IRS Confirms Abortions Are Tax Deductible…

Fetus

Macabre to say the least.

Via Life News:

Here’s something from the “Did you know that?” category. Did you know that abortions are apparently eligible for a tax deduction? That appears to be true, so says the IRS.

From the Washington Examiner, in a list of odd tax deductions:

Have an abortion, get a tax deduction! How strange that pro-abortion advocates aren’t using this as a selling point. Hmmm.

Oh, and while they hyperventilate over Hobby Lobby not wanting to provide every type of birth control without a co-pay, it turns out that birth control pills can be deducted if prescribed by a doctor.

Also, you can deduct the purchase of pregnancy test kits and vasectomies.

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California Dem Files Bill Seeking $9.2 Million For Illegal Immigrants To Go To College…

California

Moonbat heaven.

Via NRO:

Senator Ricardo Lara (D., Calif.) introduced a bill that would authorizes $9.2 million in loans to undocumented students attending California state universities.

“Many undocumented students still lack the financial wherewithal to pay for school,” Lara said. “They are having to risk a withdrawal from college.”

Illegal immigrants are not eligible for loans and other financial aid from the federal government, a gap the bill is supposed to address. They are eligible for in-state tuition at California’s public university system.

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NYC Dem Councilman: Anyone Who Opposes Gay Marriage Is Not Welcome In New York City…

Gay Cake

The hypocrisy is ming-blowing.

Via HuffPo:

Chick-fil-A is hatching a plan to take over New York just two years after enraging much of the city.

In a lengthy story in USA Today, an executive at the fast food chain detailed plans to add more healthful items to the menu as the company opens 108 restaurants this year, many in cities and a number of those in New York.

A Chick-fil-A spokeswoman told The Huffington Post that the company is “still in the process of evaluating locations in [New York].”

It may take more than the company’s cultish following and new grilled chicken offerings to win over the country’s largest city.

“We don’t need bigots coming to New York City,” Councilman Daniel Dromm, who is openly gay, told HuffPost. “They are not welcome here unless they can embrace all of New York’s diverse community, including the LGBT community.”

Book: A “Furious” Valerie Jarrett Accused Biden of “Downright Disloyalty” To Obama After His Comments Backing Gay Marriage…

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Go easy on they guy, Valerie, he’s clearly suffering from the early stages of dementia.

Via Politico:

Vice President Joe Biden really did get ahead of President Barack Obama on accepting gay marriage in 2012 — and the White House really wasn’t happy about it, despite their many attempts to claim otherwise.

That’s the story laid out in Jo Becker’s new book, “Forcing the Spring,” which documents the past few years of successful efforts to expand the legalization of gay marriage, according to an advance copy obtained by POLITICO.

Speculation that Biden’s comments on “Meet the Press” in May 2012 were meant as a trial balloon, Becker writes, came from people “not privy to the chaos that erupted inside the West Wing after an emailed transcript of the interview landed in the inbox of the White House press team.” A furious Valerie Jarrett, Becker adds, accused Biden of “downright disloyalty.”

CAIR Gloats Over Forcing NYPD To Disband Counterterrorism Unit…

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Update to this story.

NEW YORK: The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ New York chapter (CAIR-NY) has lauded the New York Police Department (NYPD) for breaking up a specialized surveillance unit in the city that had been created specifically to spy on Muslim residents.

The announcement of the NYPD disbanding the Muslim-focused surveillance team is the culmination of several efforts, made on the part of CAIR-NY, to draw attention to un-Constitutional monitoring and tracking of Muslim Americans in New York City. CAIR-NY has appealed repeatedly to the Department of Justice to investigate and put an end to the spying and undue harassment of such activity, but only now can Muslims across the Big Apple breathe a sigh of relief.

“CAIR-NY welcomes the closing of the NYPD Zone Assessment Unit,” said the organization in a statement. “This is an important first step. However, the damage of unconstitutional mass spying on people solely on the basis of their religion has already been carried out and must be addressed. We need to hear from the mayor and NYPD officials that the policy itself has been ended and that the department will no longer apply mass surveillance or other forms of biased and predatory policing to any faith-based community.”

The NYPD Zone Assessment Unit was responsible for monitoring Islamic institutions around the city, mostly mosques and other religious centers, and also kept tabs on Muslim student groups and small business either operated by or catered towards the Muslim demographic of the city.

DSCC Vows To “Terrify” The Koch Brothers…

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That would be the Harry Reid led DSCC.

Drew – This will terrify the Kochs:

Our enormous voter turnout effort, the Grassroots Victory Project, is now projected to boost swing-state Democrats by one to four percentage points. This will drive the Kochs wild — their $30+ million in attacks will be a total waste if we neutralize their ads with strong turnout and stop a GOP Senate takeover!!

But if we fall short and don’t have the resources to execute this ambitious plan, our chance to stop the Kochs from buying the Senate will be doomed before Spring ends. Our funding deadline is Friday and we still need 6,000 more Democrats to step up to help fund ground staff in key battleground states like North Carolina – will you help before then?

Please pitch in $15 to the Grassroots Victory Project before Friday. Don’t let the Kochs buy the Senate!

Thanks for your help,
DSCC Battleground Update

Tax-Loving Socialist Bill De Blasio Paid Effective Tax Rate Of Only 8.3%…

When he pushes wealth redistribution he’s talking about other people’s money, not his (obviously).

Via Zero Hedge:

Mayor Bill de Blasio is the first New York City mayor to release his tax returns in 12 years, according to the WSJ. de Blasio earned $165,000 as public advocate last year and brought in an additional $52,000 in rent on a second home he owns in Park Slope, according to his 2013 tax returns. Mr. de Blasio’s effective tax rate was 8.3%.

As WSJ reports, Mr. de Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire who served as mayor from 2002 through 2013, released highly redacted copies of his return that gave scant information about his net worth.

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Pro-Russian Protesters In Ukraine: “America F*ck You”…

According to several reports this sign made its way uncensored onto CNN this morning:

Pro-Putin trolls flood comments section in 3… 2… 1…

Marine Combat Vet Booted From Pizza Hut After Manager Thinks His USMC Patches Are Gang Symbols…

How incredibly dense do you have to be to think a patch reading “Marine Combat Veteran” or “USMC” is a gang symbol?

Via Rare:

A Facebook user writing under the pseudonym Rick Libertas Semper claims that he was discriminated against at a Wisconsin area Pizza Hut for wearing military patches on a leather jacket.

“Semper” hit his Facebook to tell the tale of trying to sit down and eat some lunch, and being told that he needed to remove his jacket, because Pizza Hut does not allow gang symbols in their restaurants.

Yes, you read that right, the manager thought his military patches were gang symbols.

“I was wearing my black leather jacket that has 4 patches and the back of the jacket is embroidered. One patch says USMC, the other patch says Marine Combat Veteran, the 3rd patch is the unit patch for 3rd Marines 3rd Battalion and there is a patch of the US flag on it. The back of the jacket is embroidered with the Marine Corps Emblem,” Semper wrote on his Facebook page.

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NY Gun Owners Shred Registration Forms To Protest SAFE Act Deadline To Register “Assault Weapons”…

Not the first time they’ve done this.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Gun owners and Second Amendment rights advocates gathered in downtown Buffalo’s Niagara Square Tuesday afternoon to protest the NY SAFE Act by shredding gun registration forms.

April 15, 2014 marks the deadline for when people who owned assault weapons prior to the passage of the SAFE Act were supposed to register them with New York State.

The SAFE Act redefines an “assault weapon” as almost any semi-automatic weapon with a “military-style feature,” including a telescoping stock, long guns with a pistol grip, or the ability to hold a detachable magazine.

Those types of guns can no longer be bought and sold in New York, but people who already owned them are “grandfathered” in to the law, so long as they register the weapon or have the guns permanently modified so that the “military” features are inoperable.

Beyond Parody: Taxpayer-Funded University To Pay Paul Krugman $25,000 Per Month For Income Inequality Initiative…

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Wait, Kranky Kruggers is a flaming hypocrite? — Who knew?

Via Gawker:

In late February, the City University of New York announced that it had tapped Princeton economist and New York Times blogger Paul Krugman for a distinguished professorship at CUNY’s Graduate Center and its Luxembourg Income Study Center, a research arm devoted to studying income patterns and their effect on inequality.

About that. According to a formal offer letter obtained under New York’s Freedom of Information Law, CUNY intends to pay Krugman $225,000, or $25,000 per month (over two semesters), to “play a modest role in our public events” and “contribute to the build-up” of a new “inequality initiative.” It is not clear, and neither CUNY nor Krugman was able to explain, what “contribute to the build-up” entails.

It’s certainly not teaching. “You will not be expected to teach or supervise students,” the letter informs Professor Krugman, who replies: “I admit that I had to read it several times to be clear … it’s remarkably generous.” (After his first year, Krugman will be required to host a single seminar.

CUNY, which is publicly funded, pays adjunct professors approximately $3,000 per course. The annual salaries of tenured (but undistinguished) professors, meanwhile, top out at $116,364, according to the most recent salary schedule negotiated by the university system’s faculty union. And those professors are expected to teach and publish. Even David Petraeus, whom CUNY initially offered $150,000, conducted a weekly 3-hour seminar.

FOIA Documents Show Lois Lerner Was In Contact With DOJ About Prosecuting Conservative Tax-Exempt Groups…

Lerner

Are Dems still claiming she’s the real victim?

Via Daily Caller:

Former head of the IRS tax-exempt division Lois Lerner communicated with the Justice Department about the possibility of criminally prosecuting certain tax-exempt groups, new documents reveal.

According to the conservative government accountability group Judicial Watch, email exchanges between Lerner and Nikole C. Flax, the Chief of Staff to then-Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller, reveal there were discussions about possible prosecution of tax-exempt groups that were believed to have “lied” about political activities.

May 8, 2013: Lerner to Flax

I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ … He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folks [sic] could talk to about [Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon] Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who “lied” on their 1024s — saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures. DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs.

I told him that sounded like we might need several folks from IRS …

May 9, 2013: Flax to Lerner

I think we should do it — also need to include CI [Criminal Investigation Division], which we can help coordinate. Also, we need to reach out to FEC. Does it make sense to consider including them in this or keep it separate?

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MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Calls Arrest of Woman Who Locked Young Kids In Hot Car An Example of “Punishing The Poor”…

Seriously? She left a six-month-old child locked in a hot car.

Via Free Beacon:

MSNBC host Chris Hayes used part of his show Tuesday to speak on behalf of an Arizona woman accused of leaving her two young children, aged 2 and 6 months, in a hot car during a job interview. He blamed a society that made it too difficult for her to find adequate child care while she went to a job interview.

Shanesha Taylor, 35, was arrested on child-abuse charges, but the case has sparked an outcry with some, like Hayes, who blamed the state for cutting social services and leaving Taylor in a difficult position. Hayes did tell the audience the infant was found crying and sweating profusely as temperatures inside the SUV exceeded 100 degrees during her 45-minute interview, but his excuse-making for Taylor bordered on the absurd.

“Where the system fails over and over and over again is at supporting people so that they do not find themselves in situations where they are doing the things that we can punish them for,” Hayes said.

Hayes decried American policy for “punishing the poor” in this case, while essentially saying the woman appeared to have no choice but to make the reckless decision to leave a toddler and a baby in a scorching car.

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Militant Atheist Group’s Easter Display Attacks Jesus As A “Myth”…

Militant atheists continue to be their own worst enemy.

Via Freedom From Religion Foundation press release:

The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has a display up in the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison to counter one from the Concerned Women for America, based in Washington, D.C.

FFRF’s display on the first floor of the rotunda says “Nobody died for our sins. Jesus Christ is a myth.” FFRF received a permit for its display April 14 after learning of CWA’s. The CWA Easter display has a cross and a plethora of conservative materials, including antiabortion literature (one reading: “Equal rights for born and pre-born”).

“It’s unfortunate to see a sectarian symbol that is increasingly used as a symbol of political intimidation in our state capitol,” said FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “It’s also unfortunate to see women a serving as a front for a patriarchal religion based on women’s subservience and second-class status. This is the same group that helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment citing its allegiance to biblical principles, instead of civil liberties under our secular government.”

CWA, founded by archconservative Beverly LaHaye in 1979 in San Diego, says it’s “the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 30-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy. There’s a cultural battle raging across this country and CWA is on the frontline protecting those values through prayer and action.”

CWA says it focuses on “seven core issues: the family, the sanctity of human life, religious liberty, education, sexual exploitation, national sovereignty and support for Israel.” LaHaye, 84, says she started CWA to counter the “anti-God” National Organization for Women. A recent CWA initiative is Young Women for America, which has the same goals — to bring conservative Christianity into high schools and colleges.

HT: Jay

Academic Dishonesty On The Rise At Harvard

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Winners of the Ted “Swimmer” Scholarship

Via College Insurrection

It looks like new generations of Harvard students are taking their cue from the recent past.

The Harvard Crimson reports.

2012-2013 Ad Board Stats Reflect Three-Fold Spike in Academic Dishonesty Cases

Administrative Board statistics detailing the outcomes of cases heard by the disciplinary body in the last academic year show that, as expected, the number of students required to temporarily withdraw from the College for academic dishonesty was more than three times higher than the number in 2011-2012.

According to the statistics, released Friday on the Ad Board’s website after repeated requests from The Crimson, 97 students involved in academic integrity cases were required to withdraw in 2012-2013, the year that saw Harvard’s largest cheating investigation in recent memory.

Roughly 70 of those 97 students, according to previous statements from administrators, were implicated in the Government 1310 cheating scandal, in which about 125 students were accused of plagiarizing or inappropriately collaborating on the course’s final take-home exam.

This would mean that about 27 students outside of the Gov 1310 case were required to withdraw for academic dishonesty last year, a number consistent with the previous academic year, in which 26 students were required to withdraw in academic dishonesty cases.

The number of students who were placed on disciplinary probation due to academic dishonesty also rose to 31 in 2012-2013, compared to only 16 students in 2011-2012. Administrators have previously said that about half of the students implicated in the Gov 1310 case who were not required to withdraw were placed on probation. In 2012-2013, the Ad Board took no action in 14 academic dishonesty cases, compared to just one in 2011-2012.

Gross: Obama Regime In Talks To Give Detroit $100 Million Taxpayer-Funded Bailout…

Detroit

You knew this was coming.

(Reuters) – Michigan officials and President Barack Obama’s Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit’s retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday.

Citing two people familiar with the talks, the newspaper said the talks were centered around federal money flowing to Michigan for blight removal. Under the plan, $100 million would be earmarked for Detroit, reducing the $500 million the city’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, plans to use to eliminate blight over the next 10 years.

The $100 million saved could then be used by Orr to ease pension cuts for retirees under the city’s plan to adjust its $18 billion of debt and exit the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, according to the report.

Republican Congressman Pushes Bill To Cut Off Eric Holder’s Paycheck…

Holder

Obviously racist.

Via Daily Caller:

A Republican congressman from Texas has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would stop the government from paying Attorney General Eric Holder’s salary.

Rep. Blake Farenthold’s “Contempt Act” would prohibit any federal employee who has been found in contempt of Congress from getting a taxpayer-funded paycheck.

In 2012, the House voted to hold Holder in contempt over his refusal to hand over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal.

Farenthold specifically referenced Holder in his statement about the legislation.

“In 2012, the House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents related to the botched Fast and Furious gun-running sting operation – despite this fact, he is still receiving his paycheck courtesy of American taxpayers,” the lawmaker said.

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Gitmo Guards Attacked On ‘Daily Basis’ By Detainees

Guantanamo Future

Meanwhile the media is focused on the treatment of the detainees

Via WFB

Prison guards here at the Guantanamo Bay prison are attacked on a “daily basis” by detainees, according to Commander John Filostat, a prison spokesman for the Joint Task Force (JTF) Guantanamo.

There are “daily attacks against the guard both verbal and physical,” such as scratching and other assaults, Filostat told reporters on Tuesday. “Guards endure that on a daily basis.”

Detainees also engage in “splashing,” which is when a “bodily fluid cocktail” is tossed at guards, who now wear protective wear and facemasks when dealing with high value prisoners being held at Camp 5 and Camp 6, according to Filostat.

“There’s some type of resistance every day,” Filostat said, noting that a “small number” of detainees are still being force fed due to hunger strikes.

“We will always have those trying protest,” Filostat said.

One guard and his family were physically threatened by a detainee who had obtained a copy of a media report that featured the guard’s name and photograph, Filostat said.

“Personal information” about the guard was used “against him as a threat by a detainee” who had read the report, he said.

“A lot of these detainees are still in the fight,” Filostat said. The guards are “in constant contact with folks who want to do harm to them.”

“There are detainees that also tell guards if they get out they’re going to find them,” Filostat added, acknowledging inmate threats to “guards and their families.”

Those inmates deemed “non-compliant” are housed in single cells within Camp 5, while those identified as less of a threat are kept in Camp 6, which is a more communal environment.

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No Joke: UN Says We Need A Giant Vacuum Cleaner To Suck CO2 From The Skies To Save World From Global Warming…

Dark Helmet approved:

(UPI) – In order to stave off the worst of global warming’s consequences, the world’s nations must find a way to reduce carbon emissions by 40 to 70 percent by 2050. That’s one of many claims made in the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The new report also suggests vacuuming up vast amounts of CO2 from the skies and storing it underground may be the most viable solution for mitigating the greenhouse gas effect in the short term.

It’s the third report on climate change released by the IPCC, a group of international climate scientists organized under the auspices of the United Nations. The group’s second report, which was released last month, predicted serious environmental and economic catastrophe in the latter half of the 20th century, should calls to slow global warming continue to go unanswered.

This latest report, released on Sunday, weighs the efficacy and plausibility of a variety of climate change policy solutions and mitigation options.

“The high speed mitigation train needs to leave the station very soon and all of global society would need to get on board,” Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC chair, told a press conference in Berlin on Sunday.

HT: Jay

Report: Indiana GOP Gov. Mike Pence Considering Run For President…

Pence

Yes, please.

Via Bloomberg News:

Mike Pence has spent more than a decade courting the deep-pocketed small-government cadre that has come to dominate Republican politics: The Koch brothers, the Club for Growth and the Heritage Foundation.

He turned their heads by opposing President George W. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” education bill in 2001; captured their imagination by leading a revolt against the expansion of Medicare into prescription drug coverage in 2003; and won their loyalty with a 2004 speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference that took the GOP to task for “veering off course” into “big-government Republicanism.”

Now, Pence is in his second year as governor of Indiana, and some of the very same Republicans who once thought of the former radio talk-show host as their voice on the U.S. House floor want him in the 2016 Republican presidential contest.

“I have no doubt that he would make a great president,” said Steven Chancellor, the chief executive officer of Evansville, Indiana-based American Patriot Group, the parent of a company that makes ready-to-eat rations for the Pentagon. “He certainly distinguished himself in the House” and is “off to a great start as governor.”

White knight or dark horse, Republicans are searching for a candidate who can unite the party’s pro-business establishment with its small-government activists, particularly now that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s bridge scandal has left a void in the presidential field. Pence’s allies say the temperate-toned executive has a record that pleases the staunchest defense hawks, anti-tax groups and abortion-rights opponents.

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