Witch’s Will For A Mourning In July
I will remain in “mourning” so long as Obama’s unworthy ass sits in the Oval Office.
Quote of the day:
No matter how worthy the cause, it is robbery, theft, and injustice to confiscate the property of one person and give it to another to whom it does not belong. ~ Walter Williams
According to The Washington Post, the NSA has been monitoring phone calls and emails of people in Mexico. So apparently it’s not enough to spy on American citizens, they feel they have to spy on FUTURE American citizens as well. ~ Jay Leno
3 Worthwhile Stories:
Third court overturns Obama recess appointments
A third federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that President Obama violated the Constitution last year when he made recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, adding more weight to the case as it goes before the Supreme Court in the justices’ next session.
The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, said that the president can only make recess appointments after Congress has adjourned “sine die,” which in modern times has meant when it breaks at the end of each year.
That ruling rejects Mr. Obama’s own interpretation that he can make appointments whenever he deems the Senate to be unable to give him “advice and consent” on his nominees.
After digging through constitutional history and reading up on the framers, the judges said it’s apparent the founding fathers intended for the president only to be able to use his recess appointment powers when the Senate was gone for a long period of time, not the brief breaks Congress regularly takes for holidays or weekends.
“All this points to the inescapable conclusion that the framers intended something specific by the term ‘the Recess,’ and that it was something different than a generic break in proceedings,” Judge Clyde H. Hamilton wrote in his majority opinion.
He was joined by Judge Allyson K. Duncan, who filed a concurring opinion. Judge Hamilton was nominated to the bench by President George H.W. Bush and Judge Duncan was tapped by President George W. Bush.
The Strange Case of Mexican Emigration
by Victor Davis Hanson
There are many strange elements in the current debate over illegal immigration, but none stranger than the mostly ignored role of Mexico.
Are millions of Mexican citizens still trying to cross the U.S. border illegally because there is dismal economic growth and a shortage of jobs in Mexico?
Not anymore. In terms of the economy, Mexico has rarely done better, and the United State rarely worse.
The Mexican unemployment rate is currently below 5 percent. North of the border it remains stuck at over 7 percent for the 53rd consecutive month of the Obama presidency. The American gross domestic product has been growing at a rate of less than 2 percent annually. In contrast, a booming Mexico almost doubled that in 2012, its GDP growing at a robust clip of nearly 4 percent.
Is elemental hunger forcing millions of Mexicans to flee north, as it may have in the past?
Not necessarily. According to a recent United Nations study, an estimated 70 percent of Mexico’s citizens are overweight and suffer from the same problems of diet, health concerns and lack of exercise shared by other more affluent Western societies.
Mexico is a severe critic of U.S. immigration policy, often damning Americans as ruthlessly insensitive for trying to close our border. It has gone so far as to join lawsuits against individual American states to force relaxation of our border enforcement. Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon sharply criticized the United States for trying to “criminalize migration.”
Is Mexico, then, a model of immigration tolerance?
Far from it.
Until 2011, when it passed reforms, Mexico had among the most draconian immigration laws in the world. Guatemala has criticized Mexico for initiating construction of a fence along its southern border.
Mexico has zero tolerance for illegal immigrants who seek to work inside Mexico, happen to break Mexican law or go on public assistance — or any citizens who aid them.
In Mexico, legal immigration is aimed at privileging lawful arrivals with skill sets that aid the Mexican economy and, according to the country’s immigration law, who have the “necessary funds for their sustenance” — while denying entry to those who are not healthy or would upset the “equilibrium of the national demographics.” Translated, that idea of demographic equilibrium apparently means that Mexico tries to withhold citizen status from those who do not look like Mexicans or have little skills to make money.
If the United States were to treat Mexican nationals in the same way that Mexico treats Central American nationals, there would be humanitarian outrage.
Senate GOPs to Counter Climate-Change Hearing with Summary of Inaccurate Models Used by Gov’t
by Bridget Johnson
Senate Republicans plan to drop a report on Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D-Calif.) climate change hearing Thursday highlighting flaws in the methodology used by the federal government to assert that the globe is catastrophically warming.
The Environment and Public Works Committee hearing titled “Climate Change: It’s Happening Now” includes two panels of research scientists and witnesses from environmental and industry groups.
The GOP report notes numerous examples of how actual temperatures have failed to meet the predictions put forth by models used by the president and his agencies to push climate-change policies. “The American public should be deeply troubled to learn that EPA is actively working to increase energy prices based on predicted global temperature increases without first undertaking efforts to determine if temperatures are actually increasing to the extent predicted by the climate models they are using,” the report states.
“If the computer models and predictions have been inaccurate, why is our federal government relying on these models to take unilateral action? If global warming has been ‘worse than predicted,’ why won’t the federal government provide the data supporting this claim? As it continues to be recognized that the Earth has not warmed for the past 15 years, will we see the term ‘global warming’ abandoned and replaced in its entirety by ‘climate change?’ Given that many of these models predicted warming trends well before China surpassed the United States as the largest GHG emitter, and given the fact that emissions continue to grow at a pace beyond what was originally incorporated into the models, shouldn’t the warming be far worse than what was predicted in the worst case scenarios rather than well below predictions?”
On rising sea levels, the report notes “the United Nations has already made their 2005 prediction disappear.”
“According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), data indicates that sea levels rose only 1.1 – 1.3 mm/year from 2005-2012,” the report continues. “A further review of the science shows that the rate of sea level change has been found to be larger in the early part of last century (2.03 ± 0.35 mm/yr 1904–1953), in comparison with the latter part (1.45 ± 0.34 mm/yr 1954–2003).”
This led the Senate EPW Republicans to ask, “What science did Al Gore use to come to the conclusion that the oceans would rise 20 feet or more?”
“If the present rate of sea level rise would put the world on pace to see an increase of less than 7 inches by the end of the century, then where are the data sets the IPCC and other advocates use to come up with estimates that are in feet and/or meters? …If empirical evidence indicates that the rate of sea level rise is decreasing, how does the IPCC claim that there definitively is a strong correlation between sea level rise and CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere? Doesn’t the science tend to indicate that there is a lack of correlation?”
Politics shouldn’t force federal case vs. Zimmerman
(CNN) — We have a Department of Justice, not a Department of Social Justice. That is an essential distinction. It is brought into sharp relief by politicized demands that George Zimmerman, having just been acquitted of murder by the state of Florida, be subjected to a second prosecution — a federal civil rights indictment — over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The Justice Department has earned the trust of the United States courts precisely because it resists the politicization of law enforcement. Its tradition is to ensure the equal protection of law for every American, to evaluate cases strictly on the basis of facts and law, and to recognize its obligations not only to the community but also to criminal suspects.
Yet, though Attorney General Eric Holder never tires of reminding us about the due process owed even to foreign terrorists who’ve confessed to mass murder, the principle does not seem to apply to Zimmerman, an American now acquitted of murder.
Even if the Justice Department never files criminal charges against Zimmerman — which is likely given the implausibility of obtaining a conviction — it is extremely inappropriate for law enforcement officials, particularly the U.S. attorney general, to engage in a running extrajudicial commentary that taints the jury pool and ratchets up the investigative anxiety for a citizen who is presumed innocent and has been acquitted. Law enforcement officials speak in court — with public charges, if prosecutors have the evidence to back them up.
No Shit Sherlock:
IRS lawyer says scandal was overseen by D.C., names names
Top IRS officials in Washington, D.C. planned and oversaw the agency’s improper targeting of conservative groups, according to the 72-year old retiring IRS lawyer who will testify Thursday before the House Oversight Committee.
Retiring IRS lawyer Carter C. Hull implicated the IRS Chief Counsel’s office, headed by Obama appointee William J. Wilkins, and Lois Lerner, the embattled head of the IRS’ exempt organizations office, in the IRS targeting scandal and made clear that the targeting started in Washington, according to leaked interviews that Hull granted to the Oversight Committee in advance of Thursday’s hearing.
Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George will return to Republican chairman Darrell Issa’s committee Thursday along with two central characters in the IRS saga: Hull and Cincinnati-based IRS employee Elizabeth Hofacre, who previously gave Hull’s name to congressional investigators, fingering him as her Washington-based supervisor.
Worth a Read:
Dems pin immigration hopes on GOP’s Ryan
‘‘Paul Ryan says we cannot have a permanent underclass of Americans, that there needs to be a pathway to citizenship,’’ says Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., who has been working relentlessly on immigration legislation. ‘‘He is my guiding light. I know I get him in trouble every time I say it.’’
Gutierrez says he “knows” he gets Ryan in trouble everytime he refers to him as “my guiding light”, yet he keeps saying it. Makes ya wonder if Guitierrez is more interested in getting an immigration bill passed or in taking down a high profile Republican. My guess is the second.
If Ryan is as smart as he’s reputed to be, he had best take a look around, maybe in Rubio’s direction, and see what happens to those who don’t listen to their base. Rubio seems to have gotten the message, he’s been strangley quiet about immigration lately.
Not keeping up with Kardashian
by Ethel C. Fenig
The Hollywood Gossip describes “reality” “star” Kim Kardashian quite concisely.
Kim Kardashian is famous for making a sex tape, having large breasts and a firm grasp of social media. That sums it up.
Whoops! Apparently her large breasts got in the way of her firm grasp of social media. A few days ago, wanting to get into the act, she tweeted:
My heart goes out to Trayvon Martin’s family & loved ones. Thought & prayers being sent their way #NoJustice
Kardashian? Kardashian? Hmmm, that name sounds familiar. Oh, right! A generation ago, when Kim’s breasts were smaller and she was entering adolescence, when social media did not exist, her late father, attorney Robert Kardashian, was part of a famed legal team defending football player O. J. Simpson on charges he murdered his former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and friend Ronald Goldman in an internationally publicized–and polarized–case.
Simpson is black, both victims were white. With the help of her father’s legal acumen, Simpson was acquitted of double murder; technically the case remains unsolved. After the verdict was read many blacks celebrated; whites however did not riot or demand a new trial even though the evidence pointed to Simpson as even lawyer Kardashian himself later admitted. According to RadarOnline Robert Kardashian said,
“[Y]ears later even he questioned his client’s innocence.
“I have doubts,” Robert told ABC News. : “The blood evidence is the biggest thorn in my side.”
Simpson is presently imprisoned for later felonies including armed robbery and kidnapping that had nothing to do with his notorious case. Or his race.
GOP Claims High Ground in 2014 Battle for the Senate
It’s shaping up to be an unpleasant 2014 for Democrats in the U.S. Senate.
Fear of the Missing White Voters
Ruy Teixeira’s Epistemic Border Fence
Liberal pundits and Democratic activists – and the line between the two can be hard to locate – have increasingly overinvested in two excuses for insulating themselves in a bubble: that no data can possibly support any arguments by analysts on the Right, who can be dismissed with an ad hominem, a quick hand-wave and a lot of nodding, and that demographics alone will deliver them a permanent electoral majority without the need for their side to actually win any more arguments.
These are hazardous trends, and the imbalance between Teixeira’s rhetoric in dealing with pundits like Trende and Last and the actual substance of his critiques is an illustration of the dangers of the need to sustain this illusion at all costs to a writer’s own credibility.
Ed Schultz: The Nerve of That Zimmerman! Shooting Trayvon While ‘Getting His Ass Kicked’
Those who believe the verdict in the Zimmerman trial was justified might send a thank you note to Ed Schultz for his inadvertent help in bolstering their argument.
The bellowing radio host and denizen of the seldom-watched wasteland known as MSNBC weekend has been on a self-righteous tear since a verdict in the trial was announced Saturday night. (Audio clips after the jump)
On his radio show yesterday, Schultz ventured into the nonsensical, one of his favorite destinations, while saying more than he probably intended (audio) –
Do we have a broken system? Should we have people of color and diversity on, on, in, in juries or we don’t move forward with a trial? You know, I thought about that last night, I thought, you don’t know what it’s like to have red hair unless you have red hair! You don’t know what it’s like to be Asian unless you’re an Asian. You don’t know what it’s like to be a terribly overweight person unless you have to live with it every second of your life. You don’t know what it’s like to be black. And so how can this woman (juror interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper) think that Zimmerman’s heart was in the right place? That the only thing he’s guilty of is poor judgment. And oh by the way, she thinks that Trayvon threw the first punch. Not sure, but thinks! Enough to think that it’s OK that he’s dead and the guy that caused the death should walk scot free! I do not believe that a person of color would have come to that conclusion! Because a person of color has different life experiences. This, of course, was absent in the jury. And what is absent is (sic) our guts to discuss it. I think it is a vital discussion that we have to have in this country, that until you walk a mile in somebody else’s shoes, you really don’t know.
We do know that Zimmerman had a firearm and I think we can easily come to the conclusion that he felt pretty safe. And when he didn’t feel safe, and by evidence he was getting his ass kicked, he decided to take someone else, someone else’s life.
Put another way, Zimmerman decided to defend his own life before the assault escalated from ass kicking to something much worse. And it wasn’t just that anonymous juror talking with Anderson Cooper who thinks Martin threw the first punch — so does Martin’s girlfriend, Rachel Jeantel. Speaking with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Jeantel shed further light on the confrontation by telling Morgan that she wondered aloud while talking with Martin by phone if the “creepy-ass cracker” Martin said was following him wanted to rape Martin. And no, you’ll never hear a word about this on MSNBC, ever.
Zimmerman has no better friends in the media or the public than fools like Schultz and ignorant people like his pal Rachel Jantal.Too arrogant to shut up and too ignorant to know what the hell they are saying.
Another instance of an ignorant/arrogant POS telling us what someone else thinks.The dishonest and biased media uses this tactic all the time.
Bloomberg’s Carlson: Republicans Think Immigrants are ‘People in Hoodies’
Cockroach Of The Day:
UN Nominee Disavows Past Comments on ‘Crimes’ Committed by U.S.
(CNSNews.com) – Under questioning by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Samantha Power, President Obama’s nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations, disavowed her own published comments in which she advocated U.S. intervention in the Arab-Israeli conflict and referred to “crimes” committed by the United States, comparing them to Nazi atrocities. During a hearing Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Power said that although the U.S. has a “national security interest and a moral responsibility to respond to cases of mass atrocity…that does not mean the United States should intervene militarily every time there’s an injustice in the world.”Instead, she advocated the use of other “tools in the toolbox,” including “diplomatic, economic, arms embargos, radio jamming,” and other alternatives to military intervention. Intervention considerations are guided by the Obama administration’s policy to “Verify, then trust. Deeds, not words,” she added.
But when Rubio asked President Obama’s former foreign policy advisor about interviews and articles she had written that urge U.S. intervention in the Arab-Israeli conflict, she disavowed her own previous comments.
“I have disassociated myself from those comments many times. I gave a long, rambling, and very remarkably incoherent response to a hypothetical question that I should never have answered,” Power responded.
“A negotiated settlement is the only course.”Regarding Power’s comments on “crimes” committed by the U.S., Rubio asked: “Which crimes were you referring to and which decisions taken by the current administration would you recommend for such a reckoning?”
“I would never apologize for America. America is the light to the world. We have freedoms and opportunities here that people dream about abroad,” Power responded.
“Which ones did the United States commit or sponsor that you were referring to?” Rubio persisted.
Oh my, did Chuck Schumer’s bff suddenly remember that he’s a Republican? Fancy that!I will never forgive any pol, left or right who plays patty-cake with Chuck Schumer who I considered on of the most corrupt and dishonest politicians in this country. And that’s a high bar!