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FAA Hard Drives Are Shaking In Their Knees

They are about to be destroyed.

Check this out:

After Senator Ted Cruz’s warning that he would hold all State Department nominees until questions were answered about the political motive behind the FAA’s travel ban on Israel… the FAA suddenly reversed itself.

On the same day that the FAA had announced a 24 hour extension of the ban, the FAA turned around and reversed itself.

These were the 5 questions that Senator Cruz wanted answered.

Was this decision a political decision driven by the White House? For instance, who was this decision made by – a career official, a political appointee, or someone else (at the FAA, State Department or White House?)

If the FAA’s decision was based on airline safety, why was Israel singled out, when flights would be permitted into Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen?

What was the FAA’s ‘safety’ analysis that led to prohibiting flights to Israel, while still permitting flights to Ukraine—where a commercial airline flight was just shot down with a BUK missile?

What specific communications occurred between the FAA and the White House? And the State Department? Why were any such communications necessary, if this was purely about airline safety?

Was this a safety issue, or was it using a federal regulatory agency to punish Israel to try to force them to comply with Secretary Kerry’s demand that Israel stop their military effort to take out Hamas’s rocket capacity?

Instead of providing answers, the FAA lifted the ban.

Get it? The FAA was allowing flights to Ukraine, while shutting down Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv.

You know what? Ted Cruz deserves to be President. He is smart, he has values, and he has balls.

- Aggie

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Cantor Autopsy

Lots of stories about Eric Cantor, almost all of which I haven’t bothered to read. But some of which seem to be further off the mark than others.

Should Democrats be “giddy” over victories by a movement they declared dead and buried? The Tea Party is misnamed: it is a movement of similar-minded people that espouses a few common core beliefs (small government, low taxes, etc.), but nowhere near as many beliefs ascribed to them (racism, militantism, etc.). There are some Tea Party aligned organizations, but nothing as centrally organized as a party.

Whatever RINO horns the Tea Party may claim in no way redounds to the benefit of Democrats. The Virginia 7th will still have a Republican representative, likely one more hostile to compromise with Democrats than Cantor. I hesitate to draw too many conclusions from Cantor’s loss, but the little I’ve gleaned is that it was just as much Brat’s win. It took some nerve to run to the right of a seven-term congressman in a leadership position in a party primary, but to do so with no money, no national support, against prevailing polls—and win, convincingly—says something about the candidate. A caller to Rush today from that district cemented the point. She had been a long-time supporter of Cantor, but found his attitude to a qualified challenger off-putting. She recruited as many friends as she could to consider going for Brat over Cantor. In a congressional district, that sort of word of mouth can have an effect, especially if the incumbent and his supporters are taking the race for granted. As Cantor surely was.

I said before that Cantor was defeated over local issues, like potholes and bus schedules. But that’s not exactly right. Certainly, Cantor had “gone Hollywood” (Beltway, in his case): he acted as a party leader, not as a direct representative of the people who had to get his contract renewed every two years. But the concerns of his constituents were just as serious the rest of ours: immigration, federal lawlessness, etc. I also noted before that his share of the vote drifted ever lower in reelection after reelection. He doubtless would have beaten a Democrat opponent in the general election in a heavily Republican district, but he was vulnerable in the primary. Obviously.

My prediction of a repeat of 2010 in 2014 predates Cantor’s loss, and it’s only been bolstered by it. There may be a case where a Tea Party-esque candidate will prove too far to the right to win in the general election. But I think the opposite will be the rule. The Tea Party will bring out the voters.

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Dear Lois

Sounds like the collected correspondence of Lois Lerner could fill a library:

According to new IRS emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice in May 2013 about whether tax exempt groups could be criminally prosecuted for “lying” about political activity.

“I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ … He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. 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.

“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….”

Not content to grill conservative groups for membership lists and “the content of their members’ prayers”, she wanted to throw the full weight of the federal government’s criminal shock troops at them too. And for what? 501(c)(4)s 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.

A 501(c)(4) organization may directly or indirectly support or oppose a candidate for public office as long as such activities are not a substantial amount of its activities.

Remember, the worst thing the IRS did was to play keep-away with conservative organizations throughout the 2012 election cycle. Neither approving nor declining their tax statuses, the IRS kept the Tea Party and conservative Americans from organizing, denying them a fundamental freedom of assembly so enjoyed by the Obama camp. Nixon didn’t have the gonads Lois Lerner has.

Who else was writing to Lois?

Newly delivered internal IRS e-mails sent and received by former IRS Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner and other IRS employees show that House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Minority staff, working for Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, began contacting the IRS in August 2012 about targeted non-profit applicant True the Vote. The IRS produced this e-mail on April 2, 2014 – only days after Oversight Committee Members had taken new IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to task for withholding relevant e-mails. The Chairman and five Subcommittee Chairmen on the Oversight Committee today sent a letter to Ranking Member Cummings demanding an explanation for his staff’s queries, why the Minority hid these efforts from the Majority, and why the Ranking Member denied such actions by his staff at a February Subcommittee hearing.

This whole thing stinks to high heaven: Democrat rank members (pun very much intended) conspiring with federal agencies, which were conspiring with other federal agencies, to nail to the wall anyone out of compliance with the directives of King Barack. I just spelled it out, but I can barely believe it. Prime Ministers, Presidents, and Kings have resigned, been impeached and deposed, even assassinated over lesser offenses.

PS: Lois ultimately decided against prosecutions, and we condemn and abhor even talk of assassination. Just so that’s clear.

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Obama’s IRS Lies And The MSM

In fact, the IRS did not hassle “progressive” groups

IRS agents testified before Congress that the agency’s political targeting did not apply to progressive groups as Democrats and the media have claimed, according to a bombshell new staff report prepared by the House Oversight Committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa.

IRS agents testified before Oversight that ACORN groups were scrutinized because the agency thought they were old organizations applying as new ones. Emerge America was scrutinized for potential “improper private benefit.” No evidence exists that the IRS requested additional information from any Occupy Wall Street group.

“Only seven applications in the IRS backlog contained the word ‘progressive,’ all of which were then approved by the IRS, while Tea Party groups received unprecedented review and experienced years-long delays. While some liberal-oriented groups were singled out for scrutiny, evidence shows it was due to non-political reasons,” according to the Oversight staff report, which was obtained by The Daily Caller.

“[T]he Administration and congressional Democrats have seized upon the notion that the IRS’s targeting was not just limited to conservative applicants,” the report states. “These Democratic claims are flat-out wrong and have no basis in any thorough examination of the facts. Yet, the Administration’s chief defenders continue to make these assertions in a concerted effort to deflect and distract from the truth about the IRS’s targeting of tax-exempt applicants.”

“[T]here is simply no evidence that any liberal or progressive group received enhanced scrutiny because its application reflected the organization’s political views,” the report stated.

Big surprise.

- Aggie

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This is Your Brain on Liberalism

This is your brain:

This is your brain on liberalism:

“I think they’re racist against blacks, Hispanics… I think they’re racist against women.

If you can be racist against women, can you be sexist against midgets? Agist against cocker spaniels?

You’ll note they don’t have any evidence to back up their claim—not least because there isn’t any. So, where do they get their ignorant, misguided impression that a loosely organized, racially disparate group of people who broadly agree that big government and big taxes are a threat to individual liberty—that these people are somehow, some way racist?

Oh. Okay then.

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Hey, Tea Party Patriots!

You have been warned:

Good morning Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee. My name is Catherine Engelbrecht. I am the Chairwoman of True the Vote, a nonprofit election integrity organization; the Founder of King Street Patriots, a citizen-led liberty group; and President of Engelbrecht Manufacturing.

Thank you for this opportunity to share my story with you today.

It must be made publicly known that across this country citizens just like me are being targeted by an administration willing to take any action necessary to silence opposition.

My life before I spoke out for good government stands in stark contrast to the life I now lead. As a wife, a mother, and small businesswoman working with my husband, raising our children and participating in my church and PTA, the government collected my taxes and left me and my family in peace. But when I helped found and led True the Vote and King Street Patriots, I found myself a target of this federal government.

Target? Isn’t that eliminationist rhetoric?

Well, yeah:

Shortly after filing IRS forms to establish 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations, an assortment of federal entities – including law enforcement agencies and a Congressman from Maryland, Elijah Cummings – came knocking at my door. In nearly two decades of running our small business, my husband and I never dealt with any government agency, outside of filing our annual tax returns. We had never been audited, we had never been investigated, but all that changed upon submitting applications for the non-profit statuses of True the Vote and King Street Patriots. Since that filing in 2010, my private businesses, my nonprofit organizations, and family have been subjected to more than 15 instances of audit or inquiry by federal agencies.

In 2011, my personal and business tax returns were audited by the Internal Revenue Service, each audit going back for a number of years.

In 2012, my business was subjected to inspection by OSHA, on a select occasion when neither my husband nor I were present, and though the agency wrote that it found nothing serious or significant, it still issued fines in excess of $20,000.
In 2012 and again in 2013 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms conducted comprehensive audits at my place business.
Beginning in 2010, the FBI contacted my nonprofit organization on six separate occasions – wanting to cull through membership manifests in conjunction with domestic terrorism cases. They eventually dropped all matters and have now redacted nearly all my files.

All of these incursions into my affairs began after filing applications for tax-exemption. There is no other remarkable event, no other reason, to explain away how for decades I went unnoticed, but now find myself on the receiving end of interagency coordination into and against all facets of my life, both public and private.

Bear in mind, distinguished ladies and gentlemen of this sub-committee, these events were occuring while the IRS was subjecting me to multiple rounds of abusive inquiries, with requests to provide every Facebook and Twitter entry I’d every posted, questions about my political aspirations, and demands to know the names of every group I’d ever made presentations to, the content of what I’d said, and where I intended to speak for the coming year. The answers to these sorts of questions are not of interest to the typical IRS analyst, but they are of great interest to a political machine that puts its own survival above the civil liberties of any private citizen.

I usually refer to this scandal as the IRS scandal. I stand corrected. While the IRS is the most visible government agency, they are ably assisted by the FEC, FBI, ATF, OSHA and Elijah Cummings.

Elijah Cummings?

I also refuse to let a precedent be set that allows Members of Congress, particularly the Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to misrepresent this governing body in an effort to demonize and intimidate citizens. Three times, Representative Elijah Cummings sent letters to True the Vote, demanding much of the same information that the IRS had requested. Hours after sending letters, he would appear on cable news and publicly defame me and my organization.

Such as?

“On October 12, 2012, the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights issued a report concluding that True the Vote’s poll monitoring efforts in North Carolina appear to be aimed at African American and other minority communities that historically have voted for Democratic candidates,” Cummings wrote. “According to the author, the information in the report demonstrates that your organization has a ‘highly partisan and political agenda to deny African Americans and Latinos, specifically, the right to vote.’”

Cummings said any efforts to intentionally and improperly challenge the rights of minority voters to go to the polling booth “could amount to a criminal conspiracy to deny legitimate voters their Constitutional rights.”

Is it any wonder Barack Obama won reelection with so many levels of government—executive and legislative—bullying the opposition into submission? I’m only surprised he didn’t win with a Saddam Hussein-sized majority (unanimity). Ms. Englebrecht has been put through the liberal fascist wood-chipper.

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The Obama Administration Goes After Free Speech

Maker of Obama 2016 to be indicted

It ain’t just Chris Christie, folks. It is anyone who garners a public following and has the nerve to speak out. Dr. Ben Carson – audited. Chris Christie? We’ll see but it doesn’t look good. The Tea Party? Sure, join a Tea Party, get to know your friendly IRS agent. And we all know about the little Copt filmmaker who was blamed for Benghazi. Add Dinesh D’Souza to the list of people being tormented for Speaking While Conservative™ heretofore known as SWC.

Here’s what happens if you SWC too loudly:

Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, whose documentary 2016: Obama’s America took a critical look at President Barack Obama and was a surprise hit in 2012, will be arrested in New York on Friday for allegedly violating campaign-finance laws, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Federal authorities accuse D’Souza of donating more than is legal to the campaign of Wendy Long, who ran in 2012 for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton but lost to now-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Long, though, is not mentioned in an indictment obtained by THR on Thursday.

Insiders say D’Souza has been friends with Long since they attended Dartmouth College together in the early 1980s. According to the indictment, D’Souza donated $20,000 to Long’s campaign by aggregating the money from various people and falsely reporting the source of the funds. But Gerald Molen, a co-producer of 2016, says the charge is politically motivated.

“In America, we have a long tradition of not doing what is commonly done in too many other countries — criminalizing dissent through the selective enforcement of the law,” Molen tells THR.

D’Souza first learned he was being investigated in the middle of 2013, several months after 2016 had earned $33 million at the box office and become the second-most-popular political documentary in U.S. history. The film included an interview with Obama’s half-brother, George Obama, who was mildly critical of the president.

Molen says D’Souza is being singled out for “an alleged minor violation” in the same way the IRS reportedly targeted conservative Tea Party groups for retribution. “In light of the recent events and the way the IRS has been used to stifle dissent, this arrest should send shivers down the spines of all freedom-loving Americans,” Molen says.

D’Souza was in San Diego working on his next film and book, each to be called America, when he was informed he was about to be indicted and that he should fly to New York and turn himself in to authorities. ..

D’Souza’s upcoming film America is due in theaters July 4 and is co-produced by Molen, who won a best picture Oscar for Schindler’s List, and Gray Frederickson, who won a best picture Oscar for The Godfather Part II. D’Souza wrote and stars in the film, which is directed by John Sullivan. The filmmakers emailed a statement to THR vowing to release the film on schedule.

“We believe this is an unfortunate misunderstanding arising out of Dinesh D’Souza’s desire to help the uphill campaign of a friend,” the statement reads. “There was no intent to do anything illegal or corrupt in any way. This will have no impact on the film America, which will be released on the Fourth of July this year as previously announced. Filming is on schedule and D’Souza will continue to lead the enterprise.”
Sources say D’Souza has been cooperating with authorities. He will surrender Friday for processing and be arraigned in the Southern District of New York.

Molen added: “When American citizens begin to suspect that people are being arrested for alleged minor violations because of their vocal dissent against their elected representatives or rulers, it breeds disrespect and contempt for the law and suspicion of those officials. … If this unfortunate action against Dinesh is intended to deter the release of his upcoming film, America, that effort will fail.”

Uh, I bet a nickel that the effort will not fail and that the movie will not be released.

- Aggie

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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

Keep your stinkin’ 504(C)(3) status, you maggoty bunch of hacks:

One of the Tea Party groups targeted by the IRS during the last presidential election cycle has finally received its tax-exempt status.

The announcement by TheTeaParty.net — one of the grass-roots movement’s largest groups — is among the latest developments in the IRS scandal, in which the agency targeted conservative groups for additional information when they applied for that status, according to The Washington Examiner.

The group said it was informed by the IRS in a letter Monday, three years after it applied for the exempt status.

TheTeaParty.net said IRS agents — who targeting mostly conservative non-profit groups — wanted information about political donors, agendas and even reading lists, which is against the rules.

The additional vetting was led by the IRS division ran by Lois Lerner, who declined to testify before Congress on the scandal, made public this spring, and who retired last month after being put on paid administrative leave.

And you wonder how President Obama won a second term. The old-fashioned way: he stole it.

Of course, the IRS did have to use government-issue computers:

Since the marketplaces opened to much fanfare Tuesday (Oct. 1), many of the state’s potential customers have been stalled on the website, unable to move past the portion of HealthCare.gov that instructs them how to set up their profile.

“It’s a situation that we are coping with,” said John Maginnis, vice president of corporate communications for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, one of four companies offering products through the marketplace.

The company spent three years and $60 million preparing for Tuesday’s opening, so the lack of momentum seemed a bit of a letdown. Sales agents were getting plenty of calls from people seeking information, Maginnis said, but the agency is not able to sell a policy to anyone without a functioning HealthCare.gov website.

As Louisiana goes, so goes Florida:

Linda J. Lott, a certified application counselor, stood at her computer terminal and typed the word “Florida” into the insurance exchange network Web site. “The system is down at the moment,” it read…All day, trained application counselors typed in “Florida,” or got as far as entering some applicants’ personal information, before the system crashed. Sometimes the crash came when it was time to answer a security question. Other times applicants put in their security question answers but could go no further. Out of nearly 72 applicants who sat down with counselors by noon, none were able to access the marketplace.

Florida and Louisiana whiffed completely. Elsewhere, delays and crashes were commonplace. And 2,400 patients had their private information accidentally leaked.

Yep, that’s close enough to a train wreck for government work.

UPDATE
Oops:

EXCLUSIVE: Less than 1% of visitors are signing up for Obamacare on state health exchange websites
California’s program registered an estimated 0.58 per cent of website visitors in its first day
A Connecticut congressman boasted that his state took 167 applications for Obamacare services on day one, a rate of 0.59 per cent
Obama administration won’t say how many Americans signed up on the central website that covered insurance exchanges for 36 states
Kentucky’s 5.3 per cent application rate seems to be the nation’s highest
Other states wouldn’t provide statistics, or tracked only the creation of new online accounts, not numbers of completed applications

It’s a landslide!

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IRS… CIA… FUBAR

[To be sung to the theme of Mickey Mouse]

I don’t actually think President Obama is so devious as to concoct foreign policy disasters to take attention away from his domestic fiascos—but it’s working:

Congress’s investigation into the IRS targeting of conservatives has been continuing out of the Syria headlines, and it’s turning up news. Emails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee between former Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner and her staff raise doubts about IRS claims that the targeting wasn’t politically motivated and that low-level employees in Cincinnati masterminded the operation.

In a February 2011 email, Ms. Lerner advised her staff—including then Exempt Organizations Technical Manager Michael Seto and then Rulings and Agreements director Holly Paz—that a Tea Party matter is “very dangerous,” and is something “Counsel and [Lerner adviser] Judy Kindell need to be in on.” Ms. Lerner adds, “Cincy should probably NOT have these cases.”

That’s a different tune than the IRS sang in May when former IRS Commissioner Steven Miller said the agency’s overzealous enforcement was the work of two “rogue” employees in Cincinnati. When the story broke, Ms. Lerner suggested that her office had been unaware of the pattern of targeting until she read about it in the newspaper.

We noted two days ago, meanwhile, that the lies about Benghazi are breeding like maggots (who don’t breed, I know, but I like the imagery):

But what is perhaps most striking is the inconsistencies: the US version of events compared with those of witnesses and the facts on the ground. The two do not tally. And so, a year later, there remain pressing questions about what happened that night – and what the Americans say happened.

It can’t be stated often enough: the Tea Party movement that swung the 2010 midterm election was bullied, intimidated, sidetracked out of 2012. The mainstream media won’t talk about it, but self-identified Tea Partiers are (or should be) pi**ed off like never before. And they don’t get mad, they get even.

And if Hillary can survive, when Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, and Glen Doherty did not, this country deserves the failed leadership it gets.

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Sore Losers

IRS softball team cancels game with GOP softball team

The IRS softball team canceled its previously scheduled game against Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn’s (R., Texas) office on Friday, as tensions between the IRS and conservatives mount in the face of widening scandal.

“Team Cornyn softball team was scheduled to play the IRS team on Friday, ‘the Cheetahs,’” Cornyn wrote on his Facebook page. “Game has been cancelled by IRS, without rescheduling.”

Were these creeps ever parented? Did they grow up with any sense of rules or idea about how to behave under pressure?

On a side note: BTL, do we need a tag for IRS?

- Aggie

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All Your 1040s Are Belong to Us

Two words, Mr. President: Uh and oh.

A federal watchdog’s upcoming report says senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups in 2011.

The disclosure contradicts public statements by former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, who repeatedly assured Congress that conservative groups were not targeted. ….

That report says the head of the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups learned that groups were being targeted in June 2011. It does not say whether Shulman was notified.

The agency blamed low-level employees, saying no high-level officials were aware.

But on June 29, 2011, Lois G. Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt organizations, learned at a meeting that groups were being targeted, according to the watchdog’s report. At the meeting, she was told that groups with “Tea Party,” ”Patriot” or “9/12 Project” in their names were being flagged for additional and often burdensome scrutiny, the report says. …

On Jan, 25, 2012, the criteria for flagging suspect groups was changed to, “political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding Government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform/movement,” the report says.

While this was happening, several committees in Congress were writing IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman to express concern because tea party groups were complaining of IRS harassment.

In Shulman’s responses, he did not acknowledge targeting of tea party groups. At a congressional hearing March 22, 2012, Shulman was adamant in his denials.

“There’s absolutely no targeting. This is the kind of back and forth that happens to people” who apply for tax-exempt status, Shulman said at the House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing.

All of which prompts this observation:

It now appears that this is one more scandal that the Obama administration managed to keep quiet until after November’s election. One wonders how many more skeletons will come tumbling out of the closet, now that Obama is safely re-elected.

And these questions:

Remember how much Harry Reid was mouthing off about tax returns? Did the White House feed him some inside information, or did the IRS?

Boy, did I blow this one. I thought four Americans dying at the hands of Islamist savages would cripple this presidency. Silly me. Obama’s like Al Capone: of all his manifest crimes, it’s the tax abuse that will bring him down.

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Your Government at Work

And it’s you it’s working on:

Taxpayer dollars were used to fund a study that painted the Tea Party movement as the spawn of the tobacco lobby — a premise that Tea Party leaders say is absurd.

The study was published earlier this month in the Tobacco Control journal and was formally presented by its authors at an on-campus symposium in San Francisco Feb. 8.

“The Tea Party that we see in 2009 actually has decades of influence from tobacco and other corporate interests,” co-author Amanda Fallin said at the time, downplaying the notion that the group is just a “spontaneous grassroots movement.”

The charge that the Tea Party is a tool of broader corporate interests is one often leveled by Democratic critics. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was fond of calling the movement “astroturf” in the run-up to the 2010 mid-term elections where Tea Partiers helped Republicans take control of the House.

The research at the University of California-San Francisco echoes the claim, while weaving in an attractive narrative for Tea Party critics — that the Tea Party is continuing the agenda of the tobacco industry.

The study was funded by federal taxpayer grants through the National Institutes of Health and its subsidiary the National Cancer Institute, both federal agencies. It’s difficult to tell how much grant money specifically went toward this study, but federal records show researchers at the university have received $7 million since 2007 to study tobacco issues.

“If you’re going to have a conspiracy theory, at least try to make it pass the laugh test … and this one doesn’t even do that,” AFP President Tim Phillips told FoxNews.com. Further, he said opposing tobacco taxes is “probably point-00001 percent of the effort” today.

Before registering my objections, let me first observe that tobacco is not illegal in this country. Certain advertisements are, and it’s illegal to sell it to minors, but up until very recently tobacco featured prominently in the movies. So even if it were true that the Tea Party were an offshoot of the tobacco lobby (a surprise to every member of the Tea Party I know, however tangential), so what?

Now to my objections. Why is our government spending millions of dollars to demonize a segment of the political spectrum? As the Tea Party is the most anti-government segment of the political spectrum, there is a certain logic, even imperative, to government’s actions. Like any living entity, government seeks to defend itself from attack. This is fight-or-flight, government style.

And what if? What if a Republican executive had spent millions of taxpayer dollars investigating a left-wing group? The fact that the Nuclear Freeze movement was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Soviet Union—as was its spokesman, Ted Kennedy—barely ruffled feathers. Yet put a Democrat in the White House, and you have Muslim outreaches from NASA and federal probes into the funding and founding of the Tea Party. Sure, maybe Republicans engaged in this sort of thing when J. Edgar Hoover ran the FBI. But if that’s the Democrats’ best defense, the prosecution rests.

Last, the whole story fails basic logic. Post hoc ergo propter hoc translates as “after which because of which”. It means that just because one thing followed another does not mean it was caused by it. The Tea Party formed in 2009 as a reaction to the metastasis of government promised by ObamaCare, government takeovers of whole industries, etc. The tobacco lobby already existed, and too opposed excessive government intrusion and regulation of private life. Yet to say that the tobacco lobby founded the Tea Party is like saying global warming caused the asteroid.

Which imbecility is what passes for journalism—and government—today.

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