On There’s a fly in my IRS soup
Political advocacy organizations don't deserve tax exempt status. When a flood of right-wing extremists groups, intent on influencing the political process, apply for tax exempt status as "social welfare" organizations, they deserve extra scrutiny. During the 2012 elections, these groups ultimately outspent their progressive counterparts by a margin of 34:1. I think the IRS did the right thing.
On Benghazi redacted
whz_bng: your conspiracy theory is that the President lied to the American public about Benghazi. There is no proof that the President lied to anyone. The truth is that Mitt Romney tried to politicize this unfortunate event in order to win the election. It didn't work then, and it's not working now.
whz_bng: Whatever. No one cares about your conspiracy theories except the people who already agree with you. And, BTW, Obama is the president.
No matter what the right-wing politicos and their media surrogates throw at it, the Benghazi story just isn't going to get wings with the American public. To the average person, it's just another terrorist attack in the middle east, like the ones that kill Americans every week in Iraq or Afghanistan. And, it's a complicated narrative that only draws in the folks that already hate Obama and Hillary Clinton and, therefore, won't help the Republicans win elections.
On Redacted truth, subjunctive outrage
Imagine that the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld administration is in power. Prior to an election, dozens of socialist groups, whose stated goal is to bring down the government, apply to the IRS for tax exempt status as charitable organizations. Many of these socialist groups are funded by very wealthy individuals. Would Bush's IRS would take a hard look at them?
donnaw:I get it, and I'll agree that the Obama administration is hyper-political just like the right...exaggerated partisanship probably being the cause of our dysfunctional government. This was about Romney and company trying to make Obama look bad in the last legs of the election, and Obama trying to make a bad situation look better politically. The administration may have responded in a sleazy fashion, like Romney's politicization of the tragedy to begin with, but it's not a crime. Remember this effort: "Mission Accomplished?" Maybe this one: "WMD?"
13 similar attacks on U.S. consulates and embassies that occurred during the Bush administration but weren't investigated by Republicans:January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India. Gunmen associated with Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami attack the U.S. Consulate. Five people are killed.June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan. Suicide bomber connected with al-Qaida attacks the U.S. Consulate, killing 12 and injuring 51.October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia. U.S. diplomatic offices bombed as part of a string of “Bali Bombings.” No fatalities.February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan. Several gunmen fire upon the U.S. Embassy. Two people are killed.May 12, 2003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Armed al-Qaida terrorists storm the diplomatic compound killing 36 people including nine Americans. The assailants committed suicide by detonating a truck bomb.July 30, 2004. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. A suicide bomber from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan attacks the U.S. Embassy, killing two people.December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Al-Qaida terrorists storm the U.S. Consulate and occupy the perimeter wall. Nine people are killed.March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan again. Suicide bomber attacks the U.S. Consulate killing four people, including U.S. diplomat David Foy who was directly targeted by the attackers. (I wonder if Lindsey Graham or Fox News would even recognize the name “David Foy.” This is the third Karachi terrorist attack in four years on what’s considered American soil.)September 12, 2006. Damascus, Syria. Four armed gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar” storm the U.S. Embassy using grenades, automatic weapons, a car bomb and a truck bomb. Four people are killed, 13 are wounded.January 12, 2007. Athens, Greece. Members of a Greek terrorist group called the Revolutionary Struggle fire a rocket-propelled grenade at the U.S. Embassy. No fatalities.March 18, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Members of the al-Qaida-linked Islamic Jihad of Yemen fire a mortar at the U.S. Embassy. The shot misses the embassy, but hits nearby school killing two.July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey. Four armed terrorists attack the U.S. Consulate. Six people are killed.September 17, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Terrorists dressed as military officials attack the U.S. Embassy with an arsenal of weapons including RPGs and detonate two car bombs. Sixteen people are killed, including an American student and her husband (they had been married for three weeks when the attack occurred). This is the second attack on this embassy in seven months.
On Ryan sees health reform failure as GOP opportunity
RAF: so in your world it's OK to let your kids starve to death.
Requiring people maintain health insurance,or car insurance for that matter, is not government dependency. It's a common sense rule that prevents responsible people from paying the bill when the uninsured go the hospital or run into your car.
On Obama: the fall
Climate change is a theory...kind of like gravity.
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