Senate judiciary committee kills Ted Cruz bill requiring IRS impartiality
This is truly amazing. Remember how the IRS was used as political weapon by the Obama administration in order to help his reelection chances in 2012? The political targeting was so awful that the leftist media was even forced to report on it, causing many Democrats to feign outrage at the acts. But when they had the chance recently to prevent this type of targeting from ever happening again, they voted it down.
From Liberty Unyielding:
Nine Democrat senators — eight of whom are up for re-election this year — killed a measure to prohibit political discrimination by IRS employees.
The Senate Judiciary Committee defeated an amendment by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Titled “Intentional Discrimination by Employees of the Internal Revenue Service,” the measure stated:
“(a) Offense. — It shall be unlawful for any officer of the Internal Revenue Service to, regardless of whether the officer or employee is acting under the color of law, willfully act with the intent to injure, oppress, threaten, intimidate or single out and subject to undue scrutiny for purposes of harassment any person or organization of any state –
“(1) based solely or primarily on the political, economic or social positions held or expressed by the person or organization; or
“2) because the person or organization has expressed a particular political, economic, or social position using any words of writing allowed by law.”
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Let’s translate this text a bit:
If you work for the IRS, it is illegal for you to discriminate against people because of their political beliefs.
That’s it. That’s what they had a problem with.
Every Senator who voted against this bill was a Democrat. Here’s a list:
- Patrick Leahy of Vermont — 202 224-4242
- Dianne Feinstein of California — 202 224-3841
- Charles Schumer of New York — 202-224-6542
- Richard Durbin of Illinois — 202 224-2152
- Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island — 202-224-2921
- Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota — 202-224-3244
- Al Franken of Minnesota — 202 224-5641
- Chris Coons of Delaware — 202 224-5042
- Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut — 202 224-2823
- Mazie Hirono of Hawaii — 202 224-6361
If you live in any of these Senators’ states, be sure to contact them and share your disapproval of their decision to stand for government discrimination. Unfortunately, the only one up for reelection this year is Dick Durbin.
10:21 am • 7 March 2014 • View comments
Just 10% of uninsured Americans have signed up for Obamacare
We’ve always known that the goal of the so-called Affordable Care Act was to usher in a government-run, single-payer system. Even the architect of obamacare said recently that you can get ready to “kiss your insurance company goodbye forever" as a result of the law.
But that’s not exactly how the law was sold to the American people by Democrats, is it? What was it they said again? Oh yeah, “this law is for the poor, uninsured people who can’t get insurance.” If that’s the case, it’s a miserable failure even by its own standard. Apparently only 1 in 10 eligible, uninsured people have bothered to sign up.
From the ultra right-wing, obamacare-hating, small-government folks at WaPo:
The new health insurance marketplaces appear to be making little headway in signing up Americans who lack insurance, the Affordable Care Act’s central goal, according to a pair of new surveys.
Only one in 10 uninsured people who qualify for private plans through the new marketplaces enrolled as of last month, one of the surveys shows. The other found that about half of uninsured adults have looked for information on the online exchanges or planned to look.
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Just to reiterate, only 1 in 10 have purchased insurance and, of the rest, only “about half” even plan on perusing the site to look at prices.
Furthermore, notice that this information comes from private surveys, not from actual sign-up data provided by the federal government. Why is that, you ask? Because, this:
Wait. What? Wasn’t that the entire point of the law? And you don’t think that collecting data to determine its success might be something that you should be doing?
The list of unbelievable disasters regarding Obamacare grows longer every day. This law needs to be repealed.
1:20 am • 7 March 2014 • View comments
Florida woman may receive 60 years for firing a warning shot in self defense
This story is unbelievable. A woman who, acting in self-defense, shot a warning shot in the vicinity of her husband, was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2012. She is in the process of appealing however, on the grounds that the judge inexplicably made her bare the burden of proof. What’s worse, the prosecution now wants to give her 60 years in prison because her husband had two of his children with him at the time of the warning shot.
In a few months, Marissa Alexander, the Jacksonville, Florida, woman who received a 20-year mandatory minimum sentence in 2012 for firing a gun during a fight with her abusive husband, will have a second chance to make her case that she was acting in self-defense. Alexander, who says she fired a warning shot because she was afraid her husband would seriously injure or kill her, won a second trial by arguing on appeal that Circuit Judge James Daniel erroneously imposed the burden of proof on her in his jury instructions. But thanks to another decision by the same appeals court, Alexander’s prison term if she is convicted this time around could be three times as long as the one she originally received—effectively a life sentence for actions that injured no one.
Alexander, who was freed on bail last November after 21 months behind bars, is charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon because her husband was accompanied by two of his children during the confrontation. Under Florida’s notoriously harsh sentencing rules for crimes involving guns, each of those counts carries a 20-year term. Daniel made the terms concurrent, since all three charges arose from the same act. But last year the First District Court of Appeal ruled that state law “expressly authorizes consecutive mandatory minimum sentences” in such a situation.
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So, a woman, acting in self-defense, fires a weapon purposely avoiding any human targets, no one is killed, no one gets hurt and the State of Florida is demanding that she spend 60 years in prison for it? Seriously, what is happening?
Much like the Tennessee student who was suspended for the innocent actions of his father, this is yet another example of “zero tolerance” rules punishing innocent people. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with zero tolerance, so long as they apply to real crimes, not fake ones.
12:42 am • 6 March 2014 • View comments
Sigh. Lawless president issues yet another unconstitutional Obamacare delay
"That’s the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want.” -Barack Obama
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. President Obama has unconstitutionally delayed a portion of his signature health care plan.
From the Washington Examiner:
A supposedly temporary “fix” that President Obama announced in November to address the problem of the millions of Americans who lost coverage as a result of his health care law has now been extended through Oct. 1, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday.
In an attempt to limit the disruption to the insurance industry that would be caused by the move, HHS also announced that the “risk corridor” program (which has been described as a “bailout” to insurers) would be further modified to funnel more money to insurers in states affected by the change.
The move, which the Hill reported on earlier this week, comes as vulnerable Democrats are struggling to defend their support for Obamacare in a midterm election year.
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Again (depending on your point of view, this may or may not be a rhetorical question), if Obamacare is so swell, why do so many parts of it need to be changed and delayed illegally?
(In case you’re wondering why I keep referring to the Obamacare delays as “illegal”, here is an exhaustive list of the types of laws that the Constitution allows the president to pass or change via executive order.)
Furthermore, he understands fully that these delays are unconstitutional but does them anyway….and mocks those who call him on it.
Obamacare is the worst thing to happen to America in a long time. It must be repealed.
9:57 pm • 5 March 2014 • View comments
Latest data: There’s been no global warming for more than 17 years
I imagine that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to be an AGW believer when graphs like the one above exist.
From Watts Up With That?:
Seventeen and a half years. Not a flicker of global warming. The RSS satellite record, the first of the five global-temperature datasets to report its February value, shows a zero trend for an impressive 210 months.
Why did none of the vaunted models predict this long hiatus, stasis, pause, halt, rest, interval, intermission, break, time out, vacation, furlough, gap, plateau, or flat spot?
Read it here (H/T WZ)
Oh, sure, they’ll continue to spout a litany of excuses for why it’s not warming:
- The oceans are absorbing the heat
- It was bad luck because there was a natural cooling period that happened to coincide with many of the predictions
- Volcanic activity is cooling the Earth
- An unusual amount of cloud cover is reflecting light
Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that a combination of these things are true and that there would be warming without them. Why didn’t any of the models take of this into account and accurately predict global temperatures? Isn’t it natural to be skeptical of predictions that obviously weren’t thorough with the data they used?
How many years of relatively flat average global temperatures do we need before we can have our light bulbs back?
9:28 am • 5 March 2014 • View comments
Told you so! We could see Obama’s conflict with Russia coming from miles away!
So many liberals are eating crow this week as conservative warnings about Vladimir Putin’s Russia are finally coming to fruition. The sad thing is that our pie-in-the-sky leadership under Obama has been caught completely off guard in the treacherous conflict in Ukraine.
Some bloggers have been scouring the internet wayback machine for some of the most egregiously wrongheaded predictions out there:
There was Blake Hounsnell over at Politico who mocked Sarah Palin’s prediction of conflict with Russia over Ukraine:
A very begrudging Huffington Post admits that Palin was right:
There was Time Magazine holding onto their delusions as recently as a week ago:
There was Chris Matthews, who ridiculed Mitt Romney for suggesting that Russia could become a problem:
The liberals over at The New Republic are finally admitting that Romney was right:
So is The Atlantic:
I could keep going here, but I think you get the picture. I want to leave you with the most damning example of delusional liberal foreign policy, and it comes from none other than our Commander in Chief Barack Obama:
11:56 am • 4 March 2014 • View comments
Hey progressives, just admit it. Obamacare is a disaster
I know, I know. Progressives always have an anecdote: “But, but, my brother’s son’s friend’s cousin’s mom is able to get insurance now.” Just stop it. It’s time to admit what everyone knows: Obamacare sucks. It’s not just a kind of sort of ill-conceived law that needs tweaking. It’s a disaster. It’s awful. It’s horrendous. It’s a pure, unadulterated a train wreck. It needs to be repealed.
10:49 pm • 2 March 2014 • View comments
Obama disapproval hits all-time high
Don’t look now, but Obama’s approval rating is tanking. It’s anybody’s guess as to why. Maybe it’s the unbelievably bad economy. Maybe it’s Obamacare. Maybe it’s the fact that he more resembles an emperor than a president. Regardless of the reason, I think it’s safe to say that we’re about to see a massive push for a myriad of left-wing causes.
2:20 pm • 1 March 2014 • View comments
Dems looking to regulate e-cigarette advertisements now
Un. Be. Lievable. For those of you who are hesitant to embrace the idea of unbridled liberty, allow this to be an object lesson. E-cigarettes, the electronic version of cigarettes that produce water vapor instead of smoke, are already inexplicably heavily regulated in some parts of the United States (which is utterly ludicrous on it’s face). But now the totalitarian left is looking to regulate the mere advertising of e-cigarettes.
From the Daily Caller:
California Sen. Barbara Boxer, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin and three other Democrats introduced a bill on Wednesday that would regulate electronic cigarette marketing while the industry awaits guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration.
The Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act would allow the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to “determine what constitutes marketing e-cigarettes to children, and would allow the FTC to work with states attorneys general to enforce the ban.”
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No smoking. No fake smoking. And now, no advertising for fake smoking. Big government never sleeps. It will always look to take away liberty. That’s what it does.
Unless we embrace liberty (for those with whom we agree and disagree) and view issues principally and not emotionally, tyranny will creep in. It always does. Tyranny can take many forms — some large and some seemingly small. Sometimes it’s in the form of light bulb ban or e-cigarette advertising regulation and sometimes it’s in the form of a hostile takeover of the entire healthcare industry or the targeting of political enemies by massive arms of the federal government. But it’s all tyranny.
9:49 am • 27 February 2014 • View comments
Hey, you know who really hates Obamacare? The uninsured.
It would be nearly impossible to count the number of lies this administration had to tell the American people in order to get Obamacare passed. Lies like: “If you like you health care plan, you can keep it" or "We’re not cutting medicare" or "It will cost less than a trillion dollars" or "Death panels? What death panels?”, etc. But no list of Obamacare lies would be complete without the whopper that was the supposed entire premise of Obamacare in the first place: “It’s for the uninsured.”
But you know what’s funny? It turns out that the uninsured don’t like it all that much.
From the Daily Caller:
Americans without health insurance have never seen Obamacare is such a negative light.
Kaiser Family Foundation’s monthly health tracking poll found that in February, 56 percent of the uninsured view the Affordable Care Act unfavorably.
The percentage of uninsured with a positive view reached its lowest point since Kaiser began tracking reactions in March 2010 when Obamacare was passed into law. Just 22 percent of uninsured Americans have a generally favorable opinion about the law.
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How’s that for irony? The throngs of uninsured, you know, the ones who were supposed to be the major beneficiaries of Obamacare, hate it.
Can we repeal it, now? Pretty please?
12:21 am • 27 February 2014 • View comments
TN father accidentally leaves fishing knife in car, son gets suspended from school
Are we really to the point where a father (who is a commercial fisherman) can accidentally leave a fishing knife in his car get his son suspended for it? Sadly yes…even in Tennessee.
From News Channel 5:
A high school student in Montgomery County has been suspended after school officials found a knife inside his father’s car.
David Duren-Sanner should be spending his time going through college and scholarship applications this time of year.
Instead, he’s wondering if he’ll even be able to graduate after what hundreds of people are calling an overreaction to a mistake.
On Thursday, Duren-Sanner, a senior at Northeast High School drove his father’s car to school. During a random lockdown, his car was chosen to be searched.
Duren-Sanner gave permission because he said he had nothing to hide.
His father is a commercial fisherman on the West Coast and had apparently left a fishing knife in the car. Duren-Sanner’s father said it might have been wedged between one of the seats.
Duren-Sanner said he told school officials and the Sheriff’s department the car was his father’s and he didn’t know the knife was in it.
"He’s like ‘it doesn’t matter it was in your possession anyway,’" Duren-Sanner said.
School officials suspended him for 10 days, the maximum allowed under school policy, and then he was reprimanded to attend 90 days at an alternative school.
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So, let’s get this straight. A sharp object was found in a car that belonged to the father of a student. No one was injured. No one was threatened. The sharp object wasn’t shown to anyone. No one even knew that the sharp object was there. And because some men with guns found the sharp object, the boy was suspended. This is so ludicrous I don’t even know where to begin. It’s stupefying.
As an aside, can’t pens and pencils be used as very dangerous weapons if a crazed student wanted to use them in such a way? (Hint: yes.) We should start suspending all kids who bring pencils. You know, in the spirit of Zero tolerance.
Things like this must stop. They have to. But they’re not going to stop on their own. They will continue to happen until the people in these communities start protesting, suing and publicly humiliating the nanny-state do-gooders who feel it is both their right and responsibility to control the lives of others.
Exit question: Wasn’t there a time in America when boys were encouraged to bring pocket knives to school. What happened?
10:39 am • 26 February 2014 • View comments
Feel good story of the day: Will Ferrell shows support for Obamacare on Facebook, gets lambasted
We all know Will Ferrell. He’s the comedian/actor who likes to demonize CEOs for making money while he rakes in $20 to $40 million per movie. In fact, he’s so grossly overpaid, he topped Forbes’ list of most overpaid actors in 2010. But I digress. He recently thought it would be a good idea to advertise for Obamacare on Facebook. He thought wrong.
Will Ferrell is the latest celebrity enlisted to help pitch the Affordable Care Act to the so-called “young invincible” crowd that needs to sign up in large numbers for the law to function…
…But Ferrell’s #GetCovered post on Facebook on Monday led to an acidic sea of comments — over 4,000 and counting at press time, almost all of them negative.
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Here are few of the comments:
Hey, actors, stop wading into politics. You automatically marginalize half of your fans. It’s not a good move.
11:14 pm • 25 February 2014 • View comments
Huffpo apparently turning into The Onion
The picture you see above is not a fake image, nor it is a joke (although it should be). This is an actual Huffpo hit piece on Scott Walker. I really couldn’t believe it when I saw it. The article alleges that Scott Walker began campaigning too early when he ran for student body president….in 1988.
From The Huffington Post:
"There is a pattern in Scott Walker’s career where he gets caught knowing about illegal activity…
In 1988, Walker wanted to become president of the school’s student government, known as the Associated Students at Marquette University. He was running against John Quigley, a liberal student, in a race that became incredibly contentious. Election rules said that presidential candidates could not begin campaigning until after they registered, which started on Feb. 3.
Walker, however, was caught campaigning on Jan. 24.
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I’m literally embarrassed for Huffpo right now. Do they even have a clue that their blind partisanship makes them look like complete imbeciles?
But more than that, the amount of real, genuine corruption, cover-ups and lawlessness infiltrating the current administration is enough to make Nixon blush and the Huffington Post decides to run a hit-piece on Scott Walker’s race for class president 26 years ago. Facepalm.
I guess they don’t like billion dollar surpluses.
9:44 am • 25 February 2014 • View comments
2/3rds of small businesses will see insurance premium spike because of Obamacare
No wonder Mr. Obama decided to unconstitutionally delay the healthcare mandate for businesses. It is estimated that 2/3rds of small businesses will see an increase in health insurance premiums as a direct result of Obamacare. And who’s responsible for that estimation?
A crazy, right-wing extremist group, obviously The federal government.
About two-thirds of Americans who work at small businesses will see health-insurance premiums increase under Obamacare, according to a new federal report.
The higher premiums will affect about 11 million Americans, according to the report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The report also estimated an additional 6 million individuals will see reductions in their premiums.
…”The bad news keeps mounting and our nation’s best job creators are paying the price,” said House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) in a statement. “Earlier this month, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office provided economic data that echoed what many small businesses have been telling us – that the health law is killing jobs and harming the economy,” Graves said.
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I’m not sure how (or if) Obamcare supporters will attempt to spin this one. My guess is it will be something like: “Now you’ll have less money to waste money on stuff you don’t need! O’care is great!”
Obamcare is a disaster and it must be repealed. Don’t believe the naysayers who say that the law is “here to stay.” I will not accept that. It’s killing the medical industry, it’s taking away liberty, it’s creating doctor shortages, it’s costing many times the amount Obama said it would, it’s horrible for jobs and the economy in general, and it’s doing all this while raising the price of health care…for everyone. It’s never been about health care. It’s about government control. If we can’t get rid of something as horrific as Obamacare, we can’t do anything.
8:55 am • 25 February 2014 • View comments
Another one bites the dust! Piers Morgan’s primetime show on CNN getting cancelled
As CNN plans an end to Piers Morgan’s show, one thing is for sure: nobody will miss him. Conservatives can’t stand this pompous British windbag who constantly picks at the US and it’s Constitution. And liberals…well, they didn’t watch his show either, which is why it had such terrible ratings.
There have been times when the CNN host Piers Morgan didn’t seem to like America very much — and American audiences have been more than willing to return the favor. Three years after taking over for Larry King, Mr. Morgan has seen the ratings for “Piers Morgan Live” hit some new lows, drawing a fraction of viewers compared with competitors at Fox News and MSNBC.
It’s been an unhappy collision between a British television personality who refuses to assimilate — the only football he cares about is round and his lectures on guns were rife with contempt — and a CNN audience that is intrinsically provincial. After all, the people who tune into a cable news network are, by their nature, deeply interested in America.
CNN’s president, Jeffrey Zucker, has other problems, but none bigger than Mr. Morgan and his plum 9 p.m. time slot. Mr. Morgan said last week that he and Mr. Zucker had been talking about the show’s failure to connect and had decided to pull the plug, probably in March.
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10:40 pm • 23 February 2014 • View comments