Sunday Round-Up

Christine O’Donnell: I was a victim of the IRS

Tea Party Queen, Christine O’Donnell, a victim of the IRS, she says. Is this believable? Consider.

On March 9, 2010, around 10 a.m., I announced my plans to run for senate representing Delaware.

Later that same day, my office received a call from a reporter asking about my taxes.

It’s since come out, after a halting and unenthusiastic investigation, that a Delaware Department of Revenue employee named David Smith accessed my records that day at approximately 2 p.m. — out of curiosity, he says.

That these records ended up in the hands of the press is just a coincidence, the IRS claims.

To add insult to injury, the tax records given to the reporters weren’t even accurate. I had never fallen behind on my taxes, and a supposed tax lien was on a house I no longer owned.

The lien was highly publicized and used as political ammunition by my political opponents. The IRS later withdrew the lien and blamed it on a computer glitch but, at that point, the damage — and the invasion of my privacy — was done.

I wasn’t the only one preyed upon by the IRS, of course. The agency admits to targeting conservative nonprofits, asking them for membership lists and other data not required while delaying their tax-exempt status. And opponents of President Obama have been subjected to audits soon after criticizing the administration.

Are Democrats more prone to dirty-dealing? More food for thought below…

Michigan Democrat Rep. Gary Peters threatens TV station licenses over Obamacare ad

Living in Michigan, I’ve actually seen this ad. For those who haven’t, check it out.

While Julie Boonstra of Dexter, Mich., struggles to survive leukemia, she now also has to cope with being called a liar by the Democrat who wants to be her next senator.

And the campaign of Rep. Gary Peters is also going after television stations airing ads in which her story is featured, threatening their licenses.

The ad by Americans for Prosperity features Boonstra talking about how her insurance was canceled under Obamacare and saying that Peters’ decision to vote for the law “jeopardized my health.” The ads are airing in Michigan as Peters seeks the Democratic nomination to replace Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who is not seeking re-election.

I never cared for Gary Peters, and I’ll surely be donating my time to his opponent’s campaign.

Al Gore brings climate change message to Kansas City

So, Mr. Internet is at  it again, it seems, stoking fears of a 21st Century Dust Bowl…

Al Gore has been known for his climate change warnings since the 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth.”

But the former vice president, speaking Saturday in Kansas City, cited many more recent examples how heavy use of fossil fuels is contributing to extreme weather events and trends, in his view.

Gore filled a Westin Crown Center ballroom with a 90-minute presentation, using photos and videos to illustrate a litany of floods, wildfires, torrential rains, droughts, dust storms, rising sea levels and increasing world temperatures.

To those attending the Folk Alliance International conference, he noted examples of flooding in locations both remote and closer to home, such as in Manitou Springs, Colo., where high water barreled down mountain highways last year, carrying cars along with it.

“They had never seen anything like this in Manitou Springs,” Gore said.

He cited the possibility of how flooding in Pakistan could destabilize that country, a nuclear power, and the possible effect that continuing drought in California might have on the world’s food supply.

“Think about that,” he said. “The Dust Bowl is coming back, quickly, unless we act.”

John Barron has written extensively on the issue of Anthropological Climate Change. It’s a myth, folks.

In a First for Spain, a Woman Is Convicted of Inciting Terror Over Twitter

Obviously, this girl is some right-wing nut-job. Right? I mean, surely…

MADRID — The line between youthful rebelliousness and something more dangerous is not always clear. But in her angry musings on Twitter, Alba González Camacho, 21, who describes herself as a “very normal girl,” sailed across it. After she posted messages calling for a far-left terrorist organization to return to arms and kill politicians, Spain’s national court convicted her of inciting terrorism using a social media network.

Clearly, The New York Times is lying. I mean, liberal terrorists? Whoever heard of such a thing!

India’s gay community scrambling after court decision recriminalises homosexuality

Other nations are criminalizing homosexuality as the United States embraces it! Weird.

Back in 2009, Lesley Esteves was dancing in the streets after judges in Delhi decriminalised homosexuality. When the Delhi High Court suspended the draconian Section 377 of the Indian penal code which dated from the days of British rule, India’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community thought there was no turning back.

Five years on the euphoria has gone. In December, the country’s highest court overturned the lower court’s ruling, once again making gay sex a crime punishable by up to ten years in jail and putting tens of millions of Indians at risk of prosecution or harassment. Last month, that court – which had said gay people in India were just a “minuscule minority” – upheld its decision against an appeal and said it was up to the government to change the law.

But there is little chance for that. While senior figures of the ruling Congress party supported repealing Section 377, the leadership of the main opposition party, which most analysts believe is set to secure power in an upcoming election, do not. As it was, the current parliament held its last session on Friday; it could be years before a new parliament amends the law.

Believe me, I’m tired of homosexuals shoving their lifestyle in my face and demanding special rights. But criminalizing it? Ridiculous. What I do in my bedroom is my business, not the government’s.

As Sochi Olympics end, activists worry about retribution

I’ve been saying this for days and days. If it wasn’t for the world media crowding the streets of Sochi, the members of the band Pussy Riot would be locked-up.

SOCHI, Russia — Though a handful of activists were arrested in conjunction with Olympic protests over the last two weeks, including the high-profile detainment of punk band Pussy Riot, Russia’s treatment of dissident voices rarely came to the forefront during the Sochi games.

But as the Winter Olympics end and the intense media scrutiny fades, there is concern among those familiar with Russia’s human rights record that activists who have been in the crosshairs of Vladimir Putin’s government will be dealt with harshly in the aftermath.

“I don’t have a crystal ball, but since Putin’s inauguration in May 2012 there’s been a pretty unrelenting crackdown on civil society, political activism, critical voices, threats of criminal charges, real criminal charges and a real kind of poisonous rhetoric on state TV about human rights activists, environmental activists and gay activists,” said Rachel Denber, deputy director for Europe and Central Asia at Human Rights Watch.

“There was a slight relenting of that campaign as we started to move into the final months before the Olympics because they knew the world was watching. So of course there’s concern about retribution.”

If these activists were smart they’d find a way to get the hell out of Russia. Stow away in a suitcase or something! Otherwise,’ol Poodie Poot is gonna whoop that tail!

In any case, I enjoyed the Sochi Olympics this year. I’m sad to see it go. I wish the United States had done a little better, but all in all it wasn’t bad. I enjoyed it.

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