Monday, August 03, 2015

Obama's Energy Power Grab

By Douglas V. Gibbs

The expansion of the federal government, and more specifically the expansion of the executive branch, has been the daunting storyline of the Barack Obama administration, be it taking control of the auto industry, inserting heavy federal regulations on the banking and credit industries, hijacking the health care industry with Obamacare (and modifying the law through executive orders when legislative authorities belongs to Congress), gun control measures, seizing control of the internet through an expansive reach of the FCC, declaring its own definition of marriage through a Supreme Court judicial ruling, calling a treaty with Iran an "agreement" to avoid the constitutional mandate of Senatorial ratification, disregarding immigration law and then using executive fiat to create new amnesty-style laws, providing waivers so that the friends of the Democrats can be exempt from various laws, rewriting the Service Contract Act of 1965, or unilateral military decisions after accusing Bush of not having the constitutional authority to do so. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) has argued that the worst is yet to come. "These are not lawful actions. These are the power-hungry actions of a president who refuses to work with Congress."

In March of 2008, Barack Obama said, "I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that's what I intend to reverse when I'm president of the United States of America."  Yet, as expected by most conservatives who have a finger on the pulse of politics, President Barack Obama has consolidated more power than George Bush pulled into the executive branch, and the overreach of the federal government into State issues has expanded in kind.

According to Obama, the greatest threat to our "democracy," and the world (note, the founders created this nation as a republic, not a democracy), is Climate Change.  What he means is man-made global warming, human influence on the rising and falling global temperature that has been rising and falling long before human beings even figured out how to use fire, much less drive large automobiles.  Through the hoax of man-made Climate Change, the tendrils of societal control are also feeling their way into our lives. President Barack Obama is in the process of imposing steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants, calling for unprecedented carbon dioxide limits.  The EPA has already instituted Cap and Trade, after Congress shot it down, and now Obama is poised to finalize his next set of limits on energy.

"Climate change is not a problem for another generation," Obama said. "Not anymore."

The entire list of power grabs by this administration are beyond constitutional authority.  No place in the United States Constitution is the President of the United States granted the authority to act legislatively without Congress (a Congress Obama calls "broken" when they don't jump to rubber stamp his demands), and there is no place in the Constitution that grants the authority to the federal government, itself, over any of these issues I've mentioned.  Internal issues belong to the States.  It is up to each State, if they desire to do so, to handle the issues that occur within their State boundaries.  The federal government was established to handle things like common defense, and trade with other nations; and even then, the federal government is supposed to get the okay of the people through Congressional approval and ratification (prior to the progressive era 17th Amendment the States had say in all of this, too).

Obama's energy power grab not only imposes limits that the federal government has no business demanding, but goes so far as to demand that the States fall in line, or else, by submitting plans by 2018, and to fully comply by 2022.  The plan is aimed at killing the coal industry, and making it too expensive for consumers to use any energy other than that which comes from a failing and unproven renewable energy industry.

It is not the job of the federal government to clamp down on any private industry, or dictate to the States what they can or can't do regarding that industry within State lines.  Some States have indicated they plan to fight the President on his energy mandate, with some Republican governors declaring they simply won't comply.  The liberal left says the States will lose that battle, because from their statist view of things, the Environmental Protection Agency can force its own plan on States that fail to submit implementation plans, based on the language of Obama's law.

Comply, or be forced to comply by a tyrannical federal government.

Congress says they plan legislation to stop Obama's regulation, as if President Obama even cares what Congress says, or does.

The Electric Reliability Coordinating Council, which represents energy companies, says 20 to 30 States are poised to join with the energy industry in suing Obama over his executive rule on energy.

In other words, they plan to sue the federal government through a federal court system with federal judges paid by federal money. . . you know, like the States did regarding Obamacare.  Yeah.  And how do you think that'll turn out?

Until States are willing to nullify these unconstitutional laws through a consolidated effort, in other words refusing to implement these tyrannical demands, the dictator will continue to dictate.  The problem is, State legislatures and governors don't seem to think they have the power or the authority to stand up against tyranny.  Usually, like good little subjects, they just fall in line, and do as many States are doing now regarding the Obama energy mandates, obediently submitting their implementation plans.

The people through their States are the authors of the United States Constitution, and the States hold original authority on all issues.  As per the 10th Amendment, if the power is not granted to the federal government, nor prohibited to the States, the issue is reserved as a State issue. . . and nowhere in the Constitution is environmental issues granted to the federal government, nor prohibited to the States.

Obama understands this.  He knows there are no constitutional authorities granted regarding anything he is doing.  He could care less.  He doesn't view the Constitution as being the law of the land, but as being an obstacle to his statist endeavors.

-- Political Pistachio Conservative News and Commentary

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Battlestar Galactica: Scar (S2/E14)

by JASmius



Rating: ***

Written by: David Weddle & Brad Thompson
Directed By: Michael Nankin


The underlying premise of "Scar" is sound enough. The fleet has determined that an asteroid field in a particular solar system is a rich source of the metals out of which Vipers and Raptors are constructed. Given the inevitable attrition of fighter craft Galactica and Pegasus have sustained over the months since the Colonies were destroyed, those losses have to be replaced eventually, and this is a prime opportunity to gather the natural resources to accomplish that.

Unfortunately, there is a squadron of Cylon raiders in that particular solar system, as there seems to be in every location of the slightest strategic value to the human diaspora, so Pegasus jumps ahead with the fleet while Galactica remains behind with a mining ship to gather the precious stuff of future Vipers and Raptors.

I didn't have any big problems with this story, but there were a handful of small ones, and the Cylon presence was one of them. I understood that the Cylon fleet destroyed by the two battlestars back in "Resurrection Ship" was the source of all their attacks on the "ragtag fugitive fleet" going back to day one. It made, if not perfect sense, than darn close to it. They knew in which direction the Galactica jumped from Raknar Anchorage, where Kobol was, and they could track the humans accordingly. Of course, by that same logic they should have been able to destroy them any time they wanted as well, which is why the sense this template makes isn't flawless.

But the farther from the Colonies the Colonial fleet travels, the less sense it will make. Having lost the means of tracking the humans, and the means of easy clandestine communication and "resurrection" since they're out of range of either the Colonies or the Cylon homeworld, how would the Cylons know where to find their quarry? How far does their strategic reach extend? How limitless are their resources? Why was a Cylon squadron in that solar system waiting for them?

The dramatic answer is Messrs. Weddle and Thompson needed a plot device - "Scar." I just didn't happened to buy it.

But for a plot device, Scar was a pretty good one. Much like Space: Above & Beyond's Chiggy Von Richtofen, this particular Cylon raider, which we learn from an underrated scene between Boomer v. 2.0 and Starbuck also endlessly reincarnates as well as the humanoid "models," is the aliens' unbeatable ace, who takes an inexorable, grinding toll on the Galactica's pilot contingent. A master of cat & mouse, hit & run tactics in the chaotic maelstrom of the asteroid fields, Scar is like the old Green Bay Packers' power sweep - the Viper jockeys know what's coming, but none of them can stop it. And there are fewer and fewer of them left to try as time soldiers relentlessly on.

This is war in microcosm. One might even call it a protracted Kobayashi Maru scenario. The flyboys (and girls) know they're getting massacred, and they know they have no choice but to keep going back for more. Not exactly the best means of maintaining pilot morale.

Least of all for the last person you'd have expected would start falling apart: Captain Kara "Starbuck" Thrace. Though the underlying reason for that is another minor (IMO) flaw of the story.

The more immediate reason, by contrast, is the highlight of the episode.

Remember Lieutenant Louanne "Kat" Katraine, one of Kara's "nuggets" back in "Act of Contrition" and the "stim" addict depicted in "Final Cut"? Well she's come of age, baby. Not just in the "holding her own/pulling her own weight" sense, but in a bravado that is positively Starbuckian. And Starbuck herself definitely takes notice.

In a boisterous officer's club scene that would be called "testosterone-laden" were the two main protagonists not women, Kat challenges Starbuck for her title (symbolized by a stylized beer stein) as Galactica's "top gun" by betting her that she'll get Scar first. 'bucko, never one to shrink from a challenge, accepts in a fusillade of suds and a drunken header over a nearby table, where she lands in a sodden heap against the wall in apparent laughter.

I say apparent because there are tears behind the guffaws. And that leads to the aforementioned "underlying reason" for her emotional angst.

Remember Sam Anders, the human resistance fighter Kara met and buggered on Caprica in "The Farm"? So does she, and she can't get him out of her mind. It seems that, as their tearful parting seemed to mordantly foreshadow, Kara fell head over heels for Anders, something completely out of character for the brash Miss Thrace. Even in a "wartime romance" sense this would be a bit hard to swallow, but for Starbuck? To the point of emotional implosion? Maybe I could have bought into it had their been even a brief arc tangentially festooned to previous episodes showing the toll of guilt and loss taken by Kara's inability to fulfill her promise to Anders to come back for him (The isolated exchange on the subject of liberating Caprica between Starbuck and Admiral Cain in "Resurrection Ship" didn't mention the Anders/romance angle). As it is here, it's just plopped into our laps like a turd on your front stoop.

Still, if Kara's motivation is questionable, its effect on her is nevertheless powerfully compelling. Her legendary braggadocious façade is steadily eroding from within over Anders and from without under Kat's challenge. So Starbuck, being all too human, does what many humans do in that kind of pressure cooker: pulls a Colonel Tigh. Climbs inside a bottle. Tries to use Apollo as a surrogate "frak" and gets called cold on it ("Your problem isn't dealing with the dead, it's handling the living!"). And, while sleeping off a hangover, assigns a newbie pilot to a CAP in her place who gets vaporized by Scar.

This escalates the Starbuck-Kat rivalry to full-blown confrontation when Kat, outraged at Kara's Tigh-like behavior costing pilot lives, calls her on it in front of the entire remaining Viper squadron. Not really being able to dispute Kat's criticism, 'bucko orders the flight briefing room cleared and deliberately provokes her young apprentice by accusing her of hiding selfish ambition behind noblesse oblige - which is also spot-on as Kat, pouring on the boastful exterior to cover her abiding fear of her own imminent mortality, seeks to at least make sure that her name won't be forgotten - and the young(er) hotshot takes the bait and socks Kara. Who, tellingly, doesn't retaliate, almost as if she was orchestrating her own punishment for the guilt of her personal failings costing one of her pilots his life.

It was cliched, I suppose, but nonetheless necessarily inevitable that Starbuck and Kat would end up in the climatic showdown with Scar (periodically flash-forwarded - or maybe the rest of the ep was flashbacks - Ron Moore and his crew have so overused this device that it's difficult to even notice anymore). And at first, in her classic fashion, Kara makes a frontal "chicken" run at Scar, all guns blazing, until for some reason - almost as if she suddenly realizes the stupidity of what she's doing, notwithstanding Kat loudly repeating it at the top of her lungs ("Frak me!!!") - she pulls up at the last possible moment and sets up Kat to score the kill - and thus loses her "top gun" bet but wins the battle, and lives to, perhaps, keep a promise.

The final scene in the celebratory officers' club is very fitting and well done. Kat triumphantly and smirkingly makes Captain Thrace pay up on her bet. And Kara does, silently and burningly, her eyes never leaving Kat's, as she surrenders the "top gun" stein and fills it for Lieutenant Katraine. She turns and calls for a toast to Kat - and then, connecting with an earlier scene with Apollo where the discussed the anonymity of the pilot losses they'd taken, proceeds to rattle off the call-sign of every Viper jockey lost in the fight against Scar. A splendid reminder that it isn't about individual glory but about the team, and the ultimate survival of their people.

Something to which everybody, including Apollo, Tigh, and Admiral Adama, could - and did - drink heartily.

I just hope Kara was drinking ginger ale. She really does need to lay off the sauce for a while.


Next: First it was Cylon sympathizers, now it's anti-Cylon vigilantes - aren't there any normal people in this ragtag fleet?

Barack Obama's Guide To Destroying U.S. Power Plants

by JASmius



Create a mythical, hysterical, ludicrously unscientific crisis premise; blame this mythical, hysterical, ludicrously unscientific "crisis" soley and entirely on capitalism and modern civilization; then proclaim the only way to avert this mythical, hysterical, ludicrously unscientific "crisis" is to abolish capitalism (and constitutional liberties and freedoms along with it) and roll civilization back to the primitivism, filth, pestilence, superstition, and misery of the Stone Age.

While, of course, exempting himself and the ruling elite, who by themselves can actually be sustained by government-subsidized windmills and sunbeams.

And with his pen, phone, and putter (i.e. the Three Branches of Government), Godbama is going to make it happen:

Barack Obama will impose even steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants than previously expected, senior administration officials said Sunday, in what the president called the most significant step the U.S. has ever taken to fight global warming.

Which isn't happening, but rather the planet is cooling towards a mini-ice age at the behest of a steady reduction in solar activity.  Or, to put it another way, The One is laying the groundwork for millions of Americans to alternatively starve or freeze to death beginning little more than a decade from now, instead of ramping up the greenhouse effect before the deep freeze hits.

To put it still a third way, this is the most significant step that the U.S. has ever taken to fight capitalism and American prosperity.

A year after proposing unprecedented carbon dioxide limits....

I.e. Obama's parallel war on plants, which respire carbon dioxide.  Ditto the bottom of the marine food chain, like plankton and coral.  Or "Obama's war on Bikini Bottom".



Obama is poised to finalize the rule at a White House event on Monday. In a video posted to Facebook, Obama said the limits were backed up by decades of data showing that without tough action, the world will face more extreme weather and escalating health problems like asthma.

A complete, utter, and blatant lie.

"Climate change is not a problem for another generation," Obama said. "Not anymore."

And there's not a damn thing we can do about it, BECAUSE WE AREN'T CAUSING IT.

I'd mention that he has neither the constitutional nor legal authority to do any of this, but we passed that Rubicon years ago.

His prey recognize this as the greenstremist strategic nuclear doomsday it is.  But some still don't get how to undertake their last stand self-defense:

Opponents vowed to sue immediately, and planned to ask the courts to put the rule on hold while legal challenges play out.  Many States have threatened not to comply. [emphasis added]

"Many States" get what "opponents" do not.  Using one branch of the federal government to try and restrain another branch of the federal government is like trying to teach a porcupine to masturbate; even if the porcupine wanted to pleasure itself, there would be a whole lot of collateral damage throughout the process.  But practicing mass civil disobedience - "We, the People (directly and through the States, the holders of original authority) will not comply" - accomplishes one of two things: (1) It drains the tyrant's dictatorial power, or (2) it will trigger sufficient state-sanctioned violence that his despotism will be dragged out into the open light of public scrutiny beyond anybody's ability to miss it.

"Global warming" already has fallen off the issue priority polling lists, while "jobs" and "the economy" continue to top them.  It's like I've said many times: environmentalism is a superficial, "feel-good" issue in which the public dabbles when everybody has jobs and is earning a good living and enjoying "the good life," however each chooses to define it.  But when the economy is in the crapper and people haven't worked in almost two years or had any income at all for a year and a half and they're looking at a bleak future of poverty and want and uselessness and hopelessness and starvation and death, they, on balance, don't give a tinker's good shit about mythical, hysterical, ludicrously unscientific crises being pushed by a greedy, blind-guide ideological zealot with delusions of demidivinity.

But it doesn't matter what We, the People think, because the twenty-first century Moonwatcher is going to beat us to death with our own bleached femur bones anyway.



Or, I suppose, his putter.

For our own "good," of course.


UPDATE: No, that's not "racist," as that's what pagan animals like Barack Obama (and all his white counterparts) think is the origin of all of us.  Unless leftwingnuts want to come out and admit that we are not, after all, descended from apes.  Which, for them, would certainly be....awkward.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

The Iranian Guide To Destroying Israel

by JASmius



With forward page from and dedication page to Barack Hussein Obama, the man who is making it all possible:

Supreme ruler Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran has published a book on how to destroy Israel, arguing that his position is based on "well-established Islamic principles."

The 416-page book is entitled Palestine, the New York Post reports. An item on the books' back cover describes Khamenei as "The flagbearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem."

And Obama, no doubt, as his gawky, Urkelesque caddy.

The book is only available in Iran, the Post reported Saturday.

Why, Ali?  I'm sure it would become an instant best-seller over here.  Especially among American Jews.  Or is the hundred billion dollars O has already given you sufficient for your purposes?

From the outset, Khamenei makes clear that Israel does not have a right to exist as a state.

He crystalizes his argument with three key words throughout the book, according to the Post.

They are "nabudi," which means "annihilation"; "imha," meaning "fading out"; and "zaval," which means "effacement."

The ayatollah also described Israel as "adou" and "doshman" — or "enemy" and "foe," the Post reports.

And "we" have guaranteed that this demoniac regime will have nuclear weapons, if they don't already, which I've always believed they do.

Can't wait for the Fox News Alert.



"Heat Dome" Scorches Middle East

by JASmius



"نحن على وجود موجة الحر موجة الحرارة الاستوائية..."



Scorching heat has put temperatures as high as 165 degrees in the Middle East, as a "heat dome" passes its way through the region.

"That was one of the most incredible temperature observations I have ever seen — and it is one of the most extreme readings ever in the world," AccuWeather meteorologist Anthony Saglia told the [LondonTelegraph of the 165-degree heat-index reading in the western Iran city of Bandar Mahshahr.

Saglia said the heat index — the "feels-like temperature" — in the city was among the highest ever recorded. [emphasis added]

That's an important distinction to make.  The world record for highest recorded ambient (shaded) temperature is still 134.06 degrees Fahrenheit on July 10th, 1913 at Greenland Ranch, Death Valley, California. The heat index is a figure expressing the discomfort felt as a result of the combined effects of the temperature and humidity of the air.  That's why "dry heat" is never as miserable to experience and endure as "wet heat".  The former uncomfortable, but the latter can be and oftentimes is lethal:

The world record heat index reading is still 178 degrees Fahrenheit in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on July 8th, 2003.  This will last until the record is shattered in Tel Aviv by anthropogenic means in the not-too-distant future.

Climate change hoaxsters citing this "heat dome" as "further proof" of global warming incoming in five, four, three, two.....

Austrian Economics Theory as Explained by Von Mises Institute Graduate

The Constitution Association monthly regular meeting is upon us. . .

August 1, 2015; 5:00 pm Check-in, 5:30 meeting start; Merna's Cafe (formerly Boston Billie's), 26850 Cherry Hills Blvd., Menifee.

Guest Speaker: Aaron Brown, two-time graduate of the Ludwig Von Mises University will address Capitalism, and the free market system, with us today.  Join us for dinner, and stay for the discussion regarding economics in America.

Douglas V. Gibbs will begin the evening with a presentation regarding the economics of the Founding Fathers, and the Colonies, and where the founders expected us to be when it comes to our financial well-being as a nation.

At the end of the event we will have a drawing giving away books, and other items.

During the initial 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm period of the evening we will discuss the recent incorporation of the Constitution Association, and where we are going next.  We need volunteers and board members.  Doug is still working on updating the Declaration of Grievances, and Letters to Pastors, based on your recommendations.  Please be present today, if possible, if you are interested in being a part of the core engine of this organization.

Stephanie Blake & Baltimore's Orgy Of Violence

by JASmius



What will be the result if a big city mayor uses the pretext of a black suspect ambiguously dying while in police custody to gin up racial hatred and animosity of blacks towards whites and erupting vilification of and violence towards law enforcement, accompanied by active "official" persecution of police officers?  Answer: Baltimore, Maryland, where the all-out war of black-on-black and black-on-white pitched combat is reaching levels of bloody mayhem not seen in decades:

Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With forty-five homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in forty-three years.

Police reported three deaths — two men shot Thursday and one on Friday. The men died at local hospitals.

With their deaths, this year’s homicides reached 189, far outpacing the 119 killings by July’s end in 2014 [a 59% increase]. Nonfatal shootings have soared to 366, compared to 200 by the same date last year [an 83% increase]. July’s total was the worst since the city recorded forty-five killings in August 1972, according to the Baltimore Sun.

During the height of public unrest and civil disorder over the Vietnam War.  Which is indicative of how much worse the numbers are now, since there's no overarching national issue propelling the violence.

What is?  (1) The local police have withdrawn, completely disincentivized from doing their core job of enforcing the law and maintaining "domestic tranquility" for fear of another "incident" and being demonized and prosecuted and ruined.  And (2) the pharmaceutical "fruits" of the last round of rioting and looting:

Crime experts and residents of Baltimore's most dangerous neighborhoods cite a confluence of factors: [blah blah blah; blah blah blah] and competition among dealers of illegal drugs, bolstered by the looting of prescription pills from pharmacies during the riot.

Federal drug enforcement agents said gangs targeted thirty-two pharmacies in the city, taking roughly 300,000 doses of opiates, as the riots caused $9 million in property damage in the city.

Perched on a friend's stoop, Sherry Moore, fifty-five, said she knew "mostly all" of the young men killed recently in West Baltimore, including an eighteen-year-old fatally shot a half-block away. Moore said many more pills are on the street since the riot, making people wilder than usual.

"The ones doing the violence, the shootings, they're eating Percocet like candy and they're not thinking about consequences. They have no discipline, they have no respect — they think this is a game. How many can I put down on the East side? How many can I put down on the West side?" [emphases added]

Of course, it's a game.  Look what they're being told: "You have every reason to be angry at the 'pigs,' you have every excuse to steal and loot and maim and kill, we will never hold you accountable for anything you do because you are a member of the 'right tribe,' we will give you all the "room to destroy" that you want, so go 'have fun'".  Why wouldn't they look upon it as a game?

And Mayor Rawlings' idea of public accountability?  Firing her hapless (black) police chief who was only following her orders and policy to have the cops adapt a "lower profile" - a useless symbolic move that hasn't slowed down the record "Charm City" crime wave in the slightest - and accepting the presidency of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, from which post she will do to for every other big American city what she's done to for Baltimore.

A true leader would have resigned in disgrace a long time ago.  But then, a true leader would never have created this mess in the first place.  The very pointing out of which is "racist," I suppose, but doesn't render it any less the brutal truth.

Constitution Radio: The Darkness of Hope

Constitution Radio with Douglas V. Gibbs returns today at 1:00 pm Pacific on KMET 1490-AM.  Listen live, or catch the podcast later. The station's phone line is 951-922-3532.

After spending the day at the Stop Iran Now! Rally in Los Angeles, and filming his time at the event, Douglas V. Gibbs has a lot to say about what he experienced.  Then, we will discuss the Book of the Week, the Constitution Quest Question of the Week, and the AllStar Collision Big Stories of the Week (note: what is not discussed on Constitution Radio with Douglas V. Gibbs, was covered by American Daily Review earlier in the day):

18. Constitution Corner


17. The Economic and Cultural Consequences of the Fundamental Transformation of America


http://freebeacon.com/politics/matthews-dumbfounds-dnc-chair/ ("Tell me the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist")




16. Obama's Third Term



15. Which Lives Matter?




14. Two-Finger Salute



13. One-Finger Salute


12. No Salute


11. The Trump Card






10. Cruzin'


9. Establishment GOP Candidates





8. Et tu Jindal?


7. Hillary Clinton will not be Democrat Party Nomination










6. Republicans Make Feeble Attempts to be Viable



5. Target: John Boehner



4. Defend Liberty. . . Buy a Gun!


3. Aborted Baby Parts






2. The Truth about the Iran Deal

New Yorker at Stop Iran Now! Rally in Los Angeles: Iran Doesn't Need the Bomb, We Gave Them Money https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfJVkLCoTL4











1. And in Other Middle East News...and Jihad on American Soil



National Abortion Federation Finds Its Federal Judge, Illegally Censors Further CMP Video Releases

by JASmius



Yesterday in the Hill:

The National Abortion Federation is asking a California court to block the release of secretly recorded footage that [pro-life] activists could use in their campaign against Planned Parenthood.

The organization – which represents abortion providers nationwide, including those at Planned Parenthood clinics – filed suit Friday for a temporary restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress, which it said deceptively attended meetings where highly sensitive topics were discussed. …

Vicki Saporta, the association’s president, said she wanted to prevent more members from being included in the videos, which she said have already led to death threats online.

Captain Ed scoffed:

Very few courts would approve such a broad prior restraint, especially for speech that isn’t threatening or inciteful on its own, and no appellate courts would sustain it. This is a stunt suit.

Well, Ed, it looks like this court has a unique appreciation for stunts:

A federal judge blocked the release of any recordings made at meetings of an abortion providers' association by a[ pro-life] group that previously revealed secretly recorded videos of a Planned Parenthood leader.

Judge William Orrick [Obama appointee] in San Francisco on Friday issued a temporary restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.

In his three-page order, Orrick said the federation would likely suffer irreparable injury absent a temporary restraining order "in the form of harassment, intimidation, violence....

All three of which are themselves defamatory to the CMP, whose counter-suit for which I can hardly wait.

....invasion of privacy....

The latter of which to which all criminal conspiracies are entitled as long as they're congruent with the far Left's agenda.

....and injury to reputation." [emphasis added]

By exposing the grisly truth about Planned Parenthood by tearing down its vile facade of self-flattering, obfuscatory lies.  Yeah, I can see where that would be injurious to the false reputation PP wants to project.

Remember, Mr. Morrissey.....San Francisco.  California.  Which resides within the appellate jurisdiction of....the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  With its 28-16 Democrat majority.  Now I may be mistaken, but I think the NAF knew exactly where to go for their First Amendment-gang-raping restraining order, which only the U.S. Supreme Court might possibly overturn, and the Roberts court would most likely deny any certiorari writ after the twin bleepstorms it created with Obergefell v. Hodges and King v. Burwell.

And so the Planned Parenthood Cannibalism series ends at four installments, the kerfuffle will blow over, the baby-killers will be stronger and more ascendant than ever, and the First Amendment's organs will be messily harvested safely out of public view.  Oh, and the Center for Medical Progress will be bankrupted and destroyed, and David Daleiden is probably on his way to prison.

But he won't be going quietly:

David Daleiden, a leader of the Center for Medical Progress who is also named in the suit, said in a statement that Planned Parenthood and its allies were trying to silence the group and suppress investigative journalism.

"The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work and will contest all attempts from Planned Parenthood and their allies to silence our First Amendment rights," he said.

Too late, Dave.  The baby-killers found the right judge.  And in this brave, new age of outcome-based jurisprudence, that's all it takes.

American Daily Review: The Path to War

JASmius and Douglas V. Gibbs host American Daily Review Radio each and every Saturday at 11:00 am Pacific.  The ADR radio program is the first two hours of the three hour weekend radio extravaganza that concludes with the one hour Constitution Radio with Douglas V. Gibbs program on KMET 1490-AM at 1:00 pm Pacific.  Today's AllStar Collision Big Stories of the Week are as follows:

18. Constitution Corner


17. The Economic and Cultural Consequences of the Fundamental Transformation of America


http://freebeacon.com/politics/matthews-dumbfounds-dnc-chair/ ("Tell me the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist")




16. Obama's Third Term



15. Which Lives Matter?




14. Two-Finger Salute



13. One-Finger Salute


12. No Salute


11. The Trump Card






10. Cruzin'


9. Establishment GOP Candidates





8. Et tu Jindal?


7. Hillary Clinton will not be Democrat Party Nomination










6. Republicans Make Feeble Attempts to be Viable



5. Target: John Boehner



4. Defend Liberty. . . Buy a Gun!


3. Aborted Baby Parts






2. The Truth about the Iran Deal

New Yorker at Stop Iran Now! Rally in Los Angeles: Iran Doesn't Need the Bomb, We Gave Them Money https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfJVkLCoTL4











1. And in Other Middle East News...and Jihad on American Soil



California Democrat: Obama Can Override Congress's Override Of Obama's Veto Of Congress's Rejection Of Iran Nuclear "Deal"

by JASmius



Oh, c'mon, folks, let's cut Brad Sherman some slack on this one.  He's not saying anything that any of us didn't already know to be the case over six and a half years ago:

California-30 Representative Brad Sherman warns that even if Congress were to override Barack Obama’s veto of the Iran deal, the president could still get the deal he wants.

Sherman, a Democrat who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, grilled [Commissar] of State John Kerry Tuesday over whether the administration would follow the law....

Corker-Cardin/Menendez, in context.

....if Congress votes against the administration’s deal with Iran and overrides the president’s veto.

“So, you’re not committed to following the law if you think it’s a bad law?” Sherman asked.

Even though Obama signed it, indicating that he thought that "law" was peachy-keen at the time.

“No,” Kerry said. “I said I’m not going to deal with a hypothetical, that’s all.”

No, the Regime is not going to abide by Corker-Cardin/Menendez in the inconceivable event that Congress were to reject O's Iran nuclear sellout and then override his veto of it.  And that's just peachy-keen for Congressman Sherman:

Sherman later told reporters Wednesday that there were different options on the table that Obama could seriously consider if the Congress overrode his veto.

It's amazing how many options open up for a president when even illegal laws are seen as optional rather than mandatory.  Such as O simply refusing to reimpose sanctions when Iran cheats (if we ever detect it, which the mullahs' blanket, preemptive veto power over inspections makes....complicated).  I'd add giving the nod-nod/wink-wink green light to "the five world powers" to load up Tehran with as many nuclear warheads as their ample territory can hold, but The One pretty much already did that by ramming the "deal" through the U.N. Security Council before even giving Boehner and McConnell so much as a ringy-dinghy.

And, as you no doubt already surmised, Sherman's rationale for this rather....creative legal interpretation is exactly what you thought it was:

This is not a treaty. It’s not a legislative executive agreement. It is the lowest form of temporary accommodation between a group of national leaders. Under the Vienna convention on treaties this is as low as you can go. As far as being binding it is not binding at all on anybody,” Sherman argued. [emphases added]

So....doesn't that bolster Scott Walker's declaration that he's going to abrogate the "deal" on his first day in office?  As well as kind of defeating the whole purpose of twelve years of negotiations, even if the mullahs have no reason whatsodamnever to cheat?

“But what we have to do is prevent confusion in America and around the world. If it’s not a treaty, not second to a treaty and not third to a treaty — if it’s the lowest level, but the image of it looks like a ratified treaty, then politically it is and legally it isn’t.” [emphasis added]

And y'all thought Democrats couldn't be transparent.  Oh ye of little faith.

By the way, as a sort of pyrrhic curiosity, here's how the Vienna Convention On Treaties defines a, well, treaty:

“Treaty” means an international agreement concluded between States in written form and governed by international law, whether embodied in a single instrument or in two or more related instruments and whatever its particular designation.

No further comment necessary.  Or so it seems to me.

Happily for the White House, they're following the Obama Convention On Treaties, which defines a treaty as "Whatever Barack Obama says it is on any given day".

Or until the Iranian nukes begin to fall, whichever comes first.