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Nation

100 Percent of 501(c)(4) Groups Audited by Obama IRS Were Conservative: TPNN
Nobody Trusts the Government: Daniel Greenfield
Ron Fournier on Obamacare: White House thinks Americans are stupid: Scoop

Primary Them All: Erick Erickson
12 GOP Senators Join Democrats to Increase the Debt Ceiling: TPNN
Why bumbling, buffoonish, incoherent Speaker Boehner capitulated: Russell Berman

An Orwellian nation of Obamathink: Victor Davis Hanson
Did I Move?: Ann Coulter
Does Obamacare cover Nancy Pelosi’s much-needed psychiactric care?: Nice Deb

No Wonder Obama Was so Desperate to Pack the D.C. Circuit: Commentary
CMS announces Obamacare site will be down two critical days this month: Toldjah
Wendy Davis totally supports that 20-week abortion ban now: NakedDC

Economy

Michelle O.’s Dinner Dress Cost More Than Annual US Poverty Level: GWP
Obamacare, the Jobs Killer: James Hall
Stakes Just Raised In UAW Bid To Unionize VW…: LUR

Scandal Central

DOJ Argues Against Rules to Prevent Foreigners From Voting: J. Christian Adams
New Benghazi Bombshell – House Report Blames White House For Security Lapse: NoisyRm
JW Gets Map of Military Fleet Positions During Benghazi Attack: Judicial Watch

Apparently they won’t be exactly running on Obamacare after all: Ace
Ohio National Guard Training Envisions Right-Wing Terrorism: Jesse Hathaway
Alabama State Representative: I Object to a Biracial Marriage: Ace

Climate & Energy

The One-Party State of Climatestan: Mark Steyn
Good News: EPA unilaterally redraws borders of Wyoming: Judson Berger
Justin Gillis, New York Times’ Environmental “journalist”, still trying to salvage global warming scam: WUWT

Media

My Fourth Open Letter to Mike Lawlor: Of anti-Catholic jihads and spitting on your heritage.: SSI
Tweet o’ the day: WZ
#BOWDOWNWednesday: Frugal fashionistas show Michelle Obama how it’s done: Twitchy

CNN Report On Ray Nagin Corruption Lacks Single Mention of the Word Democrat: Glob
Mayhem At FL State Fair: Hundreds Of Black/Hispanics Riot and Fight With Police: Treehouse
White House transcript hides Obama’s chattering-class gaffe : DC

Liberal Constitutional Lawyer: left SILENT on Obama lawlessness because of ‘CULT OF PERSONALITY’: Scoop
Wake Me When Someone ‘Comes Out’ — As a Black Republican: Larry Elder
BuzzFeed Ignores Wendy Davis Flip Flop On Late Term Abortions: Glob

World

Venezuela: Huge demonstrations UPDATED: Fausta
Egypt: U.S. Embassy official in contact with Muslim Brotherhood arrested: Robert Spencer
Obama’s partner in peace, Iran: We’re ready for ‘decisive battle’ with Israel, US: Times of Israel

Europe Considers Wholesale Savings Confiscation, Enforced Redistribution: ZH
All You-Know-What Is Breaking Loose In Venezuela: Stephen Kruiser
Ten reasons why the BDS movement is immoral and hinders peace: Alan M. Dershowitz

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Admiral: ‘Iron Man’ Prototypes Coming in June: DefTech
Amid political pressure, FCC to propose Net neutrality fix: Marguerite Reardon
Genome of America’s Only Clovis Skeleton Reveals Origins of Native Americans: Western Digs

Cornucopia

Michael Behenna wins parole!: Allen West
The Gigapixel ArtZoom of Seattle: American Digest
Towering Over Our Little French Friend in Tall Cotton…Candy: MOTUS

Image: Michelle O.’s Dinner Dress Cost More Than Annual US Poverty Level
Sponsored by: HAD ENOUGH? Help Fire Mitch McConnell — Support Matt Bevin for U.S. Senate

QOTD: “I’m afraid this is beginning to border on a cult of personality for people on the left. I happen to agree with many of President Obama’s policies. But in our system it is often as important how you how you do something as what you do. I think that many people will look back at this period in history and see nothing but confusion as to why people remained so silent when the president asserted these types of unilateral actions. You have a president who is claiming the right to basically rewrite or ignore or negate federal laws. That is a very dangerous thing. It has nothing to do with the policies, it has to do with the power…

…A system in which a single individual is allowed to rewrite legislation or ignore legislation is a system that borders on authoritarianism. I don’t believe that we are that system yet. But we cannot ignore that we’re beginning to become a system that is a pretense of democracy if a president is allowed to take a law and just simply say I’m going to ignore this, or I’m going to shift funds that weren’t appropriated by Congress to this area.

The president’s state of the union indicated this type of unilateralism that he has adopted as a policy. Now, many people view that as somehow it is empowering. In my view it is dangerous, that what he is suggesting is to essentially put our system off line. This is not the first time that convenience has become the enemy of principle. But we’ve never seen it to this extent.” –Constitutional Lawyer Jonathan Turley, a liberal

Doug Ross @ Journal

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Calls for Government Persecution of Tea Party Groups and Pro-Israel Jews

Guest post by Investor’s Business Daily

Free Speech: The IRS scandal is not only not over but is getting worse, with a call by New York’s senior senator for the already-politicized agency to use its power to tax to destroy the conservative grass-roots movement.

Arguing that the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision allowed Tea Party groups to “funnel millions of undisclosed dollars into campaigns with ads that distort the truth and attack government,” Charles Schumer wants the IRS and other government agencies to take on the Tea Party through their administrative powers.

“It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as the House of Representatives is in Republican control, but there are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies,” Schumer said in a speech before the leftist think tank Center for American Progress.

Calling for the IRS to use its powers to resume war on the First Amendment and free speech he doesn’t like in the hopes of electing more Democrats, Schumer said: “We must redouble those efforts immediately.”

Schumer was the author of the 2010 Disclose Act that failed to make it through Congress but would have required the disclosure of corporate donors to tax-exempt organizations, and membership and donor lists of the groups running “issue” ads.

“The bill was designed to embarrass companies,” Schumer admitted, and its “deterrent effect should not be underestimated.”

Advocating the use of government power to harass and intimidate political opponents is nothing new to Schumer. Along with Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Tom Udall of New Mexico and Al Franken of Minnesota, he sent a similar letter to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman in February 2012 asking the IRS to investigate 12 conservative groups he accused of violating their tax-exempt status and engaging in coordinated political activity.

This effort to use government power to fundamentally transform our political system more along the lines of the Venezuelan model includes new IRS rules for 501(c)(4) organizations that would redefine “candidate-related political activity” and make virtually everything such tax-exempt political groups do a taxable activity.

Washington, D.C., attorney Cleta Mitchell, who represents a number of the Tea Party groups targeted by the IRS, says that under the new rules candidate-related activities would cover just about everything a 501(c)(4) typically does, including candidate debates, guides for voting, lobbying at the grass roots, issue advocacy as well as any public statements by officers of 501(c)(4)s that reference incumbents and candidates.

Schumer’s call for government to punish its political enemies comes at the same time the IRS is conducting a Hollywood witch hunt openly targeting for “special scrutiny” a group known as the Friends of Abe. Named after Abraham Lincoln, it has about 1,500 members involved in various aspects of the film industry who meet to discuss politics and listen to conservative leaders.

The group doesn’t engage in overt political activities or endorse candidates. It functions as a sort of a conservative support group for Hollywood conservatives in that liberal bastion and seeks to keep its members’ names secret for fear of career consequences.

Jeremy Boreing, executive director of Friends of Abe, insists his organization has “absolutely no political agenda” and exists only to “create fellowship among like-minded individuals.” What bothers the IRS is the fact the group, which has applied for tax-exempt status, invites largely conservative speakers.

The ability of people to peacefully assemble to petition their government for redress of grievances is under attack as the IRS and Democratic senators continue to ask, “Are you now, or have you ever been, a conservative?”


Read more at Investor’s Business Daily

Doug Ross @ Journal

Fear at the Highest Levels: Gov Changes Navy Uniforms: “Too Closely Associated with Radical Groups”

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(Pictured: Traditional Navy Jack Worn By Navy Seals and flown by Naval ships)

The government of the United States has just provided clear evidence that they are absolutely terrified of the liberty-driven sentiment sweeping the country.

Following September 11th, the US Navy advised all of their special forces operatives in the Sea, Air and Land teams that their new uniforms would consist of a flag bearing 13 strips, the traditional rattlesnake of the Gadsden flag, and the words “Don’t Tread On Me.”

It’s purpose, says Michael Dorstewitz of Biz Pace Review, was to let America’s enemies know who they were dealing with when they faced a US Navy SEAL: “I’m an American warship — don’t tread on me.”

But now, amid the widespread outrage over government interference into the lives of Americans on every level, including our personal communications, individual health care choices, and our right to provide for our own safety and security, the Pentagon under orders from the Commander-In-Chief has decided it’s time to retire one of the longest standing symbols of the individual liberty that has for so long been the tenet of our free society.

On October 22nd of this year Naval commanders received the following email, ordering them to have their men remove the jack worn so proudly by members of our armed forces.

ALL:

WARCOM and GROUP TWO/ONE have pushed out the uniform policy for NWU III and any patches worn on the sleeve.

All personnel are only authorized to wear the matching “AOR” American Flag patch on the right shoulder. You are no longer authorized to wear the “Don’t Tread On Me” patch.

Again the only patch authorized for wear is the American flag on the right shoulder. Please pass the word to all.

Thanks.

Senior Enlisted Advisor
[Name Redacted]

Via Infowars.com

Though senior commanders refused to speak publicly about the changes, one SEAL stated what should be obvious:

Why would our leaders sell out our heritage? Why would they rob present and future sailors of our battle cry?

When a friend of mine asked his leadership the same question, he was told, “The Jack is too closely associated with radical groups.”

We must assume that this thought policeman embedded in the SEAL community is speaking of the Tea Party, whose flag (which also dates from the American Revolution) depicts a snake with the same defiant slogan as The Navy Jack.

This begs yet another question: Who defines “radical group”? The last time I checked, all military personnel are under oath to “support and defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” The Tea Party stands for constitutional rights and founding principles of civil liberties and limited government. Radical? Not unless you’re a leftist hell-bent on destroying the foundations of our country. Or as the President has stated as the objective of his presidency, “to fundamentally transform” America.

Via The Daily Caller

In 2009 the Missouri Information Analysis Center released an analysis of militias and revolutionary movements operating within the continental United States. It was dubbed the MIAC report, and detailed specific signs indicative of those who may have a proclivity towards domestic terrorism or rebellion.

The Gadsden flag, which closely mirrors the Navy Jack and shares the same motto, and which was also used during the American Revolutionary War, was identified as political paraphernalia often used by radical extremist groups in the United States.

The report called for law enforcement officials on the local, state and Federal level to be on the look-out for those displaying variations of the Gadsden flag, as well as bumper stickers supporting the U.S. Constitution and third-party candidates like Ron Paul.

What should be clear from the government’s latest move to wipe away any official association with the Gadsden rattlesnake and motto is that those supporting any movement not 100% in line with official narrative are to be considered potential terrorists.

In today’s America, supporting the wrong cause, wearing the wrong clothes, pasting the wrong bumper sticker on your car, or saying the wrong thing on the internet can very easily lead to you being added to one of the government’s many red lists and identifying you as an enemy of the state.

They may not be rounding people up just yet for their transgressions against the state, but orders can be given at anytime under the banner of Patriot Act and the National Defense Authorization Act to detain those who could pose a threat to the greater good.

Of course, things like that only happen in places like Hitler’s Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Russia.

This is America… Land of the Free.


SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

AWESOME: IRS gives away $4.2 billion to illegal aliens while attacking Tea Party, Christian and Pro-Israel Groups

Guest post by Kenric Ward

WASHINGTON, D.C. — While harrying and stalling tea party groups seeking nonprofit status, the Internal Revenue Service mailed $ 4.2 billion in child-credit checks to undocumented immigrants.

Critics say midlevel IRS bureaucrats continue to abuse the Additional Child Tax Credit program by dispensing $ 1,000 checks to families in this country illegally.

“The law needs clarification that undocumented immigrants are not eligible,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told Watchdog.org in a statement.

AP file photo

LEGAL RESIDENTS ONLY: Sen. Charles Grassley says it was never Congress’ intent for the IRS to issue tax-credit checks to people in this country illegally.

To make Congress’ intent clear – that only legal U.S. residents are entitled to ACTC credits — Grassley co-sponsored a clarifying amendment with Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wy.

“Unfortunately, the majority leader (Harry Reid, D-Nev.) cut off debate, so we weren’t given the chance to offer our amendment,” said Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The IRS’ practice of paying out billions to undocumented-immigrant families never received full congressional scrutiny, said David North, a fellow at the enforcement-oriented Center for Immigration Studies.

“I’ve been in government and I know kind of how these things work out,” North told the Washington Times.

“It struck me that (GS) 15s and 16s got together at some point and decided this is how we should handle it, and it stuck,” said North, who wrote “Paying Illegals to Stay,” an analysis of how benefit programs increase illegal immigration.

The IRS has said it doesn’t believe the ACTC law allows the agency to deny payment to undocumented immigrants.

Watchdog reported in June that disbursement of ACTC credits has grown rapidly — and suspiciously — with increased issuance of Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers as substitutes for Social Security numbers.

ITIN holders are not required to prove legal residency, and ITIN applications are running at the rate of 1 million a year.

Federal investigators identified one address in Atlanta where 23,994 ITIN refunds totaling $ 46,378,040 were delivered. A single bank account there received 8,393 refunds.

Records indicate that undocumented immigrants in Virginia received $ 87.9 million in ACTC cash from the IRS. Watchdog reported that $ 163,711 went to a single address in the tiny eastern shore town of Parksley.

In lightly populated Iowa, Grassley’s home state, undocumented immigrants got an estimated $ 30 million.

With an average of 15 percent of ACTC refunds directed to undocumented households nationally, North calculates that roughly half of the money went to ITIN holders who paid “little or no income taxes.”

An audit by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration stated:

“We believe legislation is needed to clarify whether or not refundable tax credits such as the ACTC may be paid to filers without a Social Security number. Such a legislative change could result in cost savings to the federal government of $ 1.8 billion annually.

“As it now stands, the payment of federal funds through this tax benefit appears to provide additional incentive for aliens to enter, reside and work in the U.S. without authorization, which contradicts federal law and policy to remove such incentives.”

The recommendations of that audit, conducted in 2009, have yet to be acted on.

Meantime, the IRS continues to be dogged by controversy over its handling of tax-exempt requests by tea party groups and other conservative organizations.

Judicial Watch this month filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit against the agency asking the District Court for the District of Columbia to compel the IRS to produce records of all communications relating to the review process for organizations seeking 501(c)(4) non-profit status since Jan. 1, 2010.

On May 14, the Treasury inspector general concluded the IRS had singled out groups with conservative-sounding terms such as “patriot” and “tea party” in their titles when applying for tax-exempt status.

Hat tips: BadBlue News and @KenricWard.

Doug Ross @ Journal