Will the arrogance and hubris of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over Obamacare be vindicated in June by the Supreme Court?
In October 2009, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, astounded by the apparent irrelevance of a reporter’s question about the constitutionality of Obamacare, spoke the words that ricocheted off the Constitution and then around the world:
CNSNews.com: “Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?”
Pelosi: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”
CNSNews.com: “Yes, yes I am.”
Pelosi then shook her head before taking a question from another reporter. Her press spokesman, Nadeam Elshami, then told CNSNews.com that asking the speaker of the House where the Constitution authorized Congress to mandate that individual Americans buy health insurance as not a “serious question.”
“You can put this on the record,” said Elshami. “That is not a serious question. That is not a serious question.”
She seemed to have been taken by surprise by the question in the chaotic hubbub of the announcement that the Senate might pass its version of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, or the ACA, or Obamacare, or Public Law 111-148). Or at least she was stunned by the idea that anyone would question the government’s “right” to conceive of and pass such a law. No one else was questioning the legality of such a law. All other questions patronized her alleged wisdom about its necessity.
Old wars never really go away. Thirty years after Falklands, Argentina and the UK are still facing off over the islands. Bananas are going for a pound each and there’s an egg shortage among the native population.
Thirty-one years after Israel destroyed Saddam’s nuclear reactor a few miles outside of Baghdad to the universal condemnation of the whole world, it seems likely to launch such an attack. Once again Israeli F-16’s are likely to head into the jaws of a regional power and come out victorious and condemned.
There is good reason why old wars don’t go away. War hatreds are convenient distractions for poor economies, whether in Buenos Aires or Tehran. If a bomb falls on Israel, few in Iran will be asking how much money the Revolutionary Guard pocketed from developing the massive program. And in the middle of economic turmoil, denouncing the Brits for stealing islands on which hardly anyone wants to live, but the people living on them, is a fine distraction from a closer look at how Kirchner is using legislation to consolidate economic power.
Thirty-nine years after the last major war between Israel and Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood will unveil a constitution based on the Al-Azhar document, a lovely piece of work which emphasizes the importance of democracy and freedom– and the subservience of both to Islamic law. Western observers still working up their enthusiasm for the Arab Spring are noting the former and not the latter.
36 F-16 fighter planes approved by Pentagon for Baghdad last year are
comparable to those in IAF inventories.
Israel is increasingly concerned with the military build-up in Iraq amid
intelligence reports that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is
solidifying its presence in the country, according to a senior IDF officer.
Of particular concern is the Pentagon’s approval in late 2011 of the sale of
36 F- 16 multi-role combat aircraft to Iraq. The planes will be built by
Lockheed Martin in the US and are Block 52 F-16s, meaning that they are of
the same configuration as Israel’s F-16Is, called Sufa (Storm).”We are carefully watching the developments in Iraq,” the IDF officer said.
“The possible developments there are not immediate, but since the US
withdrawal from Iraq we do not know what will evolve there.”
Trayvon Martin and MSNBC’s Doctored Tape — on The Glazov Gang by Jamie Glazov Tom Dreesen, Dwight Schultz and Sonja Schmidt shed light on the Left’s perverse longing for a racist past. http://frontpagemag.com/2012/04/09/the-trayvon-martin-tragedy-and-the-hustlers-of-racist-hate-on-the-glazov-gang/
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/295501/obama-funds-egyptian-government-andrew-c-mccarthy A Muslim Brotherhood–controlled government gets $1.5 billion. n October 2010, on the eve of the Islamic revolution that the media fancies as “the Arab Spring,” the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood called for jihad against the United States. You might think that this all but unnoticed bombshell would be of some importance to […]
As Bob Hope and Bing Crosby observed in “The Road To Bali”:
“He gets his shirts straight from Paris Cigarettes from the Nile
He talks like a highbrow But he plays Chicago style…”
I’ve no idea where President Barack Obama gets his shirts and smokes, but he certainly talks like a highbrow, sufficiently so to persuade presidential historian Michael Beschloss to pronounce him the day after the 2008 election “the smartest president ever.” Yet, in the end, he plays Chicago style. You can take the community organizer out of Chicago, but you can’t take the Chicago out of the community organizer. Or as the Agence France-Presse headline put it, “Combative Obama Warns Supreme Court On Health Law.”
http://pjmedia.com/blog/tomorrow-belongs-to-me/?singlepage=true Tomorrow Belongs to Me If Cabaret were re-made in today’s Hollywood, would they dare to replace the original’s Nazis with jihadists? A few months ago I attended a private screening in Pasadena of the 1972 film Cabaret, which lost the Academy Award for Best Film to The Godfather, and yet still put an Oscar […]
Like the United States, we have our flaws. But to say Israel is undemocratic is just dead wrong.
At 64, Israel is older than more than half of the democracies in the world. The Jewish state, moreover, belongs to a tiny group of countries — the United States, Britain, and Canada among them — never to have suffered intervals of non-democratic governance. Since its inception, Israel has been threatened ceaselessly with destruction. Yet it never once succumbed to the wartime pressures that often crush democracies.
On the contrary, conflict has only tempered an Israeli democracy that affords equal rights even to those Arabs and Jews who deny the state’s legitimacy. Is there another democracy that would uphold the immunity of legislators who praise the terrorists sworn to destroy it? Where else could more than 5 percent of the population — the equivalent of 15 million Americans — rally in protest without incident and be protected by the police. And which country could rival the commitment to the rule of law displayed by the Jewish state, whose former president was convicted and jailed for sexual offenses by three Supreme Court justices — two women and an Arab? Israeli democracy, according to pollster Khalil Shikaki, topped the United States as the most admired government in the world — by the Palestinians.
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http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/04/et_tu_tunisia_blasphemy_punishment_in_liberated_tunisia.html On the heels of the three year prison sentence dispensed by an Egyptian court to a17 year-old Coptic Christian boy for allegedly publishing “blasphemous” cartoons on his Facebook page, comes this story from liberated Tunisia, home of the “Jasmine revolution” which inspired the Arab Spring. As reported (4/5/12) by Al Arabiya, according to the […]