Attacks on Obama's D.C. Circuit Nominations Get More and More Absurd

The New York Times reported this week that President Obama is planning to nominate three judges to fill long-vacant seats on the influential D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. This is hardly unheard of: every president since Jimmy Carter has placed at least three judges on the D.C. Circuit, and Obama only just had his first nominee confirmed to the court.

But Senate Republicans and conservative activists really, really don’t want President Obama to put any more judges on the D.C. Circuit – perhaps because it is currently dominated by Republican nominees who are intent on rolling back things like clean air regulations, cigarette labeling requirements, and National Labor Relations Board rulings.
      
So the Senate GOP is threatening to filibuster anybody Obama names to the court and even trying to push through a law permanently deleting the vacant judgeships in order to prevent Obama from filling them.

What has resulted is one of the more bizarre manifestations of Obama Derangement Syndrome. The talking point that Senate Republicans and their allies have landed on to defend this planned obstruction is that President Obama, in nominating judges to existing judicial vacancies as is required by his job, is in fact “packing” the D.C. Circuit in the style of FDR. (Or, in the words of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board,  like a “king”).

In a column for Breitbart News yesterday the Family Research Council’s Ken Klukowski goes even further, writing that by merely planning to nominate judges to the court – a constitutional requirement of his job fulfilled by every one of his predecessors – Obama has launched an “attack on the independence of the federal courts,” “declared war on judicial independence,” and is “trying to declare law by executive fiat.”

Now that Obama has declared war on judicial independence, Republicans are planning a counter-strategy. There are 13 federal appeals courts. The D.C. Circuit’s caseload is light, while several other circuits are overloaded. Sen. Charles Grassley and Senate Republicans are proposing moving those three seats to courts that could very much use them. Obama would still appoint those three judges, but not to the D.C. Circuit.

It takes legislation to create or move federal judgeships, so this is shaping up as a major part of the battle over courts that are independent of political manipulation.

There are only 80 slots on the Supreme Court’s docket every year. For 20,000 federal appeals each year, whatever the appellate court says is the final word. Obama is hoping that if he can overhaul the judicial balance of the court, his unprecedented claims of federal power might withstand court challenges. From Obamacare to EPA requirements, labor rules, and IRS rules, all these topics and more are going before the D.C. Circuit.

Obama cannot enact major liberal legislation now that he’s lost the House and might also lose the Senate next year. Instead, he’s trying to declare law by executive fiat. Whether he gets away with it likely turns on whether he can change Senate rules and then pack the D.C. Circuit with sympathetic judges.

This attack on the independence of the federal courts should be of concern to all Americans.
 

 

Beck Wants Records From Obama's Blackberry to Determine if He Was the Source of 'Innocence of Muslims' Video

Just the other day, Glenn Beck was complaining that there is some coordinated effort under way to label him a conspiracy theorist ... which was, itself, part of some conspiracy.

Last night, on his television program, Beck perfectly demonstrated just why he has developed this reputation. 

For months, Beck has been claiming that President Obama was nowhere to be seen on the night of the Benghazi attack, oscillating between speculating that the president was intentionally being kept out of the loop or that he was operating off-the-record in order to conceal the truth about what was really going on.

Last night, citing a theory put forth by Charles Krauthammer, Beck said that the only phone call President Obama made that night was to the State Department in order to coordinate the message that the attack was motivated by an anti-Islam video posted on YouTube.

Beck went on to wonder if Obama has kept a personal Blackberry so that he can operate off-the-grid and not have to use White House equipment and leave any sort of recored, which then compelled him to ask "is [Obama] the origin of the video?  Who was the origin of that video?  Can we get the records of the Blackberry?"

WND: Gays Following Hitler's Mein Kampf, Need 'Hormone Treatment'

WorldNetDaily’s Jane Chastain claims gay rights advocates are following “the principle of winning the battle of the mind” laid out by Adolf Hitler, who violently persecuted gays and lesbians, in Mein Kampf.

After arguing that gays are trying to manipulate others, Chastain maintains that only “some people (a tiny fraction of a percent) are born with physical abnormalities that might predispose one to that lifestyle” and “these cases are 100 percent correctable. It often involves something as simple as hormone treatment.”

I do not hate anyone. (It seems silly to have to preface my remarks with that statement, but these are strange times.) I do hate bad behavior. That includes lying, name-calling, intimidation and bullying, which have become the hallmarks of gay-rights activists.

Last week, the Boy Scouts of America abandoned the time-honored principles enshrined in the oath and law and gave in to these bullies when leadership skillfully manipulated its voting delegates to approve a resolution to admit openly gay Scouts into its ranks.

The oath includes a “duty to God” and a pledge to keep oneself “morally straight.” The law proclaims that a Scout is – among other things – obedient, reverent, loyal and brave. The BSA leadership is none of the above. Therefore, the Scouts’ ability to lead young boys to become responsible God-fearing young men with these qualities has been hopelessly compromised.

Adolf Hitler introduced the principle of winning the battle of the mind with the “Big Lie” in his book “Mein Kampf”:

“… the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in the world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.”

The Big Lie as practiced by gay rights activists:

• Homosexuality is not a choice. One is born that way.

• Homosexuality is normal and natural for these individuals.

• If you have any of these feelings, you should embrace them.

• If you do not agree with the above statements, you are displaying homophobic behavior (fear of homosexuals).

• And therefore you discriminate against gay individuals.

No one likes to be accused of discrimination or to be called names, which is part and parcel of the bullying process. However, to cave in to bullies is not bravery, it is cowardice.

I would be the first to admit that some people are “born gay” if there were scientific evidence to support such a claim. There is not!

Some people (a tiny fraction of a percent) are born with physical abnormalities that might predispose one to that lifestyle. These cases are 100 percent correctable. It often involves something as simple as hormone treatment.

In most cases, however, homosexuality is connected to a bad home environment with an absent father and/or domineering mother, sexual molestation or – more common today – something call imprinting (first sexual experience).

Erik Rush: Journalists, Who Should be in Jail, Must Stop Obama's 'Tyranny'

Confident Mitt Romney would defeat President Obama last year, Erik Rush wrote a pre-election screed urging a future Romney administration to arrest and prosecute journalists (and liberals at large) for treason over their “anti-American” beliefs.

But Obama won, and in a WorldNetDaily column today Rush is urging journalists to expose Obama’s plans to build a Marxist “totalitarian state” and institute “tyranny.”

He writes that Obama has “deliberately and willfully sabotaged our economy” and begs members of the press to “wake up to the fact that the leaders and regimes Obama and his closest advisers grew up admiring are the ones that committed some of the worst atrocities in modern history.”

Under President Obama, Americans’ liberties are being neutralized at a mind-blowing pace, and thanks largely to the establishment press, most Americans are still too addled to see that tyranny is coming to America. The methods the Obama administration has been using to bring this about appear pretty transparent to some of us, but practically imperceptible to others.

Since 2009, some have maintained that Obama has dangerously compromised, sabotaged and subverted this nation on more levels than I have room to list here. Those of us who were aware that Obama and his cronies are in fact actualizing the century-long dream of Marxist radicals’ for a totalitarian America said so – and we were ridiculed. We described it as it began to take shape under our noses – and we were ridiculed. We pointed out the Marxist character of countless Obama policy maneuvers, Democrat-sponsored bills, regulations, recess appointments and executive orders – and we were ridiculed even more. Each and every example we brought to light also brought the ridicule of the press and mincing liberal twerps at large.



It is madness to ignore the aggregate of evidence against Obama just because a lot of people want to believe that he’s a good guy. It is madness to ignore all of the evidence that shows us very clearly going down the road of every other civilized nation that has descended into tyranny. It is madness to ignore the evidence that speaks to Obama having deliberately and willfully sabotaged our economy, even as he continues to do so. It is madness to ignore his cozy and very open relationships with America’s sworn enemies. It is madness to ignore that we pretty much have the framework for an entire totalitarian state build right into Obamacare, the president’s crowning achievement.

And it’s madness to ignore that these things did not come about until one Barack Hussein Obama became president.

Although the media are starting to pay attention to certain “irregularities” of government, I pray that those who are not too ideologically kindred with Obama learn how criminal this administration truly is and act accordingly, as opposed to letting the president simply sacrifice a few key operatives and continue to play out his diabolical game.

Let Americans of conscience continue to exercise our influence, so that any honest elements of the press (as well as our neighbors) wake up enough to these truths. Let them also wake up to the fact that the leaders and regimes Obama and his closest advisers grew up admiring are the ones that committed some of the worst atrocities in modern history, and that in any administration, the tone is set from the top.

The Best of Bachmann

While her record of championing baseless conspiracy theories and using vitriolic rhetoric has left a lasting legacy in the GOP, Rep. Michele Bachmann’s decision to retire from Congress doesn’t mean she’ll be going away any time soon. As Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, Allen West and Newt Gingrich can attest, leaving elected office only creates more opportunities to become a leader of the far-right.

We decided to look back on just a few of the soon-to-be-former congresswoman’s greatest hits, from back when she accused President Obama of harboring “anti-American” sympathies and having too much “choot-spa,” to warning that hate crime laws take away the right to free speech and vaccines cause mental retardation.

Watch:

Klingenschmitt: ENDA Promotes Bestiality & There Is a 'Demonic Spirit Inside of [Sen.] Jeff Merkley'

On the most recent episode of his "Pray In Jesus' Name" show, "Dr. Chaps" Gordon Klingenschmitt expanded on his warning that passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act would be "the end of the world for Christian employers" by declaring that ENDA would require them to hire people who practice bestiality.

Claiming that since the legislation does not explicitly define what it covered by its language banning employment discrimination based on "perceived sexual orientation," then bestiality must be covered, Klingenschmitt warned that "the government is promoting a law that contradicts God's highest law" and that there is a "demonic spirit inside of [Sen.] Jeff Merkley" who is co-sponsoring the legislation:

Joseph Farah Finds 'Little Comfort' In Saying 'I Told You So'

WorldNetDaily founder and prolific conspiracy theorist Joseph Farah has a message for America: “See, I told you so.”

In a WND column Tuesday, Farah writes that he takes “little comfort” in reminding us that he warned us of “radical, Chicago-style gangster” President Obama’s “Marxist connections” and “cover-up of his eligibility problems,” only to be ignored by the “low-information voters” who reelected him.

The result, Farah writes, is “three of the biggest political scandals in American history,” a health care reform law that “will result needlessly in immense pain, death and suffering,” and a president whose “enemies include the Constitution of the United States.”

Farah writes that the only solution, as he has said before, is his upcoming  9/11 day of prayer, which is also being promoted by Rep. Michele Bachmann.

It gives me little comfort to say, “See, I told you so.”

Starting in 2008, there were many voices warning what an administration headed by a radical, Chicago-style gangster like Barack Obama would mean for America. But none of those voices were as relentless and prolific as WND.

We exposed his background.

We exposed his associations.

We exposed his policy positions as a “community organizer,” an Illinois state senator and during his brief career as a U.S. senator.

We exposed the lies in his books.

We exposed the still-unanswered questions and cover-up of his eligibility problems.

We exposed his Marxist connections, appointments and leanings in “The Manchurian President.”

And we continued by exposing what he would do in a second term if he got the chance in “Fool Me Twice,” a book, by the way, as relevant today as the day it was published in 2012.

We hoped for the best, but, at the end of the day, “the low-information voters” prevailed.

Am I surprised Obama is now simultaneously caught up in three of the biggest political scandals in American history?

No.

I’m surprised it took this long.

It’s in Barack Obama’s nature and character to do “whatever is necessary” to prevail over his enemies. And his enemies include the Constitution of the United States.



Will the dysfunctional political system and the dysfunctional media do what needs to be done?

I hope so. But I can’t help but think Obama and all he has wrought on America – including a health-care system that violates the consciences of Americans and will result needlessly in immense pain, death and suffering – actually represent justice for the country. We’re getting just what we deserve – not only because we allowed him to be elected twice, but because Americans have lost their moral bearings.

Obama is only a symptom of the disease that plagues us.

We can’t win unless we recognize that what we are seeing happen to America is part of a divine judgment of those who were given so much, who were so blessed by God, yet turned our collective backs on Him.


Our nation is literally imploding morally and spiritually. Every man and woman does what’s right in his own eyes. The church is asleep.

Do you want to see miracles happen in America? Do you want to see the nation restored? Do you want to see us return to the godly principles that shaped the nation and provided blessings beyond imagination to us all for so long?

I am persuaded this is the way.

I hope and pray you will join me.

If you do, I look forward to saying, “See, I told you so!”
 

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/29/13

Right Wing Leftovers - 5/29/13

  • Glenn Beck and crew crack themselves up with a "Brokeback Boardwalk" segment about how President Obama and Gov. Chris Christie are madly in love.
  • Proud Washington, DC "outsider" Allen West, has moved to Washington, DC.
  • "Coach" Dave Daubenmire says that people shouldn't donate money to the Red Cross for disaster relief in Oklahoma, but instead donate to him.
  • Not surprisingly, Bryan Fischer is a big fan of E.W. Jackson.
  • Finally, Peter Sprigg is worried that now that the Boy Scouts are allowing gay scouts to serve, pretty soon they might let atheists join!

Harvey: Gays like Bullies and Terrorists, Putting Boy Scouts at Risk for Sexual Abuse

Linda Harvey of Mission America is clearly devastated by the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to allow openly gay youth and in a radio commentary said that the “truly heartbreaking” vote was “a slam on authentic boyhood and manhood” that will have “our children corrupted as a result.”

The Boy Scouts of America embraced open homosexual attraction for boys. Boys can now identify as gay and announce that to the whole troop, and this is OK. The vote was 61 percent in favor. It’s truly heartbreaking to watch the morals of a revered institution disintegrate in this way, and our children corrupted as a result. America, how did we get here? The statement coming out of the Boy Scout organization said that even though they knew this would be controversial, “We can all agree that kids are better off in scouting.” Well, not true. This statement is just as naive and foolish as the proposal itself. No, we can’t all agree that boys are better in scouting, not now. Knowledgeable parents will move their boys at the earliest possible time to a much better organization. Why? Because many, if not most, troops will quickly become homosexually affirming climates either in theory or in real-time practice. This is a vote of weakness and a slam on authentic boyhood and manhood.



Folks, whatever the motivation for this move, it’s insane. Troops are not supposed to be social experiments or, possibly, therapy centers for troubled boys who may be leaning toward homosexuality. As we’ve said here before, kids who have same-sex attractions can change and often do by adulthood. But it is not healthy or right to involve other children with these very personal struggles as confused boys are figuring all this out, or maybe not figuring it out.

Writing in WorldNetDaily, Harvey accused gay rights activists of supporting child abuse and using “tactics that increasingly resemble childish middle-school bullies morphing into terrorists.”

Condom training, cross-dressing troop members and lessons on “homophobia”: Welcome to the new, improved Boy Scouts of America.



Well, “gay activism” happened, and the pressure was apparently too much. It just goes to show you how much influence this lobby has, with tactics that increasingly resemble childish middle-school bullies morphing into terrorists. And Boy Scout parents and leaders who actually believe the pink mafia will stop here are beyond naïve.



As time rolls on, there will be incidents of abuse. Will the Boy Scout organization report these? Let’s not kid ourselves. They just showed how compromised/intimidated/clueless they are. Expect cover-up upon cover-up in the future, eventually resembling the Catholic Church scandal.



The climate of assent will erode each boy’s code of ethics, either quickly or slowly, but it will happen. It will erode the Christian boy’s reliance on Scripture, his relationship with the real, living Almighty God and our Savior Jesus Christ. If he begins to doubt that God actually is our Creator, the One who decided long ago what is good and what is evil, and did condemn homosexual behavior as a sin, and if he is lulled into failing to use the brain God gave him to observe that two men together is observably wrong, this is a boy who is being enabled in truth denial. He is then vulnerable to all kinds of other corruption and, without an anchor, is really no different than any un-Scouted kid in our rudderless society.
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