Showing posts with label government malfeasance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label government malfeasance. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Political Thought, 25 May 2016

In regards to the State Dept.'s IG Report on the Clinton E-Mail controversy: if this doesn't sink the Clinton campaign, what the hell would? I mean, seriously, folks, only someone who believes that they are above the law would try to divert attention from their own legal shortcomings by claiming that everyone else did it....Ms. Clinton, Colin Powell did not have a private email server. Neither did he or his subordinates rewrite classified emails to make them non-classified as Clinton and her acolytes did, nor did they violate classification rules in doing so....

....but I guess since its' Ms. Clinton we're talking about, its okay, isn't it, libtards?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Just How Devastating Was NC's H.B. 2?

Ohhhh.....this devastating:
In a span of 12 hours, the GOP political leadership of this state called the General Assembly back to Raleigh for a special session, introduced legislation written by leadership and not previously made available to members or the public, held "hearings" on that legislation, passed it through both chambers of the legislature, and it was signed by the GOP Governor.
The special legislation was called, ostensibly, to prevent an ordinance passed last month by the Charlotte City Council, from going into effect on April 1. That ordinance would have expanded the city's LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance, and would have allowed transgendered people to use public restrooms that corresponds with their gender identity.
But the legislation introduced and passed into law by the General Assembly yesterday didn't simply roll back that ordinance. It implemented a detailed state-wide regulation of public restrooms, and limited a person's use of those restrooms to only those restrooms that correspond with one's "biological sex," defined in the new state law as the sex identified on one's birth certificate. (So yes, by law in NC now, transgender porn star Buck Angel (look him up) will have to use the women's room...isn't that precisely what these lawmakers are actually wanting to prevent?).
But the legislation didn't stop there. It also expressly pre-empted all municipal and county ordinances or policies broader than the official state anti-discrimination statute, which does not include sexual orientation or gender identity among the list of prohibited bases of discrimination. So that effectively wipes out local LGBT anti-discrimination protections in numerous NC cities (and, ironically, wipes out the protection of discrimination based on "veterans status" in Greensboro and Orange County (Chapel Hill)).
But wait, there's more. The legislation also expressly states that there can be no statutory or common law private right of action to enforce the state's anti-discrimination statutes in the state courts. So if a NC resident is the victim of racial discrimination in housing or employment, for example, that person is now entirely barred from going to state court to get an injunction, or to get damages of any kind. The new law completely defangs the state's anti-discrimination statute, rendering it entirely unenforceable by the citizens of the state.
But wait, there's more! The legislation also prohibits municipalities and counties from passing a higher minimum wage than the State's. Not that any municipality or county had done that...but in case any of them were thinking about it, that's now prohibited, too.
This is much broader than the RFRA laws that we saw in Indiana and Arkansas last summer, and that Georgia is dealing with right now. The NC legislature learned the lessons from those states and the political and corporate/business blow-back, and did this all before anyone could pay attention. (Talking Points Memo)
Think about all that above and what vanished in NC....
  • LGBT protections, gone
  • Preemptions on non-discrimination ordinances
  • Preemptions on minimum wage increases
  • Prohibitions on redress of grievances w/in NC state courts
  • Legalized discrimination against NC minority residents
In other words, the General Assembly managed to take the Old North State and take us back to before the Civil Rights wonder there's a slow but steadily growing backlash against the bill; a well-deserved backlash in my opinion. Take a bow, North Carolina; in one fell swoop you've managed to piss off the rest of the country; may you receive a well-deserved flurry of boycotts, protests and lawsuits as a result.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Melissa Click: One Reason Why University Tenure Should Be Abolished

Interesting and thought-provoking article over at The Federalist on the recent firing of former Mizzou professor Melissa Click and why it is a reason we should end tenure as a general rule at universities across America. For me there are two principles why university tenure should end:
  • Tenure helps foster a sense of moral hazard in professors - especially the average leftist professor - in that they do whatever they want, knowing that the rules make it all-but-impossible to fire them (as the article points out, the last time anyone can remember off-hand a professor getting the axe was when Spellman College back in the early 60's fired leftist ideologue Howard Zinn)
  • Tenure helps foster an elitist structure that allows those same professors to look down their noses at everyone else without having to justify the reasons for their jobs' to exist
There's also a hypocritical double standard at work here; by virtue of their working for the state (if, as Ms. Click, they work at a state university) they're all-but-immue to lawsuits, whereas their private-sector counterparts are not.

Monday, January 4, 2016

President Obama Announces New Gun Control Regulations

As usual, the Wanker-in-Chief bypasses Congress so that he can do whatever he wants....
President Obama will officially announce new executive actions on gun control from the White House Tuesday, but released details about what to expect Monday evening (Townhall)
...and the provisions in question?

  • Clarify rules on where background checks must be conducted and who must possess an FFL (Federal Firearms License)
  • Require background checks for those buying certain firearms through businesses or trusts
  • Require states to strengthen reporting requirements for background checks
  • Speeding up background checks so that they can be conducted faster
  • Ensuring smarters, more effective enforcement of existing gun laws
  • Strengthen requirements that gun dealers report lost or stolen firearms to authorities
  • Expand prohibitions on firearms possession to those with domestic violence records
  • Increasing resources for mental health access
  • Allowing Social Security officials to conduct background checks on those receiving disability payments
  • Developing technologies for smarter gun technology
Now, besides the unconstitutional part of it - the bypassing Congress part - I can already one problem here and that's that these EA's are unnecessary; there's already sufficient numbers of laws on the books...start enforcing them instead of adding to the countless numbers of regulations, how 'bout that?

Monday, December 21, 2015

Democrats Are Totalitarians...

Don't look at me; read it for yourself....
Donald Trump may talk like a brownshirt, but the Democrats mean business. For those of you keeping track, the Democrats and their allies on the left have now: voted in the Senate to repeal the First Amendment, proposed imprisoning people for holding the wrong views on global warming, sought to prohibit the showing of a film critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton, proposed banning politically unpopular academic research, demanded that funding politically unpopular organizations and causes be made a crime and that the RICO organized-crime statute be used as a weapon against targeted political groups. They have filed felony charges against a Republican governor for vetoing a piece of legislation, engaged in naked political persecutions of members of Congress, and used the IRS and the ATF as weapons against political critics.
... ... ...
On the college campuses, they shout down unpopular ideas or simply forbid nonconforming views from being heard there in the first place. They have declared academic freedom an “outdated concept” and have gone the full Orwell, declaring that freedom is oppressive and that they should not be expected to tolerate ideas that they do not share. They are demanding mandatory ideological indoctrination sessions for nonconforming students. They have violently assaulted students studying in libraries and assaulted student journalists documenting their activities. They have staged dozens of phony hate crimes and sexual assaults as a pretext for persecuting unpopular organizations and people. (National Review via. Gay Patriot)
One of the reasons - among many - as to why I'm no longer a lefty liberal Democrat is that, quite simply, I like to think for myself, speak for myself, decide things for myself, etc.,etc.,...things you can't quite do much of if you're a lefty liberal Democrat.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Report: Obama Told NSC & FBI To Downplay San Bernardino Terrorist Angle

.....given the current administration's track record, why does this not surprise me?
The FBI has taken heat for failing to immediately classify the San Bernardino shootings as terrorism, but a new report shows that FBI reluctance could have been due to external pressure from the White House.
A source told Jack Murphy of SOFREP that the FBI instantly believed the shooting, which left 14 dead, to be a clear act of terrorism. The White House, however, didn’t feel the same way and quickly moved in to squash the terror classification.
This source added that as soon as the shooting took place, Obama convened a meeting with the National Security Council and the heads of other federal enforcement agencies to discuss a public relations strategy.
Part of the reason for trying to avoid the designation of the shootings as terrorism is because it threatens to upset the Obama administration’s strategy in Syria. A case of Islamic terrorism in the U.S. would put additional pressure on the administration to play a much more active role in the conflict.
But in this case, because the preponderance evidence so pointed to terrorism, the FBI’s hand was forced, and the agency declared the existence of a terrorism investigation, going against top-down priorities from the White House. Syed Rizwan Farook, the shooter, had contact with ISIS and other groups.
In response, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the Department of Justice was ready and waiting to prosecute people engaging in “anti-Muslim” rhetoric.
Michael Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said publicly that the Obama administration wants to completely sideline discussion of terrorism, because it contradicts the claim that al-Qaida is dwindling. Obama recently suffered major embarrassment after he claimed that ISIS was contained, only one day before the Paris attacks took place. (The Daily Caller via. 970am WFLA - Tampa, Fla.)
Remember, folks: its' not Islamophobia when they're trying to kill you....the way things are going in D.C. at times, one might think they were trying to run a worldwide Marie Harf Jobs Experiment or something...

Thursday, November 19, 2015

House Passes Bill Toughening Entry For Syrian Refugees

Give the House credit for actually doing something in the face of last week's attacks in Paris....
Wanting to show assertiveness in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, the House overwhelmingly passed a bill to block Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the U.S. unless they pass strict background checks.
In a rush before Thanksgiving to comfort nervous constituents back home, Republicans were boosted by the support of 47 Democrats, who provided enough votes to override a promised veto by President Barack Obama.
The legislation, passed by a 289-137 margin, puts pressure on Senate Democrats, whose leader, Rep. Harry Reid, believes his chamber has the votes to block the bill from being considered.
“For us to sit back and say we are being too harsh, I am here to say we have been too soft for too long, and we have emboldened terrorists,” Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., told The Daily Signal. “We are in crisis management now. I don’t want to be on the receiving line where I lost one of my constituents because they weren’t taken care of.” (The Daily Signal)
Think about that margin in the House for a moment....289 to 137. Given how polarized American politics are at present, that's a major black-eye for the Obama Administration....of course, given who leads the Dumbocrats in the Senate, one wonders if this bill will even face a threatened veto from the White House....
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) says a House bill suspending the resettlement of Syrian refugees, slated for action Thursday, will not make it to President Obama’s desk. Reid said at a press conference that Democrats will block the legislation that requires the secretary of Homeland Security to affirm to Congress that every refugee being admitted is not a security threat...“The problem is not with refugees,” Reid said. “I don’t think we’ll be dealing with it over here.” When asked about the prospect of Obama vetoing the legislation, Reid said, “Don’t worry, it won’t get passed. Next question?” (Townhall)
 .....maybe now could we get around the busting the legislative filibuster, Sen. McConnell? At the very least, the response to Reid's words above should be a warning to Dems'....
House Republican leaders expect the bill to receive yes votes from as many as 50 Democrats in the lower chamber. They warned Democrats will pay the price politically next year if they block it. “We’ll crucify them,” said a senior House GOP aide. (Townhall)
....that if they do filibuster this bill and a subsequent terrorist attack were to happen....if it were tied to a Syrian 'refugee', there would be political hell to play.

The Difference Between Private & Public...

....any questions?

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Govt. Shutdown Averted As Congress Passes Spending Bill

Once again, Congress bends over for the President and his Democrat flunkies...
WASHINGTON — With only hours to spare on the last day of the fiscal year, Congress approved a temporary spending measure to avert a shutdown and keep the federal government operating through Dec. 11.
In the House, the measure was approved only because of strong support by Democrats — a sign of just how angry rank-and-file Republicans remain over their powerlessness to force policy changes on the Obama administration.
In one last display of their fury, House Republicans on Tuesday adopted another resolution to cut off government financing to Planned Parenthood. The resolution was to be sent to the Senate, where Democrats were certain to block it.
Ultimately, the internal Republican fight over the bill and how strongly to confront the White House cost John A. Boehner his job as speaker. Mr. Boehner’s resignation announcement last week essentially assured Democratic support for the measure. But the temporary spending bill does nothing to resolve the core disputes between Republicans and the White House, setting up even bigger battles in the months ahead. (The New York Times)
...remind me again why we elected Republicans to run Congress? Anyone...anyone...Bueller?!?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Obama Directs CFPB To Use "Behavioral Economics" To Modify Behaviors the federal government didn't have enough things to waste money on...
The president’s new order, titled “Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People,” calls on CFPB and other regulatory agencies to “recruit behavioral science experts” to “design government policies.”
The new army of social engineers will work with the Orwellian-sounding White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team to massage consumer data and “nudge” consumers toward behaving the way Big Brother Barack wants them to behave. That means signing up for “free” health care, for example, and buying more eco-friendly products while commuting less to reduce their carbon footprint.
“Behavioral science insights can support a range of national priorities, including accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy,” Obama’s order states. (Investors Business Daily)
Given how bloated, debt-ridden and wasteful the federal government is most times, they are the absolute last people on earth to tell us how to live...

(H/T to The Lonely Conservative)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Kentucky Clerk Held In Contempt Over Refusal To Issue Marriage Licenses

Judge David Bunning has cited Kim Davis for contempt of court and she is now in custody and being marched off to jail. From the Lexington Herald-Leader: Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was taken to jail Thursday by U.S. Marshals after a federal judge found her in contempt of court for ignoring his order to issue marriage licenses. U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis to remain in jail until she agrees to comply with his Aug. 12 order. Davis has refused to give anyone a marriage license since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage June 26, citing her religious objections. A half-dozen local couples are suing her. (Lexington Herald-Ledger via. Joe.My.God.)
According to most reports, Judge Bunning likely felt that financial sanction wouldn't be enough to compel Ms. Davis to do her damn job as county clerk, so maybe a short stay in federal lockup will change her mind; better still was this bit of news from a Lexington-area reporter on the subject... other words, she either starts issuing marriage licenses to all couples (or instructs her staff to do so) or she gets to stay in federal lockup for as long as it takes to do so.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Evidence & Questions Mount As To Possible Existence Of Second HRC Email Server

If there is a second email server, HRC's goose is well and truly cooked...
The tens of thousands of emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server from when she was secretary of state could also be on a second device or server, according to news reports.
The FBI now has the only confirmed private server, as part of a Justice Department probe to determine whether it sent of received classified information for Clinton when she was the country’s top diplomat from 2009 to 2013.
Platte River Networks, which managed Clinton's server and private email network after she left the State Department, has indicated it transfer – or “transferred” – emails from the original server in 2013, according to The Washington Examiner.
However, Clinton, the front-running Democratic presidential candidate, has suggested that she gave the department 55,000 pages of official emails and deleted roughly 30,000 personal ones in January, which raises the possibility they were culled from a second device.
Neither a Clinton spokesman nor an attorney for the Colorado-based Platte River Networks returned an Examiner’s request for comment, the news–gathering agency reported Saturday. (Fox News)
...and so are the Democrat Party's chances at this point in the presidential campaign; HRC's their best candidate and if she sinks, they don't have much of a bench to go to...

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Return Of Massive Resistance?

Back in the 1950's, following Brown v. Board of Education (1954), states across the South began to engage in acts of massive resistance to integration of public schools, actions which stretched over the better part of a decade...unfortunately, in the wake of the Obergefell decision which extended the right of marriage to same-sex couples across the United States, there appears to be a resurgence in efforts by same-sex marriage opponents to engage in a modern-day version of massive resistance.

Today's case in point: Rowan County, Kentucky. Quoting AmericaBlog:
It is now illegal for a state to deny same-sex couples the right to marry, but that hasn’t yet sunk in with many of the people responsible for issuing marriage licenses. In a fit of bureaucratic discretion, clerks in states ranging from Texas to Alabama, have shut down their entire marriage process rather than grant legal recognition to a single same-sex couple that wants to exercise their new right.
Kentucky is on that list, as well. In a video posted to YouTube yesterday, David Moore and his partner attempted to obtain a marriage license in Rowan County, Kentucky, where they live, only to be told multiple times that they would have to go to another county in order to obtain it.
The county clerk’s office also called the cops in an attempt to get the couple’s friend to stop filming the exchange.
When the couple finally does get to talk to someone in the clerk’s office — after waiting for nearly ten minutes and seeing others jump ahead of them in line — they are told that the office is not issuing marriage licenses to anyone. As the woman they interact with explains, it’s “her choice” — referring to County Clerk Kim Davis — as to whether the office will provide marriage documents to any couple, gay or straight. (AmericaBlog)
 Here's the video of the above exchange...

Now, under most circumstances, this would be simply government malfeasance, the kind that happens when someone decides to become a law unto themselves (like, for instance, President Obama in regards to immigration policy)...the difference between that and this is that state officials in Kentucky have told county officials across the state that, in light of Obergefell, they are obligated as officials of the state of Kentucky to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and that failure to do so is not only a civil offense but could also lead to criminal charges against the clerks in question.

To their credit, the couple in the video above brought written documentation of the Obergefell decision, letters from state officials notifying clerks of the law in question and the relevant Kentucky state statutes specifying possible penalties for refusing to carry out official duties as a state official...and, to quote AmericaBlog, its' a good thing they came prepared; the ACLU has laready filed lawsuits against Rowan Co. clerk Kim Davis for refusing to carry out her responsibilities as a state official in refusing to issue same-sex marriage certificates. As one ACLU official stated,
Ms. Davis has the absolute right to believe whatever she wants about God, faith, and religion, but as a government official who swore an oath to uphold the law, she cannot pick and choose who she is going to serve, or which duties her office will perform based on her religious beliefs. (ACLU Kentucky)
I've said it before and I'll keep repeating it: all of us as individuals have the right to our beliefs, irrespective of politics, religion and/or personal beliefs...but if one is a public official who has taken an oath to uphold the law (regardless of jurisdiction), you do not get to pick & choose which parts of the law you'll carry out and which ones you can ignore...if you have a problem with that, get the hell out of the way and let someone in who will carry out the law.

The sad part to all this is that its' likely going to take lawsuit after lawsuit to finally ensure that the law here is faithfully carried the meantime, its' going to take lots of diligent watching and observation to ensure that those entrusted with the public trust do not use their positions in violation of the borrow the words of Stone Cold Steve Austin,
...and that's the bottom line, 'cause the Constitution said so!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Rand Paul: Mass Incarceration Is The New Jim Crow

Quoting: Senator Rand Paul said Thursday that Bill and Hillary Clinton are “proud” to have presided “over the incarceration of a whole generation of young black men” in comments singling out mass incarceration as “the new Jim Crow.” Paul is an advocate for making changes to the criminal justice system and has co-sponsored legislation with Democratic Sen. Cory Booker to help keep nonviolent criminal offenders out of prison.

“And so Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, they were all proud to do this,” said Paul. “But now that I’ve been speaking out and saying that mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow, now all of a sudden the Clintons are saying, ‘oh wait a minute, we are going to be back on the other side of this issue right now.’”

Say whatever you want about Rand Paul, but given him credit for willing to tackle issues and ideas that the average Republican might shrink from for fear of being labeled "soft" on, whether this helps us make inroads with minority communities is another story entirely, but it can't hurt to make the effort.