501 - SEE? 3? 4?
Some time around 1986 (During the Clinton Administration, for those of you who are digitally challenged), there was passed something(s) called 501 (c) 3 and 501 (c) 4.
Without trying to lose you in definitions that are, at best, sleep-inducing, let's just all agree that their definition of non-political is poorly defined, at best. Even the most hardened Progressive will admit to that.
Today, with little or no prior heralding, and almost no access, save that of Fox News online, Sen. Ted Cruz held a hearing in which some amazing things were revealed. Yes, IRS Commissioner Koskinen was caught in several prevarications or "misstatements of fact." But the real surprises came in casually mentioned facts.
Did you know that the Department of Justice did not even take the ball up in order to drop it, when it came to investigating the IRS for using their power to restrict activities of conservative groups? Were you aware that there is an email from the hiding former IRS operative, Lois Lerner, which basically makes her out to be the villain in most of these affairs? No? Not even?
Well, of course not. While pleading that there WERE "studies" of the egregious offenses of the Obama Administration, NOTHING has been done. The most amazing thing that was mentioned today, almost off the cuff, that the finger of truth is pointing evermore directly at the President, himself, as the originator of the IRS offenses. If true, that would be a change in both the direction of the origination of who is giving and getting that finger.
REVENGE OF THE RADICAL MIDDLE
BY: Matthew Continetti
Washington Free Beacon
Two decades ago, in the spring of 1996, Newsweek magazine described a group of voters it called the "radical middle." Formerly known as the Silent Majority, then the Reagan Democrats, these voters had supported Ross Perot in 1992, and were hoping the Texas billionaire would run again. Voters in the radical middle, Newsweek wrote, "see the traditional political system itself as the country’s chief problem."
The radical middle is attracted to populists, outsiders, businessmen such as Perot and Lee Iacocca who have never held office, and to anyone, according to Newsweek, who is the "tribune of anti-insider discontent." Newt Gingrich rallied the radical middle in 1994—year of the Angry White Male—but his Republican Revolution sputtered to a halt after the government shut down over Medicare in 1995. Once more the radical middle had become estranged from the GOP. "If Perot gets in the race," a Dole aide told Newsweek, "it will guarantee Clinton’s reelection." Read more, here.
If you read this column with any regularity, you know we're pretty hard on our Senior Senator. But this one time, considering the self-deprecation vs. The Donald's Giant Phone Number Ego Trip, and especially this week, Sen. Graham has responded with something genuinely funny. Watch.
IT'S 1938 ALL OVER AGAIN
Dennis Prager is one of the smarter people on planet Earth. When he says something, it's usually after he has researched and internally discussed it, so that his conclusions are well thought out. Other people have come to the conclusion that we have reached a "Munich" moment, but you will not get a reasoned out explanation as well as Prager's.
We say that evil is dark. But this metaphor is imprecise. Evil is actually intensely bright, so painfully bright that people look away from it. Many even deny its existence.
Why? Because once people acknowledge evil’s existence, they know they have to confront it. And most people prefer not to confront evil.
Neville Chamberlain, in 1938, had the best of intentions calling his agreement with Hitler "Peace for Our Time," and millions died because of it. Barack Obama may have the best of intentions, too.
That is what led to World War II. Many in the West denied the darkness of Nazism. They looked the other way when that evil could have been stopped and then appeased it as it became stronger.
We are reliving 1938. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain went to Munich to negotiate with Adolf Hitler. He left believing Hitler’s promises of peace in exchange for Germany being allowed to annex large parts of Czechoslovakia. Upon returning to England, Chamberlain announced, “Peace for our time.”
The American and European negotiations with Iran have so precisely mirrored 1938 that you have to wonder how anyone could not see it.
The Nazi regime’s great hatred was Jews. Iran’s great hatred is the Jewish state. The Nazis’ greatest aim was to exterminate the Jews of Europe. Iran’s greatest aim is to exterminate the Jewish state. Nazi Germany hated the West and its freedoms. The Islamic Republic of Iran hates the West and its freedoms. Germany sought to dominate Europe. Iran seeks to dominate the Middle East and the Muslim world.
And exactly as Britain and France appeased Nazi Germany, the same two countries along with the United States have chosen to appease Iran.
Read the rest of this excellent article, here.
Dennis Prager has a radio talk show which airs live Monday through Friday at noon.
IT'S GOTTA BE THE HEAT
When Republicans are in charge of things, we call these days when the summer takes over from good sense, "The Silly Season." People, whom you would never expect to do so, say the dumbest things and expect people to agree. NOAA, f'r'instance, is calling July the "hottest month on record," which is silly, because they don't count some of the very hottest days, and have actually screwed with the summer temperatures, LOWERING them, so that it would look like it's hotter, now.
Or, how about, when a kid in Chattanooga, obviously programmed by Islamicist terrorists, does what his Islamicist-inspired programming tells him to do, in the name of Allah, it's all about deflection and being oh, so careful, as if the event is de novo. Even the CIA has warned, even if subtly, that certain of our children are being programmed to shoot up a gun-free zone. Why the silly surprise? Military can't be armed and should take off their uniforms and huddle in a shop? Silly.
Democrats are eating each other, especially the far-far-far Left - those who want not to work for a living but want to be paid a "fair" wage for nothing. They're giving Bernie Sanders - the only one who actually believes people should be given wages for no work - a hard time.
Anyway, I'm thinking that it's the heat. People have really bad memories when it comes to weather. In a way, that's a good thing, because it means we are gaining more and better control of the way the weather effects us. But it's also instructive about why people can be so different when the weather is hot.
SEND IN THE CLOWNS
Saturday, the KKK and their counterpart, The Black Panthers, will be lollygagging around the Statehouse. If you want a good, hardy laugh, don't bother going there, adding to the confusion and resulting self-humiliation - watch it on the news Saturday night.
UPDATE: Yes, it WAS worth watching, but the local Columbia media failed us, as usual. Kudos to Channels 7 and 4 for their coverage. See what a nice bowl of popcorn and a couple of good news outlets can do for your Saturday Night entertainment?
I was completely OK with the idea of Operation Jade Helm being just a really neat cross-country military exercise. That was, until I discovered what "J.A.D.E. H.E.L.M. stood for.
The letters J-A-D-E stand for "Joint Assistant for Deployment and Execution." And the letters H-E-L-M stand for “Homeland Eradication of Local Militants.” Homeland Eradication of Local Militants. Really? Eradication of Local Militants. What the Fork is the government doing, even kidding about this stuff? GAH! Maybe Texans aren't so crazy after all.
FOOLS' SILVER (AND GOLD)
There is a puzzle which silver collectors believe they have solved, but big banks desperately want you to ignore. Just this past weekend, the US Mint, which produces half the silver coinage consumed on the North American Continent (Canada produces the other half), ran out of silver coins. At the same time, the price of silver coins fell. That's right, FELL.
The beautiful March of Dimes 2015 Silver Dollar with FDR and Dr. Jonas Salk. They ran out of silver and can't print any more for a little while. Silver is actually scarce. But the price is at historic lows.
How is this possible? What about the Velocity of Money? What about Price following Supply?
What savvy Silver investors are coming to realize is that the Big Banks which sold them their silver, can't deliver it, because THEY DON'T HAVE IT. And what's happening is that, by selling silver that doesn't exist, you can depress the price – as long as you don't have to deliver it.
And they don't deliver it. Instead, Big Banks sell ignorant investors a piece of paper, SAYING they own a certain amount of silver. It's called paper Silver (or paper Gold). Real money has been paid to Big Banks in return for a piece of paper.
Ponzi. Was, is, and always will be. With the silver dollar, the government ran the ponzi scheme - the silver wasn't there, either. Today, the paper is a Big Bank document.
As long as not too many people ask to have their paper converted into actual silver, the lie remains invisible. If EVERYONE were to ask for their actual specie at the same time, the Big Bank COULD NOT REMAIN SOLVENT.
In case you didn’t already spot it, this setup is called a "Ponzi Scheme." And this is the reality, right now. Right now, the Big Banks can not cover their precious metal debt. Incidentally, neither can the FED or the IMF.
Has YOUR broker put you in an account that "holds" your silver or gold for you? It's the same thing. Truly. Try to take possession of your gold or silver – I challenge you. If you're lucky, you might get some. If not, you won't be able to get any, depending on where you are in line. In many cases, your contract specifically states you CAN'T take possession!
Better yet, don't be stupid. Take possession from the beginning. While you can.
THESE THINGS HAPPEN
I got an email from a climatologist acquaintance of mine, today. He wanted to know if I was just kidding or not. I told him I was deadly serious and that he should prepare himself. But he was glad to hear that it would be at least 12 years before what I said came true.
The event that prompted his email was the release of a study from a group of scientists who are considered tops in their fields. Their methods are repeatable and follow, strictly, the scientific method - something you can't say for climatologists. The study, led by Dr. Valentina Zharkova, Ph.D., shows a double-wave Maunder Minimum, sometime between 2025-2030. Here's what that is.
The last time the Sun did this in THIS particular way, it was so cold that the Thames froze over (the painting) and soldiers froze to death at Valley Forge.
For those who don't want to read through the article, the last time the Sun did this in THIS particular way, it was so cold that the Thames froze over and soldiers froze to death at Valley Forge. It stayed cold for two stretches of 200 years. It was called "The Little Ice Age." Don't bother with Wikipedia on this one. They're still quoting the IPCC, which has been completely discredited, due to lying and cheating.) Here's an even-handed article.
Anyway, two years ago, I confronted this acquaintance on his theories and asked him where the Sun fit into his calculations. It was then that he said the Sun didn't matter - that by 2030 New York City will be under water. Naturally, I challenged him that, if he was wrong, could I come to his home and beat him to death with a cricket bat? He said, "Fine."
NOW.. Now he's emailing me, asking if I was kidding! After he snottied at me and ponced around the podium, snarling and gesticulating and pretending he knew what the heck he was talking about.
Well, he didn't. And there will be heck to pay! Like Götterdämmerung and the death of Yggdrasil the World Tree, when the Bifrost Witch shows up at our doors, I will be there at his, with my cricket bat. I won't hurt him, but I will get the local news people to be there, while I "micro-aggress" him.
DO WE REALLY WANT A MONARCH?
Immigration reform is stupid. The laws we have contain everything we need to charge illegals with a felony, if they return after being arrested and deported. Even the first breaking of the law is a misdemeanor, punishable by deportation.
Barack Hussein Obama is personally responsible for the hundreds of murders committed by illegal felons since 2009.
The reason our President is responsible, is because he has directed his justice department to obstruct the fulfillment of the immigration laws. I don’t care why he has done it - the road to Hell is strewn with good intentions. The fact is he HAS done it and the country is suffering because of it.
National Democrats are running around as if their underwear were on fire, trying to justify THEIR defying of the immigration laws, as well. They’re actually blaming an M-rated shooter video game, rather than themselves, for supporting patently illegal "sanctuary cities," in the shooting of a young woman in San Francisco by an illegal with lots of felonies (he was let go at least 7 times.)
Now, Bill O and others are calling for an addition to the immigration laws. The problem is, it doesn't need passing. We have all the law we need. What is missing is a President who doesn't ignore the laws and constitution of our country.
There is a remedy for all this murder and turpitude. The President could be removed from office. Impeached. Convicted. For not executing the law, and thereby causing the deaths of so many. The only problem is that those who are ruling by bait & switch, and their political operatives, do not want to surrender their biggest weapon – white guilt. And it's not just the NAACP and other racist organizations. Congressional counterparts would also immediately claim racism, were Obama to be impeached. To boot, most of the House and Senate don't even have the guts to tell their own constituents what they're thinking, much less consider impeachment. Of course the pathetic Mainstream Media would pontificate, as well, on how evil the Congress was.
Do we really want to be ruled? - it IS easier than being free..
I am working on a theory of politics which basically asks the question, "Does any majority eventually want to live under a benign monarch?" Looking at South Carolina over the past year, it has been uncomfortable to watch the number of citizens who are more interested in the beer they drink than the rights they have surrendered to liberal lawmakers in DC. It's hard to tell whether our people just don't know what to do, or really just don't care.
It's said that only a third of the colonies' citizens actually fought in the Revolution of 1776 – 2/3rds either didn't care or were actively for staying under King George III. Would it do any good to remind people of this fact, and that we are there, again. Isn’t it so much easier just to deny that things really are as bad financially, morally, and politically as they are? Isn't it easier to give way to Hobbes and forget about Locke? Maybe divine right really is left?
And the odd part is that we don't even need to shoot anybody. But the honest moral thing is much harder. We have to come together to outvote the destroyers of freedom, and the wealth and morality that goes with it. And that is going to take a great deal of courage and discipline.
POLS & POLLS & THE POLIS
What-What-WHAT? I'm thinking of a word that rhymes with "coarse-fit." The Political PR Clacks SWORE to us that they had made changes in their polling behavior and that they had learned soooo much from the election of 2014. Well, the Pols were wrong.
So, here we are, again. And the polls were WRONG. The Polis (ancient Greek for "the citizens") have voted.
The South Can Learn from Japan
Why do you think the Japanese film audiences revel in a time of Samurai and Shoguns, Katana and Sepuku , strictly adhered to loyalty, and absolute courtesy? One reason is that their ethos exists on a river of contradictions. The noble robber, the pure hooker/Geisha - real neo-classicism with a bowl of rice and fish.
Twice, Gojira , pure force of nature kinda saves Japan after pretty much leveling the city of Peace. Rip-snorter. But there is more. Savvy Japan watchers will recognize the symbolism as pre war - a time of honor. - Chushingura and the 47 Ronin - a time before the terror of WWII vented on China. Perfect example.
My point is simple. If we southerners write about the mutual struggle of blacks and whites in the horror that was reconstruction, not just one or the other, then goodness will follow and strengthen the arts, as will every South Carolinian.
I have great faith that we will make a great contract of faith and mutual certainty.