Monday, August 31, 2015

Colleges, grade-schools, All are PC. When will we take them back?

The lefties and the PC crowd are at work even in our schools!

The reading assignments for the controversial class present terrorists in a sympathetic light and justify their actions as fighting against an imperialistic American regime.

Joe Connor, the cousin of 9/11 victim Steve Schlag, said on "Fox and Friends" that the fact that this course is being taught at a public university is crazy and outrageous.

"Our country's gone backwards. We're upside down," Connor said. "They try to justify this as 'they're just doing what they think is right for their people' ... How dare they."

Connor said that instead of focusing on the terrorists who carried out the terrible attacks, people should focus on the 3,000 innocent people who lost their lives.

"Each of them had a story, each of them was a person and each of them left a family. And that's what's being left out by this professor." 


The "College Fix" Article

None of the assigned readings view attacks from perspective of Sept. 11 victims' families

An English class offered at UNC Chapel Hill this fall called "Literature of 9/11" explores the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks from the perspective of radical Islamists and those who view America as an imperialist nation.
The reading assignments for the class, which includes poems, memoirs and graphic novels, present terrorists in a sympathetic light and American political leaders as greedy, war hungry and corrupt, according to a review by The College Fix.

The readings mostly focus on justifying the actions of terrorists - painting them as fighting against an American regime, or mistaken idealists, or good people just trying to do what they deem right. None of the readings assigned in the freshman seminar present the Sept. 11 attacks from the perspective of those who died or from American families who lost loved ones.

Click here to continue Article from "The College Fix"

2 --People are outraged about a letter reportedly sent from school officials to two parents telling them that their daughter's Wonder Woman lunchbox violates the school's dress code.

"We noticed that Laura has a Wonder Woman lunchbox that features a superhero image," the letter says. "In keeping with the dress code of the school, we must ask that she not bring this to school."

"The dress code we have established requests that the children not bring violent images into the building in any fashion – on their clothing (including shoes and socks), backpacks and lunchboxes."
The school’s name and address are redacted in the letter, which was posted anonymously to Reddit.

On "Fox and Friends," Tucker Carlson said that this is another example of the liberal tradition of blaming objects for social problems.

"'It's the gun's fault. It's the lunchbox's fault. Your T-shirt did this. 'The Dukes of Hazzard' has a Confederate flag, we must pull it off the air,'" Carlson said. "They're missing the obvious point, which is when the family collapses, people's behavior changes, not in a good way."


No one wants advice -- only corroboration."
-- John Steinbeck,

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Donald Trump on Sarah Palin's "On Point"



This is an interesting 10 minute interview, 
with other GOP candidates and political movers and shakers.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

What about having a cause?


If you had a suit case full of your own cash,
and were neither charged with,
nor convicted of a crime, 
would the government have a right to seize it?


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Federal prosecutors are battling in court to keep $167,000 in cash seized in a 2013 traffic stop, despite the motorist never being charged in the incident and the Obama administration clamped down this spring on such asset seizures and forfeitures.

The case -- which highlights the ongoing concerns about the government unjustly seizing money and property -- began when a Nevada state trooper pulled over the motorist on a cross-country trip to California.

The trooper stopped Hawaii resident Straughn Gorman’s motor-home in January 2013 for allegedly going too slow along Interstate 80.

According to court documents, Gorman was allowed to proceed without a citation despite the trooper suspecting he was hiding cash.

The trooper said he couldn’t inspect the vehicle because he would have needed a canine unit and for the dog to detect drugs, which would have created enough probable cause to get a search warrant.

However, no canine unit was available so the trooper released Gorman but not before requesting the county sheriff’s office stop him again -- about 50 minutes later and this time with a drug-sniffing dog.

No drugs were found during the second stop, in which Gorman was pulled over for two alleged traffic violation. But his vehicle, computer, cellphone and the cash, stashed throughout the vehicle, were seized.

In June, a federal judge in Nevada ordered Gorman’s cash be returned.

In his ruling, District Judge Larry Hicks cited Gorman’s “prolonged detention” for the alleged traffic violations and criticized federal authorities for failing to disclose that the first officer requested the second stop.

“The second stop was not based on independent, reasonable suspicion sufficient to justify the prolonged investigation,” wrote Hicks, a Bush administration appointee. “The two stops were for minor traffic violations, and they both were extended beyond the legitimate purposes for such traffic stops.”

Hicks also said in his ruling the second stop never would have happened if the first officer had not relayed information about the first stop, which included a vehicle description, suspicion about concealed cash and that a “canine sniff” would likely be needed to get probable cause for a search.

The federal government earlier this month appealed Hicks' ruling in the 9th Circuit Court, in San Francisco, considered among the most liberal in the county.

Federal attorneys did not submit a reason for the appeal in their one-paragraph request, according to The Daily Signal, which first reported the request.

The court is expected to also decide whether Gorman should be reimbursed $153,000 in legal fees, which federal lawyers don’t want to pay.

The first court proceeding is scheduled for November 19.

The Justice Department earlier this year issued a series of directives to reform and restrict its policies on asset seizures and forfeitures, amid the complaints about government abuse and overreach.
“We are keenly aware of concerns raised about certain seizures and forfeiture practices,” the agency told the Senate Judiciary Committee in April. “The department takes seriously any and all allegations of perceived or actual abuse.”

The first of the changes were announced in January by then-Attorney General Eric Holder, starting with forfeitures.

Holder said federal agencies could no longer take assets seized by state and local law enforcement agencies, except for those “directly related to public safety concerns” including firearms, ammunition, explosives and property associated with child pornography.

Among the valuables the agencies can no longer take are cash and vehicles.
In March, Holder announced changes to banking laws that allow money to be seized from people who make deposits below specific amounts to intentionally keep the transaction from being reported to federal authorities -- a scheme known as “structuring.”

Holder said authorities would now focus on “the most serious offenses” and essentially that money could be seized only after the defendant is charge with a crime or found to have been engaged in a crime beyond structuring, according to document the Justice Department gave FoxNews.com this week.

The minimum-deposit laws were enacted to detect and nab drug dealers, terrorists and other money-launders and criminals trying to conceal their enterprise and cash. And they were enacted to create a money stream to provide financial compensation to crime victims.

The IRS seized more than $242 million in roughly 2,500 alleged structuring violations, from 2005 to 2012. However, no other criminal activity was alleged in roughly 33 percent of the cases, according to the Institute of Justice, which worked on a more recent case in North Carolina.
Last year, the IRS took $107,000 from Carolina small-business owner Lyndon McLellan after he made a series of deposits under $10,000.

McLellan owns a convenience store-restaurant-gas station. And many of his transactions are in cash.
The federal government offered to return half of McLellan’s cash, a standard move by federal officials who know many people cannot afford a lengthy court battle and would rather settle.

McLellan got back all of the money but wasn’t reimbursed roughly $22,000 in legal and accounting fees, Institute attorney Robert Everett Johnson said Tuesday.

“We’re pleased that Lyndon’s money has been returned,” Johnson said. “That the federal government returned the money validates he didn’t do anything wrong.”

However, Johnson expresses dismay that his client is still battling to recoup his costs and interest on the seized money, to which he appear entitled under the 2000 Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act.

“We thing the federal government should make him whole,” he said. “It simply cannot pretend that nothing happened.”

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Shrink the Bureaucracies!

The following only deals with the IRS by examining a portion of their involvements. This is about the publications and of the total governmental functions, agencies and the size of the list of publications, offices and officers.
 

Look at what the IRS controls or want to control.

There have been E-mails that cite the IRS as wanting to do away with cash. That will mean you cannot sell used items for cash. Those who purchase coin, stamps, art or sell to pawn shops, etc. will be reported or restricted

Donations to Grandchildren are bank reported if they are $10,000 or more.

Your 401K is limited in size. What about the persons that had a financial crisis who are trying to catch up?

Donations to charities are required to be reported in more and more detail.

The IRS scandal is about denying active political party membership to tax exempt status:

 A top official with the Internal Revenue Service dropped a bombshell. IRS staffers had singled out conservative organizations with "tea party" or "patriots" in their name that were seeking tax-exempt nonprofit status, subjecting them to extra scrutiny to see if they were abusing the tax law as it relates to political activity.

Maybe I will be audited for writing this. Think about the cost of running the IRS bureaucracy costs the Federal Budget.

Ask yourself why the IRS is so indulgent in your personal finance.
The best thing that can happen to America is reduce the tax code, and the IRS.

There are 24 Employment Tax Publications.                                                         24
There are 10 publication for Starting and Operating a New Business.                  10
There are eight General Business Expenses publications.                                   08
There are eight General Forms.                                                                            08
There are four Specialized Forms.                                                                        04
There are eight Employee Benefits forms.                                                            08
There are eight regulations on the Excise Tax for indoor tanning services.   08
There are ten publications for collecting the tax, filing Form 720 and pay the tax related to Indoor Tanning as well as calculating the tax.                                    20
There are Excise Tax publications for:                                                                09
Online Form 637 Registration Status Check
Exemption
from Excise Tax for Certain Wooden Arrows


As a Self-Employed Individuals there are:                                            10


For Small Business there are eleven publications.
·        Small Business Forms and Publications
Download multiple small business and self-employed forms and publications.

·        Employer ID Numbers (EINs)
Find out more on EINs or apply for one online.

·        e-File Form 940, 941 or 944 for Small Businesses
Learn your options for e-filing Form 940, 941 or 944 for small businesses.

·        Starting, Operating, or Closing a Business
Important tax information related to the various stages of owning a business.

·        Employment Taxes
Federal income tax, Social Security and Medicare taxes, FUTA, self-employment tax and more.

·        Independent Contractor (Self-Employed) or Employee?
It is critical that you, the employer, correctly determine whether the individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors.



And the list goes on.   There are neither space nor time to continue!

 
·        Self-Employed Individuals Tax Center
The basics on self-employment, filing requirements, and reporting responsibilities for independent contractors.

·        Information Return Filing Requirements
If you made or received a payment as a small business or self-employed (individual), you are most likely required to file an information return to the IRS.

·        IRS Video Portal
Video, webinars and audio presentations for small businesses, individuals & tax pros.

·        Small Business Events
Workshops and webinars on a variety of topics for small businesses.

·        Online Tools & Educational Products
Choose from a variety of products,

Obama and his friends have, insulted Americans See what his judges do! Read how true Americans reponded!

School band told to stop performing 'How Great Thou Art'

A man shows his support for the Brandon High School band in Mississippi.  (Courtesy: Brittany Mann)
A man shows his support for the Brandon High School band in Mississippi. (Courtesy: Brittany Mann)
There was no halftime show under the Friday night lights at Mississippi’s Brandon High School — the marching band had been benched.
The band was ordered off the field because the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” was a part of their halftime show — in violation of a federal court order.
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“The Rankin County School Board and District Office are very saddened students will not be able to perform their halftime show they have worked so hard on this summer,” the district wrote in a statement to the Clarion Ledger newspaper.

In 2013 a student sued the district over a series of Christian meetings that had been held on school property, the newspaper reported. The district later settled the lawsuit and acknowledged they had violated the student’s First Amendment rights.
In July, U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves ruled the district had violated the agreement after a Christian minister delivered a prayer at an awards ceremony.
Judge Reeves, who was appointed to the bench by President Obama, came down hard on the school district — ordering them to pay thousands of dollars in fines. He also warned the district that future violations would cost them $10,000.
“Defendants are permanently enjoined from including prayer, religious sermons or activities in any school sponsored event including but not limited to assemblies, graduations, award ceremonies, athletic events and any other school event,” the order reads.
Word about the band getting benched spread across the town quicker than kudzu. I must have received emails and Facebook messages from nearly the entire state - from Desoto County to Yazoo City. 
Something must be done to right this wrong, people said. A message had to be sent to the likes of Judge Reeves. Locals  gathered in coffee shops and garages to devise their plan.
And what they did — would become known as the musical shot heard around the world.
During halftime of Friday night’s game - a lone voice began to sing the forbidden song.
“Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee,” the singer sang.
Brittany Mann was there and she witnessed the entire moment of defiance.
“We were just sitting there and then one by one people started to stand,” she told me. “At first, it started out as a hum but the sound got louder and louder.”
She said it was a “truly incredible” moment to watch hundreds of people singing together in the stadium.
“At that moment I was so proud of my town - coming together and taking a stand for something we believe in,” she said. “It breaks my heart to see where our country is going — getting farther and farther away from the Christian beliefs that our country was founded on.”
I suspect Miss Brittany wasn’t the only one who felt a sense of pride in the Magnolia State on that warm summer night. 
“We may be pictured as toothless, barefoot, uneducated people around the country, but we are far from it,” nearby resident Mandy Miller told me. “I’m from Mississippi and I’m not ashamed to take a stand.”
Oh what a sight it must have been — as hundreds and hundreds of people stood together and with one voice — sent a message to Judge Reeves.
“This is the kind of thing that makes me proud to be from the South,” Miss Mandy told me. “We are getting tired of being told to sit down and shut up. People are ready to fight back.”
Miss Mandy is absolutely right. The time has come to stand up to the secularists.
The time has come to put an end to their cultural jihad.
I hope the Rankin County School Board will reconsider its decision and allow the marching band to resume performing “How Great Thou Art.”  
And should Judge Reeves make good on his threat to financially punish the school district, I will personally pay the $10,000 fine.
Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. His latest book is "God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values." Follow Todd on Twitter@ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I... Did Not... Have Sex... With That Server

Where Are the Hard Questions?

  


Why does the press not ask Hillary if her assistant, Huma Abedin, wife of disgraced sexting-congressman Anthony Weiner, is still ignorant of how email works?  And if so, why did Mrs. Weiner destroy her own Blackberry?

Why does the press not ask Ms. Rodham-Clinton if she learned nothing from the problem of the Whitewater files that went missing after Vince Foster's death?


Why doesn't the press ask her whether we should believe her denials now, like we did when she stood on the White House lawn, and said she believed her husband was innocent of adultery and perjury?


Or when she changed her haircut and accent in 1992, and started wearing pink and baking cookies to fend off "Bimbo Eruptions?

Why does the press not ask Mrs. Clinton if her refusing to answer a direct question "You mean wipe, like with a rag?" is something she learned from her husband and his "what the meaning of is is"?


Why does the press not ask if her blanked server is what she was alluding to by "at this point" when she said, "What difference, at this point, does it make?" in her Benghazi testimony?


And finally, one for the late Joan Rivers, why is Ms. Clinton dressed like Chairman Mao in prison-orange?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Thooughts from the right

Thomas Sowell: 
Thoughts On Iran, Trump, Reagan



Tue, Aug 18 2015 00:00:00 EA13_ISSUES
Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell
Random thoughts on the passing scene: Stupid people can cause problems, but it usually takes brilliant people to create a real catastrophe.

President Obama's "agreement" with Iran looks very much like "the emperor's new clothes." We are supposed to pretend there is something there, when there is nothing there that will stop, or even slow down, Iran's development of a nuclear bomb.

The endlessly repeated argument that most Americans are the descendants of immigrants ignores the fact that most Americans are NOT the descendants of ILLEGAL immigrants. Millions of immigrants from Europe had to stop at Ellis Island, and had to meet medical and other criteria before being allowed to go any further.

Gov. Bobby Jindal: "I realize that the best way to make news is to mention Donald Trump. ... So I've decided to randomly put his name into my remarks at various points, thereby ensuring that the news media will cover what I have to say." Jindal's outstanding record in Louisiana should have gotten him far more attention from the media than Trump's bombast.

In her book, "Adios, America!" Ann Coulter says, "If Romney had won 71% of the Hispanic vote in 2012, instead of 27%, he still would have lost. On the other hand, had he won just 4% more of the white vote, he would have won."

Despite an old saying that taxes are the price we pay for civilization, an absolute majority of the record-breaking tax money collected by the federal government today is simply transferred by politicians from people who are not likely to vote for them to people who are likelier to vote for them.

Do the people who are always demanding that there be more "training" for police ever say that the hoodlums that the police have to deal with should have had more training by their parents, instead of being allowed to grow wild, like weeds?

Europe is belatedly discovering how unbelievably stupid it was to import millions of people from cultures that despise Western values and which often promote hatred toward the people who have let them in.

There are so many conservative Republican candidates for the party's presidential nomination that they may once again split the conservative vote so many ways as to guarantee that the nomination will go to some mushy moderate.

Barack Obama wrote a book titled "The Audacity of Hope." His own career, however, might more accurately be titled "The Mendacity of Hype."

With all its staggering horrors and insanities, World War II may yet turn out to have been just a dress rehearsal for the ultimate catastrophe of a nuclear-armed terrorist nation like Iran. We seem oblivious to the possibility that we may be leaving our children and grandchildren at the mercy of people who have demonstrated repeatedly that they have no mercy.

No matter how many laws Hillary Clinton may have violated by using her own personal email account to do her work as secretary of state, she is unlikely to face any legal consequences. President Obama can pardon her, as he can pardon Lois Lerner or the head of the Internal Revenue Service or others who may have violated federal laws during his administration.

When Jeb Bush allowed hecklers shouting "black lives matter" to drive him off the stage in Las Vegas, he may have given us a clue as to what kind of president he would be. We ignored too many clues about Obama before putting him in the White House. There is no excuse for ignoring clues about another candidate now. Can you imagine Ronald Reagan letting hecklers drive him off the stage?

Donald Trump has credited his political donations with getting Hillary Clinton to come to his wedding. What kind of man would want her at his wedding, much less boast of having her there?

A salute to Bill O'Reilly for being one of the few people in the media to talk plain common sense about the disintegration of the black family, and the resulting social problems that followed.

Ronald Reagan won two landslide victories with the help of "Reagan Democrats." These were voters who usually voted for Democrats but were now voting for Reagan. He got these voters by winning them over to his policy agenda — not by adjusting his policy agenda to them, as the Republican establishment today seems to think is the way to expand its constituency


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