Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Fwd: [New post] With glowing accolades from Hillary Clinton and John McCain, plus Qatari mega bucks, al-Jazeera America launches…and quickly tanks in the ratings





BareNakedIslam posted: " Even BNI averages more readers than al-Jazeera attracted viewers in its debut week where the curiosity factor, if nothing else, should have resulted in big numbers for the al-Qaeda network. Free Beacon  Al Jazeera America's launch in place of the failed "

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With glowing accolades from Hillary Clinton and John McCain, plus Qatari mega bucks, al-Jazeera America launches…and quickly tanks in the ratings

by BareNakedIslam

Even BNI averages more readers than al-Jazeera attracted viewers in its debut week where the curiosity factor, if nothing else, should have resulted in big numbers for the al-Qaeda network. Free Beacon  Al Jazeera America's launch in place of the failed Current TV network was an unsurprising dud, TV Newserreports. The first few minutes were hosted by […]

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Fwd: The picture Vladimir Putin wants to ban: Police seize painting of Russian president in women’s underwear from St Petersburg gallery claiming it is ‘illegal’

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Protest Obama's wars

End Archaic Imperialism. This event coincides with rallies around the world on the same day.


Meet us at The White House at noon on the 31st to oppose the looming illegal and unconstitutional war with Syria!

We are non-violently protesting the escalation of US military involvement in Syria, as well as the complete disregard of the will of the American people in the decision to begin a new war. We in no way support the actions of the Assad regime, but are concerned that US intervention will instigate more violence and suffering.

We suggest you bring banners and/or props (even food), and invite anyone and everyone you know! Organize activities beforehand on this page, or we can just wing it when we get there. This is an event for people of all political views and beliefs, just as long as you are opposed to another unnecessary war in the Middle-East!

We are all guaranteed our right to protest freely, nevertheless, we will be operating under the guidelines that we do NOT interfere with pedestrians or cars (Times Square can be a busy place) and we will not be using sound amplifiers. Cheers, and SPREAD THE WORD! #NoWarwithSyria #nowarny

If you will be out of state, search for a similar event in another city or organize your own (this is part of a coordinated effort)!

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GLOBAL #NoWarWithSyria RALLY : SAT 31 AUG :

UNITED STATES:

Boston, Massachusetts:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1417584815119642/?ref=ts&fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/events/218380474995876/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Los Angeles, California: https://www.facebook.com/events/404701396296159/

Buffalo, New York:
https://www.facebook.com/events/222845624537602/

Huntington, New York:
https://www.facebook.com/events/338271296307105/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Manhattan, New York:
https://www.facebook.com/events/357407417726630/?ref=ts&fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/events/232889963524783/?ref=ts&fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/events/504830419598780/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Springfield, Missouri:
https://www.facebook.com/events/218380474995876/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Washington, DC: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/563464440373777/

AUSTRALIA:

Brisbane:
https://www.facebook.com/events/568428266527532/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Perth:
https://www.facebook.com/events/404471142987141/

ENGLAND:

London:
https://www.facebook.com/events/163267130532010/

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More rallies:

Thu 8/29 6pm* Times Square https://www.facebook.com/events/504830419598780/?ref=3
*as of now, ANSWER Coalition is calling out for Times Square at 5pm
Thu 8/30 5pm Times Square - Flash Mob Against The Military Coup In Egypt
https://www.facebook.com/events/632497563457583
Fri 8/30 6pm Harlem State Office Building 
https://www.facebook.com/events/159592124241959/?ref=22
Sat 8/31 12pm Times Square 
https://www.facebook.com/events/357407417726630/?ref=3
Sat 9/12 GLOBAL - March Against Monsanto
https://www.facebook.com/MarchAgainstMonstanto/events
Sat 11/2 EVERYWHERE - March Against Corruption
https://www.facebook.com/MarchAgainstCorruption

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Re: It seems like the appropriate day to announce

Mainly now.  The cost and unintended consequences of current law

On Wednesday, August 28, 2013, Keith In Tampa wrote:
Great news Bruce!  I will put my thinking cap on and see what I can come up with.   Are you concentrating on any specific time frame or era?


On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 7:01 PM, Bruce Majors <majors.bruce@gmail.com> wrote:
I've gone back to grad school, part time, with an eye to eventually writing a libertarian dissection of the civil rights regime.  I expect to eventually to have to read all kinds of stuff going back a century especially on African Americans in the US.

But I would appreciate anyone's recommendations for useful books authors or policy analyses.  Especially things critical of the status quo and its costs, or things that are seminal or well written or original or overviews.

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Fwd: [New post] SEC Probing Soros Over Alleged Insider Trading





Sard posted: " By?MICHELLE CELARIER, New York Post The Securities and Exchange Commission is taking Bill Ackman seriously. Days after the hedge-fund mogul wrote the regulator and complained about alleged insider-trading violations by George Soros' family fund regarding"

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SEC Probing Soros Over Alleged Insider Trading

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By?MICHELLE CELARIER, New York Post The Securities and Exchange Commission is taking Bill Ackman seriously. Days after the hedge-fund mogul wrote the regulator and complained about alleged insider-trading violations by George Soros' family fund regarding its trading in Herbalife, the SEC took action. An SEC lawyer has contacted at least one person who spoke with […]

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Fwd: Obama is an Amateur








 

Obama is an Amateur

http://eaglerising.com/1462/obama-amateur/

 

By Onan Coca / 28 August 2013

I don't think this will come as much of a surprise to most readers of Eagle Rising, but President Obama is an amateur. I guess that's what happens when you elect a one-term Senator with no work history and a shady education to be the leader of the Free World.

For years, I have advocated for citizen activists to lead our government, meaning that farmers, teachers, lawyers, doctors, journalists, engineers, garbage-men and lawn-care professionals should all take time out of their professional schedules to serve in government. Spend a term or two in the capitol and then come home to resume their careers. But I never meant for a man who never had a real job to try to do this.

It's vitally important that our leaders -- our representatives -- be able to identify with us. How can they understand our struggles, our thoughts, our beliefs and our desires if they've never stood in our shoes? The only shoes that President Obama has ever stood in are the shoes of a politician – his entire life's experience until the day he was elected President, was about being a politician. This is the worst way to develop a leader.

Whether it's on the world stage or crafting domestic policy, the President has failed in every endeavor. Need to talk tough on the Middle East? What happens when you have to back up your tough talk? Failure. Equivocation. Death, destruction and weakness. Want to pass massive healthcare legislation that the majority of your population doesn't want? Blame it on messaging when the poorly crafted train-wreck of a bill starts falling apart. If that doesn't work, blame it on Republican opposition, even though the Republicans in Congress are busier fighting each other rather than focusing on stopping the worst legislation to hit the country in 80+ years. (Thanks Messrs. McCain, Graham, Burr, et al)

Hey, but there is one place that our amateur President excels -- and that's in pop culture! Which is what you want out of your leader, right? You want your leader to at least be successful when dealing with adoring fans, pop music and daytime television… who cares about the other "incidental" stuff like the economy, terrorism, healthcare, education or foreign policy?

Here's our President "retweeting" that important world leader Katy Perry.


Read more at http://eaglerising.com/1462/obama-amateur/#w22k4gqOfJzzgtyS.99



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Re: It seems like the appropriate day to announce

Great news Bruce!  I will put my thinking cap on and see what I can come up with.   Are you concentrating on any specific time frame or era?


On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 7:01 PM, Bruce Majors <majors.bruce@gmail.com> wrote:
I've gone back to grad school, part time, with an eye to eventually writing a libertarian dissection of the civil rights regime.  I expect to eventually to have to read all kinds of stuff going back a century especially on African Americans in the US.

But I would appreciate anyone's recommendations for useful books authors or policy analyses.  Especially things critical of the status quo and its costs, or things that are seminal or well written or original or overviews.

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Re: Al Gore at Work: $8.7 Billion to 'Repair Sound Barrier'?

More like what the horses leave behind.


On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 5:05 PM, Keith In Tampa <keithintampa@gmail.com> wrote:
This is the first I have heard of this.....What a bunch of horse hockey.....


On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 3:58 PM, Travis <baconlard@gmail.com> wrote:








 

August 28, 2013

Al Gore at Work: $8.7 Billion to 'Repair Sound Barrier'?

Mark Baisley

8/19/2013 12:01:00 AM

 

This past Thursday, the Obama Administration quietly introduced a new endeavor intended to address the environmental effects of manmade objects that travel at supersonic speeds.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney revealed the program, adding that, "In the eight years preceding this Administration, no attention was given to residual supersonic atmospheric disturbances, especially on healthcare costs.  This President will step up where others before him would not." 

Put simply, how do we repair the sound barrier?

The massive program, funded at an estimated $8.7 billion, is comprised of both research and policy advancements.  The science will be provided in a joint effort between two national laboratories, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado and Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois.  Regulatory measures will be implemented and enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) out of Washington, D.C.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy stated in a written release Friday that, "We are proud to accept this responsible position as world citizens in owning up to the effects of our historical aggression with air speed." Andrea Saul, spokesperson for NCAR, added that, "The sound barrier is there for a reason.  It is high time that we understand the cumulative effects of breaking it."

The Department of Energy's Fermilab communicated their commitment to the program with actions much louder than words.  On July 23, the high-energy physics lab took delivery of a 50-foot-wide electromagnet that will be devoted to the research project.  The enormous device traveled 3,200 miles over 35 days across land, oceans, and rivers to make its way to its Illinois destination (see photos and videos of the big move here).  Fermilab scientists will use the device to study the positions of air particles at the moment of the transonic zone, the point at which an object moves from subsonic to supersonic.  "This task is a welcome focus for us after retiring the Tevatron proton-antiproton accelerator two years ago."

That transonic moment of breaking the sound barrier is known by aviators as "Mach 1."  But because air is elastic, the actual speed of sound is not a constant.  Ambient temperature and other atmospheric conditions determine the speed at which sound travels.  At Standard Sea Level conditions, Mach 1 is 761.2 miles per hour.  But at a typical airline cruising altitude of 30,000 feet, the lower air temperature reduces Mach 1 to about 678 miles per hour.

The higher the ambient temperature, the higher the speed required for an object to reach Mach 1.  So the scientists of Fermilab and NCAR are considering ways to leverage the variability of Mach 1 to help the sound barrier evade inadvertent breakage.  In an ironic twist, Global Warming could actually provide the advantage of fewer occurrences of aircraft breaking the speed barrier.  Both scientists and policy makers will together wrestle with the complex question posed by Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA), "What would be the impact on the environment if Congress were to statutorily raise the sound barrier?"

Could it tip over the island of Guam for example?

The first manned aircraft credited with breaking the sound barrier was piloted by Chuck Yeager on October 14, 1947.  Yeager accomplished this historical milestone while flying Bell Aircraft's rocket plane, the famous X-1, over the Mojave Desert.  That position in the sky (at Latitude 35.9318095, Longitude -116.2278577and Altitude 45,214 feet), known to pilots as the "Yeager rip" can still be felt as turbulence when a plane passes through it.  Concerns for the environmental impact of Sound Barrier Breakage are rumored to be the actual motivation for mothballing the Space Shuttle fleet in 2011.

Everyday citizens can expect to ultimately feel the impact of new EPA regulations as well.  Common devices like bullwhips are suspected of leaving static atmospheric disturbances.  As Scientific American addresses the controversy, "It has long been thought that the crack results from the tip of the whip traveling fast enough to break the sound barrier and create a sonic boom."

The EPA has already begun discussions with environmentalist thought leader Al Gore about developing a series of Public Service Announcements to inform the public and to caution them about the damaging effects of supersonic speeds.  When reached by phone, the former Vice President and filmmaker shared his newfound expertise on the topic, "Most of the smaller residual sonic disturbances seem to be concentrated in some of the least populated areas, like ranches and rodeo arenas."  He further quipped that, "This truth is looking pretty inconvenient as well."

Scientists from both NCAR and Fermilab used the preferred "Sound Barrier Disturbance" or SBD to reference the program, which so far has no official title.  To complement the assignments of scientists and EPA regulators, Jay Carney announced that Carolyn Williams Palit will transition from her role as Chemtrails Czar to the new position of Sound Barrier Czar (See Carolyn Williams Palit's groundbreaking treatise on chemtrails here).  And Palit is already devoted to the task.  Within minutes of Carney's announcement, Palit tweeted that the larger breaks caused by military aircraft will receive priority attention before addressing consumer-level violations. "Every SBD leaves a tear. Never been repaired. If not now, then when? If not us, then who?"

The initial focus of NCAR will be to reconsider the previously settled argument against the theory that thunder is the sound of lightning breaking the sound barrier.  NCAR scientist Mary Hayden explained the goal of "re-discovering whether lightning strikes break the sound barrier. We have serious doubts that thunder is merely the harmless sound made by the rapid expansion and contraction of air around a lightning bolt."  In an email exchange with Townhall, Czar Palit added, "The NCAR research will inform our decision of whether to deploy devices that eliminate lightning throughout the globe or if we should accept SBDs as natural occurrences.

And the fact that even at this late point in the article you don't know that I'm kidding says more about Obama and environmental foolishness that it does about your sense of humor or mine

 



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It seems like the appropriate day to announce

I've gone back to grad school, part time, with an eye to eventually writing a libertarian dissection of the civil rights regime.  I expect to eventually to have to read all kinds of stuff going back a century especially on African Americans in the US.

But I would appreciate anyone's recommendations for useful books authors or policy analyses.  Especially things critical of the status quo and its costs, or things that are seminal or well written or original or overviews.

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Re: Al Gore at Work: $8.7 Billion to 'Repair Sound Barrier'?

This is the first I have heard of this.....What a bunch of horse hockey.....


On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 3:58 PM, Travis <baconlard@gmail.com> wrote:








 

August 28, 2013

Al Gore at Work: $8.7 Billion to 'Repair Sound Barrier'?

Mark Baisley

8/19/2013 12:01:00 AM

 

This past Thursday, the Obama Administration quietly introduced a new endeavor intended to address the environmental effects of manmade objects that travel at supersonic speeds.  White House Press Secretary Jay Carney revealed the program, adding that, "In the eight years preceding this Administration, no attention was given to residual supersonic atmospheric disturbances, especially on healthcare costs.  This President will step up where others before him would not." 

Put simply, how do we repair the sound barrier?

The massive program, funded at an estimated $8.7 billion, is comprised of both research and policy advancements.  The science will be provided in a joint effort between two national laboratories, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado and Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois.  Regulatory measures will be implemented and enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) out of Washington, D.C.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy stated in a written release Friday that, "We are proud to accept this responsible position as world citizens in owning up to the effects of our historical aggression with air speed." Andrea Saul, spokesperson for NCAR, added that, "The sound barrier is there for a reason.  It is high time that we understand the cumulative effects of breaking it."

The Department of Energy's Fermilab communicated their commitment to the program with actions much louder than words.  On July 23, the high-energy physics lab took delivery of a 50-foot-wide electromagnet that will be devoted to the research project.  The enormous device traveled 3,200 miles over 35 days across land, oceans, and rivers to make its way to its Illinois destination (see photos and videos of the big move here).  Fermilab scientists will use the device to study the positions of air particles at the moment of the transonic zone, the point at which an object moves from subsonic to supersonic.  "This task is a welcome focus for us after retiring the Tevatron proton-antiproton accelerator two years ago."

That transonic moment of breaking the sound barrier is known by aviators as "Mach 1."  But because air is elastic, the actual speed of sound is not a constant.  Ambient temperature and other atmospheric conditions determine the speed at which sound travels.  At Standard Sea Level conditions, Mach 1 is 761.2 miles per hour.  But at a typical airline cruising altitude of 30,000 feet, the lower air temperature reduces Mach 1 to about 678 miles per hour.

The higher the ambient temperature, the higher the speed required for an object to reach Mach 1.  So the scientists of Fermilab and NCAR are considering ways to leverage the variability of Mach 1 to help the sound barrier evade inadvertent breakage.  In an ironic twist, Global Warming could actually provide the advantage of fewer occurrences of aircraft breaking the speed barrier.  Both scientists and policy makers will together wrestle with the complex question posed by Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA), "What would be the impact on the environment if Congress were to statutorily raise the sound barrier?"

Could it tip over the island of Guam for example?

The first manned aircraft credited with breaking the sound barrier was piloted by Chuck Yeager on October 14, 1947.  Yeager accomplished this historical milestone while flying Bell Aircraft's rocket plane, the famous X-1, over the Mojave Desert.  That position in the sky (at Latitude 35.9318095, Longitude -116.2278577and Altitude 45,214 feet), known to pilots as the "Yeager rip" can still be felt as turbulence when a plane passes through it.  Concerns for the environmental impact of Sound Barrier Breakage are rumored to be the actual motivation for mothballing the Space Shuttle fleet in 2011.

Everyday citizens can expect to ultimately feel the impact of new EPA regulations as well.  Common devices like bullwhips are suspected of leaving static atmospheric disturbances.  As Scientific American addresses the controversy, "It has long been thought that the crack results from the tip of the whip traveling fast enough to break the sound barrier and create a sonic boom."

The EPA has already begun discussions with environmentalist thought leader Al Gore about developing a series of Public Service Announcements to inform the public and to caution them about the damaging effects of supersonic speeds.  When reached by phone, the former Vice President and filmmaker shared his newfound expertise on the topic, "Most of the smaller residual sonic disturbances seem to be concentrated in some of the least populated areas, like ranches and rodeo arenas."  He further quipped that, "This truth is looking pretty inconvenient as well."

Scientists from both NCAR and Fermilab used the preferred "Sound Barrier Disturbance" or SBD to reference the program, which so far has no official title.  To complement the assignments of scientists and EPA regulators, Jay Carney announced that Carolyn Williams Palit will transition from her role as Chemtrails Czar to the new position of Sound Barrier Czar (See Carolyn Williams Palit's groundbreaking treatise on chemtrails here).  And Palit is already devoted to the task.  Within minutes of Carney's announcement, Palit tweeted that the larger breaks caused by military aircraft will receive priority attention before addressing consumer-level violations. "Every SBD leaves a tear. Never been repaired. If not now, then when? If not us, then who?"

The initial focus of NCAR will be to reconsider the previously settled argument against the theory that thunder is the sound of lightning breaking the sound barrier.  NCAR scientist Mary Hayden explained the goal of "re-discovering whether lightning strikes break the sound barrier. We have serious doubts that thunder is merely the harmless sound made by the rapid expansion and contraction of air around a lightning bolt."  In an email exchange with Townhall, Czar Palit added, "The NCAR research will inform our decision of whether to deploy devices that eliminate lightning throughout the globe or if we should accept SBDs as natural occurrences.

And the fact that even at this late point in the article you don't know that I'm kidding says more about Obama and environmental foolishness that it does about your sense of humor or mine

 



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'1st draft of Articles of Impeachment' arrives

Obamacare 'illegally bypasses Congress, unauthorized IRS power-grab'

Published: 22 hours ago

Obamacare not only is unconstitutional, it illegally bypasses Congress, infringes on states' rights and marks an unprecedented and unauthorized expansion of Internal Revenue Service power, according to a brand-new book released today.

In "Impeachable Offenses: The Case to Remove Barack Obama from Office," New York Times bestselling authors Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott quote scholars and legal organizations contending Obamacare constitutes a clear case of "taxation without representation."

"Impeachable Offenses" shows Obamacare may violate multiple sections of the Constitution.

While the Obama administration may argue the healthcare legislation was upheld by the Supreme Court, "Impeachable Offenses" reports the White House has been hard at work changing the implementation of key sections of Obamacare without congressional oversight.

Taxation without representation

One part of the Constitution that may be violated is Article 1 Section 9, which stipulates: "No capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken."

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The section is clarified in the Sixteenth Amendment: "The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration."

The Supreme Court ruled the health-care mandate under the legislation is a tax. However, according to experts cited in "Impeachable Offenses," this tax does not satisfy any of the three types of valid constitutional taxes – income, excise or direct.

Write Klein and Elliott: "Because the penalty is not assessed on income, it is not a valid income tax. Because the penalty is not assessed uniformly or proportionately, and is triggered by economic inactivity, it is not a valid excise tax. Finally, because ObamaCare fails to apportion the tax among the states by population, it is not a valid direct tax."

Despite Obama's public statements that the individual mandate was not a tax, the Supreme Court ruled June 28, 2012, in a 5 to 4 vote, with conservative Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the majority, that the requirement that the majority of Americans obtain health insurance or pay a penalty was constitutional, authorized by Congress's power to levy taxes.

"The Affordable Care Act's requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax," Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. "Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness."

In a second 5 to 4 vote, again with Justice Roberts joining the majority, the court rejected the administration's most vigorous argument in support of the law, that Congress held the power to regulate interstate commerce.

The Commerce Clause, the court ruled, did not apply.

However, Klein and Elliott document the White House has been changing the law without involving Congress following the Supreme Court ruling and that multiple sections of the implementation of Obamacare are unconstitutional.

Illegally bypassing Congress? Bribing states?

"Impeachable Offenses" cites Jonathan H. Adler of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Michael F. Cannon of the Cato Institute.

The duo found: "The law encourages states to create health-insurance exchanges, but it permits Washington to create them if states decline. … ObamaCare authorizes premium assistance in state-run exchanges (Section 1311) but not federal ones (Section 1321).

"In other words, states that refuse to create an exchange can block much of ObamaCare's spending and practically force Congress to reopen the law for revisions."

The Obama administration, however, was furiously at work in an attempt to avoid a legislative debacle. The administration proposed an IRS rule to "offer premium assistance in all exchanges 'whether established under section 1311 or 1321,'" Adler and Cannon said.

The Treasury Department, they continued, was "confident" that the IRS had the authority to offer premium assistance where Congress had not authorized it and that this overreach was "consistent with the intent of the law and [its] ability to interpret and implement it."

"Such confidence is misplaced," Adler and Cannon asserted. "The text of the law is perfectly clear. And without congressional authorization, the IRS lacks the power to dispense tax credits or spend money."

In May 2012 the IRS released its final regulations that would "provide guidance to individuals who enroll in qualified health plans through Affordable Insurance Exchanges and claim the premium tax credit, and to Exchanges that make qualified health plans available to individuals and employers."

Free-market advocate Phil Kerpen, cited in "Impeachable Offenses," called the regulations an "outrageous edict that attempts to up-end the ability of states to opt out of [Obama's] health care law's new entitlement."

Kerpen called the Obama administration out for what he said was an obvious attempt to "bribe states to participate by manipulating language in the law that is meant to authorize start-up grants to instead fund years of operating expenses."

Indeed, a July 2012 announcement from the Department of Health and Human Services offered states six full years of funding.

Was the maneuver constitutional? Article I, Section 1 states: "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."

Congress does not vest the power to write and rewrite laws in HHS and IRS; nor can unelected bureaucrats impose taxes on states that legitimately opted out of a federal program, Kerpen continued.

"Impeachable Offenses" further cites Adler and Cannon on how the IRS went ahead in May 2012 and finalized "a rule that will issue tax credits – and therefore will trigger cost-sharing subsidies and employer-mandate penalties – through federal Exchanges."

They contended that the rule is not only illegal, but it also lacks any statutory authority.

'State's rights violated'

The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution reads: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

The Tenth Amendment Center, which was among the plaintiffs that took Obamacare to the Supreme Court, clarifies that the amendment was "written to emphasize the limited nature of the powers delegated to the federal government."

"In delegating just specific powers to the federal government, the states and the people, with some small exceptions, were free to continue exercising their sovereign powers."

As of February 2013, only 17 states and the District of Columbia planned to run their own exchanges, while another seven opted for state-federal exchanges. The 26 states that have chosen to opt out entirely challenged the law in the Supreme Court

In January 2010, Ken Klukowski explained that the Tenth Amendment does not apply here in the way many people have thought – although it does apply in a more serious manner, "Impeachable Offenses" relates. Klukowski co-authored with former Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell the 2010 book "The Blueprint: Obama's Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency."

Citing two cases from the 1990s, Klukowski wrote that the Supreme Court "shocked the legal world" by striking the cases down for violating the Tenth Amendment.

The first case was in 1992, New York v. United States, in which "the Court struck down a federal law requiring states to pass state laws for the disposal of radioactive waste, and to issue regulations for implementing those laws."

In the second case, Printz v. United States in 1997, the court "struck down a provision of the Brady Act – a federal gun-control law – that required state and local law enforcement to run background checks on handgun purchasers."

From these two cases, Klukowski explained, "emerged the anti-commandeering principle, holding that the Tenth Amendment forbids the federal government from commandeering – or ordering – any branch of state government to do anything. The states are sovereign and answer only to their voters, not to Washington, D.C."

The commandeering principle is the real problem for Obamacare, write Klein and Elliott, since the law requires each states to set up insurance exchanges.

"It then requires the states to pass regulations for implementing those laws. And it further requires the states to dedicate staff and spend state money to administer those programs," said Klukowski.

In his opinion, Obamacare is a "straight-out repeat of those 1992 and 1997 cases."

"The main difference is that Obamacare violates the anti-commandeering principle in a far more severe and egregious way than those previous laws ever did," Klukowski concluded.

Originated in Senate?

"Impeachable Offenses" cites Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution, which states: "All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives."

The Sacramento, Calif.-based Pacific Legal Foundation filed a challenge to Obamacare that contends it is unconstitutional, because the bill originated in the Senate, not the House.

The foundation claims that under the Origination Clause of the Constitution "all bills raising revenue must begin in the House."

The tip to follow this course of action came from the Supreme Court itself. In his June 28, 2012, ruling, it was noted that Chief Justice Roberts took pains in the majority opinion to define Obamacare as a federal tax, not a mandate.

The Justice Department claimed that the bill did not originate as a spending bill and therefore does not violate the Origination Clause.

President Obama shaking hands with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

The bill, which began life as House Resolution 3590, then called the Service Members Home Ownership Act, was stripped of its contents after it passed in the House in a process known as "gut and amend." The legislation was replaced entirely with the thousands of pages of what eventually became Obamacare and given a new name.

The Obama government's position is that while using the resolution as a "'shell bill' may be inelegant … it's not unconstitutional."

The foundation's response, as documented in "Impeachable Offenses," was that "it is undisputed that H.R. 3590 was not originally a bill for raising revenue. … Unlike in the prior cases [cited by the Justice Department], the Senate's gut-and-amend procedure made H.R. 3590 for the first time into a bill for raising revenue. The precedents the government cites are therefore inapplicable."

While the Justice Department contended that raising revenue was incidental to Obamacare's "central purpose" – to improve the nation's health care system – the foundation's attorney, Timothy Sandefur, disagreed.

"What kinds of taxes are not for raising revenue?" he asked.

Creating commerce

The Commerce Clause, as stated in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, grants Congress the rights to regulate interstate commerce, not intrastate commerce, Klein and Elliott note.

Since the 1930s, Supreme Court decisions have interpreted the Commerce Clause broadly," relates Ilya Somin, an associate professor of law at George Mason University School of Law and co-editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review.

"But every previous case expanding the commerce power involved some sort of 'economic activity,' such as operating a business or consuming a product. Failure to purchase health insurance is neither commerce nor an interstate activity. Indeed, it is the absence of commerce," Somin added.

Georgetown University Law Center professor Randy Barnett, a former student of Harvard Law School professors Charles Fried and Laurence Tribe, "both of whom argued for the constitutionality of the [economic] mandate," writes that Klein and Elliott, has been referred to as "the 'mastermind' of the legal challenge" against ObamaCare.

Barnett opined in a March 2011 debate with his former teachers: "Though Congress can compel people to be drafted into the military or sit on a jury, those activities relate to, as the Supreme Court put it, the 'supreme and noble duty' of citizenship . . . There is no supreme and noble duty of citizens to enter into contracts with private companies." Barnett added that "the mandate would result in a 'fundamental alteration in the status of American citizens.'"

Even the Congressional Budget Office weighed in, stating in January 2010: "A mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprecedented form of federal action. The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States."

Illegal penalty?

Obamacare affixes a financial penalty on Americans who fail to purchase health insurance in order to regulate behavior – regulatory powers not granted in the Constitution, documents "Impeachable Offenses."

Scott P. Richert commented after the Supreme Court ruling: "Congress has been given the green light to do something that even the most imaginative interpretation of the Commerce Clause would not allow: to compel the supposedly free citizens of the United States to purchase anything that Congress deems in those citizens' best interest – or to compel them to purchase one thing rather than another."

Richert, who is executive editor of Chronicles, the monthly magazine published by the conservative think tank the Rockford Institute, continued: "All Congress has to do is to pass legislation levying a tax on those who, say, fail to purchase smoke detectors for their homes, or who insist on purchasing a car that runs on gasoline over one that runs on electricity."

Book fuels national debate

MSNBC reported Klein and Elliott's "Impeachable Offenses" is fueling the national conversation to impeach Obama.

The book lays out the blueprint for impeaching Obama, alleging high crimes, misdemeanors, bribery and other offenses committed against the U.S. Constitution and the limitations on the executive office.

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MSNBC.com reported: "The national conversation to impeach the president has been fueled in part by an upcoming book 'Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office' that's set to be released by WND Books next week."

Continued the news network: "The authors of that book lay out a number of criticisms of the president, including his handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and his failure to 'preserve, protect, and defend' the Constitution.

"That includes the argument that the president's health reform law is unconstitutional, even though the Supreme Court ruled more than a year ago that it is constitutional."

Politico reported "Impeachable Offenses" will be hand-delivered to members of Congress when they return from recess Sept 9.

Last week, BuzzFeed.com reported Klein and Elliott's new book "ushers in the Obama Impeachment movement."

"Impeachable Offenses" has already gone into its third printing, Klein said, "due to unexpected demand from bookstores."

"Clearly a large segment of the population is concerned Obama has overstepped his executive authority and has used his office to circumvent Congress to change, ignore, or at times perhaps invent de facto law," he added.

WND Books CEO Joseph Farah told Buzzfeed, "We knew this was going to be a popular book. What we didn't realize is that retailers would recognize it in advance and place large orders before the public weighed in."

Cronyism, corruption, cover-ups

Already, the Daily Mail of London has called the "Impeachable Offenses" "explosive," reporting the book contains a "systematic connect-the-dots exercise that the president's defenders will find troublesome."

"Consider this work to be the articles of impeachment against Barack Obama," stated Klein.

"Every American, whether conservative or liberal, Democrat, Republican or independent, should be concerned about the nearly limitless seizure of power, the abuses of authority, the cronyism, corruption, lies and cover-ups documented in this news-making book," Klein said.

The authors stress the book is not a collection of generalized gripes concerning Obama and his administration. Rather, it is a well-documented indictment based on major alleged violations.

Among the offenses enumerated in the book:

  • Obamacare not only is unconstitutional but illegally bypasses Congress, infringes on states' rights and marking an unprecedented and unauthorized expansion of IRS power.
  • Sidestepping Congress, Obama already has granted largely unreported de facto amnesty to millions of illegal aliens using illicit interagency directives and executive orders.
  • The Obama administration recklessly endangered the public by releasing from prison criminal illegal aliens at a rate far beyond what is publicly known.
  • The president's personal role in the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack, with new evidence regarding what was transpiring at the U.S. mission prior to the assault – arguably impeachable activities in and of themselves.
  • Illicit edicts on gun control in addition to the deadly "Fast and Furious" gun-running operation intended, the book shows, to collect fraudulent gun data.
  • From "fusion centers" to data mining to drones to alarming Department of Homeland Security power grabs, how U.S. citizens are fast arriving at the stage of living under a virtual surveillance regime.
  • New evidence of rank corruption, cronyism and impeachable offenses related to Obama's first-term "green" funding adventures.
  • The illegality of leading a U.S.-NATO military campaign without congressional approval.
  • Obama has weakened America both domestically and abroad by emboldening enemies, tacitly supporting a Muslim Brotherhood revolution, spurning allies and minimizing the threat of Islamic fundamentalism. The White House is hitting back, calling the book's impeachment effort "foolhardy."

"If the Republicans in the House want to try something that foolhardy, it will probably be run by the same group of lawmakers who have voted more than 40 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act," an unnamed administration official told the Daily Mail.

"Like most of the partisan actions coming out of the House, the Senate would never stoop to dignify it," the official added.

Klein and Elliott acknowledge that impeachment of a sitting president "is certainly a matter of the utmost gravity, and not a charge to be undertaken for what our Founding Fathers would have called mere 'factional' advantage."

"We will show how Obama has not hesitated to go beyond democratic, legal and constitutional means to advance his radical agenda," they write.



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