Saturday, May 25, 2013
First she refused to testify. Now Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the center of the tax agency scandal, is refusing to resign, according to a top Republican senator.
I could she the headlines now. If Donald Trump were in charge he might say, "Your fired and You're going to jail." But to be politically correct our Government is telling her and us, were placing Lois Lerner, the IRS staffer, even though you are under fire for your role in the agency’s targeting of conservative groups, we are placing you on administrative leave. Yes that's right! You get a payed vacation starting Thursday!
Sources confirmed to Fox News earlier Thursday that Lerner, the head of the IRS division that oversaw the unit targeting conservative groups, had been placed on administrative leave, with pay.
But Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, claimed she was only put in that status after refusing to step down.
He said the commissioner was in his right to demand her resignation, and said taxpayers should not continue to pay her salary indefinitely.
“My understanding is the new acting IRS commissioner asked for Ms. Lerner’s resignation, and she refused to resign. She was then put on administrative leave instead,” Grassley said in a statement. “The IRS owes it to taxpayers to resolve her situation quickly. The agency needs to move on to fix the conditions that led to the targeting debacle.”
Capitol Hill sources said Lerner, the director of exempt organizations, was placed on paid leave Thursday, amid calls from some lawmakers for her to be suspended or fired. In her absence, Ken Corbin, the current deputy director of the submission processing, wage and investment division, will take over her duties, according to an internal IRS memo obtained by Fox News.
Lerner, the official who first acknowledged the controversial IRS practice earlier this month, asserted her innocence at a House hearing on Wednesday. She then refused to testify, citing her Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination. The move angered many who say she should have been forced to answer why the tax agency targeted conservative groups applying for tax exempt status.
Republican leaders of that committee, though, now say she waived that right by giving a statement and want to haul her back to testify.
In a letter earlier Thursday to IRS Acting Commissioner Daniel Werfel, Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and John McCain, R-Ariz., asked the agency to remove Lerner from office and said they had “lost confidence in her ability to fulfill her duties.”
It’s unclear whether Republicans will succeed in trying to recall her before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the panel, said through an aide Thursday that her Fifth Amendment assertion is “no longer valid,” since she delivered remarks at the start of Wednesday’s hearing.
That hearing was never technically adjourned, and Republicans hope to bring her back.
Others, though, say she was in her right to defend herself and subsequently invoke the right to remain silent.
The IRS has had a series of missteps that have not only publicly marred the reputation of the IRS, but also called into question what the White House knew about the scandal and when they knew it.
“It’s extremely troubling that it has taken this long for Lois Lerner to removed from the top exempt position at the IRS,” Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, the group suing on behalf of some Tea Party groups, said in a statement to FoxNews.com.
Sekulow said instead of putting Lerner on administrative leave, his group is calling for her to be fired.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
Would we be so bold as to say U.S. Citizen's and those under the protection of the United States are not, and cannot be held subject to any foreign court, religious court, or rules, regulations, statutes, or laws that are derived from a foreign court, or religion...
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Sun, Safety & Your Sanity
Who's counting down the days to lazy summer afternoons, cooling off at the pool, and dreamy beach vacations? Who are we kidding? For lots of moms, summertime can be anything but relaxing. From endless sunscreen latherings (one of my biggest pet peeves) - to constant monitoring of your little toddler's every last move near water - to your never-ending quest to find comfort for you child and yourself in the hot, salty sun...summer break can be downright exhausting. Yet these tasks are a rite of passage for every mom. They must be tackled, no matter how challenging or time-consuming. So today, thanks to our friends at Babies R Us, I'm featuring clever products and suggestions that can help moms reclaim their sanity while enjoying a safe, sun-filled summer!
Clever Tips and Tricks
Lots of these suggestions come from products you already use around the house, or can easily add to your beach bag or your packing lists this summer!
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Happening this weekend.
Jaybird’s Memorial Ride 2013
- Registration begins at 11:00 with Kick-Stands up at 12:30
- $15 Single $20 Double
- Ride begins and ends at Ted’s Famous Chicken
- DJ, Poker Run, 50/50 Drawing, Live Auction, Raffles, Live Music
- Proceeds Benefit: Relay For Life of Winston-Salem and the American Cancer Society.
- Music by Kinesis Entertainment
- Live Performance by Knuckles Deep