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:
“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” ~ James Madison
President Obama met Greece’s prime minister at the White House Friday. They had a nice exchange. He gave Greece advice on how save their economy and Greece gave him advice on how to make a tourist destination out of the ruins of your former civilization.
My Top 3:
How President Obama is flouting Obamacare
More reasons to delay and rewrite this ill-conceived law
Democrats strong-armed Obamacare into law three years ago. Now they’re busy flouting it.
The mandate that employers provide insurance next year or pay a penalty, as the law requires? Delayed for at least a year.
The law’s dictate that people applying for federal subsidies to buy insurance provide proof that they’re eligible for the government aid? Scaled back.
Sharp limits on Americans’ out-of-pocket costs for health care? Suspended for a year.
Providing members of Congress and more than 10,000 staff members with federal health care subsidies that the law does not allow? Done, via a deal brokered by President Barack Obama.
And on and on.
The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is a hugely complex law that sets up online health insurance marketplaces, requires people to have coverage or pay penalties, and doles out subsidies and incentives to nearly everyone in health care. Doctors, hospitals and insurers have spent large sums to gear up for its requirements. Employers are mulling: Hire? Fire? Cut workers’ hours?
Millions of Americans, that is, stand to gain or lose from how this law is enforced — with the Obama administration bending that enforcement in ways that test, and arguably exceed, the boundaries of lawful conduct.
Every time the White House undercuts one provision of Obamacare, there is a massive ripple effect on other provisions. It’s generally a zero-sum game: When someone gains, someone else loses. Example: When employers are relieved of their mandate to provide insurance, taxpayers risk having to subsidize more of those companies’ employees.
The administration asserts that it can make these changes under the president’s broad executive authority. Yet critics make a compelling argument that the president is stretching the limits.
Former federal appellate Judge Michael McConnell, director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School, writes in The Wall Street Journal about a different sort of mandate: the mandate in Article II of the Constitution that the president “‘shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.’ This is a duty, not a discretionary power. … As the Supreme Court wrote long ago (Kendall v. United States, 1838), allowing the president to refuse to enforce statutes ‘would be clothing the president with a power to control the legislation of Congress, and paralyze the administration of justice.'”
Crooked Unions Try to Take Out Bravest City Councilman in the U.S.
by Rachel Alexander
Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio, one of the most aggressively pro-freedom city councilmen, is under siege from the unions in one of the most corrupt local elections in the country. Along with a few other government officials around the country, which include Wisconsin’s Republican governor Scott Walker, he tried to reign in the out-of-control and unsustainable increasing costs of government employees, particularly their pensions. Up for reelection this year, DiCiccio is being challenged by union-backed Democrat insurance executive Karlene Keogh Parks. The unions unsuccessfully attempted to recall him in 2011.
DiCiccio wants to cut $79 million in government waste from the City of Phoenix. The unions are furious that he exposed their “food tax for pay raises scheme.” The unions want to extend an “emergency” food tax that was implemented temporarily to keep government going. It was not intended to provide extras like raises and bonuses.
Many cities don’t even have a food tax. DiCiccio discovered that since the food tax was implemented, the City of Phoenix has brought in $145 million extra, coincidentally almost the same amount the city has paid out in pay raises and bonuses during that same period.
City of Phoenix staff admit that if they hadn’t spent the money on pay raises and bonuses, they could have “hired over 350 new police officers, restored all after school programs, restored senior programs or reinstated library hours.” DiCiccio worked hard to persuade his fellow city council members to vote in May to phase out the tax, beginning in January 2014.
FACE Act Abuse: Justice Dept. Suit Against Pro-Life Advocate Thrown Out
The total lack of evidence of any threat or violent action by Dillard was so stark that the Justice Department lawyers tried to bring in an anonymous letter that accused Dillard of having “caches of weapons around her house.” Judge Marten criticized the government for submitting a letter that was “plainly inadmissible” and for introducing “absolutely nothing that would corroborate the allegations.” The government apparently never attempted to obtain a warrant to search Dillard’s home to see if the anonymous claims were even true. Turning up nothing in a search would have interfered with their attempt to use anonymous, Inquisition-type claims.
As Judge Marten concluded, the government’s evidence was “simply inadmissible or based on impermissible speculation.” In fact, the government’s arguments on possible future threats by Dillard were based on “speculation piled on top of speculation.” The claim against Dillard was “fatally flawed because it lacks any proof” of the essential components of proving that Dillard had made any threat of any kind against Means.
Dillard’s attorney Don McKinney rightly characterized the ruling as “a great victory for the First Amendment.” But this lawsuit should never have been filed in the first place. The Civil Rights Division has no business using federal laws to pursue an ideological agenda — in this case, intimidating the pro-life movement.
The DOJ probably knew they would lose from the start, unless they could rely on some liberal activist judge with out conscience or regard for the law.
But they knew they were spreading fear into the pro-life community. It was a case of intimidation and persecution of those who don’t agree with them. It is a repulsive act by the federal government against a private citizen and a prime example of the persecution of American citizens who’s only crime is to disagree with the liberal agenda.
Who will protect the fleeced?
By Rick Manning
Katya Wachtel and Sam Forgione of Reuters wrote this in a recent investment recap piece, “Billionaire investor George Soros dumped 7.85 million shares of U.S. Airways Group Inc in the second quarter, a regulatory filing on Wednesday showed.
“It was a timely move by the investor’s Soros Fund Management. On Tuesday, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit to block the proposed merger of US Airways and AMR Corp, the parent company of American Airlines.”
Timely move indeed as U.S. Airways stock dropped more than 15 percent in value in the two days after the Justice Department action was announced.
Was Soros tipped off? Who knows, but big government’s hand in virtually every business transaction points to the value of having friends in high places, and the impact this pervasive influence has on even the appearance of integrity within the investment system.
Don’t that just say it all?
Good For Them!
New York Times Joins Charles Grassley in Asking What Exactly Huma Abedin Was Doing at State
Huma Abedin is caught up in more controversy, and for the first time in many weeks, it has nothing to do with her husband’s social media dalliances. For months Republican Senator Chuck Grassley has been questioning why Abedin was made a “special government employee” by the State Department in June 2012, allowing her to stay on as an adviser to the secretary of State while working for Teneo, a consulting firm founded by a former aide to Bill Clinton, and being privately employed by the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton personally. Now the New YorkTimes has joined in Grassley’s quest, but both Abedin and the State Department remain less than forthcoming about her arrangement.
Source: New York Magazine. Read full article. (link)
This can’t be good for the Hillary juggernaut. And the NYT going after the Clinton’s, via Abedin in this case, twice in a week? WTF?
R U Kidding Me?
Glenn Greenwald’s partner detained
The partner of a journalist who received leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was detained for nearly nine hours Sunday under anti-terror legislation at London’s Heathrow Airport, triggering claims that authorities are trying to interfere with reporting on the issue.
David Miranda, the partner of Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, was held for nearly the maximum time authorities are allowed to detain individuals under the Terrorism Act’s Schedule 7, which authorizes security agencies to stop and question people at borders. Greenwald said Miranda’s cellphone, laptops and memory sticks were confiscated.
“This is obviously a rather profound escalation of their attacks on the news-gathering process and journalism,” Greenwald said in a post on the Guardian website. “It’s bad enough to prosecute and imprison sources. It’s worse still to imprison journalists who report the truth. But to start detaining the family members and loved ones of journalists is simply despotic.”
But that’s what thugs do – didn’t they go after the parents of FOX reporter James Rosen?
Worth a Read:
Housing: From Bubble to Bottleneck
by Robert Samuelson
This Administration Comes With a Laugh Track
by John Ransom
Former Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe: Chris Christie Would Be “Very Strong” 2016 Candidate
Oh wonderful! Because we all know that Plouffey has the welfare of the GOP at heart. Tells me that I am right to not want or trust Christie.
New York Times Editor: Left-Wing Slant Reflects Readership
Maybe the “readership” reflects the NYT. And maybe with some journalistic integrity there would be more conservatives reading. And that means more readers and perhaps some “conservative” advertisers which are the lifeblood of Newspapers. Locking yourself into a biased reporting is stupid for many reasons. Funny how libs abhor what they perceive as the conservative “slant” of FOX News and the WSJ yet worship the mote in their own eye.
Philadelphia Borrows So Its Schools Open on Time
PHILADELPHIA — Just a month after Detroit became the largest American city to file for bankruptcy, and with major cities like Chicago and Los Angeles struggling, this former manufacturing behemoth is also edging toward a financial precipice. But here the troubles are centered on the cash-starved public schools system.
The situation is not as dire yet as Detroit’s. There is no talk of resorting to bankruptcy. But the problem is so severe that the city agreed at the last minute on Thursday to borrow $50 million just to be able to open schools on time. Even with that money, schools will open Sept. 9 with a minimum of staffing and sharply curtailed extracurricular activities and other programs.
“The concept is just jaw-dropping,” said Helen Gym, who has three children in the city’s public schools. “Nobody is talking about what it takes to get a child educated. It’s just about what the lowest number is needed to get the bare minimum. That’s what we’re talking about here: the deliberate starvation of one of the nation’s biggest school districts.”