September 23, 2013

Latest PJ Media Column (‘Obamacare’s ‘Cool Calculator,’ Part 1: Work Disincentives Like We’ve Never Seen Before’) Is Up

Okay, I don’t do this often.

In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever done this, but I’m going to do it now:

If you’re reading this, it’s really, really, really

important that you read my latest PJ Media column.

No exceptions, OK?

I appreciate PJ Media’s reviewers getting through the column so quickly in the circumstances.

The column will appear here at BizzyBlog on Wednesday afternoon (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

I’m also going to do something I suggested others do in the column, namely embedding the “cool calculator” found at the Kaiser Family Foundation’s website lauded by Barack Obama’s shock troops at Organizing for Action.

The calculator really shows why Obamacare will be a complete economic and social disaster if allowed to happen.

Over the next several days, I’ll cite several examples, complete with screen grabs, for those who want to get to specifics even beyond those noted in today’s column (as well as Part 2 when it goes up, hopefully soon) without having to kick the tires.

So here’s the model (the white space seen when you do that allows for certain items to expand if necessary; each result will open in a separate window or tab unless someone can advise me as to how to prevent that from happening):

Remind Me Again …

Filed under: General — Tom @ 8:58 pm

… Why isn’t Linda Ronstadt in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Really, You Can’t Make This Up

Filed under: National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:44 pm

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has changed its name to the Washington Trust Foundation.

The acronym is “WTF.” Really.

More seriously, here is some of what the Daily Caller’s Charles Johnson has written about the name change and the group’s machinations (links are in original; bolds are mine):

CAIR collects millions from foreign donors thanks to non-profit shell game

As a registered lobbying group, CAIR is required to report to the IRS contributions over $5,000. Its shifting 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) branches, however, make it possible to collect millions of dollars from oil-rich Muslim nations without disclosure. Documents show CAIR has received millions of dollars in overseas contributions and tens of millions in pledges from overseas.

CAIR’s convoluted structure and funding machinations are dizzying. Today, the original Council on American Islamic Relations doesn’t exist at all. In June 2013, CAIR changed its name to the nondescriptly named Washington Trust Foundation, Inc. (WTF).

“Plentiful legal evidence, acquired in the course of a lawsuit—plus CAIR’s own official filing documents to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and IRS—make clear that CAIR has engaged in a thinly-disguised money laundering operation,” David Reaboi, vice president for strategic communications at the Center for Security Policy, told The Daily Caller.

“In addition to violating its 501(c)(3) regulations, CAIR’s undisclosed and hidden foreign donations amount to violation of the Foreign Agent Registration Act as well,” Reaboi continued.

CAIR formed in 1994 by filing with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and soon after obtained 501(c)(4) status from the IRS as a non-profit lobbying organization.

The year before, the organization’s two founders — current Executive Director Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmad — were captured on FBI wiretaps of high-level Hamas leaders, discussing the need for a public relations effort supporting that group.

Yeah, that’s what terrorists need. Better PR.

Lois Lerner …

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:40 pm


IRS official at heart of tea party scandal retires
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER — Associated Press

Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the agency’s tea party scandal, is retiring, the agency confirmed Monday.

Lerner headed the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status when she was placed on paid leave in May. While she was in charge, the agency acknowledged that agents improperly targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status from 2010 to 2012.

Lerner first disclosed the targeting at a law conference in May, when she was asked a planted question about IRS treatment of political groups. Less than two weeks later, she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, citing her constitutional right not to incriminate herself.

Republicans in Congress have repeatedly called for her to be fired. The IRS said in a statement that privacy laws prevented it from commenting further about an individual employee.

Lerner’s revelation at the May 10 tax conference set off a firestorm at the agency. President Barack Obama forced the acting commissioner to resign and much of the agency’s top leadership was replaced. Three congressional committees and the Justice Department launched investigations.

Lerner initially said the targeting was limited to agents working in a Cincinnati office. Congressional investigations have since discovered evidence that IRS officials in Washington were aware that tea party applications were being delayed for years in some cases while the groups endured sometimes burdensome scrutiny.

However, investigators have released no evidence showing that anyone outside the IRS ordered the targeting or knew it was happening.

Uh, I believe that final excerpted statement is incorrect, but I’m going to have to crawl out of the research cave I’ve been in for three days relating to another matter and look into it.

Let’s also be accurate and note that the scandal is NOT limited to “tea party” groups. Social conservative and general conservative organizations have also been targeted.

Answer: ‘Yes’

Question: “Did IRS bureaucrats, liberal media help Obama win in 2012?”

IRS conduct in 2010-2012 delegitimizes the genuineness of Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential election win, making the appellation “President Asterisk” more than appropriate.

It also renders any arguments by the left along the lines of “We won; deal with it” irrelevant.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092313)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Interviewer — Pope’s adherence to Church abortion teaching is clear

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Sep 20, 2013 / 01:04 pm

Pope Francis is “absolutely clear” about Catholic teaching on abortion, but his first focus is to bring God’s salvation to everyone, “most of all sinners,” says the Jesuit priest whose lengthy papal interview was published yesterday.

“The message of the Church is a message of mercy,” said Father Antonio Spadaro, S.J., who is editor in chief of the Jesuit-run Italian newspaper La Civiltà Cattolica and who conducted the wide-ranging interview which has already garnered international attention.

“When he talked about these kind of topics, he said (that) what the Church has to spread is the message of the Gospel. This is the first one, the message of salvation. This message can reach anyone, most of all sinners. This is a different vision,” Fr. Spadaro told CNA Sept. 20.

He added that “what the Pope has in mind, in my opinion, was just to explain what the Gospel is. I got so many messages from people from outside the Church who said ‘I am very deeply moved now by the Gospel. I need to read the Gospel.’ This is the big effect, this is what the Pope had in mind.”

Pope Francis, in his interview published Sept. 19, said a sole insistence on issues related to abortion and other moral issues is not possible. This would not be the fullness of the Gospel, but rather a “disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.”

Fr. Spadaro said Pope Francis was not saying “something against anyone.”

“I don’t have to interpret the Pope. The words are there. It’s absolutely clear. He said, ‘I am a son of the Church.’” …

Go here for the rest of the story.