Saturday, August 4, 2012

My latest Boyne City Gazette column - on Obamacare

Questions for the Supreme Court regarding Obamacare

1)      Is this the first time a law passed by Congress and signed by the President actually had its wording and express intent rewritten by the Supreme Court in order to be deemed Constitutional?  The President and the Democrats who passed the bill into law without one Republican vote declared and insisted that it imposed a penalty and not a tax, and would be administered under the Commerce Clause.
2)      Once you deemed the law a tax and passed it as such, did you not consider that our Constitution requires that any law having to do with taxation, unless it is an amendment to an existing law, must be initiated in the House of Representatives?  Since this law was begun in the Senate, once you deemed it to be a tax, you then must have thrown it out of court for being unconstitutional for that reason alone.
3)      Tax laws are forbidden to be judged by any court other than a tax court until such time that someone has actually paid the tax, which is not until 2014.  The law states one must pay the tax, and then sue for a refund.
4)      Was it your intent to actually encourage our government to force Americans to do anything they want us to do if only they call it a tax?  Or will that simply be the unintended result? 

Clarifications for Americans regarding Obamacare

1)      The same government which has bankrupted social security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Post Office will probably not administer health care for all Americans in a cost-saving way.
2)      Businesses will be dropping health care coverage, instead paying the “penalty tax” – leaving employees forced into government exchanges.  Individuals will simply pay the tax and wait to be ill prior to gaining coverage from government.  Do you realize this was the plan of Democrats all along, as it gives great power to government?   
3)      Because 10% of Americans had no health insurance, President Obama and Democrats in Congress have taken over the health care of 100% of us.  Some of those uninsured are illegals, some having chosen not to be insured because they are either too young to believe they need it or old and/or rich enough to pay for their own health care.  What a great way to reduce that nasty capitalism and competition and make more citizens rely on government largesse – and vote Democrat.
4)      In polling, up to 83% of doctors have declared that if Obamacare survives, they are considering retirement and discouraging children and friends not to become doctors.
5)      Insuring 30 million more people in American with a quickly declining number of doctors will not actually end well.
6)      Because of the ongoing and increasing difficulties doctors are having being reimbursed appropriately many doctors are now refusing to see Medicare patients.
7)      The power given to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, whomever that may be, is nearly absolute.  The law was written for that Secretary to take regulatory action on her own, such as when Kathleen Sebelius mandated all Americans will pay a surcharge each month to pay for abortions and birth control for all.  The Secretary alone determines each of 139 requirements of the law.  She will on her own be able to dole out billions of dollars in grant money as well.
8)      Have you considered the outcome of Obamacare’s mandated Independent Patient Advisory Board?  This group of 15 presidential appointees has the power to reduce Medicare spending in any way it pleases, their directives becoming law unless 3/5 of the Senate votes against it.  Patients, or “units” as they have been called, will be given care according to a formula using their age, the procedure, and the panel’s estimate of the patient’s life span and good use of that procedure.  As our President himself said, “Maybe you are better off not taking the surgery – but taking the pain pill.” 
9)      The largest burden of the taxes of Obamacare mandates will fall on those in the middle class - $1.8 trillion.  There are the “penalty taxes” plus 20 other new taxes in the law, 50% of which will be paid by those earning less than $250,000 a year. 
In just the first three years of Obama’s presidency, his administration added 106 new major federal regulations at a cost of more than $46 billion per year.
Sunstein, the liberal media darling who headed the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, will return to his previous post at Harvard Law School. While working for the White House, Susnstein’s job was to oversee regulations throughout the federal government. Glenn Beck called him “the most dangerous czar.”
The announcement prompted the typical flattering statements from the White House that Politico’s Mike Allen carried verbatim. They praised Sunstein for saving “billions” with his reform efforts. Of course, missing from the story was any mention of the costly regulations that the administration has also implemented.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Harry Reid calls Republican donors slobbering, toothless old men; GM owes us $27 billion, saw profits drop 41%, but spends $600 million to sponsor European soccer team; Minnesota's growing Somalia gang threat; The difference between Christians and Muslims, on gays;Now we know Barack; Barack the leaker?; House Dems want LGBT couples protected from deportation; Blacks and poor are victims of voter fraud, and benefit from I.D. requirements; Even Jon Steward ridicules Harry Reid over Mitt Romney lie; Immigration agents have their heads down in despair; Iran to be at war within weeks; New regulations to cost us plenty

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in an effort to mock Republican donors, resorted to senility jokes in an interview published yesterday.  “Because of the Citizens United decision, Karl Rove and the Republicans are looking forward to a breakfast the day after the election,” Reid told The Huffington Post. “They are going to assemble 17 angry old white men for breakfast, some of them will slobber in their food, some will have scrambled eggs, some will have oatmeal, their teeth are gone. But these 17 angry old white men will say, ‘Hey, we just bought America. Wasn’t so bad. We still have a whole lot of money left.’” [Those Democrats are such a classy group, eh?]

General Motors plans to shell out as much as $600 million to sponsor a European soccer team despite owing $27 billion to American taxpayers.
GM’s Chevrolet logo will appear front and center on the jerseys of soccer powerhouse Manchester United, as part of one of the largest sponsorship deals in U.S. history. GM will pay $60 million per year for the logo—nearly double the $31 million European insurance company Aon paid—despite plummeting sales and massive liabilities.
The U.S. Treasury owns 26.5 percent of the stock of the Detroit-based automaker, which has been reeling from a dwindling European car market. Stock price is down.
-General Motors' profits fell 41% in the second quarter as troubles in Europe undercut strong sales in North America.

Minnesota Sheriff Reports to Congress on Growing Somalia Gang Threat in Hennepin County" ( Starr)

Yes, of course the Somalia Muslim gangs are growing, along with the threat they present. The Obama administration is importing whole Muslim communities from Islamic countries like Somalia. Their refugee status is determined by the UN. The "diversity" immigration numbers are doubling, tripling in some months.


What if the president of Chick-Fil-A were a Muslim instead of a practicing Christian? What if instead of Dan Cathy his name was Dan Shahar or Adil Bashir? I think I know the answer to the question of my hypothetical but for the sake of having to write more than a paragraph let’s dive deeper into this double standard in which the media, the left, and the gay community excuse and outright ignore the legit hatred and documented violence against homosexuals whereas peaceful expressions of disagreeing views from Christians are treated on the same level. You would think Mr. Cathy held a public stoning of a homosexual or tortured a same sex married couple; but of course we’re not in Iran or Saudi Arabia. 

It’s funny because everything the left and the media accuses Christians of being: anti-women, homophobic, angry, violent, bigoted, anti-gay, those accusations have actually been proven as fact when you talk about the Muslim world in general. Name me one nation whose population is predominantly Christian that has as one of its laws the denial of women to drive cars. Name me one majority Christian or Jewish nation that restricts women from owning property when their husbands die. Name me one majority Christian or Jewish nation that not only jails homosexuals but tortures them, not to mention stones women in public if they commit adultery. In Saudi Arabia I believe a woman was sentenced to death for criticizing Islam.


 One of the more messianic moments of the 2008 presidential campaign came when Michele Obama promised that her husband would heal us all.

Only Barack Obama could help us all "fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation."
Four years later, it has become more apparent than ever that it is President Obama with a broken soul. His presidency collapsing around him, the true colors of the man have come to light. What we see now is not pretty.
The other day Mr. Reid said about Romney that "His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son."
No amount of context washes away the stain of these vile comments. This is what the Democratic Party of today has become. This is Barack Obama's America.  Is the left so far gone that anonymous innuendo should be allowed to destroy another human being? Where is Mr. Reid's humanity? Where is President Obama's courage?
GOP Rep. Pete King:
FBI needs to expand its
‘leak’ probe to include a story
this week that exposed
President Obama’s ‘secret’ approval [of covert syria opposition support]
Scores of House Democrats called on the Obama administration this week to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples when considering deportations.
Behind Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the lawmakers want the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to state explicitly that LGBT "family ties" will be deemed "a positive factor" discouraging deportation as DHS agents gauge whether to pursue cases.

"Without specific, written guidance, there remains the very real risk agency officers, agents, and attorneys making decisions about individual cases would overlook LGBT family ties, particularly the ties of immigrants to their U.S. citizen same-sex partners or spouses, and thereby, decline to exercise prosecutorial discretion," Pelosi, Nadler and 82 other Democrats wrote in a July 31 letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Criminal justice data shows that blacks and poor people are the most common victims of voter fraud and are the greatest beneficiaries of voter identification rules, according to a new study.
The courtroom evidence “completely contradicts the [progressive claim] that blacks, seniors, college students and other disadvantages groups are being victimized,” said Horace Cooper, an adjunct fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research.
“The truth is … [that] the criminals — more often than not — are Democrats violating the rights of people who tend to be black or senior,” he told The Daily Caller.
Jon Stewart ridiculed Senate Majority leader Harry Reid last night for accusing Mitt Romney of not paying any taxes for 10 years.
“Here’s a rule of thumb, if you have to follow you claim with the words, ‘I don’t know if this is true’ then shut up.” Stewart said, comparing Reid to Donald Trump.
Stewart then launched a segment called “You Harry Reid are Really Really Terrible” and proceeded to ridicule Reid.
“You’re the Senate Majority Leader, you can’t just run to the side-boob gazette with ridiculous speculations,” Stewart said, jokingly referring to the Huffington Post. [There is no evidence that Mitt Romney has not paid taxes in ten years, but the seriousness of the charges required Senator Harry Reid to announce his unfounded suspicions.  He is trying to get Romney to break tradition by showing all his tax returns at the same time that President Obama continues to hide ALL his records, of health, college, passports, the real long form birth certificate and his questionable social security number.]
Mitt Romney lashed back at Harry Reid on Thursday in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, saying the Senate majority leader needs to "put up or shut up" after airing allegations about Romney's taxes.
Reid, a Nevada Democrat, first raised eyebrows Tuesday by saying in a news interview that someone had told him Romney went 10 years without paying taxes. He would only identify his source as an investor in Romney's former venture capital firm, Bain Capital, and he acknowledged, "I'm not certain" it's true.
"The word's out that he hasn't paid any taxes for 10 years," Reid said. "Let him prove that he has paid taxes, because he hasn't."
But Romney forcefully denied Reid's allegations on Hannity's radio show Thursday.
"Harry’s going to have to describe who it is he spoke with, because, of course, that is totally and completely wrong," Romney said. "It’s untrue, dishonest and inaccurate. It’s wrong.

Expect to see more signs like this one.....
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Morale among Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents is at an all-time low more than a month after the Obama administration announced major changes to the nation’s immigration enforcement policy, according to the head of a national agency representing thousands of agents.
“Morale is in the toilet right now,” said Chris Crane, president of the National ICE Council. “Most of the guys out in the field are just in an uproar.” 
“They’ve got their heads down,” Crane said, referring to ICE agents. “We feel like the administration is against us and not the people who are violating our laws.”

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has summoned top Iranian military chiefs for what he called "their last war council". He told them, "We'll be at war within weeks", suggesting sometime in September or October.

This follows on the heels of another media-ignored story that Obama has been telling the Israelis and Saudis that the U.S. will attack Iran in October.  Does Obama really mean this, or is he lying to them in order to forestall an attack initiated by them?- is reporting that high-level Saudi sources are telling visiting officials that Obama has decided that if nothing changes between now and October the U.S. will attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

One thing we know for sure is that Obama will do anything to improve his re-election chances, and nothing works better than starting a war right before an election to get Americans on your side.  And by doing it in October, right before the election, Obama will avoid any negative blowback if things turn chaotic in the attack's aftermath.
According to an analysis by the National Federation of Independent Business, more than 4,000 federal regulations are scheduled to be implemented over the next four years with a cost of more than $515 billion to the U.S. economy. In our world of trillion dollar deficits, anything in the billions may not sound like such a big deal anymore, but recent regulations have already added $140 billion, sending the total annual regulatory cost to $1.75 trillion. If no action is taken to stop this, the NFIB estimates that the regulatory costs will quadruple over the next four years.
So what in the world are all these new regulations? Well, most of them have to do with protecting the environment and the air we breathe. Unfortunately, the sheer cost of the regulations may produce a severe economic downturn, rather than any valuable environmental impact.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Earth used to be even warmer; Obama administration asks government contractors to open themselves up to lawsuits; UK government plans to break its own climate change laws; Well, yes, terrorists do come thru Mexico to America; Chrysler sold controlling stake from our President - to Fiat; American support Chick-Fil-A; Obamacare choosing winners and losers; Obama has been very clear - really?; GSA gave $30 million in unreported bonuses; White House apologizes; Beware the "Grey-Haired Brigade" s Fiat's

Roughly 50 million years ago, palm trees once swayed on the green shores of Antarctica, while temperatures soared above 20C, recent discoveries have revealed.
In order to collect proof of the continent's tropical heritage, scientists undertook an epic expedition, drilling a kilometre into the ocean floor to collect samples of fossilised pollen that have lain undisturbed for millions of years since the Eocene epoch.
During that time – between 48 and 55 million years ago – high levels of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere forced up temperatures, with the UK being roughly 15C warmer than it is today and a steaming rainforest covering the site of London.  [NOW can we put the man made global warming hoax to rest?]
The Obama administration may have provided defense contractors with faulty legal advice this week that could expose them to a flurry of expensive labor lawsuits. The issue is likely to be raised today during a House Armed Services Committee hearing meant to address wide-ranging cuts to the U.S. Defense budget.
A Labor Department memo on Monday instructed government contractors to delay issuing more than 10,000 pink slips to employees.
However, heeding the administration’s call could leave contractors vulnerable to litigation: The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires companies to notify their employees at least 60 days in advance (or 90 days in some states) that their jobs may be cut during periods of mass layoffs.

The Government plans to break its own climate change law

Politicians are finally admitting that our 'carbon' targets and our energy needs are incompatible   


Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress last week that terrorists intending to harm the American people enter the U.S. from Mexico “from time to time.” At a July 25 hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) asked Napolitano: “As you know, Madam Secretary, there have been anecdotal reports about material evidence of the presence of terrorists along our southern border. My question is, is there any credible evidence that these reports are accurate and that terrorists are, in fact, crossing our southern border with the intent to do harm to the American people?” Napolitano answered: “With respect, there have been–and the Ababziar matter would be one I would refer to that’s currently being adjudicated in the criminal courts--
President Barack Obama is championing the profits of a European-owned carmaker as proof the auto bailout worked.
“Chrysler continued its comeback last quarter by posting $436 million in profits,” Team Obama tweeted out with the hashtag, ‪#MadeInAmerica, on Monday.
The campaign did not mention that Fiat, an Italian car company, bought a controlling stake in Chrysler from the U.S. Treasury in 2011.
American taxpayers provided Chrysler a $12.5 billion bailout in 2009 to save the company, $3 billion of which will never be paid back, according to the latest Inspector General Report.
The culture clash over Chick-Fil-A could come to a head on Wednesday, with supporters in Chicago and around the country turning out for an “appreciation day” first proposed by former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
Nationwide as of Wednesday morning, about 582,000 people planned to go to a Chick-Fil-A location and order something for Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.
Meanwhile, Republicans in Chicago say they will also file a formal complaint at City Hall against Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno (1st), who wants to block the restaurant from moving into his ward because of the company’s position on gay marriage and gay rights.
Some have seen Wendy's restaurants posting "We support Chick-Fil-A" on their signs.  People were going out of their way to get a Chick-Fil-A yesterday.  And Chick-Fil-A was served at the Victory Party of the Tea Party candidate in Texas .  [I understand that Wendy's has backed off their support following some intimidation tactics.]

585,000+ Sign Up for Mike Huckabee‘s ’Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day’ Yesterday


A powerful New York politician claims she was just speaking as a private citizen when she tried to run Chick-fil-A out of town, but she used her official letterhead and even invoked her position as City Council speaker to apply pressure on the embattled chicken chain.
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who has mayoral aspirations, sent a letter to New York University president John Sexton on Saturday asking the school to immediately end their contract with the fast food restaurant. The Atlanta-based company's sole New York City outlet is in the school's food court.
Remember August 1, 2012.  Today begins a violation of American conscience like we have never seen before in our country, and Wheaton College personifies it,” said Kyle Duncan, General Counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.  “Everyone knows Wheaton is a school that lives out its faith.  But today our government is telling Wheaton it is not ‘religious enough’ to have a conscience, and so can be forced to participate in abortions or face heavy fines.  Wheaton’s only recourse is to ask the federal courts for emergency relief.” 

 And while some of the attacks seem to be a dig into the candidate's personal lives — such as a DNC ad featuring Mrs. Romney's horse — in 2008 then Senator Obama promised to fire anybody on his staff who did such negative attacks. “I have been very clear to my campaign. I do not want to see research that is involved in trying to tear people down personally,” then Senator Obama said at a press conference in Waterloo, Iowa in December 2007. “If I find out that somebody is doing that, they will be fired. And I have been absolutely crystal clear about this, and I have been clear about this for a very long time. That’s not what I believe in, that’s not who I am,” Obama continued about oppo research into a candidate's personal life."It’s contrary to the kind of message of change that I’ve been talking about on this campaign.”
"That's not who I am," he preened
The U.S. Government won't explain, but a 9 News Now investigation has found $30 million in unreported bonuses for fiscal year 2011 - making the already troubled General Services Administration's total bonus pool nearly $44 million.
Click here to search GSA payroll records uncovered in WUSA9 investigation by name, city, and job title:
"Just outrageous," said U.S. Rep John Mica, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. "All put on the taxpayers tab. There are very serious problems for GSA. "
The Obama presidency is fond of issuing apologies for America on the world stage, but very rarely makes them at home to Americans. White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer has just issued one to Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer, who last week wrote an op-ed berating the Obama administration for removing a bust of Sir Winston Churchill from the Oval Office when it came to power. Pfeiffer had issued a stinging attack on Krauthammer, alleging that his Churchill bust reference was “100 percent false.” Krauthammer was of course 100 percent correct, and the British Embassy in Washington even issued a statement contradicting Pfeifer’s remarks.

Here is just part of an internet email making the rounds: 
They  like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in
some  cases dinosaurs.  Some of us are "Baby Boomers" getting ready  to
retire.  Others have been retired for some time.  We walk a  little slower
these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once  were.  We have
worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and  grown old
together.  Yes, we are the ones some refer to as being over  the hill, and
that is probably true.  But before writing us off  completely, there are a
few things that need to be taken into consideration. 

Well,  don't worry youngsters, the Grey-Haired Brigade is here, and in 2012
we are  going to take back our nation.  We may drive a little slower than
you  would like but we get where we're going, and in 2012 we're going to
the polls  by the millions.

This  land does not belong to the man in the White House nor to the likes
of Nancy  Pelosi and Harry Reid.  It belongs to "We the People" and  "We
the People" plan to reclaim our land and our freedom.  We  hope this time
you will do a better job of preserving it and passing it along  to our
grandchildren.  So the next time you have the chance to say the  Pledge of
Allegiance, Stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor our  country,
and thank God for the old geezers of the "Grey-Haired  Brigade."


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Pink slips coming right before election; Obama and those who have achieved; Voter fraud in Hialeah; No proof Obama related to first slave; Romney app beats Obama's; Despotism warning; Michigan's energy policy; CFL's cause cancer; Obama has NOT been to Israel over and over again, Nancy; MI will have constitutional amendment supporting unions on ballot; White House gas mileage standards scare car industry; Does US really need to be more like China?; CO company does NOT have to provide birth control coverage, says judge

This wasn’t supposed to happen until Nov. 7: It’s like the last act of Titus Andronicus over at GM corporate headquarters.
I’m having trouble understanding all this. I’ve been told that after its Rattnerized bailout GM is “back,” a dramatic ”success story.” The president himself has boasted “General Motors is back on top.” Yet now a few weeks later Bloomberg says the company is in a “slump”–it’s right there, in the headline: “slump.” How can the bailed out, comebacked, turned around success story GM be in a slump when the U.S. auto market as a whole is growing rapidly? It’s almost as if an easily spun media wildly underestimated the problems at GM (and the inadequacy of the administration’s fixes) in a way that helped President Obama’s favored narrative (and pleased a major advertiser at the same time!) …
Jonathan Chait says the president’s "you didn't build that" speech revived racial resentments about redistributive fiscal policy, partly because the president was speaking in a “black dialect.”
Maybe this was a problem with the speech, but the key problem was much simpler: The president was needlessly insulting. He wasn’t just calling on successful people to pay more in tax but was being dismissive of their accomplishments.
Frum mostly talks about why this statement irks rich people, but I believe it resonates badly with people at all income levels. Lots of people -- most, I hope -- are proud of something they’ve achieved in their lives and feel like that achievement owes much to their own hard work and talents. You don’t have to make over $250,000 a year to be annoyed when the president mocks people for taking credit for their achievements.
Investigators looking into possible vote fraud in Hialeah are now examining at least 31 absentee ballots collected by a suspected ballot broker in two separate instances last week, according to sources familiar with the expanding probe.

Media Overjoyed: Genealogists Link Obama to the First Slave... But They Can't Prove It


Both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama launched iPhone apps this morning, and the presumptive Republican nominee's is blowing the president's out of the water.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Recent government attacks on religious liberty have made him fear the United States might be headed toward “despotism,” the newly appointed archbishop of San Francisco—a city represented by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi—warned in a recent speech.
“When I saw what was happening and my eyes were opened, it made me fear that we could be starting to move in the direction of license and despotism,” the Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone said at a May 24 conference on religious liberty at the Ethics in Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

A former Michigan legislative leader argued Thursday the future is too uncertain to enshrine Michigan's energy policy in the constitution -- something a pending ballot proposal would do. 

Former Republican Senate Majority Leader Ken
SIKKEMA released a review of the state's current renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS) adopted by lawmakers in 2008 and contrasted it with the Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs "25 by 2025 ballot" proposal.

Sikkema contends the 2008 RPS standard was thoroughly researched, modeled and adopted by a Democratic House, Republican Senate and Democratic governor.

As a result, Sikkema said the 2008 process created "a comprehensive set of interrelated reforms designed to spur investment in clean energy and other technologies, create jobs, maintain reliability and provide affordable rates for consumers.

25 by '25, by contrast, doesn't require anyone to review its implementation nor does it require the Legislature to develop implementation legislation.


A report from a German study finds that the purported environmentally friendly compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s),  have cancer causing chemicals that are sent out when you switch on the light
A compact fluorescent lamp for general or home use (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
in your home or office.  The report goes on to say that the bulbs should not be left on for extended periods of time due to the poisonous materials emitted by the CFL’s.
The report by the scientists indicate that the CFL’s release chemicals that are both carcinogenic and toxic to those nearby.  Those chemicals include naphthalene, phenol and styrene.

Daniel Halper has called attention to Nancy Pelosi’s remarkable interview with Al Hunt on the topic of Barack Obama and Israel. I’d note one comment in particular: Pelosi’s claim that President Obama “has been there [Israel] over and over again.”
Wow. I’m involved with the Emergency Committee for Israel. We have an ad up in several states calling attention to the fact that President Obama, who’s been quite the world traveler, has never visited Israel as president. Did we make a terrible mistake? Were we unjust to President Obama? Do we have to pull down the ad?

After suffering a string of political setbacks in the U.S. industrial heartland, organized labor hopes Michigan voters will help turn the tide in a November election by supporting a state constitutional amendment for the right to unionize.
The union-backed ballot proposal would make collective bargaining a constitutionally protected right and cripple efforts to pass so-called "right to work" legislation in the state. Critics say the measure, which would cover private as well as public employees, would be a "death warrant" for Michigan's economy because it would discourage businesses from bringing new jobs to Michigan and encourage some already in the state to leave.
Experts say the union push, which included a door-to-door weekend canvassing effort by delegates attending the Detroit convention of the American Federation of Teachers, is likely to increase voter turnout in the fall presidential election in a state that is too close to call.,0,4504.story


The White House is expected to OK federal standards in the next few weeks that will nearly double vehicle gas mileage for vehicles by 2025, as automotive dealers warn the changes could slam the recovering retail car industry because they will come with sticker prices that will keep buyers off their lots.
In an ad that played during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren suggested the United States be more like Communist China, the New York Sun reported Monday.
“We've got bridges and roads in need of repair and thousands of people in need of work. Why aren’t we rebuilding America?” Warren asked. “Our competitors are putting people to work, building a future. China invests 9% of its GDP in infrastructure. America? We’re at just 2.4%. We can do better.”  [She forgets to mention that China's growth is now slated to stall and the government is running out of money because they put so much money into infrastructure.  There is a city of condominiums which have no residents, but it makes such a pretty picture.  I have been to China, and the horrific pollution due to the Chinese not putting any money toward pollution reduction is unlike most any other place in the world.  But we should be more like China, right?]
 In a ruling that could have future impact on the health care law’s contraceptive mandate, a Colorado business does not have to comply with the law’s mandate that requires private employers to provide employees with insurance coverage of birth control. The ruling was handed down by a federal judge in Colorado, on Friday.
Members of the Catholic Newland family, which owns Hercules Industries Inc, a private manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, brought the suit in April. U.S. District Judge John Kane temporarily blocked the federal government from  enforcing the contraception mandate against the owners of the company.
The ruling only applies to this particular plaintiff but it does open the door for any company, in the future, to seek relief from the mandate, on religious grounds. Department of Health and Human Services attorneys argued that this temporary exemption would interfere with the government’s ability to implement the law.
More than 20 lawsuits are currently pending, in various parts of the country, filed against the birth control mandate. The University of Notre Dame, Catholic University of America and the Archdiocese of New York are among those who have filed on behalf of their organizations.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Obama appointees DID interfere with New Black Panther case - and in a sexual abuse civil rights case against a Democratic judge; Obama does not believe in gun ownership; FBI workshops to break down barriers about Muslims; CA revenue down as taxes are up; Various voter fraud cases; Only 4.5% of military ballots counted in 2010; Bloomberg hides the baby formula; Just who decided to kill Bin Laden?; Farm Bill food stamps; CIA discovered stash of documents on leaks to Hollywood; Leaks of sensitive information from Obama administration continues; Obama offending Poland; Obamacare" your business or your religion

Increasing attention is being paid to irregularities at the polls, and the legitimacy of efforts to minimize them.  A federal judge just issued a ruling that will become part of this debate.  As reported by Conn Carroll of the Washington Examiner, U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton “held today that political appointees appointed by President Obama did interfere with the Department of Justice’s prosecution of the New Black Panther Party.”


A Freedom of Information Act request last week showed that the Department of Justice dropped a sexual abuse civil rights investigation the day after President Barack Obama’s inauguration, citing “conflict of interest.”
In 2009, Herman Thomas, a black Democratic judge who had been elected numerous times in an Alabama county with predominantly white and Republican population, saw what had been a promising career come to an abrupt halt after he was indicted on charges of sodomy, kidnapping, sex abuse, extortion, assault and ethics violations. According to the indictment, Thomas was accused of sexually abusing male inmates in exchange for leniency.
According to information received in the FOIA request by Lagniappe, a bi-weekly Mobile, Ala.-based alternative newspaper, an order was sent on Jan. 21, 2009, to drop the investigation citing an undisclosed “conflict of interest.” Ten of 11 pages were withheld in the returned FOIA request.
[As Holder and Obama have said, they will not be prosecuting black crime, only white-on-black.]
Read more:

Laura Ingraham interviewed gun rights advocate John Lott, who recounted a conversation with then-Senator Obama who told Lott: “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.”


I’ve written previously about the FBI’s Muslim sensitivity training programs. WorldNetDaily has done some outstanding reporting on workshops run by the FBI that “educate” agents about Muslim customs and beliefs in an attempt to help them to “break down barriers” and foster “mutual understanding.”
Well, now it appears the FBI has taken another giant step down a very dangerous path with FBI Director Robert Mueller’s secret meeting with radical Islamic organizations and allowing them effectively to “edit” the FBI’s training manuals.
Last week we filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seeking access to records detailing a February 8, 2012, meeting between FBI Director Robert Mueller and Muslim organizations. Judicial Watch is also investigating the FBI’s subsequent controversial decision to purge the agency’s training curricula of material deemed “offensive” to Muslims.
We’ve also asked for records of communications between the Office of the Attorney General and several entities, including the Obama White House, the Executive Office of the President, and Muslim organizations, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic Society of North America, and the Council for American-Islamic Relations regarding the FBI’s curricula on Islam.
The material purge was allegedly initiated in response to a letter of complaint sent by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). However, other members of Congress, including Rep. Allen West (R-FL), object to allowing radical Muslim organizations the opportunity to dictate U.S. counterterrorism policy and want the material to be reinserted into the documents: “Now you have an environment of political correctness which precludes these agents from doing their proper job and due diligence to go after the perceived threat,” Congressman West said
California has lost billions of dollars in revenue in recent years as businesses and residents flee the state, in part because other states have a more favorable business climate.
According to one estimate, 254 businesses across a variety of industries moved all or some of their jobs out of state last year.
California has both the highest state deficit in the country and the highest personal income tax.  [So just to be clear: higher taxation just might cause lower revenues and higher deficits.]
While NAACP President Benjamin Jealous lashed out at new state laws requiring photo ID for voting, an NAACP executive sits in prison, sentenced for carrying out a massive voter fraud scheme.
In a story ignored by the national media, in April a Tunica County, Miss., jury convicted NAACP official Lessadolla Sowers on 10 counts of fraudulently casting absentee ballots. Sowers is identified on an NAACP website as a member of the Tunica County NAACP Executive Committee.
“This crime cuts against the fabric of our free society,” Judge Webster said.
The six-month election recount that turned former "Saturday Night Live" comedian Al Franken into a U.S. senator may have been decided by convicted felons who voted illegally in Minnesota's Twin Cities.
That's the finding of an 18-month study conducted by Minnesota Majority, a conservative watchdog group, which found that at least 341 convicted felons in largely Democratic Minneapolis-St. Paul voted illegally in the 2008 Senate race between Franken, a Democrat, and his Republican opponent, then-incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman.
Daytona Beach City Commissioner Derrick Henry [picture below] and his campaign manager Genesis Robinson were arrested today, charged with committing absentee ballot fraud during Henrys 2010 re-election campaign.---
Three Wake County, North Carolina, Democrats have admitted to voter fraud charges, according to local news reports.
Kierra Fontae Leache, Shelia Romona Hodges and Brandon Earl Mclean each admitted to casting two ballots in recent elections. Local reports indicate all three voted for President Barack Obama twice in 2008.
Thousands of absentee ballots cast by military service personnel often go uncounted, according to election experts who say the problem has always existed but is even more of an issue in presidential election years.
“The problem has always existed, given the high degree of mobility of our fighting forces,” Eric Eversole, founder and executive director of the Military Voter Protection Project, told the Dayton Daily News Tuesday.
The project, which tracks military votes, found in 2010 that only 4.5 percent of the 2 million military and overseas voters reported to the Election Assistance Commission were able to cast absentee ballots that were actually counted. Meanwhile, the overall national voter participation rate for the 2010 election was 41.6 percent.
Read more on Military Absentee Ballots Not Always Counted 
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The nanny state is going after moms.  [Where are the women who should be screaming that this is a war on women, who should be able to make their own decision about their own bodies?]
Mayor Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed.
Starting Sept. 3, the city will keep tabs on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use — the most restrictive pro-breast-milk program in the nation.
Under the city Health Department’s voluntary Latch On NYC initiative, 27 of the city’s 40 hospitals have also agreed to give up swag bags sporting formula-company logos, toss out formula-branded tchotchkes like lanyards and mugs, and document a medical reason for every bottle that a newborn receives.
While breast-feeding activists applaud the move, bottle-feeding moms are bristling at the latest lactation lecture.
At the urging of Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions before finally approving the May 2, 2011 Navy SEAL mission, according to an explosive new book scheduled for release August 21. The Daily Caller has seen a portion of the chapter in which the stunning revelation appears.
In ”Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him,“ Richard Miniter writes that Obama canceled the “kill” mission in January 2011, again in February, and a third time in March.
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After a year full of victories for big government legislation in Congress, the forces of statism seemed to have met their Waterloo with the farm/food stamp bill.  The more people learned of the profligate food stamp spending and the market distorting, risk-inducing agriculture programs contained in the bill, the more they spoke out against this monstrosity.  Speaker Boehner has refused to bring the bill to the floor so far.
Seeing their political stock rapidly diminish, the bipartisan coalition of government-run agriculture took a page out of Rahm Emanuel’s playbook and decided not to let the crisis of the summer drought go to waste.  They are using evocative imagery of dead crops and the fear of higher food prices to shove this $957 billion behemoth through Congress.  Amazingly enough, the Washington Post of all news outlets has injected some much-needed clarity into this narrative:
Amazingly enough, the Washington Post of all news outlets has injected some much-needed clarity into this narrative:
But keep the potential hardship to producers and consumers in perspective. “U.S. farmers face this drought in their strongest financial position in history, buoyed by less debt, record-high grain and land prices, plus greater production and exports,” reported Christine Stebbins of Reuters, after a thorough canvassing of industry and government experts. Farm losses should be far smaller than those suffered in the last big drought 24 years ago.
And before Congress rushes through the farm bill, it’s worth reflecting on all the ways existing policies worsen the drought’s impact. More corn would be available for animals if not for federal ethanol mandates. One reason for drought- and flood-related crop losses is that federally subsidized crop insurance encourages farmers to cultivate marginal land and engage in other risky practices, knowing that taxpayers will, in effect, bail them out. Both the House and Senate versions of the farm bill would increase subsidized crop insurance, thus accentuating this moral hazard.

-The CIA last week “discovered” a long-sought stash of documents detailing its dangerous — not to say embarrassing — leaks to Hollywood about the takedown of Osama bin Laden.Despite a court order to come clean, the spooks had “inadvertently overlooked” a 5-inch stack of records showing how closely they’ve worked with the folks behind “Zero Dark Thirty” — a film about the dramatic SEAL Team 6 operation that dispatched the arch-terrorist last year.
It’s no state secret that the White House wanted to see the movie made. It was originally set for release this October — its nakedly political timing meant to burnish President Obama’s national-security record on the eve of the 2012 elections.
The chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee told Fox News that security leaks out of the Obama administration have not stopped despite an internal probe, and that President Obama has not done enough to turn off the spigot.
Without providing specifics about the new leaks, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said the damaging release of sensitive information continues.
“We’ve seen more leaks, absolutely,” Rogers told Fox News in an interview Monday. “This is an opportunity for the president to be bold, to take a stand, to step up and say, ‘My administration will cooperate fully and that my staff ... should not and will not participate in coordinated or uncoordinated leaking of classified information for any reason. It's a crime.'"
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Kiev—Last week’s surprise announcement of U.S. Ambassador to Poland Lee Feinstein’s retirement highlighted a string of policy missteps by the Obama administration that have left many in the Polish government and population questioning Obama’s commitment to the two nations’ alliance.

Conversations with Poles reveal that they feel as if President Obama values his “re-set” in relations with Moscow more than relations with Warsaw.
“To put it plainly, on Obama’s list of priorities, Poland is obviously lower than whale shit,” said one Polish defense industry official. “We are further down that list than that stuff laying at the bottom of the ocean.”
[For instance:]
Then, in May of this year, during a ceremony in honor of the deceased resistance fighter and Georgetown professor Jan Karski, Obama referred to German extermination camps such as Auschwitz and Treblinka as “Polish death camps.”
Even though President Obama’s gaffe occurred during what was the middle of the night in Poland, the gaffe went viral within minutes.
Polish prime minister Donald Tusk said in a nationally televised address that “yesterday’s words by President Obama offended all Poles—we always react in the same way when ignorance, lack of knowledge, bad intentions lead to such a distortion of history, so painful for us here in Poland, in a country which suffered like no other in Europe during World War II.”
Other Poles were less restrained. Foreign Minister Sikorski tweeted, “It’s a shame that such a momentous ceremony has been overshadowed by ignorance and incompetence.”
[So much for Obama's pledge to make the world once again love us because they would love his new feel good policies.]
In response to the Justice Department’s argument that the Newlands can either give up practicing their religion or give up owning their business, the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the family, said in a reply brief: "[T]o the extent the government is arguing that its mandate does not really burden the Newlands because they are free to abandon their jobs, their livelihoods, and their property so that others can take over Hercules and comply, this expulsion from business would be an extreme form of government burden.”
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its mandate that individuals must buy health insurance, this suit which seeks to protect a small business from being forced to take actions that violate the moral and religious beliefs of the family that owns it is likely to be the next major court battle over Obamacare.
At stake is whether businesses are protected by the First Amendment—the part of the Bill of Rights that guarantees not only the free exercise of religion but also freedom of speech and of the press.

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.