The anti-gun senators are all Democrats or so-called Independents. Meet all 46! Write Down their names, and Share them with everyone you know.
Baldwin (D WI)
Baucus (D MT)
Bennet (D CO)
Blumenthal (D CT)
Boxer (D CA)
Brown (D OH)
Cantwell (D WA)
Cardin (D MD)
Carper (D DE)
Casey (D PA)
Coons (D DE)
Cowan (D MA)
Durbin (D IL)
Feinstein (D CA)
Franken (D MN)
Gillibrand (D NY)
Harkin (D IA)
Hirono (D HI)
Johnson (D SD)
Kaine (D VA)
King (I ME)
Klobuchar (D MN)
Landrieu (D LA)
Leahy (D VT)
Levin (D MI)
McCaskill (D MO)
Menendez (D NJ)
Merkley (D OR)
Mikulski (D MD)
Murphy (D CT)
Murray (D WA)
Nelson (D FL)
Reed (D RI)
Reid (D NV)
Rockefeller (D WA)
Sanders (I VT)
Schatz (D HI)
Shaheen (D NH)
Stabenow (D MI)
Udall (D CO)
Udall (D NM)
Warner (D VA)
Warren (D MA)
Whitehouse (D RI)
Wyden (D OR)
Senate Bill 139 passed 53-46. 46 US Senators voted against this: “To uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.”
Fortunately, the odious, anti-American treaty was again voted down by the full Senate, but 46 Senators voted in favor of handing over our Constitutional rights to the UN.
Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) offered Amendment 139 that was passed with a 53 to 46 vote. His Amendment contained language to affirm that foreign treaties would not trump the U.S. Constitution.
“Mr. President,” Inhofe said on the floor of the Senate, “I want to make sure that everyone understands what the United Nations trade treaty is. The trade treaty is a treaty that cedes our authority to have trade agreements with our allies in terms of trading arms.”
He went on to say, “I want to very briefly read this so nobody over there or over here misunderstands what this amendment does. This is right out of the amendment. Uphold the Second Amendment rights, that is one thing. And secondly, prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations arms trade treaties.”
But many Democrats simply didn’t agree with Inhofe’s insistence that the U.S. Constitution trump the UN.
Forty-six Democrats-Independents favored ceding your Constitutional rights over to the United Nations.
In a bombshell article, the New York Times reported earlier today that the U.S. Census Bureau planned to radically alter its method of calculating the number of people without health insurance in the U.S. The result? The changes will be so radical that “it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.”
From the NYT:
The Census Bureau, the authoritative source of health insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.
The changes are intended to improve the accuracy of the survey, being conducted this month in interviews with tens of thousands of households around the country. But the new questions are so different that the findings will not be comparable, the officials said.
An internal Census Bureau document said that the new questionnaire included a “total revision to health insurance questions” and, in a test last year, produced lower estimates of the uninsured. Thus, officials said, it will be difficult to say how much of any change is attributable to the Affordable Care Act and how much to the use of a new survey instrument.
You know what else is due this fall? A big election in which the effects of Obamacare are sure to weigh on voters’ minds.
Don’t worry, though. Census officials said the timing of the change was “coincidental” and “unfortunate.” The latter is most certainly the case, but unfortunate for whom? Certainly not the White House, which mere days ago was bragging, Mission Accomplished-style, about how amazing the Obama implementation was going. Does anyone actually believe this White House would want to change and obscure favorable numbers in the weeks and months ahead of an election?
It turns out the suspiciously timed changes aren’t the only remarkable aspect of that NYT story. Apparently the government’s statisticians knew for some time that the old method of collecting data on the uninsured significantly overstated their numbers:
Census officials and researchers have long expressed concerns about the old version of insurance questions in the Current Population Survey.
The questionnaire traditionally used by the Census Bureau provides an “inflated estimate of the uninsured” and is prone to “measurement errors,” said a working paper by statisticians and demographers at the agency.
So not only will the new numbers be close to useless when it comes to using them to figure out if Obamacare has had its intended effect, it turns out the old numbers – which the White House used to cram the law down America’s throat – were bogus as well. Heads they win, tails you lose. But remember: all of this is totally coincidental and really unfortunate.
Unrelated: remember that time the Obama administration tried to force the head of the Census Bureau to report directly to the White House, rather than to the Secretary of Commerce, as required by law?
President Obama has decided to have the director of the U.S. Census Bureau work directly with the White House, the administration said today, a move that comes as the Census Bureau prepares to conduct the 2010 census that will determine redistricting of congressional seats.
We’re sure that was just a coincidence, too.
Obama administration officials are illegally delaying enforcement of a central provision in the president’s namesake legislation in a desperate attempt to manipulate the 2014 midterm elections and swell the ranks of those who look to government for healthcare.
The White House is beginning to sense that when Americans realize the price of “free” healthcare, they’re likely to take swift vengeance on those responsible.
Section 1513 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, better known as Obamacare) requires all large employers to provide health insurance for their employees. “Large employers” are those with at least 50 full-time employees, and “full-time” is defined as averaging 30 or more hours per week.
Section 1513’s “Employer Mandate” is one of five parts of the ACA that are absolutely essential for this government-run system to work, with the most well-known of those five being the infamous “Individual Mandate” upheld by the Supreme Court as a tax by a controversial 5-4 decision in 2012.
And the Employer Mandate is mandatory. The law Congress wrote explicitly commands that this provision takes effect in January 2014. The ACA does not permit the government to grant a reprieve or an extension.
Yet in a blatantly illegal move, the Obama administration is presuming to rewrite the ACA by choosing not to enforce provisions that are causing visible problems. The IRS – which is tasked with enforcing the Employer Mandate – will simply not enforce it until 2015. Every large employer in the country is under the mandate. If they don’t comply, then they are breaking federal law.
But the IRS not enforcing Section 1513 is like a policeman who patrols a stretch of road who says for the next year, he won’t issue any speeding tickets. He has no authority to suspend the law, but if he chooses to violate his duty by failing to enforce the law, then to all the motorists on the road it’s as if the law does not exist.
However, the White House is doing nothing to stop Section 1501’s Individual Mandate. Almost every American is still being commanded to buy insurance or face a penalty (now called a “tax” by the Supreme Court). If you work at a large company, you might be on your own and need to buy insurance somewhere else.
This will force millions of Americans instead to purchase insurance on government-run healthcare exchanges. Not able to get insurance at work, and not able to buy full-price policies on the individual market because of the enormous increase in prices resulting from the ACA’s laundry list of new entitlements and mandates, these individuals will buy it on a state-based exchange where the prices are heavily subsidized by taxpayers.
It’s worth noting that the ACA only subsidizes insurance policies on an exchange run by a state. Yet 34 states have refused to join this government-run debacle, so in those states the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will set them up.
This is why the IRS issued a regulation last year saying that these tax credits for state-run exchanges also extend to HHS-run exchanges. Several lawsuits are now underway challenging the IRS Rule, and they should quickly lead to federal courts striking down the regulation.
In the meantime, though, this will drive millions of Americans onto government-run healthcare, conditioning them to think of it as an entitlement. By promising them all the benefits now but delaying the massive costs until after the 2014 midterm election, Obama and his team hope to buy themselves a couple years to make this system work.
Bad policy makes for bad politics, however; sooner or later everyone has to pay the piper. Maybe Obama will delay the most onerous parts of Obamacare until after the 2014 elections in an attempt to keep the Senate and retake the House, but it might take a miracle to keep this shell game going until after the 2016 election, when voters decide on a new president and what direction we take as a nation.
Whether Obamacare remains the law of the land will be at the center of that national discussion for 2016. Suspending the Employer Mandate just added to that debate.
I guess when it comes to being a nanny, or a useful idiot, Mayor Bloomberg of NYC takes the cake. After all, the cake is sugary, and might make you fat! You guessed it right, Michael Bloomberg, the man who thinks he should micromanage your life, has won Useful Idiot of the Month! So, we at the CH 2.0 send our congratulations to Mayor Bloomberg for a well deserved dishonor. Then again, he wouldn’t think it is dishonor, would he? Stay tuned for the next nomination thread, coming at the end of April
Also not that Conservative Hideout is one of our Blogs of the Month!
From Bob Belvedere! who awards Fred the quote of the day
…is awarded to Fred Thompson for this Tweet:
USPS to stop delivering mail on Saturdays. Can’t wait to find out how many days a week you’ll be able to get treatment under Obamacare #tcot
— Fred Thompson (@fredthompson) February 12, 2013
As an exit question, How much different would this country be with a President Thompson?
Florida has drawn a line in the sand which must be adopted by every state against an Attorney General and administration which is increasingly abusing and distorting the law to stop efforts to keep illegal voters away from the polls this November.
The Department of Justice this week demanded that Florida immediately cease its current massive purge of non-citizens and dead persons from its voter rolls, absurdly citing the outdated and outmoded Voting Rights Act of 1965. Well, now Florida has refused, saying it will not give up its efforts to make sure only legal citizens can vote.
…Florida Governor Rick Scott and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
Two weeks ago, Florida found 53,000 dead people registered to vote, and removed them from the rolls. In addition, Florida has discovered a staggering 186,000 potential non-citizens who are registered to vote may have voted, and worked furiously to investigate, remove them, and prosecute those who have voted.
So far, Florida’s Secretary of State Ken Detzner has identified 2,700 of these non-citizens, and forwarded them to the counties in which the reside. Hispanics account for 58 percent of those flagged as potential noncitizens, a Miami Herald analysis found, and most of those exposed appear to be illegal aliens.
And, despite what critics of voter ID laws always say – that voter fraud is not an issue – the numbers of voters amongst non-citizens exposed is quite alarming: Of the more than 1,600 non-citizens exposed in Miami-Dade, about 65 percent have cast ballots. About 72 percent have cast ballots of the 262 identified in Broward.
Florida officials even requested data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to help them determine which potential voters were non-citizens.
So, of course the “Department of Justice” sprung into action to make sure that the sacrosanct right to vote was not being corrupted by thousands of ineligible voters… right?
Not on your life. The race-obsessed Department of “Just Us” did what it has always done since January 20, 2009: stop any and all efforts to keep illegal voters from the polls. So the same Obama DOJ, which has already, unlawfully, blocked Voter ID laws in Texas and South Carolina, and attempted (unsuccessfully) to stop an effort to keep illegal aliens from voting in Arizona, was not about to let Florida enforce the laws to keep the voter rolls clean.
If there are illegal aliens and dead people – nearly all “minorities” and Democrats – voting, the DOJ will make sure they keep on doing exactly that. In a letter issued late Thursday, T. Christian Herren Jr., who leads the Justice Department voting section, demanded that Florida immediately put a stop to the purge, telling Detzner that the state’s plan to review the status of the 2,600 suspected non-citizens and purge them if the voters fail to prove citizenship appears to violate the infamous “Section 5 ” of the 1965 Voting Rights Act (which still allows the DOJ to obstruct electoral activities of states which had race issues 50 years ago!) and the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (the infamous vote fraud magnet also known as “Motor Voter”).
Florida’s response? No way…
“We have an obligation to make sure the voter rolls are accurate and we are going to continue forward and do everything that we can legally do to make sure that ineligible voters cannot vote,” said Chris Cate, a spokesman for Detzner. “We are firmly committed to doing the right thing and preventing ineligible voters from being able to cast a ballot. We are not going to give up our efforts to make sure the voter rolls are accurate.”
Now the battle really begins. Some Democrat-controlled counties are saying they will obey the DOJ and cease their part in the purge. But that won’t last long, as Florida law gives the Secretary of State the final say on these matters. And the law is on Florida’s side, as the statutes allowing the purge have already been pre-cleared. And, as PJ Tatler said, “if Section 5 allows the Attorney General to stop states from ensuring that citizens of foreign countries don’t vote for President, I doubt Holder will find much support on the Supreme Court.”
So kudos to Gov. Rick Scott, SoS Detzner and the state of Florida for taking the Washington corruptocrats head-on, as Arizona did (and won). Now it’s time for Texas, South Carolina and other states to do the same. Say NO to embattled A.G. Holder and this Administration’s disgraceful attempt to undermine the rule of law and enable massive voter fraud.
Others doing the Rule 5 thing
The Other McCain, the guy who started this Rule 5 stuff
Soylent Green NSFW
Smitty, of The Other McCain fame, or is it infamy, swings for the bold prognostications fences
This prediction is served without malice. I feel nothing about the Commander-in-Chief, one way or the other.
- The economy appears to be dead in the water, but are only that good if you squint and believe government figures which, unexpectedly, are later adjusted down.
- Government actions, like those of the EPA, are inimical to economic recovery.
- As the third year after winning the election closes, BHO’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll remains mired in the negative teens.
Against those, and other equally negative inputs (Pigford), BHO will have to arrive at a means to avoid losing the election. I predict Eric Holder will be the vehicle, or, rather, dude going under the vehicle, to achieve this. The means to avoid losing in an election BHO cannot win will be to resign, Nixon style, because the integrity of the administration has been unexpectedly (did I already use that word in this post?) tarnished.
I am sorry Governor Huckabee. Now to be clear, allow me to state the things I am NOT apologizing for
I am not apologizing for calling Mike Huckabee a used car salesman in a better suit, or for saying he is like a televangelist with better hair. I am also not sorry for saying he is a nanny stater, or that he will say anything to get elected. I am not sorry for calling him Huckaphoney either. I also do not regret my belief that his supporters are dim wits who are prone to be suckered by snake oil salesmen.
However, I am forced to admit that I was wrong to call Huckabee the fakest Republican ever! No, that was wrong, clearly the fakes Republican EVER, is Donald Trump, who is the walking, talking definition of a publicity whore!
Ohio’s top elections official says it appears that thousands of voters considered “active” are anything but.
Secretary of State Jon Husted says a report has found nearly 18,500 dead people on the state’s voter rolls. Records of registered voters were cross-checked with a list of deceased Ohioans maintained by the state Health Department.
The secretary is asking county elections boards to purge those who are deceased from the statewide voter database.
Husted said in a statement Tuesday that the integrity of voter data is critical from a cost, quality and confidence standpoint.
He wants to establish a more centralized state database so his office could more easily compare voter information with files kept by several state agencies, including the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the prisons department.
Republicans on the House Administration Committee want to shore up voter registration rules in the wake of a Colorado study that found as many as 5,000 non-citizens in the state took part in last year’s election.
Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), the panel’s chairman, called the study “a disturbing wake-up call” that should cause every state to review its safeguards to prevent illegal voting.
“We simply cannot have an electoral system that allows thousands of non-citizens to violate the law and vote in our elections. We must do more to protect the integrity of our electoral processes,” Harper added.
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a Republican, told the panel that his department’s study identified nearly 12,000 people who were not citizens but were still registered to vote in Colorado.
Of those non-citizen registered voters, nearly 5,000 took part in the 2010 general election in which Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet narrowly defeated Republican Ken Buck.
Colorado conducted the study by comparing the state’s voter registration database with driver’s license records.
“We know we have a problem here. We don’t know the size of it,” Gessler said in testimony to Administration’s Elections subcommittee.
He told Harper that Colorado would look to create a registration system that would allow his department to ask that some people provide proof of their citizenship in writing.
If individuals did not respond to the request, their registration as voters would be suspended.
Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas) raised doubts about the reporting, noting that the study itself said it was based on inconclusive data and that it was “impossible to provide precise numbers” on how many people who were registered to vote in the state were not citizens.
Gonzalez asked Gessler, a former prosecutor, if he would have pursued a court case on such evidence.
Gessler responded that the goal of the study was to expose voter registration issues and pursue administrative avenues to resolve them.
“We don’t have a screen for citizenship on the front end when people register to vote,” he said.
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Aleister has some ideas on new job opportunities for Olby.
9. Join the Obama Administration as the Worst Person In The World Czar.
6. Pitch NPR on a new show called “Meltdown.”
4. Audition for the part of the creepy gym teacher on MTV’s “Skins.”
And the number one suggestion is….
1. Get an internship at the Rachel Maddow Show.
Da Tech Guy offers a great round up of post-Olby fallout
Nice Deb has a good linkfest too including this
Ace o Spades once asked Keith on Twitter: @KeithOlbermann, when you have your inevitable psychotic break and get fired again, do you think MSNBC will finally hire a black guy?
Nope! MSNBS will remain Whiter than White!
It seems that Olby’s firing hit Bill Maher the hardest!
William Jacobson has the best headline Have you no job sir?
Stacy McCain has a fine round up to peruse
Adrienne at her corner waves buh-bye
Huckabee is a PHONY! He is a used car salesman in a better suit! He is nothing but a Nanny Stater pretending to be a Conservative! Listen to this audio of him defending Michelle Obama’s pet project, being the National Food Cop!
Of course, Huckabee is simply parroting The First Lady’s talking points. He is ADVOCATING the government telling you what to eat. Sure, he can tell us that Mrs. Obama is not trying to dictate diet, but, that is EXACTLY what the new law she pushed does! Anyone who supports Huckabee should have their head examined!
Ron Paul? Good Freaking Grief!
On Sunday’s broadcast of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” 2008 Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, a libertarian favorite, addressed his 2012 prospects. He told NPR’s Guy Raz that a presidential run is still a possibility.
“Well, it’s possible and I haven’t ruled it out, so I’ll probably be deciding at the beginning of the year,” Paul said. “And people ask me if I think about it a lot and I do because a lot of people ask me about it.”
Well what would the circus of a presidential race be without a few clowns?
Your Daley Douchebag Award winner is Dean, who likely knows less about the Constitution than the average Tea Partier does! I cannot fathom a greater insult than a Liberal talking about anyone not grasping the Constitution! H/T Weasel Zippers
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Federal authorities in San Diego have made one of the largest marijuana seizures in the United States, confiscating more than 20 tons of pot that was smuggled into the country through an underground tunnel connecting warehouses on either side of California’s border with Mexico, officials said Wednesday.
Mexican authorities seized more than four tons of pot from the warehouse on their side of the border.
The marijuana is worth more than $20 million if sold on the streets of San Diego, said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton. The bricks of pot were packaged for sale.
“This is obviously the work of a cartel,” said Mr. Morton, who held a news conference outside the warehouse in an industrial park near the Otay Mesa truck crossing, across from Tijuana.
Officials said the lightening-speed, 12-hour operation started Tuesday night when U.S. authorities watching a warehouse under surveillance followed a tractor-trailer as it left the building.
ICE agents called in the California Highway Patrol, whose officers stopped the rig near Temecula, Calif., about 60 miles way. Authorities say they found 10 tons of marijuana inside the tractor-trailer. The driver, a U.S. citizen, and his Mexican wife were arrested and will be arraigned in San Diego on Thursday.
Authorities quickly obtained a federal search warrant to enter the warehouse, where they discovered 10 to 15 more tons of marijuana, Mr. Morton said.
They also found the opening to the tunnel, which ran the length of six football fields under the border and ended at a warehouse in Mexico, Mr. Morton said. The tunnel had lighting, ventilation and a rail system to send loads of illegal drugs into California.
The clandestine passageway was too low to stand up in and was believed to be in operation for only a brief time, Mr. Morton said.
Officials said the seizure was the largest ever in California and was believed to be the second-largest in the United States. The largest amount of marijuana seized by Drug Enforcement Administration agents was in 2008 in Oregon, where 33 tons were found, DEA Special Agent Ralph W. Partridge said.
Wednesday’s announcement comes only weeks after Mexican officials made their largest marijuana seizure ever, confiscating a massive 134 tons believed to belong to the powerful Sinaloa cartel.
Mr. Morton said officials haven’t determined which cartel was running the drug tunnel.
Officials have found 125 underground tunnels along the border built by Mexican drug cartels to elude detection since the early 1990s, ICE officials said. Of those, 75 have been found in the past four years. Many were discovered before they were completed. The majority were found along the California and Arizona borders with Mexico.
Mr. Morton credited the increase in tunnel discoveries to “good old-fashioned law enforcement” efforts, with agents keeping a close eye on the thousands of warehouses storing goods moved back and forth across the border.
Morton said such a rapid bust, which came after a monthlong investigation, was possible because of cooperation between U.S. and Mexican authorities. He said that cooperation is better than ever, making it tougher for Mexican drug traffickers to move their loads and forcing their smuggling businesses to move underground.
World oil prices hit fresh six-month peaks on Thursday as the dollar slumped on the back of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s new huge stimulus package aimed at boosting the American economy.
Brent North Sea crude for delivery in December delivery rallied as high as 87.59 dollars, reaching a level last seen on May 4. It later stood at 87.46, up 1.08 dollars from Wednesday’s close.
Accompanying their election coverage on their website, CBS published a photoshopped picture of a half black/half white Obama with Republicans and Democrats on either side of him. How could anyone think that changing the President’s skin tone like this would be a good idea?
Obama’s white side is on the side of the GOP’s John Boehner and Eric Cantor. His black half is on the side of Harry Reid and Charles Schumer.
Voters in Arizona on Tuesday approved Proposition 107 banning the consideration of race, ethnicity or gender by units of state government, including public colleges and universities.
With 2,075 of 2,239 precincts reporting as of early Wednesday morning, the measure had just under 60 percent support. Arizona joins California, Michigan, Nebraska and Washington State in imposing such bans.
While GOP gains in the House and Senate are grabbing the headlines, the most significant results on Tuesday came in state legislatures where Republicans wiped the floor with Democrats.
Republicans picked up 680 seats in state legislatures, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures – the most in the modern era. To put that number in perspective: In the 1994 the GOP picked up 472 seats.
Demonstrators chanted “Down with America” outside the former U.S. Embassy and pelted the British diplomatic compound with eggs and tomatoes Thursday in separate rallies held under tight security.
The protests outside the former American Embassy were well-scripted events to mark the anniversary of the 1979 storming of the site, which began a 444-day hostage crisis and severed Washington’s ties with Iran.
The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is filing a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a ballot measure that bars judges from considering Islamic law in any ruling.
On Tuesday, with about a dozen other states watching, Oklahoma became the first state to put before voters the proposition that Islamic courts, Islamic law and Shariah-based court decisions should be banned.
Allen and Violet Large figured they were lucky enough already. So when the Canadian couple hit it big in the lottery this year, they decided to give it away – all of it.
Since their July win, the elderly couple has donated nearly every cent of their $11.2 million winnings to charity. Call it the Larges’ largess. “What you’ve never had, you never miss,” Violet Large said.