Live stream HERE of #IRSHearing w/IRS chieftess Lois Lerner. Watch as she takes the 5th amendment over and over and over and over.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
“IRS official Lois Lerner will invoke her constitutional right to not answer questions on Wednesday at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, her lawyer told the panel in a letter.
Lerner triggered the recent IRS uproar at a legal conference nearly two weeks ago, when she revealed that the agency had subjected tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status to extra scrutiny during parts of the 2010 and 2012 election seasons. She also apologized for the actions.
Lerner, 62, an attorney who joined the IRS in 2001, heads the unit that decides whether groups qualify for the status. She has come under fire from members of both parties, including Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, top Democrat on the Oversight Committee, who said in an interview Tuesday that she should lose her job.”
Oregon Senator Merkley and Senators Schumer, Franken, Bennet, Udall, Shaheen and Whitehouse told the IRS to give extra scrutiny to 501c4 organizations to find wrong doing. They’d never done this before regarding liberal 501c4 groups, but cite Citizens United as the reason—because it freed many CONSERVATIVES to participate in moveon like organizations. They didn’t want the competition which explains why all of the signatories to this letter are hyper partisan Democrats.
Here is the letter Merkley wrote to the IRS to sic the agency on the Tea Party groups. It’s the letter referred to in Rees Lloyd’s post at VictoriaTaft.com on March 3rd
and which the Zero is busy transcribing his responses on how he didn’t really mean to do it and how he was “dragged into the controversy” when in fact was helping to lead it.
Thanks to a twitter follower, I found out about a nationwide effort to rally folks to rally in front of the IRS Tuesday. Because nobody else was organizing anything in concert with this effort and since I’ve wanted to do SOMEthing in response to this IRS abuse, I thought I’d go ahead and organize it.
Your time is important so this will be short and, I hope, impactful. Please come at 12:15-12:45 and bring your sign and a smile.
Please go to the Facebook page to RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/114824638688026/
NATIONWIDE TEA PARTY. ALL HANDS. GENERAL QUARTERS. TEA PARTY MAY 21ST AT IRS OFFICE at IRS Office 100 Sw Main St, Portland OR 97204. 12:15-12:45PM Bring your CLEAN & RESPECTFUL signs.VIA MICHELLE MALKIN, GATEWAY PUNDIT, NORMAL AMERICAN PEOPLE! I said via twitter last week we need a Tea Party.
Who knew when they paid the money to get into the Billboard MusicAwards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last night that they’d get a lap dance as a spiff? I actually gasped after rapper Nicki Minaj gave rapper Lil Wayne a lap dance on stage as the final, er, act of the Billboard Music Awards.
I’m not a prude and I actually got to like Minaj through her short lived “reality” show. But this? This was absolutely disgusting–most especially when she put her hand through her legs and started making gestures that simulated–I’m at a loss for words. Maybe she was just doing her version of jazz hands.
ABC, are you listening?
Why does the Obama administration continue to send out on the Sunday shows second-tier spinmeisters and those so far removed from the action that they can’t comment from their own personal knowledge? Policy makers and those whose hands are on the levers of power never seem to be available, so we get the same-old-same-old canned spin from unctuous prigs like boy-man Dan Pfeiffer (pictured right), who was verbally dissected and made to eat his own words by CBS’ Bob Schieffer on yesterday’s “Face the Nation.” Ever respectful, but still insulting, Schieffer schooled Pfeiffer on how he was reading from a script written during the Nixon era:
“You know, I don’t want to compare this in any way to Watergate. I do not think this is Watergate by any stretch. But you weren’t born then I would guess, but I have to tell you that is exactly the approach that the Nixon administration took. They said, ‘These are all second-rate things. We don’t have time for this. We have to devote our time to the people’s business.’ You’re taking exactly the same line they did.”
Schieffer called B.S. on the White House sending ignorant-of-the-facts UN Ambassador Susan Rice on the Sunday shows after Benghazi to spin a yarn those who sent her KNEW was a lie:
“But what I’m saying to you is that was just PR. That was just a PR plan to send out somebody who didn’t know anything about what had happened. Why did you do that? Why didn’t the Secretary of State come and tell us what they knew and if he knew nothing say, ‘We don’t know yet?’ Why didn’t the White House Chief of Staff come out? I mean I would, and I mean this as no disrespect to you, why are you here today? Why isn’t the White House Chief of Staff here to tell us what happened?”
Here’s the entire segment:
The compendium of Obama miscues may not yet be at a Watergate-level, but if the administration continues to be represented by liars and morons whose words insult the intelligence of the American people, it could easily end up there. And that will be something Obama built.
As the fight against the ACLU to save the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial cross continues in its 24th year, I forward a link to a Fox 5 news report in San Diego on the Mt. Soledad Memorial getting “more space to expand” to allow for more plaques honoring veterans to be added to the some 3,400 plaques already dedicated.
The report also references the ongoing legal battle against the extremist ACLU, which has become the Taliban of American liberal secularism, to save the memorial “as it is where it is,” i.e., with the Cross honoring veterans intact.
The importance of the Mt. Soledad Memorial Cross case cannot be overestimated. Since the battle to save the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial Cross from destruction by the ACLU was won in 2012, the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial Case is the single most important Establishment of Religion case affecting veterans memorials. It will set a precedent affecting not only this generation, but generations of Americans far into the future.
What is really at stake is whether 300-million Americans will continue to have the ability to honor their war dead and the service of other veterans as those Americans choose; or whether ideologically motivated special interest groups, atheists, agnostics, intolerant secular extremists epitomized by the ACLU, or intolerant Muslims striving to transform America from a free republic under the U.S. Constitution into an Islamic republic under Sharia Law, will have the right to veto those decisions.
Among others involved in the battle, The American Legion, the largest cross defending veterans organization in the county, became involved in litigation combating the ACLU, the largest cross-destroying secular extremist organization in the country, in 2006. In that year, a U.S. Judge ordered the City of San Diego to remove or destroy the Cross honoring veterans at the Memorial within 90 days or he would fine the taxpayers of San Diego $5,000 a day.
The Legion then filed friend of the court briefs in support of San Diego citizens standing up to the ACLU represented by Attorney Charles S. LiMandri, Western Regional Director of the Thomas Law Center. As lead attorney for the citizens, LiMandri has done more than any other single attorney or person to save the Mt. Soledad Memorial “as it is, where it is.” LiMandri has expended well over a million dollars in pro bono attorney time defending the Memorial; while the ACLU and ACLU-connected lawyers have pocketed well over $1-million in taxpayer-paid, judge-ordered attorney fee “awards” in litigation to destroy the Cross.
The Cross-destruction order was appealed to the Ninth Circuit, along with an emergency petition for an order to “stay” the destruction of the Cross until the appeal could be decided. The 9th Circuit denied a stay, which meant the Cross could be destroyed before the appeal could even be heard. Although it is extremely rare that the U.S. Supreme Court issues a stay order after denial by a circuit court, an emergency petition was filed to the U.S. Supreme Court — which issued a stay ordered by Justice Kennedy.
Meanwhile, the U.S. House overwhelmingly, and the U.S. Senate without objection (including by then-Sen. Barack Obama), approved passage of the Mt. Soledad War Memorial Protection Act. It was immediately signed into law by then-President George W. Bush, who invited LiMandri to attend the White House bill-signing ceremonies due to LiMandri’s extraordinary efforts to save the Memorial.
That Act transferred ownership of the Memorial from the City of San Diego to the Department of Defense. That transfer to the federal government nullified the orders to destroy the Cross, which had issued in a lawsuit brought in federal court, but under the California, not the U.S. Constitution.
However, the ACLU then filed a new lawsuit suing the U.S. Government to destroy the cross under the U.S. Constitution. The U.S. District Court in San Diego ruled that the Cross does not violate the Establishment of Religion Clause because a reasonable person would understand the Memorial is to honor veterans, not to endorse any particular religion or religion in general.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeal, the most liberal, most reversed circuit in the nation, predictably overturned the U.S. District Court decision. Petitions for Supreme Court review were filed. The Supreme Court declined to grant the petitions, but remanded the case to the U.S. District Court, on the ground the judgment was not complete and ripe for review because there was no remedy provided. Justice Alito wrote a separate statement noting that the Court’s declination to grant review at that time shouldn’t be interpreted as closing the door to a new petition after a remedy was ordered in the court below.
Most recently, the U.S. District Court in San Diego, after months of inaction on the case since the remand, has ordered the attorneys for the ACLU and the defendant U.S. Department of Defense, represented by the Department of Justice, and the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association, represented by Liberty Institute in Texas, to file confidential settlement briefs by June 21 and attend a Settlement Conference on June 28, 2013, to attempt to reach a resolution. (Notice and Order available online in Trunk, et al. v. City of San Diego, et al., Case No. 3:06-cv-01597-LAB-WMC, May 5, 2013.)
Meanwhile, in April, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-50th Dist., CA), a Marine veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, introduced the War Memorial Protection Act, HR 1497, in the 113th Congress, joined by 19 co-sponsors in the House. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), filed an identical bill in the Senate, S705.
This is significant legislation that needs to be actively supported. The Hunter-Burr bills, if passed, would “ensure that memorials commemorating the service of the United States Armed Forces may contain religious symbols,” including “works of architecture and art.”
What happens with the Rep. Duncan Hunter – Sen. Richard Burr “War Memorial Protection Act(s), H.R. 1497 and S705, is extremely important.
What happens at the settlement negotiations ordered by the U.S. District Court in the Mt. Soledad case for June 28 (unfortunately the same day that our California American Legion Convention begins) is also extremely important.
What American veterans and other patriots do, or do not do, to preserve the right of Americans to honor their war dead and other veterans as they choose, is also of extreme importance.
What can be done immediately is to support and call on House and Senate representatives to pass the Duncan Hunter-Richard Burr “War Memorial Protection Act,” H.R. 1497 and S705 respectively; to combat the intolerant extremists epitomized by the ACLU; and, for an easy start, to watch the Fox 5 news report on the expanding Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial for a glimpse of why the fight is so important: http://fox5sandiego.com/2013/05/15/veterans-memorial-gets-more-space-to-grow/.
I will be reporting on this when I speak as Director of the Defense of Veterans Memorials Project of The American Legion Department of California at the Department Convention on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 2:30 p.m., which report will include honoring Henry and Wanda Sandoz, the citizen-heroes whose donation of five acres of their own land saved the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial.
More American patriots like Henry and Wanda Sandoz, desert country from Yucca Valley who describe themselves as “just ordinary Americans trying to do the right thing,” and the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial can also be saved.
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY FOREVER; SURRENDER TO THE ACLU—Never!
(Rees Lloyd is a longtime civil rights lawyer, veterans activist, and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.)
And does the University condemn this behavior or do anything about it such as provide security? No.
From the PSU College Republicans,
This week, we have the big display case in the Smith Memorial Student Union and I set up posters for our three upcoming events:
1. Runaway Slave
2. Nonie Darwish – The Nice Muslim Family Next Door
3. Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West
This is probably what fueled the content of the malicious flyers put up against us.
Yesterday (Wednesday), I put up flyers advertising for our weekly meeting on all the doors of Nueberger, Smith, and Cramer and finished at about 12:30pm. Our meetings are at 4pm Wednesdays in Smith M114. The Concealed Carry group has that room before us at 3pm. Apparently, between 12:30pm and about 2:30pm, someone took down every single poster I had put up, folded them, and laid them on the table in our meeting room. They then put [a flyer]… calling us racists/sexists/KKK members, on all sides of the room and on our display case in Smith as well.
I’ve put in a report with Campus Security, SALP, and the Dean of Students. But without a face to these acts, it’ll be hard for them to do anything.
The group decided to put the malicious flyers in our display case and I typed up a response to the individual to accompany the flyer. Let me know if you want a picture of that or any other information. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks,
Sounds like someone might have to keep the PSU College Republican information under surveillance. Consider that a threat, Occupy or International Socialist Organization.
In the weeks before the November 2012 election, Billy Graham released this print ad:
“On Nov. 6, the day before my 94th birthday, our nation will hold one of the most critical elections in my lifetime. We are at a crossroads and there are profound moral issues at stake. I strongly urge you to vote for candidates who support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman, protect the sanctity of life and defend our religious freedoms. The Bible speaks clearly on these crucial issues. Please join me in praying for America, that we will turn our hearts back toward God.”
And Obama’s IRS went after him for it. Politico reports,
Franklin Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the family’s international humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse, said that the IRS notified the organizations in September that it was conducting a “review” of their activities for tax year 2010.
“While these audits not only wasted taxpayer money, they wasted money contributed by donors for ministry purposes as we had to spend precious resources servicing the IRS agents in our offices,” Graham wrote in the letter, which was shared with POLITICO. “I believe that someone in the administration was targeting and attempting to intimidate us. This is morally wrong and unethical – indeed some would call it ‘un-American.”
I do not believe the timing of this IRS audit was coincidental. Obviously it was done in advance of the election but also Pulpit Freedom Sunday an effort by the Alliance Defending Freedom to Not that the news media paid much attention, but October 7, 2012 was the month Pastors were being encouraged to hold a “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” to talk plainly and unabashedly about the election and its implications on Christendom.
But what should be reported is that the targeting by the IRS goes even deeper than what is just reported. Because the IRS has been targeting churches since the passage of the Johnson Amendment in 1954. There is no difference between what the IRS has been caught doing with conservative groups and what the IRS has done to churches for the last 59 years. Both are intimidation. Imagine the impact of a system of intimidation targeting a particular group left unchecked for over half a century. Because that is exactly what has happened with America’s churches.
The Johnson Amendment was passed in 1954 because Senator Lyndon Johnson did not like the views of his political opponents. It was a naked attempt to keep the reins of raw power in his own hands and to silence non-profit groups who opposed his reelection because they believed he was soft on communism. Johnson devised a clever way to target these groups, and his amendment to 501(c)(3) of the tax code has since been applied to intimidate churches and pastors across the country into silence on the moral qualifications of candidates and the positions they hold.
As we see every election cycle, black churches in the south are often the sites of overt political proselytizing from the pulpit–BY THE CANDIDATES THEMSELVES! For the rest of the churches the IRS and Democrats want you to shut up.
Last fall I urged my Pastoral staff to urge people to vote.
America is the world’s last best hope for freedom of religion. Or it was. Judging by the HHS mandates against the Catholic church’s freedom of religion, assaults on freedom of speech in which that ridiculous “movie” maker was perp-walked to get a photo-op to appease terrorists, and economic enslavement to a debt, there’s deep cause to worry about the future of our country. We’re on the edge of fiscal collapse. You already know of our moral degradation. Our children, grandchildren and on and on will pay tomorrow for our excesses of today.It doesn’t have to continue.If you don’t fearlessly speak truth from the pulpit about the stakes of this election, who will? Please consider participating in Pulpit Freedom Sunday (see information below). You actually have a First Amendment right to do so (see below).“We have learned a bit too late in the day that action springs not from thought but from a readiness for responsibility.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from PrisonI realize you may think I’m “going nuclear” with a Bonhoeffer quote. However, considering our continued appeasement to Iran, its leader’s promise to annihilate Israel, its continued efforts to build a nuclear bomb and the announcement this week that they now have a delivery drone that can be deployed to Israel, I believe it’s appropriate.We need in America a leader who believes in the exceptional nature of this country, who believes that government is there to serve the individual, not the other way around. We’ve seen much degradation of this value in just the past four years. I can’t imagine what we’re in store for if this President has free reign for another term. Indeed, this election will decide if we will become a nation of citizens– or serfs.Victoria Taft
“We have learned a bit too late in the day that action springs not from thought but from a readiness for responsibility.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison
Former Oregon GOP Party Chief Allen Alley is calling out Oregon Democrats on their pleads of poverty. Alley said today, “New forecast $223mm extra in 11-13 and 13-15 is up more than $1.5b over 11-13 budget. Why do we need a tax increase?”
And yet, even though Oregon’s coffers are filling up from higher revenues, Democrats are still ‘spangin’ (spare changing) Oregon tax payers,
Kotek suggested that she is ready to move.
“The governor has asked us to pass $200 million in new revenue for education and further stabilize the PERS system with possible adjustments to the money match formula for inactive PERS members,” Kotek said in statement. “I look forward to working with the governor, the Senate, and my Republican colleagues in the House on this framework.”