Archive for U.S. Constitution

Arnold Schwarzenegger might challenge foreign-born citizens law to try for presidential run in 2016


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Couldn't my former governor [sic] Arnold Schwarzenegger have just left it at "Hasta la vista, baby"? But nooo, he had to go and revive "I'll be back" instead.

I'll be sick.

The Hill:

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) might challenge the law to try and run for president in 2016, according to the New York Post.

The paper said the actor might launch a legal challenge to the section of the Constitution barring foreign-born citizens from becoming commander in chief.

Schwarzenegger was born in Austria and became a U.S. citizen in 1983.

Of course, you just know that hypocritical Republicans would whisper that this sounds like a swell idea from one side of their mouths as the other side accuses President Obama of being an evil commie Marxist fascist socialist illegitimate Kenyan commander in chief.

Approving any amendment to the Constitution, by the way, would require a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate.

But Ahnold doesn't care. According to New York Post, he "has been talking openly about working on getting the constitutional rules changed so he can run for president in 2016. He is ready to file legal paperwork to challenge the rules."

And things of that nature.


Here's who is really behind pushing GOP way to the right, away from compromise with Pres. Obama


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That image is the answer to this John Belushi quote from the film "Animal House":

"See if you can guess what I am now."

Now see if you can guess why I posted that quote.

Here's another one, by Abraham Lincoln addressing the Southern people in his Cooper Union Address, February 27, 1860:

"Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. You will rule or ruin in all events."

See if you can guess what I'm talking about now.

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Well... not quite.

Hint #1: Doyle McManus wrote about it in his Los Angeles Times op-ed Sunday, describing the powerful engine of pressure on the GOP to move way to the right and away from any compromise with President Obama. Hint #2: Raffy "Ted" Cruz is their (big, loony, alienating) mouthpiece, but he's no leader:

"There's no question in my mind that I have more influence now on public policy than I did as an individual senator," [president of Washington's Heritage Foundation, former Sen. Jim] DeMint told NPR recently.

It was Heritage Action that focused tea party conservatives in the House on the idea of using this fall's long-scheduled votes on federal spending to try to "defund" Obamacare, and the group then organized a summer-long campaign (starring Cruz) to publicize the idea. [...]

The drive to defund Obamacare hasn't accomplished much so far, but that doesn't appear to worry Heritage Action's 31-year-old CEO, Michael A. Needham, who said last week that the group's long-term goal was to transform the GOP, which he called "the allegedly conservative party." The government shutdown, he insisted, was a step on "a path to electoral success."

They're doing everything they can to make sure Republicans oppose new taxes, immigration reform, responsible gun safety measures, and, of course, the Affordable Care Act.

But here's what's different about DeMint and his allies: They are eager to target Republican incumbents, even to the point of challenging them in Republican primaries.

Now read that Lincoln quote again. These loons are not only pitting party members against each other, they're pitting themselves against many constitutionally protected laws and rights.

And whether they are victorious or they are defeated, we all end up losing.

H/t: Hugh Kaufman for Lincoln quote


3/4 of Senate GOP want to bar any new legislation that would help workers, regulate workplace conditions


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Our own David Garber previously posted "Tom Coburn Isn’t An Idiot, He Just Plays One In The Senate":

Senator Tom Coburn, the firebrand senator from Oklahoma has his priorities on backwards. He believes in punishing the worker bee to get to the queen — in this case the Affordable Care Act. Silly man. Stupid Man. Dangerously idiotic man.

Here’s what Tom Terrific is doing. He doesn’t like the Affordable Care Act. So he’s going to be placing a hold on an administration executive nomination, in this case Katherine Archuleta, nominated to head the Office of Personnel Management....

It’s about pettiness. It’s about poor sportsmanship. It’s about “If I can’t pitch, I’m taking my baseball home and then nobody can play.” It’s attitude. Childish at that.

David's post was just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Check out what Coburn and Rand Paul are up to now, but first take a swig of anything alcoholic and/or pop a Tums. Think Progress:

More than three-quarters of the Senate Republican caucus signed onto legislation introduced Wednesday by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Rand Paul (R-KY) that could render it virtually impossible for Congress to enact any legislation intended to improve working conditions or otherwise regulate the workplace. Had their bill been in effect during the Twentieth Century, for example, there would likely be no nationwide minimum wage, no national ban on workplace discrimination, no national labor law and no overtime in most industries. [...]

Coburn and Paul’s bill appears to be an attempt to restore the constitutional regime that prohibited child labor regulation and other such nationwide regulation of the American workplace. [...]

What is somewhat surprising, however, is the sheer breadth of support for Coburn and Paul’s discredited view of the Constitution within the Senate Republican Caucus. According to Coburn’s press release, their bill is cosponsored by “Senators Ayotte (R-NH), Barrasso (R-WY), Blunt (R-MO), Boozman (R-AR), Burr (R-NC), Chambliss (R-GA), Coats (R-IN), Corker (R-TN), Cornyn (R-TX), Crapo (R-ID), Cruz (R-TX), Enzi (R-WY), Fischer (R-NE), Flake (R-AZ), Graham (R-SC), Grassley (R-IA), Hatch (R-UT), Heller (R-NV), Inhofe (R-OK), Isakson (R-GA), Johnson (R-WI), Lee (R-UT), McCain (R-AZ), McConnell (R-KY), Moran (R-KS), Risch (R-ID), Roberts (R-KS), Rubio (R-FL), Scott (R-SC), Sessions (R-AL), Thune (R-SD), Toomey (R-PA), Vitter (R-LA), and Wicker (R-MS).”

See how deeply these right wing extremists care about small businesses? Growing businesses? Employees? Jobs? Job safety? Equal rights? Equal pay? Health and welfare? Democracy? You? They say they do, they campaign like they do, but all they really care about is profit and power on the backs of ordinary working Americans.

We simply don't matter. At all. They convince people to donate to them and then vote them into office. Then once they're elected, this is how they want to treat you and your families... which leads me to get down on my knees and plead to you to register, to vote, and to help others do the same, in a huge way.

These self-serving, duplicitous skunks don't want to just "rebrand" their party (or as I like to call it, "destroy"), they want to rebrand the U.S. Constitution. They will have failed at both. "Dangerously idiotic" indeed.

But what do they care, as long as they appeal to their base. What a perfect word to describe anyone who would support them: base.

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Man Who Scrawled Chalk Protests on Sidewalk Against Big Banks Faces Possible Prison


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Photo via Occupy UCI

Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

Jeff Olson, 40, of San Diego is currently on trial for writing messages on sidewalks protesting big banks and their predatory practices.  Olson used water soluble chalk to express his advocacy on public walkways in front of three Bank of America branches in San Diego.

Yes, by water soluble it means that when it rains or is hosed down the chalk dissolves.

Months after he finished chalking his protests, he was charged with 13 misdemeanors that could, conceivably, land him in jail for nearly 13 years.

The trial, which is now underway, allegedly resulted from the contracted head of security for Bank of America in San Diego, Darell Freeman, leaning on his apparent former colleagues in the SD police department. Paige Hazard, deputy city attorney, informed Bank of America's local security chief of the charges against Olsonafter a prosecution referral was received from -- get this -- the city's gang crimes unit. [...]

If Bank of America feels that it suffered "real and substantial monetary" damages as a result of Olson's scrawls, let them prove it. [...]

If you wonder about how far the apparatus of the state has crossed over into protecting wealth over protecting constitutional rights, look no further than the case of Jeff Olson.

A San Diego television station reported this chilling twist to the opening of the trial on June 26:

During pre-trial motions prosecutors introduced a motion to prohibit Olson’s defense attorney Tom Tosdal from using the words First Amendment, free speech, free expression and other similar terms during the trial. The judge agreed saying jurors should focus on whether Olson committed vandalism and not why he did it.

This is happening in a court of law? The protection of banks from chalk scrawlings supercedes the Constitution? [...]

The presiding judge in this farce of a trial -- and a waste of taxpayer dollars on prosecution -- issued a gag order on Thursday for the defendant and almost everybody but himself.  The clearly pro-bankster jurist even rebuked the mayor of San Diego for calling the trial a waste of time. [...]

As one commenter noted in the June 27 San Diego Reader update about Judge Howard Shore's judicial stomping on the First Amendment: "Just when you think it can't get any nuttier, it does. A gag order for a misdemeanor case?"

According to another commenter, Mass. Senator Elizabeth Warren read about Olson's plight and allegedly tweeted, "You've got to be kidding me."

Please read the entire post here.


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Bobby Jindal believes slavery was just a “choice”


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According to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, equal opportunity is so important that when it comes to their children's education, parents need a choice! Just like slaves did back in the day! Because, see, slavery was a choice. Umwhat?

Crazy Crawfish:

[U]nder Jindal’s guidance, Louisiana is encouraging voucher schools to open up and teach that slavery was just a choice, and not an entirely bad one.

A few slave holders were undeniably cruel. Examples of slaves beaten to death were not common, neither were they unknown. The majority of slave holders treated their slaves well.”United States History for Christian Schools, 2nd ed., Bob Jones University Press

This is just one of the “facts” being taught in voucher schools supported by taxes paid by everyone. Jindal seems to believe the greater sin is to curtail choice, than it is to allow the promotion of the idea that slavery wasn’t really that big of a deal, that if not for the actions of a few slave holders that beat and mistreated their slaves, slavery was generally a good thing.

Jindal’s voucher school supporters believe that owning people, another ace of people, was actually much ado about nothing. Sure, many slaves were raped, tortured, murdered and forced to work under in the burning sun every day until they died, their children sold and traded like pieces of furniture, and adults bred like animals to produce good livestock to be enslaved or sold to others. . .  but for the most part it was a good deal and if not for a few miscreants that mistreated their slaves it might well be a great idea to employ today.

Poor slavery! Always getting dissed as if it were a bad thing! What's a parent to do?

Easy peasy! Just send the kiddies to places that teach otherwise and tell everyone else to stop messing with all those nice, wholesome, private voucher schools that you choose to choose. Public school with those icky unionized teachers who stick to-- ew!-- truth and accuracy are clearly inferior to the fine educators at the let-us-count-the-ways more desirable private institutions.

So make sure our young 'uns learn from the best (and by best he means unregulated). Tell them they should be proud of our history of humans owning other humans! Life was so much better back then! After all, slaves were only beaten and raped once in awhile, and being separated from their families and moved around like chess pieces couldn't have been all that bad. Hey, they got room and board, didn't they?

And don't get me started on their freedom to teach how swell the KKK is.

How libertyish and patriotic of them to allow kids to be pro-choice haters.

Please read the entire piece here.

And while you're at it, check out my teen pal Zack Kopplin's relentless efforts to fight creationism lessons in schools. He's been making a name for himself for awhile now, trying to get America to just say NO to creationist vouchers.  He'll be appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher next Friday.


District judge: Texas school finance system violates state constitution; public schools not adequately funded



Texas school districts have endured rapid population growth and deep budget cuts; they are not adequately funded. Imagine that.

(Reuters) - Texas' school finance system violates the state constitution, a state district judge ruled on Monday... [T]he state has not adequately funded public education or resolved inequities among districts.

Now if only something could be done about separating church from state.

In fact, my now-nineteen-year-old Louisiana pal Zack Kopplin is still fighting creationism law. Our previous posts by and about Zack here. His mission is to do away with creationist vouchers, including in Texas.

Houston Chronicle:

Now Kopplin, a history major who is taking a full course load this semester, is preparing to fight state Sen. Dan Patrick's effort to allow school vouchers in Texas. Patrick, R-Houston, is a strong supporter of school vouchers, which would allow tax money to flow to private and religious schools.