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Obama administration is using intimidation with shades of fascism

Published: Sun, June 9, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Obama administration is using intimidation with shades of fascism

I have been politically active for most of my life. Never have I seen a more serious threat to our nation and our liberty than the current IRS scandal. This is government at its worst.

One can rationalize, apologize, theorize or legalize. There is no excuse for using the IRS, the FBI, or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for political intimidation. It is illegal with overtones of fascism and communism. There is no selective enforcement of the law for political purposes. There is no “nuance,” as opined in The Vindicator last week.

For those who are willing to dismiss what has happened as just a tea-party thing, you should remember it was the Progressives who pioneered the use of 501(C)(3) and (4) organizations as political vehicles. The sanctity of donor lists as applies to these organizations dates back to the NAACP during the civil-rights movement. More recent examples include ACORN, Media Matters, Moveon.org, and the Ruckus Society (the Occupy Wall Street people).

The president’s campaign committees from both elections have morphed into a 501(C) (4) called Organizing for Action. One hears of no IRS holdup or scrutiny for any of these groups. All of these organizations have used 501 (C) vehicles to promote a political agenda in the guise of community organizing, media research or social welfare. But let the tea party take a page from the Progressive playbook, and all hell breaks loose.

I support all public servants. The IRS has a thankless job. Most employees are good and honest civil servants trying to do good work. But something happened. You have to be off in space not to begin to connect the dots. These good employees could not and would not have come up with this on their own. Somebody had to tell them to do it. They achieved their goals. It helped swing an election.

Election campaign laws are neutral. It’s the enforcement that is bad. The erosion of freedom comes slowly so it’s not noticed. The current administration is walking a very thin Nixonian line.

It is corrupt to the core. Today they went after the tea party. Who will they go after tomorrow?

When it happens to you, it’s not so funny. Government largesse or scrutiny is a door that swings both ways.

Atty. Mark G. Mangie, Canfield

Youngstown policeman enhanced visit to city for Pickler concert

On May 29, my daughter, sister and I headed to Youngstown and Stambaugh Auditorium to see country singer Kellie Pickler perform. The concert was great. Pickler and her opening act both put on a great show.

When we got to the auditorium, we saw a Youngstown police officer (Joe Fergus) who we stopped to ask about parking.

He was just so nice and went out of his way to show us the best place to park, and when we went to cross the street he helped us cross safely.

I just wanted to give a shout out to him as he went above the call of duty and made himself available to us twice that evening.

Melody Province, Sharon, Pa.

America must remain vigilant against acts of domestic terrorism

Should we as a nation become more aggressive in domestic surveillance after the Boston Marathon bombings?

As more and more people of interest come forward in this incident, these questions are asked: Could this have been foreseen?

Is our intelligence-gathering community missing key indicators, or are they hampered by political red tape?

Should we look at how intelligence is gathered and reviewed and what may slip through the creaks?

Great care must be taken, however, to ensure that the rights of the individual are never in jeopardy.

We have enemy combatants on American soil just waiting to get the phone call. A good example is the Anna Chapman ordeal of a few years ago, when the KGB was alive and well here in the United States.

Islamic militant groups are also a threat and are ever present both here and abroad. We must become ever vigilant to this growing threat to our security. A clear and present danger exists and must be addressed with all deliberate speed to identify these threats to our national security, both foreign and domestic.

Jim Eidel, Beaver Township

Concealed-carry permit holders need education on limits of use

Fox News recently reported that a young military veteran, in defending his home from a would-be break-in by a burglar, was arrested and in big trouble.

The news report made it sound as if this was a terrible injustice. They reported the home owner kept firing his gun at the assailant as he was running away. That is where the big trouble happened. Military training to the contrary, I hope the criminal-justice system cuts him some slack.

Any concealed-carry class will teach students that when the aggression against you or your family has stopped, your deadly response stops. While you can legally have a gun in your home for personal defense, you must know the rest of the laws covering its use.

Home ownership and concealed-carry permits for firearms are only that — to own and/or to conceal and carry.

If you fire or even brandish your weapon, there are other laws that cover those infractions, and you better know them.

Gun ownership for self-defense requires responsible and safe-handling knowledge. Concealed- carry classes are worth their weight in gold.

Tom Page, Boardman

All involved in Austintown schools helped district earn highest rating

Austintown Local SCHOOLS recently received the Excellent with Distinction rating from the Ohio Department of Education for the 2011-12 school year. As a past member of the Austintown Board of Education for 28 years, I congratulate the residents of Austintown, the parents of our students, the students, the teachers, staff, members of the Board of Education and our Superintendent Vincent Colaluca.

The Excellent with Distinction rating from the Ohio Department of Education is a great honor achieved with dedication of all involved with the education of our Austintown students.

This rating places the Austintown schools above many other schools in the United States and indicates that the Austintown schools are among the best in kindergarten through 12th-grade education standards. This is not an award that is given but an award that is earned by all involved.

I am proud to be a resident of Austintown and proud to say that our schools received the Excellent with Distinction rating, a designation that does not come easy.

Congratulations to everyone for a job well done.

Joyce Pogany, Austintown


1redeye1(5112 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Atty Mangie As long as Obama keeps giving the people FREE stuff, they feel why should they work. So they will keep voting in Dumbocrats until all the money is gone. Let's face it Obammy doesn't have the B@!!s or the brains to fix any of this countries problems. If he did they would have been fix by now. I know the dumbocrats will be saying its the republicans fault. Well the way I see it they should open up their eyes before its too late.

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2redeye1(5112 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

@natureman Unemployment is still 7.8% , millions of dollars spend on useless projects, fast and Furious etc. But if these are okay with you then it just shows how naïve you are. Or you are one of the WELFARE MOB who has gained a lot under his leadership The national debt has risen to twice as much as when he took office. Maybe you should take off the rose colored glasses before its too late. We are losing our rights almost daily under this socialist pig. Then again maybe you are one of the 99% who feel that the Gov't has to take care of them .for life

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3Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

"In carrying its work, OFA will operate as a "social welfare" organization within the meaning of section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code."

There is your proof right there, right off Organizing for Action's website. You can read about it in its "About" Section, or you can read about it on Wikipedia.

So either they are a 501(c)4, or they are not and they are holding themselves out to be one. Which one is it?

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4Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

While they might have two years to fill out the paperwork as they claim, the fact they are still soliciting funds under the guise of the 501(c)4 framework to me seems about on par with how the Obama Administration does business.

To me, that is a pretty shady move, but given everything this administration claims not to have been involved in the last five years, I am not surprised they would operate in this manner.

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5jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

A new word has been discovered - INEPTOCRACY - A system of govt. where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, & where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods & services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

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6jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Yes Cathy, with all that is going on in this country, Obama is AWOL - MIA.
No answers - no leadership - ZILCH.

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7jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

When Obama wanted to relieve the world of Osama, he sent the NAVY SEALS to accomplish it. When the NAVY SEALS needed help in Benghazi, Obama let the NAVY SEALS down.
Obama - AWOL - MIA

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8jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

REMEMBER, everything Hitler did was legal.

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9jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago



Those wer prices when Obama took office.

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10thinkthentalk(289 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Hitlers genocide. Atrocity.
Saddam Hussein gassing Kurds. Atrocity.

IRS looking closely at a 501(c)4 application...
Um, Cathy, did anybody die? Did the IRS kill anybody? Actually, did they break any laws? Eh, you got your best man Darrel Issa on it, give him few more months to find something. Ya got 3 more years. What else does he have to do, besides his job.

Right on henry. The conservative entertainment complex plays these loons like a piano, all for a profit. Now i see that Sarah "("i dont know where Africa is") Palin is back on Fox as an expert foreign policy commentator.

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11cambridge(3337 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

parlayhenry hit the nail on the head. The head of the IRS was appointed by bush a mainstream republican. Who is it that the teabaggers hurt? The answer is mainstream republicans because no one with a half of a brain would vote with the teabaggers. If you're looking for who would benefit from going after the teabaggers look at the guy bush appointed not Obama. The teabaggers are defective and irrelevant but I hope they never go away because they will keep a Democrat in the White House as long as they exist.

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12jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Fantastic letter zz3. 85% of youngstowners have no idea what is going on in this country.

Three former great cities, Cleveland, Detriot, and Youngstown are in the dumper. Can cambridge or thinktalk tell me when was the last time any of these cities, had a Repub mayor?

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13kurtw(1314 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

One of the commentators called TEA party members "loons". I don't understand that. Their position (the Tea Party) is that the Federal Government is out control, that we pay too much in taxes for programs that don't work (apart from outright waste) and that the taxpayers should have greater control as to how their (hard-earned) money is spent.

Now, if That is "Lunacy", then, I guess, I prefer lunacy to so-called "Sanity" (defined by the Liberals) any day!

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14kurtw(1314 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Furthermore, the Tea Party position and attitude is very close to that of the Patriots who founded this country: the original Boston Tea Party which resisted British oppression. If they had "knuckled under" to central authority, we'd still be British Subjects. Remember, Our Constitution gives us, the People, the right to overthrow a government which becomes oppressive (Liberals don't like to hear that- which is why they hate the Constitution- except where it suits their purposes).

If the Tea Party members remind me of Boston Patriots, it's equally true, Liberals, most of them, remind me of Bolsheviks. They preach class envy and hatred in exactly the same way. And we know what the Bolsheviks did to the Russian People- subjected them to 70 years of tyranny and impoverishment.

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15kurtw(1314 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

For PH- Nice rant! So, whose the Looney? All I said is that Tea Party supporters reminded me of Boston Patriots and Liberals (most of them) reminded me of Bolsheviks. I stand by my statement.

And, by the way, none of this (at least for me and, I believe, the overwhelming majority of Conservatives is RACIAL) the race issue is just a "red herring" thrown out by Libs to deflect attention from the real issues.Bottom Line: Obama is a nice, highly intelligent African-American man with a nice family with whom I disagree on issues. Jimmy Carter was a nice, highly intelligent Southern Caucasian man with a nice family with whom I disagreed on issues. Get it? Both Liberals- with similar values- and my opposition to them is based on their values, not their skin color and, I believe, the majority of Conservatives feel that way. So, who is the real racist?

By the way, Liberals- Democrats in general- haven't done a hell of a lot to benefit African-Americans in a long time- if they ever did. Look at their actual record- discounting the stump speeches. Makes pretty sad reading. Only an Ostrich with their head in the sand would continue supporting that party.

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16kurtw(1314 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

zz3 just needs to use a spell check program and clean up his grammar a bit- I know what he's getting at though.

PH's attack- in it's viciousness- reminds me of a sadistic school teacher ridiculing a student for grammatical errors in front of the whole class. Reading her post (I assume it's a woman- they're usually the cruelest), I detected a number of errors which I won't enumerate.

P.S. I imagine, anyone reading my posts would find a lot of mistakes, too. As far as I know, only one perfect human being (and He was half-God) ever existed- Jesus Christ.

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17jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Benghazi - Fast & Furious - IRS - Fox - NSA - AP. WOW, what a fine liberal record. All this plus a welfare state.

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18jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

President Obama’s trip this month to Africa, with the first family tagging along, is projected to cost taxpayers as much as $100 million, sparking criticism as the federal government scrimps along during sequester-related budget cuts.

Among the related costs will be fighter jets; hundreds of Secret Service agents; a Navy ship with a full trauma center; and military cargo planes to bring 56 vehicles including 14 limousines and three trucks loaded with sheets of bullet­proof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the first family will stay. The details were reported by The Washington Post, based on a confidential planning document.

The trip to sub-Sahara Africa runs from June 26 to July 3.

And, young children cannot visit the Whitehouse because of the sequester.

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19jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Chuck Grassley: IRS To Pay $70 Million In Employee Bonuses


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Sign Up ..Follow:Video, Internal Revenue Service, Chuck Grassley, Chuck Grassley Irs, Grassley, irs, Irs Bonuses, Irs Employees, Politics News .WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses despite an Obama administration directive to cancel discretionary bonuses because of automatic spending cuts enacted this year, according to a GOP senator.

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says his office has learned that the IRS is executing an agreement with the employees' union on Wednesday to pay the bonuses. Grassley says the bonuses should be canceled under an April directive from the White House budget office.

The directive was written by Danny Werfel, a former budget official who has since been appointed acting IRS commissioner.

"The IRS always claims to be short on resources," Grassley said. "But it appears to have $70 million for union bonuses. And it appears to be making an extra effort to give the bonuses despite opportunities to renegotiate with the union and federal instruction to cease discretionary bonuses during sequestration."

The IRS said it is negotiating with the union over the matter but did not dispute Grassley's claim that the bonuses are imminent.

Office of Management and Budget "guidance directs that agencies should not pay discretionary monetary awards at this time, unless legally required," IRS spokeswoman Michelle Eldridge said in a statement. "IRS is under a legal obligation to comply with its collective bargaining agreement, which specifies the terms by which awards are paid to bargaining-unit employees."

And, young children cannot visit the Whithouse because of the sequester.

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20jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

The NSA didn't stop Benghazi or the Boston bombers.....Maybe they're only interested in the Tea Partiers.

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21jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

The IRS spent 50M on "line dancing" & gets a 70M bonus. Maybe, next year, if they spend 100M, on line dancing, they will get a larger bonus.
And, the poor kids cannot visit the Whitehouse,
Only in America.

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22timn(10 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Right on Parlay Henry! I hate them right back!

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23kurtw(1314 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

So Tea Party members are mostly white, what does that prove? It has nothing to do with any of the issues they raise. I can think of other organizations- NAACP, Urban League, Junior League, Opera Guild, etc. etc.- you name it- that are mostly one race or gender or socioeconomic group or whatever- and that fact proves absolutely nothing- it's a statistical artifact.

The fact is, anybody- of whatever race who wants to go to a Tea Party Rally- would be welcome and treated with respect. (I saw news footage of their rallies and that fact was clearly in evidence, which is more than can be said of the "Occupy Wall Street" lefto-rallies: public defecation, rape, anti-Semitic rants, etc: a kind of deranged, debased, corrupted "Woodstock".)

For that matter, talking about race and gender statistics, most African-Americans and most Women vote for Democrats (90 per cent in the case of Blacks, unbelievable considering the racist history of that party). The only thing I can say to that- as Rush Limbaugh likes to say- these are "low-information" voters. Anybody knowledgeable- especially in history- couldn't possible support that corrupt gang.

P.S. For evidence locally, look at the Mahoning Valley: what has exclusive Dem Control for 70 years done for, or, more specifically, TO us all this time? Study the record. And cry in your beer.

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24jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

"We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over so many centuries to shape the world, including my own country....."

Barack Hussain Obama

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25jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Recent NSA wiretap between Bob & Jim:

Bob: "Did you hear about the Obama administration scandal?"
Jim: "You mean the Mexican gun running?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean SEAL Team 6 Extortion 17?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean the State Department lying about Benghazi?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean the voter fraud?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean the military not getting their votes counted?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean the president demoralizing and breaking down the military?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean the Boston Bombing?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean the president wanting to kill Americans with drones in our own country without the benefit of the law?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean the president arming the Muslim Brotherhood?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The IRS targeting conservatives?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The DOJ spying on the press?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "Sebelius shaking down health insurance executives?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The NSA monitoring our phone calls, e-mails and everything else?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The president's ordering the release of nearly 2,000 illegal immigrants from jails and prisons and falsely blaming the sequester?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The president's threat to impose gun control by Executive Order in order to bypass Congress?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The president's repeated violation of the law requiring him to submit a budget no later than the first Monday in February?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The president's unconstitutional recess appointments in an attempt to circumvent the Senate's advise-and-consent role?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The State Department interfering with an Inspector General investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "HHS employees being given insider information on Medicare Advantage?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "Clinton, the IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "I give up... Oh wait, I think I got it! You mean that 65 million low-information voters stuck us again with the most corrupt administration in American history?"

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26outoftownbutstillaround(16 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Dems: Do you really think its okay for Obama to be a liberty-stealing, war-mongering power abuser just because George Bush was? I get it, Republicans annoy you because they loved a mediocre GOP president and ignored all his obvious shortcomings. Can you not see that you are doing the same thing? I sure remember a lot of outspoken freedom/privacy/peace loving Democrats back during the Bush era. Where are your voices now?

Reps: Seriously, you can't complain about Obama if you were defending or supporting Bush. You just can't.

Everyone: Ditch the parties because they are manipulating you. Republicans suddenly want immigration reform just like Obama suddenly changed his mind on gay marriage (at age 50). It wasn't sympathetic immigrant stories or seeing Sasha's and Malia's friends with gay/lesbian parents that sparked these changes of heart, it was votes.

Study the Constitution and history - then make your own decisions and please stop blaming the other side.

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27jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Margaret Thatcher's Funeral:
You probably already know this, but in case it slipped your mind, here’s a reminder of some recent history....
President Obama was a no-show at Margaret Thatcher's funeral despite being invited to attend and thus snubbing England's invitation as a representative of the American people.
Joe Biden also refused, as did Hillary Clinton. (By the way, former Secretary of State George Schultz went to the funeral……)
The British took note of the fact that the Obama administration chose not to send a single senior member of the Cabinet.
In fact, no actively serving, elected Democrat attended Lady Thatcher’s funeral.
The Obama Administration did, however, send a formal delegation to the funeral of Socialist Dictator Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died last month.
Need any more red flags???

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28DSquared(1511 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Atty Mangie, You have to remember one thing about all the criminal activity of these gub'mint organizations in the last 5 years. MAObama the so-called smartest man-child to ever step foot in the Oval Office, "found out about them while reading the paper". Just like all of us!

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29ytowner007(3 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Show me a democrat and I'll show you someone with their hands out. Gimme, gimme, gimme. It's no surprise this town is full of democrats, because 9 out of 10 people have their hands out, living off the hard work of people like me. It's enough to make me sick. And this stupid talk about Bush. I can't believe there's enough cool aide for all these dopes to drink. If it wasn't for the non-democrats in this country, we'd go broke in a week. But this country is getting better and better all the time under Obama. We just haven't figured out how. Thank god he's in Africa instead of here f'ing up something else.

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30jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Obama loves poor people - that's why he created so many more of them.

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31jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Obama's Net Worth
In 2007..............$ 1.3Million
In 2013..............$ 12.2 Million

That's an increase of 838%

He's doing great - Are you?

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32jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

The only thing TRANSPARENT in Washington, DC, is the CORRUPTION.

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