Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Obamacare Null and Void?; "Revolution Now!" - in the USA; Authorities say 25 people were arrested for trespassing as hundreds protested outside a strategy session of conservative political donors at a resort near Palm Springs; ACLU in Bed with Department of Justice; Let's Stop Anchor Babies, Says AZ; The Ignorance of Senator Chuch Schumer; Egypt Blames Obama

On the left is Brian Calley, the new Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, as he addresses the State Convention.


In ruling against President Obama‘s health care law, federal Judge Roger Vinson used Mr. Obama‘s own position from the 2008 campaign against him, arguing that there are other ways to tackle health care short of requiring every American to purchase insurance.
“I note that in 2008, then-Senator Obama supported a health care reform proposal that did not include an individual mandate because he was at that time strongly opposed to the idea, stating that ‘if a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house,’” Judge Vinson wrote in a footnote toward the end of the 78-page ruling Monday.
Judge Vinson, a federal judge in the northern district of Florida, struck down the entire health care law as unconstitutional on Monday, though he is allowing the Obama administration to continue to implement and enforce it while the government appeals his ruling. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jan/31/judge-uses-obamas-words-against-him/
Do you recall Nancy Pelosi, when asked if the Constitution allows the federal government to force people to have health insurance. Her response?  "Are you serious?"
The photo on the left was taken when I spent nine hours on Capitol Hill the week of the health care vote - trying to visit 16 Democrat Representatives.  They were seeing no one that day. 
Ben Johnson quotes Vinson: "I must reluctantly conclude that Congress exceeded the bounds of its authority in passing the Act with the individual mandate…Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void."
Johnson continues: Vinson, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, made clear his opposition to the bill came from its gross violation of the Constitution. Vinson wrote, “If Congress can penalize a passive individual for failing to engage in commerce, the enumeration of powers in the Constitution would have been in vain.” He concluded, “Congress must operate within the bounds established by the Constitution.”
[As I see it, Justice Sonia Sotomayor may recuse herself  when the Supreme Court decides this issue, saying that she had influenced the law prior to being on the court.  If that happens, it's entirely possible for the Supremes to vote 4-4.  In that case, the law stands......]
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) [said on Jan. 7] that the “misguided" House Republicans “have to understand that the health care bill is not going to be repealed” and that they “should get a new lease on life and talk about something else.” (via CNS News)
Google, which purchased SayNow just last week, has hacked together a "speak-to-tweet service" for Egyptians who still have working telephones but who can't connect with Twitter because ISPs in the country were ordered to disconnect from the Internet.
The last remaining major ISP (Internet service provider), Noor Group, abruptly disconnected its service on Monday.
"[A]nyone can tweet by simply leaving a voicemail on one of these international phone numbers ... and the service will instantly tweet the message using the hashtag #egypt," Google said in a blog posting. "No Internet connection is required." http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9207478/Google_offers_voice_tweeting_service_for_Egyptians
Stop The ACLU writes: Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today announced that it has received documents from the Department of Justice (DOJ) that show DOJ worked hand-in-hand with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in mounting their respective legal challenges to SB 1070, Arizona’s get-tough illegal immigration law. The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed on June 17, 2010, include email exchanges between DOJ officials and ACLU staff.  http://www.stoptheaclu.com/2011/01/28/obama-justice-department-colluded-with-aclu-to-attack-arizona%E2%80%99s-sb-1070-according-to-documents-uncovered-by-judicial-watch/
Newsbusters reports of Chuck Schumer's comments: They [Republicans] are getting wary because of the large debt we have, which we have to get down, but if they feel that people are willing to shut down the government, you could risk the credit markets really losing some confidence in the United States Treasury, and that could create a deeper recession than we had over the last several years -- God forbid, even a depression.
So I would urge my Republican colleagues, no matter how strongly they feel -- you know, we have three branches of government. We have a House. We have a Senate. We have a president. And all three of us are going to have to come together and give some, but it is playing with fire to risk the shutting down of the government, just as it is playing with fire to risk not paying the debt ceiling. [I ask you - should ANY Representative, Senator or President be so ignorant to say these words?  Or is it Schumer's way of dismissing the Judiciary?  He puts Palin's misfires to shame.]
Who is the Muslim Brotherhood, vying for control in Egypt?  Listing some of its leaders
ELBARADEI:You know, the Muslim Brotherhood has nothing to do with the Iranian model, has nothing to do with extremism, as we have seen it in Afghanistan and other places.  The Muslim Brotherhood is a religiously conservative group.  They are a minority in Egypt.  They are not a majority of the Egyptian people, but they have a lot of credibility because all the other liberal parties have been smothered for 30 years.


If Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak is toppled, Israel will lose one of its very few friends in a hostile neighborhood and President Barack Obama will bear a large share of the blame, Israeli pundits said on Monday. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/31/us-egypt-israel-usa-idUSTRE70U53720110131


Breitbart writes: Th e State Department Monday issued an updated warning on the "continuing threat of terrorist actions" for US citizens worldwide, and a second advisory cautioning travel to Britain. "Current information suggests that Al-Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against US interests in multiple regions, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East," said the advisory, which updates the last Worldwide Caution post from August 2010.
The State Department warned that militant groups could target areas where US citizens may gather in large numbers, such as sporting events, hotels, or places of worship. http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG.ddc0305146893ec9e9e6796d743e6af7.b61&show_article=1
Reuters reports: Iran said on Monday it hopes mass anti-government protests in Egypt will lead to the emergence of a more Islamic Middle East that will stand up to its enemies, Israel and the United States.
"A shift of power in Egypt from a U.S.-linked government to an Islamist regime will strengthen Iran," said political analyst Ahmad Ziaie. "The balance will switch in favour of Iran."
Mehmanparast taunted Washington for its mixed signals about support for Mubarak, seen as a vital U.S. ally in the region. http://af.reuters.com/article/egyptNews/idAFHAF13756420110201?pageNumber=3&virtualBrandChannel=0

Google reports: Iran said on Tuesday the uprising in Egypt will help create an Islamic Middle East but accused US officials of interfering in the "freedom seeking" movement which has rocked the Arab nation. "With the knowledge that I have of the great revolutionary and history making people of Egypt, I am sure they will play their role in creating an Islamic Middle East for all freedom, justice and independence seekers," Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (snip) "Unfortunately we are witnessing the direct interference .... of some American officials in the developments in Egypt," http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hnxI5FGq1dnLMDd3ulh-kRh-2t3w?docId=CNG.30ff0b57ab72bd5eaa39bfcd8d0f2119.331 


  1. old grizzled veteranFebruary 1, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Thanks and congratulations for your actions showing what it means to be a responsible citizen of our Republic ! The Justice Dept. and the ACLU working secretly together to undermine the Arizona laws regarding illegals ? What a surprise!
    So much news to cover, and thanks for all your helpful information

  2. Doesn't that liberal senator from New York know the three branches of the Federal Government are the Executive, Judicial and CONGRESSIONAL of which the Senate is but one part !!!? What a self-serving dope he is !