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Remember when Obama told the IRS to stop targeting Tea Party groups?
Yeah, that was just another lie.
Just months after the IRS admitted it subjected conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status to extra scrutine, New Jersey tea parties are asking if they have been targeted.
Leaders of the Bayshore Tea Party Group, East Jersey Tea Party and West Jersey Teay Party claim they waited for months, years in some cases, for the IRS to approve their applications for 501c3, or charitable organization, status, and 501c4, for civic leagues, non-profit status.
The Bayshore Tea Party Group sent in their application in April 2011. They're still waiting, and the IRS isn't returning their calls.
17 months after the West Jersey Tea Party applied to the IRS they received a request for "more information." It ran to 90 pages, with multiple topics and sub-topics ad nauseum.
Obama Organizing For America got approved in 17 minutes.
It's all part of a nationwide trend, with IRS storm troopers actively harassing any group remotely associated with Tea Party Patriots.
While President Obama and other liberals have referred to the situation as a "phony scandal," conservative organizations still are targets, said Cleta Mitchell, a Washington, D.C., lawyer representing the Tea Party Patriots and several other conservative groups.
"This is tantamount to an audit. This is the continuation of the same thing they've been doing for four years. They have not stopped," she said Thursday. "Tea Party Patriots has responded to all of the requests of the IRS to date, but that has gotten us nowhere. They just keep asking more questions. We are now looking at potential legal remedies, but that's not easy. Congress has made it quite difficult to sue the IRS."
Obama likes it that way. He's drunk on power. And given his druthers he'll crush us like a bug.
"When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear
the government, there is tyranny."
— Thomas Jefferson
We're way past the tyranny stage. Our government is evil. So why are we even bothering to ask its permission to criticize it? It is our God-given Right to peaceably assemble and speak our minds. No Mohammedan Marxist is going to tell me I can't call out his mendacity. Barack Obama is the enemy of a free people, and we should treat him as such.
Remember when Steve Lonegan was New Jersey's conservative rock star?
He still is, of course. And he'll cruise to the GOP nomination in tomorrow's race to replace Frank "Weekend-at-Bernies" Lautenberg.
So why are all my Tea Party buds shilling for Alieta Eck?
Beats the crap outta me. They're deluded if they think she can win the nomination, let alone take on Cory Booker / Frank Pallone / Rush Holt / Sheila Oliver / Generic Democrat Obamabot.
Yet not a day goes by that I don't get another email or phone call exhorting me to ditch Lonegan and vote for Eck. Here's my answer — stop wasting my time. Stop wasting your time! Alieta Eck will never sit in the Senate. Never. Write it down so you don't forget.
Steve Lonegan was the Tea Party before the Tea Party was cool. He's been out in front of the fight for smaller government. He (alas unsuccessfully) tried to break New Jersey's cycle of borrow and spend budgeting. He's forgotten more about real world economics than Paul Krugman will ever know. He stood up to Chris Christie from Day One. And of course he was right.
Where was Alieta Eck during all that? More importantly, why is she a better candidate than someone who's been fighting for our side through thick and thin? Do we abandon our champion at his moment of triumph?
No, I don't think so.
I'm sure Dr. Eck's heart is in the right place. But this is not the time for dissent in the ranks. We have a real chance to elect a true conservative from New Jersey and begin the process of putting Dingy Harry Reid out to pasture.
Steve Lonegan can win. Alieta Eck can't.
It really is as simple as that.
Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate. Because Cory Booker's coronation is not
inevitable, if we stick together and work our butts off.
If this isn't a smoking gun, I don't know what is — Obama met with IRS union chief the day before agency started targeting conservatives.
This explains things…
President Obama met with anti-Tea Party IRS union chief Colleen Kelly in the White House the day before the agency targeted Tea Party.
The Spectator broke the news:
"For me, it's about collaboration." — National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley on the relationship between the anti-Tea Party IRS union and the Obama White House.
Ms. Kelley's union enthusiastically endorsed President Obama in 2008 and 2012. Her union proudly supports anti-Tea-Party candidates with big monetary donations. She visited the White House once, to meet directly with President Obama. And one day later the IRS unleashed a full-scale war on Conservative Tea Party groups.
But I'm sure all that is just a coincidence.
According to the White House Visitors Log, provided here in searchable form by U.S. News and World Report, the president of the anti-Tea Party National Treasury Employees Union, Colleen Kelley, visited the White House at 12:30pm that Wednesday noon time of March 31st, 2010.
The White House lists the IRS union leader's visit this way:
Kelley, Colleen Potus 03/31/2010 12:30
In White House language, "POTUS" stands for "President of the United States."
The very next day after her White House meeting with the President, according to the Treasury Department's Inspector General's Report, IRS employees — the same employees who belong to the NTEU — set to work in earnest targeting the Tea Party and conservative groups around America.
In short: the very day after the president of the quite publicly anti-Tea Party labor union — the union for IRS employees — met with President Obama, the manager of the IRS "Determinations Unit Program agreed" to open a "Sensitive Case report on the Tea Party cases." As stated by the IG report.
Do you still believe Obama when he says he found out about IRS malfeasance by reading news reports? Because if you do, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn you can have, cheap.
When the Obama Administration doesn't like you, they really let you know it. Here's a chilling account of one woman's ordeal after submitting a tax-exempt application for her Tea Party group, as related by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas).
In the 3 years since she applied for tax-exempt status for her tea party group — beginning December 2010:
Visited by the FBI domestic terrorism Unit.
Her personal Returns and Business returns both audited by the IRS.
She received 4 FBI Inquiries.
Her Business received unsolicited Audits by OSHA, Commissioner of Environmental Quality and the ATF Twice!!
She had never been Audited or met any of these Agencies until she applied to the IRS for Status for her Tea Party.
Rep. Brady then asks, "Is this still America?"
No Congressman, it's Chicago on the Potomac.
Now let me ask you folks a question. Could something like what this lady experienced have possibly occured without White House involvement?
C'mon, be honest.
Because I can't see how anyone but "a Senior Administration Official" would have enough juice to align all those agencies against her.
There is only one possible conclusion here: Barack Obama is out of control.
The public employee unions went all in. But SEIU's purple people beaters got beat. Handily. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker survived his recall election. As did Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and all 4 Republican state senators targeted by the angry mob.
We call that a sweep.
Suck it unionistas. Your days of feeding at the public trough are over. Where are your drum circles now? Because power has been returned to the people. And the people don't want to pay for your Cadillac benefits.
Oh, by the way. Hey Barry, you're next.
The Department of Homeland Security "struggled" to avoid monitoring any #Occupy groups, for fear they might tread on someone's civil rights.
Internal Documents Show the Department of Homeland Security Tried Pretty Hard Not to Monitor Occupy Wall Street
The Department of Homeland Security struggled to avoid monitoring or suppressing the Occupy Wall Street movement last year, despite being bombarded with requests from various federal agencies for intelligence on the protests, according to documents released via the Freedom of Information Act.
The documents show that officials in DHS's offices of Intelligence Analysis and Civil Rights and Civil Liberties were keenly aware of the legal and constitutional issues raised by federal agencies monitoring political protesters, and sought to tamp down the appetite for intelligence on the Occupy protesters from their colleagues in DHS and other federal agencies that rely on DHS bulletins and intelligence.
Treat the Occupods with kid gloves! But when it comes to the Tea Party, DHS felt no such cumpunction. Nosirree, if you're talking about dangerous right-wing extremists, DHS puts the Tea Party at the top of their list.
Because people who read the Constitution are a threat to the people who trample on the Constitution.
And if the DHS scrutiny wasn't enough, the IRS is making sure us Tea Partyers get the message.
The American Center for Law and Justice has reported that the IRS is targeting the nonprofit tax status of Tea Party and liberty groups across the nation.
The IRS questionnaires are quite detailed containing pages of multi-step questions. The organizations have been given two weeks to complete the query. This short deadline would be tough for any organization, let alone all-volunteer groups.
Most of the questions are pointed and obnoxious, but fairly standard by IRS standards: Explain fundraising, explain outreach, explain volunteers, explain your relationship with another group.
Some of the questions are baffling and don't identify anything of redeeming social value, meaning they seem geared to utilize organizational resources instead of supporting or refuting a tax status.
Examples of these include requests to provide a hard copy printout of web pages, list all issues of importance to the group, and outline any training completed by or presented to the organization in question.
Even better, the IRS is asking for information on the families of Tea Party members. Why? Is this North Korea where our children pose a threat to the regime?
Barack Milhous Obama is scared. His officially endorsed Occupy movement is making headlines every day, and not in a good way. So like every other Third World dictator on a power trip, he's unleashed the dogs to even the score.
You just know that when they don't find any dirt, they'll simply make some up. Or take a cue from Lisa Jackson's EPA stormtroopers and beat the Tea Party to death with paperwork violations.
The Democrats are a criminal organization masquerading as a political party. They will stop at nothing. So you have Obama's DoJ arming Mexican drug lords while his internal security apparatus clamps down on the only groups who still respect the ideals for which our Founding Fathers fought and died. Because they've decided that's what it takes to win.
The Constitution be damned.
Once Obama is re-elected, they can write another one. Who's going to stop them?
The People's Map may not be dead yet. When mediator, and Democrat in sheep's clothing, Alan Rosenthal cited "continuity of representation" in selecting a legislative redistricting map which overwhelmingly favors Democrat incumbents it was a triumph of gerrymandering over constitutionality. It didn't help that Rosenthal completely ignored all the testimony submitted to the redistricting commission and simply consulted with party leaders before rendering his decision.
Thursday, the group filed a lawsuit contending the "gerrymandered" map favors Democrats, is unconstitutional and "will lock in one-party control of the New Jersey Legislature for the next decade."
Of course it will, that's why Rosenthal picked it.
My man Russ is locked and loaded.
Attorney Russell Cote, a member of the tea party group, argued the new map is unconstitutional because South Jersey districts tend to have more residents than North Jersey districts and nobody on the commission represented unaffiliated and third-party voters. He also said counties are split many more times than necessary, and Newark's and Jersey City's clout was diluted because they would each go from three legislative districts to two.
The tea party group also charged the districts were shaped with the sole aim of protecting incumbents.
"There is simply no rational explanation for the fantastical shapes into which the Commission Democrats crammed New Jersey's legislative districts other than to effectively disenfranchise millions of voters and to protect incumbents' jobs," wrote Cote in suit, which was filed in state Superior Court.
The odds of this lawsuit going anywhere are slim at best. When it comes to
these kind of inside-baseball machinations both parties and the judiciary are
all in cahoots. Incumbent protection works for the Republicans too. But if
anybody can pull off an upset it's Russ Cote. He's one tenacious dude. If
nothing else he'll bring the corrupt stench of their backroom maneuvering out
into the light of day. That's something for which all New Jersey voters should
Another day, another unhinged Progressive asshat on YouTube:
These prime products of our leftist indoctrination public school system set out to bring their patented brand of Shock and Awe to a Tea Party protest. I'm sure their parents are proud.
Aside from being unable to utter a coherent thought, their profanity-laced hatred is just so predictable and sophomoric.
"I wipe my ass with the American flag."
"Bring your Republican Mama I'd like to f*ck her in the ass."
Just once I'd like to see some crusading truth-to-power poseur claim to wipe his ass with something really controversial. Like a Koran. Or offer to f*ck Mohammed in the ass.
But that would take guts.
It's amazing what you can do when you bother to obey Constitutional principles. The Bayshore Tea Party Group followed the letter of the law and devised a redistricting map for New Jersey which is truly a work of genius. No gerrymandering. No carve-outs for sacrosanct minority voting blocs. No protected turf for entrenched powerhouse politicians.
Just nice, meaningfully contiguous, well-defined voting districts which group people from the same towns and counties together. You know, so neighbors can vote for a person from their own neighborhood. Not the guy the party bosses picked because your district runs for 6 miles down the middle of I-280 so Caldwell could be an afterthought appendage bound with parts of Newark and Orange.
They call it "The People's Map." They aren't kidding. It's certainly not "the incumbent's map," Politicians have long ignored the redistricting criteria specified in the NJ State Constitution in order to serve their own selfish ends. But just because they've always had their way is no reason to continue what amounts to questionable assignments of voting districts.
The State Constitution is quite clear — districts should be as compact as possible, be all in one piece, and district boundaries must be drawn to minimize the number of times counties are split.
No redistricting map in recent history has even paid lip service to those requirements.
It's time for that to change. Tell the New Jersey Apportionment Commission to
support The People's Map.
There really is only one way to get a politician's attention. Say you won't support him for re-election. Hey John Boehner, do we have your attention yet?
When Republicans captured the House in November, vowing to slash $100 billion in federal spending from the budget year ending in September, 76 percent of Tea Party activists supported their deficit-reduction plan, according to a new Pew Research poll released last week.
But after House Republicans approved a plan last month to cut federal spending by $61 billion, that Tea Party support fell to 52 percent.
Now Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips, arguably the most vocal critic of GOP leaders, is pushing for a primary opponent against House Speaker John Boehner in 2012 for breaking his campaign pledge to cut $100 billion and for what he sees as hints that he's willing to cut less than $61 billion in a compromise with Senate Democrats.
Mr. Speaker, if you need any help growing a pair of balls, try asking Michele Bachmann to show you how it's done.
I hate to break it to you Chief, but at a mere 1.42% of total federal spending $61 billion is a rounding error. Sharpen your pencils. Break out the chain saws. Cut! Cut! Cut!
Your cronies on the Appropriations Committee don't exactly have our backs either. How many of them can we target?
Enough to get somebody's attention, that's for damn sure.
So what's it gonna be Mr. Speaker? Do you want to go down as the next Mike Castle?
Man up. And no, we don't really care if we make you cry.
One of the anonymous denizens of the NJ.com Caldwell Forum has a hard-on for me and my humble little blog. I'm not exactly sure why, but as Stacy McCain says, "hits is hits". This nut and the loopy legions of limpdick losers who cheer him on keep checking back for my latest updates.
So when they saw my Caldwell Tea Party announcement, well let's just say their foaming at the mouth aspired to Olbermann-esque heights. Note that I said "aspired", not "achieved". <grin>
Tea Bag Tom:
I had to go looking and that was my mistake. The one of you one here who was outed at the wy blogger. I give you credit for the effort but that tea bag stuff is just too radical. You had a movie night and who was there. Our future councilman was there and is a strong tea bag supporter as well.
So Ann you have the farmers market guy, a tea bagger, ZERO budget Joe Norton, Peter Murray who looks like Tobey McGuire only mean, the other novice and some other guy who is another unknown.
This is all adding up to you being on a 4 year photo op. And my guess is you'd prefer to see your photo in the Progress. The rotten tomato is not being archived in the library, but the Progress is!
This history writes itself.
A miserable failure and not even out of the gate.
You know, I do believe he sees our Tea Party efforts as a bad thing. In fact he doesn't have very much that's nice to say at all, does he?
That's some mouth you got there Bud. Care to say that crap to my face? How about to Tom's face?
No? That's what we thought. You're all talk and no balls, hiding behind a fake name.
You think you're so fucking smart? You could do a better job? Why don't you run for Council? But you're not running, are you? In fact, nobody from the Caldwell Democrats is running. Three open Council seats and the Mayorality are up for grabs. The Republicans are running unopposed.
You clowns got nothing. Except sour grapes of course. Bushel baskets full of sour grapes. Oh, and $120,000 bucks that's missing from the municipal coffers. Which one of you bozos is starting to sweat heavily now that this news has broken?
Let me spell it out for you Chief. We're proud to stand up and be counted. We're working hard to restore honor and dignity to our government.
Via PUMA for Life:
What have you done to make our town better?
I stand with the do-ers.
We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
"We might be starting small, but we've got Big Plans!"
Last night I hosted an 8/12 Tea Party Patriots House Party. What's that? A group of concerned citizens gathered together to learn more about the burgeoning Tea Party movement. Our goals? To restore our Constitutional Republic as envisioned by the Founding Fathers, reduce the size and scope of government, and repeal Obamacare.
We probably won't get all that done before the November election.
After briefly introducing ourselves we watched the Tea Party Movie.
It's a fascinating look into how the Tea Party movement flourished in such a short time. And it sparked some pretty interesting discussions.
Most of us agreed that our nation was on the wrong path. I have a diverse group of friends, and I purposely invited 2 "moderates" to the gathering as a sort of sanity check. And I have to say that although they did not agree 100% with the "official" Tea Party line, they were receptive to some of our ideals.
Limiting government for instance. Government intrudes far too much into our daily lives. Everyone agreed that was bad. One of the key points from the movie was for us to get involved in local government. Attend meetings. Write letters. Hold politicians feet to the fire!
Caldwell Council candidate Tom O'Donnell was one of the attendees. He said the council welcomes public participation. "Come to the meetings!"
It was Tom who put the Tea Party bug in my ear a few months back. Then some folks around town started talking about it and my name came up because of this blog. A few phone calls later I'm ordering the Tea Party Patriots DVD and organizing a Facebook group for the Caldwell Tea Party. Email invitations went out, and a dozen people showed up at my house on a Thursday night.
Hey, I just thought of something. Does this make me a "Community Organizer"? I "organized" some members of my "community", right?
Wysocki 2012 anyone?
We hope to expand our base into all of West Essex (Caldwell, Essex Fells, Fairfield, North Caldwell, Roseland, Verona, and West Caldwell). A member of the Essex County Tea Party also joined us. They're holding a meeting on Monday August 23rd at the Town Pub in Bloomfield. Yes, our two groups will work together.
Please join our Caldwell Tea Party Facebook Group to stay abreast of our activities.
Two things action items came out of our initial meeting. First we're going to join forces with Project Main Street to help implement traffic calming measures in town. Everyone committed to showing up at the next council meeting to voice our support for Councilman Norton's Four Point Plan.
And second we're going to create, and post online, a voter guide for the November election. We'll rate each candidate for office (local, county, state, and national) based on their adherence to our ideals of limited government and individual liberty.
We can see November from our houses.