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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Vaccines: How many more shots do kids get today?

Posted by Douglas V. Gibbs

Vaccinations.  I get it.  We have driven a number of diseases out of this country because of vaccinations.  But at what point do we determine that we have gone too far?  When did the say of pharmaceutical companies become more important than the advise of my doctor?  I am not anti-vaccine, but when I see the number of vaccinations being pumped into our kids go up, I find out there is aborted fetal tissue in some vaccines, vaccines for sexually transmitted diseases are being applied before the age of two, and the government wants to make them mandatory, red flags go up.



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Article I, Section 8 with special attention on the Commerce Clause.

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14th Amendment, Citizenship Clause

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14th Amendment, Equal Protection Clause

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ISIS Is Conquering The World

by JASmius



Like Savoir-Faire, they're everywhere:

September marks the first anniversary of the U.S. "war against the Islamic State group" (ISIS), but American efforts are showing little success, NBC News reported on Sunday.

Because, of course, there IS no "U.S. war against the Islamic State group" because we have no boots on the ground fighting it.

Turkey's recent permission for airstrikes and drone missions to be based there was "a huge tactical gain," NBC's Richard Engel reported on Meet the Press, but added, "ISIS doesn't seem to be shrinking."

Because, of course, there IS no "U.S. war against the Islamic State group" because we have no boots on the ground fighting it.  We're not even bombing them in more than a token sense for media appearances.  Both make us look like the "weak horse," and that makes ISIS look like the "strong horse," and that's made them a magnet for every jihadist on the planet.  Or, put another way, it's the way Barack Obama is pretending to "fight" ISIS that is strengthening them, not the way George W. Bush was actually fighting their al Qaeda In Iraq precursor, which crushed them.

Engel quoted one U.S. officials as saying the terror group's international branches are "growing like crazy," spreading North and West Africa, Arabia, Afghanistan and into the Far East.

Remember the bombing in Bangkok?

"ISIS has expanded far more quickly and extensively than Al Qaeda ever did," Engel said.

Because we actually waged war against al Qaeda.  We're serving as ISIS's chief recruiters and arms suppliers.  No wonder they're spreading their tentacles around the planet like claws.

And of course, they're not just taking over North and West Africa, Arabia, Afghanistan and the Far East.



Incidentally, remember the brand-spanking new U.S.-Turkish alliance against ISIS?  Turns out that its real target was the Kurds:

The disastrous miscalculation made by the United States in signing a military agreement with Turkey at the expense of the Kurds becomes daily more apparent. In return for the use of Incirlik Air Base just north of the Syrian border, the U.S. betrayed the Syrian Kurds who have so far been its most effective ally against [the] Islamic State (ISIS, also known as Daesh). In return for this deal signed on 22 July, the U.S. got greater military cooperation from Turkey, but it swiftly emerged that Ankara’s real target was the Kurds in Turkey, Syria and Iraq. Action against ISIS was almost an afterthought, and it was hit by only three Turkish airstrikes, compared to three hundred against the bases of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). [emphasis added]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan knew that Barack Obama wants everybody else to do his fighting for him, so he used O to get what he really wanted and then double-crossed him.  He exploited "smart power" with embarrassing ease at the same time that The One was (again) betraying the Kurds - genuine U.S. allies (along with Israel) who, again, are the only party in this supposed "coalition" that is actually fighting and holding its own against ISIS.  It's appalling, not so much because such despicable Obama treachery is surprising, but because we're all so used to it by now that it hardly even qualifies as news.  And even if it still did, his media cheerleaders would, of course, never report it, which helps explain why this story was in a London news outlet.

Anybody out there still want to try and argue that Red Barry isn't an ISIS collaborator?

Battlestar Galactica: Lay Down Your Burdens (S2/E19)

by JASmius



Rating: **1/2

Written by: Ron Moore, Ann Saunders, and Mike Verheiden
Directed By: Michael Wymer


Okay, I admit it – I never got around to writing this review four months ago, and I didn’t pay close enough attention to the re-run schedule over the summer and missed the replay Friday before last. And I’m not going to try and bluff my way through it anyway based upon episode recollections that are that stale. If you want a full review, click here. Jammer and I don’t usually differ all that much, and I had pretty much the same reaction to the last ten seconds as he did.

-From my belated review of Enterprise’s third season finale “Zero Hour”.

The only difference this time? I never got around to writing this review seven months ago. Okay, there is one more distinction: I will try to bluff my way through this one.

In the big-picture sense, season two of Battlestar Galactica closes much the same way it opened: with the Colonials having found a class-M planet and wrestling over the possibility of abandoning their headlong, semi-aimless flight through the stars in a pipedream search for an Earth that may or may not exist so far as they know in favor of settling on the terra firma they have in front of them and taking their chances on the Cylons finding them and wiping out the remaining vestige of humanity.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Our story begins with the long-telegraphed rescue mission of Starbuck’s boyfriend, Anders, and his guerrilla group from Caprica. I’m frankly still more than a little stunned that Admiral Adama would be willing to devote so many presumably irreplaceable fleet resources for the sake of a handful of people whose successful rescue would have to be considered a long shot under the best of circumstances. I mean, if Starbuck is going to drink herself into becoming the next Colonel Tigh, surely there must be better ways of pulling her out of her alcoholic descent than to squander an entire Raptor squadron on what is little more than a fool’s errand.

However, this plot piece had to go forward because without it, Boomer v. 2.0 would not have been able to “accidentally” divert a Raptor to the class-M planet that eventually becomes “New Caprica.”

Sorry, got ahead of myself again. Guess that’s what happens when you don’t write a review in over half a year.

Boomer is employed as a sort of Cylon sherpa for the rescue mission to Caprica, and I suppose that technically it isn’t overtly portrayed that she deliberately “miscalculated” the one Raptor’s jump into the nebula that conceals a habitable planet that could conceivably be hidden by the surrounding stellar gases and dust from Cylon detection. But it just seemed a little too convenient to me that the same “woman” who had so recently raged against her human captors for what she thought was the murder of her half-breed baby would (1) be entrusted as mission navigator and (2) “misdirected” one squadron member to a planet that could serve as a powerful lure to the human diaspora to stop fleeing and stay in one place for the Cylons to eventually find.

And powerful lure it was. Just as President Roslin is pulling away in her re-election bid against her hapless veep, the chump traitor Gaius Baltar, the errant Raptor returns to the fleet with the electrifying news that they’ve found what could be a new home for the inhabitants of the “ragtag fugitive fleet.” Tom Zarek, Baltar’s campaign manager/strategist, recognizes a wedge issue when he sees one and seizes upon this discovery as a means of checkmating what heretofore has been Roslin’s greatest strength: her status as the Moses-like Matriarch prophesied in their culture’s ancient writings gained several months earlier in the aforementionedly similar discovery of Kobol, the birth-planet of all thirteen human tribes.

Way back at the beginning of this civilizational exile, Adama concocted the notion of finding Earth because, as he said then, “It’s not enough to just live; people need something to live for.” Hope can, indeed, be a powerful thing. But even so, it is still an abstraction, and abstractions only have as much power as the faith people invest in them. And faith does not come naturally to what our real-life ancient writings refer to as “the natural man.” Particularly when presented with an actual, visible, tangible alternative right in front of him after, to quote Adama again, “months on the run with little to show for it but casualties and deteriorating conditions.”

Baltar did not have to “fan the civilian population's desire for a new home, a safe home, an end to the constant running,” because that was going to happen anyway. All he had to do is simply get out in front of it, Bill Clinton-style, and let the tsunami of emotion carry him all the way to Colonial One.

For Roslin, it was the worst of all worlds. Her greatest political asset had, after all, been her inate and canny pragmatism, borne of years of political experience. That pragmatism has seemed to wane ever since her brush with death in “Epiphanies”; here she finds herself essentially trapped on the side of principle instead. Indeed, it is doubly ironic in that embracing the status of religious icon in the Kobol adventure had been perhaps her most brilliantly pragmatic masterstroke, and now it comes back to bite her and bite her hard.

Still, I thought there was at least some room to try and finesse this issue past the election. Maybe not much, but enough to warrant making the attempt. In an irony hat trick, it would have been, in Roslin’s predicament, the pragmatic thing to do.

But she does not. Quite a part from the religious/EarthQuest angle, Roslin believes, with absolute conviction, that halting their flight from the Cylons and taking their chances on New Caprica is strategic suicide. She knows that humanity’s only chance to survive is to continue to elude their enemies, not stop in one place for them to inevitably find and finish off.

Thus we arrive at the fourth, and bitterest, irony: Roslin’s convictions complete her transformation into a “conviction politician,” but those convictions are now suddenly massively unpopular, and her refusal to make the appearance of compromising guarantees the election of the any-port-in-a-storm pants-around-the-ankles scoundrel that will toss them, and his own people’s survival – for the second time in a year - out the nearest airlock for nothing more than his own political gain.

“I’m Gaius Baltar, Democrat and traitor [not to be redundant], and I approve this message.”

Meanwhile, the rescue mission to Caprica unfolds about how one would have expected: Starbuck and her minions reach Caprica, manage to find Anders and friends, and get immediately pinned down by a Cylon ambush. They’re about to be wiped out when, all of a sudden, the shooting stops. The dazed survivors look warily around, then search more thoroughly, and find that the Cylons haven’t just retreated from the immediate area, but have evacuated the entire planet altogether.

As disclosed via the introduction of Dean “Quantum Leap” Stockwell as another Cylonoid model named “Brother Cavil,” the Cylons have been persuaded by their two “heroes” – the real Caprica Six and Boomer v. 1.0, whose declaration of a sort of Cylon “reformation” only took place the week before in “Downloaded” – that the genocide of humanity was itself a sin and that henceforth Cylons and Humans will go their separate ways.

If this sounds once again awfully convenient, as well as jarringly quick and less than entirely plausible, go to the head of the class. I would have appreciated an intervening episode showing how this sudden cultural about-face was carried out and why Six’s and Boomer’s Cylon brethren were so easily and comprehensively turned on so fundamental an issue. Absent that, it became simply another plot device to seemingly remove any remaining doubts about the efficacy of halting the fleet and settling on New Caprica.

Remember that wiggle room for Roslin finessing this issue I mentioned earlier? Wave it bye-bye.

Still, it seems to be that it was still incumbent upon the, um, incumbent to try and stall the settlement question past the election, to do anything she could to blunt this wedge that was turning the election rapidly in Traitor-boy’s favor. Instead, she foolishly tips her hand and shows her weakness by making a personal appeal to Baltar to set aside the very thing that has given him the upper hand – which, naturally, he leaks publicly in their second and final debate. Left with nowhere else to go, Roslin refuses to back down, reiterating her adamant declaration that quitting the Earth quest is suicide and continuing their journey is their only chance of survival as a race. She’s right, which near-term events would horrifyingly bear out, but as often happens in politics, her timing sucks. Nobody wants to hear the truth, because the truth of the diaspora’s existence over the past year has become intolerable. They’re tired, they want out, they’ve found a planet on which they can settle, the Cylons have declared peace and gone away – it’s everything people have been longing for ever since the long free-fall following their civilization’s Armageddon, and no rational argument or reasoned persuasion can overcome such powerful emotional yearnings.

Just as Boomer v. 2.0 calculated? I report, you decide. But I know which way I’m betting.

With no more legitimate “cards” to play, Roslin begins contemplating what would have for her been heretofore unthinkable: stealing the election.

Just to cut to the chase (and the quick), you can spare me the Florida 2000 parallels for any number of reasons, but most pertinently because this is a circumstance in which the stakes of subverting democracy – the survival of mankind – seem to render the decision a no-brainer. Roslin knows that Baltar is a traitor, and that his election will put all the human survivors in mortal peril. He cannot be allowed to become president, no matter what it takes.

There does not, to me, seem to be much fodder here for a good polemical debate. The worst that could happen is that Roslin’s election theft would eventually come out and she would be disgraced and politically destroyed. But she would still live, as would her people. That’s all that should matter. After all, you can’t have democracy of any kind when everybody is dead.

Still, the writers attempt one anyway, with Adama cast in the role of Roslin’s civic conscience. It might even have been semi-compelling if the dumb broad hadn’t been so bumblingly incompetent at ballot box-stuffing. As the returns are coming in Baltar takes a commanding lead, as expected, and then Roslin makes a furious comeback based soley on the votes from a single ship. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out that something fishy is going on, and Lieutenant Gaida quickly uncovers the plot. Knowing now that pursuing it any further will only expose her perfidy and defeat the very purpose the scam was attempting to accomplish, Roslin abandons the effort.

Baltar wins. Upon his swearing in he immediately issues an Executive Order halting the fleet and beginning the settlement of humanity’s survivors on New Caprica. And in Adama’s mind, the final countdown to disaster begins.

That countdown is punctuated by the tying off of a couple of long-dangling loose ends.

Remember Gina, the Six-clone who had been the sexually tortured prisoner of the late Admiral Caine aboard the Pegasus, was liberated by the smitten Baltar, and encouraged him to challenge Roslin for the presidency, but who refused to put out for Gaius in the sack? As the pressures of first the campaign and then his victory mount, and his balls become bluer and bluer, Baltar puts more and more pressure on Gina to become the sex goddess that Imaginary Six has been in his mind’s eye for all this time. Finally, she relents.

Now recall the nuclear warhead that Baltar gave to his would-be lover after discovering back in “Epiphanies” (as if this should have been any sort of surprise) that Roslin thought he was a scumbag. And, finally, the expression, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” Or coerced into having sex against her will. Whether it was suicide borne of trauma despondency or revenge or simply her programmed mission, Gina makes a big boom, and the Cloud Nine and a fifth of the fleet disappear in a flash.

A flash that is, (here’s that word again) conveniently detected by a (waiting?) Cylon task force three light-years away. A signal, perhaps?

Well, maybe, maybe not. The last scene jumps ahead another year. Most of the human population has moved down to the planet. Anders and Starbuck are married, but Anders is also dying of pneumonia. Former President Roslin is a schoolteacher once again. Chief Tyrol is now a Big Labor boss. He and his wife, Callie, have a newborn little girl.

Frankly, the settlement looks less like a “city” and more like a squalid shantytown. And “habitable” looks like only a technically accurate description of New Caprica, as the climate appears to be cold, damp, miserable and all-around inhospitable. Maybe living on space-going ships was no picnic, but New Caprica doesn’t look like any sort of bargain, either.

The fleet, along with the Galactica and Pegasus, remains in orbit, but with only skeleton crews – certainly not in any shape to resist a sudden Cylon incursion.

Yes, I’m telegraphing – why the heck not when the plot went so far out of its way to do so? Suddenly three Cylon base ships jump in-system. The Adamas, Admiral and Commander, have no choice but to take the mothballed fleet and flee, leaving the settlement below at the Cylons’ mercy.

Except that the Cylons do not attack. Instead, they occupy the planet and, in the act that he seems to have been predestined to perform, forces President Baltar’s unconditional surrender, thus squaring the circle that began with his unwitting facilitation of the destruction of the Twelve Colonies.

This “benevolent” takeover comes at the direction of the two “heroes of the Cylon,” Caprica Six and Boomer v. 1.0. How this squares with the notion of Cylon and Human going their separate ways, much less “living in peace,” is anybody’s guess. You can see that the precise opposite is inevitable, and that it will undermine the two “women”’s reformation, thus reviving the question of what made their case so overpoweringly persuasive to their people in the first place. And since the series itself would end along with Kobolian humanity, obviously some sort of rescue will be miraculously carried out, and the status quo ante restored.

I dunno. I guess this is intended to be epic storytelling. Perhaps it could have been. But “Lay Down Your Burdens” is, in fine art terms, finger-painting by the numbers, not a candidate for the Louvre, a victim of its own unavoidable plot manipulations.


Next: Season Three, and life under the Cylon heel.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

EPA Blows Off Federal Court Injunction, Takes America's Water Anyway

by JASmius



"Judge Erickson has made his ruling; now let him enforce it":

The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in thirteen central and Western States.

The EPA says the rule, which took effect Friday in more than three dozen States, will safeguard drinking water for millions of Americans.

Opponents pledged to continue to fight the rule, emboldened by a federal court decision Thursday that blocked it from Alaska to Arkansas.

Oh, trust me, folks, it took effect in all fifty States.  Water is fungible after all.

Once again, for all that we rail against and lament and wail and gnash our teeth about the Imperial Judiciary when it imposes the Left's wish list, whenever a federal judge aberrantly drifts towards constitutionalism in the teeth of any Obama power grab, we are swiftly reminded of just how powerless the federal courts really are.  Just ask Judge Erickson's Brownsville, Texas, counterpart and his Obamnesty humiliation at the White House's hands.

Barack Obama is not going to be stopped by the federal judiciary any more than he is the Congress.  In his mind, he is the ruler of this country, and everybody - EVERYBODY - is subordinate to him.

Makes you wonder if Judge Erickson, unlike Judge Hanen, is even going to bother getting pissed off and save a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing and just let it go.  Because, as we've long known, resistance really is futile.

Exit question: Under the terms of this illegal, unconstitutional EPA rule, would I save time by just peeing directly on The One?  It does now belong to him, after all.

Sino-Russian Axis Plundering The Arctic

by JASmius



There's an old saying: "Where there's a will, there's a way."  It's not a particularly profound adage, since, for example, I have a powerful will to be a metal-bender like Magneto and yet I've never managed to so much as move a paperclip with my mind.  And it certainly never manifested itself in my high school social life.

But it is sometimes applicable in the real world.  A prominent example is the race to extract vast stores of natural resources from the top of the planet.  And in this endeavor, the Russians and ChiComms are displaying a great deal more will than is Barack Obama:

Already criticized for what many call a weak response to Russian expansionism in Europe, Barack Obama may be losing a far more important battle with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin: the conquest of the Arctic Circle and its huge deposits of strategic resources.

Many lawmakers, military leaders and analysts, according to the New York Times, believe the United States is lagging in preparing for the new environmental, economic and geopolitical realities facing the region.

“We have been for some time clamoring about our nation’s lack of capacity to sustain any meaningful presence in the Arctic,” Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, the Coast Guard’s commandant, told the Times....

The United States Navy rarely operates in the circle, the Times reports, but Russia and other nations are establishing key strategic beachheads in a bid for control of territory.

And how. The Russians are building ten new search-and-rescue stations on top of reopening all their old Soviet-era Arctic military bases, and deploying a fleet of forty-one ice-breakers.  How many of the latter do we have?  Two.  And we will soon be passed up in that category by Red China, which has deployed one (Xuelong) and is nearing completion on another, with more on the way, despite not being, unlike us, an Arctic nation.

The will disparity is quite easy to explain.  Most of the treasure trove of strategic resources in the Arctic are in the form of fossil fuels - oil and natural gas.  Our enemies are properly and justifiably very interested in extracting those resources and taking them for themselves, whereas Barack Obama's ideological hostility to same and hopelessly stubborn infatuation with non-energy schemes like wind and solar makes the Arctic, in his mind, irrelevant.

The U.S. "isn't in the game" because it's a game The One isn't interesting in playing (Royal Shell not withstanding, and I think he'll "rectify" that "mistake" quickly).  As far as he is concerned, the Arctic is Vladimir Putin's lake.  Which raises the intriguing question of what he's going to dissemble about this week as he becomes the first sitting president to venture north of the Arctic Circle.

Maybe he's going to shaft Royal Shell on the Chukchi Sea drilling project personally. T'would fit with his "being the president I've always wanted to be" motif.

House GOP Vows (Again) To Defund Planned Parenthood

by JASmius



....zzzzzzzzzzzsnort, whatimizit?  Humh, oh, sorry, I <yaaaaaawwwwn> dozed off there for a minute.  What were we talking about again?  Oh, yeah, that's right, the House GOP leadership vowing to hold another vote on defunding Planned Parenthood, which they might as well line up with the dozens and dozens of votes they've successfully undertaken to defund and repeal ObamaCare over the past - what is it by now, I've lost count - four and a half years, I think it is?  Every last one of which died in the Senate, either at Harry (G)Reid's hands or by Democrat filibusters.  The same as this attempt will:

House Republican leaders are planning a vote to freeze funding for Planned Parenthood this fall, according to GOP aides, a move that could help mitigate an inter-party battle and avoid a government shutdown.

“We’re encouraged to know there will be a vote this fall, whether it’s our bill or something that is similar,” a spokesman for Representative Diane Black (R-TN6) said Friday.

A bill to defund Planned Parenthood is expected to come up for a vote shortly after lawmakers return from recess, aides said. It would likely take the form of legislation from Black which would block federal funding to Planned Parenthood for one year, although leaders are still weighing their options.

Like I said the other day, Republicans are not revolutionaries.  But then they never claimed to be, and we should not expect that from them which they are not capable of delivering.

Boehner wanted to footdrag his way through congressional hearings and investigations in order to have ample barriers behind which to hide this defunding effort, but the base - understandably and appropriately - wants action NOW, as only makes political and public relations sense since pro-lifers will probably never get a better opportunity to roll back the abortion insanity while the rolling is this good.  So the leadership relented, but only partially, which is why the compromise is making the defunding only for the next year.  Which is less wimpy than it sounds, since the current Congress can only fund or defund ANYTHING for the next fiscal year, after which the whole thing is up for grabs again the following fiscal year, and then the year after that, and so on.  It's called the discretionary appropriations process, some of which amazingly still exists, if only in a vestigial sense.

And the House will pass this defunding bill, too.  And then it will die in the Senate to the inevitable Democrat filibuster and Senate Republicans will cave and fully fund Planned Parenthood, because there's no way in all the hells that they'll ever risk a government shutdown ever again:

“I’m not in the shut down government camp. That is not the way to get to the bottom of this issue, by shutting down the government,” [Representative Black] said. “It puts the president in charge instead of the legislature.”

And that is just as well, since most Planned Parenthood funding flows through Medicaid anyway and is beyond the practical reach of congressional appropriators in any case - same as ObamaCare funding when Ted Cruz made his big grandstanding display of trying to "gut" it two years ago despite the fact that five-sixths of it was statutory and not discretionary and couldn't be defunded anyway apart from a full repeal that was just as politically impossible.

It is, in short, more "GOP Failure Theater," although in this instance it's much more that it's largely if not entirely beyond the GOP's control in any realistic political sense.

Let's give the Left credit for how expertly they have woven these gravy trains into the policy and political fabric.  If we're truly going to take down Planned Parenthood, it will never be as simple as passing a bill to defund it.  We'll have to privatize or repeal outright Medicaid as well, which will happen around the same time that Sheldon Cooper becomes the new Dos Equis beer spokesman.

Nobody ever promised that any aspect of "Republic Restoration" was going to be easy.  The war against Planned Parenthood is just the latest illustration of how desperately uphill that overall struggle is going to be.

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AllStar Collision Big Stories of the Week, August 29, 2015

16. Constitution Corner: It's All About Federal Authorities, and the Lack Thereof

15. The Last Pope

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/pope-francis-praises-homosexual.html

14. EPA Water Control Set-Back

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/federal-court-blocks-obamas-water.html

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/08/28/judge-blocks-new-federal-rule-on-jurisdiction-waterways/

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-epa-colorado-toxic-waste-spill.html

13. Hottest July on Earth EVER!

http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/21450-july-warmest-on-record-lie-debunked-by-nasa-data?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_campaign=308a681e5c-The_Editors_Top_Picks_3_12_143_12_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8ca494f2d2-308a681e5c-289768073

http://greenjihad.net/2015/08/19/naomi-klein-admits-global-warming-is-not-about-science-but-destroying-capitalism/

12. Unhealthy State of America's Health Care

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/states-approving-huge-increases-in.html

11. Racial Divide

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/white-texas-sheriffs-deputy-executed-by.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/on-air-shooting-kills-reporter-cameraman.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/illegal-invasion.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/virginia-reporter-cameraman-gunned-down.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-african-american-spring-reaches-st.html

10. Sacrificing Israel

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/latest-obama-taunt-iran-deal-will.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/iran-expanded-nuclear-program-during.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/isis-massing-to-invade-turkey.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/pentagon-doctored-files-to-make-it-look.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/obama-ready-to-take-on-crazies-on-his.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/obama-giving-iran-nukes-saysnew-york.html

9. Communist Hardliners Prepare for War

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/red-china-russia-building-stealth.html

8. The War with Mexico

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/mexico-threatens-texas-over-illegal.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-hillary-shitzkrieg-continues.html

7. Killing Babies

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/constitutionality-of-planned-parenthood.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/planned-parenthood-audit-rejected.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/planned-parenthood-cannibalism-viii.html

6. Clash of the Elephants

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/john-boehner-is-astute-judge-of.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/whats-wrong-with-party-loyalty-oaths.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/jeb-bush-trump-is-asian-anchor-baby.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/just-what-gop-presidential-field-needs.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/kentucky-gop-to-let-rand-paul-double-dip.html

5. Trumped

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/trump-readying-huge-tax-hike.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/evangelical-trumpsters-just-as-gullible.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/trumps-unprovoked-assault-on-megyn-kelly.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/trump-is-simplistic-democrat.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/trump-packs-alabama-stadium.html

4. Missing: Viable Democrat Candidate

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/democratic-challengers-launch-attacks-against-clinton-party-leadership/2015/08/28/722bc1c6-4d9b-11e5-84df-923b3ef1a64b_story.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/28/omalley-blasts-democratic-leaders-for-rigged-2016-debate-process/

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/08/28/martin-omalley-rails-at-democrats-for-debate-schedule-rigged-to-aid-hillary-clinton/?_r=0

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/hillary-fears-joe.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/desperate-hillary-clinton.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/hillary-clinton-gaming-voter.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/hillary-clinton-sent-classified-embassy.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/has-hillary-clinton-statutorily.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/state-department-gagging-employees-in.html

3. Obama's Final Assaults

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/obama-nlrb-destroys-word-employer.html

2. Economics

http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/02/barack-obama-saved-american-economy-made-us-stronger-prosperous-safer-influential/

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/a-rerun-of-1929.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/global-financial-markets-reeling.html

http://www.infowars.com/financial-times-calls-for-abolishing-cash/

1. Unrecognized American Heroes in France

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/us-servicemen-thwart-jihadist-attack-in.html

American Daily Review: Division Deepens

American Daily Review, Hosts JASmius and Douglas V. Gibbs, Saturdays at 11:00 am

AllStar Collision Big Stories of the Week, August 29, 2015

16. Constitution Corner: It's All About Federal Authorities, and the Lack Thereof

15. The Last Pope

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/pope-francis-praises-homosexual.html

14. EPA Water Control Set-Back

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/federal-court-blocks-obamas-water.html

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/08/28/judge-blocks-new-federal-rule-on-jurisdiction-waterways/

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-epa-colorado-toxic-waste-spill.html

13. Hottest July on Earth EVER!

http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/21450-july-warmest-on-record-lie-debunked-by-nasa-data?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_campaign=308a681e5c-The_Editors_Top_Picks_3_12_143_12_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8ca494f2d2-308a681e5c-289768073

http://greenjihad.net/2015/08/19/naomi-klein-admits-global-warming-is-not-about-science-but-destroying-capitalism/

12. Unhealthy State of America's Health Care

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/states-approving-huge-increases-in.html

11. Racial Divide

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/white-texas-sheriffs-deputy-executed-by.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/on-air-shooting-kills-reporter-cameraman.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/illegal-invasion.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/virginia-reporter-cameraman-gunned-down.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-african-american-spring-reaches-st.html

10. Sacrificing Israel

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/latest-obama-taunt-iran-deal-will.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/iran-expanded-nuclear-program-during.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/isis-massing-to-invade-turkey.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/pentagon-doctored-files-to-make-it-look.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/obama-ready-to-take-on-crazies-on-his.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/obama-giving-iran-nukes-saysnew-york.html

9. Communist Hardliners Prepare for War

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/red-china-russia-building-stealth.html

8. The War with Mexico

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/mexico-threatens-texas-over-illegal.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-hillary-shitzkrieg-continues.html

7. Killing Babies

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/constitutionality-of-planned-parenthood.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/planned-parenthood-audit-rejected.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/planned-parenthood-cannibalism-viii.html

6. Clash of the Elephants

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/john-boehner-is-astute-judge-of.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/whats-wrong-with-party-loyalty-oaths.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/jeb-bush-trump-is-asian-anchor-baby.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/just-what-gop-presidential-field-needs.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/kentucky-gop-to-let-rand-paul-double-dip.html

5. Trumped

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/trump-readying-huge-tax-hike.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/evangelical-trumpsters-just-as-gullible.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/trumps-unprovoked-assault-on-megyn-kelly.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/trump-is-simplistic-democrat.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/trump-packs-alabama-stadium.html

4. Missing: Viable Democrat Candidate

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/democratic-challengers-launch-attacks-against-clinton-party-leadership/2015/08/28/722bc1c6-4d9b-11e5-84df-923b3ef1a64b_story.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/28/omalley-blasts-democratic-leaders-for-rigged-2016-debate-process/

http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/08/28/martin-omalley-rails-at-democrats-for-debate-schedule-rigged-to-aid-hillary-clinton/?_r=0

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/hillary-fears-joe.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/desperate-hillary-clinton.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/hillary-clinton-gaming-voter.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/hillary-clinton-sent-classified-embassy.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/has-hillary-clinton-statutorily.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/state-department-gagging-employees-in.html

3. Obama's Final Assaults

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/obama-nlrb-destroys-word-employer.html

2. Economics

http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/02/barack-obama-saved-american-economy-made-us-stronger-prosperous-safer-influential/

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/a-rerun-of-1929.html

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/global-financial-markets-reeling.html

http://www.infowars.com/financial-times-calls-for-abolishing-cash/
1. Unrecognized American Heroes in France

http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2015/08/us-servicemen-thwart-jihadist-attack-in.html

White Texas Sheriff's Deputy Executed By Black Gunman

by JASmius



More Obamedia reticence on a story that they desperately do not want to truthfully tell:

A man shot a uniformed sheriff’s deputy “execution-style” while he fueled his patrol car in the Houston area, killing him instantly, authorities said…

The gunman walked up from behind him and opened fire for no apparent reason, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said.

When Goforth fell to the ground, the gunman stood over him and shot him some more, authorities said. He died at the scene.

“He was literally gunned down in what appears to be an unprovoked, execution-style killing,” Hickman said. “I have been in law enforcement for forty-five years, I have never seen anything this cold-blooded.” [emphases added]

A horrific atrocity, to be sure.  But not all that particularly nationally newsworthy other than as more grist for the gun confiscators.

Until you arrive at this paragraph:

Bob Goerlitz, president of the Harris County Deputies Organization, called the [incident] “shocking.”

“We’ve been warned of things like this, because of public sentiment nationally and events over the last few years,” he said. “It’s just horrific. That’s the only way to describe it.” [emphasis added]

Well, now, there's some helpful and much-needed context through which to discern possible motives for this gangland-style murder.

Dig long enough through enough media sources, and you finally hit paydirt:

Police described the suspect as a male with a dark complexion, about 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall, wearing a white T-shirt and red shorts and driving a red or maroon pickup-style truck with an extended cab. [emphasis added]

Even the grainy, indistinct pic above makes it pretty obvious that the shooter is a black guy, and the video footage is equally clear that Deputy Goforth was white.  Additional descriptive details that I think we can safely conclude would have been all over this story if the racial identifiers had been reversed.

Jazz Shaw imagines how the lede should have been written:

A black man shot a white uniformed sheriff’s deputy “execution-style” while he fueled his patrol car in the Houston area, killing him instantly, authorities said…

The black gunman walked up from behind him and opened fire for no apparent reason, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said.

When Goforth, who is white, fell to the ground, the black gunman stood over him and shot him some more, authorities said. He died at the scene.

Only tweak I'd make to that re-write is the part about the black guy "opening fire for no apparent reason".  The reason appears quite obvious, actually: Deputy Goforth was (1) a cop and (2) white.  What other reasons would the black gunman need?  You can call it, "What Micheal Brown tried and failed to do to Darrin Wilson".  Something tells me Deputy Goforth's grieving loved ones aren't going to see White House representatives showing up at his funeral.

FWIW, the black shooter didn't kill himself and has been captured and taken into custody.  Now we get to witness the national spectacle of Houston, Texas prosecutors being vilified as "racists" for daring to prosecute this carrier-out of "racial justice," and Barack Obama saying something like, "Fortunately, Deputy Goforth died before he could 'act stupidly'" at a presser.

Well, he always did believe in "preemption," after all.


UPDATE: Escalation:

Houston-area officials on Saturday blamed the shooting death of a sheriff's deputy on anti-police sentiment around the country over policing and race....

[Harris County Sheriff Ron] Hickman expressed outrage at the shooting, which occurred as demonstrators nationwide have been protesting police killings of unarmed minorities, in particular black men.

"Our system of justice absolutely requires a law enforcement presence to protect our communities, so at any point where the rhetoric ramps up to the point where calculated cold-blooded assassination of police officers happen(s). This rhetoric has gotten out of control," Hickman said.

"We've heard black lives matter; all lives matter. Well cops' lives matter too; so why don't we just drop the qualifier and just say lives matter and take that to the bank," Hickman said.

Because it's "racist," Sheriff Hickman.  Because ONLY BLACK LIVES MATTER, and no other lives do, especially those of white cops.  Which you'd know if you weren't such a "racist".

Looks like Deputy Goforth's killer has his next target after he's acquitted by the all-black jury he'll demand and get on the grounds of "self-defense".

Thai Police Arrest "Foreign Man" In Bangkok Bombing

by JASmius



You have to get all the way down to the eleventh paragraph of this Thomson/Reuters story before you get to the actual news in it.

But just to review from twelve days ago:

The Associated Press is reporting that an explosion of unknown cause has ripped through an area in Bangkok, Thailand, killing at least twelve. Authorities have confirmed the explosion was caused by a bomb, though the exact type of device has not yet been determined. The blast occurred in a busy commercial hub, a site that has seen several political demonstrations in recent years. The bomb reportedly detonated in front of the Erawan shrine, a popular shrine to the Hindu god Brahma, where thousands of Buddhist devotees visit every day.

And now, the update:

Police hunting for the perpetrators of Thailand's deadliest bombing arrested a foreign man on Saturday they said fitted the description of a suspect seen leaving a rucksack at the site of the Bangkok blast nearly two weeks ago. [emphasis added]

Well, now, that's kind of an antiseptically cryptic description.

Police raided an apartment in a northern suburb of the capital on Saturday afternoon and discovered possible bomb-making materials that could have been used in the August 17th attack in Bangkok's bustling commercial heart.

Police would not confirm where the suspect was from but said he was a foreign national and would be charged initially with possession of illegal explosive materials and held at a military facility. [emphases added]

That's curious; why are Thai officials reticent about disclosing this "foreign national's" country of origin?  Hmmmm....

The bomb tore through the crowded Erawan Shrine, one of the country's top tourist attractions and close to high-end hotels and malls, killing twenty people and wounding scores more.

So this "foreign national" whose country of origin the Thais won't confirm bombed a Buddhist religious shrine?  My, but the plot does thicken.

Among the dead were fourteen foreigners, including seven from mainland China and Hong Kong, in an attack the military government said was intended to be a strike at Thailand's troubled economy.

That was one reason, I'm sure.

The suspect "looks like the one we are looking for", said national police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri.

Almost sounds like Mr. Thavornsiri almost let slip the suspect's country of origin and then caught himself at the last instant, doesn't it?

"They also found a lot of materials which can be used to make bombs."

No doubt.

Here's that belatedly revelatory eleventh paragraph, by the way:

Several channels also showed an image of a passport they said was seized at the apartment where the man was arrested during the raid.

It appeared to be a Turkish passport, belonging to a man born in 1987. Reuters could not confirm whether or not it belonged to the suspect, or if it was found by police at the apartment. [emphasis added]

So, to sum up, on the one hand, Thomson/Reuters did mention the only newsworthy part of this story, but on the other, they buried it so deep you run the risk of incurring the journalistic bends from diving for it, and even then they hem and haw and Islamophillically hedge and all but apologize shamelessly all around it.

This, of course, is called astonishing progress for the Obamedia.  Though probably only because the bombing took place on the other side of the planet.  If the Turkish jihadist had blown up National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., we'd never hear his country of origin or motivations.  Ever.

Hopefully the Thais know what to do with him, and are willing to carry it out.  Unpleasantly.

Sarah Palin OAN Interview Highlights

by JASmius



Well, so much for Mr. Gibbs getting a gig on One America Network.  Looks like they decided to go with slightly bigger "fry" to replace Rick Amato.  At least 'cuda will generate the revenues to replace all their website servers that promptly crashed this evening from the ridiculous viewer overload.

The ex-Alaska governor conducted three interview tonight, one of which I'm frankly astonished that she was willing to conduct.



In a highly anticipated TV event with two of the GOP's biggest celebrities....

Grrrrrrr....

Donald Trump told Sarah Palin on Friday that his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is "bringing back the silent majority" of Americans who "want to see America be great again."

So he's resurrecting Spiro Agnew to be his running mate?  If he's going the zombie route, why not bring back Reagan instead?  And then get out of his way?

"They want to see something incredible happen that is going to be great," Trump said on Palin's On Point program on the One America News Network.



Still channeling Dave Bowman, I see.  Which is great if you're an alien amalgam but a gigantic, intelligence-insulting, cryptic pain in the ass if you're a presidential "frontrunner" that hasn't remotely earned that status.



He also called on the GOP-controlled Congress to "stand together and say that we are going to fund the rest of the government, but we're not going to fund Planned Parenthood."

So does that mean that Senator Cruz no longer wants to defund ObamaCare?  Well, that IS a newsworthy implicit but huge concession on his part.  I wonder if his slavishly loyal supporters have noticed that gaffe.



"There are a lot of things that government does that are broken, and the education system is a good example of that," the former Florida governor told Palin. "We have a duty to fix them, not necessarily spending more money, but by empowering people to live their lives with dignity and respect. [emphasis added]

There's his wiggle room.

"This should be a very powerful conservative value," Bush said.

Yeah - "compassionately conservative," I'm guessing.  Just as I'm guessing that the only reason that 'cuda added Jeb to the interview list was as a sop to journalistic balance and integrity so that this edition of On Point would look a little less like an obnoxious, unsufferably "populist" cheerleading exercise.

Exit question: When is she going to book Governor Walker?

Friday, August 28, 2015

Constitutionality of Planned Parenthood Defunding Plans

By Douglas V. Gibbs

Radio Host Dave Levine, a host on KMET 1490 AM on Monday, wrote on his blog, "Arkansas is the fourth state to terminate such contracts with the Feds--New Hampshire, Alabama and Louisiana are the others. By this time next year, 30-plus states will have stopped funding the baby killer company."

Mr. Levine was referring to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson's decision to order his State's Department of Human Services to terminate the Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood.  Dave asked me in an email, "Isn't what Hutchinson is doing illegal?"

It is illegal, if you mean "illegal" in the sense of what is illegal from the point of view of the federal government.  From their point of view, Hutchinson is in direct defiance of federal law.  However, from the point of view of the Constitution, the Arkansas governor is doing exactly what he is constitutionally entitled to do.

The problem with what is going on, in the sense of people being able to understand the legalities and various intricacies involving the governor's actions, is that we must first strip away the myths, correct the premise, and understand what the originalist opinion of the Founding Fathers would be regarding this issue.  Also, let's not forget that the Hyde Amendment is in place and disallows federal funding for abortion.  Planned Parenthood gets around that by claiming that the federal funding being poured into their operations are for services other than abortion services.

The Democrats have done well through their own propaganda attacks, and through the media, to label any stand against abortion in the United States as being a part of the "War on Women."  There apparently is no such thing as a "War on Children," according to these people, which has resulted in roughly 58 million abortions since Roe v. Wade unconstitutionally "legalized" abortion in the United States in 1973.  As a result, political voices that should be standing firm in their support for protecting the lives of the unborn are fearful to even tread the politically caustic waters of the abortion issue.  The Democrats, in turn, if there are Republicans willing to try to defund Planned Parenthood, are perfectly willing to let the GOP try, because a government shutdown always seems to prove disastrous for the Republican Party, and if it comes down to that, the liberal left is figuring those conservatives daring to consider defunding planned parenthood will back down before it gets to the point of a government shutdown.

More than half a billion dollars of taxpayer money is pumped into Planned Parenthood each year.  The funding is a combination of federally funded programs, and State programs.  The organization also strategically positions most of its centers in the inner-cities, ensuring that the customers are more likely to be poor, minorities, and more than willing to seek funding services associated with government programs.  When one considers that the founder of Planned Parenthood was a raging racist who wanted to use abortion as a means of eliminating what she considered to be "human weeds," it seems the policies of Planned Parenthood remain in line with Margaret Sanger's genocidal plans of eugenics and a master race.

Supporters of Planned Parenthood, and those that support the practice of abortion, quote federal laws and court rulings to convince Americans that what States, like Hutchinson's Arkansas, is doing to try to defund abortion is somehow illegal.  Their premise is based on the idea that it is the court system's job to "interpret" the United States Constitution, and that the federal government is supreme over anything and everything at the State level.

The Supremacy Clause in Article VI. of the United States Constitution does not place any and all federal laws, rulings, or actions above those of the States.  The States can have laws contrary to federal law when, as the clause indicates, the federal laws were not made "in pursuance" of the Constitution.  As the authors of the United States Constitution, and the parents of the federal government, the States are not required to abide by unconstitutional federal laws, rulings, or actions.

The United States Constitution, whether it be in Article III (where the document establishes the judicial branch), or any other part of the document, does not grant the authority of interpreting the Constitution, known as "Judicial Review," to the federal court system.  The "power" was granted largely by an opinion by John Marshall, the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, following a ruling regarding the Marbury v. Madison case in 1803.  In other words, the courts granted to themselves the power, and did so illegally.

An even larger constitutional tidbit about this issue revolves around the 10th Amendment, which explains that if a power is not granted to the federal government, and it is not prohibited to the States, it is a State authority.  After an extensive investigation of the United States Constitution, including all of the amendments, one will find that abortion, medical services, or anything associated with those two concepts, are not expressly enumerated anywhere in the United States Constitution.  Therefore, any and all federal funding, influence, laws, or court rulings regarding the issues of abortion or health care are unconstitutional.  In short, the issues of abortion or anything related to health care, despite what the majority of justices ruled in Roe v. Wade, are none of the federal government's business.  And, since the issue is not prohibited to the States, it is up to the State governments regarding what they should and can do regarding these issues.  In short, any and all federal laws that the liberal left Democrats are claiming these State governors are in defiance of are all unconstitutional.  The governors of the States involved have every right at the State level to decide what to do regarding the abortion issue, or any health services and health programs, and if they wish to defund Planned Parenthood, or reject all federal involvement in any health services organization in their State, they have every right to do so.

Governors denying Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood from the federal government's point of view may be a case of the governors defying federal law, but since those laws are unconstitutional, the State's governors, legislatures, and judiciaries have every constitutional authority to terminate Medicaid contracts, deny federal funding, and essentially kick the federal government out of their State in regards to Planned Parenthood, abortion, and any and all health services, health programs, health care, or health insurance intrusions.

The question is, now, regarding these governors that are doing this, whether or not they will be able to stand firm behind their decision when the federal government begins throwing legal fiery darts at the States in response to what they are doing.  The unfortunate truth is, judging by recent history, the States are likely to fold like a bunch of folding chairs. . . but I hope I am wrong about that.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Mexico Threatens Texas Over Illegal Alien Birth Certificates

by JASmius



Remarkable, isn't it, how brazen our neighbor to the south is now free to get knowing that they effectively control the U.S. government as well:

The refusal of some Texas counties to issue birth certificates for children born to [illegal] parents could threaten the State's relationship with Mexico, the Mexican government warns.

One wonders what form that threat might take.  Not a Mexican attempt to retake the Alamo, one presumes, but they're not offering up much in the way of details.  But then again, they're effectively flooding Texas with their nationals, so that does constitute a form of at least low-level economic warfare - that is escalating all the time.

The notice comes in a brief filed in support of illegal [alien] parents who are suing Texas after being denied birth certificates for their U.S.-born children – even after providing ID cards, known as "matricula," issued by the Mexican Consulate, Fox News Latino reports.

And of course, constitutionally speaking illegal aliens should have no standing to sue anybody north of the border, and the Fourteenth Amendment does not accord citizenship via birth location.  But We the People stopped paying attention to the Constitution a long, long time ago.

The Texas Tribune reports some Texas county registrars won't accept the consulate-issued identification because it isn't considered reliable.

Not a constitutional reason, but an eminently practical one.

But here comes the other shoe.

Some Texas counties were accepting the consulate ID cards until recently, when they were ordered to stop by the Texas State health services department, the Tribune reports.

So, in legal terms, the precedent of illegal birth certificate issuance was set and then rescinded.  Which is doubtless the crux of the lawsuit illegals ought not have any standing to launch but are doing so anyway.  Not that they wouldn't have done so without this factor, but it sure doesn't hurt them.

"[It] not only jeopardizes their dignity and well-being....

Neither of which are constitutionally or legally relevant to the question, but rather are public relations arguments.

....but could threaten the unique relationship between Mexico and Texas," the Mexican government said in a brief tied to a lawsuit filed against the State by Texas Civil Rights Project and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid.

No, c'mon, mis amigos, let's see what you've got on the retaliation table.  I'm genuinely interested in seeing what your demands are going to be next.  "Border readjustments," perhaps?

Exit thought and question: Looks like Trump's border wall treaty negotiations aren't off to a good start.  Think there will be any equivalent of the Corker-Cardin/Menendez legislation for that one?

Latest Obama Taunt: Iran "Deal" Will "Improve Iran-Israel Relations"

by JASmius



How, you ask?  Why, by making Iran no longer an existential threat to Israel's existence.  How, you ask?  Why, by "keeping Iran from getting nuclear weapons".  Which, even if you buy the risible fiction of this "deal" that it will be fifteen years before the mullahs can resume their march towards Middle East and global Armageddon - and one would think the whole point of a "deal" would be to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons period - means that all this "deal" does is set off a race between the Iranians to build their nukes and the Israelis to develop the fifth-generation aircraft with which to take out the mullahs' nuclear infrastructure.  It makes war between the two enemies inevitable, and incentivizes that conflict to occur sooner rather than later.

But of course, the mullahs aren't going to pay the slightest bit of attention to one jot or tittle of Obama's "deal," and will keep right on a-building - as they have been all along, including the past three months of the "deal"'s home stretch.  And now, thanks to their friend and ally in the White House, they have over a hundred billion dollars more with which to do so, as well as develop and build more ICBMs and generally all-around expand their terror networks.  Which means that Iran and Israel are on an even nearer-term collision course.

But he's banking on that war being his successor's problem  Assuming, again, that he ever voluntarily relinquishes power.

You know how we can tell this battle is over, lost, and in the proverbial can?  O is lying about the warmonger smears he was spewing at "deal" opponents just three days ago:

“Those who support the deal have tried to stay focused on what we believe are the logical conclusions and facts, the nature of the deal and what alternatives are available,” Obama said during a White House webcast where he answered questions from the Jewish community about the agreement. “At no point have I ever suggested, for example, that somebody is a warmonger, meaning they want war.” [emphasis added]



That's all he's been doing for the past several months.  That's been the core of his mendatious argument in favor of his "deal": that the one and only alternative is "war," and so, ipso facto, if you opposed his "deal," you are, by definition, a "warmonger," and thus in league with the mullahs themselves, and actually worse, because the mullahs "proved" that wanted peace by agreeing to O's "deal".  So why does he blatantly pretend that he hasn't been administering that smear with a fire hose when there is voluminous print and digital evidence to the contrary?

Because he knows that his audience of the moment will believe every word he says, because they're fellow leftwingnuts first and Jews second.  And also because he has created a culture where everything, including facts are reality itself, are tribal constructs.  If you are of the "right" tribe, everything you say is factual and correct and constitutes "reality," even if you flip-flop it back and forth five times in the space of three minutes and twelve seconds, like Hillary Clinton did in that Democrat primary debate back in late 2007.  Yes, it might erode and even damage the interdimensional manifold of the fabric of space-time, but usually a quantum lock does not prove necessary, although I understand the DNC has one handy at every "Ready For Hillary!" event.  Whereas if you are of the "wrong" tribe, everything you say is wrong and stupid and "extreme" and proof of the subhuman status the Regime has assigned to you, you have no rights, and you are allowed to continue living only by dint of The One's immense and beneficient generosity.

Distilled to its essence, Red Barry will always get away with it because his listeners can either nod their heads obediently, or they can cough and gag and sputter and guffaw and be dragged away to "racist prison".

As a postscript, I couldn't help but notice Allahpundit lapse into quasi-Gibbspeak....:

The latest argument being used to twist arms is that letting the GOP pass a resolution of disapproval over a filibuster and forcing Obama to veto it would undermine American credibility abroad because it would mean the president could no longer guarantee foreign powers when making deals with them that those deals will take effect in the United States. To which I say … yes, that’s the point of the Treaty Clause in Article II. If the president was supposed to have the power to singlehandedly ensure that the treaties he signs are implemented, there’d be nothing in there about the advice and consent of the Senate. In fact, the whole point of the Treaty Clause is to make sure that the president doesn’t try to negotiate any deals with foreign powers that he doesn’t have good reason to believe will appeal to two-thirds of the Senate. If he’s foolish enough to do so then he’s the one who’s undermined American credibility by brokering a deal that he has no reason to think will pass.

....before returning to the comfortable and familiar folds of JASmius Echo Syndrome:

But since O is the alpha and omega and only wingnuts care about stupid legal niceties like this anymore, somehow Congress is in the wrong here for demanding a say.

And they're not even going to get that.

Boy, it sure feels good to be "safer," doesn't it?


UPDATE: As to O's assertion that his "deal" will heal the U.S.-Israel rift that he himself created, interpret that as, "Yeah, I bleeped those warmongering kikes, but where else are they gonna go?"

The Hillary Shitzkrieg Continues: Republicans Want to "Put Illegals In Boxcars"

by JASmius



But they are both right about the impracticability of the purported Trump immigration plan. It comes down not to what should be done, not what we wish we could do, but to what's possible. Do I wish we could deport all thirty million illegals, build an impregnable border wall, and make Mexico and Central American countries pay for it? Sure, as much as all of you Tea Party Trumpsters do. But [Chris Christie] is not wrong when he calls Trump's pie-in-the-sky promises of same "simplistic". "Fantasy" would be a better term. I'll say it again: No Congress, not even one filled with 535 Ted Cruz clones, would ever appropriate the hundreds of billions of dollars such a plan would require, not because they necessarily opposed it, but because it couldn't be done. Finding thirty million specific people is hard enough; rounding them all up would be even more difficult because a lot of them would attempt to flee, and the PR optics of hunting them down plus the - what would you call them? Pens? Camps? - in which all those illegals would have to be "detained" - would be unimaginable. And remember: thirty million people. Where could they possibly be kept even if they could all be rounded up? Where would the feds find that many law enforcement personnel? How long would it take? These details matter. And if we've learned anything about Donald Trump over the past couple of months, it's that details are not his thing. Which makes perfect sense if you're nothing but a demagogue and a Donk plant attempting to lead astray a large segment of the Republican base and make them and the party look like the worst leftwing stereotypes of conservatives ever conceived in order to make the queen of the Clinton Crime Family look "moderate" and "reasonable". [bolded emphases added]

- Me, five days ago


Hillary Clinton, today:

Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton once again took aim at her Republican rivals Friday afternoon, accusing them during a press conference of wanting to round up illegal [alien]s and throw them in trains.

[Mrs.] Clinton was asked by a reporter how she would handle the millions of illegal [alien]s currently in the country. “Well, I’m glad you asked me that,” she responded. “Because I know that there are some on the other side who are seriously advocating to deport [thirty] million people who are working here.”

A lot of them, of course, are NOT working.

She continued, saying it was “the height of irony that a party which espouses small government would want to unleash a massive law enforcement effort – including perhaps National Guard and others....

Posse Comitatus Act, anybody?

....to go and literally pull people out of their homes and their workplaces, round them up, put them, I don’t know, in buses, boxcars, in order to take them across our border.”



Would she have said this anyway, even about practical steps like actually rescinding Obamnesty, enforcing the immigration laws on the books, enhancing border barriers, and deporting those illegals that we can without trying to make a PR nightmare spectacle out of it?  Of course.  She'd say it about Bush III and Rubio, for heaven's sake, and they're amnesty marks.  She'll say it about whatever Republican makes it out of this ridiculously overpopulated mess of a field.  She's saying it now - just as with the "Republicans are worse than ISIS for women" slur from yesterday - because her campaign is cratering and she needs to create any distraction she can from the scandal anchors that are dragging it down to the same grave in which her 2008 bid landed.  Eventually, if she won the Democrat nomination, she'd keep right on with the nuclear scorched-earth carpet-bombing because it's her only viable strategy - she can't inspire and she can't bamboozle, so she has to make the campaign so negative and toxic so as to digustedly turn off so many voters into staying home that she can win a very low-turnout base vs. base election.

But there's no reason why any of our candidates have to help lend credence to what should be her filthbag charges.  And yet that is precisely what Trumpmania has done, and all in phony-baloney, plastic banana service to a "plan" that is functionally impossible.  Or "all pain, no gain".

And you wonder why I call Trump Hillary's Trojan Horse.

The media Q & A came to a screeching (literally) halt when Mrs. Clinton made the frankly stunning mistake of dipping her royal scepter in Ed Henry's direction again:

ED HENRY: Secretary Clinton, I wonder if I could ask you a couple of questions. One would be — were you aware — were you aware — thank you. Were you aware that your husband wanted to give paid speeches to repressive regimes like North Korea? Do you have any comment on these new emails that raise questions about conflict of interest involving your aide, Huma Abedin? And finally, I wonder — you said there’s nothing unique about this situation. You’ve said this before. Can you name one other Cabinet secretary who had their own server?

[MRS.] CLINTON: Well, let me answer one of your questions because I think that’s what you are entitled to. [emphasis added]



Nothing haughty, imperial, or disdainful about that attitude, is there?  And just imagine, folks: this is how she treats her friends.

But then, we already know how she treats her enemies, don't we?  And at the rate she's going, the latter is going to far outnumber the former.