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Look Who’s Talking!

I believe I said that I would have held hearings on Judge Garland for the Supreme Court, only to reject him out of hand—on a party-line vote, if need be.

But look what fun we would have missed!

Returning to the University of Chicago Law School where he once lectured in constitutional law, Mr. Obama also boasted that he has “transformed” the federal judiciary by appointing record numbers of minorities, even as he sought to reassure critics that Judge Garland is a mainstream nominee.

Mr. Obama said Senate Republicans’ refusal to hold hearings or to meet with Judge Garland is “not acceptable.”

“What’s not acceptable, I believe, is the increasing use of the filibuster for somebody who’s clearly within the mainstream,” Mr. Obama said. “Or to essentially say we are going to nullify the ability of a president who is from another party from making an appointment.”

Once a lecturer, always a lecturer. Now, as then, nobody’s listening. Credit to Mitch McConnell for following the Biden-Schumer policy of no lame-duck SCOTUS nominees—ever.

“President Obama is the first president to have filibustered a Supreme Court nominee, and he did so on the basis that he believes justices should decide the most difficult cases according to their personal political preferences,” said Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network. “Now, at the end of a failed and extremely divisive presidency, he is apparently willing to say and do anything to create the most liberal Supreme Court majority in decades.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Americans not to fall for the president’s characterization of Judge Garland as a “moderate.” He said the president is trying to fool the public.

“It’s just a useful piece of spin that’s been dutifully echoed across the expanse of the left and in the media for years,” Mr. McConnell said on the Senate.

Playing by the rules, and being “fair” to the other guy is how Republican presidents end up nominating the David Souters and the John Roberts of the Supreme Court. Where was Obama’s “moderate” tendency when nominating Wise Latina and Elena Kagan? We’ve shared with you before the stastistics showing how the liberal wing on the court votes as a bloc around 90% of the time, well above any conservative bloc-voting. There’s no telling what undiscovered rights five liberal justices will find in Obama’s scorned “charter of negative liberties”.

The American people, in their wisdom, elected a Republican Congress. What the Left calls obstruction, I call balance. Sometimes, you get to say no. Sometimes, you have to.

And for old jug-ears to call anything “unacceptable” is too rich for words. You want to sing a duet of dueling unacceptables, sir? I’ve got a guitar if you’ve got a banjo.

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Everyone There Will Have Moved Here

Obama couldn’t wait to go to Cuba.

Funny, then:

Nearly twice as many Cuban migrants reached the U.S. by foot and sea in the last three months of 2015 as in the same period the year earlier, the northbound exodus swelling after the restoration of diplomatic relations and amid fears of the loss of migration privileges.

Department of Homeland Security figures show about 17,000 Cubans reached the United States from October through December. Slightly more than 9,200 Cuban migrants arrived during the same months in 2014.

The surge has been driven in part by Cubans’ fears that warmer ties between the governments, announced in December 2014, mean they could lose privileges that now let them stay in the United States if they reach American soil — a policy originally based on the assumption those fleeing Cuba were largely political refugees.

What a perfect distillation of the unintended consequences of brain-dead liberalism. The doobie-smoking, peace-flashing, adolescent-in-chief wades ashore in Cuba, and the poor wretches who have to live there take to their rafts and inner-tubes to get out while the getting is good. Since we can be fairly sure a percentage of them will die in the attempt, Obama’s reckless whim is directly responsible for “floaters” washing ashore on South Beach.

While I oppose all illegal immigration (which can’t really be called immigration at all, as it is outside the law), I might have slightly less opposition to refugees from communist oppression. Nothing against my Guatemalan hermanos, but I suggest that those seeking freedom may be more prone to adopting American values than those seeking merely a handout. Curiously, Obama policies reward the opposite process.

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Obama Exposed

Takes a commie to know a commie:

The link is to a Politico story that dares to suggest Obama ran circles around Raul Castro, displaying his rapier wit and barracuda-like ability to move in for the ideological kill.

Take a look at the picture again.

Raul Castro is in his 80s; Obama in his 50s, and a self-described gym rat. You don’t think he could have resisted the dottering dictator’s attempt to lift his arm? You don’t think he could have firmed-up his wrist just a smidge (as he likes to say)?

Again, Politico thinks Obama got the better of the exchange, jabbing the redoubtable red over political prisoners. But the media have always loved Obama’s way with words (or Bill Ayers’s way, to be accurate). His actions, they ignore. While he was landing with the fam on a fabulous Caribbean vacay, dozens to scores of the Ladies in White were being seized and jailed by the police. Does Obama seriously think his powers of persuasion will do more for human rights in Cuba, than tightening the vise around the Castro family nuts?

Of course he does. But take a look at the picture again. You can bet Putin has. And Kim. And She. And the Caliphate.

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In Socialism, Everyone is Equal

Some more so than others:

As the opposition makes arrangements to call a referendum on President Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan government has launched a preemptive strike that looks to reinforce the ailing Chavismo by rewarding loyalty.

Focused on securing power, the socialist ruling party will start issuing so-called “Bolivarian cards” – with not yet disclosed privileges – to its followers, as well as “socialist cards” loaded with a monthly allowance of approximately $70; that’s 10 times the minimum wage in Venezuela.

The third tier of the survival strategy is a full-blown campaign with the motto that can be translated to “Nobody surrenders here” (“Aquí no se rinde nadie,” in Spanish).

The Bolivarian cards will be handed out to self-proclaimed Chavistas during a national house-to-house survey to take place in early April, Maduro announced last weekend.

We shouldn’t feel so superior. How different is Chavismo from Obasmo? Free phones, EBT cards, subsidized rent—you take care of him, he takes care of you. The rest of youse can go screw. That’s the Chicago/Caracas way!

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Enough With the Violent Rhetoric!

Mr. President:

I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to ’em whether they’re independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with ’em and get in their face.

Thanks to Rush for that. How about this?

“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun, because from what I understand, folks in Philadelphia like a good brawl.”

Doesn’t sound like Gandhi-esque to me. Or this guy, either:

This blog would need to run 24/7 just to keep up with the dirty, violent rhetoric (and actions!) on the Left. Wisconsin alone would keep us busier than we like.

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What Next for SCOTUS?

Much as it pains me—which is nothing to the pain it will cause the country for decades to come—Obama has every right to nominate a replacement for the Supreme Court (though no one can replace Scalia). It would be one thing if a justice turned toes-up on January 19, 2016, but he’s got almost a full year left in his term. Nowhere in the Constitution is the lame duck part of a president’s term defined.

And nowhere in the Constitution does it say Congress has to bend over and take whatever Obama tries to shove…well, that isn’t how Madison would have put it. In an election year, this is going to be political.

Obama will want to cement his legacy; the Republican majority in Congress—even this sackless Republican leadership—will want to fit his nominee for cement overshoes. It would be one thing to replace a liberal justice, like, say, RBG, with another liberal. But Scalia? Nominate the likes of Bill Ayers or Bernardine Dorn to sit in Scalia’s seat? Ted Cruz would detonate a suicide vest in the hearings to prevent that happening.

So, will Obama go moderate (whatever that means to him)? Will he nominate a Democrat David Souter (who might as well have been a Democrat anyway)? That would be statesmanlike.

Which means it ain’t gonna happen. No, he’ll nominate someone to the left of Saul Alinsky, but with an identity shield—race, sex, sexual orientation—that will ricochet incoming fire back on the Republicans. We have a “wise Latina” on the bench, but what about a gay one? It has to be a woman, the War against whom has been flagging lately. Stoke it up with a black chick. Doesn’t matter who, even Rachel Dolezal will do.

In this unexpected turn of events, Obama could try to unite the country, or he could try further to remake it in his own image. It ain’t hard to guess which he’ll choose.

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The Myth of American Relevance

We mattered once, maybe still do for a couple of years yet.

But not for long, and possibly never again:

Just how far have budget deficits drifted off the radar screen of presidential politics? Here’s one indicator: Last week, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued its annual “ Budget and Economic Outlook ” report — a detailed examination of White House and congressional policies — and hardly anyone paid heed. The inattention is striking because the report was full of sobering news.

Consider:

Cumulative deficits over 10 years (2016 to 2025) are now projected at $8.5?trillion, up from a $7 trillion estimate in August. Federal debt held by the public — the total of all past deficits — is projected at $22.4 trillion in 2025; in 2016, it’s $13.9 trillion. By 2025, the debt would equal 84 percent of the economy (gross domestic product) compared with 74 percent in 2015. Many economists think the rising debt unsustainable.

Almost half the spending growth over the decade comes from two programs: Social Security and Medicare. Much of the rest stems from other health-care programs (Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act) and from interest on the debt. The projected annual interest payments rise from $223?billion (1.3 percent of GDP) in 2015 to $772 billion (2.9?percent of GDP) in 2025. Meanwhile, other programs, from defense to the courts, are squeezed.

All this while Obamanomic growth will be lucky to be two percent, historically sluggish, leaving little new revenue to pay for the spiraling increases.

The federal government is now a massive pension and health care system, and little else. ObamaCare wasn’t the first such program, but it has only accelerated the trend. Those of us who believe in smaller government might be pleased that the government will have no money to waste on all manner of silliness that government spends money on. But if that includes “defense and courts”—roles central to government—our happiness will be sort-lived. And who expects government to stop wasting money on silliness? I don’t. We have all of us—or close enough to all—come to believe in government spending as a solution to anything.

But unpopularity isn’t the only reason politicians dodge deficit-fighting. There’s a deeper cause: It’s hard to see immediate gains, either economic or political, from reducing deficits; most plausible gains are hypothetical and are years away. Democratic political systems aren’t good at making present sacrifices for uncertain future benefits.

Based on the campaign so far, this important conversation seems unlikely. The leading candidates are playing Russian roulette with the nation’s future, assuming that deficits can be ignored because most Americans (or so it seems) would prefer it that way.

Of course, I’m a Steyny-come-lately to this hootenanny; but so was he. Deficits have been a worry for decades, and we’re still going strong. (Are we?) Anyway, historically low interest rates make borrowing seem cheap and easy. Until they aren’t anymore. Until it isn’t anymore. And what will that look like?

I don’t know—anything from Japan’s two decades of deflation to Venezuela’s societal collapse, or something worse—but we had better get used to it. It’s what we—our leaders and ourselves—chose.

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The Rootinest, Tootinest Baddest Hombre East of the Pecos

We’ve already covered this story, but when Fox Butterfield walks up and punches you in the nose, how can you not respond?

Gun background checks hit record number in 2015, despite Obama agenda

Despite? Sure you don’t mean “due to”?

A record 23,141,970 background checks were conducted on prospective gun buyers in 2015, according to year-end FBI data, up 15 percent from the previous year and nearly double the figure from 2008, the year before Obama took office. Second Amendment advocates say interest in guns spikes whenever Obama publicly decries gun violence or calls for new measures to restrict firearms.

“People are voting on this issue with their dollars by buying more guns and ammunition,” Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, told FoxNews.com.

Every time I despair of this country, we perform a civic act like this that restores my hope.

Gun ownership was rising well before President Obama took office, according to a 2012 Congressional Research Service report. That study found that civilians owned 242 million guns in 1996; 259 million in 2000; and 310 million 2009. More recent official statistics are unavailable, but The Washington Post used manufacturing data and information from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to estimate the number of guns in America stood at 357 million in 2013.

There seems little doubt that gun ownership has risen dramatically under Obama, who supporters and critics alike believe may be the most outspoken proponent of gun control ever to occupy the White House.

“When he talks about guns, gun sales go up,” said National Rifle Association spokeswoman Amy Hunter. “If what he’s trying to do is to stop people from buying guns, it doesn’t seem to be working so well.”

Forty-seven million Americans have started packing heat (or applied to) since Obama took office, about one in every seven Americans. At an average dinner party, one guest has taken to arming herself with a gun during the Obama administration (smart girl). But that’s just through 2013. It sounds like nearly that number applied for a license in the last two years alone!

Forget dinner party; someone in your bridge foursome brought more than cucumber sandwiches to the game.

Organizers of the Prospectors Sertoma Gun Show in Colorado Springs, Colo., reported an increase in attendance at Saturday’s show.

“In my three years, [it was] one of the busiest shows we’ve ever had here, and the gun sales were out of sight,” volunteer Deonne School told Fox 21.

I take back everything I’ve said about Obama’s ruinous economic policies. Well, some things. One thing.

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Our Reset With Russia

Working about as well as everything else Obama has done:

The pro-regime Russian media is filled with hate towards the U.S., comparing it to Nazi Germany,[1] accusing it of fascism, and describing U.S. leaders and their policies in extremely derogatory terms. The message of hate towards the U.S. is often apparent from the article’s headlines, such as “Obama’s Last State of the Union [Address] Declares Triumph of American Fascism”, “Will the World Survive Obama’s Last Year?”, “Lies, Terror and the Drive to War”, “Obama’s Shame and the Turkish Pageboy”, and “Is Ashton Carter Insane?”

“As a matter of fact, Obama’s latest speech glorifies fascism. A fascist system is a political system of dictatorship that outlaws any manifestation of dissent and relies on repression. These days, fascism has taken a new form. Modern-day fascism wears a mask of democracy to promote brutal propaganda and endless wars. Since 1945, as many as 69 countries have suffered from the American version of fascism.

“‘Original’ and revived fascism have one common feature – the cult of exceptionalism. ‘I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being,’ Obama once said. The statement evokes national fetishism of Nazi Germany from the 1930s.

“The ideology of exceptionalism is the best brainwashing technique. It is an open secret that many Americans do not know that it was the Red Army that destroyed the Nazi war machine at the cost of 13 million lives.

“‘I lead the strongest military that the world has ever known. And I will never hesitate to protect my country or our allies, unilaterally and by force where necessary,’ Obama told the UN General Assembly on September 28, 2015.

“We occasionally have to twist the arms of countries that wouldn’t do what we need them to do if it weren’t for the various economic or diplomatic or, in some cases, military leverage that we had – if we didn’t have that dose of realism, we wouldn’t get anything done, either,’ Barack Obama also said in an interview with Vox in early 2015.

“Thus, Obama is convinced that the powerful army is the main tool of the United States. America interferes in internal affairs of other countries, and often does that by military means. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Ukraine – which country is next?

“Not that long ago, Western journalists wrote that the role of the world order guardian would better fit Russia than the self-absorbed USA. Russia has always been a more righteous nation that other European countries, and an increasing number of countries now seek Russia’s protection and help, Politonline wrote.”[4]

“The self-absorbed USA”: about whom could he be talking?

But then he loses me:

Best information out there, leaked detailed investigative reports from the US government indicate that 9/11 was staged by an international cabal. Yes, Saudi Arabia was involved.

“There were no Islamic extremists, no bin Laden, only the secretive and powerful, names like ‘Bronfman’ or ‘Netanyahu.’ Nobody was hiding in caves, not the real perpetrators, same as today with ISIS, the terror group run from boardrooms in Zurich and London, not from tunnels under Mosul.

“Now it is called ‘ISIS,’ the exact same marriage of Israeli and Saudi intelligence, with Erdogan thrown into the mix, working hand in hand with the CIA and Pentagon, caught over and over commanding ISIS units, supplying their weapons and pouring in cash from what is now exposed by Russia to be a massive oil trade that everyone knew about all along.

Still, even a stopped clock finds a nut every once in a while:

“The Nobel Peace Prize laureate is a cool guy, of course. Yet, he is doing his best to be included on the list of America’s most ridiculed presidents, starting with the Nobel Peace Prize title and continuing with the list of wars that he flamed.

Funny as this is, there’s little to laugh at a Cold War mindset in this day and age. Calling Obama fascist is not wholly wrong, but in the context of fighting the Nazis, with the massive loss of life that entailed, is disturbing. Certainly not indicative of a thaw, let alone a “reset”.

The first man in a long time—and the last—to push Hillary’s button.

PS: About that selfie pic again. Not only is the selfie stick the most perfect example of narcissism in the contemporary world, Obama is posing for his own personal photographer while posing for his self-selfie (most selfies being paired or group shots).

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The Guatemalans Are Coming! The Guatemalans Are Coming!

Doesn’t have the same ring to it, but the peril is the same:

Federal officials say they plan to tour Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford with an eye toward housing unaccompanied children who have crossed the southern border into the United States illegally.

Hanscom is one of six military bases nationwide under consideration, the federal Department of Health and Human Services confirmed. HHS has asked the Department of Defense to make 5,000 beds available.

“Representatives from HHS will visit Hanscom Air Force Base in the coming days to determine if our installation is suitable for them to temporarily provide shelter for Unaccompanied Children under their care,” an HHS statement said. “Base officials will join the HHS staff as they tour the vacant facilities available for HHS’s use. HHS will make the final determination if they will use Hanscom Air Force Base for Unaccompanied Children operations.”

I don’t want to sound unwelcoming or xenophobic, but it would be a shame if the barracks burned to the ground before the little moppets got tucked in for the night. At the very least, the cots should be checked for bedbugs.

But if the mattresses aren’t vermin-infested now, they soon will be:

The move has one local activist concerned that it could end up costing the state tax money while fueling the black market for human trafficking.

“Why would we facilitate this failed policy that is resulting in more and more illegal immigration,” said Jessica Vaughn of the Center for Immigration Studies. “This population has been a huge strain on the cities of Lynn and Milford. What sort of public safety threat does this represent? The administration has been engaged in a failed policy at the border that continues to inspire more and more people to pay smugglers to take their children across the border.”

Which is precisely the point. On every front, at every opportunity, in every conceivable way, Obama is trying to erode the foundation of the country. America is an unjust entity in his eyes, and anything he can do to unmake it and remake it in his image is fair game.

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Dog and Pony Show

BYOB:

Following his executive actions this week, President Obama will participate in what CNN is calling a “town hall” style discussion about gun control at George Mason University tomorrow night. The one hour show will be hosted by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and airs live at 8 p.m eastern.

But according to a memo sent to faculty and students by GMU Communications and Marketing Vice President Renell Wynn earlier this week, participation in the town hall is by invite only. There are no tickets available to people who are not specifically invited to the event.

“This is an invitation-only event. No tickets are available,” the memo states. “The event is not open to the public.”

This means CNN and the White House are completely shaping the narrative for the event by choosing the people who will participate. There’s no doubt the White House will also be crafting pro-gun control questions that are asked from carefully selected audience members.

I meant to write when this was first proposed that I expected 2nd Amendment advocates to be fairly represented. As if.

What did I expect, and why did I expect it? Once a Chicago hustler, always a Chicago hustler. Anderson “Joe Buck” Cooper had better get paid straight cash for the degrading acts he’ll be asked to (and only be too happy to) perform. Once a rent-boy, always a rent-boy.

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The “Paper” of the United States

Sometimes referred to as the Constitution:

Now, I want to be absolutely clear at the start — and I’ve said this over and over again, this also becomes routine, there is a ritual about this whole thing that I have to do — I believe in the Second Amendment. It’s there written on the paper. It guarantees a right to bear arms. No matter how many times people try to twist my words around — I taught constitutional law, I know a little about this — (applause) — I get it. But I also believe that we can find ways to reduce gun violence consistent with the Second Amendment.

Actually, it’s not “written on the paper”. It’s written on (the) parchment.

But it is written.

You’d think someone who “taught constitutional law” would know the difference. Or should I write “constitutional law”:

Has anyone figured out what De Glop means at the far end? I asked you guys a few months ago. Still waiting.

Anyway, like Tom Friedman, Obama loves him some China:

Some of you may recall, at the same time that Sandy Hook happened, a disturbed person in China took a knife and tried to kill — with a knife — a bunch of children in China. But most of them survived because he didn’t have access to a powerful weapon.

How again, and where, did he kill “a bunch” of children, Mr. President?

We tease the big lug because he was clearly TOTUS-less, and when Obama tries to speak on his own, look out: distinct inarticulateness ensues. I just hope for all our sakes he doesn’t really want to emulate China’s way of doing things. (Though burning more coal would reduce my electric bill.)

We’d all be sad:

Oops! Wrong emotional appeal!

But I think the power of happiness (or happierness) lies within:

The administration has overseen a striking drop in prosecutions of gun crimes, winning only about 6,000 convictions in 2015 — down more than 15 percent from five years ago, and giving added weight to claims by gun rights groups that President Obama has failed to enforce the laws already on the books.

Of the two most common federal gun offenses — illegally selling a firearm or using one in connection with another crime — the number of cases dropped from 11,067 in 2004 to 8,078 in 2014, according to data kept by federal prosecutors. The figure ticked up in 2015, to 8,528, hinting that a rise in convictions could also be on the horizon.

Erich Pratt, a spokesman for Gun Owners of America, said the drop in convictions makes sense because there has been an overall drop in murders — and he credited expanded gun rights for the good news.

“The fact is, armed citizens serve as a deterrent to crime,” he said. “The number of concealed-carry holders has tripled since the time Obama took office, even while the national murder rate has fallen 25 percent.”

Fox Butterfield could not be reached for comment.

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