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Just hours earlier [before yesterday’s daily press conference], many lefty journalists still felt exceedingly comfortable advancing the administration talking points, offering denigrating coverage of the whistleblowers, the “wingnut conspiracy theorists,” and conservatives in general. Professionally, this meant offering subpar commentary with little chance of notable criticism penetrating the MSM bubble.
Again, it was the entire room [asking probing questions about scandals]
Watch their Twitter timelines, their future articles, because I think the MSM just went Mad Max, every man for himself. http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/05/10/earthquake-did-carney-presser-end-msm-monolith/
The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing for inappropriately flagging conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.
Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews.
Lerner said the practice, initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati, was wrong and she apologized while speaking at a conference in Washington. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/10/shock-irs-formally-apologizes-for-inappropriately-flagging-conservative-group-in-the-2012-election/
[Regarding the IRS’s extra scrutiny:]
1. We’re gonna need all your direct and indirect communication. “‘Direct and indirect communications’ is profoundly chilling of First Amendment rights, ” said David French, senior counsel for American Center for Law & Justice, which has been representing 27 conservative organizations met with IRS inquisitions.
3. Your present and past employees and their relationships, please. 4) Provide copies of your website that your members only can access.
IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their exemption applications, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups. In some cases, groups were asked for lists of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.
“The admission by the Obama administration that the Internal Revenue Service targeted political opponents echoes some of the most shameful abuses of government power in 20th century American history,” said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
Many conservative groups complained during the campaign that they were being harassed by the IRS. They accused the agency of frustrating their attempts to become tax exempt by sending them lengthy, intrusive questionnaires.
The forms, which the groups have made available, sought information about group members’ political activities, including details of their postings on social networking websites and about family members.
Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., chairman of the Ways and Means oversight subcommittee, requested a trove of documents from the IRS on Friday, including all communications containing the words “tea party” and “patriot.” http://bigstory.ap.org/article/irs-apologizes-targeting-conservative-groups
Mystery Aircraft Frightens Quincy Residents [The plane flies low all night only on starlit nights. The FAA knows what is happening but refuses to explain it or to tell how long this will go on.] Then I asked that when folks call me can I at least tell them that it is something that they shouldn’t worry about, it’s something they shouldn’t be concerned with? He said, ‘I can’t tell you that.’” http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/05/09/mystery-aircraft-frightens-quincy-residents/
Court Rules School Districts Cannot Use Public Resources to Withhold Union Dues
School unions now responsible for
collecting dues from their own members
Liberty Univ. Offers Scholarship to Eagle Scout Facing Gun Charges
A North Carolina Eagle Scout who was arrested and faces expulsion for accidentally leaving a shotgun in his pickup truck in the school parking lot has been offered a scholarship to attend Liberty University.
Middle School Changes Policy After Student Sent to Office for Wearing ‘Support Our Troops’ T-Shirt…on an Army Base
That school would be Mahaffey Middle School, which is actually located on the Fort Campbell Army base.
SUFFOLK, Va. – Two seven-year-old boys were suspended from their elementary school earlier this week for pointing pencils at each other and making gun noises.
The Associated Press reports the two boys were playing with one another in class last Friday when the teacher observed their behavior.
The teacher told the boys to stop, which they immediately did, the AP reports.
According to parent Paul Marshall, his son was pretending to be a Marine and his friend was pretending to be “a bad guy.” http://joeforamerica.com/2013/05/virginia-school-suspends-two-seven-year-olds-over-gun-pencils/
There’s yet another dust-up over imaginary guns in school…In Logan City, West Virginia, 8th grader Jared Marcum wore an NRA T-shirt to his middle school. It had a picture of a hunting rifle on it. One of his teachers ordered him to change it. He tried to defend his right to free speech. The school not only suspended him – they had him arrested. He’s charged with obstruction and disturbing the educational process. Apparently, only the Fashion Police can charge you with a felony for having a picture of a rifle on your T-shirt. Jason’s father is furious. He says his son didn’t become aggressive, his shirt doesn’t violate any school dress policy, and he’ll fight the school with every legal means to prevent this happening again. But there’s more on the shirt than just a picture of a rifle. Ironically, it also has the words, “Protect your right.” I don’t think Jayson obstructed the educational process. Sounds like he’s giving his classmates a needed education in the Bill of Rights that I seriously doubt they were getting before.
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ORK, Pa. – Leaders of a deeply troubled Pennsylvania school district are considering a plan to convert all of its individual schools into charter schools beginning next fall – an immediate and sweeping change that’s never been attempted before in American K-12 history. http://joeforamerica.com/2013/04/pennsylvania-district-may-become-first-in-the-nation-to-switch-to-all-charter-schools/
Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) Executive Director Joe Rugola, who last week compared supporters of workplace freedom to Nazis, was paid $253,351 in member dues during the union’s most recent fiscal year.
At a May 1 press conference, Rugola decried workplace freedom as “extreme.” Asked by reporters why 24 states already have workplace freedom laws on the books if the policy is extreme, Rugola said, “all of Germany went extreme in 1933 … that doesn’t make it wise.” http://www.redstate.com/jasonahart/2013/05/07/millionaire-union-boss-compares-ohioans-to-nazis/