Producer of anti-Obamacare movie ‘Sick and Sicker’ ‘SLAPPed’ with IRS audit

The audits of the President’s political enemies are so numerous that no benefit of the doubt remains.

This type of harassment has replaced what used to be knows as a S.L.A.P.P. lawsuit. The acronym means Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. Wikipedia defines it well:

A strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP) is a lawsuit that is intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition.

The typical SLAPP plaintiff does not normally expect to win the lawsuit. The plaintiff’s goals are accomplished if the defendant succumbs to fear, intimidation, mounting legal costs or simple exhaustion and abandons the criticism. A SLAPP may also intimidate others from participating in the debate. A SLAPP is often preceded by a legal threat. The difficulty is that plaintiffs do not present themselves to the Court admitting that their intent is to censor, intimidate or silence their critics.

The Washington Times:

The producer of a new movie that criticizes Obamacare has reportedly become the latest prominent conservative slapped with an IRS audit.

Logan Clements, producer of “Sick and Sicker: ObamaCare Canadian Style,” announced via press release Tuesday that he is being audited for the first time ever.

“I had never been audited before I made this movie,” he says in a YouTube video. “There seems to be a pattern here.”

The news comes one month after the conservative Breitbart News announced that it, too, was being audited and that the action was probably politically motivated.

Mr. Clements‘ movie makes the case that Obamacare will eventually lead to socialized medicine like Canada.

In the video, he says the IRS is demanding a “ridiculously long list” of documents, including “a detailed description of all transactions related to all prior year returns and supporting documentation.”

Obama Administration Puts Gag Order on Testing

Once again the self proclaimed “most transparent administration in history” proves itself to be the most secretive.

Via the great Sharyl Atkisson:

Health policy strategist Robert Laszewski is out with his latest analysis of news that insurers are being required to keep strict confidentiality surrounding what should be the wholly public business of

Apparently, the administration doesn’t want word getting out if things don’t go as smoothly as they hope in new testing prior to the second Obamacare open-enrollment period beginning November 15th.

Most experts expect no major glitches this year after last year’s enrollment debacle. However, the administration appears to be keeping its trademark tight clamp on as much information as possible, just in case.

From the Wall Street Journal and Laszewski:

The administration reminded insurers that their confidentiality agreement with the Obama administration means that insurance executives “will not use, disclose, prescribe, post to a public forum, or in any way share Test Data with any person or entity, included but not limited to media…” This includes any “results of this testing exercise and any information describing or otherwise relating to the performance or functionality” of the Obamacare enrollment and eligibility system.

Read the entire Laszewski analysis here.

EPA Claims it Can’t Find Text Messages Sought in FOIA Lawsuit

Here we go again…..

Washington Free Beacon:

The Environmental Protection Agency said in court filings Tuesday that it may have lost text messages from former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy that it was required to preserve under federal law

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a conservative think-tank, filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit last year against the EPA last year seeking the text messages, which CEI said McCarthy and other officials used to skirt federal record law.

The Hill reports:

In the Tuesday filing to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Justice Department lawyers representing the EPA said the agency will soon file a notice that it has misplaced records that it was legally required to retain.

“Defendant has decided to formally notify the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) about the potential loss of federal records relating to text messages,” the lawyers told the court.

Once it files that notice the CEI’s claim will become moot, since the records do not exist, the agency said. Lawyers will ask the court for a hearing to dismiss the case.

Earlier this year, the Internal Revenue Service said it lost thousands of emails from IRS official Lois Lerner due to a hard drive crash.

In both cases, the federal agencies did not notify the NARA that it had failed to preserve federal records until forced to under pressure from outside groups and Congress.

Fort Hood shooter sends letter to Pope espousing ‘jihad’

So much for the Obama Administration’s continued insistence that this was not an act of terrorism, but rather simple workplace violence.

Catherine Herridge:

Convicted Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan has written to Pope Francis espousing “jihad,” in his latest correspondence aligning himself with radical Islam.

Despite efforts by the Defense Department to label the 2009 massacre as “workplace violence,” Hasan has described himself several times, and again in the new letter, using the acronym “SoA,” or “Soldier of Allah.”

Hasan directed his attorney John Galligan to mail the undated, six-page, hand-written letter to the pope. A copy of the letter – titled, “A Warning To Pope Francis, Members Of The Vatican, And Other Religious Leaders Around the World” – was provided by the attorney to Fox News.

Hasan appears to make multiple references to the Koran in the letter, and includes a bulleted list of guidelines for “believers.”

In one subsection titled “Jihad,” Hasan praises “The willingness to fight for All-Mighty Allah,” describing it as a test that elevates the “mujahadeen” who “are encouraged to inspire the believers.” He states that “fighters … have a greater rank in the eyes of Allah than believers who don’t fight.”

Dana Loesch: Liberal Propaganda Narratives Getting Minorities Killed (video)

Black man with a gun at Walmart!!! And the police come in shooting. The black man was innocently looking at a BB Gun that Walmart sells. Two people are dead as a result.

False narratives and fear mongering from liberal politicians about guns in order to try to make people turn against the second amendment, the constant racial agitation and racial stereotypes the left uses to spread division for political purposes, and now we see the consequences of the culture of fear that is created. The policeman, with an attitude and narrative implanted in his mind by all of this results in not just the death you will see in this video, but how many others?

We talk about attitude change propaganda a great deal here at Political Arena and that is the point, the propaganda implants an attitude that people carry with them.

George Will: Obama Is Practicing Trickle-Down Economics (video)

George Will at his best. This is so true, especially when you factor in how the left defines the terms.

The video can be seen HERE.


The president went to the state of Illinois to brag about the economy. Illinois has 300,000 fewer jobs than it had in 2008. For the last four years in the state of Illinois, the number of new food stamp recipients has increased twice as fast as the number of new job recipients. He was speaking in Illinois on a college campus. He did not mention that 40 percent of recent college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed — that is, in jobs that don’t require college degrees — and one in three recent college graduates is living at home with their parents.

Now, the president, we just heard, disparage trickle-down economics while bragging about doubling the stock market value. He is practicing trickle-down economics by doubling the stock market. He, and, for six years now, and most recently under his choice to be head of the Fed, Janet Yellen, have had zero interest rates, the intended effect of which is to drive people out of bonds and into assets like farm land, but particularly into stocks. That is why this has been a boon to the 10 percent of Americans who own 80 percent of all the directly owned stocks. And this is why 95 percent of the wealth created in the last six years have gone to the dreaded top one percent.

The GOP’s Problem: The ‘Do It for Bob’ Republicans

Why are voters and even yours truly thinking of staying home? Here is why.

The American Spectator:

The very people who are needed to give the money and especially the votes to elect that Republican Senate are balking. But why?

There are two reasons.

First, for almost a year now in the lead-up to the 2014 election the GOP establishment has been hell-bent on eating its own. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has made attacking the Base of the GOP its mission in life. Senator Mitch McConnell boasted that he would “crush” the Tea Party. GOP consultants are running around assailing the very voters their candidates need to win, or making insipid, defensive and timid TV commercials like this one (“Republicans Are People Too!”) utterly devoid of ideology or sharp political elbows like this Reagan commercial run against Jimmy Carter in 1980.

It is always amazing that the idea of deliberately antagonizing and insulting the base of the GOP is seen by the establishment as a sure-fire way to win elections with help from the base of the party. But that’s just for starters.

Second? There is not the foggiest idea out there about a reason to elect a GOP Senate. Opposing Obama? Good. But what are these people for? You won’t have a clue if you watch that “Republicans are people too” commercial linked above. (And by the way, that slogan is recycled from a GOP campaign years ago.) What’s the Contract-for-America-style message on conservative principle? Would a GOP Senate block an Obama Supreme Court nominee? Defund Obamacare? Defund anything? Eliminate corporate taxes? Move to cut the income tax? Abolish the Department of Education or the Department of Energy? Why believe a Senate GOP majority would make any difference? A lot of these Senators went along with expanding the government in the Bush years — and wound up losing control in 2006 and haven’t gotten it back yet. Have they learned anything?

Apparently not.

Hillsdale’s List of Top Ten Books You’ve Got to Read

These are some of the most important books ever written and before 30 years ago every graduate would have read most of them. Try to find a public school teacher who has even heard of most of these today. Why do you think that is?

Hillsdale University:

1. Aristotle’s Ethics
“The Nichomachean Ethics offers a theory of the moral life which is richer and corresponds better to human experience than the competing modern theories such as utilitarianism, particularly associated with John Stewart Mill, deontology, which is primarily associated with Emmanuel Kant, and emotivism, associated with Friedrich Nietzsche.”

– Dr. Nathan Schlueter, Professor of Philosophy

Plato's Republic2. Plato’s Republic
“The Republic is one of the greatest books ever written on subjects of how to live one’s life and whether there is a standard of reason in nature. It is a fundamental work of Western philosophy. Everyone needs to ponder the life and death of Socrates, and The Republic is a great starting point for that purpose. Of course, the only reason to read a great book is because it has something important to say to you. Otherwise, such a project is merely antiquarian.”

– Dr. Mickey Craig, Professor of Politics

Euclid's Elements3. Euclid’s Elements
“While Euclid is neither the first nor the last word in geometry, his Elements eclipses all that came before it and serves as the basis for all work that followed. Euclid’s masterpiece, for that is what it is, presents not only the facts of mathematics but also our way of knowing them. Consequently, Euclid’s Elements reaches beyond the boundaries of geometry and mathematics and serves as the example of careful, deductive reasoning from first principles to all those who would practice such in philosophy and science for over 2000 years.”

– Dr. David Murphy, Professor of Mathematics

Hayek's Constitution of Liberty4. Hayek’s Constitution of Liberty
“The Constitution of Liberty is Hayek’s positive case for liberty (following his critique of socialism in The Road To Serfdom) founded primarily on his recognition of the inherently heavily constrained nature of human knowledge. Hayek explains how through voluntary cooperation we can achieve widespread spontaneous order far more complex than an order consciously designed by government planners, and one much more capable of creating wealth. A tour-de-force of free-market-based social science.”

– Dr. Ivan Pongracic, Professor of Economics

The Federalist Papers5. The Federalist Papers

“In recommending The Federalist, I will defer to no less an authority than the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, who wrote in a 1788 letter to James Madison that The Federalist was ‘the best commentary on the principles of government that ever was written.’”

– Dr. Ronald J. Pestritto, Professor of Politics

Homer's Odyssey6. Homer’s Odyssey

“Homer’s Odyssey is the fountainhead for much of Western reflection on wandering and coming home, in cultural milieux both ‘high’ and ‘pop’–from Vergil’s Aeneid to Tennyson’s “Ulysses,” from “The Odyssey” of Symphony X to the Coen brothers’ film O Brother, Where Art Thou? Indeed, it is impossible to write about these themes in the Western literary tradition without working in Homer’s shadow and making use of the imaginative furniture, as it were, that he has bequeathed to us. Homer’s Muse once sang of the ‘man of many turns’; and she sings still. ”

– Dr. Eric Hutchinson, Professor of Classics

Augustine's Confessions7. Augustine’s Confessions
“St. Augustine’s Confessions (c. 397 AD) is commonly known as the first autobiography in Western literature, yet it is so much more than an account of one man’s past. Instead, The Confessions is best understood as an extended, eloquent prayer: as the author addresses God from the depths of his soul, the reader is privileged to listen in, witnessing an act of devotion. At the time of writing, St. Augustine was a middle-aged man with a turbulent past who’d been recently ordained a bishop, and he implores the Lord to help him understand his own unexpected life story, acknowledging that its meaning remains mysterious until illuminated by the light of grace. Thus, as he ‘confesses’ his sins and remembers his slow and painstaking conversion, Augustine simultaneously pours out his gratitude in a hymn of praise, ‘confessing’ his faith and dependence on God’s mercy: ‘You stir us so that praising you may bring us joy, because you have made us and drawn us to yourself, and our heart is unquiet until it rests in you.’”

– Dr. Lorraine Eadie, Professor of English

Shakespeare's King Lear8. Shakespeare’s King Lear
“A tragedy of passion, plotting, and terrible pride, King Lear inspires wonder over questions close to Shakespeare’s heart and mind: What is the relationship between love and reason, between prudence and charity, in human life? Are they enemies? What kind of education does humanity need to avoid tragedy and to turn in a happier direction? How does our human nature relate to the ‘mystery of things,’ to the divine? Shakespeare’s King Lear commands our attention — and educates on these subjects — like no other play.”

– Dr. Stephen Smith, Professor of English

Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment9. Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment
“In his notes for Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky writes: ‘Man is not born for happiness. Man earns his happiness, and always by suffering.’ In his harrowing depiction of Raskolnikov’s egoistic and murderous philosophy, eventually overcome and transformed by Sonya’s wisdom of love, we witness Dostoevsky’s poetic mastery of human psychology. Brilliant.”

– Dr. Justin Jackson, Professor of English

Lewis's Abolition of Man10. C. S. Lewis’s Abolition of Man
“Russell Kirk named The Abolition of Man as the first book to be read by a young person seeking to understand himself and the world (Polanyi’s Personal Knowledge was the second). After dozens of encounters with The Abolition of Man, what emerges for this reader as its primary contribution is the teaching that ‘man’ is the creature that is able and willing to live in accordance with principle, coupled with the forceful reminder that this capacity is always in jeopardy and therefore the disappearance of ‘man’ remains a permanent danger. Only constant vigilance in the form of careful education of the young shields us from the darkest fate. Faith is indispensable, but so too is the hard and necessary work, through careful initiation of those who follow us, of preserving the inestimable legacy of the past, the most vital element of which is ‘man’ itself.”

– Dr. Jon Fennell, Professor of Education

28 words Democrats wish President Obama kept to himself…

Washington Post

President Obama was at Northwestern University on Thursday to deliver an economic speech that, he and his team hoped, would lay out the case for why the public is better off today than they were six years ago — even if they didn’t feel it in their everyday lives. Instead, Obama just gave every Republican ad-maker in the country more fodder for negative ads linking Democratic candidates to him.

Here are the four sentences that will draw all of the attention (they come more than two thirds of the way through the speech): “I am not on the ballot this fall.  Michelle’s pretty happy about that.  But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot.  Every single one of them.” Boil those four sentences down even further and here’s what you are left with: “Make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot.  Every single one of them.”