May 172010
 

A Fighter & Honorable Man James Sensenbrenner, Jr., (Jim), represents the Fifth Congressional District of (Lucky) Wisconsin.

On Tuesday, May 11, I spoke on a panel at the National Press Club titled: “Is Obamacare Constitutional?”

In my opinion, and the opinion of many others, Obamacare is not constitutional and it is only a matter of time before the Supreme Court strikes it down.

At one of my Town Hall Meetings earlier this year, a gentleman asked me, “What’s the role of the federal government?” My response was very simple and straight forward: “The role of the federal government is what the Constitution says it is – no more, no less.”

Congress tried to do more through Obamacare, and because of it, I think we’ll happily be left with less Obamacare.

The U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights were established to limit power, particularly federal power. One of my primary issues with the health care law is its unconstitutional use of the Commerce Clause to wield more power.

Obamacare forces citizens to buy government-approved health insurance, and those who do not comply will be punished by an annual tax penalty that will rise to $750 or 2 percent of a person’s income, whichever is higher, by 2016.

This is unconstitutional and unprecedented. The Commerce Clause has never been used by Congress to require citizens purchase a product from a private company in order to be a law-abiding citizen.

The Supreme Court has often rebuked Congress for overreaching, so I think it is very likely that the Supreme Court will review whether this violates the constitutional rights of citizens and in the end strike it down. I would hope that there are not five justices on the Supreme Court who would vote to grant Congress even more authority.

If the Supreme Court did grant Congress more power – if they allowed Congress to force Americans to buy a product – we’d need to ask ourselves where the line for limited government is drawn. That ruling would essentially allow Congress to do whatever it wanted – whether that be mandating us to buy a GM car to help the government-supported auto industry or require everyone to grow their own vegetables.

At this point, we need to wait and see what happens in the courts with the lawsuits brought by the Attorneys General of many states. The Supreme Court taking up this case and striking down the individual mandate component is crucial, because once it’s struck down, that essentially does away with the “guts” of the law. It’s also important that the court hear arguments on this case quickly, as every option to repeal this legislation and replace it with something better has been considered; but until January 20, 2013, we simply won’t have enough power or enough votes to do this. Our only legitimate option to halting Obamacare before 2013 is to put all of our eggs in the judicial basket.

WATCH on Judicial Watch

Audio Update on ObamaCare Challenge

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May 172010
 

Miss Oklahoma Morgan Elizabeth Woolard lost the crown to Miss Michigan Rima Fakih.

An unhappy crowd booed Miss USA judge Oscar Nunez when he asked Miss Oklahoma Morgan Elizabeth Woolard a question about Arizona’s immigration law on Sunday night’s pageant.

But could Woolard’s answer have cost her the crown?

The “The Office” star asked Woolard if she supported Arizona’s right to enforce the law, which requires police to verify a person’s immigration status if there’s “reasonable suspicion” that the person is in the country illegally.

Woolard said she supports state’s rights, adding that she is against illegal immigration, but is also against racial profiling.

“I’m a huge believer in states’ rights. I think that’s what’s so wonderful about America,” Woolard said. “So I think it’s perfectly fine for Arizona to create that law.”

The night’s events mirrored last year’s pageant, when gossip blogger Perez Hilton asked Miss California Carrie Prejean if she believed in gay marriage. Prejean said she didn’t, and a media firestorm ensued, with many arguing that it cost her the Miss USA title.

While many Americans are opposed to gay marriage, Prejean claimed she was victimized for her answer.

In perhaps a repeat of last year’s contest, Woolard lost the crown after answering a controversial question that may be unpopular with some, but reflects the opinion of the majority of Americans.

Woolard lost out to 24-year-old Miss Michigan, Rima Fakih.

Fakih, an Arab-American from Dearborn, Michican took home the crown, despite nearly tripping on her evening gown.

Pageant officials said historical pageant records were not detailed enough to show whether Fakih was the first Arab American, Muslim or immigrant to win the Miss USA title. The pageant started in 1952 as a local bathing suit competition in Long Beach, California.

During the interview portion, Fakih was also asked a question on a hot-button issue. She was asked whether she thought birth control should be paid for by health insurance, and she said she believed it should because it’s costly.

“I believe that birth control is just like every other medication, even though it’s a controlled substance,” Fakih said.

Miss Virginia USA Samantha Evelyn Casey was the second runner-up, Miss Colorado USA Jessica Hartman was third runner-up, and Miss Maine USA Katherine Ashley Whittier was the fourth runner-up.

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May 172010
 

Michael van der Galien by Michael van der Galien ~News Real

One of the best conservative commentators in Europe, Theodore Dalrymple, wrote a great article for Pajamas Media about the crisis in Europe and especially Germany’s reaction to it. As usual with Dalrymple, the article provocatively entitled “Reawakening German Nationalism: What Could Go Wrong,” is sarcastically written, funny, direct and, most importantly, largely correct.

Dalrymple’s main point is that nationalism has suddenly become political correct and accepted in Germany. This while Germans didn’t want to have anything to do with it after World War II.

The reason?

If for some inexplicable reason you wanted to reawaken German nationalism, how would you go about it? I suggest a three-part strategy.

First, you would replace the rock-solid German currency by one with very shaky economic foundations, against the wishes of almost the whole German population (which, of course, you would not deign to consult).

Second, you would make sure that same population paid for the gross and dishonest profligacy of the Greek government: a profligacy that was rendered possible by the adoption of the very currency that the German population did not want in the first place.

Third, you would do everything possible to ensure that the crisis will spread, last for a long time, cost a fortune in failed attempts to solve it, and fall mainly to the Germans to pay for.

It goes without saying the second and third parts of the strategy should be against the wishes of the German population whose opinion, however, should be bulldozed aside as being of no account.

JUST read on…

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May 172010
 

Arizona tourists are biting back against San Diego for its city council’s decision to boycott the Grand Canyon State over its immigration law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer last month.

Arizona tourists are biting back against San Diego for its city council’s decision to boycott the Grand Canyon State over its immigration law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer last month.

Would-be tourists have notified the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau and some hotels that they are canceling their scheduled travel to the coastal vacation destination, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

According to the newspaper, the convention bureau has received about 25-30 emails from Arizona residents, with some saying they are canceling their reservations and taking their money elsewhere.

That has tourism officials urging Arizonans to consider the resolutions as merely symbolic and local politics at work.

“We’re in a very tough environment already because of everything else going on, and we don’t need another negative impact to our industry,” ConVis President Joe Terzi told the Union-Tribune. “This affects all the hardworking men and women who count on tourism for their livelihoods, so we’re saying, don’t do something that hurts their livelihoods.”

JUST read on…

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May 172010
 

Tellin’ it like it is…

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May 16, 2010 — Dale Peterson, Alabama Agriculture Commission, ICAUCUS endorsed candidate fighting the fight to save our country. Some people recognize the enemies from within & without. We need fighters today, people that are not afraid to stand & tell the Government NO!!! Help Dale Stand & Defend our Country, it starts 1 state at a time. http://www.dalepeterson2010.com/

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May 172010
 

~POWERLINE BLOG~ thanks for this John, it is being used quite alot today

UPDATE via Right Scoop Mark Levin Show Podcast after reading the Powerline Story I found in my surfing…

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I heard Megyn Kelly’s show today, that China is demanding explanation of the new Arizona Immigration Law. So, I went surfing for news on that, cannot find what I was looking for, but I really appreciated this take on it at a blog I found. Blogger’s ARE Reporter’s !!!

This is unfreakingbelievable, even for the Obama administration:

The United States and China reported no major breakthroughs Friday after only their second round of talks about human rights since 2002.

The Obama administration wants to push Beijing to treat its citizens better, but it also needs Chinese support on Iranian and North Korean nuclear standoffs, climate change and other difficult issues. …

[Assistant Secretary of State Michael] Posner said in addition to talks on freedom of religion and expression, labor rights and rule of law, officials also discussed Chinese complaints about problems with U.S. human rights, which have included crime, poverty, homelessness and racial discrimination.

He said U.S. officials did not whitewash the American record and in fact raised on its [sic] own a new immigration law in Arizona that requires police to ask about a person’s immigration status if there is suspicion the person is in the country illegally.

What an idiot! China murdered millions of its citizens who opposed the government’s Communist policies and allows most of its people little or no freedom. We, on the other hand, enforce our immigration laws. No, wait–actually we don’t. That’s why Arizona had to take a shot at it. Oh, by the way, Michael Posner, you clueless moron–China actually does enforce its immigration laws.

These dopes are actually proud of themselves for being morally and historically ignorant:

Jon Huntsman, U.S. ambassador to China who was in Washington, told reporters earlier Friday that the rights talks are a useful way to get results on tough issues.

“We’re talking about issues that are uncomfortable, quite frankly, but it is a sign of maturity that we can talk about specific cases,” Huntsman said.

JUST read John he has alot to say that’s worth reading…

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May 172010
 

Police in Jersey City have foiled what they’re saying was a bomb plot that could have destroyed part of the city’s Heights section

A gasoline can with a wired device inside was found at 451 Palisade Avenue in Jersey City. Firefighters made the discovery as they responded to calls of a strong gas odor coming from the three-story building.

DEVELOPING: Police in Jersey City have foiled what they’re saying was a bomb plot that could have destroyed part of the city’s Heights section.

Deputy Police Chief Peter Nalbach says the primitive bomb, consisting of a gas can with a wire attached to it, was found inside a vacant pizzeria on the ground floor of a three-story building Monday.

Police Chief Thomas Comey says investigators are interviewing two suspects and could announce arrests within the next few hours.

Nalbach said police are focusing on a man who once rented the pizzeria and may have had a legal dispute with the building’s owner.

Police and fire units had responded to the building for a report of a gas leak and found the would-be bomb set to go off if the front door was opened.

The state Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness said the attempted bombing was not terrorism related, MyFoxNY.com reported.

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May 172010
 

~WND

I know it’s early.

I know it’s premature.

I know we’re all focused on the 2010 midterm election.

I know there will be lots of developments between now and 2012.

But I thought I’d tell you who I like for president and vice president right now.

I’m asked all the time about who can win in 2012 and who could affect the changes necessary to take our country back from the precipice after four years of Barack Obama.

Normally I brush those questions aside. I explain how we need to focus on Congress. I explain how Americans are obsessed with presidential politics to the exclusion of so many other decisions we make in our lives that impact the direction of our country. I explain how Americans must stop looking for an executive political messiah, that it’s eternal vigilance that keeps us free.

Autographed! Read Joseph Farah’s manifesto for American sovereignty, self-reliance and moral renewal

But there are reasons to look forward.

One of those reasons is because many Americans are fearing a dearth of leadership that will be needed more than ever in 2012 if America is to reverse course from the previous four years.

It’s no secret there is no Ronald Reagan on the horizon. However, it’s worth pointing out there was no Ronald Reagan on the horizon in 1978 – two years before he was elected president, replacing Jimmy Carter, the closest historical forerunner of Obama.

What do I mean there was no Reagan in 1978?

I mean he wasn’t a serious candidate for president. He was considered too old. He has failed to get the nomination of the Republican Party in 1976 and was really not seen as viable at the age of 70. Nobody could have foreseen how Reagan could have won – and won big. Nor could they have foreseen how effectively he would govern – literally returning morning to America.

America didn’t know the way out of the wilderness before 1980, and we don’t know now.

But, just to demonstrate that there are still good leaders around, I thought I would put together my own little “dream ticket” for 2012.

It’s easy to get discouraged by some of the big-name, media frontrunners.

I’m concerned, for instance, about Sarah Palin’s eagerness to endorse John McCain in his Arizona primary race versus the clearly better J.D. Hayworth. I’m also concerned about Palin’s decision to endorse Carly Fiorina over the clearly superior Chuck DeVore in California. I also worry about her squishiness on illegal immigration.

Then there’s Mitt Romney, who I have described as the worst possible president to follow Obama. Romney is an impostor. If he wins in 2012, he will roll back none of the of the Obama initiatives.

So who else is out there?

To whom do we turn?

Is there anyone out there who can really excite us, energize us?

Is there anyone who can do that and be a consistently effective president – the kind of leader who can undo the damage inflicted by Obama and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid?

If we had to vote today for president and vice president and could choose anyone for those positions, I can tell you who would get my write-in votes – Sen. Jim DeMint and Rep. Michele Bachmann.

Jim DeMint

Michelle Bachman

NOTE from JP: I could easily get behind THIS ticket, how about you?

I have watched this pair closely and carefully over the last few years, and I have been impressed with their ideas, their courage, their consistency and their leadership.

This is a team that could excite the base, win the election and have the conviction to roll back the Obama destruction. Maybe there are others out there who could do it, too. I hope so. But, as for me, I’m glad I was able to find a ticket that is not only viable, but enviable.

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May 172010
 

~NWV

Hat tip Blackie SM

La Raza, Maldef, Lulac and other open borders advocates hate the law—because it works!

With Arizona’s New Law, the Worm Turns

U.S. attorney Eric Holder doesn’t like Arizona’s SB 1070 that addresses illegal aliens in that state. Unfortunately, he failed to read it! It mirrors federal statutes voted into law in 1986. President Barack Obama thinks it’s misguided, but again, he didn’t read it. Our U.S. Congress continues its indolent dance through the corridors of power while doing next to nothing—while citizens in fifty states celebrate with a 73 percent approval rating supporting Arizona’s right to secure its borders. Arizona expects to eject 460,000 illegal aliens—creating financial, criminal, medical, educational and incarceration havoc in that state. Ten other states enjoy legislators expecting to introduce SB 1070 in their own states.

La Raza, Maldef, Lulac and other open borders advocates hate the law—because it works!

Much like the wisdom of our third president Mr. Thomas Jefferson, he said that ultimate power must be administered by the states in the Union because they best could handle their own problems. For the past 30 years, the Federal Government under five presidents and Congresses—failed on every level to enforce immigration laws throughout the country, whether at the border or internally. The Congress winked, nodded, curtsied and blinked while 20 million illegal aliens walked, danced, lied, cheated, stole, forged and overstayed their visas into America.

Corporations like McDonald’s, Tyson Chicken, Hormel, Swift, Armor, Marriott and dozens of others lied, cheated and displaced American workers out of jobs—all in the name of profits and undermining American workers. In every state, roofing companies, construction firms, landscapers, contract painters and hotel-restaurant chains lied (still lie) through their teeth to hire illegals. Ski resorts and summer camps lied, cheated and hired incredible numbers of illegal aliens—for obscene profits.

Every time any citizens attempted to inject the ‘rule of law’ into the equation, they suffered names like ‘racist’, ‘xenophobe’, ‘nativist’ and ‘hate-monger’. In reality, they demanded nothing more than the rule of law applied against those that broke the law!

JUST finish…

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