Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
The IRS reported at the end of yesterday that the emails of 5 more employees under investigation were lost due to another computer crash. My frustrated reaction to this is that if this were a republican administration we'd never hear the end of it. But, it's satisfying to realize that there will be a time, hopefully sooner than later, that the democratic run will be over and they have set a nice precedent for running roughshod over their opponents and what's ok for them will be ok for the other side.
When the shoe is on the other foot. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Sinful talk, but worldly pragmatic.
At least if you believe the results of a new Quinnipiac University National Poll. This may merely be the result of his falling poll numbers in 2014 and all the controversies swirling around. This poll only reflected presidents since the end of World War II. Harry Truman does well in this poll as do Eisenhower and Kennedy.
The courts are busy today, state and federal. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled this morning that President Obama overreached his authority in his use of making temporary appointments to high level government jobs. Separation of Powers was the winner here.
The justices said in their first-ever consideration of the Constitution’s recess appointments clause that Congress gets to decide when it is in recess and that there was no recess when Obama acted. The president said he made the appointments in the face of Republican refusal to allow the NLRB to function. The decision was 9-0
Also, in the second and last ruling announcement by the SCOTUS today, the justices ruled in McCullen v. Coakley that the Massachusetts law limiting outside access to abortion clinics by protestors was illegal and violated the demonstrators freedom of speech guaranteed by the first amendment. The Massachusetts law set up a protest free zone. Decision was also 9-0
There are several other SCOTUS rulings expected which are of interest to many that are in the controversial realm. But these two are it for today. Stay tuned.
Amazingly 6 more IRS employees involved in the targeting investigation have emails that are lost. It's not just Lois Lerner.
The IRS told Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp and subcommittee chairman Charles Boustany that computer crashes resulted in additional lost e-mails, including from Nikole Flax, the chief of staff to former IRS commissioner Steven Miller, who was fired in the wake of the targeting scandal.
The IRS put out a late Friday news dump announcing that they had a computer crash in 2011.
"A large swath of emails to and from embattled former IRS employee Lois Lerner during the first year of the targeting controversy was lost in a computer hard drive crash, the agency told congressional investigators.
“The IRS has determined that Ms. Lerner’s computer crashed in mid-2011,” reads a background document attached to an IRS letter to Congress’s investigative panels released on Friday."
How convenient. And how preposterous.
This news led to many Tweets many funny in a way that also has the ring of truth.
"The government that just "lost" two years of emails would like to handle your medical records from now on."
"Question for you legal eagles: If a businessman under IRS audit was asked to produce emails, and claims they were lost in a "crash", what happens?"
"This is a good time to reflect on how the IRS will be enforcing Obamacare."
"There are IT guys in small biz all over US who could find them in a morning's work."
And then from Rep Jacob Chaffetz part of the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee who said, "IRS Commissioner testified in March Lois Lerner emails were archived." And there's video of the testimony.
This bugs the heck out of me. But, this administration is setting a nice precedent for the next republican president.
The governor of Connecticut yesterday vetoed a measure which would have banned chocolate milk in that state's public schools. He wrote: "A ban would deny children some health benefits. What ultimately would have happened is children would have ended up drinking less milk, getting less calcium, and we might have had difficulty fulfilling the milk requirement."
In a letter to the Secretary of State, the governor said dietary guidelines for Americans recommend that children consume three servings of nonfat or low-fat dairy per day. He said research has shown that when chocolate milk is removed as an option, total milk consumption goes down and milk waste increases.
Not all kids like white milk, it's a fact, and this is one sensible governor in these days of banning things.
According to the latest PEW Research poll, Political Polarization is the Highest in Recent History. The results are being published all over the web this morning, but seriously, isn't this something we all knew? Anyone who reads any political story plus comments on the web surely has been aware of this phenomenon since at least 2000.
So Cantor lost his primary race yesterday and it shocked just about everyone and although there was an immediate attempt to conclude just why this happened, it's really too soon to know. But is was a head slapper for sure.