Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Government Overreach - #2910 - (1) The IRS Gets Political - Wall Street Journal (2) White House Freezes Out Boston Herald Over Editorial (3) Warrants Let Agents Enter Homes Without Owner Knowing - KOAT Albuquerque (4) GM Sponsors and Celebrates Soon to Be Released Chinese Communist Propaganda Film - Washington Times (5) Obama Administration to Honor Green Schools That Teach Environmental Literacy - CNS News

We're starting to see a pattern here. Since the Supreme Court restored the First Amendment rights of businesses and unions in last year's Citizens United ruling, Democrats have been searching for a way to claw back control over political speech. The latest bureau to get the memo is the Internal Revenue Service, which may retroactively tax top donors to political advocacy groups. In the crossroads, er, cross-hairs, are nonprofit groups that register under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code and spent millions on political advertising in the last election cycle. Big donations to those groups, the agency now says, should have been subject to gift taxes and may be owed retroactively. In a letter to one donor, the IRS noted that it "had received information that you donated cash to . . . an IRC Section 501(c)(4) organization . . . and your contribution should have been reported on your 2008 federal gift tax return." Read more.......


White House Freezes Out Boston Herald over Editorial? Hot Air - The Boston Herald reports today that the White House kept their reporter out of the media pool for an upcoming fundraising appearance by Barack Obama as punishment for an opinion piece that the newspaper ran — or more accurately, for where it ran. A White House spokesman chided Herald reporter Hillary Chabot in an e-mail exchange for the Herald’s placement of Mitt Romney’s essay on the front page of the newspaper, while simultaneously denying that the administration had anything to do with the decision to bar the Herald: The White House Press Office has refused to give the Boston Herald full access to President Obama’s Boston fund-raiser today, in e-mails objecting to the newspaper’s front page placement of a Mitt Romney op-ed, saying pool reporters are chosen based on whether they cover the news “fairly. Read more.......

Warrants Let Agents Enter Homes Without Owner Knowing - KOAT TV - A special type of government search warrant that allows authorities to search homes without informing the owner for months is becoming more common, Target 7 has learned.  Imagine someone walking through your neighborhood, coming into your home and rifling through your intimate belongings.  “(They) search through your home, your dresser drawers, your computer files,” Peter Simonson, with ACLU New Mexico, said.  These search warrants don’t involve knocking on doors or any type of warning at all. Delayed-notice search warrants, or "sneak-and-peek" warrants, allow federal agents to enter your home without telling you they’ve been there until months later. The warrants have always been around, but their use has spiked since the War on Terror and revamped Patriot Act was signed in 2005. The number of delayed-notice search warrants spiked nationally from nearly 700 in fiscal year 2007 to approaching close to 2,000 in 2009.  Read more and see video ......

GM Sponsors and Celebrates Soon to be Released Chinese Communist Propaganda Film - Washington Times - In late 2010, General Motors agreed to sponsor a propaganda film celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The CCP made film titled (translated to English) “The Birth of a Party” or “The Great Achievement of Founding the Party" is set to premiere all over the Communist nation on June 15 reported China AutoWeb last September. The auto website adds:"According to an announcement posted on Shanghai GM’s official web site yesterday, whose title reads "joining hands with China Film Group, Cadillac whole-heartedly supports the making of the Birth of a Party..."  The report goes further:  "As the CCP marries totalitarianism with capitalism and fools the people with entertainment, only the "politically correct" or stupid–or those who pretend to be so–can get rich. And GM seems to know this very well. While Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Volvo have all rushed to please China’s rich and powerful through physical enlargement (offering models of extended wheelbases), Cadillac gratifies the party orally, singing praises through a film."  Read more.......

Obama Administration to Honor 'Green' Schools That Teach Environmental Literacy - CNS News - Next year on Earth Day, the Obama administration plans to announce which U.S. schools have been selected as “Green Ribbon Schools,” a designation that will “honor” schools for “creating healthy and sustainable learning environments” and for “teaching environmental literacy.”  The Green Ribbon Schools program was announced in late April, but details on how schools will be picked or what the honor entails have not been released.  Read more......

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