Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 | Uncategorized | 13 Comments
A local story that’s received a fair amount of national attention comes to its expected conclusion:
A veteran TV anchorman has been fired in the wake of comments he made on the station’s Facebook page claiming “pressure” by the IRS following his 2012 interview with President Barack Obama.
KMOV-TV announced the firing of Larry Conners on its website Wednesday. Conners later told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his Facebook posting simply raised questions about the possibility of an Internal Revenue Service vendetta. The posting followed national stories about the IRS targeting conservative political groups.
KMOV President and General Manager Mark Pimentel said in a statement that the posting of a personal political opinion on one of the station’s Facebook pages “creates an appearance of bias that is inconsistent with important journalistic standards.”
Conners owes back taxes, a fact eagerly pounced upon by the local left, and for that reason, I initially didn’t believe that Conners had been deliberately targeted by the IRS for the Dear Leader interview.
A day after the posting, Conners read a statement on the 5 p.m. newscast saying his issues with the IRS began before his interview with the president. The IRS claims Conners and his wife owe more than $85,000 in taxes from 2008-2010.
But I believe it now.
Conners told the Post-Dispatch that he had been on a payment plan with the IRS, but that after the Obama interview, the plan was cancelled and a lien was placed on his home in Clayton.
KMOV is begging Larry Conners to sue them and Conners seems only too happy to oblige.
Less than 24 hours after KMOV fired Larry Conners, attorneys for the 66-year-old former anchorman are getting their ducks lined up for a lawsuit.
In a letter released to the media at 4 p.m., Conners’ attorney, Merle Silverstein, asked station officials to “carefully preserve and not destroy any and all papers, records and documents relating to Mr. Conners’ employment and termination …”
The letter, addressed to KMOV president and general manager Mark Pimentel, then lists all of the records and emails that could relate to the firing.
Silverstein was unavailable for further comment.
Pimentel said he has not yet read the letter and declined to comment.
The letter also asks for all communications on the KMOV Facebook site — including the pages assigned to anchors Sharon Reed, Steve Savard, Jasmine Huda, Claire Kellett, Andre Hepkins, Robin Smith and Vickie Newton — from 2002 until the present.
There’s been speculation around town that KMOV was looking to ease Conners out and just used Conners’ Facebook posting as an excuse. If that’s true, I hope that the people who report the news at KMOV realize how bad their employer has just made them all look.
Want to replace a guy like Larry Conners? Simple. Ignore all this, wait until his contract is up, tell him you’ve decided to go in a different direction, thank him for his years of service and let him gracefully retire. What you most emphatically don’t do is make it look like you capped the guy because somebody leaned on you to fire Conners for making the Dear Leader look bad and right now, that is precisely how this looks.
If I were a KMOV news reporter, I would be extraordinarily pissed off at station management right now and I’d probably start e-mailing my resume around town and around the country. Because of how this situation was handled, a lot of us in this town are never again going to trust KMOV news.
But for Larry Conners, at least, there is an upside to all this. If he wins his lawsuit, his tax problems are very likely over.
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 | Uncategorized | 25 Comments
[Goverment] Motors Corporation said it is recalling nearly 20,000 new Cadillac SRX SUVs for faulty wheel lug nuts, according to a Detroit News report on Wednesday.
The Detroit automaker told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it is recalling 18,871 2013 SRX SUVs in the United States and nearly 1,000 in Canada over concerns that a wheel could eventually fall off.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 | Uncategorized | 44 Comments
Statutory rape is not a crime when a homosexual commits it:
When your 18-year-old daughter is expelled and charged with sexual battery of a child, one option is to go public and declare she’s a martyr under fire from anti-gay bias. That’s the approach taken by the parents of Kaitlyn Hunt, a Florida teen who faces two felony charges of “lewd or lascivious battery” on a child. And sure enough, the tactic has earned Hunt some high-profile left-wing media defenders.
According to the charges, Hunt, a senior at Sebastian River High School who was set to graduate this spring, pressured a 14-year-old girl four years her junior to be her “girlfriend” and engage in sexual activity with her. But when Kaitlyn faced prosecution from her underage partner’s parents, her own parents and gay activists immediately granted her victim status, claiming she was unjustly persecuted for being homosexual.
Not surprisingly, leftie headlines followed. In the account of ThinkProgress (funded by left-wing sugar daddy George Soros), Hunt was “charged with felony for same-sex relationship with classmate,” while Huffington Post lamented that she “faces felony charges over same-sex relationship” and offers links to petitions and support pages for Hunt.
ThinkProgress quoted Hunt’s mother talking about the underage girl’s parents: “they feel like my daughter “made” their daughter gay. They are bigoted, religious zeolites [sic] that see being gay as a sin and wrong, and they blame my daughter.” [emphasis in original]
Talk like that is catnip to the libertine left, always eager to take a stand against sexual prudery and oppression – especially if evil religious types are involved.
But the sexual activity in question occurred when Hunt was an 18 year-old senior and her “girlfriend” was only 14. “Police said a 4 year age gap is a serious difference. They say a 14-year-old is not old enough to give consent,” according to a local news report.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 | Uncategorized | 14 Comments
Seems that the Obama Regime has a new Obamascandal on its hands. America’s KGB recently went after Fox News reporter James Rosen for the crime of doing his job:
Journalists are understandably alarmed by the revelation that President Barack Obama’s Justice Department targeted Fox News reporter James Rosen during a leak investigation of a State Department employee.
The news, reported by the Washington Post late Sunday night, reveals that the Obama administration will apparently stop at nothing to track down whistle-blowers who leak classified information. In Rosen’s case, that included implicating him as a “criminal co-conspirator” whose actions were punishable with up to 10 years in prison.
While it is not uncommon for the government to investigate leaks, it is unprecedented for a journalist to be accused of committing a crime for reporting on classified information.
While many left-leaning pundits have gone into full ”La, la, la, la, I can’t hear you!!” mode, others, like Juan Williams, are horrified.
I think what you’ve got here is a situation where somehow now journalism has been criminalized, especially in this Rosen case. There is just no justification for somehow making out that the reporter who is trying to cultivate a source by doing so is a coconspirator in terms of a leaks investigation. I have never heard that before, never seen that before. It’s never been done before.
As is the Committee to Protect Journalists.
The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports of a U.S. Justice Department investigation into the newsgathering activities of a Fox News reporter, which come a week after revelations that the government seized phone records of The Associated Press.
“U.S. government efforts to prosecute leakers by obtaining information from journalists has a chilling effect domestically and sends a terrible message to journalists around the world who are fighting to resist government intrusion,” said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon.
“We ask that the confiscated phone records be returned to the AP and that you take action to guarantee that any future efforts to obtain phone records or other information essential to newsgathering is communicated to the news organization in advance so that the action can be challenged in court as justice demands,” the letter noted.
Which might be the reason why White House Press Secretary Neil Goldman has graduated from White House Press Corps speed bag to White House Press Corps artillery range.
Granted, it’s easy to poke fun at the American news media for only getting worked up when one of their own is in the Dear Leader’s crosshairs. And it’s important to keep in mind that Mr. Obama will never lack stenographers like Rachel Maddow, Ezra Klein and the New York Times who consider White House press releases to be gospel truth.
But this may be the most important Obamascandal of the four because it just might prompt some (but by no means all) American journalists to practice actual journalism and investigate the other three Obamascandals more deeply than they have so far. Because if one journalist is targeted by the regime merely for doing his job, who’s to say that one of them might not be next on the American KGB’s agenda?
In other Obamascandal news, everyone now knows that the IRS scandal was the fault of some low-level IRS functionaries in Cincinnati and no one else because shut up. Which is why, when she testifies before Congress, Lois Lerner, the woman who opened this can of worms, plans on pleading the Fifth Amendment.
Tuesday afternoon a bombshell was dropped into the already explosive IRS scandal when it was reported that Lois Lerner, a top IRS official in the non-profit division that paralyzed Tea Party groups with ongoing harassment, would invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions during Congressional testimony schedule before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.
The LA Times reports that Lerner will refuse to answer any questions about what she knows about the targeting of conservative groups. She will also refuse to explain why she is refusing to answer questions.
Lerner has retained defense attorney William W. Taylor 3rd, who sent a letter to Darrell Issa, the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee. In the letter Taylor said, “She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course.”
A flat tax sounds better and better with each passing day.
UPDATE: The IRS knew all this a year ago but didn’t bother to tell the Congress.
Rep. Darrel Issa, the committee’s chairman, said that the committee learned just yesterday that the IRS completed its own investigation a year before a Treasury Department Inspector General report was completed.
But despite the IRS recognizing in May 2012 that its employees were treating right-wing groups differently from other organizations, Issa said, IRS personnel withheld those conclusions from legislators.
‘Just yesterday the committee interviewed Holly Paz, the director of exempt organizations, rulings and agreements, division of the IRS,’ Issa said. ‘While a tremendous amount of attention is centered about the Inspector General’s report, or investigation, the committee has learned from Ms. Paz that she in fact participated in an IRS internal investigation that concluded in May of 2012 – May 3 of 2012 – and found essentially the same thing that Mr. George found more than a year later.’
Monday, May 20th, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments Off
Donald McClarey, who comments here from time to time, lost his son last night. If you haven’t already, leave a note over there.
Monday, May 20th, 2013 | Uncategorized | 21 Comments
Kermit Gosnell was an outlier. Kermit Gosnell was a murdering, butchering freak, in no way representative of the abortion industry. Anyway, Kermit Gosnell would have been impossible if not for the anti-choice fanatics.
That’s been the line from Murder, Inc, NARAL and the rest of the pro-infanticide community so far but I don’t know how much longer they’ll be able to claim it with a straight face. Since it will be another year or two before America’s national news media picks up this story, if it ever does, it seems that a second abortion clinic from Hell, if you’ll pardon the redundancy, has emerged in Texas:
A second ‘house of horrors’ abortion clinic is being investigated in Texas, just days after Dr Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of murdering newborns at his Philadelphia termination center.
Houston doctor Douglas Karpen is accused by four former employees of delivering live fetuses during third-trimester abortions and killing them by either snipping their spinal cord, stabbing a surgical instrument into their heads or ‘twisting their heads off their necks with his own bare hands’.
Other times the fetus was so big he would have to pull it out of the womb in pieces, Karpen’s ex-assistant, Deborah Edge, said in an Operation Rescue video, which has prompted a criminal investigation into the doctor.
‘Sometimes he couldn’t get the fetus out… he would yank pieces – piece by piece – when they were oversize,’ Edge explained.
‘And I’m talking about the whole floor dirty. I’m talking about me drenched in blood.’
Here are some cell phone pictures of Karpen’s victims taken at his clinic but I would strongly advise you to think very hard before clicking on that link.
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 | Uncategorized | 43 Comments
Alice Walker. Novelist. Author of The Color Purple. Activist. Leftist. Feminist.
Her daughter Rebecca relates:
You see, my mum taught me that children enslave women. I grew up believing that children are millstones around your neck, and the idea that motherhood can make you blissfully happy is a complete fairytale.
My mother’s feminist principles coloured every aspect of my life. As a little girl, I wasn’t even allowed to play with dolls or stuffed toys in case they brought out a maternal instinct. It was drummed into me that being a mother, raising children and running a home were a form of slavery. Having a career, travelling the world and being independent were what really mattered according to her.
To say that the relationship between Ms. Walker and her mother is strained doesn’t even begin to describe it.
I love my mother very much, but I haven’t seen her or spoken to her since I became pregnant. She has never seen my son - her only grandchild. My crime? Daring to question her ideology.
Well, so be it. My mother may be revered by women around the world - goodness knows, many even have shrines to her. But I honestly believe it’s time to puncture the myth and to reveal what life was really like to grow up as a child of the feminist revolution.
What did the prophet Isaiah mean when he said that all our righteous acts are like filthy rags? He meant this.
Ironically, my mother regards herself as a hugely maternal woman. Believing that women are suppressed, she has campaigned for their rights around the world and set up organisations to aid women abandoned in Africa - offering herself up as a mother figure.
But, while she has taken care of daughters all over the world and is hugely revered for her public work and service, my childhood tells a very different story. I came very low down in her priorities - after work, political integrity, self-fulfilment, friendships, spiritual life, fame and travel.
Who wouldn’t enjoy finding out that your own mother considered you a curse?
I was 16 when I found a now-famous poem she wrote comparing me to various calamities that struck and impeded the lives of other women writers. Virginia Woolf was mentally ill and the Brontes died prematurely. My mother had me - a ‘delightful distraction’, but a calamity nevertheless. I found that a huge shock and very upsetting.
I imagine. But hey, everybody has bad days. And Alice Walker could be a real hands-on mom when she wanted to be.
According to the strident feminist ideology of the Seventies, women were sisters first, and my mother chose to see me as a sister rather than a daughter. From the age of 13, I spent days at a time alone while my mother retreated to her writing studio - some 100 miles away. I was left with money to buy my own meals and lived on a diet of fast food.
As a result of all this maternal love and attention, Rebecca Walker’s adolescence was about what one would have expected it to have been.
But the truth was I was very lonely and, with my mother’s knowledge, started having sex at 13. I guess it was a relief for my mother as it meant I was less demanding. And she felt that being sexually active was empowering for me because it meant I was in control of my body.
Although I was on the Pill - something I had arranged at 13, visiting the doctor with my best friend - I fell pregnant at 14. I organised an abortion myself. Now I shudder at the memory. I was only a little girl. I don’t remember my mother being shocked or upset. She tried to be supportive, accompanying me with her boyfriend.
A decision she later came to deeply regret.
Although I believe that an abortion was the right decision for me then, the aftermath haunted me for decades. It ate away at my self-confidence and, until I had Tenzin, I was terrified that I’d never be able to have a baby because of what I had done to the child I had destroyed. For feminists to say that abortion carries no consequences is simply wrong.
Alice Walker was not thrilled at the prospect of becoming a grandmother.
Although I knew what my mother felt about babies, I still hoped that when I told her I was pregnant, she would be excited for me.
Instead, when I called her one morning in the spring of 2004, while I was at one of her homes housesitting, and told her my news and that I’d never been happier, she went very quiet. All she could say was that she was shocked. Then she asked if I could check on her garden. I put the phone down and sobbed - she had deliberately withheld her approval with the intention of hurting me. What loving mother would do that?
Easy. A loving mother wouldn’t do that. Of course I can’t speak for God but from the looks of it, I’d say that Rebecca Walker is pretty much off the hook for Exodus 20:12.
Worse was to follow. My mother took umbrage at an interview in which I’d mentioned that my parents didn’t protect or look out for me. She sent me an e-mail, threatening to undermine my reputation as a writer. I couldn’t believe she could be so hurtful - particularly when I was pregnant.
Devastated, I asked her to apologise and acknowledge how much she’d hurt me over the years with neglect, withholding affection and resenting me for things I had no control over - the fact that I am mixed-race, that I have a wealthy, white, professional father and that I was born at all.
But she wouldn’t back down. Instead, she wrote me a letter saying that our relationship had been inconsequential for years and that she was no longer interested in being my mother. She even signed the letter with her first name, rather than ‘Mom’.
Then feminist icon Alice Walker did this.
And I have since heard that my mother has cut me out of her will in favour of one of my cousins. I feel terribly sad - my mother is missing such a great opportunity to be close to her family. But I’m also relieved. Unlike most mothers, mine has never taken any pride in my achievements. She has always had a strange competitiveness that led her to undermine me at almost every turn.
And so, whether aware of it or not, Rebecca Walker did what most people with parents like hers do. She rejected just about everything her “mother” believes in.
It’s been almost four years since I have had any contact with my mother, but it’s for the best - not only for my self-protection but for my son’s well-being. I’ve done all I can to be a loyal, loving daughter, but I can no longer have this poisonous relationship destroy my life.
I know many women are shocked by my views. They expect the daughter of Alice Walker to deliver a very different message. Yes, feminism has undoubtedly given women opportunities. It’s helped open the doors for us at schools, universities and in the workplace. But what about the problems it’s caused for my contemporaries?
The ease with which people can get divorced these days doesn’t take into account the toll on children. That’s all part of the unfinished business of feminism.
Feminism has betrayed an entire generation of women into childlessness. It is devastating.
But far from taking responsibility for any of this, the leaders of the women’s movement close ranks against anyone who dares to question them - as I have learned to my cost. I don’t want to hurt my mother, but I cannot stay silent. I believe feminism is an experiment, and all experiments need to be assessed on their results. Then, when you see huge mistakes have been paid, you need to make alterations.
Alice Walker inadvertently taught her daughter about the only thing that endures.
The other day I was vacuuming when my son came bounding into the room. ‘Mummy, Mummy, let me help,’ he cried. His little hands were grabbing me around the knees and his huge brown eyes were looking up at me. I was overwhelmed by a huge surge of happiness.
I am my own woman and I have discovered what really matters - a happy family.
That, as they say, is going to leave a mark. Read the whole sad thing.
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 | Uncategorized | 9 Comments
Did the Justice Department come down as hard on the Associated Press as it did because of some dangerous national security leak, as claimed by
Errand Boy Attorney General Eric Holder? Absolutely. What could possibly be more serious than stealing Barack Obama’s thunder?
For five days, reporters at the Associated Press had been sitting on a big scoop about a foiled al-Qaeda plot at the request of CIA officials. Then, in a hastily scheduled Monday morning meeting, the journalists were asked by agency officials to hold off on publishing the story for just one more day.
The CIA officials, who had initially cited national security concerns in an attempt to delay publication, no longer had those worries, according to individuals familiar with the exchange. Instead, the Obama administration was planning to announce the successful counterterrorism operation that Tuesday.
AP balked and proceeded to publish that Monday afternoon. Its May 2012 report is now at the center of a controversial and broad seizure of phone records of AP reporters’ home, office and cellphone lines. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said the unauthorized disclosure about an intelligence operation to stop al-Qaeda from detonating explosives aboard a U.S. airliner was among the most serious leaks he could remember, and justified secretly obtaining records from a handful of reporters and editors over a span of two months.
AP’s story about the foiled plot was at odds with the calming message the White House had been conveying on the eve of the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. On April 30, the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement saying that there was “no indication of any specific, credible threats or plots against the US tied to the one-year anniversary of Bin Laden’s death.”
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 | Uncategorized | 16 Comments
Legendary MCJ commenter Dave P. reports:
Henry Owen Pawlak was born at 8:55 pm on 5/17/13. 9 lbs 3 oz. and 22 inches long. Mother and baby are fine. Daddy’s tired…
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 | Uncategorized | 16 Comments
When the Barack H. Obama Foundation sought tax-exempt status to raise money for good works in Kenya, the Internal Revenue Service provided quick help.
The IRS approved charitable status for the foundation, which was run by President Obama’s brother and named after his father, in about a month’s time. The IRS also agreed to give the group this important financial status retroactively, back to 2009, when it had begun its fundraising.
The 34 days the IRS’s Cincinnati office took to process the foundation’s application stands in contrast to the waits of several months — and sometimes longer than a year — that several conservative groups say they experienced with the same office. Obama has apologized, saying Americans have a right to be angry that the office improperly targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny.
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 | Uncategorized | 17 Comments
The Internal Revenue Service now basically runs health care in this country:
The IRS office in El Monte, California, began harassing Christian Voices for Life of Fort Bend County, Texas in 2011. In a series of questions penned by Exempt Organization Specialist Tyrone Thomas from the California office, the IRS asked a series of unwarranted questions ordering Christian Voices for Life without any foundation, to explain its content, message, and prayers as if they were engaging in highly offensive or criminal behavior.
Have an incredible weekend.
Friday, May 17th, 2013 | Uncategorized | 48 Comments
The Underground Pewster thinks that this Katharine Jefferts Schori sermon is her worst ever. That may very well be true (although I have faith that the Presiding Bishop can always top herself). But I would go a step further. In any list of the worst Christian sermons of the last 2,000 years, this crapfest has got to be in the top ten:
We live with the continuing tension between holier impulses that encourage us to see the image of God in all human beings and the reality that some of us choose not to see that glimpse of the divine, and instead use other people as means to an end.
Kate, of course, refers to those of you who keep insisting that the Creator of the universe means what He says.
We’re seeing something similar right now in the changing attitudes and laws about same-sex relationships, as many people come to recognize that different is not the same thing as wrong.
It’s not the same thing as right either. But if it’s different than what God says is right, it’s wrong. On the other hand, if it’s exactly the same as what God says is wrong, it’s wrong. That grade-school logic lesson is on the house, Presiding Bishop.
For many people, it can be difficult to see God at work in the world around us, particularly if God is doing something unexpected.
Like letting Episcopalians think that they can determine what God’s laws should be if He would just listen to the wise counsel of Episcopalians.
It’s right here where Kate goes completely off the rails. How badly? Let’s just say that I’ve probably read and commented upon more Frank Griswold sermons than anyone and Frank has never written ANYTHING as idiotically awful as the following; compared to Katharine Jefferts Schori, Frank is Charles Spurgeon. Strap yourselves in, kids, because this is going to be one hell of a wild ride.
There are some remarkable examples of that kind of blindness in the readings we heard this morning, and slavery is wrapped up in a lot of it. Paul is annoyed at the slave girl who keeps pursuing him, telling the world that he and his companions are slaves of God.
Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days.
But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour. But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.
She is quite right. She’s telling the same truth Paul and others claim for themselves. But Paul is annoyed, perhaps for being put in his place, and he responds by depriving her of her gift of spiritual awareness.
Kate? This poor girl’s “gift of spiritual awareness” was the result of demonic possession. So I suppose that Paul was “annoyed” for the same reason that Jesus shut the mouths of the demons whenever they started to proclaim to the world who He was. Having your identity in Christ proclaimed by agents of Satan is bad for business.
Paul can’t abide something he won’t see as beautiful or holy, so he tries to destroy it. It gets him thrown in prison. That’s pretty much where he’s put himself by his own refusal to recognize that she, too, shares in God’s nature, just as much as he does – maybe more so!
No. It’s not possible. She did not just say that. No college-educated person should be able to say something that stupid and no Christian should be able to say that at all. Let me go back to the link and see whether Kate actually…oh sweet mother of God, the woman actually uttered those words.
Say it with me.
WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT!!
You know what you just did, don’t you, Presiding Bishop? You just said that something Satanic was a gift from the God of Heaven. And not only a gift from God but something beautiful and holy that Paul was wrong to “destroy.”
Kate, this poor girl was DEMONICALLY POSSESSED, you particularly egregious dolt!! So if I were you, I’d Google the phrase “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit” some time. And then I’d start being honest for a change and stop referring to myself as a Christian.
I’d also look into learning to read and accepting the idea that if you don’t like what words mean, you can’t just arbitrarily decide that they mean something more to your liking. Most people figure that out when they’re about seven but better late than never, Kate.
The amazing thing is that during that long night in jail he remembers that he might find God there – so he and his cellmates spend the night praying and singing hymns.
But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.”
Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
An earthquake opens the doors and sets them free, and now Paul and his friends most definitely discern the presence of God. The jailer doesn’t – he thinks his end is at hand. This time, Paul remembers who he is and that all his neighbors are reflections of God, and he reaches out to his frightened captor.
If by remembering “that all his neighbors are reflections are reflections of God,” you mean not wanting the poor man to kill himself before he’d heard the Good News, then yeah, you’ve pretty much nailed it. Otherwise, that’s just stupid.
This time Paul acts with compassion rather than annoyance, and as a result the company of Jesus’ friends expands to include a whole new household. It makes me wonder what would have happened to that slave girl if Paul had seen the spirit of God in her.
Since Paul freed her from a demon, I imagine she hung around Paul a lot and probably became a Christian. Which is something else you might want to look into.
On second thought, don’t bother with that last one. No one can come to Christ unless the Father draws him to the Lord Jesus and I doubt that the Father is going to be drawing you much of anywhere any time soon.
As I write this, most of the people who commented on Her Satanic Majesty’s “sermon” are as appalled by this abomination as I am. A few names even in Sardis and all that.
Thursday, May 16th, 2013 | Uncategorized | 42 Comments
As you read this, remember that Murder, Inc. receives federal funding:
The Thomas More Society is speaking out about blatant bias by the supposedly apolitical tax-collection agency. Cases handled by the Chicago-based public interest law firm support mounting accusations that demonstrate the agency’s abuse of pro-life organizations, in addition to those identified as ‘tea party’, ‘patriot’, or ‘government spending’ groups. Outrage spurred by recent revelations of IRS discrimination against these groups has also led the Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus to announce a full investigation into the matter.
In one case, the IRS withheld approval of an application for tax exempt status for Coalition for Life of Iowa. In a phone call to Coalition for Life of Iowa leaders on June 6, 2009, the IRS agent “Ms. Richards” told the group to send a letter to the IRS with the entire board’s signatures stating that, under perjury of the law, they do not picket/protest or organize groups to picket or protest outside of Planned Parenthood. Once the IRS received this letter, their application would be approved. After a series of letters following a request for more invasive information, Thomas More Society special counsel Sally Wagenmaker sent a letter to the IRS demanding the tax exempt status be issued immediately.
Mr. President? Nobody’s laying this one directly on your doorstep. But when you and your administration give the impression that anybody who opposes you is not only wrong but evil and must be destroyed, kindly spare us your fake “outrage” at your radical underlings when they do what they think you want them to do.
Thursday, May 16th, 2013 | Uncategorized | 41 Comments
Late yesterday afternoon, President Obama issued a statement on the IRS scandal which is reproduced here in full:
Good afternoon, everybody. I just finished speaking with Secretary Lew and senior officials at the Treasury Department to discuss the investigation into IRS personnel who improperly screened conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. And I look forward to taking some questions at tomorrow’s press conference, but today, I wanted to make sure to get out to all of you some information about what we’re doing about this, and where we go from here.
I’ve reviewed the Treasury Department watchdog’s report, and the misconduct that it uncovered is inexcusable. It’s inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it. I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has into all of our lives. And as I said earlier, it should not matter what political stripe you’re from — the fact of the matter is, is that the IRS has to operate with absolute integrity. The government generally has to conduct itself in a way that is true to the public trust. That’s especially true for the IRS.
So here’s what we’re going to do.
First, we’re going to hold the responsible parties accountable. Yesterday, I directed Secretary Lew to follow up on the IG audit to see how this happened and who is responsible, and to make sure that we understand all the facts. Today, Secretary Lew took the first step by requesting and accepting the resignation of the acting commissioner of the IRS, because given the controversy surrounding this audit, it’s important to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward.
Second, we’re going to put in place new safeguards to make sure this kind of behavior cannot happen again. And I’ve directed Secretary Lew to ensure the IRS begins implementing the IG’s recommendations right away.
Third, we will work with Congress as it performs its oversight role. And our administration has to make sure that we are working hand in hand with Congress to get this thing fixed. Congress, Democrats and Republicans, owe it to the American people to treat that authority with the responsibility it deserves and in a way that doesn’t smack of politics or partisan agendas. Because I think one thing that you’ve seen is, across the board, everybody believes what happened in — as reported in the IG report is an outrage. The good news is it’s fixable, and it’s in everyone’s best interest to work together to fix it.
I’ll do everything in my power to make sure nothing like this happens again by holding the responsible parties accountable, by putting in place new checks and new safeguards, and going forward, by making sure that the law is applied as it should be — in a fair and impartial way. And we’re going to have to make sure that the laws are clear so that we can have confidence that they are enforced in a fair and impartial way, and that there’s not too much ambiguity surrounding these laws.
So that’s what I expect. That’s what the American people deserve. And that’s what we’re going to do.
Thank you very much.
First of all, ordering the interim IRS director to commit seppuku is not as impressive as it sounds insofar as the man was due to step down next month anyway. Secondly, exactly what does the President mean when he says that the “responsible parties” will be held accountable for their actions?
Will these people lose their jobs? If it is determined that laws were broken, will there be criminal prosecutions? Or will all of those low-level IRS who did this entirely on their own with no one else involved at all merely be metaphorically spanked and told to stand in the corner until the firestorm goes out?
How closely will the White House work with the Republicans? Is the President open to the idea of appointing an independent special prosecutor? If so, will Barack Obama allow the SP’s investigation to go wherever it has to go?
Makes me no never mind. But I think that quite a few Democrats are starting to understand that if this scandal extends into next year, they are going to be the ones to pay the electoral price for the President’s arrogance.
The town is turning on President Obama — and this is very bad news for this White House.
Republicans have waited five years for the moment to put the screws to Obama — and they have one-third of all congressional committees on the case now. Establishment Democrats, never big fans of this president to begin with, are starting to speak out. And reporters are tripping over themselves to condemn lies, bullying and shadiness in the Obama administration.
Obama’s aloof mien and holier-than-thou rhetoric have left him with little reservoir of good will, even among Democrats. And the press, after years of being accused of being soft on Obama while being berated by West Wing aides on matters big and small, now has every incentive to be as ruthless as can be.
This White House’s instinctive petulance, arrogance and defensiveness have all worked to isolate Obama at a time when he most needs a support system. “It feels like they don’t know what they’re here to do,” a former senior Obama administration official said. “When there’s no narrative, stuff like this consumes you.”
The dam of solid Democratic solidarity has collapsed, starting with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s weekend scolding of the White House over Benghazi, then gushing with the news the Justice Department had sucked up an absurdly broad swath of Associated Press phone records.
Democrats are privately befuddled by the White House’s flat-footed handling of this P.R. and legal mess, blaming a combination of bad timing, hubris and communications ineptitude. The most charitable defense offered up on background is that Obama staffers are scandal virgins, unaccustomed to dealing with a rabid press.
As I said before, I think, depending on how the investigation goes, that impeaching Barack Obama is a possibility while removal from office is still a longshot. Even if the Republicans retake the Senate, I don’t see them winning enough seats to give Barack Obama the distinction of being the first US president ever to be removed from office.
Although removal can’t and shouldn’t be ruled out. If I’m a Democratic senator, if this scandal drives my party into minority status in the Congress next year and if it is determined that the ultimately responsibility for turning the IRS into Barack Obama’s personal Gestapo lies with Barack Obama, then party loyalty is going to be a whole lot less important to me during the Senate trial than it might otherwise have been.
If Barack Obama doesn’t care about me, why should I care about him? After all, I’ve got the 2016 presidential elections to think about and my party’s chances will not be helped if Obama’s still hanging around. And even if removal doesn’t happen but the new Republican Congress begins dismantling ObamaCare, I’m not going to go out of my way to pull the presidential chestnuts out of the fire.
Push comes to shove, Barack Obama may end up pulling a Nixon and bailing out early. If this scenario plays out, he might as well since his presidency would effectively be over.
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The Environmental Protection Agency joins the fun:
Conservative groups seeking information from the Environmental Protection Agency have been routinely hindered by fees normally waived for media and watchdog groups, while fees for more than 90 percent of requests from green groups were waived, according to requests reviewed by the Conservative Enterprise Institute.
CEI reviewed Freedom of Information Act requests sent between January 2012 and this spring from several environmental groups friendly to the EPA’s mission, and several conservative groups, to see how equally the agency applies its fee waiver policy for media and watchdog groups. Government agencies are supposed to waive fees for groups disseminating information for public benefit.
UPDATE: When it rains, it pours.
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.
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