Rush: The Question is not Whether the Obama Regime Will Survive, but will America as Founded, Survive the Obama Regime -.......But I'll tell you, he's largely irrelevant. The fact is, this is the biggest snooping enterprise against Americans ever. That's the takeaway here. This is the fundamental point...... Anyway, so this tech blogger is trying to alert his buddies, "Hey, don't be fooled by the fact that metadata doesn't tell 'em anything. They can learn all kinds of stuff about you with just the metadata." The metadata, again, being just the phone numbers involved, no recordings, no wiretaps, no listening in, just the phone numbers, and the length of calls, the number of calls...... They can tell what you're doing by virtue of the metadata. All they gotta do is know who's on the other end of the calls, and they can do that with reverse phone directories. These guys can clearly find out whose name is associated with what number. It was an interesting post. These people that always tell you what their fears are. Now, this is a leftist, obviously, with these fears? Folks, I am noticing -- and I don't think it's a tipping point because I don't want to send anybody here off in the wrong direction -- but there are a lot of youngsters who voted for Obama who are now having the whole idea of the idealism that they thought he represented blown up. Read entire article.......
(2) Peggy Noonan: The IRS Can't Plead Incompetence - Wall Street Journal - Quickly: Everyone agrees the Internal Revenue Service is, under current governmental structures, the proper agency to determine the legitimacy of applications for tax-exempt status. Everyone agrees the IRS has the duty to scrutinize each request, making sure that the organization meets relevant criteria. Everyone agrees groups requesting tax-exempt status must back up their requests with truthful answers and honest information.
Some ask, "Don't conservatives know they have to be questioned like anyone else?" Yes, they do. Their grievance centers on the fact they have not been. They were targeted, and their rights violated.
The most compelling evidence of that is what happened to the National Organization for Marriage. Its chairman, John Eastman, testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, and the tale he told was different from the now-familiar stories of harassment and abuse. Read more..........
(3) Four Words to Watch in the Immigration Debate - Heritage Foundation - The Senate will begin debate on the Gang of Eight’s immigration proposal next week. Here are four words to watch out for as the Senators make their case—and warnings about what they might mean.
“Cost” is one word that should come up in the immigration debate, because the Gang of Eight’s amnesty proposal has a cost that is simply too high for Americans to bear. Heritage analysis found that amnesty would cost taxpayers trillions of dollars.
Amnesty means that illegal immigrants become legal—and become eligible for Obamacare benefits, Social Security, welfare, and Medicare. But they won’t pay enough into the system in taxes to cover the cost of all these benefits, meaning the rest of the taxpayers will have to bear the burden. This simply isn’t fair to hard-working Americans.
Despite claims of security—and talk of amending the bill—the Gang of Eight immigration bill doesn’t secure the border. Instead, it “delivers nothing new—other than the promise of spending a lot more money and running up our debt.” As James Carafano, Heritage’s E. W. Richardson Fellow, explains: “Amnesty immediately creates an incentive for illegal border crossings and overstays. Thus, the bill’s strategy would drive up the cost of securing the border.” Read more........
4. There are Four Separate Scandals Going On at EPA Right Now - Hot Air - Oh, that we were not flooded with scandals already, this might actually rate some coverage. But alas, as it is, even a news junkie like myself didn’t know there were four separate EPA scandals going on until Gabriel Malor laid it out for me. You should follow him because he’s smart.
Four simultaneous scandals is the most of any agency we’re talking about right now. It’s gonna take a lot more attention before the EPA is forced to clean house. More than a couple congressional letters, I would think, which is why I’m writing about it now. I don’t know if it’s because EPA is relatively more popular than some of the other agencies embroiled in scandal now, or if these scandals simply affect fewer people directly, but this is probably the best chance we’ve had in a while to curtail EPA’s prosperity-destroying activities.
Make sure you go over and read the whole thing, but here’s the run-down.
1) The EPA gave an ethics award to fake employee, “Richard Windsor,” who was already just an unethically created e-mail alias for the agency’s former head, Lisa P. Jackson........ 2) The EPA makes conservatives pay a fortune for FOIAs to be granted while waiving fees for liberal groups. 3) EPA contractors are basically Gym, Tan, Laundrying in new, swanky rec rooms thanks to your tax money.......4) The EPA leaked confidential information on farmers and cattle facilities to environmental groups.
Read details on each one of these scandals..........