Saturday, March 27, 2010
Tasteless as usual, but conservatives can all take comfort in the fact that nobody even watches Maher anymore. As his last movie proved, he’s irrelevant.
President Barack Obama is one of the worst presidents ever in terms of respecting constitutional limitations on government, and the states suing the federal government over healthcare reform "have a pretty strong case" and are likely to prevail, according to author and judicial analyst Andrew P. Napolitano.Hey, this is coming from a guy who used to be on the bench which makes him pretty credible to me.
In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV's Ashley Martella, Napolitano says the president's healthcare reforms amount to "commandeering" the state legislatures for federal purposes, which the Supreme Court has forbidden as unconstitutional.
"The Constitution does not authorize the Congress to regulate the state governments," Napolitano says. "Nevertheless, in this piece of legislation, the Congress has told the state governments that they must modify their regulation of certain areas of healthcare, they must surrender their regulation of other areas of healthcare, and they must spend state taxpayer-generated dollars in a way that the Congress wants it done.
"That's called commandeering the legislature," he says. "That's the Congress taking away the discretion of the legislature with respect to regulation, and spending taxpayer dollars. That's prohibited in a couple of Supreme Court cases. So on that argument, the attorneys general have a pretty strong case and I think they will prevail.”
Napolitano, author of his just-released “Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History” and a Fox News senior judicial analyst, is the youngest Superior Court judge ever to attain lifetime tenure in the state of New Jersey. He served on the bench from 1987 to 1995.
Friday, March 26, 2010
There is justifiably some concern relating to the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, and violent threats. It’s just not quite what you’ve been hearing in Big Media.
On Twitter, a fellow calling himself Jason Brown has been posting since May 10, 2009, and has a total of 379 messages posted so far. He is a fan of Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. Typical of his leftist political beliefs are messages like this:
@maddow doesnt Cheney seem like this weird dark evil prince hmm say like Mr. Burns and i guess ol’ George was Smithers
goin 2 watch keith olbermann and laugh at the latest heartless basterds of the world
@carloswatson why does G.O.P. leaders endorse racism,hatred,fearmongering,and falsehoods dont they know the world is witnessing this tactic
their no racist people in the dem.party they all come from the south and they are republican which is why we still see promotion of hatred
In recent days, Brown has been saying that he is concerned about the violence that he believes Sarah Palin is fostering.
So, he is threatening to kill Sarah Palin and her family.
I had hoped to post about 20 screenshots from this guy’s Twitter account, but with the technical work being done on the site I find myself suddenly unable to upload images. So I will just quote you the messages. He posted most of them tonight, and they include messages like this:
@sEaTtLe_MeTrO Death 2 Palin family them retarded hillbillies take teabaggers w/ you hateful bitch
We cant expect gov to intervene we must shoot Gen. Palin on site be 4 her troops strike again!
@interactionswst one word racism choose sides plain and simply that bitch Palin launch an attack, she need 2 b shot on site!
@Palin360 you need 2 b assassinated soon we ll settle 4 one of the family if not u!
maybe it takes a murder or 2 2 get the point across take aim at radical TP members
@BRIANGLAD Palin will b met with gunfire her or her family
@SarahStormRpt u need 2 be shot on site startin that racist Tp shit, all you all do is promo violence dont cry when some kill u basterds
The Obama stans in the media continue to try and paint conservatives as the architects of "hate speech", but the facts prove that it's the Left that's been owning the filth ever since former President Bush took office.
Social networks have opened the door and allowed some people to become obsessed with letting the world know their business, but letting all your Facebook "friends" know when you're coming and going? Not smart.
Before Ann Coulter ever stepped foot into Canada, there was already controversy and debate about her speaking engagements at three of the country’s colleges. A letter from University of Ottawa’s provost Francois Houle warned the conservative author to be “respectful” lest she run afoul of Canada’s hate-speech laws. It was only one day after that Ottawa canceled Coulter’s appearance, after her first Q&A section involved her saying Muslims should take a “magic carpet” instead of flying, and telling a student that she “could always ride a “camel.” But tonight on The O’Reilly Factor, Coulter argues that the Canadian college administrations all knew what they were getting when they asked her to speak on their campuses, and that by threatening her with legal action before she ever spoke, it was the colleges’ that were looking for a free publicity ride, not her.
“By telling you not to incite, he incited, that’s an interesting point,” O’Reilly muses.
Rep. Jean Schmidt received a threatening telephone call linked to her vote against the national health-care bill.Will Barry's puppets in the press get as "outraged" over this as they are with supposed threats against Democrat pols of late? Don't hold your breath.
Capitol Hill police are investigating the threat made Wednesday night in a call to her district office in Sycamore Township. The caller mentioned he had a 9-mm gun.
"They're trying to track this guy down," said Barry Bennett, chief of staff for the Miami Township Republican. "He appears to be a Cincinnati local."
Schmidt listened to the recorded message—which is less than 40 seconds long but contains "just mean, awful stuff"—after it was discovered this morning, Bennett said.
The caller said Schmidt was a racist for opposing the bill backed President Barack Obama, whose father was African, Bennett said.
"I'm glad the president passed health care," the caller says on a copy of the recording provided to The Enquirer by Bennett. "(Racist) Republicans hate that, don't you?"
The caller also labeled as racists Rep. John Boehner of West Chester and Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, both Republicans.
"Why don't you all just change the party name to racist?" the caller said. "F--- all you racist(s)."
The man added that he wished Schmidt's back had been broken in 2008 when she was hit by a car while jogging in Miami Township.
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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Those mysterious "Miss Me Yet?" billboards have gone Democrat. This time, someone has put Jimmy Carter front and center -- with toothy grin and parted hair -- above Interstate 45 in Ennis, Texas, in an editorial slap at President Barack Obama.Really now, folks would rather have the worst President of my (and many others) lifetime than the current version? That's so bad, it's sick.
Carter is just the latest former president to be featured in a spate of apparently unrelated "Miss Me Yet?" political billboards that have cropped up on the country's highways in the past few months.
Conservative bloggers were first to discover the latest "Miss Me Yet?" ad, whose authenticity AOL News has confirmed with the company that owns the billboards.
"It's real," Paul Covey, president of KEM Outdoor Media, said in a phone interview this morning. Covey leased the billboards through an ad company and said he doesn't know who is behind the message. But he said he knows what their politics are.
A North Carolina woman who won $9 million in a lawsuit against her husband's alleged mistress has a simple message for would-be homewreckers out there: "lay off."Good for Cynthia Shackelford. Too often these slutty mistresses find it all-too-convenient to use the "well, I wasn't the one who was married" excuse for their immoral behavior. Now here's a loud warning for would-be homewreckers out there to leave married people alone.
"My main message is to all those women out there who might have their eyes on some guy that is married to not come between anybody," Cynthia Shackelford told "Good Morning America" today. "It's not good to go in there. It hurts the children. My children are devastated. I'm devastated.
"Allan [Shackelford's husband] and I joked about sitting in rocking chairs and having a glass of wine or whatever and talking about what our children did when they were little. That's never going to happen now."
Shackelford's story could have been no different than that of any other aggrieved wife: The 60-year-old thought her husband Allan was deeply in love with her. Then came his late nights at the office and suspicious charges on his credit card and cell phone bills. And finally, a private investigator confirmed what she had feared: Her husband, she said, was having an affair.
But Shackelford's story has a $9 million twist. Under centuries-old North Carolina case law, Shackelford sued her husband's alleged mistress, Anne Lundquist, for "alienation of affection," charging that the woman broke up her 33-year marriage.
Last week, Shackelford won. A jury awarded her $5 million in compensatory damages and $4 million in punitive damages to be paid by Lundquist.
After nine straight hours of beating back Republican amendments, Senate Democrats hit a temporary snag Thursday in their drive to rush through a package of fixes to the big health care law signed by President Barack Obama.RELATED: Most Want GOP To Keep Fighting On Health Bill
Democratic Senate leaders had hoped to complete work on the fix-it bill by midday Thursday and get it quickly to Obama to avoid prolonging what has been a politically painful ordeal for the party.
But Republicans learned early Thursday they will be able to kill some language in the bill that relates to Pell grants for low-income college students. That means the altered bill will have to be returned to the House for final congressional approval before it can be sent to Obama.
Democrats described the situation as a minor glitch, but did not rule out that Republicans might be able to remove additional sections of the bill.
The president, who signed the landmark legislation into law on Tuesday, was flying to Iowa later in the day for the first of many appearances around the country to sell his health care revamp before the fall congressional elections.
The Obama administration announced on Tuesday it has reserved 3,000 free tickets to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll for students in D.C.-area public and charter schools, but not for children who attend private or parochial schools.So gay families are allowed in the White House Easter Egg Roll, but not parochial school kids. And Barry still claims that he's not an ideologue....right.
Why exclude children in private and parochial schools, asked the father of a parochial school student at Tuesday’s press conference where U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty announced the ticket giveaway. “These tickets are from the White House to public schools, and we’re appreciative, but there may be other things unrelated to this press conference,” Fenty responded. “That’s a great question.”
The 3,000 reserved tickets will be distributed to students at 11 public schools in D.C. and a few others in Virginia and Maryland. Children at private or parochial schools in the Washington metropolitan area may attend the April 5 event, but only if they are among the people who registered for an online lottery system, by which the remaining free tickets -- an estimated 27,000 -- will be distributed. That lottery is now closed, however.
“All entries will have an equal chance of being selected if your application was submitted by Sunday, February 28,” the White House Web site says. Lottery results were announced on March 4.
What are Barry and Co. hiding?
Rep. Darrell Issa, the top Republican on the House Oversight committee, told CBS News Wednesday that he will call for a special prosecutor to investigate the White House if it does not address Rep. Joe Sestak's claim that he was offered a federal job in exchange for dropping out of the Pennsylvania Senate primary.
"If the public doesn't receive a satisfactory answer, the next step would be to call for a special prosecutor, which is well within the statute," Issa (pictured) told Hotsheet.
The California Republican has been pushing for the White House to provide details of conversations between Sestak and administration officials in the wake of Sestak's comment during a radio interview last month that he was offered a high-ranking administration job in exchange for dropping his primary challenge against Sen. Arlen Specter.
Asked if that job was secretary of the Navy, Sestak declined to comment. His press secretary told CBS News that the lawmaker stands by his original statement that he was offered the job in exchange for an administration post. Sestak did not drop out of the race.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Hours after President Barack Obama signed historic health care legislation, a potential problem emerged. Administration officials are now scrambling to fix a gap in highly touted benefits for children.Surely Barry's minions in the press will be all over this....not.
Obama made better coverage for children a centerpiece of his health care remake, but it turns out the letter of the law provided a less-than-complete guarantee that kids with health problems would not be shut out of coverage.
Under the new law, insurance companies still would be able to refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing medical problem, said Karen Lightfoot, spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the main congressional panels that wrote the bill Obama signed into law Tuesday.
However, if a child is accepted for coverage, or is already covered, the insurer cannot exclude payment for treating a particular illness, as sometimes happens now. For example, if a child has asthma, the insurance company cannot write a policy that excludes that condition from coverage. The new safeguard will be in place later this year.
Full protection for children would not come until 2014, said Kate Cyrul, a spokeswoman for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, another panel that authored the legislation. That's the same year when insurance companies could no longer deny coverage to any person on account of health problems.
Obama's public statements have conveyed the impression that the new protections for kids were more sweeping and straightforward.
A protest by hundreds of students led organizers to cancel a Tuesday night speech by American conservative commentator Ann Coulter at the University of Ottawa.Damn. Who knew Canadians loons were even more terrifying than their American counterparts?
A spokesman for the organizers said Coulter was advised against appearing after about 2,000 "threatening" students crowded the entrance to Marion Hall, posing a security threat.
"It would be physically dangerous for Ann Coulter to proceed with this event," said conservative political activist Ezra Levant inside the hall. "This is an embarrassing day for the University of Ottawa and their student body . . . who chose to silence her through threats and intimidation."
A protest organizer, international studies student Mike Fancie, said he was pleased they were able to stop Coulter from speaking.
"What Ann Coulter is practicing is not free speech, it's hate speech," he said. "She's targeted the Jews, she's targeted the Muslims, she's targeted Canadians, homosexuals, women, almost everybody you could imagine."
The announcement of the cancelation was greeted with shouts of "Shame" and "We want Ann" from about 100 people inside the hall. Outside protesters mockingly chanted "Goodbye Ann Coulter."
About 10 Ottawa police cars were called to the scene, but there were no incidents.
Coulter expressed her outrage, calling the University of Ottawa a "bush league" institution in an interview for The Washington Times.
"This has never happened before," she told the newspaper. "I go to the best schools, Harvard, the Ivy League and those kids are too intellectually proud" to threaten speakers.
Levant blamed the bedlam on university academic vice-president Francois Houle, who had written Coulter to warn her that Canadian laws make provisions for hate speech.
"Promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges," he warned her in the letter, which Coulter quickly leaked to the media.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Of course, the Left (and Barry's minions in the press) is doing all they can to create a firestorm outta Lewis' claims. But no one seems to have any video/evidence of said "disgraceful event" ever taking place. But then, this the same merry band of hypocrites who conveniently forget how some their own acted (shall we say..."foolish") when protesting President Bush, John McCain and any other Republican that raised their blood pressure at the time, but we've long learned by now, "RACIST!!!" is what they shout when they need to deflect from the truth.
Republican National Chairman Michael Steele and one of the organizers of Saturday's Tea Party rally strongly condemned the racial slurs that some black lawmakers alleged were yelled at them by some health care protesters as they headed for a procedural vote at Capitol Hill.
"I absolutely think it's isolated," Amy Kremer, the grassroots coordinator of the Tea Party Express, told Fox News on Sunday. "It's disgraceful and the people in this movement won't tolerate it because that's not what we're about."
Steele rejected the notion that the incident may make any association with the Tea Party Movement a danger.
"It's not a danger," Steele told NBC's "Meet the Press on Sunday." "It's certainly not a reflection of the movement or the Republican Party when you have idiots out there saying stupid things."
"As Leader Boehner said, that's reprehensible," he said, referring to House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio. "We don't support that."
Sarah Palin to Discovery? You betcha.Listen, I like Palin and I've certainly learned not to underestimate her wild and crazy moves. But any Palin fan who watches reality-TV (including, I confess, yours truly) has to be aware of the further risks to Palin's credibility here. Granted, she's going to be adding a lot of digits to her bank account and it looks like her show will be more "Planet Earth" than say "Jersey Shore", but still.
Discovery Communications is expected to announce that it has won the Sarah Palin tourney. The cabler had been a front-runner to land the untitled Alaska-themed series, to be produced by Mark Burnett Prods., along with A&E.
Earlier today, word emerged, however, that A&E was likely no longer in the running, leaving Discovery as the presumptive winner.
Discovery execs were unavailable for comment all day, as many were in Chicago prepping for a mini-upfront presentation. Palin wasn't expected to make an appearance there, but she could be in attendance when Discovery conducts its official upfront in New York on April 8.
Show is believed to have fetched more than $1 million an episode -- a hefty pricetag for a freshman unscripted cable skein.
But this, of course, is not just your average unscripted cable skein. The controversial Palin is seen as a mega-draw -- both among her rabid fans, as well as curiosity seekers who might tune in to see how the former Alaska governor presents herself.
As we've seen time and time again with the Pelosi/Reid-led Congress, they just can't be trusted. No surprise at all if the "most powerful woman in the last 100 years" got the public option back in, her duplicity holds no bounds.
As the Senate gears up for an epic parliamentary duel over the health care reconciliation package this week, Republicans are vowing to attack every weakness they can find.(R-Okla.) told reporters Monday night that he'd been thoroughly studying the bill and planned to raise a number of points of order. He was working with Senate leadership, he said, to craft a strategy to oppose reconciliation.
The point of order would object that a certain line or provision can not be passed using the reconciliation process.
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) met with Senate Parliamentarian Alan Frumin Monday and told reporters that he was confident the bill would evade the GOP tactics, but he had not finished going through the full bill.
Nothing is certain until it hits the floor. If the Senate parliamentarian upholds any one of those points and the bill is altered by so much as a deleted comma, it must then go back to the House for a final vote.
That's a scenario Democrats want to avoid and is the justification behind the leadership's decision to urge Democrats to vote against every amendment, even amendments they might otherwise support - such as a public option. "We know the Republicans are likely to offer a lot of amendments, and some of them may be appealing to Democrats, but we have to urge them to stick with the bill," Majority Whip Dick Durbin told reporters earlier in March. "We have to tell people, 'You just have to swallow hard' and say that putting an amendment on this is either going to stop it or slow it down, and we just can't let it happen."
The vote on the public option would be close without Democrats whipping against it. In that face of that opposition, it would likely be a blowout. In December, they managed to persuade 30 Democrats to vote against a bill allowing prescription drug reimportation - even though many of them were public supporters of it.
But if Republicans succeed in altering the bill even slightly, that justification disappears. The House, at that point, will be required to vote on the bill one more time.
And with White House, (D-Calif.) has the votes to pass a public option. There's an easy way to prove that assertion: She passed it in November 220-215 with a public option. Sunday night's version passed 220-211, meaning that four members could peel off and she would still have the needed support.(D-Mich.) and his pro-life caucus squarely on board as the result of a deal with the
ABC anchor Diane Sawyer shared the glow of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's health policy victory, showing her, in an “ABC News exclusive” interview, a Washington Post with the headline of “Democrats Claim Health Votes” as she wondered: “What do you think your dad and your mom would have said about this moment?” Sawyer followed up: “Did your dad have a phrase, a sentence that meant the most to you when he'd say it to you, or your mom?” Pelosi's answer, “make sure you have the votes,” cracked up Sawyer, who chuckled: “No so sentimental.”
Sawyer framed her sit-down by trumpeting Pelosi's power, teasing at the top of World News: “Our exclusive interview with the woman now called the most powerful Speaker in one hundred years.”
Setting up the interview excerpts, Sawyer heralded how “she's said to have done it with an epic blend of persuasion, muscle,” describing Pelosi as the “indefatigable,, unwavering almost 70-year-old Speaker, mother of five, grandmother of seven.” After fretting about how “there was such vitriol around the Capitol and also inside the room last night,” Sawyer told Pelosi: “The Economist said that you are arguably the most powerful woman in American history. A Brown university professor has said you are certainly the most powerful Speaker in one hundred years.”
Does objectivity in news media even exist anymore?
Monday, March 22, 2010
Both conservative talk-radio host Sean Hannity and a charity for wounded veterans that he supports refuted a posting by a blogger who cited an unnamed source who, in turn, cited an unnamed "guy" at Fox News Channel in suggesting that the charity used some of its donations to pay lavish expenses supposedly incurred by Hannity.Not a fan of either Hannity or Schlussel, but have to lean towards believing Hannity here only because Schlussel's had a longtime grudge against Hannity for awhile now (accusing him of stealing his work some years ago) and she's a noted hater amongst conservatives anyway.
The Freedom Alliance, which raises money to help wounded veterans and fund scholarships for the children of slain soldiers, issued a statement saying the allegations by blogger Debbie Schlussel were “false and malicious.” The charity further said that Hannity “pays for all his own transportation, hotels, and all related expenses for himself and his family and friends and staff,” and that he “does not use any Freedom Alliance Funds or [Freedom] Concert funds in any way, period.” In a statement e-mailed to CNSNews.com, Hannity said: “The statement posted by the Freedom Alliance is 100% truthful and accurate. I have NOT taken a single penny from the Freedom Alliance or from concert sales EVER! I pay all the travel costs for my staff, family and me, and I have personally donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the FA and military charities. I have done this because providing scholarship money for children of slain heroes is a cause I truly believe in and am passionate about.”
In her Mar. 18 blog, Schlussel described the Freedom Alliance charity and the Freedom Concerts--the latter help raise money for the charity and are promoted and attended by Hannity--as “all a huge scam,” and she entitled her article, “Sean Hannity’s Freedom CONcert Scam.”
Hey, I can't say that ACORN was all bad, they provided many needed services to poor communities throughout the country and even helped me do my taxes one year. But over the years the organization just became a tool of the white, radical Left to push through their agenda and as conservative activist James O'Keefe proved again recently, it was littered with corruption (most notably the 2008 Presidential election). Way past time to put it out of pasture.
The once mighty community activist group ACORN says it's folding.
ACORNspokesman Kevin Whelan says the organization's board decided to close remaining state affiliates and field offices by April 1 because of falling revenues. Some other national operations will continue operating for at least several weeks before shutting for good.
Scandal enveloped the organization six months ago when video footage emerged showing ACORN workers giving tax tips to conservative activists posing as a pimp and prostitute.
Several big affiliates, including ACORN New York and California, broke away this year and changed their names in a bid to ditch the tarnished image of their parent organization and restore funding that ran dry in the wake of the video scandal.
ACORN's financial situation and reputation went into free fall within days of the videos' release in September.
Congressreacted by yanking ACORN's federal funding, private donors held back cash and scores of ACORN offices closed.
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Sunday, March 21, 2010
Pro-life Democrats have reached a deal with President Obama to ensure that no taxpayer money goes to abortion services, Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., who led Democratic lawmakers opposed to the Senate bill, said Sunday about an arrangement that appeared to cement passage of the massive insurance overhaul.
Stupak made the announcement surrounded by a handful of Democratic lawmakers who had held out their "yes" votes on the bill set for a vote on Sunday. The swing means a movement by as many as a dozen Democrats who had said they wanted stronger restrictions on abortion funding in the 10-year, $870 billion legislation.
"I'm pleased to announce that we have an agreement, and it's with the help of the president and the speaker we were able to come to an agreement to protect the sanctity of life in the health care reform. There will be no public funding for abortion in this legislation," Stupak said.
Stupak announced support for the bill as the White House issued its statement about the executive order.
The president "will be issuing an executive order after the passage of the health insurance reform law that will reaffirm its consistency with longstanding restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortion," reads the statement from White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer.
Barring a last-minute miracle (where's Doug Flutie when you really need him?) all signs are a go for ObamaCare and Barack Obama, second term or no second term, has achieved his legacy.
If it's so good then why are many people against it?
Thus begins the anger of the states. Starting with Idaho and soon to be joined by 37 other states weary of the over-reach of federal power:
Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is the first state chief executive to sign a measure requiring his attorney general to sue the federal government if Congress passes health care reform.
Legal experts say the measure, signed today, will likely be struck down. But Idaho’s new law reflects growing frustration with President Barack Obama’s health-care proposal.
If Federal courts strike down 38 state lawsuits, listen for the sound of Gabriel’s horn, as the overt evidence of federal contempt for the people and the states would be impossible to conceal. The feeling of déjà vu, burned into our cultural identity, so palpable even from a distant time, is summated by a single word - liberty.
The distant land of a sovereign parliament, transported to our shores centuries later, is now centralized in DC. The overlords have returned in a different guise; the mask slips, and they are revealed.
We recognize and reject the tyrants - as is our duty.