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  1. Pat
    Pat May 24, 2013 6:03 am

    Lerner (IRS) is full of stinking brown arrogance. See for what Judge Napolitano says she should answer to.

    It will be interesting to learn how the man in _Escape from Camp 14_ learned why he felt he should escape. Did his mother tell him of a better life, and encourage him to seek it? Or did he have that restless spirit that marks a man who thinks for himself?

  2. Laird
    Laird May 24, 2013 8:23 am

    Napolitano’s discussion is very good.

    I have great respect for Darrell Issa, but he made a mistake in letting Lerner walk away. He should have listened to Trey Gowdy’s advice. Gowdy is an experienced prosecutor and understands how the privilege works; Issa isn’t and doesn’t. She clearly waived the privilege (at least with respect to the matters she addressed in her “opening remarks” and probably for everything else, too). She should have been forced to answer or be held in contempt and incarcerated until she does.

    On a larger issue, no government official should ever have the right to claim a 5th Amendment privilege with regard to his official duties. Congress and the American people have an absolute right to know how their government’s business is being conducted. If she wants to assert the privilege she should be required to resign first (although apparently she has refused to do so, and is now on “administrative leave”). There is a privilege against self-incrimination, but there is no constitutional right to government employment. You can’t have both.

  3. Ragnar
    Ragnar May 24, 2013 9:32 am

    Reading a cool little book called “Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom” that I’ll bet a lot of your readers would like. It’s a bit like “Twelve by Twelve.” Both books are from liberals but the minimalist, sustainable, anti-consumerism approach to freedom crosses over.

  4. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau May 24, 2013 1:11 pm

    “Congress and the American people have an absolute right to know how their government’s business is being conducted.”

    This is the problem with using the language of rights. It leads one to make the most nonsensical assertions having nothing to do with reality.

    There is no such right. Much of what those in government do never does come to light. All we have is speculation; even for such things as JFK’s assassination, never mind the more mundane items.

    When we talk about how things should be, we are only stating a personal preference. Other people (particularly those in power, which power allows them to largely ignore us) have their own different preferences. There is nothing to do with rights in this picture.

  5. naturegirl
    naturegirl May 24, 2013 1:51 pm

    The Camp 14 story has been featured on 60 Minutes. He wanted chicken, and so he went/left to go get some. What I found intriguing about his story is his comments on love and how he doesn’t understand it. Because his family life was nearly nonexistent due to the whole prison camp rules and regs. He appears to be quite bright but I don’t think he’s grasped the fact that he’s probably the ONE who could bring all that down, if he wanted to.

    The 60 Minutes segment is probably on YT somewhere.

  6. A.G.
    A.G. May 24, 2013 2:31 pm

    Yeah, was bummed to hear about Manzarek. The Dove and I were fortunate to catch The Doors 3.0 a couple of years back. Ray took on the part of front man well, haming it up like an exuberent 16 year old permastuck in ’67. He was a hoot when interviewed on LA rock radio too, giving offbeat curve ball answers to whatever the questions were. It is interesting that someone with his persona would be the frequent source of such dour, Poe-like music.
    Time to bust out the poofy headsets in rememberance.

  7. Rocky Eades
    Rocky Eades May 27, 2013 2:41 pm

    Yeah Claire, I’ve been saying for 40 years that Manzarek was the genius behind The Doors. His work on “Riders On The Storm” is the best keyboard work ever in rock.

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