Quote of the Day 10/06/13

“The civil liberties of people of all ideologies are threatened by a government determined to appear tough on terrorism. The government is going to be given broad new powers to investigate people for political activities — activities on both sides of the political spectrum.” — Laura Murphy

“Murphy’s Law” By Jim Murphy

I bid you greetings from the Home Office For Jingoistic Vast Right Wing Conspiratorial Obstructionists.

SHUT DOWN:

For the past couple of weeks I have been listening to Liberals/Democrats/Progressives/Moderates/Socialists whine and lie about “A COMPLETE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN”. And of course this “COMPLETE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN” was the complete fault of the Republicans in general and the TEA Party in particular.

First of all there is NO “COMPLETE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN”. There have been some offices closed and I suppose all of the National Parks and some really important WEBSITES…. like the one I heard about this morning. I know this will strike most of you almost as hard as it struck me BUT due to this shutdown, caused by the calloused Republicans in general and TEA Party members in particular, but none of us will be able to go to a particular Government Website and be able to observe the BABY PANDAS in the Washington Zoo.

But when you really look at many of the government offices which have closed, they perform no useful function for anyone in the country other than providing pretty well paying positions for themselves AT THE TAXPAYER’S EXPENSE. And of course if you are a fan of BIG GOVERNMENT then I suppose this would be a pivotal moment in your life.

And damn near all of the media, including some on the FOX News Network are trying to blame the really lame ass Republican Party for this so called shutdown. But when I saw the only body under the control of the National Republican Party pass a bill which would have kept all government offices open BUT did de-fund ObamaCare was met in the Senate by a complete Democrat/Progressive/Socialist stone wall. I even watched Senator Chuck Schumer make the statement that the Democrat/Progressive/Socialist Senators “WILL NOT BUDGE ONE INCH”. I also heard Senate Majority Harry Reid make the statement that the House Bill WAS DEAD WHEN IT REACHED THE SENATE.

Ah, but according to the news hacks and the Administration Ass Kissers, “The Republicans Won’t Compromise”. Then when the Senate sent their bill back to the House the House added an Amendment which DID NOT DE-FUND OBAMACARE but rather delayed it for one year. And of course this did not go well with the Democrat/Progressive/Socialist controlled Senate or the Mob-Ruled Con Man who occupies the White House. Incidentally, Obama through this whole thing has been saying that he would VETO ANY LEGISLATION WHICH TRIED TO DE-FUND OBAMACARE.

Then earlier today I listened to the world’s most articulate and intelligent human make the statement that he had seen to it that the Military would not suffer in any way in terms of pay or equipment. One must wonder if this lying mutt thinks that most of us cannot see through his pitiful act.

But in all fairness, apparently the majority of American Voters who put this turd in office really cannot see through his facade.

The next few days should be interesting and I predict that many of the so called Conservative Republicans will fold like a broken lawn chair.

BUT my thanks to Ted Cruz and a few others who have stood tall during this whole mess.

OPINIONS:

They say that opinions are like another part of the human anatomy…. everybody has one. And I will agree with this as I certainly have my own opinions about a few things. BUT, this week on one day, the (SUB) STANDARD TIMES convinced me that my own opinions on matters are absolutely correct.

The first article was by some squack named REKHA RASU and the opinion of this beetle was headlined: ANTI-HEALTH-CARE AD SCARE TACTICS SHAMEFUL. Her entire article was nothing but a positive advertisement for ObamaCare. She calls the ads against ObamaCare a “Scorched Earth Policy” and calls their motives “SINISTER”. It is pretty obvious that this heifer is IN THE TANK for Obama and nothing a Republican supports could possibly be right. She does not mention Senator Cruz by name but instead uses Carl Rove and John McCain as exhibits of conservative Republicans. This “In The Tank” writer is a columnist for the Des Moines, Iowa Register. Damn, they must be proud of this gunzel.

Then right below Ms. Rasu’s article was an editorial opinion by ANN MC FEATTERS who is a Scripps Howard columnist who has covered White House and national politics since 1986. Her observations which were the driving force behind her article were headlined: CRUZ TALKATHON PUTS A STOP TO CLIMB TO TOP. Ms. McFeatters keen powers of observation have determined that Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) had hoped (AND FAILED) to garner the same kind of adulation that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), did for filibustering in opposition to U.S. drone attacks. According to Ms. McFeatters,, Ted Cruz is an extremist and had conducted a failed effort to put himself front and center for the 2016 presidential race. HEY ANN!! Did it ever occur to you that perhaps Senator Cruz did it because he thought it was the right thing to do and might bring some pressure on a few of the Democrat/Progressive/Socialist Senators to also do the right thing FOR THE RIGHT REASONS.

I’ll admit that it was wishful thinking on his part but he stood by his guns…. oops, can I say that without being called into the Principal’s office?

THEN to the immediate left of both of these opinion articles was an editorial opinion by our own (Sub) Standard Times editorial staff. This objective article was headlined: CRUZ TAKES 21 HOURS TO SAY HE DOESN’T LIKE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. The article pointed out that in Senator Cruz’s 21 hour speech he compared those who displayed insufficient zeal in opposing ObamaCare to the British politicians who favored appeasing Hitler in the years leading to World War II. The article pointed out that this comment earned him a harsh rebuke from Senator John McCain (RINO-AZ),

According to this editorial opinion McCain acidly said what everybody, including very likely Cruz, already knew: “We will end up NOT SHUTTING THE GOVERNMENT DOWN, AND WE WILL NOT DEFUND OBAMACARE. The article ended with the statement that Senator Cruz did not leave many friends behind.

Now that last statement speaks volumes to me. I am not sure I would have many friends in the U.S. Senate if all I had to work with were the lifetime politicians currently holding office FROM BOTH PARTIES.

So with all three articles making small of Senator Ted Cruz I have reached the conclusion that MY OPINION REGARDING SENATOR CRUZ IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT.

Anytime the (Sub) Standard Times opposes someone or something which I support THREE TIMES ON THE SAME PAGE, THEN I KNOW I MUST BE ON THE RIGHT TRACK.

So, after the dust has cleared I still believe Senator Ted Cruz to be an honorable man who is trying to represent the people of his state.

AND I still believe that Barack Hussein Obama and all his supporters along with John McCain and Lindsey Graham and a few more so called Republican Senators and Congressmen should be thrown out of office.

PRAYER LIST:

Tony Aguilar, Mary Vigil, Joe & Ruth Lucero, Ted Salgado, Bob McKelvey -NM – Ella Dunlop, Kaleigh Paige Hudgens, Cliff Peiser, Bobby Peiser, Bob Wallman, Maria Tupaz, Bernice Murphy, Don Faubion, Judy Langham, Liz Deguren, Roger Tucker, John Gallemore, Zak Krejci, Debra Blake, Mary Denson, Randy Jones, John Henley, Don Weaver, Joe Williams, Horace Riebe, Roger Goertz, Billy Williams – TX – Sr. Delphine Grigas (96) – IL – Paul & Debby Gula, Mike Burkebak, Lanelle Kittlestad, Alan Miller, Debbie McKeown, Violet Fermin, Carlos Fernandez, Hamilton Anderson, Arlene Anderson – FL – L.T. Drennan – OK – Lynn Jones – NE – Warren Wetmore – IL – Gladys Beasley, Barbara Urban – MD – Charles Latham, Rocky Leonard, Dr. Keith Miller – AZ – Kate Powell, Annise Kennedy, – CA – Keith Chambers, Nancy Chambers – CO – Meryl Coleman – OR – Hal Whitmore – DE – Herb Johnston – NY – Lonnie Shoultz – AL – Perry Evans – AR – Jim Pinney – OH – Josip & Lela Slivar – ZAGREB, CROATIA – Sister Clarice Carroll (83) – HAITI – Carol Doyle -VA – George Rimmer – WA

{GySgt. Daniel West, MSgt. (Ret) Randy Morrow , CAPT. Michael Rice, CAPT. Nick Francona, GySgt. James Walker, CAPT. George Zeigler, CAPT. Catherine Schmidt (Fiancé of Capt. Zeigler) SSgt. Matt Ross, Alex Boyd, RCT Graydon J. Phillips, * 2nd LT. Levi English, SSgt. Eric Harmon, Archer Abblitt – USMC} – {Kenneth Thomas -USCG} { SSgt. Eric Grudziecke, A1 Elizabeth Chaffon, Cody Barber, Col. Phil Samples, TSgt. Aaron Brown, TSgt. Rebecca Goodwin, 1st LT. Mandie Yates – USAF} – { Capt. Brian Kriss – TxANG} – {Lt. William Jourdan, CDR Robert McLay, Ensign Tommy Brown, Lt. Michael Brown, CAPT. Wayne Putnam (Ret), Matthew J. Blaker- US NAVY} – {Ethan English, Russell Brown, Dan Driscoll (USNA -74) – US NAVAL ACADEMY} – {Bud Barnett – USNA ’74} – (SSgt. Mike Campagna – SPECIAL FORCES} – {SSgt.Michael Strawn, Sgt. Logan McKinzie, Capt. (Fr) Kevin Peek, Maj. Fred W. Tanner, Lt. Col. Robbie Ball, SSgt. Travis McGowan, Michael B. Hudgens, Scott Hillyer, Jeff Schoonover, SFC William Todd – US ARMY} – {All of the men and women presently serving in the United States Military, “DARKHORSE” 3RD BATTALION 5TH MARINES and their families} – {251st Military Police Company, Tennessee Army National Guard}

Troy Partain of Stone Mountain, Georgia
Wayne Martin of Blacksburg, Virginia

John Mallory – DEA – Jason King (Instructor Afghanistan), Fr. Joseph M. Peek, Gary and Cindy Hogman, Ashtyn Wages and John Paul Tupaz and their families.

QUOTES:

“Politicians show a lot of cleverness in protecting their own interests, even if they show very little wisdom as far as serving the public interest.”… THOMAS SOWELL

“By the way, don’t worry about ObamaCare. Libs will eventually do it in when they realize participation will involve Photo ID.”… DENNIS MILLER

“There’s a reason why in New York Harbor we have the Stature of Liberty, not the Statue of Equality.”… CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

“The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”…. GEORGE ORWELL

“When even one American — who has done nothing wrong — is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth, then all Americans are in peril.”…. HARRY TRUMAN

“An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!…. Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power…. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us…. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of the chains of slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”… PATRICK HENRY

VARMINT LIST:

Barack Hussein Obama, Michelle Obama, George Soros, Joe Biden, Louis Farrakhan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz (DNC Chairperson), Leon Panetta, Supreme Court Justices – Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, AND John Roberts, Eric Holder, John McCain, Valerie Jarrett, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Lanny Davis, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Claire McCaskill, Gary Johnson, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Kathleen Sibelius, Bill Richardson, Jay Carney, Susan Rice, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, Al Gore, COLIN POWELL , Michael Moore, John Boehner, John Kerry, Lindsey Graham, Former President Jimmy Carter. Al Gore, Kevin Brady (R-TX) by request, Chuck Hagel, Dick Durbin, Andrew Cuomo, Chris Christie (R-NJ) , Michael Bloomberg, Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), F. Chuck Todd, Pat Toomey (R-PA), Diana DeGette (CO), Hank Johnson (GA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Patrick Leahy, Deval Patrick (Gov-MA), Ben Bernanke, Gov. Lincoln Chafee (RI), Jim McDermott (WA), Robert Menendez (NJ), State Senator Wendy Davis (TEX), Edward Markey (D-MA), Sander Levin (D-MI), Jeff Flake (R-AZ – By Request), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), John Boehner (R-OH)

Juan Williams (FOX News), Andrea Mitchell (MSNBC), Morgan Freeman, MSNBC, Michael Steele (MSNBC), ACLU, Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, UNITED NATIONS, Bob Beckel (FOX News), Geraldo Rivera (FOX News), Bill O’Reilly (FOX News), Chris Matthews (MSNBC), Dan Rather, NBC, Rachel Maddow (NBC,MSNBC), Al Sharpton (MSNBC), Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC), Andrea Mitchell (MSNBC), Ed Schultz (MSNBC), David Gregory (NBC), Alan Colmes (FOX News), Southern Poverty Law Center, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Tom Brokaw (NBC), Ellis Henican (FOX News), Freedom From Religion Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Jane Fonda, LA RAZA, MOVEON.ORG, Martha Raddatz, Candy Crowley, Columbia Professor Mark Lamont Hill PH.D (FOX News), Anderson Cooper (CNN), Sheppard Smith(FOX News), PETA, CAIR, TIME MAGAZINE, Sandra Fluke, BOB COSTAS (NBC), ESPN, Ed Asner, The NFL, The BCS, Mediamatters.org, CNN, Piers Morgan (CNN), The IOC, Dennis Rodman, CBS, Jim Carey, Tom Brokaw, William Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Julian Bond, MAYORS AGAINST ILLEGAL GUNS, Gary Trudeau (by request), Wolf Blitzer (CNN), The Environmental Protection Agency, Soledad O’Brien (CNN), LeBron James AND The Miami Heat, Al Jazeera America, Peter Lewis (Progressive Insurance)

MORE STUFF:

I received a sad piece of news yesterday afternoon. Joe Hunt, a former Texas DPS Officer and Texas Ranger passed away. Joe was elected Sheriff of Tom Green County after he retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

I first met him when he was a Texas Ranger stationed in Lubbock. Joe Hunt was a good man and a top notch Law Enforcement Officer. Joe had to retire from his Sheriff’s job a year or so ago for health reasons. I ran into him on several occasions at various places in San Angelo and he never failed to come and speak with me. I had a great deal of respect for Joe Hunt and our community will miss him a lot. He was one of the great ones and I never met one single person who knew Joe Hunt that did not have the highest degree of respect for this good man.

He will be missed by lots of folks both in and out of law enforcement.
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Yesterday evening I was watching part of the O’Reilly Factor on FOX News and O’Reilly’s guest was Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Of course as Senator Cruz was attempting to answer the questions posed to him by Bill O’Reilly, this arrogant TV host who claims to always be “Looking Out For The Folks” was completely disrespectful to Senator Cruz and kept interrupting him and basically showed a completely condescending attitude toward probably the most honest man now serving in the United States Senate.

I had seen O’Reilly a couple of times in the past speaking about Senator Cruz and always making the statement that Senator Cruz had been invited on “The Factor” but as yet had not appeared. Actually, I can pretty much understand anyone not wishing to appear on a program where the arrogant host does nothing but cast insinuations in your direction. The only Liberal/Democrat/Progressive/Socialist politician I have ever seen him get on was the openly gay idiot from Massachusetts and that was because that Senator got loud and just lied and insulted Mr. Bill.

So, Bill O’Reilly has earned himself a permanent place on the Varmint List. I have not been able to watch him for a good while but occasionally my wife will tell me that his guest is someone whom I like. In short, Mr. O’Reilly has, as they say in Texas, peed in his oatmeal with me.
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While venting my somewhat slanted opinion on many things a couple of items particularly in the area of Entertainment and The Arts have crossed my mind. I cannot remember when I saw a current movie that I thought was worth a crap. Probably the last one was “Legends Of The Fall”. Excellent cast and excellent story.

Most of today’s movies completely depend upon special effects and blood and gore to make the movie watchable. I cannot stand Ted Turner but I do like the Turner Classic Movie Channel as it shows some real talent and real acting abilities. Just watch Spencer Tracy in “Inherit The Wind” and tell me you have to have bad language and special effects to captivate an audience. I realize that in telling a true story on some occasions pretty graphic language and action is necessary but these bozos are carrying it a bit too far.

I realize the “Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder”. But I have about had the lick and have been of this opinion since I was in elementary school, that someone whom I don’t know and who maybe wasn’t even alive at the time suddenly decided which artists; writers; poets; etc.. were classic. I remember seeing some early paintings by Pablo Picasso when you could actually tell what they were. I did not particularly like them, but for some so called expert to try to convince me that the abstract crap by Picasso which is now priceless is great art, then someone is barking up the wrong tree.

I do like much of the art by Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt, BUT I absolutely love Frederick Remington, Charles Russell, G. Harvey, and Norman Rockwell. You don’t generally have to do a bunch of guesswork as to at what you are looking.

But I guess what really gets my rear end as red as a baboon’s is the fuss they make over Maya Angelou. I have watched this old squack on many occasions and have as yet to hear her say anything of redeeming social value. They try to tell her that she is a “Great Poet”. Really? Now this might shock some of you but I have liked poetry since I was a very young boy. Of course you might have guessed that I liked GUNGA DIN and FUZZY WUZZY by Rudyard Kipling; CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE by Alfred Tennyson; PAUL REVERE’S RIDE by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; and of course what later became famous as THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER by Francis Scott Key (The entire poem). But I’ll bet none of you… or maybe a few… might have known that I also really liked, THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER by Lewis Carroll; THE FAIRIES by William Ailingham; A VISIT FROM ST. NICHOLAS by Clement C. Moore; WYNKEN, BLYNKEN, AND NOD by Eugene Field and how many of you have read THE ENTIRE 22 Parts of THE SONG OF HIAWATHA which took Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ONE AND ONE HALF YEARS to complete. I learned many years back that LONGFELLOW wrote this extra long historical poem in a style known as Trochaic Tetrameter and the entire poem is written to this same tempo. Absolutely amazing.

BUT, today we are being fed another big lie regarding all of our entertainment and most of the stuff we are exposed to is garbage. SO, THANK YOU TED TURNER, you worthless mutt.
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SUPPORT TED CRUZ ………….. SUPPORT ALLEN WEST

DUMP JOHN MCCAIN, LINDSEY GRAHAM, JOHN BOEHNER….. ASAP.

Also, has anyone noticed that for the past two weeks we have not heard ONE WORD about Benghazi or The IRS or The NSA?

The media IS NOT DOING THEIR JOB and that INCLUDES FOX NEWS.

See Y’all Next Week

JEM

How ObamaCare Wrecks the Work Ethic By CASEY B. MULLIGAN

The health-care law, starting Jan. 1, will begin driving up marginal tax rates—well above 50% for many.

A new wave of redistribution will arrive in America on Jan. 1, primarily thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The president’s health-insurance plan forces those who hire, work and produce to pay full price for health care, while creating generous discounts for practically everyone else.

This second redistributionist wave of the Obama era will follow a first wave of tax hikes, additional unemployment benefits, food-stamp expansions, waived work requirements for welfare benefits, etc. These measures were supposed to be temporary, intended to help people cope with the recession. The recession officially ended in mid-2009, but many of the administration’s measures continue.

Regardless of whether redistribution is achieved by collecting more taxes from families with high incomes, levying employment taxes on businesses, providing more subsidies to families with low incomes, or all of the above, an essential consequence is the same: a reduction in the reward for working. In a National Bureau of Economic Research paper issued in August, I quantify the combined effect of the two redistribution waves and higher payroll taxes on the financial reward for working.
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By 2016, the index exceeds 50%, which is at least 10 percentage points greater than it was in early 2007.

The 50% rate is even higher than the rates that prevailed when the so-called Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s redistribution was at its peak. Without new federal legislation and a departure from the strategy of forcing workers and employers to finance everyone else’s health care, the new 50%+ rate will not be a peak, but rather a new normal for tax rates.

To appreciate the added burden that the two redistribution waves put on the labor market, look at what people keep, on average, when they decide to retain or accept a job, or to take on a longer work schedule. Before the recession, a decision to work would benefit public treasuries by an amount equal to 40% of the compensation from the job. The worker and his family got the other 60%.

Read more at Wall Street Journal

The tax-exemption rip-off by Nick Nichols

How your tax dollars help radicals attack our energy, industries, jobs and living standards

If you believe future IRS abuses will be prevented by putting Lois Learner and her merry band of political hacks in the hoosegow, stop drinking Potomac River Kool-Aid and start partaking in a dose of reality.

The most effective way to eliminate political hackery at the IRS would be to abolish the so-called progressive income tax and completely dismantle the tax agency. Too draconian? Only if you believe the Tea Party purge is the solitary scandal rolling around the halls at the IRS. It’s not.

Fact is the system is corrupt to the core. To illustrate, consider Lois Learner’s old haunt at the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division. When the IRS bureaucrats determine that an organization is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt group, that group is excused from paying federal taxes and contributors to the group are allowed to deduct contributions from their taxable income.

Those Americans who actually pay federal taxes must make up what the US Treasury loses as a result of the tax exemptions. Moreover, once the IRS determines that a group is tax-exempt, that group is excused from paying taxes (including property taxes) in at least thirty-nine states.

Consider these facts from the National Center For Charitable Statistics about 501 (c)(3) Public Charities. In 1988, 10,215 organizations filed with the IRS as 501(c)(3) Public Charities. They reported combined revenues of $29.8-billion. By July, 2013, organizations filing as 501(c)(3) Public Charities amounted to 357,167! These tax-exempt groups reported combined revenues of $1.6-trillion and assets of $2.9-trillion.

Calculating the amount of federal and state tax revenue lost as a result of tax exemptions is way above my pay grade. I would guess the federal and state revenue loss exceeds one-trillion dollars annually. Who gets stuck paying for this loss? The American taxpayer. Talk about redistribution of wealth. Need I remind you that in 2011 only 53% of American households actually paid federal income taxes?

Allow me to add insult to injury. The uncivil servants at the IRS and their progressive allies on Capitol Hill have corrupted the definition of “public charities” to allow activist groups to feed at the trough of the American taxpayer. For example, 13,716 US-based environmental groups filed as tax-exempt 501(c)(3)s in 2010. Their combined revenue was $7.4-billion. Their total assets equaled $20.6-billion.

In 2012, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) reported $112-million in revenue and $173.1-million in assets. EDF has been tax-exempt since 1969. In 2011, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. (NRDC) reported $97-million in revenue and $248.9-million in assets. NRDC has been tax-exempt since 1970. Three tax-exempt Greenpeace organizations in the U.S. reported $39.2-million in revenue and $20.6-million in assets in 2011.

I wonder whether the tax-paying coal miners of West Virginia realize that they are subsidizing progressives intent on destroying their jobs? Do they consider Greenpeace charitable? I can’t speak for the coal miners, but I can confirm that both New Zealand and Canada have stripped Greenpeace of its charity status.

What about unemployed union workers who have been denied jobs on the Keystone pipeline? Is it fair and just that they have to pay taxes while the progressive activist groups lobbying against pipeline construction avoid state and federal tax collectors?

Progressive environmental organizations aren’t the only radicals feeding off the beleaguered taxpayer. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has been tax-exempt since 1981. Last year PETA reported $31-million in revenue and $16-million in assets. For those who have been victimized by the radical animal rights group, how does it feel to be forced to subsidize your adversary?

The Ruckus Society trains protesters to disrupt public events and engage in civil disobedience. Yes, Ruckus has been tax-exempt since 1996. Three years later it helped train radicals to rain havoc and rampant property destruction on Seattle during a World Trade Organization conference. Very charitable, wouldn’t you agree?

One final example: The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) which is alleged to have links to Hamas, a State Department designated terrorist group, has at least thirteen 501(c)(3) tax-exempt groups in the USA. During 2011, CAIR reported $8.7-million in revenues and $6.4-million in assets. It also boasts a multi-million dollar lobbying organization. Isn’t it ironic that the IRS saw fit to declare CAIR a Public Charity worthy of tax-exempt status, while putting the Tea Party through the wringer?

Once the Congress finishes its investigation of the IRS Tea Party scandal, it would do well to take a comprehensive look at how “charity” is defined for the purpose of granting tax exemptions. Failure to do so will amount to taxation without representation for millions of real American taxpayers.
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Nick is a retired crisis communications executive. He also developed and taught graduate-level crisis management courses at the Johns Hopkins University. Nick is the author of Rules for Corporate Warriors: How to Fight and Survive Attack Group Shakedowns. He is a former Deputy Secretary of Revenue for the State of Wisconsin.

N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens

WASHINGTON — Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials.

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