Archive for August 3rd, 2010

Judge Gives Virginia OK to Press On With Health Care Lawsuit Against Feds

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

The first of several lawsuits, against the government takeover of the health care industry, is given permission to continue, by a federal court. We’ll have to wait and see how this all plays out.

The state of Virginia can continue its lawsuit to stop the nation’s new health care law from taking effect, a federal judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson said he is allowing the suit against the U.S. government to proceed, saying no court has ever ruled on whether it’s constitutional to require Americans to purchase a product.

“While this case raises a host of complex constitutional issues, all seem to distill to the single question of whether or not Congress has the power to regulate — and tax — a citizen’s decision not to participate in interstate commerce,” Hudson wrote in a 32-page decision.

“Given the presence of some authority arguably supporting the theory underlying each side’s position, this court cannot conclude at this stage that the complaint fails to state a cause of action,” he wrote.

The decision is a small step, but in no way a minor matter to opponents of the health care bill rejected by all congressional Republicans but signed into law by President Obama earlier this year.

“This lawsuit is not about health care, it’s about our freedom and about standing up and calling on the federal government to follow the ultimate law of the land — the Constitution,” said Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who brought the suit. “The government cannot draft an unwilling citizen into commerce just so it can regulate him under the Commerce Clause.”

“Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has brought forward a specific and narrowly tailored objection to the Act. It warrants a full and thorough hearing in our courts. It is meritorious and constitutionally correct. … I look forward to the full hearing this fall,” said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Cuccinelli filed the suit almost immediately after the law was signed, arguing that it conflicts with Virginia’s legislation — also passed this year — exempting state residents from the requirement that all Americans be forced into health care coverage. Cuccinelli argued that the law violates the Constitution’s Commerce Clause.

The Commerce Clause allows the U.S. government to regulate economic activity. But Virginia argued that it’s not economic activity when someone chooses to refrain from participating in commerce.

The U.S. government, which was defending itself through the Health and Human Services Department run by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius argued that everyone will need medical services at some point in their life and therefore is either a “current or future participation in the health care market,” and therefore subject to taxation.

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“Afghanistan: The Endless War” by Todd Strandberg

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Last week, the website WikiLeaks.com published “The Afghan War Diaries,” a collection of 91,000 classified documents on the military operations in Afghanistan. The information consists of tens of thousands of field reports that give personal, first-hand views of the fighting.

Comparisons are being made with the “Pentagon papers,” which were leaked to the press in 1971 by an unhappy analyst of the Vietnam War. Those papers told an American public what it did not know about the war. There is no smoking gun in this pile of documents. According to the New York Times, the “documents do not contradict official accounts of the war.”

The war in Afghanistan is the longest conflict in our nation’s history, but it is also our least costly in terms of lives lost. The Department of Defense has identified 1,192 American service members who have died as a part of the Afghan War. The Vietnam War cost the lives of 58,159 soldiers. The Civil War remains America’s deadliest, with more than 600,000 deaths.

President George W. Bush ordered troops into Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. Our goal was to defeat the Taliban and create a democratic Afghan government complete with an army and a police force that can maintain stability.

I have long maintained that it is not in our national interest to stay in Afghanistan. The war has cost the U.S. taxpayers over $1.2 trillion. With this kind of money, we could have totally rebuilt our crumbling infrastructure.

If Afghanistan were the last holdout for evil on the planet, it would be wise for us to stay the course. Unfortunately, plenty of other hot spots could soon demand our attention.

North Korea and the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program are the most likely candidates for a new conflict. I seriously doubt we could afford another trillion-dollar conflict, and I’m sure our enemies realize this fact in their war planning.

The endless fighting is having a profoundly negative impact on our military readiness. The Army has lowered its standards in order to get new recruits. People who beforehand would have been barred as mentally unfit are now on active duty. The suicide rate, long below that of the general population, has now soared above that average.

At the core of the problem are the Afghan people. They have failed to show any real desire to take advantage of the opportunities we have provided them. We liberated them from the clutches of the Taliban, and they are unwilling to form a government that can supply basic needs. The Afghan government operates almost exclusively on bribes and kickbacks.

Only a handful of Afghan military units stand qualified to defend the country. In 1987, it only took me six weeks to learn how to be an Air Force airman. We’ve been training Afghans for nearly a decade.

I recently saw a revealing news report about ground troops. One segment featured an Army sergeant venting his consternation over having to deal with local Afghan soldiers who stopped by the local hashish bar to get stoned out of their minds right before coming on patrol with him.

It is unfortunate that we don’t have leaders in Washington who comprehend the spiritual nature of those in the Middle East. If we did, they would understand why it’s impossible for us to ever make friends with the Muslim world. Just this week, the White House had to admit that elements of Pakistan’s army are providing aid to Afghan militants. It would require the logic of an insane man to make sense of a situation in which money we give to Pakistan is being used to kill our own soldiers.

We are long past the time when we should have packed up and left this quagmire. Because Bible prophecy promises a future busy with military conflicts, anyone who lusts for battle will have plenty of opportunity in the coming years to get his fill.

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: … For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matt. 24:6-8)

— Todd

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Teenage Christian Convert Rejects Family Reunion

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Continue to pray for Rifqa Bary, the teen who ran away from home, in fear of her life, after she converted from Islam to Christianity, who continues to face massive hurdles in order to find safety and health. In addition to the fear she has concerning what her parents, or others in the Muslim community might do to her, she is still facing the specter of a very aggressive form of uterine cancer.

Fathima Bary

COLUMBUS, Ohio – An Ohio judge will hear arguments from a Christian convert who says a reunion with her Muslim parents is impossible before her 18th birthday next week.

At a hearing Tuesday, Rifqa Bary (RIHF’-kuh BAYR’-ee) also is expected to ask a juvenile court judge in Columbus for special immigration status to let her stay in the country.

The teenager is an undocumented immigrant from Sri Lanka who has said she needs the status to continue medical treatment for uterine cancer.

But Bary’s parents allege the girl considers herself healed and is refusing chemotherapy after visiting a faith healer last month.

Bary fled Ohio alleging she could be hurt or killed for her religious conversion. Her parents deny she would have been harmed.

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See our previous post about Rifqa Bary.
Surgery for Rifqa Bary, Christian Convert from Islam, Reportedly to Take Place Today.
Parents of Rifqa Bary, Christian Convert from Islam, Refuse Proper Cancer Treatment for Daughter.
Rifqa Bary, Christian Convert from Islam, Faces Cancer Treatment.
Rifqa Fights to Stay in the U.S..
Rifqa’s Immigration Status Tenuous.
Pastor: Threats Against Rifqa Serious.
Muslim Parents of Teen Christian Convert Renege on Custody Agreement.
Runaway Christian Convert to Remain Free of Parents, Judge Rules.
Rifqa Bary Case Takes a Positive Turn.
Court Issues Reunification Plan in Rifqa Bary Case.
Rifqa Bary Returns to Columbus.
Hamas-Linked CAIR Supervised Police Interview of Rifqa Bary’s Parents on Abuse Allegations.
Florida Investigation Finds No Credible Threat to Teen Christian Convert.
Teen Christian Convert Who Fled Muslim Family Gets Online Threat.
Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Says Family Threatened to Kill Her.
Updated: Judge Decides Fate of Honor Student, Cheerleader Who Fears “Honor Killing” After Converting to Christianity.
Parents of Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Have Ties to Mosque of Alleged Terrorist.
Political Asylum Suggested for Rifqa Bary, Teen ‘Muslim to Christian’ Convert.
Teen ‘Muslim to Christian’ Convert Order Back to Ohio by Florida Judge.
Rifqa Investigation Ignored Facts About Islam.

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