I ‘subscribe’ to emails from Change.org. They allow people to post petitions for their causes on the Internet. Some are leftist clap-trap; some just out there.
And some are thought provoking.
Needless to say, I don’t automatically sign-on to all of them!
But, a recent one got my attention,
As the biggest day of the football season approaches, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for signing my request that Congress revoke the nonprofit, tax-exempt status of the NFL. Because of your actions, our movement has continued to grow. We are now well past 310,000 signatures, the media has taken notice, the NFL League Office has been forced to respond, and we have gained the support of http://www.SportsFans.org.
Yet despite our efforts, a recent survey showed that only 13% of the public can correctly identify the NFL as a nonprofit. Further, Senator Tom Coburn has struggled to find supporters for his legislation that would end the tax-exempt status of the NFL.
Now, here are my questions – should the NFL continue to be entitled to tax-exempt status? Should ANY group, organization of company? How about churches?
Should we just eliminate the Federal Tax Code and the IRS, rendering the whole discussion moot?
Whenever I get into the miasma that is the federal bureaucracy, and all of the deletions, exceptions and exemptions (Affordable Care Act, anyone?), I’m always reminded of Gilbert & Sullivan:
If everybody’s somebody, then no one’s anybody! - The Gondoliers
According to new reports, the NSA may be intercepting electronics, including laptops and computers purchased online, to install spyware and other malware before the devices are delivered.
A new report from Der Spiegel about the National Security Agency’s top team of hackers says that the agency is intercepting electronics purchased online to install malware and spyware on them before final delivery to the consumer.
I almost put my ironic Captain Renault ‘Shocked’ logo here, but, its becoming both sad and redundant.
Who’s watching the watchers, when they are watching us? And WHY are they watching us?
The saddest part of this post is I’m no longer shocked, or fearful. I’m just disappointed and angry. – Guffaw
h/t Preserve Freedom
Not him, personally. He’s a great friend! But, he recently left a comment on Rev. Paul’s (another great friend) Way Up North that set me off.
Murphy was commenting on the state of education in these United States.
All my nephew knows about World War Two is that we locked the Japanese Americans in camps and dropped atom bombs on Japan. But a girl in one of my college classes back in the day did one better. I was telling her and some other students that I’d just come back from a motorcycle trip through Montana, and she asked where that was. I told her what states were around it and she didn’t know where those were, either. In COLLEGE. And it turned out that before I talked to her, she did not know that Montana was a state. IN COLLEGE. Schools today don’t want to fail the precious little snowflakes so they pass the dumb ones on, education not included.
And I was reminded they no longer teach cursive handwriting, geography and real history in public school, anymore! We used to be (when I was a kid) tops in math and science - but no more.
Is this simply an accident of Fate? I doubt it. I suspect
THE GREAT RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY a greater left-wing conspiracy is at the helm. Think about it. The Fabians have always taken the long view with regard to the socialist utopia they wanted to foist upon us. That’s why (and how) it works! H.G. Wells, G.B. Shaw and company believed they knew better, and sought to evolve socialist ideals generationally. This is why the guff that was largely dismissed by younger generations 60 years ago is now being embraced by today’s youth. And with modern technology literally in their pocket, they can be nudged in whatever direction ‘the powers that be’ deem appropriate.
Can’t spell? Doesn’t matter – you have spel-chek. Didn’t read the assignment? You have Wikipedia, which the classmate next to you wrote. Can’t do long-division? You have a calculator. Can’t cook? You have a microwave. Can’t shoot? Doesn’t matter – the government will protect you. Believe in
AGW climate change? The IPCC (who trumpted it’s praises for years) dismissed it due to recent findings, but no one paid attention to those details. It’s all about the agenda.
Can’t think critically, or accept new, contradictory data without dismissing it because it doesn’t conform to the forgone conclusion? Yes, it’s true. You are one of Lenin’s useful idiots.
I weep for us…
Excerpted from Foreign Policy: The FBI’s creeping advance into the world of counterterrorism is nothing new. But quietly and without notice, the agency has finally decided to make it official in one of its organizational fact sheets. Instead of declaring “law enforcement” as its “primary function,” as it has for years, the FBI fact sheet now lists “national security” as its chief mission. The changes largely reflect the FBI reforms put in place after September 11, 2001, which some have criticized for de-prioritizing law enforcement activities. Regardless, with the 9/11 attacks more than a decade in the past, the timing of the edits is baffling some FBI-watchers.
“What happened in the last year that changed?” asked Kel McClanahan, a Washington-based national security lawyer.
Visit Pat Dollard to see the entire story.
And from the same government that brought you the above…
Alexandria brings us the following lovely idea…
Technotopia And Politics-Jonah Goldberg At The National Review Online: ‘Minimum Wage And The Rise Of The Machines’
Dec 9th, 2013 by Chris Navin
‘The robot future is coming no matter what, and it will require some truly creative responses by policymakers. I don’t know what those are, but I’m pretty sure antiquated ideas that were bad policy 100 years ago aren’t going to be of much use. Maybe the answers will come when artificial intelligence finally comes online and we can replace the policymakers with machines, too.’
Say your HAL9000 State U.S. Representative has indicated that it wouldn’t raise taxes this half-cycle to a probability of 99%, but then you get your tax bill and it nearly killed you! Time to decommission
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My roomie and I had a recent discussion regarding minimum wage. Her thought was we needed ‘something’ imposed by gov’t – mine was the free market needed to decide.
Don’t like where you are employed because of what they pay? Go somewhere else. If Mc-Whatever can’t pay enough to keep people, they will eventually dry up.
Or is the T-1000 in our future?
(at least as far as person born the same day having similar personality traits…)
November 2, Birthdays
1734 Daniel Boone frontiersman/explorer (US Hall of Fame-1915)
1755 Marie-Antoinette Queen of France, let them eat cake
1913 Burt Lancaster NYC, actor (From Here to Eternity, Elmer Gantry)
1938 Patrick Buchanan conservative political columnist
1961 k.d. lang country singer (& the Reclines-Absolute Torch & Twang)
h/t Today in History
Or at least monitoring you some more while you do…
The Silicon Graybeard shares with us a story of a (
Soviet Russian) immigrant makes ‘good’.
Or at least brings lessons from the High Presidium.
You know the story going around that gubmints want to put black boxes on cars, so they can tax by the mile? Turns out the guy behind that used to work for the Moscow Metro Corporation, and was a transportation planner in the former USSR. Imagine that.
Hasan Ikhrata, is now the Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). A communist in California government? Now, that’s really easy to imagine.
(source - apparently a greenie web site) Why black boxes? Drivers are using more fuel efficient cars, and driving them fewer miles, so the gas tax isn’t raising the revenues it once did. Why not raise the gas taxes? I’d think raising taxes on gas would tend to cut consumption. Then, again, taxing driving would tend to limit that behavior. It sounds like they want to limit driving, but still keep drivers in conventional cars.
NAW, THAT would never happen!
We defeated the communists, didn’t we?
Rivrdog ’hoists ‘them’ on their own petar’.
Misprision of Felony
…or, 18 USC 4
Here is the citation:
Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This offense, however, requires active concealment of a known felony rather than merely failing to report it.“
This is from the Wiki on this subject.
Now, if the United States government, which has a clear chain of authority, knows of cases of felonious entry (Illegal entry is not a felony, but committing ANY crime while illegally in the country makes it so), and they not only fail to actively prosecute and at least, deport those individuals which it DOES know about, THEN the same Government engages in actions intended to cover up and/or relieve those felons of their criminal responsibility, is the Government and it’s agents/actors criminally liable for Misprision of Felony?
More at the Rivrdog link, above.
Inquiring minds want to know…
Another Gun Blog shares with us what appears to be complicity (if not conspiracy) in the Navy Yard murders.
Apparently the Navy Yard murderer lied about his previous gun arrests and about significant personal debt when he applied for his security clearance. Worse yet, the Feds knew this, knew he lied and turned a blind eye to it.
“Then federal investigators dismissed the omissions, and made one of their own — deleting any reference to Aaron Alexis’ use of a gun in that arrest.”
I’ll keep saying it – political correctness will be the death of us. Oh wait, it already has!
In 1972 P.P.S. (pre-Police State) my libertarian/anarchistic friends and I used to wax rhapsodic with regard to going ‘off the grid’, that is, if not actually living off-the-grid, having access to one or more alternative identities and addresses, just in case things got bad in the real world. This came from watching too many spy movies and TV shows.
Of course, things are currently much worse than we ever dreamt in our worst nightmares.
In addition to getting (and renewing) State-issued driver licenses and passports, we though of birth certificates and credit cards, in the alternative identities.
We dreamt a lot.
Not that we were anticipating committing any felonies (in the early 70s, false identities usually were misdemeanors) but we had a healthy respect for the ever-encroaching power of government. This was a just-in-case sort of thing.
But, we were young, and mostly stupid, and didn’t have the financial means to accomplish this. And didn’t want to even commit misdemeanors.
Borepatch recently enlightened us about yet another chink in our alternative identity armor. It seems the ubiquitous mail drop (public or private postal box address) has become more difficult to obtain, maintain and acquire, without giving one’s life away.
Seems the almighty government doesn’t like persons with truly private addresses…
I’m certain the smugglers, drug dealers and thieves who also utilize such services are obeying the law, much as the users of stolen firearms get all their proper documentation ducks in a row. So, this added level of bureaucratic nonsense is about protecting us.