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Hey, Tea Party: How Does It Feel to Be Profiled?
Newser ^ | 05/21/2013 | By Kevin Spak

Posted on 05/22/2013 8:42:45 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd

Farhad Manjoo thinks the IRS scandal should teach the right something

Imagine you're an overworked IRS employee, charged with finding, in your massive stack of 501(c)(4) applications, the groups most likely to make electioneering their main focus. Wouldn't it make a little sense to focus on self-proclaimed Tea Party groups? Sure it would. And there's a word for that shortcut, Farhad Manjoo at Slate observes: profiling. By making decisions based on surface details like a group's name, "the IRS was acting like the TSA agent who pulls aside the guy in the turban."

Which is ironic, because the right has long advocated racial profiling, and they've found the moral argument against it "pretty hilarious." But Manjoo thinks the IRS scandal illustrates why profiling is wrong: it's unfair, and ineffective. Many of the Tea Party groups profiled turned out to be aboveboard, and some groups that weren't investigated proved not to be. "This is the Richard Reid scenario: Sometimes, a white guy tries to blow up a plane." Click for the full column.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: irsscandal; profiling; teaparty
Someone needs to explain to Asshat Manjoo what the term profiling actually means.
1 posted on 05/22/2013 8:42:45 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

There are big differences though.


2 posted on 05/22/2013 8:45:32 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

This reminds me of the black woman that called in to Hannity last week that was glad that conservatives/”republicans” (she meant “white people”) were being targeted by the IRS,
because it was “payback”.


3 posted on 05/22/2013 8:47:01 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The insanity of the left has no boundaries.......


4 posted on 05/22/2013 8:47:32 AM PDT by Lakeshark (!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

This isn’t “profiling”.


5 posted on 05/22/2013 8:47:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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I guess the genius is also for the TSA’s treatment of the children and elderly.


6 posted on 05/22/2013 8:47:38 AM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: Biggirl

>> There are big differences though.

No kidding.

The guys in the turbans earned their profiling by blowing people up. Over and over and over again. For decades!

Tea party, on the other hand, has no “track record” of electioneering, tax evasion, or such.


7 posted on 05/22/2013 8:47:58 AM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: Lakeshark

Exactly, and it quietly if not overtly supports the abusive actions.


8 posted on 05/22/2013 8:49:31 AM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Unfair profiling similar to what the IRS is doing to conservative groups would be picking someone like Fathead Mangy and taking him down to the police station for questioning because he had a Muslim-sounding name. Nobody supports doing that. This idiot can’t get his argument straight. But he’s not interested in fairness...he would like to conservative groups punished.


9 posted on 05/22/2013 8:49:43 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Nervous Tick

Profiling is a preventative act that uses a set statistical data points showing a tendency toward criminal activities.

This is unconstitutional on several points.


10 posted on 05/22/2013 8:51:18 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

precedent has been set.

when the libs are out and conservatives are in... it’ll be interesting for libs when the health care system denies them services due to having an abortion, doing drugs, or participating in occupy hippie circles.

good times ahead


11 posted on 05/22/2013 8:51:58 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The difference, Mr. Manjoo, is that nobody in the Tea Party is coming after you with a gun. At least so far.


12 posted on 05/22/2013 8:54:43 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Responsibility2nd
"Asshat Manjoo" is completely ignorant. The "Tea Party" has been subjected to bogus ridicule and 'profiling' by the DNC-run media since its inception ....


13 posted on 05/22/2013 8:54:51 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The profiling of passengers would be for the intention of stopping planes from exploding mid-flight, including any plane in which you are a passenger, Mr. Spak. The profiling of conservative groups is intended to punish political adversaries and effectively inhibit free speech. Do you really think these are the same?


14 posted on 05/22/2013 8:55:18 AM PDT by Texan Tory
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To: Responsibility2nd
So using profiling as a tool to protect lives is analogous to profiling to rig an election?

Only in the fevered imagination of an idiot leftist.

15 posted on 05/22/2013 8:55:38 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Biggirl
There are big differences though

...have the TSA detain this moron up for 3 years while they demand all of his personal information, names of associates, and the content of his prayers - before allowing him to board an airplane - then we can talk.

16 posted on 05/22/2013 8:56:34 AM PDT by ghost of nixon
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To: MrB

“Payback” rather than profiling, as you say, is at work here. Revenge and retribution are other words that come to mind. I’d likely agree with theIRS if they went after groups similar to ones that had abused the law in the past.

As far as I know, the Tea Party has been very observant of laws and regulations. Just might be because conservatives believe in the rule of law. A constitutional republic rather than the socialist tyranny we are slipping into is the conservative end.


17 posted on 05/22/2013 9:00:51 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Nervous Tick

my thoughts exactly.


18 posted on 05/22/2013 9:03:28 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: Responsibility2nd

Most people who hate the Tea Party have no idea what it is or what its members do, nor do they make any attempt to find out. They target the Tea Party as representative of “the enemy” and lump it together with the KKK. I saw an article the other day that said the Tea Party, by definition, is racist. Huh? Anyone can join their local TP.


19 posted on 05/22/2013 9:04:43 AM PDT by informavoracious (We're being "punished" with Stanley Ann's baby. Obamacare: shovel-ready healthcare.)
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To: cripplecreek

>> Profiling is a preventative act that uses a set statistical data points showing a tendency toward criminal activities.

Yeah, that’s the educated, articulate way of putting it.

But I like my emotional way better. :-)


20 posted on 05/22/2013 9:09:58 AM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: JimSEA

Amongst the demographic in question, this hatred and desire for revenge is generationally engrained,
and usually perpetuated by those seeking to maintain their own power
through the victimhood of the underclass.


21 posted on 05/22/2013 9:11:34 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Liberals traditionally are defensive about profiling becuse they’re the people doing it. And they profiled conservatives based on lies they made up about them.

It explains the popularity of Zimmerman’s case by the MSM.

It explains why the IRS is scared sh*tless.

It explains why the press is uncomfortable with this issue.


22 posted on 05/22/2013 9:15:31 AM PDT by GOPJ (It's Gotten So Bad for Obama Fox News Changed Its Slogan to "See. I Told You So!"- Leno)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Idiots, just shows, you can’t fix stupid
Tea party=good
terrorists=bad


23 posted on 05/22/2013 9:18:45 AM PDT by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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To: Responsibility2nd

What’s a Farhad Manjoo?


24 posted on 05/22/2013 9:26:19 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Responsibility2nd
ACORN

apparently means nothing to this guy.....

25 posted on 05/22/2013 9:28:34 AM PDT by SteamShovel (Smart Grid is Stupid)
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To: Responsibility2nd

He still wouldn’t get it the left have a one track mind.


26 posted on 05/22/2013 9:31:24 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Responsibility2nd

I think it was Ann Coulter who said last night, these IRS workers were so overworked, so they ask the tea party groups 90 questions at a time and then they have to process the documents to support those 90 answers...it doesn’t jive...


27 posted on 05/22/2013 9:33:20 AM PDT by uncitizen (We Are The Resistance!)
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To: Servant of the Cross; abb; sickoflibs; Liz
Your graphic's hit on the truth Servant. The Obama Administration's afraid the truth will out - it's why the IRS is pleading the fifth.

Homeland Security, the IRS and the Obama Administration are running scared - they're pulling strings trying to fine some violent Tea Party members who 'fit the picture'. Their illegal activities and special fundings were based on the lie that Tea Party people were violent terrorists.

Whoever finds a violent Tea Party member - and reports on it - gets one of the myriad prizes offered by liberals to keep the press in line... Pulitzer anyone?

"FIND A CONSERVATIVE TERRORIST. NOW. HELP! OUR LIES ABOUT CONSERVATIVES ARE FALLING APART...signed, your friends at the IRS and Homeland Security...." The New York Times and NBC will sell their souls to get this story AND there are groups ready to fake it for them... buy popcorn.

28 posted on 05/22/2013 9:36:13 AM PDT by GOPJ (It's Gotten So Bad for Obama Fox News Changed Its Slogan to "See. I Told You So!"- Leno)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Last time I checked, Tea Party didn’t exist when radical Islamists were flying airplanes into buildings.


29 posted on 05/22/2013 9:43:08 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

It would be hilarious, if it wasn’t such a disturbing peek into the liberal mindset. They don’t have the intellectual rigor to analyze an issue with balling it up to the point of absurdity.

I suggest we do the following: Look at the ideological/political identification of ALL criminals of ALL types over the last 30 years, and profile on the basis of THAT.


30 posted on 05/22/2013 9:58:20 AM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Coming back to get these later...just great!


31 posted on 05/22/2013 9:59:50 AM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: Altura Ct.

The Indian term for “Big Dump”.


32 posted on 05/22/2013 10:01:36 AM PDT by rlmorel ("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
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To: uncitizen

Ann is assuming they actually process the answers to those 90 questions.

Those documents probably went into the round filing cabinet on the floor.

Or, alternatively, the answers to the intrusive questions went to the giant database in Utah.


33 posted on 05/22/2013 10:03:14 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Black Agnes

Right. She’s also saying what BS it is to claim that singling out tea party groups was a way to lighten their workload.


34 posted on 05/22/2013 10:08:27 AM PDT by uncitizen (We Are The Resistance!)
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To: Lakeshark

That’s a solid tagline there...


35 posted on 05/22/2013 10:21:32 AM PDT by swampthang77
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To: GOPJ

Well said.


36 posted on 05/22/2013 10:26:01 AM PDT by swampthang77
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To: Responsibility2nd

IF any ANY other group had been profiled the suckups in the press would have reported on it. This guy’s a fool.. no one’s been profiled EXCEPT conservative. NO ONE.


37 posted on 05/22/2013 10:28:57 AM PDT by GOPJ (It's Gotten So Bad for Obama Fox News Changed Its Slogan to "See. I Told You So!"- Leno)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Manjoo, your ignorance is astounding. The Tea Party has been “profiled” since its inception and your opinion of the Tea Party expresses that profiling. Among other things, the Tea Party works for lower taxes — therefore it is racist; the Tea Party believes in smaller government — therefore it is racist and potential terrorist group and the Tea Party believes in individual rights so obviously it is racist and a terrorist group. So Manjoo, you are more guilty of profiling than the Tea Party ever was.


38 posted on 05/22/2013 10:41:02 AM PDT by falcon99
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To: rlmorel; GOPJ


39 posted on 05/22/2013 10:50:24 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Responsibility2nd
"the IRS was acting like the TSA agent who pulls aside the guy in the turban."

Islamists are not the turban wearers; they are the towel heads.

40 posted on 05/22/2013 11:21:31 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: swampthang77
Exclamitory for sure......

:-)

41 posted on 05/22/2013 12:02:27 PM PDT by Lakeshark (!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Manjoo doesn't want to know. What does Manjoo think affirmative action has been all about for decades now. Profiling out of consideration white people.

In his ingnorance, Manjoo thinks he's being so smart, so clever, but he proves he's dumb as a sack of rocks.

42 posted on 05/22/2013 12:21:59 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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To: MrB

That is exactly how diversity racists think and act when in power.


43 posted on 05/22/2013 2:28:21 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: ru4liberty

Self ping


44 posted on 05/23/2013 11:44:27 AM PDT by ru4liberty
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