We now know that tea party affiliated groups and like-minded conservatives who tried to qualify for tax-exempt status with the IRS were singled out for extra scrutiny.
Boston Mosque attended by the Tsarnaev brothers.
And while every phone call in the country and every computer keystroke is being monitored, we now learn that Muslim mosques are being singled out for no scrutiny at all.
According to an Investor’s Business Daily editorial today, mosques are off-limits. No more surveillance. No sting operations.
Since September 2011, such operations must be OK’d by a special secret panel.
“Before mosques were excluded from the otherwise wide domestic spy net the administration has cast, the FBI launched dozens of successful sting operations against homegrown jihadists — inside mosques — and disrupted dozens of plots against the homeland.
“If only they were allowed to continue, perhaps the many victims of the Boston Marathon bombings would not have lost their lives and limbs. The FBI never canvassed Boston mosques until four days after the April 15 attacks, and it did not check out the radical Boston mosque where the Muslim bombers worshipped.”
A recent survey of American mosques found 80 percent preach violent jihad or distribute violent literature.
But we can only profile conservatives and strip search grannies in wheel chairs at the airport. What a country!
It’s really not math. It’s just arithmetic. It’s very simple arithmetic. It’s not as complicated as math.
Germans do it, but Nevadans don’t.
Merkel does the math
This week German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the spiraling cost of renewable energy is damaging to the nation’s economic competitiveness and must be reined in.
Sandoval flunks math
Meanwhile, in Carson City, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law a bill that will stick it to the customers of NV Energy. Senate Bill 123 dictates that NV Energy close its coal-fired power plants early and charge its customers every dime of the costs, including the cost terminating contracts and down to any coal left lying around. It also mandates, without regard to cost, the building of natural gas-fired power plants along with more “green” energy sources, even though “green” costs quadruple that of coal.
Nevada already has the second highest residential power bills in the West, imagine what they will be after we start paying for all those new power plants and more expensive generation costs.
According to a Scarborough Research report, as reported by Ad Age, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has one of the lowest readership levels in the country, with only 24 percent of adults reading the printed paper and only 8 percent reading a newspaper website, which I presume includes the Las Vegas Sun’s site.
Top newspaper readership approached 50 percent in their market areas.
This is odd since the R-J seems to be printing a lot more papers, which apparently under the current circulation counting rules includes a lot of neighborhood sections and free sampling.
In 2009 the R-J was 57th in circulation in the country, with 165,010 daily and 189,442 on Sundays. Now it is 23rd in circulation, with 252,047 daily and 194,057 on Sundays.
There seems to be a dichotomy. The more they print, the less it is read. Is someone cooking the books?
Readership graphic from Ad Age. Some map figures don’t match the text.
Harry Reid still can’t utter two sentences without bashing Republicans. He doesn’t seem to understand how to win friends and influence people.
Gary Varvel cartoon
He keeps pushing the so-called immigration reform bill and wants to pass it by the Fourth of July, but he calls an amendment to require border security first a poison pill. Has anyone actually read the 2,000-page (including hundreds of pages consisting entirely of strikethroughs) bill? Try deciphering the point system for a pathway to citizenship. I guess we have to pass the bill to understand what is in it.
If Harry is in such a hurry for a vote, will he allow a Senate vote on the House-passed bill to defund Obama’s executive fiat imposition of the DREAM Act?
The last time the U.S. gave amnesty there were only 3 million illegals affected. This time it is 11 million. What will it be next time?
Harry had a different viewpoint 20 years ago:
It is one thing to give up your liberty and privacy in exchange for security, but it is quite another to give up your liberty and privacy and not get any security.
”We have to make choices as a society … It’s important to recognize that you can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience,” Obama told us.
Dzhokar Tsarnaev, not caught. (FBI photo)
Our NSA snooping through phone records and online data hasn’t stopped any attacks. Sure they trotted out that 2009 plot to bomb the New York subways as an example of the effectiveness of their dragnet, but that’s been found to be a bald-faced lie because it was the Brits who provided the information to foil that plot.
Did the data mining catch the Tsarnaev brothers who were making phone calls and posting radical comments online before the Boston Marathon bombing? No.
Did it stop the Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan, who was swapping chatty emails with radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki? No.
Did it keep a guy who was communicating with Pakistani Taliban from parking a bomb-laden car in Times Square in New York? No.
Edward Snowden, leaker
Did it allow intelligence agents to listen in on phone calls placed by Americans overseas to family back home and encourage each other to listen into a call where “there’s good phone sex” or “some colonel making pillow talk.” Yes.
“Nobody is listening to your telephone calls,” Obama reassured us.
The only thing the American taxpayers are getting out of the multimillion-dollar operation is the bill. What does it cost to store all that data and pay $122,000 a year to an untold number of 29-year-old high school dropouts?
I think you can obtain a greater appreciation of and ties to those you admire from the mundane experiences shared across time than from the sublime ideas they espoused.
To quote Thomas Jefferson is to drink at the finest fount of knowledge. ”(I)f we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.”
But I also found a kinship in reading about his affections for Bordeaux-style clarets and his quest to stock a fine wine cellar.
Then today I was reading about his sojourn in Paris and a party he attended in June 1785, where he heard a nightingale sing. His comment stretched across the centuries to this very spring. He said that “in all its perfection: and I do not hesitate to pronounce that in America it would be deemed a bird of the third rank only, our mocking-bird and fox-colored thrush being unquestionably superior to it.”