Patriot Post-Daily Digest
At the White House Summit on Countering Religious Extremism, Barack Obama demanded we “refute the notion that groups like ISIL somehow represent Islam, because that is a falsehood that embraces the terrorists’ narrative.” He added, “No religion is responsible for terrorism,” ignoring that the aggressors in the overwhelming majority of terrorist attacks this century have had their roots in radical interpretations of Islam, whether through al-Qaida or the Islamic State.
Obama seems to hold a millennium-long grudge against all Christians for the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition, but he isolates the blame for terrorist acts to a small percentage of misguided radicals (who are in no way Muslim). That minority is on the march, however, slaughtering other Muslims who don’t conform with their strict interpretation of Islam along with Jews and Christians, like the 21 Coptic Christians recently beheaded in Libya — the ones Team Obama dismissively referred to as “Egyptian citizens.”
Obama, though, hasn’t weighed in on the cultural clash occurring right here at home. In 2013, the owners of an Oregon bakery called Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to bake a cake for a same-sex marriage ceremony because doing so conflicted with their religious beliefs. Rather than respect the owners’ religious liberty and choose another bakers in the area, the lesbian couple filed a formal complaint with the state. That led to a recent ruling that the bakers denied the couple “full and equal access to a place of public accommodations.”
It’s the latest in a growing number of instances where those who believe marriage is solely between a man and a woman are being hounded by radicals demanding full recognition of same-sex “marriage.”
In Washington, a florist cited her religion in refusing to create arrangements for a same-sex ceremony — though she had previously served the couple. As Family Research Council President Tony Perkins explained, “[H]ere’s the catch. [Barronelle] Stutzman didn’t deny the men flowers, as the media wrongly suggests, but arrangements — which would have required Barronelle to use her personal artistry to express what she believes is a sinful message.”
Speaking after the state ruled against Stutzman, Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Kristen Waggoner put her finger on the fundamental message of the Rainbow Mafia: “Celebrate us or else.” She warned, “The ruling basically said that if you dare to not celebrate same-sex marriage because it violates your religious convictions, that the government has a right to bring about your personal and professional ruin.”
The florist herself said, after she pays all the fines and legal fees, “There won’t be anything left. They want my home, they want my business, they want my personal finances as an example for other people to be quiet.”
Muslims call this tax on non-believers the jizya. American leftists call it tolerance.
So, while Obama tries to excuse those whose religious dogma includes the wholesale slaughter of anyone who doesn’t buy the Islamist cake, American citizens who hold sincere religious beliefs — whose actions might be inconvenient to the “victims” but certainly aren’t fatal or even dangerous — find their livelihoods destroyed by the state in the name of fighting discrimination. That’s what happens when those in government think they grant rights instead of God.
It’s worth noting that, in areas controlled by ISIL, homosexuality is punishable by death. Somehow, that makes one’s inability to purchase a customized cake or flower arrangement from a particular business seem a bit less inconvenient.
My Opinion: Radical Muslims, LGBTetc, they’re all the same to me. Believe as we believe OR ELSE. All of them think “Fuck you and your beliefs. MY beliefs are more important than yours.” And we let them get away with it.
Tax season is in full swing, and over the next several weeks millions of Americans are going to experience first hand just how much “free” health care really costs. This is the year that the IRS begins punishing those who have chosen to go without insurance.
The numbers are still sketchy, but estimates are that between four and six million people could face fines this year for not purchasing health insurance during 2014. H&R Block believes that some 3.4 million people who received subsidies will end up owing the IRS money this year.
The Obama administration is trying to take the public’s mind off this unwelcome news by trumpeting the surge in ObamaCare signups. Officials from the 14 state-run insurance exchanges say the surge is due to fear of facing a 2% penalty for not having insurance. But according to the Urban Institute, “More than 4 in 10 uninsured adults who may be subject to the penalty have heard little or nothing about it.” So, never mind then.
Supposedly, only 11.4 million people have signed up for health care coverage across the country. But that’s a far cry from covering the 30-some-odd million uninsured Barack Obama kept telling us were suffering. And it isn’t clear just how many of those 11.4 million people previously had insurance but lost it thanks to ObamaCare.
Conveniently, enrollment closed on Feb. 15 — a full two months before Income Redistribution Day. But enough of their constituents will suffer that Democrat lawmakers have asked the Obama administration to ease up on penalties and expand open enrollment until April 15 so people can avoid the penalty for 2015. Obama’s HHS is considering it.
It’s a bit comical that Democrats like Sander Levin and Jim McDermott are now shedding crocodile tears for constituents who are going to get nailed with unexpected tax bills. Democrats alone passed ObamaCare — without a single Republican vote. They own this law like no other, and they made ObamaCare happen through a relentless campaign of lies.
If the situation wasn’t so serious it would be amusing to watch these politicians wake up to reality. The 2% penalty is not just a slap on the wrist for most. For example, a person making $50,000 a year without insurance faces a $1,000 fine. That is, this taxpayer will have to pay the IRS $1,000 above what he is already forking over in taxes just because he didn’t buy what the government told him to buy.
And let’s not forget the people who for one reason or another were overcompensated with government subsidies to help pay for their insurance. The IRS will be looking to reclaim that money, even though the federal government knew from the beginning that its formula for doling out subsidies (essentially the honor system) was broken.
The organization that arguably stands to benefit most from all of this foolishness is the IRS — the same bureaucracy that helped re-elect Obama in 2012 by targeting his political opponents. While the IRS has been complaining about supposed budget cuts, the agency received a $2 billion budget increase this fiscal year, and it will enjoy an 11% staff increase next year. The additional 9,000 employees will be brought on board to enforce 46 new tax provisions that come directly from ObamaCare. When a law grows the IRS that much, you know there’s trouble.
A larger IRS with a broader mandate to intrude into people’s lives should scare every American to the core. If Obama does nothing else to shore up his signature law before leaving office, he is sure to fund the IRS to the greatest extent possible. He will leave behind an organization that is even bigger than the bloated, out-of-control monstrosity that it is today.
My Opinion: Radical Islamism has nothing on the IRS. You want to rid the U.S. of terrorism? Disband the IRS. I’d rather face a whole country of “Rag Heads” than one IRS agent with a notepad. All a Radical Muslim Terrorist can do is kill me. The IRS, on the other hand, can fuck up your life and keep you around. Maybe even sic the EPA on you!