Friday, July 9, 2010
Random thoughts from a warped and fevered mind...
The Obama administration has unveiled their lawsuit against the State of Arizona for the the recently passed state law that requires law enforcement officials to determine the legal residency status of anyone that is stopped for just cause. The attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division that is handling the case is assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, who was also an assistant AG during the Clinton years. Why bring this up? Taking a look at the background of the United States Attorney handling this case is instructive. During his time in the Clinton DOJ, Perez volunteered for an organization known as CASA de Maryland, a group that is known for their extreme advocacy for illegal aliens. Perez rose from the ranks of the volunteers to become President of this organization. How did this non-profit organization raise funds and operate, you ask? Two of the most prominent donors were George Soros' Open Society Institute and Hugo Chavez's Citgo Oil. During his tenure at CASA de Maryland, Perez campaigned for an increasing menu of benefits to illegal aliens, including issuance of driver's licenses without proof of identity and in state tuition discounts at public colleges. During his tenure at CASA de Maryland, the organization vigorously fought against enforcement of deportation orders and coordination of local, state, and national criminal databases to detect persons that are illegally in this country. This attitude and stance is now permeating our Department of Justice. Kudos to the State of Arizona for doing what our federal government will not. Know who you're up against and prepare for a long fight.
Whoever said "nothing is impossible" is wrong. I have been doing nothing for years.
Several weeks ago I mentioned that Donald Berwick had been nominated by the Obama administration to be the adminsitrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This is an extremely important position as CMS will control billions of dollars and take on more responsibility for the healthcare of seniors through the administration of Medicare and Medicaid under the socialized medical program recently passed by congress. Berwick faced a decidedly uphill fight, in part because he is an advocate of rationing healthcare, opposes the free markets, and sincerely believes that individual wealth must be confiscated to pay for healthcare for those that cannot afford it. Seeing that this nomination was in trouble, Obama made a recess appointment and put Berwick in this position, which he will occupy until the end of 2011. So what? I am not using Medicare or Medicaid services. No, but each of us that is working might want to keep a tighter grip on our wallets. Here is Berwick's quotes from a 2008 healthcare conference in Great Britain, "Any healthcare funding plan that is equitable, civilized, and humane must, MUST, redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer and less fortunate. Excellent healthcare is by definition redistributional." This quote exemplifies the mindset of far too many in Washington and bodes ill for those that are working and trying to provide for their families a better way of life.
My wife has really gotten into making pottery, but to me it's just kiln time.
During the 2008 presidential election, members of the New Black Panther Party were videotaped physically and verbally intimidating both black and white voters attempting to enter a Philadelphia polling station. Using the videotaped evidence, the DOJ brought a suit against three identified individuals and the Black Panther Party for violation of section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits intimidation, threats, and coercion. Neither the defendants or representatives of the Black Panthers showed up to defend themselves, and a default judgement was entered against the defendants. Why bring this up? Recently, the DOJ sought to dismiss the charges on what was a clear and vivid example of voter intimidation. The motive for this has been fuzzy and elusive and the DOJ has refused to give a straight answer. Until now. J. Christian Adams, who until last week was a member of the DOJ's Voting Section and charged with insuring the fairness and accessibility of the voting process, gave an emotional and explosive testimony before the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Without equivocation, Adams testified that senior officials in the DOJ and specifically Attorney General Eric Holder had told employees not to bring voting rights cases where the victim was white. If the transgressor was white, there would be prosecution; if the violator was black, no prosecution. Adams resigned from DOJ in protest. This makes one's blood boil. This administration, in seeking justice, has taken the stance that the playing field is no longer level; that justice is no longer blind. And this is a sorry commentary on the state of the leadership in our country.
I believe that condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.
And that, my friends, is my view.