So in the past few days and weeks:
We've learned that
the Internal Revenue Service is either inexcusably incompetent or dangerously
Or both. "Both" is a real possibility.
But (a) Democrats are using that as an excuse to give the IRS more money; and (b) (worse) you still have to pay your taxes.
I liked this bit transcribed from a Congressional hearing today:
“You are the IRS,” [Congressman Paul] Ryan told IRS commissioner John Koskinen. “You can reach into the lives of hardworking taxpayers, and with a phone call or an e-mail or a letter you can turn their lives upside down. You ask the taxpayers to hand us seven years of their personal tax information in case they’re audited, and you can’t keep six months’ worth of employee e-mails?”
You may have heard about Amazon's hardnosed negotiations
with Hachette, a publishing company. A lot of people have
gone over-the-top about this, casting Amazon as the mustache-twirling
villain in a moral melodrama. (Example: Stephen
Colbert, whose—tsk!—ox is being gored.)
There's very good commentary on that from Nick Gillespie at the Daily Beast. Opening paragraph:
Can you believe those…those…those…sons of bitches at Amazon? After launching almost 20 years ago and making virtually every book—new, used, dead-tree, electronic, audio, and I’m guessing any day now, olfactory—available to everyone in America at good-to-great prices, the company’s true character now stands revealed. It’s not pretty, folks. Despite a huge market share, Amazon apparently still wants books, especially the e-books that everyone agrees are the future of the medium, to be cheaper than what publishers and big-name authors want you to pay for them.
RTWT. Disclaimer/Humblebrag: I've been an Amazon customer since November 1995 (their online store had only opened a few months previous), so I may be a bit sentimentally biased.
Outrageous on a smaller scale is the
controversy over "The Hillary
Tapes", kicked off when the Washington Free Beacon
obtained and published a recording of Hillary Clinton's
recollections of defending an "alleged" child rapist back in the
You can decide on your own what the story says about Clinton's character. For me, the interesting thing is the demand by University of Arkansas Dean of Libraries Carolyn Henderson Allen to get the Washington Free Beacon to take down the audio it obtained through the "You of A" library. Dean Allen also put the WFB reporter on "double super-secret probation", barring her from further research there.
Yes, attempted censorship of inconvenient truths. By a University administrator/librarian. (Who is also, by the way, a donor to Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign.)
Is that irony? I can never tell.
Anyway Matthew Continetti of the WFB has the story, and the attached letters from Dean Allen and the response from the WFB's lawyer are not to be missed.
I thought, by the way, that the marketing slogan currently used
by the University Near Here ("Where education is more than a matter of
degree") was lame and meaningless.
But I hereby swallow my provincial pride and admit
that the University of Arkansas' "The YOU of A" slogan makes
UNH's look clever and insightful.