That is the meme put forth by many people concerning the IRS targeting groups for their political beliefs.
That is what we were told and on some level, we had hoped was the truth. We hate the thought of the government targeting people for their political beliefs. That is simply not what this country is founded upon nor believes. We care to some extent that these were conservative groups which were targeted, but out outrage would extend to non-conservative / liberal groups if they were targeted at some point as well.
Despite people trying to desperately cling to the notion that the targeting was done by those “few rogue agents” in the Cincinnati IRS office, that position seems to be crumbling like a house of cards in a tornado.
NBC has the story:
Additional scrutiny of conservative organizations’ activities by the IRS did not solely originate in the agency’s Cincinnati office, with requests for information coming from other offices and often bearing the signatures of higher-ups at the agency, according to attorneys representing some of the targeted groups. At least one letter requesting information about one of the groups bears the signature of Lois Lerner, the suspended director of the IRS Exempt Organizations department in Washington.
“We’ve dealt with 15 agents, including tax law specialists — that’s lawyers — from four different offices, including (the) Treasury (Department) in Washington, D.C.,” Sekulow said. “So the idea that this is a couple of rogue agents in Cincinnati is not correct.”
Among the letters were several that bore return IRS addresses other than Cincinnati, including “Department of the Treasury / Internal Revenue Service / Washington, D.C.,” and the signatures of IRS officials higher up the chain. Two letters with “Department of the Treasury / Internal Revenue Service / Washington, D.C.” letterhead were signed by “Tax Law Specialist(s)” from Exempt Organizations Technical Group 1 and Technical Group 2. Lerner’s signature, which appeared to be a stamp rather than an actual signature, appeared on a letter requesting additional information from the Ohio Liberty Council Corp. (letter below)
The father claims that is unfair and filed suit naming the coach, athletic director, principal, superintendent, and school board for $40 million plus 2012 and 2013 varsity letters and championship jackets.
Mears claims the son’s absences were due to a death in the family and a leg injury which very well may be true, but that doesn’t mean they are excused absences as in “tell your coach” absences.
There appears to be much more to this story though. As a freshman, the father and the son’s track coach clashed over what races the son should run. In many ways, this and other behaviors of the father seems to be a classic case of “Little League Parent” syndrome. Too often parents forget that their job is to support and root for their child and not interfere with the child, the coach and the team dynamic. (That is, of course, assuming there is no abuse of a team member taking place. However, not putting a child in the race they want to run is not “abuse.”)
The claim that is most odd to us is Mears’ belief that his son has a “right” to be on a team:
“Participation in extracurricular activities is a right,” Mears said.
Not allowing his son to participate constitutes bullying, harassment, and an “abusive school environment” in which the sophomore’s rights to due process and freedom of speech were impeded, the suit says.
It can be argued that a student has the initial right to participate in extracurricular activities, but that participation must be done within the rules and guidelines of the team. If the child thought himself above the team or above other teammates in not showing up to practices or being a distraction, it is a real life lesson that at that point, the team no longer needs you.
Yesterday Duke won the NCAA National Championship in Division I Men’s Lacrosse over Syracuse University 16 – 10.
The game did not start out well for Duke as they found themselves down 5 – 0 early in the second quarter.
When asked what he was thinking about losing by that much after the game, Duke Coach John Danowski said “I thought it was over.”
But it wasn’t over – not by a long shot.
Duke want on a 12 – 1 run and never looked back. It was an amazing performance in a championship game that was played in front of 24,000 people at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
At the end of the game and with the victory in hand, Duke did something very classy and sportsmanlike. The first was with time still on the clock, a Duke attackman had the ball in front of the open net. He could have scored easily as time ran out. It would have meant adding his name to the record books, but he didn’t shoot. He held onto the ball and let the game end.
The second thing happened after the game. There was the typical whooping and hollerin’, and there were the team managers passing out tee-shirts and hats proclaiming Duke as the champions for the Duke players to wear.
Like many sports, lacrosse has a tradition of shaking hands with the other team after a game. So while Duke was celebrating, the Syracuse players and coaching staff waited.
If you are a fan of auto racing, this was a great weekend for you. The Indianapolis 500 had a first time winner in Tony Kanaan in a race that saw 64 lead changes amongst 14 different drivers.
NASCAR had an interesting Coca Cola 600 mile race which had to be red-flagged because the control cable on the overhead camera snapped, sending the cable down over the racetrack where cars were damaged by running over it. In addition, 10 people in the stands were hurt. In the end, Kevin Harvick won the race, but the talk seemed to be centered around the cable incident.
Formula 1 was in Monte Carlo for their annual “glitz” race. (The cars have gotten too big for that circuit, but the drivers love to race there.) Monte Carlo resident Nico Rosberg won that race which was stopped twice for crashes.
But the finish of the weekend has to have been at the “Firestone Indy Freedom 100” which is basically a support race for the Indy 500. Check out the finish below and remember, these guys are running at 190 miles per hour as they cross the finish line.
“A Deserter’s Last Wild Ride With Mosby Rangers” read the headline and we immediately wanted to read the article. For a long time, along with friends, we have admired John Singleton Mosby. Mosby overcame a great number of health issues as a child and despite being bullied because of those health issues, he never backed down. Mosby was opposed to slavery and opposed to secession, but at the start of the Civil War enlisted as he felt, as did many, an obligation to Virginia which superseded the obligation to the United States.
During the war, Mosby became dispatch rider and scout, and eventually was given orders to form his own partisan command which became known as “Mosby’s Rangers” operating in the area of northern Virginia which became known as “Mosby’s Confederacy.” Mosby’s command became widely known for their fierceness in battle and their brash acts (such as capturing a Union general while he was sleeping.)
In a war that was often highlighted by unimaginable brutality, the fights amongst partisan units and other cavalry units was even more brutal. Yet there was something about Mosby that made him different. He treated prisoners humanely and took care not to harm civilians. To those in the south who called him the “Grey Ghost,” Mosby was idolized. To the North, he was feared and respected.
After the war, Mosby resumed his law practice and was an ambassador to Hong Cong. In addition, he later served in the Department of Justice.
Despite fighting for the “wrong side,” Mosby was brilliant, respected, truthful, honest and just.
As we said, we admire the man.
Yet the headline of American Civil War was ambiguous. Who deserted and from what army? Did someone desert from Mosby’s Rangers? Or did someone desert from the Union forces facing Mosby?
David Allen is a street preacher in Houston, Texas. It is fair to say that because of events in his life where he participated in aborting a child, he feels a calling to preach against abortion. (You can see a vidoe of his story told by Allen himself here.)
Over the course of time, Allen has been arrested three times for what appears to be less than legal circumstances and along with the Thomas Moore Law Center, has filed a lawsuit against the City of Houston and the Police Department. You can read the complaint here.
The Thomas Moore Law Center summarizes the three arrests as follows:
Allen’s first arrest occurred in May 2011 while he was praying on a public sidewalk in front of the local Planned Parenthood facility. Two Houston police officers arrested Allen, handcuffed and placed him in the back of the police squad car for approximately 45-60 minutes in suffocating heat without air conditioning. Allen was removed from the squad car only after a third officer noted that he had been overcome by the heat. Upon his removal, he collapsed to the ground and had to be rushed to a hospital for medical treatment.
The second arrest occurred in October 2011, while Allen was preaching on a Houston street corner. The case was ultimately dismissed by the prosecutor for lack of evidence that a crime had been committed.
In January 2012, Allen’s third arrest occurred while he was preaching on a Houston street. He and another preacher hoped to spread the Gospel to the crowd of spectators gathered for the Houston Marathon. Allen was jailed for most of the day until his wife was able to obtain his release by posting a bond. He was charged with failure to obey a lawful order and possession of a ‘staff’ – referring to his Shofar. The case was dismissed when police failed to appear in court.
The complaint gives further details to all three arrests. For example, in the first arrest, Allen was placed in the back of a squad car without air conditioning. After showing signs of medical distress the police finally let Allen out of the car and laid him on the ground next to the running police vehicle with the exhaust near Allen.