Quotes of the day

posted at 10:01 pm on January 29, 2014 by Allahpundit

Congressional Republicans are taking President Obama to court over his use of executive power to sidestep Congress

“We can go to court,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said. “We haven’t got many more options except [to] tell the American people that we’re seeing an abuse of the intent of the Constitution.”

Republicans have launched a salvo of legal actions to challenge the president on issues ranging from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programs…

GOP lawmakers argue the administration’s selective enforcement of the healthcare law amounts to an unconstitutional exercise of power. They point to the administration’s decisions to delay health insurance requirements, cap out-of-pocket costs and expand the employer mandate penalty.

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Despite anticipation that President Barack Obama would seize on his authority to act without U.S. congressional approval, his State of the Union speech appeared to mention only a handful of executive actions that could face legal challenges.

In his Tuesday night speech, Obama stayed away from the kind of bold, detailed proposals that some lawmakers and media pundits said beforehand would shake up his relationship with Congress, legal experts said afterward.

He vowed to act on his own but offered modest or vague ideas that hardly stretched what Americans think of as a president’s power, and that were unlikely to send business organizations rushing to file many lawsuits in courthouses…

“The theme was clearly there,” Levey said. “It might have been a little more conciliatory, a little less explicit than I anticipated.”

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The president’s taste for unilateral action to circumvent Congress should concern every citizen, regardless of party or ideology. The great 18th-century political philosopher Montesquieu observed: “There can be no liberty where the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or body of magistrates.” America’s Founding Fathers took this warning to heart, and we should too.

Rule of law doesn’t simply mean that society has laws; dictatorships are often characterized by an abundance of laws. Rather, rule of law means that we are a nation ruled by laws, not men. That no one—and especially not the president—is above the law. For that reason, the U.S. Constitution imposes on every president the express duty to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”…

In the more than two centuries of our nation’s history, there is simply no precedent for the White House wantonly ignoring federal law and asking private companies to do the same. As my colleague Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa asked, “This was the law. How can they change the law?”

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Executive orders like the one he will employ to raise the minimum wage paid by federal contractors may be the only route available to the president given deep hostility from the Republican majority in the House and a Congress increasingly focused on the 2014 elections rather than Barack Obama’s legacy.

But with some notable exceptions, only so much can be delivered through the president’s pen if he is not using it to sign legislation. He cannot raise the minimum wage for most workers, overhaul the Social Security system, grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants, reorder spending and taxes, or even make necessary fixes to the health care law…

“There is nothing like legislation,” said Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayor, the president’s first chief of staff and a former House member who advocates the strong use of executive power. “But given the challenges that are mounting, the country cannot afford Congress to go M.I.A.”

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Here’s a rough test. The president can exercise some legislative powers when i) Congress has delegated such power to the president by statute – most executive orders implement statutorily-given discretion, OR, ii) the President is exercising one of his office’s inherent constitutional powers.

For the domestic policy issues the President addresses in the State of the Union, inherent presidential powers are an unlikely source – national economic policy falls squarely within Congress’s purview. However, numerous statutes or gaps in statutes may have given the President the patchwork of authority that he will try to leverage to advance his policy goals – we will see. In such situations, the presidential action is constitutional. So that is what to look for: statutory authorization.

But if the president does have some kind of statutory authority, he is not “bypassing Congress” – he is serving it. That is, he is using the power given by Congress in the past, and which the current congress has chosen not to repeal.

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But there are limits. Because executive orders are intended first and foremost to direct the conduct of the executive branch, they must be sensitive to diverse opinions and interests within the executive branch. Typically, the interagency consultation needed to produce executive orders is neither quick nor simple.

Nor are these orders self-executing. The more of them there are, and the more controversial they are within the executive branch, the less likely it is that they will be enforced. Shortly after leaving office, Bill Clinton told an interviewer, “One of the things that I was frustrated about when I was president was that . . . I’d issue all these executive orders, and then you can never be 100% sure that they were implemented.” The Obama White House, which has not always given implementation the attention it needs, will have to raise its game.

Compared with legislating in our system of separated powers, issuing executive orders always looks easier and faster. But inadequate checks and balances can lead to ill-considered actions based on erroneous information, especially when national security seems to be at stake. FDR’s post-Pearl Harbor internment of 110,000 Japanese-Americans remains a blot on our nation’s honor. In the wake of 9/11, executive-branch decisions concerning intelligence collection and interrogations techniques have proved controversial and damaging.

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[T]his is less about his actions, and more about how they stand as a rebuke to the last three years of GOP behavior. Since taking control of the House in 2011, Republicans have committed themselves to blockading as much of the administration as possible. They’ve filibustered nominees, blocked appointments, and killed legislation, regardless of whether they stood with on the merits. Their only concern—their only goal—was to damage Obama’s credibility and keep the White House from scoring any points…

Obama’s executive actions are a response to public concern, and one that Republicans can’t match, on account of their paltry agenda. Instead, the plan is to snipe at the president’s proposal—to paint it as unconstitutional—in hopes that they can tarnish the attempt and keep Obama from salvaging his job approval.

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Off-year elections tend to be won and lost over which party turns out their base. This is why Republicans will continue to assail Obama’s use of executive power. By the same token, there is a political upside for Obama to sign more orders. It’s not just about policy. His base cheers these moves.

All of which means the debate will probably linger as we approach the midterm elections…

Executive orders can’t be undone by Congress. But they can be reversed by a new president. That means we may hear yet more about them as the 2016 elections approaches — especially on the Republican primary side.

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Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Whom

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:02 PM

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Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Nice concept Scrumpy!!!

PolAgnostic on January 29, 2014 at 10:03 PM

You are overrating the executive power that this most incompetent fool can use…

mnjg on January 29, 2014 at 10:03 PM

DESPISE!!!

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Good evening fellow HA/QOTD’ers!!

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Where is everyone?

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Hellooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:04 PM

(Taps fingers on desk)… ;)

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Oops! “Temporal Distortion” subroutine is automatic on QOTD ….

PolAgnostic on January 29, 2014 at 10:05 PM

They may NEVER get revised… Bah Humbug!

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Shhhhh …. I’m busy trying to resequence time pulses.

PolAgnostic on January 29, 2014 at 10:05 PM

PolAgnostic on January 29, 2014 at 10:05 PM

I thought for a moment the Rapture had happened!! Phew!! ;)

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:06 PM

mnjg on January 29, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Howdy!!

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:07 PM

“We can go to court,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said. “We haven’t got many more options except [to] tell the American people that we’re seeing an abuse of the intent of the Constitution.”

Ah – IMPEACH and REMOVE – Seems tailored for just such an event. I know, I know, cowards and all. The tings is, popular or not, it might be the right thing to do. Eventually you come to the point where you are complicit through lack of action.

Sharr on January 29, 2014 at 10:07 PM

I thought for a moment the Rapture had happened!! Phew!! ;)

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:06 PM

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Trust me, I’ll be around AFTER the Rapture …

… that was made clear last time I died.

PolAgnostic on January 29, 2014 at 10:08 PM

The president’s taste for unilateral action to circumvent Congress should concern every citizen, regardless of party or ideology.

It should but then again we’re talking about American leftists.

Any pol who stood and applauded when Dog Eater said he would move around Congress at the SOTU last night should be committing Hari Kiri right now.

Bishop on January 29, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Mcccain says take him to Court? ZOMG

wolly4321 on January 29, 2014 at 10:11 PM

PolAgnostic on January 29, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Not the first time around eh? Me either lol…

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Does SCOTUS initiate capital cases for treason?

viking01 on January 29, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Howdy. Goin’ to bed as soon as I finish my coffee.
Work tomm.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 29, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Hey Scrumpy! nice entrance. :)

wolly4321 on January 29, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Where is everyone?

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:03 PM

I’ve been asleep ever since that rat-eared dictator started talking.

viking01 on January 29, 2014 at 10:14 PM

If the GOP were serious about this they would not play around with the courts.

They would SHUT THE HOUSE DOWN – INCLUDING ALL FUNDING.

This is PROOF POSITIVE that the GOP places it’s political position ahead of constitutional principles. They have a job … and they are running to the liberal federal court system and begging them to do it for them.

Any predictions on how this will go? It doesn’t take a crystal ball to realize this is just a bunch of blow hards complaining for political reasons.

Again – SHUT THE DAMN GOVERNMENT DOWN! EXERCISE SOME TESTICULAR FORTITUDE AND FIGHT.

These idiots in the GOP should be hauled off to jail with the Dims – and, when the end of this nation comes … BETTER BELIEVE THEY WILL BE!

HondaV65 on January 29, 2014 at 10:14 PM

These idiots in the GOP should be hauled off to jail with the Dims – and, when the end of this nation comes … BETTER BELIEVE THEY WILL BE!

HondaV65 on January 29, 2014 at 10:14 PM

If by “hauled off to jail” you mean….uh….yeah.

Bishop on January 29, 2014 at 10:15 PM

May the pffft/implosion continue…

22044 on January 29, 2014 at 10:16 PM

wolly4321 on January 29, 2014 at 10:13 PM

TY!

No wonder McCain turns around, with the vote of no confidence in his home state… he’s on the run, don’t mean a thing, just talk to impress his voters… pfffft…

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:16 PM

owdy. Goin’ to bed as soon as I finish my coffee. Work tomm. annoyinglittletwerp on January 29, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Decaf?

How’s the new gig? Good , I hope.

wolly4321 on January 29, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Senator Censure Sucks.

viking01 on January 29, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said. “We haven’t got many more options except [to] tell the American people that we’re seeing an abuse of the intent of the Constitution.”

So we have nothing to fear from the non-arab family man, right senile jerk ?

burrata on January 29, 2014 at 10:19 PM

With his ego and arrogance he will do several just for kicks.

docflash on January 29, 2014 at 10:20 PM

“We can go to court,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said. “We haven’t got many more options except [to] tell the American people that we’re seeing an abuse of the intent of the Constitution.”

Is this the same McCain who went over to Eqypt to support Morsi? Yes, it is. Why support one would be Pharoah and not another? The man is nothing if not inconsistent.

VorDaj on January 29, 2014 at 10:21 PM

wolly4321 on January 29, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Dislike it.
*Btw: If my husband plays ‘Cotton eyed Joe’ ONE MORE TIME…*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 29, 2014 at 10:23 PM

These idiots in the GOP should be hauled off to jail with the Dims – and, when the end of this nation comes … BETTER BELIEVE THEY WILL BE!

HondaV65 on January 29, 2014 at 10:14 PM

I don’t want to see them in jail. Maybe they won’t make it that far.

VorDaj on January 29, 2014 at 10:23 PM

All hail the King….

Electrongod on January 29, 2014 at 10:24 PM

The same senator who said (in so many words) O’Barky would be good as a preznit?

viking01 on January 29, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Barrack Milhouse Obama…

Electrongod on January 29, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Obama’s Brother Wears Kaffiyeh Declaring That Muslims Will Destroy Israel

thatsafactjack on January 29, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Barack Hussein Obama will do that for them.

VorDaj on January 29, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Executive orders can’t be undone by Congress.

Why the heck not ? There is a first time for everything .

burrata on January 29, 2014 at 10:27 PM

fffft… Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:16 PM

You know that scene in Braveheart after he catches the dude that killed his woman and kicks his azz down the hill? We just kicked mccain down the hill. Now he has that stupid look on his face like ” you wouldn’t dare”.

Only we are done. We would dare. His days of honoring himself,, are over.

wolly4321 on January 29, 2014 at 10:27 PM

thatsafactjack on January 29, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Good Evening Jackie!! Nice post, sick and sucks btw :)

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:27 PM

All hail the Great Pharaoh Obama! King of Deceit, Emperor of Narcissism, Son of Infamy, Brother of Intolerance, Father of Hubris, Husband of Avarice, Purveyor of Denial!

LO! His titles are many and his ego eclipses the sun!

thatsafactjack on January 29, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Visual Humor from Twitter

PolAgnostic on January 29, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Good evening, Spritely One. :) It’s very good to see you.

thatsafactjack on January 29, 2014 at 10:28 PM

wolly4321 on January 29, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Prexactly wolly! I know that scene, good’un innit eh? ;)

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:28 PM

thatsafactjack on January 29, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Ohhhh!! Those are keepers!! Love ‘em! Got More? :)

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:29 PM

LOL! Sure. His titles are many. ;)

thatsafactjack on January 29, 2014 at 10:29 PM

“We can go to court,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said. “We haven’t got many more options except [to] tell the American people that we’re seeing an abuse of the intent of the Constitution.”

Fight with me!!!!

Good evening.

HornetSting on January 29, 2014 at 10:30 PM

McVain’s “friends across the aisle” ain’t gonna like that….oh, wait! It’s McVain…

viking01 on January 29, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Give it time ALT. You’ll enjoy it. Settle in.

Oragami.

wolly4321 on January 29, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Executive orders can’t be undone by Congress.

But We The People can undo them…..

A lawless president…

Can’t do shitte against a lawless citizenry..

Electrongod on January 29, 2014 at 10:32 PM

“Father of Trayvon”

viking01 on January 29, 2014 at 10:32 PM

McCain: Obama is a good man, nothing to be afraid of….

HornetSting on January 29, 2014 at 10:32 PM

We could add:

Lord of Spies, Chatelaine of Intrigue, Poisoner of Dreams, Slaver of the Poor, Destroyer of Lives, Bringer of Pain, Commander of Lies….

thatsafactjack on January 29, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Good evening Hot Air Peeps!

KCB on January 29, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Sick of that damned pic of 0bama…

OmahaConservative on January 29, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Hiya Ken!! :)

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Sick of that damned pic of 0bama…

OmahaConservative on January 29, 2014 at 10:36 PM

It will be the first thing you see in the Obama Library…

Electrongod on January 29, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Senator Lee and Eric Holder

KCB on January 29, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Eater of dogs.

HornetSting on January 29, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Sweet Bish!

KCB on January 29, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Poll: Sarah Palin Has Highest Favorability Rating Among GOP Primary Voters

According to Public Policy Polling:

The best liked person we tested on this poll with Republican primary voters is actually Sarah Palin who has a 70/20 favorability rating. She’s followed by Huckabee at 64/18, Ryan at 58/18, Paul at 58/21, Bush at 56/18, Cruz at 45/20, and Christie at 40/38. Most of those numbers are similar to what they were a month ago but Christie’s seen a substantial drop from +18 at 47/29 a month ago to his new +2 net favorability.


AP hardest hit

PolAgnostic on January 29, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Dennis Rodman wasted a lot of time trying to get cozy with that small fry Dear Leader in North Korea while all but ignoring the big fry one at home..

VorDaj on January 29, 2014 at 10:40 PM

KCB on January 29, 2014 at 10:38 PM

I came up from the Gulch and there it was!

Irrisistable… Thank You!! :)

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:41 PM

…Divider of Humanity… Conqueror of Hope… Prince of Destitution… The Uxorious One… .

thatsafactjack on January 29, 2014 at 10:41 PM

DRUDGE! Boehner in a sombrero. LOL

ElectricPhase on January 29, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Senator Lee and Eric Holder

KCB on January 29, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Sen Lee is raaaaaccciiiiiiiisssssssssssttttt !
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burrata on January 29, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Eater of dogs.

HornetSting on January 29, 2014 at 10:37 PM

At least America’s Dear Leader hasn’t had any of his ex-girl friends killed like his counterpart in North Korea has. Although there are rumors that he has had a few of his ex-boy friends eliminated.

VorDaj on January 29, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Hidden Imamoron
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That’s a Muslim thing, isn’t it?

PolAgnostic on January 29, 2014 at 10:43 PM

DRUDGE! Boehner in a sombrero. LOL

ElectricPhase on January 29, 2014 at 10:41 PM

If only he was a Pinata..

So I can beat the living..$%$$%..out of him….

Electrongod on January 29, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Tsar Bomba D.C. from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.

Murphy9 on January 29, 2014 at 10:43 PM

thatsafactjack on January 29, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Such a word smith you are, if I didn’t know better I would swear you were in the writ….. just a thought:)

My absence has not been due to any ill will towards here, rather Mrs MarshFox and I are getting down to the business of living again, our lives have been hold for far to long.

Retirement is close and I will be fading away to middle earth, but I owe you all a debt of thanks for the kindness that you have shown and to let you know that we are alive and well.

MarshFox on January 29, 2014 at 10:43 PM

“We can go to court,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said. “We haven’t got many more options except [to] tell the American people that we’re seeing an abuse of the intent of the Constitution.”

With this level of supposed understanding of the Constitution and power of the U.S. Congress, is it any wonder that we have an Imperial Presidency?

Pathetic …

ShainS on January 29, 2014 at 10:44 PM

We could add:

Lord of Spies, Chatelaine of Intrigue, Poisoner of Dreams, Slaver of the Poor, Destroyer of Lives, Bringer of Pain, Commander of Lies….

thatsafactjack on January 29, 2014 at 10:34 PM

My collie says:

Don’t forget “The Potentate of Parasites”.

CyberCipher on January 29, 2014 at 10:45 PM

thatsafactjack on January 29, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Main Man of the Misbegotten.

TXUS on January 29, 2014 at 10:46 PM

thatsafactjack on January 29, 2014 at 10:41 PM

All perfect titles for Da Won! Thank you Jackie :)

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Good evening Jackie!

KCB on January 29, 2014 at 10:46 PM

DRUDGE! Boehner in a sombrero. LOL

ElectricPhase on January 29, 2014 at 10:41 PM

I’m fairly sure Weasel “COC” Boehner’s green tie had little jalapeños on it….

viking01 on January 29, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Spouse of the Lobstermaniac

viking01 on January 29, 2014 at 10:47 PM

MarshFox on January 29, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Good evening, Marshfox. :)

I have missed you greatly, Marshfox, and thought of you often. :)

I’m glad you and Mrs. Marshfox are settling in and that you’ll be retiring soon. You’ve earned it. I can see you tending a lovely and productive farm. I wish you both all the best life has to offer.

thatsafactjack on January 29, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Tsar Bomba D.C. from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.

Murphy9 on January 29, 2014 at 10:43 PM

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Little S.M.o.D.

PolAgnostic on January 29, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Jeff Flake-

Let me clear up any illusions of the senator that ran as a tea party Conservative.

He’s a chamber of commerce petty whore.

Google jeff flake chamber of commerce.

He ain’t worth spit.

wolly4321 on January 29, 2014 at 10:49 PM

“We can go to court,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said. “We haven’t got many more options except [to] tell the American people that we’re seeing an abuse of the intent of the Constitution.”

…the Senile Shit trying to get kicked off the Sunday talk shows?

KOOLAID2 on January 29, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Sometimes I wonder what will blacks do when Hussein has no use for them and discards them like a used condo& ?

burrata on January 29, 2014 at 10:50 PM

KCB on January 29, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Good evening, Ken. :) It’s wonderful to see you. :)

thatsafactjack on January 29, 2014 at 10:50 PM

thatsafactjack on January 29, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Don’t worry we’ll be coming to visit you and Scrumpy once we are settled in our retirement home, I will be Missouri border trash don’t you know;)

MarshFox on January 29, 2014 at 10:51 PM

MarshFox on January 29, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Welcome!! Oh it is so good to ‘see’ you here!!

Hearty welcome!! :D

I wish you both a glorious and happy long life together, making memories to treasure!!

Enjoy your retirement to the fullest :)

God Bless you both!!

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Don’t forget “The Potentate of Parasites”.

CyberCipher on January 29, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Excellent.

Main Man of the Misbegotten.

TXUS on January 29, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Definitely.

Spouse of the Lobstermaniac

viking01 on January 29, 2014 at 10:47 PM

lol! Gluttony…

Eater of dogs.

HornetSting on January 29, 2014 at 10:37 PM

And lover of them, too… apparently. ;)

thatsafactjack on January 29, 2014 at 10:54 PM

MarshFox on January 29, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Holy shite!!

It is a pleasure to see you again, fine Sir.

You were missed.

It’s great to hear from you.

wolly4321 on January 29, 2014 at 10:54 PM

…the Senile Shit trying to get kicked off the Sunday talk shows?

KOOLAID2 on January 29, 2014 at 10:49 PM

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It took till today for him to figure out that whole censure thing.

PolAgnostic on January 29, 2014 at 10:54 PM

MarshFox on January 29, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Border Trash? Pfffffffffffft… Not a chance!!

I look forward to that, meeting you both, and Jackie also!!

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:55 PM

MarshFox on January 29, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Greetings!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 29, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Senator Censure Sucks.

viking01 on January 29, 2014 at 10:18 PM

I like it.

Barred on January 29, 2014 at 10:56 PM

MarshFox on January 29, 2014 at 10:51 PM

That’s fantastic. :) We welcome good people like you and Mrs. Marshfox here in the heart of the nation. Anytime you find the time, let me know. You’ll always find a welcome here. :)

thatsafactjack on January 29, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Thank you, and so you know Lila isn’t Lila anymore she is now publishing under her real name and she is just doing contemporary romance , no more hard stuff. She left that peyton place behind. 2 1/2 years and we are done. I already have some farming connections in MO but I am going to college first, need to add a bit to my technical resume:)

MarshFox on January 29, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Gotta love those Dem Voter Fraudsters

Calif. lawmaker convicted of voter fraud, perjury

California state Sen. Roderick Wright was convicted Tuesday of perjury and voter fraud for falsely claiming he lived in an apartment in the district he represents when he actually lives elsewhere.

The conviction on all eight felony counts doesn’t immediately bar Wright from the Senate, though his colleagues could decide to remove the long-serving Democrat before he is sentenced.

Defense attorney Winston Kevin McKesson said he would file an appeal.

Prosecutors said Wright committed fraud when he made it appear that he had moved into an Inglewood property he owned in order to run in 2008 to represent the 25th Senate District. They said Wright actually lived outside the district.

Wright was charged with counts including perjury, false declaration of candidacy and fraudulent voting. He could face a maximum of eight years and four months in prison when he is sentenced on March 12.

Wright currently represents the 35th Senate District because of redistricting.

Del Dolemonte on January 29, 2014 at 11:01 PM

MarshFox on January 29, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Please ask ‘Lila’ to email me at same email, I think she has it… or can I use her old one!!

Scrumpy on January 29, 2014 at 11:02 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 29, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Hey Twerpy, I see you have still been keeping the place lively in your normal way;) Oh yea, I have been watching you all, you would think the country was in trouble or something;)

MarshFox on January 29, 2014 at 11:02 PM

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