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Jon Stewart mocks Peggy Noonan, which makes me like him even more

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Anyone who chides the insufferable Peggy Noonan as effectively as THIS is all right in my book. (Note: be sure to watch the video.)

Recently, the IRS has admitted to subjecting Tea Party groups to scrutiny. In fact, for the past few weeks the Obama Administration has been standing “crotch deep in the scandal swamp,” said Jon Stewart of The Daily Show.

Peggy Noonan, former Reagan speechwriter, is the perfect example of what it is to live in the conservative bubble. She recently said that the scandals “make a cluster that implies very bad things…This IRS thing is something I’ve never seen in my lifetime.”

Jon Stewart is quick to remind us of the Iran Contra fiasco. Noonan is on record defending Reagan, saying Iran Contra was “unlucky” and a “mistake.”

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  1. Steverino

    Noonan needs to change her health provider because her current meds aren’t working.

  2. Brian Opsahl

    The faces she was making the other day were priceless,hate,hate,hate is all she preaches

  3. Neftali

    That’s #3 where Brian is wrong.

    Peggy Noonan does not just preach hate. That’s as stupid a remark as any I’ve read here.

    For example, here’s a good article where she discusses the accomplishments of Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, and how he turned the country from a 2nd world state, to an economic powerhouse. He also offers advise on America’s strengths and weaknesses. Its a fascinating read into the mind of a brilliant man.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324100904578402970077475626.html

  4. Brian Opsahl

    Everytime she is on T V when I have watched her she is spewing hate…Im sure she doe’s say other things …?…but AGAIN Nef, my opinions are my opinions….when I finish a sentence and say thats a fact…then you can judge if im wrong..and the other 2 are..?

    If you wish to keep a count im your huckelberry….you haven’t said anything all week that wouldn’t get you a few lenghts added to your nose..!!

  5. Neftali

    Brian – Your opinion is wrong. Hate is NOT all Peggy Noonon preaches. Hence #3.

    Read the article I linked to and tell me where she is preaching hate, and I’ll retract my “Brian being wrong” back down to 2. For now, its 3.

  6. Brian Opsahl

    As I asked what are the first 2 ..?
    My opinions are just that…! when I quote a fact I usully say so…correct…again as i said everytime I see her she is spewing hate…MY OPINION…!!

  7. Neftali

    your opinion….which is wrong.

  8. expdoc

    Brian,

    You are seriously deluded if you think that Peggy Noonan “spews hate”. It would be classic liberal tactic to attack her as the messenger but ignore the message. You may disagree with Peggy Noonan, but her current column contains this very disturbing passage.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323475304578501581991103070.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

    We know the IRS commissioner wasn’t telling the truth in March 2012, when he testified: “There’s absolutely no targeting.” We have learned that Lois Lerner lied when she claimed she had spontaneously admitted the targeting in a Q-and-A at a Washington meeting. It was part of a spin operation in which she’d planted the question with a friend. We know the tax-exempt bureau Ms. Lerner ran did not simply make mistakes because it was overwhelmed with requests—the targeting began before a surge in applications. And Ms. Lerner did not learn about the targeting in 2012—the IRS audit timeline shows she was briefed in June 2011. She said the targeting was the work of rogue agents in the Cincinnati office. But the Washington Post spoke to an IRS worker there, who said: “Everything comes from the top.”

    We know that Lois Lerner this week announced she’d done nothing wrong, and then took the Fifth.

    *snip*

    He interviewed and told the story of Catherine Engelbrecht—a nice woman, a citizen, an American. She and her husband live in Richmond, Texas. They have a small manufacturing business. In the past few years she became interested in public policy and founded two groups, King Street Patriots and True the Vote.

    In July 2010 she sent applications to the IRS for tax-exempt status. What followed was not the harassment, intrusiveness and delay we’re now used to hearing of. The U.S. government came down on her with full force.

    Peggy Noonan’s Blog
    Daily declarations from the Wall Street Journal columnist.
    .In December 2010 the FBI came to ask about a person who’d attended a King Street Patriots function. In January 2011 the FBI had more questions. The same month the IRS audited her business tax returns. In May 2011 the FBI called again for a general inquiry about King Street Patriots. In June 2011 Engelbrecht’s personal tax returns were audited and the FBI called again. In October 2011 a round of questions on True the Vote. In November 2011 another call from the FBI. The next month, more questions from the FBI. In February 2012 a third round of IRS questions on True the Vote. In February 2012 a first round of questions on King Street Patriots. The same month the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms did an unscheduled audit of her business. (It had a license to make firearms but didn’t make them.) In July 2012 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration did an unscheduled audit. In November 2012 more IRS questions on True the Vote. In March 2013, more questions. In April 2013 a second ATF audit.

    All this because she requested tax-exempt status for a local conservative group and for one that registers voters and tries to get dead people off the rolls. Her attorney, Cleta Mitchell, who provided the timeline above, told me: “These people, they are just regular Americans. They try to get dead people off the voter rolls, you would think that they are serial killers.”

    This week Ms. Engelbrecht, who still hasn’t received her exemptions, sued the IRS.

    With all the talk and the hearings and the news reports, it is important to keep the essentials of this story in mind.

    First, only conservative groups were targeted in this scandal by the IRS. Liberal or progressive groups were not targeted. The IRS leaked conservative groups’ confidential applications and donor lists to liberal groups, never the other way around.

    This was a political operation. If it had not been, then the statistics tell us left-wing groups would have been harassed and abused, and seen their applications leaked to the press. There would be a left-wing equivalent to Catherine Engelbrecht.

    And all of this apparently took place in the years leading up to the 2012 election. Meaning that before that election, groups that were anti-Obamacare, or pro-life, or pro-Second Amendment or constitutionalist, or had words like “tea party” or “patriot” in their name—groups that is that would support Republicans, not Democrats—were suppressed, thwarted, kept from raising money and therefore kept from fully operating.

    That is some kind of coincidence. That is some kind of strangely political, strangely partisan, and strangely ideological “poor customer service.”

  9. Ron Carlson

    Nef that is Brian’s opinion and he is entitled to them. He isn’t right or wrong you just don’t agree with him. Everyone is entitled to there own opinion there is no right or wrong some you agree with some you don’t. That is what makes this country great is that we can have different opinions and respect those opinions whether we agree or not.

  10. Brian Opsahl

    Thanks Ron that is exactly what I was trying to explain to him…it is how I feel..based on MY opinions.

    Doc, I have to admit I have only watched Peggy 3 differant times….but each time she went balistic…so.

  11. Neftali

    Wow. You guys are both idiots.

    If I have an opinion that 1 + 1 = 3, and I right or wrong? According to you clowns, its just an opinion. But hey, in liberal bizzaro world, I guess no one is right or wrong. Everyone is “just entitled to your opinion.” Share and share alike, From each according to his ability, to each according to his need, right liberals?

  12. Brian Opsahl

    Your calling me an idiot and yet you do not understand what the word opinion means.
    An opinion is like the rectum…everybodys got one.

    Now if I used the word FACT and I am factully wrong and proven so then you can call me an idiot…got it Nef…?

    If I was to say 1+1=3 and that is a fact…yes im wrong factully
    Now if I say that George H Bush + Goerge W Bush= a dissaster waiting to happen…that is my OPINION even though it’s very close to the truth…see Nef do you now understand how that works…Mr.Idiot..!!

  13. expdoc

    Brian,

    I am now convinced you have never seen Peggy Noonan. Going ballistic is not in her DNA. More like waxing poetic.

  14. Brian Opsahl

    That’s my take on her Doc, she was making these odd faces and wierd gestures with her hands…and Doc that was yesterday on MSNBC and then also on comedy central

  15. Neftali

    Brian – A person can have an opinion and still be wrong about that opinion. Not sure why that is so hard even for your feeble brain to comprehend.

    When you say Noonan only preaches hate, that may be an opinion, but it is also factually wrong, and I (and Doc) have proven you wrong.

  16. doc: Yeah, Noonan waxes poetic, but the poetry is often just foolish, as she has demonstrated on numerous occasions.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: She simply doesn’t know much about politics. She’s all about vibes and moods and dreams, but she misses the hard realities of the political world. Her sappy worship of Ronald Reagan completely misses the political realities of the man’s presidency. Her take on him reads like a superficial book for eighth graders.

    Noonan’s hagiography of Pope John Paul II is typical or her work. She’s a hero-worshipper at heart, and anyone who strays from the tenets expounded by her heroes is inherently a bad person.

  17. Robert

    A few days back I posted an opinion about some of these NFP applicants possibly being anti-government types, the types that would take up arms against the government and that I didn’t like the tax laws enabling such organizations. Of course I was accused of being a candidate for a tin foil hat, but then I just read this excerpt from something expdoc just posted that legitimized my concern. And to see that other factions within our govt saw them, still makes me believe we should be very careful about what kind of groups we give tax free succor to.

    In the statement below from expdoc’s post, it notes how this NFP applicant is now being made out to be a victim, but something I read made me think how things in this case got escalated. The FBI and ATF have big interest in guns and who owns them. There was a comment that this NFP applicant had a license to make guns (but hadn’t mfd them so far). I think that raised lots of sirens. Is it really that odd that this NFP applicant got the scrutiny they did?

    Peggy Noonan’s Blog
    Daily declarations from the Wall Street Journal columnist.
    .In December 2010 the FBI came to ask about a person who’d attended a King Street Patriots function. In January 2011 the FBI had more questions. The same month the IRS audited her business tax returns. In May 2011 the FBI called again for a general inquiry about King Street Patriots. In June 2011 Engelbrecht’s personal tax returns were audited and the FBI called again. In October 2011 a round of questions on True the Vote. In November 2011 another call from the FBI. The next month, more questions from the FBI. In February 2012 a third round of IRS questions on True the Vote. In February 2012 a first round of questions on King Street Patriots. The same month the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms did an unscheduled audit of her business. (It had a license to make firearms but didn’t make them.) In July 2012 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration did an unscheduled audit. In November 2012 more IRS questions on True the Vote. In March 2013, more questions. In April 2013 a second ATF audit.

  18. Brian Opsahl

    When you go back to her Reagan speech writing days and listen to what she says about him and compare that to what she say’s today she would be the mt,Everest of hypocrits.

    Doc, my choice of words maybe a bit dramatic…it’s been a long day..!!

    She say’s the whole Iran/Contra thing was just a missunderstanding but the IRS thing is bigger than watergate…now who’s full of s#*t Doc.

  19. expdoc

    She has a LICENSE to make firearms Robert. I would think that would mean that ATF issued said license, here is there website.

    It is very odd that the applicant received the scrutiny that she did.

    http://www.atf.gov/firearms/faq/national-firearms-act-firearms.html#nfa-qualifications

  20. Ron Carlson

    Nef, I don’t appreciate being called an idiot. Why can’t people have a conversation about differing opinions without name calling. I didn’t call you any names hell I’m not even mad at you and your views. I respect them I just don’t agree with most of them I may have mostly liberal views but I have some conservative one’s too. I consider my self middle of the road leaning slightly to the left.

  21. Neftali

    Ron – you agreed with Brian’s thought that everything Noonan says is hate speech. Therefore, you’re an idiot. I’m fine if you disagree with her. I’m fine if you call her creepy. But to claim everything she says is hateful is factually incorrect. everything she says is not hateful. I’ve asked for where in her column that I linked to that she was spreading hate, and you guys can’t come up with anything. If you don’t want to be called an idiot, don’t make idiotic statements. When I see a ridiculous accusation being made, I’m going to call you out. I expect the same of others toward me.

  22. Robert

    expdoc, I can see where the ATF, if they do issue licenses to make fire arms, would jump on this situation. After all, these people were seeking a NFP tax status, chose a name that appeared to be in the Patriot movement, had the ability to mfr guns or the desire. What’s that sound like a recipe for?

    Just on the surface, don’t you think the application might sound suspicious? I would think the FBI, ATF and NSA all domestic intelligence services, want to keep an eye on such groups. If there were ever going to be a group of people or mindsets that could rise up against the govt, I’d say the Patriot movement is a prime suspect.

    Why would we want to give tax free status to people who might want to lead a revolution?

    I suspect in the future, these conservative groups will choose names that are more benign and not attracting of too much attention. Is that a good thing?

    I think all applicants seeking NFP status should be reviewed with a fine tooth comb. NFP’s seem to be big business these days. I hear that term a lot.

    And something I’d like to ask Pat Cunningham, since I’m sure he reads all the post – Pat, since you keep up on the patronage stats of your blog Applesauce, can and will you tell us if the FBI, NSA, ATF or any other police type agency has ever patronized your blog? I hear you can tell by the IP address. I know where I live, we had a blogger who told us he saw the NSA had visited his website. He was investigated thereafter for some information he posted on his blog. PS- No response is a response.

  23. Ron Carlson

    Nef show me where I agree with what Brian said that everything Peggy Noonan says is hate? I didn’t agree with his opinion or disagree I only stated that it was his opinion.

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