The Man Who Knew Too Little – President Obama’s Stunning Ignorance of Constitutional Law

Wall St. Journal:  “We were half-joking yesterday when we asked if Barack Obama slept through his Harvard Law class on Marbury v. Madison, the 1803 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court first asserted its power to strike down unconstitutional laws. It turns out it’s no joke: The president is stunningly ignorant about constitutional law.”

Obama tried to explain his previous statement that it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to rule Obamacare unconstitutional by saying:

“Well, first of all, let me be very specific. Um

[pause], we have not seen a court overturn [pause] a [pause] law that was passed [pause] by Congress on [pause] a [pause] economic issue, like health care, that I think most people would clearly consider commerce. A law like that has not been overturned [pause] at least since Lochner, right? So we’re going back to the ’30s, pre-New Deal.”

The Wall St. Journal column also says:

“But in citing Lochner, the president showed himself to be in over his head. . . . In Lochner the court invalidated a state labor regulation on the ground that it violated the ‘liberty of contract,’ which the court held was an aspect of liberty protected by the 14th Amendment’s Due Process Clause. . . . Lochner, which was effectively reversed in a series of post-New Deal decisions, did not involve a federal law–contrary to the president’s claim–and thus had nothing to do with the Commerce Clause, which concerns only the powers of Congress.  It’s appalling that any president would have the effrontery to lecture the Supreme Court about a pending case. It’s astounding that this president, who was once a professor of constitutional law at an elite university, would do so in such an ignorant fashion.”

For more about the President’s ignorance and false statements about the Lochner case read the 2011 article called “Barack Obama on Lochner” in which the author describes nine mistakes the constitutional law professor made describing the Lochner case.  Makes you wonder how Obama passed con law at Harvard.

See also “Barack Obama, Constitutional Ignoramus” that says:

“I’m grateful for the favor Obama did for us yesterday of exposing his extreme constitutional ignorance, with his comments on how it would be ‘unprecedented’ for the Court to strike down a law passed by a ‘strong majority’ in Congress.  (As if a House margin of seven votes is a ‘strong’ majority.)  True, he walked back the comment today, but surely because his statement was not merely indefensible but outright embarrassing to his media defenders.

I’ve been growing weary of hearing people mention that he’s a ‘constitutional scholar,’ since he never published a single thing on the subject either as editor of the Harvard Law Review or as a member of the faculty at the University of Chicago Law School.  But hey—he taught constitutional law, didn’t he?

Not really.”

Sheriff Joe Expands Obama Probe to Hillary Supporters

WND:  “Based on interviews WND conducted with insiders in Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has decided to expand the scope of his law enforcement investigation into President Obama’s eligibility to include evidence and affidavits documenting alleged criminal activity by the Obama campaign in the 2008 Democratic Party primary race.  Hollywood film producer Bettina Viviano and Hollywood-based digital photographer Michele Thomas have given Arpaio’s investigators the names of dozens of Hillary Clinton supporters willing to come forward with evidence and affidavits. Among their claims is that the Clintons were the first to charge Obama is not a natural born citizen as required by Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution and that his birth certificate is a forgery.”

Arizona Bill Reintroduced – Auto-glass Bill May Change The Direction Insureds Can Be “Steered”

A game-changing auto-glass bill under consideration by the Arizona Legislature is re-igniting a fresh wave of debate in that industry.  HB 2197 has been re-introduced to a new wave of resistance from Arizona’s largest auto glass repair and services provider.  HB 2197 was re-introduced because: Currently, if motorists need auto-glass repair, they call their insurance companies and, depending on the insurer, may be referred to Safelite where a third-party administrator will send out an inspector. The vehicle owner then has a choice of shops to do the repair.

The Arizona bill would create a rotating list of repair shops, and the consumer would be given a choice of three providers to use. If the bill becomes law, Arizona would be the only state with a rotating list.

(for the full article, see the Arizona Builders Exchange)

One aspect of this development for consumers is that Chandler, which houses 600 Safelite employees, may see one of its major local business sources downsized.  While 600 is a large number, Arizona is sustaining an economic recovery despite a recent similarly-sized General Dynamics layoff and a number of other such reductions in force recently in Arizona.  Proponents of HB 2197 include the Arizona Auto Glass Association and say it would preserve consumer choice, level the playing field and increase competition in the state’s industry.  Safelite contends that the bill amounts to industry meddling.

Read more about the debate in the Arizona auto-glass industry here.


Whitney Houston News: “Sparkle” Film Trailer Makes Its Debut Viewers got a first glimpse of Whitney Houston’s upcoming film Monday when NBC’s “Today” show premiered a trailer for the much-awaited release, and a fuller clip debuted on Yahoo! Movies.

A remake of the 1976 original, “Sparkle” stars Houston as the mother of three girls who form a singing group and struggle with fame and drug addiction. The trailer displayed the daughters, including “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks, in performance. Houston is prominent throughout, at one point singing the classic gospel song “His Eye Is on the Sparrow.”

Read more about Whitney Houston’s last film project here.

To catch a trailer of Whitney Houston’s last film project, go here.

Use Lottery to gain wealth? There are other ways to improve your financial standing

There are better ways to get rich than using the lottery.  The recent mega millions frenzy produced a crop of new-rich hopefuls.  However, the old-fashioned way holds the upper hand when compared with the odds – one in seventy-five million – of winning the lottery. A few careful planning tips are likely your “luckiest” path to wealth, based on

The odds are higher that you may be struck by lightning (1 in 10,000 in your lifetime) or attacked by a shark (1 in 11.5 million) than that you will win the lottery.  But, as long as shark attacks continue and lightning bolts strike, so will the lottery – because there is always that one person of the 10,000 / 11,500,000 / 75,000,000.

Detroit High School Protest: Students Suspended After Demanding ‘An Education’

Huff Post:  “About 50 students were suspended Thursday from the all-boys Frederick Douglass Academy in Detroit, Mich. for walking out of classes in protest, demanding ‘an education.’  Among their complaints: a lack of consistent teachers, the reassignment of the school principal, educators who abuse sick time and a shortage of textbooks.  ‘We’ve been wronged and disrespected and lied to and cheated,’ senior Tevin Hill told the Detroit Free Press

Exclusive interview with Dharun Ravi, the Man Convicted of 15 Crimes After the Suicide of His Gay Roomate Tyler Clementi  “Dharun Ravi’s face is drawn and thin. The stress of the last year and a half has wrung him out. His eyes are perpetually sad, not the eyes of a very bright 20-year-old young man who should have a promising future. He is sitting on a plush maroon sofa in his parents’ living room, free on bail but still a prisoner in public opinion. He has been convicted of a hate crime for spying on Tyler Clementi, who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after the episode.”

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