Seemed like when this came off the White House buffet all you could hope for was the Congress making a move. As is the norm these days, Congress slid their chairs closer to the microphone and made some noise. But, just when you think all or something is lost, change happens. My, change matters.
From an article by Lyle Denniston of the National Constitution Center on 02/19
President’s Unlawful move on migration
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, explains why the debate over a federal judge’s ruling against President Obama’s immigration policy is more of a political argument, and not a constitutional one.
THE STATEMENTS AT ISSUE:
“President Obama abdicated his responsibility to uphold the United States Constitution when he attempted to circumvent the laws passed by Congress via executive fiat, and Judge Hanen’s decision rightly stops the President’s overreach in its tracks.”
– Texas Governor Greg Abbott, in a statement on February 17 in reaction to a decision by a federal trial judge in Brownsville, Texas, temporarily blocking the Obama Administration’s new deferred deportation policy, announced last November and due to go into full effect this week.
“This decision is a victory for the rule of law in America and a crucial first step in reining in President Obama’s lawlessness. The President’s action, both unilateral and unconstitutional, was an affront to everyone pursuing the life of freedom and opportunity in America the right way.” – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, in a statement on February 17 about the court ruling.
“The government claims sole authority to govern in the area of immigration, and has exercised that authority by promulgating a complex statutory scheme and prohibiting any meaningful involvement by the states….However, the government has decided that it will not enforce these immigration laws as they apply to well over five million people, plus those who had their applications [to enter the program] denied. If one had to formulate from scratch a fact pattern that exemplified the existence of [a state’s right to sue] due to federal abdication, one could not have crafted a better scenario.” – U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen, in his 123-page decision on February 16, explaining his ruling to temporarily block the new federal government’s policy of deferring deportation of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. for a period of years.
Islamic Brothers - Can't We All Just Get Along?
From an article from Politico.com by Nick Gas 02/19
Parsing words on terrorism and atrocities by Muslims
Sen. Ted Cruz says President Barack Obama is “an apologist for radical Islamic terrorists,” blasting the administration’s rhetoric and approach to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
In particular, the Texas Republican criticized what he calls Obama’s refusal to label the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians in Egypt and the burning of 45 people in Iraq this week as “radical Islamic terrorism.” Cruz also complained that the White House did not explicitly acknowledge that those beheaded in Egypt were Christian.
“ISIS is the face of evil, and these latest atrocities … our heart breaks,” he said on the Fox News program “The Kelly File” on Wednesday night, using an alternate acronym for the terrorist group. “And to see 21 Coptic Christians murdered, beheaded by radical Islamic terrorists, to see 45 people lit on fire … this is horrific and it is deliberate and it is targeted at Christians. It is targeted at Jews. It’s targeted at Muslims in the region who do not accede to the radical Islamist view.”
Cruz then blasted a “false moral relativism” from the administration, admonishing the president for remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast in which he mentioned people who “committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”
“Now last I checked, the Crusades began a millennia ago, and I don’t think it’s too much to ask the president to stay in the current millennium,” Cruz remarked, before suggesting the president take a cue from his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Cruz praised al-Sisi, a Muslim, who used the occasion of his New Year’s Day speech to speak out against religious extremism.
“Why don’t we see the president of the United States demonstrating that same courage just to speak the truth about the face of evil we’re facing right now?” he asked.
Read complete article at: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/ted-cruz-obama-radical-islamic-terrorists-115312.html#ixzz3SDwW6DUD
Commentary on the town of Inglis' race for Commissioners and Mayor
Campaign strategies are surfacing already as four different camps, competing for three seats, begin the “How You Like Me Now?” shuffle. Three, of this field of seven citizens, are the good people. I don't mention their names here because they deserve more respect than to be included with this group of naysayers. Their agendas consist of matters for town improvement. They will be at the candidate’s forum on March 14th, to be held at the Inglis Community Center, behind Town Hall. Time is 2P to 4P. There were eight declared candidates, but Bill Kline, excused himself. I guess he and God-Girl, decided they could do more damage to the town without being in the Sunshine.
The Candidate’s Forum is an opportunity for the voters, and the candidates to learn something about each other. However, the ink wasn’t dry on the invitations before Bill Monteverde, and Sally Price opted out of being seen and heard in public. That’s because they intend to dissolve our town. Monteverde told the forum organizer that his style didn’t match the forum format. That Yankee version of “Aw shucks,” doesn’t work without a lot of rehearsal. Price takes her stage appearance cues from Monteverde. She’s calling the sneak attack on the town, “un-incorporation”, but by any name it’s a fool’s errand. And we all know that this entire move is about something much more petty than government social life.
Just to be clear. Before I was elected, Monteverde told me personally that he was going to get rid of the town clerk and the water clerk because they made him mad. Sally McCranie and Darlene Slattery, have managed an annual budget of 1.5 +/- million dollars for years. Now, Deputy clerk Sherri MacDonald came on board a year ago and the needed help arrived about 15 years late. As hard as he has tried, Monteverde, can’t have his way, get rid of town staff, or keep control of the town commission. So now he’s going to run for commissioner and dissolve the town, take his marbles, and go home. Whaa, Whaa!
Sally Price thinks so much of the town, that she was gone for 66 days, last summer. This was during budget workshops and regular commission meetings. No matter what she says, she will vote to dissolve the town. She doesn’t have the backbone to get up in public and admit that she will. She and Monteverde are running together. See sign on Highway 19. "Accountability"? Come on out and play children.
Stephen P. Smalldridge, sitting commissioner, and stellar mayoral candidate. His election strategy? A Facebook page with a “Look at me,” bad guy, portrait, and a filthy conversation with a young girl. Embarrassing the town has reached a new high. There’s more. I don’t know any veterans who talk about their service unless asked. This one talks about it continuously. He has no DD214 because you can’t get a DD214 service record for an imaginary tour of duty. Plain and simple, asking an eighty year old manager at the AMVETS is not proof of service. PERIOD. This one probably won’t show for the Candidate’s forum, either. His specialty is talking until you run from the room. He’s indicated that he will hold his own forum without time constraints or hard questions. Hope the hall will hold one hundred, screaming, teenage, pole dancers. He’s a celebrity. Just ask him. In his mind, he’s a legend.
Carole Gibson, candidate for mayor. Her contributions to Inglis are legendary. She ran a phoney petition that was thrown out of court for no grounds. Terrorized elderly citizens, in the process. Sally Price was the leading petition gatherer. God-Girl was one of the brains behind this charade. The total cost of this joke is criminal.