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Judge Roger Vinson, in Pensacola, Fla., ruled that as a result of the unconstitutionality of the “individual mandate” that requires people to buy insurance, the entire law must be declared void.
“I must reluctantly conclude that Congress exceeded the bounds of its authority in passing the act with the individual mandate. That is not to say, of course, that Congress is without power to address the problems and inequities in our health care system. The health care market is more than one-sixth of the national economy, and without doubt Congress has the power to reform and regulate this market. That has not been disputed in this case. The principal dispute has been about how Congress chose to exercise that power here,” Vinson wrote.
Been trying to tell y’all! But hey….what do we know. We are just the unwashed masses, right?
Egypt and the Failure of the Obama Doctrine
Hundreds of Egyptians determined to drive President Hosni Mubarak from power spent all last night in Tahrir Square to keep the military from taking over the plaza. Today marks the seventh day of unrest in Egypt as the U.S. State Department began chartering evacuation flights for thousands of U.S. citizens stranded in the country. The longer the protests continue to rage, the more danger there will be that the army will wither into the crowds, throwing Egypt—and the region—into potentially violent chaos.
On Sunday, the military raised its presence, sending a column of tanks to enter Tahrir Square and buzzing the crowds with fighter jets. These actions came a day after the country’s most notorious prisons, Abu Zaabal and Wadi Natroun, were emptied of criminals and Islamic militants; uniformed police forces have all but disappeared (but appear to be trickling back to their posts today). Only the army and roving bands of armed vigilantes are in charge. With all but a few businesses closed and the economy at a complete standstill, it is unclear how long this standoff can last. One banner in Tahrir Square read: “The army has to choose between Egypt and Mubarak.”
Well, here’s a real good reason to tell the former Speaker of the House to sit down, and shut up! Ya don’t destroy your food by burning it in your vehicle!
I’m not sure why so many didn’t see these evils with their fingerprints all over the uprising. It seemed fairly clear to me. And I’ve never trusted, nor particularly liked, El Baradei. But of course, the left is all over sucking up to them, whitewashing reality. They tend to do that a lot. Or, they sit by idly, spinning on their thumbs, while the situation continues to deteriorate. Some folks might want to look past the Middle East, and pay attention to other regions in the world, too.
I rather like the idea of students getting involved in issues that directly affect them, instead of leaving it all to the politicians. Not that anyone actually gives a flip what they want, or need, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.
You know, we still manufacture weapons and ammo in this country. Wouldn’t these items solve the problem a lot easier, and cheaper, that depending on some drug?
It’s really not wise to run as a New England version of ‘conservative’ (which, in reality, doesn’t really exist), express conservative views, and then betray those who helped get you into office. Of course, I’ve frequently questioned if there actually are any slightly conservative types in that region of the country. How did they produce such as John Adams, etc., and end up being the arrogant elitists of the East Coast? Just curious.
This isn’t surprising, considering every Exxon station I’ve seen around here is typically 5 to 8 cents higher than any other gas station, including the other big names. Not sure why people keep buying from them, when they can actually save money elsewhere.
We’ve been hearing a lot about ‘human rights’ lately. I got to thinking. Exactly what are these human rights they speak of? Well, I did a search, and found a ‘list‘. (Not everyone agrees on what the basic human rights are. Here is a list of some of the most recognized ones) Yeah…ok.
Wikipedia describes ‘human rights‘:
“rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled.” Proponents of the concept usually assert that everyone is endowed with certain entitlements merely by reason of being human. Human rights are thus conceived in a universalist and egalitarian fashion. Such entitlements can exist as shared norms of actual human moralities, as justified moral norms or natural rights supported by strong reasons, or as legal rights either at a national level or within international law.
Delving a little farther into the explanation, it appears that said ‘rights’ come from the French Declaration of the Rights of Man, and not, for example, the U.S. Declaration of Independence or Constitution, which decidedly are a bit different from France’s agenda of the time. We all know how that worked out for the French ‘ruling class’. I guess the right to be alive didn’t extend to everyone.
So, let’s take a look at a few of those ‘rights’ on the list.
Right to live, exist - Seriously? Someone should tell all those pro-baby murder advocates. They call it ‘choice’. Choice for whom? Doesn’t that ‘choice’ deny the “right to live, exist”?
To work for anyone – Someone should tell the unions. Oh sure, they tell you that you have the right right to work, but only if you join their particular union. Otherwise, nope! Not allowed. Isn’t that a violation of said ‘right’?
Free Speech – Doesn’t this mean that I am free to express an opposite view of someone else without fear of retaliation? Why am I called a ‘racist’ for disagreeing with someone’s political agenda? Why are people who express such opinions as mine threatened with violence on a regular basis? Does this ‘right’ only refer to those who all think the same? Doesn’t sound very ‘free’, or much of a ‘right’.
To believe and practice the religion a person wants – Only if it’s a specific religion, right? As Islam, or ‘atheism’. We use to have the right to freely practice our religion/faith in the public square. Public, as it belongs to us, but this is no longer the case. So, I don’t really think those pushing for ‘human rights’ really agree with this ‘right’.
Eat/drink – I’m not sure why anyone believes an absolute necessity for survival is a ‘right’. If we don’t eat/drink…we die. It’s that simple.
To be involved in love life – Seriously? This is a ‘right’? I don’t see how. You really don’t have a ‘right’ to be loved, or to love. Having love in your life is a very wonderful thing, but it’s not a right.
Not to be forced to do something you do not wish to do – If this is a ‘right’, then I’d say the IRS has been violating our ‘rights’ for a real long time. Not to mention the forced ObamaCare. We don’t want to do this, yet we are being forced. I’m seeing a bit of contradiction going on here.
This is just a small sample. It all sounds real nice, doesn’t it. So what is the problem? Well, our ‘rights’ do not come from man. If ‘man’ can grant ‘rights’, then ‘man’ can also deny those same ‘rights’ to his fellow man. If you choose to allow ‘man’ to define your rights as a human being, you should not be surprised when man decides to deny those rights.
My rights come from a much Higher Power than any man, or government. I won’t lose my rights. Will you?
ObamaCare Fallout: Child-Only Policies Dropped In 34 States – Stop the ACLU
Bachmann Hits Home Run For Tea Party – Lloyd Marcus
Prosecuted for telling the truth about the religion of permanent offense – Bare Naked Islam
Baseball Player Quits – Says He’s Not Earning His Keep – Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.
Silver Lining – The Plantation Nation
Palin Derangement Syndrome Prevents Bristol’s Appearance at University – The Other McCain
Russian’s have their own Terrorists to deal with… – American and Proud
Advancing censorship with dead bodies – Drew McKissick
Sharks Are Not Misunderstood Dolphins, and Islam Is Not a Religion of Peace – The American Thinker
State of the Excuses Report – The Black Sphere
No, Time Magazine, Obama does not “Heart” Reagan* – Gay Patriot
“View” Lefties Can’t See Why Child Porn for Teens on MTV Might Be a Problem – Calvin Freiburger
Oh, Good Grief… In Phone Call Obama Lectures Mubarak On Economics – Gateway Pundit
Civility? What Channel? – Family Security Matters
Biden is wrong: Mubarak is a dictator – Marathon Pundit
Keeping the Heat on Sanford Bishop – Big Government
REVOLUTION IN EGYPT? IS JORDAN NEXT? REGIONAL INSTABILITY RISING RAPIDLY – Joel C. Rosenberg
Losing Egypt – Warning Signs
WEARING A TIE – Charlie Sykes
Has Obama Lost Egypt to Iran? – The American TEA Party
Sarah Palin! – Woman Honor Thyself
MUSLIM HIT SQUAD ATTEMPTS TO MURDER EDL LEADER! – Logan’s Warning
On Citizenship: Obama and Anchor Babies – Maggie’s Notebook
EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ – Department of Offense
Friday Afternoon Roundup – The Challenge of Challenger – Sultan Knish
New Obama/Democrat Logos – Grandpa John’s
Oddballs and the Blob – Pundit & Pundette
FAST FOOD IS BAD FOR YOU – ESPECIALLY IF BLACK TEENS ARE NEAR! – Angry White Dude
Yet another Carter comparison – Brutally Honest
Seattle: Mr Mohamed blames mini-jihad on energy drink – Infidels Are Cool
Ratings for the State of the Union: The people speak by not watching – I Hate The Media
Marines – Been there, done that, ended the Jihad – Fatwa on Islam
Stating the Obvious – The Lonely Conservative
A Marine squad was marching north of Fallujah when they came upon an Iraqi terrorist who was badly injured and unconscious. On the opposite side of the road was an American Marine in a similar but less serious state. The Marine was conscious and alert and as first aid was given to both! men, the squad leader asked the injured Marine what had happened.
The Marine reported, “I was heavily armed and moving north along the highway here, and coming south was a heavily armed insurgent. We saw each other and both took cover in the ditches along the road. I yelled to him that Saddam Hussein was a miserable, lowlife scum bag who got what he deserved. and he yelled back that Barack Obama is a lying, good-for-nothing, left wing Commie who isn’t even an American. So I said that Osama Bin Laden dresses and acts like a frigid, mean-spirited lesbian! He retaliated by yelling, “Oh yeah? Well, so does Nancy Pelosi!”
“And, there we were, in the middle of the road, shaking hands, when a truck hit us.”
God I love those Marines!
Swiped from Facebook.
I like Rand Paul, but he’s off base on this one. I understand his reasoning. We HAVE to stop with all the foreign aid. The difference is that most of the countries we give billions of dollars to are NOT our friends. But, Israel, at least so far, is the ONLY ally we actually have in the Middle East. We keep treating them like the red headed step child, we just might find us with NO allies over there.
But we don’t want TWEAKING! WE, The People said no! We want it to go away. If you want to fix this particular problem, you scrap it and start from scratch. Better yet, let the market set the standards. Things work just fine until the government started tinkering, and it’s gotten worse over the decades.
I don’t begrudge these workers getting bonuses, but shouldn’t the company keep a large chunk of those funds in reserve? Does no one ever consider the future problems and possibilities anymore?
Apparently, even in Egypt, the folks aren’t buying into a dictator’s empty promises. The man has had 30 years to enact reforms, but hadn’t done diddly. Why should anyone believe him now? I mean, after all, those ‘free and open elections’ didn’t exactly take place, did they? Unfortunately, I don’t think these protesters calling for reform are going to much care what they end up with…. Think Iran.
I’m curious. Is the U.S. making any attempt to get our citizens out of Egypt, like Israel is doing? I’ve only read about warnings not to travel there, but nothing about getting those who are playing tourist over there out.
“The electric vehicles are absolutely, positively coming,”…..whether anyone wants them or not. These death traps aren’t going to ‘save the planet’. They are going to cost WAY to much to run and maintain, and most anyone who has bothered to actually check into them, KNOWS IT!
So, the kid claims it was an ‘artistic’ prop (where’s the video?). Sounds more to me like a New Year’s drunk prank.
Will we see a similar uprising in Sudan?
So, the TSA doesn’t see any ‘advantage’ to privatizing airport screening? How about better trained, screeners, and few thieves? Better back ground checks, and the fact the government couldn’t run a lemonade stand without screwing it up? How’s that for a few advantages, eh?
Do these trash bags really think it makes them so cool to set up two innocent people just for a video? Do they not realize that makes them worse than flies eating crap? They aren’t ‘men’. They are garbage, and should be treated as such. What kind of society have we become where this is common place? I have words, but I won’t use them.
I don’t EVEN wanna know what is in this yahoo‘s head!
How are demons like this even allowed in society?
It’s ALWAYS about the chillllruns isn’t it! Problem is, the 14th Amendment has nothing to do with criminal invaders.
Wow. Now I know…there ARE some judges with common sense. Cool!
Coming soon, to an Islamic dictatorship near you. Islam and democracy are not compatible.
Embattled President Hosni Mubarak says he has asked his Cabinet to resign in his first appearance on television since protests erupted demanding his ouster.
He says he will press ahead with social, economic and political reforms. He calls anti-government protests part of plot to destabilize Egypt and destroy the legitimacy of his regime.
So, it’s his cabinet’s fault the folks are living in poverty, after 30 years of his dictatorship (yes Mr Biden, he IS a dictator) and that’s why everyone is so angry? Hmmm… who else do we know that has blamed others for a crisis? Oh yeah….
It’s incredible, really. The president of the United States can’t bring himself to talk about democracy in the Middle East. He can dance around it, use euphemisms, throw out words like “freedom” and “tolerance” and “non-violent” and especially “reform,” but he can’t say the one word that really matters: democracy.
How did this happen? After all, in his famous 2009 Cairo speech to the Muslim world, Obama spoke the word loudly and clearly – at least once.
“The fourth issue that I will address is democracy,” he declared, before explaining that while the United States won’t impose its own system, it was committed to governments that “reflect the will of the people… I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.”
“No matter where it takes hold,” the president concluded, “government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who hold power.”
Of course, this was just rhetoric, however lofty, reflecting a moment when no one was rebelling against the undemocratic governments of our allies – at least not openly and in a manner that demanded international media coverage.
Now it’s for real.
And “democracy” is scarcely to be heard on the lips of the president or his most senior officials.
Read the whole piece here.
But I thought al-Jazeera was a fan of the Obama administration? Not so much, eh? A truly interesting column.
I’d like to interject an opinion of my own here. The Islamic world is not interested in ‘democracy’. Islam and democracy are totally incompatible. Maybe President Obama finally figured it out, and decided not to continue mentioning the word? I don’t know. The author isn’t exactly impartial in his opinions of the Middle East.
A short time ago, I heard someone on the news say the current situation in Egypt was comparable to the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Say whut? There was actual freedom on the other side of the collapse. How will a complete take over by Islamists in the Middle East grant freedom to the people of the region? Just asking.
Considering the volatility of the entire Middle East right now, egged on by Iran, no doubt, are you Obama supporters really sure this is the right guy for the job? No, didn’t think so.
This is the best they’ve got? Is Gibbs already thinking about the high paying job he’ll find as a lobbyist, or some such thing? About 2 hours ago was approximately 10:30 central time. Is he even aware of what has been happening, other than they shut down the internet? Which, if I’m not mistaken, his current boss wants to be able to do as well, you know, just in case some folks around this part of the world get all uppity and decide they are totally fed up with the tyranny of the current administration, kind of like the Egyptians are with theirs.
Or, how about a few hundred thousand along our borders? Just sayin’.
Everybody remembers where they were, or what they were doing when tragedies happen…. assassinations of prominent figures, plane crashes, terrorist attacks, etc. Today is the 25th anniversary of a tragedy witnessed by many.
“Obviously a major malfunction.” Yes….indeed, there was.
I was sitting in my mom’s house (staying with her at the time) in Dallas, in what was always called my ‘dad’s room’. He was gone by then, but it was still his room, where he had his desk, couch, and television. I remember watching this happen, sitting there stunned. These kinds of things weren’t suppose to happen. I went and got my mom and brought her into the room. She also sat in stunned silence for a while, as they replayed the footage. “I’m glad your dad isn’t alive to see this.” He was always a big fan of the space program, and thought we should be doing more to explore our universe. Yes, there were many tears for those we had never met, and their families.
Later in the day, I remember my mom saying something that struck me as odd. “I hope this doesn’t upset Christa.” I couldn’t imagine why it would upset her more than anyone else. “Because of her name.” The kid was 11 at the time, and as with most 11 year olds, not exactly clued in to the world around her. Even a few years later, the connection with my daughter’s name still bothered my mom. I’ve never figured that out. Maybe names had a power in her mind?
Together we watched President Ronald Reagan’s speech on the tragedy.
It makes me even more sad that our children and grandchildren will never know the excitement of new worlds to explore, that we no longer have the spirit, or will to step out of our ‘comfort zone’. That we have slapped shallack on our vision of the world, and called it complete.
The old Obama in new clothing
By Charles Krauthammer
The November election sent a clear message to Washington: less government, less debt, less spending. President Obama certainly heard it, but judging from his State of the Union address, he doesn’t believe a word of it. The people say they want cuts? Sure they do – in the abstract. But any party that actually dares carry them out will be punished severely. On that, Obama stakes his reelection.
No other conclusion can be drawn from a speech that didn’t even address the debt issue until 35 minutes in. And then what did he offer? A freeze on domestic discretionary spending that he himself admitted would affect a mere one-eighth of the budget.
Obama seemed impressed, however, that it would produce $400 billion in savings over 10 years. That’s an average of $40 billion a year. The deficit for last year alone was more than 30 times as much. And total federal spending was more than 85 times that amount. A $40 billion annual savings for a government that just racked up $3 trillion in new debt over the past two years is deeply unserious. It’s spillage, a rounding error.
As for entitlements, which are where the real money is, Obama said practically nothing. He is happy to discuss, but if Republicans dare take anything from granny, he shall be Horatius at the bridge.