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  • Obama’s Pen: The Most Powerful Branch of Government?

    04/22/2011 2:33:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | April 22, 2011 | Patrick Richardson
    This week's leaked executive order draft is far from the first time this administration has looked to ignore congressional or legal defeat (i.e., the rule of law). Earlier this week on PJM, Hans A. von Spakovsky revealed that President Barack Obama is prepared to use the power of the presidential pen to impose portions of the DISCLOSE Act — the Democratic attempt, spearheaded by Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, to overturn the decision of the United States Supreme Court in Citizens United v. FEC: The bill had onerous requirements that were duplicative of existing law and burdensome...
  • Obama: The African colonial

    04/02/2011 5:41:37 PM PDT · by STE=Q · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 25, 2009 | L.E. Ikenga
    Had Americans been able to stop obsessing over the color of Barack Obama's skin and instead paid more attention to his cultural identity, maybe he would not be in the White House today. The key to understanding him lies with his identification with his father, and his adoption of a cultural and political mindset rooted in postcolonial Africa. Like many educated intellectuals in postcolonial Africa, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. was enraged at the transformation of his native land by its colonial conqueror. But instead of embracing the traditional values of his own tribal cultural past, he embraced an imported Western...
  • Obama calls for agreement on gun control after Giffords shooting

    03/13/2011 1:22:14 PM PDT · by maggief · 110 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 13, 2011 | Alexander Bolton
    President Obama on Sunday called for gun-rights advocates and proponents of gun control to find common ground two months after the shooting which killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). The Arizona Daily Star published an op-ed by Obama on Sunday calling for stronger restrictions on gun sales to buyers suspected of mental instability. “A man our Army rejected as unfit for service; a man one of our colleges deemed too unstable for studies; a man apparently bent on violence, was able to walk into a store and buy a gun,” Obama wrote of Jared...
  • Pay-to-Play Politics, the SEIU and Obamacare

    02/28/2011 8:57:22 PM PST · by Eva · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 06, 2009 | David Catron
    ...What does this have to do with national health care policy? Well, Mr. Obama achieved his November victory with more than a little help from such "friends." These benefactors paid a lot to put him in the White House, and they weren't all motivated by a desire "make history." Among the most generous of Obama's supporters was another entity that has figured prominently in the Illinois culture of corruption -- the Service Employees International Union. According to CNSNews, the SEIU's political action committee made "more than $27 million in independent expenditures" in support of Obama's presidential campaign while its members...
  • Net Neutrality is Anything But Neutral ( )

    02/26/2011 8:28:43 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 10 replies
    Net neutrality is an innocuous sounding term for what is really media Marxism. This is an ideological attempt by those on the left to control the greatest means for the distribution of information ever devised. It provides a playing field which the government does not control, and this is immensely troubling to those on the left. There are two pieces to net neutrality: Equal Access: Equal access says that everyone should always have equal priorities to the flow of information on the internet. In practice, this means that if I am updating my Twitter account, and my neighbor is downloading...
  • President Stealth Strikes Again

    02/08/2011 2:28:41 AM PST · by Scanian · 25 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 08, 2011 | Ed Lasky
    How Obama and his merry band are trying to evade the will of the people The people spoke in November when they delivered a shellacking to Democrats and Barack Obama. They had grabbed too much power in ways that ran afoul of tradition, the law, and the will of the people. In electing so many Republicans to office, Americans wanted a course change from the radicalism of the past two years: the regulatory avalanche, the policy missteps, the ObamaCare overreach. Have President Obama and his merry band of followers read the memo yet? The people have had it with the...
  • How Do You Shut Down the Internet in a Whole Country?

    01/29/2011 4:31:23 PM PST · by righttackle44 · 49 replies
    Life's Little Mysteries ^ | January 28, 2011 | Natalie Wolchover
    To silence dissidents, the Egyptian government made a move Jan. 28 that has no precedent: It turned off the Internet nationwide. How did they do it — and could the same thing happen here? According to David Clark, an MIT computer scientist whose research focuses on Internet architecture and development, a government's ability to control the Internet depends on its control of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), the private sector companies that grant Internet access to customers. "ISPs have direct control of the Internet, so what happens in any country depends on the control that the state has over those ISPs,"...
  • TSA Union Applauds Ending of Airport Privatization Program

    01/28/2011 9:38:25 PM PST · by Jubal Harshaw · 21 replies
    Earth Times ^ | Sat, 29 Jan 2011 | American Federation of Government Employees
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The American Federation of Government Employees today praised Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole for putting a stop to the privatization of this country's airport screening function, also known as the Screening Partnership Program (SPP). "The nation is secure in the sense that the safety of our skies will not be left in the hands of the lowest-bidder contractor, as it was before 9/11" AFGE National President John Gage said. "We applaud Administrator Pistole for recognizing the value in a cohesive federalized screening system and workforce." Airports have had the option of opting out of...
  • Federal Government Teaching Farmers to Participate in ‘Carbon Markets’ that Don’t Exist Yet

    01/21/2011 2:42:25 AM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1/21/11 | Matt Cover
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is teaching farmers how to participate in “carbon markets” despite the fact that such markets do not exist and Congress – in rejecting cap and trade legislation last year – has refused to create them. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan made the admission at the WorldWatch Institute’s 2011 State of World Symposium Wednesday, saying that one of the ways USDA was dealing with climate change was to teach American farmers how to participate in “carbon markets,” the technical term for a cap and trade program. “[USDA] will show farmers clearly and directly how...
  • Socialism by Other Means

    01/04/2011 3:15:15 AM PST · by Scanian · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 04, 2011 | Aaron Gee
    As I pondered the direction our Government had taken over the previous year, I looked at the definition of socialism by typing "define: socialism" into Google. The first definition presented was from Princeton's wordnet and read as follows; "a political theory advocating state ownership of industry." The definition feels woefully lacking. Ownership denotes control, and the state is certainly getting into the business of controlling industry. Over the last year our government has exerted more control over enterprise via legislative fiat than at any other time since FDR's power grab during the Great Depression. From the thousands of pages of...
  • FCC Net Neutrality Rules Released

    12/28/2010 12:09:58 PM PST · by dila813 · 331 replies · 42+ views
    FCC ^ | 12/23/10 | FCC
    ---Clip Preamble---To provide greater clarity and certainty regarding the continued freedom and openness of the Internet, we adopt three basic rules that are grounded in broadly accepted Internet norms, as well as our own prior decisions:i. Transparency. Fixed and mobile broadband providers must disclose the network management practices, performance characteristics, and terms and conditions of their broadband services;ii. No blocking. Fixed broadband providers may not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; mobile broadband providers may not block lawful websites, or block applications that compete with their voice or video telephony services; andiii. No unreasonable discrimination. Fixed broadband providers...
  • Media Excuse Obama’s Power Grab

    12/27/2010 3:29:50 PM PST · by IbJensen · 24 replies · 5+ views
    Right Side News ^ | December 26, 2010 | Cliff Kincaid
    Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Post reported on Friday that “the Obama administration is prepared to push its environmental agenda through regulation where it has failed on Capitol Hill…” There was no hint that this approach is illegal or unconstitutional. The account simply assumes that the Obama Administration can do what it wants, no matter what Congress or the law says. This kind of matter-of-fact reporting about lawlessness by the federal government is typical of the decline, if not death, of adversary journalism in the nation’s capital. The EPA’s actions seem to reflect the advice contained in the Soros-funded Center...
  • Senate Democrats Channeling Woodrow Wilson In Upcoming Power Grab

    12/26/2010 5:57:53 AM PST · by SterlingSilver · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Orlando Political Press ^ | December 26, 2012 | Tom Tillison
    What we are witnessing today is a power grab to advance an ideology, pure and simple. A power grab by an arrogant, condescending group of individuals who do not wish to be restrained by the confines put in place by our Founding Fathers. Individuals who feel they are superior to the greatest collection of minds in the history of human kind.
  • FCC Comm Calls for Gov Run ‘Values Test’, Control Over Minor Chars, Programming & Sched of TV

    12/06/2010 9:03:53 AM PST · by ConjunctionJunction · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 6, 2010 | Pam Key
    Video at link courtesy of The Blaze's Naked Emperor News.
  • Government By Executive Order

    12/02/2010 9:34:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 52 replies · 2+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/2/10 | John Fund
    <p>A new Labor Department plan shows the president still has wide power to implement an anti-business agenda.</p> <p>Because President Obama will now have a tough time getting his liberal agenda through a more Republican Congress, many Democrats are urging him to ram it through using the executive branch's unilateral power.</p>
  • Lame Duck Threat to Bailout Union Pensions

    12/02/2010 6:24:33 AM PST · by shibumi · 4 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | December 2, 2010 | Warner Todd Huston
    -By Warner Todd Huston Connie Hair has an informative piece at Human Events about what Democrats are hoping to do in the next few weeks in this lame duck session by pushing another big union bailout. In October, Sen. Tom Harkin (D, Iowa) heard witnesses advancing the “Guaranteed Retirement Account” (GRA) idea authored by left-wing activist and purported “labor economist” Theresa Guilarducci. As an aside, Guilarducci being called an “economist” is an hilarious conceit. She is nothing of the kind but is merely a big labor activist disguising herself as an “economist.” Anyway, the Democrats would love to slip this...
  • FCC will vote on regulating Internet lines in December

    12/01/2010 7:59:31 AM PST · by maggief · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 1, 2010 | Sara Jerome
    In an effort to meet an Obama campaign promise, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski indicated Wednesday that he will propose new regulations for Internet lines. He is expected to give a speech at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday laying out his proposal. Genachowski's attempt to revive the long-delayed net-neutrality proceeding is a delicate balancing act designed to garner some industry and public interest support without completely satisfying anyone. Genachowski has made concessions to AT&T, Verizon, and the cable industry that could forestall an all-out lobbying blitz by the nation's largest telecom providers. But the concessions have done nothing to...
  • Sources: FCC chief to move on net neutrality proposal [ TSA groping head fake so we ignore this?]

    11/20/2010 10:39:27 AM PST · by FourPeas · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 19 Nov 2010 | Kim Hart
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is putting together a net neutrality proposal and plans to take action on the controversial issue as early as next month, according to several sources with knowledge of the situation. Details of the proposal being developed by Genachowski’s office are unclear, but sources say it could be similar to the deal stakeholders tried to reach with Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) earlier this fall. [snip] While any net neutrality proposal will cause waves in the telecom world, sources say December is an ideal time for Genachowski to act on the issue because Republicans will not...
  • Food Safety Bill Gets Post-Turkey Day Vote (There's still time: won't vote until after Thanks..)

    11/20/2010 7:34:48 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | Nov. 19, 2010 | April Fulton
    Just about the time you're tucking into your Thanksgiving leftovers, the Senate will get around to a final vote on the food safety bill. By Thursday night in the Capitol, it was all about negotiating with the lone hold-out, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK).Coburn had threatened to hold up the food safety bill to get a vote to ban spending on lawmaker's pet projects, a.k.a. an "earmarks" ban. And eventually, he got that assurance. [snip] The bill would give the Food and Drug Administration more authority to recall tainted foods and increase inspections, as well as put new produce safety requirements...
  • Podesta: Obama Can Use ‘Armed Forces’ to Push Progressive Agenda (WTF?!?)

    11/18/2010 10:10:08 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 383 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/18/10 | Jonathon Seidl
    The liberal Center for American Progress doesn’t believe significant GOP gains in the House and Senate should stop the President from implementing more of his polices. The group released a report Tuesday suggesting ways Obama can bypass Congress to accomplish a progressive agenda, and it cites the president’s power as commander-in-chief to make its point. “I think most of the conversation since the election has been about how President Obama adjusts to the new situation on Capitol Hill,” Center for American Progress head and former Bill Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta told the Daily Caller. “While that’s an important...