I wasn’t all that excited about the game today, but now that Budweiser put this out I’m PUMPED. Is this commercial foreshadowing an attack on Belgium depending on the outcome of this game? I HOPE SO. Belgium is like the New Jersey of Europe. Fuck ’em…and their waffles…
Here we call our waffles FREEDOM WAFFLES.
Damn straight. So, LET’S GO AMERICA! USA! USA! USA!
NO, HELL NO!
MONSTERS! DESTROY THEM!
Oh, and here’s Obama, fraternizing with the enemy, of course.
Four future American Democratic presidential candidates reminisce about how poor they once were. Not really, but the ridiculousness of the Clintons and Biden this week made me think of this Monty Python sketch. More of Monty Python’s greatest skits here.
Trey Gowdy nails the IRS Commish to the fucking wall during last night’s hearing. Please make this man Attorney General someday.
I’m not a huge fan of Paul Ryan but I am a huge fan of Angry Paul Ryan. Watch Ryan get increasingly furious until he ends up going Beast Mode on the IRS Commissioner (and former CEO of Freddie Mac) John Koskinen.
“I didn’t ask him a question!…I control the time!”
I love it.
Kevin Brady had a good exchange with the commissioner too.
We learned today that Lois Lerner’s hard drive “crashed” conveniently 10 days after House Ways & Means Chairman Dave Camp made his first inquiry about the targeting. It’s also possible Koskinen perjured himself. Ace explains:
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen knew in February that Lois Lerner’s hard drive had “crashed” — but did not inform Congress until last week. Worse yet, he has repeatedly told media outlets that he only knew of the crash in “late spring.” Furthermore, a Treasury letter from April (repeatedly referenced by Rep. Brady) states that that department agreed with the IRS that Congress should be informed as soon as possible. And yet Koskinen did not inform Congress until last week. Koskinen’s defense for what appears to be perjury or at least withholding critical information from Congress is this: I knew about the hard drive crash, but I didn’t know that emails would be irretrievable (and he maintains he doesn’t know if they can’t be retrieved), so I didn’t tell you because I didn’t want you jumping to unwarranted conclusions.
Ed Morrissey notes another instance of suspicious timing:
The closest insinuation between the IRS targeting scandal has been an unusual meeting between the IRS’ chief counsel, William Wilkins, and Obama on April 23, 2012. The chief counsel for the IRS would have no discernible reason for a private meeting with the president; his job would be to brief the IRS commissioner –at the time Douglas Shulman –who met with Obama the very next day. The day after that, Wilkins sent a revised set of guidelines to Lois Lerner for the tax-exempt unit to use when applying extra scrutiny. To this day, no explanation for this meeting has been made public, even though records show that Wilkins spent hours at the White House with “POTUS” as his host. Nor was this the first time that Wilkins appears in the targeting narrative. Carter Hull, a retired high-ranking IRS official with 48 years experience at the agency, testified that after he approved a Tea Party-related tax-exempt application, it got routed to Wilkins rather than finalized.
So, to sum up that last bit, in Ace’s words: “The day after an unusual meeting of a mid-level manager and the President, the mid-level manager issues revised targeting guidelines to the IRS, and we’re supposed to believe those guidelines were not the subject of discussion between the President and the manager?”
…when Americans pretend they like soccer and hipsters pretend to be patriotic…
Seriously though, congrats to 21-year-old John Brooks (the very excited young man pictured below) who scored the winning goal, which was also his first goal in an international game and the first goal scored by a U.S. substitute at a World Cup competition.
Photo by Alex Livesey/Fifa via Getty Images
(Confession: I was chanting USA! USA! USA! too, because I hate soccer but I FUCKING LOVE AMERICA.)
This also happened…