Flouting the Law

© Miri WTPOTUS 2011

Yet another member of this administration believes it is in his power to simply flout the LAW:

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced that he will unilaterally override the centerpiece requirement of the No Child Left Behind school accountability law, that 100 percent of students be proficient in math and reading by 2014.

Mr. Duncan told reporters that he was acting because Congress had failed to rewrite the Bush-era law, which he called a “slow-motion train wreck.” He is waiving the law’s proficiency requirements for states that have adopted their own testing and accountability programs and are making other strides toward better schools, he said.

So here we have a Secretary of Education in the Obama administration who chooses to simply IGNORE the law (No Child Left Behind).  He claims to have found authorization within the penumbra of the law, which gives him some power to grant waivers; yet surely  Congress did not expect an across-the-board waiver.  Do Americans expect their children to be proficient in math and reading?  One would  think so.  But the teacher’s unions have never liked No Child Left Behind, because the law dares to expect them to be proficient, too.  And to prove it. 

Notice that Mr. Duncan seems to believe that if Congress does not rewrite laws that Mr. Duncan believes should be rewritten, then he can just ignore (or waive) them.  Rule by fiat? 

Of what use are our Congress and our laws with this administration?  The hubris!  The audacity!  The mendacity!

We also have an Attorney General who chooses to IGNORE the law (civil rights and voting rights for WHITES; hate crime laws when victims are WHITE; honoring Congressional subpoenas, thus showing respect for our representatives and a co-equal branch of government).

We also have a head of Homeland Security who chooses to IGNORE the law (border enforcement; illegal immigration interdiction). 

We have the heads of ATF, DEA, and FBI apparently choosing to IGNORE the law (gun running).

We have a Secretary of the Treasury who chooses to IGNORE the law about paying his own income taxes.

We have a president who IGNORES the highest LAW–the Constitution (eligibility for the presidency). 

I know you don’t need a link to explain that one!

Have I missed anything or anyone?  Small wonder that polls show that only 17% of Americans believe that THIS government has the consent of the people. 

Small wonder that some interpret this to mean that We the People are “pre-revolutionary.” 

What is a government without the consent of the people?

A totalitarian dictatorship.

UPDATE 8/11/2011:   For a classic example of progressive derangement syndrome, which further illustrates the mindset of progressives when it comes to the law and the Constitution, submitted for your consideration, this from today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial page: 

Federal power grab in education will actually benefit states: In clutching at federal authority that Congress likely never intended for him to possess, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan actually is doing a favor for Republicans who would like to see the powers of the federal Department of Education diminished.  A contradiction? Not quite. Mr. Duncan announced this week that he intends to override the key component of the failed No Child Left Behind law by granting waivers to any state that requests exemption from meeting the 2014 proficiency requirements. … So with the support of governors of both parties across the country, Mr. Duncan has decided to give states the ability to develop their own accountability standards. He will grant each of them a waiver from meeting the expectations of No Child Left Behind. This is a positive development that will push states to develop more meaningful standards that allow parents to see how their school compares to others. It also will give administrators guidance on what needs to be done to improve.… [We] applaud Mr. Duncan’s somewhat unusual federal power grab. In the end, it is likely to accelerate state-level advancement of workable standards to measure long-term performance in public schools.

Consider the implications.  Mr. Duncan is applauded for grabbing power that he and the Post-Dispatch editorialists KNOW is not his to grab.  Yes, this is an “unusual power grab” because heretofore, people in past administrations did not believe they’re ABOVE the law.  They did not have the gall to second guess Congress and simply ignore laws they don’t like because they can’t persuade Congress to rewrite them to their satisfaction.  To rewrite them so that the standards are “workable” to the satisfaction of progressives like Duncan, the teacher’s unions, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  “In the end,” it will be better, in their elitist opinion.  And the ends always justify the means, for progressives. 

The writers rationalize this illegal power grab because some governors (of both parties, they allege) support Duncan.  So Mr. Duncan, with support from some governors, believes that he can unilaterally override a law passed by the representatives of the PEOPLE, in the US  CONGRESS, which is the entity that MAKES federal law under our Constitution (Yet, at the same time, they don’t believe that governors of states have the authority to enforce immigration law when the federal government will not.  In that instance, the Post-Dispatch editorialists and this administration would argue that FEDERAL non-enforcement of federal law overrides a state’s authority to enforce the law.)

Mr. Duncan is supposed to uphold the law, not do an end run around the law, even if the Post-Dispatch believes he’s doing Republicans a favor and no matter if, in their opinion, it helps states. 

This is lawlessness.  This is a perfect example of progressives, believing that they know better than the people’s representatives, simply IGNORING LAWS with which they disagree, and then being applauded for it because, in their view, it’s the right thing to do.  

Will they feel the same if a conservative POTUS, or a cabinet member of a conservative administration, engages in similar ILLEGAL power grabs?

UPDATE 8/12/2011: h/t Gateway Pundit, who reminded me of yet another flouting of the LAW:

In 2009 Congress voted to defund ACORN and its affiliates. But that didn’t stop the Obama Administration from giving $560,000 to ACORN affiliates this year.

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192 responses to “Flouting the Law

  1. I think it is important to read half of this speech by BHO to see where his friggin’ mind is and where it isn’t!

    Here is the full [snips] text of President Obama’s remarks during Wednesday’s Iftar [Ramadan] dinner at the White House:
    08/11/11

    “I want to welcome the members of the diplomatic corps who are here; the members of Congress, including two Muslim American members of Congress — Keith Ellison and Andre Carson; and leaders and officials from across my administration. Thank you all for being here. Please give them a big round of applause. “To the millions of Muslim Americans across the United States and more — the more than one billion Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a time of reflection and a time of devotion. It’s an occasion to join with family and friends in celebration of a faith known for its diversity and a commitment to justice and the dignity of all human beings. So to you and your families, Ramadan Kareem.

    “This evening reminds us of both the timeless teachings of a great religion and the enduring strengths of a great nation. Like so many faiths, Islam has always been part of our American family, and Muslim Americans have long contributed to the strength and character of our country, in all walks of life. This has been especially true over the past 10 years.

    “In one month, we will mark the 10th anniversary of those awful attacks that brought so much pain to our hearts. It will be a time to honor all those that we’ve lost, the families who carry on their legacy, the heroes who rushed to help that day and all who have served to keep us safe during a difficult decade. And tonight, it’s worth remembering that these Americans were of many faiths and backgrounds, including proud and patriotic Muslim Americans.

    “Muslim Americans were innocent passengers on those planes, including a young married couple looking forward to the birth of their first child. They were workers in the Twin Towers — Americans by birth and Americans by choice, immigrants who crossed the oceans to give their children a better life. They were cooks and waiters, but also analysts and executives.

    “There, in the towers where they worked, they came together for daily prayers and meals at Iftar. They were looking to the future — getting married, sending their kids to college, enjoying a well-deserved retirement. And they were taken from us much too soon. And today, they live on in the love of their families and a nation that will never forget. And tonight, we’re deeply humbled to be joined by some of these 9/11 families, and I would ask them to stand and be recognized, please.

    “Muslim Americans were first responders -- the former police cadet who raced to the scene to help and then was lost when the towers collapsed around him; the EMTs who evacuated so many to safety; the nurse who tended to so many victims; the naval officer at the Pentagon who rushed into the flames and pulled the injured to safety. On this 10th anniversary, we honor these men and women for what they are — American heroes.

    “Nor let us forget that every day for these past 10 years Muslim Americans have helped to protect our communities as police and firefighters, including some who join us tonight. Across our federal government, they keep our homeland secure, they guide our intelligence and counterterrorism efforts and they uphold the civil rights and civil liberties of all Americans. So make no mistake, Muslim Americans help to keep us safe.

    “We see this in the brave service of our men and women in uniform, including thousands of Muslim Americans. In a time of war, they volunteered, knowing they could be sent into harm’s way. Our troops come from every corner of our country, with different backgrounds and different beliefs. But every day they come together and succeed together, as one American team.

    “During the 10 hard years of war, our troops have served with excellence and with honor. Some have made the ultimate sacrifice, among them Army Specialist Kareem Khan. Galvanized by 9/11 to serve his country, he gave his life in Iraq and now rests with his fellow heroes at Arlington. And we thank Kareem’s mother, Elsheba, for being here again tonight. Like Kareem, this generation has earned its place in history, and I would ask all of our service members here tonight — members of the 9/11 Generation — to stand and accept the thanks of our fellow Americans.

    “This year and every year, we must ask ourselves: How do we honor these patriots — those who died and those who served? In this season of remembrance, the answer is the same as it was 10 Septembers ago. We must be the America they lived for and the America they died for, the America they sacrificed for.

    An America that doesn’t simply tolerate people of different backgrounds and beliefs, but an America where we are enriched by our diversity.

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0811/white_house_dinner_16bcb086-a896-469a-b25c-bebc1b87edf7.html

    • I guess women aren’t human beings. Have you ever heard him talk with such passion about the lives of non-Muslims lost on 9/11? No. Some people and groups are apparently MORE EQUAL to this “post-racial” POTUS. When will we hear a similar speech on Easter or any other CHRISTIAN holiday?

      • It made me ill reading his idealized version of what reality is. Remember no matter what he says, Muslims make up less than 1% of our population even though their propaganda machine, CAIR, tries to enhance their image and numbers in the US, and the media thinks whatever they do is newsworthy. Note the media silence and inability to say it like it is if it is related to issues that reflect negatively on Muslims such as Islamic terrorists that kill Americans (i.e., Ft. Hood mass murderer Muslim terrorist; the honor killings that are taking place in the US, creeping Sharia, teaching anti -American courses at special Muslim colleges in the US, or building a victory mosque at Ground Zero). Note the silence about Huma Weiner’s relationship to the terrorist group Muslim Brotherhood, yet she is privy to national secrets through Hillary! Their agenda is well known, but the weak kneed powers that be in the US are afraid to tackle the issue. Why, because of the leftist media who would want to destroy the truth teller, much like what they do to Pamela Geller or Geert Wilder.

        On another thread, I believe I found that the real percentage of Muslims in the US was something like point 58% less than 1%. Supposedly no one knows how many Muslims are in this country. Well, immigration should know how many they let into the country over the years, that would be a good indicator. CAIR inflates their numbers intentionally a million at a time.

        • this is the Crux of everything, Bridgette.

          they are on “wearing us out” mode.

          but this is the Goal. Muslamerica. Chicago, Illinois. Upon the death of Terd Kennedy, the baton was passed to the Daleys. They have been in the wings waiting,,, but so is barky’s faction TUCC NOI.

          I bet you a nickle that there is War going on there.

          Rezko had a hearing today, I heard. This back story is what’s truly on the front burner whilst they pretend the BC Qualifiers are targeted and trashed, What’s going on in Chicago these days would really make a great movie… better than the scripted bin Laden fake assassination…. ya know? West Wing, Chitown (please consider this a patented idea.)

          • I am not geting worn out Papoose are you ? Actually, it has the opposite effect on people I think. People will not be played or get out in the streets to brawl though I bet…. They will use their minds. They are too smart to fall for that trap. Only the ignorant get used once like a disposable napkin.

      • Yea, and he ignored the GREEN cry of the Irani’s when they were in their Arab Spring… deliberately ignored… their internet and phones shut down… bloodshed, torture, bleeding in the streets, ignored to this day.

        The Arab Spring’s Genesis was Iran, in the dead of the summer. Totally ignored by this bogus potus and his State Department. The U.N., well, they too, moved on dot org along time ago. Pffft! The Iranians have been waiting on us as Anne Frank did in the Amsterdam attic…

        Deliberate Ignorance Diversion Distraction. Bet Amanutjob is friends with people in City Hall’s all over this country, Don’t forget he partied with the New Black Panthers. He gets the rock star treatment at Columbia.

        • Brought to us all globally by Ayers, Pink and buddies too. The true war starters of the world ( oh but they want peace don’t ya know Papoose ?)
          Yeah right. ROYAL Liars. They love stirring up the ignorant in the streets. They love those stupid suckers and use them like disposable paper towels.

        • The People of Iran want to be freed.

          They remember the Shah. They are western at Heart. Free to be.

          If they dismiss us in Iraq, the Iranians begging to be re-freed will suffer in obscurity. Its probably the plan. Leave Iraq and let all Hell break loose.

          I really believe there is personal suffering and desperation in Iran, hidden like it was in Eastern Europe. I bet people meet in secret to plan their way out of the smothering oppression.

          • The majority of the population in Iran is under 30 Papooski and they KNOW what they are missing over here. Their older relatives that ran from there call them up and tell them. They KNOW….

  2. Obama’s ineligibility: Prepare to defend America – Take down Obama and the rogue government
    Thursday, August 11, 2011 Snips

    There will be a “Pitchfork Rally” at 10 AM on August 15, 2011 at the steps of the Georgia state capital to support Georgia’s “Presidential Eligibility Assurance Act” to ensure that the usurper Obama cannot run for President in 2012.

    Larry Klayman [Founder of Judicial Watch] has announced “Assault on Washington – call for civil disobedience to remove Democrat and Republican leaders” to be held week of September 17, 2011 – Constitution Day in Washington, D.C. to “rid our nation of the Democrat and Republican self serving political leaders who are in the process of destroying our nation, before it is too late.”

    Klayman calls for: “a peaceful “Assault on Washington,” to make it known to our nation’s politicians and so called leaders that their days are over and that they should resign or face other strong peaceful action by “We the People.” These “leaders” include, but are not limited to, President Barack Obama, his Treasury Secretary Timothy Geitner, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.”

    Our country is disintegrating around us. Our political elite ignore the Constitution, tolerate an illegal and criminal President and have engineered a Saul Alinsky / Cloward & Piven financial crisis, which will collapse our economy. We will no longer accept their lies, their incompetence, their arrogance, their cowardice and their corruption.

    Our country has been blessed by God. It is now our duty to preserve it.

    http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/39344

  3. Obama Administration Ignoring Islamic Threat
    8/11/2011

    A senior Army strategist and Pentagon advisor says it’s “incredibly naïve and dangerous” for the Obama administration to go out of its way to extract Islam when it describes the threat of terrorism.

    The White House recently released its “Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States” [PDF], a plan that calls for a community-based approach that includes greater support and information-sharing with local officials. But in that 12-page plan, the administration attempted to disassociate the Islamic faith from the terrorism perpetrated by Islamic groups like al-Qaeda, saying al-Qaeda “tried to spark a conflict between faiths and divide us as Americans. But they failed.”

    Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis (USA-Ret.), who currently serves as senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council, says the Obama administration goes out of its way to paint Islam in a positive light.

    “They celebrate Islam in many cases, and any derogatory statement made about Islam is condemned by the administration and its officials,” he notes. “To try to extract it totally, without mention of Islam, is incredibly naïve and dangerous. Yeah, there are extremists of other stripes out there. But today, most people, when you think of extremism, if you follow the news and terrorism, you think of Islamic extremism.”

    Maginnis further points out that evangelist Franklin Graham was not allowed to speak at the Pentagon last year on the National Day of Prayer because he once referred to Islam as “evil.”

    http://www.onenewsnow.com/Politics/Default.aspx?id=1408932

    Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the US

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/empowering_local_partners.pdf

    • He’s doing it. Oust Mubarak, Oust Qadaffi, Oust The Syrian name escapes me… deride and sneer at Bibi

      and the Polish Government was the very first to go…

      and…

      • … and flash mob, USA.

        his modus operandi, social twitter, the prettiest sound on Earth that he ever heard besides

        ca ching

    • Islam is the only pseudo-religion that has as part of its tenets TERRORISM, JIHAD, MURDER OF NON-ADHERENTS. It’s the religion of SUBMISSION. To say it’s the religion of PEACE is to LIE. The LIE is part of taqiyya. Most religions deplore lying because it is fundamentally disrespectful of others. Islam glorifies lying. It promotes lying, in the name of forcing “infidels” to submit. There’s a reason why Barry’s administration tries to paint Islam in a positive light–because Barry’s a Muslim. That’s why.

  4. Remember barky disappeared that weekend? The Volcano eruption, the soccer game that never was that Sunday morning? Don’t forget. Slipping in to the White House unaccounted for….

  5. barky sure did stimulate his economy in 2009, didn’t he?

    Lest we forget.

  6. I wish i had my own personal minaret, I mean turret.

    5 x a day

  7. Renee, there’s no reply option up there ^

    The majority of the population in Iran is under 30 Papooski and they KNOW what they are missing over here. Their older relatives that ran from there call them up and tell them. They KNOW….

    Iran is the definition of human suffering to me… and they are being deliberately ignored… for 2 solid years now. Can’t have jihad and sharia infiltration if the Iranian’s chains are smashed. Same reason they are trying to obliterate Israel… Freedom to Be. and Think. and Prosper.

    • Freedom to be. Freedom to think. Freedom to Prosper.

      The natural born American’s Constitution and Birthright.

      That’s a major problem for the Commicrats.

      • i guess they aren’t a PC.

        protected class.

        Holder probably doesn’t see the problem because Bill and Hill sure don’t either. Global Initiative, check it out. These former bosses of Arkansas never even heard of Appalachia, either. Just ask Oprah and Angie I am so Greta Garbo, Jon Voight;s daughter.
        Palms turned upward,
        where?

        Charity begins at Home asshats.

        But its a waste anyway, so I guess I don’t blame you. Yeah, why bother. I have never seen so many African Americans bearing Ph.Ds in my life… ~ yeah, but the average American Citizen doesn’t provide for their great great Italian grandfather’s former slaves that he never even had.

        What bullshit.

        Get real. In addition to “folks” having Personal Jets (” non-corporate”) and purchased a handbag for more than $1500 in the last month,

        Come On Down! Share the sacrifice, Baby.

        Oligarchy, 21st Century.

        Tax the crap out of the Sports and Entertainment industries (LSM) and listen for the squealing like pigs… bring home the bacon, barky. oh, but then who will come to your $38,500 a plate drive bys?

      • Tax the crap out of the Sports and Entertainment industries (LSM) and listen for the squealing like pigs….Good one Papooski !
        ROTFL ! I agree. Let them pay since they have so MUCH and we have so not much, besides, all good druid types like a show. They are BlackSmiths, Wrights and entertainers so entertain us common folks with your money ok ? Show us your money ! Change we can believe in ya know ? Spare change is great !

        • See I told you. They hang out across the hall with Jerimiah Wright, I mean Frank Loyd Wright. Please spare change for us dear druid types !

          Druid – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia According to the early legal tract Bretha Crólige, the sick-maintenance due to a druid, satirist and brigand (díberg) is no more than that due to a bóaire (an ordinary freeman). Another law-text, Uraicecht Becc (‘Small primer’), gives the druid a place among the dóer-nemed or professional classes which depend for their status on a patron, along with wrights, blacksmiths and entertainers, as opposed to the fili, who alone enjoyed free nemed-status.

    • Almond= nut
      John-June-Jun= Dear
      John Deere Nut Job…
      Fitting name. Just another puppet freak

  8. http://news.yahoo.com/girl-put-life-line-save-wash-state-boy-070434933.html

    There’s a story of a little girl who was a big hero and a little boy who miraculously survived. So hope lives.

    America will shine on. Believe.

  9. Renee, Interesting name JOHN KENNEDY OSWALD!

    Warrant Singer Jani Lane Dead At 47
    Former hair-metal frontman was best known for hit ‘Cherry Pie.’
    By Gil Kaufman

    snip………….

    Jani Lane, the golden-haired former lead singer of 1980s hair-metal band Warrant, was found dead on Thursday in a hotel room in Woodland Hills, California.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, police found the body of Lane (born John Kennedy Oswald), 47, at a Comfort Inn, with no cause of death available at press time. Lane was best known for the Warrant hit “Cherry Pie,” which he wrote and which featured a guitar solo by Poison’s C.C. DeVille. The double entendre-filled video for the song — packed, of course, with a bevy of video vixens — was a staple of MTV programming when it was released in 1990.

    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1668933/jani-lane-dead.jhtml

  10. You know what’s frustrating? Daily Puma picks up some of our articles, but when you click the link from their site, the story won’t come up. I looked at the URL that they have in the link and also at the URL for the story on our blog–they seem to be correct. Is somebody censoring somehow, in between? Just asking?

    • A couple readers told us about that a couple days ago, and I checked both the URL and the article and they both worked so I thought it was just a WordPress glitch.

      • That may be, but their link to the Mob Mentality post didn’t work this morning. I don’t know why. It looked correct to me.

        • Just tried it and it works for the mob article; Both article and WTPOTUS.

          • Now that’s bizarre. I remember when somebody else reported the problem, I went to Daily Puma and the link worked for ME. I’m stumped.

            • Now it works! I wonder if it has something to do with how I got to Daily Puma? When it didn’t work, I got there from the stats page on the dashboard. This time, when it worked, I just went to Daily Puma directly. So maybe it IS WordPress.

  11. http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/08/now-obama-wants-to-force-farmers-to-get-commercial-drivers-licenses/

    A backdoor way to increase “revenues”, aka raise TAXES? Barry wants to force everybody who drives farm equipment, even on private property, to get commercial driver’s licenses.

    “The proposed rule change would mean that anyone who drives a tractor or operates any piece of motorized farming equipment would be required to pass the same tests and complete the same detailed forms and logs required of semi-tractor trailer drivers.

    Drivers would keep logs of information including hours worked and miles traveled. Vehicles would be required to display DOT numbers. A CDL in Virginia costs $64 for eight years, or $8 per year, not including the cost of an instructional class and the written test.

    If the DOT reclassifies farm vehicles and implements as commercial vehicles, the federal government will have regulatory control over the nation’s farm workers, estimated at over 800,000, by requiring them to have commercial drivers licenses.”

    • over heard last year in one of the agricultural budget committee discussions how to get internet service to rural areas (which falls under the agriculture department,which is crazy ,but it does) requiring about 80 million more in revenue . It was discussed it would be a cost of so many thousand dollars per tax payer to do it but they needed to do it. So is this a way to get there so the fed. gov. can get internet to more rural areas? Its amazing what gets put in farm bills under agriculture that has nothing to do with agriculture.

      • As I recall getting internet service to rural, and really rural areas was part of the Stimulus bill. The projected cost was exorbitant.

      • All the better to community organize with, my dear. Also to help bankrupt the USA. Like the rural electrification tax (or is it a fee or “increased revenue?”), once the program is entrenched in the bureaucracy, it will NEVER go away, even when the purpose has been accomplished. This is the Gore tax on steroids.

        I wonder if somewhere in the bill to make the DOT oversee farm equipment there’s some provision for siphoning off the “revenue” (aka increased TAXES) for Barry’s purposes? Surely there is.

        He flouts the law, and whenever he can’t, then he uses the executive to IMPOSE regulations that will bring in money that he can then redistribute without Congress. Why in the world is he allowed to get away with ignoring the LAW? When he gave ACORN half a million, what happened? IF Bush had tried something that audacious, that blatant, the progressives would have impeached him. Or at least they would have tried to.

  12. http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/08/nevada-judge-slaps-acorn-with-maximum-fine-for-latest-illegal-voter-registration-scheme/

    ACORN gets hit with a big fine in Nevada for voter fraud:

    “District Court Judge Donald Mosley was blunt and unsparing in his criticism of the discredited activist group. Citing the long history of voter registration fraud allegations that engulfed ACORN across the country, he slapped the group with a $5,000 fine for violating Nevada election law during the 2008 presidential election.

    Mosley, reading the pre-sentence report, listed a series of voter registration fraud allegations against ACORN workers. He said that if the claims have been true, then “It is making a mockery of our election process. If I had an individual in this courtroom…who was responsible for this kind of thing, I would put that person in prison for 10 years, hard time, and not think twice about it,” he said. “To me this is reprehensible. This is the kind of thing you see in some banana republic, Uruguay or someplace, not in the United States.””

    That’s exactly what they want–to see America become a Third World country, run by a DICTATOR for life, as in BANANA REPUBLICS. I wish that judge could have thrown them in prison for 10 years to put the fear of the CONSTITUTION and the LAW in them. This is a Constitutional REPUBLIC, not a “democracy”, not a BANANA REPUBLIC. I wish he could send them to Venezuela, if they’re that fond of their form of government.

    • A measly $5,000 and that was it? Of course, that money is from the taxpayers who funded them instead of it being out of their own pockets, I bet. Isn’t this part of the case where the woman was rehired at another ACORN office while awaiting trial, and they covered for her because she had been such a “good” democrat and employee. In other words, she could be counted on to do the “right thing” and get those votes they needed.

      • I think because they pleaded guilty, there probably was a limit on the fine or else it was part of the plea bargain. Yeah. The 5 grand probably comes out of the half a million ACORN got from us via Barry. Even when they get these people cold, there are few personal repercussions. Until they go to prison, as they deserve, they’ll keep trying to rig the system, by any means necessary, after all.

    • They call it an INDUSTRY!

      From the comments; Nano commented:

      The Left Owns the Election Law Industry

      http://frontpagemag.com/2011/08/12/the-left-owns-the-election-law-industry/


      Every Single One: The Politicized Hiring of Eric Holder’s Voting Section

      http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/every-single-one-the-politicized-hiring-of-eric-holder%E2%80%99s-voting-section/

      Add to that the Soros Secretary of State Project and you will see they all tie together.

  13. I updated the post again with another example of this administration flouting the law–giving half a million to ACORN. h/t Gateway Pundit

    • Who is going after them to get the money back? Where is Issa, since he was instrumental in getting them defunded? I think they changed their name to disguise themselves, but used the same old address in Louisiana. Oh my …red flag at the government office that they didn’t see?

  14. Look at what we have to deal with:

    http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/bill-kellys-truth-squad/2011/aug/11/media-cover-up-durbin-confrontation-reporter/

    DICK Durbin is rude to and throws out of a press conference one reporter who doesn’t pander. Then he gets the rest of the complicit panderers (aka cabalisters) to agree to NOT cover the confrontation, because DICK didn’t like the question. DICK was trying to blame the downgrade on the Tea Party. When they’re in the midst of a Pravda-like MEME, do NOT defend the Tea Party.

  15. Cross Barry and you will pay! Oh, they are looking to see if someone gave the information to someone like Soros! But if Soros got the info, wouldn’t that be a smackeroo to Obama’s boss! Talk about tread marks!

    FT: SEC Investigating S&P’s Downgrade of US Debt
    Friday, 12 Aug 2011
    By Forrest Jones

    The Securities and Exchange Commission has asked Standard and Poor’s to hand over a list of people who knew the agency was going to downgrade U.S. ratings before it was announced to see if possible insider trading took place.

    Sources familiar with the issue tell the Financial Times that the SEC’s enforcement division isn’t after the S&P nor do they have evidence of specific trading activity that would suggest a leak.

    An examination department, which oversees ratings agencies, asked for names.

    Should a formal investigation evolve, a bigger issue could arise – Standard and Poor’s license.

    http://www.moneynews.com/Headline/SEC-S-P-Downgrade-US/2011/08/12/id/407058?s=al&promo_code=CD2C-1

    • Well, it was probably Geithner since they already know that emails were flying back and forth between the WH and S&P during the debt ceiling manufactured-by-Barry crisis. If it does track to Soros, nothing will happen. He needs that money to put into Barry’s coffers. Wait! What? Maybe he’s planning to contribute to a Barry opponent in the primaries. Now that might be a reason to turn on Georgie Porgie. The plot thickens. Get them all at each others’ throats and maybe then they won’t have time to fundamentally transform OUR COUNTRY.

      • This should be really good! That old Obama bus without Soros? Remember Soros said to follow “his” directives about running the country with Executive Orders or else! It was the EO Memo put out by John Podesta.

  16. MSNBC Scrubs Ad Admitting and Defending Obama’s Ineligibility – Chris Matthews- 8/11/2011 – ORYR

    The ad was also mentioned on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show today. This is not the first time Chris Matthews suggested Obama was born overseas. It was in 2007 that Chris Matthews reported on the air that Obama was a Muslim and born in Indonesia. It’s also not the first mainstream media outlet to scrub information about Obama. Fox scrubbed the O’Reilly segment.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmefvVQtvU0

      That video was uploaded from an android phone on Aug. 7. It does appear that they took out “I don’t think that you can say that in Japan or in China. You can’t go [to] these countries and become Chinese.” Cut and paste if you want to see it. I didn’t want to have another video here.

  17. A caller to Rush talks about the Chris Matthews Ad.
    August 11, 2011

  18. Interesting, an elite boarding school in Johannesburg, Africa is no longer wanting their students to aspire to be Obama, but like Colin Powell instead. This is published on the German site. What has happened to O Ba Ma?

    Halting Africa’s Brain Drain
    Academy Prepares New Elite Generation
    08/12/2011

    A former fighter pilot for the Kenyan air force, the African Leadership Academy’s 55-year-old headmaster is an amicable man. Khaemba reaches for a book on his desk. “Daily Motivation for African-American Success” reads the title. He was reading through the book this morning. “This is how my students should turn out, boys like Joseph,” he says, “just like General Colin Powell.” The same Colin Powell who led the United States into the Iraq war? “Well, maybe not like that exactly,” Khaemba says. “Maybe more like a black Bill Gates.”

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,780004,00.html

    • As much of a pill as I think Powell is, I sure would rather have a kid emulate him than Obama. Actually, you could pick somebody at random out of the phone book and I’d rather have a kid emulate that person than Barry. :)

  19. Whoops! Another blow to Obamacare:

    http://news.yahoo.com/appeals-court-rules-against-obama-healthcare-law-171829777.html

    “President Barack Obama’s healthcare law suffered a setback Friday when a U.S. appeals court ruled that it was unconstitutional to require all Americans to buy insurance or face a penalty.

    The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, found that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to buy coverage, but also reversed a lower court decision that threw out the entire healthcare law.

    The legality of the individual mandate, a cornerstone of the healthcare law, is widely expected to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Opponents have argued that without the mandate, which goes into effect in 2014, the entire law falls.”

    I don’t like that part about the court reversing the ruling that threw out the whole thing. If the mandate’s unconsitutional, the entire bill is kaput.

  20. http://www.thepostemail.com/2011/08/10/playing-the-obama-death-to-the-usa-game/

    An excellent article about Barry, progressives, idiots, and flouting the law.

    “Are you as exhausted as am I from hearing ‘journalists’ and supposed expert talking heads telling us “If only Obama would X (you fill in your own solution) he would put us back on the right track toward beginning to save our economy” or asking “Why doesn’t Obama do “Y” to help the economy?” The problem with these comments and questions is the presupposition that the dictator-in-chief actually wants to save the United States of America. That assumption is false.

    The first step in recognizing and then correcting any problem is the proper identification of the problem. …
    There are only a few rules to the Obama Death-to-the-USA game. But, they must be followed unconditionally in the mode of a true believing totalitarian.

    First and foremost, you must approach the game with both the attitude and the conviction that US laws do not apply to you. Understand that once you have joined Obama in his Death-to-the-USA game, you must operate under the illusion that the dictator and usurper-in-chief views you as a neo-elitist and, therefore, will afford you additional points each time you ignore and openly sneer at the laws of the United States of America. Note: 500 bonus points will be awarded to you every time you bypass any and all federal judges’ order…including Supreme Court Associate Justices. Note 2: No bonus points are currently being given for defying the US Congress, as they are already collaborating with Obama and are actively playing the game.”

  21. Fools Rule America – For Now!
    HOW LONG WILL THE GOVERNMENT’S POWER CONTINUE TO GROW?

    Were those who voted for Obama and big government fools?
    (Aug. 12, 2011) — This isn’t racist; it’s factual

    There is a statement, purportedly coming out of a Czech Republic newspaper a while back, that has been circulating the Internet at significant speed. It seems that many outside our country see us better than we see ourselves. The statement, more or less, goes something like this:

    “The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.”

    “The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.”

    So who is this “citizenry” capable of entrusting a man like Obama with the Presidency? We’ll say it if no one else will. For one thing, it is a color issue. Black people in America will vote in lockstep for a black man or a Democrat over 90% of the time. Even Latinos vote in large numbers for Democrats.
    Cont.

    http://www.thepostemail.com/2011/08/12/fools-rule-america-for-now/

    • Well, they have a point, but do they realize the pervasive bias of our so-called “journalists?” We have far too many unregenerate progressives who, no matter what, will stick with Barry. But there is a similarly large number of people who were simply fooled. Who perhaps were too busy with their own lives to pay a lot of attention to politics and who, instead, relied on the lamestream media to tell them the truth about him. If people TRULY knew his background, his ideology, and what his REAL plans were when he talked about “change” and “fundamental transformation,” do you think he would have had a snowball’s chance in hell of getting elected? The votes of all the African-Americans and all the Hispanics aren’t enough to put him there. This time around, he won’t have that same number of votes from “minorities.” At least we Americans, no matter our race or ancestry, ordinarily learn from our mistakes, admit them, and correct them.

  22. “S&P downgraded the United States from AAA to AA+, and it gets worse. Today, Italy, England, and Greece un-friended us on Facebook.”

    “Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced he’s not going to resign. He had suggested he might be leaving and getting a job in the private sector. But thanks to his economic policies there are no jobs in the private sector, so I guess he’s going to stay.”

    “I don’t know why Timothy Geithner would quit working at the Treasury. It must be an easy job now, especially since there’s no money in it.”

    ~JAY LENO

    “A new poll shows that disapproval of Congress is at an all-time high. Eighty-two percent of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing and the other 18 percent weren’t home when the question was asked.”

    “It was President Obama’s birthday. I can’t believe it’s been 50 years since his mother forged his birth certificate.”

    ~JIMMY KIMMEL

  23. Romney goes off on heckler
    Aug. 12

    A fantastic video making the rounds on the internet features Mitt Romney squaring off against a group of clearly organized leftist idiots who started peppering him with ridiculous leftist talking points. When Romney began to answer, they interrupted and yelled at him. Then Romney responded back – it’s not exactly Chris Christie level demolition but it’s pretty solid. Check out the raw video and Glenn’s reaction on radio today.

    http://www.glennbeck.com/2011/08/12/romney-goes-off-on-heckler/

  24. Did you read about Barry’s new quest to institute the Dream Act via EXECUTIVE FIAT? Buying more votes (legal and illegal).

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/08/dream-act-students-cheer-obamas-immigration-enforcement-policy.html

    “The news that the Obama administration was planning to halt virtually all deportations of Dream Act students and possibly their families drew cheers and applause from several students and immigrant rights activists who gathered at the downtown Los Angeles office of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. … The Obama administration announced Thursday that undocumented students and other low-priority immigration offenders would not be targeted for deportation under its immigration enforcement programs. These eligible students are those who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children by their parents.

    The move means that those who are in deportation proceedings will have their cases reviewed and, if they are set aside as low-priority, could possibly be given work permits. Low-priority individuals will also be less likely to end up in deportation proceedings, officials said. … The announcement comes at the same time that hundreds of documents were released that a federal judge says show immigration officials misled states and local governments on how the so-called Secure Communities enforcement program would work.

    “There is ample evidence that ICE and DHS have gone out of their way to mislead the public about Secure Communities,” U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin wrote in an opinion on the release of the documents. “In particular, these agencies have failed to acknowledge a shift in policy when it is patently obvious — from public documents and statements — that there has been one.”

    The documents show immigration officials struggling with whether the Secure Communities program is voluntary or mandatory for state and local agencies and changing its messaging to the public after some localities tried to opt out of the program. The U.S. Homeland Security fingerprint-sharing program uses prints collected by state and local police to help immigration authorities identify and deport tens of thousands of people each year.

    The new revelations come as organized opposition to the program steps up with several protests around the country in the last few days. It also comes just weeks after U.S. Homeland Security told governors that the program did not need their approval to operate and that it was voiding agreements signed to authorize their states’ participation. The documents were released as part of an ongoing lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the Immigration Justice Clinic of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.”

    Don’t like the LAW? Just IGNORE IT. WHERE IS CONGRESS ON THIS?!!!

    Nudge, nudge, nudge. They think that during this election season, the opposition will be afraid to object, lest they once again be labeled RACISTS.

    • They are on vacation…and their vacations may become permanent if they don’t do something to stop this usurper!

      He is ruling by executive fiat just like Soros and Podesta told him to do. The friggin’ puppet!

      Expect a backlash from the states!

    • Jan Brewer is back in the news, complaining about this executive order that gives back-door amnesty. http://ktar.com/category/local-news-articles/20110819/Brewer:-Obama-plan-is-%60backdoor-amnesty'-for-illegals/

      “Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has denounced President Obama’s new deportation policy as “backdoor amnesty for hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of illegal aliens.”

      The Obama administration cannot get its amnesty schemes through Congress, so now it has resorted to implementing its plans via executive fiat,” Brewer said after Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the new policy Thursday. Napolitano said authorities will focus on deporting illegals with criminal records and review on a case-by-case basis the plight of illegals who are students, were brought to the United States by parents or whose work permits have expired.

      Brewer said the plan is “backdoor amnesty,” and, “Especially disturbing is that it comes in the wake of the Obama administration sanctioning the sale of weapons to Mexican drug cartels — even as border states such as Arizona come under threat from those same illicit organizations. With this announcement, the president is encouraging more illegal immigration at the exact moment we need federal focus on border security.”

      Brewer said that, just last month, Obama had rejected the idea of bypassing Congress and imposing immigration reform, telling the National Council of La Raza that, “That’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.”

      The governor said, “President Obama got it right last month and got it really wrong today.”

      Brewer, who is waiting for a U.S. Supreme Court decision on Arizona’s tough new immigration law, said, “Those of us who truly care about the rule of law will remember the President’s actions of today. We need to remind President Obama that we elected a president that serves ben[eath the] law and did not anoint a king that is above the law.” ”

      Tell us how you really feel, Jan. They have some TRUE PATRIOTS out there in AZ.

  25. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/executive-order-to-push-agencies-on-federal-workforce-diversity/2011/08/18/gIQAng5POJ_story.html

    Another instance of flouting the law. This time, the Constitution. ENTRENCH DISCRIMINATION in federal hiring.

    “President Obama on Thursday issued an executive order requiring government agencies to develop plans for improving federal workforce diversity.

    The long-awaited executive order directs a group of high-ranking officials to create a government-wide plan, followed by specific plans in each agency. It marks the highest-profile response to a problem that has been on the administration’s radar: Whites still hold more than 81 percent of senior pay-level positions. … The order creates a framework, but the details have not been worked out. Instead of creating a new administrative body, as with Obama’s 2009 executive order on veterans’ employment, this initiative will look to a council of deputy agency chiefs. OPM, the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will participate.

    That group will be responsible for creating a government-wide plan within 90 days. According to the order, after that plan is released, each agency must present its own specific diversity plan within 120 days. The efforts must reflect initiatives on a number of fronts, including recruitment, training and promotion.

    Berry said that the executive order elevates the issue of diversity to a level of attention that will prevent this initiative from falling by the wayside, as other efforts have. “Rather than create a new structure, the president has built upon an existing structure at the very highest level that will get attention and scrutiny,” he said.

    Officials did not commit to specific goals [aka QUOTAS] or measures, which they said will vary by agency.”

    Of course, buried within the executive order is that these programs must be consistent with “merit” but as with university admissions, they’ll probably find “merit” within the penumbra of qualifications, such as the people have a “unique” perspective, life history, cultural awareness for the jopsss.

    How does it fit with equal opportunity to create special programs for RECRUITMENT and TRAINING for certain groups (racial, ethnic, etc.) and NOT for others? Will POOR WHITES be recruited and TRAINED for management positions? Aren’t they likely underrepresented in the higher positions in the federal government? This is designed to load up the federal workforce with as many likely Democrat voters as possible, to ENSURE they stay on the plantation, on the public dime, so they continue to vote for those who favor them. He’s creating a NEW racial and ethnic spoils system in direct contravention of our CONSTITUTION. But what’s new? Retribution and redistribution, now recruitment–those are Barry’s three R’s.

    • An affirmative action student helping to further the discrimination and this time it is targeting the whites! If they can’t do the job and don’t have the skills, then they shouldn’t be given a pass because of their race. That isn’t diversity, it is stupidity. But since America hired an undocumented worker with no skills but having the ability to read a teleprompter, they think we should have more of those types in the workforce. You don’t have to accomplish, you don’t have to follow the rules, if you are seen as adding to the diversity in the workforce, you’ve got a job!

      Obama’s rules, not society’s rules are supposed to be followed.

      Enough is enough. 2012 can’t get here soon enough to overturn this clowns Executive orders and agency regulations.

      • And here we are, in another recession, in debt that’s bankrupting our nation, with Barry laughably proposing steeper cuts in the budget, yet he signs this executive order that creates EVEN MORE bureaucracy. They’ll need programs! They’ll need committees! They’ll need oversight! They’ll need lawyers! They’ll probably (oh, just a guess) outsource the work (recruitment and training) to groups like ACORN or its derivatives. They’ll need minority consultants! Federal government hind tit on steroids.

        It goes on and on, spending and redistributing other people’s money. We the Majority People will have to PAY for the very system that disenfranchises our own families, if we don’t happen to be of the correct persuasion, race, ethnicity that will promote “diversity”.

    • http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/washington/7703223.html#ixzz1VVi4ctQg

      “An Office of Personnel Management report says that in fiscal year 2010, the federal workforce was

      66.2 percent white [so arguably underrepresented depending upon how you count white hispanics; see below],

      17.7 percent black [so already overrepresented],

      8 percent Hispanic [slightly overrepresented],

      5.6 percent Asian/Pacific Islander [slightly overrepresented] and

      1.8 percent Native American. [overrepresented]

      It was 56.1 percent male. [So WOMEN are underrepresented, being over half the population.]”

      Wikipedia says the demographics of the USA are:
      White alone (of which 26.7 million are White Hispanic and Latino Americans, see table below.
      Excluding these, this category comprises 63.7% or 196.8 million) 223,553,265 72.4%

      Black or African American alone 38,929,319 12.6%

      Some other race alone
      (Mestizo, Mulatto…) 19,107,368 6.2%

      Asian alone 14,674,252 4.8%

      Two or more races 9,009,073 2.9%

      American Indian or Alaska Native alone 2,932,248 0.9%

      Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander alone 540,013 0.2%

      So from what I can see, WHITES may need to be recruited and women do need to be recruited because both groups are UNDERREPRESENTED in the current federal workforce. The other minority groups are either well represented or overrepresented. What’s the deal?

  26. Obama Flouted and lost this one!

    HISTORIC VICTORY for Judicial Watch!
    Court Slaps Down Obama Administration Secrecy, Rules White House Visitor Logs Subject to FOIA
    Aug. 19, 2011

    In a historic victory for Judicial Watch and an embarrassing defeat for the Obama administration, a federal court ruled on Wednesday that Secret Service White House visitor logs are agency records that are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act! (U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell issued the decision in Judicial Watch v. Secret Service, (No. 09-2312)).

    Here’s the bottom line: The Obama administration will now have to release all records of all visitors to the White House – or explain why White House visits should be kept secret under law!

    Read the ruling:

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/weeklyupdate/2011/33-jw-beats-obama-court-wh-visitor-logs

  27. Here’s a very serious and dangerous example of what comes from flouting the law, from IGNORING the law with regard to border enforcement and ALLOWING, nay ENCOURAGING, guns to be trafficked across our border, via Operation Fast and Furious. Will CONGRESS ask if this is yet another example of those guns turning up on our streets after the DEA let them go to cartels in Mexico?http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2011/08/iraqi-chaldean-mexican-crime-ring-busted-in-san-diego/1

    “Federal and California authorities said today they have smashed a San Diego-area crime ring in which Iraqi Christian refugees and one of Mexico’s biggest cartels teamed up to traffic drugs, assault weapons and explosives through a Chaldean syndicate in Detroit.

    Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local police arrested 60 Iraqis late Wednesday at a Chaldean social club in El Cajon, a working-class city east of San Diego. Many of the suspects fled their homeland amid threats from al-Qaeda and other extremists, and some are suspected of being affiliated with the Chaldean Organized Crime Syndicate, an Iraqi gang based in Detroit, home to the nation’s largest Chaldean community.

    The Iraqis collaborated with the Sinaloa drug cartel, the DEA said.

    The San Diego Union-Tribune and Associated Press have details of the operation.”

    Are ya buying that CHRISTIAN connection? Or is it likely that these guys are pretend Chaldeans–stealth taqiyya Muslim jihadis? Why would Chaldeans be trafficking in weapons and explosives? IEDS?!

    IF these were Muslim Iraqis, would the story point out their RELIGION? Note the nexus between Mexican cartels AND Iraqis.

    This story says “many of the suspects” were Chaldeans. So not all?http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/top/all/7703492.html

  28. Listen Up!
    IS ANYONE WILLING TO FACE THE TRUTH?
    by One Pissed-off Vietnam Vet Snips
    August 19 Snips

    We can’t all march on Washington and round up the traitors but, believe me, there’s enough lowlife scum floating around in every state to keep us busy.

    First on the agenda is to take control of the radio and television stations so everyone should know where the broadcasting studios are located. We’ll make them an offer they can’t refuse: report the truth: no embellishments, no lies, no half-truths, no unsubstantiated rumors. Those announcers who have been critical of birthers and supporters of Obama will be out of a job.

    And what, pray tell, is the truth? Can you believe America borrowed money from China? Can you believe that Congress REFUSED to audit the Federal Reserve Bank? Can you believe that our military is not what it was even a couple of years ago? Can you believe that the Federal Government has refused to uphold immigration laws? Can you believe that our government has allowed Muslims to infiltrate our armed forces, our police, and government agencies? Can you believe that the goal of Islam is to make America an Islamic Caliphate? Can you believe that the standards for entrance exams for our firefighters, police, and universities have been lowered drastically in the past twenty years, and are STILL being lowered, to accommodate what the government perceives as the increasing stupidity of one particular minority? And can you believe that we have an illegal Muslim immigrant occupying the White House?

    http://www.thepostemail.com/2011/08/19/listen-up/

  29. A story about what Judicial Watch uncovered that proves how Barry is planning to implement backdoor amnesty and the Dream Act, despite Congress and the will of the American people. http://www.judicialwatch.org/news/2011/sep/jw-uncovers-documents-dhs-detailing-obama-plan-impose-dream-act-suspending-illegal-ali

    ““These documents show the Obama administration is lying about its stealth amnesty activities and its alarming contempt for Congress and the rule of law. Frankly, these documents show that Obama immigration officials don’t even know what the law is! The Obama administration cannot simply pick and choose which federal immigration laws it will enforce. In its zeal to curry favor with the illegal alien lobby and secure Hispanic votes for a second term, the Obama administration is exercising raw executive power to change the law by granting illegal aliens amnesty in a way that strikes at the heart of our constitutional system and the rule of law. This is a festering constitutional crisis,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.”

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