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Martin Luther King Jr. Was Harassed By The IRS, Too

Martin Luther King giving his address at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington,DC, Aug. 28, 1963.

Martin Luther King giving his address at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington,DC, Aug. 28, 1963.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. DayTallahassee DemocratDr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the IRS:

This past year, much ado was made about the so-called “IRS-Gate” and concerns that the Obama administration may have used the agency to target Tea Party and other right wing groups. … [W]hat often is not stated during the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend is that King, early in his leadership of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), was routinely subjected to IRS audits of his individual accounts, SCLC accounts as well as accounts of his lawyers, first starting during the administration of President Dwight Eisenhower and continuing through the Kennedy administration…

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Obama’s Legacy: Government Conspiracy Theories Aren’t Crazy

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From the IRS to the NSA, Americans have reasons not to trust the Obama Administration

Glenn Reynolds  writes:  At a tax symposium at Pepperdine Law School last week, former IRS chief counsel Donald Korb was asked, “On a scale of 1-10 … how damaging is the current IRS scandal?”

His answer: 9.5. Other tax experts on the panel called it “awful,” and said that it has done “tremendous damage.”

I think that’s right. And I think that the damage extends well beyond the Internal Revenue Service. In fact, I think that the government agency suffering the most damage isn’t the IRS, but the National Security Agency. Because the NSA, even more than the IRS, depends on public trust. And now that the IRS has been revealed to be a political weapon, it’s much harder for people to have faith in the NSA.

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Vintage Pulp Fiction Cover Art of the Day

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Another good find from Retrogasm


Reminder: 4 Concealed Carry Compromises to Avoid

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From The Daily Caller, good advice. We touched on this last December, but it’s worth covering again.

Gila Hayes, for Gun Digest,  writes:  If you carry concealed, eventually you’ll be tempted to compromise one of these four things. Don’t give in—avoid them at all costs.

We make hundreds of decisions every day. Be sure the decisions you make enhance your safety.

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conceal-carry-women-bookThis includes avoiding dangers, and it means having a way to defend against that which you cannot avoid. Playing a guessing game that tries to predict when trouble may strike is foolhardy.

Habitually and regularly carrying a gun for personal defense whenever and wherever legal is a sensible decision.

You must persevere even when carrying a gun for personal defense is inconvenient, uncomfortable or when doing so opens you up to criticism. Falling prey to a predator is considerably worse than any of those discomforts.

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Priorities: Michelle Obama’s Birthday Wins Twice the Coverage as Benghazi

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John Nolte  reports:  The sorry state of our media can be measured and NewsBustsers has done just that with a study that shows the networks spent twice as much time gushing over the First Lady’s 50th birthday than they did a devastating bipartisan report on Benghazi released last week by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

ABC gave 2 minutes to Benghazi and 10 to the birthday; CBS and NBC both gave less than 15 minutes to Benghazi but nearly a half hour to the First Lady’s 50th.

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U.S. Fighter Pilot Scares off Iranians with ‘Top Gun’-Worthy Stunt

An F-22 fighter jet (U.S. Air Force)

An F-22 fighter jet (U.S. Air Force)

‘You really ought to go home’

Douglas Ernst  reports:  The U.S. Air Force has a message for Iran: Don’t mess with our drones.

In what only can be described as a scene out of Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun,” Gen. Mark A. Welsh IIIAir Force chief of staff, describes how F-22 stealth jets scared off Iranian jets from a U.S. drone flying in international airspace.

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‘Cookie Jars Full of Drugs’

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BRADLEY KANARIS/GETTY IMAGES

Nancy Dillon  reports:  Justin Bieber’s mansion reportedly was stuffed with drugs and paraphernalia when cops rolled up to serve an egging-related search warrant last week.

Two large cookie jars loaded with marijuana sat in plain view of the dozen detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, an unidentified source told TMZ.com.

The notorious party palace also contained four or five empty codeine bottles along with empty Fanta bottles, TMZ said.

The Fanta bottles appeared to be discolored by the codeine, a sign they were used to mix the narcotic drink Sizzurp, also called “lean.”

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The New Cold War

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Richard Sherman: Okay, lemme ‘splain…

Allapundit has some good comments:

He’s an egomaniac — for good reason — but no, of course he’s not always in game mode and no, he’s not above giving credit where it’s due. Follow the link above to his SI piece and you’ll find him with nothing but praise for the Broncos. I think his issue here really is with Crabtree specifically. I didn’t see Crabtree shove him in the face after the play, but yep, he did; no doubt there’s more to that than Sherman’s letting on (if you really think all he said was “good game,” watch the clip below of RS discussing on-field trash talk from early last year) but the bad sportsmanship runs two ways. Sherman’s just the one who ended up with a mic in front of him five minutes later. If anything, his big sin here was singling out a player for derision whom not enough fans hate. If instead he had called Tom Brady a punk who throws like a girl (which he’s kinda sorta done before), 90 percent of the country would have been high-fiving on their couches…

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Danger Bullets: Chocolate-Covered Tabasco-Flavored Jelly Beans Available to Consumers, No FBI Background Check Required

Assorted flavors of jelly beans wait to be packaged at the Jelly Belly Candy Co. manufacturing facility in Fairfield, California. Ken James / Bloomberg / Getty Images

Assorted flavors of jelly beans wait to be packaged at the Jelly Belly Candy Co. manufacturing facility in Fairfield, California. Ken James / Bloomberg / Getty Images

ATF & FDA Approved Weaponized Candy

Just think: We’ll no longer have to sit down to a bowl of jelly beans served with the customary bottle of Tabasco on the side. Now these two great flavors are finally combined.

Samantha Grossman reports:

Gone are the days of creative but traditional jelly bean flavors like toasted marshmallow, cotton candy, and cream soda. Jelly Belly is rolling out two new, decidedly risky flavors: draft beer (yes!) and chocolate-covered Tabasco (hm).

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Flaming Cocktails Make a Comeback

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Pro-European integration protesters carry Molotov cocktails during clashes with police in Kiev January 20, 2014 (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

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Radical opposition protesters today battled Ukrainian police in new clashes after bloody fighting the day earlier wounded more than 200 people amid mounting fury over draconian new anti-protest laws.

The clashes, the worst in Kiev in recent times, marked a spiralling of tensions after two months of demonstrations against President Viktor Yanukovych‘s refusal to sign a pact for closer integration with the EU.

A special commission set up by Yanukovych was due to meet representatives of the opposition today for emergency talks, but it was unclear if this could help ease the crisis, with parts of central Kiev resembling a battlefield.

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Deli Meat Architecture: Football Stadium

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Is Wendy Davis Texas Toast?

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Chuck Ross  writes:  Intriguing new details reported by The Dallas Morning News show that Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate and liberal hero Wendy Davis has consistently twisted the truth about her own life story.

Davis, a state senator, became famous nationwide after she blocked a bill seeking to place limitations on abortion with an 11-hour filibuster featuring her tale of perseverance and against-all-odds grit.

According to the Davis legend – as exemplified by Davis in her campaign video A Texas Story – the state senator was married, had a child, and divorced all by the time she was 19.

She lived in a trailer and worked to raise her daughter and make her way through college, eventually landing in the hallowed halls of Harvard. From there, Davis – born Wendy Russell – became an attorney, a Fort Worth city councilwoman, and a state senator known for confronting the “old-boys network” of Texas state politics.

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Man Run Over by Train While Posing for Photo

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AUBURN, Washington – Fire officials say a 42-year-old Las Vegas man was killed Saturday after he was hit by an Amtrak train around 3:30 p.m. in Auburn.

According to the Auburn Fire Department, the man’s girlfriend was taking pictures of him sitting on the rails when an Amtrak Cascades Train mowed him down.

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Report: Persecution of Christians Reveals Most Abuse in Muslim Countries

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Coptic Christians/Reuters

The majority of anti-Christian persecution in the world in 2013 took place at the hands of Muslims, according to a list by Open Doors USA 

Ariel Ben Solomon  writes:  The nondenominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide recently released its 2014 World Watch List, that describes and ranks anti-Christian persecution in a list of the 50 worst countries for the past year.

It reported increasing violence against Christians in Africa, and said radical Muslims were the main source of persecution in 36 countries on its list – both in Islamic countries and in non-Muslim countries such as Kenya (ranked 40th), Ethiopia (17th) and Tanzania (49th).

The top country where Christians suffer, for the 12th consecutive year, remained communist North Korea, though the nine following countries in the top ten were Islamic: Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan, Iran and Yemen.

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Iran ’2 to 3 weeks’ from Nuclear Bomb

Former IAEA director warns Tehran could nix deal, arm itself quickly

nuclear-bomb-340x161If Iran breaks its deal with the West tomorrow, the country would be only two to three weeks away from producing enough highly enriched uranium to assemble a nuclear weapon, according to Olli Heinonen, former deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Heinonen directed the safeguards division of the United Nations body charged with enforcing the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

He was asked Sunday on Aaron Klein’s WABC Radio show about the timeframe in response to statements from Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, who boasted last week that Tehran can nix its deal with the West and resume enriching uranium to 20-percent levels within one day if it so desires.

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