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… Well , Now We Know [#Darren Wilson case]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,March 30th,2015

.. I honestly thought that police officer Darren Wilson might be charged with a crime . I was hoping that I was wrong , but I was not sure …

.. thankfully , I was wrong , Officer Wilson has been cleared in the Michael Brown case ..

.. I hope that the grand jury in the case issues a report . it would make for interesting reading , to be sure …

.. now what happens ?? Will the Federales decide to step in ? Given  the Holder – abused Department of InJustice , I would not bet against it . Holder and his flunkies will certainly try , if they think that they could get away with it …

— update — Patrolman Wilson was not indicted for any of his actions during the Michael Brown case . However , the holder Department  of InJustice has come down hard on the city of Ferguson , Mo for a lot of pablum and puke …

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… I fully and Wholeheartedly Support the Senate GOP letter on the Iran Sanctions process [#tom cotton]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,March 30th,2015

.. i took quite a bit of time on this .

.. yes , I admittedly wanted to examine the fallout . No , that does not mean that I am a chicken . On something this important , I wanted to be sure of my position …

.. I am certain of it , now ..

.. [h/t — Senate.gov]..
.. [link] to the text of the Senate GOP letter ..
.. [link] to a copy of the Senate GOP letter …

.. the ObamaCrap Admininstration needed a wake – up call . To be honest , so did the Senate Democrats . They needed to understand that His Lordship is not the sole voice in U.S. Foreign Policy . Iran may think that POTUS is paramount . Most times , he / she usually is . In this case , however , POTUS holds only part of the power . Congress holds its share …

.. Congress most definitely has a role in this case . This letter remnds His Lordship of that , as much as he may not like it or remember it . Congress regulates interstate commerce [domestic] and international commerce [foreign agreements , treaties] . So POTUS cannot do whatever he / she damn well pleases . Congress has concurrent power , one which cannot be ignored . It is that simple …

.. the reaction has been a real honey . Sure , the Senate Dems [and the House Dems] are really pissed . Who wouldn’t be , but even they cooled their tempers , once they realized what was going on . So , a bipartisan bill is still most definitely in play . Whether His Lordshipp likes it or not . The only question that will remain is the number of votes that it will take to pass the bill [and get a clear veto – proof majority]…

.. here is the  printed text of the letter …

 

An Open Letter to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran:

 

It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system.  Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution—the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices—which you should seriously consider as negotiations progress.
First, under our Constitution, while the president negotiates international agreements, Congress plays the significant role of ratifying them.  In the case of a treaty, the Senate must ratify it by a two-thirds vote.  A so-called congressional-executive agreement requires a majority vote in both the House and the Senate (which, because of procedural rules, effectively means a three-fifths vote in the Senate).  Anything not approved by Congress is a mere executive agreement.
Second, the offices of our Constitution have different characteristics.  For example, the president may serve only two 4-year terms, whereas senators may serve an unlimited number of 6-year terms.  As applied today, for instance, President Obama will leave office in January 2017, while most of us will remain in office well beyond then—perhaps decades.
What these two constitutional provisions mean is that we will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khamenei.  The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.
We hope this letter enriches your knowledge of our constitutional system and promotes mutual understanding and clarity as nuclear negotiations progress.

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… If Loretta Lynch has lost John McCain [#AG nomination]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,March 28th,2015

.. then the effort to confirm her is indeed in deep trouble .

.. the GOP now controls the US Senate . The DemoCraps do not . The DummyCraps can stammer , huff , puff , and try to blow a house down all that they want , but as long as the majority holds firm , Lynch ‘ s nomination will not receive a vote . At the very least , not anytime soon ..

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

.. right now , the nomination is in real trouble . US Sen John McCain [R-Az] has come out openly against her nomination . Much more so is why he did . He has stated specifically that her position on POTUS ‘ so – called Executive Action on Immigration [which came out during questioning for her confirmation hearings] is what made him come out so openly against her …

.. She will not get a vote anytime soon . A good number of committee chairmen are against her . I suspect most of the Senate leadership has decided to vote her nomination down . But the Majority Leader ? That I am not sure of , yet . if he decides to oppose her , then her nomination is effectively dead , no matter how much His Lordship and the Senate DemoCraps protest …

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… Wow , that did not take Long [#Israel Government]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,March 28th,2015

.. well , it looks like PM Bibi was definitely thinking ahead .

.. today came the news that Netanyahu has already secured the majority support that he needs in order to form a new government . It appears to be a fairly strong one at that …

.. [h/t — Politico.com]..
.. [link] to the blog news article ..

.. Netanyahu ‘ s coalition appears to have moderates , as well as the requisite conservatives and ultra – Orthodox . It also gives him a significant margin of safety , in case one of the parties wants to take a walk . A coalition of 68 is good , but a coalition of 72 or 73 would be better …

.. as to Labour [and Issac Hertzog] . PM Bibi could well form a ” national government . ” That one could include the current case , in addition to Labour . Bibi could offer a siginifcant posting , such as the Foreign Ministry , to Hertzog . Such a move would be daring [and more moderate] . It would also be scary …

.. why ? because he would be thinking ahead to possible military action against Iran . A national government would be very helpful , with his political ” enemies ” inside the tent , instead of outside of it …

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… Do Not Confirm Loretta Lynch [#US AG]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,March 27th,2015

.. she is not qualified for the job .

.. there are waaay too many questions about her conduct on the job as US Atty in the Eastern District of New York [Brooklyn] . She has conduct far too many questionable actions as the people ‘ s atty for her to be able to be confirmed as AG .

.. [h/t — Newsmax.com]..
.. [link] to the blog column ..

.. there is also a much bigger question . She was questioned by members of the US Senate during her so – called confirmation hearings . Before the first of the year [while the DemoCraps controlled the Senate] , Dingy Harry Reid & Co could have easily pushed her nomination through . It would have been a honey of a battle , but it could have been done . However , Dingy Harry & Co demurred from the fight . I am not sure as to why …

.. The capstone on her lack of qualification for the office is an answer to a question during her confirmation hearings . Senator Jeff Sessions [R-Al] posed to her a question about His Lordship ‘ s alleged ” Executive Action ” on immigration . Lynch could have dodged the question , or said that she did not support the action . However , she did not . She said that what POTUS had done is both legal and constitutional .

.. For a prospective AG to do that on an issue that is clearly both illegal and unconstitutional makes her patently unqualified to be Attorney General of the United States . There are also other far more qualified candidates …

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.. Ted Cruz is Running for President ?? [#now ?]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,March 24th,2015

.. am I surprised ? to be honest , no .

.. Cruz has an outsized ego . He also possesses an enormous amount of ability . But running for POTUS now ? …

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

.. I think that [eventually] he can make a very good President . He obviously wants the job . He knows why he wants the job . But , is it his time ? …

.. to be honest , no . The GOP field is shaping up to be a cast of thousands . It will be very , very difficult for anyone but the top candidates to raise money , much less to get noticed …

.. Unlike most folks , Cruz does not have those kind of problems . He can gain free publicity like crazy . He is already very well – known . He is an excellent fundraiser , which will give him an above – average shot at the nomination . Some good luck would also be helpful …

.. we will see what happens …

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… No , Dummies [#Cotton vs. Schieffer]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,March 23rd,2015

.. US Senator Tom Cotton [R-Ar] was on deFace the Nation the other Sunday to defend himself and his fellow Republicans in the Senate …

.. Cotton and the GOP were somewhat on the defensive , due to their public letter sent to the mullahs in Qum over the proposed Iran Nuclear deal …

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

.. Tom Cotton gave a well – thought out and reasoned defense to what the GOP Senators did by stepping into the negotiating effort in order to stop a bad deal . I agree with him and his colleagues and what they did …

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… Trey Gowdy is Right [#Congress]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,March 22nd,2015

.. it is not up to Miz Hillary to decide what is private and what is public ..

.. [h/t — RealClearPolitics.com]..
.. [link] to the interview video …

.. it is up to the Government to decide . She should turn over her server to the Governemnt , immediately . If she does not , then it should be seized under a judicial order and judicial warrant …

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… The Impact of the Israeli Election [#US – Israel]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,March 22nd,2015

.. the ObamaCraps cannot be too thrilled with this .

.. they wanted Bibi out the door , and very , very badly . losing this election has to hurt …

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

.. one thing that they have to realize . Any kind of ” deal ” with Iran will not tie Israel ‘ s hands in dealings with the mullahs in Qum . If Israel feels that Iran will get the bomb , then the decision will be IN Jerusalem ‘ s hands , not Washington ‘ s . PM Bibi will then have to make a terrible choice …

.. to go , or not to go . but he will not hesitate to make the decision , whatever it is …

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… Well , Bibi just not jusT Win [#israel Election 2015]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,March 20th,2015

.. he won big …

.. when I post the chart below , it will show you that Bibi has emerged from this election much stronger than before . Not slightly stronger . much stronger …

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

.. the Israeli Right won an impressive election victory . Bibi will have no trouble forming a coalition of around 68 to 70 MKs . It leaves out the 24 MKs of labour , and the 13 Mks of the Israeli Arab bloc …

.. the last time , Likud actually finished with 1 fewer seat THAN the kadima – Labour coalition …. This time , Likud finished with 6 more seats than Labour.. israel election results 2015

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… The Impact of the israeli Election [#Bibi]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,March 20th,2015

.. Bibi will likely be returned to power .

.. however , it is fairly clear that he has had his time in Israeli politics . He is likely to be serving his last term in office …

.. the question is what type of coalition :

.. [h/t — Breitbart.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post news ..

.. one , a narrow conservative coalition . It would not be all that stable , and would be vulnerable to blackmail by factions …

.. two , a grand coalition with Bibi as PM , but with labour providing the parliamentary strength , in numbers . this one would be much closer to a national overnment , especially if Bibi [and Herzog] have an attack on iran in mind . Any assault on Iran is going to draw in the U.S. , and they have to know that …

.. a ” grand coalition ” would also limit likud ‘ s policy manuveuring . In order to entice Labour , Likud would have to make some policy concessions . Some they would be able to make , others they would not be to threilled about making …

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… Bibi Wins !! [#but barely]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,March 18th,2015

.. yea , Bibi apparantely as PM . However , it was not easy .

.. it was a come – from behind performance . About a week ago , it appeared that the Labour – led coalition was going to win , 26 seats to 22 . But , not so ..

.. It appears that Likud has won as many as 29 seats in its victory . It was a narrow victory , but it was still a victory nonetheless …

.. [h/t — Breitbart.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post ..

.. now comes the impact of the election …

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… An Arrest in Ferguson [#cop – related shooting]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,March 17th,2015

.. given the tendencies of the radicals who are protesting , why am I not surprised ?? …

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

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… Today is Election Day [ #Israel]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,March 17th,2015

.. well , the day one has looked forward to has arrived ..

.. Irael votes . It will elect all 120 members of the Knesset . No , no party will win an absolute majority . Israel ‘ s democratic system is designed to diffuse power , so a coalition will need to be formed ..

.. the question is , is who will be the leading figure in that coalition . Will PM Bibi Netanyahu be returned to power , or will Israelis turn to someone else > I am not sure …

.. I think that Bibi will win . I believe that he has performed admirably while in office . It has not helped that he has had to deal with a hostile Administration in D.C. . That the ObamaCraps have come out against Bibi will actually help him , instead of hurt him , as the ObamaCraps would like …

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… the Big Problem [#Univ of Oklahoma]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,March 14th,2015

.. is that the stupid , racist , bigoted idiocy of these morons makes all of us Greeks [in my case , Sigma Phi Epsilon] look bad …

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

.. it also gives the campus radicals ammo in which to suppress the Greek System . It is a system that has done so much good through so many years in so many places ….

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… Nice Going , Dummies [#Univ of Ok]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,March 13th,2015

.. you might wonder , why ?? …

.. because , in this day and age , in particular , even idiots and bigots have rights …

.. even more so because of the wAY The ObamaCraps are abusing the University disciplinary system . They are tryii ng to rig it for their own evil and disgraceful purposeses .So , you cannot just sit back and take things lying down …

.. remember the recent rape episode at the University of Virginia ? Eh , I thought that you might . An entire fraternity got railroaded by the system , until the news article that spawned it [in Rolling Stone , I think] was thoroughly discredited …

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

.. I am a proud fraternity man and graduate . I am a Sigma Phi Epsilon man , thank you very much . So I am very , very proud of the Greek system and what it represents .

.. these idiots are bigots , pure and simple . They deserve to be shunned . Whether they deserve to be kicked out of the University of Oklahoma is another matter , entirely . By the by …

.. O.U. is a state school . So , these guys have rights . Yeah , even bigots have rights , even the right to make a colossal idiot of themselves . However , if you want to get rid of them , then do it by the rules . You do not summarily dismiss them , as O.U. President David Boren has done . That move has opened O.U up to a honey of a damage suit …

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… My Read — Kennedy is on the Plaintiff ‘ s Side [#King v Burwell]..

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,March 11th,2015

.. well , the arguments were only a couple of days ago . The arguments are in the book …

.. to be honest , the Government is in big trouble ..

.. [h/t — m.NationalReview.com]..
.. [link] to the blog article …

.. two reasons . Anthony Kennedy . Steven Breyer .

.. Kennedy is a very likely vote for the plaintiff ‘ s side in the case . That would give the plaintiffs 5 solid votes , and would sink the government ‘ s boat . The other is Associate Justice Breyer . Yes , Steven Breyer is a liberal . But he is a thoughtful and reasoned liberal …

.. he is a real possible vote for the plaintiffs in this case . If he does , he will likely write a concurring opinion , depending on who writes the majority opinion . if he is pissed , he will concur in the judgement , but he beef in his own opinion for his own reasons …

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… The Prosecution Has a Problem [#Michael Brown Case]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,March 9th,2015

.. one is conflicting testimony . That is always a headache . you almost always have a war between the witnessessess for the prosecution and the witnesses for the defense …

.. what is their perspective ?? whom do you believe ?!?1 …

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

.. the big problem for the prosecution is going to be the forensics . Michael Brown provoked the confrontation , that is clear . He was the aggressor , and attacked Ptl Darren Wilson in his cruiser . He even tried to take his gun , and fired it , as well …

.. Ptl. Wilson was seriously injured , and felt that his life was threatened . The big question will be is the use of force excessive , given that the officer was injured , and was seriously challenged for his weapon ….

.. that will not be an easy question for the grand jury to answer . I can see them indicting Darren Wilson , and for the use of excessive force . But , I realistically cannot see a (petit) trial jury convicting him of the charges . The situation is too amorphous , and Brown was clearly provoking the situation ….

— update — the Department of InJustice has effectively cleared Darren Wilson . In fact , he  was effectively exonerated . Now , the question is …

.. where does he go to get his reputation back ?!?!…

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… Wisconsin and Right to Work [#pass a bill]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,March 5th,2015

.. it looks like that it is a done deal .

.. fortunately , Wisconsin is not a petition / referendum state . If it were , then the pro – labour forces could seek its repeal at the polls . Fortunately for Wisconsin , it is not so . Once the legislature passes the bill , and the Governor signs it into law , then it would become the 25th right to work state …

.. [h/t — Yahoo.com/News]..
.. [link] to the news piece ..

.. great for them . It will allow their workers a great deal more freedom from the tyranny from big labour bosses , and allow them to keep much more of their paychecks . Ergo , then the choice on whether or not to join a union becomes theirs , not the labour union ‘ s . They will not be forced to join a union local against their will …

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… Uh Oh Rahm [#runoff in Chicago]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,March 5th,2015

.. whoops ! …

.. you would figure that his royal highness would be a shoo – in for re – election as Mayor of Chicago . It is not as if that he has done a good job . He has not really done a good job at all . But his chief competition , Chicago Teachers Union leader Karen Lewis , is seriously ill , and did not run . So , Rahm should have won in a walk , Right ?! …

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

.. Wrong ! …

.. as it is , Mayor Rahm faces a real problem in Cook Cty Commissioner Jesus [Chuy] Garcia . Garcia is no real bright light bulb , but Latinos are a growing part of the electorate , displacing blacks …

.. many are Dems , but only a bare majority . Some are independents , and a siginifican minority are in the GOP . So Rahm has a serious problem , especially for Chicago . How to assemble a winning coalition ??…

.. it will not be that easy …

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… What was Neal Patrick Harris thinking ? [#tasteless Oscar joke]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,March 4th,2015

.. unfortunately , it was part of a pattern of poor [and in bad taste] comments ..

.. Harris has recovered from the post – Doogie Howser slump to become a big acting and comedy star . However , it does not give him license to make an ass of himself on the stage …

.. [h/t — RealClearPolitics.com/video]..
.. [link] to the Oscar speech …

.. I think that the Film Academy will give Harris another shot at next year ‘ s Oscars . Hopefully , he will fire his writing team , and work his buns off to do better …

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… Today is A – Day [#Argument Day]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,March 4th,2015

.. yep , it is Argument Day .

.. today , arguments are held at the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of King v Burwell . Yep , it is another ObamaCrapCare care ..

.. except in this case , it is damn serious . Given the actions of the Government , and , in particular , the Infernal Revenue Service , it is absolutely critical ….

.. the Government feels that they can re – write and re – interpret statutes as they see fit . No , they cannot . The precedent that was set in the ruling Chevron v NRDC [commonly called ” Chevron Deference] . The government has some latitude , but only so much latitude in calling a spade a spade . In other words , they cannot engage in creative writing by rewriting and reinterpreting a statute …

.. Professor Jon Adler [of CWRU] and Michael Cannon [of the Cato Institute] really hit a home run when they did the ground – breaking research on their paper . They really hit the nail on the head . The government went too far …

.. now , it is up to the U.S. Supreme Court . One part of the decision is to make the tough decision . The Government royally screwed up . Someone needs to hold them to account for it . The other is to actually hold the government to account …

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… Today is B – Day [#Bibi]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,March 3rd,2015

.. yep , it is today ..

.. today is Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu ‘ s speech to a Joint Meeting of Congress . Yes , it is only a Joint Meeting . Why ? …

.. by Congressional tradition , only POTUS [even this louse] can speak to a Joint Session of both Houses of Congress . No one else . Everyone else , no matter who it is , speaks to a Joint Meeting of the Houses …

.. once I have it , I will post [hopefully of good quality] a video of Bibi ‘ s speech . It is important , damned important , in the debate over any possible nuclear agreement with the Mullahs in Qum [Iran] …

.. more on this , later …

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… So Rand Paul won the CPAC straw poll [#whoopie]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,March 2nd,2015

.. yea , you heard me .

.. no big deal .

.. the CPAC straw poll just does not carry all that much cachet . It never really has , unlike the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa …

.. The Ames Poll is only done once every four years . Both parties do it , although the party poobahs wish that they did not have to do it . The guys and gals with the $$ reeducate them every year that the poll is also a terrific fundraiser for each party …

.. also , certain parties [read : the Paul family] are notorious for actively campaigning at the CPAC poll . They bus in supporters so that they can control the polling audience at the event …

.. also , CPAC is a terrific recruiting tool for the young conservative crowd . However , it makes the CPAC demo highly unrepresentative . Ames is not a great deal better , but it is closer to what the parties want …

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