The Lexington News-Gazette in Virginia reversed course and apologized for running a local man’s ad that complained about black people and Democrats criticizing the Confederate battle flag, the Roanoke Times reported. “What I hoped would be illuminating has instead proven to be merely off… WAIT, THERE’S MORE…
Yeah, we got that, thanks.
Normally we’d be tempted to finish the week with a palate cleanser, but … this hasn’t been that kind of a week. With that in mind, let’s go fully down the rabbit hole with The New Republic’s explainer of why the chilling conversations captured on video about the commodification of human organs from abortions shouldn’t […]
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A stunning silhouette of Pluto taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft after it shot past the icy orb last week show an extensive layer of atmospheric haze, while close-up pictures of the ground reveal flows of nitrogen ice, scientists said on Friday. New Horizons became the first spacecraft to visi… WAIT, THERE’S MORE…
Last September, an Islamic State spokesman said: “If you can kill a disbelieving American or European – especially the spiteful and filthy French – or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever […] including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and […] WAIT, THERE’S MORE…
Old and busted: Israel should thank us for this Iran deal! New hotness: This’ll cool their anger over our sellout to Iran: Last week Pollard’s possible upcoming parole was not connected to Iran http://t.co/L6fjJ8exsN But now it is http://t.co/fKbNIEdLK5 — John Tabin (@johntabin) July 24, 2015 Rumors of this began to pop up earlier in the […]
RUSH: How can a company beat every record it’s ever set last quarter, last year, and the stock price go down 9%? How does this happen?
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Janeen Capizola 11-21-13 “Juan, fasten your seat belt,” Judge Andrew Napolitano warned liberal Juan Williams before he flabbergasted Williams with a lecture on the Constitution.
“You have abandoned the whole notion of conservatism tonight,” a shocked Williams responded to the judge’s lecture.
“You have abandoned the notion that the Constitution means what it says,” Napolitano retorted.
Wednesday’s Fox News’ “Special Report” panel sat back and smiled while Napolitano schooled Williams on how, in his world, the “government should live within the confines of the constitution.”
“Lay it on him, judge,” Bret Baier instructed Napolitano:
Juan, fasten your seat belt. The federal government should stay within the confines of the constitution. The constitution does not authorize the federal government to have anything whatsoever to do with healthcare. So, Obamacare should be abolished along with Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, but the people who are on those programs should be grandfathered in because they paid money to be in there and they’ve ordered their lives to stay there. The states should regulate healthcare because the states retain that power under the constitution.
So, if you want if you want mandatory healthcare, go live in Massachusetts. If you want the free market and you want individual savings accounts, financial money savings accounts, go live in Texas. As Uncle Ronnie used to say, you can vote with your feet.
“Let me just very quickly ask, you say you want to do away with Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid?” a stunned Williams asked the judge.
“Absolutely,” the judge told him. “In my world, where government lives within the confines of the Constitution, people are responsible for themselves. It’s not the Beltway world where you live. People don’t look to the federal government to take care of them.”
Two tweets summed the segment perfectly:
Originally posted 2013-11-22 16:30:27.
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Defending the indefensible.
Here’s a cliched question: What would happen if a large male grabbed a smaller male by the neck and threatened enough violence to send the smaller man to the hospital? Here’s a cliched answer: If you’re a conservative, media crucification, calls for you to be fired, and probably a full ban from most media outlets. […]
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Remember Sleepless in Seattle, the 1993 romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan?
Well, there should be a remake of that film entitled Clueless in Washington. But it wouldn’t be romantic and it wouldn’t be a comedy.
Though there would be a laughable aspect to this film, because it would be about an editorial writer at the Washington Post trying to convince people to feel sorry for the IRS. Here’s some of what Stephen Stromberg wrote on Wednesday.
Congress has done some dumb things. One of the dumbest is the GOP’s penny-wise-pound-foolish campaign to defund the Internal Revenue Service. …its mindless tantrum against the IRS has produced for taxpayers: a tax season that was “by far the worst in memory,” according to the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an agency watchdog.
Before I share any more of the article, I should point out that the “Taxpayer Advocate Service” isn’t a watchdog. It should be renamed the “Government Advocate Service” since its main goal is to increase the IRS’s budget.
But I’m digressing. Let’s continue with Mr. Stromberg’s love letter to tax collectors.
The underlying problem is that Congress has asked the IRS to do a lot more, such as administering a critical piece of Obamacare, but the GOP Congress won’t give the agency the funding it needs to do its work. …But good luck convincing Republicans to fix the IRS’s entirely predictable and avoidable problems. Not when that would mean restraining the impulse to act on anti-tax orthodoxy, blind populist anger and scandal-mongering about the IRS mistreating conservatives. In fact, Republicans want to double down on their nonsense budgeting, proposing deep cuts to the IRS last month.
Oops, time for another correction.
Stromberg is cherry picking data to imply that the IRS budget has been savaged.
If you look at the long-run data, however, you’ll see that the IRS now has almost twice as much money to run its operations as it did a few decades ago.
And that’s based on inflation-adjusted dollars, so we have a very fair apples-to-apples comparison.
Stromberg also wants us to sympathize with the bureaucrats because the tax code has been made more complex.
The underlying irrationality is the same: The IRS doesn’t write the tax code or health-care law, but the agency must apply these policies and engage with people affected by them, so it is an easy scapegoat.
Part of this passage is correct, and I’ve specifically pointed out that the tax code is mind-numbingly complex and that politicians deserve an overwhelming share of the blame for this sorry state of affairs.
That being said, the IRS goes beyond the law to make the system worse, as we saw when it imposed a regulation that put foreign tax law above American tax law. And when it arbitrarily rewrote the Obamacare legislation to enable additional subsidies.
In other words, it deserves to be scapegoated.
But there’s a bigger issue, one that Stromberg never even addresses. Why should we give more money to a bureaucracy that manages to find plenty of resources to do bad things?
And then awarded bonuses to itself for this corrupt behavior!
Even more outrageous, the Washington Examiner reports today that the IRS still hasn’t cleaned up its act.
A series of new revelations Wednesday and Thursday put the Internal Revenue Service back under fire for its alleged efforts to curtail…conservative nonprofits. …the Government Accountability Office uncovered evidence that holes in the tax agency’s procedure for selecting nonprofit groups to be audited could allow bias to seep into the process. …lawmakers exposed the lack of safeguards that could prevent IRS officials from going after groups with which they disagreed. Meanwhile, the conservative watchdog Judicial Watch released documents Wednesday that suggested the IRS targeted the donors of certain tax-exempt organizations.
Does this sound like a bureaucracy that deserves more of our money?
If you’re still not sure how to answer, consider the fact that the IRS also somehow has enough money in its budget to engage in the disgusting “asset forfeiture” racket.
The Wall Street Journal recently opined on this scandal.
…a pair of new horror stories show why Americans dread any interaction with the vindictive tax man. Khalid Quran owns a small business in Greenville, North Carolina. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1997, opened a convenience store near a local airport, and worked long hours to give his four children more opportunity. After nearly two decades, Mr. Quran had saved $150,000 for retirement. Then in 2014 the IRS seized his bank account because he had made withdrawals that raised red flags under “structuring” laws that require banks to report transactions of more than $10,000. Mr. Quran had made transactions below that limit.
So even though Mr. Quran did nothing illegal and even though it’s legal to make deposits of less than $10,000, the IRS stole his money.
Just like money was stolen from the Dehko family.
Here’s the other example from the WSJ.
Maryland dairy farmer Randy Sowers…had $62,936.04 seized from his bank account because of the pattern of his deposits, though the money was all legally earned. …Mr. Sowers told his story to a local newspaper…a lawyer for Mr. Sowers asked…“why he is being treated differently.” Mr. Cassella replied that the other forfeiture target “did not give an interview to the press.” So much for equal treatment under the law.
Yes, you read correctly. If you have the temerity to expose the IRS’s reprehensible actions, the government will try to punish you more severely.
Even though the only wrongdoing that ever happened was the IRS’s confiscation of money in the first place!
So let’s celebrate the fact that the IRS is being subjected to some modest but long-overdue belt-tightening.
Notwithstanding Mr. Stromberg’s column, the IRS is not a praiseworthy organization. And many of the bureaucrats at the agency deserve our disdain.
They were just planning on enjoying a night out before the new school year, but then the unthinkable happened at the movies.
The shooting at the Grand 16 Theater in Lafayette, Louisiana left three people, including the gunman, dead and nine others wounded.
However, when the lone gunman began shooting, two amazing women summoned up the courage and presence of mind to act.
According to The Advocate, Ali Viator Martin and Jena Legnon Meaux, teachers at Jeanerette Senior High, had gone to the movies together.
As ABC News reports, when the shots rang out one of the teachers heroically jumped in front of a colleague to shield her and was able to pull the fire alarm to alert authorities despite being wounded, according to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
“Her friend literally jumped over her, and in her account actually saved her life,” Jindal said at a press conference, after he visited with victims at a hospital. “If she hadn’t done that … that bullet, she believed it would have hit her in the head.”
Incredibly, both teachers were shot, but that was not enough to stop one woman’s heroism.
“Even though she was shot in the leg, she had the presence of mind to pull the
fire alarm to help save other lives,” Jindal said.
According to Iberia Parish Schools Superintendent Dale Henderson, it was Martin who was able to pull the fire alarm. Both women were shot in the leg and Martin has been released from the hospital while Meaux is expected to be released sometime today.
In the midst of terrible tragedy, it is even more amazing to see such courageous action. These women are true heroes.
Wouldn’t it be great if President Obama gave them a Rose Garden reception, just like he did to honor that other hero, Bowe Bergdahl? Riiiight.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford, Editor-in-Chief]
He’s really pretty impressive for a guy who just got canned. WAIT, THERE’S MORE…
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