by Christopher Burton:
During the appalling IRS hearing, in which we heard about many hard working Americans being targeted, the only thing the Democrats could come up with was to criticize the Citizens United Supreme Court decision! Really? A Supreme Court decision that leveled the playing field? Is that what comes to mind when the very foundation of our democracy is assaulted from the inside? Can you say Benedict Arnold?
The comparisons to other second term “curses” have been made, but no one really believes that. Make no mistake, this is as big as it gets, and no curse is the cause. Take a look around America. Like what you see?
The fact remains that this country is at a pivotal point. What we do or don’t do right now will impact generations to come. Camelot is burning. Will the water-carrying media try to douse the flames? Probably.
This tells us, then, that the IRS wanted to target conservative groups who couldn’t afford to defend themselves, and who could be easily intimidated out of organizing for their agendas. That’s not a strategy for reform or enforcement, but simply a brute-force bullying effort in order to sideline grassroots opposition to the current administration. Contra the AP, that’s not irony at all, but corruption and abuse.
by Dr. Susan Berry:
Anne Hendershott, an eloquent opponent of the Obama administration, states that she has reason to believe she was targeted by the IRS for an audit following publications that were critical of President Obama and Catholics who supported him.
Aleteia, a Catholic publication, reports that Hendershott, a Catholic scholar, sociology professor at Franciscan University at Steubenville, Ohio, and columnist for the Wall St. Journal, may have been harassed by the IRS for specifically opposing the policies of the Obama administration.
Four days after a “senior Israeli official” warned Assad through The New York Times of Wednesday, May 15 that he risks forfeiting power if he retaliates for Israeli attacks on weapons supplies to terrorists, “Israeli officials” were telling the London Times of Saturday, May 18 something quite different: “An intact, but weakened, Assad regime would be preferable,” they said. “Better the devil we know than the demons we can only imagine if… extremists from across the Arab world gain a foothold there.”
The night before this report, Fox News aired footage appearing to show Israeli commandos inside Syria racing back on foot to Israeli territory.
Without going into whether the two sets of “Israeli officials” were one and the same, their utterances are clearly making Israel’s policy-makers and defense leaders look muddled and uncertain – or, worse, unable to think clearly – about how to cope with the menace building up on the Syrian Golan. This could take the form of a Syrian war of attrition and/or a Hizballah offensive against Upper and Western Galilee.
At all events, the Syrian civil conflict appears poised ready to spill over to one or more of its neighbors, starting with Israel as a result of six factors:
By Neil Tweedie:
The birthday party will be modest and understated, in keeping with the man. Sir Nicholas Winton is 104 tomorrow and naturally some of his children will be there to wish him well. Not only his blood offspring but those known as Winton’s Children – the ones he saved from near-certain death three-quarters of a century ago.
Nicholas – Nicky – Winton hates to be thought of as a hero, hates being compared with Oskar Schindler or Raoul Wallenberg, but he nevertheless deserves to be mentioned in the same breath.
In January 1939, the 30-year-old stockbroker from Hampstead abandoned a planned holiday to answer a call for help from a friend in Czechoslovakia engaged in saving Jews from the Nazis. For three weeks Winton worked in Prague, helping to prepare children for evacuation to Britain before returning to London to organise their resettlement.
Between March 1939, when Hitler invaded that part of Czechoslovakia not already ceded to Germany under the Munich Agreement, and the following August, he and a group of British humanitarians saved 669 children, mostly Jewish, from the extermination camps. Winton secured travel permits and foster homes, and obtained passage on trains taking unaccompanied minors through the heart of the Third Reich to salvation. Their parents, however, were left behind, the British government decreeing that only child refugees were to be permitted entry.
by Alexander Marlow:
Two Congressmen are asking the Treasury Department if it inappropriately scrutinized conservative-owned businesses the same way it targeted Tea Party groups filing for tax-exempt status.
Republicans Mike Kelly (PA-03) and Jim Renacci (OH-16) circulated a letter Thursday requesting Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to release documents detailing the process and methodology the Automotive Task Force used to shut down General Motors dealerships in 2009 during the automotive industry crisis.
Renacci’s Northeast Ohio Chevrolet dealership was closed in 2010 after losing a battle with General Motors. Congress loaned General Motors $50 billion in 2009 after GM declared bankruptcy, which resulted in the federal government owning a majority share of the company. Roughly 2000 dealerships received “wind-down” agreements, and while hundreds were able to survive an exhaustive arbitration process, Renacci-Doraty Chevrolet in Wadsworth did not. Renacci, then a Congressional candidate challenging incumbent John Boccieri, placed the blame squarely on President Obama.
Do Americans have a right to expect that firefighters responding to calls from their neighborhoods will always be the best-trained, most capable individuals available? Not if the U.S. Department of Justice has its way. That’s the disturbing message from a discrimination suit DOJ filed against the New York City Fire Department alleging that it discriminated against black and Hispanic applicants.
Oddly enough, the case was not based on any particular act of discrimination. It was based purely on the fact that somebody somewhere decided that too many NYFD applicants had failed a job exam. The DOJ argued that these multiple failures were undeniable evidence of “disparate impact.” That’s the quack legal theory that it isn’t necessary to show discriminatory intent to prove discrimination. All that is required is evidence that a policy or procedure has “the effect of disproportionately excluding members of a particular protected group,” to quote from DOJ’s website.
Years ago my wife got into an argument with a fellow who was implementing changes in the hiring standards of a local fire department/emerg. services facility because there were no female firemen. She said he was lowering the standards which risks live. He countered that he was ‘broadening’ standards, not lowering them. She replied that in order to ‘broaden’ the standards they had to be lowered and everyone knew it. He said discrimination was immoral but she stopped him cold by pointing out that death by politically correct anti-discrimination rules was immoral, not fireman’s high standards.
By Jonathon Moseley:
Confusion about the IRS scandal is distracting from its importance, so that thinking conservatives should be prepared to debate the issue. Some basics matter. Conservatives may need to share a summary such as this article to help convince moderate friends.
Callers to C-SPAN badly misunderstood these details when Jenny Beth Martin, Coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, appeared on C-SPAN television last week. I interviewed Keli Carender of Tea Party Patriots on the radio on May15, who helped clarify some of the pushback and distractions from liberals.
First, don’t let people forget: the IRS scandal is not about conservative accusations. The Inspector General of the U.S. Treasury issued a report finding that the Internal Revenue Service sharply discriminated against conservative organizations. This is confirmed by Treasury’s Inspector General.
Andrew McCarthy makes the case that the 10:00 PM phone call on September 11 last year between Hillary Clinton and President Obama may be the conversation that led to the bogus story of an anti-Muslim video setting off “demonstrations” in Benghazi that led to the deaths of Americans.
Here is a woman we will need to learn much more about in the coming weeks. Sarah Hall Ingram is a highly valued employee at the IRS. In the last three years she has received $103,390 in bonuses for her excellent work. She was the Commissioner of the Tax-Exempt and Government Entitles Division. Under her leadership, groups that expressed a fear of large, out-of-control government were systematically crushed by her branch of our large, out-of-control government. They were specifically singled out for harassment for political reasons. Secret information about the conservative applicants was leaked to leftist opposition groups to facilitate further harassment.
This was an organized political operation using State power to silence opposition voices. It is part of every tyrant’s playbook. It tells you everything you need to know about the current state of our country to see that those who favor a limited government, the explicit goal of our founding documents, are now considered enemies of the State.
In a 2009 speech, Ms. Ingram explained her approach:
Chairman emeritus Julian Bond of the NAACP said the Tea Party is “admittedly racist.” Mr. Bond, I challenge you to show us the video, article, Facebook post, or tweet in which the Tea Party admitted that it is motivated by racism.
As a black Tea Party activist who has participated in over 400 Tea Party rallies, I am confident that your claim is bogus. Therefore Mr Bond, you sir are a despicable liar, severely compromising your image as a statesman.
If you want to experience the Middle East, you only have to travel as far as Dearborn, Michigan. This western suburb of Detroit has a population of close to 100,000. Over 40,000 of them are Arab or of Arab descent, giving Dearborn the distinction of having the largest Muslim population of any city in the United States.
The Muslims have been taking over many of the cities elected positions and have instituted many Muslim friendly ordinances. In fact the Muslim influence is so strong in Dearborn that the local high school held a girl’s only prom, since their religion does not allow girls and boys to dance or socialize together. If any other school in America did something similar based on Christian or Jewish beliefs, the ACLU and other groups would be circling the school waiting their turns to file lawsuits for violation of church and state. But these legal groups were nowhere to be seen in Dearborn.
By Todd Beamon:
Rep. Mike Kelly said that Friday’s questioning of the ousted head of the IRS on the targeting of conservative groups left him “even more concerned because things are coming to light.”
“The fact that Mr. Miller couldn’t answer [questions], or skirted the answer or redefine the questions …,” the Pennsylvania Republican told Neil Cavuto on Fox News, referring to former Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller.
By Brian Lilley:
To say this is a bad week for politicians and the public trust would be an understatement.
In Ottawa, a scandal involving expenses for senators has burst wide open with claims and denials that the prime minister’s Chief of Staff Nigel Wright helped Sen. Mike Duffy pay back inappropriately claimed expenses using his personal funds. We’re told no taxpayer money was used and no money was given by the Conservative Party.
As for Duffy, he says he got the funds to pay back the expenses from a bank loan. Both sides are asking us to take their word for it rather than offer up proof.
As for the other two senators in the expense scandal, they’re getting lawyers and refusing to pay back money the auditors say they never should have received.
But as they say on those TV infomercials — but wait, there’s more.
A chilling effect:
This is conspiracy, but not a theory. I saw it with my own eyes. It happened tonight at a children’s swim meet in Northeast Florida. I was watching my children participate in the season-opener swim meet, and it was nearly over, just one more race to go. When, without warning, a drone appeared seemingly from nowhere, and began to circle slowly overhead.
by The Right Scoop:
You may have heard some information already today about the Iowa Coalition for Life being targeted by the IRS, asking them to detail the content of their prayers. What you haven’t heard is that Fox 19 has determined this occurred in early 2009.
MUST WATCH: Mega Romney donor says he was targeted by Obama campaign, then audited by IRS and Labor Dept
by The Right Scoop:
This is not my country. The Chicago thugocracy we have in the White House is every bit what Michelle Malkin has always said it was, using government to target and oppress political ‘enemies’.
In this segment, Frank Vandersloot tells BillO that after he gave Romney one million to help his campaign, he was then targeted by the Obama campaign on their official website along with seven others. Shortly after that he received a letter from the IRS saying he would be audited. And then on top of that, he also had the Labor Dept. come calling because they wanted to look at his books.
He tells BillO his story:
By Raymond Ibrahim:
The lost history of Christians forced to convert to Islam—or die—is reemerging, figuratively and literally. According to the BBC: “Pope Francis has proclaimed the first saints of his pontificate in a ceremony [last Sunday] at the Vatican—a list which includes 800 victims of an atrocity carried out by Ottoman soldiers in 1480.They were beheaded in the southern Italian town of Otranto after refusing to convert to Islam.”
The BBC adds in a sidebar: “The ‘Martyrs of Otranto’ were 813 Italians beheaded for defying demands by Turkish invaders to renounce Christianity. The Turks had been sent by Mohammed II, who had already captured the ‘second Rome’ of Constantinople.”
Historical texts throughout the centuries are filled with similar anecdotes, including the “60 Martyrs of Gaza,” Christian soldiers who were executed for refusing Islam during the 7th century Islamic invasion of Jerusalem. Seven centuries later, during the Islamic invasion of Georgia, Christians refusing to convert were forced into their church and set on fire. Witnesses for Christ lists 200 anecdotes of Christians killed—including by being burned at the stake, thrown on iron spikes, dismembered, stoned, stabbed, shot at, drowned, pummeled to death, impaled and crucified—for refusing to embrace Islam.
If history is shocking, the fact is, today, Christians—men, women, and children—are still being forced to convert to Islam.