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Cecil Turner
A company spokesman said both of those functions had been disabled in the newsroom.
They promise. And no similar functions will be enabled in the future. They promise.

I work at Bloomberg in the 90's and employees could read customer emails at that time ...

Cecil Turner

At this point, expecting privacy at a Bloomberg terminal is about as rational as expecting security in Cypriot bank accounts. Which, by the way are not suffering a run. And that has absolutely nothing to do with the withdrawal limits that had to be extended:

The country's foreign minister, Ioannis Kasoulides, said the regime, including a limit on cash withdrawals at €300 (£253) per day, would last for "about a month" – just 24 hours after the population was told they would only be in place for a week.
Er, again (after a month and a half):
Cyprus' Central Bank chief says it's necessary to keep capital controls in place until trust in the bailed-out country's ailing banking system is restored.
Well, I can tell you my trust is increasing.


Will they call for Bloomberg's head as they did with Murdoch?

Selective outrage on display, or is this a hit on the nanny to keep him out of the White House in 2016? Lots of Clintonistas work on Wall Street.

Jack is Back

This Examiner piece suggests Obama's bad hair days are only beginning.

Its this kind of piling on that will open up LIV eyes. Benghazi, IRS intimidation, Obamacare implementation, the Gosnell effect on Planned Parenthood funding,

The perfect storm of political incompetence!


My best guess on Obama's actions the night of 9/11/12? Because he had no idea what to do, he climbed in bed and pulled the covers over his head. He did what he always does, he voted present.


Dems need to start burning everything that's even remotely associated with Benghazi and I mean NOW. If it transpires( and it's looking increasingly likely re Peggy Noonan) that the Obama admin intentionally witheld military support for American diplomats under siege to protect a pre-election meme then we are fucked. The party is fucked. It'll all come tumbling down like a house of cards, Obamacare, gays in the military, the lot.

BURN EVERYTHING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Just in case, you were wondering, it is from Chtluthu's tentacles


""A company spokesman said both of those functions had been disabled in the newsroom.""

The break room next door to the newsroom is a different story.

Why would anyone use any device associated with Bloomberg think they have any privacy??


I am so glad we live in a country where we don't have to worry about tyranny. Where low-level functionaires in the government can't harrass citizens because they oppose their political beliefs.

I mean unless you claim to be a 'patriot' or part of the 'Tea Party'.

Can't wait to apply for Obamcare for my Company:
The Patriots Tea Party Supply House


Pops, does your company deliver? I could use some supplies. ;)


Of course, the last time we had this, the temperature rather significantly cooled;


shouldn't peak carbon be good for plants and plankton, at least phytoplankton? We can feed the chirrun with more healthy organic vegetables from Michelle Obama's White House garden.


Narciso, since that last peak of carbon, HUMANS BEINGS came into existence.


And I kid you not, they commissioned a Skywhale, close enough to Rick's SkyDragons, down under.

Frau Eulenspiegel

From narciso's @ 12:18:

It did not help, notes Mr. Kaiser, that many members of Congress are politics-obsessed mediocrities who know little about the policy they're purportedly crafting and voting on.

Corn-fed conservative (southern strategy version)

"Hey, could I get another pepperoni over here?" Bloomberg asked owner Antonio Benito.

"I'm sorry sir," he replied, "we can't do that. You've reached your personal slice limit."

Stop and Tisk
Mayor Bloomberg, not accustomed to being challenged, assumed that the owner was joking.

"OK, that's funny," he remarked, "because of the soda thing ... No come on. I'm not kidding. I haven't eaten all morning, just send over another pepperoni."

"I'm sorry sir. We're serious," Benito insisted. "We've decided that eating more than one piece isn't healthy for you, and so we're forbidding you from doing it."

"Look jackass," Bloomberg retorted, his anger boiling, "I fucking skipped breakfast this morning just so I could eat four slices of your pizza. Don't be a schmuck, just get back to the kitchen and bring out some fucking pizza, okay."

"I'm sorry sir, there's nothing I can do," the owner repeated. "Maybe you could go to several restaurants and get one slice at each. At least that way you're walking. You know, burning calories."

Drudge took some hits for falling for this story. Personally, I wish it were true, and metaphorically, it is.


I don't just consider themselves fools, Frau, I dubbed the bill 'Sutton/Dillinger because it was like putting bankrobbers in charge of bank security, as we've seen with MF?? Global, the bill failed it's first test.

James D.

Frau, that photo at 12:42 PM is a caption contest waiting to happen...


FRau, too funny

Jack is Back

Guess where?

"Still, a senior defense official said a Marine quick-response team and a Special Operations unit have been placed on alert to ensure that they can respond if they are needed to evacuate personnel. The nearest U.S. troops are stationed in Spain and Italy.

“The reason we’re able to have these forces on alert is work the Defense Department has done to have additional response options in the wake of Benghazi,” the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss contingency plans."

I didn't think we needed contingency plans anymore? Looks like someone has compiled a "lessons learned" manifest.

Thomas Collins

See LUN for an article on carbon dioxide. The article sucks the hot air out of the global warming alarmist bloviators.


Since this is the thread for absurdity, masking knavery, Ezra Klein, that is all.

Corn-fed conservative (southern strategy version)

"Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation (.pdf) is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named “photo tool,” a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID.

Employers would be obliged to look up every new hire in the database to verify that they match their photo.

This piece of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act is aimed at curbing employment of undocumented immigrants. But privacy advocates fear the inevitable mission creep, ending with the proof of self being required at polling places, to rent a house, buy a gun, open a bank account, acquire credit, board a plane or even attend a sporting event or log on the internet. Think of it as a government version of Foursquare, with Big Brother cataloging every check-in."

Any FACTS as to who put this in there?

sammy small

Congressional investigations into the IRS Tax Exempt Organizations division need to expand to additional areas of taxpayer audits. Apparently a roster of subscribers was required with the follow-on questionnaire. I wonder why.


DrJ or any of our Science guys,

News today said that DNA testing confirmed that Ariel Castro is the father of the 6 year old girl. My question: Is our knowledge of DNA and our testing ability good enough to absolutely determine it was him, as opposed to one of his brothers who share much the same DNA as he does? Is it that precise?

Second question: If Ariel by chance had an identical twin, would they still be able to determine the particular twin which was the actual father?

Frau Eulenspiegel

narciso, I agree about Barney but have doubts about Dodd who was rewarded for services to the party by having his name on this bill-- before being forced to retire. It was easy to put this over on the "mediocrities who know little about the policy they're purportedly crafting and voting on."


Frau, Dodd fils, has been a thorough going weasel, as far back as one can recall, along with Kerry and Harkin, he was one of the Sandinista's three amigos on Central America,
Mozilo and other subprime players, like Fannie and Freddie, put him back in charge of the Banking Committee.



Sorry, but I'm not really that informed on genomics, as odd as that might sound. Hey -- it's not (Bio)Physical Chemistry!

Jack is Back


Identical twins (monozygotic) share the same exact DNA. Double helix contains 46 chromosones 23 from each Dad and Mom. Single egg, single sperm - split thus the mono + zygotic.

So doubtful that unless Ariel has an identical twin his brothers DNA would be the same.

Disclosure: I am not a doctor but I do play one on Google:)


I'm skeptical he's not the only one, at fault, btw, they do finally seem to be investigating the T-Dawg's 'more selective' set of friends and associates.

Jack is Back


I missed the original T-Dawg reference. Is it the dead Tsarnaev?


Obama's Chavez-mimicking reign of terror is like an aneurism on the body politic. If we don't have emergency surgery soon, the body will explode and die.


Yes, that's him, D-Dawg is the brother.

Jack is Back


Good essay by Merry.

When I worked in DC back in the late 80's early 90's National Interest was the hot journal to be seen reading on the Metro. People would think you were some kind of policy wonk. I will never forget Fukuyama's "The End of History". Ha! Little did he know about a guy in Afghanistan from a wealthy Saudi family who didn't exactly see things the same way our history and political savants saw it.

This is why I love reading someone of my own mind but sadly I too have been more wrong than right when it comes to the expiration date of Obama, the Democrats and leftism in general. I believe,as an engineer, that the math is the only thing in our favor but even the IRS are admittedly "not good at it".

As MarkO would say - DOOM!


That LeBron kid is awfully good.


Cross posting this on threads because I'm not sure where you all are hanging out, but this just crossing AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS watchdog: Senior IRS officials knew in 2011 tea parties' tax-exempt status being targeted.


The plot thickens and rises to the top!


Well that was because Ibn Wahhab preceded Marx probably Hegel himself by a bit.

On the absurd front, they are reversing the CSI Miami tack, (how you could see Mountains in Horatio's glass reflection) and shooting a new show, 'Graceland' in Hollywood, this one, as a standin for San Diego.


Illegally using the IRS to target conservatives should be just one more article of impeachment to file against Barry the Arrogant. House leadership had better be as incensed at this administration's brazen abuse of power as the rest of us are.

Corn-fed conservative (southern strategy version)

You're gonna have to pick a fav, OT. The Fog of Bore makes for poor TeeVee.


OMG! MY son is on the championship boat in the New York State Scholastic Rowing championship for high school freshmen! State champs! too excited for words.

Jack is Back


I keep asking you where on LI you live?


Port Washington.


Congrats, Peter!

Jane -

I am livid over the tea party story. Early on we realized we could not become the org we wanted because of the IRS issues. I damn well want some retribution.

TC will you take the case?

Jack is Back

Good lacrosse town also if memory serves me correct. Funny how lacrosse stayed down island and never got past the Shinnecock canal.

Congrats to your son. Crewing is a damn tough sport for fitness and strength. Is it 8's or less?

Jack is Back

We have a lightning delay at the TPC so I am now watching "The Sum of All Fears" on TNT. Forgot how good the book and movie was. Remember Chechnya was the subject that caused the nuke. Interesting, eh?

narciso will most likely love to tell us more:)


Freshmen eight. He was in the third seat. Really quite overwhelming. The most athletic thing I ever did was a five hour marathon.

Jack is Back


Tough seat. Must be a big kid to handle that oar.

Marathon? Crimey, I can't even walk that long anymore. Maybe 18 holes but not now. Great going for junior.

Jane -

Congrats peter!


I was happy to read about your family's good health news, Clarice.


IRS watchdog: Senior IRS officials knew in 2011 tea parties' tax-exempt status being targeted.

Instapundit after pasting the following point from the story regarding top IRS officials knowing about "Low Level" IRS agents targeting Conservatives has a pertinent comment:

“A federal watchdog’s upcoming report says senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups in 2011. The disclosure contradicts public statements by former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, who repeatedly assured Congress that conservative groups were not targeted. . . . The Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration is expected to release the results of a nearly yearlong investigation in the coming week. The Associated Press obtained part of the draft report.”

Insty's comment: So that’s why they released the story early — they knew it was coming out anyway.

Yes indeedy.


Yes, not exactly, I think it was a Middle East piece conference, that led former East German and Palestinians, to provoke the confrontation,
funny how that plot is inoperative.


Does anyone know what the extent of Congress's power to investigate crimes is these days? I know that the Special Prosecutor law has expired, but is there anything the House can do short of subpoenas and hearings? Can they vote to appoint a special investigator of any sort?

This IRS story suggests that real crimes may have been committed by IRS employees, and possibly by high-level political appointees in coordination with senior people in the administration.

I don't imagine that any senior-level administration employees were dumb enough to leave their fingerprints on this, but it would be healthy for the Republic if the people behind it could be paraded before the public and prosecuted somehow - not just forced to resign only to wind up with nice gigs on foundations and think tanks.

Jane -

Congress can defund the IRS - which would take care of Obamacare too.


The dogs woke up to discover strangers in our house; my Neice and her hubby, and especially the 2 year old girl and the 4 month old baby boy.

The 2 year old girl is very familiar with dogs and they took to her right away, but it really is fun to see my big Yellow Lab, Fry, so fascinated with the baby boy. Fry climbs up on the couch and places his nose about 1 inch away from the youngster and is just enthralled---very friendly toward it, but enthralled. He watches it's every move. Wonderful to see the old softy try to unravel the mystery of what this fun young critter is.


Labs are great with kids. My ex and I had one when we had a daycare in our home. Kids would pull his ears, try to ride him, and he just loved them all no matter what they did.

He had a bad habit of chewing the crotches out of any girl's bathing suit left on the fence to dry, though, so you might want to watch out for that.


House Republicans swiftly announce hearing on IRS targeting conservative groups

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday the Republican-led chamber would investigate the tax-collecting agency for flagging the groups for additional review to see whether they were violating their tax-exempt status.

“The IRS cannot target or intimidate any individual or organization based on their political beliefs,” the Virginia Republican said.

Cantor’s comments were followed within minutes by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp saying he would hold a hearing.

The IRS on Friday apologized for targeting groups, but Camp, R-Mich., argued the agency had “repeatedly denied” such activity.

“The admission by the agency that it targeted American taxpayers based on politics is both shocking and disappointing,” he said.

The committee has jurisdiction over the IRS, but it remains unclear whether other House committees also will investigate the issue, in which roughly 300 groups were flagged.

Melinda Romanoff snarkin'


I bet you a zero or two fell off on the way to the edit table.

James D.

if the people behind it could be paraded before the public and prosecuted somehow - not just forced to resign only to wind up with nice gigs on foundations and think tanks.

Where's the heavily-armed SWAT team smashing their way into the local IRS office where this happened, and the homes of those accused?

I mean, these days the cops will kick down the door, come in waving machine guns and tear your house apart if an informant tells them that his brother heard from his girlfriend's cousin that she overheard somebody say that there might be a stash of pot in your house.

Let's see the same treatment for these IRS folks and the people who gave them their orders. Fair is fair, right?

BB Key

Clarice or Hit,

What is the name of the place in Winston-Salem that sells quality Italian handbags , etc


"Is our knowledge of DNA and our testing ability good enough to absolutely determine it was him, as opposed to one of his brothers who share much the same DNA as he does?

Genetic match to a father would be close to 50%. Genetic match to an uncle would be close to 25%. I think testing is precise enough to see that amount of difference.

Genetic matching uses terms like "shared DNA" and "half identical". A person has 50% shared DNA with a parent but is 100% half identical. A person has 50% shared DNA with a sibling and is 50% half identical.


JamesD, they are lone wolf IRS low level peeps -- drone strike to prevent connecting any dots.

Captain Hate

Yes, Mel, there's no way only 300 were targeted.


Anne, is that you?


Yesterday, ABC News said it was "roughly 75" groups. Today Fox News says "roughly 300," so it's a good bet that it was "roughly a lot more than that."

The questions asked of the non-profits were so far beyond the pale, though, that it's hard to imagine that there was much coordination from up on high. Probably just a vague directive.

Jane -

They need to be jailed.

Let's see the same treatment for these IRS folks and the people who gave them their orders. Fair is fair, right?





Drudge has a link up to a story that should earn the protagonist this year's Darwin Award, granted to the person who manages to do something so stupid he manages to get himself killed, thereby cleaning up the gene pool ( thus the award name ). Seems this genius was walking on a railroad track with ear buds in blasting away, such that he never heard nor saw the train that ran him over...


Anne, is that you?

Danube on iPad

Last week is when Obama truly became a lame duck. He will spend the next four years twisting slowly, slowly in the wind, and I for one will relish the spectacle. If he has a legislative agends, he can forget about it. We have passed peak Obama.


Anne, is that you?

Rick Ballard

"Probably just a vague directive."

Very true. The OFA zampolit sitting next to the IRS agent was responsible for interpretation, implementation and evaluation. Low level, of course.

Do IRS career agents get away with "We were just following orders."?

Jack is Back

Don't bet on it. The MFM are still in the bag and will find some way to make him the Saint of the Year.


Extraneus makes a good point as usual at 6:41.



gmax, aka, extraneus, aka, Anne?

Thank you, Janet.


Actually I was trying to post a pic of a dog who thought she was hiding behind a curtain, full body and tongue hanging out, like Anne's.

This one isn't as good, but the other one wouldn't post.

It that you, Anne?


Here's the real Anne.

Rick Ballard

What is this, kindergarten? Grow up, extraneus.


Washington Post:

How about a universal basic income?

Or UBI, as they call it for short.

To those on the left, a UBI would create greater equality by ending poverty and providing a minimum living standard. It would also increase bargaining power for workers, who could demand better working conditions with a safety cushion.

Mike Konczal is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where he focuses on financial regulation, inequality and unemployment.


Here is Kevin Hayes at the Weekly Standard with a 3 page wrap-up of what we currently know about Benhgazi-Gate: The Benghazi Scandal Grows

Many good points in it to someone like me not so up to snuff on it:

Fer instance:
1) "Within 24 hours of the attack, the U.S. government had intercepted communications between two al Qaeda-linked terrorists discussing the attacks in Benghazi. One of the jihadists, a member of Ansar al Sharia, reported to the other that he had participated in the assault on the U.S. diplomatic post. Solid evidence."

2) "Jay Carney: “What we said and what remains true to this day is that the intelligence community drafted and redrafted these points.”
---But Carney’s claim raises an obvious question: Why would intelligence community officials want to redraft talking points they’d already finalized?"

3) "Boehner asked the White House to release the 100 pages of internal administration emails related to the drafting and editing of the talking points. Sources tell The Weekly Standard that House Republicans will subpoena them if the administration does not turn them over voluntarily."


Cool story on your Day-Cair Lab's. Both of the pups are still completely mystified by the little critter---in a good way. Thankfully no swim trunk weather yet up here.

Danube on iPad

Saw a brief excerpt from an interview to be aired tonight on Huckabee. Ms. Smith, mother of a Benghazi victim, wishes Hillary a Happy Mother's Day; says "You've got your child. I don't have mine. I blame you."

Remember how the press would show up en masse, far outnumbering the demonstrators, anywhere Cindy Sheehan went? Remember her camp outside Bush's ranch? Remember "ultimate noral authority?"

Bias? Nah.

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Just an FYI.

We have a current Proposition measure up here that I am opposed to. It is an effort paid for by Public Sector Unions to overturn our recently passed Legislation by the Mayor and the City Assembly, to place a reasonable structure around the process of renegotiating contracts with our Public Sector Unions, (sort of a mini-Scott Walker effort) to prevent future Mark Begich's from saddling the City with humongous Union Contracts that buy him votes, explode the City Deficit, and make the contracts so long that the follow on administration is unable to renegotiate them.

Anyhow, via Talk Radio I learned that the signature collectors to the Ballot are paid for each signature collected.

At a local restaurant today with the relatives I was asked to sign the Ballot. I declined, but asked how much they were being paid to collect signatures. They said "We aren't paid anything". I said could I see their Ballot Form and started looking at the back of their thing because Talk Radio told me there is a Disclosure statement on the back saying they do get paid for each signature.

As I was looking the girl says "I know what you are looking for and it is 1 Dollar per signature."

I said "Why did you say you get paid nothing when I asked, yet the form states that you do get paid?", and she replied that collectors of signatures don't paid if they don't want to get paid, so since she said she didn't want to get paid she could say that they don't get paid.

Legal guys---Is that proper? Straightforward? Jay Carneyesque? Illegal?

Obviously I'll mention it on local Talk when I call in on Monday to various shows, but does that sound legit to you guys? Just wondering.

I have collected signatures before for City Ballot/Prop measures and I never got paid or had any provision to get paid.

Am off with the dogs and I will read any responses later. Thanks in advance.


We knew that fool wasn't you, Rick. She couldn't come close.

Danube on iPad

Sounds arguably illegal and definitely Clintonian, daddy. (That would be either Bill or Hillary; take your pick.)


Extraneus, was that dog named BILL CLINTON?
The bathing suit dog, that is.



Danube on iPad

Fox News Watch:

"MONICA CROWLEY: Yeah, and you also have mounting evidence which we saw this week, too, of a White House and a State Department at the very highest levels engaging in lies and stonewalling, intimidation and bullying. If you reverse this and say if this were a President John McCain or President Mitt Romney, this media would be all over the story every single day.

"KIRSTEN POWERS: If it was President Bill Clinton. I'm sorry, like I worked in the Clinton administration. I have never seen anything like this. Bill Clinton would not have gotten away with this."


Danube, did Crowley say anything about her role in the coverup at the debate? Or is she just trying to coverup her ample butt?

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People are posting cute pet pics so I thought using a picture of Fido as an avatar would be nice.


Think about how much time Anne has spent figuring out email addresses that mimic posters' avatars here.

And she likes to talk about ditzes. :-)


Extraneus, think about the level of mental illness and loneliness.

Captain Hate

Sounds arguably illegal and definitely Clintonian, daddy. (That would be either Bill or Hillary; take your pick.)

Slick would say "that all depends on what your definition of 'paid' is" and Rodham would've either said "What does it matter" or she only gets paid by investing in cattle futures by reading the WSJ


Capn, the Rodham indignation act is weak. She does not carry the lie as well as Billy Jeff. And she is clearly rehearsed in her lies. In short, the fat assed bitch is just not likable to anyone with a 100 i.q.

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