UPDATE at the end of the post.
Holy smokes, just when you think things can’t get any nuttier, somehow, they do. I think Sheryl Crow sums it up mighty well in her (Country) song, “Crazy Ain’t Original (These Days):
Yep, “crazy ain’t original,” especially when one is talking about the government.
Take, for instance, the unbelievable verdict by a US Judge, Reggie B. Walton, on the flagrant violations by the IRS in targeting groups. His conclusions are, how shall I say this? A reach. Yeah, that’s politic enough, right? From Breitbart:
On Thursday, a federal judge in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia entered an order dismissing a lawsuit filed by True the Vote, a Houston, Texas-based non-profit organization focused on “voters’ rights and election integrity” against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The order alleged that the IRS had improperly delayed granting their application for 501(c)(3) status and targeted them as a conservative organization. The opinion, by Judge Reggie B. Walton, found that the IRS had taken sufficient “remedial steps to address the alleged behavior.”
Judge Walton’s opinion stated that because the IRS had finally granted True the Vote their 501(c)(3) status, the case “no longer warrant[ed] the Court’s attention and further use of its resources,” and deemed True the Vote’s lawsuit to now be moot. However, True the Vote had argued specific costs that the IRS’ delay had caused them, including fees for attorneys and CPAs, as well as fundraising losses. A number of other non-profit organizations and other donors had either pledged or donated money to True the Vote with the understanding that the group would have official 501(c)(3) status soon. Some of these groups even had requirements in their organizational documents that they could only give money to other approved 501(c)(3) organizations. According to Churchwell, the IRS’ years-long delay acted as a “functional denial of our application” and True the Vote was forced to return some donations, and other pledges were revoked. Churchwell described the total costs to True the Vote caused by the IRS’ delay to be nearly $90,000. [...] (Click here to read the rest.)
True the Vote will continue to fight this. I hope they do. This opinion seems rife with, um, issues, as the All Star Panel discussed on “Special Report” Thursday night. You can watch the Panel HERE. Bottom line, Judge Walton’s decision didn’t seem to be based on a whole lot of facts. IMO, that is.
But that’s not the only crazy thing going on this week, as the Panel also discussed above. That would be a story Helenk provided from Judicial Watch: the claim by President Obama that Eric Holder’s wife and mother are covered by Executive Privilege. It is laughable on its face.
And here’s some “freaky” news. You may well have heard a few weeks ago about the alleged participation by the Palin family in a “drunken brawl.” Well, Bristol Palin was at the heart of it all, and she finally spoke out about what happened, and the media’s coverage of this story:
[...] Our friend got knocked out from a cheap shot from behind. (His injury resulted in ten stitches, so it was really low.)
Why would anyone do this? Well, here’s a hint. The guy was on social media during this incident, tweeting, “about to get famous.”
When Willow saw all this happening she looked at the guy’s mom and said “get ahold of your son.”
But apparently the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree, because his mom pushed Willow. A grown woman pushed my little sister.
After I got out of the car, I didn’t get far. I never even got to talk to his mom, because a guy in his late thirties or early forties got in my face. He was towering over me – probably at 6 foot something and over 200 pounds. He puffed his chest out and started yelling.
“You c-nt!” he looked right in my eyes and said. “Get the f-ck out of here, you slut!”
I was alarmed that things had gotten so bad so fast. But it got even worse when this guy started pushing me. He had his hands on me, pushing me down. That’s when I swung and hit his face.
Some would say I should’ve never retaliated in defense against him, but certainly he should never have pushed a girl. It didn’t phase him. He pushed me down to the ground and kept me there.
It was scary and awful. He held me down until someone got me out of the situation.
What Bristol doesn’t say here is that this man pulled her along the ground by her feet, according to Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller who called out the lack of response to the assault Bristol suffered. Had it been anyone else, things might be different, Lewis averred. No doubt.
Back to Bristol’s account:
[...] The incident was scary and infuriating. I had bruises all over me from being pushed down.
In the meantime, did you even hear about Vice President Joe Biden’s adult son who kicked out of the Navy for cocaine? (That’s the real Vice President’s kid…) So pause for a moment and consider the hysteria over our stupid “incident”, compared to our actual Vice President’s son not even being able to hold on to a position in the Navy Reserve.
Here’s the thing. Violence against women is never okay… Even if that violence occurs against conservative women. Imagine for a second the outrage that would happen if Chelsea Clinton had gotten pushed by some guy. Had she tried to defend herself, the liberal media would’ve held her up as some feminist hero.
But it wasn’t Chelsea.
It wasn’t Hillary.
It wasn’t someone they liked or someone they agreed with.
It was a conservative.
And once again, the hypocrisy of the media is laid bare. (Click here to read the rest.)
One can sure appreciate the frustration Bristol must feel at thw way she was treated after being assaulted by this man. Heck, a CNN anchor had to apologize today for the comments she made about this event and Bristol. I think Bristol has a point – there would have been a whole different take on this assault had it happened to someone named Clinton, Obama, or Kennedy…
Yep, “crazy ain’t original no more.” Sadly, it seems to have become the norm. And that’s the “Freaky Friday” edition. Feel free to discuss any of the above, or any other crazy stories you come across.
UPDATE: Now things have gone from “Crazy” to “TRAGIC.” A gunman opened up fire at a high school: Police: Two dead, four wounded in shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. One of the dead is the gunman. Three of those injured have primary head wounds, according to a doctor at a trauma hospital where 3 of the victims are (1 other victim had a jaw injury and went to another hospital). No doubt, more will come out of this as they sort out the details.
Meanwhile, THREE officers were shot in the Sacramento area by an Hispanic man and woman, both of whom were heavily armed, according to reports: CHP: 3 officers shot in Sacramento, Placer counties.
Thoughts and prayers are with those families who lost family members today, or who are still wondering what has happened with their children. And for the police officers, both in CA, and in NYC who were attacked last night by an Islamist lone wolf wielding a hatchet.