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Obama Can Shove It

Posted in 2010 Election, Politics on October 25th, 2010

failure should be painful and it seemingly is for Obama.Remember when Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) called out President Obama during the POTUS’ speech on ObamaCare before a joint session of Congress? Wilson’s cry of, “You Lie!” had the Obama cultists, Congressional Black Caucus, and Liberals in general in an uproar filled with wild, jabbering cries of racism for weeks.

Even many Americans sadly shook our heads and wondered what had become of dignity and decorum in the political sphere.

One now has to wonder if there will be any similar outrage when indecorous and undignified commentary to or about President Obama is coming from a fellow Democrat – in this case the Democrats’ candidate for Governor of Rhode Island, Frank Caprio who publicly declared that Obama could take his endorsement and shove it.

This morning on WPRO Radio Providence, Democratic Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio, whom President Obama has not endorsed, lashed out.

“I never asked President Obama for his endorsement and what’s going on here is really Washington insider politics at its worst,” Caprio said. “He can take his endorsement and really shove it as far as I am concerned.”

Deferring to his friendship with former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, the former Republican senator currently an independent gubernatorial candidate who endorsed the president in 2008, the president has not endorsed Caprio.

Recent polls indicate that Caprio and Chafee are in a tight race. According to the Providence Journal, Caprio was unaware that the president would not be endorsing him until a reporter told his campaign the news over the weekend.

President Obama will visit Rhode Island this afternoon, touring the facilities of American Cord & Webbing in Woonsocket and delivering remarks at two receptions in Providence, R.I., raising money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Caprio today charged that the president is “coming into Rhode Island treating us like an ATM machine. I will wear it as a badge of honor and a badge of courage that he doesn’t want to endorse me as a Democrat.“

Two salient facts lead me to believe that there won’t be a similar outcry against Caprio:

Firstly, much of the outrage against Rep. Wilson was fabricated by the Liberals to further the ObamaCare agenda and the rest was just the normal handout-seeking race-baiting Americans have come to expect from the Congressional Black Caucus. What little real outrage was leveled against Rep. Wilson was from the Obama cultists.

Secondly, Obama is an utter and abject failure. Even his one-time supporters have wandered away from him in disillusionment and disgust. He has gone from Messiah to Pariah with a record breaking rapidity. Liberals aren’t going to feel or manufacture any outrage over insults to Obama by their own Party members or supporters – not this close to the elections.

Who knows? Caprio’s outburst might even win him his very closely contested election.

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The Court’s Proper Role

Posted in Politics on October 24th, 2010

Judge's Gavel on American FlagThe US government is broken down into three separate branches, respectively the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches. Each have separate duties and mandates in order to provide for checks and balances to the power of the other branches. By this means it was envisioned by our Founders that America could stay the creep of tyranny and maintain our Constitutional liberties.

Ironically freedom requires restraint.

Nowhere in America’s government are the restraints upon the proper roles and activities by members of that branch of government stricter than within the Judicial branch. Nor is there any other branch where more restraint is needed, for neither of the other two branches of America’s government can do the lasting harm that our Courts and their rulings and opinions can cause.

It is therefor cause for hope and joy when it’s proven that a judge, especially US Federal Judge, understands the Court’s proper role. Judge Roger Vinson, senior federal judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, is one who understands this.

An excerpt from Senior United States District Judge, Roger Vinson ruling on the Obama Regime’s attempt to dismiss Florida v. US Dept. of Health and Human Services:

For purposes of this case, it matters not whether the Act is wise or unwise, or whether it will positively or negatively impact healthcare and the economy. Nor (except to the limited extent noted in Part III.A(7) infra) am I concerned with the manner in which it was passed into law. My review of the statute is not to question or second guess the wisdom, motives, or methods of Congress. I am only charged with deciding if the Act is Constitutional. If it is, the legislation must be upheld — even if it is a bad law. United States v. Butler, 297 U.S. 1, 79, 56 S. Ct. 312, 80 L. Ed. 477 (1936) (“For the removal of unwise laws from the statute books appeal lies, not to the courts, but to the ballot and to the processes of democratic government”) (Stone, J., dissenting). Conversely, if it is unconstitutional, the legislation must be struck down — even if it is a good law. Bailey v. Drexel Furniture Co. (Child Labor Tax Case), 259 U.S. 20, 37, 42 S. Ct. 449, 66 L. Ed. 817 (1922) (reviewing court must strike down unconstitutional law even though that law is “designed to promote the highest good. The good sought in unconstitutional legislation is an insidious feature, because it leads citizens and legislators of good purpose to promote it, without thought of the serious breach it will make in the ark of our covenant, or the harm which will come from breaking down recognized standards.”).

— Judge Roger Vinson
Florida v. US Dept. of Health and Human Services, pp 2-3

That is a perfect example of a judge constraining himself to only the proper role set forth for his position and limiting himself to exercise only that authority that is rightfully his to exercise. It is not the place of any judge to engage in judicial activism and thereby violate the Separation of Powers. It’s obvious that Judge Vinson knows this.

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Much Is Explained

Posted in Politics, Society on October 23rd, 2010

Juan WilliamsNPR’s termination of Juan Williams struck me as a little odd. That is not to say that I was shocked that they fired Williams but that I was surprised by the quickness of it and the vileness of the public remarks by NPR’s CEO, Vivian Schiller. That behavior just doesn’t match what one would expect in the media where all, or most, is public and employment is regulated through a variety of involute contracts and union rules.

Much was explained when I found out that the front-group for the Muslim Brotherhood and its subsidiaries, Al-Qaeda and Hamas, CAIR had pressured NPR to make an example of Williams.

From PR Newswire:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today called on National Public Radio (NPR) to address analyst Juan Williams’ statement that airline passengers in “Muslim garb” make him “nervous.” (Williams is a news analyst for both NPR and Fox News.)

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said that during an appearance Monday on Fox’s “O’Reilly Factor,” Williams backed Bill O’Reilly’s recent claim that “Muslims killed us on 9/11” and then said: “[W]hen I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

“NPR should address the fact that one of its news analysts seems to believe that all airline passengers who are perceived to be Muslim can legitimately be viewed as security threats,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Such irresponsible and inflammatory comments would not be tolerated if they targeted any other racial, ethnic or religious minority, and they should not pass without action by NPR.”

He noted that media commentators who launch rhetorical attacks on Islam and Muslims normally do not suffer the professional consequences of those who similarly target other racial, ethnic or religious groups.

And NPR, ever the hand-wringing, dhimmi Liberals – and probably afraid of either CAIR’s attorneys or their jihadis – responded in an “appropriately” subservient fashion by firing Juan Williams. It’s a typically cowardly but not illogical response to threats from Islamists such as CAIR.

So it looks like NPR’s greatest sins were weakness and cowardice as opposed to actively siding against Americans in our war against Muslim terrorism and that Juan Williams was just another victim of CAIR’s paper terrorism and implied threats of direct violent action against Islam’s foes.

Schiller and NPR should still be castigated and punished for their failure, but a certain level of mercy should shown shown them by Americans. Not everyone can be strong when faced by the sort of threats that Islamist terrorist groups can bring to bear, especially those like CAIR who have access to the means to wage “White Collar Jihad” and can arrange for the rape, murder, and mutilation of their enemies and/or their enemies’ spouses and children.

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God's War on Terror: Islam, Prophecy and the Bible