News You Can Use for April 10

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Stories of the Day

I am feeling so much safer these days. “Disarming America: The U.S. has announced plans to place 50 nuclear missiles in storage as part of its commitment to the New START Treaty signed with Russia, ignoring Moscow’s violation of another arms treaty. The Pentagon announced Tuesday the United States’ Strategic Force Structure designed “to comply with the New START Treaty,” as a Defense Department press release notes. It means that 50 Minuteman III missiles — out of a current force of 450 — will be removed from their silos and stored away. The silos will be kept “warm,” that is, available for future use and for re-insertion of the missiles. But it is doubtful that an administration that has as its goal a world without nuclear weapons and that promised the Russians “flexibility” in the gutting of U.S. missile defense would ever even contemplate such a move. The missiles are gone.” Obama Disarms, Cuts Deployed Nuke Force By 50 Hat tip: Gayla Coletto, Palo Verde RW member

It couldn’t possibly be because of President Obama’s policies… “What a miserable old blister Henry Aaron has become. In connection with the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s lifetime home run record, he toldUSA Today that Republicans and conservatives who oppose Barrack Obama and his policies are racists, little better than ku kluxers.” SLUGGER IS WAY OFF BASE

Lies and liars. “Cummings’ staff requested more information from the IRS about True the Vote in January 2013.  The request was channeled from the IRS’ Legislative Affairs office to several other IRS officials, including Lerner. Three days later, Lerner wrote to her deputy Holly Paz: “Did we find anything?” Paz wrote that she hadn’t heard back, to which Lerner replied: “thanks—check tomorrow please.” In a February 2014 Oversight Committee hearing, Cummings deniedallegations by True The Vote attorney Cleta Mitchell that his staff had worked with the IRS in targeting the group.” IRS Gave House Oversight Democrats Info on Targeted Conservative Group: Cummings previously denied IRS contact

Emphasis mine, and the answer is “Not in our lifetime.”  “Note that she sent that e-mail about working for OFA just three weeks after she intervened in the review process to ask whether Crossroads GPS, an arm of Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, was being audited.

January 4, 2013:
Lerner Pressures Review Committee: Lerner inquires to the status of Crossroads, and finds that the group had not been selected for audit. She subsequently sent an email to the Director of Examinations in Dallas, TX, Nanette Downing, demanding to know why the group had not yet been audited. In her email to Downing, she notes that she wants all moves regarding Crossroads to be coordinated in DC. [See letter to DOJ]

That was done in the name of making sure that 501(c)(4) orgs weren’t spending impermissibly on political campaigns after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Oddly enough, though, only conservative 501(c)(4)s were of concern to Lerner; according to Ways and Means, she “turn[ed] a blind eye to similarly-organized liberal groups, like Priorities USA.” No wonder she thought of a job at OFA. She was working for O arguably as hard as they were. Exit question: Think Eric Holder will prosecute her?Lois Lerner 2013 e-mail: Maybe I can land an office job at Organizing For Action

“Meanwhile, House Republicans are closing in on Lois Lerner. Eric Holder’s Department of Justice, the most partisan in history, has risibly failed to do anything about the IRS scandal, or any other scandal afflicting the Obama administration. That Lerner is a criminal, no one can doubt. The House is now threatening to hold her in contempt, and if necessary, arrest and imprison her. House Republicans say “we hope the attorney general does his job,” but there is zero chance of that. So we could have a real showdown if the House sends someone–who? I have no idea–to arrest and confine Ms. Lerner.” THE IRS SCANDAL NEARS A CLIMAX

“The most troubling new evidence are documents showing that Ms. Lerner actively corresponded with liberal campaign-finance groups Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center, which had asked the IRS to investigate if conservative groups including Crossroads GPS were violating their tax-exempt status. After personally meeting with the two liberal outfits, Ms. Lerner contacted the director of the Exempt Organizations Examinations Unit in Dallas to ask why Crossroads had not been audited.” You should know that we are working on a denial of the application,” Ms. Lerner wrote in an email. “Please make sure all moves regarding the org are coordinated up here before we do anything.” The Cincinnati agent assigned to the case at the time, Joseph Herr, noted on his timesheet, “[b]ased on conference, begin reviewing case information, tax law and draft/template advocacy denial letter, all to think about how best to compose the denial letter.’” IRS at the Crossroads: New evidence that Lois Lerner targeted conservative groups.

“New IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee show staff working for Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings communicated with the IRS multiple times between 2012 and 2013 about voter fraud prevention group True the Vote. True the Vote was targeted by the IRS after applying for tax exempt status more than two years ago. Further, information shows the IRS and Cummings’ staff asked for nearly identical information from True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht about her organization, indicating coordination and improper sharing of confidential taxpayer information.” BREAKING: Emails Show Lois Lerner Fed True the Vote Tax Information to Democrat Elijah Cummings  Hat tip: Loralee DeSanto, Palo Verde RW member

“IRS employees encouraged taxpayers to vote for President Obama during his 2012 reelection campaign and disparaged Republicans, a federal ethics watchdog said Wednesday. One IRS customer representative urged people calling into the agency to vote for Obama by “repeatedly reciting a chant based on the spelling of his last name,” the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) said in its announcement.” Watchdog finds IRS employees promoted Obama in 2012

Follow Up Stories from Yesterday

“It’s an interesting incident, though, because it highlights the fact that, in a choice between protecting women’s rights and protecting Islam—two causes beloved of the left—the latter apparently trumps the former in importance. Ali is a champion of women’s rights, and that’s one of the reasons she is so against Islam: because of its attitude towards women. She should know; she was brought up as a devout Muslim, born in Somalia and raised in Kenya, and subjected to genital mutilation surgery at the age of 5.” Brandeis Caves

Where all this political correctness BS started. “When I was in New York in February, I picked up a copy of Greg Lukianoff’s Unlearning Liberty, an expose and study of campus censorship. I was lucky I did, because while I have visited the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) website from time to time (where Lukianoff is president) Unlearning Liberty ties together all the threads and cases and unfortunately paints a pretty distressing picture of just how far universities have fallen from being bastions of tolerance, free speech, and ideological diversity. He describes—with ample evidence and numerous anecdotes—the implication of the 1990s political correctness movement; the rise of campus speech codes; bureaucracies and lack of due process; the transformation of identity politics into a religion and the sacrifice of respect for individual religious choices at the altar of identity politics; the lack of due process in campus judiciaries and their prosecution of ideological crimes; and much, much more. Alas, it’s not just students who suffer: Few professors say they feel free expressing their opinion openly, and administrators who have many opinions but shallow academic background often seek to censor what can be taught so as to insulate students from offense.” Re: The Shame of Brandeis

Where are all the Leftist feminists? Ayaan Hirsi Ali: The silence of Western feminists is still deafening

“Prepossessed as he was with the all-encompassing wars of his era, George Orwell complained that political language was “designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” Unlike Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the culture warriors of America’s pampered campuses are unlikely to be dealing in murder or in warfare or, for that matter, in anything of much consequence at all. Nevertheless, they enjoy playing assassin, painting glowing targets onto the backs of any idea that threatens their power and, one by one, seeking the bull’s eyes. In the private sector, this is a prerogative of which no friend of liberty would seek to deprive them. Like any other organization, Brandeis can do as it sees fit. But it could at least have the decency to dress its decisions in the clothing that they deserve. “Apologies,” the faculty might say, ‘but we can give out honors to whomever we wish, and the truth is that we just do not like the cut of your jib.’” The Shame of Brandeis: And of a culture that has lost its way

“The first time I saw Hirsi Ali it brought back memories of Oriana Fallaci speaking in a small room at Harvard 30 years before. Fallaci had the habit of leaning forward and jabbing at the air with a lighted cigarette to make points.  The ash of her cigarette end once grew so alarmingly long I suppressed an urge to rush up and catch it before it broke off and hit the carpet.  A half dozen others in the audience would have probably tried the same thing.  She had that effect — on me at least.  Hirsi Ali never smoked on the Sydney stage but she had the same kind of compulsive attractiveness, a quality which conjured up a line of men stretching to the back of the Sydney auditorium waiting for her autograph. The real attractiveness of both women always lay in the projection of a kind of desperate bravery; the sort which made Fallaci a teenage guerilla in World War 2 and compelled Ali into becoming perhaps the most hated Muslim apostate in the world.  And nothing attracts so much as a damsel in danger. They both had the kind of unreasonable stubbornness, the sort of uncompromising character that in the end, proved too much for Brandeis University, at least as far as Ali was concerned. The university withdrew the honorary degree it had prepared to grant her, citing “past statements”. [Snip] Now Brandeis is in the unenviable position of appearing subservient to CAIR, since left to themselves, Brandeis would have given Hirsi Ali the degree. But at CAIR’s behest — or someone’s — they had a sudden change of heart. They make not think they are CAIR’s flunkeys but that is what the optics suggest. Maybe the lesson here — as Mozilla might have learned — is to know your own mind and stick to your guns. An institution with no mind of its own will soon find people telling it what to do.” The Indefinite Man

“But we can, pretty confidently, answer a related question: How much of the pay gap is driven by those choices, and how much is driven by sexism in the workplace? The answer seems to be that almost all of the gap is driven by choice of occupation, and working hours, with an emphasis on working hours. Childless women who work the same hours as men make very close to what men do.” Government Can’t Fix Real Gender Pay Gap

“But the level of hyperbole — actually, of demagoguery — that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting. It’s entirely understandable, of course: The Senate is up for grabs. Women account for a majority of voters. They tend to favor Democrats. To the extent that women — and in particular, single women — can be motivated to turn out in a midterm election, waving the bloody shirt of unequal pay is smart politics.Democrats’ revolting equal-pay demagoguery

From a leftist woman: “But it turns out that much of the media didn’t buy into the Left’s claims. Because, as you might expect, the “77 cent” figure is, in fact, misleading. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker gave Obama two Pinocchios for the claim. For years, the Post had given Obama one Pinocchio for the statistic, but since Obama refuses to stop using the number, a second Pinocchio was awarded. The Post considered giving three Pinocchios.” Democrats Losing Ground on the War on Women

From a conservative woman: “The big mistake the Dems made was using a statistic virtually everyone knew was phony. That allowed media and Republicans to have a field day. The White House looks pretty dishonest, which is just punishment for its transparent effort to enrage women.” White House’s phony wage gap figures spur a backlash

Arizona

CONFIRMED. Rep. Sinema is wolf in sheep’s clothing. This information should be shared far and wide in Arizona. Tell everyone you know who lives in AZ CD-9). “Rep. Sinema, the first openly bisexual person elected to Congress and currently the only professed atheist, took office in 2012 when the district was redrawn to be swingy rather than R-leaning. Still, Sinema had a history of being quite liberal and had even backed Ralph Nader in 2000 as a young adult, something she’s since moved passed. Like Senator Tammy Baldwin, Kyrsten Sinema is a liberal who knows how to repackage herself as a moderate to the electorate while voting the liberal position when it matters and voting the moderate position when it doesn’t. Though some of her recent votes follow the latter position, make no mistake: Kyrsten Sinema is a liberal with a lot of potential. Arizona is a state that due to the Hispanic population should hopefully eventually become a liberal stronghold and if it does, count on Sinema to be its first in a long line of liberal stalwart senators. Just like Kristen Gillibrand, Kyrsten Sinema knows how to be as liberal as her constituency will allow and if she ever succeeds to the senate, we can count on her to promote liberal priorities. Given the fact that this swingy seat will be a top priority in 2014 that I urge you to donate to Kyrsten Sinema to help us hold all of our critical house seats.” DKos, Where Do Your Contribution $$’s Go the Furthest Towards Electable Progressives? Let’s Find Out

She truly is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And we must get the word out. “Endorsing Communist Party Causes: Kyrsten Sinema was a signatory to an advertisement: “May Day and Cinco de Mayo greetings,” placed in the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) paper People’s Weekly World on May 4, 2002. Such ads were traditionally placed in the Communist Party paper every May Day, sponsored by local party clubs, members or supporters:

Arizona’s progressive community extends May Day and Cinco de Mayo greetings to all our friends across the country. We commit ourselves to resist the Bush Administration’s drive for ever increasing military spending and a never ending state of war. We must redouble our efforts to build a people’s coalition that will drive the ultra right out of Congress next November.

Co-signing the advertisement with Sinema were CPUSA members Joe Bernick, Jack Blawis, Lem Harris, Lorenzo Torrez, Anita Torrez, Carolyn Trowbridge, Steve Valencia, the Tucson and East Valley Clubs of the Communist Party USA and the party fronts: the Arizona Peace Council and the Salt of the Earth Labor College. This support for the communist cause was not a “one off” or an aberration. In 2003, Sinema again put her name to the Arizona Communist Party’s May Day greetings page.” Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ 9) – KeyWiki Progressive/Marxist Profiles

Big, Out of Control Government

The government will never “limit itself” unless “We the People” force it to. “But if we are willing to climb down from the comfortable perch of theory and dwell for a moment in the real world, this need not be an argument for either total submission to the state or total resistance to it. It is, rather, an argument for limited government. Prudence counsels that under current conditions obedience to civil authority should be the general rule, in the interest of keeping the peace, and that disputes between citizens and the state be handled through the usual assortment of voting, lobbying, protesting, agitating, etc. (This is one of the reasons that the Left’s attempts to restrict citizens’ ability to influence policy through things such as campaign donations, to say nothing of proposals to lock people up for unpopular political speech, are more dangerous than is appreciated: With those remedies diminished, open defiance becomes more attractive.) A norm of obedience to civil authority does not mean that the application of civil authority is wise or desirable in every case, that the expansion of civil authority should not be resisted, or that a reduction in the national footprint of government is not to be desired.” Coase’s Tortoise: Federal bureaucracy gets in the way of complex ongoing relationships that serve civil society.

“On the one hand we have Cliven Bundyand his family of ranchers on the same property ranching cattle from the early 1800s since before the Federal government claimed all the land they have been using for grazing. On the other hand we have 200 plus armed federal agents, including trained snipers, using brute force intimidation tactics against the Bundy family and their way of life. Why? Because of a tortoise. A situation the federal establishment is very good at blowing up into murder, seizure of real property and federal standoffs, standoffs that are famous for resulting in the deaths of innocent children. In order for average citizens to stand with the Bundys and support them against this misuse of federal authority your Bureau of Land Management has graciously provided a small area which they designate as a First Amendment Area. This is classic federal establishment run wild, out of control and deadly to the rights of citizens. Can you think of a federal agency that isn’t, right now? Soldiers deprived of the Second and Fourth Amendment rights as guaranteed by the Constitution. The IRS? TSA? Homeland Security? It’s a big, big list.” Cows and Illegal Aliens

Freedom of Speech

“When fascism comes, it will come not with jackboots but with promises of a better world. The jackboots come later, when we’ve all been shamed into silence — when we’ve been taught that to allow that with which we disagree is to agree with it, and when we’ve accepted that the best method of preventing such disagreement is government power. We’re on the verge. All it will take is the silence of good people — people on all sides of the political aisle — who fall prey to the ultimate temptation in a republic: the temptation to force their values on others utilizing the machinery of government. We’re already more than halfway there.” The Rise of American Totalitarianism

“Our civil liberties will not be lost to crude fascists in jackboots. More likely, the death of free speech will be the work of the new medieval Torquemadas who claim they destroyed freedom of expression for the sake of “equality” and “fairness” and ‘saving the planet.’” The New Inquisition: The Left is trampling free speech for the sake of orthodoxy.

Harry Reid

“Our friends at National Review caught National Journal’s (liberal) Ron Fournier with a few choice words regarding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s reign of lies regarding the Kochs: ‘Fournier called on the media to confront Harry Reid over his repeated rants against the Koch brothers on the Senate floor. He also blasted the majority leader for a recent false ad by Reid’s PAC claiming ties between the Kochs and Louisiana Republican Senate candidate Bill Cassidy, which the Washington Post gave Four Pinocchios.’” THE INDECENCY OF HARRY REID

Hillary Clinton

Maybe she can run on her husband’s record… “John writes:

It’s funny watching the question of Hillary’s greatest accomplishment asked and laughingly rejected as ridiculous at first, then having it slowly dawn on the panel that none of them has an answer.

What’s even more amusing is the suggestion that we should wait for Hillary’s next book to tell us what her qualifications are. Clinton has been in the public eye since the Clinton days in Arkansas, 30 years ago. She ran for President in 2008 after eight nondescript years in the Senate, and then served four years as Secretary of State in a tenure bookended by the embarrassing “reset button” with Russia and the Benghazi failure that left four Americans dead. If she had a major accomplishment in all of that time, we wouldn’t need a campaign biography to discover it.” MSNBC panel wonders: Just what is Hillary Clinton’s unique qualification for President?

The Left

It’s all about the power, and who gets to make the rules. “One of the ways leftists turn themselves from idealistic naifs into fascistic McCarthyite thugs is by convincing themselves there is only one side to every argument. There is their opinion and everything else is “Hate.” The bullying brownshirts who engineered the ouster of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich were probably perfectly decent people when they were three- or four-years-old. They became the jackbooted blacklisters they are today when they taught themselves to believe in their own impeccable virtue and the evil of the opposition. For the instruction of these aspiring tyrants then and as an aid to our own memories, let’s remind ourselves for a moment of what we’re actually arguing about when we argue about social issues.” The Great Debates We’re Not Having

The Media

Stonewalling because they’re lying. “It is now 20 days since Washington Post reporters Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson published their infamous hit piece that tried to fool readers into believing that the Keystone Pipeline, the bete noire of the Democratic Party’s biggest donors, is somehow all about Koch Industries, which has nothing to do with the pipeline and would, in fact, be damaged by it economically. It is 14 days since Sheldon Whitehouse and Henry Waxman wrote their letter to the President of Koch Industries, asking a series of questions and requesting production of a large number of documents about Keystone, with the letter’s allegations footnoted to the Post’s article and the juvenile left-wing report on which it was based. For two weeks we have been asking Juliet Eilperin, Steven Mufson, Sheldon Whitehouse, Henry Waxman and the editors of the Washington Post whether the Post’s March 20 article was a put-up job, developed in coordination with Whitehouse, Waxman, or other representatives of the Democratic Party–like Eilperin’s husband, who is a “climate” official in the Obama administration, or Tom Steyer, who has pledged to donate $100 million to Democratic candidates who oppose Keystone, a project that would threaten his “green energy” scam empire. So far there has been no response. Both the Washington Post and the Democratic Party–but I repeat myself–are hoping that we will go away and the controversy will blow over.” THE WASHINGTON POST IS STILL STONEWALLING

“If you follow me on Twitter @jhinderaker–as you should!–you can retweet these tweets. You can also tweet messages directly to Ms. Eilperin @eilperin. We are not going to let this rest until we get answers from the Washington Post and from Henry Waxman and Sheldon Whitehouse. Finally, Jeff Bezos, this is for you: I have no idea what your political views are, but I assume you are a Democrat, like most rich people. Maybe you knew, when you bought the Washington Post, that it is nothing but a corrupt mouthpiece for the Democratic Party. If so, nothing about the Post/Keystone scandal will surprise you; on the contrary, you will probably applaud the Post’s latest effort to fool its readers so as to promote the Democratic Party’s interests. But on the off chance that you thought you were buying a real newspaper, you should be shocked to learn that the Post cannot respond to a simple question: does the Post coordinate its reporting with Congressional Democrats, or does it not? If the Post were an honest paper–a real newspaper, part of an actual free and independent press–that would be an easy question to answer. That the Post is unable to respond speaks volumes. If this isn’t what you thought you were buying, you should clean house.” MY QUESTIONS TO JULIET EILPERIN, AND A MESSAGE TO JEFF BEZOS

School Choice

Get your filthy hands off my state school choices. Why does the Federal Government even get to do this to a state’s educational system? “The DOJ had requested a permanent injunction against the program last August, which would have required all vouchers to be pre-approved by a federal judge. Louisiana will have to provide the federal government with data on applicants, including name, race, student I.D. number, address, and the public school district the student would be fleeing. The DOJ can challenge whether a school is “impeding desegregation” under the 1975 court ruling Brumfield v. Dodd, an authority the agency has always held.” Judge Sides with Louisiana in Voucher Case

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