Dick Durbin: Are bloggers and tweeters entitled to constitutional protection?… “Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin has in the past had a very subjective and abstract view of the Constitution, and on Fox News Sunday he once again wondered which people might be “entitled” to constitutional protections and which people might not…”
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Dick Durbin: Are bloggers and tweeters entitled to constitutional protection?
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Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin has in the past had a very subjective and abstract view of the Constitution, and on Fox News Sunday he once again wondered which people might be “entitled” to constitutional protections and which people might not:
“You’ve raised an important point and I heard Sen. Graham call for special counsel,” Durbin said. “I’m not ready to do this at this moment. I would like to know if Holder has any conflict in here beyond what we heard when it comes to the Fox case.”
“But here is the bottom line — the media shield law, which I am prepared to support, and I know Sen. Graham supports, still leaves an unanswered question, which I have raised many times: What is a journalist today in 2013? We know it’s someone that works for Fox or AP, but does it include a blogger? Does it include someone who is tweeting? Are these people journalists and entitled to constitutional protection? We need to ask 21st century questions about a provision that was written over 200 years ago.”
Rand Paul: Bush and Obama ‘lucky’ not to be in jail for drug use… “”Actually, I think it would be the last three presidents, but who’s counting?” host Chris Wallace said with a laugh, referring to former President Bill Clinton.”There you go,” Paul said.”
Rand Paul said Sunday that President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush could have “conceivably been put in jail” for their drug use, ruining their lives and impacting their getting elected to office.
“Look, the last two presidents could have conceivably been put in jail for their drug use and I really think – look what would’ve happened, it would’ve ruined their lives.
They got lucky. But a lot of poor kids, particularly in the inner city, don’t get lucky and they don’t have good attorneys and they go to jail for some of these things and I think it’s a big mistake,” the Kentucky Republican said on Fox’s “Fox News Sunday.”
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“I’m going to be putting forward a package and I’m going to be putting my full weight behind it,” he said. “I’m going to be making an argument to the American people about why this is important and why we have to do everything we can to make sure that something like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary does not happen again.”
Benghazi — No Mere ‘October Surprise’ (“If you want to understand why conservatives have lost faith in the so-called mainstream media, you need to ponder the question: Where is the Benghazi feeding frenzy?”)
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Benghazi — No Mere ‘October Surprise’
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Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 10:37:14 AM by Kaslin
If you want to understand why conservatives have lost faith in the so-called mainstream media, you need to ponder the question: Where is the Benghazi feeding frenzy?
Unlike some of my colleagues on the right, I don’t think there’s a conspiracy at work. Rather, I think journalists tend to act on their instincts (some even brag about this; you could look it up). And, collectively, the mainstream media’s instincts run liberal, making groupthink inevitable.
Roberts’ swing vote saved President Barack Obama’s legislation, and Scalia wrote the dissenting opinion.
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While the federal government is arming itself to the teeth against conservatives
The recent deluge of attacks against the second amendment were completely predictable in the aftermath of the Colorado massacre,
but what perhaps wasn’t so expected was the fact that a lot of them have come from so-called Republicans.
Although normally aligned with the right to keep and bear arms, over the last week numerous self-proclaimed conservatives have proven themselves to be wolves in sheep’s clothing.
The most recent rhetorical assault on gun rights came yesterday courtesy of Reagan appointee and so-called intellectual anchor of the Supreme Court’s conservative wing, Justice Antonin Scalia.
Brit Hume On Obama’s View Of Business: “Explains Nearly Everything” (“This explains why so much stimulus money was spent to protect government and why his legislation on healthcare and financial reform involved extending the reach and power of, you guessed it, government”)
BRIT HUME: It is fair to say that we know more tonight than we ever have about the president’s view of business and the economy. His assertion over the weekend that,
Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indiana lawmakers restore gun rights to free men
13 June, 2012 | AWR Hawkins
Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:05:56 AM by marktwain
In an era where many politicians give lip service to gun rights while seeking election and then do their best to undermine those rights once in office, it’s refreshing to see Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and that state’s GOP-led legislature passing laws that restore rights which courts have stripped away from Indiana citizens in recent years.
But your party is still pushing this issue. In the Senate, they offered a Blunt amendment this week which said that any business, any insurance company could decide on moral grounds not to offer birth control coverage as part of the health insurance plan.
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who rallied Iowa’s conservative base for a surprise win in Iowa in the 2008 election, said that Ron Paul might win the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3, but that he has no chance of being the Republican nominee.
“Iowa is not so much a place that picks presidents, but it does pick people who are thrust into the upper tier,” Huckabee said on Fox News Sunday. “That’s the history and it gives people credibility. In the case that it’s Ron Paul – and I know I’m going to get a lot of nasty letters and emails too – Ron Paul is not going to be elected president. He’s not.”
“There’s no way (a Paul win in Iowa) is going to do anything other than confuse the race,” he continued. “But he’s not going to get the nomination, that’s for sure.”
Huckabee said that while Paul’s supporters are strongly committed to the candidate, that they represent a small, self-contained movement.
On the 6/26/11 edition of Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace inquired if Representative Michele Bachmann was a flake. As justification for this line of interrogation, Wallace pointed out an instance where Bachmann insinuated that certain members of Congress were anti-American.
So apparently in the eyes of those considering Bachmann a flake, it is now allegedly a sign of instability to expose those facts that a number of elites would rather gloss over in the hopes that the American people won’t find out about such personalities and instances.
“It’s a system of bureaucratic centralized economic planning that is a policy that is deeply flawed,” Paul said on Fox News Sunday. He argued that FEMA had “one of the worst reputations for a bureaucracy ever.”
“I want to transition us out of this dependency,” said Paul, arguing that people needed to abandon the idea that “FEMA will take care of us and everything will be OK.”
While the administration is relying on FEMA to handle the response to Hurricane Irene which is barreling up the Eastern seaboard, Paul has strongly criticized the agency saying he had little faith in its ability to respond to disasters and believed it did more to hinder recovery efforts.
Paul stressed that FEMA was in “big trouble financially” noting that their flood relief program was “$20 billion in debt” and cast doubt that additional emergency funds could be found for FEMA.
“Where would the money come from … You try to make these programs work the best you can, but you can’t just keep saying they need money,” he said. “We are out of money.”
He suggested that if President Obama wanted to increase funding for FEMA he would need to look to curtail the US involvement in Libya. The president could “save a billion dollars from the overseas warmongering,” Paul said.
Paul criticized the agency’s flood insurance program which allows property owners to purchase insurance from FEMA for homes private insurers were not willing to back. “The whole idea of FEMA is a gross distortion of insurance,” Paul argued. “It’s so far removed from the market and what insurance should be about.”
With the East Coast dealing with the impact of Hurricane Irene, Paul has been vocal in his concerns about FEMA. “FEMA is not a good friend to most people in Texas because all they do is come in and tell you what to do and can’t do. You can’t get into your houses and they hinder the local people and they hinder volunteers from going in,” Paul said while campaigning Saturday. “There is no magic about FEMA.”
In his interview on Fox News Sunday, Paul also addressed concerns that he has little realistic chance of winning the Republican nomination. “I’m in it to win it,” he insisted.
Paul also clarified his criticism of the US role in NATO’s campaign against the Gadhafi regime in Libya. He said that Gadhafi’s downfall was a “good thing” but took issue with the US involvement. “I think it’s a good thing, it’s the way we did it,” he said.
Paul also expressed worries about how the situation in Libya would unfold. He said he had “no idea what will come out of Libya, I’m very skeptical.” “We’ve already said troops are needed now to maintain order. We don’t know what the rebels represent and we know al Qaeda is already there.”
The “unintended consequences of our foreign policy are so overwhelming,” warned Paul.
Paul also downplayed Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s speech Friday in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Bernanke was “continuously quantitatively easing,” said Paul who added that the chairman’s remarks were “not a big change in things.”
The congressman saw little change in the Fed’s policies. Bernanke still needs to “quit monetizing debt,” Paul said.
Herman we hardly knew you. On first hearing about Herman Cain‘s candidacy it was exciting. What a resume, good on the stump, conservative ideals, worked for the federal govt but really became famous as a business executive who turned around companies in trouble…heck he saved Godfather’s Pizza and I love pizza, that alone gave him extra points in my book.
Cain showed so much promise, he was good on the stump and was even better during the first debate, but now his campaign is dead, he may not know it yet but all that’s left is for it to fall over. The cause of death is the same as so many presidential campaigns before him, known in the Latin as Bardus Superstitiosus Orationes (stupid bigoted statements).
The first hint that Cain’s mouth did not have a self-control switch is when he announced that he would not appoint a Muslim to his cabinet. Now a president’s cabinet is supposed to act as his closest advisers, and he should be able to pick whoever he trusted most to fill those positions. But making a public claim that he will pick his advisers based on religion even if it were true, showed problem with his brain’s “Warning You Are About To Say Something Really, Really Dumb” switch.
Cain seemed to back off that original statement last month, he started saying that he would appoint Muslims as long as they stated their loyalty was to America. He supported that by saying he would make that same loyalty judgment about all of his appointees, no matter what the religion. Something that sounded reasonable if it was the first thing he said, but coming after the “won’t appoint Muslims at all” comment, it seemed hollow. As long as he didn’t make the same mistake again the Cain campaign was still alive.
But sufferers of Bardus Superstitiosus Orationes usually find a way to become repeat offenders, and Herman Cain is no different.
This weekend Herman Cain was interviewed by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. The former Godfather Pizza Executive doubled-down on his opposition to a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and he showed a disturbing lack of knowledge about the first Amendment to the constitution.
“Our constitution guarantees separation of church and state,” said Cain. “Islam combines church and state. They are using the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their mosque in the community and people in the community don’t like it. They disagree with it. Sharia law is what they are trying to infuse.” Cain makes the same mistake that the ACLU types every year around Christmas. There is no Constitutional separation of Church and State. This is what the first amendment to the constitution says:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. See not there! Whether you agree with the ACLU that there should be a separation of Church and State or not, any first year law student should know the original reason for the religion part of the first amendment was to keep the Federal government from trying to control religion. Many of the individual states already had an “official” religion, and the founders were worried about the Federal Government supplanting that local authority.
Like many Americans, I have a problem with Muslims who wish to make Sharia law public policy, the civil rule must take precedence over everything. However Sharia law being observed within the context of a Mosque is allowed under the Constitution as long as that law is subservient to civil law. Remember the amendment is supposed to protect the religion from government, not the other way around. Constitutionally the above statement would also be true if the words Sharia law were removed and Halachic Law (Jewish religious law) was substituted. It does not mater of there are parts of fundamental Sharia Law are particularly brutal as long as the government enforces the fact that a particular code of religious law is subservient to civil law no one will be allowed to be brutalized and everyone’s right will be protected.
So Herman Cain is wrong about the constitution here, and even worse that little speech filter failed him again. But Cain wasn’t done (if you cannot see two videos below click here):
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Comic Chris Titus hints at assassinating Palin ‘if she gets elected president’
Comic Chris Titus hints at assassinating Palin ‘if she gets elected president’:
In an appearance on Monday’s “The Adam Carolla Show” podcast, Titus may have waded into that territory. In responding to a question about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” in which Palin defended her interpretation of what happened during Paul Revere’s pre-Revolutionary War famous ride, Titus launched into a description of what he would do if Palin were elected.
“You know what man?” Titus said. “I am going to literally — if she gets elected president, I am going to hang out on the grassy knoll all the time, just loaded and ready — because you know what? It’s for my country. It’s for my country. If I got to sacrifice myself, it’s for my country.”
(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com …”
Posted by Gunny G at Tuesday, June 07, 2011
…Yet after 800 words, the eloquent Rhodes offered nothing as compact or pithy as the “Bush doctrine” Obama ran against in 2008, a black-and-white commitment to supporting democratic movements and using unilateral American firepower to back them when necessary.
That difficulty in succinctly describing the intellectual framework for Obama’s approach to U.S. foreign policy and national security issues has long bedeviled anyone trying to impute a concrete agenda from Obama’s soaring pronouncements about supporting democracy and fostering international human rights.
Republicans, especially the neo-conservatives who gave enthusiastic support for the U.S. invasion of Iraq, have sought to paint Obama’s nuanced approach as fundamentally weak. “We used to relish leading the free world. Now, it’s almost like leading the free world is an inconvenience,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Fox News Sunday…………………….
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com …
Fox News host Glenn Beck said Sunday that he misspoke last year when he characterized President Obama as a racist.”I have a big fat mouth sometimes and I say things,” Beck said during an interview with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.Excerpt Read more at news.yahoo.com …
Author and TV host Glenn Beck denied he has any aspirations of running for office during an interview on “Fox News Sunday” the day after his Restore Honor rally attracted scores to Washington.When asked if the rally would prompt him to consider seeking election, perhaps as the running mate of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Beck said there was no chance that he will run.
“I don’t know what Sarah is doing but I hope to be on vacation. I have no desire to be president,” Beck said. “I don’t think I’d be electable. There are too many people who are far smarter than me.”Beck said he would like to find someone with honor and integrity to serve as president, but he hasn’t seen such a candidate yet. He also dismissed the idea that simply being able to draw a large crowd qualifies someone to lead the country.”If that’s the case then we should elect Billy Graham or Paul McCartney.
That’s not how we should be looking for a president,” Beck said. “We should be looking for people with the right ideas.”"My feeling is the country is in trouble, both parties have sold their souls,” he added, arguing the country should try “turning back to God” as recommended by the Founding Fathers.Excerpt Read more at thehill.com …