May 31, 2013

Houston Mourns HFD Dead


Prayers for these heroes, and those they have left behind.

Four firefighters died in a five-alarm blaze that broke out at a restaurant Friday afternoon along U.S. 59 in southwest Houston, according to the mayor's office.

The Fire Department released a statement on Friday evening identifying the fallen firefighters:

Capt. EMT Matthew Renaud, 35, of Station 51; EMT Robert Bebee, 41, of Station 51; EMT Robert Garner, 29, of Station 68; and Fire Station 68's Anne Sullivan, 24, a recent graduate of the Houston Fire Department Academy.

"The Houston Fire Department has never seen four firefighters pass away from the same incident in the history of the department," the statement says. "Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with not only those friends and family of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice today but also those who were injured and all members of our department."

Five firefighters were also reported injured, two critically, while fighting the blaze that broke out about 12:09 p.m. at Bhojan Restaurant at 6855 Southwest Freeway. It engulfed the neighboring Southwest Inn along the Southwest Freeway near Hornwood, according to the Houston Fire Department. The flames also burned a sports bar and disco.



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Just A Reminder About Climate Change

The "settled scientific consensus" can change -- rapidly.


Any questions?

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Just Try And Prosecute Me!

Here's the latest Obama Regime atrocity against the Constitution and the freedoms of Americans.

A special meeting has been scheduled for the stated purpose of increasing awareness and understanding that American Muslims are not the terrorists some have made them out to be in social media and other circles.

Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center, 147 Hospitality Blvd.

Special speakers for the event will be Bill Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and Kenneth Moore, special agent in charge of the FBIs Knoxville Division.

Sponsor of the event is the American Muslim Advisory Council of Tennessee a 15-member board formed two years ago when the General Assembly was considering passing legislation that would restrict those who worship Sharia Law, which is followed by Muslims.

Killian and Moore will provide input on how civil rights can be violated by those who post inflammatory documents targeted at Muslims on social media.

This is an educational effort with civil rights laws as they play into freedom of religion and exercising freedom of religion, Killian told The News Monday. This is also to inform the public what federal laws are in effect and what the consequences are.

So let me be quite clear -- my government has made me do this.


After all, when government attempts to suppress freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion in the name of appeasing the followers of a religion who believe in none of those things, I'm forced to rally to the defense of this.


Because after all, that give me the right to post this.


And my doing so in no way violates the civil rights of those who believe that Muhammad was a prophet and that the Quran is sacred.

Indeed, that is the great thing about the First Amendment -- Muslims and I can use it at the same time to promote very different messages on the same topic.

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May 30, 2013

Will Obama Regime Become First Administration With TWO Contemptuous Cabinet Secretaries?

Could be, based upon this answer from the State Department on subpoenaed documents regarding Benghazi.

QUESTION: So just a quick follow-up to that just for clarity. So when you say youre determining the next appropriate steps, you havent yet decided whether or not the State Department will be providing the documents that are in the subpoena?

MS. PSAKI: Thats correct.

Better get that contempt resolution ready -- and give serious consideration to impeaching two cabinent members.

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The Next Time They Say Oil Companies Don't Pay Enough Taxes

Tell them what the real numbers are.

The three largest oil companies paid the most in taxes in absolute terms of all major corporations, according to data on S&P 500 companies compiled by The New York Times.

President Barack Obama has chastised oil companies for receiving billions of dollars in tax breaks. However, the Times reports that ExxonMobil paid $146 billion in taxes; Chevron paid $85 billion; and ConocoPhillips paid $58 billion over the last five years.

In terms of their effective tax rates, the big three oil companies dont get off easily either. Exxon had an effective tax rate of 37 percent, Chevrons effective tax rate was 39 percent, and ConocoPhillipss was a whopping 74 percent. The U.S. corporate tax rate is 35 percent.

So tell me -- how much more do the pro-confiscationists think "Big Oil" ought to be paying? Or do they just want to see nationalization?

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May 29, 2013

Eric Holder Learned From Unethical Texas Prosecutor!

Can't get a warrant or a subpoena from a judge? Just keep shopping until you find one.

GRETCHEN CARLSON: I think this may be the most egregious thing that comes out of this case so far today, which is it's now becoming apparent that possibly Eric Holder was judge shopping, so to speak. So, he had to go to a judge to get a subpoena to be able to look into James Rosen's personal e-mails, his phone calls, etc., who he was talking to. Now, it turns outs that apparently he went to not one but two, no three judges on a shopping spree to find a judge that would actually say, let's not tell James Rosen that we're doing this. Let's not tell Fox News or News Corps that we're doing this, and I find that to be the most egregious part of this story thus far.

STEVE DOOCY: The first two judges said, no, we can't do that. You're prosecuting journalism. Eventually, Judge Royce Lamberth overturned the first two judges and away we went.

CARLSON: That is a lot of deliberate work to go from one judge to two judges to three judges and then for Eric Holder to get under oath and say he's never done this and never had anything to do with this. To me that is one of the most important points of this story thus far. 

7:07 a.m. Eastern

CARLSON: Apparently Eric Holder was judge shopping to get this whole thing to happen where he could investigate James Rosen who works for Fox News and the dealings he was having at the State Department. Why did he have to judge shop? Because let's look at the three judges. The first two said, no, we're not going to let this happen. Were not going to let you subpoena and not tell James Rosen that you're looking into his personal e-mails and his personal phone records and listening possibly into his phone calls. Judge Alan Kay denied it. Judge John Facciola - I hope I pronounced that right - denied it, and it finally went to Royce Lamberth, who did approve it. So look guys, this was not just, hey Ill see if, you know, this is on a whim; I am going to go to a judge and see what happens. This took a lot of work. It took a lot of work and effort to get to three judges who finally the third judge said yes. 

That immediately rang a bell for me, regarding the conduct of the unethical partisan prosecutor who got Tom DeLay indicted.

"During the five-day period of Sept. 29, 2005, to Oct. 3, 2005, Ronnie Earle and his staff engaged in an extraordinarily irregular, and desperate attempt to contrive a viable charge and get a substitute indictment of Tom DeLay before the expiration of the statute of limitations on Oct. 3, 2005," the motion states.

That's right -- if the government doesn't get what it wants with its first bite at the apple, it will bite again and again and again until some part of the judicial system gives in.

Remember -- a corrupt prosecutor believes justice isn't served until he gets his way.

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A Man And A Pony Walk Into A Liquor Store...

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But Don't Be Worried About Voter Fraud...

After all, only 20% of registered voters in one state are not valid registrations.

Barack Obama defeated* Mitt Romney by 166,214 votes in Ohio in 2012. Thats out of 5,489,028 votes cast. So Obamas victory margin was just 3 percent, 50 to 47 over Romney.

But 20% of Ohios voters should not be on the rolls at all, according to a story in the Columbus Dispatch.

But when the state of Ohio sought help from the US Department of Justice in cleansing the voter rolls -- and got no response from Eric Holder and his minions.

After all, we wouldn't want to disenfranchise all those potential Democrat voters -- 1.8 million dead people and nearly 3 million who have registered to vote in multiple states.

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Harry Reid -- Stalinist

He wants to start seeing purges of those with the wrong political views.

Reid said the key to solving what he has labeled as Republican obstruction is for the party to rid itself of so-called Tea Party Republicans.

This comes on top of his repeated threats to take actions on the filibuster that he has in the past claimed are unconstitutional -- proving that Reid has no tolerance for dissent and no respect for our founding documents.

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I Admire This Teacher

And hope that I would have his integrity if I faced the same situation.

A Batavia High School teacher's fans are rallying to support him as he faces possible discipline for advising students of their Constitutional rights before taking a school survey on their behavior.

They've been collecting signatures on an online petition, passing the word on Facebook, sending letters to the school board, and planning to speak at Tuesday's school board meeting.

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Dryden, a social studies teacher, told some of his students April 18 that they had a 5th Amendment right to not incriminate themselves by answering questions on the survey, which had each student's name printed on it.

The survey is part of measuring how students meet the social-emotional learning standards set by the state. It is the first year Batavia has administered such a survey.

The survey asked questions about drinking and drug use by students. Given the lack of confidentiality, there was absolutely nothing to keep the district from coordinating with the police to investigate individual students who gave certain answers about their "extracurricular activities".

Yes, I know these are high school students -- but the Bill of Rights applies to them every bit as much as it does to adults. Whatever laudable goal the school was seeking to reach via this survey, associating names with the responses made this an interrogation by the authorities which implicated the right to remain silent. And if we are supposed to be teaching our students to be citizens of a republic rather than serfs under the thumb of their government lords and masters, then we need more teachers like Mr. Dryden.

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Bachmann Retiring From House

The question is, what does this announcement by the former presidential candidate mean for her future -- and for the ability of Republicans to hold on to the House in 2014?

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she will not run for re-election in 2014, ending her tenure as the representative from Minnesota's sixth congressional district after four terms.

In a video released on her website early Wednesday, Bachmann says that, in her opinion, if presidents can only serve eight years that length of time is sufficient for her to serve in Congress.

Bachmann claims her decision was not influenced by concerns that she would not be re-elected, or by the ethics probe into her 2012 presidential campaign. 

Frankly, I consider the argument she is making silly. The reality is that there are not term limits for members of Congress -- other than those imposed by the voters when they vote out an incumbent st election time. And as I've argued, the term limits for presidents were a particularly bad idea designed to punish FDR after his death. I therefore am more of the belief that she knew she could not be reelected even in her solidly conservative district, having made something of a fool of herself in the 2012 primary race.

Of course, this could also be the prelude to a 2016 reprise as a presidential candidate. I don't see Bachmann being any more successful next time than she was last time -- we have a much deeper bench in 2016 -- but being out of office would enable the former congresswoman to devote more time to her campaign.

Then again, there is also this matter to wonder about...

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May 27, 2013

Memorial Day 2013


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A Coming New Book

My old friend, former Watcher's Council member Trevor Loudon of New Zeal, is about to publish another book -- The Enemies Within, which is available for pre-order at his site. Fellow Watcher's Council member Terresa Monroe-Hamilton offers this review of the book.

Trevor Loudons new book The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress, clarified for me just how much trouble we are in as a nation and how completely infiltrated our halls of power have become. The book gave me an in-depth look into the subversive nature of progressive politics in this country and changed forever how I view the political spectrum. If this book does not wake America up to the enemies within, I do not know what will. It should be on every household and educational shelf in the country and it should be the go-to source for the true backgrounds on those who seek (and broker) power and influence in America. This book is the deciding factor on who goes and who stays, using facts and research to tell the real stories of actions rather than opinion and propaganda.

Not only does the book look intently at the records of over 60 of Americas politicians, it defines and explains numerous progressive groups in layman terms. Each section is incredibly detailed with photos and a multitude of references, coming from hundreds of sources. The research and documentation put into this book are way beyond the expected, and incontrovertible in their historical analysis. If you want to know who many of your politicians truly are, this is THE source for finding that out. A silent coup has been going on in our government and this book lays bare the records of those we have entrusted with the reins of government.

The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress is Trevor Loudons second book, following the highly acclaimed Barack Obama and the Enemies Within. It is a masterpiece of research and tells a life and death story for America. The communist and socialist influences in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are finally brought to light, just in time to pull America back from the edge of the Marxist cliff we are heading for. Our current state of demise has been well planned and plotted. It is not incompetence or accidental It is the purposeful subversion of the greatest nation on earth. This book is in a class by itself and I strongly recommend it to every American who longs to regain the America they once knew and loved. It is one of our most powerful weapons to defeat The Enemies Within.

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May 26, 2013

Some Important Points About "Battleground Texas"

For all the talk about this latest effort to "turn Texas blue", there are a couple of serious problems with it.

Like the lack of credible candidates.

First, we are approximately six months from the expected filing deadline for the 2014 election. Battleground Texas and its supplicant, the moribund Texas Democratic Party, have failed to recruit even one first-tier candidate for statewide office. A serious effort would yield candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller, agriculture commissioner, land commissioner and U.S. Senate.

The Democratic bench is appallingly weak. Among potentially strong candidates, San Antonio Mayor Julin Castro has passed, as has state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth. Former Houston Mayor Bill White has been fairly quiet, but he lost to Republican Gov. Rick Perry in 2010 by more than 600,000 votes (13 percent).

Political chatter for governor has been about state Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio. Texas has 150 state representatives and Villarreal likely has less than 3 percent name identification statewide. This is not a good start.

Frankly, Texas Democrats don't really have any credible candidates with statewide name recognition or support. Lloyd Bentsen is dead. So is Ann Richards. Bob Bullock, too. Those are the last three Democrats to win statewide office here in Texas. There hasn't been a close statewide race since then, unless you count the year that Gov. Perry was reelected with only 39% of the vote in a four-way race. And with the Democrat stars (such as they are) refusing to step up in 2014, there's no reason to expect Democrats to have better showing this year.

And then there is the other problem Democrats have here in Texas.

More fundamentally, Battleground Texas faces another challenge.

The model for the successful Democratic statewide candidate is to be moderate, pro-business, from a large media market and possess either an ability to partially self-finance or raise funds nationally. There is a very short supply of these individuals on the Democratic side.

Obama operatives and liberal donors will want to advance a left-wing agenda that a majority does not support in Texas. This will create tension and frustration.

And therein lies the problem for Democrats down here in Texas. The average Texas Democrat voter is not a northeastern or San Francisco liberal. That is why Republicans have had the success we have had down here. If the Democrats continue to be hard left on the national level, the GOP will continue to have great success down here -- including success with Hispanics. Democrats will likely tire of throwing money down a hole that is not producing results.

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Watcher's Council Results

OK, here are this weeks full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

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May 25, 2013

Fascism In Action In New York

Dissent is forbidden in New York.

Opposition to the new law has simmered in upstate areas since Cuomo signed the law in January. Many county sheriffs oppose it, particularly its expanded definition of banned assault weapons, and have spoken out around the state. In January, the New York State Sheriffs Association wrote Cuomo with an analysis, and later suggested tweaks.

Cuomo invited its leaders to the Capitol last month, people briefed on the meeting said. The group included Sheriffs Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe and Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss.

We didnt get a response (to the analysis) from him, but we could tell after the budget was passed that none of those recommendations were taken into consideration, Moss said. When we got there, we never got to the contents of the letter.

Instead, Cuomo pushed the sheriffs to stop publicly speaking out against the act, Moss said.

The governor was of the opinion that the sheriffs around the state should not be interjecting their personal opinions in reference to the law, Moss said, adding that Cuomo said sheriffs cant do that and enforce the law.

One person briefed on the meeting said Cuomo threatened to remove sheriffs from office, a little-used power afforded the states chief executive under the state constitution. Moss would not confirm this. He did say the meeting was heated at times, but overall he described it as cordial.

Seems to me that Cuomo needs to be removed from office, not the sheriffs.

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May 24, 2013

Remember The Book "Liberal Fascism"?

In Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning, Jonah Goldberg traced the liberal roots of fascism -- and the fascist roots of a number of liberal policies. The Left was outraged -- but here is another example of what he was talking about when he wrote of liberal admiration for fascist regimes in Europe before WWII.

A new book out in Germany reveals how President Kennedy was a secret admirer of the Nazis.

The news comes embarrassingly close to a visit being paid to Berlin next month by President Obama - one week before 50th anniversary commemorations of JFK's memorable 'Ich bin ein Berliner' speech pledging US solidarity with Europe during the Cold War.

President Kennedy's travelogues and letters chronicling his wanderings through Germany before WWII, when Adolf Hitler was in power, have been unearthed and show him generally in favour of the movement that was to plunge the world into the greatest war in history

'Fascism?' wrote the youthful president-to-be in one. 'The right thing for Germany.'

In another; 'What are the evils of fascism compared to communism?'

And on August 21, 1937 - two years before the war that would claim 50 million lives broke out - he wrote: 'The Germans really are too good - therefore people have ganged up on them to protect themselves.'

And in a line which seems directly plugged into the racial superiority line plugged by the Third Reich he wrote after travelling through the Rhineland: 'The Nordic races certainly seem to be superior to the Romans.'

For all that fascism is depicted by the Left as a right-wing phenomenon, the reality is that it was seen as an ideology of the Left during the 1920s and 1930s -- right up until Stalin came out against it and began using the term to tar his enemies.

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Not That There Is Any Connection At All

But it sure does look funny.

Item Number One: That Inspector general's report on the IRS was originally supposed to be completed and released last September, BEFORE the presidential election.

E-mails between staff members of the House Oversight Committee and the office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) suggest that the findings of a report on IRS targeting of conservative groups were initially scheduled to be released in September 2012, before the election. It was not formally released until May 14, 2013.

Imagine if this story had dropped six weeks before the election -- conservative groups harassed in an effort to keep them from expressing opposition to the current administration. Anyone think the story would not have swayed a couple million votes -- or turned out a number of anti-Obama voters who were not otherwise ready to vote for Romney? The report would have been a game-changer.

Item Number Two
: There is apparently a connection between the Inspector General and the First Lady -- they may have dated in law school!

They werent in the same sectionthe academic groupings that Harvard uses to divide its studentsbut George said they traveled in some of the same social circles, including the Black Law Students Association.

I think he actually dated Michelle at one point, said former Rep. Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican, who worked with George when he was staff director for a House oversight subcommittee in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

That is overstating it, George said. But the two students did socialize in group settings. Michelle was a lovely person, and down to earth, he said. The BLSA went out for pizza; we would go out together.

He paused, for a beat. Dont get me in trouble, George said.

Might that connection have had something to do with the delay -- not wanting to harm the electoral chances of a school friend/girlfriend?

Or am I just engaging in conspiracy theorizing?

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Obama Scandals Show Contempt For Entire First Amendment

Jonah Goldberg says it quite well here.

The IRS scandal and the DOJs assault on the press may be two separate issues, but they are both about the First Amendment. The groups the IRS discriminated against wanted to exert their First Amendment rights to assemble, to petition government and to speak freely. Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dubbed angry voters at local town hall meetings un-American.

Some Americans wanted to exercise their religious conscience. (James Madison, author of the First Amendment, said, Conscience is the most sacred of all property.) The IRS told one pro-life group in Iowa that it had to promise on pain of perjury not to protest Planned Parenthood. That is an outrageous assault on the First Amendment as disgusting as anything aimed at the AP or Fox News.

Support the entire First Amendment, not just one clause.

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May 23, 2013

They Left Something Out

"Islam In His Heart."


When the killer hollers "Allahu Akbar", motive is really clear -- and no matter how many good, decent, and peaceful Muslims there are in the world, we have to acknowledge that there is a violent and murderous subset that must be eliminated.

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Bravo, Bookworm

Impeachment must not be our goal.

The thought of impeaching Obama is emotionally satisfying, but Thomas Lifson is right that its a mistake.  I mean, think about it:  how good as a tactic if the best possible outcome is that Joe Biden becomes President?  Obama, meanwhile, will become a race martyr, and the country might be torn apart beyond repair.

Unless we indisputably find Obama with the proverbial smoking dun in his hands, impeaching Obama is untenable. Face it -- the Democrats won't support it -- and the parade of horribles that Bookworm mentions will come to pass.

Besides, it seems to me that nothing Obama has been shown to have done at this point rises to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors". Obama likely did not know of the wrongdoing at the IRS, though he clearly benefited from it. Being an incompetent surrounded by ass-kissing yes-men/women who protect you from the consequences of your own failed policies is not an impeachable offense. Better that we expose the failures and the wrongdoing so that the American people can judge accordingly.

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Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc?

I realize that said conclusion is deemed to be a logical fallacy by students of rhetoric -- but this does look so suspiciously timed that the matter needs further investigation.

Starting in the fall of 2010, ten leading Democrats Including, Max Baucus, Chuck Schumer, and Al Franken wrote the IRS demanding that the agency crack down on conservative groups.

500 conservative and Christian groups were illegally targeted by the Obama IRS starting in 2010.   For twenty-seven months the Obama IRS refused to approve any Tea Party applications for tax-exempt status while at the same time the Obama IRS approved dozens of progressive applications.

Of course, it could be a coincidence -- but might there not be a causal connection?

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Death Threat Democrat Is Behind SB 346

The other day I urged Gov. Perry to veto SB 346 because it goes against the First Amendment and the American tradition of permitting anonymous political speech. Well now I have an additional reason -- the source of the bill is, in fact, a violent left-wing racist who only a few months ago threatened to murder Americans because of their membership in an organization he disapproves of!

Yvette Larsen of Big Jolly politics tells us more.

The Texas Democrat Party official who threatened to kill NRA President David Keene and all NRA members is an interested party supporting the passage of SB 346. The bill you are considering signing into law is based upon public comments submitted in writing to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission by John Cobarruvias!

So what we have here is a bill that will give the names and addresses of donors and activists to a guy who publicly proclaimed the following sentiment in the wake of the Newtown shooting!

And as I note in the post above, John doesn't just have a history of making amorphous threats of violence against others -- he has actually sent me a specific threat of violence merely because I wrote about a post on his now defunct (or perhaps merely private) political hate website. But then again, this is the same guy who wrote threatening/encouraging a shooting at the Texas State Capitol!

So Governor, vetoing SB 346 is not merely about preserving the Constitutional rights of Texans -- it is literally about preserving their safety from folks like the Death Threat Democrat who is behind the legislation. Democrats like John are the reason that the Supreme Court ruled over half a century ago against requiring membership and donor lists for the NAACP be turned over to states and made public records -- this guy is proof that latter day Democrats are every bit as dangerous to the exercise of civil liberties and the Kluxers who ran that party little more than a generation ago.

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T-Shirt Printing

It is just amazing what you can get done in the way of t-shirt printing today. I can remember when customized t-shirt printing had to be ordered in large quantities, but today you can get professional quality work for a low price for even a handful of items. T-shirts, hoodies, polos and so many other items can now be customized at low cost and with a quick turnaround time. So if you want to spice up your event, promote your business, or just show your pride in your organization or family, find yourself a quality shop that can get the job done for you.

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May 22, 2013

Just An Observation

There is something that rings as fundamentally dishonest when one writes an article with this title --

Gay Boy Scouts Employee: I Cant Live a Lie Any Longer

-- but does so anonymously.

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May 21, 2013

IRS Official To Take Fifth Amendment Regarding Performance Of Her Job

I'm a big fan of the Constitution, and I fully support the Bill of Rights -- but this is troubling.

A top IRS official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups will invoke the 5th Amendment and refuse to answer questions before a House committee investigating the agencys improper screening of conservative nonprofit groups.

Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS, wont answer questions about what she knew about the improper screening or why she didnt disclose it to Congress, according to a letter from her defense lawyer, William W. Taylor III. Lerner was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course, said a letter by Taylor to committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Vista). The letter, sent Monday, was obtained Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times.

Now I see two problems here.

First, Lerner is refusing to speak about the performance of her official duties to a congressional oversight committee. As a government employee, she is obligated to do so.

Second, Lerner has, through her attorney, stated that she did not commit any crime or mislead Congress -- precisely what she is to be asked about by the committee. Doesn't that constitute an abuse of the privilege against self-incrimination?

Do we need a law that dictates that public employees who invoke the Fifth Amendment to avoid answering questions about their official duties shall be considered to have voluntarily resigned their position and renounced all accrued pension and benefits?

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Governor Perry, Veto This Bill

Erick Erickson makes a great case for Perry driving a stake through the heart of SB 346.

In light of the IRS scandal, you would think that Texas Republicans would not be so foolish as to vote for SB 346 in the state legislature, but apparently they are that foolish.

The legislation, in Texas of all places, would require nonprofits engaged in politics to disclose all their donors. Shouldnt they, you may say. Oh hell no they should not.

In California, those who gave to support Proposition 8 were targeted for harassment. Some were driven from the jobs. Some businesses were boycotted.

In Wisconsin, during the recalls, some businesses that refused to publicly support the recall were targeted for boycotts.

The IRS under Barack Obama has leaked the donors of conservative groups, including a conservative group in Texas.

Requiring nonprofits in politics to disclose their donors sounds great under the rubric of transparency. In reality, we see from the IRS scandal that it is human nature to wield power against foes. Legislators, bureaucrats, and political activists could use donor disclosures to punish those they disagree with using the power of the state.

I'll take it a step beyond this, passing up on Erickson's suggestion that the mainline Republicans are looking to drive conservatives out of the public square.

The reality is that anonymous political speech is a tradition that dates back to the time of the Founding Fathers. Consider such seminal writings as the Federalist Papers and many of the works written in opposition to the adoption of the Constitution -- and writings both for and against the Revolution itself -- that were written and published anonymously. This bill spits in the face of this great American tradition -- which is a constitutionally protected right, according to the Supreme Court -- and declares that being a part of an organization that engages in political speech on behalf of its members/donors constitutes a renunciation of that right.

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Watcher's Council Results

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Council Winners

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Will The Obama Administration Be Prosecuting THIS Leaker?

You know, since they are targeting leakers.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General published a new report Monday that confirms former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke leaked a document intended to smear Operation Fast and Furious scandal whistleblower John Dodson.

The DOJ IG said it found Burkes conduct in disclosing the Dodson memorandum to be inappropriate for a Department employee and wholly unbefitting a U.S. Attorney.

We are referring to OPR our finding that Burke violated Department policy in disclosing the Dodson memorandum to a member of the media for a determination of whether Burkes conduct violated the Rules of Professional Conduct for the state bars in which Burke is a member, the IG wrote.

My guess is that we will see no prosecution here because the leak was designed to protect Obama and his corrupt cronies from being blamed for an administration run amok.

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Does This Mean They Will Do Away With Special Scholarships For Minorities?

I mean, if awarding a scholarship that is limited by race is somehow a violation of the law and all

Desegregation may finally be coming to Columbia University.

The Ivy League school is asking a judge to change some requirements of the Lydia C. Roberts graduate and traveling fellowships - which limit recipients to people born in Iowa who are "of the Caucasian race."

Lucy Drotning, the university's associate provost, filed an affidavit in Manhattan Supreme Court last week to support a prior action made by the fund's administrator, JPMorgan Chase Bank, claiming the racist provisions set in 1920 are grossly outdated.

"Circumstances have so changed from the time when the Trust was established" that complying with the restrictions are "impossible," the filing says.

"Columbia University is now prohibited by law and University policy from discriminating on the basis of race."

But if Columbia is prohibited by law and University policy from discriminating based upon race, why on earth would it encourage students to apply for scholarships reserved for minority students? More to the point, if that prohibition is in place, why would it accept funds that come from such scholarships?

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May 20, 2013

I'll Skip Blogging Tonight

Somehow the stuff I had planned on writing about doesn't seem as important as what is going on in Oklahoma right now. It will wait until tomorrow. In the mean time, I would rather that we all offer our prayers.

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Harvard Kennedy School Studenst Come Out Against Academic Freedom In Name Of Political Correctness!

I don't take a position on the thesis that has sparked the controversy or the policy implications of that thesis. That said, I find it disturbing that rather than a rebuttal, the opponents of the conclusions of Jason Richwine's thesis are demanding that no one even be allowed to even do research on the issue.

Harvard students, outraged over a doctoral dissertation arguing that Hispanic immigrants lack raw cognitive ability or intelligence, this week urged the university to investigate how the thesis came to be approved and to ban future research on racial superiority.

The students presented 1,200 signatures to president Drew Faust and the dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, David Ellwood.

Academic freedom and a reasoned debate are essential to our academic community, the petition said. However, the Harvard Kennedy School cannot ethically stand behind academic work advocating a national policy of exclusion and advancing an agenda of discrimination.

The thesis IQ and Immigration Policy, by Jason Richwine, a former doctoral candidate at the Kennedy School compared IQ scores of US residents, including immigrants from a variety of countries, and concluded that the scores of Hispanic immigrants were substantially lower than those of native whites. The paper argued that the United States should allow only immigrants with high IQs.

It is one thing to argue that Richwine is wrong, but it is another thing completely to argue that Richwine and others should not even be permitted to examine the question and pursue the data to where it leads them, no matter how controversial the conclusions they draw from it. Declaring that certain topics are off limits because they contradict the latter day dogma of academe is the modern equivalent of the treatment received by Galileo. And after all, aren't we told by liberals that we have to be prepared to accept certain inconvenient truths if the scholars tell us they are so?

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Bravo, Bob Schieffer!

Looks like someone in the media is finally willing to call the Obama Administration on their pathetic talking points and their efforts to obfuscate in order to deceive the American public.

SCHIEFFER: But Mr. Pfeiffer, and I don't mean to be argumentative here, but the President is in charge of the executive branch of the government. Its my, I'll just make this as an assertion: when the executive branch does things right, there doesn't seem to be any hesitancy of the White House to take credit for that. When Osama bin Laden was killed, the President didn't waste any time getting out there and telling people about it.

But with all of these things, when these things happen, you seem to send out officials many times who don't even seem to know what has happened. And I use as an example of that Susan Rice who had no connection whatsoever to the events that took place in Benghazi, and yet she was sent out, appeared on this broadcast, and other Sunday broadcasts, five days after it happens, and I'm not here to get in an argument with you about who changed which word in the talking points and all that. The bottom line is what she told the American people that day bore no resemblance to what had happened on the ground in an incident where four Americans were killed.

Now I'll give Bob an answer -- why do they send out these talking point quoting folks who were not involved in policy screw-ups? That;s easy -- because you and your bookers are willing to put them on air to recite the talking points in an effort to mislead the American public. If the network news shows refuse to put them on the air, the White House will be forced to either send the involved parties with real answers or you and your fellow journalists will have to report that the "most transparent administration in American history" is once again trying to hide the truth from the American people.

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May 18, 2013

Obama Explains Reason For His Ever-Expanding Debt Problem

Math is hard.

At the elementary school, Obama watched a group of youngsters learn to write about their favorite zoo animals and quizzed them on simple arithmetic. When one girl had a hard time coming up with the answer to one equation, Obama said in a sympathetic tone that subtraction is tougher than addition.

Obama knows how to add pork to the budget, but he just can't figure out how to subtract it.

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May 17, 2013

The Regime Knew About IRS Scandal Before The Election!

Heads must roll -- and there had better be Obama appointees frogmarched out of their respective workplaces with cameras running.

This was reported this morning.

NBC's Lisa Myers reported this morning that the IRS deliberately chose not to reveal that it had wrongly targeted conservative groups until after the 2012 presidential election:

The IRS commissioner "has known for at least a year that this was going on," said Myers, "and that this had happened. And did he share any of that information with the White House? But even more importantly, Congress is going to ask him, why did you mislead us for an entire year? Members of Congress were saying conservatives are being targeted. What's going on here? The IRS denied it. Then when -- after these officials are briefed by the IG that this is going on, they don't disclose it. In fact, the commissioner sent a letter to Congress in September on this subject and did not reveal this. Imagine if we -- if you can -- what would have happened if this fact came out in September 2012, in the middle of a presidential election? The terrain would have looked very different."

Now the Treasury Department's Inspector General concedes that the department -- including senior management -- did know about the misdeeds of the IRS before the election.

The Treasury Departments inspector general told senior Treasury officials in June 2012 he was auditing the Internal Revenue Services screening of politically active organizations seeking tax exemptions, disclosing for the first time on Friday that Obama administration officials were aware of the matter during the presidential campaign year.

At the first Congressional hearing into the I.R.S. scandal, J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, told members of the House Ways and Means Committee that he informed the Treasurys general counsel of his audit on June 4, and Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin shortly thereafter.

And we've already known that the White House counsel was aware of the impending report before the matter became public -- leading one former Clinton official to suggest the her resignation may be needed.

But this still does not answer a very important question that has echoed down through the last 40 years of American history.

"What did the President know
and when did he know it?"

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Obama's Spox Dismisses Notion of Administration Scandals


With the slavish assistance of Obama worshiper Piers Morgan.

I dismiss the premise, the idea that these are scandals, Carney said flatly, calling the controversy over Benghazi a total concoction by Republicans, and the IRS scandal merely inappropriate behavior by the IRS.

And, of course, President Obama and his administration just luvvvv a free and independent press.

So never mind those seized records, intrusive questions, or dead Americans -- there's nothing to see here.

And so it continues

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Harry Reid Again Talking About Blowing Up The Constitution

I wrote about this issue only six weeks ago, but the senile old man from Nevada is bringing it up again.

The threat of further Republican attempts to thwart the presidents ability to assemble his second-term cabinet has increased the likelihood of a fight over the Senates rules, which allow the minority party to insist on a 60-vote threshold for almost every Senate action.

Democrats say that Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, in recent days has been trying to gauge whether there is sufficient support among Democrats to force a rule change that would limit the filibuster on presidential nominees. He could conceivably try to enact a rule change with a simple majority a tactic known as the nuclear option. Any revisions to Senate rules usually require 67 votes, a threshold that is impossible to obtain without significant Republican support.

So let's remind the American people what Harry Reid had to say about this matter when he was Senate Minority Leader and George W. Bush was president.

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Harry Reid Threatens To Engage In "Unconstitutional Abuse Of Power"


"The American people have rejected the nuclear option because they see it for what it is an unconstitutional abuse of power."
Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader, April 26, 2005

What a difference eight years make.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Friday that he will consider enacting the so-called "nuclear option," or changing Senate rules by a simple majority vote, if judicial nominations do not start moving through the Senate, Roll Call reports.

During an interview with Nevada Public Radio, Reid warned that he was willing to make drastic changes to Senate rules if action is not taken on the ballooning number of stalled judicial nominees.

All within the sound of my voice, including my Democratic senators and the Republican senators who I serve with, should understand that we as a body have the power on any given day to change the rules with a simple majority, and I will do that if necessary," Reid said.

"If the Republicans in the Senate dont start approving some judges and dont start helping get some of these nominations done, then were going to have to take more action."

So let's see.

In 2005, using the nuclear option to get judges confirmed was "an unconstitutional abuse of power." In 2013, using the nuclear option to get judges confirmed is a perfectly legitimate procedure.

Because "Obama".

Or "Tea Party"

Or "the sound of my voice".

Or something.

But certainly not because of any principled reason.

But then again, given that we have seen that the Democrats -- from Obama to Reid and Pelosi, to the lowest Democrat elected official in some podunk town in the middle of nowhere -- adhere to no principles beyond "we have the power" and "we want to", I guess we should not be surprised.

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Why Haven't There Been Charges Yet?

After all, it is clear that there have been laws violated -- the Heritage Foundation even points out which ones.

The statutory provisions that may have been violated include:

  • 26 U.S. Code 7214: Offenses by officers and employees of the United States. This law applies to any officer or employee of the United States who with intent to defeat the application of any provision of [the Internal Revenue Code] fails to perform any of the duties of his office or employment. This is punishable by termination of his employment, a fine of not more than $250,000 (under the Alternative Fines Act, 18 U.S.C. 3571), and imprisonment of not more than five years.
  • 18 U.S. Code 241: Conspiracy against rights. Section 241 makes it unlawful for two or more persons to conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person inthe free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States. Violations are punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years and a $250,000 fine.
  • 18 U.S. Code 242: Deprivation of rights under color of law. Section 242, enacted as a postCivil War statute, makes it unlawful for anyone acting under color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom to willfully deprive a person of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States. Violations are misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
  • 18 U.S. Code 1001: Statements or entries generally. In his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on May 15, Holder mentioned prosecutions for possible false statements. He was referring to Section 1001, which makes it a crime for anyone to make any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation on any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branches. So for example, if an IRS agent who engaged in targeting made a false statement about it to his supervisor, to someone else at the IRS, or to the inspector generalor later makes a false statement to the FBI agents and federal prosecutors who will now be interviewing IRS employeeshe or she could be found guilty of violating this law. Additionally, former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman testified (but not under oath, so the perjury statute would not be applicable) in March 2012 before the House Appropriations Committee, where he supposedly denied that the IRS targeted conservative groups. If this was an intentional falsehood, he too could face criminal liability under this section. The potential penalty for violating this provision is five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

Granted, none of these implicate anyone in the White House -- yet. If they are implicated, there are other laws that come into play.

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May 16, 2013

My Response To @WhiteHouse #ObamaCareInThreeWords Meme

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Prayers For Health For Harris County DA

There are plenty of people who are supporters of Harris County DA Mike Anderson. There are those still bitter about last years primary that dont like him and then there are Democrats who oppose him just because.

But hopefully we can all get together in offering best wishes on this news.

Mike Anderson, Harris County's District Attorney, informed his staff Thursday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

"I have great doctors and am undergoing treatment. I fully intend to beat this," said a brief email sent Thursday and signed "Mike."

"Many people have asked how they can help me. I would ask that you keep me and my family in your prayers and continue to do the great work that you're doing to make this the best DA's office in these United States."

Politics is politics but some matters need to rise above politics. This is one.

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Well, This May Explain Obama

Science explains that there really is a connection between weakness and liberalism.

Men who are physically strong are more likely to take a right wing political stance, while weaker men are inclined to support the welfare state, according to a new study.

Researchers discovered political motivations may have evolutionary links to physical strength.

Men's upper-body strength predicts their political opinions on economic redistribution, according to the research.

Of course, correlation and causation are two different things

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An Apt Observation On Obama Ad Homenem

Peter Wehner nails it.

The president can hardly go a day without impugning the motivations of his opponents. They never have honest differences with the president. Instead they are suffering from an illness (fever), cowardice (afraid of what Rush Limbaugh might say about them), and lack of patriotism (caring about elections rather than future generations). Mr. Obama is the ultimate ad hominem president.

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May 15, 2013

Houston's Own Gosnell Exposed

And we folks here in Texas are not nearly so likely to cut a plea deal to spare this butcher the death penalty.

Harris County authorities and the Texas Department of State Health Services are investigating a local doctor accused Wednesday by an anti-abortion group of performing late-term abortions in 2011.

"We have several people looking into the allegations," said Sara Marie Kinney, a spokeswoman for the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

In an email, DSHS spokeswoman Carrie Williams said the agency, which monitors abortion facilities across the state, is "aware of the allegations, and we are investigating."

"This is a very high priority for us," she added.

Here are some of the pictures.

Photos of Babies 1 & 2

The Chronicle won't disclose Karpen's troubled medical past -- but this article does.

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A Soros Connection In The IRS Scandal?

I wondered if the Holocaust collaborators fingerprints would be found on this scandal.

As IRS efforts targeting politically-conservative groups gained momentum, George Soros-funded liberal groups repeatedly called on the IRS to investigate conservative nonprofit organizations.

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Several Soros-funded groups including the Campaign Legal Center, Democracy 21, the Center for Public Integrity, Mother Jones and Alternet have worked to pressure the IRS to target conservative nonprofit groups. The subsequent IRS investigation flagged more than 100 tea party-related applications for higher scrutiny, including applications that included the words "Tea Party" and "patriot."

The IRS scandal can be traced back to a series of letters that the liberal groups Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Democracy 21 sent to the IRS back in 2010 and 2011. Both groups were funded by George's Soros's Open Society Foundations. The CLC received $677,000 and Democracy 21 got $365,000 from the Soros-backed foundation, according to the Foundation's 990 tax forms.

These groups have all echoed the refrain that conservative political groups and their First Amendment protected speech are a threat to our free society. Seems to me that it is Soros and his web of left-wing groups intent upon suppressing political speech they oppose that is the real problem in that regard.

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Bravo Boehner!

Hes right absolutely right on this one. Glad to see him showing a little testicular fortitude.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that he wants to see the IRS employees responsible for targeting conservative groups behind bars.

My question isnt about whos going to resign, my question is, whos going to jail over this scandal? Boehner said at a Capitol press conference, as Republicans seized on the tax agencys admission that it inappropriately singled out Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status for higher scrutiny.

There are folks who need to go to jail for the violations and others for the perjury in their congressional testimony.

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Yeah, Id Still Hate Obama If He Cured Cancer

Well, hate isnt the right word. Oppose would be more accurate -- but the Progracist Left equates opposition to Obama with hatred and racism, so does it really make a difference what word I use?.

Appearing on Tuesday nights episode of The OReilly Factor, author and sports journalist Bernie Goldberg agreed with host Bill OReilly on a critique of some Republican opinion-makers in the media, saying he felt like President Barack Obama could cure cancer and they would still hate him.

Of course, I would say the same thing about Osama bin Laden, Chairman Mao, Stalin or Hitler Id still object to them and what they stand for even if they also were responsible for some great medical breakthrough. After all, Al Gore invented the Internet and I still opposed him.

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Needless Law Alert

Im with the folks from Slate this is an outrage.

The proposal, which the Raleigh News & Observer reports was unanimously approved by the states Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday, would apply to all car manufacturers, but the intended target is clear. Its aimed at Tesla, the only U.S. automaker whose business model relies on selling cars directly to consumers, rather than through a network of third-party dealerships.

The bill is being pushed by the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association, a trade group representing the states franchised dealerships. Its sponsor is state Sen. Tom Apodaca, a Republican from Henderson, who has said the goal is to prevent unfair competition between manufacturers and dealers. What makes it unfair competition as opposed to plain-old competitionsomething Republicans are typically inclined to favoris not entirely clear. After all, North Carolina doesnt seem to have a problem with Apple selling its computers online or via its own Apple Stores.

What is unfair about selling your product yourself without establishing a distribution chain of brick-and-mortar middlemen? Why is it only unfair for automobile manufacturers?

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I Love It When Criminals Make Mistakes

Like this one.

The attackers kicked in the front door to the southwest Houston home, roughed up the resident, then placed him in an upstairs closet.

But that holding place was where the resident kept his gun.

He would soon use it on one of the intruders, exchanging gunfire and sending the man to the hospital Tuesday afternoon, Houston police said.

The resident told police he was upstairs at the home in the 8200 block of Braeburn Valley Drive, south of Houston Baptist University, when three men kicked in the front door about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The intruders attacked him and placed him in a closet, so they could ransack the home, said Sgt. Jerri Brandon with the Houston Police Department.

When he thought the intruders were gone, the man left the closet, armed with a gun that he kept there, he told police.

Downstairs, he encountered one of the men and the two exchanged gunfire, police said.

The resident, who lives at the home with his parents, was not injured.

Thats an occupational hazard for criminals here in Texas.

As it should be everywhere.

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The Press Surveillance Scandal Spreads

Apparently there is wholesale spying on journalists being conducted by the Obama/Holder Justice Department.

Amid an unprecedented effort by the Obama administration to crack down on leaks of classified information, Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday said he was unsure how many times he'd signed off on subpoenas to seize reporter records.

"I'm not sure how many of those cases that I have actually signed off on," Holder told NPR's Carrie Johnson. "I take them very seriously. I know that I have refused to sign a few, pushed a few back for modifications."

The comments from Holder are bound to stir up additional criticism of the Obama administration's approach to First Amendment protections for reporters. The president and his staff are already under intense scrutiny over the Department of Justice's decision to subpoena the phone records for more than 100 journalists at the Associated Press. That Holder could not recall how many times he has done something similar in the past will only fan those flames.

Now Im not going to flat-out condemn seeking such records. Unauthorized receipt of such classified records can be a crime, and leaking them surely is. I argued the Bush years, and Ill argue now, that it is proper to investigate such leaks and even to prosecute journalists who receive such records in some instances, because there is no right to receive stolen documents any more than there is a right to receive a stolen car.

But it appears that the first move by the Obama/Holder Justice Department is to grab records of a large number of phone lines rather than to engage in more narrow and nuanced requests for information. Did the Department of Justice need to get the phone records of 100 journalists 20 separate phone lines including switchboard lines in order to conduct the AP investigation? Do these uncounted other investigations show a similar pattern of casting a wide net? If so, there is a serious problem in the Justice Department.

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May 14, 2013

Was IRS Misconduct Part Of A Strategy To Suppress The Working Class White Vote?


An interesting observation at PrairiePundit.

I think the IRS attacks on the Tea Party groups was part of a coordinated effort to suppress the white vote in 2012. The IRS ate up funding for voter outreach efforts and voter registration drives. It shutdown the efforts of the groups who tried to answer all the intrusive questions and many just gave up. What we are finding out is how Obama was using the resources of the government to suppress the vote.

Obama was also getting help with the project from Senate Democrats who were also pushing the IRS to go after the Tea Party groups.

So, when will we be hearing from that pompous windbag Joe Biden and all the liberals complaining about disenfranchisement when government ID is required to vote come out and condemn the IRS for acting to keep folks from getting out the vote?

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Here's One That Makes Me Want To Scream

I've made no secret of the fact that my wife has health problems that leave her physically handicapped. Over the last few years we have reluctantly come to accept that certain accommodations are necessary for her to continue to participate fully in activities she and I enjoy -- a handicapped parking permit, wheelchair accessible seating, and use of handicapped washrooms being among them. We make every effort not to abuse the accommodations.

Unfortunately, it appears that others are not so scrupulous.

Some wealthy Manhattan moms have figured out a way to cut the long lines at Disney World by hiring disabled people to pose as family members so they and their kids can jump to the front, The Post has learned.

The black-market Disney guides run $130 an hour, or $1,040 for an eight-hour day.

My daughter waited one minute to get on Its a Small World the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours, crowed one mom, who hired a disabled guide through Dream Tours Florida.

I won't get into the scummy example these parents are setting for their over-privileged youngsters. That should be self-evident. No, my gripe is with those disabled individuals who go along with this scam. Every one of you who sell your services -- and with those services your accommodations -- harms every single other individual who needs those accommodations. Be ashamed! Be very ashamed!

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A Lawless Agency In Need Of A Special Prosecutor

That is all I can say about the IRS at this time.


It began with the little trickle of disclosure on Friday. It continues to grow.

Theres the unauthorized release of confidential documents for political purposes.

The division of the Internal Revenue Service that improperly scrutinized the tax-exempt status of conservative groups sent confidential information on 31 conservative groups to the well-funded liberal nonprofit journalism organization ProPublica, according to a revelation made by ProPublica Monday.

The same IRS office that deliberately targeted 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, according to the ProPublica report.

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 of those public, after redacting their financial information, deeming that they were newsworthy.), according to ProPublica.

We also have accusations of the IRS targeting a journalist after he dared to ask tough questions of the president in an interview

Larry Connors, a veteran local news anchor at KMOV Channel 4 in St. Louis, says that the Internal Revenue Service has been targeting him since an April 2012 interview he conducted with President Obama -- a fact that he dismissed as coincidence until the recent reports about the IRS targeting conservative groups.

"Shortly after I did my April 2012 interview with President Obama, my wife, friends and some viewers suggested that I might need to watch out for the IRS. I don't accept 'conspiracy theories', but I do know that almost immediately after the interview, the IRS started hammering me," Connors wrote on his Facebook page late Monday night.

We also now find out that one of the major players in the scandal has a history of going after critics of Democrat presidents.

Steven T. Miller, the acting IRS commissioner who managed the division that has admitted targeting anti-Obama Tea Party groups, was one of several agents who investigated anti-Clinton organizations including Judicial Watch during that Democrat's administration, according to court documents and interviews.

Miller, who headed the IRS Services and Enforcement Division from 2009 until the end of last year, is named in court documents as part of a trio of Internal Revenue Service officials who allegedly characterized the 1998-2001 investigation of Judicial Watch as politically motivated.

According to court papers, one agent in the case reportedly told the legal watchdog group, "What do you expect when you sue the president?" Miller reportedly added that the Judicial Watch audit, coming after the group sent the White House a lengthy Freedom of Information Act request, "had created at least the appearance of a problem."

And then there is the minor detail that it was not just one rogue office targeting conservative groups it was several, including the office right in Washington, DC.

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 agencys 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, the documents show.

So what we have here is not an isolated office we have a pattern of conduct that spans two states and the District of Columbia! The same sorts of inquiries are being made of the same sorts of groups it cannot be coincidence. And add to that the fact that senior management found out about the issue much earlier than previously disclosed and you have the makings of a serious scandal.

The timeline of events makes it clear that there is still much we have not been told and that there has been a pattern of deceit by the IRS regarding these matters. Indeed, the timeline shows that evidence was intentionally withheld from Congress by those who knew about the targeting of these groups. After all, the first hints of a problem emerged in 2010, and upper level officials knew by the spring of 2012. Why is it that they did not disclose this matter to Congress in the summer of 2012 when there were questions asked about it? Why did they hide the information until after the 2012 presidential election? I think the answers are obvious.

And they are still hiding from the truth. Consider the fact that the IRS will not say whether it will comply with Congressional requests for documents related to this scandal. The agency should be complying immediately, not stonewalling. But then again, theyve been stonewalling on this issue for three years why should they change now.

But more disturbing is what we know from the White House. The White House counsels office knew about this matter last month, but the President claims not to have known until it hit the press last Friday. Ive been asking if he is so disengaged (and therefore incompetent), but others look at it and find the denial unconvincing and instead conclude that Barack Obama is part of this corrupt cover-up. I think time will tell on this one and I dont discount the possibility (probability?) that Obama is corrupt.

The reality, though, is that this one may be too big for Congress to investigate alone. We're dealing with federal crimes having been committed here -- at least by low-level employees and quite possibly by higher-ups -- to advance the agenda of the President of the United States and cripple his critics. As a result, the Justice Department cannot ethically be involved in the investigation or prosecution of any case arising from this matter -- not that Eric Holder is smart enough or ethical enough to recognize that fact. I therefore support the call by Gov. Bobby Jindal and Gov. Scott Walker for a special prosecutor to investigate the matter wholly independent of corrupt administration under which and on behalf of which it occurred,.

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Yaz Drug Risks

You may be aware of the yaz recall. What you may not be aware of are the yaz side effects. Please click the link to learn more if you or a loved one took Yaz or Yasmin.

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Is Barack Obama Disengaged From His Job As President?

The White House has known about the IRS scandal since April -- but it was only last Friday that President Obama found out about it, from the press.

The White House counsels office was informed in April of an inspector generals review of the Internal Revenue Service, press secretary Jay Carney said Monday.

Carney told reporters that the counsels office was told of the examination into the targeting of conservative groups during the week of April 22, but not given details about the reviews findings. President Obama, Carney said, was not told about the review and learned of it only after news reports emerged Friday, just what Obama said earlier Monday.

Even if there were not details, one would have thought that the president would be informed of such a politically sensitive matter, one which certainly makes it look like his administration has been targeting his political opponents. That he was not informed ought to raise the question of who is in charge at the White House and why Obama is being left out of the loop on sensitive matters -- first Fast & Furious, then Benghazi, now the IRS scandal. It is, after all, part of a pattern.

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Bathroom Vanities

Wow! If you are redoing your home, one of the things you need to do is look at these great bathroom vanities. They will certainly add to the beauty of your home.

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Soledad Spoke; Martin Wept

Soledad O'Brien, formerly a hack reporter at CNN, had this to day.

First of all its only white people who ever said thatif we could just see beyond race. If only people didnt see race, it would be such a better place and you are responsible for bringing up these icky race issues Solidad, you should just let sleeping dogs lie.

OBrien added: I was like, again, OK white person, this is a conversation you clearly are uncomfortable with and I have no problem seeing race and I think we should talk about race.

Contrast this with the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Apparently the problem is that white people have internalized Dr. King's Dream, while folks like O'Brien have rejected it. Just consider the obvious contempt that drips from her use of the term "white person" as a pejorative.

But why are we surprised by this? After all, the top African-American in US Government, Barack Obama, has shown similar contempt for white people in his public remarks on race.

And Martin wept.

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Used Cars

Looking for low cost used cars for sale in NY? Well, you can find them with RCO Auto Sales -- they have quality used cars for you at only a fraction of their original cost. So if you happen to be in that neck of the woods and looking for used cars Staten Island or in any of the other boroughs, you should really take a good look at what they have to offer.

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May 12, 2013

Watcher's Council Results

Here are this weeks full results,

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

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May 11, 2013

COVER UP! -- Now We Know Why IRS/Tea Party Story Dropped On A Friday

Let's have Joe Biden tell us how important this is.

That's right -- this really is a "big effing deal". The American people were lied to yesterday about when IRS officials knew about illegal activity with regards to tax exempt status for Tea Party and other conservative groups!

Senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups as early as 2011, according to a draft of an inspector general's report obtained by The Associated Press that seemingly contradicts public statements by the IRS commissioner.

The IRS apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was "inappropriate" targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status. The agency blamed low-level employees, saying no high-level officials were aware.

But on June 29, 2011, Lois G. Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt organizations, learned at a meeting that groups were being targeted, according to the watchdog's report. At the meeting, she was told that groups with "Tea Party," ''Patriot" or "9/12 Project" in their names were being flagged for additional and often burdensome scrutiny, the report says.

The criteria for flagging groups got changed in January 2012 to target "political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding Government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform/movement".

Wow! Educating Americans about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights was made a criteria for harassment and punitive treatment by the government? That's just outrageous -- the Constitutiona and Bill of Rights are the birthright of every American and every American should be educated about them.

And more outrageous is that the head of the IRS then denied this sort of targeting was going on in March of 2012. That, my friends, is perjury.

And as Legal Insurrection notes, part of a larger pattern of Obama Administration officials targeting conservatives.

No wonder the IRS has made this decision.

Which goes back to the acknowledgement of IRS wrongdoing on a Friday. The goal was obviously to bury the story and make sure that information like this, if reported, got the most limited audience possible. They needed to do so because the results of an internal investigation on the matter are set to come out in the coming week. So much for the most open and transparent administration in American history!

By the way -- such use of the IRS during the Nixon years was the basis for one of the articles of impeachment prepared against him.

So that Joe Biden quote is truly correct on this matter.

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On The Burial Of The Boston Terrorist

I'm going to probably offend some people here by saying I like the fact that Boston Marathon Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried, and disagree with those who tied to prevent his burial and those who want his body moved.

As local Muslim groups fume over the burial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev at a cemetery in central Virginia, authorities in the state say they were never consulted about it and are questioning whether any laws were broken that might allow them to 'undo' the burial.

First of all the county was not one, consulted on this particular issue. The county was not aware of this coming forward, and most importantly, the county did not provide any permission for this to happen, Floyd Thomas, Board of Supervisors Chairman, told MyFoxBoston.

He said Caroline County officials are looking into whether or not the burial at Doswell cemetery was legal and added that if it was, there is not much that the county can do now.

Yes, I've made my share of comments about finding a pig farmer who would have allowed the body to be placed under his pigsty. But the reality is that we allow even the most despicable individuals to have a last resting place in this country, and if Tsarnaev's wife wants him buried here then there is no legitimate reason to prevent it. After all, we allowed this burial of a presidential assassin.


If we can allow the family of a presidential assassin to bury his body, then surely we can do the same with Tamerlan Tsarnaev. May his corpse rot undisturbed while his soul suffers eternal torment for his evil deeds.

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Democrats Learn That Messing With Civil Rights Will Provoke Recall Efforts

And since the Second Amendment enshrines a civil right, gun control is messing with civil rights.

Colorado Democratic lawmakers who recently helped pass some of the toughest gun-control laws in the country now face the political backlash of recall efforts.

Two groups are targeting state Rep. Mike McLachlan and state Sens. Angela Giron, Evie Hudak and John Morse.

The Democrat-controlled legislature passed bills that ban magazines holding more than 15 rounds and require background checks for all gun transfers. They were signed into law in March by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

One of those facing recall is the despicable creature who dared to attack a rape victim for saying she believed that she could have prevented her sexual assault if she had been permitted to have the means to shoot her rapist.

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May 10, 2013

Worth Reading -- Progracists

Just a reminder that Progressiveness has always been a racist ideology and that it remains so today.

>What are progracists?

Progracists are people who continually classify individuals by race and yet cant see how that is racist.

Progracists hate Martin Luther King Jr.s dream of an America in which people will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character, because progressive policies are based on race consciousness, ethnic division, and identity politics.

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Progracists always accuse everyone else of racism to deflect attention from their own racist policies and beliefs.

I've noted this truth many times here on my blog -- but I love the neologism to define the so-called "progressives" as what they really are.

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Obama Scandal Of the Day #2 -- The IRS!

Early in his administration, Barack Obama made a not-too-veiled threat to abuse the IRS. Now it appears that the threat was carried out last year just as the Obama Campaign faced serious heat from his opponents.

The IRS apologized Friday for flagging Tea Party groups for a higher level of scrutiny than other organizations during the 2012 election.

Lois Lerner, the director of the agencys section that oversees tax-exempt organizations, said that career employees at an Ohio office had plucked out groups with patriot or Tea Party for additional reviews a decision she termed an error in judgment.

Those employees, Lerner told reporters on Friday, were less sensitive than they should have been about the impact this might have.

We made some mistakes, Lerner said. For that, we apologize.

Interestingly enough, the White House refuses to tell the American people when it first became aware of this abuse of power, despite the fact that conservatives complained of it in the spring of 2012 and even provided documentation of the outrageous and illegal demands being made by the tax agency -- and while the MSM applauded the effort. Also, why is it there has been no discipline -- no terminations -- of the guilty parties? Why have there not been indictments and prosecutions for what is clearly illegal activity -- and civil rights violations -- by these IRS employees?

Senate Republicans want an investigation of this outrage and House Republicans promise one after having been "misled" (lied to) last year when they looked into the matter. Even Obama supporters, allies, and ex-employees are chiming in for an investigation. And over at Legal Insurrection, we are reminded that the IRS is to be the muscle that will enforce ObamaCare's insurance provisions -- just imagine what they will be able to do once they expand their scope into every aspect of our medical records!

People need to go to jail for a very long time over this one. And who knows -- we may even find that this matter, not Fast & Furious, Benghazi, and the many other failures and atrocities of this administration may be the thing that compromises the Democrats and brings down Obama. After all, I'm old enough to remember a much more popular president going down very quickly over a third-rate second-story job.

Others writing include Sister Toldjah, NewsBusters, RWN, GayPatriot, Malkin, Hot Air, RedState

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Obama Scandal Of the Day #1 -- Benghazi!

For all the Left is trying to claim that the testimony from yesterday's Benghazi hearings has been "distorted" and shift blame elsewhere, it is quite clear that the Obama Administration spun, distorted, and lied about the tragic events in Libya last September.

Three State Department officials on Wednesday provided a riveting, emotional account of last years fatal attack on U.S. installations in eastern Libya as they accused senior government officials of withholding embarrassing facts and failing to take enough responsibility for security lapses.

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But in expanding the narrative of the intensely politicized episode, the witnesses raised fresh questions about whether then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her deputies were sufficiently engaged in assessing the security posture of diplomatic posts last year.

Speaking before the panel, they also reiterated criticism of the administrations initial reluctance to describe the attacks as premeditated terrorist acts. The Libyan government had labeled the attacks a terrorist assault, and the absence of similar descriptions from the United States made it more difficult for Libyan officials to assist the FBIs investigation of the incident, according to the former deputy chief of the U.S. mission in Libya.

It negatively affected our ability to get the FBI team quickly to Benghazi, Foreign Service officer Gregory Hicks said. President Mohamed Yusuf al-Magariaf was insulted in front of his own people. His credibility was reduced. His ability to lead his country was damaged, Hicks said.

Not only that, the Obama Administration made a scapegoat of a guy who posted a video on YouTube even though they knew within hours that this was a pre-planned terrorist attack. And while I'll concede that the guy was guilty of misconduct that objectively should have gotten his probation revoked (he violated the terms of his probation), the fact that he was looked at only because the Obama Administration took umbrage at his speech means that his current imprisonment happened because of speech that he objectively had a First Amendment right to engage in.

Is this likely to lead to impeachment? I don't know, especially with a Democrat Senate. There would need to be a much more obvious "smoking gun" to get there, and I don't even know that it would be a desirable outcome. I don't even know that this derails a Hillary Clinton bid for the White House in 2016, though in a saner world it ought to. What matters, in my opinion, is that this opens up the door to more information -- more facts -- to become public about the events in Benghazi last fall, and why Americans died while our leaders did little or nothing.

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May 08, 2013

Reject Who, Mr. President?


I'll take the advice of the Founding Fathers over the advice you gave the graduates at Ohio State, Mr. President.

Thomas Jefferson had this to say about government and tyranny.

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

Benjamin Franklin agreed.

Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.

Those who did so much to ensure our liberties warned us to be on the lookout for tyranny and to be prepared to fight it, It seems to me that those who warn us to ignore such warnings are seeking to erode those liberties.

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May 07, 2013

Apparently Rules Of Decorum Don't Apply When Insulting Ted Cruz

And when the speaker is the Senate Majority Leader.

The two senators bickered as Cruz rose to object to Reids motion to appoint conferees to a House-Senate budget committee.

He said Cruzs request to eliminate all taxes in a final House-Senate budget was absurd.

The senator from Texas was on the losing sidenow he wants us to adopt the losing sides view or we cannot go to conference, Reid said.

My friend from Texas is like a schoolyard bully, Reid added.

He pushes everybody around and is losing and instead of playing the game according to the rules, he not only takes the ball home with him, but he changes the rules that way no one wins except the bully who tries to indicate to people that he has won.

Cruz, a Tea Party darling whose rhetoric has sometimes raised eyebrows among Republicans, shot back that I wasnt aware we are in the schoolyard.

Reid cut him off saying enough.

Interestingly enough, Reid was not ruled out of order for violating the Senate's Rule XIX, specifically the part reading as follows.

2. No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.

Apparently there was nobody honest enough to call Reid on this violation -- which is why he felt it acceptable to again attack and demean Senator Cruz today.

But you know what? I'm proud my Senator is under attack from the unprincipled and unethical leader of the Senate Democrats. After all, it is proof that Ted Cruz frightens the Democrats so that they will go to any length -- including violating the Senate Rules -- to tear him down.

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May 06, 2013

I Can't Help But Notice That Enemies Of the Second Amendment Are Enemies Of The First Amendment As Well

After all, consider this editorial from a liberal editor in Colorado.

No more due process in the clear-cut case of insidious terrorism. When the facts are so clearly before all Americans, for the whole world to see, why bother with this countrys odious and cumbersome system of justice? Send the guilty monsters directly to Guantanamo Bay for all eternity and let them rot in their own mental squalor.

No, no, no. Not the wannabe sick kid who blew up the Boston marathon or the freak thats mailing ricin-laced letters to the president. Im talking about the real terrorist threat here in America: the National Rifle Association.

Free speech? Freedom of association? Petitioning the government for a redress of grievance? To this anti-gunnite, those civil rights are to be tossed on the garbage heap of history if one dares to use them on behalf of keeping the Second Amendment intact. Those who do need to be declared terrorists and imprisoned for life -- all for believing int he rights guaranteed by the US Constitution. I would argue that the author of that piece of garbage, Aurora Sentinel Dave Perry, ought to be silenced for using his position to call for the abolition of civil rights for those who dare to hold the wrong views, but I won't lower myself to his level. Indeed, I want this proto-fascist to go on publishing his rants against liberty so that the rest of the country will come to understand exactly why the Second Amendment is in the Bill of Rights to begin with -- to allow free Americans to protect their liberties from those who would strip it away.

But wait -- by taking that position I've committed treason, at least according to liberal columnist and no-think-tanker Ed Kilgore.

As Brother Benen notes this morning, the National Rifle Associations new president, James Porter of Birmingham, Alabama, likes to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment as a way to ensure the American people will be able to resist tyrannyi.e., shoot and kill law enforcement officers, members of the U.S. armed services, and presumably anyone else (you know, like their neighbors) who might disagree with their definition of their essential libertiesat some undefined point in the future. And while Ive not yet seen evidence of him calling Barack Obama a tyrant (though he has called him a fake president) Id be shocked if it doesnt exist.

So lets put it this way: Porter seems to be highly representative of the amazingly common type of contemporary conservatives who combine extremist language about their political opponents with violent language about their political optionswho in effect point their guns at liberals while making it known they and they alone will decide what liberties to surrender, democracy or laws be damned.

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Am I perhaps being unfair to these people in suggesting that they are behaving like America-haters and are flirting with treason? I dont think so. Porter and those like him could dispel this sort of suspicion instantly, any time they wanted, by just saying: Lets be clear: the kind of tyranny we are arming ourselves to forestall is something entirely different from anything Americans have experienced since we won our independencea regime engaged in the active suppression of any sort of dissent, and the closure of any peaceful means for the redress of grievances. Were not talking about the current administration, or either major political party, as presently representing a threat of tyranny.

So yeah, I'm now deemed a traitor for peacefully expressing my belief that the day may come when it will be incumbent upon Americans to take up arms against a tyrannical government in the same manner that the Founders did in 1775. Never mind, of course, that the Constitution defines treason in such a way that merely taking that theoretical position could never be deemed to be treason and the Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment protects speech to advocating that position. Dissent, once deemed patriotic, is not to be tolerated today, and questioning the patriotism of those who dissent is no longer unAmerican. After all, it's for the children.

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Why David Dewhurst Needs To Go

Rather than making sure the majority party in the Texas Senate chairs every committee, he plays footsie with the Democrats by giving them some chairmanships. The result? Bills with great popular support killed by the decision of a single member of the minority party. Take this civil rights measure blocked by Democrat John Whitmire.

Sen. John Whitmire, who is the chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee, has declined to take up the legislation, calling it very divisive and citing the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook as a reason the bill shouldnt be considered by his committee at this time.

I dont think there is any question that the tragedies around the country, most recently at Sandy Hook, put a chilling effect on broadening the right to carry on campuses and other venues, Whitmire told The Houston Chronicle last Wednesday.

Brandon Waltens, a student at Baylor University and a state leader of the Young Conservatives of Texas, said he was frustrated with the decision to block the bill.

Its an abuse of committee power, said Waltens. Its unfortunate that hes deciding to use his power as chairman of the committee to block the Senate from hearing such an important bill.

Texans support he right to keep and bear arms overwhelmingly. Unfortunately, one man has decided that allowing students and professors to have the means to defend themselves from crime on campus are being denied by David Dewhurst's hand-picked committee chairman. We need to make sure that both Dewhurst and Whitmire are both gone from state government after the 2014 election -- but especially Dewhurst, to be replaced with Jerry Patterson, a true friend of the Second Amendment.

H/T College Insurrection

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Privileged Guy With Anglo Name Declares Ted Cruz Shouldn't Be Considered Hispanic

This is a typical tactic by Democrats when a minority wanders of the plantation or hacienda -- they find some Uncle Tom or To Vendido to do the bidding of the white leadership of the Party in order to declare that independent individual to not be authentically a member of their own ethnicity.

Well, it has finally happened to Senator Ted Cruz -- and the Democrats have found a major pendejo to make the attack. Scandal-tainted former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has now thrown Cruz out of the race.

ABC: Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson joined ABC News for a web interview after his appearance on the This Week roundtable on Sunday, answering viewer questions about his time as governor, his experience meeting with the Taliban, and his thoughts on Korean ruler Kim Jong-Un. When asked about Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Richardson expressed his distaste for the senator.

Im not a fan. I know [Ted Cruz is] sort of the Republican latest flavor. Hes articulate. He seems to be charismatic, but I dont like his politics. I think he introduces a measure of incivility in the political process. Insulting people is not the way to go. But I guess hes a force in the Republican political system, but Im not a fan.

ABC News: Do you think he represents most Hispanics with his politics?

No, no. Hes anti-immigration. Almost every Hispanic in the country wants to see immigration reform. No, I dont think he should be defined as a Hispanic. Hes a politician from Texas. A conservative state. And I respect Texas choice. But what I dont like is when you try to get things done, its okay to be strong and state your views, your ideology. But Ive seen him demean the office, be rude to other senators, not be part of, I think, the civility that is really needed in Washington.

Wow! the racism there is astounding -- you only get to be Hispanic if you hold the right political opinions. Odd, isn't it, that the son of a Citibank executive with an Anglo name gets to declare the self-made son of a Cuban political refugee to not be Hispanic. But this isn't the first such attack, and won't be the last. But I'll keep on judging Cruz and Richardson by the content of their characters rather than the color of their skins -- and will therefore find Ted Cruz to be superior to the corrupt Democrat Richardson every time.

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May 05, 2013

Ted Cruz Defends US Constition

This is what conservatism sounds like!

"It seems to me that when the Constitution says the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, that means the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The Constitution matters. All of the Constitution. Its not pick and choose. Its not take what part you like and get rid of the parts you dont like. For some reason Obama liberals want to disregard the First Amendment and take away our right to speak and political speech. For some reason they want to disregard the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. And, for some reason the Obama liberals want to disregard the Tenth Amendment and implement Obamacare and take away our liberties. Every word of the Constitution matters. It is our fundamental protection of our liberties against the government."

I could not say it better myself.

That's why I look forward to one day voting for Ted Cruz for President of the United States.

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SC Democrat Chairman Is Truly A Racist Dick

There is no other way to describe the chairman of the South Carolina Democrat party. Just consider what came out of the mouth of South Carolina Democrat Dick Harpootlian at a fundraiser for the South Carolina Democrat Party featuring Vice President Biden, Congressional candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch and the party's presumptive 2014 gubernatorial candidate.

South Carolina Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlian is getting some heat today for a comment he made about that states Republican governor at Friday nights Jefferson-Jackson dinner, shortly before Vice President Joe Biden took the stage. Harpootlians comment came during his introduction of South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen. In about 18 months from now, he said, hopefully hell have sent Nikki Haley back to wherever the hell she came from.

The comment drew cheers and laughs from the audience in attendance, but Harpootlian is now facing harsh criticism, given Governor Nikki Haleys Indian heritage. Unfortunately, this seems to be a trend coming from the South Carolina Democratic Party, Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey said in a statement. Fortunately, the people of South Carolina are better than Harpootlian and his ilk, and we have faith that they will see right through their consistent attempts to play to the lowest common denominator.

Racist Dick Harpootlian has tried to "clarify" his comment to explain it away, but that doesn't cut it. After all, this is not the first racist attack on Haley by the head of the South Carolina branch of the Party of Slavery, Segregation, and the Klan -- there is this one from two years ago.

South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian said the 2001 document the party unearthed shows the 39-year-old Haley plays on her race for political convenience.

"She can't even tell the truth about her racial heritage," Harpootlian said.

That issue came up because she signed a form completed by a state computer that listed her as white and there is not an option on the form to answer "NONE OF YOUR F&*$ING BUSINESS" to the race question.

Of course, there are other hateful comment from Racist Dick about Governor Haley. There's this one from last September.

But maybe we should not be surprised, given his sexist attack last spring on Governor Haley.

South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian has gone on the offensive against the Palmetto States Republican Governor Thursday. Harpootlian told the press that Haley reminded him of The Jersey Shores Nicole Snooki Pollizzi and Reality Star Tramp Kim Kardashian.

Harpootlian criticized Haley in a press release over how shes demonstrated her support for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Apparently Harpootlian has a problem with women and racial minorities who don't know their place and who rise to positions of power and influence through their own merits rather than through Democrat-sponsored affirmative action quotas.

But if we are going to send those with unusual names or exotic heritage "back where they came from", let's deal with the most obvious issue -- what sort of name is "Harpootlian"? From what I understand, it is Armenian -- meaning that his family origin is Asian, though I'm sure he classifies himself as white on his driver's license and voter registration documents. I won't, however, suggest sending Harpootlian "back where he came from" -- we don't send Americans back to the lands of their ancestors because of political disputes, and the good people of Armenia don't deserve to have Racist Dick inflicted upon them even if we did.

So, my fellow Americans, what are we to do? That's easy -- reject the Party of Slavery, Segregation, and the Klan (the natural home of folks like Racist Dick Harpootlian) and instead vote for members of America's only party that can legitimately claim to have opposed racism and supported racial equality since the day of its creation, the GOP. No wonder that the most prominent racial and ethnic minorities in politics today are Republicans -- we accept people based upon the content of their character not the color of their skin or homeland of their ancestors.

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Watcher's Council Results

Here are this weeks full results.

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

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May 04, 2013

Maybe The Schools Should Close For Eid

Of course, it all depends upon how many Muslims there are in the district.

Schools are usually closed on Easter Monday and Rosh Hashanahwhy not Eid al-Fitr?

Thats the question Mimi Hassanein, a resident of Brinkow, Md., asks herself every time the Eids fall on a school day. The two most important Islamic holidays Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha are traditionally spent praying and feasting with family and friends. But Hassanein says that every year, her grandchildren and other Muslim youth in her school district are forced to choose between their religion and their grades.

Of course its hard when they miss a class and have to make up an exam, the grandmother told the New York Daily News. But its like asking them to go to school on Christmas.

Hassanein says the debate is an old one in the Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) system. It echoes similar discussions brought up by Muslim activists across America. Public schools need a valid secular reason to institute a new holiday otherwise, they would appear to be favoring a specific religion. But the fact remains that many American school districts have historically scheduled breaks around religious holidays. Following state mandates, MCPS closes for Christmas, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah and Passover.

How many Muslim students are we talking about in the district? I ask because I believe that at a certain point it becomes obligatory to close for a faith's major religious holidays. After all, it isn't just a question of student convenience -- it is also a question of funding formulas that rely upon student attendance. If you reach a threshold percentage of students who who will insist upon taking a certain day off for religious (or other) reasons, then the schools ought to be closed.

Unfortunately, this article does not provide the percentages for the school system in question, so I can't say whether or not I agree with those calling for the calendar change.

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I'll Freely Concede I'm One of Them

One of whom, you might wonder. One of the 29% mentioned in this poll.

Twenty-nine percent of registered voters think that an armed revolution might be necessary in the next few years in order to protect liberties, according to a Public Mind poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

The poll, which surveyed 863 registered voters and had a margin of error of +/-3.4, focused on both gun control and the possibility of a need for an armed revolution in the United States to protect liberty.

The survey asked whether respondents agreed, disagreed, neither agreed nor disagreed or did not know or refused to respond to the statement: "In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties"

Twenty-nine percent said they agreed, 47 percent said they disagreed, 18 percent said they neither agreed nor disagreed, 5 percent said they were unsure, and 1 percent refused to respond.

Now before you think I'm some sort of nut-job who wants to get rid of the black man in the White House, let me clarify -- if we were magically transported to a world were Ronald Reagan was president, we had the GOP Congress elected in 1994 in the Capitol and a solid majority of nine conservative justices on the Supreme Court, I would STILL believe that armed revolution might be necessary in the next few years. You see, I ALWAYS believe that to be the case because I share a healthy suspicion of government with the men who adopted the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. I recognize, like Jefferson, that governments can and do become a threat to our rights and at such point need to be "altered or abolished" by We the People. A stern vigilance of government is always necessary, as is a firm willingness to act to make the necessary change by whatever means are necessary at a particular point in time.

But let me concede that I am quite troubled by that figure that 29% of those surveyed believe we might need an armed revolution in the next few years -- if we were still a nation made up of men and women like those of the founding generation that number would be significantly higher. That the number is so low in a day and age when we have an administration that claims the right to summarily execute American citizens using military drones without charge or trial and state and local government claim the right to regulate even the size of our soft drinks ought to be of concern to every lover of liberty.

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Biden Praises Slur-Slinging Segregationist Who Raised Rebel Flag Over State Capitol

It would be a national story if Biden were a Republican.

Of course, let's remember some things about Fritz Hollings.

Wanna bet that Biden again gets a pass for his racial insensitivity?

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UT Student Becomes Second Amendment Hero

Hey, Obama and Bloomberg -- you can't take our guns when we are easily able to make more ourselves!

Eight months ago, Cody Wilson set out to create the worlds first entirely 3D-printable handgun.

Now he has.

Early next week, Wilson, a 25-year University of Texas law student and founder of the non-profit group Defense Distributed, plans to release the 3D-printable CAD files for a gun he calls the Liberator, pictured in its initial form above. Hes agreed to let me document the process of the guns creation, so long as I dont publish details of its mechanics or its testing until its been proven to work reliably and the file has been uploaded to Defense Distributeds online collection of printable gun blueprints at

That's "shall not be infringed", boys -- and thanks to the Liberator you won't be able to infringe upon it.

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May 02, 2013

A Question For Barack Obama On The Morning After Pill

I'm likely to give offense with this post to some who think I am trying to be offensive. That is not my goal or intent, but I know that writing on this topic and even mentioning one of Barack Obama's daughters is likely to outrage the sensibilities of some and draw accusations that I am attacking that child or questioning Barack Obama's fitness as a parent. I swear that I intend to do neither, and will frame my words as respectfully as I know how. I apologize in advance to any who read my words and conclude that I have failed in that effort. In return I request that folks keep an open mind on what follows.

This statement made by the President today regarding the "Morning After pill" raises questions in my mind.

President Obama on Thursday said he is "very comfortable" with a new rule issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that would allow women ages 15 and older to buy the emergency contraceptive known as Plan B without a prescription.

"The rule that's been put forward by the FDA, [Health] Secretary [Kathleen] Sebelius has reviewed, she's comfortable with it I'm comfortable with it," Obama said at a press conference in Mexico City.

Obama said he understood that there was "solid scientific evidence" that the contraception was safe for girls of that age.

So let's get down to the nitty-gritty on this one, Mr. President -- some questions I'd like to put to you not just as the head of the Executive Branch, but also as the father of a teenage girl.

On July 4, Malia Obama will reach her 15th birthday.

Are you truly "very comfortable" that this medication will be legally available to your oldest daughter without prescription?

Are you truly "very comfortable" that she will be able to acquire this medication without any consultation with a physician?

Are you truly "very comfortable" that she will be able to acquire this medication without any involvement by you and her mother -- indeed, without your knowledge?

It is all well and good to take the cold blooded position that the science allegedly says it is safe for 15-year-olds to take this medication without medical supervision or consultation, but we both this is a matter that impacts entire families. You live with with a teenage girl and know from personal experience what they are like, how confused and confusing they really are. I know what I see on a daily basis as these precious youngsters move in and out of my classroom, and so I can only imagine what you see with one in the house with you. But my experience as a classroom teacher for nearly two decades causes me to have some questions for you.

Or maybe I should just ask you this one question that sums the others up -- did you think as a responsible parent as well as government official, and how did that consideration color your view?

I only wish I had any chance of getting an answer from you.

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Wow! This Is Troubling

I understand wanting to check out people who are exhibiting signs of mental illness, but given what this Sheriff says he is looking for, I am concerned.

Florida House and Senate budget leaders have awarded Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw $1 million for a new violence prevention unit aimed at preventing tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., from occurring on his turf.

Bradshaw plans to use the extra $1 million to launch prevention intervention units featuring specially trained deputies, mental health professionals and caseworkers. The teams will respond to citizen phone calls to a 24-hour hotline with a knock on the door and a referral to services, if needed.

* * *

We want people to call us if the guy down the street says he hates the government, hates the mayor and hes gonna shoot him, Bradshaw said. What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, Hey, is everything OK?

So, law enforcement wants you to report folks who say they hate the government or some public official? Thats sure troubling heck, anyone who understands the principles underlying the Constitution has to have a fundamental mistrust of government and contempt for efforts to expand its authority at the expense of individual liberty. The content of this blog would be sufficient to get the cops to my house at least three times a week if I lived in Palm Beach County.

Which is not to say that I want to shoot public officials or anyone else I dont. I hope it goes without saying we ought to be reporting those who say they do, regardless of who their target is or what their reasons are. And it should not take an extra $1 million in taxpayer cash to encourage such reports and get law enforcement to respond.

H/T Jawa Report

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May 01, 2013

It's Dead, Jim!

This was the headline on a local news station's story today:

Just how healthy is your ground turkey?

My response -- "Not very, since it's already dead."

Groan at your leisure.

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