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Amid the daily grind of politics and scandals, we should all take a few moments to say a prayer for our fellow Americans who have had their lives disrupted by the devastating stroms that hit Texas last week, and Oklahoma this week.
from the RightScoop:
The hole the IRS has dug for themselves just keeps getting deeper and deeper. Now it has been proven that the IRS lied to avoiding filling a FOIA request of documents pertaining to the Tea Party:
FREE BEACON – The Internal Revenue Service denied the existence of any documents related to its policy of targeting Tea Party organizations in response to a 2010 Freedom of Information Act request, even though such documents were later discovered by the IRS inspector general.
The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, a conservative nonprofit group, filed a FOIA request in 2010 through investigative journalist Lynn K. Walsh seeking all IRS documents related to the agencies tax-exempt division specifically mentioning the Tea Party.
IRS headquarters responded in 2011 that it “found no documents specifically responsive to your request.”
However, the May 14 inspector general report found that the “first Sensitive Case Report [identifying Tea Party groups] was prepared by the Technical Unit” in April of 2010.
The report’s timeline chronicles the existence of numerous 2010 emails, memoranda, and policies related to the targeting of conservative organizations.
According to the IG timeline, an email was sent on July 27, 2010 “updating the description of applications involving potential political campaign intervention and providing a coordinator contact for the cases.”
“The description was changed to read, ‘These cases involve various local organizations in the Tea Party movement [that] are applying for exemption under 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4).’”
The IRS determinations unit developed a “be on the lookout” listing on Aug. 12, 2010, “in order to replace the existing practice of sending separate e-mails to all Determinations Unit employees as to cases to watch for, potentially abusive cases, cases requiring processing by the team of specialists, and emerging issues.”
The targeting of conservatives by the IRS started earlier and was more extensive than the IRS acknowledged last week, according to a draft IRS inspector general report obtained by ABC News.
As we reported on “Good Morning America” this morning, the IRS began targeting “Tea Party or similar organizations” in March 2010. That was when the Cincinnati-based IRS unit responsible for overseeing the applications for tax exempt status starting using the phrases “Tea Party,” “patriots” and “9/12″ to search for applications warranting greater scrutiny.
During this first phase, 10 Tea Party cases were identified. By April of 2010, 18 Tea Party organizations were targeted, including three that had already been approved for tax-exempt status.
By June 2011, the unit had flagged over 100 Tea Party-related applications and the criteria used to scrutinize organizations had grown considerably, flagging not just “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in group names, but also groups that were working on issues like “government debt,” “taxes” and even organizations making statements that “criticize how the country is being run.”
The report, done by the Inspector General for the IRS, also shows that senior IRS officials in Washington was aware of what was going on as early as August 4, 2011 when, according to the report, the IRS chief counsel held a meeting with the IRS’s Rulings and Agreements unit “so that everyone would have the latest information on the issue.”
Hhhmm…….. Something tells me that this may just be the “tip of the Iceberg!”
from the FreeRepublic:
In Murphy v. Ramsey (1885) SCOTUS defined marriage as “the union of one man and one woman…” 3/27/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:37:31 PM by Laissez-faire capitalist
In Murphy v. Ramsey, SCOTUS defined marriage as “The union for life of one man and one woman in the holy estate of matrimony.”
In Maynard v. Hill, SCOTUS spoke of marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Remember, liberals, Stari Decisis….right? Chuck E. Cheese Schumer seems to like to invoke those words whenever it suits him.
Marriage should be redefined, and those that are against redefining it are bigots? Then why are liberals bigotted against consenting ADULT Polygamists? Marriage is about love and equality? Then why don’t liberals love consenting adult polygamists/polygamy and desire equality for them, too? We’re talking about adults here.
Why do liberals act as if they only want to redefine something so far and no further — but it never seems to end up that way?????
Liberals are NEVER done when it comes to changing/redefining things…..
In a courthouse in Steubenville OH this Sunday morning, as Winter waits to turn to Spring, two young men, on the cusp of adulthood with bright college careers ahead of them, learned their fate for their atrocious behavior from a night of drinking and partying last summer.
From all accounts, the girl who was sexually attacked by a group of teenagers from the local footbal team, was in no condition to consent to ANY of the sexual activities that occurred that night. Just as troubling as the acts themselves was the behavior of MANY who witnessed the ongoing night of debauchery. The two teens found guilty today brazenly attacked the young girl in various ways as other teens came in and out of the area. So casual to them was this occurence that as one witness went to leave, the verbal exchange between hom and the two perpetrators was “see you at football on Monday!!”
From Yahoo today:
Put in the spotlight was the local football team, which, critics said, allowed players to brazenly operate seemingly above the law for years. Social-media accounts, self-made videos, photos and classless text messages exposed an entire world that seemed like a Hollywood script of a high school team out of control.
It also exposed a teenage culture of weak ethics, rampant alcohol abuse and poor family structures that wound up dooming Mays and Richmond, both of whom had promising futures and no criminal past.
In the same week as the Catholic Church elected a new Pope forged with the hope of renewing the Church and addressing the scandals that have plagued it, this case reminds us that the moral fiber of our society has been affected by the ever-changing culture. As the Sandy Hook shootings have elicited a conversation about gun control, the focus needs to more broadly address the desensitizing of our youth that has occurred in the ever-evolving technological changes.
Having been tried as juveniles, the two teens from Steubenville have escaped prison time in an adult prison, and the length of their sentences will be based upon the recommendations of child services as they progress the the minimum time of one year.
For a town that prides itself on its football team, there are no winners this time………… Everyone has to take this loss!