The more we learn, the worse it gets

What does the IRS harassing conservatives have to do with Obamacare? Everything.

The IRS will play a dominant role in the implementation and enforcement of this disastrous law. To make things worse, the same person who was in charge of the office where the targeting of conservative groups took place is now the director of the IRS’ Obamacare office.

How can we trust the IRS to fairly implement Obamacare when they have already admitted to targeting and harassing nonprofits based on their political ideology?

Obamacare is already bad enough—small businesses are wrapped in new red tape, millennials will see higher insurance costs, and now, Americans have to worry that the same group that played politics with taxes will play politics with their healthcare.

With the IRS enforcing Obamacare, it promises to be a train wreck indeed. This is why we need your help.

Contribute $25, $50, $100, or whatever you can today to help us keep the Obama Administration accountable.

Judge Jeanine Pirro Slams Jihadi Mom: “Lady, You Shouldn’t Be Allowed Here”

If you haven’t seen this Video yet, you should watch this Brave Newscaster for Fox News. I’m Proud of Her!

The White House will put so much pressure on Fox News to force Them to ‘Fire her’, It will be unreal. She has Violated ‘All’ the ‘New Political Correctness’ words for Terrorist, Jihads, Muslims, Islam, etc. etc.

This is the way the President should actually speak, while sending A message to Radical Islam Terrorists, Hamas, Al Qaeda, Iran, Iraq, Syria and the so called ‘Muslim Brotherhood!

“We should not be required to breathe the same air as you, we should not be required to share the indignity of your presence” says Judge Jeanine Pirro in her opening statement to the Jihadi mother of the Boston bomber, as she exposes the facts that are being brought to light behind the terrorist attack in the Boston Marathon.

This Administration’s True Character

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President Obama touts the openness and transparency of his administration constantly, but we know better. Let’s review just this last week in the “most transparent administration in history.”

First, the Internal Revenue Service finally admitted to what many conservative organizations have asserted for over a year: they targeted and harassed nonprofits based solely on their political leaning. Days later, President Obama and his Administration still haven’t answered basic questions about this gross abuse of power. We also now know that the same person who was targeting conservatives will be in charge of implementing Obamacare.

Second, the Justice Department used a secret subpoena to obtain phone records of Associated Press members without notifying the organization. Furthermore, the Administration will not say specifically what they were looking for. The broad scope of this seizure without explanation is outrageous.

Finally, it has been 8 months since the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and chilling details are still emerging. President Obama still will not admit that mistakes were made by the White House in the reporting of the incident. We have seen the emails, we have heard from the congressional committee, and it is time for President Obama to take some responsibility.

These scandals show the real character of this Administration, and we need your help.

Contribute $25, $50, $100, or whatever you can to help us hold them accountable today!

 

Our Memorial Day Celebration in the Czech Republic

This is an amazing story of remembrance. In the Czech Republic , the school children of the equivalent of fifth grade are each assigned one of the American and Canadian liberators buried there. Their grave is the student’s responsibility for the year and they learn all there is to know of their own hero. Their surviving family is sent letters and they respond to the annual child who tends their loved one’s grave.

No apology needed here!

Have you ever wondered if anyone in Europe remembers America ‘s sacrifice in World War II? There is an answer in a small town in the Czech Republic . The town called Pilsen ( Plzen ).

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Every 5 years, Pilsen conducts the Liberation Celebration of the City of Pilsen in the Czech Republic . May 6th, 2010, marked the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Pilsen by General George Patton’s 3rd Army. Pilsen is the town that every American should visit. Because they love America and the American Soldier.

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Even 65 years later… by the thousands,

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The citizens of Pilsen came to say thank you.

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Lining the streets of Pilsen for miles

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From the large crowds,

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to quiet reflective moments,

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including this American family’s private time to honor and remember their American hero.

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This is the crash site of Lt. Virgil P. Kirkham, the last recorded American USAAF pilot killed in Europe during WWII. It was Lt. Kirkham’s 82nd mission and one that he volunteered to go on.

At the time, this 20-year-old pilot’s P-47 Thunderbolt plane was shot down, a young 14-year-old Czech girl, Zdenka Sladkova, was so moved by his sacrifice she made a vow to care for him and his memory. For 65 straight years, Zdenka, now 79-years-old, took on the responsibility to care for Virgil’s crash site and memorial near her home.

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On May 4th, she was recognized by the Mayor of Zdenka’s home town of Trhanova , Czech Republic , for her sacrifice and extraordinary effort to honor this American hero.

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Another chapter in this important story… the Czech people are teaching their children about America ‘s sacrifice for their freedom.

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American Soldiers, young and old, are the Rock Stars these children and their parents want autographs from.

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Yes, Rock Stars! As they patiently waited for his autograph, the respect this little Czech boy and his father have for our troops serving today was heartwarming and inspirational.

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The Brian LaViolette Foundation established The Scholarship of Honor in tribute to General George S. Patton and the American Soldier, past and present.

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Each year, a different military hero will be honored in tribute to General Patton’s memory and their mission to liberate Europe . This award will be presented to a graduating senior who will be entering the military or a form of community service such as fireman, policeman, teaching or nursing — a cause greater than self. The student will be from 1 of the 5 high schools in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

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The first award will be presented in May 2011 in honor of Lt. Virgil Kirkham, that young 20-year-old P-47 pilot killed 65 years ago in the final days of WWII.

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Presenting Virgil’s award will be someone who knows the true meaning of service and sacrifice… someone who looks a lot like Virgil. Marion Kirkham, Virgil’s brother, who himself served during WWII in the United States Army Air Corps!!!

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In closing… Here is what the city of Pilsen thinks of General Patton’s grandson. George Patton Waters (another Rock Star!) we’re proud to say, serves on Brian’s Foundation board.

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And it’s front page news over there not buried in the middle of the social section.

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Brigadier General Miroslav Zizka, 1st Deputy Chief of Staff, Ministry of Defense, Czech Armed Forces.

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Notice the flags? Share this webpage with your family and friends … every American should hear this story.

E W Jackson’s Convention Speech – May 18th, 2013

It seems a long time since I heard a speech like this. All I can say is wow.

This American should be in the White House instead of the anti-American who is there now. On may 18th, 2013, EW Jackson inspired Richmond and rocked Virginia! Join the campaign to inspire and unite all Virginians as we rally around our shared values and toward victory in November!

Demand Accountability

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It has been a terrible week for President Obama. As we learn more about the Benghazi falsehoods, illegal IRS investigations, and spying on the media, it is clear the Obama Administration has gone rogue. We cannot stand idly by while this Administration ignores the rule of law. Republicans in Congress are working hard to find answers, but we need your help.

Sign the petition and demand accountability from President Obama and his Administration.

Thanks,
Sharon Day
RNC Co-Chair

Stand With Billy Graham and Declare, “I have Hope for America Because of Jesus Christ”

“In [Jesus] name the nations will put their hope” –Matthew 12:21 NIV

If you live in the typical American community–with 100 average neighbors–here’s the reality: 7 of your neighbors struggle with depression, even contemplating suicide; 7 abuse or are addicted to drugs or alcohol; 8 are struggling with unemployment; and 60 don’t profess to know Jesus Christ as their Savior.

The picture is bleak, but there is hope. Jesus Christ can transform lives that are burdened with fear, insecurity, uncertainty, and pain and offer joy and peace, now and for all eternity. By signing this declaration, you stand with Billy Graham in proclaiming that our nation needs this Good News.

In November 2013, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and Christians across the U.S. and Canada will host My Hope with Billy Graham, a massive media and friendship outreach, to proclaim the Gospel. Submit the form on the right, and we’ll send you updates on this outreach and other ways we are sharing the lifesaving message of Jesus Christ.

Click here to learn more about “I have Hope for America Because of Jesus Christ”

IRS Admits To Targeting Conservative Groups Over Tax Status

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Tea Party Patriots members shout slogans during a rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court March 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

The Internal Revenue Service acknowledged Friday that it had inappropriately targeted conservative political groups for additional scrutiny during the 2012 election cycle, an admission that set off a firestorm on Capitol Hill and could damage the Obama Administration.

Lois Lerner, the official in charge of the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups, revealed the move Friday at a conference sponsored by the American Bar Association in Washington. Lerner said organizations whose names contained the phrase “tea party” or “patriots” were selected for additional reviews of their 501 (c) (4) tax-exempt status as social welfare groups.

“That was wrong. That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate,” Lerner said, according to the Associated Press. ”That’s not how we go about selecting cases for further review.”

In a conference call with reporters Friday afternoon, the agency said the errors were limited to a group of IRA workers in its Cincinnati office, who singled out 300 applications for tax-exempt status for review. One-quarter of those were conservative groups. None of the groups had their status revoked, but some withdrew their applications in the face of requests to divulge their donors. “Mistakes were made initially, but they were in no way due to any political or partisan rationale,” the IRS said in a statement. “We fixed the situation last year and have made significant progress in moving the centralized cases through our system.”

Workers were looking for signs that the groups were primarily focused on political activity, which would have violated their tax status. Campaign finance groups have long complained that political groups have improperly received tax-exempt designations despite using their money to influence elections.

The admission by the IRS was made ahead of a forthcoming report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. It comes a year after Tea Party groups first complained they had been subjected to undue scrutiny because of their political leanings. An IRS spokesperson would not comment on whether any disciplinary actions were taken against the responsible employees.

The revelations incensed congressional Republicans and appeared to validate Tea Party complaints. “The fact that Americans were targeted by the IRS because of their political beliefs is unconscionable,” Representatives Darrell Issa and Jim Jordan said in a statement. Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, vowed to begin a probe that would “hold responsible officials accountable for this political retaliation.”

“The IRS has demonstrated the most disturbing, illegal and outrageous abuse of government power,” said Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots. “This deliberate targeting and harassment of tea party groups reaches a new low in illegal government activity and overreach.”

The revelation didn’t sit much better with groups on the left. “Even the appearance of playing partisan politics with the tax code is about as constitutionally troubling as it gets,” said Michael Macleod-Ball, chief of staff of the ACLU’s Washington legislative office.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on the White House to investigate. “Today’s acknowledgement by the Obama administration that the IRS did in fact target conservative groups in the heat of last year’s national election is not enough,” he said in a statement. “I call on the White House to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not under way at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney conceded Friday afternoon that “there does appear to have been inappropriate action that we would want to see investigated.”

 

White House scrambles to contain Benghazi-gate fallout

The White House scrambled Friday to explain newly released email excerpts that show a top State Department official pushing to water down the intelligence community’s initial story-line on the Benghazi attack, as Republicans sharply challenged the administration’s honesty.  With new details emerging in the Benghazi-gate controversy, the White House held a background discussion with more than a dozen news organizations. Afterward, Press Secretary Jay Carney weathered a barrage of questions from the media during an at-times awkward White House briefing — where he tried to defend the truthfulness of his and other officials’ prior claims that the initial talking points on the attack reflected the best intelligence assessment of the time.  Carney lashed out at Republicans, accusing them of leaking the emails in an effort “to politicize this.”  Further, he said: “These documents bear out what we’ve said all along.”  But Carney was challenged on that point, repeatedly by reporters at Friday’s briefing but also by substance of the email excerpts themselves. The excerpts pertained to internal discussions in the days after the Sept. 11 attack on the talking points that would be provided to officials. Carney had claimed last year that the only adjustment the White House or State Department made to the language was to change the word “consulate” to “diplomatic facility.”

But ABC News reported Friday that the talking points were revised 12 times. Initial versions, as has been previously reported, contained references to Al Qaeda that were later deleted. But the latest excerpts show how State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland pressed the CIA to scrub references to the agency’s prior security warnings out of concern they could be used against her department.

According to ABC News, the original paragraph read:  “The Agency has produced numerous pieces on the threat of extremists linked to al-Qa’ida in Benghazi and eastern Libya. These noted that, since April, there have been at least five other attacks against foreign interests in Benghazi by unidentified assailants, including the June attack against the British Ambassador’s convoy. We cannot rule out the individuals has previously surveilled the U.S. facilities, also contributing to the efficacy of the attacks.”

But Nuland wrote that the lines “could be abused by members [of Congress] to beat up the State Department for not paying attention to warnings, so why would we want to feed that either? Concerned …”  The paragraph in question was then reportedly deleted.

Pressed on that exchange, Carney continued to insist that the only change made by the White House pertained to the description of the post. As for what the State Department requested, Carney suggested the information about terror groups and prior security warnings had questionable relevance.

“The overriding concern of everyone involved in that circumstance is always to make sure that we’re not giving to those who speak in public about these issues information that cannot be confirmed, speculation about who is responsible, other things like warnings that may or may not be relevant,” Carney said.  State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also defended her agency’s actions Friday, saying the department raised concern that “the points were inconsistent with the public language the Administration had used to date — meaning members of Congress would be providing more guidance to the public than the Administration.”

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice would use those talking points as the basis for her controversial statements the Sunday after the attack that it was triggered by protests over an anti-Islam film. Carney insisted Friday that the only statement to date that has turned out to be incorrect was the initial claim that there was a protest on the ground in Benghazi.

Whistle-blowers, though, ripped the administration over their response to the attack earlier this week, with one testifying that his “jaw dropped” after he heard Rice’s comments on Sept. 16.  The Weekly Standard also reported on an email that then-CIA Director David Petraeus sent to the CIA’s legislative affairs chief in which he reportedly expressed frustration at the administration’s removal of all references to Islamic terrorists.

But Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that, while he respects those whistle-blowers who testified, the “prolonged political process …. really doesn’t tell us anything new about the facts.”  While administration officials and congressional Democrats have described the protracted debate over the talking points as politically motivated and inconsequential, the testimony this week opened the door to additional questions.

Greg Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Libya, said Rice’s comments actually hurt the FBI investigation by insulting the Libyan president — who gave a conflicting account at the time by saying the attack was premeditated.  Hicks said the anti-Islam film was actually a “nonevent” in Libya.  Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said in an op-ed Friday that the hearing raised “new questions” about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s role in the initial description of the attack as “spontaneous.”

ABC News reported that the CIA’s first drafts did say the attack appeared to be “spontaneously inspired” by the protests at the embassy in Cairo. However, the early versions also said “we do know that Islamic extremists with ties to al-Qa’ida participated in the attack.”

Democrats attack former Navy SEAL

GOPHow can you tell Democrats are scared?

Answer: when they start flinging malicious and unfounded attacks like Democrat Ed Markey’s most recent tv ad in the Massachusetts special election for U.S. Senate. In his first post-primary ad, Markey juxtaposes a picture of Osama bin Laden with that of his Republican opponent Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL.

This ad shows that Markey’s only strategy is to attack Gabriel, which is no surprise coming from a man who has been in Washington, D.C. for over 30 years. Gabriel is a proven leader and the fresh face we need in government. If you haven’t been following this race closely, now is a good time to start!

This election is our opportunity to send a message to the Democrats that Americans deserve better. We will not stand for this dishonorable behavior from our representatives. This race is very important, and a victory for Gabriel will set the tone heading into the crucial 2014 midterm election.

President Obama has made it clear that he wants more politicians like Markey to help him push his unpopular and radical agenda. This is why we need to send more people like Gabriel to Washington.

Contribute $25, $50, $100, or whatever you can to help us elect more strong Republican leaders, Massachusetts deserves better than Ed Markey’s offensive and shameful attack ads.

FBI: Boston suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev followed ‘radical Islam’

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Deceased Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was identified by a foreign government as a “follower of radical Islam and a strong believer” whose personality had changed drastically in just a year, according to the FBI.

As investigators considered possible motives for Monday’s fatal bombings, U.S. authorities acknowledged that an unnamed government had contacted the FBI to say the 26-year-old ethnic Chechen “had changed drastically” since 2010 and was preparing to leave the United States “to join unspecified underground groups,” according to an official statement from the FBI.

U.S. officials have not named the foreign nation, but it is presumed to be Russia. Tsarnaev traveled there in 2012 and stayed for six months.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, came to the U.S. from Russia about a decade ago as ethnic Chechen refugees and were granted asylum, law enforcement sources have said. Tamerlan, who was killed in a gun battle with police early Friday morning Boston time, was a legal permanent U.S. resident. Dzhokhar, who became a citizen Sept. 11, 2012, was captured after a Friday night shootout with police and remains hospitalized in serious condition. He has not yet been charged.
“The FBI requested but did not receive more specific or additional information from the foreign government,” the statement read.According to the FBI, the foreign government had requested information on the older brother, and the agency responded by checking U.S. government databases for information on “derogatory” telephone communications, online promotion of radical activity, associations with other persons of interest, travel history and plans, and education history. The FBI also interviewed the suspect and family members and found no terrorism activity, the agency said.

The disclosure comes as some U.S. lawmakers are urging that the surviving suspect be treated as a foreign combatant, and not simply a criminal suspect.

Family members and acquaintances have painted starkly contrasting portraits of the suspects. Classmates and others have described the younger brother as pleasant, but the older brother as intense and given to occasional outbursts.

At the Cambridge mosque near where the bombing suspects lived, two worshipers who showed up for Saturday’s prayer service recalled seeing both men.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was thrown out of the mosque — the Islamic Society of Boston, in Cambridge — about three months ago, after he stood up and shouted at the imam during a Friday prayer service, they said. The imam had held up slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. as an example of a man to emulate, recalled one worshiper who would give his name only as Muhammad.

Islam is the Ultimate Sleeper Cell

Koran1We don’t know whether Dzhokar Tsarneav and Tamerlan Tsarneav were aligned with any Muslim terrorist organization, but there is no reason that they had to be.

Most recent Muslim terrorist plots were carried out by “lone wolves”, individuals or small groups, who received their Islamist indoctrination and explosives training through the Islamic internet of Jihadist social media.

It may turn out that the Tsarneavs attended a terrorist training camp at some point in the past. But it may be just as likely that they never did. Terrorist training camps still exist, but they are becoming relics when it comes to the new type of pop up terrorism favored by Jihadists abroad.

The ideal Muslim terrorist has never attended a training camp or met with a terrorist chieftain. He has never even traveled to a suspect country. His indoctrination comes from Jihadist videos of Islamic sermons and battle scenes from the front lines of Islamic terror. His bomb making knowledge comes from Jihadist training materials scattered around social media which tell him to make bombs and how to use them to the most devastating effect.

Sleeper? Every believer in Islam is potentially a sleeper, ready to undergo what the experts call “radicalization”. But radicalization is largely a misnomer. The proper term is religiosity.

As a Muslim becomes more religious, his thoughts turn to Jihad, whether supporting it directly or indirectly. The religiosity need not be overt. The terrorist can be outwardly secular, but inwardly religious. He doesn’t have to grow a beard or leave Korans everywhere. Many don’t. The essence of Jihad is that it allows a Muslim to live a secular life so long as he dedicates himself to the fight against non-Muslims.Koran-book

Every believer in Islam is a potential terrorist. Islam is the ultimate sleeper cell. Terrorism is coded into the ideological DNA of a religion built on war.

The populist strains of Islam today are still militant. There is a sizable gap between the government clerics who only promote some forms of terrorism and the populist clerics who preach doctrines of total war.

The Tsarneavs need not have been sleepers. It is enough that they were Muslims. Like so many others, they were ticking time bombs who could at any moment decide that the Jersey Shore lifestyle so many Muslim youth adopt in the West isn’t enough for them and turn to Islam. And that is almost certainly what finally happened.

Islam carries its own transnational patriotism with it. It merges with a hundred ethnic nationalisms, like Chechen terrorism, but it links together Sunni Muslims everywhere. Its message is of a better world under Islamic rule.

Muslims who admire the Jihadis in Afghanistan, Syria, Chechnya, Mali, Israel, Thailand and a hundred other places eventually either want to join in or help out.

What Dzhokar Tsarneav and Tamerlan Tsarneav did may be horrific to us, but in their culture, cruelty and brutality are the privileges of the warrior. In Islam, the blood of non-Muslims is worth less than that of Muslims. Countless Fatwas have provided justification and even encouraged the murder of non-Muslim civilians.

koran-peaceTo us the actions of the Tsarneav brothers may be baffling, but from their point of view all they did was the equivalent of joining the US Army. Except they joined the Army of Islam.

The experts will talk about radicalism, about disaffection and foreign policy and all the rest. And all those empty words will miss the point.

Dzhokar Tsarneav and Tamerlan Tsarneav were Islamic patriots. They believed in a world ruled under Islam. That is a belief that was born with Islam and predates any local conflicts with Russia. It’s a religious war and it’s a national war. It’s Muslim patriotism for a fatherland that encompasses a world of slaves under the dead boot of their prophet.

The Tsarneav brothers probably weren’t sleepers. We’re the ones who are sleeping.

About the writer: Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.