davidl on July 24th, 2014

The late Joseph  Wood, yet another botched execution, this time in Arizona. Time out with the new and bring back the proven technology of the firing squad, from the Washington Post:

The execution of a convicted murderer in Arizona lasted for nearly two hours on Wednesday, as witnesses said he gasped and snorted for much of that time before eventually dying.

This drawn-out death of Joseph R. Wood III in Arizona prompted the governor to order a review and drew renewed criticism of lethal injection, the main method of execution in the United States, just months after a high-profile botched execution in Oklahoma.

It does not take two hours to tie a convict to a post and to shoot him.

I already took up this argument about the culpability of the state in the case of the accident involving Tracy Morgan along the Jersey Pike

But now comes an even stronger case. This time,http://7online.com/news/nj-officer-killed-on-duty-in-route-17-wreck-driver-arrested/193906 involving truck vs police car, where the cop died.

Now, let me preface all this by saying I do feel a bit sorry for the cop and his family.
That said, however, I think the fault lies with the cop, and his supervisors and the state. I would urge you to do a little investigation on your own. You will find the following.

Route 17 in New Jersey is a VERY busy highway. Most of it is unlighted, including the area where the accident occurred.
The accident occurred in the early morning hours. It was dark, in short.
The entire area is posted with “no parking” “no standing” “no stopping signs, including the area in which the cop was parked running his radar. With all that, it wasn’t going to take much for an accident to happen.

Now…. why was the cop sitting in the dark, running radar, in an area that was clearly dangerous to both he and other drivers? Because the state needs money. No, he was not protecting us. This was not about keeping folks safe.  Clearly, if safety was the reason he was doing enforcement, he’d not have been parked in the dark with no lights under a no parking/no standing sign. I mean, the accident is a reminder that those signs and those road markers are there for a REASON.

Yet, they have the truck driver on fire for his death. And the cop, and the government that sent him out to do what he was doing, apparently gets the governmental magic wand waved over them, in which they share none of the blame at all.

This is justice?

And, again,, who was the cop protecting us from, since he himself was unarguably creating a danger? While his death is a tragedy that is felt by his family, what shall we say of the truck driver and. HIS family, who will also be feeling the pain because of the dangerous action of the police and the ever money-hungry state?

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In highly anticipated decision, a court struck down the regime’s ability to write regulations that ignore the law, from Peter Suderman, Hit and Run:

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit delivered a huge blow to Obamacare this morning, ruling that the insurance subsidies granted through the federally run health exchange, which covered 36 states for the first open enrollment period, are not allowed by the law.

The highly anticipated opinion in the case of Jacqueline Halbig v. Sylvia Mathews Burwell reversed a lower court ruling finding that the federally run exchange did have the authority to disburse subsidies.

Today’s ruling vacates the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulation allowing the federal exchange to give subsidies. The large majority of individuals, about 86 percent, in the federal exchange received subsidies, and in those cases the subsidies covered about 76 percent of the premium on average. The essence of the court’s ruling is that, according to the law, those subsidies are illegal. (According to an administration official, however, the subsidies will continue through the appeals process.)

Despite the hysterical media spin, the court did not strike at any of the Affordable Care Act, as it was actually written, passed slight unseen by Congress. Rather the court struck down the Internal Revenue Service attempt to rewrite the law to suit the regime’s end.    If the ruling survives appeal, it means that the regime will have to work with Congress to make changes to the law.   Gee, sounds like Separation of Powers to me.   Wonder what is sounds like to the self-proclaimed professor of constitutional law?

The regime has turned the Internal Revenue Service in a partisan democrat attack machine. In turn Obama donor and appoints head of the IRS John Koskinen has shown himself to be either corrupt or incompetent. Yet Representative Elijah Cummings (MD – 7) ranking member of the House Oversight Committee has taken to protecting Koskinen, via Ed Morrissey, Hot Air:

Elijah CummingsRep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., sent a letter Monday to Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., objecting to a decision to call Commissioner John Koskinen to testify at a hearing on Wednesday. It would be the third time Koskinen appeared before the panel in the past month, Cummings noted.

“Requiring Commissioner Koskinen to testify again this week not only takes him away from the day-to-day duties of operating an agency with 90,000 employees, but it also diverts our Committee from conducting responsible oversight on many key areas that traditionally have been part of our jurisdiction,” Cummings said in the letter.

Reax, Morrissey:

Despite the fact that Oversight can’t get a straight answer that sticks out of the IRS and hard drives are failing at a high rate among Lerner associates, Cummings wants the committee to stop picking on Mr. No Apologies:

The same IRS which demands that you keep all your tax records a full seven years is itself incapable of keeping emails six months. Yet evidently, Cummings was told to argue that this is somehow acceptable, for a democrat.

davidl on July 16th, 2014

Peggy Joseph has seen the light, video:

Hat tip: R.S. McCain.

davidl on July 15th, 2014

The New York Slimes goes hysterical over the rape culture, from By Walt Bogdannichjuly, New York Slimes:

Reporting Rape, and Wishing She Hadn’t

How One College Handled a Sexual Assault Complaint

Not even into the body of the article, and the Slimes is off to a flying start.    On one hand the Slimes says this incident was a rape and the other implies that is was not.  Make up your mind.

GENEVA, N.Y. — She was 18 years old, a freshman, and had been on campus for just two weeks when one Saturday night last September her friends grew worried because she had been drinking and suddenly disappeared.

The drinking age in New York State is twenty-one.   It seems that Hobart and William Smith Colleges have an problem with under age drinking, and not seem the least bit concerned about it.

Around midnight, the missing girl texted a friend, saying she was frightened by a student she had met that evening. “Idk what to do,” she wrote. “I’m scared.” When she did not answer a call, the friend began searching for her.

In the early-morning hours on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in central New York, the friend said, he found her — bent over a pool table as a football player appeared to be sexually assaulting her from behind in a darkened dance hall with six or seven people watching and laughing. Some had their cellphones out, apparently taking pictures, he said.

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A New York Times examination of the case, based in part on hundreds of pages of disciplinary proceedings — usually confidential under federal privacy laws — offers a rare look inside one school’s adjudication of a rape complaint amid a roiling national debate over how best to stop sexual assaults on campuses.

Whatever precisely happened that September night, the internal records, along with interviews with students, sexual-assault experts and college officials, depict a school ill prepared to evaluate an allegation so serious that, if proved in a court of law, would be a felony, with a likely prison sentence. As the case illustrates, school disciplinary panels are a world unto themselves, operating in secret with scant accountability and limited protections for the accuser or the accused.

The colleges’ records are confidential.  However merely legality is not enough to deter Slimes from her never ending attempt to fabricate news.

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College administrators have their own incentive to deal with such cases on campus, since a public prosecution could frighten parents, prospective students and donors. Until last year, Hobart and William Smith’s chief fund-raiser also helped oversee the school’s handling of sexual assaults. The two functions are now separate.

While the school explained to Anna that talking to the police was an important option, she said, she decided against it after a school administrator said it would be a longer, drawn-out process. When she changed her mind six months later, the district attorney, R. Michael Tantillo, said he had “virtually nothing to work with” and quickly closed the case.

Hobart and William Smith officials may not of wanted to pursue a legal remedy, alleged illegal incidents because they did not want to draw attention of the legal drinking on campus.   The district attorney dropped the case due to lack of evidence, which maybe why the coed never pursued a criminal case in the first place.   I, for one, suggest that Tantillo open an investigation to under age drinking on the Hobart and William Smith campus.

davidl on July 15th, 2014

Mitt was right.  The Washington Post, a/k/a WaPo, is apparently just now discovering that their candidate with off the charts intelligence, to wit Barack Obama, a/k/a  President Fifty Seven State,  a/k/a  Dim Won is not nearly so smart as Dim Won believes himself to be:

Lying Lizzie

Lying Lizzie

Back in March, when Vladimir Putin’s Russia was rearing its increasingly antagonistic head, supporters of Mitt Romney saw a measure of vindication. Russia, it seemed, had become the United States’ No. 1 geopolitical foe — the same distinction Romney claimed for it in 2012 (and President Obama scoffed at). Well, here we are, four months later, and we finally have some good data to evaluate that claim.

And we can say that, at least for now, the American people agree with Mitt Romney (pretty much).

So remember this in two years when the WaPo yet again values manufactured biography over executive experience and endorses Fauxasquawa, b/k/a Lying Lizzie Warren for President.

davidl on July 14th, 2014

Good grief, Eric Holder is now investigating a racist parade float, from Daily Caller:

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Hat tip: Ohama World-Herald

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating a float that appeared at the annual Fourth of July parade in the small town of Norfolk, Neb. because the float featured a blue flatbed truck carrying a zombie-looking mannequin in overalls on the door of an outhouse labeled “OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY.”

The Justice Department sent a member of its Community Relations Service team to Norfolk (pronounced “Norfork” by many locals), reports the Omaha World-Herald.

Obvious fake.   The outbuilding is much too big for any Obama library

davidl on July 13th, 2014

True the World’s Smallest Violin is an old joke, but still a rather apt one, via Right Scoop:

ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS – Seventy thousand Gazans were in the dark Sunday night after a Hamas rocket hit the electricity infrastructure in Israel that supplies electricity to a part of Gaza. It’s not clear when Israel Electric Company workers will be able to repair the system, but they are apparently in no rush to do so. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has asked the IEC not to risk the lives of its employees in trying to restore power to the affected sector in Gaza, an operation that could take hours.

The Pali’s, having made their own bed, my now lie in it.

Eric Florack on July 11th, 2014

A bit of advise to Democrats…

If you think your abortion pill should be none of your employers business, don’t demand the employer pay for it. That seems a simple enough concept, even YOU can figure it out.

You’re welcome.

Eric Florack on July 11th, 2014

OK, so by now, everyone has seen Obama’s comment about how he wasn’t interested in photo ops along the Texas border with Mexico. And, of course, everyone knows that’s a crock. I note McPhillips on Facebook saying so. I also note Limbaugh saying….

nothing but photo-ops.  Says he’s not interested in photo-ops?  That’s all he does, photo-ops on the golf course.  This is a guy who dressed a bunch of people in white lab coats for a press conference in the Rose Garden to make ‘em look like doctors so that he could persuade people that doctors supported Obamacare.  Remember that?  They had a casting call and then they had a wardrobe call ’cause some doctors showed up that weren’t wearing the lab coats so the White House had to scramble, get some white lab Coats to put on.  Photo-op!

This guy is nothing but photo-ops, photo-ops with kids, photo-ops that illustrate that he’s not governing, that he’s removed, the Limbaugh Theorem aspect.  The photo-op, the series of photo-ops are crucial to Obama in presenting the image.  Everything he’s been doing the last month, you almost could call it a photo-op tour.  I was thinking when I heard this sound bite today, what has Obama ever done that’s not a photo-op?

Now, it could easily be said that this comment from Obama was Sour Grapes, given the rebuff from Rick Perry. But I wonder if it doesn’t go deeper than that. There is no doubt in my mind, that Obama is all about Photo ops… but there is something deeper than getting the brush off by Perry that’s driving Obama, here.

It is my view that there is a fear on the part of the Democrats, particularly the White House, that Obama should not get too out front on the issue at the border… and I think it a mixture of two reasons.

1. Obama, for his part, doesn’t really want the problem solved, save by making the illegals, legal…. and thereby bringing in a new block of Democrat voters.

2. The Democrats don’t want Obama too associated with the Obama-made crisis, lest they own the problem in the public eye, and thereby have even larger problems in the next few elections.

The result is for the moment, that Obama is staying as much out of the light as possible on this issue.

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davidl on July 11th, 2014

Allegations of Barack Obama’s plantation mentality are not new, at least not here.  However they may be new to the main stream media, from  Politico:

A former employee of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Wednesday compared the workplace atmosphere to a “plantation,” because of how black employees such as himself were treated.

In the third House Financial Services subcommittee hearing to address claims of discrimination against the CFPB, Kevin Williams, a former quality assurance monitor at the agency, painted a picture where black employees were constantly belittled – even to the point where they were stereotypically offered fried chicken at company lunches.

“I was a charter member in the intake unit, which, indeed, came to be referred to as the ‘plantation,’” Williams testified. “There, I personally witnessed and was the victim of racial discrimination perpetrated by black as well as white managers. The unit was dubbed the ‘plantation,’ because when we started, the majority of black employees were assigned to intake, which was basically data entry.”

I will note that as long a the black population keeps voting their plantation masters  into power, they will never escape the democrat plantation.

davidl on July 8th, 2014

MSNBC has discovered (just?) that with this president it is always Three AM and the President is never prepared, video:

Hat tip: Noah Rothman, Hot Air.

davidl on July 7th, 2014

From the front lines of Chicagostan, “82 shootings in 84 hours:”

As Sunday night crept (no doubt cautiously) to Monday morning, residents of the South Chicago neighborhood endured a firefight. They witnessed a tide of mayhem worthy of urban war zones worldwide. This is not how Chicago wants to build its reputation as a global city. Imagine the terror of children and adults in homes on those besieged streets:

The Tribune’s Peter Nickeas reported from the scene that police officers responding to frequent shootings kept interrupting one another on their radios to report still new bursts of gunfire. So-called weapons wagons — SUVs loaded with lockers of rifles — delivered fresh throw-weight to cops who at times ran down streets toward the percussion of flying bullets. SWAT teams dressed in green walked the streets with regular officers dressed in blue. Overhead, a law enforcement helicopter circled in a futile attempt to quiet the rampage

Chicago is a gun-free safety zone. The only people allowed to have guns are Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s political allies. So Mayor, tell your people to put down their guns.

davidl on July 7th, 2014

I suppose I can quit posting about Hobby Lobby, sometime after the left quits getting hysterical about it.   From a federal judge with his knickers in a twist, Hercules and the Umpires:

In the Hobby Lobby cases, five male Justices of the Supreme Court, who are all members of the Catholic faith and who each were appointed by a President who hailed from the Republican party, decided that a huge corporation, with thousands of employees and gargantuan revenues, was a “person” entitled to assert a religious objection to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate because that corporation was “closely held” by family members. To the average person, the result looks stupid and smells worse.

To most people, the decision looks stupid ’cause corporations are not persons, all the legal mumbo jumbo notwithstanding. The decision looks misogynistic because the majority were all men. It looks partisan because all were appointed by a Republican. The decision looks religiously motivated because each member of the majority belongs to the Catholic church, and that religious organization is opposed to contraception. While “looks” don’t matter to the logic of the law (and I am not saying the Justices are actually motivated by such things), all of us know from experience that appearances matter to the public’s acceptance of the law.

Hobby Lobby as explained by Bookworm:

In 1993, a Democrat Congress passed, and a Democrat president signed, the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (“RFRA”). RFRA holds in relevant part that the federal government may act in a way that substantially burdens the exercise of religion only if it can establish that its action is the least restrictive means of advancing a compelling government interest. Nothing in the Act distinguishes between individuals and corporations.

The administrative rule at issue is the edict from Health and Human Services (“HHS”) mandating that all corporations affected by Obamacare must provide their female employees with unlimited access to all contraceptives available on the market.

Hat tip: Neo-Neocon.

The court ruled that a board [IOM] of unelected bureaucrats appointed by Kathleen Sebelius do not have the right to trample the religious liberty of free citizens.   Not only did the IOM decree that women had the right to “free” contraception, the IOM rubber stamped every single method approved by the Food and Drug Administration.