International sign of distress: America is in deep, deep trouble!
WASHINGTON — The ousted chief of the Internal Revenue Service is telling Congress that his agency made errors in targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, but he says the mistakes were not the result of partisan views.
In a prepared statement, former acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller was ready to tell the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday that the screening system agency workers set up was designed to deal with a growing caseload of groups seeking tax-exempt status. Miller said it was not due to “any political or partisan viewpoint.”
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The liberal left is destroying our military from within; here’s how:
Even tax cheat Charlie Rangel was outraged yesterday over the IRS scandal that involved the targeting of conservative, Tea Party, and Jewish groups. You know if a tax cheat like Rangel is upset it has to be bad.
With its ranks deeply divided, the Boy Scouts of America is asking its local leaders from across the country to decide whether its contentious membership policy should be overhauled so that openly gay boys can participate in Scout units.
The proposal to be put before the roughly 1,400 voting members of the BSA’s National Council on Thursday, at a meeting in Grapevine, Texas, would retain the Scouts’ long-standing ban on gays serving in adult leadership positions.
Nonetheless, some conservatives within and outside the BSA community have denounced the proposal, saying the Scouts’ traditions would be undermined by the presence of openly gay youth. There have been warnings of mass defections if the ban is even partially lifted.
From the other flank, gay-rights supporters and some Scout leaders from politically liberal areas have welcomed the proposed change as a positive first step, but are calling on the BSA to go further and lift the ban on gay adults as well.
The Scouts’ national spokesman, Deron Smith, said the policy toward gays had become “the most complex and challenging issue” facing the BSA at a time when it is struggling to stem a steady drop in membership.
Read more at Official Wire. By David Crary.
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Newsmax.com is reporting that former Florida Rep. Allen West will join Fox News as a contributor. Apparently the news channel made the announcement yesterday.
“Representative West’s congressional and military experience along with his fearless approach to voicing key issues will provide a valuable point of view to the Fox News lineup,” Bill Shine, the network’s executive vice president of programming, said in a statement.
Interestingly, he is cited as being brought on board Fox News for his “fearless approach to voicing key issues.” In reality, Mike Zullo, lead investigator of the Sheriff Joe Arpaio Cold Case Posse and Carl Gallups, founder of PPSIMMONS News and Ministry and host ofFreedom Friday With Carl Gallups radio found a very different Allen West when they spoke with him at this year’s CPAC just outside Washington D.C.
Chris Matthews then smears this patriot by calling him a birther…
Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday; and he didn’t know, wasn’t sure of, or simply couldn’t remember a lot of information.
In a surge of civic pride, Reason TV is happy to offer “West Wing Weak,” a look back at Obama’s past seven days.
Chula Vista, CA—A talented Salt Creek Elementary School kindergartener was recently turned down from playing the guitar while singing a song at his school’s upcoming May 23 talent show. The unwarranted—and unconstitutional—rejection didn’t come due to lack of talent but because the song, “Our God Is Mercy,” is a Christian song.
When the young student was told that he wouldn’t be in the show, he was crushed. The student’s mother contacted Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) for assistance, and Senior Counsel Michael Peffer stepped in to help correct the situation.
In a letter to the Principal, citing legal precedents on the issue, Peffer explains, “Because such censorship on the basis of a student’s religious beliefs is a violation of his constitutional rights, we write to request that you immediately allow [the student] to perform his song at the upcoming talent show.”
Brad Dacus, President of PJI, noted, “This issue exemplifies the ongoing fear from school administrators to allow anything even remotely connected to Christianity in the school. In their attempt to avoid the wrath of anti-religionists, misguided school officials end up inadvertently embracing secularism as the school’s official religion.”
In light of the case-law sent to school administrators, PJI is hopeful that they will make the right decision. The school, however, has not released a final decision on the issue.