Friday, November 21, 2014

30,000 Missing IRS Emails Recovered

(H/T The Right Scoop)

It seems that the proverbial homework-eating dog that devoured a large number of emails at the IRS has allowed his stomach to be pumped.  From the Washington Examiner:
Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever.
The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system.
Read the full story.

Bigfoot's Immigration Reform Plan

Last night, during his speech on immigration, President Obama told the GOP to "pass a bill".  In principle, I agree.  Congress, not the president, has the power of enacting law.  Therefore, when the new Congress is seated this coming January, here's what I would like to see in a bill to reform our "broken" immigration system:

1) First and foremost is border security.  The border must be secured to the satisfaction of the citizens of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.  To that end, any money previously allocated for border fence construction must be actually used for that purpose.  The Border Patrol and any other federal or state agencies used to protect the border should be given the resources needed carry out this function.

2) The states must be allowed, without federal interference, to enact legislation that improves the ability of state and local law enforcement officers to ascertain the citizenship and immigration status of anyone they arrest.  Federal and state law enforcement officers should strive to work together, not against each other, to identify those who are illegally present in the United States.

3) The ability of illegal aliens who trespass on private property owned by American citizens or legal immigrants to sue property owners who act to defend their property should be greatly curtailed.  Illegal aliens caught trespassing should have the right to sue the property owner(s) or those acting on his/her/their behalf only if the alien(s) suffer(s) harm that is physical (which would include unlawful detention, but not emotional stress), deliberate, and in a degree above the amount necessary to defend the property.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Few Amnesty Links

Tonight at 8:00 p.m., President Obama is expected to deliver his planned executive actions on immigration, which have been called an "executive amnesty", or as I call it, shoving his middle finger into the face of all who have legally immigrated to the United States, past and present.  Some stories and opinion pieces running ahead of his address:

The Washington Post reports that Obama's actions "will shield 4 million from deportation".  (via Don't be a Moron!)

Via Pat Dollard, on their YouTube channel, the GOP uses Obama to criticize Obama.

The Daily Caller has done some number crunching.  According to them:
President Barack Obama’s unilateral amnesty will quickly add as many foreign workers to the nation’s legal labor force as the total number of new jobs created by his economy since 2009.
In National Review Online, Andrew McCarthy argues that the amnesty is not justified by the concept of "prosecutorial discretion".

In The Federalist, Gabriel Malor takes on the leftwing claim that President Reagan also offered amnesty by executive order.

And from Politico, the White House is "exasperated" that the major TV networks are not broadcasting his address.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Virginia Tech Denies Funding For Bay Buchanan Speech

The Student Budget Board at my alma mater doesn't seem to like having conservative speakers on campus.  From Fox News:
A conservative group at Virginia Tech is fighting back after a student-run group pulled its funding following a speech on illegal immigration by former Treasury Secretary Bay Buchanan.
Young Americans for Freedom, which co-sponsored the speech by the conservative pundit and sister of former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan with the school's College Republicans, is appealing a decision made by the university’s Student Budget Board. The board denied the group funding for an already-scheduled speech by (former GOP presidential candidate) Herman Cain, as well as all other aid for the rest of the year.
One of the groups sponsoring the speech changed the flyer publicizing it, due to complaints from the Latino Association of Student Organization.  Read the full story.

What Do "Climate Alarmists" Want?

We've all heard the warnings that unless humans decrease our production of CO2, especially from the consumption of fossil fuels, the atmosphere's greenhouse effect will be increased, bringing on disastrous results.  But do the people who tell us these things really believe what they're saying?  I'm sure than many do, but to others, whether they're scientifically correct is not the point.  Their real concerns are not environmental.  This is pointed out in an article in Forbes.  Although published in February 2013, I'd say that it's still relevant.

The Forbes article sets forth statements by people they call "climate alarmists".  Here's an excerpt containing two examples, from known world leaders.
In 1996, former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev emphasized the importance of using climate alarmism to advance socialist Marxist objectives: “The threat of environmental crisis will be the international disaster key to unlock the New World Order.”
Speaking at the 2000 U.N. Conference on Climate Change in the Hague, former President Jacques Chirac of France explained why the IPCC’s climate initiative supported a key Western European Kyoto Protocol objective: “For the first time, humanity is instituting a genuine instrument of global governance, one that should find a place within the World Environmental Organization which France and the European Union would like to see established.”
The italics are used in the Forbes article to indicate quoted material, and are thus reproduced here.  Notice the goals of Gorbachev and Chirac - "the New World Order" and "global governance".  Advancing the concern about alleged man-made global warming is not an end in itself but a means to achieve these other goals.

Read the full article.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Reverend Al Faces Tax Trouble

Via The Week:

Reverend Al Sharpton, often hailed as a civil rights hero, but also notorious for the Tawana Brawley hoax, is in serious trouble with federal and state taxing authorities, both personally and with respect to a company that he owns, Raw Talent and Revals Communications.  These tax liens total about $4.5 million.

A question for our friends on the left:  Does your belief that people should pay their "fair share" when it comes to taxes include those owed by Rev. Sharpton?

Read the story at The New York Times.


Via The Right Scoop:

Who is Jonathan Gruber, and what did he have to do with Obamacare?  To find out, watch this video, placed on YouTube by the user AmericanCommitment.

UPDATE:  There's more on Gruber and his involvement with Obamacare at Pundit Press.

One Last Look At Sedona

Here are the last few pictures I have from Sedona, taken during my last full day there.  Not far from where I stayed, there is pedestrian bridge over Oak Creek.  I took this picture of the creek from the bridge.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Amitabha Stupa

The Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park is located in northwestern Sedona.  It may be reached from state highway 89A by driving north on Andante Drive (one of several nearby streets named for musical terms) and then turning left onto Pueblo Drive.  The park includes a parking lot and driveway, both unpaved.  Like the surrounding rocks, the dirt (or more precisely, dust) that you drive on is reddish.  Along with the namesake stupa, the park also includes the smaller White Tara Stupa, which is about six feet tall, and shown here with the Amitabha Stupa in the background.  You can also see papers with prayers written on them and strung onto lines.

Monday Links

I'm back in Maryland, so back to the routine I go, passing on stories in the news.

From LifeNews, a baby is born after his mother had taken the first pill of a multi-pill abortion drug.

From the Independent Sentinel, the DEA raids NFL teams in response to a civil lawsuit.

In the National Review Online, Matthew Continetti warns that executive amnesty for present illegal aliens will invite the next wave of illegal aliens.

From Politico, support for Obamacare hits a new low.

From Legal Insurrection, a British scientist who worked on the successful comet-bound Rosetta project has come under attack from feminists because of his shirt - which had been given to him by a woman.

From Reuters, Japan's economy unexpectedly slips into recession, causing their prime minister to consider delaying a sales tax increase and calling a "snap election".

From UPI, British and American industries are trying to improve aircraft wing technology.

From The Weekly Standard, the Supreme Court announces that they will hear King v. Burwell.

From Criminal Justice News, an alleged leader of a Mexican drug cartel has been extradited to the United States.

From CNS News, a high school in Virginia, in a reversal of an earlier decision, allows students to start a pro-life club.

From Real Clear Politics, former President Bill Clinton says, "I never bought this whole lame duck deal."

From Metro, two Australians trying to join ISIS are rejected for being too fat.  (via Breitbart London)

From Fox News, police are bracing themselves for possible violence in response to the upcoming Grand Jury decision on whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

From The Daily Caller, the chief of the EPA says that the current pause in global warming "doesn't represent climate".

From ABC News, Pope Francis has confirmed that he will visit Philadelphia.

And from the New York Post, women can now get a boob job that lasts 24 hours.