Heh: Florida Judge Strikes Down Obamacare, Uses Obama’s Own Words Against Him — Trifecta: Judge is a Reagan Appointee

Though not a legal justification for the ruling in and of itself, the judge who found the health care law unconstitutional in its entirely used Obama’s own words against him in the final analysis, adding insult to injury:

In ruling against President Obama‘s health care law, federal Judge Roger Vinson used Mr. Obama‘s own position from the 2008 campaign against him, arguing that there are other ways to tackle health care short of requiring every American to purchase insurance.

“I note that in 2008, then-Senator Obama supported a health care reform proposal that did not include an individual mandate because he was at that time strongly opposed to the idea, stating that ‘if a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house,’” Judge Vinson wrote in a footnote toward the end of the 78-page ruling Monday.

Judge Vinson, a federal judge in the northern district of Florida, struck down the entire health care law as unconstitutional on Monday, though he is allowing the Obama administration to continue to implement and enforce it while the government appeals his ruling.

The footnote was attached to the most critical part of Judge Vinson‘s ruling, in which he said the “principal dispute” in the case was not whether Congress has the power to tackle health care, but whether it has the power to compel the purchase of insurance.

The White House — which is attempting to take over the health care industry, Constitution-be damned — called the ruling “judicial over-reaching.” They do love their over-reaching activist judges… unless it doesn’t go their way. The Obama administration accusing somebody of “over-reaching” is like Charlie Sheen saying you’re overdoing it on the partying.

And the extra funny part? Judge Vinson is a Ronald Reagan appointee. How ya lovin’ The Gipper now, Barack?

Charles Schumer’s Schoolhouse Crock

According to Sen. Chuck Shumer, the three branches of government are the House, the Senate and the Presidency. And I thought I fell asleep a lot in school?

Imagine the headlines if Sarah Palin said that… or that the “pursuit of happiness” was in the Preamble to the Constitution, or that the Panama Canal is in Egypt for that matter.

Okay Chuckie… please pay attention because I’m only going to show this once:

Update on Spain: Obama’s Model for a Glorious ‘Green Economy’

From the time the trillion dollar “stimulus” scam was just a gleam in Obama’s teleprompter, Spain has been cited as an example of where the Democrats wanted to lead the US when it came to the “jobs of the future,” which of course are the so-called “green jobs.”

So how’s that wonderful “green economy” working out for Spain?

MADRID (AFP) – Spain announced Friday its jobless rate surged to a 13-year record above 20 percent at the end of 2010, the highest level in the industrialized world, as the economy struggled for air.

The “Spain model” means 2.2 jobs lost for each “green job” created. I’m not a math whiz, but to this serf in flyover country, that adds up to disaster.

Here’s the Spanish newspaper La Gaceta. The headline reads: “Spain admits that the green economy as sold to Obama is a disaster”

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That was from March of last year — and yet the Dems continue to steamroll toward bankrupting America just to line the pockets of unions under the guise of creating phantom “green jobs” to save the world from the mythical global warming.

I’ve noticed though that since people are catching on to the “green jobs” sham, Team Obama has started putting different lipstick on the same pig by switching to the term “renewable energy economy.”

It’s been said a thousand times but deserves to be repeated — there are two options: Obama & Company are either incredibly stupid, or they’re trashing the place like The Who in a hotel room circa 1975 deliberately and for a particular reason. And since the media is constantly reminding us how smart Obama is, we’re forced to assume the latter.

Obama’s ‘Excellence’ Problem

The changes in direction of President Obama’s rhetoric from year to year are so dizzying that I hope Dramamine is fully covered under the new health care law.

The latest line is how America should always lead the world and that nothing short of excellence and total economic victory is acceptable:

There’s a new slogan in town, and it’s a winner.

At least that’s what President Barack Obama has in mind.

The president unveiled his “Winning the Future” mantra in his State of the Union address, and now the upbeat but amorphous phrase is part of every speech, policy and pronouncement coming out of the administration.
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There’s no room for losers is the implicit flip side of the message.

“We’ve got to up our game,” Obama told a crowd in Wisconsin.

The nation must ensure “America is still on top” in a decade, the president said on YouTube.

“Winning the Future” of course gave Sarah Palin an spot-on acronym to work with, and I also think that Obama owes Newt Gingrich some money for use of the slogan.

Pardon my disbelief in Obama’s sudden commitment to American excellence, because that clarion call comes from the same person who once said this:

We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.

And this:

“In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world,”

Suddenly Obama is channeling Vince Lombardi and saying, “For America, winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”? Sorry if I’m not buying.

Missoula Children’s Theater Runs With Call to Tone Down Political Rhetoric

I’d expect this at a “children’s theater” in Berkeley, but not as much in Montana.

By way of the WSJ’s James Taranto, here’s a letter to the editor in a local paper, the Missoulian:

Open letter to MCT director Curt Olds:

First I would like to compliment you and the entire staff of “The Mikado” on the beautiful sets, costuming and professional performance we experienced on Sunday, Jan. 23. However, I must call you on something that was inserted into the play which I am almost positive was not in the original book.

The comments made in such a cavalier and oh-so-humorous way were uncalled for. Now, I realize you play to a mostly liberal audience in Missoula and so, I am sure, felt comfortable in your calling for the beheading of Sarah Palin. I am painfully aware that most in the audience tittered with laughter and clapped because “no one would miss her” but there were some in your audience who took great offense to this “uncivil tone” about another human being.

We are in the midst of a crisis that took place in Tucson where many started pointing fingers at that horrible right wing with all their hatred and targeting and standing for the second amendment and on and on and on. So, here we are in a lovely play with beautiful voices serenading us and we have to hear that it is okay to call for the killing of Sarah Palin because we don’t like her and no one would miss her. Unbelievable.

As a professional you should be ashamed of yourself, the audience should be ashamed of themselves and I am ashamed of myself for not standing up and leaving at that very moment. I would like to see an apology from you not because I want to hinder free-speech but for the hypocrisy this so clearly shows.

Rory Page, Clinton

Sounds like there’s a children’s theater director who needs to help lead The Dreyfuss Initiative to promote civility in political discourse.

Picking Sides in Egypt

It can tempting to look at an uprising against an oppressive government and automatically take the side of the protesters — the students in Tiananmen Square or the pro-democracy marchers in Iran for example — but in Egypt, the nature of the uprising is a little different.

Here’s John Bolton on the Muslim Brotherhood that is behind the uprising in Egypt:

I don’t think we have evidence yet that these demonstrations are necessarily about democracy. You know the old saying, “one person, one vote, one time.” The Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t care about democracy, if they get into power you’re not going to have free and fair elections either.

And I think there is substantial reason, for example, to worry the minority Coptic Christian population, about 10% of the population will be very worried if the Muslim Brotherhood came to power.

Let’s be clear what the stakes are for the United States. We have an authoritarian regime in power that has been our ally. We don’t know at this point what the real alternatives are.

In a democracy and freedom sense, that says “the enemy you’re allies with is better than the enemy you don’t know.” Don’t automatically support a movement for no other reason than that they want to get rid of Mubarak, lest we reaffirm the old adage “be careful what you ask for.”

Did you hear Joe Biden say that Hosni Mubarak is not a dictator? Not at all! Mubarak is just a leader who has held onto power by force for 30 years and autonomously decides to shut down lines of communications when that power is threatened — but definitely not a dictator.

As far as Obama’s reaction to all this, the “Tweet of the Week” winner is here.

Update: China has blocked the search term “Egypt”:

China has blocked the word “Egypt” from the country’s wildly popular Twitter-like service, while coverage of the political turmoil has been tightly restricted in state media.

China’s ruling Communist Party is sensitive to any potential source of social unrest.

Given the similarities between China and Egypt’s social policies, Mubarak might be wondering when he’s going to get a state dinner at the White House.

(h/t Michelle M)

TNT Apologizes for Tracy Morgan’s Remark About Sarah Palin

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It’s pitiful whenever a program invites somebody to speak who they know has a track record for saying outrageous things, baits him into controversial comments, and then pretends to offer a sincere apology to viewers for something they had to know was bound to happen:

Cable television network TNT issued an apology late Thursday for a comment made by “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan about former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin during a live broadcast.

Morgan made a crude remark about the key Republican’s looks during an appearance Thursday on “Inside the NBA.”

During a pre-game chat ahead of the Miami Heat-New York Knicks clash, co-host Charles Barkley asked the actor, “Sarah Palin’s good looking, isn’t she?”

Morgan replied, “Let me tell you something about Sarah Palin, she’s good masturbation material. The glasses and all of that… She is great masturbation material.”

No word yet on when MSNBC will apologize for Chris Matthews saying the same thing about Barack Obama on a nightly basis.

But really, in the realm of all the things that have been said on television about Sarah Palin that warranted an apology, this one is quite a ways down the list:

Another ‘Everybody Who Supported Passage of Obamacare is Getting a Waiver From It’ Update

When the Obamacare law passed, Rep. John Lewis called it “the Civil Rights Act of the 21st century.” Sure… and how many people clamored to get an exemption from the Civil Rights Act?

It’s no wonder the left who lobbied to get the health care law passed didn’t care to read it — because they knew whatever was in it, they’d be able to get a waiver from anyway.

Here’s the latest:

Yesterday, the Deparment of Health and Human Services announced it had granted more than 500 new waivers to Obamacare’s requirement that health plans have annual limits of no less than $750,000. This annual limit requirement climbs to $1.25 million next year and then to $2 million.

The reason these exemptions from the law are needed is that Obamacare forces all health insurance consumers to over-insure themselves and pay high premiums as a result. Without the waivers, many companies, non-profits and unions would simply drop their health plans. As of 2014, the waivers will no longer be available — at least, that’s the way the law is written.

So far, 40 percent of those getting exemptions are unions. “Move along, nothing to see here…”

The number of waivers issued is 729 and rising fast.

What a great deal for the unions: Support the bill, pad politicians’ re-election coffers to get them to vote to pass the bill, begin to rake in money from the bill, then get a waiver so you aren’t bound by the new law(s).

There isn’t a prison large enough to hold all the people who are perpetuating this scam.

FLOTUS Asks Businesses to Give Employees Time Off to Serve as Youth Volunteers

Every time I think I can’t possibly be more amazed, something else comes along:

(CNSNews.com) – First lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday said she was “thrilled” to announce a new program that asks U.S. businesses to allow employees to spend part of the work day volunteering with young people. The program will be run by the federal agency tasked with overseeing volunteerism in the United States.

“And that’s why today, I am thrilled to announce that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has teamed up with several major companies to establish a Corporate Mentoring Challenge,” Obama said at a summit held by CNCS and the National Mentoring Partnership MENTOR at the Library of Congress.

“This is a program calling on businesses of all sizes to allow their employees to mentor for short periods during the work day, giving kids positive role models and offering employees a way to give back,” Obama said.

Many people working at their jobs are already serving positive role models and “giving back” to kids. That’s what frickin’ work is! People work, they get a paycheck, their kids get to live in a house with heat and the family can afford clothing, food and education. Then their kids, having been raised with that role model, grow up and do the same for their kids — all without the need for people who are incapable of minding their own business butting in and doing nothing except creating more of the problem.

So how much time off for volunteering elsewhere do you suppose Michelle Obama gives her staff on any given workday? Just wondering.

You can see the rest of Michelle Obama’s comments on the next episode of “People who have never run as much as a lemonade stand say the darndest things.”