Wednesday, July 9, 2014

7-9-14 Excellent Guests for Your Show

1. Sandy Botkin: The Taxpayer Advocate
2. Joe Messina: News Outlets Bend to Pressure, Drop the Word "Illegal"
3. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: The Hobby Lobby Judgment
4. Joseph Klein: Hamas's Nazi-Style Rocket Blitz
5. John LeBoutillier: Our Dysfunctional Political System

The Taxpayer Advocate

The Taxpayer Advocate is an office that supposedly oversees the IRS. They recently came out with a "Taxpayer Bill of Rights" that was endorsed by the IRS. Despite endorsing these rights, I personally don't believe that many people at the IRS will adhere to them. However, here they are: [more...]

News Outlets Bend to Pressure, Drop the Word "Illegal"
By Joe Messina

I read this story: "Is the I-Word the New N-Word?" and it sounded so ridiculous that mentally, I just wanted to dismiss it because, I mean really,  who's going to take this seriously? Well, the Associated Press, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times, to name just three who have already succumbed to the pressure. Yes, these news outlets have already agreed to stop using the term "illegal" in reference to immigrants who cross our borders in a way that violates our immigration laws. [more...]

The Hobby Lobby Judgment

On June 30th, the Supreme Court ruled that family-owned corporations are not required to provide their employees with insurance coverage for birth control, siting federal protection of religious freedom. The judgment was in favor of the retail franchise Hobby Lobby. In this latest effort to abort Obamacare, the target was focused on the ACA's requirement that for-profit companies afford their employees insurance coverage for contraception. Justice Samuel Alito ruled that the federal law protecting religious freedom could in fact be allocated to for-profit corporations whose owners stand by faithfully held religious "moralities." A corporation claims its religious beliefs (as if for-profit entities can have religious beliefs) are being violated by having to provide birth control through their insurance plans, yet it can invest in the very pharmaceutical companies that produce these birth control products. I am personally not a fan of Obamacare, but in siding with Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court may have just opened the doors for other companies to cite their religious freedoms as the basis for "other" religious discrimination. [more...]

Hamas's Nazi-Style Rocket Blitz

The Palestinian unity government, via its co-equal partner Hamas, is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity against Israeli civilians.  Hamas has launched scores of rockets from Gaza aimed at major Israeli cities covering more than half of Israel, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Caesarea. The attacks have escalated from 6 on June 27th to more than 160 on July 8th. This is Hamas's version of the Nazi-style air blitz, meant to terrorize the Israeli population into submission. Imitating Nazi tactics is a logical extension of the great esteem which Hamas leaders and their Palestinian forebears have held for Adolf Hitler. [more...]

Our Dysfunctional Political System

On this week's POLITICAL INSIDERS, we discussed our dysfunctional political system, the immigration mess on our southern border, President Obama's "so sue me" dismissal of the House of Representatives and Hillary Clinton's continued rocky roll-out. Watch our shows here: Sunday Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. [more...]

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