PA Federal Judge Declares Aspects of Obama’s Immigration Action Unconstitutional

PA Federal Judge Declares Aspects of Obama's Immigration Action Unconstitutional

PA Federal Judge Declares Aspects of Obama’s Immigration Action Unconstitutional (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Is there trouble ahead for President Obama’s immigration action? A federal court in Pennsylvania has declared aspects of his executive order unconstitutional.

Washington Post:  According to the opinion by Judge Arthur Schwab, the president’s policy goes “beyond prosecutorial discretion” in that it provides a relatively rigid framework for considering applications for deferred action, thus obviating any meaningful case-by-case determination as prosecutorial discretion requires, and provides substantive rights to applicable individuals.  As a consequence,  Schwab concluded, the action exceeds the scope of executive authority.

This is the first judicial opinion to address Obama’s decision to expand deferred action for some individuals unlawfully present in the United States. [I’ve now posted the opinion here.]

U.S. Senate Votes 51-43 to Confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General

U.S. Senate Votes 51-43 to Confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General

U.S. Senate Votes 51-43 to Confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General (Photo Credit: CNN Video Screengrab)

The U.S. Senate votes 51-43 to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as surgeon general. The nomination was held up by Republicans after the National Rifle Association opposition because he agreed with President Obama on the need for gun control.

Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is playing hardball in the last few weeks of the Democratic majority in the Senate. He is “pledging to keep the Senate in session through the weekend to get 23 of President Barack Obama’s nominations confirmed and pass bills extending billions in tax breaks and providing terrorism risk insurance to commercial buildings,” Politico reports.

Alan Keyes Says President Obama Wants to Become the Next Adolf Hitler

Alan Keyes Says President Obama Wants to Become the Next Adolf Hitler

Alan Keyes Says President Obama Wants to Become the Next Adolf Hitler (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Failed Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes appeared on “Trunews” on Tuesday, warning that President Obama is trying to become the next Adolf Hitler. Really?

Keyes told host Rick Wiles that while the government should follow God’s laws, Obama wants to become God and appoint himself Führer: “We are not, as citizens, always supposed to be trying to lift up some Fuhrer the way the Germans thought. Führer was their word for leader. They wanted to lift up some Führer who would dictate to their country the way Obama is trying to do now and tell us what to do.”

Keyes, who was Obama’s Republican opponent in the 2004 U.S. Senate race in Illinois, has repeatedly warned that Obama is becoming a Hitlerian dictator.

Decrying Obama’s “dictatorial actions,” Keyes accused the president of “importing” undocumented immigrants “in order to facilitate what I think is an overthrow of our Constitution.”

“We’re teetering, we’re more than teetering on the brink, I actually think we’re falling through the abyss, headed toward a rock bottom when our institutions will crumble the way the Twin Towers suddenly fell in that terrible day in 2001,” he said. Source: Right Wing Watch

Rep. Maxine Waters Blasts Cromnibus: We Can’t Be “Intimidated” By White House

FOOD FIGHT:  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) blasted the White House before the House voted on the $1.1 trillion “Cromnibus,” which includes provisions to bail out Wall Street once again. Yep, I said it, BAILOUT.

Waters told The Hill earlier tonight that she was rallying votes against the bill and told them not to be “intimidated” by the White House. Um, who knew that Maxine Waters could turn on President Obama? Well, she wasn’t the only one, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also blasted the White House.

Maxine Waters said, “Don’t be intimidated, here are the facts, stick with your promise and your commitments to vote against this bill,” The Hill reports. Sen. Elizabeth Warren also said the bill included “giveaways” to big banks.

President Obama has indicated that he will sign the bill if the Senate version passes later tonight.

Michael Steele on Eric Garner Case: “A Black Man’s Life Not Worth a Ham Sandwich”

Michael Steele on Eric Garner Case: "A Black Man's Life Not Worth a Ham Sandwich"

Michael Steele on Eric Garner Case: “A Black Man’s Life Not Worth a Ham Sandwich” (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele slammed the Staten Island and St. Louis County grand jury decisions to not indict white police officers, Daniel Pantaleo and Darren Wilson, in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, The Hill reports.

Michael Steele: “They tell us, at least, a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich. Well clearly a black man’s life is not worth a ham sandwich when you put these stories together. And that is the frustration.”

Cardinals’ Darnell Dockett Under Fire for Bizarre Instagram Post of Malia Obama

Cardinals' Darnell Dockett Under Fire for Bizarre Instagram Post of Malia Obama

Cardinals’ Darnell Dockett Under Fire for Bizarre Instagram Post of Malia Obama

Arizona Cardinals’ Darnell Dockett is under fire for reposting a photo on Instagram of Malia Obama’s backside. The photo was originally postedby @dreday_4 with the caption, “When is her prom?” Dockett left an “Omgggg” comment and then reposted it on his own Instagram account, adding, “Lmfaooo.” Um, this is really creepy that a grown man is ogling a teenager.

Darnell Dockett has since deleted the post, but the backlash didn’t let up. This comes one day after Republican congressional staffer Elizabeth Lauten resigned for attacking Malia and Sasha Obama as being classless and dressed for “a bar,” stemming from their appearance and look of disinterest at the White House turkey pardoning ceremony.

Here’s a screenshot of Darnell Dockett’s repost:

Cardinals' Darnell Dockett Under Fire for Bizarre Instagram Post of Malia Obama

Cardinals’ Darnell Dockett Under Fire for Bizarre Instagram Post of Malia Obama

GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten to Resign Over Attack on Sasha & Malia Obama

GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten to Resign Over Attack on Sasha & Malia Obama

GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten to Resign Over Attack on Sasha & Malia Obama

#BREAKING:  GOP staffer Elizabeth Lauten says she is ‘resigning today’ following her controversial comments about Sasha and Malia Obama — CNN reports.

In case you forgot, here’s a screenshot of Elizabeth Lauten’s Facebook rant attacking the teenagers:

Elizabeth Lauten's ugly attack on Sasha and Malia Obama

Elizabeth Lauten’s ugly attack on Sasha and Malia Obama

Now let’s see if Elizabeth Lauten’s boss, Rep. Stephen Fincher, will issue a statement about her vicious attack on Sasha and Malia Obama for being teenagers.

If you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones….

Lauten, pictured above, was arrested in December 2000 for misdemeanor larceny, according to court records. Lauten, then 17, was collared for stealing from a Belk department store in her North Carolina hometown.

Because Lauten was a first-time offender, her case was handled via the District Court’s deferred prosecution program, which resulted in the charge’s eventual dismissal after the future scold stayed out of trouble for a prescribed period.

Since Lauten was just another teenager caught shoplifting at the mall, it appears unlikely that she was publicly pilloried for her lack of class, nor were her parents criticized as poor role models. Source: The Smoking Gun

 The Daily Mail is also reporting Elizabeth Lauten got in trouble at age 19 when she was arrested for speeding and running a red light. So, who is the hypocrite now?

Shameful: More People Went Shopping Black Friday Than Voted in Midterm Elections

Report: More People Went Shopping Black Friday Than Voted in Midterm Elections

Report: More People Went Shopping Black Friday Than Voted in Midterm Elections (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

SHAMEFUL:  More people went shopping on Black Friday than voted in the 2014 midterm elections. The sad reality is America is really, really broken.

The National Retail Federation predicts 140.1 million people will go shopping this weekend, down from the 140.3 million who went shopping last year.

The United States Election Project reports that only 76.9 million people turned out to vote in the 2014 midterm elections. That’s the lowest turnout since World War II. Get this, the population then was less than 150 million people.

[H/T Mediaite]

Former DC Mayor, Civil Rights Activist Marion Barry Dies At Age 78

Former DC Mayor, Civil Rights Activist Marion Barry Dies At Age 78

Former DC Mayor, Civil Rights Activist Marion Barry Dies At Age 78

Former Washington D.C. mayor and civil rights activist Marion Barry dies at age 78. Barry, who was dogged by allegations of drug and alcohol abuse during his longtime stint as mayor, was a council member of Washington’s 8th ward at the time of his death, the Washington Post reports. He was elected four times as Washington D.C. mayor.

The cause of Marion Barry’s death is unknown, but his spokeswoman LaToya Foster said he collapsed outside his home. He died shortly after midnight at the United Medical Center, after he was released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday.

Statement from Marion Barry’s office : “It is with deep regret that the family of former Four-time D.C. Mayor, and Ward 8 City Councilman, Marion S. Barry, Jr., announces that he has passed.” – @mattacklandfox5
You will recall in 1990 Barry was caught on a grainy video lighting a crack pipe in a downtown Washington D.C. hotel with a much younger woman. When FBI burst in the room Barry said “she set me up!”

Ted Cruz Compares Obama to Roman “Despot” Catiline Over Immigration Plan

Ted Cruz Compares Obama to Roman "Despot" Catiline Over Immigration Plan

Ted Cruz Compares Obama to Roman “Despot” Catiline Over Immigration Plan (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Sen. Ted Cruz, who engineered the government shutdown, is spouting off over President Obama’s immigration plan by comparing him to Roman despot Catiline (Lucius Sergius Catilina). Really Mr. Green Eggs and Ham, Roman orations?

“When, President Obama, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? When is there to be an end to that unbridled audacity of yours, swaggering about as it does now?” he said, using the beginning of Cicero’s First Oration Against Catiline.

By substituting Obama’s name for Catiline’s, Cruz compared the president to a figure who sought to violently overthrow the Roman republic.

His speech comes hours before the president is expected to offer temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants and reform the immigration system by executive order. Source:  The Hill

I am guessing by Sen. Ted Cruz’s standards, his father, who is an immigrant, should high-tail it back to Cuba. Since he came to the U.S. via trickery.

Here’s more from around the Internet on President Obama’s immigration dare:

Rick Klein: “He’s daring Republicans to offer their sharpest reactions. Everything from government shutdowns to lawsuits to, yes, impeachment will be in the mix, with the driving consensus that the party needs to do something to register its extreme disapproval.”

“He’s daring them to offer and pass a different set of policies. The fact that the substance of the executive order won’t take effect for six months gives the new GOP majority in Congress another half year to do what Congress hasn’t been able to do over the decade immigration reform has been on the agenda.”

New York Times: President Obama “chose confrontation over conciliation on Thursday as he asserted the powers of the Oval Office to reshape the nation’s immigration system and dared members of next year’s Republican-controlled Congress to reverse his actions on behalf of millions of immigrants.”

Adding, “To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”

Politico: “Obama directly challenged congressional opponents, declaring his intentions to fight back against any challenges to his authority.”

Wall Street Journal: “This much is clear: President Obama sets off an explosion with his plan to act on his own to change the nation’s immigration practices. What’s less clear is what happens next.”