Obama Just Made Free Speech A Felony…

Obama recently signed a bill that gave the Secret Service the right to arrest and charge people at random with a felony.

The bill known as  HR 347 passed through Congress with little objection from either party and was signed by Obama.

In short, anyone protesting in the vicinity of the president or anyone the president deems must be protected by the Secret Service can be arrested on the spot and convicted of a felony. Part of the reason they can is that the Secret Service can decide that an area or building where someone in their protection is at is a “restricted area”; and inside that area, they can arrest you for heckling or protesting Obama. If you are convicted of protesting inside this restricted area or building, you can be sentenced up to ten years in a federal prison, or even sent to Guantanamo.

Before any of you decide that you have to run to Snopes to disprove this is even possible, here is their link….SNOPES HR 347

Snopes, in a hissy fit of credibility, decided to punt this one to a bunch of various legal types, including the ACLU, and then gave it a “Mixture” rating–meaning that it is partly true/partly false in the eyes of the liberal hosts that run Snopes.

Basically, I think they were covering their backsides on this one.

According to them, Gabe Rottman of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office opined that this bill did in fact made it easier for the Secret Service to abuse this statute:

H.R. 347 did make one noteworthy change, which may make it easier for the Secret Service to overuse or misuse the statute to arrest lawful protesters. 

Without getting too much into the weeds, most crimes require the government to prove a certain state of mind. Under the original language of the law, you had to act “willfully and knowingly” when committing the crime. In short, you had to know your conduct was illegal. Under H.R. 347, you will simply need to act “knowingly,” which here would mean that you know you’re in a restricted area, but not necessarily that you’re committing a crime. 

Any time the government lowers the intent requirement, it makes it easier for a prosecutor to prove her case, and it gives law enforcement more discretion when enforcing the law.

Think about what he just said: if you know you are in a restricted area and protest Obama, it is not necessary for the government to prove that you knew you were committing a crime, only that you knew where you were or that whoever you were protesting was there.

That, my friends, is what Snopes defines as a middle-of-the-road verdict.

Remember this episode?

Code Pink “willingly and knowingly” illegally crashed the Republican Convention and attempted to rush the stage where Senator John McCain was giving his acceptance speech. The previous version of this statute written in 1971 was in full force at the time, and it was the Secret Service’s responsibility to not only protect John McCain but to arrest Medea Benjamin (the founder of Code Pink) for her actions.

It didn’t happen; the real question is when will Obama use this bill to remove and ARREST anyone who protests him around the country?

If you are Code Pink, one of Obama’s biggest bundlers, you can rest assured that you will be gently asked to leave and escorted to the door.

Let’s just say Code Pink won’t be invited to any Easter Egg rolls on the White House lawn any time soon.

But if you are a member of the Tea Party,  you might be going to jail…


Video: Arizona GOP Group Censures Senator John McCain

The Maricopa County Republican Party has voted overwhelmingly to censure Senator John McCain (R-AZ).

Members of the group feel the senator has failed to stand behind the Republican Party’s principles and crossed the aisle and voted with Democrats too many times. The vote was 1,150 for the censure and 351 against.

What About John (McCain)?

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At a time when most of the American public is veering towards isolationism, not wanting to get involved in any more distant wars, Senator John McCain wears his neoconservative values like his Medal of Honor. Does the 2008 Presidential candidate still have a place in Washington?
John McCain doesn’t like the Tea Party, which may seem ironic seeing as he introduced the world to one of the movement’s pioneers, Sarah Palin. Indeed, one of the Republican Party’s most prominent junior senators, Ted Cruz of Texas, has stated, “I would not be in the U.S. Senate today if it were not for Sarah Palin.” Now, however, Ted Cruz is one of several vocal Republicans that McCain has referred to as “wacko birds” and, while McCain still refrains from criticizing his former Alaskan running mate, the two often find their views on what the future of America should look like diametrically opposed.
On Syria, McCain seemed to be one of the few Republicans who wholeheartedly supported the rebels, despite the fact that a very large number of those fighting Bashar al-Assad were fundamentalist Muslims not so different from Al-Qaeda–a group McCain pledged to pursue to the “gates of hell” in 2007. In a surprising September 2013 interview on Fox News, McCain defended a video of Syrian rebels shouting “Allahu Akbar”, claiming that the battle cry, which literally means ‘God is great’ or ‘God is the greatest’, was the same as Christians saying “Thank God!” On the other hand, Sarah Palin, in response to the Syria conflict, wrote a Facebook post entitled “let Allah sort it out”.
Indeed, unlike John McCain, most conservatives today are not too keen on seeing America embroiled in the politics of some far-flung world region. McCain’s most recent appearance in Ukraine, which has been subject to mass protests since Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign an agreement with the European Union, shows the senator’s apparent Cold War mentality. In the occupied main square of Kiev, the country’s capital, McCain took a public jab at Russia, stating “the destiny you seek lies in Europe” (in other words, in the West and not with Russia.) He even warned those listening that the U.S. could take “concrete action” against Yanukovych’s government if any efforts were made to take back the public space and buildings that protestors have been occupying for weeks.
Well-worn East vs. West remarks such as these are not only out of line with geopolitical realities (Ukraine is a country that is very attached to both Western Europe and Russia), but is also out of line with the kind of foreign policy that most Americans want. The U.S. is currently directly engaged in two wars that cost billions of dollars our country does not have. Most conservatives would probably prefer that the U.S. concentrate on creating jobs rather than using money borrowed from the Chinese to maintain futile campaigns in the Middle East. According to a 2011 Gallup Poll, the three most important issues to Republican voters are the economy, the federal budget deficit, and unemployment in that order.
In a recent New York Times Magazine article on McCain, the war veteran admits to questioning whether he is too old for the Senate, and whether he is out of line with the dominant currents among today’s conservative voters. There is no doubt that John McCain is still a leader in the Republican Party, though perhaps not the ‘maverick’ he once billed himself as. The real question is, as McCain declares war on Tea Party Republicans like Ted Cruz, who is likely to win?

Disabled Military Retirees Betrayed By Gutless Republicans

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This week, the Senate voted across party lines to pass a bill that would reduce the cost of living adjustment (COLA) for military retirees, including disabled retirees and survivors. The Washington Free Beacon reported that a provision in the Ryan-Murray budget agreement no longer exempts disabled retirees and survivors. The original agreement stated that “This would not affect service members who retired because of disability or injury.” After the bill passed the House, the new summary removed the exemption granted to disabled retirees and survivors. It would be too easy to accuse just one party of this chicanery; for remember, this was a bipartisan effort endorsed by Mr. Obama.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has been desperately trying to prevent the cut in COLA for military retirees by advocating the halting of entitlements and tax refunds for illegal immigrants. Sen. Sessions pointed out to his colleagues that “It’s not correct, and it should not happen.” For the Democrats, vets and spouses are easy targets, like stealing candy from a baby on Christmas morning. Instead of cutting welfare benefits and tax emptions to illegal immigrants and other entitlement abusers, the GOP establishment and Democrats will gladly take the money from the vets and families. They need the money to pay for the new budget while leaving civilian employees’ and other (intentional) deadbeats’ COLAs intact.

Technical Error?
Sen. Murray said “I want to make absolutely sure today that they know that a provision included in this deal that mistakenly included disabled retirees and survivors for changes in the pension growth will be addressed in short order following passage of this bill.”  Her only mistake was that the bill wasn’t written in cursive, so the low information voter wouldn’t be able to read it. The omission had to be deliberate. It is too big a blunder to be a “technical error.” All amendments proposed to eliminate cuts were blocked by Democrats. Sen. Murray argued that any attempt to amend the deal was an effort by Republicans to kill the entire bill. The lying Murray knew all along.

Spineless Republicans of both houses quickly caved in fear of another shutdown. They would rather screw the vets, like the ones who tore down the barriers during the Obama-orchestrated shutdown. The Democrats were only doing what they do best–retaliating against anyone who stands up to them. And the establishment GOP was too ready to join them. Instead of saying no, Congressman Ryan caved to well-known Osama bin Laden supporter Sen. Patty Murray.

News analysts have been debating that either the Republicans are too shell-shocked from negative press, or they may actually agree with the Democrats on cutting military retirement benefits to fund Obamacare for the deadbeats. I tend to think the later; to quote Sen. John McCain, “We cannot have continued increases in costs and benefits forever because of our inability to fund our national security.” This will be the man who will write the bill eliminating medical benefits for retirees, spouses, and VA patients.

Should Obamacare Be A “Teachable Moment”

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Despite the loud trumpeting of the losers who are trying to defend the indefensible, the failure of the Obamacare websites was NOT brought about by either too many people trying to use them or a vast right wing conspiracy.

It was brought about by poor design, influenced by politics, and no end to end testing.

Put another way, if these people had been running the show when we went to the moon, they would have skipped Projects Mercury and Gemini and gone right to a Project Apollo moon shot in 1962, despite the fact we hadn’t even tested the Saturn rocket that made it possible.

And they would have gotten the same results they just got with Obamacare, except that there would have been three dead astronauts.  (For those of you under 50, we did land on the moon in 1969.)

Building an e-commerce website is not rocket science.

Google, Apple, Amazon, and Pro Flowers, among others, are names you see on this publication’s website often, either because we have a business relationship with them or they provide services for us. They are the gold standard in e-commerce because they have international points of presence and their sites work as advertised.  They also have one other thing in common.

None of them were only tested for two weeks.

So, asking the logical question, why was the Obamacare site built by a contractor from Canada without assistance from the gold standard in American technology?  Was it because there were political considerations?  If so, what were those considerations?

It would appear that close to a billion (with a B) dollars was expended.

As Democrat Congresswoman Anna Eshoo put it, “Amazon and eBay don’t crash the week before Christmas. Proflowers doesn’t crash on Valentine’s Day.”

If Obamacare can be described as Barack Obama’s signature accomplishment, then its launch can be described as typical of his administration’s failings.

If normal people were tasked with constructing an e-commerce front end to the nation’s healthcare system, they would invite their friends from Google, Amazon, and Microsoft to lunch.

Those are companies quite capable of designing such a system.

Three years ago, they would have asked, what’s the best way to go about this (and how much should it cost)?

I’m quite sure nobody would have answered that they should sole source the work from a Canadian company that is a professional government contractor.

Reality, however, never stops Barack Obama and his sycophants.  When you elect a guy who has never run anything to the most powerful executive position in the world, this is what you get. A CEO who wears no clothes and a staff afraid to tell him he’s naked.

And, frankly, if you think that had the electorate elected John McCain in 2008 things would be better, you are smoking crack. He’s never run anything, either.

The next election needs to be about competence, not politics.

Healthcare should be a signature lesson for everyone.

Let’s not kid each other.  Whether you take your cues from Hillary, Barack, George W., or Ronald, our healthcare system is fundamentally broken.

Given their chance, the lefties tried for a step towards a single payer system.  They got something designed instead by the Obamaites, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi that was long on politics and short on reality.

Left completely out was anything that would actually lower the cost of delivering medical care and medicine.  It is all about spending money, not saving it.

There are plenty of ways to fix the healthcare system; but the truth is that one size does NOT fit all, and there is no single silver bullet.

Instead of recognizing that fact and empowering people at the local level to find solutions, some very arrogant people starting with Obama, Reid, and Pelosi tried to shove a single solution down everybody’s throat.

It won’t work, and the results will undoubtedly be reflected in the next few elections.  Let’s hope that the winners of those elections pay really close attention to this (as Obama would put it) “teachable moment”.

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