Who needs the 1st Amendment when you have Hope’n'Change instead?
A new White House policy on permissible lobbying on economic recovery and stimulus project has taken a decidedly anti-First Amendment turn. It’s a classic illustration of Big Government trying to control every aspect of a particular activity and in the process running up against civil liberty.
Check out this passage from a post on the White House blog by Norm Eisen, Special Counsel to the President on Ethics and Government Reform (emphasis added):
“First, we will expand the restriction on oral communications to cover all persons, not just federally registered lobbyists. For the first time, we will reach contacts not only by registered lobbyists but also by unregistered ones, as well as anyone else exerting influence on the process. We concluded this was necessary under the unique circumstances of the stimulus program.
Ah, the incredibly elastic concept of “unique circumstances” being used to justify the stifling of free speech.
Politics, Chicago-deep-dish style.
Or, put differently, “How dare you petition the government!”
Thanks a flipping ton, 52%.
X-Posted at The Vent-O-Matic.
Non-Latina justice is no justice at all
A diabetic with learning disabilities, raised by a single mother in a South Bronx neighborhood, rose to the top of elite Ivy League universities.
Lawyer Sotomayor was then given the power to prosecute criminal defendants and, for the past 17 years has wielded the gavel of a trial court judge before judging trial court judges from the second highest court in the land; apparently, if one believes the man that now would elevate Judge Sotomayor to Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, all in a callous land devoid of justice:
This woman is brilliant, she is qualified, I want her confirmed, I want her walking up those marble steps and starting to provide some justice.
Starting to provide some justice?
Sotomayor overcame all those odds despite the fact that justice remained in the starting blocks. But wait, DeVine Gamecock Law (pictured) in this fourth installment of our Sotomayor examination, three other factors may explain this late 20th and early 21st Century Alger Hiss story.
Did I mention that Judge Sotomayor is female and Puerto Rican? Did I mention that over 75% of the population of the unjust nation in which she was raised is Caucasion and that the legal profession in which she has achieved prominence has been dominated by white men?
Clearly, the gender and racial superiority combination of a Latina explains her better decisions that has her 51 Senate consent votes away from finally starting to provide some justice in America. Sotomayor admitted her advantage in 2001:
“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.
Too bad we can’t all raise our children to be Latinas, but how then do we explain the achievements of non-Latinas, especially the big non-Latina kahuna, Kenyan-Caucasian presently occupying the White House who seeks a Justice with empathy for superior Hispanic women? Can one achieve Latina-like superiority by empathizing with La Raza or many of the other race-based organizations with which Sonia has been obsessed most of her adult life? Has Obama’s dreams of his Marxist Kenyan father or Audacity of Reverend Wright’s hate-KKK America hope sufficed to elevate the President’s empathy and competence.
Rewinding the “start” of Obama-Sotomayor justice
One wonders what Latina tricked the exclusive white male electorate to outlaw slavery and demand equal protection of the laws by super-majorities in Congress and the states with the passage of the Civil War Amendments?
Was Chief Justice Earl Warren’s clerk a Hispanic woman who hypnotized her boss and eight other white men to end de jure racial discrimination across the fruited plain? Was Thurgood Marshall no good at starting justice?
Had justice not started in 1865, nor even by 1954? How about the overwhelming Republican white male and overall white male votes for the 1964 and 1965 Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts?
Where those respective acts, unjust? Was it a nation lacking in empathy that welcomed Barry Obama’s African dad or that affirmatively provided him with an education with the nation’s elite?
Given the Latina supremacist views of Sotomayor, one wonders if she agrees that justice hadn’t started when African-American crowds cheered Orenthal James Simpson’s acquittal from murder charges in the wrongful deaths of two white people, even if one of them was a woman (one half of the secret formula for superiority after all, but I digress…).
Would the start of justice provision upon ascending marble steps mean reversing her own decision to deny white males and one chromosome-lacking Hispanic male, merit-based promotions based on their race?
How would Latina-Wonder Woman start justice for the ACORN-gun-wielding voter intimidation thugs that Obama’s political appointees at the Justice Department exonerated over the objections of career (read non-empathetic white males?) un-Justice Department lawyers?
If only Miguel Estrada had been Margarita he could have out-smarted pasty white male Patrick Leahy and started providing justice several years ago…
Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer, Examiner.com and Minority Report columns
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
Originally published @ Examiner.com, where all verification links may be accessed.
The Obama administration is supporting efforts by the Saudi royal family to defeat a long-running lawsuit seeking to hold it liable for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The Justice Department, in a brief filed Friday before the Supreme Court, said it did not believe the Saudis could be sued in American court over accusations brought by families of the Sept. 11 victims that the royal family had helped finance Al Qaeda. The department said it saw no need for the court to review lower court rulings that found in the Saudis’ favor in throwing out the lawsuit.
The government’s position comes less than a week before President Obama is scheduled to meet in Saudi Arabia with King Abdullah as part of a trip to the Middle East and Europe intended to reach out to the Muslim world.
Lawyers for the Saudi family said that they were heartened by the department’s brief and that it served to strengthen their hand before the court, which has not decided whether to hear the case.
American capitalism gone with a whimper
It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.
True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists.
Those lessons were taken and used to properly prepare the American populace for the surrender of their freedoms and souls, to the whims of their elites and betters.
>First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas then the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their “right” to choke down a McDonalds burger or a BurgerKing burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our “democracy”. Pride blind the foolish.
Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different “branches and denominations” were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more then happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the “winning” side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the “winning” side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power. Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America.
The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America’s short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe.
These past two weeks have been the most breath taking of all. First came the announcement of a planned redesign of the American Byzantine tax system, by the very thieves who used it to bankroll their thefts, loses and swindles of hundreds of billions of dollars. These make our Russian oligarchs look little more then ordinary street thugs, in comparison. Yes, the Americans have beat our own thieves in the shear volumes. Should we congratulate them?
President Obama isn’t ready to back away from the state secrets privilege. Tomorrow, Justice Department lawyers are expected to notify a judge that it will not back away from its assertion of the privilege in the Al-Haramain case, even under the threat of sanctions. Judge Vaughn Walker, frustrated by months of delay from the government, said he might summarily rule in favor of Al-Haramain, the Islamic charity that’s suing the government over the legality of the National Security Agency’s domestic collection programs.
The government wants to force Walker’s hand by stonewallking. Walker could order the government to release a critical, highly-classified document, an order that could be — and would be — appealed to 2nd circuit court of appeals. Or, Walker could decide the case in favor of the plaintiffs, something that the plaintiffs don’t want … the case isn’t about money, for them, it’s about the legality of the NSA program. (The government could also make the case go away by accepting the summary judgment; they’d pay a few million bucks to the plaintiffs and wouldn’t have to disclose — or admit — anything.)
The more things change the more they stay the same!
Fresh off of California’s Supreme Court ruling on Prop 8 upholding the constitutionality of the amendment, the White House seems to be stalling or not moving on “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked twice during Thursday’s press briefing about the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Both times, he reverted to his standard talking points on the subject.
When would the White House push Congress to repeal the policy, asked on reporter?
Gibbs reiterated the president’s support for repeal, then added, “He does not think the policy is working in the national interests and is working with the Joint Chiefs, the Pentagon, and others to bring about a change in that policy.”
Another reporter noted that although Gibbs keeps saying the president is working for repeal, he had been told by staffers for the chair of the subcommittee (probably the military personnel subcommittee) that the House repeal bill isn’t likely to come up for a vote until next year.
“Sometimes the legislative process doesn’t move that quickly,” Gibbs responded.
In other words this isn’t an issue we’re going to press right now, if ever, due to the fact the we’re busy stealing from future generations and taking over private business — our soft socialist agenda in more important than you!
I’m not sure why gays are putting so much stock in Obama and expecting that he’ll champion their cause? He doesn’t hold their views on gay marriage and if I’m reading the President right, and I’m batting around 800 so far, the DADT campaign promise was all politics with little or no actual fire about the issue. Sure his administration might vist the topic but I doubt it goes much further than that!
The Obama administration keeps telling me that transparency is this administrations main priority but in the case of judge Sotomayor’s Duke University video and the spin by the White House that the judge was taken out of context (standard operating procedure when the left is caught with their pants down) one must stand up and shout… Obama, Dude Where’s My Transparency?
Yesterday when asked about the following video White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said “We can all move past YouTube snippets and half sentences and actually look at the honest-to-God record” intimating that these objections were erroneous due to the fact that the statement was taken out of context.
If this is the case then the White House should have no problem putting the whole on the White House web site for all Americans to view and judge for them selves? That is the position Wendy Long Chief Counsel to Judaical Confirmation Network is taking::
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ comments yesterday that “We can all move past YouTube snippets and half sentences and actually look at the honest-to-God record” raise an important question for Mr. Gibbs. The Duke University comments by Judge Sotomayor are quite clear and unequivocal. Is Mr. Gibbs suggesting that Judge Sotomayor was lying in the tape or that she really didn’t mean it?
An important controversy and debate continues to brew over Judge Sotomayor’s comments at Duke University in which she said that appellate courts “make policy,” and in her published words tucked away in law review articles. The White House continues to say that her words caught on tape were taken out of context. It appears that whenever the press or other critics point out troubling or radical statements made by Judge Sotomayor that clearly reveal her approach to judging, the White House spin machine is dizzying itself trying to figure out how best to communicate what it is that Judge Sotomayor really meant when she uttered the appellate “courts make policy” comment or her published writings saying a “Latina woman would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who has not lived that life.”
President Obama promised the American people a transparent presidency. Indeed, this White House’s communications machine has been vigilant in posting the President’s policy agenda online and keeping folks up to speed saying they want to create dialogue and discussion. In that spirit, we are calling on White House Press Secretary Gibbs to post the Duke University video on The White House web site and let the American people judge her comments. Given the importance of a life time appointment to the Supreme Court, the American people should know the facts about this nominee, not just get the latest White House line they want the media to report and the people to hear. If Mr. Gibbs does not have time to post this video, he is welcome to link to it and other Sotomayor comments at www.soniasotomayor.com.
So the challenge as been brought’n Mr. Gibbs lets see if this administration has the cojones to man-up and stick to their promise… if not I’m sure I’m not the only one who will be screaming — Dude Where’s My Transparency?
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From Gateway Pundit
So much for saving and creating 2.5 million jobs
The US has lost 16,000 jobs each day
since Democrats passed their MASSIVE Generational Theft Act
, the largest redistribution of wealth from the private sector to government officials in US history, without any GOP House votes
16,000 Jobs Lost Each Day Since ‘Stimulus’ Became Law
After 100 days of ‘stimulus’ we have to ask: Mr. President, are you looking at the same numbers we are?
Via House Republican Conference
Republicans had a plan that created twice the jobs at half the cost.