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The revolution will not be is being televised, 2.0

The recent protests in Turkey have been captured on video by a camera aboard a small civilian-owned remote-controlled quadricopter. The police eventually shot it down.

Technology has a way of flattening hierarchies.

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House Ways and Means Committee solicits IRS discrimination reports via web

The powerful US House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee has published a new IRS Political Discrimination Investigation web page that “allows those affected by the IRS scandal to share their story”. Apparently businesses, 501C4 organizations, and individuals with conservative connections have been singled out for tax audits, retardation of tax-exempt status applications, and illegal probes into lists of members, employees, and donors. The new page includes a blank form with about 20 fields that can be filled in by annoyed taxpayers.

House Ways and Means Committee IRS Complaint FormApparently the IRS singled out pro-life, Tea Party, and organizations whose names include the phrases “limited government”, “patriot”, “pro-Israel”, “Christian”, “liberty”, or “constitution”. Some conservative organizations’ applications were delayed up to three years, while labor unions’ applications were quickly approved. (The IRS is a union shop.)

The new House Ways and Means Committee page closes with

Your story is critical to moving the investigation forward. Taking a few minutes to fill out the form below and share your story will allow the Committee to identify key facts and take action to deal with the failures of the IRS.

Working together, we will get to the bottom of this, and ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.

It sounds like the committee means business. This form is brand-new. How long will it remain on-line? Through 2013? Through 2014 (an election year)?


House Speaker John Boehner quipped,

My question isn’t, “Who’s going to resign?”. My question is, “Who’s going to jail?”.

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