Archive for December 15th, 2009

“Be Nice to Your ACORN Representative” By Rick Saunders

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

For those of you currently keeping score at home, we now have a District Court judge issuing a preliminary injunction against the congressional bar upon future funding of ACORN. You remember ACORN, do you not? That benign, benevolent “community organizing” arm of the Obama administration, dabbling in all things from voter fraud, to advising “clients” on how to evade federal taxes you have to pay, to “volunteering” to assist in the 2010 census?

Judge Nina Gershon, U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York (a Bill Clinton appointee, go figure) last Friday granted ACORN lawyers’ request for a preliminary injunction upon recent legislative efforts by Congress to defund and prevent ACORN from receiving future taxpayer funding because of its–politeness is growing more and more difficult–“questionable operations” and practices. Gershon, ruling in favor of ACORN, purchased the argument that the congressional action amounted–purportedly–to an unconstitutional “bill of attainder” under Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution: “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.” In pre-Obama America, such a decision would have been laughable. No more.

The net effect of this preliminary ruling, if it metastasizes into a final decision, could well be to facilitate the recognition of a constitutional right to perpetuate fraud. After all, to criminalize that which had previously been conducted with impunity, both under and apart from contracts, constitutes retroactive punishment, a sanction which is forbidden under Gershon’s “logic.”

Next thing you know, Gershon and her ilk will find, somewhere in the Constitution, an undiscovered right theretofore lurking in the “penumbras” and “emanations” of the document, permitting robbery, perjury, and maybe even murder. Why? Well, because since the original source in this nation’s Judeo-Christian history of the proscriptions on robbery, perjury and even murder lies in the Ten Commandments, any law based on those nasty religious precepts cannot stand, not only because they constitute ex post facto laws, but because the ACLU says they violate the “separation” of church and state (a concept which, by the way, is found nowhere in the words of the Constitution).

Don’t laugh. This is the species of ruling and reasoning which has become de rigueur in the liberal mind as the occupant of the White House, Nobel Peace Prize in one hand and cigarette in the other, plunges the nation farther and farther down the road to the collectivist utopia that Marx and Lenin so successfully imposed in their country last century. And don’t forget his parallel efforts to Zimbabwicize the nation through the printing–from thin air, ink and lots of and currency-stock paper–of trillions of additional dollars so that we can “spend our way out of the recession.”

Santayana noted that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. His aphorism has evolved over time to become: “Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them.” We are now witnessing, in this nation, the truth of Santayana’s observation writ large. The Great Depression is now generally recognized as having been prolonged–by perhaps as many as twenty years–rather than shortened by the “spend-our-way-out” mentality of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his enablers. In the end, that which pulled the nation out of the Depression was not Roosevelt’s New Deal charade economics but was, instead, World War II. And the way Obama is pursuing his global agenda of appeasement at any price–including national dignity–maybe this is his ultimate plan.

Perhaps one of the most important elections in the republic’s history will come next November, when the voters (assuming that liberal jurists or administration crisis-peddlers don’t find a way to suspend free and open elections by then) will decide whether or not the “change” that has been splattered over their country is something they want to keep and deepen by re-electing Democrats to retain control of the House and Senate. Ah yes, two more years of Nancy “Partnership not Partisanship” Pelosi and Harry “what’s it gonna take, Landrieu?” Reid.-to-get-you-on-board-this-afternoon?”) Reid. Let us “hope” that, by then, enough voters will have awakened to the lunacy that has overtaken their government and will take the necessary steps to correct that affliction.

In the meantime, be nice to that ACORN operative when you open your door for the census and he or she poses their questions to you and your family. Otherwise, you might regret it. Oh, you thought the Census Bureau had severed its ties with ACORN? Fools! What do you think that “bill of attainder” suit was all about?

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Inconvenient Truth for Al Gore as His North Pole Sums Don’t Add Up

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

More and more people are seeing through the farce of man-made global warming. Many of us are even doubting there is any type of global warming and that the world may actually be cooling.
Between Climategate and this latest junk data, the global warming alarmist cash cow may be about to dry up.

There are many kinds of truth. Al Gore was poleaxed by an inconvenient one yesterday.

The former US Vice-President, who became an unlikely figurehead for the green movement after narrating the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, became entangled in a new climate change “spin” row.

Mr Gore, speaking at the Copenhagen climate change summit, stated the latest research showed that the Arctic could be completely ice-free in five years.

In his speech, Mr Gore told the conference: “These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr [Wieslav] Maslowski that there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.”

However, the climatologist whose work Mr Gore was relying upon dropped the former Vice-President in the water with an icy blast.

“It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at,” Dr Maslowski said. “I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.”

Mr Gore’s office later admitted that the 75 per cent figure was one used by Dr Maslowksi as a “ballpark figure” several years ago in a conversation with Mr Gore.

The embarrassing error cast another shadow over the conference after the controversy over the hacked e-mails from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit, which appeared to suggest that scientists had manipulated data to strengthen their argument that human activities were causing global warming.

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Terrorist NYC Trial ‘Completely Illogical’

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

I completely agree with this. I cannot imagine what the Obama is thinking on this one. Actually, I can’t tell what Obama is thinking most of the time.

A group of Republican lawmakers recently went to the steps of the Supreme Court to voice their disapproval of the Obama administration’s decision to bring suspected 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammad and other terrorists to U.S. soil for trial.

A group of Republican Congress members gathered in front of the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to express similar concerns. Among them was Iowa Congressman Steve King.

“There should be no terrorist allowed to get a legal beach head in the United States,” he argues. “If they do, it starts a constant stream that will have the same claim, or a greater claim, to come to the United States. We can just reach into our taxpayers’ pockets and pull out money to hire defense lawyers, and they can have show trials, circus trials, and it makes us vulnerable to activist judges who might decide to turn them loose,” notes King.

“It’s a completely illogical decision that puts Americans at risk — and it completely changes the foundational reasons for fighting this war on terror,” he concludes.

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