Somewhat of a cross between the national temporary insanity better known as the Macarena craze of the mid-90s, and the status symbol worthiness of being the first kid on your block to get a confirmed kill, à la Full Metal Jacket, the rich and famous are all agog to be publicly dared to participate in the latest cultural phenomena – the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. As reported by the Associated Press via the Miami Herald on Aug. 28, 2014, the ALS Association has raked in nearly $100 million since the advent of the muy frío fundraiser.
“You Don’t Have Any Idea!”
The man tagged “The Carolina Cougar” for his go-for-the-juggler-style of both politics and his practice of law, Representative Harold “Trey” Gowdy III flashed his proverbial fangs and claws in a Capitol Hill showdown. As reported by the right-of-center news portal Mediaite on June 23, 2014, a rather fiery Gowdy ripped into beleaguered IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
BOOM! Gowdy’s in the room!
On the heels of Barack Obama dismissively claiming on Feb. 2, 2014 in an interview with Bill O’Reilly of Fox News (video below) that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the probe of the IRS against members of the Tea Party as well as other conservative groups, The Daily Caller is reporting on Feb. 5, 2014 that an incriminating e-mail has surfaced that very well could prove that he, at a minimum, spoke out of turn regarding the ongoing investigation.
A federal judge appointed by Barack Obama recently ruled in favor of the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service against American-based banks, dictating that US banks must answer to foreign governments regarding the holdings of certain individuals, as reported by Accounting Today on Jan. 16, 2014.
Named to the US District Court for the District of Columbia by Obama in 2010, Judge James E. Boasberg coincidentally happens to be the very same member of the judiciary who ruled in 2013 that the IRS had “exceeded its statutory authority in imposing testing and continuing education requirements on tax preparers.”
The top lawyer for the IRS in the midst of the congressional investigation swirling around the nation’s tax collectors and their admitted targeting of the Tea Party, has responded to a written inquiry, and managed to claim ignorance on 80 different responses, as reported by The Daily Mail of London, England on Dec. 4, 2013.
The IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins was slammed by GOP House heavyweights, Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Regulatory Subcommittee Chair Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) have sent a letter to Wilkins giving the IRS top lawyer 10 days to “amend” his answers if he so chooses.