Monday, July 30, 2012

Romney leads Obama; UN Arms-trade Treaty fails; High bar for renewable energy has high cost; China bids to buy Canadian oil sands; Michelle at the Olympics; "We've been able to take some actions on our own"; Obama's plan has worked, says he; The power of the Supreme Court ruling; Top 10 Obamacare taxes; DOJ just might criminalize speech against religion; 62,900 fewer doctors by 2015; Iraq Al-Qaeda threaten to strike at the heart of America; United States maintains it sovereignty; More documents found on Bin Laden takedown; What we must do; Free exercise of religion is what is guaranteed by the First Amendment; Obama may have broken the law with Muslim White House guest; Riot gear ordered for both national conventions; Supreme Court Justice Scalia on gun control; Sneaking a gun control bill into the cybersecurity bill

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows Mitt Romney attracting 49% of the vote, while President Obama earns support from 44%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

Breitbart News hereby announces a $50,000 reward to whomever can provide the complete video recording of the 2003 farewell party for radical Palestinian academic and activist Rashid Khalidi, at which then-state senator Barack Obama spoke--and which the Los Angeles Times has refused to release since reporting the event in April 2008.

Then-reporter Peter Wallsten (now with the Wall Street Journal) noted that the event was one of many signs that had encouraged Palestinian-Americans to believe "that Obama is more receptive to their viewpoint than he is willing to say." Wallsten explained:
Delegations from around the world failed on Friday to agree a landmark U.N. arms-trade treaty to regulate the more than $60 billion industry, opting for further talks and a possible U.N. General Assembly vote by the end of the year, diplomats said. More than 170 countries have spent the past month in New York negotiating a treaty, which needed to be adopted by consensus, so any one country effectively could have vetoed a deal. Instead, no decision was taken on a draft treaty. ...
A constitutional amendment requiring 25 percent of Michigan's energy to come from renewable sources by 2025 would cost $10 billion to implement and limit the use of new technologies, according to a utility-backed study released Thursday.

Do We Want To Buy Canadian Oil From The Chinese?  [Remember when the Republicans said that if we don't take part in the Keystone Pipeline, Canada will probably sell rights to China?  They were right, and now Pelosi and Schumer are alarmed.]

But it may happen, thanks to the Obama administration's indifference to developing energy resources anywhere on the North American continent or building the Keystone XL pipeline linking Alberta's oil-rich sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
Buoyed by White House inaction, China's state-owned oil company has made a multibillion-dollar bid for a Canadian company with interests in Canada's oil sands — North American oil for the lamps of China.
Cheering on the team: Michelle Obama was watching from the stands during the opening ceremony and parade of nations

 OK, here are some photos of the US team entering the Olympic Stadium.  Michelle Obama inserted herself into the Olympics by leading the team TO the stadium.  The article says how excited she is to be there, how full of joy and pride.  Here is the photo of our condescending First Lady as she seems to be sneering, judging and looking enviously at our athletes.....It's the very same look she has consistently given when meeting with wives of other international leaders.  She's probably mad that the team did not ask her to carry the flag into the stadium.
Obama said:
“And where there’s an extraordinarily heartbreaking tragedy like the one we saw, there’s always an outcry immediately after for action, and there’s talk of new reforms and there’s talk of new legislation. And too often those efforts are defeated by politics and by lobbying and eventually by the pull of our collective attention elsewhere. But when I said in the wake of Tucson was we were going to stay on this persistently. So we’ve been able to take some actions on our own, recognizing that it’s not always easy to get things through congress these days.”

“Do you hear what he just said? We’ve taken some actions on our own. In other words, we’ve gone around the Constitution,” Glenn said.
President Obama’s latest clarification-inducing comment came Wednesday, and it’s eyebrow-raising to say the least. Speaking on employment and the economy, the silver-tongued president declared, “Just like we’ve tried [the Republicans'] plan, we’ve tried our plan, and it worked. That’s the difference.”
As Obama himself explained in a 2001 radio interview when he was a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School: “The Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth and more basic issues of political and economic justice in the society and to that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution.”
The Roberts Court has now contrived to do what Obama faulted the Warren Court for not doing. By creating a new and unlimited power to lay punitive taxes on inactivity, Roberts has obliterated any meaningful constitutional constraint on federal power. This was, of course, expected of the Court’s four left-wing radicals, who likely share Obama’s contempt for the Constitution’s “essential constraints.”  Roberts was supposed to know better.{linkBack}_Obama_has_now_broken_free_of_the_Constitution

Top 10 Obamacare taxes coming your way

If you have yet to make up your mind about the Affordable Care Act, this list might help you decide.
1. Individual mandate
Obamacare may have been upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court, but Chief Justice John Roberts’ extraordinary opinion clearly labeled the law’s individual mandate a tax. Whether the power to enact a penalty for failing to purchase a product derives from the Commerce Clause or Congress’ taxing authority makes little difference. Every American will have to purchase health insurance and those who don’t will face an IRS-enforced tax that totals 2.5 percent of adjusted growth income in 2016.
2. Employer mandate
At a time when America needs jobs more than anything else, along comes Obamacare and its tax on businesses that don’t offer healthcare benefits. Companies with more than 50 employees will have to pay a tax of $3,000 per employee, a sure-fire way to keep companies from hiring new workers. Perversely, this measure will also encourage some employers to drop their health coverage and pay a fine that costs less. In both cases, the measure works against many vulnerable Americans.
DOJ refuses to say they will never criminalize speech against any religion-

The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that in 2015 the country will have 62,900 fewer doctors than needed. And that number will more than double by 2025, as the expansion of insurance coverage and the aging of baby boomers drive up demand for care. Even without the health care law, the shortfall of doctors in 2025 would still exceed 100,000. -
Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), which has staged a bloody comeback in Iraq in recent months, issued a threat this week to strike at the “heart” of America.
On Sunday, shortly before a string of AQI attacks killed more than 100 people, AQI leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi warned Americans: “You will soon witness how attacks will resound in the heart of your land, because our war with you has now started.”
Property values in the global community took a hit this month after the United States twice declined invitations to surrender its sovereignty to the United Nations.
The first bit of good news came when Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) announced a 34-member coalition pledged in opposition to the U.N.’s Law of the Sea Treaty (L.O.S.T.). While more may join the effort, there are now enough votes to prevent ratification and protect the U.S. Navy and our oil and gas industries from answering to the United Nations and the International Seabed Authority (I.S.A.).
L.O.S.T. is a deeply flawed document that would transfer power, authority, resources and riches to employees at the U.N. whose credentials barely rise to that of flea market management.
They [the radical, intimidating left] might not be burning crosses on our lawns (yet), but some of their targets have been intimidated at the polls (despite AG Holder's unwillingness to prosecute).  With their savior being threatened by the real hope and change of Mitt Romney, they are like cornered animals, and their behavior is erratic at best.  
Ultimately, they hope to intimidate us from voting for our favored candidates or voting altogether.  So now members of the "Party of Tolerance and Diversity" are reduced to nothing more than the "Party of Intolerance, Intimidation and Invective."
What do we do about this?  We don't let it intimidate us.  We buy a dozen bumper stickers and replace them as needed.  We put up sign after sign, even if we have to install a surveillance system.  We stick up for each other.  We get out the vote, we march, we rally, we protest, we assemble, and we continue to do it peacefully and with respect.  And we vote.
But most importantly, we call it what it is and throw away their made-up rules for what is and isn't politically correct. 
The words “freedom of belief” do not appear in the First Amendment. Nor do the words “freedom of worship.” Instead, the Bill of Rights guarantees Americans something that its authors called “the free exercise” of religion. 
It’s a significant choice of words, because it suggests a recognition that religious faith cannot be reduced to a purely private or individual affair. Most religious communities conceive of themselves as peoples or families, and the requirements of most faiths extend well beyond attendance at a sabbath service — encompassing charity and activism, education and missionary efforts, and other “exercises” that any guarantee of religious freedom must protect.  The defenders of the H.H.S. mandate note that it protects freedom of worship, which indeed it does. But a genuine free exercise of religion, not so much.
-Obama administration minions may have violated U.S. law last month by welcoming an Egyptian with ties to terrorism to the White House in order to lobby for the release of an imprisoned terrorist known as the Blind Sheik, claimed Rep. Pete King, current chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, in a statement on Thursday.
Hani Nour Eldin -- an avowed member of Gama’a al-Islamiyya listed by the State Department as terror group -- was elected along with members of Islamist groups the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists to Egypt’s parliament.
But, according to Rep. King, the U.S. investigators involved in his vetting either ignored Hani’s Facebook page or didn’t check it at all. On Facebook he boasts of his membership in Gama’a al-Islamiyya.
U.S. immigration laws require that both Secretaries of State and Homeland Security must authorize waivers before issuing visas to members of designated federal terrorist organizations, and they must notify the appropriate members of Congress.
Secretary Hillary Clinton (State) and Secretary Janet Napolitano never gave members of Congress the required information, King said during a session of the House Committee on Homeland Security on Thursday.
Napolitano told King that Eldin was found to pose no security risk, but she called King’s concerns about process “a fair point to make.”  [Now what is all this uproar about concerns about radical Muslims infiltrating our government being simply racist?]
The Department of Homeland Security has ordered masses of riot gear equipment to prepare for potential significant domestic riots at the Republican National Convention, Democratic National Convention and next year’s presidential inauguration.
The DHS submitted a rushed solicitation to the Federal Business Opportunities site on Wednesday, which is a portal for Federal government procurement requisitions over $25,000. The request gave the potential suppliers only one day to submit their proposals and a 15-day delivery requirement to Alexandria, Virginia.
As the brief explains, “the objective of this effort is to procure riot gear to prepare for the 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and other future similar activities.”  [This is what Obama's "fundamental change" has wrought - a new low for America.] 
Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the Supreme Court's most vocal and conservative justices, said on Sunday that the Second Amendment leaves room for U.S. legislatures to regulate guns, including menacing hand-held weapons.
"It will have to be decided in future cases," Scalia said on Fox News Sunday. But there were legal precedents from the days of the Founding Fathers that banned frightening weapons which a constitutional originalist like himself must recognize. There were also "locational limitations" on where weapons could be carried, the justice noted.
When asked if that kind of precedent would apply to assault weapons, or 100-round ammunition magazines like those used in the recent Colorado movie theater massacre, Scalia declined to speculate. "We'll see," he said. '"It will have to be decided."
As an originalist scholar, Scalia looks to the text of the Constitution—which confirms the right to bear arms—but also the context of 18th-century history. “They had some limitations on the nature of arms that could be borne," he told host Chris Wallace.
Democratic senators have offered an amendment to the cybersecurity bill that would limit the purchase of high capacity gun magazines for some consumers.
Shortly after the Cybersecurity Act gained Senate approval to proceed to filing proposed amendments and a vote next week, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), a sponsor of the gun control amendment, came to the floor to defend the idea of implementing some “reasonable” gun control measures.

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