Friday, April 18, 2014

What would Reagan do with a punk like Putin?

Guest post by Investor's Business Daily

Russian Aggression: Instead of a foreign policy that's a blend of Neville Chamberlain and Monty Python, the U.S. should trade flexibility for some backbone, scrap the reset button and start digging some missile silos.

It takes a lot to make Jimmy Carter look like Winston Churchill. But President Obama, who bats not an eye as a Russian warplane buzzes a U.S. warship in the Black Sea, has accomplished that with his pusillanimous policy regarding Moscow's creeping anschluss in Ukraine.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's comparison of current events to the days before World War II is on the mark. On Saturday, March 7, 1936, Hitler ordered three battalions of the German army to cross the Rhine bridges into an area of Germany demilitarized by the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I.

The British and French, fearing war, did nothing. The rest, as they say, is history.

Crimea was Putin's Rhineland, and the sanctions involving travel restrictions on low-level oligarchs was laughable. Tyrants do not move swiftly. They test the waters. They nibble. They watch. Weakness and inaction only delay the inevitable.

When Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev met Ronald Reagan in Reykjavik, Iceland, in October 1986, he hoped the U.S. president would be willing to trade his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) away in exchange for arms-control agreements and vague promises of making nice with America.

ANTI-AMERICAN ELITISTS: Ex-Justice John Paul Stevens and Michael Bloomberg Defile the Constitution

Guest post by Gun Owners of America

“The founders did not establish a right to bear arms... They assumed it already existed [and] said that it ‘shall not be infringed.’ But gun-control advocates frequently want to skip over those words.”

Gun Owners of America joined a chorus of pro-gun organizations in slamming idiotic comments made recently by former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

In a newly released book, Justice Stevens said the Second Amendment should be altered to say that people only have the right to bear arms “when serving in the militia.”

GOA blasted the comments, adding that gun owners would welcome the opportunity to demolish Stevens’ arguments in the court of public opinion.

“Bring on the debate,” said GOA Communications Director Erich Pratt in an interview with Newsmax over the weekend. Gun control advocates are always “pushing for draconian gun restrictions” while hiding behind words like “gun safety.”

But to a gun banner, those words are code for, “We just want the military and the police to have guns,” Pratt said. “So let’s get them out of the closet.”

Gun owners need not worry about Stevens’ idea gaining traction. Even an anti-gun liberal, like Professor Alan Dershowitz, opposes Stevens’ proposal.

“You don't amend the Magna Carta,” Dershowitz said. “You don't amend the Bill of Rights. There are certain things that you just leave pristine.”

The Top 150 Conservative Websites, April 2014

Here are the latest standings of conservative news and opinion sites, which are ordered using their Alexa traffic rankings. Yes, some of these are center-right, libertarian, or more middle-of-the-road sites, but they are included because they do publish center-right opinion pieces on a regular basis.
RankWebsiteTraffic Rank
1foxnews.com161
2wsj.com213
3telegraph.co.uk223
4drudgereport.com435
5theblaze.com568
6nypost.com891
7thedailybeast.com1079
8breitbart.com1339
9zerohedge.com1420
10newsmax.com1742
11wnd.com2070
12ijreview.com2157
13dailycaller.com2265
14washingtontimes.com2501
15nationalreview.com3659
16realclearpolitics.com4340
17townhall.com5097
18thehill.com5177
19freerepublic.com5372
20cnsnews.com5468
21pajamasmedia.com5613
22pjmedia.com5613
23investors.com5726
24hotair.com5810
25twitchy.com5868
26washingtonexaminer.com6086
27weeklystandard.com6231
28foxnewsinsider.com6969
29newsbusters.org7200
30timesofisrael.com7335
31heritage.org8003
32reason.com8618
33wattsupwiththat.com9425
34freebeacon.com9592
35americanthinker.com11166
36rushlimbaugh.com11492
37westernjournalism.com11767
38debka.com11942
39bizpacreview.com16398
40freedomoutpost.com16466
41lifenews.com16708
42tpnn.com17582
43lucianne.com20946
44thegatewaypundit.com21053
45redstate.com21066
46powerlineblog.com21843
47spectator.co.uk21879
48weaselzippers.us22800
49therightscoop.com23026
50canadafreepress.com23836
51rightwingnews.com23948
52thenewamerican.com25342
53mises.org29735
54fas.org31832
55badblue.com32894
56macleans.ca33738
57ace.mu.nu,mypetjawa.mu.nu,rhymeswithright.mu.nu34765
58humanevents.com35822
59rare.us37840
60takimag.com39876
61spectator.org41000
62creators.com42290
63theminorityreportblog.com44528
64rasmussenreports.com45888
65watchdog.org46264
66memeorandum.com46990
67anncoulter.com47131
68globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com48592
69market-ticker.org48915
70legalinsurrection.com49093
71michellemalkin.com50111
72jihadwatch.org51856
73steynonline.com52027
74freedomworks.org54686
75commentarymagazine.com55181
76shoebat.com58442
77patriotupdate.com59624
78algemeiner.com61514
79atr.org65886
80defensetech.org67142
81firstthings.com70777
82the-american-interest.com71812
83daybydaycartoon.com72890
84borderlandbeat.com74446
85theothermccain.com74706
86strategypage.com75443
87mrc.org76296
88climateaudit.org77543
89althouse.blogspot.com82225
90realclearmarkets.com82749
91iowntheworld.com84403
92danielpipes.org85285
93linkiest.com87889
94hannity.com88943
95city-journal.org95402
96liberallogic101.com96774
97ricochet.com96929
98marklevinshow.com97523
99whitehousedossier.com100946
100blurbrain.com109917
101lonelyconservative.com110165
102directorblue.blogspot.com110887
103aei.org112397
104tenthamendmentcenter.com115931
105datechguyblog.com119954
106politicker.com126005
107redalertpolitics.com126262
108gatesofvienna.net127066
109israelhayom.com129345
110gatestoneinstitute.org130470
111judicialwatch.org131568
112politicaloutcast.com136835
113numbersusa.com137692
114thepeoplescube.com140953
115volokh.com142848
116libertynews.com147955
117moonbattery.com152044
118angrywhitedude.com160736
119hughhewitt.com161076
120westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com161848
121american.com164045
122maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com164932
123aim.org170038
124thisainthell.us175844
125americandigest.org176366
126independentsentinel.com183433
127sayanythingblog.com186722
128thecommentator.com193012
129smalldeadanimals.com201212
130sultanknish.blogspot.com205679
131lignet.com211447
132watchdogwire.com213486
133pjtv.com218574
134wizbangblog.com219587
135cis.org221742
136varight.com224598
137creepingsharia.wordpress.com226367
138eagnews.org227669
139jammiewf.com231750
140floppingaces.net235462
141cowboybyte.com236558
142hopenchangecartoons.blogspot.com243734
143victorygirlsblog.com246241
144americanpowerblog.blogspot.com246554
145tammybruce.com247310
146memri.org254476
147fireandreamitchell.com256253
148conservativeintel.com256785
149conservativehideout.com261966
150israelmatzav.blogspot.com262910
151camera.org264164
152blackfive.net269635
153conservatives4palin.com271530
154maggiesnotebook.com272826
155israpundit.com283085
156the-american-journal.com285589
157patterico.com286539
158reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com291745
159gaypatriot.net306126
160collegeinsurrection.com313149
161winteryknight.wordpress.com315823
162dougpowers.com319606
163netrightdaily.com321728
164trevorloudon.com325798
165reagancoalition.com331715
166cafehayek.com350294
167thepiratescove.us355895
168justoneminute.typepad.com357883
169dailypundit.com359235
170ihatethemedia.com359586
171yidwithlid.blogspot.com397710
172allamericanblogger.com409709
173babalublog.com414900
174dennisprager.com424076
175capitalismmagazine.com424088
176michellesmirror.com433014
177riehlworldview.com451127
178hillbuzz.org451441
179fairus.org455574
180scaredmonkeys.com455950
181bookwormroom.com461739
182theobjectivestandard.com466311
183carolineglick.com477211
184investigativeproject.org478679
185freeenterprise.com485805
186newcriterion.com487772
187noisyroom.net496805
188economicnoise.com505285
189poorrichardsnews.com527790
190jenkuznicki.com534263
191conservativehq.com545330
192moelane.com547638
193formerspook.blogspot.com555037
194claremont.org556327
195blazingcatfur.blogspot.com565154
196publiusforum.com568495
197menrec.com578297
198newsrealblog.com587308
199curmudgeonlyskeptical.blogspot.com591029
200rightpundits.com605215

Why does the "Top 150" list have 200 entries? The same reason the Big Ten has, like, 48 teams.

Update: As usual, I forgot a few sites:

Pamela Geller should be #68 (Alexa 48,512)
The Looking Spoon should be #116 (Alexa 146,191)

 
Related:

The Top 150 Conservative Websites, November 2013.

The Top 150 Conservative Websites, June 2013.

The Top 150 Conservative Websites, Feburary 2013.

The Top 150 Conservative Websites, October 2012.

The Top 150 Conservative Websites, July 2012.

Larwyn's Linx: The IRS Scandal's Smoking Gun?

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Nation

The IRS Scandal's Smoking Gun?: Peter Roff
The Plains of Bureaustan: Mark Steyn
Mass Stabbing Curiously Missing From Obama Speech: Katie Pavlich

The Cancer, The Militia, And Cliven Bundy: Bob Owens
Harry Reid thinks we are 'Domestic Terrorists'...: III Percent
FM, FY: WRSA

Time Bombs in the Democrat Coalition: Mona Charen
Obama offers new insults, then laments gridlock: DC
Ron Paul, Assclown: Ace

Dispatches from Time-Warner-CNN-HBO-BHO-DNC: Ed Driscoll
Back any candidate you want as long as it's one of these three: Coulter
He May Be the First Person Charged Under Conn. Gun Registration Law: Blaze

Economy

NYC Mayor De Blasio Pays 8.3% Effective Tax Rate: John Nolte
It Wasn’t A Financial Crisis; It Was A Systemic Run: P&F
Cost of The Obamas’ Three-Day 2013 Ireland Trip: $7,921,638: Tammy Bruce

Scandal Central

A New, More Sinister IRS Scandal: J. Christian Adams
True the Vote founder to Fox: Five separate agencies came down on me out of nowhere: BPR
NY Gov. Cuomo Signs Law to Rig Electoral College: NewsMax

Climate & Energy

Don't Start Deleting Those Emails Just Yet, Mikey!: Mark Steyn
Obama delivers on promise to make electricity prices skyrocket: Unyielding
Telling ‘Noble Lies’ About Climate Change Will Backfire: Tom Harris

Media

Obama Gets Cold Reception During Speech In Penn, Faces Blank Stares And Silence: WZ
Figure it out already, ferchrissakes: Cold Fury
Poll: Hillary Clinton’s numbers worst since 2008, as GOP brand surges: WaPo

Paul Krugman Gets Pwn3d Like a Loudmouth in a Woody Allen Movie: Ace
USAToday Stealth-Edits on the Ukraine Leaflets Story: Ace
The Numbers on the Health Care Law Are Still Bad for Democrats: Scott Rasmussen

World

Obama’s diplomatic dance with Putin is a sad sock hop: Jonah Goldberg
Jewish residents being forced to “register” by pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine: Hot Air
Flying Blind: WFB

Barack Hussein Obama, Turkey, Qatar, and the Muslim Brotherhood : BNI
Bombs and death in the streets of Toronto and Montreal: BNI
Philadelphia: Muslim gets five years for aiding jihad murder plot of Muhammad cartoonist: JihadWatch

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Chinese Company Creates 3D-Printed Houses: TNW
Kepler Has Found the First Earth-Sized Exoplanet in a Habitable Zone!: UniverseToday
Satellite Communications Wide Open To Hackers: Dark Reading

Cornucopia

Man Named Cocaine Arrested By Florida Cops On Felony Narcotics Charge: TSG
Lawmakers, Utah sheriffs want to rein in renegade BLM, Forest Service officers: Deseret
Is your home's energy meter spying on you?: Fox

Image: April 15, 2014 Abdolah Hosseinzadeh’s mother, right, slaps Balal, who killed her son, just before she spared him. The dramatic events followed a rare public campaign to save Balal’s life.
Today's Larwyn's Linx sponsored by: Fire Mitch McConnell!

QOTD: "The government is reading and storing all of my emails? No big deal; I’m not a terrorist, so I am OK.

The government is listening to and storing all my phone calls? Whatever, I don’t talk to terrorists.

The government is tracking and storing my location? So what? I don’t go anywhere that is suspect.

The government is targeting political enemies and surveilling journalists? Who cares? I’m not an activist or a partisan, so this does not affect me.

This isn’t a Republican vs. Democrat issue, it isn’t even a conservative vs. liberal issue… this is an American vs. un-American issue. Do you wish to be a free American, or will you accept becoming a slave to a massive and all-powerful police state? You are either an advocate for freedom and limited government, or you are an advocate for tyranny. There is no gray area, no middle ground to be found here. This government has slowly amassed powers over the last hundred years that would horrify the Founders of this nation. As I stated earlier, I can’t believe the shooting hasn’t already started.

For you liberal readers out there, let me offer this: pick your favorite right-wing boogieman, the craziest fascist evil criminal wingnut that there is, and make that person the President…. President Dick Cheney, President Rick Santorum, President Charles Koch, President Alan West, President Michelle Bachmann, President Rush Limbaugh, President Glen Beck, President Joe Arpaio, President John Bolton, President Ted Nugent… whoever really freaks you out.

Now ask yourself this question: Do you want that person to have the power and the surveillance apparatus and the unchecked force of the IRS that Barack Obama and this massive government now wields?" --Taxicab Depressions

Thursday, April 17, 2014

"CIVILIAN NATIONAL SECURITY FORCE": Obama's Goals Become Clear with his Militarized Government

Guest post by Investor's Business Daily

Federal Fire Power: Instead of putting a lien on the property of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, the Bureau of Land Management surrounded his ranch with 200 armed agents. It's not the only agency with a private army.

Back in 2008, candidate Barack Obama slipped a little-noticed line in a speech, proposing a national police force reporting straight to him.

"We cannot continue to rely only on our military," he said. "We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."

As our military is slowly decimated by his policies and budget cuts — and with federal agencies armed to the teeth — we may be seeing what he had in mind at the ranch of a 67-year-old Nevadan.

Agents of a federal agency that many Americans were surprised to see so heavily armed even herded American citizens into "First Amendment zones," another surprise to those who thought the Constitution made the entire U.S. such a zone.

"The government's option," said Fox News contributor and former Judge Andrew Napolitano, "is to take the amount of money (Bundy) owes them and docket it — that is, file the lien on his property. The federal government could have done that.

"Instead, they wanted this show of force. They swooped in . . . with assault rifles aimed and ready and stole this guy's property, they stole his cattle. They didn't have the right to do that. That's theft, and they should have been arrested by state officials."

The Environmental Protection Agency also has a private army. In late August 2013, armed EPA agents joined agents of the Alaska Environmental Crimes Task Force and swarmed gold mines near Chicken in the Last Frontier State.

HILARIOUS: IRS Hack Lois Lerner Plays the Victim Card

Guest post by Logan Albright

The saga of Lois Lerner, the IRS official who oversaw the unjust persecution of conservative and tea party organizations during the 2012 election, continues to be one of the most interesting and infuriating cases of political corruption in recent memory. After twice invoking the Fifth Amendment to avoid testifying on what she knew and when she knew it, Ms. Lerner now faces the prospect of jail time, having been officially held in contempt of Congress and recommended for criminal prosecution by the Department of Justice.

Yet one of the most astonishing features of this whole circus has been Lerner’s alleged rationale for refusing to cooperate the investigation and help right the wrongs of her agency. Presented with an opportunity to display honesty and humility in order to root out political corruption, Lerner instead took refuge in cowardice.

Lerner’s attorney claimed that she feared that giving an open testimony before the congressional committee would place her life in danger. “Ms. Lerner has been the subject of numerous threats on her life and safety, and on the life and safety of her family. I left with the staff recent evidence of those threats,” he wrote in a letter to Darrell Issa, the committee chairman.

It is a bit rich for someone who participated in the wholesale abuse of government power to oppress ordinary citizens to now paint herself as a victim. This is a typical, and wholly predictable, tactic of the left. Whenever they are caught doing something unseemly, it is never their fault. Progressives are incapable of seeing themselves as anything other than victims, and their opponents as anything other than oppressors. Any other perspective would shatter their self-image as noble underdogs, fighting the evil and greedy capitalists for the common good.

DUDE: Kepler Space Telescope Discovers First Earth-like Planet

One word other than DUDE comes to mind. Picture Keanu Reeves saying, "Whoa."

It’s truly a “eureka” moment for Kepler scientists: the first rocky Earth-sized world has been found in a star’s habitable “Goldilocks” zone, the narrow belt where liquid water could readily exist on a planet’s surface without freezing solid or boiling away. And while it’s much too soon to tell if this really is a “twin Earth,” we can now be fairly confident that they do in fact exist.

The newly-confirmed extrasolar planet has been dubbed Kepler-186f. It is the fifth and outermost planet discovered orbiting the red dwarf star Kepler-186, located 490 light-years away. Kepler-186f completes one orbit around its star every 130 days, just within the outer edge of the system’s habitable zone.

The findings were made public today, April 17, during a teleconference hosted by NASA.

“This is the first definitive Earth-sized planet found in the habitable zone around another star,” says lead author Elisa Quintana of the SETI Institute at NASA Ames Research Center. “Finding such planets is a primary goal of the Kepler space telescope. The star is a main-sequence M-dwarf, a very common type. More than 70 percent of the hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy are M-dwarfs.”

Unlike our Sun, which is a G-type yellow dwarf, M-dwarf stars (aka red dwarfs) are much smaller and dimmer. As a result their habitable zones are much more confined. But, being cooler stars, M-dwarfs have long lifespans, offering planets in their habitable zones — like Kepler-186f — potentially plenty of time to develop favorable conditions for life.

In addition, M-dwarfs are the most abundant stars in our galaxy; 7 out of 10 stars in the Milky Way are M-dwarfs, although most can’t be seen by the naked eye. Finding an Earth-sized planet orbiting one relatively nearby has enormous implications in the hunt for extraterrestrial life.


The ramifications of this discovery are truly awe-inspiring.


Hat tip: BadBlue Tech News.

This Picture Says It All

Via our Komrades at The People's Cube



THE REAL REASON FOR THE BUNDY RANCH TAKEOVER ATTEMPT: Solyndra on a Massive Scale

Guest post by James Simpson

Speaking to a local TV news program Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada declared: “This isn’t over.” And he is certainly correct. The showdown between BLM and Cliven Bundy – the last rancher in Clark County, Nev. – was but the latest battle in a long-running conflict.

Supposedly at issue was the desert tortoise, a reptile on the endangered species list that purportedly could not coexist on the land with Bundy’s cattle. But why, many asked, would the turtle suddenly be threatened by animals it had cohabited with for the 100-plus years the Bundy ranch has been in operation?

A BLM document unearthed last week discusses mitigation strategies for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone, just southwest of the Bundy ranch. The “mitigation strategy” proposed to use the grazing lands near the Bundy ranch as a kind of sanctuary for the desert tortoise, because the entire region is slated for a large number of solar, wind and geothermal energy generation facilities.

The solar projects will obliterate most of the turtle’s natural habitat.

Bloggers quickly made a connection between the effort to remove Bundy’s cattle and a solar energy project in Southern Nevada financed by the communist Chinese energy firm ENN. It was to be the largest solar farm in the U.S.

Reid had lobbied heavily for the company’s business, even traveling to China. Reid’s son, Rory Reid, formerly a Clark County commissioner, became a lobbyist for ENN, and the Senate majority leader’s former senior adviser, Neil Kornze, now leads the BLM.

But the solar energy complex financed by the communist Chinese was not at the heart of the Bundy Ranch fiasco after all. The project died last year.

However, the BLM’s library of renewable energy projects revealed it was only one of more than 50 solar, wind and geothermal projects planned for Nevada, California, Arizona and other Western states. Reid was focused on at least one, and maybe more, of the projects, much closer to the Bundy ranch.

Larwyn's Linx: Civil War and The Pig Trap

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Nation

Civil War and The Pig Trap: Taxicab Depressions
14 Factors to Watch in the 2014 Midterms: Patrick Reddy
Louie Gohmert: House Leader Working With Soros: MagNote

Meet the One Percenters Funding Harry Reid’s Super PAC: WFB
Who are the real saboteurs of immigration reform?: Victor Davis Hanson
More Black Conservatives Making Voices Heard: Allen West

The Rule of the Lawless: Kevin D. Williamson
Graphic Photos Show What The BLM Really Did To Bundy’s Cows: Western
Sebelius said to be mulling Kansas Senate run. No, really.: Moe Lane

Economy

86 million Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148 million Benefit Takers: DTW
Why Yellen Should Leave Us Scream’en: David Stockman
Common Core may omit ‘liberty’ from list of U.S. founding principles: EAG

The Long Goodbye to Sebelius: RWN
Midwest, Evolving Hub for Entrepreneurship: P&F
For Genuine Economic Recovery, Ask “What Would Mises Do?”: ObjStd (2012)

Scandal Central

IRS Scandal Spreads to DOJ: Bryan Preston
The Terrifying Implications of the IRS Abuse-DOJ Connection: Bryan Preston
IRS Documents: Lerner in Contact With DOJ about Prosecution of Tax-Exempt Groups: JW

Obama's Pencil-thin Presidency: Cindy Simpson
Feds Destroyed Water Infrastructure, Fences, Two Prized Bulls During Bundy Ranch Standoff: WZ
Watch How Obama Responds To 35,570 Counts Of Voter Fraud in North Carolina: MinorityReport

Climate & Energy

EPA says CO2, cow-pig manure and urine rank 1-2-3 as global warming threat: Paul Bedard
Tom Nelson: Things I Believe On Warming: Cove
Another DOE Flop: Smith Electric Vehicles Closes Kansas Plant: CFP

Media

15 Examples of Liberal Privilege: John Hawkins
An incredible compilation of Romney campaign predictions that turned out to be true…: YC
Woot! Rachel Maddow gets shown her place when she tries to insult Ann Coulter: BPR

Sharpton: The True Meaning of Easter Is Revealed Through the Political Crucifixion of Obama: Breitbart
NYT: NYT Has Been Misleading You About Deportations: VDARE
Veterans slam New York Times piece linking vets to hate groups: NavyTimes

Harry Reid’s Facebook Page Just Got Obliterated…: Western
Keep Your Doctor, Change Your Senator: Glob
CNN: Landrieu Ad With Fake Footage Is 'Blowing Up in Her Face': WFB

World

First Putin, now Al Qaeda is taunting the Obama administration: Scoop
Peters: Obama Is a Fool and a Weakling: WFB
Tax Day: Americans Pay—Illegal Aliens Get Fraudulent Refunds: VDARE

More Jackbootery: WRSA
Al-Qaida meeting openly; meanwhile NYC disbands anti-terrorism unit. Are we nuts?: Allen West
Ukraine's troops humiliated as their armoured vehicles are SEIZED by pro-Russian militants: Daily Mail

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

How coffee can keep workers honest: Fortune
Futuristic RollTop Foldable Notebook with 17-inch OLED Display and Full Fledged Keyboard: Tuvie
The Coolest Spaceships Ever Built, Compared by Size: Wired

Cornucopia

Stand up Boston, let 'em see you. Oh, God love you. What am I talking about?: MOTUS
Three Wishes: Give Me Liberty
Rumors of Senate run for ex-HHS secretary sparks suggestions for #SebeliusCampaignSlogans: Twitchy

Image: The Rule of the Lawless
Today's Larwyn's Linx sponsored by: Video: Does John Boehner Suffer from "Electile Dysfunction"?

QOTD: "Lois Lerner intended to use her position atop the IRS’ tax exempt approval office to coordinate the prosecution of political speech. The Department of Justice under Attorney General Eric Holder had at least tentatively bought into that. The Federal Elections Commission was being roped in as well. Lerner’s emails prove that beyond doubt.

Democrats in Congress were involved. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) appears to have led the anti-constitutional attack on free speech in the House. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) led it from the Senate.

Two days before Lerner was forced to publicly disclose the scandal, she was moving forward with an insidious plan to stamp out conservatives and Tea Party activists’ ability to organize and raise money, by working with the IRS commissioner’s office and the Department of Justice. At the same time, there was no plan for any government crackdown on groups who agreed with President Obama. The traffic was entirely one-way. It was nakedly political, and everyone involved knew it. They also had reason to believe that they would succeed, or they would not have engaged in it. DOJ would serve two roles: Prosecute conservatives, and protect the bureaucrats who were pushing those prosecutions." --Bryan Preston

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

COMIC RELIEF: SEIU demanding that the Obama administration unionize... Media Matters

Guest post by Labor Union Report

Over the years, the Left-wing Media Matters has taken it upon itself to criticize the “Right” for its opposition to unions’ attempt to effectively eliminate workers’ right to secret-ballot elections on whether or not to unionize.

Due to its apparent penchant to having employers unionized based on “card check,” it would seem that Media Matters’ CEO David Brock would be against forcing his workers to go through the arduous process of actually voting for the Service Employees International Union, rather than merely accepting the SEIU without an election.

Nevertheless, despite Media Matters’ prior defense of the SEIU. it appears that Brock & Co. are not voluntarily recognizing the union based on card check.

On April 10th, the SEIU filed an election with the Baltimore region of the National Labor Relations Board to have an election for 50 employees working for the George Soros-funded media “monitor.”

According to the National Labor Relations Board’s website, Media Matters has hired the high-priced, management-side law firm of Perkins Coie.

Although former Obama White House Counsel Bob Bauer is a partner in the firm, Perkins Coie’s website boasts of helping employers in all aspects of traditional labor law:

STRAIGHT OUT OF THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO: The Obama Tax Code, Destroying Jobs and Opportunity

If I'm late with my taxes, will a claim of being an illegal alien undocumented Democrat get me off the hook? Just wondering.

As Americans navigated the labyrinthine tax code ahead of tax day, many felt the sting of the President’s myriad tax increases.

Despite calls for more taxes on the rich, the Heritage chart shown above reveals that the recent tax increases disproportionately affect the working wealthy. The top 10 percent of all income earners paid 71 percent of federal income taxes in 2010, yet they earned 45 percent of all federal income. Compare that to the bottom 50 percent of earners, who earn 12 percent of income yet pay only 2 percent of federal income taxes.

So when Obama and advocates of higher federal taxes opine that the rich do not pay their “fair share,” they are correct—affluent income-earners pay a whole lot more than they would pay if we had a proportional tax code instead of the highly progressive one we have today.

While taxes have increased for most taxpayers, the wealthy are—relative to the rest of the population—increasingly shouldering the federal tax burden. The Wall Street Journal’s John McKinnon notes that this burden has shifted largely as a result of the tax changes passed at the start of 2013 during the fiscal cliff debates. These changes include a “bump in the top ordinary income rate to 39.6% from 35%, a limit on itemized deductions and an increase in the top rate on investment income.”

But the tax misery is not limited only to the well-to-do. All taxpayers faced an average tax increase of 1.8 percent in 2013. Indeed, Heritage tax expert Curtis Dubay uncovered no less than 13 tax increases that kicked in at the beginning of the year, six of which came on the coattails of Obamacare. Taxpayers also face state and local tax burdens that remain high in much of the country, as well as the prospect of rising payroll taxes in the future.

In addition to stifling economic growth, many of these new taxes—especially those on income—penalize success and discourage work. As Dubay has written, it is imperative to reform the tax code because families would be able to earn more, “but would not pay higher marginal tax rates on their higher earnings. The tax code would not punish families as it does today for being more successful and for earning higher compensation because they are more productive.”


Most Americans are not aware that the "progressive" tax code was lifted right out of the Communist Manifesto by the Democrat Party.

It is meant to punish success, dampen investment, destroy jobs and opportunity, and -- in general -- make people more dependent upon the government.

And with this administration, those results are precisely what we're getting.


Hat tip: BadBlue News

REVEALED: IRS Leadership Conspired with Holder Justice Department to Imprison Political Opponents

Continuing its stellar track record of investigative journalism, JudicialWatch today announced it had unearthed emails between Lois Lerner of the IRS and Eric Holder's DOJ that suggested they had explored methods to prosecute and imprison conservative groups for the temerity of opposing the Obama administration.

Judicial Watch today released a new batch of internal IRS documents revealing that former IRS official Lois Lerner communicated with the Department of Justice (DOJ) about whether it was possible to criminally prosecute certain tax-exempt entities. The documents were obtained as a result of an October 2013 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after the agency refused to respond to four FOIA requests dating back to May 2013.

The newly released IRS documents contain an email exchange between Lerner and Nikole C. Flax, then-Chief of Staff to then-Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller discussing plans to work with the DOJ to prosecute nonprofit groups that “lied” (Lerner’s quotation marks) about political activities.


Writing at PJ Media, Bryan Preston well summarizes the implications of this horrifying scandal that makes Nixon look like a shoplifter at the Dollar Store.

The implications of today’s email disclosure are stunning and terrifying.

Lois Lerner intended to use her position atop the IRS’ tax exempt approval office to coordinate the prosecution of political speech. The Department of Justice under Attorney General Eric Holder had at least tentatively bought into that. The Federal Elections Commission was being roped in as well. Lerner’s emails prove that beyond doubt.

Democrats in Congress were involved. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) appears to have led the anti-constitutional attack on free speech in the House. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) led it from the Senate.

Two days before Lerner was forced to publicly disclose the scandal, she was moving forward with an insidious plan to stamp out conservatives and Tea Party activists’ ability to organize and raise money, by working with the IRS commissioner’s office and the Department of Justice. At the same time, there was no plan for any government crackdown on groups who agreed with President Obama. The traffic was entirely one-way. It was nakedly political, and everyone involved knew it. They also had reason to believe that they would succeed, or they would not have engaged in it. DOJ would serve two roles: Prosecute conservatives, and protect the bureaucrats who were pushing those prosecutions.


But, "nation of cowards" and "racism", y'all.

Any conservative who sits on the sidelines in 2014 bemoaning candidates that aren't to his or her liking is effectively a co-conspirator with the Democrats in the active destruction of this Republic.

We have a President, an Attorney General, a ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, the IRS, the FBI, and heaven knows what other alphabet soup agencies conspiring to jail political opponents. Our country has been reduced to something akin to Venezuela, only with craploads more debt.

That, my friends, is fascism, straight up.

So when you sit out the next election because you couldn't find the perfect Republican candidate, don't act surprised when this corrupt, lawless, totalitarian Democrat Party comes after you and your group.

So you can mobilize to stop this, or you can echo Alexander Solzhenitsyn in his masterful The Gulag Archipelago. It related to the greatest regret of those in the slave labor camps:

Larwyn's Linx: Eric Cantor — The New “Mr. Amnesty”?

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Nation

Eric Cantor — The New “Mr. Amnesty”?: Mickey Kaus
Eric Cantor is up to no good, again: PJM
Barack Obama cooking the Census books over #Obamacare: Moe Lane

8 Infuriating Facts To Remember On Tax Day: Federalist
The Slow Death of Free Speech: Mark Steyn
H.R. 4380: Game changing gun legislation?: CommDig

Holder's Race Card: Jonah Goldberg
Why Cliven Bundy Is Not Wrong- From A Fellow Rancher: Liberty & Lead
Equality in Discipline: Walter Williams

Flash Points of Tyranny: It Doesn’t End With The Bundy Standoff: Old Thinker
Operation Outreach: Christian Mercenary
Armed guards surround Bundy, supporters fear imminent threat: 8 News Now

Economy

Illegal Aliens Given $Billions of Our Money by IRS: MB
You just paid your taxes, America, and this is what you bought: Watchdog
Raid and shoot: This ain’t your grandpa’s PD: Watchdog

Scandal Central

Helluva Job, Eric: Fast And Furious Guns Flowed Back Into U.S.: Bob Owens
Obama’s HHS Nominee Proved Loyalty to Clinton by Digging Through Dead Man’s Trash: WFB
Lois Lerner sits in her lavish $2.4MM house as she awaits possible contempt charge: DC

Guy Nails Harry Reid on Bundy With Google Cache of Scrubbed BLM Website: iOTW
Good Morning to New York’s 1 Million New Illegal Gun Owners: AmmoLand
It Ain’t Over Till the Little Banty Rooster Stops Crowing: MOTUS

Climate & Energy

UN Cranks Up Hysteria on Faltering Global Warming Hoax, Demands We Change Our Lives: MB
Earth Daze: John Stossel
EPA Admits It Makes Up Rules for No Reason: Outcast

Media

Diversity Is Strength! It’s Also…Racially Polarizing Politics, Despite MSM Efforts To Lull Whites: VDARE
NBC: Police Firefights In Boston Bomber Hunt Show Cops Were Over-Gunned, Undertrained: Bob Owens
Resistance!: Western Rifle Shooters

Harry Reid Wants Civil War: ‘It’s Not Over! – Americans Agree: Susan Duclos
Butt-hurt Obama Wanted Dr. Ben Carson to Apologize… But the Good Doctor Refused: ConTrib
Die Hards - Day By Day: Chris Muir

Shaun Kenney and Bearing Drift Drop Anchor in Eric Cantor’s Treasure Chest: VA Right
‘Damned lunatic’: Brainless Joe Biden tells survivors that Boston bombing ‘was worth it’: Twitchy
Mitt Romney’s Son Mocks Harry Reid With Pic of His Dad Paying His Taxes: WZ

World

UC Irvine Should Rescind Its Invitation to Commencement Speaker (and War Criminal) Obama: WFB
“Oligarchy, not democracy: Americans have ‘near-zero’ input on policy – report”: PW
If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?: The Week

CAIR: Sharia Law Is Compatible With Democracy: WZ
Book: Arab Winter Arrives in America: VDARE
Well, Of Course They Want More Land…: WRSA

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

MIT Whizzes Invent Magical Furniture That Changes Shape on Demand: Wired
This is Amazon’s smartphone: BGR
Big Data is the new Artificial Intelligence: I, Cringely

Cornucopia

Seasonal gym-goers, here's what not to be: Paul Daugherty
April 15th, Taxes Galore: Do You Like This Solution?: AWD
A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia: BBC

Image: Chinese Acrobatic Ballet
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QOTD: "I’m opposed to the notion of official ideology — not just fascism, Communism and Baathism, but the fluffier ones, too, like ‘multiculturalism’ and ‘climate change’ and ‘marriage equality’. Because the more topics you rule out of discussion — immigration, Islam, ‘gender fluidity’ — the more you delegitimise the political system... where we’re headed: a world where real, primal, universal rights — like freedom of expression — come a distant second to the new tribalism of identity-group rights.

Oh, don’t worry. There’ll still be plenty of ‘offending, insulting or humiliating’ in such a world, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the Mozilla CEO and Zionists and climate deniers and feminist ‘cis-women’ not quite au courant with transphobia can all tell you. And then comes the final, eerie silence. Young Erin Ching at Swarthmore College has grasped the essential idea: it is not merely that, as the Big Climate enforcers say, ‘the science is settled’, but so is everything else, from abortion to gay marriage. So what’s to talk about? Universities are no longer institutions of inquiry but ‘safe spaces’ where delicate flowers of diversity of race, sex, orientation, ‘gender fluidity’ and everything else except diversity of thought have to be protected from exposure to any unsafe ideas.

As it happens, the biggest ‘safe space’ on the planet is the Muslim world. For a millennium, Islamic scholars have insisted, as firmly as a climate scientist or an American sophomore, that there’s nothing to debate. And what happened? As the United Nations Human Development Programme’s famous 2002 report blandly noted, more books are translated in Spain in a single year than have been translated into Arabic in the last 1,000 years. Free speech and a dynamic, innovative society are intimately connected: a culture that can’t bear a dissenting word on race or religion or gender fluidity or carbon offsets is a society that will cease to innovate, and then stagnate, and then decline, very fast." --Mark Steyn