So Much Pent-Up Liberal Frustration, So Little Time

For fourteen years, congressional Democrats have been waiting, and waiting, and waiting for the chance to enact legislation which countermands our freedoms, demoralizes our military, puts our national security at risk, unnecessarily and unconstitutionally extends the reach and influence of the federal government, and pushes us further down the slippery slope to socialism.

I read yesterday that, before leaving the Oval Office, former President George W. Bush left a note for incoming President Barack Obama in the top drawer of the Resolute desk. Such is the custom as power transfers from one leader to the next.

In this case, however, I wonder how long it will be until the note is discovered by President Obama, as it likely lays at the bottom of fourteen years worth of pet projects, earmarks, proposed legislation and more. Today, the clock will begin to run for the Obama administration, and we can expect the 44th president of the United States to charge out of the gate quickly. Of course, just as it benefits a new inmate in a correctional facility to beat the ever-loving snot out of a fellow prisoner on their very first day behind bars, it would do President Obama a world of good to shoot down a few pet projects and manifestations of this pent-up liberal frustration as soon as he can. Still, the laundry list of troublesome programs and ideas is a daunting one.

While I am undoubtedly missing some key measures (the fate of the Tiahrt Amendment, as well as industry-crippling cap-and-trade legislation, which will inevitably be shepherded by John McCain, both come to mind), I’ve included a brief overview of what we’ll be seeing from the Oval Office in the days and weeks to come:

Get Outta Gitmo!

Prior to being sworn in as the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama promised that one of the top items on his to-do lists would be the closure of the detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Obama views the detention center at Gitmo as the ultimate example of former President Bush’s penchant for “cowboy diplomacy,” and has said that the facility serves as a crucial tipping point with regard to the way America is perceived by those overseas.

So, in an attempt to force international goodwill, Obama will likely issue an executive order demanding the release of some (undoubtedly putting their lives in danger upon their return to home nations) and the remanding of others to custody in various facilities on American soil. For the first time in American history, an American president will confer the constitutional right of habeas corpus on foreign, alien enemy combatants originally detained abroad by our military forces during the course of the ongoing War on Terror. If this follows the precedent set by Boumediene v. Bush, indeed the rights granted to these terrorists when brought to American soil could be more broad than similar rights given to our own citizens.

These detainees were not caught merely delivering goat cheese pizzas to various caves and spider-holes along the Afghani-Pakistani border — these were people who at that time were actively trying to kill your sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and neighbors and would, if given the chance today, not hesitate for a moment to slit any one of our throats in the name of Allah.

Welcome to America, folks. Enjoy the food and shelter provided for you by the very nation you want to destroy. Try to avoid re-runs of “Jerry Springer” on the television in your cell, but we think you’ll find MSNBC to be of your liking. Be sure to explain your hateful worldview to the countless impressionable inmates who rotate in and out of the cells next to yours.

What’s Another $825 Billion Among Socialists?

If we learned anything from FDR and the New Deal, it’s that wasteful government spending is sure to catapult America out of an economic downturn. Oh, wait, silly me — I’ve been reading sixth-grade Social Studies textbooks again.

We cannot spend our way out of this economic crisis. Even spending on infrastructure will provide long-term relief, when we need short-term relief. What we must do is shed the encumbrances on American business and industry, allowing for investment, expansion and job creation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a few weeks ago, promised that the new so-called “stimulus” plan would be on President Obama’s desk before he and Michelle were done dancing the night away at the extravagant balls and celebrations, organized with blank checks in the middle of our fiscal crisis. Even though that goal was not met, expect it to happen soon, and expect the particulars of the plan to be glossed over by the mainstream press. Last I checked, the bill was still riddled with earmarks, including money dedicated to the construction of a “Mob Museum” in Las Vegas, Nevada.

We still don’t know entirely what happened to the $750 billion in TARP funds. We simply cannot permit our government to recklessly throw away $825 billion more.

Drill Elsewhere, Drill Later, Pay More

When gasoline prices began to skyrocket, finally reaching their peak over the past summer, former President George W. Bush was blamed [of course]. In July, when oil and gasoline prices slowly began the descent which has continued consistently since then, nobody was there to praise the former president — though the decline in the artificially inflated price of oil is largely due to his action. When he repealed the ban on offshore drilling, the rest of the world saw that we were serious in finally beginning to use our own natural resources, and prices adjusted accordingly.

Now, within the next few weeks at the most, expect President Obama to reinstate that ban, possibly with some concessions. Regardless, we absolutely MUST work toward energy independence. During those months with $4 per gallon gasoline, whenever a Republican would suggest offshore drilling, or drilling in ANWR, or exploration of our vast oil shale deposits, the Democrat in the room would reply simply that “any effect on gas prices would be ten years off.”

Well, let’s start that process. Let’s move toward true energy independence. It’s the key to everything — national security, economic prosperity, even environmental consciousness. If I’m right, and Obama reinstates that ban, it will be a sad day for America.


Do Ask, Do Tell — and I LOVE Your Boots!

Contrary to popular perception given my natural athleticism and keen fashion sense, I am neither well-versed with regard to the military, nor with regard to homosexuality. My gut instinct, however, tells me that in a situation where trust and comraderie can save lives, any sort of extraneous drama should be frowned upon.

Repealing the policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and subsequently allowing gay and lesbian men and women serve openly in the U.S. military seems to be inviting an unnecessary potential problem for morale. There’s more to lose here than to gain, but I don’t see it stopping the Obama administration. Look for the topic to be discussed at today’s meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and, pending the outcome of that discussion, for an executive order to be issued soon thereafter.

Good Luck, Iraqis … See You Later

Speaking of today’s meeting with the Joint Chiefs, we may finally get to see the end result of Barack Obama’s evolution when it has come to the war in Iraq. First, it was an immediate withdrawal. Then, it was an immediate conditional withdrawal. Then, it was a gradual step-down. Today’s meeting, I’d be willing to bet, will reach a conclusion with a timetable in hand. Whether that timetable for withdrawal will be released publicly, thus giving the Iraqi insurgency a lovely date to mark on their calendar, is beyond me.

Either way, we invaded that country, deposed their leader, and bungled a good portion of operations until Gen. David Petraeus finally pulled our craniums out of our posteriors and lobbied for the “surge.” Regardless of the reasoning or intelligence which set us on that course, we started it and we must finish it. We still have troops in Germany. We still have troops in Japan. We need a continued presence in Iraq.

Embryos: America’s Littlest Tax Collector

Despite recent findings and advancing showing that adult and umbilical stem cells can be coached to act much in the same way as embryonic stem cells only without the destruction of embryos in the harvesting process, look for President Obama to lift the ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

If we are destined and doomed to destroy life in order to perhaps have the chance of extending our own–I don’t get the selfishness–at least let such research be funded by something other than my tax money. I understand the need to foster progress, but we should exhaust our research on adult stem cells, umbilical stem cells, and current lines of embryonic stem cells before resorting to harvesting new ones. When in doubt, err on the side of life.

Shut Up and Relish in the Fairness

Yesterday, in his inaugural address, President Obama said the following: “To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history.”

He could have been talking about the Democrats.

Nancy Pelosi and company will undoubtedly dust off the so-called Fairness Doctrine in an attempt to curb political speech on talk radio. While it may not happen right away, it will happen. Today, hippies nationwide are scouring their patchouli-reeking houses for straight razors, as they cannot scrape those “Dissent IS Patriotic!” bumper stickers off of their Subaru wagons quickly enough. Dissent, now, is fair game for government censorship.

I could spend hours on this subject alone but, painfully, I am kicking this proverbial can down the road. Instead, check with America’s Right in coming days, as we may have a tremendous interview which will shed some light on just what kind of threat the Fairness Doctrine presents.

The Freedom to Abort At Will Act

Several times during the course of last year’s presidential election, America’s Right pointed out that, when it comes to abortion, Barack Obama is left even of Planned Parenthood and NARAL. A vocal detractor of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, a piece of legislation which would have ensured that infants who survive botched abortions receive medical care instead of simply being left to die, Obama will likely champion the Freedom of Choice Act within the first few months of his presidency.

I wasn’t always pro-life. I was ambivalent to the issue, siding with lesser involvement of government and so-called “women’s reproductive freedom” until my own daughter was born nearly six weeks early at just over five pounds. Looking at the tiny infants next to my daughter in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, it became apparent to me that, even apart from matters of faith and religion and looking at things from a purely scientific standpoint, we do not know just how early a fetus will become viable. Years ago, it was 31 weeks. Back in 2006, one of those kids in the NICU had been born at 24 weeks, was progressing nicely and apparently now is a bouncing two-year-old boy. Soon after my daughter was born, a baby in Florida born at 21 weeks had been finally sent home. Point being, we simply don’t know — and, in those cases, I feel it’s always right to err on the side of life.

FOCA is a nightmare. Even staunch advocates of the bill acknowledge that it will strike down each and every legal limit on abortion at both the state and local levels, including but not limited to measures which have been proven to reduce the number of abortions in the United States, measures like informed consent legislation, parental involvement requirements, and restrictions on government funding. I’ve read that pro-choice groups have been relentlessly calling and corresponding with the Obama transition team, providing a laundry list of goals and aspirations. Only through education and vigilance can this bill be stopped.

Other Congressional Highlights

So far this year, more than 700 bills have been introduced in the House and Senate. Some are innocuous, such as the bill introduced for the third time by a New York congressman hoping to rid America of the pesky term limits set forth in the 22nd Amendment. Others may be innocuous as well, but not all. That being said, here’s a smattering of what has been proposed so far:

  • H.R. 15, by Michigan Democrat John Dingell, to “provide a program of national health insurance, and for other purposes.”
  • H.R. 414, by New York Republican Peter King. Also known as the Camera Phone Predator Alert Act, this legislation would require integrated cell phone cameras to make an audible sound designed to inform others when a digital photograph is being taken.
  • H.R. 390, by Texas Republican Joe Barton, addresses the need for a playoff system in Division I-A college football. As an Auburn University alum who spent much of January 2004 in a crappy mood after our undefeated team was denied a shot at the national title, I kind of like this bill. Still, it’s the unnecessary and unconstitutional involvement of the federal government. See the second-ever post here at America’s Right, On Baseball and Federalism, for a better idea why I begrudgingly think this bill is just another example of an overreaching federal government.
  • H.R. 187, by New York Democrat Jose Serrano, seeking the waiver of prohibitions which enjoin Cuban nationals from playing professional baseball in the United States.
  • H.R. 40, by Michigan Democrat John Conyers, explores the possibility of paying reparations to African-Americans, and “[t]o acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to examine the institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.”
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  1. Lisa says:

    OK, this may be off topic… but I just had to share this with “the group”. The Obama love fest has apparently morphed into messiah worship over at the Irvine World News. This morning’s headline really just rubbed me the wrong way. See the headline that says he was sent from heaven: commonsenseopinion.blogspot.com

    Will this ever stop?

  2. Maria says:

    Well said Jeff… Obama’s liberal agenda doesn’t include a plan on how to deal with the current economic crisis, if anything this are going to get worst.. Oh wait a minute Obama offers us a solution HOPE!!!! Yeah last time I checked people can’t pay their bills with hope. Is good to have hope, but we need more than that…
    About the bailout money, I posted in some other blog an email I got about Pelosi, it goes like that:
    FACTS:
    *Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s home district includes San Francisco …
    * Star-Kist Tuna’s headquarters are in San Francisco, Pelosi’s home district.
    * Star-Kist is owned by Del Monte Foods and is a major contributor to Pelosi.
    * Star-Kist is the major employer in American Samoa employing 75% of the Samoan workforce.
    * Paul Pelosi, Nancy’s husband, owns $17 million dollars of Star-Kist stock.
    * In January, 2007 when the minimum wage was increased from
    $5.15 to $7.25, Pelosi had American Samoa exempted from the increase so DelMonte would not have to pay the higher wage. This would make Del Monte
    products less expensive than their competition’s.
    * When the huge bailout bill was passed, Pelosi
    added an earmark to the final bill adding $33 million dollars for an economic development credit in American Samoa…
    * Pelosi has called the Bush Administration “CORRUPT”? Can you believe it…?

  3. Carlyle says:

    Bravo Jeff! Now this is RELEVANT. In the spirit of praise being a better motivator than complaints – more of this and less drivvel. Please and thank you.

  4. Maria says:

    About the don’t ask don’t tell… well I’m in the military, active duty NAVY… and I have always thought that the don’t ask don’t tell was a good policy, I have gay friends in the military and they tell me that it should be viewed as any other job, you can’t discriminate based on sexual preferences… yet a part of me doesn’t agree with being openly gay in the military, I don’t like the idea… I think the don’t ask don’t tell should remain…

  5. Anonymous says:

    Pelosi is the most dangerous item in this whole administration….She needs to be removed from ANY position of power.

    I would like to know who keeps re-electing this loon—-Everyone that keeps voting her in needs to wake up…. just her trips across the country (at taxpayer expense) amount to something close to $360,000.00 a WEEK. She's too good to fly commercial jets…private all the way to our poorhouse.

    She's dangerous to this country and it's well being….and Harry Reid is right behind her…they need to get lost from the political scene…. This would send a message to the others that don't listen to those that elected them to "serve" that things have changed….and not in their favor,but ours.If they don't hold positions of power they can't control things anymore. The House and Senate have all shown they don't care what we have to say—accept that fact— all we can do is remove them from power—they can't hurt this country more,now that they have shown…we have no say so in any matters of government or what they want to do…They need a wake-up from those that elect them to represent "US"…not themselves & special interest groups.

    Dave

  6. carder says:

    The sad part, Jeff, is that your laundry list is only scratching the surface.
    With regard to FOCA, you wrote:”Only through education and vigilance can this bill be stopped.”

    The first place I would recommend for those of us who are serious about the depth and breadth of FOCA (and expose the midset of Obama when he stated that he “will not yield”) is visiting the blog of the nurse who had to deal with Obama personally about this whole blasphemous issue.

    http://www.jillstanek.com

    MAJOR eye-opener.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Jeff,
    I was a little puzzelled by some of your recent posts, mainly the suggestion that we must support our new president, lower case intentional. For me obama’s honeymoon was over yesterday. Giving him a pass for any length of time or for any reason is not in the cards for me. I pick up where the dummy-crats leave off. How can you be passive about a thief who is living in OUR house, destroying OUR country. As an ex-military I am disposed to defend this country against all enemies foreign and domestic, OUR domestic enemies are growing on a daily basis. We are at war and war dictates how one must deal with ones enemies.
    How shall we go about dealing with the circumstances at hand? It is imperative that all Americans begin to reclaim their Country by first reclaiming OUR national pride and sense of duty to our Country by ceasing to be “team players” for either the republican or dummy-crat parties. Become a free thinker, judge political candidates on their individual merits not party affiliation. Hold politicians at all levels, particularly at the local level, accountable, tar and feather them if they are not. I am to blame for the mess we are in and so are you and so is every other American Citizen. We are not in a “Country or president right or wrong” situation. We need more champions like Berg, Donofrio, and Tiatz.

    Keep up the good work,
    Bruce

  8. Anonymous says:

    Jeff, the Fairness Doctrine doesn’t apply to the internet, does it? Actually, it couldn’t due to the protean, internation, shifting nature of this beast we’re riding. I think it’s safe to say that suppression of free speech on the airwaves will simply cause more people to go online to sites like. . . well, this one!

    “Fairness Doctrine.” Sounds a little like People’s Republic of China or the old DDR. Will Republicans (and independents!) fight back on this issue or continue their retreat into the hills?

    JV

  9. Maria says:

    I found some Ronald Reagan’s quotes… I had to get my mind away from all those liberal views…
    “Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States”
    “Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them”
    “Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves”
    “Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them”
    This is my favorite “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions”
    “I’ve never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a ‘fat cat’ and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a ‘public-spirited philanthropist’”
    “If we ever forget that we are One Nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under”

    “The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away”

  10. bdaman says:

    Jeff, whats your take on his FOIA guidelines. With everything going on about his records, is he setting us up? Here’s a few copies from msn.com.

    SNIP:MSN Article

    In an attempt to deliver on pledges of a transparent government, Obama said he would change the way the federal government interprets the Freedom of Information Act. He said he was directing agencies that vet requests for information to err on the side of making information public — not to look for reasons to legally withhold it — an alteration to the traditional standard of evaluation.

    Just because a government agency has the legal power to keep information private does not mean that it should, Obama said. Reporters and public-interest groups often make use of the law to explore how and why government decisions were made; they are often stymied as agencies claim legal exemptions to the law.

    “For a long time now, there’s been too much secrecy in this city,” Obama said.

    He said the orders he was issuing Wednesday will not “make government as honest and transparent as it needs to be” nor go as far as he would like.

    “But these historic measures do mark the beginning of a new era of openness in our country,” Obama said. “And I will, I hope, do something to make government trustworthy in the eyes of the American people, in the days and weeks, months and years to come.”

  11. Mary Ann says:

    Carlyle…what drivvel are you talking about? I’ve been reading America’s Right for some time now, and I’ve never seen anything from any contributor that would classify as “drivvel.” It IS, after all, a conservative blog, at least during the time I’ve been reading. If the drivvel you complain about are Jeff’s opinion pieces (or any of the others), then I guess you should pick and choose with more particularity.

    Personally, for the load he carries, I’m amazed he stays as current as he does. I’ve been tempted to ask him if he ever sleeps. :)

    Anyway, from this peanut gallery, I don’t see any drivvel.

    Mary Ann

  12. goddessdivine says:

    Let’s not forget Obama’s words in response to an abortion question: “I wouldn’t want my daughter punished with a child.” I’m still appalled by such little regard he has for human life.

    And reparations for African-Americans?! I’ve heard talk on this but hadn’t realized it was an actual bill. R-I-D-I-C-U-L-O-U-S. Let me guess…..we’ll just add this to the bailout funds.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Just a comment on a small issue:

    There was a HUGE outcry of disgust over Rick Warren giving the invocation prayer at the inauguration but I did not hear one word of disapproval about the group that sang at the Lincoln Memorial the night before: “Though they didn’t receive a listing in the credits (backing musician’s don’t get listed), we’ve got to say that we’re proud of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC for their performance yesterday at We Are One.” (http://www.bearotic.com/2009/01/19/gmcw-does-gay-america-proud-in-performance/)

    Honestly?

  14. Anonymous says:

    You know of course that The Great One, in consideration of the economic situation our country is in now with so many citizens facing financial problems, has FROZEN the salaries of his staff! What a man!…what a President!….I mean, was he considering giving them a raise on the first day of work?!!! We all have to tighten our belts so his staff will just have to tough it out like the rest of us…it is only proper…..too bad he was not inclined to limit some of the coronation expenses as a show of ‘concern’ for the average citizen. I am very worried about the FOCA and I know he is being pressured by various groups so I expect him to cave in to Planned Parenthood, etc. Please everyone write your elected officials and support pro-life groups in any way you can…one organization is http://www.priestsforlife.com... Father Frank will be marching in Washington tomorrow to support the Sanctity of Life week. We need to continue to demand that our tax dollars not be used to fund Planned Parenthood and the abortion mills around the nation and the world. If we act together, we can put pressure on Obama and our elected officials. Maybe Michelle needs to visit some pregnancy centers and abortion clinics so that she can get a better idea of the brutality that is perpetrated every day…if she wants to be an effective First Lady, I can’t think of any other cause as important.

  15. ben there says:

    But just yesterday we were ALL supposed to elish in yhe moment or else we were racists. This article clearly states WHY we ALL weren’t singing KumByYah. Too many racial references yesterday bashing Bush and white people in an inuagural setting, it was disgraceful. This white American is tired of saying “thank you sir, may I have another.”

  16. suek says:

    (Re: the don’t ask don’t tell policy)

    “There’s more to lose here than to gain, but I don’t see it stopping the Obama administration.”

    If your goal is to bring down the military, this is a good first step. Next, add a draft.

    Re: Maria’s comment.

    As it is now, theoretically no one knows if someone is gay or not. As long as it’s not an issue, there can be no “discrimination”. How are we going to know if someone is gay? We have questionaires? How is that legal? They don’t have to hide sexual behavior? But they live in barracks with others of the same sex…what about sexual harrassment? Is sexual behavior in the barracks going to be ok? Or maybe it’s a fashion issue. Will gays be asking for special privileges while wearing uniforms? The only benefit I can see is that if someone is “found out”, s/he wouldn’t be able to be discharged due to homosexuality. But given that all in the military _know_ about the restrictions, if someone doesn’t avoid being “found out”, doesn’t it mean that they probably _want_ to get out? Besides, how do you prove that someone is gay? How do you stop someone from using it to get out of the military before their contract is out? Remember Klinger??? Crazy like a fox. In this case, it might be “gay” like a fox.

    As I see it, the homosexual agenda here is to bring about a situation where they are able to claim discrimination based on their sexual behavior. If no one knows, it’s pretty hard to claim discrimination.

  17. ahrcanum says:

    How did you miss H. J. Res. 5 ?http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=hj111-5 A proposed amendment to repeal the term limits for presidents and introduced Jan.6, 2009 by Democrat Serrano.

    To think we were worried about four years.

  18. Russell says:

    “collapseopedia” first entry:
    1} what can producing people do to help push this current state of affairs over the cliff so that we can start over?
    answer: take every small step or big step that you can to stop producing and start subtracting capital from the system.
    how ’bout it gang?
    maybe someone who invents the above mentioned site can call it “do what is right .com”

  19. Jeff Schreiber says:

    ahrcanum said…

    How did you miss H. J. Res. 5 ?http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=hj111-5 A proposed amendment to repeal the term limits for presidents and introduced Jan.6, 2009 by Democrat Serrano.

    To think we were worried about four years.

    I mentioned it at the top of the list. Serrano has done this three times before — never had any takers. While it will be interesting to see if he has any now that the Messiah is in office, I doubt it’s going anywhere…

  20. PattyW says:

    I agree with Anonymous Dave at 2:32pm. Pelosi is a loon that needs to be ousted.
    And regarding HR 40 and reparations: when are the “African-Americans” going to drop the “African” part of their description? Most have been in the USA GENERATIONS longer than my ancestors, who are German emigrants who came here in the 1890′s. I do not refer to myself as a German-American although I could. Will I be liable to pay for something MY family wasn’t a part of? ( They were slaves themselves, to the landowners they were required to work for.)The whole idea is absurd, to say the least.
    I also loose patience with people who like to revise history to suit their agendas. The whole Lincoln metaphor Obama has been using is such a farce! Lincoln was a Republican! I have seen a post somewhere that even insinuated Lincoln’s mother was mixed race just to make the similarities between Obama and him more evident! This stuff is laughable except these are the same people who elected an unexperienced unknown to the highest office in the land and will spend their welfare dollars buying those commemorative coins and the Talia and Tasha dolls from Ashton-Drake.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Can’t spend our way out of this problem? Why don’t you tell the Republicans that voted for the bail out and George Bush that pushed and threatened it into action?

    LOL

  22. Jeff Schreiber says:

    Anonymous said…

    Can’t spend our way out of this problem? Why don’t you tell the Republicans that voted for the bail out and George Bush that pushed and threatened it into action?

    LOL

    At the top left corner, search for “bailout” here at America’s Right. You’ll see that we routinely excoriated the Republicans for not standing firm against this nightmare trend.

  23. Anonymous says:

    They are standing against it now; they can apparently vote for it when a Republican is in office but it’s a big no-no if a Democrat is around.

    I guess Republican socialism is “better” than Democrat socialism?

  24. Anonymous says:

    Jeff,
    I’ve been a reader for quite some time, but today I can no longer be silent. A comment was posted over on the Obama Crimes blog saying that the Orly Taitz case Lightfoot v Bowen 08A425 was no longer showing up on the Supreme Court Docket. http://origin.www.supremecourtus.gov/docket/docket.html
    I decided to check it out for myself, since I have all the cases in my favorites. Indeed it’s gone. I also decided to see if the Wrotnowski 08A469 and Donofrio 08A407 cases were still there and they’re gone too. The Berg 08-570 case is still there and updated with today’s info. Is there any legitimate reason for these cases to no longer be on the SCOTUS web docket?

    mac

  25. Anonymous says:

    Is there any legitimate reason for these cases to no longer be on the SCOTUS web docket?

    Before you get all conspiratorial, it looks like the docket search function won’t recognize “orphan” applications (applications not attached to a cert petition, like the ones in Keyes, Donofrio, and Wrotnowski). If you search for Berg’s application (08A505) it does show up on the docket, but under the docket for the underlying cert. petition (08-570).

    For example, last Friday SCOTUS denied application no. 08A522. 08A522 doesn’t appear on the docket either, and it isn’t a birfer case.

    As for why, it may be a glitch. It may be SCOTUS has retooled its docket search function. But the data gap isn’t limited to just birfer cases.

  26. Kathy says:

    Glad to see you got back to basics, Jeff, and abandoned the sermonizing track you were on. Good job.

    Now, if you have any concrete ideas of how we can organize all our splinter groups to make a force to be reckoned with, that’d be great. I already mentioned the WeThePeople group and I’ve seen a few others mentioned here, but we somehow, somewhere need one voice. Our Congress and SCOTUS have turned deaf ears to all our efforts. Perhaps we need a massive march on WASH DC on Memorial Day or something. What do you think?

  27. Anonymous says:

    According to FOX News, the Great One will use taxpayer money to provide abortions overseas. Bush had banned this and he will lift the ban and sign on Thursday, the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. One day after swearing to uphold The Constitution so help him God, he slaps God and us in the face….we have no right to refuse to have our taxes used to fund overseas abortions! Just wait, that is just the beginning and none of us are shocked….he will do just exactly what he said he was going to do..so help him God!

  28. Nellie says:

    On that last one from the Conyers bill…I’m a woman and want a reparation too for all the injustices, cruelty, rape, denial of the right to vote, groping, harrassment, denial of equal pay for equal work, etc. women have ever had to experience. I never got an apology either. Women should demand an apology from the president for everything that has been done to us. Good Lord.

    I feel so wary…there’s just too much celebrity and fanaticism revolving here and all those idiots in congress don’t give me any confidence.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Is President Usurper already in his second term?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090122/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_oath_do_over

    He has been sworn in twice now, according to the article, he has been since yesterday, now he is in the second term, since he has taken the oath for a second time.

    At least there can only just under 4 more years instead of the 8.

    Can we all be so lucky?

    Until, that is, the 22nd amendment is repealed…. but what does the constitution have to do with anything with this ‘president’, anyway?

  30. Anonymous says:

    Regarding FOCA, please remember when you contact your elected officials that FOCA is also a threat to Catholic hospitals. About one third of hospitals in this country are Catholic hospitals. FOCA threatens Catholic facilities and also undoes conscience laws, forcing health care providers to administer medications and procedures they consider unethical. Imagine the disaster if one third of our hospitals have to close because of FOCA!

  31. Seeks Truth says:

    From
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/agenda/additional/

    President Obama will keep the broken promises made by President Bush to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He and Vice President Biden will take steps to ensure that the federal government will never again allow such catastrophic failures in emergency planning and response to occur.

    President Obama swiftly responded to Hurricane Katrina. Citing the Bush Administration’s “unconscionable ineptitude” in responding to Hurricane Katrina, then-Senator Obama introduced legislation requiring disaster planners to take into account the specific needs of low-income hurricane victims. Obama visited thousands of Hurricane survivors in the Houston Convention Center and later took three more trips to the region. He worked with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to introduce legislation to address the immediate income, employment, business, and housing needs of Gulf Coast communities.

    President Barack Obama will partner with the people of the Gulf Coast to rebuild now, stronger than ever.

    Really? On the first day in office? Classy? Anyone have a spare copy of George Washington’s Rules of Civility?

    Obots explained…
    Luke 6:40 A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.

  32. Carrie says:

    Jeff, What do you make of this executive order signed by Obama today: Presidential Records?

  33. Anonymous says:

    Kathy? Splinter groups…wow you really think that a lot of people share your views huh. It’s like kids playing on the fringes of the playground. Face it, you have to wait on 2012 and believe me, if Obama succeeds at what he does, every success will mean a big hit for all of your theorist….up to the point where even if Berg is able to come up with a no-flaw evidence of BO’s birth, it wouldn’t matter anymore.

  34. Carlyle says:

    Mary Ann – Drivvel? What Drivvel??
    No, no, not the conservative stuff, but the lapses into liberalspeak and nicey nicey stuff. Ask Kathy – she knows – “back to the basics and less sermonizing”. Recent examples of drivvel and poppycock include almost any article or comment by Chris Hatem and Jeff’s latest “Obama Derangement Syndrome”. But enough of that, let’s focus on the positive. Jeff seems to have had a momentary lapse but has now fully recovered.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Gee Jeff, let’s not forget about the TRILLIONS that Rumsfeld admitted to “losing track of” back on September 10, 2001. Just went into that Pentagon Black Hole that lined the pockets of so many involved in Halliburton and other programs. At the time, he said 2.3 Trillion. Not Billion… Trillion. But, if I recall, that figure went up. Youtube has the video. Google Rumsfeld September 10 in their video section.

    Also, I have a legal question for you.

    Orly Taitz has put up a blog entry showing she sent a gazillion subpoenaes to the FBI, CIA, IRS, etc. (I mean lots more), asking for a gazillion documents. But, when I click on the JPG to view the subpoena (4th JPG), she has listed herself as the one issuing the subpoena. Can she do that? Doesn’t a judge or someone have to sign off on that? Did she just fill out a bunch of these forms and send them out to all those govt. agencies? Will you please comment on this? Many thanks.

    http://drorly.blogspot.com/2009/01/raft-of-subpoenas.html

    .
    hopey-changey (don’t sue me)

  36. tm says:

    I think that I will not feel safe for 4 years but the fear has to do with these absolutely lib-u-tards in charge they must be pumping the koolaid through the fountains at the capitol – these republicans up there are doing nothing to challenge these libutards and are letting a man who has a real ethics problem to run the treasury ??????? are you kidding me…. I actually turned on a news show today and I was actually shocked at what I heard Newt Gingrich say am I now from middle earth – Newt gingirich wants this idiot who has not held a real job ..ever to succeed as POTUS are you kidding me newt ??? really ???…..

  37. C says:

    bdaman,

    You posted part of the AP article that came out today, but failed to RELATE IT TO OBAMA’s HIDING OF HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE and all his other records–college, medical, passport, anything else that could show his birthplace or citizenship. Now, read it again, but this time replace government, agencies, city and country with [OBAMA].

    “In an attempt to deliver on pledges of a transparent [OBAMA] government, Obama said he would change the way [OBAMA] the federal government interprets the Freedom of Information Act. He said he was directing [Obama] agencies that vet requests for information to err on the side of making information public — not to look for reasons to legally withhold it — an alteration to the traditional standard of evaluation.

    Just because [OBAMA] a government agency has the legal power to keep information private does not mean that it should, Obama said. Reporters and public-interest groups often make use of the law to explore how and why [OBAMA]government decisions were made; they are often stymied as [OBAMA]agencies claim legal exemptions to the law.

    “For a long time now, there’s been too much secrecy in [OBAMA] this city,” Obama said.

    He said the orders he was issuing Wednesday will not “make [OBAMA]government as honest and transparent as it needs to be”, nor go as far as he would like.

    “But these historic measures do mark the beginning of a new era of openness in [Obama] our country,” Obama said. “And I will, I hope, do something to make [OBAMA]government trustworthy in the eyes of the American people, in the days and weeks, months and years to come.”

    Let me paraphrase.

    “To be transparent about himself as promised, Obama said he would change the way he treats vetters requesting information about himself. He’s going to err on the side of making his background information public — not look for reasons to legally withhold it.

    ‘Just because I have the legal power to keep information about myself private, does not mean that I should,’ Obama said. Reporters and public-interest groups…are often stymied as Obama claims legal exemptions to the law.

    ‘For a long time now, there’s been too much secrecy from me,’ Obama said.

    He said the orders he was issuing Wednesday will not ‘make me as honest and transparent as I need to be, nor go as far as I would like.’

    ‘But these historic measures do mark the beginning of a new era of openness about me,’ Obama said. ‘And I will, I hope, do something to make myself trustworthy in the eyes of the American people, in the days and weeks, months and years to come.”

    We could only wish.

    It seems the “openness” he’s demanding of the REST of our government doesn’t apply to the Oval Office. WHAT A HYPOCRITE!

    Only a person with **no conscience whatsoever** could say those things after withholding his entire past from the American people. If he’s not the antichrist, he’s his brother.

  38. Anonymous says:

    But, when I click on the JPG to view the subpoena (4th JPG), she has listed herself as the one issuing the subpoena.

    In the federal system, you don’t need a judge to sign off on a subpeona before it’s issued.

    But don’t be surprised when the government either ignores the subpeonas and files a dispositive motion to end the case (like what happened in Berg’s case), or responds with motions to quash the subpeonas (and probably requests for sanctions, to boot) for the various errors Taitz made in issuing the subpeonas.

  39. (CAPT-DAX) says:

    We are under attack by several enemies !

    – externally and internally

    - by Islamic terrorists and their supporters, and by individuals and organizations with globalist agendas.

    To exacerbate the threats, our media has fully succumbed to pressure exerted by special interest groups and those in positions of power.

    This government is no longer responsive to the people.

    The judicial branch has denied, dismissed, or stonewalled every attempt in the courts to halt the usurpation of the Presidency by a person not Constitutionally qualified under the “natural born Citizen” clause of Article II, Section 1.

    The Democratic National Convention Chair, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and the DNC Secretary, Alice Travis Germond, declared, under oath, under penalty of perjury, that Barack Obama is “legally qualified to serve under the provisions of the United States Constitution.” They thereby duped the officers of the national and state Democratic organizations, who in turn vouched for the candidate to the individual state Secretaries of State.

    The 50 state Secretaries of State, Governors, and Electors, with the D.C. electors, have abdicated their authority and responsibility to vet for eligibility the candidates for President and Vice-President.

    The U.S. Senators and Representatives have shut their eyes, stopped their ears, and universally responded with the “Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961″ reply. Reminds me of the three monkeys, “See no evil,” “Hear no evil,” and “Speak no evil,” or an ostrich with its head in the sand.

    President of the Senate Dick Cheney abdicated his authority and responsibility to call for objections to the election in the Joint Session of Congress.

    President of the United States George W. Bush abdicated his authority and responsibility to declare martial law to prevent the usurpation of the post of Commander-in-Chief by an unlawfully elected impostor.

    The executive branch, the federal law enforcement departments, the DHS, the FBI, the CIA, NSA, the IRS, the U.S. Armed Forces, and the nuclear football are in the hands of an unlawful pretender to the Presidency.

    This is a coup d’ètat.

    This is a dictatorship.

    THIS IS . . .
    BULL SHIT!

  40. Anonymous says:

    Is there any legitimate reason for these cases to no longer be on the SCOTUS web docket?

    It was software glitch that has since been repaired.

  41. Anonymous says:

    I must say props on the usless bills segment, but that is still just the tip of the icberg not to mention all the pork, oh excuse me earmarks, they thow on that crap. Not like most of us don’t now it, but could you post some on this topic in the comming months because it is almost certainly going to get worse.

    Posted by the founder and only member of the Washington society to follow Washington’s lead and have no parties just beliefs :)

  42. Anonymous says:

    My take on reparations! I am all for it! However, before we part with any money for these poor “victims” of slavery, subtract the dollar amounts of their welfare payments, subsidized housing, and free health care for their children. Also include the payments that their dead relatives received for these same “perks” and if the “perks” exceed the value of the reparations, then make them pay up!

    The Civil War ended January 20, 2009! Our Government has no responsibility to correct perceived wrongs to people who have lived off the Government longer than I can remember!

    STOP THIS GIVEAWAY MADNESS!!

  43. Ted says:

    Take the test.

    FIRST QUESTION: Who IS the actual and lawful 44th President of the USA?

    ANSWER: Joe Biden

    Biden was initially the Acting President for at least 5 minutes under either the Constitution’s Article 2 or the Constitution’s 20th Amendment, from 12:00 Noon 1/20/09, having already taken his Oath of Office and before Obama completed his ‘oath’ at approximately 12:05 PM, 1/20/09. Under the 20th Amendment if the President-elect shall have failed to qualify, or alternatively under Article 2 if the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term, being 12:00 Noon 1/20/09, which ability and/or qualification includes that he take the Article 2 oath “before he enter on the execution of his office,” then either the Presidency shall devolve on the Vice President under Article 2 or the Vice President shall act as President under the 20th Amendment. (The importance of the oath in ‘commencing’ an ‘Obama Presidency’ — rather than merely the 1/20/09 Noon time — is confirmed by the re-take of the ‘oath’ by Obama at the White House on 1/21/09 after the first ‘oath’ was NOT administered by Justice Roberts NOR recited by Obama in the words as required under Article 2.)

    This is significant because at such time that the Supreme Court finally rules on the merits on Obama’s disqualification as not being an Article 2 “natural born citizen” (clearly he is NOT), Biden’s automatic status (without needing to take a separate Presidential Oath) of being President would be predicated upon four different bases: First, having been Vice President under Article 2; second, having been Vice President-elect under the 20th Amendment; third, having been actual President in the hiatus before Obama took the ‘oath(s)’; and fourth, retroactively deemed President during the full period of the Obama usurpation so that the acts of the Federal Government under the usurpation can be deemed authorized and/or ratified by Biden’s legitimacy.

    SECOND QUESTION: Who will be the 45th President?

    ANSWER: Hillary Clinton

    One must assume that Bill and Hillary Clinton have been aware of all of the above. Biden’s wife recently “let the cat out of the bag” on the Oprah Show that both Biden and Hillary had considered alternatively Veep or Secretary of State, in either case, setting up Hillary to be President on a vote of the Democratic Congress if need be.

    THIRD QUESTION: Is Obama an unwitting victim of this troika or a knowing participant?

    ANSWER: Yet undetermined.

  44. Bobby K. says:

    Reparations, paid in full, as far as I know there are no living slaves or slave owners, so who pays and who gets paid. Why aren’t the proponents of reparations asking the African countries who sold them to the English to pay, or the English Nobles whom owned the ships that carried them, to pay. Lets pay the American Indians, the Chinese-Americans, The Mexican-Americans, the Irish-Americans, all of whom were either abused or had their lands stolen for the greater cause of the U.S.. Wake up America, just another scam to get free money without having to go to work..

  45. Anonymous says:

    Personally, I believe the Democrats did not expect Obama to win the election even though Sen Kennedy did not support the Clintons which caused division in the Party.

    Hillary Clinton raised the citizenship issue during the Primaries and the issue was dropped. Joe Bidden’s son, AG of Deleware arrested Larry Sinclair for his homsexual allegations with Obama after his press conference during the Primaries and released him after the Democrat National Convention with no charges filed.

    Pay for play; Chairman Howard Dean orchestrated this whole deal and allowed Barack Obama’s campaign to continue to use ACORN to register voters and commit fraud to beat the Republican Party across the country to control congress. President Obama can pardon each of his supporters if convicted.

    Only, time will tell if the courts or al least one ambitious politician will demand proof of Obama’s citizenship. MSM has protected Obama so far reason he had dinner with specific news media personnel at George Wills’ home before his inauguaration and with the SC justices. Or, did Obama cut a deal with all involved?

    Too bad for African Americans who believe Barack Obama has integrity and is credible.

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