The Big Think

September 17, 2013

When Men Hoist the Pirate Flag

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 1:54 pm

When Men Hoist the Pirate Flag:

“Chivalry and the code thereof was the laying down of those good reproductive (and civilizational) rules that make for a functioning society that passes on its values to its young: men who put their strength at the service of the weaker; women who praised them and admired them for it; and children who were raised to do the same.

Tearing it down might seem like freedom, but you can’t remove the walls and wish the roof would remain standing.”

Interesting article worth reading, as is true of most of Sarah Hoyt’s writing.

Time for Some Perp Walks

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 7:41 am

Clean up the IRS: Column:

“It has now been over four months since the IRS admitted it was targeting conservative groups in the run-up to the 2012 election. The chief IRS official in charge of Exempt Organizations, Lois Lerner, has ‘taken the Fifth’ — invoking her right against self-incrimination in order to avoid testifying before Congress on what went on. Nonetheless, President Obama — who himself ‘joked’ about auditing his enemies — has lumped the IRS misconduct in with what he calls ‘phony scandals.’

But new emails have come out that make the IRS scandal look anything but phony. Emails recovered by the House Ways and Means Committee demonstrate that the targeting of Tea Party groups — and of voter-integrity groups — was orchestrated from the top of the agency. Rather than being conducted by a few rogue employees in the Cincinnati office of the IRS, the Tea Party targeting was regarded by Lerner as something ‘very dangerous’ politically, and she observed that ‘Cincy should probably NOT have these cases.’

The emails also reveal Lerner’s concerns that the Democrats might lose their Senate majority, and her hopes that the Federal Election Commission might ‘save the day’ by interfering with right-leaning grassroots activity. The IRS also shared information with the FEC, something not permitted by statute, raising questions about just how politicized both agencies were.”

Just remember, when someone in authority tells you that a scandal isn’t a scandal, and they have something to protect, chances are very good that they’re not telling you the truth. Act accordingly.

At any rate, it all boils down to trust. One reason for the resonance of not only the IRS scandals but also the NSA scandal, the Benghazi scandal, Fast and Furious, and so on is that fewer Americans than ever trust the federal government. It’s a mess that needs to be cleaned up, and denying that the mess exists only exacerbates the lack of trust.

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