Interesting Items 4/02 -
Howdy all, a few Interesting Items for your information. Enjoy -
In this issue:
1. ObamaCare. In an extraordinary set of hearings over 3-days, the SCOTUS took oral arguments over the constitutionality of ObamaCare. The Justices chewed up and spit out arguments by Obama’s Solicitor General and his Deputy. The four liberal members of the Court did their best to help the government make its case. In doing so, they looked foolish and uninformed. Justice Kagan asked what was the big deal, as the entire Bill was simply a vehicle to give large quantities of money to the states via an expansion of Medicare. Justice Sotomayor suggested that there be legislation requiring emergency rooms to see anyone who shows up, something passed in 1986 during the Reagan administration and in effect for the last 25 years. Breyer and Ginsburg tried to help the Solicitor General with his arguments. They were unsuccessful. Things went so poorly for the Obama administration before the Court that they were in high dudgeon by the end of the second day of arguments. The problem they have is that they are trying to defend the indefensible. Justice Kennedy as usual appears to be the swing vote, leading to attempts by the left to pressure him into voting their way. Expect more stroking, threats and other attempts to nudge the vote into the uphold ObamaCare column. One day was devoted to the severability of the individual mandate - which is the funding vehicle for the entire mess - from the rest of the 2700 page monstrosity. Justice Scalia observed that neither he nor his clerks were going to sort through the entire 2700 page bill to see what was acceptable should the individual mandate be struck down. This legislation should be unanimously overturned. Unfortunately we have four Justices on the Court that are all in on the leftist view of the Constitution. One more and all is lost. It is imperative that Obama be defeated in November. Otherwise, he will have the opportunity to appoint more idiots like Sotomayor and Kagan to the SCOTUS and the appellate courts.
2. Russians. Obama went to South Korea for a summit on nuclear weapons. While there, he was caught on open mike sending a message to newly elected Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin. Obama asked current Russian President Medvedev to ask Putin for some space until after his last election in November. After that, Obama will be able to be more flexible in nuclear and missile defense negotiations - meaning he will sell our interests out completely.
3. Trayvon. The racial circus that is the Trayvon Martin shooting case continued on last week with the release of additional information about the kid. One blogger in PJ Tattler noted that Martin’s trip to the store to get tea and skittles for his brother may not be what it seems. As it turns out, tea and skittles are druggie slang for marijuana and Coricidin Cold & Cold tablets (dex or dextromethorphan). The left knows this sort of stuff. Those of us on the right do not. They are laughing at us. Al Sharpton’s attempt to start a lynch mob in Sanford over the weekend did not manage to turn out nearly as large a crowd of vermin as he had hoped. Spike Lee and Roseanne Barr got themselves involved by tweeting home addresses of people they thought were George Zimmerman (the shooter) to their followers. Spike Lee tweeted the address of an elderly couple unrelated to any of the players. The couple was bombarded by threatening phone calls and threatening visitors to the point they moved out of their home and into a motel. They also reportedly retained counsel. Spike is going to be writing a check. Roseanne Barr tweeted the address of Zimmerman’s parents, deleted it, and threatened to tweet it again. Lee apologized. Barr did not. The media continued to play to the white on black shooting meme pushed by the Obamaoids. ABC News ran footage of Zimmerman in the police station after the shooting. The footage had been doctored so as not to show the injury on top of his head. Over the weekend they ran the â€œcorrectedâ€ version of the footage that did show the injury. NBC doctored the audio of Zimmerman’s 911 call by cutting out the police dispatcher asking the race of the guy in the hoodie. Their intention was to show Zimmerman was obsessed by the race of the guy. I don’t think this is working out as well as it should for the left. They may get the race riots they want this summer and in the fall in the run-up to the election. But I don’t think the rest of us are in the mood to be pushed around by these thugs anymore and expect some significant pushback. Final thought is this. The KKK was started as the terrorist arm of the democrat party following the Civil War. It is mostly gone. Today, that job appears to be filled by the New Black Panther Party. Funny thing is they still appear to need hoods.
4. EPA. The EPA issued their long expected rules on carbon dioxide emissions from coal fired power plants. The rule will essentially prohibit construction of new coal fired electrical generation plants. Also expect the rules to be applied to refineries in the not so distant future, also shutting them down. Coal generates between 44 - 50% of all electricity in the US. We have an abundance of coal here in the US that the EPA via application of IPCC-based junk science has just told us we cannot use. This rule must be overturned. On the other hand, the EPA had a bad day before the Fifth Circus, which ruled that the agency had summarily made up new rules for emissions from refineries in Texas illegally from thin air. At issue was air quality permits issued for refinery emissions. The refineries submitted a PCP Standard Permit. By law, the EPA has 18 months to approve the permit. It took them four and a half years to reject the permits using three completely new criteria for rejection. The court slapped the EPA down for the new extra-legal criteria and told them to reconsider the permit using the statutory criteria. The court went further and prohibited the EPA from creating new criteria without it coming out of congress first.
5. Limbaugh. The Hush Rush campaign by Soros-funded Media Matters has not been doing very well. Limbaugh claimed that his ratings since the assault are up between 10 - 60% in various markets nationwide. Good job, guys. Next.
6. Wisconsin. The union war against taxpayers in Wisconsin ground on to its next decision point last week as the state set recall election for Governor Scott Walker and three Republican state senators at June 5. Polling showed Walker running neck and neck with three democrats. There will be a primary a month before the recall. Conservatives enjoy a strong majority in the state House. The state senate is deadlocked with the resignation of a strong conservative who decided she did not want to play anymore. Michelle Malkin Wednesday wrote that the union droids and democrats are salivating at the prospect of retaking the state senate just in time for the 2012 election. From a tactical standpoint, they are expending an awful lot of resources in Wisconsin and not winning. The perpetual campaign and the incessant bullying, thuggery and nastiness from the union members and bussed in people has to be wearing poorly on the citizens in the middle - especially since Walker’s reforms have allowed school districts statewide to get their budgets under control. As of this writing, I would be surprised if Walker loses and gets recalled. It would not surprise me if Republicans lost control of the state senate in June. Should they do so, expect the new democrat majority to make complete fools of themselves by blowing up the budget and get tossed in November. Wisconsin was a Blue state in 2008. It has an open US Senate seat currently infested by a democrat. The tactical win for the left in June may turn into a strategic loss for them in November by losing the state and the senate seat to Republicans.
7. Locusts. One of the Rites of Spring up here in Anchorage is the annual Great Alaska Sportsman’s Show. It is a four day extravaganza with all guy toys available. The guides are there as are all the vendors. It is best to leave your checkbook and credit cards home so as to defend your bank account. Over recent years, the event has started drawing locusts - environmentalists that set up booths claiming that mines and public works projects will destroy fishing and hunting at each location. Like locusts, these people who claim to be protecting the resource from the evils of mining also want to destroy the resource through their actions of eliminating predator control, shutting down the hatcheries, limiting hunting and fishing. Locusts destroy everything in their paths. So do the greens.
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