03/27/14

Democrats: The Party of Death, Crime and Corruption.

By: Nelson Abdullah
Conscience of a Conservative

One word describes them all: Hypocrites.

The Mayor of Charlotte, N.C. Democrat Patrick Cannon submitted his resignation after he was arrested by the FBI for allegedly accepting $48,000 in bribes in exchange for the use of his official position.

In Rhode Island, Democrat Gordon Fox, Speaker of the House, resigned after the FBI and agents from the IRS, the U.S. attorney’s office and the state police raided both his home and his office.

A state senator in California, Democrat Leland Yee, a staunch supporter of gun-control legislation, was arrested by the FBI and charged with conspiracy to purchase millions of dollars of illegal firearms from the Philippines to be resold in the U.S. in exchange for contributions to his election campaign. As reported by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms:

CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST CA SENATOR SUGGEST HYPOCRISY OF ANTI-GUNNERS

BELLEVUE, WA – Criminal charges announced in San Francisco federal court Wednesday afternoon against anti-gun California State Sen. Leland Yee and several others shows the contemptible nature of the gun prohibition movement, because among the allegations is one that he was involved in a conspiracy to traffic firearms, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

“If these allegations are true,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “Sen. Yee is easily the biggest hypocrite on gun control to walk the halls of the capitol in Sacramento, if not the entire United States.”

The complaint alleges that Sen. Lee conspired with two other men, identified as Keith Jackson, a political consultant, and Dr. Wilson Sy Lim, to traffic in firearms. “The 137-page complaint is simply staggering,” Gottlieb added. “Here’s a prominent anti-gun Democrat state senator allegedly involved in a gun trafficking scheme, among other alleged crimes that include wire fraud and dealing firearms without a license. And this guy has spent a considerable amount of energy in the California legislature trying to deny law-abiding Californians of their gun rights.”

The gun trafficking scheme allegedly involved activities in the Philippines, with the cash to be broken up into “legitimate campaign donations,” according to the court documents.

“It is hard to fathom this kind of activity on a scale as massive as these court documents allege,” Gottlieb said. “If Sen. Yee and his fellow defendants are convicted, they’re going to wind up in one of the biggest gun-free zones in the country, a federal prison.”

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With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States. The Citizens Committee can be reached by phone at (425) 454-4911, on the Internet at www.ccrkba.org or by email to [email protected].

Now, many Democrats who supported, praised and voted for the so-called Affordable Care Act, commonly called ObamaCare, which resulted in millions of Americans receiving cancellation notices from their health care insurers, many of whom were facing life-threatening illnesses, have now become worried that their actions may jeopardize their chances for reelection in November.

Nancy Pelosi, probably the most reviled Democrat in Congress, joined the ranks of Hypocrite of the Year when she is expected to receive The Margaret Sanger Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation. House Minority Leader Pelosi, who is Catholic, has always been a staunch supporter of abortion rights and Planned Parenthood, in direct opposition of the teachings of the Catholic Church. The award is named after Margaret Sanger, who championed birth control and abortion rights along with the controversial Eugenics Program in the 1930s that called for the elimination of the unfit among the Black population in America through forced sterilization. Sanger believed Eugenics could improve human genetic stock through controlled breeding and by thwarting those with “undesirable traits” — including lower intelligence, criminality, and a history of promiscuity — from reproducing. Today, in contradiction to all the laws of logic, Nancy Pelosi enjoys overwhelming support from the African-American population in her California district. My guess is that as long as they keep getting their “free stuff” they will keep voting for the Democrats. (Above paragraph quoted in part from the Daily Caller. Read more: )

The sad, sorry fact of the matter is that all of the above have taken place within just the last two weeks. If we look a little further back we will note that the Great Leader himself, Democrat Barack Hussein Obama, along with his Democrat Attorney General Eric Holder have both announced that they will only enforce the laws they believe in. And Eric Holder has relayed that message down the ladder to the attorneys general in each of the 50 states. Thanks to the Democrat Party we are now living in a lawless land. Truly, the editors of Roget’s Thesaurus must add the name Democrat to the list of synonyms for the word hypocrite.

My name is Nelson Abdullah and I am Oldironsides.

UPDATE 3-27-2014: The extent of the charges against California State Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco who is also running for California Secretary of State dramatically expanded with the release of a 137-page FBI affidavit containing the sworn testimony by FBI Special Agent Emmanuel Pascua that was unsealed today. Read this story on Breitbart.com for more details. CA Democrat’s Alleged Arms Trafficking Scheme Linked to Islamist Rebels

UPDATE 3-28-2014: Attention all African-American Democrats, how do you feel now about your favorite Democrat Nancy Pelosi accepting an award named for a woman who championed forced sterilization of Black people. Is there any possibility the modern day concept of Planned Parenthood’s abortion program is an extension of Margaret Sanger’s work to promote Eugenics? Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood.

Source POLITICO Pulse. PELOSI ACCEPTS MARGARET SANGER AWARD – At Planned Parenthood’s annual gala last night, Nancy Pelosi receive the Margaret Sanger award for her work defending abortion rights. In her acceptance speech, Pelosi slammed abortion opponents, especially criticized the “personhood” laws some of them are pushing and said the struggle for reproductive rights will continue whatever SCOTUS decides on the contraception mandate.

UPDATE 3-28-2014: In addition to the arrest yesterday of California Democrat Sen. Leland Yee, two other California Democrats have been indicted and/or convicted of felony crimes in the last two months. Sen. Rod Wright was convicted of perjury and voter fraud in January for lying about his legal residence in Los Angeles County and Sen. Ron Calderon was indicted on federal corruption charges in February.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow slams scandal-ridden Democrats.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow argued Wednesday that if there’s anything that can revive California’s Republican Party, it’s the scandal-ridden Democrats that have taken over the news cycle.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/27/msnbcs-rachel-maddow-slams-scandal-ridden-democrat/#ixzz2xGmbFZ4e

Maybe its time to take a closer look at what they are doing in the other 49 states.

03/27/14

Counting Down

Arlene from Israel

We are almost to that day [March 29th, late at night] when either the final batch of pre-Oslo Arab prisoners will be released, or our government will announce that they are not being released…

There is a reasonable chance that the latter situation will prevail. And, in any event, as there is little stomach for this here and no official government commitment to do so, the Israeli Arab terrorists would likely not be among those released.

There was a demonstration outside the prime minister’s residence tonight imploring him not to release terrorists.


Credit: Arutz Sheva

Many of the demonstrators were people who had lost family members to terrorists. Among them was Rabbi Yehuda Ben-Yishai, whose daughter, Ruth Fogel, her husband, and three of their children – including their three-month-old baby girl – were massacred by Arab terrorists in Itamar three years ago.

Every terrorist attack is a horror, but this one was particularly horrendous. I could not bring myself to write about this when it happened – it was too fresh, too raw, but I had received information that the baby was not only killed, she was mutilated. Words fly away in the face of this. Yet the world needs to know with what we are dealing.

Said the good rabbi tonight (emphasis added):

“Murderers walk free while the rest of us mourn our loved ones.

“We are certain that anyone with a Jewish heart inside of him will oppose this thing, and we have come to tell the Prime Minister: Do what you know you must do; according to the truth, and according to what the people feel.

“You have the mandate to refuse those who wish to subjugate us. You have the mandate to stand up for the truth and say to those who consider themselves our friends [the US, which is pressuring us to do it] that we will not free murderers.”

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/178943#.UzMy2pvNvIU

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Amir Fuchs, in “An Insult to the Justice System,” speaks about “the irreparable damage that such releases, whether they are conducted as part of prisoner release deals or as part of diplomatic negotiations, do to the rule of law in general and to the goals of the criminal justice system in particular.”

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/an-insult-to-the-criminal-justice-system

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Unless there is a prisoner release that conforms to Abbas’s demands (which, indeed, are interminable), he is likely to declare the negotiations failed and take himself to the UN. If this is what does transpire, he will waste no time letting the world know that the problem was Israel – for he was very willing to pursue peace.

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Kerry, who was in Italy, cut his visit short in order to hurry to Jordan today for a dinner meeting with Abbas tonight. This was a last minute attempt to salvage the talks, but I just loved the official description – as it provided a bit of unintended humor: The secretary of state, said his spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, was going in order to “continue to narrow the gaps between the parties.”

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140325/kerry-meet-palestinian-leader-abbas-amman-wednesday-1

Does no one ever advise these people how foolish they look when they make such statements?

While Kerry did meet with King Abdullah of Jordan, there are apparently no plans for him to meet Prime Minister Netanyahu. The two are scheduled to talk by phone and video-conferencing.

As to the meeting with Abbas, nothing came of it – nor should it have been expected that anything would have. Abbas’s position was that he wouldn’t even consider Kerry’s framework proposal until he sees what happens with the prisoner release.

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If Abbas was obstinate about not making any concessions before, he is strengthened in that resolve now: The closing statement of the Arab League, which just completed its meetings in Kuwait, included a statement that: “We express our total rejection of the call to consider Israel as a Jewish state.” (Emphasis added)

http://www.timesofisrael.com/arab-league-backs-refusal-to-recognize-jewish-state/

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On Monday, a new condition was apparently added by the PA officials. At a forum in Jerusalem, Muhammad Al-Madani, chief coordinator with Israeli society for Abbas, declared;

“Israel cannot claim that it aspires to reach peace with its Arab neighbors at a time it continues to suppress its Palestinian citizens and treats them as if they are third- or fourth-class citizens.”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/pa-official-no-peace-while-israel-mistreats-arab-citizens/

I mention this outrage only because it requires a rebuttal: Legally, all Israeli citizens are treated alike. There are no “third or fourth class” citizens. They, as individual citizens, have equal rights under the law. They receive the same unemployment and other social welfare benefits. have access to the same universities, have the same right to vote and sit in the Knesset, and on, and on.

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Abbas, for his part, speaking before the Arab League, revealed that he objects to dividing visiting time and area on the Temple Mount between Jews and Muslims.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4503282,00.html

This is a paradigm for how the Arabs conduct themselves and it should be noted well by everyone who imagines that rational sharing and compromise with them is possible. They are seeking to co-opt control of the Mount, while our government dallies in asserting our rights there. A situation designed to raise blood pressure.

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There have been a spate of suggestions for ways to circumvent the current impasse, none of which will work.

The most dramatic rumor involved the suggestion that the US might, finally, release Pollard in exchange for Israel’s agreement to release the Israeli Arab terrorists. There was an enormous focus on this in the media for a short while. It is unlikely that anyone in the Cabinet would have voted against this, no matter how painful this equation would have been. But Washington has announced that there’s nothing doing. In addition to which, Pollard himself has balked at being used this way.

A handful of left-leaning politicians in Israel suggested to Netanyahu that he freeze building in Judea and Samaria as a substitute for release of prisoners, because the freeze can always be undone in a way that a prisoner releases cannot. But the PA would never relinquish their demand for prisoners, and here in Israel there is a “been there, done that” feeling about the futility of a freeze.

And so it goes…

Speaking in Beit El today, Minister of Interior Gideon Sa’ar (Likud), who is close to the prime minister, said:
“There’s no more room for one-sided concessions. We paid painful prices in the past, and there’s no place today for more withdrawals and more freeze just so that the Palestinians would do us the favor of continuing talks with us, We have reached a point where in order to extend the peace talks, the Palestinians are demanding more and more one-sided concessions.”

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/178942#.UzMsXpvNvIU


Credit: Hillel Meir

I think he reflects a growing weariness in this country with the whole charade. Let’s hope, and pray, he reflects a predominant government position.

The fact of the matter is that this process, whatever one calls it, is not going to lead to anything remotely resembling “peace.” The confrontation might be delayed for some months, or a year, but a confrontation there will finally be. (And it may begin with the Temple Mount.)

Actually, I believe that Obama and Kerry’s “peace initiative” has merely exacerbated tensions.

03/27/14

RINO Hunt — Support Igor Birman Over A Proven RINO

By: Dick Manasseri

Support Igor Birman (CA-07)
Stick it to a Dangerous RINO
Defeat an Avid Enemy Within

The dangerous RINO, with a voting record to prove it, is Former Rep. Doug Ose.

Cumulative Freedom Index Score: 39%
The New American
27% (108th Congress: 2003-2004)
37% (107th Congress: 2001-2002)
47% (106th Congress: 1999-2000)

Ose voted with the far left of the Republican Party on an array of issues as a member of Congress last decade.

Ose has a voting record full of “bigger government,” abortion funding, gun control and support of illegal immigrants. He even co-founded the RINO group, Republican Main Street Partnership. It’s likely that he will receive a lot of help from them and their big labor money this year. Ose represents the left foul line of the Republican Party.

The avid Enemy Within, a Progressive Democrat, with a voting record to prove it, is Rep. Ami Bera.


CA-4 McClintock: 93% | CA-7 Bera: 6% | CA-12 Pelosi: 12%

Heritage Action gives us a compelling reason to replace Bera with Birman. Bera votes to the left of Pelosi. Birman served as Chief of Staff for Rep. Tom McClintock, helping him to achieve the most conservative rating of the California delegation.

Who’s Is Igor Birman?

Ask Senator Mike Lee:

Ask any of these other Constitutionalist leaders/organizations who have also endorsed Igor:

FreedomWorks, The Madison Project, Senator Rand Paul, Rep. Tom McClintock, Rep. Justin Amash, Rep. Raúl Labrador, Rep. Ron Paul, Rep. Thomas Massie, Rep. David Schweikert, Rep. Jim Jordan, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Young Americans For Liberty (YAL), Republican Liberty Caucus, Family Research Council.

Madison Project:

Igor is one of the most unique candidates of the 2014 cycle. He fled the Soviet Union, when the iron curtain collapsed, at the tender age of 12. Coming to America as a Jewish-Russian refugee and experiencing the oppression of centralized government, Igor has a passion and commitment to liberty and constitutional government like few others.

Igor is not only schooled on all of the policy issues, he understands the political dynamics and pressures that confront new conservative members of Congress. He is fully aware of the political chicanery from GOP leadership and is committed to joining the cadre of members trying to give the House leaders a much-needed face-lift.

Stick it to the RINOs — $$upport Igor Birman

Watch this space for the next RINO Hunt Call-to-Concerted-Action!


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03/27/14

Obamacare’s Tough Day in Court

By: Roger Aronoff
Accuracy in Media

Since its passage, a number of lawsuits have attempted to undermine Obamacare as a law, with varying degrees of success. The individual mandate challenge failed before the Supreme Court in 2012, despite what seemed like positive reception to the challenge during oral argument. Hobby Lobby went before the Supreme Court on March 25 to challenge the religious liberty implications of the contraception mandate portion of the law.

While the media have largely focused on the Hobby Lobby challenge, a few blocks away, the D.C. Court of Appeals was hearing another argument about Obamacare—one that, if passed, could well have the effect of ending this law as we know it. And it has liberals running scared.

In the piece “Forget Hobby Lobby. The Bigger Legal Threat to Obamacare Still Has Life,” Alec Macgillis writes for the New Republic, “If the contraception challenge succeeds, it just means that that one sliver of Obamacare is struck down. If this other challenge succeeds, both sides agree that it would blow up the entire law.”

The argument for the plaintiffs is as follows: In order to provide the 60th vote, which was necessary to get the bill through the Senate, Ben Nelson, the then-Democratic senator from Nebraska, insisted on a clause that said that federal subsidies could only go to people who signed up on exchanges set up by the states. The purpose was to incentivize states to actually set up exchanges.

Then, the plaintiffs argue, the IRS wrote a rule in 2012 which reinterpreted the law to say that federal exchanges could give out subsidies as well. “The alternative policy under the IRS’ rewriting of the rule creates a bizarre circumstance where it’s almost impossible to fulfill the Act’s purpose of having state-run exchanges, because it eliminates any tangible incentive for these people to go ahead and adopt the exchanges,” argued Michael A. Carvin, the plaintiffs’ attorney, before the Court of Appeals on March 25. “So they’ve created a situation which has predictably resulted in only 14 states doing what Congress clearly wanted 50 states to do, which is to set up their exchanges.”

Arguably, however, the mostly Republican governors who have refused to set up exchanges also did so for political reasons.

Carter-appointed Judge Harry Edwards had a Hillary Clinton moment during the oral arguments. He demanded that Carvin “forget the subsidies” argument and explain why it was important whether the federal government or states control the exchanges. He demanded loudly, twice, “What difference does it make who does it? Forget the subsidy.”

But we can’t forget the subsidies. They are at the heart of the law, and its practice. The Washington Post has reported that “About 85 percent of those signing up for insurance in federal-run exchanges have qualified for financial assistance to purchase coverage.” In other words, this amounts to a massive federal redistribution of wealth for millions—85% of enrollees. (Let’s ignore for a moment that we have no idea how many enrollees actually purchase their insurance after “selecting” it. If they know, the federal government isn’t telling us.) “Without those subsidies, the insurance would be less affordable, leaving those with the greatest health needs with more motivation to purchase coverage,” writes the Post. “That makes for a worse risk mix, driving up the cost of insurance to cover the sicker pool of people, creating what’s known as an insurance ‘death spiral.’” The federal exchange is already at risk of a death spiral if it cannot entice enough of the young and healthy to sign up.

The case could also undo the individual mandate. “Were the case to succeed, it would mean that dozens of state governments opposed to Obamacare could significantly narrow its scope by refusing [to] set up exchanges, thus preventing residents from claiming subsidies,” explains the Washington Examiner. “In those states, employers wouldn’t be penalized for failing to offer qualifying insurance (which is triggered by workers seeking federal subsidies), meaning that anti-Obamacare states could become more attractive to businesses trying to get around the employer mandate.”

“It would also increase pressure on Congress to undo the individual mandate.”

Judge Edwards said that this was a transparent attempt by Carvin and his plaintiffs to “gut” the law. Indeed, those opposed to the lawsuit seem more concerned with saving the law than looking at the Act’s original language. MacGillis cites Clinton-appointed Judge Paul Friedman in his earlier ruling that “Plaintiffs’ proposed construction in this case—that tax credits are available only for those purchasing insurance from state-run Exchanges—runs counter to this central purpose of the ACA: to provide affordable health care to virtually all Americans…Such an interpretation would violate the basic rule of statutory construction that a court must interpret a statute in light of its history and purpose.” “Under the challengers’ logic, Judge Friedman added, the exchanges administered by the federal government ‘would have no customers, and no purpose,’” writes Macgillis. Is it really the Courts’ purview to decide whether a government program should survive, as opposed to whether the law is being executed constitutionally and legally?

Indeed, according to The Wire, without federal subsidies, “Many of those people would fall in to the hardship gap and not have to buy insurance or pay the individual mandate.” There are two other cases besides this one “challenging the authority of the IRS to rewrite the statute and allow subsidies to flow through the federal exchanges,” according to Forbes.

Never afraid of punditry, MSNBC abandoned all pretense of journalism and called this discussion of the Senate’s original intent a “drafting error.” Adam Serwer writes that “The Affordable Care Act managed to have two bad days in court on the same day,” adding that the argument means that “Congress was handing Republicans an Obamacare self-destruct button.”

But, he offers hope to his liberal readers: “If the government loses before the panel, it can ask for the D.C. Circuit to hear the case ‘en banc,’ before the judges on the D.C. Circuit.” Then it could go to the Supreme Court.

Why is the ‘en banc’ ability important? Because President Obama has stacked the court, of course. “After the Democrats nuked the filibuster, Obama was able to make four appointments to the court,” writes Serwer. “Though judges’ opinions don’t always track with those of the party that appointed them, thanks to the changes to the filibuster, more Democratic appointees than Republican appointees would rule on the matter.” In other words, partisan politics would play out if the entire bench were to hear the case.

A decision is supposed to come in late June, and looks like it will be in favor of the plaintiffs. But, the Washington Examiner warns, oral arguments can be misleading. “As always, it’s hard to predict judicial outcomes based on oral arguments, a lesson that was made abundantly clear when many observers predicted that the Supreme Court would strike down the individual mandate only to see it upheld,” Philip Klein writes.

Roger Aronoff is the Editor of Accuracy in Media, and can be contacted at [email protected]. View the complete archives from Roger Aronoff.