... otherwise known as a "link dump" from my morning on facebook.
USA Today by way of Weasel Zippers:
Newly uncovered IRS documents show the agency flagged political groups based on the content of their literature, raising concerns specifically about ”anti-Obama rhetoric,” inflammatory language and “emotional” statements made by non-profits seeking tax-exempt status.
The internal 2011 documents, obtained by USA TODAY, list 162 groups by name, with comments by Internal Revenue Service lawyers in Washington raising issues about their political, lobbying and advocacy activities. In 21 cases, those activities were characterized as “propaganda.”
Remember how President Bush wielded the power of the IRS to harass, intimidate and punish his political opposition? Yeah, I don't either.
Breitbart conveys an AP report on the message of The New Dutch King to his subjects: Say Goodbye to the Welfare State. I didn't even know there WAS a new Dutch king but be that as it may, I notice the AP just has to throw "austerity" into its discussion, which I find really annoying. When I sit down to pay my bills with money I actually have, I don't consider it "austerity." I've always thought of it as simply "staying afloat." But read away, so you can discuss Amsterdam at your next cocktail party.
When I read that the Navy Yard shooter had been hearing voices through a microwave, I had to ask how the Dems can possibly believe that taking guns away from the perfectly sane is a solution to the mental illness that so often results in mass shootings. No one has answered as yet.
Lovers of Yiddish, especially my friend DeDo, will appreciate this amusing article by Judge Alex Kozinski and Eugene Volokh, first published in the Yale Law Journal (1993): "Lawsuit, Shmawsuit."
Random comment seen on the innernut:
"... In the Obama Administration, it appears the way to ensure paid vacation and/or a promotion is to be a significant part of a scandal, especially if someone is killed...."
Now for an Easy Exercise in Dot Connection.
- "... in America in June, there were 52 percent more households on Food Stamps than there were in the average month of the first year President Obama took office."
- JACKSON COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Nearly 200 employees at the Merillat Plant in Jackson, Ohio will soon be out of a job. According to a press release from Masco Cabinetry, Merillat manufacturing will close over the next several months. The company says 168 hourly employees and 12 salary employees will be impacted by the closure.... [Jackson Mayor Randy] Heath tells WSAZ.com that Masco has been shutting down a number of its facilities over the past few years, including Mills Pride in Waverly, which impacted nearly 1,000 workers. He says finding employment for the veteran employees who have been at Merillat for 20-30 years "will be difficult."
This insight into Leftist-Utopian Syndrome might provide a chuckle - or two, if you email it to a friend.
From the InJustice Department, we learn that the Ft. Hood shooter - may his name be erased for all eternity - managed to give away to charity all the salary he received while awaiting trial, some $300,000. So there's no money left for division among his victims. One of those affected noted that it's not the money itself, it's the principle that's at stake. IMHO, from the moment he opened fire, he should not have seen a single dime from We The Taxpayers. It's bad enough we've had to feed, clothe and provide medical care for him, and will continue to do so for the rest of his miserable life. And if you were thinking of holding your breath until his sentence is actually carried out... Don't. The Army hasn't executed anyone for last fifty years.
I have mixed feelings about Obamma being snubbed by Brazil. He may well deserve it, but what a painful come-down this is for the American people. Not only are we no longer No. 1, but it remains to be seen - for still another three and a half years - where we'll find ourselves when this president finally moves on. IF he moves on.
Robert Costa at The Corner:
Leadership sources tell me the House will soon vote on a continuing resolution that simultaneously funds the federal government and defunds Obamacare. Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are expected to announce the decision at Wednesday’s Republican conference meeting.
UPDATE! THE NEW CANTOR PLAN
And semi-finally, Keith Koffler tells conservatives: Your President Hates You. Like we didn't know that already.
"Players can choose to be Democrats, Republicans, or members of the Tea Party, Green Party, Occupy Wall Street, or the IRS" ...
... [but] "Nobody ever wins" and "Everybody has to pay."
Chag Sameach, everyone! I hope you've finished your succah. It's already yom tov in Israel!
"In the shadow of Your wings, shelter us."