This just seems appropriate today
My, Liberals sure do love themselves some dictatorships, don’t they?
“Somebody keeps on yelling, ‘executive order,’” Obama said. “I’m going to actually pause on this issue because a lot of people have been saying this lately on every problem, which is just, ‘Sign an executive order and we can pretty much do anything and basically nullify Congress.’” When people started applauding, Obama said, “Wait, wait, wait. Before everybody starts clapping, that’s not how it works. We’ve got this Constitution, we’ve got this whole thing about separation of powers. So there is no short-cut to politics, and there’s no short-cut to democracy. We have to win on the merits of the argument with the American people, as laborious as it seems sometimes…What we have to do is keep on going, keep on pushing, and eventually we move in a better direction.”
Liberal Facism: dissent is cherished, so long as you agree with them, natch.
That pesky old Dead White Slave Holder Constitution, that Charter of Negative Liberties that so unreasonably restrains the Enlightened One from Doing Our Work.
For Us, my Brothers.
So after ten years and, what, 2,200 dead US Soldiers and oh a trillion dollars or so pissed away here’s what our Nation Building efforts have yielded
Twelve years after the Taliban was ousted from power Afghanistan is planning to reintroduce public stoning as punishment for adultery, according to a new draft penal code.
The move has shocked human rights campaigners and will dismay donors who have poured billions of pounds into the country for reconstruction.
It will be viewed as another backwards step at the end of a year that has seen women’s rights undermined, with a slew of legislation and murders of prominent women.
Human Rights Watch called for international donors to withhold funding if the government went ahead with the plan.
… The draft – devised by a working group led by the Justice Ministry and parts of which have been obtained by The Telegraph – states that unmarried adulterers should be subject to 100 lashes. If they are married, the punishment is stoning in a public place.
You know, quite coincidently I just so happen to have a plan too.
It calls for reacquanting any nation that treats women like it’s the 12th Century with the Enola Gay.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Words, just meaningless antiquated words
The Washington Times and one of its former journalists on Thursday sued the Department of Homeland Security, accusing federal agents of illegally seizing the newspaper’s reporting materials during the execution of a search warrant in an unrelated case.
In a motion filed in federal court in Greenbelt, The Times and reporter Audrey Hudson asked a judge to force the federal agency to return all reporting files and documents it seized from Ms. Hudson’s home office during a raid in early August.
The newspaper alleged that federal agents accompanying Maryland State Police on the raid took materials from Ms. Hudson’s office that were not covered by the search warrant that authorized the collection solely of evidence about guns and a potato launcher allegedly possessed by her husband, Paul Flanagan.
The seized materials included documents the newspaper had obtained under the Freedom of Information Act as well as notes and memos that identified confidential sources from a series of investigative stories that exposed problems inside the Homeland Security Department’s Federal Air Marshal Service.
… Ms. Hudson’s home was raided by Maryland State Police at 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 6. The investigators, including Miguel Bosch, a federal agent with the Homeland Security’s Coast Guard Investigative Service, had a warrant to search for unregistered firearms and a potato launcher belonging to Ms. Hudson’s husband. To date, Mr. Flanagan has not been charged with any wrongdoing in the case.
The warrant did not give investigators permission to seize personal records and documents unrelated to the firearms investigation, the newspaper’s court filing argued.
An evidence log from Maryland State Police shows that on Sept. 3, the documents were removed from the evidence holding room by a federal agent and returned an hour later, but the log gives no record of what was done with the documents and why they were removed.
Remember the uproar about Jonah Goldberg’s “smiley face” of Liberal facism?
Doesn’t sound so far-fetched now, does it?
Funny that one has not heard a lot about this in the local media
When Sandy swept across the Jersey shore in October 2012, the coastal town of Ocean Grove was spared the worst. Sure, half the town’s boardwalk was destroyed and its pier was swept out to sea. And yes, sand, trees, and concrete benches were carried two blocks inland, while entire buildings were picked up and moved across town. But Ocean Grove’s crown jewel, an ornate and beautiful 6,250-seat auditorium, built in 1894, survived. It only had a third of its roof torn off. The auditorium’s foundation was intact and, most important, its 11,561-pipe organ was unscathed by the wind and rain.
So despite everything, the residents of Ocean Grove counted themselves lucky. That is, until they had to deal with the federal government. Ocean Grove has been denied rebuilding funds from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In one sense, this denial is part of the Obama administration’s quiet campaign against religion in the public square. Yet the story of FEMA’s conflict with Ocean Grove is about more than just Barack Obama. It’s the story of modern America’s rebellion against its religious foundations, rendered in miniature.
The article gives a very good background on how things got to where they are now and is worth a read in full.
The irony is of course that the folks there are very kind and understanding people.
Oh hey, look what we found lying around here in a box
The State Department has belatedly released dozens of photos of the aftermath of last year’s terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi after The Washington Times inquired about the authenticity of photographs it received from a Welsh security contractor assigned to the doomed American outpost in eastern Libya.
Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, had requested all photos and videos of the besieged diplomatic mission under the Freedom of Information Act in December and February, and the State Department released only seven photographs in June.
But this week, after weeks of inquiries by The Times about photos it received, the State Department released a trove of photographs showing buildings and vehicles ablaze during the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Other photos show ransacked offices, burned-out cars and Arabic graffiti scrawled on walls.
The State Department said it had forwarded the photographs to the FBI for its investigation into the attack and submitted them to the accountability review board, the independent panel that conducted the State Department’s mandatory probe of the Benghazi incident and events leading up to it. The department also shared the photographs with members of Congress looking into the Obama administration’s response to the attack.
Judicial Watch was incredulous over the sudden release of never-before-published photographs and criticized the State Department for withholding requested videos of the attack and its aftermath.
“The new photos reveal a level of total devastation thoroughly belying Obama’s original cover story that the carnage was perpetrated by a bunch of random malcontents upset over an unpleasant video,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said Wednesday on the group’s website. “The fact that we’ve had to wait nearly a year and file a federal lawsuit for basic documentary material of the attack shows that this administration is still in cover-up mode. And now the Obama administration brings the Benghazi stonewall to a whole new level by withholding video of the attack using frivolous arguments such as ‘privacy.’”
It worked for Hillary at the Rose Law firm, so why shouldn’t she do it at State?
And now she hopes it will conveniently get glossed over in the midst of the Obamacare disaster.
One hundred fifty years ago today, after some music and a two hour oration by the leading speaker of the day, a tall gaunt man stood and delivered in but a few brief remarks words that have and will stand forever
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain-that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
It is in fact very appropriate that Captain Teleprompter is skipping the events there today, as the comparison would shrink him even more.
Looks like somebody is channeling Daffy Duck
BERLIN—The Munich man from whom German authorities confiscated an art trove they believe includes Nazi-looted works broke his silence, saying he isn’t willing to return any of the art to previous owners, including pieces taken from Jews.
“I will not speak with them, and I won’t freely give anything back, no, no,” Cornelius Gurlitt, 80, said to German weekly Der Spiegel of reports that government officials are working to negotiate settlements for many of the works. “When I’m dead they can do with them what they want.”
Mr. Gurlitt’s comments—the first he has made on the wartime art stash discovered in his apartment and his intentions—came after Bavaria’s justice minister, whose office is overseeing the investigation, said Friday he hoped to reach a settlement with Mr. Gurlitt to avoid a lengthy legal fight and expedite restitution.
Here’s a nice chilling line from the article
He became the subject of a Bavarian tax probe after authorities in autumn 2010 searched him as part of a routine border check on a train from Switzerland to Germany and noted he was carrying €9,000 ($12,140) in cash?just below the €10,000 legal limit, prosecutors have said.
Think about that.
And think about how politicized the IRS has become.
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Which part of that doesn’t he get?
My goodness, there will be no love for the Associated Press when the Administration goes through this story
The secret, dirty cost of Obama’s green power push
November 12, 2013 7:18 AM ET
By By DINA CAPPIELLO and MATT APUZZO
CORYDON, Iowa (AP) – The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply.
Even the cemetery that disappeared like an apparition into a cornfield.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
With the Iowa political caucuses on the horizon in 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama made homegrown corn a centerpiece of his plan to slow global warming. And when President George W. Bush signed a law that year requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons of ethanol to their gasoline each year, Bush predicted it would make the country “stronger, cleaner and more secure.”
But the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits today.
As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies, an Associated Press investigation found.
Five million acres of land set aside for conservation — more than Yellowstone, Everglades and Yosemite National Parks combined — have vanished on Obama’s watch.
Landowners filled in wetlands. They plowed into pristine prairies, releasing carbon dioxide that had been locked in the soil.
All of these subsidies and mandates (and a hell of a lot else, frankly) need to be eliminated and stripped out of that ungodly abomination that the the Farm Bill.
The corrupt alliance between the hyper-regulatory state and agribusiness must be pared back.
I’m sorry if you suckers believed me when I said you could keep those crappy plans that you supposedly in your ignorance claimed you liked. Well, I’m really only sorry actually that people recorded me saying that ‘promise’ so many times.
There, now all is forgiven.
A major Democratic Party benefactor and Obama campaign bundler helped pay for professional petition circulators responsible for getting Virginia Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert C. Sarvis on the ballot — a move that could split conservative votes in a tight race.
Campaign finance records show the Libertarian Booster PAC has made the largest independent contribution to Sarvis’ campaign, helping to pay for professional petition circulators who collected signatures necessary to get Sarvis’ name on Tuesday’s statewide ballot.
Austin, Texas, software billionaire Joe Liemandt is the Libertarian Booster PAC’s major benefactor.
He’s also a top bundler for President Barack Obama.
Hillary was wrong: it doesn’t take a village to raise a child, it takes voltage
A Connecticut couple was arrested for punishing a 9-year-old girl by strapping an electric dog collar around the child’s throat and forcing her to bark until she was zapped.
Eduardo Montanez, 43, placed the PetSafe bark collar on the little girl inside their Danbury home last week, after she came home from school with a disappointing progress report, police said.
Sometimes I truly despair, I really do.
Their headline right now is “What did Obama know, and when did he find out?”
Drip drip drip
Really, I for one have complete faith in the government that any device they place on my car to track the number of miles I drive for taxing purposes will be strictly used for that and nothing else
WASHINGTON — As America’s road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box that fits neatly by the dashboard of your car.
The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to bureaucrats, are at the center of a controversial attempt in Washington and state planning offices to overhaul the outdated system for funding America’s major roads.
The usually dull arena of highway planning has suddenly spawned intense debate and colorful alliances. Libertarians have joined environmental groups in lobbying to allow government to use the little boxes to keep track of the miles you drive, and possibly where you drive them — then use the information to draw up a tax bill.
How could anyone possibly think the government might abuse or misuse this data?
I am sure that if this new taxing scheme goes through than of course they will eliminate all the gasoline taxes, right?
I think this Fed-created bubble in equities, combined with their destruction of saver’s income, has the potential to be a disaster of epic proportions.
And it all has been done with the explicit guidance and blessings of most especially the White House but also Congress.
And I’m not talking the weather…
Streets Shut Down As Protesters Gather Outside Detroit Bankruptcy Trial
Protesters have gathered outside of the federal courthouse in Detroit, where a judge will determine if the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history really can go forward.
Police were forced to close streets and erect barricades as the crowd of protesters grew larger, many of whom are retirees in wheelchairs or using walkers. Most are concerned about their quality of life if they lose their pension and health care as a causality of the city’s bankruptcy.
Don’t worry. I’m sure YOUR
President Saviour will glide in on his magical unicorn any minute now, even though your political expediency has passed.
Keep the faith, fools.
The percent of people able to work who actually are continues to decline…
I guess there must be some “glitches” in this latest Recovery Summer.
You know the funeral Congress is flying down to? SOMEONE has been VERY PUBLICALLY DISINVITED.
Beverly Young to Charlie Crist: Stay away from memorial service
A host of dignitaries from Washington to Tallahassee to Tampa Bay will be on hand to honor the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young at his memorial service Thursday.
But one particularly prominent politician won’t be welcome at First Baptist Indian Rocks: Charlie Crist.
Young’s widow, Beverly Young, emailed the former Republican governor and likely future Democratic gubernatorial nominee, instructing him to stay away.
This e-mail is to officially advise you that your presence at my husband’s memorial services will be unacceptable. I have watched over the years, as Bill had, your transparent attempts to manipulate the political arena. I don’t want my husband’s memorial service to be another opportunity for that and I will not tolerate anyone turning this into a platform for political gain.
Please honor my families request.
Widow of Congressman Bill Young
Oh, that’s GREAT. It’s her goodbye party for him and Charlie’s NOT what she wanted.
He’s SUCH AN IGNORAMOUS, even THEY don’t want him.
Rangel: GOP Governing “The Same Way They Fought As Confederates”
…RANGEL: I’m very, very optimistic about what the leadership has said in the Senate. This isn’t a question of the House and Senate differing. This not even the question of Republicans and Democrats differing. This is all about a handful of people who got elected as Republicans that want to bring down our government. You can see it in the streets. You can see where they’re coming from.
And the same way they fought as confederates, they want to bring down the government and reform it.
And ALLLLLL the lo-info Democratic voter bovines are going “Uh-huh. That’s right. Them Confederates were Republicans and they always HATED blacks. Told you.”
There’s no justice if this phoney baloney poser wins.
But we’re already well aware of that.
…and actually do some work in “her” garden
Washington, DC – The first government shutdown in seventeen years has had a dramatic impact on First Lady Michelle Obama’s world-famous Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn, currently bursting with more than thirty kinds of vegetables, including Presidential pumpkins awaiting harvest just in time for Halloween.
In the eleven days since the shutdown began on Oct. 1, the pounds and pounds of ripe organic bounty have gone to waste. The vegetables filling the 1,500 square-foot plot are now rotting away on the vines and in the boxed beds, thanks to the mandate for “minimal maintenance” placed on the skeletal crew of National Park Service gardeners who remain on duty at 1600 Penn.
The gardeners are not allowed to harvest the crops, a White House source told Obama Foodorama. Weeds are springing up everywhere, and the vegetables that have already fallen off the vines are now mouldering on the ground.
Or, perhaps, just perhaps, much like her husband the wonderful ideas and visions she wishes to impose upon us do not of course apply to her…
That’s how much this administration has spent on the Healthcare.gov website.
Just the website.
Oh, and it’s a Canadian company too.
Park Service OKs immigration reform rally on ‘closed’ National Mall
A planned immigration reform rally will take place on the National Mall on Tuesday even though the site is closed due to the government shutdown.
Organizers for the “Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform” were spotted Monday setting up a stage and equipment on the National Mall for the rally which will take place on Tuesday.
A few scattered barriers around the park have signs informing visitors that the area is closed as a result of the government shutdown.
Susana Flores, a spokesperson for the rally, confirmed for the Washington Examiner that the Park Service will allow the event to take place under the group’s rights granted by the First Amendment.
Down about 136 as I write this. Yes, the stock market will have to fall and fall quite a bit because what has driven its near doubling in the past 5 years has not been the unqualified success of the endless “Recovery Summers” that we have been blessed with but rather the money that the Fed has been pumping into the system.
But anyone who’s not a politician or an economist knows there is no such thing as a free lunch, and the bill is huge and coming due.
As I said below there is no danger of a default now unless the players in Washington specifically choose to do so, as we have more than sufficient income to cover our obligations. Yes, painful cuts will need to be made but it can be done if the will is there…which in all likelihood is not given our “leadership.”