Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter

June 30, 2012

Nationally syndicated columnist Mona Charen — writing for National Review — takes aim at the U.S. Supreme Court for failing to protect the Constitution.  Conservatives and the Court provides key insights.

Scott Bundgaard: A bit of advice about cow patties

June 29, 2012

The daily reports that former state Sen. Scott Bundgaard (R-former LD4) has filed a $10 million notice of claim against Phoenix police and city officials. This action stems from the events which occurred during a roadside brawl with his then-girlfriend. He later abruptly resigned his legislative seat during a break in the Senate Ethics Committee hearing against him.

Bundgaard, obviously trying to reclaim his reputation and pick up a few million bucks in the process, disputes the police claim that he invoked legislative immunity at the time the police responded after the altercation.

In a series of not very smart moves, this one rates high on the list. The money — in the unlikely event his suit were to be successful — would come not from an over-arching entity called the city of Phoenix. It would come directly from the over-burdened taxpayers who are fed up with being considered cash cows.

Speaking of which — best advice to Mr. Bundgaard would be this twangy bit learned from an old cowboy: When you’re out in the pasture and find a crusted-over cow patty, don’t poke it with a stick. It’s a good bet it’ll smell again. 

Barack Obama: Exposed as Liar-in-Chief

June 29, 2012


H/T Mister Smith Media

Yuma Arizona tops national list

June 29, 2012

When the headline asserted that the Arizona city of Yuma ranked at the top of a national list, the natural inclination was to seek out the Arizona Department of Tourism’s website to see what was driving the news. Aside from those seeking to experience scorching, triple digit temperatures or visit the notorious Territorial Prison, the southwestern Arizona city isn’t normally a summer travel destination

The news, it turns out, centers on the recently released U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest economic news report provides the continuing dismal news on the employment front, skewed by the administration’s decision not to reflect the job seekers who previously held full-time employment and now have one or more part-time jobs just to make ends meet. Others disappeared from the count when their unemployment benefits ran out while remaining unable to find employment. The Obama administration makes you dig for the appalling statistics. Scroll down to Table 1 and find Civilian labor force and unemployment by state and metropolitan area.

It takes a while on that wordy and cluttered economic news report to locate this jarring news that Yuma Arizona tops the national list with the highest unemployment in the nationat a staggering 28.9 percent. That’s nearly one third of the previously working populace.

Aside from the Arizona city of Yuma, California tops the rest of the list with metro area rates ranging from an abysmal high of 26.8 percent unemployment to 14.3.

The states with the lowest unemployment are North Dakota (the city of  Bismarck is at an enviable 2.5%, joining three other N.D. cities which also reflect exceptionally low rates).  Cities in Nebraska, Vermont, Iowa, Texas and New Hampshire factor in similarly low unemployment numbers. The Boston Globe provides a complete list.

The national May unemployment rate has risen to 8.2% with an additional 220,000 seeking benefits. Unemployment rates rose in more than two-thirds of U.S. cities last month. Food-stamp enrollment has risen to an all-time high during Barack Obama’s first term.  Spending for food stamps has more than doubled in four years to a record $75.7 billion.

It’s time for a change. Under the current tyrannical regime, hope has all but flown out the door.

A call to action

June 28, 2012

Guest editorial

After today’s ruling, it’s clear Americans can no longer rely on the Supreme Court as the last line of defense to protect our Constitutional rights. All Americans — Republicans, Independents and Democrats — who believe in the principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States must form a 21st Century revolution. Our Founders fought the original American Revolution against oppression from across the sea. It is now our turn to fight a new American Revolution against oppression from within our own borders — our own government. This is the fight that must be waged against those usurping our inalienable rights.

Tyranny from the White House and supported by the U.S. Supreme Court cannot be allowed to stand.

All freedom loving Americans must unite behind Constitutional principles. Let’s be clear. Our message cannot be a watered-down pablum meant to appeal to everyone. Our message cannot be a weak kneed “Big Tent” message. Our actions cannot be lukewarm because even God has said that he will spew the lukewarm out of his mouth. American voters will defeat any candidate who demonstrates a lack of core values by pandering to special interest groups.

In the American Revolution, those we now call patriots comprised about a third of the populace. What they lacked in numbers they more than compensated for with their strong stance based on Judeo-Christian principles. They provided unswerving leadership that resulted in great victories over the mightiest military force in history.

Now it is our time. It is incumbent upon us to replace the domestic reign of authoritarianism with a new generation of American leaders who will passionately fight for our Constitutionally guaranteed liberties. In 2012, we are facing crucial elections that will decide the direction our country takes in the future. These are the issues which must drive your ballot selections.

US AG Holder held in contempt of Congress: 255-67

June 28, 2012

The House of Representatives has found U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for arrogantly stonewalling and withholding documents related to the botched federal scheme known as Operation Fast and Furious. The gun-running operation conceived in 2009 by the Phoenix Division of ATF — a Justice Department agency — was responsible for supplying more than 2,000 weapons to violent Mexican drug cartels. The scandal resulted in numerous deaths — including the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in the Arizona desert.

The operation which U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has acknowledged was “fundamentally flawed,” occurred under his watch with his Department’s knowledge and approval.

During today’s vote, in an arrogant display of liberal partisanship led by Democrat Nancy Pelosi, 110 Democrats walked out in protest.

The vote recommended that the House of Representatives find Eric H. Holder Jr., Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Individual member votes can be seen here. (Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)

The measure passed 255-67, with one member voting “present.” Seventeen of the Democrats who didn’t walk out voted with the Republican majority to hold Holder in contempt of Congress. Two Republicans, Reps. Steven LaTourette (Ohio) and Scott Rigell (VA), opposed the contempt resolution.

Executive branch key players can be seen here. Victims? Click here. Earliest evidence of when administration officials knew can be seen here. Check out Fortress Holder here.

ObamaCare: Fed overreach approved by SCOTUS

June 28, 2012

Roberts casts with liberals, votes for government expansion

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5 – 4 split, has allowed ObamaCare — Barack Obama’s signature domestic initiative — to stand. The justices addressed the contentious individual mandate provision by ruling it is permissible under Congress’s taxing authority, although the Obama administration has steadfastly maintained it was not a tax.

At the core of the issue is whether the requirement for virtually all Americans to buy health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty is Constitutional. The legislation was passed by the Democrat-controlled Congress in March 2010

In their last decision before taking summer recess, the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have ruled on perhaps the most anticipated decision in decades — the constitutionality of ObamaCare (Affordable Care Act) — a case pitting the Obama administration against 27 states filing lawsuits challenging the law.

And in another surprising move, Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the liberals — disappointingly casting the deciding vote — in upholding this flagrant and massive federal overreach while spitting in the eye of American citizens. Roberts voted with the left on Arizona’s SB1070on Monday.  In today’s decision Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented. 

Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor joined Roberts in this shameful and unprecedented state-sanctioned encroachment on individual freedom  — forcing citizens to buy a specific product and clearly exceeding congressional authority.

Today’s Supreme Court opinion in the National Federation of  Independent Business et al. v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al  can be read in its entirety HERE.

In this report released during the Clinton administration in 1994, the non-partisan that “The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States. An individual mandate would have two features that, in combination, would make it unique. First, it would impose a duty on individuals as members of society. Second, it would require people to purchase a specific service that would be heavily regulated by the federal government.”