Obama Treachery In Russia As Obama’s Heath Scam Goes To The Supreme Court

In March of 2008, during the primaries, Barack Obama made sure that Austen Goolsbee informed the Canadians that all that talk about NAFTA was just words designed to fool the yokels in Ohio and states he needed to win. All that tough talk on NAFTA was “more reflective of political maneuvering than policy” Goolsbee informed the Canadian government. Big Media protected Obama on his campaign trail lies in 2008.

Today it is Barack Obama himself declaring his future intentional treacheries to the Russian government. Already the Washington Post and National Journal are on the job protecting Obama and dismissing today’s treachery as a “gaffe”.

Congressman Turner of the House Armed Services Committee is warning Obama against trading away American missile defense, which is obviously what Obama intends if he can only get the Russians to shush:

“Except Obama wasn’t caught telling Medvedev that he needed more space because missile defense was “incredibly complicated.” He told Medvedev that he needed more space on the issue — in other words, to have it downplayed as a national-security dispute with Russia — in order to win a second term, so that he could have “more flexibility” to deal with the Russians. Very obviously, Obama gave a strong hint that he could be more favorable to the Russian position, which completely opposes the deployment of a Western missile shield in Europe, when Obama doesn’t have to worry about being more accountable to the voters.”

Credit where credit is due – Jake Tapper of ABC News. It’s Tapper who’s not letting this treachery go into the Big Media crapper. It’s Tapper who reported on the conversation of “Obama to Medvedev: I’ll totally cave on missile defense in my second term if Putin will give me “space”’:

“President Obama: On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space.

President Medvedev: Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you…

President Obama: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.

President Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”

The Russians are not going to give Barack Obama something for nothing. They’ll give Obama his personal political “space” if Barack Obama gives the Russian Federation all the space out there. A second term for Barack Obama would mean treachery unleashed.

Obama behind the scenes and Obama behind a TelePrompTer says two different things. Remember Obama calling the yokels “bitter” and attacking Netanyahu in private and saying he did not really say what he said, in public? He stood up against Exelon in public, he stood up with Exelon in private. And there is healthcare. Remember our article called “Barack Obama Is The Enemy Of Health Care Reform, Parts I and II”?

To say Obama’s health scam is in any way connected to healthcare reform is in many ways the biggest scam of all. The Obamination passed by Obama Dimocrats is really the government of the United States bailing out pharmaceutical companies (Obama is an investor in pharmaceuticals but other than here you rarely if ever hear that mentioned) and health insurance companies by forcing American citizens to buy crap “insurance” from these companies. The U.S. Government itself will act as a Frank Nitti style enforcer in the service of these heath care business companies.

In public Barack Obama attacked Billy Tauzin with campaign ads. In private Barack Obama made a deal with Billy Tauzin which gutted the concept of cost controls and real health care reform.

In public Barack Obama declared that his corrupt “reforms” would “bend the cost curve” downwards on health care costs but in private it was known back in 2009 that the numbers were all phony.

In public Obama declares that he does not raise taxes, that his health care scam is not a tax – in the courts however Barack Obama’s defense of his scam is that indeed it is a tax:

“The IRS will be the enforcer. It’s a tax.

Barack Obama attacked Hillary Clinton and John McCain and Sarah Palin by declaring one or all of them were too divisive whereas he would be “a uniter not a divider”, he would pass health care with a ton of bipartisan votes, they were for taxes and he would not raise taxes for those making less than $250,000, they were for mandates whereas he was against mandates, they were for taxing health insurance plans whereas he was against raising taxes on health insurance plans, they would penalize those who did not buy health insurance he would not…. Lies all.”

Immediately after the Obama health scam passed we discussed the legal issues that would come into play. The issues we discussed then are the issues the Supreme Court will discuss this week. There is the additional new issue of contract law which has captured many minds with its simple yet powerful case.

The JournoListers are on the protect Obama beat. So scared are the Praetorian Guard Journolisters, indeed most of Big Media, of the possibility of Obama care thrown into the garbage can that they are saying it would be good for Obama if his singular “achievement” gets dumped:

“There are ways, in other words, that Obama would be better off politically by losing this case, after he endures the first few days of horrible press. [snip]

Therefore, if the court does overturn the ACA, if this group of five conservatives legislates from the bench and violates the central conservative legal tenet of recent American history, enough Americans will smell a rat that the decision will invite a backlash. Certainly, liberals who were never wild about it (and there are many) would find themselves suddenly angry that it was negated by these five, not to mention furious at the sight of celebrating conservatives. And to independents who weren’t fans of the bill, Barack Obama can say, “OK, it’s gone, but if your 24-year-old daughter gets thrown off your plan, or your spouse gets denied coverage because of a preexisting condition, don’t blame me. I bestowed those rights. Some other people took them away.”

That’s simply wishful thinking. Opponents of the Obama health scam would achieve a massive victory and be exultant if they win. If they lose the sound heard would not be defeat but a roar of anger.

If supporters of the Obama health scam win in the courts they will lose in the ballot box. If the Obama health scam gets flung into the garbage can by the Supreme Court supporters of the scam would realize that Obama wasted years chasing a greased pig.

The Supreme Court of the United States will likely have it’s say this June when it issues it’s ruling on the Obama health scam. But the supreme sovereigns of the United States will have their say on all the Obama scams and on the scam artist himself this NOvember.

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211 thoughts on “Obama Treachery In Russia As Obama’s Heath Scam Goes To The Supreme Court

  1. In the Trayvon Martin case, the race-baiting of Barack Obama and henchmen will explode in their faces:
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    Correct!

  2. What issue during FDR times are you referring to?
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    After FDR stacked the court (switch in time saves 9) they decided that the NRA could regulate how much wheat a farmer grew on his own land for his own purposes and not to be introduced into the stream of commerce. That case is a sport case, but it does come up from time to time. The degree of federal overreach it entails is inimical to personal liberty–and FDR got carried away. I doubt that case will cut much ice here even though it will be part of the legal argument for those who wish to defend tyranny and disenfranchise the American People–aka the enemy within.

  3. Wbboei the video is working at this end. It could be too many people viewing it and the problem will clear up soon.

  4. Listening to cspan from this morning and by the questions it seems like the bytchrons are in the hole for BO.

    Very hostile questioning.

    About the Florida case – a respected Miami news anchor with many years on the job went on FOX and defended Zim.

  5. WOW! admin- Mr Oliver saying: “Someone was going to DIE!” Portends, a struggle ensued over Zimmerman’s gun, envisioning Zimmerman pinned to the ground with Martin fighting to fish Zimmerman’s gun out of his pants preparing to use it on Zimmerman if the struggle escalated to an alternative of Life or Death for either of the pair.

    I posted something yesterday- word leaking out about the condition of the firearm after it was turned over to the authorities.. I will try finding it and reposting it here.

  6. Legal Insurrection has some good links on the Trayvon Martin situation.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/03/trayvon-martin-case-heading-towards-the-political-abyss/

    Trayvon was not suspended from school because of too many latenesses as some have proposed. It was potential marijuana use. If he was high on that night it might explain the “acting weird” statement by Zimmerman. The autopsy will tell.

    and this:

    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-03-26/news/os-trayvon-martin-zimmerman-account-20120326_1_arizona-iced-tea-suv-unarmed-black-teenager

    With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head into the sidewalk several times, leaving him bloody and battered, authorities have revealed to the Orlando Sentinel.

    That is the account Zimmerman gave police, and much of it has been corroborated by witnesses, authorities say…

    Zimmerman told them he lost sight of Trayvon and was walking back to his SUV when Trayvon approached him from the left rear, and they exchanged words.

    Trayvon asked Zimmerman if he had a problem. Zimmerman said no and reached for his cell phone, he told police.

    Trayvon then said, “Well, you do now” or something similar and punched Zimmerman in the nose.

    Zimmerman fell to the ground and Trayvon got on top of him and began slamming his head into the sidewalk, he told police.

    Zimmerman began yelling for help.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jPeWhNjxsBsp-YhZwMZvF7Xhr8AA?docId=69058dff0e374adbb4f01bd173921cf3

  7. Still listening to c-Span Hearings on the SC case on O-Care.

    Does not sound too good for those against it.

  8. admin
    March 26th, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Wow!

    KNEW IT!

    Will BO apologize to Zim? Will BO disown Trayvon as his adopted son? Fothermucker. Will the NBPP retract their #10g reward?

    What about those town hall meetings I saw this morning hosted by Sharpie and Jesse and demanding justice for this young thug? Will they now ask for justice for Zim? Or does the white part of him cancel out the Hispanic part? If that’s the case, BO should never have been (se)elected coz his white parts far outweigh his black parts.

  9. Based upon what these newly-discovered links have to say about Trayvon, maybe CIC will find Russia more enjoyable than returning home.

    Sarah Palin has tweeted this YouTube link which is humorous, true. Maybe a little too lite for the current discussion; perhaps you should scroll by but return later.
    OBAMA: All countries are close allies!! – YouTube

  10. Mea Culpa. It seems I have complete,y misunderstood the signfifcance of tosdays SC HEarings.

    Court skeptical of tax argument on mandate?

    posted at 12:45 pm on March 26, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

    And not just the conservative justices, either — and that spells trouble for Barack Obama and his defense of ObamaCare. Philip Klein reports from the arguments being made at the Supreme Court today on the health-care reform plan, and the main argument for the constitutionality of its core individual mandate came under attack from the liberal wing of the court:

    On the first day of oral arguments in the case challenging President Obama’s national health care law, justices seemed skeptical that the individual mandate should be considered a tax — one of the main consitutional defenses being offered for the law.

    To be clear, today’s 90 minutes of oral arguments did not concern the underlying merits of the case, but whether an 1876 law called the Anti-Injunction Act bars the Court from ruling on the suit at this time. Under the Anti-Injunction Act, people cannot challenge a tax in court until after they have paid it, something that would effectively punt the issue until at least 2015. However, there is some overlap between this question and the idea of whether the mandate is a tax, and justices on both sides of the ideological fence expressed skepticism that the mandate should be treated as a tax.

    “This cannot be a revenue raising measure, because if it’s successful, there won’t be any revenue raised,” said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the mandate.

    Another liberal on the court, Justice Stephen Breyer, said of Congress’s description of the fine for non-compliance with the mandate, “They called it a penalty and not a tax for a reason.”
    Why does this matter? Congress cannot mandate a penalty for failing to engage in commerce — but it does have the power to tax. Despite Obama’s protestations during the ObamaCare debate that the mandate was not a tax, his team has been forced to argue that it in fact does qualify as a tax, since that’s the only basis on which Congress can impose such a mandate. Most people believed that the conservative jurists on the court would object to that definition, but this looks as though skepticism on the constitutionality of the mandate goes wider than first thought. If Ginsburg and Breyer don’t buy the tax argument, the mandate will get overturned — and not by a 5-4 vote.

    Alito closed the loop on the question:

    Justice Sam Alito asked Verrilli whether he could point to another case in which courts identified something as not a tax for the purposes of the Anti-Injunction Act while still ruling it was a constitutional exercise of taxing power. Verrilli could not name any.
    That doesn’t bode well for ObamaCare advocates. If the mandate gets struck as a constitutional overreach, then regardless of whether the Supreme Court finds severability or not, the entire structure of ObamaCare collapses. It will hasten momentum for its repeal, and insurers will switch sides to demand its complete rejection.

    I’d tell you to watch for more signals, but of course, you can’t. The Supreme Court rejected requests to televise arguments today, but two polls show that Americans overwhelmingly think that the proceedings should be viewable. USA Today/Gallup shows that 72% want the arguments televised, including 70%+ among Republicans, Democrats, and independents. C-SPAN, which would have been the likely broadcaster for such an event, has a poll showing 74% support for televised hearings — and 95% who want the Supreme Court to be more transparent in its proceedings in general.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/03/26/court-skeptical-of-tax-argument-on-mandate/

  11. Longtime news anchor Joe Oliver, a close friend of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman for six years, appeared on Fox News Monday morning to offer a defense of his friend. Oliver, whose wife is also to Zimmerman’s mother-in-law, spoke to briefly to Zimmerman over the weekend.

    “The biggest problem with all of this,” said Oliver, “has been the information hasn’t come out. Florida law enforcement has a history of providing a lot of information before a trial ever starts — Casey Anthony, my case in point, I use that as the example. But in this case, they have determined that it is better not to provide the information.” Oliver guesses this is due to the Sanford Police Department’s history with race relations.

    RELATED: Trayvon Martin Shooter Is A ‘Forensic Loan Review Analyst’ And New Details On George Zimmerman

    Oliver believes that Zimmerman had been doing the right thing in pursuing the teen the night of the shooting, taking issue with media characterizations of Zimmerman having “stalked” the young man, hinting that the public will soon discover that this is “far from the truth.” He also noted that there is a “very real possibility” of Zimmerman’s gun having gone off accidentally.

    And while he agreed with many pundits that this cause has brought up racial issues that need to be addressed and talked about, Oliver felt that “at its core, it is not a racial case.” He also felt the case had nothing to do with the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, saying that “in this case, once the evidence is presented, everyone will see that it wasn’t an issue of ‘Stand Your Ground,’ it was an issue of, at some point, someone was going to die… and it happened to be Trayvon, tragically.”

    Have a look, via Fox News:

  12. Former NAACP leader C.L. Bryant is accusing Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton of “exploiting” the Trayvon Martin tragedy to “racially divide this country.”

    “His family should be outraged at the fact that they’re using this child as the bait to inflame racial passions,” Rev. C.L. Bryant said in a Monday interview with The Daily Caller.

    The conservative black pastor who was once the chapter president of the Garland, Texas NAACP called Jackson and Sharpton “race hustlers” and said they are “acting as though they are buzzards circling the carcass of this young boy.”

    Jackson, for example, recently said Martin’s death shows how “blacks are under attack” and “targeting, arresting, convicting blacks and ultimately killing us is big business.” (SEE ALSO: Jesse Jackson says Trayvon Martin ‘murdered and martyred’)

    George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, killed Martin, a 17-year-old black man who was unarmed at the time of his death, last month. Zimmerman has claimed to have shot Martin in self-defense and has not been charged with a crime.

    But Bryant, who explores the topic of black-on-black crime in his new film “Runaway Slave,” said people like Jackson and Sharpton are being misleading to suggest there is an epidemic of “white men killing black young men.”

    “The epidemic is truly black on black crime,” Bryant said. “The greatest danger to the lives of young black men are young black men.”

    Bryant said he wishes civil rights leaders were protesting those problems.

    “Why not be angry about the wholesale murder that goes on in the streets of Newark and Chicago?” he asked. “Why isn’t somebody angry about that six-year-old girl who was killed on her steps last weekend in a cross fire when two gang members in Chicago start shooting at each other? Why is there no outrage about that?”

    Bryant said he worries that “people like Sharpton and those on the left” will make Martin’s death a campaign issue in the presidential race.

    He speculated that they will “turn this evolving tragedy of this young man into fodder to say… if you don’t re-elect Obama then you will have unbridled events or circumstances like this happening in the streets to young men wearing hoodies.” (RELATED: Herman Cain criticizes ‘swirling rhetoric’ after Martin shooting)

    He also criticized President Obama for his “nebulous statement” responding to Martin’s death that “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

    “What does that mean?” Bryant asked. “What was the purpose in that?”

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/26/former-naacp-leader-accuses-sharpton-and-jackson-of-exploiting-trayvon-martin/

  13. Just a quick comment on ‘Stand Your Ground.’ I can see good reason for such a law. If you’re being threatened and you turn and run, then the assailant has a clear chance to grab or hit you from behind and there is nothing you could do to stop him. Same if he can run faster than you — and it’s hard to run while calling for help.

  14. This might be the most powerful evidence in the case:

    http://www.examiner.com/charleston-conservative-in-charleston-sc/trayvon-martin-s-ten-day-suspension

    A twitter message, allegedly sent by Trayvon’s older brother, suggests Trayvon was suspended for assaulting a bus driver.

    Trayvon Martin was on a suspension from school when he was tragically shot last February 26th. His school, Dr. Micheal M. Krop Senoir High School, has not given any details. His family has also evaded the issue. According to the Kansas City Star, the length of the suspension was ten days. This suggests a very serious offense.

    If Trayvon Martin was suspended for a violent act, it would alter the public’s perception of the events surrounding his death.

    Trayvon’s older brother, Stephen Martin, appears to have sent Trayvon a twitter message five days before the shooting that may explain the ten day suspension. The website WAGIST.com has scrutinized the twitter messages sent by Trayvon’s older brother and his friends.

    WAGIST.com says that Stephen Martin tweeted a message to Trayvon on February 21st that read “yu ain’t tell me yu swung on a bus driver.” Based on screen captures provided by WAGIST.com, the message appears to be authentic. It was sent five days before the shooting, and raises a lot of speculation. Was Trayvon Martin suspended for ten days for assaulting a bus driver?

    Stephen has also posted a newer picture of Trayvon both on twitter and on Facebook. It shows an older, more muscular Trayvon than what we have seen in the media. It also shows a large tattoo on Trayvon’s left arm.

    Update: The Florida Sun-Sentinel reported today, March 26th, that Trayvon’s ten day suspension was related to marijuana. This, and a cryptic comment by his father that was quoted in the above Kansas City Star article, suggest he was caught smoking marijuana on school property.

  15. If the Obama health scam gets flung into the garbage can by the Supreme Court supporters of the scam would realize that Obama wasted years chasing a greased pig.

    —–> I think Barry has been chasing greased pigs his whole life and he thought they were unicorns.

    Great post admin.

  16. He also criticized President Obama for his “nebulous statement” responding to Martin’s death that “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

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    That doesn’t make sense. They look very different. In every photo allegedly of TM that I’ve seen. Obama has the bony, Kenyan face; TM’s is more rounded, fleshy.

  17. The Mandate Memo: How Obama Changed His Mind

    Barack Obama was not always in favor of a mandate requiring individuals to have health insurance—an element of his Affordable Care Act that is being challenged, today, before the Supreme Court. During his long primary campaign against Hillary Clinton in 2007 and 2008, one of the few significant policy disagreements between the two candidates was whether or not to include such a mandate in a health-care plan. In fact, Obama attacked Clinton mercilessly on the issue. Before the Pennsylvania primary, candidate Obama ran a television ad pillorying Clinton for her mandate proposal: “It forces everyone to buy insurance, even if you can’t afford it, and you pay a penalty if you don’t.”

    As the Court begins three days of hearings on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, it’s worth asking when exactly Obama changed his mind. Some answers can be found in a memo to President Obama from his top health-care adviser Nancy-Ann DeParle, which I’m posting in full (below). The entire memo is worth reading—it reveals, among other things, that the Administration’s early estimate for its plan was $1.4 trillion and that it debated partially paying for health care with “a 10-cent excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages”—but of particular interest are passages that include one of the earliest discussions with the President about how he would have to reverse the position he took during the campaign.

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/03/the-mandate-memo-how-obama-changed-his-mind.html

  18. Early on in the SCOTUS event this was said:
    -there would be no consideration of the contrapception for free in ObaMAOcare
    -there was to be no live coverage {WHY?]
    -the two justices, on being Kagan, have not recused themselves

    it was there that I stopped the video.

    Consider if I told my husband this:
    -I don’t love you
    -there was more but it was unheard
    -the rest of the sentence might go like the song, “…much do I? Just more than the all the stars in the sky.”

    Methinks that my husband would never again believe that I love him no matter the words or actions. There would also be a divorce. Unfortunate, but true; the events would be irreversible just based on a phrase out of context of the rest of the words that would change the meaning.

    All this Tayvon stuff has intentionally been taken out of context; but those guilty and all the participants of the rallies for Trayvon will never listen to the real facts. This is made even more evident by everyone using the photo of the young Trayvon to incite even more hatred. Off to the race (no matter the exact word used for race)….war.

    Newt Gingrich on ObaMAO adopting Trayvon as his son: that is to Newt’s credit which was strong, kicka$$, unequivocal, bare knuckles, and unapologetic just as it should be. I understand from media headlines it is reported that Gingrich and Santorum politicize the Trayvon statement from ObaMAO. From buzzfeed.com it is reported:

    Posted Mar 23, 2012 12:13pm EDT
    Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum both commented on the Trayvon Martin case Friday, shortly after President Obama weighed in.

    In a statement, Romney said: “What happened to Trayvon Martin is a tragedy. There needs to be a thorough investigation that reassures the public that justice is carried out with impartiality and integrity.”
    ____

    If there was anything more alpha male that Romney said, I did not locate it.

    I so hope that wbboei is correct in that pride goes before the fall, but honestly I thought that in the primary of 2007. I recall him saying that “I am going to win” way before it was statistically possible for him to win in the primary; that fear comes alive all over again with his statement to dinnerjacket. It also occurs to me that he is doing the same end run around his campaign rhetoric as did the person he send to Canada to tell them that it was all campaign talk, no intentions of doing what he is saying. I encounter otherwise ‘normal’ people everyday that are ‘proud’ they voted for him; and will do the same in 2012; and they meet with no opposition.

  19. sirmrks 3:44pm

    I adapted a recipe that they might enjoy that will also ensure they eat their PEAS as well. They can make it in batches sufficient to serve the self annointed king of America:

    Crow a la King

    Ingredients

    • 1 (4.5 ounce) can mushrooms, drained, liquid reserved
    • 1 package of green little green peas, frozen
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder
    • 1 1/2 cups milk
    • 1 1/4 cups hot water
    • 4 or more cooked, boneless crow breast halves, chopped
    • 4 ounces chopped pimento

    Directions

    1. Cook and stir drained mushrooms and green peas in butter or margarine over medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
    2. Blend in flour, salt, and pepper. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly. Remove from heat.
    3. Stir in instant bouillon, milk, water, and reserved mushroom liquid. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for 1 minute.
    4. Stir in crow and pimiento. Heat through.

  20. MARCH 26–The mother of Trayvon Martin has filed two applications to secure trademarks containing her late son’s name, records show.

    Sabrina Fulton is seeking marks for the phrases “I Am Trayvon” and “Justice for Trayvon,” according to filings made last week with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In both instances, Fulton is seeking the trademarks for use on “Digital materials, namely, CDs and DVDs featuring Trayvon Martin,” and other products.

    The March 21 USPTO applications, each of which cost $325, were filed by an Orlando, Florida law firm representing Fulton.

    Martin, 17, was shot to death last month during a confrontation with George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain. Martin, pictured above, was visiting his father’s home in Sanford, Florida when he was shot to death by Zimmerman, who has claimed that he was acting in self-defense. (6 pages)

  21. You, of all people, should realize narcissists like BO make all sorts of nonsensical statements like “the Boston Police acted stupidly.

    “People like to cling to their religion and their bibles.”

    Google yourself and you will find that clip with BO saying that all over the web.

    Just because you say it doesn’t make sense doesn’t men it didn’t happen.

  22. Aww, come on. I like crows. They are one of the most intelligent bird species.


    Can’t you do a slug a la king?

  23. Re: BASIL99
    March 26th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Are you addressing me on this post?

    Oh, those words are remembered…and the one statement caused the masses he addressed to Tebow him; the choir he was singing to already had their feet ensconced in concrete for in their support of him.

  24. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Travel to Saudi Arabia and Turkey

    Press Statement
    Office of the Spokesperson
    Washington, DC

    March 26, 2012

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from March 30-31, 2012. While in Riyadh, she will meet King Abdullah and Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. She will also attend the First Ministerial Meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council-U.S. Strategic Cooperation Forum. In her conversations, she will discuss the full range of bilateral and regional issues, including ongoing security cooperation in the region, as well as the international community’s continuing efforts to stop the bloodshed in Syria.

    Secretary Clinton will then travel to Istanbul, Turkey from March 31-April 1 to attend the second meeting of the “Friends of the Syrian People.” This meeting will build upon steps that our friends, allies, and the Syrian opposition continue to take in an attempt to halt the slaughter of the Syrian people and pursue a transition to democracy in Syria. While in Istanbul, Secretary Clinton will also conduct bilateral meetings with Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu and other foreign leaders.

    http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/03/186817.htm

  25. Top donors to Obama super PAC among White House guests

    Published March 26, 2012

    President Obama is using privileged access to one of America’s greatest landmarks to reward his most generous financial supporters in ways that Republicans Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum can’t match: More than 60 of Obama’s biggest campaign donors have visited the White House more than once for meetings with top advisers, holiday parties or state dinners, a review by The Associated Press has found.

    The invitations to visit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, which are a legal and established practice from incumbent presidents, came despite Obama’s past criticisms of Washington’s pay-for-access privileges and mark a reversal from early in the president’s term when donors complained that Obama was keeping them at arm’s length.

    Once, when Obama was a candidate running against Hillary Rodham Clinton, his presidential campaign sharply noted that Clinton and her husband, President Bill Clinton, had invited David Geffen — whom Obama’s campaign said had raised $18 million for the Clintons — to sleep in the Lincoln bedroom. The AP found no evidence of Obama’s own donors sleeping overnight in the White House, but timestamps showing arrivals and departures on the government’s logs are incomplete for more than 1.7 million records.

    The AP’s review compared more than 470 of Obama’s most important financial supporters against logs of 2 million visitors to the White House since mid-2009. It found that at least 250 of Obama’s major fundraisers and donors visited the White House at least once, being cleared for events like dinners or one-on-one meetings with senior advisers.

    Earlier this month, the White House extended invitations to more than 30 of the president’s top fundraisers to an elaborate state dinner, where they mingled with celebrities and dined with foreign leaders on the South Lawn of the White House.

    Other purposes for visits included one-on-one meetings with top West Wing staffers, such as former chief of staff Pete Rouse and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Those donors include so-called “bundlers” — supporters who have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece for Obama’s re-election.

    Obama’s campaign has said it would begin encouraging supporters to donate to the “super” political action committee supporting Obama, Priorities USA Action, to counterbalance the cash flowing to GOP groups. The decision drew rebukes from campaign-finance watchdogs and Republicans who said Obama flip-flopped on his prior stance assailing super PAC money. The group supporting Obama has raised $6.3 million so far.

    Visitor-log details of some of Obama’s donors have surfaced in news reports since he took office. But the financial weight of super PACs and their influence on this year’s election have prompted renewed scrutiny of the big-money financiers behind presidential candidates — and what those supporters might want in return.

    Many of the White House visits by donors came before the president embraced the big-money, fundraising groups he once assailed as a “threat to democracy” on the grounds they corrode elections by permitting unlimited and effectively anonymous donations from billionaires and corporations. Obama was once so vocal about super PACs that, during his 2010 State of the Union speech, he accused the Supreme Court in its 2010 Citizens United decision of reversing a century of law that would “open the floodgates for special interests.” But the success of Republicans raising money changed the stakes.

    Top donors to the super PAC supporting Obama, like Chicago investment manager John W. Rogers Jr. and Hollywood director Steven Spielberg, gave more than $150,000 combined to Priorities USA Action, according to finance reports, while also making repeated trips to the White House.

    Rogers is a longtime Obama friend who contributed $50,000 in January — nearly all the money the super PAC collected the entire month. Rogers was selected by the administration in October 2010 to head a financial advisory council, and visited the White House more than two dozen times since Obama took office, including one-on-one meetings with former chief of staff Bill Daley and Jarrett, Obama’s senior adviser. Two weeks before Rogers’ contribution in January, Obama’s campaign paid his firm, Ariel Investments, $600 for “event site rental,” according to finance reports. An Obama campaign spokeswoman said the event was for a campaign retreat; a spokeswoman for Rogers did not follow up to repeated phone calls and emails from the AP seeking comment.

    Other donors who visited the White House, either before they gave money to support Obama or afterward, include:

    –Lenny Mendonca, a director of consulting firm McKinsey & Co., gave $50,000 to Priorities USA Action in November 2011, according to records submitted to the Federal Election Commission. Visitor logs showed Mendonca met in June 2011 with Carl Shapiro, one of Obama’s top economic advisors, and three months earlier with Melody Barnes, the president’s chief domestic policy advisor.

    –Orin Kramer, a key Obama fundraiser who gave $15,000 to Priorities USA in October, attended White House events with Obama at least five times, according to visitor logs, plus his invitation to a state dinner March 14 honoring British Prime Minister David Cameron. His other visits included a smaller gathering in March 2011 that was described as a presidential meeting but records offered few details.

    –Spielberg, another Obama supporter, donated $100,000 last July to Priorities USA — one of the group’s largest individual contributions. One month later, Spielberg attended a Rose Garden event with the president. He also has visited the White House at least three other times, including in March 2010 to screen a movie for the president and first lady Michelle Obama.

    Through a spokeswoman, Mendonca declined to comment. Kramer told the AP the information obtained from the Obama administration was “completely inaccurate,” but did not deny he has visited the White House. “I help candidates because I think election outcomes matter,” Kramer said in an email.

    The AP’s review excluded visits like White House tours available to the general public.

    A White House spokesman did not fully respond to repeated requests from the AP for details of visits by Obama’s campaign donors, saying it was impractical to do so.

    Obama so far has raised more than $120 million for his reelection effort — not counting millions more from the Democratic Party — an outsized figure compared with potential GOP rivals like Mitt Romney, who collected $74 million in checks through the end of February. That calculus may change as wealthy billionaires who have supported their favorite candidates this primary season may rally around the eventual Republican nominee.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/03/26/top-donors-to-obama-super-pac-among-white-house-guests/

  26. WALL STREET INSIDER: Why I Do This

    by Ulsterman on March 26, 2012 with 16 Comments in News

    In an insightful and emotional letter, a longtime Wall Street Insider discusses why the defeat of Barack Obama in 2012 has for them become the “the most important thing I can do with the time I have left.”

    excerpts:

    If you have been paying attention to the news reports, which of course you are, then you are seeing the initial results of my efforts. There will be more to come soon. Support has been quite strong. I am actually rather amazed at how deeply the fear for the country now extends. It has brought together a normally quite disparate group of interests. Neither time nor the severity of the moment allows for us to sit and watch and pretend to live above it all. Not anymore. The determination of those who control this administration, and the willingness of this president to assist in their desired outcome has finally awoken us. The defeat of Barack Obama is the most important thing I can do with the time I have left. I do not say that as a boast. I do not say that to somehow elevate my own sense of importance. I say that as a man blessed to have lived in this country for many decades and in that time, the prosperity that time has given to me is worthy of many lifetimes. What I owe to this country demands I do what I can to save it. This beautiful and chaotic experiment that is America. I am so sorry to not have felt this way sooner. That is the one thing I fear the most of late. Regret. Such a horrible – horrible word. Regret. I read the comments of your readers. As many as I can. I am almost shamed to tell you how closely I follow those comments. It borders on obsession. The many who have said I should have done more. Who said I helped or at the very least allowed Barack Obama to be elected president. While my powers of influence certainly are being exaggerated by such comments, the essence of their meaning is accurate. I was both arrogant and lazy. And so I must apologize to them for that. The anger and resentment that Americans feel toward Wall Street is sadly, deserved. At least in part. While we are not the monsters of greed and manipulation some would make of us, so many on Wall Street were not paying attention. That truth cannot be denied. And so there are those of us now working to remedy, in whatever way we can, however best we can, the mistake of our own arrogance and ignorance. I can only speak on my own behalf in this and say that my hope to do just that is quite sincere in each and every breath I now take, and in each and every breath I have left in me to do so.
    The person known as Barack Obama must be defeated in November. Where once I saw a largely intellectually ineffective man who appeared to know little more than their own self interest, I now see as an integral fixture within a much more comprehensive agenda that is so utterly dangerous and damaging to the United States it has left me stunned to the core of my being. There are world leaders who have come to realize this same truth. You know well who I speak of. They looked into the eyes of the man calling himself Barack Obama and witnessed the most dangerous combination of absolute and all consuming arrogance, deceit and ill intent. But just as there are those who fear such a combination, you must understand there are also others who welcome it. Far more than is comfortable to admit. The enemies of America are now gathering. 2008 was the calling. We have abandoned the Almighty. My greatest fear is He may now have abandoned us. In our foolish neglect of the great gift of freedom that is the United States, perhaps that is exactly what is deserved. And yet, I refuse to simply accept that. For my children and grandchildren and their children’s children, I must do everything in my power to secure the continued potential of the nation that offered itself as a haven from the tyranny my own family fled so many years ago. So many years, and yet, as my time on this earth concludes, it feels to me now to also have been so very recent. The older I have become, the more I now miss my own mother and father and other loved ones long ago gone from me. So many who did not survive. I am haunted by them. We are all born to die I suppose, but presently I feel as if too much is being left undone. I worry over not meeting my promised obligations. I worry about letting you down. Of failing to live up to the responsibility of having survived while so many others did not.
    ******************************************************
    -Name Deleted – told you to closely watch the Supreme Court proceedings this week. They are right to do so. It is my great privilege to count two of the nine members of that court as friends. Until somewhat recently it was three. That third being a man whose wisdom and friendship I miss terribly. His legal stewardship at this particular time would have proven invaluable to us. May God grant these nine people the wisdom to remove the oppression contained within that foul document so appropriately called “Obamacare”. Never should its manifestation been allowed. Never should I and others have even remotely considered it may be of benefit to Americans struggling without health care coverage. A Trojan Horse of false idealism and we opened the gates to it and now a battle for the soul of America is underway. It is shameful how little attention I paid to it then. Such a stupid and pretentious man I was. Perhaps I still am.
    ***********************************************************************
    One last thing I must ask of you. Some months ago I offered you protection and you refused it. I would ask that you reconsider for not only yourself but your family. I am not certain you fully appreciate just how combative the coming months may become, and how willing certain parties will be to attempt to silence all opposition. I can provide some measure of insulation from that opposition and can have it fully in place within a day’s time. As you may suspect, I have already done this for you to a far lesser degree, but to further your protection would require a bit more intrusion and I will not do so without your consent. Please consider my offer. You were told the story of someone who died under suspicious circumstances only to see some associated with them then be rewarded following that death. The details of the story –Name Deleted- shared with you is true. I confirmed that myself. And you yourself have since witnessed the rewards of those involved now playing out. The excitement of discovery must always include the necessity of caution. Please do not compromise your safety and please reconsider your refusal of my assistance in that regard.

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/03/26/wall-street-insider-why-i-do-this/

  27. Re: Trayvon Martin

    Multiple suspensions paint complicated portrait of Trayvon Martin This undated file family photo shows Trayvon Martin. Martin was slain in the town of Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26 in a shooting that has set off a nationwide furor over race and justice. MARTIN FAMILY, FILE / AP PHOTO

    BY FRANCES ROBLESFROBLES@MIAMIHERALD.COM

    SANFORD — Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin was suspended from school in October in an incident in which he was found in possession of women’s jewelry and a screwdriver that a schools security staffer described as a “burglary tool,” The Miami Herald has learned.

    Trayvon, who claimed that an unnamed friend had given him the jewelry, was not disciplined because of the discovery, but was instead suspended for graffiti, according to a Miami-Dade Schools Police report obtained by The Miami Herald.

    A lawyer for the dead teen’s family acknowledged Trayvon had been suspended for graffiti, but said the family knew nothing about the jewelry and the screwdriver, calling the information in the report an attempt to “demonize” the youth.

    According to the report, on Oct. 21 staffers monitoring a security camera at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School spotted Trayvon and two other students writing “W.T.F.,” an acronym for “What the f—,” on a hallway locker, according to schools police. The security employee, who knew Trayvon, confronted the teen and looked through his bag for the graffiti marker.

    Trayvon’s backpack contained 12 pieces of jewelry, in addition to a watch and a large flathead screwdriver, according to the report, which described the screwdriver as a burglary tool.

    Trayvon was asked if the jewelry, which was mostly women’s rings and earrings, belonged to his family or a girlfriend.

    “Martin replied it’s not mine. A friend gave it to me,” according to the report. Trayvon declined to name the friend.

    School police impounded the jewelry and sent photos of the items to detectives at Miami-Dade police for further investigation.

    “Martin was suspended, warned and dismissed for the graffiti,” according to the report prepared by Miami-Dade Schools Police.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/26/2714778/thousands-expected-at-trayvon.html#storylink=cpy

  28. Re: BASIL99
    March 26th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    You is funny. You is smart. You is pretty. You don’t take no bullsh!t.

    Admin, the comments are the blog with all the recent photos of Trayvon has some really interesting comments; but they will be typical in the future.

  29. Maybe this event will keep some of these creeps away from decent neighborhoods. I thi nk it’s ood people are fighting back. It’s about friggin time. Too bad TM had to die but you play with snakes and that’s what happens. If the POS sharpies and crew weren’t trying to blow this incident out of proportiopn I wouldn’t be responding so coldly but godd@mmit, even his own mother hass now trademarked her dead son’s name. WTF does THAT tell you>

    Police: Zimmerman says Trayvon decked him with one blow then began hammering his head
    6:13 p.m. EST, March 26, 2012|

    By Rene Stutzman, Orlando Sentinel

    Comments
    725

    With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head into the sidewalk, leaving him bloody and battered, law-enforcement authorities told the Orlando Sentinel.

    That is the account Zimmerman gave police, and much of it has been corroborated by witnesses, authorities say. There have been no reports that a witness saw the initial punch Zimmerman told police about.

    Zimmerman has not spoken publicly about what happened Feb. 26. But that night, and in later meetings, he described and re-enacted for police what he says took place.

    In his version of events, Zimmerman had turned around and was walking back to his SUV when Trayvon approached him from behind, the two exchanged words and then Trayvon punched him in the nose, sending him to the ground, and began beating him.

    Zimmerman told police he shot the teenager in self-defense.

    Civil-rights leaders and more than a million other people have demanded Zimmerman’s arrest, calling Trayvon a victim of racial profiling and suggesting Zimmerman is a vigilante.

    Trayvon was an unarmed black teenager who had committed no crime, they say, who was gunned down while walking back from a 7-Eleven with nothing more sinister than a package of Skittles and can of Arizona iced tea.

    Zimmerman’s account

    This is what the Sentinel has learned about Zimmerman’s account to investigators:

    He said he was on his way to the grocery store when he spotted Trayvon walking through his gated community.

    Trayvon was visiting his father’s fiancée, who lived there. He had been suspended from school in Miami after being found with an empty marijuana baggie. Miami schools have a zero-tolerance policy for drug possession.

    Police have been reluctant to provide details about their evidence.

    But after the Sentinel story appeared online Monday morning, City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. issued a news release, saying there would be an internal-affairs investigation into the source of the leak and, if identified, the person or people involved would be disciplined.

    He did not challenge the accuracy of the information.

    At a Monday news conference, Trayvon’s mother, father and their lawyers called the report that their son was suspended from school because of a marijuana baggie irrelevant and needlessly hurtful.

    Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, said “even in death, they are still disrespecting my son, and I feel that that’s a sin.”

    His mother, Sybrina Fulton, said, “They killed my son, and now they’re trying to kill his reputation.”

    Supporters have held rallies in Sanford, Miami, New York and Tallahassee, calling the case a tragic miscarriage of injustice.

    Civil-rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton headlined a rally in Sanford on Thursday that drew an estimated 8,000 people. The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Sunday spoke at an Eatonville church, where he called Trayvon a martyr.

    Zimmerman has gone into hiding. A fringe group, the New Black Panther Party, has offered a $10,000 reward for his “capture.”

    One-minute gap

    On Feb. 26, when Zimmerman first spotted Trayvon, he called police and reported a suspicious person, describing Trayvon as black, acting strangely and perhaps on drugs.

    Zimmerman got out of his SUV to follow Trayvon on foot. When a dispatch employee asked Zimmerman if he was following the 17-year-old, Zimmerman said yes. The dispatcher told Zimmerman he did not need to do that.

    There is about a one-minute gap during which police say they’re not sure what happened.

    Zimmerman told them he lost sight of Trayvon and was walking back to his SUV when Trayvon approached him from the left rear, and they exchanged words.

    Trayvon asked Zimmerman if he had a problem. Zimmerman said no and reached for his cell phone, he told police. Trayvon then said, “Well, you do now” or something similar and punched Zimmerman in the nose, according to the account he gave police.

    Zimmerman fell to the ground and Trayvon got on top of him and began slamming his head into the sidewalk, he told police.

    Zimmerman began yelling for help.

    Several witnesses heard those cries, and there has been a dispute about whether they came from Zimmerman or Trayvon.

    Lawyers for Trayvon’s family say it was Trayvon, but police say their evidence indicates it was Zimmerman.

    One witness, who has since talked to local television news reporters, told police he saw Zimmerman on the ground with Trayvon on top, pounding him — and was unequivocal that it was Zimmerman who was crying for help.

    Zimmerman then shot Trayvon once in the chest at very close range, according to authorities.

    When police arrived less than two minutes later, Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose, had a swollen lip and had bloody lacerations to the back of his head.

    Paramedics gave him first aid but he said he did not need to go to the hospital. He got medical care the next day.

    The Department of Justice last week opened a civil-rights investigation into what happened, and Gov. Rick Scott appointed a special prosecutor, Angela Corey, the state attorney for Duval, Clay and Nassau counties.

    In an interview with the Sentinel on Monday, she said it is too early to say whether she would leave it to a Seminole County grand jury, which local prosecutors had decided to convene April 10, to decide whether to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter or some other crime.

    Her two-lawyer team worked through the weekend on the case, she said, and it will take several more days, perhaps a week, to decide how best to proceed.

    She would not comment about any specific pieces of evidence, including what authorities have learned from a 16-year-old Miami girl who may have been on the phone with Trayvon as he and Zimmerman came face to face.

    Benjamin Crump, one of the family’s attorneys, told reporters last week that the girl told him she heard the two exchange words then a sound that she believed was Zimmerman pushing Trayvon.

    Corey said her office has routinely challenged self-defense claims and will pursue charges in this case if the evidence supports it.

  30. Hmmmmmmmmmm……….

    There is something about the Afghanistan massacre that has not added up for me. The soldier’s wife swears he was incapable of such behavior. There are reports he seemed disoriented. She has not yet spoken to him about the incident so perhaps it’s just wishful thinking.

    But ask yourself – why would an American soldier kill 9 kids? We know the Afghans do it all the time along with stoning women, throwing acid in their faces, setting off thousands of ”
    “kitchen fires” in Pakistan so they don’t have to pay back the wife’s dowry and can marry someone else. But it’s not consistent with American behavior at all.

    Is this a set-up? For what? Now all of the alleged relatives have been paid $50g for each “dead” body.

    Something doesn’t add up.

  31. Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 03/26/2012
    Obama’s hot mike disaster
    By Jennifer Rubin

    Mitt Romney wasted no time in spotting and capitalizing on the mega-error by President Obama in telling the Russian president he’ll have “more flexibility” after the election. (Eric Fehrnstrom should breath a sigh of relief; a comment this bad from the actual candidate dwarfs whatever an adviser could possibly say.) The Romney team blasts out an e-mail from its candidate:

    “President Obama had a revealing and unguarded moment when he was caught on tape telling Russia’s president, ‘This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.’ President Obama signaled that he’s going to cave to Russia on missile defense, but the American people have a right to know where else he plans to be ‘flexible’ in a second term. Higher taxes, more spending and increased debt are all on the table as long as Barack Obama is in the White House, despite what he says publicly. President Obama needs to level with the American public about his real agenda.”

    As I suggested earlier, this is quite a stunning gift from the Obama camp to Romney. The legitimate concern that Obama will take his reelection as a mandate to head left will become, I suspect, an all purpose weapon for Romney. For example, “He says he’ll only raise taxes on the rich. But after the election he’ll have ‘more flexibility.’” The same is true on Israel. “He says he’d never impose a peace agreement on Israel, but after the election he’ll have ‘more flexibility.’”

    The reason — aside from the fact it comes directly from Obama’s own mouth — this is so potent is that it is true in the aggregate. What is the left going to say, that Obama won’t act on the liberal agenda wish list if he gets a second term? We can argue about what liberal items would be on the list, but the president can’t honestly claim he is not going to try his very best to “complete” his agenda or “finish the work.” Given his recent turn to the left both substantively and rhetorically, the “more flexibility” statement is going to be hard to live dow

  32. turndownobama
    March 26th, 2012 at 3:26 pm
    He also criticized President Obama for his “nebulous statement” responding to Martin’s death that “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

    ===================
    That doesn’t make sense. They look very different. In every photo allegedly of TM that I’ve seen. Obama has the bony, Kenyan face; TM’s is more rounded, fleshy.
    *************************************************

    You know of course it was because identifies himself as black. It was all about black, not actual facial resemblance.

  33. ‘You know of course it was because identifies himself as black. It was all about black, not actual facial resemblance.’

    You are such a kind soul you assume the existence of brain cells in an empty head.

  34. BASIL99
    March 26th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Forgot to mention that threatening to capture and/or kidnap is a FELONY!

    Wonder what holder will do?

    👿

  35. Basil, I listened to the supreme ct hearing, it was not on the individual mandate but more on whether the case will go forward even though the tax that will be imposed will not go into effect until 2014.

    I thought Alito’s lines were great and spot on, same for Scalia and Breyer.

    I still stand by my opinion that even if the Supreme Ct is irresponsible to say that the Federal Govt has the power to force people into a contract with a private company, it will be overturned eventually. And it will not be able to be enforced, can’t force people into a law that runs opposite to common sense.

  36. Also, this whole Commerce clause argument is nonsensical. You can regulate commerce, you can regulate a product or service, i.e. Health insurance, cars, etc. What you cannot do is force people to participate in commerce to then regulate that said person, if that person is producing a product or providing a service, then yes the commerce clause can regulate that product/service.
    But you cannot regulate a person just for existing. You cannot force them into commerce just to regulate them.

  37. I am stamping my foot on the floor in a nervous fashion waiting for the POTUS to make a call to one of the families involved in a stabbing death back home. Tick Tick. Tick.

    Last thread I told about a 17 year old girl stabbing a 14 year old girl to death at an unsupervised house party with about fifteen others at the party. I used the Trayvon information at Admin’s link to guide them and others into knowing that they need to be careful about what they say, and that judgment should be held until all the facts are in about the case. The 17 year old made bond and was released last night. This is a powder keg, even though all those girls at the party and most of their parents were friends. One of the relatives of the slain girl wrote this on my community newsfeed: She cut the tendons in my cousins legs to get her to the ground, then beat her with her fist and then stabbed her in the heart. It was brutal.

    Someone else mentioned the words must die and there were similar comments. It was said repeatedly that she was safe in jail…you fill in the blank. This may make national news soon if someone does not douse these flames. The 17 year old is the one that shows attitude in her mug shot and they keep showing it; stoking the flames.

    Btw, for ones using FB and are mobile; someone may not have known that it shows your location on a map and if you are in a business, it gives the name of the business. I so hope the person who posted and that Timeline showed their location was a gay bar has informed their mother and family as this would be a real humilating shock to find out so publicly. Just sayin…

  38. Re: BASIL99
    March 26th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    WWHD

    That is a great acronym to stick on him. Let’s use it. Let’s make it go viral.

  39. This thing is going to blow, I don’t see Hispanics sitting back much longer. There is no love between the races to begin with.

    Sets it all up for the fraud to step in with the military and the MM will protect his inflammatory remarks.

  40. NBC, CNN, ABC–a lynch mob if I ever saw one. They, the NBP and Obama were all ready to hang Zimmerman without having any facts. Obama told one truth however. Tray was his son. In the meantime,let this be the tribute to NBC, CNN and ABC. They have been promoting this race thing for so long that they see land where there is no land. They are worse than irresponsible. They are maniacal.

    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=oxbow+incident+utube&mid=3784329569E370DE53873784329569E370DE5387&view=detail&FORM=VIRE1

  41. hmm the real picture coming out…..

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/26/2714778/thousands-expected-at-trayvon.html

    Multiple suspensions paint complicated portrait of Trayvon Martin

    Thousands of people gathered in Sanford to demand an arrest in the case, as more details surfaced about the teen’s suspensions in school.

    SANFORD — As thousands of people gathered here to demand an arrest in the Trayvon Martin case, a more complicated portrait began to emerge of a teenager whose problems at school ranged from getting spotted defacing lockers to getting caught with a marijuana baggie and women’s jewelry.

    The Miami Gardens teen who has become a national symbol of racial injustice was suspended three times, and had a spotty school record that his family’s attorneys say is irrelevant to the facts that led up to his being gunned down on Feb. 26.

    In October, a school police investigator said he saw Trayvon on the school surveillance camera in an unauthorized area “hiding and being suspicious.” Then he said he saw Trayvon mark up a door with “W.T.F” — an acronym for “what the f—.” The officer said he found Trayvon the next day and went through his book bag in search of the graffiti marker.

    Instead the officer reported he found women’s jewelry and a screwdriver that he described as a “burglary tool,” according to a Miami-Dade Schools Police report obtained by The Miami Herald. Word of the incident came as the family’s lawyer acknowledged that the boy was suspended in February for getting caught with an empty bag with traces of marijuana, which he called “irrelevant” and an attempt to demonize a victim.

    Trayvon’s backpack contained 12 pieces of jewelry, in addition to a watch and a large flathead screwdriver, according to the report, which described silver wedding bands and earrings with diamonds.

    Trayvon was asked if the jewelry belonged to his family or a girlfriend.

    “Martin replied it’s not mine. A friend gave it to me,” he responded, according to the report. Trayvon declined to name the friend.

    Trayvon was not disciplined because of the discovery, but was instead suspended for graffiti, according to the report. School police impounded the jewelry and sent photos of the items to detectives at Miami-Dade police for further investigation.

    A lawyer for the dead teen’s family acknowledged Trayvon had been suspended for graffiti, but said the family knew nothing about the jewelry and the screwdriver.

    “It’s completely irrelevant to what happened Feb. 26,” said attorney Benjamin Crump. “They never heard this, and don’t believe it’s true. If it were true, why wouldn’t they call the parents? Why wasn’t he arrested?”

    Trayvon, who was a junior at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School, had never been arrested, police and the family have said.

    “We think everybody is trying to demonize him,” Crump said.

    No evidence ever surfaced that the jewelry was stolen.

    “Martin was suspended, warned and dismissed for the graffiti,” according to the report prepared by schools police.

    That suspension was followed four months later by another one in February, in which Trayvon was caught with an empty plastic bag with traces of marijuana in it. A schools police report obtained by The Miami Herald specifies two items: a bag with marijuana residue and a “marijuana pipe.”

    The punishment was the third for the teen. On Monday, the family also said Trayvon had earlier been suspended for tardiness and truancy.

    Trayvon was shot to death Feb. 26 while serving out his suspension in Sanford, where his father’s girlfriend lives. A neighborhood watch volunteer called the police to say he saw someone in a hoodie who looked high on drugs, and was suspicious because he walked too slowly in the rain. The unarmed teenager carried Skittles and iced tea, and was talking to his girlfriend on the phone, records show.
    …………………………….

    This is the start of the obama push for race riots, its been planned all along, perhaps as it looks they have jumped the gun and the hispanics are not gonna take it lying down.

  42. If we want to play the race game, then we should also ask whether Tray attacked Zimmerman because of HIS race. Now that is a real possibility.

  43. Its the Bernard Goetz case except here the shooter was brutally assaulted whereas Goetz was simply in fear of his life when he shot his assalient. Bruce Cutler’s partner handled that case. I forget his name.

  44. he Miami Gardens teen who has become a national symbol of racial injustice was suspended three times, and had a spotty school record that his family’s attorneys say is irrelevant to the facts that led up to his being gunned down on Feb. 26.
    —————————–
    It may be relevant. Prior bad acts are typically excluded, but in the Court of public opinion it is highly relevant.

  45. This thing is going to blow, I don’t see Hispanics sitting back much longer.
    ———————
    Especially in a town like Miami, where the Hispanics are Cuban and they run the government. Some of our best citizens are Cuban and I suspect they will have even less tolerance for this act up nonsense than the whites would in an earlier day. They do not feel the same sense of guilt because they started out at the same level as blacks and have moved up the social ladder. As long as the blacks follow the likes of Sharpton, they will never get off the plantation. The only hope is that they will reject these perverse role models and follow the ideas of people like Magic Johnson. It was starting to happen before Obama became president, but now it we are going backwards in time. That is what has come of his playing the race card./

  46. oh my. OTurd’s campaign now selling hoodies and the mother is trademarking the son’s name. No words at this pure circus this has become and instigated by OTurd and his adoring media. When the backlash comes as facts come out, there will be massive backlash. This is the Hendry Gates episode all over again.

  47. The sickest part of this thing was the media playing Obamas game, floating this angelic picture of the late Tray and excluding all mitigating evidence. It was reasonably calculated to inflame the country and lead to more violence. If there is blood spilled over this, blame it on msnbc, cnn, nbc and abc. It is The Oxbow Incident all over again.

  48. Basil: didn’t sound good? There is a back and forth in trial or appellate litigation and at various times in oral argument the side speaking will appear to be winning and then the other side speaks and they seem to be winning. If you want to put your mind at rest, then here is your reading assignment:

    Liberty and ObamaCare
    The Affordable Care Act claims federal power is unlimited. Now the High Court must decide.
    Few legal cases in the modern era are as consequential, or as defining, as the challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that the Supreme Court hears beginning Monday. The powers that the Obama Administration is claiming change the structure of the American government as it has existed for 225 years. Thus has the health-care law provoked an unprecedented and unnecessary constitutional showdown that endangers individual liberty.
    It is a remarkable moment. The High Court has scheduled the longest oral arguments in nearly a half-century: five and a half hours, spread over three days. Yet Democrats, the liberal legal establishment and the press corps spent most of 2010 and 2011 deriding the government of limited and enumerated powers of Article I as a quaint artifact of the 18th century. Now even President Obama and his staff seem to grasp their constitutional gamble.
    Consider a White House strategy memo that leaked this month, revealing that senior Administration officials are coordinating with liberal advocacy groups to pressure the Court. “Frame the Supreme Court oral arguments in terms of real people and real benefits that would be lost if the law were overturned,” the memo notes, rather than “the individual responsibility piece of the law and the legal precedence [sic].” Those nonpolitical details are merely what “lawyers will be talking about.”
    The White House is even organizing demonstrations during the proceedings, including a “‘prayerful witness’ encircling the Supreme Court.” The executive branch is supposed to speak to the Court through the Solicitor General, not agitprop and crowds in the streets.
    The Supreme Court will not be ruling about matters of partisan conviction, or the President’s re-election campaign, or even about health care at all. The lawsuit filed by 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business is about the outer boundaries of federal power and the architecture of the U.S. political system.
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    The argument against the individual mandate—the requirement that everyone buy health insurance or pay a penalty—is carefully anchored in constitutional precedent and American history. The Commerce Clause that the government invokes to defend such regulation has always applied to commercial and economic transactions, not to individuals as members of society.
    This distinction is crucial. The health-care and health-insurance markets are classic interstate commerce. The federal government can regulate broadly—though not without limit—and it has. It could even mandate that people use insurance to purchase the services of doctors and hospitals, because then it would be regulating market participation. But with ObamaCare the government is asserting for the first time that it can compel people to enter those markets, and only then to regulate how they consume health care and health insurance. In a word, the government is claiming it can create commerce so it has something to regulate.
    This is another way of describing plenary police powers—regulations of private behavior to advance public order and welfare. The problem is that with two explicit exceptions (military conscription and jury duty) the Constitution withholds such power from a central government and vests that authority in the states. It is a black-letter axiom: Congress and the President can make rules for actions and objects; states can make rules for citizens.
    The framers feared arbitrary and centralized power, so they designed the federalist system—which predates the Bill of Rights—to diffuse and limit power and to guarantee accountability. Upholding the ObamaCare mandate requires a vision on the Commerce Clause so broad that it would erase dual sovereignty and extend the new reach of federal general police powers into every sphere of what used to be individual autonomy.
    These federalist protections have endured despite the shifting definition and scope of interstate commerce and activities that substantially affect it. The Commerce Clause was initially seen as a modest power, meant to eliminate the interstate tariffs that prevailed under the Articles of Confederation. James Madison noted in Federalist No. 45 that it was “an addition which few oppose, and from which no apprehensions are entertained.” The Father of the Constitution also noted that the powers of the states are “numerous and infinite” while the federal government’s are “few and defined.”
    That view changed in the New Deal era as the Supreme Court blessed the expansive powers of federal economic regulation understood today. A famous 1942 ruling, Wickard v. Filburn, held that Congress could regulate growing wheat for personal consumption because in the aggregate such farming would affect interstate wheat prices. The Court reaffirmed that precedent as recently as 2005, in Gonzales v. Raich, regarding homegrown marijuana.
    The Court, however, has never held that the Commerce Clause is an ad hoc license for anything the government wants to do. In 1995, in Lopez, it gave the clause more definition by striking down a Congressional ban on carrying guns near schools, which didn’t rise to the level of influencing interstate commerce. It did the same in 2000, in Morrison, about a federal violence against women statute.
    A thread that runs through all these cases is that the Court has always required some limiting principle that is meaningful and can be enforced by the legal system. As the Affordable Care Act suits have ascended through the courts, the Justice Department has been repeatedly asked to articulate some benchmark that distinguishes this specific individual mandate from some other purchase mandate that would be unconstitutional. Justice has tried and failed, because a limiting principle does not exist.
    The best the government can do is to claim that health care is unique. It is not. Other industries also have high costs that mean buyers and sellers risk potentially catastrophic expenses—think of housing, or credit-card debt. Health costs are unpredictable—but all markets are inherently unpredictable. The uninsured can make insurance pools more expensive and transfer their costs to those with coverage—though then again, similar cost-shifting is the foundation of bankruptcy law.
    The reality is that every decision not to buy some good or service has some effect on the interstate market for that good or service. The government is asserting that because there are ultimate economic consequences it has the power to control the most basic decisions about how people spend their own money in their day-to-day lives. The next stops on this outbound train could be mortgages, college tuition, credit, investment, saving for retirement, Treasurys, and who knows what else.
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    Confronted with these concerns, the Administration has echoed Nancy Pelosi when she was asked if the individual mandate was constitutional: “Are you serious?” The political class, the Administration says, would never abuse police powers to create the proverbial broccoli mandate or force people to buy a U.S.-made car.
    But who could have predicted that the government would pass a health plan mandate that is opposed by two of three voters? The argument is self-refuting, and it shows why upholding the rule of law and defending the structural checks and balances of the separation of powers is more vital than ever.
    Related Video

    Editorial board member Joe Rago on the Supreme Court showdown over ObamaCare.
    Another Administration fallback is the Constitution’s Necessary and Proper Clause, which says Congress can pass laws to execute its other powers. Yet the Court has never hesitated to strike down laws that are not based on an enumerated power even if they’re part of an otherwise proper scheme. This clause isn’t some ticket to justify inherently unconstitutional actions.
    In this context, the Administration says the individual mandate is necessary so that the Affordable Care Act’s other regulations “work.” Those regulations make insurance more expensive. So the younger and healthier must buy insurance that they may not need or want to cross-subsidize the older and sicker who are likely to need costly care. But that doesn’t make the other regulations more “effective.” The individual mandate is meant to offset their intended financial effects.
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    Some good-faith critics have also warned that overturning the law would amount to conservative “judicial activism,” saying that the dispute is only political. This is reductive reasoning. Laws obey the Constitution or they don’t. The courts ought to defer to the will of lawmakers who pass bills and the Presidents who sign them, except when those bills violate the founding document.
    As for respect of the democratic process, there are plenty of ordinary, perfectly constitutional ways the Obama Democrats could have reformed health care and achieved the same result. They could have raised taxes to fund national health care or to make direct cross-subsidy transfers to sick people. They chose not to avail themselves of those options because they’d be politically unpopular. The individual mandate was in that sense a deliberate evasion of the accountability the Constitution’s separation of powers is meant to protect.
    Meanwhile, some on the right are treating this case as a libertarian seminar and rooting for the end of the New Deal precedents. But the Court need not abridge stare decisis and the plaintiffs are not asking it to do so. The Great Depression farmer in Wickard, Roscoe Filburn, was prohibited from growing wheat, and that ban, however unwise, could be reinstated today. Even during the New Deal the government never claimed that nonconsumers of wheat were affecting interstate wheat prices, or contemplated forcing everyone to buy wheat in order to do so.
    The crux of the matter is that by arrogating to itself plenary police powers, the government crossed a line that Justice Anthony Kennedy drew in his Lopez concurrence. The “federal balance,” he wrote, “is too essential a part of our constitutional structure and plays too vital a role in securing freedom for us to admit inability to intervene when one or the other level of government has tipped the scale too far.”
    ***
    The constitutional questions the Affordable Care Act poses are great, novel and grave, as much today as they were when they were first posed in an op-ed on these pages by the Washington lawyers David Rivkin and Lee Casey on September 18, 2009. The appellate circuits are split, as are legal experts of all interpretative persuasions.
    The Obama Administration and its allies are already planning to attack the Court’s credibility and legitimacy if it overturns the Affordable Care Act. They will claim it is a purely political decision, but this should not sway the Justices any more than should the law’s unpopularity with the public.
    The stakes are much larger than one law or one President. It is not an exaggeration to say that the Supreme Court’s answers may constitute a hinge in the history of American liberty and limited and enumerated government. The Justices must decide if those principles still mean something.

  49. wbb…I just posted this on my FB.
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    I post this not to make a judgement in the Florida case, but to prove once again that the fraud in the WH is NOT a leader, but an antagonist that does not have this country’s best interest at heart and uses any crisis to avoid any discussion about the state of this great country and his disastrous record, even the death of a young person and possible riots ensuring the deaths of many others.

    His comments intruding negatively on the front pages of every newspaper, radio stations and TV have caused a great harm to the soul of this country. When the country needed a calm voice and leadership, we got the agitator “community organizer”, because folks, that is really all he ever was, and remains.

    He is disastrous for this country. He can NOT be TRUSTED.

    His comments and actions lead to the proverbial Sharpton, Jesse Jackson road show. Jackson exclaiming ” it’s open season on Blacks”!

    The New Black Panther Party putting “Bounty on Zimmerman’s head

    http://spectator.org/blog/2012/03/25/black-panthers-offer-bounty-on

    Sets it all up for the fraud ( president) to step in with the military and the main media, better know as obama publicity news shows, will protect his inflammatory remarks. For those that aren’t aware of the frauds inflammatory remarks, please educate yourself’s.

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/2012/03/23/obamination-anniversary-corpse-of-trayvon-martin-abused-by-barack-obama-to-hide-from-heathcare-scam-anniversary/

    Instead of speaking to Black leaders to withhold judgement till all the facts are in, he publicly spewed hatred out. Now the facts of the case are becoming more evident that Trayvon may have been physically assaulting Zimmerman, not the other way around… the country is on verge of race riots…silence.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/5951344/White-House-beer-summit-Henry-Gates-and-James-Crowley-agree-to-disagree.html

    http://www.hillaryis44.org/2012/03/23/obamination-anniversary-corpse-of-trayvon-martin-abused-by-barack-obama-to-hide-from-heathcare-scam-anniversary/

    Can you imagine if a “non Black” person put on a T shirt that read “NIg^^r and had a pic of Trayvon? This thing is going to blow.

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/trayvon-martin/cracker-tshirt-759832

    An Unfortunate T-Shirt Hits Florida Streets In Wake Of Trayvon Martin Killing
    http://www.thesmokinggun.com
    Expanding the definition of “cracker,” a t-shirt featuring the photo of the man who shot Trayvon Martin is now available for purchase. As seen at right (click to enlarge)

  50. wbboei

    I was wondering what your opinion of the outcome of this ct case will be?

    I’m off the opinion is the ct is that irresponsible to give unbridled & unchecked power & authority to the Federal govt, I think there will be states that will not abide it, there are currently 28 states who oppose the indiv mandate in the lawsuit, 6 more states, and there can be a constitutional amendent.
    And really how can this even be enforced, if a citizen does not buy this product and is penalized by the govt, lets say they use Turbo tax, and they owe $2000, the person refuses to pay, and those penalites accumulate, the IRS then starts proceedings to collect this money, well they have to go through the local state authorities, and many states like VA have openly through their legislation and voiced it, they will not allow their local authorities to arrest their citizens over not paying fines for refusing to buy a private product.

  51. Well, here is another humdinger. After the election he will have a lot more flexibility. I do not doubt it. He will no longer be president, but will have a big stash of money and can play golf til he drops. Now that is what I call flexibility.

  52. Great comments, everyone.

    The worst part for me is BO so callously, so arrogantly, so self–inulgently saying that “if he had a son he would look like him<"

    Translation – Trayvon and he are both black

    Translation: This is a racist incident and BO is stoking it.

    Now if he had ended with "IF I had a son I would feel the same grief as this family" that would have been a different thing.

    But no. He deliberately injected race into it. And now knowing this incident happened 5 weeks ag0 – February 14 – it means his crew has been brainstorming the best way to capitalize on the event at least since then,,

    The same way Stephanopoulos did the contraceptiongate set-up question way back in January.

    Like I said before. Let the race riots begin. They will be over before you know it and it won't be BO and his crew in the drivers seat. Just a hunch.

  53. OMG!

    MY post just evaporated and I didn’t save it. What a bummer.

    Anyway, kudos to everyone for great comments.

  54. I was wondering what your opinion of the outcome of this ct case will be?
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    All I can tell you is my reading of the case law suggests a result as follows:

    The Constitutionalists (5)—strike down the individual mandate
    Roberts
    Scalia
    Alito
    Thomas
    Kennedy (the swing vote)

    The Progressives (4)—whatever Obama wants Obama gets crew
    Ginz Berg
    Sodo Mayor
    Kag En
    Breyer (Ice Cream–some have suggested he might defect–I doubt he will)

    Judge Neopolitano and others predict this outcome. It is the expectation of the State Attorney Generals who filed suit. It is the expectation of the WSJ. It is not the expectation of the Wall Street traders who make a market in health care stocks. As the above article says, if the Court says this is okay, then there is no limiting principle on the power of the federal government over the individual or the states. ANYTHING we do and anything fail to do can be labelled commerce and our liberty taken away. I think the court has to be judicious here. And courts do follow election results and more to the point the polling that says 2 our of 3 Americans hate this monster.

  55. wbboei
    March 26th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks.
    Its frightening to me that 4 of them do not see any limitations on the Federal govt. In Europe, classical liberalism is limited govt, more indiv rights, its so scary that in the US, the progressives have used the term “liberals” and turned it into a big govt largesse.

  56. Let me try again.

    The most infuriating thing to me about this whole incident is the cynical, maniacal, tyrannical way BO injected himself into it by saying if he had a sin he would look like Trayvon.

    Translation – Trayvon and he are both black,

    Subptranslation – blacks are a down trodden minority and deserve restititution.

    If he had stopped with If I had a son I would feel the same way his parents must be feeling that would be fine.

    But no.

    It was a manufactured crisis.

    The event happened February 14 – 5 weeks ago. They were brainstorming the best way to use it and when (agreed Mrs. S – their timing was off).

    Reminds me of how Strephanopoulos asked the contraceptiongate questions way back in February – setting the stage for Ms. F*uck.

    BO is the most evil person I have ever seen. But this is going to blow up in his face. Hispanics will not put up with this assault on one of their own.

    Let the race wars begin. The sooner the better. They will lose, big time and then the country can pick up the pieces and continue in a more sane even-handed way.

  57. oh my. OTurd’s campaign now selling hoodies and the mother is trademarking the son’s name. No words at this pure circus this has become and instigated by OTurd and his adoring media. When the backlash comes as facts come out, there will be massive backlash. This is the Hendry Gates episode all over again.
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    Heard of Wally World?

    Well . . . this is Obama’s World.

    Can the country survive four more years of this crap.

    No wonder Soros is pressing for legalization of all drugs.

    Pure circus maximus.

    And the more this plays out the more it is likely to lead to violence.

    This is the kind of stuff big media should be censoring.

    Instead the censor the truth.

  58. BASIL99
    March 26th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Mea Culpa. It seems I have completely misunderstood the significance of today’s SC Hearings.

    Court skeptical of tax argument on mandate?

    See, wbboei, I already realized I wasn’t getting it. But I will definitely complete my reading assignment, tomorrow. And thanks for giving it to me.

    ‘Basil: didn’t sound good? There is a back and forth in trial or appellate litigation and at various times in oral argument the side speaking will appear to be winning and then the other side speaks and they seem to be winning. If you want to put your mind at rest, then here is your reading assignment:’

  59. Wonder if Barry still wants to call Martin “a son that looks like him”.

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/26/the-daily-caller-obtains-trayvon-martins-tweets/#ixzz1qGztV3LT

    Daily Caller has obtained the previous tweets from Martin; “Martin tweeted under the handle “NO_LIMIT_NIGGA,” “.
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    How can he now deny what he previously affirmed. He is stuck with it all–the beating, the drugs, the thuggery–DRUGS, DELUSION AND THE IMPERIAL CULTURE OF TOO MANY YOUNG BLACK MEN TODAY. And it has been this way ever since the late Senator Daniel Moinihan first commented on the subject in 1964, and it it continues today as Mayor Nutter has observed. There is no way out of this trap as long as they listen to the likes of Jesse Jackson, Rolly Polly Martin and Al Sharpton. If they walked off the plantation these demogogues put them on those 3 would be out of business. And then there is Mr. Obama. Wasn’t he the guy that was supposed to get us past this kind of crap, to provide an affirmative vision. Instead, he has turned out to be the worst race baiter of all.

  60. Just watched OTurd tell Medvedev that essentially wait until I get relected, who the hell does man think he’s working for?
    He’s telling one of our adversaries (and Russia is not our ally), that hey wait until I get reelected, you’ll get a better deal, is this PO$ working for America or for Russia?
    Sorry for the cursing, I don’t ever remember this pissed at Bush as much I couldn’t stand him, at least Bush, idiot that he was, I knew he was 100% on America’s side, same for Clinton.

  61. tim
    March 26th, 2012 at 10:26 pm
    Just watched OTurd tell Medvedev that essentially wait until I get relected, who the hell does man think he’s working for?
    He’s telling one of our adversaries (and Russia is not our ally), that hey wait until I get reelected, you’ll get a better deal, is this PO$ working for America or for Russia?

    Maybe The Big Zero is actually a Russian sleeper agent?

  62. Its frightening to me that 4 of them do not see any limitations on the Federal govt. In Europe, classical liberalism is limited govt, more indiv rights, its so scary that in the US, the progressives have used the term “liberals” and turned it into a big govt largesse.
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    That is why he appointed them. Their view and his match up. He belongs in a banana republic.

  63. As for respect of the democratic process, there are plenty of ordinary, perfectly constitutional ways the Obama Democrats could have reformed health care and achieved the same result. They could have raised taxes to fund national health care or to make direct cross-subsidy transfers to sick people.

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    And I expect several other options as well; see Hillarycare.

  64. The health-care and health-insurance markets are classic interstate commerce.

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    Except that health insurance isn’t allowed to be sold across state lines.

  65. The argument against the individual mandate—the requirement that everyone buy health insurance or pay a penalty—is carefully anchored in constitutional precedent and American history.

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    Hillary’s 2008 plan included an individual mandate, and iirc so did her plan in the 1990s. If it had passed, it would have been challenged too. How did she plan to defend it?

  66. March 26th, 2012 at 12:15 pm
    ” not in the strong productive winds of the drawing board, but with the gentle breezes that are Scotland’s reality.”

    [[ Winds have changed? — but of course there’s no climate change. ]]

    “Because of the unreliable nature of wind power systems they REQUIRE the construction and constant maintenance of parallel [natural] gas turbine energy generating systems.”

    [[ Like hybrid cars — cost more to build but less to operate?

    [[ Overall, a big problem with this article is that it suggests that the wind farms have somehow raised the price of gasoline but doesn’t tell how much the cost of gasoline has risen in comparable areas without wind farms. There’s no apparent connection between gasoline prices and the price of electricity whether that electricity is produced from natural gas or from wind or a combination of the two.

    [[ The comments are more rational, as well as written in non-manipulative language, especially in Page 6 when sorted with Earliest First. ]]

  67. gonzotx
    March 27th, 2012 at 12:27 am
    are you all still getting posts stuck in moderation, I am

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    Not just now, but all of mine last night went into mod, and a couple have never come out.

  68. Portends, a struggle ensued over Zimmerman’s gun, envisioning Zimmerman pinned to the ground with Martin fighting to fish Zimmerman’s gun out of his pants preparing to use it on Zimmerman if the struggle escalated to an alternative of Life or Death for either of the pair.

    I posted something yesterday- word leaking out about the condition of the firearm after it was turned over to the authorities.. I will try finding it and reposting it here.

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    I saw that post; something about one bullet fired and the cartridge not ejected.

    In any scenario of the gun going off during a close combat struggle for the gun, especaily with the combatants on the ground and one on top of the other, ordinary forensics should tell the story. Angle of the wound, powder burns on one or both of the combatants, etc.

    But in this case, do the police have a motive for misrepresenting the forensic evidence?

  69. “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

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    That doesn’t make sense. They look very different. In every photo allegedly of TM that I’ve seen. Obama has the bony, Kenyan face; TM’s is more rounded, fleshy.
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    You know of course it was because identifies himself as black. It was all about black, not actual facial resemblance.

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    Sigh. Apparently so. Rhetorical.

    Or it was addressed to people who had never seen the picture of TM. Or people too stupid to notice the non-resemblance.

    Anyway, a shocking insult to the public’s intelligence. At first I thought he must have seen a different picture.

  70. Re: wbboei
    March 26th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I am interested in knowing what others think of the hispanics(called Latino in Florida)being poked in the eye by the Father of the Son, most media, and all the civil right suckers. And I wondered just how long it would take the latino communities to take notice and react. I love me some Marco Rubio;I could not find where he had been asked by the Zimmerman lynching.

  71. So if he is working a side deal on ABM Missiles with Russia, who else is he working side deals with and on what?

    That scares the shxx out of me. It is one thing to have a deal with Canada, and I did not even like that.

    At least Romney’s PR was honest enough to indicate that what is promied at the primary level will completely change at the General level. Yes, and just wait until they are elected, especially for the second term, they can make a deal with the devil.

  72. I only saw a picture of Zimmermam for the first time yesterday. He looked a lot different than I had expected. I pictured him as having more anglk features, but he does not. I think that he looks very Hispanic. Definitely not your typical cracker.

  73. turndownobama
    March 26th, 2012 at 3:23 pm
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    This commenrt is a surprise to me. I would have thought you would not have held such a belief.

  74. A twitter message, allegedly sent by Trayvon’s older brother, suggests Trayvon was suspended for assaulting a bus driver.

    Trayvon Martin was on a suspension from school when he was tragically shot last February 26th. His school, Dr. Micheal M. Krop Senoir High School, has not given any details. His family has also evaded the issue. According to the Kansas City Star, the length of the suspension was ten days. This suggests a very serious offense.

    If Trayvon Martin was suspended for a violent act, it would alter the public’s perception of the events surrounding his death.

    Trayvon’s older brother, Stephen Martin, appears to have sent Trayvon a twitter message five days before the shooting that may explain the ten day suspension. The website WAGIST.com has scrutinized the twitter messages sent by Trayvon’s older brother and his friends.

    WAGIST.com says that Stephen Martin tweeted a message to Trayvon on February 21st that read “yu ain’t tell me yu swung on a bus driver.” Based on screen captures provided by WAGIST.com, the message appears to be authentic. It was sent five days before the shooting, and raises a lot of speculation. Was Trayvon Martin suspended for ten days for assaulting a bus driver?
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    admin@ 3:24

    yep, evidence is getting buried faster, (ala Holder/Obama,) TM’s school records have been sealed, current pictures of Obama’s son, (blinged out teeth, tattoos) and of course, his angelic face on display keeping the memory of an innocent (thug) embedded in the minds of the Sharpton/Jackson PR team for the future protests carrying the Obama/Biden ticket to victory.

  75. The accidental death that keeps on giving…
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    Trayvon’s mother trademarks her son’s name as merchandise hits stands throughout Florida
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  76. Sarkozy using guerrilla tactics on Muslims.. as seen in the movie “Enemy of the State”..
    ……………

    Sarkozy bans imams from entering France in fundamentalist crackdown after Toulouse shootings

    France is to ban radical Muslim preachers from entering the country as part of a crackdown after shootings by an al Qaeda-inspired gunman in Toulouse, President Nicolas Sarkozy said today.

    The President said he would block the entry of some imams invited to an Islamic conference next month, organised by the Union of French Islamic Organisations (UOIF).

    The UOIF, one of three Muslim federations in France, is regarded as close to Egypt’s Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.

    ‘I have clearly indicated that there certain people who have been invited to this congress who are not welcome on French soil,’ Mr Sarkozy told France Info radio.

    The crackdown follows the murder of seven people in Toulouse by Islamic extremist Mohammed Merah, 23.

    The gunman shot down a Rabbi, three children and three soldiers in three separate attacks before being shot dead at the end of 32-hour police siege.

    Following the shootings last week, Mr Sarkozy has announced plans to punish those viewing websites advocating Islamic extremism and going abroad for indoctrination or terrorist training.

  77. Congressional Report: Hezbollah has “several thousand” donors in the USA

    On March 25, 2012 ·

    A report issued by the House Homeland Security Committee indicates that Hezbollah has a large and threatening presence inside the USA and is successfully raising funds inside the USA to support its Jihad.

    Among the findings outlined in the report which are particularly relevant for SFW readers:

    • Counterterrorism officials consider Hezbollah fundraising cells to be prevalent across the United States.

    • Sophisticated operations have been uncovered within large Lebanese communities in New York and Michigan, but also in other parts of the USA, such as Charlotte, NC.

    • There is a general consensus among dozens of experts as well as current and former law enforcement and intelligence officials that Hezbollah, more than any other terrorist organization, is the most capable of transforming US-based fundraising cells into lethal terrorist cells at the order of the Iranian regime.

    • There are likely several thousand sympathetic Hezbollah donors across America and hundreds of actual operatives.

    • Some Hezbollah terrorists have been quietly convicted of fraud or other criminal activities and deported without their Hezbollah ties being publicly disclosed by federal prosecutors.

    The entire preliminary report can be found here:

    http://homeland.house.gov/sites/homeland.house.gov/files/Investigative_Findings_Iran_Hezbollah_Threat.pdf

    It is highly likely that donations to Hezbollah have come from the USA in the form of zakat payments. Regular readers of SFW will recall that zakat is a form of tithing required under Shariah. The problem with zakat however, is that numerous sources and authorities have confirmed that one of the destinations of zakat money is to those waging violent Jihad. We covered this in detail in a posting in October of 2011:

    http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/2011/10/17/correcting-the-new-misinformation-on-islamic-charities-funding-jihadist-terrorism/

    This is related to Shariah-compliant finance in that Shariah-compliant financial institutions are required to donate under zakat just as individuals are. There is an obvious moral hazard involved.

    http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/2012/03/25/congressional-report-hezbollah-has-several-thousand-donors-in-the-usa/

  78. It’s the Eddie Haskells’ that make the world go round.. Sorry, Hugh.. we don’t wear heels and an apron when making dinner.
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    Gingrich Calls Obama a Christian Who Behaves Like a Muslim

    Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, who was campaigning in Louisiana ahead of Saturday’s primary, told reporters he believes President Barack Obama is a Christian but his behavior is causing many Americans to think he is a Muslim.

    Former House Speaker Gingrich said Friday, the day before Louisiana will hold its primary, that perceptions over Obama’s faith were not baseless. “It should bother the president. Why does the president behave the way that people would think that?” Gingrich said after a speech on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast when reporters asked about polls indicating many Americans think Obama is a Muslim. “You have to ask why would they believe that? It’s not because they’re stupid. It’s because they watch the kind of things I just described to you.”

    Public Policy Polling recently found that 52 percent of the GOP primary voters in Mississippi and 45 percent in Alabama thought Obama was a Muslim.

    Gingrich referred to the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate which requires all employer-based health plans to provide free contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs for employees; and the president’s apology last month over an accidental burning of the Quran in Afghanistan by U.S. troops which led to attacks on Americans stationed in that country.

    Gingrich, who is a Catholic convert, clarified, “I have said publicly several times that I believe Obama is a Christian. He went to a Christian church for over 20 years. He was listening to the sermons.” However, he added, “I think it is very bizarre that he is desperately concerned to apologize to Muslim religious fanatics while they are killing young Americans while at the same time going to war against the Catholic Church and against every right-to-live Protestant organization in the country. I just think it’s a very strange value system.”

    Before he became president, Obama attended a United Church of Christ congregation in Chicago. After taking office, he has only occasionally attended churches in the Washington area.

    Gingrich raised the issue several times earlier this week in Louisiana. “First, look you need to understand the elite media is in the tank for Obama. They’re going to do anything that helps re-elect Obama. They’re totally committed to Obama. It is just astonishing to me how pro-Obama they are,” he told the Sandy Rios in the Morning radio show Thursday. “You think you’re going to see two pages on Obama’s Muslim friends? Or two pages on the degree to which Obama’s persistently apologizing to Islam while attacking the Catholic Church? Do you see anybody in the elite media prepared to see say, ‘Gee, you know this is kind of odd that we really worry a lot about the Quran and nothing about the Bible?'”

    On Wednesday, Gingrich said at a stop in Pineville, “They’re anti-religious unless it’s Islam. This is the heart of the Obama problem, the dilemma he has.” He also told Fox News, “Why is it he’s more sensitive to radical Islamists who are killing young Americans than he is to the Catholic Church, to Baptists, to fundamentalists. I mean, the fact is, this is a very strange presidency.”

    GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who is leading in polls in Louisiana, also spoke Friday about Obama’s pro-Muslim “bias.” “You know, it’s not surprising this president will go down in history here as the president who has embraced radical Islamic groups,” he told the Sean Hannity radio show.

    Amid doubts about his faith, Obama has reaffirmed his Christian beliefs. During a 2010 backyard discussion in New Mexico, he revealed that the “precepts of Jesus Christ” drew him to Christianity and affirmed that “we achieve salvation through the grace of God.” He has also spoken about his faith during prayer breakfasts and holidays including Christmas.

    http://www.christianpost.com/news/gingrich-calls-obama-a-christian-who-behaves-like-a-muslim-72023/

  79. Wbboei-

    I think Newt is beginning to follow your advise- and cleverly with meaningful phrases, I might add.

  80. Parents of slain Florida teen to appear on Capitol Hill – CNN.com
    Sanford, Florida (CNN) — That George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is not in dispute. Everything else is — from the circumstances, to the motivation — sparking a national debate about race, and coast-to-coast demands for justice. On Tuesday, Martin’s parents will attend a forum on racial profiling, hate crime issues and “stand your ground” deadly force laws organized by Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee.
    Ahead of the forum, protesters plan to march to the White House demanding a federal investigation. A CNN/ORC International poll has found that nearly three-fourths of Americans — including 67% of whites and 86% of nonwhites — believe Zimmerman should be arrested.
    From the halls of Capitol Hill to the streets of America’s cities, the case has generated widespread outrage, which was on display Monday in more than dozen cities, from Atlanta to San Francisco. [NO SURPRISE THERE. JUST LOOK AT THE BIAS OF THE NEXT SENTENCE IN THIS ARTICLE]
    Many demonstrators wore hooded sweatshirts and carried Skittles candy — just as Martin had, on the night he was killed.
    [THE ARTICLE THEN GOES ON AND ON. SICKENINGLY BIASED…. Eventually, it does cover Zimmerman’s side]
    http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/27/justice/florida-teen-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

    In an unfortunate what’s good for the goose moment, I’m thinking Obama’s thinking: dam we should have vetted him better.

  81. NMF

    Have you finished the book- I’ve heard good things about it. I am curious hearing your impressions and how easily/difficult downloading the book to the nook.

  82. Sansscrotum can’t seem to stay away from bedroom issues.Just ask the Penn Hills school district about the 73,000 dollars he cheated them out of and lost his senate bid. in PA.Another Madoff perhaps.
    Draft Hillary Give her a new Womans Party and as POTUS she could end this destruction of our political system based on true Democracy.

  83. holdthemaccountable
    March 27th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Parents of slain Florida teen to appear on Capitol Hill –
    ____________

    I saw them this morning on the news. They are just as adamant as ever ignoring the latest news Zimmerman was attacked by their angelic son sustaining injuries at his hands. And are looking forward to the planned weekend protests in Florida as the jingle of the cash register can be heard here all the way up to the NE.

  84. Well, at least here’s some good news.

    New Black Panther Chief Who Announced $10K Bounty on Zimmerman Arrested For Illegal Firearm Possession…

    Shockingly, Black Panther Hashim Nzinga is a convicted felon.

    DECATUR, Ga. – A member of the New Black Panther Party who went on national television to offer a reward for the capture of George Zimmerman was arrested in Gwinnett County.

    According to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Hashim Nzinga, 49 of Norcross, was arrested at probation office he was reporting to in Lawrenceville. He taken to Dekalb County Jail and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. A warrant was sworn out in DeKalb County after evidence surfaced that Nzinga tried to pawn a semi-automatic handgun at a Stone Mountain pawn shop.

    Nzinga serves as the New Black Panther Party’s Chief of Staff. He recently made news after going on CNN and offering a $10,000 reward for the capture of George Zimmerman whose role in the shooting death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin is currently being investigated by Florida authorities.

    WZ

  85. ABM90
    March 27th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Sansscrotum can’t seem to stay away from bedroom issues.
    ____________

    Or shooting off his toes twice a week making recant(ing) statements..

  86. basil – way too funny. things so desperate that your article has me chuckling. as in thank goodness for some relief from this madness…..

  87. Interesting POV: a complete 180 for neutralizing the Race Baiter in Chief. Former NAACP leader accuses Sharpton and Jackson of ‘exploiting’ Trayvon Martin …. RunAwaySlaveMovie.com
    _______________

    “Runaway Slave” Addresses Trayvon’s Race-Hustling-Buzzards as Contemporary Slave Traders/Traitors

    Have blacks in America achieved the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and become truly “Free at Last?” This is the question recently tackled in the brave and powerful documentary Runaway Slave a new film which exposes the economic and social enslavement of the black community to the progressive policies of the US Government.

    Rev. C. L. Bryant hosts the movie revealing the “new underground railroad” and the mindset of a cultural acceptance of entitlements and big government. Bryant’s own life provides unique insights into the racial and political issues of the day. A former Chapter President of the Garland, Texas NAACP, former democratic activist, and pastor; C. L. had a front row seat to the civil rights movement in the south. “There is a 50-year-old lie that has caused an entire people to become harlots to the political idea that government knows what is best.” says Bryant.

    Citing statistics that demonstrate increasingly high rates of abortion, crime, unemployment and single parent households in the black community, the film features interviews with politicians and everyday Americans, along with images from national events in Washington, D.C.

  88. BASIL99
    March 27th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Well, at least here’s some good news.

    New Black Panther Chief Who Announced $10K Bounty on Zimmerman Arrested For Illegal Firearm Possession…

    Shockingly, Black Panther Hashim Nzinga is a convicted felon.
    ___________

    I agree, holdthemaccountable! Funny and what a shock! Convicted felon? More of Obama’s family members, gifts from his prolific Dad? How lucky are we?

  89. I liked what Romney says about the Obama hot mic situation (in the video Admin linked above) — ‘what kind of flexibility is Obama talking about that he is not willing to share with his own people before election?’. I also read this article in Politico about how Romney with his Romneycare is uniquely situated in the GE to counter Obama’s claims that Republicans don’t care. Tell that to Santorum.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74441.html

  90. I think Romney should beat Obama on the process, his non-involvement, and the faulty end product when it came to Obamacare while offering ideas to implement a better plan. He may very well do that in the GE. If he starts talking about that now, it probably won’t have the same punch when the time comes. But what do you do with people like Santorum nipping at his heels?

  91. pm 8:53
    ———-
    I agree Romney response is excellent; he seems to be getting ‘the hang’ of responding with a certain amount of bite.

    FoxNews going a completely different path than CNN on Trayvon:
    New Claims Cast Trayvon Martin As The Aggressor
    snip
    The Orlando Sentinel reported that George Zimmerman told police he lost 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in the neighborhood he regularly patrolled and was walking back to his vehicle last month when the youth approached him from behind.
    The two exchanged words, Zimmerman said, and Martin then punched him, jumped on top of him and began banging his head on a sidewalk. Zimmerman said he began crying for help; Martin’s family thinks it was their son who was crying out. Witness accounts differ and 911 tapes in which the voices are heard are not clear.
    snip
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/03/27/new-claims-cast-trayvon-martin-as-aggressor/?test=latestnews

    Article implies this new info is compatible with other info gathered. Media will have shit on its face if so. Wonder if they will ever wipe it off. Just have to think less and less of them the longer they persist in supporting the racist element.

    See where Obie is winding things up, coming home. What will tee vee focus on then?

  92. I am irritated by Palin trying to prop up Santorum for his poor imitation of Newt with the NYT reporter. It is clear that in the speech Santorum says Romney is the worst republican to vote for without any romneycare reference. He got caught and he flailed. Palin trying to spin that as good thing is irritating.

  93. I heard information this morning that indicates Trayvon’s parents live separately. Trayvon was staying at his Dad’s because of the 10 day school suspension. So the tee vee said.

  94. WH running to save whats left of their Racial martyr, Trayvon Martin as the Truth begins to drip, drip, drip out-
    ______________

    Trayvon Martin Parents To Testify in Congress

    Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has invited the parents of killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin to the Hill to testify about Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. As Roll Call reports, “The forum, which will also include other members of the Congressional Black Caucus as well as other minority Members of Congress, will look into not only Martin’s death but also racial profiling and federal hate crime laws.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/03/26/Martin-parents-Congress

  95. https://www.facebook.com/SeeMcCrell/posts/10150629061196304?comment_id=21481120#!/groups/HillaryClintonExpress/10150690442267767/?notif_t=group_activity

    Yes, I have. It was an interesting way of presenting it as fiction, and of course for me it felt way too close to the actual.

    I don’t use nook much, and did have a download problem, but it was just because I was unfamiliar. I downloaded it and then could not find it. I just went into B&N to get some help, and they did help me, the whole reason I purchase the nook. They have some classes I need to take.

  96. Sorr for wat was on top of that post. It should have refered by to Mrs. Smith post.

    Mrs. Smith
    March 27th, 2012 at 8:20 am

  97. Mrs. Smith
    March 27th, 2012 at 9:37 am
    ——————-

    It is that black and white suit, and they has posted it to still4Hill. Looks like Channel.

  98. Well, well, what do you know?! Santorum is open to being Romney’s VP. The nerve! No way! I hope Romney stays away from this guy as far as he can. He is worse than the gaffestastic Biden. And Obama ads write themselves up.

  99. NewMexicoFan
    March 27th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Thanks for the review- Hopefully, her book will resonate with Obama’s supporters still with their eyes wide shut in November- ABO

  100. admin:

    “here you rarely if ever hear that mentioned) and health insurance companies by forcing American citizens to buy crap “insurance” from these companies. The U.S. Government itself will act as a Frank Nitti style enforcer in the service of these heath care business companies.”
    __________

    Perfect metaphor for the Capone Mob tenants in Washington, DC.

  101. CNN is SO LOW today. Top two stories are about Syria and a little girl about the caption states:
    Violet McManus, 3, suffers from seizures that stop her breathing. Until the health care reform law, lifetime caps threatened to eliminate her insurance. Now the Supreme Court is hearing a case that could throw out the law. FULL STORY

  102. The TM story just keeps getting better and better-

    Conyers has egg on his face inviting the parents of the delinquent to appear in front of Congress asking to repeal Florida’s ‘Stand your ground’ law.
    ______________________

    Suspended THREE times for drugs, truancy and graffiti and ‘caught carrying a burglary tool’: New picture emerges of Trayvon Martin (and did he attack a bus driver too?)

    Trayvon Martin was suspended from school three times in the months before he was shot dead by a neighborhood watchman, it emerged today.

    The new claims, revealed in a leaked school report, paint a different picture of a teenager who frequently found himself in trouble with authorities.

    It was also revealed that he might have attacked a bus driver, according to a Twitter account that some claim belonged to the teen.

    The Miami Herald claims that in October, he was caught with a ‘burglary tool’ – a flathead screwdriver – and 12 pieces of women’s jewellery. Martin insisted that they did not belong to him.

    Earlier, he had been suspended for skipping school and showing up late to class. And most recently, in February, he was suspended again when officials found a ‘marijuana pipe’ and an empty baggie with traces of the drug.

    The fresh claims are likely to be seized upon by supporters of George Zimmerman who say the teenager launched an unprovoked attack on the neighbourhood watch volunteer moments before Trayvon was shot dead.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2120504/Trayvon-Martin-case-He-suspended-times-caught-burglary-tool.html

  103. Isnt it amazing how the Big Media is today now saying to people, hold back making assumptions until the facts are know…….Hello……….?, Really they were not saying that last when they were baying for Zimmermans blood.

  104. Hillary Clinton to speak at VMI, receive award

    By: Tim Ciesco
    Published: March 27, 2012

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will receive a special award from Virginia Military Institute when she visits the school next week.

    She will be receiving VMI’s Distinguished Diplomat Award, which the school says is given in “recognition of outstanding achievement in advancing U.S. interests abroad through diplomacy.”

    School officials will present Clinton with the award at noon on April 3, in VMI’s Cameron Hall. She will then make some remarks.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Other recipients of the award include former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Jean Kirkpatrick, and former CIA Director James Woolsey.

    http://www2.wsls.com/news/2012/mar/27/hillary-clinton-speak-vmi-receive-award-ar-1797833/

  105. Secretary of State to visit Norfolk

    Sec. Clinton will visit April 3

    Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012,

    NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Norfolk on April 3 to serve as guest speaker at the World Affairs Council NATO Fest 2012 Banquet.

    Lori Crouch with the City of Norfolk said the NATO Festival is one of the World Affair’s Council’s most successful programs and honors NATO nations. Additionally, the program focuses on aspects of issues the alliance faces.

    Secretary Clinton will visit members of the Supreme Allied Command Transform Headquarters in Norfolk. HQ SACT is the only NATO command in North America and is the only permanent NATO headquarters outside of Europe.

    The World Affairs Council NATO Fest 2012 Banquet will take place at the Norfolk Sheraton Waterside Hotel.

    http://www.wavy.com/dpp/news/local_news/norfolk/secretary-of-state-to-visit-norfolk

  106. Bill Clinton to keynote Chicago conference of Nobel peace laureates

    By FRAN SPIELMAN
    March 26, 2012

    Former President Bill Clinton, a onetime Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will deliver the keynote speech at the opening-night dinner for next month’s 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, being held in Chicago.

    Clinton — who has worked on human rights initiatives since leaving the White House — will speak at an April 23 dinner at the Field Museum that will kick off the conference.

    The Chicago trip will be Clinton’s second in less than two months. Earlier this month, Clinton joined Mayor Rahm Emanuel, his former fund-raiser and White House staffer, in announcing plans for a $1.7 billion infrastructure trust.

    “Chicago is honored to be the first North American city to host a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners, and we’re honored to be joined by former President Bill Clinton,” Emanuel said. “President Clinton has worked tirelessly around the world to improve lives, resolve conflicts and bring prosperity. His commitment to justice and dignity for all people has made him a global leader in the fight for equal rights for all.”

    Co-chaired by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, the April 23-25 summit will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago with the theme, “Speak Up, Speak Out for Freedom and Rights.”

    Nobel Peace Prize laureates participating in the Chicago conference include: Gorbachev, the Dalai Lama, South Africa President Frederik Willem de Klerk, former President Jimmy Carter, former Polish President Lech Walesa and President Oscar Arias Sancez of Costa Rica.

    They are expected to engage Chicago students, civic leaders and residents in a three-day dialogue on global peace and human rights.

    “Usually, you have these international conferences, they come, they obviously see the city and they leave. This is gonna leave a legacy to enrich our students,” Emanuel told a news conference on the day the conference was announced.

    Like the May 20-21 NATO summit, Emanuel has said he would be seeking corporate donations to help bankroll the Nobel summit.

    “It’s an incredible opportunity for the children of Chicago — both in our university system as well as in our public school system,” he has said. “That doesn’t belong on a spread sheet, and it will pay dividends for years on end.”

    Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights named after her father, said the summit will open at a Chicago public high school. Nobel Peace laureates then will fan out to high schools across the city share their stores and speak with students about “the capacity of one person to make a difference and the obligation to try,” Kennedy said.

    Host committee member Chris Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy’s brother, noted that the effort to engage and empower young people comes at a time when scores of young people have joined the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Chicago movements.

    “You can be critical of those folks for not knowing much about government or the economy or the future of the United States, but what’s clear about all of them is they think government is their enemy,” he said. “The truth is, lots of these Nobel laureates have fought government, become part of government and have found a way be successful in changing the lives of millions of people. It’s a great example at this time in America to demonstrate to the very people who are most alienated how they can become part of the solution.”

    Obama is a former winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. So is Illinois native Jane Addams, who became the first woman to win the prize in 1931 for championing the cause of isolated Chicago immigrants.

    Summit organizers choose locations tied to the theme of that year. The 2010 summit on global nuclear disarmament was held in Hiroshima, where the atomic bomb was dropped during World War II. Berlin hosted the 2009 Summit celebrating the end of the Cold War and the re-unification of East and West.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/11537083-418/bill-clinton-to-keynote-chicago-conference-of-nobel-peace-laureates.html

  107. Public Policy Polling recently found that 52 percent of the GOP primary voters in Mississippi and 45 percent in Alabama thought Obama was a Muslim.

    Gingrich referred to the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate which requires all employer-based health plans to provide free contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs for employees

    ===========================

    LOL!

  108. This could be fun.

    The Supreme Court just wrapped up the second day of oral arguments in the landmark case against President Obama’s healthcare overhaul, and reports from inside the courtroom indicate that the controversial law took quite a beating. Today’s arguments focused around the central constitutional question of whether Congress has the power to force Americans to either pay for health insurance or pay a penalty. According to CNN’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, the arguments were “a train wreck for the Obama administration.”

    “This law looks like it’s going to be struck down. I’m telling you, all of the predictions including mine that the justices would not have a problem with this law were wrong,” Toobin just said on CNN.

    Toobin added that that the Obama administration’s lawyer, U.S. Solicitor General David Verrelli, was unprepared for the attacks against the individual mandate.

    “I don’t know why he had a bad day,” he said. “He is a good lawyer, he was a perfectly fine lawyer in the really sort of tangential argument yesterday. He was not ready for the answers for the conservative justices.”

    In the aftermath of today’s arguments, Toobin and many other legal reporters agree that the Obamacare decision will come down to a fight between the nine Supreme Court justices.

    According to reports from the courtroom, the four liberal justices seem inclined to uphold the law. But it is still unclear if the Obama administration’s legal team will be able to get a fifth vote.

    The WSJ reports that Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is considered the swing vote in the case, reportedly pushed Verrelli hard on his defense of the individual mandate, telling him that the government has a “very heavy burden of justification” to show where the Constitution gives Congress the power to force people to buy healthcare.

    Tom Goldstein of SCOTUS blog sums up the end of the arguments:

    Towards the end of the argument the most important question was Justice Kennedy’s. After pressing the government with great questions Kennedy raised the possibility that the plaintiffs were right that the mandate was a unique effort to force people into commerce to subsidize health insurance but the insurance market may be unique enough to justify that unusual treatment. But he didn’t overtly embrace that. It will be close. Very close.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/people-are-saying-that-obamas-healthcare-law-got-massacred-in-the-supreme-court-today-2012-3

  109. tdo:
    Just a quick comment on ‘Stand Your Ground.’ I can see good reason for such a law. If you’re being threatened and you turn and run, then the assailant has a clear chance to grab or hit you from behind and there is nothing you could do to stop him. Same if he can run faster than you — and it’s hard to run while calling for help.

    —————-

    nomobama:
    This commenrt is a surprise to me. I would have thought you would not have held such a belief.

    ==================

    There are points on both sides. An area-effect weapon such as mace might be more practical.

  110. could not make it up……Police: MU student severely beat, kidnapped girlfriend (wore “I am Trayvon” shirt previous evening at rally”)

    A Millersville University student is charged with severely beating his ex-girlfriend and kidnapping her from a campus dormitory this weekend.

    Akeem M. Johnson, 24, punched the victim at least 10 times Saturday morning before forcing her from her room at Burrowes Hall and into his car, according to a police affidavit.

    The victim, also a student, told police that Johnson was mad that “she stayed out all night and (he) could not find her,” a Millersville University police officer wrote in the affidavit.

    The victim, who isn’t being identified by the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era, sustained a split lip and broken teeth, according to the affidavit.

    Johnson is at Lancaster County Prison on charges of felony kidnapping, unlawful restraint, assault and reckless endangerment.

    Bail was set at $200,000.

    Johnson is a senior communications and broadcast major. He lived in Germantown, near Philadelphia, before attending school at Millersville, according to a criminal complaint.

    On Friday night, he stood prominently at an on-campus rally regarding the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, holding a sign saying, “I am Trayvon Martin.”

    Trayvon, a black 17-year-old boy, was killed last month by a neighborhood crime-watch volunteer. He was unarmed.

    Johnson and about 50 other MU students rallied Friday night in ceremony for the slain teen.

    A few hours later, police allege, Johnson went to Burrowes Hall to find his ex-girlfriend. She wasn’t there, so he waited in the lobby.

    The affidavit outlines the alleged crimes that followed this way:

    The victim, who lives on the third floor, arrived and walked to an elevator.

    Johnson was “agitated,” and he confronted the woman there. They both got into the elevator, and Johnson started beating the woman’s head.

    The elevator stopped on the third floor, but Johnson kept the woman in the elevator car, and they went back to the first floor.

    “Once in the lobby, Johnson was manhandling (the victim), grabbing her around the waist and pulling and pushing her around,” the officer wrote in the affidavit.

    Johnson then forced the woman out a side door and into his car and drove back to his residence on Pickwick Place, near campus.

    Neighbors saw Johnson “dragging” the woman across a yard. One neighbor intervened, and the woman fled.

    She reached the police station and reported the crimes.

    Johnson was arrested later in the day and was arraigned Sunday morning by District Judge Nancy Hamill.

    Johnson was a a running back on MU’s football team in 2006 and 2009 and was one of the team’s leading rushers during those seasons.

    He attended Germantown High School, where he set school rushing records for yards in a game and yards in a season.

    Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/612551_Police–MU-student-severely-beat–kidnapped-girlfriend.html#ixzz1qKxcCRQA

  111. Kennedy raised the possibility that the plaintiffs were right that the mandate was a unique effort to force people into commerce to subsidize health insurance but the insurance market may be unique enough to justify that unusual treatment.

    ==================

    But as was posted yesterday, there are plenty of clearly constitutional ways that the government could establish a compulsory UHC (such as expanding Medicare).

  112. This oughta piss off the spoon feeders that this was somehow a right wing thing….

    The individual at the center of the controversial Trayvon Martin shooting is a registered Democrat.

    George Michael Zimmerman, born Oct. 5, 1983, registered as a Democrat in Seminole County, Fla., in August 2002, according to state voter registration documents.

    It is unclear whether he voted for President Barack Obama in 2008.

    Some in the media have sought to blame Republican politicians and conservative activists for Martin’s death.

  113. More criminal behavior from the NBPP.

    While a huge swath of the media and political elite calls for the arrest of George Zimmerman without waiting for all the facts to come out, there is other possible criminal activity taking place in Sanford, FL, that deserves scrutiny. As J. Christian Adams points out at PJMedia.com, the New Black Panthers’ “dead or alive” cash bounty offer for Zimmerman probably crosses several criminal lines:

    Let’s start with solicitation to kidnap. In announcing a reward for the seizure of Zimmerman, the New Black Panthers may have violated Florida Code 787.01. It makes it a felony to “by threat, confining or abducting, or imprisoning another person against his . . . will without lawful authority with intent to . . . terrorize.”

    Merely soliciting someone else to do this is also a felony in Florida under Florida Code 777.04
    It doesn’t end there. As Adams points out, Florida law makes it a felony to unlawfully seize somebody as a mob, or “at the behest of a mob.” Again, solicitation to commit this crime is also a crime. It’s a felony, too, to interfere with the administration of government with use of force – and yes, again, solicitation is a crime.

    However things turn out in Sanford, the situation with Martin and Zimmerman was a tragedy. What turns that tragedy into even more of an outrage than it otherwise would be is the cynical and exploitative reaction to it by those who would make political hay out of it – and, in the case of the New Black Panthers, do so in possibly criminal fashion.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/03/27/New-Black-Panthers

  114. Wboei,

    Excellent article and some excellent and illuminating points, especially these:

    The reality is that every decision not to buy some good or service has some effect on the interstate market for that good or service. The government is asserting that because there are ultimate economic consequences it has the power to control the most basic decisions about how people spend their own money in their day-to-day lives.

    The next stops on this outbound train could be mortgages, college tuition, credit, investment, saving for retirement, Treasurys, and who knows what else.

    In a word, the government is claiming it can create commerce so it has something to regulate.

    So the younger and healthier must buy insurance that they may not need or want to cross-subsidize the older and sicker who are likely to need costly care.

    But that doesn’t make the other regulations more “effective.” The individual mandate is meant to offset their intended financial effects.

    Great primer on this complex issue. Many thanks.

  115. Shadowfax
    March 27th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    IMO

    I am confused. there are some now writing that Kennedy may he be persuadcd to vote with the libs. Who the heck knows?

    WBBOEI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What do you think?

  116. Shadowfax
    March 27th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    IMO

    Just sounded like Supreme Kenny just got the Gov. to admit that the ‘penalty’ is a TAX.
    __________

    wouldn’t that be bad? If it is a tax then they can demand the court put of any decision till after someone has to pay the tax.

  117. Trayvon’s family wasted no time Ca$hing in on their fallen CA$H Cow- What with the Mrs/trademarking her son’s name, suing the Condo Assn., and selling T-Shirts. Mrs Martin may be the one to wind up with all the caustic remembrances
    of her son’s childhood.
    _________________

    New Black Panthers Activity Against Zimmerman May Be Criminal

    While a huge swath of the media and political elite calls for the arrest of George Zimmerman without waiting for all the facts to come out, there is other possible criminal activity taking place in Sanford, FL, that deserves scrutiny. As J. Christian Adams points out at PJMedia.com, the New Black Panthers’ “dead or alive” cash bounty offer for Zimmerman probably crosses several criminal lines:

    Let’s start with solicitation to kidnap. In announcing a reward for the seizure of Zimmerman, the New Black Panthers may have violated Florida Code 787.01. It makes it a felony to “by threat, confining or abducting, or imprisoning another person against his . . . will without lawful authority with intent to . . . terrorize.”

    Merely soliciting someone else to do this is also a felony in Florida under Florida Code 777.04

    It doesn’t end there. As Adams points out, Florida law makes it a felony to unlawfully seize somebody as a mob, or “at the behest of a mob.” Again, solicitation to commit this crime is also a crime. It’s a felony, too, to interfere with the administration of government with use of force – and yes, again, solicitation is a crime.

    However things turn out in Sanford, the situation with Martin and Zimmerman was a tragedy. What turns that tragedy into even more of an outrage than it otherwise would be is the cynical and exploitative reaction to it by those who would make political hay out of it – and, in the case of the New Black Panthers, do so in possibly criminal fashion.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/03/27/New-Black-Panthers-criminal
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    Good- Lock them all up and throw away the key! Be interesting to see how many fugitives are in that mish mosh-

  118. first comment under the above story @Breitbart:
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    Hey President Obama-

    Are you going to call the family of the WHITE college student who was MURDERED in his dorm last week by 3 BLACK men?? Are you going to tell the press that HE LOOKED LIKE WHAT YOUR SON WOULD HAVE LOOKED LIKE?

    Or is three BLACK men MURDERING a WHITE MAN in what is essentially his HOME what America should accept according to Critical Race Theory????

  119. TDO, the story from the beginning has been that Zimmerman was on the ground with Martin on top of him beating on him. A witness came forward and said that the person on the bottom was wearing red clothing which was Zimmerman and that the person in red was the one that was screaming for someone to help him.

    If the gun was in Zimmerman’s waistband and Martin was going for the gun, it WOULD NOT be a weird position for the gun to be fired from. It would also explain why the bullet casing was not ejected from the gun. With a semi-automatic, the bullet casing is ejected away from the gun- except if the gun was fired from between two people, the casing wouldn’t have room to be ejected. Supposedly that was how the gun was turned over to the police. With the casing not having been ejected from the gun.

  120. Excellent article on what happened today, IMO.
    Justices Roberts, Kennedy and Scalia Attack Obamacare Mandate in Day Two

    There was talk of broccoli. And gym memberships. Even burials. All the potential future mandates Congress could enact, thereby forcing us to make purchases because it’s good for us, and it’s good for the country.

    Despite the hysteria you may be seeing from both supporters and opponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it’s too difficult to say that one particular side “won” today. The questions were generally tough – especially from Justice Anthony Kennedy – and the final decision will come down to whether the Court decides that the mandate extends the commerce power too much, or if it’s narrow enough to allow Congress to address a national concern.

    While the chief Obamacare defender found himself in tight spots, the attorneys attacking the mandate weren’t spared from hard questions. The major swing vote on the Court, Justice Kennedy, revealed that he might not be ready to strike down the mandate.

    Solicitor General Donald Verrilli was first to advocate his position. He stumbled out of the blocks, stammering and coughing as he made his opening statement.

    Once he picked up momentum, however, he’d barely begun explaining Congress’ intent in enacting the “minimum coverage provision” (the government doesn’t use the word “mandate”) before Justice Antonin Scalia hit him with the first question.

    He wanted to know if the government could regulate his failure to purchase anything . No, said Mr. Verrilli; health insurance is unique because everyone is in the market for health care at one point or another in their lives, and they can’t control when they’ll need it.

    Chief Justice John Roberts then asked if, by this justification, the government could force individuals to buy a cell phone, as one never knows when the need to call 911 will arise. Justice Samuel Alito chimed in with burials – we’ll all die someday, and will need to cover that cost, too, right?

    Mr. Verrilli disagreed, and a debate about the particular nature of the regulation at hand (i.e. the mandate) arose: the central tension lies with whether Congress is regulating commerce that is already occurring, or whether they are forcing new customers into the market, thereby creating commerce.

    Obviously, the government takes the first position, whereas the Justices were suggesting that the latter. This lead into the nature of the market that’s being regulated: is it health care, i.e. treatment, or health insurance, i.e. the method of paying for treatment?

    The Justices seemed willing to accept that technically, everyone participates in health care; but does that, then, give the government the right to force people into the insurance market?
    Mr. Verrilli brought up that Congress was attempting to curb the instance of cost shifting from the uninsured to the insured and taxpayers with the guaranteed issue and community rating policies. Surely, Congress was well within its rights to impose those regulations on insurance companies. However, those policies only work if everyone must purchase insurance, otherwise only the sick choose to purchase insurance, while the healthy stay out of the costly market.
    Justice Kennedy broke in with his first question, one which ought to galvanize PPACA opponents: the mandate is assumed to be a step beyond precedent – it’s never been done before – and therefore, doesn’t the government have “a heavy burden” to justify the mandate under the Constitution?

    Mr. Verrilli began answering, but was cut off by Justice Scalia’s question, involving the ever-present forced-purchase-of-broccoli example. Mr. Verrilli responded by emphasizing the unique nature of the healthcare market, prompting Justice Scalia to note that unpredictability is the justification for the policy; but where is the constitutional justification?
    Justice Kennedy then issued the very direct request that Mr. Verrilli “identify limits on the commerce clause.”

    And this is where the distinction between health care and health insurance came into play. According to the government, health care is the commodity in question; health insurance is the means of paying for that commodity. Therefore the justification, Mr. Verrilli said, came from the fact that Congress isn’t forcing the purchase of a commodity, but rather the means of paying for a commodity.

    Here, the Chief Justice broke in and noted that forcing healthy people to buy insurance wouldn’t cover their costs, but the cost of others who would use health care. Mr. Verrilli continued to emphasize that in the government’s view, this isn’t a mandate, but a regulation on how to pay for something. The How is insurance; the something is care.

    He then began to defend the mandate on Necessary and Proper grounds, but Justice Scalia said that while it may be necessary for Congress’ purpose of reforming the healthcare system, the mandate is not proper. There’s a clue: he will more likely than not vote no on the mandate.
    Justice Kennedy then brought up the point that the federal government is saying that it has the duty to force citizens to act, and that has never been seen before. This, he said, is a new relationship between the federal government and individuals. Now, take that with a grain of salt, as it doesn’t mean he automatically believes it to be improper – just new. It sounds as though he’ll have to consider whether the federal government may have this kind of relationship with the individual.

    Chief Justice Roberts then questioned the limits of Congress’ potential power to issue mandates. It only applies to insurance, and nothing else? Isn’t it an overreach of the Court’s power to say, Congress, you may safely issue a mandate on insurance using commerce power, but you can’t mandate anything else? What happens the next time a problem arises where everyone participates in a market? Does the Court expand the power again?

    The Chief Justice was concerned that once the Court accepts this principle – that everyone participates in the market, and so Congress may regulate all facets of it – then “all bets are off” for limits on federal power.

    In defense, Mr. Verrilli wasn’t able to name a constitutional limit to the power; the only one he seemed to have was that Congress wasn’t claiming the power to mandate anything else. What the Chief Justice would likely tack on to that explanation is a big, “yet.”

    Mr. Verrilli then tried to defend the mandate under the tax-and-spend power (remember when they said it wasn’t one yesterday?). However, Justice Scalia pointed out that President Obama has always said the mandate is not a tax. Then, Justice Kennedy asked why Congress just didn’t refer to it as a tax in the bill? Mr. Verrilli’s response was essentially, they didn’t need to, since it would still raise revenue. At four minutes to eleven, his time was up, and Paul Clement, attorney for the states, stood before the Court.

    Mr. Clement began by noting that there is no limiting principle to the mandate. Justice Sonia Sotomayor then asked if he accepted the premise that Congress mandate health care be paid for by insurance. Sure, said Mr. Clement. But they can’t force individuals to buy that insurance. Justice Kennedy then wanted to know if the federal government considered the healthy, uninsured population an “actuarial reality,” implying a willingness to uphold the law.

    Chief Justice Roberts, too, asked some skeptical questions of Mr. Clement, noting that the government says everyone is in the market in this case. Mr. Clement responded by reiterating the government’s distinction between health care and health insurance, and arguing that while everyone may be in the market for the former, the latter is a purchasable commodity, and everyone is not in that market.

    The proper question for the Court to address, Mr. Clement said, is does Congress have the power to compel entrance into the market, because that would best serve the regulation of the market? He again noted that not everyone is in the insurance market, and that the case wouldn’t be sitting in Court of Congress had chosen to incentivize entrance into the market, rather than force it.

    Mr. Clement argued for half an hour, splitting the second hour with Michael Carvin, attorney representing the National Federation of Independent Business.

    When Mr. Carvin took the stand, a number of reporters stood up and left. An hour and a half of the hearing had gone by, and the start of Mr. Carvin’s time, the questions seemed much the same as they’d been for Mr. Clement. Indeed, for about twenty minutes, the four liberal Justices of the court – Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg – peppered Mr. Carvin with queries about the unique nature of the health insurance market, just as they’d predictably done with Mr. Clement.

    But one hour and fifty-two minutes into the hearing, Justice Anthony Kennedy deigned to speak again, and his question changed, at the very least, this reporter’s mind about his potential ruling.

    He said he found that the “young person who is uninsured” is “uniquely close to participating” in the health insurance market. Translation: I could justify the individual mandate.
    His statement hearkens back to a 2005 ruling the Court made on Gonzales v. Raich, in which Justice Scalia wrote a concurring opinion that PPACA proponents see as justification for the mandate. In it, he wrote that the federal government had the right to regulate possession of medical marijuana – which was legal in the state, California – because a person possessing marijuana for noneconomic reasons was just one step away from participating in the market. If Justice Kennedy finds that remaining uninsured is “uniquely close” to market participation, then he may be willing to uphold the mandate on the grounds that this, an intrastate activity, “substantially affects” the interstate market.

    No matter what the Justices ultimately decide on the issue – the decision is expected sometime in June – at least one assumption about the healthcare case was wrong: it’s not a slam-dunk for the mandate’s supporters. Five of the Justices clearly saw some glaring legal problems with it. While their line of questioning doesn’t necessarily dictate how they will rule, it certainly reveals what they’ll take into consideration. It seems like a limiting principle is the biggest concern. If they can find one, the law will likely be upheld. If they can’t, then goodbye, individual mandate.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/katehicks/2012/03/27/justices_roberts_kennedy_and_scalia_attack_obamacare_mandate_in_day_two/page/full/

  121. FWIW,

    I did not get health insurance until my late 30’s. I could not afford it. During that time, the few times I needed a doctor I paid out of pocket. In one situation, I had to go to Beth Israel for a severe asthma attack from which I would have died had I not gone to the emergency room. That cost was picked up as I as completely broke and then I could not work for almost a year b3cuase of the aftermath of the ashtma. I sublet my apartment and moved in with a friend and helped put with her daughter s paymenty for room and board. I figured out the solution myself. And there is almost always a solution. You may not like it but the solutions exist.

    My point is, I could not have afforded to pay for health insurance until I finally finished my degree and got a teaching job. Period.

    I wonder h0w many more there are out there like me.

    Plus, except for that one incident, I required no health care which I could not pay out of pocket. And even with the first teaching job I could not afford health care if I had to pay out of pocket.

    The young are generally healthy.

  122. With a semi-automatic, the bullet casing is ejected away from the gun- except if the gun was fired from between two people, the casing wouldn’t have room to be ejected. Supposedly that was how the gun was turned over to the police. With the casing not having been ejected from the gun.

    ======================

    Good point if true. But that doesn’t tell us which combatant was going for the gun. Z more likely, since he knew he had a gun and he was allegedly losing the fight.

    Anyway, powder burns and fingerprints should tell the tale. If we can trust the police on that information.

    Z, his neighbors, the housing association, and the local police are all in big trouble, from potential mobs and from the DOJ. They’ve got plenty of reason to lie as necessary.
    I’m not taking sides at this point, just saying that we can’t give the official police version as much credibility as we normally would. (Of course the other side has motive to lie also.)

  123. Newt Gingrich was very good in an interview on Your World yesterday. He explained his strategy.

    I am trying to tamp my expectations of the SCOTUS decision down; remembering that we had good reason to believe that Hillary would become the nominee but thievery, thuggery, and treachery squashed the voters wishes. There will be enough pressure put on the justices, likely threats, that they will cave.

    The media, including Fox, keeps using the photo of TM when he was just a little kid and looking all innocent, or so they would think. That is instilling a bias in viewers who do not wish to know better and who still rely on media for their news expecting factual reporting instead of partisan salesmanship. As tragic as it was that he died, that kid was a thug…enough evidence has come forward to verify that fact. One question that begs to be answered is: will the security patrols at gated communities be affected adversely from this incident?

    In gated communities people usually move there for the security and privacy; and there is a premium paid for it. I am also wondering how this is going to effect the relationships between the homeowners and the management of security in gated communities. There is more here to consider than what is seen on surface. They require id to come in and they monitor going out. Has anyone heard if Zimmerman, the Hispanic, asked for id of Trayvon, the thug? If someone looking suspiciously like a thug were in my community and that person was not questioned about entrance, then I would be all up in their face; of course, there may have been no opportunity to ask questions. Trayvon was not a member of a household in the complex…so the security patrol had better make sure they check it out; and heaven help them if they are lax in their thorough investigation of a thug like figure roaming around freely when everyone thought they were safe in their gated, paid for security, homes.And, I might add the homeowners have money….somebody’s butt will pay if something bad happens to a homeowner or if the sales of their homes in the gated communities drop any further……….money talks, bs walks.

  124. Lovely.

    100 Miami teens ransack a Walgreen’s to “protest” poor widdle Traytray.

    NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – North Miami Beach police said surveillance video shows dozens of high school students demonstrating in the Trayvon Martin case Friday ransacking a Walgreens store.

    The incident occurred during a walkout from North Miami Beach Senior High School in support of Martin, 17, who was fatally shot in Sanford. Protesters have been calling for the arrest of George Zimmerman, 28, who has not been charged because he claimed self-defense in the shooting, according to police.

    Minutes after walking out of their school Friday, a large group of students walked through the streets of North Miami Beach. Along the way, they stopped at a Walgreens at 163rd Street and 15th Avenue at about 10:40 a.m.

    Surveillance video shows dozens of teenagers running through the store. Police said about 80 to 100 students stormed in, ransacking the shelves, before the school’s vice principal ordered everyone outside.

    North Miami Beach police said students damaged items worth about $150. Local 10′s John Turchin reported some merchandise also was stolen.

  125. Idiot Spike Lee endangers a woman when he gives out her address as Zim’s in a tweet sent to 200,000 followers.

    Isn’t that a crime?

  126. Basil and Betty-

    I am just listening to the Supremes and not a lawyer. The lawyers won’t place bets on which side will win after today’s hearing…so, no one really knows at this point as far as I know.

    I like listening to Greta in the evening, she makes it understandable.

  127. Obama Makes His Move To Raise Your Electricity Rates

    by Ulsterman on March 27, 2012 with 3 Comments in News

    With gas prices now nearing or in some locations already above $4 a gallon, the Obama administration is now taking aggressive measures that, according to industry experts, will result in rapidly rising electric rates for American consumers.

    From a just published Wall Street Journal report:

    The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed strict limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from new power plants despite warnings from utilities and others that such a step to would lead to the demise of coal-fired electricity generation.

    …The utility industry has fought hard against the rules, arguing that if new coal plants are effectively banned, the industry will be forced to forswear a cheap and plentiful source of electricity generation. The unveiling of the rules is also likely to draw fire from Republicans and business groups.

    Currently nearly half the nation’s electricy production is generated by coal.
    No-one can say Barack Obama didn’t warn us though:

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/03/27/obama-makes-his-move-to-raise-your-electricity-rates/

  128. Trayvon was not a member of a household in the complex…

    ========================

    Isn’t it established that he was staying with a household in the complex, his father or his father’s girlfriend?

    Anyway, I predict a boom in security cameras.

  129. Even “liberal” justices seem to realize that there is precedent at stake here.

    Wow. Sotomayor seems incredulous: “You’re saying there is no limit to the gov’t forcing you into commerce?”—
    PoliticalMath (@politicalmath) March 27, 2012

    What the govt side needs to do is be able to articulate some reasonable standard whereby limits on federal govt via the commerce clause will still exist if the mandate stands.

    If they can’t come up with some plausible (or at least plausible-sounding) argument for why limits will still exist if Obamacare stands, then it’s very difficult. So far, the govt has been floundering to explain what the limit would ostensibly be, other than “Well, govt would never do that, because…..just because!”

  130. Re: BASIL99
    March 27th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Funny that. The government does not manage anything well, too much thief and cronyism. During Woodrow Wilson’s tenure as President, the Wilson Dam was built in my hometown area. It was built to produce cheap electricity, which I guess it does compared to coal and other stuff. However, the government hoodooed the people promoting it as cheap electricity for the local area. Lo and behold, the government sold large amounts of kilowatts, or whatever, to south Alabama in the Birmingham area iirc, and to up NORTH even though they had to transport it all that way. Go figure.

    And just so you know, visitors and guests to gated communities have to be checked into the complex by a homeowner; and I believe there is a right reserved to refuse entrance by the community development management. I think that the father and son was just making a booty call (my opinion), but that has not been spelled out completely. And if that were true, they were likely not checked in as they should have been; if they were checked in then the security patrol would have known of their presence before an encounter with them…especially the head of the patrol like the Hispanic security patrolman. So this begs the question was Trayvon and his second dad trespassing on private property?

  131. Re: BASIL99
    March 27th, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    OMG, the photo of Zimmerman on your link just made a lightbulb go off in my head. I do graphics and have worked in that industry both publicly and privately. I believe that photo to be the same one I saw on tv this am….and they have lightened and brightened it to make Zimmerman look more WHITE while at the very same time using the ‘young’ photo of the black thug. This is an outrage. This should be illegal.

  132. FDWIW,

    Last night I emailed all 3 Fox anchors – Greta, Sean and Bill and demanded to kn w why they were not showing the most current pic of the kid with the gold teeth. I said staff should be fired over that oversight and it was journalistic malfeasance. Later that evening, all 3 carried the latest pic.

    Maybe they really do read our emails.

  133. Shortermer,

    Zim does look more white but at least tray is looking more like the POS he is and those pix are ALSO now out in the media, at least on FOX.

  134. Arpaio askd for original draft card

    Following up on his investigative team’s finding of probable cause that Barack Obama’s Selective Service registration form is a forgery, Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio has asked Selective Service Director Lawrence Romo in a letter to produce original documentation.

    A copy of Obama’s registration form indicates the registration took place at the Makiki Station Post Office in Honolulu on July 29, 1980. Arpaio wants court-approved, forensic experts selected by his office to examine the original for its authenticity, as well as any microfilm or computer copies that may exist.

    In the letter, Arpaio also asked Romo to pursue his own investigation to determine when and how Obama’s Selective Service registration was submitted and entered into the agency’s records.
    “No doubt your agency has established procedures for investigating probable cause suspicions when a Selective Service Registration card has been forged,” Arpaio writes.

    Help Sheriff Joe bust the lid off Obama’s fraud. Join the Cold Case Posse right now!
    Arpaio tells Romo his sheriff’s office “would appreciate knowing what steps you will direct the Selective Service system to take to investigate these allegations, so that together we may ultimately identify the person or persons responsible for producing the document.”
    Arpaio asks Romo to respond within 30 days regarding whether or not his national office will provide him with the original document and if his agency will move forward with an investigation of its own.

    Romo, who was appointed in 2009 by Obama, reports directly to the president.

    Go to link to see docs.

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/03/sheriff-joe-wants-obamas-original-draft-card/

  135. BASIL99
    March 27th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Isn’t that a crime?
    _________________

    Could be- It’s outlined earlier @ 2:49

  136. Toobin: Obama healthcare reform law ‘in grave, grave trouble’
    By Daniel Strauss – 03/27/12 12:20 PM ET

    A top legal analyst predicted Tuesday that the Obama administration’s healthcare reform legislation seemed likely to be struck down by the Supreme Court.

    Jeffrey Toobin, a lawyer and legal analyst, who writes about legal topics for The New Yorker said the law looked to be in “trouble.” He called it a “trainwreck for the Obama administration.”

    “This law looks like it’s going to be struck down. I’m telling you, all of the predictions, including mine, that the justices would not have a problem with this law were wrong,” Toobin said Tuesday on CNN. “I think this law is in grave, grave trouble.”

    Toobin’s observation came on the second day of oral arguments at the Supreme Court over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

    Earlier that day, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who could be the deciding vote on whether to uphold the law, told Solicitor General Donald Verrilli that there appeared to be a “very heavy burden of justification” on aspects of the law, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    Toobin described Kennedy as “enormously skeptical” during the arguments Tuesday.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said tough questions from the justices did not indicate how the court would rule and took to task a legal analyst who said otherwise.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/218427-toobin-obama-healthcare-reform-law-in-grave-grave-trouble

  137. Jackson smirks at the camera:
    ____________

    ‘Justice for Trayvon’?: Obama, Left Poison Zimmerman Jury Pool

    Ask yourself the obvious: if President Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton–and Rick Santorum, for that matter–really cared about justice for Trayvon Martin, why are they poisoning the jury pool and making it impossible for his alleged killer to be brought to justice?

    There is little hope, given the President’s emotive declaration that Martin looks like the son he never had, the crowds whipped to a frenzy by Sharpton, or the guilty murder verdict delivered in advance by Santorum, that George Zimmerman can ever receive a fair trial.

    Obama is a lawyer and a law “professor,” his supporters never tired of reminding us in 2008. He devoted himself, or so he claimed, to the practice of civil rights law; as a state senator, he worked to protect the rights of criminal defendants. So what is he doing?

    Again, the answer is obvious. The Trayvon Martin case–which attracted nary a whisper for weeks after Martin was killed on February 26–has become a way for Obama, the left, and the media to mobilize minority voters and the progressive base. Justice is not a priority.

    more at link:

  138. Kagan… an embarrassment to the SCOTUS…
    ___________________

    Justice Scalia to Obama’s Solicitor General: ‘We’re not stupid’ [AUDIO]

    Justice Scalia to Obama’s Solicitor General: ‘We’re not stupid’ [AUDIO] By Nicholas Ballasy – The Daily Caller 3:39 PM 03/27/2012 ADVERTISEMENT While Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr. made the Obama administration’s case for the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the health-care law Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia interrupted, telling Verrilli, “we’re not stupid.” Justice Elena Kagan, a former solicitor general appointed by President Obama to the high court, sided with Verilli in arguing that young people should be required by the federal government to purchase health insurance because eventually, others will subsidize their health care in the future….

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/27/justice-scalia-to-obamas-solicitor-general-were-not-stupid/

  139. I don’t know, maybe I am tainted after 2008, but the GOPish attorney’s sounded a heck of a lot smarter than some of the liberal Supremes.

    Makes me cringe at what they could pass in the future.

  140. Hillary 4 Texas:

    “If they can’t come up with some plausible (or at least plausible-sounding) argument for why limits will still exist if Obamacare stands, then it’s very difficult. So far, the govt has been floundering to explain what the limit would ostensibly be, other than “Well, govt would never do that, because…..just because!”
    _______________

    Rather than saying, “forcing people to buy Broccoli”, a better example could have been forcing people’s participation in Cap and Trade through mandates.

  141. SC justices question insurance mandate

    By Mark Sherman and Jesse J. Holland March 27, 2012 12:37 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Sharp questioning by the Supreme Court’s conservative justices cast serious doubt Tuesday on the survival of the individual insurance requirement at the heart of Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul.

    Arguments at the high court focused on whether the mandate for virtually every American to have insurance “is a step beyond what our cases allow,” in the words of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

    He and Chief Justice John Roberts emerged as the seemingly pivotal votes in the court’s decision, due in June in the midst of a presidential election campaign that has focused in part on the new law. Republican candidates are strongly opposed.

    Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito appeared likely to join with Justice Clarence Thomas to vote to strike down the key provision of the overhaul. The four Democratic appointees seemed ready to vote to uphold it.

    The congressional requirement to buy health care insurance is the linchpin of the law’s aim to get medical insurance to an additional 30 million people, at a reasonable cost to private insurers and state governments. Virtually every American will be affected by the court’s decision on the law’s constitutionality.

    The biggest issue, to which the justices returned repeatedly during two hours of arguments in a packed courtroom, was whether the government can force people to buy insurance. And if so, could other mandates – to buy broccoli, burial insurance and cell phones, for example – be far behind?

    “Purchase insurance in this case, something else in the next case,” Roberts said.

    Kennedy at one point said that allowing the government mandate would “change the relationship” between the government and U.S. citizens.

    “Do you not have a heavy burden of justification to show authority under the Constitution” for the individual mandate? asked Kennedy, who is often the swing vote on cases that divide the justices along ideological lines.

    Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. sought to assure the court that the insurance mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that Obama signed into law two years ago is a key part of the law’s goal of reaching many of the more than 40 million people who don’t have health insurance through their employers, don’t qualify for government aid and cannot afford to buy coverage on their own.

    Paul Clement, a predecessor of Verrilli’s who is representing Florida and 25 other states in challenging the law, called the mandate “an unprecedented effort by Congress.”

    He said the requirement would force people, especially those who are young and healthy, to buy a product they don’t want.

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she found the debate over health care similar to an earlier age’s debate about the Social Security retirement system. How could Congress be able to compel younger workers to contribute to Social Security, but be limited in its ability to address health care? she wondered.

    Does it to have to be “a government takeover”? she asked.

    Clement acknowledged that a system of national health insurance might well be constitutional.

    Earlier, Scalia repeatedly pointed out that the federal government’s powers are limited by the Constitution, with the rest left to the states and the people. “The argument there is that the people were left to decide whether to buy health insurance,” Scalia said.

    Scalia and Roberts noted that the health care overhaul law would make people get insurance for things they may not need, like heart transplants or pregnancy services. “You can’t say that everybody is going to participate in substance abuse services,” Roberts said.

    On the other hand, Ginsburg said, “The people who don’t participate in this market are making it more expensive for those who do.”

    “You could say that about buying a car,” Scalia retorted, noting that if enough people don’t buy cars the cost could go up. (snip).

    Demonstrators returned Tuesday to the sidewalk outside the Supreme Court, with more than 100 supporters of the law circling and chanting, “A healthy America is a productive America,” “Protect the law,” and, “I love Obamacare.”

    More than a dozen opponents held a news conference criticizing the bill.

    Supporters, two of them wearing statue of liberty costumes, marched to the song “Walking on Sunshine” and Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” being played over a loudspeaker. A trumpet player played “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “this little light of mine,” and supporters changed the lyrics to ones supporting the health care law.

    One demonstrator opposing the law wore a striped prison costume and held a sign, “Obama Care is Putting the US Tax Payer in Debtors Prison.”

    Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, a former Republican presidential candidate, joined a tea party press conference of opponents of the law. Calling the law “the greatest expansion of federal power in the history of the country,” she said, “We are calling on the court today: Declare this law unconstitutional.”

    Associated Press writer Jessica Gresko contributed to this report.

  142. I wish we would find out what really caused Breitbart’s death.

    I don’t want to hear, “natural causes’ or inconclusive. That will translate to ‘murder’ to me…

  143. From InTheTankForBarry LA Times:

    Skeptical Kennedy signals trouble for Obama’s healthcare law

    Reporting from Washington—
    The Supreme Court’s conservative justices sharply attacked the insurance mandate that is at the heart of President Obama’s healthcare law, strongly suggesting Tuesday they are prepared to strike it down as unconstitutional.

    Justice Anthony M. Kennedy described it as “unprecedented” for the federal government to impose an “affirmative duty” on people to buy a product. He was referring to the law’s requirement that everyone have minimal health coverage by 2014, or pay a penalty.

    “You have a heavy burden” to show the Constitution permits Congress this sort of power, he told Obama’s solicitor general, Donald Verrilli Jr.

    Justice Antonin Scalia said there is no basis for allowing the federal government to impose such a mandate in the guise of regulating commerce. If “forced purchases” are permitted, “the question is whether there are any limits” on Congress’s power.

    Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. sounded equally skeptical. He said the Constitution puts limits on federal power, and those limits would be erased if federal authorities could require the purchase of products. He said he was not convinced by the government’s argument that healthcare is unique because persons may face a medical emergency at any moment.

    Roberts said motorists may need “emergency services” on the highway, including from the police or ambulance. Even so, the government could not require everyone to buy a cellphone, he said.

    If anything, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. was even more critical. He said the mandate is “forcing these [healthy] people to provide a huge subsidy to insurance companies.”

    It is often difficult to tell from oral arguments exactly how the justices will vote, but from their questions, the four conservatives sounded as though they had made up their minds that the mandate is unconstitutional. If so, they would surely have a fifth vote for a majority thanks to Justice Clarence Thomas. He has been counted as a sure vote against the healthcare law because he has argued for cutting back on Congress’s power to regulate business and the economy.

    At several points, the liberal justices came to the aid of the government’s lawyer, but they appeared to make little headway with their conservative colleagues.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-skeptical-kennedy-signals-trouble-for-obamas-healthcare-law-20120327,0,5723465.story

  144. So Justice Roberts may be the swing vote
    —————————
    Based on what? The fact that he appears impartial, or asks questions the other way. He is chief justice. As Chief Justice, he needs to avoid the appearance of partisanship. And here is another point. If Kennedy is identified as the only swing vote then he becomes a target for Sharpton, Brian Williams, Step and Fetch it–and for those they would incite through their continuing lies and character assassination. But if there are two swing votes, and it goes our way, then it is harder for these latter day Josef Goebels do their vile work.

  145. on a side note, i wanted you to see this….

    This young man appeared this weekend on the UK’s “Britain’s got talent, just turned 17…….my god, i have not seen a voice like this in years.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaalBHEuTTA&feature=related

    ……………………..

    Seriously watch it and i defy you not to be estatic by the end of it. Cowell has found another huge star. 17, i’d kill to be that talented.

  146. And this comment below the article I just posted is a Kodak moment:

    aaronking63 at 2:56 PM March 27, 2012

    I was having an OK kind of day until I stopped in to read the comments on this article.

    Having read all the comments from loser liberals who are losing their minds because Obamacare is on its

    DEATHBEAD…….

    My day just went from OK to

    EFFING FABULOUS!!!!!!!

    See you libs tomorrow for the report on the rest of the trainwreck….

    CHAIO BABY!!!

  147. Re;BASIL99
    March 27th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    The mug shot of the hispanic shows that he may not be as dark as most hispanics, but he is mixed race. However, he has definite features of a hispanic. But the photo posted at your link while he is lighter of a lighter complexion than full blood hispanic, it still showed his features. The photo I saw on tv was the same photo but the photo had been manipulated to show him almost white, pure white. I did not recognize the photo on tv to be him, but in the link she posted it was the same person and photo, just manipulated. Tell me they are not trying to insitute a race war.

  148. BASIL99 and ShortTermer
    March 27th, 2012 at 3:21 pm
    Another lovely pic of tray with his pants down around his butt. Scroll down.

    http://trayvon.co.cc/
    ____________________________________

    That site was blocked by my anti-virus software saying it contained potentially damaging content, so I couldn’t view it, and I recommend you run your virus scan onyour computer asap.

  149. Tell me they are not trying to insitute a race war.
    ____________

    A little too late for that- the Truth is coming out and will call for police action if they play the race card with violent week-end demonstrations.

    The race baiters rushed in head first without knowing all the facts, smoozing with the parents thinking they had a winner- that is until the X-Factor stepped in… the “Truth Will Set You Free”, Bradah!

  150. Two things Barry has accomplished that he should get credit for:

    1- Wearing out the Race Card

    2- Making the Peace Prize insignificant

  151. Hey MoonPluto, saw that video yesterday, and it was breathtaking! I’m not an opera fan but this 17 year old just blew me away. Wow, what a voice! I might just become an opera fan because of him.

  152. I was just checking in with the O’NY Times, to see their spin on the Supremes. They didn’t talk about it as almost EVERYONE else does, a good possibility it will be struck down…rather, they see it as a ‘split’.

    Then I noticed this at the bottom of the screen, while reporters are valued for their large following…the NYTs wants to charge for their online articles…they only want the true obots?

    Beginning in April, visitors to NYTimes.com
    can access 10 free articles each month,
    rather than 20.

    This change will strengthen our ability to continue providing the world’s most insightful journalism today. It will also support the ongoing development of digital innovations and apps that make The Times an experience you won’t find anywhere else.

    To see how this change affects you, read more below.

    Subscribe now for unlimited access through this special offer
    and pay just 99¢ for your first 4 weeks.

  153. moononpluto

    on a side note, i wanted you to see this….

    This young man appeared this weekend on the UK’s “Britain’s got talent, just turned 17…….my god, i have not seen a voice like this in years.

    ———
    I don’t really care much for Opera at all, but this young guy is wonderful! He is so sweet and shy, yet is a giant when he sings. I felt so sorry for his woman partner, she was good and Simon was an ass.
    Thanks for posting.

  154. moononpluto,

    OMG. I was in teas the entire 7<48 minutes!.

    Tanks you for posting that. We can use some is inspiration here these days. What an astounding voice. And what a big goofy kind and soft-spoken package.

    Ohhhhhh. I am still crying, Venus is on my shoulder preening my hair knowing something gorgeous just happened.

    admin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PLEASE EMBED!

  155. Re: Shadowfax
    March 27th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    ROFLMSAO!!! They are putting themselves out of business. They are taking the Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly route and going private with an access fee. The difference is that Beck and O’Reilly are popular with the viewers/readers and the NYT, well is the NYT. I can hardly wait for their subscription numbers; wonder what they will incite and promote outside public view?

  156. OK.

    &.22.

    I cried just as hard the second time. What an inspiration. Please watch, everyone.

    from moononpluto.

  157. Yes, I cried for the third time. He has such a rare gift. What I did notice is that his passion and his emotional range has definitely grown since he was 15, as you would expect. He is now a young man.

    What a talent. What a testament to the genius possible in humanity. Now I’m going to watch The Prayer one more time, cry some more and get off the pc.

    THANK YOU for sharing this with us!

    XOXOXOXOXOXO

  158. Basil99 – I just went and watch it again a 3rd and 4th time and cried again both times. What extraordinary talent!

  159. Sniff sniff.

    That a$$hat Simon snidely whispering to his sidekick “Just when you didn’t think it coud get any worse” when Jonathan and the girl walked on stage.

    And then recommending Jonathan dump the girl and Jonathan had the class to say no, theye were an act, they would go on as an act.

    What a story.

  160. Israel severs ties with UN human rights panel

    Agence France-Presse Mar 26, 2012

    JERUSALEM — Israel has severed contact with the United Nations Human Rights Council after its launch last week of an international investigation into Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

    The decision means that the fact-finding team the council planned to send to the West Bank will not be allowed to enter the territory or Israel, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor. “We are not working with them any more,” Mr. Palmor said about the Geneva-based forum.

    “We had been participating in meetings, discussions, arranging visits to Israel. All that is over.”

    He added, “There won’t be working relations with them, conversations, passing papers, making visits, exchanging information, consulting one another, attending meetings. That’s work, and it will not take place.”

    The international investigation was launched on Thursday, with the United States isolated in voting against the initiative brought by the Palestinian Authority.

    Israeli leaders swiftly condemned the UN body, saying it was hypocritical and biased toward Israel.

    “They systematically and serially make all kinds of decisions and condemnations against Israel without even symbolically considering our positions,” Mr. Palmor said.

    He said Israel would continue to co-operate with other UN bodies.

    The president of the UN Human Rights Council Laura Dupuy Lasserre said she had seen media reports of Israel’s reaction and, if confirmed, it would be “most regrettable.”

    “I have no doubt that it is in the interest of Israel to co-operate with the Human Rights Council on this investigative mission, not least so that it can explain its own policies and actions to the independent commissioners once they are appointed,” she said in a statement.

    Asked by Reuters to comment further, she said recent history showed Israel would not stop the fact-finding mission from gathering information by deciding not to cooperate with it, even if it could not physically gain access to the West Bank or Israel.

    “The most recent example of refusal to cooperate is Syria, which did not permit either the Human Rights Council mandated Fact-finding Mission or the Commission of Inquiry to enter the country.

    “On the other hand, in the case of the other two Commissions of Inquiry that took place in 2011, both Libya and Cote d’Ivoire did cooperate, and allowed the Commissioners to visit.”

    As in the Syrian mission, the investigation would have to resort to other sources of information if denied access.

    “Unfortunately, the image of Israel would be damaged in a moment of high expectations in the peace negotiations,“ she said. ” I can’t emphasize strongly enough that it is my hope and wish we won’t come to that path.”

    Last Thursday, the council passed a resolution deciding to “dispatch an independent, international, fact-finding mission, to be appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council, to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.”

    Critics dubbed the investigation Goldstone II — a reference to the highly controversial 2009 Goldstone Report examining the 2008-09 Gaza War.

    http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/03/26/israel-severs-ties-with-un-human-rights-panel/

  161. What the govt side needs to do is be able to articulate some reasonable standard whereby limits on federal govt via the commerce clause will still exist if the mandate stands.

    =========================

    One standard (though possibly not the best) would be whether the same benefit could be gotten in another way. Eg, UCH by expanding Medicare, by Single Payer, by some other options from Hillarycare, etc. Or by some of the systems in UK, Canada, and Europe which do not depend on anyone ‘purchasing’ from a private company.

    Something like that would also get employers out of the loop so they would not have a ‘conscience’ problem.

  162. JanH
    March 27th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Israel severs ties with UN human rights panel
    ______________

    Good! The UN is responsible for creating more than solving the ills of the world. It’s about time Israel drew a line in the sand and push back if they feel the UN is treating them with bias based on their discriminatory standards.

  163. “Last Thursday, the council passed a resolution deciding to “dispatch an independent, international, fact-finding mission, to be appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council, to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.”
    __________________

    A crock of sh!t if I’ve ever one. The above paragraph is an end run around the demands made by Israel to the PA’s who refuse agreeing to any Peace talks involving peace. The PA’s looking with a long eyed stare at Israel as the achievers of a socioeconomic success and best example of a government’s hard work in the interests of their people in the ME.

  164. From a good long article giving historical perspective on the GOP and women.


    One loyal Republican woman [….] was Tanya Melich, the daughter of a state senator in ultraconservative Utah. Melich, who had passed out leaflets for Wendell Willkie as a child in the forties, had grown up to be a stalwart New York Republican and a 1992 Bush convention delegate. She was no fan of Democrats, who “stood for big government that obstructed individual freedom.”
    [….]
    Melich wrote those words in a memoir published in 1996. The book’s title was The Republican War Against Women. When it came out, it caused a small stir, but these days her eyewitness account of her party’s transformation seems more pertinent and prescient than ever. It gives the lie to the notion that a Republican war on women is some Democratic trope, trumped up in recent weeks for political use in 2012. Her history also reminds us that the hostility toward modern women resurfacing in the GOP today was baked into the party before the religious right gained its power and before recriminalizing abortion became a volatile cause.

    http://nymag.com/news/frank-rich/gop-women-problem-2012-4/index2.html

  165. As a lawyer, I can tell you that despite the tough questions I would by no means conclude the court will overturn Obamacare.

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