Conservative Wanderer

“A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill.” — Ronald Wilson Reagan

Quote Of The Week

Sorry for slow blogging, family emergency mid-week has made things rather hectic around here.

Here’s a thought from Paul A. Rahe that I hope will get your brain cells working, tho:

Thanks to the Progressives, we now live in the worst of times, and we also live in the best of times. Our greatest misfortune is our greatest good fortune. Thanks to our benefactor Barack Obama, we live at the moment – one hundred years after the initial victory of Progressivism – when the tyrannical character of the administrative state is becoming evident to one and all, when with the help of what my friend Michael Barone calls “gangster government,” we are being made aware that, due to our abandonment of federalism and the separation of powers, we now live under a government that is irresponsible in every sense of the word. Put bluntly, President Obama is giving us the political education that we were denied in the schools and universities that the Progressives have crafted for our indoctrination. Unpleasant as it is to be confronted with gangster government, it is enlightening – and now, for the first time in my lifetime, we are in a position to think clearly about our options. No one is kidding anyone any more, and no one is pretending. We are witnessing the Great Unmasking. As William Blake once said, it is the road of excess that leads to the palace of wisdom. For us, alas, there is no other way.

Read the whole thing. Really.

E. J. Dionne Thinks Making People Prove Who They Say They Are Is Election Rigging

Yes, you read that right. To EJD, asking people for a piece of photo ID… which I have to do every time I check into a hotel–which, by the way, is where I was this weekend, a little “mental health” getaway–is tantamount to rigging the election.

The laws in question include requiring voter identification cards at the polls, limiting the time of early voting, ending same-day registration and making it difficult for groups to register new voters.

Oh, the horrors! Making sure that the person voting under the name John Smith is really John Smith and not Dan Green! Keeping people from registering the day of the election with names conveniently copied off the headstones at the local cemetery! And–gasp–limiting early voting, making it harder for people to vote twice, thrice, or even four times for our beloved Secular Savior Barack! How ever will our nation survive?

H/T PJ Tatler

Barone: “Sounds A Lot Like Gangster Government”

Michael Barone–as usual–nails it:

As Carney points out, the main feature of the Democrats’ bill, which was defeated in the Senate but which we probably have not heard the last of, was to deny five major oil companies the domestic production tax credit that is available to all manufacturers and mining companies, including oil companies. The justification? Well, big oil companies get lousy ratings in polls. So stick ‘em with a higher tax bill. Sounds a lot like gangster government to me.

He doesn’t mention the NLRB’s attack on Boeing putting a plant in South Carolina, which is yet another example of gangster government. A union lawyer even said that people in the south are “less-skilled, lower-quality” as a work force… and he even put that in writing in a major newspaper.

SCOTUS to ACORN: Nuts!

The Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal of ACORN’s funding cut-off:

Congress cut off ACORN’s federal funding last year in response to allegations the group engaged in voter registration fraud and embezzlement and violated the tax-exempt status of some of its affiliates by engaging in partisan political activities.

ACORN sued, but the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City upheld the action. The high court refused to hear its appeal.

Of course, this is probably largely moot, because the lefties can just set up different organizations and continue the same old same old, but still, it’s a small victory for the forces of light and goodness.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Admits It’s The Democrats’ Economy Now

Well, okay, if you want to take credit for the way things are going, Debbie:

Democrats are ready to take responsibility for the state of the economy and they deserve credit for putting it on the right track, the party’s chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, said on Wednesday.

“We own the economy. We own the beginning of the turnaround and we want to make sure that we continue that pace of recovery, not go back to the policies of the past under the Bush administration that put us in the ditch in the first place,” Wasserman Schultz told Mike Allen at POLITICO’s ‘Playbook Breakfast.’

Pace of recovery, Debbie? What friggin’ recovery?

This woman is clearly delusional… and part of the delusion seems to be that everyone thinks the economy is just fine.

Keep it up, Debbie… you’re writing great copy for Republican or conservative ads for Election 2012.

Wisconsin Unions Try Again, This Time In Federal Court

Shoulda seen this one coming…

One day after the Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered the reinstatement of collective-bargaining legislation that potentially affects thousands of public-sector employees, a coalition of unions filed suit in federal court seeking to block it.

The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO on Wednesday joined a number of other unions seeking to halt Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial collective bargaining legislation.

The groups include the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 24, AFSCME Council 40, AFSCME Council 48, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), the Wisconsin State Employees Union, The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union – Health Care Wisconsin (SEIU).

In a statement, the groups said they filed the suit because the collective-bargaining legislation “denies hundreds of thousands of public employees their right to collectively bargain for a better life. The groups challenge the constitutionality of the state’s Budget Repair Bill which would destroy collective bargaining rights for all but a select group of public sector workers.”

The suit, filed in the Western District of Wisconsin, says the legislation violates the 1st and 14th amendments “by stripping away basic rights to bargain, organize and associate for the purpose of engaging in union activity, which have been in place for the last half century.”

The case was assigned to Federal Judge William M. Conley. Conley is an appointee of President Barack Obama.

The unions are asking the federal court to prevent the Walker administration from implementing the legislaton, either on a temporary or permanent basis. And they are asking the court to find the legislation unconstitutional.

This one also looks headed for SCOTUS.

Change? Obama Donors Get Administration Posts

The needle on my hypocrisy meter just pegged

More than two years after President Obama took office vowing to banish “special interests” from his administration, nearly 200 of his biggest donors have landed plum government jobs and advisory posts, won federal contracts worth millions of dollars for their business interests or attended numerous elite White House meetings and social events, an investigation by iWatch News has found.

These “bundlers” raised at least $50,000 and sometimes more than $500,000 in campaign donations for Obama’s campaign. Many of those in the “Class of 2008” are now being asked to bundle contributions for Obama’s re-election, an effort that could cost $1 billion.

As a candidate, Obama spoke passionately about diminishing the clout of moneyed interests and making the White House more accessible to everyday Americans. In kicking off his presidential run on Feb. 10, 2007, he blasted “the cynics, the lobbyists, the special interests,” who he said had “turned our government into a game only they can afford to play.”

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• Overall, 184 of 556, or about one-third, of Obama bundlers or their spouses joined the administration in some role. But the percentages are much higher for the big-dollar bundlers. Nearly 80 percent of those who collected more than $500,000 for Obama took “key administration posts,” as defined by the White House. More than half the ambassador nominees who were bundlers raised more than half a million.

• The big bundlers had broad access to the White House for meetings with top administration officials and glitzy social events. In all, campaign bundlers and their family members account for more than 3,000 White House meetings and visits. Half of them raised $200,000 or more.

• Some Obama bundlers have ties to companies that stand to gain financially from the president’s policy agenda, particularly in clean energy and telecommunications, and some already have done so. Level 3 Communications, for instance, snared $13.8 million in stimulus money. At least 18 other bundlers have ties to businesses poised to profit from government spending to promote clean energy, telecommunications and other key administration priorities.

In other words, business as usual for the Chicago-trained politician that is Barack Hussein Obama.

Porn Star: Weiner Asked Me To Lie

The hole A. Weiner is in keeps getting deeper

A porn star said on Wednesday that embattled Representative Anthony Weiner asked her to lie about their e-mail relationship in the hope that an Internet sex scandal surrounding him would die down.

Ginger Lee, who is also a stripper, said her exchanges with the Democratic lawmaker from New York began with political discussions of abortion rights and healthcare but Weiner kept trying to sexualize the conversation. She said she never reciprocated his lewd messages.

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“He asked me to lie about our communication,” Lee told a news conference in New York, flanked by celebrity attorney Gloria Allred. “I knew I couldn’t lie for him but I didn’t want to be the one who kicked him under the bus.”

“I think that Anthony Weiner should resign because he lied. He lied to the public and the press for more than a week,” she said. “If he lied about this, I can’t have much faith in him about anything else.”

Allred said Lee had about 100 e-mails that she had exchanged with Weiner since March, when he initially contacted her on Twitter after she posted a supportive blog about him.

Allred said that while most of the e-mails were not sexual, Weiner had referred to his “package” in some exchanges, such as “I have wardrobe demands too, I need to highlight my package” and “You aren’t giving my package due credit.”

This is the reason not to put too much power in the hand of one man or woman… inevitably they get corrupted… though A. Weiner’s brand of corruption is more slimy than most.

WI Supreme Court Upholds Walker Union Bill, Smacks Down Judge Sumi

Well, that was quick… and quite the smackdown for the judge that tried to stop the bill in its tracks.

Here’s the interesting part (emphasis mine):

¶4   IT IS ORDERED that the certification and motions for temporary relief in Case No. 2011AP613-LV are denied.

¶5   IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the petition for original jurisdiction in Case No. 2011AP765-W is granted, State ex rel. La Follette v. Stitt, 114 Wis. 2d 358, 338 N.W.2d 684 (1983), and all motions to dismiss and for supplemental briefing are denied.

¶6   IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all orders and judgments of the Dane County Circuit Court in Case No. 2011CV1244 are vacated and declared to be void ab initio.State ex rel. Nader v. Circuit Court for Dane Cnty., No. 2004AP2559-W, unpublished order (Wis. S. Ct. Sept. 30, 2004) (wherein this court vacated the prior orders of the circuit court in the same case).

¶7   This court has granted the petition for an original action because one of the courts that we are charged with supervising has usurped the legislative power which the Wisconsin Constitution grants exclusively to the legislature.  It is important for all courts to remember that Article IV, Section 1 of the Wisconsin Constitution provides:  “The legislative power shall be vested in a senate and assembly.”  Article IV, Section 17 of the Wisconsin Constitution provides in relevant part:  “(2) . . . No law shall be in force until published.  (3) The legislature shall provide by law for the speedy publication of all laws.”

The Dane County Circuit Court listed in paragraph 6 is the one Judge Sumi sits on… therefore, paragraph 6 is vacating all of her various attempts to stop this law… I’m not a lawyer, but my research on “ab initio” indicates that the Supreme Court is saying that Judge Sumi’s orders were flawed and/or illegal from the beginning.

Paragraph 7, of course, is perfectly correct in describing what Judge Sumi was trying to do… overturn a law that was legally enacted simply because she disagrees with it, not because it violates any sort of law (legislative procedures do not normally have the force of law). As the decision itself states (again, emphasis mine):

¶13  It also is argued that the Act is invalid because the legislature did not follow certain notice provisions of the Open Meetings Law for the March 9, 2011 meeting of the joint committee on conference.  It is argued that Wis. Stat. § 19.84(3) required 24 hours notice of that meeting and such notice was not given.  It is undisputed that the legislature posted notices of the March 9, 2011 meeting of the joint committee on conference on three bulletin boards, approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes before the start of the meeting.  In the posting of notice that was done, the legislature relied on its interpretation of its own rules of proceeding.  The court declines to review the validity of the procedure used to give notice of the joint committee on conference.  See Stitt, 114 Wis. 2d at 361.  As the court has explained when legislation was challenged based on allegations that the legislature did not follow the relevant procedural statutes, “this court will not determine whether internal operating rules or procedural statutes have been complied with by the legislature in the course of its enactments.”  Id. at 364.  “[W]e will not intermeddle in what we view, in the absence of constitutional directives to the contrary, to be purely legislative concerns.”  Id.  The court’s holding in Stitt was grounded in separation of powers principles, comity concepts and “the need for finality and certainty regarding the status of a statute.”  Id. at 364-65.

This is a stunning rebuke of a sitting judge, but then that judge’s actions were stunning in and of themselves.

H/T Ace, via PJ Tatler

Barack Obama, Meet Barack Obama

President Barack Obama, today:

President Barack Obama warned Tuesday there could be another global financial crisis if the U.S. Congress fails to raise the national debt ceiling.

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“The full faith and credit of the United States is the underpinning not only of our way of life, it’s also the underpinning of a global financial system. We could actually have a reprise of a financial crisis, if we play this too close to the line. So we’re going be working hard over the next month,” he said.

Senator Barack Obama, 2006:

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government can not pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.  Americans deserve better.”

Consistency? We don’t need no stinkin’ consistency, not when The Won’s re-election may be on the line!

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