Acting I R S Commissioner Steve Miller
“Testifying” in front of the House Ways & Means Committee, on Friday,
May 17, 2013:
I don’t remember, I can’t recall
(Please don’t make me take the fall);
My answers are beyond the pale
(I don’t want to go to jail)
My shtick is to appear confused
(I don’t want to be accused);
Please, let me re-phrase your question
(Maybe I’ll avoid detention)
I’m so dazed, my memory fails me
(I just hope nobody jails me)
I’ll always answer truthfully
You know I will – but then,
I don’t remember, I can’t recall,
(And I don’t wanna go to the pen!)
- Congressman Goes On Berating Rant At Ousted IRS Commissioner And Gets A Standing Ovation (businessinsider.com)
- The Smug, Arrogant Face of Obama’s IRS: Steve Miller (tammybruce.com)
This letter was sent to Senator Lindsey Graham from his “contact me/email me” site:
To: Senator Lindsey Graham,Senate Armed Services Committee Investigating Benghazi
Dear Senator Graham,
Please do not let Benghazi fall through the cracks. There is a cover-up going on here. I want the truth! I’m terribly upset about this. I listened to the Liberal Democrats at the Hillary Clinton hearings wasting their precious interview minutes fawning and slobbering over Hillary Clinton and never even TALKING about Benghazi, even though the whole purpose of the hearing was to investigate what happened in Benghazi. These people were not doing what we pay them for!
When Ambassador Stephens and his people begged for help during the attack, someone told the people at the Annex etc. to STAND DOWN! I want to know the origin of that command. I’ve watched the hearings & I myself have not heard this question put to anybody! Everyone either doesn’t care or is too AFRAID to ask this question. I believe that you do feel very strongly about this. I hope that I am right about you.
PLEASE DO NOT LET THIS COVER-UP REMAIN FOREVER HIDDEN.
I have my own thoughts about what really happened here. More of my thoughts about this are on my blog, http://www.Merillion.Wordpress.com. I know you’ll probably not have time to read it, but it is one American citizen’s view of what goes on today.
More than anything, when it comes to Benghazi, I want the truth! And if the truth requires subpoenaing everyone, starting with President Obama and on down the line, do it!! And they must testify UNDER OATH! If you have a problem with subpoenaing the people you need to hear from, I want to know exactly what that problem is.
Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who has worked hard to get information, said that Congresssional investigators are being blocked from speaking to the survivors of the Benghazi attack. He also said, “we’ve been polite, we’ve been nice” when asking the State Department for access to the survivors. “NICE?” “POLITE?” FOUR PEOPLE ARE DEAD HERE! GET REAL!!
What the “sequester” is: A decrease in the increase in spending – NOT A CUT!
ANY CHARACTER HERE
DISHONOR noun 1 : lack or loss of honor or reputation 2 : the state of one who has lost honor or prestige : SHAME 3 a : a dishonorable thing or action b : a cause of disgrace
DISHONORABLE adj 1 : when the President of the United States, a Senator in the Congress of the United States, or a Congressman or Congresswoman of the United States LIES to the people of the United States, as in the case of “sequestration.” 2 : when the above President, Senators, or any members of Congress INTENTIONALLY CREATE FEAR in the minds of the people of the United States by such lies.
Lying breeds confusion, chaos, and ultimately, hatred.
The “sequester” was originally President Obama’s idea, an idea he shared with
members of Congress.
Election Day 2012: What goes on here?
Obama is re-elected President of the United States
But, but what about Benghazi?
Four Americans were murdered there. The government didn’t give them help before, during, and who even knows about after, considering that we have other embassies all over the world? Reckless endangerment, careless neglect, no help. “Please, please, help us! Where are you? WHERE ARE YOU?”
OKEY DOKEY, NO PROBLEM – WE VOTE FOR OBAMA!
But, but what about Keystone? “No, I say No to Keystone. But, but I care about jobs! Now, you know that, my friends, don’t you?”
OKEY DOKEY, NO PROBLEM – WE VOTE FOR YOU!
But, but America has oil. America has gas. Lots and lots of both!
No, the environmentalists come first. American military troops may have to lose their limbs and their lives protecting our oil interests in a foreign country, but what’s more important than environmentalists and their thoughts, their DEMANDS? And what could be more important than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)?
OKEY DOKEY, NO PROBLEM – WE VOTE FOR YOU!
But, but what about the Faux Media? CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, CNN – the sins of omission – omission of the truth?
OKEY DOKEY, NO PROBLEM – we love the faux media! We would never try another news program. We would never look at Fox News! What for? We’re really not that interested. We are faux people.
But, but do you want America to be run by a global government agency? Surely you don’t want the United Nations telling Americans what we can or cannot do?
REALLY, NO PROBLEM! – WE VOTE FOR OBAMA!
But, but what about Reality??
“Huh? What’s Reality? Oh I get it! The reality shows that are on tv! Now you’re talkin’!”
Please love me! Please vote for me! Look, Look, I’m crying!
Awww, OKEY DOKEY, NO PROBLEM – WE VOTE FOR YOU!
And, please see the following from: AKDart “Oil & Politics”
Obama’s Great Alaska Shutout. President Obama is campaigning as a champion of the oil and gas boom he’s had nothing to do with, and even as his regulators try to stifle it. The latest example is the Interior Department’s little-noticed August decision to close off from drilling nearly half of the 23.5 million acre National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. The area is called the National Petroleum Reserve because in 1976 Congress designated it as a strategic oil and natural gas stockpile to meet the “energy needs of the nation.” Alaska favors exploration in nearly the entire reserve.
Also see, from Breitbart: “The Obama administration’s decision to block oil drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A) is the latest symbol of an energy policy that could be described as “none of the above.”
From: American Thinker
October 1, 2012
“Is Barack Obama a Compulsive Liar?”
By: Steve McCann
“There is now a near universal mistrust of Obama among world leaders as well as many members of Congress who candidly admit they cannot deal with Barack Obama, as he has proven himself to be untrustworthy and unbelievable –”
I think Gov. Romney’s Campaign Manager should make a new TV ad, showing Pres. Obama pushing Grandma off the FISCAL CLIFF!
What do you think?
My sister died of cancer 3 years ago. One month later, my 40-year-old niece died of pancreatic cancer. Neither one of them ever whined about their terrible illnesses and facing death.
When I hear some women in America whining because they may not be able to get contraceptives for free, they make me ashamed of them.
And now a group of atheists is whining, and bringing a lawsuit because seeing a cross at Ground Zero Memorial “might make them sick.”
You ladies? You group of atheists? You make me sick!
“It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.”
And with reference to the above quote, please take a moment to
Get to know your candidate better!
See the following article from: “Voting American”
When I first saw this painting it literally took my breath away, and that was just seeing it on my computer screen! It was frightening and beautiful at the same time. It was painted in 1850 by Ivan Aivazovsky, considered to be a great Russian seascape painter. You can see why!
“The Ninth Wave ‘The Ninth Wave,’ painted in 1850, is Aivazovsky’s most famous work and is an archetypal image for the artist. The painting depicts the feared ninth swell, believed by Russian seamen to be the most powerful and destructive. Copyright ©. George Mitrevski. Auburn University. e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
“Ivan Aivazovsky is the great Russian painter of seascapes. The sea was his life and the chief subject of his art. No-one else painted the sea the way that he did.” http://www.rusmuseum.ru/eng/editions/video/history_rus_iso/ajvazovskij/
How disappointing – a slap in the face;
A shocking outcome – a trust misplaced.
Did Justice Roberts Change His Obamacare Vote At The Eleventh Hour?
Author: Rick Ungar, Contributor
“Back in May, there were rumors floating around relevant legal circles that a key vote was taking place, and that Roberts was feeling tremendous pressure from unidentified circles to vote to uphold the mandate…”
“…was he [Roberts] responding to the heat from President Obama and others, preemptively threatening to delegitimize the Court if it invalidated the ACA (Affordable Care Act)?”
Read entire article here:
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They toil not, neither do they spin, and yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Matthew 6, 28 & 29
Every year, like clockwork, the Stella d’Oro lilies outside our kitchen window come into bloom. And every year, like clockwork, I become Katharine Hepburn. I come back inside and say to Mr. Merillion, “The lilies are in bloom again.”
And here’s Katharine:
- Watercolor lily (dooce.com)
From: “HOMETOWN NEWS” – Brevard County, Florida
A Guest Column by Brevard County Sheriff Jack Parker
“Paws & Stripes Program is making a difference”
“In September 2006, the Sheriff’s Office implemented an innovative program that matched unadoptable
dogs with specially trained jail inmates…”
“…The affect the dogs have had on the inmate population has been remarkable and has created a calming affect among the inmate population. In many cases, inmates have said their time working in the program was life-changing and gave them purpose during a tough time in their lives.” Read entire article here: PAWS&STRIPES 2012-06-01 column vers2
The United Nations wants to give Mt. Rushmore back to the Indians.
It strikes me that people at the U.N. don’t have enough work to do.
First of all, our Mt. Rushmore, which is located in the United States of America, is none of your damn business. If you want to control countries and tell them how to live and what to do, work with your own country.
Another piece of information for you:
Your fancy-schmancy U.N. building is located on the island of Manhattan. You want to give something to the Indians?
Give them the U.N. building. I’m sure it’s worth a lot of money, and you people don’t deserve it anyway.
“Los Pastores de Belem”
A traditional Spanish Carol
Uploaded by joypsalunga on Sep 23, 2011
Glad Christmas Tidings
Wisdom, and a sense of humor – this was Ronald Reagan:
“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
“The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant: it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”
“Of the four wars in my lifetime none came about because the U.S. was too strong.”
“I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.”
“The taxpayer: that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.”
“Government is like a baby: an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.”
“If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
“I’ve laid down the law to everyone from now on about anything that happens: no matter what time it is, wake me, even if it’s in the middle of a Cabinet meeting.”
“It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.”
“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: if it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
“Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.”
“No arsenal, or weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.”
“No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.”
“Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.”
“We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much”
– Ronald Reagan
“When the people fear their government, there is TYRANNY; when the government fears the people, there is LIBERTY.”
It is February of 2012. Do you fear our present government? I do. Even writing this post makes me afraid.
This administration, at this time, has asked Obama supporters to notify the administration if they see any anti-Obama messages, articles, etc. They want people to spy on their fellow-Americans!
I’ve been around a long time, and I have never, EVER, been afraid of the government. This is a FIRST!
TAKE WARNING! WHEN THE PEOPLE FEAR THEIR GOVERNMENT, THERE IS TYRANNY; WHEN THE GOVERNMENT FEARS THE PEOPLE, THERE IS LIBERTY
From the Office of Sheriff Jack Parker
Brevard County, Florida
“Some Florida legislators are putting forth a bill in the Senate and the House that will prevent school officials from reporting crimes at schools to local law enforcement…”
“As an example, if this bill were to become law, a 17-year-old boy who assaulted and battered a 12-year-old girl would not be able to be arrested or prosecuted for his crimes, nor would school officials even be allowed to contact the police…”
Read entire article here: ‘Zero Tolerance for Crime’ bill is anything but
- Qualities of an American Leader (merillion.wordpress.com)
Sheriff Jack Parker
Sheriff of Brevard County, Florida
From: “Spacecoast Business” Magazine:
Helping Create a Quality Community
What’s not to admire about Sheriff Jack Parker? He has an infectious enthusiasm about the community, loves his job and co-workers and enjoys the great outdoors with his family. He has the kind of outlook and motivation that makes you feel good about being a part of Brevard County. Being in the business of public service, Parker takes his organization’s mission seriously, which includes “Building Community and Professional Partnerships,” and firmly believes that his job creates a quality community, which attracts new businesses and families to the area.
The centricity of law enforcement’s role in creating a positive and safe environment is a perspective that everyone on the Space Coast agrees with. And caring for a county that spans over seventy miles and has large unincorporated areas where the Sheriff’s Department has responsibility and jurisdiction, which includes all of Merritt Island and Viera, is no small task. Juggling his responsibilities as a community leader, a law enforcement officer, a business executive managing nearly 1,200 employees and 100 volunteers, with a budget of $107 million, in addition to being an elected official, Parker has made – and continues to make – his mark on the county he loves.
Practically a Native
Parker’s family moved to Cocoa Beach when he was eight years old by way of New Jersey and New York City. When reflecting on growing up in Florida he recalls, “I lived in a house on the canal, had a little boat and loved to fish. It was an absolute contrast to my surroundings in New York. I have always treasured the beauty of living on the Space Coast.”
Elected Sheriff in 2004 and now serving a second term, Parker commands a staff with incredible diversity and specialization, from criminal investigation to corrections. The Sheriff’s Office operations cover five precincts: North patrolling the Titusville/Mims area; East patrolling the northern part of Merritt Island; the Canaveral precinct covers the Port area; and the West and South precincts cover the beaches to Sebastian Inlet and west to the county line.
Parker has worked his way up in the Sheriff’s Department having begun his career as a correctional officer in 1983. Although he did not envision himself being in public safety for 30 years, with no one in his family having been in the profession, he quickly grew to like the work and camaraderie of the organization.
“Every day was different and exciting. What put the exclamation point on my feelings for the department was when I was in a motorcycle accident after just having started my job in 1983. My co-workers rallied behind me to help me get better, giving me encouragement and sick days to cover my time off of work.”
Preparation and Achievement
Impressively, he skipped from the rank of a lieutenant to a major at the age of 26. In, 1989, Parker moved out of the jail into the law enforcement operations in an administrative capacity, first in the north precinct and then the east. Soon he rose to commander in charge of administration.
Parker understands the value of hard work, having obtained his associate’s degree from Brevard Community College and his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida, and certifications from the Law Enforcement, Corrections and Fire Fighting Academies. These efforts served him well during his seven years of service as the Public Safety Director of Brevard County. At the time, this position oversaw 800 employees and included the fire department, lifeguards and probation, community service and pretrial release programs.
Dr. Jim Drake, president of Brevard Community College, recognizes Parker as one of the College’s outstanding alumni and the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award. ”The faculty, staff and trustees of Brevard Community College are proud of our distinguished alumnus and friend, Sheriff Jack Parker. Personally, I regard Jack Parker as one of the finest public servants in the contemporary history of our county.”
Leadership and Success
Parker attributes his success to surrounding himself with the right people, believing that strong individuals commanding his staff and precincts make for a robust organization. Furthermore, he encourages input from those in leadership positions, not just “yes people” confirming his decisions. “I work with people that I would want to work for. We are in the business of serving others so I want leaders who put other peoples’ needs before themselves.”
Parker does not boast statistics or numbers when talking about his department. He wants the community to feel that they are treated justly, with trust and respect. “We are not successful based on the numbers of tickets we write or prisoners we lock up. We determine our success on how the community feels about us and what we do to make a difference in other people’s lives.”
Although Parker does not have a specific mentor that stands out, he considers himself fortunate to have observed a number of professional leaders. “Management style affects results. From simple observation, I learned a lot from the bad ones, as well as from the good ones. I have seen the impact of a threatening message and a positive message.” As you can imagine, Parker is a strong proponent of positive communication. “In my experience, I have found that superiors who have a passion for the job, who are able to communicate what needs to happen and are supportive of their team are a lot more effective.”
Furthermore, Parker believes that what you say and do as a manager is very meaningful. Often, he says, “One doesn’t realize the power of their position and you can, in fact, become numb to it,” therefore, he recommends never underestimating your influence in a leadership position.
More than Law and Order
In an ongoing effort to be an integral part of the community, Parker serves a number of charities through volunteer service and board leadership. His longest relationship has been with Crosswinds Youth Service, started by psychologist Dr. Robert Lehton in the early 70’s when the bodies of several youth runaways were discovered. Beginning as a shelter for runaways, the organization now offers a variety of other services and Parker serves as a board member.
“The United Way is able to reach such a large number of people in our community so I have a special affinity for its impact,” commented Parker. “We see a lot of good things in our community. Constantly, people are helping people and often rise to the occasion when needs present themselves.”
Howard L. Lance, chairman, president and CEO for Harris Corporation, has served on the United Way Board with Parker. Lance remarked, “Sheriff Jack Parker has made huge contributions to Brevard County and its residents over his many years of dedicated public service. Not only has his leadership resulted in major advancements in law enforcement and reduction in local crime rates, he has also raised the bar in support of essential community services organizations such as the United Way.”
When Parker first served the United Way as the office fundraising coordinator for the Sheriff’s department, he was surprised to learn that it ranked 67 out of 67 counties in all of Florida for financial giving at $20,000. The department is now in first place for all sheriff departments in the state having raised $129,000 last year.
As a board member, Parker is hopeful that the Boys and Girls Club of Brevard County will be able to expand its efforts. There are currently two clubs in Brevard – one in Melbourne and one in Mims – both of which positively serve the youth in the area. It is Parker’s desire to see more clubs in the area.
Proactive Not Reactive
“We have to do everything we can to help the nonprofits in our community and encourage public service within the Sheriff’s Office,” Parker added. He believes that by being involved in assisting various agencies serving the community his department can be more proactive and less reactive.
Honoring his organization’s mission statement to the letter, Parker wants people to love living and working here as much as he does. Protecting the citizens of Brevard County and removing people from our community who do harm is paramount.
There are no term limits for the office of Sheriff in the state of Florida, but when asked if he will seek reelection Parker said, “Life is short so I seek to do the best I can every day. I have a lot of faith and so I believe God will place me where he wants me to be.”
BREVARD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Employees: 1,175 paid staff, 100 volunteers
499 Law Enforcement Officers
327 Corrections Officers
349 Civilian Employees (140 – Jail, 209 – admin/law enforcement)
Budget: $107 million
8th largest Sheriff’s office in the state of FL
In the Top 50 out of 3,000 in the country
Building Community and Professional Partnerships
Committed to Excellence and Integrity
Striving to Reduce Crime
Objective, Fair and Equal Treatment to All
Sheriff Jack Parker’s Life and Career Time Line:
1962 Born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
1980 Graduates from Cocoa Beach High School
1982 Attended Florida State University, 1980–1982
1983 Hired by Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Officer (at 20 years of age)
1983 Graduates from Corrections Academy – BCC
1984 Promoted to Field Training Officer
1985 Promoted to Corporal
1986 Earns AA degree, Brevard Community College
1986 Promoted to Sergeant (at 23 years of age)
1987 Selected as Jail Special Response Team Commander
1989 Earns BA degree, Public Administration, University of Central Florida
1989 Promoted to Major, Asst. Jail Commander (at 26 years of age)
1991 Graduates from Police Academy – Orlando
1991 Transferred to Law Enforcement Services as Major
1992 Transferred to Patrol as Major
1995 Selected as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
1996 Promoted to Commander (at 33 years of age)
1996 Selected as “Outstanding Board Member of the Year” for the Southeast United States for service with Crosswinds Youth Services
1997 Transferred to Jail Commander
1997 Selected by Board of County Commissioners as Brevard County’s “Director of Public Safety”
1997 Graduates from the Firefighting Academy – Orlando
1998 Recognized with United Way’s Campaign Achievement Award
2001 Selected as “Brevard’s Best” as Director with Brevard County
2004 Elected Sheriff of Brevard County (at 42 years of age)
2005 Receives Outstanding Service Award – Brevard Schools Foundation
2005 Receives Life Saving Award
2007 Receives Quality Floridian Award from Congressman Posey
2007 Selected as the Distinguished Alumnus of Brevard Community College
2008 Re-elected Sheriff of Brevard County
2009 Receives Spirit of Achievement Award – Junior Achievement
2009 Selected as Boy Scout’s Golden Eagle Honoree
2010 Recognized among the “100 Most Powerful People on the Space Coast” by Spacecoast Business magazine
n.b. Merillion: Sheriff Parker’s qualities are the same qualities I want in an American President, and the following quote from the article is especially relevant:
“Furthermore, [Jack] encourages input from those in leadership positions, not just ‘yes people’ confirming his decisions. ‘I work with people that I would want to work for. We are in the business of serving others so I want leaders who put other peoples’ needs before themselves.“
The courage to speak out!
Seen any lately? I have. But only from one man – Newt Gingrich. From Republicans/Conservatives in Congress, all I’ve heard is a rehash of what problems we have, and that “we must fix them.” I want to hear anger from our Congress. I want them to GET MAD! Why aren’t they ENRAGED?? When they are interviewed on television, they’re so quiet, so polite, so placid. They don’t get enraged at what is happening within this country, and I get the impression that they don’t care! I get the impression that they agree with Obama and his radical Liberals who disrespect the rules of Congress and our Government traditions, and whose aim in life is to bring down America!
The following article is from AMERICAN THINKER:
“It’s Time for the Bull in the China Shop”
by Bill Markin
January 21, 2012
“It’s not about winning or losing an election. It’s about saving the country that is still the best hope for all mankind.” Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/01/its_time_for_the_bull_in_the_china_shop.html#ixzz1k8iy6jq2
- Preview the Newt Gingrich vs Barack Obama Presidential Debates (twighlightslastgleaming.wordpress.com)
*n.b.- “nota bene”
NB , N.B. , nb , Abbreviation: n.b. note well; take note
(Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition, Word Origin & History)
“mark well, observe particularly,” c.1721, from L. nota, second person sing. imper. of notare “to mark” + bene “well” (see bene-).
(Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper)
November 2, 2011
DEAR GOVERNOR CUOMO:
WHY WILL NO ONE KICK OUT THE WALL ST. PROTESTERS??! WHY? WHY?
BLOOMBERG DOES NOTHING!
THESE PEOPLE PEE, DEFECATE, ETC. IN PUBLIC. AND GOD KNOWS WHAT ELSE. CAN’T YOU PUT A STOP TO THIS PROTEST? DOESN’T ANYONE CARE ANYMORE? PEOPLE CAN DO ANYTHING THEY WANT??? ONE WOMAN WAS CRYING WHO LIVED IN THE AREA, SAYING HOW HORRIBLE IT IS.
MY GOD, WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THIS COUNTRY?? PLEASE, PLEASE, STOP THIS PROTEST, BEFORE A COP OR OTHER INNOCENT IS KILLED. WHY SHOULD OUR POLICEMEN & POLICEWOMEN HAVE TO BE DOING THEIR JOBS IN THIS FILTHY, CRAPPY, SHITTY, DANGEROUS ATMOSPHERE? DO SOMETHING!! PLEASE! PLEASE!
MERILLION: AN AMERICAN CITIZEN WHO CARES ABOUT AMERICA