Hot and bothered

At least it didn’t hit 103 today. We are sans power, like two million others along the Eastern seaboard after savage storms last night. It’s hot and wow, I’m wicked pregnant.
Hope y’all are having a more pleasant weekend!

“It is not our job to protect the people from the consequence of their political choices.”

So argues Chief Justice John Roberts in his majority opinion. So, the joke’s on us, is that it? I’m having a hard time deciding if Roberts intended this to be the equivalent of Obama’s snide “above my paygrade” retort.

Other bits and pieces as my due date flies by and the thermometer climbs above 100. (Note to self: future pjBabies must be born in winter. Lots of snow preferable. Will deal with the loss of ski season.)

Via Hot Air:

What say you? Will Obama survive the largest tax increase in history during the middle of a recession?

I’m leaning toward not.

Pyrric victory and all. Oremus.

A little Mark Levin for your listening enjoyment here.

I’m intrigued more than anything about the possibility that Roberts changed his mind. The dissents written by Scalia and Thomas lefthints.

Waiting UPDATED: SCOTUS upholds Obamacare as a TAX?!

With millions of other Americans to hear the SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare this morning. Praying it’s overrulled. Wondering what will happen if it’s not.

Heading to Legal Insurrection. Fox News on. (pjKid was sorely disappointed. We came downstairs to “turn on the tv,” an unusual occurance at best. “To watch NEWS?” she asked, incredulous.)

UPDATE: I’m in shock. My stomach hurts. And I’m not sure if it’s labor pains or the sinking feeling that the newest addition to the pjFamilia will live under a regime where oppressive taxation (as long as it’s called taxation) is the norm.

I need a dose of Rush. It will be a long 90 minutes.

UPDATE 2: A needed dose of pep talk from Professor Jacobson at LI:

Consider this Pep Talk IV.

Was it over when Harry Reid pushed Obamacare through at Christmas time in December 2009?

Not when voters took to the booth and elected Scott Brown.

Was it over when Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats were forced to accept the Senate version so that reconciliation could be used, as she marched to the Capitol with large gavel in hand?

Not when the nation rose up and threw the Democrats out of power in the House in 2010.

Is it over now that the Supreme Court has upheld the mandate on the basis of a taxing power which Democrats expressly disavowed while passing Obamacare?

Not unless we allow Barack Obama to be reelected and the Democrats to hold the Senate.

You know what you have to do.

Damn skippy I do.

UPDATE 3: Still waiting on my Rush. Played Candy Land. Read “Bread and Jam for Frances.” And just snuck back on the computer to read this from Ed Morrissey:

 The Supreme Court has signed off on what is, in very practical terms, a tax levied by the insurance industry on Americans simply for existing.  It’s an amazing, and fearsome, decision that really should have both Right and Left horrified.

Nevertheless, this is the law of the land.  We can now look forward to taxes levied by the auto industry for not having bought a new car in the last seven years, the liquor industry for buying too few bottles of wine to maintain your health, and by the agricultural industry for not buying that damned broccoli after all. We might even have Obama attempt to impose a tax for not buying enough contraception; we can call that the Trojan tax.

Now I need my dose of Rush more than ever. Lesson learned: I’d rather play another round of Candy Land than get depressed. Or unpack a few more boxes for fun. Anything.

4: See also Pundette. The shock of Roberts being the “savior” of Obamacare when Kennedy sided with the dissent  rankles. And will for quite some time.

Colorado on fire, II

Pikes Peak looms over the Waldo Canyon Fire. Friends remain evacuated. Firefighters battle incredibly rough conditions: high temps, whipping winds, and low humidity. Continued prayers, please. More news here.

Colorado on fire

Please pray for our friends in our home state of Colorado.  A new fire in Colorado Springs–the town which we as an ever-wandering military family call our home and where we’ll retire in the house we just left–has forced the evacuation of many friends. 2500 acres of Waldo Canyon (a favorite hiking spot over the last decade plus) is ablaze and burning fast in high heat, low humidity, and drought conditions.

MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE

You can read more about the fire here.  Michelle Malkin, also a Colorado Springs resident, wrote of the Obama administration policies that have crippled the Forest Service response to Western wildfires earlier this week. Pray for those forced to flee their homes and the myriad firefighters battling dangerous conditions on the ground and from the air.

UPDATE: linked by Pundette as a “Recommended Read.” Thanks!

When the White House Press Corps openly laughs at you…

You’ve probably told a whopper. Or a few. From the Washington Examiner, the White House can’t seem to get the Fast and Furious story straight:

And when Carney said that Obama’s decision to assert executive privilege over documents subpoenaed by Congress was “entirely about principle,” reporters openly laughed.

Whoops. The sad fact remains that most of the losers laughing will still vote for The Most Transparent Administration Evah.

This was after being twice corrected by Jake Tapper about the origins of Fast and Furious and the name of the Border Patrol agent killed as a result:

Next, Carney was forced to back off his attempt to pin Fast and Furious on the Bush Administration. “It originated in a field office during the previous administration.  It was ended under this administration, by this Attorney General,” Carney said. ABC’s Jake Tapper quickly observed that “The operation began in fall 2009.”

[...]

As Carney continued to field questions, he appeared to forget the family name of border patrol agent Brian Terry, who was death ignited the investigation after he was killed by drug smugglers armed with weapons obtained through Operation Fast and Furious.

“We have provided Congress every document that pertains to the operation itself that is at issue here when you talk about the family that you referred to,” Carney said. When Tapper provided him the name, he repeated it — “the Terry family.”

Smartest people in the room, eh? What an embarrassing administration.

UPDATE: linked by Pundette as a “Recommended Read” AND in this fabulous post. Read it. Thanks!

Linked by Pirate’s Cove. Thanks!

It’s not just religious freedom under attack

It seems ever more important to reflect upon the loss of liberties in the past week. First, King Barack announced he ignored Congress (and that pesky Constitution) and granted amnesty-by-fiat to young illegals. Yesterday he invoked–falsely, at that–Executive Privilege to cover the illegal activities of his Justice Department. See Pundette for more.

Tonight the Catholic Church kicked off its Fortnight for Freedom with Mass at the Basilica in Baltimore.

It seems like more than religious freedom we’re fighting for, doesn’t it?

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator,

Religious-liberty-cards-montage

Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be “one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

From the comments, some, um, commentary

It never fails to impress me–the hatred engendered by liberal supporters of abortion for deviant thoughts. How terrible to protect the life of a child, no? From last week’s post on Chinese forced abortion, I received this:

Wait – let me insert the standard conservative response, found all over Yahoo news in the ‘comments’ section: “She knew the rules – it’s her OWN FAULT! Everyone knows the Chinese have a one child policy. She got what she deserved”. There. Typical response noted. Oh – wait – critical thinking skills?? Been forced to abort or bear your rapist’s child? Or your just keen on forcing your religion on others – kinda like the Chinese forcing this woman to have one child. See the correlation? Of course not you Dumb bitch, I mean, fellow citizen.

Mean, ain’t he? And not particularly bright, either. I am conservative, and I have never heard anyone use what he points to as the “standard conservative response” let alone think it myself. Yet somehow I’m lumped into a category he not-so-logically clumps with the ChiComs.

Go figure.

Private sector ain’t so hot, Mr. President

Hiding in the basement avoiding the heat. Two news items of note. The first, from James Pethokoukis, who emphasizes how “not fine” the private sector really is:

The government’s April Job Opening and Labor Turnover report was, in the words of JPMorgan economists, “soft, lending some credence to the view that the April-May slowing seen in the payroll report was real and not a statistical fluke.”

– The number of job openings in April fell 325,000 to 3.416 million. That’s the lowest level since November of last year.

– But here is the real red flag. Private job openings fell 282,000 — the most since early 2009 — to 3.080 million. Early 2009, if you recall, saw the economy just hemorrhaging jobs.

Hemorrhaging, eh? Wonderful news less than six months before an election. Have the Obami figured out how to make the unemployment number not reflect the new pool of job seekers they’ve illegally granted amnesty to–or will those folks simply not be counted as part of the labor pool?

Speaking of which, it will be interesting to see how much traction the handful of block-the-President bills gain. Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz) said of his bill:

“Last week, the president decided to grant amnesty and hand out work permits to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, while over 23 million Americans remain unemployed and the civilian participation rate is at a 30-year low,” he said Monday. “This amounts to an abdication of duty to the American people who are struggling in this economy.”Instead of working with Congress to secure our border and reform our immigration policy, President Obama sought to circumvent Congress once again.”

Pretty much.

I knew this would be an insane election season. I never knew how much. This salvo from Obama last week–only one step short of full amnesty, by fiat at that–shows he’s willing to stop at nothing.

Anyone else nervous about the newfound pools of voters they’ll dig out of graves, one way or another?

Happy Father’s Day

I’m quite a lucky lady to have a wonderful father who still provides guidance from afar and a wonderful husband who provides the same for my own children. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads who sacrifice for their families, especially those serving overseas who are separated from their kids.

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