Today, the Missouri State House of Representatives sent more than just a message, they passed would could arguably be the strongest state-level protection of the right to keep and bear arms in modern times. The vote was 109-49
By overriding Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of House Bill 436 (HB436), the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act, the Missouri state legislature gave a resounding “No!” to all federal gun laws, rules, regulations and orders – past, present and future. http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2013/09/11/override-missouri-house-votes-nullify-federal-gun-control/#.UjGxez_zqRU
Never has a President given a speech in which he wished to convince Americans to take an action he no longer is going to take. He has become to war what the Clapper is to turning on the lights. War is on and now war is off. But we will never call it war.
The President told Americans they need to do this for the children. It is ironic, considering he has, for a long time, been in favor of infanticide. But do it for the children we must. Except when we mustn’t. Because we are not the world’s policeman, he would have us know.
We cannot be everywhere.
But we can be in Syria.
Because of the children.
Just like in Darfur, Rwanda, and North Korea, except not really because we will not intervene in those places. The difference is that in Syria, Sudan, Rwanda, and North Korea, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people have been killed with conventional weapons. But an additional thousand were killed in Syria by chemical weapons.
From the Huffington Post:
‘Million Muslim March’ Shaping Up To Be More Like A Few Hundred People Walking Down The Street [I’m almost certain it will be said that those million bikers scared them off – it’s all the fault of mean Republicans.] According to the Weekly Standard, a memo sent to tenants of a downtown D.C. office building in anticipation of the rally, since renamed the “Million Americans Against Fear,” said to expect “somewhere in the hundreds, not thousands, of participants,” according to police estimates. The participants are set to begin marching at noon.
The likely shortcoming could have been predicted. Organizers at the group American Muslim Political Action Committee (AMPAC) didn’t exactly do a lot to engender sympathy for an event held on one of the most emotionally charged days of the year. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/11/million-muslim-march_n_3906303.html
Krauthammer decried Obama’s message for giving Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal so much weight.
“That’s what makes this one of the most odd presidential speeches ever delivered,” Krauthammer said. “Here is a president who urgently addresses the nation on all channels to call for a pause in assuming that the nation does not want to do in the first place. This is, you know, almost unbelievable. And the fact that he puts so much weight on the Russian proposal, which is a farce.”
“The Russians have said what they’re trying to do is to get a guarantee that America will never strike Syria, meaning Russia wants the installation and the maintenance of the Assad regime, which Obama said had to go, to be a principal of any settlement, which will undo any attempt on the part of the West to ultimately dislodge the man who unleashed the weapons,” he continued.
The Syria researcher whose Wall Street Journal op-piece was cited by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain during congressional hearings about the use of force has been fired from the Institute for the Study of War for lying about having a Ph.D., the group announced on Wednesday.
“The Institute for the Study of War has learned and confirmed that, contrary to her representations, Ms. Elizabeth O’Bagy does not in fact have a Ph.D. degree from Georgetown University,” the institute said in a statement. “ISW has accordingly terminated Ms. O’Bagy’s employment, effective immediately.”
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) commendably provides space for a wide gamut of opinion directed at issues of national importance. However, in the current debate over President Obama’s challenge to the Assad Regime in Damascus, it failed to identify a recent WSJ op-ed author’s connections to a Syrian opposition lobby group in Washington, the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF) with Muslim Brotherhood ties. http://watchdogwire.com/florida/2013/09/09/wall-street-journal-op-ed-authors-ties-to-syrian-muslim-brotherhood-opposition-group/
Strikingly, it shows that only 39% of Americans support all or most of Obamacare, which is drastically below the 51% mark the same polling found at the beginning of the year. More and more Americans see themselves, their family members, and friends losing jobs, losing benefits, and losing security. But Republicans refuse to fight to defund the legislation.
Senators McConnell, along with Senators Cornyn of Texas, Coburn of Oklahoma, Coats of Indiana, Alexander of Tennessee, and Barrasso of Wyoming have decided to put forward an amendment to delay Obamacare. The amendment would attach to an energy bill pending before the Senate. http://www.redstate.com/2013/09/12/head-pats-seal-claps-and-scalp-collection/
Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook struck back on Wednesday at critics who have charged tech companies with doing too little to fight off NSA surveillance. Mayer said executives faced jail if they revealed government secrets.
Yahoo and Facebook, along with other tech firms, are pushing for the right to be allowed to publish the number of requests they receive from the spy agency. Companies are forbidden by law to disclose how much data they provide. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/sep/11/yahoo-ceo-mayer-jail-nsa-surveillance
Congress’s investigation into the IRS targeting of conservatives has been continuing out of the Syria headlines, and it’s turning up news. Emails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee between former Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner and her staff raise doubts about IRS claims that the targeting wasn’t politically motivated and that low-level employees in Cincinnati masterminded the operation.
In a February 2011 email, Ms. Lerner advised her staff—including then Exempt Organizations Technical Manager Michael Seto and then Rulings and Agreements director Holly Paz—that a Tea Party matter is “very dangerous,” and is something “Counsel and [Lerner adviser] Judy Kindell need to be in on.” Ms. Lerner adds, “Cincy should probably NOT have these cases.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324549004579068914192280866.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop
As many as 37 million Americans who receive health coverage through employers may be better off with the government-subsidized insurance plans that will be offered under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law for next year, according to a study released on Monday.
The analysis, compiled by researchers at Stanford School of Medicine and published in the journal Health Affairs, suggests that some employees may choose to dump the coverage they receive at work. It also points to a potential counter-trend to surveys of employers, which show that up to 30 percent would consider terminating health coverage for their workers within the first few years of “Obamacare.” …
That scenario, which would cost the federal treasury billions of dollars above what it has already projected, reflects the complicated financial carrots and sticks at the heart of Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA). … http://hotair.com/archives/2013/09/11/study-obamacare-is-probably-going-to-cost-billions-more-than-anybody-projected/
Just days after seemingly halting America’s strike on Syria, Putin vows to arm Iran with missile system
The emerging Obama Doctrine justifies attacking nations that violate “international norms,” as judged solely by the president.
Based on statements by President Obama and key players, he could even launch attacks against those he blames for global climate change. Polluters and deniers beware: You may have to face our Marines.
In outlining his new doctrine, Obama created a policy so loose that it fits his climate change pronouncements just as easily as it fits the Syria situation:
- The old “clear and present” danger standard to justify use of force is outmoded.
- A prediction of eventual danger is the new standard justifying force.
- Injury to vulnerable and underserved groups — women, children, seniors and developing countries — will be given the most weight