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Obama’s judicial nominees being pushed through the Senate at fast clip

by John Lott on Sunday, August 31st, 2014

This is article 60 of 60 in the topic Courts
From Politico:

The Senate barely does anything these days — except approve judges that could shape the law for a generation.

Since Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) changed Senate rules in November to ease the approval of most of President Barack Obama’s nominees, Democrats have churned through confirmations of dozens of new judges — giving them lifetime appointments that will extend the administration’s influence for years to come. Over a roughly equivalent period during the 113th Congress, the Senate confirmed 36 district and circuit court judges before the rules change and 68 after, according to Senate statistics.

Republicans have fought Democrats at every step, using their remaining procedural tools to stymie quick approval of judges and many executive branch nominees whose sway over regulations are magnified by today’s congressional stalemate. But the days of epic confirmation fights are over now because all nominees — save for those to the Supreme Court — need only a bare majority for approval after Democrats used the unilateral “nuclear option” to change the rules. . . .

Of course, the comparison of 36 to 68 is quite misleading as it takes a while at the beginning of every Congress to get the judicial nomination process up to speed.

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"Riots & Racism" and "Inconvenient Truths"

by Burt Prelutsky on Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Can we all agree that , the recent riots in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, MO, had as much to do with the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown as it did with a hurricane in Hawaii or a square dance in Iowa?

As I have written in the past, a legitimate protest consists of tossing tea into Boston Harbor; it doesn’t involve stealing a TV. Time and again, young black thugs in Detroit, L.A., Philadelphia and now St. Louis, have taken advantage of an event to run amok, turning over cars, looting stores and setting fires. They do it because they are bottom-feeders who feel empowered by corrupt politicians, a liberal media and race hustlers like Al Sharpton, to carry out the sort of violence which when committed by one or two individuals results in jail time, but when committed by a mob results in liberal pundits justifying the mayhem.

A reader, Bob Alton, wrote to me, posing the following question: Now that Hillary Clinton is speaking out against Obama’s foreign policy, can we expect her to be branded a racist? It’s a fair question when you realize that her husband was labeled one in 2008 for no other reason than that he campaigned for his wife during the primaries, and “racist” has been branded on the rump of every Republican who has voiced an objection to anything Obama has said or done over the past six years.

It’s no secret that Democrats, including Obama, have been pressuring the older liberals on the Supreme Court to retire ASAP so that Obama can leave a longer lasting impression on America. I think it’s a move that can wind up biting the Democrats in the butt in 2016. After all, if Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 81, Anthony Kennedy, 78, and Stephen Breyer, 76, are too old for the job, which pretty much consists of sitting around reading briefs and occasionally casting a vote, it might be hard to convince people they should run out and vote for Hillary Clinton, who will be 69 when the 2016 election takes place, and a ripe 77 by the time her second term would conclude. But perhaps they simply assume that being the commander-in-chief is as easy a gig as Obama makes it seem: rounds of golf, interspersed occasionally with expensive vacations and fund-raising galas.

Speaking of things that have not only ripened, but dropped off the tree and are well on their way to being mulch, we have Jimmy Carter. According to a recent article in the Washington Times, the reason that Carter, who once condemned Israel as an apartheid nation, is such a vociferous fan of Hamas is because he blames his loss to Ronald Reagan in 1980 on Jewish voters.

As a Jew, nothing would make me prouder. However, inasmuch as Reagan garnered 43 million votes to Carter’s paltry 35 million, and 489 electoral votes to Carter’s infinitesimal 49, and that Jews represent a mere 2% of the population, it’s a bit far-fetched. What’s more, although he did better than other recent GOP presidential candidates, Reagan still managed to lose the Jewish vote 39% to Carter’s 45%.

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The Fat Lady Is Practicing Her Scales

by Burt Prelutsky on Monday, August 18th, 2014

I don’t think there is any way to overestimate the importance of the mid-term elections. Although I wish I could view the world through non-partisan eyes, Barack Obama and Harry Reid have conspired to make that impossible. I’m just hoping that a sufficient number of Americans come out of their collective coma before the fat lady has a chance to warble “Nearer My God to Thee” at this nation’s funeral.

The trouble is that we have a president who seems to lie awake nights trying to come up with new ways to destroy America. For openers, he is terrified — partly because of his liberal base and partly because of his own questionable background — to be confrontational towards the Islamists who are enthusiastically waging war on us and our allies. So even as he does the right thing in Iraq by trying to prevent the barbarians from exterminating Christians and Kurds, he keeps assuring those who are out to create a caliphate that we are limiting our response.

His defenders like to say that he is thoughtful and deliberate, seemingly slow to act only because he is so concerned with nuance, so profoundly aware of the possible consequences of taking action. What makes that analysis so comical is that when Hamlet behaved exactly the same way, most people wrote it off as pathological indecision at best, cowardice at worst. It’s also worth noting that, thanks to Hamlet’s constant dithering, everyone is dead by the end of Act V.

For anyone who is curious what this impending caliphate would look like, they merely have to consider the fact that these savages are beheading children; turning captured women into sex slaves, much as the Japanese did during World War II; and committing genocide with a relish unseen since the days when Nazi Germany was running its gas ovens 24/7.

Instead of doing everything in his power to defeat pure evil, Obama prefers to remind us that Bush’s war in Iraq was a disaster. He happens to be right, but for the wrong reason. The war was a blunder not so much because we waged it or because we failed to find weapons of mass destruction, but because George Bush insisted that our actual mission was to bring democracy like a gift box of chocolates to that misbegotten land, and because he kept repeating the moronic message that Islam is a religion of peace as if he were a parrot gone berserk.

I do not believe that the majority of Americans are as weary of war as they are of squandering billions of dollars and thousands of military lives in the naïve hope that at the conclusion of hostilities, our sworn enemies will like us, when the aim should be that they, along with every other potential foe, fear us.

I believe that if Obama unleashed our full military might on the Islamic State or whatever these creeps are calling themselves this week, and turning the sand these monsters stand on into glass, most Americans would stand up and cheer.

I also believe that it is time that our politicians quit pretending that there are good Muslims and bad Muslims.

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"Who Are These People?" and "Alas, Poor Obama, I Knew Him Well"

by Burt Prelutsky on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Sometimes, as I take in the passing scene, I find myself wondering if I went to sleep on earth and woke up on some other planet. And, mind you, it’s not just the politicians who are giving me this queasy feeling.

For instance, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman are apparently the kind of people who are the envy of other couples in their circle. I can hear the wives in that circle looking disdainfully at their own husbands and saying, “Why can’t you be more like Eric? Why don’t you ever decide to take us on a 3,000 mile sailing voyage? You’re such an old stick-in-the mud.”

The husbands are now in a position to give their wives the horselaugh because when the Kaufmans decided to sail from Mexico to New Zealand, they also decided to take their one-year-old twin daughters along. Not too surprisingly, one of the little girls took sick 900 miles out, and the Kaufmans had to be rescued at sea at a cost to California’s taxpayers of $663,000!

Once on dry land, Mrs. Kaufman, defending herself against those who called her a lousy mother, said, “Kids get sick.” She seemed unaware that she was actually making the case for those of us who regarded them as a pair of irresponsible dunderheads. Kids do get sick. With annoying regularity, I would add. That is why normal people with little kids take them to the park or the zoo. Where they don’t take them is on a 3,000 mile ocean voyage in a sailboat just so that their friends will gush, “Those Kaufmans sure are a fun couple.”

While we’re on this subject, I think that anyone, with or without kids in tow, who gets it into his head to sail around the world or climb a mountain should be compelled to take out the appropriate insurance, so that innocent taxpayers don’t get stuck having to foot the bill to finance rescue operations. If you require an adrenaline rush to make your life worth living, it’s no business of mine, just so long as I don’t have to pay for the helicopters and the brave crews who are going to have to risk their necks to save your silly one.

Another example of a civilian behaving as foolishly as a politician was the guy who fell asleep at a baseball game and is now suing ESPN because when he was caught snoozing on camera, the broadcasters made a few jokes at his expense. He is suing for $10 million because of the emotional distress he was caused.

Of course he won’t win, but imagine the precedent if he did, and everyone who ever fell asleep at a baseball game decided to sue. I mean, so what if ESPN broadcasters didn’t humiliate you on national TV? It’s possible you were hit with a bag of peanuts thrown by a vendor or spilled a cup of your over-priced beer while sawing logs. The problem, as even the greediest shyster will acknowledge, is that everyone knows that falling asleep at a baseball game is the real national pastime.

But when dealing with the loons of America, you can only go so long without mentioning politicians. So let us consider Harry Reid.

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Cartoon Round Up

by Alan Caruba on Friday, July 18th, 2014

This is article 14 of 21 in the topic Humorous

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Sen. Harry Reid accused of endangering U.S. troops by his fellow lawmakers

by Jim Kouri on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

This is article 128 of 131 in the topic US Congress

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is continuing his modus operandi of refusing to allow GOP-supported bills to move forward for senate floor votes so that he can accuse the Republicans of failing to perform their duties for the good of the nation and the American people especially when it comes to anti-terrorism, according to a veteran member of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

According to Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Sen. Reid’s political strategy aimed at maintaining Democrats’ control of the Senate is endangering the men and women in the Armed Forces who are deployed throughout the world including the war-torn Afghanistan theater of operations against Islamists.

“The entire U.S. defense apparatus, as well as the U.S. military, depends on a key yearly spending bill known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a piece of legislation that outlines and funds the nation’s national security priorities,”Sen. Inhofe said in a press statement.

The 2015 NDAA has already been voted on by the House of Representatives without any serious disputes between the GOP and the Dems. However, like so many bills in the past, Reid uses his control over which bills receive a vote in order to prevent passage of Republican’s legislation.

Inhofe has been vocal regarding the dangers posed by Reid’s obstructionism. He has been encouraging the American people to call Reid’s offices in Washington and his home state of Nevada to urge him to bring the bill to the floor of he Senate so it can be voted on prior to members of both houses of Congress leaving for vacation in August.

“If the current NDAA does not come to a vote before the end of the fiscal year, there will be a funding gap for national security priorities,” wrote Inhofe.

Inhofe’s latest comments signal his dissatisfaction with Reid, who has alienated GOP senators and others by refusing to allow important pieces of legislation to receive “an up or down vote,” and Reid’s comments to members of the Democratic Party water-carrying brigade within news organizations.well

Most conservative Republicans find Reid’s comments and his actions to be distasteful at best, despicable and dishonest at worst. For example, conservative talk show superstar Mark Levin has denounced the members of Democratic-controlled Senate whom he repeatedly exposes as up to their necks in hypocrisy.

Levin, who served in the Reagan administration as the Department of Justice’s chief of staff, frequently reminds his millions of listeners of Harry Reid’s praise of Barack Obama when he commented that Obama had a gift for speechmaking since he speaks with “no negro dialect.”

In another incident, in 2010Sen. Reid had to apologize for his quotes in the book, “Game Change.” The book’s writers noted that Reid excitedly proclaimed he “was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a “light-skinned African American with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one, ” CNN reported.

“At a time when our men and women in uniform are being challenged by unparalleled threats around the world, they need our support more than ever. The NDAA must come to the floor now, before the August recess, so that we can debate these important issues and move quickly to conference,” Inhofe said.

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Black conservative joins Palin’s impeachment rallying cry

by Lloyd Marcus on Monday, July 14th, 2014

This is article 989 of 1007 in the topic Obama

I have said it before and I will say it again, I love Sarah Palin. Governor Palin has come out strongly calling for the impeachment of President Obama. I say, “Way to go, sister!”

During an interview, Sarah expressed the frustrations of millions of patriotic Americans, myself included. http://bit.ly/1swJnJf Enough with being intimidated and impotent to act because Obama is black. Enough with the smartest pundits in the room’s explanations why it would be politically unwise to challenge Obama’s unprecedented lawlessness. Enough with being politically castrated by fear of the mainstream media.

Palin is calling for Obama’s impeachment simply because it is the right thing to do. Palin cites 25 impeachable offenses by Obama thus far.

While politicians express their shock and awe regarding Obama’s daily acts of lawlessness, a tsunami of illegals is flooding our country with Obama gleefully having ordered the opening of the floodgates. Some say allowing the invasion of illegals to continue will change America forever.

Remarkably, the Administration will not allow the GOP to visit the federal facilities where illegals are being held to assess the situation. http://bit.ly/1oBVdze This is astoundingly arrogant and totalitarian – the action of a supreme dictator rather than a U.S. President.

We cannot allow a lawless imperial president to run rampant wreaking havoc on our great nation for two more years, in the hope his behavior will harm Democrats in elections. Reversing Obama’s vote-winning entitlements and laws may be extremely challenging, if not impossible.

And another thing, this Administration’s secrecy, stonewall cover-ups, and iron fist tactics against any individual or institution that challenges or disagrees is outrageous and totally unacceptable. It should no longer be tolerated. It is vitally important that Americans immediately wake up and smell the tyranny and act accordingly.

Here is a recent prime example of this Administration brazenly attempting to bully even the U.S. Supreme Court. Henchman Harry Reid has announced that he intends to punish the “five white guys” on the Supreme Court for ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby. http://bit.ly/TSIYoa

By the way, one of those so-called five white guys is black, Justice Clarence Thomas. Note the Democrats’ trademark tactic of insidiously playing the race card in Reid’s “five white guys” statement. This man is an awful evil human being, characteristic of the many hit men and women of the Obama Administration – Lois Lerner and Eric Holder to name a few. Remember, leadership emanates from the top down.

Relentless in their efforts to force everyone to yield to king Obama, Reid has basically said screw the Supreme Court ruling. He will continue going after Hobby Lobby.

What more evidence of an out-of-control tyrannical Administration, believing themselves invincible, does one need? Obama is king and whatever he says or desires is law. Period.

A movement to impeach Obama has been underway for awhile. Governor Palin as the face of it is the perfect leader to give it legs.

As an individual proud American who happens to be black, I wholeheartedly support Governor Palin’s movement to impeach our imperial president, Barack Hussein Obama.

© Lloyd Marcus

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Faces of bipartisanship: Classic photo op at Congressional Gold Medal ceremony

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

This is article 127 of 131 in the topic US Congress

The Vine below is from today’s Congressional Gold Medal ceremony.

Pick which one looks like he has to go to the bathroom really bad:

My money’s on Carl Levin:

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Caption Harry Reid:

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“Hands across a Koch obsession.”

Harry looks like he finally came to the realization that Romney actually did pay taxes and that the entire photo op was set up by the Koch brothers.

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Redskins & Thin Skins

by Burt Prelutsky on Monday, June 16th, 2014

The U.S. Senate, under the guidance – or, if you prefer, the thumb — of Harry Reid isn’t interested in getting to the bottom of scandals involving the IRS Benghazi or the Veterans Administration. But half the Senate—50 members, count ‘em, 50 – decided that the worst problem facing us was that their hometown football team continues to call itself the Washington Redskins.

Even though a poll has shown that 80% of actual Native Americans have no problem with the name, Harry Reid and his coven of chowderheads have decided that something must be done. The very idea that Reid, who refers to Republicans as un-American– and that’s on one of his more civil days — and calls cancer victims liars if they complain about ObamaCare, should set himself up as a moral arbiter and as the last word on decorum is ludicrous at best, stomach-turning at worst.

And the Senate Democrats go along with it, ignoring the fact that if you take the ravings of a nutburger to heart, it’s a lot like giving money to an addict. It’s the one fool-proof way to ensure he’ll never get well.

On the same day that the Senate Democrats proved how compassionate they are, they refused to pass a House bill that would have given Secretary Eric Shenseki the authority to fire members of the VA for malfeasance. The actual reason why was that the Democrats are beholden to the public sector unions for campaign contributions, and would screw military veterans every day of the week and twice on Sunday rather than risk pissing off federal bureaucrats.

But as bad as that was, the reason that Bernie Sanders, who now calls himself an Independent even though he caucuses with the Democrats and proudly admits to being a socialist, gave for postponing the vote was that he needed more time to read the bill. Isn’t it odd that no Democrat asked for time to read the Affordable Care Act, and that ran longer than “Gone With the Wind” and “War and Peace” put together? But, then again, Nancy Pelosi famously pointed out that there’d be plenty of time to read it once it was passed.

Just for the record, the House bill that Sen. Sanders couldn’t digest in one afternoon ran about 500 words, or about half as long as this article.

Speaking of numbers, while nine million American vets have to make do with 267,000 VA employees – not nearly all of whom are medical professionals – 150 Muslim terrorists at Gitmo have 100 doctors and nurses at their beck and call. It begs the question: What sort of people are we that we treat the creeps trying to kill us better than we treat the men and women who risked their lives and lost their limbs trying to defend us?

Recently, I confessed to being sick and tired of having “gate” added to every Washington scandal for no other reason than that Nixon met his Waterloo over the Watergate break-in. But even worse is having “phobic” added as suffixes by those who are perpetually offended.

A phobia, after all, is defined as an unnatural fear. I don’t happen to believe that people who object to either sodomy or to same-sex marriages are suffering from a mental disorder.

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Reid Blames GOP Opposition for LibDem Senate Production Failures

by Jerry McConnell on Friday, May 30th, 2014

This is article 126 of 131 in the topic US Congress

Reid Blames GOP Opposition for LibDem Senate Production FailuresAnother blaring headline digs Harry Reid’s hole of darkness and lack of leadership career more deeply with lies and cheating. The Personal Liberty Digest online article by Ben Bullard on May 22, 2014, “Harry Reid’s Dictatorship, The Real Reason For Congressional Gridlock” is an enlightening of Reid’s selfish, arrogant bullying as the Majority Leader of the U. S. Senate.

Reid’s absence of leadership of any fashion with his political party members in that body and a total vacuum of any guidance for the other members is appalling and contributing not even a modicum of cooperation amongst the 100 member group.  As the Senate Majority Leader,  it is Reid’s responsibility to chaperone, explain and guide new legislation through the entire population of United States Senators for an effective and informed vote by all hands towards passage of such potential laws for the good and benefit of the entire country.

To say that Reid has failed would be an understatement of gigantic proportions.  His performance, which is greatly hindered by his egomaniacal personality and desires of being the controlling personage of power, is seriously affecting his already limited abilities and causing a paucity of completed legislation movement.  Using a metaphor of the game of baseball, as a producer at the plate, he uncommonly STINKS.  He gets a total of ZERO in his batting average of producing established and well accepted legislation for the country.  He hasn’t produced a budget in his Party’s name for so long his own colleagues probably wouldn’t recognize one.

Those other members of his political Party should, as another baseball euphemism suggests, bench him and bring in a responsible, less self-acclaimed, and much more intelligent substitute with better production numbers.  Reid’s power madness is definitely a monster hurdle to even remote constructiveness.  One more euphemism and I’ll quit:  “THROW THE BUM OUT.”

As mentioned in the Personal Liberty Digest online article above, by Ben Bullard, “Even though President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats have spent the better part of two years hammering obstructionist Republicans for refusing to compromise on legislative measures, it’s interesting to take a step back and look at Senator Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) conduct as Majority Leader during that time.

“Reid’s domineering control over Senate Democrats, as well as his ironfisted grip on Senate procedure, reveals a dictatorial leadership style that has stifled activity in the Senate to a degree that Republicans – as well as his predecessors in the Majority Leader’s role – surely must envy.” To which I might add: ‘or strenuously object to.’

To bolster Bullard’s conclusions on Reid, he quoted a very well noted political source simply titled, “The Hill” saying, ” – an ostensibly impartial observer of political goings-on in Washington, D.C. – released a report on Reid’s leadership style Thursday that carried a remarkable headline for a publication that attempts to play things down the middle: “An imperial majority leader?”  Years ago political pundits showed their ‘scoffishness’ at such an attitude by tongue and lip gestures, “Tsk, tsk.”

Bullard explains that The Hill story stated that ‘no Senate Majority Leader has ever had the power Reid has, but due to his historically unprecedented use of “strong-arm tactics” and promotion of an acrimonious partisan atmosphere they make it virtually impossible to get a damn thing accomplished.’

And it seems that the self-effacing, dictatorial Reid uses his position as Majority Leader to “hog” all the opportunities for others to advance amendments to legislation so only his offerings will be considered.

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