As a United States Senator, I have sworn an oath to support, defend, and bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States. Complying with this Oath is not always convenient. Sometimes this requires voting against legislation that embodies policies I agree with, other times it requires taking a stand when doing so may not be popular.
The Constitution itself is not a document of convenience. It specifies an onerous process – bicameralism and presentment – with which the government must comply to enact legislation. And it imposes separation of government powers and a system of checks and balances between the different branches.
Among those checks and balances is the requirement that the President’s nominations of federal judges and executive officers receive the Advice and Consent of the Senate before they take office, unless they are nominated during a Senate recess.
Events of the last few weeks show just how inconvenient the Constitution can be for politicians who want to get their way at any cost. On January 4, 2012, President Obama attempted to bypass the Senate and unilaterally “recess appoint” those nominees even though the Senate was not in fact in recess.
These are brazen actions with real consequences. As a duly sworn United States Senator I feel duty bound to resist these actions, regardless of the difficulty.
In taking a stand against the President’s unconstitutional assertion of executive power, I have already been targeted by the President himself. In his weekly radio address, the President singled me out, suggesting that I am playing politics with the judicial nominations process.
It seems as if the President’s response to the inconvenient Constitution is simply to interpret away its restrictions if he doesn’t like them.
I and members of Congress of both parties who care about the Constitution must take a stand. If, as a political branch, the legislature does not protect the Senate’s constitutional right to advise and consent to nominees, it may lose it forever. Doing so would have far-reaching implications for Democrats as well as Republicans.
I call on all Americans – Republicans, Democrats, Independents – to stand with me in defense of this blatant and egregious encroachment on our basic constitutional liberties.
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Mitt Romney has come under fire this morning — less than 24 hours after winning the Florida primary — for telling CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that he isn’t concerned “about the very poor”because “we have a safety net there.”
When pressed on this statement by O’Brien, the presidential candidate reiterated his commitment to fixing any holes in that safety net, but also took the time to repeat the phrase “I’m not concerned about the very poor,” which was undoubtedly a very poor choice of words from the man who would become one of the richest presidents in US history.
Mean Joe Greene reprises his role as Mean Joe Greene for a Downy-promoting, Amy Sedaris-starring sendup of his iconic 1979 Super Bowl commerical for Coca-Cola.
A former elementary school teacher in Los Angeles has been arrested for allegedly molesting nearly two dozen children after photos of students posed in bondage positions were passed to the Sheriff’s Department.
Mark Berndt, 61, a teacher with over 30 years experience at Miramonte Elementary School in south Los Angeles, is charged with molesting 23 children, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Police began the investigation after a photo processing facility passed along suspicious images depicting students blindfolded with their mouths covered in tape. Female students were depicted with a blue plastic spoon containing “an unknown clear/white liquid” in front of their mouths, while other students were pictured with live cockroaches on their faces. In some photos, Berndt had his arm around the children or his hand over their mouths.
Police found the spoon, along with an empty container in the trash in Berndt’s classroom and, through DNA testing, determined that both contained Berndt’s semen.
Another reason to completely ban unions in the public sector.
For ten years this shithead has been doing nothing but collect almost a million dollars.
Alan Rosenfeld — a 66-year-old disgraced typing teacher — hasn’t taught since he was accused of making inappropriate comments and leering at 8th grade girls in 2001, but still collects $100,049 a year from the city, the New York Post reports.
Rosenfeld, a millionaire businessman and attorney, could have retired at 62 but, a friend told the Post, “It’s an F-U” to the school system. And every year he stays onboard, his $85,400 yearly pension grows by another $1,700.
His case is one of seven in the New York City Department of Education, where teachers the department can’t fire are “rubber-roomed” — essentially meaning they don’t do any real work but keep getting paid.
A special permit has been renewed for the statue of Jesus Christ atop Big Mountain.
Flathead National Forest Supervisor Chip Weber announced Tuesday that he is reauthorizing a special use permit for The Knights of Columbus Council No. 1328 of Kalispell for the display of a statue on a small parcel of federal land within the Whitefish Mountain Resort permit boundary at Big Mountain.
The permit is reauthorized for 10 years.
“I understand the statue has been a long-standing object in the community since 1955, and I recognize that the statue is important to the community for its historical heritage based on its association with the early development of the ski area on Big Mountain,” Weber said.
Last August, Weber denied the permit renewal for the statue. That denial was based on legal advice that the statue violated of the Constitution’s Establishment clause and legal precedent regarding religious symbols on public lands.
However, public outcry prompted the Forest Service to reconsider the issue.
An ensuing public comment period attracted 95,000 responses.
Once the new permit is returned to the Flathead National Forest by the Knights of Columbus with signature and payment, it will be signed by Weber and remains in effect for the next 10 years.
A Wisconsin-based group, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, plans to file a lawsuit this week challenging the permit renewal.
And why the crap is the price of gasoline going UP???? Yesterday, gas was $3.15 per gallon (for some reason, both the ethanol blend and the regular unleaded, strange I think) and today? Went up 12 cents a gallon! To $3.27 a gallon. This is in Des Moines. This morning when we went down to Missouri, gas here in our town was still set at $3.15 and when we came back from Missouri, gas in Osceola was still at $3.15 a gallon. Have not gone up the road to see if the gas here has now jumped to $3.27. And the were saying that the price of gasoline could go to $4.95 at least (at least? so it may go up even more) by Memorial Day. Geesh. I think this fits it with those who said last year and continue to say now that the price of gasoline would go up quite a bit prior to the presidential election and then just before, the price would drop like a rock so Obama could then say he got the prices back down and get re-elected. And blame the whole mess on the Republicans! Will see for sure…
This took place on the same day Obama told Americans in the SOTU that car makers needed to stop shipping jobs overseas.
Tuesday, the 24th of January, Joel Ewanick, CMO of General Motors awarded the more than $3 billion dollar GM media account to Aegis/Carat. Strangely enough, Carat is the French division of its parent company, Aegis, which is a UK based operation currently trading on the London Stock Exchange.
Mr. Ewanick insisted that it wasn’t only money, but better quality that drove him to place the $3 billion piece of business with a non US company. Or, as he so succinctly put it… “It was definitely about finding efficiencies, while at the same time wanting to raise the quality of the service provided.”
Apart from the fact that if it wasn’t for the billions of US tax payer dollars pumped into the floundering GM operation, Mr. Ewanick would currently be another of Detroit’s unfortunate unemployed, did he ever pause to consider that we (the US taxpayers) still own 28% of the company and might be somewhat pissed off about the fact that all this stuff was going overseas?
Yes, various people have pointed out to me that the $3 BILLION is the media spend, and the income to Aegis/Carat will be perhaps, a meager 3%… Which, sadly for the unfortunate Aegis management guys currently celebrating their win by wining and dining on Chateaux Laffite 83, and Beluga Caviar at Claridges, just happens to work out at a measly $90 million. And yes, they will assuredly employ people in their American offices to co-ordinate with the client and make the domestic bookings. But you just know a great deal of the grunt work will be off-shored to somewhere you can get call-center help for peanuts. Heck, why should they be any different from your friendly local neighborhood bank?
However, at the end of the day, it isn’t about the money, it’s about the brass balls of GM to think that the American taxpayer doesn’t mind having a sharp stick shoved in their eye when it comes to how their tax dollars are being spent.
In New York a democrat senator wants to fine people $250 for eating on the subway.
College girl expelled for refusing to provide counseling services to homosexuals wins in court:
If you want examples of the types of people that will sell our country out, they can be found in groups like VoteVets.
The democrats who were investigating the DOJ involvement in the “Fast and Furious” case where our guns were sold to Mexicans and then used by those Mexicans to kill Americans miraculously found nothing wrong with DOJ’s actions.
WOW! What a surprise, eh? They took a page from Obama’s “Blame Anyone But Me” book.
Yet somehow it’s only the Tea Party types who are prone to violence?
MacIver News Service
[Madison, Wisc…] The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board has not posted scanned copies of the Governor Walker recall petitions online despite promises to the citizens of Wisconsin that they would do so.
GAB staff delivered copies of the scans to the Governor’s campaign late last week. The campaign, with the assistance of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, began reviewing the petitions at satellite offices across the state this weekend.
Once they scanned documents, they were going to make them public, having issued an alert to all media earlier in the day. The revelation was the top of many radio broadcasts Monday.
Such a public disclosure would have allowed the volunteers at the independent VerifytheRecall.com to also begin their effort.
But early this evening the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported GAB staff was going back on their promise, citing alleged privacy concerns by some who signed the public documents.
This is the latest development in a series of back and forth decisions by the GAB that promises more legal challenges ahead.
And it could thwart a massive effort by Tea Party groups to conduct an independent review of the petitions.
“Never before have regular citizens organized in this way to this scale in a nonpartisan sense to uphold the integrity of Wisconsin’s elections,” said Ross Brown, Founder and President of the Tea Party Group, We the People of the Republic and co-organizer of the Verify The Recall effort before the GAB’s surprise announcement was made. “Our volunteers are anxious to start and committed to the effort.”
Brown said approximately 87 percent of the more than 11,000 volunteers who signed up at his website are from Wisconsin, although they do have volunteers from all but one of the 50 states.
“Verify the Recall has written a new play in the citizens’ playbook as to how we can preserve our clean and honest elections,” Brown said.
With Monday night’s revelation that the GAB was refusing to comply with their earlier public pronouncements, the Verify the Recall process could be in jeopardy.
Read the article here.
Even scarier is we have a loon president crazy enough to go along with this.
(AFP) — The world can no longer afford to ignore the environmental cost of economic growth and must redefine the very concept of national wealth, a UN panel of heads of state and environment ministers said Monday.
The panel challenged leaders to recognise that “current global development is unsustainable.”
“We need to chart a new, more sustainable course for the future, one that strengthens equality and economic growth while protecting our planet,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in Addis Ababa to mark the release of the panel’s report, which outlines more than 50 policy recommendations.
By 2030, the report warned, the planet will need at least 50 percent more food, 45 percent more energy and 30 percent more water.
These needs are emerging “at a time when environmental boundaries are throwing up new limits to supply,” it said.
Continuing along the same path as today risks “irreversible damage to both ecosystems and human communities.”