Saturday, June 30, 2012

All about the largest tax increase in our history

[Apparently Supreme Court Justice Roberts decided that he had to move heaven and earth to make this law constitutional.  Some are saying that is because of the contentiousness of the Bush-Gore decision.  The Supreme Court's John Roberts said it is not their purpose to protect us from the choices Americans have made in elections.  Here are some of the problems being expressed by those in the know:
1) This law was passed in Congress as a PENALTY, and expressly not as a tax.  This fact was stated over and over by President Obama and Democrats - it is NOT a tax!  The Justices wanted to know on day one of oral arguments if this is a tax.  Since they said it was not a tax, no arguments were given against the large tax increase of the law. 
2) The Democrats clarified that the constitutional authority was theirs under the Commerce Act.
3) Justice John Roberts actually rewrote the law when he changed the mechanism to being a tax, which would give Congress the authority.
4) First thing wrong with this is that tax issues are expressly forbidden to be judged by a court until the time that someone actually has had to pay the tax, set to start not until 2014 so the Obama could get reelected before Americans knew just how much the penalty would be.  It would seem that this issue would have forced the Supreme Court to throw the case out for now.
5) This is a brand new type of tax, and many wonder if, as when the Income Tax was initiated, there needed to be a law permitting the new type of tax.
    Therefore, a law which was never passed by Congress is now the law of our land.  I wonder if the Supreme Court has ever before rewritten a law in order to uphold it.  Conservatives need to make sure that Americans know that our President lied to us all when he repeatedly said that for those making less than $200,000 there would be no new taxes during his Administration.  They need to know that other lies were sold when we were told that we could keep our insurance, our doctor, and our private health care.  They need to know that as of now, Congress can force us to do anything they want as long as they call it a tax.  This is a sad week for America.]
We’re not going to re-litigate health care reform,” President Obama told an audience in Philadelphia earlier this month. The American people “understand we don’t need to refight this battle over health care,” he said at a fundraiser in Atlanta on Tuesday. “What the country cannot afford to do is refight the political battles of two years ago,” he said after the Court issued its decision.
But Obama is wrong. The health care battle is not settled. On the contrary: Justice Roberts’s opinion has airlifted the combatants to a different battlefield altogether. By affirming the individual mandate not on the grounds of the Commerce Clause but the congressional power to tax, Roberts has, intentionally or not, exposed the president as a liar, and as willing to raise taxes on the middle class.
There are the laughable and false promises Obama made in his doomed attempt to win public support for his signature legislation. He said no one will lose his health plan, but the law has no such guarantee. He said Obamacare would reduce costs, but costs have risen. He said the law will lower premiums, but premiums are likely to rise. He said medical malpractice reform was a “priority,” but there is no tort reform in his bill. He said the measure will reduce the deficit, but the slightest change in its structure or increase in the number of beneficiaries will balloon the national debt.
Then there are the taxes. Obama has said throughout his candidacy and his presidency that he will not raise taxes on anyone whose household income is less than $250,000 a year. He even attacked John McCain’s 2008 health care reform as a middle-class tax increase. Americans for Tax Reform, however, identifies no less than 20 additional or higher taxes the bill imposes on incomes of different levels. Justice Roberts’s ruling that “the shared responsibility payment may for constitutional purposes be considered a tax” uncloaks the individual mandate as one of the largest middle-class tax increases in history. This is a Death-Star-worthy laser aimed at Obama’s planet-sized ego. His credibility is dust. “The bill was sold to the American people as a deception,” minority leader Mitch McConnell said on the floor of the Senate Thursday. Sarah Palin put it more succinctly: “Obama lies; freedom dies.”
GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney echoed this sentiment, saying he would act to repeal the law on his first day in office, if elected.
“This is the time of choice for the American people,” he said. “Our mission is clear: If we want to get rid of Obamacare, we’re going to have to replace President Obama. My mission is to make sure we do exactly that.”
DeMint said if Republicans retake the Senate they could potentially repeal the law through the “budget reconciliation” process, which only requires 51 votes, as opposed to 60. Democrats used this tactic to pass the final version of the law after losing their 60-vote majority in January 2010.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.), who called the decision “a crushing blow to patients throughout the country,” said the House would vote to repeal the law when Congress returns from the July 4th recess.
House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) argued the court’s ruling “strengthens” the case for repeal, saying: “It is now in the hands of the American people to determine whether this disastrous law will stand.”
The court concurred with the opposition’s argument that the federal government did not have the authority to regulate economic inactivity—the act of not purchasing health insurance—under the Commerce Clause, and in so doing placed significant restrictions on federal power.
“On the liberty side, we won,” said Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, another leading opponent of the law. “The Supreme Court for the first time declared the outer limits of federal power under the Constitution.”
Roberts wrote in his majority opinion that the Commerce Clause “is not a general license to regulate an individual from cradle to grave.”
Yet the mandate was still upheld as a tax, which opponents point out was precisely the opposite argument the president and his administration made in defense of the law.
“Ironically, the Supreme Court has decided to be far more honest about Obamacare than Obama was,” said Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal. “They rightly have called it a tax.”
Chief Justice John Roberts ruled Thursday that Barack Obama used “magic words” to characterize a multi-billion dollar tax increase on middle and low income earners as a “penalty.”
“‘Magic words or labels’ should not ‘disable an otherwise constitutional levy,’” he wrote, citing a 1992 sales tax case. “This process yields the essential feature of any tax: it produces at least some revenue for the Government … $4 billion per year by 2017.”
The 5-4 ruling upholding Obama’s chief legislative achievement undermines the president’s claim that he would never raise taxes on Americans making less than $250,000 per year.
The GOP has largely turned its nose up at the tea party, which is its salvation. The tea party movement provided the GOP with the energy, man power, and money to take back the House in 2010 and come close in the Senate. For that, the GOP has routinely given the tea party the middle finger and, instead of fighting for repeal of Obamacare, excused itself while the Supreme Court did the heavy lifting.
John Roberts, the man who gave us the Citizens United case has now, with a laughably inane ruling, told us we have to fight politically. The millions of people who joined the tea party in 2009 only to go back to their jobs and families after the 2010 election are now awake.
In waking, what they are seeing is a government claiming that food stamps will make you look amazing and that encourages people to party with food stamps. They are seeing a corrupt tourism program. They are seeing tax cheats getting billions from Barack Obama. They are seeing high unemployment, the United States Attorney General held in contempt of congress, the GOP cave on fiscal issues, and the Supreme Court deciding something the vast majority of Americans hate is constitutional.
And they are seeing that, just like in 2010, they are the only ones who can stop Barack Obama and the Democrats. The GOP is nothing without the tea party. Tea Party activists are awake again. And thanks to John Roberts they are mad as hell.
Fourth, in forcing us to deal with this politically, the Democrats are going to have a hard time running to November claiming the American people need to vote for them to preserve Obamacare. It remains deeply, deeply unpopular with the American people. If they want to make a vote for them a vote for keeping a massive tax increase, let them try.
Fifth, the decision totally removes a growing left-wing talking point that suddenly they must vote for Obama because of judges. The Supreme Court as a November issue for the left is gone. For the right? That sound you hear is the marching of libertarians into Camp Romney, with noses held, knowing that the libertarian and conservative coalitions must unite to defeat Obama and Obamacare.
Finally, while I am not down on John Roberts like many of you are today, i will be very down on Congressional Republicans if they do not now try to shut down the individual mandate. Force the Democrats on the record about the mandate. Defund Obamacare. This now, by necessity, is a political fight and the GOP sure as hell should fight.
60% of Americans agree with them on the issue. And guess what? The Democrats have been saying for a while that individual pieces of Obamacare are quite popular. With John Roberts’ opinion, the repeal fight takes place on GOP turf, not Democrat turf. The all or nothing repeal has always been better ground for the GOP and now John Roberts has forced everyone onto that ground.
It seems very, very clear to me in reviewing John Roberts’ decision that he is playing a much longer game than us and can afford to with a life tenure. And he probably just handed Mitt Romney the White House.
*A friend points out one other thing — go back to 2009. Olympia Snowe was the deciding vote to get Obamacare out of the Senate Committee. Had she voted no, we’d not be here now.  
Sincerely yours,

Erick Erickson

The decision stated: 

Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”

The Supreme Court has told us the answer even while helping trample our rights.

Throw them out.    Every single one of them

 Throw them out for violating their oath to uphold the constitution.

Throw them out for a massive government scheme to destroy private healthcare.

Throw them out for massive new taxes and a tightening of their socialist stranglehold on our economy.  Rand Paul

Washington, DC – (6/28/12) – Generation Opportunity President Paul T. Conway, former Chief of Staff for the US Department of Labor and former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia, has issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision today on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
“President Obama's health care law stands as one of the largest tax increases in American history, it will be paid for by young Americans, whose dreams and plans for the future have already been derailed by failed policies that have denied their access to full-time, meaningful jobs in their chosen career paths. Young adults know they will pay the true costs of President Obama’s legislation – over a trillion dollars more in federal spending, more waste and fraud, increased American debt, and the inability to keep or choose healthcare plans that best suit their needs as individuals. Elections have consequences, and young adults will be organizing themselves far more actively than some might assume – they will not settle for leadership that ignores their concerns, limits their freedoms, and continues to bankrupt their futures.”   GENERATION OPPORTUNITY 

Friday, June 29, 2012

On the Healthcare Mandate: The Supreme Court decided that the Mandate IS constitutional!  However, to do so - they actually CHANGED THE ARGUMENT of the government which held that it was NOT a penalty, not a tax.  After all, Obama promised no new taxes.  Didn't that get President George H. W. Bush a ticket out of the White House?  So now that it is a TAX - what about Obama's promise to never tax the middle class more than they are now taxed?  We need to inform Americans about just how much TAX they will now have to pay in order to not participate in health insurance.  I'm thinking I may not participate, for the tax will be so much lower than my insurance payments.  Oh, wait - in order to actually PAY for Obamacare, won't we have to be taxed far more than the $700 fine?  Here's a question:  as long as government calls it a TAX, can they force us to take delivery of only the foods they think we should eat?  Can they force us to buy a Prius if they call it a tax?  What is it they cannot do?  Come on, Americans!  If you want this ill-conceived, bought-and-paid-for thru bribes law to go away, there is really only one way now.  Get active and get educated.  VOTE!!!!!  Encourage others to vote!  Take Democrats out of office, repeal the law and prevent Obama from putting 3 more of his radicals on the Supreme Court.   That's it for today..  God Bless America!  We are going to need it.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Federal Judge refuses to stop FL; Obama's Truth Tean shuts down site critical of Fast and Furious; Was Hillary Clinton involved in Fast & Furious?; Al Sharpton has plans for this week; Why did White House entertain terrorist?; Joe Biden says millions are in a Depression; LightSquared founder sued by SEC; Obama steered business to David Axelrod?; Medicare-for-all scheme; Paid to protest, they know nothing

Liberty News reports: A federal judge has refused to stop Florida from removing potentially non-U.S. citizens from its rolls.
The U.S. Department of Justice sued the state to halt the purge, arguing it was going on too close to afederal election.
U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle said Wednesday that there was nothing in federal voting laws that prevent the state from identifying non-U.S. citizens even if it comes less than 90 days before the Aug. 14 election.
This is quite a smack-down for Obama. And it comes less than a day before the Supreme Court decision on his key piece of legislation, government mandated healthcare.
A political website that contained stinging criticism of the Obama administration and its handling of the Fast and Furious scandal was ordered to be shut down by the Obama campaign’s ‘Truth Team’, according to private investigator Douglas Hagmann, who was told by ISP GoDaddy his site contained information that was “maliciously harmful to individuals in the government.”
Hagmann, CEO of Hagmann Investigative Services, Inc., a private investigative agency serving a roster of Fortune 500 clients, was given 48 hours by GoDaddy to find a new home for his website before it was deleted.
Hagmann was told the reason for the shut down was because the website featured “morally objectionable” material. After GoDaddy refused to identify the complainant, only saying that it was not “any official government agency,” further investigation by Hagmann revealed that the order came from a group tied to Obama campaign headquarters.
Last week it was reported that the State Department and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were deeply involved in the scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious, or Project Gunwalker. Today, however, new evidence has surfaced indicating that not only was Hillary deeply involved in the scandal but was one of the masterminds behind it. According to investigative citizen journalist Mike Vanderboegh, sources close to the development of the Gunwalker scheme state that early on, Hillary and her trusted associated at State, Andrew J. Shapiro, devised at least part of the framework of what would later become Operation Fast and Furious. It was Shapiro who first described the details of the proposed scheme early in 2009 just after the Obama Administration took office. Vanderboegh relates the following:
Rev. Al Sharpton met with African-American and Latino civil rights leaders in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, warning that he has “activities” planned for this week in anticipation of House Republicans’ vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
Sharpton kept mum about the details of those “activities” but predicted that a contempt finding could “energize a lot of people around the country to stop this naked type of, uh, political exploitation.”
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The U.S. State Department “refuses to explain” how a member of an Egyptian terrorist group was allowed into the White House for a visit. According to a daily briefing transcript published by Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post:
QUESTION: . . . .It has to do with the visa for the Gama’a al-Islamiyya member. You said last week that there was a – you were looking into the circumstances of how this was issued. Has – have you determined how this – how it happened? And are you aware that Representative King has asked – formally asked Homeland Security to find out how he was in fact allowed entry, quite apart – separate from the visa issue? MS. NULAND: On the latter, yes, I’ve seen the reporting. As we promised, we did look into it. Unfortunately, you’re not going to be happy with me when I tell you that we are not going to get into the details of confidential visa issuance. He and the rest of that delegation who were here last week have all now returned to Egypt.
Vice President Joe Biden identified with the struggles of ordinary American in an Iowa campaign speech today.
"The unemployed are really in trouble," Biden said in a campaign stop in Dubuque.
"My grandpop used to say — from Scranton — he said, Joey, the guy in Dunmore, the next town over, when the guy in Dunmore is out of work it's an economic slowdown. When your brother in law is out of work it's a recession. When you're out of work it's a depression. It's a depression for millions and millions of Americans."
Breaking: LightSquared founder, Obama
ally Falcone sued by SEC for fraud

The charge that the Obama administration coordinated with the health-care industry in 2009 — during the Obamacare fight — to send a good chunk of business to the consulting firm founded by presidential adviser David Axelrod has resurfaced in the news media, with the House Energy and Commerce Committee recently releasing a barrage of emails showing communications between the administration and the industry sent ahead of the push for Obama’s health care overhaul.
Liberty News reports: Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) is eyeing a “Medicare-for-all” proposal in response to a potential decision by the Supreme Court to roll back President Obama’s healthcare reform law.
The Vermont Democrat is hoping his proposal will serve as the Democrats’ answer to the lingering question of what Congress would do if the high court strikes down the individual mandate, the broad Medicaid expansion or any combination of provisions included in the reform law. It’s a Plan B the Democrats say GOP leaders don’t have.
“Everyone is going to be asked — rightly — ‘Where do we go from here?’ ” Welch said Wednesday in a phone interview. “Our best substantial response is to push for Medicare for all.”
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------RUSH:  Hey, folks, the next time you see a bunch of Democrats protesting something, I want you to keep this in mind.  This video is last Wednesday in Washington at the end of the Take Back the American Dream Summit during a protest march against Karl Rove.  There was actually a protest March -- Democrats put it together -- against Karl Rove. sent a reporter out there to ask the protesters who Karl Rove was.  Ask 'em who and what they're protesting.
We're out here to either stop, um, this, uh, Rove guy.  You cannot let him inside the office.
REPORTER:  Who is Karl Rove?  Why are we marching against him?
PROTESTER:  Karl Rove is basically a guy --
REPORTER:  Would you mind telling me why you're marching today?
PROTESTER:  We're trying to get - keep Obama in campaign so that he can get president again.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Cut off foreign aid to Egypt?; Billions of tax dollars going to Cuba; Hillary's link to Muslim Brotherhood; Obamacare would cover weight-loss treatments; Military tank exercises in St. Louis; Right to bear arms; No sunscreen allowed in school; Greening Al Gore's wallet; Dem Convention downsizing; Legions of lawyers; Jimmy Carter accuses Obama; Border Patrol must leave vehicles in environmentally sensitive areas; National Security Adviser double-dipping

Congressman Allen West (R-Fla.) on Sunday called for President Barack Obama to immediately cut off all American foreign aid to Egypt and to denounce the results of its presidential election after Muslim Brotherhood-backed candidate Mohammed Morsi’s victory.

“A year ago there were those of us who warned the Obama administration of a Muslim Brotherhood takeover in Egypt,” West wrote. “We were castigated as alarmists and loose cannons. Today our predictions have come to reality and the ominous specter reminding us of the Iranian revolution is evident.”
Two U.S. senators and a representative worry that billions of tax dollars could be going to Cuba and other foreign countries via criminal schemes designed to defraud Medicare and Medicaid.
The schemes often involve the use of “nominees,” individuals who are paid to be fronts for the actual owners of corporate entities being used in the fraudulent operation. By concealing the identities of true owners, the approach invites its use to funnel tax dollars out of the country.  [Fraud?  What fraud?  Shouldn't we trust our government to run every thing?]
Saleha Mahmood Abedin, the mother of Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, reportedly served in the women’s division of the Muslim Brotherhood alongside the wife of Egypt’s new president, the Brotherhood’s Mohammed Mursi.
WND previously exposed Abedin represented a Muslim charity known to have spawned terror groups, including one declared by the U.S. government to be an official al-Qaida front.
WND also reported Clinton spoke at Abedin’s Saudi women’s college, where she was introduced by Abedin alongside the Islamic activist’s daughter, Huma, who serves as Clinton’s chief of staff. At the speech, Clinton praised Saleha’s “pioneering work.”
Huma Abedin is also the mother-in-law of disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.

Under the healthcare law, insurance companies would be required to cover the panel's recommended weight-loss treatments. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the law this week.,0,2815818.story


Late last week and through the weekend, citizens of St. Louis, Mo., were told not to be alarmed should they see military tanks roll by their home. Even with this warning, though, some wondered why the U.S. Army was taking the vehicles off the base and to the streets in the first place.
According to KSDK-TV, Army specialists from Fort Meade came into town for a training exercise for members of the 354 NP company. As the reporter states, this “drivers’ ed.” for tanks will take place on city streets and the highway.
“One of the interviewees even points out that in some countries they don’t use police at all; only military.  This is true,” he writes.  “We call those countries ‘tyrannies.’”
Last week I released a video on the 2nd Amendment stating well-documented, historical facts about totalitarian leaders and their implementation of gun control laws prior to exterminating millions of their own citizens in 1911 Turkey and 1939 Nazi Germany.
The right to bear arms was put in the Constitution so the people of the United States could defend themselves against tyranny and oppression. It would be foolish to think unarmed citizens are the cause of mass murder; it’s the acts of narcissistic tyrants that result in mass murder. But when people are unarmed, it makes it easier and our Founding Fathers knew this.
Teachers allowed two young sisters to get so badly sunburned that they needed hospital treatment because of a little-known law that bans students from applying sunscreen at school.
Fair-skinned Violet Michener, 11, and her nine-year-old sister Zoe were left seared from head to toe after spending an afternoon in the sun during an outdoor field day in Tacoma Washington.
Their mother, Jesse Michener, who didn't put cream on the girls in the morning because of a rain forecast, was horrified to learn that teachers refused to allow the children to apply any cream.
Here’s an inconvenient truth: New York is greening the wallet of Al Gore.
Embattled city Comptroller John Liu has delivered a $16.56 million contract to the former vice president’s environmentally friendly investment firm, Generation Investment Management, to help manage hundreds of millions of dollars in city pension funds, The Post has learned.
The Comptroller’s Office had previously awarded Gore’s firm $12.8 million in pension-fund business under Liu’s predecessor, Bill Thompson.  {I recently read that 50% of Congressmen are millionaires, while only 1% of the American population qualify as millionaires.  Since Michelle Obama in 2008 said that "someone is going to have to give up their piece of the pie so that someone else can have more", and since Democrats in Congress are against the 1% and for the 99%, perhaps the sacrifices should be theirs.  Those readers who need a definition of Crony Capitalism have just been given on example.] Read more:
News from the Democrat National Convention: Democrats canceled a political convention kick-off event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  The move comes as party planners are grappling with a fundraising deficit of roughly $27 million, according to two people familiar with the matter who requested anonymity to discuss internal party politics. With a party ban on direct contributions from corporations, the host committee has raised less than $10 million, well short of its $36.6 million goal, said one of the people. [They will now cancel the first day's special happening (around a car race, I believe) and will shorten the convention from 4 days to 3.]
President Barack Obama's campaign has recruited a legion of lawyers to be on standby for this year's election as legal disputes surrounding the voting process escalate.
Thousands of attorneys and support staffers have agreed to aid in the effort, providing a mass of legal support that appears to be unrivaled by Republicans or precedent. Obama's campaign says it is particularly concerned about the implementation of new voter ID laws across the country, the possibility of anti-fraud activists challenging legitimate voters and the handling of voter registrations in the most competitive states.
Republicans are building their own legal teams for the election. They say they're focused on preventing fraud
A former U.S. president is accusing the current president of sanctioning the "widespread abuse of human rights" by authorizing drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists.
Jimmy Carter, America's 39 th president, denounced the Obama administration for "clearly violating" 10 of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, writing in a New York Times op-ed on Monday that the "United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights."
Border Patrol agents must abandon their vehicles to chase illegal immigrants, drug smugglers and potential terrorists who illegally cross into the United States and onto federal lands that are designated as environmentally sensitive areas.
Legislation passed by the House last week to slash environmental red tape would allow law enforcement to “do the job they are paid to do,” said Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), who authored the language.
The measure was part of a package of conservation and jobs legislation that passed the House 232 to 188 on a mostly party-line vote.
National Security Adviser Tom Donilon collected more than $148,000 in pension payments from bailed out mortgage giant Fannie Mae in 2011, on top of his White House salary of $172,200, according to a Free Beacon analysis of White House personal financial disclosure forms.--

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

King Barack responds; What was thrown out by Supreme Court; Sheriff to soldier on; The one damaging email at DOJ; Russian invade our air space with no Obama protest; "Green drivel" exposed; Only 3 percent of America is urbanized; Britain's 'green' problem; A tale of government gone wild; U.S. carbon dioxide emissions falling; 13,000 Sacramento Democrats refused to vote for Obama; TSA to share info with local mass transit systems

The Obama administration said Monday it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police.

Administration officials, speaking on condition they not be named, told reporters they expect to see an increase in the number of calls they get from Arizona police — but that won’t change President Obama’s decision to limit whom the government actually tries to detain and deport.

“We will not be issuing detainers on individuals unless they clearly meet our defined priorities,” one official said in a telephone briefing.
Three other provisions of the Arizona law were thrown out by the court, thereby leaving illegals the "right" to solicit day jobs on public streets, the "right" to not carry the same identification they are required to carry in their home countries and the "right" to not be deported after officers suspect them of crimes here.
But after the Obama administration and its media allies crowed that the court ruling was a win, their fury over their loss on the one provision became obvious.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that the administration would cut off ties to Arizona's police and end provisions of seven 287(g) task force agreements that gave some Arizona police agencies powers to enforce immigration laws.
AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio on FOX News today: "I'm not stopping anything. I'm going to continue to enforce those state laws regardless of what the federal government is trying to put pressure on me to satisfy all these activists, which by the way are in front of my building right now."

"Three and half years they've been in front of my building. So, I'm not going to bend to the federal government, especially when we still have state laws to enforce."
A single internal Department of Justice email could be the smoking-gun document in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal — if it turns out to contain what congressional investigators have said it does.
The document would establish that wiretap application documents show senior DOJ officials knew about and approved the gunwalking tactic in Fast and Furious. This is the opposite of what Attorney General Eric Holder and House oversight committee ranking Democratic member Rep. Elijah Cummings have claimed.
It appears that email would also prove senior DOJ officials, likely including Holder himself, knew in March 2011 that a Feb. 4, 2011 letter from the DOJ to Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley falsely denied guns were permitted to “walk” into Mexico. The DOJ allowed that false letter to stand for nine more months, only withdrawing it in December 2011.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Russian strategic nuclear bombers threatened U.S. airspace near Alaska earlier this month and F-15 jets responded by intercepting the aircraft taking part in large-scale arctic war games, according to defense officials.
The Russian war games began the same day President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a frosty summit meeting in Mexico June 18.
U.S. officials said the arctic exercises over the Russian Far East and Pacific appeared to be a further sign of Russia’s hardening posture toward the United States.
The Obama administration made no protest of the bomber intrusions, according to the officials, in line with its conciliatory “reset” policy of seeking warmer ties with Moscow.

Green ‘drivel’ exposed

The godfather of global warming lowers the boom on climate change hysteria

Two months ago, James Lovelock, the godfather of global warming, gave a startling interview to in which he acknowledged he had been unduly “alarmist” about climate change.
The implications were extraordinary.
Lovelock is a world-renowned scientist and environmentalist whose Gaia theory — that the Earth operates as a single, living organism — has had a profound impact on the development of global warming theory.
Unlike many “environmentalists,” who have degrees in political science, Lovelock, until his recent retirement at age 92, was a much-honoured working scientist and academic.
His inventions have been used by NASA, among many other scientific organizations.
(1) A long-time supporter of nuclear power as a way to lower greenhouse gas emissions, which has made him unpopular with environmentalists, Lovelock has now come out in favour of natural gas fracking (which environmentalists also oppose), as a low-polluting alternative to coal.
(2) Lovelock blasted greens for treating global warming like a religion.
(3) Lovelock mocks the idea modern economies can be powered by wind turbines.
(4) Finally, about claims “the science is settled” on global warming: “One thing that being a scientist has taught me is that you can never be certain about anything. You never know the truth.
When speaking to audiences on the subject of the environment, I’m often confronted with people who express concerns about “urban sprawl,” and “over-development.” And polls suggest such concerns are widespread: In a March 2011, Gallup poll, 57% of people worried a great deal/fair amount about “urban sprawl and loss of open space;” and 42% of people said they worried “not much/not at all” about the same issue.
With so many people worried, the pie chart, below, offers some interesting context. Note that only about 3 percent of the US is urbanized. 56 percent is forest and pasture. The second chart below, shows the trends in land use over time.
While greenies are often convinced that big government is always the answer to ensuring environmental quality, the inefficiencies and poorly-conceived policies of government stewardship are too frequently the environment’s detractors.
Here’s just one epic-fail example: The feds often prohibit logging, grazing, and other thinning activities on its forest lands, ostensibly to protect the endangered spotted owl. The result is unhealthy forests with much higher tree and undergrowth densities than there should be, and in the already arid western states, this both puts a stress on the water supply and creates veritable tinderboxes just waiting to explode into catastrophic wildfires. (Meanwhile, the federal government is also busily engaged in subsidizing windmills, which kill birds — like spotted owls. …Anyone? Anyone?)
But the “epic failure” of Rio, as Friends of the Earth called it, is an apt cue to recall how this leaves Britain as the only country in the world committed by law to cut its emissions of carbon dioxide by 80 per cent in less than 40 years. The Climate Change Act, on the Government’s own figures, faces us with a bill of up to £18 billion every year until 2050, making it by far the most costly law ever passed by Parliament.
More important still, however, this raises the question: how do all those MPs who voted almost unanimously for this target (only three voted against it) think we can meet this obligation without closing down virtually our entire economy?
Shortly after Roman made his gun purchases, the feds swooped in to arrest all four members of the family.  HSI and local law enforcement raided the gun store and the Reese home.  They came in helicopters, armored vehicles and too many heavily protected and armed law enforcement officers to count.  Not only were the four members of the Reese family arrested, but the feds confiscated every gun, all ammunition from both their store and their home, then they confiscated the home, cars, bank accounts, coin collections and virtually everything the family owned.
Each member of the family was eventually taken to a different jail or prison facility to be held without bail until their trials.  The prosecution argued that they were flight risks or might even stage a Ruby Ridge type stand off because their home had a well and solar panels and they had found guns on the premises.  Can you imagine that?  They actually found guns and ammunition in the house and place of business of federally licensed gun dealers.  It was also noted by the prosecution that Rick and Terry Reese were part of the local Tea Party, which must have made them look violent in the eyes of the prosecutor.
Six months after being arrested, Terri Reese was allowed to post bail, but the courts continued to withhold bail for the father and two sons.
Recently, the first preliminary hearing was held for the four members of the Reese family.  According to a WND report, the prosecution revealed a number of revelations during the preliminary hearing.  For one thing, Roman spoke little broken English and that most of the hinting of guns going to Mexico was said in Spanish, which none of the Reese family knew or understood.  However, the transcripts that the court had to read had all been translated into English, so that it appeared that the conversation had taken place in English.
Despite there being no real effort by Congress to address global warming and America’s longstanding reputation as an energy hog, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions are falling. ...
The secret isn’t laws, green activism or regulations (although these do have roles to play). Innovation is the force that is enabling the cut in US carbon emissions. ...
Right now, fracking is doing more to control carbon emissions than all the efforts of all the greens in the world.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------You You can bet your bottom dollar you won’t hear much about this from the bigs in the shill media, but that doesn’t make it any less newsworthy. For those who haven’t heard, some 13,000 Sacramento Democrats gave Obama the bird in the California Democrat primary.
President Barack Obama was the only choice on the ballot for the 85,000 Sacramento County Democrats and 5,000 decline-to-state voters who took Democratic ballots during last Tuesday’s primary. But about 8,000 of those voters left their presidential ballots blank, and another 5,300 scribbled in a write-in candidate.
The Democrats who shunned Obama were largely concentrated in conservative parts of the county, particularly Orangevale, Citrus Heights and the rural outskirts.
Let’s review. Barack Obama was the only candidate on the ballot. With only one option provided, some 8,000 voters just left that line blank. Another 5,300 wrote in a name other than Barack Obama.
The Transportation Security Administration already shares intelligence it collects with airports. Now a House bill would expand TSA's intel sharing to local mass transit systems as well.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), the bill's sponsor, said the legislation is a "common sense approach" to fighting terrorism. The House passed the bill May 30 and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is now considering the bill.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Momentous week is here; The non-lethal truth, perhaps?; Seeking comparisons; Pentagon's "unilateral disarmament"; Obama's Executive Privilege" based on principle?; Obama committing war crimes?; Wayne County pensions; Obama's Hope and Change in real numbers; Hope and Change video made White House angry; Obama's gift registry; U.S. designated terrorist member at Obama meeting; Romney and overseas jobs; Latino elected officals has forks and knives removed at luncheon with Obama; Largest set of tax law changes with Obamacare; Obama's Reset Buttons not working; Obamacare gives conservatives reason to vote for Romney; King Barack's Michelle edict; G-20 decisions; Muslim Brotherhood wins in Egypt

●The Supreme Court will rule not only on the constitutionality of Obama’s landmark health-care law, but the highest court in the country also will hand down judgment on Arizona’s stringent illegal immigration law.
●Congress will be forced into action (or inaction) on federal student loans and highway projects — both of which will expire within the next week.
●The House will vote on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress due to his refusal to turn over some documents related to the “Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation.
Any one of those issues — in isolation — would be a major political event with resultant consequences on the presidential race. Combined them all in the space of a week and we may well look back at this coming seven days as where/when Obama’s second term bid was made/broken.
The U.S. Border Patrol is under fire for allegedly ordering its elite, SWAT-style units to use non-lethal bean bag ammunition before responding with deadly force – even against suspects armed with high-powered semi-automatic and automatic weapons like AK-47s.
The controversy over the agency’s “bean bag” policy began in the days following the Dec. 14 killing of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and has escalated recently as more information is uncovered in the investigation of the fatal shooting.
"When the suspected aliens did not drop their weapons, two Border Patrol agents deployed ‘less than lethal' beanbags at the suspected aliens,” according to a FBI search warrant request filed in the U.S. District Court in Tucson on Dec. 29. “At this time, at least one of the suspected aliens fired at the Border Patrol agents. Two Border Patrol agents returned fire, one with his long gun and one with his pistol. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot with one bullet and died shortly after.”  [Could this be what they are hiding?]
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The warrant appears to support claims made by Terry’s brother, Kent, and former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo that Terry’s team -- part of the U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Unit, also known as BORTAC -- was under standing orders to always use bean-bag rounds first before using live ammunition. 
"There was a group of four guys with my brother and two had lethal and two had non-lethal weapons there," Kent Terry told Fox News Friday.
Tancredo wrote about the issue in a Dec. 18 op-ed article.


Two senior leaders of the House Armed Services Committee this week criticized President Obama’s forthcoming plan to seek deeper cuts in strategic nuclear warheads, calling a Pentagon study on the matter “unilateral disarmament.”
Even the water carrying press couldn’t contain their laughter when White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told the the executive privilege used by President Obama yesterday was “totally based on principle.”

UN Says Obama Drone Strikes May be “War Crimes”


What's a Wayne County [Michigan] pension worth?  It depends on the plan (the county has six), how long an employee worked and what he or she earned in their final years of work. The average county employee earns a salary of $54,000 a year, according to figures released by Wayne's pension system. A typical employee must work 25 years to reach the pension maximum of 75% of salary.
A worker's final average compensation often includes banked sick and vacation time, overtime and base pay. Here are examples of how an employee with a final average pay of $54,000 and 25 years of service would fare under each of the county's six pension plans.

Plan 1

The employee contributes between 2% and 6.6% of his or her wage annually, depending on position, and receives a pension of about $35,700 beginning at age 50. Plan was closed to new hires Aug. 15, 1983.

Plan 2

Employees contribute nothing and receive an annual pension of about $14,200 beginning at age 55. Eligibility ended Oct. 1, 2001.  And so on.......
Here is a terrific 4 minute video on Hope and Change, by Fox News: 

NYT: Jay Carney Made an ‘Angry Phone Call’ to Fox Exec. Following Anti-Obama Video


Obama Asks People Getting Married To Forgo Gifts, Ask Their Guests To Donate To His Campaign Instead…You can even register your wedding on his campaign website.


It was supposed to be a routine meeting for Egyptian legislators in Washington, an opportunity for senior Obama administration officials to meet with new members of Egypt’s parliament and exchange ideas on the future of relations between the two countries.
Instead, the visit this week looks like it’s turning into a political fiasco. Included in the delegation of Egyptian lawmakers was Hani Nour Eldin, who, in addition to being a newly elected member of parliament, is a member of the Gamaa Islamiya, or the Egyptian Islamic Group—a U.S.-designated terrorist organization. The group was banned under former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, and is now a recognized Islamist political party. Its spiritual leader, Omar Abdel Rahman—also known as the “blind sheik”—was convicted in 1995 of plotting attacks on New York City landmarks and transportation centers, and is serving a life sentence in a North Carolina federal prison.
Sorry, Washington Post, Romney didn’t get rich moving U.S. jobs overseas
Just a few days after announcing that his administration would no longer deport about 800,000 young illegal immigrants, you would think that President Obama would be received as something of a hero by NALEO, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, before whom Obama is giving a speech this afternoon in Orlando. But the Secret Service wasn't taking any chances. As hundreds of Latino elected officials were enjoying their lunch at Disney's Contemporary Resort earlier today, it was announced that forks would be collected before Obama took the stage. It was also mentioned that knives, too, were entirely absent from the lunch for "a reason."-
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ A new report from the Treasury Department says that Obamacare “represents the largest set of tax law changes in more than 20 years and affects millions of taxpayers.” As the report notes, Obamacare’s “new taxes, fees, and penalties account for approximately $438 billion.” But, really, it’s even worse than that.  
That’s because, according to the official estimate that the Treasury Department sites, that $438 billion in new taxes, fees, and penalties on Americans and American businesses is just the tally through 2019 — at which point Obamacare would really have been in effect for only six years (2014-19), not the ten years that are the norm for government scoring.  On an annual basis, Obamacare’s taxes, fees, and penalties (according to that same official estimate) would increase from $48 billion in 2014 to $88 billion in 2019, rising between 9 and 26 percent per year (depending upon the year) — with no end in sight.
On a positive note, however, this would allow Obamacare to promote job growth in at least one area.  As the Treasury report conveys,
“As of May 2, 2011, the IRS reported that it had hired 495 new employees and had plans to hire an additional 87 new employees by the end of September 2011 to assist in implementing the provisions associated with the ACA [Obamacare]. Actual ACA spending for Fiscal Year 2011 included 582 full-time equivalents (FTE)….The IRS projected its Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013 ACA staffing needs to be 1,278 FTEs and 859 FTEs, respectively.”
Three years ago this month, President Barack Obama promised a transformation in America’s relations with the Muslim world. He gave the first television interview of his presidency to the Al Arabiya news channel six days after his inauguration, and sent a Persian New Year video address to the people of Iran a few months later.  The high water mark of his stated quest to rehab our reputation occurred in Cairo, in a speech titled “A New Beginning.” There, Obama apologized for past sins against the Muslim world (like colonialism) and heralded the religion’s historical “tolerance and racial equality.”
To stay on message, Obama avoided mentioning some of the more uncomfortable realities—that our most significant terrorist threat is from those using Islam as a shield, as well as the gender discrimination Muslim women face, one of the world’s most egregious and systematic abuses of human rights.
But despite these efforts, it’s now clear that his platitudes didn’t get him very far. The men and women of the region, it seems, have seen through the Obama hype. According to a recently released Pew poll on Obama’s favorability in the Muslim world, 76 percent of Egyptians would like to make him a one-termer. Majorities in Pakistan, Lebanon, and Jordan don’t want to see Obama re-elected, either.   [I suggest that the reason is that Obama, in their eyes, is the worst of Infidels because he does not support them enough, even using drones to kill them.]
Yet, the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare may give conservatives uncomfortable with Romney two important reasons not to sit on the sidelines this November. 
First, the Supreme Court Justices are getting up in age, and at it is not at all unreasonable to predict that three to five justices could leave the court by decade’s end. Liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 79 years old and a cancer survivor. Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia is 76. Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer is 73 and Anthony Kennedy, the Court’s perpetual swing vote, is 75. 
The Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare will put the Court front and center and remind conservatives that two more Elena Kagans or Sonia Sotomayors on the Court will threaten conservatism for a generation and would be more unpalatable than even four more years of an Obama presidency.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Michelle Obama, super jock to lead USA’s Olympic delegation, opening ceremony London, England in July.  Her husband Barack Obama, bestowed the honor to the First Lady today.  [For this shameless President, I suppose the fact that Ann Romney will be going to the Olympics because her horse actually qualified to compete in the Dressage event was just too much to handle.  They look more and more like the usurpers who will take all they can from us Americans - along with the millions of dollars of our money which they will spend to take them and their entourage to London, while taking focus away from the athletes.  They clearly have no shame.]
The Wall ST. Journal wrote this about the G-20 meeting: The clearest decisions that came out of the summit promoted governments, not private sectors, pointing to even more deficit spending, an IMF expansion led by China and another expensive G-20 meeting next year in Russia.  The outcome raises fundamental doubts about the G-20"s value in furthering free markets, strong private economies and global living standards;
 The elephant in the living room at the summit was the U.S. year-end deadline imposing history's largest tax increase.  Despite numerous pleas from across the U.S. political spectrum to act now to delay the deadline at least until a new government is fully formed in 2013, the summit barely discussed the problem and made no concrete progress to avert it.
U.S. corporate tax policies are also bewildering to the world, especially during a global slowdown when U.S. dynamism is vital.  The U.S. maintains the world's highest - meaning most anti-jobs - corporate tax rate, with the added kicker of prohibitive taxation on the repatriation of foreign-based corporate earnings.  The result is an exodus of U.S. capital, investment and jobs to friendlier tax jurisdictions abroad at the expense of critical stimulus in the U.S.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Islamist Mohamed Morsy of the Muslim Brotherhood was declared Egypt's first democratic president on Sunday by the state election committee, which said he had defeated former general Ahmed Shafik with 51.7 percent of last weekend's run-off vote.

Thousands of Brotherhood supporters burst into cheers on Cairo's Tahrir Square, waving national flags, setting off fireworks and chanting "Allahu Akbar!" or God is Great, greeting a dramatic victory, tempered by the army's continuing role. [In a show of Muslim-stlye decency, one man beat his wife to death after finding that she voted for the other guy.]