Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R-AZ) high school aged son, Tanner, repeatedly published racial, homophobic and anti-Semitic slurs on his personal Twitter account, Buzzfeed reported on Wednesday.
On his Twitter account earlier this year, which has since been locked, Tanner threatened the “faggot” who stole his bike, writing I “will find you, and…will beat the crap out of you.” He also called someone a “Jew” for stealing people’s ideas and went by the name “n1ggerkiller” in an online game, which he posted screenshots of on his Twitter account.
via Sen. Flake Apologizes For Son’s Offensive Slurs On Twitter | TPM LiveWire.
I wouldn’t have brought this up…but this is the kid in question…
Pretty much an IRL Joffrey, with a Senator Dad.
“Although the Committee interviewed a self-identified ‘conservative Republican’ who denied any White House involvement or any political motivation for screening Tea Party cases, Chairman Issa now appears to be going back on his promise to release the full interview transcripts of IRS employees,” said Cummings, in a statement. “Chairman Issa changes his mind so fast that even when I agree with him, we’re not on the same page. I fully support responsible oversight, but cherry picking transcript excerpts to fuel partisan and unsubstantiated claims is not a credible or effective way to investigate.”
Issa promised to release full transcripts, finds out it wasn’t a conspiracy planned by Obama, releases partial transcripts trying to say it was….lies about everything.
Its almost like this guy is slimy as all hell.
Well, not “almost”.
The Tea Party affair started with a Feb. 25, 2010 e-mail from Cincinnati-based IRS agent Jack Koester to his boss, Screening Group Manager John Shafer. Shafer, in turn, sent it to his superiors, including some Washington staff, elevating it as a “high profile case.”
The Cincinnati employees weren’t quite sure what the Tea Party was, but they knew it was politically sensitive. “This case will be sent to inventory for further development. Political campaigns on behalf (of) or in opposition to any political candidate do not promote social welfare,” Shafer wrote to his bosses. The Tea Party groups were seeking tax exempt status as “social welfare” groups.
Consumer advocates have called for an outright ban on banks’ permitting customers to withdraw more than they have available in their accounts.
The median overdraft fee was $34 at the 33 largest financial institutions, and $30 at 800 smaller banks and credit unions in 2012, according to the CFPB’s white paper with data from Informa Research Services.
Not surprisingly, consumers who did not opt in to spend more than they had in their accounts saved more money than those who did.
The CFPB found that previous heavy overdrafters who declined to opt in reduced their overdraft and insufficient fund fees, on average, by more than $450 in the second half of 2010. The CFPB studied large banks, with total assets of $10 billion or more, and found a variety of practices in regard to transaction posting orders from high to low and opt-in requirements. Beginning in 2010, the Federal Reserve required banks to ask consumers to opt in to overdrafts.
This is a direct result of Dodd-Frank, which banned the practice of forcing people to “opt-in” (which is in itself contradictory) for overdraft protection.
This was such a scam….
The CFPB found that 61 percent of bank profits from consumer checking accounts come from overdraft and insufficient funds fees, which are prompted when customers withdraw, make a debit card payment or make or attempt to make another type of payment for more than what is available in their accounts. Only 14.4 percent of net overdraft revenue goes toward the cost of covering unpaid overdrafts.
In the wake of last December’s shooting massacre in Newtown, CT, many conservative lawmakers and state leaders called for strengthening America’s broken mental health care system. But now, the GOP’s stubborn opposition to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is preventing 1.2 million poor and mentally ill Americans from getting basic mental services, according to an analysis by the National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI.
Republican politicians have argued extensively for shoring up the U.S. mental health regimen to prevent future shootings. Rep. Louie Gohmert R-TX said that mental health issues have “languished” for decades, and that the two parties can easily come together to fix them. Sen. Ted Cruz R-TX voted against the compromise Manchin-Toomey background check bill, offering alternative legislation focused on school security and mental health resources. Florida Rep. Ander Crenshaw R also cited mental health services as an important part of addressing gun violence, as did Sen. Marco Rubio R-FL, who signed onto Cruz’s gun safety bill.
Despite their professed zeal for making the U.S. mental health regimen stronger, however, these members of Congress don’t support the programs like Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion that could actually help ensure Americans’ access to those benefits.
via Lawmakers Who Pushed For Mental Health Focus After Newtown Are Blocking Millions From Getting Help | ThinkProgress.
Yet another datapoint regarding the endemic hypocrisy of the GOP. After the Newtown massacres, these same people claimed that limiting guns wasn’t the answser, expanding access to mental health services was a better way to go.
And now…they are trying to stop any funding going to their own “better” solution. That’s hypocrisy on a very high level. GOP-level.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Internal Revenue Service manager, who described himself as a conservative Republican, told congressional investigators that he and a local colleague decided to give conservative groups the extra scrutiny that has prompted weeks of political controversy.
In an official interview transcript released on Sunday by Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, the manager said he and an underling set aside “Tea Party” and “patriot” groups that had applied for tax-exempt status because the organizations appeared to pose a new precedent that could affect future IRS filings.
The stupid part of the article is later, when the Republican Issa tries to claim finding the guy at the center of it all and hearing his explanation (it wasn’t political it was because tax law), doesn’t count and Issa is going to keep investigating until he finds what he wants.
Witnesses describe seeing a man all in black SWAT-gear waving and shooting an AR-15 rifle, the same style of weapon used by shooters in recent mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn. Some witnesses thought the man was a policeman because of his confident gestures in stopping cars, while others described a calm, methodical attack where the shooter casually took aim and fired at targets ranging from people to buses to police cars.
Eyewitness Joe Orcutt told the Associated Press that the shooter “was just standing there, like he’s modeling for some ammo magazine. He was very calm … panning around, seeing who he could shoot, one bullet at a time, like target practice.”