is Obama’s fault? If your Republican party would have done their job and passed immigration reform 1 1/2 years ago perhaps some of this could have been avoided. Perhaps they will remember they are United States Representatives which represents ALL citizens of this Country (not just their gerrymandered districts) and do their job and pass the bill Obama has asked for to address this crisis.

          • angelsinca

            The mass deportations by Obama hasn’t done much to prevent the crisis at the border. If anything, there appears to be a causal relationship.

          • Grannysmovin

            Perhaps because the Immigration system is broken and has been for years, efforts to begin to fix the problem was obstructed 1 1/2 ago when the House refused to put the bi-partisan Senate bill on the floor to vote. Right now there is a system that is Judicially under staffed, border patrols needing more funding, and housing and care until the decisions have been made. Let’s see if Congress does it’s job or plays more politics with people lives.

          • angelsinca

            What solutions, that you say should have been approved a year and a half ago, would have fixed the current problem at the border?

          • Grannysmovin

            This is what I said “Perhaps because the Immigration system is broken and has been for years, efforts to begin to fix the problem was obstructed 1 1/2 ago when the House refused to put the bi-partisan Senate bill on the floor to vote. ” The Immigration bill Boehner refused to bring to the floor may have began to fix the broken immigration problem.
            Look normally I will discuss, but today I am not in the mood for the “I hate Obama and He is responible for all the ills of the world people” Have a nice weekend and go explode with someone else.

          • angelsinca

            I never mentioned hate of Obama or that he is responsible for the ills of the world. Quite the opposite on this border issue. Just curious to know how shelved legislation would fix the ‘immigration problem’ or even the current refuge issue, if at all. Have a nice weekend.

          • exdemo55

            As a defender of the nation’s borders, President Obama is a hell of a pool player.

            The president enjoyed a game at a bar in Denver with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper the other day, without the noir atmosphere of his furtive visits to pool halls with his grandfather as a kid, when he felt “the enticement of darkness and the click of the cue ball, and the jukebox flashing its red and green lights.”

            Obama’s game the other day was bright and cheery, as one would expect of a president who didn’t have any depressing visits to frightened ranchers, overwhelmed border agents or desperate migrants on his future itinerary.

            The first rule in a crisis for any executive is put on his windbreaker and boots and get out on the ground. President George W. Bush didn’t do it soon enough after Hurricane Katrina and, politically, could never make up for it, no matter how many times he visited New Orleans subsequently.

            Obama’s bizarre resistance to visiting the border on his fundraising swing out West fueled talk of the influx as Obama’s “Katrina moment.”

            The Katrina analogy is both over the top and too generous.

            It is over the top because the border influx isn’t a deadly catastrophe swallowing an American city. It is too generous because Bush didn’t do anything to bring on Hurricane Katrina, whereas Obama’s policies are responsible for the influx of immigrants from the border. It is, in the argot of his administration, a “man-caused disaster.”

            According to the Los Angeles Times, the number of immigrants younger than 18 who were deported or turned away from ports of entry declined from 8,143 in 2008 to 1,669 last year. There were 95 minors deported from the entire interior of the country last year.

            At the same time, the number of unaccompanied alien children arriving from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras exploded from less than 4,000 several years ago to 40,000 since last October.

            The White House brushes off criticism that Obama is avoiding the border as mere “optics,” in contrast to its highly substantive focus. But it’s still not taking the crisis seriously.

            In a letter to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett downgraded the erstwhile “humanitarian crisis” on the border (the president’s words) to an “urgent humanitarian situation.”

            When pressed on the shift in verbiage, ever-judicious White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained that it is both a crisis and a situation. Yes, it’s that bad.

            The nearly $4 billion the president is requesting for the border is not fundamentally about enforcement that will reverse and end the tide, but about managing the influx.

            A devastating critique of the request by the Center for Immigration Studies notes that about half of the money goes to the Department of Health and Human Services “for acquisition, construction, improvement, repair, operation, and maintenance of real property and facilities.”

            The enforcement portion of the request, according to CIS, “is not truly geared toward removal,” but instead to “recouping costs for temporary detention and subsequent transporting of aliens.”

            The administration’s reaction to the crisis is just another in a long series of acts of bad faith on immigration.

            It is asking Congress for more money for its priorities at the same time the president is promising, in effect, to suspend yet more immigration laws in response to the failure of “comprehensive immigration reform.”

            Republicans in Congress should crumple up the president’s border request in a ball and start over, with an emphasis on holding migrants near the border and working through their cases quickly to address the short-term crisis, and provisions for interior enforcement to address illegal immigration more broadly.

            Of course, even if such a bill were to pass and to be signed into law, that’d be no guarantee that the president of the United States would enforce it.

            That speaks to an entirely different man-caused disaster.

          • Grannysmovin

            I will tell you something similar to what I told someone else earlier today, I am in a b*tchy mood and I have no tolerance for the “I hate Obama and
            he is responsible for all that is wrong in the world People” Go take your repetitious nonsense and explode on someone else. Have a nice weekend
            this is done.

          • exdemo55

            I know it’s hard to hear the truth about Obama especially since you have so much invested in him. But you need to hear it. I hope you feel better soon.

          • Grannysmovin

            Did not read your post last night nor this morning. You are like a babbling brook you go on an on and on. In addition all you do is spew rebroadcast of Faux News, which I wasn’t interested in their BS when they said it originally. Unlike you I accept and know all our Presidents have faults and make mistakes and sometimes listen to bad advise. Thank you for your well wishes.

          • exdemo55

            Don’t you just love the sound of babbling brooks? There’re so soothing.

          • Grannysmovin

            Not All are soothing! Enjoy the rest of your day and the week to come.

          • exdemo55

            The worst day in Barack Obama’s life may have been the day he won a second term.
            Increasingly, he is the captive of events his own policies have set in motion
            that are now out of control and coming back to haunt him. The last two and a
            half years of his second term seem fated to be the worst ending to a presidency
            since those of Johnson and Nixon, dominated by Vietnam protests and Watergate,

            The process will cook his legacy and destroy his party’s
            chances to keep the presidency.

            Immigration: It is about
            to become the conventional wisdom — in this case, correct — that Obama’s
            manipulation of the deportation system has triggered the tidal wave of
            unaccompanied children coming across the southern border. Even as his policies
            lead to a massive unintended consequence, he seems determined to double down and
            ratchet deportations back further.

            One can predict that stories of crimes
            by illegal immigrants, of disease borne here by the immigrants and the
            dislocations in communities across the land will dominate the news for years. It
            will be like the Cuban Mariel boatlift of 1980, when Fidel Castro emptied his
            prisons and mental hospitals and shipped their inhabitants here. Ironically, the
            backlash helped defeat then-Gov. Bill Clinton’s bid for reelection in Arkansas
            that same year.

            ObamaCare: The failure to anticipate the
            number of older and sicker people to enter the healthcare pool has set the stage
            for double-digit premium increases as 2014 draws toward a close. And the limits
            on grandfathered small group policies will cause wholesale cancellations, such
            as those that bedeviled Obama in 2013. Larger firms will need to increase
            employee contributions, replace full-time workers with part-timers and raise
            deductibles. All the bad news postponed from 2013 and 2014 will hit the fan in

            Middle East: Obama’s hasty and total withdrawal
            from Iraq is already backfiring as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant
            (ISIL) sweeps through the nation, destroying the hapless and disorganized forces
            of the government. With the formation of a Sunni caliphate more likely than not,
            the president will have to answer for a new wave of terrorism on his

            IRS: With the scandal of the Internal Revenue
            Service targeting of Tea Party groups now reaching the U.S. District Court, it
            enters a new era. Before the Congressional Oversight Committee, administration
            witnesses could resort to delaying tactics of “my dog ate it” excuses in answer
            to document subpoenas. But no more. While Congress cannot enforce its contempt
            citations, a District Court judge can. He can demand that techies search for
            missing emails, subpoena those who received them and force document production
            on penalty of incarceration with no Justice Department intermediary to shield
            Obama administration officials.

            We are about to be treated to a
            Nixonesque drama, wherein the court, impelled by lawyers for the Tea Party —
            the redoubtable Cleta Mitchell — forces the IRS to cough up what it

            And, with the Nixon case providing a precedent, impeachment could
            be in the offing. Ken Starr sought impeachment over what many did not consider
            to be a high crime or misdemeanor. But nobody can doubt that using the IRS to
            punish political opponents qualifies.

            Benghazi: Now that
            the fig leaf of blaming the 2012 attack in Libya on an Internet video has been
            stripped away by the Justice Department indictment of Ahmed Abu Khattala —
            stating that he planned the attack for months — Obama must face the full force
            of Congressman Trey Gowdy’s (R-S.C.) investigation. One is inclined to believe
            author Ed Klein’s account in his book Blood Feud, that the use of the video to
            cover up a terror attack was triggered by the president himself in a 10 p.m.
            phone call to Hillary Clinton the night of the attack.

            And, if all this
            were not enough, are we riding the crest of the stock market bubble, and will it
            come crashing down as many predict?

          • Independent1

            Granny, I’m not certain that having passed immigration reform would have had much affect on what’s happening these days with young ones flooding our borders. My sense is that what’s happening to our southern border is akin to what’s happening to the countries that border Syria and Iraq where the attacks by ISIS are pushing hundreds of thousands of refugees over their borders.

            I wonder what the people who are so outraged by what’s happening on our southern border would say if we heard in the news that Turkey or Jordan for example were refusing to let refugees fleeing from the ISIS slaughter to cross their borders and instead were forcing them to go back into where the fighting was going on (which could mean their deaths); which is akin to these people suggesting that America should be shipping the young ones crossing our borders back to the troubled countries they fled from where they were being persecuted.

          • Grannysmovin

            I am certain either, but that is something we really will never know. I agree this is a crisis caused mainly by people seeking asylum who fear for their lives or parents who fear for their children’s lives. The current elected Republicans would not know a True Christian Values if it bit them in the a$$.

        • Sand_Cat

          You’re just an idiot. Why don’t you stop embarrassing yourself?

    • jmprint

      Wrong again, President Obama is far from being disengaged, and yes the people will remember what the obstructionist T-Party have done against the people. Call Boehner tell him to bring the immigration bill to a vote. It’s that simple. And isn’t it grand that our President is so versatile that he can get work accomplished while campaigning.

    • Sand_Cat

      But he never tried to raise money off the murder of Stevens, did he, shithead? More than you can say for your buddies.
      Of course, the GOP never raises money! Why, they wouldn’t dirty their hands with cash! But wait! They claim it’s speech! So I guess lately the GOP has been suffering/benefiting from an extreme case of diarrhea of the mouth. You know: similar to your diarrhea of irrelevancies.

  • exdemo55

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered the IRS to explain under oath how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency’s tea party controversy.

    U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan gave the tax agency a month to submit the explanation in writing. Sullivan said he is also appointing a federal magistrate to see whether the lost emails can be obtained from other sources.

    Sullivan issued the order as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group. He said the IRS declaration must be signed, under oath, by the appropriate IRS official.

    “I’m going to hold tight to that Aug. 10 declaration,” Sullivan said.

    The IRS says it lost the emails in 2011 when Lois Lerner’s computer crashed. At the time, Lerner headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. She has since retired.

    Lerner, who refused to answer questions at two House committee hearings, has become a central figure in several congressional investigations over the handling of tea party applications. At both hearings, Lerner cited her Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself.

    IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has testified on the lost emails before Congress at least three times. Each time he was under oath.

    Koskinen said he first learned there was a problem with Lerner’s computer in February but didn’t learn that emails were lost until April. The IRS notified Congress June 13.

    Judicial Watch lawyer Ramona Cotca complained that the IRS never informed her group or the court about the lost emails, even though Sullivan had ordered the IRS to produce documents related to the information request on a monthly basis.

    Geoffrey Klimas, a Justice Department lawyer representing the IRS, said the agency had no legal obligation to tell Judicial Watch about emails that may have been destroyed two years before the group filed its request for information.

    Judicial Watch filed a series of requests with the IRS shortly after the tea party controversy erupted in May 2013. Among its requests, the watchdog group wanted communications Lerner had with others concerning the handling of applications for tax-exempt status since Jan. 1, 2010.

    Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against the IRS in October, saying the agency didn’t produce any documents. Since then, the IRS started to produce some documents in February, Cotca said.

    On Thursday, Cotca asked Sullivan to conduct a limited discovery to determine what happened to the emails, perhaps compelling testimony from IRS officials. But Sullivan said that would be premature.

    Klimas noted that the tax agency’s inspector general is conducting an investigation into the lost emails. Klimas said the inspector general has asked the IRS not to question witnesses that may have information about the lost emails to avoid interfering with its investigation.

    Sullivan said the sworn IRS statement should include information about the inspector general’s concerns.

    Sullivan said he would assign federal magistrate John Facciola to look into ways of obtaining the IRS records from other sources, though it is unclear how much information could be recovered.

    In 2011, the IRS had a policy of backing up emails on computer tapes, but the tapes were recycled every six months, Koskinen told Congress. He said Lerner’s hard drive was recycled and presumably destroyed, after technicians in the agency’s criminal investigations unit tried unsuccessfully to restore it.

    The IRS was able to generate 24,000 Lerner emails from the 2009 to 2011 period because she had copied in other IRS employees, Koskinen said. As part of the congressional investigations, the IRS said it is producing a total of 67,000 emails to and from Lerner, covering the period from 2009 to 2013.

    IRS lawyers are due back in federal court Friday before a different judge for a hearing on the lost emails in a separate lawsuit filed by a group called True the Vote. The group, which says it advocates for the integrity of elections, sued the IRS over delays in its application for tax-exempt status.

    • jmprint

      Ain’t nothing but a thing, we are all waiting!

    • JPHALL

      So when do we get an indictment? We all know that something wrong was done. But like everything since the 2008 election of Obama, we get the noise but nothing else. How many more “scandals” before one (1) indictment or impeachment.

      You TGOPers are all talk and no action. Your only accomplishments since the 2008 election has been a needless government shutdown and holding back the US economy.

      Come back with another narrative when something reaches indictment or impeachment. And relax, Obama is gone in January 2017. ˇhe you TGOPers will have had to come up with something worthwhile.

      • exdemo55

        There probably would have been an indictment by now. But the Demos are obstructing. Lerner pleads the 5th and the IRS says they lost the e-mails. Like the Nixon tapes. Everone is trying to cover their butts. It mat take some time, but they’ll get her.

        • JPHALL

          You are a true believer! If you Tpers could have you would have. Your boys have nothing but noise, no substance. If they had anything it would have out there since the beginning. If you used your brain you should see that what I am saying is true. So sad. Subject: Re: New comment posted on This Week In Crazy: Pharrell Is Distracting You From #Benghazi, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

      • BDC_57

        They won’t all they know is Obama is black and they don’t like him.

  • exdemo55

    After an uproar about the exorbitant college speaking fees paid to Hillary
    Clinton — $225,000 and up for each speech — she suddenly announced that all of
    these fees “have been donated to the Clinton Foundation.”

    So in other
    words, she’s donated the over-the top $1.8 million in fees to her favorite
    charity — herself. Is there really much difference between a fee paid directly
    to Hillary and one to the Bill Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation? That’s
    like moving money from one hand to the other. It’s not like Hillary’s giving it
    away and losing control over it. Because, without a doubt, she and her husband
    control the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Foundation. Is there anyone at all there
    who would ever say no to them?

    No, they’re calling the

    Hillary’s generosity to the Foundation is a little different than
    other gifts. Generally, when one makes a charitable contribution, it goes to an
    independent organization that spends it as it sees fit — within the guidelines
    of the institution’s goals. Sometimes, a gift is earmarked for a certain
    project of the recipient. But that doesn’t mean that the donor controls staff
    hiring, spending, and other expenses, such as travel and

    That’s not the case at the Clinton Foundation,
    which is now the epicenter of Hillary’s professional life and the launching pad
    for her likely presidential campaign. In addition, the Foundation is one giant
    spoke in the many wheels of the Clintons’ political and philanthropic
    fund-raising from overlapping donors. The Foundation is a highly useful perch
    for Hillary. She’s installed her top former staff people and campaign aides on
    the foundation payroll, working on issues and scheduling her public speeches,
    recently estimated at hauling in $5 million since she left the State

    According to the Wall Street Journal, the Clintons have
    raised between $2-3 billion in the past two decades, including $1 billion from
    American corporations. The donations were to Bill and Hillary’s political
    campaigns, various political advocacy organizations they support, the Clinton
    Presidential Library, and, of course, almost a billion dollars in contributions
    to the Foundation.

    The Foundation provides other useful perks: It gives
    them the largesse to fund elaborate travel and parties for donor/friends,
    including one event where they reportedly purchased a first class plane ticket
    for Natalie Portman and her dog. In 2012, the latest year available,
    the Foundation’s travel expenses were $11,569,213 — up about
    10% from the $9,666,273 in 2011. From 2000 – 2011, the Foundation spent over
    $50 million on travel!

    Bill Clinton’s travel alone was over a million
    dollars and accounted for more than 11% of the total.

    And that didn’t
    include the free travel that Bill and Hillary use most of the time, frequently
    asking for a donor to the Foundation for the free use of corporate jets, like
    supermarket billionaire John Catsimatidis, who frequently lends one of his fleet
    as an in-kind charitable contribution.

    The Foundation also maintains the
    William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, which includes a
    luxurious penthouse apartment for the exclusive use of Bill Clinton and family.
    The apartment has rooms that are the exact replicas of the Oval Office, the
    State Dining Room, and the Oval Sitting Room. It’s where Bill frequently
    entertains — on the Foundation.

    That’s not all. The Foundation sponsors
    elaborate conferences and glamorous dinners that allow donors to hobnob with
    celebrities and rub elbows with Bill and Hillary. Recently donors were invited
    to a week-end in London that included a musical and a special dinner with the
    Clintons. All of this create a nice list of rich donors for a presidential

    When Bill and Chelsea went to Africa for a week long trip in
    both 2012 and 2013, their entourage included VIP donors to The Foundation and a
    planeload of friendly journalists who dutifully reported gushing stories about
    the amazing Clintons.

    It’s a good way to develop a brand — and its

    The Foundation also spent over $26 million for meetings and
    conferences in 2011 and 2012. Those, of course, are the perfect venue for
    Hillary to mingle with potential supporters and donors and showcase the policy
    positions and programs developed by the Foundation. And it gives the donors a
    chance to get chummy with a possible presidential candidate.

    So it’s a
    win-win situation for everyone.

    Except for possible campaign opponents,
    who don’t have the same ability and opportunity to raise billions of tax free
    dollars and leverage it to advance their campaigns.

    So, when you’re
    thinking about Hillary’s generosity, remember where she’s donating — to

    But back to the student speaking fees. Hillary, with her famous
    tin ear, actually claimed that the students at the University of Las Vegas who
    demanded that she return the $225,000 fee were not concerned about her

    Here’s Hillary:

    “They’re not worried about
    my speaking or my household, they’re worried about their own.
    And that’s the kind of debate I think I’m furthering as I go around the country
    speaking,” she said of her critics.”


    Hillary just
    doesn’t get it. The students definitely ARE worried about her speaking. Maybe
    she’ll figure that out that they demonstrate against her in October.

    • jmprint


    • Sand_Cat

      What has this to do with the article? Do you just randomly select places on the site to insert your tedious lies and distortions?

      • idamag

        Since I know these whackos are not capable of reading and discussing, I don’t even bother to read what they say. They sound like a bunch of programmed clones without the ability to read and converse.

      • exdemo55

        “This week in the crazy left. And it’s all true.

        • angelsinca

          Your Clinton Foundation claim isn’t going to get the discussion/debunking it deserves here because 1) it is off topic, 2) it is critical of this crowd’s presidential hopeful, and 3) the Clinton’s are too clever to allow something this elementary to effect another white house occupancy.

          • exdemo55

            They should know how the people they support really are; hypocritical power grabbers leading them all along under false pretenses just to get their vote and their money.

          • angelsinca

            They should, but they won’t accept that there are any problems (except for republicans, the tea party, christians, conservatives, white males, anyone in the South, the church, Fox, the Koch bros, Obama critics, and Bush).

          • exdemo55

            Can any of them be saved?

          • angelsinca

            Not while they abate the truth of their own party’s misdeeds by condemning and blaming others.

  • Prof_Cochise

    Another idiotic statement from Louis Gohmert – he deserves a running space in this column instead of squatting in the top 5 or so.

  • Jambi

    How in the HELL does some “BB brain” like Gohmert get elected in the first place?…Surely his own constituency has to be ashamed of his outrageous claims…Louie, please retire…don’t run for public office, ever again…

    • idamag

      Doesn’t say good things about the education system in Texas does it?

      • neeceoooo

        Not a lot of good stuff comes out of Texas

    • Sand_Cat

      He obviously gets elected by a bunch of “BB brains.” Someone said “If you can get all the stupid people on your side, you can be elected to anything.”

      • plc97477

        But only if the intelligent people decide voting is a bother.

    • angelsinca

      As lame as his assertions are, Gohmert’s electability seems to say more about the suitability of his opponents.

      • Independent1

        It says a lot more about the idiocy of the Texas voters than it does about Gohmert’s opponents.

        • angelsinca

          Real tempted to quote Judge Dredd. At least we agree on Gohmert. But, jeez, the red target on his back makes it too easy.

  • Julieann Wozniak

    Please explain what the fabled “gay agenda” supposedly entails. It sounds a lot like the old Bircher big steaming pile about the Jewish conspiracy to take over the world.

    • johninPCFL

      Same delusions, same conspiracy, same desires. Just substitute in the name-of-the-hated-this-week and spin it out.

  • Grannysmovin

    “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by
    stupidity.” –Anonymous

    • Independent1

      Granny, in a way, I wish all the devious things that come out of the mouths of GOPers was due to their ignorance, but a lot of the terrible things that GOP lovers say is said deliberately with malice clearly in mind!!

      • Grannysmovin

        It’s Friday, I was just having a wishful thinking moment.

    • Lucretzia

      so true.

    • stcroixcarp

      These folks aren’t stupid. They are intentional in the evil they do.

    • Allan Richardson

      But when stupidity and malice get together …

      • toptwome

        Then you have Louie Gohmert to a T.

  • latebloomingrandma

    Do Republicans still have to bow to the altar of Rush? Is it me, or is Rushbo becoming more and more irrelevant?
    It’s really a pity and puzzling what has happened to Dr. Carson. A man with his talents and intellect has really fallen into looneyville. Perhaps all the fame, money and adulation has gone to his head. Mid life often resembles adolescence.
    What more can be said about Louie Louie. Perhaps that should be his theme song and we can just ignore the nonsensical words.
    So may of these people are just such an embarrassment for our country. The list doesn’t even include Boehner. Has there ever been a Speaker more inept that he? Just how is the president, a serious guy, supposed to make deals with the likes of this group? Lord knows he tried, but the great Obama smackdown occurred at the get-go. But it’s all his fault, or at least it’s Obamacare’s fault.

  • Lucretzia

    see, in right wing world there is no truth or falsehoods, there is only the “narrative” and the truth is whoever controls the narrative. see, objective reality is just that simple to understand. there really is no gravity, only because we’ve accepted the narrative that there is.. easy peasy.

    • Allan Richardson

      “Reality has a well known liberal bias.”
      – Stephen Colbert

  • jmprint

    And the… narrative that the entire Bush administration was stupid, and incompetent, and ineffective… still stands.

  • idamag

    Smith knows because he went to Mars with a thermometer and did his own research. Louis Gohmert, you are a disgrace to the the very pillars of democracy. These children are fleeing for their lives and you want them sent back for sacrifices to the drug cartels.We should give them asylum and stop politicizing everything. I remember the mother who spoke after she sent her child alone into the unknown because the known was so terrible. Her husband had been killed by the drug cartel. Her other son had been killed. It must have been heart wrenching for her. But she is a foreigner and it is easy to dehumanize a foreigner, isn’t it? I remember reading about the Jewish people who found it easier to smuggle their children out ot nazi hands than to try and escape as a family. Try putting yourself in someone else’s shoes for once.What is the matter with the collective I.Q level in Texas?

    • neeceoooo

      That is so true, the UK took in nearly 10,000 Jewish children and they were placed in British foster homes, hostels, schools and farms. Often they were the only members of their families who survived the holocaust.

      • old_blu

        Now that’s a good bit of information to know.

    • BDC_57

      They are idiots

  • ExRadioGuy15

    Dominick Vila is correct in what’s he’s written.
    The problem is that there are so many brainwashed (aka, Republican) voters that don’t realize that false equivalency arguments are bogus and the true political problem in this country can be summed up in just three letters: GOP. This is the main reason why the GOP need to be voted OUT of power everywhere possible this November….

  • Pamby50

    I was reading This Week in Crazy to my husband and he just shook his head. Unbelievable. Well we have 2 new people to the crazy list. Mr. Frey in MN & Mr. Smith in KY. Mr Frey joining Michelle Bachman in praying the gay away. Mr. Smith telling us that there are no coal mines on Mars. But the best is Ben Carson. People on the street know Pharrell’s “Happy” song and are smart enough to not care about the right’s obsession with Benghazi, IRS, fast & furious and all the other conspiracy theories.

  • Mark Forsyth

    Well folks,here we are again at This Week In Crazy.There are times after I have finished reading these “Worst of the Right” articles when I feel as though I have just perused a very perverted version of Mad Magazine.

  • Elliot J. Stamler

    There is no scientific debate about climate change but I regret to tell some of you very, very, very liberal liberals that there IS some scientific debate about both its causation and whether human action can change its course. Robert Samuelson recently wrote a very perceptive column/essay on the latter issue. People like Brandon Smith can be dismissed as ignorant blabbermouths like Rush Limbaugh, etc.-the kind of people who insisted the earth was flat even after Columbus. That doesn’t gainsay the points I make in my first sentence herein.

    • DennisRL

      So what you’re saying is that whether it’s man made greenhouse gases or fairy dust that’s causing climate change, we shouldn’t try to do what we can as a society to protect the environment on the off hand chance that we are the cause? Your logic suggests that when they were arguing whether smoking caused lung cancer, there was no need to stop smoking because no one had definitive proof. So, lets see…you’re willing to gamble the future of this planet and your children and grandchildren on a political point in order to save corporate profits? This kind of thinking totally escapes me.

      • Elliot J. Stamler

        If you read my comment carefully you will see I did NOT say that as a matter of policy we should do nothing. I however suggest you read Samuelson’s article. I personally think no matter what we do so long as the underdeveloped countries absolutely refuse to contain carbon-emissions because of very pressing economic considerations there is very little the developed world can do. Neither the Indian or Chinese governments are going to risk starvation or economic recession because of environmental threats in the future-that Dennis, is a fact.

        • DennisRL

          On that point I can agree. I saw an environmental scientist say a number of years ago that we were getting dangerously close to the tipping point where no matter what we did it wouldn’t matter. And if we do nothing, this planet will be a different place to live down the road and not for the better.

          • Elliot J. Stamler

            I fully concur. I recently read FIELD NOTES FROM A CATASTROPHE by Elizabeth Kolbert, the prize-winning science journalist of the NY Times. Indeed as she points in her book written some years ago we may already be at the tipping point especially as regards effects on animal, insect and plant life which are greatly negatively impacted by global warming. But with just 5% of the world’s population I don’t know how much we can do–China and India can overwhelm our efforts and their governments are scared stiff of starvation – especially the Chinese Communists whose unspoken bargain with their 1.3 billion people is: we will see you have enough to eat and clothes and shelter and jobs and we in turn keep complete power. (Capitalism-Leninism.)

  • howa4x

    Sometime you can’t make it up. The right wing is so unhinged from the truth that they believe their own lies and tell them with a straight face. I think the Mars temperature comparison takes the prize

  • Sand_Cat

    I think Louie and his comrades are doing far more than Obama possibly could to “ensure that Republicans don’t ever get elected again,” an endeavor in which I wish them outstanding success, but see little hope for it.

  • FireBaron

    The real problem is these guys all believe the tripe they are spouting. The only possible exception is Limbaugh – he knows the more outrageous claims he makes, the more he is listened to by the right! However, then those mooks take whatever bs he brandishes and respout it as gospel truth!

  • old_blu

    I was listening to Rush *bows head in shame* the other day and he actually said that “the children coming across the border were wearing tee shirts with Obama’s campaign slogan on them”. Hahaha

    • idamag

      I saw pictures of them and didn’t see those t-shirts.

      • old_blu

        Coming from Rush I didn’t even need to see the pictures to know it wasn’t true, he’s such a fat mouthed liar.

  • CandaceTX

    You got us Gohmert. It is a conspiracy.

    First, flood the border with unaccompanied minors, then lower the voting age to 5 so they can all vote for Hillary.

    In crayon.

  • Talking out of turn: That’s a distraction away from Benghazi.
    Looking out the window: That’s a distraction away from Benghazi.
    Staring at my sandals: That’s a distraction away from Benghazi.
    Talking about the G.O.P.’s obsession with Benghazi: Oh, you better believe that’s a distraction away from Benghazi.