IRS Announces it Needs Help Destroying Evidence

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Oh, my mistake!  When I said that the IRS needs help destroying evidence, I meant 3200 hard drives!  Amazing how something like that could slip out.  At any rate, Jammie Wearing Fools has more on how evidence, I mean, hard drives, need to be destroyed…

Damn, this Obama IRS coverup is much larger than we ever expected.

Days after IRS officials said in a sworn statement that former top agency employee Lois G. Lerner’s computer memory had been wiped clean, the agency put out word to contractors Monday that it needs help to destroy at least another 3,200 hard drives.

The Internal Revenue Service solicitation for “media destruction” services reflects an otherwise routine job to protect sensitive taxpayer information, but it was made while the agency’s record destruction practices remain under a sharp congressional spotlight.

Congressional investigators of the IRS targeting of conservative groups have been hampered by the unexplained destruction of emails and other records of Ms. Lerner, the former head of the IRS tax-exempt division and a central figure in the scandal.

The loss of Ms. Lerner’s hard drive also raised broader questions about why the tax agency never reported the missing records to the National Archives and Records Administration, as required by the Federal Records Act.

While those questions remained unresolved, IRS officials signaled plans to destroy tens of thousands of additional electronic records.

“After all media are destroyed, they must not be capable of any reuse or information retrieval,” IRS officials stated in the contract papers.

Well, there you have it, the IRS only wants help in destroying a who bunch of evidence, I mean hard drives.

Move right along.  Nothing to see here.

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Planned Parenthood Video Shows Teens how to Hide Physical Abuse

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Planned Parenthood should be a maker of camouflage, as they do such a good job covering up things.  I mean, they did such a good job covering up prostitution and statutory rape, it  only makes sense that they would help cover up physical abuse as well.  And so they have.  here is the video evidence, via Life News…

As the evidence indicates the video is fake, at least in terms of the injuries to the woman, however, Life News Points out that the video is presented rather differently by Planned Parenthood.

The video is from a legitimate organization in the UK that fights domestic violence. But the way Planned Parenthood headlines it—with “How to look your best the morning after,” teens are mislead by Planned Parenthood into the cover up mentality. On the anti-domestic violence site, the video is introduced with the headline: “Don’t cover it up.” That headline makes a world of difference to young teens who run across the video.

Then, come to think of it, Planned Parenthood has the biggest cover up of all…

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There are several dimensions of the Planned Parenthood story that I think should be considered.  So, I’ll take it apart piece by piece, and see where it leads.

First up, there is the fact that multiple locations seemed to cooperate with the child prostitution “sting.”

Big Government has the coverage…

Live Action Films has released three more videos as part of their on-going undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood. The three videos are from three different clinics in Virginia and, according to Live Action, they are unedited and complete.

In a written statement, Live Action founder Lila Rose said: Today, we are sending Attorney General Cuccinelli and Virginia law enforcement officials new, disturbing footage from three Virginia clinics. The footage explicitly shows Planned Parenthood staff willing to engage in activity that sexually exploits minors and young women. The evidence continues to mount, and shows a clear pattern where Planned Parenthood is willing aid and abet the sex-trafficking industry. These are abhorrent practices and it is time Planned Parenthood be held accountable.”

Now, the other videos are not as “scintillating” as the first, but they do lead to a question; “How many of these events have to happen before we can say that there is a pattern of behavior?”  This makes, I believe, five different locations that this was tried, and the Planned Parenthood staff cooperated with the prostitution concept.

Soros and Minions Have Phone Confab to Organize Defense of Planned Parenthood.

That is what Big Government is telling us…

It was reported that Alternet, Soros’ Media Matters, and other progressives staged a conference call this afternoon where they mapped strategy to defend Planned Parenthood from the choices Planned Parenthood staffers made on tape.

The majority of the call was spent discussing ways to discredit Rose because of her funding. They surmise that some group which donates to her pro-life magazine is a group donated to by a group given money by the Koch Brothers. So says people who just cashed a $1 million-dollar check from George Soros.

For the sake of argument, assuming that the Koch Brothers (I had to Google them to see exactly what it is they do and how their name isn’t pronounced like the sobriquet for phallus but rather, the soda) were as ubiquitous in activism as George Soros is publicly, the greatest irony has befallen our senior fellows who hate big business and personal wealth so much: they are willing pawns in a battle between frillionaires. This alone virtually precludes any other potential criticism of their actions. George Soros is the only billionaire allowed. See, they hate personal wealth when it isn’t made out in $1 million dollar increments to their organizations.

Then, it seems, as if on cue, the Soros funded organizations began their attacks…

With the over-the-top headline: “Why Is Live Action Doctoring Its Planned Parenthood Audio?“, Media Matters of America has offered its readers (all the content producers at MSNBC and network news) a pitiful story meant to plant the idea that the devastatingly effective investigative videos produced by Live Action are in some way bogus.  But, in turn, the “gotcha” that MMFA purports to have discovered actually undermines their own spin and talking points they have been peddling the last couple of days.  It also serves to bolster Live Action’s credibility, not diminish it.  Nice work, Senior Fellows.

According to Media Matters, when editing the 14-minutes of raw footage into a 7-minute presentation, Live Action put audio from one section over the video of another section (the video in question merely shows a wall and a person’s hand).  But notice something in their claim, they make no assertion that this edit has altered in any way the content or the results of the videos.  They make no assertion that the viewer has been misled to believe one story when, in fact, the opposite is true.

No, all Media Matters does in their attack is plant the seed of doubt in the viewer’s head that if Live Action made this edit, then they are probably lying about everything.  A ridiculous conclusion on its face, but, even more ridiculous when you remember that just yesterday Media Matters claimed that this video showed absolutely no wrong-doing!

Think this through for a minute (the folks at Media Matters clearly didn’t):  Yesterday, they told you this video showed no wrong-doing, today they say that the video was doctored to fool you.  Fool you into thinking what?  According to Media Matters the videos exonerate Planned Parenthood.  How stupid does Media Matters think their readers are?

I would encourage you to read the entire Big Journalism article, and judge for yourself.  I’d answer the author’s last question, but I think the correct response is abundantly clear.

In the end, the Soros folks got together, made their talking points, and so far, they are failing miserably.

Claims that “Gotcha Journalism” is meaningless.

One of the sites on the blogroll, Silent Majority, has a resident liberal blogger that posted the following after the first video was released.

My conservative friends, I ask this question with all due respect: Is no one on your side aware that the point of an expose is to expose wrongdoing that is already going on?  This means that unless someone has reason to believe that Planned Parenthood is working with proprieters of international sex trafficking organizations, there’s really no reason to go out and try to catch them doing it on video.  Even if you can get some decent video of them, it doesn’t really mean anything.

James O’Keefe and his imitators are aware of this tendency and are trying to take advantage of it.  Indeed, they have even had a certain amount of success exploiting it.  On the other hand, if conservatives have to resort to pathetic tricks like this to make liberals look bad, doesn’t that say something about how weak the case against liberals is to begin with?   I mean, if we’re so dashburned horrible, can’t you catch us doing something horrible instead of making stuff up all the time?

To be fair, this was posted prior to the additional videos being released, so I cannot state if the author’s opinion has changed at all.  However, to refute his initial argument, I first have to give some background on yours truly.

At this stage of my career, I am a manager, and I currently supervise 11 professional staff.  In my role, I do have to approach staff members when something goes wrong.  Now, we’re all human, and human error creeps into any process at some point.  So, one of my functions is to establish whether or not an error or incomplete work is an aberration, or if it represents a pattern of behavior.  Simply put, is someone trying, but screwed up once, or is a consistent failure to perform?

Let’s apply that same logic to Planned Parenthood.

This isn’t the first time that people have “stung” that organization.  If you recall, there were some amateur investigations of Planned Parenthood back in 2008.  At first, their employees…MANY OF THEM, seemed to be very willing to accept donations to specifically abort African American babies.

Does this represent a pattern? (Note that the original videos were banned from Youtube.  These appear to be remixes of the originals)

Then, also in 2008, this same group sent in people to Planned Parenthood facilities, posing as minors.

Again, this is two of several videos in a larger investigation.  I must ask here as well, how many times does this have to happen before it represents a pattern?  If these workers are covering up statutory rape for an undercover adult, how many REAL underage children that ARE being abused and exploited are slipping through the cracks? We don’t know, as real underaged girls with 30-year-old boyfriends don’t record their interactions with Planned Parenthood, but it certainly begs the question.

If any of these were a one-time event, we could write them off and say it was a “bad apple” that caused a problem.  It simply wouldn’t be a story.  However, when it happens many times, I think we could establish that this was a pattern of overall behavior.

In my career role, if an event is an aberration, I talk to the staff person, and we check procedures to make sure that the event doesn’t happen again.  Sometimes, we even have to change procedures.  If it is a pattern, we start with checking procedures, but then go to progressive discipline if it continues.  For Planned Parenthood, it looks like some discipline is in order.

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