Archive for August 2013

Missing the Big Picture

Advocates worry that continued resistance by some states could hinder efforts to coax many of the nation’s 50 million uninsured to sign up for coverage.

“There is a very palpable concern .?.?. that anti-Obamacare state government people will find ways to gum up the works,” said Leonardo Cuello, director of health reform for the National Health Law Program. Political foes of the health-care law are “constantly putting up barriers to progress being made,” he added.

Why, it’s almost like the system was designed to have a local and a national part, where the national part wouldn’t have the ability to force an unpopular and unwanted law down the throats of the locals.

I’ll tell you what, if anyone ever did figure out how to make some sort of federal type government where the overall part had limited powers and only did things that had to be done at the national level, and left stuff like healthcare regulation to the local level, I bet that country would take off like a rocket and become a superpower.

Court: NSA violated Constitution with domestic email surveillance – The Hill’s Hillicon Valley

Court states the obvious: NSA violated Constitution with domestic email surveillance.

The NSA collected as many as many as 56,000 emails from Americans before the mistake was identified.

Mmkay.

“This is not an egregious overreaching by a greedy agency seeking to spy on Americans,” a senior intelligence official said Wednesday during a conference call with reporters. “This is a technological problem that resulted in an inadvertent collection of a relatively small number of U.S. person communications.”

That’s the real takeaway here.  The NSA considers FIFTY SIX THOUSAND EMAILS as “a relatively small number.”

Are you getting a sense of how far this lawless organization has gone?

News and Not News

Ted Cruz once walked by the women’s wing of the dorm in a bathrobe.

This is news.

Bob Filner spent decades groping, molesting, and generally harassing vulnerable and compromised women, including military rape victims and 67 year old grandmothers he supervised.

This is not news, and need not be reported for years.

Because Cruz is (R-TX) and Filner is (D-CA).

Double Standards

This story prompted a question in my mind:

If the left doesn’t think that therapy works for someone who has sexual urges towards his own sex, then why do they think that child molesters can ever be rehabilitated?

The Yucca Mountain Ruling is Not about Yucca Mountain

An Appeals Court just told the administration that it has to follow the rules.

By a 2-1 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ordered the commission to complete the licensing process and approve or reject the Energy Department’s application for a never-completed waste storage site at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain.

In a sharply worded opinion, the court said the nuclear agency was “simply flouting the law” when it allowed the Obama administration to continue plans to close the proposed waste site 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The action goes against a federal law designating Yucca Mountain as the nation’s nuclear waste repository.

“The president may not decline to follow a statutory mandate or prohibition simply because of policy objections,” Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh wrote in a majority opinion, which was joined Judge A. Raymond Randolph. Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland dissented.

This is not about Yucca Mountain.  Yucca Mountain won’t go forward, because Congress won’t fund it.  The court knows this.

The court also knows that this is hardly the only instance where the White House has decided that it can ignore the law if it doesn’t like it.

Most obviously, the White House has decided that if there are parts of Obamacare it has policy agreements with, it can just ignore them and issue “waivers.”  This court just told them that they can’t do that.

Just this week, the DOJ has decided that, despite Congress’ will for minimum sentencing being the law, that it would no longer provide the necessary information to the courts. This court just told them that they can’t do that.

Because Obama has policy differences with the Keystone XL pipeline, he has simply been withholding a decision on its approval.  That is exactly the situation in the Yucca Mountain case.  This court just told them that they can’t do that.

Because Obama has policy differences with Congress’ immigration laws, he’s decided that he can just ignore them. Never mind that his own Immigration agents have already successfully sued him over the same issues and he lost.  This court just told him again that they can’t do that.

We have a policy that says that we don’t send military aid to countries that have been taken over in coups.  In light of that, Obama refuses to call Egypt’s coup a coup. This court just told them that they can’t do that.

This case wasn’t about Yucca Mountain.  This case was the warning shot about the way that this administration does everything.

You can’t do that.