Not good enough for the gander…

Posted on September 5th, 2009 by bile
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I’m watching the Senate Health Committee debates. Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn (R)  introduced an amendment that as far as I could tell required members of the Senate to participate in whatever public plan they create for the common man and woman, apparently instead of the lush plan the taxpayer subsidizes for them now.   It always pains me to give credit to Republicans but lets give credit where credit is due.  Senator Coburn – on this one you rock.

Chairman Chris Dodd immediately accepted the amendment however,  New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman (D) objected.  He didn’t see why, since the public plan would be voluntary,  he ( and others among the ruling class) should be forced to participate in something that the proposed law specifically says would be voluntary.  That’s completely rational.

Of course it might be different if the taxpayer wasn’t subsidizing his royal behind.  If he had to deal with the disaster of the US health care “system”  created by his chamber and their lower house brethren that public option might look pretty good.

Or would it? The amendment lost.

So I guess the Senate Health Committee doesn’t have much faith in the quality of the public option.  They won’t give up their privilege but we have to pay for both their privilege and the public option they won’t subject their families to.

So much for living the change you want to see in the world.

Abusive Border Patrol Agents w/ Nun Chucks at NM Checkpoint

Posted on February 10th, 2009 by bile
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(5:35) Agent whips out his nun chucks in anger
(7:45-8:00) The agent tells me in less than perfect English, “In the Border Patrol Checkpoint, the person’s rights doesn’t matter here.”
(16:50-17:10) I’m told that the police will arrive in less than 10 minutes to arrest me
(19:00-19:40) I’m accused of being a terrorist
(26:20) I’m told that I’m free to go without being searched

A list of those leading the way toward fascist slavery

Posted on July 29th, 2008 by bile
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ServiceNation Summit Co-chairs:

  • Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Caroline Kennedy, Vice-Chair, New York City Fund For Public Schools
  • Bill Novelli, CEO, AARP
  • Alma Powell, Chair, America’s Promise Alliance
  • Rick Stengel, Managing Editor, TIME Magazine

ServiceNation Leadership Council:

  • Andi Bernstein
  • Tom A. Bernstein, President and Co-founder, Chelsea Piers
  • Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, New York, NY; Chairman, National September 11 Memorial and Museum
  • Cory Booker, Mayor, Newark, NJ
  • Richard H. Brodhead, President, Duke University
  • Neil Bush, CEO, Global XS
  • Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Mortimer Caplin, Former Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service
  • Vice Admiral Richard Carmona, Former U.S. Surgeon General
  • Jean Case, CEO, The Case Foundation
  • Richard Celeste, President, Colorado College
  • Ray Chambers, Amelior Foundation
  • Richard Cizik, Vice President, National Association of Evangelicals
  • Glenn Close, Actress
  • William Cohen, Former Secretary of Defense; Former U.S. Senator
  • Janet Langhart Cohen, Author; Founder, Citizen Patriot Organization
  • Scott Cowen, President, Tulane University
  • Tom Daschle, Former U.S. Senator
  • John J. DeGioia, President, Georgetown University
  • Manny Diaz, Mayor, Miami, FL
  • John Dilulio, Former Director, Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives; Author, The Godly Republic
  • Melinda Doolittle, Recording Artist
  • Paul Fireman, Founder, Reebok
  • Al From, Founder and CEO, Democratic Leadership Council
  • Susan Fuhrman, President, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Mark Gearan, President, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • David Gergen, Professor of Public Service and Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University
  • Michael Gerson, Columnist, The Washington Post
  • Stephen Goldsmith, Former Mayor, Indianapolis, IN
  • Jennifer Granholm, Governor, Michigan
  • Rabbi Irving Greenberg, Theologian; Author, The Jewish Way; Founding President, Jewish Life Network
  • Amy Gutmann, President, University of Pennsylvania
  • Lee Hamilton, Former Congressman; Former Co-chair, 9/11 Commission and Iraq Study Group
  • Jenny Chin Hansen, President, AARP
  • Gary Hart, Former U.S. Senator
  • Admiral James R. Hogg, USN (Ret), Director, Strategic Studies Group, Naval War College
  • James J. Jensen
  • Martin Luther King, III, Chairman, Realizing the Dream
  • Joel Klein, Chancellor, New York City Public Schools
  • Sherry Lansing, Founder, The Sherry Lansing Foundation
  • Jim Leach, Former Congressman; John L. Weinberg Professor of Public and International Affairs, Woodrow   Wilson School, Princeton University
  • Anthony Marx, President, Amherst College
  • Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman, American Red Cross
  • Sam Nunn, Former U.S. Senator
  • Michael Nutter, Mayor, Philadelphia, PA
  • Martin O’Malley, Governor, Maryland
  • Lt. General Dave R. Palmer, USA (Ret), Former Superintendent, U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Author
  • David Paterson, Governor, New York
  • Kal Penn, Actor
  • Gregg Petersmeyer, Former Assistant to the President; Director, Office of National Service under George H.W. Bush
  • Peter G. Peterson, Founder and Chairman, Peter G. Peterson Foundation; Co-founder, Blackstone Group Management
  • Rob Portman, Former Congressman; Former Director, Office of Management and Budget
  • Samantha Power, Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, Harvard University; Author
  • Marc Racicot, Former Governor, Montana
  • Susan Rice, Foreign Policy Advisor, Obama for America
  • Bill Richardson, Governor, New Mexico
  • David Shaw, Managing Partner, Black Point Group
  • Rodney Slater, Former Secretary of Transportation; Chair, United Way of America
  • Laurie M. Tisch, President, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
  • Paul Vallas, Superintendent, New Orleans Recovery School District
  • David Walker, President and CEO, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
  • Silda Wall, Founder, Children For Children
  • Rick Warren, Senior Pastor, Saddleback Church; Author, A Purpose Driven Life
  • Harris Wofford, Former U.S. Senator; Former CEO, Corporation for National & Community Service

Is it surprising that a large portion of those in support are directly or indirectly government bureaucrats?

SCOTUS not done yet: Part of McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance law struck down

Posted on June 26th, 2008 by bile
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On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled part of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law unconstitutional. Davis v Federal Election Commission, 07-320. The vote was 5-4. Here is the opinion.

This case concerned the “Millionaire’s Amendment”, which relaxes contribution limits for any congressional candidate who has a wealthy opponent. Specifically, if any congressional candidate spends at least $350,000 of his or her own funds on the campaign, then the opponents of that candidate are released from the $2,300 limit on contributions to their campaign. The majority opinion, by Justice Samuel Alito, says that the Constitution does not permit the government to set unequal contribution limits. The opinion’s key sentence, on page 16 of the majority opinion, says, “It is a dangerous business for Congress to use the election laws to influence the voters’ choices.” Also, on page 18, “The unprecedented step of imposing different contribution and coordinated party expenditure limits on candidates vying for the same seat is antithetical to the First Amendment.”

This language should make it easier to win lawsuits against state public funding laws which set unequal rewards for some candidates, relative to other candidates. Public funding laws in Maine, Arizona, and New Mexico, treat all candidates exactly the same. The public funding that formerly existed in Massachusetts also treated all candidates equally. But public funding laws in Connecticut and New Jersey, and a pending bill in California, do not treat all candidates the same; qualifications to get public funding are easier for Republicans and Democrats than for other candidates.

Justice Stevens dissented, and said that the 1976 U.S. Supreme Court decision Buckley v Valeo was mistaken when it struck down limits on campaign expenditures. He expressed the view that too much campaign advertising “obscures the issues.” He also said that “the Constitution does not require Congress to treat all declared candidates the same.” This contradicts his opinion in Cook v Gralike, 531 U.S. 510 (2001). In that opinion, he said states may not “favor or disfavor a class of candidates.” That decision struck down a Missouri state law that provided that candidates for Congress should have labels on the ballot that said what their position is, on amending the U.S. Constitution to provide for term limits for Congress.

Justices David Souter, Ruth Ginsburg, and Stephen Breyer voted that the Millionaires’ Amendment is constitutional, but they didn’t join the portion of Justice Stevens’ dissent that said Buckley v Valeo should be overturned.

As I see it the entire McCain-Feingold law is antithetical to the 1st.

Government thug attacks news cameraman

Posted on May 31st, 2008 by bile
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Viewers respond to KOB photographer arrest

Eyewitness News 4 has received hundreds of comments since airing footage Thursday of a KOB photographer getting arrested while covering a story.

The photographer was handcuffed and cited for disobeying a police officer. He was released about 90 minutes later.

He was videotaping an early morning crime scene where a driver had exchanged gunfire with police officers in Albuquerque.

The photographer says he was asked to leave the scene and go to a media staging area. However, he says officers did not tell him where that area was located.

More than 600 comments from around the country were posted on the forum in response to the arrest footage.

One viewer wrote, “Cops just got shot at and this reporter wants to argue for this officer’s name and badge number?”

Another viewer had a different view, saying “This is a no-brainer. What the cop did was against the law, period. APD needs to take responsibility.”

Albuquerque police spokesman John Walsh says an independent review officer will look at footage of the incident.

And I’m sure they will… and chuckle.

Ron Paul fundraising observations

Posted on February 4th, 2008 by bile
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Ron Paul, as of the end of the 4th quarter 2007, is the number one Republican fundraiser still in the race in the following states:

  • Montana1
  • Alaska1
  • Hawaii
  • Kansas1
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota2

Is second in:

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Wyoming
  • Arkansas
  • Wisconsin
  • Kentucky
  • Nebraska2
  • Minnesota2
  • Oklahoma2
  • Indiana2
  • Tennessee3
  • Mississippi2,3
  • Georgia2,3
  • West Virginia2,3

1 Including Democrat candidates. 2 Giuliani raised more before dropping. 3 Fred Thompson raised more before dropping.

Obviously money doesn’t mean votes nor will those locations where he has gained rank because of some dropping out help him much. It is however interesting with regards to how the MSM regards him as a gadfly. He’s raised more from the numerous branches of the military than all other candidates combined. He raised more than twice what any other Republican did in the 4th quarter at nearly $20m. He’s the number one Republican fundraiser in 5 states and second in 8 without removing those who have dropped out.

My ranking of donations per capita has been updated with 4th quarter numbers, top 5:

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Wyoming
  3. Nevada
  4. Alaska
  5. Montana