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THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST: Democratic Senator Tim Kaine calls the war against ISIS “illegal.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW. Deep-pocketed Dem donor on Obama’s nuke deal: Israel should ‘bomb the living daylights’ out of Iran. Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb Iran.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN, IT WOULD BE OPEN SEASON ON BLACK WOMEN: New emails show White House role in Sherrod ouster.

A 2010 email from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his department was “waiting for the go-ahead” from the White House before accepting the resignation of employee Shirley Sherrod, according to newly released documents, despite Obama administration assertions that her ouster was Vilsack’s decision alone.

The email, which was made public Friday in an ongoing federal court case over the matter, shed more light on the evening of July 19, 2010, when the USDA hastily asked Sherrod to resign after a video showing her making supposed racist remarks surfaced on a conservative website. Her dismissal turned into a racial firestorm after it became clear that the video had been edited and her remarks were meant to tell a story of reconciliation.

Both the White House and Vilsack have repeatedly said the agriculture secretary made the decision to ask for Sherrod’s resignation without White House input. The emails, along with earlier emails obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act in 2010 and 2012, make it apparent that Vilsack wanted Sherrod to leave the department and ordered her resignation. But a newly-released email sent by Vilsack himself suggests he was awaiting a decision from White House officials on how to proceed.

I never doubted that there was White House involvement in that decision. Nor did anyone else who was paying attention.

WAR ON WOMEN: Rep. Alan Grayson’s Estranged Wife & Kids on Gov’t Assistance as Dem Refuses to Support Them. “Barely a week after being named the 17th richest member of Congress, liberal firebrand and Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is refusing to support his estranged wife and their kids, and his wife has turned to government food stamps to support her family, WFTV 9 Orlando reports. . . . Barely a week after being named the 17th richest member of Congress, liberal firebrand and Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is refusing to support his estranged wife and their kids, and his wife has turned to government food stamps to support her family, WFTV 9 Orlando reports.” They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney. . . .

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, EXPLOITED WORKERS WOULD GET THIRD-WORLD WAGES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Bay Area tech company caught paying imported workers $1.21 per hour. But hey, the company got a $3,500 fine.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, UNPOPULAR RELIGIOUS MINORITIES WOULD BE CRUSHED. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Couer d’Alene City Attorney confirms: conservative Christian ministers’ wedding chapel business must provide same-sex marriage ceremonies. “The government can’t require the employees or owners of a for-profit newspaper or motivational speaker service to say the Pledge of Allegiance as a condition of staying in business, just as it can’t require noncommercially minded schoolchildren to say the Pledge. The government can’t require such for-profit businesses to display ‘Live Free or Die’ on their company cars. It can’t require for-profit newspapers to publish things they don’t want to publish. Likewise, it can’t require for-profit officiants of verbal ceremonies (especially religious ceremonies, but secular ones as well) to say things they choose not to say.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, STORE SHELVES WOULD BE FLOODED WITH DANGEROUS, UNAPPROVED DRUGS. And they were right!

HEATHER MAC DONALD: Neo-Victorianism on Campus: Is this the end of the collegiate bacchanal? They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney . . . oh, hell, you know the rest.

Related: Women Are Too Weak To Say No To Sex.

And this will only accelerate the deflation of the Higher Education Bubble.

HEADS NEED TO ROLL FOR THIS STUFF, AND I’M NOT SURE I MEAN FIGURATIVELY: EPA tells court it may have lost text messages.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told a federal court that it may have lost the text messages at the center of a lawsuit by a libertarian think tank.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) sued the EPA last year in federal court to compel the release of text messages to and from Administrator Gina McCarthy and her predecessor under the Freedom of Information Act.

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 may have 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.

They told me if we elected Barack Obama, government would turn into a criminal enterprise. And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D GET A BLITHERING IDIOT AS VP. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Biden Overstates Deaths in Joplin, Missouri Tornado By 160,839.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN, WE’D GET A VICE PRESIDENT WHO’D BE AN INTERNATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Vice President Joe Biden apologizes to Turkey; UAE mad, too.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, WOMEN WOULD BE SENT BACK TO THE KITCHEN. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! “The number of women in the workforce has fallen to levels not seen in nearly 30 years.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY WE’D SEE HEADLINES LIKE THIS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! CIA sued over Senate spying.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY . . . Joe Biden 2012: If Romney Wins, We’ll Go To War In Syria.

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THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, OFFICIOUS BUREAUCRATS WOULD BE PRYING INTO PEOPLE’S SEX LIVES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Public university requires students to submit sexual history or face disciplinary action. “Clemson University is requiring students to reveal how many times they’ve had sex in the past month and with how many partners. In screenshots obtained exclusively by Campus Reform, the South Carolina university is asking students invasive and personal questions about their drinking habits and sex life as part of what they’ve billed as an online Title IX training course.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY . . . The LAPD Allegedly Handcuffed And Detained A “Django Unchained” Actress For Kissing Her White Husband.

From the comments: “Why so much racism in places that are run by Democrats?”

ROLL CALL: Stalled Georgia Judicial Nominee Presents a Dilemma for Senate Democrats.

The troubled judicial nomination of Michael P. Boggs is stuck in the Senate Judiciary Committee as the days grow short for congressional action this year, and the panel is moving other nominations ahead of his.

The committee added a slate of 10 judicial nominees to its agenda for votes this month, likely next week. That agenda does not include Boggs, one of President Barack Obama’s nominees to a federal district court in Georgia.

A vote now on Boggs’ nomination would unnecessarily risk a potentially awkward intraparty conflict among Democrats, Senate aides and nominations experts familiar with the nomination said. Committee Democrats either could reject one of Obama’s judicial picks for the first time. Or the nomination could advance to the full Senate with opposition from many Democrats and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. . . .

Most Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee, however, oppose Boggs’ nomination based on positions Boggs took on abortion and same-sex marriage as a Democratic state lawmaker in Georgia in the early 2000s. Reid voiced opposition to Boggs, and so did progressive groups such as NARAL Pro-Choice America.

They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney. . . . Oh, Hell, you know the rest.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN MITT ROMNEY, WE’D HAVE A PRESIDENT ADDICTED TO UNILATERAL WARMAKING. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Obama tells leaders he doesn’t need their vote for ISIS campaign.

President Obama told congressional leaders at a White House meeting on Tuesday he doesn’t need their authorization to expand his military campaign against Islamic terrorists.

The president offered the assurance one day before a prime-time address he’s scheduled to give to the nation. . . .

While Obama told the House and Senate leaders he would welcome congressional action that demonstrates a unified front, the president told the bipartisan group “he has the authority he needs to take action against (ISIS) in accordance with the mission he will lay out in his address,” according to the White House.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called on Obama to better clarify his strategy this week, and the White House has said the president will offer a frank “assessment of this critical national security priority.”

White House press secretary Josh Earnest cautioned that the address would not provide a timeline for the military campaign, nor was Obama expected to outline costs for the operation.

Plus: “Polls show that confidence in Obama’s foreign policy is eroding just as anxiety over the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has peaked.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, SWEATSHOP-STYLE WORKER EXPLOITATION WOULD BE THE ORDER OF THE DAY. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Capitol Tour Guides Say They’ve Lost the Right to Drink Water. “While visitors are allowed to carry water bottles, and can fill them up once they are inside, the guides who spend eight hours a day walking them through the Capitol and talking about Congress complain that their access to water has been severely limited by CVC management.”

But wait, the Capitol tour guides are unionized?

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, THE WHITE HOUSE WOULD BE A CESSPIT OF OLD-STYLE SEXISM. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! No Men Need Apply: Michelle Obama’s Staff 100% Female.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY . . . Judge Rules For Polygamists in Sister Wives Case.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Hook-Up Culture at Harvard, Stanford Wanes Amid Assault Alarm.

They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, our colleges would be taken over by prudes who fundamentally disapproved of coeducation. And they were right!

THE HILL: Obama orders more than 100 advisers to Iraq.

They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney we’d . . . Oh, Hell, what difference, at this point, does it make?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Assaulter Vs. Assaulter: Legal Chaos Predicted Under ‘Affirmative Consent’ Bill.

UPDATE: From the comments: “They told me if I voted for Romney government bureaucrats would be trying to regulate private sexual encounters. And they were right!”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN, WE’D BE TALKING REGIME CHANGE IN IRAQ. AND SURE ENOUGH . . . . Obama seeks Iraq regime change.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN WE’D SEE OPEN RACISM IN OUR NATION’S CAPITAL — AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Florida Congressman: ‘White People’ to Blame for Collapse of Amnesty in Congress. J. Christian Adams comments: “Forget about Hastings’ impeachable past. What his statement represents is the increasingly open philosophy in Democrat Party circles that race explains everything, including the certain demise of the GOP in time. Instead of acquiescing to this evil, instead of accepting the premise of this immoral racialism, the Republican Party must strike back.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST. Safety Cops Patrol the Office For High Heels.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, RICH PEOPLE WOULD CONTROL THE GOVERNMENT. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Report: Liberal Billionaires Are “Hijacking” EPA.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, STATES WOULD BE MICRO-REGULATING TEEN DATING. AND THEY WERE RIGHT!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, WE’D HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO BLOCKED WOMEN’S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Obama’s Motorcade Blocks Pregnant Woman’s Path To Hospital.

RACISM IN ELIZABETH WARREN’S SIGNATURE AGENCY: Staffer: CFPB Run Like A “Plantation.” “A former employee of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Wednesday compared the workplace atmosphere to a ‘plantation,’ because of how black employees such as himself were treated. In the third House Financial Services subcommittee hearing to address claims of discrimination against the CFPB, Kevin Williams, a former quality assurance monitor at the agency, painted a picture where black employees were constantly belittled – even to the point where they were stereotypically offered fried chicken at company lunches.”

They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney . . . oh, hell, you know the rest.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY THIS WOULD HAPPEN: Thousands targeted by spying orders.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY — OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST: California Legislators Want to Tell College Kids When to Have Sex.

SPYING: EFF Tells Court That The NSA Knowingly And Illegally Destroyed Evidence In Key Case Over Bulk Surveillance.

They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, we’d see . . . oh, hell, what difference, at this point, does it make?

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, BRITS WOULD MOCK OUR INEPT DIPLOMACY. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Barack Obama’s National Security Flops Just Keep Coming. Though, to be fair, his domestic policies are mostly flops, too.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST. Attorney General Speaks At Segregated School. On Saturday last, the attorney general of the United States spoke at a segregated school. He spoke, without a trace of irony, as the nation celebrated the 60th anniversary of Brown v. The Board of Education, which, to quote the Washington Post, ‘ended — legally at least — racial segregation in public education.’”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, THE CIVIL RIGHTS COMMUNITY WOULD BE OUTRAGED BY THE PRESIDENT’S NOMINEES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Civil Rights Icon Comes Out Against Embattled Obama Nominee.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, WE’D SEE RACIAL BARRIERS TO ACHIEVEMENT. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Study finds racial bias in UCLA admissions. “California voters outlawed taking race into account in university admissions, but a new study by UCLA professor Tim Groseclose finds strong statistical evidence that university officials are breaking the law and illegally discriminating in favor of blacks at the expense of whites and Asians. The sort of statistical analysis used here duplicates the kind of statistical disparity analysis embraced for decades by the civil rights movement.”

HEH: The Best Examples of NY Times’ ‘Wage Gap’ Hypocrisy.

Related: “There are now reports that the New York Times might have fired executive editor Jill Abramson in part because she confronted management over earning less pay than her male predecessor, Bill Keller. If true, this tale might just be every woman’s professional nightmare come to life.”

They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, women would be paid less than men for the same work. And they were right!

WELL, THEY’RE OBVIOUSLY RACISTS: The Hill: Senate Dems Pound Obama Judge Pick Michael Boggs.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday suggested President Obama’s nominee for a federal court in Georgia is in trouble.

The Democrats said they have deep concerns with Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs’s voting record as a former state legislator, particularly on abortion, gay rights and civil liberties.

They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, a Democratic Senate would pound judicial nominees for troglodytic views. And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, OUR RULING CLASS WOULD TAKE UP POLYGAMY. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Alan Grayson seeks annulment, saying his wife was wed to another man.

RICHARD EPSTEIN: Congress Can’t Wash Away the Executive Branch’s Sins. “That debate has how spilled over in to the political arena. Right now, the main mission of the Senate Banking Committee’s Johnson-Crapo housing finance bill is to develop a new framework for future residential home mortgages. Unfortunately, the bill also tries to ditch the many lawsuits brought by private shareholders of Fannie and Freddie Mac against the government for existing claims. While the authors of the bill continue to claim that the proposed legislation leaves the issues relating to investors’ rights to the courts, Section 604 of the bill declares that the August 17, 2012, Third Amendment to the original Senior Preferred Stock Purchase Agreement (SPSPA) ‘shall not be amended, restated, or otherwise changed to reduce the rate or amount of dividends’ and thus perpetuates the government’s right to take all the profits from the two companies.” They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, the government would take the side of powerful people who bilked shareholders. And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE GOING AFTER PORN STARS’ BANK ACCOUNTS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT!

Despite being in good financial standing, adult film performers and others in the porn industry have had bank accounts abruptly terminated—and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) may have had something to do with it.

Under “Operation Choke Point,” the DOJ and its allies are going after legal but subjectively undesirable business ventures by pressuing banks to terminate their bank accounts or refuse their business. The very premise is clearly chilling—the DOJ is coercing private businesses in an attempt to centrally engineer the American marketplace based on it’s own politically biased moral judgements. Targeted business categories so far have included payday lenders, ammunition sales, dating services, purveyors of drug paraphernalia, and online gambling sites.

Maybe these folks should all get together.

THE PHOTO DOESN’T LOOK ESPECIALLY RACY TO ME: Facebook Removes 40-Year-Old Woman’s Boudoir Photo For Being “Obscene.” They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, people who supported the President would be imposing their prudish standards on America. And they were right!

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Wealthiest Americans Outpace World as Middle Class Lags Behind. They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney the richest would get richer while everyone else suffered. And they were right!

HAVE YOU NO DECENCY? NO DECENCY AT ALL? New Hampshire Democrats Attack Republican Bride’s Wedding Gown. ”Why she is dressed up like a 20-year old virgin bride?”

They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, fanatical believers would be obsessed with brides’ virginity. And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN, WE’D HAVE A PRESIDENT STRETCHING EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE BEYOND ALL LEGALITY. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Obama folds on aid order secrecy. “The White House has given up its legal fight to keep secret an unclassified directive President Barack Obama signed in 2010 setting foreign aid policy across the U.S. Government. In a sharply-worded opinion issued in December, U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle rejected the administration’s arguments that Obama’s Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development was protected by executive privilege.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY THIS WOULD HAPPEN. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Has The IRS Legalized Polygamy?

JAMES TARANTO: American Idle: Work was supposed to be liberating. Now nonwork is.

The decline of marriage among poor and working-class Americans is a result of a variety of social and economic changes. Among them, as Lowrey notes, are “tidal economic forces,” namely “globalization, the decline of labor unions [and] technological change.”

She ignores the tidal social changes that have also contributed, namely the sexual revolution and the expectation that women will spend most of their adult lives in the workforce, which, as we’ve argued, reduced the incentives for both men and women to marry. It is no more feasible to turn the clock back on globalization or automation than on contraception or female labor-force participation. All of these developments represent progress, in that they were solutions to the problems of the past. All of them contribute to the problems of the present.

A fixation on past problems may be making present problems worse. Lowrey quotes W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project: “Unless we improve the fortunes of poor working people, particularly poor working men, we aren’t going to see marriage coming back.” That’s a modest claim–note that he’s describing a necessary condition, not a sufficient one–but it’s hard to disagree: Why should a woman marry a man who doesn’t offer some economic security as part of the bargain?

But President Obama is committed to reducing male wages relative to female ones. In his State of the Union address, he declared: “Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment.” Actually, it’s an embarrassment that the president perpetuates this myth–which Slate, in the headline of a 2013 story by feminist author Hanna Rosin bluntly called a “lie.” . . .

Given the high deductibles and narrow networks that make ObamaCare policies unattractive, we wonder if the CBO’s estimate might not turn out to be on the high side. And here’s another puzzlement: Working for pay is supposed to be liberating for women because it frees them from dependency on men. How can one square that with this new claim that dependence on the government is liberating because it allows people not to work?

They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, our government would be focusing massive efforts on getting women to stay home with their kids. And they were right!

THE HILL: Feud escalates between Obama, black lawmakers.

A feud between President Obama and black lawmakers over racial diversity among judges escalated Wednesday.

Valerie Jarrett, the president’s closest adviser, met with Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members and refused to back down over controversial nominees despite a growing storm of criticism.

Many CBC members say Obama hasn’t fought hard enough to fill the federal bench with the Democrats’ preferred picks, leaving some states with nominees who lack the ethnic diversity of the population they would oversee.

In a closed-door meeting with a handful of CBC leaders, Jarrett brushed back the criticism, saying Obama had a “commitment to diversity” and an “outstanding” record in placing minority judges, she said afterward.

Asked if the White House would consider replacing any of its choices, Jarrett’s answer was a terse, “No.”

They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, the President would nominate people the Black Caucus would hate. And they were right!

THE FRAGILE FLOWERS OF HIGHER EDUCATION: Realistic statue of man in his underwear at Wellesley College sparks controversy. “[T]his highly lifelike sculpture has, within just a few hours of its outdoor installation, become a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for many members of our campus community.”

They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, America would be overrun with prudes who’d faint at the thought of a Hanes ad. And they were right!

UPDATE: Jonathan Adler emails: “I always thought one purpose of art was to challenge, provoke and, yes, make us uncomfortable.” It’s fine to make squares in flyover country uncomfortable. But not members of the elite.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Brannon Denning writes: “Rene Magritte Phone Your Office! I think the most disturbing thing about the creepy underwear guy is the students’ reactions is their apparent inability to process the fact that it’s a statue not a real person and therefore can’t hurt you. It’s of a piece with people being afraid of toast in the shape of a gun or a picture of a gun. I read these stories and feel like I’m taking crazy pills. Maybe someone ought to put a sign on it that reads: ‘Ceci n’est pas une homme.’”

Confusing the image with the reality is a hallmark of primitive societies.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, SICK KIDS WOULD LOSE ACCESS TO SPECIALTY HEALTH CARE. And they were right! “Now Seattle Children’s Hospital is reporting that patients are being denied specialty treatments due to Obamacare regulations. Patients at Children’s — that means that sick kids are not allowed the medical care that their doctors feel is best for them.”

JAMES TARANTO: Enemies of Friends of Abe: How the IRS chills freedom of association.

These days “IRS Targets Conservative Group” is a dog-bites-man story. But this one was man-bites-dog by virtue of its placement: on the front page of the New York Times, a newspaper that is usually supportive of this administration’s efforts to suppress domestic dissent. Put it down to a sudden outbreak of news judgment.

The news value to the Times may lie more in the nature of the organization than its trouble with the IRS. “In a famously left-leaning Hollywood, where Democratic fund-raisers fill the social calendar, Friends of Abe stands out as a conservative group that bucks the prevailing political winds,” reads the lead paragraph.

But Friends of Abe–as in Lincoln–has sought nonprofit status under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Tax Code, which would allow it to collect tax-deductible contributions. The IRS has been reviewing the application for some two years, seeking information about meetings where politicians spoke. A 501(c)(3) is prohibited from engaging in campaign activity, such as hosting a fundraiser, but as the Times notes, “tax-exempt groups are permitted to invite candidates to speak at events.”

The most troubling revelation in the Times account is that at one point the IRS “included a demand–which was not met–for enhanced access to the group’s security-protected website, which would have revealed member names.” The Times points out that FOA “keeps a low profile and fiercely protects its membership list, to avoid what it presumes would result in a sort of 21st-century blacklist” and that “tax experts said that an organization’s membership list is information that would not typically be required.”

With the possible exception of academia, show business is about as totalitarian a subculture as you will find in America. Conservatives are a tiny minority, and they fear for their livelihoods if exposed. A few high-profile celebrities are exceptions–the Times mentions Gary Sinise, Jon Voight, Kelsey Grammer and Lionel Chetwynd–but for lesser-known actors and people who work in off-camera jobs, confidentiality is crucial.

This column obtained a letter that Jeremey Boreing, FOA’s executive director, sent members last week in response to the Times story. Its tone demonstrates how seriously the group takes its members’ privacy.

Follow the link to read it. But weren’t the last enemies of Friends of Abe . . . the Confederates? They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, the government would be taken over by neo-Confederates. And they were right! At least as far as the IRS goes, anyway.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, RACISM WOULD GET SO BAD THAT EVEN THE NAACP WOULD BE SMEARING BLACK POLITICIANS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! James Taranto: The Smearing of Tim Scott: A racial slur from an NAACP leader.

But Barber drew national attention for his comments about South Carolina’s junior senator, Tim Scott, who is Congress’s lone black Republican and one of only two black senators. Elected to the House in 2010, Scott was tapped by Gov. Nikki Haley to replace Sen. Jim DeMint, who resigned at the start of last year to become president of the Heritage Foundation. As a conservative politician in a conservative state, Scott is expected to prevail easily in this November’s special election to serve out the two years that will remain in the term.

The NAACP is a liberal group, so you wouldn’t expect its leaders to see eye to eye on politics with Tim Scott. But the manner in which Barber expressed his disagreement was remarkably disagreeable. “A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy,” Barber said. “The extreme right wing down here finds a black guy to be senator and claims he’s the first black senator since Reconstruction and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the Tea Party.”

Scott is in fact the South’s first black senator since Reconstruction, but of course what’s invidious here is Barber’s characterization of Scott as a ventriloquist’s “dummy.” And the Washington Times notes that the NAACP stood behind Barber’s comment, saying in a statement: “Dr. King emphasized love and justice rather than extremism. Unless we stand for justice we cannot claim allegiance to or pay homage to Dr. King. In a state such as South Carolina, politicians, whether they be black or white, should not be echoing the position of the far right.”

Fox News reports that Scott, in an appearance on “The Kelly File,” described Barber’s attack as an example of “philosophical bigotry”–a rather gentle characterization of what inescapably is also a racial stereotype.

Really enjoying the hopey, changey, post-racial Obama presidency.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, THE NUMBER OF UNINSURED WOULD CONTINUE TO GROW. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! So What Was The Point Of ObamaCare Again? “It created more uninsured people than it gave insurance to. And it promises to create even more.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, RACE RELATIONS WOULD BE LOUSY. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Poll: 33% of blacks say Americans are racist, 76% say race relations are bad.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, WE’D WIND UP LIVING IN A CORPORATE-FASCIST POLICE STATE. AND THEY WERE RIGHT!: MPAA & ICE Confirm They Interrogated A Guy For Wearing Google Glass During A Movie.

As we said in the initial post, this certainly fit with the MPAA’s insane “guidelines” to theaters and their “zero tolerance” policies towards anyone possibly recording anything. However, the involvement of ICE is particularly insane. We’ve been particularly critical of ICE and the group’s over-aggressive campaign to seize websites based entirely on Hollywood’s say so.

Even so, it seemed incredible that ICE would take direction from the MPAA on something as small as a guy in a movie theater, rushing to the theater to help with the interrogation of someone there, but we underestimated the willingness of ICE to say “how high” when the MPAA says “jump.” Yes, we should know better by now, but we thought we’d actually give the MPAA and DHS the benefit of the doubt here. Our mistake.

We find it difficult to believe that there aren’t more important things for ICE to be doing than hassling a guy out attending a movie with his wife. Hollywood has gotten ICE into trouble in the past with its over-aggressive claims about websites. You’d think that ICE would have learned by now that the RIAA and MPAA are not exactly trustworthy when they insist someone is a “filthy pirate” who needs to be investigated. There is simply no reason for federal investigators to be involved at all, let alone called in to interrogate some guy wearing a new piece of technology that the MPAA has overreacted to.

Sure there is. Hollywood got their boss elected.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, WE’D HAVE AN AMERICA IN WHICH EVEN SUPERSTAR BLACK ENTERTAINERS WOULD FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Kanye West Threatens To Leave United States Due To Racism.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, WE’D SEE RACIST FEDERAL JUDGES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! 8-year study: Black federal judges ‘conditioned’ to go easy on fellow blacks.

Black federal judges, inspired by racial “solidarity” and “conditioned” in life to sympathize with other blacks, side with African-Americans filing discrimination cases in significantly higher percentages than white judges, according to a first-of-its-kind study.

The California State University, Northridge study of 516 discrimination cases in federal courts over eight years found that black federal judges side with black claimants 32.9 percent of the time. For white judges it was 20.6 percent.

But when the study looked at how black and white judges ruled on discrimination claims made by “non-black claimants,” there wasn’t any difference.

Boy, those people who told me what would happen if I voted for Mitt Romney sure were smart. I guess I should have listened to them.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN, WE’D SEE MCCARTHY-STYLE BLACKLISTS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Famed Actress Booted Out of Production for Endorsing Tea Party Candidate for Governor.

THEY TOLD ME IF WE ELECTED A DEMOCRAT THIS WOULD HAPPEN. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! To help balance US budget, active duty soldiers going from 570,000 today to 420,000 in 2019 and technology modernization is also out. Though it’s more like “to have more money to spend on constituency groups” than “to help balance US budget.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST: Blogger’s Incarceration Raises First Amendment Questions.

For over six years, Roger Shuler has hounded figures of the state legal and political establishment on his blog, Legal Schnauzer, a hothouse of furious but often fuzzily sourced allegations of deep corruption and wide-ranging conspiracy. Some of these allegations he has tested in court, having sued his neighbor, his neighbor’s lawyer, his former employer, the Police Department, the Sheriff’s Department, the Alabama State Bar and two county circuit judges, among others. Mostly, he has lost.

But even those who longed for his muzzling, and there are many, did not see it coming like this: with Mr. Shuler sitting in jail indefinitely, and now on the list of imprisoned journalists worldwide kept by the Committee to Protect Journalists. There, in the company of jailed reporters in China, Iran and Egypt, is Mr. Shuler, the only person on the list in the Western Hemisphere.

A former sports reporter and a former employee in a university’s publications department, Mr. Shuler, 57, was arrested in late October on a contempt charge in connection with a defamation lawsuit filed by the son of a former governor. The circumstances surrounding that arrest, including a judge’s order that many legal experts described as unconstitutional and behavior by Mr. Shuler that some of the same experts described as self-defeating posturing, have made for an exceptionally messy test of constitutional law.

Judges really need to be held more personally accountable for unconstitutional orders. Judicial immunity, after all, is a judge-made doctrine, with no foundation in the Constitution, and rather self-serving.

PROF. JACOBSON: What is right about this picture, and wrong with MSNBC? They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, society would be enforcing color lines and frowning at race-mixing. And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, THIS WOULD HAPPEN — AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Civil Rights Leaders Call On White House To Withdraw “Insufficiently Diverse” Judicial Nominees.

Civil rights leaders and members of the Georgia congressional delegation on Monday called on President Obama to withdraw his nominees for federal courts in the state over concerns about their views and lack of diversity.

“The group cites serious concerns that the proposed candidates do not adequately reflect the diversity of the northern district and that the selection process lacked meaningful community input,” the office of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said in a statement.

“Additionally, the coalition finds it troubling that several nominees include persons who have advocated in favor of Georgia’s voter ID laws and for including the Confederate Battle Emblem as part of the Georgia State Flag.”

Boy, when I vote for a Republican, it sure has an impact!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, ACADEMIC FREEDOM WOULD COME TO AN END. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Tenured Professor At CU Boulder Says She Is Being Forced Out Over Lecture On Prostitution. “Adler said that she was told by Steven Leigh, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, that a former teaching assistant had raised a concern that some participants might be uncomfortable, but that none had in fact complained.”

Yes, God forbid that someone might feel “uncomfortable.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, WE’D SEE A RETURN TO J. EDGAR HOOVER-STYLE PRURIENCE. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit ‘Radicalizers.’

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY THIS KIND OF THING WOULD HAPPEN: On International Men’s Day, HHS tells women to ‘calm down.’

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, RISIBLE PRUDES WOULD BE GOING AFTER THE PORN INDUSTRY. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! California Lawmakers Want Porn Stars to Wear Safety Goggles.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD PERSECUTE PEOPLE BASED ON WHAT BOOKS THEY READ IN SOME SORT OF MCCARTHYITE WITCH-HUNT. AND THEY WERE RIGHT!

U.S. agencies collected and shared the personal information of thousands of Americans in an attempt to root out untrustworthy federal workers that ended up scrutinizing people who had no direct ties to the U.S. government and simply had purchased certain books. . . .

It turned out, however, that many people on the list worked outside the federal government and lived across the country. Among the people whose personal details were collected were nurses, firefighters, police officers and private attorneys, McClatchy learned. Also included: a psychologist, a cancer researcher and employees of Rite Aid, Paramount Pictures, the American Red Cross and Georgetown University. . . . The unprecedented creation of such a list and decision to disseminate it widely demonstrate the ease with which the federal government can collect and share Americans’ personal information, even when there’s no clear reason for doing so.

There should be a lot of firings. But in this administration, how likely is that?

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, BLUENOSES WOULD BE CRACKING DOWN ON WOMEN’S SEXUALITY. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! 3 Bikini Baristas Arrested At Washington Coffee Stand.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, HARDWORKING AMERICANS WOULD LOSE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! CBS NEWS: Obamacare: More than 2 million people getting booted from existing health insurance plans.

Related: False Promise: “To say that President Obama is on the record telling Americans they can keep their current health insurance is an understatement. He repeated the assurance so many times during the health-care debate that it was almost a verbal tic. . . . Rarely has a major domestic program been sold on the basis of a premise so patently untrue.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, RACY CABLE SHOWS WOULD BE CENSORED: AND THEY WERE RIGHT!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, PRUDES WOULD BE CENSORING THINGS ALL OVER. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Self-Published Erotica is Being Singled Out For Sweeping Deletions From Major eBookstores.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY THIS WOULD HAPPEN. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Almost all of the shrimp Americans eat is now going uninspected.

I BLAME THE DEMOCRATS’ VIOLENT ELIMINATIONIST RHETORIC: Republican Congressman Sean Duffy Assaulted.

“A random individual, unknown to the congressman, began screaming at him and grabbed his arm,” said spokeswoman Cassie Smedile in a Thursday morning statement. “Mr. Duffy was unharmed. He reported the incident in compliance with House security procedures. Congressman Duffy has requested no further action be taken and there will be no further comment on the matter at this time.”

The confrontation may have stemmed from frustration over the federal government shutdown, according to sources.

They told me if I supported the Tea Party, violent yahoos would be attacking members of Congress. And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, PHILISTINES WOULD SHUT DOWN SCIENCE EDUCATION. And They Were Right! “On 1 October, NIH will shutter its nine-person Office of Science Education (OSE) and cease to conduct a range of activities designed to foster health science education among elementary and secondary school students and the general public.”

Chris Mooney, call your office.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, THIS SORT OF THING WOULD HAPPEN: KKK wins lawsuit against bakery for discrimination.

UPDATE: Yeah, it’s a satire site. Though these days, how can you tell?

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, POVERTY ACTIVISTS WOULD COMPLAIN ABOUT HARSH LAWS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Little Sisters of the Poor sue over Obamacare fines, contraception requirement. “Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius finalized a contraception mandate that ignores the fact groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor are religious organizations, according to a lawsuit filed to protect them against fines for refusing to comply with an Obamacare mandate.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, OUR PRESIDENT WOULD BE A BUMBLING INCOMPETENT WHO WOULD ALIENATE ALLIES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Brazilian President Officially Postpones WH Visit Because of NSA. Of course, it’s not like the Brazilians don’t do their share of spying, electronic and otherwise.

THEY TOLD ME IF I DIDN’T VOTE FOR OBAMA, FEDERAL AGENTS WOULD INVESTIGATE MY SEX LIFE. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Obamacare will question your sex life. “This is nasty business . . . . an interrogation, and the data will not be confidential.”

(Hat tip to IowaHawk.)

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, BRITPUNDITS WOULD SCORN OUR PRESIDENT’S BUMBLING. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Nile Gardiner: Barack Obama’s Syria speech was an incoherent mess – he is outperforming Jimmy Carter as the most feeble US president of modern times.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, WARMONGERING BLOWHARDS WOULD BE TRYING TO BRING BACK THE DRAFT. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Rep. Charles Rangel Cites Possible Intervention in Syria as a Justification for his Call for Reinstating the Draft.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, BRITISH PUNDITS WOULD MOCK OUR PRESIDENT’S DIPLOMATIC INEPTITUDE. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Nile Gardiner: Barack Obama’s delusions of grandeur: compares Syria intervention to fighting World War Two.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, OUR SECRETARY OF STATE WOULD BE HOUNDED BY ANTI-WAR PROTESTERS: And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, WE’D HAVE A PRESIDENT BRIT-PUNDITS WOULD MOCK FOR CLUMSY INEPTITUDE. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Barack Obama is proving an embarrassing amateur on the world stage compared to George W. Bush. “As it stands, President Obama’s proposed military coalition on Syria has a grand total of two members – the US and France. And the French, as we know from Iraq, simply can’t be relied on, and have very limited military capability. It is a truly embarrassing state of affairs when Paris, at best a fair weather friend, is your only partner. . . . In marked contrast to Obama, President Bush invested a great deal of time and effort in cultivating ties with key US allies, especially Britain.”

This must be more of that “smart diplomacy” we were promised.

JAMES TARANTO: ‘Common’ Mistakes: When good people use bad logic.

Slate.com, you’re obviously trying to bait us with the headline of that Allison Benedikt post: “If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person.” Well, good job. You succeeded.

The attention-grabbing “bad person” formulation is presumably facetious, but the underlying argument–that all parents ought to enroll their children in public schools–is not. Conservatives frequently accuse elite liberals, including President Obama and his most recent Democratic predecessor, of hypocrisy for proclaiming their devotion to public education while shielding their own children from it. Benedikt’s argument is consistent with that criticism.

But that is not to say that it is logically sound. . . .

The assumption behind treating education as a public good is that in general, educating children makes them more successful adults, and successful people are more valuable to society than unsuccessful ones. If that is true, then consigning your child to a mediocre education is harmful to the common good, because it reduces his likelihood of success–which can mean everything from becoming a gainfully employed taxpayer to discovering a cure for cancer.

Benedikt’s view of what constitutes “the common good” seems to be limited to the institutions of government. It’s the flip side of the Dewey-Konczal theory that any “public” action–any action that affects anyone else–justifies government intervention. And like the Dewey-Konczal theory, the Benedikt argument leads in directions that liberals ought to find discomfiting. . . .

We have no children in public schools (that we know of), because we have no children. If we did have a child in a public school, we suspect we would indeed take a keen interest in the quality of education, and we just might be savvy and persistent enough to have an impact. By remaining single and childless, we are having exactly the same impact on the quality of public schools as we would have if we married, fathered a child, and sent him to a private school. Intelligent, successful people who choose to remain childless are therefore just as bad as parents who send their children to private schools.

No, actually we’re worse.

Education is not the only governmental function that is affected by the decision to have children or not. By depriving the future United States of taxpayers, we are hastening the insolvency of Social Security and Medicare and increasing their burden on other people’s children. At least most children who go to private schools eventually end up paying taxes.

So childless men are worse people than parents who send their children to private school. But by Benedikt’s logic, childless women are even worse people than childless men.

They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, people would be trying to force women to breed. And they were right!

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Bad News Is Good News For The Obama Economy:

The Obama administration is stuck in a surreal world, where bad news is good news for the economy it has created. Trickle down from the stock market and artificially low interest rates are the only drivers of the economy. The second-estimate gross domestic product report this week will be vital to the life-support system that President Obama has constructed for the 1 percent. If the revised GDP numbers are good – relatively speaking – it will suggest that bond-buying by the Federal Reserve will be tapered in the near future. If the tapering begins, the stock market is going to fall. If the stock market falls, the wealth effect and the trickle-down that stock market boom has produced are going to dry up.

Obviously, an economic crash would be terrible, but so would a slowing down of the conveyor belt of money between Washington and Wall Street, which is fueling what little growth we have.

They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, we’d . . . oh, Hell, you know the rest.

PRIORITIES: “President Barack Obama will be in Los Angeles on Monday, September 9 to hold an ‘off the cuff’ roundtable discussion with a small group of deep-pocketed Democratic donors, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Though the event’s precise location is not yet known, a limited number of tickets will be made available for $32,400 per guest.”

They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney, the President would constantly hang out with fatcat donors. And they were right!

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, BANKSTERS WOULD CRUELLY EXPLOIT AMERICA’S YOUTH. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Bank of America Summer Intern Dies After Pulling Three ‘All-Nighters.’

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED REPUBLICAN, HERETICS AND APOSTATES AND UNBELIEVERS WOULD BE PUNISHED. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! “Excommunicated From The Clown Community.”

From the comments: “If Obama were a classy guy, he’d ask the folks that run the rodeo to un-fire the clown. He’d say, Hey, I can take a joke.” Well, that’s a conditional statement.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, A GENERATION’S DREAMS WOULD DIE WHILE FATCATS PROSPERED. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Study: Record Number 21 Million Young Adults Living With Parents. Though in light of the student loan angle, maybe this should be tagged Higher Education Bubble Update, too. . . .

CREDIT WOULD BE NICE, but The Economist picks up on my “They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney” gag.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, BRITISH PUNDITS WOULD MOCK OUR PRESIDENT’S CLUMSY SPEECHES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! President Obama calls the United States and Europe ‘developing countries’ in latest embarrassing gaffe. “As we’ve seen on a number of previous occasions, Barack Obama clearly struggles with his words when he is without his beloved teleprompter. He famously claimed to have visited 57 states in his 2008 campaign, and recently was unable to tell the difference between England and Great Britain. I don’t think any American president, however, has ever referred to the United States, leader of the free world, as a “developing country” before, and nor is Europe a country, as much as the emperors of the European Commission would like the EU to be a superstate. In addition to being embarrassing, the president’s interview will prove controversial in parts of Europe, and won’t go down well in Berlin and London.”

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, BRITISH PUNDITS WOULD BE MOCKING OUR PRESIDENT’S CLUMSY SPEECHES. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Nile Gardiner: Barack Obama flops in Knox: the president’s speech was a disaster.

UPDATE: Related: Poll: Only 33% Rate Obama’s Zimmerman Response as Good or Excellent.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST: Will NYT’s James Risen go to jail?

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, WE’D HAVE AN AMERICA WHERE THE ELITE LIVED BEHIND WALLS AND GATES, WHILE THE POOR WERE EXILED TO URBAN WASTELANDS. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Should Hamtramck Erect A 12-Foot Wall To Keep Out Detroiters?