WASHINGTON – Experts agreed that the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative, pro-life, and evangelical groups in 2012 ties directly back to President Obama's campaign style before his presidency.
"The best way to look at this is as a continuum of a very long and determined political strategy that dates back to 2008 and a man named Barack Obama," Kimberley Strassel, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, declared at The Heritage Foundation on Friday. Strassel argued that "this is a president and his team of political operatives who have always understood the power of speech, but more importantly, the power of denying it to their political opponents."
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President Barack Obama's administration has expressed its outrage after a temporary truce between the Ukrainian government and protesters failed on Thursday, with reports claiming that up to 100 people died in new clashes, while 67 police officers were reportedly taken hostage.
"We are outraged by the images of Ukrainian security forces firing automatic weapons on their own people. We urge President [Viktor] Yanukovich to immediately withdraw his security forces from downtown Kiev and to respect the right of peaceful protest, and we urge protesters to express themselves peacefully," the White House said in a statement Thursday.
The Obama administration further urged the Ukrainian military not to get involved in the conflict, warning that the use of force will not resolve the crisis. more >>
More Democratic voters disagree than agree with President Barack Obama's remark that there is "not even a smidgen of corruption" at the Internal Revenue Service in relation to the scandal involving the targeting and harassment of Tea Party, pro-life and evangelical groups, according to a new Fox News poll.
Fifty-one percent of Democrats agree there is corruption while 40 percent answered there is no corruption. Nine percent said they do not know. For comparison, 64 percent of the full sample said there is corruption.
The IRS has acknowledged that it inappropriately singled out Tea Party groups for additional scrutiny, but said its actions were not politically motivated. Lois Lerner, the IRS official overseeing the department where those actions occurred, has resigned and chose not to testify about the scandal, exercising her right to not incriminate herself. more >>
In an interview with comedian Jimmy Kimmel, Fox News anchor and columnist Bill O'Reilly discussed his Super Bowl interview with President Obama and his new book, Killing Jesus.
"I want to ask you if you think Jesus would watch Fox News," Kimmel asked O'Reilly Tuesday night in ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" studio in Hollywood, CA, right before a commercial break. O'Reilly burst out laughing, and the break cut off any answer he might have given.
Kimmel asked the Jesus question because of O'Reilly's new book, Killing Jesus. The comedian mentioned the other books in O'Reilly's death narrative sequence, Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy, asking "is there any question if there's a serial killer here?" The author joked that one man used time-warp technology to kill all three. more >>
President Obama is using the Internal Revenue Service to silence employers unhappy about Obamacare. That's the hidden purpose behind the employer mandate delay announced on February 10th.
The administration released 227 pages of mind-numbing regulations ridiculously billed as making " the compliance process simpler and easier" for employers. Hidden in the gobbledy-gook (on pages 125-6) is a requirement that employers sign a statement to the IRS, meaning under penalty of perjury, that they have not reduced the number of employees or cut hours to shield themselves from the costs of Obamacare.
The administration called it a mandate delay. Nonsense. The delay applies only to a miniscule fraction of mid-size employers (50-99 full time workers) who currently don't provide coverage. They're mostly in retail and hospitality, and they will be allowed to continue not offering it. Their workers (about 1.9 million) plus dependents will either stay uninsured or sign up with Obamacare. The administration is hoping for the latter. more >>
John Wayne's Westerns stand among the best films of all-time. I can honestly say that there has not been one film in which "The Duke" appears that has left me disappointed. The mere mention of titles such as "True Grit," "The Searchers," "McLintock," "El Dorado," "Hondo," "Stagecoach," and "The War Wagon," invokes memories of a much younger America full of dusty trails, smoky trains, rugged cowboys, fearless Indians, galloping horses, stampeding buffalo, and, of course, the quick draw.
"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," is a classic movie which includes both "The Duke" and another Hollywood legend – Jimmy Stewart. Ransom Stoddard (Jimmy Stewart) is a young lawyer and newcomer to the western town of Shinbone. Upon entering the territory, his stagecoach is hijacked by the ruffian Liberty Valance. Liberty seems to enjoy the run of the town except that he is kept in check by a gunslinger named Tom Doniphon (John Wayne).
Desiring to handle the hijack and ensuing assault in a civil manner, Ransom Stoddard attempts to file legal charges in town to no avail. After Ransom settles in town, Liberty Valance continues to harass him throughout the film, until one day, Ransom takes the law into his own hands by challenging Liberty to a duel. Everyone in town knows that Ransom is handier with a book than a pistol, and they rightfully fear the worst. When Liberty takes his time torturing Ransom with a series of flesh wounds, Ransom surprisingly gets off a left-handed shot, mortally wounding Liberty Valance. more >>