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Millions May Have To Pay Back Obama Tax Credit

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“Making Work Pay”. This is the catchy name for the tax credit Obama pimped as his signature goody in the massive Porkulus package enacted in February. Most workers started receiving the credit through small increases in their paychecks in April. The IRS issued new withholding tables to make the credit available.

Sadly, more than 15 million Americans are at risk for having to pay the credit BACK because the Treasury department didn’t take into account the fact that many married people both work. In this economy? SERIOUSLY?

The credit pays workers 6.2 percent of their earned income, up to a max of $400 for individuals and $800 for married couples filing jointly. Individuals making more than $95,000 and couples making more than $190,000 are ineligible, natch.

Treasury also didn’t take into account Social Security recipients with jobs that provided taxable income. Those folks got Obama’s whopping $250 gift (also from the Porkulus), and some of them got the tax credit too. Hope you didn’t spend the gift, grandma, because you’ll be paying it back when you file your 2009 taxes.

J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration allows that “More than 10 percent of all taxpayers who file individual tax returns for 2009 could owe additional taxes.”

And this government wants to run our health care AND implement another stimulus. Pink slips are coming.

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47 World Leaders, 46 Handshakes…1 Bow.

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Stop Obama From Importing Terrorists

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A call to action today from Erick Erickson of the fab Red State:

Today Barack Obama announced that the terrorist mastermind of September 11th, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, will be sent to New York City for a criminal trial in a civilian court.

In that trial, the terrorist will get all the rights afforded an American citizen in a criminal trial, including the right to a fair trial, the right to a taxpayer funded attorney, the right to review all the evidence against him, potentially including classified intelligence matters, the right to exclude evidence against him including, potentially, any confession obtained through enhanced interrogation techniques, etc.

At best, this will be a show trial fit not for the American Republic, but a third world kleptocratic totalitarian regime. At worse, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will gain access to classified material he can then leak to other terrorists while New York yet again becomes a target for terrorists. We have already had occasions in this country where terrorists’ sympathetic lawyers have conveyed information, orders, and plans to other terrorists.

You can find more details here.

Call your Congressman and Senator right now. Tell them they should use every tool at their disposal to block this. The number to call is 202-224-3121, or you can type your zip in here to find and contact your representatives

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Feds Move To Seize 4 Mosques And A Skyscraper

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U.S. Marshalls post a copy of the government’s complaint on the door of the Razi school in the Queens borough of New York. The school was among the assets seized by the federal government today.

Federal prosecutors took steps today to seize four U.S. Shiite mosques and a New York skyscraper owned by The Alavi Foundation. The foundation is a Muslim organization long suspected of being secretly controlled by the Iranian government. The properties include Islamic centers in New York City, Maryland, California and Houston, over 100 acres in Virginia, bank accounts, and a 36-story office tower in New York.

This could be one of the biggest counter-terrorism seizures in U.S. history, and it is sure to inflame relations between the government and American Muslims. The civil complaint filed in federal court seeks the forfeiture of more than $500 million in assets. Prosecutors said the Alavi Foundation used a front company named Assa Corp. to illegally funnel millions in rental income back to Iran’s state-owned Bank Melli. Bank Melli has been accused of providing support for Iran’s nuclear program, and it’s illegal in the U.S. to do business with the bank.

Government officials have long suspected the foundation was an arm of the Iranian government; the 97-page complaint details involvement of several top officials in foundation business, including Iran’s deputy prime minister and its’ ambassadors to the UN. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s statement on the seizures:

“For two decades, the Alavi Foundation’s affairs have been directed by various Iranian officials, including Iranian ambassadors to the United Nations, in violation of a series of American laws.”

The Fifth Ave. skyscraper is known as the Piaget building, and is estimated to be worth between $570-$650 million dollars. In 2007 the building earned $4.5 million from tenants’ rental payments. The rentals fund Shiite Islamic centers, schools and mosques.

It is very rare for a house of worship to be seized in this country. Usually, when assets are seized in scenarios such as this one they are eventually sold. The mosques and the Piaget building will remain open as the case moves through the courts.

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Obama To Purge Republicans From Civil Service

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Scary stuff here: The federal government’s Office of Personnel Management just released a memo detailing that Barack Obama intends to purge Republicans from the civil service. Not only that, he intends to make the purge retroactive for 5 years.

Many political appointees join the civil service after their political appointments expire, usually after the end of administration. When George Bush became President in 2001, a number of Clinton political appointees became civil service employees. As a result, they became subject to civil service hiring and firing rules, which meant they could no longer be replaced simply for having been a Democratic appointee.

The same happened with Bush administration appointees, many who joined in 2004. The very year Obama will reach back to for his purge. The OPM will examine civil service employees who got their start as political appointees in the Bush administration and terminate them. OPM’s alleged rationale is to keep political appointees from “burrowing in,” but agencies would need to have already considered the applicant the best qualified to even reach this new hurdle. From the memo:

In no case may an agency make an appointment of the type described below without written authorization from OPM:

1. The appointment of a current political Schedule A or Schedule C Executive Branch employee or a former political Schedule A or Schedule C Executive Branch employee who held the position within the last five years to a competitive or non-political excepted service position under title 5 of the U.S. Code.

2. The appointment of a current Non-career SES Executive Branch employee or a former Non-career SES Executive Branch employee who held the position within the last five years to a competitive or non-political excepted service position under title 5 of the U.S. Code.

Which party do you think most of those people came from? The Democrats threatened to put Republicans in JAIL when they began firing U.S. Attorneys who happened to be Democrats. U.S. Attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president, and, as such, are fair game for firing. Civil service employees do not serve the president, and it is not legal for these employees to be fired just because they’re Republicans. It is well established anti-discrimination law in the Federal sector – the public (political appointees included) may not be excluded from consideration for federal jobs because of their political affiliation.

Obama’s totalitarian power-grab is insatiable, however. Let the lawsuits begin!

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NY-23 Race Not Certified; Absentees Could Give Doug Hoffman The Win

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The race that galvanized a nation of conservatives: the NY-23 congressional election 9 days ago– isn’t over yet. Absentee ballots are still being counted, and a re-canvassing of the district shows that the race has tightened to around 3000 votes. Dark horse conservative Doug Hoffman could still win this thing, as the race still hasn’t been certified, and absentee ballots will decide it’s outcome.

This could be huge.

Democratic Rep. Bill Owens was quickly sworn into office the day before a rare weekend vote in the House of Representatives. Owens’ support of the healthcare bill helped seal the Dem’s narrow victory.

Doug Hoffman had conceded the NY-23 race, based on what are now known to be election-result snafus. For example, in Oswego County Hoffman was reported to lead by only 500 votes on election night, with 93 percent of the vote counted. Now, inspectors have found Hoffman actually won the county by 1,748 votes — 12,748 to 11,000.

New York law provides that military and overseas ballots received by Nov. 16th, (and postmarked by Nov. 2) will be counted. Standard absentee ballots had to be returned this past Monday.

John Conklin, communications director for the state Board of Elections says the state sent a letter to the House Clerk last week informing the House that no winner had been determined in the race, and therefore the state had not certified the election. The letter, however, incorrectly noted that Owens still led by about 3,000 votes, and that the special election was not contested — two factors that allowed Nancy Pelosi to swear Owens in before the health care vote.

Conklin states:

“We sent a letter to the clerk laying out the totals. The key is that Hoffman conceded, which means the race is not contested. However, all ballots will be counted, and if the result changes, Owens will have to be removed.”

Hoffman campaign spokesman Rob Ryan says they probably wouldn’t have conceded the race so quickly, had they known it even tighter than it appeared. Oswego county was a big part of the decision, according to Ryan. “That’s the thing that threw us off.” More votes were cast in Oswego county than in any other county. On Hoffman’s next step, Ryan says:

“We’re basically watching and waiting.” We’ve been looking very closely at the recanvass. We’re going to see how this week shapes up, and then we’re going to determine what to do.”

We’re keeping a very close eye on this one. There are about 10,200 absentee ballots outstanding. A victory for Hoffman– the unknown conservative who came out of nowhere, with no money, and who was opposed by the GOP– would be incredibly sweet for his supporters across the nation.

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Right Sightings

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The Obama Disconnect– A View From A Therapist: American Thinker

Is The World Running Out Of Gold? Telegraph UK

Texas Gov. Rick Perry- “Obama Hellbent On Socialism”:
Politico

White House Rejects Advisers’ Afghan Plans:
Fox

Baxter Admits Contaminating Vaccine With Bird Flu:
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Senator Jim Demint Proposes Constitutional Amendment Targeting Career Politicians:
Big Government

Doctors Were Worried Nidal Hasan Was Psychotic: NPR

NYC Mayor Bloomberg Hosts WTC Bombing Planner: NY Post

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Lou Dobbs Quits CNN

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Saying “Some leaders in the media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond my role here at CNN”, Lou Dobbs announced he’s leaving his 30-year stint at the network. A spokesperson for Fox News and Fox Business says it has not had any discussions with Lou Dobbs for either network. We’ll see.

Dobbs has been under huge pressure from groups that support hispanic immigration issues; his unwavering campaign against illegal immigrants drew much fire. Dobbs never swayed. Nonetheless, the reaction from the leaders of BastaDobbs.com – a national Latino-led coalition that had been advocating for his ouster – released the following statement:

“Our contention all along was that Lou Dobbs – who has a long record of spreading lies and conspiracy theories about immigrants and Latinos – does not belong on the ‘Most Trusted Name in News,'” said Roberto Lovato, co-founder of Presente.org, a national online advocacy organization coordinating the BastaDobbs.com campaign in conjunction with more than 40 local and regional Latino organizations from across the country. “We are thrilled that Dobbs no longer has this legitimate platform from which to incite fear and hate.”

The campaign against Dobbs was well-organized, it included online petitions, a viral YouTube video, text-message campaign, radio PSAs and a series of events in 18 cities – organized in conjunction with the CNN special Latino in America. Click Here to Continue Reading »

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Change, Change, Change: The Latest Polls

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Rasmussen Reports’ Daily Presidential Tracking Poll for today shows that:

Only 30% of the nation’s voters strongly approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President.

40%of voters strongly disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10.

Overall, 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. 53% disapprove.

Republicans have opened a six-point lead on Gallup’s Generic Congressional Ballot. The GOP moved ahead of Democrats by 48% to 44% among registered voters in the latest update on Gallup’s congressional ballot for the 2010 House elections, after trailing by six points in July and two points last month.

More Rasmussen:

60% say that the Fort Hood shootings should be investigated by the military as a terrorist act. Just 27% prefer a criminal investigation by civilian authorities.

This Veterans Day, 81% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the U.S. military. 36% had a close friend or relative who gave their life for our country. 69% say that military service is good for young people.

Independents are leaving the Dems in droves. What we have here is a huge case of buyer’s remorse.

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Pentagon On Nidal Hasan: “Not It!”

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“A failure to connect the dots.” Sound familiar? The 9-11 Commission declared that such a failure left our nation exposed to 19 lunatics with boxcutters. It seems we still have the same failure to communicate amongst our national intelligence and defense agencies. It’s becoming clear that Ft. Hood shooter Nidal Hasan massacred 13 people in an act that was preventable. Now the FBI, the Army and the Pentagon are pointing fingers at each other for staying quiet in an environment where red-flagging Hasan could get them “crucified”.

The Pentagon is saying that no one told them Hasan was pen-pals with known Al Qaeda operatives, foremost of whom being Imam-To-The-Hijackers Anwar al-Aulaqi. The Wall Street Journal reports that:

…it was never notified by U.S. intelligence agencies that they had intercepted emails between the alleged Fort Hood shooter and an extremist imam until after last week’s bloody assaults, raising new questions about whether the government could have helped prevent the attack.

A top defense official said federal investigators didn’t tell the Pentagon they were looking into months of contacts between Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan and Anwar al-Aulaqi. The imam knew three of the Sept. 11 hijackers and hailed Maj. Hasan as a “hero” after the shooting last week at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead. …

A person familiar with the matter said a Pentagon worker on a terrorism task force overseen by the Federal Bureau of Investigation was told about the intercepted emails several months ago. But members of terror task forces aren’t allowed to share such information with their agencies, unless they get permission from the FBI, which leads the task forces.

In this case, the Pentagon worker, an employee from the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, helped make the assessment that Maj. Hasan wasn’t a threat, and the FBI’s “procedures for sharing the information were never used,” said the person familiar with the matter.

So an officer in the United States Army is emailing not just ANY old Al Qaeda recruiter, but one well-known to the 9-11 Commission? And the whole matter gets tossed into the lap of a staffer… who either decides it isn’t worth the bureaucratic hassle it would require to alert superiors, or is so handcuffed by a PC culture in the military that he just lets it go? This happens AFTER Hasan gives this sermon on Islam (emphasis on the jihad and infidels) to his peers and superiors at Walter Reed? Seriously?

Anwar al-Aulaqi gets several mentions in the 9/11 Commission report, including this one: Click Here to Continue Reading »

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