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In 2010, the nascent Tea Party movement stunned the nation by helping to elect many conservatives to Congress, toppling the Democrats in the House. Many saw the development as a massive rejection of Obama’s socialist policies, ObamaCare most notably.

Emboldened, many more conservatives self-identified as Tea Partiers, Patriots, and other “dog whistle” labels. They sought 503(c)(4) status under the IRS tax code, which stipulates that:

501(c)(4) organizations may inform the public on controversial subjects and attempt to influence legislation relevant to its program and, unlike 501(c)(3) organizations, they may also participate in political campaigns and elections, as long as their primary activity is the promotion of social welfare.

They come to the attention of Lois Lerner, who:

[…] led an organization of 900 employees responsible for a broad range of compliance activities, including examining the operational and financial activities of exempt organizations, processing applications for tax exemption.

Rarely rejected outright (which would have prompted a perhaps more independent appeal), these newly politically active conservatives saw their applications wither on the vine. When there was any movement, it was backwards, in the form of more questions, more information requested, even wholly inappropriate and intolerable (and ungrammatical) inquiries such as “Please detail the content of the members of your organization’s prayers.”

We later learn that this has been Lerner’s MO for decades:

Before the IRS, Lerner served as associate general counsel and head of the enforcement office at the FEC, which she joined in 1986.

General counsel’s reports composed during Lerner’s tenure at the FEC confirm Engle’s recollections of a woman predisposed to back Republicans against the wall while giving Democrats a pass. Though Noble, then the FEC’s general counsel, is listed as the author of the reports, sources familiar with the commission say that given Lerner’s position, she would have played an integral role shaping their conclusions. “As head of enforcement at the FEC, Lois would have approved the drafting of every general counsel’s report,” Engle tells me.

We also learned:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official who apologized for targeting conservative nonprofit groups for extra scrutiny is married to an attorney whose firm hosted a voter registration organizing event for the Obama presidential campaign, praised President Obama’s policy work, and had one of its partners appointed by Obama to a key ambassadorship.

This is not the first of Lerner’s connections to the president to surface. Earlier this week The Daily Caller reported that Lerner personally signed the tax-exemption approval for a shady charity run by Obama’s half-brother, after an inexplicably brief one-month application process.

Unsurprisingly, a political movement so powerful as to sweep Nancy Pelosi from her perch as Speaker of the House in 2010 was rendered impotent in 2012. Their ability to organize (freedom of assembly) severely curtailed, conservative voters did not materialize on Election Day, and Obama was re-(if not fairly)-elected.

Under Republican leadership, the House smelled a rat. The House Oversight Committee summoned Lerner to explain herself. She complied, read an opening statement declaring her innocence, and then clammed up. Many legal scholars suggested her statement waived any right against self-incrimination: if you’re not going to talk, you don’t get to talk just a little bit, on your own terms. You are subject to cross examination. The committee later voted to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress.

The committee also learned that Lerner’s boss, IRS Commissioner Doug Schulman, had received White House clearance 157 times over 2010-2011—though it was unclear if Schulman had actually visited the White House that many times or what they talked about when he did.

Then came the nonsense with Lerner’s computer. Whatever evidence it contained—emails, most notably—was said to be irretrievably lost. The computer had [pick one, or more] “crashed”; the hard drive was “scratched” or had been “erased”; legally mandated backups were also unavailable—either lost, or too much of a pain in the ass to find, even at Congress’ demand.

New IRS Commissioner John Koskinen either doubled down on the story or lamely apologized in a “mistakes were made” fashion. Obama went from angry to dismissive of “phony scandals” without a “smidgen of corruption”. Though illegitimately reelected, he remained president.

Then, of course, the emails turned up. In dribs and drabs, not all at once, but slowly and surely. After four years of sneaking and stalling, the story is finally being revealed:

The IRS watchdog investigating the disappearance of Lois Lerner’s emails told a congressional panel on Thursday night they are looking into the possibility of criminal activity.

Lerner was the IRS official at the center of allegations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted tea party groups applying for nonprofit status. Congress requested Lerner’s emails from the IRS and agency officials told lawmakers an unknown number of emails had been lost when Lerner’s computer crashed.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has since recovered a number of those emails.

“There is potential criminal activity,” Treasury Deputy Inspector General Timothy Camus told the House Oversight Committee Thursday.

Camus told the committee that less than two weeks ago, officials discovered an additional 424 backup tapes and are trying to determine what emails, if any, are on them. The tapes are in addition to about 750 backup tapes the inspector general found in July, some of which contained Lerner emails.

The IRS had told Congress that backup tapes no longer existed.

“The IRS has a lot of explaining to do,” Chaffetz told CNN. “Because what (the inspector general) told us tonight means what the IRS told us is just factually not true.”

“Criminal activity”? Where do you start? Even more important, where do you stop? It would take Dick Tracy and Elliot Ness a decade to clean up this crime syndicate.

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Remembering Malcolm

Yeah, fifty years is about time:

A ceremony has been held in New York to honour black civil rights leader Malcolm X at the site where he was assassinated 50 years ago.

Activists, politicians and actors were among some 300 people who paid tributes to Malcolm X in Harlem.

They heard a call by one of his daughters to reassess her father’s importance to civil rights in America.

By the time he was gunned down, the Muslim leader had moderated his militant message of black separatism.

But he remained a passionate advocate of black unity, self-respect and self-reliance.

Oh, and in case you forgot:

Three members of the Nation of Islam organisation were convicted of his murder.

Doubtless Malcolm had many white haters, some of whom threatened to kill him. But he was murdered by members of his own community.

Take the other celebrated assassinations of the era, JFK, MLK, RFK. Only Martin Luther King was killed by one of the “usual suspects”. John Kennedy was killed by a Cuban- Soviet-sympathizing Marxist; Bobby by a Palestinian. And Malcolm X by a forbear of Louis Farrakhan. Whatever lessons we can draw from these tragedies are still lost on us today. That’s why Marie Harf can warn of “Christian evangelicals”, why Janet Napolitano can sound the alarm over returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan, and why the media can ignore the political predilections (hard left and hard atheist) of a murderer of three North Carolinian Muslims. As bad an idea as it is to ignore history, it’s an ever worse idea to deny it.

PS: I find Malcolm himself to be a fascinating character, and can’t recommend Spike Lee’s biopic highly enough. X’s “by any means necessary” rhetoric was the yin to MLK’s nonviolent yang. But his story is one for another time. I would just note that many accounts of his murder pin the motive on Eljah Muhammad’s anger at X’s rejection of the Nation of Islam and his growing moderation of tone.

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If at First You Don’t Succeed

Go after the old folks:

More than 100 education union workers, who were protesting Walker’s proposed budget that they said would harm public schools and universities, descended upon the house on Monday, as its legally owned by Walker. They chanted slogans but remained peaceful during the demonstration.

Problem is, Walker now lives in the governor’s mansion, and his parents, Pat and Llewellyn, both in their mid-70s, were the home’s occupants during the protest.

“I just think in the end it backfires,” Walker said Tuesday on “The Kelly File.” “Taking it to someone’s home, particularly with elderly parents, that takes it too far.”

That’s not all he said:

I think my dad said this morning when I talked to him that he turned his hearing aid down a little bit. My mom, my mom is so wonderful she was actually half-tempted to send them some chocolate chip cookies ‘cause she sends those to our neighbors all the time.

Good Republican people.

Pity the poor unions: they’ve gone after Walker every way they can, legal and decidedly illegal, and he’s left them dazed, and with their pants around her ankles. What do they have left to them but to go after Walker’s mom and dad? At least they didn’t kick his dog—don’t get any ideas, goons.

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The Holocaust: When a Bunch of Zealots Randomly Gassed a Bunch of Folks

So, it was just bad luck—is that the regime’s story?

Since US President Barack Obama’s controversial comments during a recent interview, in which he downplayed the anti-Semitic nature of the deadly shooting attack at a kosher supermarket in Paris last month, government spokespeople have been falling over themselves to explain what exactly he meant. And failing pretty miserably.

In the interview with Vox, published earlier this week, the US President asserted that the media was “overstating” the threat from terrorism to garner ratings, but admitted terrorism was still a problem. In so doing, however, he provoked a storm of controversy with the following comment: “It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.”

First, White House official spokesman Josh Earnest made a valiant but cringeworthy attempt to tidy up after the President, justifying Obama’s claim that climate change was more dangerous than terrorism, as well as attempting to explain how ISIS terrorist Amedy Coulibaly was simply “shooting random folks” without paying any attention to their background at the Hyper Cacher store.

“Folks”. You know this whole rotten bunch is passing gas in your face when they start talking about “folks”. Is that in the White House style manual?

Later Tuesday evening it was the turn of State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who similarly struggled to rationalize Obama’s strange comments.

Associated Press journalist Matt Lee began the exchange, asking: “Does the administration really believe that the victims of this attack were not singled out because they were of a particular faith?”

Psaki’s response to the straightforward question was perhaps even more evasive than Earnest’s.

Psaki: “Well, as you know… I believe… if I remember the victims specifically, they were not all victims of one background or one nationality so I think what they mean by that is… I don’t know if they spoke to the targeting of the grocery store… but (rather) the individuals who were impacted.”

If you enjoyed that, you probably like watching dog fights. That was brutal.

And it wouldn’t stop:

When Lee pointed out that Secretary of State John Kerry’s own actions, by meeting specifically with members of the Jewish community to pay condolences after the attack, suggested otherwise, Psaki struggled to formulate a coherent response.

Psaki: “Naturally given that is… the grocery store is one that, uh…”

Lee: “But don’t you think the store itself was a target?”

Psaki: “That’s different from the victims being…”

Lee: “Does the administration believe that this was an anti-Jewish… an attack on the Jewish community in France?”

Psaki: “I don’t think we’re going to speak on behalf of French authorities and what they believe was the situation at play here…”

Lee: “But if a guy goes into a kosher market and starts shooting it up, he’s not looking for Buddhists is he?

“Who does the administration expect shops at a kosher (store)…? An attacker going into a store that is clearly identified with one specific faith – I’m not sure I can understand how it is that you can’t say that this was a targeted attack!”

Psaki: “I don’t have more for you Matt, it’s an issue for the French government to address.”

What’s going on here? Are they just covering up for another imbecilic thing their boss said? Or is it worse? Do they hate Israel (apparently) and Netanyahu (absolutely) so much that they would deny a narrative that makes Jews sympathetic?

What exactly did he say again?

It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you’ve got a bunch of violent vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris,” Obama said.

What did I tell you about “folks”?

This is the administration’s story, and they’re sticking to it. A bunch of “zealots” “randomly” shot a bunch of “folks”. We don’t have to hold it up to ridicule: it ridicules itself. I almost feel sorry for Jen Psaki for being pimped out like that.

But I soon get over it. At least she called them victims and not folks.

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The Ten Words You Can’t Say at University of Michigan

Paging George Carlin!

Dozens of posters plastered across the University of Michigan caution students not to say things that might hurt others’ feelings, part of a new “Inclusive Language Campaign” at the state’s flagship public university that cost $16,000 to implement.

Words declared unacceptable through the campaign include “crazy,” “insane,” “retarded,” “gay,” “tranny,” “gypped,” “illegal alien,” “fag,” “ghetto” and “raghead.”

I can’t speak for our commenters, but I use seven of those words or phrases without a second thought. In fact, I thought several of those words were used as self-identifiers by the rich tapestry of minorities in question.

My only response is to quote Sarah Silverman: “When I say something’s gay, I mean like retarded.”

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Climate Change BS Exposed (Again)

The British media weighs in

When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records – on which the entire panic ultimately rested – were systematically “adjusted” to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.
Two weeks ago, under the headline “How we are being tricked by flawed data on global warming”, I wrote about Paul Homewood, who, on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, had checked the published temperature graphs for three weather stations in Paraguay against the temperatures that had originally been recorded. In each instance, the actual trend of 60 years of data had been dramatically reversed, so that a cooling trend was changed to one that showed a marked warming.
This was only the latest of many examples of a practice long recognised by expert observers around the world – one that raises an ever larger question mark over the entire official surface-temperature record.

Following my last article, Homewood checked a swathe of other South American weather stations around the original three. In each case he found the same suspicious one-way “adjustments”. First these were made by the US government’s Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN). They were then amplified by two of the main official surface records, the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (Giss) and the National Climate Data Center (NCDC), which use the warming trends to estimate temperatures across the vast regions of the Earth where no measurements are taken. Yet these are the very records on which scientists and politicians rely for their belief in “global warming”.

More at the link. But cogitate on this: If the Left will lie about which group – militant Islam – is responsible for the various terror attacks in our time, why would they tell the truth about anything?

– Aggie

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See, We Told You So

Obama sent Organizing für Amerika to pull a Zero Dark Thirty on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. When we found out, we said the coup attempt would work against the liberal fascists.

Ahem:

The chances of Labor-Hatnua forming Israel’s next government in the 20th Knesset are looking less and less likely, as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party continues to gain in polls.

If elections were held today, according to the TNS survey for Walla! News, Likud would be the largest party in the Knesset with 26 seats. It appears the fallout from the “Bottle-gate” Netanyahu scandal has been relatively minimal.

Labor-Hatnua, on the other hand, seems to be suffering from the V15 controversy, and has dropped down to 23 mandates – their worst polling in weeks.

In the past week, Labor has tried desperately to distance itself from the V15 campaign, who has been accused of funding the left-wing party with illegal foreign money.

The poll also asked respondents whom they preferred as prime minister. While 52.1% said they believed the incumbent, Netanyahu, was suitable for the job, 38.5% answered that they “were not at all interested” in seeing him continue the post.

30.8% of respondents found Labor Chairman Yitzhak Herzog suitable for the job of prime minister.

During the SOTU, Obama boasted about winning his last two elections. Shame to finish his disgraceful career in humiliating defeat. The shame being he didn’t lose earlier.

I hope it’s not too early to say “Mazel Tov, Bibi!”

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You Didn’t Build That Business

And you didn’t ruin it either.

Government did:

Borderlands Books, a much-praised science-fiction and comic-book store in San Francisco, opened for business in 1997. It has survived two recessions, a 100 percent rent increase, the opening of big chain bookstores, and the rise of Amazon’s deep-discounting online empire. What will finally force it to close its doors next month is San Francisco’s proposed increase in the minimum wage, which will hit $12.25 an hour in May.

Owner Alan Beatts minced no words about the reason for his store’s closure: “Borderlands Books as it exists is not a financially viable business if subject to the minimum wage.” Ironically, he said 2014 was the store’s best year in its 18-year history, and the store turned a small profit and was able to employ six people. But Beatts says the planned increases in the city’s minimum-wage law — which top out at $15 an hour by 2018 — will sink him. He would either have to increase sales by 20 percent (unrealistic) or reduce the staff to two managers and one part-time employee — all of whom would have to work greatly extended hours. “Keeping up our morale and continuing to serve our customers while knowing that we are going to close has been very painful for all of us over the past three months,” Beatts wrote in a statement to his customers. “Continuing to do so for even longer would be horrible. Far better to close at a time of our choosing, keep everyone’s sorrow to a minimum, and then get on with our lives.”

How perfect an epitaph for the bookstore, for California, for the nation as a whole: “Keep everyone’s sorrow to a minimum, and then get on with our lives.” American lives will be much reduced, our capacity for joy diminished to almost nothing, but better than the “painful”, “horrible” alternative of fighting against pervasive progressive orthodoxy. Retreat to ever smaller enclaves of liberty, however curtailed and illusory. Idaho, in other words.

PS: Don’t worry about the bookstore employees. They’ll be raking it in as fry cooks at Wendy’s.

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Who’s Up for Another Post on Obama’s Coup d’Etat Against Netanyahu?

Doesn’t matter whether you’re up for it or not.

Cuz here it is:

The Victory in 2015 (V15) organization filed a complaint with police Monday afternoon against the Likud party and the head of Likud’s publicity campaign.

In a press conference Sunday, Likud party members accused the campaign, headed by several former Obama campaign managers, of using a large sum of foreign money to boost Labor and Meretz in upcoming elections.

Haaretz reported last week that the foreign funded organization “One Voice” is bankrolling the V-2015 campaign.

You already knew they were Democrats because they cried about hate speech and violent rhetoric when they got caught. But look at the bios of some of their team, and you’ll see allegiance to Obama as well as to both Clintons.

The support for the left-wing parties, Likud argues, is to prevent the re-election of Prime Minister (and Likud Chairman) Binyamin Netanyahu, and install a left-wing government in Likud’s place.

Two days prior to the press conference, Likud filed a motion with the Central Elections Committee against the V15 campaign, claiming it was acting as a vehicle for foreign political actors to directly influence the outcome of March elections, in contravention of Israeli law.

The campaign themselves have stated that they believe in “replacing the current government” but claimed “it is not directed at specific individuals.”

Isn’t that what we said about Allende and Mosaddegh?

“It turns out that hiding behind the Bibi-Sitter [a reference to Netanyahu’s latest campaign video] are people consciously inciting against young Israelis who serve in the army, fight in the reserves, pay taxes, and work for the future of Israel.”

“This incitement will not scare or daunt us on our way to victory.”

It sounds like it scares you plenty. But let’s have a free and open election, and let Israelis decide. Not undercover Obama operatives.

UPDATE
Sunlight is the best disinfectant, they say. They also say turnabout is fair play:

A leading American political strategist with deep ties to the Republican party was hired by the ruling Likud party and will serve as its media consultant ahead of the upcoming March 17 elections, Army Radio reported.

Vincent Harris, the CEO of the Austin-based firm Harris Media, currently serves as Chief Digital Strategist to Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and was highly active in the 2012 US presidential elections, where he handled online campaigning for candidates Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich.

Harris also worked in digital campaigning alongside Senator Ted Cruz in 2012 and Senator Mitch McConnell in 2014, significantly advancing social media presence and following for both US representatives.

The news of Harris’s joining with Likud comes amid a furor over a link between the V15 movement, a nonprofit Israeli group working to oust Netanyahu, and a former Democratic campaigner.

Last week, Cruz issued a inquiry letter to the White House after Haaretz reported Jeremy Bird, the national field director for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012, was leading V15’s get-out-the-vote effort.

“There appears to be a danger that US taxpayer funds are being used to directly shape the outcome of the upcoming Israeli election – and specifically to campaign against Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu – something all would agree would be highly inappropriate,” said the letter, which was co-authored by Representative Lee Zeldin (D-NY) and sent on January 29 to US Secretary of State John Kerry.

“Highly inappropriate” and highly desired by the Obama regime it would seem.

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Our Latest Scalp Wears a Kippah

The United States has been known to topple a government or seven over the years. Right or wrong—communist of fascist, as if there’s a difference—when someone crosses us, they may end up dead or worse, holed up in some redoubt with Jethro Tull blasting day and night.

Nice to see we haven’t lost our touch:

Likud party representatives held a press conference Sunday afternoon to put forward what they say is evidence of illegal foreign support for the Labor-Hatnua list’s election campaign.

Specifically, party members including MK Miri Regev took aim at the V-15 campaign, a project headed by several former Obama campaign managers aimed at unseating Likud and installing a left-wing government in its place.

Regev began with a reference to old claims that Labor party leader Yitzhak “Buji” Herzog was involved in a corruption scandal during the 1999 elections, accusing him of employing “the same method, the same pattern.”

“It is sad that a party is trying to buy the government with money via the One Voice movement which is carrying out the V15 campaign,” she said, referring to the left-wing NGO which is the primary driver of the campaign.

“It is important to me that the public should know the truth – who is funding the Anti-Zionist Camp?” she continued, in play on words on the joint list’s official name, “The Zionist Camp.”

Noting a failed bill she put forward that would have forced NGOs to reveal their list of foreign donors, Regev fired: “The one who shot down that bill was none other than Tzipi Livni – it would be interesting (to know) why?”

This is my third post on the subject—I think it’s that important. Unlike other putsches, this one is not sponsored by the CIA or the military, but by Organizing for America, or whatever Obama calls his shock troops now. He’s got no more elections to win, but he can sure try to lose them for others. What did you think he was going to do for the rest of his life, clear brush on his Texas ranch?

Ultimately, I think this is good news for Israel. They should be under no illusion about the Regime currently in the White House. Israel’s Left is free to make its case to the Israeli people, but if the Left is just a Fifth Column for Obama’s machinations, I trust that some…many… enough Israelis will reject the effort and return Netanyahu to office.

All we can do is tell the truth.

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What if the Enemy of My Enemy is Still My Enemy?

Your old pal BTL is in a bit of a quandary. He finds the bloated, smug, distant, and undemocratic rule of the European Union repugnant. Yet he finds the Leftist rebellion against it even worse.

What’s a PhD in schadenfreude to do?

Greece says (in the words of the UK’s Sun) “Up Yours, Delors”:

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis replied that the government would no longer engage with officials representing the country’s despised ‘troika’ of lenders – the European Commission, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank.

Instead, the new government – which swept to power last weekend on a promise of ending years of austerity – would talk directly to other EU leaders to try to write off more than half of Greece’s £179 billion in rescue loans.

In fact, Tsipras was elected because he vowed to reverse the kind of austerity measures prescribed by Berlin.

To which Berlin (which is Europe, let’s be honest) responded, not so schnell, Zorba:

Germany’s Finance Ministry denied that Berlin is ready to discuss a new 20 billion Euro aid package if Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accepted supervised economic reforms.

A spokesman claimed it was ‘pure speculation’, adding: ‘That is not on the agenda at all.’

Norbert Barthle, the parliamentary spokesman on budgetary affairs for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, told the business daily Handelsblatt there would be ‘serious consequences’ if Athens refused to cooperate.

Hearing that from a German must still make European bowels loosen just a bit, nein?

But he clarified:

He said: ‘There are clear rules and we have legal stipulations about the conditions for giving European credit assistance.

‘If Greece can’t accept these conditions, it must find the necessary funding on the capital markets.’

Translation: starve.

Which is good. That’s how a capitalist should answer socialist twaddle. But in addition to hunger pangs, there will be blood. And you know whose blood it almost always is:

A Greek politician who claimed that Jews “don’t pay taxes” has been elected as Defense Minister, Greek media reported Thursday night, amid already-high concerns over rising anti-Semitism in the country that is only expected to worsen following recent elections.

Panos Kammenos of the Syriza party made the comments during an interview with Greek Ant-1 TV, according to New Greek TV, on December 18 – just days after the drive-by shooting at the Israeli Embassy in Athens.

Local Jewish leaders were outraged at the comments.

“It is a disgrace that a leader of a party in Parliament does not know that Greek Jews are equal citizens and subject to the all the rights and obligations of every citizen,” the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece stated in response at the time…

With the utmost affection and respect to my Greek Jewish friends, so the [bleep] what? Weren’t Weimar Germany Jews “equal citizens and subject to the all the rights and obligations of every citizen”? And French Jews? And Polish Jews? And Dutch Jews? And even Greek Jews? You can’t argue away vile antisemitism: as Israel has shown, you kill it dead.

You can see BTL’s derriere pierced by the horns of a dilemma. Which is more detestable—the statist bureaucrats of Brussels (aka Berlin); or the neo-Nazis (short for National Socialists) of the fascist Left? It is with a heavy heart that I must side with gray suits over the brown shirts.

But it may be too late:

Tens of thousands of people have massed in central Madrid for a rally organised by radical Spanish leftists Podemos.

The “March for Change” is one of the party’s first outdoor mass rallies, as it looks to build on the recent victory of its close allies Syriza in Greece.

Podemos has surged into the lead in recent opinion polls, and says it will seek to write off part of Spain’s debt if it wins elections later this year.

Podemos says politicians should “serve the people, not private interests”.

Note to Spanish Jews: you may want to start packing your bolsas de viaje now.

PS: I know we’re hard on British antisemites here, and with good reason. But Britain’s reaction toward the EU’s hegemony has been to push back, and to listen to those arguing for greater distance from Berlin (aka Brussels), namely Nigel Farage’s UKIP. There’s the odd nutter in the party, but the Tories, Labour, and the Lib-Dems are no better, often worse. There’s a certain kind of crazy that effects the continent that doesn’t effect the UK.

PPS: Or does it?

The Church of England has launched an investigation into charges of anti-Semitism made against one of its more controversial vicars, Dr. Stephen Sizer.

Sizer, it would seem, has joined the ranks of what the Americans call “truthers” – those who insist that the truth has been concealed regarding who was behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.

Most truthers promote theories that the US government itself was behind the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. But Sizer has endorsed a smaller group of truthers who, in medieval blood libel fashion, say the Jews did it.

Sizer this week posted to Facebook a link to an article titled “9/11 Israel did it.” In text accompanying the link, Sizer wondered, “Is this anti-Semitic?” Whether or not it is didn’t seem to matter to Sizer, in whose mind the link in question “raises so many questions.”

PPPS: Never mind:

Britons feel more “unfavorable” to Israel than any other country worldwide except North Korea, a survey found.

The survey — taken in August and published Thursday by Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs — showed a massive surge in negative attitudes toward Israel since the previous such study, two years earlier. Thirty-five percent of Britons said they “feel especially unfavorable towards” Israel in the 2014 survey, compared to 17% in 2012.

That figure meant that Israel is regarded more unfavorably by Britons than Iran — 33% in the 2014 survey, compared to 45% in 2012. Only North Korea fares worse — regarded as especially unfavorable by 47% in 2014, compared to 40% in 2012.

At least Britain doesn’t have antisemitic politicians spewing ignorant hate speech.

PPPPS: Never mind—again:

Baroness Jenny Tonge, a member of Britain’s House of Lords with a long record of inflammatory, often antisemitic, statements against both Israel and the British Jewish leadership, has again been pressuring British Jews to collectively condemn Israel.

Earlier this week, Tonge tabled a written question in the House of Lords in which she asked “Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to encourage Jewish faith leaders in the United Kingdom publicly to condemn settlement building by Israel and to make clear their support for universal human rights.”

Tonge’s question, which comes against the background of rising antisemitism in the UK, was quickly condemned by Jewish campaigners.

Jonathan Sacerdoti of the Campaign Against Antisemitism, which recently published a disturbing survey about the current levels of antisemitism in the UK, told The Algemeiner that the “widely accepted” definition of antisemitism coined by the European Union Monitoring Center “specifies that it is antisemitic to hold Jews collectively responsible for any action of the State of Israel.”

“Baroness Tonge has a long history of making these sorts of remarks,” Sacerdoti said. “It is despicable to see her using the House of Lords to try to harass Jewish people.”

I think I’ve said enough. I’ve certainly read enough.

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Deriving Their Just Power From the Consent of the Governed

What is the role of government?

Is it this?

The Vermont House has endorsed a measure to ban so-called microbeads from personal-care products sold in the state. The tiny plastic particles are used to make some soaps, toothpastes, and over-the-counter drugs more abrasive. But environmentalists said they pose a threat to water quality, marine life, and possibly to human health. Microbeads are blamed for attracting and becoming a vehicle for toxic chemicals in water. One concern is that they then can be eaten by fish that are later eaten by humans. A bill given preliminary approval Tuesday would ban the sale of personal-care products containing microbeads beginning at the end of 2018, and in over-the-counter drugs in late 2019.

Or this?

Vermont lawmakers are considering whether to become the first state Legislature to legalize marijuana.

Or even this?

A political showdown is developing at the Vermont Statehouse over a gun control bill. The governor doesn’t support it.

Or how about this from Vermont West?

Seattle began enforcing this month a new law, which aims to curb the amount of food sent to landfills. As of January 1, residents of the city, including all commercial establishments, must have a composting service haul away their food waste, drive the waste to a processing site, or compost it themselves at home or on-site. The law applies not only to food but also any cardboard or paper with food on it.

For those unwilling to cooperate, there will be a price.

For now, the cost of defiance will come in the form of public shaming. Those who refuse to separate their garbage will find their bins tagged with a red sign for all to see. The hope is that the tags will help serve as both a warning as well as an incentive to make composting a habit. But come June, after a public education campaign lasting several months about the new rules, violators will begin facing fines—$1 per infraction for households; and $50 per breach by apartment buildings and businesses.

That’s a bit of a walkabout from life, liberty, and the pursuit of #2 plastics.

But I’m torn. The more local the government, the more it represents the will of the people it governs. But as these cases clearly show, local government represents the will—the tyrannical will—of the majority of the people it governs. The minority can get [bleeped].

Think I’m wrong?

Seattle’s new law is meant to help the city achieve its goal to recycle 60 percent of waste by the end of this year. Strict rules, which have banned recyclables from trash bins since 2005, have helped Seattle come within striking distance of that promise—the city currently recycles approximately 56 percent of its waste. But progress toward that goal appears to have stalled; the percentage has barely increased in recent years, and even fell in residential homes between 2012 and 2013, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.

You don’t get in much more Marxist marching formation than in Seattle. And they still can’t reach that Utopia of universal recycling and unanimous composting. Even with Maoist public shaming.

I hold nothing against recycling (even after watching Penn & Teller’s vicious beatdown of the program), and nothing for microbeads. But ask anyone who knows me and they’ll answer as one: I hate being told what to do. What I have to do. I have a compost pile because I have a garden. I half-assedly throw kitchen scraps into a bin for mixing in with leaves and other yard waste. (To be honest, I just as often throw the crap into the garbage after marinating in its own supperating juices for a week.) But the moment my community passes an ordinance mandating compost piles, I am going to pour lighter fluid all over mine and set a match to it. They’ll see it from the International Space Station.

Like the old lady here in Concord, Mass who spearheaded the ban on the sale of individual bottles of water. How did the tyranny of this individual benefit the rest of the citizenry? She was portrayed as a Joan of Arc. To me, she was Typhoid Mary, Tokyo Rose, and Axis Sally rolled into one.

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