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… Bravo , Bobby Jindal ! [#slamming POTUS]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,June 30th,2015

.. POTUS ‘ comments on the Charleston shooting deserved to be slammed . There is a time and a place to bring up issues of public policy . Now is not the time , however ..

.. Governor Bobby Jindal [R – La] nailed His Lordship right on his scalp , right where he deserved to be hit , for his shameless antics on gun control …

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

.. nicely put ! ..

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… Greece is Hanging on the Precipice [#financial disaster]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,June 30th,2015

.. Greece could soon be on its own , without the help of the E.U. …

.. I think that the E.U. has reached the end of the line with Greece . They have negotiated and manuveured with the Tsipras Government , but to no avail . Now the Greeks have set forth a July 5th referendum on the reforms that the E.U. wants Greece to adopt . So , what happens now …

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

.. at the least , Greece will be in default to the I.M.F. . This is a situation that will be unprecedented in international finance . It is a very good question about what the I.M.F. is going to do about it …

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… A Major Victory for Property Rights [#US Supreme Court][#Horne v Dept of Ag]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,June 29th,2015

.. what came up at the US Supreme Court recently in Horne v. Department of Agriculture …

.. The Horne family is one of raisin growers . Many of our agricultural products have been subject to what are called ” marketing orders ” since the Depression – era programs of the late 1930s . What they do is ” take ” a portion of the grower ‘ s product , and use it to ” stabilize ” the market ..

.. what has never been quite established is that these ” marketing orders ” are takings under our US Constitution under the Fifth Amendment . Yes , the Fifth Amendment , remember the second clause ..

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

.. what the Supreme Court decided [and , as usual , the media butchered] is that yes , these marketing orders are a taking ..

.. Carrie Severino of National Review puts it better ..

The Court had to address three questions to decide whether this constituted a taking, and on this question, eight justices were in agreement.

First, it determined whether the Constitution’s Takings Clause, the text of which simply addresses “private property,” covers only real estate, or whether it also covers personal property (like the raisins in this case). The Court rightly held that the words “private property” are broad enough to cover property in general, so “the Government has a categorical duty to pay just compensation when it takes your car, just as when it takes your home.” This reading is particularly sensible in light of history, including Revolutionary War-era appropriations of personal property that angered the colonists and likely inspired the constitutional protections. The Chief even cited the understanding of property in the Magna Carta, which just last week celebrated its 800th birthday.

The second question for the Court was whether a contingent residual interest in the property was enough to compensate growers for the taking. In this case, after the raisins were disposed of (in various noncompetitive markets or even given away), growers were paid their share of any net proceeds – often less than the cost of producing the crop or nothing at all. The Court held that the speculative possibility of a payment at a later date was not sufficient to save the scheme. Law students will recall that even forcible installation of a cable box on a rooftop constitutes a taking due (presumably small) compensation. In light of that precedent, it’s hard to see why losing control over how one’s crop is used wouldn’t be a taking. Under the USDA’s program, the government takes title to (full legal ownership of) the raisins and has the right to dispose of them however it wants. Any residual funds paid to growers would simply be accounted to the “just compensation” due for such a taking.

It’s significant that the physical taking of the raisins was key to the Court’s result on both these questions. While many have decried the burden that purely regulatory takings place on the economy, the Court’s decision explicitly distinguishes this case from that sort of taking. So the answer may have come out differently if, for example, growers were simply limited in the ways they could use their raisins rather than having their raisins physically “appropriated” from them and title given to the government. That case will have to wait for another term.

The third question considered by the Court was whether the raisin-confiscation scheme was still a taking despite the fact that it was a “condition on permission to engage in commerce.” The government was arguing, in effect, that the raisin growers opted into this scheme voluntarily in exchange for being allowed to sell their crop at all. But Chief Justice Roberts wrote that saying “let them sell wine” (the vintner’s equivalent of “let them eat cake”) is cold comfort and anyway outside the government’s authority. While the government can require compliance with safety regulations for sellers of pesticides,

Selling produce in interstate commerce, although certainly subject to reasonable government regulation, is . . . not a special governmental benefit that the Government may hold hostage, to be ransomed by the waiver of constitutional protection.

As the Chief put it, “[r]aisins are not dangerous pesticides; they are a healthy snack.” And selling normal agricultural products shouldn’t require farmers to go to the government with hat in hand.

But even a wine cellar can’t reach the chilling effects of the government‘s asserted entitlement to control of the growers’ property. While the government had the good sense not to endorse the Ninth Circuit’s attempts to limit the Fifth Amendment to protecting real property, it showed little respect for property owners. Its arguments suggested that Americans should have to ask permission from their benevolent overlords to be allowed to enter the marketplace at all. The government argued that being allowed to “keep the change” after a third party disposed of nearly half the annual crop was equivalent to retaining full ownership of the literal fruit of one’s labors.

The 5-4 section of the opinion dealt with whether the Hornes had received just compensation for their raisins. The Chief held that the value of the grapes had already been established by the government itself when it assessed a nearly half-million dollar fine on the Hornes as the value of the grapes they refused to release to federal agents. The case was thus neatly resolved by simply canceling out the fine imposed by the government.

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… So What ?! Scott Walker does not have a College Degree [#boorishness]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,June 26th,2015

.. so what .

.. Walker has plenty of managerial experience , executive experience [Wisconsin Governor , Milwaukee County Executive] , and political experience [the hard way] . We have had Presidents will little formal education [such as Washington and Lincoln] who have turned out just fine …

.. [h/t — m.Newsbusters.org]..
.. [link] to the blog post // interview segment …

.. and there are others who have lots of formal education that have turned out to be real stinkers …

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… Fredericka Whitlield should be suspended [ #CNN]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,June 23rd,2015

.. what she said was unpardonable and is unforgivable …

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

.. she needs to pay a price for her indiscretion …

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… It could Be Worse [#Voter ID in Ohio]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,June 22nd,2015

.. I reviewed James O ‘Keefe ‘ s footage on his recent trip to N.C. …

.. to be honest , it scares me ..

.. in Ohio , if you update your signature , and then you request a ballot [for one reason or another] , you can defeat the system …

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

.. you do that , you can defeat the system . You can request an early ballot , or go to the polls on Election Day …

.. that really bothers me …

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… on the Charleston shooting [#9 matyrs]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,June 22nd,2015

.. what a horrible , gawd awful tragedy ..

.. the height of immorality and hate ..

.. these souls were studying the Holy Bible during the work week , and then ….

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

.. a number of these family members have forgiven the gunmen . I am not sure that I could if I were in a similar position , to be honest . The pain for me would just be far too great ..

.. but I would try to find a way …

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… Greece is Staring into the Abyss [#financial crisis]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 21st,2015

.. well , the Greeks are facing into the deep ..

.. and they are in big trouble ..

.. right now they and the EMU are playing the equivalent of financial chicken . Greece wants relief and its debt burden and on its terms . The EMU wants Greece in effect to bend to its will . At the rate things are going , everyone is going to lose …

.. [h/t — DailyTElegraph.co.uk]..

.. [link] to  the news article …

.. so why all of this inane behavior …

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… It tells You a lot about Rachel Dolezal [#fraud]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 20th,2015

.. when she is outed by her own family ..

.. Her own parents outed her on nationwide TV on many networks all thru the last week . But it was not just them ..

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

.. it was her own brother . Ezra Dolezal , 22 , is adopted . Ezra also happens to be black . He also has an adopted sister who is also black . So he knows what he is talking about …

.. Rachel asked Ezra to not ” blow her cover . ” So you can just easily tell from that that Rachel Dolezal was actively trying to perpetuate and perpetrate a monstrous fraud ..

.. but , was she the only one ..

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… Greece is Staring into the Abyss [#financial crisis]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 20th,2015

.. is it a place where it wants to go ?? …

.. basically the EMU and Greece are playing the equivalent of financial chicken . Greece wants debt relief and relief on its terms , while the EMU wants Greece to surrender to its will ..

.. [h/t — DailyTelegraph.co.uk]..
.. [link] to the news article ..

.. whatever happens , it will not be good , not for anyone …

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… The Duggars ‘ Interview [#the Kelly File]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 14th,2015

.. I wanted to include the interview that Megyn Kelly had on her show [the Kelly File] with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar …

.. yes , I know that what has happened with their son , Josh is controversial . Yes , he is a pervert . But they took the lead in trying to heal their son . They did so in particular because two of their daughters [Josh ‘ s own sisters] were among the victims . Also , because the action was apparantely inappropriate touching , not actual sexual molestation …

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

.. yes , I watched the whole interview . I found what Josh did was immoral and grossly distasteful . But it was dealt with in the juvenile justice system . The contents of which are , under law , supposed to remain confidential , and , also not subject to the state FOIA law …

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… POTUS should be Ashamed of Himself [#King v Burwell]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 14th,2015

.. unfortunately , knowing him , he won’t be ..

.. when His Lordship was at the G – 7 meeting in Germany the other week , he held a press conference for the assembled reporters . he figured that he could bamboozle the foreigners , and limit the questions from the American ones . Well, it did not exactly work out that way ..

.. when a foreign reporter [from the Times of London] put through a question about the US Supreme Court and the case of King v. Burwell , Dumb – Dumb did not exactly stick to the script . He should have been mealy mouthed , deferential , and short . He was not …

.. [h/t — m.NationalReview.com]..
.. [link] to the column heading ..

.. well , he was an arrogant ass .He was arrogant and dismissive towards both the folks on the other side of the issue . He was worse towards SCOTUS as a whole , and towards individual justices [by ad – hominem attack on the issue] ..

.. those appearances off – script have gotten POTUSes into no end of trouble . Obama is no exception . He thinks that he has the political high ground , no matter what . He is grossly mistaken , and he will find it out the hard way in regretting it ..

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… This is Damned Suspicious [#Argentine Prosecutor Death]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 14th,2015

.. do you really believe that this guy committed suicide . No , I did not think so …

.. this guy was evidently a law – and – order hardcase . Because of that , he and his investigative team posed a real threat to the government of Christina Kirschner > So , conveniently , he OFFed himself ?!?! yeah , right …

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

.. hopefully , there are more Argentines like him . if the Kirschner Government is in fact really guilty of corruption , abuse of power , or other offenses , then those allegations deserve to get a thorough airing . Most of all , they sure as hell do not deserve to be covered up , as it tends to happen in Argentina …

.. hopefuuly , soon , the people of Argentina are going to have a serious day of reckoning with the Kirschners and their cronies . Then , Argentina can truly get a government worthy of the possibilities of this grand country . Instead , it tens to get stuck with a corrupt kleptocracy , with often fails them …

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… Recep Erdogan has been partly defanged [#Turkish politics]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,June 12th,2015

.. Erdogan has been the master of Turkey and its politics for over 15 years . He has a giant ego , and fashions himself the master of returning Turkey to its former greatness . But now he has stumbled …

.. Turkey just recently had elections for its parliament . Now Erdogan has a serious problem , however …

.. [h/t — FinancialTimes.com]..
.. [link] to the news article …

.. Erdogan is Turkey ‘ s president . His office carries with it quite a bit of power , but not enough for what he wants to do . So that is why Erdogan and his party , the Truth and Justice Party , or [AKP] called the elections . They thought that they would win a much larger majority . If they had , they could have turned Turkey into an authoritarian dictatorship , effectively ..

.. Well , it backfired . Erdogan ‘ s party lost its majority , and soundly . Not only that , the leftish Kurdish Workers Party [KDH] entered parliament for the first time , with 13 % of the vote …

.. now it is a question of who forms a government , and how . Erdogan [as President] controls the choice , at first . But if it is clear that his AKP cannot form a government , then he will have to turn to the opposition …

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… At least Canadian PM Steven Harper gets it [#War on Terrorism]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,June 7th,2015

.. Harper made an address to Canadians nationwide the other evening , laying out the battle ahead in terms that they can understand …

.. the forces of Islamic radicalism have declared war on Western Civilization . We cannot ignore it , nor avoid it , so it is time to get real …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop.com]..
.. [link] to the speech segment …

.. it would be nice if the idiots in the ObamaCrap Administration would get with the program , too …

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… I Agree [#reauthorize the Patriot Act]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 6th,2015

.. the Patroit Act is a necessary element of our nation ‘ s security ..

.. it needs to be renewed , without delay ..

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

.. yes , there are some necessary changes . Section 215 needs to be clarified , for example , to allow for the metadata program . The metadata program is a very worthy program , and it needs to be made clear that it is wanted , needed , desired , and is constitutional …

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… Thank You , Bob Schieffer [#CBS News]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 6th,2015

.. Bob Schieffer retired the other day [a Sunday] after nearly 60 years in journalism . Also , he moderated his last broadcast after 24 years at ” deface the Nation . ”

.. unlike many of the biased and bigoted practicioners of the snooze at CBS , Schieffer was a real pro ‘ s pro . You could never really tell what his philosophical leanings throughout his career . Which is the way it should be ..

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

.. from this blogger to Mr. Schieffer , I wanted to give him best wishes and a big Thank You ! ..

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… the ObamaCraps Stand Down [#Texas v US]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,June 5th,2015

.. you may ask why ?? good question ..

.. simple — they were going to lose , and lose big time ..

.. right now , the ObamaCrap Department of InJustice is going back to the drawing board . They need to deal with the merits of the case . However , they are skating on the grounds of very , very thin ice with the District Court judge . The conduct of the Injustice Department has been absolutely horrid , and at the way things are going , they have to be very , very careful , or the whole case could end being ” stricken , ” or , in effect , being tossed out in toto …

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

.. So , what do the ObamaCraps do now ? More deviltry , no doubt . These idiots behave by the Saul Alinsky book of political anarchy , so more monkeyshines are in store , no doubt . The federal court cases , though , could be in danger if they do go at it again …

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… It is Worse than That [#Cops in Baltimore]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,June 4th,2015

.. Baltimore cops have had it bad ..

.. but it is worse than that ..

.. they have been effectively disarmed as a force . They cannot effectively use their arms to protect themselves or protect the community without being second – guessed or third – guessed by others . In an environment like that , how can they do their jobs in any matter that can serve the community …

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

.. so, either the politicians are going to have to make some tough decisions , or the City of Baltimore and Baltimore County are going to go through hell before things get better …

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… Well , His Lordship Loses Again [#exec action][#immigration][#appeals court]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,June 2nd,2015

.. yep , he lost again ..

.. in a 2 to 1 decision , POTUS had his request for the injunction on his policy change on DAPA [and DACA] to be lifted . The court heard the request . The court majority [the 2 judges] said no ..

.. they said that there was no reason to lift the injunction [it was granted properly] . Also , the case for which the injuction that was granted is still at the district court level . Judge Andrew Hanen of the 5th Circuit still has the case in his court . Also was it most important is whether the Government has the possibility of winning the case on the merits …

.. [h/t — McClatchyDC.com]..
.. [link] to the news story ..

.. the court said the likelihood was no .

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