Mark Halperin, editor-at-large for Time, called President Obama “a dick” on Thursday on a popular MSNBC morning show and then quickly apologized.
“I thought he was a dick yesterday,” Halperin, who also is a senior political analyst for MSNBC, said on Morning Joe, referring to the President’s conduct during his press conference.
Halperin apparently thought there was a delay for the censors to beep out his word. It didn’t happen that way.
DNCNBC has responded:
“Mark Halperin’s comments this morning were completely inappropriate and unacceptable. We apologize to the President, The White House and all of our viewers,” in a statement by MSNBC spokesperson Jeremy Gaines. “We strive for a high level of discourse and comments like these have no place on our air. Therefore, Mark will be suspended indefinitely from his role as an analyst.”
If only they applied civility standards to their hosts, right? Fortunately for Halperin, he isn’t employed full-time by MSDNC. As such, (a) nobody was watching when he made the statement; and (b) it’s not like he’ll be yet another jobless claim on Obama’s watch.
When he’s not busy comparing our soldiers to Pol Pot and Stalin, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) likes to pass the time Hispandering in a way that reveals his ignorance:
Durbin, while pooping up the DREAM Act (amnesty), said this:
When I look around this room, I see America’s future. Our doctors, our teachers, our nurses, our engineers, our scientists, our soldiers, our Congressman, our Senators and maybe our President.
Lost on Durbin the Turban is Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution: “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
NYC mayor Bloomberg on why gay marriage in NY is a good thing:
In voicing his support for same-sex marriage, Mayor Bloomberg has mentioned — and appeared with — his niece Rachel, who is lesbian. “It brings it home,” he told me on the phone this week, though he added that beyond his desire for her to have everything she wants in life, “Government should not tell you what to do unless there’s a compelling public purpose.” He sees no such purpose in blocking same-sex marriage.
Always the supporter of individual liberty, that Bloomberg! Some of the “compelling public purposes” with which Bloomberg thinks that NYC should concern itself:
Banning things, or trying to, is what the [NYC] council does best.
Here’s the list from 2006.
- Aluminum baseball bats.
- The purchase of tobacco by 18- to 20-year-olds.
- Foie gras.
- Pedicabs in parks.
- New fast-food restaurants (but only in poor neighborhoods).
- Lobbyists from the floor of council chambers.
- Lobbying city agencies after working at the same agency.
- Vehicles in Central and Prospect parks.
- Cell phones in upscale restaurants.
- The sale of pork products made in a processing plant in Tar Heel, N.C., because of a unionization dispute.
- Mail-order pharmaceutical plans.
- Candy-flavored cigarettes.
- Gas-station operators adjusting prices more than once daily.
- Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
If you had to think of one city on earth where the rulers should not try to impose a standard of ‘good behaviour’, it would surely be New York. Who in their right mind would seek to sanitise this concrete jungle, to sedate the city that never sleeps, to demand conformism and obedience from the inhabitants of a place which, in the words of a popular tourist T-shirt, is known as ‘New York F**kin’ City’?
You’d be surprised. New York is currently governed by a gaggle of health-obsessed bigwigs who believe they have a duty to grab New Yorkers by the scruffs of their outsized necks and drag them towards lives of bicycle-riding, non-smoking, booze-avoiding, fruit-snacking conformity. City Hall, under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is awash with that new breed of psycho-politician known as the ‘nudger’, who believes that he has the right to use psychological techniques and brute censorship to manipulate and ‘improve’ human behaviour.
The Bloombergers have become world-beaters in the banning of public smoking and the demonisation of junk food. It is testament to their successful colonisation of these islands that the banning of smoking in all public parks, pedestrian plazas and beaches passed without incident, and even without much angry commentary, on 24 May. Under the Smoke Free Air Act (it is clever, in an Orwellian kind of way, to use the word ‘free’ in an act of law that diminishes freedom), New Yorkers can no longer light up in Central Park, Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Promenade, the Coney Island concrete walk or even Times Square, that flashing, noisy advertisers’ paradise where you can still watch naked cowboys play guitar and buy Sarah Palin condoms from streetsellers — so long as you don’t puff on a ciggie at the same time. ‘Where can I smoke now?’ one New Yorker said to a newspaper. ‘In an underground fortress of shame?’
Not content with policing what New Yorkers puff, the Bloombergers want to control what they scoff, too. City Hall banned the frying of food in transfats in all restaurants in 2007, which was bad news for those of us for whom half the attraction of visiting NYC was to tuck into the deliciously unhealthy fare served up in its diners. And in 2008, the city forced all chain restaurants and foodsellers to publish the calorific information of their food, in the same-sized font as the label for the food itself. Walking down Fifth Avenue, I saw a huge poster in a Burger King window advertising two burgers for the price of one, alongside an equally huge notice saying: ‘1320 CALORIES.’ Even the temporary stalls that hawk hot dogs and ice-cream in Central Park and elsewhere display calorific facts. That salted pretzel you buy as you stroll back to your hotel (‘500 CALORIES’) now comes with a side order of inner turmoil and gym fantasies.
So, if you’re a homosexual in great shape who wants to wed his beau, NYC wants to “live and let live” with you. If you’re an overweight straight guy who wants to buy cigs and HoHos from Wal Mart, you can look forward to the heavy hand of Nanny York City crushing you…for your own good and for the “compelling public purpose” of New Yorkers.
Time: You conservatives don’t understand the Constitution the way we brilliant liberals do. Conservative bloggers: Dude, you made 13 factual errors in your claims!
This is pure comedy gold!
See, Time wants you to know that liberals like them are totally educated when it comes to the Constitution. They’re so brilliant that they…commit at least thirteen verifiable errors in fact in their recent article, cleverly entitled “One Document, Under Seige“.
If the Constitution is “under seige”, it’s from the constitutional illiterates and lazy morons at Time.
You must read this blog post, which does an awesomely McAwesome job taking down the leftists at Time. Seriously, read it. Keep in mind, we’re not talking errors of interpretation, such as whether the Second Amendment confers an individual right to bear arms. We’re talking stuff like this:
False Claim #2: The Constitution is not law.
The relevant passage:
Originalists contend that the Constitution has a clear, fixed meaning. But the framers argued vehemently about its meaning. For them, it was a set of principles, not a code of laws. A code of laws says you have to stop at the red light; a constitution has broad principles that are unchanging but that must accommodate each new generation and circumstance.
Proof that he is wrong: Again, the Constitution itself contradicts this claim. Article VI, Paragraph 2:
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land[.]
And of course in my long fisking piece, I cite several passages from Marbury v. Madison that is on point as well, but the Constitution is enough.
Time claims that the law of the land isn’t The Law of the Land!
False Claim #3: The Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment emancipated the slaves.
The relevant passage:
In drafting the 14th Amendment, Congress was definitely not thinking about illegal immigration. At the time, the country needed a lot more immigrants, legal or otherwise. Congress was thinking more practically. It wanted to emancipate blacks and allow them to vote so that white Southern Democrats would not try to reverse the gains of the Civil War.
Proof that he is wrong: The amendment that emancipated the slaves was the thirteenth. (Duh.)
And notice for bonus points that he is conflating slaves and black people. Not all black people were slaves prior to the Civil War.
I guess all black people look alike to the pinkos at Time. And 13th, 14th…h3ll, it’s all the same, right?
The most egregious of these claims is Claim #1, which is that the Constitution doesn’t put any limits on the federal government. Read any single one of the Bill of Rights amendments, and you’ll see a ton of “Congress shall make no law…” and similar references…which are darned apparent of limits placed on the federal government to anyone with a cursory grasp of the English language.
We’ve always known that liberals don’t know a friggin’ thing about the Constitution, and they don’t care to, since they wipe their backsides with it on a daily basis. They quote it when they think it suits their needs, and as Time proves, they can’t even quote it correctly.
Feel free to dismiss leftists whenever they bring up the Constitution. Arguing with them about the Constitution is like arguing with a toddler about quantum physics: he doesn’t understand the words coming out of your mouth.
Congress: We voted “no” on the DREAM Act; Obama: OK, then we’ll go ahead and implement the DREAM Act
Remember when Oprompter and his leftist minions used to be offended at the appearance of alleged executive overreach? Yeah, me too. Good times, good times.
But that was a couple of years and a different party affiliation ago. Details:
A new enforcement memo handed down by the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week has some accusing the White House of running around Congress to implement the DREAM Act – and consequent amnesty for some illegal immigrants – by executive fiat.
The new memo, penned by ICE Director John Morton, directs ICE agents, attorneys and directors to exercise “prosecutorial discretion” – meaning less likelihood of deportation – for illegal aliens who have been students in the U.S., who have been in the country since childhood or who have served in the American military.
Critics have pointed out the new leniency standards parallel the provisions of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, which could not pass the Senate, despite several votes over the past decade, including three failed attempts at passage last year.
“This is outright lawlessness on the part of the administration,” argued syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on a discussion panel with Fox News’ anchor Chris Wallace. “Whatever the politics of this, we do have a Constitution. And under it, the Legislature, the Congress enacts the laws and the executive executes them. It doesn’t make them up.
“The DREAM Act was rejected by Congress,” Krauthammer continued. “It is now being enacted by the executive, despite the express will of the Congress. That is lawless. It may not be an explicit executive order; it’s an implicit one.”
ObaMao continues to wipe his backside with the Constitution and the rule of law. Libs are totally cool with totalitarianism, so long as it’s their brand of totalitarianism.
Obama: It was a pleasure for ME to give this award to a soldier who didn’t die. Army: Um…he DID die.
As Andy @ AoSHQ so cynically, yet accurately, quips: “Obama: All You People Look Alike To Me”.
What, someone couldn’t get the telebinky loaded with the right info?
The President addressing the 10th Mountain Division today at Fort Drum:
“First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.“
As we all know, SSG Sal Giunta, of the 173rd Airborne, was the first living recipient (2011) of the MOH who fought in Iraq/Afganistan. SFC Jared Monti, 10th Mountain Division, was KIA in Afghanistan in 2006. He was posthumously awarded the MOH by Obama in 2009.
How does the Commander-in-Chief mix these heroes up? He put that medal around Giunta’s neck and he stood with Monti’s parents as they grieved. These fallen heroes leave such a great legacy, and we should know all their names. The ironic part of the speech, and this comes after the announcement of the politically pressured drawdown of troops in Afghanistan, was Obama’s closing remark, “Know that your Commander-in-Chief has your back.”
It shouldn’t take a teleprompter for the C-in-C to get it right.
You know, if I didn’t know any better, I’d SWEAR the guy doesn’t give a rat’s #ss about the troops and is a disingenuous sleezebag!
“This bracelet belongs to…uh…whatever the h3ll his name was.”
Gore, father of four, favors “fertility management” to combat junk science fad known as global “warming”
I guess since his kids managed to escape their mother’s womb alive, it’s totally important now for “fertility management”. Rather misogynist, no?
A congressional ethics panel is investigating allegations that Florida Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings sexually harassed a member of his staff, according to people familiar with the matter…
It began at least a month ago after Judicial Watch, a conservative group, filed a lawsuit as the legal counsel for Winsome Packer, a staffer on a commission Mr. Hastings headed. She alleged that she had been sexually harassed by the congressman and that he retaliated when she tried to report it.
I mean, if you can’t trust an impeached former federal judge with his ethics, just who can you trust?
Ho. Ly. Shiite. Who needs SEALs, right?
Holder’s declaration came in a Thursday speech to hundreds of progressive lawyers, advocates, judges and students gathered at the American Constitution Society’s annual gala. “I know that – in distant countries, and within our own borders – there are people intent on, and actively plotting to, kill Americans,” he told his legal peers in the enthusiastic audience. “Victory and security will not come easily, and they won’t come at all if we adhere to a rigid ideology, adopt a narrow methodology, or abandon our most effective terror-fighting weapon – our Article III [civil] court system,” he declared to much applause.
I can see it now:
Muhammed: Hey, Ibrahim, let’s go blow up some infidels in America! Where to this time: NYC, LA, Miami, San Franistan?
Ibrahim: What, are you crazy? Have you SEEN what the Americans are doing? Dude, they’re mobilizing lawyers and judges and stuff!
Muhammed: Holy falafel! I mean, that sternly-worded U.N. Resolution was scary enough…but this? May Allah help us!
Ibrahim: Don’t fret yet, brother. I’ve got a call in to the ACLU on this. If anyone can stand up for our “rights”, it’s those guys. But dude, if the ACLU can’t shield us from those fearsome black-robed giants and intimidating Armani-clad attorneys, I don’t know who can!
Exit question: Quick show of hands here, but am I the only one who’s impressed that Eric Holder actually knew part of the Constitution? Someone check the forecast for Hell to see if it’s a little chilly.
The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from ACORN, the activist group driven to ruin by scandal and financial woes, over being banned from getting federal funds.
The high court on Monday refused to review a federal court’s decision to uphold Congress’s ban on federal funds for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.
Congress cut off ACORN’s federal funding last year in response to allegations the group engaged in voter registration fraud and embezzlement and violated the tax-exempt status of some of its affiliates by engaging in partisan political activities.
ACORN sued, but the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City upheld the action. The high court refused to hear its appeal.
The case is ACORN v. United States, 10-1068.
ACORN will have to raise their own money in order to shield pimps of underage prostitutes.
Scientists faking data to support their junk science claims? The heck you say!
Yep, it’s happening. Again.
Is climate change raising sea levels, as Al Gore has argued — or are climate scientists doctoring the data?
The University of Colorado’s Sea Level Research Group decided in May to add 0.3 millimeters — or about the thickness of a fingernail — every year to its actual measurements of sea levels, sparking criticism from experts who called it an attempt to exaggerate the effects of global warming.
“Gatekeepers of our sea level data are manufacturing a fictitious sea level rise that is not occurring,” said James M. Taylor, a lawyer who focuses on environmental issues for the Heartland Institute.
Steve Nerem, the director of the widely relied-upon research center, told FoxNews.com that his group added the 0.3 millimeters per year to the actual sea level measurements because land masses, still rebounding from the ice age, are rising and increasing the amount of water that oceans can hold.
“We have to account for the fact that the ocean basins are actually getting slightly bigger… water volume is expanding,” he said, a phenomenon they call glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA).
Taylor calls it tomfoolery.
“There really is no reason to do this other than to advance a political agenda,” he said.
Climate scientist John Christy, a professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, said that the amount of water in the ocean and sea level were two different things.
“To me… sea level rise is what’s measured against the actual coast,” he told FoxNews.com. “That’s what tells us the impact of rising oceans.”
“Many global warming alarmists say that vast stretches of coastline are going to be swallowed up by the sea. Well, that means we should be talking about sea level, not about global water volume.”
Taylor’s takeaway: Be wary of sea level rise estimates.
“When Al Gore talks about Manhattan flooding this century, and 20 feet of sea level rise, that’s simply not going to happen. If it were going to happen, he wouldn’t have bought his multi-million dollar mansion along the coast in California.”
Check this out:
Few Republicans will say it publicly, but many party elites believe Perry would have difficulty moving beyond the sort of sharply-delivered platitudes he’s honed before Texas’s conservative electorate.
Even in the Lone Star State, many GOP insiders don’t think their governor has the chops to take his game to the national stage.
For many Republicans, it’s also not clear whether the party and the country is ready for a Texas governor whose macho manner is almost a steroid-enhanced version of the previous one they elected president.
John Ryder, a longtime Tennessee GOP committeeman who attended Perry’s speech Saturday, said some in the party would like another candidate in the George W. Bush model.
But others would ask: “Do we want to do that again?” Ryder said. “That would be Perry’s challenge.”
The betting in Republican circles is moving toward a Perry run, but skeptics aren’t convinced he wants to do the unglamorous work involved in campaigning for president. In their view, he’s always enjoyed national attention and Washington invitations so an extended flirtation with a White House bid would seem to be a logical extension of this penchant for the spotlight.
What most Republicans agree on is that Perry — by dint of his fundraising capacity, establishment connections, Tea Party appeal, and charisma — would at the very least scramble the still-unsettled GOP field and pose an immediate threat to those candidates vying to become the conservative alternative to Romney.
If the party establishment is skeptical of a Perry run, then I’m reflexively on board with him. I mean, the party bigwigs backed Charlie Crist last year for FL Senator, only to see him bolt the party and run as an independent. The insiders also backed Arlen Specter last year in the PA GOP primary over true conservative Pat Toomey, only to see Specter bolt the party. So in my eyes, the party elite is about as useful as a football bat…or the UN (same diff, really).
When this sordid incident first broke and gained steam, I predicted he’d resign. Didn’t go out on a limb with that one, now did I?
San Fransicko. Nuff said:
First kittens, then puppies and hamsters and now goldfish?
San Francisco’s Animal Control and Welfare Commission is recommending that the City ban the sale of goldfish, tropical fish and guppies in its borders, according to Matier and Ross.
The recommendation to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is part of the commission’s ongoing efforts to discourage “impulse buys” of animals. …
I’m guessing there won’t be any bans on gerbils anytime soon in San Franfreakshow. Just sayin’…
From DNC chair Debbie Whatshername Schmuck:
Democrats are ready to take responsibility for the state of the economy and they deserve credit for putting it on the right track, the party’s chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, said on Wednesday.
“We own the economy. We own the beginning of the turnaround and we want to make sure that we continue that pace of recovery, not go back to the policies of the past under the Bush administration that put us in the ditch in the first place,” Wasserman Schultz told Mike Allen at POLITICO’s ‘Playbook Breakfast.’
The economy, she said, “has turned around” since President Obama took office, with steady job growth evident even if the pace leaves something to be desired.
Republicans have ridiculed Democrats’ claims of economic success in the wake of disappointing jobs numbers and an uptick in the unemployment rate.
Wasserman Schultz said Democrats aren’t in need of a new story to tell about the economy because they’ve put the right policies in place. “I don’t think it’s about what we say, it’s about what we do.”
Oh, goodie! So no more knocking Bush on the economy, since it’s yours now, right?
See, snookums, you can’t have it both ways (unless you’re Ann Heche, but I digress). You can no longer say “it’s Bush fault” if your current argument is “the economy has turned around and we deserve recognition for it”, now can you? But trust me, honeybritches: you and your kind WILL get the recognition for what you’ve done to this economy that you so richly deserve.
Man, when that guy goes off of his telebinky, it ain’t pretty:
President Obama explained to NBC News that the reason companies aren’t hiring is not because of his policies, it’s because the economy is so automated. … “There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don’t go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and you’re using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate.”
Oh, so THAT’S why no one is hiring! The automation of jobs is destroying the employment sector, I see. And here I thought it was his and his party’s left-wing, anti-business, hostile-to-capitalism, anti-growth policies that were choking off hiring! Whatever was I thinking?
UPDATE (06/16/2011 – 07:30 AM ET): Boehner responds (full press release at link):
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) issued a mocking press release Wednesday chastising the president over remarks Obama made claiming that ATMs and airport ticket kiosks were partly to blame for persistently high unemployment.
The release, cheekily written from the point of view of an everyday ATM, poked fun at Obama for claiming that greater efficiency from automated machines like ATMs was to blame for high unemployment.
“This is a guest blog post from the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in your favorite convenience store near the Slurpee Machine,” Boehner’s press release said.
“I didn’t do it.”
Boehner’s fake ATM further poked fun at the president, noting that kiosks, cash machines, and even teleprompters were merely devices that made things “a little easier.”
“ATMs and airport kiosks (and even teleprompters) are tools that help make life a little easier,” the release read.
Global “warming” is soooooooooo passé! Details:
For years, scientists have been predicting the Sun would move into solar maximum, a period of intense flares and sunspot activity by 2012, but lately a curious calm has suggested quite the opposite.
According to three studies released in the United States on Tuesday, experts believe the familiar sunspot cycle may be shutting down and heading toward a pattern of inactivity unseen since the 17th century.
The signs include a missing jet stream, fading spots, and slower activity near the poles, said experts from the National Solar Observatory and Air Force Research Laboratory.
‘This is highly unusual and unexpected,’ said Frank Hill, associate director of the NSO’s Solar Synoptic Network.
‘But the fact that three completely different views of the Sun point in the same direction is a powerful indicator that the sunspot cycle may be going into hibernation.’
Solar activity tends to rise and fall every 11 years or so. The solar maximum and solar minimum each mark about half the interval of the magnetic pole reversal on the Sun, which happens every 22 years.
Experts are now probing whether this period of inactivity could be a second Maunder Minimum, which was a 70-year period when hardly any sunspots were observed between 1645-1715.
‘If we are right, this could be the last solar maximum we’ll see for a few decades. That would affect everything from space exploration to Earth’s climate,’ said Hill.
The findings of the three studies were presented at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Physics Division in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
So what does all this “solar inactivity” and “Maunder Minimum” mean?
Early records of sunspots indicate that the Sun went through a period of inactivity in the late 17th century. Very few sunspots were seen on the Sun from about 1645 to 1715. Although the observations were not as extensive as in later years, the Sun was in fact well observed during this time and this lack of sunspots is well documented. This period of solar inactivity also corresponds to a climatic period called the “Little Ice Age” when rivers that are normally ice-free froze and snow fields remained year-round at lower altitudes. There is evidence that the Sun has had similar periods of inactivity in the more distant past.
Al Gore, environuts hardest hit.
Exit question: If a new Little Ice Age is coming, shouldn’t we be building Hummers and factories like gangbusters right now?
Wisconsin supreme court overturns liberal judicial activist’s ruling, reinstates collective bargaining limitation law
Not only did the WI supreme court overturn the leftist judicial activist hack’s ruling, the court (a) made the law effective immediately and (b) rhetorically backhanded this wench across her maw.
Check out Legal Insurrection‘s rundown of what happened. It’s not long, but it is clear. Summary:
WI legislature passes budget repair bill, which includes the limitations on public employee unions’ collective bargaining. WI Democrats accuse the legislature of violating the Open Meetings Law in passing the budget repair bill. WI Dems find a sympathetic judge in Maryann Sumi, who issues a Temporary Restraining Order and decrees that the bill (and not the law) cannot move forward due to the violation of the Open Meetings Law.
The state supreme court is appalled, on two fronts: (1) that a judge “exceeded its jurisdiction, invaded the legislature’s constitutional powers under Article IV, Section 1 and Section 17 of the Wisconsin Constitution, and erred in enjoining the publication and further implementation of the Act” (the court’s words, not mine); and (2) that a judge would outright ignore a prior state supreme court ruling (Goodland v. Zimmerman) that a court cannot rule a bill unconstitutional. Courts can only rule on laws, not on bills that have yet to become law. Quote the supreme court:
There is no such thing known to the law as an unconstitutional bill. A court cannot deal with the question of constitutionality until a law has been duly enacted and some person has been deprived of his constitutional rights by its operation.
Goodland v. Zimmerman was the case that affirmed such a prohibition of ruling on the constitutionality of bills. Judge Sumi ignored that ruling, saying basically that “Yeah, but that ruling was done before the Open Meetings Law, so it’s not valid anymore.” The WI supreme court said “Lady, you’re on some heavy doses of LSD if that’s what you think.”
Here’s where the supreme court really pops Judge Sumi in her kisser:
¶6 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all orders and judgments of the Dane County Circuit Court in Case No. 2011CV1244 are vacated and declared to be void ab initio. State ex rel. Nader v. Circuit Court for Dane Cnty., No. 2004AP2559-W, unpublished order (Wis. S. Ct. Sept. 30, 2004) (wherein this court vacated the prior orders of the circuit court in the same case).
¶7 This court has granted the petition for an original action because one of the courts that we are charged with supervising has usurped the legislative power which the Wisconsin Constitution grants exclusively to the legislature. …
Ace summarizes what void ab initio means:
Generally, when a higher court calls bullsh#t on a lower one, it’s called a remand, a declaration that the lower court got it wrong, and to try again.
Commenters are telling me the court ruled here ab initio, which (context clues, it’s been forever since I did anything law-oriented) means it’s expunged from memory altogether as being improperly entertained from the start, which means there is no remand to the lower court to try again. The higher court has said “Not only did you get this wrong, you got it so wrong we don’t trust you with another bite at the apple, so we’re directing your decision from here. It’s over. Done. Finished. Kaput.”
Ouch! That’s gonna leave a mark!
Chalk up a victory to the rule of law.
Quoth Teh Won:
“If you were looking for a bunch of partisan rhetoric, I’m probably not your guy,” President Obama said at a fundraiser in Miami.
Says the same jackwagon who said this about the Paul Ryan deficit plan?
“Their vision is less about reducing the deficit than it is about changing the basic social compact in America,” he said, supposedly pitting “children with autism or Down’s syndrome” against “every millionaire and billionaire in our society.”
The same guy who, while Hispandering, said this?
“If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.”
Really? That guy?
Global greenhouse gas emissions have risen even faster during the past decade than predicted by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other international agencies. According to alarmist groups, this proves global warming is much worse than previously feared. The increase in emissions “should shock even the most jaded negotiators” at international climate talks currently taking place in Bonn, Germany, the UK Guardian reports. But there’s only one problem with this storyline; global temperatures have not increased at all during the past decade.
The evidence is powerful, straightforward, and damning. NASA satellite instruments precisely measuring global temperatures show absolutely no warming during the past the past 10 years. This is the case for the Northern Hemisphere mid-latitudes, including the United States. This is the case for the Arctic, where the signs of human-caused global warming are supposed to be first and most powerfully felt. This is the case for global sea surface temperatures, which alarmists claim should be sucking up much of the predicted human-induced warming. This is the case for the planet as a whole.
If atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions are the sole or primary driver of global temperatures, then where is all the global warming? We’re talking 10 years of higher-than-expected increases in greenhouse gases, yet 10 years of absolutely no warming. That’s 10 years of nada, nunca, nein, zero, and zilch.
Exit question: When is Gore and the IPCC going to give back that Nobel Prize for science fiction?
Back in 2008, he promised that if he were elected, he would definitely jack up our power bills to combat the nonexistent threat known as global “warming” (or “climate change” when it’s -12 degrees outside).
Did you think he was kidding, America? If so, the joke’s on you:
Consumers could see their electricity bills jump an estimated 40 to 60 percent in the next few years.
The reason: Pending environmental regulations will make coal-fired generating plants, which produce about half the nation’s electricity, more expensive to operate. Many are expected to be shuttered.
The increases are expected to begin to appear in 2014, and policymakers already are scrambling to find cheap and reliable alternative power sources. If they are unsuccessful, consumers can expect further increases as more expensive forms of generation take on a greater share of the electricity load.
The story goes on to show that not only will people be forking money over to the power companies, but to city and county governments who will also be incurring costs that they aren’t going to be eating.
I can see the campaign slogan now:
“Higher gas and power prices. Higher unemployment. HIgher health care costs. Inflation. Insolvency. Obama-Biden 2012. You’re welcome.”
This is a follow-up to my prior post about the MSM soliciting the left (i.e. the media’s constitutents) for help poring over Sarah Palin’s e-mails as governor of Alaska.
Check out this excellent column by Matt Welch. He perfectly illustrates the media’s deriliction of duty, specifically their witch-hunt of a two-year governor of the least-populated state in the union while ignoring all things actually newsworthy. Excerpts:
The New York Times responded with a rare burst of interactivity, inviting readers “to point out items of interest.” The Washington Post had video, a photo gallery, live updates, and headlines such as “Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s e-mails show a constant concern with how she is portrayed in the media, on matters big and small.”
Transparency advocates doubtlessly breathed a sigh of satisfaction that sunlight-disinfectant was being applied to a government figure. And people with any sense of political proportion were left with an additional thought: When is this journalistic scrutiny going to be applied to politicians who wield actual power?
For instance, one might nominate the president of the United States for such attention. On Saturday, June 4, in his weekly radio address, Barack Obama did what he has consistently done since taking the oath of office: fudged reality to make his policies sound better.
A president misleading the public on one of his most crucial policies at a time when Americans are increasingly anxious about the economy sounds kind of newsworthy, no? Well, don’t tell the editors of the New York Times — they were too busy nailing down this important story:“Palin Says She Didn’t Err on Paul Revere.”
Did you know that a reported dozen armed agents kicked down a guy’s door at 6 a.m. this week in Stockton, California, and handcuffed him in his boxer shorts in front of his three bawling pre-teen kids — to execute a search warrant for the Department of Education involving suspected loan fraud by his allegedly estranged wife? You wouldn’t if you get your news from the Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, or L.A. Times, California’s biggest newspapers.
But fear not! Now we know that “The ‘First Dude’ played a particularly influential role in the administration” of a short-term, small-state governor. The lessons for Michelle Obama, then, are clear: If you want the non-Amtrak media to give you attention, they’re going to need to hate your husband a little more. (Yeah, good luck with THAT happening! – CL)
Nope…no liberal media bias!
If you ever had any doubts as to how shameless and worthless unions are, let me put those doubts to rest once and for all:
In front of the Capitol today, protesters dressed as zombies stood between Governor Scott Walker and the group of Special Olympics participants he was honoring.
Quite aside from the unbelievable rudeness, how can the protesters be so blind about their own public relations?
What a bunch of sick, vile vermin!
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio restaurant mentioned last week by President Barack Obama as an indirect beneficiary of the government’s Chrysler bailout will go out of business Sunday after a more than 70-year history.
Co-owner Richard Lawrence of New Chet’s Restaurant in Toledo says business has fallen victim to the economy and the workplace smoking ban approved by Ohio voters in 2006. He told The Blade newspaper of Toledo on Wednesday that auto industry cutbacks also hurt.
Lawrence says he used to deliver up to $300 in food per week to Chrysler Group LLC’s Jeep plant in Toledo, but now that’s down to about $100 worth.
Obama visited the plant on Friday and told workers that without them, who would eat at Chet’s or patronize other local businesses?
I take no pleasure in a small business like this failing, especially one that’s been around for 70 years. However, I take large, heaping amounts of pleasure in President Oprompter looking like the jack#ss that he is yet again.
Patterico has the timeline and lays out the evidence for you to come to your own conclusion. You really ought to check it out, because this thing (the story, not the weenie) could get huge!
The left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy) rallied around the Hick from Hope in 1998 and 1999 during the Lewinsky thing, using the “it’s a private matter” defense. I’m thinking that won’t be used nearly as often this time.
This is a fluid situation, but it looks like Newt’s campaign team is abandoning ship by the droves. Apparently, taking the Missus on a trip to the Greek Isles while everyone back in the states is busting their hump trying to rehabilitate your image goes over about as well as a fart in church.
Newt’s main adviser, David Carney, is best buds with TX governor Rick Perry, who was said to have waved off any ideas of running in 2012 because Carney was previously engaged in a campaign. Not any more, Governor!
Sources are now saying that Perry is taking a seriously hard look at 2012. Folks, I could be WAY off (and Lord knows it wouldn’t be the first time), but this may be the break the GOP needs to knock ObaMao out of OUR house next year!
Multiple layers of fact-checkers left-wing hacks at their disposal, my friends. From the Old Gray Hag:
On Friday, the State of Alaska will release more than 24,000 of Sarah Palin’s e-mails covering much of her tenure as governor of Alaska. Times reporters will be in Juneau, the state capital, to begin the process of reviewing the e-mails, which we will be posting on NYtimes.com starting on Friday afternoon.
We’re asking readers to help us identify interesting and newsworthy e-mails, people and events that we may want to highlight. Interested users can fill out a simple form to describe the nature of the e-mail, and provide a name and e-mail address so we’ll know who should get the credit. Join us here on Friday afternoon and into the weekend to participate.
And the comPost:
More than 24,000 e-mail messages sent to and from Sarah Palin during her tenure as Alaska’s governor will be released Friday. Join The Post in digging through them. We are looking for 100 organized and diligent readers who will work alongside Post reporters to analyze, contextualize, and research the e-mails. Think of it as spending some time in our newsroom.
Our hope is that working together, we can efficiently find interesting information and extract new stories that will lead to further investigation. We don’t know what we’ll find, but we want you to be ready and open for the challenge.
All this for a woman who hasn’t even tossed her hat in the 2012 ring?
Allah‘s got a fantastic idea:
Even so, crowdsourcing’s a smart, sleek information-gathering technique. Thanks to the Times and WaPo for legitimizing it for conservative media like Fox News, which will now happily put it to good use doing oppo research on the left.
And the left won’t utter a peep over this, since they just got green-lighted by the MSM to do their best to find something damning on Palin. Right?
Nope…no liberal media bias!
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