Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Greta Asks: Why Is Sharpton Getting a Pass on Taxes from Obama's IRS? ^ | December 23, 2014 | Tim Graham 

The New York Times investigated the finances of MSNBC host Al Sharpton and his National Action network and found “$4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses...Mr. Sharpton has regularly sidestepped the sorts of obligations most people see as inevitable, like taxes, rent and other bills,” and yet Sharpton “traveled first class and collected a sizable salary.”

Fox News host Greta Van Susteren took to her Facebook page to wonder why Rev. Al Sharpton’s TV paycheck isn’t getting garnished to pay his tax debts?
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Open Carry Advocate Finalist for Texan of the Year

Gun Watch ^ | 24 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten 

The open carry movement existed in Texas before C.J. Grisham was set upon by a Temple police officer in rural Bell County.  Grisham was eventually convicted of "interfering with police duties" after a second jury trial.  He paid a $2,000 fine.  Many who have watched the video of the event think the police officer is the one who should have been reprimanded.  The video went viral, and Grisham's zeal for open carry has blossomed into thousands of armed Texans marching to demand their second amendment rights.

Texas is one of only six states that mostly ban the open carry of modern handguns.  The law is a relic left over from the occupation of Texas by the reconstruction government after the War Between the States or The Civil War if you prefer.  Full disclosure: one of my great-grandfathers served in the Union Navy.  As the Governor elect, Greg Abbott, the Lt. Governor, and much of the legislature are in favor of restoring Texas open carry in some form, it seems likely that a bill will be signed into law in 2015.

The Texan Constitution from 1876 protects the right to carry long guns openly, but allows the state to regulate the "wearing of arms".   The original Texas constitution had one of  the strongest protections of all the states for the right to keep and bear arms.   One item that is likely to pass in 2015 is a call for a constitutional amendment to return the Texas Constitution's right to keep and bear arms provision to its original form.  It was a plank in the Republican Party platform.

"Texan of the Year" is an appellation applied by the Dallas Morning News.  It appears that the editorial board decides who the winner is.  While they are openly hostile to C.J. Grisham's activities, they have included him as one of the finalists this year.  From
This newspaper sides with critics who think the publicity stunts are overly provocative, especially in an urban setting.
I did not find any succinct explanation of the process for selecting finalists or the "Texan of the Year".  It appears that the editorial board decides among themselves.  

It is a tribute to C.J. Grisham's efforts that they felt compelled to include him as a finalist.

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Communists Are Behind the Anti-Police Protests In New York ^ | Dec. 23, 2014 | John Hinderaker 

Beginning way back in 2002, we wrote about International A.N.S.W.E.R., a Communist organization that was founded in September 2001 and that organized substantial antiwar demonstrations during the Bush administration. A.N.S.W.E.R. embodied within itself the seeming contradiction between the far left and Islamic extremism: it enthusiastically supported both Kim il Jung and Saddam Hussein, and is directed in part by the Muslim Student Association. Our earliest posts on A.N.S.W.E.R. have been lost in our various database moves; the first one that survives is this brief post from January 2003. At one time I did some research to try to figure out where A.N.S.W.E.R.’s money comes from. From publicly available filings I could deduce that they are supported by a handful of rich benefactors, but I couldn’t identify who they were.
We haven’t paid attention to A.N.S.W.E.R. for a while, but their current web site suggests that the Islamic element has become more pronounced:
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The American Spectator ^ | December 22, 2014 | Aaron Goldstein 
 When politics becomes personal it can lose perspective.

In an interview that was broadcast last night on 60 Minutes, retiring Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn proclaimed, “I’m proud of our country for electing Barack Obama.”
Senator Coburn is to be admired for his years as a watchdog on the spending habits of Congress and bureaucrats in the federal government. While I was certainly well aware of Coburn’s friendship with Obama, which developed when they were in the Senate, I am nevertheless disappointed to hear that he is proud this country elected Barack Obama to the White House.
Senator Coburn might very well love Barack Obama as a man and with it the content of his character. Alas, I do not love Barack Obama much less admire his character. I’m not proud that we elected Barack Obama to be President of the United States.
I’m not proud of President Obama when he says we’ve entered a new era of responsibility and then spends his entire presidency blaming President Bush, ATMs, the Arab Spring and tsunamis and a myriad of other excuses for his woes.
I’m not proud of President Obama for his contempt for our allies whether through abandoning missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic, his unwillingness to secure Ukraine’s sovereignty against Russian aggression, and his vilification of the State of Israel. Nor am I proud of him for leaving Chris Stevens and three other Americans to fend for themselves in Benghazi and then claim the attack was a result of a silly Internet film about Muhammad rather than a well-coordinated terrorist attack that just happened to occur on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
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Parting Shot: Outgoing Arizona Gov. Brewer Calls Obama A ‘Failed President’

FoxNews ^ | December 23, 2014 

Parting Shot: Outgoing Arizona Gov. Brewer Calls Obama A ‘Failed President’ By William La Jeunesse

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, stepping down after six years in office where she was a perpetual thorn in the side of the Obama administration, is leaving with a parting shot -- calling President Obama a "failed president."
"He's been a very big disappointment to me," Brewer told Fox News in an interview. "I think he has done things that certainly we would never have expected any president to do -- by executive order and because he says so."
Brewer has spent the last few years locked in legal battles with the Obama administration and others, largely over provisions in her state's strict immigration bill, SB1070.
Multiple times, the federal courts have rejected provisions in the bill as unconstitutional. Even this week, just days before leaving office, a federal court rejected Brewer's effort to deny driver's licenses to young undocumented immigrants known as "dreamers."
Brewer said her biggest disappointment during her tenure was not getting the Arizona-Mexico border secured -- though she tried with SB1070, which would have made it a crime for immigrants to be in Arizona without the proper papers, before that too was struck down.
Brewer, in the interview, rejected the criticism of those who have called her a racist for supporting the bill.
"Those of us born and raised in the southwest are not racists," she insisted. "Those people are our neighbors. We go to church with us. Their children go to school. They marry into our families. This has nothing to do with racism. The bottom line is the rule of law and what it is doing to our country."
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