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(Politico)   PETA: Dude, the IRS has been harassing us for, like, ever, man. Just gotta chill and eat some of this amazing kelp and seaweed dish. It's like totally tasteless   (politico.com) divider line 110
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vpb [TotalFark]
2013-05-17 09:16:51 AM  
So, they were targeting evil organizations in general and not just evil right wing organizations?
 
2013-05-17 09:51:49 AM  
"PETA's harassment by the IRS includes the 20-month audit in 2003 to 2005 and another in 2009, both of which resulted from what the IRS agents admitted-and we have verified from Freedom of Information Act materials-were politically motivated attacks and pressure by members of Congress who were doing the bidding of the meat, dairy, experimentation, tobacco, and other industries whose animal-abusing practices PETA opposes."


I want to know who are these congress members who have been using the IRS to harass groups?
 
2013-05-17 09:54:07 AM  
Wait.  How is PETA tax-exempt?
 
2013-05-17 09:56:28 AM  
I could see such a well known and large group getting a second look from the IRS.

I could also see a cockpunch for members of congress who use the IRS for their own personal reasons.

I can't see anyone losing an election for picking on PETA.
 
2013-05-17 09:57:22 AM  

47 is the new 42: Wait.  How is PETA tax-exempt?


Apparently, just calling yourself "non-profit"--and spending enough money on things in order to keep from making significant profit--is enough, even if you also condone terrorism, murder, arson, vandalism theft, ... etc.,
 
2013-05-17 09:57:38 AM  

47 is the new 42: Wait.  How is PETA tax-exempt?


How would they NOT be? Questionable arguments and bizarre stunts aside, how is advocating for "ethical"* treatment of animals not a social justice/welfare effort?

* for some values of "ethics"
 
2013-05-17 09:58:51 AM  

47 is the new 42: Wait.  How is PETA tax-exempt?


America is the land of stupid ideas, that's why.
 
2013-05-17 09:59:38 AM  

Dr Dreidel: How would they NOT be? Questionable arguments and bizarre stunts aside, how is advocating for "ethical"* treatment of animals not a social justice/welfare effort?


How is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea actually none of those things?
 
2013-05-17 10:00:11 AM  
 As I have  said before now is a perfect time to get conservatives on board to put a system in place to make it difficult if not impossible for this to happen again. Cause let's be honest the "freedum an  Liberty" crowd are only going to give a shiat about this stuff when it affects them so now that they're properly outraged we need to use this to keep it from ever happening again.
And maybe roast some of the politicians who have been using the IRS for this purpose.
 
2013-05-17 10:01:36 AM  

Dr Dreidel: 47 is the new 42: Wait.  How is PETA tax-exempt?

How would they NOT be? Questionable arguments and bizarre stunts aside, how is advocating for "ethical"* treatment of animals not a social justice/welfare effort?

* for some values of "ethics"


True. If I started a charity called "Disembowelment for Child Diddlers", I could probably pass the IRS muster as long as I only targeted child diddlers.  (It's a social good, right?)
If I extended the privilege of disembowelment to dudes that look at me funny or don't applaud my public disembowelments, then I would probably run afoul of the IRS....
Maybe.
 
2013-05-17 10:01:41 AM  

rolladuck: 47 is the new 42: Wait.  How is PETA tax-exempt?

Apparently, just calling yourself "non-profit"--and spending enough money on things in order to keep from making significant profit--is enough, even if you also condone terrorism, murder, arson, vandalism theft, ... etc.,


[citation needed]

And don't make me start a list of all the right-wing organizations who actually HAVE advocated those things in the past and currently.

/you're mixing up PeTA and ELF.
 
2013-05-17 10:01:58 AM  
"Tonight we'll ne eating kelp burgers and watching a tape of Johnny Arvik. He's the Eskimo comedian."
 
2013-05-17 10:02:08 AM  
fark PETA.

That will be all.
 
2013-05-17 10:02:16 AM  
I am against using the IRS for the political harassment of PETA too.

/ confirmed far-right wing farker.
 
2013-05-17 10:02:53 AM  

Graffito: "PETA's harassment by the IRS includes the 20-month audit in 2003 to 2005 and another in 2009, both of which resulted from what the IRS agents admitted-and we have verified from Freedom of Information Act materials-were politically motivated attacks and pressure by members of Congress who were doing the bidding of the meat, dairy, experimentation, tobacco, and other industries whose animal-abusing practices PETA opposes."


I'm sure the Democrats will get right on top of investigating this right away.
 
2013-05-17 10:03:15 AM  
It's okay because you do a LOT of dumb things.
 
2013-05-17 10:03:25 AM  

This text is now purple: Dr Dreidel: How would they NOT be? Questionable arguments and bizarre stunts aside, how is advocating for "ethical"* treatment of animals not a social justice/welfare effort?

How is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea actually none of those things?


...purple monkey dishwasher?
 
2013-05-17 10:03:35 AM  

Emposter: fark PETA.

That will be all.


yeah PETA is the bad guy here, not literal members of congress ordering the IRS to audit them
 
2013-05-17 10:03:56 AM  

rolladuck: 47 is the new 42: Wait.  How is PETA tax-exempt?

Apparently, just calling yourself "non-profit"--and spending enough money on things in order to keep from making significant profit--is enough, even if you also condone terrorism, murder, arson, vandalism theft, ... etc.,


By this standard I was effectively a non-profit during the years I was paying alimony.  Think I can get a retroactive tax credit?
 
2013-05-17 10:05:27 AM  

Jackson Herring: Emposter: fark PETA.

That will be all.

yeah PETA is the bad guy here, not literal members of congress ordering the IRS to audit them


whynotboth.jpg
 
2013-05-17 10:05:43 AM  
I'm not seeing how scrutiny of the vast sums of money that are corrupting our political system is inappropriate.
 
2013-05-17 10:06:57 AM  

rolladuck: True. If I started a charity called "Disembowelment for Child Diddlers", I could probably pass the IRS muster as long as I only targeted child diddlers. (It's a social good, right?)


Technically yes; but also technically, you probably can't get 501(c)(4) status for an organization that advocates extrajudicial killings - an expressly illegal purpose.
 
2013-05-17 10:07:38 AM  

Dr Dreidel: 47 is the new 42: Wait.  How is PETA tax-exempt?

How would they NOT be? Questionable arguments and bizarre stunts aside, how is advocating for "ethical"* treatment of animals not a social justice/welfare effort?

* for some values of "ethics"


This. I get that they aren't popular, but PETA is very much involved in educating the masses ... even if most of the masses would prefer if the name really meant "People Eating Tasty Animals". There is no test for whether what you are teaching is normal, sane, or truly good for society, nor should there be - as long as the organization is non-profit, engages in activism and/or education as its primary function, and is not inherently criminal - it should get tax exemption.
 
2013-05-17 10:08:58 AM  

neversubmit: Jackson Herring: Emposter: fark PETA.

That will be all.

yeah PETA is the bad guy here, not literal members of congress ordering the IRS to audit them

whynotboth.jpg


PETA is pretty shiatty but if you are putting them in the same league with members of congress ordering them to be audited at the behest of for example the tobacco lobby then holy shiat
 
2013-05-17 10:11:07 AM  

Jackson Herring: neversubmit: Jackson Herring: Emposter: fark PETA.

That will be all.

yeah PETA is the bad guy here, not literal members of congress ordering the IRS to audit them

whynotboth.jpg

PETA is pretty shiatty but if you are putting them in the same league with members of congress ordering them to be audited at the behest of for example the tobacco lobby then holy shiat


So they are both "bad guys" but not in the same league?
 
2013-05-17 10:11:52 AM  
Now I'm a big fan of eating all variety of meat (I'm hoping I can go to Norway sometime and try Smalahove sometime soon), but seaweed is delicious.  I could eat those packets of wasabi seaweed they sell at trader joes all day (actually I can't stop eating them once the thing is open).
 
2013-05-17 10:14:36 AM  

Jackson Herring: yeah PETA is the bad guy here, not literal members of congress ordering the IRS to audit them


PETA is evil because Fark said so and Fark said so because PETA is evil.

Duh.

/ Fark is really only about half an IQ point smarter than Youtube on average
// it's just funnier so it gets a pass on it
 
2013-05-17 10:18:05 AM  

Exception Collection: Dr Dreidel: 47 is the new 42: Wait.  How is PETA tax-exempt?

How would they NOT be? Questionable arguments and bizarre stunts aside, how is advocating for "ethical"* treatment of animals not a social justice/welfare effort?

* for some values of "ethics"

This. I get that they aren't popular, but PETA is very much involved in educating the masses ... even if most of the masses would prefer if the name really meant "People Eating Tasty Animals". There is no test for whether what you are teaching is normal, sane, or truly good for society, nor should there be - as long as the organization is non-profit, engages in activism and/or education as its primary function, and is not inherently criminal - it should get tax exemption.


PETA ain't involved in educating jack shiat. Their primary purpose is to be a publicity and ad agency.
 
2013-05-17 10:18:42 AM  

HypnozombieX: As I have  said before now is a perfect time to get conservatives on board to put a system in place to make it difficult if not impossible for this to happen again. Cause let's be honest the "freedum an  Liberty" crowd are only going to give a shiat about this stuff when it affects them so now that they're properly outraged we need to use this to keep it from ever happening again.
And maybe roast some of the politicians who have been using the IRS for this purpose.


Good idea.
 
2013-05-17 10:26:41 AM  
This is one of those times where everyone involved should have a Hulk-Like cock* punch


*or tofu if you're vegan
 
2013-05-17 10:27:02 AM  

SlothB77: I am against using the IRS for the political harassment of PETA too.

/ confirmed far-right wing farker.


If you are trying to claim a coffee table as a disabled dependent, you might find the IRS' relentless questions and challenges harassing as well.
 
2013-05-17 10:28:04 AM  
Most of these rights radicals have endured arrested development somewhere along the way.
I know a 40 year old girl in Boulder who does this save the gophers and birds stuff. She had a pet bunny.
Predator or prey, take your pick.
 
2013-05-17 10:28:20 AM  

Foxxinnia: PETA ain't involved in educating jack shiat. Their primary purpose is to be a publicity and ad agency.


Thank you, Simone.
 
2013-05-17 10:28:41 AM  

neversubmit: Jackson Herring: neversubmit: Jackson Herring: Emposter: fark PETA.

That will be all.

yeah PETA is the bad guy here, not literal members of congress ordering the IRS to audit them

whynotboth.jpg

PETA is pretty shiatty but if you are putting them in the same league with members of congress ordering them to be audited at the behest of for example the tobacco lobby then holy shiat

So they are both "bad guys" but not in the same league?


After the shiat in Virginia and elsewhere, the bad guy is ALWAYS PETA.
 
2013-05-17 10:28:53 AM  

neversubmit: Jackson Herring: neversubmit: Jackson Herring: Emposter: fark PETA.

That will be all.

yeah PETA is the bad guy here, not literal members of congress ordering the IRS to audit them

whynotboth.jpg

PETA is pretty shiatty but if you are putting them in the same league with members of congress ordering them to be audited at the behest of for example the tobacco lobby then holy shiat

So they are both "bad guys" but not in the same league?


Nuance is hard, apparently.
 
2013-05-17 10:33:12 AM  

un4gvn666: neversubmit: Jackson Herring: neversubmit: Jackson Herring: Emposter: fark PETA.

That will be all.

yeah PETA is the bad guy here, not literal members of congress ordering the IRS to audit them

whynotboth.jpg

PETA is pretty shiatty but if you are putting them in the same league with members of congress ordering them to be audited at the behest of for example the tobacco lobby then holy shiat

So they are both "bad guys" but not in the same league?

Nuance is hard, apparently.


Seriously responding to a meme is a bit odd but hey I went with it.
 
2013-05-17 10:35:35 AM  

neversubmit: un4gvn666: neversubmit: Jackson Herring: neversubmit: Jackson Herring: Emposter: fark PETA.

That will be all.

yeah PETA is the bad guy here, not literal members of congress ordering the IRS to audit them

whynotboth.jpg

PETA is pretty shiatty but if you are putting them in the same league with members of congress ordering them to be audited at the behest of for example the tobacco lobby then holy shiat

So they are both "bad guys" but not in the same league?

Nuance is hard, apparently.

Seriously responding to a meme is a bit odd but hey I went with it.


"He's so courageous!"
 
2013-05-17 10:36:29 AM  
Incidentally, let's inoculate this thread against the inevitable LOL PETA KILLS TEH AMINALS! derpheads:

(EXTREMELY GRAPHIC) PETA accepts an awful lot of animals that literally cannot be healed or adopted out
 
2013-05-17 10:38:48 AM  
Remember Paula Jones?  Her Husband got audited while she making accusations against Clinton.  Seemed to me that somebody sicced the IRS on him.

Crap like this has been going on since the IRS was born.
 
2013-05-17 10:40:04 AM  

un4gvn666: neversubmit: un4gvn666: neversubmit: Jackson Herring: neversubmit: Jackson Herring: Emposter: fark PETA.

That will be all.

yeah PETA is the bad guy here, not literal members of congress ordering the IRS to audit them

whynotboth.jpg

PETA is pretty shiatty but if you are putting them in the same league with members of congress ordering them to be audited at the behest of for example the tobacco lobby then holy shiat

So they are both "bad guys" but not in the same league?

Nuance is hard, apparently.

Seriously responding to a meme is a bit odd but hey I went with it.

"He's so courageous!"


I think you meant "So Brave!"
 
2013-05-17 10:43:08 AM  
That explains all the trouble I've had with my charity, The Patriotic People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that are Taxed Enough Already.
 
2013-05-17 10:44:28 AM  

LarryDan43: That explains all the trouble I've had with my charity, The Patriotic People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that are Taxed Enough Already.


PPETA TEA?  Sounds tasty and exotic.
 
2013-05-17 10:45:24 AM  
This proves the IRS has grilled PETA.
 
2013-05-17 10:48:24 AM  

AugieDoggyDaddy: Remember Paula Jones?  Her Husband got audited while she making accusations against Clinton.  Seemed to me that somebody sicced the IRS on him.

Crap like this has been going on since the IRS was born.


J Edgar Hoover hated John Steinbeck so much he had the IRS audit him every year.
 
2013-05-17 10:49:06 AM  

neversubmit: un4gvn666: neversubmit: un4gvn666: neversubmit: Jackson Herring: neversubmit: Jackson Herring: Emposter: fark PETA.

That will be all.

yeah PETA is the bad guy here, not literal members of congress ordering the IRS to audit them

whynotboth.jpg

PETA is pretty shiatty but if you are putting them in the same league with members of congress ordering them to be audited at the behest of for example the tobacco lobby then holy shiat

So they are both "bad guys" but not in the same league?

Nuance is hard, apparently.

Seriously responding to a meme is a bit odd but hey I went with it.

"He's so courageous!"

I think you meant "So Brave!"


28.media.tumblr.com

"SO GOOD"
 
2013-05-17 10:49:41 AM  

Foxxinnia: PETA ain't involved in educating jack shiat. Their primary purpose is to be a publicity and ad agency.


I would argue that that publicity and ads are how organizations like that educate.  Showing people with butcher lines drawn on them?  Showing what the insides of slaughterhouses and other unpleasant areas look like?  That's education, even if it takes the form of publicity and ads.

/Mind, I'm an omnivore that leans more towards meat than veggies.  I'm not a PETA fan, and defending them kinda makes me feel dirty.  But they should get (c)(4) status, because we shouldn't judge on the merits of their thinking, but rather the merits of what they do.
//Which is why they should investigate every group with names connected to political movements, and possibly just every group period.  If they're "obvious" enough about working for social welfare (NAACP, for example; also the FRC, sadly), give them a pass; if they spend the majority of their money pushing political elections...
///That includes churches, except they should have a zero tolerance level - churches advocating for *either* party should lose non-profit status, or at least be forced to file as (c)(4).
 
2013-05-17 10:50:47 AM  

AngryDragon: LarryDan43: That explains all the trouble I've had with my charity, The Patriotic People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that are Taxed Enough Already.

PPETA TEA?  Sounds tasty and exotic.


Screaming rant: But it's not funny, and I want funny, fu*k you Larry it's Friday and payday and I will be happy!

/i'm not happy :(
 
2013-05-17 10:51:20 AM  

rolladuck: 47 is the new 42: Wait.  How is PETA tax-exempt?

Apparently, just calling yourself "non-profit"--and spending enough money on things in order to keep from making significant profit--is enough, even if you also condone terrorism, murder, arson, vandalism theft, ... etc.,


Let's not bring the energy industry into this.  We've already apologized to BP for Derpwater Horizon.
 
2013-05-17 10:53:33 AM  

skozlaw: Incidentally, let's inoculate this thread against the inevitable LOL PETA KILLS TEH AMINALS! derpheads:

(EXTREMELY GRAPHIC) PETA accepts an awful lot of animals that literally cannot be healed or adopted out


You mean the ones they toss in the dumpster after they're done w/ them?
 
2013-05-17 11:01:50 AM  
Leave seaweed snacks out of this. Those Korean ones are really tasty.

Oh, and fark PETA.
 
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