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Sagebrush Rebel: Reagan’s Battle With Environmental Extremists and Why it Matters Today (Regnery, 2013) by William Perry Pendley, describes how radical environmentalists sparked a revolution against federal land regulation led by head rebel Ronald Reagan. Today, high fuel and energy prices, formerly caused by Carter administration policies, have returned with a new President to blame. Pendley’s book provides valuable lessons for the next Sagebrush Rebel who might try to end the environmentalists’ stranglehold on energy production and American economic potential.

Sagebrush Rebel details Reagan’s history as a conservationist. Conservationism was the original environmentalism. Conservationists considered humans to be stewards of natural resources. As a conservationist Reagan believed in a moral obligation to protect resources for future generations. Conservation’s elevation of human needs is a value thousands of years old and is described in the Old Testament:

You have given him rule over the works of your hands/ putting all things under his feet/All sheep and oxen/ yes, and the beasts of the field/The birds of the air/ the fishes of the sea/ and whatever swims the paths of the seas. (Psalms 8, 6-9)

Throughout the 1970s and culminating in the heavy handed policies of the Carter administration the human-centered conservation movement morphed into the environmentalist movement which revered inanimate objects and animals. The beasts of the fields and fishes of the sea were on par with human needs, or even superior to them.

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Charles C. Johnson is the author of Why Coolidge Matters: Leadership Lessons from America’s Most Underrated President. Coolidge presided over the roaring 1920s, which saw massive technological and economic expansion. He provided a model of the presidency squarely at odds with the current occupant of the White House. Charles sat down with PJ Media to discuss his book.

Why Coolidge?

Calvin Coolidge is one of our most underrated presidents and among our very best, both by what he achieved and by what he knew about the American republic. He was our last classically educated president and one of our most well spoken. And far from being Silent Cal, as so many think today, he was, in fact, silenced by New Deal historians like Arthur Schlesinger Jr., who disliked both his political philosophy and its attendant success. The thinking went that if Roosevelt was to be the hero of the Great Depression, Coolidge, who had presided over the roaring 1920s, must have been its villain. Of course it’s a lot more complicated than that, but that’s what we’re so often told in our public schools. Rather than rebut Coolidge, these historians tried to caricaturize him in much the same way they tried to with Reagan. It was only after the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union collapsed that Reagan got his just place in history.

Far from being silent, Coolidge ran for office nineteen times and won election to eighteen offices, working his way all the up from city councilman of Northampton through the presidency of the Massachusetts state Senate and governorship, all the way to president of the United States. He was a career statesman who was always aware of the issues facing the local population because he worked and lived alongside them and admired them.

He wrote three interesting collections of speeches, gave over 500 press conferences, wrote a thoughtful autobiography, and wrote a very interesting post-presidential column.

I set out to write the sort of book about Calvin Coolidge that I wish I had read and to report faithfully what he did. As an investigative journalist, I love puncturing myths that are out there about the world, especially political history. To paraphrase Reagan, there’s so much we know that isn’t so and that’s principally because of how the political left controls our understanding of history.


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The National Council of La Raza (translation: The Race) has partnered with the Office of Personnel Management to encourage Hispanic activists and members to burrow into the federal government.

A workshop sponsored by La Raza/The Race will take place in New Orleans on July 23, 2013. Senior Executive Service (SES) employees are federal government employees in special executive management positions, often with salaries approaching $200,000 per year (and well past that with benefits).

OPM, a federal government agency, is cooperating and partnering with La Raza’s/The Race’s burrowing efforts.  From the OPM press release on OPM letterhead:

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) [The Race] is hosting a series of leadership development workshops geared towards Federal employees on July 23, 2013, in New Orleans, LA. These workshops are a part of the 2013 NCLR Annual Conference from July 20-23, 2013. The workshop topics on July 23rd will include an overview of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and instruction on how to prepare and apply for a SES position.

The 2012 La Raza/The Race conference in Las Vegas featured panels titled “We Have Seen the Future and the Future is Ours,” “Latinos and America’s Growing Clean Energy Economy,” and “Critical Conversation About Latina Reproductive Health,” which featured Planned Parenthood officials speaking to this largely Catholic group.  Simply, La Raza/The Race is a race-based organization seeking political power, which is nothing new in human history.

Once hired, a federal ”SES” employee may be moved anywhere in the nation at will by the administration, which means the next Republican president has the power to move SES employees to the weather bureau in North Dakota at will (no offense to North Dakota).

The federal government should not partner with partisan racial groups to help their members burrow into the high-paid bureaucracy, especially not with this poisonous and divisive organization.

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It’s hard to know if this video is a Spinal Tap style farce, or a freakish collection freeloaders glorifying the retrogression of human progress.  They are living as humans in the west lived in the 18th Century, except without the work ethic.

They get free food, produce little, lounge around in tents, pee into hay bales, dumpster dive for food and beg.  We know them here in the United States as hobos, bums and the people under the bridge.

One woman says “it wasn’t really a conscious decision” to live like this – how could it be!?

But they’ve adopted the “Eco” label.  Eco-This, Eco-That, which buys good press for what is otherwise a shameful waste of time and talent.  Their “Eco-village” dispenses with one of the most important human inventions to aid good health: sewage systems.  The village represents an environmentalist crusader’s dream – humanity reduced to low impact animals with minimalists footprints.  A side benefit, according to one Eco-Hobo, is a “peaceful solution to the problem of humanity.”

Sure it is.

h/t to the Man on the Nag.

IRS Abuse, the Guide

May 22nd, 2013 - 8:53 pm

Cleta Mitchell has prepared this comprehensive guide to the IRS abuse of election-integrity and Tea Party groups.  It has everything you need to know to understand the legal environment which sprouted this scandal.

An interesting narrative split is developing among the Left.  As Bryan Preston notes, the reliable Praetorian Press Guard, formerly known as JournoList, has a plan: condemn the IRS and say Obama had nothing to do with it.

First, get reliably friendly bloggers and columnists on board with a story that focuses attention away from the White House. Then, isolate and target someone who has already become a central figure in the scandal and, more importantly, who does not work directly for the White House. Finally, make it appear as if these reliably friendly bloggers actually take the IRS scandal seriously.

But others, the speech regulators on the Left, must not have been invited to the West Wing meetings with the JournoList members, because groups like Democracy 21 are busy approving of the IRS abuse.

The latest narrative from the speech regulators is that these election-integrity groups didn’t deserve status because they were political. Of course that crowd considers folks who disagree with them to be political merely because of the disagreement. Groups like Democracy 21 always proclaim apolitical and mainstream status when the truth is anything but.  To Democracy 21, anyone who seeks to help the election process with whom they disagree must be political.

Democracy 21 is run by Fred Wertheimer, someone considered by some to be a respectable Harvard-educated lawyer.  Others consider him a Leftist enemy of free speech. Naturally, Democracy 21 receives money from George Soros.  Democracy 21 is the ugly stepchild of Common Cause with cross pollination from the Orwellian-named People for the American Way.



These are people who wish the new American Way to include government restricting political speech.  They will contort the language of the First Amendment to achieve their dream of a country freed from unlimited political debate.  They are opponents of freedom.  So it should come as no surprise that the heavy hand of the IRS does not bother people like Fred Wertheimer and his gang.

Pay attention to the emerging fringe narrative of the speech regulators: the Tea Party deserved it.  You’ll learn much about the people who want to further restrict your political freedoms.

Also read: Don’t Criminalize the Investigations. Immunize the Witnesses!

I received an email, which I publish below in full. Huff Post contributor and Occupy enabler David DeGraw is involved with the preposterously and ironically named “Manhattan Project for the Evolution of Society.” The invitation to hop aboard the “Magical Mystery Tour” [brackets all my commentary]:

Friends & Allies

It’s been a year and a half since many of the Occupy camps were broken up, and it’s been almost that long since I last helped organize anything or published content on a consistent basis. So what have I been doing all this time? Other than being a father of two young boys and moving to Los Angeles, I’ve been intensely strategizing behind the scenes with some of the most inspiring, brilliant and influential people on the planet.

As grandiose as this may sound, we now have an extensive five-year plan [Good God why are Stalinists forever drawn to plans spanning the same number of years!?] that people are referring to as the “Manhattan Project for the Evolution of Society.” We are very excited to announce that initial aspects of The Plan will be rolled out through several phases over the course of the next three months.
Through Anonymous, Occupy and the 99% Movement, we collectively proved that decentralized self-organizing networks of like-minded people rallying together can set the world on fire. [After all it is the Manhattan Project!] However, we lacked an exit strategy and the resources required to build a self-sustaining movement that can truly achieve the change and evolution of society that we all know we need. [As David Horowitz described, Degraw offers "destructive rage against the world he inhabits."]

We believe we now have that exit strategy. With funding and resources finally coming in, we are on the verge of having a truly self-sufficient and thriving infrastructure that can maximize all the energy around us. [Do tell who is funding this? Let's all guess... ] We will operate in service to all of the people and organizations that are providing alternatives and solutions to the vast societal problems that are byproducts of an archaic and obsolete system of domination and disempowerment. [No doubt they will "operate" quite differently against everyone else.] An empowering, sustainable and prosperous future is within reach. [Isn't it always to the utopists?]

The road ahead will be intense. Another tour of duty in this nonviolent decentralized war awaits. Obviously, one never knows how these things will turn out, but the initial battle plan is set. The wind, for once, is at our back. The future is ours to win!

Over the next month, while we prepare to launch our first campaign, I will be posting frequently to my personal website and experimenting with some initial concepts. While it will be incredibly hard work, we plan on having a lot of fun in the process. It’s going to be a wild summer!

Looking forward to catching up with you. If you want help in bringing attention to your work, email me here.

Join this email list to stay in the loop.

Hop aboard the magical mystery tour!

Much love,

Virginia GOP Nominates a Good Man

May 20th, 2013 - 11:00 am

This past weekend, the Virginia Republican Party nominated Bishop E. W. Jackson for Lt. Governor.  Jackson’s nomination will be a test whether the Tea Party, conservatives and independents have enough clout to elect an honest outsider who also happens to be a very good man.


Mr. Jackson served in the Marine Corp and graduated from Harvard Law School.  He isn’t your ordinary politician.  He speaks the truth and doesn’t tie himself up in linguistic half-truths when asked a question.  His candor is refreshing.

A former Democrat, Jackson is intimately familiar with the tactics the Left uses to enforce racial solidarity, whether accusations of racism, big government dependency or the Justice Department’s use of the law in a racially selective way.

Jackson is already drawing the ire of the pro-abortion Left, and for good reason.  He accurately describes the nasty racist eugenicist pedigree of Planned Parenthood and their targeting of black communities.  Abortion advocates would be wise to leave well enough alone and keep quiet about Mr. Jackson’s views.  The vast majority of Americans oppose racially targeted abortion.  The more that the pro-abortion Left talks about Jackson, the more chances he will have to share the racist and villainous history of Planned Parenthood.

Jackson faces Democrat Aneesh Chopra.  Chopra served in the Obama administration.  President Obama, in announcing Chopra’s addition to his administration, made a statement sure to hound Chopra and provide laugh lines:

Chopra’s job will be to promote technological innovation to help the country meet its goals such as job creation, reducing health care costs, and protecting the homeland. Together with Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, their jobs are to make the government more effective, efficient, and transparent.

Heckuva-job Chopie.

Jobs are down.  Health care costs are up.  And the administration is the least transparent (and abusive) in history.

Jackson’s candidacy will provide the voting block constantly agitating for an outsider that speaks plainly a chance to show if there are enough of you to win an election.  His candidacy will test whether America has room for a genuinely honest man who loves the American idea an opportunity to rise to high office.  From everything I know about Jackson, and everything I know about Virginia, expect Jackson to win.

Add Me to the List of IRS Targets

May 14th, 2013 - 4:25 pm

Franklin Graham, the Tea Party, and Larry Conners all faced the wrath of the Obama IRS.

You can add me to that list.

After Obama was elected, I faced my first IRS audit shakedown after decades of filing income tax returns. Overdue coincidence?  Perhaps.

Given the headlines of the past 48 hours, perhaps not.

My audit experience was a headache, as anyone who has experienced one can attest.  When it happened, a former IRS lawyer with whom I associated in private practice told me – “it’s no accident you were audited.”

I brushed it off.  But I wonder how many left-wing election lawyers and leftist bloggers were audited.  Any Media Matters drones face an audit in the last four years? Step right up and announce yourself if you did.

Now we are learning that IRS employees committed crimes to aid the Left – shaking down conservative groups for information, and leaking the results to the Left.

I saw the IRS letters to Tea Party groups years ago.  They read like an opposition researcher’s fantasy:  demands for the names of volunteers, money, content of speeches, donors, offices, on and on and on.

Last week President Obama addressed Ohio State University students.  He told them to ignore the voices warning them of big intrusive government.  In doing so, he gave the middle finger to the philosophy and people who launched this nation.

Ronald Reagan was the better of Obama in so many ways, including his understanding of human history. He rightly warned us of a danger as old as time – that “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

This wild, disturbing and dishonest week makes clear which of the two presidents was right.

And about that IRS shakedown — after the audit and many hours of wasted time, the IRS ended up owing me $100.

(Thumbnail on PJM homepage based on a modified Shutterstock.com image.)

Related: Emails Show Holder Justice Department Colludes with Lefist Outfit to Attack PJM Writer

Update: To read how a Philly area Tea Party eventually shut down because of the IRS abuse, read this. 

Obama vs. Reagan

May 14th, 2013 - 11:19 am

The President’s Ohio State University speech was really all about Ronald Reagan.  President Obama has sought to undo Reagan’s legacy.  That’s always been Job One.  Compare.

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” . . .always lurking just around the corner.”

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“. . . never more than one generation away from extinction.”

Read George Will flay the Ohio State speech

Their work is in the news, so let’s meet the leadership team at the Internal Revenue Service that was in charge of reviewing those Tea Party applications for 501 (c) status.

Lois Lerner is the director of Exempt Organizations.  All of the mischief which occurred at the IRS took place under her supervision.

Prior to joining the IRS, Lerner was a bureaucrat at the Federal Election Commission.  Beginning in 1981, she served as an assistant general counsel, and was appointed in 1986 to head the Enforcement Division. Prior to joining the FEC, she was a staff attorney in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. She is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston and received her Juris Doctor from Western New England College of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Nan Downing is the director of Examinations.  She helped implement a “Fast Track Settlement” process for 501(c) applicants.

It must not apply to any conservative or Tea Party groups because they have been waiting for determinations for years after multiple intrusive questions about volunteers and donors.

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