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God Bless America
June 30th, 2006 4:01 pm

Happy Independence Day.
To the heroes that make our country the land of the free, home of the brave… Thank you.

Heading out for a weeklong vacation. I’ve set a few articles to post in my absence. Enjoy.

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Amazing.

Update: For those of you who may not realize it, this case was brought by Osama bin Laden’s own bodyguard/limo driver. Keep that in mind as you defend his “rights”.

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Despite the headline, “Economy zips ahead at a 5.6 percent pace“, the article continues to paint the economy as anything but good.

The stronger GDP figure mostly reflected an improvement in the country’s trade deficit, which was much less of a drag than previously estimated.

So the economy isn’t “growing”, it’s just “recessing less fast”.

Gross domestic product measures the value of all goods and services produced within the United States and is considered the best barometer of the country’s economic fitness.

Fresher barometers, however, suggest the economy is shifting into a lower gear in the current quarter.

So despite the GDP being the “best barometer”, we’ve found “fresher barometers” that will give us the data we want to report on.

And instead of saying that payrolls increased for the 33rd straight month, tying the longest string of monthly job growth during the Clinton administration, the report is less than optimistic:

Employers boosted payrolls by just 75,000 in May, the fewest new jobs since October.

Then to pile on, the article ends with:

President Bush, coping with low job-approval ratings, hopes Goldman Sachs chief Henry Paulson — the man who has been confirmed to be the next treasury secretary — will breath new life in the administration’s economic agenda.

Seems to me the economy’s doing just fine already… approval ratings be damned.

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I posted about this almost 3 years ago when Texas Democrats walked off the job and threw a temper tantrum because they weren’t getting their way.

Today, the United States Supreme Court affirmed the congressional map engineered by Tom Delay. With the exception of a single district in southwest Texas, the court upheld the entire map.

In the lead opinion for the court, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, “We reject the statewide challenge to Texas’ redistricting as an unconstitutional political gerrymander and the challenge to the redistricting in the Dallas area as a violation of the Voting Rights Act.”

I’ll repeat the last line of my post from 3 years ago:

But the democrats in typical fashion have decided that they don’t like the outcome, so they’re just not going to show up for work. Just imagine if we all did that to our employers……

How typical is it that Democrats lose an election and resort to court challenges to try and overturn election results. It’s no wonder they want to pack the judicial branch with liberal activists. It’s a way to circumvent the electorate and ram their idiotic policies down our throats.

And yet they lost again. Maye this time they’ll challenge the ruling by fleeing… the country.

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Security Classifications
June 27th, 2006 6:02 pm

Old Soldier’s got a good post up about why security classifications exist and why some so-called journalists ought to be rotting in the depths of Gitmo for maliciously trying to undermine national security.

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Presidential Signing Statements
June 27th, 2006 5:27 am

The AP is reporting a story today about how George W. Bush is on a one-man tour of law-breaking and general malfeasance. It stems from his use of “signing statements” (an executive branch’s proclamation coinciding with the signing of a law passed by the legislative branch that sets forth how the executive branch intends to interpret and enforce the new law).

Bush ignores laws he inks, vexing Congress

A bill becomes the rule of the land when Congress passes it and the president signs it into law, right?

Not necessarily, according to the White House. A law is not binding when a president issues a separate statement saying he reserves the right to revise, interpret or disregard it on national security and constitutional grounds.

That’s the argument a Bush administration official is expected to make Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee…

The article goes on to paint Bush in a broad brush of lawlessness, using phrases like “ignores the law” and “abuse of power”.

But this story isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. You see, Presidential Signing Statements have been used since James Monroe and are essentially the President’s way of expressing his opinion in regards to all or part of a law. Ultimately, as Bush has asserted, it’s up to the courts to interpret the law. Period.

The President made this statement regarding Presidential Signing Statements:

If the President may properly decline to enforce a law, at least when it unconstitutionally encroaches on his powers, then it arguably follows that he may properly announce to Congress and to the public that he will not enforce a provision of an enactment he is signing. If so, then a signing statement that challenges what the President determines to be an unconstitutional encroachment on his power, or that announces the President’s unwillingness to enforce (or willingness to litigate) such a provision, can be a valid and reasonable exercise of Presidential authority.(10) And indeed, in a recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Federal Election Comm’n v. NRA Political Victory Fund, supra, the court cited to and relied upon a Presidential signing statement that had declared that a Congressionally-enacted limitation on the President’s constitutional authority to appoint officers of the United States was without legal force or effect.

Yep, those were the words of the President in defense of the Signing Statements. The words of President Bill Clinton, that is. Of course, don’t expect to find any MSM reports from the 1990s about the use of Signing Statements being “abuse of power” or “ignoring of the law”.

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This time due to lack of rain. I’m just waiting for someone to report that liberals have named the cracks in the levees “Bush’s faults”.

Update: Sissy Willis has a great headline that MSM must’ve inadvertently overlooked:

Bush lied, levees dried!

You know, it’s good unbiased journalism like that, that makes the news industry shine.

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MSM is Fast Becoming Gomer Pyle…
June 26th, 2006 9:14 am

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise….

Two months ago, it was:

March gain of 13.8% the biggest in 13 years, showing surprising strength in housing market

One month ago, it was:

Sales of New Homes Jump Unexpectedly

And today:

Sales of new homes increase unexpectedly

How many consecutive months does the same thing have to occur before they stop being surprised? They just absolutely refuse to believe that the economy might actually be humming along with some strength. They’ve convinced themselves that the economy is terrible and they’ve been working hard to find evidence to support their position. So inevitably they’re surprised when the evidence appears to the contrary.

What’s next? Daily headlines declaring MSM’s surprise that the sun rose today… again?

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Osama bin Murtha
June 25th, 2006 4:58 pm

It’s getting harder and harder to distinguish between the propaganda of our terrorist enemies and the rantings of U.S. Democrats.

Here’s an example.

American presence in Iraq is more dangerous to world peace than nuclear threats from North Korea or Iran…

…the war cannot be won militarily…

…the more than 100,000 troops in Iraq should be pulled out immediately…

…the shooting of 24 Iraqis in November at Haditha, a city in the Anbar province of western Iraq that has been plagued by insurgents, was wrongfully covered up…

No, these weren’t from the latest Osama bin Laden videotape. These were from Rep. John Murtha at a town hall meeting organized at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus.

With Congressmen like this… who needs enemies?

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U.S. Standard of Living
June 25th, 2006 12:52 pm

Americans enjoying highest standard of living in history, study finds.

American families have never earned more income, spent less on necessities or enjoyed a higher standard of living than they do right now.

I blame Bush.

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