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But it’s NOT Republican Obstructionism – ‘House GOP ‘Highly Unlikely’ To Accept Path To Citizenship’

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Let’s see.

It’s very simple.

Even though the Republicans only hold the majority in the House of Representatives, NOT the Senate, NOT the White House, we Americans have to ask their permission on ANY legislation.

No budget because the House which demanded ‘regular order’ for 4 years because the Senate wouldn’t pass a budget – refuses to appoint conference members (regular order) to work out the differences in the just passed Senate budget.

No expanded background checks covering gun shows and internet sales because it was passed in the Senate but needed 60 votes because Republicans filibustered it.

And now it seems the House will not even consider a ‘pathway to citizenship’.

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Republicans – the Party of it hasn’t worked to OUR satisfaction in the past so we aren’t going to do anything.

‘It’s “highly unlikely” that a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants can win a majority of Republican votes in the House, a veteran GOP congressman said Wednesday’.

“I think at this point that would be highly unlikely,” Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) told reporters at a breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor’.

“Because I don’t think there’s any trust in our conference in the administration to enforce the current laws that are on the books as they relate to immigration,” he explained. “And not just this administration — it’s been previous administrations as well. … The promises made in [the immigration reform effort of] 1986 have been broken.”
From : http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/06/tom-price-house-gop-path-to-citizenship.php

 

teabagger Alert!! – Blog Running – ‘IRS Hearings: House Committee Ignores Tea Party’s Non-Exempt Political Shenanigans’

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Judging by the actions of these groups – I should have tax exempt status.

‘Such activities clearly represent the “indications of significant political campaign intervention” highlighted by the May 14 report of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration – namely, indications that would tend to disqualify a group from obtaining IRS non-profit status’.

‘Yet none of these activities were discussed during the hearing supposedly investigating the tax-exemption controversy’.

‘Congressman Sander Levin noted early in the hearing that while 298 organizations were set aside for review, only 96, or a third, contained “Tea Party,” “9/12,” or “Patriot” in their names, while 202 did not’.

‘In fact, according to the draft report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, none of the 296 questionable applicants had been denied a tax exemption by the IRS’.

‘When a gaggle of local Tea Party leaders came before the House Ways and Means Committee, complaining that their organizations had been unfairly and unconstitutionally “targeted by the Internal Revenue Service for their personal beliefs,” the reception by the Republicans who control the committee was predictably credulous’.

‘But a closer examination of these particular Tea Party outfits by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights found copious evidence of political activity that might well have disqualified their requests for 501(c)(4) non-profit status – notably the San Fernando Valley Patriots, the Wetumpka Tea Party, and the Laurens County Tea Party’.

‘In weepy tones, Karen Kenney, the founder of the San Fernando Valley Patriots (SFVP), told the committee of her concern “about the jackboot of tyranny upon the field of our Founding documents. To whisper the letters I-R-S strikes a shrill note on Main St., USA, but when this behemoth tramples upon America’s grassroots, few hear the snapping sounds.”

‘Consider the group’s MeetUp site, run by Kenney, which bluntly states: “Our aim is to promote–by political action or events–the core Constitutional and conservative values that built America’.

‘Indeed, Kenney and the San Fernando Valley Patriots actively engaged in partisan political campaigning. This year, they organized rallies for the only Republican in the Los Angeles mayoral race. Listed as the organizer and event host, Kenney wrote, “We have a total of 15 campaign or city issues posters, plus some U.S. flags to draw attention to Kevin James’ campaign for Mayor of Los Angeles. Our silent ‘rally’ with smiling patriots is a fun way to get boots on the ground for a true fiscal-conservative and our friend, Kevin.”

‘The San Fernando group also appears to have openly endorsed other candidates. Its website published a list of endorsed candidates and ballot measures for the Los Angeles County election’.

‘The post clearly states that the list names the candidates that “we are recommending.”

‘In another post, the group tried to pass the endorsement list off as a “Voter Guide,” but it only contains a list of candidates the group had approved’.

‘On another page, Kenney posts her own “SFVP Selected Personal Choices (Karen Kenney, coordinator, SFV Patriots)” for the election, listing the candidates she endorsed for mayor, city attorney, and board of trustees.

‘Still another SFVP webpage features a declaration by Lydia Gutierrez: “I have looked over the list of candidates and I am making the following recommendations. Seat 2: John C. Burke. Seat 4: Jozef Essavi. Seat 6: Tom Oliver. After you have marked these three candidates on your ballot, please forward these recommendations email with 10 voters you know who care about our young people’s future.”

‘Nor did the SFVP neglect national and statewide political contests’.

‘In October 2012, the group organized a get-out-the-vote flash mob in front of the local headquarters for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and GOP state Senate candidate Todd Zink’.

‘The group also hosted a brainstorming session in October 2011 “on local and state politics with a GOP insider!”

‘SFVP is an affiliate of the national faction known as the Tea Party Patriots, an outfit with its own history of questionable political involvement’.

And then…….

‘Becky Gerritson of the Alabama-based Wetumpka Tea Party did her best to heighten the melodrama of the hearings. Gerritson emphasized her Tea Party entitlement, making a federal tax exemption sound like a birthright for her and her group. “I am not here today as a serf or a vassal. I am not begging my lords for mercy,” she told the committee. “I am a born-free American woman – wife, mother and citizen – and I’m telling my government that you have forgotten your place.”

‘But the Wetumpka Tea Party’s political activism was well-documented prior to the hearing, notably in a New York Times article by Nicholas Confessore and Michael Luo’.

‘Confessore and Luo reported that the Wetumpka Tea Party “organized a day of training for its members and other Tea Party activists across the region in the run-up to the 2012 election’.

‘The training was held under the auspices of the Adopt-a-State program, a nationwide effort that encouraged Tea Party groups in safely red or blue states to support Tea Party groups in battleground states working to get out the vote for Republicans.”

‘Yet nobody on the House committee asked Gerritson about the political activities of her group’.

‘Dianne Belsom, president of the South Carolina-based Laurens County Tea Party, testified about some of the questions posed to her group by the IRS concerning their request for tax exempt status’.

‘Of the nine questions she mentioned, all indicated that the agency’s officials were trying to determine how deeply her group had engaged in significant political interventions’.

‘She was asked to describe “how much time/resources are devoted to vetting candidates,” and to specify “amounts expended in support of any candidate for Federal, state, or local public office.” Other supposedly “invasive” items requested by the IRS included asking for the group’s articles of incorporation’.

‘Even a cursory examination of the Laurens County group’s website shows plenty of reason for the IRS to have become concerned’.

‘The website notes proudly that in July 2012, Belsom “spoke and outlined our strategy for the remainder of the year, with a large focus on how to defeat Obamacare and get the more conservative candidates elected. At a September 2012, meeting the Tea Party group also voted on candidate endorsements’.

‘In December 2011, Belsom told The State newspaper that the Tea Party was working politically against President Obama, and that, despite disagreements over candidates, “There’s agreement that we need to replace Obama and get our country going back in the right direction.”

‘The Laurens County Tea Party also served as a co-sponsor, with the Tea Party Express and CNN, of a September 2011 Republican presidential debate in Tampa, Florida’.
From : http://www.nationalmemo.com/irs-hearings-house-committee-ignores-tea-partys-non-exempt-political-shenanigans/

‘South Dakota Kidnapping Native American Children While Making The Federal Government Pay For It’

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The TV show LONGMIRE did a show last year on this topic.

‘Every Native American child within the foster care system is paid for by the federal government, to the sum of almost $80,000 per child, per year, of which South Dakota only pays out under $10,000. This $70,000 surplus, which is intended to go into anti-poverty programs, healthcare, and family support for troubled children, instead goes right into the general fund for the state’.

‘At the conference, a report by the Indian Child Welfare Act directors in South Dakota made a huge splash’.

‘The total population of South Dakota under the age of 18 is around 200,000, according to the U.S. Census taken in 2010. Of those children, approximately 23,000 children are Native American’.

‘And of those children, the state of South Dakota have seized approximately 750 every year from their immediate families’.

‘This statistic alone is troubling, especially when combined with the issue of tribal authority (the state of South Dakota does not have authority over the tribes), but even more so is what happens next’.

‘What the study found was that rather than place these children with other tribal members or relatives, as required by law, the state instead places them almost exclusively with white families, away from their cultural heritage’.

‘In so doing, South Dakota is running afoul of a definition, that of genocide’.

‘While in traditional thinking, genocide refers to a direct attempt to exterminate a racial or cultural group through direct extermination, there is another form of genocide, that of cultural elimination’.

‘The definition of genocide, according to the United Nations General Assembly’s Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, is as follows’:

“… any of the following acts commit with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such”:

(a) “Killing members of the group”;

(b) “Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group”;

(c) “Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its destruction in whole or in part”;

(d) “Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group”;

(e) “Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group”.

‘The Native American population is the poorest in the nation, with an astounding 50% poverty rate. There has been a targeted effort to forcibly sterilize Native American women. And here we find South Dakota with a system which has resulted in over half of the children in their foster care system being from Native American families’.

‘This abuse of power has put the entire child welfare system in South Dakota in danger, making every child taken in to the system’s care suspect’.

‘Situations where true abuse have happened are dwarfed by those where it has not’.

‘The state is in danger of having its system called into question, potentially dismantled, all due to the systemic abuse of Native people’.

‘There is no room for racism, for this culture war, in a modern society. South Dakota should be ashamed of itself, and return those children taken illegally immediately to their families’.

‘Following this, a complete and thorough policy audit should be mandated, along with the termination of the management who enacted and enforced this policy. Lastly, the money which was defrauded from the federal government should be turned over to the families as restitution’.

‘A culture survives through its children. We are the United States, a multi-cultural melting pot of people. This attempt by bigoted people to undermine the very principle of the United States, of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, brings shame to this grand nation of ours, and it must end now’.
From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/06/05/nates-south-dakota-piece/

 

‘Forget the Charm, Keep the Offensive: Obama’s Aggressive New Strategy’

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But for how long and what intensity.

We’ve seen this President Obama before.

I WANT to see it in the face of the Repuiblican obstruction but ‘fool me once……..’

‘No more Mr. Nice President. For a brief few weeks this spring, the president was on what was universally, and rather uncreatively, described as a “charm offensive.”
‘But a series of high-profile power plays this week show suggest a White House that has either lost faith in the value of reaching out or is simply annoyed at a series of scandal investigations and isn’t going to take it anymore’.

‘The moves may also reflect a concern that if the president doesn’t move to set the tone for his second term, it may end up being defined by Republican-driven scandals’.

‘Whatever the case, the Obama Administration has this week dropped the “charm” but is sticking with the “offensive.”
From : http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/06/forget-the-charm-keep-the-offensive-obamas-aggressive-new-strategy/276559/

 

Why it’s called the REALLY, REALLY ‘Stupid Party’ – ‘Lindsey Graham Isn’t Sure If Bloggers Deserve ‘First Amendment Protection’

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Silly Americans. Here we thought that freedom of speech was for everybody.

US Senator Lindsey Graham :

“Who is a journalist is a question we need to ask ourselves,” he said. “Is any blogger out there saying anything—do they deserve First Amendment protection? These are the issues of our times.”

‘Whether bloggers count as journalists has mostly been a matter of esoterics for reporter types. But as Congress weighs a media shield law in response to the Associated Press/Justice Department subpoena scandal, the question is gaining an urgency that lawmakers are finding hard to ignore as they turn to writing the bill’.

‘Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., took on the issue—and stumbled’.

“Who is a journalist is a question we need to ask ourselves,” he said. “Is any blogger out there saying anything—do they deserve First Amendment protection? These are the issues of our times.”
From : http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech/lindsey-graham-isn-t-sure-if-bloggers-deserve-first-amendment-protection-20130605

 

One Man’s Trash – ‘Bill O’Reilly Calls Himself ‘Fact Guy’ As He Repeats Debunked ’157 White House Visits’ Story’

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Do YOU remember when Bill couldn’t explain the tides?

‘Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was again repeating the debunked (last Friday) story, and in a neat bit of unintentional satire, calling himself “a fact guy” in the process’.

‘The 157 visits story has been touted as a “smoking gun” that’s supposed to link the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups directly to the White House, even though, at face value, it proves nothing’.

‘Shulman himself has already testified to the reasons for his White House visits, reasons which conservatives have edited down to the Easter Egg roll’.

‘As it turns out, though, the 157 figure is the number of times Shulman was cleared, by Secret Service, to go to the White House (including the Eisenhower Executive Building, and the New Executive Office Building), not the number of times he actually went’.

‘As Maddow reminded viewers last night, only 11 of those visitor records actually record an arrival by Shulman, and the Atlantic report she cited was published Friday morning’.

‘That didn’t stop Fox News personalities from mentioning the story 58 times since last week, on 17 different shows (including hard news shows), and it didn’t stop Bill O’Reilly mentioning it again last night’.
From : http://www.mediaite.com/tv/bill-oreilly-calls-himself-fact-guy-as-he-repeats-debunked-157-white-house-visits-story/

Why it’s called the ‘Stupid Party’ – ‘Why VA Republican Lt. Governor Candidate Doesn’t Believe In Evolution: Monkeys Can’t Talk’

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Seeing as how I am speechless after reading this……that also ‘proves’ there is no Evolution.

‘The Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia, E. W. Jackson, wrote in his book Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life that he doesn’t believe in evolution because animals don’t have the ability to write or talk’.

“The ability to make sounds which serve to communicate the simplest to most complex ideas is an astounding thing, almost supernatural in itself. Equally remarkable is the ability to reduce those sounds to written symbols universally understood and capable of conveying the ideas that those sounds represent. To suggest that all this is an accident of evolution belies the intellectual power language represents. Those are gifts given to mankind by God who created us. He gave those gifts to no other creature”.
From : http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/why-va-republican-lt-governor-candidate-doesnt-believe-in-ev

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