Friday, October 24, 2014

Ebola Hits New York City; Manhattan Doctor Craig Spencer Falls Ill After Treating Ebola Patients in West Africa

The Christian Post - NEW YORK — New York City remained on edge late Thursday night as local and federal officials encouraged the city that never sleeps to keep calm after news broke earlier that Manhattan doctor Craig Spencer, who recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea, West Africa, had fallen ill from the disease.

"Today, testing confirmed that a patient here in New York City had tested positive for Ebola. The patient is now here in Bellevue Hospital. We want to state at the outset — there is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed," said Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference Thursday.

"Ebola is an extremely hard disease to contract. It is transmitted only through contact with an infected person's blood or other bodily fluids — not through casual contact. New Yorkers who have not been exposed to an infected person's bodily fluids are not at all at risk. And we want to emphasize that New York City has the world's strongest public health system, the world's leading medical experts, and the world's most advanced medical equipment," he assured city dwellers.

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was also a part of the press conference, assured the city that the administration is ready for the deadly virus, which continues to ravage West Africa.   Read More

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Barack Obama And The Redistribution Of Death

Dave Weinbaum - Our President is a busy, busy man. He mires himself over 20 foot putts, makes millions at fundraisers where Hollywooders grow weak in their-speak. Barack flies non-stop back and forth all over the world, blaming us while screwing-up America and its alliances at every stop. Then he attacks what really bothers him and his fellow leftists: Climate change, the lowest priority of Americans—recognized as a hoax by John Coleman, co-founder of the Weather Channel.

Now, after 100’s of golf outings, vacations and fundraisers one of which he left the WH for during the Benghazi terrorist attack, President Obama has done the unthinkable. He postponed a fundraiser to meet with staff on Ebola. Of course little was done. Airplanes still fly in 150 a day from infected countries in W. Africa, the CDC has shown its ineptness by poor protocols, brave but untrained nurses, and hospitals so clueless and uncaring, they are considering the non-treatment of Ebola patients, AKA DEATH PANELS.

President “Two-Years-Late” Obama refuses to do the obvious once again. Two-thirds of the American public want a ban on flights to and from W. Africa. It’s such a common sense solution that as Peggy Noonan from the WSJ pointed out; even an 11-year-old understands that if he sees a sick/contagious person walking toward his open door, his first reaction is to close the door. Not our President. Nope! There are much more important things than saving the lives of average Americans:

·         As Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC head, said, West African nations are fledgling democracies with fragile economies. In other words, a few more shekels in the hands of Liberians is more important than saving American men, women and children from exposure to Ebola.
·         Americans should suffer like the rest of the world. According to Obama selector, Louis Farrakhan, whites are responsible for spreading Ebola to Africa. Now it’s payback time?
·         Another Obama selector, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, self-proclaimed friend of Obama’s for over 20 years said, “We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki…we supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and South Africans and now we’re indignant about the stuff we’ve done overseas is now…brought back to our front yards? America’s chickens are coming home to roost!”

The craziest thing is how vulnerable we are from our open borders in the South. If Ebola ever spreads to South America and Mexico, where do you think millions of sick and contagious people are going to go? Don’t think so? We have another epidemic in the USA right now! Enterovirus D68 has entered the country through vast invasion of illegal youths and spread this respiratory disease to our children. According to CNN this disease has slain four young Americans.

Ideas are king—their sources commoners

Seems the theory is that along with the above reasons, closing incoming and outgoing flights to Africa are racist. Yet President Obama had no qualms about shutting Israel’s main airport from incoming and outgoing flights. The excuse used was a Hamas missile dropped a mile and a one-half from Ben Gurion. The real reason was Israel’s effectiveness at blasting the enemy’s terror tunnels and missile launchers. Anti-Semitic? You decide.

The hypocrisy of the Ebola air-ban strategy refusal is what W. African countries are doing to fight Ebola. They are blockading other infected countries from guess where? Africa! Was this a sign of tribal ire, ethnocentricity of one Black Country VS another? No! It was a planned solution to help as many people survive as possible.

Results? Nigeria has just declared itself Ebola free. Senegal will echo Nigeria’s boast very soon. Others are at varying degrees of progress. 

President Obama would do us all a favor if he could fathom the world as it is and not how he imagines it should be. 

Allen West: Situation Report

October 22, 2014

via Allen West:
Last week, we held tele-townhalls for Martha McSally in Arizona and Dan Sullivan in Alaska. Plus, we've got hard-hitting get out the vote online advertising, mail and radio running in support of our candidates. But that's not all.

While the Allen West Guardian Fund has endorsed 14 candidates in 2014, we wanted to share with you 12 other Federal races to keep an eye on. There's a new crop of conservative veteran and minority candidates, and they have a strong chance to bring change to Washington D.C.

These men and women are precisely what our nation needs in positions of leadership. They bring fresh, new veteran and minority voices to the national debate, but most importantly they stand steadfast for our constitutional principles of a strong national defense, unfettered free market and a government controlled by the people - not the other way around.

So for this edition of the Situation Report, I wanted to personally introduce these great patriots to you. You'll find a link to their websites below so you can learn more about them and spread the word.

Steadfast and Loyal,

Allen West
Lt. Col. Allen B. West, USA (ret)
U.S. Congressman (2011-2013)


Will Hurd Will Hurd


Mia Love Mia Love


Martha McSally Martha McSally


Lee Zeldin Lee Zeldin



Mike Bost Mike Bost IL-2

Since 1995, Mike Bost has represented Illinois' 115th district in the State House of Representatives.

Mike has an extensive and dedicated tradition of public service beginning with his enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps right after high school. He served as an electronic specialist and radar repairman – receiving an honorable discharge as a Corporal E-4 in 1982.

Mike served as a firefighter for the Murphysboro Fire Department, both part and full time – steadfastly answering the call of duty to protect families by answering hundreds of emergency calls and fighting a number of fires.

Babin Brian Babin TX-36

Dr. Babin served as an airborne artilleryman in the U.S. Army Reserve and in the Texas Army National Guard and held various jobs to put himself through school including: merchant seaman, janitor, musician, and U.S. Post Office letter carrier. Following his graduation from dental school, he served in the United States Air Force and was stationed overseas.

Since 1999, Dr. Babin has served on the Lower Neches Valley Authority, appointed by then-Gov. Bush and reappointed by Gov. Perry. He has also previously served on the Texas State Historical Commission and the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. In addition, he has served on the Deep East Texas Council of Governments.

Babin Paul Chabot CA-31

Dr. Paul Chabot is the President of Chabot Strategies, L.L.C. He is an Iraq War veteran who began his reserve military intelligence career in 2001, serving first at the Office of Naval Intelligence. Later, he worked with the Defense Intelligence Agency, in conjunction with an assignment in the Pentagon working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the National Military Command Center, where he identified and assessed immediate national security threats.

In 2008, Paul returned from Iraq where he served as an intelligence officer with Joint Special Operations Forces. Today, he serves as the Department Head for Command Pacific Fleet Intelligence Reserve Unit – 0194 at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He is a fully qualified Information Dominance Warfare Officer with Top Secret/SCI clearance.

Coakley Vince Coakley NC-12

Vince Coakley is a former broadcast television journalist, anchor, and radio host in Charlotte, North Carolina. Vince worked in the radio news and television news industry in Lexington, KY before moving to Charlotte, NC. Dedicated to his trade, Vince worked his way up from news reporter to weekend anchor, to weekday anchor, and ultimately became lead anchor at Charlotte's WSOC TV – Charlotte's #1 television news station.

Garry Cobb Garry Cobb NJ-1

From his youth, Garry excelled as both a student and as an athlete, and was recruited to play football at University of Southern California, where he played as a linebacker for the Trojans for 4 years. After college Garry was drafted into an 11-year NFL career and played as a proud Philadelphia Eagle. Garry also played with Buddy Ryan's feared 46-Defense, Jerome Brown, Seth Joiner, and Reggie White.

After Garry's retirement from the NFL, he began a career as a sports radio announcer and commentator for the CBS-owned Sportsradio WIP, where he still participates in the Philadelphia Eagles post game show. During his tenure with CBS radio, Garry worked for eight years as a sports anchor and reporter for CBS-3 TV News.

Chris Day Chris Day NY-17

Chris completed his BA in Political Science – the first in his family to earn a four year degree. While at Yale, Chris was active in the Yale Political Union, helped organize the Army ROTC company for the southern tier of Connecticut (serving as its first cadet commander), and spent a month-long rotation with the 1-15 Artillery at Camp Hovey, South Korea. For his academic performance, military leadership, and community service, Chris was named a Distinguished Military Graduate.

Upon graduation, Chris was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the US Army Infantry and stationed at Fort Benning. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was ultimately promoted to Captain.

After leaving the Army, having earned 17 awards and decorations, to include the Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman's Badge, and Ranger Tab, Chris returned to Rockland County and earned his MBA from Columbia Business School, with a focus on Private Equity and Entrepreneurship. He now works in the private equity & venture capital industry (first part time and transitioning to full time as he completed his degree) at Selway Capital, a middle market investment firm currently focused on promising companies based in Israel, where he is presently a Vice President.

Djou Charles Djou HI-1

Charles Djou represented Hawai'i's First Congressional District from 2010 to 2011. Charles is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is a combat veteran who served with the U.S. Army in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan during the "surge" of coalition forces in 2011-2012. Charles deployed with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Infantry Division at Forward Operating Base Pasab in Kandahar Province. Charles' military decorations include the Combat Action Badge and the Army Commendation Medal.

Edmond Micah Edmond VA-8

Micah's life is a testament to the American dream, proving that anyone can succeed in America regardless of race, religion, or socio-economic status. From humble beginnings in Columbia, South Carolina Micah was adopted by a Jewish family at the end of high school and converted to Judaism.

Understanding the value of education, Micah put himself through Williams College serving in the local Massachusetts Air National Guard and working campus jobs like washing dishes.

Upon graduation Micah started a career on Wall Street, but felt a deeper call to public service. He joined the Marine Corps, was commissioned at Quantico, Virginia and after two overseas tours returned to Alexandria, Virginia to serve his last tour at the Pentagon. During his eight years in the Marine Corps, Micah served as aid-de-camp for two senior generals and speechwriter for the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

After leaving the Marine Corps, Micah continued his public service as a senior staffer for multiple members of the House Armed Services Committee. As a congressional staffer he also served as President of the Congressional Jewish Staff Association.

Garcia Marilinda Garcia NH-2

Marilinda has served as a New Hampshire State Representative since 2012.

Born of an Italian-American mother and Spanish-American father, Marilinda has been published and/or featured in the Latino Futures, LATINO, Latino Leaders and Townhall magazines, as well as NBC and FoxNews Latino.

Ms. Garcia has served as NE Regional Director for the National Foundation of Women Legislators, and on the Advisory Board of GOPAC Legislative Leaders, the Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs, the Board of Directors for the Chairman's Leadership Forum, and on the Artistic Advisory Board for the Young Rescuers USA program, and the American Council of Young Political Leaders. She has also previously served on the National Advisory Board of "Young Americans for Mitt Romney."

Glo Smith Glo Smith FL-5

Growing up in the poorest part of Jacksonville, Glo was no stranger to poverty as a child. Before her mother remarried, their large family was living off a single mother's salary and was dependent upon government assistance. For years, Glo's mother relied on government provisions and commodities to feed and care for her children. Regardless of the financial hardship, Glo was determined to succeed, was inspired to establish her career as a public servant.

Glo obtained a Master's of Business Administration degree and launched a 30-year career in public service and entrepreneurship. As an entrepreneur, Glo started a small business. In an effort to help others succeed, she developed curriculum for the University of North Florida's Small Business Resource Center.

Allen Weh Allen Weh NM-Senate

Allen E. Weh is the Chief Executive Officer of CSI Aviation Inc., an international air support and aviation logistics company based in Albuquerque, New Mexico which he founded in 1979.

Weh is a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Ret), who began his service as an enlisted Marine before being selected for OCS. He served two tours in Vietnam and with the British Royal Marines in Malaysia. Colonel Weh was recalled to active duty during the Persian Gulf War, for the U.S. expedition into Somalia, and to serve as Chief of Staff of Marine Forces Pacific prior to retiring in 1997.

In 2003-04 he was recalled from the Retired List to serve in Iraq and given a key leadership role with the creation and organization of the new Iraqi Army. Colonel Weh is the recipient of the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars (one with "V"), three Purple Hearts and five Air Medals. In addition to these combat awards, he also received the Legion of Merit and two Meritorious Service medals.

Wilske Larry Wilske CA-53

Larry enlisted in the Navy in 1983 and went on to serve on SEAL Teams SDV-1, Three and Seven. As the Command Master Chief of SEAL Team Seven, he oversaw hundreds of SEAL missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Philippines and personally conducted dozens of others. He is the recipient of the Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism in action, awarded for a tour of duty in which Larry served as Operations Chief of an international task force that deployed to Afghanistan immediately following the 9/11 attacks.

After returning home from his final combat tour, Larry continued service to Naval Special Warfare as the Command Master Chief for the SEALs Logistics Support Command. He led over 500 personnel supporting the west coast SEAL teams and subsequently received the Meritorious Service Medal for leadership. For his final tour of duty, Larry was chosen as the first SEAL Master Chief to be stationed at the U.S. Naval War College and teach at the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy.


The Allen West Guardian Fund was established in January of 2013 as a Political Action Committee (PAC)
to support conservative military veteran and minority Republicans running for state and federal office.

Malala On Peace, Drones and Islam

It Is What You Do After You Get Knocked Down That People Remember

The day is always darkest just before the dawn.
Forbes - The may be a cliché you have heard or even used. And while it may be shopworn when it comes to leadership it echoes the truth. Never more so than when you examine the lives of successful individuals.
Warren Bennis, the great leadership thinker and author who passed away recently, once noted that he had seldom met a successful executive who had not been through the crucible of adversity. Bennis himself experienced such a challenge in his first leadership experience as a 19-year old lieutenant in the Battle of Bulge. Lessons he learned at that tender age steeled him in his later life as president of the University of Cincinnati, which he led during times of challenge and turbulence.
lIn MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership, I profile men and women leaders who exemplify that persistence in face of adversity. Three of them experienced a kind of near-death experience. Nelson Mandela was sentenced to death. Golf legend Ben Hogan was nearly killed in a train accident. And Margaret Thatcher suffered three electoral defeats prior to being elected to Parliament for the first time. Two others experienced a different kind of challenge. Sergio Marchionne rescued Fiat from near death and did the same for Chrysler, setting the foundation for a new company Fiat Chrysler.   Read More

Central Banker Admits Central Bank Policy Leads To Wealth Inequality

Zero Hedge - Six years after QE started, and just about the time when we for the first time said that the primary consequence of QE would be unprecedented wealth and class inequality (in addition to fiat collapse, even if that particular bridge has not yet been crossed), even the central banks themselves - the very institutions that unleashed QE - are now admitting that the record wealth disparity in the world - surpassing that of the Great Depression and even pre-French revolution France - is caused by "monetary policy", i.e., QE.
Case in point, during the Keynote speech by Yves Mersch, ECB executive board member, in Zurich on 17 October 2014 titled "Monetary policy and economic inequality" he said:
More generally, inequality is of interest to central banking discussions because monetary policy itself has distributional consequences which in turn influence the monetary transmission mechanism. For example, the impact of changes in interest rates on the consumer spending of an individual household depend crucially on that household’s overall financial position – whether it is a net debtor or a net creditor; and whether the interest rates on its assets and liabilities are fixed or variable.

Such differences have macroeconomic implications, as the economy’s overall response to policy changes will depend on the distribution of assets, debt and income across households – especially in times of crisis, when economic shocks are large and unevenly distributed. For example, by boosting – first – aggregate demand and – second – employment, monetary easing could reduce economic disparities; at the same time, if low interest rates boost the prices of financial assets while punishing savings deposits, they could lead to widening inequality.   Read More

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Suspected serial killer's troubling background revealed

Hitching Post Wedding Chapel vs. Coeur d’Alene

Gary Gross - When the city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho passed a non-discrimination ordinance, they opened up a nasty First Amendment can of worms:
Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to a $1,000 fine, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court. Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene.
“Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted,” their ADF attorney, Jeremy Tedesco, told me. “The threat of enforcement is more than just credible.”
According to the lawsuit, the wedding chapel is registered with the state as a “religious corporation” limited to performing “one-man-one-woman marriages as defined by the Holy Bible.” But the chapel is also registered as a for-profit business, not as a church or place of worship, and city officials said that means the owners must comply with a local nondiscrimination ordinance.
It’s difficult seeing this ordinance passing constitutional scrutiny by a real court. It was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The next step will be to the Supreme Court. The First Amendment doesn’t just protect citizens, as we learned in this summer’s Hobby Lobby ruling.

I suspect that this is just another attempt to strike down that ruling.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told me it’s “open season on Americans who refuse to bow to the government’s redefinition of marriage. Americans are witnesses to the reality that redefining marriage is less about the marriage altar and more about fundamentally altering the freedoms of the other 98 percent of Americans,” Perkins said.
Governments, whether they’re local governments or the federal government, don’t have the authority to tell religious institutions what they must do. That’s what Coeur d’Alene is attempting to do. Their city attorney, Warren Wilson, apparently isn’t that schooled in constitutional law.

Thankfully, the Knapps are standing their ground, with assistance from the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council. It’s important that government not have the authority to tell people how they can practice their faith. That’s a major reason why people left Europe. It’s important that we fight against being returned to European-style governance.

Analysis: Reluctant to act, Erdogan complicates US battle plan

Saudi Arabia hosts and funds camps to train Syrian fighters vetted by Washington. Jordan carries the weight of hundreds of thousands of refugees.

European nations, many out of Islamic State’s line of sight, provide funding and military support for the air strikes conducted by the US and five Arab states over Syria.

And over Iraq, jets and drones from the United Kingdom, France and Australia have joined the US Air Force.   Read More

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Exclusive - Jeff Sessions: Obama's Immigration Policies Hammer Black Workers

Breitbart - Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) told Breitbart News that black workers across America should be wary of supporting Democrats because of President Obama and other Democrats’ support for immigration policies that displace them economically.

"A nation owes its first obligation to its own citizens,” Sessions said in an emailed statement. “But our current immigration policy advantages the citizens of other countries over our own. Undeniably, one of the groups most hurt economically by unjust immigration policies are African-American citizens.”
Sessions points to a study that Harvard economist Dr. George Borjas published with the National Bureau of Economic Research in September 2006 that found that the employment rate of black men fell from 1960 to 2000—a timeframe during which immigration sharply increased, making it much more difficult for Americans, especially blacks, to find jobs.   Read More

Andrew Klavan: Helping the Pro-Obama Media Learn From the Past

Video via FrontPageMag.Com - 

In this special episode, our sincere host helps befuddled pro-Obama journalists learn critical lessons from their butt-kissing past. View the transcript here

Nolan supports censorship

Gary Gross - During his interview with Esme Murphy, Rick Nolan reiterated his support for overturning the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United vs. the FEC lawsuit:

Watch the video

The Supreme Court ruled against BCRA, aka McCain-Feingold:
Independent Expenditures by Corporations
The Court overruled Austin, striking down § 441b’s ban on corporate independent expenditures. It also struck down the part of McConnell that upheld BCRA § 203’s extension of § 441b’s restrictions on independent corporate expenditures. The Court held that the “government may not suppress political speech on the basis of the speaker’s corporate identity. No sufficient governmental interest justifies limits on the political speech of nonprofit or for-profit corporations.” An analysis of this holding follows.
As Applied Challenge. First, the Court held that the case could not be resolved on an as applied basis without chilling political speech. Under an “as applied” challenge, the Court’s review of the law’s constitutionality is limited to the set of facts in the case before it. The Court therefore broadened the case from Citizens United’s initial narrower arguments, focusing only on Hillary, to reconsider both the validity of its prior decisions in Austin and McConnell and the facial validity of § 441b.
In reaching this decision, the Court reasoned that among other things:
1. Citizen United’s narrower arguments, including that Hillary is not an “electioneering communication,” are not sustainable under a fair reading of § 441b, and
2. it must therefore consider the statute’s facial validity or risk prolonging its substantial chilling effect.
The First Amendment’s protections apply to all political speech. The argument that ‘corporations aren’t people’ is laughable at best. Nowhere in the First Amendment does it say that the First Amendment protects only individuals. Does the Fourth Amendment protect only individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures? Of course it doesn’t.

But I digress.

Nolan said that he’s “the lead sponsor of new legislation in Washington to reverse Citizens United.” That means, according to the Supreme Court’s ruling, Nolan wants to reverse the chilling effect McCain-Feingold had on political speech. For those asking why that’s a bad thing, I’ll answer with a question. Do you want the government to say what’s acceptable speech and what isn’t? Before answering that question, think about this: Lois Lerner “served as associate general counsel and head of the enforcement office at the FEC“:
One of Lerner’s former colleagues tells National Review Online that her political ideology was evident during her tenure at the FEC, where, he says, she routinely subjected groups seeking to expand the influence of money in politics, including, in her view, conservatives and Republicans, to the sort of heightened scrutiny we now know they came under at the IRS.
Before the IRS, Lerner served as associate general counsel and head of the enforcement office at the FEC, which she joined in 1986. Working under FEC general counsel Lawrence Noble, Lerner drafted legal recommendations to the agency’s commissioners intended to guide their actions on the complaints brought before them.
Isn’t it frightening that a corrupt bureaucrat like Lois Lerner could be the final arbiter of what’s acceptable speech and what isn’t? If Nolan’s legislation passed, it’s possible a corrupt, hyperpartisan bureaucrat could determine which speech is acceptable and what speech isn’t.

Nolan’s legislation would make it illegal for unions to advocate for their endorsed candidates. Nolan’s legislation might be used to shut down ABM, Nancy Pelosi’s superPAC and the DCCC. Is that what Nolan wants?

I’d bet it isn’t. He’s been silent while the DCCC ran its disgusting ads. He’s been silent while Nancy Pelosi’s superPAC ran disgustingly dishonest ads. Apparently, Nolan only opposes money in politics when he’s in front of a camera. That isn’t a principled position. It’s a political position.

Monday, October 20, 2014

ACTION: Stand With Houston Pastors

October 15, 2014 - Wednesday
A church should not be required to have the government sign off on their pastor's sermons.
Yet, that's just what's happening in Houston, Texas. Mayor Annise Parker has issued an unprecedented legal demand that several key pastors turn over sermons, emails, and text messages, even communications with members of their congregations, under the threat of fines imprisonment or both. The pastors that have been targeted are pastors who have spoken out against Parker's LGBT special rights ordinance.
Mayor Parker has breached the wall of separation between the state and the church. This attack on religious freedom and the freedom of speech should be universally repudiated by all Americans who value our constitutional freedoms.
Thomas Jefferson once wrote that "religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions." The pulpit is to be governed only by the Word of God, and the chilling effect of government scrutiny of our pastors is unconstitutional, and unconscionable. Mayor Parker's use of her bully pulpit to silence pulpit freedom must be stopped in its tracks.
Please sign our petition to stand unapologetically with the Houston pastors and their churches, and call for the City of Houston to retract their demands and issue a clear statement in support of the free speech of all people.

Courtesty of:
Family Research Council 
801 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

IRS Still Not Getting the Message

Townhall.Com - You might think that with the scandal surrounding the IRS and the resulting budget cuts that have hampered their activities that the organization might become more aware of its procedures and adjust them to appear more customer friendly. If what happened this past week is any indication then they are still living somewhere in the ozone.

Most Americans think of April 15th as the final day for filing their personal income tax return. That is so for most people, but a large part of the population files an extension that allows them to file their return by October 15th as long as all their taxes are paid by that April 15th date. Some people are waiting for documents from third parties, others want extra time to make a contribution to a pension and then there are those who are guilty of the sin of procrastination. I am sure you know the type – give them an extra day to do something and they will take it. With no further relief valves October 15th can be quite manic for tax preparers.

That is why when we received this message from our tax software service we were quite taken aback; “The Internal Revenue Service’s electronic filing system will be shut down for maintenance from October 11-13 reopening sometime on October 14th.” I contacted some colleagues who were just as stunned. They expressed they were mystified as to what the IRS was thinking shutting down this close to the end of tax season. One then informed me that not only is the IRS system for electronic filing (required for all tax preparers and the predominant means of filing all tax returns today) shut down, but their system for electronic payments would be inoperable also. Many taxpayers today either prefer electronic payments or may be required to do such.    Read More

“I Won’t Say I Voted for Obama” virus seems to be spreading faster than that other one

Jazz Shaw - The first outbreak was in Kentucky. Then, through some transmission mechanism which remains unidentified, it spread to Georgia. Now, despite the best Democrat efforts to establish some sort of quarantine or containment, the affliction seems to have made the jump to the Mountain State. West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant can’t seem to choke out the name of the person she voted for in the last two presidential elections.

Citing Grimes’s mishaps, the Charleston Daily Mail editorial board asked during a candidates’ forum whether the candidates would be willing to say whom they last supported for president. Republican Shelley Moore Capito and the Libertarian, Constitution, and Mountain party candidates volunteered the information, responding with their respective party’s presidential nominee.
Tennant would only say she “voted for the Democratic party” before immediately citing her objections to the president and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy. She then launched in to a long explanation that evolved in to a stump speech about how she will stand up for West Virginians regardless of party.    Read More