CONTENTS: Virus due; Rick Scott said ‘no’; Walter Williams – nulify bamster care; Walter Williams – Obey all laws?; Goldberg – free & uninsured; Krauthammer –imperial presidency; Ferrara – Replace Ocare now; 13,000 pages of new rules; Countrywide’s favors; countrywide & forest fires; Muslim Brotherhood set to rule Libya; DHS – we’re all extremists; Lincoln radio journal; Atlantis found; Announcements
“All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution, are null and void.” Chief Justice Marshall, Marbury v. Madison, 5, U.S. (Cranch) 137, 174,176. http://www.garymcleod.org/con-quot.htm
“The Romney campaign, along with its Romney Victory fund and the Republican National Committee, raised more than $100 million in June, obliterating the campaign’s goal and setting the one-month record for any Republican campaign, according to a GOP official.” Mike Allen, http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78155.html#ixzz1znJ0bVjO
1699: Captain William Kidd, the pirate, was captured in Boston and later sent to England, where he was hanged.
1785: Congress adopted a currency system with a basic unit called the dollar.
1854: The first official meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)
July 6th: Deadline for discounted Registration, Defending the Dream Summit (AFP), Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC. Congressman Paul Ryan and AEI President, Robert Brooks will be there!
July 7th (Saturday) 2-4 PM; King of Prussia Demonstration
You can be part of it, part of these successful Awareness Rallies. All you need do is show up Saturday, grab a flag or sign, and stand with us. Details are shown below.
Route 202 & Mall Boulevard at King of Prussia Malls, by the Wells Fargo Bank.SCOTUS now rules this is a tax? Well, Congress has the ability to create taxes – and also has the ability to rescind them. Upon their return from the July recess, Congress should act immediately to repeal this terrible new tax on the American people, and indeed they must repeal all of Obamacare. This is the most brazen and sweeping new tax and government overreach imposed on us. We the People did not ask for this tax, we do not want this tax, and we can’t afford this tax. This is not an answer to America’s health care challenges.SCOTUS now rules this is a tax? Well, Congress has the ability to create taxes – and also has the ability to rescind them. Upon their return from the July recess, Congress should act immediately to repeal this terrible new tax on the American people, and indeed they must repeal all of Obamacare. This is the most brazen and sweeping new tax and government overreach imposed on us. We the People did not ask for this tax, we do not want this tax, and we can’t afford this tax. This is not an answer to America’s health care challenges.
July 9th: Virus Check
McAfee has a checking tool and offers a preventive download. (They also want to sell you stuff!)
Replay: Eddie Wren, UK Daily Mail: Alureon Virus Due July 9th
- Hundreds of thousands of PCs still at risk worldwide
- Virus ‘spoofs’ popular websites in attempt to steal personal information
- Around 50 Fortune 500 companies still have virus in their machines
- FBI ‘ring-fenced’ the virus late last year – but protection ends on Monday.
“If you are worried about this, and want to put your mind at ease, follow these steps:
1) Visit this FBI-approved site – http://www.dns-ok.us – and see if you get an ‘all-clear’ green background or an ‘at risk’ red background.
2) If you have a red background, visit http://www.dcwg.org/fix which lists free virus scanner and removal software.
Our personal recommendations from the free range are Microsoft Windows Defender and Avira.
Brett Decker, Washington Times: “Florida’s Rick Scott Strikes Back at ObamaCare”
Mr. Corbett … what will you do?
“Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. sold America down the river with his incomprehensible ruling that Obamacare is somehow constitutional when considered to be a tax. As such, it is the largest tax hike in U.S. history. This mother of all federal programs will jack up the unfunded liabilities of America’s welfare state by a heart-stopping $17 trillion, according to the Senate Budget Committee. Much of this burden will fall on the states where the programs are implemented. Some governors are vowing they will ignore President Obama’s national health care law.
“In an exclusive interview with The Washington Times, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said, “I will not implement this law. Florida will not implement Obamacare.” He said there are three things states can do to resist this massive federal power grab. The first is opt out of the planned Medicaid expansion to those over the poverty line. “This program is already bankrupting state budgets because it’s growing three-and-a-half times faster than state revenue,” he explained. From the start, the expansion would cost the Sunshine State an extra $1.9 billion annually. That hunk of cash will be taken right out of the hide of taxpayers and will lead to cuts in other programs. “There’s only so much money,” the governor explained. “More funding for Medicaid robs from schools – especially K-12 education – and other priorities you care about.”
“The second tactic for fighting back is for states to refuse to participate in Obamacare’s health-insurance exchanges, which are new bureaucracies created to manage and tailor what coverage individuals and businesses can purchase. “If there were any value added by these exchanges, the private sector would be doing it already,” Mr. Scott told us. The third action the Floridian said had to be taken was to do everything possible to make sure Mr. Obama’s and Chief Justice Roberts’ Affordable Care Act is repealed…”
Jeff Poor, Daily Caller: Walter Williams – “Say No”
“On Rush Limbaugh’s Thursday program, George Mason University professor Walter E. Williams outlined the case that states can nullify Obamacare, citing Thomas Jefferson’s 1789 Kentucky Resolution, which was a claim that the U. S. Constitution is a compact among the several states, and any power not delegated to the U.S. government is void.
‘I think the American citizens ought to press their state governors and legislatures just to nullify the law — just to plain nullify it and say, ‘The citizens of such-and-such-a state don’t have to obey Obamacare because it’s unconstitutional, regardless of what the Supreme Court says,’ Williams said.
“Williams cited Marbury v. Madison, which said ‘all laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void’ to further the case for nullification from the states.
Nullification is a doctrine introduced in the infancy of the United States and was what some have suggested led to the Civil War. As far as the legal precedent of nullification and how it led to the Civil War, Williams said he doubted the repercussions would as serious as they were in 1861.
“‘I think two things are different this time,’ he said. ‘First, most Americans are against Obamacare. And secondly, I don’t believe — and you call me up and tell me if I’m wrong about this — I don’t believe that you could find a United States soldier who would follow a presidential order to descend on a state to round up or shoot fellow Americans because they refuse to follow a congressional order to buy health insurance.’”
Walter E. Williams, Town Hall: “Should We Obey All Laws?”
Economist and distinguished conservative, Walter E. Williams covered for Rush on Thursday and pointed out that governors have the authority to refuse to implement ObamaCare. Such derives from the 10th Amendment to our Constitution: Powers not granted to the Federal government are reserved for the States and their citizens…Dr. Williams has his roots in the Devon area and patriots groups miss a gold mine by ignoring him as a speaker…
“Let’s think about whether all acts of Congress deserve our respect and obedience. Suppose Congress enacted a law — and the Supreme Court ruled it constitutional — requiring American families to attend church services at least three times a month. Should we obey such a law? Suppose Congress, acting under the Constitution’s commerce clause, enacted a law requiring motorists to get eight hours of sleep before driving on interstate highways. Its justification might be that drowsy motorists risk highway accidents and accidents affect interstate commerce. Suppose you were a jury member during the 1850s and a free person were on trial for assisting a runaway slave, in clear violation of the Fugitive Slave Act. Would you vote to convict and punish?
“A moral person would find each one of those laws either morally repugnant or to be a clear violation of our Constitution. You say, ‘Williams, you’re wrong this time. In 1859, in Ableman v. Booth, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 constitutional.’ That court decision, as well as some others in our past, makes my case. Moral people can’t rely solely on the courts to establish what’s right or wrong. Slavery is immoral; therefore, any laws that support slavery are also immoral. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, ‘to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions (is) a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.’
“Soon, the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of Obamacare, euphemistically titled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. There is absolutely no constitutional authority for Congress to force any American to enter into a contract to buy any good or service. But if the court rules that Obamacare is constitutional, what should we do?
“State governors and legislators ought to summon up the courage of our Founding Fathers in response to the 5th Congress’ Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798. Led by Jefferson and James Madison, the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798 and 1799 were drafted where legislatures took the position that the Alien and Sedition Acts were unconstitutional. They said, “Resolved, That the several States composing, the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government … (and) whensoever the general government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.” The 10th Amendment to our Constitution supports that vision: ‘The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.’”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Live Free – and Uninsured”
“…this is arguably the most controversial law in our lifetimes. It nearly sparked a constitutional crisis, helped cause the Democrats to lose their majority in the House, and, despite herculean efforts by the president to “sell” the law (more than 50 speeches, formal statements, and national addresses on it during his first year), it has never been popular with most Americans. And yet, according to Rovner, the law creates only winners if properly implemented. Why on earth are its opponents so stupid?
“For the record, there are losers under Obamacare. Here’s a short list: (1) taxpayers who will carry the load of what the Congressional Budget Office says will be a $2 trillion price tag when the law is fully implemented; (2) the millions of workers the CBO says will be pushed off their current insurance coverage, even though the president insists you can keep your existing insurance if you like it; (3) innumerable and unknowable numbers of sick people who will not be screened for various diseases because some bureaucrats’ protocol says it’s too expensive; (4) Roman Catholic and other religious institutions forced to violate their values; (5) a few million so-called freeloaders who don’t want to buy health insurance for perfectly rational reasons…”
Charles Krauthammer, NRO: The Imperial Presidency
“…Not a single justice found merit in the administration’s claim that this “show me your papers” provision constituted an impermissible preemption of federal authority.
“On what grounds unconstitutional? Presumably because state officials would be asking about the immigration status of all, rather than adhering to the federal enforcement priorities regarding which illegal aliens would not be subject to deportation.
“For example, under the Obama administration’s newly promulgated regulations, there’ll be no more deportation of young people brought here illegally as children (and meeting certain chronological criteria). Presumably, therefore, the Arizona law is invalid because an officer might be looking into the status of a young person the feds now classify as here legally.
“Beyond being logically ridiculous — if a state law is unconstitutional because it’s out of sync with the federal government’s current priorities, does it become constitutional again when federal policy changes? — this argument is “an astounding assertion of federal executive power,” wrote Justice Samuel Alito in a concurrence. The Obama Justice Department is suggesting that “a state law may be pre-empted, not because it conflicts with a federal statute or regulation, but because it is inconsistent with a federal agency’s current enforcement priorities. Those priorities, however, are not law. They are nothing more than agency policy.”
“And there’s the rub: the Obama administration’s inability to distinguish policy from law…”
Peter Ferrara, American Spectator: Defeat/Replace BamsterCare Now
“Whether Left, Right, Independent, or Confused, no one who is not bought and paid for as part of the Obama political machine is going to like the Obama Double Cross of the American people on Obamacare. Before Obamacare was passed, Obama told the American people over and over, even on national TV, that the individual mandate was not a tax. After Obamacare was passed, Obama sent his lawyers into courts all over the country to argue that the individual mandate is constitutional precisely because it is a tax.
“This is the top argument to feature now in discrediting Obama and Obamacare. No one likes a dishonest liar…”
Jim Angle, Fox: 13,000 Pages of Regulations for New ObamaTax Law
“…The Health and Human Services Department ‘was given a billion dollars implementation money,’ Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg of Montana said. ‘That money is gone already on additional bureaucrats and IT programs, computerization for the implementation.’
“‘Oh boy,’ Stan Dorn of the Urban Institute said. ‘HHS has a huge amount of work to do and the states do, too. There will be new health insurance marketplaces in every state in the country, places you can go online, compare health plans.’
“The IRS, Health and Human Services and many other agencies will now write thousands of pages of regulations — an effort well under way:
“There’s already 13,000 pages of regulations, and they’re not even done yet,” Rehberg said…”
AP/Boston Herald: Countrywide Financial Did Favors
“WASHINGTON — The former Countrywide Financial Corp., whose subprime loans helped start the nation’s foreclosure crisis, made hundreds of discount loans to buy influence with members of Congress, congressional staff, top government officials and executives of troubled mortgage giant Fannie Mae, according to a House report.
“The report, obtained by The Associated Press, said that the discounts — from January 1996 to June 2008, were not only aimed at gaining influence for the company but to help mortgage giant Fannie Mae. Countrywide’s business depended largely on Fannie, which at the time was trying to fend off more government regulation but eventually had to come under government control…”
Countrywide & Forest Fires
College tuition, home loans, health costs, and brushfires … all man-made disasters…
Bob Owens, PJ Media: Environmentalists responsible for wildfires.
“…Over the past decade, from British Columbia to New Mexico, the world’s most rapid deforestation has been underway in the North American West, with an average of nearly six million acres of forest lost per year — roughly double the three million acres per year rate in Brazil. The culprits here, however, have not been humans, but Western Pine Beetles, whose epidemic spread has turned over 60 million acres of formerly evergreen pine forests into dead red tinder, dry ammunition awaiting any spark to flare into catastrophe.
Yet while the global green movement has made a cause célèbre of the Amazon rain forest, they have done nothing to oppose those destroying our woods. Quite the contrary, they have been doing everything in their power to assist the wreckers. Indeed, over the past decade they have launched over a thousand lawsuits to block every attempt by the National Forest Service or others to take necessary counter measures.
‘Green’ activists have not only contributed to forest fires by creating the conditions for tree-killing beetles to thrive by fighting logging efforts, but also through refusing to let wildfires run their natural course and restricting prescribed burns that are designed to reduce the threat of uncontrolled fires by burning away tinder-dry underbrush.
“If the media wants to place blame where blame belongs for western wildfires, the shooters that sparked just 5% of the blazes are the least of their worries. The so-called environmentalists that ultimately contribute to the tinder-dry conditions fueling the fires bear far more responsibility.”
Jamie Dettmer, UK Telegraph: Muslim Brotherhood Set to Lead Libya
Thank you Samantha Power & Hillary Clinton…
“Libya’s top politicians have hatched a deal that would see the Muslim Brotherhood lead the government after the country’s first free elections in almost five decades takes place on Saturday.
“While the elections for a 200-member National Congress is unlikely to grant a majority to any one faction, the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies are confident they can join their counterparts in Tunisia and Egypt at the helm of leadership.
“Negotiations between the Muslim Brotherhood and a secular-based political movement led by former interim prime minister Mahmoud Jibril have focused on forming a post-election government as soon as the result is known.
“An adviser to Mr Jibril said the former prime minister was likely to take the post of figurehead president with Mustafa Abu Shagour, currently interim deputy prime minister of the Muslim Brotherhood, taking the prime minister’s slot as head of government…”
Patrick Poole, PJM: We’re All Extremists
“…We have exclusively posted the DHS “lexicon” here.
“Its definition of “militia extremists” states:
‘(U//FOUO) Groups or individuals who facilitate or engage in acts of violence directed at federal, state, or local government officials or infrastructure in response to their belief that the government deliberately is stripping Americans of their freedoms and is attempting to establish a totalitarian regime. These individuals consequently oppose many federal and state authorities’ laws and regulations, (particularly those related to firearms ownership), and often belong to armed paramilitary groups. They often conduct paramilitary training designed to violently resist perceived government oppression or to violently overthrow the US Government. (Page 2 of 3, emphasis added)’”
Lowman Henry: Lincoln Radio Journal
“(July 9, 2012 – July 15, 2012) This week on Lincoln Radio Journal: Eric Boehm has news headlines from www.paindependent.com; David Taylor of the PA Manufacturers Association; Kevin Shivers from the PA Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business and Matthew Brouillette of the Commonwealth Foundation have a Capitol Watch roundtable discussion on the newly approved state budget; And, Lowman Henry has a Town Hall Commentary on an effort to trash our ‘self-evident’ right to religious freedom.” http://lincolnradiojournal.com/
Rob Waugh, UK Daily Mail: Atlantis Found
– Divers have found traces of ancient land swallowed by waves 8500 years ago
– Doggerland once stretched from Scotland to Denmark
– Rivers seen underwater by seismic scans
– Britain was not an island – and area under North Sea was roamed by mammoths and other giant animals
– Described as the ‘real heartland’ of Europe
– Had population of tens of thousands – but devastated by sea level rises