President Obama asserted the unilateral power to "tweak" inconvenient laws in last Friday´s news conference, underscoring his Administration´s increasingly cavalier notions about law enforcement. So it´s good that the judiciary—a coequal branch of government, in case the Administration forgot—is starting to check the White House. In a major rebuke on Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an unusual writ of mandamus, which is a direct judicial order compelling the government to fulfill a legal obligation. This "extraordinary remedy" is nominally about nuclear waste, writes Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the 2-1 majority, yet the case "raises significant questions about the
The most lawless administration in US history believes it is above the law because "I won".
If congress had any respect for this country, the law or the Constitution, comrade Hussein ObaMao would have been impeached long ago. They are all implicit in the destruction of this once great country.
It is hard to fathom that not ONE in Congress, not even ONE of the Tea Party Golden Boys have the ethics, integrity or the courage to file Impeachment charges against the President.
There should be a minimum of 200 million people writing, faxing, emailing, phoning, showing up to hometown appearances, every Congressman/woman currently in office. They should be hounded daily in DC and in their home district until they file those charges.
Anything less then we can safely say "We the People" are all mouth and truly don´t give a crap about their Constitution, Liberty, freedom because they are too lazy to care.
You have the tools in the Declaration of Independence, that is, if you have an IQ high enough to comprehend it.
Please don´t call me names from the Outhouse basement, or tell me I´m wrong. PROVE me wrong.
If any of you get the opportunity, please see this one minute video from the movie, "A Man for All Seasons": http://youtu.be/PDBiLT3LASk In this soliloquy, St. Thomas More notes that the law is the only thing that will sustain a nation. Once laws are cut down by mercurial men (or "tweaked", as Obama puts it), this constitutional republic is no more.
If someone asked me what the worst thing that Obama has done while President, it is this. And by the way--this totalitarian tendency of the Left is contagious--other Democrats across the country have receive the message that laws you don´t agree with are optional. For example, in my state of Pennsylvania, gay marriage is illegal. It´s the law. However, the state Attorney General thinks that these laws are immoral. So she has decided that she isn´t enforcing them. Regardless of how you feel about gay marriage, this law needs to be enforced. If you oppose this law, vote for representatives who will overturn it. Freely assemble and promote your cause. Change the amendments. Don´t just deem a law to be immoral or passé. Otherwise, we are stumbling down the same slippery path that Rome did.
Obama is the Lawless One or an ambitious wanna-be. As Barney Fife would have said, "Nip it, nip it in the bud." It may be too late. I have to ask why now? Obama has flouted the law since he was elected. He is under the impression he is king and no one has bothered to correct him.
The view on L.com has been that Zippy will want to stay in office in 2016. I once thought that, too. Now, I´m not so sure.
Yes. He may have been groomed by Soros and the others for dictatorship; but PIAPS is in the wings waiting her turn (in effect, to continue the Obama reign), and he seems to have run out of steam in many ways, his innate languor and laziness taking hold. He´d rather grab all the loot he´s amassed from his time in office and fade off into the sunset, golf club awkwardly in hand.
Still, it would be worthwhile to try impeaching him while we still can to send a sobering message to the Dems.
Obama and holder will just ignore the courts order and appeal it. Nothing will change and nothing will be done and they know it. Both are black and Democrats and that twofer lets them off. Who is going to enforce the court order? Speaker Boner?
Zippy IS Trayvon because he IS lawless and feels he should not be encumbered with rules of evidence and the law itself. That, and he is trying to invoke the "Look, gay squirrel" rule of diversionary politics.
Let´s start at square one, and why they always get away with it: Dear Leader has still not - not, as in not - produced his birth certificate. He has very briefly, and under intense pressure, shown a digitized "copy" of purported said certificate, but not the actual item. Why? Digitized versions can be altered, and if that purported "copy" wasn´t altered, why not just show the real thing?
All to make the point: he knows he can get away with it because Republicans are too timid and afraid to expose him. From birth certificates to Benghazi to collusion with a corrupt press and illegal IRS intimidation of political opponents. Legality gets in the way his Dear Leader´s agenda. Him being of the Left, it always will. But he does it because he knows the GOP is now the Weak Horse and will never, ever, ever question his "good intentions".
It’s not complicated. When an administrator, much less head of an administration, no longer has any respect or regard for the law, then what? When all else fails, it then becomes time to initiate the last resort. Although not in any way stylish or elegant, that law-flouting administrator must simply and swiftly be given the old tried and true bum’s rush.
We need to fix this so it stays fixed. This is not an Obama problem, he is but a symptom, albeit a dangerous one. It´s a larger "progressive" "ends justify the means" problem. We have been drifting away from the constitution via perversions of the commerce clause, tax code and delegation of congressional authority to agencies controlled by the executive branch. I wish it were all about Obama.
No. 3, I wondered much the same thing during Monicagate. I was stunned when, over the many months the saga continued, not ONE person in the White House or any appointee in the agencies stepped forward and said "This is wrong."
Morality has left the building and taken his buddies, Truth, Honor, and Shame, with him.
we don´t know the health of the illegals we are bringing in to the system. Back in the 20s at ellis Island thre was screeing as best as the science allowed. Now ther is nothing. And why are the people we elect crying the blues over strangers and not representing the americans that elect and pay them?
Perhaps #9, perhaps. Let´s not forget however that Hillary was sacrificed in 2008, by the powers that be, in honor of bamboozler and like a good soldier she in essence went to the back of the bus, stepped aside. She herself was a victim of race baiting, racial spin and the "by any means necessary" mantra. Obama is a operative of Saudi Arabia and others and they seek to continue the Caliphate. If Hillary is perceived as not trumpeting on the cause, she will again be cast aside like a used up rag doll. Obama has broken so many laws that he is now quite emboldened, don´t discount it.
Good to see there are judges out there doing the right thing. But we have seen this many times before. Until the NATIONAL MEDIA finds some integrity and does their constitutionally protected job, none of this matters.
The MEDIA is the problem. They are why this administration IS above the law. Unfortunately, this will not change.
In this time when feeling good about yourself is the THE most important thing, people have vastly inflated views of their own capabilities.
Bringing it back to BO, community organizer = rabble rouser. Doesn´t sound so good so it needed to be polished up. We should have paid attention to this one because it told us that BO was good at talking and getting people worked up but has not the slightest clue about how to govern. In fact, his experience is in shaking down authorities, not running them.
BO is the classic case of "I know how to do the boss´ job better than the boss." NOT! It is unusual for those who would tear down authority and structure to also have the skills to build it back up. BO´s skills are all focused on pushing his ideology with supreme confidence. He doesn´t know how to negotiate or compromise so he keeps pounding through his ideas in illegal ways.
The problem is, with Harry Reid in the Senate, there is no immediate challenge from the legislature. The courts may catch up but they operate slowly. A lot of what Roosevelt tried to push through was finally declared illegal and he retaliated by attacking the courts, which has cowed the court since then in fear of another attack.
I don´t understand the psyche. All it takes is one in authority to agree publicly that the evidence shows Obambi is a fraud. Then the fur will fly and all will get on the band wagon. I am shamed by the press for their obstinance in not taking up the mantle to save our, and their, country. Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Mike Zillo have had experts review the fraudelent documentation to the nth degree and made it simple for the dumbest of us to comprehend. Please let someone show some spine. I´ll follow any movement that starts. I´m 80 years old and can´t do the heavy lifting but I can provide support.
OK folks.... Judge K has provided the road map. Where are the Mandamus petitions re: Obamacare and the host of other lawless actions by this guy. The appropriate venue is the D.C. Federal court system leading to this same court of appeals. Landmark Legal Foundation, Freedom Works, et al, are you listening?
We now fully understand what our founders meant when they said we have a republic - IF we can keep it, that honorable people MUST manage it.
What we have running our government are people who are not fit to run a garbage dump. Obama and his cabal are determined to control everyone and everything, and they have read well our current "leaders" AND current crop of "citizens" who cheerfully vote into office criminals, ne´er-do-wells, people who are willing to do ANYTHING to gain more power.
We can now see that each branch of our government is only as workable as those in power allow it to be. When they decide to trash it, they do it with impunity. Practically ALL who sit in seats of power in DC are either sociopaths or grubbing criminals. And Americans put them there because too many voters haven´t a clue what they are voting for and are totally and terminally ignorant about what government is supposed to be and NOT supposed to be.
Government is broken, permanently damaged, and if not fixed soon will become the equivalent of Hitler´s Germany. That fix MUST be a total do-over. Band-aids won´t work.
Now we see Rubio pleading for the amnesty bill to be passed because if they don´t Obama will do it anyway. How pathetic can this get. We don´t need any of the other branches of government - just let the imperial president do everything.
FTA: All of this highlights that Mr. Obama is not merely redefining this or that statute as he goes but also the architecture of the U.S. political system.
What a horrifying statement and that is so true. It is certainly refreshing to see a judge severely admonish the 0bama regime. Unfortunately, if they run true to form, they will behave just like they did with the NLRB ruling and the drilling moratorium, where they were also severely admonished. They will continue to act as if nothing happened and conduct business as usual. Appeals will follow to drag out the process. Those in this dangerous, criminal regime are proficient in abusing the legal system. They will continue to stack the courts with leftist political hacks who will further their destruction of the system. This is why 0bama is so intent in getting leftist judges appointed to this D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. In the meantime, the spineless Republicans offer nothing to stop the 0bama regime from proceeding full steam ahead.
Also, #32 should check out Landmark Legal website. They are very active and were instrumental in the NLRB recess appointment win. The link provides information as to what they are involved in: http://landmarklegal.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=167
Thanks for posting this. It gives one a bit of hope. "NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko, who has since resigned, "orchestrated a systematic campaign of noncompliance." If Mr. Jaczko worked on Wall Street he´d be indicted."
So why ISN´T he?? There´s the rub. These gummint bureaucrats are never held accountable, especially the Won on top.
O/T thanks, Staff, for installing the "TU" feature!
#34 is right! Now Holder is on his high horse "interpreting" laws and clearing our prisons of "poor overcharged druggies" in his and obama´s opinion. If our leaders, do not enforce the laws which is their job, then they should be removed from office. This is outrageous at every level! Congress should do their job and the do-nothing Republicans need to keep the lawsuits flying!
"the President who used to be a constitutional law professor"
Obama was never a constitutional law professor. He was a non-tenure track lecturer hired to teach a single, throwaway, 2 credit course on race and the constitution, NOT constitutional law. Further, someone took a close look at his blackboard notes in a picture of him teaching and discovered that what he was teaching was Derrick Bell´s crackpot Critical Race Theory. And THAT raises the question of whether Obama ever learned constitutional law in law school, or whether what he was taught was CRT nonsense instead.
I think America is punch drunk from the assualt on our Constitution by this Administration...most feel powerless to do anything, the GOP knows if they try to impeach (well deserved) it won´t go anywhere and it will give the Libs another reason to cry racism...
So all in all, we´re just counting the hours until this total waste of an administration is GONE.
What I want to see post that is lots of trials for all forms of lawbreaking and long Prison Terms for all of them!
If Obama´s transgressions have risen to the level of Impeachment, then Congress has a moral/ethical/patriotic/ Constitutional obligation to bring articles of Impeachment. There are so many lemmings on one side, and racists and partisan sycophants on the other, that I am not holding my breadth. A single example would be the Benghazi matter in Libya, where heavy weaponry was being transferred to enemies of the U>S> . There are other examples posted on the internet and elsewhere. This is my opinion, based on the facts as I know them to be. There are enough GOP Conservatives in the H of R to start any initiative if they have the courage of their convictions. Start with defunding the ACA law which in my mind, is no longer a valid law, because Obama himself has broken it to pieces.
Instead of defunding Obamacare, the GOP should insist on the enforcement of the law itself. No more extended deadlines, no more exemptions. Enforce the law and let Obama and the Dems deal with it in 2014. That should be simple enough!! Then let the public decide.
How ironic that the courts, who have been finding things that are clearly NOT in the constitution for years, have suddenly decided that OBAMBI isn´t following the Constitution. The founding fathers are rotating at warp speed in their graves...
It would not do any good for the Republicans in the House of Representative to commence impeachment proceedings unless they were sure that the US Senate would hold a trial and convict, and with the liberal Democrats running the US Senate that is not about to happen. They are better off letting the cases go through the federal courts getting decisions like this one. If Obama then appeals decisions like that, he risks losing the whole enchilada at the US Supreme Court.
Obama is just the final straw. He´s not the first, nor will be the last, person in our government to flout the law. Our entire system is crumbling from massive, self-serving corruption. All three branches, executive, legislative, and judicial, are now complicit in the corruption.
And their corruption is so complete that they have even limited the peoples´ ability to use the ballot box to correct the abuses and remove the abusers. Non-citizens are brazenly allowed to vote. Vote processes are stacked. And even when citizen initiatives are passed in those states that allow them, a co-conspirator judge or court is found to overturn the peoples´ clearly stated will.
This cannot continue. The founders provided a final remedy if ultimately needed. And if Congress or the Court are unable or unwilling to correct the situation, that remedy may need to be used.
While Judge Kavanaugh is correct, I doubt he has either the Constitutional authority (Marbury v Madison and other precedent notwithstanding) or the power to do anything about it. He can and should weigh in on the matter, but the Constitutional remedy is - impeachment.
I like what rodeo clown said: I am the clown and I know it. Obozo IS the clown and he doesn´t know it. Well, we know it, his handlers know it, Putin and the rest of the world leaders know it (Nobel committee didn´t!, and they call themselves super-duper 50 pound egg-heads). Obozo deep in his body, I suspect, knows it too, but for the reason of long succession of the people that came that high by chance but not by merit, he placates himself that because "I am here, ergo, I deserve it".
This warrants closer study during a longer block of time than I have right now. But one small statement stood out as needing immediate comment:
#3 : "You have the tools in the Declaration of Independence, that is, if you have an IQ high enough to comprehend it."
We have way too much confusion between our founding documents. The Declaration of Independence justifies our founders´ rebellion against English oppression. It does not provide any authoritative framework for U.S. law. (Along those lines, I will have a hard time resisting the urge to smack upside the head the next person I hear claim "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" or "separation of church and state" is stated or implied anywhere in the Constitution.)
Of course nothing is going to happen about this writ of mandamus. Obozo will just ignore it like he´s ignored other judicial orders. After, he is king. Just ask him. And if this type of action is allowed to continue, this country will, in a short time, be nothing more that a dictatorship. Not even a third world one. If, a big if, the GOP can take control of the Senate next year and maintain control of the house, something might be done to stop this madness. And if that doesn´t happen, then the only thing that will heal this country is for freedom loving people to band together and take it back by force. And at my age(68)I´ll gladly join them in any capacity I can.
You can see the value of the judicial branch in this case... the judge does not have to run for office... he is largely independent and can point out the facts, the law, and the larger truth.
And this is, in effect, a subtle call for impeachment in a way... It offers the grounds to begin in the House... After all, deliberate and repeated unconstitutionality by the Executive is ample reason for his removal. To preserve the rule of law... and end the law(lessness) by Ruler.
Thanks to WSJ for stepping up to the plate, and thanks OP for posting a Top Must Read.
If we can win in 2014, impeachment is well worth doing. We can either save the Constitution... or we can, by neglect, burn it.
Benjamin Franklin... "You have a Republic... if you can keep it."
Sorry # 60, but the dims have learned, as evidenced by 2012, that they are not going to let 2010 happen again. They have mastered stealing elections, and other than perhaps dogcatcher in Nickerson, KS, not another Republican is going to win, ever again.
The Affirmative-Afro-Action POTUS POS is playing our media and nation for suckers...
He gets away with it because the Ministry of Propaganda... NBC and the others... not only allow him to, but also encourage and want him to... Chrissie Hissy Fit cheers him on as Number One Kneepad wearing Cheerleader...
The Bad Boyz of the movie "Animal House" are now in charge, and the Presstitutes love it. It isn´t just Al Franken from SNL... Look at Weiner, Spitzer, Filner and Billy...
It is said "Nero fiddled while Rome burned."
We have Nero With a "G"... who fiddles around re-arranging our laws and Constitution... while DimWitz and Liberoids and Presstitutes applaud him for doing so...
And Hill-err-ee-ass Herself along with perverted lawless rapist Billyboobboob Klintoon hope to be next to continue this travesty...
She´s a woman... It´s her turn! She can be our First Lesbian President! She´ll come out to the LGBT´s before November 2016... "There is no controlling legal authority." algwhore-zero the sex-crazed poodle will pronounce them to be fit for orifice.
After all, in his mind, he used to be president... He can kiss a polar bear´s butt.
# 3, come join us at the American Spectator. Your passion is the rule there. We can use whatever language but rarely feel the need. Today´s articles are spot on and your post reflects our opinions ( truths ). # 26 is right on too. The rodeo clown debacle proves it.
It´s all too much. A reckless, would be king, abusive tyrant. And yet there are millions of creative humans out there, skilled communications, technological mastery, driving the trucks, making the orders, delivering a magical system of supply and demand in a supremely high quality life style world that is more rewarding than any country ever before in modern history, and aided by technology that did not exist as recently as ten years ago. We are in magic times, the best of times, and yet we are allowing a most destructive teleprompter puppet, under the guise of being black, to be controlled in his every move, by a cabal of proven agitating, ruinous, communizing, provoking puppeteers, like in ancient brutal corrupt times. This Stalinist Ruinous Few, controlling a deadened zombie-like Congress, an out of balance Supreme Court (that is not supreme!!) and a warped old statist press and TV media that stifles all truth out of their own fear of discovery. The grand charade from this small bunch of commie comrades. While we proceed with our productive lives, these cretins pull away at this great life that has never existed before. We have to communicate with the idiots, show them the truth. Proud, functioning, America, needs to cross over to the river of welfare, food stamps, unemployment, medical benefits abuse, unionized low grade teachers who do not even teach students to read, growing tattooed gun drug gangsters, backward muslim enclaves, on & on, clean up, support those like Scott Walker that do clean up destruction. Risk ranting to confront more abusive ignorant people.
The press´s role in this allowance of lawbreaking is overwhelming and their OWN responsibility. I just do not understand how the editors and publishers of our media cannot raise their heads and see where they are taking the country and, of course, themselves.
At best they should see their own abject poverty, at worst ???
#33, I share your concern with the "people who consume the media". However, my point is the media, whether we admit it or not, has a huge effect on the consumer´s awareness of current politics. The media purposely covers for this administration and millions have no idea. If the media would do their job, this administration would be out of office.
Most will never hear about the content of this article. Shameful.
The irony is probably lost on Obama but the last time there was a real flurry of interest in pursuing writs of mandamus happened when the segregationist Democrats in the South decided they were going to ignore the civil rights bills passed by Congress.
"It´s Starting: This requires a second cup and a clear head but is the most important thing you´ll read today."
Usually I agree with Lucianne, but here I must point out -- where was the Wall St. Journal editorial board when Obama took the law into his own hands and granted amnesty to the "Dreamers"? What, exactly, is the Constitutional difference between Obama overstepping on Yucca and overstepping on giving illegal aliens a pathway to citizenship? It seems, over and over, that the Wall St. Journal is only conservative when it comes to protecting businesses, and only big businesses at that.
The rest of us schlubs do not count. This is the problem with the Wall Street Journal.
Might be getting up there in years so participation might well be a problem but frankly I don´t think "they" properly outlawed DUELING, and with those young buck dope using criminals being let out of jail by Holder, maybe somebody will figure it all out anyway.
We need a way private individuals can resolve their differences without state interference.
Now that we got the law out of the way and have returned to personal preference, seems to me we have that way!
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In August 2013 I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and I checked into the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee. Dr. Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended
Johannesburg - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela´s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa´s government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country´s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn´t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans
The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to
President Obama’s job approval among American voters has dropped to negative territory with just 38 percent voicing their approval versus the 58 who says they disapprove, according to a national poll released Tuesday by the independent Quinnipiac University. That is one percent less than the 39% who said they approved of him in last month’s poll. The majority of the 2,692 registered voters the University in early December said that the president is not honest and trustworthy. When asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?,” respondents gave Obama lackluster ratings
Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters:
If you go down on the ice today you´re sure of a big surprise - a rare glimpse of 20 polar bears gorging on a bloody midnight feast. These photographs show a rare cluster of males, females and cubs all dining out on the remains of a whale carcass. They spent a night and a day stripping every last morsel from the mammoth sea creature. Usually Polar bears are solitary and would never tolerate being so close to each other. But with food in plentiful supply and bellies dragging on the floor they seem too lethargic to fight.Wildlife photographer Michal