CONTENTS: DC rally, Bus stops; Sat’s demos; OCare – contract law + 3 more; Rick 49% in LA; BO against voter ID; Steyn – sun also sets; BO campaigns on your dime; Charen – fire teachers; Hanson – BO gas; BO & Ayers; BO & ISL; Chesler NYT & ISL; $1.5B to Islamists; “White Hispanic”; sue the weatherman; World Gov’t to control climate; Act of Valor; Announcements
Announcements: p. 6 and at http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?page_id=394
“March 26, 1945: The Battle of Iwo Jima ended: 22,000 Japanese and 4500 Americans died.
March 26, 1079: Israeli prime minister, Menachem Begin, and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat signed the Camp David peace treaty. It was brokered by President Carter and was intended to end decades of hostilities… (Bennett & Cribb, 2008)
“Obamacare is the first time Congress has used its power to regulate commerce to produce a law ‘from which there is no escape.’ And ‘coercing commercial transactions’ — compelling individuals to sign contracts with insurance companies — ‘is antithetical to the foundational principle of mutual assent that permeated the common law of contracts at the time of the founding and continues to do so today.’ Foley & Simpson, Institute of Justice
March 27th, 2012, 1 PM: AfP – Hands Off My Health Care Rally in DC
Buses run from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York/Jersey.
Americans for Prosperity is organizing one of the major events of this critical year in Washington, D.C. , the “Hands off My Healthcare Rally”, with minimal-cost transportation from our area. Please go to the following link TO SIGN UP NOW–seating is limited and it is on a first-come, first served basis. (More below…)
Pennsylvania Bus Stops
Lebanon – 1745 Quentin Road, Lebanon, PA 17042 – 8:30 AM
Lancaster – Park City Mall, Bon Ton’s Main Entrance, 142 Park City Center, Lancaster, PA 17601 – 9:30 AM
York – Galleria Mall (Between Boscov’s and JC Penney’s), 2899 Whiteford Road, 17402 – 10:30 AM
Harrisburg – Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton Street, Harrisburg, PA (At Light Pole 32 – out by the Toys R Us Store) – 8:30 AM
Camp Hill – Radisson Camp Hill, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA – 9:30 AM
Gettysburg – Gettysburg Outlet Mall, 1863 Gettysburg Village Drive, 17325 (Park between Pac Sun and Frank Theater) – 10:30 AM
Butler – Butler Motor Transit, 210 South Monroe Street, Butler 16001 – 5:30 AM
Allegeny/ Pittsburgh – Ross Towne Center (7219 McKnight Rd, Pittsburgh 1523 – 6:15 AM
Monroeville – Lowe’s, 4200 William Penn Hwy, Monroeville 15146 – 6:45 AM
Fayette/ Connellsville – Laurel Mall, 1952 University Drive, Connellsville, PA – 6:30 AM (BUS FULL)
Cambria/ Somerset – Quality Inn, Exit 110, PA Turnpike, Somerset – 7:30 AM (BUS FULL)
Berks/ Reading – Leesport Farmers Market, 312 Gernants Church Road, LEESPORT, PA 19533 – 9 AM (BUS FULL)
Allentown/ Scranton – Calvary Temple Church, 3436 Winchester Road (Cedar Crest Blvd & RT 22 – behind/next to Target Store) – 8:45 AM
Media – Granite Run Mall, 1067 West Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063 – 10 AM (BUS FULL)
Valley Forge/ King of Prussia – Wachovia/Wells Fargo Bank, Route 202 and Mall Blvd, King of Prussia, PA – 9:15 AM (BUS FULL)
Quakertown/ Pennsburg – Perkiomen Tours, 875 Main Street, Pennsburg, 18073 – 7:15 AM (BUS FULL)
Doylestown – Doylestown Library, 150 South Pine Street 18901 – 8:15 AM (BUS FULL)
Langhorne/ Middletown – Toys R Us, 2435 East Lincoln Highway, Langhorne – 9 AM
Lehighton – Carbon Services – 531 Seneca Road – 18235 – 8 AM
Scranton/ Moosic – Kmart, 3382 Birney Plaza, Moosic, PA 18507 – 7 AM
Saturday’s Demos … Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington…
George Will, WaPo: OCare & Contract Law
“On Monday the Supreme Court begins three days of oral arguments concerning possible — actually, probable and various — constitutional infirmities in Obamacare. The justices have received many amicus briefs, one of which merits special attention because of the elegant scholarship and logic with which it addresses an issue that has not been as central to the debate as it should be.
Hitherto, most attention has been given to whether Congress, under its constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce, may coerce individuals into engaging in commerce by buying health insurance. Now the Institute for Justice (IJ), a libertarian public interest law firm, has focused on this fact: The individual mandate is incompatible with centuries of contract law. This is so because a compulsory contract is an oxymoron…”
The brief (PDF)
WSJ: Liberty and Obamacare
“Few legal cases in the modern era are as consequential, or as defining, as the challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that the Supreme Court hears beginning Monday. The powers that the Obama Administration is claiming change the structure of the American government as it has existed for 225 years. Thus has the health-care law provoked an unprecedented and unnecessary constitutional showdown that endangers individual liberty.
It is a remarkable moment. The High Court has scheduled the longest oral arguments in nearly a half-century: five and a half hours, spread over three days. Yet Democrats, the liberal legal establishment and the press corps spent most of 2010 and 2011 deriding the government of limited and enumerated powers of Article I as a quaint artifact of the 18th century. Now even President Obama and his staff seem to grasp their constitutional gamble…
“The White House is even organizing demonstrations during the proceedings, including a “‘prayerful witness’ encircling the Supreme Court.” The executive branch is supposed to speak to the Court through the Solicitor General, not agitprop and crowds in the streets…
“…The argument against the individual mandate—the requirement that everyone buy health insurance or pay a penalty—is carefully anchored in constitutional precedent and American history. The Commerce Clause that the government invokes to defend such regulation has always applied to commercial and economic transactions, not to individuals as members of society.
This distinction is crucial. ”
Quin Hillyer, AmSpectator: Freedom from Medicare
“Health care should not be a straitjacket. The word ‘entitled’ doesn’t mean ‘required.’ And administrative agencies aren’t powers unto themselves. They answer to Congress, the president, and the courts, all of whom eventually answer to the public. Thank goodness, because those agencies can act like viciously bullying tyrants.
“Plaintiffs yesterday filed a petition for re-hearing one of the most important, albeit “under-the-radar,” court cases in recent years, one about which I’ve written here before. The case involves an attempt by the Department of Health and Human Services to coerce citizens into accepting Medicare benefits against their wills.
“By a coincidence of timing, the plaintiffs received a thematic boost, if not a directly legal one, from a Supreme Court decision released Wednesday, also standing for the proposition that bureaucrats may not create or enforce laws of their own making without explicit (or rather obviously implicit) authority from Congress.
“Let’s take the Supreme Court case first, very briefly…”
Hugh Hewitt, Washington Examiner: OCare – Big Birdhouse on a Thin Pole
“…This peculiar design is in fact a game of constitutional chicken, undertaken on the gamble that no majority of this court would dare bring upon itself a thousand critical speeches, columns and blog posts — to say nothing of a million online screeches referencing an earlier court’s losing battle with President Roosevelt’s New Deal.
“We believe that the transient majority of legislators who told us through their leader that ‘we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,’ misjudged this court and its willingness to patrol the borders of the federal power…”
Louisiana Primary: Rick 49%
Mitt 27%, Newt 16%, Ronnie 6%. “Only registered Republicans may vote in the GOP primary. 46 total delegates: Possibly 20 tied to March 24 primary; 5 additional statewide delegates are chosen by the state convention and are uncommitted; 18 district delegates are uncommitted but CNN may estimate according to district-by-dist
rict vote results; 3 unpledged RNC members…”
Meyers & Walter, NewsMax: BO Campaigns against Voter ID
“Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell tells Newsmax that the Obama administration has “launched an all-out war on voter ID laws” to bolster the president’s re-election chances.
The Republican activist also asserts that voter ID laws offer a ‘reasonable safeguard’ to protect against voter fraud and ballot-box stuffing…
“Holder is trying to ‘short-circuit these legitimate measures to protect the integrity of our electoral process,’ Blackwell says.
“The Justice Department recently blocked a new photo ID law in Texas and halted South Carolina’s law in December. Asked whether Holder’s Justice Department has become an Obama re-election tool, Blackwell responds: “Absolutely.”
“Holder already is under fire for his role in the Fast and Furious gunrunning operation — more than 100 members of Congress have signed a no-confidence resolution against the attorney general, demanded his resignation, or both.
“Blackwell continues: ‘What more than 30 states have tried to do is put in place a common-sense measure of voter ID so that people are assured that voters are who they purport to be, and voter IDs are commonplace in our culture…’”
Mark Steyn, NRO: $$$ “The Sun Also Sets”
Sell the Chinese our federal lands and they can drill for oil…
“When you’re spending on the scale Washington does, what matters is the hard dollar numbers. Greece’s total debt is a few rinky-dink billions, a rounding error in the average Obama budget. Only America is spending trillions. The 2011 budget deficit, for example, is about the size of the entire Russian economy. By 2010, the Obama administration was issuing about a hundred billion dollars of Treasury bonds every month – or, to put it another way, Washington is dependent on the bond markets being willing to absorb an increase of U.S. debt equivalent to the GDP of Canada or India – every year. And those numbers don’t take into account the huge levels of personal debt run up by Americans. College debt alone is over a trillion dollars, or the equivalent of the entire South Korean economy – tied up just in one small boutique niche market of debt which barely exists in most other developed nations.
“‘We are headed for the most predictable economic crisis in history,’ says Paul Ryan. And he’s right. But precisely because it’s so predictable the political class has already discounted it. Which is why a plan for pie now and spinach later, maybe even two decades later, is the only real menu on the table. There’s a famous exchange in Hemingway’s A Place In the Sun. Someone asks Mike Campbell, ‘How did you go bankrupt?’ ‘Two ways,’ he replies. ‘Gradually, then suddenly.’ We’ve been going through the gradual phase so long, we’re kinda used to it. But it’s coming to an end, and what happens next will be the second way: sudden, and very bad…”
Dan Riehl, BigGovernment: BO’s Campaigns with Public Money
“Back in November, Hot Air linked to the Wall Street Journal, pointing out Obama’s lack of shame when it comes to campaigning on the public dime. More than opinion, that determination was based on fact. Actually, it was data that allowed the WJS to reach its conclusion. Now, thanks to the White House’s Community Partnership Summits, the administration is at it, again….”
Mona Charen, NRO: Firing Teachers
“…faced with the bureaucratic maze they must navigate to fire a bad teacher, most principals don’t even try. They attempt to sucker another school into taking the incompetent (“the dance of the lemons”) or they put the bad teachers in ‘pretend work’ jobs, where they continue, of course, to collect full salaries and benefits. Between 2005 and 2008, Newsweek reported, the public-school system of Chicago fired 0.1 percent and Akron, Ohio fired none at all. The Denver and Toledo systems didn’t fire any, either.
Confronting such a Kafkaesque system (Bill Bennett dubbed it “the blob”), most parents shrink away feeling deflated and helpless.
“Such is union power….”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: Obama’s Gas
“…A president, so Obama claims, has little control over gas prices. New domestic supplies of oil would not come on the market for years. Americans consume a quarter of the world’s oil supplies while possessing only 2 percent of global reserves. In a global oil market, additional American drilling would not make that much of a price difference.
But all of these claims are either flat wrong or misleading. Presidents can affect gas prices, at least in the long term, by exercising budgetary discipline resulting in a currency that buys more oil per dollar, by approving or rejecting federal oil leases, and by adding or curbing regulations that affect oil exploration and development. In all of these cases, Obama has supported policies that contribute to higher gas prices….”
Also, Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: “Beware of the Mob”
Guantanomo, global warming, ethics, and race cards…
Aaron Klein, WND: Obama and Ayers
“In 1988, in response to a Chicago summit that documented the poor quality of education in the city, Chicago United, a group founded by Ayers’ father, the late Thomas Ayers, formed a community advocacy association called the Alliance for Better Chicago Schools, or the ABCs Coalition. Thomas Ayers was the chairman and CEO of Commonwealth Edison.
“When he created the ABCs Coalition in June 1988, Thomas Ayers included Obama in the coalition. Obama at the time was director and lead organizer of the Developing Communities Project, or DCP, an institutionally based community organization on Chicago’s Far South Side. Obama’s first job in Chicago was his DCP position.
“The contact for the ABCs Coalition, on which Obama served, was none other than Bill Ayers, who at the time was at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
“Documentation reviewed by WND showed that Ayers started attending the ABCs Coalition’s monthly meetings, held over breakfasts of eggs, sausages, rolls, fruit and coffee in a conference room on the 57th floor of Chicago’s First National Bank downtown headquarters…”
Aaron Klein, WABCradio, Obama a Muslim….
According to Aaron, Islam crosses generations by a patronymic rule … the faith of the children follows that of the father. Obama’s father was Muslim and 39% of Chicago voters see him in that light as do 55% of the voters in Mississippi. Further, he spent his first several years in Indonesian schools where he was registered as “Barry Soetero” and may have been adopted by his Muslin stepfather …
“Today on Aaron Klein Investigative Radio: Obama, Sharpton inciting race riots? Is France minimizing its jihad problem? The French Muslim community comes on to respond to the killing spree that shocked the world. Polls show some voters still think Obama is a Muslim. Should faith be an election issue? Plus, inside the mind of Saul Alinsky. And more!”
Phyllis Chesler: The NYT’s Agenda to Normalize Islam in the West?
January 25, 2012. I caught a moment of her discussing Islam’s treatment of women. She noted that Mosque-attendees are far more militant and do not think of jihad as an “inner struggle.”
“…reporter, Michael Powell, and his newspaper seems to forget 9/11; Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who killed thirteen and wounded 29 soldiers at Ft Hood, Texas (2009); Abdul Hakim Mohamed (formerly Carlos Bledsoe), who opened fire with an assault rifle targeting soldiers in front of a military recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas (2009); on Christmas Day, Umar AbdulMutallab tried to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight #253 in Amsterdam destined for Detroit (2009); Faisl Shahzad, tried to blow up Times Square (2010). All four Muslim/Islamist terrorists were influenced by the infamous Anwar al-Awlaki who died in Yemen in 2011 in a targeted military assassination.
“But this is all so recent. The NYT reporter seems to have forgotten all about the first Islamist-Muslim World Trade Center bombing in 1993; the truck bombing which killed 19 American servicemen in Saudi Arabia in 1996; the Al Qaeda detonation of two car bombs which destroyed the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salam simultaneously, killing 224 and wounding thousands; and the 2000 Al Qaeda bombing attacks on the U.S.S. Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden, killing 17 sailors. Even I was about to move on without mentioning the 1979 Iranian Islamist kidnapping of American diplomats in the Embassy in Teheran and their being held hostage for 444 days.
“I really could go on but I think I have made my point. There is an Islamic/Islamist war that has been declared against the West as well as against both Muslim and infidel civilians, but it is one that the Paper of Record refuses to acknowledge, or to fight or win…”
Also: Chesler video on Honor Killings, March 1, 2012:
Ben Shapiro, BigPeace: Obama Gave $1.5 Billion to Egyptian Islamists
“As the Associated Press reports today, the Obama administration told Congress yesterday that it would “wave (sic!) democracy requirements to release up to $1.3 billion in aid to Egypt despite concerns that the country is backsliding on commitments it made to democratic governance and the rule of law.” And that’s not all. Thanks to Egypt not going to open war with Israel (even while funneling weapons to the Gaza Strip), they will be the beneficiaries of $200 million in additional taxpayer-funded foreign aid.
“So much for the democratic Arab Spring…”
Obama needs votes and Sharpton has faded for past few years … BO needs money to pay his supporters, Al has back taxes … next they will rail against green Irish, plaid Scots, or white eagle Poles … White blacks are those who vote conservative?
Matthew Boyle, Daily Caller: Support Shifting to Zimmerman
“…late Friday, a local Fox affiliate reported that a previously little-known witness in the case claims to have seen the physical altercation between Martin and Zimmerman.
“The guy on the bottom who had a red sweater on was yelling to me: ‘Help! Help!’ … And I told him to stop, and I was calling 911,” the new eyewitness said.
“Zimmerman, who apparently suffered a bloody nose and had grass stains on the back of his clothes, was wearing a red sweater. Martin wore a hoodie.
“The new eyewitness is choosing to remain anonymous for now due to the political and racial tensions surrounding the tragedy.”
Muir & Katrandjian, ABC: More Credibility for Zimmerman
“Attorney Craig Sonner said the public is only hearing part of the story, and when all the facts come out, it will be clear that Zimmerman acted in self defense. A grand jury is scheduled to begin hearing the case April 10.
“‘George Zimmerman suffered a broken nose, and had an injury to the back of his head, he was attacked by Trayvon Martin on that evening,’ Sonner said. ‘This was a case of self defense.’
“When asked why Zimmerman went after Martin, even though a 911 dispatcher told him not to, Sonner said: ‘Those are questions that will be answered.’…”
New Black Panthers $10K Bounty for Zimmerman
“A black political group offered a $10,000 reward Saturday for the killer of an African-American teenager, amid a nationwide uproar which has prompted a rethink of America’s race issues.
“The New Black Panther Party displayed a wanted poster on its website with a picture of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin, 17, last month.
“‘WANTED!!! For the murder of Trayvon Martin… ALIVE, not dead or harmed,’ the poster read.
“Several dozen supporters of the group known by its acronym NBPP — unrelated to the revolutionary Black Panther Party active in the 1960s-1980s — meanwhile protested for the third time this week at the police headquarters in Sanford, Florida…”
Facebook: Christopher Freind was born on April Fools…
Washington Times: “Sue the Weatherman”
“…On Tuesday, Federal Judge Louis Guirola Jr., in the Southern District of Mississippi, dismissed the case of Comer vs. Murphy Oil for lack of standing. Gulf Coast property owners had sought to hold a grab bag of energy companies responsible for damage they suffered from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The plaintiffs claimed the power companies knowingly had endangered them by emitting unsafe levels of carbon dioxide. The case was dismissed in 2007, then resurrected by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2009. The latest ruling should put an end to it….”
Gary Stix, Scientific American: Effective World Government to Prevent Climate Disaster
“…A policy article authored by several dozen scientists appeared online March 15 in Science to acknowledge this point: “Human societies must now change course and steer away from critical tipping points in the Earth system that might lead to rapid and irreversible change. This requires fundamental reorientation and restructuring of national and international institutions toward more effective Earth system governance and planetary stewardship.”
“The report summarized 10 years of research evaluating the capability of international institutions to deal with climate and other environmental issues, an assessment that found existing capabilities to effect change sorely lacking. The authors called for a “constitutional moment” at the upcoming 2012 U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio in June to reform world politics and government. Among the proposals: a call to replace the largely ineffective U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development with a council that reports to the U.N. General Assembly, at attempt to better handle emerging issues related to water, climate, energy and food security. The report advocates a similar revamping of other international environmental institutions.
“Unfortunately, far more is needed. To be effective, a new set of institutions would have to be imbued with heavy-handed, transnational enforcement powers…”
Dinesh D’Souza: “Obama & 2016”
Two-minutes trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6QOscKvUjU
“Act of Valor”
Available for pre-order from Amazon, $21-$28… http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=pe_170630_23232690_pe_button/?ie=UTF8&hidden-keywords=B005LAIGYQ%7CB005LAIGZU&rh=n%3A2625373011&page=1