If Lois Lerner can plead the 5th Amendment, the American citizens should have the same Constitutional right! We are told that paying taxes is “voluntary“. So the next time you are audited by the IRS, take Lois Lerner’s example, and tell them you have not done anything wrong, and you are invoking your Constitutional right to plead the 5th. Continue by telling them that you understand since you are invoking your right to the 5th Amendment, they probably assume you are guilty of a crime, but you are not. Due to the fact that one of the basic functions of the 5th Amendment is to protect innocent individuals, that is the protection you are invoking. Conclude by telling them that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says paying taxes is “voluntary”, so you will not be answering any questions from them!
Harry Reid believes paying taxes in America is “voluntary”. This is a man that has been a Senator for 26 years! He is currently the Majority Leader in the United States Senate! The fact that he has been elected to office so many times is astounding! He is the poster boy for term limits!
So, ultimately, you can’t “cheat” on your taxes, but, it’s still “voluntary”! This is a special kind of stupid!
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Steven Crowder tackles Christianity and Islam – again. Well, the last time he became highly popular, and had oh so many posts from folks that “appreciated” his views on Islam, at least. Let’s see how it turns out this time around!
CALL FOR ACTION: Dear Readers, please call your Congressman and both of your Senators and tell them that you will NEVER vote for them again in any election if they vote for any form of amnesty. Also, please contact all Tea Party groups you know of (including Tea Party Nation, the Tea Party Express, the Tea Party Patriots, and others) and urge them to state openly that they will fight to vote out of office, and deny future office nominations to, any Republican who votes for amnesty.
Sources are saying that the full Senate will soon take up the full amnesty bill, which the Gang of Eight plans to ram through the Senate Judiciary Committee by stealth, while most Americans are occupied with the multiple scandals hitting the Obama administration.
This dangerous bill will kill the GOP as a national party forever if it is passed, for it will legalize 20 million Third World immigrants who will register as Democrats, and import additional millions of Third World potential Democrat voters at a rate of more than 1 million annually.
Here, I will explain the bill’s most dangerous provisions and its consequences.
The bill’s provisions
This massive Obamacare-style “we have to pass it to find out what’s in it” bill has many provisions. I’ll summarize the most important ones.
- All illegal aliens who arrived in the US no later than January 2012 will be eligible for amnesty – i.e. receiving Green Cards (legal immigrant status) and, 3-5 years down the road, US citizenship and thus the right to vote (though you can bet ACORN will register them for voting well before that).
- As such, they’ll be eligible for the full cornucopia of federal benefits, even before naturalization. No one will be able to deny them these, because that would (ostensibly) violate the principle of equality before law and die in the courts. The Heritage Foundation has calculated this will cost the Federal Government $6.3 trillion over the next decade – at a time when the US is already in debt to the tune of $16 trillion.
- As Green Card holders, and later, US citizens, they’ll be eligible to bring in their relatives – not just spouses and children, but also parents, siblings, etc. – into the US without any limits, through “chain immigration” – unskilled immigrants bringing other unskilled immigrants into the US based on family relations. The amnesty bill would abolish ALL limits on chain immigration and would make NO attempt to condition the issuance of Green Cards on skills, work experience, and academic qualifications.
- The Visa Waiver Program would be expanded, allowing even more people to come to the US without bothering to obtain a visa – whether to work illegally or to perpetrate terrorist attacks.
The political consequences
But most importantly, this bill, if passed, will make the Democrats a permanent, unbeatable majority party by creating millions of new Democratic voters and importing further millions every year. The GOP will become a permanent minority. As Ann Coulter says, the two major parties will be the Nancy Pelosi Democratic Party and the Chuck Schumer Democratic Party.
Say there are only 12 mn illegal immigrants in America eligible for amnesty right now. Let’s assume they’re legalized and that Republicans achieve George W. Bush levels of the Hispanic vote (44%). That still gives the Democrats a net gain of 1.6 million new voters – 6.72 mn new supporters vs 5.28 mn.
Easy to see why the Democrats are for this. But why would a Republican Party that is not suicidally-minded support this?
If amnesty is passed, you can kiss the House, the Senate, the Presidency, and many governorships and state legislatures goodbye, forever. Republicans will never again be able to win any national election again. The Democrats will gain at least 1.6 mn new voters on net and will thus have permanent majorities in Arizona, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada.
When Texas goes, America goes.
Consider: while 18 states that have a combined 242 Electoral College votes have voted Democratic in the last consecutive six presidential elections, cobbling together an EC majority has been increasingly difficult for Republicans. Republicans last did it in 2004, and completely failed to do so in 4 of the last 6 elections.
Why? Because California, overwhelmed by immigrants (legal and illegal), is now stridently liberal. New Mexico is now also out of reach for the GOP. Colorado, Nevada, Virginia, and Florida (all states with large and growing Hispanic populations) are increasingly problematic for Republicans. Only Texas and Arizona remain secure – for now.
As Pat Buchanan likes to say: when Texas goes, America goes.
If amnesty becomes law, there goes Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Florida, Virginia, and Texas, and there goes the presidency, forever.
The “natural conservatives” canard
In response, we always hear “But don’t worry, Hispanics are natural conservatives. They are devout Catholics, devout social conservatives, work hard, and want to achieve the American dream.”
This canard is utterly false. This description is true only of a minority of Hispanics – those whom conservatives usually meet. But the vast majority of Hispanics don’t fit that description at all.
As a demographic group, Hispanics are less likely than any other (other than Jews) to attend church or support conservative policies, more likely to support liberal ones, and more likely than any other group (other than blacks) to vote Democratic, achieve poor school grades, drop out of high school, commit crimes, end up in prison, have children out of wedlock, be pregnant during teenagehood (girls), be raised by single parents, and be dependent on welfare and other government programs.
This is the antithesis of a natural conservative.
The canard about Hispanics being “natural conservatives” is even more idiotic than the one about blacks being “natural conservatives”. At least blacks really are social conservatives – they simply vote Democratic anyway, ignoring the fact that the Democrats support abortion on demand (read: the Holocaust of black children) and gay marriage.
And as Ann Coulter points out, last year, Hispanics were almost alone in increasing the share of their vote going to Obama from 2008 to 2012. Only they and Asians voted for Obama in greater numbers in 2012 than in 2008. (The black vote for Obama remained, alas, unchanged at over 90%.)
Every other demographic group: whites, men, women, youngsters, Evangelicals, Catholics, Jews – gave a larger share of their vote to the Republican nominee in 2012 than in 2008. In fact, if the election were to be decided only by whites, or if the electorate had been as white in 2012 as it was in 1980, Romney would’ve trashed Obama by a landslide.
Profiles in Welfare
And what does a typical Hispanic (or black) voter look like? Pat Buchanan gives us the answer.
He or she is raised by a single mother. He/she, like his single mom, is completely dependent on the federal government and its cornucopia of social programs for survival.
His/her education is paid for, K-12, by the federal and state governments. For college, he can apply for federal student loans and other federal programs. For food, mom has foodstamps, and children get 2-3 federally-subsidized meals at school every day.
If mom works, she has no tax liability thanks to a high no-tax treshold and the Earned Income Tax Credit. If she doesn’t work, she gets welfare benefits, including 99 weeks of unemployment compensation.
For healthcare, there’s Medicaid and Obamacare.
And that’s the majority of Hispanic families. Why would these people vote for a party that pledges to cut taxes they don’t pay and promises to cut the government programs they benefit from? Wouldn’t logic dictate voting for a party that promises to let them keep this entire cornucopia of federal benefits and even to expand them?
The problem is all immigration – not just illegal immigration
We’re also being constantly told another cretinous canard: that legal immigration is fine, it’s just illegal immigration that’s problematic.
But this is also utterly false. Legal immigration is also a huge drain on the Treasury and a huge political threat to the GOP. The problem is not just illegal immigration; the problem is immigration, period.
Since 1965, a million newcomers have immigrated to America every year on average, the vast majority of them from dysfunctional, socialist Third World countries like Mexico.
It is thanks to THESE immigrants that California and New Mexico are now out of reach and why CO, NV, FL, and VA are increasingly problematic for the GOP. It is thanks to THESE legal immigrants that Obama was elected and reelected. If they hadn’t been present in the US, Obama would’ve never been elected, let alone reelected after a disastrous first term.
Therefore, not only should Republicans stop amnesty dead in its tracks, they must also severely restrict legal immigration when they retake the White House and the Senate. This must include eliminating chain immigration, a 10-year moratorium on legal immigration, and then, allowing only highly-educated, English-speaking immigrants who will be able to find a job and will not become a drain on taxpayers.
Statistics from the Center for Immigration Studies prove that when legal immigration grows, illegal immigration grows with it; and when the rate of legal immigration is reduced, illegal immigration declines concurrently.
Remember: the problem is not just “illegal immigration”, the problem is immigration, period.
A matter of life and death
As Ann Coulter points out, massive immigration – both legal and illegal – has turned California into such a liberal state that no Republican can win statewide in California anymore. Not so long ago, this state gave America great Republican Senators and Governors such as Richard Nixon, S. I. Hayakawa, Ronald Reagan, and Pete Wilson.
New Mexico has now gone the same way. The GOP nowadays can’t even win presidential elections in CO, NV, FL, or VA. Only Arizona and Texas remain secure – for now.
And as Pat Buchanan says, when Texas goes, America goes.
We conservatives must not allow that to happen. Amnesty must be stopped dead in its tracks, and legal immigration must be severely restricted.
This is literally a matter of life and death, for the GOP, the conservative movement, and the Country.
“Criminals mock society’s laws. Your compassion is a weakness that your enemies do not and will not share…”
- Bradlee Dean
As the White House has been slammed with scandals such as Benghazi, Extortion 17, the AP phone tapping scandal, targeting FOX News, and the IRS targeting conservative groups, Obama appeared before the nation at a press conference. In the middle of answering a question about the IRS scandal, it began to rain. Obama had the “audacity” to call up two marines to hold an umbrella for himself and the Turkish Prime Minister, stating, “Why don’t we get a couple of Marines [to hold umbrellas.] They’re gonna look good next to us.”
What a stark contrast to our first president, General George Washington!
It was said that Washington was hailed as “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”
During the Revolutionary War, George Washington didn’t send someone else to go in his stead… and he certainly would not have asked anyone to hold an umbrella for him. He took responsibility and went himself to lead the call for independence on the behalf of the country and the people he loved. During this time, he had little-to-no money to fight the war, but he fought on with what he had and beat back the tyrant King George.
George Washington was also known as the man who could not die in battle, as he was shot at several times with bullet holes in his jacket, yet he survived unscathed. He told his family, “By the all powerful dispensations of providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation.”
Like King David, God protected Washington from his enemies.
In the past half-century, as we have seen the corrupt in government slowly usurp their authority and declare war on the American people, the “protection” of the president has risen to ridiculous measures.
A Congressional Research Service report investigated how much taxpayers spend whenever the president leaves the White House by plane. The report found that it costs $179,750 to fly Air Force One for just one hour! That expense is only for fuel, maintenance, and sundries; it does not include all of the staff and security personnel that accompany every move the president makes.
Making the clear distinction between then and now, George Washington bears the cross, while this president wears the crown.
Anyone who travels to Washington, D.C., will know what I am talking about. When the president’s motorcade goes through town, every road is blocked off by armed officers, and any building the president enters is searched over with a fine-toothed comb.
The Secret Service was originally created in 1865 to suppress counterfeit currency. It had nothing to do with the president’s safety until 1907, when Congress passed the Sundry Civil Expenses Act, which now meant that two men would be in full-time charge of the president’s safety. The Secret Service now has 3,200 employees, and whenever the president leaves the White House, the Secret Service calls on other federal, state, and local agencies to heighten security measures.
Until Harry Truman’s presidency, former presidents were dropped off at their homes and were provided no special pension, security, or other benefits. They would become an average American citizen, just like those they served.
When president, Truman would take daily walks around Washington, D.C., with a bodyguard or two in tow. American citizens could walk right up and shake his hand.
What has happened since then? When presidents work for the people, they feel safe enough to walk up and be friendly with their constituents. However, when they work for special interests and are being treated as crowned kings (which they are not), they suddenly feel that they need to be protected from their constituents. Is the writing on the wall? Yes, indeed it is.
Look at the parallel between Washington and the current administrations:
- In 1789 the federal government under President Washington had 350 federal civilian employees; today they number in the millions!
- In 1832 the total federal budget was $11 million; in 2011 it was over $4 trillion!
- Since 1900 the total number of government laws and regulations the average citizen is required to obey has increased an estimated 3,000 percent.
James Madison stated that “… every word of (the Constitution) decides a question between power and liberty.” As the government increases control, this leads to a corresponding decrease of individual liberty and responsibility.
The real problem is when all this power becomes centralized and is left unchecked by the public, then comes the rationale that “they have the badge, they must be right.” Thomas Jefferson, who went through the era of the Revolutionary War, warned, “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.”
It has been said that laws are most numerous when the commonwealth is most corrupt. This video illustrates present-day criminals with badges. You may be shocked at who they are.
When: Tuesday, May 21st, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific
What: Yes there are Confederates north of the Mason-Dixon line, and George Neat is one of them. And we’re happy to bring his views to you in the “Confederate Corner” radio show.
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Tonight: George will be talking about Oklahoma City, the White House, Susan Rice, and James Rosen – so all the scandals are in play. Of course there will also be a Soldier Salute, and a “nearly-infamous” Crack Pipe Moment.
DOJ employees compelled to embrace gay lifestyle
In the aftermath of both the Fast and Furious and Associated Press scandals, Eric Holder’s Justice Department is afforded little credibility in performing its prescribed duties.
Still, it appears the department tasked with upholding constitutional law reached the height of hypocrisy by issuing guidelines to employees that blatantly abridge their First Amendment rights.
The document, which concerns gay and lesbian “inclusion” in the workplace, goes much further than merely protecting employees from discrimination.
Language drafted by the DOJ clearly coerces staff members at all levels to openly support a lifestyle they might find morally objectionable.
While Christians and others with traditional values have long been told, explicitly or implicitly, to remain silent on the issue of alternative sexuality – effectively excluding one group in favor of another.
That constituted an injustice in and of itself; but, the internal guidelines issued by the DOJ is forcing employees to affirmatively support the lifestyle.
“Silence will be interpreted as disapproval,” the document warns.
The liberty-crusing guidelines do not require much commentary, as anyone who values free speech should be appalled by the list of accepted behavior contained therein.
Staff members are expected to place a “DOJ Pride” sticker or some other pro-gay paraphernalia in their offices “indicating that it is a ‘safe space'” while “gender-specific terms like ‘husband’ and ‘wife'” are unacceptable.
Workplaces should be concerned with providing equal opportunity to employees and openly catering to a politically favorable group does exactly the opposite. No employer – least of all the Justice Department! – should be allowed to unilaterally impose one viewpoint onto an entire staff. That is exactly what the department has implemented, though, as it goes much further than merely protecting the civil rights of gays.
The guidelines seek to silence dissent by advising employees to “assume that LGBT employees and their allies are listening” and painting a target on those with traditional values.
DOJ staff is expected to “deal with offensive jokes and comments forcefully and swiftly” according to the document, though it has become apparent the meaning of the word “offensive” has become extraordinarily fluid.
Through shrewd and effective marketing of their own sexuality, a small minority of the population has largely silenced those with a different worldview. The DOJ is taking that disturbing trend to another level by making such silence an employment prerequisite.
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This gives a whole new meaning to Ronald Reagan’s words of wisdom:
“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'”
CSCOPE is officially stopping from distributing lesson plans in Texas, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle.
The state’s regional Education Service Centers will no longer issue lesson plans – and will forbid their use after Aug. 31 – for a popular online curriculum system that became a lightning rod for conservatives who criticized it as anti-American, legislators announced Monday.
The move is expected to leave school districts across the state, including some in the greater Houston area, scrambling to replace CSCOPE, as the program is called, before the start of next school year. Districts that lack the staff or budget to design their own curriculum tend to rely on it.
The CSCOPE plans are in use at 877 districts, or 78 percent of school districts in Texas, said Kyle Wargo, the executive director of Regional Service Center 17 in Lubbock.
“Since we are a small district, we don’t have the resources to hire specialized people in that area,” said Somerset Independent School District Superintendent Saul Hinojosa, who credits CSCOPE with helping the district raise its test scores.
However, while Hinojosa claims CSCOPE helped to increase test scores, that does not necessarily mean that it helps students learn. Debates over the efficacy of standardized tests as a metric to determine how well students learn continue to rage, and in Texas, there are at least some teachers that believe that the end of CSCOPE will mean a better learning environment for their students.
KLTV.com reports that many teachers despised CSCOPE’s rigid, one-size-fits-all approach to education. After seven years of CSCOPE, those teachers are thrilled to be set free from the tyranny of the ready-made lesson plan.
Bill Martin, director of the Tyler Sylvan Learning Center, said the end of CSCOPE means teachers “get control back over their classroom again.”
“They get to use lesson plans that they feel are best suited for their class and their students in their class,” Martin told KLTV.com.
Martin added that he doesn’t know “a single teacher that likes CSCOPE. Not a single teacher.”
If reports that parent requests to see CSCOPE materials were met with demands to pay exorbitant fees were true, the end of this program should also mean a return to school districts obeying Texas laws, requiring that parents be given course information and learning materials on request. Of course, to conservatives, this means the end of students being taught to compare Boston Tea Party Activists to terrorists.
21 have been confirmed dead in the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma earlier today. According to officials that number will rise. The two-mile wide tornado has been classified as at least an E-4 category – the scale is from zero to five.
Spokeswoman Amy Elliott says the death toll is again expected to rise. Elliott says children are among those killed by the storm.
The city of Moore, Okla., was hit by a mile-wide tornado on Monday afternoon. The National Weather Service says it had winds up to 200 mph.
Officials say a small hospital in Moore was damaged by Monday afternoon’s tornado.
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain says the Moore Medical Center sustained damage.
Cain also said the hospital was evacuated and all 13 patients were transferred to other facilities.
Cain said she didn’t know the conditions of the patients or the extent of the damage at the hospital, which is southwest of Oklahoma City.
At least 20 of the dead were children, including at least seven from Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, which lay directly in the path of the monster storm’s wall of wind.
Seventy-five students and staff members had been huddled at the school when the tornado hit, CNN affiliate KFOR reported.
As nightfall descended, determined searchers in hard hats dug in the debris for those possibly trapped, but authorities described the work as a recovery, not rescue, effort. Search lights illuminated their efforts.
Live news updates are available at KFOR.
Information on assisting victims:
Viral Read – Red Cross plus local media information H/T Becca Lower (@BeccaJLower)
Early video footage from KFOR:
For the second day in a row, Central Oklahoma was hit with severe weather and deadly tornadoes. Moore, Oklahoma is no stranger to the danger of tornadoes. On May 3, 1999, the city of Moore, which is just South of Oklahoma City, was devastated by an EF5 tornado that killed 46 people. The tornado today, which followed a strikingly similar path, has already been estimated at least an EF4, and reportedly already has a higher death toll. It may be days before we have an official number of fatalities.
As rescue efforts continue, and families wait to be reunited, the residents of Oklahoma City and surrounding areas have rallied to provide for the victims of this devastating storm. Several area locations have set up donation centers, and the response from the community has been overwhelming. Local news channel 9 ( KWTV) set up a donation center a their station and, at the time of this writing, volunteers were still unloading donated water, shovels, nonperishable food, clothing and more from the generous residents in their viewing area.
To assist: Text: STORM to 80888 for Salvation Army. Text REDCROSS to 90999 for Redcross. Text FOOD to 32333 for Reg. Food Bank.
America’s thoughts and prayers are with the people of Moore tonight, and the images below should serve to remind that kindness and compassion abound. ‘Merica.
The estimated EF-4 tornade had winds that were speculated to be 200MPH+ and cat a path of destruction about 2 miles wide. It made a direct line for the Plaza Towers Elementary School where 75 students and an unknown number of faculty were in attendance.
Thirty students were reported to have been rescued as the parents of the remaining students waited outside to hear about their own children.
Moore is a suburb of Oklahoma City, OK, the city that fell victim to the F-5 tornado in 1999.
Reports are surfacing that while the 4th through 6th graders are accounted for, many children and staff from the kindergarden through third grade are still missing.
Confirmed reports list 51 dead and more than 60 injured. City officials have warned that the death and injury tolls will likely increase.
An estimated 38,000 customers are without power in the Oklahoma City area.
A Moore resident said “I was driving home and I saw the funnel, cars were stopping.”
*this story is developing and will be updated as more information comes in*
Updates (all times ET):
9:05pm: Water treatment is offline due to loss of power at the Draper water treatment facility. Generators are being brought in and water service should be returned to non-damaged areas by about midnight tonight.
9:10pm: Officials report that, unlike some news reports said, they are still in rescue mode attempting to find survivors. Some news reports had reported that operations had turned to recovery.
9:49pm: Up to 24 children missing, unknown if they are alive or dead. Rescuers and search dogs are hard at work to find them.
9:51pm: Officials say that children may have drowned due to water flooding into the storm-ravaged school
10:38pm: 65 Patients in OU trauma hospital. 45 are children
11:06pm: Some speculating that this could be worse than May 1999 tornado
9:45am: Death toll revised from 51 to 21. Revision due to incorrect counts.
CNN Video of the Moore, OK tornado:
“This report is unbelievable in that we didn’t know about it. I am highly offended. This is why the American people are upset about this. They don’t trust their government. The IRS can’t be trusted, the Homeland Security writes a report and keeps it secret and nobody knows why, because it rebuts what we’ve been told about an entry/exit visa system.”
Why aren’t there thousands of Federal Employees from the IRS and DOJ being pink-slipped or jailed for corruption and/or abuse of power?
Well, it is an extension of the ‘Peter Principle.’ Under the PP theory a person is promoted to their highest level of incompetence where not being able to advance to a next promotion due to lack of ability they will remain in place until quit, fired, retire.
Now, for the government I came up with ‘The Bureaucrat-Functionary Principle.’ It is simply that no one will ever get fired and no matter the blatant lack of ability, skill, ethics or number of performance failures that they will continue to receive promotions, bonuses, backing of peers and awards until they retire rich and living off a taxpayer funded pension until the day they die.