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From: TimF2/23/2012 8:29:31 PM
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IRS Harassing the Tea Party?
February 22, 2012, 9:19 am

Sure seems like it. Here is the list of questions the Ohio Tea Party has asked as part of their application, which should be routine, for 501(c)4 status. The Virginia Tea Party had similar requests, including apparently a demand for donor lists and confidential materials which the IRS says will be made public. The latter seems part and parcel of recent initiative on the Left (seen also in the whole Heartland fiasco) to out confidential donors of Conservative and libertarian organizations while demanding no similar transparency of organizations on the Left.

By the way, I am President of a 501(c)4 organization (basically a trade group) and I can say with some authority that we never have received any sort of parallel set of questions from the IRS vis a vis our status, so this is either a very new requirement or one especially crafted to apply only to the Tea Party. I can say from all too much experience that having a Federal agency sit on a request for 9 months and then suddenly demand incredible amounts of work in just a few days from the private party is absolutely typical.

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anonymous: IRS criminal investigators recently questioned me about a former business associate. They were very interested in knowing about his anti-government beliefs, did he ever mention thinking taxation was illegal, etc. I laughed: He’s not an ideologue, he’s a con artist. Never had a moment of honest moral conviction on his life. He was hiding income from his ex wife, that’s all. They instantly lost all interest in anything further I had to say.

Pretty damn creepy, the narrative they wanted to shoehorn it into.

Probably adds up to nothing, of course.

February 22, 2012, 8:29 pm

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From: Brumar892/24/2012 7:53:38 AM
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Wanderlust: The Rise of the Counter-Countercultural Comedy

You don’t generally go to bawdy R-rated comedies stuffed with drug abuse, profanity and nudity for political messages, especially conservative ones. So when such a movie comes along and it unashamedly makes the case for monogamy, stability and private property over collectivist ideals, you should pay attention.

The movie is a Jennifer Aniston-Paul Rudd comedy produced by Judd Apatow called Wanderlust. The pair play a married couple who try to find fulfilling work in Manhattan but can’t afford it. (She is a classic artsy but barely employed type who is working on a documentary about penguins with testicular cancer.) George (Rudd) loses his finance job, so he swallows hard and accepts an offer to stay with his well-off but obnoxious brother (Ken Marino) in Atlanta. George and Linda (Aniston) pile their possessions into their tiny car and head South. Along the way, they pull over at what they think is going to be a bed and breakfast, but the establishment turns out to be a hippie free-love commune full of wacky characters such as a bald and chubby little man whose salient characteristics are that he is writing a novel that seems destined never to be finished, he’s always carrying a glass of red wine and he’s always naked.

Having stayed the night at this strange but friendly place, they move on to George’s brother Rick’s house, where things quickly turn unbearable. It turns out Rick’s fortune is in portable toilets, and his personality is as cuddly as his job. He keeps making bad dirty jokes, calling his brother a loser who doesn’t understand the importance of hard work and making his wife (Michaela Watkins) so bored and alienated that she drinks margaritas all day. Lost for a place to go, George and Linda decide that they at least feel loved at the commune. They move in with the hippies and try to fit in with the ethos of the place, which is led by a furry but charismatic dude named Seth (Justin Theroux) and was co-founded by a crusty old survivor (Alan Alda) of the Flower Power generation.

The expected clash of yuppies and hippies leads to some hilarious moments (as well as some jokes that are repeated too often), but it’s the way the movie allows disillusionment to settle in on George and Linda that gives it meaning. The commune renounces meat eating, capitalism, materialism and individualism while celebrating love, egalitarianism, honesty, openness and drug “experiments.” Each of the latter ideas is gradually shown to be unworkable and flawed as the advantages of the former come to light. For instance, a scene in which the Theroux character commands everyone to sit in a circle and be absolutely forthright with each other leads to bad blood between George and Linda. The compound has no doors, which yields a scene in which George tries to use a toilet and is bewildered to find other residents gathering around him to chat. Drugs are held to be a wonderful way to explore one’s inner self — until Linda climbs into a tree while high on hallucinogens and nearly dies because she thinks she can fly.

Everything is shared in the commune, a concept George initially finds charming when he admires another guy’s shirt and the man whips it off and gives it to him. Payback comes when the other resident insists on borrowing George’s car, and promptly drives it into a pond. What’s the big deal, man? It’s only a possession. It happens to be a possession George urgently needs to get to a job interview.

George is tempted by the free-love spirit of the place when a sexy blonde (Malin Akerman) offers him no-strings attached sex, but when he talks his wife into accepting such an arrangement, she immediately sleeps with Seth. Jealousy doesn’t seem like such a groovy feeling, and being unused to the art of seduction George messes up his opportunity with the hot blonde by talking too much while trying to be sexy. Moreover, the supposedly anti-materialist, money-disdaining Seth turns out to be eager to sell out everyone on the commune for his own individual benefit, and the hippie co-founder played by Alda isn’t actually a vegan – every week he sneaks off to the local greasy spoon to stuff himself with ham and sausage.

The turning point of the movie arrives when George, visiting his brother again, discovers the underlying reason why his sister-in-law is so unhappy — infidelity. She has known for years that Rick has been cheating on her, and the information has made her depressed and despairing. George suddenly understands that infidelity, whether you call it “free love” or not, destroys relationships, and by the end of the movie he and Linda are back in a monogamous marriage in their own private living space, with their own private property, solidly middle-class jobs and solid walls to shut out other people. Forty-something years after Easy Rider ushered in an age of countercultural movies, Hollywood rarely produces a work as counter-countercultural as Wanderlust.

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To: joseffy who wrote (85329)2/24/2012 9:06:38 AM
From: Peter Dierks
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This Whitehouse is the most corrupt in my lifetime.

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To: Peter Dierks who wrote (85344)2/24/2012 12:10:12 PM
From: joseffy
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Obama’s green energy programs produce the Tesla car electric brick

Obamanomics is all about going nowhere, fast.

by John Hayward 02/23/2012

You remember Tesla Motors, don’t you? Well, you should. Barack Obama forced you to give them $465 million to develop electric cars, bringing the wonders of sustainable transportation to the common man, provided the common man has $100,000 to drop on a Tesla Roadster. This also created 400 of those wonderful “green jobs,” at a taxpayer cost of $1,087,500.00 per job. It has been heartwarming to watch Obama embrace that “Occupy Wall Street” ethic by spending gigantic amounts of public money to subsidize expensive toys for rich people.

Well, it turns out you can only have a limited amount of fun with a Tesla car, because if the battery ever becomes completely discharged, the car turns into a “brick” that will never move again, absent $40,000 in repairs. AutoGuide brings us the exciting tale of how Barack Obama invested our money in the development of The Electric Brick:

Essentially a Tesla Roadster can fully discharge in 11 weeks of no usage, from a full 100-percent charge. Reports are coming in that if the vehicle is driven nearly its maximum range and is left unplugged, it could become bricked in as little as a week.

So once the Tesla battery completely discharges, it cannot be recovered or recharged, which leads to the $32,000 bill to purchase a new one plus the labor, taxes, and installation charges bringing it closer to $40,000.

A regional service manager for Tesla has gone on the record to say that he is aware of at least five vehicles that have become bricked due to battery depletion. If reports of this issue becomes more public and widespread, Tesla could be in for a rough ride in damage control.

Unlike their customers, who will have a very smooth ride sitting in their immobile six-figure electric cars, making “vroom vroom” noises and pretending to work the controls, as they experience the most “sustainable” transportation ever developed by crony capitalism.

By the way, according to Jalopnik, when a Tesla “bricks,” the wheels lock in place – you can’t even tow it, push it, or roll it downhill while making your “vroom vroom” noises.

Also, a Tesla can drop dead even if you’re charging it, “if it isn’t receiving sufficient current to charge, which can be caused by something as simple as using an extension cord.” So, please be certain to park your Obamamobile in the living room, right next to a convenient electric socket. Additionally, you must take your car with you if you’re planning on going on trips lasting longer than a week, if you don’t want it to die. Pro tip: Tesla Roadsters do not fit in the overhead bins on most aircraft.

In case you were wondering, no, this is not covered by your warranty. Tesla is brainstorming innovative methods of addressing the problem… such as remotely activating the vehicles’ built-in GPS systems to monitor the cars and warn engineers of impending brickification. Now that’s the true Hope-and-Change spirit! You say “bug,” but our can-do President says “feature.”

Tesla thinks everyone should embrace the Zen calm of a fully discharged Roadster, because hey, every one of the fabulously expensive electric toys produced by Obamanomics can potentially turn into a brick. From the company’s statement:

All automobiles require some level of owner care. For example, combustion vehicles require regular oil changes or the engine will be destroyed. Electric vehicles should be plugged in and charging when not in use for maximum performance. All batteries are subject to damage if the charge is kept at zero for long periods of time. However, Tesla avoids this problem in virtually all instances with numerous counter-measures. Tesla batteries can remain unplugged for weeks (even months), without reaching zero state of charge. Owners of Roadster 2.0 and all subsequent Tesla products can request that their vehicle alert Tesla if SOC falls to a low level. All Tesla vehicles emit various visual and audible warnings if the battery pack falls below 5 percent SOC. Tesla provides extensive maintenance recommendations as part of the customer experience.

Remind me: do real cars become “destroyed” if you drive them around for a while, then leave them sitting in the driveway for a week, without changing their oil? In any event, this is only a minor setback, provided you’re willing to sleep next to your electric car and remain alert for those visual and audible warnings.

Also in the true spirit of Hope-and-Change, Jalopnik reports that someone is trying to smear the whisteblower who broke the bricking story. He’s a guy who plunked down $50,000 and waited two years to get his electric car, then made the mistake of dropping it in a garage while his house was being renovated. Two months later, he found himself the proud owner of an electric brick. He says nobody from Tesla ever warned him this could happen.

Persons unknown decided to smear this fellow by leaking confidential correspondence to the press, and insinuating he’s just a shakedown artist, an insinuation Tesla was happy to spread via Twitter. None of the leaked emails validate this slander in any way, and the electric brick owner in question, Max Drucker, says he only wanted warranty repairs for his dead $100,000 car. He’s given up on that, and just wants to warn other Tesla owners what might await them,
if they don’t pay at least as much attention to their cars as they would to a pony.

What a silly man! Everyone knows the first rule of Brick Club is that you do not talk about Brick Club.

credit to watsonyouth

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From: TimF2/24/2012 12:22:20 PM
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Nancy Pelosi on Gasoline Prices
Posted by Chris Edwards

The congresswomen’s comments are so cartoonish, I don’t even have to comment on them. But I thought Cato readers would like to know what the minority leader of the U.S. House is saying about rising gas prices. From a Nancy Pelosi press release today:

Independent reports confirm that speculators are driving up the cost of oil, hurting consumers and potentially damaging the economic recovery. Wall Street profiteering, not oil shortages, is the cause of the price spike.

We need to take strong action to protect consumers from this speculation. Unfortunately, Republicans have chosen to protect the interests of Wall Street speculators and oil companies instead of the interests of working Americans by obstructing the agencies with the responsibility of enforcing consumer protection laws.

We call on the Republican leadership to act on behalf of American consumers and join our efforts to crack down on speculators who care more about their profits than the price at the pump even if these spikes harm the American consumer and our economy.

For a rational discussion on energy policy, see Downsizing the Department of Energy.

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To: Peter Dierks who wrote (85344)2/24/2012 12:24:02 PM
From: joseffy
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Michelle Obama's Song


You load sixteen bags what do you get
Another vacation and we’re deeper in debt
I go to exotic places every three weeks
I owe my soul to Soros and the sheiks

I was born one morning with a chip on my shoulder
It only got worse as I got older
They loaded sixteen bags of Louis Vuitton
And the one percent said a job well done

You load sixteen bags what do you get
Sixteen vacations and the country in debt
Shopping at Target fools the peons
I owe my soul to Barneys and Bijans

Went to school on affirmative action
Married the president now I’m the attraction
Air Force Two is at my beckon call
16 exotic destinations in all

Does the media report? Not at all.
I owe my soul to Media Matters

credit to Brumar

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To: Brumar89 who wrote (85340)2/24/2012 1:07:21 PM
From: joseffy
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The media is now reporting that Rubio as a child was a mormon.

Now I still do not recalling any media stories about muslim Indonesian citizen brilliant Barry Soetoro as a child being muslim or being Indonesian or even his being Barry Soetoro.

Amazingly one sided isn't it?

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To: Peter Dierks who wrote (85344)2/24/2012 1:22:10 PM
From: joseffy
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Gas prices rise 12 cents in past week

cnn money 2/24/2012 by Aaron Smith

Gas prices have gained 12 cents this week, as tensions over Iran heat up and oil prices keep moving higher.

The price of unleaded gasoline shot up overnight by 3.5 cents to a nationwide average of $3.647, according to the motorist group AAA. That's the 17th consecutive day of increases.

Since the start of the month, prices have gained nearly 6%. And they're up 11% from the start of the year.

In many parts of the United States, including New York City and parts of California, gas prices are already above $4 per gallon.

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From: ManyMoose2/24/2012 2:30:04 PM
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"Let's Send Oliver Stone's Son to Rescue Christian Pastor in Iran
February 23, 2012 by Gary DeMar

Youcef NadarkhaniYoucef Nadarkhani (b. 1977) is an Iranian Christian pastor who has been sentenced to die in Tehran, Iran. According to Amnesty International, the Iranian government has offered leniency if he will recant his Christianity. If the Iranians are true to their world, Pastor Nadarkhani will be a modern-day martyr for his faith.

When there was international outcry at the charge of apostasy, the Iranian court changed the charges to "rape and extortion." These charges were proven to be false.

The protests don't seem to be getting any traction, even though the White House and the U.S. State Department issued statements Thursday, Feb. 23 demanding the immediate release of Pastor Nadarkhani. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also led a protest with the backing of 89 members of Congress. Why it's not all 535 members is beyond me.

In an earlier article, I reported that Sean Stone, son of director Oliver Stone, converted to Islam while in Iran. In case you've forgotten already, Pastor Nadarkhani has a death sentencing hanging over his head in Iran. Here's what Sean Stone said about his conversion:

Having read the Koran and having been around the Islamic culture, especially in Iran, I do believe that Mohammed is a prophet of the same god worshiped by other religions. . . . [As] a Jewish Christian Muslim. . . . . There is such Islamophobia in the West. Islam is not a religion of violence any more than Judaism or Christianity is."

If all religions worship Allah, then how can a Christian pastor be executed in the name of Allah since he's worshiping the same god worshiped by other religions, and one of those other religions is Christianity?

It's obvious that Stone has been sold a bill of religious goods made for Western sentiments since we are so wishy-washy when it comes to religion except when religion has some moral relevance. Christianity does not say that all religions are equal and every religion worships the same God.

Let's have the young Stoner put his faith to the test. I suggest that he go back to Iran and make his argument that Islam is a peaceful religion to the clerics and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the same guy who said he wanted to wipe Israel off the map.

And since he'll be going so far, he should take a trip to Afghanistan and give and remind some of the Afghan soldiers that their religion is a religion of peace. Apparently one soldier was angry over the burning of Korans and fatally shot two U.S. troops and wounded four others. As-Salamu Alaykum.

Members of the Taliban urged Afghans to target foreign military bases and kill Westerners in retaliation for burnings of copies of the Koran at NATO's main base in the country. Islam is a bankrupt religion.

It seems that all we can do is have the President Obama apologize to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for the accidental burning of Korans by NATO troops that has led to violent protests.

It's time that Muslims who claim to reject the violence and hatred that we hear and read about daily stand up to the Islamic Nazi radicals.

If they're so afraid of what might happen to them, then they should leave their country like some Jews did in Nazi Germany and embrace Christianity. The women, many of whom are treated like dogs, would thrive in a new faith community of acceptance and love."

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To: ManyMoose who wrote (85350)2/24/2012 2:32:55 PM
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Deja vu all over again.

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