Lake Erie Conservative

thoughtful discussion(s) about issue(s)

Archive for June, 2014

… The Economy did What ?? [#bombed]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,June 30th,2014

.. no , it was not just bad , folks .

.. it was real bad .

.. the original estimate was for a 1.0% gain ? Nope .

.. next , first revision was up only 0.1% ? Nope .

.. [h/t — HotAir]..
.. [link] to the blog piece ..

.. next call , second revision was down 1.0% ? Nope .

.. final call , final revision , down 2.9% . Ouch …

.. does that stink ? you had better believe that it does …

.. and , no , it was not due to bad weather . When the economy has enough mo ‘ , the weather will slow it a little , but not all that much . It tells you how dense the ObamaCraps have been that they can try to blame the weather , and that excuse is full of bull[bleep] …

Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — decreased at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the first quarter of 2014 according to the “third” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the fourth quarter of 2013, real GDP increased 2.6 percent. …

Real GDP declined 2.9 percent in the first quarter, after increasing 2.6 percent in the fourth. This downturn in the percent change in real GDP primarily reflected a downturn in exports, a larger decrease in private inventory investment, a deceleration in PCE, and downturns in nonresidential fixed investment and in state and local government spending that were partly offset by an upturn in federal government spending.

This time the news is bad across the board. Exports dropped 8.9% in Q1, a huge drop from 2013, which wasn’t exactly spectacular either. Real final sales of domestic product dropped 1.3%, where in earlier estimates it had remained in positive territory. Business investment also fell:

Real nonresidential fixed investment decreased 1.2 percent in the first quarter, in contrast to an increase of 5.7 percent in the fourth. Nonresidential structures decreased 7.7 percent, compared with a decrease of 1.8 percent. Equipment decreased 2.8 percent, in contrast to an increase of 10.9 percent. Intellectual property products increased 6.3 percent, compared with an increase of 4.0 percent. Real residential fixed investment decreased 4.2 percent, compared with a decrease of 7.9 percent.

Reuters noted immediately that this is not just weather-related:

The Commerce Department said on Wednesday gross domestic product fell at a 2.9 percent annual rate, the economy’s worst performance in five years, instead of the 1.0 percent pace it had reported last month.

While the economy’s woes have been largely blamed on an unusually cold winter, the magnitude of the revisions suggest other factors at play beyond the weather. Growth has now been revised down by a total of 3.0 percentage points since the government’s first estimate was published in April, which had the economy expanding at a 0.1 percent rate.

The difference between the second and third estimates was the largest on records going back to 1976, the Commerce Department said.

Underscoring that is the May durable-goods report, which showed a contraction of 1.0% despite having a month of mild-to-good weather:

New orders for manufactured durable goods in May decreased $2.4 billion or 1.0 percent to $238.0 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This decrease, down following three consecutive monthly increases, followed a 0.8 percent April increase. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.1 percent. Excluding defense, new orders increased 0.6 percent. Transportation equipment, also down following three consecutive monthly increases, led the decrease, $2.3 billion or 3.0 percent to $74.4 billion.

Again, business investment signals even rougher times ahead:

Nondefense new orders for capital goods in May decreased $0.4 billion or 0.5 percent to $82.1 billion. Shipments decreased $0.5 billion or 0.7 percent to $75.9 billion. Unfilled orders increased $6.2 billion or 0.9 percent to $662.7 billion. Inventories increased $2.5 billion or 1.4 percent to $181.7 billion. Defense new orders for capital goods in May decreased $4.0 billion or 31.4 percent to $8.8 billion. Shipments decreased $0.2 billion or 2.3 percent to $9.4 billion. Unfilled orders decreased $0.6 billion or 0.4 percent to $158.9 billion. Inventories increased slightly or 0.1 percent to $23.6 billion.

This comes as Barack Obama planned yet another “pivot” to the economy, in the hopes of distracting from bad news in foreign policy and at the VA and IRS. The previously poor Q1 results already had the White House on the defensive, which they tried to brush off as weather-related and anomalous. Clearly, neither is the case. The economy has run aground on Obama’s own policies, and we’ll be lucky to hit positive growth at all this year with the bad Q1 number looming over everything. That calls into question all of Obama’s budget projections, which were based on irrationally sunny projections of economic growth this year and the next few years.

We’ve been complaining about stagnation ever since the June 2009 technical recovery. Now we may look at stagnation with some nostalgia in the months ahead…

.. If the Second Quarter ends up in negative territory , then that is a recession , no matter how you slice it …

Advertisements

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

… Funny Election Night [Colorado]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,June 30th,2014

.. well , you can call it that ..

.. in Colorado , it is a surprise ..

.. is it Tancredo ? Nope . Secretary of State Gessler ? Nope .

.. so , who ?

.. businessman and Townhall.com / Finance columnist Bob Beauprez . Beauprez is a former 3 term congressman in Colorado , so he is not unknown . He has also run statewide before [for the US Senate] , so his name is known statewide , as well .

.. I think that Beauprez has a much better than you think chance of unseating DemoCrap incumbent John Hickenweenie . Hickee is no bright light bulb , so Beauprez should be able to beat up on him but good ..

.. even better , he will be a big assist to Congresscritter Cory Gardiner , who is running for US Senate against Tom Udall ….

.. good luck to them both …

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

… Bowe Bergdahl ‘ s conduct should be investigated …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,June 30th,2014

.. yes , he has been through a hellish experience .

.. however , he has a duty to his fellow soldiers and to our country . He needs to account for his actions …

.. before he is discharged from the Army , or he is possibly even promoted to a higher enlisted rank , he needs to be investigated . Given the news reports , a number of his actions have been called into question . What happened needs to be fleshed out …

.. for Mr. Bergdahl ‘ s future , as well as for his reputation , it needs to be done …

Posted in legal info, legal strategy, personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… Something that Judge Mukasey Reminded Me of [#pvt bergdahl]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,June 30th,2014

.. desertion in a time of war is a criminal offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice . That much I already knew …

.. [h/t — WashingtonComPost]..
.. [link] to the column..

.. what I had forgotten is that it is an offense punishable by death …

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… A Sad Commentary on the Economy [#ObamaCrap EPA regs]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,June 30th,2014

.. yea , it is very sad .

.. but , it is to the point .

branco cartoon (OC coal killer)

.. [h/t — Comicallyincorrect]..
.. [link] to the cartoon..

.. I would have had it as a nuclear weapon . A stick of dynamite is something the coal industry can survive . Also , the juxtapose would be far more hilarious …

.. [update] — with the Supreme Court ruling in UARG v EPA , at least the EPA ‘ s sails have been trimmed a pretty fair bit . More than they realize . The Court liberals tend to grossly underestimate how gifted an opinion writer Antonin Scalia really is . This opinion was a real dandy …

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… Do You Know What POTUS ‘ iraq Policy Is ?!?! [#Cowardice]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,June 30th,2014

.. we are getting exactly what His Lordship promised in Iraq …

.. [h/t — m.NationalReview]..
.. [link] to the commentary ..

.. contrary to George Will , what are we getting ?

.. Cowardice before the enemy . Plain and Simple …

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

… Ukraine Stabilizes ?? [#maybe]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,June 30th,2014

.. it is starting to , but it will be a long process .

.. successful political reforms and political stability will help .

.. [h/t — theAmericanSpectator(TAS)]..
.. [link] to the article ..

.. now , Ukraine need to get busy with economic reforms . Strong structural reforms will help …

.. the signing of the agreement with the European Union will be a good first step . the EU is a market slightly larger than the US , at nearly 380 million people . That will offset the likely loss of business with Russia . Russia has threatened to slap on tariffs on Ukrainian products , which is never good . Russia and Ukraine are traditional trading partners . The EU agreement should not change that ..

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… Election Night [Mississippi]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,June 30th,2014

.. well , I missed this one .

.. I really thought that incumbent Thad Cochran was going down . Guess what ?

.. I was wrong .

.. Cochran did what he needed to do , and then some . He boosted turnout in his strong areas , and ate somewhat into Chris McDaniel ‘ s strong areas .

.. the turnout in this runoff [with a total vote of around 300k] was up over 50k from the primary . That rarely if ever happens …

.. McDaniel will be back . Also , Roger Wicker has been warned . If Wicker does not shape up , the Tea Party will paint a nice big juicy target on his back in the next few years …

Posted in personal opinion | Leave a Comment »

… Um , Ron , Try Both [#ObamaCrap Corruption] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 29th,2014

.. Ron Fournier is a pretty decent columnist , even for a liberal .

.. there are times , though , that he hits it out of the park with gusto …

.. this was almost one of them …

.. [h/t — m.Newsbusters]..
.. [link] to the video report …

.. nice try , Ron . I would not normally think of you as naïve …

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

… A Significant Supreme Court Decision [UARG v EPA] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 29th,2014

.. well , whatdoes it mean ? ..

.. well , the government does still get to regulate greenhouse gasses . That will be the case as long as the current lineup of the Supreme Court remains unchanges. Once a change comes (hopefully , for the better) , then the EPA can be forces to retreat …

.. [h/t — m.NationalReview(BenchMemos)]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

.. the decision basically says that the agency (in this case , the EPA) will be granted a certain amount of latitude . That latitude , known in the trade as “Chevron Deference,” gives an agency the ability to implement (within reason) the law and intent of a statute . However , what I think the liberals do not understand with this decision is that UARG limits that deference to a clear point , within reason . It cannot be stretched , as Chief Justice Rehnquist once put it , beyond the limits of reason with the strands of a rubber bands as to be unrecognizable …

Posted in body of law, legal opinion, legal strategy, personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… Who Better to Ratify IRSgate and BenghaziGate than [#Watergate @ 40]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 29th,2014

.. Woodward and Berrnstein , themselves .

.. Woodward saying that IRSgate is legit is not news . Bernstein getting off of his derriere and actually speaking out on it and saying O.K. sure is …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt]..
.. [link] to the interview footage …

.. I wonder , has the Washington ComPost let Woodward and his team out to play ? I think so , but no articles as of yet . When those articles hit the front pages of the ComPost , then that would really get everybody ‘ s attention . And I do mean everybody , including the ObamaCraps …

.. Then would come the aw shit moments , saying ” What ‘ s Next . “

Posted in personal opinion, scandal management, stupidity (criminal), stupidity (political) | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… #Bring Back Our Boys [the Israeli teenagers kidnapped]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 29th,2014

.. may God be with you , and with your quick and safe return …

.. [h/t — pamelageller.com]..
.. [link] to the blog news …

#bringbackourboys(kidnapped israelis)

.. Amen ! …

Posted in personal opinion | Leave a Comment »

… Gutsy Teenager [#Israel Arab teen boy who backs Bibi]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 29th,2014

.. here in the U.S. , that would not be all that big a deal .

.. in Israel , it sure is .

.. Mohammed Zoabi , an Israeli Arab teenager who lives in Nazareth , uploaded videos to the web [presumably , Facebook] that support PM Benjamin Netanyahu . He also blogged in solidarity and support of the three Israeli teens kidnapped in the West Bank last week …

Mohammed Zoabi

.. [h/t — WashingtonFreeBeacon]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. and he lives in Nazareth . Guts ! …

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

… Free At Last [#free Meriam]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 29th,2014

.. she is free , thank God .

.. Meriam Ibrahim , the brave Sudanese Christian woman / mother / activist , has been freed by a Sudanese appeals court . Part of me wonders why ?? ..

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..
.. [link] to the article ..

.. I think that the Sudanese realized that her case was costing them dearly in the Court of World Public Opinion . It was far easier to free her , and see to it that she , her husband , and their children would get safely out of the country .Which was very smart …

.. the Sudanese know that she is still in danger . There are many , many zealots in Sudan , in particular , in and around Khartoum [the capital] . They would reap a publicity bonanza by hunting her down and killing her & her family . Which is why she is in secure seclusion , with the help of the Government . They want her gone , preferably anywhere else …

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… the ” Two Year ” Gap [#IRSgate]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 29th,2014

.. this will end up in court , and at LightSpeed .

.. you might wonder : how , and why ? …

.. right now , there are civil cases against the Service for its monkeyshines . They are already in front a federal judge . This stuff is clearly evidence of the destruction of pertinent evidence in a case . The judge will not like it one bit …

.. So , what happens ?? ..

.. the federal judge should appoint a special master . The master should do a thorough investigation of the whole situation . It includes the conduct of all people involved in the case . The special master will keep the judge appraised of the situation , and his rulings will have the force of law …

.. then , the judge will make referrals , based upon the findings of the special master , to the relevant US Attorney . It may well be the local one , so that the judge can keep the heat on the case , and under his or her thumb . It also could be the US Atty in DC …

.. what it will also do is make things white – hot to dark – navy – blue hot for the ObamaCraps . They will have no choice but to appoint an independent counsnel to investigate the case . If they do not , then either the US House or the civil case counsel can and / or will seek a writ of mandamus to force the appointment of one . While all this is going on , the case(s) will still be in the hands of the judge , allowing him / her to push things along …

Posted in communications strategy, personal opinion | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

… Andy McCarthy is Right [#bergdahl deal]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 29th,2014

.. he usual is .

.. Andrew McCarthy is a careful professional . He speakes very carefully , with a great deal of preparation and education . He know well , as a result , about what he speakes . Those who do debate him should understand that . They are in for a tough time with a very tough customer . He rarely makes a mistake , at least not a conscious one …

.. [h/t — m.NationalReview]..

.. [link] to the interview footage ..

.. POTUS damn well should have known better . At the very least , he should give a damn about what he is doing . If he  wants historians to grade his legacy and his presidency in a positive light , he  should get ” his head out of his rear . ” Start caring about what you are doing , you stupid [bleep] ! ..

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

… This One was One of Judge Jeanine ‘ s Easiest Calls [#Gitmo trials]..

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 29th,2014

.. considering I can recycle an old political nickname for His Lordship : Gerbil Balls …

.. yes , his ” pair ” are that small …

.. if he has any at all …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt]..
.. [link] to Judge Jeanine ‘ s Opening Statement ..

.. He wants to close Gitmo that bad that he will do almost anything , including subverting the cause of justice for the detainees , to close the place down . If he could empty the place without getting impeached , he would . The problem is that he would get impeached , at the very least , and come very close to being removed …

.. that is why I think that he will do it after the elections …

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… The E.U. will just love This [#supply side tax cuts]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 29th,2014

.. in Spain ? ..

.. yes , in Spain .

.. some spending restraint would be helpful folks . Dan Mitchell [Cato Institute] is right . The tax cuts will be a help . The thing is that they are too small . They need to be bigger and bolder …

.. [h/t — HotAir]..
.. [link] to the blog news ..

.. sharper tax cuts , especially to individual income taxes , as well as capital gains taxes , would be a big help . What would also help is liberalization of the employment market …

.. You have a big problem in Spain . The unemployment rate is stuck at 26.5% . Yes , it is that high . Employers are , however , reluctant to hire . Guess why ? One reason is that it is so hard to fire or terminate an employee . You want to take a big whack out of that ? You have to take the risk that people will be let go . Then employers will be willing to hire people …

.. Also , figure out a way for supply — side employment tax cuts . Another way to discourage hiring is to tax the hell out of it . Reform the social insurance system would help . Also , encourage employers to invest in human capital [people] as well as physical capital [plant] . Also , accelerate the tax write – off for depreciation …

.. Short – term , you will lose some tax revenue , while the private sector and the government adjust . It does take time for investment to have an effect on an economy . But , be patient . It works . Every time . And when it does , wow , it will shock everyone at how effective that it will be …

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… Blessed are the ” Cheeseheads ” [#FDA]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 29th,2014

.. because they have guts ..

.. they stood up to the Government [specifically , the FDA] because they wanted to protect a traditional and perfectly safe method of ageing cheese . the F.D.A. wanted to restrict it , or even ban it . The cheesemakes objected ….

.. [h/t — MoeLane]..
.. [link] to the blog news ..

.. Boy , did they ever . They did what they could , and they have won , at yeast [er , least] for now …

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… I am Afraid that It Goes to the Top [#IRSGate]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 29th,2014

.. my educated guess is that the IRSGate scandal is a colossal doozy . I believe that it goes almost all the way to the top [POTUS]…

.. [h/t — m.NatIONALReview]..
.. [LINK].. to the commentary …

.. the big issue now is how much pressure needs to be applied to force AG Holder ‘ s hand . If Holder leaves , especially next year , there is no way that a new AG will be confirmed without several Independent Counsels being appointed [IRSGate , for sure , VAGate , ditto , Fast & Furious , probable , etc]..

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… A Moment of Clarity [#George Will , #IRSgate]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 29th,2014

.. to reiterate , it is really nice to have George Will at Fox News .

.. the nights and days that he goes at it with heavyweights such as Brit Hume and Dr. Charles Krauthammer are a pleasure to watch . These gentlemen come at their conservative philosophy and viewpoints from different walks of life and differing points of view . Their rhetorical battles are a thing to behold …

.. such as this one …

.. [h/t — RealClearPolitics]..
.. [link] to the show segment ..

.. Mr. Will lays out the case very simply and succinctly for the appointment of a special prosecutor . Slyly , he lays out the case for an article of impeachment against the ObamaCrap Administration , eventually , once the GOP comes up with the institutional ” oomph ” to go after His Lordship once and for all ..

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… So , What is This BullCrap with ” Catch and Release … ” [# illegal immigration]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 28th,2014

.. it is supposed to be ” catch and deport . ”

.. you want to wonder why people are queasy about our immigration system , look to the border . We have a complete and total failure of the executive branch and the executive agencies to do their damn jobs . The ObamaCraps wonder why the GOP does not want to ” play ball ” on immigration reform . The Republican Party does not trust POTUS to do his damn job . I sure as hell do not trust him , at all .

.. [h/t — Breitbart.com(BigGovernment)]..
.. [link] to the article ..

.. Whatever personal respect I had for the man is just about gone . I once respect the man , personally . No more . Any bastard that is willing to abuse the powers and duties of his office is a danger to our nation and our liberties . People really need to take notice of that …

.. what is even worse , is what more that those higher – ups are pulling . Literally , they are openly defying a ruling of a federal district court [Central District of Texas] , where it was made clear that the federal government is failing to do its job , and ” faithfully execute the law . ” It made clear that the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals ” program is clearly illegal . Yet , the ObamaCraps still pursue it , using tax monies not appropriated for it , which is itself also illegal …

.. In particular , higher ups (political appointees , and ” burrow – ins “) are threatening the ” Everyday Joes and Janes ” who are just trying to do their jobs . Then , those higher – ups are playing games by ” dumping ” the children of illegals AND unaccompanied minors coming across by themselves all over the place . It is not just along the border , but in the interior …

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

… The Bergdahl Case sets a Terrible Precedent …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 28th,2014

.. Bowe Bergdahl is an Army Sergeant who was captured on the battlefield by a faction of the Taliban in the summer of 2009 . He was captured , fair and square , evidently , by the enemy , and has been held captive ever since then …

.. now , Bergdahl has been freed . The ObamaCrap Administraton has made a political deal , trading 5 high value Talibani detainees at Guantanamo Bay , Cuba in order for Sgt Bergdahl ‘ s release . Why ? Why did they do this ? For What reason(s) ? …

.. I feel and think that this act sets a terrible precedent for US policy . It puts a price on the head of every US soldier , sailor , airman , and Marine . It sends a horrible message to friend and foe alike , that we will negotiate with an adversary in order to free our people . Doing a deal with POWs is one thing , but dealing with someone who is a hostage is something else . It is very , very , wrong …

.. We should have worked harder to locate a POW . Any POW . If and when we locate them , then we go in and get them . We make it clear to the enemy that we will hold them accountable for the safety and security of our people , and will retaliate and penalize those who brutalize and torture our people . Also , we should send a message , that we reserve the right to come after our people . Our people are a free people , and we will pay any price , short of negotiation , to get them back . We reserve the right to come in after them …

Posted in personal opinion, political message, security blunder, stupidity (criminal), stupidity (diplomatic) | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… the ObamaCraps have to Be ” Less Than Thrilled ” With This [#Mad Magazine cover]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 28th,2014

.. GigaOuch !! …

.. boy , oh boy , did Mad nail this one on the head .

.. And , it is going to play in political ads , count on it …

.. [h/t — HotAir]..
.. [link] to the cover poster …

madmag-trading-pvt-bergdahl

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… What was Lois Lerner Thinking ?? [#IRSGate]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 28th,2014

.. she is in enough trouble as it is .

.. now this ..

.. she was (mistakenly sent an e – mail that was meant for someone else . So , what did she do ? …

.. [h/t — townhall.com/tipsheet]..
.. [link] to the news piece …

.. she actually tried to sic the IRS on a sitting US Senator ? Is she insane …

.. she has no business , None at All , doing this , not even thinking about it ..

.. besides being a Senator and a businessman , Grassely is also a farmer . His taxes are complex enough , god knows . He is a higher – than – normal target for an examination , much less an audit . But an exam sicced on him by someone is another branch of the IRS ? …. No ! …

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… It Figures — They Do Not Know How to Pay …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 28th,2014

.. Those numb – nuts with ObamaCrapCare exchanges have a problem … how to pay for their exchanges …

.. the start – up grants that the Feds gave those states are just about gone .. so what happens now ?? …

.. more funds need to come from somewhere — and that is the problem .

.. most , if not all , of these states are Blue states , and , with rare exceptions , their state finances are in the dumper , very badly . They have to find a way to cope , but someone gets stuck with the bill . Guess who ?? ….

.. [h/t — m.Newsbusters]..
.. [link] to the blog news ..

.. the taxpayer , who else ? ..

.. gee , how predictable ..

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

… SCOTUS was busy This Day …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 28th,2014

.. 2 more rulings , 2 more to go ..

.. they also spread out the workload , though , so …

Noel Canning (recess appointments)—Breyer opinion : Obama’s recess appointments unlawful. Narrow ruling : There was no recess . Scalia (joined by Chief, Thomas, Alito) concurred in judgment , on much broader grounds.

Breyer: (1) Recess-appointment authority can be exercised during any recess, intrasession or intersession. (2) Senate is in session when it says it is and is able to transact business. Three days is too short to count as a recess.

Scalia concurrence in judgment: Recess-appointment authority can be exercised only during intersession recesses and only with respect to offices that become vacant during recess.

McCullen (First Amendment challenge to a Massachusetts statute that creates a no-speech zone within 35 feet of an abortion clinic)—Opinion by Chief strikes down statute. Victory for pro-life protesters, but how broad? Court unanimous on result. Separate opinions concurring in judgment by Scalia (with Kennedy and Thomas) and Alito.

.. That is it for now . Last ones of the term [Harris v Quinn , Hobby Lobby] are due on Monday [June 30th] …

.. Unions are not thrilled , especially the public – sector ones …. Public
sector unions have their worst nightmare: Alito is the probable author of forthcoming opinion in Harris v. Quinn . Ouch !

.. the Boss [Roberts] is the likely author of Hobby Lobby . Decent odds for Hobby Lobby , maybe better …

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

… Anyone trust His Lordship to Negotiate on Our Behalf ??!? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 28th,2014

.. I do not …

.. especially after the so – called ” Russian Reset ” and the New Start Treaty . What a sick and disgusting joke . A new president (a Republican one , of course) should have us withdraw from that damn treaty …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..
.. [link] to the interview footage …

.. Dick Cheney is right . Obama negotiated a horrible deal , if you can call it that . That is , if he even gives a damn . you can be sure that Dubya would not even be near something like this …

Posted in personal opinion | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

… Nice Going , Miz Hillary [grilling a rape victim]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 28th,2014

.. gee , nice cheap theatrical stunt ..

.. grilling a 12 – year – old rape victim as a defense lawyer .

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt]..
.. [link] to the blog news ..

.. do something sensible …. like baking cookies …

Posted in accountability, personal opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

… Election NIght [Oklahoma] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,June 27th,2014

.. I missed this one ..

.. Jim Lankford won going away [about 58% to 42%] against state House Speaker TW Shannon . Well , Shannon is still an up – and – comer in OK politics , I believe …

.. Jim Inhofe was renominated for his 4th term in the US Senate . Eventually , once he retires , I think Shannon will be a candidate running for his seat …

Posted in personal opinion | Leave a Comment »