Archive for July 28th, 2010

“Tasing Arizona” by Debra J. Saunders

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The Obama administration had gone to federal court to kill Arizona’s new illegal-immigration law, scheduled to go into effect on Thursday. The Department of Justice argues that enforcement of the Arizona law “is pre-empted by federal law and therefore violates the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution.”

Does this mean that if Team Obama prevails over Arizona, San Francisco and other sanctuary cities should prepare to go to court against the feds?

After all, the Obama brief argues that “a state may not establish its own immigration policy or enforce state laws in a manner that interferes with the federal immigration laws. The Constitution and the federal immigration laws do not permit the development of a patchwork of state and local immigration policies throughout the country.”

In 1989, Ess Eff passed a sanctuary city ordinance, which prohibits city employees from working with federal immigration officials, unless required by federal law, state law or warrant.

In 2007, Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is running for lieutenant governor, announced he would not allow city “department heads or anyone associated with this city to cooperate in any way, shape or form” with Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids to arrest immigrant fugitives who had criminal records or had violated deportation orders.

Even when federal law required cooperation, San Francisco had declined. Some time around 2005, city officials determined that they would not notify federal authorities when undocumented juveniles — or criminals who simply claimed to be under 18 — were charged with felonies. Instead, the city sent serious and repeat offenders into under-supervised group homes and even flew some offenders back to their home countries.

In 2008, after the feds detained a probation officer flying an illegal immigrant to Honduras, Newsom told city workers to notify ICE when undocumented minors were arrested on felony charges, as per federal law. But the sanctuary city policy itself stands.

Now one would think that if the Obama administration cannot brook “a patchwork of state and local immigration policies throughout the country,” the U.S. Department of Justice would have sued San Francisco to end its sanctuary city program. But apparently, Team Obama objects when a state wants to enforce the law — instead of flout it.

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Democrat: Reinstate the Draft and Have Mandatory National Service

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

OK, I want this on record.
The next time someone wants to blame Republicans for a possible reinstatement of the draft. It is (and has been in the past) the Democrats who have proposed this, not the Republicans.

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., would reinstate a compulsory military draft during war time and require U.S. citizens not selected for military duty to perform a “national service obligation” – as defined by President Obama – for a minimum of two years.

Rangel introduced the Universal National Service Act, or H.R. 5741 on July 15. The measure was referred to the House Armed Services’ Subcommittee on Military Personnel on July 23.

Rangel introduced similar bills in 2003, 2006 and 2007. His current bill does not have a co-sponsor.

Rangel took to the floor of the House to reintroduce HR 5741, stating, “I have introduced legislation to reinstate the draft and to make it permanent during time of war. It is HR 5741, and what this does is to make everyone between the ages of 18 and 42 – whether they’re men or women, whether they’re straight or gay – to have the opportunity to defend this great country whenever the president truly believes that our national security is threatened.”

According to an announcement released by Rangel’s office, the bill provides for:

* A national service obligation – either military or civilian – for every citizen and permanent resident, male and female, of the U.S., aged 18 to 42.

* Persons may inducted to perform military service only if a declaration of war is in effect, or if the president declares a national emergency necessitating the induction of persons to perform military service and immediately informs Congress of the reasons for the declaration.

* Defines “national service” as either military or civilian service as defined by the president that promotes national or homeland security.

* Give the president the authority to establish the numbers of persons to be selected for military service and the means of selection.

* Requires those not selected for military service to perform their national service obligation in a civilian capacity for a period of two years.

* Directs the president to prescribe the regulations necessary to carry out the act.

* Deferments for education are only permitted through completion of high school, to a maximum age of 20.

* Deferments may be made for physical or mental disability, or under claims of conscientious objector.

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Key Cause of AIDS, Homosexual Behavior, ‘Off the Table’ at Conference

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

True to form…

At last week’s International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, the Obama administration pledged the support of the U.S. in the global fight against AIDS. But one pro-family activist points out that an important aspect is missing from the undertaking.

“It’s not a big mystery about what helps cause AIDS, and yet one key portion — homosexual practice, homosexual sex — is just off the table,” notes Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH). “And then we wonder why we can’t keep this disease in check.”

He compares this issue to the Wizard of Oz or the emperor who has no clothes. “There’s a lot of talk about fighting AIDS, but they’re not really serious about one of the key causes, which is homosexual behavior,” he laments.

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Obama Missing Historic Boy Scout Jamboree for Fundraisers, ‘View’ Taping

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

It’s too bad the president couldn’t make room for this important Boy Scout jamboree.

President Obama will make history as the first sitting president on a daytime talk show when he visits with the ladies of “The View.” But he’ll be missing out on another historic occasion — the Boy Scouts’ Jamboree marking the group’s 100th anniversary, right in the president’s backyard.

The Jamboree kicked off this week at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, where organizers had invited the president to speak to the 45,000 scouts in attendance. All three of Obama’s predecessors have made it to one Jamboree while in office.

But the president will instead be traveling Wednesday to New York for a taping of the ABC show, as well as Democratic fundraisers and a stop in New Jersey. The talk show appearance comes as campaign season moves into full swing, but also amid efforts to cap the Gulf oil spill for good, contain the damage from an unprecedented leak of Afghanistan war documents and battle Arizona over its immigration law — set to go into effect Thursday. Obama also has an out-of-town event planned for Friday in Detroit.

But while the Jamboree lasts until next Tuesday, the president is sending his regards via a videotaped message.

Boy Scouts of America spokesman Deron Smith said the organization knew Obama’s invitation would hinge on his schedule and found out two months ago that he would not be able to attend.

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“On Bullying: It Takes One To Know One” by David Limbaugh

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

President Obama was apparently moved enough by a letter from a Philadelphia fifth-grader about bullying that he wrote back and encouraged his correspondent to continue her quest to end bullying. Oh, how rich the irony!

Barack Obama is nothing if not a bully. There, I said it, and I believe it’s true, no matter how politically incorrect and inconsistent with the mainstream media’s narrative it is.

Before getting to some examples, let me direct your attention to the White House’s comments on the exchange and the reaction of Obama’s fifth-grade correspondent, Zina Stokes.

White House spokeswoman Moira Mack said, “The president feels it is important to hear directly from the American people about their ideas and concerns.”

Zina Stokes said: “He showed how he cares. I think even before his four years are up, when he gets done with the oil spill, something will be done with bullying in school.”

Though those two statements appear innocuous enough, they reveal a prevalent attitude being promoted by the Obama White House and increasingly embraced by a growing dependency culture.

It’s laudable for a president to want to hear the concerns of the people, but it’s not healthy to encourage people to believe that the buck for every problem stops at the White House. Many problems fall outside the proper scope of government, and classroom bullying is one. Though liberals often try to politicize aspects or categories of “bullying” and to twist the term to serve some politically correct agenda, this is a matter best left to local school administrations and school boards. When government fosters the notion that eradicating bullying is the federal government’s business, it does a disservice to our culture.

In her response, Zina Stokes makes my point. “When he gets done with the oil spill” — as if he’s going to remedy that personally — “something will be done with bullying in school.”

Clearly, Zina believes Obama should and will intervene directly on this matter and micromanage a solution in her school and others across the nation. To her credit, however, at least Zina is also taking a proactive approach and lobbying schools to address the problem. Even she instinctively understands that people must not wait on a big federal government to solve their problems.

But it’s especially ironic that Obama’s spokeswoman touted Obama’s receptiveness to the will of the people, for in his own bullying, he exhibits the opposite tendency. He consistently runs roughshod over the will of the people to implement his agenda, about which he will brook neither dissent nor criticism.

Now for a few disturbing examples among the plethora.

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