Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Environment, Junk Science, Law, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear, Politics, Progressivism, Regulation, The Constitution, The United States | Tags: Federal Judge Royce Lamberth, FOIA Requests, The Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Judge Royce C. Lamberth today warned the EPA not to discriminate against conservative groups in how it responds to open records requests. He said the agency may have lied to the court and showed “apathy and carelessness” in carrying out the law.
He said he could not prove that officials intentionally destroyed documents, but he described as an “absurdity” the way the EPA handled a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from Landmark Legal Foundation and the court case stemming from it—including late last week admitting that it misled the court about how it went about “searching for documents.”
In a scorching 25-page opinion, the judge accused the agency of insulting him by first claiming it had conducted a full search for records, then years later retracted that claim in a footnote to another document without giving any explanation for how it erred.
“The recurrent instances of disregard that EPA employees display for FOIA obligations should not be tolerated by the agency,” the judge said. “This court would implore the executive branch to take greater responsibility in ensuring that all EPA FOIA requests — regardless of the political affiliation of the requester — are treated with equal respect and conscientiousness.”
This particular ruling can also be seen as a rebuke to President Obama who vowed to run the “most transparent administration in history” but has received constant challenges over how that vow has been carried out. Judge Lamberth made a point of the EPA delay of follow through on Landmark’s request until after the 2012 elections, and said explanations by EPA officials for why they failed to live up to the law “defied reason.”
Mark Levin, Landmark’s president, said it is up to the president to decide how to respond, but people should be fired. Nena Shaw and Eric Wachter, Judge Lamberth said, either lied to the court or showed utter indifference to the law.
Is it proper to send roses to a federal court? Probably not, but this arrogant agency certainly deserves a legal slap-down.
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Freedom, History, Law, Politics, Progressivism, Regulation, Taxes, The Constitution, The United States | Tags: Gone Full Tyrant, No Inclination to Negotiate, Progressive Ideology
Goodness, we must have really irritated President Obama with that recent wave election. One might have hoped that it would lead to more cooperation, but he has proved that he has no ability, nor inclination, to negotiate. It’s plainly his way or the highway. He ‘s gone full tyrant.
- The FCC Approves ‘Net Neutrality’ Plan to Control Internet Access the plan puts the Internet in the same regulatory department as Ma Bell and bans business practices that are “unjust or unreasonable.” There is no need for regulation.
- Obama: “Consequences’ for ICE Officials Who Don’t Follow Executive Amnesty.” ” Not only are we going to have to win this legal fight…but ultimately we’re still going to pass a law through Congress.The bottom line is I’m using all the legal power invested in me in order to solve this problem, If somebody’s working for ICE and they don’t follow the policy, there’s going to be consequences to it.”
- Obama to ban bullets by executive action, threatens top-selling AR-15 rifle “As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation targeting the top-selling rifle in the country. the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.”
- Obama: Illegal Immigration Will Be Solved When There’s A ‘President Rodriguez.’ “Now let me get to the broader question you asked, which is what would I ask for the next president of the United States. One of the things I’ve learned in this position is that as the only office in which you are the president of all the people, not just some in terms of short-term politics, you have to be thinking about what’s good for the country.”
- Obama Dares GOP: Go Ahead, Have a Vote on Whether What I’m Doing Is Legal…I Will Veto “So in the short term, if Mr. McConnell, the leader of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, want to have a vote on whether what I’m doing is legal or not, they can have that vote. I will veto that vote, because I’m absolutely confident that what we’re doing is the right thing to do.”
We have never before had a president who says essentially— the hell with the Constitution, I’m going to do exactly what I want. We’ve had advice handed down from our first president, and many subsequent presidents, but never one before that behaved like a petulant spoiled child.
What we need to understand is that for the present crop of progressives, the issue is never the issue. Our immigration system is not broken. It is not enforced. Obama wants poor, poorly educated peasants from Mexico and Central America because by giving them work permits and welfare benefits, food stamps, driver’s licenses and other goodies, they will be Democrat Party voters, and make America permanently Progressive and permanently socialist.
Regulating the internet as a public utility to protect users establishes government control over the web, who uses it, and what kind of speech will be allowed.
Threatening public officials if they don’t obey Obama’s illegal executive orders while they are questioned by Congress and the courts is reprehensible.
John Hinderaker, one of the attorneys at Powerline offers “A Modest Proposal For Amendments to the Constitution.” “Barack Obama’s scofflaw administration has revealed some ambiguities or omissions in our Constitution–loopholes, if you will–that should be closed via constitutional amendment, to eliminate the possibility that future administrations may also act lawlessly. I have in mind three amendments that should accomplish that purpose.”
Do read the whole thing, which explains the very brief amendments, and why we need each one. Just a matter of clarifying the wording so even ideologues can understand.
Filed under: Afghanistan, Cuba, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Education, Energy, Foreign Policy, Freedom, Global Warming, Health Care, Immigration, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Law, Media Bias, Medicine, Military, National Security, Regulation, Russia, Taxes, Terrorism, The Constitution, The United States, Unemployment | Tags: Barack Obama, Choosing Sides, Fundamentally Transorm?
Most of us are apt to divide the world up into the good guys and the bad guys. Opposites. Simplistic thinking, of course. No nuance. (when did that word slip into the daily vocabulary?) Winners and losers. Short and tall, rich and poor, hard-working and lazy, handsome and ugly, cruel and kind, smart and stupid. It helps us to understand those things we encounter in the world, we can modify our judgment later.
World War II was clear — Allies and Axis, and the Cold War — Communists and the Free World. Things began to get confused with the War in Vietnam. Protesters couldn’t decide who were the good guys and who were the bad guys. Jane Fonda has never been forgiven for her stupidity, but she was not alone among the far left. It was a confusing time, and when the Draft was ended, surprisingly so were the protests.
Questions today on the internet ask “Is Obama a Christian?” and “Is Obama a Muslim?” But those are the wrong questions. Obama has given every indication of signing up with the bad guys, the Axis, the Communists, and those who oppose our country. His dislike for the Israeli prime minister is obvious; his distaste for the United Kingdom is clear; his support for a deal with Iran; his support for the Muslim Brotherhood; for the deposed president of Egypt; inability to reach a status of forces agreement with Iraq; Benghazi; refusal to help the dissidents in Iran, and in Syria; and the silly outreach to Cuba; and the support for most anti-American governments in South America.
There is a pattern. A pattern which is behind Rudy Giuliani’s asking if the president loves America. One would think that the media would be somewhat aware of the direction of the entire Obama administration, instead of dissolving in wrath when someone actually notices. (Or is that why the media boiled over —they’re beginning to notice?)
I think he is just doing exactly what he said he would do: attempt to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” Everybody was so excited with the idea of the first black president, the mellow baritone voice, the moving phraseology “Yes We Can!,” “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!,” that they didn’t really pay any attention to what he actually said that he wanted to do. I don’t think he is trying to destroy the country, he just wants to “fix” it.
We are paying the price for our inattention. And it’s up to us to find out exactly what he meant by “fundamentally transform.” It matters. It matters a lot.
Filed under: Education, Freedom, Humor, Movies, News of the Weird, Regulation | Tags: A Little Common Sense, Damaging Little Kids, Mindless School Principals
Another day, another eruption of educational idiocy. Political correctness or zero tolerance. Mindless principals, afraid that they might be criticized by someone, somewhere, for allowing any indication of possible, potential, imaginary violence to take place in their school, do remarkably silly things to protect themselves and damage little kids.
Alden Steward, age 9, had watched “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies,” and his head was still filled with the movie. He told a classmate that he could make him disappear with a ring forged in Middle Earth’s Mount Doom. He brought his “one ring” to school, put it on a classmate’s head, and said he could make him invisible like Bilbo Baggins.
Kermit Elementary School officials in Texas suspended the 9 year old for making violent threats.
“I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence,” the father wrote. “If he did, I’m sure he’d bring him right back.”
Gosh, I’m not sure that is even as threatening as the little kid who got suspended for eating his pop-tart into a “gun shape.” (Looked more like the State of Idaho to me.)
I have not kept track of all the suspensions of kids for imaginary crimes against their school friends. There are too many. If you cannot distinguish between child’s imaginary play and violence, you are not suitable to be in a position of authority over children. It indicates that if there were an actual emergency, this person could not cope. School Boards should require a modicum of common sense.
Filed under: Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Progressivism, Regulation, Unemployment | Tags: "Tough Love", Best Job Creation Year?, Not Obama's Doing
Lets assume that your company has a big layoff, and you get a pink slip.. Your job is gone. What do you do? Some people go on vacation, They need time to reassess, get their heads on straight, think things through. Others go right down to file for unemployment benefits. Most people will be looking for another comparable job, or one that’s even a little better, and the weeks and months go by….
Obama has been saying for the past couple of months that 2014 has seen impressive improvement in the labor market— the best year in job creation since 1999, he points out proudly. He has naturally credited his policies, but any justification or rationale is missing. Unfortunately, the improvement in job creation seems to be due to the expiration of a program that the Democrats were fighting to renew.
It seems that it is not a result of Obama’s “Middle Class Economics,” an undefined and unexplained version of economics, dreamed up by Obama himself. The problem is the usual one when dealing with the Left — they don’t understand incentives.
A new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research contends that the ending of federally extended unemployment benefits across the country at the end of 2013 explains much of the labor-market boom of 2014.
When you’ve been looking for a job for some time, you settle in to a discouraged passivity. You are required by law to prove that you are looking, but you have half given up hope. Politicians on the Left always want to be helpful and encourage the unemployed to rely on the government. The “better world” they envision as a result of their policies is a grand vision where the needs of the people are fulfilled entirely by the benevolent government which leaves the people free to create and paint, invent, compose. (Surely you remember Nancy Pelosi not long ago, advancing just that plan).
Sometimes people need a kick in the pants to get them moving, and an end to extended unemployment benefits does it. You may have to take the job you can find, rather than the job of your dreams. (See Mike Rowe) And that is what explains the labor-market boom in 2014 —1.8 million jobs can be attributed to the end of the extended-benefits program. It suggests that long-term unemployment benefits could have played a big role in the ongoing procrastination-passivity of the labor markets. Adults who are quite familiar with the technique when dealing with their children — tough love— may still be opposed to it for adults.
Congress repeatedly authorized federal extensions that allowed people to draw benefits much longer. The Obama administration was predicting that the drop-off in stimulative spending (the government gives money to the unemployed, they spend the money, that money circulates in the economy, magically multiplying as it goes) would cost 240,000 jobs. The NBER paper finds that it created 1.8 million jobs. The economics of the Slowest Recovery has been not Obama’s Middle Class economics, but discredited Keynesian economics which has never worked.