Attorney General Lynch and Let’s Pretend

Monday, June 20, AD 2016

 

 

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced yesterday that only redacted versions of Omar Mateen’s three 911 calls will be released to the public.

However, Mateen’s pledge of allegiance to ISIS and support for the Boston bombers will not be released as not to ‘re-victimize’ those who lived through the attack.

‘We’ll be releasing a partial transcript of the calls between the killer and the hostage negotiators so people can, in fact, see the type of interaction that was had there,’ Lynch told ABC News

I say partial because we’re not going to be, for example, broadcasting his pledges of allegiance. We are trying not to re-victimize those who went through that horror,’ she added.

FBI Director James Comey said the shooter was involved in precisely three calls to a 911 dispatcher at approximately 2.30am on June 12.

Go here to read the rest.  Come again?  The transcripts would re-victimize those who went through that horror?  Those poor souls are dead.  After that, it is hard to re-victimize them.  In any case, how can the transcripts that indicate that Mateen’s motivation was Jihad re-victimize anyone?

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9 Responses to Attorney General Lynch and Let’s Pretend

  • Newspeak meet Pravda

  • First, this ‘redaction’ should not survive a court challenge. What will the AG say, there is a ‘national security interest’? C’mon.

    Second, the 911 recordings belong to an agency of the state of Florida. Does the AG even have any legal authority to take this position? If she does then the legal situation regarding in this country is worse that we think.

  • Re-victimize? With words? I mean sticks and stones, people. The dead don’t care, and the survivors are in the same boat as survivors of any other horrific event. Sounds like the AG is concerned that Mateen’s motives may be taken at face value if the recordings are released in full, and that could negatively impact the guns’r’bad’m’kayy framework so hastily constructed around this Islamist terrorist attack on US soil.

  • This is what happens when you put Chip Diller in charge of law enforcement and homeland security.

  • It seems like Attorney General Lynch and Bishop Lynch have the same difficulty with plainly speaking the truth- and I think that difficulty is rooted in the fact that they both have divided hearts and loyalties .

  • “This is what happens when you put Chip Diller in charge of law enforcement and homeland security.”

  • “Second, the 911 recordings belong to an agency of the state of Florida. Does the AG even have any legal authority to take this position? If she does then the legal situation regarding in this country is worse that we think.”

    Obama’s current AG has a “lot of brass on her face” as my father used to say. She does not have the authority to violate FOIA laws at will based on the expressed subjecting standard of “inflammation. What a joke!!!!

  • So, this is super confusing. The entire country already knows it’s Allah. So, why do they have to redact it and/or change the word from Allah to God?

  • Because they assume that all of the country is as uninformed as the majority of their most dedicated voters. Never underestimate the sheer contempt that these people have for most of the American people.

“Climate Change” and the Pentagon

Monday, February 8, AD 2016

 

Just in case you didn’t think we are currently being governed by lunatics:

The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies.

A new directive’s theme: The U.S. Armed Forces must show “resilience” and beat back the threat based on “actionable science.”

It says the military will not be able to maintain effectiveness unless the directive is followed. It orders the establishment of a new layer of bureaucracy — a wide array of “climate change boards, councils and working groups” to infuse climate change into “programs, plans and policies.”

The Pentagon defines resilience to climate change as: “Ability to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to changing conditions and withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from disruptions.”

To four-star generals and admirals, among them the regional combatant commanders who plan and fight the nation’s wars, the directive tells them: “Incorporate climate change impacts into plans and operations and integrate DoD guidance and analysis in Combatant Command planning to address climate change-related risks and opportunities across the full range of military operations, including steady-state campaign planning and operations and contingency planning.”

The directive, “Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience,” is in line with President Obama’s view that global warming is the country’s foremost national security threat, or close to it. Mr. Obama says there is no debate on the existence of man-made global warming and its ensuing climate change. Supporters of this viewpoint label as “deniers” any scientists who disagree.

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Dakota Wood, a retired Marine Corps officer and U.S. Central Command planner, said the Pentagon is introducing climate change, right down to military tactics level.

“By equating tactical actions of immediate or short-term utility with large-scale, strategic-level issues of profound importance, the issue of climate change and its potential impact on national security interests is undermined,” he said. “People tend to dismiss the whole, what might be truly important, because of all the little silly distractions that are included along the way.”

He said climate change is typically measured in long stretches of time.

“The climate does change over great periods of time, typically measured in millennia, though sometimes in centuries,” he said. “But the document mentions accounting for such down to the level of changes in ‘tactics, techniques and procedures’ as if reviewing how a squad conducts a patrol should be accorded the same level of importance and attention as determining whether the naval base at Norfolk, Virginia, might have to be relocated as sea levels rise over the next 100 years.”

Multipoint strategy

The directive originated in the office of Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Final approval came from Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work.

The directive is loaded with orders to civilian leaders and officers on specifically how counter-climate change strategy is to permeate planning.

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  • Hummm.
    Ok. The Navy can reduce its carbon footprint by going to wind power. Sailing the seven seas. Air Force? Hang gliding of course and the restricted use of hot air ballooning.
    As for our ground force’s… snare’s, crossbows and sling shots should fit into the green think just perfectly.

    We won’t have to worry about global warming.
    The climate is stable six feet underground.

  • Well, the USMC is asking the science fiction community to help predict future threats which I think is actually less whacky than the whole climate change thing:
    http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/military/2016/01/30/marines-ask-science-fiction-enthusiasts-describe-future-threats/79357404/

  • Recognition of the possible impacts of climate change at the strategic level is smart. Doing it at the tactical level is dumb, other than the issuance of new charts for the navy.

    One thing to keep in mind: our enemies (and bad actors in general) will hitch their evil to ‘climate change’ and try to blame us for their actions. We already have seen this with the Rwandan genocide: Western population control ‘experts’ have uncritically cited Hutu killers as saying they were motivated by overpopulation concerns, instead of seeing their statements as those of criminals simply looking for alibis.

  • All of America and the global servant class, will soon submit themselves to the “climate” weapon of the left or pay a price. This cake has been baked for decades and both parties apparently want it.

  • I rather think we will have actual disasters to confront that will cause the endless bloviating about climate change to come to an end.

  • “Recognition of the possible impacts of climate change at the strategic level is smart.”

    Except that our predictive ability beyond a month as to weather is practically nill. This is all a huge waste of time, which so accurately sums up the eight grasshopper years of the Obama administration.

  • “I rather think we will have actual disasters to confront that will cause the endless bloviating about climate change to come to an end.”
    C’mon Don, if South and Southwest Asia go up in smoke our environmental nuts will have MORE reason to complain about the coming climate change.

    “Except that our predictive ability beyond a month as to weather is practically nill.”
    True, but climate and weather are not the same thing, and it is not absolutely nil with regards to climate. As readers may recall, I’ve posted evidence here that we actually may be within 20 years of a new Maunder Minimum in the sunspot cycle and a resulting Little Ice Age. Real global warming may not happen until the 22nd century, in 2030 the Pentagon may be speculating about colder climate change (nothing wrong with that), and today’s experts may look rather stupid.

    ” This is all a huge waste of time…”
    I agree if we focus on the thrust of the original article and focus on the adjective “huge”. A small theoretical effort is not a waste of time.

    “…which so accurately sums up the eight grasshopper years of the Obama administration.”
    Well, yes, for serious people. It hasn’t been a waste of time for the fantasy prone.

  • Truly, the gravest threat facing the USA is the gang of evil (narcissists and nihilists) imbeciles (saboteurs and traitors) running the USA.

  • Perhaps the really problematic issue with this report is the explicit bureaucratization of climate change awareness at the Pentagon. It appears that people all up and down the chain of command will be filling out compliance reports o ensure that the policies are followed. Do people there understand the word “sclerotic”?

  • If the Administration wants the Pentegon to really do something about its fossil fuel emissions to avert anthropogenic global warming, then:
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    (1) Why not small modular reactors for military and naval bases?
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    (2) Why nuclear powered surface combatants besides aircraft carriers? We had them – the Brainbridge, the Langbeach, the Truxton, etc., but now all we are doing is building gas turbine ships.
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    (3) Why not nuclear propulsion space craft? We designed the reactors (called NERVA) back in the 60s but then abandoned the project.
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    (4) Why not nuclear powered aircraft? We designed a molten salt reactor for aircraft back in the 60s (Oak Ridge National Laboratory did that using thorium fuel). We even flew a reactor (albeit without it powering the aircraft).
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    Amici, it’s all smoke and mirrors. This Administration doesn’t give a care about anthropogenic global warming. It’s concern is simply emasculating the military and constricting the supply of energy.

  • I’m looking forward to the skills sharpened by writing up bragsheets to be applied to explaining how (important thing that they rejected funding for) is ABSOLUTELY NEEDED because of climate change. 😀

  • Foxfier, You bet….. that comes under technical writing, doesn’t it? I can foresee government grants for those that choose to pursue such a degree.

Religious Freedom: The First Freedom

Friday, June 26, AD 2015

Fortnight For Freedom 2015

 

 

As mankind become more liberal they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protection of civil government.  I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations in examples of justice and liberality.  And I presume that your fellow-citizens will not forget the patriotic part which you took in the accomplishment of their Revolution, and the establishment of their government; or the important assistance which they received from a nation in which the Roman Catholic faith is professed.

George Washington, March 15, 1790

 

Catholics in this country have long enjoyed complete religious liberty.  The experience of that freedom in this country was one one of the factors that caused Popes to embrace the concept of religious liberty as enshrined in the documents of Vatican II.  Maryland, the Catholic colony, was the first colony to proclaim religious freedom in the New World.

Now that precious liberty that so many Americans have fought and died for down through the centuries is under siege by local and state governments and the Obama administration.  The Bishops of Maryland have spoken out against this evil trend.  Go here to read their 16 page statement from 2011.

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Netanyahu Wins and Obama Loses

Wednesday, March 18, AD 2015
Kathie Lee Gifford and Matt Lauer Share an Awkward Kiss for the Twizzler Challenge

With nearly all votes counted, Likud appeared to have earned 30 out of parliament’s 120 seats and was in a position to build with relative ease a coalition government with its nationalist, religious and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies. Such a government would likely put Israel at odds with the international community over settlement construction and its opposition to Palestinian statehood, and continue clashing with the White House over hard-line policies.

The election was widely seen as a referendum on Netanyahu, who has governed the country for the past six years. Recent opinion polls indicated he was in trouble, giving chief rival Isaac Herzog of the opposition Zionist Union a slight lead. Exit polls Tuesday showed the two sides deadlocked but once the actual results came pouring in early Wednesday, Likud soared forward. Zionist Union wound up with just 24 seats.

Go here to read the rest.  This is a stinging defeat for Obama because his political operatives went all out to defeat Netanyahu:

Israel began this week abuzz with debate over whether or not the Obama Administration is trying to interfere in Israel’s upcoming elections, and if so, how deeply the White House is involved in seeking “regime change.”

It is by now no secret that President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu don’t get along, to put it mildly.

So when a new political organization going by the name of V15 (Victory in 2015) sprang up with the sole purpose of bringing Netanyahu’s premiership to an end, it didn’t take long before Israelis were pondering the level of Obama’s association.

Reports that V15 had brought on board Jeremy Bird, national field director for Obama’s 2012 campaign, as its “secret weapon” only fueled the fire.

The Senate is currently investigating Obama’s involvement in the Israeli elections:

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  • What hits you is the degree to which Obama and Kerry are either (a) clueless about some of the abiding features of inter-state politics in the Near East or (b) motivated by personal pique. It does not matter much whether Israel is governed by a Likud ministry (with allies) or a Labor ministry (with allies) or a grand coalition. The disposition of the Arab publics on the West Bank and Gaza, of the Arab political class in both loci, and of the murderous government of Iran remain pretty much the same. The options for addressing the first two are pretty much the same. The options for addressing the third are altered only by the degree of fortitude in Washington (which is not impressive as we speak).

  • I personally am overjoyed that Benjamin Netanyahu won if for no other reason than it pi$$es the heck out of Barack Hussein Obama who in turn reminds me more and more of King Herod.

  • it’s not over though “they bring a knife we bring a gun” or something to that effect. There will be lot more effort against Israel, against Netanyahu and for Iran and other islamic states.

  • I am startled how nasty the Dems have been about Israel of late– and how open the hostility to observant Jews has become.
    Wonder if it’s creeping anybody else out.

  • There seems a common DNA shared by modern progressives and those of the early Twentieth Century. Yes, it is creepy.

  • I include Hitler’s National Socialists among the mix of early progressives. Many Democrats I know are not fully aware of the extent their party has drifted during the past generation or so. As to the current Administration, I have no idea of what they are trying to accomplish with Iran and view their entire agenda with grave trepidations. It’s as if the government has been taken over by aliens.

  • Drifted, or returned to a prior state?
    I’m not especially well grounded in history, but a lot of the stuff I only ever heard about in Liberal Fascism (although once I asked, the information was there) is pretty dang familiar.

    Seems like WWII snapped some folks into a different mode, for a while. It’s taken a long time, and some really big destruction of the knowledge of logical reasoning, for “life unworthy of life” to be mainstream. (The mutation of the rule that started as “the longer a discussion continues, the more likely it is that the Nazis will be mentioned” is a symptom of this irrationality.)

  • Foxfier wrote, “I am startled how nasty the Dems have been about Israel of late…”

    Years ago, Robert Redeker, writing in Le Monde, pointed out that post Cold War, the Left has replaced “sovietophilia” with “islamophilia,” and that “Palestinians and the contemporary Muslim masses replace the proletariat in the intellectuals’ imagination” as the pure, ideal alternative to Western capitalism. (Le Monde, 11/21/01). In other words, absolute anti-Zionism is post-colonial contrition coupled with a fetishisation of the “innocent” Palestinians, which, in turn, results from the ideological need to fill the post-Soviet vacuum.

    Similarly, Pierre-Andre Taguieff in Le Nouvel Observateur observed that for many “Christian humanitarians, Third-Worldists and Anti-Globalisation activists,” the world is divided between the “cosmopolitan Satan,” the unholy trinity of the United States/Israel/The West on one side and, on the other, the “dominated and the oppressed.” Thus, they recycle the old anti-Semitic stereotypes, such as the rich Jew and the dominating Jew under the “varnish of progressivism.” The Jew is once more the stand-in for capitalism, imperialism, cosmopolitanism, indeed the whole economic order.

  • Boys floating on some agenda in some political undercurrent gather to drag down men with knowledge of right and wrong.

    Taxpayer funded V15 of OneVoice Movement?? This must be an example of how the low/no info voter is used to make noisy ‘stands’ for the way the current flows.
    Balancing the budget planks burned. Taxpayers spending it on reinforcing the D’s.

  • The difference in the two is plain as “night and day.”

    Netanyahu loves his country. Obama hates us. And, there is a large dose of stupidity in the man and those that he has miscast to run off a cliff what was once the greatest country on the planet.

  • Drifted, or returned to a prior state?

    The alt-right is awash in anti-Semitic tropes and obsessions, but I suspect most of the hostility to Israel in the occident arises from the same impulses which lie behind the hostility to law enforcement or the military. Israel is also unapologetic about defending its interests against a political formation which trafficks in grievance. I suspect that accounts for the hostility of political elites and students in much of the 3d world, who fancy that grievance-mongering must always trump.

  • The who?
    A search for the term brings up mostly folks explaining how horrible they are, without many details about who is actually involved.
    I know exactly one guy who can be classed as on the right who has anything that might be considered anti-Semitic– he believes that “vast Jewish conspiracy” thing. (Not that all Jews are part of it, but that there is one– I believe he believes they’re working with the Catholic One-World conspiracy, too, but it never came up.)
    I know several guys (in person) who can only be classed as on the left who have an actual hostility to observant Jews, and especially to Israel.
    The only folks I’ve even heard (in person) that are hostile to Israel that could be on the right are the isolationist libertarians, who are at least coherent. If one really believes that all it takes to be left alone is to hide inside your borders, then Israel defending herself would be a bad thing. Similarly, as you point out, the Victim mongers on the left have reason to hate Israel because there’s no doubt that the Jews were chosen as victims– and they fought, and survived. With some hands (or arms, rather) UP, not “let me come in and do everything for you, you poor little victim” type help.
    There might be a generational thing as well, since there was a tradition of the upper classes joining into the whole Jew hate thing because it’s European.

  • Obama loses also by showing himself no statesman. petty and pitiful

  • The Left will start loving the Jews again about 5 minutes after the Palestinians have driven the last Isreali Jew into the sea.

  • Drifted, or returned to a prior state? Good question Foxfier. I suppose if it is the Democrats per se we are evaluating, they have been vacillating back and forth for a long time. The founders had a healthy skepticism in regard to democracy. Is a majority vote ever a substitute for wisdom? Perhaps I’m thinking of the changes apparent during my lifetime. Maybe it’s better to look at the progressive mindset as an ideological consistency. Whether those who consider themselves progressives also may consider themselves Agnostics, Baptists, Catholics, Jews or whatever, the fundamental assumption of the progressive policy is atheism. Indeed many of the more stalwart progressives are assertively atheist. I think the progressive’s adoption of Islamic clients is just another expression of an anti-Western bias. Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism is a convincing documentation of the common roots of the Communists, the Nazis, and the dominant faction of the Democratic Party. The people are deemed stupid, a peasantry clinging to God, guns and prejudices, and a herd to be managed by their intellectual betters. The ultimate solution to problems is seen in Government not God and that on a worldwide basis. This notion is viable only in the abstract. When it is applied, it falls apart. Israel faces a clear and present reality. They know that a UN derived top-down solution will expose them to an existential threat. Obama is just an inexperienced, poorly educated and terribly indoctrinated man of straw propped up, it seems, by unseen others. And, I say that in all charity. Netanyahu is better informed, and a mensch who knows where his duty lies. May God prosper the work of his hand.

The Obama Administration Knows Who The Real Terrorists Are

Sunday, February 22, AD 2015

Terrorists

 

 

Since its inception, the Obama administration, the same administration unable to say the phrase, “Islamic Terrorism”, has desperately wanted to turn the focus onto domestic “right-wing” terrorism.  The problem of course is that as organized groups such terrorism is about as rare as unicorn sightings in this country.  Not a problem.  In a just released report, the Department of Homeland Security, and what a truly Orwellian waste of money that huge bureaucracy has become, raises the bogey-man sovereign citizen movement which basically consists of cranks on the internet who appeal to other cranks and losers off the internet, into an alleged country spanning terrorist organization:
Washington (CNN)They’re carrying out sporadic terror attacks on police, have threatened attacks on government buildings and reject government authority.

A new intelligence assessment, circulated by the Department of Homeland Security this month and reviewed by CNN, focuses on the domestic terror threat from right-wing sovereign citizen extremists and comes as the Obama administration holds a White House conference to focus efforts to fight violent extremism.

Some federal and local law enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to — and in some cases greater than — the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS, that garner more public attention.​
The Homeland Security report, produced in coordination with the FBI, counts 24 violent sovereign citizen-related attacks across the U.S. since 2010.

Go here to read the rest at CNN.  JihadWatch gives this bilge the response it deserves:

In the middle of this story on the CNN page was a link to another CNN story that shows just how ridiculous this is: “ISIS burned up to 40 people alive in Iraq, official says.” Have “right-wing sovereign citizen extremists” burned anyone alive? Have these “right-wingers” kidnapped large numbers of left-wing women and pressed them into sex slavery? Boasted that they would conquer the United States and ultimately the world, and that they had sleeper cells in place in the U.K. ready to start killing? Have they actually killed anyone beyond the two officers mentioned in this report? Do “sovereign citizens” give children weapons training and severed heads to play with? Do they burn musical instruments, murder left-wingers for the sole crime of being left-wingers, crucify people as children watch, chop off women’s hands for using cell phones, and behead people for smoking cigarettes?

 

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  • It is an honor to be called an “extreme right-winger”.

  • We have an empty suit empty head left wing &%$#@@ for a President who is surrounded with yes men and women and a co-conspiratorial media. Is anyone surprised?

  • Pathetic, at best. But likely, unimaginably, worse. So, Hitleresque methinks.

    Demonize the human checks and balances, so you can have an excuse to “neutralize” imaginary eniemies and have a propaganda bonanza run by “sickophants” justifying it to ignorant(or likely worse) masses, upon which to base your support and actions. Mob action by proxy or social activism or are they interchangeable?

    Very dangerous and calculatingly evil.

  • Knaves and worse, yes. Fools? No. After all, it takes a special kind of linguistic and statistical dexterity to keep all the incidences of one-off work place violence carried out by lone wolves who aren’t representative of their undeclared faith unrelated.

  • d Black,

    Not really. Everybody to the left of John Huntsman is considered an extreme right-winger.

  • In a just released report, the Department of Homeland Security, and what a truly Orwellian waste of money that huge bureaucracy has become,

    Again, the DHS is an assemblage of agencies already extant in 2001. Added was the TSA (whose functions are not new) and an intelligence clearinghouse. For whatever reason, Congress and the President assembled a mess of investigatory agencies in one place while leaving a mass of others in the Justice Department, leaving the military with their MPs and investigatory services, leaving various and sundry with inhouse security services, and leaving a scatter of police services hither thither and yon. At the same time, they stuffed civil defense and intelligence into the mix (while leaving intelligence scattered over 16 agencies lodged in six different departments, not to mention the CIA). The whole business seemed the work of turf-obsessed congressional committee chairmen.

  • The Department of Homeland Security has the potential to become an instrument of tyranny.

  • Everyone not to the left of John Huntsman. That’s what I get for not wanting to use right twice in the same sentence.
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    The DHS was created in order to protect phony baloney jobs by taking action immediately, immediately, immediately.
    And the sad thing is, the country harrumphed.

  • Uh. What is a right-wing sovereign citizen terrorist? Does anyone really know?

  • Barbara Gordon: “Uh. What is a right-wing sovereign citizen terrorist? Does anyone really know?”
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    The evildoers co-opt any word that threatens to inform the people. “Sovereign” is one of those words that calls to mind the “sovereign personhood” of the immortal human soul from the first moment of conception. Jesus Christ is Sovereign King, the Sovereign Person of God Who has been banned from the public and the public square.
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    To me, “sovereignty” is discipline and spiritual maturity, freedom from all deviation from the TRUTH, from addiction, freedom from influence by evildoers and the devil. The “pursuit of Happiness” in the Declaration of Independence is the human being accomplishing himself in sovereign personhood to achieve his destiny.
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    Obama wills not mature citizens, but people who he can manipulate and drive for his own agenda. That his agenda does not coincide with the human rights of his constituents is an impeachable offense. Obama has much to worry over citizens of sovereignty who constitute our nation.

  • Mayor Giuliani is only half right. He understates Obama’s (and his gangster regime’s) hatred of truth, justice and the American way of life.
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    Sic semper tyrannus.

    Already, NSA spying is worse than Hitler and Orwells’ 1984 contemplated.
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    Of course, those people are students of Alinsky and Stalin. When anyone says or writes something critical they want to lock you away as a lunatic, or shoot you as a traitor.

  • The DHS was created in order to protect phony baloney jobs by taking action immediately, immediately, immediately.

    Again, the agencies within DHS already existed before the department was incorporated. Which ‘phony baloney’ jobs needed ‘protection’? The Coast Guard, FEMA, the Secret Service? Which?

  • The DHS….aka The Department of Redundancy Department. 🙂

  • Domestic terrorists that Osama didn’t reference: Animal rights extremists. Please see the Federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/ohio-facebook-murder-fur-hire-plot/story?id=15765843

    Please note re: the link below: It is a miracle that 14 truck drivers were not burned alive in those sleeper cab trucks–under normal circumstances they would have been asleep in the trucks.

    http://agricultureproud.com/2012/01/11/california-activists-torch-cattle-trucks/

    HSUS (a national animal rights extremist organization) worked for years at the federal level suing and paying off politicians to shut down and keep shut down horse meat processing facilities. When finally they were defeated and a plant was about to open, they burned the plant.

    http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com/horse-forums/new-mexico-processing-plant-fire-probed-516181.html

    Now these nuts have decided that horses pulling things is animal abuse. Hence the most recent arson of which I am aware.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150216/old-town/old-town-horse-fire-ruled-arson-fbi-investigating

    The last I knew the one of these nuts was on the top 10 FBI most wanted list.

    If you are interested, look up the terrorist acts agains scientist and medical research centers.

    One of the more radical groups is the Animal Lliberation Front who are thrilled when violence takes place against their supposed “enemies.”

    We had first hand experience here in my state in 2013 when we were passing legislation limiting their activities. There were in person threats, electronic threats, stalking, tresspassing, property damage, attempted theft, and multiple false reports to law enforcement against us. Including interstate threats against a sitting state senator.

  • “Again, the agencies within DHS already existed before the department was incorporated. Which ‘phony baloney’ jobs needed ‘protection’? The Coast Guard, FEMA, the Secret Service? Which?”

    The TSA and their viper squads along with their tens of thousands of now unionized federal troops at your friendly genital groping facility in our nation’s air ports didn’t exist.

  • PS. The reason you didn’t hear about the animal rights extremists s.a. HSUS is because these organizations are multi-million dollar lobbying organizations that line politicians’ pockets. And the Democrats particularly, are funded by these such groups.

  • The TSA and their viper squads

    Baggage screening and metal detectors have been a feature of air travel since 1973. What changed was that the whole operation was placed under a federal directorate and the screeners were made unionized federal employees (at the insistence of the Democratic congressional caucus, natch). That’s arguably not an optimal way to perform this function (and it’s not done that way in Israel, for example). There’s no need to toss insults and ordinary wage-earners just doing their jobs (and in my limited experience, TSA employees are a professional as any other service employee you encounter).

    Again, you want to abolish the department, you are going to have to put the constituent agencies in some other department. Where do you want to put them?

  • DHS was supposed to reduce redundancy and streamline communication, intelligently. It had a good start– you put the replacement into motion before removing the stuff you’re replacing. Having been through enough situations in the Navy where they instead did the “well, remove it and then build a replacement…oh, and better make sure the operation required function isn’t hurt” option, that isn’t bad.
    Problem is, the “removing the stuff you’re replacing” didn’t happen. So instead we have all the departments who were there before, and the DHS.
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    They say they have 24 incidents since 2010….or five a year. They include the husband/wife group where were just crazy and trouble, who got kicked out of every group they tried to join BECAUSE they were trouble. (The week before they shot up the Walmart and murdered the concealed carry guy who fought back, they tried to join that rancher group that’s got a dispute with the feds. And were kicked out so solidly that even the news couldn’t pin it on the ranchers.)
    Contrast with honor killings, which don’t generally hit the news because it’s “just” domestic violence, or a girl killed by her brothers, or kidnapping and torture for refusing to do what they went.
    You might get a flash if the mother is known to have helped torture her, or the kid gets lucky and gets to the media– or cases like Shaima Alawadi, where the murder tries to cover it up as a hate crime.

  • “Baggage screening and metal detectors have been a feature of air travel since 1973.”

    The TSA started X-raying people & groping their genitals in airports in the Obama admin if I recall correctly.

    “There’s no need to toss insults and ordinary wage-earners just doing their jobs (and in my limited experience, TSA employees are a professional as any other service employee you encounter)”

    Please name one other “service employee” who can make you pull your clothes off, take x-ray pics of your body, run their hands over your breasts & crotch, etc.

    I have up close and personal experience with the TSA and their viper squads. Now, I have never been groped or made to pull off clothes because I have chosen not to fly, but drive, take a bus, or ride a train instead. Shortly after my online protestations about the new 4th Amendment violations by the TSA in our nation’s airports and my online debate with a specific Little Rock, AR TSA agentwhom I mocked to scorn because he tried to tell me he was keeping me safe (if the fed govt cared about our safety they would seal our borders)–TSA agents followed me around the country for close to 2 years trying to provoke an incident. An agent was placed on my bus from Little Rock, AR to Birmingham, AL and back again–several times. An agent with a German sheperd met me at a Amtrak resting site at a layover in a New England state, a viper squad hit a Greyhound bus depot in Memphis, TN that I traveled through, and a multi-agent viper squad met me at an Amtrak station in Birmingham, AL (several plain clothes agents with 45s strapped to their hips– 8 uniformed TSA agents with huge German shepherds and with stun guns, mace, service weapons, and the whole bit.) I was the only person exiting my car that a TSA agent walked up to and addressed directly as soon as I exited the train–and there were hundreds of people there. Most of the folks arriving with me on the train that day were African American. Those poor folks African Americans went beserk when they saw those guns, uniforms, & dogs on the Amtrak platform waiting for us —-thinking they were fixing to be attacked. Their fear was real and palpable. My co-riders yelled things that day about the rascist federal government that I had never heard before. This was all because I made it plain in a public forum that a TSA agent would not be groping me in an airport–period. There are all kinds of videos/links related to the abuse these folks have dished out on the American public should you be interested. When you are a bad ass and stand up publicly for your civil rights, there will be times when you get to see very interesting sides of your government. Let me encourage you to try it some time. It was my understanding that one of the weekends a viper squad hit the bus depot in Memphis, TN that they did haul several folks out of the depot in handcuffs who had outstanding warrants for their arrest.
    However–no terrorists. Lol

  • “They include the husband/wife group where were just crazy and trouble, who got kicked out of every group they tried to join BECAUSE they were trouble. (The week before they shot up the Walmart and murdered the concealed carry guy who fought back, they tried to join that rancher group that’s got a dispute with the feds. And were kicked out so solidly that even the news couldn’t pin it on the ranchers.)”

    Foxfire: who are this couple. Can u give us a link? I don’t know anything about them.

  • “Again, you want to abolish the department, you are going to have to put the constituent agencies in some other department. Where do you want to put them?”

    I would get rid of huge percentages of them by simply ending their jobs and or privatization-especially in our nation’s airports. I flew in this country for over 40 years of my life safely without these folks. I am not convinced those low paid TSA employees are making us safer.

  • “Problem is, the ‘removing the stuff you’re replacing’ didn’t happen. So instead we have all the departments who were there before, and the DHS.”

    Fantastic way of stating the reason why there is nothing in this world eternal except a government program.

  • Barbara-
    these idiots:
    http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/jun/09/cliven-bundys-son-las-vegas-shooters-kicked-ranch/
    I like the son of Bundy pointing out that anarchy is worse than tyranny. (history supports this– folks have chosen one or a few tyrants over a whole bunch of them)
    Pictures:
    http://patdollard.com/2014/06/cliven-bundys-son-kicked-vegas-cop-killers-ranch-says-they-were-probably-the-only-ones/
    Dressed as the Joker, hate cops, consider authority to be the enemy, and fond of the swastika– sounds more like the crazy left than the right, to me. Of the “I like to watch the world burn” sort.
    Joseph Wilcox– the guy who fought back– deserves to be remembered by name; they should be thought of as deadly losers, other than perhaps praying they were somehow not morally responsible for their actions.

  • Again, the agencies within DHS already existed before the department was incorporated. Which ‘phony baloney’ jobs needed ‘protection’? The Coast Guard, FEMA, the Secret Service? Which?

    The 537 jobs most in need of protecting are still to be found at opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Bigger Fish to Fry

Sunday, February 1, AD 2015

8 Responses to Bigger Fish to Fry

  • What a shame that they don’t stick to something that they know about (Catholicism).

  • Correct, the Old Adam.
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    Enviro-nazis’ and Obama-worshipping idiots’ wars against coal electricity production and fossil fuels (energy independence) in general have been a major contributor to the decline and fall (high electric, gas, and home heating oil prices) of the middle class. Plus, this unites the Vatican with the fanatical crowd that worships creation rather than the Creator, e.g., the push for zero population growth.
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    Old saw: “if you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas.”

  • “I suspect that the powers that be at the Vatican and the denizens of the Obama administration are basically on the same wavelength. ”
    Yes that’s right. Look at the official blog of the US ambassador to the Holy See: http://blogs.usembassy.gov/hackett/

  • Old Adam and T Shaw, sadly the current denizens of the Vatican do not seem to know even Catholicism. If they did, then Ezekiel 34:1-10 would make them shake in their shoes and fall prostrate before the Blessed Sacrament, begging forgiveness of an Almighty God Whose mercy for unborn children may well become His justice for clerics gone wild.

  • So is this what is meant by the remark, later and ceaselessly explained/defended, that Catholics shouldn’t obsess about abortion. It is disturbing that this unserious nonsense, along with our socialist administration, is being taken seriously by the Vatican.

  • In France, it is the Hard Left that has been most suspicious of the Environmental movement. After all, it requires little prescience to foresee that “Tracking, transparency, certification, eco-taxes, environmental excellence, and the policing of water, all give us an idea of the coming state of ecological emergency. Everything is permitted to a power structure that bases its authority in Nature, in health and in well-being.”

    More than that, “There is no ‘environmental catastrophe.’ The catastrophe is the environment itself. The environment is what’s left to man after he has lost everything. Those who live in a neighbourhood, a street, a valley, a war zone, a workshop – they do not have an ‘environment;’ they move through a world peopled by presences, dangers, friends, enemies, moments of life and death, all kinds of beings. Such a world has its own consistency, which varies according to the intensity and quality of the ties attaching us to all of these beings, to all of these places. It iss only us, the children of the final dispossession, exiles of the final hour – the ones who come into the world in concrete cubes, pick our fruits at the supermarket, and watch for an echo of the world on television – only we get to have an environment … What has congealed as an environment is a relationship to the world based on management, which is to say, on estrangement. A relationship to the world wherein we are not made up just as much of the rustling trees, the smell of frying oil in the building, running water, the hubbub of schoolrooms, the mugginess of summer evenings. A relationship to the world where there is me and then my environment, surrounding me but never really constituting me. We have become neighbours in a planetary condominium owners’ board meeting. It’s difficult to imagine a more complete hell.”

  • Hey, does anyone known what energy source heats cools, and lights up Vatican City, besides the gusts of wind that comes from the bureaucrats that energize the windmills?

  • : While most of the world’s industry has been cleaned up with the notable exception of Communist China, our movies, television and literature is polluted with adultery, fornication, pornography and vicarious violence. The latter fulfills sadistic curiosity in much the same manner as the deadly entertainments in the Roman Coliseum. Our distraction machine media diverts our attention from the genocide in progress in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere. We worry about carbon footprints while ignoring the bloody footprints encircling the world. Pray for the intentions of the Holy Father, and that they be in accordance with the will of God. Pope Francis! Focus! Like your namesake, rebuild His Church.

10 Responses to Bill? Obama Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Bill!

  • The will of the people, the voice of freedom, enrolled in the bill was assaulted, battered and abused. Constitutional protocol was abandoned, rejected, refused and ignored by the individual in the White House. The executive’s orders are only valid and constitutional when the executive order deals with citizens, “We, the people…”
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    Obama has no authentic authority over non-constituents, illegal aliens or war criminals when they impact or threaten citizens. Non-citizens are not under Obama’s executive privilege.

  • Believe it or not, The Washington Post felt compelled to do a “fact check” on this sketch. Next, they’ll be solemnly informing us that Fr. Guido Sarducci was not really the Vatican newspaper’s gossip columnist….

  • The President is using the examples of Reagan and Bush for precedence. Maybe somebody can explain why these examples are no bueno. I don’t understand the legalities of all of this.

  • The shorter version: Obama does not have the power to make citizens of illegal individuals through amnesty because the illegal individuals are not citizens and constitutional law applies only to citizens. Illegal immigrants have been instructed to respect our laws by the United States. Yet, they have violated our borders.
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    Obama can bestow any kind of honor on the illegal immigrants, knighthood, champion, first in class, Congressional Medal of Honor (NO) he wants, but citizenship requires legal entry and prerequisites that must be met before citizenship. Citizenship remains out of illegal immigrants grasp until they are citizens.

  • Tom M. “The President is using the examples of Reagan and Bush for precedence. Maybe somebody can explain why these examples are no bueno. I don’t understand the legalities of all of this.”
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    I believe that it was Bill Clinton who certified citizenship to over one million illegal immigrants who then voted for his second term. Clinton had overstepped his legal authority to make citizens of illegal individuals who violated our borders and our laws, as he, Clinton, had not power over non-citizens.
    It was Clinton who set the precedent for unauthorized executive privilege.
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    Clinton also made all the free lands and waterways the exclusive domain of the Chief Executive, himself, by executive order. This begot the Clive Bundy travesty; changing laws without asking the will of the people or consulting the Fifth Amendment, the takings clause for public domain. Clive Bundy’s use of the land was and is public domain as he was contributing rent.
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    I do not know if Bush or Reagan ever did.

  • Arrogance = Tyranny.
    Obama is in infamous company; Hitler Stalin and Lucifer.

  • It has been said that Obama micro-manages the military, much like Hitler. That didn’t go well.

  • Relevant videos:

    http://search.yahoo.com/search?rewrite=72&.tsrc=apple&first=1&p=trey+gowdy+video+can+the+president+void+law%3F&pintl=en&pcarrier=Verizon&pmcc=310&pmnc=038&fr=onesearch

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/03/13/trey_gowdy_if_president_doesnt_execute_the_law.html

  • The Chief Executive executes the will of the people. The will of the people is learned through the legislative process.

King Obama

Thursday, November 20, AD 2014

 

 

In Federalist 69 Alexander Hamilton responded to the criticism that the Presidency under the proposed Constitution established an elective monarchy which would be a perpetual threat to American liberties:

 

Hence it appears that, except as to the concurrent authority of the President in the article of treaties, it would be difficult to determine whether that magistrate would, in the aggregate, possess more or less power than the Governor of New York. And it appears yet more unequivocally, that there is no pretense for the parallel which has been attempted between him and the king of Great Britain. But to render the contrast in this respect still more striking, it may be of use to throw the principal circumstances of dissimilitude into a closer group.

 

The President of the United States would be an officer elected by the people for four years; the king of Great Britain is a perpetual and hereditary prince. The one would be amenable to personal punishment and disgrace; the person of the other is sacred and inviolable. The one would have a qualified negative upon the acts of the legislative body; the other has an absolute negative. The one would have a right to command the military and naval forces of the nation; the other, in addition to this right, possesses that of declaring war, and of raising and regulating fleets and armies by his own authority. The one would have a concurrent power with a branch of the legislature in the formation of treaties; the other is the sole possessor of the power of making treaties. The one would have a like concurrent authority in appointing to offices; the other is the sole author of all appointments. The one can confer no privileges whatever; the other can make denizens of aliens, noblemen of commoners; can erect corporations with all the rights incident to corporate bodies. The one can prescribe no rules concerning the commerce or currency of the nation; the other is in several respects the arbiter of commerce, and in this capacity can establish markets and fairs, can regulate weights and measures, can lay embargoes for a limited time, can coin money, can authorize or prohibit the circulation of foreign coin. The one has no particle of spiritual jurisdiction; the other is the supreme head and governor of the national church! What answer shall we give to those who would persuade us that things so unlike resemble each other? The same that ought to be given to those who tell us that a government, the whole power of which would be in the hands of the elective and periodical servants of the people, is an aristocracy, a monarchy, and a despotism.

 

One can only imagine what Mr. Hamilton and the other Founding Fathers would make of this:

According to a senior Democrat familiar with the plans, Obama will announce on Thursday that he is providing temporary protections to up to 5 million undocumented immigrants. His orders will make up to 4 million undocumented immigrants eligible for temporary protective status and provide relief to another 1 million through other means.

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24 Responses to King Obama

  • Sorry Mr. Franklin, we couldn’t keep it.

  • Our tax dollars pay for this. This cannot be put on the ballot? If Obama wants these illegal immigrants as constituents, he ought to pay for them out of his own pocket.

  • David Burge – “American voters repudiated in historic landslide 1-0 vote.”

  • Oh but wait Mary De Voe…where is your compassion for these poor? (sarcasm) Where are these children going to sleep eat or receive health care? (sarcasm)

    This is the tidal wave of social justice from the left that see’s a baby seal as sacred yet an unborn human baby as blob of tissue. Now what?

    I agree with you. Michelle Badrock and Uncle Joe can personally fund these immigrant’s. Or, respect the rights of the legal voters!

  • My compassion for the poor begins with the virtue of Justice (no sarcasm) and praying for Divine Providence to care for them. (Truth)

  • This action shows not only deep contempt for the Constitution and the Congress, but also the American people.

    Obama’s spent his life in and among subcultures where a systematic appreciation of ordinary people is not to be found. His grandparents might have attempted to impart it, but Stanley Dunham was so confused as to how to proceed with his grandson that he thought spending time with Frank Marshall Davis and exporting his grandson to a random liberal arts college would be salutary.

    You recall that Edmund Morris — not a bien pensant, really, but a man who had spent his adult life among the word-merchant element — could not make sense of Ronald Reagan. Reagan gave him a brief and explicit précis of interpretive tools – “my life’s an open book”, and Morris was still baffled. For people who manipulate words and images for a living, a man as straightforward as Reagan cannot be who he appears to be; everyone just has to be a poseur (but they cannot figure out what the pose was concealing).

    We’ve had some accomplished men in the White House. Then we have men whose principal accomplishment has been cadging and holding political office (Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Bilge Clinton, and BO being examples of that). There’s little doubt Nixon and Ford could have done something else and been someone else; both had military service, Ford had 10 years practicing law in a city of middling size in a firm he himself formed with Phillip Buchan, and Nixon still had enough left upstairs to return to law practice after a 17 year hiatus (electing to go back into politics because the law bored him). Roosevelt, Truman, and (arrgh) Clinton had at least spent time superintending public agencies. As for Kennedy, you cannot take the man’s bravery away from him, nor is oratorical skill. The man sitting in the White House now has to be the most bogus character who has ever sat there. His adult life since 1985 has consisted of waste of time positions in political eleemosynaries, of patronage jobs handed him, and of clever marketing. That’s pretty much the same deal with his wife, whose vital $300,000 a year position at the University of Chicago hospitals was eliminated when she vacated it.

    Not only was he not taught the value of ordinary people, simply assessing his own life honestly would be very painful. The contempt keeps reality at bay.

  • King Obama. Daniel 4:28-33:
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    28 All this came upon King Nebuchadnez′zar. 29 At the end of twelve months he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 and the king said, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?” 31 While the words were still in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, “O King Nebuchadnez′zar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you, 32 and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field; and you shall be made to eat grass like an ox; and seven times shall pass over you, until you have learned that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.” 33 Immediately the word was fulfilled upon Nebuchadnez′zar. He was driven from among men, and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles’ feathers, and his nails were like birds’ claws.

  • “The contempt keeps reality at bay.”

    Bingo.

  • Obama, as president, does not decide for any citizen how much charity, the citizen, in good conscience, has the ability to donate. Since Obama refuses to identify the citizens’ conscience as a valid indicator of charity, he must behave like lord of the world.

  • Amnesty announced. Champagne bottles popping heard at USCCB. The Constitution wept.

  • How the word “discretion” is used….
    🙁
    It used to imply a particularity. Singling out a case for a different reaction than what had been expected. Looking at exceptional cases and applying a discretionary judgment.
    You could look at one case details and say, I will decide not to prosecute.
    NOT to look at millions of cases, where the identities of the person are not even known and applying a discretionary judgement en masse.

  • Art Deco wrote, “For people who manipulate words and images for a living, a man as straightforward as Reagan cannot be who he appears to be; everyone just has to be a poseur (but they cannot figure out what the pose was concealing).”
    One recalls Prince Metternich’s remark, when informed of the death of Talleyrand – “I wonder what he meant by that.”

  • Another aspect of this lawlessness is the abdication by 95% of the media to ACCURATELY report the difference between the “tweaking” of a duly passed law by Congress by Presidents Reagan & Bush & the impatient unilateral action of this emperor. Shame on the presidents “water carriers” in the media!

  • Agreed. Some of the Fast and Furious e-mails Judicial Watch has managed to pry out of the Department of Justice are revealing as to what the pr flacks for the Regime expect of the major media. They expect them to act like Democratic operatives with bylines, and by and large they do. They do not have the budgets to do much anymore, but by and large they’re not motivated, which is why Sheryl Atkisson is out of a job. As recently as 1998, the print media (while biased) were not shills of the Democratic Party and broke inconvenient stories (per Brent Bozell, television news was already suborned at that time).

  • What follows has been read into the Constitution by the President. So long as nothing is done, he does have the powers he has usurped and this is de facto the new law of the land.

    Article VIII

    Notwithstanding any Power granted in Article I above or in Article III above, in time of declared emergency or crisis, all Power shall be vested in the President and officers duly appointed by him, said Power including, but not limited to, all legislative powers, all judicial powers granted herein, and all powers reserved to the States or to the people under Amendment X hereto. The President alone is vested with the Power to declare an emergency or a crisis. In an emergency or crisis, the President and his duly appointed officers shall, as deemed necessary by the President, suspend any and all rights protected under Amendments I – XXVII.

    Guy McClung, San Antonio

  • Malone (Connery) from the movie, “The Untouchables”, “And ‘then’ what are you prepared to do?”

  • Obama has chosen to introduce millions of illegal aliens into our country, our towns, our schools, our hospitals, our neighborhood, our charity, into our personal space and our privacy; into our countenance without our permission, our invitation, and our informed consent. Entering into a sovereign person’s privacy and personal space without his welcome, his permission, his invitation is assault and battery.
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    As constituents of the President, all citizens are spoken for by the President. If we cannot agree with what the president is doing we actually remove ourselves from citizenship to protect ourselves. So, now Obama owns the whole America without the citizens. and any citizen who chooses to remain will have his personal space violated and his countenance assaulted.
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    As far as the Catholic Church goes, after tithing, the Church must pay the bill.

  • “de facto the new law of the land.” must be ratified by three quarters of the states. The states have un-ratified Obama’s new law of the land.

  • Seen at Zero hedeg: “Me the People . . .”

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    La republique c’est moi!

  • “Malone (Connery) from the movie, “The Untouchables”, “And ‘then’ what are you prepared to do?”

    “01:47:33 Your Honour, the truth is that Capone is a killer and he will go free.

    01:47:39 There is only one way to deal with such men, and that is hunt them down.

    01:47:44 I have. I have forsworn myself. I have broken laws I swore to defend.

    01:47:49 I am content that I have done right. That man must be stopped, you must…

    01:47:53 I’ll be the judge of what I must do, Mr Ness.”

    Thus far this country has avoided that. Obama is setting some terrible precedents that may eventually some day produce a whirlwind.

  • I told people Osama (misspelled on purpose) was like this before he was elected president the first time. So no one can blame me because “I told you so!” Nothing this man could do–short of lining us up on the White House lawn & executing us with a firing squad–would shock me. There are no words for how angry his actions make me. We are no longer a constitutional republic.

  • “Thus far this country has avoided that. Obama is setting some terrible precedents that may eventually some day produce a whirlwind.”

    Do what? We are in the middle of the whirlwind right now! Check out how many violent crimes are carried out by illegals in this nation.

Department of Justice?

Tuesday, July 15, AD 2014

 

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If anyone doubts that we have gangsters at the helm of the federal government who have nothing but contempt for traditional American liberties, the Obama administration quite nicely continues to supply plenty of evidence to support their hostility to the Bill of Rights, as Mary Katharine Ham at Hot Air notes:

This is heinous— a betrayal so blatant of American values so fundamental I have trouble wrapping my mind around it:

The U.S. Department of Justice has joined the discussions over a controversial float in the Norfolk Independence Day parade.

The department sent a member of its Community Relations Service team, which gets involved in discrimination disputes, to a Thursday meeting about the issue. Also at the meeting were the NAACP, the Norfolk mayor and The Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

The float was created by a Nebraska veteran, Dale Emmerich, and featured a zombified mannequin figure standing in front of an outhouse bearing the sign, “Obama Presidential Library.” Emmerich said the mannequin represented him and other veterans, and the float was a comment on the horrors of the VA scandal. Which, given the level of broken trust, deceit, and death exposed at nearly every level of that corrupt system, I cannot begrudge the man his dissent. It used to be that we valued such things even when— especially when, dare I say— we disagreed personally with such speech or found it problematic.

I describe the content of the float to put us all on the same page but it’s irrelevant because making a parade float that offends people is not in any way against the law. Charles C.W. Cooke on the virtues of the formerly universally understood freedom to mock one’s leaders:

Now for the obvious question: Why? What, exactly, was the problem here? Nobody was killed. Nobody was injured. Nobody had their material or spiritual interests injured, nor were they stripped of their livelihoods. No federal or state laws were broken. Indeed, not even private rules were broken. More to the point, there was no “discrimination dispute” of the sort with which the DOJ likes to concern itself. Instead, a few free people were vexed because a politician that they like was depicted in an unflattering light. One might well ask, “So what?” Once, Americans tackled the Oregon Trail. Are they now in need of their political “discussions” being arbitrated by glorified social workers sent by Uncle Sam?

In a typically risible statement, Nebraska’s state Democratic party described the incident as one of the “worst shows of racism and disrespect for the office of the presidency that Nebraska has ever seen.” That this is almost certainly true demonstrates just how much progress the United States has made in the last 50 years — and, in consequence, how extraordinarily difficult the professionally aggrieved are finding it to fill their quotas. If a fairly standard old saw is among the worst things to have happened to the Cornhusker State in recent memory, the country is in rather good shape, n’est-ce pas?


“The float was political satire and an expression of political disgust.
There was no racism involved, no hate for anyone,” Remmich said.

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22 Responses to Department of Justice?

  • Remember the rodeo clown? The thing is, this is precisely the disposition you see in higher education. It’s not just a function of the current President’s psychopathology. It’s how important strands of the Democratic Party nexus think by default.

  • Presidential libraries are self-made physical, structural homage to the president’s ideas and legacy. The float shows the float designer’s image of what the Obama presidential library would represent to him and others like him. That is fine and dandy. I think that people first thought the mannequin was an unattractive picture of the president, and even it it were, people are allowed to think the president is unattractive.
    That float structure expresses something very different than the Greek columns that the Democratic party used in Colorado to present their idea about what Obama represented… Fine and also dandy. I didn’t like it because I didn’t think it was a good representation of him ( he is far from anything traditional!)
    People are allowed to think freely AND people are free to express their opinions. Freedom of speech is still protected, and this float was speech.

  • thanks for link back to Tears of A Clown, Donald. It is worth reading (and the comments) again.

  • The second eloquent sentence in the quote below is taken from today’s article about the degeneration of Catholic education at Crisis Magazine.

    ” … These forces continue to dominate many philosophy and theology departments in Catholic universities across the country, with the Boomers who dominate these institutions showing no signs of ceding power any time soon to the succeeding generation of Millennials. Having raged against “the Establishment” in their youth, they are now firmly ensconced in it themselves, having become what they most hated: old fogeys who resist change and insist on living in the past. … “

  • This is mildly complicated. People may recall that the organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in NYC have excluded homosexual groups from marching, and that this exclusion has been uphold by the courts. It would seem that the Norfolk parade is a municipally sponsored event and so any such exclusion is out of the question.

    Since the parade is viewed by children of all ages, it would seem that this float was in poor taste. Young children need to be introduced to politics in a way that does not plant the seeds of antisocial radicalism, and so a parade float with the outhouse of Obama or Bush or Clinton or Reagan is simply inappropriate.

    Still, there is no legal reason why the float should not have participated, and the actions of the Justice Department are just another in a long series of such actions by government at all levels. Just this past weekend a banner with swastikas was towed by an airplane over New York beaches; it was sponsored by the Raelian cult, the emblem of which is a swastika embedded in the center of a Star of David. The banner was seen by several descendants of Holocaust survivors who were understandably upset. Local politicians have fallen all over themselves in an attempt to pass ordinances to prohibit such displays and therefore violate the Constitution.

    Of course, this Justice Department action is also tinged with sensitivity to racism, since their only legal reason for involvement arises from the jurisdiction of the civil rights laws. John H. McWhorter, an Obama supporter, just published an excellent article on this subject in the City Journal entitled The Case For Moving On: On ice cream trucks, memory, and race in America whew he argues, in effect, that we just have to grow up. See http://www.city-journal.org/2014/eon0713jm.html

    The good people of Norfolk had a great opportunity to teach their small children about political decency. They could have simply exercised their rights and turned their backs on the float. What a powerful lesson! To work, though, they would have needed to be forewarned, and perhaps that did not happen.

  • I’m sure they have they have thousands of lawyers at the Justice Dept. Surely some of them have heard of the 1st Amendment?

    The NAACP’s positions seems to be, “I don’t think that’s funny. AT ALL!” Tough.

    Let’s all keep Community Relations Services on speed-dial for the next time someone makes a snide remark about His Holiness or mocks us for wearing a crucifix or scapular & see what response we get.

  • Since the parade is viewed by children of all ages, it would seem that this float was in poor taste. Young children need to be introduced to politics in a way that does not plant the seeds of antisocial radicalism, and so a parade float with the outhouse of Obama or Bush or Clinton or Reagan is simply inappropriate.

    Your remarks are parody, right?

  • “I’m sure they have they have thousands of lawyers at the Justice Dept. Surely some of them have heard of the 1st Amendment?”

    Doubtless they believe Thomas that it evolves with the times and does not apply if something/anything offends a member of an official victim class, unless the member of the official victim class is a conservative. The abysmal understanding of this administration, and for much of the left, of freedom for those who disagree with them is a bad portent for long term civic peace in this country.

  • Richard Fernandez: “It is impossible to understand the politics of the Left without grasping that it is all about deniable intimidation.”

    IRS, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, armed black terrorists at pollin places, etc.

    But, racist racketeers Obama and Holder go after a parade float.

    BECAUSE

    Hayek, The Road to Serfdom: Hayek: “Everything which might cause doubt about the wisdom of the government or create discontent will be kept from the people. The basis of unfavorable comparisons with elsewhere, the knowledge of possible alternatives to the course actually taken, information which might suggest failure on the part of the government to live up to its promises or to take advantage of opportunities to improve conditions–all will be suppressed. There is consequently no field where the systematic control of information will not be practiced and uniformity of views not enforced.”

    St. Augustine wrote, “Government without justice is organized brigandage.”

  • Your remarks are parody, right?
    No, of course not. I once took my children out of a minor league baseball game because people where shouting obscenities, and I explained to them that the language was why we left. The ballpark lost our business for years until the kids were old enough to shrug off that behavior.

    The rough and tumble of modern politics is no place for children (the education of the Red Diaper babies is a case in point – I could cite others). If a municipal patriotic parade is a place for children, then rough and tumble politics has no place there. I am, of course, making a social statement and not a legal one. Is it really possible to argue otherwise?

  • Surely some of them have heard of the 1st Amendment?

    We live in a world where it’s the default position of the portside that a constitutional amendment adopted in 1868 to over-ride Southern ‘black codes” and extend certain liberties to freed slaves requires that county clerks issue marriage licenses to pairs of dudes. The black letters are just ornamentation.

    Try this: the Democratic Party is an electoral vehicle for a series of social strands, among them the bar and the higher education apparat. These social strata understand their role re the rest of society as a tutelary one. They’re the faculty and the administration, we’re the student body, and we’ve no franchise to be ‘disruptive’. (The media are manipulative sharp-elbowed organization kids a-la Tracy Flick).

  • Thank you Donald McClarey and all commenters. Clarity becomes you.

  • There hasn’t been the same reaction to freely expressed ugliness against holocaust survivors, or people wearing crucifix etc. but it seems to me they equate statements against the current administration with sedition.

  • Whoops – then there is the other part of the checks and balances doing a quick hit.
    .
    http://wdtprs.com/blog/2014/07/action-item-religious-freedom-under-attack-in-the-us-senate-urgent/

  • Is it really possible to argue otherwise?

    Yes, I’m afraid a parade incorporates a political sentiment, though usually a consensual one. As for the sensibilities of youth, we had this thing called television news when I was young, and a good deal of war footage thereon. In my mother’s youth, there was radio broadcasting, to which my grandfather paid meticulous attention. There were also characters like Westbrook Pegler employed to write newspaper columns, men who’d have broken the gaffe meter in the Newseum era of journalism. My grandparents (and my parents) had a great regard for manners. That extended to the rubrics of daily life and discussion of matters obscene. It never extended to public affairs, which are, er PUBLIC.

  • There is always the good old standby of “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour,” within the hearing or sight of a person “likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress thereby” and likely to cause a breach of the peace, to the terror of the lieges &c

  • CNN ran a story recently accusing House Republicans of “making fun” of Obumbler. That thin skinned ninny isn’t allowed to be criticized or his buddies get riled up.

    To paraphrase Simcha Fisher, “To hell with them.”

  • Yes, I’m afraid a parade incorporates a political sentiment, though usually a consensual one.
    There are many kinds of parades, Art. In my town the patriotic parades are largely about and for the children. The large majority of marchers are children – school bands, scouts, little league, pop warner, 4-H, Sunday schools, etc. etc. etc. Many of the spectators are. Very few of the town residents who currently do not have children in the extended family attend. State and local politicians march side by side in these parades without regard to their political differences. Why? Because the community expects it of them. The idea that the community can have no expectations of public manners at such an event, just because the parade happens in a public venue, is an idea that would be foreign to my fellow citizens.

    Every counter example you may give is true, but only for your example. You can keep listing them ad nauseam, and I’d agree that your reasoning about each one. War news on the public airwaves at prime time? An important public service, I agree. A patriotic parade is the one – perhaps the only – counter-example that I can think of that shows that your reasoning cannot apply 100% of the time.

  • Here in the West of Scotland, we are in the middle of the Marching Season, commemorating the Battle of the Boyne and the Apprentice Boys of Derry.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJpJRudr5rs
    I am told the marchers wear those white glove to stop them grazing their knuckles on the ground.
    Personally, I shall be raising a glass to the “Little Gentleman in Black Velvet.”

  • Slainte! Long live the little gentleman in the black velvet waistcoat…would that he and his brother moles had made their presence known at the Battle of the Boyne.

  • From the Lincoln Journal-Star
    http://journalstar.com/news/local/justice-official-naacp-meet-with-norfolk-over-float/article_d18ffd6e-7007-5f31-959c-a2d12c3078cf.html

    Four representatives of the NAACP and the U.S. Department of Justice met with Norfolk Mayor Sue Fuchtman Thursday to talk about a controversial float in the Fourth of July parade.
    . . .

    The Justice Department official is a member of the Community Relations Service team that handles discrimination disputes.

    Gee, I figured it was bad enough having the DOJ investigating, but a private organisation with one gov’t along for camouflage?
    Read the whole article, they’re way beyond the float issue, now it’s about diversity and yadda, yadda.

    The NAACP has been losing members, money and influence for years but God bless ’em they still have the DOJ at their beck and call.
    I think the last person who tried to challenge that situation was Clarence Thomas when he headed the Civil Rights Division.

The Pefectly Partisan Media

Tuesday, October 8, AD 2013

 

 

 

If there is anyone who doubts that almost all the media functions today as unpaid press agents for the Democrat party, today’s presidential press conference should erase all doubts.  Allahpundit of Hot Air explains why:

It ran for one hour and six minutes, with 12 different reporters being called on — although, notably, not Ed Henry of Fox News — and between them they couldn’t muster one question about the catastrophe that is Healthcare.gov or the spectacle of National Park Rangers locking senior-citizen tourists out of war memorials and/or inside their hotels. I admit that, near the end of it, when Twitter was already starting to buzz about the oh-fer on this week’s two unhappy topics, I started rooting for the press corps to ignore them, not unlike how you might root for an opposing pitcher when he’s throwing a perfect game against your team in the ninth. On the one hand, it’s a disaster for your interests; on the other hand, you’re seeing something historic in process. Today, we all witnessed a perfecto — no runs, no hits, not the barest insinuation in front of a national television audience that the federal government’s behavior towards the public this week has alternated between almost literally unbelievable incompetence and vindictiveness. Amazing.

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  • Given that they each posted a reporter to this Boorsteinian pseudo-event, they cannot complain that company budget cuts have deprived them of the manpower to cover the story. The good news for the Republic is that the media is imploding and no longer viable as a commercial endeavour. Our sympathies should go out to the large corps of wage earners who work in these enterprises, as well as to the salaried employees on the business side of things (and perhaps also the sports and features staff). As for the people who produce the editorial matter, stick a fork in ’em.

  • I suppose the historians will have to come up with an alternative term for “yellow journalism”…since that generally meant the practice of sensationalizing stories to drive circulation…if not a progressive agenda.

    Maybe the latter applies still today where the former really doesn’t (given current readership/viewership trends), but the repeated and intentional spiking of important “news of the day” is deserving of its own designation for the history books.

  • When future historians write about the shambles that is the Obama administration, and the long term harm it inflicted on the country, they will note that the mainstream media was an essential ally of Obama, and that the administration benefited from the most one-sided press coverage in the history of the United States.

    Not if they’re writing in Chinese or Russian or Newspeak they won’t.

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  • “I suppose the historians will have to come up with an alternative term for ‘yellow journalism’ . . . ”

    “Red” works for me.

  • I suppose the historians will have to come up with an alternative term for “yellow journalism

    “Knee-pad journalism” might do.

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Gettysburg Closed

Tuesday, October 8, AD 2013

In the never ending effort of the Obama administration to see just how absurd they can be over the fake government shutdown, they have attempted to close down the Gettysburg battlefield.  I say attempted because a lot of tourists are engaging in civil disobedience and touring the battlefield, playing catch me if you can with National Park Service Rangers.  Go here to read all about it.

This of course is all part of a carefully orchestrated plot by the Obama administration:

A U.S. park ranger, who did not wish to be identified, told FoxNews.com that supervisors within the National Park Service overruled plans to deal with the budget cuts in a way that would have had minimal impact on the public. Instead, the source said, park staff were told to cancel special events and cut “interpretation services” — the talks, tours and other education services provided by local park rangers.

“Apparently, they want the public to feel the pain,” the ranger said.

 

Instead of feeling pain the public has had a glimpse into just how mean, petty and spiteful the gangsters currently in power in the White House can be.

 

 

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  • Donald McClarey: You might want to peview this post.

    The following is from a letter sent to the secular press:

    The people being evicted from their homes because of the government shutdown are being mistreated. These people are not visitors or squatters. They own the national forests and parks. Each and every citizen owns all public places and waterways in including the WHITE HOUSE, in joint and common tenancy. You own it all and I own it all. This battle was fought several decades ago when the government sent park rangers to “evict” indwellers. The indwellers won in court and it is declared that people have rights to live on their own property.

    SEE: INDWELLERS or contact Brad Dacus at Pacific Justice Institute for information.

    The HOMESTEAD ACT has not been repealed. The HOMESTEAD ACT has just been obscured to enhance the power of the government. Squat on public land and improve it with a house of other structure or farm and you, and you alone, have the option to purchase the land at minimum value.

    If the INDWELLERS had not already won in court there might be some question as to the good will of government officials.

    Harassing the citizens in their daily lives for no reason needs to be addressed in court. This is sheer ignorance compounded by atrocities for power over ordinary people.

  • Agian, Instapundit: “The people must be punished until the regime gets it way. The House keeps passing bills to fund this stuff, bills with nothing about defunding ObamaCare in them, and the Democratic Senate keeps killing them.”

  • “…the seniors were locked inside the hotel, where armed rangers stayed at the door.”

    False arrest? Kidnapping? Criminal imprisonment? Violation of civil rights under color of law?

    “…some of the foreign tourists with limited English skills thought they were under arrest.”

    Those foreign tourists had a correct understanding of their plight despite “limited English skills”.

  • Yes, Micha Elyi: Kidnapping by the state, false arrest and imprisonment without being read their Rights and Codes of law. As one person said: The government sends Rangers to imprison and evict others, but no Rangers to guide and protect. These Rangers are working on our tax dollars. WHO are the Rangers working for? Let the criminal in the White House pay them. Taxation without representation. IMPEACH OBAMA.

Gangsters, Plain and Simple

Saturday, October 5, AD 2013

Obama Gangster

 

 

If there is anyone who does not think this country is currently run by a pack of gangsters, Father Z’s report on the below story will set you straight:

 

The U.S. military has furloughed as many as 50 Catholic chaplains due to the partial suspension of government services, banning them from celebrating weekend Mass. At least one chaplain was told that if he engaged in any ministry activity, he would be subjected to disciplinary action. [Let’s put this in the customary terms liberals always use when in a debate.  The First Gay President’s administration wants to HURT people. They are determined to increase pain for the sake of their political agenda. They are gang members in a town they have overrun.  They are mafia thugs who shakedown businesses and blackmail people.  There.  Now liberals will shout “FOUL!” and demand that we turn down the rhetoric and embrace civility, even as they incessantly use terms exactly like that for their opponents.]

“In very practical terms it means Sunday Mass won’t be offered,” Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services told me. “If someone has a baptism scheduled, it won’t be celebrated.”

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The Archdiocese for the Military Services tells me the military installations impacted are served by non-active-duty priests who were hired as government contractors. As a result of a shortage of active duty Catholic chaplains, the government hires contract priests.

Broglio said some military bases have forbidden the contract priests from volunteering to celebrate Mass without pay. [They won’t let them even volunteer, which priests would want to do anyway. This is crazy. The Obama administration is trying to benefit from the pain people will have.  This time I am not kidding.  That’s what they are doing.  They want to make little children cry because they can’t visit the Smithsonian.  They want to disappoint elderly veterans.  They want to ruin the trips of US citizens who want to visit American military cemeteries overseas where their father is buried.   They want to ruin vacations – in a time when the economy is difficult – to national parks.  The list goes on.]

“They were told they cannot function because those are contracted services and since there’s no funding they can’t do it – even if they volunteer,” he said. [What if they said they would bring their own candles and not turn on the lights?  Is it a matter of the money it costs to open the chapel?]

John Schlageter, general counsel for the archdiocese, said any furloughed priests volunteering their services could face big trouble.

“During the shutdown, it is illegal[?!?] for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so,” he said in a written statement. [This president – according to his own whims – decides which laws he wants to enforce and which not, which interest groups receive his benefice and waivers, and which not. Through the president’s HHS MANDATE Catholics are to be forced to pay for immoral things and then be denied services. I wonder: Are any rabbis or imams being threatened? I’d like to know.]

A well-placed source told me that a furloughed Air Force chaplain was threatened after he offered to forgo pay. The chaplain was told he could not go on base or enter his chapel offices. He was also barred from engaging in any ministry activity.

The source told me the chaplain was told that if he violated those orders he and his supervisor would be subjected to disciplinary action – with the possibility of being fired.

Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, called those developments disturbing.

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  • The remark of Michael Kelly in 1999 reminds one of the Obama Administration.

    “We have achieved the classless society. No one has any class at all.”

  • Thinking up bad jokes for citizens to endure, playing one up-man with each other in doing so, all for the world to see, feeling immune, and forgetting Justice is a new twist on the word – so it needs a synonym.

  • One recalls that the last time in Britain a Catholic priest was prosecuted for performing his religious functions was the case of Bishop Hugh MacDonald (one of the MacDonalds of Morar), Apostolic Visitor of the Highland District.

    That prosecution, too, was purely political; the government had never forgiven the bishop for blessing the Jacobite standard and appointing chaplains to the Highland forces, when Prince Charles Edward raised it at Glenfinnan on 19 August 1745.

    The result was a complete débacle: he was, in terms of the statute, sentenced to be banished furth of the realm, with certification that if he ever returned, being still papist, he should be punished with death. However, he merely changed his name and went on with his work as before and the authorities in Scotland winked at it.

  • “We have achieved the classless society. No one has any class at all.”
    No one has any civil rights at all, not to worship God,(Freedom of Religion), or speak to God, (Freedom of speech), or read the word of God (Freedom of the press), or peaceably assemble before and for God (Freedom of free association and peaceable assembly as well as to petition the government for redress, especially in these time of being tyrannized by ignorance and the lust for power.) Say, the priest at Mass petitioned almighty God for our First Amendment civil rights, could the priest be prevented from these words? Not constitutionally. The taxpayers own all public and military places. Government is the administrators. This is why the government is called the Administration. Taxes belong to the taxpayers even as they are administered by the Administration. and where is the American Civil Liberties Union. Can the ACLU read the Constitution? I think not.
    The priest is a vocation from God and cannot be employed by the state. Any money given to a priest for his ministry to God is called compensation such as is given to the Supreme Court Justices. No government can “buy” human civil rights, as civil rights are endowed by God and are unalienable. Unalienable civil rights are endowed by an infinite God. America came into being on July 4th, 1776 and died with the government denial of priests to say Mass.

  • “I am mad as hell, and I won’t take it anymore” out of socket.
    The will to live is an act of the free will of the sovereign person. The human being’s rational, immortal soul is endowed with free will and sovereign personhood from the very first moment of existence. From the very first moment of existence, the human being is endowed with a human soul and the individual is a child of God bearing the name “I AM”.
    Some would say that the child of God has no soul or is a clump of cells who has no features. This newly conceived child of God has free will and sovereign personhood to grow into an adult human being and has been lied to in Roe v. Wade and discriminated against because of his size and shape. His civil rights, to exercise his act of religion in living, to speak to God, to relate to God, to peaceably assembly under God are being denied to him. His civil rights have been miscarried by the Supreme Court.

  • Mary de Voe wrote, “Any money given to a priest for his ministry to God is called compensation…”

    The two terms commonly used are “benefice” and “stipend.” In the case of a benefice or prebend, the priest is entitled to the whole income of an endowment (usually rents, feu-duties or the like and, formerly, the teind); a stipend is a fixed amount, equivalent to a salary. A mass stipend is the sum given to a priest to offer one or more masses, as distinct from the stole-fee payable for baptisms, marriages &c.

  • I think this is one of the most appalling things I have ever read, all the more as it is juxtaposed with the unforgettable image of Fr Suver’s Mass on Iwo Jima. During the Great War Catholic padres were more likely to be in the front line than their Anglican counterparts (although there were notable exceptions) and as a result many soldiers were converted. One of these was Roland Leighton who was engaged to Vera Brittain (later feminist and authoress of ‘Testament of Youth’). He was killed just before Christmas 1915 and the family were shocked when the War Office returned his personal effects, which included his torn and bloodstained uniform. But that was nothing to the shock when it emerged that he had converted to Catholicism, literally on the battlefield.

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour: “The two terms commonly used are “benefice” and “stipend.” Thank you for these, the names given to recompense the priest. My point being is that no government can “pay” or “employ” a priest. The government must see to the priest’s physical needs for the priest to perform his duties, first, for God then, for man. This support for the priest to do his priestly duties is what is rankling in the atheist’s craw. If one man died without a priest and the Sacraments, the government is liable, not only for denying this man his civil rights and the priest his civil rights, but for all time to be known as criminal, for having criminalized the citizen’s civil rights. False arrest, police brutality and all the rest that accompanies denying a person his civil rights.

  • Rudyard Kipling, The Irish Guards in the Great War – the First Battalion, Introduction:

    “ . . . and their Catholic priest, ever in waiting upon Death or pain, should learn to magnify his office . . . That Commanding Officers, to keep peace and save important pillars of their little society, should first advise and finally order the Padre not to expose himself wantonly in forward posts or attacks, was equally of a piece with human nature; and that the priests, to the huge content of the men, should disregard the order (“What’s a casualty compared to a soul?”) was most natural of all.”

    Zeal for the salvation of souls . . .

  • Instapundit: “The people must be punished until the regime gets it way. The House keeps passing bills to fund this stuff, bills with nothing about defunding ObamaCare in them, and the Democratic Senate keeps killing them.”

  • “The people must be punished until the regime gets it way.”

    Then it’s time to change the regime. Can we wait until next November?

  • “Can we wait until next November?”

    We cannot be sure just what will be left by next November.

    Plan accordingly.

  • I worry about this Nov. and am still trying to accept that amazing fact.
    Beyond that – plan???!?

  • Mary De Voe said “tyrannized by ignorance and the lust for power”
    great point! twin terrors- very hard to combat

  • Guess who cast the single “no” vote? A Democrat, but not one of the usual far-leftist suspects — Rep. Bill Enyart of Belleville, IL, Congresscritter for the 12th District which includes the Metro East area near St. Louis:

    http://www.wsiltv.com/news/local/Enyart-Stands-Alone-On-US-House-Vote-226623271.html

    Enyart said he voted no because he considered the measure a “phony” political stunt that did nothing to solve real problems caused by the shutdown.

    “It is phony,” he says. “It is designed to do nothing but make these people feel good and to give them a political point that they’re doing something. They didn’t do anything.”

    “A retired two-star general, Enyart insists he’s more concerned about putting the government back to work.

    “You can pray anywhere,” he says. “You can’t just dump your kid anywhere; you can’t just not go to the commissaries to buy groceries to feed your family.”

  • Cry me a river Enyart. Other than his military service the man is a fairly conventional liberal.
    http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/110744/william-enyart/2/abortion#.UlPR0Pco5ok

    The Republicans have been passing bills in the House to fund the essential parts of government especially the military. It is Enyart’s buddies in the Senate who have been bottling such bills up, with Reid refusing to allow most of them to be voted on in the Senate because he knows they would pass.

  • “You can pray anywhere,” he says.

    No, General, you can’t “pray anywhere.” Thanks to fascist @h0!3z like you, prayer on military bases isn’t possible.

    And if you knew anything – anything at all – about Christianity, you’d know there’s a big difference between “prayer” and “Church,” especially the Mass.

    How this guy got to be a 2-star says much that I don’t want to know abot the current state of the US military.

  • “And if you knew anything – anything at all – about Christianity, you’d know there’s a big difference between “prayer” and “Church,” especially the Mass.”

    Excellent response. Excellent response to the atheist.

  • Sovereign immunity is that shield from the state’s penetrating into one’s immortal soul and taking God-given freedom from a person, sucking the marrow from his constitutional bones. The Catholic Church has been compliant with rules and regulations to help the state serve the people who constitute the state. Threatening arrest, incarceration and penalties not deserved by priests for saying the Mass is corruption, totalitarianism, and brigandry.
    You see, the problem with Tienemen Square was that the communists thought they could hide their treachery, but it was laid bare, worldwide, within 8 minutes by the Internet.
    Obama needs to take note: Denying other persons their civil rights forfeits one’s own civil rights. Inflicting undeserved penalties (including the threats thereof) on priests for practicing their religion and for patriotism is treason. It is time for impeachment of the tyrannical despot in the White House.

IRS Scandal: The Chicago Way

Wednesday, May 15, AD 2013

 

One of the interesting things about the IRS scandal is how obvious and ham-fisted the bias against conservative groups was:

 

In February 2010, the Champaign Tea Party in Illinois received approval of its tax-exempt status from the IRS in 90 days, no questions asked.

That was the month before the Internal Revenue Service started singling out Tea Party groups for special treatment. There wouldn’t be another Tea Party application approved for 27 months.

In that time, the IRS approved perhaps dozens of applications from similar liberal and progressive groups, a USA TODAY review of IRS data shows.

As applications from conservative groups sat in limbo, groups with liberal-sounding names had their applications approved in as little as nine months. With names including words like “Progress” or “Progressive,” the liberal groups applied for the same tax status and were engaged in the same kinds of activities as the conservative groups. They included:

• Bus for Progress, a New Jersey non-profit that uses a red, white and blue bus to “drive the progressive change.” According to its website, its mission includes “support (for) progressive politicians with the courage to serve the people’s interests and make tough choices.” It got an IRS approval as a social welfare group in April 2011.

• Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment says it fights against corporate welfare and for increasing the minimum wage. “It would be fair to say we’re on the progressive end of the spectrum,” said executive director Jeff Ordower. He said the group got tax-exempt status in September 2011 in just nine months after “a pretty simple, straightforward process.”

 

• Progress Florida, granted tax-exempt status in January 2011, is lobbying the Florida Legislature to expand Medicaid under a provision of the Affordable Care Act, one of President Obama’s signature accomplishments. The group did not return phone calls. “We’re busy fighting to build a more progressive Florida and cannot take your call right now,” the group’s voice mail said.

Like the Tea Party groups, the liberal groups sought recognition as social welfare groups under Section 501(c)(4) of the tax code, based on activities like “citizen participation” or “voter education and registration.”

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A Public Service Announcement From The American Catholic

Wednesday, May 15, AD 2013

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The IRS Scandal: The Hits Keep On Coming

Monday, May 13, AD 2013

 

It is hard to keep up on the IRS scandal as disclosure followed disclosure today, all damning to the IRS and the administration.  Here is the latest:

1.  Low Level Employees in Cincinnati Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved in the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear that the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.

IRS officials at the agency’s Washington headquarters sent queries to conservative groups asking about their donors and other aspects of their operations, while officials in the El Monte and Laguna Niguel offices in California sent similar questionnaires to tea party-affiliated groups.

Go here to the Washington Post to read the rest.

2.  Confidentiality, What’s That?-The IRS released confidential applications of Tea Party groups to Pro Publica, a left wing thinktank.  How do we know this?  Pro Publica told us so today:

The same IRS office that deliberately targeted [1] conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential applications of conservative groups to ProPublica late last year [2].

The IRS did not respond to requests Monday following up about that release, and whether it had determined how the applications were sent to ProPublica.

In response to a request for the applications for 67 different nonprofits last November, the Cincinnati office of the IRS sent ProPublica applications or documentation for 31 groups. Nine of those applications had not yet been approved—meaning they were not supposed to be made public. (We made six [2] of those [3] public, after redacting their financial information, deeming that they were newsworthy.)

Go here to Pro Publica to read the rest.

3.  Who Else Knew?-The current acting commissioner of the IRS knew in May of 2012 that Tea Party groups were being targeted.  How do we know this?  The IRS disclosed this today.  Gee, do you wonder why they didn’t disclose this last year? 

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George Will: How Stupid Do They Think We Are?

Monday, May 13, AD 2013

1. He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be intitiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.

Article Two, Section One of the Impeachment Articles Against Richard M. Nixon

As Obama begins his process of “twisting slowly, slowly in the wind” news is getting out on the Inspector General of the IRS’s report on the targeting of Tea Party groups and other conservative groups:

At various points over the past two years, Internal Revenue Service officials targeted nonprofit groups that criticized the government and sought to educate Americans about the U.S. Constitution, according to documents in an audit conducted by the agency’s inspector general.

The documents, obtained by The Washington Post  from a congressional aide with knowledge of the findings, show that on June 29, 2011, IRS staffers held a briefing with senior agency official Lois G. Lerner in which they described giving special attention to instances where “statements in the case file criticize how the country is being run.” Lerner, who  oversees tax-exempt groups for the agency, raised objections and the agency revised its criteria a week later.

But six months later, the IRS applied a new political test to groups that applied for tax-exempt status as “social welfare” groups, the document says. On Jan. 15, 2012 the agency decided to target “political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding Government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform movement.,” according to the appendix in the IG report, which was requested by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and has yet to be released.

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  • I don’t think it’s a matter of them thinking we are stupid as much as it is them thinking our side is too spineless to effectively fight back. And up to this point, that has been precisely the case.

  • Not only differing elected politicians, but also differing voters are ‘ineffective’ due to the instant counting of votes on the (electronic) information superhighway where human ‘error’ becomes indistinguishable.

  • Daniel 4:29-33

    29 At the end of the twelve months [Nebuchadnezzar] was walking about the royal palace of Babylon. 30 The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?”

    31 While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you! 32 And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.”

    33 That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.

    —–

    The great Nebuchadnezzar did not escape with impunity, nor shall Barack Hussein Obama.

  • These documents became public when the Washington Post obtained them from a “congressional aide”. I would like to know if this aide worked for a Democrat or a Republican.

    Not to be all conspiracy theorist, but I think the Benghazi revelations are much more serious and this IRS investigation seems designed to distract us from that. The timing just seems too perfect.

  • Not to be a conspiracy theorist may hazardous to our national health. If one is walking through a snake infested jungle, every step needs be taken with care. I do not know if various dots connect but some of those dots are troubling. What is the gist of candidate Obama’s remark, “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.” Why do pencil pushing agencies such as the Social Security Administration, the IRS, the National Weather Service, the Departments of Agriculture, Education &c. need to purchase large quantities of ammunition? Is this something new or of long standing about which we are unaware? Benghazi is a serious matter but there are other things needing clarification. As to Mr. Will’s question, the electorate demonstrated no small degree of stupidity last November.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,543822,00.html#ixzz2TBgabesl

  • Beginning in 2014, it will be, “You did not make the short list at the death panel, Mr. Will.”

  • Rick Santelli said it better: “No stent for you.”

  • George, George, George, They not only THINK we are stupid, I’m afraid they know we are stupid. I mean all of you literary, journalist types are supposed to be fact finders. ” I know your deeds. You are neither hot nor cold! I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold I would vomit you out of My mouth”! Rev 3 15-16. I think that pertains to all of us. How else could a monster like Hitler, or Gosnell, or any of the world’s lowest forms continue to thrive. Look in the mirror.

Low Level Employees of the IRS…Sure

Saturday, May 11, AD 2013

28 Responses to Low Level Employees of the IRS…Sure

  • What is disconcerting about this is that there may have been no instructions given from above to do anything – that this is an example of what Joseph Sobran called ‘the hive’ at work.

    http://www.sobran.com/hive/

  • Perhaps Art, although in scandals of this type there are usually higher ups lurking in the background.

    “The sensitivity arises in no small part because of the IRS’s history as an agency that presidents have used to intimidate, harass and punish their political enemies. Most infamous was Richard M. Nixon, but the practice went back at least as far as Franklin D. Roosevelt. ­Post-Watergate reforms made the IRS more independent and were designed to insulate it from politics.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/irs-admits-targeting-conservatives-for-tax-scrutiny-in-2012-election/2013/05/10/3b6a0ada-b987-11e2-92f3-f291801936b8_story.html

  • Art, I prefer the metaphor “lemmings” to the “Hive.” Trekkies would see the “Borg.”

    Even so, it’s highly worrisome.

    A few year ago the so-called “right” tried to privatize much of the dirty work, and the National Treasury Employees Union fought and won. The NTEU became highly popular among the IRS beau’rats. So, you may be right, it’s union action and Obama dirty tricks with plausible deniability.

    The Republic and liberty were impaired in 1913 when they opened the Federal Reserve System and the IRS.

    A joke cartoon making the “rounds” prior to 2001 depicted a suit-wearing, bespectacled man with a briefcase emblazoned “IRS.” The caption read “American Terrorist.”

  • PS: You can see that they are lying. Their lips are moving.

    Old Chinese proverb. “A liar is not believed even when he tells the truth.”

  • This type of behavior has been going on for a long time. We have been audited 3 times during the last thirty years. My name is on and has been on some kind of “list” with authorities. FBI? Our crimes? organizing Right To Life Groups in Wi, organizing farmers, and working with Native American groups. I realized that all three of these “issues” tie into population control issues and loss of land to private citizen issues. We have been harassed and intimidated to the point of instilling real fear and pulling back from blatant activity because of my children. I am still saving babies, I am still educating on farm and Native American land loss issues(and how it will affect all humans). Oh and by the way the IRS ended up sending us money back as we overpaid. It was hell though. Our yard sign was shot to pieces, I have had boxes of condoms in my mail box, I have had bullets wiz over my head in the yard from the crossroad, I have gotten such violent filthy hate mail. all because I will not stop speaking out about the abortion horror, and what is happening to the takeover of private land and farms, and the abortion contraceptive connection on Indian reservations in the U.S. I have found a direct connection between these three issues to eliminate private ownership of the land, controlling the population, and anesthetizing the entire thought processes of the masses. Been studying these things for over 40 years now and it is no mystery. It’s all documented as to the why’s and what for, nothing hidden. And what does the general pop get into? TMZ “You cannot change what you will not acknowledge”. I think Dr. Phil said that? Nobody gets it.

  • A man signing himself ‘George Turner’ on another board had this to say:

    Yeah, when I started out saying the IRS letter was addressed to “The Wacko Tea Party” you can bet that it was all in fun. Still, some of those questions are pretty onerous. Could any one of us meet those standards, especially ones about sending copies of all your blog posts? It would take me two or three election cycles just to track down all of mine. Then I would ask if we’re really paying a civil servant to burn a year’s federal salary to read through every line of crap I’ve ever posted on teh Internet, or whether such requests are just a form of pointless torture like making Sisyphus roll a stone up a hill, some Kafkaesque nightmare of trying to appease a bureaucrat who can’t be satisfied.

    It reminds me of an episode of Stargate SG-1 where two ascended beings were at odds. The evil one said, “You can’t destroy me!” and the other said, “No, but I can fight you, and then all you can do is fight me back.” So they spent the rest of eternity locked in a violent stalemate. The IRS can easily afford the manpower it would take to tie up a huge number of political organizations with pointless, unsatisfiable paperwork requests, forcing the new organization’s limited staff to spend their time and resources compiling lists of old blog posts and tracking down obscure receipts instead of doing anything else.

    In this case, I don’t think anyone at the IRS even cared whether any of these Tea Party organizations would or would not eventually be shown to meet the guidelines for a 501(c). It was all about tying them down and inconveniencing them when they could least afford it, hopefully causing despair, burn out, and dissolution.

  • The “low level”, rogue bureau’rat meme was a lie from day one.

    Shockingly, the lemming, liberal media has departed from SOP and is neither attacking the tea party nor swearing to the regime’s falsehoods, as they had done for four-plus years.

    AP: “A federal watchdog’s upcoming report says senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups in 2011. The disclosure contradicts public statements by former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, who repeatedly assured Congress that conservative groups were not targeted. . . . The Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration is expected to release the results of a nearly yearlong investigation in the coming week. The Associated Press obtained part of the draft report.”

    This is Chicago gangster stuff. Obama joked about thusly using the IRS in 2009.

    “A bedrock principle of U.S. democracy WAS that the coercive powers of government WERE never used for partisan purpose. The law WAS blind to political viewpoint, and so WERe its enforcers, most especially the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service. Any violation of this principle threatens the trust and the voluntary cooperation of citizens upon which this democracy depends. So it was appalling to learn Friday that the IRS had improperly targeted conservative groups for scrutiny. It was almost as disturbing that President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew have not personally apologized to the American people and promised a full investigation.”

    Until January 2009, the United States of America was a free country.

  • The wiki biography of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue who may have lied to a Congressional inquiry in March 2012 is here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Shulman

    Curiouser and curiouser. He is a finance professional appointed by Henry Paulson. No antecedent civil service connection at all.

  • This story, as the “independent” work of low level employees, stinks to high heaven.

    No person working in a “federal” chain of command, has such “freedom” to operate outside of
    procedural norms, very long. They will be dealt with if/when they try it.

    This is much worse than shameful. It cannot be independent of some of the “layers” of the IRS bureaucracy. I do not believe this contrived story. It is disingenuous and likely patently false.

  • St, Matthew pray for us.

  • Qui facit per alium facit per se versus mere vicarious responsibility is a question above my level of learning in law. I am not a lawyer, merely Irish. However, during better days, President Truman forthrightly placed the sign on his desk, “The Buck Stops Here”. Abuse of power is a serious matter. Tyranny grows therefrom.

  • No person working in a “federal” chain of command, has such “freedom” to operate outside of procedural norms, very long. They will be dealt with if/when they try it.

    Actually, that’s not true. Although senior agency leaders typically take a lot of interest in how well “the field” is performing, they tend to get involved in the particulars only when something hits the fan. There is a TON of leeway for interpretation of agency policy in many cases.

    I suspect that this was not a top-down directive, but something dreamed up by someone in the middle of the chain of command. Sorry to burst your conspiracy bubbles, but that’s my perspective being on the inside of the beast.

  • All this is SOP for fascists.

    In 2009, Obama “joked” about using the IRS.

    Nuremberg: “I was following orders.”

    Likely, Obama and/or the top dog at the IRS didn’t give specific orders for these crimes. They set the stage. Hitler and Goebbels did not order each of the 6,000,000 murders of Jews in the Holocaust.

    This goes back at least as far as FDR. In addition to “authorizing” the Diem brothers’ assassinations and betraying Cuban freedom fighters at the Bay of Pigs, JFK’s “Camelot” ordered the IRS to investigate both right- and left-wing groups. Richard Nixon was audited three times between 1961 and 1968. And to this day, the lying, lemming propaganda machinery rails that Nixon (only paid 22% tax rates on $1million taxable) was a tax cheat.

  • I know that it is hard to believe that these actions could be used against non descript peons. The thing is if you are, as in the case of “patriot” or “tea party” definitions, likely to gather the attention of possible likeminded folks who will write letters, or come to gatherings or go to town meetings of politicians and speak against any of their shiftless law making perversions you get on an “enemy list”. I have been labeled everything from a communist to a “posse” and really all I have ever been is a farm mom and a pro-life organizer wanting a better and moral life for my family. Heck for everyone. and yes I have an ability(or had) to talk in front of people, make sense, get them to donate money, time and talent to saving babies and issues pertaining to that. I have been able to pull hundreds of people together through an organizing technique I developed before anyone ever heard of a computer. I have spoken in front of house and senate hearings and it is recorded (I think) in the congressional records. The thing is I put myself out there never realizing that I was so radical or controversial. Really naïve on my part. When your daughter calls you from the university where she works and tells you she has been doing research for a journalism professor and MY name comes up on a “watch” list it is a little disconcerting. Oh yes and this was before cell phones. So I do think there is a lot more to this latest story than meets the eye. If they can do it to MLK or JFK or BK or whoever they can terrorize anyone. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t been on the fringes of it myself. Of course there is a lot more to this that I don’t care to write about here as you never know who’s reading these things. LOL!!!!

  • “I suspect that this was not a top-down directive, but something dreamed up by someone in the middle of the chain of command. Sorry to burst your conspiracy bubbles, but that’s my perspective being on the inside of the beast.”

    Or perhaps a lot of middle level types:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/05/12/irs-targeted-groups-that-criticized-the-government-ig-report-says/

  • I suspect that this was not a top-down directive, but something dreamed up by someone in the middle of the chain of command. Sorry to burst your conspiracy bubbles, but that’s my perspective being on the inside of the beast.

    Yeah, this is totally all low level employees behind this, like the Chief Counsel of the IRS.

    But you have to be a conspiracy theorist to think this goes higher. Move along, nothing to see here. Washington’s got this thing totally under control, peons.

  • The Commissioner of Internal Revenue has 10 direct reports, including… the Chief Counsel.

    http://www.irs.gov/uac/Today%27s-IRS-Organization

    One thing these mid level characters purportedly dreamed up was to ask for copies of blog posts and such while at the same time warning people not to fax or mail anything.

  • Dear J. Christian,

    I, too, work inside the beast. As an anomaly, an isolated case, perhaps, but not when it seems to be a focused discrimination. No, I disagree. I know of one breech of protocol, not discriminatory but not “in line” with the “culture”, heads rolled.

    There was at minimum, a “wink” from high above, but likely with “plausible deniability”, in this case, I think.

  • Did anyone actually read the AP article and not just the spin put on it by HotAir? Does anyone want to wager real money that the IG report has a smoking gun that implicates the senior leadership in ordering (not just being “made aware of”) the targeting of conservative groups? No?

    Probably because the IG report won’t be saying that. It doesn’t say that the IRS General Counsel “remained silent” or that this targeting was ordered by “senior officials.” It says that they learned of the inappropriate filtering at a meeting in June 2011 and ordered a stop to it “immediately.” So by January 2012 they changed the filtering criteria — six months is prettty immediate by bureaucratic standards, sadly.

    There is a huge difference between some GS-15 in Cincinnati with a political axe to grind who suddenly gets the bright idea to look for 501 (c) (4) groups with “Tea Party” in their names, and a top-down directive from senior agency leadership or… the Obama Administration. I can’t tell you how many meetings I’ve been to where some nitwit in the field buries a key point in the footnotes of slide 372 and thinks, “Well, I’ve informed headquarters about this – now I can wash my hands of it!” What really happened at that June 2011 meeting? How much “awareness” did Ms. Lerner really have of the specific keyword targeting? You don’t know, because you weren’t there. It’s entirely possible that it was ordered by someone from above, but I’m willing to bet that she was surprised by it, too.

    These SES types are much more politically savvy and unwilling to take risks of appearing partisan than their lower level managers in places like Cincinnati. That’s why the IG report doesn’t have a smoking gun — there isn’t going to be an email from Shulman that says “go get those nasty tea party groups.” Go ahead and believe that if you want, but it just feeds the paranoia. I’m sure there’s no shortage of IRS employees who would love to abuse their power to harass conservative groups, but it takes a bureaucrat who feels enough distance from the political heat to attempt such a foolish strategy.

    Art Deco’s first post is probably closer to the truth (and more disconcerting) — there doesn’t need to be a conspiracy or a cover-up… This is just how things play out naturally when the government is involved in absolutely everything.

  • “Did anyone actually read the AP article and not just the spin put on it by HotAir?”

    Did you? Higher ups knew about this in 2011 and it went on last year during the election.

    Here is the latest from The Washington Post:

    “At various points over the past two years, Internal Revenue Service officials targeted nonprofit groups that criticized the government and sought to educate Americans about the U.S. Constitution, according to documents in an audit conducted by the agency’s inspector general.

    The documents, obtained by The Washington Post from a congressional aide with knowledge of the findings, show that on June 29, 2011, IRS staffers held a briefing with senior agency official Lois G. Lerner in which they described giving special attention to instances where “statements in the case file criticize how the country is being run.” Lerner, who oversees tax-exempt groups for the agency, raised objections and the agency revised its criteria a week later.

    But six months later, the IRS applied a new political test to groups that applied for tax-exempt status as “social welfare” groups, the document says. On Jan. 15, 2012 the agency decided to target “political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding Government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform movement.,” according to the appendix in the IG report, which was requested by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and has yet to be released.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/05/12/irs-targeted-groups-that-criticized-the-government-ig-report-says/

  • Did anyone actually read the AP article and not just the spin put on it by HotAir? Does anyone want to wager real money that the IG report has a smoking gun that implicates the senior leadership in ordering (not just being “made aware of”) the targeting of conservative groups? No?

    The Commissioner of Internal Revenue offered Congressional testimony on this issue in March 2012. One of the following has to have been true:

    1. Published reports on the gist of his testimony are in error.

    2. He perjured himself.

    3. He misled the committee with contrived answers which evade the legal definition of perjury.

    4. The agency’s chief counsel (a direct report, mind you) never advised him on the matter.

    Folks in the senior echelon were apprised of the situation in 2011. The announcements by agency officials the other day were an attempt to get out ahead of an inspector-general’s report they knew was due to be released, which is to say nearly two years after aspects of it were disclosed to the chief counsel and this Lerner woman. In making this announcement the other day, Lois Lerner could not keep herself from attempting to snow the public by pretending the abuses occurred over a more circumscribed period of time than they appear to have. It may be perfectly true that neither the Commissioner (Paulson protege or no, a man on the DNC donor list) or Lois Lerner were not the instigators of this; however, their conduct is still odoriferous.

    Thirty-nine years ago, Rep. Barber Conable (R-NY), the 4th ranking Republican in the House announced he would cast a ballot for the 1st Article of Impeachment reported out by the House Judiciary Committee. His reasoning was thus: “I do not approve of leaders who mislead”. There is an awful lot of artifice in politics and deceptive presentation, but in recent weeks we have learned that the President, the Secretary of State, and the chief of the UN Mission were in Sept. 2012 lying with the ease and facility that other people apply to breathing and that the Commissioner of Internal Revenue may have been doing the same six months earlier.

    Many years ago, I saw a brief news segment about a public luncheon of erstwhile press secretaries wherein the reporters asked them to recall instances of them lying. Jody Powell (Mr. Carter’s) said he had bald-faced lied to prevent disclosure of a military operation in the spring of 1980. Ron Nessen (Mr. Ford’s) said he had misled the press twice to avoid embarrassment about the President’s golf outings. Most of the rest present said they had never lied to the press. I would be interested to know how these chaps would grade Jay Carney. Standards are not what they once were.

  • “Their hypocrisy knows no bounds”. Doc Holliday

  • Mr. Goldberg’s remarks:

    Nearly all of the accounts of the IRS’s policy of targeting conservative groups refer to the mistakes of ”a Cincinnatti field office” (even on NRO). This makes it sound like it’s just one obscure branch out of many out there in the sticks that made an unfortunate mistake. Cincinnatti IRS agents go rogue!

    But here’s the thing. Cincinnatti is where the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division operates. In other words, when the IRS decides to single out certain groups, this is likely where that would happen. It’s like saying a NASA field office in Merritt Island, Fla., made the decision to launch a rocket. Merritt Island is where the Kennedy Space Center is located.

  • How is it that in an era when technology and the flow of information is instantaneous ,that this administration has no account or culpibility when it comes to the actions of agencies under its control. The White House which is the center of all policies and directives is trying to detach itself as a third party. the truth is, this administration has been fully aware of Benghazi policy failures , phone taps with AP and all IRS activity which has targeted political opponents. If the White House does not know or have control of its own agencies, then who is in charge of this country and why?

  • Is he the President or just the White House Golf Pro? Just kidding!