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Obamacare Unconstitutional and Void

The full text of the decision, all 78 pages, is here.

I have not yet read and absorbed it. After I do, I may post more comments, after I have finished celebrating.

This is a temporary celebration, of course. The Supreme Court will eventually decide this.

Saving Social Security

Obamanomics in Practice

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Obama: "I want my hand in your pocket" -- And not in a good way.

From the president's speech last night.The bipartisan Fiscal Commission I created last year made this crystal clear. I don’t agree with all their proposals, but they made important progress. And their conclusion is that the only way to tackle our deficit is to cut excessive spending wherever we find it – in domestic spending, defense spending, health care spending, and spending through tax breaks and loopholes.Wow. "Tax breaks and loopholes" is government spending to him?

The President (and you don't know how much it pains me to call him that) thinks all the money in your pocket is government money he simply hasn't yet gotten his hands on.

From the sages of the sixties:



h/t Patterico

How Liberal Journalists Explained

Stop Government Abuse

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I will never understand the we-need-more-government crowd. They seem to be under the constant delusion that somehow, the government will be kinder and gentler and always benevolent as it gets bigger and bigger.

It defies logic. The more government, the more government abuse.

For another tale of government abuse explaining the photo, click here.

Bankruptcy for California?

Private business sometimes go bankrupt. That can result from many things. Losing your biggest (or only) customer, for example. A business cannot force customers to come through its doors and lay down money for its products or services.

To run a state into bankruptcy takes real (negative) talent. And public employee unions. And maybe a clueless (i.e., largely "progressive") electorate. Like California.

Think about it. Bad economy, you still have to pay taxes. The government can and does force its "customers" through the door and forces them to pay. The government can cut programs. It can lay people off. It will always continue to have some income. It merely needs to cut the cost of services to the level that the state can afford on its income.

Yes, cuts get pretty unpopular with those who receive the benefits. Running a state government requires fortitude, fortitude that squishy liberals don't have. They don't want to cut the benefits of X, bec…

Why The Left So Hates Sarah Palin

In case you were wondering why the left has such an unreasoning hatred of all things Palin, Robin of Berkeley has the answer at American Thinker. Robin, a psychologist and recovering liberal relates a story so personal and so powerful, that I can't even fairly extract any portion here. So please go read it.

Moron of the Day: Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

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U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee argues on the floor of the House that the repeal of Obamacare is unconstitutional.

Unbelievable. Click on photo to watch (her statement comes at about 1:34:35):



Congratulations to today's Moron of the Day.

Could there be any dumber argument against repeal?

Obama Announces Plan to Fix Regulations That Kill Businesses and Jobs.

There was an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal today purportedly authored by Barack Obama (who, the WSJ helpfull informs us "is president of the United States"):From child labor laws to the Clean Air Act to our most recent strictures against hidden fees and penalties by credit card companies, we have, from time to time, embraced common sense rules of the road that strengthen our country without unduly interfering with the pursuit of progress and the growth of our economy.

Sometimes, those rules have gotten out of balance, placing unreasonable burdens on business—burdens that have stifled innovation and have had a chilling effect on growth and jobs. At other times, we have failed to meet our basic responsibility to protect the public interest, leading to disastrous consequences. Such was the case in the run-up to the financial crisis from which we are still recovering. There, a lack of proper oversight and transparency nearly led to the collapse of the financial markets and a …

Revell v. Port Authority: Legal Transportation of Firearms Updated

Last evening, I had the benefit of a flight cancellation due to weather that allowed me to spend an extra evening visiting with my daughter. In 2005, Greg Revell had a flight cancellation, that was not so lucky.

All travelers know that on rare occasions, flights get canceled or delayed and we may thus get stranded in some unexpected city overnight. It happens. In 2005, it happened to Greg Revell who was traveling from Salt Lake city to Allentown Pennsylvania. He was lawfully carrying an unloaded firearm and ammunition in his luggage. One may transport a firearm unloaded in a locked case inside checked luggage as long as you notify the airline at time of check-in. Normally, this is no big deal.

When Mr. Revell's flight landed late at Newark for a connection to Allentown, Mr. Revell missed his connection. By mistake, his luggage had been given a final destination of Newark. As a result, Mr. Revell also missed that bus by which the airline planned to take passengers to Allen…

Moron of the Day: Donny Deutsch of MSNBC

On Morning Joe, Donny Deutsch interview race-baiter Al Sharpton, saying that Arizona was a strange state, because among other things, it does not recognize Martin Luther King Day.

WRONG!

ARS 1-301 specifically recognizes Martin Luther King Day as a state holiday.

Al Sharpton takes the bait, of course. You would think he would know if there were still a state that did not recognize Dr. King and would organize protests or something. Still, it was Deutch who asked the question with the demonstrably false premise.

Video follows:



Congratulations to Donny Deutsch, Moron of the Day.

Martin Luther King Day

I have said loud and long in this space that discrimination on the basis of race is wrong. Dr. King, whatever flaws he may have had, did a great thing for this country. He taught us most eloquently and forcefully the principle that a that person should be judged not by the color of skin, but by the content of character.

Exploiting a wonderful legacy, there are race hustlers in the country that give lip service to Dr. King's principle, but agitate for privilege based upon skin color rather than meritorious character. Shame on them. You know who they are.

Thanks to Dr. King, in my judgment, sledgehammer legislation such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its imitators are no longer as vitally necessary as they once were. I believe that society has changed enough that as fine as are the principles in that legislation, we are now at the point that the laws are now doing more harm than good to those who are supposed to be protected. Laws have an inertia of their own. Once enac…

Herman Cain Announces Presidency Run

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Herman Cain, former Godfather's Pizza CEO and now a talk radio host in Georgia, announced yesterday that he was forming a "Presidential Exploratory Committee."

I have a sense that this next crop of Presidential candidates will include some really good choices.  from what I know of Mr. Cain, he seems like one of the good ones.

Here is an excerpt from Mr. Cain's opinion piece in the Daily Caller today:
People often ask why I would consider a potential candidacy. After all, I have enjoyed a successful career as an executive of several major American corporations and host a popular radio talk show.

My answer! It’s not about me. It’s not about us. It’s about them.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/01/13/its-about-them/#ixzz1AvaGUHFD

Moron of the Day: Pete King (R-NY)

Get this. Republican Representative Pete King want to introduce legislation banning guns within 1000 of any member of congress or other "high profile official."

Dumb. Roving gun-free zones. That would make me a criminal if a congress-critter drove past my house. Forget shooting ranges. A congressman goes near, across the street even, the range has to shut down. And what about congress-folk who actually carry guns (yes, there are some)?

A well deserved "Moron of the Day" award to Rep. Pete King.

May he be dis-elected, nay trounced, next time around.

We need More Political Rhetoric, Not Less

The headline of this post is an excellent article by Geoffery P. Hunt at The American Thinker. Here is a teaser:The Rodeo Clown Posse was led out of Tucson in a cloud of dust with a hay-burning frenzy by Arizona's Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. Close in tow were hyper-boiling politicians and the usual lefty print and TV media cowboys such as Rep. James Clyburn, columnist Paul Krugman, TV antagonista Chris Matthews, and even our own Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. These tin-star constables couldn't get on their donkeys fast enough to round up the usual outlaws. The leading perennial villain, of course, is overheated political rhetoric, the euphemism for any strongly held opinion that differs from the liberal narrative.

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Speech of all types -- political or otherwise -- is protected because it forms the fundamental platform for sustaining the marketplace of ideas without which a democratic republic cannot survive. That's not to say that all ideas are equal…

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's Medical Condition Stable

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This morning's news reports no change in Rep. Giffords's medical condition, which is good news. It means there is no swelling, which was a risk.

Our prayers are with her.

One can only speculate how the tragedy would have been different if someone else in the crowd had been legally carrying a firearm. Maybe not at all. Maybe very different.

If someone had been openly carrying, would Loughner have been deterred? Or would he have targeted the openly armed citizen first? We will never know, of course.

We should not assume that more gun restrictions would have kept Rep. Giffords any safer.

Good Deed: Egyptian Muslims Shield Christians At Christmas

Here is wonderful proof that even in Egypt (home of the radical Muslim Brotherhood), most Muslims are not radicals bent on killing innocent Christians. From Ahramonline:Egypt’s majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night. What had been a promise of solidarity to the weary Coptic community, was honoured, when thousands of Muslims showed up at Coptic Christmas eve mass services in churches around the country and at candle light vigils held outside.

From the well-known to the unknown, Muslims had offered their bodies as “human shields” for last night’s mass, making a pledge to collectively fight the threat of Islamic militants and towards an Egypt free from sectarian strife.There are still serious problems in Islam, or at least Islamic countries, when it comes to the attitudes toward those of other religions. But this ray of hope is heartening.

Unions Exposed By Cartoon

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Left Wing Media Exploit Tragedy, No Facts Needed

While the investigation of the crazed shooter in Tuscon who shot 18 people, killing six, including a federal judge, and critically wounding US Representative Gabrielle Giffords, the left wing media are predictably accusing their political opponents of being the root cause of the shooting.

The facts, as they trickle out, paint a different picture.

First, no one has determined the actual motivation for the shooting. By all accounts the young man is mentally deranged.  Neither the right nor the left has a monopoly on crazy.

Is the guy a leftist because he had Mein Kampf and A Communist Manifesto in his library and because he has an apparently satanist shrine at his home? It is a right-winger, because he ranted about going back to the gold and silver standard for money?

The left wing media (which is almost all mainstream media) is disrespecting the dead and the injured by its assumptions that political speech opposing left wing lunacy is somehow to blame.  The left calls it vitriol.

Fo…

Liberals' Tax Policies Explained

Are You Professional Enough?

The DEA agent in the following video just lost his suit against the DEA because of the harrassment he received when the video went viral.

I am so glad we have DEA agents that are professional enough to handle a "Glock 40" meaning, I assume a Glock .40 caliber, since Glock does not make a model 40).



Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!

Obama-Style Economics

200 years ago, doctors believed that they could cure disease by draining a person's bad blood. They employed leeches that attached themselves to the person but would not bleed the patient dry.

That is the President's current theory of how to cure the economy.

In the President's modern version, the leaches are entitlement recipients and other receivers of government largess. (I am not referring to money people earn that will merely be taxed less. That is not government money.)

Leeches didn't work then ....

Obamacare Repeal Bill More Than Symbolic

After so many years of enduring the Democrats' high sounding, false promising in the naming of bills, the Obamacare repeal really has it right: "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act."

All congressional legislation should be so honest.

If the House passes the repeal bill, which it surely will, it is more that merely symbolic. Yes, it send a clear message the the voting public is unhappy with Obamacare. It also forces the Democrats and the President to tell the America people that they still refuse to do what the American people want.

The repeal bill is only the first step in getting rid of Obamacare. It draws the battle lines.

I believe in the strategy.