Friday, June 29, 2012

Fast and Furious: The Justice Dept Strikes Back

There are some times that I absolutely hate being right. Especially when it comes to the actions of our elected officials. This time I may not have been 100% right however, unfortunately, I am close enough.

Wednesday night I wrote about and discussed the possibility that after the contempt citation for Atty. Gen. Holder was passed by the House of Representatives, that Our Great Leader, HRH Barack I (peace be upon Him) would immediately grant Atty. Gen. Holder a pardon. This was based on the idea that the house would be passing a single contempt citation holding the Atty. Gen. in criminal contempt.

As has been reported widely the House actually passed two contempt citations against Atty. Gen. Holder, the first being a criminal citation and the second being a civil citation. My understanding is that a Presidential Pardon would have no effect on the civil citation.

So of course, when news broke this afternoon, that the Justice Department stated they were refusing to accept the House citation of contempt against Atty. Gen. Holder and stated flat-out that they would not prosecute, I was less than surprised.

And with that, Faster than you can say Furious, Holder is off the hook (criminally)-- for now.

The Justice Department may only refuse to prosecute as long as the current administration is in office. This still leaves open the possibility of a Presidential Pardon for Atty. Gen. Holder. If this November, HRH Barack I is replaced, the Romney administration can immediately take up criminal sanctions. Therefore it would not surprise me if the Presidential Pardon comes right before Obama leaves office January 20, 2013.

This is just another example of this administration's arrogance and a refusal to bow to the rule of law and the will of the people.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

First Thoughts on the Obama Care Ruling

Like most I am still trying to decide exactly how I feel about the Supreme Court's ruling this morning in "National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius" also known as the Obama Care ruling.

I've downloaded the Court's opinion and am in the process of reading and digesting it.

While on the surface it appears to some, especially those on the liberal side of the aisle, that this was a defeat for the GOP.  It may not have been.

Of primary import is the fact that nothing galvanizes conservatives like a Supreme Court ruling that does not go their way. While the ruling upheld what was previously called an individual mandate, it's important to note that the Court ruled that this is an individual tax not a mandate. It is also important to note that the Chief Justice in his opinion limited the application of the Commerce Clause.

Further the Court held that the government cannot coerce States into an enormous expansion of Medicare. If the states choose not to expand Medicare then that would force those that are above the poverty level but without insurance into government pools. This could potentially put a large burden on the Federal Government financially.

This ruling also paints the Obama administration into a corner. If they brag about their health care ruling, then they have to admit that this is the largest tax increase in the history of the United States certainly if not the history of modern civilization. They swore they would not raise taxes on the middle class or the poor and yet the Court has ruled today that they did.

I'm also looking at the dissent from Justice Kennedy. It is been reported, but not widely, that there are some very interesting "errors" in the wording of the dissent. The dissent appears to read like a majority opinion. Further the dissent is reported to refer in places to a dissent that no longer exists begging the question was this dissent actually the majority opinion at one point? Did Chief Justice Roberts originally vote to strike the entire law? If so why did the Chief Justice change his vote?

The final opinion handed down by the Court today is 193 pages long and I have certainly not finished reading it yet. Rest assured when I do I will have more here.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fast and Furious- The Holder Contempt Vote

Tomorrow will be a huge day with the Supreme Court announcing the ruling on Obama Care and its Tax Hikes and the Holder Contempt vote for his decision to defy Congress's lawful subpoena asking for documents regarding the testimony Holder gave to Congress stating "No one knew anything about Fast and Furious"-- which he then retracted in a letter about 9 months later.

Unfortunately, based on the recent history of Our Great Leader, HRH Barak I, (Peace be upon him) in going around Congress on immigration, defying the Courts in the ruling on SB1070, and his stated goal of "not waiting" for the Congress and acting on his own, I STRONGLY SUSPECT, that shortly after the House cites Holder for Contempt, His Imperial Majesty Barack Hussein Obama, will just issue a pardon for Eric Holder, stating this was all a Republican witch hunt and then say something to the effect "well, President Ford issued a pardon for Nixon,"  Fast and Furious was the same thing as what President Bush did (Operation Wide Receiver), and Congress should sit down and shut up.  He will also go back to the "Executive Privilege" claim.

ICE Agent Jamie Zapata
On the claim of Executive Privilege- my first response to Executive Privilege is sorry-- the President has stated he knew NOTHING about  Fast and Furious- How can there be Presidential Communication about something he knew nothing about?

My second response Executive Privilege?   Sorry--  United States. v. Nixon 418 US 683 (1974) states executive privilege does not cover criminal activity.  Congress is investigating Criminal Activity and there is evidence already that "high levels" of the administration of Our Great Leader, HRH Barack I (Peace be Upon Him), knew of and were briefed on Fast and Furious- despite denials of the Administration.

On "its the same thing Bush did"-- There are MAJOR differences between Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious. Operation Wide Receiver was run by BATFE by placing RFID markers in gun stocks and following straw purchasers and arresting them.   Wide Receiver was ended when Justice found problems with the RFID markers AND Wide Receiver was conducted in COOPERATION with the Mexican government.   In contrast, Fast and Furious was run WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE of Mexico and included few if any RFID markers.  Wide Receiver covered 275 guns-- Fast and Furious, OVER 2000!

On "this is a Republican Witch Hunt"--Unfortunately, the facts and the record seem to get in the way of the denials and the cover up.  Democratic Congressman Ciro Rodriguez of Texas, a member of the Appropriations Committee, requested a $30 Million increase for the Justice Department for the parent of Fast and Furious, Operation Gunrunner.  The appropriation request was made in March of 2009- with Fast and Furious beginning less than six months later. How could a Congressman know about money needed for a Justice Department operation, unless he had been briefed on the operation and asked to appropriate the money?  Or are we saying the Congressman just made the whole thing up as some place to park $30 million?

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry
On March 12, 2010 Gary Grindler, Attorney General Holder's current Chief of Staff, attended a meeting on Fast and Furious where he wrote on his notes "multiple long rifle sales," "Fast and Furious," and notes about long gun reporting and multiple weapons sales.  He also wrote "seizures in Mexico"-- but remember, the Justice Department said they knew nothing of Fast and Furious.
The list of these events goes on and on.

Why care?  Because the reason for Fast and Furious was simple- If American's are outraged about Guns from Arizona going to Mexico, they would support a renewal of the Assault Weapon's Ban.   This was the stated goal of Eric Holder as early as 2009.

On "Ford pardoned Nixon"-- No one died from the Watergate break in.

Lest we forget, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed on December 15, 2010, by guns purchased in January 2010 through Fast and Furious, allowed to leave Phoenix, cross the border, and show up in the hands of drug traffickers. 

Lest we also forget ICE Agent Jamie Zapata was killed in February 2011, also with guns from Fast and Furious.
Lest we also forget, hundreds of others are estimated to have been killed directly from Fast and Furious.

But of course, Our Great Leader is probably right--  this is all nothing and just a distraction...


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Talk About Unreasonable

It never ceases to amaze me at how there seems to be a sense of "entitlement" among some in the Public sector.   This time it is the teacher's union's in Chicago- demanding a 29% pay increase over the next two years and refusing to consider changing the length of the school day (Chicago has the shortest school day in the nation).

To be fair- there are some teachers who do not get paid enough. I will gladly concede that point.  But 29%???

As long as I am taking a shot at the Democrat's sacred cow, I will attempt to "confuse the issue" with FACTS.
  • The Median Salary for a CHICAGO Teacher is already $53,639 (or $288 per day for working a 186 day school year). A 29% increase would make the median salary $69,194 (or $372 per day for working a 186 day school year)
Personally, as previously stated, I believe some teachers should be paid more.  However, a demand for a 29% increase for those already being paid far above the national average is totally unreasonable.

There are two ways that teachers take-home pay could easily be increased:
  • Stop paying Union Dues (let the teacher's keep the money themselves)- of course, that would DEFINITELY decrease the money going to Democratic Candidates and the Democratic Party  the NEA.
  • Get rid of the US Department of Education- keep the money in the States.  Now, I did go to a Public High School, but in my US Government class I seem to remember something about a 10th Amendment to our Constitution- and I don't seem to remember seeing ANYTHING in the Constitution about a requirement for the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT to regulate education (NO- EDUCATION IS NOT PART OF THE COMMERCE CLAUSE). Of course, our Current Administration (and the George Soros owned Democratic Party) has NO regard for the Constitution- as they have shown again this week.  All they care about is re-election.
I am fine with merit pay, and I am fine with REASONABLE increases in salary-- but this is way beyond reason.


Time to Consider Secession?

The ruling on SB1070 is NOT what has caused me to begin to think that it may be time for Arizona to secede from the United States- it is the response of Our Great Leader, His Imperial Majesty Barack I (Peace be Upon Him) and his lapdog, Janet (I'm a Traitor to My State) Napolitano.

Apparently, I am not the only one who is thinking so or has brought this idea up.

The issue is simple- the Federal Government has stripped Arizona of its Sovereignty.   They have ceded our State to Mexico and openly support an invasion of Mexican citizens into Arizona.

Immigration is a LEGAL status.   There is no ILLEGAL Immigration- You either are an Immigrant, a Citizen, a Visitor, or you are invading.  There are NO other options.  

When the US Government states openly it will no longer stop Illegal Aliens/Invaders to Arizona- When they state openly they will STRIP Arizona of the ability to enforce FEDERAL LAWS, they have abdicated their right to govern.

To refuse to take calls from Arizona Law Enforcement who are doing their jobs as defined and allowed by ALL EIGHT JUSTICES who heard Arizona v United States, yet set up a line to take calls from people who ALLEGE they have had their Civil Rights violated, BEFORE the law actually takes effect is beyond belief and beyond reproach.

The CONSTANT and CONTINUAL attacks on Arizona MUST STOP.  The Sovereignty of our State must come first- Or it is time to Secede. 


Monday, June 25, 2012

Declaration Of Arizona's Independence

(Author's Note: Unfortunately, Our Great Leader, HRH Barack I, (Peace be upon Him), is so CORRUPT and TYRANNICAL, that I had to actually change VERY LITTLE from the Original)

Declaration of Arizona's Independence

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal status to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving ONLY their just powers from the CONSENT of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of Arizona; and such is now the necessity which constrains us to alter our former Systems of Government.

The history of the present President of the United States is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over this State. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden Our Governor and Legislature to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless they meet His Approval; and he has Chosen to Selectively to enforce the Laws of the United States which have been passed by Congress and by the State; and to Only Enforce such Laws as He deems fit.

He has passed Executive Orders abolishing the Law and Rule of Law and creating a Government of Executive Fiat, defying the Will of the People and of the People's Representatives

He has refused to Provide to the People's Representatives those Documents and Records demanded by the People for the Proper and Duly required Oversight of His Executive Officers and has used his office to Obstruct Justice and Investigations by The People.

He has endeavored to prevent the lawful defense of the State; has Allowed and Encouraged the Unlawful Entry to this State; refusing to enforce the Immigration Laws of this Country, within the Borders of the State of Arizona

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws and Rulings of Our Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone and has Nullified their Rulings by Executive Fiat.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices as "Czars" without the Consent of the Senate, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Ordering Religious Organizations to Abolish their Beliefs and Forcing them to Provide services contrary to their Beliefs and Right to the Free Practice of Religion:

For protecting His Appointees, by a Executive Order from inquiry for Murders which were committed on the Inhabitants of  Our States with Arms Provided by His Government:

For abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments in His rule by Executive Order:

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of Federal Protection and  Allowing War by Drug Cartels and Illegal Occupation to be waged against us.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms- And sought the Rule of Law by Our Courts and Representatives of the People: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A President, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our American brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by the Executive to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our economy and our State's Will. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the People of the State of Arizona, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of this Sovereign State, solemnly publish and declare, That this State Is, and of Right ought to be A Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the Federal Government, and that all political connection between them and the Other States of America, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as a Free and Independent State, we have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor