Christine Rousselle | Jun 30, 2014
In a victory for religious freedom, the Supreme Court ruled today 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. in the case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (formerly named Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby). The case was the strongest legal challenge to Obamacare since 2012.
Justice Alito authored the majority opinion, and Justice Kennedy wrote a concurring opinion. Justice Ginsburg wrote the dissent, joined by Justices Sotomayor, Breyer, and Kagan. Read more at townhall.com.
Update: 800 Hinds County Voters Crossed Over Illegally
By Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit on Thursday, June 26, 2014, 3:03 PM:
The Chris McDaniel campaign has identified multiple Mississippi counties in which enough improper ballots have been cast that a legal challenge to the outcome of the election is warranted.
This after Thad Cochran reportedly relied on 25,000-35,000 Democrat votes to pull him to victory in the June 24 runoff.
UPDATE: The Cochran campaign is reportedly asking county clerks not to certify the voting rolls until the last day possible so that the McDaniel people will not be able to look at the rolls and challenge them. Read more HERE.
From Deneen Borelli at FreedomWorks: The Republican Establishment had to use Democrats to beat a real constitutional conservative in yesterday’s Mississippi primary.
Rather than allow grassroots conservatives to decide their next senator, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, the Chamber of Commerce, K Street lobbyists, and the NRSC (National Republican Senatorial Committee – explanation, mine) helped Democrats choose the Republican Nominee. It’s shameful, corrupt, and unforgivable.
The truth is: Chris McDaniel won a majority of Republican voters. That’s why the DC Establishment spent hundreds of thousands of dollars getting Democrat votes. They couldn’t maintain their hold on the Republican Party without them.
The K-Street Lobbyist crowd even sent out robocalls implying the Tea Party and Chris McDaniel were racist, because we oppose Obama’s agenda. The calls told voters to “say no to the Tea Party and their disrespectful treatment of the first African-American President.”
There were even flyers claiming that a McDaniel victory would stop black Americans from voting. The DC-insiders wanted Mississippi Democrats to think Constitutional Conservatives might be racist. This campaign is among the dirtiest, most despicable I’ve seen in my lifetime.
The Cochran campaign was based on helping his cronies. “Vote for Thad, he’ll get the pork!” With $17 trillion in debt and a shrinking economy, the GOP campaigned on more irresponsible spending we can’t afford. That’s why they needed Democrat voters to win – every real Republican knows we need to CUT spending.
If the only way the K Street wing of the GOP Establishment can win is by vile race-baiting and courting Democrats to vote in GOP primaries, then we’re winning. Because they’ve lost Republican voters, and they know it.
You know why the Republican Establishment and the DC-insiders fear us. They want to keep their gravy train rolling. They want unlimited spending and bigger government. That’s why they’re spending millions attacking patriotic conservatives like you and me.
That’s why we can’t give up. They’re afraid of us. And that’s how I know we’re making a difference, that’s how I know that this is the beginning of the end, and we will Take America Back. We must press on.
We will always stand by you. Thank you for all your hard work.
Related article: GOP Establishment Exists To Keep Conservatives Out of Congress
Conservative author and commentator Dinesh D’souza has a new film, AMERICA Imagine the World Without Her, opening nationwide on July 2nd. D’Souza is best known for his blockbuster documentary, 2016: Obama’s America which premiered in 2012. AMERICA will be showing in Gainesville at Regal Cinemas 14 in Butler Plaza.
Scroll down to watch the trailers.
Click HERE to go to the America the movie website for more info and theaters nationwide.
Exploring well-being through dialogue, research and education
Watch live on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. EDT
About the Forum
The drive to improve well-being influences every aspect of our lives, from where we choose to live to the dreams we pursue. It’s the very reason people strive every day to do their best—to enhance quality of life for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Yet barriers to opportunity and earned success are abundant, particularly in a time marked by partisan arguments and economic stagnation. Now more than ever, there is a need for dialogue and scientific research to find common ground and inspire ideas on how to enhance quality of life.
The Charles Koch Institute is launching the Well-Being Initiative, a new, research-based project, to foster the conversation about well-being and how people can improve their lives. Through dialogue, research, and education, the Initiative aims to advance our understanding of the meaning, foundations, and drivers of human flourishing.
Please join us for our Inaugural Well-Being Forum, where we will explore the latest well-being research and discuss how we can further advance this emerging field.
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(My transcript is below video)
Congressman Trey Gowdy outdid himself while questioning IRS Commissioner John Koskinen during Monday night’s House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing. Below is my transcript:
Gowdy: “Well, I’m going to help you with it. Spoliation of the evidence is when a party fails to preserve evidence There’s a negative inference that the jury can draw, from their failure to preserve the evidence. You with me? If you destroy documents, the jury can infer that those documents weren’t going to be good for you. If you fail to keep documents, the jury can infer that those documents were not going to be good for you. You’ve heard the phrase spoliation of evidence haven’t you?
Koskinen: “No, I can’t recall ever hearing that.”
Gowdy: “It’s true in administrative hearings, civil hearings, criminal hearings.”
Koskinen: “I practiced law once 45 years ago, gave it up for Lent one year, never went back.”
Gowdy: “Well let me tell you what you would have found had you stuck with it. When a party has a duty to preserve evidence or records, and they fail to do so, there is a negative inference that is drawn from their failure to preserve the evidence. It’s common sense, right? If you destroy something, the jury has a right to infer that whatever you destroyed would not have been good for you. Or else every litigant would destroy whatever evidence was detrimental to them. Agreed?”
Koskinen: “I’m not sure. I think if you destroy the evidence and people could prove it, it wouldn’t be a good thing for your defense.”
Gowdy: “Well, no it’s worse than that the jury can draw and they’re instructed, they can draw a negative inference.”
Gowdy: If a taxpayer is being sued by the IRS administratively, civilly or prosecuted criminally, and they fail to keep documents, the jury can draw a negative inference from the fact that they didn’t keep receipts or emails or documents. So if it’s true and applies to a taxpayer, it ought to apply to the IRS as well. Agree?
Koskinen: “Is this a trial? Is this a jury? Is that what you’re…”
Gowdy: “I say administrative, civil or criminal. I say if you want to, if you want to go down that road, I’m happy to go down there with you. In fact I’m glad you mentioned it. You’ve already said multiple times today that there was no evidence you found of any criminal wrongdoing. I want you to tell me what criminal statutes you’ve evaluated.”
Koskinen: “I’ve not looked at any statutes.”
Gowdy: Well then how can you possibly tell our fellow citizens there’s no criminal wrongdoing, if you don’t even know what statute to look at?”
Koskinen: “Because I see no evidence that anybody consciously…”
Gowdy: “But how would you know what elements of the crime existed? You don’t even know what statutes are in play. I’m going to ask you again: What statutes have you evaluated?”
Koskinen: “Uh, I think you can rely on common sense. Nothing I have seen…”
Gowdy: “Common sense. Instead of the criminal code, you want to rely on common sense, no Mr. Koskinen, you can shake your head all you want to Commissioner, you have said today, that there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. And I’m asking you what criminal statute you have reviewed to reach that conclusion?”
Koskinen: “I’ve reviewed no criminal statute.”
Gowdy: Alright, so you don’t have any idea whether there’s any criminal conduct or not, because you don’t know the elements of the offense.”
Koskinen: “I’ve seen no evidence of wrongdoing.”
Gowdy: “Oh well, that’s very different than no evidence of criminal misconduct Commissioner.”
Koskinen: “It seems to me that if you haven’t done wrongdoing, It would be pretty hard to (stutter) argue that you had some criminal violation if you didn’t…”
Gowdy: “Well what did Lois Lerner mean when she said that ‘perhaps the FEC will save the day’?”
Koskinen: “I have no idea.”
Gowdy: “What did she mean when she said that ‘we need a project but we need to be careful that it doesn’t appear to be per se political’? You don’t think that’s a potential violation of 18242”?
Koskinen: “I have no idea if.”
Gowdy” “Because you haven’t looked at 18242. You don’t have any idea, Commissioner. You don’t have any idea whether there’s any criminal wrongdoing, or not.”
Koskinen: “With regard to the production of the evidence, the production of Lois Lerner’s emails, I have seen no evidence of wrongdoing. What else, what else…”
Gowdy: “If there were, that would be a separate criminal offense.”
Koskinen: “What else went on with Lois lerner, I’ve said in the past…”
Gowdy: “So what you’re saying is that you don’t have any idea whether she engaged in criminal wrongdoing, you’re just saying that you did not engage in any with respect to the emails.”
Koskinen: “I haven’t seen any wrongdoing with regard to the production of Lois Lerner’s emails.”
Gowdy: “You are not saying there was no criminal wrongdoing with respect to the targeting of conservative groups. I want to be very clear, you’re not saying that.”
Koskinen: “Made no judgments.”
Gowdy: So you disagree with the President when he says that there’s not a smidgen of corruption.”
Koskinen: “There are people who have been making judgments both sides about whether there were…”
Gowdy: “And you know what? I’m not one of those. I’m just simply saying we will never know because you didn’t keep the evidence. The evidence was spoliated. And whether it was negligent, whether it was intentional, whether it’s reckless, we still don’t have the evidence, Commissioner.”
Koskinen: “Well you have the evidence that there is no emails from the White House, You have the Treasury emails, so the basic premise that this was an argument in a conspiracy driven by the White House…”
Gowdy: “No sir, you’re wrong about that. You’re wrong about that. That you’re repeating a talking point from our colleagues on the other side that we’re obsessed with the White House. It was Jay Carney who perpetuated the myth that it was rogue agents in Ohio. It wasn’t any of us. Was that accurate? Was that first initial line of defense that this is just two rogue agents in Ohio? Was that accurate Commissioner?”
Koskinen: “Not that I know of.”
Gowdy: “Alright, so that wasn’t accurate and that came from the White House. Who said there’s not a smidgeon of corruption? Who said that, Commissioner?”
Koskinen: “Uh, my understanding it was the President.
Gowdy: “Uh it was the President. So that was Jay Carney and the President both inserting themselves into the IRS scandal. And you want to blame us for bringing the White House into it?
Koskinen: “I haven’t blamed you at all I…”
Gowdy: “You just did, Commissioner, ya’ just did.”
Koskinen: “It’s a good argument, all I said was the White House has revealed there were no Lois Lerner emails, Treasury has given you all of their emails and to the extent that uh the argument was that Lois Lerner was conspiring and emailing back and forth, thus far I haven’t seen any emails…”
Gowdy: “You can be engaged in a conspiracy that doesn’t include the White House.
Unknown voice: “Gentleman, time’s up.”
Monday, June 23rd 7:00PM – Live on CSPAN-2
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the loss of an unknown number of emails related to former IRS official Lois Lerner.
By Sharyl Attkisson * Sunday, June 22, 2014
15 Technology Questions for the IRS Prior to Monday’s Hearing.
In advance of tomorrow evening’s hearing on the Lost Lois Lerner emails, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has asked the IRS Commissioner to provide answers to 15 technology questions.
On Fri. June 13, the IRS notified Congress that key emails during a two year time frame, January 2009 to April 2011, were irretrievably lost due to a “crash” of Lerner’s hard drive and of a server. The IRS also said that computer crashes affected six other IRS employees who are connected to the investigation.
After the Friday notification, the Oversight Committee requested that the IRS make Thomas Kane, the IRS Acting Deputy Chief Counsel for Procurement and Administration, available for a transcribed interview about the Lerner emails but the IRS declined. The Committee then requested a briefing “to discuss the IRS’s e-mail systems, data retention policies, and document production processes” but the IRS declined that request as well.
“Because the IRS has refused to provide basic information about these matters to the Committee in advance of the hearing, and in the interest of promoting a frank and thorough discussion at the hearing, I ask that you provide answers to the factual questions posed below,” writes Issa in a letter addressed to Commissioner John Koskinen on Saturday. Read the rest of this article including the 15 questions submitted to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen HERE.
Hat tip: @bienafe
I have been a Washington Redskins fan for more years than I care to remember although I thank God every day that I still have the mental capacity to do so. Therefore, one might say that I’m biased and that I can’t speak objectively on this topic – NOT TRUE. These heavy handed and so-called politically correct attempts to get the ‘Skins to change their team name have nothing to do with football, but rather they are an example of an out of control government once again putting its boot on the throats of We the People. And like the obstinate and spoiled child that it is, the more it gets away with, the more it attempts. And the more it attempts, the more it gets away with – ADB
RedState.com: The Washington Redskins have had their trademark yanked by the US Patent and Trademark Office because white liberals who feel guilty about their privilege were offended.
That is the actual fact. Most American Indians . . . errrr . . . Native Americans could care less. In fact, on Indian Reservations around the country there are kids’ sports teams called the Redskins.
The logo itself had the collaboration of Indians at its conception.
What is really going on here is that a bunch of overeducated white guys who cry during Love Actually feel they have too much privilege and are thus guilty. So they have gone out and found things to be offended about on behalf of others less privileged than themselves. Continue reading at redstate.com.
“If you could make it out to Christopher Stevens? I think you know him.”
In yet another one of his ambush videos, guerilla conservative Jason Mattera attended one of Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices book signings and served up some cringe-inducing “social justice” on the former Secretary of State.
Mattera politely approached the entourage surrounded Clinton and asked her to sign a copy of his book. Upon asking whom she should sign it to, Mattera casually replied, “If you could make it out to Christopher Stevens? I think you know him,” referring to the former U.S Ambassador killed at the Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Continue reading at: truthrevolt.com.
In February, Democratic strategist Pat Caddell and Democratic pollster Doug Shoen spoke with Fox News’ Harris Faulkner Here are some excerpts from the video:
Doug Shoen: “…and indeed in the Republican party, I’m of the opinion that the establishment Republicans are fighting harder against the Tea Party than they are against the Democrats… It’s because this is about intramural politics and self-interest, not the interest of the American people.
Pat Caddell: “Let me add to what Doug said at this point: This is about preserving privileges and arrangements that benefit these people over the country. And I’d say… it is worse than seedy. It is worse than corrupt. It is the issue that no one is allowed to speak up and the American people in the polls know it. This is a corrupt political system that doesn’t function, and as Michael Dukakis once said: It rots from the head down.”