Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on July 9, 2013 by Allahpundit

“Is it fair for the president of the United States to give American businesses an exemption from his health care law’s mandates, without giving the same exemption to the rest of America? Hell no, it’s not fair,” Speaker John A. Boehner told a closed-door gathering of House Republicans on Tuesday, according to those present.

Some Democrats were also dismayed by the White House’s actions. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and an author of the health law, questioned whether Mr. Obama had the authority to unilaterally delay the employer mandate.

“This was the law. How can they change the law?” he asked.

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In the courts of law and public opinion, congressional Republicans increasingly accuse President Barack Obama of exceeding his constitutional authority for the benefit of special interests, most recently by delaying a requirement for businesses to provide health care for their workers…

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said the action was part of a pattern of “indifference to the rule of law on the part of this administration. … He did it with immigration. He did it with welfare work requirements. And he did it with the NLRB when he took it upon himself to tell another branch of government when it was in recess.

“And now he’s doing it again with his own signature health care law,” said McConnell, who is seeking re-election next year in a state where Obama is unpopular.

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“It’s fundamentally unfair to adopt an employer mandate and an individual mandate and say ‘I’m going to enforce this against hard-working individual Americans, but the government is going to look the other way when it comes to wealthy, corporate fat cats,’ ” Lee said…

Lee, a constitutional lawyer by training, wants to unite a populist anti-government message with a process argument, saying Obama’s delaying the employer mandate is an unconstitutional abrogation of the law, which requires full implementation on Jan. 1, 2014.

“The president wants to rewrite the law without going to Congress and he doesn’t have the power to do that,” he said in a phone interview. “It really is a unilateral amendment on the part of the president of his signature legislative accomplishment.”

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Article II, Section 3, of the Constitution states that the president “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” This is a duty, not a discretionary power. While the president does have substantial discretion about how to enforce a law, he has no discretion about whether to do so.

This matter—the limits of executive power—has deep historical roots. During the period of royal absolutism, English monarchs asserted a right to dispense with parliamentary statutes they disliked. King James II’s use of the prerogative was a key grievance that lead to the Glorious Revolution of 1688. The very first provision of the English Bill of Rights of 1689—the most important precursor to the U.S. Constitution—declared that “the pretended power of suspending of laws, or the execution of laws, by regal authority, without consent of parliament, is illegal.”…

This is not the first time Mr. Obama has suspended the operation of statutes by executive decree, but it is the most barefaced. In June of last year, for example, the administration stopped initiating deportation proceedings against some 800,000 illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 16, lived here at least five years, and met a variety of other criteria. This was after Congress refused to enact the Dream Act, which would have allowed these individuals to stay in accordance with these conditions. Earlier in 2012, the president effectively replaced congressional requirements governing state compliance under the No Child Left Behind Act with new ones crafted by his administration…

Of all the stretches of executive power Americans have seen in the past few years, the president’s unilateral suspension of statutes may have the most disturbing long-term effects. As the Supreme Court said long ago (Kendall v. United States, 1838), allowing the president to refuse to enforce statutes passed by Congress “would be clothing the president with a power to control the legislation of congress, and paralyze the administration of justice.”

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What if Mitt Romney had won the election, and proceeded to disregard sections of Obamacare in precisely the manner President Obama is presently doing? It would go something like this:

WASHINGTON – The Romney administration faces a political and legal crisis as blowback from its controversial decision to unilaterally suspend central elements of the Affordable Care Act continues to intensify…

“President Romney is openly defying the laws of the United States that he swore an oath to faithfully execute,” said the leader of an umbrella liberal interest group that was formed to promote the Affordable Care Act. “Arbitrarily letting employers off the hook for providing health care is not just illegal, but it’s deadly for Americans who are counting that coverage.”

That umbrella advocacy group, several major national labor unions, and 14 smaller advocacy groups filed a lawsuit last week in the D.C. Circuit seeking an emergency injunction forcing the Romney administration to enforce the law. The groups are also staging a 24-7 protest in Lafayette Square across from the White House under a large banner reading: “Romney Is Not Above the Law.” A significant number of protesters are calling for the president’s impeachment over the issue.

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Frankly, I don’t see how anyone, who has followed this case, could convict GZ of second-degree murder. The prosecution’s case-in-chief was an unmitigated disaster and actually help boost the defence’s case.

Resist We Much on July 9, 2013 at 11:57 PM

yes, i’m no longer watching Greta. Very disappointed with the sophistry and dis-information from her ‘panel’. I realize that most trial lawyers are left…but still. It really shows the over-arching narrative of the Left…deviations from dogma will Not be tolerated. So mind your p’s and q’s lefties…make sure you get yourself on the right side.

r keller on July 10, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Axe on July 10, 2013 at 1:21 AM

Axe, check this out, including the cover art.

You too, RWM.

Trust In Me

novaculus on July 10, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Ok, enough time for another boilermaker.

novaculus on July 10, 2013 at 1:27 AM

novaculus on July 10, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Holsten Festbock for me.

gh on July 10, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Obama will never be impeached no matter what he does.

mobydutch on July 10, 2013 at 1:30 AM

Holsten Festbock for me.

gh on July 10, 2013 at 1:28 AM

I like bocks. Just cracked another Dundee, but Kölsch-Style Ale this time.

novaculus on July 10, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Trust In Me

novaculus on July 10, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Sort of shuffley, soft-shoey.

Axe on July 10, 2013 at 1:35 AM

The problem is that this started back with Woodrow Wilson and the GOP has been outplayed continually since then. It’s going to take another 100 years to undo all the damage.

gh on July 10, 2013 at 1:18 AM

No. This is quite different. Leftist damage has been going on since Wilson but this isn’t about leftism. This is third-world stuff and nothing like it has ever been seen in this nation. In fact, you can’t name a nation in history that ever elected someone who hated that nation and everything it ever stood for. Even the insane and stupid dictators of the past wanted to increase their power through the nations they ruled but Barky is just about destruction and bringing us to our knees. This is a whole different world – a third-world … and the stupidest and most incompetent part of it, at that (which is pretty friggin bad!!).

And you see with the cowardly reactions of the GOP (and their attempts to actually collude with the dem traitors and the Indonesian destroyer) that the lawlessness is just spreading far and wide.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 10, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Democrats propose national park on the moon

Aren’t ‘national’ parks generally within a nation’s geographical boundaries?

Why isn’t Sheila ‘Dora the Explorer’ Jackson-Lee a co-sponsor of this legislation? Is it because she wants to create a national park on Mars, where Neil Armstrong ACTUALLY planted the flag in 1969?

Resist We Much on July 10, 2013 at 1:38 AM

The problem is that this started back with Woodrow Wilson and the GOP has been outplayed continually since then. It’s going to take another 100 years to undo all the damage.

gh on July 10, 2013 at 1:18 AM

The cards were dealt fast and furiously by many people…cf. Diana West, American Betrayal et al. And, I wouldn’t doubt that many Rs have dirt in their background. The left loves oppo research…and has the distribution channels to make it count. (And will make it up if need be)

The beauty of the leftist machine is that there is affirmatively no moral compass. Embracing that, like Alinsky, is a massive victory. Dedicating his book to Lucifer doesn’t mean that he is a Satanist, but that he is not bound by the Christian world view. Well..that’s pretty brilliant. Envy?…bring it on. Bearing false witness?..Yes! Faster Please!…libertines?…Liberation!

r keller on July 10, 2013 at 1:42 AM

The Michael Hastings Car Crash: No Skids Marks, A Flying Engine And “Boston Brakes”

I think we can all agree at this point that based on what has come forward in the past several weeks it is more than likely Mr. Hastings was murdered. The following report from San Diego News 6 provides an excellent summary of what we know, and what we don’t know. The LAPD doesn’t seem to care much about the latter. From San Diego 6:

This theory was explained by a former Marine Gordon Duff who refers to the “Boston Brakes” technique, in which “drive by wire” cars, specifically a Mercedes Benz, can be manipulated remotely to simulate an out-of-control accident, according to his Veterans Today story (The 2010 story is a must read). The story details are eerily similar to Hastings fiery accident scene as there were no skid marks.

Adding credence to the possible car-hacking scenario is former U.S. National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism Richard Clarke. After news broke on the Hastings car accident, he confirmed the “drive by wire” concept.

VorDaj on July 10, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Democrats propose national park on the moon

Aren’t ‘national’ parks generally within a nation’s geographical boundaries?

Why isn’t Sheila ‘Dora the Explorer’ Jackson-Lee a co-sponsor of this legislation? Is it because she wants to create a national park on Mars, where Neil Armstrong ACTUALLY planted the flag in 1969?

Resist We Much on July 10, 2013 at 1:38 AM

They really want to control everything, don’t they? Why not lay claim to the afterlife?

Elysium shall be governed by the Elysium Panel, to be defined and created later by the Elysium Committee created herein, and Hades is henceforth abolished.

The 1967 Outer Space Treaty, signed and ratified by the United States and 101 other countries, explicitly states that “outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means.”

http://dailycaller.com/2013/07/09/lawmakers-propose-national-park-on-the-moon/

r i g h t. :) Until someone can actually claim, occupy, or bring other means, anyway, when they will claim, occupy, and bring other means. :)

Axe on July 10, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Christian world view

obviously that should read Judeo-Christian view

r keller on July 10, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Axe on July 10, 2013 at 1:35 AM

It’s a great album. Herbie Mann, incognito, as he was under contract elsewhere. And cool cover art.

novaculus on July 10, 2013 at 1:48 AM

Axe on July 10, 2013 at 1:35 AM

here is a better shot of the cover art:

Trust In Me

novaculus on July 10, 2013 at 1:51 AM

– What is a man,
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? a beast, no more.
Sure, he that made us with such large discourse,
Looking before and after, gave us not
That capability and god-like reason
To fust in us unused. Now, whether it be
Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple
Of thinking too precisely on the event,
A thought which, quarter’d, hath but one part wisdom
And ever three parts coward, I do not know
Why yet I live to say ‘This thing’s to do;’
Sith I have cause and will and strength and means
To do’t. Examples gross as earth exhort me:
Witness this army of such mass and charge
Led by a delicate and tender prince,
Whose spirit with divine ambition puff’d
Makes mouths at the invisible event,
Exposing what is mortal and unsure
To all that fortune, death and danger dare,
Even for an egg-shell. Rightly to be great
Is not to stir without great argument,
But greatly to find quarrel in a straw
When honour’s at the stake. How stand I then,
That have a father kill’d, a mother stain’d,
Excitements of my reason and my blood,
And let all sleep? while, to my shame, I see
The imminent death of twenty thousand men,
That, for a fantasy and trick of fame,
Go to their graves like beds, fight for a plot
Whereon the numbers cannot try the cause,
Which is not tomb enough and continent
To hide the slain? O, from this time forth,
My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!

Axe on July 10, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Sleep is required … goodnight all.

gh on July 10, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Sleep is required … goodnight all.

gh on July 10, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Night.

Axe on July 10, 2013 at 2:10 AM

New Android app allows liberals to publish the location of those angry white unstable anti-government gun-toting neighbors

VorDaj on July 10, 2013 at 2:08 AM

It sounds like a pretty infantile “app”. Nothing but marking up a map. It could be adapted to mark out crazy and dangerous leftists (i.e. all of them), instead.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 10, 2013 at 2:15 AM

Axe on July 10, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Jerry Was A Man

novaculus on July 10, 2013 at 2:20 AM

Axe on July 10, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Jerry Was A Man

novaculus on July 10, 2013 at 2:20 AM

Geez. If I can’t get my life re-gripped soon, I may never be able to catch up.

Bookmarked.

And how can you drink and think at the same time? At this point, me being you, I’d be typing “boobs” followed by “heh,” one comment after another, despite my transcendent aspirations. :)

Axe on July 10, 2013 at 2:26 AM

Axe on July 10, 2013 at 2:26 AM

Serious drinking takes years of practice. I used it as psychological warfare back in my tavern pool-shooting career. Amazing how disconcerting it is to be whupped on the pool table by a guy who is drinking hard liquor and smoking a big cigar while matching you beer for beer.(Not to mention using a bashed up aluminum cue. I loved those guys with $200 Italian cues. They were like bank machines)

Of course, there are limits. The key is knowing what they are, and getting close without exceeding them.

novaculus on July 10, 2013 at 2:35 AM

Night Nova. :) We shan’t play pool.

Night, Sophie Ro. Everything I am, everything I will ever be. +Remote.

Night everyone.

Axe on July 10, 2013 at 2:42 AM

Axe on July 10, 2013 at 2:42 AM

G’night, Axe. One more whiskey and I’m callin’ it a night too.

novaculus on July 10, 2013 at 2:48 AM

An ending like this is either naive or deeply profound.

novaculus on July 10, 2013 at 2:55 AM

America, 2013

Watch lifestyles, attitudes and behaviors…

Odd working hours, unexplained travel…

Monitor co-workers stress, divorce, financial problems…

Track online activities…

Those failing to report face penalties, criminal charges…

OBAMA ORDERS FED WORKERS: SPY ON EACH OTHER

–Drudge

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2013 at 3:04 AM

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2013 at 3:04 AM

Insomnia?

novaculus on July 10, 2013 at 3:11 AM

Insomnia?

novaculus on July 10, 2013 at 3:11 AM

No, just testing if the eyes on Drudge are watching the US or the USSR.

It is the latter, not surprisingly.

When he said “we are telling the truth and we are doing the right thing” he looked and sounded like the devil. Just find the video. He didn’t even believe himself what he was saying.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2013 at 3:19 AM

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2013 at 3:19 AM

Holy Shi-ite!

Orwell couldn’t have been more accurate. Now I’m really scared.

novaculus on July 10, 2013 at 3:32 AM

–Drudge

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2013 at 3:04 AM

Just saw it. Straight out of the Soviet communist playbook.

dogsoldier on July 10, 2013 at 5:38 AM

Good Morning, America. ONe of the by-products of become Marxist is a cheapening of the value of human life. “Say It! SAY IT!…That’s a Human Being Inside That Womb!” My take.

kingsjester on July 10, 2013 at 6:44 AM

kingsjester on July 10, 2013 at 6:44 AM

It’s a sadly comical statement that the protesters have to bus people in to inflate their numbers. If not for the free ride, and maybe also a free boxed lunch, how many of those freeloaders would have stayed home?

Liam on July 10, 2013 at 6:54 AM

It’s a sadly comical statement that the protesters have to bus people in to inflate their numbers. If not for the free ride, and maybe also a free boxed lunch, how many of those freeloaders would have stayed home?

Liam on July 10, 2013 at 6:54 AM

Oh! They also get walkin’ around money too. Usually from the union or activist group that rounds up the ignorant and worthless parasites for these protests that are about as spontaneous and legitimate as going out after the Ben Ghazi over a YouTube video.

People forget that Obamaphone lady was bussed in by the SEIU from another part of the state. When Michigan went right to work, the thugs came from all over the upper midwest. When Wisconsin’s statehouse was taken over by hooligans, most of them were there by organized labor upset that teachers would have to pay for their own Viagra. There is a whole sub-set of “event planning” connected to rent-a-thug organizing and the printing of brightly colored tees to make it seem as if there is some sort of unity among the stupid people who show up to be annoying.

Happy Nomad on July 10, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Happy Nomad on July 10, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Of course, you will never see that on the MSM.

kingsjester on July 10, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Get real, he’s half black, he can do what he wants…

Pest on July 10, 2013 at 7:38 AM

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2013 at 3:04 AM

Is that really surprising since one of the first things he did when he got into office was to set up a website for average Americans to report others who disagreed with him? It was immediately hijacked and thorough panned (as it should be) but I can see him doing it within the government employee arena and getting away with it.

Cindy Munford on July 10, 2013 at 10:25 AM

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