The White House has identified 19 executive actions for President Barack Obama to move unilaterally on gun control, Vice President Joe Biden told a group of House Democrats on Monday, the administration’s first definitive statements about its response to last month’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. (Snip) The focus on executive orders is the result of the White House and other Democrats acknowledging the political difficulty of enacting any new gun legislation, a topic Biden did not address in Monday’s meeting. The executive actions could include giving the Centers
Comments: NINETEEN EOs. Too difficult via democracy and in accordance with the Constitution, so let´s do it by executive fiat. NINETEEN executive orders.
Why doesn´t this guy grow up? He is like a spoiled child, if he doesn´t get his way, he threatens and throws temper tantrums! This country has been leaderless for four years now! These EO´s are wrong and unconstitutional!
Guess what two words are not in the US Constitution? We´ve got a winner! Yes, the two words are "executive order."
But here are 41 words that are in the US Constitution [Article VI]:
"The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution...." [Emphasis added.]
Conclusion? Any covered Federal officer who acts to enforce an Executive Order that infringes on the right to keep and bear arms is in violation of his sworn oath.
I was at Academy today, there were a few boxes being put out on the shelves, which were mostly empty, and the ammo aisle was packed. These were not trashy folks - they were lawyers, teachers, doctors (actually, doctors´ wives, calling back to hubbies about what was available on the shelf and in bulk). This guy has no idea who his opposition is on this issue.
19 EO´s to protect dem congress critters. Refusing to negotiate with congress violates the constitution. Never passing a budget violates the constitution. Sending arms to the Muslim Brotherhood is illegal. Forcing retailers to sell guns to Mexican Cartels is illegal. Intentionally sending a US ambassador into harms way is illegal. Sending troops to Africa before congressional review is not constitutional.
Passing ObamaCare with no GOP input... then blaming the GOP for creating our debt is insane.
Trying the old tidal wave trick -- overwhelm the people with the number of EOs and hope one or two stick, and kick that can down the road a bit more. Another shooting, another terrorist attack, and it starts again.
If there was a reporter with half a brain, they would be asking BO and Biden one simple question to each of the EOs..."How does this proposed "Order" prevent or deter gun violence and in particular gun violence of the sort in Sandy Hook, Gabby Giffords and Columbine?" And, "Where is statistical, empirical, forensic proof that these "Orders" will prevent or deter such gun violence?"
Since the answer to the former query is, "It doesn´t." and the answer to the latter is, "We have none." Then the next query should be then, "Are you simply proposing the "Orders" to make you and the Democrat base feel better?"
Heard from a friend today about this... he says he prefers the tyranny of the EOs, as anything done via legislation would simply provide cover to Obama & Co. Given that the political potato is too hot, it´s probably no surprise that they´re taking the EO approach. Are they looking to foment violence? Why not? They´ll use the crisis to do who knows what... martial law? Suspending elections? History repeats, ladies and gents. History repeats.
You can add Obamacare exchange boss to this year´s list of "most dangerous jobs." Four out of the 15 chiefs of Obamacare insurance marketplaces run by individual states and the District of Columbia have either quit or gone on leave since the botched Oct. 1 launches of their health exchanges. And given badly lagging sign-up rates in Affordable Care Act insurance policies in several other states, some other bosses likely will follow those four out the exit door. "I would expect to see some more turnover, because they aren´t hitting their enrollment targets," said Mark Argosh, managing principal at the
The Internal Revenue Service has been doing business with nearly 1,200 vendors that owe back taxes, including one unnamed contractor that owed a whopping $525 million, a new inspector general´s report says. Altogether, 1,168 IRS vendors owed back taxes totaling $589 million as of July 2012, according to the report released Tuesday. Only 50 were in a payment plan to pay off their debt. "When the IRS conducts business with vendors that do not comply with federal tax laws, it conveys a contradictory message in relation to its mission to ensure compliance with the tax laws," said J. Russell George,
BP filed a fraud lawsuit in U.S. court on Tuesday to halt some of the $2.3 billion it set aside to compensate commercial fishermen for losses claimed after the British oil company´s 2010 offshore oil spill, the biggest in U.S. history. The latest court action by BP seeking to reduce payments from the spill alleges that part of a group of fishermen hurt by the spill, clients of lawyer Mikal C. Watts, did not exist. "We now know that over half of Watts´ alleged clients were phantoms: individuals never represented by Watts, in a number of cases not even commercial fishermen, and in some instances individuals who are deceased," BP said
Heavy marijuana users may have abnormal brain structures which can lead to poor memory, Nature World News reported. In a new study, researchers from Northwestern Medicine used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to analyze the brains of 67 former marijuana users. The participants had begun their drug use when they were 16 to 17 years old, but they had all been marijuana free for an average of two years at the time of the study. (Snip) The researchers also found that the brain structures of the marijuana users closely resembled the brains of schizophrenia patients.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Matt Flynn and the Green Bay Packers matched the biggest comeback in franchise history. Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys have a loss that might sting for a long time. Flynn threw four touchdown passes in the second half, Eddie Lacy had the winning score on a 1-yard plunge after an interception by Romo gave them another chance, and the Packers rallied from 23 points down at halftime to beat the Cowboys 37-36 Sunday.(Snip) Bryant walked off the field and into the tunnel before the game ended.
Prices posted at a cafe in France suggest that a spoonful of politesse will sweeten the prices for a cup of joe. Ordering simply "a coffee" at the Le Petite Syrah cafe in Nice runs you 7 euros, about nine-and-a-half dollars, according to the prices on the chalkboard menu. But add "please" and the price drops to 4.25 euros, about six dollars. Go for the full, "Good morning, a coffee, please," and the politeness discount gets even steeper, 1.4 euros, or two bucks. In a nation whose waiters are famed for their perceived rudeness, that takes some gumption. But cafe
LOS ANGELES – Federal officials on Monday unsealed five criminal cases filed against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff´s deputies as part of an FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the nation´s largest jail system. The charges were announced at a press conference after 16 of 18 defendants were arrested earlier in the day. They were expected to be arraigned later in U.S. District Court. (Snip) One federal indictment filed Nov. 20 named seven deputies charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice. It is unclear from the indictment whether they are currently employed
A&E broke its silence on Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments late Wednesday. The cable network announced Robertson is off the hit show for the time being. The network issued the following statement to EW: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty. His personal views in no way reflect those of A+E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”
President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is — and isn’t — sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics. Billie Jean King will be one of two openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies, Obama announced Tuesday. For the first time since 2000, however, the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice president to the Games. Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws banning “gay propaganda.” Though the White House did not specifically address
Is this man simply expressing his beliefs or spewing bigotry?Either way, Phil Robertson, the patriarch in A&E´s "Duck Dynasty," won´t be duck calling on air anytime soon. The network suspended him after slamming gays in a magazine interview. In the January issue of GQ, Robertson said homosexuality is a sin and puts it in the same category as bestiality and promiscuity. "It seems like, to me, a vagina -- as a man -- would be more desirable than a man´s anus. That´s just me. I´m just thinking: There´s more there! She´s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know
The gay and lesbian rights group GLAAD is slamming ´Duck Dynasty´ patriarch Phil Robertson for comments he made about homosexuality to GQ magazine, and challenging the show´s network, A&E, to take action against its most popular star. In a wide-ranging interview, Robertson shared his thoughts on homosexuality and religion. After stating in very graphic terms his preference for heterosexual sex over homosexual sex, Robertson launched into more thoughts about homosexuality and sinning. “Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong... Sin becomes fine,” he said.
Yes, she really said it. On CNN’s Piers Morgan Live Tuesday, in a brief discussion about President Obama, Barbara Walters actually said, “We thought that he was going to be - I shouldn´t say this at Christmastime, but - the next messiah” (video follows with transcript and commentary): PIERS MORGAN, HOST: You have interviewed every president of my lifetime. Why is Obama facing so much opposition now? Why is he struggling so much to really fulfill the great flame of ambition and excitement that he was elected on originally in 2009?
Everyone is doing thoughtful year-end pieces on President Obama. Writers and reporters agree he’s had his worst year ever. I infer from most of their essays an unstated but broadly held sense of foreboding: There’s no particular reason to believe next year will be better, and in fact signs and indications point to continued trouble. I would add that in recent weeks I have begun to worry about the basic competency of the administration, its ability to perform the most fundamental duties of executive management. One reason I worry is that I frequently speak with people who interact with the White
London – Large tapestry portraits of President Barack Obama were unveiled for guests at the U.S. Embassy in London over the weekend. The recently-installed, large-scale tapestry portraits were created by National Medal of Arts winner and renowned American painter, photographer Chuck Close. Close created the portraits by compiling and interweaving Polaroids of the president from an hour-long photo shoot done the summer before, the Washington Post reports. The portraits are nearly 8 feet tall and more than 6 feet wide, with the final piece looking like photos but feeling like textiles. Close used one photo of Obama smiling and another