Should a justice who participated in ObamaCare’s creation recuse herself from the court’s review of that law? Of course. But then a nominee who lies in confirmation hearings shouldn’t be on the court anyway.
If Justice Elena Kagan were a person of character, she would sit out the Supreme Court’s hearing of the challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
But during her confirmation hearings in June of last year, she indicated she would not. And since this Monday, when the court announced it would take the case, she has done nothing to suggest she will recuse herself after all. Nor has the court made any statement about her recusal, a convention it usually follows when a justice takes himself or herself off a case.
Here are the facts on Kagan:
Her appointment to the Supremes was a key part of Ibama’s ongoing coup of the U.S. government.
by Michael J. Totten:
Egypt’s Christians are second-class citizens. They were second-class citizens during the rule of Hosni Mubarak, and they aren’t remotely likely to acquire new rights after his fall.
Sectarian clashes between Christians and Muslims are rising. The problem is nowhere near as bad as it was in Iraq between Sunnis and Shias after the removal of Saddam Hussein, but it is getting worse. The army is doing only a half-assed job protecting Egypt’s largest minority, and it even participated in the violence itself and killed dozens when the driver of an army truck rammed himself into a crowd of Coptic Christian demonstrators last month.
by The Right Scoop:
I got this on a tip from Williamm and it is excellent. This from the YouTube description:
Tea Parties United is a growing federation of New York and New Jersey Tea Party groups that is making an impact in the lower Hudson Valley. TPU held a rally at the Platzi Brauhaus in Pomona, NY on Saturday afternoon, October 15, 2011. Close to 300 people attended the four-hour event..
Several notable speakers inspired the crowd, but nobody electrified the patriots like Barbara from Harlem. If you don’t know of Barbara, she is a frequent caller to the Mark Levin national talk radio show.
by Dr. Yasser Dasmabebi:
So, in the service of creating a discourse for which the expression of the yearning for peace and brotherly love are the ultimate fulfillment, and for which Palestinian society is universally known, I have compiled a short, though naturally far-from-complete, list of quotations from notable Palestinian political and devout religious leaders — almost all of whose salaries are paid by Palestinian governing bodies, and whose money is therefore donated by European and American governments, and thus by you, the taxpayers — SHUKRAN! –, who yearn for nothing more than a Jew-free country living in peace and harmony, so that we can return to our first love: reading and reciting beautiful poetry.
by Rich Trzupek:
As a senator, Barack Obama was addicted to this particular word: “present.” Time and again Senator Obama employed his favorite word to avoid taking a position on the great issues of the day. Once he was elected president, voting “present” seemed to no longer be an option. Or so we thought.
The president’s decision not to make a decision on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is, in all effects, another present vote. Caught between two opposing points of view, Obama understood that taking one side or another was fraught with political consequences. So, he did what he does best: the president kicked the can down the road.
On the one hand, this administration’s singular inability to do anything to fight unemployment is a huge liability as we roll into the next election cycle. Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline would ultimately bring about 800,000 barrels per day of Canadian oil down to U.S. refineries, would create hundreds of thousands of permanent jobs, and would secure an important source of non-OPEC oil.
By Carol D. Leonnig and Joe Stephens:
The Obama administration urged officers of the struggling solar company Solyndra to postpone announcing planned layoffs until after the November 2010 midterm elections, newly released e-mails show.
Solyndra, the now-shuttered California company, had been a poster child of President Obama’s initiative to invest in clean energies and received the administration’s first energy loan of $535 million. But a year ago, in October 2010, the solar panel manufacturer was quickly running out of money and had warned the Energy Department it would need emergency cash to avoid having to shut down.
Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Michael Dell, Steve Ballmer, the Mars family, Paul Allen — they all made their money by making things, the good old-fashioned honourable way.
Many invented new products that gave birth to previously unimagined industries and put tens of thousands of people to work, generating the revenue to support hundreds of thousands more. Computers, chocolate bars, software … it’s all stuff in demand, stuff people make with their hands, that pays well, funds mortgages and provides a degree of security for the future.
The only exception, in fact, is Soros, who got rich by playing with money but is exempted by the left because he supports their causes.
Were they all born rich? Bezos was born to a teen mother in Albuquerque. His stepfather was a Cuban immigrant who arrived alone at 15 and worked his way through school. Ellison’s mother was an unwed 19-year-old who sent him to be adopted by an aunt and uncle; he grew up in a two-bedroom apartment in Chicago. Bloomberg is the son of a Boston real estate agent. Zuckerberg’s father is a dentist. The recently-deceased Steve Jobs was given away by his parents at birth. His adoptive father was a machinist, his mother an accountant.
These are no silver-spoon fed plutocrats. So what makes Michael Moore so much worthier than them? Does he think his concern for the working class is greater than theirs? They’ve created more jobs, generated more money for mortgages and families, donated more money to worthy causes than Michael Moore can ever hope to. They built their own careers with their own hands, even invented their own products. Did Michael Moore invent documentaries? But they’re the 1% and he’s not. They’re to be despised and he’s not.
‘All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.’
by Khaled Abu Toameh:
Dudu Elharar, a famous Israeli singer, music producer, actor and television and radio presenter, was once a staunch left-wing supporter of the peace process with the Palestinians. Today, however, he is a right wing activist who no longer believes in peace or coexistence.
Last week, Elharar revealed that he changed his political views after watching and hearing former Arab Knesset member Azmi Bishara campaign against Israel in the local and international arenas.
Warmists and their media allies are averting their eyes from new scientific data from Japan that demonstrates some of the flaws in global warming theory (called “settled science” by those who refuse to look at all the evidence). Dr. Tim Ball, a climatologist unafraid to take on the warmist machine, explains why CO2 cannot possibly be the cause of global warming, in terms readily comprehensible by nonscientists. In essence, the assumptions about how man-made CO2 drives global warming do not stand up to the data. This is known as “disproving” a scientific hypothesis.
The map below shows the production and absorption of CO2 globally as measured by satellite:
By Ed Lasky:
Calling America “lazy” last weekend was only the latest and broadest insult from President Obama. America has become accustomed to Obama’s lashing out at entire groups of people. What has been all too little appreciated is his seeming delight in bullying, if not demeaning, individuals face-to-face. He is protected from angry responses not just by the Secret Service, but by the reverence his victims have for the office he holds.
This is a level of respect for the institution of the presidency that Obama does not share or hold dear. For him, the bully pulpit has taken an entirely different — and disgraceful — meaning from the one given to it by Teddy Roosevelt. What does it say about Barack Obama that he indulges in personal insults? What does this mean for America?