Friday, April 18, 2014

Will Lindsay Graham Work for Food

Will his sign say: I Will Work for Food after the election?

A Little ‘Happy’ Song for Your Tax Day

Here’s a little levity on Tax Day (if that’s possible).  You may rest assured, however, that every cent you pay will be put to good use.  And by the way, I’m sure all those folks out there with free cell phones are extending you their warm appreciation.  Whether or not you’ve heard Pharrell’s hit song “Happy,” you can appreciate this Tax Day parody by Reason’s Remy.

Hat tip:  blog@heritage.org

 

Speaking Truth to Power – The Black Conservatives Fund

On Monday, April 14th former ACORN whistleblower and True the Vote spokesperson Anita Moncrief announced the launching of a new PAC, The Black Conservatives Fund:

“I am proud to be on the board of a new PAC, The Black Conservative Fund. BCF will support black conservative and Republican candidates. We are also focusing on education, training, challenging race baiters/hustlers and working together to improve our communities.

“Our website http://blackconservativesfund.com is live and our proud board members are: Ken Blackwell, CL Bryant, Sonnie Johnson, Erik Rush, Kevin Daniels, Princella Smith, KCarl Smith, Alfonzo Rachel, Ron Miller, myself and others.”

 

The press release announcing the launch stated the following:  Black Conservatives Fund is committed to supporting black conservatives who are dedicated to spreading the message of limited government and traditional values. The organization will support candidates through direct contributions in addition to web, TV, and radio advertisements, conducting get-out-the-vote drives, and funding other activities that BCF endorsed candidates may need.  “All across America, black conservatives are running for office in record numbers.  The lock that the liberals have held on the black vote is slowly but surely breaking,” said Anita Moncrief, a founding member of BCF’s board of advisors.  You may find the complete press release here.

The BCF came out slugging and wasted no time announcing that the first two candidates it is supporting are T. W. Shannon, running for Congress from Oklahoma, and Mia Love, running a second campaign for Congress from Utah.

BCF on Facebook:  facebook.com/BlackConservativesFund.  Twitter  hash tag #SayItLoud.

 

 

Company Tied to Reid’s Son Wants Land in Bundy Standoff

Senator Harry Reid's son, Rory, pictured with desert cattle and solar panels. A good mix?

As reported by godfatherpolitics.com:  Follow the money and you’ll inevitably find out what’s really going on.

In the case of Clark County, Nevada, rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with federal agents from the Bureau of Land Management, the leading explanation has been that he hasn’t paid grazing fees and his cattle threaten endangered desert tortoises in the Gold Butte area.

But the fact of the BLM bringing in hundreds of armed rangers with trucks and helicopters seemed over the top for protection of a tortoise that has clearly survived despite more than a century of ranching by the Bundy family, and which the BLM had previously been slaughtering with the excuse that it lacked funding to care for the animals.

As reported by the Associated Press in August, the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center in Southern Las Vegas, funded by the BLM, was looking at killing half of its 1,400 tortoises because it could not afford to keep its doors open since the housing collapse resulted in less income from developers. Read more at : godfatherpolitics.com.

If Trespass Cattle Were Illegals…

Brendan Eich Resigns From Mozilla

Enemies of the State

Fox News:  Citizens put in the crosshairs of their own government – how could this be happening in America?

From the ATF to Homeland Security to environmental agencies, powerful forces are turning against Americans who thought the government was on their side.

The truth is, even in the representative democracy of the United States of America, if the government goes after you it can be a nightmare.

In this Fox News special, the Fox News Reporting team uncovers several alarming stories of government officials taking on private citizens who don’t believe they did anything wrong.

And that’s what makes it so scary – if it could happen to them, it could happen to anyone.

As you watch this presentation, please keep the following quote in mind:

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

Here is the complete Fox News Special broken down into six YouTube segments by the Mass Tea Party.  The documentary first aired on Saturday, March 5th, 2014.  Truth is stranger than fiction – and scarier:

Introduction and The Sagebrush Rebellion- Part 1

Gibson Guitar

Energy Independent

IRS Targeting – Part 1

IRS Targeting – Part 2

The Sagebrush Rebellion- Part 2 and Conclusion

IRS Announces Postponement of Anti-Speech Regulation Due to Record Number of Comments

Published on Apr 4, 2014

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen announced at the National Press Club on Tuesday, that the IRS has postponed a proposed rule change that would have banned all political speech in 501(c)(4) groups. The IRS received more than 150,000 citizen comments, far more than on any previous proposed rule change. It is interesting to note that Koskinen’s announcement consisted of about three paragraphs of an hour-long speech. This clip contains the portion of Commissioner Koskinen’s speech that deals with this issue.

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The complete press release from Senator Cruz:

Sen. Cruz: Americans Are Making DC Listen

IRS announces record number of comments for anti-speech regulation

April 3, 2014

(202) 228-7561

WASHINGTON, DC -– U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement regarding IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s remarks at the National Press Club on Tuesday.

“When Americans speak up, it makes a difference,” said Sen. Cruz. “A record number of Americans spoke out against a regulation being considered by the IRS to stifle free speech of 501(c)(4) political groups. As a result, it is unlikely those rules will be implemented this year. This is a substantial victory for the grassroots and should serve as motivation to continue pressuring the IRS to drop the rule completely.”

Specifically, Koskinen said:

Another recommendation by the IG was that the Treasury Department and the IRS should provide clearer guidance on how to assess the permissibility of 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations’ activities. So last November, Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations that are designed to clarify the extent to which a 501(c)(4) organization can engage in political activity without endangering its tax-exempt status.

While I was not involved in the issuance of this draft proposal, because it happened before I was confirmed as Commissioner, I believe it is extremely important to make this area of regulation as clear as possible. Not only does that help the IRS properly enforce the law, but clearer regulations will also give a better roadmap to applicants, and will help those that already have 501(c)(4) status properly administer their organizations without unnecessary fears of losing their tax-exempt status.

During the comment period, which ended in February, we received more than 150,000 comments. That’s a record for an IRS rulemaking comment period. In fact, if you take all the comments on all Treasury and IRS draft proposals over the last seven years and double that number, you come close to the number of comments we are now beginning to review and analyze. It’s going to take us a while to sort through all those comments, hold a public hearing, possibly repropose a draft regulation and get more public comments. This means that it is unlikely we will be able to complete this process before the end of the year (Bold emphasis, mine – A.D.B.).

The complete video of his remarks is available here. The relevant portion of the clip may be found at 16:50:

Obamacare is Waging “War Against Doctors”

There have been may letters/stories like this over the last few years, and they always reinforce the horror that is Obamacare.  Unfortunately, much more is yet to come – ADB

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks cited a letter today from a Decatur physician who wrote that the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act was resulting in a “war against doctors.”

Brooks, R-Huntsville, read the letter from Dr. Marlin Gill, who called for the repeal of the new national healthcare program known as Obamacare. Brooks has also been a vocal opponent of the law and voted for its repeal.

“America should heed the warnings of doctors like Dr. Marlin Gill of Decatur, Alabama,” Brooks said in closing his speech. “Failure to do so risks unnecessary patient deaths while destroying the best health care system the world has ever known.”

The text of Gill’s letter

Pop Quiz: Can You Name One U.S. Senator?

Folks, we’re in trouble!

James Madison wrote that “a people who mean to be their own governor must be armed with the power that knowledge gives” yet students at American University in Washington, D.C. — the center of American political activity — can’t even name a single member of  the U.S. Senate.

Dan Joseph, a correspondent for MRCTV, interviewed students at the American University campus and asked them to answer some simple and basic questions about politics and government. Not only were the students unable to name a single U.S. senator, they didn’t even know how many senators comprise the Senate–and some of them were studying political science!

thefederalistpapers.org , Video by: MRCTV.org

 

Sick Transit

In the U.S. and around the world, it’s a weird fad.

By James Lileks
Summary of a Washington Post op-ed in my local paper: “Transit use remains disappointing because driving is too cheap.”They mean that in a bad way.If there’s a story about “Transit,” they don’t mean cars. Cars are just solipsistic carbon-barfing capsules that move selfish people around. Transit means communal boxes, preferably on rails. When they talk about transit options, they mean buses (ick!) and bikes (yay!) and streetcars, which are romantic and sustainable and everyone takes them in Europe. Ergo: You there with the two-car garage — pony up. Do you really have to read the article to know that’s where it’s going? Slowly? Stopping at every corner?  Read more at nationalreview.com.

Hat tip: Ed Braddy, DeLena May

 

I stand with Hobby Lobby for religious freedom

I stand with Hobby Lobby for religious freedom

Silence is NOT Golden

March 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Constitution, Tea Party

Stand Up for Liberty!

 

That outdated concept called “Academic Freedom”

 

By Bruce McQuain

“Outdated” because it confilicts with liberalism.  Here’s a senior at Harvard’s view:

In its oft-cited Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, the American Association of University Professors declares that “Teachers are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results.” In principle, this policy seems sound: It would not do for academics to have their research restricted by the political whims of the moment.

Yet the liberal obsession with “academic freedom” seems a bit misplaced to me. After all, no one ever has “full freedom” in research and publication. Which research proposals receive funding and what papers are accepted for publication are always contingent on political priorities. The words used to articulate a research question can have implications for its outcome. No academic question is ever “free” from political realities. If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals simply in the name of “academic freedom”?

Instead, I would like to propose a more rigorous standard: one of “academic justice.” When an academic community observes research promoting or justifying oppression, it should ensure that this research does not continue.

And what is it called when one promotes the quashing of dissenting views that they find to conflict with their ideas?

Call is “social justice” or whatever you choose, it is plain old, Brand X “oppression”.

That’s right.  Every oppresive regime in the history of our world has been intolerant of dissent and has taken action to quash it.  Here we see the same old tired argument presented by a liberal to further the cause of liberalism.  Don’t want to hear any dissenting voices, oh no.

And yet this newly trained “scholar” presents this as if it is a brand-new, brightly minted and spectacular idea. She’s a senior at Harvard and “is a joint history of science and studies of women, gender and sexuality concentrator”.

No kidding. What a surprise. There seems to be quite a concentration of potential oppressers in that particular field of study. There certainly seems to be a dearth of critical thinkers however (she probably comes from the school of “it hasn’t worked properly yet because I haven’t been in charge”).  It’s a pity she didn’t take a run-of-the-mill world history course or two to see who else in the past has shared that bright idea with her.  Past hell, there’s are entire countries which have implemented that exist now.

China, Cuba and North Korea come to mind.

~McQ

http://www.thecrimson.com/column/the-red-line/article/2014/2/18/academic-freedom-justice/?page=single#

FAIL: Democrat Claims Constitution is 400 Years Old

The inmates are running the asylum!

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