Straw Poll Winner Dr. Ben Carson Prescribes Remedies For Critical Patient (Video)

Via Freedom’s Lighthouse, I bring you the complete video of Dr. Ben Carson’s speech at the Western Conservative Summit, where he articulated his remedies for a very sick patient – the United States of America.

Carson’s diagnosis for America as it stands, now? It is in “critical condition at this stage,” the good doctor said, “and if we don’t do something about it in the relatively near future, it will be over.”

Carson echoed the late great Andrew Breitbart at his last CPAC in 2012 when he said, “Republicans, Conservatives, People of Faith” and other people of “common sense”  must come together and support the winner in order to defeat the radical Progressive Left in 2016. “After the primaries are over, don’t take your marbles and go home if your candidate didn’t win,” Carson said.

He shared his views on a host of issues, and did a great job of sharing how we can deal with our massive National Debt, and how we can replace ObamaCare with a private, market-based approach to Health Care. Carson was optimistic throughout that the nation can be saved, and in fact, declared “We will return to power” – meaning people of common sense – because God is not finished with America.

Carson won the presidential straw poll at the conference, garnering 22% of the vote.

He was followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 13 percent and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with 12 percent.

Others who finished in the top 10 were Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey, former Florida Rep. Allen West and Wisconsin Sen. Paul Ryan.

The three-day summit included dozens of speakers affiliated with the tea party, such as Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin and former Florida Rep. Allen West.

 

Cleta Mitchell: ‘The IRS Became The Enforcement Arm of the Democratic Party’ (Video)

Megyn Kelly had Washington Attorney Cleta Mitchell on the Kelly File, Monday night to talk about the new IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee that show Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings’ staff communicating with the IRS on several occasions between 2012 and 2013 about Catherine Engelbrecht’s voter integrity group, True the Vote.

Kelly noted with a degree of disgust that Cummings was on Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer, Sunday, where he fielded zero questions about the IRS scandal. Instead they talked about – get this –  equal pay for women! (See, over at CBS – they like to cover the tough issues … just ask Sharyl Attkisson.)

Kelly and Mitchell proceeded to review the latest evidence that Cummings colluded with the IRS to target True the Vote, and lied about it. The evidence is, frankly, overwhelming that Cummings inappropriately coordinated with the IRS to target True the Vote, even though he had no business investigating the group. 

No wonder the Democrat media complex wants to ignore the story and talk about binders full of women.

Mitchell summed up the underlying problem of the entire scandal, saying “Lois Lerner and the top brass at the IRS came to see its role as somehow the enforcement arm of the Democratic party and Democratic members of Congress, and the White House. And they began to carry out these activities – to pursue conservative groups because these politicians were demanding it. And yet all of these people – Lois Lerner – all of them – they have civil service protection. And the only difference between what happened at Watergate, when Richard Nixon asked the IRS to go after his political enemies, was when Richard Nixon asked – the IRS refused. When these Democratic politicians asked the IRS to go after these groups because they’re challenging us and we don’t like what they’re saying about us, the IRS took it upon themselves to do their bidding and to try to silence these groups.”

Because we are dealing with a criminal conspiracy masquerading as a political party.

Video: Ted Cruz at the Claremont Institute: What Conservatives Must Do To Turn The Country Around

Last Saturday, as the buffed up and tattooed Ted Cruz “Bad Boy” posters were appearing around  the Beverly Hills area, the senator was awarded with the Claremont Institute’s 2014 Statesmanship Award at their annual dinner in honor of  Sir Winston Churchill.

Sen. Cruz explained the three major threats facing the United States and what conservatives must do to turn the country around, stressing that standing for sound principles is a requirement of winning public support.

  • ·         Global loss of American leadership is making the world a more dangerous place;
  • ·         Continued economic stagnation is making it harder for people who are struggling;
  • ·         President Obama is behaving in a consistently lawless manner, undermining the Constitution and the rule of law.

“There is a debate in Washington about what the right approach is to win these arguments, to turn the country around, to pull back from the fiscal and economic brink,” Sen. Cruz said. “And, there are some in Washington who say the winning approach is to stick your head down, don’t rock the boat, and for Lord’s sake don’t stand for anything. They say with this world-weariness, this sense of wisdom ‘Now, now lad, you’ve got to win elections and standing for principle is inconsistent with winning elections.’ What I want to suggest to you is that is a false dichotomy.”

Previous recipients of the Statesmanship Award include Jack Kemp, Ronald Reagan, Clarence Thomas, William F. Buckley, Dick Armey, Margaret Thatcher, Milton Friedman, and Rush Limbaugh.

Video: In Senate Floor Speech, Ted Cruz Slaps Down Dingy Harry Like A Boss

Harry Reid took to the Senate floor today to accuse  Republicans of holding up legislation to help Ukraine so they can help billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. Sound like a fantastical stretch?

Keep reading.

Senators are still quibbling over a proposed aid package to Ukraine that passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and must now be taken up by the full Senate. The package includes reforms to the International Monetary Fund that a number of Republicans oppose.

CNN reports that “some Republicans” have floated the idea of trading the IMF reforms for a delay in proposed regulations by the Internal Revenue Service that would change the definition of “political activity” by tax-exempt groups, like some of the tea party groups that say they were improperly targeted by the IRS in 2012.

Excuse me CNN, but what do you mean by “tea party groups that say they were improperly targeted? The freaking IRS admitted to improperly targeting them and apologized. Obama initially declared that he was outraged over the offense. (If the tables were turned there would be no “that say.” Anyone even tangentially connected to the scandal would have been fired, impeached, tried for treason,  and jailed by now.

Anyway enter Dingy Harry to conflate defending the First Amendment rights of all Social Welfare groups with “protecting the Koch brothers.”

“This is hard for me to comprehend, how in clear conscience [Republicans] could say, ‘Ukrainians, we probably can’t help you because we’re trying to protect the Koch brothers,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said at a press conference Thursday. “And not only that, they’re saying to the American people that protecting the Koch brothers is more important than protecting our country.”

The man is batshit. But what really scares and saddens me – is that there are legions of mindless drones out there, who hear that —- and think it makes sense.

It is about damn time someone took to the floor to defend the Koch brothers from Dingy Harry’s now daily 2 minutes of hate from the  Senate Floor. He is supposed to be the Majority Leader of the Senate. Talk about impropriety.

Cruz released the following statement blasting Senate Dems for holding Ukraine aid hostage to politics.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to Sen. Reid’s measure to inject unnecessary provisions to the International Monetary Fund into a U.S. aid package to Ukraine.

“The world, Russia and the people of Ukraine should understand – Mr. Putin should understand – that all of us are united in standing with the people of Ukraine, that the United States will act,” Sen. Cruz said. “I am convinced we will act decisively to impose sanctions and serious consequences on Russia for their unprovoked act of war. We will act decisively to stand with the people of Ukraine. There should be no doubt in any observer’s mind that this will unify both parties, we will stand together. We would have done so tonight had the Majority Leader not made the cynical decision to hold Ukraine aid hostage to politics. Politics should end at the water’s edge, and I think it’s unfortunate to see the Majority Leader trying to use the crisis in Ukraine for political advantage. That’s the mistake, but there should be no ambiguity. We will impose sanctions. We will stand with Ukraine.”

Sen. Cruz highlighted four main reasons that the IMF provisions contained in the Ukraine aid package are harmful to the U.S. and misguided:

  • They are unnecessary. Estimates show that Ukrainian aid would cost no more than 5 percent of IMF’s current resources, which it is completely capable of handling without increased contribution from the U.S.
  • It could double the U.S.’s contribution to the IMF. We should not be opening up U.S. taxpayers to billions in additional financial reliability.
  • It would diminish U.S. influence on the IMF, reducing our ability to control IMF’s decisions and taking away the U.S.’s veto authority over the funds.
  • Most astoundingly, it would increase Russia’s control over the IMF, at a time when we are seeking to punish Russia for its act of war and aggression.

In his remarks, Sen. Cruz also outlined four immediate actions that the U.S. should take to respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:

  • Press to expel Russia from the G8;
  • Immediately enforce the Magnitsky Act (which the Administration has so far failed to do) to punish human rights by Russian officials and expand the act to include Ukrainian human rights abusers;
  • Immediately reinstall the anti-ballistic missile program (cancelled under President Obama in an unsuccessful effort to appease Mr. Putin) so that Eastern Europe can defend itself;
  • Offer the government of Ukraine a free trade agreement, particularly access to energy exports, including liquid natural gas (LNG), which will help free Ukraine from economic blackmail by Russia.

In regard to creating a free trade agreement with Ukraine, Sen. Cruz said, “We should move immediately to give Ukraine access to U.S. energy exports, particularly liquid natural gas, not just because it would help Ukraine and represent a serious blow to Russia, but because it makes perfect sense from the perspective of the United States. At a time when we’ve got the lowest labor rate participation since 1978, when millions of people are out of work and hurting, we should be developing and expanding our resources, and energy provides an opportunity to transform the geopolitical playing field, to use our abundant resources in a free market manner to free and liberate the people of Ukraine.”

Video: Ann Coulter’s Controversial Immigration Briefing With #CPAC2014 Bloggers

You may or may not have heard about a controversy sparked by Ann Coulter, last Saturday during CPAC. During a bloggers briefing held by the Eagle Forum on immigration reform, Ann made a rape analogy that caused some outrageous outrage on the left and caused consternation on the right:

“This isn’t natural. You have, especially on places like my favorite network, for humor, is MSNBC — and you know, they’re smearing, ‘Oh, Republicans just have to get used to it, the country is changing.’ No, this isn’t a natural process. It’s like you’re being raped and the guy is telling you, ‘Sorry, my penis is in you. Nothing you can do about it. No, you’re raping me!’”

Conservative blogger Marooned in Marin believes the “obscene comment” overshadowed the briefing. I think he’s right, and wonder if perhaps it was by design. Coulter sometimes cranks her comments up a few amps when she feels like an issue is getting overshadowed by left wing propaganda. She is often outrageously outrageous by design. If you watch all the videos I took at the briefing, you’ll note how frustrated she was that even Fox news often gets the facts wrong,  falling into the default PC liberal narrative. The conservative argument against amnesty is given short shrift by the media. Enter Ann Coulter drawing attention to a conservative argument as only she can.

Besides Coulter, this highly informative immigration briefing featured Steven Camarota of Center for Immigration Studies, Glyn Wright from the Eagle Forum and the group’s founder, legendary conservative powerhouse Phyllis Schlafly.

In the first video, Phyllis Schlafly talks about the many polls that show that recent immigrants are well to the left of the American public.

Coulter’s rape comment comes at the end of this video.

Part two of Coulter’s comments.

 Coulter’s Q & A with the bloggers:

#CPAC2014 Day 2 Pix and Videos

My daughter and I went to a pre-CPAC Ash Wednesday Mass at the largest Catholic shrine in North America – The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception:

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Then it was off to “RINOCon” the pre CPAC bloggers bash at Harrington’s. I took no pictures, but my picture was taken. Check out RWN on Monday when he does his annual CPAC picture dump.

Fast forward Thursday, and who do I run into but this guy passing out Atheist literature to CPACers  as they pass by in the hall. He was assuring everyone that it contained a “conservative” message, but I highly doubt that.. I’m assuming he’s from the group that was denied a booth in the exhibit hall. I witnessed one man take the brochure from atheist guy and promptly hand it back when he saw what it was. “Hey, it doesn’t burn!” the evangelical atheist said. Taking pity on him, I took one of his brochures, but soon lost it, alas. IMG_2980

Hey look! It’s Mark Levin! In the hallway! At CPAC!

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Not sure what these storm troopers were doing there – you never know what you’re going to come across at CPAC.

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I took this picture because I thought it was funny that there’s a big sign at CPAC that says, Radio Row sponsored by Koch Industries. (Suck-it Dingy.) Unfortunately my iPhone takes lousy pictures. If you squint you can almost see it.

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Blog Bash!

Lt. Col. Allen West spoke to conservative bloggers at Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar in National Harbor Thursday night after a busy first day of CPAC, telling us we are on the front lines of the culture war and thanking us for our service.

Reacting to the noisy, raucous, enthusiastic crowd, he started out by yelling “SHUT UP!” and later said, “lotta people gonna get a smack down from me!”

He concluded by telling bloggers “we need you to stand up and fight this culture battle against the left. Remember Andrew Breitbart, remember what he showed us. Every time you sit down at your computer, you’re carrying on the legacy that Andrew Breitbart taught us in the conservative movement.”

The 5th annual Blog Bash was a great success! 2014 had a stellar lineup of award winners:

Blogger of the Year

Bill Jacobson, Legal Insurrection

Bloggers’ Choice: Blogger Advocate

Ericka Andersen, Heritage Foundation & Right Social Daily

Bloggers’ Choice: Journalist of the Year

James Rosen, Fox News

Bloggers’ Choice: Movie of the Year (Jan 2013 – Feb 2014)

“Mitt”

Bloggers’ Choice: Non-Profit Blogger of the Year

Jeffery Dunetz, David Horowitz Freedom Center

Best Activism Post of 2013

Robert McCain, Aggravating Circumstances: Against the #FreeKate Campaign for Sexual Anarchy

Best Investigative Post of 2013

Joe Schoffstall, ‘Non-partisan’ group paid $1 million to produce positive Obamacare stories

 Best Sunlight Post of 2013

Alyssa Canobbio, Americans for Tax Reform, Obama Administration Spent $4.5 Billion on State Healthcare Websites

Best in Show: Podcast

Wayne Dupree Show

Best in Show: Microblog

SooperMexican (Twitter: @SooperMexican)

Best in Show: Video

Julie Borowski, ObamaCare Stinks for Young People

Legacy Award Eugene Volokh

State Blogger Cliff Sims, YellowHammer Politics

Friend of Bloggers… Ken White, Popehat

Andrew Breitbart’s Changing the Narrative Award Twitchy.com

Bloggers Stand With… IRS victims

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Mary Katherine Ham introduced the winner of the Best Investigative Blog Post, Robert Stacy McCain:

The winning entry, “Aggravating Circumstances: Against the #FreeKate Campaign for Sexual Anarchy,” was to some degree motivated by my general disgust with politics. Readers may recall that the 2012 election caused me to announce that we are “Doomed Beyond All Hope of Redemption,” and nothing that the Republican Party has done in the past 17 months has inspired any greater confidence that politics can accomplish much. It is possible to summarize our problem in two words: Cultural Decadence.

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The rest of the winners:

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And down came the confetti:

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At a lunchtime bloggers briefing, Republican powerhouses Phil Kerpin, Andrew Langer, and Ralph Reed explained how the right was able to collect over 140,000 signatures on regulations.gov opposing the malicious IRS 501 C 4 change in regulations.

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I’ll try to have the videos from that briefing up later tonight or later this weekend. Make no mistake. Those 140,000 signatures was no small feat and should keep the IRS busy for awhile. The right has finally figured out how to fight fire with fire.

#CPAC2014 Ted Cruz Bloggers Briefing (Video)

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Conservative favorite, Senator Ted Cruz held a bloggers briefing just for conservative bloggers, Thursday afternoon at CPAC. With only fifteen minutes to spend with us because of an upcoming Senate vote, he gave a brief statement and took questions from the pool of about forty bloggers.

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The first question about Common Core gave Cruz an opportunity to launch into a dissertation on one of his pet issues – school choice.

Later on Cruz talked for a bit on Obama’s abuse of power and his entirely politicized and corrupt DOJ and weaponized IRS – all made possible by a palace guard that lets him get away with things they would never let a Republican get away with. Cruz stressed the importance of the new media to go over the heads of the dinosaur media and get the truth out.

UPDATE:

In part three, Cruz talks about how the Republican party can win younger voters.

CPAC 2014 Kicks Off on Thursday

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The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) takes place Thursday, March 6 through Saturday, March 8 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in beautiful National Harbor just outside of Washington, D.C.

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CPAC is expected to draw at least 10, 000 conservatives from across the country. For conservative voters and activists, CPAC is an opportunity to hear and meet conservative politicians, leaders and intellectuals, all of whom share basic values of limited government, lower taxes, less regulations, free markets, individual liberty and family, among others. For politicians, on the other hand, CPAC is a unique opportunity to speak and connect with grassroots activists.

The event will feature a slate of potential 2016 presidential candidates, including Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio and Governors Bobby Jindal and Chris Christie. The New Jersey governor was denied a speaking slot last year following his “bromance” with President Obama in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

CPAC 2014 Schedule

Tomorrow promises to be an action packed day. Ted Cruz will get things rolling with his speech at 9:00. He will have a bloggers briefing in the afternoon. After that, I will be taking part in a conference call with Reps Chairman Issa and and Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Obama’s imperial presidency and executive overreach.

If you have any suggestions for me on what I might ask Chairman Issa on that conference call, let me know in the comments.

Trey Gowdy To Eric Holder: ‘Appoint A Special Counsel To Investigate IRS Case’ (Video)

Rep Trey Gowdy appeared On The Record with Martha MacCallum to talk about Attorney General Eric Holder’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary, yesterday.

“The Attorney General should appoint a Special Counsel because it’s an extraordinary case where it benefits the public interest”, Gowdy began, noting that 70% of the American public support a Special Prosecutor to look into the IRS scandal.

“If the media leaks can be believed, they don’t anticipate any criminal charges, they can’t tell who’s been interviewed… and we know that the lead prosecutor is one the most politically active prosecutor that I’ve ever heard of!” He exclaimed, later  characterizing her as someone “who has maxed out to the president.” Those things don’t bode well for this investigation,” Gowdy concluded.

The SC congressman had some advice for Holder, “at a minimum, in a secure, classified setting where nobody’s going to discuss what you tell us — update us on this investigation!” Gowdy suggested. “This is not your garden variety robbery case – this is a targeting based on political ideology that goes to the foundation of our republic!”

Martha MacCallum, playing the Devil’s Advocate, said “what they’re saying is, it’s been looked into, it was an unfortunate thing, these were underlings that were carried this out, they were politically targeting groups to basically make their paperwork easier…and they’re saying to just keep walking…”

“Unfortunately for whoever believes that, there are five criminal statutes at play”, Gowdy answered, dryly. And if the facts are as you just recited them, I can think of one criminal statute that they did violate. You cannot target people based on political ideology – that’s a crime! It’s not just bad manners, it’s a crime!”

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Ted Cruz on Fox News: Obama Should Apologize For ObamaCare and Do Something To Fix It (Video)

There are five specific questions dealing with the IRS, NSA and Benghazi scandals, ObamaCare, and jobs, that Senator Ted Cruz would like the president to answer in his State of the Union speech, Tuesday.
Today the Texas Senator talked to Gretchen Carlson of Fox about questions he (and many Americans would like answers to).
On Obamacare, he reiterated his assertion that Obama should apologize for lying about ObamaCare, saying “over 5 million people trusted President Obama when he said ‘if you like your health insurance plan you can keep it; if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.’ We now know that statement wasn’t true, and if he was actually taking responsibility for his action, he would number one say I am sorry, but then number two, he would act to fix it. Empty words don’t mean a whole lot.”  He went on to say, “for President Obama’s apology to mean something… he’s got to stop making it worse.”

On Benghazi, he noted that “Hillary Clinton today says she regrets that four brave Americans lost their lives… but at the same time, she doesn’t want to do anything to fix it. If she really was sorry, then she would stand up and join me and 22 other Senators calling for a joint select committee in Congress to investigate… why nobody has been held accountable.”

“A little over a year ago”, he continued, “President Obama said nobody cares more than I do about Benghazi. To the best of my recollection, that was the last time president Obama ever uttered the word Benghazi. If he was telling the truth… then I would expect thattomorrow he would call for some accountability now.”

 

Unfortunately, the chances of the president taking Ted Cruz’s advice and talking about these issues are close to nil.

Obama is president to liberal Democrats. Period. The rest of us can kiss off, as far as he’s concerned.

Check out these headlines that have come out ahead of the  Obama’s State of the Union Democrats Address: Obama To “Offer Election-Year Agenda For Democrats”, “Provide Fodder For Democrats”

Headlines: The State Of The Union Will “Offer Election-Year Agenda For Democrats”

 

Associated Press: “Obama Address An Opening Salvo For 2014 Elections.” (Josh Lederman, “Obama Address An Opening Salvo For 2014 Elections,” Associated Press, 12/17/14)

 

Reuters: “Obama To Use Speech To Offer Election-Year Agenda For Democrats.” (Steve Holland, “Obama To Use Speech To Offer Election-Year Agenda For Democrats,” Reuters, 1/26/14)

 

The Hill: “Obama’s Big Speech: Banging Base Drum.” (Niall Stanage And Amie Parnes, “Obama’s Big Speech: Banging Base Drum,”The Hill, 1/27/14)

 

Politico: “Obama’s Plan To Save The Senate.” (Manu Raju And Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama’s Plan To Save The Senate,” Politico, 1/15/14)

The White House’s Stated Goal: “Provide Fodder For Democrats Along The Campaign Trail”

 

“Preserving Democrats’ Fragile Majority In The Senate Is Of Key Concern To Obama…” (Josh Lederman, “Obama Address An Opening Salvo For 2014 Elections,” Associated Press, 12/17/14)

 

“…Part Of [Obama’s] Underlying Message Will Be: Please Vote For Democrats In The November Elections.” (Steve Holland, “Obama To Use Speech To Offer Election-Year Agenda For Democrats,” Reuters, 1/26/14)

 

“Obama Has A Plan To Save The Senate’s Tenuous Democratic Majority: Sell A Populist Message…” (Manu Raju And Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama’s Plan To Save The Senate,” Politico, 1/15/14)

 

“The Aim Is To… Provide Fodder For Democrats Along The Campaign Trail…” (Manu Raju And Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama’s Plan To Save The Senate,” Politico, 1/15/14)

 

“This Year’s Address Is Critical To Forming A Narrative On Which Democrats Can Campaign This Year.” (Steve Holland, “Obama To Use Speech To Offer Election-Year Agenda For Democrats,” Reuters, 1/26/14)

The White House Is “Coordinating Its Political And Policy Agenda With…Vulnerable Lawmakers”

 

January 15th, 2014: “The White House Is Wasting No Time Coordinating Its Political And Policy Agenda With Congressional Leaders And Vulnerable Lawmakers.” (Manu Raju And Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama’s Plan To Save The Senate,” Politico, 1/15/14)

 

“The White House Engagement So Far Ahead Of The State Of The Union Is Unusual.” (Manu Raju And Carrie Budoff Brown, “Obama’s Plan To Save The Senate,” Politico, 1/15/14)

 

“Barbara Mikulski Said Lawmakers Pitched Obama On Their Top Priorities For The Election Year.” (Alexander Bolton, “Senate Dems Press Obama On Priorities,” The Hill, 1/15/14)

 

Senate Democrats “Brought Up What They’d Like In The Agenda For The State Of The Union And What They Would Like Us To Concentrate On For 2014.” (Alexander Bolton, “Senate Dems Press Obama On Priorities,” The Hill, 1/15/14)

 

Dick Durbin: “There’s Hardly A Leadership Meeting That Goes By That That Question Isn’t Raised: How Will This Impact The 2014 Class?” (Laura Litvan And Kathleen Hunter, “Reid Gives Landrieu Chairmanship To Tip Re-Election Odds,” Bloomberg, 1/16/14)

Obama SOTU: Same Story, Same Result (Video)

The House Republicans released a video Monday in anticipation of Obama’s State of the Union speech, tomorrow. The video takes us on a trip down memory lane to the president’s last five SOTU addresses, foreshadowing his next round of empty promises and disingenuous happy talk.

In this video, House Republicans look back at Obama’s sickening  lies on ObamaCare:

Last week, Mark Levin suggested that the GOP boycott the SOTU. I think every sentient being in the country should. (I realize that excludes most Democrats.) Let Obama speak to his own dwindling, tone deaf, cacophonous  choir.

They need to do something bold that will get the attention of some of our fellow citizens and which the media, which will attack it, but cannot ignore it.

If they’re not going to take a stand constitutionally and legally, they should at least take a stand on the steps of the Capitol or somewhere. Together, shoulder to shoulder, and say we have a lawless president doing lawless things and make their case to the American people. It would be historic, it would be profound.

What is he going to say that he hasn’t said before? What will he be offering to the group his policies have hurt the most – the middle class – this time? More government spending? More wealth redistribution?  What promises will Obama’s teleprompter make him say on Tuesday, and why would anyone with a brain believe him?

I don’t have the stomach to watch it.

Krauthammer’s Advice to GOP: “Take the Side of the Little Sisters of the Poor – You Can’t Lose” (Video)

After yesterday’s “media tempest in a teapot” over some misquoted lines from a Mike Huckabee’s speech, pundits are debating whether Republican men should discuss women’s issues or just zip it. In a speech before the NRC, the former Arkansas Governor said Democrats want to “insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government.” Some media outlets reported the line as if Huck himself believed women can’t control their libido. Many took offense that he characterized Democrats as believing the same.

John Hayward weighed in at the Conversation, arguing that men shouldn’t shy away from important issues, but learn to avoid certain words and phrases that can be easily mischaracterized.

The other conservative backlash I’ve noticed against this specific passage of Huckabee’s speech is that he was foolish to set himself up for misquote mania by daring to talk about women’s libidos and reproductive systems, even if he was sarcastically describing Democrats’ views of women, or more precisely their political agenda to make women see themselves that way.  Republicans are therefore supposed to avoid using any words that could be randomly resorted to make them look really bad.  In fact, maybe it would be best if male Republicans avoided talking about women altogether, especially in the context of social issues.

There are a few topics that could be judged especially radioactive – the fallout zone around Todd Akin is large, and it’s got a half-life that take years to decay.  But it seems to me that backing male Republicans away from “women’s issues” entirely would be ceding a great deal of rhetorical territory to the Democrats, who incessantly make proclamations on those subjects.  In fact, if male Republican candidates never say a word about women, they will soon be attacked for their silence on women’s issues.  Is the challenge really more about avoiding certain words and phrases?  That’s really a universal political skill, when you think about it.  Every conceivable segment of the electorate has words and phrases that are guaranteed to provoke a negative reaction.  And when you’re a Republican, you can guarantee the media will never, ever ignore your utterance of those hot-button phrases.

Bret Baier asked the panel to weigh in on the question on Special Report, Friday evening. He noted that Republicans (ever in a defensive posture)had chosen Congresswoman Kathy McMorris Rogers to give the Republican response to Obama’s State of the Union speech – hoping to mitigate the Democrats’ “War on Women” b.s.

Krauthammer declared, “that kind of cosmetic change is not going to work if you keep having people talk about the psychology of women’s sexuality. For God’s sake, why do you have to talk about that?!” My thoughts exactly. Republicans are not impressed with symbolic gestures – (if that’s what it is.) They need to learn how to talk about women’s issues without giving Democrats any openings to attack them on, and go on the offensive where we’re on solid ground.

Dr. K.’s advice to Republicans is for them to talk about issues like late term abortions – which everyone agrees are an abomination – or the Regime’s attacks on the Little Sisters of the Poor.

“When there’s a suit between the leviathan State of Obama and the Little Sisters of the Poor”, Krauthammer declared,  “take the side of the Little Sisters of the Poor. You can’t lose.”

So true.

Video via National Review.

The IRS Has Been ‘Scrutinizing’ A Hollywood Conservative Group For Two Years

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Friends of Abe, a  conservative group in liberal Hollywood has been waiting for their 501(c)(3) tax exempt application to be approved for approximately two years, and like the tea party groups that were targeted by the IRS, they have also been presented with detailed questionnaires about their activities, and asked to provide the IRS with access to their security-protected website, which would allow them to see their highly protected membership list.

The New York Times has the exclusive story.

A collection of perhaps 1,500 right-leaning players in the entertainment industry, Friends of Abe keeps a low profile and fiercely protects its membership list, to avoid what it presumes would result in a sort of 21st-century blacklist, albeit on the other side of the partisan spectrum.

Now the Internal Revenue Service is reviewing the group’s activities in connection with its application for tax-exempt status. Last week, federal tax authorities presented the group with a 10-point request for detailed information about its meetings with politicians like Paul D. Ryan, Thaddeus McCotter and Herman Cain, among other matters, according to people briefed on the inquiry.

The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the organization’s confidentiality strictures, and to avoid complicating discussions with the I.R.S.

Those people said that the application had been under review for roughly two years, and had at one point included a demand — which was not met — for enhanced access to the group’s security-protected website, which would have revealed member names. Tax experts said that an organization’s membership list is information that would not typically be required. The I.R.S. already had access to the site’s basic levels, a request it considers routine for applications for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

Friends of Abe — the name refers to Abraham Lincoln — has strongly discouraged the naming of its members. That policy even prohibits the use of cameras at group events, to avoid the unwilling identification of all but a few associates — the actors Gary Sinise, Jon Voight and Kelsey Grammer, or the writer-producer Lionel Chetwynd, for instance — who have spoken openly about their conservative political views.

The Friends of Abe is seeking a 501(c)(3) tax status that would let donors claim a tax deduction, but prohibits partisan activity.

Jeremy Boreing, executive director of Friends of Abe, told the NYTs that “it’s been a long process,” and the “Friends of Abe has absolutely no political agenda.”

They are hoping to  receive tax-exempt status similar to that of the left-wing  People for the American Way Foundation.

People for the American Way, Mr. Lear’s group, stands as something of a liberal counterpart to Friends of Abe, though the organization is far larger, with an affiliate that spends millions of dollars a year on issue advocacy in Washington and beyond. But the entertainment industry has been crisscrossed by progressive groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council, which maintains a tax-exempt educational adjunct under the 501(c)(3) provision, and includes the producer Laurie David and the actor Leonardo DiCaprio among its trustees. Another, the American Foundation for Equal Rights, is a nonprofit that supports marriage rights for gay people and counts the producer Bruce Cohen and the writer Dustin Lance Black among its founders.

In the questionnaire, IRS officials  asked  about “membership criteria and social events, according to the people briefed on the matter, with pointed queries about meetings with a Los Angeles mayoral candidate, Kevin James, and Republican politicians like Mr. Ryan, Mr. Cain and Rick Santorum.”

Officials particularly wanted to know why a speech introducing Mr. Cain at a Friends of Abe event in November 2011 — when he was a presidential candidate — should not be regarded as potentially prohibited political campaign support.

While tax-exempt groups are permitted to invite candidates to speak at events, it is not uncommon for the I.R.S. to scrutinize such activities to determine whether they cross the line into partisan election activity. One issue is whether the organization invites all the qualified candidates.

Marcus S. Owens, a former director of the I.R.S.’s exempt organizations division said, “the I.R.S. would say that if you are inviting only conservative candidates, that’s a problem. But it’s never really been litigated.”

I wonder why?

In July of 2012, The People For The American Way held a gala  in honor its founder, Norman Lear and the Young Elected Officials Network (which consists of nearly 700 progressive officeholders between 18 and 35 years of age.) Nancy Pelosi gave a very political speech at the gala at a time when she was running for reelection in California.

“Together, we will fight for a new politics free from special interest money.  We will ‘DARE’ – to disclose, amend, reform, and elect reformers.  We must fight for disclosure, to pass the DISCLOSE Act and get unlimited, secret, special interest money out of our politics.  We must amend our Constitution to overturn the Citizens United decision that strengthens the hands of special interests at the expense of the people’s interest.  We must fight for reform to empower the grassroots with a greater role in our elections and with citizen funding for campaigns.  We must elect reform-minded leaders to fight for the American dream.  Our founders established a democracy – not a plutocracy.  We must make certain that the votes of the many determine the outcome of our elections, not the checkbooks of the few.  We must fight voter suppression and protect the right of every citizen to vote and every vote to be counted.  I believe the attempt to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress is really an attempt to weaken his strong voice in fighting voter suppression.”

Would the IRS view that as an example of “potentially prohibited political campaign support?” Did the People for the American Way send invitations to all qualified candidates – including conservatives to speak at the gala to balance out Pelosi and the progressive Young Elected Officials Network? If not, why is the IRS not interested in “scrutinizing” them?

Why is it only “a problem” when conservative groups engage in what can arguably be called partisan politics?

Comments on proposed IRS rule targeting the Tea Party Overwhelmingly negative

And by “overwhelmingly negative”  I mean  0 1 positive out of 717 comments, thus far. Where are the  tea- party haters – the anti-Koch brothers paranoids spewing their hate? I see nothing but overwhelmingly intelligent, literate, well-reasoned comments.

Via The Conservative Examiner: 

The proposed rule, “Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations on Candidate-Related Political Activities” does not impact labor unions or the Chamber of Commerce, but does impact the Tea Party and other conservative groups.

It is out in the open that the IRS is targeting perceived political opponents, but this truth is frustratingly not being shouted from the rooftops by the mainstream media or the Republican establishment, who have been quite clear in their disdain for the Tea Party.

Speaking of the proposed rule, professor of law at the University of Tennessee Glenn Harlan Reynolds, wrote an article for USA Today yesterday saying in part,

“…the Obama administration is currently changing IRS rules to muzzle Tea Partiers.”

In fact, it is believed that this rule has been “reverse engineered” in such a way to specifically target common activities among Tea Party groups and recategorize them as “candidate-related political activity,” as reported by Kimberley A. Strassel of the Wall Street Journal.

Tea Party activities oftentimes include issue advocacy, candidate forums and voter registration drives, but Strassel reported that the rule would effectively

“…shut up hundreds of groups that pose a direct threat by restricting their ability to speak freely in an election season about spending or ObamaCare or jobs.” [emphasis added]

Not one of the 686 (out of 9,532) comments currently available for viewing is supportive of the measure.

It’s 717 comments, as of this writing, and before I could post, one anti-Koch brother moonbat appeared (probably via Instapundit’s link.) And true to form, the lib is a lofo with no idea what he/she is talking about.

More effective regulation of political activities by 501(c) groups is long overdue. People like the Koch brothers, and the groups they fund such as “Americans For Prosperity” have demonstrated how ineffective current regulations, and their enforcement, are in preventing 501(c) groups from being used to avoid taxes and to engage in obviously political activity.

Regulations and enforcement need to cover ANY politically- or financially-motivated activities such as Americans For Prosperity placing fake eviction notices on homes in Detroit, mailing “We know you didn’t vote” correspondence to people and threatening to tell their neighbors you didn’t vote, and making awards or special recognition to politicians who promote the group’s political agenda.

The Kochs, other plutocrats, and corporations should not be allowed to hide their political funding by funneling it through 501(c) groups. Consider requiring that all groups designated as nonprofit make available a complete disclosure of contributions and from whom they were received.

Why do these people never mention George Soros, or liberal groups like Media Matters and the Tides Foundation, I wonder?

The proposed regulations do not affect 501(c)(3) nonprofits, they “provide guidance under section 501(c)(4) relating to the measurement of an organization’s primarily activity and whether it is operated primarly for the promotion of social welfare, including guidance relating to political campaign intervention.” Via Regulations.gov(complete with gaffetastic misspelling of primarily.)

In one comment, the left-wing Bauman Foundation demanded public hearings on the rule. Interestingly, the rule would not apply to them as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but they were concerned that the rule for 501(c)(4)s would confuse their donors.

As of July 2008,  the Internal Revenue Service Code described 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations as nonprofit organizations that were exempt from paying federal income tax.

501(c)(3) organizations are either a public charity, private foundation or private operating foundation with open membership whereas 501(c)(4) organizations are civic leagues or associations operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare or local associations of employees with limited membership.

When it comes to lobbying and political activity, 501(c)(3) organizations can appeal directly to legislative bodies and representatives and may support issue-based legislation. However, they must notify the IRS of their intent to lobby by filing form5768, which formally informs the federal government that one has elected to use the expenditure test to have the organization’s lobbying activity measured. Under this test, lobbying capacity is typically limited to spending less than 5 to 20% of the organizational budget on lobbying activities, depending on the size of your organization.

501(c)(4) organizations can engage in unlimited lobbying so long as it pertains to the organization’s mission. 501(c)(3) organizations are not permitted to engage in political activity, endorse or oppose political candidates, or donate money or time to political campaigns, but 501(c)(4) organizations can do all of the above.

The Obama IRS is changing the 501 (c) (4) rules so the IRS can continue targeting conservative, libertarian leaning groups legally.

Here is tea party atty Cleta Mitchell explaining the proposed IRS rule changes.

Good news: Rep. Dave Camp Introduces Bill to Block IRS 501(c)(4) Rules: 

The House Ways and Means Committee chair wants more time to investigate the agency’s targeting of conservative groups and to review potential rule changes.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) introduced legislation (H.R. 3865) last week to block the Internal Revenue Service from finalizing new restrictions on the political activities of 501(c)(4) social welfare groups.

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Camp, who led an investigation into the IRS’s targeting of organizations seeking 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status, said that the investigation is still ongoing and that the committee needs more time to review documents they are still waiting to receive. His bill would delay implementation of the new rules for one year to allow the committee to complete the investigation and review public comments on the proposal.

“It is premature to publish new rules before getting all of the facts,” Camp said in a statement. “The administration’s proposed rules openly target groups that are exercising their First Amendment rights. We cannot allow these draft regulations to go into effect. Congress must make sure every American’s right to participate and engage in civic debate is protected, and this legislation will provide some much-needed assurance that IRS targeting and surveillance will not continue.”

Linked by Doug Ross, and Pirate’s Cove, and Right Wing News, and NoisyRoom, and Trevor Loudon Thanks!

Evan Sayet: ‘The Modern Liberal Is Wrong About Every Issue’ (Video)

According to David Horowitz, Mr. Sayet is “simply the best political comedian working in America today”. Not just a comedian – he’s a serious thinker to boot, and listening to his latest speech is not a bad way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Evan delivered the speech to the Heritage Foundation which Andrew Breitbart called “one of the five most important conservative speeches ever given,” a lecture that is now by far the single most viewed talk in their history. Evan has written and/or produced in just about every medium there is, including TV’s “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher” (for which he apologizes), the multiple festival award-winning documentary “Dodo” and authored The Kindergarden of Eden: How the Modern Liberal Thinks (Evan will be selling and signing his new book). He was also the original writer for the long-running, cult classic game show, “Win Ben Stein’s Money.”

The previous speech, referred to is this one: “How Modern Liberals Think”:

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