This should enrage all taxpayers (emphasis mine, reformatted):
IRS staffers who owe back taxes will in some cases still be eligible for bonuses next year, the agency said this week.
In a statement, the agency said it would keep employees who willfully skipped out on their taxes from getting performance awards, but would be more forgiving of those who made honest mistakes. John Koskinen, the IRS commissioner, announced a new round of bonuses this week for 2014, to be paid out early next year. “It’s important to remember that not everyone at the IRS is a tax expert — some work in non-tax specific areas in occupations ranging from IT programmers, administrative professionals to human capital specialists,” the IRS told The Hill in a statement this week. “Where employees have been found to have made unintentional tax mistakes, they would generally still be eligible to receive performance awards they have earned.”
How ’bout those that haven’t PAID their taxes – at all? John Koskinen – this is the guy that has waged a one man snark war against the CongressCritters in trying to find out who said and did what in the IRS / Lois Lerner targeting of Conservative / TEA Party groups in denying them tax status given to others. It was clear that he’s stonewalled them – after all, how many months has it been that he’s obfuscated and outright lied about the “missing” Lerner emails that have just magically appeared?
The announcement that staffers who owe back taxes could still collect bonuses Read the whole thing!
I guess this is, in part, the cover for Obama to start repatriating those Islamic fighters that have worked to kill Americans – after all, doesn’t “belligerants” sound more like just misguided people with an anger management problem? Such is the Obama Administration trying all of the linguistic tricks in the books in support of his EVIL (not misguided, EVIL) policy in letting dangerous killers free to go back to the battlefields to kill again – Federation of American Scientists:
When it comes to Department of Defense doctrine on military treatment of detained persons, “unlawful enemy combatants” are a thing of the past. That term has been retired and replaced by “unprivileged enemy belligerents” in a new revision of Joint Publication 3-13 on Detainee Operations, dated November 13, 2014.
Hot Air adds more: Read the whole thing!
Like the cake shop owner that folks have raised over $230,000 to rebuild her store. Yet, there are liberals out there that ARE defending the rioters. They show their disrespect for others and their private property – and feel good about it.
(H/T: Liberal Logic 101)
If I was a Democrat, I’d be shaking in fear right now…
Hope fades fast when promised Change doesn’t happen.
Forasmuch as it is the indispensable duty of all men to adore the superintending providence of Almighty God; to acknowledge with gratitude their obligation to Him for benefits received, and to implore such farther blessings as they stand in need of; and it having pleased Him in his abundant mercy not only to continue to us the innumerable bounties of His common providence, but also smile upon us in the prosecution of a just and necessary war, for the defense and establishment of our unalienable rights and liberties … :
It is therefore recommended to the legislative or executive powers of these United States, to set apart Thursday, the 18th day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise; that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts, and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor; Read the whole thing!
“Which nation contributed most to defeating Germany in 1945? French polls from 1945, 1994, 2004?“
See, someone appreciates us!
(H/T: Ned Hardy)
“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.
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In many countries, that would be true. But we aren’t most countries (at least, not yet) – it is clear that our radical Founding Fathers determined that our Rights pre-exist the formation of Government (e.g., I didn’t happen to be safe from illegal search and seizure or posses the self-defense rights simply because the Constitution was signed). Our Constitution, the practical manifestation of the philosophy in the Declaration only enumerates those Rights.
It does NOT grant them. In fact, the Constitution was written to tell those in Government that THEY DO NOT grant (and therefore, having the ability to rescind) RIGHTS! So why is yet another Government school claiming exactly that??
Note the phrasing in two of the points:
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From End of the American Dream comes this question:
“If you could stay home and watch television, play video games and hang out with your friends all day at government expense, would you do it?”
It goes on to talk about the safety net vs what I call the Govt hammock with the soft cocooning that eventually either convinces one to just lay there – or traps them there. Yes, I have used the former (as I have said many times before) – a hand up. And I have known those that have answered that question above with a resounding “YES!” The carrot is dangled out there, by the policies of the Left, who believe that government kindness is only kindness offered by their mindset (without ever saying thank you for those that actually fund them) – it is only one’s sense of morality that says “thanks for the hand up – no longer needed” or (in the cases I have seen) “you owe me more – I want more”.
So EofAD lists some of the reasons why Americans are falling into that dependency disaster that the Government offers (reformatted, much left at the above link, emphasis mine):
Of course most Americans that collect money from the government each month are not abusing the system. Many truly are incapable of taking care of themselves, and others are just receiving government benefits (such as Social Security) that they feel that they have earned by a lifetime of hard work. But with each passing year the number of Americans jumping on board “the safety net” continues to grow rapidly, and a lot of these people should be able to take care of themselves.
The Left doth protest too much when they say “YOU are cold-hearted and selfish!” but again, the only thing that is important to the Left is that they think they’ve done good (again, via someone else’s money and detriment), their intentions are good – but being accountable for those results are immaterial.
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For the past few years I’ve taken a moment on the day before Thanksgiving to post the latest DCCC Annual Let’s Ruin Thanksgiving Flyer. There’s one every year. It’s a
bullet punch check list to guide the drone army in a national dinner-time defense of the progressive narrative.
Ever ask yourself why? Why does the left need to send its fawning acolytes a turkey-day palm card to help them get their Democrat ducks in a row? Ace nails it.
Supposedly progressives are super-informed and Love Science. Indeed, that’s the main “political” argument they’re actually arguing for.
So why is it so many of them seem to need these bluffer’s guides to explain to them why they believe the things they believe?
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NOBODY EXPECTS THE CUSHING INQUISITION!
Some things should not be forgotten, like Democrat Robert ‘Renny’ Cushing’s Legislative Service Request (LSR) 2015-H-0005-R.
The Cushing Sex Act: requiring colleges and universities to adopt policies regarding sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as a condition for receiving state funds.
I guess NH campuses are like Indian reservations – not subject to NH or Federal laws on such mattress? That aside, you’d think that Islands peopled with intellectual experts stewing in cultural Marxism, would have covered all of these bases already?
Renny Cushing thinks not!, and like a good Democrat he knows government can “fix it.”
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Once again the moonbats in Marxichusetts have decided to embarrass themselves. At a school in Belmont, a trip to see the Nutcracker Ballet was cancelled because some parents found there to be ‘questionable material’ in the production. From EAGNews:
The Butler Elementary School PTA in Belmont, Massachusetts makes an annual trip to the Nutcracker ballet, but this year, some parents complained the show has portions of the show that some viewers may find offensive.
At the PTA meeting, parents were supposedly told they were being “discriminatory” if they supported their children attending the production, WHDH reports.
The PTA “secretly” canceled the trip.
What was so offensive in the Nutcracker to some of them?
More moonbattery here
“Feminism is a political herding mechanism for insecure women. It’s thus no surprise that (1) feminists tend to be insecure; and (2) they send messages that tend to enhance insecurity in other women.”
Indeed – it IS up to us and no one else. So get up off that couch and get to work – 2016 is coming (and yes, the Left has forced the perpetual campaign upon us)
(H/T: Liberal Logic 101)
These are part of our highest level of lawmakers – the Congressional Black Caucus. One would expect that they would take the time to do what we pay them for – read the bills before voting on them. Fat chance of that happening if you have EVER read their remarks concerning one bill or another – some are simply clueless about them or on other things (like Congressman Hank “we’ll tip over Guam if we put more troops there” Johnson) like this (reformatted, emphasis mine):
Congressional Black Caucus denounces Ferguson grand jury
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Monday called the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson a “slap in the face” for those seeking justice for the death of Michael Brown. “The Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown is a miscarriage of justice,” CBC Chair Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) said in a statement released after the decision was announced late Monday evening in Missouri. “It is a slap in the face to Americans nationwide who continue to hope and believe that justice will prevail.”
The evidence given to the grand jury in Ferguson was just released today and somewhere I have bookmarked a post that says 60 witnesses and 4,900+ pages of testimony. To my knowledge, there is no mechanism that automatically sends such evidence to black CongressCritters in cases where other blacks die in confrontations with whites (regardless of the circumstances) ahead of decisions.
Thus, when did CongressCritter Fudge have the time to read (or Read the whole thing!
This from Instapundit (the rest is behind the Wall Street Journal paywall) (emphasis mine):
HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Number of College Students Taking Remedial Courses Explodes. “The number of college students taking at least one remedial course rose to 2.7 million in the 2011-2012 academic year from 1.04 million in 1999-2000, federal data show. During the same span, the amount of federal grants spent by undergraduates enrolled in at least one remedial course rose 380%, after inflation, Education Department figures show. There was also a drastic rise in remedial students taking on student debt. . . . Now, the high dropout rate among remedial-education students—along with a sharp rise in student debt—is fueling debate about whether the government should be more stringent in awarding student aid. Critics—ranging from some think-tank academics and conservatives to a trustee of a community-college system in Texas—say aid should be targeted toward students who are better-prepared.” These are students who shouldn’t be in college. Colleges are letting them in because they want their money.
The above is about student debt – my emphasis is on asking the question “What about the student education? WHY are so many students leaving mostly government high schools SO unprepared for college level work?” It can’t be that Gruber word: stupidity, right?
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Last night after the Grand Jury’s findings resulted in no indictment for Officer Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown; protesters in Ferguson, Missouri took to the streets. They did not peacefully protest the results but destroyed their community. They burned down businesses, cars and anything they felt like burning down. The protesters looted and destroyed the businesses they didn’t burn.
An elderly man on oxygen was carjacked and then run over with his car according to a CBS news reporter on the scene. Shots rang out across the city and many were injured. What exactly did the rioting achieve? Absolutely nothing but to further devastate the black community.
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